Chinese-style dance class

Dancers rehearse at the Chino Senior Center, 13170 Central Ave., where a free Chinese-style ballroom dancing class is being offered to all seniors from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through the month of March. 

●The Planes of Fame Air Museum will present “Women in Aviation: Early Pioneers Today” about the role of aviators during World War II, 10 a.m. until noon today (Feb. 16) at 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino. Cost is $15 for general admission and $6 for 11 years and under. 

●The Chino Kiwanis Club, in partnership with the Chino Community Theatre, will present its 20th play “A Funny Little Thing Called Love,” at the Seventh Street Theatre at 8 p.m. today (Feb. 16) and Sunday, Feb. 17. 

The comedy is directed by Paul Larson and Mike Barbin.

Four tales about the twists and turns of romance will be performed. The play stars Shannon King, Josh Munch, Nikki Hendricks, Pat McArdle, Lizbeth Valdez, Gigi Fix, Audrey Berniklau, Judy Miller, Nick Liguori, Sandra Rose, Harvey Luth and Erin Reeves.

Cost is $20 per ticket. There are no student or senior discounts. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting In the left column, click “tickets” and “seat yourself.” There is a 50 cent per ticket service charge. Tickets may be purchased at the box office, 13123 Seventh St. with cash or checks made payable to Chino Kiwanis Club. 

Information: 590-1149.

●Ayala Theater Company will hold a comedy night fundraiser at 9 p.m. today (Feb. 16) at Xavi’s Cantina and Grill, 14670 Pipeline Ave., Chino Hills. 

Four comedians will perform, and raffles will be held. High school students are welcome. Cost is $15 per ticket plus a required two item drink or food minimum purchase. Information and tickets: or 438-8939.

Mardi Gras Casino Night will be 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, 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 Musician’s Club will perform its “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 to attend.

●A scrapbooking group meets 9 a.m. the third Monday of the month at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive. Signups are not necessary. Projects made by the group include gift card holders, cards, booklets, small gift bags, and more. Information: 364-2826.

Quilting takes place at 9 a.m. the second Monday of the month free of charge for ages 50-plus at Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive. Residents who don’t know how to quilt will be taught.

●”Bookworms” for ages 50-plus meet at 10 a.m. the first Monday of the month to enhance the pleasure of reading in an open exchange of ideas on selected works of literature at Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive.

●Residents 50 and older may gather and socialize or play billiards, cards, board games, ping pong, poker, puzzles and Scrabble during a free drop-in program, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive. 

●The card game Pinochle is played at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive. The program is free.

●Chino Senior Center hosts a Chino Seniors social dance, noon to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at 5443 B St., Chino. Line dancing takes place noon to 12:45 p.m., followed by social dance 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $2 per person. Information: 272-7489 or 203-2019. 

“Bingo at the Barn,” hosted by the Chino Hills 55+ Club, is played Thursday afternoons at McCoy Equestrian Center, 14280 Peyton Drive, for ages 18 years and older. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and games begin at 12:30 p.m. Buy-in is $15 for a 14-game pack and multiple 14-game packages are value priced. Minimum payouts are $50 per game. Complimentary coffee and break-time snacks are provided. Information: Bingo manager George DeFrank, (714) 345-0907.

Bingo is offered for adults 50 years and older, 12:45 to 3:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the Chino Senior Center, 13170 Central Ave. Buy-in is $5 for a 10-game pack and $3 for additional packs. Games for $1 include odd-even and double action; powerball is 50 cents. Information: 334-3271.

●The Maclin open air market features fresh flowers, crafts, specialty food, full-service cocktails, household goods, and clothing, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7407 Riverside Drive, Ontario, at the Chino border. Admission is 50 cents per person. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Information: 986-0474.

Outside the Chino Valley

●Stilt walking, Lion dancers, music, and Kung Fu demonstrations will be included in a Year of the Pig Lunar New Year Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. today (Feb. 16) at Ontario Mills Mall, 1 Mills Circle in Ontario. Information: 484-8301.

The Ultimate Bugfest will be presented noon to 4 p.m. today (Feb. 16) and Sunday, Feb. 17 at the San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. The event will include interactive bee activities, insect specimen displays, bug crafts, and composting demonstrations. Tarantula encounters are scheduled each hour beginning at 1 p.m. Cockroach races will take place at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military and seniors, $7 for students, and $5 for children 5 to 12. Information:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on Victor Hugo’s gothic novel set in 15th Century Paris and featuring a 12-piece orchestra, will be performed 7:30 p.m. today (Feb. 16), Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 17 and 24 at Lewis Family Playhouse at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 10500 Civic Center Dr. in Rancho Cucamonga. Tickets range from $28 to $35.


Gem Faire, a jewelry and bead show, will be held noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at Orange County Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. Admission of $7 is valid all weekend. The event will include jewelry, crystals, gems, beads, minerals, pearls, tools, and fashion accessories. 

Information: (503) 252-8300 or

The African Children’s Choir will perform spirituals and lively African songs and dances at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at Diamond Canyon Christian Church, 3338 S. Diamond Canyon Road, Diamond Bar. The choir’s parent organization, Music for Life, conducts relief and education programs in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa. 

The event is free, but donations are accepted.


●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

●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.


●African-American contemporary dance company Lula Washington Dance Theatre will present “The Snowy Day and other books by Ezra Jack Keats” geared for audiences ages 6 and up in two performances, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at Lewis Family Playhouse at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 10500 Civic Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $16 for seniors and youth up to age 12.


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