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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 act 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 noon 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 further information about this event contact Pilgrim Place at (909) 399-5500.

GET A 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., Claremont. Tickets are $75 for the 21-and-over event and 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 providing samples of their wares. Guests can also 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 local and international charitable organizations. More info is at tasteofclaremont.org.

FREE CHILDREN’S BOOK FEST The Friends of the Claremont Library invite children pre-K through sixth grade and their families to the free and open to the public eighth annual Children’s Book Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The event includes hands-on activities, storytelling, live music from The Happy Crowd, singing and dancing. Each child in attendance will receive a free book to take home. More info is available at friendsofclaremontlibrary@gmail.com.

 

Sunday, April 28

FARMER’S AND ARTISAN’S 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.

TBI REMEMBERS HOLOCAUST Temple Beth Israel hosts a free and open to the public commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) at 4 p.m. in the TBI Sanctuary, 3033 N. Towne Ave. Pomona, featuring readings from the Diary of Anne Frank. Taking part will be Holocaust survivors and Claremont Mayor Corey Calaycay, Chief of Police Shelley Vander Veen, Claremont High School Principal Brett O’Connor, and second and third generation survivors. The program will also feature Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz, Cantor Paul Buch, and pianist Randy Polevoi. For more information call (909) 626-1277 or email tbi@tbipomona.org.

DO THE BIRD Pomona Valley Audubon Society and Frank G. Bonelli Park Nature Walks join for a stroll at the San Dimas park. The easy two-hour walk is for beginners or experts. The diverse habitat makes this a great place to find Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren and California Gnatcatcher, along with raptors and wintering water fowl. Email warblerod@verizon.net or call (909) 599 6526 for time and directions.

CONCERT FOR CHRISTCHURCH Pomona College presents a free and open to the public 3 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Mark Menzies will play violin, viola and piano, and Gayle Blankenburg will be on piano for a special pre-tour concert featuring the music of Cameron-Wolfe, Debussy, Harrison and Menzies. The duo will offer the same program this May in Christchurch, New Zealand where Mr. Menzies is on faculty at Canterbury University. The Pomona program will be dedicated to the victims of the recent massacre in Christchurch. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

LVSO IN IN CONCERT The La Verne Symphony Orchestra performs a free and open to the public concert at 3 p.m., in University of La Verne’s Morgan Auditorium at Founders Hall, 1950 3rd St., La Verne. The family-friendly program evokes folklore of Norway and Finland in music by Grieg and Glazunov. Works by Mendelssohn and Vivaldi, and the premiere of Danielle Rosaria’s Interoception round out the program. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information see the La Verne Symphony Orchestra Facebook page or email dawnasnow@hotmail. 

IN PRAISE OF LIGHT Claremont Presbyterian Church, at 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, hosts a free and open to the public 6 p.m. Jazz Vespers concert with the Ron Kobayashi Trio. “What is it about light?” asked a CPC press release. “What makes solar energy lift our spirits? The best answers come from the poets, prophets and musicians. Come join us and enjoy a Jazz Vespers in praise of light. Hear what the sages say and sing about that sacred springtime feeling of lightness—when the clouds part and the darkness reveals something truly beautiful.” Free-will donations will be accepted to support the Jazz Vespers series and Laundry Love Pomona, a group that helps those with limited resources with their laundry. More info is at (818) 519-0426.

PRIUS RAFFLE The Claremont Educational Foundation will hold the 2018 Toyota Prius Raffle drawing at 2 p.m. at Claremont Toyota, 601 Auto Center Dr. Come on down to Claremont Toyota at 1 p.m. and enjoy pre-raffle festivities., including a pizza party, treats and other cool raffle prizes. Drawing will be held at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100. For information email info@supportcef.com or call (909) 399-1709.

 

Monday, April 29

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!” 

HOW CHINA REGULATES 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, “China’s Regulatory State and Global Competition,” with guest speaker Roselyn Hsueh. “What is China’s regulatory state and what does it have to do with China’s aspiration to become a global power?” read an Ath press release. Ms. Hsueh, associate professor of political science at Temple University and Global Order Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, will explore the role of China’s regulatory state in its globalization strategy and implications for the current trade war, tech war, climate change and global development. Ms. Hsueh is the author of China’s Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization. Her current research includes her next book, under contract, which investigates the mediating role of market governance in the relationship between global economic integration and development outcomes. More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

INSTITUTIONAL RACISM Jeanette Ellis-Royston, Pomona branch president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will discuss “Institutional Structural Racism” at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s free and open to the public 7 p.m. meeting in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Ms. Ellis-Royston is serving her third term as branch president, leading the organization as it seeks to fulfill its mission of educational, social, political and economic justice. Among her group’s recent actions have been working with local cities that identify as “compassionate” and “sanctuary”; holding rallies and campaigns to address poverty; conducting weekly study circles about racism; and registering voters. The NAACP champions supporting and promoting higher education and affordable college for all students, especially recognizing the needs of students of color. Light refreshments will be served. For info go to claremontdems.org or call (909) 632-1516.

POMONA’S AFRO-CUBAN ENSEMBLE A free concert with Pomona College’s Afro-Cuban Music Ensemble takes place at 8:15 p.m. in Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Joe Addington directs the ensemble in a program of music and dance from the Afro-Cuban Yoruba traditions and more. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

 

Tuesday, April 30

UC LOOKS AT UN The University Club of Claremont hosts a luncheon and musical lecture, “The United Nations Today and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (the Global Goals),” with guest speaker Mel Boynton. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Mr. Boynton is the past president of the Pomona Valley United Nations Association. “For more than 70 years the United Nations has been successful in its primary goal, to prevent another world war,” read a UC press release. “In the same time, many other responsibilities have been added: human rights, feeding the hungry, addressing climate change, assisting refugees, women’s rights and more. Since 2000, the 193 member countries have looked forward with the millennium goals and now the 2015 global goals to address poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice for all.” Mr. Boynton is the immediate past president of the University Club and has a master’s degree in economics from Cornell University. He has been active in the local, regional and national United Nations Association since 2014. He was a state regulator and technology executive in Minnesota before retiring to California in 2003. He is a US Marine Corps veteran and has traveled to more than 35 countries. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

SHEENA HUI PIANO RECITAL 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. piano recital with 2019 graduating senior Sheena Hui, who will perform classical selections from Hadyn, Schumann, Liszt, Bach, Prokofiev, Franck and Lin. Ms. Hui is a graduating CMCer and music and physics student. At the Claremont Colleges, she has studied piano under professors Gayle Blankenburg, Hao Huang and Tatiana Thibodeaux. During her time at CMC, she has been actively involved in music through her solo piano performances, engagement in chamber music activities, composition studies and more. She hopes to pursue piano performance and music academia in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, ping pong and studying philosophy. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/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 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 info is at cscclub.org.

 

Wednesday, May 1

BECOME A FRIEND OF THE WILDERNESS PARK The Friends of the Claremont Wilderness Park’s meeting for folks interested in volunteering takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room of the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The presentation will include the history of the park and the Friends group, and get into descriptions of its current projects, including the second Saturday program (greeting visitors and picking up trash); signage improvement project; invasive species management, and trail improvement and maintenance. More information is at friendsofthewildernesspark.org.

CHINESE MUSIC AT LYMAN Pomona College presents “A Concert of Music from China,” a free and open to the public performance at 8 p.m. at Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. This performance will feature regional music from China performed by students of the Pomona College Music Cultures of China course. The performance will also feature a chamber ensemble of professional Chinese musicians (on erhu, dizi, pipa, and yangqin) from the greater Los Angeles area. This concert is directed by Pomona College visiting assistant professor, Charlotte D’Evelyn, director. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

THE ADVOCATES The Napier Initiative of Pilgrim Place and the Claremont Colleges offer a 7 p.m. screening of the documentary, The Advocates, at Decker Hall at Pilgrim Place, 625 Mayflower Rd. The film focuses on inspiring leaders who seek care and options for the homeless in Los Angeles. The film’s producer and director, Rémi Kessler, will take questions following the screening. Napier Fellow and 2019 awardee Sophie Roe, a senior at Pomona College, will describe working as an advocate for the homeless in Pomona. All are welcome, especially interested citizens concerned about public policy and action locally on behalf of the homeless. For information, call  Philip McKean (909) 399-3958.

 

Thursday, May 2

GET CAUGHT READING May is National Get Caught Reading month, and Claremont’s Forum Bookstore, at 586 W. First St., is taking part with story time readings and children’s book swaps from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. every Thursday and Friday throughout the month, beginning today. Anyone who brings in 10 gently used children’s books can pick a brand new, popular children’s book at no charge. The choices are Marshmallow by Clare Turlay Newberry, They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, and Drew Daywalt’s The Day the Crayons Quit. The Claremont Forum Bookstore is part of the nonprofit Claremont Forum and Prison Library Project, which raises money to send books to prisoners throughout the United States. The Claremont Forum also sponsors the Sunday Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, where a special booth is filled with books to be “purchased” by donation. The Forum Bookstore is open from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. More info is at claremontforum.org.

BERNIE’S PRESS SECRETARY IN TOWN 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, “An Evening with Symone Sanders.” Ms. Sanders, the national press secretary for US Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, offers practical advice for engaging in meaningful policy reforms. Drawing on her experience on the national stage to provide analysis on political and social issues, she challenges the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what we have in common. Instead, she outlines the way our differences contribute to effective social movements. Ms. Sanders, no relation to the senator, is a strategist, communications consultant, CNN political commentator, and served as a spring 2018 Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School. She rose to prominence during her tenure as the national press secretary for Senator Sanders’s presidential campaign. Only 25 at the time, she demonstrated a command of the issues earning her a place in history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record and a spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETS Pomona Valley Audubon Society holds its monthly membership meeting at 7 p.m. at the Alexander Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The evening will begin with a bird identification session, followed by refreshments and a short business meeting. Professor Nina Karnovsky, from Pomona College, with her senior thesis student, Clare Flynn, will be presenting their latest seabird adventures, “Japanese Murrelet Update and Puffins.” The meeting is open to the public at no charge. More info is at (909) 982-9727.

CASH A HAPPY CHECK Pomona College Glee Club performs a free and open to the public concert at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The 28-member Glee Club, under the direction of Donna M. Di Grazia, presents a program of French and English choral music from across the centuries, with works by Byrd, Debussy, MacMillan, Poulenc, Vaughan Williams and others. The event repeats at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 as part of Alumni Weekend. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

 

Friday, May 3

START ME UP The Claremont Museum of Art hosts StART It Up!, featuring artwork from students in fourth through sixth grades at Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. today and the show will be on display through Sunday, May 5 at 200 W. First St., Claremont, with free admission all weekend. StART It Up! includes works on paper, collage, sculptures and paintings. This is the culmination of CMA’s signature art education program, currently celebrating its eighth year. At 5 p.m. tomorrow, May 4, an open house will celebrate these young artists and their families. Art Walk will follow from 6 to 9 p.m. with refreshments and music. Bring the whole family on Sunday, May 5 for ARTStation with fun art activities led by talented high school ARTstARTers. More info is at claremontmuseum.org.

WHAT IS SOCIAL IMPACT? 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, “What is Social Impact?” with guest speaker Jennifer Tankersley. “Today’s young leaders are facing a false choice between a career for profit versus one for social benefit argues executive coach Jennifer Tankersley,” a press release read. “Asserting that we all need to be accountable for creating positive change, she challenges the assumption that doing good in the world is an either/or career choice and instead makes the argument that social impact is a leadership choice and why the work we do within organizations is one of the greatest levers available today.” Info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

SCHUBERT AT NOON Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert series continues with a 12:15 p.m. performance from Quartet Euphoria. The group includes Rachel V. Huang and Jonathon Wright, violins, Cynthia Fogg, viola, and Tom Flaherty, cello, performing music by Schubert at Balch Auditorium, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE AT LITTLE BRIDGES The Pomona College Jazz Ensemble, Barb Catlin, director, presents a free and open varied program from traditional to contemporary with selections by Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, Bob Mintzer, Jaco Pastorius and others at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Pomona faculty member, Joti Rockwell, will join the ensemble. Visit pomona.edu/events for information.

ART MOB MARKET A spring art sale hosted by the former Gypsy Sisters and Their Brothers will open today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave. The show continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information is on Facebook by searching “Gypsy Sisters Artisans market.”

 

Saturday, May 4

PC BAND CELEBRATES ALUMNI WEEKEND The Pomona College Band performs in a free and open 11 a.m. concert as part of Alumni Weekend at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Graydon Beeks, conductor, will lead the ensemble in works by Bremer, Chadwick, Holst, Nixon, Maslanka, Musgrave and the premiere of Oliver Dubon’s (PO ’20) “Gray.” The show repeats at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

MENDELSSOHN’S LOBGESANG Join the Claremont Concert Orchestra and Choir, in partnership with the Colleges Joint Music Program, as ensembles and guests interpret Mendelssohn’s majestic Lobgesang symphony-cantata. Conducted by David Cubek, with choral preparation by Charles W. Kamm. The free performance begins at 8 p.m. at Garrison Theater, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave.

LA AS?LAB 3.0 In 2015, the LA as Lab conference at Claremont Graduate University set out to gain an understanding of why Los Angeles has become one of the most important incubators for innovation in the arts and culture sectors. In 2017, the conference surveyed the “extra territories” of arts and cultural production outside of established institutions and beyond codified artistic boundaries. This year, LA as LAB returns to take a closer look at the trends and technologies, the upheavals and tensions, the activism and advocacy that continue to make Los Angeles a thriving laboratory for arts and cultural exploration. LA as LAB 3.0 is a production of CGU’s School of Arts and Humanities’ Museum Studies Program; Sotheby’s Institute of Art Los Angeles’ Arts Management and Art Business Programs and the Getty Leadership Institute. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Albrecht Auditorium, 950 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont. General admission tickets are $30; CGU alumni and Claremont Colleges faculty and staff pay $10; CGU students, faculty and 5 C’s students attend for free. More information is at cgu.edu/event/la-as-lab-3-0.

DOS?CINCOS Last Name Brewing will be raising money for Claremont Little League from noon to 11 p.m. today at  brewery event with live music, food and, of course, beer. Blue Hwy will performa from 6 to 9 p.m. The fundraising and fun continues Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. when Last Name raises funds for Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry. Los FabuLocos will perform from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Visit lastnamebrewing.com for information. They’re located at 2120 Porterfield Way in Upland.

GUIDED WALKING?TOUR Enjoy a guided walking tour of the historic Claremont Village, including the Colleges, led by a docent from Claremont Heritage from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at 10 a.m. in front of the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. The cost is $5 per person. To reserve a spot, call (909) 621-0848 or email Heritage at info@claremontheritage.org.