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CALENDAR: Plant walk, Monday music, Vietnam photo exhibit, Silverados and more

Friday, August 25

FRIDAY NIGHT’S ALIVE Claremont’s free summer music series, Friday Nights Live, rolls on with The Amanda Castro Band at Laemmle plaza; Tempest Fire at the chamber of commerce; Big Wednesday at Shelton Park; and Los Whateveros at city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October 27. More info is at claremontchamber.org.

Saturday, August 26

MEDICINAL PLANTS WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts a Medicinal Plants of California Herb Walk from 9 a.m. to noon. Join herbalist William Broen for a garden walk featuring medicinal and edible California plants and discover traditional and modern uses for more than 20 species. The cost is $25 for the general public and $20 for Garden members. More information is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

TEEN CROSS STITCH CLASS The Claremont Public Library hosts another teen art activity, Cross Stitch Cards, where kids can create a unique, whimsical cross-stitched card to give away or keep. The class starts at 2 p.m. and is free and open to kids ages 11 to 17. The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more information call (909) 621-4902 or visit colapublib.org.

SWING RIOTS 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. Today’s concert features Los Angeles based Swing Riots Quirktette performing an irreverent gumbo of Romany “Gypsy” jazz, Romanian Horas, New Orleans funeral marches, Parisian Bal Musette, Russian cabaret, Klezmer Freylekhs and swing standards. Email nicholascasillas@gmail.com or visit swingriots.com for more info.


Sunday, August 27

MUSIC FOR YOUR SOUL, SPIRIT Jazz Vespers, featuring The Ron Kobayashi Trio and vocalist Debbi Ebert, perform a free concert at 6 p.m. at Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave. The group is billed as “Music for your soul, messages for your spirit,” according to a press release. “Vespers are an ancient form of evening prayer and music. The program includes spoken verse, prayers of the people, and live jazz, lifting up our words, thoughts, hopes and feelings.” More information is available at claremontpres.org.


Monday, August 28

MUSIC IN THE PARK Claremont’s Monday evening Concerts in the Park series continues with Upstream at Memorial Park band shell, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The free concert begins 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 Answer. More information, including a full schedule, is at ci.claremont.ca.us.

ULV HOSTS PULITZER WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER This year’s University of La Verne’s Lyceum series opens at 9 a.m. today with “Forty-Two Years and the Frequent Wind: Vietnamese Refugees in America,” a photo exhibition by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Nick Ut at The Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography. Mr. Ut is best known for his photo “The Terror of War,” the iconic image of a terrified and naked 9-year-old Vietnamese girl, Phan Th? Kim Phúc, fleeing a napalm attack. The 1973 image won him a Pulitzer for spot news photography as well as a World Press Photo of the Year award. The show is free and open to the public. The Carlson gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located in Miller Hall near the corner of C and Second streets in La Verne. More information is by phone at (909) 448-4070 or via email at gcolby@laverne.edu.


Tuesday, August 29

CGU EXHIBIT OPENS The public is invited to a free 6 p.m. opening reception for an exhibit of works by the late Albert Contreras, a Santa Monica-based artist who gifted 132 pieces to CGU, and CGU alumna Jane Park Wells. The opening takes place at the East and Peggy Phelps Galleries at 251 E. 10th St., and kicks off the new academic year for CGU’s MFA program. Mr. Contreras was noted for a style based in “gestural and geometric abstraction” while Ms. Wells’ style embraces “optimism and the incorporation of a dynamic color palette.” Refreshments will be served. RSVP for this free event at bit.ly/2wv9VTN. Email jennifer.gracia@cgu.edu for more information.


Wednesday, August 30

SCHOOL’S IN! Can you feel it? It’s palpable: the collective sigh of all Claremont parents and caregivers as CUSD kids get back to their scholarly routines and those in charge of said students get back to their own safe, comforting realm of regimented, set schedules. Depending on whom you talk to, it’s either a melancholy day or celebration of the end of summer chaos. My own kids will have to somehow get to bed before the wee hours of the morning now that their 6:30 a.m. alarm is a Monday through Friday fact, which puts me firmly in the celebratory camp. For the upcoming school year’s calendar, go to claremont-ca.schoolloop.com and click “Calendar,” then “Master Calendar.”

TRIVIA NIGHT Inter Valley Health Plan hosts a free trivia night at 6 p.m. at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Enjoy a fun evening filled with games, music and refreshments. RSVP at (800) 251-8191, extension 316. The event is co-sponsored by the city of Claremont and Community Senior Services.


Thursday, August 31

SUSTAINABLE CHALLENGE Sustainable Claremont hosts a Bloomberg Challenge meeting at 3 p.m. at Claremont City Hall, 207 Harvard Ave. City staff will be listening to project proposals for the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge initiative, with a focus on sustainability. Due to limited space and time an RSVP is required to be placed on the agenda for the sharing of proposals. For information and to RSVP, email outreach@sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.


Friday, September 1

REVERBERATION Claremont’s ongoing free summer/fall music series, Friday Nights Live, continues tonight with Silverados Unplugged at Laemmle plaza; Mohave Beach Band at the chamber of commerce; US 99 at Shelton Park; and Jack McCoy 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, September 2

MORE FREE MUSIC The Claremont Community School of Music’s Sunset Saturdays, a free and open to the public concert series, continues from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 951 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. DuselForty58 will perform a program of Gershwin and original music by Winston Raval for saxophone, strings and jazz trio. Email nicholascasillas@gmail.com for more info.


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