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CALENDAR: Chocolate Walk, busy bees, Heritage home tour, mucho music

Friday, October 6

SCRIPPS’ NOON CONCERT Scripps College free Friday Noon Concert series continues today with music by Ives, Kohn, and Schubert from Sarah Thornblade (Pomona), violin, and Genevieve Feiwen Lee (Pomona) on piano. The show is at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps and Pomona College music departments. Doors open at noon, and food is not permitted in the auditorium. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3266.

TAKE A CHOCOLATE WALK Claremont Educational Foundation’s first annual Chocolate Walk takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Village. Participants can browse 24 chocolate stops among Village merchants, listen to live music and see a Claremont student art exhibit. Tickets are $20 or 4 for $60, and are available at supportcef.com/chocolate. The Claremont Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money to support art, music, technology and teacher innovation grants for in Claremont.

FREE FRIDAY MUSIC FUN Friday Nights Live features the Harmony Sisters and the Little Big Band at Laemmle plaza; Outerwave at the chamber of commerce; Saloon No. 12 at Shelton Park; and Los Whateveros at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October 27. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.

ORCHESTRA OPENS SEASON Pomona College Orchestra’s opening concert takes place at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The free and open to the public show will feature conductor Eric Lindholm leading the orchestra in a program of Sibelius, Schubert and Prokofiev. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

Saturday, October 7

WHY WE NEED OUR BEES Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts a lecture with UC Riverside entomologist Quinn McFrederick, “Why We Need Our Bees,” from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $25 for the general public or $20 for Garden members. “While the honey bee gets the most attention, native bees are abundant in almost every garden and often go unnoticed,” a press release stated. “Join Mr. McFrederick on this garden talk and walk as he introduces the biology of some common native bees, their importance as pollinators, and the threats they are facing.” Participants should bring a hat, water and comfortable walking shoes. Mr. McFrederick will give a short introductory talk before taking participants out on the Garden trails. More info is at rsabg.org/classes or (909) 625-8767.

WELCOME CONCERT FOR NEW POMONA CHIEF A free and open musical inaugural kick-off celebration to welcome incoming Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr takes place at 3 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Members of the Pomona College Music Department faculty will offer a special celebratory program featuring selections from Bach, The Carter Family, Duke Ellington and a premiere by Tom Flaherty. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

Sunday, October 8

HERITAGE HOME TOUR Claremont Heritage’s 35th annual Home Tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The docent-led tour features six custom homes in the Towne Ranch neighborhood of Claremont. Tickets are $30 to $40 and are available online at claremontheritage.org or at various locations around town. The Home Tour check-in will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, where there is a full day of programming planned, including speakers, films and a design showcase featuring art, craft, architecture, sustainability and more. More information is available by visiting claremontheritage.org/hometour.

MY SONG IS MY WEAPON Scripps College’s Garrison Theater, 231 E. Tenth St., Claremont, hosts a free 3 p.m. concert with Bessie Bartlett Frankel, La Victoria Scripps College Mariachi. “With a contemporary, all-female twist, La Victoria is dedicated to bringing this classic Mexican folk form to new and younger audiences,” a press release stated. “The song Mi Hermano is their contribution to My Song Is My Weapon (a musical protest movement started by Tom Morello and Jackson Browne). It was written about the false perceptions of Latino communities fostered during the 2016 election. La Victoria offers their take on this vibrant and vital musical tradition.” This program is presented in partnership with the Bessie Bartlett Frankel Chamber Music Festival and the Scripps College Music Department. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-1870.

POMONA ORCHESTRA OPENS SEASON Pomona College Orchestra’s free season opening concert happens at 3 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Conductor Eric Lindholm leads the Pomona College Orchestra in a program of Sibelius, Schubert and Prokofiev. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

Monday, October 9

HOLOCAUST SURVIVAL STRATEGIES EXAMINED The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust,” with guest professor and author Evgeny Finkel. Drawing from his most recent book, Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust, Mr. Finkel, assistant professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, will focus on how and why ordinary Holocaust victims chose their survival strategies. Mr. Finkel studies political violence, East European and Israeli politics. More specifically, he is interested in how institutions and individuals respond to violence, crisis and rapid change, and works extensively at the intersection of political science and history. He is currently working on a book project that focuses on Holocaust survivors who fought in the 1948 war in Israel/Palestine and simultaneously working on projects that analyze the causes and impact of political violence in Eastern Europe and Israel/Palestine. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, East European Politics and Societies, Democratization and several other journals and edited volumes. Mr. Finkel was born in the former Soviet Union and grew up in Israel.  More information is available at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

OPHELIA’S JUMP BINGO Big Queen Bingo, a charity fundraiser for local non-profit theater company Ophelia’s Jump, takes place at 6 p.m. at Hamburger Mary’s Ontario, 3550 Porsche Way. Guests can RSVP by calling Hamburger Mary’s at (909) 949-9400.

Tuesday, October 10

UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion today of “Global Transition, East-West Challenges, the Challenge of China and the Future of NATO,” with guest speaker Jacek Kugler. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Mr. Kugler is the Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations at Claremont Graduate University. “Recently East-West challenges dormant since the collapse of the USSR in 1989 have come to the forefront of international politics,” a press release stated. “Mr. Kugler will speak about the global and regional implications that emerge with the power transition perspective vs. the realist perspective presently adopted by the Trump administration, and how policy decisions can affect future peace and stability.” Prior to CGU he held positions at Vanderbilt, Boston University, Harvard and the University of Michigan. He is involved with many profession associations, and has consulted for UNAIDS, IMF, the US State Department and private businesses. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

ISLAMOPHOBIA EXPLORED Claremont’s Scripps College’s free and open to the public Tuesday Noon series continues with Hussam Ayloush speaking on American-Islamic Relations at 12:15 p.m. in the Hampton Room, Malott Commons, 345 E. Ninth St. “The xenophobic rhetoric of the 2016 presidential election has only intensified since Donald Trump took office, and campaign promises have manifested into tangible policies and executive orders that have stalled immigration applications, torn families apart, grounded travelers, and instilled fear in entire immigrant communities throughout the nation,” a press release stated. This program is presented in partnership with the Scripps College Humanities Institute. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-1870.

CONSPIRACY THEORIES ARE FOR LOSERS The University of Miami’s Joseph Uscinski will speak in a free and open to the public lecture, “Conspiracy Theories are for Losers,” at 4:15 p.m. at Pitzer College’s Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. This talk is part of Pitzer’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry speaker series “Conspiracy Theory-Conspiracy Fact: Understanding a Perplexing Social Phenomenon.” More information is at pitzer.edu or via email at mcsi@pitzer.edu.

VILLAGE APP TO LAUNCH Today is the last day to register to attend Claremont Village Marketing Group’s upcoming launch event for its new Claremont Village app, which takes place Thursday, October 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hotel Casa 425, 425 W. First St. Guests can RSVP via email at claremontvillageinfo@gmail.com or by phone at (909) 380- 2753. The launch will feature community leaders, dignitaries and business owners. The free app will allow users to have real time information on the Claremont Village, providing detail on local businesses, shopping, dining and experiences, as well an interactive map to provide a personalized tour of the Village.

THE AI BIZ The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Artificial Intelligence for Business,” with guest speaker Jay Bellissimo. Mr. Bellissimo has been general manager and chief revenue officer for of IBM Watson and Cloud Platform since 1991. More information is at cmc.eduathenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

SURVIVING PEACE Tickets for the local premiere of the new documentary film Surviving Peace go on sale today at 7 p.m. at laemmle.com/films/42489. The film opens Friday, October 13 at Laemmle Theatres Claremont 5, 450 W. Second St. In Surviving Peace, Josef Avesar presents his solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mr. Avesar is not a filmmaker by trade, but an attorney. He traveled to Israel with his family for a vacation, and the day after he returned to the US, he turned on the news to see the very place he visited had been bombed. “He recognized the umbrellas of the restaurant where he and his children ate lunch less than 48 hours before,” a press release stated. “It struck him: he needed to do something to help solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He made his way to the region a year later to present his idea for a new government to both leaders. He filmed his trip, and Surviving Peace chronicles this journey. The film features candid interviews with major Israeli and Palestinian leaders along with government officials and thinkers; some of whom make startling admissions.” More info is at laemmle.com/films/42489. 

SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones, and every meeting provides an opportunity for questions to our club experts. More information is at cscclub.org.

Wednesday, October 11

RESTORING AN HISTORIC FRESCO Claremont’s Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation hosts Hal and Maria Zornes Baker in a 2 p.m. meeting in the Hampton Room at Malott Commons, 345 E. Ninth St., to discuss a project to restore the 1942 Ramona frescoes. Established in 1923, the Ramona Bowl in Hemet is the site of the longest running outdoor drama in the US. Mr. Baker and Ms. Zornes Baker will present a brief history of the Ramona Bowl and describe the process her father, Milford Zornes, his wife Pat and Mr. Zornes’ Otis Art Institute (now the Otis College of Art and Design) students used to prepare for and paint the large frescoes depicting the story of Ramona. More info is available by phone at (520) 255-4775. Founded in 1935, the Fine Arts Foundation is a volunteer organization formed to stimulate public interest in art and to raise funds for art education and programming at Scripps. A complete list of upcoming programs can be found at alumnae.scrippscollege.edu/faf.

SALTON SEA SOLUTIONS Pitzer College’s Broad Performance Space, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, is the site for a free and open to the public 4:15 p.m. panel discussion, “The Salton Sea: Salinity, Shrinkage, Solutions.” The roundtable will focus on the environmental challenges facing California’s largest lake. It is sponsored by Pitzer’s Robert Redford Conservancy. More information is at pitzer.edu.

TALKING POLITICS WITHOUT INVECTIVE The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Impolitic Politics: How We Lost the Ability to Speak Across our Differences, and How We Can Rediscover It,” with Jonathan Zimmerman. “American politics is in disarray,” a press release stated. “On our airwaves, talking heads and trolls shout past each other in a 24/7 stampede of snark and invective. And on college campuses, psychological theories of trauma dampen exchange and discussion.” His most recent work, co-authored with Emily Robertson, is The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools. Mr. Zimmerman is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post and the New York Review of Books. He holds a PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University. Information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

GET THE DIRT ON COMPOST Claremont Garden Club meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Guest speaker Dave Schroeder, arborist, landscaper and irrigation specialist for the Chino Basin Water Conservation District, will address “Backyard and Red Worm Composting.” The free and open meeting offers a chance to learn how to make yard and kitchen waste nourish plants rather than add to local landfills. It begins with refreshments and exhibits at 6:30 p.m., the talk is at 7 p.m., and a raffle and door prize at meeting’s end. More information is available at sustainableclaremont.org, via email at gardenclub@sustainableclaremont.org or by phone at (909) 621-6381.

FREE YOGA Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Every Woman’s Journey series is offering a free beginning yoga class at 6:30 p.m. at its Claremont location, 1601 N. Monte Vista Ave. Polina Marian, owner and founder of Addicted to Yoga, will teach the free beginners class. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or towel. For more information or to RSVP call (909) 865-9858 or email ferc@pvhmc.org.

STUDENT RECITAL Pomona College’s Lyman Hall, in the Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont, is the site for a free and open to the public 8:15 p.m. student recital of selections they’ve worked on during the semester. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

Thursday, October 12

NASTY WOMEN: MOBILIZE “Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in the Age of Trump” is the topic for a free and open to the public talk at 12:15 p.m. in Scripps College’s Hampton Room at Malott Commons, 345 E. Ninth St., Claremont. “For many women, the Trump administration’s policy priorities have ushered in undulating waves of panic, frustration and outrage,” a press release stated. “For the feminist contributors to Samhita Mukhopadyay and Kate Harding’s anthology Nasty Women, putting pen to page is one of the most important ways to mobilize.” More info is available via phone at (909) 607-1870.

CONFESSIONS OF A DEPRESSED COMIC The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Boy Meets Depression: Confessions of a Depressed Comic,” with comedian and author Kevin Breel. Mr. Breel will openly and honestly share his real life experiences to expose issues around mental health and provide a look inside the life and mind of a struggling young person. Only 24 years old, Mr. Breel is a successful writer, comedian and activist, and he suffers from depression; as a teenager, he almost took his own life. His 2015 debut memoir Boy Meets Depression achieved critical acclaim. Forbes magazine called it “a small book well worth reading” and NPR dubbed it “honest and compelling.” His TED Talk, “Confessions of a Depressed Comic,” has amassed more than four million views, making it one of TED Talk’s most viewed offerings, alongside those from Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

VNA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION VNA Hospice and Palliative Care celebrates its 65th anniversary today with “Champagne and Good Cheer at Sunset,” a festive, poolside evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at a private home in Claremont’s Padua Hills. Tickets are $65 and are available at vnasocal.org. The event will feature live jazz, gourmet food, opportunity drawings, a live auction and, of course, champagne. The company employs an interdisciplinary team of more than 400 nurses, doctors, social workers, physical therapists, chaplains, dieticians, occupational therapists, home health aides and volunteers and serves more than 6,000 patients and families annually. More info, including the venue address, is at vnasocal.org or by phone at (909) 447-7328.

Friday, October 13

SCRIPPS’ NOON CONCERT Downbeat for Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series is at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. This week’s concert features Bach’s “Partita for Solo Violin in B minor, BWV 1002” and “Sonata for Solo Violin in C Major, BWV 1005.” The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps’ and Pomona College’s music departments. Doors open at noon, and food is not permitted in the auditorium. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3266.

MATERIAL GIRLS RETURN Artists Helen Feller and Jan Wheatcroft, aka “The Material Girls,” are hosting a free opening reception today for their 10th annual exhibit of tapestry weavings, quilts, collages, handmade dolls, decorative boxes and other items from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The gallery will also be open Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (909) 626-7083.

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE GARDEN Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts “Things That Go Bump in the Night” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 for adult non-members ($7 for members), $6 for non-member students, seniors and children over 3 ($5 for members), and free for kids under 3. “Experience the garden at night and unravel the myths and mysteries surrounding the nocturnal world,” a press release stated. “Experience live owls and enjoy food trucks both nights. Live wolves will come on Friday night!” More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will celebrate Oktoberfest from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Garner House at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Musicians Stephen Klein and Madeline Lablaing will provide musical entertainment. Admission at the door is $15 (cash only) which includes appetizers and refreshments. The event is open to persons age 50 and over. For reservations, which are required by noon Wednesday, October 11, call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.

Saturday, October 14

WHAT TO PLANT IN THE FALL? Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N.  College Ave., Claremont, hosts “What to plant? What to plant? What to plant?” from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is $15 for the general public or $10 for members, and registration is limited to 20 people. “As we approach our pleasant fall planting season, do you find yourself thinking ‘What should I plant?’” a press release asked. “Would you like to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, but are not sure which plants they would like best? Do you live above Claremont, at the beach, or in the high desert where different climates and soil types are challenging you in surprising ways? Or, does your garden have clay soils or a large oak tree under which plant after plant seems to wither away? Meet with RSABG nursery and horticulture staff at the Lenz Classroom for this pleasant two hour workshop where you can ask all your questions, express your gardening concerns and frustrations and receive the advice and suggestions you need. The workshop is scheduled one week before the launch of RSABG’s Grow Native Nursery season (October through May) so that you gardeners will have some time to allow the information to percolate, for new gardening ideas to take form, and to arrive on the following Saturday with a list of California native plants to search for that will fit your unique garden and gardening vision.” To register go to rsabg.org/classes or visit the Garden at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

POMONA PRESIDENT INAUGURATION The Inauguration of G. Gabrielle Starr as the 10th president of Pomona College will be held at 3 p.m. at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. The festivities are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. To print tickets, view the livestream, or for more info go to pomona.edu/inauguration. More info is at (909) 607-1139.

CHORALE THROWING A PARTY Claremont Chorale, the all-volunteer community choir, is throwing a fundraiser and party to celebrate the beginning its 50th season. The choir’s 50th anniversary dinner and silent auction, which is open to the public, will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The event will include a buffet dinner, a cash bar, a host of recordings of notable past performances, a commemorative program, and a sing-along for seasoned vocalists and amateurs alike. The apex of the evening will be 87-year-old Stuart Oskamp sharing his unique narrative to a presentation of photos from the Chorale’s beginnings as the Lincoln Twenty in 1968 through today. Mr. Oskamp has been with the Chorale since 1969. Tickets are $60 and are available at claremontchorale.org. The Chorale’s next performance is “Christmas With the Chorale” on December 2 at 7:30 p.m. and December 3 at 3 p.m. at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave. More info is at claremontchorale.org.

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