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Friday, June 17

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Walk the Village after dinner and enjoy the sounds of local bands The Dogs at the Public Plaza, Brooks & Sons at Shelton Park, Marc Weller Trio at the Claremont Chamber and Aubren Hinkernell, Originals at Council Chambers. Music runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at each location.

KIDS AND KITTENS Local no-kill pet rescue organization Priceless Pets begins its summer reading program “Kids and Kittens” today at 665 E. Foothill Blvd. in  Claremont. Priceless Pets will host the event every Friday this summer from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., with children ages 5 to 12 invited to play with kittens while being read a story. The event is free and includes a light snack. More information available at pricelesspetrescue.org.

THE MUSIC MAN Alliance for Performing Arts’ production of The Music Man opens tonight, in a 7:30 p.m. performance at Pomona College’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 prior to 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 Experienced herbalist William Broen leads a garden walk and presentation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California. Participants will learn traditional and modern uses of approximately 30 species, as well as relevant folklore. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for all others. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. More information available at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.


Sunday, June 19

SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN Our lovely Sunday morning resource, the Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, takes place today and every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Second Street between Indian Hill Boulevard and Yale Avenue in the Village. Fresh flowers, live plants, fruits, vegetables and various other wares are available. The leisurely stroll is free.

DON’T FORGET YOUR DADS Today is Father’s Day. Give him a call, stop by for a visit or plan a fun day together.


Monday, June 20

MAKE MUSIC TODAY! Make Music Day, the annual global celebration featuring more than 3,000 free outdoor musical events in the United States, returns today. This day-long event takes place in more than 35 US cities—nearly twice as many as last year—with major events in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Nashville, Seattle, Portland, Madison, Wisconson, Philadelphia, Detroit, Denver, Cleveland, Washington DC, St. Louis, Chattanooga, Minneapolis/St. Paul and the entire state of Vermont, with smaller festivities at other cities around the country. Make Music Day seeks to encourage all people, young and old, amateur or professional, to experience the pleasure of making music. Every kind of musician—of all musical persuasions—will be performing in streets, parks, plazas, porches and other public spaces to share their music with friends, neighbors and strangers. Highlights of Make Music Day in the US include “Street Studios” in Los Angeles, Chattanooga and New York with producers bringing gear and engaging passersby in the spontaneous, collaborative production of original music on the street; “Sousapaloozas” in Chicago, Cleveland and New York, with hundreds of brass and wind musicians playing the music of John Philip Sousa; and over 100 “Mass Appeals” around the country where musicians of all levels and ages can gather with other players to make music in large, single-instrument groups. Instruments with “Mass Appeal” events include banjos, guitars, harmonicas, accordions, flutes, percussion, trombones, bassoons, French horns, music boxes, synthesizers, ukuleles, toy pianos and more. Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the “Fête de la Musique,” where it continues every year on June 21, the summer solstice. It has since spread to over 700 cities across 120 countries. All Make Music Day events are free and open to the public. Participants who wish to perform or to host musical events may register at makemusicday.org.


Wednesday, June 22

BUTTERFLIES AND BEER Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the site of this evening’s “Butterflies and Brews” event, with live music, California beers and various members of the order Lepidoptera all coming together from 6 to 8 p.m. for a unique event for patrons 21 and over. The cost is $15 per person or $10 for RSABG members. More information is available at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.


Thursday, June 23

FREE FUNNY FORUM Flappers comedy club in Claremont hosts its weekly open mic show this evening, with budding comics and veterans alike invited to take their material for a test drive on its stage. The free show gets underway at 10 p.m. 540 W. First St., Claremont. More information is available at flapperscomedy.com or (818) 845-9721.


Friday, June 24

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Music once again permeates every corner of the Village this evening, as Claremont’s annual summer concert series, Friday Nights Live, continues. Stages at Laemmle Plaza, the chamber of commerce, city hall and Shelton Park host Dynamite Dawson, Seth Greenberg Combo, Mike’s Guitar World and Pride of Cucamonga, respectively. More information is available at thevillageclaremont.com.


Saturday, June 25

CRAFT BEER WALK Live music, beer and sunshine will coalesce today as the seventh annual Claremont Village Craft Beer Walk takes over the Village at 4 p.m. for its annual shindig. More than 30 breweries and 40 Village businesses are taking part. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $20 and $25. Information and tickets are available at claremontbluesandbrews.com, via email at claremontcraftbeerwalk@gmail.com or (909) 626-1147.