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Home front: Architectural tours; tree walks

Also, register for the Palo Alto Citywide Yard Sale and learn more about the local real estate market

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including the schedule of upcoming neighborhood tours, an arborist-led tree walk, information on the Palo Alto Citywide Yard Sale and a class for prospective homebuyers.

ARCHITECTURAL TOURS ... Each week through June 1, the nonprofit Palo Alto Stanford Heritage group is conducting free, guided walking tours that explore the architectural styles of buildings and historical homes in various Palo Alto neighborhoods. Upcoming tours include downtown (Saturday, May 11), College Terrace (Saturday, May 18), Professorville (Sunday, May 19) and just beyond Professorville (Saturday, June 1). Tours start at 10 a.m. For information about where to meet, go to

TREE WALKS ... The environmental nonprofit Canopy is conducting a tree walk in Palo Alto's University South neighborhood on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Expert arborists Dave Dockter and Ted Kipping will lead the tour and talk about trees in the neighborhood, including the autumn gold ginkgo, raywood ash and western catalpa. The walk starts at the Palo Alto Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Ave. The group holds walks the second Saturday of each month. Upcoming tours include: Edible Urban Forest (June 8), Cuesta Park (July 13) and Remarkable Trees of East Palo Alto (Aug. 10). To RSVP for the free walks, email

CITYWIDE YARD SALE...Residents who want to sell items at the Palo Alto Citywide Yard Sale scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, June 1, must register by Friday, May 10, to have the location of their yard sale with a description of their merchandise published online and in the May 31 print edition of the Palo Alto Weekly. To register, go to, email or call 650-496-5910.

HOMEBUYING CLASS... Christina Hood, founder and CEO of SVHoods, Global Real Estate Group at Keller Williams, is teaming up with Spiro Hischmech, vice president of Mortgage banking at Premier Lending Inc., to help prospective homebuyers understand the Palo Alto real estate market during an hour-long class on Wednesday, May 29, at 505 Hamilton Ave., Suite 100, Palo Alto. The duo will talk about whether to buy, the difference between off- and on-market homes, ways to finance your home and Palo Alto home prices. The event is free. To register, go to

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