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Friday, June 21
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE ROLLS ON Claremont’s free live music series, Friday Nights Live, continues from 6 to 9 p.m. with the Marc Weller Combo’s guitar-driven jazz at Laemmle plaza; David Hostetler at the chamber of commerce; Swing Shift at Shelton Park; and Ana Maria de la Cruz at city hall. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, June 22
FREE HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL Local residents can dispose of household hazardous waste and e-waste for free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairplex in Pomona, 2118 N. White Avenue, Gate 9. Items such as paint, paint thinner, batteries, motor oil, pesticides, computers, and televisions will be accepted. Please bring the items in a sturdy box, in their original containers. There is a limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per trip. Please do not bring appliances, tires, explosives or ammunition. The household hazardous waste collection program gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash. For a complete listing of what can and cannot be brought, or information on other events, visit the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County website at cleanla.com or call (888) CLEAN-LA.
AN EVENING WITH JOHN YORK Local rock luminary John York plays his yearly benefit concert for the Prison Library Project 7 p.m. at The Claremont Forum, 568 W. First St., Claremont. The cover is $20 and tickets are available at claremontforum.org or (909) 626-3066. Mr. York is a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist best known as a former member of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Byrds. He was also a member of the late, great Doug Sahm’s Sir Douglas Quintet and played with The Mamas and The Papas’ touring band. Up until recently he had been touring with Barry McGuire (“Eve of Destruction”). “John York is an authentic example of how one musician can carry a legacy of spirit, truth, compassion and wisdom that continues to grow through his musical expressions,” wrote Terry Roland of LA Folk Works. “Not only has he survived the perilous rock and roll days of the sixties, he has thrived and transcended them.” More info is at claremontforum.org or johnyorkmusic.com.
Sunday, June 23
FARMING IS A PROFESSION OF HOPE 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’ll also be able to 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.
LET A POEM INTO YOUR HEART This month’s free and open to the public Fourth Sundays Poetry at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., begins at 2 p.m. with poets Cati Porter and Daniel Romo. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. Ms. Porter is the author of eight books and chapbooks, including the forthcoming The Body at a Loss (CavanKerry Press, 2019). Her poems have won prizes from So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art and Gravity and Light, been a finalist for competitions offered by Crab Creek Review, Elixir Press, the Poetic Asides blog, and The Binnacle, and appeared in Verse Daily, Contrary, West Trestle, The Nervous Breakdown among others, including several anthologies. Her double abecedarian appears in Gayle Brandeis’ novel Delta Girls. Ms. Porter is also the executive director of Inlandia Institute, an inland southern California literary nonprofit, and founder and editor of Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry. Mr. Romo is the author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press, 2019), When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014), and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). His poetry can be found in The Los Angeles Review, [PANK], The Good Men Project and elsewhere. He has an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina’s Queens University of Charlotte, and is an associate poetry editor at Backbone Press. He lives and teaches in Long Beach. More info is at facebook.com/fourthsundayspoetry.
POP UP ART SHOW Artcrib 19 brings a free and open to the public pop-up art show, Measured Mischiefs, to the Claremont Metrolink parking lot (at First St. and College Ave.) at 2 p.m. The show is curated by Young Tseng Wong and features works by 11 established and emerging contemporary artists based in Los Angeles, the Inland Empire and Orange County, including performance, installation, video, painting and mixed media. Folks should meet in the Metrolink lot and follow the pink and green directions to the show. For more information search Bonehousebridge on Facebook.
AYURVEDIC HEALING MEETING A free and open to the public Ayurvedic healing meeting takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Claremont Ayurvedic Healing Clinic, 226 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. “Ayurvedic medicine looks at health through three main energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha,” a press release read. At the event, specialists “will share the Ayurvedic approach to weight, sugar level, inflammation, emotions, pains and the immune system.” Ayurvedic curious types can RSVP by calling (909) 921-7115.
CLAREMONT PÉTANQUE The Claremont Pétanque group moves to their summer hours with games beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Larkin Park, 660 N. Mountain Ave. Pétanque, the French version of Bocce ball, is part of the Claremont Senior Program, but is open to players of all ages and skill levels. For more information visit claremontpetanque.org or call (909) 399-5488.
Monday, June 24
‘AT BOTANY’S EDGE’ OPENS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, opens At Botany’s Edge: The Journeys and Discoveries of RSABG Graduate Students today. The outdoor exhibit in the California Container Garden will be up through September 22. “Every day, research expands our knowledge of plants and reveals the stories they have to tell,” read a Garden press release. “Graduate students at RSABG work to uncover these secrets and piece together a fuller, richer picture of our botanical world. Explore plants through the eyes of these adventurous students and learn about their remarkable journeys and discoveries.” Located in our California Container Garden. The Garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info is at rsabg.org.
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!”
DEMS LOOK AT OPIOID CRISIS John Forney and Jim Rhoads will discuss the opioid crisis at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s free and open to the public 7 p.m. meeting in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Commons Room, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Mr. Forney and Mr. Rhoads recently began a project in West Virginia to combat the drug epidemic there at House of Hope, Ohio Valley. It will be all-inclusive, providing patients and families with on-campus living and life skills training along with counseling, other training and employment opportunities. Both speakers have vast experience with the treatment of dependencies. Mr. Forney, past-president of the DCC, has a background in counseling and management. Mr. Rhoads, a retired medical recovery expert, has designed and managed programs at local hospitals. In addition, Claremont City Manager Tara Schultz will present a brief program about the city’s financial outlook. A brief business meeting will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call (909) 626-8122 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISRAELI FOLK DANCE Claremont Israeli Folk Dance class meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at Claremont Masonic Lodge, 272 W. Eighth St. The open to the public class for beginners is followed by open dancing until 10 p.m. The group asks participants for a $8 donation. For more information call (909) 921-7115.
Tuesday, June 25
POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Positive Psychology,” with guest speaker Louis Alloro. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “MAPP successful people think differently,” read a UC press release. “They have the ability to bounce back, persevere, and make things happen even in (especially in) the face of adversity and challenge. This new field of positive psychology teaches how we’re genetically predisposed to negativity and how we can change this. Learn about scientifically researched strategies for getting more of what you want from your life.” Mr. Alloro is one of the first 100 people in the world to earn a master of applied positive psychology degree, from the University of Pennsylvania. He consults for a variety of groups in leadership development, team building and change management. He co-founded The Flourishing Center’s certificate in the applied positive psychology program, which is offered in 14 cities across the US and Canada. He is a senior fellow at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing and is currently pursuing his PhD in positive organizational psychology at Claremont Graduate University. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
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., Claremont. Meetings are held in the Weinberger Room. 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, June 26
BE A CITIZEN SCIENTIST Los Angeles County Library hosts a free and open to the public workshop, “Citizen Science App,” at 1 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. “Turn yourself into a scientist and find out how you can contribute to scientific research and have fun at the same time using only apps on your mobile phone and your resourcefulness,” read a press release. Call the Claremont Senior Program at (909) 399-5488 to register or for information. The workshop is part of the LA County Public Library’s MakMo Workshops, which brings free STEM programs to communities across the county.
Thursday, June 27
TAMECA JONES IN FREE CONCERT AT SCRIPPS Good vibes will abound tonight as Scripps College’s super cool and free Levitt on the Lawn series kicks off with Austin-based singer-songwriter Tameca Jones, performing at 7 p.m. on Scripps’ Bowling Green, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Ms. Jones will bring her powerful vocal instrument to bear on original soul and R&B tunes from her 2015 EP, including the single, “Hot and Bothered.” Levitt on the Lawn shows are always a lovely way to spend a summer evening. Bring a picnic dinner, or avail yourself to the food and drinks for sale. More information is available at scrippscollege.edu/events/scrippspresents or (909) 607-8508.
Friday, June 28
SENIOR SUMMER SOIRÉE Folks 55 and over are invited to the Claremont senior program’s summer soirée on the Joslyn Center patio from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 and includes dinner, dancing and entertainment under the stars. The Joslyn Center is at 660 N. Mountain Ave. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Call the city’s senior program at (909) 399-5488 to sign up.
BUTTERFLIES AND BREWS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., will host Butterflies and Brews every Friday in June from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy local craft beer in the company of butterflies at California’s native biergarten. One drink included with admission. Additional drinks and refreshments are available for purchase. 21 years and over event. Tickets are $15 general public and $10 for RSABG members. More info is at rsabg.org.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s free live music series continues from 6 to 9 p.m. with Blues and Fries in the Laemmle plaza; Mike’s Guitar at the chamber of commerce; Silverados at Shelton Park; and Arrow Highway at city hall. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
ART?MART Stop by the Claremont Packing House for an art mart featuring artisan goods and handmade crafts. The sale takes place every Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 29
TAKE A TRAIN, DRINK WINE Uncorked Wine festival takes place at LA’s Union Station from 6 to 10 p.m., and local imbibers can take a safe train ride to and from the event from the Claremont Metrolink station, located at 200 W. First St. Uncorked features more than 200 wines from across the globe, gourmet local food trucks, live music, a photo booth and more. VIP admission is $70 and includes an extra hour of tasting and exclusive pours from select wineries at 6 p.m. General admission is $60, with tastings beginning at 7. Both tickets include all wine, with food sold separately. This 21-and-over event benefits local nonprofit MOSTe (moste.org), which offers community-based mentoring, scholarship and college access programs for young women. More info is at uncorkedwinefestivals.com. For Metrolink schedules and to plan your travel, visit metrolinktrains.com/schedules.