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Friday, October 7

NOBEL LAUREATE AT PITZER Pitzer College’s MCSI Speaker Series continues at 11 a.m. today with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ouided Bouchamaoui. Ms. Bouchamaoui will speak via a videoconference in Benson Auditorium. More info is at pitzer.edu/mcsi or via email at mcsi@pitzer.edu. 1050 N. Mills Ave.

SCRIPPS FRIDAY “NOON” CONCERT “The Performer as Arranger” is the theme for today’s free Friday Noon Concert series at Scripps College, with Elbert Tsai on violin and Jennie Jung playing the piano. The concert actually gets underway at 12:15 p.m. Oh, well, it’s noon somewhere! Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. More info is available at (909) 607-3266.

FREE ORCHESTRA CONCERT Conductor Eric Lindholm leads the Pomona College Orchestra at Bridges Hall of Music tonight in a free 8 p.m. concert featuring the music of Barber, Mendelssohn and Ravel. Joining the ensemble is performing faculty member and associate principal second violinist of the LA Chamber Orchestra, Sarah Thornblade. Known for her “rapturously winning” playing (Los Angeles Times), she is an avid chamber music player and received the grand prize at the Fischoff National, Coleman and Carmel chamber music competitions with various ensembles. She has also performed with Camerata Pacifica, Jacaranda Music and Auros Group for New Music (Boston). She has collaborated with artists such as Gilbert Kalish, Jeffery Kahane, Andres Cardenes, Randall Hodgkinson and Warren Jones. More information is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671. 150 E. Fourth Street.

MATERIAL GIRLS ART EXHIBITION An opening reception for local fiber artists Helen Feller and Jan Wheatcroft’s ninth exhibition will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Ginger Elliot Exhibition Center at Memorial Park. The work on exhibit comprises quilts, tapestry weavings, decorative boxes, collages, dolls, original wheeled assemblages and more. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Claremont Forum and The Prison Library Project. The gallery is also open Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.

FREE FLU SHOT FRIDAY Inter Valley Health Plan hosts a free flu shot event from 9 a.m. to noon today at its Claremont location. Participants can enjoy “a wonderful morning relaxing to music, browsing for used books and enjoying refreshments,” said an IVHP press release. RSVP at forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevent or (800) 251-8191, extension 625. 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275.

CGU POETRY, ART EVENT Claremont Graduate University hosts its fifth annual Poetry Reading and Art Show tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peggy Phelps and East Galleries. The Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards, “Foothill: a journal of poetry,” and the CGU Art Department are sponsoring the event, which features 2016 Kingsley Tufts poetry award winner Ross Gay. This event is free and open to the public. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, and books by Mr. Gay and the fall 2016 edition of “Foothill” will be available for purchase. More information is available at (909) 621-8974. 251 E. Tenth Street.

SQUEEKIN’ WHEELS, DOGS IN VILLAGE TONIGHT Tonight’s Friday Nights Live music series features local treasures Squeekin’ Wheels at Laemmle Plaza, beloved purveyors of eclectic cover songs The Dogs at Shelton Park, Random Spark at the Chamber of the Commerce patio and Technopagan at city hall. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public and run from 6 to 9 p.m.

CONTRA DANCE TONIGHT ?The public is invited to join CONTRAversial?, the contra dance club of the Claremont Colleges? tonight to? listen to? live music, make new friends, enjoy snacks from Trader Joe’s and learn an energetic style of social folk dance. The event takes place from 8 to 11 p.m. at ?Balch Auditorium, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave. It is free for Claremont College students. Admission for the general public is a suggested $5 donation. More info is at contraversial.weebly.com or via email at claremontcontra@gmail.com??.


Saturday, October 8

SPORTS EQUIPMENT, HALLOWEEN COSTUME SALE Condit Elementary hosts a gently-used sporting equipment and Halloween costume sale this morning from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds from the event will help send Condit sixth grade students to science camp. Donations will be accepted at Condit up until the end of the school day Friday, October 7. Organizers ask that donors do not bring large equipment such as basketball stands and treadmills. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available at (951) 236-1189. 1750 N. Mountain Ave.

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OPEN MIC LUNCHEON The Inland Communities Democratic Club hosts a luncheon and open mic at 12:30 p.m. today at El Ranchero restaurant in Claremont. The cost is $30 at the door and includes lunch and a beverage. “Those attending will get to speak their minds about what this election means to them,” said a press release. This could get interesting. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Inland Communities Democratic headquarters at 3115 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. More information is available at (909) 626-2858 or via email at gerecke@surfside.net. El Ranchero is located at 984 W. Foothill Blvd.

HOEDOWN FOR ANIMAL RESCUE Planet Rehab’s fourth annual Hoedown Benefit is set 6:30 p.m. today at the Planet Rehab Animal Sanctuary in San Dimas. Tickets are available at the door and are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets include admission, dinner and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Planet Rehab Animal Sanctuary. More information is available via email at garym@planetrehab.org or at planetrehab.org. 2745 W. Dalepark Dr., San Dimas.

CERAMICS SHOW OPENS TODAY The American Museum of Ceramic Art presents an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today for “Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion.” The opening includes a curator’s talk with Garth Johnson from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The show features 12 artists integrating video into their studio practice. More info is at amoca.org or (909) 865-3146. 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona.


Sunday, October 9

SUPERHEROES FOR THE HUNGRY The 43rd annual Walk for the Hungry event takes place today at the Claremont University Consortium. Registration for the 5K through the Claremont Colleges starts at noon, and the event gets underway at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is superheroes, so participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite masked crusader. The event also includes family-friendly activities such as face painting and live music. Proceeds support local hunger relief nonprofit Inland Valley Hope Partners. The goal of the event, sponsored by Pacific Western Bank and Bank of America, is to “raise awareness of local hunger and raise funds to help feed the nearly 4,000 hungry children and families who visit Inland Valley Hope Partners’ local food pantries each month,” a press release stated. There is no registration fee and no minimum pledge is required. Online pre-registration and information is available at inlandvalleyhopepartners.org or via phone at (909) 622- 3806, extension 105. 101 N Mills Ave., Claremont.

HERITAGE HOME TOUR Claremont Heritage’s 34th annual Home Tour and Fall Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The tour will cover five unique homes in the Via Zurita neighborhood. Tickets are $35 and are available online at claremontheritage.bigcartel.com.

ART SHOW AND CONCERT Pilgrim Place is the site today for “An Afternoon with the Artists.” The event is open to the public and features a 3:30 p.m. concert with John August Swanson and the PJ Ensemble at Decker Hall, 625 Mayflower Rd.  Art viewing and refreshments take place from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Weist/Kenney home at 619 Leyden Lane. The event is free, but voluntary contributions benefit Pilgrim Place’s The Wander Garden at Memory House. More information is available via email at vbattaglia@pilgrimplace.org.


Monday, October 10

SHAKESPEARE ADAPTATION TIPS The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley will present a free talk by director Terre Gunkel, “From Page to Stage: How to Adapt Great Classics,” at 2 p.m. today at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Mr. Gunkel has adapted and directed several of Shakespeare’s plays. He also adapted Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice into script form for a production he is currently directing at Lewis Family Playhouse. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (909) 717-1109 or email lucylynch@aol.com.


Tuesday, October 11

THE WAR ON TERROR: A VIEW FROM GROUND ZERO Scripps College presents “The Global War on Terror from the Standpoint of its Victims” a free and open to the public lecture at 7 p.m. tonight at Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave. Vijay Prashad is a 1989 Pomona College graduate and professor at Trinity College, as well as a journalist and author of over 20 books. He reported from the villages that are in the gun-sights of drone operators and “will take us through the landscape of the GWOT, and assess its various impacts on countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya.” Mr. Prashad’s most recent book is The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution. His previous books include the two-volume series The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. The lecture is presented in partnership with Pomona College’s Draper Center and Asian American Resource Center. 

BALLOT MEASURE PROS, CONS Claremont’s League of Women Voters hosts a free presentation at Claremont Public Library, located at 208 Harvard Ave., at 6 p.m. tonight on the pros and cons of the ballot measures to be decided in the upcoming November 8 election. Arguments for and against state propositions 51 through 67, LA County Measures A and M, and CUSD’s measure G will be included. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available via email at league@claremont.ca, online at lwvnet.org or by calling (909) 624-9457.


Wednesday, October 12

MEDICARE STEP-BY-STEP Inter Valley Health Plan hosts a free Medicare informational seminar at 1 p.m. today. Learn the steps to get started, what to expect and your entitled benefits. RSVP for this class online at ivhp.com/step-by-step. The event repeats Saturday, October 22 at 11 a.m.

GARDEN CLUB TALK Claremont Garden Club hosts a free event tonight, “Basic Irrigation Workshop: The Key to Sustainable Gardening through Efficient Water Use,” at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center. Speaking will be Dave Schroeder, Chino Basin Water Conservation Specialist. Exhibits, plant cuttings and refreshments start at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Schroeder speaks at 7 p.m. More information is available at sustainableclaremont.org, (909) 621-6381 or via email at gardenclub@sustainableclaremont.org. 660 Avery Rd.

FREE TRIVIA NIGHT Inter Valley Health Plan hosts a free trivia night from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Garner House at Memorial Park. “Do you shout out the answers when watching Jeopardy?” a press release asked. “If you have the knowledge, IVHP wants to gather Claremont residents for its first trivia night!” Attendees are invited to enjoy free refreshments and prizes. For information or to RSVP call (800) 251-8191, extension 455 or TTY 711. 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.


Friday, October 14

WHY DO EVANGELICALS SUPPORT TRUMP? Pomona College hosts a free lecture today entitled “Why Do So Many Evangelicals Support Trump? The Religious Roots of American Exceptionalism.” The event gets underway at 4:15 p.m. at the Hahn Building, 420 Harvard Ave., with Philip S. Gorski (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) on tap to lead the talk. Mr. Gorski is a comparative-historical sociologist with strong interests in theory and methods and in modern and early modern Europe. Mr. Gorski is co-director of Yale’s Center for Comparative Research (CCR), and co-runs the Religion and Politics Colloquium at the Yale MacMillan Center. The lecture is sponsored by the sociology department and the politics department. More information is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-4349. 

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle & Munch presents “Oktoberfest” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. this evening at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Admission at the door is $10 (cash only), which includes appetizers, refreshments and live music from the Rheinlanders. RSVPs are required. The event is open to persons 50 and over. Call (909) 399-5488 for reservations or information or visit claremontrec.com.


Saturday, October 15

TREE PLANTING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Sustainable Claremont is hosting a tree-planting event today and is inviting interested parties to volunteer. The group will plant 30 trees along the 200 block of South Cambridge Avenue from 9 a.m. to noon. Please bring gloves, hats, refreshments and shovels. Some refreshments and tools will be provided. More information is at sustainableclaremont.org, (909) 625-8767 extension 238 or via email at coordinator@sustainableclaremont.org.


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