Pictured: The bird is the word at Debs Park

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Over the weekend, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society got together for a promotion of the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which is crowdsourcing data about bird migrations and habitats. The Pasadena chapter of the Audubon Society checked in at Debs Park in Highland Park to count birds and glean information about the avian residents of the Arroyo Seco.
It was a birder’s binoculared love-fest and an opportunity for backyard researchers who are interested in finding out more about several species, including the California quail, Allen’s hummingbird, Nuttall’s woodpecker, the oak titmouse, the wrentit, the California thrasher, the yellow warbler and the spotted towhee.
Staff photographer Mike Mullen was at Debs Park, too, and caught the cool shot at the top. I call it “Out on a Limb.”
(Photos by Mike Mullen / Staff)

Pictured: Moment in the sun at the Norton Simon Museum

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Aristide Maillol sculptures lounge perpetually in the garden at the Norton Simon Museum.
The sculpture garden is one of the museum’s most popular features, and is the centerpiece of the several events, like drawing classes, spotlight art talks and outdoor music performances.
(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

In the garden: Lessons and leisure, as nature intended

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM AND BOTANIC GARDEN
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8: Basic watercolor and graphite pencil lessons, including application and techniques for botanical illustration. The ongoing series starts Tuesday, Sept. 8, and continues for three more weeks (Sept. 15, 22 and 29). 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $180 members/$195 non-members. Pre-registration required; (626) 821-4623

DESCANSO GARDENS
1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200

  • Thursday, Sept. 3: Patina wine tasting, Spanish surprises, The Boddy House, 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 3. $49-$54, large appetizers chosen to compliment the wines. (818) 790-3663

  • Friday, Sept. 11: Pasadena POPS and “Genius Loves Company.” The POPS will perform some spectacular pieces guaranteed to spike your IQ. Gates at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. $20-$90. Tickets: www.theorchestras.org or (626) 793-7172

HOME TOURS

  • Sunday, Oct. 4: Pasadena American Society of Interior Designers 23rd Annual Home and Kitchen Tour showcases five unique homes in Pasadena and Arcadia, with kitchens from five diverse designers; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of the tour and include a map to each home. (800) 237-2634

– Compiled by Linda Fields Gold

In the garden: Lessons and leisure, as nature intended

ARBORETUM
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222

  • Saturday: A Square-Foot Gardening Workshop explores the technique of more intensive and multi-level gardening, using 1/5 the space of a conventional garden and less water and energy; 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Aug. 22, in the Oak Room. $25. There is no tilling of the soil; included are lessons on setup, planting, watering, growing vertically, pest control and harvesting. Register at (626) 821-4623.

  • Saturday: Broadway’s Best with the Cal Phil Orchestra, 7:30-10 p.m. Aug. 22. Tickets start at $20. (626) 300-8200 or www.calphil.org

DESCANSO GARDENS
1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200

  • Thursday: Wine tasting, For Heaven’s Sake!, Minka Terrace, 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday. $49-$54, large appetizers chosen to compliment the wines. (818) 790-3663.

  • Friday: Summer Night Walk with senior docent Jim Jackson, who leads this leisurely evening walk, giving botanical and historic highlights; 7:15 p.m. Friday. $15. Register at (818) 949-7980.

HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100

  • Saturday: Art of Flower Arranging, 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 22. Designers from Flower Duet will teach a workshop, using flowers from Australia to create modern floral arrangements; participants will take home their own arrangement. $85. Register at (626) 405-2128.

  • Saturday & Sunday: Southwest Chamber Music Summer Festival, final summer concerts includes selections by Aaron Copland, Alexandra de Bois, and Franz Schubert; 7:30 p.m., Aug. 22 and 23. Loggia seating, $45; lawn admission $28. Pre-concert dinners available, $55. (800) 726- 7147 or www.swmusic.org

HOME TOURS

  • Sunday, Oct. 4: Pasadena American Society of Interior Designers 23rd Annual Home and Kitchen Tour showcases five unique homes in Pasadena and Arcadia, with kitchens from five diverse designers; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of the tour and include a map to each home. (800) 237-2634

– Compiled by Linda Fields Gold

In the garden: Lessons and leisure, as nature intended

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM AND BOTANIC GARDEN
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222

  • Saturday: Aloes, Agaves and Pears, Oh My! This family fun class reveals how certain plants survive hot weather. Afterwards, participants will make container gardens; 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 15. Individuals are $6; families are $20. Class fees include garden admission; pre-registration required, (626) 821-4623, and class closes at 5 p.m. Aug 14.

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  • Saturday and Sunday: Inter-City Cactus Show and Sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16. Hundreds of plants will be on display; lots of plants and related materials will be available for purchase. Included with admission of $8; $6 seniors.

DESCANSO GARDENS
1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200

  • Friday and Saturday: Star-Crossed Love with the Pasadena Pops, featuring music from star-crossed lovers, from Romeo and Juliet to Superman and Lois; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15. Dinner from Patina, (818) 790-3663 or www.patinagroup.com/descanso. Tickets for music are $20-$90 and available (626) 793-7172 or www.theorchestras.org. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; picnics are permitted.

  • Thursday, Aug. 20: Wine tasting For Heaven’s Sake!, Minka Terrace, 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $49-$54, large appetizers chosen to compliment the wines. (818) 790-3663.

HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100

  • Wednesday: The Legend of Pancho Barnes This documentary film follows the career of aviation pioneer Florence Lowe from San Marino deb to stunt pilot; 7 p.m. Wednesday. Friends’ Hall. Free.

– Compiled by Linda Fields Gold