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Nine-days of fun: Chinese New Year, Fossil Fest, Garden Day, music and more!

Friday, February 8

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will celebrate Chinese New Year with live entertainment and a Chinese dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation) and includes beverages, food and entertainment. The event is open to persons age 50 and over. To make a reservation call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.

DEMS LOOK AT AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM Robert Blackey, Professor Emeritus History, CSU San Bernardino, will discuss American exceptionalism at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s February luncheon and lecture at Eddies Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The noon family style meal is $17 and includes beverage, tax and tip. The free lecture begins at 12:45 p.m. “I’d like to focus on American exceptionalism, as it’s a subject with contemporary political ramifications,” Mr. Blackey said. “I will define the term, provide some historical background, and discuss its significance for our world.” The presentation is part of the DCC’s Gar Byrum Distinguished Speakers Series. Mr. Blackey has authored texts on the methodology of teaching history. More info is at claremontdems.org, (909) 632-1516 or via email at jackncarolee@verizon.net.

Saturday, February 9

GREEN CREW PLANTING Sustainable Claremont hosts another Green Crew Tree Planting from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Griffith Park, 1800 Woodbend Dr., Claremont. Join Sustainable Claremont’s Green Crew to plant trees in the neighborhoods around Griffith Park. Shovels and transportation are required, as is an RSVP via email to greencrewintern@sustainableclaremont.org. More info is available at (800) 948-1519.

FOSSIL FEST The charming local resource known as the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, at 1175 Base Line Rd., Claremont, hosts Fossil Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. with $5 admission and children 4 and under admitted free. Guests can see special fossils from the Alf’s collection, meet paleontologists from all over Southern California, have fossils identified, and learn about the latest discoveries from the world of paleontology. More info is at alfmuseum.org.

OUT OF THE DUST The newly remodeled Claremont Public Library, at 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free and open to the public 2 to 3 p.m. presentation about black migration from the southern U.S. to the Midwest after the Civil War. The tale will be told by Ina Buckner-Barnette, “The Sunshine Storyteller,” through the lens of one family’s history. It weaves movement, songs and poetry. “It was a journey of six days and almost 1,000 miles, carrying everything you own on your back,” a press release read. “Follow the trail west blazed by former slaves and sharecroppers to build what is now the oldest black township west of the Mississippi River called Nicodemus, Kansas. These black sharecroppers were pioneers risked everything for the dream of land ownership.” More info is at (909) 621-4902, or via email at cbarthelette@library.lacounty.gov.

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE Claremont Presbyterian Women host their 19th annual free and open to the public book review from 2 to 4 p.m. at Claremont Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall, 1111 N. Mountain Ave. This year’s featured book is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Elaine Walker, Leanne Kerchner and Jo Hardin will discuss the novel’s themes, author insights and sense of place. Light refreshments, including wine and cheese, will be served. There will also be a book exchange (bring a book, take a book). Donations and opportunity drawings will benefit the Claremont After School Program (CLASP). RSVPs are appreciated at (909) 624-9693.

 

Sunday, February 10

FREE GARDEN DAY With the recent rains, Rancho Santa Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, promises to be beautiful today as it hosts another free day for Claremont residents from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The current exhibition, Origami in the Garden, is on display, and everyone is invited to enjoy a free docent tour and family folding stations, where children and families can fold their own origami creations. Guests must show driver’s license or valid ID with Claremont zip code for free entry. More info is at rsabg.org.

MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC 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 unique gifts, from farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, to artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. You can also grab a coffee and a pastry at one of the many great spots, and listen to live music. More information is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

FREE ZZAJ The laid back, super cool Jazz at College Center music series continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today with Zzaj. The free afternoon concerts take place on the patio outside Blue Fin Sushi and Teriyaki, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Next week’s show features Polyhedra, and the Carl Schafer Quartet brings it Sunday, February 24. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter or (909) 946-6967.

 

Monday, February 11

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.

THE POLITICS OF THE BARD Actor, director, and writer Brian Elerding will speak about “Shakespeare’s tyrants” at the February meeting of the Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley at 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The talk at the free and open to the public event is based on the recent book, Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, by Harvard Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt. Mr. Elerding is the artistic director of Pasadena’s Ensemble Shakespeare Theater. As a young actor, he toured the country in a production of As You Like It, and returned to Los Angeles for roles in Mad Men and NCIS. He has written Bard-connected plays, including The Rose Queen and Lear’s Shadow. Light refreshments will be served. More information is available by email to lucylynch@aol.com or by calling (909) 717-1109.

 

Tuesday, February 12

PUSHCART WINNING POET  Scripps Presents free and open to the public @Noon series continues with poet Sally Wen Mao from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Ms. Wen Mao’s poetry collection, Oculus, is an eerie, powerful exploration of technology. More information is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.

NUTRITION AND CANCER PREVENTION Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center offers a free and open to the public program, “The Cancer Prevention Path: Navigating Your Nutrition Roadmap,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center, 1910 Royalty Dr., Pomona. “Did you know what an estimated one-third of cancers are preventable with lifestyle choice?” a press release read. “Come walk with us as we discover the road to wellness and cancer prevention.” Presented by Nancee Perez, RD. RSVP by phone at (909) 865-9858 or email to ferc@pvhmc.org.

IF YOU PLAN TO MOTOR WEST The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Motoring West: Pioneering Auto Travelers in the Trans-Mississippi West, 1900-1920,” with guest speaker Peter Blodgett, curator at The Huntington Library. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. This illustrated lecture will discuss the evolution of automobile-borne tourist travel in the American west during the early years of the 20th century. Mr. Blodgett will demonstrate the significant impact of the motorcar upon the economic, social, cultural and technological history of the region during the era of America’s widespread adoption of the automobile. Among his publications are Motoring West: Volume 1 Automobile Pioneers, 1900-1909, the first in a four-volume set that will follow the development of motor touring in the American West up to America’s entrance into World War II. More information is available by visiting  universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

Wednesday, February 13

FINE ART, MEET FOLK ART Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation presents a free and open to the public presentation, “Classic Meets Folk Art” with FAF board members and mosaic artists Alba Cisneros and Cathy Garcia, at 2 p.m. in Hampton Dining Room, 345 E. Ninth St., Claremont. Ms. Cisneros is classically trained and worked for more than 17 years with Millard Sheets, Denis O’Connor and Sue Lautmann Hertel, helping to complete more than 80 large-scale mosaic murals for Home Savings and Loan of America. She has also created numerous projects of her own.  She is currently completing a Karl Benjamin project at Mt. San Antonio College. Ms. Garcia calls herself a “folk artist” or an artist with no formal training. She began working on projects with an ecological bent 16 years ago—mainly to keep trash out of landfills—beginning with recycling lamps and broken pottery, then branching out to create human busts and animal figures. She has participated in more than 40 one-woman and group shows in the southland as well as contributed to local public art projects. More info is at alumnae.scrippscollege.edu or via email at faf@scrippscollege.edu.

HULA FOR HEALTH Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is offering a free program, “Hula for Health,” at 6:30 p.m. at its Claremont location, 1601 N. Monte Vista Ave. Have fun learning basic hula moves and how to incorporate them into an easy at-home, low impact workout. RSVP by calling (909) 865-9858 or emailing ferc@pvhmc.org.

GARDEN CLUB DIGS YARD ART Claremont Garden Club’s February meeting includes a discussion on yard art. The free meeting takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd. “That old plate from Aunt Bessie, the vase that’s lurked in the cupboard for years, the chandelier in the garage: Sharron Neyer will demonstrate how to create bird feeders and yard art out of items hidden in your home,” a press release read. More information is available by visiting claremontgardenclub.org, calling (909) 626-1483, or by email at info@claremontgardenclub.org.

 

Thursday, February 14

POLICE TALK SAFER APARTMENTS Apartment building owners, managers and curious members of the public are invited to two free seminars aimed at alleviating crime at apartment buildings. The Claremont Police Department and Claremont Committee for Safe and Healthy Housing will host the training sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Padua Room at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Police Captain Aaron Fate and Lieutenant Eric Huizar will host. Speakers will include, among others, officer Matt Morales, a drug recognition expert; officer Erik Orozco, speaking on electronic security; an eviction attorney; and a director from the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles. Apartment managers will receive a list of all 2018 crimes and a police report specific to their apartment buildings, and will view graphs of crime trends. The seminar repeats at the same time Thursday, February 21. Light refreshments will be served. More info is at (909) 624-3358.

 

Friday, February 15

GET BUSY WITH DEBUSSY Scripps College’s free and open to the public Friday Noon Concerts continue at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. Today Pomona College faculty members Sarah Thornblade, violin, and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano, perform music by Debussy and others. More info is at pomona.edu.

CHASING DUST AND WATER ACROSS CALIFORNIA Pitzer College hosts a free and open to the public lecture, “The Dreamt Land: Chasing Dust and Water Across California,” with Mark Arax, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. An award-winning author and journalist, Mr. Arax has chronicled California throughout his career, digging “deep into the dirt of the Golden State.” This talk is hosted by Pitzer’s Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability and is the College’s annual John D. Sullivan Memorial Lecture, which explores water issues, policies and politics. More info is at pitzer.edu/event.

HOUSE OF RUTH BENEFIT Tickets are $25 to $175 for a fundraiser for House Of Ruth at the Women’s Club of Claremont, at 343 W. 12th St., from 6 to 10 p.m. A $25 entry fee includes one drink ticket and one raffle ticket. A VIP ticket is $40 and includes three drinks and three raffle tickets. Tables are also available for sponsorship. “More than 3 million incidents of domestic violence are reported each year, including both men and women,” read a press release. “Nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million people. One-third of women and one-fourth of men will have experienced some sort of interpersonal violence, and for one-fourth of women and one-seventh of men, it’s severe. Our Goal is to spread awareness, give to charity, and of course have a great time! We have many activities planned for the evening such as speed dating, raffles, networking, drinks, and more.” House of Ruth has been providing life-saving domestic violence services for residents of eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino counties since 1977. Participation in House of Ruth programming is open to all battered women, men, and their children. All of House of Ruth’s programs are free of charge. There is no discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, language, disability, religion, national origin, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com, search “House of Ruth.”

THE SOPRANO AT 50 Pomona College hosts a free and open to the public concert, “The Artist at 50,” with soprano Melissa Givens, at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. She will be joined by Genevieve Feiwen Lee on piano in a program of songs chosen by Ms. Givens on the occasion of her 50th birthday. The recital is made up entirely of art songs written and/or published in the year the composer celebrated his or her own 50th, with texts that narrate the themes of 50 years of living. The program includes selections by Beach, Brahms, Chaminade, Copland, Duke, Gounod, Hagen, Massenet, Price, Satie, Shostakovich and others. A champion of collaborative musical endeavors, Ms. Givens performs with various chamber music groups, including the Grammy-nominated Ars Lyrica Houston and Conspirare: Craig Hella Johnson and Company of Voices, the 2015 Grammy winner for best choral performance. A featured artist in Conspirare’s ongoing tours of Johnson’s groundbreaking oratorio “Considering Matthew Shepard,” she’s been hailed as a singer whose music making is “consistently rewarding” and “a pleasure to hear,” [Houston Chronicle]. Ms. Givens is a faculty member in the Pomona College Music Department. Ms. Lee, a Grammy-nominated pianist and member of the Pomona College faculty, has thrilled audiences in New York, Paris and Amsterdam, and from China to Brazil with her “melting lyricism” and “singing melodies” (New Classic LA). More information is at pomona.edu/events.

FAMILY?WEEKEND Some of our local undergraduate colleges—Pomona, CMC, Scripps, and Pitzer—will host family weekend with activities planned today through Sunday, February 17. Local restaurants and shopowners can expect a flurry of visitors over the three days as parents and siblings of 5C’s students descend on the Village. The annual tradition includes special speakers, sporting events and performances, although some are closed to the public. Check individual college websites for activities open to residents. Harvey Mudd held family weekend on February 8.

 

 

Saturday, February 16

‘THE REFUGEES’ The Friends of the Claremont Library host a free and open to the public 10 a.m. discussion of its 2019 On the Same Page community read, The Refugees, by Viet Tranh Nguyen, at the library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. The book is a collection of eight short stories written over 20 years, set in America and Vietnam. The talk, in honor of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, will include light refreshments, and books can be purchased for $15. More info is at claremontlibrary.org.

NEW STORIES IN FILM Pomona College hosts Ideas@Pomona: Family Edition 2019, at 4 p.m. at Bridges Auditorium, 333 N. College Way, Claremont. The free, public event, part of Family Weekend, is entitled “Telling New Stories in a Time of Change,” and features Pomona alumnus Aditya Sood, ’97, producer of The Martian, Deadpool and Murder on the Orient Express. Mr. Sood will share insights into what makes stories powerful and memorable, and ways old stories can become new again. He will also share his own story, which has led him from Pomona College to Fox Studios. More info is at pomona.edu/events.