CALENDAR: ARTstART, origami, OLA outreach, 1936 Olympics, thanks vets!
Friday, May 26
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. 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 go to 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.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s live music juggernaut Friday Nights Live rolls on tonight with Hank’s Cadillac at the Laemmle plaza; singer/songwriter Mario Rojas and Saturday Night Pink at the chamber of commerce; Fab 8 (all Beatles) at Shelton Park; and Aubren Hickernell at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night through October 27. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
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 information, click over to colapublib.org or call (909) 621-4902.
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 information.
Sunday, May 28
OLA OUTREACH DAY Claremont’s Our Lady of the Assumption Church, at 435 Berkeley Ave., is hosting a free community talk from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with some 25 local outreach and environmental groups. The event is in response to Pope Francis, “who challenges us to hear ‘the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth,’” an OLA press release stated. Groups represented include St. Vincent de Paul Society, Crossroads, Inc., Fair Trade Ministry, Uncommon Good, Domond Foundation for Haiti, Get On the Bus, Knights of Columbus, Sustainable Claremont, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Village Network Africa, Catholic Relief Services, East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless, Inland Valley Hope Partners, House of Ruth, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and more. Inspiration for this event comes from Pope Francis’ book, Laudato Si: On Care of Our Common Home. Call (909) 626-3596, extension 4216 for information.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance The wonderful and free monthly celebration of poetry, Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library, takes place at 2 p.m., with readings from Mari Werner and Kevin Riel. Light refreshments will be served. Ms. Werner’s work has been published in Rattle, Altadena Poetry Review, Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles Daily News and elsewhere. She earns her living as a technical writer and is also the author and creator of the website workableeconomics.com. Mr. Riel is from Ocean Beach, CA. His work has appeared, or will soon, in Vinyl, The Iowa Review, Prelude, Beloit Poetry Journal, New Madrid, Yemassee, RHINO Poetry and elsewhere. He is a PhD student in English at Claremont Graduate University where he is also editor-in-chief of Foothill: a Journal of Poetry. More information is available at claremontlibrary.org.
CLASSICAL CONCERT Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, with conductor Juan Felipe Molano, presents its free season finale concert at 7 p.m. at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Soloists are CYMO Concerto Competition winners Logan Hodgson playing the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 and Mi-Hyun Suh, playing the Quantz Flute Concerto in G Major. Other selections will include Carnival Overture by Dvorak and Mahler Symphony No. 1. Free tickets will be distributed at 6 p.m. and doors open at 6:30. For information call (909) 624-3614, email email@example.com or visit cymo.org.
Monday, May 29
THANKS, VETS 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 take place 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.
FREE GARDEN DAY FOR VETS Blue Star Museum Days Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, is offering free admission from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to military personnel, veterans and their families. More info is at sabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
Tuesday, May 30
1936 OLYMPICS: A FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “First-Hand Stories from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin” with guest speaker Iris Cummings Critchell. An Olympic athlete, pilot and instructor, Ms. Critchell will speak about her experience at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where she was a 15-year-old member of the US swim team. Her slideshow includes photographs she took with her Brownie camera 81 years ago. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Dave Darrow and Judy T. Jones will present on “MLS Service” at Claremont Senior Computer Club’s 7:30 p.m. meeting at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Social time begins at 7 p.m. The group meets every Tuesday evening to discuss computers, tablets and smartphones. Newcomers of any age are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.
Wednesday, May 31
‘SHAKE IT UP’ AUTHORS TO READ AT RHINO Authors Jonathan Lethem, Pomona College professor of creative writing and English, and Kevin Dettmar, Pomona College professor of English and chair of the English department, will read and sign copies of their new book “Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop From Elvis to Jay Z” at 7 p.m. at Rhino Records, 234 Yale Ave. The book, which the pair edited, is a six-decade survey of writing on popular music assembled into one volume. KSPC Radio Free Aftermath DJs Sam and Jojo will be spinning music from 1957 through 2017, and Evelyn McDonnell, one of the writers featured in Shake It Up, will read from and sign copies of her book on The Runaways, Queens Of Noise. More info is at rhinorecords.cc or (909) 626-7774.
Thursday, June 1
OKLAHOMA! Claremont High School Theatre Department’s season-ending production opens at 7:30 p.m. at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N College Way. Tickets are available at the CHS Theatre box office or online at chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu. Prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for students or seniors and $8 for children. The show is the first musical written by the famed team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, “Green Grow the Lilacs.” Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie. Information is at chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu.
Friday, June 2
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s free music series Friday Nights Live continues with longtime local faves The Dogs at the Laemmle plaza; Tony D’Amico Sings at the chamber; and jazz with Cougar Estrada’s Lounge Trio at Shelton Park.The series runs 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night through October 27. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, June 3
FRIENDS’ END-OF-YEAR ICE CREAM SOCIAL Friends of the Claremont Library holds its free and open to the public meeting and Ice Cream Social to cap the end of its 2016-17 year from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library’s Meeting Room, 208 N. Harvard Ave. “Come—and invite friends—to the annual end-of-the-year party to celebrate the Friends, and 60 years of friendly help to the Claremont Library,” a press release stated. Featured speakers include Judith Favor, a resident at Pilgrim Place, who has written non-fiction, memoirs and novels. Her latest release, Beacons, is inspired from her years in San Francisco in the 1970s. The second speaker is Libby Grandy who works at the dean of students office at Claremont McKenna College. As a freelance writer, her articles have appeared in magazines such as Mature Living, Writers’ Journal, Woman’s World and the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. A raffle for 10 special books will be offered, with each attendee receiving one free raffle ticket. Increase chances of winning by purchasing additional tickets for $1 or six for $5. More info is at claremontlibrary.org.
ECLECTIC, FREE CONCERT FROM CYSO Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra presents a free 3:30 p.m. concert of classical, Broadway and jazz music at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Pieces include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Swan Lake” and Gustav Holst’s “Mars from The Planets,” in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the landing of the Mars Pathfinder rover on the red planet. More information is at claremontyouthsymphony.org or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A MUSICAL TRIP TO 1928 Doors open at 7 p.m. for the Folk Music Center’s concert with Frank Fairfield and Meredith Axelrod, who will sing “the sweetest melodies of yesteryear and transport you musically to 1928,” according to the Folk’s website. Tickets are $15 and are available at the store, 220 Yale Ave., or at the door. The duo performs on various string instruments and play from a vast repertoire of traditional songs and roots-inspired music. For info, visit folkmusiccenter.com.