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Calendar 9-day: Ravelers 30th Anniversary, David Allen talk

Friday, January 5

RAVELERS CELEBRATE MILESTONE The Ravelers’ 30th anniversary dinner concert takes place at 6 p.m. at Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Tickets for the show and dinner are $50, and are available at the Candlelight’s box office. Ravelers Hai Muradian, Martie Echito, Pat Naish and Rob Haerr, have been playing classic rock covers in Claremont since 1987. More info is at ravelers.com or candlelightpavilion.com.

Saturday, January 6

DAVID ALLEN GETS STARTED Respected Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist and author David Allen will give a free talk at 2 p.m. at Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. The event will focus on Mr. Allen’s latest book, Getting Started, in which he revisits his first four years of columns. More information is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.

Sunday, January 7

FARMERS MARKET Claremont’s year-round independent Farmers and Artisans Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Second Street in the Village. The lovely Sunday morning tradition is a great way to get outside and move around amongst the community, have a warm beverage, and support growers and makers of items like cheese, produce, juices, nuts and honey, as well as jewelry, clothing, candles, books and other unique gift items.

Monday, January 8

SCHOOL’S IN The collective sigh you hear at about 8 this morning is coming from exhausted parents as they drop their children off at Claremont Unified School District locations after a 17-day winter break. Welcome back, kids!

CONFLICTED SHAKESPEARE The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley meets at 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Speaking at the free and open meeting is Amanda Zarr, who is returning to Claremont after playing Beatrice in Ophelia’s Jump’s summer production of Much Ado About Nothing at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theater. The topic of her talk is “Conflict in Shakespeare.” Ms. Zarr will review the wide range of semantic resources used by The Bard to show characters in opposition. Ms. Zarr is a professional actor and adjunct theatre professor at Chapman University. She has been a company member with Shakespeare Orange County for more than a decade, and has been seen on television and in films. Light refreshments will be served. For information, email lucylynch@aol.com, or call (909) 717-1109.

PRO PROPOSES PROPER PRUNING Sustainable Claremont hosts a free and open workshop, “Tips on Proper Pruning of Shrubs and Trees,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hahn 101, Pomona College, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. The event is presented by Dave Roger, the city’s deputy director of community services. “Now is the best time to prune most shrubs and trees,” a press release read. “It is important to know the dos and don’ts of proper pruning!” More info is at sustainableclaremont.org.

Tuesday, January 9

FREE NEWBIE BIKE RIDE Claremont Senior Bicycle Group brings back its free, open to the public guided beginner/intro ride at 8 a.m. today and every Tuesday. The trek  is designed for new bicyclists or anyone returning to cycling, and is led by an experienced CSBG member. The group departs at 8 a.m. from Joslyn Senior Center, at 660 N. Mountain Ave., for a relaxed, easy one-hour ride around town. Helmets are required. More info is at claremontseniorbikegroup.org.

CLUB TO DISCUSS THE CASSINI PROJECT The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The Cassini Project,” with guest speaker Jo Eliza Pitesky. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Ms. Pitesky is the engineering technical group supervisor of the Cassini Project Science System. “On September 15, 2017 the Cassini spacecraft entered the atmosphere of Saturn, bringing to a close an astounding 13 years of discovery and exploration of the Saturn system, including the planet, its menagerie of moons, the showstopper rings, and an enormous magnetosphere,” a University Club press release read. Ms. Pitesky, a long time member of Cassini’s flight team and project science office, will present highlights of the mission’s final six months, a science-rich “grand finale” that sent the spacecraft into areas never before visited. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

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. Each meeting provides an opportunity for questions. Newcomers are welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.

Wednesday, January 10

SCRIPPS FAF LOOKS BACK Scripps College’s Fine Arts Foundation presents “FAF in Review: Eight Decades of Artful Stories” at 2 p.m. at Denison Library, 1090 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. Responding to a vision for a significant art presence at Scripps College, dedicated administrators and donors formed the Fine Arts Foundation in 1935. Judy Harvey Sahak, Denison Librarian emerita, will tell stories of the “hat ladies” as they supported facilities for making art and student scholarships at the college. She will also highlight the organization’s role in helping Claremont become a vibrant and influential art center through its public programs and events. More info is at alumnae.scrippscollege.edu/faf or (909) 982-6718.

ESSENTIAL OILS Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Every Woman’s Journey series continues with a workshop on essential oils. The free program gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 N. Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. For more information and to RSVP go to pvhmc.org, call (909) 865.9858 or email ferc@pvhmc.org.

BACKYARD CHICKENS TALK Claremont Garden Club’s free and open talk, “Keeping Chickens in the Garden,” gets underway at 7 p.m. at Napier Center in Pilgrim Place, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Speaking is Cal State LA Professor Emeritus Sherry Best, a backyard chicken enthusiast, who will share her knowledge about keeping a small suburban flock. The event includes free cookies and deviled eggs,  courtesy of her hens. Meetings open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing, with talks beginning at 7. More information is at claremontgardenclub.org.

Thursday, January 11

SMOKING IS BAD FOR YOU, OFFICIALLY On this day in 1964, US Surgeon General Luther L. Terry announced his committee findings after a 14-month “comprehensive review of the scientific literature on the smoking question,” in a meeting at the National Library of Medicine. Mr. Terry issued the commission’s report on a Saturday to minimize the effect on the stock market and to maximize coverage in the Sunday newspapers. As he recalled the event some 20 years later, the report “hit the country like a bombshell. It was front page news and a lead story on every radio and television station in the United States and many abroad.” The report, “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General,” shed light on the deadly health consequences of tobacco use, holding cigarette smoking responsible for a 70 percent increase in the mortality rate of smokers over non-smokers. In 1965, US congress moved to require all cigarette packages to carry a health warning. In 1969 cigarette advertising on television and radio was banned. And, since 1970, the “Surgeon General’s Warning” has appeared on all domestic cigarette packaging in the US. 

Friday, January 12

KINDRED NATURES The Claremont Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Kindred Natures,” which highlights the links between the sculptures of Aldo Casanova and the paintings of James Fuller, continues during museum hours of noon to 4 p.m. today. The museum, located at 200 W. First St. in the Claremont Depot, is open today, tomorrow and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 or free for CMA members. More info is at claremontmuseum.org or (909) 621-3200.

Saturday, January 13

EXPLORING ENGLISH GENEOLOGY The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society presents a free presentation from David Flint, “Overview of Genealogy Research in England,” from 2 to 4 p.m. at Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. “He will review the three main records groups: census, civil registration and church parish. Each of these records types covers a different time period, ranging from 1538 to the present day, and each can provide key information about ancestors in England,” a press release stated. Mr. Flint has been doing English genealogy research for the past 15 years. He was born in England, where he lived until the age of 10, when his family moved to Canada, and then to the United States. He is past president of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society, and currently serves as the group’s treasurer. The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society also has an extensive collection of genealogical books and materials available at the Pomona Public Library. More info is at pvgs.us.

TRUMP-INSPIRED CERAMICS The American Museum of Ceramic Art, at 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, hosts an opening reception for its new show, “Patsy Cox: Mouthpiece,” from 6 to 9 p.m., with an artist presentation at 7 p.m. Mouthpiece is a series of sculptures made since the inauguration of our current president. Ms. Cox’s ceramic sculptures “are literally a collective assembly of mouths biting their lips without voice or sound in frustration and angst,” a press release stated. The exhibition is up through April 29. Ms. Cox is professor of visual art and is head of ceramics at Cal State Northridge. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. More information is at amoca.org or (909) 865-3146.