San Gabriel Valley: Community Events

Staff Reports



Inland Pacific Ballet’s, “The Nutcracker”

When: Now through Dec. 27

Where: Lewis Family Playhouse (12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga), Dec. 6, 1 and 7 pm., Dec. 7, 1 p.m.; Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium (450 North College Way, Claremont), Dec. 13, 14, 20, 21; Fox Performing Arts Center (3801 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside), Dec 27, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Details: The critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet brings The Nutcracker story to life with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes, and nearly 100 dancers on stage – in four theatres! Tickets start at $38, with discounts available.


Diamond Bar United Church of Christ Events

IVHP Food Bank Collection

When: Now through Dec. 21

Details: Youth are collecting staple foods (canned goods, cereal, rice, beans, baby food, etc.) for the Inland Valley Hope Partners. Items can be dropped off at the church office Monday through Friday.

Christmas Tree Lot Open

When: Nov. 29 through Dec. 23, 3 to 8 p.m. daily

Free Choir Program

When: Sun., Dec. 14; 6 p.m.

Details: An excellent event to help with holiday emotions. Members of the DBHS Orchestra will accompany the Choir during the Cantata. All are welcome to attend; refreshments will be served.

Christmas Eve Service – All are welcome

When: Wed., Dec. 24; 7 p.m.

Where: All events are located at 2335 Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar

Contact: Call (909) 861-4735, or visit

Mt. Calvary Annual Christmas Boutique

When: Thurs., Dec. 11 and Fri., Dec. 12.

Where: Family Life Center; Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and School, 23300 Golden Springs Drive, Diamond Bar

Details: There will be crafters selling inexpensive items.

Contact: If you are interested in being a crafter, call Cathy Harden at (909) 861-3526.

West Covina Annual Breakfast With Santa

When: Sat., Dec. 13, at 9 a.m.

Where: Cameron Community Center, 1305 E. Cameron Avenue, West Covina

Details: Join the City of West Covina for a warm pancake breakfast, holiday cheer, entertainment, games and raffles. Be sure and have your picture taken with Santa before he returns to the North Pole! Tickets are just $8 for pancakes, eggs and juice. Children 3 years and under are free. This popular event sells out, so get your tickets early.

Contact: Call the Community Services Department at (626) 919-6966, or visit

Youth Christmas Parade and Fair

When: Parade: Sat., Dec. 13; 9 a.m.; Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Monte Vista Park, 13196 Monte Vista Ave., Chino

Details: Food and Craft Vendors, Entertainment and Thrilling Rides

Contact: (909) 334-3258

Pomona Inner City Homeless Ministry Dinner

When: Sat., Dec. 30 (and 3rd Saturday monthly); noon to 4:30 p.m.

Where: First Baptist Church of Pomona, 601 N. Garey Ave. (corner of Garey and Holt)

Details: Come help serve the homeless and economically disadvantaged. PICM is also accepting new toys valued at $10 or less for their annual toy drive

Contact: Volunteers meet in room E202 (2nd Floor) at noon for prayer, devotion, orientation and training prior to serving dinner to the homeless.


Alcohol and Addiction Intervention Information

When: Third Tuesday, monthly; 6 p.m.

Where: Aurora Charter Oak Hospital, 1161 E. Covina Blvd., Covina

Details: Free information sessions about the intervention process, a powerful tool to combat alcoholism and addiction. Attendees can expect to learn what the intervention process consists of, when an intervention is appropriate, and what local resources are available. Space is limited and reservations are recommended.

Contact: Call (626) 859-5269, or visit

Bookstore Blowout

Where: Twice Sold Tale Bookstore located at the Walnut Library, La Puente Road, Walnut CA 91789

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Details: All books and media: Any four items for $1 ($1 minimum purchase).

Contact: (909) 595-0757 or email

Resources for the Classroom Days at Basically BOOKS

When: Second Tuesday of every month.

Where: Basically BOOKS locations: at 23447 Golden Springs Road, Diamond Bar and at the Diamond Bar Library: 21800 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar.

Details: Books and education videos will be offered at special discounts for teachers at all levels. Teachers can sign up at either Basically BOOKS locations or email to join these special teacher appreciation afternoons.

Free Acupuncture for Veterans, Active Military, First Responders

When: Every Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: 12598 Central Avenue, Unit 113, Chino, CA 91710.

Cost: Free

Contact: (909) 590-4183 or

Jack Newe’s Farmers Market sponsored by SGV Regional Chamber of Commerce

When: Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Mt. San Antonio College Campus, Parking Lot B, 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut CA 91789

Cost: Free Admission/Parking

Features: Seasonal organic produce, breads and cakes, olive oils, cheese and spreads, a variety of nursery plants, hand-crafted items and jewelry, fresh-popped Kettle Corn and grilled food plates.

Contact: (909) 869-0701