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CALENDAR: Village Venture, Oktoberfest, Library Book Sale, Halloween and more

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 booths 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.

OKTOBERFEST The “not-so-official Village Venture After-Party.” Start at either Claremont Craft Ales or Dale Bros Brewery and enjoy German Polka music, beer and food, raffle prizes and contests. Lederhosen strongly recommended. A school bus will be provided as transportation between the two sites every half hour. Just a small donation and a wristband will get you on-board in style. This is an adults-only event, so plan on leaving the kiddos at home and literally “get on the bus" in support of the Claremont Educational Foundation: 10 percent of all beer sales will be donated to the organization. 5 to 9 p.m.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Village Venture. At 3 p.m. remaining books may be bought by the bag for $3 or by the box for $5. Hundreds of books including a sampling of beautiful collectibles and specialties like fiction, biography, children’s books, history, arts and crafts, classics, medical and how-to, politics, religion and humor. Stop at the Friends Village Venture booth in front of the Claremont Library where all books are just $1 each. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.

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.


Sunday, October 26

POETRY READING Victoria Chang, author of the award-winning collection The Boss and her poems have been published in several publications. Mary Ann McFadden authored award-winning books Eye of the Blackbird and Devil Dear. Her poem “Crickets” was set to music by Gerald Busby and performed at New York's Carnegie Center. 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.


Monday, October 27

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 28

GEOPOLITICS, ESPIONAGE & ENTREPRENEURSHIP Dr. Bill Relf will give a presentation at 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 “Ask the Gurus.” 7 to 9 p.m. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. (909) 399-5488.


Wednesday, October 29

READING Todd Moss, Vice President at the Center for Global Development and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for West Africa, will be reading from the book The Golden Hour. A buffet dinner will be served and books will be available for sale. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pomona College Smith Campus Center 201, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont.

FAHRENHEIT 451 Claremont High School International Baccalaureate Student presentations based on the text and ideas from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, led by instructor David Chamberlain, CHS English teacher, and speech and debate instructor. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Claremont High School Library, 1601 Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.


Thursday, October 30

ART AFTER HOURS Live music co-sponsored by KSPC accompanies Pomona College Museum of Art exhibitions and programming. 5 to 11 p.m. Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Ave., Claremont.


Friday, October 31

TRICK-OR-TREAT Children are invited to Village businesses for trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m.

FUN & GAMES Have a spooktacular Halloween at the Claremont Depot with fun and free activities for kids up to 12 years old. 4 to 7 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Free, live music throughout the Village all evening featuring Harmony Sisters at the Public Plaza, West 79th Street Funk Band at the Claremont Chamber Patio, and Falconers at the Council Chambers Plaza.

HAUNTED HOUSE Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty present their annual “Scare Away Hunger” event in partnership with Claremont High School and El Roble Interact Clubs. Admission is a donation of one can or box of food. 6:30 to 9 p.m. 500 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont.


Saturday, November 1

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.

VILLAGE WALKING TOUR Tour the unique downtown Village area of Claremont with a Claremont Heritage guide. The walking tour includes Historic Victorian, College and Commercial Buildings as well as the restored College Heights Lemon Packing House. Meet at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St., Claremont. 10 a.m. to noon. $5.


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