COURIER Calendar: Good deeds, sushi, swingin' in the park
Friday, July 29
GOOD DEEDS, GOOD EATS, GOOD TIMES Casa Colina Hospital’s summer blood drive takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, with the added bonus (besides feeling good about giving) of nice gifts for donors. Participants will receive a free In-N-Out lunch as well as a ticket to the Los Angeles County Fair for donating. The donation site is Norin Education Center, Tamkin Rooms, 255 E. Bonita Ave., Pomona. To schedule a donation appointment go to redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code CCP, or call (909) 596-7733, extension 2241. More information is at casacolina.org or (909) 596-7733.
IT’S ALIVE! Friday Nights Live continues tonight with the fabulous Ray McNamara’s steel drums at Village Square Public Plaza (Laemmle Plaza); Talmadge at Claremont Chamber Patio; Amps at City Hall Plaza and Steve Rushingwind at Shelton Park. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public, and run from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 30
FREE SUSHI…DEMONSTRATION Claremont Public Library presents a free sushi making demonstration at 3 p.m. today by professional sushi chef Andy Matsuda. Participants can learn about the history of sushi, basic roll making and fruit cutting techniques, with samples made available for tasting. The event is free and open to persons 18 and older. 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more information call (909) 621-4902 or visit the library’s website at colapublib.org.
Sunday, July 31
A SUNDAY WELL SPENT BRINGS A WEEK OF CONTENT Claremont’s Artisans and Farmers Market opens from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today along Second Street between Indian Hill Blvd. and Yale Ave. 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. If there is a finer local Sunday morning tradition we haven’t yet heard of it.
JAZZ UP YOUR SUNDAY The free Jazz at College Center series continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today with the Joel Paat Jazz Project. The concerts take place at 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, on the patio in front of Blue Fin Sushi.
Monday, August 1
COMMUNITY COMPOSTING WORKSHOP A free composting workshop and dialogue takes place tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Pomona College. The Growing Club will show how waste becomes wealth with urban on-farm community composting. The club has created a productive market farm that serves 25+ families using compost created on site from local waste materials, including stable bedding and food waste. “The farm demonstrates the potential for utilizing local green waste to build healthy soils for ecologically integrated urban agriculture, a model for closing the loop and teaching people about ecological cycles and principles,” according to a press release. The event is sponsored by Sustainable Claremont, the League of Women Voters, the Interfaith Sustainability Council and Pomona College. Pomona College, Hahn Building 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave. More information is at sustainableclaremont.org or via email at email@example.com.
SWINGIN’ IN THE PARK The city of Claremont and the Kiwanis Club’s annual free summer Concerts in the Park series continues tonight at Memorial Park band shell with the nostalgic 1940s big band swing music of Swing Cats. The concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Food concessions including burgers, hot dogs, quesadillas, ice cream, popcorn, nachos, candy and drinks will be available. The full schedule is available at ci.claremont.ca.us, click through to Concerts in the Park. Memorial Park is located at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
Tuesday, August 2
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Claremont takes part in National Night Out tonight with a screening of the family friendly kid’s movie Inside Out at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Hosted by the Claremont Police Department, the event is free and open to the public. All 500 free In-n-Out meal tickets have been distributed, but moviegoers are encouraged to bring picnics. Movies begin at dusk. Remember to bring blankets and low chairs.
Wednesday, August 3
BUTTERFLY EVENT Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s ongoing Butterfly Pavilion exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today with hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Visitors can stroll among the butterflies, caterpillars and the California native plants that they depend on for food and nectar. The exhibit closes August 7, at which time the Garden will host its Butterfly Release Party. At this event participants will carry a California native butterfly from the Butterfly Pavilion and release it out into the Garden. The release begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until all butterflies have been released. The Pavilion is closed to regular visitation on the day of the release party. The cost is $5 to release one butterfly, with a limit of one per family/group. Admission to the butterfly exhibit is $3, which is in addition to the standard Garden admission of $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+) and students with a valid ID, $4 for children ages 3-12. Kids under 3 are free. 1500 N. College Blvd. More information is available at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
Thursday, August 4
HIT THE BEACH FOR A FREE CONCERT It’s hot. It’s really hot. Temperatures in Claremont have been hovering near or above 100 degrees for a couple of weeks now, so why not give in to Mother Nature’s seemingly obvious demands and make a run for the beach? We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to coastal options here in Los Angeles, but one of the most fun, family-friendly spots is Santa Monica. A straight shot west on the 10 freeway, you can have your toes in the Pacific in a mere 45 minutes, assuming (and yes, it’s a major assumption) the traffic gods smile upon you. And tonight, like every Thursday in the summer, the city of Santa Monica hosts its Twilight Concerts series on the Santa Monica Pier. This week’s performance begins at 7 p.m. and features acclaimed Latin artist Natalia Lafourcade, whose latest work of original pop songs, Hasta la Raíz, was released in 2015. More information is at santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts-join or (310) 458-8900.
Friday, August 5
SEX! CONTROVERSY! Bet that got your attention, huh? The city of Claremont’s Summer Film Series: Hollywood Vamps & Vixens of the 1930’s continues this afternoon with a 12:30 p.m. screening of Barbara Stanwyck’s Baby Face at the Joslyn Senior Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. The 1933 pre-censorship code film was marketed at the time with the salacious tag line, “She had it and made it pay.” The film’s frank dialogue featuring open discussion of sex made it one of the most notorious works its era. Cultural film critic Stacy Davies will be on hand to provide insight into the provocative early work of Ms. Stanwyck, a prolific actress whose career spanned six decades and made her a grande dame of early cinema. Admission is $5, pre-registration is encouraged. See claremontca.org or call (909) 399-5488 for information.
MUSIC?EVERYWHERE! Live music will again be in the air tonight as Claremont continues its Friday Night Live series with local B-side cover masters The Dogs at the public plaza (near Laemmle); Jack McCoy at Claremont Chamber; Random Spark at city hall and US 99 at Shelton Park. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public, and run from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 6
WALKING TOUR Claremont Heritage representatives will lead a guided walking tour of the Village today from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per person. Participants should meet up prior to 10 a.m. at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. Reservations are preferred. More information is available at claremontheritage.org, (909) 621-0848 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.