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CALENDAR: Female engineers unite, concerts galore, car smorgasborg

Friday, March 3

FRIDAY NOONISH CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. with Excerpts from The Planets by Holst, plus music of Smetena and Scott from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave. Performers include Stephan Moss (Pomona/Scripps staff accompanist), piano; and Tatiana Thibodeaux (Scripps staff accompanist), piano. Food is not permitted in the auditorium. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

CONCERT BAND The Pomona Concert Band’s annual winter concert of solo and ensemble music, “Meet The Band,” takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Highway, Pomona. The concert is free and open to the public. The band is under the direction of musical director Linda W. Taylor and assistant director Dr. Jorge Garcia. Master of ceremonies for the evening is Pomona mayor Tim Sandoval. The color guard will be headed by Heriberto Feliciano, USAF, Retired. Selections will include “Overture for Winds,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Forty Fathoms,” “You Raise Me Up” with tenor vocal soloist Isaac Gonzalez, “Finale from Symphony No. 3 for Organ” by Saint-Saens featuring Jeff Lewis on the organ, “Lassus Trombone,” “Drumbeat Jamboree” and “Pie in the Face Polka.” Refreshments will be served at intermission. The event is sponsored by Pomona Community Services. For more information go to pomonaconcertband.org or call (626) 824-0001.

 

Saturday, March 4

YOUNG FEMALE ENGINEERS, SCIENTISTS CONFERENCE Harvey Mudd College’s Shanahan Center hosts The Women Engineers and Scientists of Tomorrow (WEST) Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Shanahan is at 320 E. Foothill Boulevard. The conference offers young women the opportunity to learn more about careers in the fields of engineering, math and the sciences. The conference exposes attendees to engage with professional engineers, professors and Harvey Mudd students. Participants attend two interactive workshops in their STEM fields of choice. More info is at hmc.edu or (909) 607-1262.

ACCLAIMED CHAMBER GROUP AT BRIDGES Pomona College presents The Eclipse Quartet performing “Chamber Music with Faculty and Friends,” a free concert at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The Quartet, which The Guardian called “poised, ravishing,” features Sara Parkins and Sarah Thornblade (violins), Alma Fernandez (viola), and Maggie Parkins (cello) who are joined by Kira Blumberg (viola) and Eric Lindholm (cello) for Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and music by Flaherty, Lindholm and others. An ensemble dedicated to the music of 20th century and present day composers, their scope of repertoire spans works from John Cage and Morton Subotnick to collaborations with the singers Beck and Caetano Veloso. The Los Angeles Times has called their performances, “Spellbinding … like breaths taken, each unique, but from the same source.” More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

CONCERT ORCHESTRA SHOW The Claremont Concert Orchestra performs in a free show at 8 p.m. with David Cubek (Scripps/Joint Music faculty), conductor; Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” featuring Tae Ha Park (HMC ‘17), piano; Stravinsky, “The Firebird Suite” (1919 version). The show at Scripps College’s Garrison Theater, 241 E. Tenth Street, is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. More information is at (909) 607-3267.

 

Sunday, March 5

CLASSIC CAR SMORGASBORD The venerable, long-running and totally cool Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show happens from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave. Visit the show for hard to find vintage car parts as well as customs and classics from the time when cars were made out of steel and gas was 60 cents a gallon. Admission is $10 or free for kids 12 and under. Parking at Gate 17 is $10. More information is at pomonaswapmeet.com or (714) 538-7091.

FREE GUIDED BIRDING STROLL Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, is the site for a free Beginner’s Bird Walk from 8 to 9 a.m. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guide books you have and bring binoculars, if available. Limited loaner binoculars may be available to use during the walk. The event is sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. More information and reservations are at rsabg.org/bird-walks or (909) 625-8767.

FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS A “Party Parade” book talk event to benefit the Claremont Community Foundation happens from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mount San Antonio Gardens’ Assembly Hall, 900 E. Harrison Ave. “For the Love of Books” is $40 and features Nat Segaloff, writer-producer-journalist, studio publicist and broadcaster. As a notable authority on Hollywood, Mr. Segaloff has authored 13 books and as a TV writer-producer, worked on A&E’s Biography series. “Please join us for an afternoon filled with the witty insights of a keen, behind-the-scenes observer of Hollywood and the film industry,” a press release stated. A compendium of this year’s list of Recent Reads from over 30 local book groups will be distributed. Light refreshments will be served. More info and registration is at claremontfoundation.org or (909) 398-1060. Payment is also accepted at the door.

BRASSY CONCERT A free “Brass Extravaganza” concert takes place at 3 p.m. at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Performing are members of the Pomona College music faculty including Ray Burkhart (trumpet), Phil Keen (trombone), Stephen Klein (tuba) and guests. The musicians will play music for brass by Burkhart, Flaherty, Handel, Marcello and others. More information is at pomona.edu/events/brass-extravaganza or (909) 607-2671.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT The Claremont Concert Orchestra performs at 3 p.m. at Garrison Theatre, Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. Tenth St. The show features David Cubek (Scripps Joint Music faculty), conductor; Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” featuring Tae Ha Park (HMC ‘17), piano; Stravinsky, “The Firebird Suite” (1919 version) Admission is free but donations appreciated. More information is available by calling (909) 607-3267.

FREE FAMILY DAY AT CMA The Claremont Museum of Art welcomes the public for ARTStation, featuring art-making activities from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is at 200 W. First St. The event includes free admission and a place for children to experience art and engage with local culture. High school students from CMA’s Project ARTstART will lead visitors in an art activity related to the current exhibition, “(re)Generation: Six Decades of Claremont Artists.” The event is sponsored by Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty and Broadview Mortgage, and occurs on the first Sunday of every month. More info is at claremontmuseum.org.

HICKORY, DICKORY DOCK Local artists Helen Feller and Jan Wheatcroft’s show, “Hickory, Dickory Dock,” has an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Ginger Elliot room at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. All media will be represented including wall art, ceramic, mosaic and more.

THE ART OF DREAMS The Millard Sheets Art Center at Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave., hosts a free opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. for ArtReach 2017: The Art of Dreams, the sixth annual regional high school art exhibition. Over 250 artworks will be on display, all created by area high school students who were inspired by this year’s theme, The Art of Dreams. Small group, facilitator-led discussions help students to develop their critical and creative thinking skills; an art-making activity allows for students to express their own dreams; and free time in the exhibition allows for self-discovery. The show is up through March 30. Free parking and admission at Gate 1 on McKinley Ave. More info is at tlcfairplex.org/art/home/art-exhibitions.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING Claremont Garden Club meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Road. Horticulture specialist Dolores Ruiz will speak on the basics of gardening with native plants, why they are important, and how they can enhance the landscape of our gardens. Refreshments at 6:30, the talk begins at 7, and a door prize will be given away at closing. For more information go to sustainableclaremont.org,  email gardenclub@sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 621-6381.

 

Monday, March 6

CALI CLASSICAL Pomona College hosts a free lecture, “American Arcadia: California and the Classical Tradition,” at 4:15 p.m. in Pearsons Hall, Room 101, 551 N. College Ave., Claremont. The talk with Cal State Long Beach art history professor Peter J. Holliday is part of the school’s LAMS Public Lecture series. It is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-3914.

WRITERS READING Pitzer College’s Literary Series presents Fiction Reading: David Chan and Adam Novy at 4:15 p.m. at Avery 201, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. This event is free and open to the public. Mr. Chan is the author of Goblin Fruit: Stories. He was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and has been awarded writing fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. Mr. Chan has served as the Clayton B. Ofstad Endowed Chair Writer-in-Residence at Truman State University and is currently the visiting writer at Pitzer College. Mr. Novy is the author of The Avian Gospels (Hobart, 2010), which Publisher’s Weekly called “…a potential cult classic.” More information is at pitzer.edu or (909) 607-3489.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a lecture at 5:30 p.m., “Human Trafficking: Addressing a Global Issue at a Local Level,” with Maria A. Trujillo. “Human trafficking is a problem that impacts all communities across the United States: How can this complex global crime be tackled at the local level?” a press release asked. She serves as the Human Trafficking Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victims Programs. In this role, Ms. Trujillo coordinates the efforts of the Colorado Human Trafficking Council that was legislatively established by the Colorado General Assembly. She has been recognized for her work combating human trafficking as a “Circles of Change” honoree by Building Bridges for Peace (2012) and a “Table Talk” honoree by the University of Houston’s Friends of Women’s Studies (2015). More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

GOVERN LIKE US TALK Pomona College hosts a free lecture from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., “Govern Like Us: US Expectations of Poor Governments,” at the Carnegie Building, 425 N. College Ave. The speaker is Melissa Thomas, author of Govern Like Us: US Expectations of Poor Countries. More information is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2448.

 

Tuesday, March 7

JAZZ IN THE AFTERNOON Pomona College Jazz Ensemble performs a free 4:30 p.m. concert at Lyman Hall in the Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave. Barb Catlin, director, leads the ensemble in an afternoon of jazz tunes. Information is at pomona.edu/ events or (909) 607-2671.

SPANISH: THEN AND NOW The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a lecture at 5:30 p.m., “Spanish in the World, Then and Now,” with Rolena Adorno, professor of Spanish at Yale University. Ms. Adorno will discuss the importance of the Spanish language, from its emergence on the world stage at the end of the 15th century to its status today as the world’s second most-spoken language. Ms. Adorno is the Sterling Professor of Spanish at Yale University. A recipient of the Modern Language Association’s Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement, she is the first awardee whose work focuses on Hispanic literary and cultural studies. Ms. Adorno’s research is devoted to Latin American literature of the Spanish colonial period. Seemingly esoteric, this field of study raises issues pertinent to those faced today. Her books, The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative, Guaman Poma: Writing and Resistance in Colonial Peru and Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, and Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction, explore the uneasy encounters between Spanish and Amerindian cultures, the debates about the rights of conquest and colonization, the emergence of literary voices (those of Amerindian as well as European heritage), and the resonance of the Spanish colonial heritage in Latin American literature today. Appointed by President Obama in 2009, she serves on the National Council on the Humanities (NEH). Information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

CLUB TALK ON SMART HOME TECH Claremont Senior Computer Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Hughes Community Center at 1700 Danbury Rd. Newcomers of any age are always welcome. The group’s free meeting tonight features Steve Yoss talking about “Alexa” and smart home technology. More info is at cscclub.org.

UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont will host Rev. Jacob Bucholtz, pastor, Claremont United Church of Christ, who will discuss “Deaf History and Culture.” Rev. Bucholtz comes from a family of genetic Deafness in which being Deaf is celebrated as an invitation into a beautiful culture and language. He grew up attending various Deaf churches, where his mother served as a pastor. While at Harvard University, Rev. Bucholtz discerned a call to ministry as he was conducting Christian leadership training for Deaf individuals in Moldova and Romania. He and his wife Jennifer Strickland are the new co-pastors of the Claremont United Church of Christ. University Club programs are open to the public and are held Tuesdays in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Meetings start at 11:30 a.m.. The $15 meeting fee, which includes a buffet lunch.

 

Wednesday, March 8

PREVENTING FALLS A representative from VNA Hospice and Palliative Care will be on hand at 10 a.m. at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, to discuss how falls are a threat to the health of older adults, can reduce their ability to remain independent, and offer ways to prevent them from happening. RSVP’s at forhealthandliving. com/ivhpevents or (800) 251-8191. 

A DIFFERENT KIND OF GAY ACTIVIST The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a lecture at 11:45 a.m., “An Unlikely and Different Kind of Gay Activist,” with Cary Davidson. Mr. Davidson will document his personal and professional involvement in the effort to achieve LGBT equality including his role as general counsel in two major California statewide ballot measure campaigns regarding marriage, including Prop. 8. He has received several awards for his civic and community involvement including the Harvey Milk Legacy Award from Christopher Street West (Los Angeles Pride); the Jack L. Stark Award from Claremont McKenna College; the Lifetime Achievement Award and State Farm Good Neighbor Award from Equality California. Mr. Davidson graduated in 1975 from CMC and received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 1978. More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

HUMANITY AND HUMOR The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth Street, hosts a free lecture at 5:30 p.m., “Shared Humanity through Humor and Story Telling,” with Firoozeh Dumas. Following the tradition of oral storytelling that she grew up with in her Iranian-American family, Ms. Dumas will use family stories and humor to expose our shared humanity and transcend our increasingly divisive world. Ms. Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and moved to Whittier, California at the age of seven. She grew up listening to her father, a former Fulbright Scholar, recount the many colorful stories of his life. In 2001, with no prior writing experience, she decided to write her stories as a gift for her children. Random House published these stories in 2003. Funny in Farsi was on the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and was a finalist for the PEN/USA award in 2004 and a finalist in 2005 for an Audie Award for best audio book. (She lost to Bob Dylan.) She was also a finalist for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor, the first Middle Eastern woman ever to receive this honor. (She lost that one to Jon Stewart.) In 2008, Ms. Dumas published a second set of stories, Laughing Without an Accent, which also became a New York Times bestseller. In 2016, she published her first book of middle grade fiction, It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel and received high praise from readers of all ages. Ms. Dumas has also written for the New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets and has also been a commentator on National Public Radio. She has spoken at hundreds of schools, conferences and festivals. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and that everyone’s story counts. Ms. Dumas’ Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Friends of Claremont Library. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or by email to athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

HIGH SPEED RAIL In the third segment of the Hixon Center’s Black, Gold and Green speaker series, Melissa DuMond and Meg Cederoth of the California High-Speed Rail Authority will speak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the environmental and socioeconomic benefits, impacts and concerns of proposed high-speed rail construction. The talk, at Harvey Mudd College’s Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., is free and open to the public. More info is at (909) 607-7623.

 

Thursday, March 9

BEGINNING MEDITATION CLASS Yael Steinfeld, MSN, NP, Certified Ayurveda Practitioner will be on hand at 10 a.m. at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, for a free beginning meditation class. RSVP’s are required at forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents or by calling (800) 251- 8191. 

 

Friday, March 10

SCIENCE AND RELIGION JOINED AT LAST The Conference on Neuroscience and Religious Experience, a fascinating lecture that promises “to bridge the gap between not only science and religion, but scholarship and lived experience,” takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pomona College’s Millikan Auditorium, 610 N. College Avenue. The heady event is free and open to the public. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 621-8501.

FLOWER SHOW The Woman’s Club of Claremont and the Claremont Garden Club will showcase local floral and gardening talent in a flower show at club, 343 West Twelfth Street. Entries will be judged in the morning and the show will be open to visitors from noon to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, March 11. For more info or an entry form go to womansclubofclaremont.com or sustainableclaremont.org.

DEMOCRATIC CLUB The Democratic Club of Claremont hosts Sue Keith, who will speak on “a comprehensive look at the biggest system of higher education in the world: California’s community college system.” The meeting is open to the public and takes place at Darvish Restaurant, 946 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont, from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $17 and includes lunch. For more info call (909) 973-9730.

FREE CHAMBER MUSIC Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. with chamber music by Bernstein, Arensky, Tchaikovsky, Larsen and others. Performers include Anne Harley (Scripps faculty), soprano; Rachel V. Huang (Scripps faculty), violin; Armen Ksajikian, cello; Leo Marcus, piano from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave. Food is not permitted in the auditorium. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle & Munch presents “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” from 6 to 8 p.m. at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.. Admission at the door is $10 (cash only), which includes appetizers, refreshments and Irish music with musician Jim Cope. RSVPs are required by Thursday, March 9 at noon. The event is open to persons 50 and over. Call (909) 399-5488 for reservations or information or visit claremontrec.com.

 

Saturday, March 11

CROSSROADS WORK PARTY Grab your work gloves, hat and water bottle and get some exercise while helping out at Crossroads’ work party from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 1269 Harvard Avenue, Claremont. The charity asks that volunteers be over the age of 15. Crossroads assists formerly incarcerated women transition from prison to self-sufficiency. Tools are not required, but if you have some, bring ‘em. Please RSVP by early Friday afternoon at crossroadswomen.org.

FREE GARDEN DAY, PLANT SALE Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Avenue, Claremont, is having its Spring Plant Sale and Free Admission Day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Celebrate spring with great deals on a wide selection of California native plants at our Grow Native Nursery and enjoy free admission to the Garden,” a press release stated. The event is sponsored by Golden State Water Company. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

PADUA THEATER HOSTS SHELTER FUNDRAISER Pacific Lifeline, a long-term transitional shelter for women and their children, holds its annual fundraising event, “A Big Band Evening,” from 6 to 10 p.m. at Padua Hills Theater, 4467 Padua Avenue, Claremont. The event features live entertainment and dinner. Tickets are $50 each or $120 for a “date night” package which includes a pair of tickets and a bottle of wine. “Pacific Lifeline is committed to breaking [the] chain of homelessness by using unique programs which help women overcome obstacles that have kept them in poverty and achieve goals that lead to a brighter future,” a press release stated. More info is at pacific-lifeline.com.

 

Sunday, March 12

BALLROOM DANCE Claremont’s ballroom dance group holds a dance from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Women’s Club of Claremont. The cost is $10. More information is at claremontballroom.com.