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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

August 1, 2011 |  6:00 am


Home and garden events are listed 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.

Aug. 2: The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum presents a family-friendly evening of interactive theater performance and dance as part of Descanso Gardens’ Summer Family Series. Bring a picnic (usually not allowed in the gardens, shown above). 5:30 to 7 p.m. Included in garden admission of $3 to $8. Open until 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays through Aug. 25. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Aug. 4: Bob Sheppard performs in conjunction with Descanso Gardens' summer Jazz Evenings. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 25. Included in garden admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Aug. 6: Kimberly O'Cain, water conservation coordinator for the city of Santa Monica, leads a class on the basics of drip irrigation. 9 to 11 a.m. Education Center, Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. $25 to $35. (818) 768-3533.

Aug. 6: Landscape designer Steve Gerischer demonstrates how to create container gardens with native plants, from small balcony vignettes to large-scale landscapes. 1 to 3 p.m. Picnic area, Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. $25 to $35. (818) 768-3533.

Aug. 6-7: The Culver City Garden Club holds its 58th annual show and plant sale. Highlights include a judged exhibition of plants, flowers and edibles; a compost workshop courtesy of L.A. County's Smart Gardening Program; and free starter plants for kids.  Noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 7. Culver City Veterans' Memorial auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave. Free.  (310) 203-1482.



Craft shows: “Ann Weber: Love and Other Audacities” is an exhibition of cardboard sculptures made with a stapler, box cutter and shellac. “Jennifer Angus: All Creatures Great and Small” is a wallpaper-like installation featuring about 3,500 brightly colored insects pinned to the wall. $5 to $7. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ends Sept. 11. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-4230.

Frederick Fisher: The architect has created a site-specific installation featuring literal and metaphorical ruins. Free. Otis Ben Maltz Gallery, first floor, Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles. Ends Sept. 1. (310) 665-6905; www.otis.edu (click on “public programs”).

Life at the Miramar: Rare photographs, documents and other artifacts depict life at Santa Monica’s landmark home-turned-hotel from the late 1800s to the present. Ends Oct. 18. $3 to $5. Santa Monica History Museum, Santa Monica Public Library campus, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times

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