Los Altos rocks this weekend
The Peninsula Gem & Geology Society has scheduled a Recreation with Rocks Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.
Admission is $3 adults, $2 youth 12-18 and free for children under 12.
For more information, visit www.pggs.org.
Native plants for sale at Hidden Villa
The California Native Plant Society has scheduled its semiannual Native Plant Sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
California native plants are naturally adapted to local soil and climate changes; thrive without amendments, fertilizers or pesticides; and offer habitat value.
A free one-hour class on success with native plants is slated at 1 p.m.
The nonprofit, all-volunteer CNPS Nursery opens to the public twice a year: in the spring and in the fall. Proceeds fund chapter activities such as the Gardening with Natives group, field trips, conservation, education and the Trust for Hidden Villa.
Parking is free. Organizers encourage attendees to arrive early for the best selection and to bring boxes in which to carry purchases home. Cash or check only.
Local flower arranger blooms in special event
Carolyn Barnes, a Los Altos flower arranger, is scheduled to discuss “English Flowers Abloom … Arrangements Re-created from the Jubilee Year Chelsea Flower Show” 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 24 at the Freidenrich Conference Center at the Oshman Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Barnes is a former home, garden and crafts columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Town Crier.
The event will include an English breakfast tea, Barnes’ short photo overview of the Chelsea Flower Show and re-creation of five award-winning arrangements and a silent auction.
Tickets are $30-$35. Proceeds benefit the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto.
For tickets and more information, visit www.gamblegarden.org/events or call 329-1356.
Library district sponsors children’s art contest
Children in grades K-8 are invited to submit original art to the Santa Clara County Library District’s “We Are America” contest, in support of “Searching for Democracy,” a California Reads program in partnership with Cal Humanities.
Entrants may submit a painting, collage, drawing or photograph no larger than 8.5-by-11 inches. A panel will judge two entries along with a short paragraph on “What Makes America Great?”
The contest is divided into three categories: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Winners will receive art supplies, and their artwork will be featured on the library’s website and in displays in the library.
To request an entry form or for more information, call 948-7683, ext. 3524.
Turn in artwork and entry forms at the Children’s Desk of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
Weekend Filoli show features local artists
Filoli’s current art exhibition, “Handcrafted and Through the Lens: Nature Interpreted,” includes the art of Los Altos residents Diane Fujimoto and Rosa Farinas.
Meet the Artists opportunities are scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free for members and for those with paid admission to Filoli.
Fioli, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site, is located at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside.
For more information, visit www.filoli.org.
Los Altos watercolorists exhibit at law firm
Los Altos artists Nancy Near and Gerda Cristal are scheduled to display their watercolor paintings at the law firm of Carney, Sugai & Sudweeks LLP through Dec. 27.
A reception with the artists is slated 4-7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the firm, 750 University Ave., Suite 140, Los Gatos.
To RSVP, call Nicole Smith at (408) 354-0200.
Celebrity Forum offers diverse speakers
The 2012-2013 Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series runs through May 3 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus in Cupertino.
The annual series presents speakers from various fields who appear for three consecutive nights.
This year’s lineup includes musical-comedy performance troupe The Capitol Steps, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2; former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Dec. 5, 6 and 7; former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Feb. 6, 7 and 8; documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, March 27, 28 and 29; and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry, May 1, 2 and 3.
For tickets and more information, call 949-7176 or visit celebrityforum.net.