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Events and Workshops

The Santa Clara Valley Water District participates in many community outreach events. If you would like information about the Water District attending your event, just click here to fill out the request form. Send your completed form to Kaela White at For questions, please call (408) 630-2205. Event participation is dependent on staffing availability. We will respond to your request as soon as possible.


Name of Event/Workshop Description of Event Date Location
Compost Workshops Find out how to build healthy soil, and minimize fertilizer and water use at these workshops.

October 25, 2014
10am - Noon
Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
4000 Middlfield Road
Palo Alto
To register
click here or call (408) 918-4640

October 25, 2014 Palo Alto - various locations
Rain Harvest Seminar for homeowners and design professionals

Make every drop count. Did you know that one inch of rain on a 1000 square foot roof can produce over 600 gallons of water? Capture rainwater on your property and use this free water to irrigate your garden, increase groundwater supplies, and decrease flooding. John Russell of WaterSprout will discuss rain catchment systems as well as the advantages of rain cisterns. Sherri Osaka of Sustainable Landscape Designs will explain various techniques to get rainwater into the ground. Slow it, spread it, sink it.

Contact Kit Gordon,

September 10, 2014


Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA
Cooking Your Food With The Sun

When you cook with the sun, you save money! Your food tastes better! You reduce your carbon footprint! You can make a simple solar cooker with a cardboard box, aluminum foil and a piece of glass. Or you can buy a solar oven, at Common Ground, that will get as hot as your gas or electric oven. Several different versions of solar cookers will be shown, and we will discuss how to use them.

Cost $35

Saturday, September 13, 2014

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Common Ground Nursery, Palo Alto
Grow Your Own Seedlings

There are lots of seedlings for sale in the spring, but growing your own seedlings is exciting and rewarding, and it’s a money-saver! You can choose your favorite variety or try something totally new. We will discuss seeds and seed sources, seedling soil, containers, timing, and care of your seedlings. You can try your hand at pricking out lettuce seedlings!

Cost: $35

Saturday, September 13, 2014

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Common Ground Nursery, Palo Alto
Saving Water, Creating Beauty with California Native Plants

As the continuing drought shrinks our water supply, people are searching for ways to conserve water. Landscaping with California native plants is a proven technique for creating low-water use landscapes. Learn how at the Native Horticultural Symposium.

The symposium runs from 8:45 am to 5 pm on September 20, with on-site registration open at 8 am. Early registration up to September 10 is $90 per person for the general public, $80 per person for California Native Plant Society members and $55 per person for students. After September 10, registration is $100 per person for the general public and $90 per person for CNPS members. Continental breakfast and lunch are included with registration. For free parking and easy access to the symposium, including wheelchair accessibility, park in Foothill lots 7 or 8.

To register with a credit card, click here. To register by mail, print this form, fill it out, attach a check, and mail them to the address on the form.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

8:45 am to 5:00 pm


Foothill College, El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills
Northern California Facilities / Managing Green Buildings Expo and Conference    

The Northern California Facilities/Managing Green Buildings Expo and Conference is an event for facilities engineers and managers, energy managers, green building professionals, contractors and architects in Northern California.

Both trade show and conference are free to attendees.

For more information or to register, see website:


September 24 & 25, 2014 Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener Training

Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener Training

Cost: $120 (Scholarships for up to $60 are available for landscape maintenance professionals)

Location: Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult Community Education (ACE), 591 West Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Registration is now open!
To register: Call Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult Community Education (ACE) at 408-522-2200 or 408-522-2730


Training in English: Wednesdays, Sep 10 to Nov 12, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Training in Spanish: Thursdays, Sep 11 to Nov 13, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult Community Education (ACE)

591 West Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Landscape Online Expo

Landscape Expo is a regional trade show and educational conference for landscape decision makers. The 2014 Landscape Expo - San Mateo hosts 100s of exhibitors representing all areas of the landscape industry including: Construction & Maintenance Equipment, Vehicles/Trucks, Irrigation/Water Management, Nurseries, Plant Material, Pest Control, Lighting, Hardscapes and more.


October 1 & 2, 2014 San Mateo Expo Center