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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

August 30, 2010 |  8:41 am

Dahlia 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.

Saturday: John Lavranos, collector and plant authority, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Succulent Plants Symposium. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $75, includes lunch. Optional dinner at an additional cost. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Details and registration: (626) 405-3504.

Saturday to Sept. 6: More than 2,500 dahlia plants are in bloom, representing more than 200 varieties at Love House Dahlias’ open house. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7922 Santa Ana Road, Ventura. (805) 648-6808.

Sept. 6: In honor of Labor Day, Descanso Gardens hosts Boddy’s Big Backyard,  an all-day celebration for families. Highlights include a 10 a.m. guided tour of the California Natives Garden with horticulturist Rachel Young,  a reading of “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” at 12:30 p.m. for kids, and music by the Mobile Homeboys from 1 to 3 p.m. Families can bring a picnic and blanket to the Main Lawn (normally not allowed). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.


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.

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

EatLACMA: The Los Angeles-based artist collective Fallen Fruit presents "EatLACMA," a year-long look at food, art, culture and politics. The series features artist's gardens, hands-on events such as jam-making and the exhibition "Fallen Fruit Presents the Fruit of LACMA." It ends with a daylong event on Nov. 7 in which more than 50 artists and collectives re-imagine the museum's campus and galleries. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000.

Neutra show: The traveling survey “The Amazing Neutras in Orange County” highlights 20 works by noted midcentury architect Richard Neutra. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Gallery opens noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, through Oct. 2. Gallery remains open until 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Free. Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 644-6269.

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: Los Angeles Times