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Burgers and burnouts, poetry, Turkey Trot info, jazz, concerts and Black Friday!

Saturday, November 17

BURGERS, BURNOUTS AT POMONA RACEWAY Gates open at 8 a.m. at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, 2780 Fairplex Dr., as In-N-Out Burger and Hot Rod magazine throw a party to celebrate 70 years of burgers and burnouts. Both Southern California businesses opened within 25 miles of each other in 1948. The event includes a rare opportunity to see historic vehicles drag race, on-site In-N-Out cookout trucks, an outdoor car show featuring historic racecars, special historical exhibits, and the chance to view the history of Hot Rod and meet its staff. Other activities include autograph sessions, live music and more. Advance tickets are $15 or $20 at the door, with children 12 and under free with a paid adult. Participant pre-registration is $40 or $50 onsite. Go to hotrod.com/events/n-hot-rod-70th-anniversary-celebration or call (714) 227-2621 for more information.

TELLABRATION AT THE FOLK Claremont’s now 60-year old treasure of a music store, the Folk Music Center (220 Yale Ave.), hosts an international night of storytelling with Tellebration at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the store or the door. “We often assume that storytelling is only for children, but this ancient art form integrates stories and folk tales that appeal to adults as well,” a press release read. More info is at folkmusiccenter.com.

 

Sunday, November 18

SUNDAY POETRY, CIDER Open Words Poetry hosts its monthly free reading from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ironbark Ciderworks, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #107B. “Come early and sign up to read your poetry or other creative work or just come and listen,” a press release read. All types of poetry (or prose) are welcome. The readings happen on the third Sunday of every month. For information email mari_werner@yahoo.com or visit the Open Words Poetry Facebook page.

THE ANTIDOTE TO CONSUMER CULTURE Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont, hosts its 33rd annual Alternative Gift Christmas Market from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Billed as “the antidote to consumer culture,” the event links gift givers with humanitarian programs here and in Haiti, Mexico, Honduras, Nepal, Philippines and Africa—all with strong local ties. Folks can choose gifts to give to the poor and receive Christmas cards to present to friends and relatives. For more information call (909) 626-3596.

FREE JAZZ The long running free outdoor concert series Jazz at College Center takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. On the patio next to Blue Fin Sushi and Teriyaki today is Polyhedra. Next Sunday, November 25, Eric Croissant will be performing. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter.com or (909) 946-6967.

 

Monday, November 19

REMINISCE WITH FRIENDS Local senior group Reminisce with Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Joslyn Senior Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The event is free and open to the public. “Join us for another great session of conversation and storytelling, focused on a variety of subjects about the lives of the group and other unique topics,” a press release read. “Space is limited, so come early and often!” Refreshments and treats will be served along with a free lunch at the center afterward.

 

Tuesday, November 20

TURKEY TROT REGISTRATION CLOSES Participants have until the end of the day today to get discount pricing on online pre-registration for Claremont Sunrise Rotary’s 11th annual Turkey Trot 5k and Kids’ Fun Run 1k, which take place Thanksgiving morning in the Village and the Colleges. Online pre-registration is $25 for kids 12 and under, and $40 for runners 13 and up, and can be done online at claremontturkeytrot.com. In person registration will be available on Wednesday, November 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. in front of the Claremont Depot at 200 W. First St., Claremont, for $30 and $50, respectively. Race day registration is also available, at $35 and $55, respectively. For more information click over to claremontturkeytrot.com.

GIVING TUESDAY Claremont is home to many charitable organizations making a difference in our community, and shoppers can help support these causes today by spending a few bucks in the Village. By shopping on Claremont Giving Tuesday, customers will help brighten the holidays for those in need. More information is at claremontvillage.com/giving-tuesday.

JAZZ AGE TUNES AT POMONA Pomona College Jazz Ensemble performs a free and open to the public 4:30 p.m. concert at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Way, Claremont. Barb Catlin, director, leads the ensemble in an afternoon program featuring jazz age music of 1920s and ‘30s. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday, with social time at 7 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:30, at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Meetings are held in the Weinberger Room. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. More information is at cscclub.org.

 

Wednesday, November 21

CITY OFFICES CLOSE AT NOON Claremont’s city offices close at noon today in front of tomorrow’s Thanksgiving holiday. If you have business at city hall, you will need to get it done before lunch.

 

Thursday, November 22

THANKFUL I’m thankful the midterm elections are over, for firefighters and first responders, and for folks standing up and fighting for justice. What are you thankful for? You can thank me later for letting you know that government offices and most businesses are closed today. Claremont Unified School District campuses are closed today and tomorrow as well, and will reopen Monday, November 26.

TURKEY TROT Want to get ahead of the carb-loading you’re about to do today? If so, Claremont Sunrise Rotary’s 11th annual Turkey Trot 5k and Kids’ Fun Run 1k takes place early this morning in the Village and around the Colleges. Race-day registration is $35 for kids 12 and under, and $55 for everyone else. The 1k begins at 7:30 and the 5k starts at 8 a.m. at College Avenue and First Street. This traditional walk/run through scenic city streets and historic College trails is open to athletes of all stripes, ages and abilities. Runners come from Claremont, surrounding cities and states and even overseas. Last year’s race saw about 2,000 participants, and organizers hope to meet or exceed that number this year. Every runner in the 1k Fun Run (which is not timed) receives a medal. For the 5k run/walk there will awards for men and women for best overall time and first, second and third place divided by age groups. For the 5k, timing is by a computer chip embedded in each runners’ racing bib, so each athlete’s time will be exact from start to finish line. For more information click over to claremontturkeytrot.com.

 

Friday, November 23

BLACK FRIDAY Shoppers across the nation will fan out to big box stores today and jockey for position, sometimes with a little extra hip check or forearm shiv, in the contact sport that is Black Friday. For a chance at a discount flat screen TV or video game console, folks wake in the pre-dawn hours and schlep across town to go to retail war. It’s a new tradition, and one that isn’t without its critics. Luckily here in Claremont, Black Friday is just … Friday; instead of sweating it out at Target or Best Buy, we just sidle up at one of the great little (and big) coffee shops or bakeries in town and do a little old-fashioned nothing. Maybe we should call this Nothing Friday? Who’s with me?

 

Saturday, November 24

YOU IMBICILE! Fans of the jarringly violent physical comedy geniuses known as the Three Stooges can take a short drive west on the 210 Freeway today and celebrate with like-minded connoisseurs at the 21st annual Three Stooges Big Screen Event at Glendale’s Alex Theater, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. This years theme is “three,” and will feature 2 and 8 p.m. screenings of Three Little Bears (1935), Three Dumb Clucks (1937), Three Missing Links (1938), Three Sappy People (1939), Three Little Pirates (1946) and Three Dark Horses (1948). Tickets are $12 to $17 and are available at the box office or at alextheatre.org. The Stooges were active from 1922 all the way up until 1970, and made 190 short films in that time, which have been airing constantly on TV since 1958, inspiring multiple generations to whack each other with two-by-fours and poke one another in the eyes, all for a guaranteed, albeit painful, laugh. More info is at alextheatre.org.