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Claremont CALENDAR: Adult class 101, Luminaria Nights, holidays concerts galore!

Friday, December 15

‘ADULT 101 FOR TEENS’ CLASS The Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., offers a free 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.

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 luminarias. The event repeats and concludes tomorrow, December 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.

OLA CHRISTMAS CONCERT Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont, hosts a free, family-friendly Christmas concert at 7 p.m. The show features The Messengers Ensemble and refreshments. For information, click on olaclaremont.org, or call (909) 626-3596.

POMONA BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT The Pomona Concert Band presents its annual free and open 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 led by musical director and conductor Linda W. Taylor and assistant director Jorge Garcia. Among the selections will be “Festival Fanfare for Christmas,” “Candlelight Carol,” “The Christmas Song,” and “A Christmas Festival,” among others. The PCB was founded in 1947 by G. Stanton Selby as part of a local Pomona American Legion post. For more info click on pomonaconcertband.org.


Saturday, December 16

FREE BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., hosts a free family bird walk from 8 to 9 a.m. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring bird guides 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 info@rsabg.org.

HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE 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 p.m. Performers from Inland Valley Repertory Theater will be strolling throughout the Village.


Sunday, December 17

FARMERS AND ARTISANS GIFT IDEAS Claremont’s Farmers and Artisans Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Second Street in the Village. The lovely Sunday morning tradition is a great way to get outside and move around amongst the community, have a warm beverage, and support growers and makers of items like cheese, produce, juices, nuts and honey, as well as jewelry, clothing, candles and books. If you’re like me, and your family and friends deserve thoughtful, non-big box store holiday gifts, then the Market may be a good spot for you. See you there. 

HANDMADE MARKET The City of Trees’ flagship brewery, Claremont Craft Ales, hosts a handmade market from 1 to 6 p.m. The seasonal event offers local artisans showcasing their wares. Among those participating are AGC Artwork, Button Glutton, Cat + Claw Apothecary, Ceramics by Doug DeWet, Goat Rodeo Soap, Hammie Kids Clothes, Indigo by Cheryl, Juno + Hera Wellness, Love + Metal Jewelry, Pushpin’d, Sand and Suede and Timber + Thread. More info is at claremontcraftales.com.

CSO SING-ALONG MESSIAH The audience is the choir for Claremont Symphony Orchestra’s 36th annual free and open sing-along Messiah at 1:30 and 4 p.m. at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s beloved oratorio will be conducted by CSO Music Director Robert Sage. Featured soloists are soprano Monika Beal, mezzo-soprano Michelle Rice, tenor Bernardo Bermudez, and baritone Phil Meyer. CSO musicians will accompany them, and the audience will be the chorus. CSO will seat sopranos, altos, tenors and basses downstairs. Listeners will best enjoy the combined effect in the balcony. Concertgoers can rent a score with all the lyrics for $5 or take a copy home for $15. This event has historically been a sell-out, so come early. Admission is free, although a donation of $5 or more is welcomed. More information is at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.

HOLIDAY ORGAN CONCERT Claremont United Church of Christ, at 233 W.  Harrison Ave., hosts a 3 p.m. Christmas concert featuring organists Carey Robertson and Susan Achuff. The pair will perform Christmas music on the renowned 4,000 pipe Glatter-Goetz/Rosales organ. A suggested donation of $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors supports CUCC’s 2017-18 organ concert series. Children are admitted free. Also playing is guest cellist Matt Keating, violinist Wendy Waggener, and noted operatic bass-baritone Wayne Shepperd. Carol singing and cookies will follow. For information call (909) 626-1201 or email officemanager@claremontucc.org.

A CELTIC CHRISTMAS The Folk Music Center hosts “A Celtic Christmas” concert with harpist Cynthia Artish at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Folk, 220 Yale Ave. “The harp in ancient times tells the story of holiday cheer,” a press release read. “Come join us in celebrating the magic of the season!” More info is at folkmusiccenter.com.


Monday, December 18

MARK’S GOSPEL LIVE Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, at 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont, hosts Mark’s Gospel Live! at 7 p.m., repeating Wednesday, December 20 at 9 a.m. The free, all ages show features The Rev. Joseph Morris, who has performed the two-hour play more than 500 times. For information, click on olaclaremont.org, or call (909) 626-3596.


Tuesday, December 19

SEASON OF WONDER Claremont High School’s Instrumental Music Program’s annual winter concert, “Season of Wonder,” gets underway at 7 p.m. at the school’s theater. The show repeats at 7 p.m. tomorrow, December 20. Tickets are $5 presale and $7 at the door, and are available at chs-asb-webstore.myschoolcentral.com, or through any member of band or instrumental music. More info is available at the Wolfpack Music Facebook page.


Thursday, December 21

PARISIAN LITERATURE SALON Crepes de Paris Claremont hosts its bi-weekly literary salon and open mic from 6 to 8 p.m. at 510 W. First St. The free event is open to writers, performers, readers and listeners. More information is at crepesdeparis.com, (818) 852-6429, or via email at extablisment@gmail.com.


Friday, December 22

SCHOOL’S OUT…FOR…WINTER! That’s right folks, kids across the city are officially underfoot, as Claremont schools shut down for winter break at the completion of today’s classes. Schools will reopen next year on Monday, January 8.


Saturday, December 23

HOLIDAY MUSIC Live holiday music continues with Village Jazz from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Chamber; Yuletide Blend from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by Cougar Estrada’s Lounge Trio from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Laemmle Plaza.

 Performers from Inland Valley Repertory Theater will be strolling throughout the Village.