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CALENDAR: Pie Festival, Irish cocktail tasting, free concerts,

FRIDAY, MARCH 11

FREE! FRIDAY NOON CONCERT Stephen Klein and Jennie Jung perform in this noontime recital, offering music by Spillman, Jager, Hindemith and Standchen. Scripps College’s Balch Auditorium, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. Free.

FREE! LUNCH CONVERSATION with William Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, and Peter Thiel, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, hedge fund manager and social critic. 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m., Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St. Info at (909) 621-8244.

FREE! ART MART Arts and crafts vendors fill the Claremont Packing House atrium from 5 to 9 p.m. 532 W. First St., Claremont.

BUNCO PARTY FUNDRAISER at Claremont Place Senior Living with prizes and appetizers. Fee benefits the Claremont Community Foundation. RSVP online at claremontfoundation.org, or call (909) 398-1060. 120 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont. $35 per person.

MINGLE &?MUNCH Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an evening of refreshments, fun and prizes where individuals and couples age 50 and over can explore new friendships. From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Garner House at 840 N. Indian Hill Boulevard. Admission of $10 is due at the door (cash only), and RSVPs are required. For information, call (909) 399-5488 or visit www.claremontrec.com.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 12

MARLEY’S GHOST brings its humorous folk-roots blend to the Folk Music Center’s intimate stage. Renowned for its four-part harmonies and peppered with elements from reggae, gospel, country, rhythm ‘n’ blues and Cajun music, and even Scottish bagpipes, the band boasts a musical sophistication that is complemented by its often comedic stage presence. 7:30 p.m., 220 Yale Ave., Claremont. Presale tickets at the Folk or at the door. $15. 

CHORALE CONCERT Claremont Chorale presents Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna at 3 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music (“Little Bridges”). Tickets are $10 and are available online at claremontchorale.org/buy-tickets/, advance at Rio de Ojas, 250 N. Harvard, Claremont, or at the door. Info at (909) 542-8340.

MUSCLE CAR NATIONALS It’s a national celebration of horsepower and torque that will fill Fairplex with over 1,000 high-performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (also Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. $10 parking at Gate 17. Discount admission tickets available at O’Reilly Auto Parts ($18 adult, $5 ages 6-12). Otherwise, they’re $20 at the gate.

COMEDIC OPERA The Repertory Opera Company presents Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, 2 p.m. (also Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m.). First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave., Pomona. Info at repoperaco.org or (909) 230-4949. $30 general admission, $10 for students.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 13

FREE! BASSOON CONCERTO Bassoonist Sara Widner accompanies the Claremont Symphony Orchestra in performing works from German Romantic composers Carl Maria von Weber (“Overture to Der Freischutz,” “Concerto for Bassoon”) and Johannes Brahms (“Symphony #3). This performance honors the 40th Anniversary of Claremont Heritage, and will feature Claremont Heritage Executive Director David Shearer as concert greeter. 3:30 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music (“Little Bridges”), Pomona College, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Info at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.

FREE! AUTHOR TALK Diana L. Linden speaks on “Ben Shahn’s New Deal Murals: Of Refugees, Germany, and FDR’s Immigration Policies.” Historian Linden will take part in a Q & A as well as discussing her new book. Light refreshments served. Open to the public. Temple Beth Israel, 3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona. (909) 575-7858.

FREE! IRISH COCKTAIL TASTING Learn to make the best Irish cocktails for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, 1 to 4 p.m. at Vom Fass. No reservation required. 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd., #C2-100. Info at vomfassclaremont.com or (909) 399-0256.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 14

FREE! IT’S TRY A NEW BAND Monday here in Claremont, and where better to hear new sounds than at our stalwart local college radio station, KSPC? Monday’s program lineup on includes The Grouch’s Underground with Oscar the Grouch (8 a.m.), Sad Gurls Club with Umami (2 p.m.) and Disorganized Sound with Zach (8 p.m.). Tune in, turn on and open up your earholes. KSPC is at 88.7 on the FM dial or streaming at http://stream.kspc.org:8080/stream128. 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 15

FREE! KING TRIVIA NIGHT Free digital trivia games with bar patrons, hosted by friendly Press bartenders. The Press, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont. Info at thepressrestaurant.com at (909) 625-4808. Free.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 17

GREEN DRINKS environmental networking group’s Claremont chapter meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales for a beer and a talk about the state of the “green” world. NGOs, academics, government and business entities are usually represented. Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #204C. (909) 625-5350.

STEAL THE GLASS on St. Patrick’s Day at Pizza and Such from 5 p.m. on as the restaurant serves Mother Earth Brew Co. Steel Cut Breakfast Stout. One per customer, while supplies last. Pizza and Such, 273 W. Second St., Claremont. (909) 624-7214.

HIGHER?EDUCATION League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area will hold a discussion on “Higher Education Study I.” The focus of this state-wide study is “Purpose, Access, Equity, Funding, Affordability.”  Morning Session: Mt. San Antonio Gardens, Bldg D, Fourth Floor, 875 E. Bonita Ave., 8:30 to 11 a.m. Evening Session: Garner House, 480 N. Indian Hill Blvd. from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to participate in the discussion. LWV members will work to reach consensus on the topics. For information, call (909) 624-9457 or email league@claremont.ca.lwvnet.org.

FREE! ACTIVE CLAREMONT meets in the Santa Fe Room of the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont, at 7 p.m. Discussion to include volunteer opportunities, and community services provided by the Pomona Farmers’ Market. Open to the public. Free.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 18

FREE! CHORAL MUSIC is on tap at the Claremont Manor retirement community as Colorado Christian University’s University Choir performs. Information at (909) 626-1227. 2 p.m. Free.

DISNEY CHORAL CONCERT Claremont High School’s Choral Department performs “The Musical World of Disney,” (also Saturday, March 19) at Bridges Auditorium. Kids are invited to come dressed as their favorite Disney character and take part in a costume parade at 6:45 p.m. Showtime is 7 p.m. Admission is $8 or $7 for students.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

CLAREMONT PIE FESTIVAL It is time for the fourth annual Claremont Pie Festival next Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s event will feature pie baking and pie eating contests, a classic car show, vintage aprons, handcrafted merchandise, great food, great pie, live music and so much more. Stroll around town collecting recipe cards from participating stores, wear your favorite apron to enter a drawing, learn pie making tips and, of course, eat pie! Children’s activities and crafts will be available throughout the day in the kids’ area near city hall. Don’t forget to stick around for the pie tasting buffet (while supplies last) after the baking contest winners are announced. Festivities will be located throughout the Claremont Village. For event details, visit ClaremontPieFestival.com or call (909) 621-5152.