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Friday, February 7

HAZARDOUS, E-WASTE Sustainable Claremont hosts a free hazardous and e-waste collection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Claremont City Yard, 1616 Monte Vista Ave. Items such as brake fluid, paint, paint thinner, batteries, motor oil, computer monitors, televisions and cell phones will be accepted. Bring items sturdy boxes or original containers. There is a limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per trip. Do not bring appliances, tires, controlled substances, explosives or ammunition. For a complete listing of what is accepted, contact (888) CLEAN-LA or visit www.sustainableclaremont.com.

‘SECRET INLAND EMPIRE’ AUTHOR TALK The public is invited to attend Pilgrim Memorial Library’s annual library coffee at 10 a.m. at 600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, to hear a discussion with 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 will be available to purchase at the church. 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. “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.” Professor Cave earned a PhD in chemistry from Caltech, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information about the meeting and the club is available at www.universityclubofclaremont.org.

Saturday, February 8

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING The 20th annual Book Review by the Presbyterian 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 tea, refreshments, opportunity drawings and a book exchange (bring a book, take a book). Suggested donation is $10. Proceeds will benefit the Claremont After School Program (CLASP). RSVPs can be made by leaving a voicemail for Pat Beswick at (909) 624-9693.

GENEAOLOGISTS: CORONER CONNECTIONS The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society holds a 2 p.m. meeting 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.” More information is at www.pvgs.us.

PIANO, HARPSICHORD Pomona College offers a free 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 info is at www.pomona.edu/events.

Sunday, February 9

COMIC BOOKS AND COLLECTIBLES The Packing House, at 532 W. First St., Claremont, is the site of the monthly free comic book and collectibles show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Comic book art demonstrations, comic books, collectibles, new and vintage comics, graphic novels and more.

ADOPT-A-PET, TAKE-A-PIC Priceless Pets and Curtis Real Estate will host  a mobile pet adoption, donation drive and pet photo booth from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 107 Harvard Ave., Claremont. Donations such as towels, blankets and pet food are needed. Participants are invited to bring pets to the photo booth for a free picture.

QUARTET AT LITTLE BRIDGES Pomona College brings the Eclipse String Quartet with Joti Rockwell to Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont for a free and open to the public concert at 3 p.m. The quartet—Sarah Thornblade and Sara Parkins, violins; Alma Lisa Fernandez, viola; and Maggie Parkins, cello—will offer music for quartet with electric guitar and mandolin by Joti Rockwell. Read more about the Eclipse Quartet at www.eclipsequartet.com.

Monday, February 10

CAN SUCH TREACHERY BE FORGIVEN? Miranda Johnson-Haddad speaks on forgiveness and redemption in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at the 2 p.m. meeting of the Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. Ms. Johnson-Haddad is an educational consultant and dramaturg for A Noise Within Theater. Light refreshments. Go to www.shakespeareclubpomonavalley.com, email lucylynch@aol.com, or call (909) 717-1109 for more information.

TOAST LOVE Claremont Toastmasters Club 12 is hosting a free Valentine’s Day themed open house from 7 to 9 p.m. in the East Lounge Room of the Claremont Manor, 650 Harrison Ave. Visitors are encouraged to come learn how Toastmasters can help improve public speaking and build leadership skills. For more information call (909) 596-2911.

Tuesday, February 11

A MASTER STORYTELLER The University Club of Claremont hosts a luncheon and afternoon of storytelling with master storyteller Ron Evans. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “When asked, ‘Is that story true?’ Mr. Evans has answered, ‘It’s not whether the story is true, it’s whether there is truth in the story,’” read a UC press release. Mr. Evans has had a varied career as a sports official, steeplejack, firefighter and National Public Radio commentator. He was educated at Yale and Cambridge, has served with the YMCA in East Africa and Geneva, and as senior pastor at two congregations in New England, and has taught in New England prep schools and Yale University. More information is available at www.universityclubofclaremont.org.

HEALTHCARE AND RETIREMENT Claremont Senior Services hosts an Afternoon Knowledge lecture, “Health Care and Your Retirement,” at 12:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. The presentation will address Medicare coverage, long-term medical care expenses, and strategies for addressing uncovered expenses. It will be presented by Edward Jones Financial. For reservations visit the Joslyn Center, call (909) 399-5488, or visit www.claremontrec.com.

NUTRITION FOR CANCER PATIENTS Pomona Valley Hospital offers a free nutrition talk for people with cancer from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the community room of the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center, 1910 Royalty Dr., Pomona. Registered dietitian Nancee Perez will discuss nutritional strategies during cancer treatment and beyond. RSVP to (909) 865-9858 or email ferc@pvhmc.org. More information is at www.pvhmc.org.

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER, US POET LAUREATE The National Book Foundation, Scripps Presents, and the Los Angeles Library Foundation jointly celebrate 2019 National Book Award winner Sarah M. Broom (The Yellow House) and former US Poet Laureate and National Book Award longlister Natasha Trethewey (Monument) on their documentation of the stories, pain and resilience of families in the American south. The free event takes place at 6 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 N Columbia Ave., Claremont, and will be moderated by Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation. Registration is required at www.scrippscollege.edu/events.

FINANCIAL FORUMS AgingNext hosts two financial forums focusing on topics such as power of attorney, wills and trusts, Medi-Cal and Medicare, today and tomorrow. Adult children of aging parents, seniors planning to age at home, and the newly retired are encouraged to attend. Forums will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Brulte Senior Center, 11200 Base Line Rd., Rancho Cucamonga; and tomorrow February 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pearson Professional Center, 140 Via Verde, Suite 200, San Dimas. The cost to attend either is $10. For information, visit www.agingnext.org. Go to www.agingnext.eventbrite.com to register.

Wednesday, February 12

THE SPECTACLE OF GARDEN MUSROOMS The Claremont Garden club hosts a free and open to the public talk, “Garden Mushrooms: A Year-round Spectacle,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Building, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. “Mushrooms can be found in our gardens on virtually any day of the year,” read a press release. “Steven Pencall will show us which mushrooms we might see during each season and where they are most likely to be found.” More info is at www.claremontgardenclub.org, or via email at info@claremontgardenclub.org.

Thursday, February 13

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK Inter Valley Health Plan is offering a free blood pressure check from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at its Medicare and Vitality Center in the Pomona Valley Health Center building, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. RSVP at www.forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents or by calling (800) 886-4471. A free wallet-sized blood pressure tracker will be given as well.

Friday, February 14

DEMS TALK NUCLEAR PREVENTION The Democratic Club of Claremont’s February meeting features “Preventing Nuclear War,” a talk by Joe Cicero, deputy director of Peace Action West. The luncheon at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W Foothill Blvd., Claremont, begins at 11:45 a.m. and is $17, including  beverage, tax and tip. The free talk, part of the club’s Gar Byrum Distinguished Speaker Series, begins at 12:45 p.m. Peace Action West, formerly SANE/Freeze, is the largest and oldest peace and diplomacy lobbying group in America. Mr. Cicero is also a board member of Americans for Democratic Action, founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith and Walter Reuther. For information go to www.claremontdems.org, call (909) 632-1516, or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

CLASSICS AT NOON Pomona College hosts another free and open to the public Friday Noon Concert at 12:15 p.m. at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Phillip Young and Jocelyn Chang will play three movements from Stravinsky’s “Petrushka,” Brahms “Hungarian Dances” and music by Mendelssohn for piano four hands. More info is at www.pomona.edu or (909) 621-8155.

‘FOREVER CHEMICAL’ CONTAMINATION Sustainable Claremont hosts a free discussion, “Forever Chemicals: The Crisis of PFAS Contamination,” from 3 to 5 p.m. at Pitzer College’s  Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave. Common compounds known as “forever chemicals” (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been detected in 86 water systems that serve up to nine million Californians. This panel will bring together government officials, public health advocates and technical experts. More information is at www.sustainableclaremont.com.

CELEBRATE AMOR WITH SENIOR GROUP Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch celebrates “Be My Valentine” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with dinner music from harpist Robin Ring, followed singing group The Jammers at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Admission is $15, payable at the time of reservation, and includes dinner, adult beverages and entertainment. The event is open to persons age 50 and over. Reservations, required by noon Wednesday, February 12, can be made by calling (909) 399-5488 or visiting www.claremontrec.com.

CHORUS ON LOVE AND FAITH Prism, a new 17-voice professional choral ensemble based in Los Angeles, is in town for a free 8 p.m. show at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Under the leadership of Adrien Redford and Donna M. Di Grazia, co-artistic directors, the program will feature secular and sacred choral music on themes of love and faith from England, Italy and early America, with works by Billings, Gesualdo, Ingalls, Lasso, Tallis, Taverner, Vaughan Williams, de Wert and others. For more information about Prism and to hear them, visit www.prismensemble.org. More info is at www.pomona.edu/events.

100 YEARS FOR THE LEAGUE The League of Women Voters of the?Mt. Baldy area will host a roaring ‘20s-themed gala from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Claremont, 343 W. 12th St., with 1920s or cocktail attire suggested. Tickets are $25 to $250 and include food, drinks, live jazz music and a silent auction. For tickets, visit www.my.lwv.org/california/mt-baldy-area.

Saturday, February 15

LEAGUE LOOKS AT HOMELESSNESS The League of Women Voters of the Mt. Baldy Area will focus on homelessness at its open to the public 3 p.m. meeting at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. Eric Gavin, a homeless liaison for area cities, will address the meeting. He has formed Open Door Community Partners to help cities better understand and end homelessness. For more information click on www.my.lwv.org/california/mt-baldy-area, email info@lwvmtbaldyarea.org, or call (909) 626-9457.

FOR THE LOVE OF READING, WRITING Scripps College hosts a free and open to the public 3:30 p.m. discussion with novelist R.O. Kwon, author of the Los Angeles Times First Book Prize finalist The Incendiaries, and 2020 Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing, who will join Fresh Air’s book critic Maureen Corrigan for a conversation about dual literary loves: reading and writing, at Balch Auditorium, 1030 N Columbia Ave., Claremont. Registration is required at www.scrippscollege.edu/events.

TREASURY OF CLAREMONT MUSIC LAUNCH Claremont Heritage is introducing the Treasury of Claremont Music archive project with a 6 to 9 p.m. musical celebration on the Garner House courtyard at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The evening will include performances by several of the musicians in the archive, and be dedicated to two recently deceased members of the project, Norma Tanega and Chris Darrow. Music gets underway at 6 p.m. with Vineyard Touring Opera Company, followed by Falcon Eddy (with Amy Maloof and Erica Tyron), Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade, and Michael Ryan, Hai Muradian and Ken Soderlund. In between bands, KSPC DJs Dia Hakina and Junior Francis will be spinning. Hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served. Tickets are $10 at www.claremontheritage.org, (909) 621-0848, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Garner House, or at the door. More information is at www.claremontheritage.org and www.treasuryofclaremontmusic.com.

ERIC HOLDER AT BRIDGES Pomona College hosts a free and open to the public 6:30 p.m. discussion, “A Conversation with Eric Holder: Voting Rights and Inequality in the US,” at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. Mr. Holder served as US Attorney General from February 2009 to April 2015, the third-longest tenure in US history. He was the first African American to hold that office. Mr. Holder is an internationally recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement, criminal justice and national security issues. Mr. Holder has served in government for more than 30 years, having been appointed to various positions by Presidents Obama, Clinton and Reagan. The evening will be moderated by associate professor of politics Amanda Hollis-Brusky. Tickets are free but reservations are required at www.pomona.edu/bridges.

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