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Datebook: Events, classes, exhibits for the week ahead

July 19, 2010 |  6:00 am

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Thursday: Descanso Gardens' summer concert series, “The Evolution of American Jazz,” continues under the trees. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through July. Blankets and picnics (normally not allowed) are encouraged. Included in regular garden admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-2400.

Thursday: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden; the University of California Common Ground Garden program; Descanso Gardens and the Garden School Foundation will host three days of workshops, lectures and field trips in honor of the American Horticultural Society’s 18th annual National Children and Youth Garden Symposium. $350. For additional information or to register, call the American Horticultural Society at (703) 768-5700, Ext. 137, or visit www.ahs.org.

Thursday: Prolific designer Karim Rashid appears in conjunction with “Technorganic: Evolutionary Art and Design,” an exhibition of artworks and mass-produced designs by Marcel Wanders, Karim Rashid, Ron Arad, Philippe Starck, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. 6 to 10 p.m. Objct Gallery, 536 W. 1st St., Claremont. (909) 621-0125.

Friday through Sunday: Experts will sell cactus and succulents and answer questions at Fullerton Arboretum's cactus show. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Arboretum is adjacent to the Cal State Fullerton campus, one block west of the 57 Freeway at Yorba Linda Boulevard and Associated Road. (657) 278-4010.

Friday through Sunday: The 12th annual Redondo Beach Antiques Fair will feature porcelain, silver, sculpture, rare paintings, prints, antique and estate jewelry, art glass and pottery. Noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $10. The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. (310) 318-0610‎.

Saturday: Susan Eubank, librarian at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, gives an overview of the collection and shows how to gather information about plants. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 350 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Reservations: (626) 821-3213 or e-mail Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org.

Saturday and Sunday: The second annual Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles will feature more than 200 indie "makers" from across the nation, workshops and entertainment. L.A.-based furniture designer Tanya Aguiniga, pictured above at the Felt Club craft fair in 2008, will be demonstrating her felting and knotting processes. Other participants include ReForm School, the Urban Craft Center and Etsy. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Los Angeles State Historic Park, a.k.a. the Cornfield, 1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. 

Sunday: Trekking L.A., Urban Alfresco’s monthly series of neighborhood tours, will highlight art, mariachis and the Proyecto Jardin community garden in Boyle Heights. 3 to 6 p.m. $25. Tour meets at Mariachi Plaza at First Street and Boyle Avenue, Los Angeles. (323) 282-3563.

Sunday: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden continues its California Native Plant Gardening Workshop Series for Beginners with horticulturist Bart O'Brien and landscape architect Rick Fisher's session, titled “Design Your Native Plant Garden.” 1 to 4 p.m. $48 to $60. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.


Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, continues a weekly lunch program. Visitors are invited to picnic on the rear lawn or terrace of the 1908 estate between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Twenty-minute docent-led tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. for $5, through Oct. 23. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Butterfly pavilion: An interactive exhibition allows visitors to walk among native Southern California butterflies 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.

Design Biennial: The Pasadena Museum of California Art's fourth California Design Biennial, “Action/Reaction,” will highlight works by designers in industrial design, fashion, graphics, transportation and architecture. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through Nov. 1. 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. $5 to $7. (626) 568-3665.

L.A. Box Collective: A newly formed group of 12 Los Angeles-based furniture designers and makers committed to environmentally-conscious design and production show their latest works at a Chinatown gallery through Aug. 29.  Free. Fifth Floor Gallery, 502 Chung King Court, Los Angeles. (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. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. Closed Tuesdays. Through Sept. 6. $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times