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COURIER Calendar: Big week for concerts, local music

Friday, June 10

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE in the Claremont Village offers local bands with outdoor performances from 6 to 9 p.m. Tonight’s entertainment includes Harmony Sisters & the Little Big Band (‘40s, ‘50s) in the public plaza near Laemmle; Squeakin’ Wheels, (folk, blues) at Shelton Park, corner of Harvard and Bonita; Nick Casillas & Friends (brass, strings) at the Claremont Chamber on Yale Avenue; and Jackson Family (folk, blues) outside the Council Chambers on?Second Street.

 

Saturday, June 11

SENATOR BOXER IN CLAREMONT Scripps College presents California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer at a free 4 p.m. discussion today as a part of the college’s Scripps Presents series. Senator Boxer has represented California in both congress and the senate for 33 years, and as a ranking member of the environment and public works, ethics, and senate foreign relations committees she has championed environmental protection and women’s issues on the global stage. Senator Boxer will offer a booksigning of her recent memoir, The Art of the Tough, which traces her story from her childhood in Brooklyn to the political battlegrounds of Washington, DC. Senator Boxer visits Scripps on the eve of her retirement from a lifetime in public service. More information is available at scrippscollege.edu/events.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MEETING The League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area holds its annual meeting from 10 a.m. to noon today. The group will elect officers and directors, consider positions on issues and a yearly budget, as well as present the Beatty Award. The meeting takes place in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. More information is available at claremont.ca.lwvnet.org or at (909) 624-9457.

CLASSICAL CONCERT Soprano Kathryn Lillich performs at 7 p.m. at Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave. Ms. Lillich will be accompanied by Janet Noll on piano. Selections will include Bach’s “Cantata 51” for soprano and Mozart’s concert aria “Vorrei spiegarvi, O Dio!” More information is available at (909) 624-9693.

CHORALE CONCERT The Mountainside Master Chorale presents “California Voices II” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave., Pomona. The concert will feature music by California composers Ron Kean, Shawn Kirchner and Edward Zeliff, including the premiere of three pieces commissioned by the chorale. Admission is $20, with senior and student tickets at $17. Tickets may be purchased at the door, by phone at (909) 510-6699 or online at mountainsidemasterchorale.org/tickets. The show repeats tomorrow, June 12, at 3:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 12

SYMPHONY CONCERT Claremont Symphony Orchestra presents a free concert at 3:30 p.m. today at Bridges Hall of Music. The program of all-American music features Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite” and the Copland Clarinet Concerto. Little Bridges is located at Pomona College at 150 E. Fourth St. More information is available at claremontso.org or at (909) 596-5979.

YOUTH CHORUS CONCERT Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ Young Men’s Ensemble performs a free 2 p.m. concert today at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1700 N. Towne Ave., Claremont. More information is available at lachildrenschorus.org or (626) 298-1026.

 

Monday, June 13

HOME EFFICIENCY The Claremont Energy Challenge of Sustainable Claremont hosts a free talk tonight, “Tools for Home Energy Efficiency,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. The event will highlight techniques for saving energy and money at home while helping position Claremont to win $5 million for sustainability projects. The event is sponsored by the city and CHERP. Information is available at claremontenergychallenge.net or (909) 625-8767.

 

Tuesday, June 14

WALK THE TOWN INFORMATION SESSION Sustainable Claremont hosts an informational meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight to outline plans for a door-to-door program designed to educate residents about energy efficiency. The meeting, at Napier Common Room, Pilgrim Place, 660 Avery Rd., is free and open to the public. No  experience is necessary. More information is available at claremontenergychallenge.net or (909) 625-8767.

 

Thursday, June 16

FREE AMERICANA CONCERT Scripps College welcomes The Railsplitters tonight for a free 7 p.m. concert at Scripps College’s Bowling Green Lawn. The Boulder, Colorado-based quintet’s adventurous, genre-defying sound combines bluegrass, trip-hop and electronica. The band recently won first place in the RockyGrass Best New Band Competition. This event is free and open to the public, though reservations are required at eventbrite.com/e/levitt-on-the-lawn-the-railsplitters-tickets-25176743317. More information is at scrippscollege.edu/scrippspresents or (909) 607-8508.

SUDS AND MOTHER NATURE Claremont Green Drinks’ third Thursday gathering is tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales. The networking group meets to discuss environmental issues in a casual, fun environment. All are welcome. 1420 N Claremont Blvd #204c. More information is at facebook.com/claremont-green-drinks or via email at greendrinks@sustainableclaremont.org.

CLARINET FESTIVAL The 11th annual Claremont Clarinet Festival returns to Pomona College today through June 18, with 13 solo clarinetists in three free concerts. Today’s concert, “New Music for Clarinet Ensembles,” gets underway at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. On Friday, June 17, the program is “Clarinet Masterworks” at 8 p.m. at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 304 N. College Ave. On Saturday, June 18, “Clarinet Matinee” begins at 2:30 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music. More information is available at claremontclarinetfestival.com or by calling (310) 464-7653. 

 

Friday, June 17

THE MUSIC MAN AT POMONA COLLEGE Alliance for Performing Arts’ production of The Music Man opens with a 7:30 p.m. performance tonight at Pomona’s Seaver Theater. The classic musical about the fictional town of River City, Iowa also runs June 18 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and June 19 at 2:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. 300 E. Bonita Ave. Tickets are $15 to $24 and are available at apastars.org or (909) 596-8811.

 

Saturday, June 18

MEDICINAL HERB WALK Join herbalist William Broen at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for a walk and presentation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Participants will learn traditional and modern uses of approximately 30 species of medicinal and edible plants native to California, as well as relevant folklore. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for all others. RSABG is at 1500 N. College Ave. Information is available at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.