WORKING FOR THE COMMON GOOD: Claremont Presbyterian Church, at 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, hosts a Jazz Vespers event Sunday at 6 p.m. The theme is Working for the Common Good. “’Work’ and ‘labor’ are not our favorite words,” read a press release. “And yet, when we say, ‘labor of love’ or ‘working for the common good,’ our perspective changes. All our work is rooted in some higher goal: family, community, social justice, environment, beauty, peace.
LENNEAR CELEBRATES ASH GROVE: On Saturday, August 17 Claremont’s Claudia Lennear will join The New Ash Grove Players in celebrating 60 years of music and activism from the legendary Hollywood music venue the Ash Grove, which from 1958 to 1973 brought giants like Muddy Waters, Kris Kristofferson, Howlin’ Wolf, Son House, Johnny Cash, Lenny Bruce, Linda Ronstadt, Charles Bukowski, Ry Cooder, Chuck Berry, Jackson Browne and Lightnin’ Hopkins, among countless others
‘THE MUPPET MOVIE’ IN THE GARDEN Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., continues its Cinema Botanica: Movies in the Garden, series with the G-rated The Muppet Movie on Friday, August 16. The family friendly film series runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday evening in August. The films will be shown in the California Courtyard.
THE SAN GABRIELS: THEN AND NOW: Sustainable Claremont hosts a free and open to the public Monday, August 5 dialog, “Home Ground: The San Gabriels in the Anthropocene,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hahn Building, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. In 1877, Sierra Club founder John Muir said that the rugged San Gabriel Mountains were “full of hidden beauty.” But over the last century much has changed.
CONCERT IN THE PARK Claremont’s 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday night July 29 Concerts in the Park continue this week with Night Blooming Jazzmen at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The Kiwanis Club offers a variety of concessions, from burgers, hot dogs and quesadillas to ice cream, popcorn, nachos, candy and drinks at the events. Concertgoers can also bring a picnic, blankets and low back chairs.
GREAT LIVE MUSIC: On Friday, July 19 Claremont’s free live music series boast a fantastic lineup tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. At Laemmle Plaza folks can hear 1940s big band retro tunes from Harmony Sisters and the Little Big Band; guitar driven jazz from The Marc Weller Combo will be going down at the chamber of commerce; Mario Rojas and his band bring soulful original rock and eclectic cover tunes to city hall; and the Squeakin’ Wheels perform at Shelton Park, showcasing transcendent harmonies from brother and sister Dave and Marguerite Millard
RUSHINGWIND ART, MUSIC SHOW Claremont Heritage welcomes Native American music award winner and artist Steven Rushingwind for a free public performance and art exhibit on Saturday, July 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Garner House in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. As part of the First Saturday Art Walk, Mr. Rushingwind will show his latest paintings at 6 p.m. and play Native American flute during an opening reception from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
TAKE A TRAIN, DRINK SOME WINE Uncorked Wine festival takes place at LA’s Union Station on Saturday, June 29 from 6 to 10 p.m., and local imbibers can take a safe train ride to and from the event from the Claremont Metrolink station, located at 200 W. First St. Uncorked features more than 200 wines from across the globe, gourmet local food trucks, live music, a photo booth and more. VIP admission is $70 and includes an extra hour of tasting.
AN EVENING WITH JOHN YORK: Local rock luminary John York plays his yearly benefit concert for the Prison Library Project on Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at The Claremont Forum, 568 W. First St., Claremont. The cover is $20 and tickets are available at claremontforum.org or (909) 626-3066. Mr. York is a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist best known as a former member of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Byrds.
CHEERS, DAD: It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, time to celebrate the old goat, the fixer of leaks and teller of dad jokes. He loves coffee and hanging out with his kids, and the Claremont’s farmers’ market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Avenue between First Street and Bonita Avenue, is a great place both of those dad-friendly activities; Eureka Burger, at 580 W. First St., Claremont, is giving away engraved whiskey glasses with any whiskey cocktail or pour from their selection of more than 40 small batch whiskeys.
CSO CLOSES 66th SEASON Claremont Symphony Orchestra is closing out its 66th season with a free and open to the public 3:30 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Directed by Robert Sage, CSO will present “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” by Samuel Barber, depicting childhood memories of life and death in Tennessee. The concert will conclude with Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” More information is available at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.
SUNDAY SOUNDS Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita. It’s a chance to purchase unique gifts, farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. You can also grab a coffee and pastry at one of the many spots and listen to live music. More information is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.
GAME PARTY TO RAISE FUNDS: Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s, 500 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, hosts a game party from 6 to 10 p.m. to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Admission is a suggested $5 and raffle tickets will be sold for $1. The event includes traditional games such as Uno and Jenga along with several multiplayer video games, including Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Rock Band, Drawful, Pac Man Versus and a number of others.