Event Calendar: March 29 – April 6, 2024

What’s happening Claremont? 

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com


Friday, March 29

  • Learn to prepare for an emergency during a free 10 a.m. Zoom workshop hosted by Service Center for Independent Life. Sign up at scil-ilc.org.
  • Yarn with the Yuccas, a fiber arts group free with garden admission, gathers from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at California Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Register at calbg.org.
  • Children can learn how to plant and care for potted flowers during a free 4 to 5 p.m. workshop at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. Supplies are limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Info is at visit.lacountylibrary.org.



Saturday, March 30

  • The public is invited to the City of Claremont’s free 9 to 11 a.m. spring celebration, with egg hunts for children and photo ops with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny. The Kiwanis Club of Claremont will serve a $5 pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. This this year’s event may be modified or cancelled due to rain. Info will be posted at ci.claremont.ca.us.
  • Montclair’s free and open to the public 9 to 11 a.m. Easter eggstravaganza will be held at Alma Hofman Park, 5201 Benito St. Specifics are at cityofmontclair.org.
  • Volunteers are needed to oversee Special Olympics training at Claremont High School track, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, 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 more info.
  • Claremont Heritage hosts a $10 guided walking tour of The Claremont Colleges from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at Seaver House, 305 N. College Ave. RSVP at claremontheritage.bigcartel.com.
  • A free 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. volunteer income tax assistance clinic for those whose gross income is less than $60,000 takes place at Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave., each Saturday through April 13. Visit pomonaca.govfor more info.
  • Ophelia’s Jump closes “The Revolutionists” at 8 p.m. at 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland. Tickets are $35. Thursdays are “pay what you can/pay it forward,” with a $20 minimum. Tickets and information are at opheliasjump.org.



Sunday, March 31

  • It’s April Fools’ Day. Or is it?
  • Pooch Park, at 100 S. College Ave., Claremont, will close for the month of April for bi-annual turf maintenance. Info is at ci.claremont.ca.us.
  • Today’s the first day of spring break for students and staff of Claremont Unified School District. Visit cusd.claremont.edu for more info.
  • Lori Meeks, an associate professor at University of Southern California, delivers her free and public noon lecture, “Etiologies of Women’s Suffering: Doctrinal Engagement with the Blood Bowl Sutra,” at Crookshank Hall, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont. Visit pomona.edu/events for more details.
  • Ambassador Dennis Ross and Ghaith al-Omari continue CMC’s free speaker series with the 6 p.m. talk, “What’s Next? Prospects for Peace in the Middle East,” at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. RSVP at cmc.edu/athenaeum.



Tuesday, April 2

  • Seniors with Get Walking Claremont meet at 8 a.m. Tuesdays at Shelton Park on the corner of Bonita and Harvard Avenue for a walk in the Village and Claremont Colleges. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and hear announcements.
  • The public is invited to view the caravan for disability freedom and justice as it makes its way through the Service Center for Independent Life, 107 Spring St., Claremont, from 9 to 11 a.m. Visit thedisabilitycaravan.com for specifics.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History curator Paula Johnson discusses the book, “Smithsonian American Table: The Foods, People, and Innovations That Feed Us,” during a free virtual 11 a.m. event. Info is at visit.lacountylibrary.org/event.
  • Byengseon Bae, a Ph.D. student at Claremont Graduate University, continues CGU’s free Tuesday talk series with a noon Zoom lecture. Details and RSVP info are at research.cgu.edu.
  • The Claremont Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. at council chambers, 225 W. Second St. Agendas are posted online and at city hall the Thursday before the meeting. Visit ci.claremont.ca.us for info.



Wednesday, April 3

  • Individuals and families can get food assistance from Sowing Seeds for Life’s free 8 to 11 a.m. food pantry at Charisma Life Church, 305 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona, while supplies last. Visit sowingseedsforlife.org for details.
  • Children up to age 12 can draw with chalk on the sidewalk of Mainiero Square, at the intersection of D and 3rd streets in La Verne, during a free 9:30 to 10 a.m. art contest. Chalk is provided. Prizes will be awarded to winners after 10. Pre-register through April 2 by calling (909) 596-8700.
  • The Claremont Colleges Library will host a free and open to the public 4:15 p.m. panel discussion on the legacy of professor Ch’en Shou-yi, who developed Pomona College’s Asian Studies Program, at the library’s Founders Room, 800 N. Dartmouth Ave.
  • The Claremont Chamber of Commerce hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony at Maison Garrison, 323 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. RSVP at business.claremontchamber.org.



Thursday, April 4

  • The American Red Cross hosts an 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. blood drive at Pomona College’s Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Register at redcrossblood.org/give.
  • Claremont Graduate University begins its virtual realizing equity research symposium, a showcase on how students are advancing research on equity and justice, with opening remarks at noon, followed by three roundtable discussions at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. This year’s symposium theme is peace, justice, and belonging. Learn more at cgu.edu/event.
  • Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Humanities in Practice, the National Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership and the National Park Service Route 66 research group host a free 5 to 7 p.m. reception for “The Route 66 Pathway Project” at Yuhaaviatam Center for Health Studies, 175 E. Eighth St., Claremont. Register at eventbrite.com, search “The Route 66 Pathway Project.”
  • Claremont’s police commission is at the council chamber, 225 W. Second St., for a 7 p.m. meeting. Visit ci.claremont.ca.us for more info.



Friday, April 5


  • The public is invited to Claremont Graduate University Drucker School of Management’s free 1 to 5 p.m. Kravis Concept Plan Competition, where aspiring entrepreneurs present business ideas for a chance to win up to $10,000 in funding, at 1021 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont. Competition information is at cgu.edu.
  • Ahead of the April 8 solar eclipse, the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., will host a free origami rocket crafting hour at 2 p.m. for children ages 5 to 12. Attendees will receive a pair of eclipse glasses while supplies last. Go to visit.lacountylibrary.org for more info.
  • Inland Valley Repertory Theatre opens its 2024 season with Scriptfest at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, with “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at 6:30 p.m., followed April 6 with “A Doll’s House Part 2,” at 1 p.m. and “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” at 6:30, before concluding April 7 with “Spike Heels” at 1. Tickets are $44 at ivrt.org.



Saturday, April 6

  • La Verne’s free and open to the public 8 a.m. to noon health and fitness expo, featuring expo booths, an e-waste drive, and a community yard sale, takes place at Bonita High School, 3102 D St., La Verne. Call (909) 593-5265 or visit business.lavernechamber.org/events for more info.
  • Those interested in working at the 2024 Los Angeles County Fair should bring resume copies to an 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. job fairat Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Enter through gate nine off White Avenue. Visit fairplex.com for more info.
  • Claremont Graduate University’s spring preview event gives prospective students a free chance to look at the campus, experience a graduate level course, and meet faculty from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 150 E. 10th St., Claremont. RSVP at cgu.edu/event.
  • La Verne’s annual cool cruise car show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout Old Town La Verne, at the intersection of D and 3rd  streets. Proceeds benefit the La Verne K9 Police Foundation. More info and vehicle registration, $55, are at coolcruisecarshow.com.
  • California Botanic Garden’s annual Garden of Verses Poetry Festival features multiple poetry and activity stations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. The event is $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Kids under 3 are free. More information is at calbg.org/event.
  • Systematic Erosion: Four Decades of Shattered Perceptions” opens today through June 29 at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art, 217 S. Lemon Ave., Ontario, and features art by Cj Jilek, Melissa Aranda, Bella Medina, Jocelyn Williams, and Brissia Valle. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Questions? Call (909) 463-3733.
  • Browse artwork during the free 6 to 9 p.m. Claremont Art Walk. More info will appear next week’s edition. Email claremontartwalkinfo@gmail.com for details.


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