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CALENDAR: Comic book show, lectures and art walk

Friday, September 26

CONFERENCE Jan Karski Centennial Conference: “Discussion of the Responsibility to Protect.” Malott Commons, Hampton Room, 345 E. Ninth St., Clarmeont. Call (909) 607-8103 for conference information.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Stroll through the Village and listen to free, live music from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Public Plaza, the chamber and city hall.

WRITER’S BLOCK Meditation can change your mindset to overcome writer's block and clear the mind to effectively diminish the roadblocks to your writing. With breathing techniques and visualization added to the session, you will have all you need to get writing again. Bring pen/pencil, paper, and something to write on. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12. Ages 17 and older. Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave., Claremont. (909) 626-3322.


Saturday, September 27

YOGA Safe and Gentle Yoga with Ross at the Claremont Friends Meeting House at 9 a.m. A gentle blend of meditation and movement, RR's hour-long class is an immersive experience guaranteed to integrate mind, body and spirit in a deep and enriching way. All ages, all levels, all genders. 727 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont. (909) 908-0882.

WALK FOR THE WILD A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with a Wilderness Festival and fun walk. Festival includes food trucks, music, fun activities, photo contest and information about wilderness areas and conservation. The Walk for the Wild is $12 and includes garden admission. Register online at active.com. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk begins any time between 9 and noon. The festival continues through 4 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

CONCERT Singer/songwriter, Tom Freund, whose sound has garnered comparisons to Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones, attended the Claremont Colleges in California in the early ‘90s and performed as a duo with Ben Harper. The two recorded a vinyl-only album in 1992 called Pleasure and Pain. Shortly thereafter, he became the bass player for roots rock mainstays the Silos. Freund plays guitar, ukulele, keyboards and stand-up bass. Between his traditional touring and European festivals, this is a unique opportunity to see this versatile multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter in a small, intimate setting. Doors open at 7 p.m. $12. The Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave., Claremont.

THE MOJAVE TRIO The Mojave Trio returns to Pomona College to perform music by Beethoven, Brahms and Flaherty. Members include Sara Parkins, violin; Margaret Parkins, cello; and faculty artist Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano. Free admission with open seating, no tickets. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance. More info is available on the Concert Calendar at music.pomona.edu. 8 p.m. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont.


Sunday, September 28

FARMERS MARKET Shop local in this Village street fair between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Organic produce, farm-fresh cheeses, plants, crafts and more.

COMIC BOOK SHOW See comic books, collectibles and art dealers from around southern California, with New and vintage comic books, graphic novels, original art, prints, action figures, games and collectibles. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Claremont Packing House, 532 W. First St., Claremont.

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

VIOLIN-PIANO RECITAL Dr. Rachel Huang, violin and Dr.Tatiana Thibodeaux, piano, perform their annual Fall concert. This short program ranges from classic to jazz-inspired to a High Holy Days blessing. 3 to 4:15 p.m. Free admission. Garrison Theater’s Boone Recital Hall.  (909) 607-3266.


Monday, September 29

POETRY Alice Pero is the author of "Thawed Stars." Her poems have appeared in many journals and literary magazines. She is the founder and co-producer of the Moonday poetry reading series in La Cañada Flintridge. Krista Lukas is the author of Fans of My Unconscious (Black Rock Press). Poems from this collection were featured in several publications. As always, this event is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be provided and poets will have copies of their books available for purchase. 2 to 4 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.  

CHILDREN’S CHOIR Introducing a new children's choir at Purpose Church Claremont on Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. under the direction of Megan Burroughs. This choir is open to children in grades first through sixth. Cost is $25 to enroll for September through December 2014. Claremont First Baptist, 472 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. (909) 399-0693.

GENETIC ENGINEERING Professor of government at Cornell University Ronald Herring will present, “Social Conflict: Science and Genetic Engineering (GMOs).” 6:45 to 8 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.


Tuesday, September 30

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT LANGUAGE The speaker is Pomona professor Mary Paster. Buffet lunch is $13 or dessert and coffee is $6. 11:30 a.m. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. (909) 594-3111.

TUESDAY NOON ACADEMY Scripps College visiting fellow and former Assistant Clinton Administration Secretary for Postsecondary Education, A. Lee Fritschler discusses his recent book, Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities. Bring lunch or purchase lunch at the Malott Commons Dining Hall. Coffee and Tea will be provided. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Malott Commons’ Hampton Room, 345 E. Ninth St., Claremont. (909) 607-9372.

KING TRIVIA NIGHT Bring your friends. Bring your brain. Bring your friend’s brains for trivia at The Press. Starts at 9:30 p.m. but get there early because seats fill up fast. 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont.

THE FUTURE OF MEDIA Andrew Sullivan, blogger of The Daily Dish; author, Intimations Pursued: The Voice of Practice in the Conversation of Michael Oakeshott (2008) and The Conservative Soul: Fundamentalism, Freedom, and the Future of the Right (2007). 6:45 to 8 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eight St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.


Wednesday, October 1

THEATER Inland Valley Repertory Theater presents A Midsummer Night's Dream,  the story of four lovers who each want someone they can't have. The play includes two rulers from different worlds looking forward to their honeymoons; a group of clumsy actors, trying to put on a "tragic" play for their Duke's upcoming wedding and the marital quarrels of two omnipotent beings, who's conflicts wreak havoc on the weather and those around them. All of this craziness is tied together by a mischievous imp. In one crazy night in the woods, Shakespeare teaches the audience about love, breakups, sex, marriage, death, life, fairies, some odd plants and a donkey. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. $25 plus handling fee. Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 859-4878.

TRANSFORMING A TOPOLOGY Knewton is an educational technology company that provide a software platform for adaptive education, which partners use to build cutting-edge digital education products that adapt the specific needs of each individual student. The platform is built as a service-oriented architecture. One of the primary goals is a reliable platform with little or no downtime for our customers. This talk will give a brief overview of Knewton’s work in education, and will then discuss a recent topology change. Specifically, it will discuss the motivation, technologies, challenges, and the eventual approach used to change our topology without any system downtime. Engineering program seminar presented by Philip Vegdahl. 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 621-8964.


Thursday, October 2

SCIENCE SEMINAR “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Ecological Restoration and Research in the United States' Largest Urban National Park.” Christy Brigham is the chief of planning, science and resource management at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the nation's largest urban national park. She will discuss the goals of the park's science program and present results from her work studying invasive plants and ecological restoration techniques. In addition she will present the park's efforts to engage the public as well as understand the impacts of urbanization and fragmentation on park resources. 11 a.m. to noon. WM Keck Building, Joint Science Center, 925 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8298.

LECTURE & TEA Rembrandt Club scholarship winners will report on their activities. Presentations include “The Later Works of Mark Rothko” by art historian Zoe Jameson and “US Puppet Theaters: Art, Activism and Community” by studio artist Nissa Gustafson. Tea follows in the Pomona College Museum of Art courtyard. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thatcher Music Building, Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 981-7245.

BIRD IDENTIFICATION Pomona Valley Audubon Society presents Lance Benner of Pasadena Audubon in a program titled, “Remarkable Red Crossbills.” 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Alexander Hughes Canter, Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

DINNER & LECTURE Richard Joesph of Northwestern University and the Brookings Institution will lead a conference dinner organized by the Eyes on Africa Initiative. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pomona College Frank Dining Hall, 260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8000.


Friday, October 3

ART WALK Visit galleries in the Village for opening receptions featuring refreshments, live music plus meet and greet with artists. 6 to 9 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Stroll through the Village and listen to free, live music from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Public Plaza, the chamber and city hall.


Saturday, October 4

FALL PLANTING FESTIVAL Rare and beautiful California native plants for sale, food trucks, live music, free lectures and workshops, free expert horticultural advice celebrating the fall planting season in southern California and the opening of Grow Native Nursery for the season. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

FARM VOLUNTEER HOURS Want to get outside and do some work? Come on down to Pomona's own campus farm every Saturday (excluding major holidays) from 10 a.m. to noon. All ages and skill levels are welcome. There will be Farm Staff on hand to direct a work project, and as a volunteer you are welcome to take home some produce as thanks for your work. farm@pomona.edu or farm.pomona.edu. 10 a.m. to noon. Pomona College Organic Farm, 130 Amherst Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-8341.



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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