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Like music? Concerts galore Friday to Monday, plus 'I have a dream' and small town magic!

Friday, August 24

FRIDAY NIGHT DYNAMITE Claremont’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. through October. 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. To be placed on the audition list or for information please 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.


Sunday, August 26

PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY Claremont’s free and fun Sunday morning constitutional, the Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the canopy on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita avenues. Have a 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. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

JAZZ VESPERS TUNE INTO LABOR Claremont Presbyterian Church’s Jazz Vespers perform a free and open 6 p.m. concert with the Ron Kobayshi Trio and vocalist Debbi Ebert, all around the theme of labor. The church is at 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. “Labor Day is coming,” a press release read. “That got some of us here at Claremont Presbyterian thinking; what do we labor for? In the Christian tradition we are encouraged to labor for justice. So this Jazz Vespers is dedicated to the people and organizations that labor for a more just world. Justice at the borders. Justice in the workplace. Justice for our planet. Justice for humanity. So come, be inspired by an evening of music, scripture and poetry in praise of justice, and the hard work that brings it into being.” More info is available at (909) 624-9693 or on the church’s Facebook page.


Monday, August 27

GET SUAVÉ IN THE PARK Claremont’s annual free Concerts in the Park series continues at 7 p.m. with Suavé. 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. The concerts conclude next week, September 3, with a season capping performance from The Answer. For more information call (909) 399-5490 or email specialevents@ci.claremont.ca.us.


Tuesday, August 28

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 29

CRUEL SUMMER Is it fall yet? We’ve been roasting this summer here in Claremont, and aside from booming business for HVAC contractors, nobody seems to be enjoying the seemingly endless days of high, sometimes steamy temps. Cooling off is mandatory, especially for toddlers and older 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.


Thursday, August 30

ON THIS DAY On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. He was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson and confirmed by the Senate with a 69-11 vote. Justice Marshall would remain on the Court for 24 years before retiring, leaving a legacy of upholding the rights of the individual as guaranteed by the US Constitution.


Friday, August 31

SMALL TOWN MAGIC The city’s free concert series Friday Nights Live continues with Them Kool Kats at Laemmle plaza; Larry and Rhonda Jackson’s Small Town Magic at the chamber of commerce; Delta 88 at Shelton Park; and Random Spark at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More information is at claremontchamber.org.

MORE MAGIC, PLUS MENTALISM Magician Greg Van Holsbeck has an 8 p.m. show at the DoubleTree Claremont, 555 W. Foothill Blvd. Tickets are $20 to $30 and are available at gvmagic.com. The show, Handcrafted Mysteries, is an immersive magic and mentalism experience. “You won’t find rabbits, glittery suits, or large apparatus (unless you bring your own),” read a press release. “You will find highly interactive and amazing tricks involving skill, psychology and a few small ordinary objects.” More info is at gvmagic.com.

‘I HAVE A DREAM’: HAVE WE MADE PROGRESS? This week  marks the 55th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s profound "I Have A Dream" speech, delivered in 1963 to some 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The Pomona Valley chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is celebrating with a free and open to the public viewing and panel discussion of the historic speech from 6 to 8 p.m. at The African American Museum of Beginnings, 1460 E. Holt Ave., Pomona, entrance 3. “Fifty-five years ago, Dr. King gave a speech that would shock the conscience of a nation,” read a NAACP press release. “Have we made progress? So we ask, as did Langston Hughes: what happens to a dream deferred? The panelists will be answering the following questions: Where were we as a nation when Dr. King described his dream? How far have we come since Dr. King’s dream? Is Dr. King’s dream one we should all be working toward? And, what type of action is necessary to get us closer to Dr. King’s dream?” Audience participation is encouraged, and children who attend the event will receive a gift. The program will conclude with refreshments in the Solidarity Center. More info is at naacp-pomona-valley.org or via email at info@naacp-pomona-valley.org.


Saturday, September 1

VINTAGE MUSIC AT CMA The Claremont Museum of Art features Vintage Music with Mark and Patrick on the Depot plaza from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art Walk. The exhibition, Intersecting at the Edge: Karl Benjamin, Heather Gwen Martin and Eric Zammitt, will be on view in the museum,  locatedat 200 W. First St. Mr. Herring and Mr. Langford are known for “eye-popping virtuosity and its brand of tight, tasteful, sometimes edgy jazz,” a press release read. “As one CMA visitor said, ‘I came for the art, but stayed for the music.’” More info is at claremontmuseum.org.