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CALENDAR: Pulitzer winner, holiday music, flea market

Friday, December 9

THREE-TIME PULITZER WINNER 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. Mr. Friedman’s talk takes place at 1 p.m. in the university’s Albrecht Auditorium, located in the Stauffer Hall of Learning at 924 N. Dartmouth Ave. “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.” More information is at cgu.edu.

FREE CHOIR CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday Noonish Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with 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.

HOLIDAY GIFTS, ETC. Claremont’s Gypsy Sisters’ annual holiday boutique takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. today at UCC Church, 233 Harrison Ave. The event promises “freshly created artwork just perfect for holiday gift giving,” according to a press release. Original artists, potters, photographers, quilt makers, glass blowers, doll makers, weavers and other creative types will be on hand. Live music and light refreshments are also included. The boutique is also open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch presents “Holiday Celebration” with a holiday karaoke sing-along from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Admission at the door is $10 (cash only), which includes appetizers and refreshments. RSVPs are required. The event is open to people 50 and over. Call (909) 399-5488 for reservations or information or visit claremontrec.com.

CONTRA DANCE TONIGHT Scripps College’s CONTRAversial Dance Series continues this evening with Contra Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave. 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.


Saturday, December 10

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

HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE Festive Sounds Saturdays continues today with strolling carolers from Inland Valley Repertory Theater singing classic holiday tunes at various locations in the Village. In addition, Claremont Cellos will perform at the Claremont Chamber office from 10 a.m. to noon; the Claremont High School and El Roble band/orchestras play from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Shelton Park; the Noir Sax Quartet does its thing from 1 to 3:30 p.m., also at the Chamber office; and the Moultrie Academy of Music, Voice and Dance performs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Village Square Public Plaza. More info is available via email at claremontvillageinfo@gmail.com or online at claremontvillage.org.

HOLIDAY FOOD PANTRY, TOY GIVEAWAY Pomona charity Sowing Seeds for Life hosts its eighth annual toy giveaway and food pantry today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Charisma Life Church, 305 Arrow Hwy., Pomona. The event draws upwards of 600 kids and each child under the age of 12 receive a toy (child must be present). The food pantry is also available for any Los Angeles County residents. Sponsors are still very much in need, as are toys for the children. Anyone interested in assisting should call (909) 293-7735, extension 232 or email frobertson@sowingseedsforlife.org.

TUPAC BOOK ON THE DOCKET Chi Modu will give an artist talk and sign his newly-released book, Tupak Shakur Uncategorized, at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Mirrored Society, 206 W. Bonita Ave. in Claremont. The book includes more than 100 images of Tupac Shakur, many of which have never been made public. More info is at mirroredsociety.com.

LUMINARIA NIGHTS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 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 event. The garden is at 1500 N. College Ave. More information is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

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

Funny in Farsi The On the Same Page committee of the Friends of the Claremont Library is sponsoring a community gathering to talk about the world of immigrant children. They arrive in America, often facing a mystifying new language, new foods, and a dizzying array of new traditions. Author Firoozeh Dumas writes about such experiences in her book, Funny in Farsi.  Speakers include Frans Vischer, a Disney animator and author; Amada Irma Perez. a bilingual educator and author of children’s books; Alice Path, who came to southern California from Brazil as a Portuguese-speaking child; Opanyi Nasiali, who arrived from Kenya as a young adult—amid a good bit of culture shock—to study urban planning at California State University Northridge and now serves on the Claremont City Council.Mexican hot chocolate and cookies will be served.  Free to the public. The event begins at 10 a.m. in the Claremont Library Meeting Room, 208 N. Harvard Ave.


Sunday, December 11

HERITAGE FLEA MARKET Memorial Park is the site of today’s Claremont Heritage Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Vintage and collectible items from the Arts and Crafts, Country French and Mid-century Modern periods will be offered, including furniture, artwork, jewelry, clothing and accessories. More information is at claremontheritage.org, via email at info@claremontheritage.org or by phone at  (909) 621-0848.

MEDICINAL PLANTS TALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts a Medicinal Plants of California Herb Walk today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is limited to 20 participants and the cost is $20 for members and $25 for all others. Participants are asked to bring a hat, sack lunch or snack and a water bottle. Join experienced herbalist William Broen at the garden, located at 1500 N. College Ave., for an interactive walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

THE WAR OF 1812 California Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation presents a free lecture at 2 p.m. today, “The Corps of Discovery & the War of 1812,” from Lorna Hainesworth at the Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. Refreshments will be served.


Monday, December 12

SHAKESPEARE CLUB Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley meets at 2 p.m. today at Seaver House, 305 N. College Ave. Professor and actor Linda Bisesti will offer a free interactive session entitled “Reading Shakespeare Aloud,” illustrating how different readings can create different interpretations. Ms. Bisesti is a professor of acting at Cal Poly Pomona and has numerous credits in stage, film and television. Refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public. More info is at (909) 717-1109 or via email at lucylynch@aol.com.


Tuesday, December 13

MIGRANT HEALTH, EDUCATION TALK The University of La Verne Academy Lecture Series continues today with Associate Professor of Public Administration Dr. Adrian Velazquez speaking on “Alternative Systems for Migrant Healthcare and Education” at noon in the school’s Presidents Dining Room on the corner of C and Third streets. More information is at (909) 448-4161 or via email at aclark@laverne.edu.

UNIVERSITY CLUB LUNCH The University Club of Claremont meets today in the Padua Room of the Alexander Hughes Community Center, located at 1700 Danbury Rd. Today’s guest speaker is Zoe TeBeau, who will be presenting a version of the popular PBS program Antiques Road Show over lunch at 11:30 a.m. Guests are invited to bring one item for an informal appraisal. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

Palestinian Daily Life Katie Archibald-Woodward, a Claremont native and graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary, will discuss “Through the Checkpoint,” a multimedia project she created from her recent time spent in Israel. Hosted by the Claremont Area FOSNA Group (Friends of Sabeel North America), the talk will take place at 7 p.m. in Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd., Claremont.“My hope is to help the global community gain a fuller picture of life in Israel/Palestine and compel viewers to join movements to end a dehumanizing status quo and catalyze peace and equity for Palestinians and Jewish Israelis alike,” she said in a press release. She wants to combine her future ministry with her vocation as a photojournalist. A freewill offering will be received to help Ms. Archibald-Woodward in her work and ministry. 


Wednesday, December 14

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 Dec. 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.


Thursday, December 15

TALK ENVIRONMENT OVER A BEER Claremont Green Drinks hosts its monthly free get-together from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd #204c. The theme is “Celebrate and Appreciate,” and guests are invited to “share holiday cheer and our gratitude for our community.” Meet up with others and talk about the environment. More info is available at sustainableclaremont.org or at greendrinks@sustainableclaremont.org.


Friday, December 16

CHRISTMAS CONCERT The Pomona Concert Band presents its annual free Christmas Concert, “The Rhythms of Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona. The concert features musical director and conductor Linda W. Taylor and assistant director Dr. Jorge Garcia. The color guard for the evening will be under the leadership of Sr. Master Sgt. Heriberto Feliciano, US  Air Force Retired. The master of ceremonies will be Edmund Fry. The concert will include “Holiday Overture” by Kenneth Soper; “Russian Christmas Hymn” arranged by Jorge Garcia; “Sounds of Angels” by Jorge Garcia; “Rhapsody for Hanukkah” by Stephen Bulla; “The Rhythms of Christmas” by Frank Erickson; “He Shall Be Named Emmanuel” arranged by Robert Longfield; “Christmas Fancies” by James Curnow; “Irving Berlin’s Christmas” arranged by Michael Brown; “A Most Wonderful Christmas” by Robert Sheldon and Isaac Gonzalez will sing an arrangement of “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert. More information is at pomonaconcertband.org or (626) 824-0001.


Saturday, December 17

FAMILY BIRD WALK Budding birders are invited to a Free Family Bird Walk from 8 to 9 a.m. this morning at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. “Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails,” a press release stated. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring any binoculars or bird guides they may have. The free walk is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. Reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, by phone at (909) 625-8767 or via email at info@rsabg.org.

NATIVE PLANT TIPS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts a free lecture from 10 to 11 a.m. this morning, “Grow Native Nursery Workshops: How to Plant & Water Native Plants.” The garden is at 1500 N. College Ave. “New to California native gardening or need to refresh your skills?” a press release asked. “This lecture will cover and demonstrate the initial planting techniques and proper irrigation of your new plants.” More information is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

THE NUTCRACKER Inland Pacific Ballet presents The Nutcracker at 2 and 7:30 p.m. today at Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way. “This annual yuletide favorite tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets.” The show repeats at 2 p.m. tomorrow, December 18. Tickets are $21 to $56. More information is at pomona.edu or  (909) 607-1139.

HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE Festive Sounds Saturdays continues today with strolling carolers from Inland Valley Repertory Theater singing classic holiday tunes at various locations in the Village. In addition, The Cool Yule Band will perform at the Claremont Chamber office from 10 a.m. to noon, the Claremont High School and El Roble band/orchestras play from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Laemmle Public Plaza and the Jackson Family plays the same venue from 3 to 5 p.m. More info is available via email at claremontvillageinfo@gmail.com or online at claremontvillage.org.


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