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Home front: High honors; spring tomato tips

Also, home values expected to dip and harvesting on the farm

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a realtor who has won the California Association of Realtors' top awards, home value predictions, tips on growing spring tomatoes and an upcoming opportunity to volunteer at a garden.

HIGH HONORS... The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) has awarded Realtor Sue Walsh the title of Director for Life — one of the association's most prestigious awards. To be considered, a member must have years of outstanding performance and dedicated service to the organization, including a minimum of 10 years of active service to C.A.R. and at least five years as a C.A.R. Director. Walsh has been a member of the San Mateo County Association of Realtors for 39 years and a C.A.R. Director almost every year since 1995.

HOME VALUES EXPECTED TO DIP ... Palo Alto's median home value is expected to drop over the next year, according to online real estate database company Zillow. Palo Alto home values have declined 2.1 percent over the past year, and Zillow predicts they will fall another 3.5 percent by next February. The median price of homes currently listed in Palo Alto is $3 million, while the median price of homes that have sold is $2.5 million. The average list price per square foot is $1,539, which is higher than the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Metro average of $684. To read Zillow's full Home Prices & Values index, go to

SPRING TOMATO TIPS ... Learn all about how to grow tomatoes during a free class led by Master Gardener Mary Collins from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Collins will teach participants how to grow and care for tomatoes in containers, raised beds or in the ground. She will cover types and varieties that do well in our particular climate, starting from seed or transplant, and share watering, fertilizing and pest-management tips. There also will be hands-on opportunity to transplant seedlings.

HARVESTING ON THE FARM ... Those looking to get their hands dirty are invited to drop by the O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm on the Stanford campus to help harvest, weed, plant and learn other farming chores during open farm volunteer hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. No prior experience is required. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and clothes they don't mind getting dirty. For more information, email

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