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Kesem fundraiser, noon music, Claremont Classic, bird walk, marsico at Rhino and more

Friday, April 5

FRIDAY NOON FUN Scripps College’s ongoing free and fun Friday Noon Concerts roll on at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont, with violinist Jin-Shan Dai, and pianist Jennie Jung performing music by Mozart and others. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

THE CANYON OPENS The long awaited opening of the Canyon Montclair takes place at 6 p.m. The music venue and restaurant, located at the west end of the Montclair Place Mall in the former food court area, boasts a $1 million audio/video system and has a capacity of 1,300. Former Motley Crüe front man Vince Neil is the opening night headliner, with tickets starting at $58. Tickets start at $10 for the club’s first local showcase this Sunday, April 7. Headlining that show are a local favorite, The Dogs, with support from Backstreet and local original band Groove Session. Tickets for all shows are available at the box office, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com, or by calling (866) 448-7849. Canyon shows are mostly all ages, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Opening bands usually go on at 7:15 p.m., with headliners at 9 p.m. The Canyon is at 5060 E. Montclair Plaza, space #2020. More information is at wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com/canyon-montclair.

BRAHMS, ROSSINI Pomona College presents a free and open to the public junior recital at 8 p.m. at Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Matthew Cook (PO ’20), baritone, will perform music by Brahms, Fauré, Rossini and others. Mr. Cook will be joined by pianist Kyungmi Kim. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

Saturday, April 6

CAMP KESEM FUNDRAISER Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges, a nationwide community driven by student leaders who support children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, holds its spring fundraiser, “Make the Magic,” at 6 p.m. in The Hampton Room, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. Tickets are $60 and are available at donate.kesem.org, search “make the magic Claremont.” This year’s Monte Carlo themed gala includes dinner, wine tasting, a silent auction and a photo booth. Funds raised will help provide yearlong peer support and send more than 30 kids to camp. Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges is operated by student volunteers and serves kids ages six to 18. For info, visit campkesem.org/claremont.

PETER CASE Veteran troubadour Peter Case is back at the Folk Music Center tonight for a 7:30 p.m. solo acoustic show. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door or at the store, 220 Yale Ave., Claremont. Mr. Case is a founding member of the Los Angeles pop group The Plimsouls (“A Million Miles Away”), as well as punk rockers The Nerves (“Hanging on the Telephone”). His latest record, “Highway 62,” features Folk Music Center owner and Grammy-winning musician Ben Harper on lead and slide guitar. More info is at petercase.com, folkmusiccenter.com or (909) 624-2928.

Sunday, April 7

CLAREMONT CLASSIC The Claremont Classic takes place beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Claremont High School’s track, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd. At 7:30 a.m. the 10,000m/5,000m race walk gets underway; at 9:30 a.m. another 5,000-meter race walk starts; at 10:30 a.m. a 5,000-meter power walk gets started; and at 11:30 a.m. a 1,500-meter race walk begins. Registration and info is at runsignup.com/race/ca/claremont. Pre-registration fees for one race are $39, with each additional race costing $10. Day of race fees are $50 and $15. First, second and third place medals will be awarded in all age groups. For more information email kellenheld@gmail.com. 

FAMILY BIRD WALK Pomona Valley Audubon Society leads a free 8 a.m. family bird walk at Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. A skilled  Audubon member will lead the group on the two-hour excursion. Participants should bring binoculars and meet at the entrance prior to 8 a.m. There is no charge to enter the Garden with the Audubon group. More info is available by calling (909) 982-9727.

MARKETING Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Avenue, 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 information is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

COMIC BOOKS & COLLECTIBLES The Packing House, at 532 W. First St., Claremont, is the site of the monthly free comic book and collectibles show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event features comic book art demonstrations, comic books, collectibles, new and vintage comics, graphic novels and more.

MARSICO AT RHINO Veteran bassist and author Tony Marsico helps Claremont’s Rhino Records, at 235 Yale Ave., kick of the week of Record Store Day with an in-store appearance, reading and book signing at 2 p.m. Mr. Marsico will sign copies of his third book, I’m Just Here for The Gig, which includes 30-plus vignettes, from his earliest with original Los Angeles punks The Plugz, on up through his time as a session and touring player with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Marianne Faithfull, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt and others. More info is at theetonymarsico.com or rhinorecords.cc.

CELEBRATING CRUMB AT 90 Pomona College hosts a free and open to the public 3 p.m. concert, “Celebrating George Crumb at 90,” at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee, a champion of music from across the decades, has brought together fellow musicians to perform an all-Crumb program in honor of the composer’s 90th birthday. Joining Ms. Lee are pianist Brian Hsu–from Loyola University (New Orleans), soprano Melissa Givens, oboist Francisco Castillo, mandolin player Joti Rockwell, harpist Alison Bjorkedal, percussionists Yuri Inoo, Derek Tywoniuk and Dustin Donahue, and others. Mr. Crumb, winner of Grammy and Pulitzer prizes, is still actively composing today. His music often juxtaposes contrasting musical styles, ranging from that of the western art-tradition to hymns and folk music to non-Western stylings. The program includes Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos IV), for piano four-hands with Brian Hsu; and Ancient Voices of Children, “A Cycle of Songs on Texts by Federico García Lorca,” (1970). More info is at pomona.edu/events.

OPEN POETRY READING Ironbark Ciderworks, at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., suite 107B, hosts the monthly free and open to the public first Sunday Open Words poetry reading from 5 to 7 p.m. Come early and sign up to read your poetry or other creative work or just come and listen. For info email mari_werner@yahoo.com.

Monday, April 8

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!”

A FRENCH PERSPECTIVE ON EP ELECTIONS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 12:15 p.m. lecture, “Could a ‘Populist Internationale’ Redefine Europe’s Place in the 21st Century?” with guest speaker Maya Kandel. The upcoming elections for the European Parliament (EP) will have major strategic and historic implications. Ms. Kandel, French historian, scholar and researcher at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, says that framing the elections as a fight between progressives and populists (or globalists and nationalists) is too simplistic. Since 2017 Ms. Kandel has led United States and Transatlantic Issues at the Policy Planning Staff of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. Information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

A LOOK AT OTHELLO The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley welcomes scholar and writer Miranda Johnson-Haddad as its guest speaker at its free and open to the public 2 p.m. meeting at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Ms. Johnson-Haddad will tackle the “Issue of Proof” in Othello. “That handkerchief did an Egyptian to my mother give,” says the Moor in the play. Ms. Johnson-Haddad will speak on such proofs in the Bard’s great tragedy. Currently the dramaturg for Othello at A Noise Within in Pasadena, Ms. Johnson-Haddad will share her scholarship and insights into this thorny play. She will also welcome questions about Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and Argonautica, two other productions she has mentored this season. Light refreshments will be served. For information email lucylynch@aol.com or call (909) 717-1109.

GENDER JUSTICE 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, “The Road to Gender Justice in the Era of Resistance,” with guest speaker Fatima Goss Graves. “How can the movement for gender justice build for the long haul during a period of resistance?” an Ath press release asked. “Ms. Goss Graves, a longtime civil and gender rights activist and president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, will explore how—even in the midst of defending core rights—we can use smart advocacy to achieve law, policy, and culture change.

Information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Tuesday, April 9

CLAREMONT REC EXCURSIONS Claremont Community and Human Services Department invites residents 50 years or older to sign up for several excursions being offered thorough its recreation program. Registration opens at 9 a.m. today for a taco tour of Los Angeles on May 2; a Warner Bros. studio tour June 18; Hugh Jackman at the Hollywood Bowl July 19; and the Pageant of the Masters at Laguna Beach on August 6. Registration is online at claremontrec.com (use coupon code “trip” for a $10 discount), in person at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., or by phone at (909) 399-5490. The taco tour of Los Angeles costs $70 and includes authentic, traditional tacos from taquerias throughout LA, information on the history of the various neighborhoods and restaurants. More info is at claremontrec.com.

VINCE TURNER TURNS UP UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The 11th Annual Claremont Film Festival, the Finest Films from throughout the World,” with guest speaker Vincent Turner, manager of the Claremont Film Festival. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. The Claremont Film Festival will celebrate its 11th year this May. The festival features remarkable short films from around the world. It’s founder, Vince Turner, will discuss the event’s success along with what makes a good film and what will be the future of film in the internet, digital age.  His talk will include the economics of film festivals, what festivals look for, and the pros and cons of going to film school, and includes a slideshow. He will also announce new endeavors of the festival and how they will affect the movie-going audience in Claremont. Vince Turner and local volunteers started the Claremont Festival in 2009 with the opening of the Laemmle Theatre. Vince teaches accounting at Cal Poly Pomona, and hosts online classes for 80,000 students worldwide. He is a former elected trustee of the Ventura County Community College District. He has a master’s degree in business administration and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

AUTHOR, ARTIST IN TALK The Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center at The Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, hosts a free and open to the public 5:30 p.m. author talk and book signing with local author and artist Eleanor Scott Meyers, author of The Compromise...a love story. She will discuss the crafting of her novel, a story of three people and their extended family in a small Kansas town. For information and to register, call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.

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. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. More information is at cscclub.org.

Wednesday, April 10

RETURNING NAZI LOOTED ART 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, “Living History: Three Decades of Researching and Restituting Nazi Looted Art,” with guest speaker Jonathan Petropoulos, professor of European history at CMC, who will discuss his forthcoming book on the biography of one of history’s biggest art plunderers, focusing on three areas: first, the scholarly field, where he will recount how researchers have addressed the “unfinished business” of World War II; second, the practical application of his scholarship, including how he has served as an expert witness in restitution litigation; and third, the personal dimensions of his research, including the ethical challenges of interviewing former perpetrators to write the history and achieve some measure of justice. He is the author of Art as Politics in the Third Reich; The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany; and Artists Under Hitler: Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany, among other titles. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

THE JUNGLE GROWS BACK 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, “The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World,” with guest speaker Robert Kagan. “Drawing from his latest book, The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World, Mr. Kagan, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will reflect on what comes next for the United States.” He is a contributing columnist at The Washington Post. His previous book was The New York Times bestseller, The World America Made.  Information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

STRETCHING: NOT JUST FOR ATHLETES Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Every Woman’s Journey series continues with a free and open to the public stretching class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 N. Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. Fitness trainer Kaitlyn Lopez will lead the session on the benefits of stretching, including reduced muscle tension, increased range of movement, enhanced muscular coordination, increased circulation of the blood and increased energy levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or mat to sit on. RSVP at (909) 865-9858 or emailing ferc@pvhmc.org.

WHY OUR TREES ARE DYING The Claremont Garden Club hosts a free and open to the public discussion, “Why Our Trees Are Dying,” at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Building, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Jerrold Turney, an arborist and plant pathologist, will speak about the tree mortality caused by bacterial leaf scorch and the polyphagous shothole borer. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., with the talk following at 7 p.m.. Participants will learn which trees are not hosts of these two pests and how to water and care for both new and established trees. More info is at claremontgardenclub.org or via email at info@claremontgardenclub.org.

Thursday, April 11

A LIFE IN LA COUNTY 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, “Reflections of a Life in Los Angeles County,” with guest speaker Zev Yaroslavsky, director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the department of history. He has been at the forefront of Los Angeles County’s biggest issues, including transportation, the environment, healthcare, and cultural arts for almost 40 years. He will reflect on his life in public life serving the county of Los Angeles as he is honored as the recipient of Rose Award for Excellence in Public Service. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

MAGIC AND MENTALISM AT PACKING HOUSE Tickets are $15 for Handcrafted Mysteries: An Evening of Magic with Greg Van Holsbeck, from 8 to 9 p.m. at The Claremont Forum Bookstore, 586 W. First St. Handcrafted Mysteries is an immersive magic and mentalism experience. Mr. Van Holsbeck is a professional magician and member of Hollywood’s Magic Castle. “In Handcrafted Mysteries, you won’t find rabbits, glittery suits, or large apparatus (unless you bring your own),” a press release read. “You will, however, find highly interactive and entertaining tricks involving skill, psychology and a few small ordinary objects.” Recommended for ages 16 and up. The show repeats at 8 p.m. every Thursday in April. Tickets are available at gvmagic.com.

Friday, April 12

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE Alma Trejo, Southern California field organizer for the California Federation of Labor and the California Works Foundation, will discuss environmental justice at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s meeting and luncheon at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd. Lunch is $17 and includes beverage, tax and tip, and begins at 11:45 a.m. The free talk, part of the club’s Gar Byrum Distinguished Speaker Series, begins at 12:45 p.m. The labor federation is made up of 1,200 affiliated unions and works in legislative, political and economic actions. The California Works Foundation promotes understanding of the effects of economic and social policy on working people and their families. Info is available via email at jackncarolee@verizon.net.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch hosts a “Karaoke Koncert” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the Garner House patio in Claremont’s Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The event is open to people age 50 and over. Reservations are required by noon Wednesday, April 10. Admission is $15 and includes beverages, food and entertainment. For reservations or more information, call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.

Saturday, April 13

MEET THE BIRDS Pomona Valley Audubon Society invites folks to “Meet the Birds,” from 9 to 11 a.m. at Thompson Creek Trail Bird Oasis, located about one block west of Pomello Avenue. Participants will have the opportunity to see local birds up close and ask questions of the group’s experts. Scopes and binoculars will be available, or bring your own to see jays, sparrows, towhees, bluebirds, quail, titmice, woodpeckers, hawks and goldfinches. The free event is family and kid-friendly. Free parking is available at the Indian Hill lot (just before Armstrong), walk east along the trail about a half-mile or park in the upper Claremont Hills Wilderness Park lot (free for residents with parking stickers; a small fee for others) and walk west about a half-mile on Thompson Creek Trail, cross Pomello and continue for about a block (phew!)?More info is available at pomonavalleyaudubon.org or via email at sthompson@pomona.edu.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL The free annual International Festival takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at Claremont McKenna College’s North Mall, 390 E. Ninth St. The International Festival highlights various cuisines and cultures of students from abroad who attend the Colleges. International students get the opportunity to practice leadership skills by operating booths reflecting their native lands while sharing their customs with the Claremont community. The event is hosted by International Place of the Claremont Colleges. More info is available at (909) 607-4571 or via email at iplace@cmc.edu.