CALENDAR: Food of love, rock billboards, movies in the park, butterflies
Friday, June 23
IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE, PLAY ON Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live rolls on tonight with Amazing Tone Benders at Laemmle plaza; Liz Hangan and Blues and Fries at the chamber of commerce; rock, country, blues and soul with Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight at Shelton Park; and Random Spark at city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October 27. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, June 24
ART WALK FOCUSES ON GLASS WORKS Claremont’s Pilgrim Place hosts a free opening ceremony for “Spreading the Forest, The Miura Art Walk” at 3 p.m. The walk begins at Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd. “Discover 14 works of glass art as you weave your way through the tree-lined streets of Pilgrim Place,” a press release stated. “Enjoy how each piece catches the light, integrating beautifully with its natural environment.” The walk will end with light refreshments at the Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, 730 Plymouth Rd. For more information call (909) 399-5511.
Sunday, June 25
POETRY IS AN ECHO, asking a shadow to dance The wonderful and free monthly celebration of poetry, Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library, takes place at 2 p.m., with readings from Judy Kronenfeld and Eric Howard. Ms. Kronenfeld is the author of four books of poetry and two chapbooks. Her latest collection, Bird Flying Through the Banquet, was published in March by FutureCycle Press. Her previous works include Shimmer (WordTech Editions, 2012) and Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths (Antrim House, 2012), winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Avatar, American Poetry Journal, Calyx, Cider Press Review, Cimarron Review, DMQ Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, The Pedestal, Portland Review, Sequestrum, Spoon River Poetry Review, Stirring, Valparaiso Poetry Review, in other print and online journals and in 20 anthologies. She is Lecturer Emerita, Creative Writing Department at University of California, Riverside, where she taught for 25 years, and is an associate editor of the online poetry journal Poemeleon. Mr. Howard studied poetry at Pomona College with Robert Mezey and at California State University with Henri Coulette before working as a teacher, editor and live-in landlord at a punk house. His poems have appeared in Askew, Cultural Weekly, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Pacific Coast Poetry Series), and Revolutionary Poets Brigade (Vagabond). Taliban Beach Party, his debut collection, was published this year by Turtle Point Press. Ed Skoog describes the book as “a wry portrait of contemporary southern California.” Mr. Howard currently lives near the Los Angeles River. Fourth Sundays events are free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. More information is available at claremontlibrary.org.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BILLBOARDS PHOTOG TO SPEAK Photographer Robert Landau will read from his book Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards Of The Sunset Strip at 1 p.m. today at Rhino Records, 235 Yale Ave. A Q and A with Mr. Landau will be hosted by David Allen, author and columnist for The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Mr. Landau will sell and sign copies of his book at this free, public event. The book was praised by Pomona College’s Jonathan Lethem in the New York Times Book Review and has received widespread media attention. Recent exhibitions include shows at The Grammy Museum and Skirball Center in Los Angeles, and the Photo House Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. More information is at rhinorecords.cc or (909) 626-7774. See the feature story in page 16 for a more in depth look at Mr. Landau’s work and life.
Monday, June 26
LITTLE FREE LIBRARY SUMMER CELEBRATION Claremont Little Free Library will celebrate the start of summer break by featuring a collection of young readers books through July 7. The library is located at 406 Springfield St. and is open 24 hours a day. Claremont LFL will also be collecting school supplies for Children’s Foundation of America. The Little Free Library’s books are always free. For more information visit the event page on Facebook.
Tuesday, June 27
CHERP FOUNDER TO SPEAK The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “The Claremont Energy Vision” with guest speaker Devin Hartman, executive director of CHERP. Mr. Hartman will discuss the past successes and future goals for Claremont in its drive toward net-zero energy use. “Energy efficiency offers a tremendous, low-cost energy resource that is already saving Claremont millions of dollars in utility bills, while increasing quality of life, comfort, indoor air-quality, and home values for over 400 Claremont households to date,” a press release stated. Mr. Hartman has 35 years experience in architecture, construction and business organization and was CEO of Hartman Baldwin Design/Build, Inc. After retiring he created CHERP—the Community Home Energy Retrofit Project. His work has won many awards and been featured in many national publications. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
MOVIES IN THE PARK IS BACK Claremont’s lovely summer tradition of showing free family-friendly films at the various parks around town is back tonight with a screening of The Secret Life of Pets at Wheeler Park, 626 Vista Dr. Movies in the Park is hosted by the Claremont Police Department. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Next up is Storks, which screens Thursday in Vail Park. Remember to bring blankets and low chairs. Dogs and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. The weekly series concludes August 1, which is National Night Out, and will on that date include burgers from In-N-Out. 550 free meal tickets available for the August 1 event at Claremont Police Department, 570 W. Bonita Ave., beginning June 27. Tickets are for Claremont residents only (must show proof of residency) and the limit is two tickets per address. All movies are rated PG. More information is at ci.claremont.ca.us or (909) 399-5411.
Wednesday, June 28
BUTTERFLIES AND BREWS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Butterflies and Brews continues from 6 to 8 p.m. The event 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 public or $10 for Garden members, and include one California-brewed beer (or California grown wine). Additional beverages may be purchased. The event will take place each Wednesday in June, is open to guests age 21 and up and ID is required. See rsabg.org for more info.
Thursday, June 29
THUMB TACK ART FOR TEENS Claremont Public Library hosts Teen Summer Challenge, Thumb Tack Art at 2 p.m. “Come to the Library and create amazing art with nothing but thumbtacks and foam boards,” a press release stated. The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more information go to colapublib.org or call (909) 621-4902.
STORKS WILL BE SEEN IN VAIL PARK Claremont’s free, family-friendly Movies in the Park series continues at Vail Park, at Grand Ave. and Bluefield Dr., with a showing of Storks. Movies in the Park is hosted by the Claremont Police Department. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Remember to bring blankets and low chairs. Dogs and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. The weekly series concludes August 1, which is National Night Out, and will on that date include burgers from In-N-Out. There will be 550 free meal tickets available for the August 1 event at Claremont Police Department, 570 W. Bonita Ave., beginning June 27. Tickets are for Claremont residents only (must show proof of residency) and the limit is two tickets per address. All movies are rated PG and will begin at dusk (approximately 8:00 pm). More information is at ci.claremont.ca.us or (909) 399-5411.
BOOKER PRIZE WINNER Scripps Presents “Downtown: Arundhati Roy in Conversation” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Twenty years after her novel The God of Small Things won the Booker Prize, Ms. Roy has returned to the world of fiction with her new book, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Ms. Roy will read from her new work and discuss her career as a writer and political activist. She will be joined in conversation by New York Times bestselling author Héctor Tobar. Tickets are $32-$55 and are available at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.
Friday, June 30
WITHOUT MUSIC, LIFE WOULD BE A MISTAKE Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with jazz from Amanda Castro Band at Laemmle plaza; Lee Powers at the chamber of commerce; Nomads at Shelton Park; and Mike’s Guitar World at city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October 27. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, July 1
SEE THE VILLAGE Claremont Heritage’s monthly docent-led guided walking tour of the Village is at 10 a.m. in front of the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. Participants are invited to explore Claremont’s history, including the significance of the railroad, citrus crops, the Colleges and the Village. The cost is $5 and reservations are available via phone at (909) 621-0848 email at email@example.com. More information is at claremontheritage.org.