Around town: Claremont is opening up and we have it covered
CEF car giveaway
On Saturday, the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF), in partnership with Claremont Toyota, will draw this year’s winner of the annual car raffle. The lucky contestant will take home a 2021 Toyota RAV4-LE along with some other neat prizes.
The winner will also receive a National Park Annual Pass, an Osprey Daylight backpack along with a shoulder sling bag, a United by Blue Meal Kit and more!
Tickets are still for sale at $20 for a single entry and $100 for six and can be purchased via phone from Claremont Unified School District schools, from select CUSD booster groups, and at certain businesses around the city.
Booster groups include the Claremont High School Choral Boosters, Boys Golf, Speech and Debate, and classes of 2023 and 2024. Tickets can also be purchased from Claremont Toyota.
The raffle is open to anyone over the age of 18 and of U.S. residency. If the number of tickets sold is less than 1,000, the prize will be changed to a $10,000 cash prize rather than the vehicle according to the news release.
Camp IVRT goes in person
Camp IVRT, an educational outreach program of the Inland Valley Repertory Theatre (IVRT) has announced it will begin its in-person musical theatre and online interactive theatre program summer camps on June 21.
The classes are for students ages 7 to 13. Students will create an original play with songs from hit Broadway musicals, make new friends, and work together in a positive, creative and encouraging atmosphere.
Professional teaching artists and high school student assistants will work with students in-person and through Zoom classes, including music, drama and movement. Activities and games are designed to help students learn patience, tolerance, discipline and focus.
Online students will also work with a professional filmmaker to learn acting for the camera, and each child will begin creating an acting reel.
In-person Saturday classes will be held from 9 to 11:45 a.m. at the Foothill Country Day School campus on June 26, July 10, 17, and 24. Classes will follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. Virtual sessions one (June 21-25) and two (June 28-July 2) will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
IVRT’s virtual Performance Camp runs for three weeks, from July 12-30. Visit https://www.ivrt.org/camp-ivrt or call (909) 720-7324 for more information.
Support for men
Claremont Senior Program is reaching out to let folks know there are local men’s support groups that meet regularly.
The groups are an opportunity to come together with fellow men and help each other experience more personal growth, mental health, success, and happiness. Men are encouraged to join one of CSP’s partners' free virtual support groups, including:
• Men’s Depression Group, meeting every Friday at 1:00 p.m. A support group for men that discusses how to cope and overcome depression. Hosted by the Wellness Center at Tri City Mental Health. Pre-registration required by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (888)593-4448.
• Men’s Grief Group, meeting on second and fourth Mondays at 10 a.m. Receive bereavement support in a men's-only setting to help understand and navigate the grief process. Hosted by VNA Hospice and Palliative Care of Southern California. Please email email@example.com to sign up for a group, or go to https://vnasocal.org/onlinegriefsupport/#register.
Tom Shelley honored by city
The Claremont Senior Program has announced that reserve ranger and community volunteer Tom Shelley is the city of Claremont’s 2021 Older Americans Award honoree.
On May 27, Mr. Shelley was honored at the 56th Annual Older Americans Recognition Day
event, hosted virtually by the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Shelley was selected for recognition in part due to his contribution of 300-plus volunteer hours during the height of the pandemic. In this role, he supported the ranger team in implementing an array of re-opening guidelines in adherence with Los Angeles County public health orders. His efforts during this time helped keep the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park open and safe for park visitors. In addition to his reserve ranger contributions, Mr. Shelley has devoted his time to several other local organizations, including the Rotary Club of Claremont, Claremont Senior Bike Group, and Mt. Baldy’s Ski Patrol Program.
“We thank Mr. Shelley for his dedication to the health and safety of the community he serves,” read a city news release.
For more information, call (909) 399-5488 or visit www.ci.claremont.ca.us.
Starting June 1 through August 31 at Claremont’s Helen Renwick Library, children, teens, and caregivers can take part in arts and crafts activities and live performances. Outdoor activities will be held Monday through Wednesday, according to the following schedule:
• 11 to 11:30 a.m., preschool programs for children ages 3-5 (and parents/caregivers).
• 2 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m., kids and teens programs for ages 6-17 (and parents/caregivers).
Children age 9 or under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. For more information or to register for an upcoming event, visit lacountylibrary.org/outdoor.