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CALENDAR: Your week in 9 days; Claremont January 23-31

Wednesday, JANUARY 23

JONATHAN FRANZEN “An Evening with the Author.” Mr. Franzen authored Freedom: A Novel (2011) and The Corrections: A Novel (2011). 6:45 to 8 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. 621-8244.


Thursday, JANUARY 24

FUNDRAISER Support Inland Valley Hope Partners when you purchase a meal and a beverage tonight at Souplantation. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of sales generated to the organization. 5 to 8 p.m. Souplantation, 8966 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga.

CHERP CELEBRATION Claremont Home Energy Retrofit Project hosts Ken Alex, senior policy advisor to Governor Jerry Brown. Other presenters include Howard Choy, general manager of the LA County Office of Sustainability, Larry Schroeder, mayor of Claremont, and Devon Hartman, co-founder of CHERP. Claremont celebrates a number-one rating in home energy retrofits—the community achieved the highest per-capita deep energy upgrades in all of Los Angeles County. 7 to 9 p.m. Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. 399-5472.

SOCIAL CRITIC Michael Eric Dyson, who regularly appears on CNN and NPR, will speak on “Dr. King for the 21st Century.” 7 p.m. Scripps College’s Garrison Theater, 231 E. Tenth St., Claremont.


Friday, JANUARY 25

PRACTICE WRITING PROMPTS Dust off your writing projects and participate in 2 10-minute writing prompts and an additional hour of writing. Open to creative people working on stories, memoirs and poetry. Facilitated by Judy Kohnen. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $5. Friday, January 25. Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave., Claremont.


Saturday, JANUARY 26

PEACE CORPS Learn about what its like to volunteer with the Peace Corps and the benefits of service. This event is for ages18 and older only. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. 621-4902.

KAROUSEL KIDS INC. will hold auditions for its annual summer production. Ages 2 to 25 years. All audition material will be taught at the audition. Participants do not need to bring prepared material. Dress in comfortable clothes and shoes (no sandals). Saturday, January 26 fro noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, January 27 from noon to 4 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Foothill Country Day School, located at 1035 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont. 909-626-5437 or visit www.karouselkids.org.


Sunday, JANUARY 27

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR hosted by Our Lady of the Assumption School. Guests may also visit the classrooms and meet teachers during the open house. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. OLA Parish Hall, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. 626-7135.

BOOK READING with Linda Dove and Seth Michelson. 2 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.

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


Monday, JANUARY 28

LECTURE with Ray Ryan, who will discuss “Publishing Academic Research in the Humanities.” Noon to 1 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. 621-8244.


Tuesday, JANUARY 29

TRANSPORTATION Peter J. Blodgett, curator of the Huntington Library’s current railroad exhibit, will discuss “Portraying the Iron Horse: Railroads and the Changing American Landscape.” 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.

TIPS & TRICKS Bernice Goh, Dave Wishart, Orville Beaver and Joy Huguley discuss Dropbox, pictures for eBay and Magic Jack. Claremont Senior Computer Club. 7:30 p.m. Alexander Hughes Community Center, located at 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont.


Wednesday, JANUARY 30

FRED CLAIRE From sportswriter to publicity director to executive vice president and general manager, Fred Claire has been involved with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 30 years and has many stories to tell. In celebration of his recent book, Mr. Claire will share his experiences at the Claremont Place Senior Living Life Long Learning Series. 10:30 a.m. to noon. 120 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont. 447-5259.

AFTERNOON CHARITY TEA hosted by the Women’s Club of Claremont. Proceeds benefit “Shoes That Fit.” 1 to 3 p.m. $10 donation. 323 W. Twelfth St., Claremont. 624-5979.


Thursday, JANUARY 31

SPIRITUAL GROUP for reading, discussion and meditation. The first meeting we will read from Pema Chodren, followed by a silent meditation. The session will end with a brief discussion about the reading. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free to the public. Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave., Claremont.


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.