Wednesday, January 1: It’s long been a Southern California tradition to grab a sleeping bag and a few snacks (and maybe a bottle of something to keep your tummy warm) and make the trek to Pasadena on New Year’s Eve to stake out a spot on Colorado Boulevard and get a few hours’ (or minutes’) sleep, then wake up and take in the glory that is the Rose Parade. But getting close enough to see the floats has been made more difficult.
MESSIAH SINGALONG: Claremont Symphony Orchestra’s free and open to the public Messiah Singalong on Sunday, December 23 takes place twice today at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, on the Pomona College campus, at 1:30 and 4 p.m. The CSO, under the baton of music director Robert Sage, has been performing the singalong for the past 36 years.
“Allegories of an Invisible Brown Boy,” at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, is an arresting 20-year retrospective of painter and sculptor Raul Pizarro’s moving and deeply personal work. The wide-ranging show, opening Sunday with a free artist reception from 4 to 9 p.m. at the dA, 252 N. Main St., #D, is also an apt representation of the Pomona institution’s ethos.
HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE: Free holiday music in the Village kicks off today and runs through Saturday, December 21. The Inland Valley Repertory Theater’s strolling carolers will be there every Saturday during the series. In the Laemmle Plaza we have Village Jazz from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Nick Casillas and Friends from 1:30 to 4 p.m. At city hall, Jazz City plays from 1 to 4 p.m. More music at the Chamber of Commerce too!
The Claremont Village Art Walk is Saturday, May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Many galleries offer wine and cheese, live entertainment and an opportunity to mingle with the artist. Head over to one of the following galleries Saturday, December 7 to celebrate Claremont’s rich art legacy.
Enjoy a treasured holiday tradition with family and friends at the Inland Pacific Ballet’s (IPB) production of The Nutcracker. Celebrating 25 years, more than 80 IPB dancers in elaborate costumes against the backdrop of colorful sets bring this time-honored tale to life at Bridges Auditorium.
AN EVENING WITH JOHN YORK: On Saturday, November 23 accomplished local singer/songwriter/guitarist John York holds his annual benefit concert for the Prison Library Project at 7 p.m. at The Claremont Forum, 568 W. First St. Tickets are $20 and are available at claremontforum.org or by calling (909) 626-3066. Mr. York is a former member of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, the Byrds.
FOUR WORKS: On Friday, November 15 the Pomona College Band plays a free and open to the public 8 p.m. concert at fabulous Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The show includes conductor Stephen Klein leading the ensemble in a program of works by Bizet, Finzi, King and others, with clarinet soloist Leslie Schroerlucke premiering faculty member Tom Flaherty’s “Reeding the Scales,” one of four premieres on the program.
BOWL A FEW FRAMES FOR OPARC The Ontario Pomona Association for Retarded Citizens’ sixth annual Turkey Bowl takes place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Chaparral Lanes, 400 W. Bonita Ave., San Dimas. Bowlers are invited to spend the afternoon at this annual fundraising event, which helps OPARC continue its mission to provide “all individuals with the human right to be valued members of society regardless of their intelligence or physical capabilities.”
71st PILGRIM PLACE STARTS NEXT WEEK: First held in 1948, Claremont’s iconic Pilgrim Place Festival, which takes place Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., has long been a go-to for residents and visitors alike. The two-day traditional is produced by Pilgrim Place residents and volunteers, and benefits its health and support program, with proceeds providing financial support to residents in need.
MASS MEDIA: THEN AND NOW: On Tuesday, October 29 the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free and open to the public 6:15 p.m. lecture, “Mass Media: Then and Now, Old and New, a Generational Perspective,” with father and daughter guest speakers Kendyl Klein and Jeff Klein. Father-daughter CMC duo, Jeff Klein and Kendyl Klein, represent the generational shift in the mass media landscape.
HALLOWEEN AT CITRUS GROVE: Middle Tree and Citrus Grove Distillers invite the public to a Halloween costume soiree at Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m. at Citrus Grove, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 111A. Advance tickets are $35, or $45 at the door. Admission includes two drinks and a raffle ticket. Event includes spiritual readings, an “Ask A Witch” table, a silent auction, raffle, “and other darkly delicious surprises.”
PLANT A TREE FOR HALLOWEEN…AT THE CEMETERY Green Crew of Sustainable Claremont and Claremont Community Services are again teaming up to plant some trees this morning, and the timing—just before Halloween—could not be better. The family friendly event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 19 at Oak Park Cemetery, 410 Sycamore Ave., Claremont. Participants should bring their own shovel and gloves. RSVP or ask questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (800) 948-1519.