CALENDAR: Tree lighting, kids choir concert
Friday, December 1
TREE LIGHTING FESTIVITIES The free and festive Claremont Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Village. The annual holiday kickoff event features live performances, a photo-op with Santa, the annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Depot, storefront decorations, and holiday cheer stops throughout the Village, with businesses providing free holiday treats. The award-winning vocal groups from Moultrie Academy of Music, Voice, and Dance will be part of the festivities, with some 40 children ages 4 to 14 performing together and as soloists from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the south patio of the Claremont City Hall, 207 N. Harvard Ave. The kids will be singing a variety of holiday, musical theater, and pop selections. For information call (909) 399-5490.
WALK FOR PEACE Local nonprofit Lifetime Community Care is holding a Peace Walk-a-Thon from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Thompson Creek Trail. The walk begins off Indian Hill and will end at Higginbotham Park. Participants can park for free at La Puerta Sports Park, or on the street. The event aims to promote a healthy lifestyle, fitness and to bring peace awareness. “We encourage everyone to wear red, symbolizing love, and we will be gathering in the form of a peace symbol at the end of our walk,” a press release read. A concession stand will sell hot dogs, drinks and snacks, with all proceeds benefitting Operation Silver Star, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting wounded and returning combat military veterans of all eras. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. For more information call (909) 450-4793, email rreynoldslcvocational@ gmail.com, or go to lifetimecommunitycareinc.com.
CGU SUICIDE PREVENTION Claremont Graduate University’s Fresh Check Day, a free and open to the public mental health promotion and suicide prevention event, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Des Combes Quad. It includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment and giveaways. Fresh Check Day aims to create an approachable atmosphere where participants are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and to help build a bridge between students, the public and mental health resources. Visit freshcheckday.com/cgu for more information.
CALLING ALL SANTAS Pilgrim Place’s Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, at 730 Plymouth Rd., Claremont, hosts a free and open event, “Calling all Santas,” from 3 to 5 p.m. The show features Pilgrim Place residents’ collections of various interpretations of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas and Father Christmas. Live music from Michael Ryan and Ken Sunderland and holiday tea and cookies are also included. More information is available at (909) 399-5544.
CLASSICS FROM THE POMONA CHOIR Pomona College Choir, with visiting conductor David Rentz, plays a free and open 8 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The Choir will offer a mixed program of classics and new music, with pieces from the 17th to 21st centuries. Among the selections are works by Betinis, Brown, Fauré, Guillaume, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Schütz, Spencer, Whitacre and others. The show repeats Sunday, December 3. More info is at pomona.edu/events.
Saturday, December 2
GREEN CREW TREE PLANTING Sustainable Claremont hosts another free and open Green Crew Tree Planting Event from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the corner of South College Ave. and Bryn Mawr Rd., Claremont, where there will be a short presentation and tree planting demonstration at 8:30 a.m. For more information and to RSVP, email email@example.com or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.
LIBRARY FINE ART BOOK SALE Claremont Public Library’s annual Holiday Fine Book Sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. “Book lovers will find highly discounted books of great value,” a press release stated, including “rare, old, first editions, fine early and later classics, as well as a large number of autographed works, specialty printers and works finely illustrated.” The sale will also feature a special assortment of art books, Californiana, pre-1918 antiques and children’s books. All purchases benefit Friends of the Claremont Library. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted, and Friends members receive 10 percent off all purchases. More information is at claremontlibrary.org.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Theater Experience presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at 2 p.m. today at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. Tickets are $24, with group discounts available. The cast is comprised of Claremont locals as well as actors who have taken part in the production since it was first mounted by Theater Experience in 1992. About 6,000 school children will attend the performance during the week prior. More info is at (909) 607-1139.
TEA, BAKE SALE, KIDS’ PARTY The Rembrandt Club’s annual Holiday Tea, Bake Sale and Children’s Party takes place from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Seaver House, 305 N. College Ave., Claremont. The event features wassail, syllabub, an array of sweets and savories, crafting activities and 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 annually to one or two Pomona College junior art students. Admission is $7 at the door, or $20 for four purchased in advance. Children age five and under are free. More info is at (909) 981-7245.
KINDRED NATURES OPENS Claremont Museum of Art hosts a free and open to the public reception for its latest show, Kindred Natures: Aldo Casanova and James Fuller, from 6 to 9 p.m. The museum is located at 200 W. First St. “Kindred Natures will reintroduce two highly respected and revered local artists,” a press release read. “For over 30 years each artist influenced generations of students while teaching at Scripps College, as well as maintaining active careers as exhibiting artists throughout the country. Sharing an affinity for the beauty of nature, this exhibition will highlight the kindred links between the sculptures of Aldo Casanova and the paintings of James Fuller.” The exhibition will remain open to March 25, 2018. For more information visit claremontmuseum.org.
CAROLS OLD AND NEW The Claremont Chorale presents “Carols Old and New: A Claremont Tradition,” at 7:30 p.m. at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave. The concert repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 3. The Chorale’s 50th concert season features Robert Ray’s “Gospel Magnificat,” and “Panamanian Folk Carols,” as well as new works such as Ralph Manuel’s “Alleluia.” Tickets are $20 at the door. Discount tickets are available at claremontchorale.org, or from a member of the Chorale. For more information call (909) 239-8313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, December 3
KIDS CHOIR CONCERT Vocal groups from Moultrie Academy of Music, Voice, and Dance, joined by choirs from two Claremont elementary schools, the Chaparral Chorale and Sycamore Singers, will perform a free concert at the Old School House, at Foothill and Indian Hill Boulevards, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
COMIC BOOKS & COLLECTIBLES SHOW The Packing House, at 532 W. First St., Claremont, is the site of the monthly free comic book and collectibles show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event features comic book art demonstrations, comic books, collectibles, new and vintage comics, graphic novels and more. More info is available on the Facebook event page.
CHOIR CONCERT OF CLASSICS Pomona College Choir presents a free and open to the public concert at 3 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The show includes a mixed program of classics and new music with pieces from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Among the selections are works by Betinis, Brown, Fauré, Guillaume, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Schütz, Spencer, Whitacre and others. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
SCRIPPS JUNIOR VOICE RECITAL Claremont’s Scripps College hosts its free and open Junior Voice Recital at 4 p.m. at Boone Recital Hall, Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. Claremont McKenna College’s Saif Saigol, baritone, will sing the music of Jacques Ibert, Nicola Vaccai and Saverio Mercadante, accompanied by Kyungmi Kim (Scripps staff). More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3266.
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY The Democratic Club of Claremont’s free and open to the public annual party takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Commons Room, 660 Avery Rd. The club will honor three of its members for their contributions to the community and Democratic ideals: Marguerite Gee Royse, Ellen Taylor and Andy Winnick. More info is available via email at email@example.com, or by calling (909) 626-8122.
BE A HOLIDAY FOLK UKE STAR Claremont’s long running, funky and venerable Folk Music Center hosts a Holiday Ukulele Workshop with Jerry and Ellen from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Participants will be able to regale their families this season after this beginners-friendly event, after which they’ll have learned five holiday songs. The cost is $20, and pickers can bring their own ukuleles or borrow one from the store. More info is at folkmusiccenter.com or (909) 624-2928.
CELLO, ELECTRONICS Harvey Mudd College’s free and open concert series continues at 7 p.m. with Maggie Parkins playing virtuosic new compositions for cello and electronics at Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. More info is at hmc.edu/calendar or (909) 621-8022.
Monday, December 4
BALINESE MUSIC, DANCE Giri Kusuma, Nyoman Wenten, music director, and Nanik Wenten, dance director, perform a free and open 8 p.m. concert of traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Joining the Pomona College Ensemble are musicians and dancers from California Institute of the Arts. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
Tuesday, December 5
UNIVERSITY CLUB CELEBRATES WITH SONG The University Club of Claremont hosts a luncheon and discussion, “Seasonal Songs from Around the World,” with guest speaker Joel Wilson. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The meeting is open to the public. The fee is $20, which includes a buffet lunch. Mr. Wilson is director of the award-winning Claremont High School Singers, who will perform seasonal songs from around the world. Mr. Wilson is a CHS graduate and holds a PhD in music. The University Club is a longtime supporter of CHS’s music program. “Use this festive occasion to celebrate with your family, wear red and green and be ready to sing along to a familiar carol or two,” a press release read. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday, with social time at 7 p.m. and the meeting at 7:30 p.m., at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Newcomers are welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.
Wednesday, December 6
MEXICAN PLAYERS TALK Claremont Heritage presents a lecture with Alma Martinez, actress, director and professor, who will discuss her research on the history of Claremont’s historic Mexican Players. The free and open event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pitzer College’s Benson Theater, Avery Hall, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. More info is at claremontheritage.org.
Thursday, December 7
SCRIPPS STUDENT RECITAL Claremont’s Scripps College Student Recital takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Boone Recital Hall, Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. Tenth St. The free and open concert includes performances by Scripps music department students. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3266.
Friday, December 8
GYPSY SISTERS HOLIDAY BAZAAR The Gypsy Sisters, a group of local artists and craftspeople, opens its holiday show from 4 to 8 p.m. in the basement at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave. The event includes glass, pottery, quilts, weavings, jewelry, photography, paintings, boxes, collages, robots, sewn items, dolls, stitchery and enameled pieces. The show continues Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More info is at (909) 626-7083.
MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will celebrate the holidays with “Holiday Cheer” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The Claremont High School Chamber Singers and Pomona’s Cielo Rojo Folklorico Dance Company will provide entertainment. Admission at the door is $15 (cash only). The event is open to persons age 50 and over. RSVPs, at (909) 399-5488 or claremontrec.com, are required by noon, Wednesday, December 6.
CLAREMONT CHAMBER CHOIR Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series gets started at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave. This week’s concert features the Claremont Chamber Choir performing works by Palestrina, Jonathan Dove, Caroline Malonee and Eric Whitacre, plus holiday favorites, with Charles W. Kamm, conductor. Doors open at noon. Food is not permitted in the auditorium. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/ events or (909) 607-3266.
Saturday, December 9
IMBIBING IN CALIFORNIA The Friends of the Claremont Library is sponsoring a visit from culinary specialist Richard Foss, who will present “From Mission to Prohibition: A Short History of Drinking in Southern California,” a free 3 p.m. lecture at the library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. The event is in connection with the city read, Tangled Vines: Greed, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, by Frances Dinkelspiel. The book covers the period from 1778 to 1933, beginning with pious monks and ending with law-dodgers who were anything but reverent. Refreshments will be served. Information is at claremontlibrary.org, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOHN YORK The Claremont Forum, at 586 W. First St., hosts accomplished local singer, songwriter and guitarist John York in a 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are $15, with proceeds benefiting the Prison Library Project. Mr. York was a member of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers The Byrds, and also played and toured with the Sir Douglas Quintet, the Mamas and the Papas and Johnny Rivers. He has most recently recorded and toured with Barry McGuire along with his own band, The Jangle Brothers. More info is at (909) 626-3066, or at claremontforum.org.
HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE Live holiday music kicks off at the Chamber of Commerce with Voice and Dance from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by Claremont Cellos from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The Noir Sax Quartet will be at Shelton Park band shell from noon to 2 p.m. Vocal groups from The Moultrie Academy of Music, joined by the Chaparral Chorale and Sycamore Singers, perform at Laemmle Plaza from 1 to 4 p.m., and musicians from the Claremont High School Band will stroll the Village, as well as carolers from Inland Valley Repertory Theater.