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Friday, October 26

TRIO LYKOS AT NOON Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series continues with Trio Lykos: Rachel V. Huang, violin; Roger Lebow, cello and Gayle Blankenburg, piano; performs Villa Lobos’ Piano Trio No. 3. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, kicks off at 12:15 p.m. 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.

GOODBYE, FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live calls it a season tonight with the final night of live music throughout the Village from 6 to 9 p.m. The series goes out in style with Beatles tribute band Fab 8 at Laemmle plaza; Tropical Marimba at the chamber of commerce; local treasures Squeakin’ Wheels at Shelton Park; and Saloon #12 at city hall. More info is at claremontchamber.org. Friday Nights Live will be back next May.

Saturday,October 27

VILLAGE VENTURE The Village will be bustling today as the 37th annual Village Venture takes place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See our special edition included with this paper. More info is available at (909) 624-1681 or by email at  admin@claremontchamber.org.

FALL PLANT SALE AT GARDEN Admission is free today for Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Grow Native Nursery fall plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Garden members are permitted early access to the sale at 8 a.m. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. The annual sales offer a selection of native plants at one of the largest Southern California gardens dedicated to native flora. For information, email dbryant@rsabg.org or visit rsabg.org.

OPERA BOO! Pomona’s Repertory Opera Company kicks off its 15th season with the first of four themed concerts, Opera Boo!, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave., Pomona. General admission tickets are $25; children, students and accompanying adults are free. The concert will present  The Vampyr by Marschner, Sweeney Todd by Sondheim, Dido and Aeneas, Macbeth, The Masked Ball and Faust. More info is at repoperaco.org or (909) 230-4949. 

FALL INTO FUN Granite Creek Church’s Fall Into Fun festival runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at 1580 N. Claremont Ave. A $5 wristband for the family-friendly event includes a 5:30 p.m. community costume festival, games, bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, food and lot and lots of candy. Cake walk tickets are $1, with one included with the cost of a wristband. More info is at granitecreek.org or (909) 625-4455.

FREE ZOMBIE BAND SHOW (BRAIN DONATION REQUIRED) The 18th annual appearance of the ghoulish collective known as The Zombie Band hits the stage at 10 p.m. for a free show at the Press, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont. The annual Zombie Band shows are always super fun, as the Press fills up with costumed revelers and the band rips into the guts of the gory hits of yesteryear. More information is at thepressrestaurant.com.

Sunday, October 28

BIRDERS TAKE TO BONELLI The Pomona Valley Audubon Society leads a free and open to the public nature walk at Frank G. Bonelli Park. The easy, two-hour walk is for beginners and experts alike. The diverse habitat includes Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren and California Gnatcatcher, along with raptors and wintering water fowl. Contact leader Rod Higbie at warblerod@verizon.net or by phone at (909) 599-6526 for time and directions.

LONDON HANDEL PLAYERS Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, hosts the London Handel Players, who will perform a free and open 3 p.m. concert, “To Play before the King.” The Players are Adrian Butterfield, Baroque violin; Rachel Brown, Baroque flute and recorder; Katherine Sharman, Baroque cello; and Silas Wollston, harpsichord. They’ll present a program of music by Bach, Couperin, Geminiani, Hellendaal, Quantz and Scarlatti. Known for their “consummate skill and musicianship” (The New York Times), the ensemble brings together leading Baroque chamber music specialists on period instruments. Having made their debut more than 15 years ago at Handel’s parish church, St. George’s Hanover Square, they have regularly performed across the UK, Europe and North America in such venues as Wigmore Hall, the Frick Museum and Carnegie Hall, as well as on BBC Radio 3. More information is at londonhandelplayers.co.uk or pomona.edu/events.

ALTAR OF GRATITUDE With All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos, autumn is a time to think fondly about the loved ones who have gone before us. It’s a time to celebrate and remember. Claremont Presbyterian Church, at 1111 N. Mountain Ave., invites the community to join in at 6 p.m. for an evening of uplifting music, words and prayer designed to engage our best memories. Participants can bring a photo or keepsake for the church’s altar of gratitude. “We all have memories to celebrate, so the doors are open to everyone,” read a press release. More info is at claremontpres.org or (909) 624-9693.

Monday, October 29

REMINISCE WITH FRIENDS Local senior group Reminisce with Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Joslyn Senior Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The event is free and open to the public. “Join us for another great session of conversation and storytelling, focused on a variety of subjects about the lives of the group and other unique topics,” a press release read. “Space is limited, so come early and often!” Refreshments and treats will be served along with a free lunch afterward.

DEMS TALK TRUMP Andy Winnick will give a free and open to the public 7 p.m. talk, “A Retrospective of the First 18 Months of the Trump Administration,” at the Democratic Club of Claremont meeting at the Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., at Pilgrim Place. Mr. Winnick is professor emeritus of economics and statistics at Cal State LA, and president of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy. The talk will cover the recent tax cut, immigration, trade policy, healthcare, the debt ceiling, cutbacks in federal regulations, wealth distribution, Trumpism and the emergence of China. A brief business meeting will follow the discussion. Refreshments will be served. For information call (909) 626-8122 or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

Tuesday, October 30

QAJAR EMPIRE The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion with Pomona College history professor Arash Khazeni, “The Qajar Empire and the World of 19th Century Iran.” The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. The Qajar Era (1785-1925), named after the dynasty that ruled Iran during the 19th century, saw the coming of some of the most decisive changes in the country’s modern history. Mr. Khazeni earned a PhD in history from Yale and teaches Middle Eastern, South Asian, and world history at Pomona College. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

WOMEN IN THE GARMENT INDUSTRY Scripps College hosts a free and open 4:15 p.m. lecture with Lamia Karim, professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon, at Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave. The talk, which centers on the corpse of a garment worker found in the early 2000s, expands to reveal the human dimensions of work in the lives of garment workers. Ms. Karim is the author of Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh. Her research interests include women, globalization, development, the neoliberal state, religious nationalism, human rights and social movements. More info is at pitzer.edu/event.

Wednesday, October 31

SPOOKTACULAR It’s Halloween and once again the Village will be teeming with sugar-addled kids in costumes from the cute to the macabre. The Spooktacular, a free event for kids 2 to 12 years old, includes trick or treating from 3 to 5 p.m. and games and entertainment at the Depot from 3 to 6 p.m. More info is available by calling (909) 399-5490 or emailing specialevents@ci.claremont.ca.us.

BEER, COSTUMES AND HORROR TRIVIA Last Name Brewing, 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland, hosts a free Halloween Trivia With Budds and costume contest with prizes at 7 p.m. More info is at lastnamebrewing.com.

Thursday, November 1

REMBRANDT CLUB EXPLORES PCMA The Rembrandt Club’s free and open to the public 1:30 p.m. First Thursday Lecture and Tea, “Behind the Scenes at the Pomona College Museum of Art,” takes place at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. The guest speakers are Steve Comba, associate director/registrar; Rebecca McGrew, senior curator; and Justine Bae, coordinator. A tea and reception will follow at Seaver House. More information is available by calling (909) 624-7787.

FAMED DIRECTOR Academy Award-winning director Kenneth Lonergan will be in conversation with author and Pomona College professor Jonathan Lethem at the Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St. A screening of the film Margaret begins at 1 p.m., followed by Manchester by the Sea at 4:15 p.m. The talk will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, November 2

BLOOD DRIVE Claremont’s Middle Tree hosts a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. at its offices at 250 W. First St., Suite 210. Appointments can be made at lstream.org/middletree or by calling (909) 293-9560. More info is available via email at tanyastiehr@middletree.org.

Saturday, November 3

JIM KWESKIN AT THE FOLK Influential musician Jim Kweskin returns to Claremont’s Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave., for a 7:30 p.m. concert. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door or at the store. Mr. Kweskin is probably best known as a singer, bandleader and founder of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. More info is at (909) 624-2928 or jimkweskin.com.




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