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CALENDAR: OLA fiesta, E-waste disposal, love your mother (yes!)

Friday, May 12

BLOOD DRIVE TODAY Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center joins the American Red Cross to host a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the hospital, 1798 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. As the only certified trauma center serving the East San Gabriel Valley, the number of critically injured patients treated at PVH continues to increase. In response, the hospital and the Red Cross call on the community to roll up a sleeve and donate blood. More info is at pvhmc.org.

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 at 1500 N. College Ave. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

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 university’s transdisciplinary program will hold a free public panel discussion about the essence of leadership at 4:30 p.m. at Albrecht Auditorium, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave. The event features university alumni and honorary degree recipients: 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 information, email nick.owchar@cgu.edu.

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

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. Tthe event is open to persons 50 and over. Call (909) 399-5488 for reservations or information or visit claremontrec.com.

POMONA BAND’S ANNIVERSARY CONCERT 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. Refreshments will be served at intermission. 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, via email at director@pomonaconcertband. org or by calling (626) 824-0001.

 

Saturday, May 13

E-WASTE DISPOSAL EVENT Reece Community Initiatives, Inc. is sponsoring an e-waste event to benefit Boy Scout Troop 402 and Sustainable Claremont. Residents may drop off e-waste at 678 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Do something great for mom on Mother’s Day weekend and help her clean out all the old technology in the closet, garage or on the counter taking up space,” a press release stated. “Bring all your unwanted electronic devices and help support two great Claremont organizations.” For information, email events@rciinc.org.

COLLEGES COMMENCE COMMENCEMENTS The City of Trees is once again swelling with both pride and people, as families and friends arrive to celebrate the Claremont Colleges’ commencement ceremonies, taking place at various times and locations today through Tuesday, May 16. Claremont Graduate University will confer degrees at 9 a.m. at Mudd Quadrangle, 170 E. Tenth St. A live stream is available at ustream.tv/channel/cguoit. Pitzer College’s 53rd commencement takes place at 10 a.m. at the campus’ Stephen L. Glass Commencement Plaza. To watch online, point your browser to pitweb.pitzer.edu/commencement.

Keck Graduate Institute’s commencement happens at 11 a.m. at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center, 601 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. To watch at home, visit livestream.com/ starwayproductions/kgi2017. Claremont McKenna College’s 70th annual commencement kicks off at Pritzlaff Field at 2 p.m. Harvey Mudd College will send its graduates off at 3 p.m. on the lawn between Kingston and Shanahan. Scripps College’s graduation ceremony happens at 5 p.m. on the campus’ Elm Tree Lawn. Pomona College will holds its commencement at 10 a.m. on Sunda, May 14 at Marston Quadrangle in front of Bridges Auditorium. A live stream will at pomona.edu/commencement.

 

Sunday, May 14

LOVE YOUR MOTHER Today is Mother’s Day, a chance for everyone lucky enough to still be able to be with mom to let her know you care. If you haven’t yet solidified your tribute, there are several nice options here in Claremont. For cool, interesting gifts try Heirloom at 175 N.  Indian Hill Blvd., #100a; Dee-Lux at 224 Yale Ave. or Speckled Hens, 206 W. Bonita Ave. Other Claremont shops offer teas, soaps, cards and other good gift ideas for mama. And of course you can always go with flowers at Trader Joe’s or the various florists around town and candy at the old standby See’s Candies at Montclair Plaza, 5074 E. Montclair Plaza Ln. Flowers and candies are acceptable, I guess, but you’re better than that, aren’t you? Let’s recount: your mom carried you, gave birth to you, and then raised and nurtured you. It’s time to step up, sons and daughters. Take a little time and do something personal and special for her. Mom deserves it!

 

Monday, May 15

WALK FREE A free walking program led by a physical therapist takes place from 6:15 to 7 a.m. every Monday and Friday morning. The Body Center Physical Therapy and Pilates invited residents to join physical therapist Sara Jacobs for a 30- to 40-minute (two-mile) walk around Claremont neighborhoods. Please meet in front of the building at 224 N. Indian Hill Blvd. For information, visit bodycenterpt.com

FOOD PANTRY Summer hours for local food pantry Sowing Seeds For Life begin this month. The charity, at 1350 Arrow Hwy., La Verne, will serve seniors and veterans on the second Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. General pantry days will be the first and third Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pomona Pantry at Charisma Life Church, 305 E. Arrow Hwy., La Verne, operates the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call (909) 293-7735.

 

Tuesday, May 16

COMMENCEMENTS CONCLUDE The Claremont Colleges’ final commencement for this year takes place at 9 a.m., as the Claremont School of Theology graduates seniors on the lawn near the Mudd Theater. More info is at cst.edu/event.

UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “Two Who Saved Thousands” with guest speaker Tom Helliwell, professor of physics emeritus at Harvey Mudd College. “This is the story of two brilliant strangers who, by outwitting the Germans, saved thousands of lives during World War II,” a University Club press release read. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More info is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

Wednesday, May 17

ISLAM: HOW IT BEGAN Claremont Manor, 650 Harrison Ave., hosts a free and open to the public lecture,  “Islam: How it all Began,” from 3 to 4 p.m. at Manor Hall. Claremont Manor will be presenting a multi-media overview of the beginnings and early growth of Islam in the 6th and 7th century CE every Wednesday throughout the month of May. The series runs through May 31. For more information, call (951) 675- 7507 or (909) 626- 3930.

NAACP HOSTS POLICE, COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE The Pomona Valley branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosts “Truth and Reconciliation,” a free forum for community interaction with police leadership from 6 to 9 p.m. at Indian Hill Village, entrance 1, 1444 E. Holt Ave., Pomona. Law enforcement representatives from Claremont, La Verne, Pomona and surrounding communitites, along with the California Highway Patrol and the San Dimas County Sheriff’s station will be on hand. The event is sponsored by Pomona Unified School District, the Latino and Latina Roundtable, the Social Justice Advocacy Project and the Pomona Valley NAACP. To attend, RSVP via email at justice@advocacyproject.org. More info is available at naacp-pomona-valley.org, via email at jrellisroyston1@verizon.net or by calling (909) 764-7833.

 

Thursday, May 18

CLAREMONT FILM FEST The 9th annual Claremont Film Festival kicks off today at the Laemmle Theater, 450 W. Second St., with a 7 p.m. screening of the documentary Meru. The festival features short films, features and documentaries. A full rundown of the program as well as a link to buy tickets is at claremontfilmfest.com.

SHOT HOLE BORER, RECYCLING TALK Active Claremont holds its free and public monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Speakers are Dave Roger and Roger Bradley of the Claremont Community Services Department. Mr. Roger will address the shot hole borer beetle as well as general tree care. Mr. Bradley will discuss the city’s recycling program. Information is available by calling (909) 373-7907.

BEER AND GREEN STUFF Claremont Green Drinks meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #204c. Claremont Green Drinks meets each month to discuss environmental issues over beers. The free event is sponsored by Sustainable Claremont. More info is at the CGD Facebook page or at sustainableclaremont.org.

 

Friday, May 19

LET THE DEVIL MAKE YOU DO IT Since there is an apparent dearth of interesting local events happening around town today, I will educate my COURIER readers on the vitally important, but sadly oft-forgotten holiday, National Devil’s Food Cake Day, which is today, May 19. The plight of Devil’s Food Cake is, of course, of national concern, and here in Claremont we have several spots where one can do one’s patriotic duty: Norm’s, Some Crust, the Village Grille and others offer some sort of baked chocolate concoction. In a pinch, even a chocolate donut at Yum Yum, Pixie or Grizzly’s will exempt one from the fines and penalties associated with failing to participate in this important holiday. Stay vigilant, and you are welcome.

 

Saturday, May 20

COMMUNITY SALE Crossroads Community Yard Sale is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cahuilla Park, 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd. This large, annual sale raises money for Crossroads Women, a transitional house for formerly incarcerated women. Info is at crossroadswomen.org or by calling (909) 626-7847.

CLAREMONT CHORALE The Claremont Chorale with the Repertory Opera Company presents a celebration of choruses from operas old and new at 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave., Pomona. Tickets are at claremontchorale.org or Rio de Ojas, 250 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.

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