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CALENDAR: OLA Fiesta to take place this weekend

Friday, May 9

NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY Nationwide celebration of the environmental stewardship, conservation and educational efforts of botanic gardens. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden presents free admission, tours and presentations. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. RSABG, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Stroll through the Village and listen to free, live music from 6 to 9 p.m. This week’s concerts include Hank’s Cadillac (country) at the Public Plaza, US 99 (classic rock) at the chamber and Rancho Cucamonga Youth Show Choir (choir) at city hall.

OLA FIESTA Our lady of the Assumption Church hosts its 67th annual Fiesta on Friday, May 9 from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 11 from noon to 8 p.m. It will offer international food booths, big carnival rides and live entertainment. Admission is free. Discounted ride tickets are available though the parish office at (909) 626-3596 until Friday, May 9 at noon.

 

Saturday, May 10

FARM VOLUNTEER HOURS All ages and skill levels are welcome to assist at the Pomona College Organic Farm. Staff will be on hand to direct a work project, and volunteers are welcome to take home produce. 10 a.m. to noon. Pomona College Organic Farm, 130 Amherst Ave., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-8341 or farm@pomona.edu or visit www.farm.pomona.edu.  

CLAREMONT’S WILD SIDE Come join the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy, the Claremont Library and Dr. Paul Faulstich in a special program from 11 a.m. to noon at the Claremont Library, located at 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. This is a free, family-friendly public event.

PERFORMATHON Claremont Community School of Music hosts their tenth annual Performathon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will be filled with music and family activities, including pizza lunch, a silent auction, a raffle, and a wide variety of entertainment throughout the day. The main event will be a marathon recital that will feature most of CCSM’s students. Claremont Community School of Music is located at 951 W. Foothill Blvd. For more information call (909) 624-3012.

 

Sunday, May 11

LIVE JAZZ performance by Zzaj on the Blue Fin patio at 2 p.m. 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 946-1398.

 

Monday, May 12

ISRAEL FOLK DANCE Beginners welcome. 7 to 10 p.m. $6. Claremont Masonic Lodge, 272 W. Eighth St., Claremont. For more information, contact Yael at (909) 921-7115.

SUSTAINABILITY DIALOG “Climate Change and Air Quality in Southern California.”  Find out what California is doing to help mitigate climate change along with showing the linkages to air quality in Southern California. The discussion will provide ways individuals and the community can to help with air quality and greenhouse emissions through energy efficiency, renewable power and transportation choices. Presented by Aaron Katzenstein, Climate and Energy Program Supervisor, South Coast Air Quality Management District. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hahn Building Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. 

 

Tuesday, May 13

COFFEE TALK “Healthy Living to 100 and Beyond,” a free, interactive discussion. 10 a.m. Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont.

SAUDI ARABIA Ray Bragg will talk about his work on a project that designed and built a city in the Saudi Arabian desert. Buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. for $13 or dessert and coffee for $6. The University Club meets Tuesdays at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

COMPUTER CLUB Find out what our members are doing with their tablets. The Claremont Senior Computer Club meets on Tuesday evenings at the Hughes Community Center at 1700 Danbury Rd. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. cscclub.org.

 

Wednesday, May 14

FROM BEES TO BOTANY Nancy Macko, Scripps College Professor of Art, will speak on “Intimate Spaces: From Bees to Botany.” The luncheon, hosted by the Fine Arts Foundation, begins at noon in the Hampton Room of Malott Commons at Scripps College. Luncheon cost is $25 with reservations by calling Catherine McIntosh at (909) 626-1386. The 1:30 p.m. program is free and open to the public.

SUSTAINABLE CLAREMONT GARDEN CLUB presents “Sex in Our Gardens (Gasp!),” an enlightening talk on how if the birds and the bees get to do it, those beautiful and innocent-looking flowers they frequent get to do it too. Eric Garton, Director of Visitor Services and Education at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden presents this fun, educational and lighthearted look at the amazing diversity of flowers and successful pollination strategies they have acquired over time with their pollinators. You’ll never look at a flower the same way again—rated-G for good-natured. Come and share any questions, ideas, plants and seeds you might have.  Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. Pilgrim Place Napier Center, 660 Avery Road, Claremont. For more information, please visit sustainableclaremont.org.

PRANAYAMA & MEDITATION An evening of therapeutic breath to bring clarity and peace. Pranayama helps reduce blood pressure, cool the body and create harmony within. 7 to 8 p.m. $10. Claremont Ayurvedic Healing, 226 W. Foothill Blvd (behind Ivy House.) RSVP to (909) 921-7115.

 

Thursday, May 15

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS League Observers will share what they have learned as they have attended City council Meetings in Claremont, Pomona, Diamond Bar and Upland, as well as Claremont Unified School District, Tri-City Mental Health and three Valleys Water District. Observers do not participate in meetings, but let the League know when there are issues of concern in the governance of our communities. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. Mt. San Antonio Gardens’ Building D on the fourth floor, located at 875 E. Bonita Ave., Pomona.

ACTIVE CLAREMONT “Update on the Foothill Gold Line Light Rail: Status Of Azusa to Montclair Rail.” Director of Public Affairs Lisa Levy Buch from the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority will bring an update on how the current construction phase is proceeding and then talk about the current status of activities. There will be refreshments and some time to mingle after the Q&A session. 7 p.m. Alexander Hughes Community Center’s Santa Fe Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

CLAREMONT EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION’S SPEAKER SERIES Associate Professor of Physics Dwight Whitaker will lecture on “Exploding Plants: Nature’s Weapons of Mass Reproduction.” This series hopes to enrich the intellectual lives of teachers, students, parents and community members by sponsoring a series of monthly lectures. All of the speakers are professors from The Claremont Colleges. (909) 399-1709.

 

Friday, May 16

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Stroll through the Village and listen to free, live music from 6 to 9 p.m. This week’s concerts include Fab 8 (Beatles cover) at the Public Plaza, Ultimate Vibe (rock) at the chamber and Rushingwind Project (Native American) at city hall.

ASTRONOMY Pomona Valley Amateur Astronomers present speaker Vatche Sahakian, professor of physics at Harvey Mudd College, Claremont. The title of his talk is “Peeking Under the Cosmic Veil.” He will speak about the recent discovery of evidence of gravitational waves in the cosmic microwave background and its impact on inflation theory. 7:30 p.m. PVAA meetings are in Harvey Mudd College’s Beckman Hall, 1250 Dartmouth Ave. with parking on Dartmouth Avenue, 12th Street or off Foothill Boulevard. Beckman Hall is located west of Galileo Hall in the same building. Contact info@pvaa.us or visit pvaa.us.

 

Saturday, May 17

FARM VOLUNTEER HOURS All ages and skill levels are welcome to assist at the Pomona College Organic Farm. Staff will be on hand to direct a work project, and volunteers are welcome to take home produce. 10 a.m. to noon. Pomona College Organic Farm, 130 Amherst Ave., Claremont. Contact (909) 607-8341 or farm@pomona.edu or visit www.farm.pomona.edu.

ART LESSONS FOR KIDS An art program co-hosted by the Claremont High School Art Club and the Claremont Library. Participants will use shading and complimentary colors to create a geometric landscape. Sign-ups are required. Visit the Children’s Desk for more information. 2 to 3 p.m. This program is for grades 3 through 5. Free and open to the public. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.

 

 

Jenelle Rensch covers the calendar, arts and entertainment. Deadline: Thursday at 5 p.m., one week before publication. Include date, time, address, a contact phone number and fee for admission (if applicable). Email: calendar@claremont-courier.com. Fax: (909) 621-4072. Address: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205-B, Claremont, CA 91711. There is NO guarantee that items submitted will be published.

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