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Friday, April 19

WORLD PREMIERE AT NOON 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 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 is an assistant professor of music at Pomona College and in addition to her solo appearances, she regularly performs with the Grammy-winning Conspirare. More information is at pomona.edu/events.

 

Saturday, April 20

‘CAVIAR’ SCIENCE EVENT AT LIBRARY Claremont’s Helen Renwick Library, at 208 N Harvard Ave, Claremont, hosts a free and open to the public science event, “STEAM-y Food: Fruit Juice and Caviar,” from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is limited to 20 people. Come learn the principles of chemistry to make artificial “caviar” bubbles, similar to those in Boba tea, out of fruit juices for a unique molecular gastronomy taste sensation. To learn more, visit lacountylibrary.org, follow @LACountyLibrary on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, call (909) 621-4902, or email cbarthelette@library.lacounty.gov.

‘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 Baseline Ave., 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 more info call (909) 983-9879.

GET HOPPING Join the city of Claremont for its annual egg hunt this morning from 9 to 11 a.m. at Memorial Park on Indian Hill Blvd. The Kiwanis Club will kick things off with the traditional pancake breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. The cost for the breakfast is $5 per person. The egg hunt, which includes candy-filled eggs for the little ones, is free.

 

Sunday, April 21

EASTER AT THE MARKET 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.

 

Monday, April 22

LOVE YOUR MOTHER Today we celebrate our home with Earth Day. Events demonstrating support for environmental protection will be happening worldwide. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now celebrated in 193 countries. On Earth Day in 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries, outlining plans to combat the devastating long-term effects of the established science of climate change. The main aim of the agreement is to hold the increase in the global average temperature to below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. On June 1, 2017, President Trump withdrew the US from all participation in that agreement, contending that it would “undermine the US economy.” If you’d like a primer on climate change, tomorrow Claremont’s Scripps College hosts a free and open to the public event, “Losing Earth: A Conversation with Nathaniel Rich,” at 7 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 1030 Columbia Ave. “By 1979, we knew all that we know now about the science of climate change: what was happening, why it was happening, and how to stop it,” read a Scripps press release. “Nathaniel Rich’s book Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change is the groundbreaking account of our failure to act.” More info on that event is at scrippscollege.edu/events.

METROLINK IS FREE TODAY In observance of Earth Day, Metrolink is offering free train rides to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and minimize their environmental footprint by using public transportation. If 1,000 people gave up their cars and rode Metrolink on Earth Day, they would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23,472 pounds, which is the equivalent of the carbon sequestered by a 12-acre forest, the size of 10 football fields. More info is at metrolinktrains.com.

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!”

DREIER, FILMMAKER DISCUSS ‘BETTER ANGELS’ The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free film screening and panel discussion. Better Angels, a documentary film, screens at 6:10 p.m. It will be followed by a discussion with panelists David Dreier, former congressman, and William Mundell. “At a time when the world’s two acknowledged superpowers seem to be moving towards economic and political conflict, a new feature documentary explores how the destiny of both countries became so deeply and inextricably intertwined,” read an Ath press release. “By examining the day-to-day lives of ordinary Chinese and American citizens, this feature-length documentary asks: Can the United States survive the rise of China? Is confrontation inevitable? Produced over five years, shot on four continents, and created with the participation of three US secretaries of state, the documentary captures compelling stories that highlight the global stakes, challenges and opportunities of the world’s most important bilateral relationship. A Q and A and discussion will follow the screening. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

 

Tuesday, April 23

STARK TO TELL HER STORY The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “My Claremont History and First Months as a Claremont City Council Member,” with Claremont City Councilmember Jennifer Stark. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Raised in Claremont, University Club member Jennifer Stark is inspired by family and friends whose decades of community service have helped define Claremont’s unique character. She is a community activist and volunteer, involved in many programs that contribute to the environment, well-being, education and enrichment of our community. She also teaches yoga at Pomona College. Educated in the Claremont public schools and Pitzer College, Ms. Stark is married to David Berke (also a Claremont native). They have three children. Bring questions about local issues. Information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

NORTH INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC 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. concert, “An Evening of North Indian Classical Music,” with Nandini Majumdar, Nawal Kishore Singh and Paul Livingstone, featuring an evening of traditional Hindustani music. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

LOSING EARTH Claremont’s Scripps College hosts a free and open to the public event, “Losing Earth: A Conversation with Nathaniel Rich,” at 7 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 1030 Columbia Ave. “By 1979, we knew all that we know now about the science of climate change: what was happening, why it was happening, and how to stop it,” read a Scripps press release. “Nathaniel Rich’s book Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change is the groundbreaking account of our failure to act. Now, as the world grapples with the devastating realities of rising temperatures and shrinking ice caps, Rich offers a clear-eyed assessment of how we got to now, and what we can and must do before it’s truly too late.” “A maddening book full of what-ifs and the haunting suspicion that if treated as a political problem and not as a matter of life and death, climate change will cook everyone’s geese,” wrote The Kirkus Review. Ben Rhodes, author of The New York Times bestseller, The World as It Is, co-host of Pod Save the World, and former adviser to President Barack Obama, joins Mr. Rich for a conversation. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events.

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 computers, tablets and smart phones. Newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.

 

Wednesday, April 24

CMC RESEARCHERS PRESENT PROJECTS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts “The Institute Night,” a free 6:15 p.m. showcase with students from CMC research institutes. In this inaugural event, students representing CMC research institutes and centers will present their projects, experiences and insights. The evening’s presentations span the disciplines of finance, economics, government, international studies, humanistic studies, human rights, environment, individual freedom and leadership. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

 

Thursday, April 25

LWV LOOKS AT GERRYMANDERING, VOTER SUPPRESSION The League of Women Voters of the Mt. Baldy Area will discuss gerrymandering and voter suppression with Cindy Ruel at its free and open 9:30 a.m. meeting at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, 875 E. Bonita Ave., Pomona, Building D, fourth floor. Ms. Ruel, the group’s voter services director, will present information on two Supreme Court cases and discuss new and old tactics in voter suppression. An evening meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park’s Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. For information click on lwvmtbaldyarea.org or call (909) 624-9457.

HEALTHCARE GURU, CGU PRES Claremont Graduate University invites the public to a 4 p.m. conversation with John Bardis in the Honnold/Mudd Library’s Founders Room, 800 N. Dartmouth Ave. The event, hosted by CGU President Len Jessup, is free and open to the public and includes refreshments. Seating is limited, and an RSVP is recommended at cgu-bardis.eventbrite.com or by calling (909) 621-8264. A CGU press release. “The hour-long discussion will explore Mr. Bardis’s thoughts on the national healthcare conversation, his passion for helping veterans, his wrestling background and involvement with the US Olympic wrestling team, his views on workplace design, as well as an organization’s obligation to its employees.” In addition to having served as the Assistant Secretary for Administration at the US Department of Health and Human Services in the Trump Administration, Mr. Bardis founded MedAssets, a healthcare financial improvement company with more than 100,000 healthcare providers as clients. More info is at cgu-bardis.eventbrite.com or (909) 621-8264.

MASS PERSUASION, BIG DATA The Hampton Room at Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, hosts a free and open to the public 6 p.m. talk, “From Mass to Micro Persuasion in the Age of Big Data,” with Harvard professor Rebecca Lemov. During World War II a team of behavioral scientists undertook the Mass Persuasion study to trace the mechanisms by which Americans exposed to propaganda were compelled to change normal behavior. Published in 1946, the team laid out principles by which “technicians of sentiment” influenced a mass audience by triggering patriotic responses. This talk will examine how such persuasive techniques work today, when they are driven by “big data,” real-time information gathering, and AI in the form of microtargeting. Cambridge Analytica and more recent examples of behavioral engineering will be examined. Ms. Lemov is a professor at Harvard where she teaches about the pre-history of big data, brainwashing techniques, and the behavioral sciences. More info is available via email at humanitiesinstitute@scrippscollege.edu, or by calling (909) 621-8237.

MAGIC AND MENTALISM 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 member of Hollywood’s Magic Castle. Recommended for ages 16 and up. The show repeats at 8 p.m. every Thursday in April. Tickets are at gvmagic.com.

 

Friday, April 26

ARBOR DAY IN THE CITY OF TREES Today is Arbor Day, a surprisingly longstanding holiday with the sweetly altruistic goal of getting folks to plant trees. That’s right: no presents to buy, no cakes, no weird rituals, just the lovely process of placing a tree in the ground. The holiday is observed in many countries around the world, usually in spring. The Spanish village of Mondoñedo held the world’s first arbor festival way back in 1594. The tiny Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra held the first modern Arbor Day in 1805.

 

Saturday, April 27

GOT ART? DONATE IT TO THE PILGRIMS Pilgrim Place’s annual art donation party, Got Art?, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fine Arts Studio, 698 Scrooby Lane, Claremont. Donors are asked to bring framed or unframed wall art to help support the 2019 Pilgrim Place Festival’s Fine Arts Booth. For information call (909) 399-5500.

TASTE OF CLAREMONT The 20th annual Taste of Claremont happens today from 5 to 9 p.m. at Claremont University Consortium, 101 S. Mills Ave. Tickets are $75 for the 21-and-over event can be purchased at tasteofclaremont.org, from local vendors or from a member of the Rotary Club of Claremont, the event’s sponsor. The event features more than 40 local restaurants, wineries and breweries. Guests can enjoy live music, an art exhibition, raffle prizes and a strolling magician. Last year’s event drew 850 guests and raised more than $55,000 for charitable organizations. More info is at tasteofclaremont.org.