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Friday, January 4

‘SPIRIT OF IRELAND’ AT CANDLELIGHT The Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre hosts "Spirit of Ireland, an evening of song, music and dance with Michael Ryan and Friends” at 7:30 p.m., repeating tomorrow, January 5 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the annual show are $25 and $30 and are available at the box office at 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Mr. Ryan will be joined by a talented ensemble of musicians, singers and dancers, including Ken Soderlund, guitar and mandolin; Hai Muradian, vocals, penny whistle and flute; Martie Echito, keyboard; Annie Johnson, vocals; Danny Oberbeck, vocals and guitar; Dylan Oberbeck, mandolin; Julian Johnson, bass; and dancers Julia and Tasha Straszewski. No meal is included, but there are beverages and desserts available for purchase. More info is at candlelightpavilion.com or (909) 626-1254.


Saturday, January 5

CLAREMONT CURIOUS? Claremont curious? Take a 10 a.m. guided walking tour of the Village, led by a docent from Claremont Heritage. Participants should meet up prior to 10 a.m. at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. The cost is $5, and reservations are requested via email at info@claremontheritage.org, or by phone at (909) 621-0848. More info is at claremontheritage.org.


‘PRIMAL NATURE’ ART TALK The Claremont Museum of Art in partnership with Claremont Heritage and Cathleen Ford Miner presents a lecture by curator and art historian Susan M. Anderson on at 4 p.m. at Ginger Elliott Gallery, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The talk will focus on the women artists featured in CMA’s current exhibition, “Primal Nature: Animalia by Women in Post-War Claremont.” A reception will follow the lecture. Folks are invited to visit the museum in the Depot at 200 W. First Street noon to 4 p.m. to see the exhibition before the lecture or stop by after for Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is available at claremontmuseum.org.


Sunday, January 6

MARKETING Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita. It’s a chance to purchase some unique gifts, from farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, to artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. You’ll also be able to grab a coffee and a pastry at one of the many great spots nearby, and listen to some live music. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.


BIRDERS AT THE GARDEN Valley Audubon Society will lead a free, family two-hour 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. Bring binoculars and meet at the entrance. There is no charge to enter the Garden with the Audubon group. More info is at (909) 982-9727 or rsabg.org.


Monday, January 7

THE BOYS (AND GIRLS) ARE BACK IN TOWN Claremont Unified School District kids are back in class today after their long winter break. Keep that in mind as you make your way around town this morning and afternoon, as the streets around the school sites will once again be teeming with eager students, and my kids too.


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. 


Tuesday, January 8

UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The Keck Graduate Institute,” with guest speaker Dr. Sheldon M. Schuster, president of Keck Graduate Institute. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Dr. Schuster became the second president of Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in 2003, succeeding founding president Henry “Hank” Riggs. At the time, the Institute had just one academic program and approximately 50 students. Under his leadership, KGI has shown tremendous growth, with 600 students enrolled in more than a dozen programs. Dr. Schuster earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UC Davis and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Arizona. After graduation, he joined the Institute for Enzyme Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He transitioned to academia with professorships at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Florida, followed by administrative roles at UF in research and graduate education and as director of the school’s biotechnology program. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.


SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB MEETS 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 Weinberger Room. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. Each meeting provides an opportunity for questions to the group’s club experts, and newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org. 


Wednesday, January 9

TIPS ON SUSTAINABLE GARDENS Claremont Garden Club his hosting a free and open to the public talk, “Sustainable landscape design: a crash course for creatives and the rest of us,” at its monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. “Design is often seen as the most mysterious part of working with landscapes, but it doesn’t need to be that way,” read a CGC press release. “Scott Kleinrock, Conservation Programs Manager for the Chino Basin Water Conservation District, is a sustainable landscape advocate, educator, designer and horticulturist. He is passionate about the multiple-benefits of regionally adapted landscapes and land planning. He will show us a new and approachable way to develop designs for beautiful, productive, habitat-rich and easily maintained landscape projects.” More information is at claremontgardenclub.org, (909) 626-1483, or via email at info@claremontgardenclub.org.


Thursday, January 10

DEADLINE FOR 2019-20 CBO GRANT APPS Today is the final day for submissions for the city of Claremont’s grant applications for the 2019-20 Community Based Organization program. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019. Applications and more information are available at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., at (909) 399-5356, via email at vvan@ci.claremont.ca.us, or at ci.claremont.ca.us. The CBO program's mission is to partner with nonprofit service providers in order to strengthen the social, economic and family infrastructure in the Claremont community.


Friday, January 11

DEMS TALK LABOR COLLABORATION The Democratic Club of Claremont’s January luncheon will feature a discussion with Laura Shultz, PAC Chair for Teamsters 1932. “Ms. Shultz will explain in her talk, ‘Labor Partnering with the Community: For a Better Future,’ how local organizations are expanding their efforts of collaboration,” read a DCC press release. The presentation, at Eddies Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, is part of the club’s Gar Byrum Distinguished Speakers Series. The luncheon begins at noon, and costs $17. The talk begins at 12:45 p.m. and is free. For more information email jackncarolee@verizon.net.


Saturday, January 12

TREE PLANTING AT CHAPARRAL Sustainable Claremont’s Green Crew hosts another tree planting from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Chaparral Park, 1899 N Mills Ave., Claremont. Meet Sustainable Claremont's Green Crew to plant flowers, trees, and tidy the park for an all-in-one Saturday. Please bring transportation, shovels and gloves for a family-friendly morning. Please RSVP via email to greencrewintern@sustainableclaremont.org.


SMART PHONE GENEALOGY The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society hosts Butch Hibben at 2 p.m., who will discuss “Free Smart Phone Apps for Smart Genealogists.” The free and open to the public monthly meeting takes place at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. “Even those who are not completely familiar with using a smart phone will find most of these apps easy to use and very useful for genealogical work, whether it is for navigation, research, organization, or even making phone calls,” a press release read. “Learn the latest and greatest in the world of smart phones and even if you don’t have one, be open minded: you just might be convinced that this is the tool which will help you find your ancestors!” Mr. Hibben, a certified legacy advisor, has been involved in the field of family history from his youth, when he took a typing class in school in order to help his grandmother type up the family group sheets and pedigree charts for their book of remembrances. Like his ancestor pioneers, he was a trailblazer in the field of computers, having become involved in the field in the late 1950s while serving in the US Navy. After his discharge, he continued in the field as a computer technician for many years until his retirement in 2008. He is currently assistant director of the Corona Family History Center and has a commitment to helping people preserve their family memories. Complimentary refreshments will be served.  PVGS has an extensive collection of genealogical books and materials available at the Pomona Library. For more information call (909) 593-3041.


BEER AND BBQ AT THE GARDEN Tickets are $45 for the Claremont Chamber Brew and Barbeque at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, which includes entry to the garden, six barbeque taste tickets and ten drink tickets. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. and includes barbeque from award winning pit masters ZZYZX BBQ, Burnin’ and Lootin’ BBQ and Dad's Chillin' and Grillin' BBQ, and beer from local breweries. Additional food is available for purchase. For more info call (909) 624-1681 or visit claremontchamber.org.









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