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Summer's not over, so it's time to play! Calendar August 23 to 31

Friday, August 23

SOULSHINES ON THE PLAZA Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with Soulshine at Laemmle plaza; Amazing Tone Benders at the chamber of commerce; Sylvia Bosco at city hall; Swing Shift at Shelton Park. All performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at claremontchamber.org.

BE GOOD Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., continues its Cinema Botanica: Movies in the Garden, series with ET the Extra-Terrestrial (PG). 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 August 30 film, Flight of the Butterflies (G), is open to Garden members only. Participants are welcome to bring blankets and portable chairs. Canvas chairs will be for sale at the event and seating will be available. 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 info@rsabg.org, or by calling (909) 625-8767.

Saturday, August 24

WATER WISE GARDEN TIPS Interested in sustainability? Join Sustainable Claremont and master gardeners with LA County Department of Public Works for a free 2 to 3:30 p.m. smart gardening workshop on composting, water-wise gardening, worm composting and grass-cycling. Compost and worm bins will be available for purchase at a discount for workshop attendees. More information is at lacountylibrary.org, (909) 621-4902, via email to cbarthelette@library.lacounty.gov, or by following @lacountylibrary on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

CYMO AUDITIONS The Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra will hold auditions for its 31st season today through September 8. Musicians ages eight to 20 who play string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments are invited to audition for the CYMO, the Claremont Young Musicians Intermezzo Orchestra, or the newly formed Overture Strings. For information or to receive audition excerpts for each instrument, visit cymo.org, email rjscymo@aol.com, or call (909) 624-3614.

Sunday, August 25

GREEN ONIONS 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.

POETRY AT THE LIBRARY The Claremont Helen Renwick Library hosts the latest in its ongoing free and open to the public Fourth Sundays Poetry series at 2 p.m. with poets Allison Joseph and Lloyd Aquino. The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. Ms. Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she is part of the faculty at Southern Illinois University. She serves as editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, moderator of the Creative Writers Opportunities List, and director of Writers In Common, a summer writers’ conference. Her books and chapbooks include What Keeps Us Here, Soul Train, In Every Seam and Worldly Pleasures, among other titles. She is the literary partner and wife of Jon Tribble. More information at allisonjosephpoetry.com. Mr. Aquino’s poetry and fiction have been published in journals such as Chaffey Review, Suisun Valley Review, Defenestration, Labletter, Blue Earth Review and Streetcake. He has published two poetry chapbooks, Madeline After the Fall and Concrete’s Song. Mr. Lloyd teaches composition and creative writing at Mt. San Antonio College, and he is co-coordinator of Culturama, a yearly event at Mt. SAC, created in 2008, that brings professional writers together with college students and members of the community. More info is at claremontlibrary.org.

WORKING FOR THE COMMON GOOD Claremont Presbyterian Church, at 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, hosts a Jazz Vespers event at 6 p.m. The theme is Working for the Common Good. “’Work’ and ‘labor’ are not our favorite words,” read a press release. “And yet, when we say, ‘labor of love’ or ‘working for the common good,’ our perspective changes. All our work is rooted in some higher goal: family, community, social justice, environment, beauty, peace. This Labor Day season Claremont Presbyterian is dedicating Jazz Vespers to people who work for the common good, with music, scripture and poetry that celebrate the human sweat equity that builds a better world. So come, join us for an evening in praise of labor.” More info is available by calling (909) 624-9693.

Monday, August 26

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 concludes with The Answer on September 2. More info is at ci.claremont.ca.us.

SING AND SOCIALIZE Claremont Chorale invites prospective singers to its “Sing and Socialize” event at 7:30 p.m. in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. The free and open to the public event is for current singers, and for prospective singers to “try us out,” read a press release. “And we’ll also be honoring and welcoming back our alumni who have retired from singing with us.” More info is at claremontchorale.org.

REMINISCE WITH FRIENDS 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 a 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 information call (909) 921-7115.

Tuesday, August 27

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 28

SCHOOL DAYS RESUME Claremont Unified School District opens its doors to students today for the 2019-2020 year. 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.

FREE ARDUINO SOFTWARE WORKSHOP LA County Public Library hosts a free and open to the public workshop, Intro to Arduino Software, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 M. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Participants will learn the basics of building on and programming one of the world’s most popular open-source electronics platforms. Arduino can be the basis for a huge number of simple home projects and other interesting applications. No experience is required. For information call (909) 399-5488.

WEIGHT LOSS FOR OLDER ADULTS Inter Valley Health Plan Medicare Information and Vitality Center hosts a free and open to the public 10 a.m. class designed to teach older adults how to lose weight without starving. To RSVP for the class, held at the Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, Claremont, call (800) 886-4471 or go to forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents.

‘I HAVE A DREAM’ SCREENING, DISCUSSION The Pomona Valley chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosts a free and open to the public 56th anniversary screening of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in room six of its Solidarity Center, 1460 E. Holt Ave., Pomona. The film will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Ted Burnett, deputy director of the Service Employees International Union, Local 1000. Refreshments will be provided at this fifth annual screening by the Pomona NAACP. More info is at (909) 620-0433 or via email to president@naacp-pomona-valley.org.

Thursday, August 29

GET YOUR KICKS The Kiwanis Club of Claremont will host its annual Route 66 Party and fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 20 at the DoubleTree Claremont, 555 W. Foothill Blvd. The Ravelers will play along with some fun gambling, bingo and great auction prizes. An abundance of food and drink will be offered at this fun, casual event. Advanced tickets are $60; at the door admission is $65. Get your tickets today by visiting claremontkiwanis.org or simply ask a Kiwanian volunteering at this Monday night’s final concert in the park.

Friday, August 30

RETIRING? THINKING ABOUT DOWNSIZING? Inter Valley Health Plan hosts a free 1 p.m. lecture led by a real estate expert who will discuss the process, pitfalls, timelines and financial considerations of downsizing at the Pomona Valley Health Center Building, 1601 Monte Vista Ave, Suite 275, Claremont. To RSVP call (800) 886-4471, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit forhealthandliving.com.

THAT VOODOO THAT YOU DO Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with guitar driven jazz from the Marc Weller Combo at Laemmle plaza; Dzuls at the chamber of commerce; Mike’s Guitar World at city hall; and Jerry O’Sullivan and his fellow Claremont Voodoo Society band members at Shelton Park. All performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at claremontchamber.org.

Saturday, August 31

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 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.