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2012-13 Claremont COURIER
Many city neighborhoods are alive and thriving. We show you why.
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Nellie Villanueva has seen years of change at Arbol Verde PAGE 56
Catherine McIntosh, 1961
Growing up Claremont...
From the mouths of babes, who are now grown, we’ve learned what Claremont meant then and what it means now.
I was born in Claremont in 1952. My parents bought a house on Arrow Highway in the first tract built in Claremont (called Claremont Oaks) after the war. Arrow was a 2-lane road and tumbleweeds would blow along by the dozen on Arrow from the Monte Vista district (no Montclair) and pile up in the street. We would drag them onto our lawns to make forts and my dad would get mad because the seeds would drop into his grass. The distinctive, acrid morning smell was from Kaiser Steel to the east and the afternoon was marked by the smog blowing from Los Angeles. In the winter, the smudge pots in the orange groves in north Claremont sent a greasy black film into the house, Photo by James Schenck which coated my mother’s Steve and Barbara Schenck spend time with their Australian piano. Huskies, Ginny and Ryely, at their Claremont home. My childhood was one of being one of the local artists’ children. I went to nursery school at the Karl and Beverly Benjamin’s house on Eighth Street. My parents played jazz every other Friday night in our house with Paul Darrow; he played sax. Eric Darrow, Paul’s son and a local potter, was born 4 days after me in 1952, and several other artists’ kids were born within a few weeks. I remember my mom bought Carling’s Ale for the Friday music sessions at Mario Serna’s “market” on Arrow Highway, just past the city limits because Claremont was dry. My husband, Steve Schenck, and his family moved into the house next door to ours in 1956. We were married in 1976. An Oakmont boy, his childhood was spent playing with all the neighbor children, riding his bike to the Fox Theater in Pomona (by himself) and generally exploring a fairly wide perimeter without fear or need of supervision. The police chief lived 2 doors down from us and it is safe to say that our small town watched out for its children. My childhood was spent doing homework: I went to Foothill Country Day School, as did other children of local artists and professors. Claremont’s downtown (never called “the Village,” we called it “uptown” since we walked “up” to get there) was self-sustaining with a hi-fi store, appliance store, Ruben’s hardware store, Bentley’s Grocery, the Village Theater and a Five-and-Dime. It also closed down at about 5 p.m. The streets were deserted in the evenings and weekends. However, for my family, shopping and restaurants were supplemented by trips to Pasadena and we drove along Foothill Boulevard to get there. Steve and I have lived for the past 33 years in a house around the corner in the same tract from where we grew up. There are 2 other people on our street who were born in the houses they live in today as adults. We both left Claremont—me, briefly, Steve for 10 years—but returned when we married. It Steve Schenck, left, and Barbara Hueter (now was familiar, as green (trees) as southern Schenck) on the Fourth of July in Claremont California towns get, we had the Colleges (I in 1959. The childhood friends put on a play went to Scripps) and we had many connecand Steve made a clay bust of Thomas Jefferson to present to Barbaraʼs father, artist tions that helped us start our photography James Hueter. Barbaraʼs little sister Libby business.
Hueter is seen in front.
I moved to Claremont in 1953, when I was 7 years old. We settled into a new home located on Piedmont Avenue off of Arrow Highway and I attended Vista del Valle Elementary School. Vista was a brand-new school and our principal was Eleanor Condit. Indian Hill Boulevard was then called Alexander Avenue and there were orange groves all around us. Mrs. Bolinger was our Brownie leader and, at that time, she and her family lived in a grove house just below Arrow Highway east of Indian Hill. I can still remember running through that grove on the way to Brownies. It was total freedom. As we grew, we attended Claremont Junior High School and our main meeting place became the Village Grille. I love it to this day. Fries and a coke was a daily staple and once we became “more sophisticated,” we ordered a salad and a coke. Of course, we always stopped in at Hodges Bakery (now Some Crust). Sharen Hodges was in our class. Brickman's Department Store is where the gym clothes were purchased and Jay Doty’s was where you listened to and purchased your records. The Sugar Bowl was a little scary for some of us, but we all loved the Village Theater, often meeting for Saturday matinees. I loved growing up here. You could walk anywhere and hang out at the youth center in Memorial Park. We were fearless. The years at CHS were great: dances, football games—everyone knew everyone else and wonderful friendships were formed. We were the class of 1964, and to this day I treasure my time with these lifelong friends. We still meet every month at Walter’s for dinner and, for that evening, we are all right back to the way we were in 1964. And those were good times, my friend. When it came time to raise my 3 daughters, Claremont seemed the right choice. They began at Sumner Elementary and sailed right through. Honestly, it was a little too fast for me but that is life. They loved it here also, collecting their own memories and lifelong friends along the way. Today, my daughter Heather (CHS 1985) lives in Portland, but Shannon (CHS 1987) and Rebecca (CHS 1994) are living in Claremont. My grandson Clay is carrying on the Claremont tradition at Chaparral Elementary. I always felt lucky to have grown up here. It was kind of the perfect place. And now I have a small furniture/gift store, Crimson Cottage, located in The Old School House, where I went to high school. I love it here, it’s home.
Paul Cooper, left, with Officer Eric Winchell in about 1985, not long after now-Chief Cooper joined the Claremont Police Department. The officers were featured in the COURIER, posing here for a photo in front pf the squad car on Bonita Avenue outside the police station. Mr. Cooper was named chief in 2007, after serving as interim police chief for about a year.
Paul Cooper, chief of police “
I grew up in the Village area on Sixth Street. I attended Sycamore, El Roble and Claremont High. Growing up in the Village area was great. There were a number of kids in the area and the Colleges and the Village were our playgrounds after school. A number of these kids and I are still friends today. Growing up in Claremont, you always hear kids say, “I can’t wait to get out of here. There’s nothing to do, it’s boring.” The funny thing is how many come back to raise their families. Many of our friends were our classmates throughout the years and/or alumni at CHS. My wife Rina also attended Sycamore, El Roble and Claremont High and now we are fortunate to be able to raise our son in the same small-town atmosphere that we grew up in. While a number of things in Claremont have changed over the years, it’s still maintained much of what is unique to Claremont. Many of our son’s friends are the sons and daughters of our friends, who also grew up here or attended Claremont schools. Once in a while, he gets to experience some of the great teachers we had growing up in the Claremont school system. There’s the “must-attend” Claremont events—the unique occassions like the Fourth of July (Claremont's unofficial reunion day), the Easter Egg Hunt, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, OLA Festival and Monday night concerts (there are so many more that, there’s just not enough room for all of them). These events are so wellattended, not just by current Claremonters, but those who grew up here and come back to visit family or bring their families back to see loved ones still living here. Claremont even has its own bands, from the Ravelers to the Lost Creek Riders to The Answer. Too bad the March Air Force band is no longer a staple at the Monday night concerts; they were always a crowdpleaser and brought out some of the largest audiences. Claremont’s sports connection is next. I’ve had the opportunity to play sports and then come back and coach youth sports for more than 20 years. Our programs, from girls softball to soccer, Little League, basketball and all of the El Roble and CHS sports programs, have a place for everyone. Our son no longer plays baseball at College Park, but there isn’t a baseball season that goes by that my wife and I don’t go down and watch a game or 2. That’s what Claremont is about. When CHS boys or girls go to CIF—or win it!—look in the stands, there are Claremonters that don’t even have a kid playing soccer at CHS, but come to watch the game to cheer for the Wolfpack. Same with football or baseball or the other great programs that are out there. All of these things are what, for many of us, form the lifelong connection to Claremont and one another. Being a police officer in town and having the honor of being the police chief is the icing on the cake for me. Not only do I live here and get to participate in all that is great about Claremont, I get to work here and hopefully make a difference for the community and everyone that lives here.
As one of the boomerang kids, I returned to Claremont in 2009 after nearly 30 years in Texas. It has been great being back home in Padua Hills. Walking the foothill trails and gazing at these beautiful mountains, I am amazed by how much the visibility has improved since those smoggy 1970s. Living on the edge of town, I first attended Condit Elementary, then Mountain View, then the newly-built Chapparal school. There were dance classes at Scripps and swim lessons at the Pomona College pool and so very many art openings. Seventh grade at Our Lady of Assumption School was followed by high school at Girl’s Collegiate and finally Scripps College. As I walk through the Village, I find familiar places and faces everywhere I turn. There have been changes—I miss the scent of the lemon groves—but the unique character of Claremont remains the same.
Catherine McIntosh, seen here in Claremont with her dog Chico in 1969, returned home in the last few years after nearly 3 decades in Texas. Her father is noted local ceramicist Harrison McIntosh.
I went to elementary school at Vista. It was a small, close neighborhood school. I grew up on Carleton Avenue, just off of San Jose, and remember walking home from school through Wheeler Park with my brothers and sister. We often stopped to play on the real fire truck that was a fixture in that park for many years. Once home, we let ourselves in, had a snack, and played—way more play than homework, I recall. My parents both worked but I always felt safe and we knew our neighbors would help us if we were in need. When I was about 12, we moved to Northwestern Drive. Another great neighborhood with lots of kids to
play with day and night. Today, I live on Purdue Drive with my husband and 2 boys. We have a quiet street with kind neighbors, and I love that the types of interactions my family has today are reminiscent of those of my childhood—borrowing sugar, sharing fruit and vegetables from our gardens, helping each other on trash day, chatting out front and sharing meals. No matter where you live in this city, you can find people who are generous with their time, involved with what they believe in, with each other, and with the community. It is this interweaving of relationships and commitment to community over time that helps maintain some of the best things about Claremont. I am really glad to live here.
Sergeant, Detective Bureau Pomona Police Department
I grew up in Claremont my whole life. I attended a variety of schools including Condit, OLA, Damien and Claremont High School. I left Damien because my Claremont connections were too strong and needed to come back to my reality. I loved Claremont High after coming back, and those days were still some of the best times of my life. Friendships forever. I left Claremont to graduate from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in accounting. I attended LA Sheriffs Academy and came to Pomona PD in 1992. I’ve been there ever since. I lived in Upland for a brief period and then moved back to home, Claremont! I moved in 2 houses down from where I grew up. Talk about moving home to the same neighborhood. I loved this neighborhood then and I love it now. Something about Claremont I could never get away from. Maybe it’s the COURIER? There aren’t as many parties on this street anymore (couldn’t have been me growing up?) but I love this general area. The feeling of peace, safety, walking trails and good people is something you don’t find as often in other places. I don’t think Claremont has changed much at all. The crime has stayed at a low level, the police treat people with respect and do their jobs to perfection, the city leaders have been consistent with their decisions in keeping Claremont on track for the future, and the feel of families and children are everywhere you go. With the development of downtown Claremont, it also allows people to stay in this city for their entertainment needs and desires. I love Claremont. I will never leave again. Claremont is my home and always has been.
My family moved here from Dallas in 1978. My father learned from his brother, Dr. George Hamill, that Claremont was a great town to raise his 5 children, so that inspired my mother and father to move to Claremont to provide a better environment to raise a young family, including my sister Maja and I. I have fond early memories of the Smorgasbord at Griswolds with grandma, Betsy Ross for special occasions, and The Village Grille for an occasional Saturday morning treat with Dad. My first job in town as a young teen was with the Progress Bulletin newspaper as a paperboy; well, that ended one Sunday morning after I was chased on my bike and bitten by an angry dog. I later worked at Peterson’s Pharmacy and for about a month as a lifeguard at Raging Waters after earning my Red Cross Lifeguard certification at El Roble junior high. I eventually became a realtor at age 20 and have remained in the same profession for nearly 25 years as I continue to enjoy assisting people when they reach out to me to help them. What I have found over all these years is that there is no reason not to live here in Claremont unless you have to or really want to live somewhere else, as it is so easy to live in this town with all the genuine people and many things to do. If you want to experience something different, one doesn't have to travel far...Claremont will always welcome you back!
I went to Sumner Elementary School and loved growing up in Claremont (although technically, my home was on a bordering unincorporated area on a dirt road called Briney Point Road). I remember that our street was named after its first inhabitant, Mr. Briney, who would hunt for Bigfoot in his spare time and had a pack of aggressive dogs that ran loose and terrorized all living things in the area and often watered our newspaper for us. On one memorable occasion, my friend from Claremont High drove up to my house with large paw prints on his hood and windshield screaming, “Cujo’s out there!” My most dreaded childhood job was delivering mail to the Brineys, which required navigating through the pack of dogs (the father of the pack had one ear up and one down, and legend had it that he was half-wolf). I discovered in the 1980s that breakdancing provided enough confusion and fear in the animals to clear a path for me, but I must admit to having fantasies of an alternate universe in which I delivered the mail with baseball bat in hand. Many things in Claremont have changed since I was little, even the quality of the air (remember “smog days” with red flag warnings?) Even the streets have changed: before the 210 Freeway, Sumner Avenue actually went through to Base Line where the fire station is, and Base Line took a sharp left turn at the top of the hill. The surprising turn caused many car accidents (some of which ended with the 15-foot drop to Live Oak Canyon Road)
and larger and larger “left turn” signs would appear at the top of the hill to warn drivers. There was an Alpha Beta where Sprouts is now, a Value-Fair where Sav-On is on Towne, and one of my first jobs was at Newsboy Books and Video when it was on the south side of Foothill. As a kid, I used to go to a small comic book store called “The Outlet,” which was in the warehouse that has transformed into Village West and I bought my first record (Devo, narrowly beating out Adam Ant for the honor) from Music Plus on Indian Hill. There used to be the Griswold’s Smorgasbord, which I never appreciated as much as my parents did, where Piano Piano is now. The Village has probably changed the most: remember Powell's hardware, Bentley’s (Ben Harper worked there in his pre-fame days), and the old split-level Rhino Records location? I’ve stayed in Claremont because it is full of memories and familiar people. I’m often reminded of little details, like the fact that a scar on the back of my head is the reason a chain was replaced with a fence at Sumner, or that there was a drive-in movie theater in La Verne that I could see from my backyard with binoculars. It’s also surprising how often faces from the past show up, like my youth group leader from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church who turned up years later as a teacher at Chaparral, and my El Roble English teacher who turns out to be the grandmother of one of my daughter’s best friends. Claremont is even better than it used to be, as Cujo hasn’t been sighted in years.
I moved to Claremont, from Pasadena, in 1948 at the age of 4. My father, Paul Darrow, was coming to Claremont to study with the renowned artist Millard Sheets at Scripps College. My mother, Nadine Darrow, had been recruited to Scripps by Sheets before WWII and had helped my dad enter into the program with him. The GI Bill allowed my parents to buy a new house on Blanchard Place that was part of a program set up by the Claremont Intercultural Council to integrate the Hispanic culture into the Claremont community. The homes were built in a horseshoeshaped project that was bordered by Blanchard Place on the north, Brooks Street on the west and First Street to the south. The tract had been designed by Millard Sheets in an area called Arbol Verde, which was considered a barrio in those days. Before Claremont Boulevard cut up the neighborhood, there was a whole community, featuring a Catholic Church, a pool hall and 2 stores, all located on First Street and Blanchard, and on the property between the 2 sets of railroad tracks. It was a wonderful place to grow up. I became a student at Sycamore School and entered kindergarten there. The summer after kindergarten, I contracted polio and spent a number of months at Casa Colina. I eventually returned to my house and was home schooled for a few months. I went back to Sycamore for 2 years until Oakmont School was built and transferred there. I liked the grassy playground area, as I was very sports-oriented, and stayed at Oakmont until junior high. What is now El Roble was originally called Claremont Junior High School and my class would be the first to pass through the seventh through ninth grade curriculum. At the end of my eighth grade experience, a friend of mine, Tom Atherton, and I chose to go to Webb School. Tom’s older brother went there and the school had a good sports program, as well as a great scholastic record. I played varsity baseball in my freshman and sophomore years. In those days, it was an all boys school and I was a day student. I liked it there but missed hanging out with my friends in town, and with girls, so I transferred to Claremont High for my junior and senior year. I graduated in 1962. By this time, my father was teaching at Scripps College and had taken Millard Sheets’ place there. In 1958. our family moved to a new house built for college professors on Blaisdell Drive. The tract was known as “Faculty Row” and the houses were Richard Nuetra-inspired, post and beam homes designed by local architects Ted Criley and Fred McDowell. After high school, I chose to go to Mt. San Antonio College, as they had a great art department, with Carl Hertel, Jerry Martin and Walter Mix. I did very well there and was chosen as one of the 5 Men of Distinction upon graduating in 1964. That summer I got married and chose to apply to Claremont McKenna College to finish my studies. I wanted to study art at both Scripps and Pomona, so I chose to attend a neutral school without an art department at the Associated Colleges. That allowed me to take classes at both schools. In my senior year I took all my classes at Scripps except my thesis. I graduated from CMC in 1966. By this time I was playing a lot of music. I started playing guitar back when I was 13 years old. The Folk Music Center played a large part in my musical evolution. I formed a number of bands and played in the area and by 1962 was performing at Disneyland and other venues like the Ash Grove in Los Angeles and the Ice House in Pasadena. I had gotten married at the age of 19 and was now a proud father of a son named Steven. My wife Donna and I lived in a great house in the middle of a 60-acre lemon grove that was at Mills and
Miramar. It was a wonderful place to live and I got a chance to experience the citrus industry on a firsthand basis. There was even a reservoir on the corner of Mills and Miramar that served as our own private swimming hole. I entered the Claremont Graduate School MFA program in 1966 and studied painting and printmaking. The band I had been in had broken up and my musical prospects looked slim. While working in the Lang Art Gallery at Scripps College, I got a call to join a band that looked like it might get a record deal. I joined up and took a leave of absence from CGS. The band was the Kaleidoscope and this move led me into a recording career in music that I still follow. I lived at 340 North Mills for a while and later lived on Brooks Street in the 1980s, but most of my Claremont time I have lived where I am now, on Blaisdell, the family home, which I share with my sister Elizabeth. My brother, Eric, a great ceramist, and my other sister, Joan, both live in Claremont as well. My mother passed away in 1996 and my father, Paul, is 91 this year and has been doing the cartoons for the COURIER for over 50 years. During a part of the 1970s and the early 1980s I lived at the beach in San Clemente and Encinitas. However, most of my adult life has been here in Claremont, the town that I call home. For a small town, Claremont certainly has a cosmopolitan flair to it. We are equidistant from Los Angeles, the mountains, the desert and the beach. The constant influx of college students and professors keeps the mentality of the community alive and fresh. Since we have colleges of the caliber that exist here, it means that the nature of the community is both smart and educated. That’s a real plus. However, there is the-old school aspect, which I also fit into, those who remember Bentley’s, Raku up on Foothill, old Griswold’s when it was between Yale and Harvard, Runsvold’s Pharmacy, The Sugar Bowl (with China Mina) and the “old” Village Grill. There is so much more, but there are also the people and the businesses that are still here like The Folk Music Center, Wolfe’s Market, Walter’s and the Zetterberg law firm. I like Claremont’s small-town attitude with the big world feel. I saw the Dalai Lama here at Bridges Auditorium, heard Upton Sinclair speak at Pomona College and met Jonas Salk and Françoise Gilot at Barbara Beretich’s art gallery. Not to mention running into Leonard Cohen at Yanni’s one day. I hadn’t seen him since 1967 when I played on his first album. I always say, “ If you read the COURIER and see who’s coming to town, you never have to go anywhere else.”
CLAREMONT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
“An inclusive community of faith”
1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont 624-9693, Fax: 624-4743 Pastor: Rev. Karen Sapio Associate Pastor: Rev. Rocky Suplnger Licensed day care Director: Sacha Lord, 626-6261 Sunday: 9 a.m., Church School: all ages including adults; 10 a.m., Worship, time with children. Infant care for all events. Sunday evenings: Jr. High Youth Group, Sr. High Youth Group, vocal/handbell chorus for children, youth, adults. Weekdays: Men and women fellowships, Bible study, aerobics
TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL OF POMONA VALLEY
3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona 626-1277 Email: email@example.com www.tbipomona.org Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz Cantor Paul Buch Shabbat Services: Fridays 7:30 p.m.; Saturday mornings, (call for schedule) All holiday celebrations. Religious School: Sundays: 9 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesdays: 4 to 6 p.m. Preschool/Daycare: 626-6937 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Judaica Gift Shop: Call for hours • Adult Jewish Learning Classes • Caring Community • Brotherhood/Sisterhood • Family Shabbat Services
CLAREMONT UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
“An open and affirming, just peace congregation for all people.”
233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont Church Office: 626-1201 Senior Pastor: Rev. Robert Patton Associate Pastor: Eileen Gebbie Sunday Services: 8:15 a.m. Worship, Kingman Chapel 9 a.m. Adult Christian Education 10 a.m. Worship Sanctuary Childcare available. Jr. & Sr. High Youth Community, Adult & Childrenʼs Choral & Bell choirs. Nationally Accredited Early Childhood Center. Director Kristy Knight, 624-2916
GRANITE CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH
“We believe God has a plan of significance, purpose and meaning for every person, they are His ultimate masterpiece. At Granite Creek you will find the tools necessary to discover Godʼs unique purpose for your life.” 625-4455 www.granitecreek.org Sundays: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Sunday School classes are available from nursery care through high school youth) Wednesdays: Mid Week Service at 7 p.m. Youth Group at 7 p.m.
CLAREMONT CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
Teaching Religious Science
We are an All-Denominational Church and our mission is “To provide a sanctuary of peace and to ignite the spiritual fire within everyone.” Rev. Dr. Patt Perkins, Senior Minister 509 S. College Ave., Claremont Office: 624-3549, Fax: 399-9679 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.claremontcsl.org Sunday Morning Service: 10:30 a.m. with Youth Church and infant care. Evening Service: 6 p.m. Wednesday Evening Gathering: 7 p.m. featuring different dynamic guest speakers each week. Meditation Services: Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. Metaphysical and self-help classes and workshops. Weddings, memorials and baptisms; Science and Religion lending library and metaphysical bookstore; reception/meeting facilities; Meditation Garden.
CLAREMONT FRIENDS– QUAKERS
“Open and affirming. All are welcome.”
727 Harrison Ave., Claremont (909) 624-9114 Meeting for Worship: Sundays at 9:30 a.m. (Unprogrammed, based on silence.) Classes for children and nursery care. Handicap accessible. For information, visit http://friends.claremont.ca.us.
OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH
Parish Office: 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont 626-3596, Fax: 624-3680 OLA School: 626-7135 Religious Education: 624-1360 www.olaclaremont.org Pastor: Rev. Charles Ramirez Masses Saturday: 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Masses Sunday: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish), 3 p.m. (Vietnamese), 5 p.m. (Teen), and 7 p.m. Come join us!
BASELINE COMMUNITY CHURCH
“Worship God, Love One Another, and Serve Together.” 4552 N. Towne Ave., Claremont Church Office: 624-6626 www.baselinecc.com Pastor: Donn Dirckx Sunday Services: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School classes are available from nursery through jr. high.
PILGRIM CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Individuals discovering God together. “We donʼt think for you, we care for you.” 600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona Church Office: 622-1373 Senior Minister: Dr. Elizabeth E. Bingham, Matt Moncrief, Minister of Christian Education and youth. Sunday Schedule: 10 a.m. Worship service and church school; 11 a.m. Fellowship Hour
ST. PAULʼS LINCOLN PARK
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN POMONA
“A progressive and inclusive Christian community.” 242 E. Alvarado St., Pomona 91767 622-2015 email: Stpaulspomona@yahoo.com www.saintpaulspomona.org The Rev. Mark Hallahan, Rector The Rev. Karen MacQueen, Associate Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Traditional Contemplative Mass 10:30 a.m.: Festive Choral Mass, Child Care & Sunday School 11:45 a.m.: Adult Education Wednesday: 11 a.m. Healing Mass
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST
701 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont (909) 624-7816 Sunday: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Testimonial Services: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Child care available at all services. Reading Room: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 328 W. 2nd St., Claremont Village. (909) 398-1160
ST. AMBROSE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
THE WORLDWIDE ANGLICAN COMMUNION IN CLAREMONT 830 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont (southwest corner of Bonita and Mountain Avenues) 626-7170 Email: email@example.com www.stambroseclaremont.org Sunday Services: 8 a.m. Rite I; 10 a.m. Rite II with choir, Sunday School and Childcare. First and Third Sundays: Youth Group, 11:30 a.m.
CITY OF CLAREMONT SENIOR PROGRAM
A full range of services, activities and programs that enable senior adults to live independent and fulfilling lives. Services are generally free of charge and include computer classes, seminars, book groups, knitting groups, AARP driver safety program, dinner at the Oak Room, Senior Bicycle Group, free blood pressure check, exercise programs, and excursions. Hot lunch-
es are served weekdays at both the Joslyn Senior Center and Blaisdell Center. The programs and services listed below are overseen by the city of Claremont. Additional information is available by visiting the city’s website at www.ci.claremont.ca.us. CLAREMONT COMMITTEE ON AGING 399-5350 Meetings: Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain. Advise, recommend, assist and encourage activities and programs for citizens of the Claremont community who are 60 years and older. Implements the Claremont Senior Master Plan, strategic long-range planning for the growing senior population. Serves as advisory body to the Claremont Human Services Commission. Meetings open to the public, agendas posted in advance. SENIOR LUNCH PROGRAM Full course meals served Monday through Friday for seniors 60 or older. Suggested donation is $2 per person. Meal served at 11:30 a.m. at Joslyn Senior Center and at noon at Blaisdell Community Center. C.A.L.L. PROGRAM (Claremont Avenues for Life-Long Learning) 399-5488 Seniors can audit classes for free at all 5 undergraduate Claremont Colleges. List of course offerings can be picked up at Joslyn Senior Center. GET ABOUT To schedule ride, call 621-9900. Door-to-door service for seniors and disabled persons within the cities of Claremont, La Verne, Pomona and San Dimas. Free transportation to and from senior centers, otherwise the cost is $1 each way. MEALS ON WHEELS 621-4018 Nutritious, hot meals for those unable to provide for themselves. Service includes hot meals on weekdays for $3.45 per day. PHONE ASSURANCE LINE (PAL) 399-5488 Volunteers make daily, friendly calls to home-bound seniors. Calls placed upon request. WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUPS Held at both the Joslyn Senior Center (399-5488) and the Blaisdell Center (399-5367). Please call for times. Breathing Buddies, Parkinson’s Explorers, Overeaters Anonymous, Senior Support Group, Caregiver Support Group, White Cane Society, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. BLAISDELL COMMUNITY CENTER 440 S. College Ave., Claremont www.ci.claremont.ca.us • 399-5367 Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Named after James Blaisdell, an early president of Pomona College, this community center is open to all and includes a refurbished basketball court and pleasant surroundings. A nurse offers blood pressure testing on Thursdays. Full-course nutritious meals are served Monday through Friday at noon for a suggested donation of $2 per person ages 60 or older. Birthdays are celebrated at Blaisdell Center on the third Thursday of the month. JOSLYN SENIOR CENTER 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont www.ci.claremont.ca.us • 399-5488 Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center offers classes, services and activities for local senior citizens. Seniors can learn to surf the
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Internet and sharpen their computer skills on Tuesday evenings. The center serves lunch Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. The center offers information on government programs offering financial assistance in the form of financial reimbursement to low-income seniors. Call for class times and locations. POSTAL ALERT PROGRAM The Postal Alert Program was created in partnership with the United States Postal Service, Claremont Police Department and the Committee on Aging. This program was set up to identify participating older residents and disabled persons in Claremont who may need extra contact or help. Postal carriers are alerted to pay close attention to those residents located within their service area and to contact
the Claremont Police Department if anything unusual is detected. Participation forms are available at the Joslyn and Blaisdell Centers, the Claremont Police Department, or can be accessed online at www.ci.claremont.ca.us under Senior Programs. INLAND HOSPICE ASSOCIATION ESTATE SALES 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont • 399-3289 Hours: Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Weekends, 24 hours. Helping families deal with the difficult task of disposing of a loved one’s household items. Inland Hospice volunteers and a professional appraiser work with the family to determine which items are to be kept or sold, and help set prices for items to be sold. Inland Hospice advertises the sale in local papers, provides a team of volunteers to staff the sale and delivers
unsold items to a nonprofit at the conclusion of the sale. For these services, Inland Hospice welcomes a taxdeductible donation of 50 percent of the sale’s gross receipts. CLAREMONT SENIOR FOUNDATION, INC. 399-5488 Endowment and fundraising arms of Claremont Senior Foundation, Inc. Raising money to help fund senior programs at Joslyn and Blaisdell Senior Centers. Annual mail solicitation fundraising campaign held each fall.
COMMUNITY SENIOR SERVICES (CSS) 141 S. Spring St., Claremont 621-9900 • fax 621-9914 Senior Help Line: 625-4600 www.communityseniorservices.com A private non-profit agency whose mission is to promote independence and enhance the quality of life for seniors and their families by providing exceptional and affordable services. Programs/Services: Get About transportation, Senior
Help line, retired and senior volunteer program, family caregiver support program, senior companion program, the enrichment center adult day program, senior services alliance, Valley News, senior resource directory, partnership with Change A Life Foundation. The following programs and services are offered by Community Senior Services: SENIOR HELP LINE The Help Line guides individuals through the maze of local services. CSS maintains a database, which enables Help Line staff and volunteers to give information about agencies, programs and resources committed to serving seniors. FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT The CSS Family Caregiver Support Program offers an array of services to assist and support caregivers including case management, support groups and educational/training workshops.
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THE ENRICHMENT CENTER ADULT DAY PROGRAM The CSS Adult Day Program provides a safe environment for memory impaired older adults to receive individualized and group attention. Caregivers can take a full or half day break knowing their loved one will be provided with lunch, socialization and stimulating activities. The Enrichment Center is located at Pilgrim Place. REAL CONNECTIONS Resources for Ageless Living 621-6300 • www.realconnections.org REAL Connections is a membership program created especially for people 50 and older. The idea is that adults strongly prefer to remain in their communities, enjoying independent and vibrant lives by connecting with neighbors and conveniently accessing trusted resources and a vetted network of services. REAL Connections is designed to make members’ lives less complicated and more fulfilling. Neighbors helping neighbors, meaningful volunteer and social involvement, opportunities to optimize health and wellness, members only discounted services —all with one phone call. GET ABOUT TRANSPORTATION To register, call 621-9900. To schedule a ride, call 596-5964 Get About provides transportation for
seniors (over 60 years) and disabled residents of Claremont, La Verne, Pomona and San Dimas. The door-todoor service can be used for shopping, doctor’s appointments, church, senior nutrition sites and many other locations within the 4 cities. The service operates 7 days a week and membership is free. FOOTHILL COMMUNITIES RSVP RSVP offers a “one stop resource” for active adults 55 years and older who want to find challenging and rewarding service opportunities. Volunteers enjoy social interaction while continuing to use their wisdom, experience and skills to impact their communities. RSVP invites residents to volunteer. SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM The Senior Companion Program recruits active, fixed income seniors to assist other seniors in their homes. The goals of the program are: (a) to help seniors live as independently as possible; (b) to provide fixed-income seniors with a meaningful service opportunity and a modest source of income. Volunteers assist with activities of daily living such as shopping, preparing meals, running errands and providing companionship to alleviate loneliness experienced by homebound seniors. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS www.communityconnections-css.org Community Connections is a volunteer driver program that provides
door-to-door assisted transportation service to seniors and individuals with disabilities who cannot easily use other transportation services. The program provides mileage reimbursement for volunteers to transport individuals who are unable to use public transportation for other reasons. FREE LEGAL SERVICES 620-2324 Free legal services available the first Wednesday of every month at Palomares Senior Center, 499 E. Arrow Highway, Pomona. Call to schedule an appointment.
mont Place offers assisted living, memory care and an activities program that meets the needs of each resident. Known as the “Party Place,” volunteers are always needed to socialize, play games, assist with parties, dances and other functions, as well as perform clerical duties. COUNTRY VILLA 590 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont • 624-4511 • www.countryvillahealth.com Country Villa offers complex medical care, rehabilitation and long-term skilled nursing care in its 99-bed facility. Country Villa needs volunteers to help with activities, assist with outings and special events, and share special talents. MT. SAN ANTONIO GARDENS 900 E. Harrison Ave., Pomona 624-5061 • 800-734-0441 www.msagardens.org Located on the Claremont/Pomona border, The Gardens provides housing, amenities and care services for 470+ residents. The community offers 3 levels of service; independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care. Serving older adults since 1961, the Gardens is a nationally accredited Life Care Senior Community.
CLAREMONT MANOR 650 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont www.claremontmanor.org • 626-1227 Situated on 15 acres, Claremont Manor provides 203 independent and 45 assisted-living accommodations, as well as an on-site, 59-bed skilled nursing care center. As a continuing care community, the Manor enables seniors to live fulfilling and active lives while maintaining their independence and financial security. A non-profit corporation, the Manor is accredited by the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission. CLAREMONT PLACE 120 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont www.claremontplace.com • 962-8491 With a capacity for 76 residents, Clare-
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PILGRIM PLACE 625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont 399-5500• www.pilgrimplace.org A community for retired church professionals, stressing maximum independence within the limits of strength and health. Nonprofit facility offers 177 homes and apartments with a full continuum of care available, including independent and assisted living and a 68bed skilled nursing facility available to residents of Claremont as well as the Pilgrim Place community. PILGRIM PLACE HEALTH SERVICES CENTER 721 Harrison Ave., Claremont 399-5523 • www.pilgrimplace.org Provides restorative therapies, short- or long-term skilled nursing care, and hospice-like services to Pilgrim Place and the wider community. A respite enhancement program for those no longer independent who need guided activities for stimulation and enjoyment is conducted Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers enhance the services provided by nursing and support staff.
SUNRISE ASSISTED LIVING CENTER OF CLAREMONT 2053 N. Towne Ave., Claremont sunriseseniorliving.com 398-4688 • fax 398-4687 With beds for 72 residents, Sunrise Assisted Living offers assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, nursing, rehab, hospice care and short-term stays. The center provides for the social, spiritual, physical, cognitive and creative needs of each resident, focusing on Alzheimer’s sufferers. Volunteers are needed.
DIAL-A-RIDE 623-0183 or TDD 868-0611 Pomona Valley Transportation Authority • 596-7664 Claremont Community Services Dept 399-5431 • www.ci.claremont.ca.us Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seniors, disabled persons and children under age 16 can travel 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Fares: General public $1.25; senior (60+) and disabled $.75; book of 12 tickets (seniors and disabled) $9; book of 10 tickets (general public) $12.50; pre-scheduled group (6+ service), 75 cents per rider. Claremont Dial-a-Ride is open to everyone within the Dial-a-Ride service area (children under 5 must be accompanied
by an adult). Service is provided in Claremont and to medical facilities in the Pomona Valley Medical Center area, the Montclair Plaza and Montclair Transit Center. Dial-a-Ride offers transfers to Foothill Transit at convenient locations as well as service to the Metrolink trains at the Claremont Depot. Call at least one hour before desired pick up time. Be ready to provide phone number and the specific address of pick up and destination. If you are using a wheelchair or other mobility device or require any special assistance, please inform the operator when you call to arrange your pick up. Pick ups will typically be made within 45 minutes.
Please allow 30 minutes of travel time to get to your destination since the vehicle may pick up other passengers on route. Drivers cannot give change, please have exact fare when boarding. Dial-a-Ride accepts Get About tickets. Get About 12-ride ticket books are available for Claremont senior citizens (60+) or disabled. Ticket books may be purchased at City Hall. GET ABOUT TRANSPORTATION 2120 W. Foothill Blvd., Ste 115, La Verne • 596-5964 Hours: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Does not run Saturdays or major holidays.
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Get About provides personal door-to-door transportation to seniors and disabled residents of Pomona, Claremont, La Verne and San Dimas as well as Montclair Plaza and Doctor’s Hospital. The service may be used for shopping and social activities, as well as business and medical trips. Those using the service must be registered with Get About and must make reservations for service 24 hours in advance. Free transportation to and from senior centers; otherwise, the cost is $1 each way.
Pomona - Post 30 239 E Holt Blvd., Pomona Ontario - Post 112 310 W Emporia St., Ontario 984-3811 DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS CA Benefits & Information 800-952-5626 Federal Benefits & Assistance 800-827-1000 L.A. County 1427 West Covina Parkway, West Covina 626-813-3402 San Bernardino County 175 W 5th St., San Bernardino • 387-5516
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS Ontario-Upland #27 1341 W. Fourth St., Ontario • 628-2596 Meeting third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Covina – Joseph Gibbs #44 330 N. Azusa Ave., West Covina davmembersportal.org Meeting second Tuesday of the month at 7 a.m. VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS Pomona – Post 2018 101 S Main St., Pomona • 629-0889 Ontario—Post 2085 1341 E. “D” St., Ontario • 986-9066
AMERICAN LEGION The American Legion Post 78 Keith Powell, P.O. Box 128 • 624-1510
Claremont community spirit revived on Sixth Street West
yd Bartman has a vague, uncertain memory that the Sixth Street house she purchased in 1986 came with official documents stating that the neighborhood held block parties. But unfortunately, at some point, this tradition of neighborly get-togethers fizzled. That is until Jon Nist and Ruthie Baudoin moved in a few years ago.
Jon Nist and Ruthie Baudoin embrace outside their Sixth Street Claremont home on Fourth of July during their annual block party. The couple has been credited with reviving an old tradition of neighborhood parties on the street.
COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff ABOVE: One of the many fun gifts at the block party were these plastic gliders that were actually pretty good flyers. LEFT: A group of party-goers hula hoop in the middle of the street on the Fourth of July at Jon Nist and Ruthie Baudoinʼs block party. LOWER LEFT: Village resident Marka Carson laughs with a friend during a block party at Jon Nist and Ruthie Baudoinʼs Sixth Street Claremont home. Ms. Carson was wearing a wedding dress for the marriage equality entry in the Claremont Fourth of July parade. BLOCK PARTY continues on page 18
Syd Bartman chats with a friend during the annual Sixth Street block party on the Fourth of July in Claremont. Ms. Bartman nominated her neighbors Jon Nist and Ruthie Baudoin for a Good Neighbor feature because of how the parties have brought people together.
COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff Ruthie Baudoin gets a kiss from her dog Roxy during a block party in front of their Sixth Street Claremont home on the Fourth of July. The party included a catered lunch, live music and mai tais. BELOW LEFT: Josh Walter plays with his son Chase, 1, during a block party on Sixth Street in Claremont. The party began just before the Fourth of July parade and went into the evening.
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“Jon and Ruthie single-handedly revitalized the social life of Sixth Street West, as they so named us,” said Ms. Bartman, flashing the “Sixth Street pride” hand symbol that the newest couple on the block made up in a jovial spirit of neighborhood camaraderie. In celebration of the impact they made on Sixth Street (just west of Indian Hill Boulevard), Ms. Bartman nominated them for Good Neighbor recognition in the COURIER. “I nominate Jon and Ruthie, and suspect many others on the block would nominate them as well, not simply as ‘good,’ but GREAT neighbors!” she wrote. Though “flattered, honored and humbled” by the public acknowledgement, Mr. Nist and Ms. Baudoin emphasized that their hospitality isn’t about recognition or popularity: They just enjoy good fun with good people. That their presence and neighborliness has been so well received simply brings them more joy about where they live.
Jon Nist sits in on the drums with the band Claremont Voodoo Society during a block party at his Claremont Village home.
“We’re pretty much the newbies, and to feel such love and acceptance is a really wonderful thing,” said Mr. Nist, who first met Ms. Bartman as a student in her English class at Mt. SAC where she has taught since 1984. Upon settling on Sixth Street, Pomona native Mr. Nist and Louisiana native Ms. Baudoin began spending time on their front
patio, using it as a sort of living room, a square-footage extension from their pint-sized cottage. Almost daily, they enjoyed evening happy hour on their patio, welcoming all passersby for wine and conversation. The cozy couple gave kudos to the previous owner, who
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Jerry OʼSullivan of Claremont Voodoo Society performs during a block party in front of Jon Nist and Ruthie Baudoinʼs Sixth Street home.
offered similar front-patio friendliness with breakfast for anyone who cared to join. “He started it with morning coffee, we continued it with evening wine,” said Ms. Baudoin, an executive assistant in Pasadena. But what really perked up Sixth Street and brought people together were the annual Fourth of July block parties thrown by Mr. Nist and Ms. Baudoin, announced by creative and clever invitations hand-delivered to every home on the block. The city’s annual July 4th festivities were a big draw for Mr. Nist especially, who names the day as his favorite of the year and Claremont as the best place to celebrate it. “Even when I wasn’t living here, I’d come for the feeling. This is Americana, and this street embodies it. This street is awesome. We feel so blessed to be here,” he said, one of their 2 tiny dogs perched on his lap, toenails painted in patriotic red, white and blue. Bringing the spirit of day into their home and yard for all to enjoy, their annual Fourth of July parties draw crowds of friends both new and old, from Sixth Street and well beyond, merging comrades from the past with those in the present. More than a few new friendships have blossomed from their parties. “We like to make connections between people,” said Mr. Nist, a school teacher. Typically, more than 100 people traipse through their 640-square-foot home during their parties, which can get pretty wild, said Ms. Bartman, who knows firsthand. On July 4th, 2011, after running Claremont’s 5K, she went home, changed clothes, then stopped by their lively block party for “one” of Mr. Nist’s infamous, potent Mai Tai cocktails before heading back to Memorial Park festivities: She never left. “I’ll have to take a different route next time,” she joked. Perhaps Ms. Bartman made it past their house and back to the park this year, but it’s doubtful, considering their 2012 block party included a taco cart, a looming stack of hula-hoops (with a mandatory assignment to hoop-it-up), live music by the Claremont Voodoo Society and free-flowing Mai Tais. The fun-loving couple also holds an annual Christmas Eve Eve party on December 23. Modest about their role in bringing Sixth Street West together, Mr. Nist and Ms. Baudoin praised everyone in the neighborhood for their care and kindness: “Everyone works together,” said Ms. Baudoin. For example, neighbors Bill and Francine Baker created a roster of contact information for those living on the block in case of emergency, taking the time to update it periodically. And, dear Gordo. “Poor little dog,” began Ms. Baudoin. “He always gets out, and all of us make sure he gets back home. Oh where, oh where is Gordo?” It is believed to be true that happy people do more to help their friends and add to their friends’ happiness. Mr. Nist and Ms. Baudoin embody this idea, obviously adoring of each other and the fun, healthy life they lead. Each enjoys their own passions—running and photography for her, competitive cycling for him (and the occasional full bottle of wine at The Press’ Half-Off Wine Wednesdays). But their favorite hobby is each other. “I love to come home in the evening and spend time with Jon,” said Ms. Baudoin. “We take our bikes to the Village and go out to dinner almost every night,” said Mr. Nist. In celebration of the revived community spirit inspired by Mr. Nist and Ms. Baudoin, Ms. Bartman remarked, “There are numerous good neighbors on our block, however, Jon and Ruthie have to be recognized for making us all aware of what great neighbors we have.”
COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff Members of Marywood participate in a chili cook-off contest in Claremont. Each person tried all of the 10 featured chilies and then voted on their favorite for a chance to win first, second or third place. For the past 7 years, the community of Marywood has put on different potlucks every 6 months.
nstead of just living in a community, we’re becoming one,” said Sandi Eddings Sarnicola, a 38-year resident of the Marywood condominium complex in Claremont.
their front stoops, which Ms. Eddings Sarnicola picks up on her morning walks. After exchanging the recyclables for money, she purchases goods for the food pantry in Claremont. “Every hour, every minute of every day, she’s doing something for other And though she deflects the praise people,” said her husband, Steve and credit and gives it to others, it is Sarnicola. through her good deeds, loving-kind“Sandi is a go-getter. She’s always ness and creative ideas that Marywood spearheading something,” said longtime residents are coming together in friendresident Dan Seymour. “She really works ship, fun and service to the needy. for the betterment of other people.” “Of all our neighbors who are wonHer parents, almost 4-decade derful, Sandi is the shining star. And Marywood residents, also admire their she’s wonderful to everyone here, not daughter’s selfless ways. just us,” said 20-year Marywood resi“She’s a special person,” said her dent Robyn Di Jerlando who, along father, Jack Sultze. with her husband, Tony, nominated Ms. “She’s there for everybody, no matter Eddings Sarnicola as a Good Neighbor. what,” added her mother, Linda Sultze. “Sandi is the nicest person I’ve ever Ms. Eddings Sarnicola next began Virden scoops some chili chili cook-off tasting met. She’s willing to do anything for Marguerite Marywood in Claremont. into her cup during the10 different styles of “Project Nourish,” asking residents to contest at The contest featured anyone, and she does everything with- chili from some of the neighbors within the community. The top voted chili entries contribute $5 per month to prepare sack lunches for a Pasadena shelter. She colout bragging,” said Mr. Di Jerlando. won prizes for first, second and third place. lects the money, buys food and then “We’ve done really well the last few “I’m honored, it’s nice, I’m glad they feel that gathers neighbors together to make the lunches. years. We could move to a nicer place, but we won’t move because of Sandi. This is a nice place; way, but I don’t see anything I do that makes me Since beginning Project Nourish, the monthly lunch-packing sessions have led to friendships stand out,” she said. it’s nicer because of Sandi.” But others see a lot. For instance, she initiated sev- among many of the women at Marywood. Ms. Eddings Sarnicola admitted that being publically recognized as a good neighbor makes her eral service projects to help those less fortunate, genMARYWOOD uncomfortable, because she’s just doing what tly encouraging fellow residents to get involved. continues on the next page Neighbors are now setting out bags of recyclables on comes natural to her.
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“We now have a social lunch of our own before we pack the lunches,” Ms. Eddings Sarnicola said. Several Marywood neighbors have been profoundly affected by her generosity and kindness to others. “Sandi makes all of us examine how we live our lives,” said Susan Wood. “She is one of those extraordinary people.” “She inspires us to want to do more,” said 20year resident Rita Ruminski, “not just here but in our families, our community.” “Every day, she’s serving someone,” said Mr. Di Jerlando. “She’s a really good person, and all of this while very ill herself.” Mr. Di Jerlando was referring to Ms. Eddings Sarnicola’s bout with leukemia. Very advanced when diagnosed in 2007, what followed was immediate chemotherapy, heart surgery due to complications and a stem cell transplant that brought her to the brink of death and then saved her life. “If it wasn’t such a scary time, it would have been interesting,” she said. Essentially replacing her own immune system with that of a donor from Germany, she acquired the donor’s seafood allergy and was relieved from her own allergy to eggs. “It’s my body, his immune system,” she explained. To ensure that her body continues accepting the transplant, Ms. Eddings Sarnicola must take a regime of immunosuppressive drugs, which often have unpleasant side effects. “Here’s a woman with leukemia, who suffers from her medications with all sorts of reactions, but not only does she keep going, she looks for things to do for other people,” said Mr. Di Jerlando. “While battling this catastrophic disease, Sandi still gives love and friendship to all,” said Ms. Di Jerlando. After her family, the Di Jerlandos were the first people Ms. Eddings Sarnicola told about her diagnosis, news that brought them to tears. “Even Tony, a big Italian man. He cried with me,” she said. “And they visited me at City of Hope, they brought me wraps for my head because I lost my hair, they called me. They’re not just neighbors, they’re friends. They are amazing. They’d do anything for anybody.” The same was said of Ms. Eddings Sarnicola, with neighbors expressing gratitude for her endless kind gestures: calling upon elderly residents, baking goodies to cheer someone up, cleaning others’ homes when they aren’t able, being a friend to someone suffering loss. “I couldn’t have gotten along without her when my mom died,” said 25-year resident Deen Reilly. “And she doesn’t need to be asked. She knows just what to do.” While Ms. Eddings Sarnicola believes in the importance of service to others—and acts on it—she also puts stock in good, solid fun. And she acts on this, too. For some time, she noticed that Marywood residents would simply enter their backdoors, hardly ever seeing each other or interacting in the communal area of the complex. The dog-walkers encountered each other, but only learned the pets’ names, not each other’s. Wanting to change this, she began organizing an annual potluck party at the Marywood pool. This year, it was a chili cook-off. “She brought the spirit of community here, and the community is responding,” said 15-year resident Martha Barcenas. “She’s made a real impact.” Tables laden with crock pots and assorted chili toppings, coolers filled to the brim with drinks to suit everyone’s taste, lounge chairs supporting chatting neighbors and, at the heart of it, Ms. Eddings Sarnicola, in her quiet, humble way, spreading good cheer and good friendship.
Amanda Virden, left, helps her mother, Marguerite Virden, scoop some chili into her cup at the chili cook-off within Marywood in Claremont. The 2 said they enjoyed the different and unique varieties of chili that were offered for the contest and it was hard to choose just one winner.
A surprised Rita Ruminski, center, won second place in the chili cook-off at Marywood in Claremont. Ms. Ruminski went home with a Topsy Turvy kit she can use to grow tomatoes for future chili recipes.
ancakes, tennis balls and donation checks are items typically associated with the Kiwanis of Claremont and the Rotary Club of Claremont. Now you can throw in boxing gloves.
Claremont has long been cherished for its smalltown feel within a big-town environment, and what better way to describe the character of the community than through one of its most distinct characteristics: its service. Though Claremont has a vast array of service organizations, 2 dominate as the city’s longest-standing: Claremont Kiwanis and The Rotary Club of Claremont. In the spirit of friendly neighborhood competition, we asked club members from both standout organizations to state why their club reigns supreme, and they didn’t hesitate at the chance. “We beat them at golf at the Chamber golf tournament,” yelled out one Rotarian to a chorus of laughs. The Kiwanis take the ribbing in stride. “Our history speaks for itself,” rebuts 37-year Kiwanian Bob Omahundro. Mr. Omahundro may indeed have a point. Kiwanis does take the cake as the longest standing servBATTLE OF THE SERVICE CLUBS continues on page 24
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From concerts to feasts: Rotary and Kiwanis focus on making an impact
Kiwanis Club member Paul Wheeler dispenses the maple syrup for customers at the clubʼs annual pancake breakfast on the Fourth of July in Claremont. Events like the breakfast and the clubʼs burger cook-out at the Concerts in the Park are a key way the club helps the Claremont community.
Event organizer Paul Steffen of the Rotary Club of Claremont laughs as he gives the order to “let the balls go” last year during the Running of the Balls. Proceeds from the sale of balls benefited the Claremont Educational Foundation and the Claremont Community Foundation as well as the Rotary Clubʼs local charity efforts.
Ed Leavell laughs at the comments of a fellow member recently during the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Claremont. The club meets Thursdays at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Claremont.
COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff Butch Henderson leads fellow Rotarians in the “Rotary Song” recently during the clubʼs weekly meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Claremont. The Rotarians say that they are better singers than the Kiwanians and that is why Rotary has its own song. AT LEFT: Longtime Claremont resident Jerry Feingold has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Claremont for many years and is active on the Fourth of July committee.
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ice group in Claremont, if only by a fraction of a hair. The 1920s was a highlight decade for service in town, giving birth to Kiwanis in 1924 and the Claremont Rotary a mere 5 years later, according to Judy Wright’s Claremont: A Pictorial History. All efforts focus on helping others But history aside, it’s what has been done in those years that counts, and both groups have toiled behind griddles and carted around bicycles to up the stakes of service. Rotarians insist that, in this regard, they rule the roost. “The Kiwanis might do the work—the Pancake Breakfast, Concerts in the Park—but we own this city,” Rotarian President Jim Lehman jested. “We are the real Taste of Claremont,” added Suzanne Christian, alluding to the group’s major annual fundraiser. Kiwanian Jerry Feingold disagrees. “Just look at our shirts,” he says, pointing to a fine Hawaiian get-up, the club’s token uniform for its annual Route 66 fundraiser. “We have gambling and The Ravelers [a favorite local rock’n’roll band],” fellow Kiwanian Ed Leavell also made note. What is another point of disagreement for the groups? The meals. Each group of servicemen and women say their members are treated to feasts befitting kings and queens at their weekly club meetings, but only one surmounts to the top. Why are Rotarians better? “The silverware,” joked Paul Steffen amid a meal served at the Claremont DoubleTree Hotel. Rotarians did offer a delectable cold-cut buffet...not to mention a delicious dessert bar. An-
other slice of pecan pie, please. But then Kiwanis have a meal that warms the heart. Held at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, the meeting features home-cooked meals prepared by staff at St. Ambrose, a staple for the club for years. The fajitas were just right, ladies. Both groups fess up to having common links when it comes to their musicality, like the same Welcome Song for their meetings. But only one group gets it right, says Rotarian Butch Henderson, noting that the Claremont Kiwanis does not incorporate the song into their weekly meeting. “They don’t sing it because they can’t sing it,” he ribbed. It must be noted that the Rotarians are extraordinarily musical, their tenor section particularly booming. In all fairness, though, they had this reporter at the clinking of their forks against their glasses in the Welcome Song. But the Kiwanis stand by their opening anthem. “‘R-O-T-A-R-Y, that spells Rotary,’” recited Kiwanis Club President KM Williamson. “Yeah...I think we have a better song.” There is one sure area in which both groups are equally footed: they both have a knack for a little humor. Each group appoints a “finemaster” every week to poke fun at members, charging fines for each joke dished out. “Nobody is safe,” admitted Kiwanian Judith Jones. A member’s name being in the paper, forgetting to attend an event or “being married to a Kiwanian” are all offenses worthy of a fine. “$1 for every Rotarian who isn’t here at our meeting,” Ms. Williamson contributed.
BATTLE OF THE SERVICE CLUBS continues on the next page Judith Jones smiles as she answers questions about the differences between the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs recently during the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Claremont.
Co-owners of Casa De Salsa restaurant Roberto and Judy Flores are also members of different service clubs. Roberto is a proud Kiwanian while Judy is an active Rotarian.
Past president Jerry Tambe, right, recognizes Celeste Martin during a recent weekly Friday morning meeting of the Rotary Club of Claremont. In the friendly banter between the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs both groups admit that they share a desire to make Claremont a better place.
nd they aren’t afraid to poke fun at their own members with links to the other group. Husband and wife duo Roberto and Judy Flores, owners of Claremont’s Casa De Salsa Mexican restaurant, are just one of several couples dubbed “Rowanians,” those endlessly teased, in the name of good humor, for being involved with both organizations. The Flores’ have embraced their nickname. “We work together all day. It’s the only day I get to eat lunch alone!” Ms. Flores said. She joined the Rotary Club following her husband’s membership in Kiwanis.
Her husband comments that their dual involvement allows him to get the best of both worlds. “But she’s the one who has to wake up early and do the pancakes,” Mr. Flores laughed. Her spouse can say all he wants, Ms. Flores asserts, because she has the last laugh. Their daughter is a member of the CHS service group Interact, a junior affiliate of the Rotary Club.
“Mom won,” Ms. Flores said with a smile. Though late Claremont realtor Art Steffen is responsible for the famous Kiwanis pancake recipe, his son traded his Kiwanian roots for a spot in the Rotary. “It’s tough enough in this town being the son of Art Steffen!” he said, noting that the switch-up allowed him to meet a different group of people…some of whom don’t perpetually view him as a kid. CUSD school board member Sam Mowbray is guilty of a similar club swap. “You will note Kiwanians advance to Rotary, but a Rotarian never leaves for Kiwanis,” joked Mr. Mowbray, who left Kiwanis for Rotary nearly 3 years ago. Despite the taunts and teases, both groups recognize joint philanthropic efforts, whether it’s Rotary’s continuing pledge to eradicate polio or Kiwanis’ dedication to children across the globe. “It’s all in fun. Both groups really enjoy working together to make a difference,” Ms. Flores said. But that doesn’t mean an end to the playful banter. “You will enjoy the Rotarian meal the best,” Ms. Flores assured. “We have linens and lots of fruit...” Her husband just sat back and smiled: “See, money talks.”
—Beth Hartnett firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiwanis Club of Claremont President K.M. Williamson, right, helps a customer during a recent concert in Memorial Park. The club provides the food service for the summer-long concert series that is very popular with the public.
CLAREMONT HIGH SCHOOL 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont • 624-9053 cusd.claremont.edu/chs SAN ANTONIO HIGH SCHOOL 125 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont • 398-0316 sahs.suds.claremont.edu COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL Phoenix Academy 125 W San Jose Ave., Claremont • 398-0609 x 21002 CUSD CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 398-0373 www.cusd.claremont.edu/cdp/index.php Infant/Toddler Child Care Program State/Universal Pre-School School-Age Child Care Program, Grades K-6 Monday- Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. A balanced selection of activities that integrate the cognitive, linguistic, social-emotional, physical and creative developmental areas. Activities include supervised outdoor play and organized games, art, music, cooking, science, dramatic arts, computers, field trips, quiet time and nutritional snacks. A full day program is offered at selected school sites from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during winter recess, spring break and summer vacation. Limited “latchkey” funding is available to income eligible families who meet the state funding requirements. CLAREMONT ADULT SCHOOL 170 W. San Jose Ave., Suite 100, Claremont cusd.claremont.edu/cas/index.php • 624-6402 Each year Claremont Adult School serves more than 5000 adults, providing quality, low-cost educational opportunities to adults from Claremont and surrounding communities. Classes offered range from parenting, English as a second language, high school diploma/ GED, computer skills, fine arts and foreign languages. Both daytime and evening classes are offered. Classes for older adults include painting, writing, lectures, foreign language, genealogy, and needle arts classes. ESL and literacy classes are free.
CITY YOUTH PROGRAMS:
CITY OF CLAREMONT COMMUNITY AND HUMAN SERVICES www.ci.claremont.ca.us Registration required for all sites. TRACKS PROGRAM El Roble Intermediate School 665 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont • 399-5373 7 and 8th grade An after-school program, TRACKS strives to maintain a program that the students will not only enjoy, but that will also challenge and encourage positive growth. Programs include sports, classes, special events, and trips. YOUTH ACTIVITY CENTER (YAC) 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont • 399-5360 High school teens The YAC is a drop-in after school center for teens to enjoy a game of pool, ping-pong, air hockey, or foosball, or just to sit and talk with peers and staff. Special events include skate demos, casino nights, and post-game pizza parties. The YAC provides volunteer opportunities, peer support groups, aggression management programs and informational services.
CLAREMONT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT:
170 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont • 398-0609 www.cusd.claremont.edu CHAPARRAL ELEMENTARY 451 Chaparral Dr., Claremont • 398-0305 chaparral.cusd.claremont.edu/ CONDIT ELEMENTARY 1750 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont • 398-0300 www.conditcondors.com/ DANBURY ELEMENTARY 1745 Lynoak Dr., Claremont • 398-0320 sumner.cusd.claremont.edu MOUNTAIN VIEW ELEMENTARY 851 Santa Clara Ave., Claremont • 398-0308 mountainview.cusd.claremont.edu OAKMONT ELEMENTARY Oakmont Outdoor School 120 W. Green St., Claremont • 398-0313 oakmont.cusd.claremont.edu SUMNER ELEMENTARY 1770 Sumner Ave., Claremont • 398-0320 sumner.cusd.claremont.edu SYCAMORE ELEMENTARY 225 W. 8th St., Claremont • 398-0324 sycamore.cusd.claremont.edu VISTA DEL VALLE ELEMENTARY 550 Vista Dr., Claremont • 398-0331 vista.cusd.claremont.edu EL ROBLE INTERMEDIATE 665 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont • 398-0343 elroble.cusd.claremont.edu
PRE-SCHOOL AND CHILDCARE:
CLAREMONT BAPTIST NURSERY SCHOOL 472 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont • 624-8893 Ages 2 to 4 years Monday-Friday, day care: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. School: 9 a.m. to noon. Program runs September through July. Our goal is to meet the individual child’s needs at their present stage of development. We will plan our program in a way that will help children develop their mental, physical, emotional and social potential for success in later school years. A happy, loving Christian environment in which children may grow. Reading readiness activities, small group instruction, creative play.
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CLAREMONT PRESBYTERIAN CHILDREN’S CENTER 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont www.claremontpcc.org • 626-6261 Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Claremont Presbyterian Children’s Center is a fully accredited day care center serving children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. CLAREMONT UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (UCC) 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont www.claremontecc.org • 624-2916 Ages 3 months to 5 years Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Age-appropriate developmental program offered through hands-on experiences. Parent participation is encouraged. Accredited through the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. CLAREMONT UNITED METHODIST THE PRESCHOOL 215 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont www.claremontpreschool.org • 624-8223 Ages 2 to 5 years Part day, 9 a.m. to 12 noon; extended day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; full day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Classrooms that encourage exploration, choice, discovery, and learning through play. NAEYC accredited. Parent participation. FAIRPLEX CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona 623-3899 www.fairplex.com//fp/company/cdc/index.asp The Child Development Center at Fairplex is supported by the University of La Verne and the Los Angeles County Fair Association and provides a variety of childcare and developmentally appropriate experiences for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The center serves families of varying income levels and needs, including children with disabilities.
INTERNATIONAL MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL 211 E. Arrow Hwy., Claremont www.intlmontessorischool.com • 399-9222 Ages 2 to 6 years Full-time school and day care: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; School hours 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Montessori method combines a specialized teaching style with specifically designed materials to unlock each child’s natural motivation to learn. Montessori creates an environment in which the teacher plays the role of facilitator as each child satisfies his or her own inherent urge to learn and develop. KIDDIE ACADEMY OF CLAREMONT 663 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont www.educationaldaycare.kiddieacademy.com/claremont • 621-5112 Ages 6 weeks to 12 years Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. An open atmosphere and academic curriculum has been helping families for years by providing a nurturing, qualified teaching staff and variety of activities and educational advantages in a safe, fully equipped facility. SEEDLING SCHOOL 1035 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont www.foothillcds.org/seedling • 445-1235 Ages 3 to 5 years Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Part of Foothill Country Day, The Seedling School seeks to stimulate and encourage diversity of thought among children and strives to develop character by teaching social skills, citizenship and moral values. TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL PRESCHOOL AND DAY CARE 3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona 626-6937 www.tbipomona.org/study/preschool Ages 2 to 5 years Morning Preschool and Daycare are open MondayFriday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Morning preschool program, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Temple Beth Israel Preschool provides a nurturing
environment supporting children in their effort to establish their self-identity, self-esteem and growing desire for independence within the context of Reform Judaism. Temple Beth Preschool follows the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. YMCA OF POMONA VALLEY Central Branch After School Child Care 350 N. Garey Ave., Pomona www.pomonaymca.org • 623-6433 Infant care: 6 months-1 year. Toddler care: 2-5 years. Built in 1922 on the former site of the Palomares Hotel, the YMCA of Pomona Valley offers after school child care, day camp, gymnastics, Kid’s Club, gym/swim, adventure and fitness clubs, youth and government.
ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOLS, HIGH SCHOOLS, TUTORING:
CARDEN ARBOR VIEW SCHOOL 1530 N. San Antonio Ave., Upland www.cardenarborview.org 982-9919 Ages 5 to 14 years, K-8 School year, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Summer school/camp, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Before and after care, 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. CAVS is an independent, non-profit, non-sectarian school. Accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools, the school has served children in kindergarten through 8th grade since 1981. THE CHILDREN’S SCHOOL AT CMC 654 E. Sixth St., Claremont www.cmc.edu/childrensschool • 621-8086 Ages 2 to 8 years Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Children’s School at Claremont McKenna provides a language based, developmentally appropriate program for children from the college community and community at large. The school offers programs that include activities in language, art, science, math, cooking, dramatic play, music and movement.
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CLASP (Claremont After-School Programs, Inc.) 204-0127 • www.clasp4kids.org CLASP, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers after-school homework help, recreation and enrichment on 3 afternoons a week to children in grades K-6, who attend the Claremont Unified School District. Claremont Presbyterian Church 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 3 to 5 p.m., grades 3-6. Claremont Village Apartments (Community Room) 965 W. Arrow Hwy., Claremont Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., grades K-6.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1700 N. Towne Ave., Claremont Hours: Monday, Tuesday, 3 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m, grades K-3. Wheeler Park Recreation Building 626 Vista Dr., Claremont Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 2:15 to 3:45 p.m., grades K-3; and 4 to 6 p.m, grades 4-6. FOOTHILL COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 1035 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont www.foothillcds.org • 626-5681 Grades K-8 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Foothill Country Day School is an independent school that has been providing kindergarten through
eighth grade education since 1954. Staff works with parents to customize a routine that will fit families’ needs as well as those of each child. FCDS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California Association of Independent Schools. In 1999, The Seedling School was created, providing an educational program for children ages 3 to 5. Summer program available. OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION SCHOOL 611 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont 626-7135 • Fax 398-1395 Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. School hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. SCHEU FAMILY YMCA OF UPLAND 1325 San Bernardino Rd., Upland www.westendymca.org/scheufamily • 946-6120 The Scheu Family YMCA strives to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. The YMCA offers ECDC preschool, childcare, teen programs and sports programs. THE WEBB SCHOOLS 1175 W. Base Line Rd., Claremont www.webb.org • 626-3587 Consisting of Webb School of California for Boys and Vivian Webb School for Girls, the Webb Schools is an independent preparatory high school for 400 students located on a 70-acre campus. The Webb Schools is the home of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, the only accredited paleontology museum located on a secondary school campus in North America. WESTERN CHRISTIAN 3105 Padua Ave., Claremont www.westernchristian.org/claremont/ • 624-8291 Preschool, K-5, Jr. High 6-8; High School in Upland Established in 1920, Western Christian Schools is a non-denominational, non-sectarian, private school system with non-profit status. The school’s mission is to provide students with a quality education in a Christian-centered community.
CLAREMONT ADULT SCHOOL 170 W. San Jose Ave., Ste 100, Claremont www.cusd.claremont.edu/cas • 624-6402 Providing comprehensive, quality, low-cost adult educational opportunities. Classes are offered in art, home economics, health, parenting, business, computers, foreign languages and English as a Second Language, high school diploma/GED program, and literacy classes (basic skills in reading, writing and math). Many courses are available for older adults at community centers and residential facilities. ESL and literacy classes are free. COLLEGE OF THE EXTENDED UNIVERSITY Cal Poly, Pomona 3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona www.ceu.csupomona.edu • 869-2288 The College of the Extended University is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to those who want to learn new skills, experiment in new fields or update current knowledge with the latest techniques. Credit and noncredit courses include career-related certificate programs, test-preparation seminars, travel-study opportunities, language training and an off-campus MBA degree.
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COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES:
AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa P.O. Box 7000, Azusa, CA 91702 626-969-3434 • 626-815-6000 www.apu.edu/ Founded in 1899 and located on over 100 acres, Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university that affirms the supremacy of Christ. Off-campus study options include High Sierra program, LA Term, study-abroad and Azusa Oxford. CAL POLY POMONA 3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona www.csupomona.edu • 869-7659 Cal Poly Pomona is one of the 23 California State University campuses and is located on 1438 acres that were once the original winter ranch home of W.K. Kellogg. Cal Poly integrates technology into a traditional liberal arts education as well as into the applied sciences. CHAFFEY COLLEGE 5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga www.chaffey.edu • 987-1737 Founded in 1883, Chaffey College is a 2-year public community college situated on 200 acres in Rancho Cucamonga. Chaffey is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Community College League of California, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and is approved by the Office of Private Post-Secondary Education for Veterans Benefits. Satellite campuses are in Fontana Chino, and Ontario. CITRUS COLLEGE 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora www.citruscollege.edu • (626) 963-0323
Citrus offers AA degrees and general education courses for transfers to 4-year universities. Student services include tutoring, computer skills labs, transfer guidance, career counseling and assessment, and college success workshops and classes.
THE CLAREMONT COLLEGES:
Claremont boasts 5 undergraduate colleges, 2 graduate institutions as well as the School of Theology and the Claremont Lincoln University. The colleges and its central organization, the Claremont University Consortium, provide a library system, athletic facilities, extra-curricular activities and offers joint academic programs and cross-registration to all students, faculty, and staff at The Colleges. CLAREMONT SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont www.cst.edu • 447-2500 The Claremont School of Theology is committed to preparing faithful pastors, teachers, counselors and congregational leaders for the world. The campus was designed in 1957 by architect Edward Durell Stone, who also designed the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Busch Stadium in St. Louis. CLAREMONT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY 1325 North College Avenue Claremont, CA 91711 962-6800 • info@ClaremontLincoln.org Claremont Lincoln University is a degree-granting institution at the center of a new consortium of professional graduate schools for religious education. Claremont Lincoln University is a division of Claremont School of Theology, a regionally (WASC) accredited graduate institution in California. As an emerging institution, Claremont Lincoln University is applying for eligibility for independent accreditation with WASC. Degree programs are currently offered and accredited through Claremont School of Theology.
The University offers collaborative degree programs, courses, certificates, and online learning. Students will deepen their understanding and respect for people with different cultural and belief systems. Initial programs focus on academic concentration such as ethics, theologies, histories and scriptures, plus, an innovative Interreligious Studies program. Degree programs are offered at the masters and doctoral levels, and customized educational programs for businesses, governments, healthcare and non-profit organizations are also possible. All programs include the development of knowledge, competencies and practices for a multireligious, multi-cultural world. CLAREMONT UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM 150 E. Eighth St., Claremont www.cuc.claremont.edu • 621-8000 Claremont University Consortium (CUC) is the central coordinating and support organization for The Claremont Colleges. CUC is a nationally recognized educational model for academic support, student support and institutional support services. CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY 150 E. 10th St., Claremont www.cgu.edu • 621-8396 Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is an independent institution devoted entirely to graduate study. On its 19 acres, 8 academic schools and one independent department award master’s and doctoral degrees in 22 disciplines. Enrollment is limited and classes are small, with approximately 2000 students. CGU is home to the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies.
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CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE 500 E. 9th St., Claremont www.claremontmckenna.edu 621-8088 Established in 1946 as Claremont Men’s College, CMC became coeducational in 1976 and in 1981 changed its name to Claremont McKenna College. CMC is an independent, undergraduate liberal arts college, with an enrollment of approximately 1100 students and a curricular emphasis on economics, government and public affairs. CMC’s 11 research centers and institutes include The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights; The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies; The Kravis Leadership Institute; and The Rose Institute of State and Local Government. KECK GRADUATE INSTITUTE of Applied Life Sciences 535 Watson Dr., Claremont www.kgi.edu • 607-7855 Founded in 1997, Keck Graduate Institute is the seventh member of The Claremont Colleges Consortium and is the only American graduate institution devoted solely to bioscience education and discovery. Designed to educate leaders for the biotechnology,
pharmaceutical, healthcare product and bioagricultural (biosciences) industries, Keck Graduate Institute’s interdisciplinary curriculum integrates biological systems, computational biology and bioengineering with management, finance and bioethics. PITZER COLLEGE 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont www.pitzer.edu • 621-8129 Founded in 1963, Pitzer is a private, undergraduate, coeducational college that offers a curriculum in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. Enrolling about 950 students, Pitzer focuses on interdisciplinary, intercultural education with an emphasis on social responsibility and community service. Students create their own academic programs in close collaboration with faculty advisers. POMONA COLLEGE 333 N. College Way, Claremont www.pomona.edu • 621-8000 Established in 1887, Pomona College is the founding member of The Claremont Colleges and is widely regarded as the “Harvard of the West.” Pomona offers 44 majors in the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and fine arts. Pomona’s 140-acre campus has 60 buildings, including 12 residence halls housing nearly all students in attendance.
SCRIPPS COLLEGE 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont www.scrippscollege.edu • 621-8000 Founded in 1926, Scripps is the women’s college of The Claremont Colleges. The mission of Scripps is to educate women to develop their intellect and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity and creativity. Designed by architect Gordon Kaufmann in 1926, the Scripps campus is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
HARVEY MUDD COLLEGE 301 Platt Blvd., Claremont www.hmc.edu • 621-8000 Founded in 1955, Harvey Mudd is a private, co-educational, non-sectarian, undergraduate, engineering, science and mathematics college. HMC seeks to educate engineers, scientists and mathematicians, well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.
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MT. SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut www.mtsac.edu • 594-5611 Mt. SAC provides an affordable education experience in the San Gabriel Valley serving nearly 20 communities. It is among the largest of California’s 109 community colleges. The college offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs. UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE 1950 3rd St., La Verne www.ulv.edu • 593-3511 Founded in 1981 by the Church of the Brethren. In 2006, the American Bar Association granted provisional approval to the ULV College of Law, making it the only ABA-accredited law school in inland southern California. WESTERN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES 309 E. Second St., Pomona www.westernu.edu • 623-6116 Located on 22 acres in downtown Pomona, the Western University of Health Sciences is a nonprofit, graduate university for the health professions. All of the healthcare programs have professional accreditations, and the university is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
OPARC (Ontario-Pomona Association for Retarded Citizens) 9029 Vernon Ave., Montclair www.oparc.org • 985-3116 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. OPARC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities achieve their full potential. Accredited by CARF.
CEF SLICE OF SUMMER PROGRAM 112 Harvard Ave., #191 Claremont • 399-1709 www.claremonteducationalfoundation.org The Claremont Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 to promote quality education in the Claremont Unified School District. Through a variety of fundraising efforts, CEF helps provide art and music instruction in the elementary schools and fund technology in the middle and high schools. Through the generosity of its donors, CEF is able to maintain the educational experience we have come to expect in Claremont. CEF’s board of directors is composed of business and community leaders, parents and district staff who together carry out our mission “To protect and enrich quality public education in Claremont.” CEF is a member of the California Consortium of Education Foundations.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff Late afternoon light creates an abstract pattern through chairs on the veranda of Toll Hall on Scripps College campus.
ABILITYFIRST 480 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont www.abilityfirst.org • 621-4727 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. After-school program, Monday-Friday, 2 to 6 p.m. AbilityFirst helps children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities to reach their full potential by offering a broad range of employment, recreational and socialization programs. Most AbilityFirst programs qualify for funding through the state, however as a nonprofit organization, they rely heavily on the generous support of donors.
CASA COLINA Children’s Service Center 255 E. Bonita Ave., Pomona 596-7733 • 800-926-5462 x 2216 www.casacolina.org The After School Activity Program Ages 6 to 12 years 8-week duration held Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Offers children with Autism and other related disabilities the opportunity to feel included in a structured activities program by introducing them to the importance of participating in recreation and exercise. Crafts, games, sports and encourages motor, cognitive and body awareness skills. Doctor referral.
PROJECT THINK AT THE COLLEGES Classes held at The Old School House in Claremont. www.projectthink.com • 717-7848 • (951) 277-4442 3-week sessions in June and July 8:30 a.m. to noon; afternoon program, noon to 3 p.m. Project THINK is an academic program designed to stimulate and motivate students to learn by using all their senses in hands-on activities. Local field trips and professional guest speakers. Classroom aides and specialists provide a small ratio of students to instructor, enabling small group and individual instruction. THE WEBB SCHOOLS 1175 W. Base Line Rd., Claremont www.webb.org • 626-3587 The Summer Studies session runs in June and July. Course catalogue is available online to view or print. Housing is not available for summer students.
A drive to succeed
Big dreams and talents have these young Claremont athletes motivated to excel
rom coaches to counselors, there’s a consensus: If a student athlete wants to get into a good college, to play sports and get funding, it’s never too young to get started.
CHS guidance counselor Jeremy Troesh says he likes talking to student athletes their freshman year, giving them the basics of the college recruiting process. “I have a whole routine I go through,” he said. “I tell them, ‘When a coach or recruiter is looking at your grades, it’s not because they want to know how well you’re going to do in classes. They want to know how cheap it is to recruit you!” Students with good grades have a strong chance of being academically funded. This means the recruiting college can use its precious athletic dollars on someone else. Mr. Troesh tries to make a strong impression. “If a student isn’t thinking in their freshman year that academics are the way to go, it’s a really hard uphill climb.” Jacob shoots hoops and also for the stars Ten-year-old basketball player Jacob Lopez has taken the idea of getting ready for college to an extreme. He has a better idea where he’d like to go to college than your average high school student athlete. “I have 3 schools: Michigan State, Kentucky, and Duke,” he says. His future-mindedness comes from having known exactly what he wants to do, ever since he first picked up a basketball at age 3 to participate in sports. “That’s all he wanted to do,” recalls Jacob’s mom, Sandy Lopez. “He’d say, ‘Is it basketball today? Can I play basketball today?” Jacob, a student at Vista del Valle Elementary School, started playing youth basketball through
Vista del Valle student Jacob Lopez competes in a youth summer league basketball game in Montclair. Jacob, a fifth grader, has demonstrated an unusual dedication to the sport for someone his age.
the Montclair Recreation Center at 5, then added Claremont Youth Basketball at age 6. Jacob’s mom and dad, Sandy and Tony Lopez, enrolled him in a few other sports, from baseball to badminton to soccer, but they didn’t stick. “He liked it, but you could tell all he wanted to do was be with the hoop,” Ms. Lopez said. This summer, Jacob is participating in Montclair’s Summer Youth Basketball League, where he says his coach, Ozzie Flores, is “awesome”. In the fall, he’ll return to Claremont Youth Basketball under the guidance of Coach Nick Martinez. “It’s a really cool challenge,” he says, noting he’s been moved to Division 1 with the seventh and eighth graders. Jacob also enjoys playing basketball at recess in the mini-league games arranged by Vista Principal David Stewart. Last year, his team won, and they got to compete against Oakmont’s best players in a championship game. “I definitely feel I had an advantage,” he said. Jacob sets his alarm every morning so he can be outside by 7 a.m., shooting hoops. He’s got a system. There’s an electrical cord near his basketball hoop; anything he shoots from behind the cord is a 3-pointer. “It feels good out there,” he said of his morning drill. He and his family are also avid watchers of NBA and college basketball games. Naturally, Jacob’s a Lakers fan, citing Kobe Bryant as his favorite player. “I like his mentality and his leadership. At the last moment, when it’s time, he’s a clutch player. He always wants to be the best.” Ms. Lopez, a guidance counselor at Los Osos High School, emphasizes that when it comes to Jacob being his best, it all starts with school. “My mom and dad always say I’ve got to get
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Tony Lopez speaks with his son Jacob during a summer league basketball game recently in Montclair. Mr. Lopez is one of his sonʼs coaches.
COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff Luz Leahy provides some first aid to her son Alan Leahy during his championship match in May at The Claremont Club. Alanʼs leg cramped during his long match with rival Tomas Aranguiz.
The effort of a long workout in the heat shows on the face of Claremont High School tennis standout Alan Leahy recently at the Upland Tennis Club. Becoming a champion and getting the attention of a school that will pay for college education requires year-round dedication from student athletes. AT RIGHT: Claremont High School Junior Alan Leahy returns a shot from Ayala High Schoolʼs Tomas Aranguiz in May during the championship singles match at the Sierra League boys varsity tennis finals at the Claremont Club. Leahy fought a hard match, winning the first set but eventually losing in 3 sets 7-5, 5-7, 2-6.
Vista del Valle Elementary School student Jacob Lopez shoots baskets at dawn recently behind his parentsʼ home. According to his mother Sandy Lopez, Jacob uses all of his spare time practicing basketball.
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my grades first, then I can do basketball, Jacob said. Already a straight-A student, and a varsity-level clarinet player, Jacob plans to put more emphasis on school in the future. “Last year, I was a little one-sided. My goal is to be more all-around,” he said. While it’s true that Jacob can be a little basketballobsessed, Ms. Lopez says it’s ultimately been good for the family. Mr. Lopez didn’t play basketball in high school, instead opting for varsity tennis. He’s picked up the game, though, in order to bond with his son. Mr. Lopez spends time shooting hoops with Jacob, and serves as an assistant basketball coach with the Montclair recreation center. “He makes sure Jacob’s shoes are clean and he’s hydrated—things you’d think a mom would do,” Ms. Lopez said. “I’ve really seen another side of him.”
CHS athlete hopes big swing impacts his future f Claremont High School incoming senior Alan Leahy doesn’t get into a great college with a healthy funding package, it won’t be for lack of effort. Alan, who was named 2012 Sierra League MVP, had an impressive last season with the CHS boys varsity tennis team: He was 30-0 in league competition, and made it to the 4th round in CIF play. Far from resting on his laurels, though, he is busier than ever this summer, training for a winning final season and upcoming college-level play. The kid is just always playing tennis. He hits each week with 2 coaches at The Claremont Club. Then he hits with his private tennis coach, Paul Settles, at Claremont McKenna College. Then he meets with his conditioning coach at the
Upland Tennis Club. Earlier in the summer, Alan worked with the tennis coach at UC San Diego for a few hours. His mother, Luz Leahy, said the coach passed on some invaluable tips. “He’s been moving a lot better.” Alan also keeps on his toes via regular match-ups with talented friends. One of these is Clarke Spinosa, a CHS tennis star who, after graduating in 2010, went on to join the San Diego State tennis team on a scholarship. Another regular opponent is Ayala High School senior Tomas Arringuez, who—after beating Alan in CIF finals—went on to become a good friend. “This is what you have to do if you want to play college tennis,” Ms. Leahy said of her son’s rigorous schedule. Alan has also been competing this summer. On July 21 and 22, he played in the Canyon Crest Summer Junior Open Tournament, winning the Boys’ 18 Singles competition. In addition, he is competing in the summer circuit of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, which pits him against high school and college students. “He’s getting a sense of what the competition will be like,” Ms. Leahy said. His father, an avid tennis player himself, started Alan on lessons as a little kid. By age 12, he began to get serious. Since his freshman year, he has racked up an 87-3 record for the Wolfpack. “It just went onto become this mega-time-intensive thing,” Ms. Leahy said. “You give up a lot to be a student athlete.” Despite having a curtailed social life, Alan is wellliked by his teammates, who say they enjoy his sense of humor. “I see other teams and there’s girls in their cheering section,” Alan said at the last CIF finals, joking
despite the mounting pressure. “I ask people, ‘Where are the cheerleaders?’ Unfortunately, tennis isn’t one of those sports.” The Leahys have been contacted by several colleges, and Alan has corresponded with some coaches. He has also networked with coaches via competitions like a USTA Zone Team Championship he attended in Salt Lake City in 2011. The event drew a number of Division 1 coaches interested in seeing some of the top 16-year-old tennis players in the country. Alan also attended a players’ showcase last year that gave him the chance to strike up a rapport with some 50 coaches. Several coaches from Colorado to New York to UC Santa Cruz expressed an interest in Alan. At $200 to $300, a players’ showcase is an efficient way to make those connections, Ms. Leahy noted. Alan is marketing himself on the Internet, posting records, stats, and a video on TennisRecruitment.net as well as on the USTA website. Things are coming down to the wire now, and he will need to make a decision in the next few months. Alan wants to play in California, preferably at a Division I school. It’s not going to be easy. “California has a large number of athletes as compared with other states, so it becomes very competitive,” Ms. Leahy said. “And the Division 1 teams recruit out of the country—Spanish and French and German players—which makes it a great challenge.” Alan has a strong academic record, which should lend him an edge. He’s got a 3.5 weighted GPA, and has taken rigorous classes. As a junior, he tackled 3 Advance Placement classes and an International Baccalaureate class, including physics and calculus. Ms. Leahy hopes her son takes it a bit easier this year.
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The recruiting game: Student athletes should look far and wide for college funding
spiring college athletes need a reality check. That’s the message delivered by Jack Renkens, a tough-talking college recruitment expert who travels the country delivering seminars on how to turn big dreams into big success.
“It’s a game,” he tells sports-minded kids and their families. You can win that game, Mr. Renkens insists, but only if you know the rules. It starts with dispelling the myths that hold you back. Among local student athletes, the number-one misconception is thinking it’s a good idea to aim exclusively for colleges in California. Too many kids don’t want to leave, Mr. Renkens said. “They want to go to Fullerton, they want to go to La Verne, they want to go to San Diego State,” he said. “The problem is they can’t play there and get financial assistance.” It’s about numbers. If you want to play sports at a California school, you’re competing with homegrown talent from the most populous state. Factor in the countless out-ofstate athletes who aspire to a spot on a Golden State team and you’re facing some stiff competition. Did you start as a freshman or sophomore on the varsity team? Are you widely acknowledged as one of the top student athletes in the state? If you answered no and you’re hoping to get into a local Division I or Division II school with significant funding, Mr. Renkins says, “You’re dreaming.” “If you’re looking for the financial part, you don’t get to pick the school. The school picks you,” he said. It’s not that Mr. Renkens wants would-be college athletes to lower their sights. He just wants them to think outside of the box—or, more appropriately, outside of the state borders. If you’re willing to play elsewhere, he notes, it’s not as tough a competition as you might think. “You can go walk on at Cal State Fullerton; good
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Photo courtesy of Recruiting Realities Jack Renkens travels the country, advising student athletes on how to get college funding.
for you,” Mr. Renkens said. “Or, you can play at Augsburg College in Minnesota where you’re going to get your college education funded and you’re going to play and have a great experience.” That’s what 2012 Claremont High School graduate Nina Gurgian is banking on. After finishing her high school career as the 2nd team all league in softball, she is heading to Mayville State University in North Dakota this fall, with significant funding. Nina, who plans to study nursing¸ began playing T-ball at age 5 and juggled recreation ball play with Wolfpack competition during high school. Known for her powerful arm, she racked up some impressive stats while fielding first and third bases at CHS, including a .395 batting average and a .447 on-base percentage. Recruiting success has involved stepping out of her comfort zone. When Nina first visited Mayville, it felt like a different world. The Queen Anne-style buildings, complete with turrets and spires, give the campus a fairytale feel, while the weather—which reaches below 20 degrees in the winter—runs to extremes. Having long dreamed of playing college ball,
Nina is ready for her new adventure. “There’s part of me that’s nervous going away so far and not knowing anyone, but I know I’ll have my coach and my new family, which is my team.” Even if you opt to stay in California, looking elsewhere can make all the difference, Mr. Renkens said. If you’ve contacted out-of-state schools and gotten strong funding offers, you’ll have a leg up when it comes to talks with local schools. “You’ve got to be in a position to negotiate,” he emphasized. Recruiters at a California school may say they love your game, but regretfully inform you that there is little funding available. Students from families that are not considered low-income may be told they’re out of luck because, unfortunately, financial aid is administered on a needs basis. If you’re able to respond by saying, ‘Such and such school has offered me this amount of funding,’ you may find that the representative is willing to reconsider and make a new offer, Mr. Renkens said. A motivated school—even one unable to offer an athletic scholarship—can cobble together an impressive funding package comprised of grants, academic aid, merit aid and achievement awards. “Yeah, it’s based on need. It’s based on, ‘How bad do we need your kid?’” Mr. Renkens joked. He speaks from experience. Mr. Renkins, who delivered one of his seminars at nearby Diamond Ranch High School this past spring, was a college athlete himself, and spent years as a high school teacher, coach and administrator at Woodstock High School in Illinois. After that, he moved onto the college level, where he served as a coach at Colby Junior College and later as athletic director at Assumption College in Massachusetts. After his daughter, an avid basketball player, became a nationally-recruited college athlete, he realized there was a great need for student and parental guidance with regards to the complex college athlete recruiting process. Recruiting Realities was born.
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“We’re like, ‘Okay honey, why are you doing this?” she said. “It’s something he wanted to do as a form of being challenged, but it’s hard to balance everything.” Keeping Alan in top form has not only meant hard work for the teen, it’s been expensive for the family. Ms. Leahy estimates she and her husband spend about $1000 per month on lessons and clinics for Alan and his younger brother Andrew. Added to that is the cost of tournaments, including travel and hotel fees, plus the pair of $100 tennis shoes Alan goes through every month. It’s a sacrifice, but it’s one the Leahys are willing to make. “We’ve talked about it and said, ‘You know what? They’re out of trouble, they’re focused, and they’ve met really good kids,” Ms. Leahy said. Even if Alan doesn’t get into that Division I school he’s dreaming about, tennis has proved to be a worthwhile investment. “You learn a good work ethic and principles. You learn not to cheat and to be honorable,” Ms. Leahy said. “We thought it was a good investment for their character-building as well.” —Sarah Torribio email@example.com
Claremont High School tennis standout Alan Leahy works on strength training with professional tennis coach Oscar Lomeli recently at the Upland Tennis Club. Alan works with several coaches outside of his play at the high school in an effort to develop the edge that he needs to be a champion.
This homeowner lost everything in the fire in 2003.
Today, the ashes are gone, but the stone frame remains.
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The once pristine destination is a shell of burned homes,never to be repaired
Written By Jake Bartman Photography by Peter Weinberger
almer Canyon has been especially quiet since the aptly-named “Grand Prix” (or “Great Price”) fire burned through in 2003, destroying all but 4 of the 47 houses that once
lined the canyon. None of the burned houses have been rebuilt, leaving only charred concrete foundations and bits of debris to remind one of the vibrant community that once filled the canyon.
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Before the Grand Prix fire, Palmer Canyon was a popular spot for homeowners and visitors alike.
There were no injuries because canyon residents were evacuated before fire reached their homes. But the loss of property was devastating.
Currently, the entrance to Palmer Canyon is blocked by a locked gate with clear messages visitors are not welcome.
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almer Canyon, or officially Elizabeth Day Palmer Canyon, was named by Claremont’s founder Henry Palmer after his daughter in 1887. In 1884, Helen Hunt Jackson’s wildly successful Ramona was published, and the canyon has long been thought to be the one that the author’s protagonists eloped to. For several decades afterward, the canyon changed owners several times, though disputes centered on rights to the stream that flows through the middle, more for its potential to hydrate than for the scattered rumors of gold to be panned there.
By the 1920s, Claremont was growing faster than ever, and the canyon became a popular weekend destination for early Claremonters, who enjoyed hiking and picnicking there. The canyon also became a hotspot for southern California botanists, due to the incredible diversity of plant life. One identified almost a hundred different species of wildflowers between the canyon walls in one afternoon, which is especially impressive considering the canyon is only a little over a mile in length. In the 1950s, Palmer Canyon became a residential neighborhood, and a welcome break from the typical tract home model that made many a developer wealthy during that period. A narrow road was paved through its center, which until recently was owned by the city of Claremont, while the houses remained on unincorporated land within the bound-
ary of Los Angeles County. All was relatively peaceful in the canyon until October of 2003, when the Grand Prix fire tore through the foothills. While all the canyon’s residents were evacuated in time to ensure that no one was harmed, the loss of property was devastating. “You can’t ever imagine what it’s like,” said Jill Barklow, whose home was lost in the fire. “When my husband and I went back to see the house, I doubled over. The kids said they felt their father aged 10 years after that.” A multi-million dollar lawsuit against the city of Claremont by the Palmer Canyon Homeowners’ Association followed, Canyon residents argued that the city had failed to fulfill its obligation to keep its strips of property surrounding the canyon clear of excess brush, which many claimed kindled the fire
Homeowners made the most of their burned property in 2003.
By 2012, the property had been left abandoned for years.
View of Padua Hills from Palmer Canyon just after the 2003 fire.
The same view of Padua Hills today.
through the canyon. Though the city admitted no fault, it agreed to a $17.5 million out-of-court settlement. The city also agreed to cede ownership of the canyon road and land surrounding the canyon in order to avoid future liability issues. “Nobody will pay out $17 million if they do not feel some sort of responsibility for what happened,” noted Mark Grotefield, the attorney who represented the homeowners. But before Los Angeles County would allow the residents to rebuild their homes, it required that the residents widen the road and install a new septic system, since the canyon residents are not attached to the Claremont sewer system. In addition to costing an estimated $9 million, the changes would necessitate the use of land that was still property of the city.
“I went up there all the time
when we thought there was a chance of rebuilding. But I’m still looking for some kind of closure. It was like a death.”
In 2010, the Palmer Canyon Homeowners’ Association launched another lawsuit against the city of Claremont, claiming that it did not grant residents the land they were due. The issue has yet to be resolved, and is slated to go to court on October 1 of this year. “It’s what we call a ‘long-cause’ case,” said Mark Grossberg, who is representing the city. “It is a complicated issue, and is going to involve many, many weeks of testimony.” Mr. Grossberg also noted the necessity of reviewing several thousand pages worth of documents. “There are so many moving parts,” he said. Ms. Barklow explained the homeowners’ association doesn’t have the money to finance a new sewer system because so many residents grew tired of the ongoing legal situation. “People have used the money to buy other houses,” Ms. Barklow said. Ms. Barklow shared that she now lives just below Palmer Canyon on Via Padova and hasn’t returned to the canyon in over a year and a half. “I went up there all the time when we thought there was a chance of rebuilding,” she said. “But I’m still looking for some kind of closure. It was like a death.” Today, the only houses in the canyon are the 4 that survived the fire. But perhaps, someday, the colorful history of Palmer Canyon will acquire new life, with the rebuilding of the houses that once stood there. “It’s one of the most special places around,” Ms. Barklow said. —Jake Bartman
Shells of former residences dot the landscape along the road through the canyon.
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Life continues, but people’s names and faces are gone forever
When my husband and I went back to see the house, I doubled over. The kids said they felt their father aged 10 years after that.”
Former resident Jill Barklow
This chair clearly has the lived-in look.
The mailboxes, above, at the canyon entrance remain, but the names have been removed.
In better days, residents enjoyed classic scenic views of Palmer Canyon where the homes had a mix of sun, right, and shade from the thick foilage to beat the heat. With 47 homes in 2003, the area was full of activity. Now, the homeowners only have memories of what was.
This was once a picturesque view from a residence.
Mother nature is still hard at work as the burned homes stay lit by the morning sun.
Left abandoned, this elaborate treehouse beat the odds against the 2003 fire.
OAK PARK CEMETERY 410 Sycamore Ave., Claremont www.ci.claremont.ca.us • 399-5487 Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Visiting hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oak Park Cemetery is owned and operated by the city of Claremont. For well over 100 years, Oak Park Cemetery has provided a time honored way to remember your loved ones. Oak Park Cemetery is a safe, secure and very affordable park live atmosphere to memorialize those you love. FRIENDS OF THE OAK PARK CEMETERY 410 Sycamore Ave., Claremont • 399-5487 As an independent nonprofit organization, the Friends of Oak Park Cemetery raises funds through
membership donations and occasional special events in order to finance amenities and improvements at Oak Park Cemetery. The board of directors meets the first Monday of each month at the cemetery office. POMONA VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK 502 E. Franklin Ave., Pomona www.pomonacemetery.com • 622-2029 Private, non-profit association serving all faiths since 1876. Ground burial or interment, crypt entombment, columbariums for urn placement, preneed arrangements. Hours: Cemetery grounds, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Mausoleum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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HELPING OUT PETS EVERYDAY (HOPE) 800-811-4285 www.helpingoutpetseveryday.com Margaret Coffman, President A group of volunteers who rescue dogs/cats from the Upland Animal Shelter and foster them in private homes or rescue organizations until a qualified adoptee can be found. A non-profit, HOPE raises funds to help shelter animals with medical treatment and supplies not funded by the shelter. INLAND VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY/SPCA 500 Humane Way, Pomona 91766 www.ivhsspca.org • 623-9777 Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on most major holidays. Kennel opens at 10 a.m. Since 1949, IVHS promotes awareness and educates the public about its responsibility for all living creatures. Dedicated to giving shelter and medical care to unwanted, abandoned and injured animals and preventing animal cruelty. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and are always needed. THE CITY OF RANCHO CUCAMONGA ANIMAL CARE & ADOPTION CENTER 11780 Arrow Rte., Rancho Cucamonga 466-PETS (7387) • Volunteer 466-7387 ext. 2075 www.rcpets.info Hours: Monday-Friday, 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Pet adoptions, pet care information, microchipping, spay/neuter information and dog licensing. It also accepts pets surrendered by their owners and houses “found” pets. The Adoption Center hosts lowcost vaccination clinics once a month. Bring all dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. Volunteers needed. UPLAND ANIMAL SHELTER 1275 San Bernardino Rd., Upland • 931-4185 www.ci.upland.ca.us (click on Animal Services) Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, noon to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Upland Animal Shelter impounds stray and homeless animals found in the community. The city of Upland manager’s office oversees day-to-day operations. This is not a no-kill facility; every opportunity is taken prior to euthanasia to find the owner, adopt out, or secure rescue by a breed-specific organization. Microchipping free to Upland residents, $20 for residents of surrounding communities. Upland residents can take advantage of a low cost rabies vaccination clinic. Call for hours. WEST END SHELTER FOR ANIMALS 1010 E. Mission Blvd., Ontario 91761 www.westendshelter.com • 947-3517 Hours: Thursday-Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a non-profit, no-kill center that places dogs and cats in loving homes. Donations and volunteers always needed. Help walk and socialize the dogs, pet the cats and care for the kittens, answer phones and do fundraising for the shelter.
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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY East San Gabriel Valley Unit 915 N. Grand Ave., Covina 91723 • 626-966-9994 24-hour assistance: 800-227-2345 www.cancer.org Offers free educational programs and services, including information, guidance and transportation. Speakers, information pamphlets and support groups available. Provides free patient services for cancer patients and their families. Sponsors Great American Smoke Out in November and Relay for Life in May. Volunteers needed year-round for education, fundraising and patient service events. AMERICAN RED CROSS—Claremont Chapter 2065 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont www.claremontredcross.org • 624-0074 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The American Red Cross, led by volunteers, provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The Claremont Chapter has provided services to the residents of Claremont and neighboring communities since 1917. The Chapter relies on contributions of time and money to deliver its services. Volunteers help with blood drives, blood pressure screening and staffing first aid stations at community events. ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF POMONA VALLEY 693 N. Palomares St., Pomona Dental Center, 629-6142 Operation School Bell, 629-7007 www.alpv.org The League operates a center providing services for children whose families cannot afford dental care. The league also sponsors the Operation School Bell program, providing school clothing for children in need and a Christmas program that reaches many families each year. The Assistance League produces Assault Survivor Kits, as well as the Cubs for Kids distribution that gives teddy bears to children experiencing trauma. Volunteers and clothing are needed.
CHILDREN’S FUND Claremont/West End Auxiliary P.O. Box 134, Claremont, 91711 Contact: Charlene Betts 624-5781 Co-presidents 2012-2013: Lu Ehresman, 624-4471 and Deanna Bush, 626-9899. For the past 25 years, Children’s Fund has served as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to providing safety-net support for at-rsk, abused, neglected, impoverished and abandoned children in our communities. Donations provide direct assistance through social workers and case workers, providing items such as food, clothing, beds, shelter, medical and dental services. Claremont/West End Auxiliary has local fundraising activities (annual tour of outstanding homes, 4 Victorian teas, and a day at the races.) Members volunteer to help staff Claremont community events (Village Venture, Relay for Life, etc.) and the Auxiliary is a member of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. CLAREMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 205 Yale Ave., Claremont www.claremontfoundation.org • 398-1060 A private non-profit organization, the Foundation serves the long-term philanthropic needs of the community. The Foundation accepts tax-deductible gifts from individuals, businesses, and other organizations seeking to maximize their long-term philanthropic impact and offers opportunities for those who wish to “give back” to the community a meaningful contribution of time, energy, and talent. Since 1989, the Foundation has awarded grants to more than 100 programs and projects. CROSSROADS, INC. P.O. Box 15, Claremont • 626-7847 www.crossroadswomen.org Executive director: Sister Terry Dodge, SSL Provides housing, education, support and counseling in a home-like environment for women who have been incarcerated, helping to empower women to take control of their lives and step out of the revolving door of prison and jail. Crossroads, Inc. is an ecumenically supported, private, non-profit corporation. It is funded in part by local churches, busi-
nesses, and individuals who volunteer their time and resources. ECONOMY SHOP 325 W. First St., Claremont • 626-7334 Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed mid-June through August. This all volunteer non-profit thrift store raises funds through the sale of donated clothing, small household items, books and toys. Profits are granted to local charities. Contact Norm Bortscheller. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Pomona Valley Affiliate 2111 Bonita Ave., La Verne 91750 596-7098 x. 3 • www.habitatpv.org Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian housing ministry that partners with community organizations, city officials, businesses, volunteers, and prospective homeowners to help provide decent, safe and affordable housing for low-income residents in the West Inland Empire and East San Gabriel Valley. Volunteers needed. HOUSE OF RUTH P.O. Box 459, Claremont • 623-4364 24-hour hotline: 988-5559 www.houseofruthinc.org House of Ruth’s mission is to assist women and children victimized by domestic violence by providing shelter, programs, opportunity and education and to contribute to social change through intervention, prevention programs and community awareness. All services are confidential and free of charge. THE INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER 109 S. Spring St., Claremont • 621-6722 www.ilc-clar.org The Independent Living Center represents more than 150,000 individuals with disabilities living in the East San Gabriel Valley. Independent Living provides attendant care referrals, housing assistance, interpreter services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing,
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peer counseling advocacy, speakers’ bureau, quarterly independent living skills workshops and disability awareness training. INLAND FAIR HOUSING AND MEDIATION BOARD 60 E. 9th St., Ste. 100, Upland 91786 984-2254 • 800-321-0911 www.inmedbd.com Serving San Bernardino County, the IFHMB helps to educate the community about their rights and responsibilities under fair housing laws. IFHMB offers landlord-tenant mediation, reverse equity counseling, senior services such as conflict resolution and first-time homebuyer’s assistance. Volunteers are needed for mediation, office work, working with landlords and tenants, as well as in the senior services departments. INLAND VALLEY HOPE PARTNERS 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont • 621-2400 in the Joslyn Center annex Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m. The mission of the Inland Valley Hope Partners, a collaboration of churches, individuals, businesses and community groups, is to ensure the empowerment of people in need, by providing food, shelter and supportive services. Volunteers are needed to provide help with the emergency shelter, food security program, in the office, and as driver/companions. NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL/POMONA VALLEY NAMI - Claremont, CA Helpline: 399-0305 www.namicalifornia.org Founded in 1979, NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illness and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases. Call the helpline for information about crisis intervention, treatment and recovery programs, plus family-support services. As a grassroots organization, NAMI relies on volunteers at all levels of the organization. POMONA VALLEY WORKSHOP 4650 Brooks St., Montclair www.pvwonline.org • 624-3555 Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PVW provides services to residents of eastern L.A. County and western San Bernardino County. PVW provides traditional and innovative rehabilitation services and works cooperatively with the Department of Rehabilitation and the Regional Centers for the Developmentally Disabled, the Los Angeles and San Bernardino County Schools, and private rehabilitation agencies. Volunteers needed. PROJECT SISTER P.O. Box 1369, Pomona, 91769 Hotlines: 626-4357 (bilingual) 800-656-HOPE (4673) • 626-966-4155 Business Office: 623-1619 or 626-915-2535 www.projectsister.org Project SISTER is a nonprofit agency providing services to the women, children and male survivors of sexual assault and abuse, and their families in the East San Gabriel and Inland Valleys. Project SISTER works with local law enforcement, district attorneys, courts, hospitals and healthcare providers, schools, churches and other groups and agencies. Resources include 24-hour hotline; hospital, court and police accompaniments; counseling; community education; child abuse education; rape prevention programs for seniors; prevention programs in secondary schools and colleges, focusing on date and acquaintance rape and sexual harassment; self-defense classes; information and referrals; and programs for high-risk youth. Volunteers always needed. LEARNING ALLY (FORMERLY RECORDING FOR THE BLIND & DYSLEXIC 1844 W. 11th St., Unit C, Upland www.learningally.org • 949-4316 • 800-732-8398 Tours of the facility are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. A nonprofit volunteer organization serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia or other disability. Providing digital textbooks, educational and professional materials on CD and other formats. Volunteers needed in all areas of recording production, administrative assistance and outreach. SHOES THAT FIT 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 204-A, Claremont 482-0050 • 888-715-4333 www.shoesthatfit.org • email: firstname.lastname@example.org Claremont-based Shoes That Fit provides new shoes to children in need so they can attend school in comfort and with dignity, better prepared to learn and play. Volunteer sponsor groups are matched with local schools. School staff identifies and measures children most in
need of new shoes and the sponsoring group purchases the exact shoe size that each child needs. All donations are tax deductible. Volunteers needed and donations always welcome.
UNCOMMON GOOD 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont www.uncommongood.org • 625-2248 Uncommon Good is a nonprofit working to ensure that the poor have access to quality education, health care and legal services through mentoring and other services to low-income children to help them break the cycle of poverty by completing an education. Uncommon Good sponsors young health professionals and lawyers who plan to devote their careers to serving the poor. Volunteers needed.
CLAREMONT HERITAGE, INC. Garner House, Memorial Park 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont • 621-0848 Mailing: P.O. Box 742, Claremont, CA 91711 www.claremontheritage.org Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Claremont Heritage is a non-profit membership organization devoted to preserving the historic character of Claremont through research, education and advocacy. Heritage works with the city to guarantee appropriate design changes to historic structures, neighborhoods, landscapes, sites and monuments. Heritage preserves and displays memorabilia and information relating to the history of Claremont and maintains a local history reference library and gift shop in the Garner House. Programs include walking tours, slide shows, lectures, workshops, home tours, newsletters, and school presentations. Membership open to everyone. Volunteers welcomed. HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF POMONA VALLEY, INC. POMONA EBELL MUSEUM OF HISTORY 585 E. Holt Ave., Pomona • 623-2198 www.pomonahistorical.org Dedicated to the historical preservation of the Pomona Valley for present and future generations. Maintains and operates the Palomares Adobe (491 E. Arrow Hwy.) and the La Casa Primera de Rancho San Jose (1569 N. Park Ave.) and the Pomona Ebell Museum of History (585 E. Holt Ave.) which is available for rental through the Historical Society.
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CLAREMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY 208 N Harvard Ave., Claremont www.libraries.claremont.edu • 621-4902 Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and all major holidays. The Claremont Library is a member of the County of Los Angeles Library System. Resources include books, magazines, pamphlets, paperbacks, video cassettes, compact discs, business and consumer directories, maps, microfilm, music scores, large-print materials. Children’s programs, community meeting rooms, tax forms, computers and copy machine available. Driver’s license and proof of current address are necessary for a library card. Children may obtain a library card with parental permission. FRIENDS OF THE CLAREMONT LIBRARY 208 N Harvard Ave., Claremont www.colapublib.org • 621-4902 To focus attention and promote awareness of the Library within the community. Activities supporting the Library, including volunteering, sponsoring programs, providing refreshments at library events, holding book sales and ongoing book sales during regular library hours and the Annual Adult Spelling Bee.
THE LIBRARIES OF THE CLAREMONT COLLEGES voxlibris.claremont.edu Although the primary function of these libraries is to serve the teaching and research needs of the Claremont Colleges, access to the general public is available. Hours may vary, so check the individual websites for up-to-date information. ELLA STRONG DENISON LIBRARY Scripps College 1090 Columbia Ave., Claremont • 607-3941 www.libraries.claremont.edu/Denison Denison Library collects books, journals and other material in the fine arts and interdisciplinary humanities. Denison offers unique research opportunities using original and special materials to students as well as to the wider scholarly community. HONNOLD/MUDD LIBRARY 800 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont • 621-8150 www.libraries.claremont.edu/ honnoldmudd Collections in the social sciences and humanities, Asian Studies, and an extensive United States government depository. Archives of the Claremont Colleges and local and regional history collections. POMONA PUBLIC LIBRARY 625 S. Garey Ave., Pomona 91766 • 620-2043 www.youseemore.com/pomona Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, noon to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday and major holidays. Resources include adult’s and children’s books,
magazines, paperbacks, large print materials, unabridged audio-books, extensive reference and genealogy collection, microfilm copies of newspapers dating back to the 19th century and special collections of historic photographs, orange crate labels, Laura Ingalls Wilder memorabilia and an international doll collection. Services include public computers, adult and family literacy programs, children’s story hour programs and free children’s DialA-Story at 620-2046. FRIENDS OF THE POMONA LIBRARY P.O. Box 2271, Pomona 91769 455-3520 www.youseemore.com/pomona A nonprofit organization formed in 1955, it serves to build community enrichment programs, including Book Talk Study Group. Its goal is to focus attention on library services and to provide financial and personal involvement for library programs and equipment not budgeted by public funds. GEORGE G. STONE CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS 740 N. College Ave., Claremont www.cgu.edu/stonecenter • 607-3670 Hours vary per season, call for information. The George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books is the library of the Claremont Graduate University’s School of Educational Studies. In addition to its circulating collection of more than 20,000 trade books for young people, the center has a noncirculating collection of historically significant children’s literCOMMUNITY AWARENESS continues on the next page
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ature and reference materials on children’s books and their use in classrooms. The collection is available to students, faculty, and staff of the Claremont Colleges. Interested persons may support the center by becoming members of the Friends of the Stone Library UPLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY 450 N. Euclid Ave., Upland 931-4200 • www.uplandpl.lib.ca.us Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 15 p.m. Closed Friday. Providing information resources and services for the intellectual, educational and cultural enrichment of the community. The Children’s Department places special emphasis on stimulating young children’s interest and appreciation for reading and learning with program such as Story Time and Paw Pals. The library relies on volunteers. FRIENDS OF THE UPLAND LIBRARY c/o Public Library, 460 N. Euclid Ave., Upland 91786 • 931-4200 www.uplandpl.lib.ca.us Foster closer relations between the library and local citizens to help stimulate increased financial support of the
library. Raises funds to purchase items for the library and supply needs not met by taxes. Some revenue is generated through sales at the Book Cellar, which is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers who can commit regular weekly hours are needed.
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ACTIVE CLAREMONT P.O. Box 841, Claremont, CA 97111 www.activeclaremont.org • 624-4796 Advocates communication and understanding between Claremont citizens and local government, promotes public awareness of and interest in local issues and encourages volunteerism in the community. Active Claremont does not endorse candidates or ballot measures. Participation with the Crossroads/Salvation Army, Adopt-aRoadway and Inland Valley Hope Partners Beta Center. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA Group 305 644 Rockford Dr., Claremont Andy Zanella, 624-0592 www.aiusa.org Meetings: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, Porter Hall, Pilgrim Place, 7:30 p.m.
Founded in 1961, AI works impartially for the release of all prisoners of conscience, fair and prompt trials for political prisoners, and an end to torture and executions. Group 305 is one of many local affiliates of Amnesty International USA, which in turn is the United States national section of the worldwide Amnesty International movement. DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CLAREMONT P.O. Box 1201, Claremont, CA 91711 • 632-1516 email@example.com www.claremontdems.org General meetings: Last Monday of every month, Porter Hall, Pilgrim Place. Luncheons: Second Friday of every month, LYL Garden Restaurant. To elect Democrats, to influence their policies, to educate members and the public on policy issues, and to provide a satisfying social experience for participants. Monthly: newsletter, luncheon with speaker second Friday, meeting with speaker and club business last Monday evening. Annual holiday party.
MOUNTAIN VIEW REPUBLICAN CLUB P.O. Box 531, La Verne 91750 mvgop.wordpress.com The mission and purpose of the Mountain View Republican Club is to promote and support the Republican Party, its ideals and principles, and Republican candidates in the San Gabriel Valley and its neighboring communities through registering Republican voters, providing assistance, education and information to Republican voters, and coordinating and executing local Republican campaigns and fundraising. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE CLAREMONT AREA P.O. Box 1532, Claremont 91711 624-9457 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.claremont.ca.lwvnet.org Monthly newsletter. Serving the people of Alta Loma, Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Diamond
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Bar, Glendora, La Verne, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, and Upland. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. PEACE WITH JUSTICE CENTER OF THE POMONA VALLEY Church of the Brethren, 2425 E St., La Verne 91750 Email: email@example.com PWJC is a 501(c) 3 organization. All members are volunteers who share both their time and talents for the betterment of our earthly community.
ters or to schedule a bulk item pickup. Recycled motor oil can also be dropped off at Connie and Dick’s Automotive, 150 Olive St., 626-5653. For information about disposing of household hazardous waste such as paint, anti-freeze, auto batteries, pesticides, etc., contact 1-888 CLEAN LA. UPLAND CITY YARD 1370 N. Benson Ave., Upland 931-4343 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free mulch made from green waste collected throughout the city is available on last Saturdays of HHW collection to Upland residents.
CLAREMONT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 205 Yale Ave., Claremont www.claremontchamber.org • 624-1681 The Claremont Chamber of Commerce provides leadership in serving the interest of business, promotes the inter-relationship between business and community, and encourages business participation with civic and educational organizations and programs in Claremont. Participatory events sponsored by the Chamber are: Village Venture, the Claremont Chamber of Commerce Education Classic Golf Tournament, the Annual Business Awards Banquet, monthly networking breakfast meetings, bimonthly Chamber mixers, bimonthly Ladies Luncheon, and economic development committee meetings. VILLAGE MARKETING GROUP 141 Harvard Ave. #C, Claremont www.villageclaremont.com • 621-4363 The VMG is a group of Claremont Village merchants whose purpose is to market and promote awareness of the Village, bringing members of the community and surrounding area into the Village and Village West. VMG sponsors annual events such as Welcome to College events for parents and students, First Friday Art Walk, concerts at the Holiday Promenade, the annual Vintage Village Wine Walk, as well as supporting 2 Shoes That Fit events. The group also participates in Shop and Dine events. COMMUNITY FRIENDS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS c/o International Place of the Claremont Colleges 390 E. Ninth St., Claremont 621-8344 • iplace.claremont.edu To increase international and multicultural underCOMMUNITY AWARENESS continues on the next page
CITY OF CLAREMONT RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING CENTER Southeast corner of Bonita and Berkeley Avenues. 399-5431 Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 2-5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Residents can drop off paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, metal and aluminum. Please do not discard household hazardous waste such as used motor oil or large household items such as furniture at the center. CITY OF CLAREMONT RESIDENTIAL REFUSE/RECYCLING COLLECTION Call to schedule service: 399-5431 The city’s Community Services Department provides trash collection and recycling services to all residents and businesses in Claremont. Call to schedule curbside collection for used motor oil/fil-
CLAREMONT FORUM Thoreau Bookstore 586 W. 1st St., Claremont • 626-3066 www.claremontforum.org Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for Saturday hours; Closed Sunday. The Claremont Forum is a non-profit community center that enriches lives through the following programs: The Prison Library Project, which sends books and resource lists to individuals and libraries in prisons, recovery centers and women’s shelters throughout the country, sponsors the Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Second Street and Indian Hill Boulevard. The Thoreau Bookstore is a used bookstore managed by volunteers and proceeds help support the Claremont Forum projects and events. Volunteers always needed.
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standing and friendship by bringing together the Claremont community and students from more than 80 countries who are attending the Claremont Colleges. Members host and assist international graduate and undergraduate students; coordinate a variety of social and educational programs; co-sponsor the Spring International Festival and the International Banquet in November; and help fund the programs and services of International Place. CURTAIN RAISERS OF THE CLAREMONT COLLEGES 300 E. Bonita Ave, Claremont 621-8186 The Curtain Raisers of The Claremont Colleges was organized in 1963 to present entertaining and informative programs for its membership, to distribute scholarships for theater students who wish to participate in summer enrichment activities, and to encourage community participation and support of theater-oriented endeavors at The Claremont Colleges and in the greater community. KIWANIS CLUB OF CLAREMONT 915-C W. Foothill Blvd. #399, Claremont • Billing address: 1674 Chattanooga Ct, Claremont Meetings: Thursday, 12:10 p.m. at St Ambrose Church, 830 W Bonita Ave., Claremont 621-5011• 596-4955 www.claremontkiwanis.org Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is an organization of service and community-minded individuals unified in their belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers. Worldwide, Kiwanis is committed to eliminating the effects of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the world’s leading preventable cause of mental retardation.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Members of a Rotary club are part of a diverse group of professional leaders working to address various community and international service needs and to promote peace and understanding throughout the world. ROTARY CLUB OF CLAREMONT PO Box 357, Claremont, CA 91711 www.claremontrotary.org 624-3377 Meetings: Fridays, 12:10 p.m. CLAREMONT SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB PO Box 373, Claremont, CA 91711 www.claremontsunriserotary.org Meetings: Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m. St. Ambrose Church, 830 Bonita Ave., Claremont REMBRANDT CLUB 621-8283 firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com Founded in 1905, the Rembrandt Club of Pomona College sponsors monthly lectures and teas, excursions to area museums and collections and a variety of events, supporting the museum through funding for publications and programs. New members are welcome. SUSTAINABLE CLAREMONT 845 N Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont • 399-5486 www.sustainableclaremont.org email: info@SustainablecClaremont.org Sustainable Claremont is a nonprofit organization that engages people in education and action to create a more sustainable community—environmentally,
economically and socially. Members, both individuals and other organizations, work closely with one another and with the City on projects such as energy and water conservation, school programs, drought tolerant landscaping, a garden club, and habitat protection. Monthly Sustainability Dialogs are open to the public, and monthly Demystifying Sustainability articles are published in the COURIER. New members and suggestions for cooperative projects are always welcome. Follow Sustainable Claremont on Facebook at facebook.com/sustainableclaremont and on Twitter @GreenClaremont CHERP The Claremont Home Energy Retrofit Project is a highly successful Sustainable Claremont program that encourages homeowners to conserve energy, make homes more comfortable and reduce utility bills through whole-house energy efficiency improvements. UNIVERSITY CLUB OF CLAREMONT P.O. Box 700, Claremont, CA 91711 unversityclubofclaremont.org • 621-4350 Meetings: Every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. To educate, maintain fellowship, give financial assistance and hold open discussions. Serving the community through educational and cultural grants to schools and community organizations, and provides volunteers and community programs.
DIAL-A-RIDE To schedule a ride 623-0183 or TDD 868-0611 Pomona Valley Transportation Authority 596-7664 Claremont Community Services Dept. • 399-5431. www.ci.claremont.ca.us COMMUNITY AWARENESS continues on the next page
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Hours: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seniors, disabled persons and children under age 16 can travel 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Fares: General public $1.25; senior (60+) and disabled $.75; book of 12 tickets (seniors and disabled) $9; book of 10 tickets (general public) $12.50; prescheduled group (6+ Service), cost per rider $.75. Claremont Dial-a-Ride service is available within the Claremont borders and travels to the medical facilities in the Pomona Valley Medical Center area, to the Montclair Plaza, and Montclair Trans Center. Dial-aRide offers transfers to Foothill Transit and to the Metrolink. Call Dial-a-Ride at least one hour before desired pick-up time. Pickups will be made within 45 minutes of your request. Allow 30 minutes of travel time to get to your destination, as the vehicle may pick up other passengers en route. Drivers cannot make change, so please have the exact fare. FOOTHILL TRANSIT Claremont Depot 200 W. First St., Claremont (800) RIDE-INFO • www.foothilltransit.org Offers more than 30 different bus routes in the San
Gabriel/Pomona Valley. Offers express service to downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena from Claremont; service from the Metrolink station and from local park-and-ride lots. Call for full information on routes and scheduling. Fees: Base fare is $1 for adults and students; .50 cents for seniors and disabled; under 5 years old free. A 31-day pass is $66 for adults, $20 for seniors 62 and older, and disabled, $30 for students through grade 12 and for full-time college students with ID. Plan your route on the website. GET ABOUT TRANSPORTATION Community Senior Services Information and reservations: 621-9900 Hours: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., limited times. Does not run on major holidays. Get About provides door-to-door transportation to seniors and disabled residents of Pomona, Claremont, La Verne and San Dimas as well as to and from the Montclair Plaza, and Doctor’s Hospital area. The service allows access to life-supporting services, shopping and social activities, business and medical trips. Those using the service must be registered with Get About and must make reservations for service 24 hours in advance. Free transportation to and from senior centers, otherwise the cost is $1 each way.
TRAVELERS AID OF THE INLAND EMPIRE Ontario International Airport 1923 E. Avion St., Ontario Helpline: 975-5378 • To volunteer: 975-5460 Fax 390-4200 • www.lawa.org/ont/ontCR.cfm Founded in 1984, the mission of Travelers Aid is to provide information and referral services at Ontario International Airport and to assist stranded travelers, reuniting them with their families and other resources. Volunteers are needed at information booths at Ontario Airport in terminals 2 and 4.
METROLINK Claremont Depot 220 W. First St., #B, Claremont (800) 371-LINK (schedule, fares, station locations, connecting transit) www.metrolinktrains.com Runs Monday through Friday from San Bernardino to Los Angeles Union Station with 5 stations between Claremont and Los Angeles, the trip from Claremont to Union Station takes about 50 minutes. Check the Metrolink website for fees. Fifty percent discount for seniors and disabled. Weekdays and weekend prices differ. Tickets may be purchased at station vending machines. Fares subject to change.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF POMONA VALLEY 1420 S. Garey Ave., Pomona Mailing: P.O. Box 1149, Pomona, CA 91769 www.bgcpv.org • 623-8538 The Boys & Girls Clubs of Pomona Valley provides a safe place to learn and grow, foster ongoing relaCOMMUNITY AWARENESS continues on the next page
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tionships with caring, adult professionals, and partake in life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. Volunteers and staff work with boys and girls in recreation, athletic programs, field trips, special events, arts and crafts, counseling and tutoring. Need volunteers with experience in gymnastics, wrestling, cheerleading, youth business groups, drama, summer day camp and computers. CAMP FIRE USA Mt. San Antonio Council 9037 Arrow Route, Suite 140, Rancho Cucamonga www.campfiretoday.org • 466 5878 Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Founded in 1910, Camp Fire USA is open to every person in the community regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or other aspect of diversity. Camp Fire USA’s programs are designed to foster positive intercultural relationships. Its mission is to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. CLAREMONT AMERICAN YOUTH SOCCER ORGANIZATION (AYSO) 2058 Mills Ave., # 506, Claremont www.claremontayso.org As a nonprofit organization, AYSO organizes balanced teams of children ages 5 to 18; everyone plays. Practice begins in August; season runs from second week in September through December. Spring season runs March until June. Games are held in any of 8 Claremont parks. CLAREMONT LITTLE LEAGUE 100 S. College Ave, Claremont www.claremontlittleleague.com • 525-7764
To be eligible, a child must be 5 to 15 years old. All Star games are scheduled to begin at the end of June. The Majors tournament in Claremont, is held at College Park (south of the railroad tracks, east of College Avenue). CLAREMONT EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (CEF) 112 Harvard Ave., #191, Claremont • 399-1709 www.claremonteducationalfoundation.org CEF is an independent community-based, nonprofit organization founded in 1991 to benefit the Claremont Unified School District. The mission of CEF is to promote quality public education in Claremont through community involvement. Volunteers are needed to provide clerical services and help with fundraising activities throughout the year. Businesses and organizations needed to sponsor events and programs. DAVID AND MARGARET YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES 1350 Third St., La Verne www.davidandmargaret.org • 596-5921 Since 1910, the David & Margaret Home has been a refuge for children in need. Volunteers, mentors, donations, in-kind contributions are needed. Boutique is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. GIRL SCOUTS—SPANISH TRAILS 9525 Monte Vista Ave., Montclair • 399-0808 Claremont neighborhood 625-2187 www.gsspanishtrails.org Helping girls grades K-12 to develop character, values and confidence, and have fun while advancing into adulthood. Camping, arts and crafts, outings, horseback riding, hiking and community service. Mentoring programs, outdoor education, summer
camping, religious recognition, health education, self-esteem building and safety programs. LeROY HAYNES CENTER 233 W. Base Line Rd., La Verne www.leroyhaynes.org • 593-2581 Founded in 1946, LeRoy Haynes Center serves more than 100 children at any one time, providing a place for them to grow into productive members of society. Programs include the LeRoy Boys Home Residential Treatment Program, Mental Health Program, the campus school and the LEAP Program. MT. BALDY AQUATICS 915 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite C #180, Claremont firstname.lastname@example.org www.mtbaldyaquatics.org Meetings: Practices are held Monday-Friday, 6:307:50 p.m. at the El Roble Pool in Claremont. Mt. Baldy Aquatics (MBA) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1976 to serve youth swimmers who live in Claremont, Upland and surrounding communities. Governed by USA Swimming and participates in the Eastern Section of Southern California Swimming. YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION YMCA 350 N. Garey Ave., Pomona; 623-6433 Scheu Family YMCA of Upland 1325 San Bernardino Rd., Upland; 946-6120 www.ymca.net The YMCA offers opportunities for individuals and families to grow in spirit, mind and body at every life stage. The nation’s largest non-profit community service organization in America, the YMCAs’ financial assistance policies ensure that no one is turned away for reasons of inability to pay.
105 acres just north of Historic Route 66 (Foothill Boulevard) and is home to over 450 aircraft, several businesses, Maniac Mike’s Café and an aviation art gallery.
icated to the preservation, perpetuation and exhibition of historical aircraft, and to the men and women, both famous and unknown, who devoted their lives to flight. ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Administrative Offices: 1940 E. Moore Way, Ontario Terminal 2: 2500 E. Terminal Way Terminal 4: 2900 E. Terminal Way www.lawa.org/ont LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) is a medium-hub, full-service airport with commercial jet service to major U.S. cities and many international destinations. Airlines serving ONT are AeroMexico, Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, ExpressJet, JetBlue, Southwest, United/Ted/United Express and US Airways. Freight: Ameriflight, Arrow Air, Centurian Airlines, DHL, Empire Airways, Evergreen Aviation, ExpressNet Airlines, Federal Express, Gulf and Caribbean Cargo, IFL Group, Kalitta Air, United Parcel Service, West Air.
BRACKETT FIELD 1615 Mckinley, La Verne • 593-1395 Brackett Field is a public airport located one mile southwest of La Verne. It was named after Dr. Frank Parkhurst Brackett (1865-1951). Runway Length: 4839 ft. Runway Elevation: 1011 ft. CABLE AIRPORT 1749 W. 13th St., Upland www.cableairport.com • 982-6021 Cable Airport is the country’s largest family-owned airport open to the public. Built in 1945, Cable is located on
CHINO AIRPORT 7000 Merrill Ave. #17, Chino • 597-3722 Museum hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) Chino Airport is a county-owned public-use airport located 3 miles southeast of the central business district of Chino. According to the FAA’s National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2007-2011, it is categorized as a reliever airport due to its proximity to Ontario International Airport and John Wayne Airport. Also includes the Planes of Fame Museum, an independently operated, non-profit 501(c)(3) aviation museum that is ded-
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CLAREMONT CRAFT ALES 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 204C, Claremont • 625-5350 www.claremontcraftales.com Opened in 2012 by Brewer Simon Brown and Emily Moultrie. DALE BROS. BREWERY 1495 W. Ninth St., #603, Upland • 579-0032 • www.dalebrosbrewery.com Opened in 2003 by Brewer Curt Dale. GALLEANO WINERY 4231 Wineville Rd., Mira Loma www.galleanowinery.com • 951-6855376 Weekend tours between 2 and 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more by appt only. Wine tasting available daily. Galleano is family-owned, spanning 5 generations.
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Approximate distance from Claremont to California beaches: Coronado 127 miles Dana Point 61 miles Hermosa Beach 54 miles Huntington Beach 48 miles
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JOSEPH FILIPPI WINERY 12467 Base Line Rd., Rancho Cucamonga • 8995755 11211 Etiwanda Ave., Fontana • 428-8630 www.josephfilippiwinery.com Tours: Wednesday-Sunday at 1 p.m. Wine tasting: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since 1922, the Filippi family has farmed in the Cucamonga Valley. SAN ANTONIO WINERY and MADDALENA RESTAURANT 737 Lamar St., Los Angeles (323) 223-1401 2802 S. Milliken Ave., Ontario 947-3995 www.sanantoniowinery.com Open daily except major holidays. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The San Antonio Wine Shop in Ontario is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Established in 1917, The San Antonio Winery is now the last producing winery in Los Angeles. In recognition, the city of Los Angeles designated the winery a Cultural Historical Landmark.
created a large garden of sub-tropical, desert and traditional fruit trees, perennial shrubs, berries, herbs, flowers and annual vegetables. The drip-irrigated trees and plots are tended by many student and community volunteers, as well as participants of numerous faculty-led studies. E. ROWLEY DEMONSTRATION GARDEN 4594 San Bernardino St., Montclair www.cbwcd.org • 626-2711 Open daily except major holidays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for details on guided tours. View an array of drought resistant plants like caesalpinia, society garlic and lantana in the desert and chaparral gardens, woodland garden, riparian garden and pond area. RANCHO SANTA ANA BOTANIC GARDEN 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont www.rsabg.org • 625-8767 Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. California Garden Shop is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $8; Seniors 65 and older $6; Students (1317 years or with college ID) $6; Children 3-12 years $4; children under 3 years, free. RSABG is a private, non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants. Self-guided tours enable visitors to enjoy the 86-acre facility. Volunteers are needed to lead tours, maintain living collections and serve in other areas as well. FAIRPLEX 1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona • 623-3111 • www.fairplex.com Hours and fees vary according to event. Fairplex is home to the L.A. County Fair and more than 300 other events throughout the year, includ-
ing trade and consumer shows, sporting events, expositions, inter-track wagering and agricultural events. The Fairplex covers 543 acres and includes 8 exhibit halls, Fairplex Park, Sheraton Suites Fairplex Hotel, an RV park, a child development center, picnic areas, historic train exhibit, 12 acres of carnival grounds, and parking for 30,000 vehicles.
THE CLAREMONT GOLF COURSE 1550 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont www.claremontgolf.com • 624-2748 Season: Open all year. The Claremont Golf Course is a 9-hole public golf course that plays to a par 60 (combined par for white and blue tees). Available practice facilities include a night-lighted driving range, a sand bunker, and a grass teeing area. Putting and chipping greens available at no charge. MARSHALL CANYON GOLF CLUB 6100 N. Stephens Ranch Rd., La Verne www.marshallcanyon.com • 593-6914 Season: Open all year. Marshall Canyon is a public course, 18 holes, 6110 yards, Par 71, Greens: Bent Grass, Fairways: Bermuda Grass. Dress code: No tank tops or cutoffs. UPLAND HILLS COUNTRY CLUB 1231 E. 16th, Upland www.golfuhcc.com • 981-0807 Open all year. A public course, the 18-hole “Upland
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POMONA COLLEGE ORGANIC FARM 140 Amherst Ave., Claremont www.organicfarm.pomona.edu • 607-2268 The garden is a 2.5-acre, student-run farm in the southwest corner of Pomona College campus. It is devoted to the study and implementation of sustainable and regenerative practices. Students have
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Hills” features 5902 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 68.6 and it has a slope rating of 121. Designed by David A. Rainville, ASGCA, the Upland Hills golf course opened in 1983.
search and preservation. Beginner bird walks offered the first Sunday of every month, except July and August, at 8 a.m. at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. General meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month, except July and August. Volunteers needed.
sports, camping, cross country skiing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, parasailing, RV parks, marinas, skiing and snowboarding, and a zoo. Directions: 10 Freeway east to the Running Springs Highway 30 exit in Redlands. Follow Highway 30 to Highway 330 to Highway 18. LAKE ARROWHEAD Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce • 337-3715 www.lakearrowhead.net Perched in the San Bernardino National Forest 45 miles east of Claremont, Lake Arrowhead is a 4-season alpine community offering a multitude of outdoor recreation and outlet shopping. Directions: 10 Freeway east to Interstate 215 north, to Highway 30 east. Exit Waterman Avenue, turn left at top of ramp. Proceed approximately 20 miles to the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 173 (the turn-off for Lake Arrowhead). Turn left onto highway 173 for approximately 2 miles. MT. BALDY SKI RESORT 6700 Mt Baldy Rd. www.mtbaldy.com • 982-0800 Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ski lifts open all year on weekends and holidays for mountain biking and scenic rides up to the Top-of-the-Notch Restaurant. Season ski passes, day passes, snowboarding lessons and lesson packages available. Ski patrol looking for skilled skiers. Please note: When driving to Mt. Baldy in the winter, it is recommended to bring chains. Directions: From 210 Freeway, take the Mountain Ave/Mount Baldy exit. Head north (toward the mountains) for
approximately 14 miles until the road dead ends into the ski area parking lot.
WALKING TOURS OF CLAREMONT Claremont Heritage, Inc. 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont www.claremontheritage.org • 621-0848 Hours: first Saturday of every month. Fee: $5. Office hours: TuesdaySaturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monthly walking tours of the Claremont Village, and 4 times per year Heritage offers a walking tour of the Claremont Colleges. Tours generally last an hour and 40 minutes. A tour booklet is also available for a self-guided tour. The Historic Home Tour is offered in October each year.
CLAREMONT WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY 836 Stanislaus Cir., Claremont www.claremontwildlands.org The mission of the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy is to preserve the land, air, watershed, and wildlife resources of the San Gabriel Mountains foothills in the greater Claremont area of northeastern Los Angeles County, and to protect important biotic habitats as well as natural areas for the enjoyment of current and future generations. Volunteers needed. POMONA VALLEY AUDUBON SOCIETY c/o WM Keck Science Center, 925 N. Mills Ave., Claremont www.pomonavalleyaudubon.org 607-2836 Pomona Valley Audubon educates the public about the need for the conservation of wildlife in their natural habitats; aids in purchasing and maintaining facilities for wildlife and nature preserves; and finances wildlife re-
MILLIKAN PLANETARIUM AT POMONA COLLEGE Robert Millikan Laboratory 610 N. College Ave., Claremont 621-8724 • www.astronomy.pomona.edu Planetarium features a modern GOTO GE-II star projector, and multimedia equipment including all-sky slide projection, computer and video projectors, and DVD, Laserdisk and VCR sources. Hosts community and school groups from Claremont by prior arrangement. Hosts occasional sky talks at 8 p.m. during the academic year. DANIEL B. MILLIKEN PLANETARIUM Chaffey College, 5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga • 941-2758
GLENDORA COMMUNITY CONSERVANCY P.O. Box 963, Glendora, CA 91740 www.glendoraconservancy.org 626-335-1771 Formed in 1991 to promote the preservation of land and/or buildings for historic, educational, ecological, recreational, scenic or open space. Trails on conservancy properties invite the community to experience the land. MT. SAC SANCTUARY 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut 594-5611, ext. 4794 elearn.mtsac.edu/biology/wildlife/ Tours: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9, 10 or 11 a.m. and at 2, 3 or 4 p.m. Tours are given by reservation only.
BIG BEAR RESORT AREA www.bigbearinfo.com Big Bear is a 4-season resort community surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, 65 miles northeast of Claremont. Activities include water
Claremont: A city of neighborhoods
by John Neiuber, president of Claremont Heritage
hen my wife Karen and I purchased our house, we did not follow the proverb, “Don’t buy the house, buy the neighborhood.” On the contrary, we fell in love with the 1908 Transitional Craftsman. Karen peering in the window and turning to me and saying, “I think this is my house!” Me thinking to myself, “I can’t believe she likes this house.” You see, I had always wanted a Craftsman, and, for our last purchase, I had lost out to a 1924 Spanish Revival. In spite of the lure of the house, we discovered that we had indeed bought the neighborhood. And for that, our purchase turned out to be pure genius.
Claremont is a city of neighborhoods, 31 in all. And it is those distinct and diverse neighborhoods that we identify with as residents. From Piedmont Mesa to northeast Claremont, from Claraboya to Oakmont, from Arbol Verde to Mountain View, from Chaparral to Vista, and all neighborhoods surrounding and in-between, each of us is connected to our distinct neighborhood. Each of our neighborhoods is unique and our neighbors are varied and
diverse, creating a one-of-a kind community that has few peers. Within larger neighborhoods, it is not uncommon for homeowners on a particular street to come together for block parties and events during holidays. There is great community pride in the Village, our common neighborhood, a place where people meet to enjoy conversation, many diverse restaurants, entertainment and shopping opportunities. The Village’s unique character is derived from the fact that it still exists as the quintessential downtown of a bygone era. Its pedestrian nature, hometown feel, mature trees and its size and scale are now being replicated in open-air malls across the country.
The city and the neighborhoods did not happen by accident. The unique characteristics and environment are a result of careful and deliberate planning by civic leaders and an active community. The city retains its small-town feel and sense of community. It is a unique collection of places that has been carefully and purposefully planned from the very beginning. Granted, the original concept of Claremont, and even the name itself, was the result of the decisions of the directors and major investors in the Santa Fe Railroad. However, after the town had been laid out and the land sold, one single event shaped the rest of the history of the city: the establishment of Pomona College in Claremont. From that singular event sprang a tradition of citizen involvement in local government. Pomona College recruited heavily from New England and those new arrivals brought the tradition of the “Town Meeting” that evolved over the years and shaped the development of the city, both the built environment as well as city government. Historic Claremont and Old Claremont were patterned after New England towns. The types of architectural designs and the planting of trees mirrored those sensibilities and shaped the early development of the neighborhoods. At the end of World War II, southern California boomed but, unlike many communities, developers
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did not plan Claremont. Citizens and city staff planned the community. It was no accident. It was deliberate. The early citizens and officials in the city decided in the mid-1940s that each neighborhood should have a school and a park. The school and park should be combined, if possible, as open spaces, as neighborhood centers, with identifying landmarks. This policy began with the development of Memorial Park adjacent to Sycamore School. A large group of citizens formed a postwar planning committee and laid the groundwork for the school/park plan, Claremont’s street tree program, the commission system, parks and recreation programs, the financing of city government and other city services. Their work led to the establishment of Blaisdell Park close to Oakmont School in the early 1950s, Wheeler Park next to Vista del Valle School, Griffith Park next to Sumner/Danbury School, Chaparral Park next to Chaparral School and several others. The initiative was so effective that most residents, both adults and children alike, when asked where they live in Claremont, give the school or park names for their location. Very early in their lives, our children develop a sense of place and belonging because of the neighborhood identity. The rural area of northeast Claremont, north of Miramar, Towne Ranch, Old Claremont and Historic Claremont all have examples of individuallybuilt homes that define those neighborhoods. The variety of architecture is notable. In other areas
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff John Neiuber demonstrates one of his many vintage cocktail shakers in his 1908 Craftsmanstyle home he shares with his wife Karen in the Claremont Village.
where tracts were built, the planning and architectural commissions played major roles in the establishment of neighborhoods. They required many different house plans for tract developments, ensured that deep set-backs became the norm, saw that street trees were planted and made sure that there were sidewalks for pedestrian use. Our neighborhoods have changed over time. Prior to mid-century, progress was often measured in tearing down older buildings and building new ones. Rural Claremont, first envisioned as maintaining a link to our ranch and citrus industry, evolved into an area of large, custom executive homes. The Colleges have enhanced their link to the past through preservation efforts. The East Barrio remains intact as the Arbol Verde Neighborhood. Historic and Old Claremont retain their original appeal. Tracts such as the Lewis Homes’ Cinderella development remain largely unchanged. But herein lies the challenge for our neighborhoods: Claremont is no longer a developing community, but a maintenance community. The challenges are: to preserve and sustain those elements that define each neighborhood while ensuring residents have the modern requirements of life today; to maintain the open feeling of many of our homes, that include the historic setback lines; to maintain the neighborhood character and ensure that additions and renovations respect the character of each home and the development. Because in the future, the attraction will be the same as in the past: “Buy the neighborhood.”
Claremont has always been in her heart and mind
small trim woman with a shy but ready smile, Nellie Villanueva quietly shows a visitor an abundance of family photographs in her cozy home at the eastern edge of Claremont. Very much a part of Claremont, although not officially “in” Claremont, Mrs. Villanueva notes that with various boundary changes over the years, her street is Claremont—“up to the curb”—but her residence is officially in Upland.
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COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff Nellie Villanueva waves to a friend at the conclusion of an open air mass during the 40th anniversary celebration of Claremontʼs El Barrio Park. Ms. Villanueva attended the event in an outfit she wore during her days as one of the Padua Hills Players. In the photos at left, Mrs. Villanueva poses on the slide at Wheeler Park in 1960, then in front of her Claremont home with her son Al in July of the same year. The photo at the bottom is a young Nellie in front of her Claremont home in the 1950s. She still lives in this Arbol Verde home today.
Photo courtesy of Nellie Villanueva Nellie Villaneuva, center, poses in a family portrait with her children. Back left is Al and Yolanda; Front row from is Rolando, Steven and Emily. Not long after her marriage in 1949, Mrs. Villanueva was invited to join the Padua Hills Dancing Troupe, an activity she loved dearly while also working as a nurse at the Pomona Valley Community Hospital.
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rs. Villanueva was the youngest of 10 children of Leonardo and Petra Gutierrez, all of whom were born in the area of Blanchard Place—then Second Street and now Claremont Boulevard—known as Arbol Verde. She marked her 80th birthday with a family gathering on May 26. But she also took part, a bit earlier, in an important milestone for her: her baptism. In a ceremony at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, presided over by Deacon Bob Steighner and with her son Al and sister Mary as her sponsors, Mrs. Villanueva culminated 5 years of planning for the ritual. It had been discovered that her family had asked some acquaintances to take care of handling the baptism when Mrs. Villanueva was a baby. They later learned it was not done, and the people disappeared with the funds intended for the ceremony. Mrs. Villanueva’s father, a resident of the local area since 1912, worked in citrus for a number of ranchers while her mother cared for a busy household. There are many memories of the area long ago. She remembers the realignment of streets that created the destruction of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a center for many in the area, which her father helped build. Schooling for Nellie and her siblings involved buses to Grove Elementary School in Ontario, Vina Danks Junior High School and Chaffey High School.
Young Nellie as a Padua Hills Dancer posing in costume in front of the theater before a performance in 1957.
There was no Upland High School in those days. Married in 1949, Mrs. Villanueva later found she needed a job and was invited to join the Padua Hills Theater troupe of dancers. It involved being at the theater in the morning to set up and serve lunch before performing. She recalls Alice Flores taught her the dances. As years passed, Mrs. Villanueva got her GED (General Education Degree) at Chaffey High School and worked at General Dynamics and Aerojet before attending Citrus College where she obtained her LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) credentials. She worked at Pomona Valley Community Hospital for 13 years. She was disabled for a period of time with a herniated disc, but then continued her nursing career with a registry until her retirement in 2005. Mrs. Villanueva’s family continues to grow. Included are daughter Yolanda Lobo, who lives half a block from her; son Al Villanueva of Claremont; son Rolando and daughter-in-law Yolanda Villanueva of Rancho Cucamonga, and son Steven Villanueva who shares her home (daughter Emily Villanueva died in 1987). There are also 8 grandchildren and 7 greatgrandchildren who all keep her busy. But the years and experiences at Padua Hills Theater were special. “It didn’t seem like work,” she recalled with a smile. “Everyone was very friendly and nice.” —Pat Yarborough
Friendship forms through grassroots common cause
laremont residents Hal Hargrave and Randy Scott met for the first time at a Claremont High School football game last October to talk about the city’s rising water costs. The rest is history.
The 2 men are the minds behind Claremonters Against Outrageous Water Rates (CAOWR), a grassroots effort that has singularly unified all neighborhoods in Claremont, regardless of beliefs or political affiliations. It’s all been spurred by one topic: high water prices. The Claremont men, previously strangers, have found common ground and friendship in solidarity for the cause. “The great sidebar through all this ‘water stuff’ was a great friendship has developed,” Mr. Hargrave said. “We’ve gotten to know each other through water and strategy, but oftentimes our conversations turn to family and friends.” Leading the grassroots fight against Golden State Water Company’s escalating water prices is a trial they have weathered together, despite having no previous experience in community activism. Perhaps it’s part of the reason the pair seems like they’ve been fast friends for years, and certainly act that way. They talk on the phone nearly every day, and can be seen chatting over coffee at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf or taking about water over beer at Heroes and Legends. Beyond
water, they have found common ground in their involvement with Claremont Little League, their love for sports and their devotion to their families and mutual friends. “It was the old Kevin Bacon game,” Mr. Hargrave joked of their first phone conversation. “We spent at least half an hour talking about the joint relationships we had with people in town. We had a lot in common.”
Though Mr. Scott is a relative newcomer to Claremont, and Mr. Hargrave a lifelong resident, they find themselves driven by the same passion to make a change in the community their children call home. “When it’s impacting peoples’ lives to the point where they are picking up and moving their family out of town, something is gravely wrong,” Mr. Scott said. “I felt a call to action.”
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COURIER photo/ Steven Felschundneff Claremont residents Hal Hargrave and Randy Scott spearheaded the effort to thwart increased rates by Golden State Water. Through their efforts, they have united Claremont residents in a common cause that has crossed all neighborhood and political boundaries, a joint effort that will undoubtedly continue through the years as the city of Claremont grapples with the possible purchase of the water company or an alternative solution to rising
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Mr. Hargrave was moved to abandon his usually quiet stance on community matters after a chance meeting with an old friend at a local supermarket. His friend told Mr. Hargrave he and his family had just moved to Upland from their previous home in Claremont because they could no longer afford the water rates. “I came home and told my wife. I couldn’t believe it,” Mr. Hargrave said. “I got on my computer immediately and sent a letter to the editor.”
Having paid water bills in many other cities, Mr. Scott was already perturbed with the Claremont rates. Mr. Hargrave’s letter was the last straw for him. He contacted a mutual friend to get Mr. Hargrave’s number. After a phone conversation and their meeting on the CHS bleachers, the duo set up a community meeting. “I have seen this town politically divided, but the demographic in the room that evening was all across the board,” Mr. Hargrave said. “I knew we had something at that point.” CAOWR has continued to gain speed since its initial meeting with
Hal Hargrave, center, discusses the future goals of Claremonter Against Outrageous Water Rates with residents between the 2 California Public Utilities Commission meetings held in December in Claremont. Mr. Hargrave and Claremonter Randy Scott helped coordinate the meetings with city representatives to protest high water rates and the threat of additional increases.
protests in front of Golden State’s Claremont office and presence at numerous city meetings. Without realizing it, Mr. Hargrave and Mr. Scott became the faces of Claremont’s movement. “We’ve become ‘them,’” Mr. Hargrave laughed. “People get their water bill and say, ‘I wonder what ‘they’ are going to do about this. I wonder when ‘they’ are going to meet on this.’ On one hand we have accepted it, but other times it gets a little challenging.” “We could use a little help,” Mr. Scott added. The function of leader wasn’t exactly what they expected, but each man has found it easier to accept the
role with a little help from the other. They still joke about standing in front of Vons with their banners for the first time. “When I see those people I usually choose to go to the other door. It was weird to get that kind of reception at first,” Mr. Scott said. “But once they understood what we were doing, we got a lot of positive feedback. We got a lot of reinforcement that we are doing the right thing.” They are happy to do their part,
even if it sometimes means stepping into an uncomfortable situation. Helping out others regardless of background is part of the beauty of Claremont, they say. “Randy and I are not exactly alike, but that’s what defines Claremont,” Mr. Hargrave said. “We both saw a need and knew it was our turn to step up like so many people do in our community.”
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MONTCLAIR HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER 5000 San Bernardino St., Montclair www.dhmcm.com • 625-5411 Montclair Hospital Medical Center is a 102-bed academic acute care facility offering a wide range of healthcare services. Services include: family practice academic facility, family-centered birthing program, 24-hour emergency, surgery, intensive and cardiac care, telemetry and med/surg, diagnostic imaging services, laboratory, cardiopulmonary, rehabilitation and volunteer/ auxiliary services. POMONA VALLEY HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER 1798 N. Garey Ave., Pomona 865-9500 • Volunteer 865-9669 www.pvhmc.org Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is a 446-
bed acute care, non-profit, teaching hospital serving eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino counties. PVHMC offers comprehensive medical services in the following centers: The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center and The Women’s Center. PVHMC is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Volunteers may participate in direct patient care services or in non-patient care services. POMONA VALLEY HEALTH CENTER AT CLAREMONT 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Claremont www.pvhmc.org • 865-9500 Urgent Care hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Weekends and most holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Family medicine services, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occupational health services (hours same as Urgent Care), digital imaging center, physical therapy and rehabilitation center, sleep disorders center, and community education and conference room. SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL 999 San Bernardino Rd., Upland 985-2811 • Volunteer: 920-6266 www.sach.org Founded in 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital is a 283-bed full service, acute care facility pro-
viding a comprehensive range of medical services, including a 24-hour emergency department treating walk-in patients, as well as major trauma victims. Hospital services include medical, surgical, and critical care services, cardiac treatment, maternity and pediatric services, a neonatal intensive care unit, cancer treatment, and fertility services. The hospital also offers a complete range of laboratory, radiology, respiratory care, and physical therapy services.
CASA COLINA CENTERS FOR REHABILITATION 255 E. Bonita Ave., Pomona www.casacolina.org • 596-7733 Toll-free 866-724-4127 • fax 593-0153 TDD-TTY-Q 909-596-3646 firstname.lastname@example.org Casa Colina is a non-profit, 68-bed acute rehabilitation facility that offers inpatient services, ventilator weaning, senior evaluation programs, adult day health care, children’s services, outdoor adventures, outpatient rehab, physician specialty centers and a transitional living center.
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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY East San Gabriel Valley Unit 339 E. Rowland St., Covina 626-966-9994 • www.cancer.org 24-hour assistance: 800-227-2345 Offers free educational programs and services, including information, guidance, transportation services and others. Speakers, information pamphlets and support groups available. Provides free patient services for cancer patients and their families. Sponsors
Great American Smoke Out in November and Relay for Life in May. Volunteers needed year-round for education, fundraising and patient service events. AMERICAN RED CROSS Claremont Chapter 2065 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont www.claremontredcross.org • 624-0074 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The Claremont Chapter has provided services since 1917. The chapter relies upon the generosity of the community for contribu-
tions of both time and money in order to deliver its services. Volunteers help with blood drives, blood pressure screening, and staffing first aid stations at community events. DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAMS Citrus Valley Medical Center, Queen of the Valley Campus, 1115 S. Sunset Ave., West Covina • 626857-3477 Foothill Presbyterian Hospital, Foothill Education Center, 427 W. Carroll Ave., Glendora • 626-857-3477 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A non-profit organization that teaches diabetes education and helps those with diabetes manage their health. Certified diabetes educators have 72 years of combined experience. The Outpatient Diabetes Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association and is an affiliate of the California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program. Most insurance plans are accepted, including Medicare, Medi-Cal, most PPOs and some HMOs. Cash paying clients accepted. FOOTHILL AIDS PROJECT 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont 482-2066 • 800-448-0858 www.fapinfo.org. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. FAP is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that provides comprehensive and specialized HIV/AIDS-related services to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, including those who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, and those with histories of incarceration, substance abuse and mental health issues. FAP’s service area is the entire county of San Bernardino, and San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys in eastern LA County. Volunteers welcomed for any type of support and assistance. INLAND HOSPICE ASSOC. 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont www.inlandhospice.org • 399-3289 email@example.com Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and
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ment services for family members.
Sunday open all day. 24-hour answering service. Services are provided free of charge. For more than 20 years, Inland Hospice Association has been providing comprehensive care and volunteer support to terminally ill patients and their families. Serving the communities of: Alta Loma, Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Guasti, La Verne, Montclair, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, Upland and Walnut. MENTAL ILLNESS HELPLINE National Alliance on Mental Health 399-0305 • 800-950-NAMI (6264) www.namicalifornia.org Is a thought or mood disorder making life difficult for you or a loved one? For information about crisis intervention, treatment, and recovery programs, plus family support services, call the NAMI Helpline. This helpline is operated by the Pomona Valley affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Health, a nonprofit service organization. PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA www.plannedparenthood.org 1550 N. Garey Ave., Pomona 800-576-5544 Hours: Monday-Friday, closed Sunday. Call for specific hours. 918 W. Foothill Blvd. #A, Upland • 890-5511 Hours: Daily, call for specific hours. Planned Parenthood believes everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, that every child should be wanted and loved, and that women should be in charge of their destinies. Nationwide affiliates provide sexual and reproductive health care, education and information to millions of women, men and teens. Bilingual staff. POMONA VALLEY HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER AUXILIARY 1798 N. Garey Ave., Pomona www.pvhmc.org • 865-9669 The auxiliary aims to further the best interests of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and to assist in the promotion of its activities through volunteering and fundraising. The majority of funds raised each year come from the profits of the Tender Touch Gift Shop, donations, memorials and fundraisers. The auxiliary created the Sick Baby and Hospital Assistance Funds to track and disperse the money raised by PVHMC. TRI-CITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER 2008 N. Garey Ave., Pomona 623-6131 • Fax: 865-9281 Crisis and Emergency Services 623-9500 • 866-623-9500 www.tricitymhs.org Tri-City provides high quality, culturally competent behavioral health care treatment, prevention and education in the diverse cities of Pomona, Claremont and La Verne. It is the sole source provider for Medi-Cal and indigent services in the region. VISITING NURSES ASSOCIATION & HOSPICE 150 W. First St., Suite 270, Claremont 624-3574 • 800-969-4862 www.vnasocal.org Comprehensive home health care with registered nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; dietitians; and medical social workers and certified home health aides. Hospice services for terminally ill patients and their families include: RN, home health aide, social worker, chaplain, volunteers and bereave-
CENTRAL AVENUE URGENT CARE 8891 N. Central Ave., Montclair 297-3361 Walk-in hours: Every day, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Weekends and holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After hours care is referred to PVHMC’s emergency room walk-in clinic (Secure Care). Secure Care is located at PVHMC’s Emergency Department at 1798 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, 865-9500.
POMONA VALLEY HEALTH CENTER AT CLAREMONT 1601 Monte Vista Ave., Claremont www.pvhmc.org • 865-9500 Urgent Care Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Weekends and most holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family Medicine: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. RANCHO SAN ANTONIO MEDICAL CENTER 7777 Milliken, Rancho Cucamonga • 948-8000 Rancho San Antonio Medical Center is an outpatient center supported by San Antonio Community Hospital. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays and holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer weekend hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
each month and continue until the end of each month. The gallery shares an office with the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. CLAREMONT FORUM GALLERY 586 W. First St. in the Packing House 626-3066 Hours: Daily 12 to 5 p.m. CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY PEGGY PHELPS AND EAST GALLERIES 251 E. Tenth St., Claremont. 621-8071 • 607-2479 Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The East and Peggy Phelps Galleries at Claremont Graduate University serve the art department MFA students. The galleries mount exhibits of established, emerging and student artists. In addition to student exhibitions, CGU hosts approximately 4 outside exhibitions per year. CLAREMONT MUSEUM OF ART P.O. Box 1136, Claremont www.claremontmuseum.org • 621-3200 email: firstname.lastname@example.org The CMA is an active arts organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Claremont through education, preservation and public art events. While the museum has no permanent location, it presents exhibitions, Artful Evenings and will host the annual Padua Hills Art Fiesta on Sun-
day, November 4. Project ARTstART is an art education program provided by CMA at local public schools. CLARK HUMANITIES MUSEUM Scripps College, 981 Amherst Ave. 607-3397 Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for lunch.) dA CENTER FOR THE ARTS In the Pomona Arts Colony, 252-D S. Main St., Pomona 397-9716 • www.dacenter.org Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m. Sunday by appointment only. A nonprofit organization that produces visual and performing arts events and develops partnerships with local organizations to promote projects that emphasize enrichment and building of community. Artists may sell their work in the dA store. ELIZABETH’S ART STUDIO 226 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite J Claremont www.elizabethsartstudio.com 621-1630 Hours: By appointment only. Teaching Monday through Friday by appointment in the morning and classes every afternoon. Art lessons for children and adults. Beginners and advanced: watercolor, oil, pastel, drawing, collage, cartooning, fashion design and portfolio building. Specializing in home schooling and children with special needs. Also creative journal expressive arts. FIRST STREET GALLERY ART CENTER 250 W. First St. #120, Claremont 626-5455 tierradelsol.org/programs/1st-streetgallery-art-center/ Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. First Street Gallery Art Center is an exhibition resource and arts management center for adults with developmental disabilities. It is a unique art center of the Tierra del Sol Foundation founded on the proposition that human potential for cre-
A BRUSH WITH THE PAST 143-G Harvard Ave., Claremont 621-3000 Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors. No admission fee for children under 12 years old. AMOCA MUSEUM 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona 865-3146 Open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. ARTIST TRAIT GALLERY 116 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont 625-2533 Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery features local artists such as Milford Zornes and Jim Fuller, as well as museum-quality framing. CLAREMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 205 Yale Ave., Claremont www.claremontfoundation.org 398-1060 Hours: Monday through Thursday, schedule an appointment. Each month the foundation features works of local artists. Exhibits change on the first of
ativity and artistic expression is not limited by physical or intellectual challenges. Through cultivation of artistic expression, people with significant challenges can develop creatively and make important contributions to the cultural and economic life of their communities. FINE ARTS FOUNDATION OF SCRIPPS COLLEGE 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont 624-6115 P.O. Box 1236, Claremont, 91711 email: email@example.com Membership: Connie Layne Founded in 1935, the Fine Arts Foundation stimulates public interest in art and develops greater opportunities for the study of art at Scripps College. Monthly programs include lectures and performances in theater, music, dance and visual arts. New members are welcome. LAMY AVERY GALLERY INTERNATIONAL 445 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite 104, Claremont • 263-0877 lamyaverygalleryinternational.com Open Friday and Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. and by appointment only. LOFT 204 532 W. First St., #204, Claremont 391-4208 Open Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and first Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m. THE MILLARD SHEETS CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT THE FAIRPLEX 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona 865-4560 • www.fairplex.com/fp/ foundations/millardsheets Open during the LA County Fair in September. The gallery showcases a variety of styles and media by contemporary as well as historical artists from Los Angeles, California, the nation and throughout the world. The gallery’s vision is to offer diverse and progressive art exhibitions combined with lively educational programs, with the goal of encouraging new generations of art enthusiasts.
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OBJCT GALLERY 536 W. First St., Claremont www.objct.com • 621-0125 Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment. PETTERSON MUSEUM OF INTERCULTURAL ART 730 Plymouth Rd., Pilgrim Place • 399-5544 Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Contains collections of international fine art, folk art and material culture from 10,000 B.C. to the present, contributed by Pilgrim Place residents and community friends and covering every continent. PITZER COLLEGE’S NICHOLS GALLERY 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont • 607-8797 www.pitzer.edu/offices/nichols_gallery/index.asp Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday by appointment. Free and open to the public. POMONA COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART 330 N. College Ave., Claremont www.pomona.edu/museum • 621-8283 Hours during exhibitions: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Permanent fine art exhibits include the Kress Collection of 15th- and 16th-century Italian panel paintings, more than 5000 examples of Pre-Columbian to 20thcentury American Indian art and artifacts, and a large
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COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff Noted Claremont artists, clockwise from left in back, James Hueter, John Svenson and Aldo Casanova, in front from left, Harrison McIntosh and Karl Benjamin pose for a photograph during the opening reception for Claremont Modern: The Artists of the GI Bill show in Claremont. The exhibit is sponsored by the Claremont Museum of Art as part of the ongoing celebration of California artists.
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collection of American and European prints, drawings, and photographs. The Pomona College Museum of Art is the site of an active program of temporary exhibitions throughout the academic year. All exhibitions open with public receptions and include lectures and related programs for the college community. RAYMOND M. ALF MUSEUM 1175 W. Base Line Rd., Webb Schools 624-2798 • www.alfmuseum.org Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m.) and Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m. Admission: $6 per person, 4 and under free. The paleontology museum features fossils of dinosaurs and mammals.
SCRIPPS COLLEGE’S RUTH CHANDLER WILLIAMSON GALLERY Eleventh Street and Columbia Avenue on the Scripps College campus, Claremont • 607-4690 www.scrippscollege.edu/dept/gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery has a permanent collection of art objects spanning 3000 years from nearly all cultures. Objects from the collection are used in classes for teaching, are displayed in campus exhibitions and loaned to other institutions for exhibition worldwide. The gallery hosts the Scripps Ceramics Annual. SQUARE i GALLERY 110 Harvard Ave., Claremont www.squareigallery.com • 621-9091 Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
The Square i Gallery is an annex of the Artist Trait Gallery, featuring fine art exhibits that change approximately every 6 weeks. Online viewers have the opportunity to purchase works from the gallery.
LAEMMLE’S CLAREMONT 5 450 W 2nd St., Claremont Recording/Info line: 621-5500 www.laemmle.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ticket prices: adults, $11; students w/ID, seniors and children, $8; bargain matinee, $9.
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REGAL LA VERNE 1950 Foothill Blvd., La Verne 1-800-326-3264 then select 146 for movie listings Ticket prices: adults: $11, students w/ID: $9, senior: $7.50, children: $8, matinee: $9. REGAL ONTARIO Mountain Village 14 • 460-5312 1575 N. Mountain Ave., Ontario Admission: adult $11; matinee $8.50; senior and children, $8.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF POMONA VALLEY, INC. EBELL MUSEUM OF HISTORY 585 E. Holt Ave., Pomona www.pomonahistorical.org • 623-2198 Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. The society supports historic preservation of the heritage of the Pomona Valley. The Pomona Ebell Club was built in 1910 and moved to its present location at Holt and Caswell in 1922. The construction of the auditorium was completed in 1924. This facility has been available for receptions, parties and meetings for over a century. THE FOLK MUSIC CENTER MUSEUM AND STORE 220 Yale Ave., Claremont www.folkmusiccenter.com • 624-2928 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On August 12, 1958, Charles and Dorothy Chase opened the Folk Music Center in Claremont. In 1976, the Folk Music Center Museum was incorporated as a nonprofit educational, cultural corporation. The museum has hundreds of rare and antique musical instruments and artifacts of cultures from around the world. The store offers instruments,
CDs, books, toys and apparel. Appraisals of antique or vintage instruments available as well as repair and restoration of vintage American and instruments from around the world. Ongoing concerts, workshops, and classes are offered. Each year they present the Claremont Folk Festival. PETTERSON MUSEUM OF INTERCULTURAL ART 730 Plymouth Rd., Claremont www.pilgrimplace.org • 399-5544 Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. (special tours by appointment ) The museum’s mission is to promote intercultural and intergenerational understanding through the arts. To further that goal, it houses a collection of international fine art, folk art and material culture from around the world. Programs change constantly, check their website for the latest. The museum is seeking volunteer docents. RAYMOND M. ALF MUSEUM OF PALEONTOLOGY 1175 W. Base Line Rd., Claremont (Webb Schools) www.alfmuseum.org • 624-2798
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INLAND PACIFIC BALLET 5050 Arrow Hwy., Montclair 482-1590 • www.ipballet.org IPB is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 whose mission is to introduce new audiences to ballet, bring world-class ballet performances at affordable prices, and to present productions of the classics, as well as the best in contemporary choreography.
www.claremontmusic.org • 624-3012 Hours: Monday-Friday, 1 to 6 p.m. Founded in 1970, The Claremont Community School of Music is a non-profit, nonsectarian, independent, co-educational organization that provides quality musical instruction regardless of age, ability, income or ethnic origin. Individual instruction on all instruments, including voice. Performance opportunities in student recitals and festivals. Member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. Need-based scholarships available. CLAREMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA P.O. Box 698, Claremont, CA 91711 www.claremontso.org The orchestra plays 5 free concerts annually, plus a Children’s Concert in Bridges Hall of Music, a summer concert at Memorial Park and an annual Messiah Sing-Along before Christmas. Sponsors the Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra. All concerts are free and are held at Bridges Hall of Music. CLAREMONT YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA P.O. Box 698, Claremont, CA 91711 www.claremontso.org/cyso • 593-5620 Provides training and performance opportunities for school-aged musicians. Performs 2 formal concerts in spring and winter and other performances in the community. Sponsored by the Claremont Symphony Orchestra Association. CLAREMONT YOUNG MUSICIANS ORCHESTRA P.O. Box 722, Claremont, CA 91711 www.cymo.org • 624-3614 Ages 12-20. The Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, founded in 1989, is a 90-member, advanced-level, full symphony orchestra comprised of musicians who attend public and private schools in southern California. Members are selected through an audition process in September for 2 full symphony orchestras, the CYMO and the Intermezzo Orchestra. THE FOLK MUSIC CENTER 220 Yale Ave., Claremont Village 624-2928 • www.folkmusiccenter.com Museum includes rare musical instruments with live performances scheduled regularly throughout the year. Open Mic night, the last Sunday of every month. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m.; performances run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $1. THE INLAND VALLEY YOUTH CHORALE P.O. Box 805, Claremont, CA 91711 www.ivyc.org • email: email@example.com Ages 4-18. The IVYC is a nonprofit organization, dependent on donations and tuition, and consists of auditioned members from the Inland Valley. The IVYC includes preparatory, apprentice and chamber choirs and music classes for children and youth. Programs offered at a reasonable rate. Donations are tax-deductible. Scholarships available. MOULTRIE ACADEMY OF MUSIC, VOICE AND DANCE 405 W. Foothill Blvd, Suite 201, Claremont in the Old School House 241-7480 • www.moultrieacademy.com For aspiring professionals or just for the joy of learning, the academy offers training in voice, music and dance. Since 1980, the women-owned and run organization has been an inspiration to many well-known artists who have achieved popularity in their fields.
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Admission: $3 per person, children 4 and under are free. Wednesday, free. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed from noon to 1 p.m.). Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m. September through May. Closed Saturdays, June through August. The only paleontology museum located on a high school campus in the nation, the museum features fossils of dinosaurs and mammals (footprints, trackways and bones), leaf prints and petrified wood. Over 95 percent of the 70,000 fossils in the museum’s collection were unearthed by students and staff. WALLY PARKS MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Building 3A Pomona www.nhra.com/museum • 622-2133 Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except major holidays).
Housed at the LA County Fairplex, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum offers a mix of artifacts, paintings, vintage automobiles and memorabilia chronicling more than 50 years of motorsports.
CLAREMONT CHORALE P.O. Box 489, Claremont, CA 91711 www.claremontchorale.org • 621-9782 The Claremont Chorale is a community chorus. The singers are selected by audition and committed to excellence in the performance of all types of music for chorus. It is an independent, entirely selfsupporting nonprofit 501c (3) organization.
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and private classes, and children’s acting workshop. PADUA HILLS THEATER/ CHANTRELLES The Padua Hills Theatre was originally part of the Padua Hills Institute founded in the late 1920s by Herman H. Garner and his wife Bess. Their original intention was to foster and build a relationship with Mexico and its people. The facility is used exclusively for special events and is currently owned by the city of Claremont and operated by Chantrelles Catering. LEWIS PLAYHOUSE, VICTORIA GARDENS 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga www.vgculturalcenter.com • 877858-8422 Box office hours: Monday-Thursday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Family-friendly plays performed by the Main Street Theatre Company. An integral relationship with regional school districts is demonstrated through school-only performances, interactive field trips and curriculum resources for teachers.
MOUNTAINSIDE MASTER CHORALE P.O. Box 1016, Upland, CA 91785 • 510-6699 www.mountainside masterchorale.org The Mountainside Master Chorale season features performances in December, March and June with a wide diversity of musical styles. The chorale is made up of approximately 90 local adult singers.
BALCH AUDITORIUM AT SCRIPPS 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont • 621-8155 The public is invited to all events. Free, no tickets required, unless noted. BRIDGES HALL OF MUSIC AT POMONA COLLEGE 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont 621-8155 The public is invited to all events, which are free, unless noted. CANDLELIGHT PAVILION DINNER THEATER 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont www.candlelightpavilion.com 626-1254
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff Bridges Auditorium is lit up with orange and red lights during a recreation of artist James Turrellʼs 1971 art installation Burning Bridges at Pomona College. Mr. Turrellʼs work was one of 3 performance pieces for the exhibit “It Happened at Pomona.”
Musicals to suit everyone, “babies to baby boomers, yuppies to young at heart.” Many selections allow you to pick and choose your perfect season. GARRISON THEATER 231 E. Tenth St., Claremont 621-8187 Garrison Theater is owned by Scripps College and is inside the Scripps College Performing Arts Center. The 700-seat theater is the permanent per-
formance space for the Claremont Concert Orchestra and Concert Choir. GROVE THEATER OF UPLAND 276 E. 9th St., Upland www.grovetheater.com • 920-4343 Located in Old Town Upland, the 831-seat deco-style Grove Theatre presents family-oriented plays and offers instruction in tap, ballet, jazz, musical theater, voice lessons, group
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COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff Claremont High Schoolʼs Kyle Maloof will be playing basketball at William Jessup University in the fall, after a successful basketball career with the Wolfpack.
Getting away from the name game Another myth Mr. Renkens wants to dispel is that you should opt for a known quantity when hunting for colleges. Perhaps you want to get into a big-name Division I school. Mr. Renkens emphasizes that only .8 percent of student athletes in the country get into a Division I school with full funding. Other student athletes may be willing to settle for Division II or even Division III play, so long as it’s at that nearby school with a team they’ve supported for years. But it rarely breeds funding. If you toss a recruitment letter in the wastebasket, simply because you’ve never heard of a school, you could well be throwing away good money. That unknown college may well have a top-notch team, and a funding package unlikely to be matched by a more familiar school. Mr. Renkens advises ambitious teens and their families to bone up on the hundreds of lesserknown colleges across the country, ideally starting freshman year. Having an open mind has paid off in spades for CHS Class of 2012 alum Kyle Maloof. This fall, he will play Division II NAIA basketball at William Jessup University, a Christian college in the greater Sacramento area. A couple of years ago, if you’d asked Kyle about William Jessup University, he would have said, “Never heard of it.” Midway through his senior year, staff from William Jessup’s basketball program contacted head boys varsity basketball coach Stan Tolliver. They were impressed with Kyle’s stats, and it’s lit-
tle wonder. A 1000-point scorer, he was first-team Sierra League and led the league in scoring. What do you do when you’re at a loss? Hit the Internet. Kyle started to research and discovered that Williams Jessup has some strong selling points. The school has a brand-new gym, and the Warriors are favored to win their league for the upcoming season. Though some 10 schools courted Kyle, William Jessup University had the best offer. Fifty percent of his school studies would be funded. Seventy percent of that comes from athletic funding, and academic funding will yield the remaining 30 percent. This summer, Kyle is working out with his former Wolfpack teammates so he can be in great shape when he hits the courts with the Warriors. It’s an exciting prospect for the shooting guard. Kyle says he once dreamed of playing at UCLA, but he got realistic. “I wasn’t the right type of player for UCLA.” Nina and Kyle are true college success stories. It’s Mr. Renken’s passionate hope that every willing and deserving student athlete be matched with schools that value them and are willing to put their money where their mouth is. "These type of stories can happen a hundred fold if the families are educated and know how to go about playing the game,” he said. To learn more about Mr. Renken’s philosophies, or to arrange for one of the seminars presented by the Recruiting Realities team of college sports experts, visit recruitingrealities.com. —Sarah Torribio firstname.lastname@example.org
gin, age, disability, ethnicity, social class, transgender, trans-sexuality or any other arbitrary factor. CLAREMONT COMMUNITY COORDINATING COUNCIL PO Box 712, Claremont • 399-5511 Meetings: Held at noon, at the Hughes Community Center, first Wednesday of every other month, October through June. Come–Listen–Participate. Membership is open to all local organizations, businesses, and individuals who offer human social services and/or are interested in meeting the needs of youth, families and seniors in our community. CLAREMONT COMMUNITY and HUMAN SERVICES Alexander Hughes Community Center 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont • 399-5490 www.ci.claremont.ca.us Claremont Community and Human Services provides activities, programs and opportunities to Claremont residents of all ages. The range of services and programs includes childcare, excursions, adult sports, classes, and senior nutrition programs, classes, speakers and special events. The Youth and Family Support Center provides school and community-based counseling for the whole family. Offers two full-day preschool programs and summer camps. Supports quality senior activities at Joslyn and Blaisdell Centers. CLAREMONT PARKS: 22 total on more than 1740 acres. 399-5490 • www.ci.claremont.ca.us Call for park permits and reservations. BLAISDELL PRESERVE 7.4 acres at Grand Avenue and New Orleans
Court. Park features turf areas, natural plantings and a decomposed granite walking path. CAHUILLA PARK 18.2 acres at Indian Hill Boulevard and Scripps Drive. Home to the Youth Activity Center (YAC) and Taylor Hall, 8 tennis courts, lit baseball and softball fields, a basketball court, playground, picnic area, and restroom facilities. CHAPARRAL PARK 3 acres at 1800 Mills Avenue. Located adjacent to Chaparral School, the park contains a playground. CLAREMONT WILDERNESS PARK 1693 acres located at the north end of Mills Ave. A wilderness preserve containing a system of fire roads used for hiking, biking, walking leashed dogs and horseback riding. During periods of brush fire danger, the park will close to public access. COLLEGE PARK 8.2 acres at 100 S. College Ave. Located just south of the Metro link tracks, it is home to the Claremont Little League, 3 baseball fields, and includes the Pooch Park. EL BARRIO PARK 3.7 acres in the 400 block of Claremont Boulevard. El Barrio Park has a softball field, basketball court, playground area, restroom building, wading pool, and a large open area which is frequently used for “pick-up” soccer games. GRIFFITH PARK 9.7 acres at 1800 Woodbend Drive. Located adjacent to Sumner School, Griffith Park is home to
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CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT Business calls: (909) 626-7351 Emergency request for fire services call 9-1-1 www.ci.claremont.ca.us Fire services in Claremont are provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Three fire stations are located within the city and Station 101 also houses a paramedic squad to handle medical emergencies along with the crews on the engines. All 9-1-1 calls originating within Claremont are answered by Claremont police dispatchers. Station 101: 606 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont Station 102: 4370 Sumner Ave., Claremont Station 62: 3710 N. Mills Ave., Claremont CLAREMONT COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RELATIONS Human Services Department Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont • 399-5356 Email: email@example.com Meetings: Second Monday of the month during the months of January, March, May, September, and November, 7 p.m. Promoting civic peace, the full acceptance of all persons in all aspects of community life, and to reduce and eliminate inter-group violence, and discrimination, prejudice and stereotyping based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, natural ori-
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the Claremont Pony-Colt Baseball League 2 baseball fields, a basketball court, playground, 2 picnic areas, restroom facilities and soccer field. HIGGINBOTHAM PARK 5.4 acres at 625 N. Mt. Carmel Dr. Located in north Claremont, this park contains a “steam train” playground area, restroom building (handicapped accessible), serves as a rest stop along the Thompson Creek Trail and as the entrance to Sycamore Canyon. JAEGER PARK 4.5 acres at Monticello Road and Sweetbriar Drive. This neighborhood park is located in the northeastern section of the city. It has a large open turf area frequently used by local youth soccer groups and includes a playground and picnic area. JUNE VAIL PARK 5.8 acres at Grand Avenue and Bluefield Drive. A neighborhood park located in the northeastern section of the city, this park contains a softball field, an equestrian ring, a playground, soccer field, and restroom facilities. LA PUERTA SPORTS PARK 10 acres at 2430 N. Indian Hill Blvd. La Puerta Sports Park is used year-round by organized soccer groups in the city. Includes 2 soccer fields, 2 softball fields, restrooms (handicapped accessible). LARKIN PARK 9.0 acres at 660 N. Mountain Ave. Located near Pilgrim Place and Claremont Manor, Larkin Park is home to the Joslyn Center and Annex, Larkin Community Building and is the site for a K-squad soccer program. Includes a softball field, halfcourt basketball court, playground areas, croquette and horseshoe court and restroom facilities. LEWIS PARK 3.2 acres at 881 Syracuse Dr. Located just south of the Alexander Hughes Community Center. Includes day camp building, playgrounds, family picnic area (handicapped accessible), basketball courts, and restroom building (handicapped accessible). MALLOWS PARK 1.1 acres at 520 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The city’s oldest park, Mallows Park is located on the northeast corner of Indian Hill Boulevard and Harrison Avenue and includes a tennis court, restroom building and a recreation program building. MEMORIAL PARK 7.2 acres at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Memorial Park is Claremont’s primary community park. It contains the historic Garner House, which houses the Claremont Heritage office, and is the site for community events such as the annual Fourth of July celebration and Monday Night Concerts in the park. The park includes the Memorial Park Building, the band shell, a softball field, playground area (handicapped accessible), wading pool, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, group picnic area and restrooms (handicapped accessible).
PADUA PARK The 24-acre community park is located on Padua Avenue in northeast Claremont. Amenities include open space, picnic areas, restrooms, 2 soccer fields, a walking/jogging trail, and on-site parking. RANCHO SAN JOSE PARK 1.3 acres in the 600 block of West San Jose Avenue. A neighborhood park specifically designed to meet the needs of nearby residents, most of whom live in multi-family residential units. Includes a basketball court, playground, covered picnic area (handicapped accessible), walking path, and off-leash dog area. ROSA TORREZ PARK 0.9 acres at the west end of First Street. Rosa Torrez Park includes a play station for children (between the ages of 2 and 5), spring riders and swings that are ADA accessible, and a picnic area with barbecues. SHELTON PARK Corner of Harvard Avenue and Bonita Avenue. This pocket park is located in the Village shopping district and includes a public art piece sculpted by former Claremont resident, John Fisher. SYCAMORE CANYON 144 acres. Sycamore Canyon is a natural area located north of the Thompson Creek Trail. The park is currently closed for refurbishment. Call 3995431 for park updates. THOMPSON CREEK TRAIL 24.9 acres. This linear park is located at the northern end of the city and runs parallel to the Thompson Creek flood control channel. Its 2.8 mile paved trail is popular with walkers, runners, bicyclists, and leashed dogs and is accessible from many points along its route, including Base Line Road, Higginbotham Park, Indian Hill Boulevard, several cul-de-sacs and Pomello Drive. The parking lot is located on Indian Hill, across from La Puerta Sports Park. WHEELER PARK 7 acres at 626 Vista Dr. Located west of Valle del Vista School, Wheeler Park features a lit roller hockey court. Includes the Wheeler Park Building,1 lit softball field, playground area, basketball court, restroom building (handicapped accessible), and wading pool—open for the summer. CLAREMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT 570 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont Non-emergency number: 399-5411 All emergencies dial 9-1-1 www.ci.claremont.ca.us • claremontpd.org Lobby hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week. CITY OF CLAREMONT RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING CENTER Southeast corner of Bonita and Berkeley Avenues. 399-5431 Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 2-5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Residents can drop off paper, cardboard, glass, plas-
tic, metal and aluminum. Please do not discard household hazardous waste such as used motor oil or large household items such as furniture at the center. CITY OF CLAREMONT RESIDENTIAL REFUSE/RECYCLING COLLECTION Call to schedule service: 399-5431 The city’s Community Services Department provides trash collection and recycling services to all residents and businesses in Claremont. Call to schedule curbside collection for used motor oil/filters or to schedule a bulk item pickup. Recycled motor oil can also be dropped off at Connie and Dick’s Automotive, 150 Olive St., 626-5653. For information about disposing of household hazardous waste such as paint, anti-freeze, auto batteries, pesticides, etc., contact 1-888 CLEAN LA.
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Call 399-5490 for details. SPRING CELEBRATION (in April) Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. • 9 to 11 a.m. The city of Claremont and the Rotary Club of Claremont sponsor this annual event which includes a variety of entertainers and children’s activities, as well as a candy egg hunt. FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION – July 4 Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The Fourth of July Celebration is a time-honored tradition in the city of Claremont. The celebration consists of a 5K run, pancake breakfast, opening ceremonies, and festival area with games, parade, and a Fireworks Sky Show. MONDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES (July-September) Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Monday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Monday Night Concert Series draws 30005000 people each night. This 9-week series is sponsored by both the City of Claremont and the Claremont Kiwanis Club and features a diverse selection of music. Concerts are held beginning the first Monday in July and ending on Labor Day. MOVIES IN THE PARK (July) The Claremont Police Department sponsors this movie extravaganza. Each movie held in a different location, so call the CPD 399-5411 for details. HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR – October 31, the Village, Trick-Or-Treat 3 to 5 p.m., Games & Entertainment 4 to 7 p.m. The city, Claremont Village Marketing Group and local businesses sponsor this annual event in the Village, which features trick-or-treating, games, entertainment and costume contests. HOLIDAY PROMENADE & TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY-First Friday of December, the Village, 5 to 8 p.m. The city of Claremont, Claremont Village Marketing Group and local business sponsor this annual event in the village, which features live music, a tree lighting ceremony, photos with Santa and more.
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144 N. Indian Hill Boulevard Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 625-4785 www.tsw-lawyers.com
Estate and Corporate Tax Planning Federal and State Tax Matters
BUXBAUM & CHAKMAK
A Law Corporation
DR. MARTIN S. McLEOD
411 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
PETER T. IGLER, D.D.S. D. INGRID ROJAS, D.D.S.
Cosmetic & General Dentistry
615 W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont, CA 91711
SRS GENERAL CONTRACTOR, INC.
Practical design, tastefully executed. • Residential Remodel • Restoration of Unique & Vintage homes • Room additions www.srsgeneralcontractor.com
414 Yale Avenue, Suite K Claremont, CA 91711
Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 621-1208
• Joint & Muscle Pain • Headache • Sciatica • Pinched nerve • Most Insurance accepted • Personal injury
39 years experience in: Business Law, Probate, Family Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation.
1 Hour In-Office Bleaching, Veneers, White Fillings, Dental Implants, Dentures.
COLLEGE ESCROW, INC.
• RPM • First Rate • Residential • Commercial • Business
SUZANNE H. CHRISTIAN
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Professional Securities offered through LPL Financial Member of FINRA/SIPC 419 Yale Ave. Claremont
ANN M. JOHANNSEN, O.D. BRAD A. BAGGARLY, O.D.
ANNA M. TORRES, O.D.
“We examine more than your vision” 1420 N. Claremont Blvd.,# 209-B Claremont, CA 91711
695 W. Foothill Blvd, In Claremont since 1972
1276 N. Yale Avenue Claremont, CA 91711
“Your financial security is my priority”
Spectera - VSP - MES - Medicare
Claremont Village Pharmacy
WHEELER STEFFEN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
1420 N. CLAREMONT BLVD. Suite 205 D, Claremont, CA 91711
real estate broker
Geoff T. Hamill
Broker Associate, ABR. CRS. GRI, E-PRO, SRES, D.R.E. #00997900 Prudential Wheeler Steffen
D. PROFFITT, E.A.
Claremont, CA 91711
137 N. Harvard Avenue Claremont, CA 91711
Vitamins • Herbs • Beauty Aids First Aid • Medical Supplies Gifts • 99¢ Greeting Cards
Phone: (909) 445-1379
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Income Tax Specialist since 1981
Payroll Service • Accounting
Residential and Commercial Management and Leasing Services. Common Interest Development Management Services.
Phone: (909) 621-0500
#1 in Claremont sales & listings since 1988 Best Possible Price Achieved, Every Time!
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Black Watch Pub & Restaurant 497-B N. Central Avenue
Upland • 981-6069
“Your Local British Pub” features authentic English specialties such as fish & chips, shepardʼs pie, bangers & mash, and meat pies. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Imported ales, beers and ciders offered. Entertainment includes live bands Thursday through Saturday nights. Come experience authentic English entertainment and food.
Casa de Salsa
415 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite 321 Claremont 445-1200
Mexico is only minutes away! For years Casa de Salsa has transported tourists and locals alike into the heart of Mexico, combining Mexican cuisine with gracious hospitality. Our family owned restaurant features both patio and hacienda style dining with live entertainment. Try our array of homemade dishes Tuesday – Friday on our lunch buffet. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. Champagne brunch buffet with strolling Mariachi at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Banquet facilities available.
Claremont Podges Juice Co.
124 N. Yale Avenue Claremont • 626-2216
All American, healthy alternative natural food. Specializing in fresh juices and sandwiches. Vegetarian, too! Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mexican, American, Burgers & Bar
109 Yale Avenue, Claremont (Yale at First, in the Village) 621-1818
Enjoy our famous Mexican salad. Mexican and American food. Full bar, 2 patios, 22 HD TVs (NBA, NFL, MLB Packages and UFC showings), live music, fun atmosphere for families and friends! Open Mon through Sat, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (bar open later), Sun 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. HAPPY HOUR, Mon through Thurs, 3 to 6 p.m., Margarita Mondays and Taco Tuesday, 5 to 9 pm.
42nd Street Bagel & Cafe
225 Yale Avenue, Claremont in the Village • 624-7655
Amid the sights and signs of Old Broadway, you can order the “signature sandwich;” lox, cream cheese and onion on your choice of bagel. The ambience is bright and lively and congenial to conversation. Lunch specials daily. All sandwiches made on your choice of 26 varieties of bagels, baked fresh daily. Gourmet coffees and desserts. Open 7 days a week, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2975 Foothill Blvd. La Verne • 593-7209
Since 1966 Mexican Restaurant
Bring the family for authentic Mexican food in bright, cheerful surroundings. Full service bar. Reasonably priced. Childʼs plate. Reservations not necessary. Major credit cards. Open Sunday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Lunch specials Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1030 W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont • 621-3985
Famous for our delicious homemade pies. We use only the choicest of ingredients. All our pies are baked fresh daily. Full Service Bar. Join us for a cocktail before dinner. Open daily at 11 am. Sunday Brunch at 10 a.m.
The Press Restaurant 129 Harvard Avenue
Claremont • 625.4808
New American cuisine from the freshest ingredients, including vegan and vegetarian dishes. Weekly lunch and dinner specials and a monthly Chefʼs Special. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m., excepting Thursday, 3 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays, wines by the bottle are 50 percent off. Free Wi-fi. Patio seating. Live music. Try our world-famous potato taquitos or vegan chocolate cake. For hours, map and directions, go to www.thepressrestaurant.com.
102 Harvard Avenue Claremont Village. 625-4669.
www.tuttimangia.com A casually elegant bistro offering Italian Cuisine with World Influence. Steaks, Chops, Pastas, and Fresh Seafood. The menu offers authentic regional Italian flavors from the grill; all done with a California flair. They feature a full service bar with an award winning wine list of over 200 selections. Dinner served daily 5 p.m.; Lunch, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
232 N. Yale Avenue Claremont • 833-5104
Union on Yale
A very special restaurant in the village of Claremont. Union on Yale offers traditional and fun takes on meals from both Europe and America. Wood burning oven from Naples, Italy, to offer fresh pizzas from our oven burning at about 900 degrees. Full bar and distinct wine list from around the world. Regulation size bocce ball court on our patio for your enjoyment. Outdoor and indoor seating. Union on Yale uses vendors who are committed to organic and sustainable practices, providing you the freshest produce, meat, poultry and fish. Mon through Thurs, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri and Sat, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. brunch. Reservations accepted.
Real Estate and Services
The tradition continues...
Curtis Real Estate's current location back in the 1950's
Broker/Owner 1947 - 1979
Curtis Real Estate celebrates its 65th year in 2012. Claremont's longest established real estate firm began next door to its current location on 1st street in what was once the Santa Fe railroad ticket office. Florence Curtis, a graduate of Pomona College, was one of the few women real estate brokers in a male dominated field when Curtis Real Estate began in 1947.
Broker/Co-Owner 1955 - 1994
REAL ESTATE BROKER
Gordon Curtis, who attended both Pomona College and CMC joined his mother in the growing business in 1955. Gordon was also very active in the community as a volunteer for many charities and city commissions including the Claremont City Council. Gordon's daughter, Carol, a graduate of Pitzer College, is the current owner and broker running the family firm. Carol has enjoyed representing many local families in real estate transactions who originally purchased their homes with the help of her father or grandmother.
2261 Marietta Avenue Claremont, CA 91711
OFFICE: (909) 624-8165 FAX: (909) 624-8187
Broker/Owner 1994 - Present
Carol Curtis, Broker Continuing the family tradition In the Claremont Village since 1947 107 N. Harvard, Claremont CA 91711 (909) 626-1261 www.curtisrealestate.com
Sellers: “I have motivated and qualified buyers looking for a Claremont home.”
BROKER ASSOCIATE, ABR, CRS, E-PRO, GRI, SRES
GEOFF IS #1 IN CLAREMONT SALES & LISTINGS SINCE 1988
“Best Possible Price Achieved, Every Time!”
Wheeler Steffen Real Estate, Inc.
An independently owned and operated member of The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.
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