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"Orchids for All Seasons" will be the theme of the Peninsula Orchid Society's 1999 show and sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 9 and 10, at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City (one mile west of El Camino Real).

As well as beautiful orchids for sale, the event will also include exhibits, lectures and demonstrations on orchid culture, and growing and potting tips. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and disabled, and children under 5 are free. For more information, call 365-1765.

Workshop offered on pruning roses

Landscape contractor Julia Powers will give a class on rose pruning from 10:30 to noon, Jan. 9, at Common Ground, 2225 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. A hands-on demonstration at a nearby garden and information about organic fertilizers and controlling disease and pests will also be part of the program. Cost is $10. For more information, call 328-6752.

Arborist shares pruning tips

Kevin Raftery, a well-known local arborist and author, will show how to tell dead wood from healthy, dormant wood and how to shape various fruit trees to maximize health and fruit production in a class from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Jan. 16, at Common Ground, 2225 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Bring your pruning shears. Cost is $20. For more information, call 328-6752.

Unusual sewing and craft classes

"Make Your Own Japanese Clothes," "Japanese Paper Dolls," "Lace Hats Workshop," "The Perfect Pillow, "Antique Ribbonwork and Trims" and "Pottery Shard Necklace" are some of the upcoming winter and spring classes offered at The Sewing Workshop at 2010 Balboa St., in San Francisco. For a free catalog, call (415) 221-7397 or check its Website, www.sewingworkshop.com.

Old and new garden tools

Jack Allen of Smith and Hawken will present a program on "Tools, Old, New and Unusual," based on "The Smith and Hawken Tool Book for the Well-Tended Garden," at the January meeting of the Western Horticultural Society at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 13, in the Loyola School multipurpose room, 770 Berry Ave.,

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