Event Calendar: October 6 – 14, 2023

What’s happening Claremont? 

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com

Friday, October 6

  • The annual OLA Fiesta opens at 5 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church 435 N. Berkeley Ave., Claremont, and includes live music, Hispanic, Vietnamese, Filipino, and American food, games, carnival rides, prize drawings, and a beer garden through Sunday, October 8. Go to olaclaremont.org for more info.



  • Claremont’s free live music showcase, Friday Nights Live, continues from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight with Swing Shift at Shelton Park, Claremont Voodoo Society at Village Plaza, Arrow Highway at the chamber of commerce, and a Led Zeppelin tribute band at city hall. Visit claremontchamber.org for October concert details.



  • Conductor Tony Rowe leads the Pomona College Orchestra in a free and open to the public 8 p.m. concert highlighting works by Mozart, Barber, Wagner, and Liszt at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The program repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 8.



Saturday, October 7 

  • A free and open to the public waterwise garden and pumpkin festival, hosted by Chino Basin Water Conservation District, will feature children’s activities, a pumpkin patch and more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4594 San Bernardino St., Montclair. Additional details are at cbwcd.org.



  • The seventh annual San Dimas beer and wine walk takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. near 155 W. Bonita Ave. More info and tickets are at sandimaschamber.chambermaster.com.


  • Browse artwork around the City of Trees during the Claremont Art Walk. Jazz Fellowship with Ahlitney Lucas-Krebs will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. at 205 Yale Ave. Email claremontartwalkinfo@gmail.com for more info.


  • Author Stephen King is celebrated during Claremont Forum’s free books come alive event from 6 to 9 p.m. at 532 W. First St. Highlights include an Eric Watkins art exhibit, live music from The Big House Bells, and a book sale. Go to claremontforum.org to learn more.





Sunday, October 8


  • Zzaj 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 9

  • Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly Columbus Day, is a federally recognized holiday that celebrates the heritage and culture of the United States’ true natives on the second Monday in October. It was first coined by the Berkeley City Council in 1992 as it moved to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous Peoples Day.” In 2021, President Biden became the first commander in chief to formally commemorate the holiday with a presidential proclamation.


  • The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley gathers at 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, for dramaturg and author Miranda Johnson-Haddad’s lecture, “The lunatic, the lover, and the poet: the role of imagination in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’” Call (909) 717-1109 or email lucylynch@aol.com for more information.


  • Local youth can learn the beauty of poetry with Matt Sedillo and Caesar Avelar’s free hourlong course every second Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. Details are at pomonaca.gov.



Tuesday, October 10


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



Wednesday, October 11

  • The Woman’s Club of Claremont continues its monthly lunch meetings today at 11:30 a.m. at 343 W. 12th St. Reservations are required by 10 a.m. Monday, October 9, and must be paid in advance at womansclubofclaremont.com. The member price for lunch is $20, $25 for visitors. Call (909) 621-7064 for inquiries.


  • Older adults can learn about and discuss general mental wellness topics at aging with love, a free and open to the public four part series hosted by House of Ruth from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, which concludes today. Preregistration is required at anc.apm.activecommunities.com/claremontrecreation.


  • Northeastern University School of Law Professor Daniel Medwed continues Claremont McKenna College’s free and open to the public speaker series with a 6 p.m. talk, “Barred: Why the Innocent Can’t Get Out of Prison,” at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum or call (909) 621-8244.


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


  • A Pomona College student will perform a free and public 7:30 p.m. concert at Lyman Hall in the Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Visit pomona.edu for more info.



Thursday, October 12


  • Claremont Senior Program and Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s monthly 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 more info.


  • Pomona College celebrates Founders Day 2023 and its 136th birthday with a community service project and volunteer fair from 3 to 5 p.m. at Marston Quad, directly across the Carnegie Building, 333 N. College Ave., Claremont. Participants can help volunteers from the college and San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments will assemble welcome kits for unhoused adults and children. Go to pomona.edu for info.


  • AgingNext has again partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter to host Swing 4 Alzheimer’s, an afternoon of driving range fun at Topgolf, 1050 N. Archibald Ave., Ontario, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $150 at swing4alzheimers.agingnext.org and proceeds will aid AgingNext’s Memory Care Center and the Alzheimer’s Association. Call (909) 621-9900 for more info.



Friday, October 13

  • 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. Attendance is free but preregistration is required by calling (909) 399-5488.


  • Remembering the Caretakers of the Land,” an exhibition of materials from Southern Californian and Southwest Native American peoples on display at the Ella Strong Denison Library, 1090 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont, closes at 4 p.m. today. Visit scrippscollege.edu/denison for library hours.


  • 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, Craic Haus at Village Plaza, and Amber Adams at the chamber of commerce. Visit claremontchamber.org for October concert details.



  • 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. Admission starts at $35. More info is 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. Registration info is at admissions.cgu.edu.


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


  • 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. Visit cityoflaverne.org for full details.


  • The Pomona Art Walk takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Pomona Arts Colony, 191 W. Fourth St. and includes a community market in the Shaun Diamond Plaza, 197 E. Second St., with crafts, jewelry, candles, clothing, and food. Visit downtownpomona.org for more info.


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