Event Calendar: September 15 – 23, 2023

“And a special fear for my loved ones,” a linocut on paper by Elizabeth Catlett, 1946-47, is currently on view at Scripps College’s Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery. Courier photo/Andrew Alonzo

What’s happening Claremont? 

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com

Friday, September 15


  • Pomona College’s Benton Museum of Art, at 120 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, will host a free and open to the public gallery talk at 2 p.m. Talks are focused discussions led by students, faculty, or staff that feature a question-and-answer session about the galleries.



  • Claremont’s free live music showcase, Friday Nights Live, continues from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight with Jazz Cityat Shelton Park, Blues and Fries at Village Plaza, and Randy Miller at the chamber of commerce. More info is at claremontchamber.org.



Saturday, September 16

  • Claremont Cub Scouts Pack 408 invites families and children between kindergarten and fifth grade to Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Ave., for a free back to scouting picnic from 4 to 6 p.m. New and returning scouts will tackle camping activities while parents will learn about the 2023-2024 scouting season. Questions? Email pack408cubmaster91711@gmail.com.


  • The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 251 E. 11th St., Claremont, holds a free and public opening reception for “Gettin’ It Done,” a selection of works by Elizabeth Catlett, Samella Lewis, Betye Saar, Alison Saar, Emma Amos, Letitia Huckaby, LaToya Hobbs, and Kenturah Davis, from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery is also open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.


  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with food, dance, and music at Ophelia’s Jump Productions 6:30 p.m. Espíritu Flamenco event at a private location in Claremont. Address details will be provided with $125 ticket purchase at opheliasjump.org/whatsupnext. Call (909) 734-6565 for more info.


  • The beloved Squeakin’ Wheels, who meld folk, country, and blues, and feature the sublime sibling vocal harmonies of Marguerite and Dave Millard, perform a free and open to the public 6 p.m. show at Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave., as part of the church’s local legends concert series. More info is at claremontpres.org/events.



  • Famed entertainer Charo, with comedian Scott Wood, performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga. Tickets start at $70 at cityofrc.us/events.



Sunday, September 17


  • Pomona College Music Department’s free and open to the public fête musicale concert features an eclectic selection of works by faculty and friends of the department at 3 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert. Program info is at pomona.edu/events.


  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at 1700 N. Towne Ave., Claremont, resumes its adventures in music concert series at 6 p.m. today with the free and open to the public performance, “Classy Jazz: The Iconic Music of Claude Bolling.” Visit egoodshepherd.org or call (909) 626-2714 for more information.



Monday, September 18


  • Adults are invited to learn how to respond to someone displaying signs of suicidal ideation at Tri-City Mental Health Services free 4 to 5:30 p.m. suicide prevention workshop, “Hope is Out There,” at the La Verne Community Center, 3680 D St. Email bnguyen@tricitymhs.org or call (909) 326-4636 for more information.


  • The Pomona Pride Center hosts reading rainbow, a book club by and for the LGBTQ+ community, every first and third Monday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave.⁠ Visit pomonapridecenter.org or call (909) 326-0482 for details.




Tuesday, September 19

  • Computer scientist and author Jaron Lanier delivers a free 6 p.m. lecture, “There is no A.I.,” at the Shanahan Center Auditorium, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, as part of Harvey Mudd College’s 2023-24 Nelson Speaker Series, “Being Human in the Age of A.I.” For details or to RSVP, visit hmc.edu/calendar.


  • Panelists Nicholas Buccola, George Thomas, and Susan McWilliams Barndt continue Claremont McKenna College’s free and open to the public speaker series with a 6:45 p.m. talk, “The Role of Citizens in the American Constitution,” at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum or call (909) 621-8244.


  • The Claremont Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. at 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, September 20


  • Older adults can learn about and discuss general mental wellness topics at aging with love, a four part series hosted by House of Ruth from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, on Wednesdays through October 11. Pre-registration is required at anc.apm.activecommunities.com/claremontrecreation.


  • The City of Pomona hosts a free and open to the public hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, heart heroes, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. Visit pomonaca.gov or call (909) 802-2650 for info.


  • The free and open to the public 11th annual Haynes Family multi-chamber mixer runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at 233 Baseline Rd., La Verne, with live music by Ron Haire and The Silly Rabbit Band. More info is at flowcode.com.



Thursday, September 21

  • Robert Lowman, son of photographer Hubert A. Lowman, and Claremont Colleges Library Digital and Print Collections Archivist Sean Stanley will discuss the life and work of Hubert Lowman and the Lowman Publishing Company from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at a free and open to the public event at Honnold 2, 800 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont. Visit claremont.libcal.com for more info.


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


  • The City of Claremont will hold a 6 p.m. listen and learn forum about cannabis regulations at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., to help city staff draft regulatory framework for commercial cannabis business. Public feedback is welcome. Details are at ci.claremont.ca.us.


  • Drop by Evolve Distilling, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite #111A, Claremont, at 7 p.m. to hear live music from Jazz Fellowship during Jazz and Tiki Speakeasy. This Claremont Music Scene event requires a passcode (provided morning of event) and $10 to enter. For more information, visit eventbrite.com and search “Claremont Music Scene” or email info@claremontmusicscene.com.



Friday, September 22

  • Claremont’s free live music showcase, Friday Nights Live, continues from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight with Amazing Tone Benders at Shelton Park, Cougar Estrada Band at Village Plaza, and student performers from Mike’s Guitar World at the chamber of commerce. Visit claremontchamber.org for September concert details.


  • Performances of Inland Pacific Ballet’s 2023 fall dance fest begin at 6 p.m. today and repeat tomorrow, Saturday, September 23 at IPB Academy, 9061 Central Ave., Montclair. Tickets, $110, include dinner. Information is at ipballet.org/fall-fest.



Saturday, September 23

  • Los Angeles County residents can dispose of household hazardous and electronic waste during a 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. collection event at 2118 N. White Ave., Pomona. Accepted items include paint, oils, batteries, sharps, computers, televisions, and microwaves. Visit pomonaca.gov for more information.


  • The Nichols Gallery and Lenzer Family Art Gallery at Pitzer College, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, will hold a free and open to the public reception for “Julia Haft-Candell: The Yet To Be,” curated by Ciara Ennis, from 2 to 4 p.m. Location details are at pitzer.edu/galleries. The exhibit closes December 8.


  • This year’s OPARC HeartBEAT music festival at the Sontag Greek Theater, at Bonita Avenue and Fourth Street in Claremont, features Rolling Stones and Tom Petty tribute band Rolling Heartbreakers and The MLC Band from 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets are at fundraise.givesmart.com.


  • Claremont Lewis Museum of Art’s fall gala, “Interwoven: Arts, Creativity, and Community,” is set for 5:30 p.m. at 200 W. First St. Tickets, $150 for members and $175 for non-members, include live music, dinner, a dedication of CLMOA’s Gallery Three, and a live auction. Visit 2023clmoa.afrogs.org to preview items. Go to clmoa.org or call (909) 621-3200 for more info.


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