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Friday, July 20

HARMONY SISTERS BRING ‘40s NOSTALGIA The city’s free concert series 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.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY? Granite Creek Community Church, at 1580 N. Claremont Ave., Claremont, hosts Christmas in July Festival and Marketplace, a free and open to the public event from 6 to 9 p.m. today and 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow. “It’s summer time:  let’s celebrate with flamingos!” a press release read. “Come ready to play some classic festival games with a flamingo twist. Enjoy some delicious food while listening to some great music, and get some Christmas shopping done early in the GC marketplace which is full of handmade and local vendors.” More info is at granitecreek.org/christmasinjuly, by email at mandy@granitecreek.org, or by phone at (909) 625-4455.

‘UNDER OUR SKINS’ EXAMINES 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 concert features personal histories of immigrants and immigrant’s children in the US with improvised music. This is a one-time only event, and will feature local community members sharing oral histories “that shake up conventional narratives of racial experience,” a press release read. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Flower Pistils and friends, including members of Psychopomp, and Shinobi Ghost. A reception and meet and greet will follow the program. This event is made possible in part through the support of Tufts University and Scripps College. More info is available via email at 1micahhuang@gmail.com, or at the Facebook event page.

SUMMER SHAKESPEARE Ophelia’s Jump presents the final weekend of its Midsummer Shakespeare Festival at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theater, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont with As You Like It tonight and again on Sunday, July 22. Tomorrow, Saturday, July 21, will offer Romeo and Juliet. All shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit opheliasjump.org or call (909) 734-6565.

 

Saturday, July 21

ACTIVE CLAREMONT 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 Baseline Road) for its monthly street cleaning and 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., Claremont. Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring binoculars or bird guides if possible. The free walk is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. Reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, by phone at (909) 625-8767 or via email at info@rsabg.org.

 

Sunday, July 22

POETS TO READ AT CUCC Friends of the Claremont Library’s ongoing free and open to the public Fourth Sundays poetry series continues today with Ann Fisher-Wirth and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. The 2 p.m. event takes place at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave. Ann Fisher-Wirth’s fifth book of poems, Mississippi, is a poetry/photography collaboration with Maude Schuyler Clay (Wings Press 2018). Ms. Fisher-Wirth is also co-editor (with Laura-Gray Street) of The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity UP 2013). Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. More info is at claremontlibrary.org.

DAMARU AT THE FOLK Claremont’s Folk Music Center hosts ethnic, eclectic, experimental percussion duo Damaru in a free and open to the public performance from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Damaru is Ray McNamara and Butch Norton (longtime drummer for Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams). The lifelong drummers/percussionists met as students in the 1980s at California Institute of the Arts. There is no cover charge for the show, but donations will be accepted and will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for LGBTQ equality. The Folk is at 220 Yale Ave., Claremont. More info is at hrc.org or folkmusiccenter.com.

 

Monday, July 23

BEATLES TUNES IN THE PARK Claremont’s annual free Concerts in the Park series continues at 7 p.m. with 1990s music from Beatles cover band the Fab 8. The Monday concerts at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., start at 7 p.m. and run through Labor Day, September 3. Remember to bring blankets and low chairs. The Kiwanis Club provides a variety of food concessions, and dogs and alcoholic beverages are not allowed, as again, nobody likes a drunken dog. Here’s the rest of this year’s lineup: July 30:?The Silverados; August 6:?Night Blooming Jazzmen; August 13:?The Ravelers; August 20:?Michael Ryan and Friends; August 27:?Suavé; September 3: The Answer. For more information call (909) 399-5490 or email specialevents@ci.claremont.ca.us.

VILLAGE SOUTH DIALOG Sustainable Claremont hosts a sustainability dialog on the Village South Specific Plan from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hahn Building, room 101, at 420 N. Harvard Ave. “Learn more about the Village South Specific Plan, a community vision for a 17-acre area just south of the Claremont Village south of the railroad tracks and west of Indian Hill,” read a press release. The talk will include at presentation by Chris Veirs, Claremont’s senior planner. More info is at sustainableclaremont.org or (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

 

Tuesday, July 24

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 Turbo. Next week’s is Home. The full schedule is at regencymovies.com.

BIG BANDS The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The Rise, the Glory, and the Decline of the Big Bands” with guest speaker Richard Snyder. 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. Sndyer has many lifelong interests, including big bands and swing music. He has been a teacher for all age levels of students for 27 years. He is currently at Pomona High School where he works with students who have autism. He has extensive experience and leadership with Toastmasters International and has spoken to many groups. He was International Director of Toastmasters from 2007 to 2009.” More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

Wednesday, July 25

C’MON GET HAPPY The Happy Crowd plays a free 6:30 p.m. children’s concert at Shelton Park, at the corner of Bonita and Harvard avenues in the Village. Kids and their families are invited to put on their happy socks, bring low chairs and a picnic, and enjoy the free show. More information is available via email at specialevents@ci.claremont.ca.us, or by phone at (909) 399-5490.

 

Thursday, July 26

DOGS IN THE GARDEN Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, closes out its Garden Groove summer concert series with talented local b-side cover kings The Dogs from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Attendees can 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. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED Local nonprofit Sowing Seeds For Life is in the midst of its annual back to school supply drive. “Many children heading back to school this fall will not have the tools they need to simply compete in class,” a press release read. “Together we can make a difference and help kids in our community.” The items needed include binder paper, pencils, paperclips, pens, tape, crayons, markers, backpacks, notebooks, calculators, rulers, binders, staples and Post-It Notes. For more information, visit    sowingseedsforlife.org or call (909) 293-7735, extension 232.

 

Friday, July 27

BLUES AND FRIES The city’s free concert series Friday Nights Live continues with Liz Hangan and Blues and Fries at Laemmle plaza; Mojave Beach Band at the chamber of commerce; Nomads at Shelton Park; and Technopagan 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 28

ORDINARY TWO AT IRONBARK Ironbark Ciderworks, at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #107B, Claremont, hosts a free, all ages show with touring husband-and-wife duo The Ordinary Two at 8 p.m. Jim and Tanya Disner play laid-back, acoustic indie-pop with jazz influences and vocal harmonies. Mr. Disner is a guitarist and composer and has shared the stage with artists such as Stanley Jordan and Ron Miles. “Jim fell in love with Tanya when he first heard her sing,” a press release read. “They married and raised a family, making music together in the privacy of their circle of friends and family. It only took him 20 years to convince her to show the world her voice.” More information is at ordinarytwo.com or ironbarkcider.com.