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Datebook: events, classes, exhibits for the week ahead

November 30, 2009 | 11:00 am

We've listed select home and garden events below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions must be fewer than 75 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 won't edit the comments.

Dec. 4: Costumed hosts will escort visitors through the Victorian homes at the Heritage Square Museum when they are illuminated for the 15th annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration. Evening tours begin at 4 p.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m. Adults, $20; children 12 and younger, $10. Not suitable for children under 6. 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Reservations required: (323) 225-2700, Ext. 223.

Dec. 4: Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi and the American Community Gardening Assn. host this educational training seminar based on the association’s curriculum for leadership development. Topics: community organizing, leadership development, grass-roots fundraising, community development, communications and coalition building. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5. University of California Cooperative Extension, 4800 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles. $45. (877) 275-2242.

Dec. 5: Unique L.A. Holiday Show will include more than 300 makers of housewares such as the coffee table by Mountain Exotics shown above, artwork, ceramics, books, clothing and jewelry. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. $10. California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., downtown Los Angeles.

Dec. 5: Bauer Pottery's annual holiday clearance sale of seconds will feature Bauer's classic ringware and Russel Wright American Modern pieces. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and 12-13. Bauer Pottery showroom, 3051 Rosslyn St., Los Angeles. (818) 500-0666.

Dec. 5:  The annual Echo Park Holiday Sale and Celebration will feature Zyana Aromatherapy, Frog Dog Organic Salsas and Herbs, stockings filled with home baked dog biscuits, and Peter Shire’s pots, cups, dishes and bowls. Santa will also pose for photos with pets ($10 each or three for $20) to help fund money for Echo Park Animal Alliances. Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. Free. Echo Park Pottery, 1850 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles.

Dec. 5: Curator Jill Morganelli leads a series on how to grow fruits and vegetables organically. This week’s installment will focus on winter crops and companion planting, winter diseases, irrigation, soil building, composting and pruning fruit trees. Noon to 3 p.m. $22 to $25. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Registration: (626) 821-4623.

Dec. 5: Steve Gerischer of Larkspur Garden Design lectures on how to simplify your approach to landscaping. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.

Dec. 5: Rachel Young demonstrates how to transform natural materials into holiday décor in this wreath-making workshop. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $30 to $35, includes materials. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Dec. 5: Descanso Gardens hosts a holiday craft boutique with holiday decor and garden-related gifts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. Free with regular admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Dec. 6: Los Angeles Modern Auctions hosts an auction of art, sculpture and other designs. Highlights include sculpture by Peter Voulkos, 29 original pieces by George Nakashima, several works by George Nelson and ceramic pieces by Otto Natzler. Noon. 16145 Hart St., Van Nuys. (323) 904-1950.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo caption: Unique Los Angeles exhibitor Mountain Exotics