Calendar of Events

University Club programs are open to the public and are held Tuesdays at noon in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont, California. A full buffet lunch, beginning at 11:45 AM, is available for $12.00. For those who wish to come only for coffee and dessert, the fee is $5.00. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

October program chair: Patrick Larkin

October 4 – “California’s Education and the Environment Initiative”

Speaker  – Candice Dickens-Russell

California’s environmental and education agencies have a shared, bold vision to increase environmental literacy in every student throughout the state. The first of its kind in the nation, the California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum is an environment-based curriculum that is formally approved by the State Board of Education for use in classrooms statewide. Based on California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts, the EEI vision encourages responsible stewardship of the Earth and builds environmental literacy in tomorrow’s leaders. Candice Dickens-Russell, the Youth Leadership Manager and CREEC Coordinator at TreePeople, has more than seven years of experience in environmental education. She previously worked as a Secondary Education Program Coordinator for TreePeople's Generation Earth program and as the Youth Program Coordinator for Earth Resource Foundation in Costa Mesa, Calif. She majored in environmental studies at San Francisco State University, with emphases in environmental sustainability and social justice.

Introducer: Hillary LaConte

Fellowship: Margaret Ward

For the week of October 10, we will meet on Monday night at 5:00PM at the Candlelight Pavilion
Dinner Theater for our 87th Anniversary Celebration – There will be no Tuesday Luncheon.

October 10 (Monday Evening) – “The Claremont University Club’s 87th Anniversary Celebration”


Program – The program will be the over 25-year history of the world famous Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater presented by the Bollinger Family. Our evening will start with a reception at 5:00PM featuring Guitarists Michael Ryan and Ken Soderlund followed by dinner inside with dinner music by the Citrus College Music Department. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information, contact Celeste Palmer or Nancy Magnusson.

October 18 – “Reimagining the California Lawn”

Speakers – Bart O’Brian

In this day and age, resources are scarce and there are many benefits to creating a home garden using plants that are specifically adapted to the local weather and soil conditions. Traditional lawns have been a major element in gardens and seem versatile and simple to maintain, but there is a high cost attached to them. From heavy irrigation to regular applications of fertilizers to frequent mowing with power equipment – one conclusion is inescapable: alternatives to the lawn must be created that are more environmentally sound. By identifying the best of the California native plants and those plants from similar Mediterranean climates you will have many choices. Bart O'Brien is the director of Special Projects at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, an educational institution dedicated to research, conservation, and horticulture of California native plants. He is a leading authority on the native flora of the state and of northern Baja California. He is the co-author of two previous books, California Native Plants for the Garden and Care & Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens. He is now working to save the endangered plants of Baja California.

Introducer: Al Leiga

Fellowship: Pat Kelly

October 25 – “Autism: An Overview”


Speaker – Lillian Vasquez

Ms. Vasquez will give us an overview of autism, including early signs, and will share common characteristics and behaviors. She will provide suggestions when working or interacting with someone with autism, and will also share her personal story of the trials and tribulations of living with someone with autism. She is the mother of an autistic son and a leader in her community. For 14 years she has promoted autism awareness, pushed to educate families and caregivers about available services and treatment options. Her focus is not to cure autism but to improve the lives of families living with the disorder. She strives to shed light on interventions and therapies that might help autistic individuals to live happier, more productive lives. As director of The KVCR Autism Initiative, she has written, produced and hosted several television and radio programs on the subject of autism.

Introducer: Michael Faye

Fellowship: Bob Weingartner

Birthdays: Celeste Palmer


Bulletin Committee Members: David Sonner, Opanyi Nasiali, and Roya Ardelan

Archived Calendars: - Jan 2011 - Feb 2011 - Mar 2011 - April 2011 - May 2011 - June 2011 - July 2011 - Sept 2011

Ideas for good program? Contact Bob Smith, Program Committee Chair  909 625-4344