CALENDAR: Friday music, morning stroll, fantastic Fourth events
Friday, June 30
MUSIC IS THE SHORTHAND OF EMOTION 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 happens 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 Claremont Colleges and the Village. The cost is $5 and reservations are available via phone at (909) 621-0848 email at info@clar
emontheritage.org. More information is available at claremontheritage.org.
Sunday, July 2
A SUNDAY MORNING STROLL Musicians, fruit and vegetable sellers, juice hawkers, cheese makers, jewelry designers, plant and flower farmers and many other artisans will be doing their thing today at Claremont’s lovely Sunday morning tradition, the Artisans and Farmers Market, which takes place on Second Street, between Indian Hill and Yale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s a great way to chill out while taking in the smells and sounds of our small-town Sunday gem. Do it.
PLANT WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., hosts a Medicinal Plants of California Herb Walk from 9 a.m. to noon. Join herbalist William Broen for a garden walk featuring medicinal and edible California plants. The cost is $25 for the general public and $20 for Garden members. More information is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
Monday, July 3
CITY OFFICES CLOSED All Claremont city offices are closed today in observance of tomorrow’s Fourth of July celebration.
Tuesday, July 4
CLAREMONT’S, AMERICA’S DAY IN THE SUN Claremont’s famously All-American traditional Independence Day celebration kicks off this morning with the Kiwanis Club’s annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The Claremont Village Freedom 5000 5K/1K run gets underway at 7:30 a.m. Pre-registration is open now at runsignup.com, and includes a souvenir T-shirt. Pre-registration ends July 2. The flag raising ceremony, on the west side of Memorial Park, is at 10 a.m. At 10:45 a.m. the T. Willard Hunter Speakers’ Corner, that charmingly American tradition of an open community forum, begins. The dais will be open until 2 p.m. Those interested in stepping up to the podium to speak their minds can email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up in advance. More than 70 nonprofit groups will have booths and displays with food, information, games and a wide variety of items for sale. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. about a dozen nonprofits will sponsor free games and activities for children on the east side of the park. The centerpiece of Claremont’s Fourth of July event, the parade, gets underway at a new time this year, 3 p.m. The procession begins at Tenth Street and Indian Hill Boulevard and concludes at Larkin Park, at Harrison and Mountain Avenues. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the city’s annual concert and fireworks show at Pomona College’s Strehle Track. For the complete schedule and links to all pertinent pre-sale and pre-registration sites, go to ci.claremont.ca.us and click on the Fourth of July Fireworks Show link on the right side of the screen.
Wednesday, July 5
BEAT THE HEAT IN THE GARDEN Claremont’s horticultural treasure, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, is extending its hours today so that shade-seeking summertime sufferers can cool off under the lush canopy in the middle of our otherwise arid desert zone. The Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, will be open until 8 p.m. More information is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
Thursday, July 6
SNACK ATTACK The Claremont Public Library hosts Teen Summer Challenge: Snack Attack, a free program at 2 p.m. “Nutrition can affect your life for better or for worse,” a press release stated. “Learn about this essential topic and compete to make the most tasty (and healthy) custom trail mix snack to take home.” The library is located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. This is an Adult 101, Life Skills for Teens program open to kids ages 11 through 18. For more information call (909) 621-4902 or visit colapublib.org.
CONCERT BAND SERIES BEGINS Pomona Concert Band kicks off its 70th annual summer concert series at 8 p.m. at G. Stanton Selby Bandshell, 1575 N. White Ave., Pomona. The series will include nine Thursday evening events and two bonus concerts, with a finale on August 31. All performances are free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs, visit the concession stand for food and snacks, or bring a picnic basket. The opening concert features a special fanfare written for the occasion to honor band founder G. Stanton Selby, directed by Linda Taylor and Jorge Garcia. Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval will be the master of ceremonies for the evening, which will include “Silverado,” “Flight of Valor” and “Star Wars, The Force Awakens.” For more information go to pomonaconcertband.org, call (626) 824-0001, or email email@example.com
Friday, July 7
MUSIC AROUND TOWN Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with Noir Saxophone Quartet at Laemmle plaza; Jack McCoy at the chamber of commerce; the J Grizz Band at Shelton Park; and Maya Garcia at city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October 27. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, July 8
FROM THE CITY OF TREES TO THE CITY OF ROSES Pasadena is undeniably a lovely city, full of stately homes and centuries-old trees. In a lot of ways, it’s like a super-sized Claremont. It’s roughly four times our size, with a population of about 140,000. And, like Claremont, there’s a lot going on. The distance from here to there is about 27 miles, and if you time it right you can get to the City of Roses in about 20 minutes by car, or even take the Gold Line from Azusa (foothillgoldline.org). Regardless of how you arrive, culinary, artistic, architectural, cultural and spiritual delights await you. Here are a few interesting choices for today: Kidspace Children’s Museum, at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., is hosting its 9th annual Rubber Ducky Races from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yes, kids are invited to the museum’s “wackiest and quackiest event of the year,” where you can decorate and race rubber ducks down the Interpretive Arroyo stream. No outside ducks will be used to ensure that all races are fair with the same shape and weight of each rubber duck. (Now that’s a sentence I never thought I’d write!). Race participation will be first-come, first-served, with 20 children per race. More info is at kidspacemuseum.org. If your kids are a little older or more adventurous, or if you’re sans children, you can tour Degenerate Art Modernism from 1930s Germany from 1 to 2 p.m. at the fabulous Norton Simon Museum, at 411 W. Colorado Blvd. The show, which includes paintings by German Modernist artists whose work was included in the Nazi’s Degenerate Art Exhibition in 1937, is free with museum admission. As a bonus, the Norton Simon’s gardens, both botanical and sculptural, are interesting and relaxing spots to explore while sipping a coffee or a glass of wine. More info is at nortonsimon.org. For a fairly robust calendar of Pasadena events, go to pasadenanow.com.