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CALENDAR: Local documentary to show at Laemmle; 9-day events listing

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 14

POETRY READING with Matthew Zapruder. His latest collection, Come On All You Ghosts, was selected as one of the year’s top 5 poetry books by Publishers Weekly. 4:15 p.m. Pomona College’s Crookshank Hall Room 108, located at 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont.

PEACE CORPS information session about volunteering. Learn about the benefits of service and how to make yourself a competitive candidate. A recruiter from the Los Angeles office will be available to answer questions. This meeting is for adults only. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. 621-4902.

ON THE SAME PAGE of the Friends of the Claremont Library. Students in the Claremont High School Theatre Department will present selected scenes and monologues based on selections from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 7 p.m. Claremont High School Library, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.

POMONA STUDENT UNION PANEL examines the common causes behind financial crises throughout history, the unique aspects of the current crisis and the role of regulation in preventing “black swan” events. 7 p.m. Pomona College’s Hahn Building Room 101, located at 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.

COMPOSTING 101 “The Science and Magic of Turning Waste into Soil,” presented by Jennifer McCharen and Daniel Pearce. Attendees are encouraged to bring plants or cuttings to share at the monthly plant exchange. 7 p.m. Free admission. Pilgrim Place Napier Center, 660 Avery Road, Claremont. Visit www.sustainableclaremont.com for more information.


Thursday, NOVEMBER 15

ART AFTER HOURS Artist Anna Mayer will present “Word the Word: Negative Sessions,” an ongoing series of projects intended to initiate and affirm the connections between exploration and language, consciousness and articulation. 5 to 11 p.m. Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Ave., Claremont. 607-7543.


Friday, NOVEMBER 16

HISTORIAN ROBERT MARKS will speak on “China’s Early Modern Environmental History.” 3 p.m. Pomona College’s Pearsons Hall Room 101, located at 551 N. College Ave., Claremont.

SANTA PJ PARTY Families are invited to welcome Santa Claus at the Montclair Plaza and kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas to the party. Festivities will include reindeer games, music by “DJ St. Nick,” dancing to Santa’s favorite beats, Santa gift bags, face painting, balloon art, free photo with Santa and lots of prizes. This event is free to attend. Children 12 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult. 7 to 9 p.m. Montclair Plaza in the Verizon/JC Penny Court in the lower level by the 25-foot Christmas tree. 5060 E. Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair. 626-2501 ext. 242 or email maria.carillo@cis.cushwake.com.

STARS IN EDUCATION The annual Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF) fall kick-off reception at the home of Beth and Ivan Misner, located at 3752 Hollins Ave., Claremont. The Misners challenge the community to match their $10,000 contribution with gifts pledged or given the evening of the event. Guests must be 18 or older. There is no charge to attend. 6 to 9 p.m. RSVP at info@claremonteducationalfoudation.org or call 399-1709.


Saturday, NOVEMBER 17

GOODWILL DONATION DRIVE Drop off gently used clothes, shoes, toys, books, furniture (except mattresses) and e-waste (working or non-working electronics). Proceeds benefit Goodwill and the Seedling School preschool. This event takes place between 8 a.m. and noon in the Foothill Country Day School parking lot, located at 1035 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont.

SUCCULENT WREATHS Learn how to make your own succulent wreath with Judy Casanova. Materials, supplies and an assortment of succulents will be provided. Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. $35 per wreath; cash or check only. Completed wreaths will also be available for purchase. RSVP by calling 624-9385 or email judy.kohnen@gmail.com.

ACORN FESTIVAL Native American dancers, singers, artisans and tribal leaders join to celebrate California’s native landscape. Live Native American music and dance will be performed; booths and family crafts will also be available to guests. Free admission to the garden will be offered during the festival to current K-12 teachers who present a valid California ID and school ID or copy of a paystub within the last 30 days. This offer does not extend to family members or guests. The Acorn Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Standard garden admission is $8; discounts for seniors, students, children and members. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. 625-8767 or www.rsabg.org.


Sunday, NOVEMBER 18

ALTERNATIVE GIFT CHRISTMAS MARKET Meet people with firsthand knowledge of local and international humanitarian programs and hear their stories, then review the “shopping list” and choose gifts to give to the poor locally and around the world. Receive high-quality Christmas cards to present to friends and relatives. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m. Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 N. Berkeley Ave., Claremont.

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


Monday, NOVEMBER 19

SHAKESPEARE READERS of Pomona Valley will meet to read Richard III from 6 to 9 p.m. at Casa de Salsa, 415 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. 625-4154.

DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING Whit Scott, in his whimsical, light-hearted film Rolled, documents an ongoing, and covert “TPing” society that has been busily papering homes in Claremont since 1979. The film has original music from Kevin Manwarren, Matt Jones, Kirsten Opstad, and Carl Atilano, as well as an opera piece by Bellini performed by Craig Colclough, all former Claremont high alumni. “Rolled is an homage to Claremont. The film shows who we were in high school, and who we are now. The fact that we're able to screen it at the Laemmle Theater in Claremont is a testament to the culture of the town that raised us.” 7:30 p.m. Laemmle Claremont 5 Theater, 450 W. Second St., Claremont. 621-5500.


Tuesday, NOVEMBER 20

TENSION IN ASIA University Club member and former club president Bill Forti recently returned from a 3-day briefing on Asia by government officials and will describe what he learned. He visited the US Pacific Command in Hawaii, the US Army Pacific Headquarters, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and the Special Operations Center, Pacific Command. 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.

CALIFORNIA WINE & CHEESE EXPLORATION presented by Casa 425. Participants will taste up to 10 different wines, paired with an array of selected cheeses ranging from C.G. Bermuda Triangle goat cheese to Fiscalini Soaked Cheddar. Through the course of the evening, guests will learn tips for their own entertaining for the holiday season. 6 to 8 p.m. $20 per person. Hotel Casa 425 + Lounge, 425 W. First St., Claremont. Reservations are required. Call 624-2272.

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, NOVEMBER 21

YOGA IN THE GARDEN Yoga class for all levels—no experience is necessary. Release stress, unwind and enjoy the tranquility of the garden. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. 625-8767, ext. 224.


Thursday, NOVEMBER 22

ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER Turkey and all the trimmings will be served at no cost for those who are alone or without family to help celebrate Thanksgiving. Hosted by the Secular Francisans at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Guests are asked to make reservations so that sufficient food may be prepared. The dinner will be hosted at noon in the OLA auditorium by volunteers. OLA, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. Sign up as a guest, cook or volunteer by calling 626-3777.


Jenelle Rensch covers the calendar, arts and entertainment. Deadline: At least one week before date of the event. Include date, time, address, a contact phone number and fee for admission (if applicable). Phone: 621-4761. Email: calendar@claremont-courier.com. Fax: 621-4072. There is NO guarantee that all items submitted will be published. Address: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205-B, Claremont, CA 91711.


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