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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

October 12, 2009 |  6:00 am

We've listed select home and garden events below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions must be fewer than 50 words and must be for one-time events with legitimate value to other readers. No store promotions and no frivolous links, please. L.A. at Home staff will determine which submissions will be made public, but we will not be editing the postings.

Oct. 12: The Shipley Nature Center and Ewing Irrigation host a seminar on the economics of rainwater harvesting from 6 to 9 p.m. A building demonstration of a subterranean rainwater storage system will follow on Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. Free. (714) 673-8972.

Oct. 12: Bonhams & Butterfields will auction antique Oriental rugs including Mohtasham Kashan carpets of central Persia and bold Turkish Oushak designs. 1 p.m. 7601 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

Oct. 12: Kazuyo Sejima, co-principal of the Tokyo-based architecture firm SANAA, lectures as part of UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design's "On the Cusp" lecture series. 6:30 p.m. Perloff Hall, UCLA. Free. (310) 267-4704.

Oct. 13: Orange County and Los Angeles designers will be featured in Casa California, a design house presented by California Homes Magazine. Benefits the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Public tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, through Nov. 8. Extended hours to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. $35. Free parking with complimentary shuttle service from the upper lot of Quail Hill Community Park, 35 Shady Canyon Drive (entrance off Interstate 405 at Shady Canyon exit). For tickets and information: (714) 840-7542.

For events Oct. 14 and beyond, please click to the jump.

Oct. 14: The website Greenfolio.com hosts a showcase featuring the work of local furniture makers, artisans and artists who create work using sustainable materials and practices. The evening will feature presentations from companies introducing bedding, modular building systems and other products. 7 to 10 p.m. Livingreen, 10000 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Free. Registration required.

Oct. 15: The fall Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series continues with a field trip to the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes. This private tram tour, narrated by biologist and plantswoman Laurel Woodley, will traverse the garden’s grounds including stops at the propagation workshop and the new Mediterranean-climate garden, where California natives predominate. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Registration required: (626) 821-4623.

Oct. 16: The nonprofit preservation organization Pasadena Heritage will present its annual Craftsman Weekend featuring a tour of significant Craftsman-era houses, exhibits by antique dealers specializing in the Arts & Crafts Movement, special bus and walking tours and exclusive evening receptions at historic sites. Oct. 16 through 18. For tickets and event specifics: (626) 441-6333.

Oct. 16: The Southland Orchid Show Committee celebrates its 50th anniversary with a show and sale Oct. 16 to 18 at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18. $15 to $20. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.   

Oct. 16: Eighty dealers will sell period furniture, decorative accessories and more at the CALM Antiques & Vintage Decorative Arts Show and Sale. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18. $5 to $6, children younger than 12 are free. Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara. (805) 898-9715.

Oct. 17: San Diego Botanic Garden, formerly Quail Botanical Gardens, hosts its 27th annual fall plant sale featuring donations from more than 100 local growers, wholesalers, retail nurseries and individuals. Plant selections include California natives, cactuses, succulents, bromeliads, fruit trees and subtropicals. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18. Free with regular admission of $6 to $12. (760) 436-3036.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Debra Lee Baldwin