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CALENDAR: Fall-time fun in Claremont

Friday, October 17

MATERIAL GIRLS VII Fiber art show by Jan Wheatcroft and Helen Feller. A showing of weavings, quilts, boxes, prints, stitcheries, collages, spirit dolls and altars all handmade by local artists. Friday, October 17 from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 626-0995.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Free entertainment weekly at two or three venues in the Claremont Village. 6 to 9 p.m. Free to the public. Public Plaza, City Hall and Chamber of Commerce, Claremont. (909) 624-1681.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS The Claremont Village merchants are celebrating Dia de Los Muertos by having their windows painted in the theme of their business. Come shop the Claremont Village and view artwork by local artists. The window paintings are on display now until November 2.


Saturday, October 18

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Choose from thousands of pumpkins right out of the patch. Eat and play games at the College of Agriculture student club booths or head over to the Insect Fair featuring nearly 500,000 live and preserved insects (runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The event also features a corn maze, petting zoo, horse rides, entertainment and lots of activities for kids. A pancake breakfast will be held Saturday morning from 8 to 11 a.m. The pumpkin festival will be held October 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the pumpkin patch will remain open until October 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cal Poly Pomona, 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona. (909) 869-2215 or csupomona.edu/~farmstore/.

FARM VOLUNTEER HOURS Come on down to Pomona’s own campus farm every Saturday 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. 10 a.m. to noon. Pomona College Organic Farm, 130 Amherst Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-8341.

CALIFORNIA HERB WALK Herbalist William Broen leads a garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California. Participants will learn both traditional and modern plant uses of approximately 30 species, as well as relevant folklore. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767, ext. 224.

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT Annual celebration of garden nightlife with live animal ambassadors, including wolves and owls, with interactive stations and walks. This is not a Halloween event: no costumes. All ages welcome. Entry gate closes at 7 p.m. $10 for adults, $6 for seniors/students and children ages 3 to 12. $5 for RSABG member adults; $3 for RSABG member seniors/students and children (ages 3 to 12). 5:30 to 9 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.


Sunday, October 19

CINEMA SUNDAYS The Press Restaurant will present a screening of Shaun of the Dead (2004) at 9:30 p.m. 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-4808.


Monday, October 20

TAI CHI Each class will be a light and energizing walk around the lower 40 acres at the garden. Along the way the class will pause a half-dozen times to do an easy fitness, health and wellness practice and learn how to use it to give that “just home from the garden feeling” every day. The pauses and the content will change with the seasons so participants won’t get bored with your exercise and will be able to review their learning. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Members pay $15 per session and cost for the public is $20 (bring a guest for free). Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden,?1500 N. College Ave.,?Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE Come dance and enjoy beautiful music and great dances in a friendly environment. Beginners’ class starts at 7 p.m. followed by open dances. $6. Masonic Lodge?272 W. Eighth St.,?Claremont. (909) 921-7115.


Tuesday, October 21

ROBOTICS Professor Zach Dodds presents a talk on robotics. The University Club. $13 for buffet lunch or $6 for dessert and coffee. 11:30 a.m. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. (909) 594-3111.

COMPUTER CLUB “Samsung Products,” representatives from Samsung will provide information about their mobile devices. 7 to 9 p.m. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. (909) 399-5488.


Wednesday, October 22

2014 BALLOT INITIATIVES California has the nation’s most extensive system of direct democracy, as citizens regularly exercise the power to determine important policy issues by direct popular vote. In this election, Californians will vote on six propositions. Two of the state’s leading political commentators, Bob Stern and Tony Quinn, will provide expert analysis of consequential choices voters will face. Bob Stern is the co-founder and former president of the Center for Governmental Studies, a California think tank focused on political reform. Tony Quinn is co-editor of the California Target Book, a non-partisan almanac of California politics. Quinn is an authority on California political trends and demographics. 6:45 to 8 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8159.


Thursday, October 23

TREE FROGS “Water and Temperature Regulation in Australian Tree Frogs: Do Australian Tree Frogs Sweat Like Frogs On a Hot Plate?" presented by Chris Tracy, CSU Fullerton. 11 a.m. to noon. Keck Science Department Seminars, WM Keck Building, Joint Science Center at Mills and Ninth. (909) 621-8298.

UNITED NATIONS DAY International Place Lunch and Conversation presented by Mel Boyton, president of the United Nations Association of Pomona Valley and students from the Claremont Colleges. ?$7 for lunch, no cost for lecture only. 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.?McKenna Auditorium,?390 E. Ninth St.,?Claremont.?(909) 607-4571.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE All books are half-price on Thursday, October 23 for members only. If you are not yet a member, you may join at the door. Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 during Village Venture, the doors are open to everyone from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, you may buy remaining books by the bag for $3, by the box for $5. Hundreds of books including a sampling of collectibles. Specialties: Fiction, biography, children’s books, history, arts and crafts, classics, medical and how-to, politics, religion, humor and more. Stop at the Friends of the Claremont Library Village Venture booth in front of the Claremont Library on Saturday—all books at the booth are $1 each. All ages are welcome. Free to the public. Claremont Library Meeting Room, 208 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.

ART AFTER HOURS Prominent artist, author and social activist Sue Coe will discuss her projects and artistic process. Special focus will be given to her work regarding animal exploitation, following her many years of investigations and graphic documentation of slaughterhouses and stockyards across the United States. A vegan reception and book signing will follow. 5 p.m. Current exhibitions on view at?7 p.m. Pomona College’s Smith Campus Center 208. (909) 607-7543.

LECTURE “An Evening with Afaa Michael Weaver,” 2014 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner, Alumnae Professor of English, director, Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center, Simmons College. 6:45 to 8 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.


Friday, October 24

JOURNALIST Jennifer Mattson, journalist of GlobalPost Breaking News, TheAtlantic.com, USA TODAY; The Boston Globe; The Women’s Review of Books; and CNN.com. Noon to 1 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Free entertainment weekly at two or three venues in the Claremont Village. 6 to 9 p.m. Free to the public. Public Plaza, City Hall and Chamber of Commerce, Claremont. (909) 624-1681.


Saturday, October 25

VILLAGE VENTURE Autumn’s largest arts and crafts faire in the Inland Valley. Annual event held on the tree-lined streets in the Claremont Village. Faire includes over 500 arts, crafts, food, business and organization block and food court. Music, entertainment, pumpkin carving contest and children's Halloween costume parade starting at 9:30 a.m. The faire continues until 5 p.m.

FILM SCREENING Song of the New Earth: Tom Kenyon and the Power of Sound.

Saturday, October 25 at 11 a.m.?filmmaker Betsy Chasse will host a Q&A after the screening and on Sunday, October 26 at 11 a.m.?filmmaker Ward Serrill will host Q&A after the screening. Laemmle Claremont,?450 W. Second St.,?Claremont. Visit laemmle.com/theaters/17.


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