FAMILY BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Wild Birds Unlimited host a free family bird walk this morning from 8 to 9 a.m. “Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails,” a press release stated. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring bird guides or binoculars. Reservations are required via email at email@example.com.
PILGRIM PLACE FESTIVAL The 68th annual Pilgrim Place Festival takes place today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event features crafts, jewelry, fabric creations, paintings, music, food and children’s activities, including the beloved “glue in,” where kids recycle all manner of household items into unique sculptures. More information is at pilgrimplace.org/pilgrim_place_festival.php. 625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS TOMORROW It’s time to fall back, with daylight saving time ceding to standard time early tomorrow. Daylight saving time—often (incorrectly) called daylight savings time—will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 6. Daylight saving time in the United States was not intended to benefit farmers, as many people think. In fact, the agriculture industry was deeply opposed to the time switch when it was first implemented on March 31, 1918.
NOONISH CONCERT SERIES Scripps College’s Friday “Noon” concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with “Opus Femina,” featuring Rachel V. Huang (Scripps faculty) on violin; Cynthia R. Fogg (Pomona faculty) on viola and Tatiana Thibodeaux (Scripps faculty) on piano. The group will perform the music of Rebecca Clarke, Leslie La Barre, and Dora Peja?evi? at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave. More information is available at (909) 607-3266.
The legend of the Violent Femmes’ big break is a classic “Kid, I’m gonna make you a star” tale. It’s 1981, and Chrissie Hynde and the late James Honeyman-Scott happen upon the nascent Femmes busking on the street near the Oriental Theater in Milwaukee, where their band, The Pretenders, is playing that night.
The rockstars offer the upstart kids a slot on the big stage.
LET ME GO WILD Veteran folk punk band Violent Femmes headline a show at Pomona’s Fox Theater tonight. The Milwaukee-based group has been together since 1981, and released its ninth studio album, We Can Do Anything, earlier this year on PIAS Recordings. You can read up on the Femmes in a feature by Mick Rhodes on page 19 of this edition. The show begins at 9 p.m.
CGU WOMEN’S STUDIES TALK “The Next Wave: Effecting Change Through Applied Women’s Studies,” a conference and celebration of Claremont Graduate University’s pioneering women’s studies program takes place at 8:30 a.m. A day of panel discussions will highlight the career possibilities of a long list of AWS alumni participants. Keynote remarks will be delivered by entrepreneur and leadership and management expert Sarah Smith Orr. Albrecht Auditorium, 150 E. Tenth St. More information is at cgu.edu.
NOBEL LAUREATE AT PITZER Pitzer College’s MCSI Speaker Series continues at 11 a.m. today with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ouided Bouchamaoui. Ms. Bouchamaoui will speak via a videoconference in Benson Auditorium. More info is at pitzer.edu/mcsi or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1050 N. Mills Ave.
It’s not quite the story of Lana Turner being discovered at Schwab’s, but it’s still kinda neat.
“The flute came to me in an odd way,” recalled award-winning Native American flautist Steven Rushingwind. “About 14 years ago I was a painter, living in Joshua Tree, and every time I’d finish a painting I’d always play my flute. It kind of gave it a little blessing.”
SCRIPPS HOSTS FREE CONCERT Performing at Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert series today is Francisco Castillo (Pomona College) on oboe and Kino Gil (electronics), with original compositions as well as music by Patrice Williams and Oswald Bernard. This event is open to the public. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. More info is available at (909) 607-3266.
Well-traveled troubadour Peter Case returned to Claremont in what has for some time been a favorite stop for the acclaimed singer-songwriter.
“I love the Folk Music Center,” Mr. Case said when the COURIER reached him this week at his San Francisco home. “It’s a great place to play.” Over the many appearances he’s made at the Folk, he’s grown fond of its unique qualities.
NEIL YOUNG Legendary rocker, folkie, author, inventor and auteur Neil Young will be appearing at the Fox Theater in Pomona on October 12 and 13. Tickets are $50-$150 and go on sale at 9 a.m. this morning. With Jackson Browne appearing at Bridges the week before, Claremont-area music fans are set for a busy October of concerts by Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Famers. More information is at foxpomona.com/ticketing-info.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE ROARS, SOARS ON Friday Nights Live sports a lively lineup this evening: Darby Ryan at Laemmle Plaza; the Harmony Sisters and the Little Big Band at Shelton Park; the guitar heavy jazz of the Marc Weller Trio at the Chamber of Commerce patio; and Enigma Flux at city hall. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public and run from 6 to 9 p.m.