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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

November 29, 2010 | 12:26 pm

Castle 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: The courtyard of the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles will be the main stage for the annual Holiday Global Bazaar. Handmade gifts for sale: baskets from Indonesia, suzani pillows from Uzbekistan embroidered with organically dyed silk thread, silk tapestries from Laos. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-4230.

Saturday: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden walking tour will spotlight plants that use little water. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $5 to $7. 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Saturday: The Main Street Holiday Festival will include sidewalk sales and tree lighting. Main Street, Santa Monica. 6 to 9 p.m.

Saturday: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden horticultural curator Jill Morganelli leads this class on how to grow fruits and vegetables organically in winter. The class will cover crops and companion planting, weeds, insects, diseases and more. Noon to 3 p.m. $22 to $25. 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Saturday: Carol Bornstein leads a class on gardening in the shade, with an emphasis on native plants. 9 a.m. to noon. $35 to $45. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. (818) 768-3533.

Getprev Saturday and Sunday:  The annual Bauer Pottery holiday sale will include discounted seconds of Bauer Pottery and Russel Wright American Modern pieces, as well as the Home by Sunset collection. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Bauer Pottery Showroom, 3051 Rosslyn St., Los Angeles. (888) 213-0800 or (818) 500-0666 on the day of the sale.

Saturday and Sunday: Hand-crafted botanical décor and greenery will be on sale at Descanso Gardens’ annual garden boutique in Van de Kamp Hall. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Saturday and Sunday: The West Adams Heritage Assn.’s annual self-guided Holiday Historic Homes Tour will highlight seven 100-year-old homes in Harvard Heights. A docent-led progressive dinner ($70) is scheduled for Saturday, and a self-guided walking tour ($30) is scheduled for Sunday. Dinner tour is by pre-paid reservation only and departs at 3 p.m. The walking tour requires check-in between noon and 2 p.m. (323) 732-4223.

Sunday: The Holiday-Tray-in-a-Day class teaches techniques for creating mosaics from thrift-store and garage-sale buys, art glass and ceramic dishes. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $40 to $50 for instruction plus $20 materials fee. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. Registration required: (626) 821-4623.

Sunday: The historic 1898 Castle Green, a blend of Moroccan and Victorian architecture pictured at top in a colorized historic photo, will open its gates for an annual holiday tour. With docents present, visitors can walk through the original public rooms and more than 20 apartments, all staged for the holidays. 1 to 5 p.m. 99 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. $20; children under 12 are free. (626) 577-6765.

Sunday: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden offers free admission in conjunction with the annual Winter Holiday Open House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crafts and Santa visits for kids, live music, refreshments, gift shopping. 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 can picnic on the rear lawn or terrace of the 1908 estate between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Twenty-minute docent-led tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. for $5. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Installation: “Light Frames,” an outdoor installation by Los Angeles architect Gail Peter Borden, consists of a hand-assembled dome and an enclosed “chapel” built out of translucent vinyl plastic. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through mid-March. Free. Materials & Applications, 1619 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 739-4668.

Kalman exhibition: “Maira Kalman: Various Observations (of a Crazy World)” features more than 100 artworks and an installation that Kalman calls “many tables of many things,” her inspirations and collections as a traveler, reader and walker. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Feb. 13. $5 to $10. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit, top: Friends of the Castle Green Archives

Photo credit, bottom: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times