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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

September 27, 2010 |  6:00 am

We've listed select home and garden events 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. L.A. at Home staff will determine which submissions will be made public, but we won't edit the comments.

Thursday: Lili Singer lecture series continues with Laramee Haynes, who will discuss designing a garden for children. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $20. (626) 821-4623.

Thursday: Deborah Eden Tull, author of “The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution,” explores our relationship with food as it relates to shopping, cooking, eating and working in the kitchen. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Bodhi Tree, 8585 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. (323) 935-1214 or www.CreativeGreen.net.

Saturday: Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms shares tips for growing seasonal flowers that make beautiful arrangements. 10 a.m. to noon. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $40 to $50. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

Saturday: As part of a month-long event "The Big Draw," visitors will place leaves, twigs, flowers and other materials on the grass to create a giant collage, abstracted from an illumination in Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” shown above. Noon to 4 p.m. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Included in regular admission of $10 to $20. (626) 405-2100.

Saturday: Caitlin Bergman leads this class on permaculture, a form of sustainable land use. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 21. Participants become certified permaculture designers upon completion of the 72-hour course. $1,200 tuition. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. To register, call (626) 821-4624 or e-mail jill.berry@arboretum.org.

Saturday and Sunday: The L.A. Mart Design Center hosts its annual furniture sample sale. American Leather, Drexel Heritage, Lane Venture, Palacek, Thomas O'Brien and other brands will be discounted by up to 70%. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $10. 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. (800) 677-6278.

Book event: Woodworker Tripp Carpenter will appear in conjunction with the book "Arthur Espenet Carpenter: Education of a Woodsmith," written by Art Carpenter and published by Tripp. 2 p.m. Bonhams & Butterfields, 7601 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Reservations: (323) 436-5445.


Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, continues a weekly lunch program. Visitors can 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.

Design biennial: The Pasadena Museum of California Art's fourth California Design Biennial, titled “Action/Reaction,” highlights 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.

Closing: The traveling survey “The Amazing Neutras in Orange County” highlights 20 works by noted midcentury architect Richard Neutra. Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Free. Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 644-6269.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens