CALENDAR: Candlelight, CYMO concert, MLK, history
Friday, January 13
A TALE AS OLD AS TIME Claremont’s long-running dinner theater haven, the Candlelight Pavilion, opens its production of Beauty and the Beast tonight. The Pavilion is at 455 W. Foothill Blvd. According to Mentalfloss.com, the Beast has the mane of a lion, the beard and head of a buffalo, the brow of a gorilla, the eyes of a human, the tusks of a wild boar, the body of a bear, the legs and tail of a wolf and a little something extra. Animator Glen Keane claims that, “Beast actually has a rainbow bum, but nobody knows that but Belle.” Tickets and more information are available by calling the box office at (909) 626-1254, extension 1.
Saturday, January 14
DISCOVERY DAY AT THE ALF The Raymond M. Alf Museum hosts Discovery Day: Climate Change from 1 to 4 p.m. today. This hands-on science learning and fun day for the general public features learning stations, touch tables and related crafts activities. Admission is $3 per person and kids ages four and under are free. The Alf is at 1175 West Baseline Road in Claremont, on the Webb Schools campus. More information is available via email at email@example.com, by phone at (909) 624-2798 or online at alfmuseum.org.
IRISH GENEALOGY The Pomona Valley Genealogy Society hosts Barbara Randall today, who will speak on Irish Genealogy. The meeting is free and open to the public and will be held at Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m. Ms. Randall is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the National Genealogical Society (NGS).
SPIROGRAPH FUN The Claremont Library hosts a free Spirograph Fun event today from 2 to 3 p.m. Supplies will be included to make a picture and a greeting card. Please note that the event is open only to kids ages 11 to 18 and supplies are limited. The Claremont Library is located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more information call (909) 621-4902 or visit colapublib.org.
EXHIBIT ON CLIMATE CHANGE The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) hosts an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight for a new exhibition by Joan Takayama-Ogawa entitled “Climate Change.” The artist will lecture at 6:30 p.m. “Warmer ocean temperatures prompted bleaching events of the world’s coral reef communities, turning healthy colorful coral into weakened ghostly white coral, which is susceptible to disease and death,” a press release stated. “These coral bleaching events are visual warnings of thermal stress caused by global climate change and are referred to as the ‘canary in the coal mine.’ Climate change is a global ecosystem catastrophe and not a political issue.” Ms. Takayama-Ogawa’s exhibition includes abstract figurative white coral reef sculptures and white lighting installations calling for the reversal of global warming. Ms. Takayama-Ogawa is a sixth-generation potter and ceramic artist who studied ceramics under Ralph Bacerra at the Otis Art Institute, where she currently teaches. She holds a bachelors from UCLA in Geography and East Asian Studies and a masters from Stanford Graduate School of Education. Ms. Takayama-Ogawa’s work is part of the Renwick Gallery, The Smithsonian, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and AMOCA. AMOCA is located at 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. Call (909) 865-3146 or log on to amoca.org for more information.
Sunday, January 15
CYMO OPENING CONCERT The Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, conducted by Juan Felipe Molano, will present its free season opening concert at 7 p.m. tonight at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The featured soloist is Burt Hara, associate principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major. Also included in the program will be Forza del Destino Overture by Verdi, Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4, and Malambo from the Estancia Suite. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free tickets will be distributed starting at 6 p.m. to assure seating. More information is available at (909) 624-3614.
Monday, January 16
MLK DAY TODAY Today we remember slain American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. All city offices are closed in Claremont. The Federal holiday coincides loosely with Dr. King’s birthday, which is January 15, 1929.
FREE DAY FOR MLK AT THE GARDEN Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is offering free admission today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The garden is at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. More info is at rsabg.org.
Tuesday, January 17
UNIVERSITY CLUB LUNCH The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. today to discuss “The Crisis in South Sudan” with guest speaker Dr. Lako Tongun, associate professor of international and intercultural studies and political studies at Pitzer College. The meeting happens at the Padua Room at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. “The situation in South Sudan, the world’s newest country, continues to worsen with the United Nations warning of potential genocide,” a press release stated. “What are the causes of the conflict and possible actions by the United States? Dr. Tongun is a native of South Sudan. He has an amazing story beginning as a teenage refugee who ended up in the United States earning a PhD at UC Davis.” Dr. Tongun’s research specializes in African and third-world politics, political economy and developmental economics. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
Wednesday, January 18
LEWIS AND CLARK GET FUNDED On this day in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson convinced Congress to approve the secret funding of a mission to explore the then mysterious western lands. Mr. Jefferson hoped his team of Lewis and Clark could find a way for the new nation to grab a piece of the burgeoning fur trade between Native Americans and the British and, perhaps, find a passage to the long-sought “western ocean.” Congress had just approved the $9.3 million Louisiana Purchase, so the relatively modest sum of $2,500 for the secret mission was easier to procure than it might have been prior. Lewis and Clark departed for the West in the spring of 1804. The rest, of course, is history.
Thursday, January 19
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND BEER This month’s Claremont Green Drinks gathering focuses on tips for home energy efficiency. The group’s monthly meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., 204C. “This month the folks from Home Performance Matters would like to treat you to a beer!” according to a press release. “We will have an informal conversation about how to reduce your energy use and utility bills. They will describe simple, practical examples as well as a big picture approach to whole house efficiency. Free energy evaluation vouchers will be given away. Come join the conversation.” More information is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at sustainableclaremont.org.
Friday, January 20
SPEECH ON CAMPUS ON FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS Pomona College’s fascinating Free Speech in a Dangerous World series continues this evening with Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge for Our Time. The free lecture begins at 4:30 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., and concludes at 6 p.m. “In recent years, colleges and universities across the nation have experienced growing conflicts over the meaning of limits of academic freedom and of the right of free expression,” a press release stated. Professor Geoffrey R. Stone will explore the reasons for these conflicts and will offer thoughts on how colleges and universities should respond to them.” Presenting different viewpoints and global perspectives, the Free Speech series of lectures examines the central goals of liberal education, including fostering difficult dialogues, academic freedom and promoting diversity and inclusive excellence. More information is at (909) 607-7467 or pomona.edu.
Saturday, January 21
THE COSTS OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT Claremont Forum hosts Keramet Reiter at 7 p.m. tonight for a talk on solitary confinement in our prisons and the resulting social costs. The free lecture takes place at the Forum Bookshop, home of the Prison Library Project, 586 W. First St., Claremont (in the Packing House). Ms. Reiter is an assistant professor at UC Irvine’s School of Law and is a former attorney with the Prison Law Office, California’s nonprofit prison watchdog organization. Her new book, 23/7, focuses on California’s infamous Pelican Bay prison and the rise of long-term solitary confinement. The title refers to prisoners who spend 23 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, “in featureless, windowless cells with no visitors or human contact, sometimes for years on end,” a press release stated. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. More information is at prisonlibraryproject.org.
FREE FAMILY BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the site this morning for a free family bird walk. The walk, from 8 to 9 a.m., is hosted and sponsored by Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited. The store’s Chris Verma will guide participants on the family-friendly stroll. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bird guides and/or binoculars if you have them. The event is free but reservations are required via email at email@example.com. For more information go to rsabg.org/bird-walks.
SCRIPPS CERAMIC ANNUAL The 73rd Scripps College Ceramic Annual happens from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 251 E. Eleventh St. in Claremont. The theme of the exhibition is “a sense of place and play.” “Each of these master ceramic artists chosen by curator Joan Takayama-Ogawa creates work that reflects an intimate relationship with a particular place, one that offers the artist grounding and meaning,” according to a press release. A 4 to 5 p.m. lecture on the exhibition at the Scripps Humanities Auditorium precedes the opening. The event is presented by Pasadena Art Alliance, Julianne and David Armstrong, Kirk and Dana Delman, David Furman, Skutt Ceramic Products, Inc., the Lincoln Ceramic Annual Fund, Lincoln Ceramic Study Center Fund and the Paul Soldner Endowment. More info is available at (909) 607-8090.
BOMB MAKING CLASS AT GARDEN Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the site this morning of a free workshop at its Grow Native Nursery, “Creating Seed Bombs,” from 10 to 11 a.m. this morning. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave. For more information go to rsabg.org.
GREEN CREW PLANTING DAY Sustainable Claremont’s Green Crew is seeking volunteers to help with a planting at Claremont Hills Wilderness Park from 9 to 11 a.m. today. Participants should pre-register via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. On the morning of the event folks should park at Cahuilla Park, 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd., and take the shuttle to the Wilderness Park. “Come join Green Crew to revitalize the native plants around the entrance of Claremont Hills Wilderness Park!” a press release stated. Bring gloves, shovels, trowels and refreshments (some will be available), and prepare to be outside. Shuttles will run continuously to facilitate varying arrival and departure times. Children, scout troops and school clubs are welcome with supervision and registration forms signed by guardians. Registration forms will be available onsite. More information is available via email at email@example.com or phone at (909) 625-8767, extension 238.