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CALENDAR: Tour the Village, comic book galore, music+picnic+park=FUN

Friday, August 4

IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, AND JAZZ, ETC. Free live music is in the air again tonight at 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

TAKE A TOUR OF THE VILLAGE The monthly, guided walking tour of Claremont Village led by a docent from Claremont Heritage happens at 10 a.m. today. Participants should meet at 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 info@claremontheritage.org.

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 Exhibition 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 info@claremontheritage.org.

VEGAN FOOD FEST Planet Rehab hosts its fifth annual International Food Festival from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 2745 W. Dalepark Dr., San Dimas. The event features vegetarian and vegan cuisine from 30 different countries and live entertainment. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Attendees can also enter the walk-in Planet Rehab Butterfly Experience, the Parakeet Encounter, and learn about the nonprofit’s Costa Rica Endangered Species Project. Entertainment will include magician Dave Grimm, acclaimed Brazilian Songstress Jade Santana and Westside Street Crew from Dance Street West. Tickets available at planetrehabfoodfest17.eventbrite.com or at the door. More info is at planetrehab.org.

FIRST SATURDAY ART WALK Claremont’s Art Walk takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. with opening receptions at galleries across the city, primarily in the Village. See pages 14 and 15 of this edition for a feature story and the Art Walk listings.

Sunday, August 6

GRAB A COFFEE AND STROLL A LITTLE Claremont’s Artisans and Farmers Market, that delicious and relaxing Sunday tradition, happens from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Second Street, between Indian Hill and Yale. Musicians, fruit and vegetable sellers, juice hawkers, cheese makers, booksellers, jewelry designers, plant and flower farmers and more will be on hand. It’s a nice Sunday morning. 

COMIC BOOKS & COLLECTIBLES SHOW The Packing House, at 532 W. First St., Claremont, is the site of the monthly free comic book and collectibles show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event features comic book art demonstrations, comic books, collectibles, new and vintage comics, graphic novels and more. More info is available on the event page on Facebook.

BUTTERFLY RELEASE PARTY Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts a Butterfly Release Party from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to participate in the Adopt A Butterfly program at the California Dogface Butterfly Level and attend the Butterfly Release Party. The cost is $50, and includes up to four guests. Attendees should bring a rough measured sketch of your garden on an 8-1/2” by 11” sheet of paper along with 2 cups of soil in a waterproof container. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. More info is at (909) 625-8767 or rsabg.org

Monday, August 7

MUSIC+PICNIC+PARK+MOON=FUN Claremont’s Monday evening Concerts in the Park series continues with local treasures the Night Blooming Jazzmen, playing Dixieland jazz 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 The Ravelers. More information, including a full schedule, is at ci.claremont.ca.us.

VOTE SMART FOUNDER TO SPEAK Vote Smart founder and President Richard Kimball speaks at 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 830 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont. The free talk is open to the public. Vote Smart is a non-partisan, non-profit citizen-driven organization devoted to voter education. The organization’s founding board included former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. For information, email freedomuprising2017@gmail.com or smoore@commoncause.org or call (213) 623-1216.

Tuesday, August 8

YOUNG MUSICIANS INVITED TO AUDITION The Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra (CYMO) and the Claremont Young Musicians Intermezzo Orchestra will hold auditions for their 2017-2018 season from August 24 to September 10. Young musicians ages 8 to 20 who play string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments are invited to audition. To be placed on the audition list or for more information call (909) 624-3614, email rjscymo@aol.com or go to cymo.org. CHORALE HOSTING COMPOSITION CONTEST The Claremont Chorale will celebrate its 50th anniversary during its 2017-2018 season, and as a part of a year-long celebration is sponsoring a choral composition competition. The deadline for submissions is September 1 and the winner will receive $1,000 and have his or her composition performed by the Chorale in a spring 2018 concert. Interested parties should go to claremontchorale.org for information.

Wednesday, August 9

MOOD AND FOOD TALK Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Every Woman’s Journey presents a free program at 6:30 p.m. “Mood and Food: How what you eat affects how you feel.” The event takes place at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 N. Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. “Come learn how different foods affect your mood and can be used to help regulate your emotions,” a press release stated. “Find out the answer to the question on many women’s minds: does chocolate really make you happy?” The program is presented by Nancee Perez, RD. Call (909) 865-9858 to RSVP or for more information.

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, August 10

NUNO’S TO DONATE TO CFA Nuno’s Bistro and Bar will donate 15 percent of its dinner sales made between 4 and 10 p.m. today to the Claremont-based Children’s Foundation of America. Nuno’s is located at 2440 W. Arrow Route #4a, in Upland. The Children’s Foundation of America provides an opportunity for every person to help children heal, learn and thrive by supporting 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. Funds raised previously have afforded the Foundation the ability to provide bicycles to foster children, backpacks full of school supplies to disadvantaged students, scholarships to college-bound at-risk youth, and supplies for foster and adoptive children to create “life books” to document their happiest experiences as they create a better future. “The Children’s Foundation of America work for a noble cause within our local community,” Nuno’s owner Joey Madeiro said. “We believe in working with organizations that care about and support the community.” Proceeds from the Nuno’s fundraiser will directly benefit children in foster care, residential therapeutic programs, mental health and adoption programs in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. More information is at childrensfoundationofamerica.org.

Friday, August 11

MUSIC IN ALL FLAVORS A diverse lineup of free live music is available around town tonight as Friday Nights Live continues with Ray MacNamara’s Medicine Show Band at Laemmle plaza; guitar driven jazz with the Marc Weller Combo at the chamber of commerce; hippie-dippy Deadhead action with Pride of Cucamonga at Shelton Park; and Random Spark 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 12

CROSSROADS CELEBRATION Crossroads Women invites the public to come and acknowledge its alumnae, particularly those who have discharged from parole, at 1 p.m. today. Participants should bring your special dishes (salads, desserts, or drinks) to 1269 Harvard Ave., Claremont. RSVP to vicki@crossroadswomen.org or call (909) 626-7847

SAXOPHONE QUARTET CONCERT The Claremont Community School of Music hosts a free, open to the public concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The “Sunset Saturdays” concerts take place at the school’s recital hall at 951 W. Foothill Blvd. The concert will feature Noir Quartet, a Southern California-based saxophone quartet performing modern works and standard repertoire for four saxophones. Email nicholascasillas@gmail.com or visit noirquartet.com for more info.

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