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Friday, May 29

BLUE STAR MUSEUM DAYS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is a participant in the National Endowment for the Arts’ Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission for active-duty military and their families between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Complimentary admission will continue through Monday, September 7 and includes all active-duty US military personnel and/or up to five of their immediate family members. RSABG is also extending the free garden admission to veterans (admission fees still apply for veterans’ family members). 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

THEATER Claremont High School Theatre presents The Addams Family. Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 30 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. $8 for children under 12, $10 for students and seniors or $15 for general admission. Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 624-9053, ext. 30463.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Enjoy free live music throughout the Village from 6 to 9 p.m.


Saturday, May 30

CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden welcomes the Claremont Folk Festival back for its 32nd exciting year of live music, an artists’ village, music and art workshops, great food and children’s entertainment. The Claremont Folk Festival is presented by the Folk Music Center and Museum, a Claremont nonprofit organization. The Garden is closed to general admission this day. All ages are welcome. $35 public ($30 RSABG members—contact RSABG for the discount code). Kids 12 and younger get in free. Visit folkmusiccenter.com/folk-festival for more information. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is located at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

CROSSROADS COMMUNITYWIDE YARD SALE Bargains galore, quality used items and more at the annual Communitywide Yard Sale. Cahuilla Park, on the corner of Indian Hill Blvd. and Scripps Drive, just north of Claremont High School. 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Vicki at (909) 626-7847.

WILBUR HELD MEMORIAL CONCERT Claremont United Church of Christ (CUCC) will present the Wilbur Held Memorial Concert at 4 p.m., in the church sanctuary. Wilbur Held, a prolific American composer and renowned concert organist, died on March 24, 2015. He was 100 years old. The tribute concert will feature Held's choral music, as well as his music for the organ, violin and cello. Musicians scheduled to perform include Frances Nobert, Susan Achuff, Carey Robertson, CUCC principal organist, Linda Tajima, Maxine Brechbiel, CUCC Chancel Choir and guest singers, Earl Richards, director, CUCC Choral Bells, William Waggener, director and David Held, Wilbur’s brother and CUCC pastor emeritus, playing the cello. For ages 18 and over. Admission is free. A reception will follow the concert. CUCC is located at 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont. 


Sunday, May 31

CONCERT The Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, conducted by Roger Samuel, will present its season finale concert at 7 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The soloist for the concert will be the CYMO Concerto Competition winner Rachel Koh, performing the Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky for cello and orchestra. Other selections will include “Festive Overture” by Shostakovich, “The Firebird Suite” by Stravinsky, and Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free tickets will be given out beginning at 6 p.m.


Monday, June 1

SUSTAINABILITY DIALOG Poisonous herbicides such as Roundup, are used extensively to control weeds; yet they present health risks to people as well as ecosystems we depend upon for life. Their use has become a standard practice of the landscape maintenance industry. The City of Claremont, our public schools, the Claremont Colleges, and other institutions such as the Claremont Club and homeowners’ associations, apartment complexes, and business parks make extensive use of poisonous herbicides. Homeowners apply these herbicides themselves. What are the risks? Are there situations where they should be used? Come and participate in a dialogue with discussion leader Mark von Wodtke and the panel. Learn how to avoid these risks. 7 to 8 p.m. Free to the public. Pomona College’s Hahn Building Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 624-5823.


Tuesday, June 2

A LIFE STORY THROUGH ART The University Club. 11:30 a.m. $13 includes buffet lunch. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.


Wednesday, June 3

YOGA IN THE GARDEN Release stress, unwind your busy mind and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the garden. Classes are held indoors and outdoors depending on weather conditions. Wear comfortable attire and shoes with flat soles, bring a yoga mat and bottle of water. No experience necessary, all are welcome to attend. Teacher: Karen May. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767, ext. 224. 


Thursday, June 4

CLIMATE WARMING AS A CRISIS OF CIVILIZATION Bill McKibben is founder of 350.org, author of Eaarth and The End of Nature, writer for National Geographic, Rolling Stone and New York Times. 7 to 9 p.m. Free to the public. Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 621-5330.


Friday, June 5

ART WALK Artist receptions at Village galleries from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit facebook.com/claremontartwalk for more information. 

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Enjoy free live music throughout the Village from 6 to 9 p.m.

A WHITEHEADIAN RESPONSE TO THE GLOBAL CRISIS John Cobb, Jr. is a renowned American philosopher, theologian and environmentalist. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free to the public. Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 621-5330.


Saturday, June 6

ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS Herman Daly, former senior economist for the World Bank and emeritus professor at University of Maryland. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free to the public. Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 621-5330.

SUMMER MAINTENANCE OF CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS So you’ve got your native plants in the ground, now how do you take care of them? Garden Production Manager Antonio Sanchez provides the answers. Limited to 20 participants. 10 a.m. to noon. $25. For ages 15 and over. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

VILLAGE WALKING TOUR See the Village area of Claremont with a Claremont Heritage guide. The two-hour walking tour includes historic Victorian, college and commercial buildings as well as the restored College Heights Lemon Packing House. $5 per person. Meet at the Claremont Depot, located at 200 W. First St., Claremont. (909) 621-0848.

ECOLOGICAL POLITICS Sheri Liao is an activist, journalist, president of Global Village of Beijing and perhaps the most important environmentalist in China today. Free to the public. 7 to 9 p.m. Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 621-5330.


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