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Events: December 6-14

Friday, December 6

CITY TREE LIGHTING, PROMENADE Claremont’s holiday promenade and tree lighting ceremony will take place in the Claremont Village from 5 to 8 p.m., with the tree-lighting at 6 p.m. at the Depot. Santa, live musical performances and other entertainment are planned for the evening.

QUARTET EUPHORIA AT NOON Scripps College’s free and open to the public Friday Noon Concert features Quartet Euphoria, with Rachel V. Huang and Jonathan Wright, violins; Cynthia Fogg, viola; and Tom Flaherty, cello, performing Beethoven’s Quartet in F Major, Op. 135 at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu.

WINTERFEST AT PETTERSON Pilgrim Place’s Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, at 730 Plymouth Rd., Claremont, kicks off its holiday season with “Winterfest” from 3 to 5 p.m. The seasonal exhibit of holidays throughout the world shows how countries and cultures celebrate their annual holidays. Guests can enjoy hot cider and cookies while listening to the traditional sounds of the season with musicians Michael Ryan and Ken Soderlund. The Petterson Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. More info is at pettersonmuseum.org.

POMONA CHOIR Pomona College Choir performs two free and open to the public concerts this weekend at lovely Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The first is at 8 p.m. tonight. Visiting conductor Jonathan Campbell leads the Choir in John Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Daniel Pinkham’s Wedding Cantata, and works by Gjeilo, Forrest and Weelkes. The show repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 8. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

 

Saturday, December 7

FINE BOOK SALE AT 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 Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. All books will be 50 percent off for the last hour of the sale. Book lovers will find highly discounted books, rare, old, first editions, early and later classics in nearly all academic fields, a large number of autographed works, specialty printers and works finely illustrated. Friends members receive at 10 percent discount. More info and memberships are available online at claremontlibrary.org.

BOOK, ART SALE AT CMA The Claremont Museum of Art, at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First Street, is having an art and gently used art book sale from noon to 4 p.m. Coffee table art books, art history, and noted artists are on offer for 50 percent off normal price. Most books are priced below $20. Artwork includes Susan Hertel giclee reproductions, Karl Benjamin and Milford Zornes posters and more. Stop by and see the museum’s new exhibition,  “Vanguard: Origins of Tierra del Sol Arts in Claremont featuring Helen Rae.” More info is at claremontmuseum.org.

HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE Free holiday music in the Village kicks off today and runs through Saturday, December 21. The Inland Valley Repertory Theater’s strolling carolers will be there every Saturday during the series. In the Laemmle Plaza today we have Village Jazz from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Nick Casillas and Friends from 1:30 to 4 p.m. At city hall, Jazz City plays from 1 to 4 p.m. At the chamber of commerce, holiday cellos with Lynn Burrows will be bowing from 10 a.m. to noon, and Small Town Magic is on from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, December 8, The Moultrie Academy of Music, Voice and Dance perform from noon to 3:15 p.m. at Laemmle Plaza.

GLOBAL HOLIDAY The Claremont Chorale opens its season with “A Global Holiday” at 3 p.m. at Church of the Brethren, 2425 E St., La Verne. Tickets are $20 at the door, or at a discount in advance at claremontchorale.org, or when purchased from a member of the Chorale. Ages 13 and under are free when attending with an adult. The group will perform a repertoire of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa music. For information call (909) 615-8252 or email president@claremontchorale.org.

GIFT WRAP FUNDRASIER AT EL ROBLE El Roble Intermediate School’s Pep Teams Boosters are hosting a gift wrapping fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. in the school’s multipurpose room, at 665 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont.

ART WALK Head down to the Village from 6 to 9 p.m. and visit Claremont’s galleries participating in the monthly art walk. Most galleries serve wine and cheese, so make it a pre-dinner activity before grabbing a meal at one of our great Village restaurants. See page 16 for a full listing.

NUTCRACKER AND MORE The La Verne Symphony Orchestra presents a free kid-friendly concert, Nutcracker and More, at 7 p.m. at the University of La Verne’s Morgan Auditorium, 1950 Third St. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, a tango by Argentina’s Carlos Gardel, a sinfonia by Nestor Guestrin (also from Argentina), and a concerto by J. S. Bach. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Information is available by calling (909) 725-3046.

 

Sunday, December 8

MARKET BASKET Claremont Farmer’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Avenue between First and Bonita. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

HOLIDAY FLEA MARKET Claremont Heritage will host a holiday flea market and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., in Memorial Park. The sale will offer vintage and handmade items from local sellers.

NIGHT TRAIN Jazz at College Center, the free and cool outdoor concert series, continues with the either lazily or cleverly named Zzaj from 2 to 5 p.m. on the patio next to Blue Fin Sushi, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Next week, December 15, Polyhedra will be there. Go to jazzatcollegecenter.com or call (909) 946-6967 for more information.

ADVENT WITH JAZZ VESPERS Jazz Vespers with the Debbi Ebert Jazz Quintet perform free jazz renditions of classic carols and songs at 6 p.m. at Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave. “Join us for this Advent season Jazz Vespers with the Debbi Ebert Jazz Quintet where we will wait and watch together for glimpses of hope, light and transformation. We will be contemplating contemporary translations of sacred texts of the season and celebrate with classic carols and songs.” More info is at claremontpres.org.

MAGGIE PARKINS Harvey Mudd College presents “Stellar Remnants,” a free 7 p.m. concert with Maggie Parkins on cello at Drinkward Recital Hall, on the lower level of the Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The concert features recent solo cello works with and without electronics including pieces by Ellen Reid, Chinary Ung, Peteris Vasks and a world premiere of a new work for cello, electronics and video by Federico Llach. More info is available at hmc.edu/hmc-arts, by calling (909) 621-8022, or via email to hsa@hmc.edu.

 

Monday, December 9

TOY DRIVE WITH RINCON The Claremont Police Department will host “Tacos with a Cop” today from 3 to 5 p.m. at Rincon Azteca, 586 W. Base Line Rd., in the Vons Shopping Center. Bring a new, unwrapped toy (or give a $5 donation) to receive free tacos. All toys will be given to families in need with the assistance of Granite Creek Community Church.

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.

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE Claremont Israeli Folk Dance class meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at Claremont Masonic Lodge, 272 W. Eighth St. The open to the public class for beginners is followed by open dancing until 10 p.m. The group asks participants for a $8 donation. For more information call (909) 921-7115.

 

Thursday, December 10

SENIORS: GET MOVIN’ Registration for the city’s winter senior excursions opens at 9 a.m. today for residents at claremontrec.com. Non-residents can begin signing up at 9 a.m. Wednesday, December 11. Enrollment is limited to two people per transaction. There is a $10 discount on each excursion using the coupon code “trip” when enrolling online. The winter/spring trips include Calico Ghost Town on Tuesday, January 28; Wheel of Fortune taping on Thursday, February 6; Sweet and Savory Bakery tour on Tuesday, March 24; and Chicago at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 18. For information go to claremontca.org or call (909) 399-5488.

SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday, with social time at 7 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:30, in the Weinberger Room at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. More information is at cscclub.org.

 

Wednesday, December 11

SALUTING ‘KIND OF BLUE’ Harvey Mudd College presents a free and open to the public concert, “Kinda Sorta Blue,” at 8 p.m. at Drinkward Recital Hall, on the lower level of the Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The concert will feature students of the school’s jazz improvisation class and community members performing two tunes from Miles Davis’ album, “Kind of Blue,” in addition to selections from other composers of the Blue Note period. More info is available at hmc.edu/hmc-arts, (909) 621-8022, or via email to hsa@hmc.edu.

LAS POSADAS Claremont Heritage will host a revival of the annual tradition of Las Posadas and the Mexican Players from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Padua Hills Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the performance will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Traditional Mexican pastries and hot chocolate will be served. Tickets are $20, $15 for Heritage members and $10 for children under 12. For tickets, visit claremontheritage.org.

 

Thursday, December 12

A CEREMONY OF CAROLS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. holiday concert with the Claremont Treble Singers performing “A Ceremony of Carols.” The Treble Singers, an ensemble of the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer and Scripps Colleges, is a high-voiced ensemble of about 20 students led by conductor Charles W. Kamm, associate professor of music at Scripps College and director of choirs for the Joint Music Program. Harpist Laura Griffin-Casey accompanies the choir. More info is at cmc.edu, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

 

Friday, December 13

LUMINARIA NIGHTS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts its annual Luminaria Nights event from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and again from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. More than 1,000 hanging lanterns will adorn Garden trails and dapple the night with festive light. Traditional luminaries will be placed at venues, where musicians will provide ambiance. General admission tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for children, seniors and students, and $12 and $8 for RSABG members. More information is at rsabg.org.

IRISH HOLIDAY Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch celebrates the season with a performance by the Irish Dimension Dance Company from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. The event includes entertainment, adult beverages, dinner, and a white elephant gift exchange (bring a holiday wrapped gift valued between $10 and $20). Admission is $15, payable at the time of reservation. The event is open to persons age 50 and over. Reservations, required by noon Wednesday, December 11, may be made by calling (909) 399-5488 or visiting claremontrec.com.

MOST WONDERFUL The Pomona Concert Band presents its annual free and open to the public Christmas concert, “A Most Wonderful Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona. For information, go to pomonaconcertband.org, or call (626) 824-0001.

 

Saturday, December 14

CHRISTMAS?CONCERT Piano and cello Christmas concert at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m. Featuring concert cellist Warren Hagerty and pianist Rosa Li. Free and open to the public.

VILLAGE MUSIC The weekly holiday music series continues in the Village with IVRT strolling carolers and the following performers: Laemmle Plaza: Mark Dzula, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Jazz City, 1:30 to 4 p.m.; Chamber of Commerce: Yuletide Blend, noon to 4 p.m.; city hall: Small Town Magic, 1 to 4 p.m.

CLIMATE LOBBY The Inland Valley Citizens’ Climate Lobby invites the community to a public chapter meeting from 9:25 to 11:15 a.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. “Building political will for long lasting, bipartisan climate solutions: Think it’s impossible?” asked a press release. “Come see how 555 chapters across the US work together. Our work values include focus, relationship building, personal empowerment, optimism, integrity and bipartisanship.” More info is at energyinnovationact.org.

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