WOMEN IN POWER EMPOWER Claremont’s Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free discussion, “Women in Power Empower: A Storytime Celebration of the Centennial of the 19th Amendment,” from 2 to 4 p.m. This year marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which extended the right to vote to women in the United States and the public is invited to celebrate this milestone with Claremont’s female leaders. Scheduled to speak are Jennifer Stark, mayor pro tem; Karen Rosenthal, former mayor; Shelly Vander Veen, police chief; Tara Schultz, city manager, and Anne Turner, director of human services.
FRIENDS VISIT THE DENISON The Friends of the Claremont Library host a free On the Same Page event at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 1, a visit to the Denison Library, 1090 Columbia Ave., Claremont, home to the papers of former Scripps professor and iconographer of the LA Public Library, Hartley Burr Alexander. Information is at www.claremontlibrary.org/join or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.