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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

February 28, 2011 |  7:00 am

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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.

Saturday: Ethnobotanist Jonathan Davis leads an introduction to edible gardening covering low-labor lawn removal, soil amendment, starting plants from seeds, companion planting and polyculture and water conservative irrigation practices. 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. The Fullerton Arboretum is located on the CSUF campus one block west of the 57 Freeway at Yorba Linda Blvd. and Associated Road. $20 to $25. Preregistration is recommended: (657) 278-3407 by Wednesday.

Saturday: Mike Brown leads a class on spring gardening basics including soil preparation, raised planting beds, container gardens and more. 1:30 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada-Flintridge. $10 to $15. (818) 949 4200.

Saturday: The Home Remodeling & Decorating Show features a number of do-it-yourself workshops, cooking demonstrations with Santa Monica farmers market chefs, the World of Kitchens featuring Wolf ranges and appliances, the Dream Backyard (spas, decks, gazebos, barbecues, fountains, etc.) and hundreds of home improvement exhibitors and new products. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica.

Saturday: In a benefit for the Assistance League of Southern California, the Charles E. Toberman Estate (shown above) opens for a wine tasting and silent auction at 7 p.m. Saturday and a tea and tour on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There are also a limited number of tickets available for a private dinner and a screening on Sunday night in the screening room used in the HBO show "Entourage." The estate was designed by architects Russell & Alpaugh and completed in 1924. Located on a terraced hillside in Hollywood, the home features a two-story solarium with an indoor swimming pool, a guest house, a billiard room, a vaulted wine cellar and an indoor/outdoor theater. Tickets range from $100 to $500. For information: (323) 469-1973.


Ackerman, Aguiñiga: “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. "Crossing the Line: A Space by Tanya Aguiñiga," is a site-specific structure made by the artist best known for felted furniture. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ends May 8. $5 to $7. 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.

Kahn in Venice: An exhibition of travel sketches by Louis Kahn documents the time in Italy spent by the architect whose work includes the Salk Institute in La Jolla. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (closed from 1 to 2 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Ends March 19. Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 443-3250.

"Made Up: Design's Fictions": Models, paintings and computer renderings of objects and processes that can't actually exist, won't work or challenge the notion of utility. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. Through March 20. Free. The Wind Tunnel Gallery, Art Center College of Design, 950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. (626) 396-2469.

Technology and design: The Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles exhibition "Soupergreen"  explores the way that technology can promote architecture and the environment. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ends April 14. $2 to $5. 6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 932-9393.

Wexler show: “Steel and Shade: The Architecture of Donald Wexler” is a survey of drawings, photographs and models by the noted architect. They are augmented by professional photographs and new models fabricated by Cal Poly students, including a full-scale sectional steel model illustrating the prefabrication system that Wexler used in his steel houses. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Ends May 29. $5 to $12.50. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs.(760) 322-4800.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Assistance League of Southern California