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Claremont CALENDAR: Kindred natures, CYMO opens seasons, Trump ceramics, storytime, MLK day

Friday, January 12

KINDRED NATURES CONTINUES The Claremont Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Kindred Natures,” which highlights the kindred links between the sculptures of Aldo Casanova and the paintings of the late Claremont artist James Fuller, who died November 28, 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, or via email at info@claremontmuseum.org.

Saturday, January 13

EXPLORE 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. “As many of us have ancestors that came from England, David’s program should be very informative in helping to research them,” a press release stated. “The program will compare the different types of records with illustrations of the content, historical context, and some websites to access them online.” 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 SHOW 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. Mouthpiece is a series of sculptures that were 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 California State University, Northridge. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. More information is at amoca.org or (909) 865-3146.

Sunday, January 14

CYMO OPENS SEASON WITH FREE CONCERT The Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, conducted by Juan Felipe Molano, will present its free, season opening concert at 7 p.m. at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The soloist is Jin-Shan Dai of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, performing the Barber Violin Concerto. Also included in the program will be The Chairman Dances by John Adams, and Symphony No. 8 by Dvorak. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with free tickets distributed at 6 p.m. For more information, click on cymo.org or call (909) 624-3614.

Monday, January 15

FREE GARDEN DAY TO HONOR MLK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont is offering free admission today in honor and celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Garden is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

Tuesday, January 16

STORYTIME WITH A COP Claremont Police Officers are partnering with library staff in reading books to children at the Claremont Library today at 11 a.m. Officers will also be in the front of the library to interact with the community with coffee provided by Last Drop Café. The Claremont Library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave.

LA WATER BIGWIG TO SPEAK AT UC The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Today’s topic is “Solving California’s Water Crisis.” The guest speaker is Luis Cetina, principal government and regional affairs representative for Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District. “Even with the end of the five-year drought, California continues to face severe water challenges,” a press release stated. “California’s water system needs a more modern, flexible and environmental friendly means of conveying water from reservoirs and tributaries in the north.” In his 30-year tenure at MWD, Mr. Cetina has worked in survey, substructure, civil design and water supply. He currently promotes water policy among members of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, chambers of commerce, economic partnerships and elected officials within the San Gabriel Valley. He is an elected official on the board of the Cucamonga Valley Water District. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

Wednesday, January 17

WHERE WERE YOU? At 4:30 a.m. on this date in 1994, the Northridge earthquake occurred. The 6.7 magnitude quake, centered in Reseda, woke this reporter and millions others in the Southland. The shaking lasted about 20 seconds and killed 57 people, injured 8,700, and caused up to $50 billion in damage, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in US history.

Thursday, January 18

PARISIAN SALON Crepes de Paris Claremont hosts its bi-weekly literary salon and open mic from 6 to 8 p.m. at 510 W. First St., Village West. The free event is open to writers, performers, readers and listeners. More information is at crepesdeparis.com, (818) 852-6429 or email at extablisment@gmail.com.

BEER, GREEN TRIVIA 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 trivia. The event will include an environmental-themed trivia game for fun and prizes. The monthly events focus on talking about sustainability and the environment over beer(s). New attendees receive a complimentary beverage, and all are welcome. More info is at sustainableclaremont.org.

FARMERS MARKET HONCHO TO SPEAK Local group Active Claremont holds its free and open to the public monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Santa Fe room of the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The speaker will be Oscar de Leon, manager of the Claremont Artisans and Farmers Market, who will discuss the operation of the weekly bazaar. For more information call (909) 621-2079.

Friday, January 19

CONTRA DANCE CONTRAversial, the contra dance club of the Claremont Colleges, invites the community to attend Claremont Contra Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at Edmunds Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St. The event is free for Claremont Colleges students. A $5 donation is suggested for the general public?.? “Contra dance is an energetic, accessible and enjoyable style of social folk dance,” a press release stated. No prior experience is needed, and attendees need not bring a partner. For more info visit contraversial.weebly.com or email claremontcontra@gmail.com.

Saturday, January 20

PRETTY BIRD Budding birders are invited to a free family bird walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. this morning at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, by phone at (909) 625-8767 or via email at info@rsabg.org.

GUIDED COLLEGES WALKING TOUR Claremont Heritage’s quarterly Claremont Colleges’ guided walking tour takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8, and reservations are recommended at claremontheritage.org, (909) 621-0848, or via email at info@claremontheritage.org. Tourists should meet at Seaver House, 305 College Ave., Claremont, by 9:30 a.m.

FREE LEATHER STAMP CLASS The Claremont Public Library offers a free kids’ DIY leather tooling class at 2 p.m. “Try your hand at leather stamping, get creative and see what designs you can create in leather,” a press release stated. All materials will be supplied. The library is located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For information go to colapublib.org or call (909) 621-4902.

74th SCRIPPS CERAMIC ANNUAL The free and vividly creative 74th Scripps College Ceramic Annual takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The focus of this years’ show is on artists who make work that speaks directly about their identity, roots, home and sense of belonging. Artists include Jennifer Datchuck, Christina Erives, Steven Young Lee, Roberto Lugo, Kyungmin Park, Zemer Peled and Roxanne Swentzell. Enjoy live music and light refreshments with the show. More info is at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-3397.