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CALENDAR: Luminaria Nights, Living Nativity and more

Friday, December 12

FRIDAY NOON CONCERTS The Claremont Chamber Choir: Charles W. Kamm, Scripps/Joint Music faculty, conductor; Allegri, Missa "Che fa oggi il mio sole" plus holiday music by Pärt, Tavener, Whitacre and others. 12:15 p.m. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont.

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.

ART MART Visit the Claremont Packing House between 5 and 9 p.m. to shop art and craft booths. 532 W. First St., 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. December 12 and 13. $5-$8. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

 

Saturday, December 13

PACKING HOUSE OPEN HOUSE Visit the Claremont Packing House retail stores, Phebie’s Needleart, The Colony at Loft 204, Green Gypsie, Bo-te-ga 25 and Replay between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to be entered into a raffle contest. Refreshments, giveaways and sales will also be featured. 532 W. First St., Claremont Packing House.

FURRY FRIENDS PET FOOD BANK The Village Mutt will team-up with the Furry Friends Pet Food Bank for a fundraising dog wash and pet food drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from baths will be donated to Furry Friends Pet Food Bank. Guests can wash their dogs themselves or The Village Mutt will wash them for you for an additional fee. Everyone is encouraged to bring a pet food item donation to the event. Since 2009, the pet food bank has assisted more than 60 families, helping keep about 100 dogs and cats in their homes. This is everyone’s chance to help out a few pets and their humans this holiday season. The Village Mutt already serves as a collection center for the pet food bank and asks for pet food donations to be dropped off anytime. For more information about the event, call the store at (909) 624-3020. The Village Mutt is located at 665 E. Foothill Blvd. Ste. G, Claremont.

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.

CLAREMONT CONCERT ORCHESTRA Bartok, Romanian Folk Dances &?Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 2. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Garrison Theater, 241 Tenth St., Claremont. (909) 607-3267.

 

Sunday, December 14

FARMER’S MARKET Shop fresh produce, organic products, arts and more at Claremont’s Farmer’s Market every Sunday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Second Street in the Village.

HERITAGE HOLIDAY FLEA MARKET Over a dozen dealers of all things collectible will present their unique and varied vintage and handmade finds including art, furniture, lighting, jewelry, collectibles, books and more. A portion of sales will benefit Claremont Heritage programs. There is no admission fee. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Garner House in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 621-0848.

STUDENT PROJECT DISPLAY Harmony of Sound and Light, a screening of abstract computer music videos by media studies students. 8:30 to 10 p.m. Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 621-8022.

 

Monday, December 15

SUSTAINABILITY DIALOG “Drought Tolerant Landscaping.” Claremont resident Larry Schroeder is a member of Sustainable Claremont and a City Council Member. He will tell his story of the process and cost recovery of re-landscaping his home and filling in his pool. Graciela Gonzales who designed, installed and maintains this residence will be available to answer questions about the project. Free to attend. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pomona College’s Hahn Building, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.

 

Tuesday, December 16

90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION The University Club. Admission is required. Visit universityclubofclaremont.org to RSVP. 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 17

TRIBE365 YOGA Christian-based hatha yoga session, open to beginners and advanced students. Utilize the hour for prayer, worship, movement and meditation on scripture. 7 to 8 p.m. $10. Of the Word, 532 W. First St. #202, Claremont Packing House.

 

Thursday, December 18

TAI CHI The low-impact exercise safe for all adults, Tai Chi increases strength and flexibility, reduces stress and improves balance, and has been shown to lower blood pressure and increase bone density. Taught in the Wu-style of Tai Chi, every class involves warm up, proper and safe instruction of each movement and the progressive movement through the form's stages. Classes are held indoors and outdoors depending on weather conditions; wear comfortable attire and shoes with flat soles, bring a bottle of water. No experience necessary, all are welcome to attend. Limit 20 students each session. Preregistration is required online or at the admissions kiosk. 9 to 10 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767, ext. 224.

 

Friday, December 19

ART MART Visit the Claremont Packing House between 5 and 9 p.m. to shop art and craft booths. 532 W. First St., Claremont.

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 19 through 21. Granite Creek Community Church, 1580 N. Claremont Blvd., Claremont. (909) 625-4455.

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. December 19 and 20. $5-$8. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

 

Saturday, December 20

GARDEN WALKING CLUB Relieve stress, boost energy levels, improve health, track progress and enjoy the beautiful scenery of California's native garden on your own or with the group. Participation is free (Garden admission fees apply); register at the admission kiosk. 8 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

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