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Claremont fall events at your fingertips! September 20-28

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.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s free music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with Doug Brooks and Friends at Laemmle plaza; David Hostetler at the chamber of commerce; Dzuls at city hall; Silverados at Shelton Park.. All performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at claremontchamber.org.

LEVITT BRINGS CHANGÜÍ MAJADERO TO SCRIPPS Scripps College’s Levitt on the Lawn series continues with Changüí Majadero in a 6:30 p.m. concert at Bowling Green, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The event is free but registration is required at by searching Changüí Majadero at eventbrite.com. The L.A. based group, with its infectiously danceable tunes, has distinguished itself with a modern take on the Afro-Cuban musical tradition of changüí, the 19th-century foundation of contemporary salsa informed by African influences. The show is presented as part of the ongoing Levitt on the Lawn Music Series, supported by alumna Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch ’74, board president of the Levitt Foundation, and by the Chicano Latino Student Affairs. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events/calendar.

Saturday, September 21

PLANT A TREE, PROPER LIKE Green Crew of Sustainable Claremont and Claremont Community Services hosts part two of a free community workshop on healthy soil and proper tree planting from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Alexander 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.

LWV LOOKS AT NEW VOTING CENTERS The League of Women Voters will hold a free and open to the public meeting to discuss new L.A. County vote centers at 2 p.m. in the Padua Room at Hughes Center, 1700 N. Danbury Rd., Claremont. A representative from the L.A. County Registrar’s Office will describe where the new voting centers will be in our area, and 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 info, go to nationalcleanupday.org.

 

Sunday, September 22

LITTLE GREEN APPLES 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, September 23

DIVERSE FAMILIES 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, “Translating Evidence into Practice: Research and Community Perspectives on Adapting Treatments for Diverse Children and Families,” with guest speaker Anna S. Lau, a child clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research spans the areas of disparities in children’s mental health services, cultural variation in risk and protective factors for child psychopathology, and community implementation of evidence-based practices. Her work on risk and protective factors for youth in immigrant families has guided her treatment research with Asian American and Latinx children. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

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.

SPEAK UP, DON’T SHUT DOWN Claremont United Church of Christ hosts renowned activist and speaker Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III for a free and open to the public 7 p.m. talk, “Speaking Up Instead of Shutting Down: Maintaining Dialogue Across the Divide.” Mr. Moss is the pastor of historic Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. The evening will begin with music from L.A. artists Lashon Halley and Caleb Trask, with an opportunity for questions after Mr. Moss’ speech. Visit claremontucc.org, call (909) 626-1201, or email officemanager@claremontucc.org for more information. 

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.

 

Tuesday, September 24

KEEPING YOUR BRAIN ACTIVE Inter Valley Health Plan offers a free workshop, “Cognitive Brain Training: What is it and how does it work?” at 10 a.m. The event, at IVHP’s Medicare Information and Vitality Center at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, Claremont, includes tips on learning how to keep your brain active, and a sample a few brain games. To RSVP call (800) 886-4471 or click on forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents.

I’M WITH THE BAND The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion about the Pomona Concert Band, including a live performance, with guest speaker Linda W. Taylor, the group’s conductor and musical director. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Ms. Taylor will talk about the Pomona Concert Band and music, with an emphasis on lifelong learning, including the positive effects playing instruments have on physical and mental wellbeing. Her presentation will be followed by a performance by the Pomona Concert Band Brass Quintet. Ms. Taylor has been a member of the Pomona Concert Band since 1968. During that time she has held the solo clarinet chair, was assistant conductor for several seasons, and since 1983 has played in the tuba section. In 2006 she was appointed conductor and musical director. More info is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

CREATING AFTER RETIREMENT WITH TERRY GIVENS Claremont Senior Program presents a free and open to the public 12:30 p.m. artist talk with Terry Givens, “Creating After Retirement,” at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. Local artist Mr. Givens will explore his ink and pencil work inspired by Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Guests can participate in a discussion led by the artist about being creative and finding fulfillment your whole life. Copies of his artwork in book-form, Garden Prayers: Winter, will be available for purchase. An RSVP is encouraged but not mandatory, by calling (909) 399-5488.

HOW BACK ROOM DEALS HELP POLITICS 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, “Political Realism: How Hacks, Machines, Pork Barrel Spending and Back Room Deals Can Strengthen Our Democracy,” with guest speaker Jonathan Rauch. “What’s causing the dysfunction in our government and the chaos in our politics?” an Ath press release asked. “Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing writer for The Atlantic, argues that well-intentioned efforts to clean up politics backfired, and that party hacks and smoke-filled rooms are part of the solution.” Mr. Rauch is the author of seven books and many articles on public policy, culture and government. He is the recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50. In 2013, he published Denial: My 25 Years Without a Soul, a memoir of his struggle with his sexuality, brought out as an ebook from The Atlantic Books. His previous book was Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America, published in 2004. His most recent ebook is Political Realism: How Hacks, Machines, Big Money, and Back-Room Deals Can Strengthen American Democracy. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

‘TOP CHEF’ CARLA HALL ON FOOD JUSTICE Carla Hall, Top Chef contender and former co-host of The Chew, joins Westways food editor Rachel Ng in a free and open to the public 7 p.m. conversation at Scripps College’s Garrison Theater, 241 E. 10th St., Claremont. The event is free but registration is required at scrippscollege.edu/events/calendar. Ms. Hall is a champion of connecting communities with the culinary world. She serves as culinary ambassador for Sweet Home Café at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and is an active member of Helen Keller International, an organization focused in part on preventing malnutrition. Ms. Hall visits Claremont during Hunger Action Month for a conversation on food justice, her eclectic career path, and her passion for soul food. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events/calendar.

 

Wednesday, September 25

SENIOR KARAOKE Claremont Senior Program hosts a free afternoon of karaoke for seniors from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Josyln Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont.

WILL BREXIT BE A THING? 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, “Crashing Out: Will Britain Leave the EU on October 31?” with guest speaker David Andrews, professor of international relations at Scripps College, who will assess the continuing deadlock in British politics, identify the United Kingdom’s remaining Brexit options, and survey the prospects for the UK’s future relationship with the EU. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

 

Thursday, September 26

FREE IMPROV FOR SENIORS Claremont Senior Services hosts a free comedy improv class for seniors on Thursdays through November 21 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. “Discover your potential to be funny in a warm and supportive environment,” a press release read. “Develop stage confidence while learning the fundamentals of character, plot and environment.” This improvisational comedy 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.

MERGING CULTURES Scripps College hosts a free and open to the public 4:10 p.m. concert, “Merging Cultures,” at Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. Newly discovered work by African American classical composer Florence Price will be interpreted by violinist Er-Gene Kahng, as well as works by classical Haitian composers such as Ludovic Lamothe, by Montreal-based composer and pianist David Bontemps. Ms. Kahng is a violinist, researcher and educator who has been involved in the preservation and advocacy of Ms. Price’s work. She currently serves as concertmaster with the Fort Smith Symphony, and of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also held title positions with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as section positions with the Lancaster Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. Mr. Bontemps is a Montreal composer and pianist, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Most of his training was given by famous pianist-composer Serge Villedrouin. More information is at scrippscollege.edu.

SOCIAL CHANGE 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, “How Imagination Creates Space for Social Progress,” with guest speaker Michele Moody-Adams, professor of political philosophy and legal theory at Columbia University, where she has also served as dean and vice president for undergraduate education. She has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and she is a lifetime Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. She is the author of Fieldwork in Familiar Places: Morality, Culture and Philosophy and is currently at work on a book entitled Renewing Democracy. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

 

Friday, September 27

GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY Claremont Senior Services hosts a free and open to the public Good Neighbor Day from 2 to 4 p.m. at its offices, 141 Spring St., Claremont. The flyer says, “Stop by for lemonade and friendly conversation.” Sounds good! More info is available by calling (909) 621-9900.

HEALTHY COOKING 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 and open to the public 10 a.m. healthy cooking class for older adults. Instructors will demonstrate how to make easy and healthy recipes for one or two people. To RSVP, call (800) 886-4471 or go to forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents.

SQUEAKIN’ WHEELS Friday Nights Live continues tonight with the fabulous Squeakin’ Wheels at Laemmle plaza; Ana Maria de la Cruz at the chamber of commerce; Sounds of Light at city hall; Big Wednesday at Shelton Park. Performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at claremontchamber.org.

PUNK ROYALTY The Press, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont, hosts pioneering punk rock vocalist, songwriter and author Keith Morris tonight for a free 10 p.m. DJ set. Mr. Morris, 63, currently fronts Off!, which also includes Claremont resident Dmitri Coats on guitar. Mr. Morris got his start with South Bay legends Black Flag, singing on the once notorious group’s 1979 “Nervous Breakdown” debut E.P. From there he founded another giant in LA punk, the Circle Jerks, and released seven albums. Mr. Morris released a memoir, My Damage, in 2016. The Press is 21 and over after 10 p.m. More info is at offofficial.com.

 

Saturday, September 28

CONCERT UNDER THE STARS Claremont High School Marching Band and Color Guard, Orchestra, and the El Roble Band perform at Concert Under the Stars at 7 p.m. at CHS’s football stadium, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The annual fundraiser includes music, food and drinks, with all proceeds benefitting the schools’ instrumental music programs. For more information, email esanchez2021@ cusdstu.cusd.claremont.edu.