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CALENDAR: Concerts, dance class, poetry reading and Fourth of July activities


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Friday, June 26

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


Saturday, June 27

DANCE Bust a move and learn some dance routines with Arthur Murray Dance Studio. 10:30 a.m. Free to the public. Upland Public Library, 450 N. Euclid Ave., Upland. (909) 931-4213.


Sunday, June 28

POETRY READING Poetry reading featuring two southern California poets, Maurya Simon and Jennifer K. Sweeney. As always, this event is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be provided and copies of the poets’ books will be available for purchase. 2 to 4 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.


Monday, June 29

BUTTERFLY PAVILION The Butterfly Pavilion combines science education with interactive fun to teach visitors about California native butterflies and conservation. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.


Tuesday, June 30

HIV IN TODAY’S WORLD University Club program with speaker Dr. Karl Haushaulter, Harvey Mudd College. 11:30 a.m. $13 includes buffet lunch. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.


Wednesday, July 1

DRIVER LICENSE STUDY SESSION The Upland Library is offering drivers license self-study sessions. Library staff will provide resources to help you pass the DMV written exam. The California Driver Handbook, sample test materials and online access to practice tests will be provided. The sessions are free and will be held downstairs in the Carnegie Cultural Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Requirements: Upland Library card with Internet access and must be 18 years of age or older. Call the literacy office at (909) 931-4211 to register. Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 123 E. D St., Upland.


Thursday, July 2

SUMMER CONCERT The Pomona Concert Band announces its 68th annual Summer Concert Series to be held at the G. Stanton Selby Bandshell on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. starting July 2. This series will include nine Thursday evening concerts with the finale on August 27, plus two bonus concerts. All performances are free to the public. Bring a lawn chair, visit the band’s concession stand or bring a picnic basket and enjoy an evening of music. The Pomona Concert Band is under the baton of Linda W. Taylor, conductor and musical director, and Dr. Jorge Garcia, assistant conductor. 8 to 9:30 p.m. G. Stanton Selby Bandshell, 1575 N. White Ave., Pomona. (626) 824-0001.


Friday, July 3

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

CLAREMONT ART WALK Due to the Fourth of July holiday, some galleries will conduct their artist reception on the normally scheduled first Friday. However, others will have their receptions throughout this weekend and the next. Visit facebook.com/claremontartwalk for the latest announcements.


Saturday, July 4

PANCAKE BREAKFAST Claremont Kiwanis Club members serve a Pancake Breakfast at Memorial Park just north of the band shell. Proceeds from the breakfast help support a variety of organizations and community events such as: Ability First, Concerts in the Park, Best BET, plus other youth and community activities. Tickets for breakfast are $5 each, and may be purchased the day of the event. 7 to 10 a.m.

FREEDOM 5000 5K/1K The annual Claremont Village Freedom 5000 1K/5K is a family-friendly event that kicks off the Fourth of July Celebration. The event features a 1K Kids Run, a 5K Competitive Race Walk and a 5K Run through the scenic tree-lined streets of Claremont. Make sure to register early. All pre-registered participants will receive a souvenir T-shirt. Groups/teams of 10 or more participants will receive $5 off per person. 7:30 a.m./8 a.m. Memorial Park. Visit ci.claremont.ca.us for more information.

FLAG RAISING CEREMONY The Flag Raising Ceremony marks the official beginning of the Independence Day Festival. Together, the Independence Day Committee and American Legion help coordinate this reverent ceremony, which includes musical selections, the reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and a ceremonial raising of our nation's flag. This profound event emphasizes the importance we place on our nation’s independence and provides an opportunity to celebrate our national pride. 10 a.m. at Memorial Park.

T. WILLARD HUNTER SPEAKERS CORNER In order to celebrate our country’s First Amendment right, the speakers corner provides a forum for citizens in our community to speak their minds on any subject from personal to global. Past speeches have focused on politics, religion, history, travel and personal fulfillment. Age is no barrier. Previous orators have ranged in age from 5 years to over 80. Speakers’ time slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and must be pre-arranged.

FESTIVAL In the tradition of a hometown event, the festival features over 70 nonprofit groups providing food, information, games and a wide variety of items for sale. A complete list of all groups and their locations will be available at the Independence Day Committee information booth, just north of Garner House. On July Fourth, Memorial Park is truly transformed as an array of performers rove the park providing color and frolicsome fun for people of all ages. Stage entertainment includes several bands; other types of entertainment and demonstrations occur throughout the park, including clowns, strolling bands, jugglers and even a very tall Uncle Sam. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PARADE Begins at Tenth Street and Indian Hill Boulevard, goes south on Indian Hill Boulevard, turns right on Harrison Avenue and concludes at Larkin Park.

CONCERT AND FIREWORKS SHOW The Ravelers live in concert. Vintage-style low-level fireworks show by Bay Fireworks. The Kiwanis Club will serve barbeque food. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Alexander Hughes Community Center, Chamber of Commerce, the Claremont Club, Rio de Ojas, Von’s and Wolfe’s Market. 6:30 p.m. Pomona College Strehle Track.