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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.

RUSHINGWIND ART, MUSIC SHOW Claremont Heritage welcomes Native American music award winner and artist Steven Rushingwind for a free public performance and art exhibit from 6 to 9 p.m. at Garner House in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. As part of the First Saturday Art Walk, Mr. Rushingwind will show his latest paintings at 6 p.m. and play Native American flute during an opening reception from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mr. Rushingwind’s work is part of the permanent collection at The Latino Art Museum in Pomona, as well as in Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. For more information email info@claremontheritage.org, call  (909) 621-0848, or visit claremontheritage.org. And see page 13 of this edition for a full art walk listing.

 

Sunday, July 7

MARKETING 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.

OPEN POETRY READING Ironbark Ciderworks, at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., suite 107B, Claremont, hosts the monthly free Open Words poetry reading starting at 5 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Come early and sign up to read poetry or other creative work or just listen. All types of poetry (or prose) are welcome. For information email mari_werner@yahoo.com or visit the Open Words Poetry Reading Facebook or Meetup page.

 

Monday, July 8

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!”

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.

CURTAIN UP FOR KIDS’ THEATER CAMP Camp IVRT, a musical theatre workshop designed to engage youth in the artistic disciplines related to theatrical storytelling, takes place today through Friday, July 19 at Claremont Community School of Music, 951 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The aim of the camp is to “foster the creative abilities of youth through culturally and linguistically responsive arts learning,” according to an Inland Valley Repertory Theatre press release.  “Our primary goal is to bring students together to learn about each other while also learning the basics of musical theatre techniques (singing, acting and movement), and to provide tools needed for the students to audition for a musical.” Professional teaching artists lead the camp activities, assisted by high school student apprentice teachers (teaching assistants) who participate in and/or lead group activities, model expectation, and mentor the younger campers. Camp IVRT is held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The next session takes place Monday, July 22 through Friday, August 2. More info is available by email to donnamarie@ivrt.org or by calling (909) 720-7324.

 

Tuesday, July 9

BACK FROM AFRICA The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Travels to Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda,” with guest speaker Don McDonald, who recently returned from a three-week trip to Africa. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. The Big Five (African animals), gorillas and the Ruanda holocaust museum, memorial and cemetery were particularly memorable. Don is retired from his work as a health care specialist for Pacific Advisors, and is a past president of the University Club. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

READY FOR MEDICARE? Inter Valley Health Plan is hosting a free and open to the public 5:30 p.m. discussion, “Turning 65? Are you ready for Medicare?” at Pomona Valley Health Center 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, Claremont. Medicare experts will be on hand to answer questions and offer guidance. The class repeats or at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 13. RSVP at forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents or by calling (800) 886-4471.

WHAT IS NORMAL AGING? Claremont Community Senior Services hosts a free and open to the public 7 p.m. community conversation on aging at Sanctuary Coffee, 994 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Among the topics on the table will be what “normal” aging and memory deficit look like, and how to recognize when things have progressed beyond those bounds. More info is at communityseniorservices.org or (909) 621-9900.

MOVIES IN THE PARK Claremont’s fun family tradition, the free and family friendly Movies in the Park events, continue at dusk with a showing of Sherlock Gnomes at Blaisdell Park, 440 S. College Ave., Claremont. The fun continues Thursday, July 11 with Small Foot at June Vail Park. The series concludes with National Night Out’s screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet, August 6 at Memorial Park. Moviegoers are reminded to bring a picnic, blankets and low chairs, and leave the dogs, smokes and alcohol at home, as they aren’t permitted in city parks. For information visit ci.claremont.ca.us or call (909) 399-5411. 

 

Wednesday, July 10

KNOW THE SKIN YOU’RE IN Inter Valley Health Plan offers a free and open to the public discussion, “Know the Skin You Are In,” at 10 a.m. at Pomona Valley Health Center 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275. “Your skin is your largest and heaviest organ,” read an IVHP press release. “Wrinkles, aesthetic treatments and skin cancer are some of the many topics covered.” RSVP to (800) 886-4471 or forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents.

 

Thursday, July 11

‘SMALL FOOT’ AT JUNE VAIL The free and family friendly Movies in the Park events continue at dusk with a showing of Small Foot at June Vail Park, at Grand Avenue and Bluefield Drive. The series concludes with National Night Out’s screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet, August 6 at Memorial Park. Moviegoers are reminded to bring a picnic, blankets and low chairs, and leave the dogs, smokes and alcohol at home, as they aren’t permitted in city parks. For information go to ci.claremont.ca.us or call (909) 399-5411. 

PCB IS TCB THIS SUMMER The Pomona Concert Band’s 72nd annual Thursday evening Summer Concert Series gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at the G. Stanton Selby Bandshell in Ganesha Park, 1575 N. White Ave. All performances are free to the public, so bring a lawn chair, visit the band’s concession stand or bring a picnic basket and enjoy an evening of music. Tonight’s concert, “Dance the Night Away,” will include “Song of the Spirit Dance,” “Skydance,” “Belle of the Ball” and “3 Celtic Dances.” Other summer concerts take place on July 18, July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 25 and conclude August 29. More info is at pomonaconcertband.org or (626) 824-0001.

 

Friday, July 12

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will hold “An Old Fashioned Picnic” from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Garner House patio in Claremont’s Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The event includes picnic fixings for dinner, adult beverages, darts, corn hole, dominoes, poker and other choices, plus a photo booth. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation). The event is open to persons age 50 and over. Reservations are required by noon Wednesday, July 10 and can be at (909) 399-5488 or visiting claremontrec.com.

 

Saturday, July 13

READY FOR MEDICARE? At 9 a.m., Inter Valley Health Plan is hosting a free and open to the public discussion, “Turning 65? Are you ready for Medicare?” at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. Medicare experts will answer questions. RSVP at forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents or by calling (800) 886-4471.