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CALENDAR: Cinco de Mayo, garden birds, family day, concerts

Friday, May 5

ORALÉ! It’s Cinco de Mayo, a day wherein Americans drink tequila and eat Mexican food or, in my house: Friday. The Mexican holiday commemorates its army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. A solemn event in Mexico, with military parades and the like, it’s a less reverential affair here in America. We’ve been known to don giant sombreros, overindulge in such questionably authentic fare as chalupas or extreme fajitas, and generally use the holiday as an excuse to party. It’s a victimless crime, unless we count our livers … or our dignity. It’s all in fun, and if one wishes to get their Cinco on in Claremont there are several options. Casa Moreno, at 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Suite CZ-103, will feature live music from 7 to 10 p.m, and happy hour drink and appetizer specials from 3 to 6 p.m. A strolling mariachi band will be on hand at El Ranchero, 984 W. Foothill Blvd., from 5:45 to 10 p.m. Espiau’s, at 109 Yale Ave., will feature drink specials and Pomona’s longtime favorite La Paloma, at 2975 E. Foothill Blvd., will offer door prizes and drink specials. No matter where you celebrate tonight, be sure to do us all a favor and stay off the roads if you’ve been drinking. Uber, Lyft or take a cab. You’ll thank me later.

NOON CONCERT AT 12:15 Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with a show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. David Rentz (joint music faculty), guest conductor; the music of Barnwell, Janequin and Morley. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps and the Pomona College Music Department. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

GYPSY SISTERS ART FAIR More than 30 artists and craftspeople gather together today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave., to show, share and sell their original works. Included are two psychics, a healer and a massage therapist. Arts and crafts include jewelry, quilts, paintings, collage, dolls, prints, purses, glass, ceramics, woven clothing, weavings, paper craft, photography and more. The show is also open tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, email jwpgoat@verizon.net.

FREE SHOW FROM INFLUENTIAL PUNK GROUP The Glass House-adjacent Acerogami Bar, at 228 W. Second St., Pomona, hosts a free show from the highly-influential, early-LA punk rock band The Urinals at 10 p.m. tonight. Also on the bill are Traps PS and Fernando and the Teenage Narcs. The art landscape is littered with hyper-influential artists who never got their “props” during their prime—Vincent Van Gogh, Robert Johnson, Paul Cezanne, to name but a few. LA’s The Urinals, while certainly not quite on that plane, are nonetheless an underappreciated commodity in the annals of LA punk. Formed in 1978, the band released a handful of EPs on Happy Squid Records, and were early inspirations to several other punk pioneers, notably the great Minutemen, who covered the band’s “Ack Ack Ack Ack” (retitled “Ack Ack Ack,” for some reason!) on their 1984 opus, “Double Nickels on the Dime.” More info is at theglasshouse.us or (909) 865-0979.

 

Saturday, May 6

GARDEN CELEBRATES BIRDS Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden celebrates Bird LA Day from 8 a.m. to noon. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave. Bird fans are invited to join in on a multi-site celebration of birds in the greater Los Angeles area. The event is free with general admission or membership. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

FRIENDS OF LIBRARY BOOK SALE Friends of the Claremont Library hosts its semi-annual Fine Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 208 Harvard Ave. “This sale features highly discounted books of great beauty, rare, old, or first editions; fine early and later classics in nearly all academic fields, especially classic literature; a large number of autographed works; specialty printers; works finely illustrated,” a press release stated. “Highlighted in this sale are art books; Californiana—books and pamphlets, old and newer, local, LA, southland, and CA state; real antiques—all more than 100 years old; cookbooks; books written and/or illustrated by Edward Gorey—a special collection some signed and most first editions.” All funds raised help support the library. Credit cards are  accepted, and members receive a 10 percent discount. For more info or for a membership, go to claremontlibrary.org.

ONE WOMAN, ONE GUITAR, ONE NIGHT Claremont School of Theology presents “One Woman. One Guitar. One Night” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Mudd Theater, 1325 N. College Blvd. Dr. Sheri Kling is performing in the benefit concert for the Center for Process Studies at CST. “The concert, ‘Let It Unfold: Songs and Stories from a Life in Process,’ is a way for Ms. Kling, who recently completed her doctorate in religion/theology and process studies, to give back to CPS,” a press release stated. More info is at sherikling.com.

ART?WALK Don’t miss tonight’s Art Walk in the Village from 6 to 9 p.m. The monthly event brings free viewing of works by local artists at dowtown galleries and businesses. See page 20 of this edition for the schedule.

 

Sunday, May 7

FREE FAMILY DAY AT CMA The Claremont Museum of Art, at 200 W. First St., welcomes the public for its monthly Free Family Day from noon to 4 p.m. The event includes ARTStation, a place for children to experience art and engage with local culture, where high school students in CMA’s Project ARTstART will lead visitors in creating tree-themed art projects related to its current exhibition “Tree Speak: Interpretations of the Rustlings.” The exhibition features artists living in Claremont’s urban forest who have found their voice in nature, along with a survey of Claremont’s long history as the City of Trees presented by Claremont Heritage. The exhibition on display through July 23 includes work by Beth Benjamin, Steve Comba, Jeff Faust, Athena H. Hahn, Amy Maloof, Barbara Schenck, Steve Schenck, Chris Toovey, Georgette Unis, Dan Van Clapp, MaryAnn Voveris and Jane Park Wells. More info is at claremontmuseum.org.

 

Monday, May 8

THE BARD AND THE BOOK Pomona Valley Shakespeare Club meets at 1:30 p.m. at Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., to discuss “Shakespeare and the Bible.” There are more than 1,000 references to the Bible in the bard’s works, according to a Shakespeare Club press release. Lori Anne Ferrell, chair of the English department at Claremont Graduate University, will speak. Ms. Ferrell has also been a guest curator at the Huntington Library and a consultant with LA’s repertory Shakespeare company, Theatricum Botanicum. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (909) 717-1109 or email lucylynch@aol.com.

 

Tuesday, May 9

UNIVERSITY CLUB MEETING The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “Chronic Pain: An American Epidemic” with guest speaker Dr. Stephani Sutherland, neuroscientist and science journalist. “Chronic pain affects over 100 million Americans—more than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined,” a press release stated. “The US is in the grip of an epidemic of opioid misuse, which is being driven by chronic pain. Experts believe that chronic pain is a disease in itself, which should be treated with a multidisciplinary approach.” Dr. Sutherland studied psychology, biology and English at Cal State Fullerton, and earned her PhD in neuroscience at Oregon Health and Sciences University, studying pain-sensing nerve cells. She has worked as a freelance journalist for publications including The Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, New Scientist and the website brainfacts.org. Dr. Sutherland taught science and writing at Washington State University, where she worked as an academic advisor for science students. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

Wednesday, May 10

LUNCH AND LECTURE WITH ALUM ARTIST Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation hosts a lecture and luncheon with Alison Saar in the Hampton Room, Malott Commons, 345 E. Ninth St., Claremont. Reservations are required for the $25 luncheon, which begins at noon. The free lecture begins at 1:15 p.m. Ms. Saar, Scripps ‘78, will speak about “Breach,” her new work responding to the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Ms. Saar is a sculptor, painter and installation artist whose work explores themes of African cultural diaspora and spirituality. She received a dual degree in art history and studio art from Scripps, having studied with Dr. Samella Lewis. Her thesis focused on African-American folk art. She received an MFA from Otis Art Institute in 1981. More info is available via email at faf@scrippscollege.edu or by phone at (503) 702-3865.

SPRING VEGGIE TALK Claremont Garden Club meets from at 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd. The free and open meeting features Marc Hall, ornamental horticulturist from Sunshine Growers, who will discuss “Spring Veggies and Other Edibles.” Questions will be fielded, refreshments will be served, and a door prize will be offered at closing. More info is at sustainableclaremont.org, via email at gardenclub@sustainableclaremont.org, or by phone at (909) 621-6381.

 

Thursday, May 11

CHS THEATRE ONE-ACTS BEGIN Claremont High School Theatre Department’s student-directed one-act play festival begins at 7:30 p.m. A select few students of the school’s theatre production class will direct or co-direct the performances. The student directors selected the plays and casts, and led the entire rehearsal process on their own. The one-acts are presented together with a brief intermission. Tickets for the festival, which repeats tomorrow and Saturday, are available at chs-asb-webstore.myschoolcentral.com or at the box office of the CHS?Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

 

Friday, May 12

FREE ADMISSION AT GARDEN Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden celebrates National Public Gardens Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission and a special opportunity for behind the scenes tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The garden is at 1500 N. College Ave., and more info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

70TH OLA FIESTA KICKS OFF The 70th annual OLA Fiesta at Our Lady of the Assumption Church returns to Claremont today, tomorrow and Sunday. The event at OLA, 435 Berkeley Ave., attracts some 15,000 visitors to its international food booths, carnival rides and live entertainment. Headliners for Friday are The ACE Band, Satisfaction Unlimited tops the bill on Saturday and Johnny Starr and the Galaxy close out the festival on Sunday. Ethnic food is prepared by OLA’s own Hispanic, Vietnamese and Filipino communities. Other afternoon live music includes The Falconers on Saturday and Sgt. Peppers Beatles Tribute Band on Sunday. Admission is free. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Discount ride tickets are available through the parish office at (909) 626-3596 until noon today. Visit olaclaremont.org for more information.

LEADERSHIP OUTSIDE THE LINES Can a mathematician fight cancer? Can a busy mom become one of IBM’s most prolific inventors? On the eve of the 90th commencement at Claremont Graduate University, the school’s transdisciplinary program will hold a free, public panel discussion about the essence of leadership at 4:30 p.m. at the Albrecht Auditorium, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave. The event features mathematician and cancer prevention pioneer Jack Cuzick; IBM technology strategist Lisa Seacat-Deluca; philanthropy and community service leader Gloria Willingham-Touré; former Huntington Library president Steven S. Koblik; and OJ and Barb Semans, who have led the campaign for Native voting rights with their organization, Four Directions. For more information, email nick.owchar@cgu.edu.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch presents “Cinco de Mayo Fiesta” from 6 to 8 p.m. at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Admission at the door is $10 (cash only), which includes appetizers and refreshments. RSVPs are required by noon on Wednesday, May 10. The event is open to people 50 and over. Call (909) 399-5488 for information or visit claremontrec.com.

POMONA BAND The Pomona Concert Band presents its annual free spring and 70th anniversary concert at 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona. The band was founded by G. Stanton Selby in 1947 and some of Mr. Selby’s family will be present at the concert. The concert will begin with a special fanfare written for the occasion by Dr. Jorge Garcia, “Sapphire Jubilee Fanfare.” The first half of the concert will feature the “1812 Overture” arranged by Mark Williams, “Easter” from “Five Mythical Songs” by Vaughan Williams with featured vocalist Isaac Gonzalez, “Yankee Doodle” by Morton Gould, and “Joy of Life” by Brian Balmages. The band will honor Mr. Selby’s US Coast Guard service with “Semper Paratus” by Francis Boskirk. The second half of the program will start with Mr. Selby’s “Golden Anniversary Fanfare” and continue with “Bright Lights” by Robert Sheldon, “Silverado” by Bruce Broughton, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by John Williams and the “Gridiron Club” by John Philip Sousa. The band will close the concert with “America the Beautiful,” arranged by Carmen Dragon. More info is at pomonaconcertband.org, by email at director@pomonaconcertband.org or by calling (626) 824-0001.

STRING QUARTET SHOW Claremont Presbyterian Church’s Performing Arts Series offers a free concert with the Del Sol String Quartet at 7 p.m. at the church, 1111 Mountain Ave. For more info, go to delsolquartet.com.

 

Saturday, May 13

The City of Trees is once again swelling with pride and people, as families and friends arrive to celebrate the Claremont Colleges’ commencement exercises from Saturday, May 13 to Tuesday, May 16.

The telltale white tents have been spotted on campuses, and caterers, restaurants and hoteliers are either booked to capacity or anticipate being as such in the coming days. Below are dates and locations for this year’s ceremonies, including live stream addresses, if available.

Claremont Graduate University will confer degrees at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 13 at Mudd Quadrangle, 170 E. Tenth St. A live stream is available at ustream.tv/channel/cguoit. Pitzer’s takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13 at the Stephen L. Glass Commencement Plaza. To watch online, point your browser to pitweb.pitzer.edu/commencement.

Keck Graduate Institute’s commencement takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13 at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center, 601 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. To live stream, click on over to livestream.com/starwayproductions/kgi2017.

Claremont McKenna College’s commencement kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at Pritzlaff Field on Sixth Street. And Harvey Mudd will send its graduates off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 on the lawn between Kingston and Shanahan. The liberal arts powerhouse has been graduating science-minded young people since 1957.

Scripps College’s Saturday, May 13 graduation ceremony takes place at 5 p.m. on the campus’ Elm Tree Lawn, which has been the site of the college’s commencements since 1947. There will be some proud mothers in attendance at Pomona College’s commencement at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 14 at Marston Quadrangle in front of Bridges Auditorium. Pomona, the Claremont Colleges’ cornerstone institution, has been graduating seniors since 1887. A live stream will be available at pomona.edu/commencement.

And, finally, on Tuesday, May 16 at 9 a.m., the Claremont School of Theology will have its hooding ceremony on the lawn near the Mudd Theater.

E-WASTE DISPOSAL Reece Community Initiatives, Inc. is sponsoring an e-waste event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 678 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont to benefit Boy Scout Troop 402 and Sustainable Claremont.