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Let's get the party started! Holiday events December 20 to 28

Friday, December 20

GOODNIGHT, LUMINARIAS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s annual holiday event, Luminaria Nights, concludes this weekend. More than 1,000 hanging lanterns on Garden trails, along with traditional luminaries placed at venues, and musicians providing ambiance, are part of the festive yearly event. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Luminaria Nights runs from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow. 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.

WEN PENG IN PIANO CONCERT Claremont Graduate University presents Wen Peng in a free and open to the public piano concert from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave. Ms. Peng will be playing works by Bach, Beethoven, Frank, Kapustin and Liszt. More information is available by calling (909) 607-3631 or via email to rosie.fernandez@cgu.edu.

 

Saturday, December 21

FREE MULCH Claremont residents are invited to help close the recycling loop by participating in the city’s free mulch program beginning at 6 a.m. at Cahuilla Park, located at Scripps Drive and Indian Hill Blvd. Mulch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and residents will need to bring their own shovels and gloves. Using mulch in your garden helps conserve water and limit waste. For more information call (909) 399-5431.

BFS VOLUNTEER DAY Volunteers are invited this morning to take part in Bernard Field Station Volunteer Day from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Participants will have fun, get a free lunch and feel good about helping to maintain the Bernard Field Station. Volunteers should meet at 1400 N. Amherst Ave., Claremont, north of Foothill Boulevard. More information is available at bfs.claremont.edu.

HOLIDAY MUSIC TAKES A BOW The city of Claremont winds up its annual holiday tradition today of free music in the Village. 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 features  Yuletide Blend from noon to 4 p.m.

ONE MAN CHRISTMAS The Claremont Helen Renwick Library, at 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free 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.

 

Sunday, December 22

DO THE BIRD WALK Join Pomona Valley Audubon Society for a sweet and refreshing nature walk at Frank G. Bonelli Park. The two-hour jaunt is for beginners or experts, and the diverse habitat is a great place to find Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren and California Gnatcatcher, along with raptors and wintering water fowl. Email warblerod@verizon.net or call (909) 599-6526 for time and directions.

LAST MARKET BEFORE XMAS Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Avenue between First and Bonita. Info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

MESSIAH SINGALONG Claremont Symphony Orchestra’s free and open to the public Messiah Singalong takes place twice today at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, on the Pomona College campus, at 1:30 and 4 p.m. The CSO, under the baton of music director Robert Sage, has been performing the singalong for the past 36 years. Singers can rent the choral score for the oratorio for $5 or buy a copy for $10 in the lobby. This year’s soloists include soprano Natalie Buickians, mezzo-soprano Karin Wilcox, tenor Eric Wolterding, and baritone Joel Balzun. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated by this nonprofit organization. Information is at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.

 

Monday, December 23

CITY OFFICES CLOSING ... If you have any official business that needs doing, you best get it done today, as city offices will be closed tomorrow through Thursday, January 2, 2020.

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE Claremont Israeli Folk Dance class meets Mondays 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. The group asks for a $8 donation. For information call (909) 921-7115.

 

Tuesday, December 24

FIDDLER SINGALONG The Laemmle Claremont 5 at 450 W. Second St. celebrates a decade of song, shtick and shenanigans by coming together as a community for its traditional Christmas Eve Fiddler on the Roof singalong at 7:30 p.m. In addition to movie and song, the evening will feature trivia with prizes being awarded to Fiddler buffs with the quickest recall. Tickets and more details are available at laemmle.com/fiddler or by calling (310) 478-3836.

 

Wednesday, December 25

BE KIND We at the COURIER hope Christmas and Chanukah are a time for you to gather with loved ones to eat, drink and enjoy one another. We also hope we can all remember that not everyone has family nearby, some folks prefer to be alone, and still others don’t have a choice. There’s a quote that’s been making the rounds for some time: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” This is an apt mantra to keep in mind always, but especially during the holidays, when feelings are heightened for many of us. You never know what someone is living when they dart into your parking spot at Trader Joe’s, or make a salty Facebook comment. Take a moment before you light them up, or better yet, come at them with kindness instead of ire. Not everyone is lucky to have full heart and hearth this holiday season. Let’s be kind; it’s the best gift we can give. 

 

Thursday, December 26

BONE BUILDERS Claremont’s AgingNext invites the community out to a free and open to the public Aging “Bone Builders” event from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Strong bones offer many health benefits, including better balance and muscle support. Bone Builders is a free exercise class designed to help increase bone density and reverse the effects of osteoporosis. Using a combination of weights, balance and stretching exercises, Bone Builders will help seniors develop the bone structure necessary to enjoy an active life. For information call (909) 621-9900.

 

Friday, December 27

MAGICAL CHINESE LANTERN The Chinese Lantern Festival lights up the night at the?Pomona Fairplex through January 5, including the holidays. Enjoy 1,000 lanterns,  a 100-yard-long breathtaking ceramic Chinese Dragon, authentic live Chinese folk musical concerts, food, drinks, mythical creatures kids can ride and more. Tickets are $15.50 to $27; children under 4 are free. Open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. every night. Fairplex is at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., gate 17, Pomona.

 

Saturday, December 28

ELECTRIC BANANA Claremont’s Helen Renwick Library, at 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free and open to the public STEM activity class, “M?kM?: Makey,” from 2 to 3 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to explore the world of electrical circuits utilizing Makey Makey microcontrollers to play video games in the library. They’ll use everyday objects such as bananas and tortillas to conduct electricity and activate an array of games and instruments. Yes, you read that correctly. To learn more, visit lacountylibrary.org or follow @lacountylibrary on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

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