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CALENDAR: Poetry, art and concerts


Friends of the Claremont Library present a poestry reading on Sunday.

Friday, February 26

ART MART Arts and crafts vendors fill the Claremont Packing House atrium from 5 to 9 p.m. 532 W. First St., Claremont.

POMONA COLLEGE ORCHESTRA Conductor Eric Lindholm leads the collegiate ensemble, which features violinist Gloria Liou, winner of the 2015 PCO Concerto Competition. Ms. Liou is a computer science, linguistics and cognitive science double major. She currently studies violin with Sarah Thornblade, who is associate principal second violin with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Liou previously studied with Li Lin of the Juilliard School. She is one of the concertmasters of the Pomona College Orchestra and previously served as concertmaster of the California All-State Orchestra and the Saratoga High Orchestra. The program includes Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72a; Chausson: Poème, Op. 25; and Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131. Free admission with open seating, no tickets. 8 p.m. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance. Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont.


Saturday, February 27

CLAREMONT SPLASH An annual spring event that brings hundreds of high school students to the Claremont Colleges where Claremont College students teach them fun classes that they have designed. This year’s classes include “Game Theory and Human Goodness,” “Introduction to Arduino,” “Oratory, Persuasive Speech and Effective Communication” and “Beginning Chinese by Immersion.” Splash is open to all students in grades 9-12 and participation is free. FMI and registration at claremont.learningu.org. Student registration for Splash 2016 is open until February 23 and classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

INSANE INFLATABLE The Insane Inflatable 5K is a fun, wild and insane obstacle run. Get pumped up for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever produced. Parking $10 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive. For registration and information, visit insaneinflatable5k.com/pomona-ca/. Event begins at 9 a.m. 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS “Food for Thought” public meeting with the topic: “Is California Higher Education Working?” The panel discussion will include higher education administrators from University of Riverside, Cal Poly Pomona and Citrus Community College. 4 to 6 p.m. Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont. Admission is $20.  Go to eventbrite.com to reserve, or pay at the door. Refreshments will be served. Contact (909) 624-9457 or league@claremont.ca.lwvnet.org.

POMONA SOPHOMORE RECITAL Pianist Alexander Woods performs works by Bach, Beethoven and Ives. Free admission with open seating, no tickets. 8 p.m. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance. Pomona College’s Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont.


Sunday, February 28

FARMERS’ MARKET Rain or shine every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Claremont Village.

POETRY READING Marsha de la O was born and raised in southern California. She holds an MFA from Vermont College. Her first book, Black Hope, was awarded the New Issues Press Poetry Prize. Antidote for Night received the 2015 Isabella Gardner Award and was published by BOA Editions. Ms. de la O lives in Ventura with her husband, poet and editor Phil Taggart. Together, they produce poetry readings and events in Ventura County and are also the editors and publishers of the literary journal Askew. B.H. Fairchild is the author of six collections of poetry, including Art of the Lathe, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and also received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, the PEN West Poetry Award and the California Book Award. 2 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.

ALAN CHAPMAN returns for a second installment of his music education course sponsored by the Foothill Philharmonic Committee (FPC). In this presentation, Mr. Chapman explores the translation of non-musical inspirations into musical compositions. Mr. Chapman states, “Composers find inspiration in a variety of places, including literature, visual art, history and nature.” 2 p.m. Free admission. Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont.

POMONA COLLEGE ORCHESTRA Gloria Liou, violinist and winner of the Pomona College Orchestra 2015 Concerto Competition, will be featured this month with the orchestra. 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont.


Monday, February 29

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE A fun way to 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, March 1

HAITI AFTER THE STORMS The speaker is Dr. Serena Beeks. 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.

CLAREMONT SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Macro photography without camera presented by Marsha Tudor. The Claremont Senior Computer Club meets on Tuesday evenings at the Hughes Community Center at 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., with social time beginning at 7 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, visit cscclub.org.

ART AUCTION Don’t miss the annual spring silent auction of the Friends of the Bernard Biological Field Station. Ceramics, paintings, jewelry and more will be on display in the window of the Folk Music Center, located at 220 Yale Ave., Claremont from March 1 through 30. Stop by and leave a bid. This is a chance to own works by local artists and to support the mission of this local nonprofit. Visit fbbfs.org for more information.


Wednesday, March 2

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


Thursday, March 3

THE REMBRANDT CLUB First Thursday Lecture and Tea. “From Bauhaus to My House: The Life and Art of German-American Abstract Artist Werner Drewes,” by Lynn Drewes. Tea follows at Seaver House. Scripps Fine Arts are the guests. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont.

BIRD IDENTIFICATION Tom Ryan will discuss his research. Pomona Valley Audubon Society. 7 p.m. Alexander Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont.


Friday, March 4

ART MART Arts and crafts vendors fill the Claremont Packing House atrium from 5 to 9 p.m. 532 W. First St., Claremont.

CONFERENCE The Claremont Chamber of Commerce presents a day of motivation, inspiration and fun at the 2nd annual Women’s Leadership Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont, 555 W. Foothill Blvd. This daylong conference will explore significant topics determined to inspire leadership within us all. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Cost per person is $129, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is available online at claremontchamber.org or by calling the Claremont Chamber office at (909) 624-1681.

ART SHOW “On Your Plate,” an open art exhibit featuring a wide range of southern California artists, will arrive at the Ginger Elliot Exhibition Center at Memorial Park on Indian Hill Blvd. for one weekend only. The opening reception is Friday, March 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. and then the exhibit will be open on Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free and all are welcome. Many of the art pieces are for sale.


Saturday, March 5

FUNDRAISER Support Claremont United Soccer Boys U14 as they raise funds for Nationals in Florida. Beer, food truck, bake sale and raffles. 4 to 9 p.m. Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd. #204C. 

CONCERT Students of the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer and Scripps Colleges present Strauss’ “Blue Danube,” Smetana’s “Vltava,” Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 23” and Saint-Saëns’ “Piano Concerto No. 2, Mvt. I.” The concert features pianists Amber Cai and Rachael Huang, conducted by David Cubek. 8 p.m. Free donations appreciated. Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont.


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