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!
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.
SEE A SEA OF 30,000 PUMPKINS! Cal Poly Pomona’s 27th Pumpkin Festival, starting Saturday, October 5, is one of the largest in Southern California, takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow at the university’s AGRIscapes Center, 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona. In a Pomona Valley tradition, the school’s field will be transformed into a sea of orange with more than 30,000 Cal Poly Pomona-grown pumpkins.
FEAR NOT: On Sunday, September 29 Pilgrim Place’s Petterson Museum of Intercultural Arts, at 730 Plymouth Rd., Claremont, invites the public to its grand reopening celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. with the opening of its “Gods and Monsters” exhibition. The show, which focuses on how humans have revered and feared both gods and monsters, is free and open to the public.
‘TOP CHEF’ CARLA HALL ON FOOD JUSTICE Carla Hall, Top Chef contender and former co-host of The Chew, joins Westways food editor Rachel Ng in a free and open to the public on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. conversation at Scripps College’s Garrison Theater, 241 E. 10th St., Claremont. The event is free, but registration is required at scrippscollege.edu/events/calendar. Ms. Hall is a champion of connecting communities with the culinary world.
EXPLORE AVIATION’S GOLDEN AGE The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The So Cal Aviation Industry from 1939 to 1945,” with guest speaker Mike Smith, docent and community outreach coordinator at the Planes of Fame Museum. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Mr. Smith’s presentation is about the aviation industry in Southern California from 1939 through 1945.
EMPOWERING SENIORS: Claremont Senior Program presents a free and open to the public workshop on September 10, “Self-Empowerment for Seniors and People with Disabilities,” at 12:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The class is designed to help seniors learn about resources in the community that can help them successfully live in place, such as transition and diversion services.
THE FAIR GOES POP: On Friday, August 30 the Los Angeles County Fair opens its gates at noon for its 97th season. The Fair, at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, offers its traditional rides, overabundance of food, art and craft shows, retail, livestock and much more through Sunday, September 22. Today is Pomona Day, with Pomona residents with valid I.D. admitted for $8. Other local savings days include La Verne Day on Friday, September 6.