CALENDAR: Friday nights live, music 1928, swap meet, Mi Casa
Friday, June 2
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s free music series Friday Nights Live continues with longtime local faves The Dogs at the Laemmle plaza; Tony D’Amico Sings at the chamber of commerce; and scintillating jazz with Cougar Estrada’s Lounge Trio at Shelton Park. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night through October 27. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.
NATIONAL DONUT DAY Yes, today, dear readers, is the most revered holiday on the Judeo Christian calendar: National Donut Day. Although not yet a bank holiday, the day is coming, we’re sure, when we will have a national day of parades and tributes to the sweet cakes that make America great. Grizzly’s Donuts and Biscuits in the Village is gearing up production and offering two new flavors for today, Boston cream pie and carrot cake. Other celebrants on this glorious day include Dunkin' Donuts, which today will offer a choice of any free doughnut with the purchase of any beverage, and Krispy Kreme, where you can pick one of any style of doughnut free of charge, no purchase required.
Saturday, June 3
IT’S A SIGN The Claremont Public Library is offering free classes in American Sign Language at 10:30 a.m. Saturday mornings through July 1. The library is located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more information call (909) 621-4902 or click over to colapublib.org.
FRIENDS’ END OF YEAR ICE CREAM SOCIAL Friends of the Claremont Library holds its free and open to the public meeting and Ice Cream Social to cap the end of its 2016-17 year from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library’s Meeting Room, 208 N. Harvard Ave. “Come—and invite friends—to the annual end-of-the-year party to celebrate the Friends, and 60 years of friendly help to the Claremont Library,” a press release stated. “Our featured speakers include Judith Favor, a resident at Pilgrim Place, who has written non-fiction, memoirs and novels. Her latest release, Beacons, is inspired by her years in San Francisco in the 1970s. Ms. Favor is a spiritual guide and retreat leader, and her works move the reader towards discernment and introspection.” Also speaking is Libby Grandy, who was born and raised in Virginia, and eventually found employment in the dean of students office at Claremont McKenna College, as well as at General Dynamics. As a freelance writer, her articles have appeared in magazines such as Mature Living, Writers’ Journal, Woman’s World, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books. A raffle for 10 special books will also be part of the festivities, with each attendee receiving one free raffle ticket. Attendees can increase chances of winning by purchasing additional tickets for $1 or six for $5. For more info or for a membership, go to claremontlibrary.org.
ECLECTIC, FREE CONCERT FROM CYSO Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra presents a free 3:30 p.m. concert of classical, Broadway and jazz music at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Pieces include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Swan Lake,” and Gustav Holst’s “Mars from The Planets,” in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the landing of the Mars Pathfinder rover on the red planet. More information is at claremontyouthsymphony.org or via email at email@example.com.
A MUSICAL TRIP BACK TO 1928 Doors open at 7 p.m. for the Folk Music Center’s concert with Frank Fairfield and Meredith Axelrod, who will be singing “the sweetest melodies of yesteryear and transport you musically to 1928,” according to the Folk’s website. Tickets are $15 and are available at the store, 220 Yale Ave., Claremont, or at the door. The duo performs on various stringed instruments and play from a vast repertoire of traditional songs and roots-inspired music. “The music Frank plays, creates, and performs is steeped in the Americana of Mississippi John Hurt and Doc Boggs. He started as a street performer in Los Angeles and plays with edgy intensity. Meredith is a fine, uncanny singer and a multi-instrumentalist with great rhythmic drive and a sure grasp of early jazz, rural blues and the many pop music genres of the early 20th Century. She has played with Dan Hicks. Maria Muldaur, Cheap Suit Serenade, R. Crumb and Jim Kweskin.” For more info go to folkmusiccenter.com.
Sunday, June 4
POMONA CLASSIC CAR SWAP MEET The long-running vintage car orgy known as the Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show gets going at 5 a.m., offering a one-of-a-kind experience for fans of American steel and muscle. The combination of bleary early-morning haze and the sweet, greasy odors make for a wonderful, unique morning. The fun happens at the Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Admission is $10, and kids 12 and under are free. Parking will set you back $10 as well. It’s a Sunday morning well spent.
POST GREASE, VEGE UP And after your morning of horsepower, chrome and tailfins, head on over to the fabulous and free Claremont Artisans’ and Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Second Street between Indian Hill Blvd. and Yale Ave. 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. Grab a coffee at Some Crust, Starbucks or Coffee Bean and take a stroll through the colorful and aromatic display. You won’t regret it.
BIRD WALK Pomona Valley Audubon Society hosts a free family bird walk from 8 to 10 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave. A skilled Audubon member will lead the free excursion. Participants should bring binoculars and meet at the entrance prior to the walk. More info is at (909) 982-9727.
COMIC BOOKS & COLLECTIBLES SHOW Still more free stuff is happening at the Packing House, 532 W. First St., with the monthly free comic book and collectibles show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event features comic book art demonstrations, comic books, collectibles, new and vintage comics, graphic novels and more. More info is available on the event page on Facebook.
JAZZ VESPERS Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave., hosts “Jazz Vespers: music for your soul, messages for your spirit,” a free concert at 6 p.m. Music from the Ron Kobayashi Trio featuring vocalist Debbi Ebert will be featured. Vespers are an ancient form of evening prayer and music. The event includes will be spoken verse, prayers of the people, and live jazz “lifting up our words, thoughts, hopes and feelings,” a press release stated. The service is free and open to the public.
MALOOF SHOWS ITS TRIBAL ROOTS More than forty works by eleven contemporary artists with North American tribal roots will be featured in an exhibition running today through January 7, 2018 at The Maloof Foundation. Titled “Neo Native: Toward New Mythologies,” the exhibition is curated by artist Tony Abeyta, who has gathered an unprecedented array of paintings, photography, ceramics, glass, video and mixed media installations at the Jacobs Education Center gallery. The exhibition, made possible with support from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and others, seeks to share the vision of artists whose work is informed by traditions within tribal cultures, but whose themes express a newfound contemporary narrative. “We are exploring ways that traditional forms and practices, iconography and ancestral mythologies influence the expression of contemporary native artists’ urbanity, modernity, technology and social priorities,” said Mr. Abeyta. Featured artists (and tribes) include: Christi Belcourt (Michif), Gerald Clarke, Jr. (Cahuilla), Craig George (Navajo), Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw), Monty Little (Navajo), Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/ Lakota), Kent Monkman (Cree), Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) and Preston Singletary (Tlingit). The Maloof is located at 5131 Carnelian St., Rancho Cucamonga. For info, call (909) 980-0412 or visit malooffoundation.org.
MI CASA ES SU CASA Hotel Casa 425 and Mercedes-Benz of Ontario sponsor the 10th annual Mi Casa Es Su Casa wine, spirits and craft beer tasting charity event at Hotel Casa 425 from 4 to 7 p.m. to benefit the Claremont Educational Foundation and Claremont Community Foundation (CCF). Tickets, which cost $75 each, can be purchased online at supportcef.com or claremontcommunityfoundation.org or in person at CCF at 205 Yale Ave., or at the door.
Monday, June 5
WALKING IN LA…COUNTY Need to get that body moving? The Body Center offers free 30-40 minute, two mile guided walks led by physical therapist Sara Jacobs around a Claremont neighborhood every Monday and Friday from 6:15 to 7 a.m. Participants should meet in front of The Body Center at 224 N. Indian Hill Blvd. prior to 6:15. More info is at bodycenterpt.com or (909) 621-0447.
SUSTAINABILITY DIALOG Phillip Clayton, president of Toward Ecological Civilization, is the guest speaker at a free 7 p.m. sustainability dialog at Pomona College’s Hahn room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. “Where’s is it all heading?” is the topic. Toward Ecological Civilization (Eco Civ) is a think and action tank, working with experts and practitioners to develop a comprehensive roadmap toward sustainability. In 2015 longtime Claremont resident Professor John Cobb organized a 1500-person conference entitled “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization.” Those meetings spawned ecociv.org, which supports projects that chart the way toward a genuinely sustainable civilization. Mr. Clayton will summarize initiatives, nationally and internationally, that are now bringing to light what an ecological society will look like. “From eco-villages to food justice to national policy changes to the environmental movement in China, put together, they reveal the roadmap toward the civilization of the future,” a press release stated. Participants are invited to ask questions and join the dialogue. Sponsored by Sustainable Claremont, the League of Women Voters, the Interfaith Sustainability Council, Eco Civ and Pomona College. More info is available at sustainableclaremont.org or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 6
EXPLORING HONG KONG AND BANGKOK The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “Hong Kong and Bangkok: Two Amazing Asian Cities” with guest speakers David and Anne Sonner. “Hong Kong, once an ancient Chinese fishing village, is now a major international financial center,” a club press release stated. “Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, has also undergone much growth and modernization. David and Anne Sonner will share their trips to Hong Kong and Bangkok. (Their longer trip to India was in between, and will be another program for a later time.).” Expect lots of travel photos of famous places and everyday life, and a discusssion on the history and current events of Hong Kong and Bangkok. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More info is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
CELEBRATING SURVIVORS Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center is celebrating all cancer survivors and their loved ones from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1910 Royalty Dr., Pomona. The free event includes music, refreshments, an ACS booth and a free photo booth. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. Elizabeth Preston, MA will be on hand to facilitate “Surviving and Thriving through Art Therapy.” More information is at pvhmc.org or (909) 865-9907.
Wednesday, June 7
BUTTERFLIES AND BREWS KICKS OFF Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Butterflies and Brews series begins tonight and will take place each Wednesday in June from 6 to 8 p.m. It includes the opportunity for participants to learn fun facts from butterfly experts and walk through the Garden’s butterfly exhibit while enjoying a cold beer, with local musicians providing the soundtrack. Tickets are $15 for the general public or $10 for Garden members, and include one California-brewed beer (or California grown wine). Additional beverages may be purchased. This event is open to guests age 21 and up, and ID is required. See rsabg.org for more info.
‘HANDS ONLY’ CPR CLASS Women’s Services at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is offering a free program through its “Every Women’s Journey” series called “Hands-Only CPR” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the hospital’s Claremont location, 1601 N. Monte Vista Ave. In addition to learning how to perform hands-only CPR, registered nurse Deborah Keasler will discuss how to recognize an emergency and what to do about it. Get info or RSVP at pvhmc.org, (909) 865.9858 or via email at email@example.com.
Thursday, June 8
SCHOOL’S OUT…ALMOST Claremont schools say goodbye to students and hello to summer on June 15, just a week from today. Parents scrambling to make plans can take solace in the fact that most of us are in the same, panicky boat. If you’re looking for something local to occupy your wee ones, go to ci.claremont.ca.us, click on the “Living” tab and then “Recreation Classes and Activities.” There you can download or view the .pdf version of the city’s Recreation Brochure and on page 3 you will see a “Weekly Class Summer Planner,” with offerings running the gamut from “Kids Aerial Circus Camp” to “Garden Arts and Crafts Camp.” The city also offers Camp Claremont, an eight-week youth summer program that runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Registration forms should be turned in to the Hughes Center. The cost is $15 per week per child, with a one-time non-refundable registration fee of $10. Call (909)?399-5491 for information. Alternatively, a compendium of Los Angeles-area summer camps is at lasummercamps.org. Good luck, parents!
Friday, June 9
IN THE STREET Claremont’s cool, summer-long live music series Friday Nights Live continues with free shows from the Marc Weller Combo, offering angular, guitar-driven jazz at the Laemmle plaza; Slinkers at the chamber of commerce; The Mojave Beach Band at city hall; and the charming folk and bluegrass sounds of the High Strung Band at Shelton Park. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night through October 27. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch presents “Shared Interests: Travel and Places to See” from 6 to 8 p.m. at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Jan Wheatcroft, Claremont COURIER “Travel Tales” columnist, will speak about her favorite spots, adventures and tips for travelers. Admission at the door is $10 (cash only), which includes appetizers and refreshments. RSVPs are required by Wednesday, June 7 at noon. The event is open to persons 50 and over. Call (909) 399-5488 for reservations or information or visit claremontrec.com.
Saturday, June 10
TIME FLIES: CATCH IT Inter Valley Health Plan is hosting its fifth annual free “Women’s Changing, Aging Roles” event: “Time Flies, Catch It,” from 9 a.m. to noon at Hillcrest Retirement Community, 2705 Mountain View Dr., La Verne. The conference is designed to inspire women aged 50-plus “to let their passions soar and live in the moment,” a press release stated. Speakers include: Regina Lark, PhD: Author of The Relationship between the Stuff in Your Head & What’s Under Your Bed; Kelly Niles-Yokum, MPA, PhD; and Kathy Duncan, RN EdD. The event is free but RSVPs are required. Go to forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents for more info.
TECTONIC SHIFTS OPEN Pomona’s dA Center for the Arts hosts a free and open to the public opening reception for its new exhibit, “Tectonic Shifts: A Sense of Place, A Sense of Space,” from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition includes paintings by Australian ex-pat and former dA board member Dovey Dee and guest artists Mary Beierle, Jyoti Duwadi and Rebecca Hamm. The show is up through July 22 at the dA, 252 S. Main St. #D, Pomona. Ms. Dee’s paintings chronicle the arid topography of Australia’s more sparsely populated regions. “They are views of overwhelming vastness that hint at her homeland of the North American Southwest but of a greater magnitude,” a press release stated. “The Australian continent is the oldest habitable land mass on earth, providing glimpses of the geological future of our planet,” Ms. Dee said. The work was first previewed in January at the Louis Joel Community Center and Gallery in Altona, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne. Guest artists Mary Beierle (ceramic sculpture and video), Rebecca Hamm (paintings and drawings) who are both from southern California, and Jyoti Duwadi (video) calls Bellingham, Washington home, but is originally from Katmandu, Nepal. More info is at dacenter.org, (909) 397-9716 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COME TOGETHER Noted local artist Sumi Foley’s exhibit “Come Together” opens with a free and open to the public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Progress Gallery, 300 S. Thomas St., Pomona. Ms. Foley combines traditional Japanese aesthetics and her own unique vision to create her art pieces using fabric as pigment. “When imagination and creativity come together, we can rise above our differences and live in peace and joy,” Ms. Foley said. The exhibition is up through July 1. More information is at progressgallery.org, (951) 202-0059 or via email at email@example.com.
FAUN FABLES AT THE PRESS Long running Northern California duo Faun Fables makes its Claremont debut tonight with a free show at the Press. The band is led by Dawn McCarthy and includes Nils Frykdahl, known for his work with the standard bearers of excellent band names, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. The show begins at 10 p.m. at the Press, 129 Harvard Ave. Faun Fables’ dark folk can be heard on its latest Drag City Records release, “Born of the Sun.” More info is at faunfables.com or thepressrestaurant.com.