See the floats, but lose the sleeping bag! Calendar Dec 28 to Jan 4
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.
LAST MARKET OF THE YEAR Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita. It’s a chance to purchase some unique gifts, from farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, to artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. You’ll also be able to grab a coffee and a pastry at one of the many great spots nearby, and listen to some live music. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.
Monday, December 30
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.
Tuesday, December 31
PLAY SAFE Hey, it’s New Year’s Eve, and if you’re in the mood to whoop it up, please be safe and find yourself a designated driver, walk, or take a cab or car service. If you’re planning on partying around town, The Press, at 129 Harvard Ave., has Solid Ray Woods’ Raw Soul Review to ring in the new year. The name says it all: Mr. Woods brings soul to all he does, from Bill Withers classics to Van Morrison, The Band and Marvin Gaye, everything he touches drips with soul. More info is at thepressrestaurant.com. Other spots to celebrate include Casa 425, which will no doubt be a fun place to gather and ring in the new year; Walter’s is always a good time with great ambiance; Citrus Grove Distillers will ring in the new year with a 1920s party; and Ironbark Ciderworks is throwing a “Enter the Dutchess” shindig. No matter what you get up to, please be safe. We want you around in 2020, and DUIs are expensive.
METRO IT TO THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Looking for some adventurous, inexpensive family fun on this New Year’s Eve? The 27th annual Festival of Lights at Riverside’s historic Mission Inn, with its 4.5 million lights and dazzling fireworks display, is wrapping tonight, and Metrolink is offering $7 roundtrip tickets, with kids riding for free. The special price is for adults, with up to three kids 18 and under riding for free with each paying adult. Metrolink departs from the Depot at 200 W. First St., Claremont. Upon arrival at the Riverside-Downtown Station, a complimentary shuttle will take Metrolink passengers to the Mission Inn. The event also includes more than 400 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, food vendors, Santa Claus and live music. More information is available at metrolinktrains.com.
Wednesday, January 1
SEE THE FLOATS, LOSE THE SLEEPING BAG It’s long been a Southern California tradition to grab a sleeping bag and a few snacks (and maybe a bottle of something to keep your tummy warm) and make the trek to Pasadena on New Year’s Eve to stake out a spot on Colorado Boulevard and get a few hours’ (or minutes’) sleep, then wake up and take in the glory that is the Rose Parade. But getting close enough to see the floats has been made more difficult as the trend of ticketed bleacher seats has grown and sidewalk campers are squeezed out. If you’d still like to see the elaborate floats, you can check out the Showcase of Floats today and tomorrow at East Sierra Madre Blvd. and East Washington Blvd. in Pasadena. General admission tickets are $20 per person (its free for children 5 and under). Tickets and more information are at tournamentofroses.com.
Thursday, January 2
RESOLUTION QUESTIONS? It’s a new year, a new decade, and a new chance at a new start. If you’re resolution curious and wondering what’s right for you, perhaps you’d like to consult the stars. For $1 per minute, certified Reiki master Alysia will help you find the answers you require at 10:30 a.m. at Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave., Claremont. You can choose from angel, ascended masters, goddess, Joan of Arc, or astrological birth chart readings “to help counsel people so that they can break through old barriers, release old habits, and live the life they were meant to have,” read a press release. More info is at buddhamouse.com or (909) 626-3322.
Friday, January 3
FAREWELL, FAIR WOODED FRIEND Claremont resident may dispose of their live Christmas trees on regular trash days from January 6 through January 17. All ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc. must be removed prior to pick up. Also, please remember to remove the stand and do not bag the tree. Residents can place the bare tree at the curb by 6 a.m. on their respective regular refuse collection days. Please note that trees in excess of six feet tall must be cut in half. For more information, contact community services at (909) 399-5431.
Saturday, January 4
PLANT A TREE AT MEMORIAL If your New Year’s resolution involved doing more for good ol’ Mother Earth, you’re in luck: Green Crew of Sustainable Claremont and Claremont Community Services are hosting the decade’s first volunteer tree planting at 8:30 this morning at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The event lasts until 12:30 p.m. and promises family-friendly fun. Participants should bring a reusable water bottle, shovel, gloves, and in-event transportation. To RSVP or for questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 948-1519.
BREWS AND BROS The annual Brews &?Bros Fest will take place Saturday, January 25. The fun outdoor event at Cable Airport will feature more than 80 craft beers, wines, ciders, live music and more to benefit the Claremont Educational Foundation and to celebrate Last Name Brewing’s 17th anniversary. General admission, $50. VIP tickets (includes early admission rare beer hour and free preferred parking), $65 each. Non-drinking (designated driver and under 21), $10. Kids 12 and under, free. Help the Claremont schools and get your tickets early, because this party sells out fast.