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Pilgrim Place fest, plant 100 trees, CLASP honors, art critic talks, political polarization, music and more!

Friday, November 9

PILGRIM PLACE FEST Admission is free to the 70th annual Pilgrim Place Festival, which kicks off at 10 a.m. this morning, offering its distinctively homespun shopping, children’s games and activities and food. The festival, at 625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont, closes at 4 p.m., with the same hours tomorrow, Saturday, November 10. The beloved Claremont fall classic includes vintage clothing, precious and costume jewelry, baked goods, plants, crafting, household items, handcrafted items such as quilts, stained glass, and knitted, sewn, woven and paper-made goods. Shoppers can also meet artists and purchase paintings, sculpture and everyday items directly from the artists. More info is at pilgrimplace.org or (909) 399-5500.

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. Mr. Barndt has researched and written on the politics of participation, especially in Latin America, and the politics of agriculture. The talk is the latest in the Dem’s Gar Byrum Distinguished Speakers series. 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. The ensemble includes Alfred Cramer, baroque violin; Roger Lebow, baroque cello; Jason Yoshida, theorbo; Graydon Beeks, harpsichord; with guests Melissa Givens, soprano and Aki Nishiguchi, baroque oboe and recorder. 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 Community 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. For reservations and information 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. A RSVP is required via email at greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org.

VIDEO GAME PARTY 2 Claremont’s Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s, at 500 W. Foothill Blvd., hosts a video game party Saturday, November 10th from 4 to 10 p.m. The free and open to the public event includes a drawing for great prizes. More info is available at robsgameparty.com, by phone at (909) 450-7415, or by email at rob@robtitus.com.

Come join us as we play some of the best party video games of all time.  No gaming skills necessary just come and have fun, we will teach you how to play.  We will have a drawing for a Super Nintendo Classic, and NES Classic, and a Wii with games plus other great prizes!


Sunday, November 11

CLASP HONORS HARTER AND BEITH Claremont After School Programs celebrate 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. event at Garner House, Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, will include food, wine and live music. More information is at clasp4kids.org.

ARTIST CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF WORK Artist Sylvia Megerdichian celebrates 25 years painting with a free and open to the public exhibition of  work from 3 to 8 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The show includes work from 1993 through this year. Ms. Megerdichian founded Upland’s Art Box Studio in 1993, where she created works that draw from her Armenian American heritage. More info is at artboxworkshops.com, via email at artboxsylvia@netzero.net, or by calling (909) 981-4508.

 

Monday, November 12

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 will be served along with a free lunch at the center afterward.

THE COMPLEXITY, COURAGE OF WOMEN IN SPECIAL OPS 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, “The Integration of Women in Military Special Ops: A Case Study in Complexity and Courage,” with guest speaker Captain Danielle Alex Horton. In 2010, a pilot program called the Cultural Support Team was established within the United States Army’s Special Operations community. The purpose of the program was to integrate high performing women soldiers into special operations units in Afghanistan. More info is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

WHAT DID SHAKESPEARE EAT? Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley tackles the hard-hitting question of “What did Shakespeare Eat?” at its free and open to the public monthly meeting at 2 p.m. at Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The meeting promises “an inside look at the food, drink and manners at Shakespeare’s table,” read a press release. Guest lecturer Richard Foss, a culinary historian, has researched the diet and eating habits of the Elizabethan age, and uncovered a surprising culinary world of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Light refreshments, presumably of the modern age, will be served. For information call (909) 717-1109 or email lucylynch@aol.com.

OSLO: 25 YEARS LATER 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 in the Parents Dining Room, “Oslo: 25 Years Later,” with guest speaker David Makovsky. He has not only been a close observer of the conflict as former executive editor of the Jerusalem Post, and diplomatic correspondent for Israel’s leading daily, Haaretz, he also has participated in negotiations themselves as senior advisor to the US State Department’s Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations in 2013-2014. More info is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

TRANSATLANTIC TIES IN THE AGE OF TRUMP 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, “Transatlantic Ties in the Age of Trump,” with guest speaker Karen Erika Donfried. Europe has long been home to the US’s most important allies. Yet President Trump has said NATO is “obsolete” and the European Union was “set up to take advantage of the United States.” Ms. Donfried, president of the German Marshall Fund of the US, will discuss whether transatlantic cooperation can survive Donald Trump.

More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

 

Tuesday, November 13

ART CRITIC TO TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “My Job as an Art Critic, or What I did for my Summer Vacation,” with guest speaker David Pagel, professor of art theory and history 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. Mr. Pagel will talk about his job as a newspaper art critic, offering ambitiously wide ranging insights into his beliefs on accessibility, elitism, expertise, education, experience, judgment, beauty, democracy, art and life. He will also discuss exhibitions he reviewed, essays he wrote, and shows he organized this past summer. He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times and is an adjunct curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. He earned a master’s degree in art history from Harvard and a PhD in modern thought and literature from Stanford. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

POLITICAL POLARIZATION AND THE CONSTITUTION 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. panel discussion, “Political Polarization’s Challenge to the Constitution,” with panelists Amanda Hollis-Brusky, Kenneth Miller and George Thomas, and moderator Zachary Courser. Since the American founding, broad agreement on the republican principles embodied in the Constitution has been a necessary condition for constructive policy debate. But what if the broad consensus over the Constitution breaks down? What if the nature of the conflict that currently animates our politics, which has often been encapsulated by the term “polarization,” is in fact the result of underlying disagreements on key elements of the Constitution? In particular, are the limitations that the Constitution places on democratic political power under sustained attack? Based on their recent book, Parchment Barriers: Political Polarization and the Limits of Constitutional Order, Mr. Courser, professor of government at CMC, will moderate a conversation with Ms. Hollis-Brusky, associate professor of politics at Pomona College, and Mr. Miller and Mr. Thomas, both professors of government at CMC. Mr. Courser has published articles on populist political movements, American political parties and American democracy. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

CHS THEATER F.O.O.T. AUCTION Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door for Claremont High School Theater’s annual Friends of our Theater auction, which takes place at 7 p.m. at Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The F.O.O.T. Auction Repeats Wednesday, November 14. The event includes a live auction and dessert. This year’s entertainment features selections from West Side Story performed by CHS’s musical theater students. More information and tickets are available at chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu.

LOCAL UN SPOTLIGHTS US-CHINA TRADE Tonight’s 7 p.m. United Nations Association Pomona Valley chapter meeting will feature a talk on trade and technology with Manisha Goel, assistant professor of economics at Pomona College. The free and open meeting takes place in Hahn Hall 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave. Ms. Goel will speak on “International Trade Issues with a Focus on US-China.” Her fields of specialization include corporate finance, trade and entrepreneurship. Light refreshments will be served. More info is at pv.una-socal.org, (909) 625-9670, or via email at cmartin335@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday, November 14

ART IN THE WILD Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation hosts a free and open to the public talk and tea, “Art Adventures in the Wild,” featuring the PAC 6 Painters, at 1:30 p.m. in the Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. More info is available via email at faf@scrippscollege.edu or by phone at (909) 626-1386.

PULITZER FINALIST IN CONVERSATION Claremont’s Scripps College hosts an open to the public reading and conversation with Pulitzer Prize finalist and bestselling author Nathan Englander at 6 p.m. in Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. The event is free but tickets are required at scrippscollege.edu/events. Mr. Englander is the author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. His latest book, Dinner at the Center of the Earth, is equal parts political thriller, historical novel and love story. David Ulin, author of The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time, joins him for a conversation. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events.

THE MIDTERMS: WHAT HAPPENED? Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre, at 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont, is the site of a free and open 6:30 p.m. public forum, “The 2018 Elections: What Happened? Why? And Now What?” The event will offer an examination of the midterms and their likely impacts on the federal government and on California.  See taipd.org or call (909) 213-2258 for more information.

SPOTLIGHT ON CAMELLIAS Claremont Garden Club’s free and open 6:30 p.m. monthly meeting will feature guest speaker Bradford King, vice-president of the American Camellia Society. Mr. King will give a talk on Camellia impressionism, including the history of how different varieties were named, camellia culture, flower sizes, forms and colors as well as ideas about where to plant. The meeting takes place at Napier Center in Pilgrim Place, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. More information is at claremontgardenclub.org, (909) 621-6381 or via email at info@claremontgardenclub.org.

 

Thursday, November 15

MARIJUANA MYTHS 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 Policy, Marijuana Facts and Marijuana Myths,” with guest speaker Kevin A. Sabet. Mr. Sabet, author of Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana and president of SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a science-based policy organization, will discuss the perils of “Big Pot,” which he views as the big tobacco of our time. More info is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

TALK SOLAR OVER A BEER Claremont Green Drinks hosts another beer and sustainability talk from 6 to 8 p.m. at  Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #204C. The topic this month is solar panels. For information go to sustainableclaremont.org or call (909)625-8767, extension 238.

CLEAN POWER Active Claremont holds its monthly free and  public meeting at 7 p.m. in the Santa Fe room of the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Jennifer Ward and Christian Cruz, officers of Clean Power Alliance, will discuss how joining the alliance may provide homeowners with an alternate power source. For information call (909) 621-2079.

 

Friday, November 16

POMONA COLLEGE BAND CONCERT Conductor Graydon Beeks leads the Pomona College Band in a free 8 p.m. concert tonight at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The program will include works by Bennett, Sousa, Dickow, Feliciano, Bernstein, Whitacre and Grainger. The concert repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 18. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

 

Saturday, November 17

BURGERS, BURNOUTS AT POMONA RACEWAY Gates open at 8 a.m. at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, 2780 Fairplex Dr., as In-N-Out Burger and Hot Rod magazine throw a party to celebrate 70 years of burgers and burnouts. Both Southern California businesses opened within 25 miles of each other in 1948. The event includes historic vehicle drag races, on-site In-N-Out cookout trucks, a car show featuring historic racecars and the chance to view the history of Hot Rod and meet staff. Other activities include autograph sessions, live music and more. Advance tickets are $15 or $20 at the door, with children 12 and under free with a paid adult. Participant pre-registration is $40 or $50 onsite. Go to hotrod.com or call (714) 227-2621 for more information.