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CHS Theater, jazz, Mojave Trio, Dems Talk, nature walk, wheelchair fundraiser, music and more!

Friday, February 21

CLASSICS AT NOON Scripps College’s ongoing free Friday Noon Concerts continue at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont, with soprano Anne Harley, joined by soprano Melissa Givens and pianist Jodi Goble in a program of music by Goble and Harold Bruce Forsythe and others. More info is at www.pomona.edu.

‘JAPAN AND ITS SEASONS’ A new exhibit, The Art of Time: Japan and its Seasons, opens from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Pilgrim Place’s Petterson Museum, 730 Plymouth Rd., Claremont. A free opening reception takes place Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. “In Japan, the experience of the seasons is embedded in language, celebrated in national festivals, and codified in art,” a press release stated. “Come discover the symbolism of the seasons and learn the aesthetics of savoring nature at this exhibit.” More info is at www.pettersonmuseum.org or via email to museum@pilgrimplace.org.

SENIOR HOEDOWN Claremont Senior Program hosts a good ol’ hoedown tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. The western-themed event will include dancing, music and refreshments. Country-western line dance instructor Marsha Wolfersberger will be the DJ, so guests can get their two-step on and help themselves to the DIY chili bar. Folks are encouraged to dress for the occasion. “The dance is for cowpokes 55 and older,” according to Claremont Senior Program. Admission is $10 and must be paid for in advance. Space is limited. More info and signup is at www.claremontrec.com.

Saturday, February 22

WHEELCHAIR FUNDRAISER Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont, is hosting a Quartermania Fundraiser for Wheelchairs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can give the gift of mobility to people around the world by supporting the event, hosted in conjunction with Knights of Columbus. Bring a roll of quarters to bid on items donated by 15 vendors, or buy a gift and receive a raffle ticket to win dozens of prizes. Tickets are $25 each, or $20 presale at the parish office, and include lunch, drink, dessert and a bidding paddle. More information is at www.olaclaremont.org or (909) 626-3596.

CHORAL?CANTANA Crossroads Choir performs “True Witness,” a 30-minute choral cantata which sets to music the letters, speeches and poems of African American female poets, activists and civil rights leaders. A pre-concert lecture takes place at 7 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 241 E. 10th St., Claremont, with the concert at 8 p.m. followed by a post-concert discussion with the composer and artists. Info is at www.crossroadswomen.org or (909) 626-7847.


Sunday, February 23

BIRDERS HOST NATURE WALK Pomona Valley Audubon Society is hosting a free nature walk at Bonelli Park in San Dimas. This easy, two-hour walk is for beginners or experts. The diverse habitat makes this 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, and still more information is available at (909) 982-9727.

WHY ORANGE YOU AT THE MARKET? 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.

FOURTH SUNDAYS POETRY The Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library series continues with poets Bill Ratner and Richard Luftig reading from their latest works at 2 p.m. at Claremont United Church of Christ’s Louise Roberts Room, 233 W. Harrison Ave. Fourth Sundays events are always free, with light refreshments served and books available for purchase. Mr. Ratner is a poet, essayist and nine-time winner of The Moth Story Slams. His spoken-word performances are featured on various National Public Radio programs. Mr. Luftig is a recipient of the Cincinnati Post/Patricia Corbett Foundation award for literature. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and his latest book of poems, A Grammar for Snow, was published in 2019. More info is available by searching Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library on Facebook.

MOJAVE TRIO AT LITTLE BRIDGES Pomona College welcomes The Mojave Trio for a free concert at 3 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The Trio—Sara Parkins, violin; Maggie Parkins, cello; and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano—will perform a program of music by Beethoven, Gao Ping and Saariaho. The trio has been hailed for a “dynamic sense of contrast, attack and nuance” by the LA Newspaper Group. Info is at www.pomona.edu/events/chamber-music-mojave-trio.

JAZZ VESPERS The Jazz Vespers will be giving voice to Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and Lent, “the late winter triple play that begins with a spirited celebration to resist the gloom of winter, then turns us toward deep reflection,” at a free 6 p.m. gathering at Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave. “Come join us as we make that journey through music, poetry and prayer.” Music provided by The Ron Kobayashi Trio and vocalist Debbi Ebert. Arrive before the Vespers service to see and walk CPC’s recently installed outdoor labyrinth. More info is at www.claremontpres.org/jazz-vespers.


Monday, February 24

DEMS TALK 2020 CENSUS The Democratic Club of Claremont welcomes Andrea Moreno from LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis’ staff, who will discuss the 2020 Census at its 7 p.m. meeting in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Commons Room, 660 Avery Rd. The census is mandated every 10 years by the US Constitution and provides data that determines the number of seats each state has in the US House of Representatives. It is also used to distribute federal funds to local communities. For information call (909) 626-8122 or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

NEW YORKER’S JIA TOLENTINO Scripps Presents brings The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino to Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont, for a 7 p.m. conversation. The event is free, but registration is required at www.scrippscollege.edu/events. Acclaimed as “the best young essayist at work in the US,” The New Yorker staffer tackles topics such as vaping, Shen Yun, the economy of marriage, and other vexing questions in her acclaimed 2019 essay collection, Trick Mirror. Scripps’ Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing R.O. Kwon joins her for a conversation.


Tuesday, February 25

FREE COLLEGE APP WORKSHOP Randles Educational Consulting, the city of Claremont and the Regional Admission Counselors of California host a free college application workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Youth Activity Center, 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Registration is required at www.eventbrite.com, search “Claremont college application.” More information is at www.randleseducationalconsulting.com or (909) 973-4148.

DISASTER MEDICAL AID The University Club of Claremont hosts a discussion, “Disaster Medical Assistance: World Trade Center, Katrina and Beyond,” with guest speaker Susan Lominska. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Ms. Lominska is a nurse practitioner and belongs to a federal disaster medical assistance team. A partial list of disasters to which she been deployed includes the World Trade Center, hurricanes Katrina, Michael and Rita, “Operation Provide Refuge” to assist Kosovo refugees who were evacuated to the US, the Air Alaska crash in Ventura, and the Camp Fire. Information is available at www.universityclubofclaremont.org.

VISION LOSS Claremont Senior Program’s lecture series continues at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., with “Understanding Vision Loss” presented by The Braille Institute at 12:30 p.m. This seminar is for family and friends who are interested in learning about blindness and visual impairment, the emotional impact of sight loss, and how to assist someone who is visually impaired. For reservations drop by the Joslyn Center, call (909) 399-5488, or visit www.claremontrec.com.


Wednesday, February 26

GET YOUR BHANGRA ON Pomona College brings Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti and the Los Angeles Folk Arts Club for a free 4:15 p.m. educational program of bhangra dance, drumming, and song to Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave. A workshop with the artists will be held at 1:15 p.m. More info is at www.pomona.edu/events.

GROUNDBREAKING THEORIST Claremont’s Scripps College hosts Debra Satz in a free 4:15 p.m. Merlan Lecture, “The Egalitarian Case for In-Kind Distribution,” at the Humanities Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and reception. Ms. Satz is a groundbreaking theorist in the intersection of morality, markets and equality. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the author of Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets. With Rob Reich, she co-founded the Hope House Scholars Program in which Stanford professors teach humanities courses to women currently in Hope House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility. She is a professor and dean at Stanford University. For information go to www.scrippscollege.edu/events/calendar/the-merlan-lecture or email rivka_weinberg@scrippscollege.edu.


Thursday, February 27

CHS THEATER DEBUTS NEW SHOW Claremont High School Theatre Department presents the 2012 Best Tony Drama Award winner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Simon Stephens, tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts. The show repeats Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The play follows a mathematically-inclined teenage boy on the autism spectrum named Christopher, who embarks on a mission to solve the mystery of his neighbor’s murdered dog, and soon finds himself on a journey of acceptance and self-discovery. The show is directed by CHS theater alumni Greg McGoon. For more information visit www.chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu or call (909) 624-9053, extension 30463. The show contains mature language and is not suitable for young audiences.


Friday, February 28

STATIN DRUGS Inter Valley Health Plan offers a free 10 a.m. class, “How Statin Drugs Work: Lower Your Cholesterol and Other Health Benefits,” at the Medicare Information and Vitality Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, Claremont. The class will include a review of the benefits of taking statin drugs and its side effects. Participants should RSVP at www.forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents or by calling (800) 886-4471.

NOONTIME CORNUCOPIA! Scripps College’s free and fun Friday Noon Concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. This week’s show features the Cornucopia Baroque Ensemble. The group will perform music by Handel and Telemann on period instruments. More info is at www.pomona.edu/academics/departments/music.


Saturday, February 29

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, at 435 Berkeley Ave., hosts a free workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with six local experts who will offer information and action plans about local programs for the homeless, how fair trade answers both calls, an update on solar energy initiatives, faith-based support of community meals, and respond to climate change. Free registration, which includes lunch, is at www.olaclaremont.org, or by phone at (714) 299-9939.

FRIENDS VISIT DENISON LIBRARY The Friends of the Claremont Library host an On the Same Page event at 10 a.m., a visit to the Denison Library, 1090 Columbia Ave., Claremont, home to the papers of former Scripps professor and iconographer of the LA Public Library, Hartley Burr Alexander. Info is at www.claremontlibrary.org or email to friendsofclaremontlibrary@gmail.com.


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