Claremont Calendar: Your week through May 10
Wednesday, MAY 2
MATH COLLOQUIUM with speaker J. William Helton of the University of California at San Diego. 4:15 p.m. Claremont McKenna College, Kravis Center, Freeburg Forum (LC 62), located at 888 Columbia Ave., Claremont. 607-8012.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB meeting with Congresswoman Judy Chu, a candidate seeking to represent Congressional District 41. A reception in her honor will begin at 6 p.m. in the Napier Center at Pilgrim Place, 660 Avery Road, Claremont. 626-8467.
Thursday, MAY 3
BIRD IDENTIFICATION session with Pomona Valley Audubon Society. Discover the beauty of local birds with Steve Kaye, a professional photographer who will share stories and lessons that will accompany his photos. This meeting is open to the public at no charge. 7 p.m. Bauer Center at Claremont McKenna College, located at 900 E. Ninth St., Claremont.
PLAY ME, I’M YOURS sponsored by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra ends today. The decorated piano will be available for anyone to play until May 3 outside of Rhino Records, 235 Yale Ave., Claremont.
Friday, MAY 4
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Bands will perform every Friday evening this summer from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring folding chairs and enjoy the free entertainment each week in the Village. For more information, call the Claremont Chamber of Commerce at 621-1681 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This week’s performance features LCR and The Ravelers in “Shout at The Lost Ravelers,” a showcase of Beatles music at the Public Plaza, 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Solid Ra Woods will also be performing soul music at the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, 205 Yale Ave., Claremont.
AERIAL CIRCUS students will perform a fully choreographed show on aerial silks and aerial hoops. Pilates Studio M will be hosting an art opening of photography by local artist John Lucas. Refreshments will be provided and all ages are welcome. 6 to 9 p.m. inside the Packing House, located at 548 W. First St., Claremont.
GYPSY SISTERS and their Brothers will host a weekend sale featuring newly-created handmade artwork, ceramics, quilts, weavings, paintings, prints, jewelry, lamps, sculpture, gourds, photographic cards, mosaics, metal craft, glass, fiber arts, handmade bags, paper arts and a psychic. Friday, May 4 from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Claremont United Church of Christ basement, located at 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont.
Saturday, MAY 5
BOOK SALE of antiquarian and fine books. Rare and collectible books are presented by the Friends of the Claremont Library. There will be extensive offerings and variable pricing. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash or checks will be the only form of payment accepted. Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. 621-4902.
OPERA CLASSIC Puccini’s Tosca will be performed by the Vineyard Touring Opera Company at the Women’s Club of Claremont. The 3-act Italian opera is set in 1800 as Rome is threatened by Napoleon’s invasion. Performances will be at 1 and 8 p.m. $10 for general admission, $20 for reserved seating, $5 for children and seniors. Visit www.vtopera.org or call 855-575-0005 for more information or to purchase tickets. 343 W. Twelfth St., Claremont.
Sunday, MAY 6
BIRD WATCHING with Pomona Valley Audubon Society on a 2-hour beginner’s bird walk. Bring binoculars and meet at the entrance of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden at 8 a.m. There is no charge to enter the garden with the Audubon group. Families are welcome. RSABG is located at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.
BLOOD DRIVE Participants must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and bring a valid id 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Appointments are requested, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 625-7228.
LIVE JAZZ band San Manuel Quartet will perform on the Blue Fin patio at 2 p.m. 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. 946-1398.
Monday, MAY 7
LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES RECEPTION Candidates for United States Representative 27th District, State Senator 25th District and State Assembly 41st District will be introduced to the community. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. The DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont located at 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont.
SUSTAINABILITY DIALOG Richard Haskell will present a brief virtual tour of the water reclamations system proposed for the Claremont Colleges and a look at the future of water for the community. 7 p.m. Hahn Building, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.
Tuesday, MAY 8
SYRIA AND BEYOND Adnan Aswad, a retired engineering professor and a native of Syria, will discuss what is happening in Syria and how to understand future events. This program is free to attend. A buffet lunch is available at 11:45 a.m. for $12. Dessert and coffee is available for $5. The University Club meets each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont. 625-4344.
TECHNOLOGY Chris Castaneda will discuss technology at the Claremont Colleges. Claremont Senior Computer Club. 7:30 p.m. Alexander Hughes Community Center, located at 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont.
Wednesday, MAY 9
OPEN HOUSE The Brackett Observatory will be available to view stars, planets and the moon through the telescopes from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Pomona College’s Brackett Observatory, 420 Amherst St., Claremont. 621-8724.
Thursday, MAY 10
ART AT THE GRABER OLIVE HOUSE Works by painter Bill Anderson and ceramic artist Damian Ross are currently on display in the “boiler room.” Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Graber Olive House, 315 E. Fourth St., Ontario. 983-1761.