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Friday, August 17

ALOHA Claremont First Baptist Church, at 472 N. Mountain Ave., is hosting a luau at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 25. The cost is $5. Potential hula dancers should RSVP to Nancy at (909) 456-5156 by August 20.

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. Early bird tickets are $8, or $12 at the door. Raffle tickets are $5. All tickets can be purchased at damienhs.yapsody.com.


Sunday, August 19

LAZING ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON Whether you’re just an ordinary guy from London town, or you’re bound to be proposing on a Saturday night, lazing on a Sunday afternoon is always good call. Take a stroll beneath the canopy through the Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Sunday on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita. More information is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

TAKING LIFE BY THE THROAT Claremont Village Green’s monthly free open poetry reading takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. The group has a new venue this month, Ironbark Ciderworks, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd, #107B. Participants 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) are welcome. For information, email mari_werner@yahoo.com or visit the Open Words Poetry Reading Facebook page.


Monday, August 20

AN RUD IS ANNAMH IS IONTACH Claremont’s annual free Concerts in the Park series continues at 7 p.m. with a night of traditional Irish music and dance with Spirit of Ireland, with Michael Ryan and friends, featuring members of Craic Haus and the Tamara School of Irish Dance. The Monday concerts at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., start at 7 p.m. and run through Labor Day, September 3. Here’s the rest of this year’s lineup: August 27:?Suavé; September 3: The Answer. For more information call (909) 399-5490 or email specialevents@ci.claremont.ca.us.

MEET, GREET, SING WITH CHORALE The Claremont Chorale hosts a meet and greet and sing at 7:30 p.m. Pilgrim Place’s Decker Hall, 625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont. New and returning singers are invited to meet new artistic director Alan Wellman and sing and socialize. Experienced singers over the age of 18 are invited to audition. The Chorale performs a diverse repertoire of music in ticketed concerts December through May. More information is at claremontchorale.org.

ELVIS ABOUT TO LEAVE THE BUILDING It’s Now or Never for fans of the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s landmark ’68 Comeback Special to view a newly restored theatrical print of the famed television special. The final Claremont screening of the re-release takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. Second St. The event is in celebration of the TV special’s 50th anniversary and takes place across the globe today. Tickets can be purchased at fathomevents.com or the Laemmle box office.


Tuesday, August 21

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. More information is at cscclub.org.


Wednesday, August 22

SUMMER IN THE CITY It’s hot out there folks, and if you’re in need of some shade, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, is extending its hours to help locals beat the heat. 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.

SCHOOL DAZE APPROACHING Claremont Unified School District begins classes one week from today, folks, on Wednesday, August 29. If you haven’t yet crammed in all your family summer fun, you best get to it! For a complete CUSD 2018-2019 school year calendar, go to cusd.claremont.edu and click on “Calendar.”


Thursday, August 23

LOUNGE TRIO AT THE PRESS Claremont’s Cougar Estrada is a drummer, percussionist, pianist and songwriter who has played with LA’s legendary Los Lobos, among other heavyweights. His jazz group, The Lounge Trio, is at the Press (129 Harvard Ave.) at 8:30 p.m. for one of its periodic free shows. Mr. Estrada is on piano with the Trio, and the group is always going interesting places with standards and other more obscure selections from around the globe. Highly recommended. More info is at thepressrestaurant.com or (909) 625-4808.

BEER SWAG ON TAP Beloved Village Italian joint, Pizza N Such, at 202 Yale Ave., Claremont, is hosting a tap takeover with Vista, California-based brewery Latitude 33 from 5 to 9 p.m. Pizza N Such will be serving special Latitude 33 flights, pints and giveaways. To learn more, visit pizzansuchclaremont.com or call the Verbals at (909) 624-7214.

LEAGUE SEEKS TO GET OUT THE VOTE The League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area invites the public to attend its free and open to the public election season kick-off event at Garner House in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The group will be serving wine and cheese at the informational meeting, which is designed to encourage voter turnout in Claremont. More information is at my.lwv.org/california/claremont-area.


Friday, August 24

FRIDAY NIGHT DYNAMITE The city’s free concert series Friday Nights Live continues with Dynamite Dawson at Laemmle plaza; Liz Hangan’s Blues and Fries at the chamber of commerce; One Life Band at Shelton Park; and Middleton/Martinez at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. More information is at claremontchamber.org.


Saturday, August 25

CYMO AUDITIONS BEGIN The Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, conducted by Juan Felipe Molano, will hold auditions for its 30th anniversary season today through September 9. Young musicians ages 8 to 20 who play string, woodwind, brass or percussion instruments are invited to audition for both the CYMO and the Claremont Young Musicians Intermezzo Orchestra. For information call (909) 624-3614, email rjscymo@aol.com or visit cymo.org. Audition information and orchestral excerpts for each instrument are available on the website.