Event Calendar: December 8-16, 2023

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com


Friday, December 8

  • Happy Hanukkah from the Courier!



  • Holiday Inn” (1942) is this week’s free 12:30 p.m. movie matinee at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Free popcorn is available. Call (909) 399-5488 for more information.


  • Fortepianist Xi Xie performs works by Bach, Haydn and Mozart at 5 p.m. at Claremont Graduate University’s Art and Music Building, 251 E. 10th St. Soprano Katharina Haberl will perform music from Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini and Verdi at 7. Both concerts are free, open to the public, and will stream at cgu.zoom.us.


  • California Botanic Garden’s annual Luminaria Nights event returns with a member preview from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. The general public can view garden paths lined with luminaria and string lights the following day; Sunday, December 10; Friday, December 15; and Saturday, December 16. Preview admission is $15 for adult members and $10 for student, senior, and child members. More info is at calbg.org/event.



Saturday, December 9

  • Claremont Headstones Casket Urns and friends’ holiday toy drive and classic cars showcase begins at 7 a.m. near 211 W. First St., Claremont. Cars will be viewable until 10:30 a.m. Toys can be dropped off until 1 p.m., and Dudes Got Blues perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Village Attic, 219 W. First St. Questions? Call (626) 833-9188.





  • Brock Christmas Tree Farm, for 62 years the only choose-and-cut pine and cypress tree farm in Claremont, 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.


  • Those interested in attending Claremont Graduate University are invited to Discover CGU, a free student success showcase with coffee and refreshments with college faculty from 10 a.m. to noon at Burkle 12, 1021 N. Dartmouth Ave. RSVP at cgu.edu/event.








Sunday, December 10



  • Ophelia’s Jump Productions wraps “Sealed Orders,” a play by Claremont resident Jean Collinsworth, at 4 p.m. at 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland. Tickets, $32, and info are at opheliasjump.org, or call (909) 734-6565.


  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1700 N. Towne Ave., Claremont, hosts a free and open to the public 6 p.m. holiday concert, “Garlands: Music for the Season,” with its choir. Details are at egoodshepherd.org or call (909) 626-2714.


  • The Claremont Concert Orchestra and Choir, along with the Claremont Treble SingersClaremont Chorale, and guest soloists, will perform a free and open to the public version of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in recognition of the 200th anniversary of its composition at 7:30 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 241 E. 10th St. An additional 2 p.m. program takes place Sunday, December 10. RSVP at eventbrite.com, search “Scripps Presents.”


  • Artist Jonathan Jackson’s exhibit, “Lines,” at Harvey Mudd College’s Sprague Gallery, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, concludes at 8 p.m. More info is at arts.hmc.edu or email gallery@g.hmc.edu.



Monday, December 11

  • Mahjong Mondays at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (909) 399-5488 for info.




Tuesday, December 12





Wednesday, December 13


  • Meet the Grinch during this week’s free and open to the public 3 p.m. storytime at Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave.



  • Claremont’s architectural commission meets at 7 p.m. in the council chamber, 225 W. Second St. Information is at ci.claremont.ca.us.



Thursday, December 14

  • Seniors with Get Walking Claremontmeet at 8 a.m. Thursdays at 2471 N. Indian Hill Blvd. for a walk along Thompson Creek Trail. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and hear announcements.



  • Claremont Senior Program and Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s monthly senior food bank distributes a free food kit for LA County residents 60 and older who meet income guidelines from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Larkin Park, 660 N. Mountain Ave. Identification with date of birth is required for food pickup. Call (323) 234-3030 for info.


  • The public is invited to the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education meeting at 170 W. San Jose Ave. The meeting begins with a 5:30 p.m. closed session followed by the public portion, which usually gets underway about 6. Click cusd.claremont.edu/board to view the agenda or call (909) 398-0609.


  • Granite Creek Community Church’s Living Nativity Outdoor Drama starts at 6 p.m. at 1580 N. Claremont Blvd., and will run through Sunday, December 17. Free tickets are at eventbrite.com, search “Granite Creek Church” (limit six). After 5 p.m. attendees can browse Granite Creek’s marketplace which includes food, gifts, pottery, jewelry, plants, art, and a petting zoo. Call (909) 625-4455 for group tickets or more info.


  • multi-chamber holiday mixer will be held at IKEA, 848 S. Barranca Ave., Covina, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free for chamber members and $10 for non-members. Locals can RSVP at business.claremontchamber.org.



Friday, December 15


  • 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.



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. The children and families event begins at 8 and the 5K at 8:30. Registration for the 5K is $45 at the event, $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.


  • 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.



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