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Events to get you in the spirit

December 05, 2009|Lisa Boone

Kids are bored at home? Out-of-town visitors need something to do? Or maybe you just need a break yourself? We've amassed 25 home- and garden- related events, classes and sales worth checking out this month:


35--Today and Sunday, Unique L.A. Holiday Show will include more than 300 makers of housewares, artwork, ceramics, books, clothing and jewelry. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $10. California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., Los Angeles.

36--Today and Sunday, shop for finely crafted bowls, vases, planters, jars, ceramic jewelry, sculpture and other works by more than 25 artists at the Clayhouse Studio Members sale. 2909 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (310) 828-7071; www

37--Today and Sunday, costumed hosts will escort visitors through the Victorian homes at the Heritage Square Museum when they are illuminated for the 15th annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration. Evening tours begin at 4 p.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m. 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Adults, $20; children 12 and younger, $10. Not suitable for children under 6. Reservations required: (323) 225-2700, Ext. 223;

38--Today and Sunday, the Fullerton Arboretum's Victorian Candlelight Christmas "Going to the Ball" will feature four narrated vignettes in the 1894 Heritage House, a Victorian-era home on the grounds of the arboretum. Admission begins at 5 p.m. and runs every 30 minutes, with the last tour at 7 p.m. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton. $15. Reservations: (657) 278-3407;

39--Today and Sunday, the annual Echo Park Holiday Sale and Celebration will feature aromatherapy, organic salsas and herbs, stockings filled with home-baked dog biscuits, and artist Peter Shire's pots, cups, dishes and bowls. Santa will also pose for photos with pets ($10 each or three for $20) to raise money for Echo Park Animal Alliance. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Echo Park Pottery, 1850 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles.

40--Today, curator Jill Morganelli leads a series on how to grow fruits and vegetables organically. This week's installment will focus on winter crops and companion planting, winter diseases, irrigation, soil building, composting and pruning fruit trees. Noon to 3 p.m. $22 to $25. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Registration: (626) 821-4623;

41--Today, Steve Gerischer of Larkspur Garden Design lectures on simplifying your approach to landscaping. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802;

42--Today, Rachel Young demonstrates how to transform natural materials into holiday wreaths. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. $30 to $35, includes materials. (818) 949-4200; www.descansogardens .org.

43--Today, Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, Bauer Pottery holds its annual holiday clearance sale featuring seconds, Bauer's classic ring ware and Russel Wright American Modern pieces. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bauer Pottery showroom, 3051 Rosslyn St., Los Angeles. (818) 500-0666;

44--Today, Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, the Sawdust Art Festival's 19th annual "Winter Fantasy" craft show will feature works by more than 170 artists including fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting and sculpture. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. $6. (949) 494-3030; www.sawdustart

45--Today and Sunday, Descanso Gardens hosts a holiday craft boutique with home decor and garden-related gifts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with regular admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200; www.descansogardens .org.

46--Sunday, Los Angeles Modern Auctions hosts a sale of art, sculpture and other designs. Highlights include sculpture by Peter Voulkos, 29 original pieces by George Nakashima, works by George Nelson and ceramics by Otto Natzler. Noon. 16145 Hart St., Van Nuys. (323) 904-1950;

47--Sunday, the Craftmas Bizarre will feature handmade goods from local artists. Noon to 5 p.m. Fake Gallery, 4319 Melrose Ave., L.A. $2.

48--Tuesday, make an old-fashioned wreath using fresh greens from the grounds of the Los Angeles County Arboretum. 10 a.m. to noon. Bring gardening gloves, clippers, wire cutters and any decorations you wish to add. $25 to $30 (materials included). 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $25 to $30. Registration required: (626) 821-4623;

49--Friday and Dec. 18, the historic Spanish Colonial Revival-style Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum will be decorated for holiday tours. 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Tours will include light refreshments and a reproduction of a small Malibu tile. $15. Reservations required: (310) 456-8432;

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