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CALENDAR: Your week in 9 days, October 17 - 25

Wednesday, OCTOBER 17

LITERARY SERIES and reading with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours, Specimen Days and By Nightfall. He currently teaches creative writing at Yale University. 4:15 p.m. Pomona College’s Crookshank Hall, Room 108, located at 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont.


Thursday, OCTOBER 18

DOWNSIZING Learn tips on downsizing from Mt. San Antonio Gardens. 10 to 11:30 a.m. 900 E. Harrison Ave., Pomona. Reservations are required. Call 399-1279.

US AND UN IN DIFFICULT TIMES “Celebrating United Nations Day” presented by deputy director of the Better World Campaign of the UN Foundation, Jordie Hannum. International Place of the Claremont Colleges Lunch and Conversation Series. 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. $6 for lunch, no cost for lecture. McKenna Auditorium, Claremont McKenna College, 390 E. Ninth St., Claremont. 607-4571.

WHY GROW FOOD? Rishi Kumar is the founder of The Growing Home, a model of suburban sustainability in Diamond Bar. Hear his humorous story on why he left his lucrative engineering career to grow his own food at home. Learn what’s in the food we eat and the merits of organically-grown food. For ages 12 and up. Sponsored by Friends of the Claremont Library. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Blvd., Claremont. 621-4902.

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness month. The event is held in collaboration with students from The Sisterhood Academy at Montclair High School and students from Boys Republic High School. The non-profit agency, House of Ruth, is working jointly with the Pomona Police Department to increase awareness and educate the community on the gravity of the domestic violence issue and what resources are available to women and their children. The event will offer attendees the opportunity to acknowledge and support families victimized by domestic violence and honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. Light refreshments will be served. The general public is invited to this free event. 6 p.m. House of Ruth Outreach Office, 599 N. Main St., Pomona. 623-4364 ext. 5008.


Friday, OCTOBER 19

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Bands perform Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring folding chairs and enjoy the free entertainment each week in the Village. For more information, call the Claremont Chamber of Commerce at 624-1681 or email contact@claremontchamber.org. This week’s performances include Hound Dog Dave and the Mel Tones at the Public Plaza located at 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd. and Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight at the Claremont Chamber of Commerce located at 205 Yale Ave.

SNOOZAPALOOZA PAJAMA PARTY and story time. 6 p.m. $20 includes a copy of Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book, milk and cookies. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a blanket or pillow. Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop, 1030 Bonita Ave., La Verne. 599-4558.

OCTOBERFEST featuring beer, Bavarian culture, rock bands, traditional “oom-pah” music, games, prizes and German food buffet. 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20 (guests must be 21 and over). Noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 21 (guests under 20 years old may attend if accompanied by an adult 21 and older). Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona.


Saturday, OCTOBER 20

E-WASTE drop-off event. Most types of electronic waste and appliances will be accepted. No CFLS or fluorescent blubs. Large item pick-up will be available by calling Greenway Recycling at 518-7943. The e-waste drop-off event takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption, located at 611 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont. 626-7135.


Sunday, OCTOBER 21

COMIC BOOK & COLLECTIBLES SHOW featuring art dealers, artists and writers. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Claremont Packing House, located at 532 W. First St., Claremont.

LIVE JAZZ performance with Polyhedra on the Blue Fin patio at 2 p.m. 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. 946-1398.

JAPANESE ART & PERFORMANCE “An Afternoon of Kabuki Dance” with a performance by students of the award-winning Fujima Kansuma School, Los Angeles. Performance begins at 3 p.m. Free admission. Decker Hall at Pilgrim Place, located at 625 Mayflower Road, Claremont. “Japanese Prints: The Christian Perspective of Sadao Watanabe, 1913-1996” is also currently on display at Pilgrim Place’s Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, Friday to Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. View the gallery at 730 Plymouth Road, Pilgrim Place and check the COURIER’s gallery listing for more information on exhibits at the Petterson Museum.

POETRY in a round-table format with facilitator Helen Graziano. All poets and those interested in the written word are invited to this event. Refreshments will be available. 3 to 5 p.m. Claremont Manor, 650 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont.


Monday, OCTOBER 22

AUTHOR READING David Levithan (Every Day) and Rachel Cohn (Beta and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) introduce their latest books. 7 p.m. Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop, 1030 Bonita Ave., La Verne. 599-4558.


Tuesday, OCTOBER 23

HORTICULTURE “Unleashing Natives from Natural Landscapes” presented by Scott LaFleur, director of horticulture at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Mr. LaFleur will describe how he learned to use plants and gardens not as “islands of beauty but as important pieces in the web of life.” This program is free to attend. A buffet lunch is available at 11:45 a.m. for $12. Dessert and coffee is available for $5. The University Club meets each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont.

ASK THE GURU with session coordinator Tom Deno. Claremont Senior Computer Club. 7:30 p.m. Alexander Hughes Community Center, located at 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont.


Wednesday, OCTOBER 24

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING of Gage and Gage Production’s Bidder 70, hosted by Pitzer’s Ecology Club. Bidder 70 explores the story of college senior, Tim DeChristopher, Bidder #70, who “monkey-wrenched the outgoing Bush Administration’s contentious oil and gas auction” by bidding $1.8 million to save 22,000 acres of Utah’s red rock wilderness with no intention to pay or drill. Producers/directors will be present to introduce the film and will host a question and answer session after the screening. 7 p.m. at Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theater, 333 N. College Way, Claremont.

CHS DEBATE The Claremont High School forensics teams will debate some of the most important themes in Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Copies of the book are available at the Claremont Library. This event is free and open to the public. Hosted by Friends of the Claremont Library. 7 p.m. Taylor Hall, 775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.


Thursday, OCTOBER 25

AUTHOR READING with Pulitzer-Prize winner Paul Muldoon, called “the most significant English-language poet born since World War II.” Mr. Muldoon is poetry editor for The New Yorker, has published more than 30 collections of poetry and is professor of English at Princeton University. 4:15 p.m. Pomona College’s Crookshank Hall, Room 108, located at 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont.



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