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Friday, June 9

DEMOCRATS DISCUSS TRUMP’S IMPACT Peter Dreier will speak at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s meeting at noon today at Darvish Restaurant, 946 W. Foothill Blvd. Mr. Dreier is an American urban policy analyst, the Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. Mr. Dreier’s topic will be President Donald Trump and his impact on California and America. The meeting is open to the public. More information is at (909) 973-9730.

IN THE STREET Claremont’s cool, summer-long live music series Friday Nights Live continues with free shows from the Marc Weller Combo, offering angular, guitar-driven jazz at Laemmle plaza; Slinkers at the chamber of commerce; The Mojave Beach Band at city hall; and the charming folk and bluegrass sounds of the High Strung Band at Shelton Park. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night through October 27. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch presents “Shared Interests: Travel and Places to See” from 6 to 8 p.m. at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Jan Wheatcroft, Claremont COURIER “Travel Tales” columnist will speak about her favorite spots, adventure and provide tips. Admission at the door is $10 (cash only), which includes appetizers and refreshments. The event is open to persons 50 and over. Call (909) 399-5488 for reservations or information or visit claremontrec.com.

 

Saturday, June 10

AIN’T NO PARTY LIKE A CROSSROADS PARTY Crossroads, Inc., a Claremont charity that assists formerly incarcerated women in their transition from prison to self-sufficiency, hosts its monthly work party from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Harvard House, 1269 Harvard Ave., Claremont. Volunteers should bring work gloves, water, a hat and tools (labeled with your name), if available. Please RSVP by this afternoon. More info is at crossroads.mcdonnelltech.com.

TIME FLIES: CATCH IT Inter Valley Health Plan is hosting its fifth annual free “Women’s Changing, Aging Roles” event: “Time Flies, Catch It,” from 9 a.m. to noon at Hillcrest Retirement Community, 2705 Mountain View Dr., La Verne. The conference is designed to inspire women aged 50-plus “to let their passions soar and live in the moment,” a press release stated. Speakers include Regina Lark, PhD, author of The Relationship between the Stuff in Your Head & What’s Under Your Bed; Kelly Niles-Yokum, MPA, PhD; and Kathy Duncan, RN, EdD. The event is free but RSVPs are required. Go to forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents for more info.

TECTONIC SHIFTS OPEN Pomona’s dA Center for the Arts hosts a free and open to the public opening reception for its new exhibit, “Tectonic Shifts: A Sense of Place, A Sense of Space,” from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition includes paintings by Australian ex-pat and former dA board member Dovey Dee and guest artists Mary Beierle, Jyoti Duwadi and Rebecca Hamm. The show is up through July 22 at the dA, 252 S. Main St. #D, Pomona. Ms. Dee’s paintings chronicle of the arid topography of Australia’s more sparsely-populated regions. “They are views of overwhelming vastness that hint at her homeland of the North American Southwest but of a greater magnitude,” a press release stated. “The Australian continent is the oldest habitable land mass on earth, providing glimpses of the geological future of our planet,” Ms. Dee said. The work was first previewed in January at the Louis Joel Community Center and Gallery in Altona, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne. Guest artists Mary Beierle (ceramic sculpture and video), Rebecca Hamm (paintings and drawings) are both from Southern California, and Jyoti Duwadi (video) calls Bellingham, Washington home, but is originally from Katmandu, Nepal. More info is at dacenter.org, (909) 397-9716 or via email at daartcenter@gmail.com.

COME TOGETHER Noted local artist Sumi Foley’s exhibit “Come Together” opens with a free and open to the public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Progress Gallery, 300 S. Thomas St., Pomona. Ms. Foley combines traditional Japanese aesthetics and her own unique vision to create her art pieces using fabric as pigment. “When imagination and creativity come together, we can rise above our differences and live in peace and joy,” Ms. Foley said through a press release. The exhibition is up through July 1. More information is at progressgallery.org, (951) 202-0059 or via email at george@artecopartners.com

FAUN FABLES AT THE PRESS Long running Northern California duo Faun Fables makes its Claremont debut tonight with a free show at the Press. The band is led by Dawn McCarthy and includes Nils Frykdahl, known for his work with the standard bearers of excellent band names, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. The show begins at 10 p.m. at the Press, 129 Harvard Ave. Faun Fables’ dark folk can be heard on its latest Drag City Records release, “Born of the Sun.” More info is at faunfables.com or thepressrestaurant.com.

 

Sunday, June 11

SCOTTISH MUSIC SUNDAY Claremont Symphony Orchestra presents Scottish Music Sunday, a free 3:30 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Traditional bagpipe music will greet the arriving audience, after which the orchestra—now in its 64th season—will play works from Mendelssohn, Bruch and Amy Beach, the first female American composer to publish a symphony; notably, all three were child prodigies. Opening the concert is “Hebrides Overture,” also known as “Fingal’s Cave,” by Felix Mendelssohn. In composing “Scottish Fantasy,” Max Bruch based the music on Scottish folk melodies. “Fantasy” is a composition for violin and orchestra with prominent accompaniment by the harp. It will be performed by guest performer Tina Qu (violin) and CSO’s principal harpist Liesl Erman. The concert will close with “Gaelic Symphony” by Amy Beach. Ms. Beach drew inspiration for her large orchestral work from old English, Irish and Scottish melodies. With a full romantic harmonic structure and a glimpse into modern music, this symphony set her apart as a prominent composer at the turn of the 20th century. The concert is free, but donations in the lobby are appreciated. Additional information, including a map and parking information, is available at claremontSO.org or (909) 596-5979.

 

Tuesday, June 13

PEACE CORPS IN BRAZIL TALK The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “The Reluctant Volunteer: Peace Corps Work in Brazil” with guest speaker Peggy Constantine. Ms. Constantine will discuss her book, The Reluctant Volunteer. Her presentation will feature numerous photos illustrating the work she and her husband Tim did in the schools in their Brazilian town, their travels, their friendships and the events that made their experience so unforgettable. Ms. Constantine’s essays have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the University of Redlands alumni magazine and the COURIER. She is a member of The Claremont Forum Writers’ Group and Claremont United Church of Christ. The couple have lived in their Claremont home since 1972. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

Wednesday, June 14

FAIRPLEX GARDEN TALK Claremont Garden Club meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. The meeting is free and open to the public. Don DeLano, horticulturist and farm manager for the five-plus acre educational organic farm at Pomona Fairplex, will speak on “Fairplex Farm Facts and Sustainable Urban Gardens.” Participants are invited to bring questions and join in for refreshments and exhibits at 6:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 7 p.m.. For information go to sustainableclaremont.org, email gardenclub@sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 621-6381.

 

Thursday, June 15

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER Mind the streets folks, because Claremont kids are out of school today. Parents still not sure what to do with all their kids’ free time can go to ci.claremont.ca.us, click on the “Living” tab and then “Recreation Classes and Activities.” There you can download or view the .pdf version of the city’s Recreation Brochure, and on page 3 you will see a “Weekly Class Summer Planner,” with offerings running the gamut from “Kids Aerial Circus Camp” to “Garden Arts and Crafts Camp.” Alternatively, a compendium of Los Angeles-area summer camps is at lasummercamps.org.

SOLITARY NATION The acclaimed Frontline documentary Solitary Nation will be shown as part of a free and public 7 p.m. event hosted by the Claremont Forum at the Forum Bookshop, home of the Prison Library Project, at 586 W. First St., Claremont (in the Packing House). Using extraordinary access at the maximum security Maine State Prison, Solitary Nation is a rare and intimate view of life in solitary confinement told through the stories of inmates living in isolation and the prison officials who keep them there. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (909) 626-3066 or visit claremontforum.org.

CLARINET FESTIVAL RETURNS The 12th annual Claremont Clarinet Festival returns to Pomona College today. The festival continues tomorrow, June 16 and concludes Saturday, June 17. The concerts are free and open to the public. Tonight’s opening concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. is “New Music for Clarinet Ensembles.” Tomorrow’s concert is “Clarinet Masterworks,” and takes place at 8 p.m. at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave. Saturday’s “Clarinet Matinee” happens at 2:30 at Little Bridges. More info is at claremontclarinetfestival.com or (310) 464-7653.

 

Friday, June 16

ROCK, BLUES, FOLK IN THE AIR Friday Nights Live, Claremont’s free, summer-long live music series continues tonight with Dynamite Dawson at Laemmle plaza; Anamaria De La Cruz at the chamber of commerce; Pride of Cucamonga at Shelton Park; and Technopagan at city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October 27. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.

 

Saturday, June 17

VINTAGE FLEA MARKET Fans of old stuff have a lot to choose from around Claremont. There are oodles of thrift and antique stores in the general area, with a fantastic concentration at Pomona’s Antique Row, and every third Saturday the Claremont Vintage Flea Market takes place at the Packing House, 532 W. First St. The event, from noon to 5 p.m., is free and features local vendors offering all sorts of interesting items from the recent to ancient past. More info is at claremontpackinghouse.com.

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