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CALENDAR: Friday Nights Live, family bird walk, ice cream social and concert

Friday, May 15

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Enjoy free live music throughout the Village from 6 to 9 p.m.


Saturday, May 16

FAMILY BIRD WALK Bring binoculars if you have them and join Wild Birds Unlimited on a guided bird watching walk. 8 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. RSVP required, call (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.

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.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL & CONCERT The Our Lady of the Assumption Church LA chapter of Pax Christi will join La Verne’s Church of the Brethren and other local social justice groups hosting an ice cream social. Music will be provided by Steve Rushing Wind & the Native Groove. Beneficiaries of the event are the Christian and Muslim victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria. The pastor of the La Verne congregation is Nigerian-born Susan Boyer. The national Church of the Brethren aims to raise one million dollars for victims of terrorism with help from supporters of all faiths. Other sponsors are the Progressive Christians United and the Peace with Justice Center of the Pomona Valley. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. No admission or cover charge. OLA, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. For details visit brethren.org/nigeria. Local information is available from Connie Weir at (909) 596-4460.


Sunday, May 17

WINE & CHEESE Temple Beth Israel Simchah Group present food, wine provided by San Dimas Wine Shop, five to 10-minute chair massage, opportunity drawing for a one-hour massage at Massage Envy Spa, music by Bonita High School Jazz Ensemble and information about Arbonne’s nutritional/beauty products for men and women. $20. 3 to 5 p.m. Temple Beth Israel, 3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona. (909) 626-1277. RSVP to simchah@tbipomona.org.


Monday, May 18

CONCERT Renowned pianist and Cal Poly Pomona professor, Nadia Shpachenko, welcomes the Lyris String Quartet to present an evening concert as part of the Spring 2015 Shpachenko and Friends Chamber Music Festival. The Lyris Quartet, described as “radiant…excellent…and powerfully engaged” by Mark Swed of the LA Times was founded in 2008, the culmination of years of collaboration between its members in many different ensembles in Los Angeles. The quartet, comprised of violinists Alyssa Park and Shalini Vijayan, violist Luke Maurer, and cellist Timothy Loo, will perform with Nadia Shpachenko at 8 p.m. on May 18 at Cal Poly Pomona Music Recital Hall. The program will feature Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Ben Johnston's String Quartet No. 4 “Amazing Grace,” and the Los Angeles premiere of Yuri Ishchenko’s Piano Sonata No 6. More information about the artists can be found at: lyrisquartet.com and ullanta.com/personal/nadia. $15. 3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona. (909) 869-3554.


Tuesday, May 19

IRELAND “The Isle of Mystery and Intrigue.” The University Club. 11:30 a.m. $13 includes buffet lunch. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

COMPUTER CLUB Word 2013 presented by Barbara Marino. 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.

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION Students and faculty advisor will share their recent experience at the annual Model United Nations event. This year, the team represented Spain. The team won several awards at the event. Refreshments will be served. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pilgrim Place’s Porter Hall, 625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont. (909) 964-0531.


Thursday, May 21

TAI CHI The low-impact exercise safe for all adults, Tai Chi increases strength and flexibility, reduces stress and improves balance, and has been shown to lower blood pressure and increase bone density. Taught in the Wu-style of Tai Chi, every class involves warm up, proper and safe instruction of each movement and the progressive movement through the form's stages. Classes are held indoors and outdoors depending on weather conditions; wear comfortable attire and shoes with flat soles, bring a bottle of water. No experience necessary, all are welcome to attend. Teacher: Joseph Bojanek Limit 20 students each session. Preregistration is required online or at the admissions kiosk. 9 to 10 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767, ext. 224.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS LWV Observers to Commissions and Boards in Claremont and nearby cities will report on the process and issues from the current year relating to the group they have observed, including City Councils, Planning Commission, Schools Districts among others. Barbara Rugeley, Observer Chair indicates that we have observers in 7 cities as will as the Tri-City Mental Health Commission and Three Valleys Municipal Water District: 21 observers in all. This meeting is a good way to find out what goes on in our local communities. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mt. San Antonio Gardens, 875 E. Bonita Ave. Building D on the fourth floor. (909) 624-9457.


Friday, May 22

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Enjoy free live music throughout the Village from 6 to 9 p.m.


Saturday, May 23

HENNA BODY ART Henna has been used for celebrations, times of transition and personal adornment since ancient times. Come celebrate the transitions in your own life, or treat yourself to a beautiful, natural henna design. Walk-ins are welcome, and the smallest designs start at just $5. You can choose from the pattern book, or allow the artist to create an original piece of art for you. Drop by at any time from 2 and 6 p.m. or make an appointment by emailing Ellen at estavash@gmail.com.


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