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Lots of Father's Day stuff to do! The year's most important holiday!

Friday, June 16

THE PRESS TURNS 21 Claremont’s only constant venue for live, original music turns 21 tonight in style, bringing punk rock provocateurs Desperation Squad back 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. The Squad hits at 9 p.m., followed by the San Gabriel Valley Punk Collective. 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., Rex Holmes at 10:30, and Claremont Voodoo Society at 11:30. All bands played their first shows at the Press, and feature members who have been playing there in other incarnations since the venue was a established. More information 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., Claremont. 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 L.A Folk Works. “Not only has he survived the perilous rock and roll days of the sixties, he has thrived and transcended them.” More info is at claremontforum.org or johnyorkmusic.com.


Sunday, June 17

FATHERS DAY Most of us fathers, though definitely not all, have simple needs on our big day. Unlike moms, we generally don’t require flowers, something sweet, followed by brunch. Most of us dads would probably be happy with a backyard barbecue, a beer, and some time with family. Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, get on it, kids: it’s his day. If you’re looking for a manly spot for lunch, perhaps a burger or a big steak would suit dear ol’ dad. Locally, Eureka Burger, the Back Abbey, and of course In-n-Out are go-to burger spots. Steaks at Bardot, Walter’s or The Meat Cellar would likely make the old guy smile. Beers at Last Name Brewing or Claremont Craft Ales (where kids are welcome at both spots) could be fun for the old man. A tip: we know you mean well with your funny socks, ties and underwear, but we don’t like or need them. Please stop. There, I said it.

POETRY FOR DAD Maybe dad would like to go check out some poetry on Father’s Day? If so, take him to Claremont Village Green Community Building, at 630 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, for their monthly free open poetry reading from 5 to 7 p.m. Poets or writers of prose can come early and sign up to read their work, or just come and listen. For more information email mari_werner@yahoo.com.


Monday, June 18

GUITAR WHIZ, FAMED PRODUCER Looking for a fun, eclectic and free night of music? Try a short trek west to see legendary guitarist, music producer, arranger and songwriter Pete Anderson as he continues his long running ongoing free 8 p.m. Monday shows at the delightfully downhome Burbank Moose Lodge, 1901 W. Burbank Blvd. Mr. Anderson made his name from 1984 to 2002 as country star Dwight Yoakam’s guitarist and producer, cutting his musical teeth in LA’s punk, rock and country clubs. Mr. Anderson is a great, versatile guitarist, and a talented songwriter to boot. His style leans into country, rock, rockabilly, soul, blues, Flamenco and Tex-Mex, and he’s a pretty good storyteller as well. In addition to Mr. Yoakam, he’s produced records by the late, great Roy Orbison and Buck Owens, as well as Lucinda Williams, The Meat Puppets, Jackson Browne, k.d. Lang and the Lonesome Strangers (featuring Claremont’s own Wyman Reese). More info is at peteanderson.com.


Tuesday, June 19

AFFORDABLE KID’S MOVIES ALL SUMMER Looking for an inexpensive activity for your kids this summer? Check out Regency Foothill Cinema, at 854 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa, for its $1.50 admission (!) Kid’s Summer Movie Series every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m., and tickets are available at the box office or at regencymovies.com. This week’s film is The Lorax. Next week’s is Despicable Me 2. The full schedule is at regencymovies.com.

UNIVERSITY CLUB TALKS SENIOR CARE The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The Importance of Social Support and Aging,” with guest speakers Floy Biggs and Bea Kirkman. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “Do you or your loved ones need to address support services necessary for seniors?” a press release asked. “This is a ‘must hear’ program provided by Claremont’s Community Senior Services. Learn about resources for seniors and their families, including transportation, caregiver support, and volunteer opportunities, with special emphasis on REAL Connections Village. Many seniors like a wide variety of options, to ‘age in place’ rather than move to a full service facility. Bring your questions!” Ms. Biggs has more than 30 years of experience in both the non-profit and for profit sectors managing senior and long-term care programs. Serving as CEO of Community Senior Services since 2006, she is a licensed skilled nursing facility administrator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in gerontology and a master’s in health administration from USC. Ms. Kirkman has a master’s degree in education school administration and more than 25 years experience in the field. She came to REAL Connections, where she is director, in 2015 after caregiving for her father who had Alzheimer’s disease and her mother, who had macular degeneration. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

LOCAL UN CHAPTER The free and open to the public June meeting of the Pomona Valley Chapter of United Nations Association will feature “A Report of the Leadership Summit” by Mel Boynton, Art Sutton and Lauren Shaffer at 7 p.m. in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Returning from the UNA Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, the trio will have current information concerning the issues confronting the United Nations and will have met with California legislators to advocate for support and funding for the UN. Mr. Boynton and Mr. Sutton have held various offices in the organization. Ms. Shaffer is a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University and the recipient of a scholarship from the local UN chapter that enabled her to attend the summit. Refreshments will be served. For more information call (909) 626-8122 or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

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. cuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. More information is at cscclub.org.


Thursday, June 21

FREE MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP Claremont Village Green’s Community Room (630 W. Bonita Ave.) is the site for a free four week workshop for memoir writers, “Writing Our Way into Memoir,” which kicks off at 9:30 a.m. “Writing down the themes and details of our lives can enrich our understanding of how we arrived at the here and now,” a press release read (and I concur). Leading the free workshop are Laura L. Mays Hoopes and Anita Zachary, both award-winning authors with master’s degrees from San Diego State University. The workshop will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays through July 12. A short period of writing using a prompt will open each session, then writers will read up to five pages of work and receive input. Journal writers may drop in for any session or participate in all four meetings. More info is available via email at lhoopes@pomona.edu or anitazachary1@gmail.com. 

THE BEERS AND THE BEES Environmental group Claremont Green Drinks’ free and open to the public meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #204c. This month’s special guest is “Bee Rooted,” a local organization that performs humane live bee removals, teaches beekeeping classes, and offers pollination services for community gardens. All are welcome! For information call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.


Friday, June 22

WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE The DoubleTree Claremont, at 555 W. Foothill Blvd., hosts the 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference, “The Power of You,” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $149 and are available at ewiwlc.com. The ASIST Scholarships are awarded to women in transition in the region to help further their educational goals as they work to create a better life for themselves and for their families. Speakers are Lori Giovannoni (also facilitator), Christine Sintay and Claudia Cooley. More information is at ewiwlc.com.

A TASTE OF HOPE Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at 1700 N. Towne Ave, Claremont, hosts “A Taste of Hope” fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. “Eat good food, make new friends, buy handcrafted items, and listen to stories of our local refugee families,” a press release read. Tickets are $30, and are available at brownpapertickets.com. The event is sponsored by Refugee Resettlement Team #2 and Tri City Mental Health Community Wellbeing Grant. More info is at (909) 525-5559 or via email at judykohnen@gmail.com.


Saturday, June 23

WILD NATIVE BEER AT THE GARDEN Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., hosts the Brew Wild Beer Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $45, and VIP tickets are $75, which includes a three-ounce tasting glass and unlimited pours. Premier parking is available for an additional $10. “We’ve collaborated with over 14 craft breweries to create beer incorporating California native plants grown and harvested at our Garden,” a press release read. The festival features exclusive brews, live music, food vendors, biergartens and more. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

POMONA SALUTES CHORAL DIRECTOR Pomona College marks 20 years with Donna Di Grazia as its choral director with a free and open to the public 8 p.m. alumnae concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. at Pomona. Alumnae from the last 20 years will be gathering from across the country to present the concert, which will feature a program of “greatest hits” selected and conducted by Ms. Di Grazia. More details are at jacquelinemchen.wixsite.com/ dmd20concert.


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