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Friday, April 26

LEVITT ON THE LAWN Concert featuring Trio Ellas, a female power-trio that mixes traditional mariachi music with romantic melodies with a fresh contemporary twist. The trio has performed in global venues including Japan, where they recently completed a USO tour. They have contributed to the works of recording artists like Lady Gaga, Cristian Castro and Mariachi El Bronx. Their debut album Con Ustedes…Trio Ellas, released in May 2012, was nominated for a Latin Grammy award. This event is presented by Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and is sponsored by Scripps College alumna Elisabeth Levitt Hirsch, 1974. 5:30 p.m. Bowling Green at the center of Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. 607-7177 or www.scrippscollege.edu/campus/malott-commons/trio-ellas.php.

FROM ASTEROIDS TO EXOPLANETS “The Planetary Society Projects” presented by Dr. Bruce Betts, director of projects for the Planetary Society—the world’s largest space interest group. Dr. Betts is a planetary scientist. He studied planetary surfaces, including Mars, the moon and Jupiter’s moons, using infrared and other data, and published several scientific papers on these subjects. Dr. Betts regularly writes for the Planetary Society member magazine The Planetary Report and on his blog at www.planetary.org. He co-hosts the “What’s Up?” feature on the weekly Planetary Radio show on satellite radio and podcasts and is frequently a guest on History Channel’s The Universe. Pomona Valley Amateur Astronomers meeting. All are welcome. 7:30 p.m. Harvey Mudd College’s Beckman Hall, 1250 Dartmouth Ave., Claremont. Beckman Hall is located behind Galileo Hall in the same building. info@pvaa.us.


Saturday, April 27

RELAY FOR LIFE 24-hour event to increase cancer awareness in Claremont and La Verne while raising funds for the American Cancer Society’s programs and services. Teams composed of up to 12 people formed by local businesses, community groups and individuals raise funds prior to the event. At the relay, team members take turns walking or running around a track, relay-style and enjoy fun activities and entertainment off the track. Relay For Life celebrates those who have survived cancer, remembers those who have lost the battle and gives communities an opportunity to fight back against cancer. Funds raised go to the American Cancer Society’s research, advocacy, education and free support services. Saturday, April 27 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, April 28 at 9 a.m.  Claremont High School, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.

HOME TOUR Claremont West-End Auxiliary Home Tour, a fundraiser for Children’s Fund will be held Saturday and Sunday April 27 and 28. Explore 4 homes in Claremont, see an arts and crafts fair and enjoy complimentary refreshments. $35 at the door. Call 920-9438 or visit www.childrensfundonline.org for more information.

Gelencser House Concert featuring John Batdorf, a singer/songwriter who began his career in the early ‘70s with the soft rock duo Baddorf and Rodney known for the solo hits “You are a Song” and “Somewhere in the Night.” Since then, Mr. Batdorf has made his career as a studio musician and songwriter. $15. 7:30 p.m. www.gelencserhouseconcerts.com. Directions given upon reservation, 596-1266 or singfolk@yahoo.com.


Sunday, April 28

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

CONCERT Claremont United Church of Christ presents nationally-recognized concert organist James Walker. Mr. Walker is director of music and organist-choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, has entertained and enlightened audiences throughout the United States. His solo recitals have been broadcast on National Public Radio. Mr. Walker was a winner of the prestigious Mader National Organ-Playing Competition in 1986. He has been a featured soloist at the Carmel Bach Festival, the Los Angeles Bach Festival, several regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and 2 national conferences of the Association of Anglican Musicians. He was college organist and instructor of organ at Occidental College in Los Angeles from 1981 to 2004. The recital will take place in the sanctuary and goodwill donations will be accepted. 3 p.m. Claremont United Church or Christ is located at 233 Harrison Ave., Claremont.


Monday, April 29

Drumming The Pomona College Afro-Cuban drumming ensemble will present an evening of rhythms and beats under the leadership of director Joe Addington. 8 p.m. Lyman Hall in the Pomona College Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. 607-2671.


Tuesday, April 30

IMPRESSIONS OF KYOTO Bill Waggener, professor of biological sciences at Mt. San Antonio College will discuss the trips he and his wife have made to Kyoto, Japan. A buffet lunch is available at 11:30 a.m. for $12. Dessert and coffee is available for $5. The University Club meets each Tuesday in the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

ASK THE GURU with session coordinator Tom Deno. Hosted by the Claremont Senior Computer Club. 7:30 p.m. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. 399-5488.

AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING Jim Wallis, bestselling author, public theologian, popular commentator and president and co-founder of Sojourners, will be preaching at Claremont School of Theology’s chapel service from 4 to 4:45 p.m. All are welcome to attend. After the service, at a location outside of the Chapel, Mr. Wallis’ newest book, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good, will be available for purchase, and he will be available for book-signing. Claremont School of Theology’s Kresge Chapel, 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont. 447-2500.


Wednesday, May 1

OPEN JAM NIGHT The Claremont Voodoo Society perform at Hip Kitty. 8 p.m. 502 W. First St., Claremont.


Thursday, May 2

A Night of Physics in the Arts Physics Phest is an annual student-driven phestival highlighting the integration of the arts including music, dance, visual and interactive arts and physics. Students will demonstrate and talk about their senior and junior projects, art projects and transdisciplinary collaborations. Featured music includes Alex Cole and the Inland Emperors and Prof. Dwight Whitaker with Los Whateveros. Prof. Thomas Moore will lead the audience in contra dancing, Prof. David Tanenbaum will demonstrate interactive labs and nanotechnology, and Brackett Observatory will be open. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Pomona College Sontag Greek Theatre adjacent to Seaver Theatre 300 E. Bonita Ave., and east of Oldenborg Dining Hall, 350 N. College Way; in the event of rain it will be held in Doms Lounge, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St. Contact cathi.comras@pomona.edu or 621-8724. 

BIRD IDENTIFICATION with Pomona Valley Audubon Society. President Dan Guthrie will present a program about his recent trip to northern India. This meeting is open to the public at no charge. 7 p.m. Alexander Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont.


Friday, May 3

GYPSY SISTERS ART FAIR Friday, May 3 from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Claremont United Church of Christ on Harrison Ave. between Harvard and Yale Avenues.

TIN PAN ALLEY Marlene and Her Friends present “Berlin’s Tin Pan Alley—Before the Nazis Killed It.” Noon. Pomona College Oldenborg Dining Hall, 350 N. College Way, Claremont. For more information contact tammi.rendon@pomona.edu or visit http://oldenborg.pomona.edu/ and click on “Speaker Series.”

An Enchanted Evening Formal gala and fundraiser for ballroom dance. Support the award-winning Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company and dance the night away while enjoying exclusive performances, as well as special preview highlights from the “Vintage Pop Revue” opening the next day. Desserts, hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast will be served. Included in the $35 registration is a complimentary ticket to CCBDC's spring show, “Vintage Pop Revue.” 7:30 to11:30 p.m, Pomona College Edmunds Ballroom in the Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Register and purchase tickets (pre-sale only) at claremontballroom.org/gala. Contact leadership@claremontballroom.org.


Saturday, May 4

Vintage Pop Revue Claremont Colleges Ballroom Spring Dance Concert. The award-winning Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company presents its 15th annual spring concert, featuring the waltz, tango, salsa, lindy hop, foxtrot, jive, West Coast swing, cha cha and more, with an ensemble cast of more than 130 dancers. Tickets are $20 general admission and  $10 for faculty, staff, alumni, seniors and children. Saturday, May 4 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 11 a.m. Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. Purchase tickets at claremontballroom.org/concert. Contact leadership@claremontballroom.org.



Jenelle Rensch covers the calendar, arts and entertainment. Deadline: Thursday at 5 p.m., one week before publication. Include date, time, address, a contact phone number and fee for admission (if applicable). Email: calendar@claremont-courier.com. Fax: 621-4072. Address: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205-B, Claremont, 91711. There is NO guarantee that items submitted will be published.