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CALENDAR: Quartet euphoria, free bird walk, catch a dream, Latin dance and more

Friday, November 17

GREEN GROUP BENEFIT Saca’s Mediterranean Cuisine will donate a portion of today’s proceeds to Sustainable Claremont. Saca’s, at 248 W. Second St., Claremont, is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

QUARTET EUPHORIA 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 Quartet Euphoria perform Beethoven’s Op. 59, No. 2 with Rachel V. Huang (Scripps faculty), violin; Jonathan Wright (Pomona faculty), violin; Cynthia R. Fogg (Pomona faculty), viola; Tom Flaherty (Pomona faculty), cello. 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.

BERMAN, POMONA ORCHESTRA The Pomona College Orchestra, with Boris Berman on piano, conducted by Eric Lindholm, plays a free and open to the public concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, at 8 p.m. tonight and 3 p.m. tomorrow. The program includes Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Russian-born pianist Mr. Berman is an internationally acclaimed pianist. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

Saturday, November 18

FREE 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 walk along Garden trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes, 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 info@rsabg.org.

GREEN CREW TREE PLANTING Another free and open to the public Sustainable Claremont Green Crew Tree Planting Event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. For information and to RSVP, email greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

GREEN CREW WALK THE TOWN Sustainable Claremont hosts a free and public Green Crew Walk the Town event from 9 a.m. to noon at San Antonio High School, 125 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont. Sustainable Claremont’s canvassing lead, Amanda, will guide volunteers in door-to-door outreach to inform residents about trees they will receive through the ReLeaf Planting with a Purpose grant. Day-of training and materials are provided. RSVP at greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

CYBERNETICS Pitzer College’s Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, is the site for a free and open symposium: Inside the Robot: Reconsidering Cybernetics after Juan Downey. The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event is presented by Pitzer College Art Galleries and LACE as part of the joint Pacific Standard Time LA/LA exhibition Juan Downey: Radiant Nature. It features a keynote address from Julieta González, artistic director at Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico, and additional presentations by Argentinean art theorist Rodrigo Alonso and Australian media artist and scholar Simon Penny. The symposium will also feature a screening of the late artist Beatriz da Costa’s film Dying for the Other, which will be followed by a presentation on the work by artist and scholar Robert Nideffer. For more info go to pitzer.edu/galleries.

GROW NATIVE Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts a Grow Native Nursery Workshop, “Planting Habitats in Small Places,” from 10 to 11 a.m. “Learn how to use small spaces to replicate the habitats of centuries past,” a press release read. More information is at rsabg.org/nursery-calendar or (909) 625-8767.

CATCH A DREAM AT LIBRARY Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free 10:30 a.m. workshop offering kids a chance to make their own Native American dream catcher. Native American Rose Figueroa will show participants how to design and make their own dream catcher. “Legend has it that, at night, the hole in the center of the dream catcher lets good dreams pass; bad dreams are trapped in the web and are dispelled during first light of morning,” a press release read. Space is limited to 20 for this two-hour workshop. For information, go to colapublib.org or call (909) 621-4902.

LATIN DANCE PERFORMANCE, LESSONS Scripps College hosts a Latin dance performance from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company will perform Latin dances in the Bixby Courtyard, in front of the Williamson Gallery, as part of the Getty LA/LA Regional Weekend celebration. Before they take the floor the company members will offer a salsa dance lesson to all visitors who want to give it a whirl. Light refreshments will be served. A visit to the Revolution and Ritual exhibition at the gallery, (open from noon to 5 p.m.), would be the perfect way to round out the afternoon. More info is at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-8090.

STORYTELLING AT THE FOLK Claremont’s Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave., hosts “Tellabration” at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for this international night of storytelling. “We often assume that storytelling is only for children, but this ancient art form integrates stories and folk tales that appeal to adults as well,” a press release stated. More info is at folkmusiccenter.com or (909) 624-2928.

PYROTECHNICS, ART COLLIDE Artist Adela Goldbard presents a pyrotechnics performance, “A World of Laughter, A World of Fears,” during the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Inland Cities regional weekend, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Bixby Plaza, which is adjacent to Pomona College’s Frary Dining Hall. “Using artisanal fabrication techniques and pyrotechnics, Ms. Goldbard creates, activates, and destroys ephemeral sculptures to reference acts of political violence,” a press release stated. A reception will follow in Frary Dining Hall where the Prometheus mural may be viewed. More info is at pomona.edu/museum or (909) 621-8283.

SCRIPPS CHOIR Scripps College’s free and open Fall Choir Concert, with Music by Hildegard, Palestrina, Molly Ijames and Eric Whitacre, takes place at 8 p.m. at Garrison Theatre, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. Charles W. Kamm (Scripps/Joint Music faculty) will be conducting, and John Gilmoure (Scripps staff accompanist), will play the piano. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3267.

Sunday, November 19

ALTERNATIVE XMAS GIFT MARKET Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, at 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont, holds its 32nd annual Alternative Gift Christmas Market from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. “Find the true spirit of Christmas, and meet people with firsthand knowledge of humanitarian programs here and in Haiti, Mexico, Honduras, Nepal, Philippines and Africa – all with strong local ties,” a press release read. “Choose gifts to give to the poor and receive beautiful Christmas cards to present to friends and relatives. This is the largest market of its kind in the area.” For more information call (909) 626-3596.

ART OF POP The inaugural Art of Pop show, celebrating pop culture artists and their creations, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Claremont Packing House, 532 W. First St., Claremont. Admission and parking are free. The event will feature and celebrate local artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and others actively producing work in the pop culture oeuvre. Go to the event page on Facebook for more information.

ACORN FESTIVAL Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., holds its annual Acorn Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free with Garden admission. “Acorns were a major food source for native people in our region and the fall harvest season was a time for celebration,” a press release read. “Native American culture keepers join us in inviting you to connect with native plants and celebrate with art and activities.” More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

GRECIAN REFUGEE TALK, FILM SCREENING Joan Reyes will offer a free and open presentation about her time spent volunteering at a refugee camp in Greece. The talk, at Temple Beth Israel, 3033 N. Towne Ave, Pomona, is at 1 p.m. The event also includes a showing of the short documentary film, 4.1 Miles, about refugees from Turkey to Greece. Light refreshments will be served, and a drawing will be held for a tote bag made by refugees at the camp, with proceeds to benefit local refugee resettlement teams. More info is available via email at deenarbenjamin@gmail.com or cantor@ tbipomona.org.

CELEBRATING JAZZ GIANT BILL EVANS Harvey Mudd College offers a day and night of music, lecture and film celebrating the legendary jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans. The day gets started with a free and open 2 to 3:30 p.m. master class on the music of Mr. Evans with jazz pianist Dave Thompson at Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. More info is at (909) 621-8022. Mr. Thompson will then lead a free 4 p.m. screening of Bruce Spiegel’s film Bill Evans, Time Remembered, with a Q and A to follow. More info is at (909) 621-8022. The event concludes with a free 7 p.m. HMC Concert Series Bill Evans Tribute Concert, with guest performers Mr. Thompson, Tim Miller and Alan Winkel paying tribute to the seven-time Grammy Award winner and member of the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.

THE ENGINE OF OUR RUIN General admission tickets are $11, and students, staff, faculty, alumni and seniors are $6 for Pomona College’s 2 p.m. production of The Engine Of Our Ruin at Seaver Theatre, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. “Communication is so difficult, even among people of the same language and culture,” said playwright Jason Wells. “Yet we seem to have little sense of humility when it comes to dealing with people with whom we have profound cultural differences. That struggle to communicate when the stakes are so high seemed like a good premise for comedy. There are no villains in the play, everyone is actually trying to do the right thing, and their failures are common and trivial. It’s only that the stakes are so high. The unexpected thing for me is how tonally light the piece suddenly appears compared to the dark reality we find ourselves in now. I think it’s good to be reminded that there are serious jobs to do, and we really need to care who does them.” More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-4380.

SCRIPPS CHOIR Claremont’s Scripps College presents its free and open Fall Choir Concert, with music by Hildegard, Palestrina, Molly Ijames and Eric Whitacre, at 3 p.m. at Garrison Theatre, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. Charles W. Kamm (Scripps/Joint Music faculty) will conduct, and John Gilmoure (Scripps staff accompanist), will play piano. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-3267.

BERMAN, POMONA ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT The Pomona College Orchestra, with Boris Berman on piano, conducted by Eric Lindholm, plays a free and open to the public 3 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The program includes works by Bartók and Shostakovich. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

Monday, November 20

HOLIDAY?TOY?DRIVE Sowing Seeds For Life is asking for help from the community to make this the happiest time of the year for local children in need. The charity is hosting a toy drive and is seeking unwrapped toys suitable for children under the age of 12. The La Verne-based nonprofit’s mission is to end hunger through its nationwide network of food banks. It helps more than 6,000 people each month, and distributes more than a million pounds of food per year, as well as providing children’s educational aid, housing, medical, nutritional and social services. Collected toys will be given away at the nonprofit’s December 13 food pantry. There are several local drop off locations. Call (909) 293-7735, extension 232 for more info.

Tuesday, November 21

KGI BLOOD DRIVE Claremont’s Keck Graduate Institute hosts a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at KGI Campus Lawn, 535 Watson Dr. All participants will receive a gift. More info is at (909) 607-0896.

DROPLET DYNAMICS The University of La Verne’s Academy Lecture series presents a free and open to the public talk with associate professor of physics David Chappell, “Droplet Dynamics on a Vertically Vibrated Fluid Bath,” at noon at the Presidents Dining Room, on the corner of C and Third Streets, La Verne. More information is at (909) 448-4161 or via email at aclark@laverne.edu.

POMONA JAZZ ENSEMBLE Pomona College Jazz Ensemble plays a free and open to the public 4:30 p.m. show at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Barb Catlin leads the ensemble in an afternoon of jazz favorites. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday, with social time at 7 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:30, 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, and newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.

Wednesday, November 22

JFK ASSASSINATION 54 YEARS ON Today marks the 54th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Last month saw the long-awaited release of more than 2,800 previously sealed documents related to the tragedy, albeit in heavily redacted form due to pressure from the CIA and FBI, who will reviewing the withheld information for six months. Last year Claremont had the honor of being visited by decorated veteran journalist Bill Moyers, who sat down with the COURIER to speak about his role as a close aide to President Lyndon Johnson in the days and weeks following the assassination. To see that story, go to claremont-courier.com/articles/news/t19226-moyers.

Thursday, November 24

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Eat up, drink up, and enjoy your family time. All city offices are closed today.

TURKEY TROT Claremont Sunrise Rotary’s 10th annual Turkey Trot takes place this morning, beginning with a 7:30 a.m. 1k kids’ fun run. The 5k begins at 8 a.m.. The route begins and ends in the Village and winds through the Claremont Colleges. More info, including a link to registration, is at claremontsunriserotary.org.

GREEN FRIDAY AT THE GARDEN Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts an alternative to consumerism with “Green Friday at Grow Native Nursery,” from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Refresh your garden and be outdoors instead of in the crazy Black Friday lines!” a press release read. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

Saturday, November 25

HAVE A LAUGH WITH JEFF GARLIN Jeff Garlin, co-star and executive producer of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, brings his standup act to Claremont’s Flappers Comedy Club for two shows, at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. In 2007, Mr. Garlin adapted his solo show, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, into an independent film. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim. He has also directed episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and both Jon Stewart and Denis Leary in their HBO specials. Mr. Garlin also has voiced the Captain in Disney-Pixar´s WALL-E, and Buttercup in Toy Story 3. He is also the author of Curbing It (Simon & Schuster), in which Mr. Garlin shares his journey to reduce his waistline and carbon footprint during the production of the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. For tickets or more info go to flapperscomedy.com or call (818) 845-9721.