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CONTRACTOR'S SERVICE RECOGNIZED ... The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club has recognized member and contractor Tom Sako for his 25 years of continued service on National Rebuilding Day. Each year he has organized the Kiwanis effort to revitalized local communities by fixing homes and buildings as part of Rebuilding America. Sako managed up to 20 volunteers to make sure all of the work could be completed in just one day. Each year on the last Saturday in April, National Rebuilding Day unites the largest nationwide group of volunteers in an effort to revitalize local communities by providing repairs for vulnerable families including painting, repairing gutters, fences, steps, window sills and doors and yard cleanup.

CONTAINER GARDENING ... The Filoli Estate in Woodside will offer a horticulture class on Saturday, May 12 , on creating edible container gardens. The class will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Filoli Garden Horticulturist Jessica Goehler will show students how to design and care for a container garden, focusing on edible flowers and herbs. Participants will take home their own container garden. The cost is $75, with Filoli members getting a 20 percent discount. Fee includes materials. To register, go to filoli.org. Filoli is located at 86 Canada Road, Woodside.

PEST CONTROL ... Do you have pests (deer, gophers or moles) in your garden? Because roses are a choice food for gophers and deer, the Peninsula Rose Society invites you to "How to Deal with Gophers, Deer and Moles in the Garden" presented by UC Master Gardener Janice Moody. She will share valuable information on dealing with these "critters." The talk will be held Tuesday, May 15 , 7:30 - 9 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.

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