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CALENDAR: Claremont activities; Comic book show, garden tour, tea, fundraisers and more

Friday, April 4

FILM SCREENING of Nature’s Invitation, a documentary about Canada’s quest to get new immigrants in touch with natural areas of Canada. It features many expert researchers on nature including Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods. The film screening will conclude with a panel discussion with the film's director and Pomona faculty. Refreshments will be provided. 5 p.m., Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre in the Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-2531 or oec@pomona.edu or visit facebook.com/events/611510002264501/.

FISH FRY A traditional fish fry menu is offered by Knights of Columbus from 5 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. Basic meal for adults is $7. Children and seniors eat for $5. The meal includes fish filet and choice of coleslaw, fries or macaroni-and-cheese. Dessert and drink is $1. Proceeds benefit charitable works of the Knights. For information, call (909) 626-3596.

SENIOR RECITAL Student performers will perform the music of William Appleton. 8 p.m., Pomona College’s Lyman Hall in the Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit music.pomona.edu.


Saturday, April 5

HONORING THE ELEMENTS POWWOW Sponsored by The Draper Center for Community Partnerships, Indigenous Student Alliance (ISA), and the Mellon Arts Initiative and local native American community members, the day will feature a wide variety of native cultural experiences, including drumming performances. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Pomona College’s Hammer Throw Field, 295 E. First St., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-9994 or scott.scoggins@pomona.edu.  

THE LA RIVER: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE Pomona College hosts a conference on the LA river. Morning session from 9 a.m. to noon with a lunch break until 1:30 p.m. Afternoon session from 1:30-5 p.m. Located at Smith Campus Center, Rose Hills Theatre, 170 East Sixth St., Claremont. For more information email ggorse@pomona.edu or call (909) 607-3914.

CHAMPIONSHIP OF COLLEGIATE A CAPELLA The Western Semifinal of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella is taking place for the first time ever at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. Show will start at 7 p.m. For more information visit varsityvocals.com.

FILM SCREENING View the award-winning film Rock the Boat: Saving America’s Wildest River, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Thea Mercouffer. The event concludes the conference on the LA River. 7 p.m., Pomona College’s Hahn 101, 420 Harvard Ave., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-3914 or ggorse@pomona.edu.


Sunday, April 6

FAIR TRADE Purchase Fair Trade arts and crafts from around the world from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. Handmade jewelry, scarves, baskets, pottery, condiments and decorative household items will be available, along with Fair Trade coffee and chocolate. The items are supplied by Catholic Relief Services, an international non-profit agency that promotes human dignity in the workplace and assists the world’s poor in becoming self-sufficient. For details, visit olaclaremont.org or call (909) 626-3596.

BIRD WATCHING Pomona Valley Audubon will lead a two-hour walk at 8 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, located at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Bring binoculars and meet at the entrance. There is no charge to enter the garden with the Audubon group. Families are welcome.

COMIC BOOK SHOW Browse comic collectibles, original art, prints, action figures, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. 532 W. First St., Claremont Packing House.

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

CLAREMONT ECLECTIC A tour of six Claremont gardens will exhibit the diverse creativity that is Claremont, as you walk among springtime blooms, inventive landscaping, water-wise plantings, and places of plush greenery—truly an eclectic mix. Sponsored by Claremont United Church of Christ, Sustainable Claremont Garden Club, and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG), tickets are $25 and include admission as early as 8 a.m. to RSABG, as well as to the special “Tomatomania” event being held there that day. Tickets may be purchased ahead at the RSABG website or at the RSABG admissions kiosk on the day of the event, where the garden tour packets will be distributed beginning at 10 a.m. Tour gardens from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit rsabg.org and click on “events.”


Monday, April 7

LECTURE “Speaking in Maps: Transnational Lives of Modern East European Geographers.” Historian Steven Seegel of the University of Northern Colorado is an expert on the history of cartography and will give a lecture based on his current book project, Map Wars. The project examines the US geographer Isaiah Bowman together with the entangled lives and deaths of five geographers in East Central Europe. Mr. Seegel is the author of books on the history of modern East European geography, geopolitics and critical cartography. 4:15 p.m. Pomona College Smith Campus Center located at 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-0421 or pey-yi.chu@pomona.edu.

SUSTAINABLE CLAREMONT “Create a Drought Proof Landscape with Greywater.”

Architect, ecologist and greywater installer Leigh Jerrard from Greywater Corps will provide an overview of simple residential Greywater irrigation systems. Learn how to save water, energy and money while sustaining a lush landscape. Dialogue with the audience to follow. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Rm 101, Hahn Building, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. There will also be a Hands-On Greywater Workshop on April 19. For more information on the workshop, go to greywatercorps.com/whatwscurrent.html.


Tuesday, April 8

GLOBALIZATION & NATIONAL IDENTITY Pitzer College presents “Brazil 2014: The First Post-Nationalist World Cup?” a talk by Financial Times columnist Simon Kuper at 9:40 a.m. in Pitzer’s Benson Auditorium, located at 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. This talk is free and open to the public.

COMPUTER CLUB “Ask the Gurus.” Bring your questions for club gurus to get their insight and answers. 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 cscclub.org.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP facilitated by Laura Van Dran of The Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter and Assisted Transition Inland Empire. This meeting, which is open to the public, will cover helpful strategies and provide real solutions for the caregiver of a loved one suffering with Alzheimer’s and dementia. 7 to 9 p.m. The Claremont Club, 1777 Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. For more information, call Laura Van Dran at (909) 921-1033

JOBLESS ECONOMIC RECOVERY led by Cal State LA professor Andrew Winnick. 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.


Wednesday, April 9

TEA The Women’s Club of Claremont invites the community to its Annual Membership Tea benefiting Shoes That Fit. Enjoy tea, lunch, sweet treats along with raffle items and a silent auction. Be sure to bring your checkbook or cash for raffle tickets and/or to participate in the silent auction. 11:30 a.m. $10 ticket donation. The Women’s Club of Claremont, 343 W. Twelfth St., Claremont. Contact Jory Rickman for tickets by calling (909) 624-5979.

LECTURE “Hawaiian Women and the Nationalist Politics of Indigeneity” presented by J. K?haulani Kauanui, associate professor of American studies and anthropology at Wesleyan University. Bring your lunch or purchase lunch in Malott Commons Dining Hall. Dessert and coffee provided. Noon. Hampton Room in the Scripps College Malott Commons, located at 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont.

SUSTAINABLE CLAREMONT GARDEN CLUB asks “What’s the buzz about bees?” as Nancy Hamlett, semi-retired professor of biology, presents “California’s Native Bees in Your Garden.” Come learn about the fascinating lives and amazing diversity of California’s native bees, why gardeners should care about them and how to attract them to your garden. Bring your questions and ideas and any plants you wish to share. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. Pilgrim Place Napier Center, 660 Avery Road, Claremont. For more information visit, sustainableclaremont.org.


Thursday, April 10

FARM STAND Produce from the Pomona College Organic Farm will be available for purchase from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Pomona College Smith Campus Center Courtyard located at 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-8341 or farm@pomona.edu or visit farm.pomona.edu.

LECTURE “From Culture Jamming to Cultural Acupuncture: The Harry Potter Alliance and Participatory Politics.” Henry Jenkins (USC) will speak about his research on the changing role of the audience in an environment of increasingly pervasive digital content and the effects of participatory media on society, politics and culture. 4:15 p.m. Pomona College Hahn 108 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-9553 or sylvia.martin@pomona.edu.

LECTURE “Cuisine and Empire in Asia and the Pacific.” Between 1778 when Captain Cook landed in Hawaii and 1898 when the United States took over the Philippines, control of the Pacific passed from the Spanish to the Anglos. In this lecture, Rachel Laudan (visiting professor at University of Texas at Austin) will examine the complex interplay between imperial power and aspiring nationhood in Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines and China. 4:15 p.m. Pomona College Hahn 101 located at 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-8035 or kayo.yoshikawa@pomona.edu.

ART FILM SCREENING “An Evening with Paul Soldner and Harrison McIntosh,” part of the Claremont Heritage/Claremont Modern 2014 film series. One of the most respected functional potters in the United States, Harrison McIntosh is recognized for his simple classical thrown forms in stoneware. He embellishes his pieces with geometric designs painted in bold or muted colors. Understated glazes reinforce the timeless substance of his art. Strong early influences on Mr. McIntosh’s work were Bauhaus design, Swedish ceramics of the 1950s, and nature. Playing with Fire explores the life and art of Paul Soldner, the revolutionary ceramic artist who helped turn a three thousand year old craft into an accepted form of fine art. As a child, he never thought he was an artist or would ever become one. But after living through the harsh realities of World War 2, Mr. Soldner, like many abstract expressionist artists, realized the fleetingness of life and decided to pursue a life following his passions. At age 32, he made a career change and moved to LA to become a ceramist. 7 to 9 p.m. $10 general admission or $5 for Claremont Heritage members, students and seniors. Claremont School of Theology’s Mudd Theater, 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont.

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES An annual collaboration between the theater department, Pomona College’s Draper Center for Community Partnerships and Fremont Middle School in the city of Pomona. 7 p.m., Pomona College’s Seaver Theatre, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-3181 or mary.rosier@pomona.edu.

TALKING WINE Christina Wehry from Rutherford Ranch Winery will be at Vom Fass Claremont for a wine talk and tasting. Located in Napa Valley, Rutherford Ranch Winery has been family-owned and managed and for three generations and is committed to earth-friendly winegrowing. The family at Rutherford Ranch believe “Sustainable” viticulture is not only good for the environment, but it results in higher quality fruit—a prerequisite for crafting world-class wines. 7 to 9 p.m. The cost of the class is $10 per person and is limited to 20 people. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Tickets will be on sale in person at Vom Fass of Claremont or by calling the shop at (909) 399-0256. You must pay in advance to receive your ticket.

THEATER The Medieval Mystery Play Cycle. Amateur actors in medieval England devised short, but elaborate and spectacle-filled “pageant wagon plays” about a variety of religious topics. The selected works from these historical plays are sure to inspire, entertain and amuse. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students, staff and seniors. Credit cards are accepted online and at the box office. Call ticket agent to place order by phone at (909) 607-4375 or visit theatre.pomona.edu/contact/ticket-information/. Pomona College’s Allen Theatre, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.


Friday, April 11

DANCE PERFORMANCE Scripps Dance Spring Concert takes place Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 12 at 2 and 8 p.m. General admission is $10 or $5 for faculty, staff, students and seniors. Garrison Theater, 241 E. Tenth St. Claremont.

FISH FRY A traditional fish fry menu is offered by Knights of Columbus from 5 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. Basic meal for adults is $7. Children and seniors eat for $5. The meal includes fish filet and choice of coleslaw, fries or macaroni-and-cheese. Dessert and drink is $1. Proceeds benefit charitable works of the Knights. For information, call (909) 626-3596.


Saturday, April 12

FARM VOLUNTEER HOURS All ages and skill levels are welcome to assist with work on the organic farm. There will be staff on hand to direct a work project, and volunteers are welcome to take home produce. 10 a.m. to noon. Pomona College Organic Farm, 130 Amherst Ave., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-8341 or farm@pomona.edu or visit farm.pomona.edu.

SWEET 16 Bert & Rocky’s is turning 16 with a fundraising event—100 percent of ice cream cone sales will go to Relay For Life and the Claremont Educational Foundation. There will be gifts, drawings and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bert & Rocky’s, 242 Yale Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-1852.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL International students from The Claremont Colleges showcase their cultures and cuisines with food and performances from around the world. Noon to 4 p.m. No fee for entry; modest charges for food. Claremont McKenna College, 500 E. Ninth St., Claremont. (909) 607-4571.




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.