COURIER's 9-day summer calendar: August 9-17
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, adjacent to the California Gift Shop. 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 upcoming schedule is as follows: August 16 The Muppet Movie (G); August 23 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG); the August 30 film, Flight of the Butterflies (G), is open to Garden members only. Participants are welcome to bring blankets and portable chairs. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket price includes parking and evening admission to the Garden. More info is available at rsabg.org/events-programs/events, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (909) 625-8767.
Saturday, August 10
CELEBRATE WITH CROSSROADS Crossroads, Inc., a local nonprofit that assists formerly incarcerated women with their transition into mainstream society, holds its annual celebration for its new graduates from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1269 Harvard Ave., Claremont. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP via email to email@example.com.
BOOK LAUNCH, PERFORMANCE Hillcrest Maury Smeltzer Lounge, 2700 Mountain View Dr., La Verne, hosts a free and open to the public 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 info and to RSVP visit event.pingg.com/hopedancingbook.
LATE?NIGHT?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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, August 11
FARM TO TABLE 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 information is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.
AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ The laid back, super cool Jazz at College Center music series continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today with Zzaj. 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, August 18 with Polyhedra, and August 25 with Homero Chavez and Una Noche. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter or (909) 946-6967.
Monday, August 12
CONCERT?IN?THE?PARK Claremont’s 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday night Concerts in the Park continue this week with Upstream 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 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.
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.
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!”
Tuesday, August 13
SINGING PRAISES OF OPERA DIVAS In the opera world, a “diva” is a female singer of outstanding talent. From 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. today at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., a representative from LA Opera will give a free and open to the public talk about some of the famous and greatest divas, past and present (and mostly sopranos), who have sung Rossini, Puccini, Moore and more. The lecture is part of the Claremont Senior Program’s Afternoon Knowledge series. Call (909) 399-5488 for more information or to register.
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. Each meeting provides an opportunity for questions to the group’s club experts, and newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.
Wednesday, August 14
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR EXCURSIONS Claremont residents can begin registering for Claremont Senior Services’ fall 2019 excursions at 9 a.m. this morning at claremontrec.com, or in person at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Participants who register online can receive a $10 discount on each trip by using coupon code “trip” upon payment. Remember to create a profile prior to registration day to expedite the process. Non-residents will be able to sign up starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, August 15. These trips are popular and often sell out. Excursions are intended for individuals age 55 and older and take place at the Joslyn Center unless otherwise indicated. Enrollments are limited to two people per transaction. Among this season’s excursions are a neon lights tour of Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 18; Palm Springs Mid-century Modern architecture tour on October 24; whale watching at Dana Point November 19; and an Amtrak Surfliner train to Coronado Island trip on December 12. More info is at claremontrec.com or (909) 399-5488.
MAKE A FLYING MACHINE Ever wanted to build a flying machine? The Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N Harvard Ave, Claremont, hosts a free and open to the public 2 to 3 p.m. workshop today for kids to build any device they want and test it in a wind tunnel to see if it will fly. All materials will be supplied. More info is available at lacountylibrary.org, (909) 621-4902, via email to email@example.com, or by following @lacountylibrary on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Thursday, August 15
GREEN DRINKS Claremont Green Drinks holds its monthly get together over beers to discuss green environmental issues from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #204c, Claremont. The event is free and open to the public. For more information go to sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.
Friday, August 16
HANK’S CADILLAC ROLLS INTO PLAZA Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with Hank’s Cadillac at Laemmle plaza; Ana Maria de la Cruz at the chamber of commerce; Mojave Beach Band at city hall; Mario Rojas and Saturday Night Pink at Shelton Park. All performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
‘THE MUPPET MOVIE’ IN THE GARDEN Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., continues its Cinema Botanica: Movies in the Garden, series with the G-rated The Muppet Movie. 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. 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 three to 12. Kids under three are free. The upcoming schedule includes E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG) on August 23. The August 30 film, Flight of the Butterflies (G), is open to Garden members only. More information is available at rsabg.org/events-programs/events, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (909) 625-8767.
Saturday, August 17
LAST NAME MUSIC FEST Last Name Brewing, at 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock today and tomorrow with its first Last Name Music Festival. The event includes food trucks, kid’s activities, a tie-dying station, games, and of course, lots of music. Doors open at noon both days, with music kicking off at 2 p.m. Today’s lineup includes Flower Pot, The Country Squires, Medicine Music Collective, Pride of Cucamonga and Groove Session. Tomorrow’s music lineup features James Donaldson, Jonny Come Lately and Jerry and Friends. The event is all ages, and tickets are $15 or $12 in advance. Kids 10 and under are free, and dogs on leashes are allowed. More info is at lastnamebrewing.com or (909) 579-0032.
LENNEAR CELEBRATES ASH GROVE Claudia Lennear will join The New Ash Grove Players in celebrating 60 years of music and activism from the legendary Hollywood music venue the Ash Grove, which from 1958 to 1973 brought giants like Muddy Waters, Kris Kristofferson, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Chuck Berry, Jackson Browne and Lightnin’ Hopkins, among countless others, to Southern California. The free and open to the public 2 p.m. show takes place at the Central Library, Taper Forum, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. Claremont’s own Ms. Lennear, who during the 1970s sang with Ike and Tina Turner, Leon Russell and Elton John, and many others, spent many nights soaking up the sounds at the Ash Grove. She will lead the band in an acoustic tribute to the original acts who performed at club. A short film about the Ash Grove, directed by Fred Aronow, will be screened. The program will also feature appearances by Bernie Pearl and Roy Zimmermann and performances by The Get Lit Players. For information call (213) 228-7272.