Plenty to do for Valentine's Day in Claremont: There will be a Valentine's Day expo featuring a florist, henna artist, essential oils and Scentsy booths upstairs in the Packing House—free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chocolate Fest at the Claremont Library at 2 p.m. featuring tasting, guessing and rating dozens of different chocolates and theater group Ophelia’s Jump presents "Das Kabarett Der Liebe" for $35 including wine, hors-d’oeuvres and song in celebration of Valentine’s Day in the style of the Weimar Cabaret at The Women’s Club of Claremont at 8 p.m.
“Love” exhibition and fundraiser. This event is free and open to the public. There will be live music by Claremont band JUICE, artwork will be for sale and a raffle will be conducted to help raise money for Otterspace Arts and Art Angel Scholarship program that offers free art classes to children with financial needs. 2 to 5 p.m. Ginger Elliot Exhibition Center, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.
The Circus Studio presents aerial kids in a magical snowflake aerial show featuring aerial silks, trapeze, hoop, solos, duets and trios. Tickets are $15 for adults and?$5 for kids. Purchase online at thecircusstudio.com. 7 p.m. on Friday, January 30; 5 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 31; and 7 p.m. on February 1. 548 W. First St., Claremont Packing House.
Claremont Symphony's Concert for Young People featuring George Kleinsinger's beloved classic "Tubby the Tuba." Les Woodson will play the tuba and Philip Nash will narrate. Also on the program are the winners of the Claremont Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. Kyra Madunich will play the Flute Concerto No. 1, 1st movement by Mozart. The 1st movement of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto will be played by Talia Knecht and Juan Alvarez will play the Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Artunian.
"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" tells the last few years of Buddy Holly’s life and how he and his high-school friends, the Crickets, turned country music upside down and created a unique-style of sound which some called “the devil’s music.” From Holly’s frustrations at Decca Records to his success at the Apollo Theatre, Buddy artistically portrays the music and the man who forever changed the nation. It recreates his final moments up until his tragic death and celebrates one of the most exciting musical concerts of all time. Photo courtesy of Candlelight Pavilion.
The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for most of southern California New Year’s Day with temperatures well below 30 degrees. The result was early morning frost and other effects of the cold including this frozen birdbath in Claremont, pictured at the right. On Saturday, January 10 learn the fundamental principles of designing sustainable landscapes that will thrive in Claremont's climate. Class topics include building healthy soil, choosing the best plants for your yard, and irrigating efficiently including the capture of rainwater. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Temple Beth Israel and Laemmle Theaters present the second annual "Fiddler on the Roof" Sing-a Long on Christmas Eve: Wednesday, December 24. A movie experience like no other, with live subtitles and gifts and prizes available for those with best costume, trivia buffs and best musical impression. All ages welcome. 7:15 to 10 p.m. Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. Second St., Claremont. Special price tickets available in advance through Temple Beth Israel. Call (909) 626-1277. Tickets also available day of show at regular box office prices.
Volunteer Kathleen Noll lights a luminaria at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont. The event called Luminaria Nights at the garden features live music, warm apple cider, cookies and over 700 candle-lit luminaria. The event runs Thursday through Saturday this weekend.
Claremont's Holiday Promenade takes place Friday, December 5. Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and one of his reindeer at City Hall between 5 and 6 p.m. or between 7 and 8 p.m. plus entertainment by Moultrie Academy. A tree lighting ceremony will be held at the Depot at 6 p.m. Voices of Christmas and Dynamite Dawson perform between 5 and 8 p.m. at the Depot. The Packing House will feature craft booths, free photo booth, live music, free hot chocolate, face painting ($3 donation), an Inland Valley Repertory Theatre performance and more from 5 to 9 p.m. Carolers will stroll the Village throughout the evening.
Gypsy Sisters and Their Brothers present a three-day craft fair featuring 30 local artists displaying their own handmade crafts, a bi yearly event held in the Claremont United Church of Christ basement, located at 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont. Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (909) 626-0995.
CLAREMONT TURKEY TROT This 5K Run has gained the reputation for being a very scenic and ideal route through the Claremont Colleges and Claremont Village with a slight downhill grade on the last leg. Our participation numbers have grown rapidly since 2008 to over 2000 in 2013. Ours is a family-friendly event that is also enjoyed by serious competitors as well. 1K Fun Run at 7:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Adults: $35; Kids 12 & under-$20;?Teams of 10 or more: $5 discount/person.?Race day: $5 additional. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Claremont Village at First Street and Harvard Avenue. Call (909) 229-5612.
John York, singer, composer, guitarist and former member of the legendary ‘60s folk rock group the Byrds with Roger McGuinn, Clarence White and Gene Parsons. He also played with the Sir Douglas Quintet (with Dr. John), The Mamas and The Papas touring band. Mr. York is currently touring with Barry McGuire and performing with his band, The Jangle Brothers. The show is filled with familiar Byrds tunes for sing-along, fine original songs and great interpretations of songs from the era. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 7 to 10 p.m. Claremont Forum, 586 W. First St., Claremont. (909) 626-3066.
Guests to the Masonic Charity Black Tie Ball will enjoy dinner, music by Smooth Touch, dancing and contributing to a good cause. Everyone is requested to dress to impress in vintage Hollywood glamor. Double Tree Hotel, 555 Foothill Blvd., Claremont. 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $65 per person or $130 per couple. For more information call (909) 816-6983.
Children are invited to Village businesses for trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. on Halloween. From 4 to 7 p.m. there will also be fun and games at the Claremont Depot. Activities are for kids up to 12 years old. Pictured are fifth graders Lana Elmore and Isabella Gardia dressed as Day of the Dead skeletons for Vista del Valle’s Halloween Celebration and Haunted House last Friday. Image courtesy of Penelope Torribio.