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Friday, May 25

ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD The streets of Claremont will once again be ringing with live music this evening as Friday Nights Live brings Beatles tribute act Fab 8 to Laemmle plaza; Larry and Rhonda Jackson and Small Town Magic to the chamber of commerce; percussionist extraordinaire Ray McNamara’s Steel Drum Band to Shelton Park; and the Middleton/Martinez Duo to city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org. After Friday Nights Live calls it quits at 9 p.m., local rockers Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight take the stage at the Press (129 Harvard Ave., Claremont) for a free 10 p.m. show that runs until 1 a.m. The group is getting ready to release their third album in July. I hear they’re pretty good. More info is at mickrhodes.com.

Saturday, May 26

COLLECTORS FAIRE Pomona’s Antique Row, between the 100 and 200 block of East Second Street plays host to the Collectors Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Treasure hunters pack the streets and stores to explore three blocks of antique vendors in this part flea market, part festival and part open house free event. More information is available via email at carolyn@downtownpomona.org.

NCAA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Claremont McKenna College hosts the final day of the Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships at Biszantz Family Tennis Center, 606 E. Sixth St., Claremont. The title matches begin at 10 a.m. with the Men’s and Women’s Singles Finals. More info is at events.cmc.edu.

Sunday, May 27

FEELIN’ KINDA SUNDAY The Artisan’s and Farmer’s Market, The City of Trees’ Sunday morning traditional, takes place under the canopy along Harvard Avenue between First St. and Bonita Ave. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free, relaxing market features small farm fruits and vegetables, but also meats and cheeses, honey, juices, flowers, plants, books, clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, and other locally made items. It’s a fun morning communing with neighbors, listening to mellow live acoustic music, sipping warm beverages and strolling in the crisp, early-morning air. Do it.

POETS AT CUCC Claremont United Church of Christ’s fourth Sundays poetry series features Lauren Henley and James Mauch reading at 2 p.m. in the Louise Roberts Room, 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont. The event is free and open to the public, light refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase. More info is at the Fourth Sundays Poetry Facebook page.

Monday, May 28

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY City offices, the library, post office and banks are closed today as we celebrate Memorial Day, which honors those who gave their lives defending our country. Claremont’s Memorial Day services take place at 11 a.m. at Oak Park Cemetery, 410 Sycamore Ave. The annual event is presented by the city of Claremont, American Legion Keith Powell Post 78 and Friends of Oak Park Cemetery. More info is at claremontca.org or (909) 399-5490.

DEMS MEET WITH INSURANCE CHIEF HOPEFUL Asif Mahmood, candidate for California Insurance Commissioner, will be the guest at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s free and open to the public 7 p.m. meeting. Mr. Mahmood will discuss his platform: more mental health practitioners, health care for all and an integrated insurance system. The event takes place in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Refreshments will be served. For information, call (909) 626-8122 or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

Tuesday, May 29

CITY HALL SCULPTURE UNVEILING The public is invited to the unveiling of “Arbor,” a new sculpture by artist Sijia Chen, at Claremont City Hall, 207 Harvard Ave., at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday, with social time at 7 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:30, at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. Newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.

Wednesday, May 30

TEEN STRESS The Claremont Public Library’s Adult 101 series continues at 3:30 p.m. with “Stress Management for Teens,” at the Youth Activity Center, 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. “Teens: feeling a little stressed out lately?” a press release asked. “Everyone gets stressed and it isn’t always easy to know how to respond positively. Come by the YAC to learn tips that will help you cope with the stressful situations in your life. Also, create your own stress ball to take home and help you unwind.” More information is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.

Thursday, May 31

SCHOOL’S OUT…ALMOST Just two weeks remain in the Claremont Unified School District’s year, so if you haven’t already planned your kids’ summer activities, you may want to jump on it. A good place to start is our Summer Opportunities special on pages 12 through 15 in this edition. Also, visit the city website at ci.claremont.ca.us and click through to Youth Programs. There you’ll find info on Camp Claremont, for kids in first through eighth grades, as well as a host of recreation classes and activities. Summer’s coming, fast!

Friday, June 1

BUTTERFLIES AND BREWS Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members for Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Butterflies and Brews events, which kick off this evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and continue each Friday throughout June. Tickets include one drink. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. “Celebrating our local butterfly and beer species, these fun events will feature a different neighborhood craft brewery each evening at our California Butterfly Pavilion,” a press release read. “Unwind in the beautiful ambiance of the Garden with butterflies above and an excellent craft beer in hand,” Wine and other drinks will also be available. Each evening will feature a different craft brewery, including Claremont Crafts Ales, Last Name Brewing and others. More info is at rsabg.org.

FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE The city’s free concert series Friday Nights Live continues with Dynamite Dawson and Hai Muradian at Laemmle plaza; Mike’s Guitar World at the chamber of commerce; fine singer-songwriter Mario Rojas (whose new record, “Lost Angelino” has been getting international airplay) and his band, Saturday Night Pink at Shelton Park; and the J. Grizz Band at city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More information, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.

‘AMERICAN JUBILEE’ IN POMONA The Pomona Concert Band presents its annual free and open to the public spring concert, “An American Jubilee,” at 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona. The concert will feature American composers and melodies conducted by Linda W. Taylor and Jorge Garcia. Among the selections are “An American Fanfare” by Rick Kirby, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morton Lauridson, “Resplendent Glory” by Rossano Gallante, Korean folk songs by John Barnes Chance, selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, music of Disneyland arranged by Jerry Brubaker and “National Fencibles” by John Philip Sousa. The Pomona Concert Band was founded by G. Stanton Selby in 1947 as part of a local Pomona American Legion Post. For more information go to pomonaconcertband.org, email director@pomonaconcertband.org, or call (626) 824-0001.

Saturday, June 2

PANCAKES WITH A COP Residents are invited to enjoy breakfast with the Claremont Police Department at “Pancakes with a Cop” from 8 to 11 a.m. Stop by Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., for pancakes, juice, coffee and conversation and to see police vehicles on display and games for the kids.

SUDSY?SATURDAY The ninth annual Claremont Craft Beer Walk takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Village, with live music in 15 locations and participation from about 45 Village businesses that will serve as craft beer tasting and food sampling sites (several are non-alcohol sites). Tickets are $45 or $20 for designated drivers, and are available  along with more information at claremontbluesandbrews.com, (909) 626-1147 or via email at claremontvillageinfo@gmail.com. Music will be provided by A Choired Taste, Amanda Castro Band, Amazing Tone Benders, Black Tongued Bells, Blues and Fries, Calypso Pirates, Claremont Voodoo Society, Guitar + 1, Hank’s Cadillac, Junk Welder, Larry and Rhonda Jackson/Small Town Magic, Marimba Tropical, Mohave Beach Band, Ron Kobayashi Trio and Toomstone. This event is 21 and over.


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