NEWS updates: Quick read of entertainment, people and events in Claremont

TAC and YAC up and running

Claremont schools are in full swing and so are the city’s Teen Activity Center (TAC) and Youth Activity Center (YAC). The local after-school hubs have expanded their hours. Both centers are now open Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

YAC and TAC participants need to complete a membership form and parent/guardian waiver. For details, contact the YAC at 399-5360 and the TAC through Katie Distelrath at 399-5378 or


Sock hop at the Joslyn

Joslyn Center employees invite the public to put on their blue suede shoes and get ready to rock back to the ‘50s with a special sock hop taking place on Wednesday, September 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. Festivities will include dinner, dancing and a live performance by Blue Diamond. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance. The Joslyn Senior Center is located at 660 N. Mountain Ave. For more information, call 399-5488.


Schools, city closed for Labor Day, trash pick up delayed

Claremont city hall will be closed Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day. Waste collection will be canceled on Monday and delayed by one day for the rest of the week. Additionally, all schools in the Claremont Unified School District will be closed.


Local bands convene at The Press for Priceless Pets

A benefit concert for Priceless Pets, featuring the Squeakin’ Wheels, Claremont Voodoo Society and Ellen Chase Harper, will take place this Saturday, August 31 from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Press Restaurant.

Priceless Pets is a no-kill animal shelter in Chino Hills, which rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes unwanted and abandoned dogs.

Tables at The Press are obtained only with a dinner reservation. Last seating is 8:30 pm. Standing room only after 9:30 pm. Call 625-4808 to make your reservation. Kitchen is open until 1:30 a.m.


Claremont professor renews appointment with Office of Secretary of Defense

Claremont resident Robert J. Bunker has accepted a second-year reappointment for the fall of 2014 as a distinguished visiting professor and Minerva chair, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This is a special program of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Bunker’s research is focused on Dark Globalization (DG) with new insurgency forms (criminal, spiritual and plutocratic) as one component of his efforts. He is also an adjunct faculty member with the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University.


Attention, fellas; Claremont Chorale is recruiting singers

The Claremont Chorale, a community choral group in the greater Claremont area, is seeking to add new singers, especially men, to its current membership.

Interested singers are encouraged to contact Director Gregory Norton at or by calling (626) 797-3656 to schedule an audition.

Founded in 1968, the Chorale presents a diverse international repertoire of music from the 1500s up to the present time. Concerts planned for the 2013-2014 season include: “An Olde English Christmas” based on Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” with harp accompaniment on December 7; “Beethoven’s 9th Symphony” with Scripps College Choir and Orchestra on December 15 and 16; “The Happy Wanderer,” including Castelnuevo-Tedesco’s “Romancero Giatano” for chorus, on March 22 and “America Sings,” with Chorale Bel Canto, including  a concert of songs from George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.”

Members of the Chorale come from all walks of life and currently rehearse at 7:30 p.m. every Monday evening from September through May in Decker Hall at Pilgrim Place in Claremont.

For information, email


Young musicians invited to audition for the CYMO

The Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra (CYMO), conducted by Roger Samuel, will hold auditions for the 2013-2014 season from August 31 to September 9. Young musicians ages 10 to 20 who play string, woodwind, brass or percussion instruments are invited to audition. Members come from a wide geographic area.

For audition information for the CYMO and Intermezzo Orchestra, call 624-3614 or visit the CYMO website at


Classic car show, barbecue at Claremont Manor

Claremont Manor will host a classic car show and a barbecue on Monday, September 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the front oval of campus. As many as 30 antique vehicles will be on display with live entertainment by local musician Jerome Dean and barbecue lunch.

Claremont Manor is located at 650 Harrison Ave. For information, call Kim McEntire at 626-1227.


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