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ancy Sample might only have one biological son, but her profession has blessed her with hundreds of surrogate daughters. Ballet instructor and mother are interchangeable terms for the doting dance teacher who has guided multitudes of budding ballerinas, some of whom have gone on to perform with companies like the Inland Pacific Ballet.
Dance and teaching the art of movement are as natural as breathing for Ms. Sample, who has been instructing young girls to jete and rond de jambe for about 40 years. For the past two COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff decades, the dance mom has dedicated her time Teacher Nancy Sample gleefully leads her students during her Ballet Swan Lake Preparation class at the Hughes to the youth of recreation centers across the re- Community Center. Ms. Sample has been teaching dance for about 40 years. Her ballet courses are offered to kids gion like the one in Claremont, where she has age 5 to 12 at the Hughes Centers on Thursday evenings from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Online registration is available
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taught ballet since before the Hughes Community Center and its dance room even existed. Dance is an unquenchable passion for the instructor, who finds herself falling more in love with the art form with every class she teaches. “Dance is its own language,” she said. “It’s a great way of expressing yourself and brings with it such joy and joie de vivre.” When Ms. Sample was a little girl, she dreamed of becoming a ballet teacher, quite literally. The vision remains vivid despite the passage of time: Ms. Sample remembers the sensational feeling as her dreamself watched a performance from the audience of a large theater, knowing she was the one who had choreographed the dance. The moment she awoke, the 6year-old informed her parents she had to take a ballet class. Her life has been pointe shoes and pirouettes ever since. Her training began through the local recreation program in her hometown of Bainbridge, Ohio, where Ms. Sample would watch the company’s star ballerina, Felicia, in admiration as she swept across the stage in her red tutu. She vowed to have a scarlet getup of her own one day. While Ms. Sample would go on to achieve accolades as a prima ballerina, her passion remained behind-the-scenes as a teacher and choreographer. “I’m really shy in terms of dancing on stage. Some of the girls I teach just live for being on the stage, but I’m like, ‘I’ll teach you and you go,’” she laughed. By age 13, she had taken to choreography at the local recreation program and soon after began running her own dance studio out of the basement of her home. By the time she was in high school, her basement ballet company had grown to about 30 or 40 students. Though Ms. Sample relished her time as a creative director, she never let her personal struggles with
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff Sydney Orrison and Katlin Entrup do a routine at the bar while practicing their dance technique during a recent ballet class at the Hughes Center.
stage fright get the best of her. While managing her studio, Ms. Sample maintained her own practice, eventually receiving the honor of studying under a professional with the prestigious World Canada Ballet. Though it meant hours of travel time to get to the Cleveland dance studio, usual with four or five modes of transportation from Point A to Point B, the daily excursions afforded Ms. Sample some extra study time. In between her busy ballet schedule, Ms. Sample still managed to graduate high school at the top 10 percent of her class. She took her dance studies to another level after high school, making it into Butler University’s competitive Jordan College of Music as a dance major despite navigating her turns and jumps with a broken ankle during the audition. She completed her 32 changements without a flinch, until stepping off the dance floor.
“There was so much adrenaline pumping,” she recalled. “I had to travel 500 miles back home on a bus in the snow with that broken ankle, I had to take off my boot my foot was so swollen. But I made it!” That overwhelming sense of discipline and passion for her craft continued throughout her life. After a couple years at Butler, Ms. Sample decided to increase her dance practice, moving to France to study intensively under an instructor with the Leningrad Kirov Ballet. She eventually returned to the states after contiuing her studies in Europe. Following her graduation from Kent State University in 1971, she became the prima ballerina for the Fairmont Ballet. Ms. Sample was preparing to go on tour with the company when she met Jack Sample, a Vietnam veteran from Glendora. Thoughts turned from touring to
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COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff Ballet teacher Nancy Sample provides some instruction to her young students as they practice at the bar last week at the Hughes Community Center in Claremont. Ms. Sample has been a teacher in the area for many years, teaching both at the Hughes Center and, formerly, in her own studio. ON THEIR TOES continued from the previous page
matrimony. The touring company took off, but Ms. Sample decided to stay behind. “The next day they asked me what I was going to do to screw up my life next,” Ms. Sample said. In fact, it proved the perfect turning point for the ballerina to reinvest in her passion for teaching. She traded stage for staff in 1972 as the director of the dance department at the Cleveland Music School Set-
tlement, now known as just The Music Settlement, one of the largest community music schools in the country. There, she looked after the training of 150 ballerinas on a weekly basis. “It was intense, but I loved it,” she insisted. “[The Cleveland School] was a wonderful institution to be a part of. They were very respectful of their artists, and that doesn’t always happen. It was a beautiful environment to work in.” She stayed with the company for five years, welcoming her son, Benjamin, toward the end of her
Sophia Hernandez works on a leg lift recently during Nancy Sample’s ballet class in Claremont.
tenure. The years following her time at The Music Settlement were equally rich as Ms. Sample dabbled in different, equally interesting areas of work—as a flight attendant, as an employee with National Geographic, where she put her cultural anthropology degree to work, and as an instructor for the Parkettes gymnasts, helping teach ballet techniques for the balON THEIR TOES/continues on the next page
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ance beam and floor routines to the nation’s number-two team under the direction of Olympic coach Bill Strauss. Despite her occassional departures from ballet teaching, dance has always remained at the forefront. Since her formative years running classes from the basement of her home, Ms. Sample has owned and operated two ballet studios—The Leesburg Children’s Ballet in Virginia and the San Gabriel Ballet off Arrow Highway in Glendora. Though she no longer operates a studio of her own, Ms. Sample has enjoyed her residency in recreation centers throughout the region. Her students are equally enamored with their trainer. Best friends Katlin Entrup and Sydney Orrison say they have learned a lot since signing up for Miss Nancy’s class in Claremont two seasons ago. “Miss Nancy is a great teacher. She is very structured and knows how to get things done,” Katlin said. “That and she is very kind. She knows how to make dance fun.” Their teacher’s lessons aren’t just about the dance, Sydney added. “Ballet takes a lot of hard work and practice. It also helps you build responsibilities and is a good way of expressing yourself,” the 11-year-old shared. Both ballerinas are working hard on perfecting their roles as flower princesses in the Waltz of The Flowers, part of their class recital this May. Seeing such passion in her young protégés
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff Hayley Martinez, center left, and Conuri Reyes practice their balance during a Ballet Swan Lake Preparation class at the Hughes Center. The class is taught by veteran ballet teacher Nancy Sample.
makes all of Ms. Sample’s practice, travel and years of dedication worth it. “It feels wonderful to see these children reach their potential,” Ms. Sample said. “It feels like I fulfilled one of my purposes in life.”
Ms. Sample continues to teach her ballet course to those ages 5-12 at the Hughes Centers on Thursday evenings from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Online registration is available at www.claremontrec.com. For more in-
formation, call Claremont Human Services at (909) 399-5490.
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Put a little spring in your student’s step
lowers won’t be the only thing blooming this spring. With an array of educational and fun events for the children of Claremont to participate in, the love of learning will be planted early on in the season.
With almost two months gone from the school year’s second semester, now is the time to start thinking about what students will be doing for the district’s upcoming spring break. The Claremont recreation and activities guide outlines season-ong activities that residents can participate in, with a special focus on the youngest Claremonters.
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“It keeps children from sitting in front of the television or iPad and being engaged that way. We try and offer things that they wouldn’t be able to get at home, something different to keep their minds engaged,” Community and Human Services Supervisor Ali Martinez said. Spring break for the Claremont School District spans from April 7 to April 11 this year. For the younger Claremont population, that leaves seven days to find something to beat the break boredom. To register for any classes or activities listed below, visit the Alexander Hughes Community Center in person or call (909) 399-5490. The center is located at 1700 Danbury Rd. in Claremont and is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 pm., Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center is closed on Sundays and major holidays. Online registration is also available at claremontrec.com. Taking flight Mimicking the elegance of the birds that fly over Claremont in the springtime, the Aerial Circus Camp introduces the skill of using silks, trapeze and hoops to work out and hang in the air. The courses will introduce basics and some minor intermediate tricks and moves. The course takes place at Pilates Studio M located inside the Packing House at 546 First Street. Two classes will be offered classes during the first part of the day from noon to 2 p.m., will be for six to 12year-old participants. For older participants, between 10 and 18 years old, the class will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both courses include five classes and cost $115. Anime camp With the stroke of a pencil or the sweeping motion of a brush, life will be brought to the characters of your child’s choosing with the My Artworkz Anime Camp. The art class continues the trend of creative activiSPRING BREAK/continues on the next page
Claremont resident Caroline Redfield, 12, practices an aerial silk routine recently at Pilates Studio M in the Packing House. Behind Caroline is the studio’s owner and one of the teachers, Maria Bernhard. Pilates Studio M will offer courses to students this spring break.
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ties for students. Following a series of art camps over the last couple years, this theme of anime was chosen after a similar session last summer took off with younger students. Participants can use different types of media such as clay, string or textiles to create their works of art. The children will be able to make flip-books or comic panels. “They can use different things they find around the house to create their characters or draw them,” Ms. Martinez said. The course is made up of five classes spanning over spring break from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for ages eight to 16 years old. The camp has a $25 material fee and costs $100 for the course. Famous spring tennis camp Kids ages seven to 17 of all ability levels may attend a spring break tennis camp. From on-court games and drills to hitting for prizes, training to music, and creative ball decorating contests, the city of Claremont offers it all. Students are grouped with players of their own ability and are taught level appropriate skills to take their game to a new level. By the end of camp, everyone learns how to play a set. Students supply their own racket and one unopened can of tennis balls on thefirst day of class. Classes run Monday, April 7 through Thursday, April 11 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Cahuilla Park. Cost is $100. The spy who loves you Bring out the disguises and call the police, because the Hughes Center will be the scene of a crime in April. Clues will dot the community center during spring break and it is the students’ job to piece together the big picture. Using science, math and language arts skills mixed with intuition, participants in the Spyworkz Science Camp can be just like James Bond. Participants will even have projects to work on at home as they try to crack the case. “We are moving toward a more scholarly type of class. Although we want the classes for recreation, with today’s technology you are able to include math and language in some of the projects,” Ms. Martinez said. Each day will focus on a different skill set with clues to collect that eventually lead to the break needed to solve the case. The camp is made up of five classes for children eight to 15 years old. The course runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon during spring break with a $25 material fee and $100 for the course. Furry friends Bring four-legged family members along for the break this year. Young pet owners will learn tricks to teach their dogs from Live Oak Dog Obedience. “I love working with kids, it’s really great. I think the kids need a chance to get out and get more involved. A lot of kids don’t know what to do with their dogs,” owner of Live Oak and behaviorist Mya Quintero said. Ms. Quintero has been teaching obedience classes for over 23 years. Tricks in the course will include shaking paws, rolling over, jumping and running agility courses. Owners are reminded to bring calm, friendly pups and their favorite treats. Closed-toe shoes are suggested. The training course takes place over two classes on Monday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 9 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for children from six to 14 years old and is held at the Hughes Center. The class is $40. For more information, call the Hughes Center at (909) 399-5490 or visit www.claremontrec.com.
The city of Claremont will offer a one-week tennis camp for kids ages seven to 17 over spring break. Classes will be held Monday, April 7 through Thursday, April 11 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Cahuilla Park. Cost is $100.
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Inland Pacific Ballet to bring ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to Bridges
nland Pacific Ballet will premiere its newest full-length story ballet, Beauty and the Beast, this spring with performances at Bridges Auditorium and the Lewis Family Playhouse.
Beauty and the Beast is IPB’s fourth original ballet creatively adapted from adventure-filled stories in a series that already includes Dracula, The Little Mermaid and Cinderella. “We are thrilled to once again bring exciting, new work to the local stage, both for our ever-expanding audience and our amazing dancers,” Artistic Director Victoria Koenig said. “It is inspiring, and I think Beauty and the Beast promises to be one of the most beautiful ballets we have yet produced.” IPB’s production came together after reading numerous versions of the fairy tale that first appeared in France in the mid-1700s. Discovering that each story had different characters and plot variations, Ms. Koenig and choreographer Clinton Rothwell created an original libretto that accommodates the art of telling the story through dance. Shelby Whallon of Upland, who began her training at the IPB’s Academy in 2001, is dancing the role of Beauty. Only 17 years old, Shelby was just promoted to the rank of soloist from company apprentice. According to Ms. Koenig, she was given the role of Beauty based on her extraordinary debut in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in IPB’s 2013 production of The Nutcracker. Dancing the role of the Beast is guest artist Cameron Schwanz, who has also performed with Ballet San Jose, Los Angeles Ballet and Texas Ballet Theatre. A total of 47 dancer roles also include Jonathan Sharp as the Father, Miranda Farmer and Jessie Parmelee as the Sisters, Reece Taylor and Evan Swenson as the Husbands, and Meilu Zhai and Abigail Zamora as the White Roses. With major funding from The Ahmanson Foundation, IPB is creating new scenery, sets and costumes for Beauty and the Beast. Award-winning set designer and scenic artist Daniel C. Nyiri has designed the village, forest, garden and castle scenes that will serve as backdrops for the jewel-toned costumes by designer Jeanne Nolden. Special masks for the Beast and a pack of wild wolves are being created by Bonnie Sinclair, a designer who worked for many years with Maurice Sendak on projects including Where the Wild Things Are.
Programs are supported, in part, by The Ahmanson Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtWorks, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Victor Elmaleh Foundation, US Bank, Target, The Doubletree Hotel Claremont, Hank and Jean Voznick, The Claremont Community Foundation and The Haskell Fund. Performances will be held at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. Performances at Bridges Auditorium, located at 450 N. College Way in Claremont, will take place Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m. Free parking is available near both theaters. IPB will also have shows at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center on May 10 and 11. Tickets for Beauty and the Beast start at $30 for adults, with senior, child and group discounts available. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ipballet.org.
Photo by Ramak Fazel Guest artist Cameron Schwanz, left, and soloist Shelby Whallon will perform Beauty and The Beast with the Inland Pacific Ballet at Bridges Auditorium.
Music for the new ballet will feature a sound collage of music chosen by Mr. Rothwell and edited by James Linahon of Linahon Music Productions in Claremont. The music features selections by a variety of classical composers including: Antoni ̀n Dvorak, Dimitri Shostakovich, Jules Massenet, Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Felix Mendelssohn and Alexander Glazounov. Founded in 1994 by southern California natives Victoria Koenig and Kevin Myers, Inland Pacific Ballet’s mission is to build and sustain a professional ballet company of national stature in the Inland Empire. IPB is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography.
Award-winning author to explore ‘Writing Since Childhood’
Louis-Philippe Dalembert, an award-winning Haitian writer whose works have been translated into Danish, English, German, Italian, Romanian and Spanish, will lecture on “Writing Since Childhood” on Thursday, March 6 at 4:15 p.m. in Scripps College’s Humanities Auditorium, 981 N. Amherst Ave. This free event is open to the public. A celebrated poet, novelist, essayist and journalist, Mr. Dalembert is a recipient of Scripps College’s spring 2014 Erma Taylor O’Brien Distinguished Visiting Professorship. He visits Scripps the week of March 3 to lecture in classes and meet with students. Mr. Dalembert’s writings often reference his challenging childhood in his native hometown of Port-auPrince, Haiti. Soon after Mr. Dalembert was born, his father died and he was subsequently raised by female relatives in Haiti’s capital. A current resident of Paris, Mr. Dalembert has traveled extensively throughout the world and those experiences have also significantly influenced his writings. A recipient of such awards as the Prix RFO du Livre and the Premio Casa de las Américas—one of
Latin America’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards—Mr. Dalembert went on to graduate from Université Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle, with a doctorate degree in general and comparative literature. Last year, he was a visiting associate professor of writing, French film and Caribbean literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Named in honor of Erma Taylor O’Brien, Scripps class of 1936, the O’Brien Distinguished Visiting Professorship was endowed through her estate, allowing Scripps College to host visiting scholars-in-residence whose expertise in the liberal and fine arts fields significantly enriches academic thought.
Claremont Rotary holds ‘Together We Prepare’ event at El Roble Intermediate
For the 36th year, eighth grade students at El Roble
Intermediate School learned that calling 911 is just one of three important steps to complete when they encounter a seriously injured or unconscious person who is not breathing. CPR and safety was covered in a program conducted over three days by the Rotary Club of Claremont. Students were asked to develop an emergency evacuation plan for their home, learn how to call 911 and handle first aid situations and to develop an evacuation plan with their families. Presented with first aid scenarios, students were taught to develop plans on how to handle the situation—Check, Call, Care (Checking on the safety of all concerned; Calling 911 and Caring for the victim). Students were also given an opportunity to practice CPR on manniquins provided by the Rotary Club. These classes were intended as an introduction to First Aid and CPR but students were encouraged to continue their education and become certified. El Roble instructors Debbie Foster, Phyllis Ehling, Brian Dorman and Terri Kegans have strongly supported this life saving program titled, “Together We Prepare.” It is estimated that more than 15,000 students have benefited from the program.
Family fun is about spending time, not money
he best things in life are free, or at least inexpensive. When I was a kid, my mom was adept at creating fun on the cheap.
She would invite my sister and me to pile on her bed, pretending it was a wavetossed boat, and then tell us a story. We had a couple yarns we begged to hear again and again. One, which I suspect was inspired by an H.P. Llovera novel, was deliciously creepy. It was called “The Gates of Innsmouth.” While traveling, the protagonist finds himself in a fishing town that has seen better days. One night, he is awakened by a strange procession. He leaves his hotel to investigate and finds a group of townspeople shuffling toward the sea, carrying something wrapped in a blanket. As they roll the contents into the ocean, he realizes that it is a strange being—halfhuman, half-fish. The visitor learns that, at some point, the area’s fish supply began to diminish. Faced with the loss of their livelihood, the town leaders made a bargain with the rulers of the sea. Every once in a while, one of the residents of Innsmouth begins to change, their skin morphing into scales, their eyes ceasing to blink and their lungs being replaced by gills. Eventually unable to survive on land, they are turned loose into the ocean. By the time the traveler
Photos by Gerry Torribio COURIER education reporter Sarah Torribio, circa fifh grade, strikes a pose in some dress-up clothes.
learns this, he is already undergoing the horrifying transformation. Another favorite story, generally trotted out during the holiday season, was called “The Mother Who Cancelled Christmas.” The story centers on a mother and her two daughters, who just can’t get along. Coincidentally, the daughters are two years apart, just like my sister and I. With Christmas nearing, the mother has decorated the house and wrapped a copious amount of presents. There is only one
problem: Despite her entreaties, the girls’ conflicts keep escalating. After one fight too many, the mother takes a page from the Grinch, her heart breaking as she packs away the decorations, the tree, the presents and any sign of holiday festivity. That’s it. The girls don’t get Christmas back. They’ve just been too bad. Don’t ask me why this cautionary tale was a family favorite. But these storytelling interludes, which didn’t cost a dime, are
treasured childhood memories. I seek to emulate them now with my son, who is 5. I’ve come up with a series of bedtime stories about a pig named Melvin and an ant named Steve, who live on a farm and are the best of friends. Steve, it should be noted, rides on Melvin’s ear when they travel together. I’m not the storyteller my mom was. The farm buddies’ adventures are nonsensical and rambling. But Alex loves
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them, along with our nightly ritual of playing a few rounds of rock, paper, scissors before it’s time to close his eyes. My father also had a gift for the inexpensive but delightful ritual. One tradition involved placing frozen burritos on the engine block of our car. He would drive long enough for the heat of the engine to cook them and pull over at a park or scenic lookout. We would enjoy our lunch and then toss around a Nerf football. Simple, silly father-daughter time. My significant other and I haven’t experimented with engine-block cooking. We do, however, hit a park regularly to help Alex get out his “wiggles.” Sometimes we bring his scooter so he can ride it around. Occasionally, we picnic on a $5 pizza pie from La Pizza Loca. Other outings take us to LA, where we visit the majestic Central Los Angeles County Library. Parking is just $1 after 3 p.m. The Griffith Observatory, which has wonderful exhibits, is an even better bargain. Entry and parking are free. There are countless other low-cost adventures that can enliven a child’s early years. My mom filled a trunk with vintage clothes garnered from thrift stores or from her own collection. My friends and I spent hours playing dress-up, trying on new personas. All it took was a tussled black wig and a dress featuring black lace layered over red satin and I became “Rosarita.” She
was a charismatic if small woman who was constitutionally unable to walk without sauntering. My son now has his own costume bin filled with superhero costumes and the trappings of professions ranging from cowboy to doctor. He even has a Darth Vader mask that emits labored scuba regulator breathing at the touch of a button. Storytelling, dress-up and cheap excursions: These are my family’s idea of fun. It’s likely you have your own ways to put a smile on a child’s face when your bank account is anemic. Here are 30 more suggestions. • Visit a pet store. Your child will have a great time looking at furry and reptilian critters and admiring the teeming fish tanks. Give your kid a head’s up if you have no plans on leaving with a new pet, so you can forestall any temper tantrums. • Take a trip to the dollar store, setting a limit on how much your kids can spend. They will learn about math as they try to avoid going over budget. • Learn origami, crafting animals, boxes and stars. There are great origamimaking resources online, including www.origami-make.com. • Make and fly paper airplanes. • Have a pillow fight. • Build a house of cards. • Set up a tent in the backyard, and roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a firepit. Tell stories around your “campfire” and enjoy some star-gazing. • Make cards to mail to relatives and
friends. • Decorate a pair of jeans or a T-shirt. • Teach your kid to play chess or checkers. • Have a family movie night, complete with popcorn or root beer floats. • Play a game of trashcan basketball with an empty trashcan and paper wads. • Have a sing-along, belting out Disney favorites or American folksongs like “I’ve Been Working On the Railroad.” • Make a treasure map and embark on a treasure hunt. • Get cooking. Your kids will love helping you prepare a smoothie, a milkshake, pancakes or baked goods. If you are intrigued by concoctions like English muffin pizza and a dessert called “Worms in Dirt,” visit www.childrensrecipies.com. • Play card games like Go Fish, Old Maid, Uno or poker, using peanuts for stakes. • Use a flashlight to tell ghost stories in the dark or to illuminate shadow puppets made with your hands or with paper and sticks. The National Wildlife Federation has an easy tutorial on how to make stick puppets (www.nwf.org/kids/family-fun/ crafts/shadow-puppets.aspx). • Use a line of chairs and a blown-up balloon to play indoor volleyball. • Use old magazines, scissors, glue and construction paper to make a “My Favorite Things” collage. • Pour water in plastic vessels of different sizes and freeze it. Take the ice blocks outside and encourage your kids to build
ice castles. • Plan a spa day. You can paint each other’s nails and give one another facials. Here’s an easy, kitchen-cabinet facial scrub: Combine one tablespoon coconut oil, melted for 20 seconds in the microwave, with three tablespoons white sugar. Rub it onto your damp face to make your complexion shine. • Use sidewalk chalk to draw pictures and play hopscotch or tic-tac-toe. • Rolled up newspapers—including copies of the COURIER—make great play swords. Have a fencing match! • Turn large, cardboard boxes into houses, rockets and other special places. • Get crafty. Cover metal coffee cans with paper and decorate them with faces, then attach several together to make a tiny totem pole. Or take a large piece of butcher paper or a sheet into the backyard and let your kids splatter it with paint, Jackson Pollock-style. • Make a tent or fort out of sheets, tables, couches and chairs. • Can you say water balloon fight? • Pick flowers or leafy plants and make wax paper flower hangings. You can find a tutorial here: http://alittlelearningfortwo.blogspot.com/2010/11/wax-paperflower-hangings.html. • Entertain one another with a book of jokes or tackle some tongue-twisters. • Two words: sock puppets. Enjoy! —Sarah Torribio
Raffling of Prius car with proceeds to benefit the Claremont Educational Foundation
For the fourth year, Claremont Toyota has donated a Toyota Prius to be raffled off by the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF). All proceeds go directly to benefit CEF programs for the Claremont Unified School District. The raffle will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 at Claremont Toyota, 508 Auto Center Dr. Prius raffle tickets may be purchased from many convenient locations and contacts throughout Claremont including Claremont Heritage (located at the Garner House at Memorial Park at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., the school offices at Chaparral, Condit, Mountain View, Sumner, Danbury, Oakmont, Sycamore, Vista, El Roble, San Antonio High and Claremont High.) Tickets are also available from these groups: Claremont High Cheer, Claremont High Speech & Debate, Claremont High Instrumental Music Boosters, Claremont High Cross Country Boosters and the Claremont High Class of 2015. Purchasing tickets from a specific school or group also helps that school or group as they receive a portion of the ticket sales. Last year’s raffle raised nearly $30,000 benefitting CEF and the booster and PFA groups that participated. Last year’s winner was Jared Anderson of Claremont. The vehicle being raffled this year is the 2013 Toyota Prius C (Model 1), a vehicle with stellar fuel economy at 53 miles per gallon and a roomy interior. The Prius C comes with Toyota’s Star Safety System, an advanced suite of six safety features offered standard on every new Toyota. The Prius C placed number one in the 10 Best Green Cars of 2012 by Kelley Blue Book. “The Prius raffle event provides significant revenue to CEF allowing us to carry out CEF’s mission of maintaining a quality educational experience in Claremont,” said CEF Board President, Richard Chute. “We sincerely appreciate Claremont Toyota and owner, Mr. Roger Hogan and the Hogan family for their ongoing generous support of Claremont education.” For information, visit www.claremonteducational foundation.org.
Two Milk Minimum familyfriendly comedy shows every Saturday at Flappers
Searching for a funny, entertaining and budgetfriendly way to celebrate your child’s birthday? Look no further than Flappers Comedy Club in Claremont, where nationally-renowned children’s entertainers perform in the one-of-a-kind “Two Milk Minimum” family-friendly comedy show every Saturday at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $10. Flappers staff will not only offer food (including a $5 kids menu) but they also set up your party decorations,
serve one of their many cakes or help you cut and serve a cake of your own (no “cake-corkage fee”). Sit back, relax and let Flappers do the clean-up. The 60-minute comedy variety hybrid features a rotating cast of outlandish, zany and amazing comedic magicians, jugglers, musicians, Improv artists, puppeteers and novelty acts including Joseph Tran (The Magic Castle), Corey Edwards (Hoodwinked!), Dee Bradley Baker (SpongeBob Squarepants) and performers seen on Nickelodeon, the Disney Channel and Cartoon Network. Flappers’ resident Claremont host, Raul Fernandez, is a regular at the World Famous Magic Castle. The show’s combination of spectacle and wit serves as a magical introduction to live theater for kids and a sophisticated and enjoyable entertainment for adults. Call Flappers for special group rates at (818) 845-9721 or visit their website at www.flameproofed.com.