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Claremont CALENDAR: Music by Melanie, Nutcracker, Art Walk

Friday, September 2

LIVE MUSIC ON TAP TONIGHT Claremont’s free outdoor concert series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with the Baba Elefante Trio at the public plaza near Laemmle; the engaged and engaging Steve and Stacy at the Claremont Chamber; Slinker at city hall and the Mike Taylor Band at Shelton Park. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public, and run from 6 to 9 p.m.

NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS Inland Pacific Ballet holds auditions today and tomorrow for all children’s roles for its annual production of The Nutcracker. The auditions will be held at IPB’s studios, located at 5050 Arrow Highway in Montclair. There is a $20 audition fee and additional production and rehearsal fees for those who are offered a role. Complete audition information is available at ipballet.org. Call Jill Voznick at (909) 482-1590 or email jill@ipballet.org for more information.

 

Saturday, September 3

I’VE GOT A BRAND-NEW PAIR OF ROLLER SKATES Veteran singer and songwriter Melanie will appear in Claremont at 7:30 p.m. tonight in an intimate house concert setting. The Gelencser House Concerts show is $40 and is all ages. Melanie’s biggest hit to date is “Brand New Key,” which topped the American, Australian, Canadian and South African charts in 1971. The 69-year-old performer had lesser hits with a cover of the Rolling Stone’s “Ruby Tuesday” and her own “Peace Will Come (According to Plan),” both from 1970. On August 15, 1969 she appeared at the Woodstock Festival, following Ravi Shankar and preceding Arlo Guthrie. She penned the hit “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” following the festival about her experience there. For tickets, directions or more information call (909) 596-1266, email singfolk@yahoo.com or visit gelencserhouseconcerts.com.

CLAREMONT ART WALK Claremont’s monthly Art Walk event takes place today from 6 to 9 p.m. Several galleries as well as other venues participate, offering a look at the latest work from local and national established and emerging artists. For more information go to claremontartwalk.com.

CLAREMONT WALKING TOUR Claremont Heritage representatives will lead a guided walking tour of the Claremont 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, located at 200 W. First St. Reservations are preferred. More information is available at claremontheritage.org, (909) 621-0848 or via email at info@claremontheritage.org.

 

Sunday, September 4

SUNDAY MORNING STROLL Claremont’s free, fun and lovely Artisans and Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today along Second Street between Indian Hill and Yale Avenue. 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.

 

Monday, September 5

FINAL CONCERT IN THE PARK The city of Claremont and the Kiwanis Club’s annual free summer Concerts in the Park series wraps up tonight at Memorial Park band shell with The Answer. The concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Food concessions like burgers and hot dogs are available for purchase from the Kiwanis. Memorial Park is located at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

 

Tuesday, September 6

FOCUS ON THE BUSINESS OF AFRICA The University Club of Claremont presents “ROAR! ‘The Other Africa’ on Demand,” at 11:30 a.m. today with James Makawa discussing the global venture with a mission to drive business, tourism, trade and e-commerce in and out of Africa. Mr. Makawa has been profiled by CNN, The Los Angeles Times and in publications worldwide. He has testified before Congress about the telecommunications industry, and presented at the TedX 2012 conference and at the GATE Story Conference in 2013, a gathering of visionaries who believe in the transformative power of entertainment to change the world. Padua Room, Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. For information, visit universityclubofclaremont.org.

PITZER KICKS OFF SERIES ON ISLAM Pitzer College’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry begins its fall speaker series “ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives” at 4:15 p.m. today with the first nine talks that will run through the end of November. Today’s event is titled “Yemeni Women’s Rights as Human Rights,” and the speaker is Amat Alsoswa, former Minister for Human Rights in Yemen. The event is free and open to the public and takes place at Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College. The next event in the series, “From Sayyid Qutb to Sayyed Khamenei: A Common Islamist Narrative Against Modernity” with speaker Abbas Milani, the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, takes place September 20. More information is available at pitzer.edu/mcsi or via email at mcsi@pitzer.edu.

 

Wednesday, September 7

CLAREMONT ART SHOWCASE An opening reception for the city’s second annual Claremont Art Showcase takes place today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. The event is free and open to the public. Works from Carol Abbe, Johnnie Chatman, Sumi Foley, Mary Hughes, Aleta Jacobson, Kenneth Johnson, Jacqueline Legazcue, Kathleen McCall, Roasmar McMillan, Paul Kittlaus, Jacqueline Knell, Jerry Owens, Elizabeth Preston, Mervyn Seldon, Anne Seltzer, Wendy Smith and Jane Wells are included. The exhibition is presented by the city of Claremont in conjunction with the public art committee, the Claremont Museum of Art and Claremont Graduate University Art Business/Art Management Public Art Program. More information is available at ci.claremont.ca.us or by email to abrogan@ci.claremont. ca.us or phone at (909) 399-5490.

 

Thursday, September 8

CLAREMONT DAY AT THE FAIR Special $5 tickets are available for today’s Claremont Day events at the LA County Fair. Claremont Day features a parade, a high school marching band competition and a community hero awards ceremony. Claremont organizations, services and programs will also be highlighted. Visit lacf.com/communitydays/claremont for more information and a link to purchase discount tickets. Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley, Pomona.

 

Friday, September 9

MINGLE AND MUNCH ANNIVERSARY Senior social group Mingle & Munch celebrates its one-year anniversary this evening with “A Night on Broadway” featuring Joanne Lapointe and Dave Hood performing songs from The King & I, Show Boat, Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables and more. The event, held at the Garner House, is $10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and is open to persons 50 and over. Call (909) 399-5488 for reservations.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE MUSIC The City of Trees, PhDs and lively ditties presents Friday Nights Live tonight, with another lineup of local musicians playing free concerts around town. This week’s offerings include the High Strung Band at the public plaza near Laemmle; Los Whateveros at Claremont Chamber; Random Spark at city hall and Charged Particles at Shelton Park. All performances are free and run from 6 to 9 p.m.

DEMOCRATIC CLUB The Democratic Club of Claremont holds its monthly lunch meeting at noon today at Darvish Restaurant. Professor Amanda Hollis-Brusky will be speaking on “Why the 2016 Election is About the Supreme Court.” Ms. Hollis-Brusky teaches American politics and constitutional law at Pomona College. Ms. Hollis-Brusky’s book on the Supreme Court, Ideas with Consequences: the Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution, was published in 2015. The book was recently awarded the American Political Science Association’s C. Herman Pritchett Prize for the best book on law and courts written by a political scientist the previous year. The cost is $17, which includes a buffet lunch and non-alcoholic beverages. Lunch is at noon; the talk begins at 1 p.m. Visit claremontdems.org or via email at m36ring@earthlink.net for information.

 

Saturday, September 10

WINE WALK TODAY More than 40 Village businesses will take part today in the 15th annual Claremont Wine Walk from 4 to 8 p.m. Wine and food tastings and live entertainment are all part of the day’s events. Pre-sale tickets are $45, or $20 for designated drivers. Each ticket is $5 more on the day of the event. Tickets are available at claremontwinewalk.com  or in person (cash or check only) at Aromatique, Bert & Rocky’s, Claremont Village Treasures, Heirloom, Packing House Wines, Rio De Ojas, Sonja Stump Photography and VomFass. More information is at claremontwinewalk.com.

WALKING TOUR OF THE COLLEGES Claremont Heritage leads a guided walking tour of the Claremont Colleges today from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Seaver House, 301 N. College Ave. Reservations are preferred. More information is available at claremontheritage.org, (909) 621-0848 or via email at info@claremontheritage.org.