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Friday, May 13

WORLD FAIR TRADE WEEKEND Claremont Village celebrates World Fair Trade this weekend, with participating stores offering discounts and promotions on unique selections of fair trade clothing, accessories, jewelry, home decor, bath products, chocolate, ice cream, coffee and tea. More information is available at fairtradeclaremont.org or (909) 625-3083.

MINGLE, MUNCH AND ASTROLOGY Claremont Social Group’s monthly “Mingle and Munch” gathering meets from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Garner House. Zodiac signs will be the theme, and the event is open to people 50 years and older. Admission is $10, which includes food and beverages. RSVPs are required at (909) 399-5488. Information is available at claremontrec.com.

MUSICAL ODDS AND ENDS The Pomona Concert Band performs its annual spring concert tonight, “Musical Odds and Ends,” at Palomares Park Community Center. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The band will be conducted by Linda W. Taylor, who will be assisted by Dr. Jorge Garcia. The master of ceremonies is Edmund Fry, and the color guard will be under the leadership of Sr. Master Sgt. Heriberto Feliciano, U.S. Air Force retired. 499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona.

 

Saturday, Mary 14

COMMENCEMENT exercises begin today with Claremont Graduate University at 9 a.m., Pitzer College at 10 a.m., Keck Graduate Institute at 11 a.m., Claremont McKenna at 2 p.m. and Scripps at 5 p.m. To watch online, see last week’s story on claremont-courier.com for links to individual college websites.

COMMUNITY YARD SALE Crossroads, Inc. hosts a community-wide yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon today in the parking lot adjacent to Taylor Hall, near the corner of Scripps Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available at (909) 626-7847.

DELVING INTO FAMILY HISTORY Today’s monthly meeting of the Pomona Valley Genealogical Society will feature local genealogist Pat Chavarria’s presentation, “Things to Do with Your Genealogical Research This Summer.” The discussion, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. More information is available at (909) 621-1226 or via email at conniecpu@aol.com.

 

Sunday, May 15

COMMENCEMENT Pomona College will hold its graduation ceremony today at 10 a.m. Harvey Mudd’s will take place at 1:30 p.m.

FREE DENTAL CARE TODAY The 11th annual Free Emergency Dental Treatment program takes place in Upland today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at California Dental Group, 930 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite D. Free dental services including fillings, root canals, extractions, cleaning of infected gums (one area) and one emergency treatment per patient will be provided at no cost to as many people as can be seen. More information is available at (909) 949-6906.

 

Monday, May 16

SUSTAINABILITY DIALOG Claremont Unified School District hosts a discussion of its proposed facilities bond from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Pomona College. The event is free and open to the public. Hahn Building, Rm. 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave. Information is available via email at cf1allen@aol.com or (909) 624-5823.

REMBRANDT CLUB Claremont’s Rembrandt Club hosts its spring luncheon today with a discussion of the new etiquette book The Wallflowers and Wildflowers Learn Manners by Maura J. Graber, which features the late Betty Graber’s childhood and pets. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon. Frank Dining Hall, 280 E. Bonita Ave. The cost is $25. More information is available at (909) 624-9382.

 

Tuesday, May 17

UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont hosts a luncheon and discussion today of Hard Drive: A Family’s Fight Against Three Countries with author Mary Todd. The book tells the story of the author’s fight for justice for her son, Dr. Shane Todd, who was murdered in Singapore. Ms. Todd’s book has been featured in the Financial Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, an Asia One documentary and the TV program 48 Hours. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A $15 meeting fee includes buffet lunch. More information at universityclubofclaremont.org.

UN ASSOCIATION PRESENTS CAL POLY TEAM The United Nations Association of Pomona Valley invites the public to hear the award-winning Model UN Team from Cal Poly, Pomona at 5:30 p.m. today. The Cal Poly team represented Mexico this year at the Model UN event in New York. Napier Common, Pilgrim Place, 660 Avery Rd. Information is available at pv.una-socal.org or (909) 625-9670.

 

Wednesday, May 18

WALK FOR PEACE Lewis Park in Claremont is the site of this morning’s second  annual Walk for Peace fundraising event. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Operation Silver Star. 881 Syracuse Dr. Information is available at (909) 626-2900 and donations can be made at gofundme.com/cts4zgns.

 

Thursday, May 19

STATE OF THE CITY TALK Active Claremont holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. tonight with guest speaker and Claremont City manager Tony Ramos, who will discuss the state of the city. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available at activeclaremont.org or (909) 373-7907.

FREE PIT STOP FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY Today is bike to work day and the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition is encouraging residents to get out their bikes and ride by hosting a cyclist “pit stop” from 6 to 9 a.m. this morning on the corner of College Avenue and Sixth Street in Claremont. The event features free snacks, gear, safety information and representatives from Sunset Cycles will be on hand as well, providing free express bicycle tune-ups. 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MEETING The League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area meets this morning to discuss its recent observations of several local cities’ city councils, commissions and agencies. The group’s findings are on the agenda at 9:30 a.m. at San Antonio Gardens’ Gallery Room, 875 Bonita Ave., Pomona. Information is available at claremont.ca.lwvnet.org or (909) 624-9457.

GREEN DRINKS MEETING Claremont Green Drinks’ monthly meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Claremont Craft Ales. Guest speaker Anne Bremer will discuss Claremont’s ongoing efforts to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. Claremont Green Drinks is part of an international networking organization for people interested in environmental issues. The group meets the third Thursday of every month at CCA, located at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #204c.

 

Friday, May 20

YOU ARE NOT HAVING A BAD DAY On this day in 1916, a F2 tornado passed just south and east of the town of Codell, Kansas. On the same day the next year, in 1917, a F3 tornado passed through Codell. On May 20, 1918 a massive F4 tornado struck some of the same farms that had been hit by the 1917 storm, including a ranch on the Saline River where five people died. The tornado then fell with fury on the town of Codell, where many buildings were damaged. Amazingly, no one was killed in Codell by the F4, probably due to the town’s track record on that date, although nine people died along the tornado’s 60-mile path. Interestingly, to this date, no other tornado has visited the town of Codell.

SYCAMORE 125 In celebration of its 125th birthday, Sycamore Elementary School will host a series of events for students, families, alumni and the community. Starting today at 5:30 p.m., families are invited to picnic in Memorial Park and visit the science fair, art show and historical display. At 7 p.m., city officials will make a presentation and enjoy a birthday cake, after which an all-school musical will be performed in the band shell. On Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the school will offer an open house for alumni to stroll the halls of their alma mater. On Saturday, May 21 is the annual fundraiser, Sycamore Celebrates, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Walter’s Restaurant. Tickets are $30 and advanced ticket purchase is required. The evening will include hearty appetizers, dancing, cash bar and a silent auction with art. For information, visit sycamorecelebrates.org.

 

Saturday, May 21

FREE FOR KIDS MODEL TRAIN SHOW The Ontario Convention Center is the site today for the annual Big Train Show, featuring trains of all scales and gauges for collectors and enthusiasts. The show takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $10, or $12 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. 2000 E. Convention Center, Ontario. Visit bigtrainshow.com for information.