CALENDAR: Eagle Scouts, live music Fridays, Farmer's Market, National Night Out
Friday, July 28
SUPPORT AN EAGLE SCOUT, CROSSROADS Folks can support local Eagle Scout aspirant John Argyle and Claremont nonprofit Crossroads Women by donating to a crowd-funding effort. John is raising funds to build a drought resistant garden at Crossroad’s Claremont women’s home for formerly incarcerated women. “I am working with Crossroads to make their front yard drought tolerant,” John wrote in his GoFundMe pitch. “I will be building a dry riverbed surrounded by decomposed granite and succulents. I would like to include a birdbath or wind feature and to purchase a leaf blower for the home to maintain the yard when we are done. Please help me to raise the funds needed to accomplish my goal.” John will be building the garden on September 9 and 16. To donate, go to gofundme.com/crossroadseagle.
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.
GET A SLICE FOR CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION Claremont’s Blaze Pizza will donate 20 percent of proceeds from each meal purchased between 5 and 8 p.m. today to the Children’s Foundation of America. Those wishing to participate in the fundraiser must present the event flier at the time of purchase, either on a mobile device or in printed, hard copy form. The flyer is available at childrensfoundationofamerica.org/blaze-pizza. Blaze Pizza is at 1 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The Foundation supports high-quality programs for children that address the health, safety, well being and education of foster children, initiatives that advocate for children’s issues and community-based organizations that assist children in need.
Saturday, July 29
PILGRIMS’ BOOK, RECORD SALE Pilgrim Place is hosting a sale today of gently used science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as other genres of books and audio books, and vintage and modern vinyl and CD recordings. All items are $2 and under! The sale is from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Book Place, just west of Berkeley Ave., between Sixth and Seventh Streets. For more information call (909) 626-3312.
GET JIGGY WIT IT Is it too soon for 1990s nostalgia? Let us consider 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 with a 9 p.m. show with Saved by the ‘90s. “Cowabunga, dudes!” a press release stated. “Hailing originally from New York City and now active all over the US, 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. And after that, we’re not leaving you hangin’! As if! Get jiggy with the DJ spinning dope tunes all night. It’s gonna be the raddest thing since Your Mom!” If you think you might be all that, well allrighty then, it’ll cost you $12 to $15 and you can get the digits at theglasshouse.us.
Sunday, July 30
A FUN SUNDAY MORNING OR YOUR MONEY BACK As I have made abundantly clear by repeatedly prodding COURIER readers toward its chill-out charms, the Artisans and Farmers Market is a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Well, my campaign to help Claremonters relax and recharge continues. I urge you all to get up and out this morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and see for yourselves. And, if you aren’t happier when you return, I will personally refund your cost of admission. It’s all happening 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’s fun. It’s cool. And it’s free.
Monday, July 31
MONDAY NIGHT CONCERT Claremont’s Monday evening Concerts in the Park series continues with 1980s music with Neon Nation 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 local treasures and Dixieland jazz purveyors the Night Blooming Jazzmen. More information, including a full schedule, is at ci.claremont.ca.us.
Tuesday, August 1
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT The Claremont Police Department invites residents to Memorial Park for National Night Out and to enjoy the family movie Zootopia. No alcohol is allowed and dogs are prohibited—except Claremont PD’s Dodger and Luther, although we would be surprised if Luther made it to the event; he’s usually out there catching bad guys. The In ‘N Out truck will be there, but the free meal tickets have already been dispersed. Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic, blankets and low chairs to the free event, and their cats. National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August. The event has been held annually since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. The first National Night Out involved 2.5 million residents across 400 communities in 23 states. The event has since grown to include more than 38 million residents in 20,000 communities. More information is at (909) 399-5409.
Wednesday, August 2
LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER, MUSICIAN TO SPEAK Claremont Heritage’s Speaker/Film Series continues with local photographer and musician Steven Cahill at 7 p.m. at Pitzer College’s Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. The free talk will include Mr. Cahill’s presentation on his unique photographic journey and his many years creating art in and around Claremont. Mr. Cahill is also an accomplished musician. He and Chris Darrow (also an accomplished photographer, whose recent works are included with Mr. Cahill’s in the dual photo exhibition opening Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ginger Elliott Center at Claremont Heritage, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.) started to play acoustic music together when they were both teenagers. In the 1960s the pair played in the Mad Mountain Ramblers with Claremont’s senior resident rock god David Lindley. Mr. Cahill went on to play on a number of Mr. Darrow’s albums and currently plays in Squeekin’ Wheels, the wonderful Claremont-based folk/americana band. Mr. Cahill has also had a long career in education, including a teaching appointment at Pitzer and a technical position in the art department at the University of California, Riverside, where he has taught courses in photography, video and digital imaging. This event is produced by Claremont Heritage with special thanks to Pitzer College. More info is available at cahillpanoramas.com.
Thursday, August 3
WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Garden Groove summer concert series concludes tonight with beloved local deep cut cover artists The Dogs from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Attendees can enjoy the 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. You can purchase food and beverages 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. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
Friday, August 4
HEY KIDS, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, ROCK ON Free live music is in the air again tonight ad the city’s Friday Nights Live series continues with jazz from the Mike Taylor Quartet at Laemmle plaza; Slinker Rock at the chamber of commerce; Starlite 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, August 5
GUIDED WALKING TOUR The monthly, guided walking tour of Claremont Village led by a docent from Claremont Heritage happens at 10 a.m. today. Participants should meet in front of the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First Street. The walks explore Claremont’s history including the significance of the railroad, citrus crops, the Claremont Colleges and the Village. The cost is $5 per person and reservations are requested via phone at (909) 621-0848 or by email at email@example.com.
CHRIS DARROW, STEVE CAHILL PHOTO SHOW OPENS The opening reception for a free photography exhibition featuring Chris Darrow and Steven J. Cahill happens from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ginger Elliott Center at Claremont Heritage, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The show includes Mr. Cahill’s “Summer Abroad” and Mr. Darrow’s “Indian Summer.” More information is available at claremontheritage.org, (909) 621-0848, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST?SATURDAY ART?WALK The Claremont Art Walk showcases art exhibitions throughout the Village on the first Saturday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Check next week’s COURIER for a more complete listing of participating galleries and artists. For more information, visit claremontartwalk.com or the Claremont Art Walk Facebook page.