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Holiday hangover? Let's get this party started! January 3 to 11

Friday, January 3

FAREWELL, WOODED FRIEND Claremont residents may dispose of their live Christmas trees on regular trash days from January 6 through January 17. All ornaments, lights, and tinsel must be removed prior to pick up. Also, please remember to remove the stand and to not place the tree in a bag. Trees in excess of six feet tall must be cut in half. For information, contact community services at (909) 399-5431.


Saturday, January 4

PLANT A TREE AT MEMORIAL If your New Year’s resolution involved doing more for good ol’ Mother Earth, you’re in luck: Green Crew of Sustainable Claremont and the city are hosting the decade’s first volunteer tree planting from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Participants should bring a water bottle, shovel and gloves. RSVP to greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org or call (800) 948-1519.

Sunday, January 5

FREE BIRD WALK A skilled representative from Pomona Valley Audubon Society will lead a free two-hour family bird walk beginning at 8 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Bring binoculars and meet at the entrance. More info is at pomonavalleyaudubon.org.

LET THE MARKET DECIDE Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Avenue between First and Bonita. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

RETURN TO FOREVER The freewheeling’ outdoor Jazz at College Center concert series continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today with the Silver Fox Band on the patio adjacent to Blue Fin Sushi and Teriyaki at 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Next week, January 12, Zzaj will be doing their thing. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter.com or 909-946-6967.

OPEN POETRY READING Ironbark Ciderworks, at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., suite 107B, hosts the monthly free Open Words poetry reading from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Read your poetry or other creative work or just come and listen. For information email mari_werner@yahoo.com or visit the Open Words Poetry Reading Facebook.


Monday, January 6

FREE COLLEGE FOR SENIORS Registration begins today for Claremont Senior Program’s Claremont Avenues for Lifelong Learning program, where folks 60 and older can audit courses at the Claremont Colleges during the spring 2020 semester for free. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. No applications will be accepted prior, and registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, January 10. Classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to Claremont residents. Visist ci.claremont.ca.us and search CALL for information. Application and course listings are also available at the Joslyn Center. Call (909) 399-5488 with questions.

HELP: IT’S TAX SEASON! The Claremont Senior Program is offering free tax preparation assistance, with appointments available via phone at (909) 399-5488 or in person at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, beginning today. Trained volunteers will provide free assistance to taxpayers with low to moderate incomes, with special attention given to those 60 and older. The service will be offered by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in February. For information call (909) 399-5488.

PARKING: AMERICAN STYLE Sustainable Claremont is hosting a free and open to the public dialog, “Parking, American Style,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hahn Building, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave. “Parking is a big part of our lives, but we don’t think about it much; Mostly, we just know we want it to be convenient and free,” read a press release. “In an attempt to make this dream a reality, the United States spends as much subsidizing parking as it does on Medicare. There are now eight parking spots per automobile in the US, covering territory equal in size to the state of West Virginia. In this talk, Jason Neidleman will describe the consequences of our collective decision to privilege free and convenient parking.” For information go to sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.


Tuesday, January 7

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. There is time to ask questions to the club’s experts.  More information is available at cscclub.org.


Wednesday, January 8

GREYWATER 101 Claremont Garden Club offers a free and open to the public 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. discussion, “Greywater 101,” with Ty Teissere of Greywater Action, at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Building, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. “Using water from sinks, showers, and washing machines can greatly reduce your outdoor water use,” read a press release. Mr. Teissere will discuss design considerations, water saving, costs, regulations, health and safety. More information is at claremontgardenclub.org, via email to info@claremontgardenclub.org, or on the club’s Facebook or Instagram pages. The Garden Club is a working group of Sustainable Claremont.


Thursday, January 9

CHANNEL ISLAND SEABIRDS The Pomona Valley Audubon Society holds its monthly membership meeting at 7 p.m. in  the Alexander Hughes Community Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The evening includes Jennifer Boyce, who will discuss “Seabirds and their Habitat Restoration on the Channel Islands,” a bird identification session, refreshments and a short business meeting. Call (909) 982-9727 for more information.


Friday, January 10

DEMOCRATS TALK REGISTRATION The Democratic Club of Claremont resumes its monthly open to the public meetings and free Gar Byrum Distinguished Speaker Series at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The 11:45 a.m. family style meal is $17 and includes beverage, tax and tip. The program, featuring Sarah Jakle, Outreach Director of Field Team 6, begins at 12:45 p.m. and is free. Ms. Jakle will discuss “Voter registration: why somethings so simple is the key to a future progressive nation and how you can make that happen.” Ms. Jakle has an extensive background in community services and political activism. For more information go to claremontdems.org, call (909) 632-1516, or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.


Saturday, January 11

‘A WING AND A PRAYER II’ Joanne Hayakawa’s “A Wing and A Prayer II” opens today at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, with a  reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and an artist talk at 7. AMOCA has partnered with Scripps College’s Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery to produce exhibitions of works by guest curators of the Scripps College Ceramic Annual, which will open next week. San Diego State University Professor Emerita Ms. Hayakawa will curate “Duality and Context” at the Scripps Annual. The AMOCA exhibit is up through April 19. More information is at amoca.org/joannehayakawa, (909) 865-3146, or via email to communications@amoca.org.

LEARN PROPER TREE PRUNING The Green Crew at Sustainable Claremont is offering a free and open to the public Tree Care Workshop on pruning from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Lenz Building at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Registration is required by searching for “Claremont tree care workshop” at  eventbrite.com. Participants will learn about proper tree pruning from certified arborists/foresters Fred Roth and Dave Roger.  The first half of the workshop will include an in-class presentation and the second will be an outside, hands-on demonstration. If you would like to participate in the hands-on portion, bring pruners or a pruner saw. Mr. Roth is professor emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona and is an expert of plant science, specializing in tree pathology. Mr. Roger is former deputy director of community services for the city of Claremont. More info is available via email to greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org.


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