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Tuesday, February 19

IF DARWIN HAD A COMPUTER The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “If Darwin Had a Computer,” with guest speaker Ran Libeskind-Hadas, the R. Michael Shanahan professor of computer science at Harvey Mudd College. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “Charles Darwin wrote in his famous Origins of Species that he could imagine that pairs of species, such as bees and flowers, might evolve in tandem: Flowers might evolve features that would make them more attractive to their bee pollinators and bees might evolve features to efficiently extract nectar from the flowers,” a press release read. “Biologists since Darwin have found considerable evidence for this type of ‘coevolution’ in nature. However, only with the advent of DNA sequencing and powerful computational methods have we begun to better understand the complex relationships between pairs of mutually evolving species.” Professor Hadas has taught at U. Illinois, Harvard, MIT and Harvey Mudd. He is an extraordinarily popular teacher and sought after speaker, able to explain complex topics to a lay audience. More info is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

CONVERSATION WITH SCI FI WRITER Claremont’s Pitzer College hosts a free and open to the public 4:15 p.m. conversation with award-winning science fiction writer Ted Chiang at Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave. Mr. Chiang’s short stories have won more than two dozen major sci-fi awards, including four Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. Dubbed “one of the most influential science-fiction writers of his generation” by The New Yorker, Mr. Chiang is the author of Story of Your Life, which was adapted into the 2016 film Arrival. More info is at pitzer.edu/event.

FRINGE POLITICS, SOCIAL MEDIA Scripps College hosts a free and open to the public talk, “The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz in Conversation,” from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. “When it comes to parsing the rapidly changing online media landscape, readers look to Andrew Marantz,” a Scripps press release read. “The New Yorker writer has explored the topic from a variety of angles, investigating social media trolls on college campuses, interrogating the delicate negotiations between free speech and contemporary online life, and profiling Natalie Wynn, the YouTube star who is taking on the alt-right. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.

SURVIVING THE ANTHROPOCENE The United Nations Association of Pomona Valley and the Pomona College International Relations Program presents a free and open to the public 7 p.m. lecture from professor Monty Hempel, “Surviving the Anthropocene,” at Hahn Hall, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Mr. Hempel will explore the effects of human domination of the earth. Light refreshments.  More info is available at cmartin335@gmail.com, or at (909) 625-9670.

FOOD EVOLUTION 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, “Food Evolution Revolution: The Cutting Edge Fusion of Archaeology, Anthropology, and the Modern Kitchen,” with guest speaker William Schindler III. Understanding the role that technology played in our 3.4 million-year-old dietary past is essential in learning to rethink food and eat like humans again, asserts Mr. Schindler, associate professor of anthropology and archeology at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and co-star of the National Geographic series, The Great Human Race. More infois at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Wednesday, February 20

SIX-DECADE JOURNALIST ASSAILS GOV. BROWN 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, “Jerry Brown Redux,” with guest speaker Dan Walters. Jerry Brown was a political presence in California for more than a half-century, including two eight-year stints as governor and encompassing a time of great social and economic evolution. Dan Walters, longtime journalist covering California politics, will assess “What is Governor Brown’s legacy?” Mr. Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. At age 22, he was the nation’s youngest daily newspaper editor. He joined The Sacramento Union’s capitol bureau in 1975, just as Mr. Brown began his governorship, and later became the Union’s capitol bureau chief. In 1981 he began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California politics, economics and social events. In 1984, he and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee and, in 2017, to calmatters.org. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

MAKE A SHRINKY DINK! Interested in creating a cool pin? Draw, trace or copy an image onto a Shrinky Dink plastic sheet then heat and wow! Watch it shrink to the size of a button or pin! The Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts the free art activity from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more than 40 years, Shrinky Dinks has enthralled children and adults with its crafty charm. Color a sheet of floppy plastic with a fun design and then heat it. Before your eyes, the plastic film bends, warps, curls and then flattens into its original shape. The difference is that the artwork shrinks by two-thirds, and it’s nine times thicker. More info is at lacountylibrary.org.

BAD WITH MONEY Scripps Presents hosts “Gaby Dunn, Bad with Money,” a free and open to the public talk from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Ms. Dunn’s podcast, Bad with Money, features episodes like “Screaming Into a Jar (aka Student Loans)” and “Who Can Afford to Have Sex? (aka Babies)”—delving into issues that affect both our global and personal economies. Pitched to Millennials and Gen Z-ers, but required listening for anyone who is trying to figure out how to survive financially, the show is the inspiration for a new book that probes the “imperfect art of getting your financial shi*t together.” More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.

HISTORY, MEMORY, POLITICS IN CHINA 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, “China’s Changing Wartime Past and How It Will Affect the Future: History, Memory And Politics in China Today,” with guest speaker Rana Mitter, director of the University China Centre at Oxford, and  author of several books, including the award-winning A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World. His most recent, Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, was named as a 2013 book of the year in the Financial Times and The Economist, won the 2014 Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature, and was a finalist for the Bernard Schwartz prize of the Asia Society of New York. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

SPEAK FOR THE TREES Claremont Community and Human Services Commission’s Tree Committee is asking for public input at its 6 p.m. meeting at city council chambers, 225 W. Second St. “Join the city of Claremont and Green Crew of Sustainable Claremont in planning the future of our urban forest,” a press release read. “Discuss our city trees, your thoughts, ideas and concerns.” An RSVP is required via email to greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org. More information is at sustainableclaremont.org or (800) 948-1519.

Thursday, February 21

POLICE TALK SAFER APARTMENTS Apartment building owners, managers and curious members of the public are invited to the second of two free seminars aimed at focusing on and alleviating crime at apartment buildings. The Claremont Police Department and Claremont Committee for Safe and Healthy Housing will host the training session from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Padua Room at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. It will cover different topics related to preventing crime and keeping apartment communities safe. 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 police department and committee have been hosting these trainings for 10 years. During that time, overall crime in apartments has been reduced by approximately 40 percent, according to police. Light refreshments will be served. More info is available by calling (909) 624-3358.

HOW TO STOP A ROGUE PRESIDENT 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 Oath and the Office: A Guide to The Constitution for Future Presidents,” with speaker Corey Brettschneider, professor of political science at Brown University, who will offer a new, yet historically grounded, ideal of a limited presidency. He argues that the oath of office creates an independent moral and legal obligation for the president to promote the Constitution’s values—and only exercise power within the Constitution’s limits. Mr. Brettschneider will draw from his recent book, The Oath and The Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents, which has garnered significant national attention. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

MOTHER EARTH: GRAB A BEER Claremont Green Drinks meets up from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N Claremont Blvd #204c, Claremont. Sustainable Claremont hosts the monthly green networking and education event on the third Thursday of every month, an opportunity for green-minded folk to grab a beer and talk about the environment and sustainability. For more information click on sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

CHURCHILL’S PRESCIENT VIEWS ON EDUCATION 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, “Churchill and Education,” with speaker Larry Arnn. Winston Churchill lived in an age of rapid scientific development and advancement. With the utopian dreams afforded by new technology, however, came the great horrors of modern warfare. How would Mr. Churchill preserve the noble but realistic understanding of human nature that was being obscured by the triumphs of modern science? Mr. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also a professor of politics and history. From 1985 to 2000, he served as president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. In 1996, he was the founding chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative, which prohibited racial preferences in state hiring, contracting and admissions. Mr. Arnn is the author of three books: Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education, The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It and Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Friday, February 22

JAPANESE MUSIC AT NOON Scripps College’s Friday Noon Concert features Pomona College faculty Rachel Rudich, on shakuhachi, joined by Kozue Matsumoto on koto, in a program of music by Yokoyama Katsuya, Michio Miyagi and Katsutoshi Nagasawa—20th century Japanese composers. The jams kick off 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. More information is at pomona.edu.

Saturday, February 23

WINDSONG CONCERT Windsong Southland Chorale presents the third concert of its 24th season at 4 p.m. at La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church, 1040 Baseline Ave., La Verne. The concert, “Spirit of Love, Spirit of Patriotism and Diversity,” is under the direction of Janet Harms. Presale general admission tickets, available by calling (909) 983-9879, are $15, students are $10, and families (parents with children under 18), are $30. All tickets at the door are $20.

CLASS OF 2021 FUNDRAISER Claremont High School class of 2021 parents and supporters are invited to a spaghetti dinner and student showcase from 4 to 8 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The event will feature a silent auction and raffle prizes. Presale tickets are $15 at claremontclassof2021.website, or $20 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the class of 2021’s grad night and parent dinner. Email the boosters with questions at chsgrads2021@gmail.com.