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Home Front: Household assistance for seniors; flower and garden show


A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

REAL HELP FOR SENIORS ... Seniors and the homebound residing on the Peninsula may request free assistance with household tasks during the week of May 8-12 through the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors' Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP). RSVP is offered each year in the month of May to qualified seniors who cannot perform certain household tasks due to physical or financial constraints. The deadline for seniors to apply for this free assistance is March 22. During RSVP Week, teams of Realtors and affiliates (professionals who provide industry-related services) will visit senior households and perform various cleaning and maintenance tasks free of charge. Seniors can request to have light bulbs replaced, furnace filters changed, windows cleaned, mattresses turned, new smoke-detector batteries installed and other light housekeeping tasks. The annual community-service program was started in 2001 and later adopted as an official association community-outreach project. Local RSVP days are as follows: Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Atherton and Woodside will be on Monday, May 8; Palo Alto and East Palo Alto on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9-10; Los Altos and Mountain View on Tuesday, May 9. Seniors may request an application by contacting SILVAR at 408-200-0100 or visiting to download an application. The application should be mailed to Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, 19400 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 100, Cupertino, CA 95014 before the March 22 deadline.

SF FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW ... The 2017 annual San Francisco Flower & Garden show will be held Wednesday, April 5 to Sunday, April 9 at the San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Hours will be Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Go to for tickets and more information.

BUY SOME RHODIES ... The De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will hold a rhododendron sale in downtown Los Altos in the parking lot south of State Street and north of the Los Altos Masonic Lodge on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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