Claremont's summer calendar: August 30 to September 7
Friday, August 30
THE FAIR GOES POP The Los Angeles County Fair opens its gates at noon for its 97th season. The Fair, at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, offers its traditional rides, overabundance of food, art and craft shows, retail, livestock and much more through Sunday, September 22. Today is Pomona Day, with Pomona residents with valid I.D. admitted for $8. Other local savings days include La Verne Day on Friday, September 6. There is no Claremont Day this year, for reasons unclear at press time. Tomorrow is Inland Empire Day, with discounted tickets at lacountyfair.com/visit/resident-discount-days. The Fair is open noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 11 p.m. Thursday; noon to midnight Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight Friday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. “Adult” admission—for humans ages 13 and up—is $14 Wednesday through Friday and $20 on Saturday and Sunday. Kids ages six through 12 and seniors age 60-plus are $8/$12; and children age five and under are free. Plebeian parking is $15; VIP is $25; and valet is $30. A season parking pass is $60. Unlimited ride wristbands are $50 this year. Individual ride and game tickets are 40 for $20; 100/$50 and 200/$100. Pro tip for those with kids: buy the wristband. I’d also recommend Googling “LA County Fair discounts,” for money-saving links. Ralph’s stores are selling discounted single day tickets, as are Superior Markets. Costco is selling $59.99 savings tickets which cover parking, four adult tickets and include 44 ride and game tickets. Go to costco.com for more info on that one. The hottest tickets of all though are available from O’Reilly Auto Parts, who are offering “Wild Wednesday” admission and wristband tickets for $29; and Subway’s “Fresh Fun Thursday,” with the same admission/wristband offer, again for $29. More Fair info is at lacountyfair.com.
RETIRING? THINKING ABOUT DOWNSIZING YOUR HOME? Inter Valley Health Plan hosts a free and open to the public 1 p.m. downsizing workshop on downsizing. A real estate expert will cover what to consider, the process, pitfalls, timelines and financial considerations of downsizing. The class held will be held at the Inter Valley Health Plan Medicare Information and Vitality Center in the Pomona Valley Health Center Building, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, Claremont. To RSVP call (800) 886-4471 or click on forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents.
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; Cal Poly Pomona’s Kappa Kappa Psi at city hall; and Jerry O’Sullivan and his fellow Claremont Voodooians at Shelton Park. All performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, August 31
BEAT THE HEAT AT THE 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, September 1
SKETCHES OF SPAIN The laid back, super cool Jazz at College Center music series continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today with the Carl Schafer Quartet. 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, September 8 with Zzaj; September 15 with Polyhedra; September 22 with the Jacob Kearney Quartet; and September 29 with the Joel Paat Jazz Project. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter or (909) 946-6967.
GENTLE ON MY MIND 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.
A POEM CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE Ironbark Ciderworks, at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., suite 107B, Claremont, hosts the monthly free and open to the public Open Words poetry reading at 5 p.m. Come early and sign up to read your poetry or other creative work or just come and listen. All types of poetry (or prose) are welcome. For more information email email@example.com or visit the Open Words Poetry Reading Facebook or Meetup page.
Monday, September 2
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.
CONCERT?IN?THE?PARK The Monday night Concerts in the Park series concludes at 7 p.m. this week with The Answer 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. More info is at ci.claremont.ca.us. The concerts will presumably return next summer.
SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB MEETS 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, September 4
SENIOR DAY The city invites Claremont seniors 60 and older to enjoy a fun-filled day at the LA County Fair. Admission is free for guests 60 and older with a valid photo ID. Free transportation is provided by the Office of Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. The bus will depart from the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. To RSVP, call the Joslyn at 909) 399-5488
Thursday, September 5
BIRDING IN MONGOLIA Pomona Valley Audubon Society will hold its monthly free and open to the public membership meeting at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The evening will begin with a bird identification session, followed by refreshments and a short business meeting. The program, “Birding Mongolia: the Gobi Desert and Beyond,” is by conservation chairman Brian Elliott and Gary Charlton, who will share their images from an 18-day trip they took in 2018 and discuss the unique birding adventure they experienced in the East Asian country. More info is available by calling (909) 982-9727.
SON LITTLE ON THE LAWN Levitt on the Lawn at Scripps College presents another free and fun evening of music with Son Little. Free tickets are available at scrippscollege.edu/ events for the 6:30 to 8 p.m. concert at Bowling Green, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Mr. Little is a musical alchemist. The singer and songwriter amalgamates blues, soul, gospel and rock and roll, summoning heroes Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix while deconstructing the canon of American R&B. He and his band visit Scripps to play selections from his latest album, “New Magic,” and more. More information is at scrippscollege.edu/events.
Friday, September 6
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with Mike’s Guitar World at the chamber of commerce; The Burning Doors at city hall; and the High Strung Band at Shelton Park. All performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. More information is at claremontchamber.org.
ART?MART Stop by the Claremont Packing House, 532 W. First St., for an art mart every Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring artisan goods and handmade crafts.
Saturday, September 7
VILLAGE WALKING TOUR The monthly guided walking tour of the historic Claremont Village led by a docent from Claremont Heritage. Meet at 10 a.m. in front of the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. Explore Claremont’s history, including the significance of the railroad, citrus crops, the Claremont Colleges and the Village. $5 per person. Reservations requested by phone at (909) 621-0848 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ART?WALK Claremont’s monthly art walk takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. throughout the Village. For more information, visit claremontartwalk.com.
UNHEARD LA Scripps College’s Garrison Theater, 231 E. 10th St., Claremont, hosts KPCC’s Unheard LA: Live in Claremont at 5:30 p.m. The show is free, but registration is required. Follow the links at scrippscollege.edu/events to register. More information is available at scrippscollege.edu or by calling (909) 607-2634.
TRUE SOUNDS OF LIBERTY Southern California punk rock legends T.S.O.L. play an all ages 6 p.m. show tonight at The Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona. Tickets are $26. The band—with the acronym standing for True Sounds of Liberty—was formed in 1978 in Long Beach. The original group, vocalist Jack Grisham (though he’s gone by at least five pseudonyms over the years), guitarist Ron Emory, bassist Mike Roche and drummer Todd Barnes saw early success with its 1981 debut EP on Posh Boy Records. The politically charged five-song disc featured a shimmering guitar sound and sizzling, up-front drums that would become Posh Boy’s signature sound in the decade to come. Violence was in the air in the exploding Southern California punk scene in the early ‘80s, and Mr. Grisham’s sometimes antagonistic onstage posturing did little to curb its bloody, real life by-products. His often gleeful incitement of the crowds of angry, newly minted suburban punks that were suddenly filling the “slam pits” of the era with their overheated testosterone brought a palpable air of danger to T.S.O.L.’s live shows. The group shifted its songwriting and lyrical content to a horror-goth bent for its follow up, “Dance With Me,” released in late 1981 on Frontier Records. “Dance With Me” came along just as the burgeoning goth scene was beginning to permeate Southern California, so the timing of its release could not have been better. “Weathered Statues,” another musical departure, followed in 1982. The band shifted gears yet again later that year to a more stridently melodic sound with “Beneath the Shadows,” which saw the addition of keyboardist Greg Kuehn, who remains with the group today.