CALENDAR: Holiday and jazz music, singalongs, game days, even food trucks and more
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 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.
SPOKEN WORD Open Mic Night. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org with “open mic” in the subject line. Include approximate length of time for presentation. Free to the public. All ages welcome. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave., Claremont. (909) 626-3322.
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 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.
Sunday, December 22
ANNUAL MESSIAH SINGALONG Dr. Robert Sage will conduct the Claremont Symphony Orchestra in two multi-community performances of Handel’s Messiah at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Doors open a half hour before each performance. Professional singers will sing the solos and the audience will sing the choruses. Featured vocalists are Coril Prochnow, a lyric coloratura soprano; Virginia Landis Stewart, alto; Omar Crook, tenor; and Alex Britton, bass. All of the soloists have extensive experience performing around the world. Bring your own score or buy one for $10 or rent one for $5. If you prefer not singing, enjoy the performance from the balcony. Both performances will be at Bridges Hall of Music on the Pomona College campus, 150 E. 4th St., Claremont. Drop-offs will be allowed in front of the auditorium on Fourth Street and the handicapped ramp is on the west side. Plan to arrive early for parking. Both performances were standing room only last year. The concert is free. For more information, check www.Claremontso.org or call (909) 596-5979.
LIVE JAZZ performance on the Blue Fin patio at 2 p.m. 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 946-1398.
TONY KENNY’S CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND A warm turf fire on a cold night, a rousing sing-along by the hearth, favorite Christmas songs and hymns, laughter as everyone gathers for a sampling of Irish wit and wisdom and the joyfulness of youthful dancing in celebration of the holidays. This show will have you singing, clapping and laughing from beginning to end, celebrating the Christmas season 1 p.m. Tickets are $25, with discounts available through the box office for Claremont Colleges faculty/staff. Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. To purchase tickets, visit: www.pomona.edu/administration/bridges-auditorium/. Contact: email@example.com or (909) 607-1139.
Monday, December 23
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 24
HOLIDAY MUSIC Amy Rowe performs holiday piano music from 6 to 8 p.m. and DJ Catlike will provide more holiday music at 9:30 p.m. The Press Restaurant, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont. Call (909) 625-4808 or visit www.thepressrestaurant.com.
Wednesday, December 25
CHRISTMAS DAY Happy holidays from the Claremont COURIER. The office will be closed Monday, December 23 and reopen Monday, December 30. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org over the holidays.
Thursday, December 26
HOLIDAY SHOW “Twas the Night After Christmas” featuring The Lounge Trio. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue, 502 W. First St., Claremont. (909) 447-6700.
Friday, December 27
FOOD TRUCK Chiliphilosophy Truck is stopping by Claremont Craft Ales after 4 p.m. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 204C, Claremont.
SPARKLING WINE TASTING Vom Fass Claremont presents a Magnifico Sparkling Wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. showcasing grapefruit, ginger peach and lavender honey sparkling wine. Buy a bottle and get one of their glasses. Free admission. 101 N Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. For more information visit www.claremont.vomfassusa.com or call (909) 399-0256.
Saturday, December 28
FOOD TENT Pine Haven Café is setting up at Claremont Craft Ales after 4 p.m. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 204C, 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: email@example.com. Fax: (909) 621-4072. Address: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205-B, Claremont, CA 91711. There is NO guarantee that items submitted will be published.