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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

July 25, 2011 |  6:00 am

Home and garden events are listed 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.

July 26: A Faery Hunt Theater performs as part of Descanso Gardens’ Summer Family Series. Bring a picnic (usually not allowed in the gardens). 5:30 to 7 p.m. Included in garden admission of $3 to $8. Open until 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays through Aug. 25. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

July 28: Kristin Korb performs in conjunction with Descanso Gardens' summer Jazz Evenings. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 25. Included in garden admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

July 30: John Berley, associate at Frederick Fisher & Partners Architects, leads a tour of the noted architect’s work. Event begins at Otis College of Art and Design with a walk through the exhibition “Frederick Fisher: The Circle and the Square.” Bus tour follows with stops at Fisher’s studio (formerly the offices of A. Quincy Jones), the Annenberg Community Beach House and L.A. Louver Gallery. Tour also will drive by the Rialto House, Elsa Rady Studio, Hillstone Santa Monica restaurant and Community Corporation of Santa Monica. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $125 includes transportation and lunch. (310) 665-6850. Registration: www.otis.edu (in search box type “architecture tour Fred Fisher”).

July 30: More than 225 designers and artists sell housewares, jewelry and more at the first Unique L.A. summer show on the Westside. The event includes free workshops by the Urban Craft Center and the Craft and Folk Art Museum as well as food trucks. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 30 and 31. $10; kids 12 and younger are free. Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Air Center, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.

July 30: Learn how to start an organic vegetable garden in this hands-on series with Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, authors of “The Urban Homestead.” The series covers preparing the soil, choosing plants and other basics. Sessions will take place outdoors at the Ranch, part of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 13. Meet at Friends’ Hall, the Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $120 to $135. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

July 30: Tour the Huntington’s agricultural station, the Ranch, an area not typically open to visitors. See examples of ecological gardening methods and talk to the staff. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Program repeats Aug. 27. Free with regular admission of $6 to $20. Friends’ Hall at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

July 30: Kimberly O’Cain, water conservation coordinator for the city of Santa Monica, leads a class on ways to capture, store and use rainwater and gray water. 9 to 11 a.m. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflower and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. $25 to $30. (818) 768-1802.

July 30: The Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter, hosts Merry Ovnick, author of “Los Angeles: The End of the Rainbow,” and real estate expert David Raposa, who will discuss architects Arthur and Alfred Heineman. They were known primarily for their West Adams bungalows. 2 to 4 p.m. Advance tickets required. $20 to $55.

July 31: The Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will be free during its final day. At 1:30 p.m., the butterflies will be released into the garden as part of a closing party. The butterfly pavilion is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through July 31. The garden is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Addition to regular garden admission of $4 to $8. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.


Craft shows: “Ann Weber: Love and Other Audacities” is an exhibition of cardboard sculptures made with a stapler, box cutter and shellac. “Jennifer Angus: All Creatures Great and Small” is a wallpaper-like installation featuring about 3,500 brightly colored insects pinned to the wall. $5 to $7. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ends Sept. 11. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-4230.

Frederick Fisher: The architect has created a site-specific installation featuring literal and metaphorical ruins. Free. Otis Ben Maltz Gallery, first floor, Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles. Ends Sept. 1. (310) 665-6905.

“Life at the Miramar”: Rare photographs, documents and other artifacts depict life at Santa Monica’s landmark home-turned-hotel from the late 1800s to the present. Ends Oct. 18. $3 to $5. Santa Monica History Museum, Santa Monica Public Library campus, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times

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