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Friday, May 17

LAWRENCE AND CLARE BACK IN TOWN Ironbark Ciderworks, at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 107B, Claremont, host another free performance from versatile and charismatic husband and wife music duo Lawrence and Clare at 7 p.m. The multi-instrumentalists and singers, from Louisiana (Lawrence) and Australia (Clare), met in Scotland in 2012. They now live in Idyllwild, and tour internationally in the U.S. in their ex-fire truck come band wagon. Their live shows feature effervescent vocal harmonies performed alongside accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar and keyboard. More info is at thosefolk.com, ironbarkcider.com or (909) 292-5384.

Saturday, May 18

FREE STROKE AWARENESS DAY EVENT Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Stead Heart and Vascular Center hosts a free and open to the public lecture for 2019 Stroke Awareness Day from 9 a.m. to noon at its Claremont location, 1601 Monte Vista Ave. The event offers stroke survivors, families, caregivers and the community a day of celebration, education, awareness and fun with the hospital’s stroke team. Angela Yi, PhD of neuropsychology and psychology, will speak from 10 to 11 a.m. A music therapy demonstration led by board certified music therapist Mary DiCamillo takes place from 11 a.m. to noon. Other services include blood pressure screenings, stroke risk assessments, support and resources for caregivers and more. RSVP at pvhmc.org or by calling (909) 865-9983. 

THE MUSIC OF BROADWAY Tickets are $20 at the door, or $17 in advance, for Claremont Chorale’s 3 p.m. “Music of Broadway” concert at Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 W. Foothill Blvd. Alan Wellman, artistic director, will conduct the full chorale and soloists, accompanied by Adan Fernandez on keyboard. Selections include music from Rogers and Hammerstein to Lerner and Lowe to Ashman and Menken. More info is at claremontchorale.org.

COLLEGES COMMENCE The Claremont Colleges host commencement exercises today and tomorrow. Today’s line up includes Claremont Graduate University at 9 a.m. at Mudd Quadrangle; Pitzer at 10 a.m. at Stephen L. Glass Commencement Plaza; Keck Graduate Institute at 10 a.m. at the Sheraton Fairplex; CMC at 2 p.m. at Pritzlaff Field; Scripps at 5 p.m. at Elm Tree Lawn. Then on Sunday the line up is Pomona at 10 a.m. at Marston Quadrangle; Harvey Mudd at 1:30 p.m. at the Mudd Quadrangle. Check our website for the speakers’ list printed in the Friday, April 19 edition.

Sunday, May 19

LET THEM EAT PRODUCE Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard between First and Bonita. It’s a chance to purchase unique gifts, from farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants. Grab a coffee and a pastry and listen to live music. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

LET’S DANCE The Pomona Concert Band presents its annual free and open to the public spring concert, “Let’s Dance,” at 3 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona. Refreshments will be served at intermission. More info is at pomonaconcertband.org or (626) 824-0001.

Monday, May 20

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!”

HOW TO TALK ABOUT THE CLIMATE Sustainable Claremont hosts a free and open to the public 7 p.m. sustainability dialog, “Action through Effective Climate Communication,” at the Hahn Building, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave. Stuart Wood, Sustainable Claremont executive director, will relay the latest research, methods, and best practices on how to speak to people in America in order to motivate and accelerate climate action. For information go to sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

Tuesday, May 21

THE CERAMICS LEGACY OF THE ARMSTRONGS The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Ceramic Art in the Pomona Valley: The Legacy of Julianne and David Armstrong,” with guest speaker Paul Roach. 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 American Museum of Ceramic Art is the enduring vision of two of Pomona Valley’s own: Julianne and David Armstrong,” read a press release. “This talk and slideshow, with Mr. Roach, director of advancement and communications at Pomona’s American Museum of Ceramic Art, tells the story of the museum starting at Pomona College, where Julie and Dave met, and weaves its way to the present with a host of colorful characters, including Paul Soldner, Red Skelton, Harrison McIntosh and Millard Sheets” Mr. Roach has been a fan of the museum since he discovered it in 2012 and jumped at the opportunity to support the ceramic arts full-time in the middle of last year. He comes to AMOCA from Claremont Graduate University and before that, Pomona College, where he led the Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company for the better part of a decade. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

LOCAL UN SALUTES THE YOUTH The Pomona Valley Chapter of the United Nations Association will recognize the achievements of two groups of youth at its open to the public 7 p.m. meeting at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont: The award winning Model UN Club from Cal Poly, Pomona, and the winning participants in its recent essay contest. Presented by Marc Scarcelli, professor of political science at Cal Poly, the students will share “Representing Argentina at the Model United Nations” presented at the recent conference held in New York. Claudia Lennear, PVUNA program committee and director, will moderate the presentation. Essay topics include first place winner Eileen Linchango’s “Change Your World First,” and Charlie Warren’s second place entry, “Libertas, Not Liberum Veto.” Light refreshments will be served. More information is available via email to cmartin335@gmail.com or by calling (909) 625-9670.

Wednesday, May 22

NAACP ADDRESSES RACISM, VOTER SUPPRESSION The National Association for the Advancement of Color People’s Pomona Valley branch, located at 1460 E. Holt Ave., Pomona, welcomes Beverly Hills-Hollywood NAACP branch President Ron Hasson for a free discussion of systemic racism and voter suppression from 7 to 9 p.m. Mr. Hasson is serving his 10th term as president of the branch. Mr. Hasson also serves as California-Hawaii State Conference Southwest Area Director. In 2011 he became a member of the NAACP’s National Board of Directors. RSVP via email to president@naacp-pomona-valley.org.

Thursday, May 23

LWV REPORTS ON LOCAL GOVT The local chapter of the League of Women Voters presents its observer reports at two free and open to the public meetings. The first is at 9:30 a.m. at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, 875 W. Bonita Ave., Pomona, in the Downstairs Gallery. The evening meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at the Garner House at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Seventeen League observers have been observing local governing bodies of 13 cities and will make annual reports. More information is available via email at info@lwvmtbaldyarea.org or phone at (909) 626-2858.

WHAT TO EXPECT Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Every Woman’s Journey hosts a free and open to the public 6:30 p.m. program, “Preparing for Pregnancy,” with guest speaker Dr. Maria Siu, obstetrician and gynecologist, at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 N. Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. Dr. Siu will cover all aspects of preparing for pregnancy, the importance of prenatal care and what to expect during and after the delivery of your new bundle of love. RSVP at pvhmc.org or (909) 865-9858.

CLAREMONT FILM FESTIVAL The 11th annual Claremont Film Festival runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Laemmle, 425 W. Second St., Claremont. This year’s festival includes seven films from around the world, including Earthrise, by director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee. The film documents the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968 told by the Apollo 8 astronauts, and the profound effect that experience on them and the rest of the world. General admission is $15, and tickets for the reception and admission are $40. Both and more info are available at claremontfilmfest.com.

Friday, May 24

THE ULTIMATE SACRAFICE Memorial Day is Monday, May 27, but the three-day weekend of celebrations begins today. Memorial Day has its roots in Decoration Day, which was first celebrated in 1868 as a day of remembrance for Northern Civil War victims. As U.S. military entanglements mounted over the years, it became a day to reflect on those additional victims as well. It was celebrated on May 30 for decades before being included in the 1968 Uniform Holiday Act, which established it as the last Monday in May. The holiday was intended as a solemn commemoration of those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in US wars, with parades and military remembrances throughout the country. It’s also become the unofficial beginning of summer and the impetus for many a barbeque. At 11 a.m. Monday, a ceremony commemorating US  service members who gave their lives while on active duty takes place at Oak Park Cemetery, 410 Sycamore Ave., Claremont. The event will include remarks from members of the American Legion Keith Powell Post 78 and city officials, and various military ceremonial traditions. In addition, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time on Monday. For information, call (909) 399-5490 or email specialevents@ci.claremont.ca.us.

Saturday, May 25

HEALTH CARE: BEYOND THE SOUND BITE Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, at 660 Avery Rd., Claremont, hosts a free and open to the public 3 to 4:45 p.m. discussion, “Health Care for All: Beyond the Sound Bite,” with guest speakers Maureen Cruise, Director and Co-Chair of Health Care for All’s Los Angeles chapter; and Shana Charles, assistant professor at Cal State Fullerton’s Department of Public Health. More information is available at (951) 233-9785, or via email to moveforwardhc@gmail.com.

GAME PARTY Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s, 500 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, hosts a game party from 6 to 10 p.m. to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Admission is a suggested $5 and raffle tickets will be sold for $1. The event includes traditional games such as Uno and Jenga along with several multiplayer video games, including Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Rock Band, Drawful, Pac Man Versus and a number of others. It will also feature virtual reality games. For information go to robsgameparty.com.