CALENDAR 9-day: Silent auction, Arbor Day, tomato guy, 65 years of music and more
Friday, March 9
SILENT AUCTION The Friends of the Bernard Biological Field Station’s annual silent auction is taking place through March 31. Funds raised over the course of the auction by the local nonprofit organization benefit the Claremont Colleges’ 85-acre natural laboratory on the north side of Foothill between College and Mills Avenues. Stop by the Folk Music Center, at 220 Yale Ave., to view the works by local artists and leave a bid. More info is at fbbfs.org or by email at email@example.com.
DEMS MULL IMPACT OF GOP TAX CUTS The Democratic Club of Claremont’s Gar Byrum Distinguished Speakers Series presents Professor Linus Yamane of Pitzer College in a lecture, “The Impact of the GOP Tax Cuts,” at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The lecture is free and begins at 1 p.m. Lunch, which costs $17, begins at noon. Mr. Yamane’s research has focused on economics and Asian-American studies. He has worked in industry and banking and has taught at universities in the US and Japan. He holds his master’s and PhD from Yale University and a bachelor’s from MIT. More information is at (909) 626-8122 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE CODING FOR?TEENS Claremont Public Library hosts a free coding workshop, “Ozobots Teens!” at 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn to code with colors using high-tech miniature computer robots that support STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math), and connect the physical and digital worlds. The Claremont Library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more information call (909) 621-4902 or visit colapublib.org.
MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The event, open to persons age 50 and over, includes a performance by the Irish Dimensions Dance Company and a limerick contest. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation), which includes entertainment, appetizers and refreshments. More info is at claremontrec.com or (909) 399-5488.
“MEET THE BAND” CONCERT The Pomona Concert Band holds its annual free and open winter concert of solo and ensemble music, “Meet The Band,” at 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy. The band will be under the direction of musical director and conductor Linda W. Taylor, and assistant director Jorge Garcia. The master of ceremonies will be Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval. For information, visit pomonaconcertband.org, email email@example.com, or call (626) 824-0001.
Saturday, March 10
ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING Sustainable Claremont and Claremont Community Services host an Arbor Day Tree Planting Event from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blaisdell Park, 440 S. College Ave. The day includes a tree celebration, tree planting and education about urban forestry, sustainability, watering needs and more. For more information call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.
THE WOMEN OF THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION Claremont Public Library hosts a free and open to the public 2 p.m. discussion with Gloria Arjona, highlighting the important participation of soldaderas (women soldiers) in the Mexican Revolution, through corridos (period songs), photographs and anecdotes. The Library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more information, call (909) 621-4902 or visit our colapublib.org.
HANDEL’S MESSIAH The Claremont Chorale presents Handel’s Messiah, parts two and three, in concert at 3 p.m. at Pomona College’s beautiful Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Tickets are $20 at the door, or are available at a discount at claremontchorale.org, or from a member of the Chorale. The Claremont Chorale is an all-volunteer, community ensemble, with 60 members from the Pomona Valley. The Chorale’s 50th anniversary concert will be held May 19. Go to claremontchorale.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (909) 239-8313 for information.
FAHRENHEIT 2018 AT AMOCA The American Museum of Ceramic Art’s new exhibit, Fahrenheit 2018, opens with a free and open to the public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. The biennial exhibition showcases 80 sculptural, functional, figurative and abstract works of ceramic art from the United States, Denmark, Brazil and France. The show is juried by ceramic artist Patti Warashina. Born in 1940 in Spokane, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts degrees from the University of Washington in l964. While in college she studied with sculptors Robert Sperry, Harold Myers, Rudy Autio, Shoji and Shinsaku Hamada and Ruth Penington. Her influences include California funk, surrealism and experimental West Coast ceramic sculpture from the 1950s and ‘60s. Her work is best known for satire, humor and dream state figures, expressed through low fire polychrome ceramic material. More information is at amoca.org.
Sunday, March 11
POETS TO READ, RAISE FUNDS Frances Ruhlen McConnel and Lucia Galloway, Claremont poets and co-chairs of the Claremont Library Poetry Reading Series, will be reading and discussing the process of writing poetry from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mt. San Antonio Gardens’ Assembly Hall, 900 E. Harrison Ave., Pomona, at the eighth annual For the Love of Books fundraising event. The talk is a Party Parade event to benefit the Claremont Community Foundation. Tickets are $40, and are available at claremontfoundation.org or by calling (909) 398-1060. Attendees will receive a copy of the annual compendium of recent reads from more than 35 local book clubs. More info is at claremontfoundation.org, (909) 625- 6156, or via email at email@example.com.
CSO CELEBRATES 65 YEARS OF MUSIC Claremont Symphony Orchestra will celebrate 65 years and honor its founding music director George Denes with a free 3:30 p.m. concert at Claremont’s jewel box venue, Bridges Hall of Music, at 150 E. Fourth St. The orchestra will honor the Denes family by performing “Second Symphony” by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, a tune Mr. Denes conducted at CSO’s 25th anniversary concert in 1978. Under the baton of associate conductor Ruth Charloff, the concert will open with Johannes Brahms’ “Tragic Overture,” followed by “Little Suite” by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, and the finale, “Second Symphony.” More information is available at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.
Monday, March 12
GYPSIES AND EGYPTIANS IN THE BARD’S TIME Claremont Graduate University Professor David Cressy will give a free and open talk at 2 p.m. titled “Gypsies and Egyptians in Shakespeare’s England” at the March meeting of the Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley. The group meets at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. A British native and Cambridge scholar, Mr. Cressy specializes in the society, culture, religion and politics of England under the Tudors and Stuarts. Light refreshments will be served. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (909) 717-1109.
Tuesday, March 13
SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday, with social time at 7 p.m. and the meeting at 7:30 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 club’s experts. Newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.
Wednesday, March 14
MEET THE TOMATO GUY The Claremont Garden Club meets at 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., to discuss “Growing Great Tomatoes Easily!” with Dave Freed, “the Tomato Guy.” Mr. Freed will share his expertise about all things tomato, including how to coax up to 100 lbs. of fruit from your own garden. The talk is free and open to the public. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and socializing. The talk begins at 7. More information is at claremontgardenclub.org, (909) 621-6381 or via email at email@example.com.
Thursday, March 15
ART AFTER HOURS Art After Hours at the Pomona College Museum of Art, a free and open to the public event, takes place from 5 to 11 p.m. at the museum, 330 N. College Ave., Claremont. Art After Hours offers a variety of programming including live music concerts sponsored by KSPC 88.7 FM, lectures, panels, workshops, tours, film screenings and performances in conjunction with museum exhibitions and in partnership with student and academic groups across the campuses. More info is at pomona.edu/museum or (909) 621-8283.
GREEN DRINKS Claremont Green Drinks gets together from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #204c. The free, open to the public monthly meetings involve environmentally minded folks getting together over beers to chat about green-centric topics. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to sustainableclaremont.org.
Friday, March 16
CHARITY NEEDS CHOCOLATE BUNNIES Today is the last chance to donate chocolate Easter bunnies to La Verne-based nonprofit Sowing Seeds for Life. The charity hopes to collect 200 of the confections to hand out to needy children at its March 21 Easter pantry. Sowing Seeds for Life is located at 1350 Arrow Hwy., La Verne. More info is at sowingseedsforlife.org, (909) 293-7735, extension 232, or via email at email@example.com.
Saturday, March 17
BIRD WALK WITH ME Does your family dig endothermic vertebrates? If so, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, has you covered with its free family bird walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars or bird guides. RSVP at rsabg.org/bird-walks, by phone at (909) 625-8767 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CYMO KIDS CONCERT, BIRTHDAY BASH Claremont Young Musician’s Orchestra, conducted by Juan Felipe Molano, plays a free and open to the pubic 11 a.m. concert for children, and birthday celebration for Leonard Bernstein and Leroy Anderson, at lovely Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The concert will also feature actors William Christian and Jeff Richards. Selections include the overture to “Candide” by Mr. Bernstein, and Mr. Anderson’s “Syncopated Clock,” “Fiddle Faddle,” “The Waltzing Cat,” and “The Typewriter,” performed by percussionist Ken McGrath. The concert is for children of all ages, and includes prizes for everyone. For information, visit cymo.org, call (909) 624-3614 or email email@example.com.