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Friday, March 15

‘TEXT ME THAT’ OPENS Two Sisters Productions presents a free and open to the public reception for “Text Me That,” an art exhibition and sale from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The show is comprised of original theme-based art. The exhibition continues Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info is available via email at jwpgoat@verizon.net.

Saturday, March 16

CLIMATE, SOCIAL JUSTICE Pilgrim Place and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church are co-sponsoring a free and open to the public workshop, “Climate and Social Justice Workshop,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pilgrim Place, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. The event, which includes lunch, promises “a comprehensive look at local efforts to answer Pope Francis’ call to ‘hear the cry of the earth and cry of the poor’ (Laudato Si, 2015).” Seven speakers from Uncommon Good, Volunteers of America, Sustainable Claremont, Inland Valley Hope Partners and writers on urban planning, pollution and stewardship will take part. Make reservations or get more info at olaclaremont.org, or by calling (909) 626-3596.

FREE FAMILY FUN Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra presents Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, with conductor Juan Felipe Molano and actor William Christian, in a free and open to the public concert at 11 a.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The fun and family-friendly musical experience features a bird, a duck, a cat, a wolf, a grandfather, Peter, and all of the instruments of the orchestra. The concert includes audience participation and prizes for everyone. A string ensemble will perform in the lobby when doors open at 10:30 a.m. For more information go to cymo.org, call (909) 624-3614,  or email rjscymo@aol.com.

LEANO TALKS REFUGEES The final event of this year’s On Same Page season takes place at 2 p.m. in the Claremont Public Library’s meeting room at 208 N. Harvard Ave. The free and open to the public talk, featuring Claremont city councilmember and immigration attorney Jed Leano, will explore ideas in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s essay in The Refugees, “On Being a Refugee, an American—and a Human Being.” It will include commentary, stories, food and celebration of refugees in our community. Mr. Leano will talk about refugee relocation in California and about his visits to the refugee detainment center at Adelanto in San Bernardino County.

Sunday, March 17

COFFEE, STROLL, REPEAT 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.

THE MARVELS OF MAHLER, LISZT The Claremont Symphony presents “the Marvels of Mahler and Liszt,” a free and open to the public 3:30 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Now in its 66th season, CSO, led by music director Robert Sage, will perform Piano Concerto No. 1 by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, and Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler. More information is available by visiting claremontso.org or calling (909) 596-5979.

VESPERS BRING RUSSIAN GROUP TO TOWN This month’s free and open to the public Jazz Vespers event at Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, features a 6 p.m. performance from Russia’s St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble. “The season of Lent invites us to spend more time in contemplation and prayer,” a press release read. “We offer this vespers service as a time for this ancient and spirit filled music to accompany you on your journey.” This concert will include Russian sacred music and traditional folk songs. More information is at claremontpres.org or (909) 624-9693.

Monday, March 18

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.

Tuesday, March 19

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.

 

UC LOOKS AT ‘IMPACT CRATERING’ The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Impact Cratering,” with guest speaker Eric B. Grosfils, professor of geology at Pomona 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. “While earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other events persistently remind us that we live on the surface of a geologically hazardous planet, it is easy to forget that one of the most potentially severe threats we face originates beyond our earth,” a press release read. “In this talk Mr. Grosfils will provide a brief overview of impact cratering as it affected earth in the geologic past. We will discuss what is happening in the present, and then explore what will almost certainly happen in the future.” Mr. Grosfils, a professor of geology at Pomona College, majored in physics and geology as an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary before going on to receive his MS and PhD from Brown University. As a planetary volcanologist, his goal is to improve our understanding of the mechanics of shallow magma storage and migration in order to better understand the conditions associated with some of the largest eruptions (and intrusive events) that occur on earth and elsewhere in the solar system. More info is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

Wednesday, March 20

NATURAL OBESITY PREVENTION Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s free and open to the public Every Woman’s Journey lecture series continues at 6:30 p.m. with “BioNatural Cure: The Approach to Optimum Health.” The talk, at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 N. Monte Vista Ave., Claremont, features Nadir Sidiqi, PhD, who will discuss natural obesity prevention and healthy living through plant-based eating. Please RSVP by phone at (909) 865-9858, or via email at ferc@pvhmc.org.

HAPPY?EQUINOX Today marks the March equinox—the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator, which is the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator, from south to north. The equinox officially takes place locally at 2:58 p.m., which marks the mid point of day and night  sharing equal time. The word equinox comes from Latin and means “equality of night and day.”

Thursday, March 21

SPRING INTO HEALTH, WELLNESS A free and open to the public event, “Spring Into Health and Wellness Expo,” takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. It features raffles and prizes and a host of vendors, including Young Living Essential Oils, crystal healing by B*MoonStruck, Find Hope Therapy, lymphatic specialist Kelly Wright, Innerworks Wellness Center, massage therapy by Lupe Molina, Salt Oasis and Kangen Water. Register online and get more info by searching Spring Into Health and Wellness Expo at eventbrite.com.

GREEN BEER Claremont Green Drinks gets together from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., 204c, to discuss all things sustainable and green, over beer(s). Sustainable Claremont hosts this monthly green networking event every third Thursday. For more information visit sustainableclaremont.org or call (909)625-8767, extension 238.

ACTIVE CLAREMONT TALKS WATER Active Claremont’s monthly free and open to the public meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the Santa Fe room at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Matthew Litchfield, general manager of Three Valleys Water District, will present information on the water situation in the Claremont region, the San Gabriel Valley and Southern California. For information call (909) 621-2079.

Friday, March 22

ANTHONY MUÑOZ IN TOWN FOR BENEFIT Tickets are $100 to attend the Champions for Children fundraiser featuring former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle and Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz, who will share his story at 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Widely considered one of the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history, Mr. Muñoz grew up in Ontario, and credits his success to the many people that supported him as an athlete at Chaffey High School and the Ontario Parks and Recreation department. “Every child deserves a chance to succeed, and sports is often a path to opportunity and hope,” said Mr. Muñoz. “I am honored to support the Children’s Fund in their efforts to raise much-needed funds to support the area’s most vulnerable youth.” Hosted by the West End Auxiliary of Children’s Fund, funds raised at the event will support San Bernardino County’s Foster and Kinship Youth Sports Faire, which provides local foster children experiences that promote physical health, teamwork and overall wellbeing. Tickets and more information are available by calling (909) 899-6797 or emailing barbcwe@gmail.com.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Ophelia’s Jump Productions, 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland, kicks off its seventh season at 8 p.m. with 2014 Tony Award winner Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Tickets are $40 for Hedwig, which Entertainment Weekly called “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time.” The musical, by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who is also the victim of a botched sex-change operation, hence the “angry inch.” The show is up through April 14, running at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays. More info is at opheliasjump.org or (909) 734-6565.

Saturday, March 23

LIGHT AND LOVE Tickets are $20 at the door or $17 in advance for Claremont Chorale’s concert, “Light and Love,” at 3 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Conducted by Alan Wellman, the concert will feature two works with chamber ensemble, and a world premiere. John Rutter’s “Requiem” will feature the Chorale accompanied by a chamber orchestra of seven players. Though he is best known for his carols and short pieces, Mr. Rutter also has a number of other works to his name. “The Requiem,” completed in 1985, does not adhere strictly to the conventional Catholic liturgy, but combines texts from the Requiem Mass and the Book of Common Prayer. “A Tapestry of Music,” winner of the Chorale’s 2018 composition contest, will receive its world premiere, with composer Sherry Blevins in the audience. An award-winning music educator and conductor at Appalachian State University, North Carolina, Ms. Blevins began composing only four years ago. Several of her published works will be premiered in 2019. Tickets and info are available at claremontchorale.org, by calling (909) 239-8313, via email at president@claremontchorale.org, or from a Chorale member.

PIE DAY The seventh annual Pie Festival is happening in the Claremont Village from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The family-friendly and free event will feature special guest Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie in Detroit. She will be doing demonstrations at the demo stage in the Laemmle Plaza as well as signing her book, Sister Pie, the Recipes & Stories of a Big Hearted Bakery in Detroit. There will be artisan vendors, pie, musical entertainment, a classic car show. A pie-eating contest will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the city hall patio, and local bakers are urged to enter the pie baking contest. Registration forms are available online at claremontpiefestival.com. The classic car show has been a growing favorite of the pie festival and is expanding to Harvard Avenue, between Bonita and First Street. Cars are awarded trophies in various categories including “The American Pie” prize. A new addition to the festival this year is a Retro Fashion Show, which will be held at Shelton Park from 2 to 2:30 p.m. for guys and gals ages 18 and up. Visit claremontpiefestival.com for information. The festival is produced by the Claremont Village Marketing Group.