A Claremont tradition that embodies the true meaning of community—people from all walks of life coming together, getting to know one another, and working cooperatively to keep our community strong and healthy. Our annual series of special hosted events provides a variety of themes, food, and entertainment to appeal to every taste. Participants will meet new and interesting folks, share food, fun and friendship while benefiting the Foundation. The dozens of event hosts, as well as many community businesses, generously contribute their time, talent, food and supplies so that all guest reservations and contributions can directly benefit the Claremont Community Foundation. If you have a question about any party or registration please email us at
Here’s a taste of this year’s 18 parties:
Ante up and go all in for a rousing evening of Texas Hold ‘Em Poker fun at the DoubleTree Hotel.
When? Friday, February 23, 6:00-11:00pm
Price? $50 ($60 at the door)
“Come Together”Come together for our annual signature Party Parade Kick-off! “Twist and Shout” to favorites of the era—played by our featured band, “The Amazing Tone Benders!” at Padua Hills!
Hosts: CCF…with a little help from our friends!
When? Friday, March 2, 7:00-10:30pm
French Cooking!French Cooking Class and Demonstration with Community Chef Diann Ring and Sous Chef Charlotte Resch!
Diann and Charlotte will prepare for you (with your participation) a formal six-course French dinner that is shared very informally (fancy paper plates). Bring your apron (or not) and experience…
Mushrooms Bordelaise, Gourgeres, Bouillabaisse with spicy rouille, Cassoulet, Salade with Haricot Vert and Duck Confit, Grand Marnier Souffle
Hosted by Diann Ring with Ann and Jess Johannsen
When? Saturday, March 3, 6:00pm
Sip ‘n’ Spa-aaah!Grab your girlfriends and indulge in a sumptuous “Beauty Brew,” where you’ll select organic ingredients for your own herbal Fresh Fruit Masque.
Let it all go at Claremont’s newest holistic spa and beauty elixir bar (formerly DermaGarden), located at 206 W. Bonita Ave., Suite 2K, above Bardot in Harvard Square.
Hosted by Jessalyn Marler
When? Sunday, March 4, 12:00-2:00pm
Beginning Ukulele Class!Get your strumming fingers ready for a fun-filled hour learning to play the very popular ukulele. Learn alongside new friends in this group setting in the historic Folk Music Center.
Light refreshments to be served.
When? Wednesday, March 7, 6:30-8:00pm
Morning Folk Painting Workshop with artist Sandy GarciaSpend a morning alongside fellow art lovers learning the techniques of this extraordinary tradition. You’ll paint with the vibrant folk art color palette and leave with your own 11×14 canvas painting!
Light refreshments will be served.
When? Friday, March 9, 10:00am-1:30pm
"As Time Goes By..." A celebration of the 75th anniversary of "Casablanca"
Welcome to Rick’s Cafe Americain, where all the usual suspects — that’s you– wear black and white. Step up to the bar in the “finest of all gin joints in all the towns in all the world,” where Rick will shake you up a classic martini or if you prefer raise a toast with the specialty of the house -“We’ll Always Have Paris” champagne cocktail. Here’s looking at you, kid!
“What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?” Every expatriate…Carl from Eastern Europe, Yvonne from France, Sascha from Russion…has their story, and their influence on the Moroccan-inspired hors d’oeuvres and canapes that are served in teh cafe. The selection of desserts is sweetly intriguing as well…”on that you can rely.”
And while the Hollywood movie loops on the silver screen in the background, don’t be “shocked….shocked” to find that trivia games have replaced the roulette wheel. So go ahead, “Play it. Play it once.”
Yes, “Everybody comes to Rick’s.” Occupancy is limited, so reserve your “letters of transit” early. Leave your Vichy water behind, and who knows?…This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Pat and Carlos Samuelson, Dennis and Juli Lloyd, Susan Guntner, Tom McGuire,
Cynthia Cervantes McGuire
When? Saturday, March 10, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Vintage Dinner: Retro RecipesA 6-course meal will include favorites from Mid-century recipes in a mid-century modern setting. You’ll begin your meal with a favorite from the fifties—shrimp cocktail. An alternative to the shrimp would be a jicama cocktail in case you want bring any kosher vegetarians with you. The second course is a Waldorf salad made according to the hotel’s original preparations. The third course will be a homemade vegetable soup according to an old family recipe. The fourth course is a palate cleanser of sherbert and ginger stuffed strawberry. The fifth course is the entree. Retro favorite side dishes include crown rack of lamb, baked potatoes seasoned with butter, salt, pepper, butter, sour cream, butter and a little bit of Imperial Margarine (Duhn duh-duh Duhn!) Watch for the crown). Traditional green bean casserole is the perfect side dish for this meal. The sixth and final course of this retro meal is that favorite from the sixties: Chocolate Fondue! Coffee and Sanka will of course be the perfect beverages to cap this mea!
The setting for this dinner is a home that both Donna Reed and Father Knows Best would adore. The mid-century furnishings have been carefully culled from Ebay and antique consignment stores. Teak wood abounds in both shelving and furniture. Giant Resin Grape clusters, art glass, and Lava lamps complete the ambience. The house itself is a flat roofed testament to modern design. Mid-century architect William Henderson’s plans include expansive glass walls for this hillside home taking in beautiful views of twinkling city lights. where an epicurean feast awaits.
This is an experience for all the senses.
Hosts: Steven Llanusa and Glenn Miya
When? Saturday, March 10, 7:30pm
For the Love of Books — Distinguished Claremont PoetsJoin us for an afternoon of poetry presented by two of Claremont’s most distinguished poets, Frances Ruhlen McConnel and Lucia Galloway. Both poets will read from their work and share insights into their creative processes.
Long-time Claremont resident Frances Ruhlen McConnel is a poet and writer of short stories and creative nonfiction. She is retired from teaching in the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside. Among her widely-read publications are her three volumes of published poetry, Gathering Lights, The Direction of Longing, and White Birches, Black Water, the latter of which is a chapbook of haiku and other short poems.
Having taught at the Webb Schools for the past 30 yers, Lucia Galloway also teaches writing to young people for Johns Hopkins CTYOnline. She is the author of three books of poetry including Venus and Other Losses, Playing Outside, and The Garlic Peelers, which won the Quill’s Edge Press Chapbook Competition.
BONUS: A copy of the annual Claremont Book Groups 2017 Reading Lists, compiled from over 30 local book clubs, will be shared with all attendees.
Light refreshments will be served.
Location: Mt. San Antonio Gardens Assembly Hall
Sponsored by: Mt. San Antonio Gardens, Hosted by: Rose Ash, Renuka Balakrishnan, Penny Garris, Brenda Barham Hill, Barbara Rugeley, Diane Schuster, Vicke Selk
When? Sunday, March 11, 2:00-4:00pm
Claremont Craft Ales – Guided Beer Tasting and Brewery TourTake a peek behind the scenes at Claremont Craft Ales! Join the Brewmaster and taste an array of CCA’s finest brews in this exclusive tasting and tour!
When? Sunday, March 11, 4:30-6:30pm
St. Patrick’s Day Canvas Painting Party at My Yellow EffectCelebrate the magic of green at My Yellow Effect as you spend part of St. Patrick’s Day at a painting party where you will discover how truly unique you are. Relax and enjoy appetizers before one of our talented artist helps you paint that masterpiece that you didn’t know existed within you. This day is all about you and having fun. Let paint fly!
When? Saturday, March 17, 12:00-3:30pm
An Evening in the Low-CountryFrom the bounty of the Atlantic coastal plains and islands, the recipes of French and English settlers in the Carolinas and Georgia, and the African and Caribbean flavors and spices of the Gullah people, comes Low-Country Cookin’. Charleston, “America’s most mannerly city,” and Savannah, “the hostess city of the South,” are the homes of this flavorful fare. For one memorable evening, we will transport you to these gracious old cities. So join us for an evening of Southern hospitality and charm and flavorful hearty cooking, with a few new twists at 1080 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Claremont.
Hosted by Sheryl Ragland and Mike Conkey
When? March 17, 2018, 7:00-10:00pm
Vom Fass Whiskey SocialParty Parade guests are invited in to sample the very best whiskeys Vom Fass has to offer. And learn more about your tastings with a fun trivia game! Enjoy delicious appetizers featuring Vom Fass products. As a bonus, you will receive 10% off all your purchases.
Hosted by Kim Peeples
When? Sunday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm
“Treat Yourself”Take time for yourself to restore your skin’s radiance with a chemical peel at one of Claremont’s newest skin care boutiques, The Treatment Skin Boutique.
…And enjoy a delectable dessert to complete your “Treat Yourself” day!
Hosted by Erin Jensen
When? Thursday, March 22, 3:00-6:00pm
Pop-up Pics and Pie!Enjoy 2 short film screenings and lively discussion with actress and filmmaker Kres Mersky. Sweet and savory pies will be an added treat.
Prepare to be entertained at the Claremont Club Clubhouse!
Hosted by Vince Turner
When? Friday, March 23, 5:00-8:00pm
Raclette Dinner Party--SOLD OUTClaremont Cheese Cave is taking melted cheese to a whole new level. Sit down to dinner and learn all about the fondue-like melty, gooey, Swiss Raclette cheese, paired nicely with a mountain wine.
When? Friday, March 23, 6:30-8:00pm
Pottery Wheel Class, Museum Tour, and More!
Come take part in a private tour at AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art) and learn the art of ceramics in this wheel and hand-building class, enjoy wine and bites, and take a tour of the current exhibition.
Hosted by Teresa Wilmott and Kasey Jones
When? Saturday, March 24, Time 5:00-8:00pm
Price? $60 adults, $50 children 12-under
Mahjong & MartinisClick! Clack! Call the Bams, Dots, Dragons, Flowers and Craks! Exchange those Jokers! For master players, bring your current American Mahjong card and enjoy an afternoon of playing. For beginners, come learn at 530 W. 11th St. Claremont on how to play this exciting game and experience the thrill of yelling “MAHJ!”
Hosted by Karen Kupetz
When? Sunday, March 25, 2:00-5:00pm