Event Calendar: October 13 – 21, 2023

Hao Huang, left, Scripps College’s Bessie and Cecil Frankel Endowed Chair in Music, pictured last week at “Remembering the Caretakers of the Land: Materials on Southern Californian and Southwest Native American Peoples” at Scripps College’s Denison Library. Courier photo/Andrew Alonzo

What’s happening Claremont?

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com


Friday, October 13

  • This week’s 12:30 p.m. movie matinee at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, is “Knives Out” (2019) starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas. Free popcorn is available. Questions? Call (909) 399-5488.


  • The war and existentialism book club meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. October’s book is “Candide” by Jacques Fiot and Voltaire. Call (909) 399-5488 to RSVP.


  • Remembering the Caretakers of the Land,” an exhibition of materials from Southern Californian and Southwest Native American peoples at the Ella Strong Denison Library, 1090 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont, closes at 4 p.m. today.


  • Upland celebrates Friday the 13th with a free monster mash-up event from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Magnolia Park, 651 W. 15th St. Pixar classic “Monsters Inc.” screens at 7. Visit uplandca.gov for more info.


  • Claremont’s free live music showcase, Friday Nights Live, continues from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight with The LA Stones at Shelton Park, the great Craic Haus at Village Plaza, and Amber Adams at the chamber of commerce. 


  • Scripps Presents inaugural free and open to the public battle of the bands opens at 7 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 231 E. 10th St., Claremont, and includes a performance by Sean Beck and Lana Scott, known as The Classics. More information is at scrippscollege.edu.


  • Award-winning blues, soul and Americana vocalist Shemekia Copeland performs at the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 at cityofrc.us/events.



Saturday, October 14

  • Claremont Graduate University’s fall open house at Jenkins Courtyard, 1055 N. Dartmouth Ave., begins with a 9 a.m. breakfast followed by guided tours. RSVP at admissions.cgu.edu.


  • Local history keepers Claremont Heritage will host a Dia de los Muertos event in the Village with live entertainment, children’s activities, and specialty vendors from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ofrendas and offerings will be at Shelton Park, on the northeast corner of Bonita and Harvard avenues.


  • Orlando Davidson, author of “Baseline Road,” will speak and sign copies of his book at 1 p.m. at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. Books are available for $15. Email lanoreipearlman@gmail.com with questions.


  • The first of two free information sessions about San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team recruitment will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at 114 E. First St., San Dimas. The second is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 18. Potential team members must be at least 21, either a full-time student or have steady employment, and must pass a background investigation. Go to sdmrt.com to learn more.


  • The City of La Verne’s third annual Trunk or Treat event begins at 5 p.m. at 3660 D St. and includes candy collecting from decorated cars and booths, food, crafts, music, and other Halloween activities. More info is at cityoflaverne.org.


  • The Pomona Arts Colony, 191 W. Fourth St., is home to the 5 to 9 p.m. Pomona Art Walk. It includes a community market in the Shaun Diamond Plaza at 197 E. Second St.



Sunday, October 15


  • Polyhedra plays a free 2 to 5 p.m. show at College Center, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter.com.



Monday, October 16

  • The American Association of Retired Persons hosts a one day 9:30 a.m. smart driver’s renewal course at Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. This class, for those who have previously completed a full two day session, is $20 for AARP members, $25 for non-members. RSVP at anc.apm.activecommunities.com/claremontrecreation.


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



Tuesday, October 17

  • A free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. job fair takes place at the San Gabriel Valley GAIN Region III sub-office, 2255 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. Have a resume handy and learn more at eventbrite.com, search “fall job fair 2023.”


  • The Claremont Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. at the 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, October 18




  • Renee Kavanagh, Claremont Unified School District Clinical Therapist Supervisor, is the featured speaker for Claremont Presbyterian Church’s village dinner church, a free and public 5:30 to 7 p.m. event at 1111 N. Mountain Ave. Donations can be made at claremontpres.org/village.


  • Residents are invited to a 7 p.m. tree policies and guidelines manual update meeting at 207 Harvard Ave., Claremont, where Dudek, an environmental, planning, and engineering firm the city hired in July, will elicit public feedback. More info is at ci.claremont.ca.us.



Thursday, October 19


  • The public is invited to the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education meeting at 170 W. San Jose Ave. It begins at 5:30 p.m. with a closed session followed by the public portion, which gets underway about 6. Click cusd.claremont.edu/board to view the agenda or call (909) 398-0609.






Friday, October 20

  • An inauguration ceremony for Pitzer College’s seventh President Strom C. Thacker takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. RSVP at pitzer.edu/president/inauguration; a livestream link is also linked. A community celebration will follow on the Mounds until 8 p.m.


  • Inland Valley Repertory Theatre opens “The Addams Family: A New Musical” with a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga. Tickets, $40-$60, are at cityofrc.us.


  • Claremont’s free live music showcase, Friday Nights Live, continues from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight with The J-Birds at Shelton Park, Soulshine at Village Plaza, Burning Doors at city hall, and Amazing Tone Benders at the chamber of commerce. Visit claremontchamber.org for October concert details. 



Saturday, October 21

  • Sherwood Florist, 404 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, is hosting a free community artisan market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (909) 625-3309 for info.


  • Snazzily dressed pooches are invited to Baldy View Dog Park, W. 11th St., Upland, for a free costume contest from noon to 3 p.m. Call (909) 931-4280 for information.


  • The City of Claremont’s annual Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at Lewis Park, 881 Syracuse Dr., Claremont. The free and public event will feature family activities and dog and children’s costume contests.


  • A free women’s health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Anthony Muñoz Hall of Fame Park, 1240 W. Fourth St., Ontario. Call (909) 902-9606 or visit asmdc.org/gn-womenshealthfair to RSVP.


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