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Home Farm Workshop: Growing a Cut Flower Garden
Lannette Anderson, Hidden Villa's flower farmer, will teach a workshop on all things flower, covering which locally adapted varieties are the most attractive, strongest and easiest to grow; good flowers for arrangements; and harvesting for continual blooms. April 18, 10 a.m.-noon. $35. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Mindfulness & Meditation workshop
An introduction the Happiness Program by the Art of Living Foundation, this talk and workshop will cover mindfulness and the meditation's ability to produce clarity. April 18, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Free. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Chapel, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.

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April Zoom In video production workshop
Midpeninsula Community Media Center will offer a three-day, 15-hour workshop on the basics of video production, covering all the skills needed to produce and edit a digital video while collaborating with others. Students will have produced a short video by the workshop's end. April 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; April 19, 2-5 p.m.; April 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $175 Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Grow Your Own Food workshop
Farmers from Edible Urban Farm Company will offer a workshop on home gardening, covering what is in season, spacing and placement, and crop rotation. Attendees will get hands-on practice during the workshop. April 18, 10 a.m.-noon. $39. Hillview Community Center, Room 18, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

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Succulents: Growing and Propagating workshop
UC Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will offer tips for propagating succulents successfully and share a number of informative examples. April 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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Aging Strong workshop
This workshop run by a licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor will lead participants in exercises that serve to strengthen muscles and bones and reduce the risk of falls. April 20, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Free. East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Three Romantic Dances class
Taught by Ellen Murray and Gene Esswein, this six-week course offered by Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education will cover the waltz, rumba and tango. The class is suited to beginners or those returning to ballroom dance. Singles and couples are welcome. Visit the website to register. Mondays, April 13-May 17, 7:30-9 p.m. $50. Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
 

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3D printing workshop
This Los Altos Library workshop will demonstrate steps in using a 3D printer, including re-taping and leveling a build plate, loading and changing filament, and printing an object. The event is the second part in a series. April 21, 1-2 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

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DIY Instruments workshop
This Mountain View Public Library event will lead community members in creating their own musical instruments out of found items. Registration is appreciated but not required. April 21, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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Sustainable Edibles class
Alane Weber will lead this class offered by the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency that covers how to reduce water needs for seasonal vegetable gardening by harvesting "warm-season" vegetables throughout the summer, as well as how to implement organic maintenance techniques. April 22, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Paper flowers craft
The Portola Valley Library will hold a craft activity where all ages can make paper flowers to celebrate a Spanish spring festival dedicated to books and flowers. April 23, 1-4 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Artisan bread-baking workshop at Hidden Villa
Roman Beyer, a 20-year bread-baking veteran, will offer a workshop on making artisan bread at home in the style of San Francisco's Tartine Bakery. Samples will be on hand. April 25, 10 a.m.-noon. $40. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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Self-massage workshop at Samyama
Louis Jackson will lead a workshop on the benefits of self-massage -- covering techniques and sequences for back, neck, legs and feet and that aim to help manage pain, quiet the nervous system and increase energy. April 25, 1-3:45 p.m. $35. Samyama Yoga Center, 2995 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Soil sustainability class
Common Ground Garden will offer a class on "How to "How to Keep Your Soil Healthy," covering soil health from biological, chemical and physical perspectives. What's good and bad and specific techniques will be discussed. April 25, 1-4 p.m. $42. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

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The Happiness Program
Sponsored by the Art of Living Foundation, Rajshree Patel will lead a program that shares techniques for creating a more joyful and purposeful life at home and work. The program will include breathing exercises, low-impact yoga, tips for managing stress and negative emotions, and practical wisdom. April 25 and 26, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $495 general; $295 student. Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Sign Language Storytime
This event will provide an introduction to baby sign language, which gives babies an opportunity to communicate before they can verbalize their desires. Twenty signs based on American Sign Language will be presented. The event is designed for expecting parents or those with babies up to 18 months old. April 25, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Small landlords workshop
In this free workshop, the Palo Alto Mediation Program and Project Sentinel will discuss the basics of being a landlord. The program is specifically designed to help those renting a room in their home or in-law cottage, taking on a roommate, inheriting a rental or even buying a small apartment building. April 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Mitchel Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Health care programs orientation
The Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School will hold a workshop for those interested in health care careers, providing information on the Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant paths and the programs offered by the school. Online registration is requested. April 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

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Licensing Across the Galaxy
This business event will offer a variety of programs and networking opportunities, allowing attendees to hear from the licensing minds behind "Star Trek," "Star Wars," the San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers. Media and technology companies that support them -- including Technicolor, Dolby Laboratories, TiVo and Starz -- will also be represented. April 29, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. See website for pricing. Hewlett Packard World Headquarters, 3000 Hanover St., Palo Alto.
 

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Design Ideas for Drought-Tolerant Gardens
UC Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will discuss various ways to create a beautiful garden with low-water needs and answer questions posed by attendees. April 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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OFJCC School for Performing Arts Open House
The new Oshman Family JCC's School for Performing Arts will hold an open house where attendees can meet incoming faculty and learn about the class offerings beginning in September 2015. May 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Stanford Medical Library, near the Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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Girls in Science program
Environmental Volunteers will hold a new program for girls in third through fifth grades designed to develop confidence, competence and passion for natural science. This first four-week series explores how to help the Earth and environment through a variety of science activities. Sundays, April 12-May 3, 1-3 p.m. $10 drop in; $30 prepay for series. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Spring Mindfulness Course
This 8-week mindfulness course -- which teaches sitting meditation, yoga and body awareness -- is designed to help individuals better handle stress, chronic pain and interpersonal communication. Mondays, April 27-June 22, 7-9 p.m. $75 all 8 weeks. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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May Final Cut Pro X workshop
The Midpeninsula Community Media Center will offer an 8-hour course on using Final Cut Pro X, taught by a profession with years of video editing and teaching experience. Hardware, software, handouts and raw footage will be provided. Thursdays, May 7 and 14, 6-10 p.m. $100. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
 

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'Beauty and Abundance: Year-Round Fruit from the Home Garden'
This Palo Alto Adult School course will instruct community members in how to sustainably grow and harvest fruit year-round from a home garden. Topics covered include efficient watering methods, integrated pest management, non-synthetic fertilizers and soil amendments. Advance registration online is required. Mondays, April 13-May 11, 7-9 p.m. $73. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Urban bicycling introduction class and free Bike Share
The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will hold a one-hour class offering information and tips to help community members feel more confident about riding their bikes around town. An optional free Bike Share ride will be offered to the first 10 arrivals; those interested should bring a helmet. May 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Community Room, Mountain View.
 

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Laundry to Landscape Graywater
This BAWSCA class will teach students about residential graywater systems, which allow residents to safely reuse water from sinks, showers and washing machines to irrigate plants. Registration is required. May 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. BAWSCA Landscape Classes, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Gardening with California Native Plants in a Water-Tight World
This class at Common Ground Garden taught by Sherri Osaka will discuss how local gardeners can deal with the current drought and prepare for the next one by switching to California native plants. May 16, 1-3:30 p.m. $42. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Mindful Yoga with Surfer Mike
Surfer Mike will lead this weekly class on yoga, meditation and mindful movement that aims to help participants find inner peace and well-being. All ages and levels are welcome. Mondays, March 23-May 18, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $108 nonresident; $99 resident. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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Meditation and yoga with Surfer Mike
Michael Kintz, or "Surfer Mike," will lead teach a free class on mindfulness meditation and yoga movements at the Rinconada Library. Third Tuesday of the month, April 21, May 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

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May Zoom In video production workshop
Midpeninsula Community Media Center will offer a five-day, 15-hour workshop on the basics of video production, covering all the skills needed to produce and edit a digital video while collaborating with others. Students will have produced a short video by the workshop's end. May 4, 6, 8, 18 and 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $175. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

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Joyful Korean School classes
These ongoing classes for children will teach students about Korean language and culture. Fridays, September-June, 5-7 p.m. $300/semester. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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Edible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest
Drew Harwell, manager of Jesse Cool's Seeds of Change Garden, will teach a class over five Saturdays covering garden design and planning, composting, soil testing and preparation, seed propagation and transplanting, and watering, among other topics. Saturdays, March 7 and 28, April 18, May 9, June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $325. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

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Bee-autiful Gardens class
Common Ground Garden will host bee enthusiast Teresa Lavell who will talk about the health of bee populations and offer tips and techniques to make home gardens a welcome place for honey bees, native bees, birds and other pollinators. June 27, 1-2:30 p.m. $5. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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June Final Cut Pro X workshop
The Midpeninsula Community Media Center will offer an 8-hour course on using Final Cut Pro X, taught by a profession with years of video editing and teaching experience. Hardware, software, handouts and raw footage will be provided. June 27 and 28, noon-4 p.m. $100. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

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Youth Animation Workshop (July 6-10)
In this weeklong workshop, the Midpeninsula Community Media Center will lead students in grades six to eight in using industry animation software to create 2D animations and special effects. Participants will also use green-screen technology to combine actors with digital elements using Adobe After Effects. Monday-Friday, July 6-10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $450. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

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Drop-in Bike Clinic
Once monthly, professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy will visit the Mountain View Public Library to share advice and help with changing tires, adjusting shifting and brakes, identifying mysterious noises and more. Third Saturday of the month, April 18-Aug. 15, 11-12:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.