So much to do, so little time. COURIER calendar has it all!
Friday, January 25
TASTE OF THE IE The Upland Chamber of Commerce will host an evening of culinary delights prepared by Inland Empire restaurants and breweries, including Claremont’s Gus’s BBQ and Upland’s Last Name Brewing, at its annual Taste of the IE from 6 to 10 p.m. at the DoubleTree, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The event includes live music, dancing and gaming. Tickets are $75 and are available at uplandchamber.org.
Saturday, January 26
FAMILY CODING DAY Individual tickets are $25 and multiples are $20 for Family Coding Day, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The event is for students from kindergarten through 8th grade and is presented by Claremont nonprofit ThinkLexic Kids Code. Parents are welcome to hang out and observe for $5. Teachers are also welcome, for a $5 fee, and will receive a copy of the lesson plan. “The program is especially valuable for students with dyslexia and IEPs, but everyone is encouraged to attend,” a press release read. “The overall goal is to develop valuable skills which apply to technology and creative thinking, areas in which dyslexic and IEP students excel.” Participants will design and code a robot or Mars Rover, use virtual reality headsets and code a video game. Kids will also create slime and enhance it using a variety of multi-sensory strategies. A Q and A session will take place at the end of the workshop, and snacks will be provided. Online tickets will be available through 11:55 p.m. Friday, January 25. If available, tickets will be sold at the door. More info is at facebook.com/thinklexic.
SYMPHONY AND STRINGS Doors open at 3 p.m. for a free and open to the public concert by Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra and Prelude String Ensemble at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The show features symphonic, opera, Broadway and movie music, including Disney’s The Lion King, selections from West Side Story, Carmen and more. For more information click on claremontyouthsymphony.org or email email@example.com.
LAUNCH YOURSELF WITH LOVE There’s nary a more lovely way to start a Sunday than at Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market. The fragrant, funky exchange runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita. The fare runs the gamut, and includes unique gifts, fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, juices, honey and nuts and cheeses. Pick up a coffee and a pastry at one of the many nice spots nearby, listen to some live music, and I guarantee you’ll launch yourself into the day of rest in a good mood. More information is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.
AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR CONCERT A free and open to the public performance by the African Children’s Choir takes place at 10:30 a.m. at Shield Of Faith Christian Center, 1750 W. Holt Ave., Pomona. The Choir will perform lively African songs and dances, well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. The performance supports Africa Children’s Choir programs in education, care, relief and development. Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children’s Choir) works in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa. Music For Life has educated more than 52,000 children and impacted the lives of 100,000-plus through its relief and development programs. Its purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa by focusing on education. The African Children’s Choir has performed for presidents, heads of state and most recently at Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee. The Choir has also sung with artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith and others. The show is free, but donations are appreciated. More info is at africanchildrenschoir.com or (909) 629-6294.
THE CONGO AND THE UNITED NATIONS The Pomona Valley chapter of the United Nations Association holds is annual meeting and dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd., Claremont. It’s free, and the public is invited, but an RSVP is required by Friday, January 25 to reserve a spot for the $10 meal. Historian and educator Robert Smith will speak on “The Congo and the United Nations.” Mr. Smith was born in Kikongo, now part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 625-9679 and choose one of two options: payment of $10 at the door, or contribute a beverage, side dish, salad or dessert. More info is available at facebook.com/pomonavalleyuna or via email at email@example.com.
DIVERSE PROGRAM FROM YOUTH ORCHESTRA The Claremont Young Musicians Intermezzo Orchestra, conducted by Greg Samuel, will present a free and open to the public concert at 7 p.m. at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The program includes Zampa Overture by Herold, Children’s Dance and Love Duet by Hanson, Dance of the Comedians by Smetana, Funeral March of a Marionette by Gounod, Fiddle Faddle by Leroy Anderson and Bacchanale by Saint Saens. The 75 member Intermezzo Orchestra, ages nine to 17, was formed in 1992 as a preparatory group for the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra. For more information click on cymo.org, call (909) 624-3614, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, January 28
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.
SOUTHLAND RESISTANCE Karen May, membership director of RISE Stronger, will speak about efforts to coordinate a “southland resistance” at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s free and open to the public January meeting at 7 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Road, Claremont. Ms. May will be joined by coordinators of Claremont’s Swing Left as they discuss “Resistance and the blue wave: how post-2016 activist groups flipped 40 seats.” Ms. May is a 25-year veteran of organizing at the international, national and grassroots levels. She has master’s degrees in economic analysis from Claremont Graduate University and in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University. Refreshments will be served. For more information go to claremontdems.org or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, January 29
KELLOGG’S CAL POLY ARABIANS The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The Kellogg Horse Ranch and the Cal Poly Arabians,” with guests speakers from Cal Poly Pomona, Alexis Adkins, archivist for special collections, and Rob Strauss, project archivist. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “During World War II, the ranch was taken over by the US Army, which still had a small contingent of horses,” a UC press release read. “After the war, the army had no use for the ranch and it seemed destined to be abandoned. Through the efforts of Kellogg, the ranch was obtained by the state of California in 1949. The San Dimas Voorhis Campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo began transferring to the new site, eventually becoming Cal Poly Pomona and a home for the Arabians.” More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
WE WANT TO DO MORE THAN SURVIVE Claremont’s Scripps College’s ongoing Scripps Presents series continues with a free and open to the public MLK Commemorative Lecture from Bettina Love from 6 to 7 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 241 E. 10th St. Ms. Love is an award-winning author and hip-hop scholar. In her new book, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, the University of Georgia associate professor of educational theory and practice weaves together personal stories, research and history to offer visions of education and justice inspired by the teachings and revolutionary spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The talk is presented in partnership with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Committee, the Office of Black Student Affairs, the Youth Mentoring Action Network and KSPC radio. More information is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.
Wednesday, January 30
MANAGING ANXIETY Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is offering a free and open to the public 6:30 p.m. talk, “Anxiety: Friend and Foe,” as part of its Every Woman’s Journey series. The talk will be held at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 N. Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. Speaking will be Dan Blocker, PhD, LMFT, and director of behavioral health at PVHMC. “Anxiety is part of the human condition,” a press release read. “It helps us survive, and it can make life very difficult. This presentation will address the basics of what is anxiety, quick and easy ways to manage it, and what to do if it does not go away.” Dial (909) 865-9858 to RSVP.
Thursday, January 31
ENO AND DAYAL: CREATIVE STRATEGIES Pomona College’s Humanities Studio hosts a free and open to the public event, “Geeta Dayal on Brian Eno, the Oblique Strategies, and Building Tools for Creativity,” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Hahn Hall, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu/events.
‘AGE WELL’ WITH COHOUSING Cohousing advocate Alexandria Levitt, a gerontologist at USC, will discuss “Cohousing for adults 50 and older” at a free and open to the public presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Claremont United Church of Christ’s Louise Roberts Room, 233 Harrison Ave. Ms. Levitt’s talk will focus on the Danish model of housing, which involves “vibrant, sustainable, energy efficient, progressive neighborhoods where active adults can thrive,” according to a press release. “Cohousing neighborhoods are composed of privately owned homes/condos clustered around shared open space and extensive common facilities to create an urban village feel.”?For more information visit levittcoho.com.
‘CRAZY RICH ASIANS’ AUTHOR Scripps College’s crazy rich lecture series continues tonight with “Crazy Rich Asians: Kevin Kwan in Conversation,” from 7 to 8 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 241 E. 10th St., Claremont. Last summer, Crazy Rich Asians made headlines by featuring the first all-Asian cast in a major Hollywood film in more than 20 years. Mr. Kwan’s vivid storytelling was the inspiration for the box office smash. The Singapore-born and Texas-raised author drew on his experiences to create the trilogy that includes Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.
Friday, February 1
FOUR-HAND PIANO AT SCRIPPS Scripps College’s free and open to the public Friday Noon Concerts resume at 12:15 p.m. in Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. Today, Phillip Young and Jocelyn Chang play four-hand piano with music by Brahms, Hahn and Ravel. The series is co-sponsored by Pomona College and Scripps College. More info is at pomona.edu.
‘VENUS IN FUR’ OPENS Ophelia’s Jump Productions kicks off its seventh season tonight with an 8 p.m. performance of Venus in Fur, David Ives’s serio-comedy. Ophelia’s is located at 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland (across from Last Name Brewing). The show, directed by Beatrice Casagran, is up through February 23. Tickets are $28, or $40 for a special Valentines Day show that includes dessert and wine or beer. Tickets and more info are available at opheliasjump.org or by calling (909) 734-6565.
USSACHEVSKY FEST KICKS OFF Pomona College’s long running, always adventurous Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electro Acoustic Music kicks off its 2019 edition at 8 p.m. at Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. The free and open to the public festival continues at 8 p.m. tomorrow. “In this year’s festival of music for humans and electronics, the featured guest artist is violinist/composer Mari Kimura,” said festival director Tom Flaherty. Other performers include Eclipse Quartet (Sara Parkins and Sarah Thornblade, violin; Alma Fernandez, viola; Maggie Parkins cello), The Smudges (Jeff Gauthier, violin; Maggie Parkins, cello, Alex Cline, percussion), and solo appearances by Sarah Thornblade, violin; Cynthia Fogg, viola; Maggie Parkins cello; Joti Rockwell, guitar and others. More information is at pomona.edu/events.
Saturday, February 2
FREE DOGS AT DOG HAUS Claremont’s Dog Haus Biergarten, a “craft-casual” gourmet hot dog, sausage and burger restaurant that was unceremoniously shut down following a fire last October, recently reopened. To celebrate, and to thank the firefighters that helped extinguish the blaze, it will be giving away free Haus Dogs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant is at 2209 E Base Line Rd., Suite 700, Claremont, in the Whole Foods shopping center. Dog Haus will host a fundraiser for fire stations in Claremont. Rubber boots displayed around the location will serve as collection points for guests who wish to support the firefighters, with 100 percent of the donations going to the department. Local firefighters will be there to greet the community and take pictures. For more information, visit claremont.doghaus.com.
LECTURE, OPENING AT PITZER’S NICHOLS GALLERY Claremont’s Pitzer College hosts a free lecture and reception for “Publishing Against the Grain” and “A Utopia for Some: Morningstar and Wheeler’s Ranches Reconsidered,” from 2 to 4 p.m. at Nichols Gallery, 1050 N. Mills Ave. Organized by the Independent Curators International (ICI), “A Utopia for Some” explores two experimental communes that closed in the 1970s. More info is at pitzer.edu/event.
BABAR?SYMPHONY The Claremont Symphony Orchestra’s free and public Concert for Young People begins at 3:30 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., on the Pomona College campus. The show features Babar the Elephant, with young soloists performing the composition by Francis Poulenc. Also featured are the two winners of the 2018 Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra concerto competition: Alexis Cai and Charlotte Tu. The concert is directed by CSO Music Director Robert Sage and concludes with a presentation of Babar the Little Elephant, narrated by Claremont Community School of Music executive director Matthew Keating. More information is available at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.