NOONISH CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with a show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances with Phil Young and Jocelyn Chang on pianos. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps and the Pomona College Music Department. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.
CONTRA DANCE CONTRAversial, the contra dance club of the Claremont Colleges, invites the community to attend Claremont Contra Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at Edmunds Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. The event is free for Claremont Colleges students. A $5 donation is suggested for the general public. “Contra dance is an energetic, accessible, and enjoyable style of social folk dance.”
KINDRED NATURES CONTINUES FRIDAY: The Claremont Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Kindred Natures,” which highlights the kindred links between the sculptures of Aldo Casanova and the paintings of the late Claremont artist James Fuller, who died November 28, continues during museum hours of noon to 4 p.m. today. The museum, located at 200 W. First St., in the Claremont Depot, is open today, tomorrow and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
RAVELERS CELEBRATE MILESTONE The Ravelers’ 30th anniversary dinner concert takes place at 6 p.m. at Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Tickets for the show and dinner are $50, and are available at the Candlelight’s box office. Ravelers Hai Muradian, Martie Echito, Pat Naish and Rob Haerr, have been playing classic rock covers in Claremont since 1987. More info is at ravelers.com or candlelightpavilion.com.
SCHOOOOL’S OUT…FOR…WINTER! That’s right folks, kids across the city are officially underfoot, as Claremont schools shut down for winter break at the completion of today’s classes. Schools will reopen next year, on Monday, January 8, 2018. If you’re looking for family-friendly activities this week, read on…
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.