Summer is here and Claremont events are red hot!
Friday, June 28
SENIOR SUMMER SOIREE 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., Claremont. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Call the Claremont Senior Program at (909) 399-5488 to sign up.
FRIDAY COMES ALIVE Claremont’s free live music series, Friday Nights Live, continues from 6 to 9 p.m. with Miss Liz Hangan’s Blues and Fries at Laemmle plaza; Mike’s Guitar World at the chamber of commerce; Silverados at Shelton Park; and Arrow Highway at city hall. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, June 29
TAKE A TRAIN, DRINK SOME 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 train schedules, go to metrolinktrains.com/schedules.
HOMELESSNESS SUMMIT The San Gabriel Valley Consortium on Homelessness, in partnership with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and Assemblymember Chris Holden, 41st district, will present a free summit, “Realizing the Promise of Measure H for the San Gabriel Valley…And What is Next?” The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.
Sunday, June 30
DON’T GET MAD, GO SHOPPING Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Avenue between First and Bonita. Purchase unique gifts, farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.
Monday, July 1
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!”
CLEAN POWER ALLIANCE UPDATE Sustainable Claremont continues its Sustainability Dialog series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with a talk, “Update on the Clean Power Alliance,” in the Hahn Building Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave. Jennifer Ward, director of external affairs for the Clean Power Alliance, will bring folks up-to-date and answer questions from the audience in areas such as clean energy sources, climate change impact, participation and management and customer engagement at the free and open to the public talk. For information go to sustainableclaremont.org or call the Sustainability Resource Center at (909) 625-8767, extension 238.
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, July 2
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. Newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.
Wednesday, July 3
GET YOUR GRILL ON Tomorrow’s Fourth of July holiday means different things to different people, but I think we can agree we all love an Independence Day cookout. Whether you’re an omnivore or vegan, most everyone can find something to sear on the barbecue. If you haven’t yet stocked up on coals, pellets or propane, I’d say you’d want to get right on that. Aside from 7-Eleven, most stores will be closed tomorrow. And if you’re still pondering your main course, the earlier you get to Costco, Trader Joe’s, Vons, Stater Bros. or Sprouts, the better. Don’t be like me and go in search of a brisket on July 3. Be better than that. Happy grilling!
Thursday, July 4
GO FOURTH AND CELEBRATE Claremont’s annual Fourth of July celebration gets started at 7 a.m. with the all-American carb fest, the Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Breakfast, at Memorial Park; At 7:30 a.m. the annual Claremont Village Freedom 5000 1K/5K races begin. Registration and more info are at racewire.com (search “Claremont”); at 10 a.m. the flag raising ceremony takes place; children’s activities including water slides, a rock climbing wall, bouncy house, obstacle course, wildlife and more kick off at 10 a.m.; Booths offering games, crafts, products, food and info open also at 10 a.m.; at 10:45 a.m. the charming T. Willard Hunter Speakers Corner begins, offering citizens a pulpit for whatever may be on their mind on this Independence Day. Registration for the Speaker Corner and more info are available by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; the annual Fourth of July parade begins at 3 p.m. at 10th Street and Indian Hill, winds its way south to Harrison Avenue, and ends at Larkin Park; the day closes with the concert and fireworks show at Pomona College’s Strehle Track. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Hughes Center, city hall, the Claremont Club, Vons, and Wolfe’s Market. For more on the city’s Fantastic Fourth, see the COURIER’s special edition included with this paper.
Friday, July 5
MUSIC SERIES ROLLS ON Claremont’s free live music series, Friday Nights Live, continues from 6 to 9 p.m. with Roy Durnal and HP Special at Laemmle plaza; Allen Ray Duo at the chamber of commerce; Sylvia Bosco at city hall; and the Nomads at Shelton Park. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, July 6
WHERE THE WILD BREWS ARE Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s second annual Brew Wild Beer Festival takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. under the lush canopy at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. “California is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world and has one of the highest concentrations of craft breweries in the nation,” read a Garden press release. “It’s time to combine the two! Craft breweries will collaborate with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for the second annual Brew Wild Beer Festival to create beer that incorporates California native plants, grown and harvested at our Garden. From luscious black sage to earthy juniper, zesty pine needles to delectable hummingbird sage, discover the incredible flavors of California in expertly crafted brews.” The fun event also includes live music, food trucks and biergartens all in a beautiful setting at the Garden. Tickets are $45 per person and include admission to the festival and a tasting glass. Premier parking, closest to the entrance, is available for reservation at an additional $10. To reserve parking inside the Garden, please purchase a VIP ticket. Must be 21 or older and show proper identification. More info is at rsabg.org.