Aug. 29: Bonhams & Butterfields hosts an auction of fine Oriental rugs and carpets including Mohtasham Kashan carpets from central Persia and tribal weavings from the Caucasus. 10 a.m. Free. 7601 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 850-7500.
Aug. 30: Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms shares tips for propagating, growing and harvesting organic baby greens. 7:30 p.m. Free. Friends’ Hall, Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
Sept. 3: Rachael Narins of the Chicks with Knives catering and cooking class company leads a free workshop on “Preserving Summer’s Bounty.” The class covers safe techniques for drying herbs, fruits, vegetables and legumes. 10 to 11 a.m. Ocean View Farms, 3300 S. Centinela at Rose Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 915-1123.
Sept. 3: The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden hosts an orienteering scavenger hunt for kids and their parents from 10 a.m. to noon. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.
Sept. 3: Gardening experts offer free advice at a native plant clinic sponsored by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Resource materials and landscaping references available. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
Sept. 4: The South Bay Bromeliad Associates present a slide lecture on rare bromeliads The digital slide program covers remote areas in Oaxaca, Mexico, and a search for hechtias and other bromeliads. 1:30 p.m. Free. Palos Verdes Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills. (310) 377-9773.