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Monday, April 15

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!”

 

Tuesday, April 16

OPIOIDS, PAIN AND ADDICTION The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Opioids, Pain and Addiction: Fact and Fiction,” with guest speaker Dr. Stephani Sutherland. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “An estimated 37,000 people died from opioid overdose in 2017, and millions more are addicted,” read a UC press release. “But as many as 100 million Americans also live with chronic pain—a much less talked-about public health crisis. Opioids are clearly not a solution to chronic pain, but the problem is complicated.” Dr. Sutherland is a neuroscientist, science journalist and a Claremont native. She earned her PhD in neuroscience in 2001, studying pain-sensing nerve cells, at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland. Since then, she has worked as a freelance journalist for publications including the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, New Scientist and brainfacts.org. Since 2013, she has focused on writing about pain research and opioids. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

YES, WE REALLY NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center presents a free and open to the public advanced care planning workshop, “Do We Really Need to Talk About It?” led by Kathy Yeatman-Stock, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center, 1910 Royalty Dr., Pomona. There will be a discussion about the importance of advance care planning and the legal, financial, and healthcare decision-making process. If you have not yet communicated your wishes for care during the last years of your life, do not have an advance directive yet, or do not know how to access services in the community to help with advance care planning needs, this free program offers help. For more information and to RSVP, call (909) 865-9858.

ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 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, “New Tools of the Trade: Archaeology in the 21st Century,” with guest speaker Eric Poehler. “Digital technologies are revolutionizing how archaeologists study the past,” read an Ath press release. “Today, it is common to see a tablet, laser scanner, or drone used hand in hand with a shovel, trowel or wheelbarrow. Mr. Poehler will present three case studies of archaeological research infused with digital technologies from the recent past, the present, and the near future to examine the ways in which our approach to the past is changing.” More info is at cmc.eduathenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at 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. The group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. Newcomers welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.

 

Wednesday, April 17

AFRICAN AMERICAN QUILTING HISTORY Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation focuses on African American quilting history today, as Allyson Allen will speak on its history and the origins of the modern movement that followed slave era quilts at its open to the public lecture and luncheon at 1:15 p.m. in the Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. To make a reservation for the noon luncheon, send a check for $25 to Scripps College (memo: FAF), Box 1236, Claremont CA, 91711 or email faf@scrippscollege.edu. Women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama have a long history of creating stunning works of art made from recycled work clothes, dresses, feed sacks and fabric remnants. Quilting is an effective and evocative storytelling vehicle, and Ms. Allen shares stories of the Civil Rights era told in fabric. Ms. Allen is a textile artist, author, instructor and curator who creates information art—teaching pieces that convey African American history—not often shared in traditional classrooms. This award-winning Sun City quilter has been recognized by the state of California as a master African-American quilt artist. Her work was included in the landmark exhibition documenting 400 years of African-American history, “And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations,” which toured the United States for several years.

WE ALREADY HAVE WHAT WE NEED The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts another free and open to the public 6:15 p.m. lecture, “We already have what we need: Films and installations of Cauleen Smith,” an interdisciplinary artist who blends the traditional visual art world with film-based practices. She will discuss her touring exhibition “Give It Or Leave It,” and explore models in which utopian social models of radical generosity and hospitality were successfully enacted in the United States: Alice Coltrane’s Gai Anatam Ashram, Simon Rodia’s Watt’s Rowers, Noah Purifoy’s Desert Museum, and the Combahee River Collective. Info is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

 

Thursday, April 18

HELP WITH DOWNSIZING Is the very thought of downsizing overwhelming? Mt. San Antonio Gardens is hosting a special event entitled “The Ups of Downsizing,” presented by Greg Gunderson of Gentle Transitions, Inc. at 10 a.m. Enjoy a continental breakfast while learning helpful tips and strategies that will inspire you to do something with all that “stuff.” Reservations are required. Call (909) 399-1279 to register. A confirmation will be mailed to you.

HUMAN RIGHTS CHALLENGES 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, “Global Challenges to Human Rights Today,” with guest speaker Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein. “From refugee crises and global poverty to rigged elections, growing populism—and the intolerance and oppression it breeds, we are at a pivotal moment in history as the contempt for human rights spreads,” read an Ath press release. “Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of Jordan, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is known for his outspoken criticism of the fascism, religious radicalism, and threats to civil liberties growing in countries around the world.” More info is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

STATE OF THE CITY WITH TARA SCHULTZ Active Claremont hosts city manager Tara Schultz at its free and open to the public 7 p.m. monthly meeting in the Santa Fe room at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Ms. Schultz will present information on the state of the city. For information call (909) 621-2079.

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., Claremont. 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 at gvmagic.com.

 

Friday, April 19

FRIDAY NOON PREMIERE Scripps College’s Friday Noon Concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont, with Anne Harley, soprano, joined by Rachel Rudich on flute, Maggie Parkins and Arman Ksajikian on cello, and Leo Marcus on piano in a world premiere by Joan Huang and music by Max and Ravel. More info is at pomona.edu/academics.

POMONA CHOIR, ORCHESTRA JOIN IN CONCERT Pomona College Choir and Orchestra present their annual free and open to the public joint concert featuring Bloch’s Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service), part I, and Duruflé’s Requiem, at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The show repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21. The choir and orchestra will be led by conductors Donna M. Di Grazi and Eric Lindholm. Joining the ensemble are soloists Melissa Givens (soprano) and Adrien Redford (baritone). Ms. Givens, known for her “elegant presence and excellent singing” (Houston Chronicle), is an assistant professor of music at Pomona College and in addition to her solo appearances, she regularly performs with the Grammy-winning Conspirare. Mr. Redford, a recent Pomona College alumnus, is a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and joined the ensemble in performances this year with Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

 

Saturday, April 20

‘REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING’ La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church, in conjunction with Windsong Southland Chorale and Orchestra and the LVHPC Chancel Choir, presents “Requiem for the Living” by Dan Forrest, a free and open to the public concert at 4 p.m. at La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church, 1040 Base Line Rd., La Verne. The concert, under the direction of Janet Harms, will feature Nightingale Chen on piano, Melody Jan on organ, soloist Vanessa Gomez, soprano, Sandra Grajeda, mezzo-soprano, Thomas Fuentes, tenor, and Isaac Gonzales, bass. For info call (909) 983-9879.