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Friday, July 1

VAMPS! VIXENS! Claremont Senior Program hosts cultural film critic Stacy Davies today with a screening of the 1932 classic Red Headed Woman, starring the original blonde bombshell, Jean Harlow. The film screens at 12:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Center. Mr. Davies will offer insights into the film and the career of Ms. Harlow. The event is open to the public. The cost is $5, and pre-registration is encouraged at (909) 399-5488. The Joslyn Center is located at 660 N. Mountain Ave.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s annual summer outdoor concert series continues tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. with local treasures Squeekin’ Wheels at in the Public Plaza (Laemmle Plaza); Adrienne Selina at Claremont Chamber patio; Technopagan at city hall and Mario Rojas and Saturday Night Pink at Shelton Park.


Saturday, July 2

GUIDED VILLAGE TOUR Claremont Heritage’s monthly guided walking tour focuses on the Village this month. Interested walkers can meet at the Claremont Depot at 10 a.m. today to begin the tour, which concludes at noon. The fee is $5. 150 W. First Street. More information is at claremontheritage.org or (909) 621-0848.


Sunday, July 3

SUNDAY VILLAGE STROLL Claremont’s Farmers and Artisans 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.


Monday, July 4

CLAREMONT’S FOURTH OF JULY Happy Independence Day! Claremont’s annual celebration schedule is as follows: 7 to 10 a.m., Kiwanis pancake breakfast, Memorial Park. Tickets are $5 at the door; 7:30 to 8 a.m., Freedom 500 1k/5k run; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Park festival with games, entertainment; 10 a.m., flag raising ceremony; 10 a.m., food booths open; 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., T. Willard Hunter Speakers’ Corner; 4 p.m., Fourth of July parade begins at Memorial Park, continues south on Indian Hill, west on Harrison Avenue, concluding at Larkin Park; fireworks show and concert, gates open at 6:30 p.m., concert by the Silverados at 6:45 p.m., fireworks show at 9 p.m. Pomona College Strehle Track. Pre-sale tickets are $8 and are available at Alexander Hughes Community Center, Claremont Chamber of Commerce, the Claremont Club, Rio de Ojas, Vons and Wolfe’s Market. Tickets at the gate, if available, are $10.


Tuesday, July 5

MOVIES IN THE PARK Claremont’s annual summer family tradition kicks off today with a free showing of Hotel Transylvania 2 at Blaisdell Park, 440 S. College Avenue. The Movies in the Park series happens on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the summer at various parks throughout the City of Trees. Next week’s offerings are Norm of the North on Tuesday, July 12 at Lewis Park [881 Syracuse Drive] and Charlotte’s Web on Thursday, July 14 at Wheeler Park [626 Vista Dr.].


Wednesday, July 6

LANDMARK DAY On this day in 1957, Althea Gibson claimed the women’s singles tennis title at Wimbledon to become the first African American to win a championship at London’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Gibson was born August 25, 1927 in Silver, South Carolina, and raised in the Harlem section of New York City. She began playing tennis as a teenager and went on to win the national black women’s championship twice. At a time when tennis was largely segregated, four-time U.S. Nationals winner Alice Marble advocated on Gibson’s behalf and the 5’11” player was invited to make her U.S. Open debut in 1950. In 1956, Gibson’s tennis career took off and she won the singles title at the French Open, the first African American to do so, as well as the doubles title there. In July 1957, Gibson won Wimbledon, defeating Darlene Hard, 6-3, 6-2. In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first African-American man to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, when he defeated Jimmy Connors.). In September 1957, she won the U.S. Open and the Associated Press named her Female Athlete of the Year in 1957 and 1958. During the 1950s, Gibson won 56 singles and doubles titles, including 11 major titles.


Thursday, July 7

CONCERT BAND SHOW The Pomona Concert Band’s 69th annual Summer Concert Series opens at 8 p.m. tonight at the G. Stanton Selby Bandshell at Ganesha Park, 1575 North White Ave., Pomona. Tonight’s program is titled “Musical Odds and Ends” and features Peter Schmoll Overture, Suite Of Old American Dances, Toward the Sunrising, Marching Song and two Sousa marches. Linda Taylor and Jorge Garcia direct the band, and Edmund Fry is the master of ceremonies. The weekly series will include eight Thursday evening concerts, plus two bonus concerts, with the final show on August 25. All performances are free and open to the public. More information is available at pomonaconcertband.org or (909) 824-0001.

GARDEN GROOVE Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden kicks off its Thursday Garden Groove summer concert series this evening, with Remember Then, “a blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll,” at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8; children 12 and under are free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Picnicking is welcome and food service will be also be available. More information is available at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.


Friday, July 8

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s annual summer outdoor concert series continues this week with Hound Dog Dave and the Meltones at the Public Plaza (near Laemmle); Los Whateveros at Claremont Chamber patio; Falls Like Rain at city hall Plaza and the High Strung Band at Shelton Park. All performances run from 6 to 9 p.m.