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Home front: Tree survey, top-selling local Realtors

Also, learn pruning techniques for camellias

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a street tree survey in need of volunteers and a local team placing first in a ranking of the nation's top-selling realtors.

TREE SURVEY ... Help keep Palo Alto's street trees healthy by volunteering for a street tree survey with Canopy on Saturday, July 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. You'll learn to assess basic tree care needs, and using Canopy's tree map on your phone, go out in a group of two to five people to locate and survey street trees throughout a neighborhood. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity suitable for all ages (and counts toward high school service hours ). Sign up at canopy.org or for more information, email info@canopy.org.

TOP-SELLING LOCAL REALTORS ... Five teams of local real estate agents and 11 individual local sales people were among the top-selling 250 teams and 250 agents nationwide this past year, according to REAL Trends, a private communications company that annually publishes "The Thousand" list. Palo Alto Realtor Ken DeLeon took the top spot in the team category: The DeLeon team was No. 1 in volume, with $853,540,013 in annual sales. At No. 17, Keri Nicholas of Parc Agency Corporation in Menlo Park was the top local individual seller by volume, with sales of $227,009,500. Find a complete listing of top-selling local teams and individuals at paloaltoonline.com.

CAMELLIA PRUNING ... Get your camellia plants in shape now for beautiful blooms this winter at a workshop at Filoli gardens on Friday, July 12, 10 a.m. to noon. An informative walk, talk and demonstration will cover camellia pruning practices and teach you how to ensure continued growth and new buds. Cost is $60. Filoli is located at 86 CaƱada Road, Woodside. For more information, go to filoli.org

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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