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So much to do in nine days! Calendar: July 26 to August 3

Friday, July 26

FEED YOUR SOUL A recent study out of Goldsmiths, University of London, claims that “regularly experiencing live music is the key to building a longstanding improvement to wellbeing.” So, one might take a new look at Claremont’s free live music series,  Friday Nights Live, as a public health benefit. Come get healthy tonight with Dynamite Dawson at Laemmle plaza; Ana Maria de la Cruz at the chamber of commerce; Lynn Crossett at city hall; and Pride of Cucamonga doing their Dead thing at Shelton Park. All performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at claremontchamber.org.

101 DALMATIONS Curtain times for tonight’s Claremont Educational Foundation SLICE of Summer theater production of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians at the Claremont High School Don F. Fruechte Theatre For the Performing Arts are 6:30 and 8 p.m., repeating tomorrow at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. The theater is located at 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Presale tickets are $8 and are available two ways: using Venmo@CEFCEF, with a note of “SLICE Theater” and show date, time, number of tickets and email address, with tickets sent via email; or with a credit card at supportcef.com/slice. Tickets are $9 at the door. Alumni from CHS Theater Department directed, choreographed, and directed the music for the production, with local students from fourth to ninth grade performing. The tech crew is made up of CHS students and graduate volunteers. “It is a great experience for all involved and we are so excited to be able to put this show on for the community,” read a CEF press release. Information is available by email at jparker@cusd.claremont.edu.

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.

 

Sunday, July 28

FRESHEN UP 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.

THE CROWN OF LITERATURE The ongoing free Fourth Sundays Poetry series at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave.,  continues at 2 p.m. today with poets Chad Sweeney and Matthew Nadelson reading from their latest works. Light refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase. Mr. Sweeney is a poet and translator. He is the author of six books of poetry including, Little Million Doors, Parable of Hide and Seek and Arranging the Blaze, and two books of translation, The Art of Stepping Through Time, the selected poems of Iranian dissident poet, H.E. Sayeh and Pablo Neruda’s final book, The Call to Destroy Nixon and to Advance the Chilean Revolution. Mr. Sweeney holds an MFA from San Francisco State University and a PhD from Western Michigan University. He is an associate professor of English/creative writing at CSU San Bernardino. Mr. Nadelson has worked as a college English instructor, poetry editor, and creative writing workshop leader for the past 13 years throughout Southern California, where he has lived his entire life. His poetry, which has received several nominations for Best of the Net awards, has appeared in Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, Ars Medica, Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems and Whistling Shade, among other literary journals, and in the anthologies Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude, America Remembered, Orangelandia: The Literature of Inland Citrus, and The Inflectionist Review’s print anthology. He has two poetry chapbooks American Spirit and a full-length poetry collection, Counting Wayward Sheep. This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Contact the Friends of the Claremont Library at claremontlibrary.org for info.

 

Monday, July 29

CONCERT?IN?THE?PARK Claremont’s 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday night Concerts in the Park continue this week with Night Blooming Jazzmen 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. Next up is The Ravelers on August 5. 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.

 

Tuesday, July 30

PETROGLYPHS AND JAGUARS, OH MY The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Petroglyphs and Jaguars in Central America,” with guest speaker Anne Stoll, anthropologist. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Ms. Stoll and her husband George travel around the world, investigating prehistoric art. Last year she presented a program to the club about Zimbabwe. She has a master’s degree in anthropology, and enjoyed a professional career as a field director, writer, instructor and lecturer in archaeology and anthropology, and later as cultural resources staff at Statistical Research in Redlands, where she worked on archaeological jobs for private and government clients. Since retirement, she has been presenting and publishing papers on sites she has investigated around the world. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

Wednesday, July 31

WASH?THOSE HAPPY SOCKS The Happy Crowd stops by Shelton Park bandshell at 6:30 p.m. for a free concert in the final city-sponsored Kids’ Corner event of the summer. Kids and their parents and caregivers are reminded to bring a picnic, blankets and low chairs. Shelton Park is at 300 N. Harvard Ave. For more information visit the city website at ci.claremont.ca.us,  call (909) 399-5490 or email specialevents@ci.claremont.ca.us.

 

Thursday, August 1

CROSSROADS BACKYARD FIESTA Local nonprofit Crossroads, Inc., who assist formerly incarcerated women transition into mainstream society, are having a party. Crossroads Backyard Fiesta, which celebrates the women who have graduated from its program, takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1269 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP via email to info@crossroadswomen.org.

 

Friday, August 2

IT…IS…ALIVE! Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with the Amanda Castro Band at Laemmle plaza; Adrienne Selina at the chamber of commerce; Honey Buckets at city hall; and Starlite at Shelton Park. All performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. Info is at claremontchamber.org.

CINEMA BOTANICA PREMIERES Beginning tonight, Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., will host Cinema Botanica: Movies in the Garden, with family friendly films from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday evening in August. The films will be shown in the California Courtyard, adjacent to the California Gift Shop. Tonight’s feature is Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Each film highlights California native plants as they play starring roles, cameos and background actors in these films. Moviegoers will receive a field guide to the plants in the various features. During intermission, Garden staff will discuss the plants and landscapes seen in the movies. Tickets for Garden members and non-members are $10/$8 for adults and $7/$5 for children age 3 to 12. Kids under 3 are free. More info and tickets are available at the box office or at rsabg.org/events-programs/events. Ticket price includes parking and evening admission to the Garden. More info is at rsabg.org, via email at info@rsabg.org, or by calling (909) 625-8767.

 

Saturday, August 3

LAST CHANCE AT BUTTERFLY PAVILION Today is the final day to experience the California Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $3, on top of regular Garden admission, and kids under 3 are free. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

BE?GRATEFUL Pride of Cucamonga will perform from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Last Name Brewing for their sixth celebration of Jerry Garcia’s birthday. The Big Easy Sandwich will offer grub. All ages are welcome. Doors open at 2 p.m. Last Name is at 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland.