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The holidays are here and Claremont events bring you cheer!

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 includes 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 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.

NAACP CALLS FOR ‘MORAL REVIVAL’ The Pomona Valley branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is holding a town hall in conjunction with its ongoing Poor People’s Campaign, “a national call for moral revival,” from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1460 E. Holt Ave., building 2, room 6. “Families have been fleeing Honduras and Central America, desperately trying to make a better life,” a NAACP PV press release read. “From a mother carrying her baby in her arms to children choking on tear gas sprayed by border patrol agents, the consequences of a broken immigration system, militarism, and endemic poverty are clearer than ever.” The free and open to the public event will include a study circle and light refreshments. More info is at naacp-pomona-valley.org.

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 info@rsabg.org.

SWEET TREATS TO BENEFIT SENIORS Claremont’s Yogurtland location, at 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd., #103, will donate 20 percent of its proceeds today and tonight to Claremont Senior Services. Go to communityseniorservices.org or call (909) 621-9900 for more info.

WALKING IN A WINTER(ISH) WONDERLAND Claremont Village’s free afternoon holiday music continues 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.

DECK THE MALL Montclair Place Mall has several free, family-friendly holiday events this month. The Silverbelles sing holiday songs today from 5 to 7 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Also happening tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. is a free showing of the holiday film Beethoven’s Christmas, and from 5 to 8 p.m. a student choir and band will perform on the lower level, near Barnes and Noble. More info is at montclairplace.com.

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.

Sunday, December 16

FREE JAZZ The free and cool Jazz at College Center series continues today with Polyhedra 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 The Jazz Doctors December 23 and Silver Fox Band on December 30. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter or (909) 946-6967.

CIDER HOUSE POETRY READING Ironbark Ciderworks, at 1420 N Claremont Blvd, #107B, hosts Open Words, a free and open to the public poetry reading from 5 to 7 p.m. “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.” For more information email mari_werner@yahoo.com or visit the Open Words Poetry Reading Facebook page.

WELCOME CHRISTMAS La Verne Church of the Brethren’s Sanctuary Choir presents “Welcome Christmas,” a free and open to the public concert at 7 p.m. directed by Niké St. Clair. The concert features old and new carols, including favorites by composer Shawn Kirchner. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 2425 E St., La Verne.  Folks are invited to enjoy homemade cookies and hot beverages in the courtyard following the performance. A free will offering will be received to help fund meals for the homeless and meet concert expenses. More info is at (909) 593-1364.

Monday, December 17

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, December 18

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 in the Weinberger Room. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss computers, tablets and smart phones. Each meeting provides an opportunity for questions to the group’s club experts. Newcomers welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.

Wednesday, December 19

MEXICAN PLAYERS SHOW CLOSING Today is the final day to view the free Mexican Players exhibition at the Garner House’s Ginger Elliott Gallery, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. This year “marks 86 years since the Mexican Players first took stage at the Padua Hills Theatre, a small dinner theatre in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains above Claremont,” a press release read. “The Padua Hills were named after the region in Italy that has similar physical characteristics. Herman and Bess Garner owned the land and commissioned the Theatre in 1930 designed by noted Pasadena architects Marston and Maybury.” More info is at claremontheritage.org, (909) 621-0848, or via email at info@claremontheritage.org.

Thursday, December 20

GREEN PARTY Sustainable Claremont’s Claremont Green Drinks group’s free and open holiday party takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #204C. “Join us and celebrate the holidays with all your Sustainable Claremont friends,” read a press release. “Grab a drink and let’s talk about the environment and sustainability!” For information visit sustainableclaremont.org or call (909)625-8767, extension 238.

UN SALON LITTÉRAURE Crepes de Paris Claremont, at 510 W. First St., hosts a free and open to the public Parisian-style literary salon and open mic event from 6 to 8 p.m. Folks are invited to share, read, perform or just listen. More info is at crepesdeparis.com, by phone at (818) 852-6429, or via email at extablisment@gmail.com.

Friday, December 21

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR WINTER Claremont Unified School District students are officially on vacation beginning at the end of the day today. Claremont schools will reopen Monday, January 7. Parents and caregivers looking for holiday-themed family events around Los Angeles can find some good info here: momsla.com/best-christmas-holiday-events-los-angeles.

EL ROBLE BAND Claremont’s free afternoon holiday music continues in the Village today with the El Roble Intermediate School Band performing at Laemmle Plaza from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 22

FESTIVE SOUNDS The final day of Claremont’s free holiday music takes place in the Village 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 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 strolling the Village.






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