CALENDAR: Your week in 9 days; dancing, music, food
Friday, August 23
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Dine downtown, then stroll the Village to hear free live music performances from 6 to 9 p.m. This week’s performers include Remember Then (oldies rock) at the Public Plaza, Amanda Castro Band (vintage jazz) at the Claremont Chamber and Working Poets Band (rock/blues) at city hall.
FOOD TRUCK Calbi BBQ will be at Claremont Craft Ales after 4 p.m. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd. Ste. 204C, Claremont.
WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVES in the Dharma Traditions (and Beyond): 2013 Jain Conference. In this conference, diverse and many-sided voices will take on 2 primary tasks: First, to examine how texts and traditions pose concrete obstacles to the full citizenship of women. Second, to articulate new approaches, cultivate alternative readings and re-frame marginalized perspectives of those very same texts and traditions in order to usher in social equity, gender inclusion and the co-shaping of abundant communities. The keynote speakers and presenters represent multiple traditions, philosophical perspectives and modes of experience. They are scholars, practitioners, activists and sometimes all 3 simultaneously. The conference begins with a candid look at the state of women around the world and will be anchored by keynotes on the state of women in Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Additionally, there will be a special evening panel conversation on “Life and Liberation: Diverse Religious Approaches to Gender and Eros,” hosted by Dr. Rita Sherma, an exhibit of Jain art previously displayed at the Parliament of World Religions, as well as a trip to the Jain Center of California in Buena Park (transportation by chartered bus provided) for a cultural program, temple tour, closing keynote and shared meal on Saturday evening. Enjoy Jain vegan meals, share in ample time for discussion and friendship. Conference schedule is Friday, August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, August 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. General registration is $60 or $20 for students. Claremont Lincoln University’s Mudd Theatre, 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont. Visit www.jain.claremontlincoln.org/2013-conference.
Saturday, August 24
TEA, PEACE & MEDITATION Enjoy tea tastings, an opening reception at 11 a.m., a workshop on how to meditate with Malas from 11:30 to 12:15 p.m., and tea and meditation from 2 to 3:30 p.m. A closing reception will be held at 5 p.m., with a drawing and haiku readings at 5:30 p.m. $7. A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Ocean Conservancy. Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave., Claremont. 626-3322.
Sunday, August 25
POETRY READING Marcyn Del Clements has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Appalachia, Eureka Literary Magazine, Flyway, frogpond, Hollins Critic, Literary Review, Lyric, Pilgrimage, Sijo West and Snowy Egret. She is former chair of the Friends of the Claremont Library reading series and often reads in the Southern California Haiku Study Group. Her girls are grown and independent, leaving Ms. Del Clements more time to pursue her favorite activities: birding, butterfly and dragonfly watching and fly-fishing. She is actively involved in The Village Pipers, a recorder group, and plays Native-American flutes. Gerald Locklin is a professor emeritus of English at CSU Long Beach, where he taught full-time from 1965-2007, and still teaches the occasional class. Recent books include The Sun Also Rises in the Desert from Mendicant Bookworks; Deep Meanings: Selected Poems, 2008-2013 from PRESA Press; volume one of the Complete Coagula Poems: A New Edition of New and Selected Poems, 1967-2008 from Silver Birch Press; 3 simultaneously released novellas from Spout Press; and a well-reviewed French collection of his short stories and Bukowski memoirs, Le Dernier des Damnes, from 13e Note Editions, Paris. The Village Pipers, under the direction of Sandy Parker and sponsored by The Claremont Community School of Music, is composed of 4 to 8 recorder players. They play early music on Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass and are occasionally accompanied by Viola DaGamba and violin. 1:45 p.m. Forum Bookshop, 586 W. First St., Claremont Packing House.
LIVE JAZZ performance on the Blue Fin patio at 2 p.m. 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. 946-1398.
Monday, August 26
MONDAY NIGHT CONCERT in the park. Tonight’s performance: Night Blooming Jazzmen (Dixieland jazz). The series is co-sponsored by the city and the Kiwanis Club. Concerts take place on Monday nights at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Food and refreshments are available.
ISRAELI FOLK DANCE Learn basic steps from 7 to 7:30 p.m., followed by intermediate instruction and open dancing until 10 p.m. $5. Masonic Lodge, 272 W. Eighth St., Claremont.
Tuesday, August 27
BOOK LAUNCH PARTY Participate in the launch of Sarah Maas' new book Crown of Midnight, the sequel to Throne of Glass. There will be refreshments and Ms. Maas will be signing copies of both her books. 6 p.m. Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop, 1030 Bonita Ave.,?La Verne. 599-4558.
Wednesday, August 28
BLUE STAR MUSEUM DAYS Free admission for all active-duty military personnel, their immediate family members and veterans. Does not apply for special events. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. 625-8767. www.rsabg.org.
A NIGHT IN RIO features guitarist Michael Ryan accompanied by musicians, singers and Brazilian dancers performing music and dance in a smooth bossa nova and energetic samba style at the Candlelight Pavilion. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with 7:30 p.m. curtain. Show-only performance. No meal is included, but desserts and beverages are available for purchase. The Candlelight is located at 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Call 626-1254 for more information and tickets or visit www.candlelightpavilion.com.
Thursday, August 29
GET WALKING CLAREMONT Walk the Thompson Creek Trail, 2471 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. 8 to 9 a.m. Free to the public. For ages 50 and over.
CULINARY EXCURSION TO PARIS Chef Henry Gonzalez, owner of Spaggi's in Upland, will educate guests on the art of heart-healthy eating, give a cooking demo and serve dinner. 6 to 9 p.m. $30. For ages 18 and over. DoubleTree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. RSVP by calling 865-9858. www.pvhmc.org.
Friday, August 30
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Dine downtown, then stroll the Village to hear free live music performances from 6 to 9 p.m. This week’s performers include The Dogs (rock) at the Public Plaza, Solid Ray Woods (rock/blues) at the Claremont Chamber and Technopagan (electronic) at city hall.
FOOD TRUCK The Bun Truck will be at Claremont Craft Ales after 4 p.m. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd. Ste. 204C, Claremont.
Saturday, August 31
HARRY POTTER PARTY Whether you have been a fan since the beginning or are new to the series, guests are invited to attend Mrs. Nelson’s fifteenth anniversary party in honor of Harry Potter and friends. Play quidditch, make potions, enter a costume contest and be sorted into houses. 2 p.m. Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop, 1030 Bonita Ave.,?La Verne. RSVP to 599-4558.
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