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Drone racing, marijuana, Little Women, Art Fiesta, folk music and a whole lot more!

Friday, November 2

DRONE RACING AND MORE The 20th annual Academy of Model Aeronautics Expo West takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fairplex Exposition Center, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. The event repeats Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presale tickets range from $5 for kids 13 to 17 on up to $13, with additional discounts for multi-day passes. Tickets at the door are a few dollars more. Kids 12 and under are free, as are active military with ID, uniformed boy and girl scouts, navy sea cadets and civil air patrol personnel. The events include indoor and outdoor flying, a flying light show, drone racing, full-scale flyovers, RC cars and trucks, a model boat pond and more. Tickets are at http://bit.ly/2P32boM.

MIDDLE TREE 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. Participants should be sure to drink plenty of fluids before donating and bring a valid photo ID. Donors under the age of 18 must bring a signed LifeStream parental consent form. More info is available via email at tanyastiehr@middletree.org.

LEGITIMIZING THE MARIJUANA MARKET The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free and open to the public 12:15 p.m. lecture, “Marijuana Legalization: Bringing a Lucrative Market Out of the Shadows,” with guest speaker Karen O’Keefe. Since 2012, nine states, including California, have made marijuana legal for adults who are 21 or older. Ms. O’Keefe, who directs state lobbying efforts for the Marijuana Policy Project, will examine how states are legalizing, taxing and regulating the multi billion-dollar cannabis market and how legalization and regulation promotes customer, worker and environmental safety. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

FUNDRAISER FOR SEVERELY INJURED CHS SENIOR El Ranchero Restaurant, at 984 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, is hosting a fundraiser for Claremont High School senior Alexander “Albee” Harris from 4 to 10 p.m. today. Albee, 17, shattered his C5 vertebrae and injured his spinal cord while making his pro motocross debut on August 19, and is now an incomplete quadriplegic. His family and friends are working hard to raise funds to help defray the significant costs associated with the extensive physical therapy, medicine and specialized equipment a quadriplegic requires. Today, diners at El Ranchero will have an opportunity to help the family by presenting a copy the flyer available at albeestrong.org at checkout. The restaurant will donate a percentage of participants’ receipts toward to the cause, but the flyer must be presented. Donations can also be made any time through a Go Fund Me page at gofundme.com/albee-strong. More info is at albeestrong.org.

SPARKS FOR BARKS The Diamond Center, 147 Yale Ave., Claremont, teams up with the Inland Valley Humane Society from 6 to 8 p.m. today, and all day Saturday, November 3, for Sparks for Barks, a silent auction for jewelry, swag bags, and food from Viva Comida, with 10 percent of all sales donated to the IVHS’s Getting to Zero Campaign. Please RSVP to (909) 399-9133 or via email at ray@lantzdiamondcenter.com.

‘LITTLE WOMEN’ AT CUMC Youth Theatre Works opens its production of Little Women The Musical at 7:30 p.m. at Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 W. Foothill Blvd. Tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults for the all ages appropriate show, which tells the story of the March sisters growing up and defying gender roles. The play repeats at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 3, and at the Pilgrim Place Festival, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 10. More information is available by calling (909) 624-9021.

DEADLINE FOR CLASP EVENT Today is the final day to make reservations for an event to celebrate Claremont After-School Programs (CLASP) and honor Carole Harter and Maureen Beith, whose vision of an intergenerational program launched the CLASP summer camp at Mt. San Antonio Gardens senior community. The 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 11 event will include an afternoon of gourmet food, wine and live music at Garner House, Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Make reservations by the end the day today at clasp4kids.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. The band’s imitators were legion, including a San Francisco jug band that became the Grateful Dead and a New York jug band that became the Lovin’ Spoonful. Mr. Kweskin also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. More info is at (909) 624-2928 or jimkweskin.com.

Sunday, November 4

CLAREMONTERS IN FREE AT GARDEN Claremont residents with valid ID get in free today to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, as the treasured horticulture shrine begins its Second Sundays promotion. The monthly free day for Claremonters will continue through March. Second Sundays also serve to highlight its ongoing Origami in the Garden exhibit. The Garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Second Sundays will feature family events such as free origami folding stations hosted by Pacific Ocean Paperfolders, docent-led tours of the Origami in the Garden pieces, and self-led audio tours. More info is available at rsabg.org, (909) 625-8767, or via email at info@rsabg.org.

EARLY BIRDERS GET...THE BIRDS Pomona Valley Audubon Society leads a free, two-hour family bird walk at 8 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. A skilled Audubon member will lead the group. Participants should bring binoculars and meet at the entrance. More info is at pomonavalleyaudubon.org, rsabg.org, (909) 625-8767, or via email at info@rsabg.org.

ART FIESTA TIME The Claremont Museum of Art hosts the 15th annual Padua Hills Art Fiesta from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont. Tickets for the event, which includes an outdoor art show, exhibition and film, craft demonstrations, music and festive foods, are $8 for adults, $6 for CMA members, and free for kids 18 or under. A free shuttle is available from Padua Park. Visitors can shop for original artwork as they stroll through the olive groves of the Padua Hills Theatre. The exhibition, “Padua Hills Artist Colony 1945-75,” produced by Claremont Heritage, will feature artists who lived and worked in Padua Hills during the heyday of the Claremont art scene. The film, Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community, will be shown. ARTstART students will lead families in art activities. A music stage will feature local performers. Festive foods will be served with traditional Jamaica punch. More info is at claremontmuseum.org.

BERNSTEIN AT 100 Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., hosts a free 3 p.m. concert, “Celebrating Bernstein at 100.” Joining pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee are Melissa Givens (soprano), Gary Bovyer (clarinet), Maggie Parkins (cello) and Jennie Jung (piano). Bernstein selections include Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and more. More info is at pomona.edu/event.

Monday, November 5

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 at the center afterward.

ARE WOMEN’S RIGHTS HUMAN RIGHTS? The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free and open to the public 6:45 p.m. lecture, “Are Women’s Rights Human Rights?” with guest speaker Valerie Sperling. “Women in Russia and Turkey face pervasive discrimination,” an Ath press release read. Ms. Sperling, professor political science at Clark University, will explore the obstacles that confront those who try to use domestic and international law to fight gender discrimination in Russia and Turkey, and will shed light on the factors that make legal victories possible both at home and abroad. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

HARVESTING RAINWATER Sustainable Claremont hosts a free and open to the public 7 p.m. sustainability dialog, “Rainwater Harvesting,” at Hahn Building Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Guest speakers from Rain Barrels Intl. and San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will discuss the benefits of rain barrels and tanks, design and installation, mosquito prevention and rebates. Rain Barrels will be available for purchase in advance and at a discount at rainbarrelsintl.com (under the “events” tab, click on Sustainable Claremont). For more info visit sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

Tuesday, November 6

MAKE AMERICA VOTE AGAIN It’s voting day and there is certainly a lot at stake locally, in the state and nationally. Online voter information guides are available at voterguide.sos.ca.gov. Eligible voters who missed the registration deadline can still “conditionally” register at the Los Angeles County Elections Office (12400 Imperial Hwy., Norwalk). You may not be able to vote at your regular polling place or vote by mail, but there is still an opportunity to cast a ballot by completing the conditional voter registration process. Go to registertovote.ca.gov for more info. Get out there and do it!

‘ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW’ IN CLAREMONT The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Antiques Road Show with Zoe TeBeau.” The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “Once again Ms. TeBeau brings her own version of Antiques Road Show to the University Club,” a press release read. “This event was great fun the last three years. You are invited to bring one item to be informally appraised. It can be a historic heirloom or just an interesting object from your home. Watch and learn as Ms. TeBeau uses her expertise and years of experience and knowledge to help us evaluate our prized possessions. If your item is big, heavy, or too delicate to handle, take a picture of it with your phone. She will use the phone image to evaluate it.” More info is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

RACE AND THE BRAIN Pitzer College’s ongoing MCSI lecture series, “Perception in a Social World: Sensing others and Seeing Ourselves,” continues with free and open 4:15 p.m. lecture, “Race and the Brain: Insights from the Neural Systems of Emotion and Decisions,” with guest speaker Elizabeth Phelps, Pershing Square Professor of Human Neuroscience at Harvard University. The talk takes place at 4:15 p.m. in Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. More info is at pitzer.edu/event.

Wednesday, November 7

INDIA’S RISING POWER The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free and open to the public 6:45 p.m. lecture, “India’s Realignment: A Rising Power in a Changing World,” with guest speaker Dhruva Jaishankar. Now the world’s fifth largest economy, India will soon be the largest country by population. Mr. Jaishankar, fellow in foreign policy studies with Brookings India and the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, will discuss how this rising power will interact with and shape a world in flux. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

WELL-READ BLACK GIRL Scripps College hosts a free and open 7 p.m. discussion, “Well-Read Black Girl: Glory Edim in Conversation,” at Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. Ms. Edim brings together communities of book fans and aficionados to celebrate a deep appreciation for black women’s writing. “Through her immensely popular Instagram, a writers’ festival in her hometown of Brooklyn, and her book, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, she’s shaping a literary canon for the 21st century,” read a press release. Novelist Natashia Deón joins her for a conversation. The event is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, visit scrippscollege.edu/events.

HOW GAMING CAN MAKE A BETTER WORLD Game Designer Jane McGonigal will give a free and open to the public 8 p.m. talk at Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. Ms. McGonigal is the director of game research and development for the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. The event is free, but tickets are required at pomona.edu/events. Ms. McGonigal’s TED talks have drawn more than 10 million views on YouTube. She is a world-renowned creator of games designed to solve real problems and improve players’ real lives. She has created games for the World Bank, the New York Public Library, the American Heart Association and the International Olympics Committee. For tickets or more information, click on pomona.edu/events.

Thursday, November 8

‘VANISHING OF THE BEES’ PREMIERES The Claremont premiere of the new documentary film, Vanishing of the Bees takes place at 7 p.m. at Laemmle’s Claremont 5 Theatre, 450 W. Second St. Narrated by Ellen Page, Vanishing of the Bees takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The event  is also a fundraiser for Sustainable Claremont. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at laemmle.com/theaters/17. For more information, visit sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

Friday, November 9

DEMS TAKE STOCK OF ELECTION The Democratic Club of Claremont hosts Will Barndt, associate professor of political studies at Pitzer College, who will discuss the November 6 election results at the group’s monthly open to the public luncheon at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The noon lunch is $17, but the 12:45 p.m. talk is free. For more information call (909) 626-8122 or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

CORNUCOPIA BAROQUE AT NOON Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. in a special location, Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont, with the Cornucopia Baroque Ensemble performing music by Handel. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch holds its monthly event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. This month’s theme is “Show and Tell,” a variety and art show, and will feature talented Mingle and Munchers. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation), which includes beverages, food and entertainment. The event is open to persons age 50 and over. Reservations are required by noon Wednesday, November 7. For reservations call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.

Saturday, November 10

PLANT 100 TREES Sustainable Claremont hosts another in its ongoing series of Green Crew Tree Planting events from 8:30 a.m. to noon at La Puerta Sports Park, 2430 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The group has a goal to plant 100 trees at the event. Participants should bring transportation, shovels and gloves for a fun-filled, family-friendly morning. RSVPs are required via email at greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org.

FOLK MUSIC CENTER IS THROWING A PARTY Claremont’s treasure of a music store, the Folk Music Center, is turning 60 years old, and the venerable store is celebrating with a free and open to the public anniversary party from 6 to 9 p.m. at 220 Yale Ave. Special musical guests will no doubt be part of the event. More info is at folkmusiccenter.com or (909) 624-2928.