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CALENDAR: Claremont Art Walk, Fall Planting Festival, Founders Day and more

Friday, October 2

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

KNOW TOMORROW Outdoor Activity Fair on Walker Beach starting at noon followed by a speaker series in the evening starting at 4 p.m. in Rose Hills Theatre. Over 30 organizations will be participating. Activities include environmental artwork, food packaging event, free Ben & Jerry’s, Vita Coco and Kind Bars, dozens of informational booths, displays and notable speakers. Please join in for an unforgettable day with college communities across the country. Best-selling author and international sustainability expert William Powers joins the National Day of Action at the Claremont Colleges’ Know Tomorrow Climate Change Awareness initiative. At 1 p.m., Mr. Powers presents his new book New Slow City with book signing to follow. From 4 to 5 p.m., Mr. Powers joins the speakers series of thought leaders on climate change and sustainability. Free to the public. Noon to 8 p.m. 700 N. College Way. Visit pomona.edu/events/know-tomorrow-claremont for more information.

MATERIAL GIRLS An exhibition of new artwork from Jan Wheatcroft and Helen Feller including fiber art, wheelies, handmade books, prints, quilts, decorated boxes, woven tapestries and more. Opening reception takes place on Friday, October 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are on Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event takes place at the Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center at Memorial Park on Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.

 

Saturday, October 3

ART WALK Visit art galleries throughout the Claremont Village for art receptions between 6 to 9 p.m. Additionally, art and craft vendors plus a live band will be at Art Walk at the Packing House.

FALL PLANTING FESTIVAL Buy beautiful California native plants at Grow Native Nursery’s season opening spectacular. The Fall Planting Festival at Grow Native Nursery at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will showcase thousands of California native and water efficient plants, many propagated from our own collections and not available anywhere else. Event also features seeds and bulbs, grapevine wreaths, native plant experts table, free garden admission and bake sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

BIRDS OF CLAREMONT Chris Verma of Wild Birds Unlimited will give a talk and slideshow about the birds of Claremont and surrounding areas with a special focus on north Claremont and the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. 10 a.m. Co-sponsored by the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy and the Claremont Public Library. 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. All ages welcome. Free to the public.  

HAUNTED CHILDREN’S CIRCUS The Advanced Aerial Spin Circus Kids are performing an exciting night of solos and duets on aerial silks, aerial hoop and static trapeze in this haunted circus spectacle. Friday, October 2 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 3 at 5 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 4 at 8 p.m. $15 for adults or $7 for children and Claremont College students. Tickets may be purchased at the studio or online at thecircusstudio.com (space is limited). The Circus Studio, home of Spin Circus, 548 W. First St., Claremont Packing House. For more information, call (909) 625-3333 or visit thecircusstudio.com.

FOUNDERS DAY This year Founders Day will also mark the dedication of the new Millikan Laboratory and Andrew Science Hall. Join in for an afternoon of family-friendly programming that includes science and math activities for all ages. 610 N. College Ave., Claremont. 2 to 7 p.m.

MASKS OF WONDER Using a unique blend of collage materials, ARTstART student teachers will offer workshop participants a chance to create masks that reflect their personality and feelings. On the Same Page art workshop. 2 to 4 p.m. Claremont Library Meeting Room, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.

 

Sunday, October 4

BIRD WATCHING Pomona Valley Audubon Society will lead a beginners bird walk. It will be two-hour walk beginning at 8 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, located at 1500 N. College Avenue in Claremont. Fraser Pemberton is the leader. Bring binoculars and meet at the entrance. There is no charge to enter the garden with the Audubon group. Families are welcome.

DRIP Low-Water Landscape Expo. Want a Claremont-friendly garden? Want to eliminate your lawn but keep your trees? Attend a free, low water landscaping expo on Sunday, October 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The expo, which is hosted by DRIP, Sustainable Claremont, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and the City of Claremont, will offer information from experts about turf removal, landscape design, water-efficient irrigation, maintenance and more. Attendees may meet contractors who will give information and estimates and also learn new drought restrictions. The day includes live music, kids' activities, and food trucks. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. For more information, visit sustainableclaremont.org or email drip@sustainableclaremont.org.

WONDER Claremont Youth Discussion: Perspectives on “Wonder.” Student panelists composed of 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, moderated by Lydia Hernandez, an elementary school teacher at Sycamore School, will discuss the themes of Wonder and share what the book means to them. Audience discussion following the panel. 2 to 4 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 Harvard Ave., Claremont.

 

Monday, October 5 

OLDENBORG LUNCHEON COLLOQUIUM Zala Volcic: “Yugo-nostalgia: Cultural Memory and Media in Former Yugoslavia.” Her scholarship, research and creative works are all manifestations of her commitment to a deeper understanding of the relationships between media, nationalism, gender, collective memory and politics. Her research has focused on a critical cultural studies based approach to popular media. Co-sponsored by the Department of German and Russian at Pomona College. 12:15 p.m. Free to the public. Oldenborg Center, 350 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 607-1159

LECTURE Singing & Dancing/Nature & Community in the Central African Rain Forest. Michelle Kisliuk, Associate Professor, University of Virginia will be speaking. Her current research/writing project is a collection of theoretical essays and case studies that address the ongoing project of performance ethnography, focusing in particular on her recent research with the House of Israel community in Western Ghana. Along with her academic teaching in Music in Everyday Life and Field Research and Ethnography of Performance, she directs the UVA African Music and Dance Ensemble. 4:15 p.m. Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Free to the Public. (909) 607-4385.

FILM SCREENING Beyond the Heights followed by Q&A. On May 19, 2013, Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman and youngest Muslim woman ever to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. She also became the first woman to successfully climb the “seven summits” (the highest peaks on all seven continents) in a single year. This documentary is the story of Samina’s journey from her remote village in Pakistan to the world’s highest place. Samina and her brother, Mirza Ali, will be present for a reception in the foyer of outside of Rose Hills Theatre before the screening and take questions afterwards. 6 p.m. Free to the public. 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. (909) 607-2513.

SUSTAINABLE CLAREMONT Sustainable Claremont's 2015 Annual Meeting. Free and open to the community. The theme this year is “Energize Claremont,” and the meeting will feature relevant local vendors and speakers. Awards will be given to local businesses and community members who have become leaders in sustainability. Refreshments will be served. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Padua Hills Theater, 4467 Padua Ave, Claremont. For more information, visit sustainableclaremont.org or email info@sustainableclaremont.org.

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE A fun way of exercise with music of Israeli folk dance. Beginners group at 6:45 p.m., followed by open dancing. $6. Masonic Lodge, 227 W. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 921-7115.

 

Tuesday, October 6

GILEAD AND A CURE FOR HEPATITIS C The speaker is Dr. Gerard Jensen. The University Club meets Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. $13 meeting fee includes buffet lunch.

WINDOWS 10 Presentation by Don Brown and Duke Leong. Claremont Senior Computer Club meets on Tuesday evenings at the Hughes Community Center, located at 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., with social time at 7 p.m. Visit cscclub.org for more information.

ASHÉ AFRICA INITIATIVE Ngugi wa Thiong'o will speak Ngugi wa Thiong'o, currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, is a noted Kenyan author who will talk about his life and work. He is recipient of many honors including the 2001 Nonino International Prize for Literature and ten honorary doctorates. 8 p.m. Rose Hills Theater, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Free to the public. (909) 607-4385.

 

Wednesday, October 7

ZEN MEDITATION 7:30 to 9 a.m. McAlister Center for Religious Activities, 919 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8685.

POETRY READING 2015 Kingsley Tufts winner Angie Estes. 5:30 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.

 

Thursday, October 8

OLDENBORG LUNCHEON COLLOQUIUM The Storyteller: Jorge Luis Borges' “El Etnográfo.” John Zemke, Professor of Spanish at the University of California, Davis will speak. John Zemke is a specialist in Medieval Spanish literature with a particular interest in Hispanic oral traditions. He works with medieval Spanish, Spanish written in Hebrew characters, and traditional verbal arts. His books and publications include Critical Approaches to the Proverbios Morales of Shem Tov de Carrión: An Annotated Bibliography (1997), Shem Tov de Carrión's Proverbios morales: A Sermon Addressed (1997), and more. 12:15 p.m. Oldenborg Center, 350 N. College Way, Claremont. Free to the Public. (909) 607-1159.

THEATER Surprisingly comedic yet engagingly poignant, Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, follows the life of Vera Stark, an aspiring African American actress and her relationship to her white “Hollywood starlet” friend and boss, Gloria Mitchell throughout the 1930s and 1970s. Through Nottage’s playful and insightful storytelling, we are invited to bear witness to the complexity of the American psyche, the racial stereotypes of Hollywood’s past and present, and the universal desire to follow a dream despite all odds. October 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., October 10 at 2 to 8 p.m. and October 11 at 2 p.m. $11 general admission. Allen Theatre, 333 N College Way, Claremont.

 

Friday, October 9

FRIDAY NOON CONCERT Sonatas by Beethoven and Mozart for violin and piano. 12:15 p.m. Balch Auditorium on the corner of Tenth and Columbia in Claremont. (909) 607-3266.

POETRY READING & ART SHOW Claremont Graduate University hosts its fourth annual poetry reading and art show. Featured readings by 2015 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award-winner Angie Estes, and Foothill poets Brett Salsbury, AJ Urquidi and Jose Hernandez. The event will also feature a first-year MFA student group show, and an exhibit by Foothill-featured artist, Lara Salmon. This event starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, and books from the authors will be on sale. Located at Peggy Phelps and East Galleries, 251 E. 10th St., Claremont.

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

POETRY READING & ART SHOW 2015 Kingsley Tufts winner Angie Estes. 6 p.m. CGU Art galleries, 251 E. 10th St., Claremont.

MINGLE & MUNCH Looking to get out, socialize, and meet new friends? Join in for a fun Friday evening with refreshments, live music and conversation where age 50 and over individuals and couples can explore new friendships. This event will take place on 6 to 8 p.m. at the Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Admission is $10. Live music will be provided by guitarists Michael Ryan and Ken Soderlund. Future events will take place on the second Friday of each month, same time and place. For more information or to RSVP (required) call (909) 399-5488.

 

Saturday, October 10

CONCERT A special Bridges Hall of Music Centennial Celebration performance with

Martin Chalifour, acclaimed violinist and the Los Angeles Philharmonic concertmaster, performing a special program including music by Brahms, Norman, Prokofiev and more.

Free admission with open seating, no tickets. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance. Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Contact: concerts@pomona.edu, (909) 607-2671.