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.
Wednesday, January 1: It’s long been a Southern California tradition to grab a sleeping bag and a few snacks (and maybe a bottle of something to keep your tummy warm) and make the trek to Pasadena on New Year’s Eve to stake out a spot on Colorado Boulevard and get a few hours’ (or minutes’) sleep, then wake up and take in the glory that is the Rose Parade. But getting close enough to see the floats has been made more difficult.
MESSIAH SINGALONG: Claremont Symphony Orchestra’s free and open to the public Messiah Singalong on Sunday, December 23 takes place twice today at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, on the Pomona College campus, at 1:30 and 4 p.m. The CSO, under the baton of music director Robert Sage, has been performing the singalong for the past 36 years.
“Allegories of an Invisible Brown Boy,” at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, is an arresting 20-year retrospective of painter and sculptor Raul Pizarro’s moving and deeply personal work. The wide-ranging show, opening Sunday with a free artist reception from 4 to 9 p.m. at the dA, 252 N. Main St., #D, is also an apt representation of the Pomona institution’s ethos.
HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE: Free holiday music in the Village kicks off today and runs through Saturday, December 21. The Inland Valley Repertory Theater’s strolling carolers will be there every Saturday during the series. In the Laemmle Plaza we have Village Jazz from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Nick Casillas and Friends from 1:30 to 4 p.m. At city hall, Jazz City plays from 1 to 4 p.m. More music at the Chamber of Commerce too!
The Claremont Village Art Walk is Saturday, May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Many galleries offer wine and cheese, live entertainment and an opportunity to mingle with the artist. Head over to one of the following galleries Saturday, December 7 to celebrate Claremont’s rich art legacy.