Event Calendar: December 15-23, 2023

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com


Friday, December 15


  • Claremont Graduate University faculty and harpsichordists Jenny Soonjin Kim and Sung-Hwa Park perform works by Pasquini at 5 p.m. at Claremont Graduate University’s Art and Music Building, 251 E. 10th St. The concert is free, open to the public, and will stream at cgu.zoom.us.


  • The last IncredABLES Friday night fun club event of 2023 will be a Hollywood-themed holiday party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Goldy S. Lewis Community Center, 11200 Base Line Rd., Rancho Cucamonga. Tickets are $6 at cityofrc.us.


  • California Botanic Garden’s annual Luminaria Nights event continues from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. View garden paths lined with luminaria and string lights through Saturday, December 16. Admission is $20 for adults,  $15 for students, seniors, and children. More info is at calbg.org/event.



Saturday, December 16

  • Check-in for Ontario’s annual 5K Reindeer Run and Rudolph’s Dash begins at 7 a.m. near Ontario Town Square, 224 N. Euclid Ave. Rudolph’s Dash for children and families begins at 8 and the 5K at 8:30. Registration for the 5K is $45, $15 for Rudolph’s Dash. More info is at ontarioca.gov/5kreindeerrun.


  • Drop off electronic and hazardous household waste at Brackett Field Airport, 1615 McKinley Ave., La Verne, during LA County’s 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. drive-thru collection event. Visit ci.claremont.ca.us for information.


  • Brock Christmas Tree Farm, the only choose-and-cut pine and cypress tree farm in Claremont for 62 years, located where Mountain Avenue meets the Thompson Creek Trail, is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through December 17. Call (909) 593-5683 for more info.


  • La Verne Historical Society hosts its annual free and open to the public noon to 5 p.m. holiday vintage sale with gifts, baked goods, homemade jams, and book bags at 1711 Bonita Ave. Tours of the Samuel Overholtzer and Inman Conety homes will be available for.


  • Inland Pacific Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. today and Sunday, December 17 at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. Tickets are $37 at pomona.edu.


  • Children up to age 12 are invited to the free 2 p.m. great outdoors puppet show with comic ventriloquist Joe Gandelman at Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. Go to visit.lacountylibrary.org for more info.



  • “For the Love of Peace,” a free and open to the public winter concert, will take place at 7 p.m. tonight and at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17 at Decker Auditorium on the Pilgrim Place campus, 625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont. Masks are requested.



Sunday, December 17


  • Claremont Symphony Orchestra’s free and open to the public 40th annual “Messiah” sing-along concert takes place at 1:30 and 4 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Scores will be available to rent for $10 or $15 to purchase (cash only). More information is at claremontso.org.
  • Polyhedra plays a free 2 to 5 p.m. show at College Center, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter.com.



Monday, December 18

  • Kiwanis Club of Claremont’s See’s Candies fundraiser runs through December 24 at Hibbard Auto Center, 191 S. Indian Hill Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sundays. Orders can be placed during the weekly Sunday farmer’s market in the Village and at claremontkiwanis.org.


  • AgingNext and Service Center for Independent Life hold a free drive-thru vaccine clinic at Spring Street Center, 107 Spring St., Claremont, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The new Covid booster and a seasonal flu shot will be available, and attendees will also receive a $10 Starbucks gift card and free Covid home tests while supplies last. Questions? Call (909) 621-6722 or email arely@scil-ilc.org.


  • A free and open to the public current events discussion group takes place Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Call (909) 399-5488 for more info.


  • The Pomona Pride Center hosts reading rainbow, a free 5 to 6:30 p.m. book club by and for the LGBTQ+ community, at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave.⁠ Go to pomonapridecenter.org for more info.
  • Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band and Memory of Mary Watson-Ortiz musicians host “Rhythm and Bows: The Gift of Music,” a free and open to the public 7:30 p.m. concert at the Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium, 1245 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario. More information is at showband.net.



Tuesday, December 19

  • The Rancho Cucamonga Senior V.I.P. Club hosts a free winter wonderland party from 9 to 10 a.m. at James L. Brulte Senior Center, 11200 Base Line Rd., with dancing, singing, food and giveaways. RSVP at cityofrc.us.


  • The Upland Public Library, 450 N. Euclid Ave., holds a free storytime session for children and families from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.




Wednesday, December 20

  • The City of Pomona hosts a free and open to the public cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, heart heroes, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. Visit pomonaca.gov or call (909) 802-2650 for info.




  • Donations of new, unwrapped toys to benefit Children’s Foundation of America will be accepted until 4 p.m. at select Claremont businesses — look for large decorated boxes or bright blue flyers that read “Children’s Foundation of America Holiday Heroes Gift Drive.” Visit amazon.com and search “CFA Holiday Heroes 2023,” or go to childrensfoundationofamercia.org for gift ideas.



Thursday, December 21

  • Seniors with Get Walking Claremont meet at 8 a.m. Thursdays at 2471 N. Indian Hill Blvd. for a walk along Thompson Creek Trail. Walkers are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and hear announcements.


  • Seniors can learn about technology from 3:45 to 5 p.m. at the Youth Activity Center, 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, with teen techies, a free drop-in course.


  • Today’s the final day to find elves Dewey and Decimal hiding among the shelves at Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. Patrons who find them will earn candy or a small toy. The library is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call (909) 620-2043 for more info.


  • A free bereavement support group meets every Thursday at Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, for a 3 p.m. session that lasts about 90 minutes. Details are at ci.claremont.ca.us.



Friday, December 22





Saturday, December 23

  • The Upland community farmers market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday near 305 N. Second Ave.



  • Have your photo taken with Santa Clausat Montclair Place, 5060 N Montclair Plaza Ln., from 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Photos start at $20. Visit montclairplace.com to make a reservation.



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