California Botanic Garden Hosts Wildflower Month

California Botanic Garden bursts into bloom in April and we’re celebrating with a month of events dedicated to California’s gorgeous native wildflowers. The party kicks off on Saturday, April 1st with the Garden of Verses Poetry Festival during the day and a Flower Hour happy hour in the evening. Wander the flower-laded paths discovering nature-themed poetry readings and interactive poetry activities throughout the Garden during the Poetry Festival from 11 am to 4 pm (free with Garden admission), and then join us from 5 to 7 pm for our Flower Hour featuring a native-plant inspired cocktail from Evolve Distilling, appetizers from Saca’s Mediterranean Cuisine, music from local band ShamaMamahS, and poetry readings featuring poems by former winners of Claremont Graduate University’s prestigious Tufts Poetry Prize (ticketed event, 21+, advance ticket sales only).

The rest of the month of April will feature events including a wildflower planting and care gardening class, an Earth Day nature drawing class, wildflower tours, and a lecture on the botany of wildflowers featuring CalBG’s Director of Conservation Programs, Dr. Naomi Fraga. Tickets and information for Wildflower Month events will become available over the next two weeks at

Please visit the website to register for events and confirm ticket availability. California Botanic Garden hours during the month of April are 8 am – 7 pm, Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). General Admission to CalBG is $10 Adult | $6 Student w/ ID and Senior (65+) | $4 Child (Ages 3-12); members enter free.

About California Botanic Garden: California Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants, promoting botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and scientific community about California’s native flora. The Garden is a living museum with curated collections of more than 22,000 California native plants, some of which are rare or endangered. Spread across 86 acres in Claremont, California, the Garden is located approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The Garden displays about 2000 taxa of California plants and includes those native to the California Floristic Province. More info:

Midsummer Shakespeare Festival Under the Stars at Pomona College Opens July 14 — Ophelia’s Jump Productions Presents “The Winter’s Tale”

WHAT: The Winter’s Tale. 

WHO: Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Caitlin Lopez. Presented by Ophelia’s Jump Productions’ Midsummer Shakespeare Festival. Co-Producer: Pomona College.

WHERE: Sontag Greek Theatre, Pomona College, Claremont, CA 91711. (Located behind Seaver Theatre).

WHEN: July 14- July 24, 2022. Thursdays through Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Green Show entertainment begins at 7:00 p.m.

ADMISSION: $30. College students with I.D. and children under 12, $20.

INFO/TICKETING: or 909-734-6565

Ophelia’s Jump Productions’ Midsummer Shakespeare Festival returns this July, presenting The Winter’s Tale at The Sontag Greek Theatre, the historic outdoor venue located on the grounds of Pomona College in Claremont.

The Winters Tale performance in Claremont, CA

Prior to the performance, the venue will be open early to accommodate picnickers. Concessions including craft beer, wine and snacks will be available. There will also be a nightly Green Show, a pre-show entertainment at this iconic venue. (The Green Show originated in Elizabethan times.)

The Winter’s Tale is unique in the annals of romantic comedy. It starts off like a tragedy, spins into comedy, and concludes with a fairy-tale happy ending. The play also contains the most famous stage direction in the history of theatrical literature. (Without giving away too much, it involves a bear.)

King Leontes of Sicilia and King Polixenes of Bohemia have been life-long buddies, to the benefit of both their realms. One day, Leontes decides that his Queen, Hermione, is much too friendly with Polixenes and groundlessly suspects her of infidelity. Leontes explodes into a jealous rage which will have dire consequences for his loved ones. Hermione and Leontes’ infant daughter, Perdita, is banished to Bohemia and left to die, but is saved by a passing Shepherd and his son. She grows up into a great beauty, attracting the romantic attention of Florizel, Princess of Bohemia. Meanwhile, their families’ royal houses, beset by grief and regret are still at odds. Is there any hope for the love of Perdita and Florizel? It will take an act of miraculous magic to make things right, if the lovers are ever to achieve their happily-ever-after.

Caitlin Lopez directs. She is the Founding Associate Artistic Director of Ophelia’s Jump Productions. An actor and improvisor, she was a company member at Spectacles Improv Engine where she co-created teams and forms steeped in narrative genre work such as The Mechanicals, The Blankety Blank, and The Illegitimate Stage. Directing credits with OJP include 33 Variations, Twelfth Night, The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Much Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It. She is a graduate of California State San Bernardino with a Bachelors in Acting and will be attending Ohio University in the Fall, pursuing an MFA in Directing. 

Her cast for The Winter’s Tale includes Austin Mooney, Conrad Cecil, Courtney Brechemin, Elana Aronson, Janette Valenzo, Justin Wickman, Liana-Rose Veratudela, Michael Johnson, Ryan Herrera, Scott Robinson, Sophia Dunn-Walker, Tania Esmeralda Vazquez and William Mueller.

Stage manager: Miranda Tejeda. Lighting designer: Sheila Malone.

Founding Artistic Director: Beatrice Casagrán. 

It may be called The Winter’s Tale, but a romance with a fairy-tale ending is perfect for a summer evening.

About Ophelia’s Jump

Ophelia’s Jump is a non-profit Performing Arts Theatre producing plays, staged readings, the Midsummer Shakespeare Festival in Claremont, and hosting youth and adult improv and acting classes. Ophelia’s Jump Productions was founded by artists and educators who believe that the purpose of theatre is to create unending conversations, spark imagination, incite conscience, and elicit a visceral response. Ophelia’s Jump aims to invigorate the creativity and intellect of the community by working with local emerging artists. Ophelia’s Jump is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

About Pomona College

Located in Claremont, California, Pomona College is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona is known for its quality academic programs, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty, a range of student research and leadership opportunities, and a strong commitment to the arts. Additional information available at 

Wildflower Week at Botanic Garden in Claremont, April 13-21

From April 13 through April 21, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California, invites visitors to experience their backyard superbloom at the Garden’s Wildflower Week. Prepare for a bonanza of color, fragrance and beauty at this nine-day celebration of California’s wildflowers featuring wild-collected species, annual displays, an art exhibition and more.

Continuing a historic tradition spanning more than 70 years, Wildflower Week connects visitors to the beauty and value of California’s flowers by bringing blooms from remote wildlands and conservation sites directly to Garden guests. This year, annual displays and Garden venues have been transformed with cultivated annuals, including favorites like California poppies, baby-blue eyes, lupines and much more. In addition, the Garden is producing the inaugural The Art of the Wildflower exhibition, a group show featuring California artists focused on wildflowers and their work in direct relationship with the vivid blooms and fragrances of the Wildflower Show.

Wildflower Week Schedule of Events

Wildflower Happy Hour – April 13 | 5 pm – 7 pm: Celebrate the commencement of Wildflower Week and be one of the first to see the Wildflower Show and The Art of the Wildflower exhibition. Free with Garden admission. Limited to the first 200 guests. Enjoy inspire

d cocktails, craft beer and wine for an additional fee.

Wildflower Show – April 13, 14 & 15 | 10 am – 4 pm: Experience a curated display of hundreds of California wildflowers collected by Garden botanists from sites throughout Southern California. Garden members are granted early access to see the Wildflower Show on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at 8 am.

Native Designs Show – April 16 – 21 | 10 am – 4 pm: Native Designs, the Garden’s volunteer group of talented floral designers, grows and harvests California native plants for arrangements and displays. They produce arrangements for weddings, gatherings and many other events. This year, each Native Designer will showcase their own stylistic voice and selection of California native plants in an exhibition dedicated to their remarkable craft.

The Art of the Wildflower – All Week: This group exhibition brings together contemporary artists inspired by California’s diverse and remarkable wildflowers. A portion of artwork sales benefit Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and its California native plant mission.

Wildflower Trails – All Week: Discover Garden paths and venues transformed with wild color from beautiful California annuals and perennial plants.

Tram Tours – All Week | 1 pm: Delight in a guided tram tour through the Garden and learn about the colorful blooms and blossoms native to California. Approximately 45 minutes. $5 per person. Space is limited for tram tours.

Field Trip | Sand to Snow National Monument – April 20 | 8 am – 6 pm: Join Garden botanists and staff on a botanical adventure to the Sand to Snow National Monument and discover the beautiful blooming plants that inhabit this special place. Transportation and snacks are included in the cost of the field trip. Please bring a sack lunch, water, comfortable hiking shoes and sun protection. Space is limited. $75 Public | $60 Members.

About Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants, promoting botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and scientific community about California’s native flora. The Garden is a living museum with curated collections of more than 22,000 California native plants, some of which are rare or endangered. Spread across 86 acres in Claremont, California, the Garden is located approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The Garden displays about 2000 taxa of California plants and includes those native to the California Floristic Province.

The 20th Annual Taste of Claremont Coming April 27, Presented by The Rotary Club of Claremont

The Rotary Club of Claremont’s 20th annual Taste of Claremont promises another spectacular night of delicious food, wine, and craft beer from local establishments.

Visitors to Claremont can dine, enjoy live music, and spend an evening discovering Claremont’s best dishes on April 27, 2019, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. With over 850 guests in attendance at last year’s event, the Taste of Claremont 2018 was a huge success. More than 40 local restaurants, wineries, and breweries proudly provided samples of their wares. Guests were treated to live music, an art exhibit, and raffle prizes. Through the generous support of guests and sponsors, the Rotary Club of Claremont raised over $55,000 for the Claremont Rotary Foundation, directly benefiting charitable organizations locally and internationally as well.

A set of live jazz music will kick off the evening, and then later The Amazing Tonebenders will encourage dancing with their upbeat style of Rock, Pop & Country. All proceeds from this event support the Claremont Rotary Foundation. Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who believe in a world where people unite and take action to create
lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Sponsorships and tickets are available, and details can be found at

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Claremont Folk Festival Coming May 30, 2015

This year, the Claremont Folk Festival returns to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden inClaremont Folk - 2015 Claremont for a full day of events.  There will be two stages featuring live music as well as workshops, kid’s activities, Garden tours, art vendors, craft booths, butterfly pavilion, and gourmet food and libations.

The musical line-up includes The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Blind Boy Paxton, Dustbowl Revival, Tom Freund, Peter Harper, Perla Batalla and more.  For further information, check online at or

The Festival will open at 10:00 am.  General Admission tickets are $35, Garden members $30, children 12 and under are free.

Claremont Chamber hosts Women’s Leadership Conference

Join the Claremont Chamber of Commerce for a day of motivation, inspiration and fun at their Women’s Leadership Conference on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 9 a.m.Claremont-women– 3 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont, 555 W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont.

Presented by Claremont Lincoln University, this day-long conference will explore significant topics including the hidden rules of success, personal branding and the history of women. The attendees will also have the opportunity to have a panel discussion with current and former women elected officials.

Featured speakers will include: Lori Giovannoni, a nationally recognized speaker, author and businesswomen; JuliAnn Stitick, nationally-known personal brand and image consultant; and Dr. Peg Lamphier, author and IGE Professor at Cal Poly Pomona. All are welcome and encouraged to attend – as it will be an empowering day filled with practical information for everyone.

Cost per person is $100, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is available online at by Friday, February 27th. For information on becoming a sponsor or exhibitor call (909) 624-1681.

About the Speakers:

  • Lori Giovannoni is an award-winning speaker, author and businesswoman. Her clients include small businesses, as well as Fortune 500 companies and departments within federal, state and city governments. Lori’s contributions as a volunteer in her community have earned her many awards, including the Athena Award. As the Dean of Executive Women International’s Academy of Leadership, Lori has designed and developed all the courses that comprise the Academy of Leadership.
  • JuliAnn Stitick, a nationally-known personal brand and image consultant, will speak on personal branding, encompassing communication skills, body language, presentation, wardrobe, client experience, organization and followup. JuliAnn is a trusted image advisor for top level entrepreneurs globally and organizations crossing every industry, including the Oscars, the Golden Globes, Disney, Nordstrom and Lexus.
  • Dr. Peg Lamphier is an author and Professor at Cal Poly Pomona. Peg attended Arizona State University and the Claremont Graduate School. Her first book was published in 2003 about politics and gender during the Civil War. Peg is currently under contract with Blackwell-Wiley as co-author for a Civil War and Reconstruction text book and is an editor of a four volume Encyclopedia of American Women with ABC-Clio.

Casting Call – Inviting Claremont Residents and Visitors to Participate in Tourism Video “Grand Finale” on July 18

WHAT: Claremont’s tourism board, Discover Claremont, is filming a promotional video in the streets of Claremont Village this Friday night. The video will promote many of Claremont’s amenities, including its hotels, restaurants and boutiques.

WHO: Claremont residents and visitors are encouraged to join with the Claremont High School Marching Band to participate as extras for the video’s “grand finale” scene in the Claremont Village. Please wear solid-colored tops (no patterns) without logos.

WHERE: Meet at the corner of Yale and Bonita Avenues.

WHEN: Friday, July 18, 2014. Call time is 4:30 PM, and the shoot will be completed by 7:00 PM.

QUESTIONS: Please email Discover Claremont at


Claremont Ski & Surf Winter Escape Specials Available through March 31, 2014

Claremont, nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains between the area’s ski resorts and beaches, is offering a winter special for visitors who are looking to ski and surf the Southland. Claremont’s location on the Los Angeles County border makes it possible for visitors to ski in the local mountains at sunrise, grab a quick lunch, surf in the Pacific Ocean in the afternoon, and enjoy a fine meal and entertainment at night.

Claremont welcomes travelers to “stay and relax” at one of the city’s hotel and motel properties and enjoy the town’s many tourist amenities. This winter, through March 31, 2014, the Claremont tourism board is offering its popular “Discover Claremont” stay-and-relax package that includes a minimum one-night stay and $100 in gift cards redeemable at more than 130 locally owned eateries, boutiques, day spas and salons, and entertainment venues.

A limited number of “Discover Claremont” packages are available on a first-come, first-served basis to guests who book directly through participating Claremont hotels, including Hotel Casa 425 (909-624-2272), DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont (909-626-2411), and Hotel Claremont and Tennis Club (909-621-4831).

Foodies can redeem Claremont gift cards all day long: Start your morning at Some Crust Bakery or The Last Drop Café, grab a to-go lunch from the Cheese Cave or Wolfe’s Market, sip a cold one at Claremont Craft Ales or the Lounge at Casa 425, enjoy a dinner at restaurants like Orchard, La Parolaccia, Aruffo’s, Espiau’s or the bistro at Packing House Wines, and grab a dessert at I Like Pie.

Shoppers will enjoy exploring Claremont’s boutiques like Rio de Ojas, Colors 91711, Nectar, Barbara Cheatly Antiques, Heirloom, and Aromatique.

Entertainment options using Discover Claremont gift cards include Dueling PianoPiano at the DoubleTree by Hilton, and the Candlelight Pavilion dinner theater.

Claremont’s attractions also include the 86-acre Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants; and the world-renowned Folk Music Center museum and store, owned by musician Ben Harper’s family.

A complete list of Claremont merchants participating in the gift card promotion can be found at

Claremont Hosts Largest Annual Arts And Crafts Faire, October 26

With fall quickly approaching, the Claremont Chamber of Commerce is hard at work for the preparation of the Inland Valley’s largest Arts & Crafts Faire, Village Venture.

With an estimated 15,000 people in attendance the streets of the Claremont Village will be filled with 500+ booths at this annual event on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Streets will be closed from First St. to Fourth St. and Indian Hill Blvd to College Ave. The streets will be lined with booths selling unique art, original crafts, apparel, business and organization information, international food and entertainment.

A children’s pre-carved pumpkin competition will be held in Shelton Park (corner of Harvard Ave. and Bonita Ave.) Judging will take place at 2pm. Sponsored by The Claremont Sunrise Rotary.

The traditional children’s Halloween costume parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. All participants will assemble at the corner of Harvard and Bonita Ave. at 9:15 a.m. (No motorized vehicles will be allowed in the parade.)

No need to worry about parking. A complementary off site shuttle service will be provided. Shuttle locations: Claremont University Facilities on First St. and Mills Ave. Cahuilla Park parking lot on Scripps Ave. and Indian Hill Blvd. and St. Ambrose Episcopal Church on Bonita Ave and Mountain Ave.

Don’t miss out on this fun-filled family event.

For more information contact the Claremont Chamber of Commerce at (909) 624-1681 or visit

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