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CALENDAR: John York in Concert, California friendly landscape, Acorn Festival, charity ball

Friday, November 14

CALIFORNIA FRIENDLY LANDSCAPE Learn how to design sustainable landscapes that will thrive in Claremont’s climate. This three-hour informational class will include topics such as caring for the watershed, using rainwater as a resource, cultivating healthy soil, irrigating efficiently and choosing the best plants for each yard. The class is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP at coordinator@sustainableclaremont.org. For ages 18 and over. Free to the public. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 477-1055.


Saturday, November 15

GARDEN WALKING CLUB Relieve stress, boost energy levels, improve health, track progress and enjoy the beautiful scenery of California's native garden on your own or with the group. Participation is free (Garden admission fees apply); register at the admission kiosk. 8 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

ACORN FESTIVAL Native American dancers, singers, artisans and tribal leaders help the community celebrate our connections with California native plants. Activities, crafts and a native arts marketplace make this a fun event for visitors of all ages. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 624-8767, ext. 224.

JOHN YORK IN CONCERT Singer, composer, guitarist and former member of the legendary ‘60s folk rock group the Byrds with Roger McGuinn, Clarence White and Gene Parsons. He also played with the Sir Douglas Quintet (with Dr. John), The Mamas and The Papas touring band. Mr. York is currently touring with Barry McGuire and performing with his band, The Jangle Brothers.?The show is filled with familiar Byrds tunes for sing-along, fine original songs and great interpretations of songs from the era. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 7 to 10 p.m. Claremont Forum, 586 W. First St., Claremont. (909) 626-3066.

MASONIC BLACK TIE CHARITY BALL Guests will enjoy dinner, music, dancing and contributing to a good cause. Everyone is requested to dress to impress in Vintage Hollywood Glamour. Double Tree Hotel, 555 Foothill Blvd., Claremont. 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $65 per person or $130 per couple. For more information, call (909) 816-6983.


Sunday, November 16

LIVE RADIO BROADCAST Sunset Review and Forward Into The Past. 1 to 5 p.m. The Press Restaurant, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-4808.

OPEN ART SHOW “Out, Out Damn Spot,” featuring artists from Claremont and nearby areas. Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 626-0995.


Monday, November 17

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE 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, November 18

AFGHANISTAN 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.

TUESDAY NOON ACADEMY David Cubek presents “Working with Venezuela’s el Sistema During Turbulent Times.” Noon to 1 p.m. Malott Commons’ Hampton Room, 345 E. Ninth St., Claremont.

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION “World Health Care Update.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. Pilgrim Place’s Porter Hall, 601 Mayflower Road, Claremont.


Wednesday, November 19

ENGINEERING SEMINAR “Exciting Applications for Graphene Powder,” presented by Albert Dato. 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. Shanahan Venter, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 621-8964.


Thursday, November 20

AUTHOR READING Lydia Davis will read from her latest collection of short fiction, Can't and Won't (2014), as well as some of her recent translations of the Dutch writer A.L. Snijders and a short story by the late Lucia Berlin. In the course of the reading, she will touch briefly, between stories, on the silence of the translator; the silenced voice of the deceased; the writer's modesty in the face of the world and language; and stylistic economy, which enhances the (silent) collaboration between writer and reader. Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections. Davis' Varieties of Disturbance was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the winner of the 2013 Award of Merit Medal for the short story from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. Reception to follow. 4:15 p.m. Malott Commons’ Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8237.

LAGUNITAS TAP TAKEOVER Pizza 'N Such will be hosting a tap takeover with Lagunitas Brewing Co. The line-up will consist of limited and special release kegs. Don't miss out on Lagunitas glassware and other goodies! Pizza 'N Such's new private event room will be open seating for the night, so there will be plenty of room for all. 6 to 9 p.m. 202 Yale Ave., Claremont. (909) 624-7214.


Friday, November 21

EXHIBITION “Laobaixing: The Common People—Workers, Farmers & Ethnic Minorities in China.” Concluding the Petterson's yearlong exploration of Chinese culture and history, this exhibit features artifacts made and worn by China's "99 percent.” Through textiles, costume, prints, wood carving and other forms of folk art, the life and works of the majority Han people and select minority groups are explored. 2 to 4 p.m. Pilgrim Place’s Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, 730 Plymouth Road, Claremont. (909) 399-5544.


Saturday, November 22

INTERNATIONAL AUTUMN GALA Cultural performance by Claremont Colleges students from around the world. Free admission but ticket required for entry. International snacks and drinks sold for $1 at intermission. Hosted by International Place of the Claremont Colleges. Tickets can be obtained at International Place of The Claremont Colleges, located at 390 E. Ninth St., Claremont, or at the door. 7 to 9 p.m.  The event takes place at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. Call (909) 607-4571 or email ipoffice@cmc.edu with questions.


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