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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

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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.

Aug. 10: The Los Angeles Conservancy hosts a walking tour of City Hall, built in 1928. The tour includes a visit to the tower observation deck, subject to availability. Tours start at 5:30 p.m. and last about two hours. Tours are $5 for Los Angeles Conservancy members and children 12 and under; $10 for the general public. Reservations required: www.laconservancy.org.

Aug. 11: Mandala performs 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.

Aug. 11: Alice Stiles talks about how to use plant groupings, found objects and other elements in the garden. Free. 2:30 p.m. Friends' Hall, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. No reservations needed. (626) 405-2100.

Aug. 13: Flower arranging: Flower Duet class focuses on colorful tropical blooms and traditional cut flowers. 10 a.m. to noon. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $80-$90. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

Aug. 13: Companion planting: Rose expert Amanda Everett discusses plant selection, including companion planting for beauty, pest control, birds, butterflies and more. 10 a.m. $15, members only. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Advance registration required. (818) 949-4200.

Aug. 13: The annual cactus show sponsored by the Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Societies features hundreds of exotic plants. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. Ayres Hall, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

Aug. 13: Horticulturist Lili Singer discusses the basics of gardening with California flora: the definition of a native plant, why natives are valuable, about plant communities, plus planting techniques, establishment, irrigation, pruning and ongoing maintenance. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. $40 to $50. (818) 768-1802.


ONGOING

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-Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ends Sept. 11. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. (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; www.otis.edu (click on “public programs”).

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times

Please send announcements at least three weeks in advance to home@latimes.com or Home section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, Ca 90012.


 
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