Event Calendar: April 26 – May 4, 2024

­What’s happening Claremont?  

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com


Friday, April 26

  • Key Largo” (1948) is this week’s 12:30 p.m. movie matinee at Blaisdell Community Center, 440 S. College Ave., Claremont. Free popcorn is available. Call (909) 399-5367 for more info.


  • Barry X Ball, a contemporary sculptor based in New York, comes to Pomona College’s Benton Museum of Art, 120 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, for a free 4 to 5:30 p.m. artist talk. Go to pomona.edu/museum for info or to RSVP.


  • A free and public 5 to 8 p.m. opening reception for “Pearl Diver,” a Pomona College senior art exhibition, takes place at Chan Gallery, 370 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The exhibit will run through May 11. The gallery is open Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. More info is at pomona.edu.


  • The San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team hosts a fundraiser and screening of “Where the Rope Ends,” a 2023 documentary about Nichole Doane’s 60-foot fall while canyoneering, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at San Dimas Masonic Temple, 220 N. Monte Vista Ave. Register at eventbrite.com, search for “San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team.”


  • Scripps College hosts a free and public 6 to 9 p.m. opening reception for its senior art exhibition, “Double Take,” at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 251 E. 11th St., Claremont. The exhibit runs through May 11, with gallery hours Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Questions? Call (909) 607-2029.






Saturday, April 27

  • The third annual KidCare International charity 5K run and walk kicks off at 8 a.m. at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, 120 E. Via Verde Ave., San Dimas. Registration is $50 per runner and parking is $12. Check-in opens at 6:30. Visit kidcare.org for more information.


  • Volunteers are needed to oversee Special Olympics training at Claremont High School track, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. through June 1. Special needs athletes are also welcome. Practices are held ahead of the June 8-9 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at California State University, Long Beach. Call or text (909) 518-1496 for more info.


  • Keck Graduate Institute is partnering with the Claremont Police Department for a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. drug take-back event at 570 W. Bonita Ave. Volunteers will accept unneeded or expired medications in solid or liquid form as well as inhalers, syringes, insulin pens, lancets and other sharps. Specifics are at ci.claremont.ca.us.



  • Inland Pacific Ballet performs “Cinderella” at the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and tomorrow. Tickets, $28-$55, are available at cityofrc.us/news/cinderella.


  • Poets and authors Jodie Hollander and Veronica Michalowski are this month’s guests at the Friends of the Claremont Library’s free 2 p.m. fourth Saturdays poetry event at Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave.


  • Enjoy Claremont’s finest cuisine, wine, and spirits during the 23rd annual 5 to 9 p.m. Taste of Claremont at the Claremont Colleges Services building, 101 S. Mills Ave. This 21+ event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Claremont, includes live music, an art exhibit, and raffle drawings. Tickets begin at $100 and are available at eventbrite.com, search “Taste of Claremont.”


  • Adults 21 and over can sip wine and sample foods throughout Old Town La Verne, between Bonita Avenue and Third Street, during La Verne’s 10th annual 5 to 8:30 p.m. wine walk. General admission is $65, designated driver tickets are $35. Search “La Verne Wine Walk” at eventbrite.com to register or for more info.



Sunday, April 28



  • Ukrainian musicologist and performer Alexandra Grabarchuk directs the California Women’s Chorus 52nd annual Convention Scholarship Concert, a 2 p.m. performance at Courtyard by Marriott, 555 N. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park. Tickets are $20 at the door. Learn more at facebook.com/californiawomenschorus.


  • Claremont Symphony Orchestra performs works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Schumann, during a free and open to the public 3:30 p.m. classical concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The show also includes solos by flutist Alexis Cai and harpist Emily Linlo. Doors open at 3 p.m. Visit claremontso.org for program information.


  • Free games of pétanque with seniors take place at Larkin Park, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, at 4 p.m. each Sunday, weather permitting. Email afme@nljones.com for more info.


  • senior dinner and dance will be held at the City of La Verne’s community center, 3680 D St., from 5 to 8 p.m. Register at the community services office, 3660 D St., Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $12. Call (909) 596-8700 for more info.



Monday, April 29

  • A veterans service officer provides assistance to veterans and families from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at La Verne Community Center, 3680 D St., every Monday. Visit cityoflaverne.org for info.


  • Claremont’s sustainability committee meets at Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.


  • After School Specials, a group of students from the Claremont Colleges, continue Claremont McKenna College’s free and open to the public speaker series with a 6 p.m. a cappella concert at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum.


  • Sustainable Claremont invites adults 21 and over to its free 6:30 p.m. sustainability dialog at Last Name Brewing, 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland. This month’s topic is the SoCal Water$mart Turf Replacement Program.



Tuesday, April 30





  • Learn to make and play an instrument while listening to a fun story at a free and public musical instrument & story event at 4:30 p.m. at Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave., hosted by the Cal Poly Pomona Music Department.


  • The free and open to the public Mariachi End of Term Concert begins at 7 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 231 E. 10th St., Claremont. Doors open at 6:45. Program specifics are at scrippscollege.edu/events.



Wednesday, May 1

  • An hourlong, free 9:35 a.m. active adult chair exercise group meets at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.


  • Seniors play free games of bridge at Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, from 1 to 4 p.m. Call (909) 399-5488 for more info.


  • Claremont Graduate University hosts a panel of speakers on leadership dynamics and best practices during its second annual TEDxCGU, a free and public event from 4 to 7 p.m. at Albrecht Auditorium, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont. RSVP at eventbrite.com, search “TEDXCGU.”



Thursday, May 2

  • Seniors with Get Walking Claremont meet at 8 a.m. Thursdays at 2471 N. Indian Hill Blvd. for a walk along Thompson Creek Trail. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and hear announcements.





Friday, May 3




  • Claremont Lewis Museum of Art, 200 W. First St., opens its newest installation, “The Great Perfection: Charles Long & Khang Bao Nguyen,” at noon today. Admission is free every Friday and $5 on the weekends. A 5 p.m. member preview will be held Saturday before opening to the public during the 6 to 9 p.m. Claremont Art Walk. CLMOA is open from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The exhibit is up through August 18. Details are at clmoa.org.


  • Celebrate Día de los Niños, or Children’s Day, at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., with a free DIY book making craft hour for children ages 4 to 17, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.. Go to visit.lacountylibrary.org for more info.


  • The Los Angeles County Fair opens at 5 p.m. today at the Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, and runs through Monday, May 27. Opening day tickets are $10 online at lacountyfair.com. LA County Day is May 4 andresidents can purchase discounted $8 tickets by using the code “LACOUNTY” (case sensitive) at checkout until 11:59 p.m. tonight at lacountyfair.com/discounts. Pomona Day is May 9 and La Verne Day is May 10 with $1 tickets for those residents when they enter their zip codes through 11:59 p.m. May 8 and 9. More information is at lacountyfair.com.


  • Claremont’s 6 to 9 p.m. free live music showcase, Friday Nights Live, begins tonight with Swingin’ Doors at Village Plaza, Mark Dzula at the chamber of commerce, and Swing Shift at Shelton Park. Visit claremontchamber.org for the weekly lineup.



Saturday, May 4

  • Stacey Villalobos, a freelance cultural worker and artist, hosts flores coquetas, a meditative, writing and storytelling workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at California Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Admission begins at $35 at calbg.org.




  • Pick up or drop off a plant during Claremont Helen Renwick Library’s free and public adopt-a-plant event from 1 to 3 p.m. at 208 N. Harvard Ave. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Details are at visit.lacountylibrary.org.



  • The City of Upland holds a free and open to the public movie event at 6:30 p.m. at Magnolia Park, 651 W. 15th St., Upland. Games, activities and vendors are available at 6:30 ahead of a screening of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” (2015) at 8 p.m. Details are at uplandca.gov. May the Fourth be with you.


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