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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

September 12, 2011 |  7:00 am

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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.

Sept. 15: Emily Green, who writes L.A. at Home's "The Dry Garden" column, discusses taking over an Altadena garden that had been left to the weeds and transforming it into the flower-filled landscape pictured above. Includes a field trip to the garden. Part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer lecture series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20 per class; $100 for the series. Palm Room, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

Sept. 16: A four-part series covering the basics of converting lawn into a sustainable habitat continues. Workshops start at 9 a.m. and run on Fridays through Sept. 30. Free. Tree of Life Nursery, 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. (949) 728-0685.

Sept. 17: Horticultural curator Jill Morganelli discusses the best fruits and vegetables to plant for fall and how to care for them organically. This class will cover weeds, insects and diseases. Noon to 4 p.m. $25 to $28. Bamboo Room, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

Sept. 17: Find out how to identify and mold animal tracks during this “family fun class.” 10 a.m. to noon. $12 to $14 per family. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

Sept. 17: Descanso Gardens’ new Sturt Haaga Gallery opens at 2 p.m. with an exhibition of botanical portraiture by Philadelphia artist Andrea Baldeck. The new gallery was created by restoring the garage structure adjacent to the historic Boddy House. Included in regular garden admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Sept. 17: The Southern Breeze Society presents a two-day show of the Chinese art of penjing. Similar to Japanese bonsai, this horticultural art seeks to capture the essence of scenic beauty — a tree, forest, mountain range or river bend — in a miniaturized form. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17-18. Included in regular admission of $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Sept. 17: In conjunction with “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” which involves cultural institutions across the region, Freehand Gallery and Craft in America present “The Eighties,” an exhibition of California crafts. Participating artists include Steven Portigal, Tres Feltman and David Wulfeck from the UCLA Ceramics master of fine arts program; Kerry Feldman, who studied with glass artist Richard Marquis at UCLA; and Keiko Fukazawa, who studied with ceramic artist Ralph Baccera at Otis College of Art. Vintage work will be shown in the Craft in America Study Center through Dec. 31, and contemporary work will be shown at Freehand Gallery next door through Oct. 22. 8413 and 8415 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 951-0610; (323) 655-2607.

Sept. 18: Diana Watson, owner of Native Tile, will lead a class on how to make and glaze Malibu tile. This fundraiser for the historic Adamson House includes tours and refreshments. 1 to 4 p.m. $225. Proceeds benefit the restoration fund for the house. 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Reservations required: (310) 456-8432.

ONGOING

Beatrice Wood: “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman — Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects,” a survey devoted to the noted ceramist, whose work is shown above left. Ends March 3. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1. $3 to $5. (310) 586-6488.

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: Emily Green

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