Check your calendar, another busy week in Claremont
Friday, May 18
DEMS WELCOME HOLDEN The Democratic Club of Claremont hosts a Community Conversation with Chris Holden beginning at 11 a.m. in Pilgrim Place’s Porter Hall Conference Room at 625 Mayflower Road, Claremont. The event is open to the public. Assemblyman Holden represents assembly district 41 and is up for reelection this year. The two-part meeting will begin at 11 a.m. when Mr. Holden will provide an update on current legislation, “News from Sacramento,” which will include a Q and A. During the second part of the event, a noon lunch, Mr. Holden will share in an informal discussion. If you would like to eat lunch at the event, the cost is $17. Reservations may be made by calling (909) 912-9999 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The club will resume its regular luncheon and Gar Byrum Distinguished Speaker Series with a discussion of the June primary election results on Friday, June 8 at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont.
MUSIC IN THE AIR Free live music abounds again in Claremont as the city’s annual Friday Nights Live series rolls on with Doug Brooks and Friends at Laemmle plaza; Random Spark at the chamber of commerce; Big Wednesday Band at Shelton Park; and dzuls at city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, May 19
ACTIVE CLEAN UP Active Claremont meets just prior to 8 a.m. in the parking lot of St Luke’s Church, 2050 N. Indian Hill Blvd. (at Baseline Road) for its monthly street cleaning and trash pickup event. The event usually lasts about an hour. More information is available on Active Claremont’s Facebook page.
COMIC CON REVOLUTION Comic Con Revolution returns to the Ontario Convention Center today and tomorrow with more than 160 exhibitors, nearly 200 guests and some 100 panels. Single day tickets are $15 to $25, and weekend passes are $30 to $40. Kids 12 and under are free. The event includes a screening of Deadpool 2 and a Q & A with co-creator/writer Fabian Nicieza. The event includes an appearance by Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger cast members Jace Norman, Cooper Barnes and Tommy Walker; a panel devoted to Batman: The Animated Series featuring the voices of Batman (Kevin Conroy), Poison Ivy (Diane Pershing), Robin (Loren Lester) and producer Andrea Romano; a Drawing Black Panther panel with Marvel Comics artist and Midnight Tiger creator Ray-Anthony Height; a Worlds of Wonder Woman panel with artists Cat Staggs, Matt Haley and Drew Johnson, and the voice of Wonder Woman, Susan Eisenberg; a Power Rangers 25th anniversary panel; a Cosplay Revolution Costume Contest with a $500 cash prize for best in show; and nearly 100 panels devoted to legendary comic book characters, blockbuster films, video games and comic creators. More information is at comicconrevolution.com/ ontario.
STROKE EVENT AT PVHMC Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Stead Heart and Vascular Center holds a free and open to the public program, “Celebrating the Many Faces of Stroke,” from 9 a.m. to noon at Pitzer Auditorium, 1798 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. The event offers stroke survivors, families, caregivers and the community a day of celebration, education, awareness and fun with the hospital’s stroke team, including free screenings, assessments, community resources and light refreshments. Call (909) 865-9983 to make a reservation. For more information, click over to pvhmc.org.
WORDPLAY?AT?CHS Admission is free for the inaugural literary celebration, “WORDPlay: A Festival of Writing,” takes place at Claremont High School, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Festival of Writing will include the work of young writers from Claremont and San Antonio High, interactive word games, book-related crafts, local literary organizations’ and libraries’ displays, one-on-one conversations with authors and a children’s area. Two outdoor stages will feature presentations from journalists, authors and poets, as well as publishers, speeches, dramatic interpretations, literary improvisational games, a Scrabble tournament and music. The festival will also feature food trucks, a bake sale, and Mrs. Nelson’s book fair. Seed funding came in the form of a $1,500 grant from the Claremont Educational Foundation. More information is available at chswordplay.com.
DAVE ALVIN TOPS 34TH FOLK FEST California roots rock royal Dave Alvin headlines the 34th annual Claremont Folk Festival today at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theater, 300 E. Bonita Ave. in Claremont. The festival kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with local treasures Squeakin’ Wheels on the Sontag Greek Theater main stage and Kent Basocke on the Studio Art Theater stage. Mr. Alvin and his band will close the event with a 90-minute set at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and are available at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave., Claremont, or online at folkmusiccenter.com. Kids 12 and under are free. The all ages, family-friendly festival includes a full day and evening of music, workshops, interactive activities, vendors, food, beverages and more. More information is at folkmusiccenter.com.
LATINOS IN COMICS Local comic book artist and author Javier Hernandez will discuss the 20th anniversary of his comic book series, El Muerto, as well as give a brief overview of the history of Latinos in US comics in free and open to the public talk at 11 a.m. at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont. More information is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.
CHORALE TURNS 50, SENDS OFF LONGTIME CONDUCTOR The Claremont Chorale’s 50th anniversary celebration concert begins at 3 p.m. at Pomona College’s jewel box venue, Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Tickets are $20 at the door or are available at a discount at claremontchorale.org or from a member of the chorale. The concert is both a birthday celebration and a farewell salute to the 25-year leadership of retiring conductor Greg Norton. The chorale’s new conductor, Alan Wellman, will take over in the fall. The concert includes the premiere of The Gift to Sing, written by Alison Willis, which won the chorale’s 50th season composition competition. It was selected out of 277 entries received from 34 countries all around the world. Ms. Willis is from Hampshire, United Kingdom, and has written extensively for voice and organ. The Gift to Sing takes its name and text from a poem by James Weldon Johnson, an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter and civil rights activist. Mr. Johnson is best remembered for his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, where he began working in 1917. Together with his brother John, he wrote the anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing. Later Mr. Johnson became known as one of the pioneers of the Harlem Renaissance. More information is at claremontchorale.org, (909) 239-8313, or via email at email@example.com.
FREE SILENT FILM SCREENINGS, CONCERT Claremont Presbyterian Church offers an evening of free music and movie entertainment at 7 p.m. at 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. This annual family-friendly event includes choral music from the 1920s and ‘30s and two classic silent comedy films, The Goat, with Buster Keaton, and Laurel and Hardy’s Liberty. Both films will be shown with an improvisational organ accompaniment by Geri DeMasi on the church’s Aeolian-Skinner organ. More info is at claremontpres.org or (909) 624-9693.
Sunday, May 20
FARMERS’ AND ARTISANS’ MARKET MORNING chill out and take in one of the city’s loveliest traditions, the Artisan’s and Farmer’s Market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Harvard Avenue between First St. and Bonita Ave. The mellow, weekly market features small farm fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, honey, juices, flowers, plants, books, clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, and other locally made items, and live music.
POETRY EVENTS Studio C, at 260 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, hosts a free poetry reading for the Native Blossoms Poetry Series from 2 to 4 p.m. The event showcases Southern California poets Nancy Carroll, Anne Yale, Melisa Malvin-Middleton, Cindy Rinne and CLS Ferguson reading work from the Native Blossoms poetry series by Yak Press. The series presents poetry of place, exploring connections to the natural landscape, the untamed and the indigenous. Each book features at least one poem that takes the botanical name of a wildflower or native plant as its title. Call (909) 289-9401 for more information. Another poetry reading, this one open to all writers, poets or listeners, is happening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Claremont Village Green Community Building, 630 W Bonita Ave, Claremont. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALLING ON THE DIVINE The Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art at Pilgrim Place, 730 Plymouth Road, Claremont, opens “Calling on the Divine, Prayer and Rituals Around the World” from 3 to 4 p.m. The free, open to the public exhibit includes artifacts showing how people have practiced prayer and rituals around the world throughout the centuries. The show is up through September 29. For more information call (909) 399-5573.
Monday, May 21
MOBILE MONDAY Each first and third Monday at 12:30 p.m., the Blaisdell Center (440 S. College Ave.) hosts free movie matinees at 12:30 p.m. To really round out the day, drop in on the free pilates class at 9 a.m. at the Joslyn Center (660 N. Mountain Ave.) beforehand. Both activities are open to Claremont seniors.
Tuesday, May 22
SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB 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.
UNIVERSITY CLUB EXPLORES NORTH KOREA CRISIS The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The North Korea Crisis: How Did We Get Here and How Do We Get Out?” with guest speaker Tom Thuong Le, assistant professor of politics at Pomona College. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. The talk will examine how the US has played a role in North-South Korea relations, recent North Korea developments in its nuclear and ICBM programs, and potential strategies the US may pursue to end the current security crises. Mr. Le earned a BA from UC Davis and an MA and PhD from UC Irvine. His research areas include Japanese security policy, the US-Japan alliance, war memory and reconciliation, militarism norms, military and security balance in East Asia and East Asia regionalism. His current work includes examinations of Japan’s proactive peace and the country’s revolution in military affairs. Mr. Le has written for The Washington Post and The Diplomat. He was a Sasakawa Peace Foundation non-resident fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS and a Fulbright fellow. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
Wednesday, May 23
ABUNDANCE TALK The Center for Spiritual Living, 509 S. College Ave., Claremont, hosts a free and open to the public lecture and book signing with integrative therapist Derek Rydall at 7 p.m. Mr. Rydall will talk about his new book, The Abundance Project: 40 Days To More Wealth, Health, Love, and Happiness (Beyond Words/Atria Books), in which he outlines his system for obtaining better health, more money and loving relationships. He is also the author of Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change, a contributor to The Huffington Post, and the host of the podcast Emergence. More information is at claremontcsl.org or (909) 624-3549.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE CASA Los Angeles, a charity which mobilizes and supports volunteers to advocate for children in the foster care system, hosts an information session at Temple Beth Israel, 3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Anyone who is interested in learning more or becoming involved with the group’s efforts to help children in need is urged to attend. More info is at casala.org or (323) 859-2888, extension 6304.
Thursday, May 24
EL ROBLE’S 41st BIKE MARATHON ROLLS ON El Roble Intermediate’s 41st bike marathon fundraiser kicks off at 11:45 a.m. on the school’s track. The 24-hour affair winds up at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow. Ninety-six riders and counters will ride and count over the daylong event, which raises money for Foothill Family Shelter, a local nonprofit that serves families in the community. In years past, the event has raised more than $6,000. More info is available via email at email@example.com.
Friday, May 25
BLUEGRASS, AMERICANA HOUSE CONCERT Contemporary bluegrass, Americana music with a Jewish soul comes to town as Temple Beth Israel presents Nefesh Mountain under the stars at a 7 p.m. house concert in Claremont. Tickets are $10-$36 and are available at nefeshmountaintbi.eventbrite.com or by calling the TBI office at (909) 626-1277.
Saturday, May 26
ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD The streets of Claremont will once again be ringing with live music this evening as Friday Nights Live brings Beatles tribute act Fab 8 to Laemmle plaza; Larry and Rhonda Jackson and Small Town Magic to the chamber of commerce; Percussionist extraordinaire Ray McNamara’s Steel Drum Band to Shelton Park; and the Middleton/Martinez Duo to city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org. After Friday Nights Live calls it quits at 9 p.m., local rockers Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight take the stage at the Press (129 Harvard Ave., Claremont) at 10 for a free show that runs until 1 a.m. The group is getting ready to release their third album in July. I hear they’re pretty good. More info is at mickrhodes.com.
COLLECTORS STREET FAIRE Pomona’s Antique Row, between the 100 and 200 block of East Second Street plays host to the Collectors Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Treasure hunters pack the streets and stores to explore three blocks of antique vendors in this part flea market, part festival and part open house free event. More information is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCAA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Claremont McKenna College hosts the final day of the Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships at Biszantz Family Tennis Center, 606 E. Sixth St., Claremont. The title matches begin at 10 a.m. with the Men’s and Women’s Singles Finals. More info is at events.cmc.edu.