CALENDAR: Claremont Garden Dead Run and 5 Second Film Festival
Friday, May 1
DARING MINDS SPEAKER SERIES “Putting a Human Face on Prison” with panelists Bill Keller, Gabriel London and Professor Valorie Thomas. 9 to 10:15 p.m. Seaver Theatre, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8110.
FRIDAY NOON CONCERT SERIES Music of Haydn and Flaherty. 12:15 p.m. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-3266.
CLAREMONT ART WALK Visit Claremont galleries between 6 and 9 p.m. for artist receptions.
Saturday, May 2
GARDEN RUN “Zombie Apocalypse.” There’s been a zombie outbreak in the most peaceful and beautiful of urban landscapes. This is a 4K themed fun run through the winding paths of the garden with zombies in pursuit. Admission includes access to the zombie-infested garden—guests are free to run through as many times as they like—access to the base camp with festivities and the post-apocalypse after party with DJ and beer garden, runners packet with a free event shirt and an opportunity to win free beer (21 and over) or soft drink of choice for surviving the zombies with your flag belt. A percentage of the proceeds go to the garden itself and to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The Red Cross will be onsite with their bloodmobile to take your blood for a good cause. For ages 6 and over. Use code: COURIER to get $10 discount on regular registration, which is $45. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 605-6889.
CLAREMONT VILLAGE WALKING TOUR Tour the unique downtown Village area of Claremont with a Claremont Heritage guide. The two-hour walking tour includes historic Victorian, college and commercial buildings as well as the restored College Heights Lemon Packing House. $5 per person. Meet at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. at 10 a.m. (909) 621-0848.
ANTIQUARIAN FINE BOOKS Some of the most beautiful, interesting, historical, fine, literary, whimsical, rare, autographed, artistic, elegant, collectible, strange—the most perfect books to be found in all of Claremont and beyond. FOCL Members will receive a 10 percent discount at checkout, for all books purchased on sale day. (Memberships available at checkout.) Credit cards welcome. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Claremont Library Meeting Room, 108 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.
BALLROOM DANCE The Nationally Recognized CCBDC’s Annual Spring Concert returns with this year’s theme: “Icons of Music: Legends, Divas and Superstars.” This annual event is one of the largest shows of its kind in the country, showcasing over 100 dancers performing formation routines and solos in International Ballroom and Latin, Swing and Salsa pieces. Runs 90 minutes with intermission. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bridges Auditorium 450 N. College Way, Claremont.
Sunday, May 3
FAMILY BIRD WALK Pomona Valley Audubon Society. Bring binoculars and meet at 8 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
CLAREMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The program includes En Saga by Jean Sibelius, a symphonic poem for orchestra. It also includes Louis Spohr’s Concertante for Violin and Harp in G major. Soloists for this work are violinist Tamsen Beseke and harpist Liesl Erman. The programs is rounded out with the orchestra performing Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, Op. 38 “Spring.” 3 to 5 p.m. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. (909) 596-5979.
GARDEN WITH A VIEW An elegant dinner and auction benefits RSABG's research, horticulture and educational programs. 5 to 8 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garde, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. For more info visit rsabg.org or call (909) 625-8767, ext. 221.
Monday, May 4
VINO + VINYASA Enjoy a complimentary one-hour Vinyasa yoga session at 3:30 p.m. in the Hotel Casa 425 courtyard, followed by a “Happy Relaxation Hour” in the lounge from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Please bring your yoga mat and plan to arrive 15 minutes prior, spots are limited. For ages 21 and over. Hotel Casa 425, 425 W. First St., Claremont.
LECTURE J. Bradford DeLong is professor of economics at UC Berkeley, co-author of The End of Influence: What Happens When Other Countries Have the Money (2010) and author of Macroeconomics (2001). 6:45 to 8 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.
SUSTAINABILITY DIALOG Claremont’s own CHERP plans to manufacture and install solar electric power systems right here. By leveraging Kent Kernahan’s patented, radically simpler technology, CHERP’s Claremont Locally Grown Power (CLGP) solar panels are efficient, easy to make, low cost and safer. Starting with the invention of the solar cell, Mr. Kernahan will walk through the characteristics of major solar innovations preceding FOZHS, the technology enabling CLGP. The stage set, he will discuss the economic, environmental and social implications of city scale use for homes and elsewhere. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free to the public. Pomona College’s Hahn Building Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 624-5823.
Tuesday, May 5
COFFEE TALK Breakfast with the Committee on Aging. 10 a.m. Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont.
ISRAEL & PALESTINE “Middle East Conflicts, Including the Syrian Civil War” presented by professor Adnan Aswad and Michael Fay. The University Club. 11:30 a.m. $13 includes buffet lunch. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.
COMPUTER CLUB Backup Ideas from YouTube. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., with social time at 7 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Claremont Senior Computer Club. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. (909) 399-5488.
SCRIPPS STUDENT RECITAL Performances by students of the Scripps music department. 7:30 p.m. Boone Recital Hall, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. (909) 607-3266.
Wednesday, May 6
MODERNISM, AT&T & THE COLD WAR Professor Mark Wollaeger (Vanderbilt) explores the Institute of Humanistic Studies for Executives, an immersive liberal arts course run by AT&T in the 1950s, which included James Joyce’s Ulysses. 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Crookshank Hall, 140 E. Sixth St., Claremont. (909) 607-8032.
SPOTLIGHT ON MUSIC A special evening spotlighting music and film, part of the Claremont 5 Second Film Festival. The evening will feature the Oscar-winning documentary The Lady in Number 6. In the film the world’s oldest pianist and holocaust survivor, 109 year-old Alice Herz Sommer shares her views on how to live a long and happy life. Other films include the work of virtual choir director Eric Whitacre and a presentation by Ukraine’s Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. For ages 14 and up. 7 p.m. $15 to $20. Claremont Laemmle Theater, 450 W. Second St., Claremont. (909) 477-1747. Visit 5SecondFilmFestival.com for tickets.
CONCERT The Music of Billy Strayhorn. 8 p.m. Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 621-8022.
Thursday, May 7
MOTHER’S DAY TEA This delightful afternoon tea is complete with live music, finger sandwiches, and other tasteful treats. Bring your favorite teacup and a hat befitting the occasion. Event tickets are available at the Joslyn Center for $5. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont.
5 SECOND FILM FESTIVAL The 7th Annual Claremont 5 Second Film Festival featuring short films up to 15 minutes. This year’s festival showcases films from around the world. Many of the films are internationally acclaimed including two Oscar nominated shorts. A red carpet starts the affair at 6 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m. An after party will be at the Le Pain Quotidien. For ages 18 and up. Seating starts at $15. Visit 5SecondFilmFestival.com for tickets.
SCRIPPS STUDENT RECITAL Performances by students of the Scripps music department. 7:30 p.m. Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont.
Friday, May 8
OLA FIESTA The OLA Fiesta at Our Lady of the Assumption Church returns to Claremont for a 68th year on May 8, 9 and 10 at 435 Berkeley Ave. Historically among the most popular events in the city, the fiesta attracts 15,000 visitors over the weekend to its renowned international food booths, big carnival rides and live entertainment, including evening headliners The Ravelers (Friday), The ACE Band (Saturday) and The Way Back Machine (Sunday). Ethnic food is prepared by OLA’s own Hispanic, Vietnamese and Filipino communities. Quieter, afternoons attractive to young families and seniors feature a Christian band, The Falconers (Saturday), and Sgt. Peppers Beatles Tribute Band (Sunday). Admission is free. Hours are Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. Discount ride tickets are available through the parish office at (909) 626-3596 until that Friday at noon. Visit olaclaremont.org for details.
NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY Free admission 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.?Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden,?1500 N. College Ave.?Claremont.?(909) 625-8767.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB Jerry Fenning, local resident and author, will discuss a method to stop importing oil along with the obstacles preventing the solution. The luncheon cost is $17. Attending the program is free and open to the public. Luncheon buffet begins at noon. Program begins at 1 p.m. Darvish Restaurant, 946 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 626-8122.
FRIDAY NOON CONCERT SERIES The Claremont Chamber Choir conducted by Charles W. Kamm present “Madrigals and Folk Songs.” 12:15 p.m. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont.
AN EVENING AT PADUA 2015 Claremont Heritage Annual Gala featuring cocktails, dinner, auction, jazz, dancing and more. 6 to 10 p.m. For ticket information call (909) 621-0848 or visit claremontheritage.org/gala.
Saturday, May 9
RELAY FOR LIFE The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. The Claremont/La Verne event takes place at 10 a.m. at Claremont High School, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont with the theme “Relay Around the World.”
BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL Kick off the Butterfly Pavilion season with family activities and educational fun. Included with general admission or membership. The Butterfly Pavilion, which runs through August 2, combines science education with interactive fun to teach visitors about California native butterflies and conservation. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
BOUQUET WORKSHOP A hands-on workshop on making a native-plant themed gift. Production manager Antonio Sanchez will lead participants to gather flowers and foliage fresh from the garden, and then help you arrange it into a lovely bouquet to take home in an upcycled vase. $25 per bouquet: register for the number of bouquets you wish to make. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
OPHELIA’S JUMP THEATER Espíritu Gitano, celebrating the flavor, music and passion of Spain featuring performances by some of LA’s top Flamenco artists, musicians, singers and selections of the translated works of Federico Garcia Lorca. This one-night-only event is a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day Eve with tapas and sangria surrounded by a gathering of professional international talent for a truly immersive and unforgettable experience. For ages 10 and older. This special event ticket of $35 includes the tapas selection and a glass of sangria or non-alcoholic beverage. Additional wine will be available for purchase through donation. 8 p.m. Women’s Club of Claremont, 343 W. Twelfth St., Claremont. (909) 624-1464.