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CALENDAR: Art museum, bird walk, concerts, holiday fun

Friday, November 18

FREE CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with a concert at Balch Auditorium. Jacqueline Suzuki, violin; Cynthia Fogg (Pomona), viola; Tom Flaherty (Pomona), cello and Susan Svr?ek, piano, will perform Brahms’ Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266. 1030 Columbia Ave.

OZOMATLI IN CONCERT Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles band Ozomatli make its Lewis Family Playhouse debut at 8 p.m. tonight. Known for its high-energy live shows, the band fuses a variety of genres, from Latin salsa, electro-cumbia and mambo to jazz, reggae and hip-hop. Tickets are $38-$45 and are available at lewisfamilyplayhouse.com or (909) 477-2752. 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga.

FREE ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE Pomona College Orchestra performs a free 8 p.m. concert tonight at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The orchestra, under the baton of Eric Lindholm, will play Messiaen’s “Les offrandes oubliées,” Strauss’ “Don Juan,” Op. 20, Ligeti’s “Lontano” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio espagnol,” Op. 34. The program repeats Sunday, November 20 at 3 p.m. More info is at pomona.edu/events/pomona-college-orchestra-4 or (909) 607-2671.


Saturday, November 19

FAMILY BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Wild Birds Unlimited host a free family bird walk this morning from 8 to 9 a.m. “Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails,” a press release stated. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring bird guides or binoculars. Reservations are required via email at info@rsabg.org. More info is at rsabg.org/bird-walks or (909) 625-8767. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 1500 N. College Ave.

SOIL WORKSHOP AT THE GARDEN Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts a free workshop, “Grow Native Nursery Workshops: Understanding Your Soil,” from 10 to 11 a.m. this morning. “Soil textures? Percolation? Come to this workshop to understand the importance of the soil in your garden and how to identify different types of soils,” a press release stated. Registration and more information is at rsabg.org/nursery-calendar or (909) 625-8767. 1500 N. College Ave.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK Pomona College’s TESOCAL presents Schoolhouse Rocks!, a free musical performance from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way. Based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series, Schoolhouse Rock! is a musical that follows Tom, a nerve-wracked schoolteacher nervous about his first day on the job. Featuring classic songs from the TV show, including “Just a Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction.” More information is at (909) 607-1139.


Sunday, November 20

MUSEUM TO OPEN AT DEPOT Claremont Museum of Art opens its doors today at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St., with “(re)Generation: Six Decades of Claremont Artists.” The museum is open today from noon to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and free art-making activities will be led by Project ARTstART students. The exhibition will be on view through March 12, 2017. The CMA will be open Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. with free admission through December. The museum will also be open 6 to 9 p.m. the first Saturday of each month for Art Walk. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Claremont City Council and Chamber of Commerce takes place Monday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. More information is at claremontmuseum.org.

ALTERNATIVE TO HOLIDAY CONSUMERISM Our Lady of the Assumption Church’s 31st annual Alternative Gift Christmas Market takes place today from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. “The alternative to the consumer culture is OLA’s Alternative Gift Christmas Market,” a press release stated. “Meet people with firsthand knowledge of local and international humanitarian programs. Review the ‘shopping list’ and choose gifts to give to the poor at home and around the world. Receive beautiful Christmas cards to present to friends and relatives.” For information, call the parish office at (909) 626-3596. OLA is at 435 Berkeley Ave.

NATIVE ACORN FESTIVAL Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the site for today’s Acorn Festival. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free with regular garden admission. “Fall is a time of harvest and festivities for the people of Southern California, as acorns from the live oak (Quercus agrifolia) were traditionally an important major food source,” a press release stated. “In honor of this, Native American dancers and tribal leaders join us to celebrate our connections with California native plants.” Dancers will demonstrate various dances intermittently throughout the day. There will also be an artisans’ marketplace. Free with membership or garden admission. More information is at rsabg.org/upcoming-events or (909) 625-8767. RSABG is at 1500 N. College Ave.

CLASSICS ON THE PROGRAM Pomona College Orchestra will play a  free 3 p.m. concert today at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The orchestra, under the baton of Eric Lindholm, will play Messiaen’s “Les Offrandes Oubliées,” Strauss’ “Don Juan,” Op. 20, Ligeti’s “Lontano” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol,” Op. 34. More information is at pomona.edu/events/pomona-college-orchestra-5 or (909) 607-2671.

EVER HEAR 16 CLARINETS AT ONCE? Harvey Mudd College’s HMC Concert Series will present the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir tonight at Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd. Sixteen clarinetists will perform new works on instruments ranging from sopranino to contrabass. The free concert runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. More information is at (909) 621-8022. 


Monday, November 21

AUDUBON BIRD FEEDING STATION GROUNDBREAKING Pomona Valley Audubon Society is breaking ground on its official bird feeding station on the Thompson Creek Trail at 8 a.m. this morning. The public is invited to the event. The station, located on the south side of the trail south of Pomello Street, will feature native bird feeders and a fountain. More information is at pomonavalleyaudubon.org or (909) 625-5510.


Tuesday, November 22

CHEMISTRY LECTURE Harvey Mudd College hosts a free chemistry lecture today with Michael Takase speaking on X-ray crystallography from 11 a.m. to noon at Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd. Mr. Takase is director of the X-Ray Crystallography Facility at the Beckman Institute at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, which “obtains X-ray diffraction data from crystalline materials and determines the structures of small molecules from single-crystal diffraction data,” a press release stated. More information is at (909) 621-8092.

JAZZ IT UP Pomona College Jazz Ensemble plays a 4:30 p.m. show today at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building at Pomona College, 340 N. College Ave. The ensemble offers an afternoon of jazz under the direction Barb Catlin. More information is at pomona.edu/ events/pomona-college-jazz-ensemble-2 or (909) 607-2671.


Wednesday, November 23

INTERFAITH?SERVICE The Claremont Interfaith Council (CIC) will hold its 26th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service tonight at 7 p.m. at Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave. in Claremont. The CIC invites all community residents to gather to share gratitude. The keynote speaker is Rev. Joel Fairley, pastor of First Baptist Church of Claremont, and will also include clergy and lay leaders from other faith communities in the Claremont. Contact Paul Buch at (909) 626-1277 or visit facebook.com/claremontinterfaithcouncil for information.

GIVING THANKS, STAYING SANE Thanksgiving, that one day a year where every member of your family comes over to eat, drink and opine on subjects diverse, is tomorrow. If you’re like me—and millions of other Americans—this mandatory open family forum can be, well, trying. Throw the presidential election in there and it’s a whole new recipe. Don’t feel alone. Breathe. Maybe open a bottle of wine while you’re cooking. Xanax is your friend. Go ahead. It’s okay. We all need to cope somehow! For more tips on “Surviving Thanksgiving with the Dysfunctional Family,” check out PsychCentral’s guide at psychcentral.com/lib/10-tips-for-surviving-thanksgiving-with-the-dysfunctional-family. Happy holidays?


Thursday, November 24

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Do it.

TURKEY TROT Claremont’s annual Turkey Trot run kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with a 1K Kids’ Fun Run. The race, sponsored by Claremont Sunrise Rotary, “has become an annual holiday tradition for many families and individuals to get their Thanksgiving Day started with a wonderful energy,” a press release stated. The route begins and ends in the Village and winds through the Colleges. The Kids’ Fun Run is open to participants 10 years and under. At 8 a.m., a 5K run/walk event is open to those 11 and older. The cost is $22 for children under 18 and $36 for adults. For registration, visit claremontsunriserotary.org.



Friday, November 25

JAPANESE PRINT EXHIBIT The exhibition “On Stage: Japanese Theater Prints and Costumes (Kabuki, Bunraku & Noh),” continues from noon to 5 p.m. today at Scripps College’s Williamson Gallery, 251 E. 11th St. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Woodblock prints and vintage photographs as well as costumes and masks will be included in the exhibition, which runs through December 17. Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku are types of theater—each distinct, all indispensable in the Japanese tradition of dramatic expression; the exhibit offers a rich, many-faceted view of late-19th to mid-20th Century theatrical performance in Japan. For information, all (909) 607-4690 or visit rcwg.scrippscollege.edu.

Easy Dance Aerobics Drop-In Start your morning off right and get healthy by stepping to Motown. Enjoy the fun while benefitting from easy aerobic steps, line dancing and step routines. Active adults will love moving to the hits of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Classes take place at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., every Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5.


Saturday, November 26

EIGHT-LEGGED FREAKS Holiday angst got you down? Why not take your mind off that with something less stressful, like a room full of spiders? The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is offering patrons a relaxing stroll through its Spider Pavilion, which houses local and exotic varieties of free-roaming spiders, including the Golden Silk Spider—the largest species of orb weavers, whose silk is as strong as steel—and Garden Spider, which can spin a web up to three meters across. Also part of the fun is the Spider Den, which houses enclosed habitats showcasing tarantulas, wolf spiders and jumping spiders. The museum is open today from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is at nhm.org or (213) 763-3466. The Natural History Museum is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles.