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Home front: Rhody talk, class on wall tile

Also, repotting orchids and remodeling for old age

A roundup of local home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula, including a talk on rhodies, putting in wall tile, repotting orchids and aging in place.

TALK ON RHODODENDRONS ... On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the DeAnza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will hold a free program by Tim Walsh on rhododendrons in Germany and Wales. The talk will be at 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Los Altos Masonic Lodge, 146 Main St., Los Altos. Walsh, who lives in Eureka, served as president of the Eureka Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, played a major role in the establishment of the Humboldt Botanical Garden and also is a University of California master gardener.

INSTALLING WALL TILE ... In this do-it-yourself workshop, The Home Depot instructors will help you pick up all the skills you need to successfully install wall tile. This workshop will cover tile trends, options and supplies you will need to complete your tile project and avoid common setbacks. The class is 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at The Home Depot, 1781 East Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto. To register, go to

REPOTTING ORCHIDS ... Learn how to keep your phalaenopsis orchids (the scientific name for the common household orchid) healthy at Summerwinds Nursery's free, 30-minute class on "Repotting Your Orchid" at 9 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 24. The class will demystify what can be an intimidating task. Summerwinds Nursery is located at 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. To register, go to

AGE IN PLACE ... If you're thinking ahead and want to make sure your remodel or retrofits help you stay in your home, sign up for a workshop by Harrell Remodeling on "Designing Your Home Today for All Your Tomorrows." Learn to do updates that provide accessibility for all ages and abilities. The 2-hour workshop will be held Saturday, March 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 944 Industrial Road in Palo Alto. To register go to

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