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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

September 13, 2010 |  6:00 am

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Monday: Bonhams and Butterfields’ fall auction will feature pieces from the 15th through 20th centuries with a focus on English, French, Italian, Spanish and German property. Selections from the personal collection of Debbie Reynolds will include a French gilt bronze and enamel mantel clock (estimated at $6,000 to 8,000); a pair of Venetian Rococo style blackamoor parcel gilt floor torcheres (estimated at $8,000 to $12,000); and a pair of German carved boxwood and ivory figures of musicians (estimated at $2,000 to %3,000). According to Reynolds, several items were acquired from Hollywood studios and the estates of Harold Lloyd and Mary Pickford. 10 a.m. 7601 W. Sunset Blvd. (323) 850-7500.

Thursday: Lili Singer’s fall lecture series kicks off with her lecture on "Native Trees for Urban Gardens."  9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Thursday: Guest speaker Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids will present a program on Dendrobiums at this meeting of the San Gabriel Valley Orchid Hobbyists. 8 p.m. Members may bring an orchid plant that is not doing well for a 7:15 p.m. panel on remedies for “sick” orchids. Free. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 335-6641.

Thursday: Floral Art owner and designer Jennifer McGarigle leads a class on designing with roses. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $150. Floral Art, 1338 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Advanced sign-up required: (310) 392-1633.

Thursday: Plantsman Ron Vanderhoff will discuss how he took his existing mish-mash of 1980s plants and went about landscaping a native garden that emphasizes water thrift, wildlife and sustainability in a lecture sponsored by the Orange County chapter of the Native Plant Society. 7 p.m. Free. The Duck Club, 5 Riparian View, Irvine. (949) 552-069.

Stargazing 2 3x5 Saturday: Families can spend an evening with the Sidewalk Astronomers exploring the stars, planets and constellations of the night sky. Telescopes will be set up on the lawn, and science buffs can tour the astronomy exhibits in the Dibner Hall. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Tickets: (626) 405-2128.

Saturday: The Doheny Mansion at Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, former estate of early-1900s oil baron Edward L. Doheny, opens for public tours at 9:45, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. on Sept. 18. The college continues its ongoing restoration of the home, and visitors will be able to see this work up close. $25. Reservations are required. (213) 477-2506.

Saturday: The Ventura Rose Society hosts a daylong rose celebration featuring lectures, classes and a sale of garden and rose-related objects. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Ventura County Educational Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. (805) 523-9003.

Saturday: Descanso education coordinator Hannah Wiggins teaches children the many uses of native plants. 11 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Magnolia Lawn. Open to ages 6 to 10. $12 per child (siblings $6). Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Registration required: (818) 949-4200.

Saturday: Descanso Gardens’ native plant horticulturist Rachel Young draws on the wisdom of indigenous people to explore the practical uses of California flora. 1 p.m. Meet at the Center Circle. $10. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Registration required: (818) 949-4200.

Saturday: Descanso Gardens horticulturist Mike Brown gives guidance on growing a bounty of vegetables through the fall. $10. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Saturday: Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms leads a hands-on workshop on building a better garden from the ground up. 10 a.m. to noon. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $40 to $50. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

Sunday: The American Institute of Architects' fall self-guided home tour will highlight four hillside homes, each with design constraints to overcome. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $65 to $75 in advance, $85 on the day of the tour. (213) 639-0777.

Sunday: More than 800 dealers will sell collectibles, home décor, jewelry, vintage clothing and more at the Long Beach Antique Flea Market. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5. Veterans Stadium, 4901 E. Conant St., Long Beach. (323) 655-5703.

Sunday: Artist Leigh Adams leads this hands-on workshop on how to make a mosaic birdbath. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants should bring a 12-inch or larger glazed saucer or bowl. $40 to $50, includes a birdbath to take home. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Reservations: (626) 821-4623.


Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, continues a weekly lunch program. Visitors are invited to picnic on the rear lawn or terrace of the 1908 estate between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Twenty-minute docent-led tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. for $5, through Oct. 23. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178; www.gamblehouse.org.

Design biennial: The Pasadena Museum of California Art's fourth California Design Biennial, titled “Action/Reaction,” will highlight work in industrial design, fashion, graphics, transportation and architecture. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through Nov. 1. $5 to $7. 490 E. Union St. (626) 568-3665; www.pmcaonline.org.

Neutra show: The traveling survey “The Amazing Neutras in Orange County” highlights 20 works by noted midcentury architect Richard Neutra. Noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, through Oct. 2. Gallery remains open until 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Free. Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 644-6269.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credits from top: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times; The Huntington