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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

October 11, 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.

Monday: Benjamin Aranda, co-principal of Aranda/Lash in New York, lectures as part of "Beyond the Fringe," the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design lecture series. 6:30 p.m. Free. Perloff Hall, Portola Plaza, near parking structure P3, UCLA. (310) 267-4704. 

Thursday: Ken Breisch, director of USC’s Historic Preservation Program, lectures on “John Entenza and the Case Study House Program.” 7 p.m. Presented by the Santa Monica Conservancy. Free. Santa Monica Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. (310) 496-3146. 

Thursday: The Lili Singer gardening series continues with a field trip to two Craftsman gardens in West Adams and Oxford Square. The tour is self-driven. Registration required. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $20. Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Friday: The CALM Antiques & Vintage Decorative Arts Show and Sale will feature 80 dealers from all over the West Coast in a charity fundraiser for the nonprofit group Child Abuse Listening and Mediation.  Runs through Sunday. Montano’s Antique Glass Repair, the Antique Oriental Rug Repair  and Cash for Your Unwanted Gold will be on hand all weekend. Appraiser Elizabeth Stewart, host of “The Art & Antiques Radio Show,” will hold an appraisal clinic from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 ($5 per item, limit two). $6. Earl Warren Show Grounds, Santa Barbara, exit at Las Positas off U.S. 101. (805) 898-9715.

Friday: The Southland Orchid Show Committee presents its annual show and sale featuring hundreds of exotic blooms in elaborate displays. Vendors will have a range of plants and related merchandise for sale. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Included in regular admission of $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2128. 

Friday: The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants hosts its annual fall festival and plant sale featuring 10% off many plants and seeds. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Oct.16. Free. 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802. 

Friday through Sunday: Pasadena Heritage presents its 19th annual Craftsman Weekend featuring bus and walking tours and a two- day Craftsman exposition at the Pasadena Convention Center (9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday). Friday's events include a West Adams self-driven tour,  Lanterman bus tour, Oaklawn walking tour,  Civic Center walking tour and opening reception and preview. The weekend's signature event,  the self-driven Craftsman House Tour, (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday), offers an in-depth look at Craftsman homes in Pasadena. For schedules and ticket information, contact (626) 441-6333 or www.pasadenaheritage.org.

Sunday: The American Insitute of Architects/Los Angeles hosts "Off Sunset: Brentwood to Palisades," a self-driven tour of four homes in Brentwood and Pacific Palisades designed by architects John Dutton, AIA - Dutton Architects, Steven Ehrlich, FAIA - Ehrlich Architects, Michael Kovac, AIA - Kovac Architects and Mehrnoosh Mojallali, AIA - Mehrnoosh Architect, AIA . 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Will Call will be located at 2101 La Mesa Drive, Santa Monica from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets: $75.


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. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178. 

Coy Howard: “From Hand to Mouse, From Furniture to Architecture,” the first in a two-part exhibition by Southern California Institute of Architecture faculty member Coy Howard. The show features 50 images of Howard’s speculative architectural projects and a selection of furniture designs. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Nov. 7. SCI-Arc Gallery, 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles. 

Design biennial: The Pasadena Museum of California Art’s fourth California Design Biennial, “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. 

Spider Pavilion: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s annual attraction opens. Tickets sold for admission at half-hour intervals throughout the day. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last tickets sold for 4:30 p.m., through Nov. 7. $1 to $3. 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-DINO.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Undine Proh