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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 US 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 community officials, and various military ceremonial traditions. In addition, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time on Monday. For more information about the Claremont event, 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 at (951) 233-9785, or via email to moveforwardhc@gmail.com.

GAME PARTY TO RAISE FUNDS 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 more information go to robsgameparty.com.

 

Sunday, May 26

SUNDAY MARKET Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita. It’s a chance to purchase some unique gifts, from farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, to artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. You’ll also be able to grab a coffee and a pastry at one of the many great spots nearby, and listen to some live music. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

A BIRDERS’ NATURE WALK Frank G. Bonelli Park Nature Walks join Pomona Valley Audubon Society for an easy two-hour nature walk for beginners and experts at Frank G. Bonelli Park. The diverse habitat makes this a great place to find Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren and California Gnatcatcher, along with raptors and wintering water fowl. Contact leader Rod Higbie by email at warblerod@verizon.net or by phone at (909) 599-6526 for time and directions. More info is at (909) 982-9727.

POETRY IS WAY OF TAKING LIFE BY THE THROAT The Helen Renwick Public Library, at 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont, continues its free and open to the public Fourth Sundays Poetry series at 2 p.m. This month’s event features poets and authors Bruce Bond and Gerda Govine. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. Mr. Bond is the author of 23 books, including most recently Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand, Black Anthem, Gold Bee and Frankenstein’s Children. He is a regents professor of English at the University of North Texas. Ms. Govine’s poetry collections include Poetry Within Reach in Unexpected Places, Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW, Alterations|Thread Light Through Eye of Storm, and Oh, Where is My Candle Hat? She is the editor of the upcoming Pasadena Rose Poets 2019 anthology and was chosen by the Los Angeles Poets Society as the first place winner for the 2018 International Womyn’s Month Poetry Contest. She is CEO of G. Govine Consulting and facilitates problem solving utilizing words and processes that curb sharp edges of conversation. She lives with artist husband Luis Ituarte and their dog Tres Colores in Jamul, in San Diego County. More information is available at the Fourth Sundays Poetry Facebook page.

 

Monday, May 27

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!”

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY Today is Memorial Day, and at 11 a.m. 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 community officials, and various military ceremonial traditions. In addition, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time. For information about the Claremont event, call (909) 399-5490 or email specialevents@ci.claremont.ca.us. 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 US 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.

CHILDREN’S BOOK FEST The Friends of the Claremont Library’s eighth annual free and open to the public Children’s Book Festival takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The event is geared toward children pre-K through sixth grade. It includes hands-on activities, storytelling, singing, dancing, a concert featuring The Happy Crowd, and a free book for each child to take home. More info is at claremontlibrary.org.

FIGHTING FOR THE SOUL OF THE DEMOCRATS Robert Nelson, newly elected to the California Democratic Party’s Assembly District Executive Board, will discuss “The Fight for the Party’s Soul” at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s free and open to the public monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Commons Room, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. The program is one in a series the club is sponsoring to inform its members and the community about progressive issues. Mr. Nelson is retired from Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is a NASA-supported senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. He is a columnist for Pasadena Weekly and is a founding member of several organizations, including Pasadena Foothills Democratic Club, Democratic Socialists of America and Progressive Democrats of America. Light refreshments will be served. For MORE information call (909) 626-8122 or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

 

Tuesday, May 28

BIG BANG, BLACK HOLES, COSMIC STRINGS The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Big Bang, Black Holes and Cosmic Strings,” with guest speaker Deborah A. Konkowski, professor of math at the United States Naval Academy. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Professor Konkowski will discuss Einstein’s 1905 Special Theory of Relativity as a precursor to his General Theory of Relativity of 1915. She will go on to show how general relativity predicts many strange things, including black holes and big-bang cosmologies, and the possible existence of so-called cosmic strings. Professor Konkowski received her BS degree from Harvey Mudd College and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, followed by post-doctoral positions at the University of Maryland in College Park and at Queen Mary, University of London. She has been on the faculty of the US Naval Academy since 1987. She has given talks on her work all over the world, and received the academy’s outstanding faculty research award in 2010. In addition to publishing more than 50 research articles, she is a popular teacher and research supervisor. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

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 Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Meetings are held in the Weinberger Room. 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 29

BUTTERFLY PAVILION OPEN The 2019 California Butterfly Pavilion continues its spring and summer run at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can discover the diverse patterns and vivid colors of more than 10 species of California native butterflies, including monarchs, queens, California sisters, painted ladies, cloudless sulfurs, gulf fritillaries and more. New for this year the pavilion features six habitat vignettes that highlight native plants butterflies depend on for survival. Butterfly guides take guests of all ages on a journey through the pavilion to learn more about the incredible transformation these creatures go through. The pavilion is open through August 3. Admission is $3 for guests ages 3 and up, free for those 2 and under, and free for Gold Card and Acorn Members. More info is at rsabg.org.

 

Thursday, May 30

COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER Claremont Unified School District will shut it down for the summer on June 13, just two weeks from today. We parents are often scrambling to arrange fun and interesting activities so that our kids can of course be enriched, but also to keep them from underfoot, and consequently, from driving us nuts. So, if you haven’t yet, it’s time to fill your kids’ dance cards. A good place to start is with the city of Claremont’s recreation classes. For a host of local options for kids of all ages, go to ci.claremont.ca.us and click through “government/departments-divisions/human-services/recreation-classes-activities” to see the city’s summer 2019 recreation and activities guide. More info is at (909) 399-5460.

 

Friday, May 31

SOUL SPACES AT PILGRIM PLACE The Pilgrim Place Library and Woman’s Perspective committees host Linda Lawrence Hunt in a free and open to the public discussion from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd., Claremont. Ms. Hunt will discuss her book, Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America, which tells the story of Norwegian immigrant Helga Estby and her daughter Cora, who in 1896 walked across America from Spokane, Washington to New York City to earn $10,000 to save their family farm from foreclosure. Ms. Hunt will also discuss Soul Spaces: Creating Lives and Spaces That Make a Difference, her previous book about the founding of the Krista Foundation of Global Citizenship. Ms. Hunt has received numerous nonfiction book awards, including the Pacific Northwest Book Award, the Washington State Book Award, and the National Willa Cather Literary Award. Ms. Hunt will answer questions following the presentation. For information call (909) 482-0852.

FOLK DANCE FEST AT POMONA “Ethnic Treasures,” the California Statewide 2019 International Folk Dance Festival kicks off at 7 p.m. today through Sunday, June 2 at Edmunds Ballroom at Pomona College, 170 E. Sixth St. Pomona staff and students are free, and general public tickets are $5-$30. Tickets and more information are available at socalfolkdance.org. Festivities include international dance parties with music provided by Miamon Miller and Friends, and instruction in Turkish, Romanian, Bulgarian and Israeli dance. The festival concludes Sunday afternoon with a Salsa Rueda party led by Cesar Garfiaz. No experience or partners are required, and novice and experienced dancers are welcomed. The annual festival is sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation of California. More info is at socalfolkdance.org.

 

Saturday, June 1

MOVIE MUSIC Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra and Prelude String Ensemble present their free and open to the public season finale concert of symphonic classical and movie music at 3 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Music includes selections from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Avengers, Gershwin’s An American in Paris and more. For information visit claremontyouthsymphony.org or email claremontyouthso@ gmail.com.

CROSSROADS Admission is free for Crossroads, Inc.’s annual communitywide yard sale fundraiser today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cahuilla Park, at Indian Hill Boulevard and Scripps Drive, in Claremont.