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CALENDAR: Green beer, Pie Festival, concerts, tree planting

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 eat corned beef and drink beer. 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 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 forty years in heaven, before the devil knows you’re dead.”


Saturday, March 18

THE ‘PIES’ HAVE IT Today is Claremont’s annual Pie Festival from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. throughout the?Village, from city hall to the public plaza. Activities include a pie-eating contest, bakers’ stage demos, a recipe card hunt, a vendor market and live music. See the pie festival special guide included in this edition.

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 and bring bird guides or binoculars if you have them. There are no fees required to participate, however, a free reservation is required. To register or for more info go to rsabg.org/bird-walks, email info@ rsabg.org or call (909) 625-8767.


Sunday, March 19

FIELD STATION AUCTION UP 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.

PROPHETIC FAITH Sister Simone Campbell, director of Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, will present ”Pope Francis and the Way Forward.” Pope Francis has become an important leader on the world scene, not just for Christians but for all people of good will concerned about the future of the world in which we reside, a press release states. Sister Campbell will explore this topic at 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, 724 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or online at faithagenda.info or by calling John Forney at (909) 917-6081.

AYURVEDIC MEDICINE An Ayur-vedic 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.


Monday, March 20

CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE TALK The Intercollegiate Feminist Center for Teaching, Research and Engagement, the chaplains of the Claremont Colleges and The Draper Center for Community Partnerships at Pomona College host a lecture, “Creating Hope, Change and Community: A conversation with Sister Simone Campbell.” The free talk runs from noon to 1 p.m. in the Hampton Room, Malott Commons on the Scripps College campus at 345 E. Ninth St. Sister Campbell is the executive director of Network, a national Catholic social justice lobby headquartered in Washington DC. Information is at colleges.claremont.edu/ifc or (909) 621-8274.

RACE, GENDER LECTURE A free lecture, “Intersecting Race and Gender in the Era of Black Lives Matter,” takes place from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at Pomona College’s Hahn Building, 420 Harvard Ave. Speaking is Pomona College’s Katrina Bell McDonald, associate professor of sociology, who is on the faculty of the Africana studies program and served as associate dean of multicultural affairs from 2008 to 2011 at the Johns Hopkins University. Her first book, Embracing Sisterhood: Class, Identity, and Contemporary Black Women, analyzes how contemporary black women’s ideas of black womanhood and sisterhood merge with social class status to shape certain attachments and detachments among them. She is currently completing Marriage in Black: The Pursuit of Married Life among Native Blacks, African Immigrants and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States, a comparative study of black marriage in the United States among native blacks, African and Caribbean immigrants and whites (co-authored with Caitlin Cross-Barnet). More information is at pomona.edu or (909) 607-3027.

THE CHALLENGES OF TEACHING ISLAM The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a panel discussion at 5:30 p.m., “Islam and the Humanities and Islam and the Liberal Arts,” with Tariq al-Jamil and Kambiz GhaneaBassiri. Jamel Velji, assistant professor of religious studies at CMC, will moderate. Mr. al-Jamil is associate professor of religion and chair of the department of religion at Swarthmore College. He is also coordinator of Swarthmore’s Islamic studies program. He is an expert on medieval Islamic social history and law, with a particular focus on Shi’ism. His published works and research interests include Islam and inter-communal violence, pre-modern religious identity, religious dissimulation, the transmission of knowledge in Islam and women in Islamic jurisprudence. He is the author of Power and Knowledge in Medieval Islam. Mr. GhaneaBassiri is professor of religion and humanities at Reed College. He focuses on Islamic social and intellectual history in the classical and modern periods, Islam in America, material dimensions of religion and religious diversity in US history. He is the author of A History of Islam in America. In 2006 he was named a Carnegie Scholar and in 2012 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

THE QUANDRY OF NIGER The public is invited to a free talk from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. by Mareike Schomerus, research fellow in politics and governance from London’s Overseas Development Institute, as she addresses the renewed interest in Niger, the world’s poorest country. Topics include youth radicalization and weighing extremism and the search for a just society. The lecture is at Frank Dining Hall, Pomona College, 260 E. Bonita Ave. More info is at pomona.edu or (909) 607-2496.

SUSTAINABILITY DIALOG Sustainable Claremont and Claremont Community Services are planning to plant at least 250 trees over the next few months, and will host a free sustainability dialog, “News Growing on Trees,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in Pomona College’s Hahn 101, 420 Harvard Ave., to discuss these plans. The event will feature Claremont Urban Forester Dave Roger. The group is looking for the support of volunteers, donors and friends of trees. Sponsored by Sustainable Claremont, the League of Women Voters, the Interfaith Sustainability Council and Pomona College. More information is available at sustainableclaremont.org or via email at coordinator@sustainableclaremont.org.


Tuesday, March 21

UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “Pollinators and Flower Structure” with guest speaker Carrie Kiel, postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Kiel earned a bachelor’s from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from Claremont Graduate University. Her talk is about her doctoral research, for which she was a recipient of a grant from the University Club. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

BEING MUSLIM IN AMERICA The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free lecture at 11:45 a.m., “Being Muslim in America Today,” with Adeel Zeb. “The political climate post 9/11 dramatically changed the experience of Muslims in America,” an Athenaeum press release stated. In a TEDx style presentation, Adeel Zeb, the imam of the Claremont Colleges, will offer a firsthand look into the emotions, trials and tribulations of being Muslim in America today. Imam Zeb is a Muslim chaplain, interfaith scholar and frequent speaker. He currently serves as a co-University Chaplain at the Claremont Colleges. He has given Friday khutbah (sermons) on Capitol Hill, at the state department and at mosques nationally. He has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, in the Washington Post, Time Magazine and The Huffington Post. More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

WRITERS TALKING WRITING Claremont’s Scripps College hosts Tuesday Noon with Elif Batuman and Jami Attenberg from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Hampton Room, Malott Commons, 345 E. Ninth St. Ms. Batuman and Ms. Attenberg will share from their new books, The Idiot and All Grown Up, which reflect on the ways we invent and reinvent ourselves over time. Scripps faculty Kimberly Drake joins them for a conversation. Ms. Batuman has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. Ms. Attenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life and food to The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and Lenny Letter, among other publications. She divides her time between Brooklyn and New Orleans. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.

JEWS AND JAZZ Pomona College’s Crookshank Hall, 140 E. Sixth St., is the site of a free 4:15 p.m. lecture from Charles Hersch, professor and chair of the department of political science at Cleveland State University, who will speak about his new book Jews and Jazz, focusing on the way Jewish musicians engaged with jazz music to explore their ethnic identities. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2046.

AMERICA’S OPIATE EPIDEMIC The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a lecture at 5:30 p.m., “Dreamland: America’s Opiate Epidemic and How We Got To Where We Are,” with Sam Quinones. Mr. Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. His latest is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, for which he traveled across the United States. Dreamland was selected as one of the best books of 2015 by Amazon.com, Slate.com, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Quinones’ previous two highly-acclaimed books grew from his 10 years living and working as a freelance writer in Mexico. Mr. Quinones, whose father Ricardo Quinones taught literature at CMC for many years, is formerly a reporter with the Los Angeles Times, where he focused on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking and the border. More information is at cmc.eduathenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

ANNENBERG LEADERSHIP SERIES Harvey Mudd College’s Annenberg Leadership and Management Speaker Series presents Jennifer Holmgren, 1981 HMC graduate. The free lecture is from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd. Ms. Holmgren is CEO of LanzaTech and has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector, including in the development and commercialization of fuels and chemicals technologies. Ms. Holmgren serves on multiple external advisory boards and is the author or co-author of 50 US patents and 20 scientific publications. More info is at hmc.edu/annenberg or (909) 607-9043.

UN ADVISOR TALK ON FEMALE REFUGEES The United Nations Association of Pomona Valley hosts a free lecture at 7 p.m., “The United Nations’ Response to the Needs of Women Refugees,” honoring International Women’s Day, with Pamela DeLargy. Ms. DeLargy will speak at Pomona College’s Hahn Hall, 420 Harvard Ave. Ms. DeLargy was formerly with United Nations Population Fund as representative to Eritrea and Sudan. She currently serves as a visiting fellow at the Institute for Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and as senior advisor, Office of the UN Special Representative for Migration. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. More information is available at (909) 625-9670.


Wednesday, March 22

POLITICS AND PRAXIS Pomona College presents a free lecture, “Intersectionality: Politics and Praxis,” from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the Hahn Building, 420 Harvard Ave. Guest speaker Marla H. Kohlman is professor of sociology and director of African Diaspora Studies at Kenyon College, where she has been teaching courses on gender, family, social stratification, quantitative research methods and theory for the past 18 years. Ms. Kohlman has published articles in the second edition of The Handbook of Feminist Research, Advances in Gender Research and most recently The Oxford Handbook of US Women’s Social Movement Activism. Ms. Kohlman was previously an attorney practicing in Maryland and Washington, DC. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-3027.

BLAXICANS OF LA The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free lecture at 5:30 p.m., “Blaxicans of LA: Then and Now,” with Walter Luis Thompson-Hernandez. “What is the role of multiracial individuals such as Blaxicans in the future of a nation that is becoming increasingly multiracial, multiethnic and multilingual as each day passes?” a press release asked. Mr. Thompson-Hernandez is a Los Angeles-based social documentary maker, multimedia journalist and doctoral student at UCLA. His stories and research have been featured by NPR, CNN, BBC, Fusion, The Los Angeles Times, Remezcla and Univision. His latest academic project will be featured in a forthcoming book, Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

STATIONS OF THE COSMIC CHRIST The Claremont School of Theology library exhibits “Stations of the Cosmic Christ” now through April 19. CST, at 1325 N. College Ave., invites students and the public to “participate in an ancient journey guided by a modern artistic installation,” a press release stated. The event is open during library hours, which are available at libguides.cst.edu /cstlib/schedule. More info is at cst.edu.


Thursday, March 23

ONE BLACK MAN’S CHILDHOOD Scripps College’s Frederic W. Goudy Lecture in Book Arts presents “Dark Archives with Andre Bradley” at 4:15 p.m. at Clark Humanities Museum, 981 N. Amherst Ave. The lecture interweaves Mr. Bradley’s writing and photographs with pictures from his family archive. Part story, part lyrical investigation, “Dark Archives” aims to upset the linguistic and visual constrictions placed on black males. Mr. Bradley “powerfully combines image and text in this deeply moving meditation on narrative agency, on the family as archive, on being a young black man, and on being Andre Bradley,” a press release stated. Mr. Bradley received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015 where he was selected as a president’s scholar and was recipient of the TC Colley Award for photographic excellence. Info is at scrippscollege.edu/scrippspress or (909) 607-4089.

DISCUSSING THE TRUMP DISRUPTION The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a lecture at 5:30 p.m., “President Trump as an Experiment: Disrupting Politics,” with James Strock, the author of Reagan on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Great Communicator and Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership. Mr. Strock served in Governor Pete Wilson’s cabinet as California’s founding secretary for environmental protection, where he led the Cal/EPA. Under President George H.W. Bush, Mr. Strock served as assistant administrator for enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency, where he led a major expansion and reorganization of the program while driving civil and criminal enforcement to record levels. Info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or by email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY IN THE TRUMP ERA Harvey Mudd College’s Hixon Center Black, Gold & Green Speaker Series continues from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with California Senate president pro tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) at Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd. Mr. de León will discuss the implications of the Trump administration and how its policies affect tackling climate change and environmental issues. More info is at the Facebook event or at (909) 607-7623.

SCRIPPS RECITAL Scripps College Faculty Recital presents Anne Harley, soprano, in a free 7:30 performance at Garrison Theatre, 241 E. Tenth St. Ms. Harley will perform a recital of world premieres, “Female Esoterics in Song.”  A 6:30 p.m. pre-performance faculty panel will also be held. Information is at (909) 607-3266. 


Friday, March 24

READ A POEM, GET A BOOK Claremont Graduate University hosts a poetry giveaway and open reading from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, 831 N. Dartmouth Ave. The event is sponsored by CGU’s Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards and Foothill: A Journal of Poetry. More info is at the Facebook event or (909) 621-8974.


Saturday, March 25

TREE PLANTING EVENT Claremont’s “Making a Difference” free tree planting event takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at June Vail Park on Grand Avenue. This is the kickoff celebration of Claremont’s annual reforestation program hosted by the city and Sustainable Claremont. A short presentation and tree planting demonstration begins at 8 a.m., after which groups will be paired with city staff and assigned street trees to be planted near the park. For information, email Sustainable Claremont at greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org.

MEDICINAL HERB WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., hosts a medicinal plants of California herb walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Join experienced herbalist William Broen for an interactive garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California,” a press release stated. Bring a hat, sack lunch or snack and a water bottle. The cost is $20 for RSABG members or $25 for the general public. More info is at rsabg.org/community-education or (909) 625-8767.

MILLARD SHEETS BUS TOUR “In the Public Eye: Bus Tour of Millard Sheets’ Public Art” takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ontario Museum of History and Art, 225 S. Euclid Ave., Ontario. The cost is $18. Participants will take a bus tour of Mr. Sheets’ former studio in Claremont and locations in the surrounding region, led by Claremont Heritage. Reservations are required and seating is limited. More information and reservations are at (909) 395-2510.

FREE CONCERT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE Pomona College is the site of a unique free concert as actors portray Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Leonard Bernstein and the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra play music from these composers and more. The show starts at 10:30 a.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The concert features actors William Christian, Michael Layne and Jeff Richards with maestro Juan Felipe Molano and the CYMO. The concert is free and open to kids of all ages with audience participation and prizes. Come early to see and hear the instruments up close. Doors open at 10 a.m. For information, call (909) 624-3614.

MUSEUM FUNDRAISER KICKOFF Art Work Studio presents “A Brush with a Past,” a fundraiser to benefit the Claremont Museum of Art. This event features more than 35 artists’ used brushes for sale or silent auction as collectible memorabilia. The brushes will be on view at Bunny Gunner Gallery, 203 W. Bonita Ave, beginning with a reception today from 1 to 3 p.m. The brushes will remain on view and for bidding through 5 p.m. March 29. The event is in conjunction with the gallery’s current exhibition. See Me Rabbit, featuring work by Anne Seltzer. For information, call (909) 624-8424.

RACIAL INEQUALITY WITH CHRIS HAYES MSNBC host and author Chris Hayes takes part in a discussion of his new book, A Colony in a Nation, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Scripps College’s Garrison Theatre, 241 E. Tenth St.. The event is free but RSVPs are required at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508. Mr. Hayes will be joined in conversation by Scripps politics faculty Vanessa Tyson. Mr. Hayes is the host of “All In with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC and an editor-at-large at The Nation. Ms. Tyson is an assistant professor of politics at Scripps College. Her latest book is Twists of Fate: Multiracial Coalitions and Minority Representation in the US House of Representatives. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.


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