Quartet euphoria, Luminaria, fine book sale, holiday music, John York, Sunday funday and more!
Friday, December 7
GYPSY SIBLINGS’ HOLIDAY SALE Long-running art collective 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, colorful 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, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont, Quartet Euphoria: Rachel V. Huang and Jonathan Wright, violins; Cynthia Fogg, viola; Tom Flaherty, cello; performing Belá Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps and the Pomona College Music Department. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.
GARDEN ALIGHT WITH LUMINARIAS, MUSIC From 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday December 7, 8, 14 and 15, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 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. The artworks each originated with a single piece of folded paper created by some of the world’s most noted origami artists. Luminaria-lit paths guide visitors through the illuminated sculptures of the exhibition. Along the journey, Japanese lantern installations and live music will set the mood. 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 rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
POMONA ORCHESTRA, ACCLAIMED PIANIST Pomona College Orchestra, with pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee, play 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, the Grammy-nominated pianist has thrilled audiences in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Changsha, China with her “melting lyricism” and “singing melodies” (New Classic LA). Also on the program is Stravinsky’s 1919 suite from The Firebird. More info is at pomona.edu.
Saturday, December 8
FINE BOOK SALE AT REVAMPED LIBRARY The Friends of the Claremont Library’s annual holiday Fine Book Sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the newly renovated Claremont Library Meeting Room. The refreshed library is located 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; a large number of autographed works; specialty printers; and works finely illustrated. The sale also includes a special assortment of high quality art books published by US and international presses; pre-1920 antique 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.
HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE Starting today the Village Marketing Group will be sponsor afternoon holiday music throughout the Village with Nick Cassillas and Friends from noon to 2 p.m. and the Claremont High School band from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Laemmle Plaza; Holiday Cellos from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Mike’s Guitar World from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the chamber of commerce; and Inland Valley Repertory Theater carolers strolling throughout the Village. On Sunday, December 9, The Moultrie Academy of Music, Voice and Dance appears at Laemmle Plaza from 2 to 4 p.m.
FOURTH WAVE FEMINIST 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 was established in 2015 and comprises 50 artists and activists from around the world. Focusing on gender equality issues, “TGT strives to create a positive world for all sexualities and genders in East Asia through art, social action, education and pop culture.” Then at 2:30 p.m., in conjunction with its exhibition, “Elana Mann: Instruments of Accountability,” Pitzer College Art Galleries will publish a songbook of scores/compositions/chants/songs specifically created for Ms. Mann’s sculptural instruments. More info is at pitzer.edu/event.
CONCERT ACROSS FIVE CONTINENTS Windsong Southland Chorale presents Joyeux Noël: Carols ‘Cross the Continents, a holiday-themed concert at 4 p.m. at 1040 Base Line Rd., La Verne. Advance tickets, $15 for adults, $10 for students and $30 for families, are available at windsongsouthlandchorale.org or by calling (909) 983-9879. All tickets are $20 at the door. Founder and artistic director Janet Harms will take the audience on a musical tour of five continents: Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. The audience will also be invited to join in on a few well-known carols. For reservations, go to windsongsouthlandchorale.org or call (909) 983-9879.
JOHN YORK PLAYS FOR PRISON LIBRARY 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. Reservations can be made by calling. Tickets and reservations are available at (909) 626-3066, claremontforum.org, or in person at the Claremont Forum. Local resident 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.
Sunday, December 9
HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE The Village Marketing Group will be sponsor afternoon live holiday music this winter. Today, The Moultrie Academy of Music, Voice and Dance appears at Laemmle Plaza from 2 to 4 p.m.
SUNDAY FUNDAY Take a stroll beneath the canopy through the Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita. Grab a coffee and check out the City of Trees’ colorful Sunday tradition of farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, live music, artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, gifts, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. It’s a solid bet you’ll be smiling when you’ve completed your stroll. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.
FREE JAZZ WITH ZZAJ The free and cool Jazz at College Center series continues today with Zzaj playing from 2 to 5 p.m. The afternoon jazz concerts take place every Sunday on the patio next to Blue Fin Sushi and Teriyaki at 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Upcoming shows include Polyhedra on December 16. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter or (909) 946-6967.
POMONA ORCHESTRA, ACCLAIMED PIANIST Pomona College Orchestra, with pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee, plays a free and open concert at 3 p..m. today at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Conductor Eric Lindholm will lead the orchestra in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with acclaimed pianist Ms. Lee. Also on the program is Stravinsky’s 1919 suite from The Firebird. More info is at pomona.edu.
Monday, December 10
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 afterward.
THE BARD’S MUSIC The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley brings the music of Shakespeare to the Seaver House, 305 N. College Ave, Claremont, for a free and open 2 p.m. holiday celebration. The Claremont Early Music Ensemble will play music from Shakespeare’s time, and club member Leslie Hedges will share his memories of English holiday traditions. This event also features an opportunity drawing and holiday refreshments. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 717-1109.
GAMELAN MUSIC AT LITTLE BRIDGES Giri Kusuma, a Balinese gamelan ensemble performs a free and open to the public 8 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Nyoman Wenten, music director and Nanik Wenten, dance director will lead the Pomona College ensemble along with guests from Cal Arts in a program of traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance. The program includes instrumental works Bapang Selisir, Gambang Suling and Taman Sari, plus dance dramas Baris, Jauk and Bapang. Also on the program is Skala-Niskala, a piece for piano and gamelan, composed by ensemble member and Harvey Mudd faculty member Bill Alves, and featuring Grammy-nominated pianist Aron Kallay. More info is at pomona.edu/events.
Tuesday, December 11
SONGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Seasonal Songs from Around the World,” with Joel Wilson and the Claremont High School Singers. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. The award-winning Claremont High School Singers will perform songs from around the world. Director Mr. Wilson is a graduate of Claremont High School and earned his PhD in music from Cal Poly Pomona. Club members ask guests to bring family and friends and wear red and green at this festive occasion. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
SENIOR 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. More information is at cscclub.org.
Wednesday, December 12
POMONA COLLEGE STUDENT?RECITAL Students from Pomona College taking private lessons perform selections they’ve worked on during the semester at 7 p.m. at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave. Performers include Adam Dvorak and Sara Uehara, violins; Eric Zhu, viola; Jenny Johnston and Jessica Kuo, cellos; Ethan Ong, bass; Sam Betanzos, Kate Bolonnikova, Isaac Cui, Arden Hu and Michelle Li, pianos; Shirley Liu, guitar; and vocalists Paskalina Bourbon, Matthew Brown, Zachary Freiman. Assisting is pianist Kyungmi Kim. The program will include compositions by Schube, Bach, Brahms, Bottesini, Liszt, Stravinsky and more.
Thursday, December 13
LIVING NATIVITY Tickets are $7 for Granite Creek Community Church’s 18th annual Living Nativity Outdoor Drama, which begins at 5 p.m. today and runs through Sunday, December 16. The church is at 1580 N. Claremont Blvd., Claremont. The family-friendly live drama recreates pivotal moments surrounding the birth of Jesus with live actors, ornately crafted costumes, live animals and elaborately decorated sets. Performances take place at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Food, the petting zoo and marketplace open at 5 p.m. Tickets aare available at granitecreek.org/living-nativity, or by calling (909) 625-4455.
Friday, December 14
MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch holds its December event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. “An Olde Fashioned Christmas” will feature the Sweet Adelines and will include a white elephant gift exchange. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation) and includes beverages, food and entertainment. The event is open to persons ages 50 and over. Reservations, required by noon Wednesday, December 12, can be made by calling (909) 399-5488 or visiting claremontrec.com.
THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS The Pomona Concert Band presents its annual free and open to the public holiday concert, “The Sounds of Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona. The show will feature “The Sounds of Christmas” by James Swearingen, “Fantasia on Silent Night” by Julian Bond, “The Rhythms of Christmas” by Frank Erickson, “Westminster Carol” by James Hosey, “African Holy Night” by R.W. Smith and “Cowboy Christmas” by Jeff Simmons. The La Verne Youth Ensemble will also be performing several holiday tunes. For more information click on pomonaconcertband.org or call (626) 824-0001.
Saturday, December 15
THE EARLY BIRDS Amateur ornithologists are invited to a Free Family Bird Walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. this morning at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring any binoculars or bird guides they may have. The free walk is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. Reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, by phone at (909) 625-8767 or via email at email@example.com.
WALKING IN A WINTER(ISH) WONDERLAND Claremont’s free afternoon holiday music continues in Village today with the Claremont High Band from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the El Roble Intermediate band from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Laemmle Plaza; at the chamber of commerce, Tim Rotolo will be playing from 10 a.m. to noon, Ethan Hunt from noon to 2 p.m., and Jackson Family Small Town Magic from 2 to 4 p.m.; and once again Inland Valley Repertory Theater carolers will be strolling throughout the Village. On Friday, December 21, the El Roble band will be back at the Laemmle Plaza from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The final afternoon of the series takes place Saturday, December 22. Nick Cassillas and Friends will appear from noon to 2 p.m. and Mark Dzula from 2 to 4 p.m. in Laemmle Plaza; Cool Yule from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and Jackson Family Small Town Magic from 2 to 4 p.m. at the chamber of commerce; and the Inland Valley Repertory Theater carolers will be strolling throughout the Village.
LUMINARIA NIGHTS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Luminaria Nights continues from 6 to 8:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow. Nammy-winning Pomona musician and composer Steve Rushingwind and Yuki Yasuda will appear. 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 rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.