Claremont is buzzing with stuff to do! Calendar September 6-14
Friday, September 6
LIVE MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with Small Town Magic 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 info is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, September 7
ART?WALK The monthly First Saturday art walk takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Claremont Village. For a full listing of exhibits and entertainment, see page 18 of this edition.
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., featuring Claremont resident and local columnist David Allen. 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, with 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 original band imploded in 1983. What followed was equal parts Shakespearean tragedy as it is good old-fashioned showbiz chicanery. Bassist Mr. Roche and guitarist Mr. Emory reformed the group with a new drummer and singer—and Mr. Grisham’s brother-in-law—Joe Wood, later that year. The “new T.S.O.L.” sounded completely different: more polished and mainstream and released three studio records: “Change Today?” “Revenge,” and “Hit and Run.” In the ensuing years the original members fell away, leaving Mr. Wood and his bandmates to tour and record as T.S.O.L. Meanwhile, the original members reformed and began playing shows, also billed as T.S.O.L., often in the same cities and on the same nights as Mr. Wood’s version of the band. Mr. Wood threatened to sue, claiming ownership of the name. The original members prevailed in the ensuing legal battle and in 1999 were awarded sole ownership of the name T.S.O.L. Sadly, Mr. Barnes died from a brain aneurysm later that year at just 34. The band soldiered on (its current drummer is Antonio Val Hernandez), but not without a few characteristic hiccups along the way, including splitting up in 2006 and reforming in 2007. “The Trigger Complex,” the band’s 10th full-length record, was released in 2017. More info about the show is at theglasshouse.us.
Sunday, September 8
ON A SUNDAY MORNING SIDEWALK Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Avenue 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. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.
UP WITH THE BIRDS Pomona Valley Audubon Society will lead a free 8 a.m. family bird walk at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. A skilled Audubon member will lead the group. Guests should bring binoculars and meet at the entrance. More info is available by calling (909) 982-9727.
FREE HOT DOGS, BLOOD DRIVE Dog Haus Biergarten, 2209 E. Base Line Rd., Claremont, is partnering with Vin’s Army to host a blood drive and fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blood donors will receive their choice of a free Haus Dog from a selection of seven signature creations. Vin’s Army is a nonprofit dedicated to early detection of cancer and empowering those whose lives have been impacted. Additionally, 20 percent of all restaurant sales from the day will be donated to Vin’s Army. Supporters can schedule a blood drive appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org and entering the sponsor code “VINSARMY.” More info is available at doghaus.com, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (626) 940-8053.
BENEFIT FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS Claremont’s representative in Washington, United States Congresswoman Judy Chu is among those who will be on hand for a 7 p.m. benefit for “Room For All,” a charity created by Claremont city councilmember and immigration attorney Jed Leano and Dave Roger, former deputy director of community services, at Claremont High School’s Don F. Fruechte Theater, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Organizers are raising money to improve living conditions at a Tijuana, Mexico shelter that houses almost 200 men, women and children who are seeking asylum in the US. The event will feature a production of Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall by Upland-based theater company Ophelia’s Jump, with all proceeds benefitting Room For All. Admission is free with a donation. Go to opheliasjump.org or call (909) 734-6565 for information, or find them on Facebook. Claremont United Church of Christ has set up a Go Fund Me page for folks who wish to donate remotely to Room For All, with a goal of $7,200. It is at gofundme.com/f/ dnsrhk-room-for-all.To donate time, money or expertise to Room for All, email Mr. Leano at email@example.com.
Monday, September 9
SING A SONG WITH WINDSONG La Verne-based Windsong Southland Chorale begins rehearsals for its 25th season from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight. If you have an interest in singing or touring with Windsong, or need more information, call (909) 983-9879 to set up an audition. Windsong is a multigenerational community choir, ranging in age from college students to seniors. New singers are always welcome. The group is set to travel to Italy to perform in June 2020.
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, September 10
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.
MAYOR’S STATE OF THE CITY The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “State of the City Update,” with guest speaker Claremont Mayor Corey Calaycay. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Mayor Calaycay will provide an update and overview on the state of the city of Claremont, including such matters as the status of city projects, its budget and sales tax issues. The city manager and city public information officer also plan to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring questions. Mayor Calaycay has served several terms on the city council and has lived in Claremont for 44 years. He attended Claremont schools: United Church of Christ preschool, Foothill Country Day and Webb. He went on to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, earning a degree in business administration. He also serves as the city council representative to the Foothill Freeway Corridor Design Joint Powers Authority, Clean Power Alliance authority board, Foothill Transit governing board, Los Angeles County Sanitation District #21, League of California Cities city selection committee, and the Pomona Valley Transit Authority. He is chairman of the Foothill Transit executive board, president of the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District board of trustees, and chairman of the LA County Public Library commission. More info is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
EMPOWERING SENIORS Claremont Senior Program presents a free and open to the public workshop, “Self-Empowerment for Seniors and People with Disabilities,” at 12:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The class is designed to help seniors learn about resources in the community that can help them successfully live in place, such as transition and diversion services, the process of transitioning from a nursing home back into the community, and assistive devices that are available. They will also learn about CalFresh, SSI cash-out changes, and more. This lecture is part of the city’s “Afternoon Knowledge Series,” and is presented by Service Center for Independent Living. RSVPs are recommended by calling (909) 399-5488.
Wednesday, September 11
GROWING RARE FRUITS The Claremont Garden Club hosts a free and open to the public talk, “A Primer on Growing Rare Fruits,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Refreshments will be served at 6:30, with the talk at 7 p.m. “We are lucky in Southern California,” a press release read. “If you like to grow your own fruit, you have a very large array of possible choices. If you’ve ever wondered what counts as a rare fruit, how to grow them in an environmentally sustainable way, which ones to choose, and where to get them, please join us for this talk by Martin Koning-Bastiaan and be inspired to expand your gardening horizon.” More info is at claremontgardenclub.org via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Facebook or Instagram. The Garden Club is a working group of Sustainable Claremont.
Thursday, September 12
HEALTHY BRAIN TIPS Inter Valley Health Plan hosts a free and open to the public informational talk, “Keep Your Brain Healthy,” at 10 a.m. in its Medicare Information and Vitality Center at Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275, Claremont. “Our diet may determine our brain health,” a press release read. “Learn about the different diets and brain super foods that may help preserve, or even enhance brain health.” To RSVP call (800) 886-4471 or go to forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents.
Friday, September 13
DEMS LOOK AT STUDENT DEBT CRISIS Cal State San Bernardino’s LaKeisha Rivers will discuss “The Student Debt Crisis” as the Democratic Club of Claremont resumes its monthly luncheon at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The talk, part of the Gar Byrum Distinguished Speaker Series, is free, and begins at 12:45 p.m. The family style luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. and is $17, including beverage, tax and tip. Ms. Rivers is director of financial aid at the university. She has more than 20 years’ experience administering federal and state financial aid. For information email email@example.com or call (909) 626-8122.
MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch host a special opening event for its fifth season, “A Night to Remember,” featuring the Michael Ryan Trio, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the Garner House patio in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation) and includes beverages, food and entertainment. The event is open to people age 50 and over. Reservations, at (909) 399-5488 or claremontrec.com, are required by noon Wednesday, September 11.
DOG DAY AFTERNOON Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live continues with Dynamite Dawson at Laemmle plaza; Liz Hangan and Blues and Fries at the chamber of commerce; Kathy Woolsy and Friends at city hall; and beloved local cover masters The Dogs at Shelton Park. Performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, September 14
GENEOLOGY CONNECTIONS The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society meets at 2 p.m. at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. Complimentary refreshments will be served. For info, call (909) 593-3041.
THE ART OF HUMAN DIGNITY The Rembrandt Club hosts a free and open to the public lecture and reception, “The Art of Human Dignity,” with a presentation by acrylic and watercolor artist Phillip Sentano, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. at the Seaver House, 301 N. College Ave., Claremont. Mr. Sentano is the executive director of Forward Progress and an ex-felon who credits art as a critical part of his daily survival during his years in prison. A wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture. More information is available by calling (909) 981-7245.
AMOCA OPENS ‘FLOWN BLUE’ The American Museum of Ceramic Art, at 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, hosts a 6 to 9 p.m. opening reception for Julie Green: Flown Blue, with an artist’s talk at 7 p.m. The exhibit, which includes more than 830 plates, platters and dishware, explores the artist’s longstanding engagement with secondhand porcelain and stoneware dishes, drawing from both the large-scale political works for which Ms. Green is acclaimed, and more recent works interrogating societal gender biases and personal histories. Admission is $7, students and seniors are $5, and members and children under 12 are free. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For information go to amoca.org or call (909) 865-3146.
JOHN YORK IN THE HOUSE Acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and local luminary John York makes his annual Gelencser House Concert appearance at 7:30 p.m. Mr. York, a former member of the Byrds, has played with the Sir Douglas Quintet (with the late Dr. John), The Mamas and The Papas, Johnny Rivers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Gene Clark, David Carradine, Barry McGuire and many others. Tickets are $20. Reservations and directions are available by clicking on gelencserhouseconcerts.com, calling (909) 374-2630, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.