Updated: December 3, 2012 6:03AM
Bonsai basics at Taltree: Matt McBain teaches bonsai tree basics — species, soil, pruning techniques and more — from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3, at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, 71 N. County Road 500W. Cost is $35 for nonmembers and $30 for members. Registration and advance payment are required. Call 462-0025.
Gravy drive: The Valparaiso Swim Club is hosting a gravy drive for 500 Turkeys, a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving 500 local families a Thanksgiving meal they can prepare at home. The goal is to collect 1,000 cans, jars or packs of turkey gravy. A dropbox is manned from 7 to 9 weeknights until Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Valparaiso High School pool, 2727 N. Campbell St. Call 916-4792 or email email@example.com.
Children’s Book Club: Children in kindergarten and first grade are invited to register for the new book club at the Thomas branch of the Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. The club meets as follows: at 6:30 p.m. Fridays (Nov. 2, 16, 30 and Dec. 7; at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14; and at 11 a.m. Saturdays (Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 8 and 15). Call 926-7696.