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There's plenty to do in Claremont: Friday, Dec 13 to Saturday, Dec 21

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 tomorrow. 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. The event concludes next weekend. More information is at rsabg.org.

‘TIS THE SEASON Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch celebrates with “’Tis The Season,” featuring the Irish Dimension Dance Company from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The event includes entertainment, adult beverages, dinner, and a white elephant gift exchange. Please 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 may be made by calling (909) 399-5488 or visiting claremontrec.com.

A MOST WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS 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 more information, go to pomonaconcertband.org, email director@pomonaconcertband.org, or call (626) 824-0001.


Saturday, December 14

MEET THE CLIMATE LOBBY The Inland Valley Citizens’ Climate Lobby invites the community to a free and open to the 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.

HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE The city of Claremont’s annual holiday tradition of free music in the Village continues today and runs through next Saturday, December 21. The Inland Valley Repertory Theater’s strolling carolers will be here today, and in Laemmle Plaza we have Mark Dzula from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by Jazz City from 1:30 to 4 p.m. At the chamber, Yuletide Blend is on from noon to 4 p.m. At city hall, Small Town Magic plays from 1 to 4 p.m. FREUND AT THE FOLK Singer/songwriter and former Claremont resident Tom Freund makes an appearance at the Folk Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the store, 220 Yale Ave., or at the door. With more than a dozen albums under his belt, the former Pitzer College student is in town with duo Love Me in the Dark in tow as openers and, as accompanists for his own set. More info is at folkmusiccenter.com, and in the feature story on page 16 of this edition.


Sunday, December 15

WHAT IS A FARM BUT A MUTE GOSPEL? Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Avenue between First and Bonita. More information is available at claremontforum.org.

PARTY WITH THE LEAGUE The League of Women Voters of the Mt. Baldy Area hosts its free and open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. annual holiday party at the Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Members and friends are invited for refreshments and information about the group’s  upcoming celebration of the centennial of a woman’s right to vote. For more information call (909) 624-9457 or email info@lwvmtbaldyarea.org.


Monday, December 16

MEXICAN FOLKLORE: Today is the last day to view “Preservation through Performance: Sharing Mexican Folklore through the Arts,” which presents the histories of two local performing groups, Ballet Folklórico Mexicapan and the Mexican Players of Padua Hills Theatre. At Honnold/Mudd Library, 800 N. Dartmouth Ave., the exhibition demonstrates how they preserved and shared Mexican folklore in Southern California through song, dance, music and theater.

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 class for beginners is followed by open dancing until 10 p.m. $8 donation. For information call (909) 921-7115.


Tuesday, December 17

CELTIC CHRISTMAS Tinbox Theatricals hosts “Celtic Christmas,” a free and open to the public evening of family friendly holiday cheer, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Claremont Women’s Club, 343 W. 12th St., Claremont. “Bring a little Welsh, Irish, Scottish and English culture into your holiday season through music, poetry, song and Celtic customs, including an endearing dramatic reading of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas,” read a press release. Refreshments will be served. More information is available via email to danny@craichaus.com, or by searching Tinbox Theatricals on Facebook.

AFGHANI WOMEN’S RIGHTS Mahbouba Seraj, executive director of The Afghan Women Skills Development Center, appears in a free 7 p.m. talk at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd. Ms. Seraj, who was born in Kabul and is a graduate of Malalai High School for Girls and Kabul University, will share her insight into the role of women peacemakers in Afghanistan. After 20 years in exile, she returned to Afghanistan in 2003 and created a radio program that was broadcast nationwide and has since been used as the basis of women’s listening and discussion groups. For information email cmartin335@gmail.com or call (909) 625-9670.


Wednesday, December 18

TIRED OF SHOPPING? PUB QUIZ! Exhausted from holiday activity? Or, maybe you just need an excuse to sit with a cold one and commune with friends? Claremont Craft Ales, at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #204c, has you covered with Pub Quiz Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Grab a beer and test your knowledge with King Trivia. All ages are welcome. More info is at claremontcraftales.com.


Thursday, December 19

CAREGIVER SUPPORT Claremont Place’s monthly free and open to the public Caregiver Support Group meets at 10:30 a.m. at 120 W. San Jose Ave. The support group meets the third Thursday of every month. For information or to register call (909) 962-8491 or go to claremontplace.com.


Friday, December 20

GOODNIGHT, LUMINARIAS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts Luminaria Nights from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, with the annual event concluding tomorrow. It’s the last weekend to view more than 1,000 hanging lanterns on Garden trails, and traditional luminaries placed at venues, where musicians 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.


Saturday, December 21

HOLIDAY MUSIC TAKES A BOW The city of Claremont winds up its annual tradition of free holiday music in the Village today. The Inland Valley Repertory Theater’s strolling carolers will do their thing, and in Laemmle Plaza Small Town Magic plays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by Swing Shift from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The chamber of commerce has Nick Casillas and Friends from 1 to 4 p.m., and city hall sees Yuletide Blend from noon to 4 p.m.

A ONE MAN CHRISTMAS CAROL! The Claremont Helen Renwick Library, at 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free and open to the public 2 p.m. one man reading of A Christmas Carol with Broadway and film actor Duffy Hudson. “The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, are characters we have come to love and welcome into our homes and hearts,” read a press release. “Join us as Duffy Hudson plays all 30 characters without the aid of props or costumes!” To learn more, visit lacountylibrary.org or follow @lacountylibrary on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


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