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CALENDAR: Noonish concert, fine books, bird walks, dance

Friday, December 2

FREE NOONISH CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with a concert at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave. The concert features Rachel Huang from Scripps and Jonathan Wright from Pomona on violin, Cynthia R. Fogg from Pomona on viola and Tom Flaherty from Pomona on cello. The group will play Bartók’s String Quartet No. 6. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

CHOIR CONCERT Pomona College Choir will perform a free 8 p.m. concert tonight at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The choir, led by conductor Donna M. Di Grazia, will offer choral works by Tchaikovsky, Chesnokov, Gjeilo, Grieg, Sandström, Dvo?ák and others. The program repeats Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m. More information is available at pomona.edu/events/pomona-college-choir-1 or (909) 607-2671.

CITY?TREE LIGHTING See page 9 of this edition for all the details.

 

Saturday, December 3

LIBRARY FINE BOOK SALE The Friends of the Claremont Library will hold its bi-annual fine book sale today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 208 Harvard Ave. “Find highly discounted books including rare, old and first editions, fine early and later classics in nearly all academic fields (especially history and literature), a large number of autographed works, specialty printers and works finely illustrated,” a press release stated. Additionally, one autographed copy of each of the books featured at the recent Claremont Authors’ event will be available for sale. More information is available at claremontlibrary.org or via email at friendsofclaremontlibrary@ gmail.com.

FREE ADMISSION AT RSABG Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s free admission day runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at 1500 N. College Ave. On the docket is “Grow Native Nursery Workshops: Creating Seed Bombs,” from 10 to 11 a.m. “Take back the land! Learn how to craft the art that is the seed bomb using beautiful California native wildflower seeds,” a press release stated. More information is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767. 

REMBRANDT CLUB HOLIDAY TEA The Rembrandt Club’s holiday tea, bake sale and children’s party takes place from noon to 2:30 p.m. today at Seaver House, 305 N. College Ave. The event features wassail, syllabub, sweets and savories, crafting activities, treats for children and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1 to 2 p.m. for photos. Proceeds support the Rembrandt Club Summer Research Grant, which is presented yearly to one or two Pomona College junior art students. Admission is $7 at the door or $20 for four tickets purchased in advance. Children 5 and under are free. More information is available by calling (909) 981-7245.

LOCAL GALLERY ART INVITATIONAL The public is invited to Square i Gallery’s 7th annual Christmas Open Invitational 11 x 11 show from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening. The show features both well-known and up-and-coming artists. Artists should submit works no larger or smaller than 11x11 inches. More information is at (909) 625-2533 or squareigallery.com.

 

Sunday, December 4

DEMOCRATIC CLUB HOLIDAY PARTY The Democratic Club of Claremont’s annual holiday party takes place at 4 p.m. today at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Commons Room, 660 N. Avery Rd. A feature of the event will be a silent auction of political and issue buttons. The event will feature honorees Mel Boynton, Karen Chapman Lenz, Claudia Strauss and Diana Chao. A buffet meal will be provided. Attendees are asked to provide a dessert to share and to bring a beverage of choice. More information is at (909) 626 8122 or via email at jackncarolee@verizon.net.

COMIC BOOKS & COLLECTIBLES The Packing House (532 W. First St.) is the site for a free comic book and collectibles show today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event features comic book art demonstrations, collectibles, new and vintage comics, graphic novels and more. More info is at facebook.com/ claremontpackinghousecomicbookshow. 

BEGINNER’S BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts a Beginner’s Bird Walk from 8 to 9 a.m. today. The event is free and open to the public courtesy of the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guidebooks they may have and bring binoculars. Limited loaner binoculars may be available to use during the walk. “Take a leisurely walk through the garden to see and hear the numerous bird species that migrate through the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire,” a press release stated. Reservations are encouraged. More info is at rsabg.org/bird-walks or (909) 625-8767. 1500 N. College Ave.

CROSSROADS JEWELRY SALE BENEFIT A jewelry sale by artists David Likens and Kristy Thierrien to benefit Crossroads, a Claremont charity focused on assisting formerly incarcerated women, takes place today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 250 W. First St., Suite 254. The sale includes custom, handcrafted jewelry from natural elements such as turquoise rings, brooches and necklaces. More information is at crossroads.mcdonnelltech.com.

 

Monday, December 5

RAPPEL 10 STORIES FOR A GOOD CAUSE Community Senior Services of Claremont is hosting a unique fundraiser today in which participants are invited to rappel down the 10-story Ontario Airport Hotel (700 N. Haven Ave., Ontario) to raise funds for the nonprofit group. The “Over the Edge” event starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Community Senior Services, a nonprofit organization providing a broad array of programs, services and support for seniors, their families and caregivers. More information is at communityseniorservices.org.

TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE Pomona College hosts a free lecture this evening focused  on solutions to combat global warming. The event, “Sustainability Dialog: a Carbon Fee and Dividend Program to Combat Global Warming,” takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  in Hahn Hall, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave. “The Claremont City Council is asked to pass a resolution supporting a national carbon fee and dividend (CFAD),” a press release stated. CFAD experts John Odell (USC) and Rob Haw (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) will discuss the proposal and its implications and lead a dialogue. The event is sponsored by Sustainable Claremont, the League of Women Voters, the Interfaith Sustainability Council and Pomona College. More information is available at sustainableclaremont.org or via email at coordinator@sustainableclaremont.org.

BALINESE MUSIC AND DANCE Pomona College hosts a free Balinese gamelan concert and dance at 8 p.m. this evening. Nyoman Wenten, music director, and Nanik Wenten, dance director, will lead Giri Kusuma as she presents a colorful program of traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance. More information is at pomona.edu/events/giri-kusuma-pomona-college-balinese-gamelan-0 or (909) 607-2671. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St.

 

Tuesday, December 6

UNIVERSITY CLUB LUNCH The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. today to celebrate the holidays with Claremont High School’s CHS Singers performing seasonal songs from around the world. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org. Padua Room, Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.

 

Wednesday, December 7

HUMAN TRAFFICKING TALK Pomona College presents a free lunch and lecture, “Fair Trade Freedom: Anti-Trafficking Rescue and Rehabilitation in China, Thailand and the US,” at 12:15 p.m. today. The talk is the fourth and final lecture from the Pacific Basin Institute’s “Trafficking and its Discontents: Intimacy, Labor and Migration in a Transnational World” series. More information is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-7467. Hahn Building, 420 Harvard Ave.

IMPROV JAZZ CONCERT Harvey Mudd College hosts a free improvisational concert of jazz classics from 7:30 to 9 p.m. tonight at Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd. More info is at hmc.edu/hmc-arts or (909) 621-8022.

 

Thursday, December 8

JAPANESE PRINT EXHIBIT The exhibition “On Stage: Japanese Theater Prints and Costumes (Kabuki, Bunraku & Noh)” continues from noon to 5 p.m. today at Scripps College’s Williamson Gallery, 251 E. Eleventh St. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Woodblock prints and vintage photographs as well as costumes and masks will be included in the exhibition, which runs through December 17. Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku are types of theater—each distinct, all indispensable in the Japanese tradition of dramatic expression; the exhibit offers a rich, many-faceted view of late 19th C. to mid-20th C. theatrical performance in Japan. For more information go to rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or call (909) 607-4690.

 

Friday, December 9

THREE-TIME PULITZER WINNER TO SPEAK Claremont Graduate University welcomes Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, bestselling author and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, for a free discussion today of his new book, “Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.” Co-hosted by CGU and Live Talks LA, Mr. Friedman’s talk takes place at 1 p.m. in the university’s Albrecht Auditorium, located in the Stauffer Hall of Learning. “What’s behind the acceleration of modern life?” a press release asked. “For Friedman, the answer boils down to three technological changes in access to digital information—mobility, broadband, and the cloud.” In his previous bestselling books, including The World is Flat and Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Mr. Friedman examined the impact and consequences of our increasingly globalized world. Now, in his new book, he looks not only at the consequences of this new world digital order but also at potential solutions and recommendations for coping and adapting to this “age of accelerations.” More information is at cgu.edu. Albrecht Auditorium is at 924 N. Dartmouth Ave.

FREE CHOIR CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday noon concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with a the Claremont Chamber Choir at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave. Charles W. Kamm will conduct music from Palestrina, Debussy, Poulenc and Lauridsen as well as holiday favorites. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

CONTRA DANCE Scripps College’s CONTRAversial Dance Series continues this evening with Contra Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. The event features live music and Trader Joe’s snacks. No prior experience or partner needed. The dance is free for Claremont Colleges students. Admission is $5 for everyone else. More info is at contraversial.weebly.com, via email at claremontcontra@gmail.com or by phone at (603) 912-0477. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave.

 

Saturday, December 10

PLANTING EVENT Sustainable Claremont invites interested parties of all ages to help plant water-wise shrubs from 9 to 11 a.m. at College Park, 100?S. College Ave. Registration is required. Bring gloves, sun protection, refreshments and tools. Some tools will also be available. More information is at sustainableclaremont.org or (909) 625-8767 x 238.

HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE Local charity Keeping the Good in Our Neighborhood hosts its annual Holiday Toy Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Claremont Police Department, 570 W. Bonita Ave. The community is asked to bring unwrapped new toys to help make the holidays fun for local children in need. More information is on the group’s Facebook page, facebook.com/kgnhgood.

LUMINARIA NIGHTS AT THE GARDEN Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., is the setting for tonight’s Luminaria Nights. The event from 6 to 9 p.m. features more than 1,000 luminaria in a half-mile accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa, live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider. Admission for members is $7 for adults or $5 for students/seniors/children. General public prices are $8 for adults and $6 for students/seniors/children. Children under 3 are free. Garden admission fees do not apply for this special ticketed event. More information is at rsabg.org/upcoming-events or (909) 625-8767.

BRAHMS CONCERT The Claremont Concert Orchestra plays a free 8 p.m. concert tonight at Garrison Theatre, 241 E. Tenth St. The performance features Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. David Cubek conducts. More information is available at (909) 607-3267.