CALENDAR: Concerts galore, swap meet, poet workshop, computer club and lots more!
Friday, October 13
SCRIPPS’ NOON CONCERT Downbeat for Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series is 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 the Scripps and Pomona College music departments. Doors open at noon. 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 show will continue 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 three ($5 for members), and free for kids under three. “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.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE: THE FAMILY EDITION This week’s Friday Nights Live includes local treasures Squeekin’ Wheels, with the sublime sibling harmonies of Marguerite Millard and her brother Dave, at Laemmle plaza; Slinker at the chamber of commerce; Soulshine, led by guitarist/singer Stacey Rosen Sturgis and her husband, drummer/singer Steve Sturgis, at Shelton Park; and bluegrass from the Honeybuckets 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.
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. 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? 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 two-hour workshop. The workshop is scheduled one week before the launch of RSABG’s Grow Native Nursery season (October through May) so that gardeners will have time to allow the information to percolate before arriving the following Saturday with a list of California native plants to search to fit your unique garden and gardening vision.” To register go to rsabg.org/classes or visit the Garden at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.
JOURNALIST TO COVER HISTORY OF POMONA VALLEY The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society hosts popular local historian Joe Blackstock, speaking on “The History of Pomona Valley” at 2 p.m. at Pomona City Library, 625 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. The meeting is free and open to the public. Mr. Blackstock is the co-author of Witness to a Century, published in 1999, and writes a weekly local history column for The Daily Bulletin. Mr. Blackstock received his master’s degree in American studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He’s worked in the newspaper industry for many years, retiring in 2015 as assistant city editor of The Bulletin. He was also president of the board of directors for the Pomona Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity. More info is at pvgs.us.
POMONA CHIEF INAUGURATED 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 live stream, or for more info go to pomona.edu/inauguration. More info is at (909) 607-1139.
CHORALE THROWING A PARTY Claremont Chorale is throwing a fundraiser and party to celebrate the launch of its 50th season. The choir’s 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 includes 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.
SONGS OF A NEVADA YOUTH Singer-songwriter Jim Manley will present a free 7 p.m. concert, “Circle of the Sky, Songs and Stories of a Nevada Youth,” at Pilgrim Place’s Decker Hall, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. The Pilgrim Pickers will back Mr. Manley’s tunes about his experiences, wonders and problems of his life and the world around him. More info is available via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BYRD LANDS AT HOUSE CONCERT Veteran local guitarist and songwriter John York will perform in his yearly Gelencser House Concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $15 and are available by phone at (909) 596-1266 or email email@example.com. Mr. York is a former member of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers the Byrds, as well as the Sir Douglas Quintet and The Mamas and the Papas’ touring band. More info is at gelencserhouseconcerts.com.
Sunday, October 15
CLASSIC CAR SWAP MEET The long-running vintage car party known as the Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show gets going at 5 a.m., offering a one-of-a-kind experience for fans of American steel and muscle. The fun happens at the Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave. Admission is $10, and kids 12 and under are free. Parking will set you back $10 as well. It’s a Sunday morning well spent.
Medicinal Plant Walk Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 1500 N College Ave, Claremont, offers a California Medicinal Plan 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. Participants will learn traditional and modern plant uses and the folklore of approximately 30 species. The cost is $25 for the general public and $20 for members. Registration is limited to 20 participants. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
FREE WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG POETS Claremont Public Library, at 208 N. Harvard Ave., offers “Unleash Your Story,” a free poetry workshop for Teen Read Week at 2 p.m. The workshop will help poets learn more approaches for creating their own poetry and offer a chance to share their work with others. Poet and fiction writer Guadalupe Robles, a University of La Verne graduate, will moderate and provide support. For more information call (909) 621-4902 or go to colapublib.org.
CSO Opens Season The Claremont Symphony Orchestra launches its 65th season at 3:30 p.m. with a free concert at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. Directed by CSO Music Director Robert Sage, the evening will showcase Robert Schumann’s cello concerto and one of Brahms’ symphonies. Noted Polish cellist Marek Szpakiewicz will perform the Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor. Mr. Szpakiewicz is currently director of string studies and chamber music at Azusa Pacific University. Yo Yo Ma has described him as an artist “whose energy, motivation, earnestness, and generosity of spirit are evident throughout his work.” Schumann, who was a major influence in the Romantic era, wrote the piece in 1850. Johannes Brahms, one of the giants of the Romantic era, produced four symphonies in addition to his many other works for piano, chamber ensembles, soloists, organ, voice and chorus. Although born in Germany, he spent much of his life in Vienna where his innovative musical style influenced a generation of composers. He wrote the Second Symphony in the summer of 1877. More info is available at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.
POETRY READING Claremont Village Green hosts its free monthly open poetry reading from 5 to 7 p.m. at its community building, 630 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont. Participants are invited to come early and sign up to read their poetry or other creative work, or just listen. All types of poetry and prose are welcome. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE LATIN SOUL CONCERT The University of La Verne’s Sundays at the Morgan presents the Scott Martin Latin Soul Band in a free 6 p.m. concert at Morgan Auditorium, Founders Hall. Mr. Martin is a Grammy Award-winning artist, best known for his 14-plus years with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. He has performed internationally, including for the king of Thailand. More information is available by phone at (909) 448-4408 or email at email@example.com.
THOMAS MOORE ON AGING WITH SOUL Bestselling author Thomas Moore will discuss his new book, Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy in a free and open to the public talk at 7 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd., Claremont. Mr. Moore is a pioneer of the art of soulful living. Since publishing Care of the Soul in 1992, he has explored the soul of relationships, everyday life, sex, religion, ordeals, work and medicine. Now in his 70s, he explores the soul’s role in the process of aging. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. More information is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 16
SHAKESPEARE OUTDOORS How do you stage Shakespeare outdoors? Come learn tricks of the directing trade with Beatrice Casagran, co-founder of Ophelia’s Jump Productions, who will share insights from the theater company’s recent Midsummer Shakespeare Festival performances, Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing, at the Shakespeare Club’s 2 p.m. meeting at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The free lecture “promises to be a fascinating behind-the-scenes revelation about how one company encounters the bard,” according to a press release. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call (909) 717-1109 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, October 17
UNIVERSITY CLUB MEETS The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion of “The Art Museum Today and in the Future,” with guest speaker Kathleen Stewart Howe, Director of the Pomona College Museum of Art and professor of art history. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “From Claremont to mid-Wilshire in Los Angeles, there is a museum boom,” a press release read. “How do new or expanded museums reflect the broader role of museums in the 21st century? Kathleen Stewart Howe will discuss the present and future state of the museum.” Ms. Howe is the Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel Director of the Pomona College Museum of Art and professor of art history. She teaches courses on the history of museums and the current critical discourse around museums. She has curated more than 100 exhibitions, including at Pomona College, the Getty Villa, Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the University of New Mexico. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
HOW THE STATE PERPETUATES RACISM University of La Verne’s Academy Lecture Series presents “The Other Made Black: How State Actors Perpetuate Racist Institutions in America,” a free lecture starting at noon with professor of public administration Matthew Witt. The open talk takes place in the university’s Presidents Dining Room. More info is at (909) 448-4161 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB MEETS Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. Each meeting provides an opportunity for questions to the group’s club experts. More information is at cscclub.org.
Wednesday, October 18
THE BEAUTIFUL SYMMETRY OF POLYHEDRA The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Symmetric Polyhedra: From Platon to Modern Computational Mathematics,” with guest speaker Achill Schürmann. Mr. Schürmann will discuss how polyhedras—beautiful geometric constructions pondered since ancient times by both mathematicians and philosophers—have turned over time into powerful computational tools for the digital age. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at email@example.com.
FIXING HEALTHCARE Southland Healthcare Action Group, in partnership with the Claremont Graduate University’s School of Community and Global Health and Organizing for Action and Southland Healthcare Action Group, will host a screening of the documentary film, Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point, from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. A panel discussion follows with Bill Honigman, MD, Kaiser Permanente; Paula Palmer, CGU School of Community and Global Health; and Shana Charles, Cal State Fullerton Department of Health Science. Fix It was produced by Richard Master, the founder and owner of MCS Industries, a world leader in the picture frame and decorative mirror business. Mr. Master’s film offers an in-depth analysis of rising healthcare costs from a business owners’ perspective and chronicles his effort to find a solution to the dysfunctional US healthcare system.
Thursday, October 19
BEER, BICYCLES ON TAP The Claremont Chapter of Green Drinks International gets together for its monthly meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1401 N. Claremont Blvd. This month’s theme is bicycles. New attendees receive a complimentary beverage. All are welcome. More info is at sustainableclaremont.org.
NOVELIST READING Harvey Mudd College’s Reading Series continues with Charles Yu, writer and Westworld story editor from 6 to 8 p.m. at Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Mr. Yu is the author of three books, including the 2010 novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, which was named one of the best books of the year by Time Magazine. More info is at (909) 621-8022.
HUMANE IMMIGRANT RIGHTS Scripps College’s Humanities Institute presents “The World at Our Doorsteps: Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Garrison Theatre, 241 E. 10th St., Claremont. This free, open to the public talk features the executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Angelica Salas, who will cover the group’s ongoing efforts in working toward humane immigrant rights and policies. This program is presented in partnership with Scripps College Humanities Core. More info is at scrippscollege.edu or (909) 621-8237.
FILM, PERFORMANCE Artist Naomi Rincón-Gallardo will present a free musical performance and screening of her newest film The Formaldehyde Trip from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pomona College’s Studio Art Lecture Hall, 370 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Ms. Rincón-Gallardo’s films are laden with psychedelic imagery, a sense of conviviality and mythological symbolism. Vocalists Danishta Rivero and San Cha will also perform. Graphic content is part of this event. More info is at pomona.edu/museum or (909) 621-8283.
GOLD LINE, METROLINK Active Claremont’s free and public monthly meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the Hughes Center’s Santa Fe Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Guests Lisa Levy Buch, chief communications officer for Los Angeles Metro Rail’s Gold Line, and Colin Tudor, Claremont’s assistant city manager, will present information on the Gold Line and Metrolink projects. More information is available by calling (909) 373-7907.
Friday, October 20
FREE NOON SERIES Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series gets started at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. This week’s concert is Pheminoise performs music by Liu and Martin? with Rachel V. Huang (Scripps faculty), violin; Cynthia R. Fogg (Pomona faculty), viola; Tatiana Thibodeaux (Scripps staff accompanist), piano. Doors open at noon. Food is not permitted in the auditorium. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3266.
MEALS ON WHEELS FUNDRAISER Claremont Meals on Wheels is having a fundraising and volunteer appreciation dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. at El Ranchero Restaurant, 984 Foothill Blvd. Claremont. Mention the charity to your server and it will receive 25 percent of sales from take out or dine in orders.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Friday Nights Live features Swing Shift at Laemmle plaza; the Amazing Tone Benders at the chamber of commerce; beloved local b-side cover masters The Dogs at Shelton Park; and Mike’s Guitar World 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.
Saturday, October 21
FREE DAY AT THE GARDEN! Admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, is free today, and kicking things off is a family bird walk from 8 to 9 a.m. Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family friendly walk along Garden trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring bird guides and binoculars if you have them. It’s free, but reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, (909) 625-8767, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also on tap today is the Garden’s Fall Planting Festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “It’s planting time for California native plants and we’re celebrating!” a Garden press release read. Free lectures will be offered including “Ethnobotanical uses of the Native Plants of California,” with Nicholas Hummingbird from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and “How to Water Your Plants for Drought-Tolerant Establishment,” with Carlos Ruiz from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Lectures will be held in the Lenz classroom. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
GREEN CREW AT CHAPARRAL Sustainable Claremont hosts another free Green Crew tree planting event from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Chaparral Park, 1869 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. A short presentation and tree-planting demonstration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the group gardening event. For information or to RSVP, email email@example.com or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.
CROSSROADS FUNDRAISER Claremont-based charity Crossroads Women hosts its fall fundraiser at The Claremont School of Theology’s Mudd Theater, 1339 N. College Ave., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Speaking at the event is Jelani Cobb, a scholar of African American history, mass incarceration, race and politics. Mr. Cobb is a professor at Columbia University, and has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 2012. He was recently featured in Ava DuVernay’s documentary, 13th, which highlighted the intersections of race, class and gender in relation to mass incarceration. General admission tickets are $35; students and formerly incarcerated persons are $20. Tickets are available at crossroadsinc.eventbrite.com or at Crossroads’ offices, 250 W. First St., Suite 254, Claremont. More info is at crossroadswomen.org.
ORCHESTRA The Claremont Concert Orchestra is playing a free 8 p.m. show at Garrison Theatre, 241 E. 10th St. Conductor David Cubek will present Brahms, Academic Festival Overture; Ruth Crawford Seeger, Andante for Strings and Rissolty, Rossolty; and Schubert, Symphony No. 3. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3267.
CELEBRATING THE MEXICAN PLAYERS The Claremont Public Library and Claremont Heritage host a free public panel discussion celebrating the legacy of the Padua Hills Theatre and the Mexican Players from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. The discussion will feature former Mexican Players and Padua Hills Theatre historians tracing the history of the theatre, the personal experiences of the performers, and the its influence on the local community and the greater Pomona Valley. For information call (909) 621-4902 or go to colapublib.org.