Event Calendar (March 3-11, 2023)

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com


What’s Happening Claremont? 

Friday, March 3

  • Claremont Helen Renwick Library’s monthly book club for adults gathers at 10:30 a.m. to discuss Katherine Johnson’s “My Remarkable Journey” at 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Register for the free group at visit.lacountylibrary.org/event.


  • A free technology assistance lab hosted by the Claremont Senior Computer Club takes place at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The lab is open to seniors wanting help with their laptops, tablets, phones, or other devices. Computers will also be available. For details, visit ci.claremont.ca.us.


  • Claremont McKenna College sophomore Meghna Pamula’s free and open to the public exhibit, “AAAAAANNND,” at Harvey Mudd College’s Sprague Gallery, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, is on view until March 10. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For details visit arts.hmc.edu/meghna-pamula or email gallery@g.hmc.edu.


  • The war and existentialism book club meets the first Friday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. March’s book is “1984” by George Orwell. Attendance is free but pre-registration is required by calling (909) 399-5488.


  • Ophelia’s Jump Productions’ “Well-Behaved Women,” a musical by Carmel Dean that features the hypothetical vocals of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Frida Kahlo, and other influential women, enters its final weekend at the OJP theater, 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland. Shows take place at 8 p.m. today, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5. Next weekend’s performances from Friday, March 10 to Sunday, March 12 are sold out. General admission is $42 but college students with I.D. and children under 10 are $32. For tickets and times, visit opheliasjump.org.



Saturday, March 4

  • 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.


  • Every first Saturday Claremont Heritage hosts a walking tour of the Village, allowing residents and first-time visitors to explore downtown Claremont. The tour begins at 10 a.m. near The Claremont Depot, 110 W. First St. Tickets, $10, can be purchased at claremontheritage.org.


  • The Benton Museum of Art and The Arts Area host the second annual free and open to the public Print Pomona Art Book Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at Pomona College’s Edmunds Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St, Claremont. The fair will feature more than 50 national and international independent sellers, distributors, and publishers showcasing books, photography, and other print ephemera. For information or to view pre-fair events, visit printpomonaartbookfair.net.


  • Brian Fies, award-winning author and illustrator of “A Fire Story,” will give his personal account of the 2017 northern California wildfires that wiped out nearly 2,000 homes — including his own — during a free and open to the public 2 p.m. event hosted by the Friends of the Claremont Library’s On the Same Page Committee at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. For more info visit claremontlibrary.org.


  • Browse artwork around the city during the free and open to the public Claremont Art Walk, held the first Saturday of every month between 6 and 9 p.m. Email claremontartwalkinfo@gmail.com for more info.



Sunday, March 5

  • On the first Sunday of the month, California Botanic Garden and Pomona Valley Audubon Society host free and open to the public family bird walks at 8 a.m. at the garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. For information or to register for this month’s two-hour session, visit calbg.org/event.


  • 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.


  • Claremont Lewis Museum of Art’s Project ARTstART will lead local high school students in fun art activities at the museum, 200 W. First St. Every first Sunday is free family day at the museum which is open from noon to 4 p.m. For more details visit clmoa.org.



Monday, March 6

  • Niloufar Shiri, a performer and composer from Tehran, Iran, celebrates Nowruz, Persian New Year, and discusses poetry in Persian culture from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the Oldenborg Center, 350 N. College Way, Claremont. The free and open to the public presentation will feature musical selections performed by Shiri on the kamancheh, an Iranian bowed string instrument, accompanied by singer Jessika Kenney. For details visit pomona.edu/events.


  • Stay up to date on world and local headlines and have thought-provoking conversations with residents during a free and open to the public current events discussion group at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, from 1 to 2 p.m. every Monday. Call (909) 399-5490 for details.



Tuesday, March 7

  • The Claremont Chamber of Commerce hosts a noon lunch and learn session at 205 Yale Ave., Claremont. This week’s topic is “keys to design your success.” The meeting is free for chamber members. Non-members are $10. Register at business.claremontchamber.org/events.


  • George “Pinky” Nelson, a former NASA astronaut and Harvey Mudd College alumnus of 1972, will lead a talk and presentation about his career at 3:30 p.m. at the Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning Auditorium, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. He will also present awards to Amani Maina-Kilaas and Alec Vercruysse, 2022 Astronaut Scholarship recipients presented by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. This event is free and open the public. For more details visit hmc.edu/calendar.


  • Scripps Presents welcomes back 1993 alumna, former U.S. Representative, and gun violence prevention advocate Gabby Giffords to Garrison Theater, 241 E. 10th St., Claremont, for a 6 p.m. free and open to the public screening and panel discussion of “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down,” a 2022 documentary about her gun control advocacy, work to raise awareness about aphasia, and recovery after a 2011 assassination attempt. To reserve your spot search “Gabby Giffords” at eventbrite.com.


  • Longtime journalist and author Sam Quinones continues the free and public speaker series at Claremont McKenna College’s Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., with his 6:45 p.m. talk, “America and hope in the time of fentanyl and meth: one reporter’s stories.” For more information visit cmc.edu/athenaeum or call (909) 621-8244.


  • The first Claremont Planning Commission meeting of the month starts at 7 p.m. at the council chambers, 225 W. Second St., Claremont. Agendas are posted online and at city hall the Thursday before the meeting. Visit ci.claremont.ca.us for meeting details or Zoom info.



Wednesday, March 8

  • This month’s Claremont Chamber of Commerce walk begins at 8 a.m. at the 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. Attendees must register by Tuesday, March 7. For details visit business.claremontchamber.org.


  • The Woman’s Club of Claremont holds its monthly lunch meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the clubhouse, 343 W. 12th St. The guest speaker will be a representative from Habitat for Humanity. Meetings are free to members, members’ guests are $20. For information visit womansclubofclaremont.com/special-offers.



  • Veterans are invited to Chaffey College’s Veterans Resource Center, 5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, for rally point Wednesdays, a free 3 p.m. group where vets discuss mental and physical wellness and other challenges. For details and registration, visit cityofrc.us.


  • Garden educator Kyra Saegusawill deliver the presentation, “foraging in my native garden,” at today’s 7 p.m. Claremont Garden Club meeting at Claremont United Church of Christ’s Louise Roberts Room, 233 Harrison Ave. For more information visit claremontgardenclub.org.



Thursday, March 9

  • The City of Claremont and Sumner Danbury Elementary School celebrates California’s Arbor Day at Griffith Park, 1800 Woodbend Dr., at 8:30 a.m. with a ceremony featuring student presentations and a tree planting. For details call (909) 399-5431.


  • AgingNext volunteer director and chef Stacy Mittelstaedt will show attendees how to make dinner wreaths during Stacy’s Kitchen, a free 10 a.m. virtual cooking course. Register at eventbrite.com by searching “Stacy’s Kitchen.”


  • A Claremont Chamber of Commerce newcomer mixer takes place at Round Table Pizza, 598 E. Baseline Rd., from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Register or learn at business.claremontchamber.org.



Friday, March 10

  • Seniors are invited to the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, from 3 to 4 p.m. for the Joslyn Dance Club. The free class is held the second and fourth Fridays of the month with new dances taught by Claremont Colleges volunteers. Participants are asked to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Pre-registration is required. Call (909) 399-5488 to RSVP or learn more.


  • The Service Center for Independent Life, 107 S. Spring St., Claremont, hosts a community social hour from 11 a.m. to noon. Enjoy board games, activities and more at this free event. For more info visit scil-ilc.org.



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, will commence at 7:30 a.m. and will cost $25 per child. The second race, the community 5K, is $35 and starts at 8 a.m. For event details visit uplandca.gov/2023-5k-trifecta-challenge. This is the first race in the City of Upland’s 5K trifecta challenge. Those who complete this race, the upcoming Summer Sprint, and the Turkey Trot 5K will receive a commemorative medal. Call (909) 931-4280 for more information.


  • 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 features works by Rossini, Glinka and more. An eight-member string ensemble will perform at 10:30 a.m. For concert information, call (909) 624-3614 or visit cymo.org.


  • On the second Saturday of the month, the Friends of the Pomona Public Library hold a book sale on the patio of the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. from noon to 4 p.m. For details email friendspomonalibrary@gmail.com.


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