Event Calendar (March 10-18, 2023)

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com


What’s Happening Claremont? 

Friday, March 10

  • This week’s 12:30 p.m. movie matinee at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, is “The Courier” (2020). In the 1960s, Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) was a British engineer recruited by the Secret Intelligence Service, also MI6, to be a message conduit with a Russian spy source. Guests can enjoy free popcorn, and masks are encouraged. Call (909) 399-5488 for info.


  • New York-based dance company Shen Yun Performing Arts is back at Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont at 7:30 p.m. today; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11; and 1 p.m. Sunday, March 12. Tickets are $80 to $165 at shenyun.com. Children under 4 are not admitted. Theatergoers are asked to wear evening or business attire. Photography and video recording are prohibited.



Saturday, March 11

  • The City of Upland’s second annual Lemon Zest 5K and 1K Kids’ Dash takes place at Magnolia Park, 651 W. 15th St., Upland. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. The first race, the 1K for children nine years old and younger, gets underway at 7:30 a.m. and entry is $25. The second, the 8 a.m. community 5K, is $35. For more details visit uplandca.gov/2023-5k-trifecta-challenge or call (909) 931-4280.


  • Claremont resident and Special Olympics coach Janine Williams is seeking college student volunteers to spend time with Special Olympics athletes from 9 to 10:30 a.m. each Saturday at Claremont High School, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Bring a water bottle, athletic shoes and run or walk the track with athletes 16 to 40 years old. Equipment is provided. Call (909) 518-1496 for details.


  • The Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra presents “a concert for children” at 11 a.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The free and open to the public program also features a 10:30 a.m. performance by an eight-member string ensemble. For information call (909) 624-3614 or visit cymo.org.


  • At 2 p.m., the Pomona Valley Genealogical Society welcomes speaker and one of Corona Genealogical Society’s founding members Len Enlow for a free and public meeting over Zoom. Enlow’s presentation is “The Orphan Train Movement.” For access, send a request via email to raulncal@aol.com.


  • The public is invited to the free Pomona Art Walk at the Pomona Arts Colony, near 100 W. Second St., from 5 to 9 p.m. It includes a community market in the Shaun Diamond Plaza, on the corner of west Second and Thomas streets, with crafts, jewelry, candles, clothing, and food. Visit downtownpomona.org for details.


  • Award-winning songwriter Joel Rafael, touted as one of the most natural interpreters of Woody Guthrie’s songs, and all-star Claremont trio The Citrus Sisters perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Folk Music Center, 220 N. Yale Ave., Claremont. The Citrus Sisters, comprised of FMC manager Ellen Harper, Elizabeth Hangan and Marguerite Millard, will open the show. Doors are at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. For more information go to folkmusiccenter.com/events, call (909) 624-2928, or email info@folkmusiccenter.com.



Sunday, March 12

  • The Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market is held every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Village, with locally made crafts, organic food, clothing, and jewelry. For more information, visit claremontforum.org/farmers-artisans-market.


  • Zzaj plays a free three hour concert beginning at 2 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, March 13

  • Students and faculty of the Claremont Colleges will be out this week for spring break. Classes and programs resume Monday, March 20.


  • David Epstein, author of “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World,” will lead a free virtual talk at 10 a.m. courtesy of the Los Angeles County Library. For details or to RSVP, go tovisit.lacountylibrary.org/event.


  • The Claremont Senior Program hosts its free Mac user group from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The drop-in group is open to all and covers topics such as Apple apps, hardware, troubleshooting and more. For details call (909) 399-5488.


  • Claremont High and University of Redlands alumnus Craig Colclough will discuss “singing Verdi’s Falstaff and Macbeth” at this month’s free and open 2 p.m. Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley meeting at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont.



Tuesday, March 14

  • The 2023 state of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce talk begins at 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members. To RSVP or learn more visit business.claremontchamber.org/events.


  • Seniors are invited to meet at Shelton Park, on the corner of Bonita and Harvard avenues in Claremont, for a free stroll through the Village with Get Walking Claremont. Walks begin at 8 a.m. Participants should arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and hear announcements. Those not fully vaccinated are asked to wear a mask when unable to keep distance from others.


  • Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day early with a free and public 9 a.m.party at the James L. Brulte Senior Center, 11200 Base Line Rd., Rancho Cucamonga, or with a 4:30 p.m. program featuring Irish Dimensions Dance Company at the Gibson Senior Center, 250 N. Third Ave., Upland. Admission is $10. Details are at cityofrc.us/events and uplandca.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.



Wednesday, March 15

  • California Assembly member Chris Holden, the City of Claremont, the Kiwanis Club of Claremont and the Contractors State License Board will be on hand at the Joslyn Center’s Oak Room, 660 N. Mountain Ave. Claremont, for a free breakfast and scam stopper event. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 and a fraud prevention presentation begins at 9 a.m. Reservations are required at anc.apm.activecommunities.com/claremontrecreation.


  • Writers offer responses to each other’s works at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, during a free 9:45 a.m. writing workshop, held the first and third Wednesday of the month. Call (909) 399-5488 to join.


  • As part of Green Ribbon WeekTri-City Mental Health and Just Us 4 Youth will host a free and open to the public listening circle for children and teenagers to share their experiences on mental health stigma from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. For more information, call (909) 326-4636.


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



Thursday, March 16

  • Today is the deadline for Claremont students, grades K through six, to enter theme ideas for the 73rd annual Fourth of July celebration. Each theme must be five words or less and have no more than 36 characters. The student with the winning entry will receive fireworks show tickets, a certificate, a spot in the parade, and lead the event’s ceremonial flag salute. Submit ideas at ci.claremont.ca.us.


  • Mingle, network and enjoy coffee with Claremont Chamber of Commerce members at Sanctuary Coffee, 863 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. during coffee time. Admission is free but attendees must preregister at business.claremontchamber.org/events.


  • “Black Indian” author Shonda Buchanan will lead a virtual book talk from 6 to 7 p.m. through the Los Angeles County Library. For details or to register, go to visit.lacountylibrary.org/event.


  • The Claremont High School Theater Department mounts “Brainstorm,” at 7 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Saturday at the Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Admission is $10 at onthestage.tickets/show or at the door.



Friday, March 17

  • In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, the Claremont Forum, 586 W. First St., will host a $1 book sale today through Sunday. All books (except those specialty priced) will be one dollar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. On Saturday the library is open until 7 p.m. For more details visit claremontforum.org.


  • Beginning dancers can improve their tap-dancing skills at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., with a free 12:30 p.m. course. Register by calling (909) 399-5488.


  • Grammy and Emmy Award-nominated artist and composer Máiréad Nesbitt, one of the founding members of Celtic Woman, returns to the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, for two performances of Celtic Spells, 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35 and $39 at cityofrc.us/events.



Saturday, March 18

  • Find organic and chemical-free produce from local urban farms, books, and other items at the Pomona Valley Certified Farmers Market, held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the corner of Pearl Street and Garey Avenue in Pomona. For more information, visit pomonacfa.org.


  • This tax season adults can receive volunteer income tax assistance from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S Garey Ave. The free service will run through mid-April, and is by appointment only. For information visit pomonaca.gov or call (909) 620-2043.


  • Gardener Joan Borgmanteaches children 5 and up how to plant and care for seasonal vegetables, herbs and seeds at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., from 2 to 3 p.m. Register for this free course at visit.lacountylibrary.org/event.


  • Ironbark Ciderworks, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 107B, along with Future is Female Revolution, hosts the “March Madness comedy show,” at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 at eventbrite.com, search “FIF Revolution,” or $20 at the door.


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