Event Calendar: May 17-25, 2024

­What’s happening Claremont? 

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com


Friday, May 17

  • Today’s the deadline to register for the May 24 Claremont Senior Program trip to the LA County Fair. RSVP for $11 at anc.apm.activecommunities.com/claremontrecreation, search “LA County Fair.” Participants must complete a liability waiver. Call (909) 399-5488 for more info.


  • The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park reopens for public use today following three days of trail grading and road maintenance with aid from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. This month’s daily park hours are 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.


  • Preservation Celebration, Claremont Heritage’s annual awards gala, will be held at Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont, at 5:30 p.m. Waitlist registration is open, and the online auction will close at noon Sunday, May 19. Info is at claremontheritage.org/gala.html.


  • Claremont’s 6 to 9 p.m. free live music showcase, Friday Nights Live, continues tonight with Craic Haus at Village Plaza, Youth Jazz Ensemble at the chamber of commerce, and LA Bluescasters at Shelton Park. Acts are listed at claremontchamber.org.


  • Claremont High School Theatre holds its final 7 p.m. ComedySportz match, a night of improv and comedy, at Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Tickets, $8 for students, $10 for the public, are at onthestage.tickets/claremont-high-school.


  • Pomona Concert Band’s free and open to the public spring concert, “Musical Masters, Past and Present,” begins at 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona. Visit pomonaconcertband.org for more info.



Saturday, May 18

  • Car enthusiasts can show off their rides during a free and public 8 to 10 a.m. cars and coffee event at 121 N. San Dimas Avenue. Register your car at sandimasca.gov or call (909) 394-6230.


  • An 8 to 11 a.m. document shredding fundraiser takes place at Goldy S. Lewis Community Center, 11200 Base Line Rd., Rancho Cucamonga. A $10 donation is suggested. Limit two large trash bags per person. Details are at cityofrc.us.


  • The City of Claremont’s Committee on Human Relations’ free and public workshop, “Let’s Start with Civility: Building Community Through Civil and Generous Conversations,” begins at 9 a.m. at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Register by May 15 at form.jotform.com/241075623970154. Call (909) 399-5356 or email mcastillo@ci.claremont.ca.us for more details.


  • Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, 1798 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, invites all to its 9 a.m. to noon stroke awareness day featuring games, stroke risk assessments, seminars and more. Learn more at pvhmc.org.


  • California Botanic Garden and Sustainable Claremont’s free 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. waterwise community festival will be held at CalBG, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. RSVP at calbg.org.


  • Drop by the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave., from noon to 3 p.m. for an arts and crafts event in collaboration with Tri-City Mental Health Services. Character Champion Kids and De Colores will present “The Growth Mindset: Magic Word ‘Yet,’” a free finger puppet show at 1 and 2 p.m.



  • The 6 to 9 p.m. Ontario Art Walk features exhibitions, pop-up galleries, artist talks, live music, and art events throughout the Downtown Ontario Arts District along Euclid Avenue. Visit ontarioartwalk.org for a map.


  • Second Chance Productions and Friends of Upland Animal Shelter invite the community to a 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. pet-friendly event and movie screening at Magnolia Park, 651 W. 15th St., Upland. Tickets are $7.99 per person and a family four pack is $26.96. Search “Gracie and Pedro” at eventbrite.com to register and learn more.



Sunday, May 19


  • Polyhedra play a free 2 to 5 p.m. show at College Center, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. A schedule of upcoming performances is at jazzatcollegecenter.com.


  • Free 4 p.m. games of pétanque for seniors take place Sundays at Larkin Park, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, weather permitting. Email afme@nljones.com for more info.


  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church welcomes Duke University pianist Vicky Yang for a free and public 6 p.m. concert at 1700 N. Towne Ave., Claremont.



Monday, May 20

  • A veterans service officer provides assistance to veterans and families every Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at La Verne Community Center, 3680 D St. Visit cityoflaverne.org for info.


  • Pomona Valley Pride hosts reading rainbow, a free 5 to 6:30 p.m. book club by and for the LGBTQ+ community, at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave.⁠ Go to pomonapridecenter.org for more info.


  • Bon Appétit,” Claremont High School Choir’s annual spring concert, will be held at 7 p.m. today and May 21 at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Tickets, $10, are at chschoir.org.



Tuesday, May 21

  • Service Center for Independent Life invites people with disabilities to its free 11 a.m. independent living skills class at 107 S. Spring St., Claremont. RSVP or learn more by calling (909) 621-6722.


  • The Joslyn Center’s free 3 to 4:30 p.m. knitting with care group invites all to make nine-inch squares at 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, each Tuesday through May 28. The squares will be sewn together to make blankets for nonprofit Inland Valley Hope Partners. Participants should bring their own needles, crochet hooks, and yarn. Questions? Email clpinterlucke@gmail.com.


  • Author Rebecca F. Kuang speaks about “Yellowface,” her 2023 New York Times bestselling novel, during a free 4 to 5 p.m. virtual author talk. RSVP at visit.lacountylibrary.org/event.




Wednesday, May 22

  • El Ranchero Mexican Food and Margaritas, 984 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, will donate proceeds from 4 to 10 p.m. to Claremont Police Foundation when patrons mention the foundation.


  • Parents can learn about Los Angeles County Library programs and services during a 6 p.m. virtual program. Register at visit.lacountylibrary.org.



Thursday, May 23

  • Susannah Israel and Luke Huling, featured artists in American Museum of Ceramic Art’s annual juried exhibition, “Fahrenheit 2024,” deliver a free and public noon to 1 p.m. virtual artist panel and Q&A. RSVP at amoca.org/events.




  • The Independence Day committee meets 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 gathers at the council chamber, 225 W. Second St., for a 7 p.m. meeting. Agendas are posted online at ci.claremont.ca.us and at city hall. To attend virtually, visit zoom.us/j/97473747561. To listen in, call (213) 338-8477.


  • The Benton Museum of Art hosts free and public 8 to 10 p.m. weekly outdoor film screenings through June 20 in the John and Louise Bryson Courtyard, 120 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont. This week’s film is “Frybread Face and Me” (2023). Info is at pomona.edu/museum.



Friday, May 24

  • The community is invited to Service Center for Independent Life, 107 S. Spring St., Claremont, for social activities from 11 a.m. to noon. Call (909) 621-6722 to learn more.


  • Economy Shop, the Claremont-based nonprofit thrift store at 325 W. First St. closes for the summer season today. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The shop will reopen for its 92nd year on Wednesday, August 28. For donation or volunteer information, email economyshop.claremontca@gmail.com or call (909) 626-7334.


  • Claremont’s 6 to 9 p.m. free live music showcase, Friday Nights Live, continues tonight with Jazz Fellowship at Village Plaza, Andrew Sherbrooke at the chamber of commerce, and The Harmony Sisters and Their Little Big Band at Shelton Park. Future performers are at claremontchamber.org.


  • Doors tribute band Wild Child perform at 9 p.m. at The Canyon Montclair, 5060 E. Montclair Plaza, Unit #2020. Tickets, $26 to $38, are available at wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com.



Saturday, May 25

  • 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 Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., leads a 10:30 a.m. info session for parents on the library’s programs and services. RSVP at visit.lacountylibrary.org.


  • The public is invited to Upland Public Library, 450 N. Euclid Ave., for a free 1 to 4 p.m. Star Wars Day event.




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