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CALENDAR: Flower party, making monsters, coffee with a cop, green beer

Friday, March 10

SCIENCE AND RELIGION JOINED AT LAST The Conference on Neuroscience and Religious Experience, a fascinating event 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 Ave. 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 the Woman’s Club, 343 W. 12th St. 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 from musician Jim Cope. The event is open to people 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 Ave., Claremont. The charity asks that volunteers be over the age of 15. Crossroads helps 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.

MAKING MONSTERS From Pokemon to Godzilla to Game of Thrones, science has had an influence on the works of many artists and creators. The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, 1175 W. Base Line Rd., at the Webb Schools, will host Discovery Day today from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to sit down with some artists and scientists that look to reality to inspire fantasy. Special guests and speakers include Brian Engh, a Paleoartist, and Dr. Elizabeth Rega, professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences Activities include “Pokemon Paleontology,” where kids can learn about the real- world fossils that inspired the powerful pocket monsters, and “How to Draw Dinosaurs,” which will give the little ones an opportunity to learn how paleoartists bring dinosaurs to life and to create their own paleoart. Admission is $3 per person. Kids 4 and under are free.

FREE GARDEN DAY, PLANT SALE, EXHIBIT OPENING Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., 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. In addition, a new exhibit, Botanical Maverick in the West: Marcus E. Jones, will open to the public. The exhibition runs through June 30. This will be the first time the Garden will highlight the life and career of Mr. Jones, a geologist, mining engineer, educator and prolific writer who was one the most prominent botanists of the American West. Mr. Jones was active during the late 19th century and into the early parts of the 20th century. He traveled extensively throughout the western United States and Mexico, collecting thousands of plants while photographing and recording detailed notes of the regions he traveled. Mr. Jones’ archives and plant specimens are housed at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens. The plant sale is sponsored by Golden State Water Company. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

SHELTER FUNDRAISER AT PADUA THEATER Pacific Lifeline, a longterm 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 Ave., 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

GET LOST Claremont’s Sunday morning chill-out tradition, the Artisan’s and Farmer’s Market, happens from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. along First Street between Indian Hill Boulevard and Yale Avenue. It’s a great way to relax with your family or solo. Grab a coffee at Some Crust and cruise the market’s selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, juices, cheeses, meats, sauces and spices. Crafts and books and live music are also part of the small-town fun. Do it. You won’t regret it.

BALLROOM DANCE Claremont’s ballroom dance group holds a dance from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Woman’s Club of Claremont, 343 W. 12th St. The cost is $10. More information is at claremontballroom.com.

 

Monday, March 13

RACE AND OTHELLO The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley meets to grapple with oft-asked questions regarding one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays, Othello. How did Shakespeare view his tragic figure Othello, and how should we regard the Moor today? The club meets at 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., to explore these questions with a discussion entitled “Two Faced: A 21st Century Discussion of Shakespeare’s 16th Century Observations of Race in Othello,” with Harvey Mudd College Assistant Professor of Literature Ambereen Dadabhoy. The meeting is free and open to the public and includes light refreshments. For information, email lucylynch@aol.com or call (909) 717-1109.

 

Tuesday, March 14

DAVID ALLEN AT UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “30 Years in Newspapers, but Just Getting Started” with guest speaker David Allen. Mr. Allen’s latest book, Getting Started, collects the best of his first four years of columns from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin from 1997 to 2000. Written in Mr. Allen’s distinctly witty, literate style, topics include a salmonella scare at Pomona College, Mexican wrestling at the Fox Theater, jury duty in Chino and, ranging farther afield, an opening for a hangman in Swaziland. Mr. Allen has worked in journalism as a reporter, columnist and editor since 1987. He joined the staff of the Bulletin in 1997. The meeting, which costs $15 and includes a buffet lunch, takes place in the Padua Room at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

Wednesday, March 15

COFFEE WITH A COP Meet Claremont’s new Chief of Police Shelly Vander Veen and new police Captain Aaron Fate at “Coffee With a Cop,” from 3 to 5 p.m. at Starbucks, 665 Foothill Blvd. “No agendas, no speeches, just informal conversations,” a flyer for the event stated.

FIELD STATION AUCTION The annual silent auction of the Friends of the Bernard Biological Field Station is up at the Folk Music Center through March 31. Art lovers can stop by the Folk at 220 Yale Ave., Claremont, and bid on works by local artists Jim Fuller, Steve Nagler, Crispin Gonzalez, Kathryn Herrman, Karrie Ross, Eric Darrow, Rochelle Darrow, Annie Marquis, Bryce Darrow, Paul Darrow, Helen Fuller, Anne Seltzer, Joel Harper, Ben Harper, Karl Benjamin and more. FBBFS is a local non-profit dedicated to the support of education and the environment. More info is at fbbfs.org.

 

Thursday, March 16

LABEL READING FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT March is National Nutrition Month, and Inter Valley Health Plan is hosting a free workshop at 10 a.m. offering participants the chance to learn how to read nutrition labels and make better choices. Learn tips and tricks to make your meals healthier. The class, at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, includes a free computerized body composition analysis. RSVPs are required at forhealthandliving.com or (800) 251-8191.

GREEN DRINKS MEET-UP Claremont Green Drinks meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd. #204c, to discuss all things environmental. Sponsored by Sustainable Claremont, Claremont Green Drinks is a casual monthly meet-up where like-minded folks discuss green topics over beers. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, go to sustainableclaremont.org.

STORM WATER Active Claremont will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in the Santa Fe room of the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Glendora City Council member Judy Nelson will speak on the storm drain water issue. If this project goes forward, the costs could be considerable to the city of Claremont. The public is invited to attend. For information, call (909) 373-7907.

 

Friday, March 17

GREEN BEER ALERT It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Despite what some may think, the holiday is more than an excuse to drink green beer and make bad decisions. It has its origin in the arrival of Christianity in Ireland in the 17th century, hence the tradition of all things green and shamrock-y carrying over to the modern day. Many have adopted the holiday, including the Catholic Church, Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church. The Lenten traditions of abstinence are lifted for the day, allowing folks to misbehave with gusto. Local celebrations abound. The Press features an all-Irish music deejay, and the Black Watch Pub has live Irish music and its traditional homemade corned beef and cabbage. “May you have food and raiment. A soft pillow for your head. May you be fourty years in heaven, before the devil knows you’re dead.”

 

Saturday, March 18

FREE FAMILY BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts a free Family Bird Walk 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. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring bird guides or binoculars if you have them. There are no fees required to participate, however a reservation is required. Email To register or for more info, go to rsabg.org/bird-walks, email info@rsabg.org or call (909) 625-8767.

 

Sunday, March 19

AYURVEDIC MEDICINE An Ayurvedic medicine discussion on Kapha, the energy responsible for balanced weight, sugar and cholesterol takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. at Claremont Ayurvedic Healing, 226 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite I. Suggested donation is $15. Call (909) 921-7115 to RSVP or for details.