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Friday, May 31

METRO ART Artist Jessica Polzin McCoy will sign free copies of her poster celebrating the city of Claremont. Ms. Polzin McCoy was commissioned by Metro Creative Services to create the artwork for its poster series, “Through the Eyes of Artists.” The program commissions local artists to create original artworks that express the uniqueness of Los Angeles County neighborhoods, as a way of encouraging people to take the Metro to explore destinations served by the agency. Beginning this spring, the poster will be displayed on Metro buses and rail cars traveling throughout Los Angeles County. As seen through the eyes of Ms. Polzin McCoy, Claremont is depicted as a series of delicate watercolor vignettes that illustrate the city as a college town that flourishes within the creative environment of the Claremont University Consortium, and opens an informal invitation to visit a backyard, ride a bike, step into a shady grove and attend school. 10:30 a.m. Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.

SYCAMORE CELEBRATES Dinner, dancing and live auction. Proceeds benefit Sycamore Elementary School. 5:30 p.m. $50. Spring evening attire. Frary Dining Hall at Pomona College, 347 E. Sixth St., Claremont. For ticket and event information, visit www.sycamorecelebrates.org.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Dine downtown then stroll the Village to hear free live music performances from 6 to 9 p.m. This week’s performers include Claremont Voodoo Society (Public Plaza), Steve Rushingwind Band (Claremont Chamber) and The Plus Tones (City Hall).

CHS THEATRE Claremont High School presents The Drowsy Chaperone. Tickets are available through the CHS ASB web store (webstores.activenetwork.com/school-software/claremont_high_schoo/), CHS theater department (624-9053 ext. 30463) and on the south patio of Bridges Auditorium one hour prior to show time. See Bridges Auditorium in the Performing Arts listing for parking instructions during construction. Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 450 N. College Way, Claremont on the Pomona College campus. 

 

Saturday, June 1

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING An individual is more likely to encounter someone—friend, family, coworker, customer or neighbor in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a hear attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self help care. Anyone can take the Mental Health First Aid course. Participants must attend the whole class to receive certification. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by Tri City Mental Health Services. Email mhfa@tricitymhs.org or call 784-3249. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. A registration form can be picked up at the library.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS Annual meeting will include the presentation of the Ordway Award and the program plan for the coming year. Light refreshments will be served. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Contact 624-9457 or league@claremont.ca.lwvnet.org.

FEST OF THE WEST AbilityFirst, along with sponsor Wells Fargo, will hold a country-western themed family event to benefit children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. All proceeds from the event will benefit AbilityFirst Claremont Center, which provides programs and services for children and adults with disabilities, as well as AbilityFirst Camp Paivika, one of the first accessible camps for special needs individuals in the San Bernardino Mountains where campers enjoy enrichment programs and make new friends. Event activities include live music by The Silverados, Wells Fargo stagecoach, line dancing, BBQ, silent auction, vendors, carnival games and petting zoo. Noon. Claremont University Consortium, 101 N. Mills Ave., Claremont.

SONGS OF LIFE & LOVE Claremont Presbyterian Church Performing Arts presents coloratura soprano Kathryn Lillich. 7 p.m. A freewill offering is appreciated. Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. 624-9693.

ENCHANTMENT UNDER THE SEA Travel back in time for a playful 1950s prom parody complete with prom photo, party food, punch, paper decorations, party favors and live band. 1950s-style prom dresses and suits are encouraged. The event takes place between 8 to 10 p.m. $25 per couple or $15 for an individual ticket. Space is very limited for this event. Make reservations by emailing info@loft204.com or purchase tickets at The Colony at Loft 204, located upstairs in the Packing House, 532 W. First St. #204, Claremont.

 

Sunday, June 2

BIRD WATCHING Pomona Valley Audubon will lead a 2-hour walk guided by Fraser Pemberton. There is no charge to enter Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden with the Audubon group. Families are welcome. Bring binoculars and meet at the front entrance at 8 a.m. RSABG, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

COMIC BOOK SHOW featuring art demonstrations, art dealers, collections, book publishers and live music. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 532 W. First St., Claremont Packing House.

25TH ANNIVERSARY celebration for Temple Beth Israel Preschool. The community is invited to an outdoor festival celebrating the early childhood program and its alumni. Activities include crafts, games, The Happy Crowd children’s concert, petting zoo, food and silent auction. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Temple Beth Israel, 3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona. For more information, contact 626-6937 or preschool@tbipomona.org.

LIVE JAZZ performance on the Blue Fin patio at 2 p.m. 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. 946-1398.

MI CASA ES SU CASA Sixth annual wine, craft beer, spirits and appetizer tasting. This charity event benefits Claremont Community Foundation and Claremont Educational Foundation. Meet winemakers and representatives from Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards, Hahn Estate Winery, Beaulieu Vineyard, Franciscan Estates Winery, Mount Veeder Winery, Dale Bros. Brewery, Claremont Craft Ales, Heaven Hill Distilleries and Glenlivet and more. New this year, Flamenco and Jazz by the acclaimed Vahagni Trio. 5 to 8 p.m. Reservation space is limited. For more information, call the Claremont Community Foundation at 398-1060 or visit www.claremonteducationalfoundation.org.

 

Monday, June 3

YOGA Participate in a one-on-one lesson or small group yoga class. The class includes postures, breathing, meditation and chanting. 4 to 5 p.m. Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave., Claremont. For more information, contact Dhara at 294-6080.

 

Tuesday, June 4

CERAMIC ART Founded in 2001 and opened in September 2004, AMOCA is one of the few museums in the United States devoted exclusively to ceramic art and historic innovations in ceramic technology. The mission of the American Museum of Ceramic Art is to educate by presenting, collecting and preserving significant ceramic achievements of the world's cultures from ancient times to the present and through aesthetic and technical study to develop a deeper understanding of cultural values and traditions. Particularly prominent is the 77-foot mural of the history of the Pomona Valley by Millard Sheets. A buffet lunch is available at 11:30 a.m. for $12. Dessert and coffee are available for $6. The University Club meets each Tuesday in the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

AUTHOR PRESENTATION featuring Erin Soderberg with her new book The Quirks: Welcome to Normal, geared for middle-grade boys and girls. She will give a talk and sign her book. 5 p.m. Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop, 1030 Bonita Ave., La Verne. 599-4558.

PHOTO CONTEST results and awards hosted by the Claremont Senior Computer Club. 7:30 p.m. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. 399-5488.

 

Wednesday, June 5

WINE TASTING “American and French Wines” featuring wines hand selected by Plume Ridge including chardonnay, syrah and red blend. This event is an after work pop-up wine tasting at Chase’s restaurant in La Verne and will provide 3 to 4 appetizers for wine tasting accompaniment. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 in advance or $30 (cash only) at the door. Chase’s, 2136 Third St., La Verne.

 

Thursday, June 6

HOME REMODELING A home remodeling survival guide workshop by Hartman Baldwin Design/Build. Learn how to take control of your remodeling project and budget without sacrificing beauty, service or peace of mind. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free to the community. Registration is required. 18 years old and older. 100 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. 670-1344.

 

Friday, June 7

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Dine downtown then stroll the Village to hear free live music performances 6 to 9 p.m. This week’s performers include Ray Woods Combo (Public Plaza), Kenneth Johnson (Claremont Chamber) and Jackson Family Band (City Hall).

 

Saturday, June 8

OPERA Vineyard Touring Opera presents Rigoletto Act IV: From Victor Hugo to Verdi and Pagliacci. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $10 for general admission, $20 for preferred seating or $5 for students and seniors. Claremont Women’s Club, 343 W. Twelfth St., Claremont.

CONCERT The Claremont Chorale presents “Thirsting to Sing,” a repertoire about life’s great appetites—an exploration of songs about food, wine and love. The performance features soloists from the Repertory Opera Company production of La Traviata. $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors and children under 15 may attend for free. Save $2 per ticket and purchase tickets at Rio de Ojas, 250 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Tickets may be purchased online at www.claremontchorale.org. Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Contact 542-8340 or info@claremontchorale.org.

 

Jenelle Rensch covers the calendar, arts and entertainment. Deadline: Thursday at 5 p.m., one week before publication. Include date, time, address, a contact phone number and fee for admission (if applicable). Email: calendar@claremont-courier.com. Fax: 621-4072. Address: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205-B, Claremont, 91711. There is NO guarantee that items submitted will be published.

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