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CALENDAR: Claremont's Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting plus other seasonal events

Friday, December 5

CRAFT FAIR 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.

HOLIDAY PROMENADE 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.

ART WALK Visit Claremont galleries from 6 to 9 p.m. for opening receptions.

 

Saturday, December 6

SAFE & GENTLE YOGA with Ross at the Claremont Friends Meeting House meets every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. A gentle blend of meditation and movement, this hour long class is an immersive experience guaranteed to integrate mind, body and spirit in a deep and enriching way. All ages, all levels, all genders. 9 to 10:15 a.m. Claremont Friends Meeting House, 727 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont. (909) 908-0882.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Unique gifts, free gift wrapping, holiday sales, festive live music, kids crafts and a visit with Santa at the Garden. Free garden admission. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

ANTIQUARIAN FINE BOOKS BOOK SALE Find the most interesting, classic, beautiful, rare, collectible, historical, literary and artful books yourself or for holiday giving. Sale lasts one day only. Deep discounts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Claremont Library. All income benefits the library. Cash checks and credit cards accepted. All ages are welcome. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Claremont Library, 108 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.

HOLIDAY HOMES DAY OF DISCOVERY & HIDDEN TREASURES Three beautiful homes will be presented on the Holiday Homes Tour, or you can purchase an all access pass that includes the Holiday Homes Tour and six additional events in a full Day of Discovery. Three culinary classes will be offered by some of the top professionals in the area. Culinary discovery learning sessions will be delivered by Kim Peeples, owner of Vom Fass with Chef Charly from Eighteen48 Catering; Anika Corbin, owner of I Like Pie; and brew experts from Claremont Craft Ales. Plus three Hidden Treasures of Claremont event offers you a first-hand learning experience from an award-winning vintner who will share the art of backyard wine making. You’ll also see and explore the first Whole Earth House with a zero carbon footprint, and you’ll meet an artist that’s integrated her life’s passions of art and her entrepreneur spirit. For ages 21 and over. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Holiday Home Tour only: $27. All access pass: $40. Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 865-9669.

REMBRANDT CLUB The 34th annual holiday tea and holiday boutique at Seaver House with music, wassail and syllabub, a children's party and a visit from Santa at 1 p.m. for photos. Proceeds support our Junior Art Student Summer Research Grant. Noon to 2:30 p.m. Seaver House, 305 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 981-7245.

MARY’S LULLABY This first concert of The Claremont Chorale’s 2014-2015 season is Mary’s Lullaby, featuring a variety of choral music associated with Mary, from plainsong of Hildegard to the simple carols of many cultures to an American Gospel-style setting of her most famous song, “My Soul Magnifies the Lord.” 3 to 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 542-8430.

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. $5-$8. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

 

Sunday, December 7

COMIC BOOK SHOW 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Claremont Packing House, 532 W. First St., Claremont.

CHANUKAH FESTIVAL Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood Chanukah Festival and Shopping Spree featuring music, food and shopping. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona.

 

Monday, December 8

SHAKESPEARE CLUB Linda Bisesti professor from Cal Poly on playing Julius Caesar as a woman. 2 to 4 p.m. Joslyn Senior Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont.

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE Enjoy beautiful music and great dances in a friendly environment. Beginners’ class starts at 7 p.m. followed by open dances. $6. Masonic Lodge,?272 W. Eighth St.,?Claremont. (909) 921-7115.

 

Tuesday, December 9

CHS CHORAL SINGER HOLIDAY MUSIC The University Club. $13 for buffet lunch or $6 for dessert and coffee. 11:30 a.m. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. (909) 594-3111.

CLAREMONT SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB 7 to 9 p.m. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

 

Wednesday, December 10

TAP TAKEOVER Wiens Brewing in Temecula will be taking over The Press taps beginning at 5 p.m. until all the beer is gone. Arrive early to make sure to not miss any of the special releases, barrel aged and tap room only beers they’ll be pouring. Call (909) 625-4808 to make your reservations. The Press Restaurant, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont.

YOGA IN THE GARDEN Release stress, unwind your busy mind and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the garden. Classes are held indoors and outdoors depending on weather conditions. Wear comfortable attire and shoes with flat soles, bring a yoga mat and bottle of water. No experience necessary, all are welcome to attend. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767, ext. 224.

 

Thursday, December 11

HOLIDAY PARTY Join the Claremont Senior Program for a delicious holiday meal, live entertainment and a visit from Santa. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.

FREE HOLIDAY FILM SCREENING Enjoy an evening of holiday nostalgia fun for the whole family. The timeless holiday classic A Christmas Story, produced over 30 years ago and highlighting a post-war family’s mad-cap holiday experiences that will set this season off with a laugh. Hot cider and cocoa will be provided. Feel free to wear film specific attire and dress warm as the screening will be outside in the Historic Garner House courtyard (rain location Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Center at Garner House). For ages 8 and over. 6 to 7:30 p.m. 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.

 

Friday, December 12

LIVING NATIVITY A walk-through tour of ten different live action stages, sharing the story of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. Join us for an evening the whole family will remember with live actors, amazing sets, horses, camels, sheep and more in amazing scenes that take you back over 2,000 years. Event and Petting Zoo are free. Food available for purchase. Admission is free. 6 to 9 p.m. December 12 through 14 and 19 through 21. Granite Creek Community Church, 1580 N. Claremont Blvd., Claremont. (909) 625-4455.

 

Saturday, December 13

HERB WALK Join experienced herbalist William Broen for a garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California. Participants will learn both traditional and modern plant uses of approximately 30 species, as well as relevant folklore. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767, ext. 224.

HOLIDAY ART ACTIVITY Drop in and celebrate the upcoming holiday with this free family art activity. Make an ornament to brighten up your tree or make a greeting card. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.

SAFE & GENTLE YOGA with Ross at the Claremont Friends Meeting House meets every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. A gentle blend of meditation and movement, this hour long class is an immersive experience guaranteed to integrate mind, body and spirit in a deep and enriching way. All ages, all levels, all genders. 9 to 10:15 a.m. Claremont Friends Meeting House, 727 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont. (909) 908-0882.

 

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