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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

May 16, 2011 |  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.

May 20-21: Local plant societies will be selling hundreds of specimens while sharing care and growing advice at the 11th annual Green Faire. Also: a judged Cactus and Succulent Society show (May 21 only) and gardening for children. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 20 and 21. Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center; 7621 Granite Hill Dr., Riverside CA. (951) 360-8802.

May 21: Venice Art Walk: Event includes Venice artist studios tour and three architecture tours, two self-guided and one led by a docent. Appleton Way tour is noon to 4 p.m. May 21; West L.A. tour (including the Sherwood residence designed by A. Quincy Jones and Whitney R. Smith, shown above, with restoration by Cory Buckner) is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21; Venice tour is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 22. Artists studio tour is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 22. Tickets range from $50 to $250.

May 21: Square-foot gardening: Jo Ann Carey leads a class on square-foot gardening, a way of planting in grids. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $25 to $28. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

May 21: Chrysanthemums: More than 150 varieties of rooted chrysanthemum cuttings will be available at the 79th annual Descanso Chrysanthemum Society Plant Sale. Perennial flowers and shrubs, tomato plants and other plants also will be for sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21 and 22. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Free with admission of $3 to $8. (626) 821-4623.

May 21: Pasadena Heritage will present “Modern Works,” a lecture and architectural tour of modern, non-residential buildings designed by architects Edward Durell Stone and Smith & Williams. The lecture will begin at 1 p.m. at the Fran Norris Scoble Performing Arts Center of the Westridge School, 324 Madeline Drive, Pasadena. Following the lecture, a guided motor coach tour will make stops at the Stuart Pharmaceutical Company built in 1958, the Children’s Chapel, nursery school and education building, designed in 1948 – 1956, of the former Neighborhood Church (demolished in 1974) and currently part of the Sequoyah School. Lecture $18; lecture and tour, $45. (626) 441-6333.

May 22: In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the Glendale Historical Society presents a window maintenance and restoration workshop featuring master carpenter Alan Adams. He will talk about how vintage wood windows can be maintained and restored rather than replaced. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Brand Park, in front of the Victorian Doctors House, which has 120-year-old wood windows in fine working condition. (818) 242-7447.


Installation: Architect Barbara Bestor creates a temporary disco installation in the Southern California Institute of Architecture gallery, open through June 26. 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (213) 613-2200.

Wexler show: “Steel and Shade: The Architecture of Donald Wexler” is a survey of drawings, photographs and models by the noted architect. They are augmented by professional photographs and new models fabricated by Cal Poly Pomona students, including a full-scale sectional steel model illustrating the prefabrication system that Wexler used in his steel houses. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Ends May 29. $5 to $12.50. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs. (760) 322-4800.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Adam Torres and Adam Gerlach

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