CALENDAR: Streets are alive, speak for trees, Monday park concert, happy crowd!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE STREETS ARE ALIVE Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with Ray MacNamara’s playfully named 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.
THRIFT STORE GRAND OPENING The public is invited to the 9 a.m. grand opening of Acts Thrift Store, 232 E. Foothill Blvd., Pomona. The event, at the former American Way Thrift Store location, will include giveaways, food, animal balloons for kids and of course that wonderful pastime of digging through forgotten, neglected or otherwise unneeded items in search of treasure. Food will be served at noon. Call (626) 577-4477 or go to actsthrift.org for more information.
WE SPEAK FOR 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 even will consist of going door-to-door to share the benefits of these trees before they arrive. No experience is necessary, and materials and day-of training will be provided. To RSVP, email email@example.com.
Sunday, July 23
SUNDAY, YUMMY SUNDAY Claremont’s sweet, hometown Sunday chill out, the Artisans and Farmers Market, unfolds from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Second Street, between Indian Hill and Yale. Stroll the street with coffee in-hand and check out the musicians, fruit and vegetable sellers, juice hawkers, cheese makers, booksellers, jewelry designers, plant and flower farmers and more who sell their wares. It’s a good time for a family or anybody interested in dialing down the week’s hustle/bustle.
HABITAT GARDENING TIPS Learn how to design a habitat garden this morning with landscape designer April Garbat in a 10 a.m. to noon class at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. The class is free with Garden admission. Participants will learn to incorporate water and shelter needs, as well as the best native plants to choose for our many local pollinators. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
Monday, July 24
CONCERTS IN THE PARK Claremont’s Monday evening Concerts in the Park series continues with Woodie and the Longboards 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 Neon Nation. More information, including a full schedule, is at ci.claremont.ca.us.
Tuesday, July 25
LANDSCAPING IN THE INLAND VALLEY The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “Practical Landscaping in the Inland Valley” with guest speaker Scott Horsley of SHA, Inc. Mr. Horsley, a licensed landscape architect, will speak about the beauty and economic value of landscape architecture for both commercial and residential properties. This talk will include the history and importance of landscape architecture, “not just for our own yards, but for our dry southern California environment,” a press release stated. “Mr. Horsley has special expertise in water conservation and ‘ideal planting.’” Mr. Horsley has 21 years’ experience in the landscape architecture profession and owns a business in Claremont where he does a variety of work, from small gardens to multi-million dollar projects. His clients include the Claremont Colleges, other universities, Disney and many healthcare facilities. He lives in Claremont with his wife and four children. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
Wednesday, July 26
THE HAPPY CROWD Claremont hosts The Happy Crowd for a children’s concert at 6:30 p.m. at Shelton Park, 300 N. Harvard Ave. The hour-long show is free and open to the public. Families are invited to come early and picnic on the lawn. Blankets and low lawn chairs are allowed, but dogs and alcohol are prohibited, as are dogs who’ve been drinking alcohol. More info is at (909) 399-5490.
BEAT THE HEAT 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 27
BLACK LIGHT DISCOVERY Claremont Public Library’s ongoing Teen Summer Challenge hosts a free “DIY Black Light” class at 2 p.m. “Come and create a black light flashlight and use it to discover amazing things about the world around you,” a press release stated. The library is located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. More information is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.
THE GARDEN GROOVES ON Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Garden Groove summer concert series continues tonight with Susie Hansen and the Latin Band playing Latin jazz and salsa from 7 to 9 p.m. The Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave, host the Thursday night events through August 3. Attendees can enjoy music and the cooler evening 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 can be purchased from Gourmet Gourmet Catering, Bert and Rocky’s and Last Name Brewing. The cost is $9 for the general public, $5 for Garden members, free for Gold Card, Acorn Members and children under 12. Next week’s final Garden Groove features beloved local deep cut cover artists The Dogs. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
Friday, July 28
KEEP ON ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with Liz Hangan’s Blues and Fries at Laemmle plaza; Mike’s Guitar World at the chamber of commerce; Dynamite Dawson at Shelton Park; and The Gurneys 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 29
GET JIGGY WIT IT Is it too soon for 1990s nostalgia? The touchstones: the rise of the Internet or, in the parlance of the day, the World Wide Web; the end of Soviet communism and South African apartheid; a nice, fat federal budget surplus, falling crime and unemployment rates and general prosperity across the board, they do entice. The music scene saw the rise and eventual dominance of hip-hop, the birth of grunge, and the return of Svengali-driven, super-sanitized, manufactured pop, with the Spice Girls leading the way. Now that I’ve written all this, I’m feeling a little nostalgic myself! Thankfully, Pomona’s Glass House, at 200 W. Second St., has us covered tonight at a 9 p.m. show with Saved by the ‘90s. “Cowabunga, dudes!” a press release stated. “Hailing originally from New York City, this party has tons of live ‘90s music from a totally fresh band (they’re da bomb). Get ready for everything from Third Eye Blind to the Spice Girls, from The Backstreet Boys to The Beastie Boys. It’s gonna be the raddest thing since Your Mom!” If you think you might be all that, well alright then, it’ll cost you $12 to $15 and you can get the digits at theglasshouse.us.