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CALENDAR: Your week in 9 days; Luminaria Nights, Acoustic Christmas, Living Nativity

Friday, December 13

HOLIDAY PET PHOTOS Pet owners are invited to bring their pets to the shelter and step into Santa’s workshop where the perfect holiday scene is set for a commemorative photo. Photography services are provided by Nancy Wiegenstein. Each portrait is $10 and will be framed and available to take home the same day. Additional copies can be sent by email. Pet owners are asked to bring small animals in carriers for their safety and to keep larger dogs on leashes. Each participant will receive a goody bag and other giveaway items. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit Friends of Upland Animal Shelter and Upland Animal Services in their efforts to care for homeless pets at the shelter. 1275 San Bernardino Rd., Upland. For more information, call the Upland Animal Shelter, 931-4185.

FOOD TRUCK Trailer Park Truck is stopping by Claremont Craft Ales after 4 p.m. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 204C, Claremont.

LUMINARIA NIGHTS New, expanded loop trail route, over a half mile of luminaria-lit trails featuring the new Gateways to Containers” exhibit in the Container Garden Illuminated evening walks featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lighting a half-mile, accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa. Performances for tonight’s event include Steve Rushingwind (contemporary Native American flutist), High Strung (Appalachian fiddle/swing/folk/ blues) and Jill Warhol (folk on the rocks). 6 to 9 p.m. $5. Tickets may be purchased at www.rsabg.org. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

LIVING NATIVITY Bethlehem comes to life in The Living Nativity at Granite Creek Community Church in Claremont. Bring the family to this free walk-through experience. Wheelchair accessible and handicapped accessibility with drive-through option available. Go back in time and witness the pivotal moments surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. Seven elaborate sets, a life-sized manger, live animals, Abu the camel, sheep, donkeys, petting zoo and Roman soldiers on horseback all promise to transport you back to first century Jerusalem. Food trucks and a Christmas boutique with local artists and crafters will also be available. 6 to 9 p.m. December 13, 14 and 15. All ages are welcome. Free to the public. Granite Creek Community Church, 1580 N. Claremont Blvd., Claremont. Visit www.granitecreek.org for more info. (909) 625-4455.

 

Saturday, December 14

HOLIDAY MUSIC El Roble and Claremont High School music groups will perform at city hall from noon to 5 p.m. and Moultrie Academy of Music, Voice and Dance will perform at the Public Plaza from 1 to 4 p.m.

ORGAN EXTRAVAGANZA and Christmas program performed by the Mountainside Master Chorale including sacred music for choir and organ featuring Ty Woodward, organist. 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 3:30 p.m. Claremont United Church of Christ, Sixth Street and Harvard Avenue in Claremont. General admission $20, seniors/students, $17. For information, visit www.mountainsidemasterchorale.org

FOOD TENT Southern Fried Vegan is setting up at Claremont Craft Ales after 4 p.m. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 204C, Claremont.

LUMINARIA NIGHTS New, expanded loop trail route, over a half mile of luminaria-lit trails featuring the new Gateways to Containers” exhibit in the Container Garden Illuminated evening walks featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lighting a half-mile, accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa. Performances for tonight’s event include Steve Rushingwind (contemporary Native American flutist), Modal Tease (Appalachia and beyond) and Windsong Canyon (Native American flute and world percussion). 6 to 9 p.m. $5. Tickets may be purchased at www.rsabg.org. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

 

Sunday, December 15

LIVE JAZZ performance on the Blue Fin patio at 2 p.m. 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 946-1398.

CONCERT The Claremont Concert Orchestra and the Claremont Chorale celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Garrison Theater and the 10th Anniversary of the Scripps College Performing Arts Center by performing Beethoven, “Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125” and other works at 3 p.m. in Garrison Theater of the Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. 10th St. Scripps College Assistant Professor of Music David Cubek conducts the orchestra, while Associate Professor of Music Charles Kamm conducts the Chamber Choir and the Concert Choir of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer and Scripps Colleges. Gregory Norton directs the Claremont Chorale.

ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS The Michael Beatty Band with special guest Tracy G. will play to benefit David & Margaret Youth and Family Services. The concert is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of cash or a gift card to help make the holidays brighter for the children in David & Margaret’s foster care program. All ages. Free to the public. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Beer Belly Deli, 590 W. First St., Claremont Packing House. (909) 596-5921, ext. 3180.

 

Monday, December 16

WALKING MEDITATION Qigong Energy from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Four sessions per month. Visit www.rsabg.org for admission details. (909) 625-8767, ext. 224.

 

Tuesday, December 17

TUESDAY WALK Get Walking Claremont gathers at the corner of Bonita and Yale in the Village at 7:50 a.m. for a one-hour walk. For ages 50 and over. Free to the public. 8 to 9 a.m.

CITRUS COLLEGE Christine Garcia will speak about the impact of community college education on workforce development and important new programs at Citrus. Buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. for $12 or dessert and coffee for $6. The University Club meets each Tuesday at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

YOGA All levels. Instructor Jasmin Iskandar has more than 400 hours of teacher training in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga. She was first trained in the Krishnamacharya lineage by Shiva Rea at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice Beach. Later, Ms. Iskandar traveled to India to study the Sri Sivananda Saraswati lineage of Hatha yoga. Her classes offer the dynamism of Vinyasa with the science of Hatha. Visit www.levitatela.com to learn more about Ms. Iskandar. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle. 7 to 8 p.m. $10. The Colony at Loft 204, 532 W. First St. #204, upstairs in the Claremont Packing House.

 

Wednesday, December 18

THE JAM The Jam is a music event that takes place every third Wednesday at Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue. Tonight’s show, the musicians take the stage for a once a year Christmas special. You’ll hear some of your favorite Christmas tunes along with original music. Hip Kitty is located at 502 W. First St., Claremont. For reservations, call (909) 447-6700.

GREAT DEBATE The Claremont High School Honors World History and English students will be debating the effects of imperialism on native peoples of the world. The students are reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and doing in-depth research on this broad topic. The top eight teams will start the elimination rounds at 12:30 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The final two teams will finish debating by 2:55 p.m.

 

Thursday, December 19

THOMPSON CREEK TRAIL Get Walking Claremont will meet at Thompson Creek Trail, located at 2471 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. For ages 50 and over. 8 to 9 a.m. Free to the public.

 

Friday, December 20

FOOD TRUCK Grilled Cheese Truck is stopping by Claremont Craft Ales after 4 p.m. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 204C, Claremont.

LUMINARIA NIGHTS New, expanded loop trail route, over a half mile of luminaria-lit trails featuring the new Gateways to Containers” exhibit in the Container Garden Illuminated evening walks featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lighting a half-mile, accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa. Performances for tonight’s event include Steve Rushingwind (contemporary Native American flutist), Jill Warhol (folk) and Remember Then (tribute rock and roll). 6 to 9 p.m. $5. Tickets may be purchased at www.rsabg.org. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

 

Saturday, December 21

HOLIDAY MUSIC Claremont High School Band and Orchestra perform at city hall from noon to 2:30 p.m. Michael Bennett performs at the Public Plaza from 1 to 3 p.m.

GAME DAY Teens are invited to the Claremont Public Library to play The Beatles Rockband or play board games with friends. For grades 7-12. 2 p.m. Free program with complimentary refreshments. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. (909) 621-4902.

FOOD TENT Serendoggity is setting up at Claremont Craft Ales after 4 p.m. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 204C, Claremont.

LUMINARIA NIGHTS New, expanded loop trail route, over a half mile of luminaria-lit trails featuring the newGateways to Containers” exhibit in the Container Garden Illuminated evening walks featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lighting a half-mile, accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa. Performances for tonight’s event include Steve Rushingwind (contemporary Native American flutist), Village Pipers (recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites), Windsong Canyon (Native American flute and world percussion and Claremont Ukulele Club: “The Defenders of Fun!” are back again this year with holiday favorites. 6 to 9 p.m. $5. Tickets may be purchased at www.rsabg.org. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

 

Jenelle Rensch covers the calendar, arts and entertainment. Deadline: Thursday at 5 p.m., one week before publication. Include date, time, address, a contact phone number and fee for admission (if applicable). Email: calendar@claremont-courier.com. Fax: 621-4072. Address: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205-B, Claremont, CA 91711. There is NO guarantee that items submitted will be published.

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