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CALENDAR: Claremont offers a creative week of activities

Friday, March 21

FOOD TRUCK Asian Cravings is stopping by Claremont Craft Ales after 4 p.m. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 204C, Claremont.

ARTOON an original Claremont Museum of Art after school arts education program that helps El Roble Intermediate School students discover the art of cartooning. Each of the 32 “ARToonistas” created an original, large format page from his or her comic book or graphic novel concept. The cartoons are being printed onto vinyl that will be installed onto the 8 ft. by 24 ft. “Art Wall” located on the east patio next to the Claremont Packing House. Student artists, their parents and relatives, El Roble faculty and staff and the Claremont community are invited to celebrate the unveiling of the ARToon student cartoons at the site of the “Art Wall.” 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The 2014 ARToon Art Wall cartoon exhibition replaces the 2013 ARToon exhibition. The new 2014 exhibition will remain in place on the Art Wall through August 2014.


Saturday, March 22

SPRING OPEN HOUSE Free admission from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

CALIFORNIA NATIVE SAGE FESTIVAL and Spring Open House Free Day. Experience the scents, sights, and flavors of sage at this new garden event celebrating California native salvia. Food trucks, crafts, bouquets, plants, a family-friendly scavenger hunt, horticulture information and more will be at this fun farmers’ market-style event. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

HENNA BODY ART Henna has been used for celebrations, times of transition and personal adornment since ancient times. Come celebrate the transitions in your own life, or treat yourself to a beautiful, natural henna design. Walk-ins are welcome designs start at $5. You can choose from the pattern book or allow the artist to create an original piece of art for you. 2 to 6 pm. Guests may also make an appointment by emailing estavash@gmail.com. Ellen Stavash has been decorating people with henna for seven years. She takes great joy in helping people celebrate their lives, heal and beautify themselves. All ages are welcome. Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave., Claremont. (909) 626-3322.

WOMEN’S HISTORY CELEBRATION A community meeting hosted by the League of Women Voters will feature a panel discussion on “Is the Women’s Movement Still Relevant?” Free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 2 to 4 p.m., Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. For more information, contact (909) 297-0565 or league@claremont.ca.lwvnet.org.

CLAREMONT CHORALE performance of “The Happy Wanderer,” featuring music that reflects poets’ fascination with the Gypsy life. Program includes Brahm’s “Zigeunerlieder” and Costelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Romancero Gitana” for chorus and classical guitar. General admission is $15 or $12 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ClaremontChorale.org, in person at Rio de Ojas, located at 250 N. Harvard Ave., or at the door. A savings of $2 on tickets purchased in advance. The event takes place at 3 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont.

FOOD TENT Pine Haven Café is setting up at Claremont Craft Ales after 4 p.m. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 204C, Claremont.


Sunday, March 23

ART SYMPOSIUM Known for his distinctive contribution to modernism, Alfredo Ramos Martínez’s paintings and murals were deeply informed by both the European academic traditions he had absorbed while traveling abroad and by the social and populist art beginning to take root in Mexico. Although initially hailed as an innovator, Ramos Martínez was quickly left on the outskirts of the artistic trends that dominated Mexico City in the 1920s when his peers, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros—los tres grandes—and their rejection of Europe and academic traditions, rose to prominence. Seeking opportunities to continue his own modernist style, he moved to Los Angeles. With the United States on the brink of a depression, much of his work from that period reveals both the economic and cultural climate of the country as well as his individual response to Mexico from Los Angeles. The symposium includes lectures and a panel discussion. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Open to the public. Free admission. Scripps College’s Humanities Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. RSVP to janderso@scrippscollege.edu or call (909) 607-4690.

LIVE JAZZ performance by Cucamonga Collective on the Blue Fin patio at 2 p.m. 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 946-1398.

ST. JOSEPH’S TABLE A traditional St. Joseph’s Table will celebrate the arrival of spring. Fresh cannoli, Italian pastries, cakes, breads, pies and other Easter treats will be available for purchase beginning at 8 a.m. A spaghetti dinner will be served from noon to 5 p.m.; carry-out will be available. $10 for adults and $5 for children from 5 to 10 years (under 5 eat for free). Sponsor is the Italian Catholic Federation. Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Hall, located at 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. Call (909) 626-3596 for information.

POETRY READING March featured readers are poets Hillary Gravendyk and Brandon Som. Ms. Gravendyk is an assistant professor of literature at Pomona College and her poetry has most recently appeared in journals such as Lana Turner, Poemeleon, Like Starlings, and Sugar House Review. Her book, Harm, was published in 2012, and her chapbook, The Naturalist, in 2008. Brandon Som is the author of The Tribute Horse, winner of the 2012 Nightboat Poetry Prize, and Babel's Moon, winner of Tupelo Press' Snowbound Prize. His poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Black Warrior Review, Octopus Magazine, and Prairie Schooner. He has received fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.


Monday, March 24

LECTURE Historian David Moon of the University of York will give a lecture based on his recent book, The Plough that Broke the Steppes: Agriculture and Environment on Russia’s Grasslands, 1700-1914. He will speak about environmental change in Russia while making connections to the Great Plains of North America. 4:15 p.m. Pomona College’s Smith Campus Center 208, located at 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Contact pey-yi.chu@pomona.edu or (909) 607-0421.

LECTURE Ann Pellegrini (New York University) will present a lecture titled “Getting Uncomfortable: Religion, Sex, Politics, & Other Things You Should Never Discuss at Family Dinners.” She will examine ongoing debates in the United States that pit gender and sexual equality against religious liberty, looking at how this opposition is more than rhetorical, but lies at the heart of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate cases—Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius—which the Supreme Court hears on March 25, 2014. Pellegrini is the director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. 4:30 p.m., Pomona College Crookshank 108, located at 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont. Contact amy.crown@pomona.edu or (909) 607-3452.


Tuesday, March 25

THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS Claremont Graduate University professor Paul Zak will present his research on a brain chemical that can make us happy by motivating virtuous or moral behaviors. Buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. for $12 or dessert and coffee for $6. The University Club meets Tuesdays at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

LECTURE “Our Mothers, Our Fathers: One German Town in the Records of the ITS” presented by Suzanne Brown-Fleming of the visiting scholars program, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and author of The Holocaust and Catholic Conscience: Cardinal Aloisius Muench and the Guilt Question in Germany (2006) and forthcoming Imagining ITS: The International Tracing Service Holdings and 21st Century Holocaust Scholarship. Noon to 1 p.m. Claremont McKenna College’s Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.

BRAVE NEW WORLD ORDER MCSI Spring Film and Technology Series: Exene Cervenka: “Brave New World Order” presented by Exene Cervenka—a singer, artist and poet whose work traverses virtually every aspect of those disciplines. She is best known for her work as singer for the legendary punk band X, one of the leaders of the late 1970s/early 1980s California punk explosion. She has also issued solo albums, launched several side bands, and penned books. Exene’s political commentary, art and music videos can be experienced at her YouTube channel, “Christine Cervenka.” 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Pitzer College’s George Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8198.

DAVID SANGER “America on the Offense and Defense in Cyberspace” Chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times; Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (2012) and The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenge to American Power (2009). Claremont McKenna College’s Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.

COMPUTER CLUB Steven Yoss will give a description of how 3D printing works, the opportunities to implement the technology, and its impact on organizations that make physical goods. The Claremont Senior Computer Club meets on Tuesday evenings at the Hughes Community Center at 1700 Danbury Rd. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., but are open for “social time” at 7 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome. Find more information on their website at http://cscclub.org.

LECTURE Naomi André associate professor of women’s studies, department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Residential College, University of Michigan will present a talk on “Contextualizing Womanhood and Blackness in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.” 7:30 p.m. Garrison Theater, Scripps College’s Performing Arts Center, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont.


Wednesday, March 26

RIBBON CUTTING with the Claremont Chamber of Commerce plus faculty and students from the Claremont Colleges. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Pomona College’s Seaver Theater Courtyard, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. Contact opheliasjump.org for more information.


Thursday, March 27

FARM STAND Produce from the Pomona College Organic farm will be available for purchase. 4 p.m. Pomona College’s Smith Campus Center Courtyard, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont.  Contact (909) 607-8341 or farm@pomona.edu or visit www.farm.pomona.edu.

LECTURE “Korean Cuisine and the Forces of History.” Kataryzna Cwiertka (Leiden University) will demonstrate how the forces of history are revealed in Korean cuisine and how the unexpected and relatively unknown, yet quite pervasive, consequences of colonialism and war have affected the lives of both North and South Koreans today. 4:15 p.m., Pomona College’s Hahn 101, located at 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-8035 or pbi@pomona.edu.

WINE, CHEESE & CHOCOLATE TASTING Regal Wines, The Cheese Cave and The Chocolate Angel have teamed up to develop some terrific combinations to share. 6 to 8 p.m. $20 per person. This event is limited to 25 participants, must be over 21 years of age to attend. Vom Fass Claremont, 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 399-0256.

FILM SCREENING Memories of Murder (South Korea, 2003) will be screened as part of the “Must See” Asian Film Series, sampling some of the most popular and critically respected films from East Asia. 7 p.m. Pomona College Mason Hall, 550 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Contact pas34747@pomona.edu or (909) 607-1211.


Friday, March 28

FOOD TRUCK The Urban Oven is stopping by Claremont Craft Ales after 4 p.m. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 204C, Claremont.


Saturday, March 29

BREAKFAST with Sheriff Bob hosted by Betty Crocker, 2260 N. Villa Maria Rd., from 9 to 11 a.m. Residents are invited to meet Bob Olmsted over a pancake breakfast. The office for LA County Sheriff is nonpartisan and all registered voters of Los Angeles county are eligible to vote for the office of LA County Sheriff. The unincorporated areas in Claremont fall under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Additionally, LASD maintains an active partnership with the Claremont Police Department in emergency and brush fire-related incidents. RSVP to therealbetty@aol.com. 

CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS “How to sow seed, take cuttings and prepare divisions of some of California’s most popular native plants,” led by production manager Antonio Sanchez and Propagator Valentine Arvizu. Limited to 20 participants. Take-home materials include plants propagated in class. 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $36 for RSABG Members or $45 for the general public. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767 or www.rsabg.org.

FOOD TENT Chimichurri is setting up at Claremont Craft Ales after 4 p.m. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 204C, Claremont.



Jenelle Rensch covers the calendar, arts and entertainment. Deadline: Thursday at 5 p.m., one week before publication. Include date, time, address, a contact phone number and fee for admission (if applicable). Email: calendar@claremont-courier.com. Fax: (909) 621-4072. Address: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205-B, Claremont, CA 91711. There is NO guarantee that items submitted will be published.