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Home front: sewing session; garden of eats


A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a sewing session at the Mountain View Public Library, Common Ground Garden's Edible Garden Tour fundraiser and a succulents class in San Carlos.

SEWING SESSION ... Do you have a project you need to finish but don't have access to a machine? The Mountain View Public Library will hold a "Sew Sew" session on Monday, June 26, 6:15-8 p.m. The library has four sewing machines (model: Baby Lock Grace and/or Baby Lock Rachel) and one serger (Baby Lock Imagine) that are available for use within the library. Each machine is available for one session (1 hour, 45 minutes). Walk-ins may not be guaranteed a sewing machine; reservations are highly recommended. Library staff are available to assist with the machines, but sewing instruction is not provided. You should feel comfortable sewing on your own. Sewing machines are equipped with new needles and a variety of accessories (zipper foot, buttonhole foot, etc.) The library has a limited supply of donated thread and notions. If you need a specific item, bring it. You may use your own machine at the sewing tables if space allows. If you intend to bring your own machine, please phone the library in advance as there is limited seating. Sewing sessions may be canceled due to library staffing or sewing machine issues. It is suggested you phone the Library before you come to confirm. For more information, call Candace Bowers at 650-903-6877.

GARDENS OF EATS ... Tickets for Common Ground Garden's annual Edible Garden Tour fundraiser (July 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) are on sale now. All proceeds from ticket sales go to support programs, including the group's sustainable demonstration garden, youth education, adult volunteering and education, and donating fresh vegetables each week to local food closets. Tickets include a map of participating gardens and orchards on the self-guided tour. Start your tour by visiting Common Ground Garden for free garden snacks, drinks and a raffle. Rediscover the delights of small, local gardens in your community. This year, the 13 gardens on the tour will be concentrated in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos. To register, go to

SUCCULENT SUCCESS ... "The Art of Succulents for Gardens, Big and Small," is a class offered on Saturday, June 24, at Lyngso Garden Materials in San Carlos. Create a centerpiece for your patio with succulents, or reuse an object as a container for a succulent. The clinic will include a hands-on aspect of creating tabletop planters. Participants are encouraged to bring their own unusual containers to the class. Limited number of succulents will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own as well. Instructor Melvin Harrington has been gardening professionally for more than 25 years. Harrington is a landscape supervisor at San Francisco International Airport. To register, go to The class is from 10 a.m. to noon at Lyngso Garden Materials, 345 Shoreway Road, San Carlos.


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