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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

July 5, 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: David MacLaren, curator of Asian gardens at the Huntington, will discuss the horticultural, aesthetic and philosophical differences between Japanese and Chinese gardens, with a focus on plants and pruning techniques. A sale will follow the program. 2:30 p.m. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. (626) 405-2100

Thursday: Marta Teegan will discuss her new book, “Homegrown,” a guide for creating easy-to-tend vegetable plots. 7 p.m. Free. Vromans, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320.

Thursday:  The Southern California Horticultural Society  hosts plant pathologist Jim Downer, who will discuss diseases and pests, common and uncommon. After a brief slide show, Downer will look at samples of diseased plants brought in plastic bags by audience members. 7:30 p.m. $5. Friendship Auditorium near Griffith Park, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles. (818) 567-1496.

Bauer Saturday: Bauer hosts a monthly showroom sale (shown at right) of Bauer Pottery and Russel Wright American Modern seconds. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 3051 Rosslyn St., Atwater. (818) 500-0666.

Saturday: The Venice Chamber of Commerce and Earth Day Los Angeles present “Venice Eco-Fest 2010 - Venice Beach Music and
Arts Eco-Festival & Trade Show.” 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The festival will be located on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, in the area of the Venice Plaza & Recreation area at the end of Windward Avenue. (310) 396-8205.

Saturday: Learn the difference between winter and summer pruning and familiarize yourself with the basic tools and techniques in this hands-on workshop with Lora Hall of Full Circle Gardening. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $35 to $45. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

Saturday: Pasadena Heritage hosts a "Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge," from 6 to 11 p.m. Advance tickets $5 to $13.50; day of event $6.50 to $15. (626) 441-6333.

Sunday: The Surfrider Foundation’s West LA/Malibu Chapter offers a hands-on workshop as part of its Ocean Friendly Gardens Program. The class will cover site evaluation, and participants will walk through a yard and discuss the principles of CPR: conservation, permeability and retention. 9 a.m. to noon. $25. 6436 W. 80th Place, Westchester. Registration: oceanfriendlygardens@surfriderwlam.org or (310) 694-8351.


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.

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.

Technorganic exhibit: "Technorganic: Evolutionary Art+Design," an exhibition of artworks and mass-produced designs by Marcel Wanders, Karim Rashid, Ron Arad, Phillipe Starck, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Objct Gallery, 536 W. First St., Claremont. (909) 621-0125.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Los Angeles Times