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.
Autumn’s largest arts and crafts faire in the Inland Valley, Village Venture is held on the tree-lined streets in the Claremont Village. Faire includes over 500 arts, crafts, food, business and organization booths and food court. Music, entertainment, pumpkin carving contest and children's Halloween costume parade starting at 9:30 a.m. The faire continues until 5 p.m.
"Things That Go Bump in the Night" is an annual celebration of garden nightlife with live animal ambassadors, including wolves and owls, with interactive stations and walks. Entry gate closes at 7 p.m. $10 for adults, $6 for seniors/students and children ages 3 to 12. $5 for RSABG member adults; $3 for RSABG member seniors/students and children (ages 3 to 12). 5:30 to 9 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.
Choose from thousands of pumpkins right out of Cal Poly Pomona's pumpkin patch. Eat and play games at the College of Agriculture student club booths or head over to the Insect Fair featuring nearly 500,000 live and preserved insects (runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The event also features a corn maze, petting zoo, horse rides, entertainment and lots of activities for kids. A pancake breakfast will be held Saturday morning from 8 to 11 a.m. The pumpkin festival will be held October 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the pumpkin patch will remain open until October 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cal Poly Pomona, 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona.
Weezer fans rejoice: The band will be stopping by Rhino Records in Claremont at 8 p.m. on Monday, October 6 to sign copies of their new CD/LP It Will Be All Right in the End. It is the ninth album by the hugely popular rock quartet, which features lead guitarist and vocalist Rivers Cuomo, drummer Pat Wilson, guitarist Brian Bell and bassist Scott Shriner.
COMIC BOOK SHOW See comic books, collectibles and art dealers from around southern California, with new and vintage comic books, graphic novels, original art, prints, action figures, games and collectibles. Sunday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Claremont Packing House, 532 W. First St., Claremont.
From their fetching, unpredictable songs to their whimsical, hand-made top hats, SHEL makes a profound impression, something they are doing to growing crowds and critical acclaim. Nestled within SHEL's enveloping sound, wisps of folk revival, vaudeville, renaissance fairs and steam-punk esthetic blur around one another. They are a vocal group with outstanding instrumental capabilities and an instrumental group with a thrilling vocal attack. Snacks and desserts will be available for purchase from a variety of local Claremont restaurants beginning at 6 p.m. Picnic dinners are also welcomed, and a limited number of blankets and lawn chairs will be available to checkout at no cost (ID must be left for collateral). The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 19. Scripps College Bowling Green, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-9372.
Wine Walk features 38 businesses will serve wine and food tastings between 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 13. Tickets are $40. Visit claremontwinewalk.com for more information. Pictured is the set up at last year's A Shop Called Quest wine tasting. COURIER photo/Jenelle Rensch