CALENDAR: Claremont Turkey Trot, International Autumn Gala, Alternative Gift Market
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
CALIFORNIA NATIVE FOOD PLANTS Workshop discussing edible California native food plants and recipes. Tastings of the recipes discussed in class, including options for your Thanksgiving feast. 10 a.m. to noon. Limited to 20 participants. $25 for RSABG members or $32 for the general public. For ages 16 and older. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
ART & JEWELRY SALE An exhibit of Wendy Smith's Lotus Series of drawings and jewelry by Hippie Chic designer, Andrea Edwards. All ages are welcome. This event is free to the public. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Integrative Bodywork, 114 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 239-8313.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Sunday, November 23
ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET The alternative to mall madness and the consumer culture is OLA's 29th Alternative Gift Christmas Market at the Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 Berkeley Ave. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Meet people with firsthand knowledge of local and international humanitarian programs, and hear their amazing stories. Review the "shopping list" and choose gifts to give to the poor at home and around the world. Receive beautiful Christmas cards to present to friends and relatives. Oldest and largest market of its kind in the area in the true spirit of Christmas. For information, call the parish office at (909) 626-3596.
POETRY READING Fourth Sundays Poetry at the Claremont Library invites you to their annual open mic event. Bring one to three poems to share. First come, first signed up to read. All ages, all abilities, all poets are welcome. As always, this event is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be provided. 2 to 4 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.
Monday, November 24
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 25
ALCOHOLISM: A FAMILY DISEASE presented by Dr. John Reid. 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.
YAKI LOPEZ Consul for Political Affairs, Consulate General of Israel, Los Angeles presents “Israeli Foreign Policy in a Changing Region.” Noon to 1 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (626) 621-8244.
CLAREMONT SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB 7 to 9 p.m. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.
Wednesday, November 26
YOGA IN THE GARDEN Release stress, unwind your busy mind and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the garden. Classes are held indoors and outdoors depending on weather conditions; wear comfortable attire and shoes with flat soles, bring a yoga mat and bottle of water. No experience necessary, all are welcome to attend. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767, ext. 224.
Thursday, November 27
CLAREMONT TURKEY TROT This 5K Run has gained the reputation for being a very scenic and ideal route through the Claremont Colleges and Claremont Village with a slight downhill grade on the last leg. Our participation numbers have grown rapidly since 2008 to over 2000 in 2013. Ours is a family-friendly event that is also enjoyed by serious competitors as well. 1K Fun Run at 7:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Adults: $35; Kids 12 & under-$20;?Teams of 10 or more: $5 discount/person.?Race day: $5 additional. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Claremont Village at First Street and Harvard Avenue. Call (909) 229-5612.
THANKSGIVING DINNER Turkey and all the trimmings will be served for anyone who is alone or without family to help celebrate Thanksgiving. Since this is a family meal, there will be no cost to guests. All that is asked is that guests provide their names so that sufficient food may be prepared. The dinner will be hosted in one sitting at noon in the auditorium by a dedicated cadre of volunteers - you could be one of them! Cooks are invited to prepare turkey or side dishes. Visit the information table on the patio during November to sign up as a guest, cook, or volunteer. Bill and Judith Mussatto are available at 626-3777 to take names. Noon to 4 p.m. Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. (909) 626-3596.
Friday, November 28
GREEN FRIDAY SALE A special sale at Grow Native Nursery to help you "go green" with your holiday shopping. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
Saturday, November 29
ART WORKSHOP Join the Claremont Museum of Art's ARTstART teen instructors for a hands-on art making workshop that celebrates the book as artistic medium. Workshop is limited to 20 participants, first come first serve. Co-Sponsored by the Claremont Museum of Art. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.