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CALENDAR: Holiday workshops, shows and more

Friday, December 11

FRIDAY NOON CONCERT The Claremont Chamber Choir sings Missa Fragmentarum —mass movements and motets from the Middle Ages to the present—plus holiday music. Scripps College Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Contact concerts@pomona.edu

GYPSY SISTERS Winter Sale. Claremont United Church of Christ basement, 233 W. Harrison, Claremont. Friday, December 11 from 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 11, 12, 18, 19 and 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. General admission is $8. Discounts for students, seniors, children and RSABG members. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Visit rsabg.org.

MORE THE MERRIER Shop Claremont and win. Shop any business in Claremont now 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 Claremont 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.

HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP Learn how to make a beautiful, fragrant holiday wreath for your home or to give as a gift. All materials for one wreath are included in class fee. Two classes: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

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.


Sunday, December 13

FARMERS’ MARKET Rain or shine every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Claremont Village.

FREE WORSHOPS Class one: Learn how to use a laser cutter to cut, etch and engrave designs in a variety of materials up to 20"x12" and up to 1/4" thick. Work with acrylic, wood, paper, cardboard, fabric and leather. The class project is to make a custom wood ornament from 9 a.m. to noon. Class two: Learn the basics to get up and running with 3D printing from noon to 3 p.m. To actually start printing in the class, bring a laptop and install the Cura printer environment. For more details visit UMakers.org. Register at meetup.com/UMakers. Limitations may apply. Reserve your seat early. UMakers, 1164 Monte Vista Ave., Building 1202, Suite 11, Upland.

CHRISTMAS MARKETPLACE Annual Christmas Marketplace from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. There will be free trade goods, baked goodies, jewelry, Christmas items, knit and crocheted accessories, stocking stuffers, Tupperware and more. For more information, call (909) 622-1373.


Monday, December 14

SHAKESPEARE CLUB The holiday meeting of the Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley will feature a discussion by Professor Linda Bisesti of Cal Poly. Her topic is pursuing Shakespeare Festivals in Oregon, Ireland, Virginia and her own Southern California Shakespeare Festival at Cal Poly. 2 p.m. Seaver House, 305 N. College Ave., Claremont. For more information, contact Lucy Lynch, (909) 717-1109 or lucylynch@aol.com.

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.


Tuesday, December 15

AVIATION HISTORY Mike Smith from the Planes of Fame Museum. 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.


Wednesday, December 16

ZEN MEDITATION 7:30 to 9 a.m. McAlister Center for Religious Activities, 919 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8685.  


Thursday, December 17

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 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 18

SHABBAT DINNER 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. McAlister Center for Religious Activities, 919 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8685.


Saturday, December 19

PLANTS “California Native Plant Propagation: Winter.” How to sow seed, take cuttings and prepare divisions of some of California’s most popular native plants. Includes take-home materials. 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $36 for members or $45 for public. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.


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