Event Calendar (February 17, 2023 – February 25, 2023)

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com

What’s Happening Claremont? 

Friday, February 17

  • Vince Skelly’s latest exhibition, “A Conversation with Trees,” opens at noon today at the Claremont Lewis Museum of Art, 200 W. First St., where it will remain through April 23. A free and open to the public reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 18. The exhibit features wood sculptures made from salvaged Claremont trees downed in the January 2022 windstorm. For more details see the Courier’s feature story here, or visit clmoa.org.


  • This week’s 12:30 p.m. movie matinee at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., is “Being the Ricardos” (2021), a drama about 1952 Hollywood power couple Lucille Ball (played by Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem). Guests can enjoy free popcorn, and masks are encouraged. Call (909) 399-5488 for info.


  • The IncredAbles Valentinesspecial needs dance will take place at Goldy S. Lewis Community Central Park, 11200 Base Line Rd., Rancho Cucamonga, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Learn more or register at cityofrc.us.


  • The Common Good Film Festival, a four-day showcase of short films from around the world, returns to the Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. Second St., at 7 p.m. with “A Fire Inside,” directed by Justin Krook and Luke Mazzaferro. On Saturday,February 18, filmmakers An Tran and Atin Mehra will participate in an audience Q&A following their screenings. Single show tickets are $12, and $100 buys entry to every film. For more info and showtimes visit commongoodfilms.org.


  • The Claremont Forum’s first free and open to the public singles night takes place at 8 p.m. at the bookshop, 586 W. First St., in the Packing House. Curious Publishing will lead book-related craft projects at the event, which also includes music and snacks. For details visit claremontforum.org.


Saturday, February 18

  • The Upland Farmers Market and Craft Faire is back at 460 N. Euclid Ave., Upland, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Browse locally grown produce, handcrafted goods and wares. For more details visit farmersmarketnetwork.org.


  • Claremont resident and Special Olympics coach Janine Williams is seeking college student volunteers to spend time with Special Olympic athletes from 9 to 10:30 a.m. each Saturday at Mendoza Elementary School, 851 S. Hamilton Blvd., Pomona. Bring a water bottle, athletic shoes and play indoor hockey with a whiffle ball with athletes 16 to 40 years old. Equipment is provided. Call (909) 518-1496 for details.


  • College students and community members are invited to learn about financial aid resources at a free and public 1 p.m. workshop, sponsored by Ayudar Foundation, at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. For details visit pomonaca.gov.


  • Actor and singer/songwriter Bryan Terrell Clark speaks at 2 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 231 E Tenth St., Claremont, at 2 p.m. as part of the free and open to the public Scripps Presents: in Conversation series. Michelle Decker, associate professor of English, will join him. Visit scrippscollege.edu/events or search “Bryan Terrell Clark” at eventbrite.comfor more info.


  • A free and open to the public reception for Andrée M. Mahoney’s exhibit, “Spirit Voyager,” takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Lewis Museum of Art, 200 W. First Street. The exhibit, curated by the artist’s daughter, celebrates Mahoney’s 70th year of “exploring of the richness of life through mixed-media painting and ceramic sculpture,” according to a CLMA news release. The show will run through April 23. For details visit clmoa.org.


  • Ironbark Ciderworks, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 107B, along with Future is Female Revolution, hosts “Love Is Dead: A Dark Comedy Show,” at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 at eventbrite.com, search “FIF Revolution,” or $20 at the door.


Sunday, February 19

  • California Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts its family bird festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with educational activities, crafts, and informational booths to teach visitors about birding. The festival is included with daily admission, $10 for adult non-members, $6 for seniors 65 and over and student non-members, and $4 for child non-members ages three to 12. Children under the age of 3 are free. Tickets are available at tinyurl.com/37637zj6. Visit calbg.org or call (909) 625-8767 for more info.


  • Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N Mountain Ave., marks transfiguration Sunday at 10 a.m. with its longstanding worship to the sounds of jazz event. This year’s guest musicians are Roy Durnal and friends. Go to claremontpres.orgfor more information.


  • Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave., hosts a free and open to the public 3 p.m. concert, “from Brahms to Poulenc – romantic to contemporary composers.” More info is at musicclubofpomonavalley.com.


  • At 6 p.m., 10-year-old composer and pianist Summer Villaverde performs an hourlong concert at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1700 N. Towne Ave., Claremont. For concert details visit egoodshepherd.org or call (909) 626-2714.


Monday, February 20

  • In observance of Presidents Day, city offices are closed. For more details call (909) 399-5460.


Tuesday, February 21

  • At 8 a.m., Harvey Mudd College’s Sprague Gallery, in the Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, opens a free and open to the public exhibit featuring Claremont McKenna College sophomore Meghna Pamula. It will be up through March 10. For details visit arts.hmc.edu/meghna-pamula or email gallery@g.hmc.edu.


  • Claremont McKenna College’s Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., continues its free and open to the public speaker series at 6:45 p.m. with Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Kevin Merida’s talk, “reinventing the Los Angeles Times.” For more information visit cmc.edu/athenaeum or call (909) 621-8244.


Wednesday, February 22

  • caregiver of those with dementia support group, hosted by AgingNext, meets online at 6 p.m. To join or learn more, call (909) 621-9900.


  • The Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free and open to the public 6:30 p.m. fire preparedness, evacuation planning, and wildfire prevention presentation by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. For details visit claremontlibrary.org.


Thursday, February 23

  • The Claremont Chamber of Commerce begins a new monthly program, chamber walks, at 8 a.m. at California Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Admission is $5 for chamber members and free for CalBG members and children under three. Non-member prices vary. For details visit business.claremontchamber.org.


  • Community Heart, 10871 Central Ave., Ontario, hosts a drive-thru food pantry every Thursday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, visit communityheartfeedtheneed.org.


  • Student volunteers from Claremont High School provide seniors free technology tutoring at the Youth Activity Center, 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd., from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Topics such as apps, games, social media, and more will be covered. Bring a smart or flip phone, tablet, or laptop to this drop-in workshop. For more information call (909) 399-5360.


Friday, February 24

  • The Pomona Concert Band’s annual free and open to the public winter concert, “Meet the Band,” begins at 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Park, 499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona. For more information visit pomonaconcertband.org.
  • At 7:30 p.m. today and Sunday, February 26, California Baptist University Opera Theater presents Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” an opera reimagining of Shakespeare’s iconic love tragedy, at the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga. Tickets begin at $20 and can be purchased by following the link at cityofrc.us/events. Call (909) 477-2752 for show info.
  • The Pomona College Orchestra performs works including Nicolai’s “Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Mozart’s “Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major,” Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 7 in D minor,” at a free and open to the public 8 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The program repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 26. For details visit pomona.edu/events.


Saturday, February 25

  • The Los Angeles County Library is hosting a free and open to the public 11 a.m. African American online genealogy workshop with genealogist and family historian Charlotte Bocage. For details or to register go to visit.lacountylibrary.org/events.


  • Find vintage, repurposed, handmade items at The Great Junk Hunt at the Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., in Expo Hall four, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $8 but children 12 and under are free. For tickets and info visit thegreatjunkhunt.com.


  • Poetry lovers are invited to the Friends of the Claremont Helen Renwick Library’s fourth Saturdays poetry reading at 2 p.m., with authors and poets Kareem Tayyar and B.H. Fairchild. The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave. More info is at facebook.com/fourthsaturdayspoetry.


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