Event Calendar (May 5 – 13, 2023)

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com


Friday, May 5

  • The Los Angeles County Fair opens at 5 p.m. today at the Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, and will run until Monday, May 29. Opening day tickets are $5. LA County Day is tomorrow, Saturday, May 6. Los Angeles County residents can purchase discounted $8 tickets by using the code “LACOUNTY” (case sensitive) at lacountyfair.com/lacountyday until 11:59 p.m. tonight. Pomona Day is Thursday, May 11, with $1 tickets for Pomona residents at lacountyfair.com/pomonaday with the password, “POMONA” (case sensitive) through 11:59 p.m. May 10. More information is at lacountyfair.com or (909) 328-8953.


  • Cruise around the city of Pomona during yard sale weekend to find deals and uncommon items through Sunday, May 7. Call (909) 620-2374 or visit pomonaca.gov for information.



  • The war and existentialism book club gathers at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. May’s book is “The Awakening,” by Kate Chopin. Attendance is free but preregistration is required by calling (909) 399-5488.


  • Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate locally from 6 to 10 p.m. with AgingNext’s fiesta fundraiser at Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont. The event includes food and comedy by Fritz Coleman. Tickets are $100 at agingnext.org or eventbrite.com, search “AgingNext.” 


  • Friday Nights Live, the City of Claremont’s free live music showcase, returns tonight with Ana Maria de la Cruz and the Claremont Unified School District Student Choir at Shelton Park, Claremont Voodoo Society at Village Plaza, and Larry and Rhonda Jackson at the chamber of commerce. The free Friday performances take place from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. For more details go to claremontchamber.org. 


  • Native Gardens,” a comedy by Mexican playwright Karen Zacarías, enters its final weekend of shows at Ophelia’s Jump Productions, 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland, at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday, May 6, and a final performance at 4 p.m. May 7. Tickets are $35, college students with I.D. are $25. Visit opheliasjump.org or call (909) 734-6565 for tickets or info.



Saturday, May 6 

  • Pilgrim Place, 625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont, holds its monthly first Saturday sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Shop furniture, books and home goods and enjoy coffee and donuts. Proceeds benefit Pilgrim Place’s resident health and support program. New this month are outdoor booths selling fabric and sewing supplies, jewelry, art, and a raffle for a handmade crochet bedspread. Call (909) 399-5500 for details.



  • Claremont Heritage hosts a walking tour of the Claremont Village the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. near The Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. Tickets, $10, can be purchased at claremontheritage.org.


  • In observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Los Angeles County Library upholds such voices and authors during a free virtual books and brunch program at 10 a.m. Register at visit.lacountylibrary.org/event.


  • The Claremont Lewis Museum of Art’s Project ARTstART program will hold a youth arts festival and family event from noon to 4 p.m. today and Sunday, May 7 at 200 W. First St. The free and public event will include art workshops for children and exhibits featuring works by fourth to sixth grade students from Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner Danbury, Sycamore, and Vista del Valle elementary schools, and Claremont High School’s International Baccalaureate studio art class. More information is at clmoa.org or (909) 621-3200.


  • Using puppetry, lighting, technology and dance, Lightwire Theater retells “The Ugly Duckling” at the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets and details are at cityofrc.us/vgcc or (909) 477-2752.


  • The American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, hosts a free and open to the public 4 to 6 p.m. opening reception for “Making in Between: Queer Clay.” Featured artists will be in attendance and opening remarks begin at 4:30 p.m. RSVP at amoca.org.


  • Browse artwork around the city of trees during the free Claremont Art Walk, held the first Saturday of every month between 6 and 9 p.m. Details about this month’s walk are here. Email claremontartwalkinfo@gmail.com for more info.



Sunday, May 7

  • Shop locally made crafts, organic food, clothing, and jewelry at the Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Village. More information is at claremontforum.org/farmers-artisans-market.


  • Homero Chavez and Una Noche play a free concert from 2 to 5 p.m. at College Center, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. To view the monthly lineup of shows or for more information, visit jazzatcollegecenter.com.


  • Free games of pétanque begin at 4 p.m., at Larkin Park, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Call (909) 399-5488 for information.


  • Duke University student and pianist Vicky Yang will perform, “Out of the Ordinary,” music by Mozart, Ravel, Scriabin and Chopin at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1700 N. Towne Ave., Claremont, at 6 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For more info, visit egoodshepherd.org.



Monday, May 8

  • Mahjong Mondays at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (909) 399-5488 for more details.


  • A free and public current events discussion group takes place at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, from 1 to 2 p.m. every Monday. Call (909) 399-5490 for details.


  • The Claremont Senior Program hosts a free, drop-in Mac user group from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The course covers topics such as Apple apps, hardware, troubleshooting, and more. For details call (909) 399-5488.


  • The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley gathers at 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, for monthly lectures. May’s guest is Claremont Graduate University Professor Lori Anne Ferrell, who will speak on “The Three King Charleses: what’s changed and what hasn’t.” For more information call (909) 717-1109 or email lucylynch@aol.com.



Tuesday, May 9

  • The Claremont Chamber of Commerce’s monthly business over breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Admission is $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Register at business.claremontchamber.org.



  • Adults can learn how to enter the media field during a free Los Angeles County Library virtual program led by voice actor and author Aneesha DuBois at 11 a.m. via Zoom. For details or to RSVP, go to visit.lacountylibrary.org/event.



  • Discuss your mental well-being in a safe space and get connected with available resources while enjoying a free cup of coffee at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave., during cafecito hour from 2 to 3 p.m. Also at 2 p.m., a drug and alcohol support clinic for English speaking residents begins and runs until 6 p.m. Call (909) 620-2043 for information.


  • Today’s Claremont City Council meeting, at 225 W. Second St., will begin with a closed session at 6 p.m. before opening up to the public about 30 minutes later. Agendas are posted at ci.claremont.ca.usand city hall on the Thursday prior to the meeting. To attend virtually, visit zoom.us/j/256208090. To listen in via phone, dial (213) 338-8477.



Wednesday, May 10


  • 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 visit cityofrc.us.


  • Dylan Hannon will deliver a 7 p.m. talk about epiphytic cactuses, a cactus variety that does not need soil, during the Claremont Garden Club’s free and public meeting in the Louise Roberts Room of Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For details go to claremontgardenclub.org.


  • Claremont’s architectural commission meets at 7 p.m. in the council chamber, 225 W. Second St., Claremont. Information is at ci.claremont.ca.us.



Thursday, May 11

  • Learn about the internet during a free 10:30 a.m. course at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave., and 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20. The class is limited to 12 students, and attendees must RSVP by calling (909) 620-2043 or emailing library@pomonaca.gov. For a list of free classes, go to pomonaca.gov.


  • The Service Center for Independent Life, 107 S. Spring St., Claremont, will host mindful mediation hour from 11 a.m. to noon with an instructor from BuddhaMouse Emporium. This event is free and open to the public. For more details, visit scil-ilc.org.


  • The Los Angeles County Library offers a free and public virtual workshop, “how to avoid online scams,” beginning at 11 a.m. RSVP at visit.lacountylibrary.org/event.


  • Children ages 3 to 12 can interact with butterflies sfrom 4 to 5 p.m. today at the Magnolia Recreation Center, 651 W. 15th St., Upland, and Thursday, May 18. Each participant will receive a butterfly kit consisting of a caterpillar, an enclosure, and essential supplies. The class fee is $6. Parents can register at anc.apm.activecommunities.com/upland.



  • The City of Claremont’s Committee on Human Relations’ free and public workshop, “Let’s Start with Civility” takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Register by May 9 at form.jotform.com/230665409831155. Call (909) 399-5356 or email mcastillo@ci.claremont.ca.us for more details.



Friday, May 12

  • The City of Claremont’s free live music showcase, Friday Nights Live, continues from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight with Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight at Shelton Park, Squeakin’ Wheels at Village Plaza, and Ana Maria de la Cruz and the Claremont Unified School District Student performers at the chamber of commerce. More info is at claremontchamber.org.


  • The Pomona Concert Band’s annual spring concert, “Fanfare and Flourishes,” begins at 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy. The evening’s master of ceremonies is columnist and author David Allen, and the color guard will be headed by United States Air Force veteran Heriberto Feliciano. For more information visit pomonaconcertband.org.


  • Ophelia’s Jump Production celebrates Mother’s Day early with actors reading stories about motherhood at 7:30 p.m. tonight and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland. Doors open one hour prior performances. Tickets are $20 at opheliasjump.org. Call (909) 734-6565 for more details. Specialty cocktails and desserts will be available for purchase.



Saturday, May 13

  • The Friends of the Pomona Public Library hold a book sale from noon to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month the at the library, 625 S. Garey Ave. Questions? Email friendspomonalibrary@gmail.com.


  • The Claremont Chorale’s 4 p.m. concert, “Celestial Sounds,”will feature music from the Baroque period, folk and jazz at Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 W. Foothill Blvd. Tickets are $10 at the door or at claremontchorale.org/concerts.


  • The free Pomona Art Walk akes place from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Pomona Arts Colony, near 100 W. Second St. It includes a community market in the Shaun Diamond Plaza, on the corner of west Second and Thomas streets, with crafts, jewelry, candles, clothing, and food. Visit downtownpomona.org for details.


  • Singer, songwriter, and stringed-instrument maker Ed Hume will perform his new album, “Strumming Stories,” at 7:30 p.m. at Ophelia’s Jump Productions Music Lounge, 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland. Admission is $15 and doors open one hour prior to the performance. Get tickets and info at opheliasjump.org.


  • Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac, who make up the JUNO-nominated Canadian music duo Madison Violet, will play a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Folk Music Center, 220 N. Yale Ave., Claremont. Tickets are $25 and doors open at 7. For details call (909) 624-2928, email info@folkmusiccenter.com, or visit the store.


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