Event Calendar: March 15-23, 2024

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com


Friday, March 15

  • A 4 to 6 p.m. $10 St. Patrick’s Day dance for older adults and seniors takes place at Blaisdell Community Center, 440 S. College Ave., Claremont. Register at anc.apm.activecommunities.com/claremontrecreation, search “St. Patrick’s Day.”


  • The free and open to the public Upland Irish Festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 16 near 305 N. Second Ave. It features live music, axe throwing, a kids zone, food, and adult beverages. Info is at uplandirishfest.com.



  • Legally Blonde: The Musical,” begins at 7:30 p.m. at Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga. Additional shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 16 and March 23, and 2 p.m. Sundays, March 17 and March 24. Tickets, $35-$70, are at cityofrc.us.



Saturday, March 16

  • Upland’s third annual Lemon Zest 5K and children’s 1K takes place at Magnolia Park, 651 W. 15th St. Entry for the 7:30 a.m. 1K for children 9 and under is $25. The 5K, $35, starts at 8 a.m. Day of registration is by credit card only. Call (909) 931-4280 for more info.


  • Volunteers are needed to oversee Special Olympics training at Claremont High School’s track, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., 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 details.


  • Rancho Cucamonga’s annual Egg Shellebration at Epicenter Sports Complex, 8408 Rochester Ave., begins with a 9:30 a.m. egg hunt for special needs children. More info is at cityofrc.us/news/egg-shellebration.


  • La Verne Heritage Foundation’s third annual Orange Blossom Vendor Faire runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 5001 Via de Mansion, and includes over 40 vendors selling handmade items, clothing, jewelry, and food.


  • Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra plays a free and open to the public 11 a.m. “Concert for Children,” at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The program includes “1812 Overture” and “Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky and “Festive Overture” by Shostakovich.


  • The Ontario Museum of History and Art, 225 Euclid Ave., hosts artist and citizen of the Cahuilla Band of Indians Gerald Clarke for a free and public noon artist conversation with Debra Scacco. Info is at ontariomuseum.org/programs.


  • The New York Times bestselling author Laurie Frankel discusses “This Is How It Always Is” during a free and public 1 p.m. event at Alexander Hughes Community Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Email friendsofclaremontlibrary@gmail.com for info.



Sunday, March 17

  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Courier.



  • Play free games of pétanque at Larkin Park, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, with seniors at 2 p.m. each Sunday, weather permitting.


  • The Claremont Symphony Orchestra plays a free and open to the public 3:30 p.m. concert at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, featuring works by Grainger, Maconchy, Haydn, Khachaturian, and Tchaikovsky. Cellist Kyle Champion is the featured soloist. Doors open at 3.


  • All female 12-piece folk band The Merry Wives of Windsor perform at 6 p.m. at Ophelia’s Jump’s Music Lounge, 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland. Tickets are $25 at opheliasjump.org/ojp-music-lounge.



Monday, March 18




Tuesday, March 19


  • Claremont Graduate University professor Heather Campbell delivers a lecture during a Claremont Graduate University free and open to the public Tuesday talk from noon to 1 p.m. over Zoom and in-person in room 12 of the Burkle Family Building, 1021 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont. For more info or to RSVP, visit research.cgu.edu.



  • Duane Bidwell celebrates the release of his new book, “After the Worst Day Ever: What Sick Kids Know About Sustaining Hope in Chronic Illness,” with a free and open to the public 7 p.m. signing event at Ophelia’s Jump, 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland. The event includes a reading, live music, and an interview with Bidwell, which will be streamed at facebook.com/duane.r.bidwell.



Wednesday, March 20


  • The Service Center for Independent Life, 986 Pharmacy, and Lopez Urban Farm hold a free and open to the public 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. resource fair and vaccine clinic at 1034 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will give away $25 gift cards to seniors who receive an inoculation. Questions? Call (909) 621-6722.



  • Artist Judith Davies speaks about her career as a sculptor and dancer during a free and open to the public 2 p.m. lecture and tea at Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont.


  • Children ages 6 to 17 can decorate wooden wind chimes during Claremont Helen Renwick Library’s free youth craft hour from 4 to 5 p.m. at 208 N. Harvard Ave. Go to visit.lacountylibrary.org for details.


  • The Jazz Fellowship Band will perform at 7 p.m. at Mozwell Bar and Grill, 590 W. First St., Claremont.



Thursday, March 21

  • David York, an estate planning attorney and managing partner of the York Howell law firm, will be interviewed via Zoom at 10 a.m. for the Drucker School Global Family Business Institute’s Authors at Drucker series. RSVP at cgu.edu.


  • The San Gabriel Valley Association of Chamber Executives invites the public to a free noon to 1 p.m. webinar on Zoom. Learn more at business.claremontchamber.org.



  • The public can get free flu or updated COVID-19 shots during Claremont Helen Renwick Library’s 1 to 3 p.m. vaccine clinic at 208 N. Harvard Ave., while supplies last. Register at visit.lacountylibrary.org/event. Walk-ins are also welcome. Health insurance is not required but will be requested.




  • Scripps Presents hosts Jocelyn Kuritsky, Jonathan Goldberg, and Jennifer Hall, creators of the podcast “A Simple Herstory,” for a free and public 7 p.m. interactive listening experience at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The podcast follows women who have run for president of the United States. RSVP at eventbrite.com, search “Scripps Presents.”



Friday, March 22


  • Pianist Amelia Hammond and vocalist Michaela Kelly perform at Pomona and Scripps colleges 12:15 p.m. Friday noon concert series at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu.


  • The Maltese Falcon” (1941) 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.



Saturday, March 23

  • Drop off e-waste during Montclair Chamber of Commerce’s collection event at Alma Hofman Park, 5201 Benito St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Sunday, March 24.


  • Poetry editor and author Wendy Rainey and poet Curtis Hayes are this month’s featured 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.


  • Poker players can benefit Claremont Meals on Wheels by taking part in a poker game at Claremont Manor, 650 Harrison Ave. Games begin at 6 p.m. Buy in is $100. Seating is limited. Call (951) 675-9220 to RSVP.



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