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Friday, May 6

WRECKING CREW HITS THE SCREEN The eighth annual Claremont Film Festival continues today with a 7 p.m. special screening of the documentary The Wrecking Crew, followed by a Q and A with the filmmaker, Denny Tedesco. The Wrecking Crew focuses on the relatively small group of studio musicians who played the parts that sold the hits of the 1960s and early ‘70s, including the late, legendary guitarist Tommy Tedesco, the filmmaker’s father. The film features insights and anecdotes about the music of Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Sonny and Cher, Nat “King” Cole and many others. The festival continues through Sunday, May 8 at Laemmle Theater, 450 W. Second St. Tickets and more information are available at claremontfilmfest.com or (909) 477-1747.

OLA FIESTA TIME The 69th annual OLA Fiesta returns to Claremont today at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. The OLA Fiesta attracts some 15,000 visitors over the weekend to its food booths, carnival rides and live entertainment, including evening headliners The Ravelers (Friday), The ACE Band (Saturday) and Johnny Starr and the Galaxy (Sunday). Appearing in the afternoons are The Falconers (Saturday) and Sgt. Pepper’s Beatles tribute band (Sunday). Ethnic food will be prepared by OLA’s own Hispanic, Vietnamese and Filipino communities. The Fiesta is open Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Discount ride tickets are available through noon today by calling the parish office at (909) 626-3596. 435 Berkeley Ave. More information is at olaclaremont.org.

CELEBRATING THE BARD Charles W. Kamm conducts the Claremont Chamber Choir at 12:15 p.m. today with music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Matthew Harris, Joseph Gregorio and others in a free concert commemorating the Shakespeare quadricentennial. The concert takes place at Balch Auditorium at Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave. More information is available at (909) 607-3266.

 

Saturday, May 7

BIRD LA DAY Today is Bird LA Day, and Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden is taking part this morning with a docent-led tour from 8 to 10 a.m. Bird LA Day is a decentralized, multi-site celebration of birds in the greater Los Angeles area, with birding and bird-related activities. The tour is included with the cost of regular admission to RSABG, which is $8. Admission is $6 for seniors and students with ID and $4 for children ages three to 12. Kids under three and garden members are free. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. More information is available at birdla.org.

CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA Trinity Youth Services and Children’s Foundation of America partner with Last Name Brewing (formerly Dale Bros Brewery) in Upland for a Cinco de Mayo fundraising event from noon to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Guests are invited to enjoy Cruz-N-Tacos from noon to 5 p.m. and JuJu’s Famous Ceviche from 5 to 10 p.m. La Chispa will be spicing it up from 4 to 8 p.m. with live music.

Formerly known as Dale Bros Brewery, Last Name Brewing features a laid-back tasting room ambiance with both indoor and outdoor seating, plus activities like cornhole and live music. 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland.

 

Sunday, May 8

MOTHER’S DAY It’s here: Today is the day when the rubber meets the road, kids, when all the love, good will and hard work mom has invested in you should come back to her a million-fold. Get over to mom’s and let her know you appreciate all she’s done and continues to do, because without her you’d be nothing! Really!

MUSICAL MAMAS Claremont’s Garner House hosts “Broadway Mamas!” at 2 p.m. today. The Mother’s Day-themed production is produced by Ophelia’s Jump. “Celebrate mom with this cabaret celebrating Broadway mothers of all shapes, shades and persuasions,” the producers say. The event features music, food and drink, including a cheeseboard dessert, wine and craft beer. Tickets are $20-$25. Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Information can be found at opheliasjump.org or at (909) 541-5850.

 

Monday, May 9

CROSSWORD KNOWLEDGE On this date in 1386, Portugal and England signed the Treaty of Windsor. It is the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world that is still in force. Now you know.

 

Tuesday, May 10

TACO TUESDAY Only in Southern California can one find some of the tastiest tacos around at a British pub known as a home-away-from-home for expats and local musicians. But here we are, pointing you toward Upland’s venerable Black Watch Pub, where chef Heidi Lutz cranks out some of the best fish tacos anywhere. And on Tuesdays the little delights are just $1.50. 497 N. Central Ave., Upland. More information is available at theblackwatchpub.com or (909) 981-6069.

GREEN ENERGY TALK The University Club of Claremont hosts a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. today with Harvey Mudd College Professor Hal Van Ryswyk discussing “The Future Of Renewable Energy.”  Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A $15 fee includes lunch.

 

Wednesday, May 11

CLAREMONT TREES TO BE DISCUSSED The Tree Action Group of Sustainable Claremont meets tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 510 W. Tenth St. The meeting is free and open to the public. More information is available via email at trees@sustainableclaremont.org. 

WALK FOR PEACE Lewis Park, located at 881 Syracuse Dr. in Claremont, is the site of this morning’s second annual Walk for Peace Walk-a-thon fundraising event. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m., with proceeds to benefit Operation Silver Star. Donations may be made at gofundme.com/cts4zgns, and information regarding participation and sponsorship is available at (909) 626-2900.

SINGING THE CLASSICS Singer Melissa Gurrola will perform works by Liszt, Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo, Wolf-Ferrari and Gheorghe in a free concert at 4:15 p.m. today sponsored by the Department of Music at Claremont Graduate University and the Claremont School of Theology. Kresge Chapel, 1325 N. College Ave. More information is available at cgu.edu/concerts.

KITCHEN GARDENING TALK Claremont Garden Club presents “Dinner from the Garden!” tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as Cynthia Cruz, nutritional consultant for Clark’s Nutritional Centers, discusses how to use more of what we grow, provides ideas for simple recipes and shares gourmet chef secrets. Other topics include what your pantry should include, how to save money on dressings and how to improve nutrition by adding more vegetables to meals. The event is free and open to the public. Pilgrim Place Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd. More information is available via email at gardenclub@sustainableclaremont.org or at (909) 621-6381.

 

Thursday, May 12

YOU THINK YOU’RE FUNNY? Claremont’s Flappers Comedy Club hosts its weekly open mic show tonight with MC Breana Burch. Budding comedians or pros looking to tune up their act can drop by at 10 p.m. to sign up to perform. 532 W. First St. More information is available at flapperscomedy.com or (818) 845-9721.

 

Friday, May 13

MUSICAL ODDS AND ENDS The Pomona Concert Band, conducted by Linda W. Taylor, with the assistance of Dr. Jorge Garcia, performs its annual spring concert tonight, “Musical Odds and Ends,” at Palomares Park Community Center. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The master of ceremonies is Edmund Fry, and the color guard will be under the leadership of Sr. Master Sgt. Heriberto Feliciano, US Air Force retired. 499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona.

 

Saturday, May 14

COMMENCEMENTS All of the Claremont Colleges will host their commencement ceremonies this weekend. See page 5 of this edition for a list of speakers and a schedule.

COMMUNITY YARD SALE Crossroads, Inc. hosts a community-wide yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon today in the parking lot adjacent to Taylor Hall, near the corner of Scripps Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard in Claremont. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available at (909) 626-7847.

DELVING INTO FAMILY HISTORY Today’s monthly meeting of the Pomona Valley Genealogical Society will feature local genealogist Pat Chavarria’s presentation, “Things to Do with Your Genealogical Research This Summer.” The discussion, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pomona Public Library. 625 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. More information is available at (909) 621-1226 or via email at conniecpu@aol.com.