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Nine-days of fun: Friday, July 19 to Saturday, July 27

Friday, July 19

FRIDAY NIGHTS SHINE Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live boasts an unusually stellar lineup as it continues from 6 to 9 p.m. At Laemmle Plaza folks can hear 1940s big band retro tunes from Harmony Sisters and the Little Big Band; The Marc Weller Combo offers guitar driven jazz at the chamber of commerce; Mario Rojas and his band bring soulful original rock and eclectic cover tunes to city hall; and the great Squeakin’ Wheels perform at Shelton Park, showcasing transcendent harmonies from brother and sister Dave and Marguerite Millard anchoring the long-running mostly acoustic group’s mix of affecting original tunes and surprising covers. You will agree “The Squeaks” are a Claremont treasure. More info is at claremontchamber.org.

Saturday, July 20

TREE HEALTH WORKSHOP Green Crew of Sustainable Claremont and Claremont Community Services host a free and open to the public community workshop on proper tree watering, irrigation, and water conservation at 9 a.m. at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. This workshop is the first in a series on tree health. Free breakfast refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are required either by email to greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org or by phone at (800) 948-1519.

BEAT THE HEAT Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s lush canopy and beautiful native plant foliage provide a natural oasis from the summer heat, and folks will be able to chill out for three additional hours tonight and next Saturday, July 27, as it stays open until 8 p.m. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. More info is available at rsabg.org, by phone at (909) 621-8767, or via email to info@rsabg.org.

NELL AND JIM AT THE FOLK Tickets are $15 for the Folk Music Center’s 7:30 p.m. concert with the Nell and Jim Band. Tickets are available at the door or at the store, 220 Yale Ave., Claremont. The band’s music is infused with folk, bluegrass, Americana, roots, swing, and jazz, alt-roots and something new to me, “folkbilly.” The group features Jim Nunally on guitar, banjo and vocals and Nell Robinson on flute and vocals. More info is at folkmusiccenter.com or (909) 624-2928.


Sunday, July 21

FARM FRESH 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.

GIANT STEPS The laid back, super cool Jazz at College Center music series continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today with Polyhedra. 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, July 28 with the Nick Gomez Group. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter or (909) 946-6967.

CLOSING RECEPTION Local artist and Native American flutist Steven Rushingwind’s solo art show will close at 6 p.m. this evening, with a musical performance in the Garner House Ginger Elliott Center at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Visit claremontheritage.org for information.


Monday, July 22

CONCERT?IN THE PARK Claremont’s 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday night Concerts in the Park continue this week with Neon Nation at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The Kiwanis Club offers a variety of concessions, from burgers, hot dogs and quesadillas to ice cream, popcorn, nachos, candy and drinks at the events. Concertgoers can also bring a picnic, blankets and low back chairs. Dogs, smoking and alcohol are prohibited. Concerts in the Park is co-sponsored by the city of Claremont and the Kiwanis Club of Claremont. The series continues through September 3. The upcoming lineup includes Night Blooming Jazzmen, July 29; The Ravelers, August 5; Upstream, August 12; Michael Ryan and Friends, August 19: Neon Nation, August 26; and concludes with The Answer on September 2. More info is at ci.claremont.ca.us.

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.

FREE COLLEGE CLASSES FOR SENIORS Registration begins at 9 a.m. today at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, for the Claremont Senior Program’s Claremont Avenues for Lifelong Learning (CALL) program. The program permits those 60 years and older to audit courses for free at the Claremont Colleges during the fall 2019 semester. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, July 26. Classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to Claremont residents. Course offerings, applications, waiver forms, and other information are available at the Claremont Senior Program website, tinyurl.com/callcollegeauditing. Application and course listings are also available at the Joslyn Center. For more information call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontca.org.


Tuesday, July 23

LET’S TALK ABOUT MARIJUANA The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Cannabis: Its Current Status in the US,” with guest speaker Mimi Brown. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “Times have changed from the 1960’s when marijuana was seen as an evil drug smoked by hippies,” read a press release. “Since legalization, many people —including seniors—are using it to help with legitimate medical needs. For example, CBD is a non-addictive non ‘high’ marijuana extract used to relieve arthritis and back pain. Learn about cannabis, its history, state approvals, and how this new industry works.” Mimi Brown founded The Brown Group in Orange County, which does security consulting for businesses, including for marijuana facilities in California and six other states. She is a pioneer in physical security for marijuana cultivation, distribution, retail and manufacturing, since the legalization of marijuana. She has developed expertise in interpreting the many laws for this new industry, including on licensing, jurisdiction and banking. Participants are encouraged to bring questions. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

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 info is at cscclub.org.


Wednesday, July 24

KIDS’ WILDLIFE SHOW the Wildlife Learning Center stops by Shelton Park bandshell at 6:30 p.m. for a free wildlife show in the second of three city-sponsored Kids’ Corner events. Kids and their parents and caregivers 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. Shelton Park is at 300 N. Harvard Ave. The series concludes Wednesday, July 31 with a concert from The Happy Crowd. For information go to ci.claremont.ca.us.


Thursday, July 25

THINKING ABOUT DOWNSIZING? Inter Valley Health Plan hosts a free and open to the public 1 p.m. workshop, “Thinking about Downsizing?” at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave, Suite 275, Claremont. The hands-on workshop will guide participants through options available, financial considerations, location choices and living arrangements. RSVPs are required at (800) 886-4471 or at forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents.


Friday, July 26

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Dynamite Dawson are at Laemmle plaza; Ana Maria de la Cruz plays at the chamber of commerce; Lynn Crossett is at city hall; and Pride of Cucamonga does their Dead thing at Shelton Park. More information on the music series is at claremontchamber.org.

GARDEN GROOVE Electric violinist and vocalist Susie Hansen and The Latin Band play fiery Latin jazz and salsa, creating music that brings audiences to their feet, dancing in the outdoor ambiance of California’s Native Garden. Gates open at 6 p.m. Concert begins at 7 p.m. in the California Courtyard, adjacent to the Garden gift shop. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave, Claremont. Adult tickets are $10; members pay $6; children under 12 admitted free. Email info@rsabg.org or call (909) 625-8767 for more information.


Saturday, July 27

BEAT THE HEAT AT GARDEN Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s lush canopy and beautiful native plant foliage provide a natural oasis from the summer heat, and folks will be able to chill out for three additional hours tonight as it stays open until 8 p.m. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. More info is available at rsabg.org, by phone at (909) 621-8767, or via email to info@rsabg.org.


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