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HOME FRONT: Planting Camellias, Garden Photography

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PLANTING CAMELLIAS ... On Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., you can learn about including camellias in your garden plan. The class will cover the different camellias you can add to your garden and why choose one over another for a given location. A brief history of camellias, different camellia species, care and culture will round out the presentation. Following the presentation, speaker Barbara Tuffli will lead a walk through Gamble Garden, which is on the Camellia Trail. Afterwards there will be a tea reception in the Library. Tuffli inherited her parent's camellia garden, which she was asked to document for the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens. The class is $40 for members and $50 for non-members.

GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY ... Gamble Gardens will also hold a class on "iPhone Garden Photography" on Sunday, March 19 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Gamble Gardens, 1431 Waverley St. in Palo Alto.

This hands-on class taught by commercial photographer Tom Upton, is an introduction to the art of iPhone photography in the garden using basic techniques and key features of the camera. After a brief orientation session in the Carriage House on the mechanics of the iPhone camera and some simple rules of composition, Upton will lead the class outside to take pictures in Gamble Garden. Class size is limited so that each person can have personal attention. The class is open to members only until Feb. 1 and then will open to non-members. Cost is $40 for members and $50 for non-members.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ... It's always good to think through what you or your family members should do in an emergency. The Palo Alto Fire Department offers these simple things to think about before you call 9-1-1. First, know where you are: Where are you right now? Could you tell 9-1-1 exactly where to find you? The call taker may not automatically know your location or may ask you to confirm it. Second, stay calm and ready to listen: The call taker is there to help. Be ready to listen and follow directions. Know where the emergency is: One of the first things you'll be asked for is the location of the emergency. Provide landmarks such as cross streets and identifiable buildings.

When using your cellphone: The current 9-1-1 system is designed for VOICE communications only.

Texting 9-1-1 is not an option in most locales; you must dial 9-1-1 and speak with a call taker. Lock your keypad when you're not using your phone, so 9-1-1 isn't dialed by mistake. Do not give old phones to children as toys. A wireless phone with no active service can still call 9-1-1. If you accidentally call 9-1-1, stay on the line and tell the call taker that you DO NOT have an emergency.

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