Event Calendar (April 28 – May 6, 2023)

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com


Friday, April 28

  • The Service Center for Independent Life’s spring fling event begins at 10 a.m. at the Spring Street Center, 107 S. Spring St., Claremont. The family friendly event includes free workshops, games, food, music and more. Those who ordered donuts from SCIL’s Krispy Kreme fundraiser can pick them up at 9 a.m. Call (909) 621-6722 for more information.


  • This week’s movie matinee at the Blaisdell Senior Center, 440 S. College Ave., Claremont, is “Laura” (1944) and begins at 12:30 p.m. In this drama/mystery, a police detective (Dana Andrews) develops feelings for the woman (Gene Tierney) whose murder he is investigating. Guests can enjoy free popcorn, and masks are encouraged. Call (909) 399-5488 for info.


  • Ken Miller, the Don H. and Edessa Rose Professor of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College, will conclude this season’s free and open to the public speaker series at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont, with his 12:45 p.m. talk, “The California Paradox.” For more information visit cmc.edu/athenaeumor call (909) 621-8244.


  • Los Angeles native and singer Gavin Turek will perform a free and open to the public 7:30 p.m. concert at Bowling Green, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, as part of 2023 spring Scripps Presents programming. Free tickets are at scrippscollege.edu and eventbrite.com, search “Scripps Presents.”


  • The Pomona College Jazz Ensemble is at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, at 8 p.m. for a free and open to the public concert, “Spaces.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For information call (909) 607-2671 or visit pomona.edu/events.



Saturday, April 29

  • Tri-City Mental Health and other local organizations will hold a free and open to the public youth wellness symposium at Western University of Health Sciences, 309 E. Second St., Pomona, beginning at 8:30 a.m. This event will help youth ages 12 to 18 navigate social, mental, and emotional barriers through various activities. The event also includes music, food, and raffle prizes. For more details visit tricitymhs.org.



  • Claremont Heritage hosts a walking tour of artat the Claremont Colleges beginning at 10 a.m. at the Benton Museum of Art, 120 W. Bonita Ave. The mile and-a-half tour will cover work from the 1930s to the present. Tickets for Heritage members are $20, non-members $40. Register at claremontheritage.bigcartel.com. Questions? Call (909) 621-0848.


  • Inland Pacific Ballet performs “The Little Mermaid” at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. today with an additional 4 p.m. show on Sunday at the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga. Tickets are $60 for adults, $57 for seniors, and $30 for children ages 12 and under. All premium seats are $71. For tickets or info, call (909) 477-2752 or visit cityofrc.us/vgcc.


  • Voters can meet Alex McDonald, a candidate for Claremont Unified School District’s Board of Education, Trustee Area 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. at a private location in Claremont. Call (360) 666-7676 or email sutherland@nasw.org for details.


  • Sample more than 40 local restaurants during the 22nd annual Taste of Claremont from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Claremont Colleges Services building, 101 S. Mills Ave. This 21 and over event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Claremont, includes live music, an art exhibit, and raffle drawings. Tickets begin at $90 and are available at tasteofclaremont.org and eventbright.com, search “Taste of Claremont.” Email hsparrownv@gmail.com or call (707) 373-5336 for information.


  • Celebrate the third annual OPARC founder’s gala with staff and community members at Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, at 5 p.m. Single tickets are $150 but group deals are available. Visit oparc.org for details and tickets.



  • The Claremont Concert Orchestra and Concert Choir, the joint music program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps colleges, will perform the first of two free concerts today at 8 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 241 E. 10th St. The second will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Shows will highlight works by Bizet, Debussy, and Fauré. Call (909) 607-3267 for info.



Sunday, April 30


  • The Claremont Symphony Orchestra presents a free and open to the public 3:30 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The program is conducted by music director Robert Sage and will include works by Mozart and Cesar Franck. More information is at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.


  • The Joel Paat Jazz Project plays a free concert from 2 to 5 p.m. at College Center, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. To view the monthly lineup of shows or for more information, visit jazzatcollegecenter.com.



Monday, May 1

  • The Pomona College Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, Giri Kusuma, will present a collection of Balinese music and dances from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Doors will open about 30 minutes prior to this free and open to the public program. More details are at pomona.edu/events.


  • The committee to elect Alex McDonald to the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 4, invites the community to meet the candidate from 4 to 5 p.m. at 1585 Queens Ct. Email tkwarner@verizon.net to RSVP.


  • Today is the cutoff for nonprofit organizations to submit applications for information, game, or selling booths at the City of Claremont’s 2023 Fourth of July celebration. Applications are at ci.claremont.ca.us.



Tuesday, May 2

  • A free journaling nature course takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The class helps seniors write nature entries, apply scientific data, and log the great outdoors. Call (909) 399-5488 for information.


  • The Claremont Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. at the council chambers, 225 W. Second St., Claremont. Agendas are posted online and at city hall the Thursday before the meeting. Visit ci.claremont.ca.us for meeting details or Zoom info.


  • A free and open to the public Pomona College student recital takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Visit pomona.edu/events or call (909) 607-2671 for details.



Wednesday, May 3

  • The community is invited to a free virtual author talk with Britt Hawthorne, author of “Raising Antiracist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide,” at 10 a.m. For details or to register go to visit.lacountylibrary.org.


  • Heart Heroes holds free and open to the public hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation trainings from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. For more info visit pomonaca.gov or call (909) 802-2650.


  • Network with Claremont Chamber of Commerce members at Ironbark Ciderworks, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Claremont, from 5 to 7 p.m. Attendees, who must be 21 or older, will receive four 5 oz. cups to build a cider flight. Admission for chamber members is $25, non-members $30. Visit business.claremontchamber.org for more details.




Thursday, May 4

  • Learn computer basics during a free 10:30 a.m. course at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. A repeat class will take place Saturday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This and other tech courses offered at the library this May are limited to 12 students. Attendees must RSVP by calling (909) 620-2043 or emailing library@pomonaca.gov. For a list of free classes, visit pomonaca.gov.


  • Children ages 3 to 12 can interact with butterflies at the Magnolia Recreation Center, 651 W. 15th St., Upland, from 4 to 5 p.m. today, May 11 and 18. Each participant in a class will receive a butterfly kit consisting of a caterpillar, an enclosure, and essential supplies. The class fee is $6. Parents can register at anc.apm.activecommunities.com/upland.


  • financial literacy group will meet at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more details call (909) 399-5488.



Friday, May 5

  • The Los Angeles County Fair opens today at Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, and will run until Monday, May 29. Amenities include food, rides, games, prizes, concerts, interactive booths, a flower show, and much more. Opening day tickets begin at $5. Visit lacountyfair.com for more information.


  • Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate locally with AgingNext at Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont, during its annual fiesta fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy food and comedy by Fritz Coleman. Tickets are $100 at agingnext.org or eventbrite.com, search “AgingNext.”


  • Friday Nights Live, the City of Claremont’s free live music showcase, returns tonight with Ana Maria de la Cruz and the Claremont Unified School District Student Choir at Shelton Park, Claremont Voodoo Society at Village Plaza, and Larry and Rhonda Jackson at the chamber of commerce. The free Friday performances take place from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. For more details visit claremontchamber.org.


  • Native Gardens,” a comedy by Mexican playwright Karen Zacarías, enters its final weekend of shows at Ophelia’s Jump Productions, 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland, at 8 p.m. tonight and May 6, and a final performance at 4 p.m. May 7. Tickets are $35, college students with I.D. are $25. Visit opheliasjump.org or call (909) 734-6565 for tickets or info.



Saturday, May 6

  • Claremont Heritage hosts a walking tour of the Village the first Saturday of every month beginning at 10 a.m. near The Claremont Depot, 110 W. First St. Tickets, $10, can be purchased at claremontheritage.org.


  • In observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Los Angeles County Library upholds such voices and authors during a free virtual books and brunch program at 10 a.m. Register at visit.lacountylibrary.org/event.


  • Using puppetry, lighting, technology and dance, Lightwire Theater retells “The Ugly Duckling” at the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets and details are at cityofrc.us/vgcc or (909) 477-2752.


  • The American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, hosts a 4 to 6 p.m. opening reception of “Making in Between: Queer Clay.” Featured artists will be in attendance and opening remarks begin at 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP for this free event, visit amoca.org.


  • Browse artwork around the City of Trees during the free and open to the public Claremont Art Walk, held the first Saturday of every month between 6 and 9 p.m. Details about this month’s walk will appear in next week’s Courier. Email claremontartwalkinfo@gmail.com for info.



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