Event Calendar (December 9-17, 2022)

by Andrew Alonzo | calendar@claremont-courier.com

What’s Happening Claremont? 


Friday, December 9

  • The Friends of the Claremont Library hosts its annual fine book sale throughout the month of December at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. First editions, classics, autographed works, specialty printers, art books and real pre-1922 antiques will be among the items available. Cash payments are always welcome, and credit card payments will be accepted Saturday, December 10 and 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. The library will be closed on December 24 and 31. For details email friendsofclaremontlibrary@gmail.com.


  • Scripps College students will teach seniors a multi-generational dance routine during a free Zumba class at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. To register, visit anc.apm.activecommunities.com.


  • At 3:30 p.m., Medea Benjamin, author of “War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict,” will give a lecture about her book and the current conflict in Ukraine at Scripps College’s Hampton Room in Malott Commons, second floor, corner of E. Ninth Street and Columbia Avenue, Claremont. Learn more at scrippscollege.edu or by calling (909) 607-3250.


  • California Botanic Garden’s Luminaria Nights returns at 6 p.m. today at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Additional shows take place December 10, 16 and 17. Numerous lighting displays will be accompanied by music as visitors peruse CalBG’s native plant gardens. Tickets, available online and at the gate, are $16 for non-member adults; $12 for students with I.D., seniors, children 3 to 12, and CalBG adult members; and $8 for CalBG member students, seniors, and children. For information call (909) 625-8767 or visit calbg.org/events-programs/events.



Saturday, December 10

  • Claremont Headstones, 427 Yale Ave., hosts a holiday toy drive for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles from 8 to 11 a.m. The community is invited to donate new and unwrapped toys, coloring books, games, sports items and more. For more information, call (626) 833-9188.


  • The Claremont Chamber of Commerce presents holiday music in the Village from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Performers include the El Roble Intermediate School Band and Orchestra at Village Plaza from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Larry and Rhonda Jackson outside the chamber office, 205 N. Yale Ave.; and strolling carols from the Music Men Quartet. For details call (909) 624-1681.


  • From 1 to 4 p.m., Crossroads Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to aiding formerly incarcerated women, will hold an open house at 1269 Harvard Ave., Claremont, and give attendees a glimpse of its ongoing work. Further details will be provided with RSVPs via email to pleong@crossroadswomen.org.


  • Acclaimed local musician John York will perform a 7 p.m. concert at the Claremont Forum Bookshop, 586 W. First St., Claremont. Seating is limited. Tickets, which begin at $25, are available at claremontforum.org/events. Proceeds from the concert will support the Prison Library Project.


  • The Claremont Concert Orchestra performs its winter concert at 8 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 231 E. 10th St., Claremont. The Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps colleges will play symphonic works inspired by ballet and folk dances at this free and open to the public show, which repeats at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 11. For info visit scrippscollege.edu.



Sunday, December 11

  • Zzaj plays a free three-hour concert beginning at 2 p.m. at College Center, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. To view the monthly lineup and information, visit jazzatcollegecenter.com.


  • The Mountainside Master Chorale will perform its holiday concert, A Spotless Rose, at 3:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. Tickets, $20 general admission and $18 for seniors and students with ID, are available at showtix4u.com/event-details/68907, or at the door.



Monday, December 12

  • The Ginger Elliot Gallery exhibit, “A Gift of Traditions,” closes Thursday, December 15. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is located in the Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. For more details call (909) 621-0848.


  • The Claremont Senior Program hosts its free Mac user group from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The drop-in group is open to all and covers topics such as Apple apps, hardware, troubleshooting and more. For details call (909) 399-5488.


  • A quintet of recorder players from the Claremont Community School of Music will perform music from Shakespeare’s plays during this month’s free and open to the public 2 p.m. meeting of the Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave. Attendees will enjoy music, holiday food, and a special drawing. Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket, with additional tickets available for $1 or six for $5. For details call (909) 717-1109.



Tuesday, December 13

  • The Claremont Chamber of Commerce’s business over breakfast event has a holiday twist this month: an ugly sweater theme. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Admission is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Register at business.claremontchamber.org.


  • Today’s Claremont City Council meeting, at 225 W. Second St., will begin with a closed session at 6 p.m. before opening up to the public about 30 minutes later. Agendas are posted at ci.claremont.ca.us, or at city hall on the Thursday prior to the meeting. To attend virtually, visit zoom.us/j/256208090. To listen in via phone, dial (213) 338-8477.



Wednesday, December 14

  • The city’s beginning and intermediate line dancing classes, at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m., respectively,will meet for the final time today at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. For those dropping in for the first time, the course fee is $64 for Claremont residents and $69 for nonresidents. Call (909) 399-5488 for more info.


  • Join the Woman’s Club of Claremont at its clubhouse, 343 W. 12th St., for an 11:30 a.m. holiday lunch. Reservations are required by Friday, December 9 via email to womansclubofclaremont@gmail.com. The club requests attendees must be vaccinated. For more details call (909) 621-7064.


  • Pomona College hosts a free 6:20 p.m. screening of the 2022 film, “Till,” at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. The screening will be preceded at 6 p.m. by an introduction from Pomona College President Gabrielle Starr and Claremont resident Myrlie Evers-Williams. Evers-Williams, a 1968 Pomona College grad, is the widow of the late civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who was assassinated by a white supremacist in 1963 at the couple’s Jackson, Mississippi home. “Till” tells the story of the brutal 1955 lynching death of 14-year-old Emmett Till from the perspective of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. RSVPs are required at showtix4u.com/event-details/69150. The film will be followed by a Q and A.


  • 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 15

  • The American Association of Retired Persons hosts a two-day smart driver’s course at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont, at 9:30 a.m. today and Friday, December 16. The course is for folks 50 and older who want to improve their driving skills. A certificate from the Department of Motor Vehicles will be issued upon completion of the course, and a $25 fee ($20 for AARP members) is required. To register, visit anc.apm.activecommunities.com.


  • Claremont Heritage and Cielo Rojo Dance Company revive a longstanding local tradition, Las Posadas, today at Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont. The family event will feature traditional Mexican culture, dance, and food. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the performance will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a short intermission. Tickets begin at $15 for Claremont Heritage members and $20 for non-members. Children under 12 are $10. Visit claremontheritage.org for more details or to purchase tickets.


  • The public is invited to the first Claremont Unified School District Board of Education meeting of the month, which will include the swearing in of new members Kathryn Dunn and Richard O’Neill. Regular meetings at the district office, 170 W. San Jose Ave., begin with a closed session at 6 p.m. and are followed by the public portion, usually about 7 p.m., unless otherwise indicated. Click cusd.claremont.edu/board to view the agenda and other information or call (909) 398-0609.



Friday, December 16

  • This week’s free movie matinee at the Blaisdell Community Center, 440 S. College Ave., Claremont, is the 2009 version of “A Christmas Carol.” The film begins at 12:30 p.m. and free popcorn will be available. Masks are encouraged for this indoor event. Call (909) 399-5367 for info.



Saturday, December 17

  • The Claremont Police Department and Keeping the Good in our Neighborhood host a toy drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CPD headquarters, 570 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for local children can also be dropped off prior to the event Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lobby is closed on Sunday. For details call (909) 399-5411.


  • Locals looking to rid themselves of unneeded electronics can drop them off at an electronics recycling event in the parking lot of Get Air Trampoline Park, 2735 S. Towne Ave., Pomona, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Sunday, December 18. There will be a service charge for major appliances. For info call (909) 591-8408.


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