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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

October 4, 2010 |  6:00 am


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.

Thursday: The Lili Singer lecture series continues with Los Angeles Times Home columnist Emily Green, who will discuss designing and installing her native plant garden. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $20. (626) 821-4623.

Friday: “From Hand to Mouse, From Furniture to Architecture,” the first in a two-part exhibition by Southern California Institute of Architecture faculty member Coy Howard, opens. Show features 50 images of Howard’s speculative architectural projects and a selection of furniture designs. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Nov. 7. SCI-Arc Gallery, 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles.

Saturday and Sunday: Experts will offer tips on mulching, pruning, winter lawn care and pest control at the Huntington Botanical Gardens’ annual fall plant sale. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Free. Parking lot, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2128.

Saturday: The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles will offer a guided walking tour through Hollywood Forever Cemetery, above. Visit the gravesites of early Hollywood pioneers, stars and movie moguls such as Valentino. Guided walking tours will depart from the fountain inside the main gate every 20 minutes, between 10 a.m. and noon. $20. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 659-3326.

Sunday: Master gardener Florence Nishida leads this basic gardening class on how to grow vegetables. Learn about creating good soil, starting plants from seeds, watering, feeding, transplanting and making compost. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Also Oct. 10. $25 to $30 per class; discounts for those who live in the neighborhood. Edible Garden, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. Registration is required: rmazon@nhm.org; (213) 763-3520.


Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, continues a weekly lunch program. Visitors can 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 are 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.

Spider Pavilion: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s annual attraction is back. Tickets sold for admission at half-hour intervals throughout the day. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last tickets sold for 4:30 p.m., through Nov. 7. $1 to $3. 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-DINO.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times