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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

June 14, 2010 |  6:00 am

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Saturday: More than 100 Navajo weavings ranging from $100 to $10,000 in value will be available at this silent auction. Weaving demonstrations will continue from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Absentee bids will be accepted, and all bidding closes at 3 p.m. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667.2000; .

Saturday: Horticulturist Lili Singer leads a class on the basics of gardening with California flora. The class will cover the value of native plants plus planting techniques, irrigation, pruning, maintenance and places to see and buy the plants. Noon to 3:30 p.m. $35 to $45. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford Road, Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.

Saturday: Descanso Gardens horticulturist Mike Brown leads a class on organic gardening. 10 to 11 a.m.  1418 Descanso Drive, LaCanada Flintridge. $10 general public; free for members.

Sunday: Gabrieleno-Tongva tribal member Mark F. Acuña will guide visitors through the history and culture of the Tongva people, the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles region at Ranch Santa Ana Botanic Garden's Tongva Village Site. 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday and June 26. Members, $25; non-members, $32. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

Thursday: The Camellia Lounge opens inside Descanso Gardens' Japanese Full Moon Tea House, shown above. The lounge will offer cocktails and small plates from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays through Sept. 9. 1418 Descanso Drive, LaCanada Flintridge. Admission is free with gardens admission of $3 to $8. (818) 949-4200.

Friday: Learn about Japanese cultural traditions as Reiko Kawamura and Yumiko Kikkawa lead a class on advanced Ikebana at 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A basic class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $65 members; $80 non-members; $32 materials fee payable to the instructor. Please bring a shallow container, clippers and a large needle holder. Registration required: (626) 821-4623.

Friday: Dwell on Design, the modern design exhibition and conference, will feature more than 100 design industry experts, 200 exhibitors featuring the latest home designs, 80 live presentations, home tours, panels and more. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday (to the trade only); 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday;  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles. Three-day weekend pass begins at $30. Home tours, $85. www.dwellondesign.com.‎

June 26: Hundreds of award-winning plants will be on view as the Cactus and Succulent Society of America presents its annual show and sale, featuring rare specimens native to Chile, Argentina, Botswana, Madagascar, and the Middle East. Early-bird plant sale noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free.  (626) 405-2100.

June 26: Michael Wall will show students how to collect seeds in the garden in “Collecting, Processing, and Storing Native Plant Seed.” Then, working at the seed-storage facility, students will learn how to properly document, clean and prepare the seed for storage. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members, $78; non-members, $94. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

June 27: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden research associate Bob Allen leads “Promoting Pollinators in Your Native Plant Garden.” Allen will discuss how you can ensure a healthy, sustainable pollinator and beneficial fauna population in your native garden. 1 to 3 p.m.  Class fee: $27 members; $30 general public.  1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

June 27: Lili Singer leads a class on how to take out your lawn and use alternatives for the space, including low-care native plants that need no fertilizer and use little water. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $35 members; $45 non-members. Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford Road, Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.

ONGOING

Butterfly pavilion: A new interactive exhibition that allows visitors to walk among native Southern California butterflies opens at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Aug. 1. Entry fee is $2 on top of regular garden admission of $4 to $8. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

L.A. Box Collective: The newly formed L.A. Box Collective, a group of 12 Los Angeles-based professional furniture designers and makers committed to environmentally-conscious design and production, display their their latest works. Fifth Floor Gallery, 502 Chung King Court, Chinatown. Ends Aug. 29. (213) 687-8443.

Rohlfs exhibition: The first major exhibition of furniture and decorative art by the American craftsman Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) features more than 40 pieces from 10 museums and private collections. Through Sept. 6. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Neutras: “The Amazing Neutras in Orange County” is a survey of about 20 architectural works by Richard Neutra over the last half-century. Through July 17. Objct Gallery, 536 W. 1st St., Claremont. (909) 621-0125.

-- Lisa Boone

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Photo credit: Descanso Gardens

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