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CALENDAR: Turkey Bowl, mingle and munch, kiss an angel, train your brain!

Friday, November 8

PILGRIM PLACE FEST TODAY AND TOMORROW First held in 1948, Claremont’s iconic Pilgrim Place Festival, which takes place today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., has long been a go-to for residents and visitors alike. The two-day traditional is produced by Pilgrim Place residents and resident volunteers, and benefits its  resident health and support program, with proceeds providing financial support to those residents who have exhausted their resources and for assistance with emergency and medical costs. Observed the second Friday and Saturday of November, the event attracts thousands of people of all ages with its unique marketplace and craft fair, collector’s bargains, children’s games, sustainability education, tour rides on a ship-on-wheels and a train, and food, including a full Thanksgiving meal. More info is at pilgrimplace.org/festival.

SCIENCE DOESN’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK The Humanities Studio at Pomona College presents “Weird Science,” a free and open to the public day-long symposium on the history and varieties of science denial, including alchemy, mesmerism, climate-science denial and vaccine hesitancy. The keynote address will be delivered by NPR Science Correspondent (and Pomona College alumnus) Joe Palca. General sessions take place from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Hahn 101, Pomona College, 420 N. Harvard Ave. The 5 p.m. keynote address happens at Argue Auditorium, Millikan Laboratory, 610 N. College Ave. More information is at pomona.edu.

INCONTENENCE NO LAUGHING MATTER Inter Valley Health Plan hosts a free and open to the public 10 a.m. lecture, “Incontinence: What You Need to Know,” at the Pomona Valley Health Center building, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, Claremont. Incontinence “can limit your activities and social life, be embarrassing and frustrating,” read a press release, “and its more prevalent than you think. Learn some tips and tricks to live life with confidence.” Seating is limited. To RSVP call (800) 886-4471 or go to forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents.

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES The Democratic Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion with guest speaker Richard Bunce, who will describe “Restorative Practices: an Ancient Yet Innovative Pathway to Peace,” at 11:45 a.m. at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The cost of the family-style meal is $17 and includes beverage, tax and tip. The talk begins at 12:45 p.m. and is part of the Gar Byrum Distinguished Speaker Series. “Normally, a person who has harmed is punished and isolated from community,” said Mr. Bunce. “The person harmed has little chance to speak. Most of the attention is given to punishment. Restorative practices provides a new and promising paradigm for our culture. This is conflict management on steroids.” Mr. Bunce is chair of  Agenda for a Prophetic Faith. He is retired from a career that included community organizing, pastoral ministry, and various forms of social service. For information go to claremontdems.org, call (909) 632-1516, or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

SCRIPPS BRINGS POET TO POMONA Scripps College presents Santee Frazier reading from his latest collection of poems, Aurum, in a free and open to the public 4:30 p.m. event at Cafe Con Libros, 280 W. Second St., Pomona. Mr. Frazier is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He earned his  master’s from Syracuse University. Mr. Frazier is also the author of Dark Thirty. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events, by phone at (909) 469-1350, or email to cafeconlibrospress@gmail.com.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch celebrates “November Nostalgia,” featuring Lee Germain Powers and his keyboard. The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at a new location, the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The event also includes adult beverages, dinner and friends. Admission is $15, and reservations are required. The event is open to persons age 50 and over. For reservations or information, call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.

 

Saturday, November 9

BOWL A FEW FRAMES FOR OPARC The Ontario Pomona Association for Retarded Citizens’ sixth annual Turkey Bowl takes place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Chaparral Lanes, 400 W. Bonita Ave., San Dimas. Bowlers are invited to spend the afternoon at this annual fundraising event, which helps OPARC continue its mission to provide “all individuals with the human right to be valued members of society regardless of their intelligence or physical capabilities,” according to a press release. The event includes raffle items, games, food, and various awards for highest score, best team spirit, lowest score and best team name. OPARC exists to make training, employment and social opportunities available to thousands of people with disabilities in the Inland Empire and Los Angeles County. Additional information can be found on the OPARC website at oparc.org/events. For sponsors or participants, call (909) 985-3116, extension 111, or email events@oparc.org.

THE DEADLY COMMON COLD The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society’s free and open to the public meeting takes place at 2 p.m. at Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. “For us, a sign of a cold or sniffle is a simple matter of a run to the drug store,” read a PVGS press release. “For our ancestors, it could be the precursor to death—for them and their family members. Learn about some of the history of medicine, curatives and health disasters, as well as a reason you may never know from what or where your ancestor died.” Featured speaker Jean Wilcox Hibben is a member of the DAR and is the current staff trainer for the Family History Center in Corona. With 40 years of research experience, she has worked on background research for two genealogy television programs, and hosts the Genealogy Journey podcast with other genealogists. Complimentary refreshments will be served. For information call (909) 593-3041.

Sunday, November 10

KISS AN ANGEL GOOD MORNING Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Avebue between First and Bonita. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

BIRTH OF THE COOL Jazz at College Center, the free and cool outdoor concert series, continues with Zzaj from 2 to 5 p.m. on the patio next to Blue Fin, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Next week, November 17, Polyhedra will be there. Go to jazzatcollegecenter.com or call (909) 946-6967 for more information.

CELEBRATE CLASP, ELSASSER The public is invited to help Claremont After School Programs (CLASP) celebrate another successful year from 2 to 4 p.m. at a private Claremont home, where the group will honor Claremont Unified School District Superintendent Jim Elsasser and the board of education for their continued commitment to CLASP students. Special recognition will be given to Cathy Stewart, retired CUSD information services coordinator. The wine will be flowing, the music live and the appetizers and desserts delicious and plentiful. For information or to make reservations, email news@clasp4kids.org.

US EFFORTS TO SAVE EUROPE’S JEWS University of La Verne hosts its seventh annual Kristallnacht Remembrance Lecture with author Rebecca Erbelding, from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Sarah and Michael Abraham Campus Center, third floor, 2000 Second St., La Verne. Ms. Erbelding will discuss her book, Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe, at the free lecture, reception and book signing. The University of La Verne and the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys host the annual event, which was established in remembrance of the violent anti-Jewish pogroms that took place in Nazi-occupied Germany and Austria in November 1938. Rescue Board provides a history of the War Refugee Board, and was the winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for writing based on archival material. More info is available by email to ggonzalez@laverne.edu or by calling (909) 448-4999.

PIANIST AT DRINKWARD Harvey Mudd College presents a free and open to the public 7 p.m. concert with pianist Jenny-Soonjin Kim at Drinkward Recital Hall, lower level Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The program includes works by Liszt, Scriabin and Kozeluch, plus an interactive performance “in which electronics expand the piano in dream-like evocations of Mozart, Bartók and others,” according to a press release. The night also features composer and computer scientist Dennis Thurmond. More info is at hmc.edu/hmc-arts, (909) 621-8022, or via email to hsa@hmc.edu.

 

Monday, November 11

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.” 

TO THE VICTOR GO THE SPOILS The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley’s free November meeting takes place at 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. “’Whoever wins the war gets to write the history,’” a press release read. “So quotes Pam Stith, beloved teacher and popular speaker who returns to the Shakespeare Club. After a recent enlightening visit to England, she intends to debunk the myths surrounding one of Shakespeare’s greatest villains, Richard III.” Ms. Stith has a degree in 16th and 17th century drama and poetry from UCLA, and is a veteran teacher at Pomona Catholic High School. She also performs in local theater productions and is a vital member of Shakespeare Readers in Claremont. For info, call (909) 717-1109 or email lucylynch@aol.com.

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

 

Tuesday, November 12

IS HEALTHCARE A HUMAN RIGHT? The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Four Essential Questions Regarding Providing Health Care for All,” with guest speaker Andy Winnick, professor emeritus of economics and statistics at California State University, Los Angeles. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. University Club member Mr. Winnick will discuss four major questions that must be addressed in considering how to provide healthcare and insurance for all. He will hit upon issues raised in the presidential debates, including single-payer and Medicare for all proposals. He earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was a dean at Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany from 1989 to 1996, and dean of faculty at Cal State LA for 10 years. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

AGING AT HOME AgingNext and the Claremont Senior Program host a free 5:30 p.m. class, “Empowering You to Age Smarter (At Home),” in the Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center of the Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The panel discussion will include experts talking about aging options for older adults. Refreshments will be served. Register in advance at claremontrec.com or by calling (909) 399-5488.

MIRIAM TOEWS Scripps College hosts writer Miriam Toews for a free and open to the public conversation at 6 p.m. in Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The award-winning Mennonite Canadian novelist, author of Women Talking and A Complicated Kindness, discusses her work with Hartley Burr, Scripps’ chair in the humanities, and Myriam J.A. Chancy, interim director of the humanities institute. More info is at scrippscollege.edu.

 

Wednesday, November 13

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN Inter Valley Health Plan hosts a free 10 a.m. class on cognitive brain training at the Joslyn Senior Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. “Learn about ‘neurobics’ and how brain exercises can improve or maintain functions,” read a press release. Seating is limited. To RSVP, call (800) 886-4471 or go to forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DORA Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation’s open to the public noon luncheon will be followed by a 1:15 p.m. discussion, “The World According to Dora (De Larios).” The fun takes place in the Hampton Room, Scripps College, 1030 N. Columbia Ave. To make a reservation for the luncheon, send a check for $25 to Scripps College (memo: FAF), Box 1236, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont CA 91711, email faf@scrippscollege.edu, or call (909) 626-1483. Christy Johnson will speak about Ms. De Larios’ unique pancultural vision, a combination of Mexican, Japanese and modern art, often emphasizing the feminine form. More info is available via email to faf@scrippscollege.edu, or by dialing (909) 626-1483.

HONORING CAREGIVERS In honor of National Family Caregiver Month, AgingNext hosts a free fall cider social from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Memory Care Center, located behind the Joslyn Center at 763 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont. Donations are welcome to help support AgingNext’s caregiver support groups. All are welcome to stop by for a friendly visit. For information about AgingNext or the event, dial (909) 621-9900 or visit agingnext.org. 

THE NEW AMERICAN GARDEN Claremont Garden Club’s monthly free and open to the public 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. meeting at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., will focus on the new American garden. “We are all learning to cope and change the style of gardening that suits the climate,” read a press release. “Join Nicholas Staddon, passionate plantsman and more, for his look at the new American garden.” More info is available via email to info@claremontgardenclub.org, or on the group’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

CHINESE MUSIC ENSEMBLE Harvey Mudd College presents a free and open to the public 7 p.m. concert, Chi Li and the UCLA Chinese Music Ensemble at Drinkward Recital Hall, on the lower level of the Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd. The show includes traditional “silk and bamboo” solo, chamber, and folk music and features the erhu, qin, xiao and other instruments. More info is at hmc.edu/hmc-arts, by calling (909) 621-8022, or via email to hsa@hmc.edu.

A SUSTAINABLE VILLAGE SOUTH Sustainable Claremont hosts another free and open to the public dialog, “A Sustainable Future for South Village,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Pomona College’s Hahn Building, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Join them for a discussion on imagining a regenerative and sustainable future for Claremont’s South Village. Drew Shula and Kanika Sharma of the Verdical Group and Kaitlin Morris of Village Partners will present a comprehensive overview of the available opportunities and challenges in the South Village. The discussion will cover existing environmental conditions in Claremont, the relationship between housing policy and climate change, the applicable rating systems, and opportunities for the Claremont community to advocate for comprehensive and inclusive sustainability. For information, go to sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

 

Thursday, November 14

REMBRANDT CLUB The Rembrandt Club hosts its monthly free lecture and reception from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. This month’s talk, “Are Not Were: Relics No More,” a discussion on teaching about Native Americans, features Gretchen Potter, Tonawanda Seneca writer and educator. A reception will follow in the Benton Museum of Art courtyard. More information is available by calling (909) 981-7245.

POETRY NIGHT AT FCD Foothill Country Day School, 1035 W. Harrison St., Claremont, hosts a free student poetry night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Randall Lewis Family Auditorium. “Want to know what kids these days are thinking?” asked a press release. “Join nine of our students ages 11 to 14 for poetry night. These students have chosen to work on poetry together outside of their regular school day with author Luivette Resto.” Complimentary refreshments. For information go to foothillcds.org or email lresto@foothillcds.org.

Friday, November 15

FOUR WORKS Pomona College Band plays a free 8 p.m. concert at fabulous Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The show includes conductor Stephen Klein leading the ensemble in a program of works by Bizet, Finzi, King and others, with clarinet soloist Leslie Schroerlucke premiering faculty member Tom Flaherty’s “Reeding the Scales,” one of four premieres on the program. The show repeats  at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 17. Info is at pomona.edu/events.

Saturday, November 16

LEARN ABOUT TREE PESTS The Green Crew of Sustainable Claremont and Claremont Community Services host a free tree care workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at Blaisdell Center, 440 S. College Ave. The workshop, led by certified arborists Fred Roth and Dave Roger, will teach locals about the pests and diseases affecting our local trees. RSVP to greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org or (800) 948-1519.