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What to do, when you don't got the flu: The Claremont calendar—Jan 24 to Feb 1

Friday, January 24

WE OLIVE BENEFITS CHAP We Olive at 221 Yale Ave., Claremont will donate 10 percent of its sales between 11:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. today to the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Project (CHAP). We Olive offers small lunch and dinner plates, sandwiches, salads, wines and cheeses, as well as olive oils, vinegars and other small batch foodie accessories. More info is at weolive.com/claremont or chapclaremont.org.

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.” More info is at americasfunnyman.com or thepressrestaurant.com.

 

Saturday, January 25

CSO’S CONCERT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE Claremont Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Concert for Young People, “A Lincoln Portrait,” at 3:30 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The free and open to the public show features pianist Michael Chu, winner of the 2019 Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Michael has been playing piano since he was six years old and is a sophomore at Ruben Ayala High School in Chino Hills. More information is at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.

SCRIPPS 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 info is at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-4690.

 

Sunday, January 26

EAT A PEACH 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 www.claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

TAKE A WALK WITH THE AUDUBON SOCIETY Representatives from the Pomona Valley Audubon Society will lead an easy two-hour nature walk at Frank G. Bonelli Park for beginners as well as experts. The diverse habitat at Bonelli makes it a great place to find Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren and California Gnatcatcher, along with raptors and wintering water fowl. Email at warblerod@verizon.net or call (909) 599-6526 for time and directions.

POETRY AT THE LIBRARY Friends of the Claremont Library bring their free and fascinating monthly poetry series back to the Claremont Helen Renwick Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., at 2 p.m. This month’s gathering features poets Patty Seyburn and Lucia Galloway reading from their latest works, with light refreshments served and books available for purchase. Ms. Seyburn has published five collections of poems: Threshold Delivery, Perfecta, Hilarity, which won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Press, Mechanical Cluster and Diasporadic, which won the Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award. More info is at claremontlibrary.org

THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD The United Nations Association, Pomona Valley Chapter, holds its annual open to the public meeting and dinner at 5:30 p.m. in Pilgrim Place’s Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd., Claremont. Guest speaker Judith Wagner will give a talk on “UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC): Aspirations and Realities.” “The CRC is the UN’s most widely adopted human rights treaty,” read a UNAPV press release. “As a representative to the World Organization for Early Childhood Education for the past decade, Wagner will provide an overview of the CRC and discuss why only one UN country has not ratified it: the United States. She will also contrast the CRC’s aspirations with the realities of daily life for children in many parts of the world.” Guests can pay $10 at the door or contribute a beverage, side dish or dessert. For more information email cmartin335@gmail.com or call (909) 625-9670.

YOUNG MUSICIANS The Claremont Young Musicians Intermezzo Orchestra, conducted by Greg Samuel, will presents a free 7 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The 70 member Intermezzo Orchestra is made up of musicians ages 9 to 17. The program will include the overture to “Orpheus in the Underworld” by Offenback, Mazurka from “Coppelia” by Delibes, L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 by Bizet, Marche Militaire Francaise by Saint-Saens, Procession of the Sadar from “Caucasian Sketches” by Ipolitoz-Ivanov, and Americana Rhapsody by Lennie Niehaus. More information is available at cymo.org, by phone at (909) 624-3614, or by email to rjscymo@aol.com.

 

Monday, January 27

DEMS TALK PROP 13 REFORM The Democratic Club of Claremont host Jenni Chang and Luis Duran, activists from the California Alliance for Retired Americans, at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Commons Room at 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Ms. Chang and Mr. Duran’s talk is free and open to the public. They will speak on “The Schools and Communities First Initiative: Reforming Prop 13.” The program is part of a series the Democratic Club is sponsoring to inform its members and the public about current political issues. Although an initiative has already qualified for the November ballot, CARA and other supporters want to qualify a revised initiative to replace it. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call (909) 626-8122 or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

 

Tuesday, January 28

SMARTY PANTS STORYTIME 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 and their parents and caregivers are invited to enjoy books, songs, and play while learning school readiness skills and having fun. Attendance is limited and advanced registration is required, with limited standby tickets available. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More info is at (909) 621-4902.

PANAMANIAN PEACE CORPS ADVENTURE The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “A Peace Corps Adventure in Panama,” with guest speaker Thanos Trezos. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Mr. Trezos, who retired after 30 years with Southern California Edison and then joined the Peace Corps, recently served in Panama. He will talk about Panama—a country that is more than a canal—as well as the ups and downs of being in the Peace Corps, and advice about whether to apply to be a volunteer. Mr. Thanos graduated from the National Technical University of Athens and earned a master’s degree from Purdue, and an MBA and PhD in water resources engineering from UCLA. More info is available at www.universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

Wednesday, January 29

TODDLER STORYTIME Claremont’s Helen Renwick Library offers a respite for the weary parents/caregivers of babies and toddlers every Wednesday with its Toddler Storytime from 11 to 11:30 a.m. That half-hour may not sound like much, but to stay-at-home parents, those 30 minutes of storytelling, songs, movement and rhymes—and   communion with other adults—are golden. And the babies adore it as well. Space is limited to first-come, first-served. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More information is at www.lacountylibrary.org or (909) 621-4902.

 

Thursday, January 30

CHRONIC PAIN CLASS Dealing with daily pain? Inter Valley Health Plan hosts a free chronic pain management class at 10 a.m. at the Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, Claremont. Darlene Merkler, who has 30 years’ experience working with seniors, will present techniques to help manage pain. For information or to RSVP, go to www.forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents or call (800) 886-4471.

CECILE RICHARDS AT GARRISON Claremont’s Scripps College brings Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to Garrison Theater, 241 E. 10th St., at 7 p.m. for a free talk. Ms. Richards has twice been listed in Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. She visits Scripps as the Roxanne Wilson Leader-in-Residence. The event is free, but registration is required at scrippscollege.edu/events. During her 12-year tenure as president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Ms. Richards has worked to increase affordable access to reproductive health. In 2019, Ms. Richards  co-founded Supermajority, a political action group working to mobilize women voters, along with Alicia Garza (a founder of Black Lives Matter) and Ai-jen Poo (executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance). Ms. Richards will visit Scripps to discuss, among other things, the work ahead as the country gears up for an election year. More info is at www.scrippscollege.edu/events.

 

Friday, January 31

BONE BUILDERS AgingNext hosts a free bone builders class every Wednesday and Friday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Strong bones offer many health benefits, including better balance and muscle support. The class aims to reverse the effects of osteoporosis by using a combination of weights, balance and stretching exercises. For information call (909) 621-9900.

 

Saturday, February 1

SMART GARDENING WORKSHOP The Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free workshop, “Smart Gardening: Intro to Composting,” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. “Join master gardeners with the LA County Department of Public Works for a free workshop to learn smart gardening techniques,” a press release stated. “Use yard and food waste to build and replenish soil, consume less water and grow beautiful gardens. Learn to divert waste from landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through composting, organic and water-wise gardening, and grasscycling.” Attendees can purchase discounted backyard compost bins for $40, and worm composting systems for $65, which include a half pound of worms. For info go to www.smartgardening.com.

MOVIE HITS IN SYMPHONY Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra and Prelude String Ensemble open their seasons with a free 3:30 p.m. concert of symphonic classical and movie music at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The program includes selections from the Disney film Frozen, the Super Mario Bros video game, music of Ireland and Spain, and more. For information visit claremontyouthsymphony.org or email claremontyouthso@gmail.com.

PITCH PERFECT Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont, hosts the largest international a cappella tournament in the world, The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for 7C students, $20 for youth and children, and $25 for general admission, and are available at pomona.edu. The competition will include up to 10 college a cappella groups from California. The first and second place groups will move on the Western Semifinal, where they will face off for the title of ICCA West Champion with one group moving on to the International Finals. More info is at (909) 607-1139.

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