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New month, new events, new attitude! The 9-day August 2-10

Friday, August 2

STREET SERENADE 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. Performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at claremontchamber.org.

CINEMA BOTANICA 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. The next show is a screening of Rango on August 9. Participants are welcome to bring blankets and portable chairs. Canvas chairs will be for sale at the event and there will be seating available. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket price includes parking and evening admission to the Garden. More information is available at rsabg.org/events-programs/events, 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.

IT’S HOT OUT THERE, CAMPERS 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.

GLEASON EXHIBIT?AT?THE?GARNER?HOUSE Claremont Heritage hosts a free and open to the public opening reception for its exhibit, Gleason Family Portrait, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ginger Elliott Center at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The show, an exhibition of art and design by three members of one of Claremont’s most prolific and culturally influential families, Mary Easton Gleason, her sister Honor Easton, and her son Richard Gleason, runs through August 23. The exhibit will also include a family tree that shows a history instrumental to the cultural development of Southern California and Claremont. Mary Gleason (1907-1992) joined the Scripps College art department in 1936 after being hired by Millard Sheets, where she taught costume design and weaving until 1943. Honor Easton (1906-1972) was Mary’s sister. She was married to noted architect Erle F. Webster. She was an interior designer, with a number of projects in the Pomona Valley. Richard Hubbard Gleason (born 1945) grew up in Claremont, attending the Mary B. Eyre Children’s School, Sycamore Elementary, and Foothill Country Day before graduating from the Webb Schools in 1963. Mr. Gleason attended Harvard University, then worked as a teacher in the AmeriCorps VISTA program in Phillipi, West Virginia. In 1969 he enlisted in the United States Navy. He moved to New York City in 1973 where he attended at the Art Students League of New York, studying under artists Charles Apt and Arthur Stern. There he developed a distinct painting style utilizing palette knives to apply paint to canvas. His paintings were featured in Arthur Stern’s book, How to See Color and Paint It (1984). Mr. Gleason returned to Claremont in 1975, working in public schools while continuing to paint portraits, still life and landscapes. For information go to claremontheritage.org, call (909) 621-0848 or email info@claremontheritage.org.

 

Sunday, August 4

EAT FRESH FOR REALS 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.

COMIC BOOKS & COLLECTIBLES SHOW The Packing House, at 532 W. First St., Claremont, is the site of the monthly free comic book and collectibles show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event features comic book art demonstrations, comic books, collectibles, new and vintage comics, graphic novels and more. More info is available on the Facebook event page.

OPEN POETRY READING Ironbark Ciderworks, at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., suite 107B, 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 your poetry or other creative work or just come and listen. For information email mari_werner@yahoo.com or visit the Open Words Poetry Reading Facebook page.

 

Monday, August 5

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 topics,” a press release read. “Space is limited, come early and often!”

THE SAN GABRIELS: THEN AND NOW Sustainable Claremont hosts a free and open to the public dialog, “Home Ground: The San Gabriels in the Anthropocene,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hahn Building, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. In 1877, Sierra Club founder John Muir said that the rugged San Gabriel Mountains were “full of hidden beauty.” But over the last century much has changed. Today almost four million people visit the steep and awe-inspiring San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and the Angeles National Forest each year, and millions now live in its foothills and canyons. Can Los Angeles’ massive backyard survive the explosion of recreation, the crippling lack of resources, and the accelerating and intersecting challenges of climate change, drought, wildfire and urbanization? Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History at Pomona College, will probe the history and current state of the San Gabriels and paint a vivid picture of what the next hundred years may hold. For information, visit sustainableclaremont.org or call (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 information call (909) 921-7115.

CONCERT IN?THE?PARK Claremont’s 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday night Concerts in the Park continue with The Ravelers 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. Concerts in the Park is co-sponsored by the city of Claremont and the Kiwanis Club of Claremont. The series continues through September 3. Future concerts include 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.

 

Tuesday, August 6

NAVIGATING THE MEDICARE MAZE The Claremont Senior Program hosts a free and open to the public talk, “Understand your Medicare Benefits,” from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Join a representative from the Center for Health Care Rights to discuss how Medicare works and learn about Medicare eligibility, costs and coverage options. Participants will learn how to navigate the Medicare maze. The lecture is part of Claremont Senior Program’s Afternoon Knowledge Series. Call (909) 399-5488 for more information or to register.

IN-N-OUT + MOVIES IN THE PARK = FUN! Claremont’s charming and fun family tradition, Movies in the Park, concludes its run in delicious style at dusk tonight on National Night Out with a showing of Ralph Breaks the Internet at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. As is tradition, In-n-Out will give away 550 hamburgers to folks who drop by the Claremont Police Department at 570 W. Bonita Ave. during regular business hours and pick up a burger voucher. Be warned: free burger vouchers run out early! 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 call (909) 399-5411. 

 

Wednesday, August 7

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Believe it or not, Claremont Unified School District will open its doors for the 2019-2020 academic year just three weeks from today. Elementary school kids have sometimes extensive lists of grade and teacher specific supplies they are expected to provide. To find your school, grade, and supply list, go to cusd.claremont.edu/cusdschool and click on your school. Back to school nights are as follows: Monday, August 26: Mountain View Elementary, 4:30 p.m., Vista del Valle, 5:30; Tuesday, August 27: Condit Elementary (kindergarten parent meeting), 2 p.m., Oakmont Elementary, 5:30 p.m., Sumner-Danbury, 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, August 28: Sycamore Elementary, 5:30 p.m., Condit, 6 p.m.; Thursday, August 29: El Roble Intermediate, 6:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 8

REJOICE IN THE ROCKETMAN Elton and The Early Years Band starring Kenny Metcalf will perform at 7 p.m. at Candlelight Pavilion Fine Dining and Musical Theater, 455 W. Foothill Blvd. in Claremont. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with 7:30 p.m. curtain for this performance. Show only, no meal is included. Desserts and beverages are available for purchase. Tickets are $25 for the main floor and section A and $30 for the terrace.

 

Friday, August 9

BLUES AND FRIES IN THE PLAZA Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with Liz Hangan’s Blues and Fries at Laemmle plaza; Randy Miller at the chamber of commerce; Rewind at city hall; and Random Spark at Shelton Park. All performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at claremontchamber.org.

CINEMA BOTANICA SCREENS ‘RANGO’ Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., continues its Cinema Botanica: Movies in the Garden, series with the PG-rated Rango. The family friendly film series runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday evening in August. The films will be shown in the California Courtyard and 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, and during intermission, Garden staff will discuss the plants seen in the movies. Tickets for members and non-members are $10/$8 for adults and $7/$5 for children age 3 to 12. Kids under 3 are free. Info is at rsabg.org/events-programs/events or by calling (909) 625-8767.

 

 

Saturday, August 10

BOOK LAUNCH, PERFORMANCE Hillcrest Maury Smeltzer Lounge, 2700 Mountain View Dr., La Verne, hosts a free 3 to 5 p.m. book launch for Leslie Baer Dinkel’s Hope Dancing: Finding purpose and a place to serve among the Maya. The event features live performance, video, a reading and music. from For more information  and to RSVP visit event.pingg.com/hopedancingbook.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS 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.