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Free music, clarinet choir, Farmer's Market, tree pests, poetry reading and lots more!

Friday, November 15

FOUR WORKS The Pomona College Band plays a free and open to the public 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. Ms. Schroerlucke has enjoyed a successful career both as a performer and educator. She has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Symphonia of the Americas, the Moscow Ballet Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and other Southern California orchestras, and recently performed with the Assisi Chamber Players. She has degrees from Eastman School of Music, Florida State University and Boston University. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

Saturday, November 16

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 Community Building, 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. Interested folks should RSVP via email to greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org, or by phone at (800) 948-1519.

Sunday, November 17

EARLY DAWNING, SUNDAY MORNING 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. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

ACORN FEST Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Acorn Festival, which runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. “Join in a family friendly celebration of our connections to California native plants, and the Native American peoples that tended California for millennia,” read a press release. “Native American tribal leaders and culture keepers will demonstrate and share these connections through ceremonial dance, art and activities.” General admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with ID, $4 for children ages 3 to 12. There will be a small material fee with crafts. More info is at rsabg.org.

‘RIGOLETTO’ The Claremont Woman’s Club hosts a 2 p.m. Vineyard Touring Opera Company production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, performed live with orchestra. The show’s themes are “Love, seduction, intrigue, lies and murder, and the story of the womanizing and lecherous Duke,” read a press release. General admission tickets are $30 at the door or $25 advance. Seniors and students are $25 and $20. Advance tickets are available at vtopera.org. For information call (909) 229-4410.

LA CLARINET CHOIR Harvey Mudd College presents a free and open to the public performance by the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, “Serenade,” at 7 p.m. at Drinkward Recital Hall, lower level Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Thirteen clarinetists will celebrate their 15th anniversary with performances on sopranino, soprano, alto, bass and contrabass instruments. The concert features music from Japan, Brazil, Andalucia, Spain, Kenya and the USA, plus the So Cal premiere of an all clarinet arrangement of Johannes Brahms’ Serenade, op 16, by John Gibson. More info is at (909) 621-8022, hmc.edu/hmc-arts or via email to hsa@hmc.edu.

Monday, November 18

REMINISCE 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.

HONG KONG 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, “Be Water: Hong Kong’s protests and Beijing’s response,” with guest speaker James Kynge. “It is as if the two big weather systems that animate global politics have clashed over Hong Kong,” said Mr. Kynge, global China editor at the Financial Times. 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. Group asks participants for a $8 donation. For more information call (909) 921-7115.

Tuesday, November 19

MEET FDR The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “A Meeting with Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” with actor Peter M. Small. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “The fedora hat, extended cigarette filter, and wheelchair are some of the props that FDR will bring to the University Club,” a press release read. “We meet FDR as he looks back on his accomplishments as president, and ahead to victory in World War II and rebuilding the postwar world. Bring your questions for FDR.” He has appeared at past University Club meetings as Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman and Golda Meir. Information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

HOW DO YOU CARRY THE LAND? Claremont Graduate University Art Gallery, at 251 E. 10th St., Claremont, hosts a 4:15 p.m. opening reception for Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin’s, “how do you carry the land?” The show is a dialogue between the artists presented via their individual and collaborative performances. The work begins with Ms. Goto’s and Mr. Morin’s respective positions as a Japanese Canadian diasporic woman and a Tahtlan First Nation man, reflecting on the ways in which their bodies and experiences are inscribed by colonialism. The exhibition is up through November 22. More info is at cgu.edu, or (909) 621-8071.

WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST 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, “The Levant Express: The Arab Uprisings, Human Rights and the Future of the Middle East,” with guest speaker Micheline Ishay. Ms. Ishay is a political scientist known for her work in political theory, international relations, human rights, foreign policy and the Middle East. More info is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

BORDER CRISIS The United Nations Association, Pomona Valley Chapter, hosts immigration attorney and Claremont City Councilmember Jed Leano, who will discuss “The Border Refugee Crisis; US immigration Policy and the UN Refugee Convention,” in a free and open to the public talk at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of Pomona College’s Hahn Hall, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Light refreshments will be served. For information call (909) 625-9670 or email cmartin335@ gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 20

POETRY?READING Renny Golden, author, poet and activist will read from her latest book, The Music of Her Rivers, at a free and open to the public 4 p.m. talk in the Napier Common Room at Pilgrim Place, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Ms. Golden’s volume focuses on two rivers, the Chicago and the Rio Grande. The poems offer historic narratives of people and groups who resisted violent encroachment and current accounts of today’s refugee river crossers. The program will include music and refreshments, and signed books will be available for purchase. For information email mac1938@aol.com.  

THE TERMINOLOGY OF ‘DIFFERENCE’ The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 6:15 p.m. lecture, “Why Early Modern History Matters: Tracking the Terminology of

‘Difference’ in Past Lives and Present Perspectives,” with guest speaker Heather Ferguson. Information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Thursday, November 21

LEAGUE EYES HOUSING ISSUES The League of Women Voters of the Mt. Baldy Area holds its monthly meeting from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, 875 E. Bonita Ave., Pomona, building D, fourth floor. Presenters at the free and open to the public meeting will be Anne Turner, Claremont’s director of human services, and Brad Johnson, community development director. The pair will share an overview on housing and then take questions from the audience. More info is at lwvmtbaldyarea.org, (909) 624-9457, or via email to info@lwvmtbaldyarea.org.

FINAL FREE SENIOR IMPROV CLASS Today is the final installment of Claremont Senior Services’ free comedy improv class for seniors 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. “Develop stage confidence while learning the fundamentals of character, plot and environment.” The instructors are Greg Vander-Haeghen and Sandi Bentz. 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.

CHECK PLEASE 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. performance, “Theatre in the Round: Check Please,” with CMC’s Under the Lights. “Dating can be hard,” read an Ath press release. “Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother’s bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn’t get any worse—until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel?” Based on a play by Jonathan Rand, CMC’s Under the Lights will perform this one-act play in the round. This special production will be performed on two consecutive nights. Seating is limited to 90 people, in the round, around the stage. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

MATRICIDE AND GENOCIDE IN HINDU MYTHOLOGY 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 in the Parents Dining Room, “The Other Rama: Matricide and Genocide in the Mythology of Parashurama,” with guest speakers Brian Collins, Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande, chair in Indian religion and philosophy at Ohio University. They will discuss the reception history of the myth cycle of Parashurama, or “Rama with the Axe,” an incarnation of the Hindu high god Vishnu, best known for decapitating his mother and killing 21 generations of warriors to avenge his father’s death. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

ENGAGE WITH FAIRPLEX Active Claremont will hold its free and open to the public monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Santa Fe room of the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. This month’s speaker will be Natalie Chaidez, volunteer coordinator for Fairplex. Ms. Chaidez will present information on the community components of Fairplex and how to engage with the organization. For information call (909) 621-2079.

Friday, November 22

CAN THE US-RUSSIA RELATIONSHIP BE MENDED? 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, “Can Russian-American Relations Be Fixed? Lessons from History,” with guest speaker Ivan Kurilla. The accusation that Russia seeks to undermine American democracy has captured a lot of attention lately. But according to Mr. Kurilla, professor of international relations at European University in St. Petersburg and author of the book Frenemies, this story is not new. Mr. Kurilla will demonstrate how both countries are constantly reinventing images of each other, and mainly using them to fight their domestic battles and to advance a specific political agenda at home. Mr. Kurilla’s major research area is the history of US-Russian relations; he has also conducted research on the problems in the use of history, historical memory, historical politics, and role of historians in contemporary Russia. He has authored five books, including most recently History: Past in the Presen and Frenemies: History of Opinions, Fantasies, Contacts, Mutual (Mis)understanding between Russia and the USA. He has also published numerous articles in leading Russian and international journals, including Journal of American History, Nationalities Papers, Demokratizatsiya, Journal of the Cold War Studies, and Problems of Post-Communism. More info is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Saturday, November 23

ON THE SAME PAGE The Friends of the Claremont Library hosts its first 2019-2020 On the Same Page event at 10 a.m. at Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. FOCL recently announced The Library Book by Susan Orlean as the group’s community read. “Now that The Library Book has revealed all the wild and wonderful things that happen at public libraries, it’s time to get the local story,” read a press release. “Claremont Library manager Amy Crow will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the history of our library, and let you in on all the ways that our library has changed—and stayed the same—over its 105 year life.” Copies of the book will be available for check out, or for purchase at the desk for $15. Lawn signs are also available to help the Friends advertise the book. Just ask the librarian at the reference desk. Light refreshments served. More info is at claremontlibrary.org.

AN EVENING WITH JOHN YORK Accomplished local singer/songwriter/guitarist John York holds his annual benefit concert for the Prison Library Project at 7 p.m. at The Claremont Forum, 568 W. First St. Tickets are $20 and are available at claremontforum.org or by calling (909) 626-3066. Mr. York is a former member ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers the Byrds, and has played, recorded or toured with Doug Sahm’s Sir Douglas Quintet (with the late Dr. John,) The Mamas and The Papas, Johnny Rivers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Gene Clark, The Band’s Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, Rolling Stones sideman Nicky Hopkins, David Carradine and Barry McGuire. More info is at claremontforum.org or (909) 626-3066.

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