Claremont OUR TOWN: News briefs for Oct 27-31

CHS hosts holiday bazaar and fashion show

Claremont High School class of 2015 is hosting a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

Community members are invited to start holiday shopping early with gifts and crafts from local vendors and artisans. The event will also include goodies and raffle items. Vendors interested in reserving a spot should contact Julie Pedroza at 964-9647.

The following day, the class of 2013 will offer its Senior Class Tea Party and Fashion Show on Sunday, November 4 from 2 to 4:30 p.m., also at Taylor Hall. 

Fruit, scones, sandwiches, desserts and tea will be served at uniquely-decorated tables. The show will feature fashions from local merchants and models from the graduating class. Live music and a silent auction are also included. Tickets are $40. Interested parties may email for details.


Democratic Club reviews perspectives on health care

Deborah Freund, president of Claremont Graduate University, is the featured speaker at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s monthly meeting on Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Fruend will discuss “Perspectives on Health Care.” In addition to her position with CGU, Dr. Fruend currently serves on the boards of Cedars-Sinai Health System and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She was recently appointed as an expect advisor to the “Let’s Get Healthy California” Task Force.

Dr. Freund is an internationally-known health economist and outcomes researcher. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan in economics, an MA in applied economics and MPH in medical care administration from the same institution. She received her bachelor’s degree in classics from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to her presidency at CGU, she served in high-level administrative positions at Indiana University and Syracuse University.

Following the presentation and discussion, there will be a members’ meeting of the club. For more information, call Merrill Ring at 626-8467, email at or visit the club website.

The meeting will take place at Porter Hall at Pilgrim Place, 601 Mayflower Rd., Claremont.


Sacred Sites reading with Susan Suntree

The Andrew Mellon Foundation’s grant for Elemental Arts Initiative at Pomona College  along with the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Pomona Museum of Arts is sponsoring a performance and reading by author, activist, poet and performer Susan Suntree on Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m. in Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center), located at 6th Street and College Avenue.

The performance will be based on her prize-winning book Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California.

Using masks, poetry, stories and song, Ms. Suntree will bring to life the local cultural history of the many ancient sacred sites in our area.

A reception will follow with books available for purchase and signing by the author. A highly sought-after performer, Ms. Suntree is regarded as “witty and informed.” Suitable for children over 8 who are good listeners.


Fall book sale today at the public library

Friends of the Claremont Library are hosting their annual Fall Book Sale today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Claremont?Library, 208. N. Harvard Ave.

The sale will offer a huge selection of books, DVDs and CDs. This is one of the major fundraisers for the Friends of the Claremont Library (FOCL).

Please use cash or checks only at this event, which is open to the public.


The election’s impact on political dysfunction

Claremont McKenna College’s Athenaeum will host Mike Pettit, administrative assistant/chief of staff to US Senator Bob Dole (1981-1987), and Ira Shapiro, former staff director of the US Senate committee on official conduct for a lunch lecture Monday, October 29 at noon.

The public is welcome to join in a conversation between Mr. Shapiro and Mr. Pettit, titled “US Political Dysfunction: Will the Elections Change It?”

The lunch and lecture is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. 8th St., Claremont. For information, call 621-8244.


Social justice activist Father Roy Bourgeois to speak at CGU next week

Social justice activist Father Roy Bourgeois will visit Claremont Graduate University on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2 for a pair of events focusing on women’s ordination and the Catholic church and his involvement in the School of the Americas Watch.

The talk on Thursday night will include a panel discussion from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Albrecht Auditorium, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave.

Panelists include Rosemary Radford Ruether, visiting professor of religion; Jane Via of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests; and Gina Messina-Dysert, visiting assistant professor in the department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

On Friday, November 2 from 1 to 3 p.m., also in the Albrecth Auditorium, Father Bourgeois’ discussion will focus on the struggle for social justice in Latin America and the School of the Americas Watch.

Father Bourgeois is a longtime peace activist and Maryknoll priest who has come under pressure from the church for his “defiant stance” in support of women’s ordination.

Both talks at CGU are free and open to the public.


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