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CALENDAR: Spring fun at Memorial Park in Claremont

Friday, April 18

SPRING FARM FESTIVAL One of the Pomona College Organic Farm’s biggest events of the semester during the transition to the most productive growing time of the year. There will be wood-fired pizza, live music and Renaissance Faire-style activities like tarot readings, face painting and wandering minstrels. Fresh produce right from the organic farm will be available. 4 p.m. Pomona College Organic Farm, 130 Amherst Ave., Claremont.

CONCERT Pomona College Choir, Orchestra and Friends perform on Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 20 at 3 p.m. Under the direction of Eric Lindholm, the Pomona College Orchestra, the Pomona College Choir conducted by Donna M. Di Grazia, the Redlands University Chapel Choir, conducted by Nicholle Andrews, and tenor soloist Theo Lebow will perform Berlioz’s “Grande Messe des mortes.” Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit music.pomona.edu.

 

Saturday, April 19

SPRING CELEBRATION Free community event featuring a petting zoo, magician, crafts, egg hunt and more. The egg hunt for children 12 and under will begin at 10:30 a.m. Parents are encouraged to enjoy the hunt from the sidelines. Join Kiwanis for their pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., $5 per person. Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 399-5490.

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, located at 130 Amherst Ave., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-8341 or farm@pomona.edu or visit farm.pomona.edu.

 

Sunday, April 20

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

 

Monday, April 21

LECTURE George Roberts, founding partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR); Britt Harris, CIO of The Teacher Retirement System of Texas. Noon to 1 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.

 

Tuesday, April 22

CLAREMONT PUBLIC SCHOOLS School board members Hilary LaConte and Nancy Treser-Osgood will speak about new opportunities and challenges. 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.

100-YEAR CELEBRATION Pomona College’s Rembrandt Hall—the first building devoted to the visual arts in the Pomona Valley—is turning 100 years old. The Myron Hunt-designed building has incubated noteworthy artistic talent that has had global impact, including Pomona College alumni Helen Pashgian, Mowry Baden, James Turrell, Peter Shelton and Chris Burden. The college is marking the anniversary by honoring The Rembrandt Club, the principal initiator and funder of the building that was completed in 1914. Founded in 1905 to support the arts in Claremont, The Rembrandt Club sponsors monthly lectures and teas, trips to area museums and collections and a variety of other events. The club also supports students and the Pomona College Museum of Art. Pomona College President David Oxtoby will give remarks at the celebration. After a century as an art center, Rembrandt Hall will be repurposed, as a new studio art hall is under construction on the east end of campus and will open in the fall of 2014. The ceremony celebrating The Rembrandt Club’s support over the last 100 years will be held on Tuesday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. at Rembrandt Hall (135 E. Bonita Ave.). For more information, contact Donald Pattison at donald.pattison@pomona.edu or (909) 621-8430.

INDIA TRAVELOGUE Jan Wheatcroft will share slides and her account of her travels in southern India, from Chennai to Fort Cochin. This event is part of the After Work series of informational lectures and social mixers in the community. 5:30 p.m. The Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Register by calling (909) 399-5488.

COMPUTER CLUB “Tips & Tricks” led by Harland Anderson, Lee Austin and Pat Jones, who will discuss safe mode, cut and paste and the mouse. 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.

SPRING CONCERT The Musicians’ Club of Pomona Valley will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. To open the program, cellist Jackson Wilson will offer compositions by Bach and Max Bruch with Helen Young at the piano. Also featured are pianist Deborah Erftenbeck, playing Haim Alexander’s “Six Israeli Dances;” and Jacqueline Stong, oboe, Jo Ann Haycraft, piano and Barbara Von Slomski, viola, performing “Schilflieder” (Songs of the Reeds) by German composer August Klughardt. There is no admission charge, however, contributions to the John Child Walker Memorial Competition for young musicians are appreciated.

 

Wednesday, April 23

LECTURE Michael McFaul, United States ambassador to Russia (2012-2014), professor of political science at Stanford University, co-author of Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Perspective (2013) and co-editor of Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law: American and European Strategies (2013): “Does the End of the Post Cold War Era Mean a Return to the Cold War Era?” 6:45 to 8 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.

ALUMNI IN THE ARTS This lunchtime panel will feature four Claremont Colleges alumni who are currently working in the arts: Pamela Mays McDonald (Pomona ‘77), founder and CEO of Cultural Cross Currents, an arts consulting firm; Rose Portillo (Pomona’ 75), artistic director of About Productions; Camille Schenkkan (Scripps’06), educational programs manager at Center Theatre Group; and Arielle Julia Brown (Pomona ‘12), a theater director, writer and activist who was recently featured in American Theatre Magazine. Noon. Pomona College Seaver Theatre, 122, located at 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-4385 or joyce.lu@pomona.edu.

ENA H. THOMPSON LECTURE “Slavery in Detroit: A Black and Native Story” with Tiya Miles (University of Michigan). Her research and creative interests include African American and Native American interrelated and comparative 19th-century histories; black, native, and US women’s histories; and African American and Native American women’s literature. She was awarded a 2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and is the founder of ECO Girls, an environmental and cultural organization for girls in urban southeast Michigan. 4:15 p.m. Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre in the Smith Campus Center, located at 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. april.mayes@pomona.edu.

 

Thursday, April 24

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Build your own shortcake, sip on strawberry champagne and indulge in chocolate-covered strawberries. There will be a best strawberry hat contest at 4:45 p.m.; prizes will be awarded. Music will be provided by Don Brennan and there will be photo ops. 4 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Claremont Place, 120 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont. (909) 447-5259.

WINE TASTING Vom Fass, Regal Wines, The Cheese Cave and The Chocolate Angel have teamed up to present a wine, cheese and chocolate event. 7 to 9 p.m. $20 per person. Must be over 21 years old to attend. Space is limited to 25 people. Tickets will be on sale at Vom Fass Claremont or by calling the shop at (909) 399-0256. 

UKULELE LESSONS Teens are invited to learn how to play the ukulele with Ken Frawley from 4 to 5 p.m. Participants will receive instruction on how to use a ukulele, four to five different chords and six songs to play. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902 or visit colapublib.org.

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

LECTURE “Red Dawn: The Power and Peril of Chinese Capitalism in Africa.” Sociologist Ching Kwan Lee (UCLA) will give a lecture based on data collected on Chinese investments in Zambia in the past five years. He will examine the mechanisms, imperatives and limits of Chinese power. 7:15 p.m., Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre in the Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-8035 or kayo.yoshikawa@pomona.edu.

 

Friday, April 25

FREE CONCERT Scripps College’s Levitt on the Lawn presents Blame Sally, a San Francisco folk-rock quartet that combines acoustic textures with Americana harmonies. Dinner is available on the lawn. Claremont Colleges students, faculty and staff may use their meal cards; all others may purchase dinner for $9 or bring a picnic. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Scripps College’s Bowling Green, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-9372 or scrippscollege.edu/publicevents.

SENIOR RECITAL Flutist Anatolia Evarkiou-Kaku ’14 (flute) will perform music by Bach, Reinecke, Saint-Saëns and Sancan at 8 p.m. Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

 

Saturday, April 26

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.

ENTERTAINING IN STYLE A tour of three Claremont homes will benefit Children’s Fund. Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Complimentary refreshments are included. $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Tickets are available at various businesses in Claremont. For more information, call (909) 624-5781 or (909) 920-9438.

EARTH DAY “Helping 2 Protect Our Environment” event features demos, workshops, kids' activities, live music, solar boats and more located along Second Street in the Claremont Village. Presented by the city of Claremont, Sustainable Claremont and Interfaith Sustainability Council. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

TEEN GAME DAY Teens are invited to the Claremont Library to play MLB 09: The Show or board games with friends. This event is for grades 8 through 12 and is free to attend. 2 p.m. Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.

JUNIOR RECITAL Nick Browne ’15 (cello) and Hannah Wayment-Steele ’15 (piano) perform music by Bartók, Fauré and Kodaly. 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.

 

 

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.

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