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Friday, June 8
DEMS STRATEGIZE FOR NOVEMBER The Democratic Club of Claremont’s June luncheon will feature a free and open to the public dialog with Mike Boos, “Coordinating with Local Resistance Groups,” at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The 12:45 p.m. talk is free, but the noon lunch, which includes tax and tip, is $17. Mr. Boos’ talk, coming after the June 5 primary election, will help to lay the groundwork for local progressives to work toward a successful outcome in November. The program is part of the “Gar Byrum Distinguished Speaker” series. For more information call (909) 626-8122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 continues 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.
MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will celebrate the groovy aspect of the 1960s from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Enjoy ‘60s trivia with Trivia with Budds, along with prizes, music, food and beverages. Admission is $15. The event is open to persons age 50 and over. Call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com for more information.
SOULSHINE TOPS FNL The city’s free concert series Friday Nights Live continues with Soulshine, led by married musicians Stacey Rosen-Sturgis and Steve Sturgis, at Laemmle plaza; the Mojave Beach Band at the chamber of commerce; the Mike Taylor Combo at Shelton Park; and the Garlic Band at city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.
PUNK AGAINST TRUMP The walls of Pomona’s Glass House will be reverberating with the anger and aggression of raucous protest tonight and tomorrow, as 14 bands team up for Punk Against Trump. Headlining are longtime Southern California stalwarts TSOL, the bill also features Voodoo Glow Skulls, Guttermouth, Lower Class Brats and Dwarves, among others spread out over two nights. Both shows start at 4:30 p.m. and cost $25. The Glass House is located in the Pomona Arts Colony at 200 W. Second St. More info is at glasshouse.us or (909) 865-3802.
Saturday, June 9
FREE CHILD SAFETY EVENT Claremont Hyundai, at 508 Auto Center Dr., hosts Operation Kidsafe, a free and open to the public child safety event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents can create and take home a bio document, a valuable piece of paper ready to hand to law enforcement in the event of an emergency. The event will also include tips to start a family safety action plan. Operation Kidsafe was founded by Mark Bott, an internationally known child safety advocate who worked with John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted, and helped start the Amber Alert system. No special information is needed, and information will not be stored in any database. Parents will take home the only record of the visit. More info is at (909) 906-7094 or claremonthyundai.com.
‘SANCTUARY’ OPENS AT THE DA Pomona’s dA Center for the Arts, at 252 S. Main St., hosts an opening reception for a new exhibit focused on “Sanctuary,” from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit showcases original works created by more than 60 artists, writers and poets expressing love, hope and solidarity for immigrants “who may be living in fear and doubt,” a press release read. The exhibit is curated by Jimmy O’Balles, Marcella Swett, Mario A. Hernandez and Gloria Ing. The show closes July 28. More info is at dacenter.org or (909) 397-9716.
Sunday, June 10
SYMPHONY CLOSES SEASON The Claremont Symphony Orchestra closes its 65th season with a free concert featuring Mozart’s 22nd Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns’ Third Symphony (“Organ”) at 3:30 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Conductor and pianist Robert Sage will direct the orchestra. Now in his seventh season as CSO Director of Music, Mr. Sage has performed with the group for more than 30 years, including the complete cycles of Brahms and Rachmaninoff concertos. This concerto is well known for its andante second movement featuring a series of variations on the main theme. This movement affected the audience so much at its premiere in 1785 that Mozart was required to play it over again before being allowed to conclude the work. Guest organist for the Saint-Saëns Symphony will be Vernon Snyder, who has performed collaborative and solo piano concerts throughout the United States, Korea and Taiwan. Locally, he has accompanied vocalists from the LA Master Chorale and LA Opera. Doors open at 3 p.m., and more information is available at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.
Monday, June 11
BUILDING RESILIENT SCHOOLS Claremont United Church of Christ’s Kingman Chapel, at 233 Harrison Ave., Claremont, is the site of a free and open to the public discussion, “Building Resilient Schools,” with guest speaker Dr. Ariane Marie-Mitchell from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Mitchell is a faculty member in preventive medicine and pediatrics at Loma Linda University. Her clinical practice and research focus on the prevention of mental health problems in children. She will summarize the latest evidence guiding best practice models for building resilient schools, and facilitate a discussion about actions that can be taken to promote the well-being and safety of our children. The lecture will also include an overview of Sandy Hook Promise programs and a discussion. More information is available via email at email@example.com.
Tuesday, June 12
THE MALOOF LEGACY The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “New Developments with the Sam Maloof Foundation,” with guest speaker Jim Rawitsch. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Mr. Rawitsch is the executive director of the Maloof Foundation. “In this ‘Maloof Legacy’ presentation, Jim Rawitsch will tell how woodworker Sam Maloof, the son of Lebanese immigrants and born in Chino, became a globally recognized California Modernist furniture maker,” a press release read. “Maloof’s works are in the collections of America’s leading art museums and collectors, and the hand made home of Sam and Alfreda Maloof in Rancho Cucamonga has been preserved and designated as part of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program established by the National Trust. It offers public tours, a museum, learning center and workshop set in a water-wise Discovery Garden.” Mr. Rawitsch earned a BA from UCLA and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business. He came to the Maloof Foundation with experience in historic preservation, art museum administration and higher education. He has expanded the Maloof audience, exhibitions, collections, collaborations, publications, educational programs, membership, fundraising and community outreach. In 2016, he led the Maloof centennial celebration with a new book, a retrospective exhibition, and a Smithsonian Symposium. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
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. More information is at cscclub.org.
49 BELLS TO REMEMBER PULSE Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave., joins in a nationwide remembrance of the Pulse Nightclub shooting at noon today when its carillon bells will toll 49 times in unison with those around the world as a tribute to the 49 victims lost during the tragedy two years ago. Mothers of the victims are calling upon churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and businesses to join them by tolling their bells and showing solidarity with messages of love and kindness on their public signs. For more info go to 49bells.org.
Wednesday, June 13
GARDENERS TALK PLUMERIA The Claremont Garden Club hosts its free and open monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd. The theme this month is “Beautiful Plumerias,” and master gardener and plumeria enthusiast Connie Newport will talk about their different colors and scents, and what they need in terms of soil, water, fertilizer and weather to be at their best. Meetings start at 6:30 pm for refreshments and socializing, and the talks begin at 7. More information about the club can be found at claremontgardenclub.org, (909) 621-6381 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 14
SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER Today is one of the June days Alice Cooper’s mechanical royalty statement has its yearly spike, as it has every year since “School’s Out” was released in in April 1972. Yes, it’s the final day of classes for all Claremont Unified School District kids. The wee ones will now need to be entertained, chauffeured and chaperoned for the next three months. Good luck, parents! Older kids are decidedly easier to care for over the summer, to the point of not seeing them sometimes for days. I just slip food under the door. The oldest of the bunch will say goodbye to CUSD tonight as Claremont High School graduation takes place at on the athletic field. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., the graduation procession begins at 4:40 p.m., and the ceremony at 5 p.m.. Seating is on a first-come basis.
Friday, June 15
THE PRESS TURNS 21 Claremont’s only constant source for live, original music turns 21 tonight in style, bringing punk rock provocateurs Desperation Squad back at 9p.m. for their first appearance at the 129 Harvard Ave. venue in more than four years. The Squad’s last show at the Press, in 2014, was noted for its proliferation of corn tortillas tossed out by singer Mr. P (aka Kevin Ausmus) during the band’s anthemic “Taco Truck.” Word among longtime Press employees is that stray tortillas are still found in the rafters from time to time. Joining the Squad Friday will be the San Gabriel Valley Punk Collective, who will play at about 10 p.m., followed by the Squad. On Saturday, the celebration continues as The Press welcomes longtime local rockers Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight (who have a new record coming out next month) at 9 p.m. and Claremont Voodoo Society at 10:45. Both bands played their first shows at the Press, in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and feature members that have been playing there in other incarnations since the venue was a baby. More info is at thepressrestaurant.com.
Saturday, June 16
AN EVENING WITH JOHN YORK Local rock luminary John York plays his yearly benefit concert for the Prison Library Project 7 p.m. at The Claremont Forum, 568 W. First St.. The cover is $15 and tickets are available at claremontforum.org or (909) 626-3066. Mr. York is a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist best known as a former member of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Byrds. He was also a member of the late Doug Sahm’s Sir Douglas Quintet and played with The Mamas and The Papas’ touring band. Up until last year he had been touring with Barry McGuire (“Eve of Destruction”). “John York is an authentic example of how one musician can carry a legacy of spirit, truth, compassion and wisdom that continues to grow through his musical expressions,” wrote Terry Roland of LA Folk Works. “Not only has he survived the perilous rock and roll days of the sixties, he has thrived and transcended them.” More information is at claremontforum.org or johnyorkmusic.com.