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Friday, June 7

BUTTERFLIES AND BREWS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden brings back a summer tradition with its Butterflies and Brews events, every Friday in June, beginning tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. The Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, invites folks to “unwind in the beautiful ambiance of the Garden with the company of butterflies and an excellent craft beer in hand,” read a press release. Each evening features rotating brews, music and access to the California Butterfly Pavilion, and one drink is included with admission. Additional drinks and refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for members. This is a 21 and over event. More info is at rsabg.org.


Saturday, June 8

HUMANIST CONFERENCE GOES LIVE The American Humanist Association’s first ever virtual conference will be streamed live from noon to 4 p.m. today from five select university locations around the US, including Pitzer College, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. Go to conference.americanhumanist.org to tune in or for more info. The event will include informative sessions on humanism, science, social justice, the First Amendment and more, and opportunities to network and socialize with fellow humanists, distinguished speakers and celebrity guests. the American Humanist Association is a national advocacy nonprofit.

BLUES AND BREWS The 10th annual Claremont Blues and Brews Craft Beer Walk takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Stroll the Village shops, enjoying a variety of craft beer, food and live music. There are more than 40 tasting sites, with $20 to $45 tickets available at eventbrite.com by searching “blues and brews.” Live music by a host of bands—not all of them of the blues variety—including Claremont Voodoo Society, Blues and Fries, Hank’s Cadillac, Blue Hwy, Mercy Brothers and the great Squeakin’ Wheels. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Auxiliary's Sick Baby Hospital Assistance Fund, Claremont Kiwanis Club Youth Projects and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. More information is at claremontvillage.com/claremont bluesandbrews.

TRACING FEMALE ANCESTORS The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society meets from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. The free and open to the public meeting features author, researcher and instructor, Gena Philibert-Ortega. Ms. Philibert-Ortega’s focus is genealogy, social and women’s history. She holds a master’s degrees in interdisciplinary studies and religion. Her published works include two books, numerous articles published in magazines and online, two volumes of Tracing Female Ancestors, Tracing Your Ancestors; Hispanic Research and a Quick Guide from Legacy Family Tree. She is editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine, Crossroads. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera, as well as the Genealogy Bank blog. She is a course instructor for The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and has presented to diverse groups worldwide including the National Genealogical Society Conference, the Alberta Genealogical Society Conference, the Geo-Literary Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series. She has done genealogical research for PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow and the Travel Channel’s Follow Your Past. PVGS monthly programs are open to anyone interested in exploring their family history. There is no charge to attend this program and complimentary refreshments will be served. PVGS has an extensive collection of genealogical books and materials available at the Pomona Library. For more information call (909) 593-3041.

AMOCA OPENS JUAN QUEZADA SHOW A free and open to the public opening reception for “Juan Quezada: The Legend of Mata Ortizopens,” takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., with a talk at 7, at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. The exhibition runs through December 30. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For info go to amoca.org/ juanquezada or call (909) 865-3146.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR MARTIN SHEEN? Actor and activist Martin Sheen will be in town at Claremont School of Theology from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., discussing the intersection of his career and social activism, and asking “What’s next?” Mr. Sheen’s appearance is a fundraiser for Crossroads, Inc., a local nonprofit that provides housing, counseling, skills training, friendship and community to previously incarcerated women. Tickets are $35, or $20 for the previously incarcerated, and all proceeds go directly to Crossroads. They are available at crossroadsinc.eventbrite.com, or by calling (909) 626-7847.


Sunday, June 9

GOOD MORNING, SUNDAY Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita. It’s a chance to purchase some unique gifts, from farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, to artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. You can also grab a coffee and a pastry at one of the many great spots nearby, and listen to some live music. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

KIND OF BLUE The laid back, super cool Jazz at College Center music series continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today with Zzaj. The free afternoon concerts take place on the patio outside Blue Fin Sushi and Teriyaki, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The series continues next Sunday, June 16, with Polyhedra; June 23 with Cucamonga Collective, and June 30 with the Joel Paat Jazz Project. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter or (909) 946-6967.

CSO CLOSES 66th SEASON Claremont Symphony Orchestra is closing out its 66th season with a free and open to the public 3:30 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Directed by Robert Sage, CSO will present “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” by Samuel Barber, depicting childhood memories of life and death in Tennessee. The concert will conclude with Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” More information is available at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.


Monday, June 10

REMINISCE WITH FRIENDS Local senior group Reminisce with Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Joslyn Senior Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The event is free and open to the public. “Join us for another great session of conversation and storytelling, focused on a variety of subjects about the lives of the group and other unique topics,” a press release read. “Space is limited, so come early and often!”


Tuesday, June 11

SEARCHING FOR ALBERT STEWART The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Searching for Sculptor Albert Stewart,” with guest speaker Anne Sonner. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Albert Stewart (1900-65) created several pieces of art for Claremont United Church of Christ, where Ms. Sonner is historian. Research on Mr. Stewart and his sculpture ranged from his roots in Europe, youth in New York City, sculpture on buildings around the country, to his involvement with Scripps College and the Claremont mid-century modern art community. Ms. Sonner made it a mission—or scavenger hunt—to find all of Mr. Stewart’s art in Claremont, both in plain view and hidden. This led to many tangents, such as trying to find out what happened to Mr. Stewart’s eagle sculptures that were in the old San Francisco mint. Ms. Sonner is a graduate of Pitzer College. She writes about church and art history, genealogy and sometimes plumbing. She has been University Club secretary for a few years. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

HELP WITH THAT BLACK THUMB Claremont Senior Program’s Afternoon Knowledge series presents a free and open to the public 12:30 p.m. seed germination workshop at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. “Feel like you have a black thumb?” read a press release. “Learn about seed germination and how to grow and support a healthy plant. You will even get to germinate your own mobile cell that will be planted in Tri City’s Community Garden.” Call (909) 399-5488 to register.

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 Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. Newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.

CSO HOSTS TRIBUTE TO DAVID ARBEN The Claremont Symphony Orchestra hosts a free and open to the public book launch and tribute to Holocaust survivor and solo violinist David Arben at 7:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Retirement Community, 2701 Mountain View Dr., La Verne. Mr. Arben was a survivor of seven Nazi detention facilities, a 1949 émigré commended by Leonard Bernstein, associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1959 to 1993, and an internationally celebrated violin soloist. He was born Chaim Arbajtman in 1927 in Warsaw, Poland and died in Philadelphia in 2017. The multimedia tribute by co-authors John Jackson and Rebecca Jackson will include excerpts and photographs intertwined with solo violin performances. The tribute “overflows with themes of tolerance, self-respect, persistence, overcoming trauma, love of life and taking responsibility for a better future,” read a CSO press release. RSVP to claremontsymphony@gmail.com or (909) 596-5979. More information is at davidarben.com.


Wednesday, June 12

GARDEN CLUB TALKS BUTTERFLIES The Claremont Garden Club hosts David Bryant, director of visitor experience at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, in a free and open to the public 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. lecture about butterflies at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. “Did you know a group of butterflies is termed a ‘kaleidoscope?’” read a CGC press release. “How befitting of these winged jewels and their showstopping performances this year. Their hypnotic colors and patterns, in the enormous masses we have seen, has nearly rivaled the super bloom. Millions of painted ladies (Vanessa cardui) took flight as they moved from our deserts northward. Western tiger swallowtails (Papilio rutulus) are lighting the Garden with bursts of yellow. Monarch (Danaus plexippus) and queen (Danaus gilippus) butterflies have been spotted dashing between sages and other wildflowers. Join for a closer look at these winged beauties and the native plants they rely on. Mr. Bryant will discuss the species that can be encountered in Claremont and the best plant species to grow to support and attract these remarkable pollinators.” Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The talk begins at 7 p.m. More info is at claremontgardenclub.org, or via email to info@claremontgardenclub.org.

BENEFITS, RISKS OF A KETO DIET Pomona Valley Health Center’s Every Woman’s Journey series continues with a free 6:30 p.m. talk, “Your Pathway to Health,” at the Claremont location, 1601 N. Monte Vista Ave. The program will cover key concepts about a ketogenic diet. The program will be presented by Nancee Perez, RD. You can RSVP by calling (909) 865-9858 or emailing ferc@pvhmc.org. More info is at pvhmc.org.


Thursday, June 13

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER Claremont Unified School District will start summer vacation today. We parents are often scrambling to arrange activities so that our kids can, of course, be enriched, but also to keep them from underfoot. So, if you haven’t yet, there’s still time to fill your kids’ dance cards. A good place to start is with the city of Claremont’s rec class guide or the COURIER’s Summer Opportunities special that ran May 10 through May 31. Happy summer, folks.


Friday, June 14

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will feature “Salute to Veterans” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at on the Garner House patio in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The musical duo A Little Bit of Country will entertain. Admission is $15, payable at the time of reservation, and includes beverages, food, entertainment and friends. The event is open to people age 50 and over. Reservations, required by noon Wednesday, June 12, can be made at (909) 399-5488 or claremontrec.com.


Saturday, June 15

SOUL PROJECT 909 The Press, at 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont, hosts a collective of talented local musicians who will pay tribute to the rich history of American soul music. Soul Project 909, who hit at 10 p.m. for a free show, features players from Claremont Voodoo Society, Backstreet, Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight, Blues and Fries and Gene Pool. The band’s setlist includes classics from heavy hitters as well as lesser known masters such as Carla Thomas, Candi Staton, Betty Wright, Lee Dorsey and Tyrone Davis. More info is at thepressrestaurant.com, at Soul Project 909’s Facebook page.


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