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CALENDAR: Pickle ball, green crew, comics, music

Friday, January 27

SOLID Claremont’s soul stirrer, Solid Ray Woods, takes to the stage at the Press tonight at 10 p.m. for a free show. Mr. Woods, a recent transplant from the California high desert, has been grooving and growing a local audience with his Raw Soul Revue for several years now. His act comes in several configurations, from solo with just his voice, his drums and a keyboard (he pulls it off somehow), to a full-on four-piece band. The Press is at 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont.


Saturday, January 28

ART SALE Eight Claremont artists will be selling their work and art supplies at drastically reduced prices today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the corner of Harrison St. and Yale Ave. This sale takes place once a year on the last Saturday of the January. 

PICKLE BALL Blaisdell Park in Claremont will host a free pickle ball lesson and match from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. “Join us as we learn about America’s fastest growing sport, pickle ball!” a press release enthused. Pickle ball is a fun, low-impact racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis and is suitable for all ages and abilities.” The park is located at 440 S. College Ave. Open court time for pickle ball at Blaisdell is Saturdays at 9 a.m. More information is available via email at richard.smith@ ucr.edu.

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 at tenres.com/event/home-energy-tour-claremont. 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. 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 greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org or phone at (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

CGU TEACHER TALK Claremont Graduate University hosts a teacher education program from 10 to 11 a.m. this morning at Harper Hall, located at 160 E. Tenth St. The free talk will cover admissions criteria, program structure and how to finish your MA Education and California teaching credential in 14 months. Continental breakfast and coffee are included. Admitted 5C students receive a $15,000 fellowship. Rachel Camacho, assistant director of admissions, will host the session. More information is at (909) 607-9418 or cguall.askadmissions.net.

CONCERT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE The Claremont Symphony begins the new year today with a Concert for Young People at 10:30 a.m. at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. CYSO Concerto winners—Eisar Elgaoun, Allen Lin and Chloe Harsojo—will perform parts of concertos by Haydn, von Weber and Shostakovich. The orchestra will play A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten. More information is available at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.

TRIO OF OPENINGS Pomona College Museum of Art presents public opening receptions tonight for three exhibits: Goya’s War: Los Desastres de la Guerra; Project Series 51: Incendiary Traces; and Now Screening: Andy Warhol Prints. The receptions take place simultaneously from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum, located at 330 N. College Ave., Claremont. The Goya show includes the complete set of 80 etchings published as Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War) in 1863. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) etched the 80 plates that comprise the set in reaction to the horrors of the Napoleonic invasion of Spain and the political turmoil that followed. Incendiary Traces represents the first solo museum exhibition of Hillary Mushkin’s work, a collectively generated project that utilizes art and research to explore the socio-political complexities of landscape imagery. The exhibition includes drawings, paintings, video and ephemera connected to each Incendiary Traces event. The Warhol exhibit explores changes in technique and subject matter in Mr. Warhol’s screen prints and features a recent gift of seven prints from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as well as other works from his permanent collection. For information call (909) 621-8283 or visit pomona.edu/museum.


Sunday, January 29

COMIC BOOKS, COLLECTIBLES The Packing House, at 532 W. First St., is the site for a free comic book and collectibles show today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event features art demonstrations, comic books, collectibles, new and vintage comics, graphic novels and more. More info is available on the event page on Facebook.

UN SECRETARY TALK The public is invited to an introduction to Antonio Guterres, the new Secretary General of the United Nations, at the annual meeting and dinner of the Pomona Valley Chapter of the United Nations Association. The free event at Pilgrim Place’s Decker Hall, located at 665 Avery Rd., begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m. After dinner Mel Boynton, chapter president and UNA National Advocacy Chair, and Bertil Lindblad, Senior Advisor for International Initiatives at Pomona College and former Regional Director of UNAIDS and Senior Advisor of UNICEF, will present the program, “Getting to Know Antonio Guterres.” Mr. Guterres is the ninth Secretary General of the UN, which was founded in 1945. Mr. Boynton and Mr. Lindblad will discuss elements of the agenda for the organization. Dinner will be provided with both meat and vegetarian entrees available. RSVP to Charlene Martin by phone at (909) 625-9670 or email at cmartin335@gmail.com.


Monday, January 30

IS SCIENCE OFF THE RAILS? The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College (385 E. Eighth St.) hosts a free dinner and lecture at 5:30 p.m., “Science Going Bad and How to Improve It” with Lee Jussim. Mr. Jussim will review scientific failures, and their causes, across the natural and social sciences, and will argue that promising solutions to counter this trend include intense skepticism, intellectual diversity, accountability and transparency. He is a social psychologist and former chair of psychology at Rutgers University. He led the Best Practices in Science Group at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. His book, Social Perception and Social Reality: Why Accuracy Dominates Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and Bias, received an American Publisher’s Association award in 2012. Evening programs begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the talk begins at 6:45 p.m. Reservations are required for dinner. Information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or by email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.


Tuesday, January 31

UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. today to discuss “Claremont Heritage 40th Anniversary: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” with guest speaker David Shearer, executive director of Claremont Heritage. The meeting takes places at Padua Room, Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. The program, which includes a slideshow, spotlights Claremont Heritage’s role in preserving the City of Trees’ history and historic sites. The program coincides with the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden exhibition “Claremont Modern: The Convergence of Art and Architecture at Midcentury.” A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

BORDER SOLUTIONS Scripps College presents a free lunchtime lecture today, “Revitalize Not Militarize: the Struggle for Human Rights in the Southern Border Humanities Institute” from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The talk takes place in the Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave. Christian Ramírez, director of Human Rights and Alliance San Diego and director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, will discuss how border communities are defying negative stereotypes and driving a solution-oriented policy agenda to advance a vision for a better border. More information is at scrippscollege.edu or (909) 621-8237.

ART VS. JOURNALISM The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC hosts another free dinner and lecture at 5:30 p.m., “Theatre is Truth, Journalism is Not” with playwright J.T. Rogers. Mr. Rogers will be in conversation with CMC professor Eric Helland. The pair will debate and discuss politics and art, and the role of the theater in shaping public policy. The Athenaeum is at 385 E. Eighth St. Evening programs typically begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the talk at 6:45 p.m. Reservations are required for meals. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.


Wednesday, February 1

FREE SPEECH IN TURKEY, SYRIA Pomona College’s ongoing series, “Free Speech in a Dangerous World” continues today with “Lived Experiences: Free Speech, Academic Freedom and Scholars at Risk in Turkey and Syria” at 4:30 p.m. at Hahn Building, 420 Harvard Ave. This free lecture features visiting scholars at risk Eda Erdener, formerly an associate professor in the psychology department at Bingöl University in eastern Turkey; and Adib Shaar, formerly dean of research and a faculty member at Mamoun University in Aleppo, Syria. “Free Speech in a Dangerous World” is a yearlong series exploring the relationship between free speech on campus and diversity and inclusion across disciplines and contexts. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-7467.


Thursday, February 2

REMBRANDT CLUB The Rembrandt Club’s First Thursday lecture and tea takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. today with the talk at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., with the tea and reception following at Seaver House, 305 N. College Ave. This month’s topic is “Teaching Art Appreciation to Children,” with guest speaker Julie Armstrong, a K-8 art appreciation teacher at Foothill Country Day School and Rembrandt Club member. The event is free and open to the public. Information is at (909) 626-4676.


Friday, February 3

RENEWABLE, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC hosts a free lunch and lecture at 11:45 a.m., “From Jobs to Joules: The Current and Future State of Energy” with guest speaker R.F. “Bob” Hemphill. Mr. Hemphill, the keynote speaker for CMC’s third annual Green Careers Conference, will discuss renewable energy and a sustainable future, renewable energy job growth and global entrepreneurship in this critical space. Mr. Hemphill co-founded AES Corporate in 1981, a global electric power generating and distribution company. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m., speaker presentations start at 12:15 p.m. Reservations can be made at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

ELECTRO ACOUSTIC FEST Day one of the Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electro Acoustic Music kicks off at 8 p.m. tonight at Lyman Hall at Pomona College, 340 N. College Ave. The 25th annual festival, which is free and open to the public, opens with contemporary music ensemble Brightwork Newmusic, whose members include Tereza Stanislav, violin; Maggie Parkins, cello; Sara Andon, flute; Phil O’Connor, clarinet; Nick Terry, percussion and Aron Kallay, piano. The festival is named after Vladimir Ussachevsky (1911-1990), a 1935 Pomona College graduate, a pioneer in the field of electronic music and co-founder of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in New York. More info is at pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.


Saturday, February 4

CONTAINER GARDENING Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts “Container Gardening With California Native Plants” from 10 to 11 a.m. at 1500 N. College Ave. The workshop is free with regular admission. More information is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

MEDICARE STEP-BY-STEP Inter Valley Health Plan is hosting a free workshop at 10 a.m. entitled “Medicare Step By Step” at 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275. RSVP at ivhp.com/step-by-step.

YOUTH ORCHESTRA OPENING CONCERT Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra presents its season opening concert at 3:30 p.m. in Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. Conducted by Robert Sage, CYSO will present music from classical, Broadway, film and video game genres, including the phenomenally popular mobile game Pokémon GO. Doors open at 3 p.m. The concert is free with open seating and no tickets required. For information, visit claremontyouthsymphony.org.


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