CALENDAR: Gidion's Knot, crossroads, coolin' out, park music
Friday, August 11
‘GIDION’S KNOT’ AT SYCAMORE Women’s Theatre Workshop presents Gidion’s Knot, a play by Johnna Adams, at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at Sycamore School, 225 W. Eighth St., Claremont. Tickets for the 90-minute play—which contains content not suitable for children—are $15 and available at gidionsknotwtw. bpt.me or by calling (951) 990-5708. Profits from the production will support the Sycamore School PFA. The play takes place over the course of a parent-teacher conference, where a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed fifth-grade teacher have a fraught meeting about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, Gidion. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act. The play features Stephanie Grimley as Heather and Jill Cary Martin as Corryn. It is directed by Nicki Heskin.
MUSIC IN ALL FLAVORS A diverse lineup of free live music is again available around town tonight as Claremont’s Friday Nights Live music series 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 is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, August 12
CROSSROADS CELEBRATION Crossroads Women invites the public to come and acknowledge its alumnae, particularly those who have been discharged from parole, at 1 p.m. today. Participants should bring special dishes (salads, desserts, or soft drinks) to 1269 Harvard Ave., Claremont. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.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 featuring modern works and standard repertoire for four saxophones. Email email@example.com or visit noirquartet.com for more info.
Sunday, August 13
COOLIN’ OUT Sunday mornings are just different: The week has just slipped, or—depending on your perspective—rushed by; We get to start anew, with the coming days a beautiful mystery. One of the loveliest ways to celebrate is with Claremont’s Artisans and Farmers Market, which unfolds from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Second Street, between Indian Hill and Yale. A walk through the market in the early morning, hopefully before the sun has really heated up the pavement, reveals musicians, fruit and vegetable sellers, juice hawkers, cheese makers, booksellers, jewelry designers and plant and flower farmers selling their wares. I like to grab a coffee and peruse the modest, mellow scene with the sounds and smells of small town America washing over me.
FREE JAZZ College Center, at 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont (at Claremont Blvd.) hosts free outdoor jazz concerts from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. A rotating cast of talented improvisers are always performing. Check it out.
Monday, August 14
MUSIC IN THE PARK Claremont’s Monday evening Concerts in the Park series continues with The Ravelers 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 City Beat Band. More information, including a full schedule, is at ci.claremont.ca.us.
Tuesday, August 15
PILGRIM PLACE HOSTS TALK ON FAMOUST TRAVELER Claremont’s Pilgrim Place hosts a free presentation with Ward McAfee, “John Ledyard, America’s First Global Traveler,” at 7 p.m. in Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd. “Learn about probably the most influential American that you’ve never heard about,” a press release stated. “After sailing on Captain Cook’s final voyage, Ledyard envisioned a global economy. His goal was to create a lucrative trade with China, trading furs for the kind of porcelains and other Chinese treasures that are now housed in the Petterson Museum. His life helped inspire Melville’s Moby Dick and was eventually memorialized by Robert Frost. Learn about his world travels and how he influenced the American Revolution.” The event is sponsored by The Friends of The Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art at Pilgrim Place. For more information call (909) 399-5573.
CHARITY NEEDS SCHOOL SUPPLIES Sowing Seeds for Life food pantry is asking the community for help in collecting school supplies for distribution to kids in need. Each year the charity teams up with the community to provide no- and low-income children with the educational tools they need to start the school year, and this year the need is even larger. Sowing Seeds hopes to outfit 200 children with everything from backpacks to markers. Supplies most in need are backpacks, markers, pens, pencils, paper, binders, crayons, paperclips, Post-It notes, tape, rulers, notebooks and calculators. Call (909) 293-7735, extension 232 or go to sowingseedsforlife.org for more information or to set up a donation.
Wednesday, August 16
IT’S HOT: STAY COOL IN THE GARDEN Claremont’s horticultural treasure, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, is extending its hours on Wednesdays throughout the summer so that those of us who feel as though we might melt can chill out under the lush, natural canopy. 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 17
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT? Claremont schools are back in session in less than two weeks, on Wednesday, August 30. Are you like me? Did you go the whole summer without a big, epic, memory-making vacation with your kids? Well, you have time. And if your even more like me, and you’re out of ideas, the ol’ internet has some help for us. Check out vacationidea.com or myfamilytravels.com and click through the California links for some solid advice. Good luck, parents!
Friday, August 18
PILGRIMS’ ARTIFACTS SHOW OPENS Claremont’s Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art at Pilgrim Place, 730 Plymouth Rd., opens its exhibition, “Around the World and Back Again,” from 2 to 4 p.m. The show includes artifacts brought back to Claremont by Pilgrim Place residents. Learn the intercultural experiences of persons who worked and served in these different parts of the world. The Friends of the Petterson Museum hosts a free reception from 4 to 6 p.m., with light refreshments. For information call (909) 399-5573.
DOGS DAYS OF SUMMER Another edition of the city of Claremont’s free summer music series, Friday Nights Live, rolls on with the sparkling musicianship of beloved local B-side cover masters The Dogs at Laemmle plaza; Amazing Tone Benders at the chamber of commerce; Swing Shift at Shelton Park; and Twenty Flight 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, August 19
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 bird guides and binoculars if possible. The walk is free, but reservations are required. To register go to rsabg.org/bird-walks, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 625-8767.
THE PLANTS HAVE A SECRET Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, offers the class “Seven Plant Secrets that You’ll Always Remember” from 8 to 10 a.m. The cost is $25 for the general public or $20 for members. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
CLASSIC CAR SHOW FOR A GOOD CAUSE The Auxiliary of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center hosts a free classic car show at 1830 N. Orange Grove Ave., Pomona from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with all proceeds benefitting the Sick Baby and Hospital Assistance Fund. Entry is free and includes blood glucose testing, lung function testing and blood pressure readings. Health educators will be on hand to teach CPR and present information and answer questions about diabetes, stroke and heart failure. Breakfast and lunch will be available for sale thanks to the Pomona Kiwanis and Tony’s Famous Beef Dips. The fee to enter a pre-1976 car, truck or motorcycle in the show is $30. Vehicle entry includes an event T-shirt and trophies. For information, call (909) 865-9669 or go to pvhmc.org/carshow.
VINTAGE FLEA MARKET Every third Saturday the Claremont Vintage Flea Market takes place at the Packing House, 532 W. First St. The event, from noon to 5 p.m., is free and features local vendors offering all sorts of interesting items from the recent to ancient past. More info is at claremontpackinghouse.com.