The holidays are over, but we have lots to do in Claremont!
Friday, January 18
LIVING WITH CLAY The exhibition, “Living with Clay: The Julie and David Armstrong Collections,” curated by Rody N. Lopez, will be on view starting today at the Claremont Museum of Art, located in the Depot at 200 W. First St. The opening reception is Saturday, February 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. The CMA is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., and on Art Walk, the first Saturday of every month, from 6 to 9 p.m. General admission is $5. Members and children under 18 are free. For more information, visit claremontmuseum.org.
Saturday, January 19
Y-ART SALE Local artists Jan Wheatcroft and Helen Feller hold their annual Y-art Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 506 Yale Ave., Claremont, on the corner of Yale and Harrison. The sale is made up of several artists who sell their work and art materials at yard sale prices. Included are ceramics, quilts, boxes, jewelry, Hawaiian shirts, knitted objects, paintings, kitchen wares, clothing and collected objects for assemblage.
PORKY SHOW The 38th annual police memorabilia show, playfully named “The Porky Show,” returns to Claremont from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The show is California’s longest running patch, badge and police collectibles swap meet. Admission is $5. More info is at theporkyshow.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET ON TRACK Meet local columnist and author David Allen as he discusses and signs copies of his new book, On Track, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the newly remodeled Claremont Library, 208 N Harvard Ave, Claremont. The talk is free and open to the public. On Track covers the dawn of the 21st century in the Pomona Valley, and the talk will cover topics such as the Montclair Mystery Tower and other local items of interest. Mr. Allen, a native of Illinois, has worked in newspapers for three decades, all in California, his adopted home. In 1997 he joined the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, where he is a columnist. More info is at lacountylibrary.org or at (909) 621-4902.
Sunday, January 20
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY! Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita, runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Sunday traditional offers unique gifts, from farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, juices, honey, nuts, cheeses and more. Grab a coffee and a pastry at one of the many great spots nearby, take in some live acoustic music, and stroll. It’s a lovely Sunday morning, guaranteed. Information is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.
COMIC BOOKS, COLLECTIBLES The Packing House, at 532 W. First St., Claremont, is the site of the monthly free comic book and collectibles show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event features comic book art demonstrations, comic books, collectibles, new and vintage comics, graphic novels and more. More info is available on the Facebook event page.
BEATLES, BLUES AND BOSSA Tickets are $35 and are available at greenmusic.yapsody.com for a concert by the guitar and bass duo of Seth Greenberg and Baba Elefante, who are performing at 3:30 p.m. at Sonja Stump Studio, 135 W. First St., Claremont. The duo play tunes by The Beatles, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Antonio Carlos Jobim and others. Seating is limited, and advance tickets are recommended. Mr. Greenberg performs as a solo guitarist across the US and internationally. He met Mr. Elefante while performing for Grammy Award nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist Frank Stallone. He is an author and a Claremont Graduate University graduate. More information is at sonjastumpphotography.com or (909) 626-1147.
PRINCE OF ORANGE COUNTY Author Kareem Tayyar will be reading from and signing his latest book, The Prince Of Orange County, at 5 p.m. at Rhino Records, 235 Yale Ave., Claremont. The Prince of Orange County, out now on ambitious local imprint Pelekinesis Books, is a coming of age novel set in the 1980s that chronicles the boyhood adventures of Thomas Kabiri, a playground basketball phenom whose life changes over the course of a summer. Mr. Tayyar is a poet and novelist whose books include Magic Carpet Poems (Tebot Bach Books), Postmark Atlantis (Level Four Press), In the Footsteps of the Silver King (Spout Hill Books), and Scenes From A Good Life (Tebot Bach Books). More info is at rhinorecords.cc or (909) 626-7774.
OPEN POETRY READING Ironbark Ciderworks, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd, #107B, hosts its monthly free and open to the public open poetry reading from 5 to 7 p.m. Folks are invited to come early to sign up to read poetry or other creative work or just come and listen. All types of poetry or prose are welcome.. For more information email email@example.com or visit the Open Words Poetry Reading Facebook or Meetup page.
CYMO’S 30th OPENING CONCERT The Claremont Young Musician’s Orchestra, conducted by Juan Felipe Molano, presents its free and open to the public 30th anniversary season opening concert at 7 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The soloist will be Bing Wang, associated concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, performing the theme from Sabrina, tango from Scent of a Woman, and Fiddler on the Roof by John Williams. Also included in the program will be Tannhauser Overture by Wagner, Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, and Polovtsian Dances by Borodin. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and free tickets will be given out beginning at 6. More information is available at cymo.org, (909) 624-3614, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, January 21
FREE GARDEN DAY HONORS MLK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., is celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with free admission from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info is at rsabg.org.
REMINISCE WITH FRIENDS Local senior group Reminisce with Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Joslyn Senior Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The event is free and open to the public. “Join us for another great session of conversation and storytelling, focused on a variety of subjects about the lives of the group and other unique topics,” a press release read. “Space is limited, so come early and often!” Refreshments will be served along with a free lunch at the center afterward.
Tuesday, January 22
SCRIPPS DEBUTS HOLOCAUST JOURNAL The Clark Humanities Museum of Scripps College 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, opens its doors at 9 a.m. today with the West Coast debut of “Hélène Berr: A Stolen Life,” an exploration of the Holocaust as told through the journal entries of a 20-year-old Jewish woman living under the Vichy regime. On loan from the Mémorial de la Shoah, the Holocaust Museum in Paris, the exhibition is on view through February 28. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A day-long workshop will take place February 9 with presentations by Holocaust scholars and staff of the Mémorial de la Shoah, followed by an opening reception at 5 p.m. Journals written by Jews during the Holocaust in Western Europe are rare: Despite their persecution by the Vichy government under German rule, French Jews were not as aware of the imminent death that motivated Jews in the Polish ghettos and elsewhere to leave detailed records. Yet one journal depicts the horrors of the Holocaust in France: The Journal of Hélène Berr. When she began writing in 1942, Ms. Berr was 20 years old and studying English at the Sorbonne. She wrote in her journal daily until March 1944, when she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz with her parents. She died in Bergen-Belsen in 1945, days before the camp was liberated. For info go to scrippscollege.edu/events or call (909) 607-3606.
NUCLEAR POWER IS ESSENTIAL The University Club of Claremont hosts a luncheon and discussion, “Nuclear Power and the Future,” with guest speaker Van Snyder of Jet Propulsion Lab. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Mr. Van Snyder will propose there is no alternative but the use of nuclear power, that an all-renewable energy system cannot work, and that the problems of safety, waste, price and weapons proliferation and uranium availability can all be overcome. Mr. Van Snyder is a semi-retired JPL mathematician and software engineer with an abiding interest in nuclear power. More info is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
Wednesday, January 23
FREE TAX PREP The city of Claremont is once again hosting AARP Tax Aide, a group of trained volunteers that will provide free assistance to taxpayers with low to moderate income, with special attention given to those 60 and older. The free services will be offered by appointment at the Joslyn Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in February. To book an appointment, call (909) 399-5488 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Thursday, January 24
PCMA OPENS ‘INTERMODAL’ The Pomona College Museum of Art hosts a free and open to the public opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for its new exhibit, “Courtney M. Leonard: Intermodal.” The show is up through May 19. The PCMA is at 330 N. College Ave., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu/museum.
Friday, January 25
TASTE OF THE IE The Upland Chamber of Commerce will host an evening of culinary delights prepared by Inland Empire’s restaurants like and Claremont’s own, Gus’s BBQ and beer from Last Name Brewing, among others at its annual Taste of the IE from 6 to 10 p.m. at the DoubleTree, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The evening includes live music, dancing and gaming. Tickets are $75 and are available at uplandchamber.org.
Saturday, January 26
BREW AND BROS For Last Name Brewing’s 16th anniversary, the Brews and Bros Festival brings together breweries for tastings, food trucks, music and fun. Proceeds benefit the Claremont Educational Foundation. General admission is $50 and VIP tickets are $65, which includes a keepsake glass, unlimited tastings and access to food vendors, games, classic planes, music and more. Kids under 12 get in free. Brews and Bros takes place rain or shine from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cable Airport, 1749 W. 13th St. Upland. For information or to get tickets, visit bluesandbrosfest.org.
SYMPHONY AND STRINGS Doors open at 3 p.m. for a free and open to the public concert by Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra and Prelude String Ensemble at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The show features pieces from Disney’s The Lion King, selections from West Side Story, Carmen and more. For information visit claremontyouthsymphony.org or email email@example.com.
FAMILY CODING DAY Individual tickets are $25 and multiples are $20 for Family Coding Day, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The event is for students from kindergarten through eighth grade and is presented by Claremont nonprofit ThinkLexic Kids Code. Parents and teachers are welcome to observe for $5. Teachers will receive a copy of the lesson plan. “The program is especially valuable for students with dyslexia and IEPs, but everyone is encouraged to attend,” a press release read. Online tickets are available through 11:55 p.m. January 25. If available, tickets will be sold at the door. More information is at facebook.com/thinklexic.