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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

May 17, 2010 |  6:00 am

We've listed select home and garden events below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions must contain 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, but we won't edit the comments.

Friday: Heath Ceramics hosts its annual open studio event featuring food, tile-glazing for kids and other activities. All inventory will be 15% off, including dinnerware, tile, glassware, flatware, books, linens and planters. Discount starts Friday, events follow on Saturday and Sunday. Heath Ceramics, 7525 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 965-0800.

Friday: The 37th annual Sophisticated Snoop home tour highlights homes in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through May 23; $30. (310) 376-2318.  

Saturday: The first major exhibition of furniture and decorative art by the American craftsman Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) opens, featuring more than 40 pieces from 10 museums and private collections; through Sept. 6;  Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Saturday: Pasadena Heritage will host "Uncovering History in Pasadena's Busch Gardens," a lecture and tour in celebration of the centennial of the gardens’ Old Mill; lecture at 10 a.m. at the auditorium of Westridge School, 324 Madeline Drive, Pasadena. Tours will depart every 30 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tour lasts about two hours; $18 to $22. (626) 441-6333.

Saturday: Caitlin Bergman leads a class on how to garden with stored rainwater, runoff and recycled tap water. All techniques use materials on hand and easy installation methods; 10 a.m. to noon; $22 to $25; Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (818) 284-1199.

Saturday: The annual Venice Art Walk and Auctions return with four ticketed events. A self-guided tour of Santa Monica and Venice homes that architects and designers built for themselves runs noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; $100. A tour of seven residences in Rustic Canyon runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; $175, including lunch and reception with Leo Marmol and Randy Young. A self-guided tour of homes on Venice’s walk streets and canals is on Sunday; $100. The art walk and auction featuring tours of artists’ studios also are Sunday; $50. (310) 392-9255.

Saturday: The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts a daylong field trip to explore the rare plant habitat of pebble plains and vernal springs in Big Bear Valley Preserve and Montane Meadows. Plant lists and transportation will be provided. Hiking will be moderate; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; $86 members; $93 nonmembers. For more information contact Lorrae Fuentes, director of education; (909) 625-8767.

Saturday: "The Amazing Neutras in Orange County," a survey of some 20 architectural works by Richard Neutra over the past half century in Orange County, opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition, Dion Neutra, the son and partner of firm founder Richard Neutra, will moderate a panel with Barbara Lamprecht, Daniel Paul, John Linnert and Craig Sibley at 5 p.m. Saturday. Objct Gallery, 536 West 1st St., Claremont; (909) 621-0125.

Sunday: Learn to shop like a pro with Fowler Museum store manager Stella Krieger at the Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market; $25 to $30, includes admission to market and lunch. Reservations required: (310) 825-8655.

Sunday: The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts “Plant Families Identification: Series VII,” a series of classes focusing on developing skills and practicing recognition of the key characteristics of several major plant families. Six to 10 different plant families will be introduced at each session. Some knowledge of botany or completion of botany basics class is required; 9 a.m.; $84 members; $92 nonmembers;1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

 -- Lisa Boone

Photo: Historical photo of Busch Gardens in Pasadena. Credit: Los Angeles Times