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CALENDAR: Family bird walk, Monday concert, COURIER editor speaks about free press

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. Call (909) 399-5488 for reservations or information or visit claremontrec.com.

Saturday, July 15

FREE FAMILY BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, 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 any bird guides they may have and bring binoculars if possible. The walk is free, but reservations are required. To register or for more info go to rsabg.org/bird-walks, email info@rsabg.org or call (909) 625-8767.

Sunday, July 16

A SWEET LITTLE SUNDAY Sunday’s Artisans and Farmers Market, Claremont’s ongoing chill-fest, happens from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Second Street, between Indian Hill and Yale. Grab a beverage and stroll through the streets while the musicians, fruit and vegetable sellers, juice hawkers, cheese makers, jewelry designers, plant and flower farmers and more sell their wares. It makes for a great beginning to nice, easy day.

Monday, July 17

ART SHOW DIALOG Sustainable Claremont and Claremont Museum of Art present a dialog exploring the intersection of art and nature at 5:30 p.m. at the museum, located in the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. Rebecca Hamm, curator of CMA’s current exhibition “Tree Speak: Interpretations of the Rustlings,” will lead a panel discussion with local artists Jeff Faust, Athena Hahn and Chris Toovey, who will speak about the influence of nature on their artwork. Claremont Heritage Director David Shearer will talk about how Claremont became the City of Trees. Enjoy the dialog addressing nature’s symbolic power and conversations on current environmental shifts, a press release stated. The event includes a chance to see “Tree Speak,” which is up through July 23 and includes work by 12 local artists, as well as a display documenting the city’s tree-planting tradition, which began in 1907. More information is at claremontmuseum.org.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK Claremont’s Monday evening Concerts in the Park season continues tonight with Silverado playing country hits under the stars at Memorial Park Band Shell, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m. Come 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 Woodie and the Longboards. More information, including a full schedule, is at ci.claremont.ca.us.

ALTERNATE ENERGY DIALOG Sustainable Claremont hosts “Alternate Energy For All?” a free, open to the public sustainability dialog from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hahn Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Pomona College, Claremont. At this dialog Roger Bradley, Claremont’s Community Services Director, and experts from Los Angeles County will describe the Community Choice Aggregation program and join us in a dialogue on this remarkable opportunity.” Sustainability Dialogs are sponsored by Sustainable Claremont, the League of Women Voters, the Interfaith Sustainability Council and Pomona College. More info is at sustainableclaremont.org, on the group’s Facebook page, or via email at info@sustainableclaremont.org. 

Tuesday, July 18

SECULARISM IN THE US The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “Secularism in the United States” with guest speaker Dr. Phil Zuckerman, professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College. “There is a growing contemporary phenomenon of people who choose to live without religion, but with ethics and meaning in their lives,” a press release stated. “Dr. Zuckerman will define secularism and discuss its historical, political and social aspects in America.” Dr. Zuckerman founded an interdisciplinary Department of Secular Studies at Pitzer, the first in the nation, in 2011. An author of many books, journal articles and conference presentations on the subject, he is a leading sociologist on secularism. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

COURIER EDITOR TO SPEAK AT LOCAL UN MEETING The Pomona Valley Chapter of the United Nations Association hosts COURIER Editor Kathryn Dunn at its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd, Claremont. Ms. Dunn will discuss “The Importance of a Free Press” at the free and open to the public gathering. Refreshments will be served. More information is at pv.una-socal.org or (909) 625- 9670.

MANAGING CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE Claremont’s Sanctuary Coffee, at 994 W. Foothill Blvd., hosts a free 90-minute class, “Kidney Smart,” at 7 p.m. Certified educators will help you learn about the causes of kidney disease, diet resources, how to navigate insurance and employment issues and treatment options. For more information and registration go to kidneysmart.org/class or call (909) 241-1363.

MOVIES IN THE PARK Claremont’s ongoing summer tradition kicks off tonight with a free showing of Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar’s kids’ classic Finding Nemo, at Blaisdell Park, 440 S. College Ave. The film starts at dusk. Attendees can bring blankets or low chairs and a picnic. No alcohol or dogs are allowed. More information, including a full schedule of upcoming Movies in the Park is at ci.claremont.ca.us.

Wednesday, July 19

TREES ON THE DOCKET Have tree questions or concerns, or are you just curious about the city’s trees? You can get involved today at Claremont’s Tree Committee meeting at 6 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 225 W. Second St. The meeting is free and open to the public. More info is at ci.claremont.ca.us.

Thursday, July 20

ANIME DRAWING CLASS  Claremont Public Library hosts a free class, Teen Summer Challenge: Anime Drawing, at 2 p.m. Join teacher Darlene Douthit in this fun program for kids. Use pencil, colored pencils, Tomboy brush-pens and markers while learning to draw manga and anime figures. Space is limited to the first 20 attendees. The library is located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. More information is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.

MOVIES IN THE PARK Claremont’s ongoing tradition continues tonight with a free showing of Disney’s Moana at Lewis Park, at 881 Syracuse Dr. The film starts at dusk. Attendees can bring blankets or low chairs and a picnic. No alcohol or dogs allowed. Information is at ci.claremont.ca.us.

THE GARDEN IS GROOVING AGAIN Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Garden Groove summer concert series continues from 7 to 9 p.m. with Celtic folk and bluegrass from Sligo Rags. The Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., will host the Thursday night events through August 3. Attendees can enjoy the music and cooler air amidst the foliage at the Garden while sipping a cold brew or glass of wine. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages may be purchased in the courtyard from Gourmet Gourmet Catering, Bert and Rocky’s and Last Name Brewing. The cost is $9 for the general public and $5 for Garden members. The show is free for Gold Card and Acorn Members and children under 12. Next week’s Garden Groove features Susie Hansen and the Latin Band. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

MIDSUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL CLOSING WEEKEND This is the closing weekend for the annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival by Ophelia’s Jump at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theater. Hamlet will be mounted tonight and Saturday, July 22. Much Ado About Nothing is up tomorrow, July 21 and closes the festival on Sunday, July 23. All shows begin at 8 p.m. For tickets or more information go to opheliasjump.org or call (909) 734-6565.

Friday, July 21

ART MART The Packing House hosts the weekly Art Mart, with an eclectic display of art and arts and crafts from 5 to 9 p.m. at 500 W. First St., Claremont. More information is available via email at audsandends.sa@gmail.com.

MUSIC ON, WORLD OFF Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with Ray MacNamara’s Big Bamboo Steel Band at Laemmle plaza; Aubren Hickernell at the chamber of commerce; the great Squeekin’ Wheels at Shelton Park; and Enigma Flux Rock 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 22

WE LOVE THE TREES The Green Crew of Sustainable Claremont seeks volunteers for their “We Love Trees” Walk the Town event today. A training will be held from 9:30 to 10 a.m. with the walk from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet on American Avenue in Claremont, where Sustainable Claremont has committed to planting 125 trees. The event will consist of going door-to-door to share the benefits of these trees before they arrive. No experience necessary, materials and day-of training will be provided. To RSVP, email greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org.

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