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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

January 17, 2011 |  7:58 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 text.

Monday: Dealers from around the world congregate for Photo L.A., which calls itself the largest photo-based art fair in the country. Programming include lectures and seminars on collecting. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $20. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. (323) 937-5525.

Thursday: Yvonne Savio, manager of the University of California Cooperative Extension Common Ground Garden Program in Los Angeles County, discusses ways that household throwaways can be used as garden tools. Part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $20. (626) 821-4623.

Thursday: Glen Creason, map librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library for 20 years, will discuss his new book, “Los Angeles in Maps,” a cartographic history. 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles. Free. (323) 913-4710.

Thursday: George Hatfield will present the program “New Pendulous Cymbidiums” at the meeting of the San Gabriel Valley Orchid Hobbyists. 7:15 p. m. Event will include refreshments, a silent auction, a raffle of software based on orchid research database and a raffle of plants. Free. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 335-6641.

Grasses Saturday: Horticulturist Barbara Eisenstein will discuss great native grasses that are easy to find, are easy to grow and mix well with other low-water plants 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nopalito Native Plant Nursery, 4107 E. Main St., Ventura. $10. (805) 844-7449.

Saturday: Lora Hall of Full Circle Gardening will discuss how to prune a neglected or damaged tree in the winter. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $35 to $45. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

Saturday: Rachel Young, Descanso Gardens native plant horticulturist, leads the first session of this two-part class covering the basics of soil, plant selection, planting techniques, watering and container gardening. 10 a.m. Part 2 of the class is March 5. $10 to $20 for both classes. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200;.

Saturday: Landscape architects Anna Armstrong and Richard Walker will discuss topography and drainage issues, sun and shade conditions, soils, existing trees and plants, climate zones and more. Bring location photos and, if possible, a plan. 1:30 to  3:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.

Sunday: "A Marriage of Craft and Design: The Work of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman" includes examples of ceramics, tile mosaics, wood carvings, textiles and other crafts from the Culver City couple. (That's Evelyn Ackerman's work pictured at top.) Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-4230.


Bischoff exhibition: The retrospective “Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff,” features Bischoff's early hand-painted ceramic works and landscape paintings. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through March 20. $5 to $7. Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. (626) 568-3665.

Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, allows visitors to 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. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $10. (310) 440-4500.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credits from top: Steve Oliver; Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times


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