CALENDAR: Film screenings, dance, music and lectures
Friday, March 20
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. For ages 17 and older. $5. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave., Claremont. (909) 626-3322.
Saturday, March 21
FAMILY BIRD WALK Bring binoculars and join Wild Birds Unlimited on a guided bird-watching walk. RSVP required. 8 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
SUSTAINABLE GARDEN DESIGN “Session #2: Making a Scene.” How do you create a garden that looks like it fits both you and its location? This workshop will discuss selecting plants and hardscape materials for a sustainable garden, and review the homework from Sustainable Garden Design #1. Limited to 30 participants. Please bring a sack lunch. Participants who complete both Sustainable Garden Design #1 and #2 will be invited to a "design studio" workshop, held in the fall, for personalized feedback. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
Sunday, March 22
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 associated folklore. Program is limited to 20 participants. Bring a sack lunch or snack and a water bottle. For ages 12 and over. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $25. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
POETRY READING Local poets Mary Ann Davis and Judith Terzi will share poetry readings. Free and open to the public. Light snacks will be provided and copies of the poets’ books will be available for purchase. 2 to 4 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.
DESIGN FOR MODERN LIVING The Claremont Museum of Art presents a film premiere chronicling the artistic community that made Claremont a center of mid-century modern design. 3 p.m. $20 or $25 at the door. Scripps College’s Garrison Theater, 231 E. Tenth St., Claremont. Visit claremontmuseum.org to purchase tickets. (909) 621-3200.
CINEMA SUNDAYS Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). 9:30 p.m. The Press Restaurant, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-4808.
Monday, March 23
LECTURE Former US Ambassador to Syria and Algeria, Robert Ford, will give a lecture from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.
Tuesday, March 24
COFFEE TALK Free interactive discussion on pre-planning for funeral arrangements. 10 a.m. Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont.
COGNITIVE BENEFITS OF STORYTELLING The University Club. 11:30 a.m. $13 includes buffet lunch. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.
LECTURE Noted pastor and author Adam Hamilton will deliver a Wallace Chappell Lecture at the Claremont School of Theology. 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Visit cst.edu for more information.
COMPUTER CLUB Ubuntu: Ajit (Sabby) led by Sabnis and Mike Skapik. 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, March 25
LECTURE “Red, White and Jew: The New Deal Murals of Ben Shahn.” Diana Linden, art historian and author of the forthcoming The New Deal Murals of Ben Shahn: Jewish Identity in the American Scene (2015). Noon to 1 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.
Thursday, March 26
SUPPORT GROUP Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss support group meeting in partnership with Community Senior Services. Get support from others in a caring and understanding environment. Ask questions and get straight answers from people who have been there, learn creative and caring problem-solving techniques and caregiving ideas. For ages 40 and over. Free to the public. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Claremont Place, 120 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont.
LECTURE Verlyn Klinkenbory, lecturer in English at Yale University and author of More Scenes from the Rural Life (2013) and Several Short Sentences About Writing (2012). Noon to 1 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.
ART AFTER HOURS A variety of programming including live music concerts co-sponsored by KSPC 88.7 FM, lectures, panels, workshops, tours, film screenings and performances in conjunction with museum exhibitions and in partnership with student and academic groups across the campuses. 5 to 11 p.m. Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8283.
LECTURE Zachariah Mampilly, associate professor of political science and international studies at Vassar College and co-author of the forthcoming Africa Uprising! Popular Politics and Unarmed Resistance. 6:45 to 8 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.
CLAREMONT ENERGY CHALLENGE A two-year nationwide energy reduction competition leading multiple initiatives across community organizations, the city government, Claremont Unified School District and Claremont residents. March 26 marks the start of the two-year competition. 7 p.m. Rose Hills Theater, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. (909) 380-2754.
WOMEN IN MUSIC IN POST-CIVIL WAR AMERICA 1865-1900 Anne Harley Scripps faculty advisor, and Ellen Pelos (Scripps ‘15), student director. Presented by applied music students of voice, piano and strings, and students from MUS119: Women in Music. 8 p.m. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-3266.
Friday, March 27
POMONA COLLEGE SENIOR RECITAL Flutist Tianrong (Sally) Zhong performs music by Bach, Chopin, Fauré and Prokofiev. Free admission with open seating. No tickets required. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance. 8 p.m. 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-2671.
Saturday, March 28
INNOVATION IN ARTS & CULTURE This conference will feature cutting-edge models and projects in the arts sector in Los Angeles and stimulating discussion on how Los Angeles arts and cultural organizations are innovating in the field, transforming theory into practice. The conference is free but registration is required. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Albrecht Auditorium, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-9049.
CALIFORNIA NATIVE SAGE FESTIVAL Experience the sights, scents and flavors of California native sages at this second annual garden event. Crafts, food samples, ethnobotany information, horticultural advice, live music and family-friendly activities will celebrate the Salvia species. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
MUSIC & DANCE OF BALI Jegog Bamboo Music with Sekar Jaya. This Gamelan company of musicians and dancers, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializes in the performing arts of Bali. Gamelan Jegog is one of the most impressive-sounding ensembles in the world as it is an orchestra of bamboo marimbas, with keys (tubes) ranging from small to gigantic. Founded in 1979, Gamelan Sekar Jaya has performed throughout California, the US and Bali in venues ranging from New York’s Symphony Space to remote village squares in Bali. Free admission with open seating. No tickets required. 4 p.m. at Lyon Garden, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont and 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. (909) 607-2671.
PILRIM PLACE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Celebrating 100 years of Pilgrim Place: 1915 to 2015. The keynote speaker is Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge. He has been a passionate advocate for elders for more than 40 years.
Entertainment includes internationally renowned jazz artist Courtney Jones and a talented group of musicians will providing music for dancing and listening enjoyment. For ages 21 and over. 6 p.m. $75. 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont. (909) 399-5573.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS Eight student rock bands from Claremont High School and surrounding high schools will be performing and competing to raise money for the Claremont High School Marching and Concert Band. Food and refreshments will be sold. At the 500s quad, just west of Indian Hill Boulevard and north of the football field. For ages 10 and over. 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $5. Food and drinks will be sold for $1 to $2. Claremont High School, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. (916) 300-0572.