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Home front: hands-on art; brew your own

 

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a family-friendly event at the Palo alto Art Center, class on homemade beer and Gamble Gardens' upcoming "Tomato Extravaganza."

HANDS-ON ART ... The Palo Alto Art Center will hosts its "Summer of Photography Family Day," 2-4:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6. There will be hands-on art activities for kids and families and an opportunity to explore the creativity of photography and see the Art Center's exhibition: Michael Light: Planetary Landscape. Art activities are appropriate for children ages 5 and up. The Palo Alto Art Center is located at 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

BREW YOUR OWN ... On Saturday, Aug. 12 , the city of Palo Alto Library will host a talk on how to brew beer for those interested in making homemade beer. The informal presentation is intended to help demystify the home-brewing process and teach participants about different beer styles. Registration is encouraged but not required. For more information, contact Alison de Geus at alison.degeus@cityofpaloalto.org. The event will be held at the Mitchell Park Library's Midtown Room, 4050 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

TOMATO EXTRAVAGANZA ... On Saturday, Sept. 9, 9:30 -11:30 a.m., Gamble Gardens will host its fifth annual "Tomato Extravaganza" where participants can bring their extra tomatoes, share new and heirloom varieties with other tomato enthusiasts and taste tomato dishes. Your tomato harvest wasn't so abundant? Come anyway and learn the secrets of growing good tomatoes from Ella Ancheta, Gamble's Garden Manager for the past eight years. The event is free but the garden asks that attendees register at gamblegarden.org. Gamble Garden is located at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

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