CALENDAR: Forum Dollar Book Sale, Handel's Messiah, Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along and more
Friday, December 18
DOLLAR BOOK SALE All books are $1 in support of the Prison Library Project. Claremont Forum Bookshop and Gallery, 586 W. First Street. (909) 626-3066.
SHABBAT DINNER 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. McAlister Center for Religious Activities, 919 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8685.
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 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.
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.
Sunday, December 20
FARMERS’ MARKET Rain or shine every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Claremont Village.
HANDEL’S MESSIAH Claremont Symphony (CSO) offers two chances to sing along with Handel’s Messiah. These free performances will be at 1:30 and 4 p.m. in Bridges Hall of Music on the Pomona College campus, with CSO Music Director Robert Sage conducting. There are no reservations or tickets required; donations of any amount are appreciated. The audience is the choir seated in the soprano, alto, tenor or bass sections. Those who don’t wish to sing usually sit upstairs in the balcony. Many past audience members have brought their own copies of the Messiah score; scores will also be available for purchase at the concert for $10 per copy or for rent for $5 per copy. Musicians from the CSO play the instrumental component. In addition to the traditional Part I and the “Hallelujah! Chorus,” there will be an added chorus, “Since By Man Came Death” from Part Three, #46 in the score. The guest soloists this year are Christina Marie Harrell, soprano; Victoria Fox, mezzo-soprano; Christopher Campbell, tenor, and Bernardo Bermudez, baritone. All are professional singers with notable careers in opera and musical theatre. The harpsichordist will be Patrick Rogers, and Melody Jan will play the organ. Hundreds of people from all over southern California come together for this event, now in its 34th consecutive year. Bridges Hall of Music fills up fast for these concerts, so plan to arrive early. Visit claremontso.org for information about parking and drop-off zones for the disabled. 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont.
Monday, December 21
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 22
UNIVERSITY CLUB Meetings will resume on January 5.
Wednesday, December 23
ZEN MEDITATION 7:30 to 9 a.m. McAlister Center for Religious Activities, 919 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8685.
Thursday, December 24
CHRISTMAS EVE Many Claremont churches offer Christmas Eve services (or the Sunday before). Check the COURIER advertisements for event announcements.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF SING-ALONG Trivia, prizes and costumes are encouraged. Children are welcome (film is rated G), though some themes may be challenging for young children. Prices start at $18 for general admission with discounts for students and seniors. 7:30 p.m. Laemmle theater, 450 W. Second St., Claremont.