Event Calendar: May 3-11, 2024

­What’s happening Claremont? 

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com


Friday, May 3





  • Claremont Lewis Museum of Art, 200 W. First St., opens “The Great Perfection: Charles Long & Khang Bảo Nguyễn,” at noon today. Admission is free every Friday and $5 on weekends. A 5 p.m. member preview will be held Saturday before opening to the public during the 6 to 9 p.m. Claremont Art Walk. CLMA is open from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The exhibit is up through August 18. Details are at clmoa.org.


  • Celebrate Día de los Niños, or Children’s Day, at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., with a free 2:30 p.m. DIY book making craft hour. Go to visit.lacountylibrary.org for more info.



  • The 2024 season of Claremont’s free live music showcase, Friday Nights Live, begins tonight with Swingin’ Doors at Village Plaza, Mark Dzula at the chamber of commerce, and Swing Shift at Shelton Park, all from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit claremontchamber.org for the weekly lineup.



Saturday, May 4

  • Help oversee Special Olympics training at the 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 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games at California State University, Long Beach, June 8 and 9. For more info, call or text Janine Williams at (909) 518-1496.


  • Stacey Villalobos, a freelance cultural worker and artist, hosts flores coquetas, a 9 a.m. to noon meditative, writing and storytelling workshop at California Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Admission begins at $35 at calbg.org.



  • Celebrate Los Angeles County Day at the LA County Fair, open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. County residents can purchase $8 tickets using the code “LACOUNTY” until 11:59 p.m. May 3 at lacountyfair.com/discounts.


  • Pick up or drop off a plant during Claremont Helen Renwick Library’s free and public 1 to 3 p.m. adopt-a-plant event at 208 N. Harvard Ave. Details are at visit.lacountylibrary.org.





Sunday, May 5


  • Admission is free from noon to 4 p.m. at Claremont Lewis Museum of Art, 200 W. First St., on the first Sunday of each month. Children’s activities are led by students of the museum’s Project ARTstART program.



  • 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.


  • Southland Symphony Orchestra plays a 4 p.m. concert at Bethel Congregational Church, 536 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario, with a solo by cellist Ruslan Biryukov, and a presentation of “La Leyenda del Quetzal y la Serpiente” by Mexican American composer José Elizondo. General admission is $10, VIP, $20, at givebutter.com/RUSLAN2024. Children under 12 are free.



Monday, May 6

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


  • Mahjong Mondays at Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, take place from 9 a.m. to noon.


  • A free hourlong active adult chair exercise group gathers at 9:35 a.m. at Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.



Tuesday, May 7


  • 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.



Wednesday, May 8

  • The Woman’s Club of Claremont’s monthly lunch meeting runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 343 W. 12th St., Claremont. Reservations are required by 10 a.m. Friday, May 3. Lunch is $20 for members and first time visitors, $25 for repeat visitors. See details at womansclubofclaremont.com/luncheons.



  • A noon La Verne Chamber of Commerce lunch and learn event takes place at Dave and Maggies Café, 1351 Palomares Ave. Tickets are $15 at business.lavernechamber.org/events.




Thursday, May 9

  • It’s Pomona Day at the Los Angeles County Fair from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Tickets for Pomona residents are $1 through 11:59 p.m. May 8 at lacountyfair.com/discounts.


  • Claremont Senior Program and Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’smonthly senior food bank distributes a free food kit for LA County residents 60 and older who meet income guidelines from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Larkin Park, 660 N. Mountain Ave. Identification with date of birth is required for food pickup. Call (323) 234-3030 for info.


  • Children and adults are invited to crochet lab, a free and open to the public 4 to 6 p.m. course led by Khaos Crafts, at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave.



  • Residents are invited to give feedback and learn more about the City of Claremont’s Local Roadway Safety Plan during a 6 to 7 p.m. meeting at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. More info is at ci.claremont.ca.us.


  • Tickets for AgingNext’s 6 p.m. fundraiser, Oh What a Night, at Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont, begin at $100. More info is at agingnext.org/oh-what-a-night-2024.



Friday, May 10

  • Baby band, a free 10:30 a.m. toddler music class, takes place at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. Register at visit.lacountylibrary.org/event.


  • City residents can purchase $1 La Verne Day Los Angeles County Fair tickets through 11:59 p.m. May 9 at lacountyfair.com/discounts. The fair is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona.



  • Claremont’s 6 to 9 p.m. free live music showcase, Friday Nights Live, continues tonight with Claremont Voodoo Society at Village Plaza, Randy Miller at the chamber of commerce, and Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight at Shelton Park. The weekly lineup is at claremontchamber.org.



Saturday, May 11


  • The 60th commencement ceremony for Pitzer College takes place at 10 a.m. at Stephen L. Glass Commencement Plaza, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. Civil rights activist Jim Obergefell is this year’s keynote speaker. A commencement schedule and livestream link are at pitzer.edu/commencement.


  • Ontario Museum of History and Art’s free and public noon to 4 p.m. culture fest event features art installations, live entertainment, a classic car show, art activities, and food at 225 S. Euclid Avenue, Ontario. Details are at ontariomuseum.org/culturefest.




  • Keck Graduate Institute’s graduation ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. at Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium, 1245 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario. Karen Tumulty, an associate editor and political columnist for The Washington Post, will deliver the keynote address. The ceremony will be livestreamed at kgi.edu.


  • The La Verne Symphony Orchestra’s 3 p.m. spring concert, highlighting the music of Beethoven, Vaughan-Williams, Sibelius, Schubert, and others, is at Morgan Auditorium, 1950 Third St., La Verne. A $10 donation is appreciated.


  • Scripps College’s 94th commencement is set for 5 p.m. at Elm Tree Lawn, 385 E. Ninth St., Claremont. Jeanette Charles, a Scripps alumna 2010, will deliver the commencement address. Visit scrippscollege.edu/commencement for the livestream.



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