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CALENDAR: Concerts, festivals and Claremont Earth Day

Friday, April 17

FRIDAY NOON CONCERT “Dichterliebe” by R. Schumann. 12:15 p.m. Balch Auditorium at the corner of Tenth and Columbia. (909) 607-3266.

BRENDA ROSENFELD SHABBAT SCHOLARS SERIES Temple Beth Israel of Pomona will host Zev Yaroslavsky as the second speaker of the Brenda Rosenfeld Shabbat Scholars Series. Mr. Yaroslavsky is a longtime leader on fiscal, health care, transportation, cultural and environmental matters. He was considered the county’s fiscal watchdog, insisting that it live within its means. Shabbat services begin at 7:30 p.m. (909) 626-1277.

FOLK MUSIC CENTER Moira Smiley and VOCO provide a visionary blend of voices with the power of folksong, the avant-garde fearlessness of Bela Bartok and delicious vaudeville touches. All ages welcome. Admission is $15. 7:30 p.m. The Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave., Claremont. (909) 624-2928.

CONCERT A concert featuring a remarkable sonic augmentation of the acoustic grand piano created by composer-researcher Andrew McPherson, with performances by Nicolas Gerpe, Aron Kallay, Richard Valitutto and Steven Vanhauwaert. 8 to 10 p.m. Harvey Mudd College’s Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 621-8022.

 

Saturday, April 18

FAMILY BIRD WALK 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.

CLAREMONT EARTH DAY CELEBRATION The Claremont Earth Day Celebration takes place in the Village along Second Street. This year’s theme is “Take the Claremont Energy Challenge for a Brighter Future.” The event features booths from local organizations, workshops, kids activities, a green car feature, school exhibits and more. This year, Claremont Educational Foundation is raffling a Toyota Prius. This fun, educational, family-friendly event is free to the public. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Claremont Village. (909) 625-8767.

GOT ART? Donate and recycle your framed or unframed wall art to support the 2015 Pilgrim Place Festival. Tour the Fine Arts Studio on the Pilgrim Place campus. Refreshments will be served. 10 a.m. to noon. Pilgrim Place’s Fine Arts Studio, 698 Scrooby Lane, Claremont. (909) 399-5500.

WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL Breathtaking indoor wildflower display. A tradition since the early 1930s, the Wildflower Festival is Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s longest-running seasonal event and coincides with our state-recognized California Native Plant Week (the third week of April each year). The festival also includes special presentations, research talks, wildflower walks and related workshops. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

BERNARD FIELD STATION VOLUNTEER WORKDAY Help maintain, improve and study the unique ecological resources of the Bernard Field Station. All who care about our local environment may join in; no experience is needed. Volunteers remove introduced weeds and invasive brush, clear trails, pick up trash, assist with ecological monitoring and carry out other activities that facilitate study and research at the field station. View the BFS website for this day’s specific activity. 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. Volunteers who are not Claremont Colleges employees or students must sign a waiver of liability. Waivers for minors need to be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Download the appropriate form, sign it and bring it with you. Forms will also be available when volunteers arrive. 10 a.m. to noon. Bernard Field Station, 1400 N. Amherst Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-2223.

SUPPORT GROUP This group offers education, encouragement and support for loved ones of those who are suffering from anorexia, bulimia or other eating disorder. Learn from educational speakers who are experts in areas relating to eating disorder, as well as speakers who have recovered from their own disorder. Talk with others who understand your experience. Empower yourself with knowledge and understanding to better support your loved one. Share your story in a safe and supportive environment. This peer support group is facilitated by a Bright Road Recovery staff member and includes an educational speaker. For ages 16 and older. Free to the public. 2 to 4 p.m. Claremont Club, 1777 Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-6791.

AYOTZINAPA AND THE CRISIS IN MEXICO Mexican activist Father Alejandro Solalinde will discuss the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa and the political crisis in Mexico. The disappearance of the 43 students in Iguala, Mexico, on the night of September 26, 2014 continues to generate protests and indignation in Mexico and throughout the world. The government’s lack of transparency and changing versions of what happened to the students has exacerbated the crisis. Father Solalinde is a Catholic priest who has dedicated his life to the plight of Central American immigrants traveling through Mexico. In 2012, he received the National Human Rights Award from the Mexican government for his work. No admission or cover charge required. 7 to 9 p.m. Pomona College’s Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-2920.

 

Sunday, April 19

MEDICINAL PLANTS OF CALIFORNIA 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. 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.

GARDEN TOUR Visit some outstanding and varied local gardens. $20 ticket includes same-day admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, which will be having its annual Wildflower Show, as well as a second admission to RSABG within 30 days. You can purchase tickets online now and up to the night before the tour at rsabg.org, or buy them at the RSABG admissions kiosk, Claremont Heritage, Rio de Ojas and Vom Fass Claremont. This event is for all ages. 1 to 4 p.m. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-6381.

 

Monday, April 20

SENIOR DAY Free admission all day for guests 65 and older (with ID) to the annual Wildflower Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

BOOK READING Claudia Rankine is the Pomona College Henry G. Lee Professor of English and winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.

Citizen: An American Lyric examines everyday racism in the US. Publishers Weekly says, “Once again Rankine inspires sympathy and outrage, but most of all a will to take a deep look at ourselves and our society.” For ages 18 and over. Free to the public.

Reception to follow in the Carolyn Lyon Garden. 4:30 p.m. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. (909) 607-7694.

 

Tuesday, April 21

FUEL COST IMPACT ON SUPPLY CHAIN The University Club. 11:30 a.m. $13 includes buffet lunch. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

COMPUTER CLUB “The Latest Developments in 3D Printers,” presented by Steve Yoss. 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.

ARMENIA’S TRIMPH OVER ITS GENOCIDE Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, “Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy–Armenia’s Triumph Over Its Genocide,” presented by Garabed Moumdjian, PhD and president of GKM Consulting. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Claremont Graduate University’s Burkle 16, 1021 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont.

THE AGING MIND After Work Series. Did you know that some cognitive abilities improve with age? We will discuss myths and realities of “normal aging” and simple habits that can stabilize cognitive functions. 5:30 p.m. Mt. San Antonio Gardens, 900 Harrison Ave., Claremont.

 

Wednesday, April 22

GUT IN A RUT Learn what prebiotic and probiotics are and how your body can benefit. Talk given by Nancee Perez, RD of PVHMC. For ages 18 and over. Free to the public. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Pomona Valley Health Medical Center, 1601 N. Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. (909) 865-9858.

STORIES OF DESCENDANTS Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. There will be a screening of The Great War: Total War & Slaughter (1996). A panel discussion and presentation with stories of genocide survivors as told by their descendants: Annie Atiyeh (HMC), Anoush Baghdassarian (CMC), Carina Karapetian Giorgi (Pomona), Vatche Sahakian (HMC) and Ani Shug (Pomona). 7 to 8:30 p.m. Galileo Auditorium, 301 Platt Blvd., Claremont. (818) 726-5471.

THEATER Inland Valley Repertory Theatre (IVRT) presents the play The Diary of Anne Frank Tuesdays and Wednesdays, April 22 through May 6 onstage at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont. Many people are familiar with the real-life events surrounding the Frank family’s hiding in the secret annex during Hitler’s invasion of Holland during the war. The play The Diary of Anne Frank is based on Anne’s writings and is a powerful, deep look into the heart and mind of a child who is becoming a woman. Anne’s thoughts, dreams, wonder and agony comes to life onstage in a story you will never forget. For ages 12 years old and older. 7:30 p.m., also a 2:30 p.m. matinee on May 6. $27 plus $2 processing fee for online and phone orders. $20 Tuesdays cash only at the door. Group discounts and season subscriptions available. 7:30 p.m. Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 859-4878.

 

Thursday, April 23

ART AFTER HOURS This is a free, fun, interactive and informative session with Dr. Ken Tudor. It will include how to choose the right dog food, how to feed your dog for optimum heath, how to read dog food labels and information regarding homemade diets, the good, the bad and the unhealthy. Free to the public. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. (909) 896-9037.

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, and discover that you are not alone in the way you feel. For ages 40 and older. Free and open to the public. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Claremont Place, 120 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont. (909) 447-5259.

PRACTICAL DOG NUTRITION This is a free, fun, interactive and informative session with Dr. Ken Tudor. It will include how to choose the right dog food, how to feed your dog for optimum heath, how to read dog food labels and information regarding homemade diets, the good, the bad and the unhealthy. Free to the public. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. (909) 896-9037.

FILM SCREENING The documentary, Justice Is A Black Woman, chronicles the life and work of Constance Baker Motley, an “unsung” hero of the civil rights movement. It is based on interviews and other dissertation research supported by Quinnipiac University. The film was produced to expand the traditional narratives of the Civil Rights Movement and to give Judge Motley proper credit for her work in the courts that affected the outcome of the movement and facilitated the dismantling of Jim Crow and a segregated society. Post-film Q&A with Dr. Gary Ford, producer. 7:30 p.m. Harper Hall’s Board of Trustees Room, 160 E. Tenth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8612.

CONCERT Claremont Chamber Choir. 8 to 10 p.m. Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 621-8022.

 

Friday, April 24

FRIDAY NOON CONCERT Music of Rameau, Argento and Salzedo featuring harpists Mary Dropkin and Paul Baker. 12:15 p.m. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-3266.

LEVITT ON THE LAWN Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger Perla Batalla gained international attention as a backup singer for Leonard Cohen and performed with such well-known artists as k.d. lang and The Gypsy Kings before launching a solo career in 1993. The Los Angeles native infuses Latin rhythms with elements of blues and jazz. A food truck will be available to purchase food starting at 5:30 p.m. Picnic dinners are also welcome. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bowling Green, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-9372.

RECITAL Pianist Matt Lam performs music of Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff. 7 p.m. Boone Recital Hall, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. (909) 607-3266.

IDYLLWILD TRIO Todo Pelev, Kurt Snyder and Doublas Ashcraft perform Brahms and Eric Ewazen with violin, horn and piano. Free admission with open seating—no tickets are required. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to the performance. 8 p.m. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. (909) 607-2671.

 

Saturday, April 25

CLAREMONT ZINE FEST An event that brings zinesters and zine-readers together. There will be tables with a variety of zines, live DJing, and different workshops, such as button making and collaging. Even if you don’t know exactly what a zine is, come join us and learn about this amazing art form. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Claremont Packing House, 532 W. First St., Claremont. (510) 967-4529.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT Rainmaker “Blue Thunder,” Shoshone native and founder of Earth Wisdom Foundation, will give a three-hour workshop on planetary grids and ending the California drought. An earth blessing ceremony will follow. All ages are welcome. 2 to 5 p.m. A $25 donation is suggested for Earth Wisdom Foundation. However, no one will be turned away for inability to pay. The Uncommon Good building is located behind Pacific Western Bank. 211 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 624-2813.

TASTE OF CLAREMONT The 16th annual Taste of Claremont held at the Claremont University Consortium will be another exciting event with over 800 people in attendance. The event features fine wine, craft beer and a taste of some of the best restaurants Claremont has to offer. Come enjoy the live music, dancing, raffle and art exhibition. Information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be found on our website tasteofclaremont.org or by emailing questions to tasteofclaremont@gmail.com. For ages 21 and over. Presale tickets cost $65 and are available at tasteofclaremont.org or they may be purchased at participating Claremont businesses during the month of April. Ticket price at the door is $75. 5 to 9 p.m. Claremont Consortium, 101 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-3023.

MUSIC FROM RUSSIA Music by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Free admission with open seating, no tickets. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance. 8 p.m. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. (909) 607-2671.

 

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