Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Thangs to do in and around Pomona in early August 2007
As the mother of an only child about to start kindergarten in the fall, I've already found myself fighting back tears as I read "Tom Goes to Kindergarten" to Mr. Big. August of 2007 promises to be a time of many secret tears for me. Luckily, there's lots to do to keep me from feeling sad about my baby boy growing up.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007 will be the final preschool story time of the summer at the Pomona Library. Storytime will resume again the first week of September. Storytime starts at 10:15 a.m. and is led by our gem of a children's librarian, Miss Lois (seen here in today's photo). After storytime, a group of us diehards hang out at the "park that really isn't a park" in front of the library, where the kids go nuts amidst the garlic bushes and drought-tolerant fountain (who says Pomona's not green?).
Next Tuesday's storytime will be the end of the line for Mr. Big and I, after two and a half years of being loyal members of the cult of Miss Lois. Ms. Lois puts more heart into the 30 minute storytime than the tin man ever wished for. As I've written before, Ms. Lois sings, dances, plays the guitar, sports a collection of different puppets, does a mean felt board, not to mention raps and performs a killer rendition of the Old Lady who Swallowed the Fly. She's really outdone herself this summer, and the house has been packed with more than a few storytime alumni (some pushing junior high age). Miss Lois is by far one of the best things about Pomona I've come across, and if you haven't checked her out, well you and your child are really missing out on the full Pomona experience.
There will be a party at the Pomona library on Wedenesday, August 8, 2007 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the end of the summer reading program. The last two years there has been an end of the year puppet show, but it sounds like somebody ran out of money, so it's punch and cookies minus the puppets this year.
The Claremont Village Library's summer reading program party will be on Saturday, August 11, 2007 from 2 to 4 p.m. They will be letting the kids make their own ice cream sundae, and giving out prizes and certificates, as well as playing games. And remember, their storytime is Friday and SAturdays at 11:30 a.m., which usually includes a free craft at the end.
The Huntington Library in Pasadena offers free admission the first Thursday of every month. That means the library grounds are free TODAY. Beginning next month, guests on free day will have to reserve tickets ahead of time on a first come, first serve basis. The tickets will still be free, it just requires more planning and organization than most parents can manage. We'll be there today, barring unforeseen tantrums. The three year old children's sculpture garden there, includes water features, but very little shade, so come prepared with sun screen.
Friday, August 3, 2007, will be the First Friday Art and Music Walk in the Claremont Village (A.K.A. the #5 best place to live in the U.S. according to Money magazine, but whose counting Pomona...) The Art Walk is not to be confused with the Village Walk. The Claremont Museum of Art in the new Packinghouse building will also be free to the public from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Art Walk Friday. Also, on August 19 (and each third Sunday of the month), the Claremont Museum of Art will host family days at the museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. where children and adults can come to make art.
Next Saturday, August 11, 2007 will be the Pomona Heritage "Restoration Workshop," running all day from 9 a.m. Timely topics like stenciling, wood screens and stripping (wood that is) will be covered. Children are welcome, even though the event is geared toward old home adults.
Next Saturday, August 11, 2007, will also be the Second Saturday Art's Walk in the Pomona Art Colony in the evening time.
I know that Dawn at The Garden has a tomato tasting coming up in August, which I am trying to find the flyer/date on.
While the children's music concerts in Claremont ended last night (to a huge crowd that came out to hear Happy Crowd), the Pomona Concert Band concerts and Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden concerts on Thursday nights will continue through August 9, 2007. (Please see my previous post.)
The Pomona Farmer's Market will continue all summer long on Saturday mornings at Pearl and Garey, and on Wednesday evenings at 2nd and Garey.