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Get Out: Book Fest Continues, California Impressionism, Cowboy Festival, Theatre, Garden Tours

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Photo by Melle Music via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
LA Times Festival of Books: Day Two
It's the last day of the venerable Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Pack your canvas carry-bag, don your comfiest walking shoes, visit the official site to plan your day, and head to UCLA to revel in the wonderful world of books, books, books (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). And, why yes... you can follow the Festival on Twitter.

California Art Club's 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition
As the California Art Club marks its Centennial, the historic fine arts organization presents its annual exhibition of contemporary-traditional fine arts: the 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition. The event will showcase new works--both paintings and sculpture--from the nation's leading traditional fine artists and pays tribute to California Impressionism, the artistic movement that has been attributed to the Club's early artists, who founded the Club in 1909. The exhibition opens today at the Pasadena Museum of California Art; they are open Noon-5.

16th Annual Cowboy Festival
The 16th annual Cowboy Festival at Melody Ranch continues today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. up in the Santa Clarita Valley. Since the Ranch is a well-known location for filming Western tv shows and movies you can take advantage of the movie set tour. Check out the Pioneer living exhibit, hear some cowboy poetry, chow down, and get some cowboy gear. Mild temps today make being a cowboy in the SCV a lot less prickly, too! General Admission tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children age 2 to 11.

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Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase
Between 2 and 6 this afternoon you can take a self-guided tour of select gardens in Mar Vista that exemplify how residents are doing what they can with their drought-resistant landscaping to help deal with our state's water crisis. You can begin where the Community Council is set up (3972 Coolidge Avenue) and get tour info from them, or you can plan your own tour online using their Google map and suggested walking tours. There are 44 locations to see, and gardeners will be on hand to talk with guests about what they've done.

Chatsworth's 2009 Garden Festival
There's more gardening to celebrate at the annual garden festival at the Homestead Acre in Chatsworth, run by The Chatsworth Historical Society. The event will include displays of more than 300 rose bushes in bloom, museum exhibits that feature Chatsworth pioneer families, arts and crafts, and other activities. The Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $4 donation is requested from adults and for children age 6 or older. For more information about the Garden Festival or the Homestead Acre/Hill-Palmer House, call Virginia Watson of the Chatsworth Historical Society at (818) 341-3053.

Voices From Chornobyl
At 2 p.m. today as a co-production with Deaf West will be a special anniversary reading of Voices From Chornobyl (read LAist's interview with the production's director and adapter, Cindy Marie Jenkins). For tickets call 818-762-2773 (voice) or 818-508-8389 (TTY).

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