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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 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, Claremont. The class will include a review of the benefits of taking statin drugs and side effects. RSVP at www.forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents or by calling (800) 886-4471.

A 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 playing music by Handel and Telemann on period instruments. More info is at www.pomona.edu/academics/departments/music.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT 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 and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts. The play, directed by CHS theater alumni Greg McGoon, 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. For 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.

THE ORIGINS OF LIFE Pomona College hosts a free 8:15 p.m. lecture, “Chance, Necessity and the Origins of Life,” at the Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. The speaker is Robert M. Hazen, senior staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory. ?“Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history is a complex tale of deterministic physical and chemical processes, as well as ‘frozen accidents,’” read a Pomona press release. “This history is preserved most vividly in mineral species, as explored in new approaches called ‘mineral evolution’ and ‘mineral ecology.’” Info is at www.pomona.edu/events.

Saturday, February 29

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, at 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont, 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, fair trade, solar energy initiatives, faith-based support of community meals, and respond to climate change. Free registration, including lunch, is at www.olaclaremont.org, or by phone at (714) 299-9939.

FRIENDS VISIT THE DENISON The Friends of the Claremont Library host a free 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. Information is at www.claremontlibrary.org/join or via email to friendsofclaremontlibrary@gmail.com.


Sunday, March 1

CELEBRATE PURIM The community is invited to visit Temple Beth Israel for a Purim carnival today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day will feature Maui Wowi coffees and smoothies, face painting, tacos, balloon art, a bounce house, games and much more. Join Cantor Paul Buch at 10 a.m. before the start of the carnival for songs and a Purim Shpiel. There is no cost to attend. TBI is located at 3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona. For information, contact rabraham@tbipomona.org.

THREE LITTLE BIRDS Pomona Valley Audubon Society will lead a free two-hour family bird walk at 8 a.m. at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. A skilled Audubon member will lead the group. Bring binoculars and meet at the entrance. More information is available at www.pomonavalleyaudubon.org or (909) 982-9727.

CONCERT AT CUCC Organist Thomas Mellan and clarinetist Espen Nystog Aas and violinist Orest Smovzh, will perform at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave. Mr. Mellan has performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall and San Diego’s Sprekels Organ Pavilion. Tickets are $20, seniors are $15, and $5 for students, and are available at the door or www.brownpapertickets.com. Children 10 and under are free.

COME TO THE MUSIC Windsong Southland Chorale’s third concert of the season, “Come to the Music,” will take place at 4 p.m. at La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church, 1040 Base Line Rd., La Verne. To reserve tickets in advance, call (909) 983-9879. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults or $20 at the door. For information call (909) 983-9879 or email marilynmusic11@gmail.com.

DANCING IN THE DARK Harvey Mudd College presents a free 7 p.m. concert, Daniel Corral: “Polytope,” at Drinkward Recital Hall, on the lower level of the Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Electronic musicians will perform in darkness to the dancing colors of glowing lights. More info is available at www.hmc.edu/hmc-arts, by calling (909) 621-8022, or via email to hsa@hmc.edu.


Monday, March 2

SPEAK UP! The local Toastmasters Club meets every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the East Lounge Room of Claremont Manor, 650 Harrison Ave., and invites the public to take part in the free, public gatherings. “Improve your public speaking and build leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment,” read a press release. Beverages are served. For info visit www.12.toastmastersclubs.org or call (909) 596-2911.


Tuesday, March 3

COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club meets Tuesdays, with social time at 7 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:30, in the Weinberger Wing at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The group meets to discuss information about computers, tablets and smart phones. More information is at www.cscclub.org.


Wednesday, March 4

‘SUPRANATIONAL CITIZENSHIP IN MEXICO’ Scripps College hosts a free lecture by Rosalynn Vega, “Humanized Birth: Commodification of Culture and Supranational Citizenship in Mexico,” at 4:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Ms. Vega is assistant professor of medical anthropology and global health at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. More information is at www.scrippscollege.edu/events.


Thursday, March 5

BIRDS OF THE PHILIPPINES Pomona Valley Audubon Society holds its monthly membership meeting at the Hughes Center, Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The evening will begin with a bird identification session at 7 p.m., followed by refreshments and a short business meeting. The program will be presented by Harvey Mudd College professor of biology Kathy McFadden and Paul Clarke who will give a multimedia presentation on birds and mammals they observed while visiting the Philippines. More information is available at www.pomonavalleyaudubon.org or (909) 982-9727.


Friday, March 6

WILLIAM GRANT STILL OTHERS AT SCRIPPS Scripps and Pomona College’s Friday Noon Concert gets underway at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. This week Alfred Cramer, violin, is joined by Katie Franklin Ledsinger, piano, in a program of music by mid-20th-century composers including William Grant Still and others. More info is available at www.pomona.edu.

RADICAL SELF LOVE Writer, spoken-word artist, social justice activist, and founder of The Body Is Not an Apology movement Sonya Renee Taylor dismantles some of our longest-held—and most insidious—body preoccupations, embracing instead a paradigm of “radical self-love for everybody and every body,” in a free 6 p.m. lecture at Scripps College’s Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. Registration is available at www.scrippscollege.edu/events.

POMONA ORCHESTRA Pomona College Orchestra plays a free 8 p.m. concert (repeating at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 8) at lovely Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The orchestra, under the leadership of Eric Lindholm, will perform music by Mahler and Horovitz, with the co-winner of the 2019 Concerto Competition, Andrew Acs. More information is at www.pomona.edu/events.


Saturday, March 7

TREE TALK Sustainable Claremont’s Green Crew is hosting a Tree Talk from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. The event is free, and will be led by certified arborist James Reed, who will be discussing different soil types, watering techniques, the importance of mulching and more. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. To RSVP or for questions email greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org or call (800) 948-1519.

FRIENDS DISCUSS ‘THE LIBRARY BOOK’ The Friends of the Claremont Library host an On the Same Page group discussion of Susan Orlean’s bestseller, The Library Book, and offer insight from Pomona College Professor Anthony Shay at 10 a.m. at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 Harvard Ave. Possible topics includes an account of the LA Library fire, observations about the library’s history and its early librarians, gender issues, the author’s style as well as her nonlinear structure, and more. Professor Shay has spent years working in the LA Public Library and its branches. More information is at www.claremontlibrary.org or via email to friendsofclaremontlibrary@gmail.com.

TRIBUTE TO COURAGE Casa Colina’s “Tribute to Courage” gala, honoring those recovering from traumatic injury, kicks off with 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, 601 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. This year’s event honors David Kiley, the 13-time Paralympic medal recipient who led the Casa Colina Condors wheelchair basketball team to eight national championships throughout the 1980s and ‘90s. Also recognized are Hal Hargrave, Jr., Col. (Ret.) Rocco Armonda, MD, FAANS, and Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg. Actor, writer and director Bonnie Hunt hosts the event. To purchase tickets visit www.casacolina.org/tribute, email foundation@casacolina.org, or call (909) 596-7733, extension 2260.

CELEBRATING CHRIS DARROW Claremont Heritage celebrates the life of the late Chris Darrow from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The evening will include an exhibit of ephemera from Mr. Darrow’s life, musical performances from his friends, and a potluck reception. Mr. Darrow, who died January 15 at age 75, was a lifelong Claremont resident, artist, photographer and groundbreaking musical pioneer/adventurer. Photos will be for sale, with the proceeds benefitting the Darrow family. Guests are asked to bring memories of Mr. Darrow—photographic, paper, digital, oral or otherwise—that will be shared in a journal for the family. More information is at www.claremontheritage.org, by email to info@claremontheritage.org, or by calling (909) 621-0848.


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