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Martin Sheen, Start me Up, Cinco de Mayo, Alumni weekend, music and more!

Friday, May 3

MARTIN SHEEN Actor and activist Martin Sheen will be speaking at Claremont School of Theology at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in support of local nonprofit Crossroads, Inc. Tickets for the fundraiser, which went on sale this week, are $35 and can be purchased at crossroadsinc. eventbrite.com, or by phone at (909) 626-7847. Mr. Sheen is widely known for his leading role of Captain Benjamin L. Willard in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 classic film Apocalypse Now, and as President Josiah Bartlet in TV’s The West Wing, among many others. For more than 40 years Claremont-based Crossroads has provided housing, counseling, skills training, friendship and community to previously incarcerated women, welcoming them home and helping restore them to themselves and to the community. More info is at crossroadswomen.org.

ART MOB Find great art, jewelry and handcrafted textiles at the Art Mob?Market spring art sale. Our friends—the former Gypsy Sisters—just can’t quit and have gathered together a fine group of creative folks to offer great art at fair prices beginning today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Claremont UCC Church, 233 W. Harrison Ave. The sale continues Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CITY SENIOR PROGRAMS Claremont Senior Programs have a varied slate of offerings for May. They include Claremont Colleges class auditing; a Mother’s Day tea on May 10; a weaving class; a visit to the Claremont Museum of Art; a comedy improv class; and lectures on meditation and funeral pre-planning, among other topics. Programs are for individuals aged 55 and over and most take place at the Joslyn Center. More info is at claremontrec.com.

START ME UP The Claremont Museum of Art hosts StART It Up!, featuring artwork from students in fourth through sixth grades at Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. today and the show will be on display through Sunday, May 5 at 200 W. First St., Claremont, with free admission all weekend. StART It Up! includes works on paper, collage, sculptures and paintings. At 5 p.m. tomorrow, May 4, an open house will celebrate these young artists and their families. Art Walk will follow from 6 to 9 p.m. with refreshments and music. Bring the whole family on Sunday, May 5 for ARTStation with fun art activities led by talented high school ARTstARTers. More info is at claremontmuseum.org.

WHAT IS SOCIAL IMPACT? The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free and open to the public 12:15 p.m. lecture, “What is Social Impact?” with guest speaker Jennifer Tankersley. “Today’s young leaders are facing a false choice between a career for profit versus one for social benefit, argues executive coach Jennifer Tankersley,” a press release read. “She challenges the assumption that doing good in the world is an either/or career choice and instead makes the argument that social impact is a leadership choice and why the work we do within organizations is one of the greatest levers available today.” More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

SCHUBERT AT NOON Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert series continues with a 12:15 p.m. performance from Quartet Euphoria. The group includes Rachel V. Huang and Jonathon Wright, violins, Cynthia Fogg, viola, and Tom Flaherty, cello, performing music by Schubert at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu.

JAZZ AT LITTLE BRIDGES The Pomona College Jazz Ensemble, Barb Catlin, director, presents a free and open varied program from traditional to contemporary with selections by Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, Bob Mintzer, Jaco Pastorius and others at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Pomona faculty member, Joti Rockwell, will join the ensemble. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

Saturday, May 4

CHIRP! PC BAND CELEBRATES ALUMNI WEEKEND The Pomona College Band performs in a free and open 11 a.m. concert as part of Alumni Weekend at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Graydon Beeks, conductor, will lead the ensemble in works by Bremer, Chadwick, Holst, Nixon, Maslanka, Musgrave and the premiere of Oliver Dubon’s (PO ’20) “Gray.” The show repeats at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

DOS CINCOS AT LAST NAME Last Name Brewing, at 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland, is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a two day Dos Cincos fundraising festival. The event includes food, live music, and of course, beer. Today, they raise money for Claremont Little League. Things kick off at 1 p.m. with Happy Neighbor Club. At 3 p.m. Ryan Budds performs, and from 6 to 9 p.m. local rockers Blue Hwy take the stage. On Sunday, money will be raised for Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry, beginning at 9 a.m. with breakfast by The Big Easy Sandwich. From noon to 2 p.m. Happy Neighbor Club is back, and from 3 to 6 p.m. “Cali-Mex” group Los FabuLocos will be getting folks dancing with their mix of covers and original tunes. For information go to lastnamebrewing.com/events.

Sunday, May 5

HEY, GUESS WHAT? Next Sunday, May 12, is Mother’s Day. Being that it’s the very busiest day of the year for restaurants, you might want to make your brunch reservations now. Also, flowers, candy and a card are the bare minimum. Do you want to be the son or daughter who only does the bare minimum for mom? Get your act together, kids, treat her right Along those lines, Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita. More is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

CASA DE AMIGOS The Claremont Educational Foundation fundraiser Casa De Amigos is today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the historic Garner House at Memorial Park. This is a community gathering to benefit art, music and innovation in our public schools. Attendees will enjoy food, fun and live music by Pride of Cucamonga.  Tickets, which are $50 per person (21 and older), may be purchased at supportcef.com/casa-de-amigos-2019.

CSO AT LITTLE BRIDGES Claremont Symphony Orchestra hosts a free afternoon of music from Bach to Berlioz at 3:30 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music on the Pomona College campus, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The concert will include a Bach organ fugue decked out in the colors of the full orchestra, selections from Berlioz’s masterpiece, “The Trojans,” and dances from Falla’s ballet “The Three-Cornered Hat.” Violinist Sarah Thornblade, associate principal second violin for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will perform Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto.” More information is available at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.

OPEN POETRY Ironbark Ciderworks, at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., suite 107B, Claremont, hosts the monthly free and open to the public Open Words poetry reading from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Come early and sign up to read your poetry or other creative work or just come and listen. All types of poetry (or prose) are welcome. For information email mari_werner@yahoo.com or visit the Open Words Poetry Reading Facebook or Meetup page.

CLARINET QUARTET IN CONCERT Claremont Community School of Music hosts a free and open to the public 7:30 p.m. concert with the Claremont Clarinet Quartet, featuring Linda Silva, Kathryn Nevin, William Wellwood and Peter Nevin at 951 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The four longtime friends and Claremont residents join together for an evening of chamber music for clarinet and its auxiliaries, bass, alto and E flat clarinet by Alfred Uhl, Kurt Weill, David Bennet, Aldo Rafael Forte, Daniel Dorf, Yvonne Desportes and Irving Berlin. More info is at claremontmusic.org or (909) 624-3012.

Monday, May 6

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!”

Tuesday, May 7

INTERSTELLAR VISITOR The University Club of Claremont hosts a luncheon and lecture, “A Visitor from Another Star: I1 2017 U1 ‘Oumuamua,’” with guest speaker Dave Kary. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. In 2017 astronomers saw something they’ve never seen before: an object from far outside of our solar system made a close pass by the sun. “For just a couple of months they could observe this interstellar visitor racing through the solar system,” a UC press release read. “In this talk we’ll look at what we know and what we can speculate about this rare visitor from another star.” Mr. Kary grew up in New Westminster, BC, Canada. He earned a bachelor’s in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of British Columbia, where he did research on the Galilean moons of Jupiter. He earned a PhD in astrophysics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where his research included how solar systems form. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

Wednesday, May 8

FAF TO SCREEN MID-CENTURY CERAMICS SHORTS Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation’s final free and open to the public event of the school year will be a series of short films showing mid-century ceramicists at 2 p.m. in the Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Cinematics of Ceramics, films by Richard Petterson, feature Shoji Hamada, Tony Prieto, Peter Voulkos and others, with live narration by local ceramist and guest lecturer T. Pacini. All are invited to an informal tea after the talk. More info is available by calling (503) 842-8812 or emailing merrileegae@charter.net.

WHAT NOT TO GROW The Claremont Garden Club’s monthly open to the public meeting takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Building, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. This month’s theme is “What not to grow,” and features Nancy Hamlett, who has overseen invasive species removal at the Bernard Field Station for six years and is initiating a similar program at the Claremont Wilderness Park. “What is an invasive species and why do we care?” asked a CGC press release. “How can they be managed and what are the implications for gardeners?” Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The talk begins at 7. The free event also includes door prizes, and is open to anyone interested in gardening. More info is at claremontgardenclub.org, via email at info@claremontgardenclub.org, or on Facebook and Instagram by searching Claremont Garden Club.

Thursday, May 9

SUMI FOLEY’S RETROSPECTIVE Longtime local artist Sumi Foley’s new show, “A 5,000 Year Retrospective, inspired by the Bristle Cone Pine,” opens today with a 6 to 9 p.m. reception at Progress Gallery, 300 S. Thomas St., Pomona. “The oldest living thing on our planet is the 5,000 year-old Bristle Cone Pine tree,” Ms. Foley said. “Its stately, tenacious presence reminds us that 5,000 years ago we humans were already making art, and that no matter what, we will continue to do so for the next 5,000 years.” More info is at sumifabricart.com, (951) 202-0059 or via email at george@artecopartners.com.

Friday, May 10

NATIVE SON RETURNS FOR EXHIBIT The Claremont Museum of Art, at 200 W. First St., opens “Displacement Zero,” an exhibition of works by Andrew Wenrick, a London-based artist and Claremont native, at noon today. In his work, “Maps of the Los Angeles area and beyond have been reconstructed into unexpected configurations, challenging our perceptions of place,” read a CMA press release. More info and a glimpse at his portfolio is at andrewwenrick.com. CMA hosts a free and open to the public opening reception for the exhibit from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Check out claremontmuseum.org for more info.

OLÉ, IT’S OLA FIESTA TIME! Admission is free for Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church’s 72nd OLA Fiesta, which returns today, tomorrow and Sunday at its campus at 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. Historically among the most popular events in the city, the OLA Fiesta attracts 15,000 visitors over the weekend to its international food booths, carnival rides and live entertainment, including evening music from Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty tribute band Fortunate Son on Friday; The ACE Band on Saturday; and Suave The Band on Sunday. Quieter afternoons, geared toward young families and seniors feature Christian music from The Falconers on Saturday, and Los Pasajeros Mariachis on Sunday. Ethnic food is prepared by OLA’s own Hispanic, Vietnamese and Filipino communities. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Discount ride tickets are available through the parish office at (909) 626-3596 until that Friday at noon. Visit olaclaremont.org for more details.

Saturday, May 11

‘JUBILEE!’ IN CONCERT The Church of the Brethren Sanctuary Choir hosts a free and open to the public concert, “Jubilee!” at 7 p.m. at 2425 E St., La Verne. The choir will perform works inspired by the Jubilee Singers, including “Ain’-A That Good News!” “Deep River,” “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” and other spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan, William Dawson and André Thomas, and new arrangements by Shawn Kirchner that reflect the mission of the church. A free will offering will be collected at intermission. More information is available at (909) 593-1364.

HERITAGE GALA Claremont Heritage will hold its annual awards gala from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Padua Hills Theatre, according to an announcement email. This year’s event, the “Spirit of Place,” will honor Pitzer College’s Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, this year’s recipient of Claremont Heritage’s Garner Preservation Award, and the Claremont Museum of Art, this year’s recipient of Claremont Heritage’s Cultural Heritage award. Tickets are available for $125 each for non-members or $100 each for members. Ten-person tables are available for $1,000 for non-members or $800 for members. Visit claremontheritage.org for information.