CALENDAR: Holiday Promenade, Festive Sounds, Claremont Art Walk, Holiday Flea Market and more
Friday, December 4
HARVEST FESTIVAL Kick off the holiday season at this year’s Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show at the Fairplex in Pomona. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adults $9, Seniors $7, youths (13-17) $4, kids 12 and under are free. Located at Fairplex in Pomona, Building 4, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Information and tickets available at harvestfestival.com.
HOLIDAY PROMENADE The Claremont Village will transform into a holiday wonderland at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony from 5 to 8 p.m. City staff invite everyone to an evening filled with live music, festive storefronts, a magnificent tree lighting ceremony and more. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera to snap a photo of their little ones with Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of city hall from 5 to 6 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m. The actual tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. at The Depot. The Holiday Promenade will include live entertainment from the Swing Cats Big Band, Moultrie Academy, 210 Sax Quartet and holiday carolers strolling the Village streets. Be sure to visit the Packing House for hot cocoa and enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit ci.claremont.ca.us.
CHS THEATRE The Laramie Project is a play by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project. On November 14, 1998, they traveled to Laramie, Wyoming and conducted hundreds of interviews with Laramie residents. The play is edited from those interviews, as well as from journal entries by members of the company. The show is about the town of Laramie, its citizens and their reaction to the murder of a 21-year-old gay man named Matthew Shepard. This production is not recommended for young audiences, particularly children under the age of 13. Shows are December 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Claremont High School’s Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Saturday, December 5
OVER THE EDGE Community Senior Services goes “Over the Edge” to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Participants will rappel down the 10-story Ontario Airport Hotel to raise money for the local nonprofit. Event starts at 9 a.m. Located at the Ontario Airport Hotel, 700 N. Haven Ave., Ontario.
ANTIQUARIAN BOOK SALE Valuable and rare books will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Claremont Public Library, 108 Harvard Ave. Residents are invited to shop for books published by specialty printers, some rare and very valuable, as well as older and newer children’s books with beautiful illustrations and collections of early and later classics in the fields of history, sociology, biology, botany, psychology and religion. There are first editions and fine reprints of significant and classic works of literature, both fiction and non-fiction and a number of works have been autographed by the authors or illustrators. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. FOCL members receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases. Memberships will be available at the sale.
FESTIVE SOUNDS Nick Casillas and Friends at Village Square Public Plaza from noon to 2:30 p.m. and CHS Band from 3 to 5 p.m., Cool Yuel Band from 1 to 4 p.m. at Claremont Chamber Patio.
REMBRANDT CLUB The 35th annual holiday tea, bake sale and gift boutique at the beautifully decorated Seaver House with music, wassail and syllabub, a children’s party and a visit from Santa at 1 p.m. for photos. Proceeds support the club’s Junior Art Student Summer Research Grant. Noon to 2:30 p.m. Seaver House, Pomona College, 305 N. College Ave., Claremont. $7 at the door; $20 for four purchased in advance. Children 5 and under are free. (909) 981-7245.
CLAREMONT ART WALK Visit Claremont galleries between 6 and 9 p.m. for exhibit opening receptions. Visit claremontartwalk.com for details.
CONCERT The Claremont Chorale opens its 48th season with a Christmas concert built around Ottorino Respighi’s “Laud to the Nativity,” a cantata, accompanied by a small orchestra and select soloists. The piece depicts the biblical Christmas story from the viewpoint of the shepherds. The central cantata is accompanied by festive traditional and contemporary holiday music. Saturday, December 5 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. $10 per person for advance purchase and $15 at door. Tickets can be purchased online at claremontchorale.org/buy-tickets or in person at Rio de Ojas and Mail Depot of Upland. The event takes place at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave., Claremont.
Sunday, December 6
COMIC BOOK SHOW Art dealers from around southern California with new and vintage comic books, graphic novels, original art, prints, action figures, games and collectibles. Live music by West Coast Avengers. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Claremont Packing House, 532 W. First St., Claremont.
FARMERS’ MARKET Rain or shine every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Claremont Village.
HOLIDAY FLEA MARKET Join Claremont Heritage for another exciting presentation of vintage and collectible items just in time for your holiday shopping. Find a unique gift for a friend, loved one or yourself. Over 20 vendor booths and a myriad of styles will be represented, from arts and crafts and Country French to Mid-century Modern. Furniture, artwork, jewelry, clothing, accessories and more. Also look for citrus industry memorabilia including original crate labels and artwork. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garner House Courtyard, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. in Memorial Park. Free and open to the public.
Monday, December 7
ISRAELI FOLK DANCE A fun way to exercise with music of Israeli folk dance. Beginners group at 6:45 p.m., followed by open dancing. $6. Masonic Lodge, 227 W. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 921-7115.
SUSTAINABILITY DIALOG Learn about, discuss and join Claremont’s creative campaigns in energy conservation through the $100,000 Cool California Challenge, the $5,000,000 Claremont Energy Challenge, and Energy Upgrade California. Devon Hartman and Freeman Allen presenting from 7 to 8 p.m. Hahn Building, Rm. 101, Pomona College, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.
GIRI KUSUMA Pomona College’s Gamelan Ensemble and guests, under the music direction of Nyoman Wenten and dance direction of Nanik Wenten, offers a program of traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance. This program includes “Telek,” “Semaradana” and “Topeng Munyer.” 8 p.m. Free admission. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont.
Tuesday, December 8
HOLIDAY MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD Performed by Joel Wilson and the CHS Choral Singers. The University Club meets Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. $13 meeting fee includes buffet lunch.
JAZZ PIANO DUO International performers Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi perform ragtime, stride and swing at 7 p.m. Claremont Women’s Club, 343 W. Twelfth St., Claremont. $25 to $30 at door or $15 for students and groups of 10 or more.Contact Louise Webber at (909) 214-2992 for reservations.
Wednesday, December 9
FROM GENESIS TO BETHLEHEM Valimar Jansen, popular Christian singer, will be joined by Dolores Gomez for a bilingual evening of reflection in Spanish and English at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. (909) 626-3596. Event is free to the public.
ZEN MEDITATION 7:30 to 9 a.m. McAlister Center for Religious Activities, 919 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8685.
Thursday, December 10
FOOD TRUCK THURSDAYS Put the frying pan away and join in for dinner. Enjoy a variety of the region’s most popular food trucks at Food Truck Thursdays at Fairplex. Food trucks roll in every Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the lower admin parking lot next to the NHRA Museum, bringing the trendiest dishes on four wheels. Stop by and stay or grab a bite to take home. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh produce at the Farmers Market. Free parking and free admission. Lower Administration Lot on McKinley Ave. Gate 1.
Friday, December 11
MORE THE MERRIER Shop Claremont and win. Shop any business in Claremont from November 9 through December 20 and bring receipts to the Claremont Chamber office, The Bath Workshop or Vom Fass Claremont for the receipt totals to be calculated. For every $50, participants will receive a raffle ticket. Raffle tickets will be entered for a chance to win gift cards, gift baskets and the grand prize of an iPad. Drawing will be held on Monday, December 21 at noon. For more information, contact the Clarmeont Chamber at (909) 624-1681 or visit claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, December 12
FESTIVE SOUNDS Moultrie Academy of Music, Voice and Dance from 1 to 3 p.m. at Village Square Public Plaza and CHS Band from 3 to 5 p.m. and Claremont Cellos from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Claremont Chamber Patio.
BIOCHAR DEMONSTRATION The Tree Action Group (TAG) of Sustainable Claremont, together with RSABG, is hosting a biochar demonstration as part of an International Biochar Initiative. Learn how biochar sequesters carbon from trees, reduces the need to water them and increases soil fertility to make trees healthier. See displays of biochar products available to use as a soil amendment and demonstrations of how to produce biochar using kilns of various sizes. Presented by Michael Wittman of Bluesky Biochar. Improve the soil in your own garden and invite those who manage our urban forest to participate—so residences, institutions and the city can adopt these beneficial practices to regenerate Claremont’s urban forest. 1 to 4 p.m. Lenz Horticultural Complex, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N College Ave., Claremont.
CONCERT “Gospel Christmas,” diverse gospel arrangements and holiday favorites conducted by John St. Marie. Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 at 3:30 p.m. First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave., Pomona.