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Friday, September 13

DEMS LOOK AT STUDENT DEBT Cal State San Bernardino’s LaKeisha Rivers will discuss “The Student Debt Crisis” as the Democratic Club of Claremont resumes its monthly luncheon at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The talk, part of the Gar Byrum Distinguished Speaker Series, is free and begins at 12:45 p.m. The family style luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. and is $17, including beverage, tax and tip. Ms. Rivers is director of financial aid at the university. She has more than 20 years’ experience administering federal and state financial aid while providing information, resources and guidance to students and the campus community. For more information email jackncarolee@verizon.net or call (909) 626-8122.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch invite host a special opening event for its fifth season, “A Night to Remember,” featuring the Michael Ryan Trio, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event will be held on the Garner House patio in Claremont’s Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation) and includes beverages, food, entertainment and friends. The event is open to persons age 50 and over. Reservations, at (909) 399-5488 or claremontrec.com.

DOG DAY AFTERNOON Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with Dynamite Dawson at Laemmle plaza; Liz Hangan and Blues and Fries at the chamber of commerce; Kathy Woolsy and Friends at city hall; and beloved local cover masters The Dogs at Shelton Park. All performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at claremontchamber.org.

 

Saturday, September 14

LEARN TO USE YOUR APPLE STUFF Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N Harvard Ave, hosts a free and open to the public 10 a.m. class, “All Things Apple,” led by expert Dave Whitby. “Thinking of getting an Apple device or have one and are not quite sure how to use it efficiently?” read a press release. “Anyone at the beginning or intermediate level will learn of the many things you can do with your iPod, iPhone, iPad, and especially the Apple Watch” at the event, which will repeat next Saturday, September 21. Mr. Whitby has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s in educational technology. He has been a board member of the San Gabriel Valley Apple Users Group for 10 years, and has extensive experience in teaching about Apple products. To learn more, visit lacountylibrary.org or follow @lacountylibrary on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

MAKING GENEOLOGY CONNECTIONS The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society meets at 2 p.m. at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. This month’s free and open to the public meeting includes sharing as a group what surnames and places its members and guests are researching in hopes of making connections. “In order to do this we would like everyone to bring their pedigree, family group sheets or just names they are researching,” read a press release. Complimentary refreshments will be served. For information call (909) 593-3041.

THE ART OF HUMAN DIGNITY The Rembrandt Club hosts a free and open to the public lecture and reception, “The Art of Human Dignity,” with a presentation by acrylic and watercolor artist Phillip Sentano, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. at the Seaver House, 301 N. College Ave., Claremont. Mr. Sentano is the executive director of Forward Progress. He is also an ex-felon who credits art as a critical part of his daily survival during his years in prison. A wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture. More information is available by calling (909) 981-7245.

‘FLOWN BLUE’ The American Museum of Ceramic Art, at 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, hosts a 6 to 9 p.m. opening reception for Julie Green: Flown Blue. An artist talk will talk place at 7 p.m. The exhibit, which includes more than 830 plates, platters, and dishware, explores the artist’s longstanding engagement with secondhand porcelain and stoneware dishes, drawing from both the large-scale political works for which Ms. Green is acclaimed, and more recent works interrogating societal gender biases and personal histories. The show will be on view through February 23, 2020. Admission is $7, students and seniors are $5, and members and children under 12 are free. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For info go to amoca.org/juliegreen or call (909) 865-3146.

JOHN YORK IN THE HOUSE Acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and local luminary John York makes his annual Gelencser House Concert appearance at 7:30 p.m. Mr. York is a former member of the Byrds and has played with the Sir Douglas Quintet (with the late Dr. John), The Mamas and The Papas, Johnny Rivers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Gene Clark, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Nicky Hopkins, David Carradine and Barry McGuire. Tickets are $20, and reservations and directions are available by clicking on gelencserhouseconcerts.com, calling (909) 374-2630, or via email to singfolk@yahoo.com.

 

Sunday, September 15

EAT A PEACH Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita. Purchase unique gifts, farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, artisan soaps, jewelry, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

THREE DEBUTS Pomona College’s lovely Bridges Hall of Music, aka “Little Bridges,” at 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, is the site for a free and open to the public 3 p.m. performance from Celliola and Friends. The show includes the duo of Cynthia Fogg, viola and Tom Flaherty, cello, who will be joined by Los Angeles Philharmonic principal cellist Robert deMaine and Pomona faculty members in their annual fall performance. The concert features a program of all world premieres including Flaherty’s new work, which was commissioned by Mr. deMaine. The program also offers music by Kohn and Van Zandt. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

REFUGEE BENEFIT Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave., hosts a Refugee Assistance Fund benefit from 5 to 8 p.m. at its refectory. All proceeds will benefit the fund, which is used for rent supplement for refugee families, as well as Claremont Canopy, a nonprofit organization that supports people displaced by forced migration who have settled in Claremont and the surrounding communities. The dinner will feature homemade Syrian food, as well as live music and dancing from the LA Arabs Orchestra. Tickets start at $50 per person. A “friend” ticket is $75 (base ticket plus $25 donation), and “supporter” tickets are $100 (base ticket plus $50 donation). Individuals can also purchase tickets for local refugee families to attend the dinner. Tickets may be purchased at tiny.cc/pj01az or by calling the CUCC office at (909) 626-1201.

 

Monday, September 16

AUTHOR DISCUSSES ‘EDUCATED: A MEMOIR’ The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., is back in business after taking the summer off. “The Ath” hosts a free and open to the public 6:15 p.m. lecture today, “Educated: A Memoir,” with guest speaker Tara Westover. Born to Mormon survivalist parents opposed to public education, Ms. Westover never attended school. Instead she spent her childhood and teen years preparing for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches, stewing herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter, salvaging in her father’s junkyard. Taught to read by an older brother, her education was erratic and incomplete—until, at the age of 17, she decided to get a formal education and experience the world outside of her isolated Idaho community. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE Claremont Israeli Folk Dance class meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at Claremont Masonic Lodge, 272 W. Eighth St. The open to the public class for beginners is followed by open dancing until 10 p.m. The group asks participants for a $8 donation. For more information call (909) 921-7115.

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. 

HOW TO DEAL WITH PLASTICS Sustainable Claremont hosts a free and open to the public dialog, “How To Deal With Plastics: A Dialogue with Terry Grill,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hahn Building, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. “Plastic is plastic, right?” a press release read. “So why is it so hard to recycle it? What do the numbers 1 through 7 really mean? Why is plastic in the ocean? What would happen if we banned all plastic packaging? Why can’t I put all plastic into my blue bin? Why can’t they just make it all biodegradable? Why is food security linked to plastic packaging?” Ms. Grill is the director of sustainability-Americas, at Sealed Air Corporation; a founding director of Sustainable Claremont; president of Claremont Wildlands Conservancy; and a board member of the Catalina Island Conservancy. For information go to sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

 

Tuesday, September 17

EXPLORE AVIATION’S GOLDEN AGE The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The So Cal Aviation Industry from 1939 to 1945,” with guest speaker Mike Smith, docent and community outreach coordinator at the Planes of Fame Museum. 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. Smith’s presentation is about the aviation industry in Southern California from 1939 through 1945. During these six years, the region was the epicenter of aircraft production for the allied war machines of World War II. Using rare photographs and commentary, the presentation will look at the plants, the planes and the people working at seven of the major Southern California aircraft producers during this time. After serving three years in the US Army, Mr. Smith worked for 17 years at Northrop Aviation, five years at Rockwell Collins and five years at Courseware Inc., in San Diego. He has lived in Claremont since 1985. More info is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

CAREGIVER STRESS Claremont Senior Program presents a free workshop, “Managing Caregiver Stress,” at 12:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. “Caring for loved ones and patients can be overwhelming,” a press release read. “Add this to our already busy lives and we will face various levels of stress that can lead to burnout and our own health issues.” The lecture is presented by VNA Hospice and Palliative Care of Southern California, and is part of city’s Afternoon Knowledge Series. RSVPs are recommended by calling (909) 399-5488 or in person at the Joslyn Center.

YOUNG WOMEN’S FINANCIAL WORKSHOP Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center presents a free financial literacy workshop for women from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center, 1910 Royalty Dr., Pomona. The talk focuses on women who are just starting to focus on building wealth, professionals who have not yet done much financial planning and want to start, and women who want to know what they should be doing to prepare for their financial future.  RSVP by phone at (909) 865-9858, email to ferc@pvhmc.org, or online pvhmc.org.

TEEN TECHIES ARE BACK Claremont Senior Program hosts another free Teen Techies drop-in event from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Youth Activity Center, 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Need help with your mobile device? Teens from Claremont High School are available to help use mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Stop by and receive free one-on-one tech tutoring on topics like apps, games, social media and more. More info is at ci.claremont.ca.us or by calling (909) 399-5488.

STIMULATE YOUR BRAIN The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 6:15 p.m. lecture, “What Can Brain Stimulation Tell Us About Being Human?” with guest speaker Nolan Williams. “Major mental illness is perhaps the most disabling medical problem in the world and the global health community has responded to this crisis with increasing technology,” a press release read. “While these technologies may truly change the problem, the side effect may be that these same technologies change who we are as humans.” More info is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

US-CHINA TRADE WAR TALK The public is invited to a free presentation by Pomona College Professor of Economics Stephen Marks, “the US-China Trade War,” at the United Nations Association Pomona Valley chapter’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Hahn Hall, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. The talk is sponsored by both the local chapter of UNA-USA and the International Relations Program of Pomona College. Light refreshments will be served. For information email cmartin335@gmail.com or call (909) 625-9670.

 

Wednesday, September 18

THE SKINNY ON IMMUNIZATIONS FOR SENIORS Inter Valley Health Plan’s Medicare Information and Vitality Center at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, Claremont, hosts a free 10 a.m. workshop, “Immunizations for Older Adults: Myths and Facts.” A Walgreen’s pharmacist will explain how immunizations work and which are necessary for older adults. To RSVP call (800) 886-4471 or click on forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents.

SAVING MAGIC JOHNSON The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 6:15 p.m. lecture, “Saving Magic Johnson: The Long and Complicated Race for Cures,” with guest speaker Paul Beninger. Mr. Beninger, a 1973 graduate of Claremont McKenna College, is an associate professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts University. He will share his long perspective on the early years of the HIV epidemic when he was a medical officer at the vanguard of the Food and Drug Administration’s reviewing division for HIV infection and HIV-related diseases.  More info is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

FINE ARTS FOUNDATION KICKS OFF SEASON Elizabeth Turk will speak on “Objects versus experiences in making art,” as Scripps Fine Arts Foundation kicks off its 2019-2020 program season. Scripps alumna Ms. Turk will give the talk at 2 p.m. in the Hampton Room at Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The lecture and tea, hosted by FAF, are free and open to the public. A native Californian, Ms. Turk is a world-renowned sculptor who, over the last five years, has pursued installation and experiential works, including most recently the Shoreline Project, Laguna Beach and Tipping Point, which is on view through March 2020 at the Catalina Island Museum. Ms. Turk will talk about her practice as an artist and most specifically about her current works. She is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a “Genius Grant.” For information and photos of Ms. Turk’s work, go to elizabethturkstudios.com.

 

Thursday, September 19

IMPROV FOR SENIORS Claremont Senior Services hosts a free comedy improv class for seniors each Thursday through November 21 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. “Discover your potential to be funny in a warm and supportive environment,” a press release read. Instructors are Greg Vander-Haeghen and Sandi Bentz. The class is for both beginning and experienced comics, and will culminate with a show. Pre-registration is required at the Joslyn Center or at claremontrec.com.

SAMANTHA POWER IN CLAREMONT The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 6:15 p.m. lecture, “The Education of an Idealist,” with guest speaker Samantha Power. Drawing on her most recent book, The Education of an Idealist, Ms. Power, former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, and the Anna Lindh professor of practice at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School, will chronicle her years in public service and reflect on the role of human rights and humanitarian ideals in contemporary geopolitics. As the 28th USAmbassador to the UN under President Obama, she became the public face of US opposition to Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, negotiated the toughest sanctions in a generation against North Korea, lobbied to secure the release of political prisoners, and helped mobilize global action against ISIL. The American Academy in Berlin awarded her the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize. “She has an excellent and analytical mind,” said Mr. Kissinger, “I admire the way she has faced our challenges.” Her book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2003. More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

ACTIVE CLAREMONT HOSTS TAX INCREASE DEBATE Active Claremont will host a forum on the city of Claremont’s proposed sales tax increase at its free and public 7 p.m. meeting in the Padua room at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A forum will be held concerning the proposed .75 percent increase, which will be decided in November’s election. Representing the position in favor of the tax is Bob Bowcock, while Douglas Lyon will represent the opposition. For information call (909) 621-2079.

 

Friday, September 20

FRIDAY NOON CONCERT Scripps College’s free and open to the public Friday Noon Concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. Stephen Klein, tuba, and Kyungmi Kim, piano, will perform sonatas by Bruce Broughton and Alec Wilder. Also on the program is Vincent Persichetti’s Serenade No. 12 for unaccompanied tuba. More info is at pomona.edu.

 

Saturday, September 21

PLANT A TREE, PROPER LIKE Green Crew of Sustainable Claremont and Claremont Community Services host part two of a free community workshop on healthy soil and proper tree planting from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Breakfast refreshments provided, and a free raffle will be included. RSVPs are required, and more information is available via email to greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org or by calling (800) 948-1519.

NEW VOTING CENTERS The League of Women Voters will hold a public meeting to discuss new LA County vote centers at 2 p.m. in the Padua Room at Hughes Center, 1700 N. Danbury Rd., Claremont. A representative from the LA County Registrar’s Office will share new information about the next election. A League board member will also give an update on relevant topics such as voter suppression, and the annual LWV Ordway Award will be presented to a community member for outstanding service. For information go to lwvmtbaldyarea.org, call (909) 624 9457 or email info@lwvmtbaldyarea.org.

JOIN IN, CLEAN UP Sustainable Claremont invites community members to join millions of people from hundreds of nations around the world in picking up litter today for National Clean Up and World Clean Up Day. It’s simple: just pick up any litter you see and tell your family, friends and neighbors to do the same. For information go to nationalcleanupday.org.