CALENDAR: Cat tales, working for good, CSO concert, Shakespeare, police interrogation
Friday, July 7
CAT TALES Today through July 28 Priceless Pets hosts its 2nd annual Kids and Kittens reading program at the Orphanage, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite E, Claremont. The free event incudes four 30-minute sessions for kids ages kindergarten through sixth grade. Kids are asked to bring their favorite book to read to one of Priceless Pets’ kittens. Reservations can be made via phone at (909) 519-0942 or email at email@example.com.
THE ONLY TRUTH IS MUSIC 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, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.
LION KING AT CHS Claremont High School Theatre and SLICE present Disney’s The Lion King at 6:30 p.m. tonight and 8 p.m. tomorrow, July 8. Students ages 10 to 15 enrolled in a nine-day theater camp where they auditioned, rehearsed and will now perform the play in this relatively short time frame. The production is choreographed by Paige Melvin, its musical director is Joel Wilson and it is directed by Krista Carson Elhai. The show takes place at CHS’s Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $8 presale at chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu or $9 at the door. For more information go to the website or call (909) 624-9053 ext. 30463.
EXPANDED LIBRARY HOURS Claremont Public Library recently added operating hours. The expanded hours at the library, at 208 N. Harvard Ave., are as follows: Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m. The change is part of a continued effort to eliminate barriers to library use and increase access to resources and services, library officials said. LA County Library will add 15,000 hours annually, an increase of about eight percent, at locations throughout its service area. “We understand that libraries have evolved and are being used by our customers in different ways. We wanted to ensure that our doors were open and staff was available to provide service that is needed in our communities,” a press release stated. More information is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.
WORKING FOR GOOD Claremont-based charity Crossroads, Inc. hosts a work party from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at its alumna house at 563 San Francisco Ave., Pomona. Participants should bring work gloves, water, hat and tools if you have them. Be sure to label tools you bring along. More information is at crossroads.mcdonnelltech.com or (909) 626-7847.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARY GRAND OPENING Claremonters of all ages are invited to attend the free, open to the public grand opening of a new Little Free Library, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at 915 Ottawa Drive. Participants can leave or take a book, and grab a free balloon, cookie or lemonade.
Sunday, July 9
A SUNDAY WELL SPENT BRINGS A WEEK OF CONTENT Sunday mornings in Claremont are special, especially if you’re lucky enough to make it to the Artisans and Farmers Market, where one can stroll among the musicians, fruit and vegetable sellers, juice hawkers, cheese makers, jewelry designers, plant and flower farmers and the many other folks who help make the free event such a cool way to start your day. The mellow fun takes place on Second Street, between Indian Hill and Yale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
BLOOD DRIVE Claremont United Church of Christ in conjunction with the American Red Cross hosts Save-a-Life Sunday Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 233 W. Harrison Ave. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, congregants and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives,” a press release stated. For more information or to make an appointment to donate call (909) 626-1201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSO SUMMER CONCERT Claremont Symphony Orchestra’s free summer concert takes place at 7 p.m. at Ganesha Park, 1575 N. White Ave., Pomona. This year’s theme is Celebrating America: Favorites from Broadway and Hollywood, and includes music from The King and I and film hits Pirates of the Caribbean, Beauty and the Beast and Star Wars Epic, Part II. The evening begins at 6 p.m. when the orchestra’s “petting zoo” opens, led by Matthew Keating of the Claremont Community School of Music, where kids can try out various musical instruments. A free drawing will be held, with a grand prize of two free nights at the DoubleTree Claremont and dinner theater tickets for Candlelight Pavilion, as well a guitar from The Music Boutique in Pomona. The 64-year-old nonprofit orchestra consists of volunteer musicians from all over the Los Angeles basin. Ganesha Park is handicapped friendly with sidewalks and a special viewing area for attendees in wheelchairs. More information is at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.
Monday, July 10
CONCERTS IN THE PARK Claremont’s Monday evening Concerts in the Park season opens tonight with Cold Duck playing nostalgic 1970s top 40 under the stars at Memorial Park Band Shell, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m., but arrive early to stake out a spot on the lawn and don’t forget to bring a blanket or a low lawn chair and a picnic, or avail yourself to the food for sale from the Kiwanis Club of Claremont. Dogs and alcohol are prohibited. The series runs through Monday, September 4 and is co-sponsored by the city of Claremont and Kiwanis Club of Claremont with support from Claremont Lincoln University. Next Monday’s concert will feature the country music sounds of Silverado. More information, including a full schedule, is at ci.claremont.ca.us.
Tuesday, July 11
POLICE INTERROGATION AS AN ART FORM The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “Police Interrogation as an Art Form” with guest speaker sergeant Jerry Arnold. “Retired sergeant Jerry Arnold will present an interesting descriptive methodology of getting ‘just the facts, ma’am,’ like Joe Friday did on the old TV show Dragnet,” a press release stated. Mr. Arnold’s joined the Azusa Police Department in 1982, where he worked for 30 years in a variety of positions, including patrol officer, detective and running the department’s training program. Mr. Arnold has continued to work for the Glendora and Azusa departments as an administrative hearing officer and arbitrator. He is also a member of Toastmasters. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
CAPTURE THE KING Claremont Public Library hosts chess and checkers at 2 p.m. every Tuesday through August 29. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to join in for free learning and gaming. Chess and checker sets will be available. Participants are invited to come ready to teach and/or learn and have fun. Refreshments will be served. More information is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.
Wednesday, July 12
BOOK TALK IN THE GARDEN Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., hosts Brandy Watt’s author talk and book signing from 4 to 6 p.m. Ms. Watts’ new book is The Field Photographs of Alain H. Liogier: Plants of Hispaniola, Dominican Republic 1968-1969. This compendium examines Mr. Liogier’s practice of capturing plants and their natural habitats through Kodachrome prints. The event is free with Garden admission. More information is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
Thursday, July 13
MIDSUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Ophelia’s Jump brings its annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival to Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theater for two weekends beginning tonight with Much Ado About Nothing. The show repeats July 15, 21 and 23. Tomorrow, July 14, Hamlet will bring the kingdom of Denmark to Claremont. Hamlet repeats July 16, 20 and 22. All shows begin at 8 p.m. For tickets or more information go to opheliasjump.org or call (909) 734-6565.
TEEN CHALLENGE Claremont Public Library hosts Teen Summer Challenge: DIY Custom Clipboards at 2 p.m. Participants will customize a clipboard. The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave. More info is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.
THE GARDEN IS GROOVING Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden kicks off its Garden Groove summer concert series with Louie Cruz Beltran from 7 to 9 p.m. The Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., will host the Thursday night events through August 3. Attendees can groove to Mr. Beltran’s Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms while sipping a cold brew or glass of wine. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages can be purchased from Gourmet Gourmet Catering, Bert and Rocky’s and Last Name Brewing. The cost is $9 for the public and $5 for Garden members. The show is free for Gold Card and Acorn Members and children under 12. Next Thursday features Celtic folk and bluegrass from Sligo Rags. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
Friday, July 14
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with Soulshine at Laemmle plaza; Anamaria de la Cruz at the chamber of commerce; roots goodness from Claremont Voodoo Society at Shelton Park; and Honeybuckets 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.
MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch presents “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas,” featuring Elvis tribute singer Fernie Elvis Ramirez. The event runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Admission at the door is $15 (cash only), which includes entertainment, appetizers and refreshments. RSVPs are required by noon Wednesday, July 12. The event is open to persons 50 and over. For information, call (909) 399-5488 for or visit claremontrec.com.
Saturday, July 15
FAMILY BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., is the site for today’s free Family Bird Walk with Chris Verma of Wild Birds Unlimited from 8 to 9 a.m. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, bring bird guides and bring binoculars, if possible. The walk is free, but reservations are required. To register or for more information, visit rsabg.org/bird-walks, email email@example.com or call (909) 625-8767.