NINE DAY: Friday, December 8 to Saturday, December 16
Friday, December 8
CLAREMONT CHAMBER CHOIR Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series gets started at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. 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. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps’ and Pomona College’s music departments. Doors open at noon, and food is not permitted in the auditorium. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/ events or (909) 607-3266.
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.
GARDEN HOSTS LUMINARIA NIGHTS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s annual Luminaria Nights holiday celebration takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. This Claremont tradition features illuminated evening walks with live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider, and more than 1,000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias. The event repeats tomorrow, and next weekend, December 15 and 16. This year, guests can adventure through the Garden’s Grove of Thorns, an installation of giant, crystalline thorns. During Luminaria Nights, these larger-than-life sculptures, part of the Game of Thorns exhibition, will be unveiled and dramatically lit. Admission for Garden members is $8 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and children. Non-member admission is $10/$6. Children under 3 are free. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
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), which includes entertainment, appetizers and refreshments. 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.
110 STORIES OPENS Claremont High Theatre Department’s production of 110 Stories opens at 7:30 p.m. at the school’s Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts. The show repeats December 9, 14, 15 and 16. The play offers new perspectives of the events of September 11, 2001, from the first plane’s crash into the north tower of the World Trade Center, to the final goodbyes at ground zero. Based on interviews, this “docu-play” tells the previously untold stories of people who helped save lives on 9/11. The accounts capture the horror of that day, as well as the grit and endurance of the people of New York City in the aftermath. Presale tickets for 110 Stories are $10, and are available at chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu. Day of show tickets will be $12 at the box office. Presale is strongly recommended. For more information go to chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu or call (909) 624-9053, extension 30463.
ULV ORCHESTRA TO PLAY MASTERWORKS, NEW MUSIC University of La Verne’s Morgan Auditorium, at 1950 3rd St., hosts The La Verne Symphony Orchestra in a free and open to the public 8 p.m. concert of music by Bach, Mozart, Faure and Bartok, and the premiere of “Sagrada Familia - Symphonic Picture No. 8,” by Danielle Rosaria, the former director of LVSO. The piece was inspired by the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, a large, unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, that was designed by Antoni Gaudi. The short program of family friendly tunes features Melody Hui-Chi Lin, pianist, and Jonathan Rios, violinist. The orchestra has a new director/conductor this year, Rachel Huang, who is currently a violin professor at Claremont’s Scripps College. While admission is free, donations are suggested. More information is available via email at email@example.com.
CHARITY NEEDS KIDS’ TOYS Sowing Seeds For Life is in need of new, unwrapped toys suitable for children 12 years old and under. The La Verne-based nonprofit’s holiday giveaway takes place December 13, and it is very low on toys this year. The deadline for donations is Monday, December 11. Toys can be dropped off at 1350 Arrow Highway, La Verne. Another option for giving is hosting a toy drive at your place of business. For more information, or to arrange a pickup, call (909) 293-7735, extension 232.
Saturday, December 9
HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE Claremont’s annual tradition of 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 be strolling throughout the Village, as will be carolers from Inland Valley Repertory Theater.
IT’S NUTCRACKER TIME Inland Pacific Ballet brings its production of The Nutcracker to Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The show repeats at 2 p.m. tomorrow, December 10. Tickets are $23 to $59, and are available at ipballet.org. There are 21 young dancers from Claremont, ranging in age from 7 to 16, performing in this year’s IPB production. More info is at ipballet.org.
IMBIBING IN CALIFORNIA The Friends of the Claremont Library brings culinary specialist Richard Foss, who will present “From Mission to Prohibition: A Short History of Drinking in Southern California,” to the Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., for a free 3 p.m. lecture. 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. It begins with pious monks and ends with law-dodgers who were anything but reverent. Refreshments will be served. For info, go to claremontlibrary.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOHN YORK IN BENEFIT SHOW 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.
Sunday, December 10
ORCHESTRA IN FREE CONCERT The Claremont Concert Orchestra performs a free concert: Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, with David Cubek conducting, at 3 p.m. at Garrison Theatre, Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3267.
Monday, December 11
BARD CLUB CELEBRATES The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley invites members and guests to its free and open 2 p.m. holiday meeting at the festively decorated Seaver House, 305 N. College Ave., Claremont. The event features guest speaker Linda Bisesti, a professor of acting at Cal Poly Pomona and director of the annual Southern California Shakespeare Festival. She will discuss her recent production of The Bard’s Comedy of Errors. Refreshments will be served. For more information email email@example.com or call (909) 717-1109.
Tuesday, December 12
TRUE STORIES OF CLAREMONT The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “True Stories of Claremont,” with guest speaker Hal Durian. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Mr. Durian is an author, historian, teacher, newspaper columnist, US Navy veteran and world traveler. His talk will focus on his latest book, True Stories of Claremont. “Even if you don’t live in Claremont, you will enjoy learning new things about local history,” a press release read. Mr. Durian earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Riverside and an advanced degree in history from the University of Arizona. From 2005 to 2012 he wrote a weekly column on history for the Riverside Press Enterprise. His publications include True Stories of Riverside and now, True Stories of Claremont. Mr. Durian taught history and government at Chaffey High School in Ontario for 41 years. After retiring, he traveled to Russia, Spain, China and India. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB MEETS Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday, with social time at 7 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:30, at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. Each meeting provides an opportunity for questions to the group’s club experts, and newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.
Wednesday, December 13
TOASTMASTERS MEETING, TALK Expresso Toastmasters Club 3152 hosts an open to the public open house and membership drive at 7 p.m. at Coco’s Restaurant, 60 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland. The event includes “Achieving Your Goals,” a presentation by keynote speaker LaTina McGhee Simmons. Ms. Simmons is a speaker, educator and mentor, and founder of Daughters of Promise. The talk is free, and food and drink can be purchased from the restaurant. Toastmasters International’s mission is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. More information at expressotm.com.
Thursday, December 14
MAKE THE NATIVITY SCENE Granite Creek Church, at 1580 N. Claremont Blvd., Claremont, hosts its 17th annual Living Nativity and Marketplace at 6 p.m. The event includes a 30-minute family friendly drama, which recreates pivotal moments surrounding the birth of Jesus. Included are costumed actors, live animals and elaborately decorated sets. In addition, a marketplace will open at 5 p.m. with a petting zoo, fire pits, hot cocoa, food trucks and more than 40 vendors. Tickets for the performance are $3, and are available online at granitecreek.org/living-nativity, via phone at (909) 625-4455, or at the event. Children 2 years and younger are admitted free. Free parking is available in the Pomona Valley Healthcare Center parking lot and along Andrew Street. More info is at granitecreek.org/living-nativity or (909) 625-4455.
Friday, December 15
‘ADULT 101 FOR TEENS’ CLASS The Claremont Public Library, at 208 N. Harvard Ave., offers a free 3 p.m. class, “Adult 101 For Teens: Your Persona” at 3 p.m. “Come and learn some basic aspects of persona and exchange views and ideas with fellow teens, and enjoy holiday snacks!” a press release read. “A public persona is the way that you present yourself to the outside world, including your image and your reputation.” The class is geared toward kids ages 13 to 17. For more information, go to colapublib.org or call (909) 621-4902.
POMONA BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT The Pomona Concert Band presents its annual free and open to the public Christmas concert, “Christmas Festival,” at 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona. The show features holiday classics and refreshments. The band will be under the baton of musical director and conductor Linda W. Taylor and assistant director Jorge Garcia. Among the selections will be “Festival Fanfare for Christmas,” “Candlelight Carol,” “Weinachten Schaflied,” “The Christmas Song,” “A Christmas Festival,” “Fanfare and Processional on an Old English Carol,” “In The Christmas Mood,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Celtic Carol.” The PCB was founded in 1947 by G. Stanton Selby as part of a local Pomona American Legion post. It has represented the city of Pomona in countless events and performances over the years, including tours of Europe and Japan in 1985 and 1988. For more info click on pomonaconcertband.org.
Saturday, December 16
FREE FAMILY BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts a free family bird walk from 8 to 9 a.m. Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family friendly walk along Garden trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guides you have and binoculars if you have them. It’s free, but reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, (909) 625-8767, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE Claremont’s annual tradition of live holiday music continues with Yuletide Blend from noon to 3 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. Local treasures the Chet Jaeger Christmas Brass will follow from 5 to 6 p.m. The Claremont High School Band performs at Laemmle Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by Swing Shift from 2:30 to 5. Performers from Inland Valley Repertory Theater will be strolling throughout the Village.