Weekend guide: Earth Day at Descanso and a show-stopping Showcase House


SATURDAY, April 17
  • Earth Day at Descanso
Spring is in full bloom at Descanso, from the lilacs to the roses, so there’s no better place to celebrate Earth Day. From 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., a butterfly appreciation corner will spotlight one of nature’s most colorful creatures, including demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family. “Green” displays on the main lawn will range from compost tea making to organic gardening and more. Live, family-friendly entertainment scheduled throughout the day, and Patina Catering offers eco-friendly barbecue with local, organic foods from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring a blanket and settle down for a picnic among the trees.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Earth Day events are free with admission. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Caada Flintridge. descansogardens.org


    Grand Butterfly Release

You’ve worked hard to be the best parent possible, and now it’s time to celebrate your little one’s metamorphosis. Kids and families who adopted caterpillars from Kidspace are invited to a graduation of sorts: The Grand Butterfly Release Ceremony on Saturday. Friends and butterfly lovers of all varieties are also welcome to see these creatures off into the world. Hundreds of Painted Lady butterflies will be released into the Kidspace gardens and beyond. Visitors can transform themselves with face painting, homemade butterfly wings and antennae.
Live music at 1:30 p.m. Butterfly release at 2 p.m., Saturday, Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-9144, kidspacemuseum.org
SATURDAY, April 17, & SUNDAY, April 18
  • Brewery ArtWalk
The studio doors are wide open this weekend during the Brewery Art complex biannual ArtWalk. More than 100 resident artists participate, and visitors can view their new works, discover new favorites, interact with the artists and buy pieces directly from them. Dining available at the on-site restaurant.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. 2100 N. Main St., Los Angeles. breweryartwalk.com
SUNDAY, April 18

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    Showcase House

The Pasadena Showcase House of Design kicks off its 2010 season, and welcomes the public for the first time to see the final transformation of the 1929-built Cravens Estate. The property is headquarters for the San Gabriel-Pomona Valley American Red Cross, a role it has played since 1962. Now, 25 interior designers and several landscaping companies have lovingly restored the estate into a modern beauty rooted in the French chateau architecture of its past. Each room and outdoor space is packed with design ideas for your own home. Don’t miss the outdoor restaurant — complete with a delectable wine list — provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering.
Starting Sunday, through May 16. Advance tickets strongly recommended. Purchase tickets online, or by phone, (714) 442-3872. On Sunday, and later on April 24 and May 15, park at the Parsons Corporation, 100 W. Walnut. All other days, parking and shuttle from Pasadena Rose Bowl, Lot I, 360 North Arroyo Blvd. pasadenashowcase.org

(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

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