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CALENDAR 9-day: Garden Club tour, cosmic time, Paris accord, music and meditation

Friday, April 13

DEMOCRATS WELCOME JANICE ELLIOTT The Democratic Club of Claremont welcomes Upland City Councilmember Janice Elliott for a free and open to the public lecture and luncheon at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The $17 lunch is at noon, with the free talk at 12:45 p.m. Ms. Elliott’s lecture, on her experience of running for office, getting elected and serving on the council, is part of the DCC’s Gar Byrum Distinguished Speaker Series. For information call (909) 626-8122 or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

TBI HOSTS ‘LET’S EAT ALREADY!’ Pomona’s Temple Beth Israel’s Brenda Rosenfeld Scholars Series welcomes Leah Hochman, associate professor of Jewish thought at Hebrew Union College and director of the Jewish Institute of Religion’s Jerome H. Louchheim School for Judaic Studies, for a dinner and discussion beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event, at 3033 N. Towne Ave., is open to the public. The dinner, provided by Brent’s Deli, is $25 per person, with reservations required in advance. Ms. Hochman’s lecture, “Let’s Eat Already! Judaism and Food,” will explore Jewish “foodism” and folklore. Ms. Hochman’s presentation is part of the Erev Shabbat T’filah, beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by a dessert reception. The Brenda Rosenfeld Scholars Series honors Ms. Rosenfeld, who was a 40-year member of TBI, a founding member of the Temple’s Social Action Committee, chaired numerous Temple adult education events and served on Claremont’s Human Relations Council. The Scholars Series will serve to affirm Ms. Rosenfeld’s values and to memorialize her tireless commitment to Jewish life, learning and healing the world. Call the Temple at (909) 626-1277 to make dinner reservations or for information.

MINGLE, MUNCH Enjoy the Citrus College Jazz Combo The Castaways for All That Jazz with the Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch from 6 to 8:30 p.m. this evening at the Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Admission is $15, which includes entertainment, appetizers and refreshments. The event is open to persons age 50 and over. For information call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.

PC CHOIR, ORCHESTRA Pomona College Choir and Orchestra present a free and open 8 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The Pomona College Choir, with Donna M. Di Grazia, conductor, and Pomona College Orchestra, Eric Lindholm, conductor, offer a performance with guest soloists Hayden Eberhart (soprano) and Scott Graff (baritone). The show repeats at 8 p.m. tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

SCRIPPS DANCES AT GARRISON Scripps Dances get underway at 8 p.m. at Garrison Theatre at Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. 10th St., Claremont. The free public dances constitute the school’s dance department’s annual spring concert of original dance works choreographed by students, faculty and guest artists. General admission is $10, or $5 for faculty, staff, students or seniors. Reservations are not required. Tickets will be sold at the Garrison box office beginning at 6 p.m. on performance evenings and 1 p.m. on Saturday, with cash or check only accepted. The event repeats at 2 and 8 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 14. More info is available by calling (909) 607-2934.

Saturday, April 14

PIZZA AND POTS KICKOFF AMOCA Ceramics Studio, at 301 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, begins its Saturdays at the Studio classes, with pizza and pots for kids and adults at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. “Our instructor will cover the basics of hand building and help kids of all ages create their very own clay masterpiece out of air dry clay,” a press release read. “Afterwards, grab some pizza to round out the afternoon!” Saturdays at the Studio will take place monthly, and cost $15 per person. Upcoming classes are May 12, June 2, July 14 and August 11. More info and registration is at amoca.shoplightspeed.com or (909) 622-0464.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Claremont McKenna College’s 40th annual International Festival takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at the Quadrangle, 888 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The free, student-run International Festival celebrates the various cultures of students at the Colleges. Students set up country booths to share the love of their home countries with Claremont. There also will be live entertainment. The festival is supported by the staff of International Place of The Claremont Colleges. More info is at iplace.claremont.edu/events/festival or (909) 607-4571.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY CONVENES The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society hosts Kristi Sexton, who will speak at 2 p.m. on “Hunting your Heritage in the Unknown Branches” in a free and open to the public meeting at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. “Looking for the exclusive puzzle piece to complete your Family Tree Puzzle?” a press release asked. “Sometimes it isn’t always found in the usual or easy places. There are strategies that can be used in order to root out the unknown information using branches of your tree you normally won’t explore.” The meeting, for beginners and intermediates, will help folks review collateral relatives, neighbors, and other sources to find missing links. Ms. Sexton, a native Southern Californian, has been a teacher, lecturer and researcher for more than 30 years, and is the president of the Orange County Genealogical Society. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and PVGS has an extensive collection of genealogical books and materials available at the Pomona Library. Call (909) 593-3041 for more information.

HMC SENIOR RECITAL Harvey Mudd College Concert Series presents a senior recital with Doren Lan, piano, and Daniel Zhang, piano, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd. More information is at hmc.edu/calendar or (909) 621-8022.

Sunday, April 15

GARDEN CLUB TOUR The Claremont Garden Club hosts its annual garden tour and fundraiser today. This year’s theme is “Claremont Eclectic: a Tour of Six Local Gardens.” The tour runs from 1 to 4 p.m., offering a glimpse into some creative Claremont gardens, discussions with the gardeners, and inspiration for participants’ own gardens. Tickets are $20 and include admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on the same day and once again during the following month. To purchase tickets online, visit claremontgardenclub.org. Tickets can also be purchased at Garner House in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., or at Rio de Ojas, at 250 Harvard Ave. The tour provides funding for the Claremont Garden Club and its year-round programs and meetings, which are free and open to the public. More info is at (909) 621-6381 or via email at info@claremontgardenclub.org.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH April is National Poetry Month and Claremont Public Library is celebrating with a free and open reading from two City of Trees poets at 2 p.m. at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave. The event will spotlight Elizabeth Cantwell, a high school teacher who has published a chapbook and has had her poetry accepted in a variety of journals and reviews; and Abby Chew, a teacher at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences and the author of two poetry collections. Ms. Chew’s poems have appeared in several journals. Light refreshments will be served. Email friendsofclaremontlibrary@gmail.com for more information. And at 5 p.m. Claremont Village Green hosts a free and open reading at its community building, 630 W. Bonita Ave, Claremont. Come early and sign up to read your poetry or other creative work or just come and listen. All types of poetry (or prose) are welcome. For more information email mari_werner@yahoo.com.

ULV HOSTS PIANO RECITAL University of La Verne’s Sundays at the Morgan presents Grace Zhao in a free and open to the public 6 p.m. solo piano recital featuring Chopin’s “Piano Sonata No. 2” and American piano works. The venue, inside Founders Hall, is at is at 1950 Third St., La Verne. Ms. Zhao has performed in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and China, and is an assistant professor of music and artist in residence at ULV. More information is available via email at lyceum@laverne.edu.

HMC CHOIR, TREBLE SINGERS IN CONCERT Harvey Mudd College’s Concert Series presents a free and open to the public 7 p.m. show with the Claremont Concert Choir and Claremont Treble Singers at Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd. The program includes works by Alves, Gregorio, Vaughan Williams and others. More info is at hmc.edu/calendar or (909) 621-8022.

Monday, April 16

HMC HOSTS WATERKEEPER Harvey Mudd College’s Hixon Center hosts a free and open to the public Black, Gold and Green Talk with Bruce Reznik from Los Angeles Waterkeeper from noon to 1:15 p.m. at Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd. Mr. Reznik is a water expert who has served since September 2015 as the executive director of Los Angeles Waterkeeper, where he directs the organization’s programmatic and advocacy efforts. The group’s mission, since its founding in 1993, is “to protect and restore the Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay and adjacent waters through enforcement, fieldwork and community action. [The Waterkeeper] work[s] to achieve this goal through litigation and regulatory programs that ensure water quality protections in waterways throughout LA County.” Mr. Reznik will speak about the state’s water resources and how the historic drought has and will continue to shape water policy and management in California. Lunch will be provided. More info is at tiny.cc/hixonrezniktalk or (909) 607-7623.

THE CRIME OF KNOWLEDGE The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 12:15 p.m. lecture, “Authoritarian Consolidation and the Criminalization of Knowledge Production in the Middle East,” with guest speaker Asli Ü. Bâli. Ms. Bâli, professor at UCLA Law School, will examine the ways in which authoritarian consolidation in Turkey has produced new frameworks through which rule-of-law discourse is inverted and deployed to undermine rather than protect academic freedom. She will then examine the ways in which similar frameworks have been developed across a number of other contexts in the Middle East and conclude with some reflections on why incipient forms of populist authoritarianism across the region have come to treat knowledge production as a particularly dangerous threat. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

MODERN, CLASSICAL, COSMIC TIME The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 6:45 p.m. lecture, “Modern Time, Classical Time, and Cosmic Time in the Progress of Théodore Géricault,” with guest speaker Thomas Crow. Mr. Crow is Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. His first book, Painters and Public Life in Eighteenth-Century Paris, won a number of awards. His most recent books are The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design 1930–1995 and No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art. Restoration: The Fall of Napoleon in the Course of European Art, based on the 2015 Andrew Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery in Washington, will appear this fall. In the 2000s, he brought the study of California art to the Getty Research Institute as its director. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates from Pomona College and the University of London. More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

URBAN FOREST Dave Roger, Claremont’s Community Services Deputy Director, hosts a free and open talk, “Managing Claremont’s Urban Forest,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Pomona College’s Hahn 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave. The event is presented by Sustainable Claremont. More info is at sustainableclaremont.org.

Tuesday, April 17

PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The Paris Climate Accord: a Progress Assessment,” with guest speaker Tanja Srebotnjak, Director of the Hixon Center and an associate professor at Harvey Mudd College. 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. Srebotnjak holds the first college-wide position in sustainable environmental design and focuses her efforts on integrating sustainability more visibly into the curriculum, advance sustainability research, and connect the center’s work with the broader community. She earned a PhD in environmental statistics and policy from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and masters degrees in statistics from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has worked previously for the United Nations Statistics Division, the German environmental think tank Ecologic Institute, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

IMAGINING THE LIVES OF OTHERS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 12:15 p.m. lecture, “Imagining Others,” with guest speaker Amy Kind. “Can one know what it’s like to live a life very different from one’s own?” a press release asked. Ms. Kind’s research interests lie broadly in the philosophy of mind, but most of her work centers on issues relating to imagination and to phenomenal consciousness. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

SUPREME COURT MATTERS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 6:45 p.m. lecture, “Supreme Court Matters,” with Leah Litman and Eugene Volokh, panelists, and George Thomas, moderator. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

CHOOSING MY RELIGION The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts yet another free 6:45 p.m. lecture, “Choosing Religion: Englishmen, Native Americans, and Conversion in Early America,” with guest speaker Mark Valeri. Using influential publications about world religions from 1610 to 1750, Mr. Valeri, professor of religion and politics at Washington University in St. Louis, will demonstrate how Protestant attitudes toward non-Christian religions, especially Native American traditions, changed over this same period. More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

INDONESIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT Stephen Marks, professor of economics at Pomona College, will give a free talk about Indonesia and the country’s effects on the global environment at the April meeting of the Pomona Valley Chapter of the United Nations Association. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at Hahn Hall, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Mr. Marks is an expert in the Indonesian economy with a special interest in its trade and regulatory policies and law and economy. The program is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Pomona Valley and Pomona College International Relations Program. Light refreshments will be served. More information is at pv.una-socal.org, (909) 625-9670, or via email at cmartin335@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 18

FIXING OUR BROKEN REFUGEE SYSTEM The University of La Verne hosts a free and open to the public noon discussion with Alexander Betts, “Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System,” at Campus Center, 2000 Second St., La Verne. Mr. Betts is the director of the Refugee Studies Centre and professor at Green-Templeton College at the University of Oxford, England. His research examines the political, legal and ethical dimensions of forced migration. More information is available via email at khowland@laverne.edu.

NEW ART DETECTIVES Scripps College’s Fine Arts Foundation invites the public to learn how science and technology are changing how we understand art in a free 2 p.m. lecture and tea at the Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. “Scripps professor Eric Doehne tells the story of how a new generation is using science and technology to solve longstanding conservation problems and gain insights into heritage, ranging from Stradivarius violins to Van Gogh’s paintings, and he reveals how potato chip technology and Ellen Browning Scripps helped save Egypt’s mummies.” For information, call (909) 626-1483.

INTERNATIONAL LAW The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 6:45 p.m. lecture, “International Law is More American than Partisan (or it used to be),” with guest speaker Barbara Koremenos, professor of political science at the University of Michigan, who will argue that across the areas of economics, security, the environment and human rights, when we are not at the table, our interests are not served. More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

INDIA’S CLASSICS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 6:45 p.m. lecture, “The Classical Music of India,” with guest speaker Irfana Majumdar. “The politics, the technologies, the languages and genres, the physical and the social sciences, even the humanities of India, have all become marginalized,” a press release read. Info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

Thursday, April 19

FREE 25 MINUTE MEDITATION Beginning this morning, Claremont Presbyterian Church will offer free and open to the public weekly meditations. “25 Minutes Thursday” starts at 7 a.m. in the church’s chapel at 1111 N. Mountain Ave. Attendees need not be church members. Rev. Duane Bidwell and Elder Charles Kerchner will lead the short service, which will repeat every Thursday morning. “Keeping silence together allows us to support one another as we push aside the annoyances of the day and practice creating a more intimate relationship to God,” a press release stated. Call (909) 624-9693 for more information.

MEXICO’S DEMOCRACY The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 12:15 p.m. lecture, “What Happened on the Road to Mexican Democracy?” with guest speaker Roderic Ai Camp. “Mexico has not been able to make the transition from an electoral democracy achieved in 2000 with the presidential election of Vicente Fox to what scholars described as a consolidated democracy in 2018,” a press release read. Mr. Camp, professor of international relations at CMC, will discuss his extensive research in this area. More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

LOOK INTO BLACK HOLES Harvey Mudd College’s weekly lecture series, Physics on the Edge of Sanity, continues with “Black Holes” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Galileo Hall, 240 E. Platt Blvd., Claremont. Vatche Sahakian, HMC associate professor of physics, discusses the theory of relativity, which allows us to understand a cornucopia of puzzles associated with black holes. More info is at pep.dopplerthepom.com/lectures or (661) 233-2207.

BEER AND GREEN STUFF Claremont Green Drinks meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #204c. This month’s speaker is Rob Brown of Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Mr. Brown will discuss the grassroots advocacy organization, which is focused on national policies to address climate change. The free event is sponsored by Sustainable Claremont. More info is at sustainableclaremont.org, the CGD Facebook page, or by calling (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

MEASURE SC FORUM Active Claremont’s April meeting features a free and public forum on Measure SC, the proposed funding mechanism for a new Claremont Police Department station, which is on the June ballot. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Padua Room at Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Proponents and opponents have been invited to speak. More info is at the Facebook event page or on Instagram.

Friday, April 20

COMMUNITY YARD SALE SPACES AVAILABLE Spaces are now available for Crossroads Women’s annual community yard sale, which takes place Saturday, May 5 at Cahuilla Park, 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Fees range from $30 to $50. Up to six non-refundable spaces may be purchased. Reserve space Monday through Friday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at 250 W. First St., Suite 254, Claremont. For information, call (909) 626-7847.

FRIDAY NOON CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues today with Music by Francisco Castillo and Antonio Pasculli. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, kicks off at 12:15 p.m. with performers Francisco Castillo (Pomona), English horn and oboe; Mary Dropkin (Pomona), harp; and a guest artist, voice. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

RECEPTION FOR A MUSICAL MAVERICK Claremont’s Harvey Mudd College hosts a free and open to the public 3:30 p.m. book reception for Lou Harrison: American Musical Maverick, with authors Bill Alves (HMC professor of music) and Brett Campbell (Portland State University English faculty). The event takes place at Shanahan Center, Room B450, 301 Platt Blvd., Claremont. More info is at hmc.edu/hmc-arts or (909) 621-8022.

ASIAN FOOD IN GOURMET AMERICA A free lecture, “Contemporary Adaptations of Asian Menu Styles in US Gourmet Restaurants,” takes place at 4:15 p.m. in the Hahn Building, Pomona College, 420 Harvard Ave., Claremont. Guest speaker Alison Pearlman will ask why US gourmet restaurants have borrowed from and made particular alterations to Japanese omakase and Chinese dimsum. Her answer, a provisional one, considers how these menu formats and their modifications serve the reputational and business interests of today’s ambitious chefs. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2924.

FLUTE RECITAL Scripps College’s Amanda Wen performs her senior flute recital at Boone Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, 241 E. 10th St., Claremont, at 7 p.m. The free performance will include music by Bach, Doppler, Faure, Mozart and Katherine Hoover. Kyungmi Kim (Scripps staff accompanist), will play piano and harpsichord. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/ events or (909) 607-3266.

Saturday, April 21

SACRED SISTAH’S Sacred Sistah’s eighth annual STEAM Conference for middle and high school African American girls takes place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Harvey Mudd College’s Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. This year’s theme is “Global Solution Seekers: Challenging Limits Beyond Expectations.” The yearly conference introduces African American girls to careers in science, technology, engineering and math and to professional women practicing in the aforementioned fields. For information, go to sacredsistahsinc.org/stem_for_girls, call (909) 910-7564, or email info@sacredsistahsinc.org.

ADVANCED OZOBOTS The temporary Claremont Library at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., hosts a free and public class, “Advanced Ozobots for Adults,” at 11 a.m. “Explore the advanced features of our tiny robots by writing code for them on a computer,” a press release stated. For more information, call (909) 621-4902 or visit colapublib.org.

LOCAL BALLERINAS AT BRIDGES Five young ballet dancers from Claremont will perform in Inland Pacific Ballet’s production of Cinderella at 2 and 7:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. tomorrow at Bridges Auditorium, 333 N. College Way, Claremont. The dancers are Ashley Newlon Trujillo, 14; Keira Spina, 11; Kylie Spina, 13; Hayley Winslow, 13; and Antoinette Wood, 15. The young dancers will be performing as Blue Birds and Mice in the production. More info is at ipballet.org or pomona.edu.