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Friday, November 30

ART SONGS AT NOON Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont, with art songs by composer Carlos Guastavino, sung by soprano Ursula Kleinecke (Pomona) and accompanied by Gayle Blankenburg (Pomona/Scripps). Info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

17th, 18th CENTURY MUSIC The Pomona College Choir brings the sounds of 17th- and 18th-century Latin America and Germany to Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, in a free and open 8 p.m. performance. The show repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2. Conductor Donna M. Di Grazia will lead the 80-voice choir in performances of Bach’s, Magnificat, featuring Melissa Givens, soprano, and music from 17th-century Latin America by Araujo, Zumaya, Zéspedes, Fernandes and others. A guest ensemble will  feature period instrumentalists. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

Saturday, December 1

SIP AND SHOP FOR CHS’ CLASS OF 2019 In a benefit for Claremont High School’s class of 2019, boosters are hosting Sip and Shop, a local vendor holiday marketplace with complimentary mimosas, wine and hors d’oeuvres from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Claremont Women’s Club, 345 W. 12th St. The event will be 21 and over from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and open to all ages from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information call (909) 908-4059 or email uplandcoldstone@yahoo.com.

JOY TO THE WORLD Tickets are $20 for Claremont Chorale’s 7:30 p.m. holiday concert, “Joy to the World,” at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave. The show repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2. The program brings together old and new with two works: Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, composed in 1960, combines classical and 20th century elements; and John Rutter’s Joy To The World is a collection of traditional carols arranged and orchestrated in fresh ways. Discount tickets are available at claremontchorale.org or from a Chorale member. For information call (817) 726-3221 or email theclaremontchorale@gmail.com.

LEAGUE TALKS MIDTERMS The League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area will host a free and open to the public talk and Q and A about the recent election at 3 p.m. in the meeting room of the newly renovated Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. David Menefee-Libey, professor of politics at Pomona College, will be featured. His background includes research at the Brookings Institution and the RAND Corporation. He has also been a commentator on national politics for KPCC. Email lwvclaremont@verizon.net for more information.

HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE Starting today the city of Claremont will be sponsoring afternoon holiday music throughout the Village. The series kicks off with Nick Cassillas and Friends from noon to 2 p.m. and Mark Dzula from 2 to 4 p.m. in Laemmle Plaza; Cool Yule from noon to 3 p.m. at the chamber of commerce; and Inland Valley Repertory Theater carolers strolling throughout the Village.

Sunday, December 2

SAVE A JOURNALIST, BUY A BOOK Author, columnist and Claremonter David Allen will sign copies of his new book from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave. Mr. Allen just released his second book, On Track: 2001-2005, which is a collection of his newspaper columns from his career writing about the ins and outs of the Inland Valley. Pianist Brian Shyer will perform, and the church will serve “Claremont’s finest refreshments, pastries and baked goods,” according to a release. Admission is free, and Mr. Allen’s book will be available for purchase.

BIRDERS, ASSEMBLE! Pomona Valley Audubon Society will lead a free, family two-hour bird walk at 8 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. A skilled Audubon member will lead the group. Bring binoculars and meet at the entrance. There is no charge to enter the Garden with the Audubon group. More info is at (909) 982-9727 or rsabg.org.

CHRISTMAS MARKETPLACE Pilgrim Congregational Church, 600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, hosts a Christmas marketplace from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar offers shoppers interesting, unusual and affordable gifts, including accessories, ceramics, baked goods, fabric crafts, jewelry, Tupperware, handmade items and more. Lunch will be available. For information call (909) 622-1373.

LOCAL ARTIST HOSTS HOLIDAY SHOW Claremont resident Quinn Klingerman, a local artist with cerebral palsy who made headlines in June when his specially equipped 2014 Honda van was stolen, is hosting “Winter Wonder: A Holiday Art Show, Sale and Celebration of Community” from noon to 4 p.m. at his studio and garden located at 373 Cucamonga Ave. The show, free and open to the public, will include holiday treats from The Rustic Loaf, drinks, musical entertainment and a free raffle as a thank you for his patrons’ support and friendship. Honda donated a new van to Mr. Klingerman after it learned of his plight, and shortly thereafter the stolen vehicle was located and donated to another family in need. More info on the show is at qkstudioblog.wordpress.com.

DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE HOLIDAYS The Democratic Club of Claremont hosts its annual free and open to the public holiday party today with special guests, including Congressmember Judy Chu and Assemblymember Chris Holden, who will speak at the 4:30 p.m. gathering at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd. The club will also honor two of its members, Sally Seven and Sam Pedroza, with its annual Helen Myers Leadership Award in memory of the late Helen Myers (1914-2005), a co-founder of the California Democratic Council and the Voorhis Democratic Club, and a trustee of Scripps College. The annual celebration includes a buffet dinner and refreshments. Club members are asked to bring a dessert to share, BYOB and bring a fellow Democrat with an encouragement to join the club. More info is at (909) 626-8122 or by email at jackncarolee@verizon.net.

CLAREMONT PRESBYTERIAN ADVENT Claremont Presbyterian Church, at 1111 N. Mountain Ave., hosts Jazz Vespers at 6 p.m. in a free and open to the public concert and poetry reading. “Advent has deep spiritual significance, while for others it might be a faint memory of special calendars and the coming of Christmas,” read a CPC press release. “Claremont Presbyterian invites you to draw near for the beginning of this sacred season. There will be uplifting jazz, thoughtful poetry and ancient wisdom on wonder, justice and community.” More info is at claremontpres.org or (909) 624-9693.

Monday, December 3

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. Refreshments and treats will be served along with a free lunch at the center afterward.

GHANAIAN DRUMMING, DANCE The Pomona College West African Music Ensemble plays a free and open to the public 8 p.m. concert at Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Nani Agbeli directs the ensemble in an evening of Ghanaian West African drumming and dance. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

Tuesday, December 4

THE PHILOSOPHY OF UNDERSTANDING Pitzer College’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry 2018-19 speaker series, “Perception in a Social World: Sensing Others and Seeing Ourselves,” continues with a free and open 4:15 p.m. talk, “How We Understand Others,” with guest speaker Shannon Spaulding, assistant professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University. The talk takes place at Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. More info is at pitzer.edu/event.

ARTS EDUCATION The University Club of Claremont hosts a luncheon and discussion, “Arts Education Advocacy Issues,” with guest speaker Carl Shafer, educator and musician. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “Arts education continues to be treated as an optional part of the curriculum. This presentation is about what is happening with teaching the arts, and why it matters.” Mr. Shafer has been an educator and principal for 61 years in the fields of music and visual and performing arts. In 2008 he was inducted in the California Music Educators Association Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in music education. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

Wednesday, December 5

DECK TAYLOR HALL Claremont Senior Program and Inter Valley Health Plan invite the community to deck the halls from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 5 at its annual holiday party at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The event includes a holiday meal, live musical performances, dancing, pictures with Santa, a boutique selling holiday-themed gifts and more. The fee is $10, pre-registration is required in person at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, by calling (909) 399-5488, or at claremontrec.com.

Thursday, December 6

CALLING BIRD LOVERS Pomona Valley Audubon Society holds its monthly free and open membership meeting at 7 p.m. in the Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The evening begins with a bird identification session, followed by refreshments and a short business meeting. The program will be presented by Catherine Hamilton, who will talk about her adventures in Nagaland, India, featuring “Amur Falcon: Living on the Edge.” More info is at (909) 982-9727.

Friday, December 7

LUMINARIAS, MUSIC FOR HOLIDAYS On Friday and Saturday December 7, 8, 14 and 15, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s trails and landscapes will glow with more than 1,000 luminarias in a cherished holiday event, Luminaria Nights. Special for this year, the Garden will transform venues with Japanese lantern installations and traditional Japanese music to celebrate the ongoing Origami in the Garden 2 exhibition, which features large-scale metal origami sculptures. Local musician and composer Steve Rushingwind will appear Friday, December 7 with Minyo Station. On Saturday, December 8, 14 and 15 Mr. Rushingwind returns with Yuki Yasuda. Non-member admission is $12 for adults, and $8 for seniors, students and kids ages 3 to 12. Member pricing is $10/$6. More info is at sabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

ORCHESTRA, ACCLAIMED PIANIST Pomona College Orchestra, with pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee, plays a free and open to the public 8 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The show repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 9. Conductor Eric Lindholm will lead the orchestra in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with acclaimed pianist Ms. Lee, a member of the music department faculty and a Grammy-nominated pianist Also on the program is Stravinsky’s suite from “The Firebird” (1919). More info is at pomona.edu.

GYPSY SISTERS, BROTHERS HOLIDAY SALE The long-running art collective known as the Gypsy Sisters, now with their male cohorts the Gypsy Brothers in tow, will be selling their handmade art and gifts from 4 to 8 p.m. (and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont. The show features pottery, quilts, decorative boxes, jewelry, paintings, weaving, handmade woolly items, clothing, dolls, glass and more.

QUARTET EUPHORIA Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont, Quartet Euphoria: Rachel V. Huang and Jonathan Wright, violins; Cynthia Fogg, viola; Tom Flaherty, cello; perform Belá Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

Saturday, December 8

FREE?TREES, PLANTING Sustainable Claremont hosts another Green Crew Tree Planting event from 8:30 a.m. to noon at College Park, 100 S. College Ave. The family-friendly event includes planting flowers and trees, and tidying up the park. Residents who live near the park can email greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org to get a new, free city tree. Participants should bring transportation, shovels and gloves. RSVPs are required via email at greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org.

FINE BOOK SALE The Friends of the Claremont Library’s annual holiday Fine Book Sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the newly renovated Claremont Library Meeting Room at 208 N. Harvard Ave. Book lovers will find highly discounted books; rare, old, first editions; fine early and later classics in nearly all academic fields; real antiques—pre-1920 books; and an assortment of book sets. All purchases help the Friends of the Claremont Library to support this valuable community space. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. Friends members receive 10 percent off all purchases. More information is at claremontlibrary.org.

FOURTH WAVE FEMINIST ARTISTS Pitzer College hosts a free and open to the public lecture by Tomorrow Girls Troop at 1:30 p.m. at Broad Performance Space, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. Self-described as a “worldwide fourth-wave feminist art collective,” Tomorrow Girls Troop comprises 50 artists and activists from around the world. More info is at pitzer.edu/event.

JOHN YORK Tickets are $15 for John York’s annual benefit concert for the Prison Library Project, which takes place at 7 p.m. at the Claremont Forum, 568 W. First St. Tickets and reservations are available at (909) 626-3066, claremontforum.org, or in person at the Claremont Forum. Mr. York is a singer, composer and instrumentalist perhaps best known as a former member of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers The Byrds. He was also a member of the late Doug Sahm’s Sir Douglas Quintet and The Mamas and The Papas touring band.