LUMINARIA NIGHTS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s annual Luminaria Nights holiday celebration takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. This Claremont tradition features illuminated evening walks with live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider, and more than 1,000 glowing luminarias. The event repeats and concludes Saturday, December 16.
The free and festive Claremont Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Village. The annual holiday kickoff event features live performances, a photo-op with Santa, the annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Depot,
The Claremont Art Walk is held the first Saturday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m.
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“Maureen Wheeler and Jennifer Simison.” Watercolor, sculpture, prints and pottery. Opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 2. Catering by Twisted Sage Cafe; music by Cool Yule.
POST-HOLIDAY TRADITIONAL The Claremont Symphony Orchestra presents its annual post-Thanksgiving traditional, a free 3:30 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music on the Pomona College campus, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The orchestra will perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto—the first concerto for clarinet written by the famed composer—and the widely loved Sixth Symphony by Tchaikovsky, also known as “The Pathétique.”
QUARTET EUPHORIA Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series gets started at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. This week’s concert is Quartet Euphoria perform Beethoven’s Op. 59, No. 2 with Rachel V. Huang (Scripps faculty), violin; Jonathan Wright (Pomona faculty), violin; Cynthia R. Fogg (Pomona faculty), viola; Tom Flaherty (Pomona faculty), cello. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps’ and Pomona College’s music departments.
PILGRIM PLACE FESTIVAL Pilgrim Place, 625 Mayflower Rd., will host its 69th annual Festival on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival features a craft fair, entertainment, food and children’s activities. Admission is free. Pilgrim Place is a senior community for those who have spent their careers serving others through religious or charitable, non-profit organizations.
It’s kind of a glorious time to be a punk rocker in Los Angeles.
Who could have imagined “X Day” at Dodger Stadium? But there it was, this past August, with LA’s professional baseball club honoring the city’s most decorated punks, and then the Grammy Museum following suit in October with an exhibit dedicated to the acclaimed band.
THE EU AND EUROPE’S REFUGEE CRISIS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 11:45 a.m. lecture, “Europe’s Refugee Crisis: Unprecedented Challenges for the EU,” with guest speaker Pavel ?ernoch. Mr. ?ernoch will address challenges facing European leaders to solve a humanitarian crisis at the EU level, despite differing domestic political constraints.
IT’S FREE DAY AT THE GARDEN! Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, is free today, and kicking things off is a family bird walk from 8 to 9 a.m. Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family friendly walk along garden trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guides you have and binoculars if you have them. It’s free, but reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, (909) 625-8767.
SCRIPPS’ NOON CONCERT Downbeat for Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series is 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. This week’s concert features Bach’s “Partita for Solo Violin in B minor, BWV 1002” and “Sonata for Solo Violin in C Major, BWV 1005.” The weekly concerts are a joint production of the Scripps and Pomona College music departments.
Fearless freaks and purveyors of rapturous live shows, both visually and aurally, The Flaming Lips will land their rock ‘n’ roll spaceship in Pomona Monday, October 9 for an 8:30 p.m. performance at the Fox Theater.
And though the band has upped its game on the production end of things since 2005—fans can expect substantially more than balloons and blood at Monday’s show—The Lips’ 56-year-old singer, lyricist and co-songwriter Wayne Coyne’s mantra remains charmingly intact: let’s love one another for a while.
TAKE A CHOCOLATE WALK Claremont Educational Foundation’s first annual Chocolate Walk takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Village. Participants can browse 24 chocolate stops among Village merchants, listen to live music and see a Claremont student art exhibit. Tickets are $20 or 4 for $60, and are available at supportcef.com/chocolate.