CALENDAR: Music in the Village, Nutcracker performances, food trucks at Fairplex
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. 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
HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE Festive Sounds Saturdays continues today with strolling carolers from Inland Valley Repertory Theatre 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 and El Roble band/orchestra play from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Village Square Public Plaza; and the Jackson Family plays the same venue from 3 to 5 p.m. More info is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at claremontvillage.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.
Sunday, December 18
NUTCRACKER TRADITION CONTINUES Inland Pacific Ballet presents its closing performance of The Nutcracker at 2 p.m. today at Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way. The ballet “comes to life in Inland Pacific’s spectacular holiday ballet with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes and more than 80 dancers on stage,” a press release stated. “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.” Tickets are $21 to $56. More information is at pomona.edu or (909) 607-1139.
Handmade Market Christmas shopping as it should be. Relax, have a beer and check out some offerings from local artists from 2 to 6 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd 204C.
Tuesday, December 20
SOULFUL CHRISTMAS SHOW IN POMONA “David Siahaan is a dynamic artist who fills the room with soul, ambiance and overall good vibes. With every show he plays, depending on various factors, he brings up many different musicians with him to each show as a collective concept.” So says the Glass House, site of Mr. Siahaan’s 7 p.m. show tonight at the venerable Pomona venue. “His upcoming Christmas Show is going to be a night full of fun, warmed hearts. Ultimately, good, soulful music. The space will be filled with sweet sounds of strings, piano, guitars, bass, vocals and maybe a little surprise from here and there.” Tickets are $12 for the all ages show. The Glass House is at 200 W. Second St., Pomona. More info is at theglasshouse.us.
Wednesday, December 21
TEEN COMMITTEE MEETING The city of Claremont’s Teen Committee meets today at the Youth Activity Center, 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The meeting takes place from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Open to the public. More information is at ci.claremont.ca.us.
Thursday, December 22
FAIRPLEX FOOD TRUCK Thursdays 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 admission in the lower administration lot on McKinley Avenue at Gate 1. Trucks tonight include Chunk-n-Chip (ice cream sandwiches), Me So Hungry, Ragin’ Cajun, George’s Greek and the Grilled Cheese Truck.
Friday, December 23
SPGT! Bona ide local indie-rock heroes Wckr Spgt bring their live show to the Press, 129 Harvard Ave., tonight at 10 p.m. in what is billed as “Wckr Spgt Hometown Holiday Show.” Every performance from Spgt brings something new and unique to the fore. The band is always up to something interesting and, with the seemingly innocuous descriptor of “Hometown Holiday Show,” one can only guess as to the brainy shenanigans they will bring to Claremont. The show is free and starts at 10 p.m. More info is at thepressrestaurant.com.
Saturday, December 24
FINAL HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE THIS SEASON Festive Sounds Saturdays concludes its December run today with Tim Rotolo playing holiday music on the piano at the Claremont Chamber office from 10 a.m. to noon. More info is available via email at email@example.com or online at claremontvillage.org.
FIDDLER SINGALONG Join Temple Beth Israel for a Fiddler on the Roof sing-a-long with Cantor Paul Buch at 7:30 p.m. at the Laemmle Claremont 5 Movie Theatre. Guests are invited to “Rock the Shtetl-songs, trivia, costumes” at this special celebration on the first night of Chanukah. Call the TBI Office at (909) 626-1277 for more information.