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Join the crowd
The kids’ music group The Happy Crowd will be performing a free children’s concert on Tuesday, August 20 at the Memorial Park Bandshell. The show, which will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., will feature funny, upbeat songs that make you want to sing along, like “I Wish I Was Little Again,” “Pop!” and “Wonderful Day.” Your family might want to show up early, and should be prepared to get comfy with blankets and low chairs. Guests can bring a picnic or buy food and snacks from The Kiwanis Club, like burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, candy and drinks. Give this family event a try. You’ll be happy you came!
elcome to Claremont Kids, the newest section of the COURIER. From now on, you can look for a kid-sized portion of news and fun on the third Friday of each month.
For some time, the COURIER has been looking for a way to connect with our youngest readers, and we hope Claremont Kids fits the bill. We’re going to need your help, though. First, we’d love your feedback. What do you like about our new kids’ section? What’s not in there that you’d like to see? Keep in mind that this is a work in progress. Second, we’d like help with creative content. Feel free to email us jokes and story ideas you’d like to share with kids in your community. For instance, you might want to send us a photograph of your favorite pet with a caption describing why he or she is so special. Please include your name, age and school. As with anything you do online, make sure it’s okay with your parents first. You can send your submissions to me, Sarah Torribio, at email@example.com, with the phrase “Claremont Kids” in the subject line. Let’s have some fun with this. We’ll see you next month on Friday, September 20.
—Sarah Torribio firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s in a name?
Anyone who has visited Sea World, watched the movie “Flipper” or tuned into the Discovery Channel is familiar with the squeaky, high-pitched noises made by bottlenose dolphins. But did you know each dolphin answers to a special combination of sounds known as its “signature whistle”? Each creature develops a distinct chirp for itself, which it broadcasts to fellow dolphins, according to a report by Stephanie King and Vincent Janik of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. To find out if they actually answer to their “names,” the scientists recorded wild dolphins as they chirped their signature whistle and then played the sound back to them. When a dolphin heard its signature whistle, it whistled it back, Ms. King and Mr. Janik reported in the June edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This amazing discovery gives new meaning to the phrase “name that tune!”
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Find your way from home to school. Don’t be late!
Let it glow
Looking for an amazing place to top your “One day I’ll go there” list? New Zealand’s Glowworm Grotto Cavern is a bright beacon of beauty for adventuresome travelers. You have to travel through a series of caves by boat or inner tube to get to the grotto, but it’s worth it. The grotto’s ceiling is full of fungus gnats that shine like countless tiny stars. The flies, which grow to be a little more than an inch long, glow brightest in their larval stage and use their light to attract moths and other insects to eat. If you ever get to this far-out place, make sure you keep quiet, because the brilliant bugs lose their shine at any hint of danger. To get a glimpse of the Glowworm Grotto, have your mom or dad search for “The Underground glories of Waitomo” on YouTube.
Claremont will be “fair” game this fall
The LA County Fair, which opens the end of this month, will celebrate Claremont on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Have your parents visit the Claremont Day page on the LA County Fair website to download a coupon for $5 admission. (www.la countyfair.com/2013/educationcommunity/Claremont.asp) Special events include a high school marching band competition, a Community Hero awards ceremony and a Community Days parade starting at 5 p.m. What might you want to see at the fair? There’s “Star Trek: The Exhibition,” a galaxy-sized display of Trekkie memorabilia. Another attraction sure to “draw” a crowd is “Pencils 2 Pixels,” an exploration of the art of animation with interactive activities, sponsored by companies like Walt Disney Animation Studios. “Beneath the Sea: An Underwater Adventure” includes Sea Lion Splash, a 5,000gallon tank with sharks, stingrays, crabs and starfish, plus Melissa the Mermaid and a Sea Monsters Traveling Exhibit. You can also stop by Esmerelda’s Traveling Circus and Wilderness Ridge, where bears and lumberjacks take you on a trip back to the 1900s, “when everything was a bit more on the wild side.” And young bookworms won’t want to miss “America’s Kids: A Living Library of Fun,” featuring 8-foot-tall books, fictional characters come to life and a place you can show your love for the written word without having to whisper. The fair is open on Thursdays from noon to 11 p.m. Parking is $12.
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Claremont COURIER/Friday, August 16, 2013
Every pet is special at Hair of the Dog
hen you picture a room filled with 13 dogs, the phrase low-key doesn’t exactly come to mind. But at Hair of the Dog, a Claremont dog grooming business, the groomers keep their customers looking nice and feeling happy.
Julie Hines, the owner, has worked there since 1988 and bought the business in 2007. She first started as a bather when she went to school at CHS. “I have always loved dogs since I was in kindergarten,” Ms. Hines said. “I have a passion to help dogs.” When an owner brings their pet in, the dog will get whatever the owner would like to have done to their dog. One owner would like their dog’s hair to be long. Another owner likes to have their dog’s hair short. A dog might leave with a bandana on their chest; another might
COURIER photos/Peter Weinberger Sycamore Elementary School student Mae Key-Ketter takes notes while working on a story about Hair of the Dog groomers on Tuesday in Claremont. After the interview, she returned to the COURIER where she wrote a story for the paper.
COURIER photo/Nick Wright Groomer Lynsey Chambers cuts Edna the Malteseʼs hair on Tuesday at Hair of the Dog groomers in Claremont. Ms. Chambers, who is the ownerʼs niece, has worked at Hair of the Dog for 8 years.
Student photographer Nick Wright takes photos of dog groomer Lynsey Chambers on Tuesday at Hair of the Dog. Nick, an eighth grader at El Roble, spent the afternoon learning how to shoot photos for the COURIER. Ms. Chambers is grooming a Pomeranian named Precious.
have a Mohawk in its hair. Others have the cutesy hairdo: pigtails or a bow. When a dog first goes to the groomers, the workers rough the dog down by taking some of the hair off before the cleaning. The workers also clean the dog’s nails. The next stop is going in the back to get a bath. On Tuesday morning, one bather was air-drying a Pomeranian while the other bather was washing a poodle in a human-sized bathtub. Kailani Pence, who was busy shampooing the poodle, has been a dog bather since she got out of the military. “It’s a fun job,” Ms. Pence said. “The personality of the dogs are fun. On my breaks, I get to play ball with the dogs. Who wouldn’t want to play all day at work?” Just like every dog’s hairstyle is different, so are the dogs themselves.
Some of the dogs like to be in their own area, others are in cages because they might not play nice, and some just like to be around people. Boo Boo, a friendly Australian shepherd, gets groomed every week. He always gets foxtails stuck in his fur, and Ms. Hines takes time to take out the foxtails. Kathy Darchuck, whose mom owns Boo Boo, also has 2 of her own that she takes to Hair of the Dog. “Julie is fantastic with my dogs,” Ms. Darchuck said. “I feel she treats the dogs like her own.” Hair of the Dog, a professional dog grooming salon, is located at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 107A behind Armstrong Garden Center. For information, call 626-5066 or visit www.hairofthedogclaremont.com.
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Q. What flies around the kindergarten room at night? Q. Why doesn't the sun go to college? Q. Why did the boy eat his homework?
A. Because it has a million degrees! A. The alpha-BAT.
Q: Why did the music teacher need a ladder?
A. Because the teacher said it was a piece of cake. A: To reach the high notes.
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