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See our fantastic collection of Claremont events: March 6-14

Friday, March 6

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. ROGERS In honor of the late Fred Rogers’ upcoming birthday, Inter Valley Health Plan is offering a free 10 a.m. screening of the 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? at its Vitality Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave, room 275, Claremont. The film explores the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the long-running children’s public television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP go to www.forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents, or call (800) 886-4471.

WILLLIAM GRANT STILL Scripps and Pomona College’s Friday Noon Concert gets underway at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. 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 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 at www.scrippscollege.edu/events.

POMONA ORCHESTRA AT LITTLE BRIDGES Pomona College Orchestra plays a free 8 p.m. concert (repeating at 3 p.m. 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 info is at www.pomona.edu/events.

 

Saturday, March 7

TREE TALK AT THE GARDEN 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, at 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, 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.

WOMEN IN POWER EMPOWER Claremont’s Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free discussion, “Women in Power Empower: A Storytime Celebration of the Centennial of the 19th Amendment,” from 2 to 4 p.m. This year marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which extended the right to vote to women in the United States, and the public is invited to celebrate this milestone with Claremont’s female leaders. Scheduled to speak are Jennifer Stark, mayor pro tem; Karen Rosenthal, former mayor; Shelly Vander Veen, police chief; Tara Schultz, city manager, and Anne Turner, director of human services. More information is available at www.lacountylibrary.org, (909) 621-4902, or via email to acrow@library.lacounty.gov.

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., a former Casa Colina patient who founded the Be Perfect Foundation; Col. (Ret.) Rocco Armonda, MD, FAANS, whose neurosurgery fieldwork in Iraq and Afghanistan advanced care techniques for the most severe battlefield head injuries; and Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg, a former patient of Casa Colina injured in Afghanistan, who now shares his recovery story with others who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Actor, writer and director Bonnie Hunt will host. To purchase tickets visit www.casacolina.org/tribute, email foundation@casacolina.org, or call (909) 596-7733, extension 2260.

CELEBRATE 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 near lifelong Claremont resident. He was an 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.

SHELTER FUNDRAISER Pacific Lifeline, an Upland-based shelter for homeless women with children, holds its annual fundraiser at 6 p.m. at Planes of Fame Air Museum, 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino. Two program graduates will share stories of how the shelter made a difference in their lives. The night includes appetizers, a prime rib dinner, live and silent auctions and a visit from a Magic Castle magician. For tickets go to www.pacific-lifeline.org or email k.grubb@pacific-lifeline.org.

Sunday, March 8

STRAIGHT NO CHASER The free, laid back and musically adventurous Jazz at College Center music series continues today with Zzaj playing from 2 to 5 p.m. on the patio next to Blue Fin Sushi and Teriyaki, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Next week’s featured group is Polyhedra. More info is at www.jazzatcollegecenter or (909) 946-6967.

JOUYSSANCE FETES ‘CANTERBURY TALES’ Harvey Mudd College presents a free 7 p.m. concert, “Jouyssance Early Music,” at Drinkward Recital Hall, Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Jouyssance celebrates the joining of story and music with “The Canterbury Tales: A Pilgrimage in Song.” Works by composers Lasso, Dunstable, Fayrfax and Power help illustrate Chaucer’s memorable tales. More info is available at www.hmc.edu/hmc-arts, by calling (909) 621-8022, or via email to hsa@hmc.edu.

 

Monday, March 9

BARD CLUB LOOKS AT ‘CYMBELINE’ The Shakespeare Club meets at 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. This month’s guest lecturer is Lance Davis, who will speak on “Imogen: A Comic Fairy Tale for Adults,” which reveals a stubborn king, a wicked queen, and her brutish son who are among the characters who inhabit Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Light refreshments will be served. For information email lucylynch@aol.com or call (909) 717-1109.

 

Tuesday, March 10

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

LOCAL NEWS IS ON LIFE SUPPORT The University Club of Claremont hosts a discussion, “Local News is on Life Support,” with guest speaker Peter Weinberger, publisher of the Claremont COURIER. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. The troubles of the newspaper industry have been well documented over the past 12 years. The view is grim for those in the business of bringing local news to small communities across the nation. For every community newspaper or website that goes out of business, there are thousands of local citizens left in the dark about what’s happening in their own communities. The COURIER has launched new initiatives to partner with readers and businesses to help prevent a news desert in our own backyard. More information is available at www.universityclubofclaremont.org.

BOOK TALK Scripps Presents @Noon series hosts April Dávila as she returns to her alma mater to read from and discuss her debut novel, 142 Ostriches, which has the California desert at its center, at 12:15 p.m. in the Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave. The event is free but registration is required at www.scrippscollege.edu/events. Ms. Dávila fell in love with the desert as an ecology major at Scripps and, a tumultuous decade later, decided to write a novel about it. In 2017, her blog was listed by Writer’s Digest as one of the Best 101 Websites for Writers; in 2018, she sold her first full-length manuscript, and last year, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She returns to Scripps to share her writer’s journey.

POMONA JAZZ ENSEMBLE The Pomona College Jazz Ensemble plays a free and open to the public 4:30 p.m. concert at Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Barb Catlin will lead the group in a program featuring original compositions and small groups. More information is at www.pomona.edu/events.

 

Wednesday, March 11

GUN VIOLENCE 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. lecture, “The “An American Summer: Emerging from the Gun Violence of Our Cities,” with speaker Alex Kotlowitz. In An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago, journalist and author Mr. Kotlowitz returns a generation later to the scene of this 1991 book, There Are No Children Here and to some of Chicago’s most turbulent neighborhoods to offer intimate profiles of people and communities touched by gun violence. More info is at www.cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

 

Thursday, March 12

MANAGING DIABETES Inter Valley Health Plan offers a free and open to the public 10 a.m. class, “Manage Diabetes Through Meals,” at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., #275, Claremont. Meal planning and carb counting may lower your diabetes-related medications. Limited seating. To RSVP go to www.forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents or call (800) 886-4471.

THE RIGHT TO MAIM Jasbir Puar, professor and graduate director of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University, gives a free lecture at 6 p.m. Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. In her most recent book, The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability, Ms. Puar uses the concept of “debility”—bodily injury and social exclusion brought on by economic and political factors—to disrupt the category of disability. Her presentation will detail various histories of disability in Palestine and their importance in terms of activism, advocacy, and the field of southern disability studies. The event is free, but registration is required at www.scrippscollege.edu. Please note there will be additional security measures in effect at this event. No backpacks, briefcases or large bags will be permitted into the auditorium. Only small bags or purses no larger than a hand (approximately 6.5 inches x 4.5 inches) will be allowed, and all bags will be subject to search. No video recording or photography will be allowed, and cell phones and any other recording equipment must be powered down in advance of the program.

 

Friday, March 13

COURIER PUBLISHER VISITS DEMS Peter Weinberger, Publisher of The Claremont COURIER, will speak at the March monthly luncheon of the Democratic Club of Claremont at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The family style meal starts at 11:45 a.m. and is $17, including beverage, tax and tip. The 12:45 p.m. program, another in the Gar Byrum Distinguished Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. Mr. Weinberger will discuss “The Death of Local News.” “Throughout America there has been a decline in newspaper firms and of their ability to report as the firms have been threatened by a transfer of audience to other media and technology, along with a loss of advertising,” read a Democratic Club press release. The COURIER has been owned by the Weinberger family since 1955. It was named the top community newspaper in California by the California News Publishers Association in 2018. For more information go to www.claremontdems.org, call (909) 632-1516, or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch invites the 50 and over public to its 6 to 8:30 p.m. March event featuring comedians from Squeaky Clean Comedy at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Admission to the event, which includes dinner, adult beverages and entertainment, is $15, and is payable at the time of reservation by noon March 11. For reservations call (909) 399-5488 or visit www.claremontrec.com.

 

Friday, March 14

CLIMATE GROUP MEETS The local, bipartisan Claremont/Inland Valley chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby holds an open to the public meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. today and every second Saturday at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. For more information go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org, email robbrown1000@gmail.com, or call (951) 202-6975.

‘REPUJADO’ WORKSHOP AT LIBRARY The Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont, hosts a free and open to the public Repujado Art Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Repujado is the ancient Mexican folk art of embossed tinwork or aluminum. In this special workshop, artist Miriam Quezada, a master of repujado, will discuss the history of this art form, and then cover techniques for engraving, or “pushing out” drawing, creating reliefs on heavy aluminum to create beautiful artworks. All materials will be provided at this free art workshop and space is limited to the first 25 attendees. More information is available at www.lacountylibrary.org, (909) 621-4902, or via email to acrow@library.lacounty.gov.

CYMO CONCERT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE The Claremont Young Musician’s Orchestra plats a free and open to the public 11 a.m. show at beautiful Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The concert will feature Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, by Benjamin Britten; the William Tell Overture by Rossini, Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla by Glinka, and Mambo from the West Side Story Symphonic Dances by Bernstein. An eight-piece string ensemble will perform in the lobby at 10:30 a.m. prior to the concert when the doors open. For information go to www.cymo.org, email rjscymo@aol.com, or call (909) 624-3614.

‘NIL SE BLARNEY’ The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society meets at 2 p.m. to discuss researching your Irish roots in a free and open to the public gathering at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. The talk, “Nil Se Blarney (It’s not Blarney),” will be presented by Barbara Randall. She will tell what is available online and go over the challenges in Irish research. Complimentary refreshments will be served. PVGS has an extensive collection of genealogical books and materials available at the Pomona Library. For further information go to www.pvgs.us or call (909) 593-3041.

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