CHS THEATER DEBUTS NEW SHOW Claremont High School Theatre Department presents the 2012 Best Tony Drama Award winner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Simon Stephens, Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts. The show repeats Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu or call (909) 624-9053, extension 30463.
THE FAMILY THAT BIRDS TOGETHER: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts the annual Family Bird Festival on Sunday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes hands-on experiences, activities and educational opportunities for young beginners and bird enthusiasts alike. Take the Migration Challenge and find out why a bird’s life is not always carefree.
“The Art of Time: Japan and its Seasons,” opens Friday, February 21 at Pilgrim Place’s Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, 730 Plymouth Rd., Claremont.
“In Japan, the experience of the seasons is embedded in language, celebrated in national festivals, and codified in art,” read the Petterson’s description of the show.
CELEBRATE AMOR WITH SENIOR GROUP Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch celebrates “Be My Valentine” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with dinner music from harpist Robin Ring, followed singing group The Jammers at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Admission is $15.
There are Claremont roots, and then there are Claremont roots. Take for instance Richard Martinez.
His father arrived here a century ago, and worked for Pomona College, first unloading heating oil from incoming train cars, then later as mason and gardener. He eventually planted some of the early trees on campus, many of which remain today.
Those are some deep roots.
SMART GARDENING: The Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free workshop Saturday, February 1, “Smart Gardening: Intro to Composting,” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Join master gardeners with the LA County Department of Public Works and learn to use yard and food waste to build and replenish the soil, consume less water and grow beautiful gardens. The program teaches composting, organic and water-wise gardening and grasscycling. Attendees can purchase discounted backyard compost bins for $40.
SCRIPPS CERAMIC ANNUAL: The 76th Scripps College Ceramic Annual opens at 7 p.m. tonight at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 251 E. 11th St., Claremont. This year’s Annual is curated by Joanne Hayakawa, professor emerita at San Diego State University, School of Art and Design. Ms. Hayakawa has gathered artists “whose work engages with and offers a variety of perspectives on the environment through the lens of duality.”
On Thursday, January 30, Claremont’s Scripps College brings Cecile Richards to Garrison Theater, 241 E. 10th Street, at 7 p.m. for a free and open to the public discussion. Ms. Richards has twice been listed in Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. She visits Scripps as the Roxanne Wilson Leader-in-Residence. The event is free, but registration is required at scrippscollege.edu/events.
KIDS: CREATE THE WORLD YOU WANT The Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free and open to the public children’s program on Saturday, January 18, “When I Grow Up/Create The World You Want,” from 2 to 2:45 p.m. The event features interactive songs from diverse musical genres that promote a can-do attitude, focusing on imagination and the individual’s role in taking responsibility.
HOW POMONA AFFECTS US ALL The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion on Tuesday, January 14, “The City of Pomona and How Its Future Affects Our Area,” with Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.
FREE COLLEGE FOR SENIORS: On Monday, January 6 registration begins today for Claremont Senior Program’s Claremont Avenues for Lifelong Learning program, where folks 60 and older can audit courses at the Claremont Colleges during the spring 2020 semester for free. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. No applications will be accepted prior, and registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, January 10. Classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to Claremont residents.
COURIER readers had another year of eclectic variation in their art and entertainment coverage, with everything from the retirement of local art collective the Gypsy Sisters to actor Martin Sheen gracing our pages.The year began with the introduction of Chaparral Elementary School Principal Ann O’Connor, who spent 14 years at Sycamore Elementary, first teaching kindergarten, and then a second/third grade multi-age class.