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Friday, March 22

ANTHONY MUNOZ AT 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 who 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

PIE FEST RETURNS The seventh annual Claremont Pie Festival takes place in the Village from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free, family-friendly event includes a pie-eating contest, vendor booths, makers and bakers demonstrations, a pie recipe card hunt at more than 25 Village businesses, a retro fashion show, a classic car show and of course a pie baking competition. A tasting buffet follows the competition at 4 p.m. More info is at claremontpiefestival.com.

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 John Rutter’s “Requiem,” with 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 are at claremontchorale.org, by calling (909) 239-8313, via email at president@claremontchorale.org, or from a Chorale member.

Sunday, March 24

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.

LAUDED POETS AT THE LIBRARY The free and open to the public Fourth Sundays Poetry event features Andrea Carter Brown and Chloe Martinez reading at 2 p.m. at the newly renovated Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. Ms. Carter Brown is the author of The Disheveled Bed and an award-winning chapbook, Brook & Rainbow. Her new chapbook, Domestic Karma, was published in October 2018. Her current manuscript, American Fraktur, was selected by Jane Hirshfield for the 2018 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award from Marsh Hawk Press. Other prizes include the James Dickey Prize from Five Points, the River Styx International Poetry Prize, and the Gustav Davidson Memorial Award from PSA, among others. A founding editor of the poetry journal Barrow Street, she was managing editor of The Emily Dickinson Journal and taught creative writing at Pomona College. She now serves as series editor of The Washington Prize for The Word Works. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is a backyard citrus farmer. More information is at andreacarterbrown.com. Ms. Martinez is a poet and a scholar of South Asian religions. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications, including Waxwing, The Normal School, The Collagist, PANK and Crab Orchard Review, and have been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a poetry book reviewer for RHINO, a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal, and one of the organizers of a new literary reading series in the Los Angeles area, The Sprawwl. She is the program coordinator for the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at Claremont McKenna College, as well as lecturer and fellow in Sikh Studies in CMC’s Department of Religious Studies. See more at chloeavmartinez.com.

Monday, March 25

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.

SPEAK FOR THE TREES Claremont Community and Human Services and Green Crew of Sustainable Claremont are asking for public input at their second Urban Forest Community Meeting at 6 p.m. at city hall’s Citrus Room, 225 W. Second St. “Let’s discuss our city trees and the management plan for the future of our community forest,” a press release read. An RSVP is encouraged via email to greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org. For questions or more information call (800) 948-1519.

SELF PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free and open to the public 6:15 p.m. lecture, “Self-Portrait in Black and White,” with guest speaker Thomas Chatterton Williams. “A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Thomas Williams’ forthcoming book, Self-Portrait in Black and White, is the story of one American family’s multi-generational transformation from what is called black to what is assumed to be white,” read an Ath press release.  Mr. Williams is the author of Losing My Cool and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s and the London Review of Books. He is a 2019 New America Fellow and the recipient of a Berlin Prize. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

DEMS HOST RETIREE ADVOCATE Louie Duran, treasurer of the California Alliance for Retired Americans, will discuss “Why CARA?” at the free and open to the public Democratic Club of Claremont’s meeting at 7 p.m. in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Commons Room, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. The program is part of a Democratic Club series aimed to inform its members and the community about local progressive groups. The Alliance is a coalition of AFL-CIO-affiliated unions and community groups that aims to protect the rights of retired Americans, focusing on legislation and consumer issues. Mr. Duran holds and master’s degree in public administration, has been an elected union officer, and has been an advocate for seniors for more than 25 years. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call (909) 626-8122 or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

Tuesday, March 26

UC RINGS THE BELLS The University Club of Claremont hosts a luncheon and musical lecture, “The History of Modern Handbells,” with Bill Waggener and soloist Susan Hitch. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “Although handbells first appeared many centuries ago in England, their current use as a musical instrument is a relatively recent phenomenon,” a press release read. “Learn about the history of handbells and hear their wonderful music.” Mr. Waggener earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Pomona College and master’s from Claremont Graduate University. For 47 years until they retired last June, he and his wife Lee were on the music staff of Claremont United Church of Christ, where they directed the handbell program from its inception in 1974. Ms. Hitch has been a ringer with the CUCC handbell program for many years. She is unique in that she owns her own set of Malmark handbells and is a highly experienced solo ringer who has performed at International Handbell Symposia throughout the world. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

THE SIKH ART SYMBIOSIS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free and open to the public 6:15 p.m. lecture, “Early Sikh Art: The Symbiosis of Painting and Poetry,” with guest speaker Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh. Ms. Singh will explore how early Sikh art illuminates the Sikh sacred text, amplifies Sikh theological precepts, and “expresses an existential mode of being here and now,” a press release read. Ms. Singh is the head of the department of religious studies at Colby College. Her interests focus on Asian religions, feminist issues, and sacred art and poetry. She has published extensively in the field of Sikh studies. Her books include Of Sacred and Secular Desire: An Anthology of Lyrical Writings from the Punjab, Sikhism: An Introduction, and Cosmic Symphony, among many others. She has authored almost 100 articles and book chapters and given more than 250 lectures nationally and internationally. More info is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or email athenaeum@cmc.edu.

SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB 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. More information is at cscclub.org.

LOCAL UN HONORS WOMEN’S DAY The United Nations Association of Pomona Valley honors International Women’s Day at 7 p.m. in Pomona College’s Hahn Hall, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. The free and open to the public event will include reports from local UNA members on the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women, and a presentation, “Gender Inclusive Approach to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Lessons Learned from the HIV Pandemic,” by Deborah Mindry. Ms. Mindry earned a PhD from the UC Irvine. She has worked in medical research environments, collaborating with researchers, NGOs and leaders of public institutions in South Africa, Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda and the United States. She is a founding member of the University of California Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise, the Intercollegiate Feminist Center and Pomona College International Relations Program. For information, email cmartin335@gmail.com or call (909) 625-9670.

Wednesday, March 27

TITLE IX: WHY SO CONTROVERSIAL? 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, “Why Has Title IX Become So Controversial?” with guest speaker R. Shep Melnick. Mr. Melnick is a professor of American politics at Boston College and co-chair of the Harvard Program on Constitutional Government. He is the author most recently of The Transformation of Title IX: Regulating Gender Equality in Education. His research has focused on the intersection of law, politics and public policy. His previous books include Regulation and the Courts: The Case of the Clean Air Act and Between the Lines: Interpreting Welfare Rights, which won the 2012 Lasting Contribution award from the American Political Science Association’s Law and Courts section. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

HAILING CÉSAR CHÁVEZ The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a 6:15 p.m. film screening of Hailing César, and a talk with filmmaker Eduardo Chávez, “Exploring Cesar Chávez’s Legacy.” In Hailing César, Mr. Chávez, grandson of legendary civil rights activist César Chávez, takes a journey to understand the legacy of his grandfather and what it means today. Eduardo Chávez is the grandson of both the civil rights activist Cesar Chávez (on his father’s side) and the Cuban revolutionary Max Lesnik (on his mother’s side). He attended Loyola Marymount University on a golf scholarship and played professional golf following college. He is currently a working actor in Los Angeles. His goal is to bring depth to the portrayal of Latino characters in film, television and other media. He is the co-founder of Latindia Studios. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Thursday, March 28

LEAGUE LOOKS AT THE CENSUS The League of Women Voters of the Mt. Baldy Area hosts two free and open to the public “Preparing for the 2020 Census” presentations, at 9:30 a.m. at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, on the fourth floor of Building D, 875 E. Bonita Ave., Pomona; and at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park’s Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The morning session will be presented by Jason Tajima, from Los Angeles County’s administrative office, who will discuss the county’s preparations, and Giovany Hernandez from the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, who will discuss that organization’s work in Los Angeles. The evening session will include a PowerPoint presentation by Mr. Tajima, and LWV President Tressa Kentner and Aden Chavez will discuss the work of NALEO in San Bernardino. In each session there will be discussion of how league members can help in the census. More info is at lwvmtbaldyarea.org or (909) 624-9457.

CHAMPION OF ECUADORIAN FARMERS 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, “Water Rights for Ecuadorian Farmers,” with guest speaker Rachel Conrad. Ms. Conrad, Pomona College graduate (2013) and Napier Prize awardee will talk about her work with and on behalf of farmers in Ecuador’s Dolcepampa Valley, whose water supply was threatened by the construction of a new hydro-electric dam. Her careful work documented the river’s water flow and the amount of water needed to maintain the essential farming economy of the region. The information was crucial to insuring that the dam operators would continue to guarantee sufficient water for the farms. Ms. Conrad is a Fulbright Scholar (2013-14) and recipient of the Napier Award for Creative Leadership in 2013. Her research and documentary film helped to provide voice to the concerns of farmers in 72 area communities. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

Friday, March 29

ARBOR DAY FEST Claremont Community and Human Services and Green Crew of Sustainable Claremont invite the public to their Arbor Day celebration from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 2050 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The event includes an educational and sustainability fair, tree planting along Base Line Road, yoga (bring mats), and a used book swap (bring books). For details see Sustainable Claremont’s Facebook page. An RSVP is required for tree planting via email to greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org or by phone at (800) 948-1519.

CLAREMONT FLOWER SHOW The Women’s Club of Claremont in partnership with The Claremont Garden Club hosts the free and open to the public Claremont Flower Show from noon to 6 p.m. in the historic Woman’s Club of Claremont at 343 W. 12th St. The event continues tomorrow, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Themed “Jazz it Up,” the juried show includes several categories for adults, children and youth, such as miniature gardens, succulent centerpieces, foliage and one-color arrangements, single blooms and branches from winter shrubs. The public is invited to enter the competition or simply come to view the fresh blossoms, greenery and creative floral designs. Exhibitors will vie for first, second, third or honorable mention ribbons. For entry forms and rules visit claremontgardenclub.org.

Saturday, March 30

IGNORANCE IN THE AGE OF INFO Scripps College presents a free and open to the public conference, “Ignorance in the Age of Information,” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave, Claremont. Five major scholars of social epistemology will present and discuss work on the perils of the age of information, the nature of ignorance in a social context, and other problems with our contemporary epistemic environment. Taking part are Sven Bernecker (UC Irvine), Quassim Cassam (University of Warwick), Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern University), Regina Rini (York University) and Jason Stanley (Yale University). Register at scrippscollege.edu/hi/2019-conference-form. For info email humanitiesinstitute@scrippscollege.edu, or call (909) 621-8237.

LIFE IN ANCIENT GREECE Claremont Public Library presents a free and open to the public presentation about life in ancient Greece from 10 to 11 a.m. at 208 N. Harvard Ave. “Evaggelos Vallianatos will depict daily life in ancient Greece as well as illustrate the scientific and technological achievements of the ancient Greeks,” read a library press release.  More info is available at lacountylibrary.org, (909) 621-4902 or via email at cbarthelette@library.lacounty.gov.

POMONA DUO IN FREE LECTURE, RECITAL Pomona College presents a free and open to the public senior lecture and recital at 8 p.m. at Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Jeremy Taylor, baritone, offers a lecture/recital with works by Margaret Bonds, Harry T. Burleigh, Roland Hayes, Undine Smith Moore and Florence B. Price. Mr. Taylor will be joined by pianist Kyungmi Kim. More info is available at pomona.edu/events.