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Friday, July 6

SQUEAKIN’ WHEELS ROLL INTO VILLAGE The city’s free concert series Friday Nights Live continues this evening with Claremont’s finest folk-bluegrass-country band, Squeakin’ Wheels at Laemmle plaza; Los Whateveros at the chamber of commerce; Scott Middleton Group at Shelton Park; and Randy Miller at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.

 

Saturday, July 7

TAKE A VILLAGE TOUR Claremont Heritage’s monthly docent-led guided walking tour of the Village happens at 10 a.m. in front of the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. Participants are invited to explore Claremont’s history, including the significance of the railroad, citrus crops, the Claremont Colleges and the Village. The cost is $5 and reservations are available via phone at (909) 621-0848 email at info@claremontheritage.org. More information is available at claremontheritage.org.

CIRQUE DE CLAREMONT The Circus Studio, at 548 W. First St., Claremont, offers two Aerial Circus ARTwalk performances at 7 and 8 p.m. Both shows are free and open to the public, but donations are accepted. Guests are invited to “Enjoy choreography on the aerial cube, aerial silks, static trapeze and aerial hoop,” a press release stated. “[See] gorgeous, strong, exciting aerialists, right here in the Packing House.” More info is at thecircusstudio.com or (909) 625-3333.

VILLAGE?ARTWALK The artwalk takes place tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Head down to the Village for a bite to eat then stroll galleries and enjoy a glass of wine at some of Claremont’s best little galleries. See page 16 of this edition for more details.

 

Sunday, July 8

SUNDAY, YUMMY SUNDAY Beat the heat and get there early folks, as Claremont’s sweet, hometown Sunday chill out, the Artisans and Farmers Market, unfolds from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the cool canopy on Harvard Avenue between First Street and Bonita Avenue. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

MOVIE TUNES IN THE PARK Claremont Symphony Orchestra’s free and open to the public Summer Pops Concert takes place at 7 p.m. at Ganesha Park, 1575 N. White Ave., Pomona. Music includes selections from Jurassic Park, Wonder Woman, Hamilton, Les Misérables and others, with a Sousa march and a Looney Tunes medley. Families are invited to arrive at 6 p.m. so children can try out a number of musical instruments in a display sponsored by CSO and the Claremont Community School of Music. Attendees may bring a picnic and blanket to spread out on the hillside. No food or drink will be sold at the park. There will also be a free drawing with the grand prize of two nights at Claremont’s DoubleTree Hilton and Candlelight Pavilion dinner theater tickets. More info is at claremontso.org.

 

Monday, July 9

RSVP FOR BOOK LAUNCH Today is the final opportunity to RSVP to attend Claremont artist Bob Smith’s presentation of his new book, The 7 Lost Ranchos of Our Inland Valley: a Coloring Book and Local History, which takes place at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13 at Pilgrim Congregational Church 600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required by the end of the day today via email to pilgrimoffice@pilgrimchurchpomona.com or by phone to (909) 622-1373.

COLD DUCK IN THE PARK Claremont’s annual free Concerts in the Park series gets underway at 7 p.m. tonight with Cold Duck on the band shell for a night of top 40 and 1970s cover songs. The Monday concerts at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., start at 7 p.m. and runs through Labor Day, September 3. Remember to bring blankets and low chairs. The Kiwanis Club provides a variety of food concessions. Dogs and alcoholic beverages are not allowed, as again, nobody likes a drunken dog. Next Monday, July 16, will feature a performance by Hit Me ‘90s. For more information call (909) 399-5490 or email specialevents@ci.claremont.ca.us.

 

Tuesday, July 10

TAKE THE KIDS TO THE MOVIES ON THE CHEAP 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 Sing. Next week’s is the hilarious Chicken Run. The full schedule is at regencymovies.com.

MILITARY SUBS FOR LUNCH The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Military Submarines, Capabilities and Limitations,” with guest speaker Fred DeMetz, Sr., President of Sound Path Technologies. 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. DeMetz earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering and physics from Louisiana State University and a PhD in mechanical engineering and acoustics from the Catholic University of America. 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. Newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.

MOVIES IN THE PARK One of the city of Claremont’s most popular annual family traditions, Movies in the Park, continues tonight with a showing of Spark: a Space Tail at Blaisdell Park, 440 S. College Ave. Movies in the park features free family-friendly films shown at dusk at several Claremont parks on various Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 7. On Tuesday, July 17, The Emoji Movie will screen at Vail Park on Grand Avenue and Bluefield Drive. Remember to bring blankets and low chairs. Dogs and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. For information call (909) 399-5490 or email specialevents@ci.claremont.ca.us.

 

Wednesday, July 11

AT THE DRIVE-IN Well parents, you are but a few short weeks into summer and speaking from experience, you may be nearing the end of that list of fun things to do with the kids. My own brood gets a little restless at this point in the summer, and one of my go-tos to calm a potential mutiny is a good old-fashioned night at the drive-in. Luckily, we still have one of these relics nearby in the four-screen, circa 1956 Mission Tiki Drive-In Theater in Montclair at 10798 Ramona Ave. The Tiki is relatively affordable, with anyone 10 or over $9 and everyone else just $1. And—in another blast from the past—all showings are double-features. Movie fans can bring folding chairs and a picnic, or even snuggle up in the back of a pickup truck, where, if you squint your eyes just right, it feels like 1974. Movies begin at dusk, and the full schedule is available at m.missiontiki.com.

 

Thursday, July 12

MIDSUMMER SHAKESPEARE FEST Hardworking local theater production company Ophelia’s Jump kicks off its annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival at with As You Like It at 8 p.m. at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theatre, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. Tickets are $25 and are available at opheliasjump.org or by calling (909) 734-6565. Tomorrow’s production is Romeo and Juliet. As You Like It repeats Saturday, July 14; Friday, July  20 and Sunday, July 22. Romeo and Juliet repeats Sunday, July 15; Thursday, July 19 and Saturday, July 21, all shows begin at 8 p.m. More info is at opheliasjump.org.

 

Friday, July 13

CMA OPENS NEW SHOW Claremont Museum of Art, at 200 W. First St, opens “Intersecting at the Edge,” at noon today. The exhibition juxtaposes recent works by Los Angeles artists Heather Gwen Martin and Eric Zammitt with paintings and sculptures by seminal Claremont artist Karl Benjamin. The show will be on view through September 16. The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. and on Art Walk, August 4 and September 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. For info, visit claremontmuseum.org.

DOGS ON THE LOOSE The city’s free concert series Friday Nights Live continues with Amazing Tone Benders at Laemmle plaza; Larry and Rhonda Jackson and Small Town Magic at the chamber of commerce; über-talented deep cut cover kings The Dogs at Shelton Park; and Mike’s Guitar World at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will host a night of magic from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Joslyn Center’s new patio at 660 N. Mountain Ave. Enjoy magician Greg Vanholsbeck along with music, food, beverages and friends. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation). The event is open to persons age 50 and over. Reservations are required by noon Wednesday, July 11. For reservations call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.

 

Saturday, July 14

UNION STATION HOSTS TRAIN FEST Downtown LA’s Union Station hosts a free and open to the public Summer Train Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and what better way to get there than by train via Claremont’s Metrolink Station? The second annual festival promises an “up close experience with majestic vintage and modern trains.” The event is free, but reservations are required at eventbrite.com. The festival will feature a rare collection of restored vintage train engines and cars from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

SUPPORT ART: EAT ICE CREAM AMOCA Ceramics Studio, 301 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, offers a free open house and ice cream fundraiser from 3 to 9 p.m. The festivities start with all ages air-dry clay activities from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a BBQ-style potluck from 5 to 7 p.m. Attendees can support AMOCA by purchasing an ice cream bowl, which includes ice cream and toppings. Proceeds benefit AMOCA’s studio equipment fund. More info is at amoca.org or (909) 622-0464.

FUNDRAISER FOR HAITI Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont, hosts a casino night fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m., with proceeds going toward the construction of a medical clinic for the poor in rural Haiti. A donation of $40 includes appetizers, a free drink, $100 in “play money,” prizes and entertainment, including a mystery drama, Robbery at the Casino. The event is sponsored by Knights of Columbus and the Jeff C. Domond Foundation. Tickets are available Sunday mornings on the church patio or by calling (714) 299-9929.