CMA show, Shakespeare fest, Union Station party, Monday concert and more fun stuff!
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 exhibition, which is curated by Los Angeles-based artist Dion Johnson and sponsored by Louis Stern Fine Arts and Beverly and Beth Benjamin, 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 information 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.
MIDSUMMER SHAKESPEARE FEST Hardworking local theater production company Ophelia’s Jump continues its annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival at with Romeo and Juliet 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 As You Like It, which repeats 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.
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. An expanded kids’ zone will feature a Thomas the Tank Engine play area, Boy Scout story time, face painting, arts and crafts, and train-themed games and entertainment throughout the day. The first 1,000 guests to complete the passport will receive a commemorative Summer Train Fest pin. For additional information, visit unionstationla.com. For Metrolink schedules and info visit metrolinktrains.com/schedules.
BURN THE MORTGAGE Inland Valley Hope Partners is celebrating the agency’s 50 years of service as they “burn the mortgage” at the Sova Food Pantry (904 E. California St., Ontario) at 10 a.m. The nonprofit purchased the Sova Food Pantry in 2012 with help from longtime supporters Dick Frame and Ian Richardson. In January, Hope Partners made its final payment. To RSVP email email@example.com or call (909) 622-3806, extension 104. Additional information is available at inlandvalleyhopepartners.org.
SUPPORT ART: EAT ICE CREAM AMOCA Ceramics Studio, at 301 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, offers a free and open to the public open house and ice cream fundraiser from 3 to 9 p.m. The festivities start with free all ages air-dry clay activities from 3 to 5 p.m. A BBQ-style potluck happens from 5 to 7 p.m. Attendees can support AMOCA Ceramics Studio by making a purchase at its ice cream bowl sale. Each bowl purchase includes ice cream and toppings, and 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 from the event 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.
LOUISE GOFFIN IN CONCERT Louise Goffin brings her distinctive rock and pop to Claremont tonight for a 7:30 p.m. Gelencser House Concert. Ms. Goffin, daughter of famed singer/songwriter Carole King and legendary songwriter Gerry Goffin, made her stage debut at 17 in 1977, opening for Jackson Browne at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. Two years later she released her debut record, Kid Blue. Now, 58, Ms. Goffin long ago established her own bona fides as a singer, songwriter and producer. She’s released seven albums since her 1979 debut. She’s worked with everybody from legendary Beach Boys lyricist Van Dyke Parks to innovative indie singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur. Her new record, All These Hellos, is scheduled to be released later this year. Tickets are $15 and are available at (909) 596-1266, gelencserhouseconcerts.com or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, July 15
ON A SUNDAY MORNING SIDEWALK Sunday mornings, as Kris Kristofferson has made clear, are for dialing down the week’s crazy and chilling out with family and friends. Claremont’s Artisans and Farmers Market is a great way to begin that process. It takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the shade of the trees on Harvard Avenue between First Street and Bonita Avenue. Grab a coffee and let the sights, smells and sounds of the market wash over you as musicians, fruit and vegetable sellers, juice hawkers, cheese makers, booksellers, jewelry designers, plant and flower farmers do their thing. Good vibes abound. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.
LIGHT HAS A LIGHT OF ITS OWN The public is invited to a free release party and performance by Ellen Harper and her band in celebration of the official release of her new record, Light Has a Light of its Own, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave., Claremont. The record is now available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play. More info is at ellenharper.bandcamp.com.
OPEN POETRY READING Claremont Village Green hosts its monthly free and open poetry reading from 5 to 7 p.m. in its community building at 630 W. Bonita Ave. All are invited to come early and sign up to read poetry or other creative work or just come and listen. All types of poetry (or prose) welcome. The readings take place on the third Sunday of every month. For information email email@example.com.
Monday, July 16
GET YOUR ‘90s ON Claremont’s annual free Concerts in the Park series continues at 7 p.m. with 1990s music from Hit Me. The Monday concerts at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. run through Labor Day, September 3. Remember to bring blankets and low chairs. The Kiwanis Club provides a variety of food concessions, but dogs and alcoholic beverages are not allowed, as again, nobody likes a drunken dog. Next week, July 23, The Fab 5 will perform hits from the?Beatles. For information call (909) 399-5490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, July 17
‘CHICKEN RUN’ ON THE CHEAP Regency Foothill Cinema, at 854 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa, has $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 hilarious Chicken Run. Next week’s is Turbo. The full schedule is at regencymovies.com.
UNIVERSITY CLUB ROCKS The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Prehistoric Rock Paintings of Zimbabwe: Diana’s Vow, Facts and Fantasies,” with guest speaker and anthropologist Anne Stoll. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “Anne Stoll and her husband George travel around the world, using digital equipment to photograph the faded paint of prehistoric art and bring it to life for modern viewers and researchers,” a press release read. “In 2015 they returned from their third trip to Zimbabwe, having photo-documented 42 prehistoric painted sites there.” Ms. Stoll has a master’s degree in anthropology, and has enjoyed a professional career as a field director, writer, instructor and lecturer in archaeology and anthropology, and later as cultural resources staff at Statistical Research in Redlands. Since retirement, she has been presenting and publishing papers on sites in Africa, Mexico and Brazil. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
NEWS FROM ISRAEL, PALESTINE The United Nations Association of Pomona Valley presents “News from Israel and Palestine,” a free and open to the public 7 p.m. talk with Alice and Rizek Abusharr at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Hall, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. The pair recently guided a tour through both countries, and Mr. Abusharr spent most of his career as head of the YMCA in Jerusalem. Refreshments will be provided. For information call (909) 625-9670.
‘EMOJI MOVIE’ IN THE PARK One of the City of Claremont’s most popular annual family traditions, Movies in the Park, continues this evening with a showing of The Emoji Movie at Vail Park, located at Grand Ave. and Bluefield Dr. Movies in the Park features free family-friendly films shown at dusk at several Claremont parks on various Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 7. The final Movies in the Park event takes place Tuesday, August 7 for National Night Out with Despicable Me 3 at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Movies begin at dusk. Bring blankets and low chairs. Dogs and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. For information call (909) 399-5490 or email email@example.com.
Wednesday, July 18
NEW ART CLASSES FOR KIDS Elizabeth’s Art Studio, at 226 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite J, Claremont, begins a series of Wednesday art classes for children with specific developmental needs, “celebrating their unique talents,” a press release read. All children are welcome to the classes, held every Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., today through Wednesday, August 8. More info is available at (909) 935-7749.
GREEN MAGIC Children of all ages are invited to a free and open to the public performance by environmental magician Paul Cash at 6:30 p.m. at Shelton Park, located at the northeast corner of Bonita and Harvard avenues, Claremont. More info is at (909) 399-5490, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, July 19
UN SALON LITTÉRAURE Crepes de Paris Claremont, at 510 W. First St., hosts its bi-weekly Parisian-style literary salon and open mic event from 6 to 8 p.m. Folks are invited to share, read, perform or just listen. More info is at crepesdeparis.com, by phone at (818) 852-6429, or via email at email@example.com.
THE GARDEN IS GROOVING Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s summer concert series continues with Heartbeat Brazil performing from 6:15 to 9 p.m. The Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, will host Grooves every Thursday night through July 26. Enjoy the cooler evening air amidst the foliage at the Garden and groove to the music while sipping a cold brew or glass of wine. The cost is $10 for the general public and $6 for Garden members. The show is free for Gold Card and Acorn Members and children under 12. Next week’s Garden Groove features talented local b-side cover kings The Dogs. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
ACTIVE CLAREMONT MEETS Active Claremont hosts Fair Trade Claremont at its 7 to 9 p.m. meeting at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. More info is available at Active Claremont’s Facebook page.
Friday, July 20
HARMONY SISTERS BRING ‘40s NOSTALGIA Friday Nights Live continues with the 1940s sounds of the Harmony Sisters and the Little Big Band at Laemmle plaza; Marimba Tropical at the chamber of commerce; Dynamite Dawson at Shelton Park; and Outerwave at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.
EXAMINE RACIAL STEREOTYPES Claremont’s Scripps College presents a free and open to the public event, “Under Our Skins: Deprogramming Racial Stereotypes Through Story,” at 8 p.m. in Boone Recital Hall, Scripps Performing Arts Center, off Dartmouth Avenue. The event features personal histories of immigrants and immigrant’s children in the US with improvised music. A reception and meet-and-greet will follow the program. More info is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the Facebook event page.
Saturday, July 21
ACTIVE CLEAN UP Active Claremont meets just prior to 8 a.m. in the parking lot of St. Luke’s Church, 2050 N. Indian Hill Blvd. at Base Line Road for its monthly trash pickup event. The event usually lasts about an hour. More information is available on Active Claremont’s Facebook page.
THE EARLY BIRDS Amateur ornithologists are invited to a free family bird walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. this morning at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave. Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars or bird guides if possible. Reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, by phone at (909) 625-8767 or via email at email@example.com.