Event Calendar (January 20, 2023 – January 28, 2023)

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com

What’s Happening Claremont? 

Friday, January 20

  • Student submissions are currently being accepted for the City of Claremont and Claremont Unified School District’s 33rd annual Making Change contest, which gives students an opportunity to honor human rights and social justice activists. Kindergarteners through high school seniors who live in or attend school in Claremont can submit letters, essays, multimedia presentations, or group works for the contest. Entries must be submitted by Friday, January 27 to ci.claremont.ca.us/makingchange. More information on each category can be found online or by calling the Human Services Department at (909) 399-5490.


  • Boat enthusiasts will be on hand this weekend for the annual Bart Hall Boat Show at the Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue. Hundreds of vendors will showcase their aquatic wares as well as various sized vessels across Expo Halls 4, 5 and 6. Doors open at noon Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $20 and a three-day pass is $45, and servicemembers and seniors over 62 are $15 at the door with proper I.D. For information or tickets, visit fairplex.com.


  • AgingNext and Ophelia’s Jump Productions join forces to host “A Cabaret,” an evening of dinner, music and song at OJP, 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland. The performance begins at 6 p.m. and admission is $30. For details or to purchase tickets, visit opheliasjump.org.


Saturday, January 21

  • The 41st Porky Show, California’s largest and longest running police and fire badge and patch collectibles show, returns to Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 50 vendors will be on hand selling California public safety unit collectibles including badges, patches, toy cars, buckles, photos, historical documents, hats, helmets, handcuffs, antique batons, mini badges, t-shirts, pins, and more. Admission is $5. Visit theporkyshow.comfor more details.


  • The City of Claremont will hold community tree planting events today, marking one year since the devastating windstorm of January 21, 2022. The day begins with remarks at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, followed by a 9 a.m. planting. At 10:30 a.m., planting will commence at Griffith Park, 1800 Woodbend Dr., followed by another at Chaparral Park, 1899 N Mills Ave., at noon. A total of 33 trees will be planted. For more info, visit ci.claremont.ca.us.


  • Los Angeles County residents eager to learn basic clothing mending can gain experience during the Los Angeles County Library’s free, 10:30 a.m. virtual course. To register, go to visit.lacountylibrary.org/event/7720819.


  • The 78th Scripps College Ceramic Annual kicks off today with a free and open to the public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 251 E. 11th St., Claremont. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment, refreshments and ceramic works by local artists. This year’s exhibit, “Handle Carefully: The Power of Words and Clay,” will run through April 2. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For exhibit details, email mmonroe@scrippscollege.edu.


Sunday, January 22

  • Today marks the beginning of Lunar New Year. This year’s animal sign is the rabbit. Celebrate with the city of Rancho Cucamonga, which is hosting a free festival at the Rancho Cucamonga Sports Center, 8303 Rochester Ave., at 11 a.m. Learn more at cityofrc.us/events.


  • Polyhedra play a free three-hour concert beginning at 2 p.m. at College Center, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. To view the monthly lineup and information, visit jazzatcollegecenter.com.


  • A free and open to the public concert featuring the Claremont Young Musicians Intermezzo Orchestra will be held at 7 p.m. at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The program will include pieces by Offenbach, Delibes, Bizet, Gounod, Leroy Anderson, and Lennie Niehaus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more details, email rjscymo@aol.com or call (909) 455-6664.


Monday, January 23

  • The Vivian Montero exhibition at Harvey Mudd College’s Sprague Gallery, in the Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, opens today and will run until February 10. The free and open to the public exhibit includes drawings and sculptures by the Scripps College senior. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For exhibit details visit arts.hmc.edu/vivian-monteiro or email gallery@g.hmc.edu.


  • Members of the survivors of suicide loss support group gather from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont, for a free discussion session. Attendees must wear masks while indoors. Call (909) 399-5490 for meeting details.


Tuesday, January 24

  • Ring in Chinese New Year with a free and open to the public celebration at the Ovitt Family Community Library, 215 E. C St., Ontario, from 6 to 7 p.m. For more info, visit ontarioca.gov/calendar.


  • Today’s Claremont City Council meeting, at 225 W. Second St., will begin with a closed session at 6 p.m. before opening up to the public about 30 minutes later. Agendas are posted at ci.claremont.ca.us, or at city hall on the Thursday prior to the meeting. To attend virtually, visit zoom.us/j/256208090. To listen in via phone, dial (213) 338-8477.


  • The City of Claremont and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority will begin the 2023 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count at 8 p.m. The annual count helps determine resources and services allocated in and around the community. Volunteers can register at ci.claremont.ca.us, or call the human services department at (909) 399-5490. Once registered, a 90-miunte online training must be completed prior to count day. Volunteers will meet at 8 p.m. at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont, to receive materials and assignment areas. More information is available via email to mcastillo@ci.claremont.ca.us.


Wednesday, January 25

  • Los Angeles County Public Works Environmental Programs Division hosts free weekly smart gardening webinars. Today’s 6 p.m. course will cover water-wise gardening. To learn more or register, visit pw.lacounty.gov and search “webinars.” For more info call (626) 458-5100 Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • At 6 p.m., Claremont Unified School District staff will hold a 90-minute virtual community forum to discuss CUSD graduation requirements. Register for the webinar at cusd.claremont.edu by clicking on January 25 in the calendar section and following the link. After registering, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about the webinar. For more info email rleong@cusd.claremont.edu or call (909) 398-0609, ext. 70246.


  • Claremont’s architectural commission meets at 7 p.m. in the council chamber, 225 W. Second St. Information is at ci.claremont.ca.us.


Thursday, January 26

  • Network with local businesses at We Olive, 225 N. Yale Ave., Claremont, during wine o’clock from 5 to 6 p.m. RSVP for free or learn more at business.claremontchamber.org.


  • The Independence Day committee will meet at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont,. Details are at ci.claremont.ca.us.


  • Claremont’s Traffic and Transportation Commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the council chamber, 225 W. Second St. Agendas are posted online at ci.claremont.ca.us and at city hall. To attend virtually, visit https://zoom.us/j/97473747561. To listen in, call (213) 338-8477.


Friday, January 27

  • Build up your toddler’s pre-literacy and cognitive skills with a free 10:30 a.m. baby band music class at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. The course is open to newborns up to 2-year-olds. Register at visit.lacountylibrary.org/event/7604624.


  • This week’s movie matine eat the Blaisdell Senior Center, 440 S. College Ave., is “Falling for Figaro” (2020), a romantic comedy starring Danielle MacDonald that follows her character’s journey from hedge fund manager to opera singer. The film begins at 12:30 p.m. and popcorn will be available. Masks are encouraged for this indoor event. Call (909) 399-5367 for info.


  • Seniors and older adults are invited to move and groove at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, from 3 to 4 p.m. for the new Joslyn Dance Club, held the second and fourth Fridays of the month. New dances will be taught each session by various volunteers from the Claremont Colleges. Participants are asked to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. The class is free but pre-registration is required. Call (909) 399-5488 or visit anc.apm.activecommunities.com/claremontrecreation to RSVP or learn more.


  • The Upland Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Inland Empire returns the to DoubleTree by Hilton, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, from 6 to 10 p.m. with numerous samplings of restaurants and food vendors. Tickets, $100 for single admission and $180 for dual, are available at uplandchamber.org/events, click “The Taste of the I.E.” Call (909) 204-4465 for more info.


Saturday, January 28

  • The public is invited to attend a joint meeting of the Claremont Planning and Police commissions to discuss potential amendments to the city’s existing hotel/motel ordinance at 10 a.m. in Pomona College’s Rose Hill Theatre, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. According to the city, commissioners will also direct staff on the contents of an amended draft ordinance to bring back to the planning commission for a recommendation before potentially taking it to the City Council for adoption. Residents can attend the meeting virtually. Details and how to attend and submit questions can be found at ci.claremont.ca.us.


  • The city of Riverside and Panana Events host a free and open to the public Lunar New Year festival and market throughout downtown Riverside, 3527 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, starting at 11 a.m. Free tickets are available for reservation at eventbrite.com, search “2023 Riverside Lunar Festival.” To learn more, visitpananaevents.com/riverside-lunar-festival. The festivities will repeat Sunday, January 29.


  • Celebrate Last Name Brewing’s 20th anniversary with special brews, live entertainment and more from 2 to 11 p.m. at 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland. Musical performers include Jonny Come Lately at 2 p.m., Claremont Voodoo Society at 4 p.m., and Groove Session at 8 p.m. Food will be provided by Graze and Gather Meats and Provisions from 3 to 9 p.m. More event details are at lastnamebrewing.com.


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