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Friday, August 10

LIVE MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE The city’s free concert series Friday Nights Live continues with the smooth guitar-driven jazz of the Marc Weller Combo at Laemmle plaza; Mike’s Guitar World at the chamber of commerce; Patrick Carrico Band at Shelton Park; and Ana Maria de la Cruz at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More information is at claremontchamber.org.


Saturday, August 11

CHILDREN’S ART SHOW Pomona’s AMOCA Ceramics Studio, at 301 N. Garey Ave., hosts a free and open to the public reception for its young artists from 3 to 6 p.m. The Children’s Art Show features student work from its illustration and sculpting class as well as its summer clay camps. Attendees can meet the artists and instructors and enjoy kid friendly snacks. Afterward, AMOCA instructors will demonstrate and share sample projects from the studio’s upcoming fall classes. More info is at amoca.org or (909) 622-0464.

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT Though we’re solidly suburban here in Claremont, we do have the advantage of easy access to Los Angeles’ urban jungle via the nearby Metrolink station, or just a short drive away at Azusa’s Gold Line depot. One of my family’s favorite excursions on the train is to get out to LA’s Pershing Square for their free Downtown Stage summer concert series. Tonight 1980s superstar Pat Benatar, with her husband and guitar master Neil Giraldo, play a free concert at 8 p.m. Pershing Square is at 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. The show is free, but tickets are required. Go to eventbrite.com and search Pat Benatar for tickets. You can ditch the car and take the train via Claremont’s Metrolink station, or Azusa’s Gold Line, transferring at Union Station to the Red Line and exiting at Pershing Square. More info is at laparks.org/pershingsquare/dtstage.

NATIONAL BOWLING DAY Continuing the COURIER’s ongoing quest to inform our readers of all things vital, it’s National Bowling Day, so go bowling. You’re welcome.


Sunday, August 12

EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING Wind down the week (or wind it up) with a relaxing stroll under the canopy on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita for the Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Sunday. Grab a caffeinated beverage and stroll amongst the farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, take in the live music, and browse artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, gifts, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. It’s a great way to start a Sunday. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.


Monday, August 13

CONCERT IN THE PARK Claremont’s annual free concerts in the park continues at 7 p.m. with The Ravelers. 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: 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.


Tuesday, August 14

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. Each meeting provides an opportunity for questions to the group’s club experts, and newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.


Wednesday, August 15

BACK TO SCHOOL...REALLY! Just two weeks of summer remain for Claremont kids and their parents. Claremont Unified School District begins its 2018-19 year Wednesday, August 29. If you haven’t already done so, you might want to make a trip to Target or Costco for those backpacks, lunch boxes and school essentials. Supplies do run low as the first day of school approaches, so don’t be like me and have to talk your third grade son into a Hello Kitty backpack because it’s the only one left on the shelf.

BEAT THE HEAT IN THE GARDEN The forecast is calling for temps near 500 degrees again today, and one of our local sources of natural shade, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, is extending its hours to help with a lovely spot to cool off. The Garden is open until 8 p.m. through August. More info is at rsabg.org, (909) 621-8767, or via email at info@rsabg.org.


Thursday, August 16

GRAB A BEER WITH THE GREEN GROUP Sustainable Claremont hosts its monthly green energy meet up and discussion, Claremont Green Drinks, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N Claremont Blvd #204c, Claremont. “Grab a drink and let’s talk about protecting the environment and living more sustainably,” a press release read. For more information call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

ELVIS IS BACK IN THE BUILDING There will be a Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love in town at 7:30 p.m. when a newly-expanded and restored print of Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special screens at Laemmle Claremont FIve, 450 W. Second St. The two-day event in celebration of the TV special’s 50th anniversary takes place across the globe today, with an encore screening Monday, August 20. Each screening will include the legendary special, plus an exclusive look at its making, featuring a walk through of the NBC soundstage with insights from director and producer Steve Binder and others influenced by Mr. Presley, his music and this iconic event. Tickets can be purchased at fathomevents.com or the Laemmle box office.


Friday, August 17

VOODOO IN THE VILLAGE The city’s free concert series Friday Nights Live continues with husband and wife led soft rock cover band Soulshine at Laemmle plaza; Amazing Tone Benders at the chamber of commerce; folk, rock, blues and country masters Claremont Voodoo Society at Shelton Park; and Randy Miller at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More information is at claremontchamber.org.


Saturday, August 18

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES Fans of our feathered friends 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 any binoculars or bird guides they may have. 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.

FUNDRAISER FOR CYCLING TEAM Damien High School cycling teams hold their fourth annual Food Truck and Movie Night fundraiser at Damien High School, 2280 Damien Ave., La Verne. The event, sponsored in part by Incycle Bicycles, starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes a screening of the original Jurassic Park on its 25th anniversary, as well as a raffle for a Go Pro camera and a Fit Bit. The school’s biking teams are financially independent and include 25 to 30 kids from Damien and St. Lucy’s. The team relies heavily on donations to help buy bikes for kids who can’t afford them, to keep jersey costs down, and to pay for food and camping at races. Early bird tickets are $8, or $12 at the door. Raffle tickets are $5. All tickets can be purchased at damienhs.yapsody.com.