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Friday, October 5

THE USA’S UNTOLD ROLE IN SAVING EUROPE’S JEWS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 12:15 p.m. lecture, “Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe,” with guest speaker Rebecca Erbelding, historian, curator and archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She will discuss her research on the War Refugee Board, the official American response to the Holocaust. Her new book, Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe, “debunks the popular idea that Americans did not do anything to aid Jews and other victims of Nazi persecution,” a press release read. Info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

SOOTH THE SAVAGE BEAST The city’s free live music series continues from 6 to 9 p.m. with Silverados at Laemmle plaza; Mike’s Guitar World at the chamber of commerce; Hank’s Cadillac at Shelton Park; and Technopagan at city hall. More info is at claremontchamber.org.

Saturday, October 6

WINDSONG CONCERT AT NEW VENUE Windsong Southland Chorale, under the baton of founder and director Janet Harms, opens its 24th season with a free concert, “Europe in Review,” at 4 p.m. at its new home, La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church, 1040 Base Line Rd., La Verne. “Europe in Review” is a reprise of the chorale’s successful summer European tour and will feature music from Brahms, Haydn, Bernstein, Rutter, Kirchner and others. More info is at windsongsouthlandchorale.org or (909) 983-9879.

LWV KICKS OFF GUN VIOLENCE SERIES The League of Women Voters of Claremont Area hosts a paid lecture, “The Trafficking of Guns in the US: A Food for Thought Event,” from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Tickets are $30 and reservations are required by phone at (909) 624-9457. Guest speakers are Richard Turner and Jarrod Burguan. Mr. Turner is a firearms specialist with the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and will speak on gun trafficking in the US. Mr. Burguan, the chief of police of San Bernardino, will speak on gun trafficking in the Inland Empire and the impact of gun violence on a local community. This program is the first in a yearlong series of public meetings on gun violence. Visit my.lwv.org/california/claremont-area, call (909) 624-9457 or email lwvclaremont@ verizon.net for information.

Sunday, October 7

AUDUBON LEADS BIRD WALK The Pomona Valley Audubon Society will lead a free family bird walk at 8 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. A skilled Audubon member will lead the group. Participants should bring binoculars and meet at the Garden entrance. More info is available at (909) 982-9727.

‘FAULT LINES’ AMOCA the American Museum of Ceramic Art, at 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, opens  “John Toki: Fault Lines,” with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. and an artist talk at 3 p.m. The show is open through March 31, 2019. “Although some of his works weigh more than 1,000 pounds, Toki’s eye for detail is evident throughout, seen in his careful handling of surface textures and subtle color variation.” His large-scale ceramic sculptures and public art projects are installed at the Oakland City Hall, Oakland Museum of California and the California Shakespeare Theatre. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $7, students and seniors are $5, and members and kids under 12 are free. More info is at amoca.org or (909) 865-3146.

Monday, October 8

SEX FEVER, LOVE, AND OTHER DELIRIUMS Scripps College’s Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, hosts a free and open to the public 12:15 p.m. talk with Marisa Matarazzo, who will read from her debut collection of interlinked short stories, Drenched: Stories of Love and Other Deliriums. “These stories take love to another world, where a sex fever can sweep a town, a woman and her acrobat lover swim together through her flooded apartment building, and an androgynous CEO profits from pills called The Floodgates of Love,” read a press release. A master of depicting love’s fluid sorcery, Ms. Matarazzo visits Scripps from Otis College, where she’s an assistant professor in the MFA writing program. More info is available via email at events@scrippscollege.edu or by calling (909) 607-8508.

‘MUCH ADO’ IN 1945? The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley hosts a free and open to the public 2 p.m. talk at the Joslyn Center 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont with director Wendi Johnson, who chose to set her new production of the Bard’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in 1945. The comedy opens next month at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. “What themes connect America, as World War II ends, with the world Shakespeare created when he wrote the play in the 1590s?” a press release asked. Ms. Johnson, who holds a master’s degree in Shakespearean studies, has spent more than two decades acting and directing all over Southern California. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (909) 717-1109.

FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS, ON CAMPUS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 6:45 p.m. lecture, “Free Speech on Campus,” with guest speaker Erwin Chemerinsky. “Issues of freedom of speech on campus constantly arise,” a press release read. “Mr. Chemerinsky will discuss the principles that campuses should follow in regards to freedom of speech.” Mr. Chemerinsky is the author of 10 books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court and Free Speech on Campus (with Howard Gillman). More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

WHAT ARE THE LESSONS OF LIBYA? Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre, at 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont, hosts a free and open to the public 7 p.m. discussion, “What are the Lessons of Libya? America and the Arab World after the Arab Spring,” with Fred Wehrey, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Wehrey will discuss his new book on Libya and the 2011 US intervention there, The Burning Shores. In conversation with Pomona College Professor Mietek Boduszynski, Mr. Wehrey will also discuss other hot-button issues in the Middle East and North Africa: terrorism, Yemen, Syria, the Saudi-Qatar rivalry and migration, among other subjects. Copies of The Burning Shores will be available for sale after the event. More info is at (909) 607-2241 or via email at pomonaevents@pomona.edu.

Tuesday, October 9

THE REALITY OF UNCONSCIOUS BIAS The Pitzer College Munroe Center for Social Inquiry’s ongoing speaker series, “Perception in a Social World: Sensing others and Seeing Ourselves,” continues with a free and open 4:15 p.m. lecture, “Unconscious Bias: The Social Construction of Black Criminals,” with Jody David Armour. Mr. Armour is USC’s Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law. The event takes place at Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. “How do we reconcile our constitutional, political, and moral commitment to the ‘rule of law’ with the reality of unconscious anti-black bias in police officers, prosecutors, judges, jurors, prison guards, parole boards and probation officers?” a press release asked. “This talk will explore how social perceptions of wrongdoers—especially their race, gender, and class—determine how decision makers view their moral culpability and just desserts.” More info is at pitzer.edu/event.

THE POOR DIE EARLY: WHY? The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Premature Mortality and Socioeconomic Status: the Size and Socio-political Implications of the Early Disappearance of the Poor,” with guest speaker Javier Rodríguez, department of politics and government at Claremont Graduate University. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “From the opioids epidemic to electoral politics, this talk is a short tour across the economic, public health and socio-political principles and trends addressing the increasing socioeconomic inequality in life expectancy in the contemporary US,” a press release read. More information is available by visiting universityclubofclaremont.org.

GOV HOPEFUL AT ATH The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 12:15 p.m. lecture, “What the Changing World of Politics Means for Our Collective Future,” with guest speaker Amanda Andrea Renteria. “The rise in younger, more diverse voices is transforming all aspects of politics,” an Ath press release read. Ms. Renteria has served as the chief of operations at the California Department of Justice, national political director for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential run, and as a chief of staff in the US Senate. She was named one of the most influential staffers by Roll Call and received a number of awards as the first Latina chief of staff in the history of the US Senate. She has also twice run for congress and is running for governor of California in 2018. More info is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

FINDING A PASSION FOR MATH The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 6:45 p.m. lecture, “Developing a Passion for Mathematics,” with guest speaker Mark Huber. “Ask a mathematician about what mathematics is and they will use words like beauty and creativity,” read a press release. “Ask a student about what mathematics is and they will have a very different view.” Mr. Huber joined the faculty at CMC in 2009. His specialty is computational probability. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email 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 Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Meetings are held in the Janice Weinberger Room. More information is at cscclub.org.

Wednesday, October 10

FAF FOCUSES ON THE FEMALE The Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation hosts a noon luncheon at the Hampton Room, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont, followed by a 1:15 p.m. lecture by independent curator and art historian Susan M. Anderson. To make a reservation for the luncheon, send a $25 check to Scripps College (memo: FAF), Box 1236, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont CA, 91711. The free 1:15 p.m. talk will focus on the female artists featured in Claremont Museum of Art’s fall exhibition, “Primal Nature: Animalia.” More info is available via email at faf@scrippscollege.edu or by phone at (909) 626-1386.

ESSENTIAL OILS Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Women’s Services provides a free 6:30 p.m. program on essential oils at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 N. Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. “Learn about the powerful benefits of pure therapeutic grade essential oils,” a press release read. RSVP by calling (909) 865-9858 or clicking over to pvhmc.org.

LITERARY CULTS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a another free 6:45 p.m. lecture, “Fiction and Fandoms: The Enduring Relevance of Jane Austen in the Era of Snapchat,” with guest speaker Ted K. Scheinman, author of Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan. He will discuss the prevalence of literary cliques, how literary cults are formed, and how they can be surprising forces for good. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

KACY AND CLAYTON AT THE FOLK Up and coming folk duo Kacy and Clayton appear at 7:30 p.m. at Claremont’s Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave. Tickets are $15. National Public Radio had this to say about the duo: “The second cousins hail from rural Saskatchewan, Canada, where they absorbed knowledge and borrowed instruments from their elders, did their own record collecting, filled in the gaps with obscurities others posted online, and developed their musical voices in tandem, valuing freedom alongside familiarity.” Kay and Clayton’s newest album, “Siren’s Song,” was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Info is at kacyandclayton.com, folkmusiccenter.com or (909) 624-2928.

ACCLAIMED AUTHOR TACKLES IMMIGRATION Pomona College, Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, hosts a free and open 8 p.m. conversation with award-winning author Mohsin Hamid, who will tackle one of the top national and international political issues: the struggles of refugees. Mr. Hamid will discuss his novel, Exit West, which sets an intimate tale of human endurance within a panoramic global perspective, as well as immigration in the modern world in a talk with Pomona College Professor Arash Khazeni. A New York Times bestseller, Exit West was named as one of the 10 best books of 2017 by The New York Times Book Review and was awarded both the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. More info is at (909) 607-2241 or via email at pomonaevents@pomona.edu.

Thursday, October 11

ORGANIZING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE Claremont’s Pitzer College hosts a free and open lecture, “People on the Move: Organizing for Climate Change,” with Hahrie Han, professor of political science at UC Santa Barbara, at 4:15 p.m. at Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave. Ms. Han will examine what a social movement is and why we need one to solve the power problems that underlie climate injustice. She is the author of three books, including How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century. More info is at pitzer.edu/event.

SCREENING, OF ‘QUEEN’ The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture and film screening in Freeberg Dining Room, “Women in India: A ‘Progressive’ View from Bollywood,” with guest speaker and moderator Nita Kumar. Queen, directed by Vikas Bahl, is a commentary on the mores of Indian middle-class families “who assume that girls will be shy, get married, be happy ever after,” a press release read. The movie screening will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

BARLEYWINE DEBUT AT LAST NAME Last Name Brewing, at 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland, hosts a Nom De Famille Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine release event at 6:30 p.m. Co-owner Andy Dale and head brewer Ryan Walton will give a short presentation about the brewery’s barrel aging program, followed by an interactive tasting and Q and A session. Last Name will also be announcing its next barrel aged release and other upcoming projects. Surname Drinking Society members may purchase and pick up two bottles for a special, pre-release price starting Tuesday October 9. More info is at lastnamebrewing.com.

‘THE NEED TO GROW’ Laemmle’s Claremont 5 Theatre, 450 W. Second St., hosts the premiere of the new documentary film The Need to Grow at 7 p.m. The event is the launch of the Sustainable Claremont Film Series. Tickets may be purchased in advance at laemmle.com  or at the door. The event is sponsored by Sustainable Claremont and made possible by The Randall Lewis Grant.

Friday, October 12

BACH AND VIVALDI Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series continues with music by Bach (Sonata in D Major, BWV 1028, for viola da gamba and harpsichord) and Vivaldi (Sonata II in F Major, RV 41, for cello and continuo) with musicians Genevieve Feiwen Lee on piano and Maggie Parkins on the cello. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., is at 12:15 p.m. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

DEMS TO DISSECT PROP 6 Tony Becker, a private sector highway safety professional, will discuss Proposition 6 at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s monthly luncheon today at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The noon luncheon is open to the public and is $17. There is no charge to attend the 12:45 p.m. discussion. As part of the ongoing Gar Byrum Distinguished Speakers series, Mr. Becker’s presentation in opposition to Prop 6 will focus on the hazards to vehicles and to road safety caused by our current roads and highways. Mr. Becker is past-president of the California chapter of the American Traffic Safety Services Association. The DCC has taken a “no” position on the proposition. For information email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

THE GARDEN AT NIGHT Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, invites visitors to unravel the myths and mysteries of nature’s nightlife at the 20th annual Things That Go Bump in the Night event today and tomorrow from 5:30 to 9 p.m. General admission is $11 for adults and $7 for  seniors age 65 or over, students with ID, and children ages 3 to 12. Kids under 3 are free. Garden members are $8/$5. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended as this event is likely to sell out. Email dbryant@rsabg.org for information.

MINGLE, MUNCH AT OKTOBERFEST Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will celebrate its annual Oktoberfest from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the patio at The Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Reservations are required by noon Wednesday, October 10. Enjoy live music from Stephen Klein and Madeleine Dablaing. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation). The event is open to persons age 50 and over. For reservations call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.

MUSIC EVERYWHERE The city’s free live music series continues from 6 to 9 p.m. with Claremont Voodoo Society’s masterful rock, blues, country and folk at Laemmle plaza; Larry and Rhonda Jackson’s Small Town Magic at the chamber of commerce; rock, blues, country and soul from Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight at Shelton Park; and rock ‘n’ roll with 40 Amp Fuse at city hall. More info is at claremontchamber.org.

CONCERT AT LITTLE BRIDGES Pomona College’s jewel box theater, Bridges Hall of Music, at 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, is the site for a free and open to the public 8 p.m. concert (repeating at 3 p.m. Sunday) with the Pomona College Orchestra. Conductor Eric Lindholm will lead the student ensemble in three pieces: Copland’s “Billy the Kid” suite; Thea Musgrave’s “Rainbow”; and in honor of the centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s birthday, “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story. The event is jointly sponsored by the Music Department at Pomona College and Scripps College Music. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

CHAPARRAL FUNDRAISER Chaparral Elementary is hosting Dine and Bid Under the Oaks, a fundraising dinner and auction on from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Claremont Club, 1777 Monte Vista Ave. The fundraiser helps cover the costs of music, art, computer and accelerated reading programs. Organizers are still looking for a few businesses to sponsor the event. For info, call (951) 453-2478 or email emilyagates@yahoo.com. 

Saturday, October 13

TREE PLANTERS Sustainable Claremont is hosting a Green Crew tree planting from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Higginbotham Park, 600 Mt. Carmel Dr., Claremont. This season’s first planting event kicks off an effort to plant 100 trees. Volunteers should bring transportation, shovels and gloves to this family-friendly event. For info, email greencrew@         sustainableclaremont.org.

BEER UND BRATS The Claremont Chorale invites the public for “Beer und Brats, Songs and Stories” from 5 to 8 p.m. at a private home located at 586 W. 11th St., Claremont. Tickets are $30 and are available through the Chorale’s website at claremontchorale.org. “Socialize informally in a delightful Claremont biergarten setting with polka music, sizzling bratwurst and sing-along with kinderlieder and traditional drinking songs,” a press release read. Call (909) 239-8313 or email president@claremontchorale.org for more info.

‘SERVING LIFE’ Crossroads, Inc.’s presents Lisa R. Cohen, director and producer of the documentary film, Serving Life, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Claremont School of Theology’s Mudd Theatre, 1339 N. College Ave., Claremont. The documentary follows a hospice program within the Louisiana State Penitentiary. In addition to screening a portion of the film, Ms. Cohen will speak about journalism and her passion for storytelling. She has covered the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 9/11 attacks and most recently the Etan Patz missing child case. Tickets are $35 and are available at crossroadsinc.eventbrite.com.