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.
Here’s a taste of this year’s 18 parties:
Friday, February 23, 6:00-11:00pm
Ante up and go all in for a rousing evening of Texas Hold ‘Em Poker fun at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Friday, March 2, 7:00-10:30pm
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!”
Hosts: CCF…with a little help from our friends!
Saturday, March 3, 6:00pm
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 Johansen
Sunday, March 4, 12:00-2:00pm
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 Beauty Brew Holistic Spa and Beauty Elixir Bar, located at 206 W. Bonita Ave., Suite 2K, above Bardot in Harvard Square.
Hosted by Jessalyn Marler
Wednesday, March 7, 6:30-8:00pm
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.
Friday, March 9, 10:00am-1:30pm
Spend 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 11x14 canvas painting!
Light refreshments will be served.
Saturday, March 10, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Welcome to Rick’s Cafe Americain, where all the usual suspects—that’s you—wear black-and-white. 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. Enjoy Moroccan-inspired hors d’oeuvres and canapés, and while the Hollywood movie loops in the background, don’t be shocked to find that trivia games have replaced the roulette wheel. So go ahead, play it. Play it once.
Occupancy is limited, so reserve your letters of transit early. And who knows? This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Here’s looking at you, kid.
Saturday, March 10, 7:30pm
A 6-course meal will include favorites from Mid-century recipes in a mid-century modern setting. You will be transported to the time and look of The Donna Reed Show and Father Knows Best where an epicurean feast awaits. This is an experience for all the senses.
Hosts: Steven Llanusa and Glenn Miya
Sunday, March 11, 2:00-4:00pm
Mt. San Antonio Gardens Assembly Hall
Join 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. Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by: Mt. San Antonio Gardens, Hosted by: Rose Ash, Renuka Balakrishnan, Penny Garris, Brenda Barham Hill, Barbara Rugeley, Diane Schuster, Vicke Selk
Sunday, March 11, 4:30-6:30pm
Take 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!
Saturday, March 17, 12:00-3:30pm
Celebrate 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!
March 17, 2018, 7:00-10:00pm
1080 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Claremont
From 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.
Hosted by Sheryl Ragland and Mike Conkey
Sunday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm
Party 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
Thursday, March 22, 3:00-6:00pm
Take time for yourself to restore your skin’s radiance with a chemical peel at one of Claremont’s newest skin care boutiques. And enjoy a delectable dessert to complete your “Treat Yourself” day!
Hosted by Erin Jensen
Friday, March 23, 5:00-8:00pm
Enjoy 2 short film screenings and lively discussion with actress and filmmaker Kres Mersky. Sweet and savory pies from I Like Pie will be an added treat. Prepare to be entertained!
Hosted by Vince Turner
Friday, March 23, 6:30-8:00pm
Claremont 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.
Saturday, March 24, Time 5:00-8:00pm
Come 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
Sunday, March 25, 2:00-5:00pm
530 W. 11th St. Claremont
Click! 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 how to play this exciting game and experience the thrill of yelling “MAHJ!”
Hosted by Karen Kupetz
The Foundation Sponsors Program was established by the Board of Directors of the Claremont Community Foundation to publicly recognize individuals and businesses for their generous support.
To maximize our positive impact in the community and to exist in perpetuity, the Claremont Community Foundation (CCF) develops and implements programs, and initiatives on an on-going basis.
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Funds for CCF grants are mainly generated by donor-designated and unrestricted contributions from caring individuals, businesses, and organizations in and around Claremont..