Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead
Dec. 12 and 13: Bauer Pottery holds its annual holiday clearance sale featuring seconds, Bauer’s classic ring ware and Russel Wright American Modern pieces (shown above). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bauer Pottery showroom, 3051 Rosslyn St., Los Angeles. (818) 500-0666.
Dec. 12 and 13: The Sawdust Art Festival’s 19th annual “Winter Fantasy” craft show will feature works by more than 170 artists including fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting and sculpture. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. $6. (949) 494-3030.
Dec. 8: Make an old-fashioned wreath using fresh greens from the grounds of the Los Angeles County Arboretum. 10 a.m. to noon. Bring gardening gloves, clippers, wire cutters and any decorations you wish to add. $25 to $30 (materials included). 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $25 to $30. Registration required: (626) 821-4623.
Dec. 8: The California Native Plant Society hosts Emily Green, author of the always timely Dry Garden column and the water conservation blog "Chance of Rain." Green will discuss her experiences as a native gardener in "A Decade of Killing Plants and Learning From the Survivors." 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, Santa Monica, 1008 11th St., Santa Monica. Free. For more information, click here.
Dec. 11 and 18: The historic Spanish Colonial Revival-style Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum will be decorated for holiday tours. 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Tours will include light refreshments and a reproduction of a small Malibu tile. $15. Reservations required: (310) 456-8432.
Dec. 12: Create your own hand-made evergreen wreaths, accented with magnolia leaves and cut flowers, in this workshop presented by Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet. Participants will also learn how to keep flowers fresh in a wreath, swag, or garland for longer-lasting enjoyment. 10 a.m. to noon. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $75 to $85. Registration: (626) 405-2128.
Dec. 12: Storyteller Al Steigerwald reads Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicholas.” (A manuscript of the poem is part of the Huntington Library’s collection.) Enjoy hot cocoa, carolers, a scavenger hunt and more. 11 a.m. to noon. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $15 to $20 per person. Registration: (626) 405-2128.
Dec. 12: Kids 7 to 12 can create mini holiday trees using fresh greenery and cut flowers in this workshop led by the design team from Flower Duet. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $25 to $30 (includes one accompanying adult). Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration: (626) 405-2128.
Dec. 12 and 13: Descanso Gardens hosts the Holiday Story Time Brunch with seatings at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Families can enjoy a Patina Catering breakfast including that includes cookie decorating for dessert. Also includes story time and a ticket for a ride on the Enchanted Railroad. $37 to $45 for adults, $15 for children 4-10; free for children 3 and younger. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Reservations: (818) 790-3663.
Dec. 12 and 13: A jewelry and accessory trunk show will feature botanically inspired creations from independent vendors and craftspeople. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free with regular garden admission of $3 to $8. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.
Dec. 13: The third Co-Lab Art & Craft market will feature more than 30 vendors of handmade gifts, fashion items and other treats. 1 to 8 p.m. Nucleus Gallery, 210 E. Main St., Alhambra. (626) 458-7482; (626) 458-7477.
Dec. 13: The Homestead Museum celebrates the holidays with bilingual performances of Las Posadas, Victorian music, vintage jazz and historic house tours featuring period decorations. 1 to 5 p.m. On Dec. 19, the Homestead will have evening tours focusing on how the celebration of Christmas in Southern California changed from the 1840s through the 1920s. Tours will depart every 30 minutes from 4 to 8 p.m. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. $5. (626) 968-8492.
Dec. 13: The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden’s Victorian Queen Anne cottage will be open to see holiday decorations in this guided tour. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with regular admission of $3 to $8. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.
-- Lisa Boone
Photo credit: Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times