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Marcia Donahue, a Berkeley artist, sculptor and gardener will present a program on planting sculpture and sculpting plants at the January meeting of the Western Horticultural Society. The meeting, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Jan. 12 in the multipurpose room at Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave., Los Altos, will also include a plant discussion and raffle. All are welcome. For more information, call Jean Fowkes at 327-9522.

Volunteer oppotunities at Hidden Villa

Interested in volunteering for ornamental and landscape gardening, organic vegetable gardening, wood-splitting, the environmental education program or in other capacities at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills? Please contact Patricia Becker, volunteer coordinator, at 949-8655 for more information.

Mushroom Hike at Hidden Villa

Sign up now for the Mushroom Hike at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Wade Leschyn of the Mycological Society of San Francisco will discuss edible and poisonous varieties. The hike, contingent on the weather, is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is open to ages 10 and up. Cost, $8 per person. For information and reservations, call 949-8653.

Gamble Garden classes

January classes at Gamble Garden Center include "Care and Culture of Roses," 9-11 a.m., on Jan. 15, "Formality and Fantasy in French Gardens," and "Pruning Japanese Maples," 9-11 a.m. Jan.22. Fees for all three classes are $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For registration and information, call 329-1356. The Gamble Garden Center is open to the public every day of the year and is located at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

Become a Filoli docent in 2000

The 2000 training cycle for new house and garden docents at Filoli Center runs Saturdays from early February until early April on Saturdays. Filoli, on Canada Road in Woodside, is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation administered by Filoli Center.

A Volunteer Interest Forum on Saturday, Jan. 22, will introduce prospective docents to a range of volunteer services; volunteer orientation will be presented on Jan. 29. If you are interested in becoming a house and garden docent, contact Ken Rives, vice-president for volunteer resources, at 364-8300, ext. 300.

Nature education training classes at Filoli begin on Jan. 14 and will be held every Friday for about 10 weeks. Classes include morning instruction and early afternoon hikes. The Nature Education Program provides docent-led hikes for scheduled groups. For more information, call Carol Tegtmeier at 329-1529 or Susan Hine at 851-7252.

Classes at The Sewing Workshop

"Slipcover Workshop," "Japanese Closet," "Contemporary Sashiko," "Beginning Sewing" and "Tailoring" are some of the classes offered in January by The Sewing Workshop located at 2010 Balboa St., San Francisco. To receive a free class schedule, call (415)221-7397 or see www.sewingworkshop,com for a complete listing of events and classes, which include workshops at Asilomar in Pacific Grove and at Lake Tahoe, a shopping tour in Half Moon Bay and two designer sales at the shop, scheduled for June 4 and Dec. 3, 2000.

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