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Home front: Holiday trash pickup; home repair for seniors

Also, tech and computer help for seniors

A roundup of local home and garden news and events including holiday trash schedule, repair help and computer help for seniors.

HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION ... In Palo Alto, garbage and recycling collection will not occur on Christmas or New Year's Day. If your regular collection day falls on or after one of these holidays (this year it's Tuesdays), your collection day will be moved to the following day for the rest of the week. Regular collection schedules will resume the following week. Remember to place your carts at the curb before 6 a.m. Call GreenWaste of Palo Alto customer service at 650-493-4894 if you have collection questions. The Household Hazardous Waste Station will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 22, and Saturday, Dec. 29. Learn more at

REPAIR HELP FOR SENIORS ... Palo Alto senior center Avenidas connects seniors with below-market-rate handyman services throughout the Midpeninsula. Cities served are: Atherton, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Portola Valley, Stanford, Redwood City and Woodside. For repairs, call 650-289-5426 or email The handyman program provides services for a wide range of jobs, including the installation of smoke detectors, grab bars and wheelchair ramps; carpentry; computer-system repairs; electrical work; plumbing; security; and general yard work and gutter cleaning. The labor charge is $50 per hour with a one-hour minimum. Clients pay for the cost of materials and a one-time travel fee per job. Workers are primarily retired individuals who use their skills to help older adults keep their homes in good condition.

HOME COMPUTER HELP FOR SENIORS ... Senior center Avenidas offers in-home computer support for local seniors through its "Generations Lab" program. The Lab can assist seniors with everything from computers to televisions and smart devices, at a drastically lower rate than many commercially available services. Avenidas will charge $65 per hour plus a $15 travel fee. The service area covered is Palo Alto, Stanford, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Woodside and Mountain View. To schedule an appointment, call 650-289-5409.

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