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Friday, January 17

BONE BUILDERS AgingNext hosts a free and open to the public Bone Builders class from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Using a combination of weights, balance and stretching exercises, the class is designed to help develop the bone structure seniors need to enjoy an active life. AgingNext hosts the class every Wednesday and Friday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. For information call (909) 621-9900.


Saturday, January 18

BIRDY BIRDY Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts a free bird walk along its lush trails from 8 to 9:30 a.m. This family-friendly walk happens every third Saturday. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, bring bird guides and binoculars if available. Reservations are required as space is limited. Email info@rsabg.org for information.

THE PORKY SHOW The Claremont Police Department will host the 39th annual Porky Show, an exhibition of police and fire memorabilia, at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LAST NAME! Last Name Brewing will mark its 17th birthday with a public celebration from noon to 11 p.m. The party will include an acoustic set from Mick Rhodes, Wyman Reese and John Sleeger from 3:30 to 5 p.m., comedy from Bruce Jingles from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and local faves The Dogs from 6 to 9 p.m. Come enjoy a food truck and birthday cake at the brewery, located at 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland. The event is all ages, and that includes dogs. More info is at lastnamebrewing.com.

KIDS: CREATE THE WORLD YOU WANT The Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free and open to the public children’s program, “When I Grow Up/Create The World You Want,” from 2 to 2:45 p.m. The event features interactive songs from diverse musical genres that promote a can-do attitude, focusing on imagination and the individual’s role in taking responsibility for their own environment, contributions, thoughts and feelings, while empowering them to make positive choices for themselves and the planet. More info is at lacountylibrary.org or (909) 621-4902.


Sunday, January 19

FARM TO TABLE Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Avenue between First and Bonita. Purchase unique gifts, farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. Or grab a coffee and a pastry at one of the many great spots and listen to live music. Info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

CYMO OPENS SEASON The Claremont Young Musician’s Orchestra, conducted by Juan Felipe Molano, presents its free season opening concert at 7 p.m. at lovely Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Soloist James Miller of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the Nico Rota Trombone Concerto. Also included will be Capriccio Italien by Tchaikovsky and Symphony No. 9 by Dvorak. More info is available at cymo.org, (909) 624-3614, or via email to rjscymo@aol.com.


Monday, January 20

MLK DAY In honor of Martin Luther King Day, admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is free. The Garden is located at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Claremont Unified School District campuses are closed as well, and across Southern California various celebrations are planned, including the 35th annual Kingdom Day Parade from 10 a.m. to noon along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Los Angeles. Civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, 1929 and was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.

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


Tuesday, January 21

SMARTY PANTS It’s hard to resist Claremont Helen Renwick Library’s playfully named Smarty Pants Storytime, which takes place from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at 208 N. Harvard Ave. Kids ages 3 to 5 are invited to enjoy books, songs and play while learning school readiness skills and having fun. Attendance is limited and advanced registration is required. Information is at (909) 621-4902.

THINKING SPATIALLY The University Club of Claremont hosts a luncheon and discussion, “The Importance of Thinking Spatially,” with guest speaker Michael Phoenix, former manager of education solutions at ESRI Redlands. Mr. Phoenix has visited more than 120 countries and given this talk all over the world. He will discuss space-based applications of geographic information science (GIS) and the importance of critical thinking. ESRI, the world’s leading provider of data collected from satellites, is headquartered in Redlands. At ESRI, Mr. Phoenix helped schools gain access to spatial analysis tools and understand GIS, a computer system for capturing, storing, checking and displaying data related to positions on earth’s surface. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch.

SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday, with social time at 7 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. More information is at cscclub.org.


Wednesday, January 22

PUB QUIZ! Hump day can get a lot easier with a beer or two and Claremont Craft Ale’s super fun Pub Quiz, which takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. The quiz, with King Trivia, is free. The beer will cost ya, but with more than two dozen brews on tap, you’re bound to find something that will satisfy your brew palette. CCA is at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #204C, Claremont. More information is available claremontcraftales.com or on their Facebook page.


Thursday, January 23

PAINT A FEATHER It’s not too often one gets a chance to “paint a feather,” but that’s just what’s on offer at Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Come try your hand at the free and open to the public delicate art project and take home a painted feather mobile. Sounds positively Zen-like. All supplies provided while they last. More info is at (909) 621-4902.


Friday, January 24

NEIL HAMBURGER The Press welcomes something well off its normal booking radar tonight when comedian and provocateur Neil Hamburger stops in for a free show at 10 p.m. Mr. Hamburger—a fictional standup comedian and singer created by Australian-American Gregg Turkington—is known for his misanthropic jokes and anti-comedy style, and has been compared to the late Andy Kaufman’s character, Tony Clifton. Many first heard of Mr. Hamburger on the 1992 album, “Great Phone Calls Featuring Neil Hamburger,” which was followed by several more records, including “America’s Funnyman,” “Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners,” and “First of Dismay,” all backed by his band, The Too Good For Neil Hamburger Band. Mr. Hamburger’s live show is somewhat confrontational and features audience participation. He’s appeared in films with Jack Black and Tenacious D, been booed, heckled and hailed as a comic genius. Come out and decide for yourselves. More info is at americasfunnyman.com or thepressrestaurant.com.


Saturday, January 25

CERAMIC ANNUAL The 76th Scripps College Ceramic Annual opens at 7 p.m. tonight at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 251 E. 11th St., Claremont. This year’s annual is curated by Joanne Hayakawa, professor emerita at San Diego State University, School of Art and Design. Ms. Hayakawa has gathered artists “whose work engages with and offers a variety of perspectives on the environment through the lens of duality,” according to Scripps’ website. The Ceramic Annual lecture with Garth Johnson, curator of ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, will be held at the Humanities Auditorium at 4 p.m., followed by the opening, with live music and light refreshments at the gallery from 7 to 9 p.m. More information is at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-4690.


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