Mardi Gras Casino Night will be 6 to 10 p.m. today (Feb. 23) at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Maher Hall, 14085 Peyton Drive, Chino Hills. Tickets are $25 per person. Information: Shawn Travers, 993-3736.

Pomona Valley Musicians Club will perform “America del Sur” concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Chino United Methodist Church, 5201 Riverside Drive (between Sixth and Seventh streets). Secular choir and solo singing will be in English and Spanish. Also featured will be Latin piano selections, a classical guitarist, and an Argentine Tango dancing duo. A reception will follow the free concert. The community is invited.

A series of three outdoor concerts featuring a variety of music genres will be held 6 p.m. Saturdays at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive as follows: R&B/soul singer Lynne Fiddmont, March 30; R&B artist Derek Bordeaux, May 18; and a country artist to be announced, Aug. 24. 

Singers Fiddmont and Bordeaux have performed at previous Chino Hills Jazz and Blues Festivals.

Cost is $10 per person, 12 and under free. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets. Beer, wine, and refreshments will be available for purchase. 

The event is sponsored by chARTS, the Chino Hills Arts Committee of the Community Foundation. 

Tickets: Purchase at or at Chino Hills City Hall in the recreation department.

Children will be taught about Women’s History Month during a storytime and crafts event, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at the Chino Branch Library, 13180 Central Ave. Speaker will be Amanda McDonough. A similar storytime event on women’s history month will take place 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Cal Aero Preserve Academy Branch Library, 15850 Main St., Chino.

Children will hunt for eggs and hear spring stories during the spring story and egg hunt event, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at Cal Aero Preserve Academy Branch Library, 15850 Main St., Chino.

Outside the Chino Valley

●A family bird walk will take place at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 3 at the Santa Ana Botanic Garden at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, north of Foothill Boulevard. An Audubon member will lead the group. Bring binoculars. There is no charge to enter the garden.

●An easy two-hour nature walk will take place Sunday, March 24 at Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas. Animals that might be seen include the Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, California gnatcatcher, raptors, and wintering water fowl. For time and where to meet, call Rod Higbie at 599-6526 or email

●A theatrical performance of two folktales will take place 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Diamond Bar Library, 21800 Copley Drive. The stories are “The Hat Seller and the Monkey,” a comic escapade from West Africa and performed in pantomime, and “Something from Nothing,” a Yiddish tale from Eastern Europe about a tailor skilled in re-purposing worn items and his grandchild who learns a valuable lesson. The Activated Story Theatre troupe incorporates comedy, props, costumes, and audience participation using an oversized book with pages that turn to reveal scenery. Information: 861-4978 or activatedstorythe


●An all-female mariachi band called “Mariachi Flor de Toloache,” based in New York City, will perform 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Lewis Family Playhouse at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 10500 Civic Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. The band infuses the classic ranchero sound with hip-hop, soul, jazz, and salsa in English and Spanish. Tickets range from $28 to $35.


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