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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

April 26, 2010 |  6:00 am

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Tuesday: The Gamble House has launched Brown Bag Tuesdays, a weekly lunch-hour program designed to take advantage of the warmer weather. Visitors are invited to bring their lunch and picnic on the rear lawn or terrace, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 23. Two 20-minute docent-led tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m., at a cost of $5. The Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Friday: The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden’s annual L.A Garden Show will focus on green living in Southern California. Workshops, lectures known as “garden chats” and demonstrations will include edible gardens, designing with California-friendly plants, composting and making water-wise choices. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. $3 to $8. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3243.

Friday: The 34th Annual Home Remodeling & Decorating Show show will feature many energy saving and eco-friendly products and new technology for the home. Noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Pasadena Convention Center, 300 Green St., Pasadena. $7.75 (818) 557-2950.

May 1: The annual Venice Garden and Home Tour will feature 25 to 30 properties, including landscape designer Jay Griffith's office as well as contemporary homes designed by Steven Ehrlich, Marmol Radziner, Callas Shortridge and Charles Ward. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $60 in advance, $70 day of event. Tour starts at 804 Broadway Ave., Venice.

May 1: Friends of the Gamble House present Dana Hutt, co-author of “Lloyd Wright: The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.” who will discuss “Lloyd Wright: Architect of Sunshine and Shadow.” 7:30p.m. Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. There will also be a self-guided tour of three Lloyd Wright homes, including the Sowden House, shown above, on May 8, beginning at 10 a.m. with the last tour at 4 p.m. $15 to $25. For tickets, please call (626) 793-3334 ext 52.

May 1: The Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour “Real Gardens by Real People” features more than 30 gardens from San Juan Capistrano to Long Beach. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1-2. Donation. (714) 566-4800.

May 1: The La Ballona Bromeliad Society presents a bromelia show featuring collections of bromeliads and tillandsias. Held in conjunction with the Sunset Succulent Society Show.  Lectures and demonstrations each day. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plant Show: Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (323) 294-9839.

May 2: The United Homeowners Assn. presents its fifth self-guided spring garden tour showcasing seven backyards in View Heights, View Park and Windsor Hills. Noon to 5 p.m. A vendor fair and plant swap runs from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. at Monteith Park, 3685 Olympiad Drive. $10 before May 1, $15 weekend of event. (323) 692-8302 or e-mail beautification@uha1979.org.

May 2: The Altadena Guild of Huntington Memorial Hospital Research Institute hosts the 59th Annual Home Tour featuring four estates located on Boulder Road in Altadena. The walking tour will include two English and two Spanish Revival homes all built in the 1920s. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the tour; tickets can be purchased at Huntington Hospital Gift shop, 100 West California Blvd., Pasadena, or Webster’s Pharmacy, 2450 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. (626) 304-4678.

-- Lisa Boone

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Photo: Sowden House. Credit: TempleHome