FUN ALL WEEK! Cinco de Mayo, OLA fiesta, police bond Q&A, music and more!
Friday, May 4
CHORAL MUSIC Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series continues today with American choral music. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, kicks off at 12:15 p.m. with performers The Claremont Chamber Choir and The Claremont Treble Singers, with Charles W. Kamm, conductor, and John Gilmour on piano. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.
GYPSY SISTERS The Gypsy Sisters are back in town today for their spring sale of arts and crafts in the basement of Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave., from 4 to 8 p.m., tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On sale will be paintings, quilts, dolls, jewelry, ceramics, photography, handmade clothing, glass and enamel work. Two psychics from Claremont’s Buddhamouse Emporium will be on hand as a special treat. More info is at (909) 626-7083 or via email at email@example.com.
Saturday, May 5
OH, NO IT’S CINCO DE MAYO Today’s unofficial tipplers’ bash is Cinco de Mayo, which translates loosely to, “I’ll have a triple margarita and some nachos.” Partiers, or those just really feeling wistful about the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, have a few local spots from which too choose for their upcoming bad decisions: Claremont’s El Ranchero Restaurant, at 984 W. Foothill Blvd., hosts live Mariachi music beginning at 5:30 p.m. Espiau’s, at 109 Yale Ave., brings back its mango chamoy margarita for the occasion, as well as drink and food specials. Other spots in and around town include Elvira’s, Casa Moreno, Los Jarritos, and of course, La Paloma, which will no doubt be packed full of revelers. More info on ridiculous holidays, including National Cereal Day (just around the corner on March 7), and of course Pickle Day on November 14, is at holidayscalendar.com/categories/weird.
Sunday, May 6
CHILLAX, IT’S SUNDAY MORNING Claremont’s lovely, ongoing Sunday morning constitutional, the Artisan’s and Farmer’s Market, unfolds from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Harvard Avenue between First St. and Bonita Ave. Strolling along the tree-shaded street and taking in the market is one of Claremonters’ very nicest fringe benefits. Among the delights are of course small farm fruits and vegetables, but also meats and cheeses, honey, juices, flowers, plants, books, clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, and other locally made items. Live music is always in the air, and with several coffee spots nearby, it’s a soothing way to christen any Sunday.
Monday, May 7
SUSTAINABILITY AND THE POLICE STATION BOND Sustainable Claremont hosts a sustainability dialog, “Measure SC: Claremont’s Police Facility Bond,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hahn 101, Pomona College, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. “On June 5, Claremont voters will decide if they approve funding for a new police facility with a $23.5 million general obligation bond,” a press release read. “A two-thirds or more vote in favor will be required to pass. Bring your questions and join the discussion at this sustainability dialog to hear about the proposed project and its funding.” More information is at sustainableclaremont.org or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, May 8
CLUB’S MUSICAL SALUTE TO MOM The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “A Musical Salute to Mother’s Day,” with guest performer Coril Prochnow. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “Don’t miss this special musical performance by lyric soprano Coril Prochnow,” a press release read. “Her program includes old favorites from the 1940s and ‘50s, along with a combination of familiar arias, art songs and sacred classical pieces. In addition to singing with orchestras and opera companies, she performs her own show of popular standards, and she just performed in her first musical, Alice!, with the Nine o’Clock Players in LA, in the role of the Queen of Hearts.” Ms. Prochnow performs with opera companies throughout Los Angeles and is a frequent guest soloist with orchestras and chorales. She also performs contemporary operatic theatre in original compositions by Gamma Skupinsky in Russia. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
SENIOR COMPUTER Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday, with social time at 7 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:30, at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. Each meeting provides an opportunity for questions to the group’s club experts, and newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.
Wednesday, May 9
SCRIPPS FAF REVISITS 1950 EXHIBIT Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation hosts an open to the public luncheon and talk with David Shearer, Executive Director of Claremont Heritage, in the Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. A luncheon begins at noon followed by the free program at 1:15 p.m. To make a reservation for the $25 luncheon, email email@example.com. In his talk, Mr. Shearer will reexamine a 1950 Lang Gallery exhibition, “Sixteen Architects: Modern Architecture and Design” and identify innovative architecture and design that emerged after World War II; examine shifts in culture and lifestyle; and discuss other influences, including the G.I. Bill, the Case Study House Program, new materials and technology, the automobile, leisure activities and indoor/outdoor living. Architect Whitney Smith curated “Sixteen Architects” with students from Scripps College’s design department, under the direction of Jean Goodwin Ames. Mr. Smith designed and constructed the display system. Julius Shulman’s photographs of the gallery exhibit were featured in the April 1950 edition of Arts and Architecture Magazine. For more information, call (909) 626-1483.
BIRD FEEDING STATIONS Claremont Garden Club hosts Chris Verma, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, for a free and open to the public talk, “The 12 Elements of a Bird Feeding Station,” at 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Mr. Verma “has been fascinated by birds since he was six years old,” a press release stated. “Come hear his expertise about how to attract and feed the birds that are local to our area.” Claremont Garden Club meetings are held on the second Wednesdays of most months. Refreshments and socializing start at 6:30 p.m., and the talk at 7. More information is available at claremontgardenclub.org, (909) 621-6381 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 10
THEATER CO OFFERING Hardworking local theater company Ophelia’s Jump is currently registering students for its summer classes, which will culminate with performances at the upcoming annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival. Classes, which begin June 19, will be held at the group’s studio at 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland, across from Last Name Brewing. Ophelia’s Jump also offers drop-in improvisation classes every Saturday. More info is at opheliasjump.org, (909) 734-6565, or via email at email@example.com.
Friday, May 11
OLA FIESTA The 71st OLA Fiesta at Claremont’s Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., kicks off at 5 p.m. Admission is free for the annual carnival, which features rides, international food prepared by OLA’s own Hispanic, Vietnamese and Filipino communities, and live music. Discount ride tickets are available until noon today through the parish office at (909) 626-3596. The Fiesta runs until 10 p.m. tonight, continuing tomorrow and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and noon to 8 p.m., respectively. The OLA Fiesta is among the most popular events in the city, attracting some 15,000 visitors over the weekend. Evening musical guests tonight are Fortunate Son. The ACE Band takes the stage Saturday and The Suave Band closes things out Sunday. Afternoon music from Christian band the Falconers is on tap for Saturday, with jazz from Dave and Jeff on Sunday. Visit olaclaremont.org for details.
COLLEGES BEGIN COMMENCEMENTS The Claremont Colleges begin graduation ceremonies today as the 7C Asian American and Pacific Islander Advisory Board commencement ceremony kicks things off from 4 to 7:15 p.m. at Pickford Auditorium, Claremont McKenna College, 888 Columbia Ave., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 621-8639. Most of the other Claremont Colleges hold their ceremonies tomorrow. See page 20 for more information.
MINGLE, MUNCH Senior social group Mingle and Munch celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Enjoy Mexican food, beverages, music and a piñata contest. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation). Open to people age 50 and over. RSVP to (909) 399-5488 or online at claremontrec.com by noon Wednesday, May 9.
WINE TASTING Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation will host its 14th annual wine tasting event, presented by Claremont Toyota, to raise funds for the pediatric and neonatal intensive care departments. From 6 to 10 p.m., guests will enjoy wines selected from more than 30 vintners from around the world. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert will complement the wine pairings. Fairplex Conference Center, 601 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Tickets are $125, which includes valet parking. Visit pvhmc.org/WineTasting2018.
Saturday, May 12
BIRD LA DAY Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, celebrates Bird LA Day. Held every May, Bird LA Day celebrates the birds of Southern California and Los Angeles’ considerable biodiversity. The event, free with general admission, includes a guided bird walk at 8 a.m. and family-friendly discovery stations from 9 a.m. to noon. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
SYMPHONY The La Verne Symphony Orchestra performs a free 2 p.m. concert at Church of the Brethren, 2425 E St., La Verne. The orchestra will play selections from Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Vivaldi, a clarinet duet by Muller and a violin and piano piece by Boulanger. The family-friendly concert will include the premiere of A Marriage, composed by David Ovcharenko, LVSO member. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The LVSO is a student/community orchestra conducted by Rachel V. Huang, hosted by the University of La Verne. Info is available by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.