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,
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.
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.
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.
SCRIPPS’ NOONISH CONCERTS GET UNDERWAY This year’s Scripps College free Friday “Noon” Concert Series kicks off at 12:15 p.m. with a performance at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The concert, Mozart, Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, features Jacqueline Suzuki, violin; Cynthia Fogg (Pomona), viola; Tom Flaherty (Pomona), cello; Susan Svr?ek, piano. Sponsored by the Departments of Music at Pomona and Scripps colleges, the weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps and the Pomona College Music Department.
THERE’LL BE MUSIC EVERYWHERE It’s Friday, and that means Claremont is abuzz with another night of live music in the Village. Tonight’s edition of Friday Nights Live features guitar driven jazz from the Marc Weller Combo at Laemmle plaza; Ed Zarate at the chamber of commerce; Talmadge at Shelton Park; and Random Spark at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October 27.
KIWANIS CLUB ROUTE 66 PARTY The Kiwanis Club of Claremont holds its ninth annual Route 66 Party at 6 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The evening includes a buffet dinner and dancing to the music of The Ravelers, as well as a casino, a silent auction with more than 50 theme baskets, a complimentary photo booth and a bingo parlor.