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Friday, February 17

RARE DISEASE DAY In what may be the most somber symposium title the COURIER has ever seen, Claremont’s Keck Graduate Institute will host “Rare Disease Day” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the university’s Founder’s Room, 535 Watson Dr., Claremont. This event features distinguished panelists focusing on a deadly serious subject. “Individually, rare diseases affect relatively few Americans,” a press release stated. “Collectively, they cause millions of people and their families to suffer. For many of these diseases, no treatment is available. For some, drugs or other therapies exist, but patients are unable to access them because the cost is too high. KGI’s Center for Rare Disease Therapies addresses these issues by raising awareness of rare diseases and promoting promising treatments. The center educates students to become biotech industry leaders who understand rare diseases and recognize the need for remedies.” More information is available at calendar.kgi.edu or (909) 607-0120.

CLAREMONT AUTHOR TO SPEAK Claremont resident Simon Wood will speak at 10 a.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church’s annual library coffee. The free event is open to the public, and will include “gourmet refreshments first, followed by the speaker,” a press release stated. After the discussion there will be an opportunity to purchase copies of Mr. Wood’s book, Deconstructing Jack: The Secret History of the Whitechapel Murders, about popular culture’s fascination with Jack the Ripper. “The book is the result of over twenty years of research and casts a skeptical eye over the continuous stream of lies, invention, misinformation, self-publicity and opportunism which has kept this Victorian bogeyman alive in the darkest reaches of our 21st Century imaginations.” The church is at 600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. Information is available at pilgrimchurchpomona.com or (909) 622-1373.

FREE NOONISH CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. with Ensemble L??k?ja: Traditional Baltic and Latvian folk music celebrating the Winter Solstice. Ensemble members include Paul Berkolds (Scripps faculty), vocals and accordion; Drew Corey, vocals; Ingrida Jennings, vocals, violin and kokle; Erik Jerumanis, percussion; Justin Scheid, recorder, flute and bagpipes and Katriana Zommers, vocals and guitar. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

CLIMATE SCIENCE DISCUSSION Pitzer College’s Benson Auditorium hosts Juliet Christian-Smith from the Union of Concerned Scientists as she delivers the annual John D. Sullivan Memorial lecture on climate change and water availability in California. The talk, from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Benson Auditorium is at 1050 N. Mills Ave. Dr. Christian-Smith’s discussion, “Climate Change: ‘La Madre’ of Weather Systems,” is sponsored by Pitzer College’s Robert Redford Conservancy. More info is at pitweb.pitzer.edu/event.

FINANCE CONFERENCE The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts the 2017 Claremont Finance Conference at 4:45 p.m. In this lecture, Erik Anderson will discuss his work at WestRiver, specifically his opinions about the biotechnology, software and telecommunications sectors. He will also share his thoughts on the direction of the global markets more generally, and specifically under President Trump. More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

CAL POLY CHAMBER MUSIC FEST Cal Poly Pomona music professor and multiple Grammy-nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko hosts the school’s Winter 2017 Shpachenko and Friends Chamber Music Festival at 8 p.m. Dr. Shpachenko is hosting two evening performances and four master classes with guest artists. The performances at 3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, will feature the Ray-Kallay duo on February 17 and Dr. Shpachenko, Cal Poly Pomona students, staff and alumni March 1. Tickets and information are available at csupomona.tix.com or at the box office.

 

Saturday, February 18

FREE BEGINNERS BIRD WALK Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited from 8 to 9 a.m. for a family-friendly, free bird walk along the trails at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guides you have and binoculars if you have them. Reservations are required via email at info@rsabg.org. More info is at rsabg.org/bird-walks or (909) 625-8767.

SEED COLLECTING Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Grow Native Nursery Workshops presents “Seed Collecting for the Home Gardener” from 10 to 11 a.m. at the garden, 1500 N. College Ave. Learn how to collect, store and sow several types of California native plants’ seeds. Information is at rsabg.org/nursery-calendar or (909) 625-8767.

POETS IN DISTRESS Poets In Distress comes to Pomona’s Dope Spot, at 219 E. Center St. for a free performance from noon to 5 p.m. “The Poets in Distress will touch down in their home base of Pomona for the Conjoined Beatniks Tour, which will highlight the talents of the continually revolving PID lineup,” a press release stated. The collective includes co-founders Brutus Chieftain and Chairman Craig Rick, King Daddy, Betty Nude, Steve Again, Tina Pasadena, Brother Jude, Jessica D’Arc and Mr. P. “In our quest for world domination, it is necessary to record our existence for posterity,” said Mr. Chieftain, whose newest poem anthology is Brutus in Benderland, published by Bunny Badger Books. More information is at thedopespotstudios.com.

AFRICAN MASK MAKING The public is invited to celebrate Black History Month at the Claremont Public Library at 2 p.m. for a free family art activity program on African art traditions. Participants will design masks, try Kente cloth weaving with paper and other activities. The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave. The event is open to children ages 8 and up. For more information go to colapublib.org or call (909) 621-4902.

CONVERSATION WITH JASON ALEXANDER In a special event for Family Weekend 2017, Pomona College parent Jason Alexander talks about his career in entertainment and the performing arts, advocacy and philanthropy at 4:30 p.m. with Pomona College Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Carolyn Ratteray at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way. The event is free but tickets are required and are available at pomona.edu/events. Best known for a character both loathed and loved, Mr. Alexander played the Emmy-nominated role of the neurotic George Costanza on the hit television comedy Seinfeld. Starting at 14 years old, Mr. Alexander has acted in every medium: theatre and film as well as television. On stage, he is a Tony Award winner for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, starred in the critically-acclaimed audience favorite The Producers and played Tevye in a Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. In the realm of politics, he has worked closely with the OneVoice Movement’s Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative and as an advocate for the presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. His charitable efforts include serving as a past judge for the KIND Foundation’s grant program for acts of kindness, teaching self-defense courses, and—inspired by his late sister’s struggle—raising awareness about scleroderma, an autoimmune disease. Ms. Ratteray is an assistant professor of theater at Pomona College and an actor based in the Los Angeles area. More information is available at pomona.edu/events.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Pomona College Music Department’s Orchestra Conductor Eric Lindholm leads an ensemble of acclaimed southern California professional musicians, joined by Los Angeles Master Chorale soprano Hayden Eberhart in a free 8 p.m. concert featuring music by Haydn, Golijov, Stravinsky and J. Strauss, Jr. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

 

Sunday, February 19

FARMERS MARKET Claremont’s lovely Sunday Farmers and Artisans Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Second St. and Indian Hill Blvd. in the Village. This genteel end-of-week tradition features local produce, plants and flowers along with artisans’ wares, used books, live music and antiques. It’s a sweet way to spend a Sunday morning.

FAMILY BIRD FESTIVAL Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s family bird festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free with regular Garden admission. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. “Learn about the diverse bird life in the Garden and participate in the ‘Great Backyard Bird Count,’ a global citizen-science project,” a press release stated. The event is sponsored by Pomona Valley Audubon Society and Wild Birds Unlimited. More info is at sabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

MEDICINAL PLANTS WORKSHOP Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts a medicinal plants of California herb walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Herbalist William Broen will lead an interactive garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California at the 1500 N. College Ave. location. Participants will learn both traditional and modern plant uses of approximately 30 species, as well as relevant folklore. Mr. Broen is a bio-regionally focused herbalist and natural products educator. He has spent most of his adult life studying medicinal and edible plants that grow in California and the western United States. Please bring a hat, sack lunch or snack and a water bottle. The cost is $20 for RSABG members and $25 for non-members. More info is at sabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

CLASSICAL CONCERT Scripps College Family Weekend Concert takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. The free show features the music of Liszt, MacDowell, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Dohnanyi, Zwilich and Rao. The performers are Hao Huang (Scripps faculty), piano; Rachel V. Huang (Scripps faculty), violin; and Tatiana Thibodeaux (Scripps staff accompanist), piano. Special guests Quartet Euphoria will perform an excerpt from a new string quartet composed by Scripps alumna Madhuri Rao (2016). More info is at (909) 607-3266.

 

Monday, February 20

PRESIDENTS DAY City offices and public schools are closed today, FYI.

HUMAN NATURE Pitzer College’s Benson Auditorium is the site for a free lecture at 4:15 p.m., “Tapestry Thinking: Weaving the Threads of Humans and Nature” with Nalini Nadkarni, professor of biology, University of Utah. Ms. Nadkarni, who pioneered the study of Costa Rican rainforest canopies, will discuss how her experiences as a scientist led to her passion for engaging people with the natural world. Using mountain climbing equipment to make her ascent, Ms. Nadkarni first took an inventory of the canopy in 1981, followed by two more inventories in 1984. She has gained many honors and awards including the J. Sterling Morton Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Grace Hopper Lifetime Achievement Award and a Public Service Award from the National Science Board. Benson is at 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. Info is at pitweb.pitzer.edu or (909) 621-8217

 

Tuesday, February 21

ACLU LAWYER ON IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS Scripps College hosts a free talk, “9/11 to 11/8: Tales and Thoughts from Fifteen Years of Advocacy on Immigrants’ Rights and National Security” from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. The event features Ahilan T. Arulanantham and takes place at the Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Mr. Arulanantham was riding the train to the ACLU offices in downtown Manhattan,  where he worked as a first year lawyer representing detained immigrants, when planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He spent the next year representing Muslim immigrants caught up in the immediate post-9/11 crackdown, and the 15 that followed representing immigrants from around the world on a wide variety of human rights issues. Mr. Arulanantham is the Director of Advocacy/Legal Director at the ACLU of Southern California. He has successfully litigated a number of cases involving immigrants’ rights, national security and the intersection between those two areas of law. Mr. Arulanantham has testified before the United States Congress on three occasions, and has argued before the United States Supreme Court. He will describe some of what he has seen and learned from places as varied as the homes of refugee families, the high court and, most importantly, the immigration detention centers where hundreds of his clients have spent years of their lives. This event is presented by Scripps Humanities Institute and the Tuesday Noon Series. More information is at scrippscollege.edu/events.

CANCER NUTRITION TALK Pomona Valley Hospital’s Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center hosts a free lecture, “Nutrition Talk for People with Cancer,” with Nancee Perez, RD, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Ms. Perez will discuss nutritional strategies during and after cancer treatment. The center is located at 1910 Royalty Drive, Pomona. To RSPV or for more info go to pvhmc.org, email ferc@pvhmc.org or call (909) 865.9848.

RALPH NADER IN CLAREMONT Scripps College brings the grandfather of erudite, rabble-rousing political activism, Ralph Nader, to Garrison Theater, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont, for a free talk from 6 to 7 p.m. Since the 1965 publication of his bestselling critique of the automobile industry, Unsafe at Any Speed, Mr. Nader—activist, lawyer and sometime politician—has been agitating for causes near and dear to the progressive American agenda. “In the wake of an election season that has illuminated striking divisions within the American populace and prompted immense public reflection on what we believe to be our fundamental rights and freedoms, Mr. Nader reflects on his passions and life’s work as an activist now working in Trump’s America,” a press release stated. Named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century, he has helped us drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water and work in safer environments for more than four decades. Mr. Nader’s recent books include Unstoppable, The Good Fight and the bestseller, Seventeen Traditions. Mr. Nader writes a syndicated column, has his own radio show and gives lectures and interviews year-round. More information is at scrippscollege.edu/events.

HISTORY IS VISUAL Pitzer College’s free Glass Humanities Lecture series features Ariella Azoulay from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at George Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. Ms. Azoulay is a professor of comparative literature and modern culture and media at Brown University and an independent curator and filmmaker. She is an expert in visual culture and photography. Ms. Azoulay focuses her research on how history is told through visual mediums—photographs, film, drawings and other visual elements—and how these provide a level of detail and context not provided solely by the written word. More info is at pitweb.pitzer.edu or (909) 621-8217.

SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Tonight’s meeting features Patty Meinhardt of Visiting Nurse Association Southern California. Newcomers of any age are welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.

IMMIGRATION BANS AND THE UN Pomona College hosts a free and timely talk, “Immigration Bans Challenge UN Principles and Policies,” at 7 p.m. at Hahn Hall, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. The program, sponsored by the United Nations Association of Pomona Valley, will feature Miguel Tinker-Salas, author and professor of Chicano/a Studies at Pomona College; Victor Silverman, author and professor of history, Pomona College; and Bertil Lindblad, former regional director of UNAIDS and senior advisor to UNICEF. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. More information is available by calling (909) 625-9670.

 

Wednesday, February 22

VIOLENCE AS A GENERATIVE FORCE: Scripps College is the site of an author talk, “Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community” from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave. This event is free, open to the public and includes book raffle. “During two terrifying days and nights in early September 1941, the lives of nearly 2,000 men, women and children were taken savagely by their neighbors in Kulen Vakuf, a small rural community straddling today’s border between northwest Bosnia and Croatia,” a press release stated. “In ‘Violence as a Generative Force,’ Max Bergholz tells the story of the sudden and perplexing descent of this once peaceful multiethnic community into extreme violence.” More information is at scrippscollege.edu/events.

FREE SPEECH IN A DANGEROUS WORLD Pomona College’s ongoing Free Speech in a Dangerous World speaker series continues with a free talk that is open to the public, “Academic Freedom in a Global Context: Teaching History to our Constituencies,” at 4:30 p.m. in the Hahn Building, 420 Harvard Ave. “How do we treat academic freedom and free speech in an international setting?” a press release asked. “Maria E. Montoya, associate professor of history at New York University and dean of arts and sciences at NYU Shanghai, discusses how to treat issues of academic freedom in a context where not everyone in the classroom shares the same cultural and political background.” More info is available at  pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-7467.

 

Thursday, February 23

INCENDIARY TRACES Pomona College Museum of Art is the site for a lecture by Susanna Newbury, catalog essayist for the exhibition “Project Series 51: Incendiary Traces,” from 7 to 8 p.m. The museum is located at 330 N. College Ave., Claremont. “Incendiary Traces” is Hillary Mushkin’s collective art and research project focused on visualizing the landscape of international conflict. More information is available at pomona.edu/museum or (909) 607-7543.

CONTRA DANCE CONTRAversial, the contra dance club of the Claremont Colleges, invites the community to attend Rushfest from 8 to 11 p.m. at Edmunds Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St. The dance is free for 7C students. A $5 donation is suggested for all others?.? Free parking is available nearby at Alexander Hall. “Contra dance is an energetic, accessible and enjoyable style of social folk dance,” a press release stated. “Essentially, one may think of it as making new friends and being active, set to music.” No prior experience is needed, and attendees need not bring a partner. More information is available at contraversial.weebly.comemail.

 

Friday, February 24

I’M WITH HER Scripps College’s Intercollegiate Feminist Center Women’s Health and Empowerment Symposium takes place throughout the day (and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon) at the Hampton Room, Malott Commons 1030 N. Columbia Ave. The free symposium is open to the public and “brings together scholars and advocates to address issues of environmental health and justice, reproductive justice, gender-based violence, and empowering girls and women to make change, with a focus on scholar/advocate/community partnerships,” a press release stated. The symposium also highlights the work of women of color and includes both local and global projects. More info is at colleges.claremont.edu/ifc.

FREE ORCHESTRA CONCERT The Pomona College Orchestra, featuring Katherine Tseung on cello and Ursula Kleinecke, soprano, plays a free show at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Eric Lindholm will lead the orchestra in a program of music by Haydn, Berstein and Tchaikovsky. Information is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

 

Saturday, February 25

GREEN CREW NEEDS HELP Claremont’s Green Crew is seeking volunteers for a planting at Padua Park from 9 to 11 a.m. The crew will be planting water-wise trees and shrubs to bring shade, beauty and clean air to the park. Bring gloves, shovels, trowels, refreshments (some will be available) and prepare for outdoor enjoyment. RSVP at least two days in advance via email at greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org or phone at (909) 625-8767, extension 238. Children, scout troops and school clubs are welcome with supervision and registration forms signed by guardians.

MALTESE FALCON READ, GIVEAWAY Readers 13 and over are invited to help solve a detective mystery based on The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett at 2 p.m. at the Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. Free copies of the book and bookmarks will be available while supplies last. This free program is being presented in collaboration with Shakespeare at Play and the NEA Big Read. More information is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.

NAPIER AWARDS Pilgrim Place will host the Napier Initiative Banquet and Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Abernethy Dining Room, 665 Avery Road, Claremont. The Napier Initiative, a community partnership with Pilgrim Place and the Claremont Colleges, works to recognize, encourage and support students from the five Claremont Colleges who demonstrate promise in creative leadership to advance social justice, sustainable care of the earth and global peace. Eleven Napier students will be presented this evening, two of whom who will receive a $15,000 scholarship. The event also features keynote speaker Jacob Cohen, a 2011 Napier awardee, who has worked in New Orleans to improve public school education for Vietnamese-American students after Hurricane Katrina. Tickets are $30 and limited seating is available. For information, go to pilgrimplace.org or call (909) 399-5511.

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