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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

August 22, 2011 |  7:00 am

Home and garden events are listed below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions should be  for one-time events with legitimate value to other readers. No store promotions and no frivolous links, please.

Aug. 25: Denise Donatelli performs the final installment of Descanso Gardens' summer jazz evenings. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Garden stays opens until 8 p.m. Concert included in garden admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Aug. 26: The Anaheim Home & Garden Show includes kitchen and bath products, solar energy products, green building materials and landscape ideas. Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $5 to $7. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave. (949) 361-9142.

Aug. 26-28: The Pasadena House Beautiful Expo features home improvement professionals and displays. Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. (800) 999-5400 Ext. 125.


Aug. 27: Curator Caitlin Bergman leads a workshop on permaculture, covering key concepts in what’s touted as a more natural form of gardening. 10 a.m. to noon. $25 to $28. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Aug. 27: View examples of ecological gardening methods during an open house for the Huntington Library’s Ranch, an experimental site for urban gardening. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Included in general admission of $6 to $20. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Aug. 28: Caitlin Bergman leads a hands-on workshop on how to make body care products using organic herbs such as lavender, shown above. 4 to 7 p.m. $60 to $65. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. Registration required: (626) 821-4623 or jill.berry@arboretum.org.


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; www.otis.edu (click on “public programs”).

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.

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-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times