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CALENDAR: Pickle ball, green crew, comics, music

PICKLE BALL Blaisdell Park in Claremont will host a free pickle ball lesson and match from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. “Join us as we learn about America’s fastest growing sport, pickle ball!” a press release enthused. Pickle ball is a fun, low-impact racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis and is suitable for all ages and abilities.” The park is located at 440 S. College Ave. Open court time for pickle ball at Blaisdell is Saturdays at 9 a.m. More information is available via email at richard.smith@ ucr.edu.

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CALENDAR: Free speech, birds walk, life and lemons, quilters

FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS Pomona College’s fascinating Free Speech in a Dangerous World series continues this evening with Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge for Our Time. The free lecture begins at 4:30 at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., and concludes at 6 p.m. “In recent years, colleges and universities across the nation have experienced growing conflicts over the meaning of limits of academic freedom and of the right of free expression,” a press release stated.

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CALENDAR: Candlelight, CYMO concert, MLK, history

A TALE AS OLD AS TIME Claremont’s long-running dinner theater haven, the Candlelight Pavilion, opens its production of Beauty and the Beast tonight. The Pavilion is at 455 W. Foothill Blvd. According to Mentalfloss.com, the Beast has the mane of a lion, the beard and head of a buffalo, the brow of a gorilla, the eyes of a human, the tusks of a wild boar, the body of a bear, the legs and tail of a wolf and a little something extra.

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CALENDAR: Ireland, walking tour, Shakespeare club

CATCH THE SPIRIT OF IRELAND Michael Ryan returns to the Candlelight Pavilion with his annual Spirit of Ireland concert, an evening of song, music and dance. No meal is included, but there are beverages and desserts available for purchase. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances Saturday, January 7 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call (909) 626-1254 or visit candlelightpavilion.com.

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