CALENDAR 9-day: Math day, book sale, Women who paint, aerial circus, music and more!
Friday, February 2
REGISTER FOR MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ MATH DAY Today is the last day to register for Pomona College’s free, first annual Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day, which takes place February 10. The event is an opportunity to engage middle school and high school girls in a day of networking, mentoring and fun. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
GREEN JOBS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 11:45 a.m. lecture, “Stepping Stones to Sustainability: The Landscape of Green Jobs,” with Lauren Faber O’Connor, chief sustainability officer for the city of Los Angeles. Ms. O’Connor will reflect on her experience working at the Environmental Defense Fund, the California EPA, and the US Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board, as well as discuss environmental careers at different levels of governance and in public and private sectors. Her talk will detail the current and future landscape of jobs in environment and sustainability. Ms. O’Connor is driving the implementation of LA’s landmark Sustainable City pLAn, released in April 2015, which puts forth an actionable vision for transforming LA’s environment, economy and equity. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
BEETHOVEN AT NOON Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues today with Trio Lykos performing Beethoven’s first trio. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, kicks off at 12:15 p.m. Beethoven, Trio in E-flat Major, Op.1, No. 1 features Rachel V. Huang (Scripps), violin; Roger Lebow, cello; Gayle Blankenburg (Pomona/Scripps), piano. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps and the Pomona College Music Department. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.
KGI HOSTS TEDXKGI Keck Graduate Institute hosts a lecture, TedxKGI, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Founders Room, 535 Watson Dr., Claremont. The cost is $20. The event features speakers presenting thought-provoking and inspiring ideas, and includes live presenters and pre-recorded videos of previous speakers. More info is at tedxkgi.com or (909) 607-0896.
26TH ELECTRO ACOUSTIC MUSIC FEST Pomona College’s 26th annual Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electro Acoustic Music kicks off at 8 p.m. at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. The free, long running festival opens with a concert featuring contemporary ensemble The Eclipse Quartet. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
Saturday, February 3
WE SPEAK FOR THE TREES Sustainable Claremont hosts a free Green Crew Grow Our Trees Walk the Town event from 9 a.m. to noon. Interested folks should meet before 9 a.m. at Blaisdell Park, 440 S. College Ave., to join together to engage residents in conversations about trees. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.
USED BOOK SALE Pilgrim Place’s The Book Place hosts a special book sale from 9 to 11 a.m. at 625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont, The free event features all varieties of gently used books for sale. More info is at pilgrimplace.org.
FREE E-WASTE RECYCLING Claremont Boy Scout Troop 403 and Claremont Presbyterian Church co-sponsor a free electronic waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave. Among the electronic items accepted are computers, monitors, printers, televisions, laptops, cell phones, copiers, scanners, VCR and DVD players, cameras, fax machines and car batteries. No dry cell batteries or fluorescent light bulbs will be accepted. Large household appliances can be picked up for a nominal fee. Call (909) 518-7943 for more information.
CONTAINER GARDENING Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts “Container Gardening With California Native Plants” from 10 to 11 a.m. this morning at its Claremont location, 1500 N. College Ave. The workshop is free with regular admission and takes place at the Garden’s Grow Native Nursery. More information is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
DJEMBE DRUM WORKSHOP Claremont Public Library, at 208 N. Harvard Ave., holds a free and open to the public African Djembe Drum Workshop at 2 p.m. Participants will learn about African Djembe drumming at this hands-on workshop with master drummer Rozelle Woods. The Djembe Drum is a traditional African instrument used to promote mental, physical and spiritual wellness. More information is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.
NAACP HOSTS LATINO, LATINA GROUP The Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valley and the Pomona Valley branch of the NAACP invite the community to a free open house from 2 to 5 p.m. The event takes place at the Solidarity Center at Indian Hill Village, Room 6, 1460 E. Holt Ave., Pomona. The program will feature Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval; Jeanette Ellis-Royston, president of the Pomona branch of the NAACP; Jose Calderon, president of Latino and Latina roundtable, and other community leaders. Musician and organizer Rosa Martha Zarate will play social movement songs from her recent recordings, and the youth choir from Macedonia Baptist Church will also perform. Snacks and drinks will be provided. For information, visit naacp-pomona-valley.org, email email@example.com, or call (909) 764-7833. Additional information is at latinolatinaroundtable.org.
CYSO FREE CONCERT Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra presents a free 3:30 p.m. concert of classical, jazz and movie music at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Pieces include music from Raiders of the Lost Ark, selections from Porgy and Bess and The Nutcracker, poet Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia” and more. For information go to claremontyouthsymphony.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMEN WHO PAINT Claremont Heritage starts its 2018 cultural programming with a new exhibition, Women Who Paint, curated by artist Barbara Beretich. An opening reception at the Garner House’s Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. “Barbara Beretich has been an integral part of the Claremont art scene for over 50 years,” a press release read. “Considered by many to be the grand dame of Claremont’s illustrious art and culture community, Barbara not only produced her own work, but also promoted many of the significant artists who emerged in Claremont during the mid-20th century.” The exhibition runs through February 23. More info is at claremontheritage.org/events.html or (909) 621-0848.
AERIAL CIRCUS The Circus Studio, at 548 W. First St., Claremont, hosts two free, open to all-ages aerial circus shows. The first is from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and the second if from 8:30 to 9 p.m. This monthly event is part of Claremont Artwalk. The show is free but donations are accepted. More info is at thecircusstudio.com.
Sunday, February 4
THE EARLY BIRDS Amateur ornithologists 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. Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring any binoculars or bird guides they may have. The free walk is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. Reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, by phone at (909) 625-8767 or via email at email@example.com.
PEACHES AND HERBS Curious amateur botanists can join experienced herbalist William Broen for an interactive California Medicinal Plant Walk and presentation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Tickets are $20 for Garden members and $25 for the general public. Participants will learn traditional and modern plant uses and the folklore of approximately 30 species. To buy tickets or for more info go to rsabg.org or call (909) 625-8767.
FREE FAMILY DAY AT CMA Today is the first Sunday of the month, which is Free Family Day at the Claremont Museum of Art, 200 W. First St., with free admission and ARTStation, a place for children to experience art and engage with local culture from noon to 4 p.m. High school students in CMA’s Project ARTstART will lead visitors in an art activity related to the museum’s current exhibition, Kindred Natures. More info is at claremontmuseum.org or (909) 621-3200.
INTERMEZZO ORCHESTRA The Claremont Young Musicians Intermezzo Orchestra, conducted by Greg Samuel, plays a free and open to the public concert at 7 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music at Pomona College, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The program will include Egmont Overture by Beethoven, Procession of the Noble by Rimsky-Korsakov, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Grieg, Pomp and Circumstance by Elgar, and more. The 75-member Intermezzo Orchestra, made up of musicians from ages 9 to 17, was formed in 1992 as a preparatory group for the 90-member Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra. For audition or concert information call (909) 624-3614.
Monday, February 5
DRIVING OUT THE YOUNG The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., host a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “The Shift Toward Authoritarianism in Government Today,” with Adam Michnik, a distinguished Polish dissident, journalist and advocate for human rights and civil society. He will share his thoughts on the contemporary shift in government toward authoritarianism. A prominent dissident during the communist period in Poland, Mr. Michnik spent six years as a political prisoner. He was a key Solidarity activist throughout the 1980s, and a negotiator for the Solidarity team during the 1989 Roundtable Talks, which brought communist rule in Poland to a peaceful end. Between 1989 and 1991, he served in the Sejm, Poland’s Parliament. Mr. Michnik is founder and editor of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s first post-socialist independent daily and is author of Letters from Freedom: Post Cold War Realities and Perspectives and In Search of Lost Meaning: The New Eastern Europe, among other titles. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 6
RESETTLEMENT ACTIVIST The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMCe, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 11:45 a.m. lecture with Miry Whitehill, “Survive to Thrive: Welcoming our Newest Neighbors and the Story of Miry’s List.” Ms. Whitehill started Miry’s List in 2016 when she met a family of newly-arrived Syrian refugees through a friend. Until then, she was a stay-at-home mom and community activist with more than 10 years of experience in digital marketing. Miry’s List had helped more than 250 families resettling from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Kurdistan. In 2018, Miry’s List plans to enroll 500 more families into the program. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
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. More information is at cscclub.org.
PILGRIM PLACE AUTHOR EVENT The World Affairs Forum and Religions Committee of Pilgrim Place co-sponsor a free 7 p.m. conversation with Robert Chase at Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd., Claremont. Mr. Chase will read excerpts from his new book, Beyond the Comma, “in which he builds on the image of the comma, a mark of punctuation that separates everything that comes before, from all that is to follow, and applies it to the life journey,” a press release read. “Some are intentionally planned, like a sabbatical or the birth of a child, and some are imposed by forces beyond our control, such as a devastating diagnosis or a natural disaster. The author challenges the reader to be attentive to these shifts in our lives and to navigate the multi-layered intersections that such moments reveal. Chase contends that as we engage these moments creatively, we become more fully human.” Reza Aslan, author of No God but God and Zealot, said. Mr. Chase retired in 2017 after serving for 10 years as founding director of Intersections International, a permanent, multi-faith initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York, to devote his efforts to writing and public speaking. He is also an award-winning film and video producer with more than 100 titles to his credit. Signed books will be available for sale. For more information, visit robertjchase.com.
Wednesday, February 7
THE NEW TAX LAW The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., kicks off quite a day of fascinating and free talks with a 11:45 a.m. lecture, “Planning with the New Tax Law and Avoiding Mistakes Under the Old Law,” with guest speaker Peter Maier. Mr. Maier studied economics at CMC before earning a juris doctor from UC Berkeley, and a master’s of law in taxation from New York University. From 1965, Mr. Maier was a senior partner of Winokur, Maier and Zang, a San Francisco tax law firm, and chairman and founder of Property Resources, Inc., now a division of Franklin Resources. Information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or at email@example.com.
SYRIAN-ARMENIAN DISPLACEMENT The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts still another free 11:45 a.m. lecture, “Coming ‘Home’: Documenting 100 years of Displacement of Syrian-Armenians,” with guest speaker Anoush Baghdassarian. While studying at CMC, she made the most of the opportunities at the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, working with asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking, holocaust survivors and scholars on genocide and crimes against humanity. Ms. Baghdassarian wrote a historical fiction play about the Armenian Genocide, Found, which has been presented at book events in California, New York, Uruguay and Argentina. Information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
DRIVING OUT THE YOUNG The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., completes its day of free lectures with a 5:30 p.m. event, “California Squashes its Young: How the Golden State’s Economic Policies Are Driving Out a New Generation,” with guest Joel Kotkin, the presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University, executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism and senior advisor to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. He is executive editor of the website Newgeograpy.com and writes the weekly New Geographer column for Forbes.com. He is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast and Real Clear Politics. Information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
CREATIVE JOURNALING Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Every Woman’s Journey program for February focuses on creative journaling, and the first installment takes place at 6:30 p.m. at its Claremont location, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., #255. Hosted by Elizabeth Preston, the free and open workshop will help participants learn how to help reduce stress, open up creativity and learn to effectively communicate with others. To RSVP or for more info, go to pvhmc.org, call (909) 865-9858, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, February 8
WOMEN DRIVING INNOVATION The on fire this week Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 11:45 a.m. lecture, “Women Driving Innovation: A Conversation with Three Tech Leaders,” with Candace Adelberg, Alicia Rockmore and Faye Sahai. Ms. Adelberg graduated from CMC in 2010 then, in 2013, started working as a researcher at Google, applying statistical methods to keep “bad guys” off of Google products (think of spam bots, phishing attacks, etc.). In 2017, she moved to X, Alphabet’s “Moonshot Factory,” and joined Project Loon, which aims to provide high-speed internet to the roughly 50 percent of the world that still lacks basic coverage. Ms. Rockmore is the founder and CEO of Spark Actions, which she launched after the November 2016 elections as a way to make a difference. Ms. Sahai is recognized as an innovation leader and catalyst for strategic initiatives across multiple companies such as AIG, Blue Shield, Deloitte, Charles Schwab and Kaiser Permanente. She currently serves as the global head of advanced technology and innovation and employee experience at AIG, one of the world’s largest insurance companies. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
NOTED ARTIST LIZ LERMAN The Scripps Presents series continues at with Artist as Activist: Liz Lerman in Conversation. The free talk takes place at 6 p.m. at Garrison Theatre, Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. “Liz Lerman is an icon,” a press release read. “For the past four decades, the choreographer, performer, writer and teacher has engaged artists and audiences alike with her intellectually curious, nimble explorations. She brings her generous and generative spirit to Scripps for a conversation and exploration of her latest ongoing project, Wicked Bodies, prompted by powerful and grotesque images of women’s bodies throughout history.” More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-1870.
Friday, February 9
VIOLIN, PIANO AT LITTLE BRIDGES Jonathan Wright will be on violin and Stephan Moss on piano in a free and open to the public 8 p.m. recital at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The duo will present music by Beethoven, Brahms and Lekeu. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
BEETHOVEN AT NOON Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues today with music by Eve Beglarian, Jodi Goble and Emilie LeBel. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, kicks off at 12:15 p.m. with performers Anne Harley (Scripps), soprano; Lucy Tucker Yates, soprano; Jodi Goble, piano; Steven Thachuk, guitars. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps and the Pomona College Music Department. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.
Saturday, February 10
MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOL KIDS INVITED TO MATH DAY Pomona College hosts the first Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day at 9:30 a.m. at Millikan Auditorium, 610 N. College Ave., Claremont. The free event is an opportunity to engage middle school and high school girls in a day of networking, mentoring and fun. The event honors its namesake, Sonia Kovalevsky, a pioneer for women in mathematics who was regarded as one of the world’s finest mathematicians of her time. She was the first female member of the Russian Academy of the Sciences; the first modern European woman to attain full professorship; establishing the first significant result in the general theory of partial differential equations; winning the Prix Bordin prize; becoming an editor of a prominent mathematics journal in addition to being a gifted writer. The day begins at 9 a.m. with registration followed by a keynote lecture, a hands-on mathematical activity and a career panel. There is also a special professional development session for teachers before lunch. The event is free. Pre-register by February 2 to participate. Space is very limited, so participants are encouraged to register ASAP. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
GET SOMM Claremont Public Library, at 208 Harvard Ave., sponsors a free 10 a.m. showing of the documentary film Somm, which features Fred Dame, a master sommelier who is introduced at the end of Claremont’s recent city read, Tangled Vines. This film gives insight into the work involved in becoming a master sommelier, following four applicants through the process. After the film, Sal Medina, owner of Wine Merchants, a certified sommelier, will speak about the film and answer questions. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Claremont Library. Refreshments will be served. More info is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.