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It’s a quiet week in Claremont but there’s still fun to be had

Friday, December 30

ART MART Claremont hosts Art Mart today from 5 to 9 p.m. The free eclectic display and sale of local artisans’ wares happens monthly at the Packing House, 532 W. First St. Shopping, art classes and dining are all part of the fun. More information is available via email at audsandends.sa@gmail.com. 

 

Saturday, December 31

YAY! 2016 IS OVER! It’s the beginning of a new year, where all things are fresh and new and everything is possible. Thank god! If you’re looking to get out and maybe put 2016 behind you and hear some live music, the Black Watch Pub, at 497 N. Central Ave. in Upland, celebrates British New Year with Paddy’s Pig at 3 p.m. and Jonny Come Lately brings its revved up garage/ska/rockabilly to the Press (129 Harvard Ave.) at 10 p.m. Both shows are free.

 

Sunday, January 1

SUNDAY NEW YEARS MARKET STROLL Claremont’s Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market takes place today and every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Second St. between Indian Hill Blvd. and Yale Ave. in the Village. Fresh flowers, live plants, fruits, vegetables and various other wares are available.

BEGINNERS BIRD WALK A free Beginner’s Bird Walk happens from 8 to 9 a.m. today at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave. in Claremont. The free event is sponsored by Pomona Valley Audubon Society. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring any bird guide books and binoculars they may have. Limited loaner binoculars may be available to use during the walk. “There are no admission fees, but reservations are encouraged. Visitors need not be an RSABG member to participate. Information and reservations are available at (909) 625-8767 or rsabg.org/bird-walks.

FREE JAZZ The free weekly Jazz at College Center series continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today. The concerts take place at 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, in the patio in front of Blue Fin Sushi.

 

Monday, January 2

DAY AFTER NEW YEARS DAY Since New Years Day fell on a Sunday this year, Monday, January 2 is a national holiday. Claremont’s city offices are closed today.

 

Tuesday, January 3

SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club club hosts a free meeting at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Social time begins at 7 p.m. “Newcomers of any age are always welcome!” a club press release stated. “We meet to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smartphones, and every meeting provides an opportunity for questions to our club experts.” More information is at cscclub.org.

 

Wednesday, January 4

GETTING FIT Well, we’ve all eaten our way through the holidays, and now it’s time to pay the piper. If your New Year’s resolution involved shedding a few of those post-holiday pounds, Claremont is full of options for getting started without a gym membership. Thompson Creek Trail’s 2.2 miles of gentle grade is a nice place to get moving. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a decidedly more vigorous approach and scale Potato Mountain (which is really what led you to need to exercise in the first place, if you think about it) via Evey Canyon. This route is five miles of moderate hiking. To burn off more potatoes, try summiting via the Loop, which is a tougher climb and at 11 miles takes about five hours. Oh, and watch for mountain lions.

 

Thursday, January 5

LEARN TO PLAY If you’re good with your body image, well, good for you. Maybe your New Year’s resolution involved expanding your skill set? If so, the Folk Music Center at 220 Yale Ave. and the Claremont Community School of Music (951 W. Foothill Blvd.) both offer classes in just about any musical instrument you could want to learn, everything from voice and autoharp to ukulele and guitar, for kids on up. More info is at claremontmusic.org and folkmusiccenter.com.

 

Friday, January 6

CATCH THE SPIRIT OF IRELAND Michael Ryan returns to the Candlelight Pavilion with his annual Spirit of Ireland concert, an evening of song, music and dance. No meal is included, but there are beverages and desserts available for purchase. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances Saturday, January 7 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call (909) 626-1254 or visit candlelightpavilion.com.

 

Saturday, January 7

CHS ALUMNI Baseball The annual Claremont High School alumni baseball game is at 1 p.m. at the CHS varsity field. Wolfpack alumni should arrive for check in at 11:30 a.m. and pre-game batting practice, which ends at 12:30 p.m.  Come out to reconnect with teammates and friends. Questions can be emailed to Coach Ron La Chase at claremonthighbaseball@llmail.net. Go Pack!

GUIDED WALKING TOUR A monthly guided walking tour of the Claremont Village led by a docent from Claremont Heritage. Meet at 10 a.m. in front of the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. Explore Claremont’s history including the significance of the railroad, citrus crops, the Claremont Colleges and the Village. $5 per person. Reservations requested. For information, call (909) 621-0848 or email info@claremontheritage.org.

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