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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

September 19, 2011 |  7:00 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.

Sept. 22: Curator Mitchell Hearns Bishop discusses how to introduce new elements to a Victorian garden. Part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer lecture series 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Palm Room, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

Sept. 23: The third in a four-part series on the basics of converting lawn into a sustainable habitat. Workshops start at 9 a.m. Sept. 23 and 30. Free. Tree of Life Nursery, 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. (949) 728-0685.

Sept. 23-25: Hundreds of artists from around the country share ceramics, paintings and blown glass at the Harvest Festival craft show. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. $4 to: $9. (800) 346-1212.

Sept. 24: Horticulturist Rachel Young demonstrates the practical uses of native plants for food, medicine and crafting as part of “The Garden Before the Gardens,” a daylong festival celebrating Native American heritage. Class 10 a.m. to noon, $10. Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., included in regular admission of $3 to $8. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Sept. 24:  This symposium explores Buddhist ideas and other spiritual elements in the gardens of Chinese emperors, monks and scholars. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration required: (626) 405-3503.

Sept. 24: “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985” showcases about 30 pieces by the acclaimed woodworker with about 80 works by friends and colleagues. Maloof’s circle included painters Millard Sheets, Phil Dike and Karl Benjamin; sculptors Albert Stewart, Betty Davenport Ford and John Svenson; ceramists Harrison McIntosh and Otto and Gertrud Natzler; enamelists Jean and Arthur Ames; wood turner Bob Stocksdale; and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi. Ends Jan. 30. Included in admission of $6 to $20. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Sept. 24: Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Huntington’s urban agriculture site call the Ranch, usually not open to visitors. Talk to the staff and pick up ideas for sustainable gardening at home. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Included in regular admission of $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Sept. 25: Six eclectic homes and the historic Point Fermin Lighthouse will be open to the public in the self-guided Fall for White Point Home Tour & Reception sponsored by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and the White Point Committee. 1 to 5 p.m. followed by a celebration at the White Point Nature Education Center on the Preserve. $50 to $55. (310) 541-7613.


Beatrice Wood: “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman — Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects,” a survey devoted to the noted ceramist. Ends March 3. $3 to $5. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1. (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: Woodworker Sam Maloof in his workshop, photographed in 2003. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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