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Comprehensive COURIER Claremont Calendar: January 31 to February 8

Friday, January 31

BONE BUILDERS AgingNext hosts a free and open to the public Bone Builders class at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Strong bones offer many health benefits, including better balance and muscle support. The free class is every Wednesday and Friday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. More information is at (909) 621-9900.

CHS THEATER ONE ACTS Claremont High School Theatre will present its student directed one act plays at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 30 and Friday, January 31 in the Don F. Fruechte Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The one acts, presented by the school’s theater production class, feature two plays: Bang Bang, You’re Dead, directed by Grace Rhodes, and Saving the Greeks: One Tragedy at a Time, directed by Liam Geary. Bang Bang, You’re Dead focuses on the topic of school shootings. It centers around the perspective of a school shooter and his experiences that led to the tragedy, as well as relating the views of those killed in the shooting.  The second play, Saving the Greeks: One Tragedy at a Time, takes a more comical approach as it follows the character “Dialysis” in his quest to build a city of tragic Greek heroes in order to save them from their unfortunate fates. Presale tickets are $8 at chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu. Admission is $10 at the door. More information is at www.chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu or (909) 624-9053, extension 30463.

BAROQUE MUSIC AT HARVEY MUDD Harvey Mudd College presents a free and open to the public concert with Roger Lebow on baroque cello and Stephan Moss on harpsichord at 7 p.m. at Drinkward Recital Hall, Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. More info is available at www.hmc.edu/hmc-arts, by calling (909) 621-8022, or via email to hsa@hmc.edu.

USSACHEVSKY FEST The free, open the public and wildly innovative 28th annual Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electro Acoustic Music kicks off at 8 p.m. in Pomona College’s Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. The show repeats at 8 p.m. tomorrow. This year’s festival features guest composer Christopher Cerrone. The festival is named after Vladimir Ussachevsky (1911-1990), a 1935 Pomona College grad who was a pioneer in the field of electronic music and was the co-founder of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in New York. Festival performers include Pomona faculty Rachel Rudich, Cynthia Fogg, Maggie Parkins, Tom Flaherty, Joti Rockwell and Genevieve Feiwen Lee. Guests include Sara Andon, Brian Walsh, Adrianne Pope, Jeff Gauthier, Yuri Inoo and recent Grammy Award winner, Nadia Shpachenko. More info is at www.pomona.edu/events.


Saturday, February 1

SMART GARDENING 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 and learn to use yard and food waste to build and replenish the soil, consume less water and grow beautiful gardens. The program teaches 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.

YOUNG MUSICIANS Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra and Prelude String Ensemble open the 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 www.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 www.pomona.edu/administration/bridges-auditorium. The competition will include up to 10 college a cappella groups from California. The groups placing first and second in this event 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 www.pomona.edu or (909) 607-1139.


Sunday, February 2

FEEL GOOD ABOUT THAT BURRITO Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 435 N. Berkeley Ave., Claremont is hosting a “Hispanic Community Burrito Sale” fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The savory, tortilla wrapped delicacies will be for sale in the church’s auditorium. Info is at www.olaclaremont.org.

FREE FAMILY BIRD WALK A skilled member from Pomona Valley Audubon Society will lead a free two-hour family bird walk starting at 8 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Birders should bring binoculars and meet at the entrance. More information is available by calling (909) 982-9727.

JAZZ AT COLLEGE CENTER The laid back and free Jazz at College Center series continues today, on the patio next to Blue Fin Sushi and Teriyaki at 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. From 2 to 5 p.m. today the Jacob Kearney Quintet will be playing. Next week Zzaj will be featured. More info is at www.jazzatcollegecenter or 909-946-6967.

ORGAN RECITAL AT LITTLE BRIDGES Pomona College hosts a free and open the public 3 p.m. organ recital at fabulous Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Organist William Peterson offers a program of early music by Buxtehude, Sweelinck, Frescobaldi and Bruhns in the first half of the program, with works by César Franck in the second. More info is at www.pomona.edu/events.


OPEN POETRY READING Ironbark Ciderworks, at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., suite 107B, hosts the monthly free and open to the public Open Words poetry reading starting at 5 p.m. Come early and sign up to read or just come and listen. All types of poetry (or prose) are welcome. For info, email mari_werner@yahoo.com or visit the Open Words Poetry Reading Facebook page.


Monday, February 3

PULITZER WINNER, FINALIST AT ATH The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free and open to the public 6:45 p.m. poetry reading, with reflections and conversation, “An Evening with Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman.” Former United States Poet Laureate Mr. Hass’ books of poetry include The Apple Trees at Olema and Time and Materials. Ms. Hillman’s poems draw on elements of found texts and document personal meditation, observation, and literary theory. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, as well as a Pushcart Prize and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. Her collection Bright Existence was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Loose Sugar a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. More information is at www.cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

TALKING SAFE, CLEAN WATER Sustainable Claremont hosts a free and open to the public dialog, “Safe Clean Water Program: A One-of-a-Kind Pursuit of Regional Resilience,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hahn Building, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. The discussion will be based on Los Angeles County’s Safe Water Program, which was developed in collaboration with public health, environmental groups, cities, business, labor and community-based organizations. A representative from Los Angeles County Public Works, Flood Control Division will make the presentation. For more information, please visit www.sustainableclaremont.org or call the Sustainability Resource Center at (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

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


Tuesday, February 4

VIET THANH NGUYEN AT ATH The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a 6:45 p.m. lecture, “The Work of Viet Thanh Nguyen: Refugee Stories and American Greatness.” Mr. Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Sympathizer, will explore questions of immigration, identity, love, family and the American dream. More information is at www.cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.


Wednesday, February 5

HEAD SPY JOHN BRENNAN  The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, “Honor and Integrity: A Life in Public Service with John Brennan,” former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, who will offer reflections on his more than 33 years of public service working for six US

NOTE This is a special “Ath on the Road” Res Publica event and will be held off campus in Orange County. Roundtrip transportation will be provided. Buses with wifi will begin boarding at 3:30 pm and will depart campus at approximately 4 pm; return to campus is expected by 9 pm.

Presidents. More info is at www.cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.


Thursday, February 6

AYN RAND ACOLYTE AT THE ATH The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a 6:45 p.m. lecture, “The Limits of Lessons,” with speaker Jennifer Grossman, CEO of The Atlas Society since 2016. Grounded in Ayn Rand’s vision, “Ms. Grossman’s talk will begin with the question, ‘How many times does socialism have to fail?’ to argue that the fight against the social justice version of fairness requires a moral case for fairness that is premised upon the inviolability of individual rights, the virtues of independence, reason and achievement, and the ethics of benevolent self-interest.” More information is at www.cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.


Friday, February 7

‘SECRET INLAND EMPIRE’ AUTHOR TALK The public is invited to attend Pilgrim Memorial Library’s annual library coffee at 10 a.m. to hear Larry Burns, author of Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. Refreshments will be served, followed by Mr. Burns’ talk. Books available for purchase at the church, 600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. More info is at www.pilgrimchurchpomona.com or (909) 622-1373.

PLANTS AND SOLAR ENERGY The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Solar Energy Conversion: What Can We Learn from Plants?” with guest speaker Bob Cave, 31-year professor of chemistry at Harvey Mudd College. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “Figuring out how to harvest energy from solar radiation is a critical challenge for humanity,” read a UC press release. “As the planet warms and population increases our best (only?) hope for sustainable existence requires that we master this technology. This talk will illustrate lessons we have learned from organisms ranging from bacteria to sequoias, all of which manage to harvest solar energy and make food for us at the same time.” Mr. Cave earned his PhD in chemistry from Caltech, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. More information is available at www.universityclubofclaremont.org.


Saturday, February 8

CORONER CONNECTIONS The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society holds its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave., with guest speaker Pat Williams talking about “Coroner Connections: Finding Living People the Genealogist’s Way.” “Somewhere between a private investigator and a traditional genealogist, you can hone the skills to locate living people,” read a PVGS press release. More information is at www.pvgs.us.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING The 20th annual Book Review by the Women of Claremont Presbyterian Church gets underway at 2 p.m. at 1111 N. Mountain Ave. This year’s event highlights Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Elaine Walker and Leanne Kerchner will explore the novel’s themes and characters, and the author’s background. The event will include refreshments, tea, opportunity drawings and a book exchange (bring a book, take a book). There is a suggested donation of $10. Proceeds will benefit the Claremont After School Program (CLASP). RSVPs are appreciated and tables of eight can be reserved by leaving a voicemail for Pat Beswick at (909) 624-9693.

PIANO, HARPSICHORD IN LITTLE BRIDGES Pomona College offers a free and open to the public piano and harpsichord performance from Grammy-nominated keyboardist Genevieve Feiwen Lee at 8 p.m. in lovely Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Ms. Feiwen Lee will perform music by George Crumb, François Couperin and Robert Schumann. More information is at www.pomona.edu/events.



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