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Friday, February 20

WOMEN & LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE An afternoon workshop including lunch with keynote speaker Azure Antoinette, a dialogue with female leaders and round table discussion with professionals in various industries. This workshop will start at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum with lunch and keynote and move to CMC's McKenna Auditorium for the afternoon dialogue and roundtable discussion. This event is designed to support students during their time of preparation for post-graduation opportunities and employment as well as connecting students with successful women leaders representing various fields of endeavor such as law, non-profit, entrepreneurship, consulting, entertainment, education, government service, marketing, and health services. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. McKenna Auditorium. Call (909) 607-9362 for more information.

AMERICAN POETRY Stephen Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor. In 2012, the New York Times called him “one of the most influential poetry critics of his generation.” He currently serves on the judging committee for Claremont Graduate University's Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards. 4 p.m. Board of Trustees Room, Harper Hall, 160 E. Tenth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8612.

FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION An American Ascent film screening and discussion with James Edwards Mills, author of The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors. Detailing the journey of the first team of black climbers to attempt to reach the summit of North America’s biggest, baddest mountain, (20,327ft) Denali, in June of 2013. The film follows their ascent while exploring the complex relationship many African-Americans have with the outdoors. The nation’s wild places—from national parks to national forests areas belong to all Americans. But minority populations are less likely to seek recreation, adventure, and solace in our wilderness spaces. It’s a difference that African-American author James Edwards Mills addresses in his award-winning book, The Adventure Gap, while documenting the film An American Ascent. Admission is free to the film and post-film discussion. Snack will be provided. 7 p.m. Smith Campus Center’s Rose Hills Theater, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. (909) 607-2531.


Saturday, February 21

BIRD WATCHING Bring binoculars if you have them and join Wild Birds Unlimited on guided bird watching walks. RSVP required. 8 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

SELF OR NO-SELF? The conference seeks to provide an occasion and platform for critical and constructive debate between the critics and defenders of the self or of the no-self. Speakers will include: Sinkwan Cheng (Wesleyan), Iben Damgaard (Copenhagen), Jonardon Ganeri (NYU Abu Dhabi), Amy Hollywood (Harvard), Leah Kalmanson (Drake), Gereon Kopf (Luther College/T?y? University), Dietrich Korsch (Marburg), Joseph O'Leary (Nanzan), and Joseph Prabhu (Los Angeles). Albrecht Auditorium, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8612.

HABITAT GARDENING Learn about specific host plants, design tips and maintenance techniques to create and maintain a healthy habitat garden. Limited to 30 participants. Ages 15 and over. Admission or cover charge required RSABG members $25 or $32 for general public. 10 a.m. to noon. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

HERB WALK Join experienced herbalist William Broen for 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 associated. Program is limited to 20 participants. Bring a sack lunch or snack and a water bottle. $20 for RSABG members or $25 for general public. For ages 12 and over. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

VOLUNTEER WORKDAY Help maintain, improve and study the unique ecological resources of the Bernard Field Station. Meet at the main BFS entrance on Foothill Blvd. at 10 a.m. on the workday. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and closed-toed shoes. Instructions, tools and supplies will be provided, but it's a good idea to bring water and sunscreen. Please note: Volunteers who are not Claremont College employees or students must sign a waiver of liability. Waivers for minors need to be signed by a parent or legal guardian. You may download the appropriate form, sign it and bring it with you. We will also have forms available when volunteers arrive. 10 a.m. to noon. Bernard Field Station, 1400 N. Amherst Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-2223.


Sunday, February 22

BOOK SIGNING & LAUNCH PARTY Celebrate the release of The Stone House Legacy with the author and receive two free drink coupons for each book purchased. Ten percent of proceeds donated to Children's Fund charities. Ages 18 and over. No admission or cover charge. 1 to 4 p.m. Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd. Ste. 204C, Claremont. (909) 624-3925.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS “Food for Thought Community Event - Women in Local Politics: Challenges and Opportunities.” Four local city council members: Robin Carder of LaVerne, Debra Dorst-Porada of Ontario, Paula Lantz of Pomona and Debbie Stone of Upland will share their experiences and answer questions. For ages high school and up. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $25 reservation donation. Hughes Center Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Call (909) 624-9457 or visit claremont.ca.lwvnet.org.

POETRY READING Featured readers for January are poets Lissa Kierman  and Maureen Alsop. Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. 2 to 4 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.

FOLK SONGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD The Claremont Concert Choir and The Claremont Chamber Choir conducted by Charles W. Kamm. 3 p.m. Garrison Theater, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont.

PLUCKED STRING EXTRAVAGANZA Members of the Pomona College Music Department faculty will join for a program of music by Gaultier, Giuliani, Kohn and Vivaldi. The concert features two Vivaldi trios, the Mauro Giuliani Sonata, Op. 15 and the premiere performance of Soliloquy by Karl Kohn by Jack Sanders and solo selections for baroque lute by Ennemond Gaultier performed by Jason Yoshida. Free admission with open seating, no tickets. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance. 3 p.m. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. (909) 607-2671.


Monday, February 23

QUILT EXHIBIT “American Spring: A Cause for Justice” Using the powerful medium of story quilts,” this exhibition narrates the response to the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida. The 23 quilts from the Fiber Artists of Hope Network, reveal the reactions to Trayvon’s death and hopes for a better America. The exhibition will be open February 23 through March 8 in the Bridges Auditorium Main Lobby at Pomona College. Admission is free to the public. Hours for viewing are Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3 p.m. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 26 with lectures at 6 p.m. and a reception at 7 p.m. For ages 18 and over. Free to the public. For additional information click the following link pomona.edu/trayvon-quilts. 450 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 607-1139.


Tuesday, February 24

SCIENCE VS. RELIGION? The University Club presents speaker Professor Alma Zook. 11:30 a.m. $13 includes buffet lunch. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

COMPUTER CLUB Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., with “social time” at 7 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Claremont Senior Computer Club. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. (909) 399-5488.


Wednesday, February 25

FOOTHILL FAMILY SHELTER Community event featuring former LA Dodger Al Ferrara. Festivities include food, music and for a $20 donation guests can meet and greet with Al Ferrara at 5:30 p.m. Includes a signed 8x10. For ages 21 and over. Noon to 9 p.m. Dale Bros. Brewery, 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland. (909) 920-0453.


Thursday, February 26

ART AFTER HOURS Current exhibitions on view and live music co-sponsored by KSPC. 5 to 11 p.m. Pomona College Museum of Art, 333 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 607-7543.

QUILT EXHIBIT “American Spring: A Cause for Justice” opening reception with lectures at 6 p.m. and a reception at 7 p.m. For ages 18 and over. Free to the public. For additional information click the following link pomona.edu/trayvon-quilts. 450 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 607-1139.


Friday, February 27

SPONTANEOUS CREATIVE WRITING Dust off your writing projects and join in for two 10-minute writing prompts and an additional hour of writing. Open to creative people working on stories, memoirs and poetry. Facilitated by Judy Kohnen. 10 a.m. to noon. $5. For ages 17 and over. Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave., Claremont. (909) 626-3322.


Saturday, February 28

COMEDY Hannibal Buress, the 2012 winner of Comedy Central’s award for Best Club Comic, has been lauded by Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire and Variety for his stage presence and wit. In addition to co-hosting The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim, he has released two one hour specials, regularly appears on Broad City and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, has guest-starred on The Mindy Project and appeared in the film Neighbors alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. As a stand-up comedian, he’s been consistently featured throughout the late-night circuit, including the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson. For ages 18 and over. 8 to 9:30 p.m. $29. Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 607-1139.