CALENDAR: Film Festival, food, spring sing, big yard sale
Friday, May 19
FILM FESTIVAL FUN The ninth annual Claremont Film Festival continues today through Sunday at the Laemmle 5 Theatre, 415 W. Second St. Screening tonight are Following the Ninth, a documentary about the global impact of Beethoven’s final symphony, and Love and Justice: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Rebel Opera, which explores the composer’s opera Fidelio, and its themes of love, justice, and a courageous woman’s fight for freedom in the face of tyranny. Tomorrow’s offerings include a 2 p.m. screening of the acclaimed 2012 Swedish–British documentary Searching for Sugar Man. The film details the efforts of two Cape Town fans to find out whether the rumored death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez is true and, if not, to discover what has become of him. At 7 p.m. short films The Dogist, Mile 19, Satellite Beach, Pray, The Pity Card, All’s Fair, Downward Dog and Dan Miller will be shown. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Older Than Ireland, a documentary that tells the story of 100 years of life as seen through the eyes of 30 Irish centenarians will screen. The festival concludes at 4:30 p.m. Sunday with a film made entirely of documentary footage from the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, as seen through the eyes of a US airman, escapee from the Nazi Stalag camp, and two young reporters, cameramen for the Bureau of Information and Propaganda of the Polish Home Army. For tickets, go to claremontfilmfest.com.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Head down to the Village for live public performances by Doug Brooks and Friends at the public plaza; Adrienne Selina (originals, folk) at the Chamber; Listen at Shelton Park; Anamaria De La Cruz (blues, folk) at city hall. The series runs from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night through October.
Saturday, May 20
COMMUNITY YARD SALE Crossroads Community Yard Sale takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cahuilla Park, 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. This large, annual yard sale raises money for Crossroads Women, a transitional house for formerly incarcerated women. For information, go to crossroadswomen.org or call (909) 626-7847.
CLAREMONT CHORALE IN CONCERT The Claremont Chorale in collaboration 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 available at claremontchorale.org or in person at Rio de Ojas, 250 N. Harvard Ave.
CLAREMONT HERITAGE AWARDS GALA Claremont Heritage hosts its La La Gala, an awards presentation and fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. at Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Ave. Inspired by the recent film La La Land, the event celebrates more than 40 years of working to keep Claremont’s history alive. The gala includes complimentary libations, passed hors d’oeuvres, a three-course dinner, live music as well as live and silent auctions featuring experiences and artwork by some of Claremont’s most renowned artists. Ray Adamyk and Spectra Company will receive Claremont Heritage’s Bess Garner Preservation Award for historic preservation and restoration work. Wolfe’s Market and the Wolfe family will receive the Cultural Heritage Award for their 100 years of service to our community. Ray Fowler, Barbara Fowler and Robert Herman will receive lifetime achievement awards for contribution to preservation. More info is at claremontheritage.org or (909) 621-0848.
Sunday, May 21
TALKING ABOUT LEARNING CHALLENGES The University of La Verne’s LaFetra College of Education presents the “Inaugural Neurodiversity Symposium,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event includes a panel of students facing various learning challenges including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia and others. The panel will share ways that people with learning disabilities can succeed in school, home and in society. The symposium serves as the launch event and ribbon cutting for the college’s Center for Neurodiversity, Wellness and Learning. ULV is located at 1950 Third St., La Verne. More information is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (909) 448-1472.
HAND BELL, ORGAN, CHOIR CONCERT Claremont United Church of Christ invites the community to a free vocal and instrumental music concert at 3 p.m. at its sanctuary, 233 W. Harrison Ave. Performers include the Joyful Voices Women’s Choir, the CUCC Hand Bell Choir, the CUCC Chancel Choir, hand bell soloist Susan Hitch, and a four-hand/four-foot piece performed on the renowned Glatter-Goetz/Rosales organ, which features some 4,041 pipes. A voluntary offering will be taken to support the CUCC’s 2017-18 Organ Concert Series. For more information call (909) 626-1201.
UKE CAN DO IT Claremont’s Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave., offers a beginning ukulele workshop with Jerry O’Sullivan and Ellen Harper from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The cost is $20. Beginners will learn how to tune, hold and strum the ukulele and some basic chords. “Within minutes you’ll be playing and singing lots of easy songs,” the Folk said. “Bring a GCEA tuned uke or borrow one of ours and be prepared to have a lot of fun!” More information is at folkmusiccenter.com or (909) 624-2928.
Monday, May 22
CANNED FOOD NEEDED Claremont-based charity Crossroads Women, which has provided housing, education, support, counseling and employment training for formerly incarcerated women since 1974, is currently accepting donations for its canned food drive. The nonprofit is looking for canned vegetables. Donations can be dropped off at the Harvard House, 1269 Harvard Ave., or at 250 W. First St., Suite 254. The donations will be used for the group’s Easy Entrée Tuesdays, which teach participants how to prepare easy, inexpensive meals. Each woman gets a chance to develop basic cooking skills and the confidence that comes with developing easy and affordable recipes that they can prepare at home. More information is available by emailing email@example.com or calling (909) 626-7847.
CHS SPRING?SING The Claremont High School Choral Department presents “Dawn to Dusk,” its annual spring concert at Little Bridges Auditorium at 7 p.m.. The students will perform again on Tuesday,?May 23 at 7 p.m. at Little Bridges, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $3 for students. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, May 23
INTERNET SAFETY FOR SENIORS Claremont Senior Computer Club, which meets every Tuesday at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., hosts guest speaker Jordan Larsen, who will give a talk on internet safety and security. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Social time starts at 7 p.m. The group discusses general information about computers, tablets and smartphones, and every meeting provides an opportunity for questions to club experts. Newcomers of any age are always welcome. More info is at cscclub.org.
Thursday, May 25
NANO, NANO Claremont High School will hold its 10th annual Claremont Robotics Competition from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Taylor Hall, 1775 N Indian Hill Blvd. The annual event is designed to encourage Claremont Unified School District students in grades 5 through 12 to take an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—or STEM—as well as cultivate critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The competition was co-founded by district educator and CGU alumna June Hilton, who is also a lecturer with CGU’s School of Educational Studies. It is a joint effort between the district and the Claremont Colleges, including students and faculty from Harvey Mudd College.
HARMONICA MASTER PLAYS FREE SHOW Musicians come with varying levels of proficiency. Most of us are technicians, serving the song as honestly as we can within the scope of our abilities. The middle ground is made up of more expressive players. These folks can dazzle an audience but are in actuality only overlaying their own ideas over well-established templates. Rarest is the musician who has learned all of this and is then brave enough to forget it all and just play. They throw out the rules and operate in that place where creativity goes to new areas, free of constraint. These players—Charlie Parker, Jaco Pastorius, Jimi Hendrix to name a few—have their own voice. They sound like no one else. Locally, we are blessed to have Bill Barrett in our midst. Mr. Barrett, a harmonica master truly worthy of mention in the same breath as these greats, is appearing at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Press, 129 Harvard Ave., with longtime collaborator, friend and guitarist, singer and composer, “Lazy” Brad Lewis. Mr. Barrett has been dazzling audiences around the world for some 30 years. He is a composer and singer whose harmonies float just above melodies to create thick, rich textures. Since his first record in 1986, Mr. Barrett has released 22 albums as a bandleader and is increasingly in demand as a session player, featured on more than 200 albums and film and television soundtracks. Mr. Barrett recently returned from Europe, where he has toured extensively, playing in more than 30 countries. His sensibilities run from blues to classical to manouche. His virtuosic playing and dexterity on diatonic and chromatic harmonica can shift from didactic to dissonant. He has performed with Nels Cline, Marc Ford and the Neptune Blues Club, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kronos Quartet, acclaimed world music ensemble Hazmat Modine, Natalie Merchant, Anthony Wilson, Eugene Chadbourne and Vinny Golia. Mr. Barrett plays regularly with The Claremont Voodoo Society, The Bastards of Belleville, Gutpuppet, Dirty Baby and The Club Foot Orchestra. A teacher of harmonica since 1984, he also instructs a growing number of students in jazz improvisation, theory and vocal harmony. If you haven’t yet seen Mr. Barrett do his thing, I implore you to make your way to the Press tonight. You will definitely walk away with some new information in your musical hard drive. For more info go to thepressrestaurant.com.
Friday, May 26
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Tonight’s Village street performers include country crooners Hank’s Cadillac at the public plaza; Mario Rojas and Saturday Night Pink at the Chamber; Fab 8 (all Beatles) at Shelton Park; and Aubren Hickernell playing original music at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night through October 27.
ARTSTART STARTS IT UP Project ARTstART high school students will lead art-making activities for all ages at Memorial Park today from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The park is located at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. And at the nearby Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center, The Claremont Museum of Art’s StART It Up exhibition will be on view. For the sixth consecutive year, the high school students of Project ARTstART will curate ARTstART: StART It Up, an overview exhibition that includes works on paper, collage, sculptures, and paintings from each of the art units presented to fourth through sixth grade students at Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 from noon to 4 p.m. For information, visit claremontmuseum.org.
THE?WORLD?AT?THE?JOSLYN Claremont seniors are invited to “Taste of the World Dinner and Dance,” from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Joslyn Center. Hosted by the Claremont High School National Honor Society, the evening will include Asian?themed cuisine, dancing and music by DJ Topo. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance. For a full description of activities, contact the Joslyn Center at (909) 399?5488 or visit claremontrec.com.
TO FORGIVE IS DIVINE It’s “Fine Forgiveness Month” at the Claremont Public Library. Residents who have overdue library books are encouraged to return them this month and have fines waived. All LA County public libraries are waiving overdue fines throughout the month of May. During “Fine Forgiveness Month,” residents can return overdue materials to the library without paying overdue fees. The library is also waiving accumulated overdue fines on material that has already been returned. Don’t let the shame of those overdue fines keep you from enjoying our local library. Head on down to the Claremont Library on Harvard Avenue before Thursday, June 1 and reactivate your library privileges. For information, visit colapublib.org/forgivefines.
Saturday, May 27
THE ART OF ORIGAMI In celebration of Asian/Pacific Heritage Month, Claremont Public Library hosts a free basic introduction to the art of origami at 10:30 a.m. “If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to do Japanese paper folding, this is the class for you!” a press release stated. The library is located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. Space is limited to the first 20 participants. For more information click over to colapublib.org or call (909) 621-4902.
SAVE?THE?DATE Join the city of Claremont and American Legion Keith Powell Post 78 at the annual Memorial Day service to commemorate the men and women who have lost their lives in military service. City services are Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at Oak Park Cemetery, 410 Sycamore Ave. The ceremony will include comments from members of American Legion Post 78, Mayor Larry Schroeder and various community members. For more information, call (909) 399?5490.
TAKE A GARDEN STROLL Relieve stress, boost energy levels, improve health, track progress and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. RSABG hosts walks each Saturday at 8 a.m. Participation in the walk is free but Garden admission fees apply. Register at the admission kiosk. Visit rsabg.org for more information.