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Friday, July 22

NO PLACE LIKE HOME With a cast of 60 singing, dancing and flying performers ages 3 to 25, Karousel Kids presents The Wizard of Oz tonight at the Seaver Theater, 300 E. Bonita Ave. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and features a full orchestra accompaniment. The show repeats tomorrow, Sunday, July 23, at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices and more information is available at (909) 626-5437.

LIVE MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE The outdoor concert series rolls on tonight with the Elizabeth Hangan and Blues and Fries at the public plaza (near Laemmle), Saloon No. 12 at Claremont Chamber, Aubren Hinkernell at city hall and Balderama’s Big Wednesday at Shelton Park. All performances and free and run from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, July 23

I SEE HAWKS IN CLAREMONT Long-running Los Angeles-based psychedelic-infused country rock band I See Hawks in LA headline a show tonight at the Folk Music Center in Claremont. Also on the bill is legendary LA guitar slinger and songwriter Tony Gilkyson. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show gets underway at 7:30 with Mr. Gilkyson’s set. Tickets are $12 and are available at the Folk, 220 Yale Ave. More information is at folkmusiccenter.com or (909) 624-2928.

HOUSE CONCERT Storied local rock musician, composer and singer John York performs in an intimate setting tonight as he brings his 12-string acoustic guitar and rich vocals to a house concert in Claremont. Mr. York is a former member of the Byrds, the Sir Douglas Quintet (with Dr. John) and The Mamas and the Papas touring band. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 and reservations are required. Call or email Janice or Andy Gelencser at (909) 596-1266 or singfolk@yahoo.com to make a reservation and for concert location.Visit gelencserhouseconcerts.com for more information.

GRASS ROOTS FOR TREES Volunteers are needed to help today to deliver tree support supplies to Claremont residents. Interested folks are asked to convene at 9 a.m. at Claremont City Yard, 1616 Monte Vista Ave. for training, after which door-to-door deliveries of soaker hoses and helpful hints will commence. Volunteers will return afterward to debrief over a free lunch. The city of Claremont, Sustainable Claremont, Claremont Heritage and the Boy Scouts of America sponsor the event. Families are welcome. More information is available by calling the community services department at (909) 399-5431. 

 

Sunday, July 24

SHORT POEMS, READ OPENLY Friends of the Claremont Library’s monthly Fourth Sunday poetry events continue today with an open mic short form poetry reading at 2 p.m. The reading is open to poets of all ages with works of 10 lines or less. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Sign-ups begin at 1:50 p.m. Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. More information is available at claremontlibrary.org.

FREE JAZZ ON THE PATIO The free weekly Jazz at College Center series continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today with local musician Homero Chavez and Una Noche. The concerts take place at 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, in the patio in front of Blue Fin Sushi.

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE Our free and wonderful Sunday morning fringe benefit takes place again today as the Artisans and Farmers Market opens from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Second Street between Indian Hill and Yale Avenue in Claremont. The market offers fresh flowers, living and cut, fruits, vegetables and herbs, artisan juices, cheeses and nuts, as well as art, jewelry, clothing, books, antiques and live music.

SHOES THAT FIT Claremont  schools will be back in session before we know it (August 31!), and Shoes That Fit and Claremont Village Marketing Group’s annual shoe and school supply drive is drawing to a close today. More than 250 local schoolchildren benefit each year from the free shoes, socks and back-to-school supplies charity. For information on how to get involved, email stf@thelastdropcafe.com or visit shoesthatfit.org or theclaremontvillage.com.

HEALTHY GI WORKSHOP A workshop focusing on a healthy gastro-intestinal system takes place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today in Claremont. The title of the event is “Ayurvedic Medicine: Learn how you can prevent GERD, halitosis, bloating, IBS and more by following the teaching of Ayurvedic medicine.” The cost is $15. Participants can RSVP at (909) 921-7115. Claremont Ayurvedic Healing, 226 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite I. More information is available at ayurvedichealing.info

BYE BYE BARD Ophelia’s Jump’s annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival closes tonight with A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 8 p.m. The production is co-sponsored by Pomona College, and takes place at the college’s Sontag Greek Theater. Tickets are $25 and $22 for students and seniors. Group tickets are available. More information is available via email at info@opheliasjump.org or at (909) 541-5850.

 

Monday, July 25

MONDAY CONCERT The city and the Kiwanis Club’s annual free summer Concerts in the Park series continues tonight at Memorial Park band shell with ‘70s cover band Cold Duck. The concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Concessions are available for purchase. Memorial Park is located at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE PARTY Claremont’s Masonic Lodge, 227 W. Eighth St., is the site this evening for an Israeli folk dance party from 7 to 10 p.m. Beginners are welcome at 7 p.m., followed by open dancing until 10 p.m. The cost is $6. More information is available at ayurvedichealing.info or (909) 921-7115.

 

Tuesday, July 26

FAIRPLEX THEN AND NOW The University Club of Claremont meets at 11:30 a.m. today to discuss “The Fairplex: History and Current Community Impact.” Guest speaker Nena Hernandez, ambassador volunteer program manager at the Pomona Fairplex, will discuss the history of the LA County Fairgrounds. Built in 1922, the original 43 acres were a beet farm. Early fairs used circus tents and featured events such as airplane wing walking. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1935 Works Project Administration aided construction of the many buildings. Famously, the facility became an Assembly Center for American citizens of Japanese descent for a brief period in 1942, during World War II. Topics of today’s discussion will also include the current Fairplex’s educational services and year-round events at the Fairplex and their impact on the community. University Club programs are open to the public. A meeting fee of $15 includes a buffet lunch. Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. For more information go to universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

Wednesday, July 27

FREE ART DOCUMENTARY Claremont Manor’s ongoing “Live and Learn” art history series continues at 3 p.m. today. The Claremont Manor Residents Association offers free one-hour screenings of art history documentaries every Wednesday. This screening and next week’s will be followed by a nine-week series on the history and influence of art in the Western world. 650 Harrison Ave. Call (909) 482-0980 or (909) 626-3930 for more information.

 

Thursday, July 28

GARDEN GROOVE Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts its summer Garden Groove concert tonight, as Louie Cruz Beltran brings his Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms to the lovely outdoor setting. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for picnicking and food service. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and children 12 and under are free. More information is available at rsagb.org or (909) 625-8767. The Garden is located at 1500 N. College Ave.

 

Friday, July 29

THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER Claremont’s free outdoor concert series continues tonight with Ray McNamara’s steel drums at the public plaza, Talmadge at Claremont Chamber; Amps at city hall and Steve Rushingwind at Shelton Park. Performances run from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, July 30

LET’S ROCK, LOCALLY Pomona’s venerable Glass House presents a local artist showcase tonight with No Explanations, Undeclared, Dale Scoville and Fortune Boy. The all-ages show kicks off at 7 p.m. and is $12. This is from No Explanations’ website: “People are still buying CDs! People are still enjoying live music! People still value and often prefer instrumental music [that] comes from the heart and enters the heart without lyrics to explain, or even manipulate how we are supposed to feel. The people described here are fans of No Explanations.” Sounds intriguing. 200 W. Second St., Pomona. More information is at theglasshouse.us.

FREE SUSHI...DEMONSTRATION Claremont Public Library presents a sushi-making demonstration at 3 p.m. today by professional sushi chef Andy Matsuda. The event is free and open to persons 18 and older. 208 N. Harvard Ave. Call (909) 621-4902 for information or visit the library’s website at colapublib.org.