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COURIER Calendar: Live music, Bill Moyers, model trains

Friday, May 20

LIVE MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE Claremont’s seasonal Friday Nights Live concert series is back, now with four stages of free live music. The annual outdoor concert series features a variety of rock, pop, country, jazz and orchestral ensembles. This week’s lineup includes The Amazing Tone Benders at the Public Plaza (in front of Laemmle Theater), Delta 88 at the chamber of commerce patio, CHS and El Roble band and orchestra at city hall and Starrlite at the new band shell at Shelton Park. Concerts run from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday through October. More information is available at ci.clarmeont.ca.us, claremontchamber.org or (909) 624-1681.

 

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 Way, Ontario. More information at bigtrainshow.com.

VERDI IN POMONA Opera divas LizBeth Lucca and Coril Prochnow lead the cast of the Repertory Opera Company’s production of Verdi’s Aida at 2 p.m. today. Singers from Claremont Chorale, Mountainside Chorale, Nova Vocal Ensemble, Pacific Chorale and Opera Pacific are included in the chorus. Additional performances are May 28 and June 4 at 2 p.m. and May 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children and students. First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave., Pomona. Tickets and information available at repoperaco.org or (909) 230-4949.

 

Sunday, May 22

BILL MOYERS  Legendary journalist and author Bill Moyers will speak at 3:30 p.m. today at Claremont’s United Church of Christ Sanctuary, 233 W. Harrison Ave. The event is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 3 p.m. Mr. Moyers has been one of the most prolific and influential figures in American journalism for nearly 50 years. He has won 37 Emmy Awards, nine Peabody Awards, the National Academy of Television’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute. He began his public career as a founding organizer of the Peace Corps and then special assistant (and press secretary) to President Lyndon B. Johnson. He became publisher of the New York newspaper Newsday, then chief correspondent of CBS Reports and senior news analyst for CBS before establishing his own independent production company, Public Affairs Television.  More information is available at (909) 399-5573 or via email at vbattaglia@pilgrimplace.org

CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL TODAY The 33rd annual Claremont Folk Festival takes place at 4 p.m. today at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theater. The lineup this year is Yuval Ron, Quetzal, Tom Morello and Claremont’s own David Lindley. Tickets are $30 and are available at the Folk Music Center (220 Yale Ave., Claremont) or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2527695. The Greek Theater is at 300 E. Bonita Ave.

POETRY READING The Friends of the Claremont Library present a poetry reading at 2 p.m. today with poets Elizabeth Cantwell and Lucia Galloway reading recent works. Claremont resident Ms. Cantwell’s first book, Nights I Let the Tiger Get You, was a runner up for the 2012 Hudson Prize. She is also the author of a chapbook, Premonitions. Her work has been published in such journals as PANK, The Los Angeles Review, The Offending Adam, and Ep;phany. Ms. Galloway’s poetry collections are Venus and Other Losses, Playing Outside, and The Garlic Peelers, a winner of the Quill’s Edge Press 2014 chapbook competition. Her work has been featured in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. Ms. Galloway is the co-host of the “Fourth Sundays” poetry series as well as singing with Mountainside Master Chorale, a semi-professional, 80-voice ensemble that performs three concerts each year.

FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER The Mi Casa Es Su Casa wine, spirits and craft beer tasting charity event happens today at Hotel Casa 425 from 4 to 7 p.m. Proceeds support the Claremont Community Foundation and the Claremont Educational Foundation. Tickets are $75 and are available at claremonteducationalfoundation.org or (909) 398-1060. More information is at supportcef.com/micasa.

FREE CONCERT Trio Van Hopf—featuring Bryan Pezzone on piano, John Acosta on cello and Judith von Hopf on flute—performs a free concert at 7 p.m. tonight at Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 W. Foothill Blvd.

 

Monday, May 23

SHOWOFF On this date in 1999 Gerry Bloch, at age 81, became the oldest climber to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He broke his own record he set in 1986 when he was 68 years old.

 

Tuesday, May 24

POMONA COLLEGE MUSEUM DECISION TIME The Claremont city council meets at 6:30 p.m. to decide the fate of the proposed Pomona College Museum of Art. The plan to build the new museum, which would be funded by Pomona College, has been the subject of recent vigorous debate. The council will decide whether to approve a zone change as well as the college’s master plan, which includes moving the circa-1900 Renwick House from its current location on College Avenue to make way for the new museum. The meeting is, of course, free and open to the public, with the people invited to weigh in during public comment. To watch a live feed, visit ci.claremont.ca.us/government/city-council/watch-city-council-meetings. The council chamber is located at 225 W. Second St.

GLAUCOMA DETECTION AND TREATMENT The University Club of Claremont meets today to discuss glaucoma detection and treatment with guest speaker Dr. Winthrop Aldrich. The meeting gets underway at 11:30 a.m. at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A $15 fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

Wednesday, May 25

GRADUATION SEASON IS UPON US Claremont High School’s graduation ceremony is June 5. If you want to plan early and get your grad a standard issue (and always appreciated) gift, now’s the time. Americans spent $4.77 billion on graduation gifts in 2015, according to the National Retail Federation, but if cash isn’t your strong suit, try something unusual at etsy.com, or for the practical visit businessinsider.com for 27 smart gifts under $50. You’re welcome.

 

Thursday, May 26

CHS THESPIAN Troupe 2129 offers its final performance of the year, Peter Pan, at Bridges Auditorium. Show times are today at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for children. Visit chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu for tickets and information.

 

Friday, May 27

ART IN THE PARK High school students from Project ARTstART will lead a free art-making event today from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park. The StART It Up exhibition, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, will be on view during those hours as well in the nearby Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center. Project ARTstART, a Claremont Museum of Art education program, trains high school students, working with college mentors, to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary students. The exhibition will also be open May 28 and 29 from noon to 5 p.m. 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

 

Saturday, May 28

METAL! Veteran metal band Lamb of God headlines the Fox Theater in Pomona tonight as part of a three-band bill guaranteed to supply headbangers with a thick, sweaty and thrashy soundtrack. Also on the bill are Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity. The Fox is at 301 S. Garey Ave. More information is available at foxpomona.com.

BLUE?STAR?MUSEUM Days Complimentary admission for all veterans to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden begins today, and will continue through September 5. The offer is extended to all active-duty US military personnel. For a complete list of participating museums,  visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.