2015-16 Claremont COURIER

Off the beaten

Rural lifestyle fits
unique Claremont

High altitude view of the city


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Off the beaten path...
Rural lifestyle still fits unique
Claremont neighborhood
Story by Angela Bailey • Photography by Steven Felschundneff

Doug McGoon built the Galaxy Project about eight years ago out of
rocks from his property. Here, Judy Ott-McGoon stands on an
observation platform near the sculpture which, according to Mr.
McGoon, can be easily seen from satellite photos on Google Maps.
The McGoons live on Abilene Way, one of the few unpaved streets
in the city limits.


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neighborhood can have a profound impact
on one’s sense of place. At its best, it fosters a sense of community and encourages
social interaction among neighbors. At its worst, it
can devolve into exclusivity or segregation.

Just south of Radcliffe Drive in the center of Claremont lies a little neighborhood that offers another option: the quiet luxury of
minding your own business. It doesn’t get much attention. And
that’s the way the residents like it.
Abilene Way, with its row of multi-colored mailboxes and
nine-foot-wide dirt road, is the gateway to 10 acres of Shangri la
for more than a dozen residents who call it home.
“We’ve had guests to our house for events that say, ‘I’ve lived
in Claremont since 1990 and I didn’t know this place was here,”
says Abilene Way resident Douglas McGoon. “Most people think
it belongs to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. It’s truly a
hidden gem in Claremont.”
Abilene Way, together with the Bernard Biological Field Station to the south, the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to the
west and the City of Pomona Water Company to the east, provides a habitat for native mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.
Zoned a Rural Residential District, the existing houses are relatively low in stature compared to many in urbanized Claremont
and are devoid of fences that would create an artificial division.
The free-range arrangement underscores the residents’ desire to
live collaboratively with the native environment.
There are no streetlights and no paved roads leading to the
eight parcels that make up Abilene Way. Most property owners
still rely on septic tanks and shared water. It’s a rural lifestyle
smack dab in the middle of a city filled with modern conveniences.
A short history with little change
With their neighborhood’s zoning, Abilene Way residents became concerned over future development of the area, so in June
1989, they requested that the city consider setting development
standards over and above the existing standards to regulate it.
The request came before the Architectural and Planning Commissions in September that same year, who encouraged the property owners to work among themselves to reach a consensus and
then present a proposal to the city for consideration.
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Nestled just north of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and the Bernard
Field Station, Abilene Way’s rural lifestyle is enhanced by the dirt roads
and the absence of streetlights.
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A row of mailboxes at the entrance of Abeline Way.


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esidents returned to the commission in 1991 but remained
in disagreement over much of
the proposal, which featured a few
dozen areas residents hoped to
address. The trouble was, they were at
odds over almost every point. Some
wanted to limit the footprints of houses, while others were more concerned
with the height of structures. Some
people wanted the option to fence in
their property, while others pushed for
a neighborhood without borders.
In response to the stalemate, the city manager
and commission requested that city staff develop
an alternate proposal and held a study session
with property owners hoping to resolve their differences. At the conclusion of the study session,
the commission felt all parties were close to a solution and recommended city staff develop an ordinance incorporating all concerns.
In July 1992, the city initiated proceedings to
redistrict the RRD to a new zoning designation,
the Abilene Residential District (ARD). The proposed development standards, which would be
more restrictive under the zoning, were brought
before the city council for their consideration.
With one councilmember referring to the residents’ request for new zoning as a “neighborhood
feud,” the consensus was to direct city staff to finish the process pertaining to Abilene Way in “the
near future,” and to “do it quickly.”

To date, Abilene Way remains a Rural Residential District. That’s just fine with its current residents, who work hard to live in harmony not only
with the native landscape but with their neighbors
as well.
Neighbors work together
Of the eight parcels that make up the Abilene
Way neighborhood, seven have been developed
thus far and not necessarily in a traditional way.
Residents Douglas McGoon and Judy Ott-McGoon moved to their little piece of paradise after
purchasing their rural 1.2-acre lot in 2001, then
moved a Claremont Colleges schoolhouse to the
site to serve as their residence.
The property had few amenities, only electricity, and the McGoons were prepared to use a water tank, septic tank and propane to meet their basic needs.
“This lot had been for sale and sold at least
three times prior to us acquiring it, because there
were no easements,” Mr. McGoon explains. “Nobody was going to want to move in without water. Three houses are currently on one meter and
they share it, which is not really practical, and
they weren’t going to do that for a fourth house.
We beat them at their own game in that regard.”
The McGoons felt like they hit the lottery when
Dr. Russell Martin, their former neighbor to the
east, was granted an easement from the city.
Given his home’s proximity to the Pomona water
source, septic was not an option for Dr. Martin
and he was granted an exemption to connect to
the city’s sewer line. Three homeowners on Abilene Way, including the McGoons, bought into
that permanent easement from a house on Radcliff that goes right through their side yard.


Doug McGoon heads into his orchard while performing some morning chores recently on
Abilene Way in Claremont. The 1.2-acre piece of
land has many fruit trees, a vegetable garden,
beehives and grape vines, all of which take a fair
amount of maintenance.
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“Russ came over and said, ‘You want to share
this easement?’ and gave me the price. I couldn’t
reach for my wallet fast enough to write that
check!” Mr. McGoon says with a smile. “We essentially became symbiotic in that we plowed
through the hostilities of the neighborhood. People love their privacy back here, they love being
exclusive and they love not being developed.”
“The neighbors didn’t like us,” says Ms. OttMcGoon. “They wanted it to stay primitive, but I
don’t think they knew that we wanted that too.”
With a mutual love for dirt and saving old
things, the McGoons set out to create their own
little slice of heaven in the City of Trees.
In 2001, the couple purchased the Mary B. Eyre
Children’s School and relocated the structure to
Abilene Way. The school—originally located on
what is now the parking lot on the west side of
Steele Hall at Scripps College—was split down
the middle and transported to its new location and
essentially reassembled.
“They had to cut it in half and this used to be
two bedrooms,” Ms. Ott-MsGoon says of the
couple’s upstairs retreat. “The architect said, ‘Just
make it one big bedroom because it’s only the
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Mr. McGoon checks on his grape vines while performing morning chores recently at his Claremont home.

two of you and it didn’t have a bathroom so we
added the bathroom.”
Complete with a basement that serves as a wine
and root cellar, the McGoons have retained as
much of the original architecture of the Mary B.
Eyre structure as possible. The windows, doors
and built-ins are as they were when constructed in
1922 and the couple took great care in paying
homage to the little ones who roamed the halls—
both past and present—with one unusual feature.
“We had four baby toilets that were original so
we moved one in there and created this little alcove for the grandkids,” Ms. Ott-McGoon says of
the miniature commode. “It’s just the cutest
A second structure was acquired and added to
the Abilene property in 2005.
“That’s the two-car garage for the Green and
Green on Eighth Street and College,” Mr. McGoon says. “The new owner wanted a three-car
garage and wanted to demo it. Because the lot is
large enough, we are allowed to have a second
The McGoons property is indeed large and they
make good use of the land. Fruit trees, vegetables
and herbs are grown throughout and are hand-watered when needed. Mr. McGoon is building a
greenhouse on the property, constructed of old
doors and windows.
“We try to recycle everything we can—nothing
goes to waste here,” says Ms. Ott-McGoon who
owns Foothill Kitchens LLC, a commercial
kitchen in Upland. “We use the green waste from
the commercial kitchen to not only feed the chickens but in the compost bins here at the house.”
The couple has five compost bins on the property—including one with earthworms—that are

used to enrich the soil.
Two large beehives, recovered from a utility box
by Mr. McGoon himself, are located on the northwest portion of the property and provide honeycomb.
“I’ve lost three hives since I’ve been here,” Mr.
McGoon explains as a swarm of bees swirls in the
air. “When a beehive outgrows itself, they throw
up another queen and those two queens go to battle. One or the other will have to leave and takes a
bunch of bees with her. so they are looking for a
new home. They must have just thrown that
swarm off. I may get a call now, because people
know I’m looking for swarms.”
Ms. Ott-McGoon adds with a giggle, “He loves
those bees, but they sting him anyway!”
While maintaining a property of this size may be

a challenge for many homeowners, the McGoons
find joy in living a life they’ve created in a neighborhood of like-minded people.
“It’s tough, but working in the yard is a passion
for me. It’s my pleasure,” Mr. McGoon says of
caring for his 52,000-square-foot property.
“Doug puts in a lot time,” says Ms. Ott-McGoon, who concurs with her husband. “To do
something like this it takes time, and we have two
or three jobs to be able to do it. It’s always going
to be primitive because you don’t have the sprinklers and the lawn, but that’s what we like. We
have the best of both worlds…We’re close to entertainment and conveniences, but we’re on a dirt
road. We have our own privacy. For us, it’s a real
While Abilene Way is unlike most communities
in Claremont, some things ring true as with any
neighborhood. Homes change ownership and the
next generation of residents breathes new life into
the neighborhood.
The McGoons have acquired new neighbors in
Astrid Shell and Anne Scutt-Putney, who purchased
Dr. Martin’s home in 2011. After looking at houses
in the Village, the couple knew Abilene Way was
their home the minute they laid eyes on it.
“We knew it was ours before we even got out of
the car,” says Ms. Scutt-Putney. “Then, as we
were looking at the house, we met Doug and Judy.
They are really the heart of the neighborhood and
what makes it special to us. Doug does things as a
good neighbor, we share a lot meals together and
they’ve just become our extended family.”
Just goes to show, you don’t need good fences
for good neighbors.
—Angela Bailey

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Bird’s Eye View:

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A unique aerial view of Claremont, California
Given this year’s Almanac is filled with unique aerial im-

vacy or just being freaky, please let me explain. Believe it

ages, I thought it’s an appropriate time to make public what or not, it’s never really been about flying.
some readers have already figured out.

We know Claremont can be quite stunning visually, so

I own a drone.

my goal has been to show readers first-ever pictures and

Yes, I’ve used one to shoot all these images. It’s taken

video footage of familiar scenes from the air.

nine months and hundreds of flights to gain enough experi-

The results include images of popular Claremont happen-

ence to comfortably photograph Claremont events and

ings, places from angles high and, in some cases, not so

other classic scenes, all within the city limits and with the

high. These pictures come to life in our three-minute video

FAA’s blessing.

that appears on the COURIER website at www.claremont-

Now before you send me an email about Big Brother, pri-
Written and photographed by
Peter Weinberger

See our extended photo gallery and video on

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Traffic on Indian Hill


Cruising hillside trails

Indian Hill Boulevard and First Street have been key traffic arteries to the Claremont Village for decades.
HOW IT WAS SHOT: High-end drones with cameras allow the pilot to adjust shooting angles up and down. To move left and right, the drone
needs to be turned using a joystick.

The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park has become a popular destination to enjoy the great outdoors.
This area is easier to navigate because the wide-open spaces pose few obstructions. Starting at the highest
point of the park loop trail made it easy to find hikers and bikers enjoying the landscape. Flying low—under 75
feet—was key to making sure the people walking were visible.

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Cool pools


With all the bad publicity drones get, it’s important to note
that you can’t just show up at a city fireworks show, or the
Claremont High School graduation, and launch a drone. It
takes planning and communication with all involved so that
everyone feels comfortable with aerial photography. This has
included numerous demonstrations to show how our drone operates.
These images would not have happened without the help of
Claremont’s city officials, police department, school district,
Pomona College, Stephen McKenna from Drone World and
the many people on the ground who were not afraid to ask
questions, while still demonstarting an understanding what I
was trying to accomplish.
It’s also important to note that rapid advances in drone technology have brought some excellent products to consumers. If
you have visions of a 50-pound, four-foot-wide metal contraption with eight propellers and a camera, you might be surprised. My drone weighs four pounds, uses four small plastic
propellers, runs 20 minutes on one battery, and comes with a
camera that shoots 12 megapixel photos and HD video. The
majority of shoots are completed using only one battery, since
they usually only lend themselves to one image and video clip.
ou fly a drone using a controller with joysticks and an
iPhone app to control the camera. I can see through the
camera when flying, plus I always keep an eye in the
air. Multitasking is critical. If the drone runs low on batteries or
goes out of sight, you can bring it home to land automatically.
The drone uses a GPS mode via satellites, making it very stable
in the air (even in a strong wind), and it will literally hover until
the pilot decides to make a move. With the app, I see all sorts
of data including height, speed, distance, location on a map and
Made by the China-based company DJI, this model can fly
up to one mile away with an unblocked signal, but never
leaves my sight in the air. Of course, purchasing a high-end
drone is not cheap. To get set up properly, it will cost $1,500$2,000.
The FAA dictates where to fly drones, since they are literally considered aircraft. A larger plane cannot simply ignore a
drone, but must fly safely around it. My opinion of people
who obstruct planes in the air cannot be published in this family newspaper.
The FAA is also catching up to establish a more complete
set of rules that apply to consumer drones. There are currently
some rules in effect, but enforcement is difficult. I believe having a person to register their device, or pass a test, should be

Even with state water restrictions, local pools remain
in full bloom during the hot summer.
HOW IT WAS SHOT: Many people think you have to
go to great heights to shoot aerials. That’s really not
the case. This photo was taken at around 200 feet.

required. In the meantime, DJI will sell 400,000 drones worldwide in 2015.
For those of you concerned about privacy, this is not the
time to worry. Even though 400,000 may seem like a big number, the potential consumer base is tiny compared to the camera market, for example. In an era with smartphones in every
hand, small GoPro cameras strapped to just about anything,
video cameras at street corners, security cameras at work and
home, satellite image mapping—including street photos of
just about any business or home via a Google search—there
are billions of devices out there.
All this is why I choose to focus on the photography. There
are so many great views of a Claremont parade, graduation or
fireworks show that have not been photographed yet.
Aerial photography will continue to be a small part of our
COURIER coverage in the future. It’s a tool of the trade, but
not one that will overwhelm our shooting style.
In the meantime, enjoy this bird’s eye view of Claremont.
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On the move


Common sights around the Village are Amtrak trains and Little Leaguers.
HOW IT WAS SHOT: The key to capturing this photo is patience. Pick the
spot to photograph, and hover the drone until the train comes through.

Flag wavers


Sun sets over baseball parks

American flags, large and small, were a big part of
Claremont’s July Fourth celebration.
HOW IT WAS SHOT: Like the train image, the ability to
hover and wait made shooting this photo possible.

The Base Line Road off-ramp at the 210 freeway
doesn’t always look this traffic-free.
HOW IT WAS SHOT: The goal was to photograph the sun setting over the freeway. When I
turned the camera around, this is what I found.

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Edge of Claremont

Homes have been built right to the edge of Los Angeles
County looking east near Padua Park.
HOW IT WAS SHOT: Even at just 120 feet, using a wide-angle
lens covers a lot of territory.

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Drone revealed


This DJI Phantom 3 has been vastly improved
since the first version was released in 2013.
HOW IT WAS SHOT: Once in GPS mode, the P3
will hover, waiting for further instructions. Builtin software limits the drone to a height of 400
feet to stay within FAA guidelines.

Class of 2015


Bird’s Eye View:


Graduates from the Pomona College class of 2015
line up for a group photo just after commencement practice near College Avenue.
HOW IT WAS SHOT: Sometimes luck helps the
most in capturing compelling images. The drone
was already airborne once this gathering started.

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Moonrise over the colleges
The rising moon replaces the setting
sun over the Claremont Colleges.
HOW IT WAS SHOT: Because the exposure of the moon and the landscape can
be quite hard to match, using manual
settings is a must.


Lights, camera, action!

The Laemmle’s movie theater sign marks the center of various shops and restaurants on the west side of the Village on Indian Hill Boulevard.
HOW IT WAS SHOT: Low altitudes can make unique aerial photos, but also invite interest from people on the street nearby.

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Residents of hidden neighborhood
proud to be Claremonters
Story and photography by Steven Felschundneff

Lyndon McDow and his wife Mary raised twin boys on Drake Avenue in south Claremont. In the 25 years the couple has lived in the area,
they have seen a lot of changes including increased congestion on Indian Hill Boulevard. “The thing that really kills you is the traffic,” Mr.
McDow said, noting that a second exit point for Auto Center Drive would be a big benefit.


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he slender rectangle of land cut off from
the rest of Claremont by the San
Bernardino Freeway is so obscure that
many Claremont residents assume it’s part of

Stately palms are bathed in the golden light of the setting sun recently on
American Avenue, which is the southern border of the city of Claremont.
Some residents of the slender rectangle of Claremont between American
and the San Bernardino Freeway feel cut off from the rest of the city.
COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff

The Rodney Dangerfield, “I can’t get no respect,” neighborhood has been given some unflattering nicknames over the years,
Baja Claremont and Claremona among the most popular. They
are names that undoubtedly make its residents scowl. Even the
Claremont Summer Guide 2015, mailed to every household by
the city, includes two maps that unceremoniously cut the neighborhood in half.
It’s really no surprise that the people who actually live there describe a mostly quiet community with friendly neighbors and safe
streets. Driving the area you can’t miss the well-maintained yards
and obvious civic pride.
Built in the 1950s during a period of great expansion throughout southern California, the single-family homes line streets
named after elite east coast colleges such as Bryn Mawr Road,
and Brown Drive. The population boom also brought a need for
more efficient roadways, and so the San Bernardino Freeway cut
through the region, severing every existing town along the way.
At first there may have been little to distinguish the neighborhood from the other nice homes in north Pomona. However, as
Pomona began to enter a state of decline in the 1970s and 1980s,
Claremont was on the rise and soon the distinction was hard to
David Von Fleckles has lived in the area for years and has seen
it grow and change. With his new bride Sharman Van Zandt, the
couple settled into their home just south of his bachelor pad on
College Avenue.
He describes the appeal of the area: “Nice older homes built in
the ’50s, 90 percent owner-occupied. It’s been a really nice place
to live.”
Back then it was extremely quiet but, beginning in the early
1990s, traffic problems started to increase. There was only a stop
sign at Indian Hill Boulevard and American Drive, and there was
a big Costco just across the border in Pomona, but the current
major commercial developments had yet to come. Now American Drive is a major thoroughfare providing access to both the
Super King shopping center and the freeway on-ramps, and the
traffic on Indian Hill during the commute can be unbearable.
“From 3 to 6 p.m. I don’t even try to go that way, I use Mills instead,” Mr. Von Fleckles said. Traffic regulations seem to be ignored—when turning left into the Starbucks, drivers just run the
red light or even block the intersection, he added.
The location has also affected property values. “Move my
house to the other side of the freeway and the price goes up
$200,000, but that is how it goes,” he said.
That same relative affordability brought Heather and Darvin
Gomez to the neighborhood in 2012. The couple was renting near
Oakmont Outdoor School but wanted to buy a house and start a
family. They settled on Drake Avenue on the western edge of the
residential area. Over their back wall, the commercial development begins, including a large hotel.
The Gomez family praises the neighborhood as quiet and the
people as friendly. However, their frustration with the traffic on
the Indian Hill corridor and some of the seedier elements associated with the hotels frustrate them.
“They want to build another hotel, but can’t handle the one they
have,” said Mr. Gomez
“We love Claremont, that is why we bought here. We do all of
our shopping at Sprouts and Trader Joes. We go out in the Village, we even send our daughter to preschool in Claremont,” said
Ms. Gomez.
Even so, they don’t understand why the city chooses to bend
some of the rules in their neighborhood, yet stands firm in other
“This is kind of a forgotten area,” said Ms. Gomez. “It’s also
the only place they allow drive-throughs. The exceptions to the
rules make it challenging for us to maintain our Claremont
For example, Mr. Gomez points out the new electronic billboard that was recently approved for Auto Center Drive even
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The San Bernardino Freeway
cuts a swath through south
Claremont, effectively isolating the small community of
1950s-era homes from the
rest of the city. Residents of
the area praise their neighborhood, but do sometimes
feel they live in a forgotten

COURIER photos/
Steven Felschundneff

though it is against city codes. But a billboard for
the retail development on Towne Avenue and Base
Line Road was defeated.
“There’s a freeway up there too. Iit would have
been good for revenue,” he said.
Revenue is key because the businesses on Auto
Center Drive provide 32 percent of Claremont’s
sales tax receipts.
“Norms is busy 24-7,” said Mr. Von Fleckles, referring to the popular eatery just off the freeway.
Add to that three car dealerships, the ever-so-popular Super King market and a host of smaller businesses and one can imagine the congestion problem.
“The thing that really kills you is the traffic. The
shopping center has done well and that is good,
but they didn’t think it through. If everyone comes
through the same side, of course it will back up,”
said the Gomez’s neighbor Lyndon McDow. He
would like to like an additional exit from Auto
Center Drive to the west to ease the traffic on Indian Hill.
The noise and the congestion get to him sometimes. “If it’s not the freeway, then it’s the hotel or

the planes from the airport,” he said
“Seems like people are less respectful these
days,” said Mr. McDow, complaining about the
loud parties that take place at the Motel 6 just over
his back wall. “I would never let my boys make
that kind of noise, and this is coming from adults.”
Mr. McDow didn’t report any direct issues with
the hotel’s clientele other than the occasional domestic disturbance. He did note that the police patrol the parking lot frequently.
The 58-year-old raised twins with his wife Mary
on Drake Avenue, where the couple still lives. He
has been around long enough to know some of the
“old timers,” the people who lived there when the
homes were new. One man had a job building the
freeway and he would just jump the fence to get to
work. People moved away and others moved in,
but it has remained a nice place to live.
A pedestrian tunnel off College Avenue that
travels under the freeway provided a small lifeline
by connecting the neighborhood with the rest of
the city.
“It was convenient to get to the rest of the city
through the underpass at College, but in the ’90s

they started locking it after six and on the weekends due to graffiti and crime. After that you
couldn’t get to the rest of the city and had to go
around,” according to Mr. Von Fleckles. This only
furthered the notion of being cut off from Claremont.
The Gomez family thinks the underpass should
remain open, and Mr. Gomez even helped defeat a
proposal to close it permanently by speaking in
front of city council. His wife noted that the city
has been easy to work with.
“It’s a 20-minute walk to the Village and you
avoid the traffic on Indian Hill,” said Mr. Gomez.
Mr. Von Fleckles’ greatest claim to fame may be
the name he gave his neighborhood when coining
the phrase “Baja Claremont.”
In the ’80s, he commented to his then fiancée
that the city never ran the sweepers in their part of
town, yet kept on building more businesses. “It’s
like we’re in Baja California,” he quipped, “and
that just became Baja Claremont.”
—Steven Felschundneff

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Story and photography by
Collette Weinberger



he unique neighborhood of Arbol
Verde, located southeast of
Claremont, remains a historic piece of
land holding significant importance to the
community. Its rich heritage is one of many
reasons why it’s still home to families who
have lived here since the early 1900s.


The evolution of one of
Claremont’s founding

Nellie Villanueva, a former Padua Hills Theatre performer who was born and
raised in Arbol Verde, still lives in her home that was built in 1928. Ms.
Villanueva cherishes fond memories of her children playing on the dirt road in
front of her home, which is now Claremont Boulevard.

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the Almanac 2015 staff
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Dunn; Copy editing, Q&A by Amelie Cook; photography by Steven Felschundneff, Peter Weinberger and
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YOUTH activities
1420 S. Garey Ave., Pomona
Mailing: P.O. Box 1149, Pomona, CA 91769
623-8538 •
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Pomona Valley provides a safe place to learn and grow, foster ongoing
relationships with caring, adult professionals, and
partake in life-enhancing programs and character

developing experiences. Volunteers and staff work
with boys and girls in recreation, athletic programs,
field trips, special events, arts and crafts, counseling
and tutoring. Volunteers with experience are needed
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
466-5878 •
Office hours: Monday through 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 reduce sex-role,
racial and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive
intercultural relationships. Its mission is to build
caring, confident youth and future leaders.
2058 Mills Ave., # 506
As a nonprofit organization, AYSO organizes balanced teams of children ages 5 to 18; everyone
plays. Practice begins in August; season runs from
the second week in September through December.
Spring season runs from March until June. Games
are held in any of eight Claremont parks.
100 S. College Ave. • 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).

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ongtime Arbol
Verde residents
have seen quite a
change over the decades,
leaving an important question to consider—how will
the neighborhood’s past
affect its future?
From 1907 through 1927, Arbol
Verde was forming as Claremont’s
first Mexican-American community
as families began to settle along
where Upland, Montclair and Claremont intersect today. These first pioneers contributed immensely, as
many worked in the thriving citrus industry and provided labor for the development of the Claremont Colleges.
“Arbol Verde was a social enclave
and self-sufficient neighborhood,” Alfonso Villanueva, chair of the Arbol
Verde Preservation Committee and an
Arbol Verde native, noted. “They had
their own grocery store, meat markets, laundry mat and barber shop.”
Between 1946 and 1960, Claremont’s population increased significantly from 3,542 to 12,633. Although the city was evolving in
character, the population remained
fairly homogenous. The Intercultural
Council wanted to challenge the status quo by creating housing for people of various ethics backgrounds,
particularly those of Mexican-American descent.
The formation of the Intercultural
Council had an incredible impact on
Arbol Verde. Led by progressiveminded Anglo university graduate

students and Mexican-American laborers, the ICC’s ultimate goal was to
integrate residential communities and
end racial segregation. This group of
Claremonters first purchased a vacant
block of land between First Street,
Brooks Avenue, Claremont Boulevard and Harwood Place. It would
later be known as Arbol Verde.
Before World War II, Claremont’s
housing was under strict covenants
that ultimately caused segregation
within various areas of the city. Although the Arbol Verde area was not
under covenants, the ICC still urged
city council to lift restrictive housing
covenants that affected 75-80 percent
of Claremont.
The Intercultural Council’s experiment for “intercultural living” began
in the late 1940s, as the council built
houses for “barrio” residents. The
group also raised money for loans to
help purchase housing.
Nellie Villanueva, a former Padua
Hills Theatre performer, 83, still lives
in her Arbol Verde home that was
built in 1928. Ms. Villanueva, the last
born out of 10 siblings, was born and
raised in a home right next to her current home on Claremont Boulevard.
Ms. Villanueva recalls Claremont
Boulevard being nothing but a dirt
road, “a chaparral.”
“Ever since the road (Claremont
Boulevard) was built, there’s been a
big change,” Ms. Villanueva stated.
“We knew there was going to be a
road because it was predicted.” she
remembers how upset her children
were once the road was built because
they were no longer able to fly kites
and play on what used to be a dirt
El Barrio Park, an important land-


The Intercultural Council homes built between 1947 and 1952 in Arbol
Verde were added to the National Register of Historic Places as a historic
district in May of this year. Above, residents enjoy a summer afternoon at
El Barrio Park. The park was built in 1972 from the ground up by members
of the Mexican-American community in Claremont who wanted to have a
community center they could call their own.
COURIER photos/Collette Weinberger

mark to the Arbol Verde community,
sits on Claremont Boulevard as a reminder of the neighborhood’s significance to Claremont. Mr. Villanueva,
Albert Gutierrez and Ben Molina
were the neighborhood leaders that
organized the construction of the
Matt Garcia, a history professor at
Brown University who grew up in the
area, was the keynote speaker at the
park’s re-dedication in 2007. Mr. Garcia wrote a book titled A World of its
Own that explored the plight of the
Mexican-American community in

Before the San Antonio dams were
built, flooding was a constant threat
to the neighborhood, making the land
undesirable to Caucasian residents of
Claremont at the time. Mr. Garcia remarked that the neighborhood surrounding the park was the worst area
in Claremont to inhabit.
“This community is the product of
segregation and restrictive covenants
that didn’t allow Mexican people to
buy property in the center of Claremont,” Mr. Garcia said at the 2007
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dedication. “This area here [near the park] was unrestricted.
Locals knew it as ‘Tierra de Nadie’ or ‘the Land of No One’
at the time. This was one of the only places in Claremont
where Mexican-Americans could live because no one else
wanted to live here.”
Mr. Villanueva fondly recalls the camaraderie during the
days of working to build the park.
“Arbol Verde residents jumped at the opportunity to help
build a park in their neighborhood,” Mr. Villanueva stated.
In the early 1970s, after enjoying a few beers at the old
Midway Inn on Foothill Boulevard with some buddies, Mr.
Villanueva remembers discussing plans to strategize the creation of the park. “We had been trying to build a park here
since the 1930s,” Mr. Villanueva explained. “We had a
golden opportunity.”
With help from Claremont High School students, Mr. Villanueva, Mr. Guiterrez and Mr. Molina organized a student
movement. “We crammed city hall and the city council
chambers with 500 to 600 people, with over 1,000 signatures and all kinds of petitions,” Mr. Villanueva noted. “It
became a reality.”
The battle to allow Arbol Verde to continue to thrive in
Claremont wasn’t easy. In 1968, Claremont McKenna College and the city of Claremont announced they were planning to build a road through the neighborhood to relieve the
traffic on Mills Avenue. Residents were upset about the
news, which led to a strained relationship between them and
the college that endured for over 40 years.
After mobilizing the Claremont community to preserve
the neighborhood, the Arbol Verde Preservation Committee
gained enough force to challenge the CMC expansion. In
the summer of July 2011, about 70 Arbol Verde residents
and CMC officials met to compose a plan to work together.
“Now we have collaborative working relationship,” Mr.
Villanueva noted. Claremont McKenna College was one of
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El Chisme, which means “the gossip,” was the center of social interaction in
Arbol Verde. Alfonso Villanueva, an longtime Arbol Verde resident, remembers taking frequent trips to the market with friends for a soda on hot summer days. El Chisme is located on the corner of First Street and Claremont
COURIER photos/Collette Weinberger

A way to distinguish the privately-owned homes from the homes owned by
Claremont McKenna College in Arbol Verde is by the presentation of house
numbers. The CMC-owned homes use tiles to display the numbers, while
the privately-owned homes typically have traditional metal plates.


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Cheva Garcia, who was born and
raised in Arbol Verde, just recently
retired from CMC in fall of 2014 at 89
years old. Ms. Garcia worked in the
food services department for 63
years, serving and cooking food for
the students.

COURIER photos/Collette Weinberger

the key contributors and advocates to add Arbol
Verde to the National Register of Historic Places
in May 2015. The historic district joins five
other Claremont sites on the National Register
including, the Russian Village, the original
Scripps College campus, Padua Hills Theatre,
the Santa Fe Train Depot and the Pitzer House.
The current CMC Master Plan, which lasts for
30 years, acts as an update of the older plan and
implements what was agreed upon in the 1990s.
Belle Newman, principal planner of Claremont,
noted that the Master Plan covers the entire
CMC campus, plus the expansion east of Claremont Boulevard and the Arbol Verde blocks,
south of Sixth Street and east of Mills Avenue.
Arbol Verde is split into two sections. North
of Harwood Place is owned by CMC and is
strictly institutional. The southern section is
maintained for residential purposes, and is the
locationof some longtime residents. After about
10 years of negotiating, CMC and Arbol Verde
residents agreed to work together and preserve
the old historic sites.
For their part, CMC agreed not to expand in
the southern portion of the neighborhood, which
Mr. Villanueva noted is the traditional historic
area. The college will develop north of Sixth
Street and build athletic facilities, which was

part of the deal with Arbol Verde Preservation
Committee in 2011.
Currently, the neighborhood continues to
evolve with less Mexican-American influence,
as the number of longtime residents declines.
Danny Gutierrez, Mr. Villanueva’s cousin and
Arbol Verde resident since 1958, noted how the
neighborhood has seen a lot of change over the
years. “I don’t really get to know my neighbors
anymore,” Mr. Gutierrez said, as many homes
on Blanchard Place are CMC-owned and primarily rental properties for faculty. Mr. Gutierrez’s father, Pete Gutierrez, moved their home
in 1953.
Despite all the changes Arbol Verde has experienced over the years, the rich heritage and historic sites remain. “Of all the communities in
Claremont, Arbol Verde is the oldest, most continuous and homogenous, considering people
have known each other for one hundred years,”
Mr. Villanueva stated. “There’s no other community in Claremont like it.”
Although sections of the neighborhood are
protected and considered historic sites, the next
25 years are still hard to predict. “The future of
Arbol Verde is really the question to be asked,”
Mr. Villanueva noted.

—Collette Weinberger

Claremonters enjoy playing basketball and utlizing the facilities at El Barrio Park located on
Claremont Boulevard. El Barrio Park was donated to the historic Arbol Verde neighborhood in
1972 by Claremont McKenna College and
remains as an important landmark to the Arbol
Verde community.

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Although many homes in Arbol Verde have been
rebuilt, there are still a few that stand in their
original state. The homes on Huntington Drive
are preserved for residential purposes.
At right, Al Villanueva poses with his mother
Nellie in front of their Claremont home in 1961.


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A tale of My
Clare-mona existence
Story by Sarah Torribio


am a dual citizen, making my home in
Pomona and working in Claremont.
As I ponder my double life, I’m
reminded of the movie Pulp Fiction.
There’s a scene where the protagonist Jules, played
with characteristic intensity by Samuel Jackson, describes a recent trip to Europe.
What strikes him, he tells fellow hit-man Vince Vega,
is “the little differences.” You can find a McDonald’s in
Amsterdam, but the menu holds some surprises. You
can buy beer there, for instance, and instead of ordering
a Big Mac, you ask for “Le Big Mac.”
So it goes between Pomona and Claremont.
There are historic houses in P-town, just as there are
in the City of Trees. You’ll see Victorians festooned with
bric-a-brac, red-roofed Spanish Colonial Revivals and
lovingly designed Craftsman homes.
I myself live in a Craftsman, along with my parents,
significant other and two children, ages 6 and 19
months. It’s a lovely, rose-colored affair with a cobblestone foundation, a sprawling porch and delightful details like tulip cutouts on the eaves.
But while Pomona boasts many unique abodes, as
well as four historic districts, it has been less successful
than Claremont in its preservation efforts. There are
wide swaths of the city where venerable homes have no
architectural protection. On my street, several centuryold houses have been knocked down and replaced with
apartments, and the process through which renovations
are requested and approved seems fairly laissez-faire.

A couple years ago, the people across the street decided to add onto their Craftsman house. The wraparound porch posed an obstacle, but no matter. They cut
away half the porch, replacing the convex columns with
wooden posts, and proceeded with their expansion. The
house is still pretty, but some character has been lost in
the translation.
Don’t get me started on stucco, that rough-and-ready
coating promising homeowners they’ll never have to
paint again. I’ve come up with an imaginary professional
who targets the owners of historic Pomona homes:
“Tired of your old-fashioned house? Call Mike Stucco.”
Five houses down, a once-stately Craftsman has been
denuded of all craftsmanship via a coating of stucco so
relentless it extends to the very columns. My dad recently marveled at the effects of this no-turn-back textural treatment. “It’s strange. The house doesn’t look
old, but it doesn’t look new.”
Strange indeed.
But perhaps the homes whose architectural integrity
has been left intact are all the more striking for their exceptionality. When I see a stately home rising next to a
more jury-rigged arrangement, I’m reminded of the
words of Shakespeare’s Romeo when he first spots his
Juliet at a crowded ball: “So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows.”
Between two worlds
There are other differences between Pomona and
Claremont, most of them demographic. Pomona has
some three times the population of Claremont. And
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The Torribio/Hall family
gathers on the porch of
their Pomona home.
From left to right:
COURIER reporter
Sarah Torribio, her son
Alex, 6, her partner
Brian Hall, holding 19month-old Savannah,
and her parents, Gerry
and Penelope Torribio.
COURIER photos/
Steven Felschundneff


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while Claremont is an ethnically diverse city,
Pomona is more so.
It’s no biggie for me. I grew up in southern California, and my partner’s family is Mexican. His
extended family is like mine, but are more savvy
about tortillas—I’ve learned they taste better when
toasted over the stove burner as opposed to nuked
in the microwave.
But in my Holt-adjacent neighborhood, I do occasionally, with my pale half-Irish complexion, attract
attention from passersby. For a few neighbors, I
seem to be a bit of unexpected local exotica, like the
peacocks you occasionally spot roaming in the Lincoln Park district.
And Pomona’s irrepressibly ethnicity continues to
be exotic to me. An ice cream truck frequents our
neighborhood, its arrival weirdly announced by the
strains of a minstrel song, “The Camptown Races.”
But there are also men who walk by pushing carts
with roasted corn you can slather with butter and

chile, and bags of pork rinds you can fill with hot
sauce and shake around for an extra kick.
I’m a social studies nut, so I like the fact that one
night last year, during the moon festival, the Chinese
kids across the street were running around behind
their chain-link fence holding illuminated red
lanterns. I like the fact that, when my son was studying Ethiopia in school, he and his dad strolled across
the way to the Brothers Afrik Mart and purchased
the ingredients for a traditional Ethiopian lentil stew.
And though there’s a Walgreen’s around the corner, I like the fact that—should I ever find myself
cursed—I can find a dozen botanicas in Pomona
selling all the herbs, candles and religious objects I
need to engage in some Santerilla-style folk medicine.
Let’s get to the elephant in the room. As the
COURIER police blotter reveals, Claremont is
hardly Mayberry. But Pomona has a significantly
higher crime rate, and so much gang violence that


some of our neighbors have planted yard signs noting, “We’re praying for Pomona.”
My family, too, is sending good vibes to our home
city. But we’re not constantly fretting about our
safety. After all, you can only be startled so many
times by the occasional peal of sirens, whirring of
police helicopters or distant gunfire.
Most Pomona residents want the same thing
everyone does, to get on peaceably with the business of living. It’s especially true in our familyheavy area, where so many mothers walk by our
stretch of Kingsley Avenue with young children in
tow that my mom calls it “the stroller highway.”
But even amid peace, things are just plain noisier
in P-town. Call them patriots or pyromaniacs, my
neighbors start shooting off fireworks in June and
continue their incendiary revelry through the summer. One person down the street hosts regular allnight parties, enlivened by banda music, while another throws weekly death metal concerts. On one
occasion, both took place at the same time, making
for a sonic symphony of joy and rage.
Money is the thing
Pomona also has a less robust per-capita income,
which can result in deferred maintenance. Pit bulls
and Chihuahuas alike have a tendency to slip
through ramshackle fences and roam the neighborhood. I’m afraid of strange, potentially fierce dogs,
but once I’ve made it to my car, I feel safe as I go
about my business.
When I hit the 99-cent store nearest us on Holt,
someone inevitably asks for money, but they are invariably friendly. And who am I to judge? I live with
my parents, largely for economic reasons. Not
everybody has the luxury of a familial safety net.
Not everyone has the luxury of their children attending the school of their choice, either, and I am
thankful to Claremont for its liberal transfer policy.
There are likely some pretty good Pomona
schools, but they don’t have the economic support
the Claremont Unified School District does. Claremont schools still have art and music programs,
thanks to the efforts of the Claremont Educational
Foundation. Pomona schools don’t. For this reason,
I take my son with me as I migrate eastward every
morning, dropping him off at Vista del Valle Elementary School before hitting the COURIER office.
Once in the City of Trees, I make a pretty good
Claremonter. Thanks to hours spent copyediting the
newspaper, I am more familiar with Claremont affairs—such and the ins and outs of the city’s upcoming water bond measure—than I am with Pomona
politics. I pay tribute to the many fine residents
through the obituaries I write, and I do my best to
thoroughly cover the educational doings of the
town. I also enjoy my share of the small-town aesthetic. When I head to local events like a Monday
concert in Memorial Park, I generally spot several
acqaintances among the crowd.
And when I can afford it, I, too, like to “Discover
Claremont.” A dream day in the City of Trees
might include a shopping jaunt at Barbara Cheatley’s and Rhino Records, followed by an intuitive
reading at Kindred Spirits and a late lunch at
Union on Yale. During the latter visit, I would order the Mason Jar.
And then I would drive home to Pomona, which
is Claremont’s sister city in more ways than proximity. I’m reminded of the two citites kinship every
day, as I work in a garden with the same rocky alluvial soil, more hospitable to citrus trees than my cucumbers. And I’m reminded of it each fall, as wild
parrots come to roost in both city’s trees, filling the
air with a cacophony of screeching and chattering.
Yes, I lead a double life, and my days are all the
more rich for my dual citizenship. —Sarah Torribio

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City of Claremont
The Claremont Senior Program is a
vibrant, action-packed combination of
a social gathering place, local fitness
center, learning environment, volunteering headquarters, transportation
hub and a tasty affordable dining destination. Programs offered are intended for a wide range of interests
and needs for those over 50 years of
age. Popular offerings include walking, bicycle and exercise groups, social mixers for the newly-retired, educational topics, course auditing at the
Claremont Colleges, trips throughout
Southern California, computer learning, an abundant array of resources
and so much more. For information
about the city’s classes, support
groups and more, visit or call (909) 399-5488.
You can also keep up with Senior
Program news and announcements
by signing up to receive “The
Clicks” e-newsletter. Visit to register.
Joslyn Center
660 N. Mountain Ave.
Phone: (909) 399-5488
Fax: (909) 621-7320
Open Monday through Friday from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Boutique hours from
8 a.m. to noon; Lunch Served at
11:30 a.m.

Blaisdell Community Center
440 S. College Ave.
Phone: (909) 399-5367
Open Monday through Friday from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Lunch served at
Lunch is Served
You are invited for socializing, music and lunch, Monday through Friday at the Blaisdell Center at noon
and at the Joslyn Center at 11:30 a.m.
Suggested donation for adults 60 and
over is $2. This program is funded in
part by the Los Angeles County Area
Agency on Aging.
After Work
These evening events are for working adults and recent (or not so recent) retirees. All programs include a
short reception and light refreshments.
CALL College Auditing Program
The FREE Claremont Avenues for
Lifelong Learning (CALL) Program
is designed to permit those 60 years
of age and older an opportunity to audit courses at the Claremont Colleges.
Classes are filled on a first-come,
first-served basis, with priority given
to Claremont residents. Offerings will
be announced through The Clicks
Senior Computer Club
Get the most out of your personal
computer and the software that goes
with it! Weekly information meetings

are held every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at
the Hughes Community Center. The
Computer Workshop is open every
Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Joslyn
Annex for those requiring assistance
from volunteer techies. Specialized
classes, including Introduction to
Computers, Windows 7, Computer
Genealogy, Digital Photography, Microsoft Word and Excel are available
throughout the year. For information,
Coffee Talk
Free interactive discussions on a
variety of topics of interest to seniors
and their families. Topics are offered
most Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the
Joslyn Center.
AARP Smart Driver Course
This classroom-based course is designed for persons 55 and older who
are seeking to sharpen their driving
skills. After eight hours of instruction,
a DMV certificate will be issued entitling participants to a discount on
their automobile insurance. A one-day


renewal course is available for those
who previously completed the full
two-day course.
Day trips to various points of interest throughout Southern California
are scheduled each month.
Curb-to-curb, shared ride cab service that offers reliable transportation
at a reasonable price. Whether you
are visiting, shopping, going to medical appointments, or to and from
work, Claremont Dial-a-Ride is available to you. For more information or
to reserve a ride, call (909) 623-0183.
Get About
Get About is a door-to-door transportation service for registered seniors
(age 60 and older) and disabled persons of any age to any destination
within the four cities Get About
serves—Claremont, La Verne,
Pomona and San Dimas—and to seSENIOR SERVICES/next page

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lected destinations in adjacent areas (e.g. Montclair
Plaza). For information or to register call (909) 6219900. To reserve a ride, call (909) 596-5964.
Resource and Referral Service
The city of Claremont Human Services Department offers the following resources and referral in-

formation for residents of all ages at the Joslyn
• Social Services provided at Joslyn Monday
through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Family and Senior Emergency Fund Assistance
• Support Groups
• Transportation Services for Seniors
• Medicare Counseling Program
• LA County Food Bank Distribution
• Volunteer Opportunities


To find out more about the Claremont Senior
Program, drop in to the Joslyn Center anytime,
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit or call (909) 399-5488.

233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont • 399-3289
Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Volunteer opportunities available: estate sales,
fundraising or Simple Gifts Program. Inland Hospice Volunteers also has several bereavement support groups for adults and children and loans out
some home health equipment. Call the office for information.
of Southern California
150 W. First St., Ste. 270, Claremont
624-3574 or (800) 969-4862 •
The VNA Hospice and Palliative Care of Southern California is a nonprofit, Medicare-certified
home health care and hospice organization based
in Claremont with offices in San Bernardino and
the upper desert. VNA’s multidisciplinary team of
physicians, registered nurses, case managers, medical social workers, therapists, chaplains, home
health aides, bereavement counselors and hospice
volunteers provides pain and symptom management, spiritual comfort, family education and emotional support for patients from Los Angeles,
Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

141 S. Spring St., Claremont
621-9900 • fax 621-9914
Senior Help Line: 625-4600
A private nonprofit agency whose mission is to
promote independence and enhance the quality of
life for seniors and their families by providing exceptional and affordable services. The following
programs and services are offered: Senior Help
Line, Family Caregiver Support, The Enrichment
Center Adult Day Care Program, REAL Connections: Resources for Ageless Living, Get About
Transportation, Foothill Communities RSVP, Senior
Companion Program and Community Connections.
Free legal services available the first Wednesday
of every month at Palomares Senior Center, 499 E.
Arrow Hwy., Pomona. Call for appointments.

650 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont
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 nonprofit corporation, the
Manor is accredited by the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission.

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120 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont
962-8491 •
With a capacity for 93 residents, Claremont
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 and assist
with parties, dances and other functions, as well as
perform clerical duties.
590 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont
624-4511 •
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 to share any special talents.
900 E. Harrison Ave., Pomona
624-5061 • (800) 734-0441
Located on the Claremont/Pomona border, the
Gardens provides housing, amenities and care services for more than 470 residents. The community
offers three 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.
625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont
399-5500 •
A community for retired church professionals,
stressing maximum independence within the limits
of strength and health. The nonprofit facility offers
188 homes and apartments with a full continuum
of care, including independent and assisted living
and a 68-bed skilled nursing facility available to
residents of the Claremont community as well as
the Pilgrim Place community.
721 Harrison Ave., Claremont
399-5523 •
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 who are no longer
independent and need guided activities for stimulation and enjoyment is conducted Wednesday and
Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers enhance
the services provided by nursing and support staff.
2053 N. Towne Ave., Claremont
398-4688 • fax 398-4687
With beds for 66 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 needed.

623-0183 or TDD 784-3658
Pomona Valley Transportation Authority

Claremont Community Services
399-5431 •
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,
seven days a week. General public $2.50; senior
(60-plus) and disabled $1.50; book of 10 tickets
(seniors and disabled) $15; Book of 10 tickets
(general public) $25; Pre-scheduled group (sixplus service) cost per rider $1.
Claremont Dial-a-Ride is open to everyone
within the service area (children under 5 must be
accompanied by an adult). Service is provided


within the Claremont borders and to the medical
facilities in the Pomona Valley Medical Center
area, the Montclair Plaza and Montclair Transit
Center. Dial-a-Ride offers transfers to Foothill
Transit as well as service to the Metrolink trains at
the Claremont Depot. Call at least one hour before
desired pick-up time. Please be ready to provide
the phone number and the specific address of both
pick-up and destination. If you are using a wheelchair or other mobility device or require special assistance, inform the operator when you call to
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be made within 45 minutes of request.
Please allow 30 minutes of travel time since the
vehicle may pick up other passengers en 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 residents who are senior citizens aged 60 and up or disabled. Ticket books may
be purchased at City Hall, Joslyn Center, Hughes
Center and the Blaisdell Community Building.


Elena Griza, manager of the Claremont
Village Green senior apartments, and 16year resident Jim Holden take the COURIER
on a tour of the grounds in early 2015.

COURIER photo/
Steven Felschundneff

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mont, La Verne and San Dimas, with
destinations including the Montclair
Plaza and Doctor’s Hospital area.
The door-to-door service allows access to a full, normal range of activities and life-supporting services and
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.

The American Legion Post 78
Keith Powell, PO Box 128, Claremont, CA 91711 624-1510
Pomona - Post 30
239 E. Holt Blvd., Pomona

COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Dressed in his pilgrim costume, David Held works at the coffee break booth during last year’s Pilgrim Place
Festival. The festival is the main fundraiser the Pilgrims hold each year in November to support programs and
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Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St.,
(800) RIDE-INFO •
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 $1.25 for adults
and students, $.50 for seniors and
disabled, 5 and under free. A 31-day
pass is $70 for adults, $22 for seniors
62 and older, and disabledpeople,
$33 for students through grade 12
and for full-time college students
with ID.

2120 W. Foothill Blvd., Ste 116
La Verne
596-5964 • TDD 784-3658
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to
7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5
p.m. Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Does not run on major holidays.
Get About provides personal doorto-door transportation to seniors and
disabled residents of Pomona, Clare-

Ontario - Post 112
310 W. Emporia St., Ontario
California benefits and assistance
(800) 952-5626
Federal benefits and assistance
(800) 827-1000
Los Angeles County
1427 West Covina Parkway
West Covina • (626) 813-3402
Ontario-Upland #27
1341 W. Fourth St., Ontario
Meeting third Tuesday of the month
at 7 p.m.

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Law Office of

Greg Hafif, Michael Dawson

269 W. Bonita Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 624-1671
Civil Litigation, Personal Injury


Kendall & Gkikas LLP
Attorneys at Law
134 Harvard Avenue, 2nd Floor
Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 482-1422
Specializing in Family Law in Claremont
since 1994: Divorce, Custody, Visitation
with Children, Property Division, Alimony,
Child Support




Karen J. Simonson, Marc J. Winter,
Bonnie F. Emadi, Michael A. Ventimiglia
Marshall W. Taylor (Senior Counsel)

133 South Spring Street
Claremont, CA 91711

144 N. Indian Hill Boulevard
Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 625-4785
Estate and Corporate Tax Planning
Federal and State Tax Matters

411 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-1208
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• Most Insurance accepted
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financial consultant

A.I.A. Architects, Inc.

(909) 624-5095
Our family has been building a
better Claremont since 1888.

Cosmetic & General Dentistry
615 W. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 624-6815
1 Hour In-Office Bleaching, Veneers, White
Fillings, Dental Implants, Dentures.

financial consultant



Securities and advisory services offered
through National Planning Corporation.
Member of FINRA/SIPC, a registered
investment advisor

Professional Securities offered through
LPL Financial
Member of FINRA/SIPC
419 Yale Ave. Claremont

393 W. Foothill Blvd, Suite 110
Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 626-1947
Intelligent solutions, Exceptional service


(909) 625-1052
“Your financial security is my priority”

property management





Attorney at Law

A Law Corporation

212 Yale Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

414 Yale Avenue, Suite K
Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 626-9999

(909) 621-4707

Specialist in personal injury and
wrongful death cases.
Se habla español

42 years experience in: Business Law,
Probate, Family Law, Estate Planning,
Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation.


100 West Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 670-1344
Since 1984
Residential remodeling, historic
restorations, and custom home building


Corina L. Christiansen, CPA
140 W. Foothill Blvd. Suite E
Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 447-6802
We are a full service accounting firm.




(909) 621-1559

• Residential • Commercial • Business

Practical design, tastefully executed.
• Residential Remodel
• Restoration of Unique & Vintage homes
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Claremont, CA 91711


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Optometric Vision Center
of Claremont


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“We examine more than your vision”

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Claremont, CA 91711
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real estate

(909) 621-0057

tax preparation



Geoff T. Hamill

Claremont Village Pharmacy


Claremont, CA 91711

137 N. Harvard Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

1420 N. Claremont Blvd.
Suite 205D, Claremont, CA 91711

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Gifts • 99¢ Greeting Cards

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(800) 606-9776
Residential and Commercial
Management and Leasing Services.
Common Interest Development
Management Services.


Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Phone: (909) 621-0500
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Surviving El Roble after years at your neighborhood school


y goal at El
Roble’s career
day in May was to
drum up interest in newspaper careers. The reality,
however, was that I answered far more questions
about my teenage sons.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to
talk about Garrett and Max and how
high school is treating them and their
summer plans. I learned quite a bit—
Max is apparently hilarious on Twitter and Garrett really, really, really
dislikes PE.
But at last an eager, smart and
thoughtful seventh-grader named
Amelie Cook approached the table.
“Do you like the COURIER? I want
to do yearbook next year at CHS. I
love writing! It must be so fun! I want
to be a journalist.” And there they
were, the magic words any newspaper
editor wants to hear from a young person, “I want to be a journalist.”
My conversation with Amelie was
brief. Once at CHS, I highly encouraged her to join yearbook and the
Wolfpack staff. I told her to keep writing, to read as much as she can and to
always pay attention to the world
around her.
And then I offered the most critical
piece of advice you can give a hopeful journalist: “You have to do an internship.” With that said, Amelie
jumped at the chance to do what we
called a Journalism Boot Camp at the
COURIER this summer. As promised, Amelie emailed me her dates of

availability, showed up on time, met
every deadline I set for her, made
phone calls, edited pages and wrote
stories. The entire staff agrees,
Amelie may have been our best intern in years.
With the Almanac focus on neighborhoods, I got to thinking about
Claremont’s schools. I attended
Sumner, which was about as far from
my home as any school in the district. After the housing boom north of
Base Line in the 1970s, Chaparral
was full, so all the kids in my neighborhood attended Sumner. We
walked, rode our bikes and, for my
first year at Sumner, caught the bus
near La Puerta. I made a lot of good
friends at Sumner, many of whom I
still call friends today.
By building parks and schools sideby-side, city planners made it possible for kids to not only walk to school
together but to spend weekends playing in parks near their homes. This
planning created the neighborhoods
we know today. Although the school
boundaries have gotten a little muddy
over the years, the district still does a

pretty good job of assigning kids to
their nearest school.
Times shared with my elementary
school friends shaped who I am today, but its the friendships forged at
El Roble that have become the most
important in my adult life. It’s been
33 years since I was a student at El
Roble, but the girlfriends I made in
those days are still the ones who not
only keep me laughing but are always
there to help me in a bind.
Residents sometimes express concern that El Roble is impacted and
that we need a second junior high. I
like that our kids funnel together at
their most awkward and vulnerable
stage in life. When Garrett and Max
attended El Roble, I saw some striking differences from when I was a
student. An unwelcome sight but a
sign of the times was the installation
of a big metal gate surrounding the
campus. Adults understand it’s to
keep unwanted visitors out but the
kids, I learned, think it’s to cage them
in. This helps tremendously with their
“teenagers have no rights” campaign.
There are far fewer dances now
then when I was a Panther. The one
or two that were held at El Roble last
year included elaborate candy bars,
rooms set up with Wii and X-box and
inflatable obstacle courses on the
grassy area. In our day, we paid $3
and danced the night away to a DJ in
the multi-purpose room. No candy,
no electronics, no additional entertainment. Just some kids showing off
the latest break-dancing moves on the
linoleum. Simple, perhaps, but the
dances happened often and between
dramatic breakups and girls crying,

they were about the most fun a 12year-old could have in Claremont.
I worry that adults organize too
much for the kids. My sons are entering their sophmore year at CHS and
the boosters are well underway with
fundraising for the grad night party,
which will certainly include candy
bars, X-box and magicians.
After meeting Amelie, I got curious
about teens of today. Although I have
two of my own, they’re boys, so getting more than a “Mom, I’m hungry”
or “Do you have 10 bucks?” can
sometimes be challenge.
Amelie was assigned a man on the
street for the Almanac. (But when
submitted, she appropriately titled it
a “person on the street.” Go,
Amelie!) She was tasked with learning what a 2015 Claremont teen
thinks of Claremont.
I remember Claremont as a little
boring, but we only had about five
restaurants and the Village was completely closed Sunday and Monday.
We definitely didn’t have a movie
theater. For many, Claremont’s allure
is rooted part in memory and part in
the present. Checking in with young
people from time to time gives the
grown ups a chance to see how we’re
doing. Today’s local kids undoubtedly live in a livelier town but, I’ve
wondered, does that translate to more
A heartfelt thank you to Amelie for
taking time from your summer to
teach us all a little something about
what Claremont is like from the eyes
of a middle-schooler.

—Kathryn Dunn

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y name is Amelie Cook. I go
to El Roble Intermediate
School and will be entering
the 8th grade this year. I’ve always
enjoyed reading and writing, and hope
to become a journalist when I grow up.
When I was 5 years old, my mom and I moved to
Claremont and I started kindergarten at Sycamore
Elementary School. That’s where I met these
friends who were kind enough to let me interview
them. The purpose of these interviews was to see
Claremont through a different perspective: the eyes
of a middle school teenager.
—Amelie Cook



Merry Aichele

Amelie: What do you think are the boring or bad
parts of Claremont?
Merry: Probably the fact that there are only a couple really good parks.
Amelie: What do you think are the good parts of
Merry: I think that the Village is pedestrianfriendly and really clean.
Amelie: What is your favorite part of the Village?
Merry: Either the old part with the park that is
under construction, or the square near the theater
because both are nice places to sit and hang out.
Amelie: Do you think Claremont should have
more teen-focused activities?
Merry: Yes, I think adults and children get a lot of
community involvement, but teens don’t feel comfortable in either.
Amelie: What kinds of activities should there be?
Merry: Maybe something at the library where
people can talk about books.
Amelie: Do you ever feel like there are parts of
Claremont that don’t meet your needs—for example, the library doesn’t have the book you want to
Merry: I think the library is pretty well set. Sometimes it gets boring to go into the Village, because
everything is either food or clothing, and we have
only one comic shop, so maybe something not
food or clothing-related.
Amelie: What about school? What are the good
parts and the bad parts?
Merry: I surprisingly really enjoy school, and
wouldn’t do much to change it. The only thing I
was confused about was that I never saw a boy get
dress coded, and there were so many rules against
girls and not many against boys.
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Fiona Henry

Amelie: Do you feel that Claremont is friendly
towards skateboarders like yourself?

Amelie: What are your favorite parts of Claremont?

Fiona: Mostly. But some people get mad.

Fiona: My favorite part of Claremont is the Village.

Amelie: How do you know they’re angry?
Fiona: Because they tell us and give us “the
Amelie: This is just from random people around

Amelie: What about life in school? What are the
good parts and the bad parts?
Fiona: The good part about school is that I get to
see friends. The bad part is getting homework.

Fiona: Yeah. But it isn’t very many people.

Amelie: Do you think there should be more activities for teenagers in Claremont?

Amelie: What do you think are the boring or bad
parts about Claremont?

Fiona: No. We have the Village and we have
sports stuff.

Fiona: Claremont isn’t boring at all. It’s great.

“ ““ “
Leila Sacks

Amelie: What do you think are the
boring or bad parts of Claremont?
Leila: There are not a lot of activities
other than shopping.
Amelie: Do you think there are
enough things for teens to do in Claremont?
Leila: I think that there isn’t a lot of
teen-focused activities, so I definitely
would like to see more.
Amelie: What activities would you
like to see in Claremont?
Leila: I would like to see more sporty
and artsy activities.

Amelie: Specifically, what types of
activities for teens would you like to
see more of?
Leila: I enjoyed going to a jewelrymaking shop in the Packing House,
but it unfortunately went out of business. For sports, especially during the
summer, it would be great to see more
encouragement and availability for
people to play sports at the courts in
Amelie: What are your favorite parts
of Claremont?
Leila: A lot of things you can do in
Claremont are outside and you tend to
see a lot of the same people, so you get
to know them.

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Ariel Benjamin

Amelie: What do you think are the good
parts of Claremont?
Ariel: The Village, all of the trees, the
Packing House, the community and the
music school, CCSM.
Amelie: And what do you think are the bad
or boring parts of Claremont?
Ariel: I can’t think of any.

Amelie: What do you think are the good
and bad parts of school?
Ariel: The good parts are that you can earn
an education there, learn and catch up with
your friends, but the bad part is that sometimes teachers can assign a lot of homework.
Amelie: Do you think El Roble has enough
extracurricular activities?

Amelie: Do you think that Claremont
should have more teen-focused activities?
Ariel: Yes. I think that Claremont should
have some activities such as maybe a
skateboarding park in the Village or a
cooking class for teens in the Packing
House or an evening event with some fireworks.

Ariel: Yes. And I think that it’s done a really good job of creating a lot of clubs and
after-school activities that can include
everybody’s interests.

““ “ “

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laremont Art Walk takes place the first
Saturday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m.
Galleries open their doors for a monthly
artist reception celebrating their new
featured exhibition with refreshments, live music
and other festivities.
Additionally, visit the Claremont Packing House
for vendor booths and performance art. Check out for more information and
follow Claremont Art Walk on Facebook and Instagram.
Claremont has been a lively arts community
since the early 1930s, mainly due to the influence
that a young visionary, Millard Sheets, brought to
the fledgling art department at Scripps College in
1932 when he was 25 years old. Inextricably
linked were the artists, craftspeople and architects
that Sheets retained to teach, many who later made
Claremont home, thereby influencing generations
of artists and makers into the future.
In 1935, Sheets brought William Manker, a successful potter, to set up a ceramics department at
Scripps. In 1939, Albert Stewart, a prominent
sculptor from New York, joined the faculty. In
1940, Jean Goodwin Ames, an accomplished muralist, began teaching design. In 1943, Sheets
added Henry Lee McFee in painting and, in 1948,
Richard Petterson in ceramics. Sheets also set up a
program in weaving, first taught by Mary Easton
Gleason, then by Marion Stewart.
In 1950, Phil Dike, another leading Southern
California Regionalist painter, joined the faculty in


254 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont • (909) 624-7238
205 Yale Ave., Claremont Chamber of Commerce • (909) 398-1060

painting. Claremont also attracted other regionalist
painters, such as Milford Zornes, Rex Brandt and
Phil Paradise, often as visiting artists. Other artists
who called Claremont home, many arriving after
WWII on the GI Bill included: Karl Benjamin,
Paul Coates, Paul Darrow, Rupert Deese, James
Fuller, James Hueter, Roger Kuntz, Doug McClellan, Harrison McIntosh, David Scott, Paul Soldner,
John Svenson, Robert E. Wood and many more.
Claremont became a veritable hotbed of modern
art and as Karl Benjamin would later say, “the epicenter of the art world in southern California in the
1950s and 1960s.”
—David Shearer
Executive director of Claremont Heritage

Galleries participating in the Art Walk:
AUGIE’S / à la minute
532 W. First St., Claremont Packing House •

586 W. First St., Claremont Packing House • (909) 626-3066
532 W. First St. #204, Claremont Packing House •
250 W. First St., Suite 120, Claremont • (909) 626-5455
445 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite 101, Claremont • (909) 268-4526
110 Harvard Ave., Claremont • (909) 621-9091

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YOUTH activities
1420 S. Garey Ave., Pomona
Mailing: P.O. Box 1149, Pomona, CA 91769
623-8538 •
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Pomona Valley provides a safe place to learn and grow, foster ongoing
relationships with caring, adult professionals, and
partake in life-enhancing programs and character

developing experiences. Volunteers and staff work
with boys and girls in recreation, athletic programs,
field trips, special events, arts and crafts, counseling
and tutoring. Volunteers with experience are needed
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
466-5878 •
Office hours: Monday through 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 reduce sex-role,
racial and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive
intercultural relationships. Its mission is to build
caring, confident youth and future leaders.
2058 Mills Ave., # 506
As a nonprofit organization, AYSO organizes balanced teams of children ages 5 to 18; everyone
plays. Practice begins in August; season runs from
the second week in September through December.
Spring season runs from March until June. Games
are held in any of eight Claremont parks.
100 S. College Ave. • 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).

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Sure you’ll get older. So what?


You can stop now. I’ve got a new boyfriend.


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“Worship God, Love One Another, and Serve Together.”
4552 N. Towne Ave., Claremont
Church Office: 624-6626 •
Pastor: Donn Dirckx
Sunday Services: 8:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
Please check the website for Sunday service time
changes. Sunday School classes are available from
nursery through junior high.

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. Greg Dorst, Senior Minister
509 S. College Ave., Claremont
Office: 624-3549 • Fax: 399-9679 • email:
Sunday Celebration Service: 10:30 a.m. with Youth
Church and infant care. No Sunday evening services.
Wednesday Evening Gathering: 7 p.m. featuring
dynamic guest speakers each week.
Meditation services: Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., Friday at
10 a.m. and Sunday at 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.

“Open and affirming. All are welcome.”
727 Harrison Ave., Claremont
624-9114 •
Meeting for Worship: Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (Unprogrammed, based on silence. Classes for children and
nursery care. Handicap accessible.

Claremont UCC is an open and affirming congregation in the
heart of the Claremont Village. We value radical welcome,
regardless of race, sex, class, nation of origin, ability, sexual
orientation and gender expression or identity. Our Early
Childhood Center curriculum is secular, but reflects those
same values (all classes are bilingual).
233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont
Church Office: 626-1201 •
Sunday Services: 8:15 a.m. Worship, Kingman Chapel;
10 a.m. Sanctuary. Childcare available. See our website
for details on adult, youth and music opportunities.

“We try our hardest to practice relationship with God and
each other, not religion, so that we can see families and
culture transformed by heaven.
625-4455 •
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
(Sunday School classes available from nursery through
junior high)
Wednesday: Mid-week service and youth group at 7 p.m.

“An inclusive community of faith”
1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont
624-9693 • Fax: 624-4743
Pastor: Rev. Karen Sapio
Associate Pastor: Rev. Rocky Supinger
Licensed Day Care Director: Sacha Lord, 626-6261
Sunday: 9 a.m. Church school youth and adult; 10 a.m.
Worship/Time with the children, Godly Play/Music and
Movement for ages 4 through fifth grade. Sunday
evenings: Jr. High Youth Group, Sr. High Youth Group,
Weekdays: Men and women fellowships, Bible study, aerobics.




“An inclusive congregation offering a supportive fellowship for ALL persons on ther faith journey.”
211 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont
Church Office: 624-9021 •
Pastor: Rev. Mark Wiley
Director of Education Ministries: Martha Morales
Worship Services Sunday: 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Children’s Sunday School: 9:20 a.m.
Adult Studies: 10:30 a.m.
Youth Sunday School: 11 a.m. (Starting in September).
Jr. and Sr. High Youth Fellowship: Sunday evenings, starting in September.
Sing, Ring and Dance for Children and Youth: Thursday
afternoons (school year only).

Individuals discovering God together.
“We don’t think for you, we care for you.”
600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona
Church Office: 622-1373
Senior Minister: Rev. Dr. Elizabeth E. Bingham
Minister of Christian Education & Youth: Matt Moncrief
Sunday Schedule: 10 a.m. Worship service and church
school; 11 a.m. Fellowship Hour
Wednesday: Celebration praise worship, 6:45 p.m.

“Classic Worship”
472 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont
(Corner of Mountain and Harrison Avenues)
Church Office: (909) 624-4496 • Fax: (909) 624-0517
Pastor: Rev. T. Joel Fairley
Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. *Child care available; Adult
Bible Study 9 a.m.
Monday: Quilting 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday: Adult Bible Study 6 p.m.; Bell Choir 6 p.m.; Adult
Choir 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Adult Bible Study 11 a.m.
First Baptist Nursery School Director: Janet Hodges

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 through Saturday, noon to 4
p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
328 W. 2nd St., Claremont Village. (909) 398-1160.

"Seeking, Serving and Sharing Jesus"
1700 N. Towne Ave., Claremont
Church Office: 626-2714 •
Pastor: Rev. Lara Martin
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship; 9:30 a.m.
Christian Education for all; 10:45 a.m. Liturgical Worship
Weekdays: Youth Group, Bible Study, Men’s & Women’s
Fellowship, Choir & Chimes Groups, monthly Taizé
Service and Family Movie Night.

Pastor: Rev. Charles Ramirez
Parish Office: 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont
626-3596 •
OLA School: 611 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont
626-7135 •
Religious Education: 624-1360
Saturday Masses: 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Masses: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 7 p.m.
1 p.m. (Spanish), 3 p.m. (Vietnamese), 5 p.m. (Teen),
Come join us!

“In Christ. In Community. For the Journey.”
472 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont
(909) 399-0693 •
Thursday Night Service: Flood 6:30 p.m. Flood is a
young adult (18-30 years) community that gathers to connect with God, connect with others, and to connect others
with God.
Sunday Night Service: The Hub 5 p.m.; Faith Gathering
(Family-Friendly Service); 6 p.m. Hub Grub (Family Dinner Provided). The Hub is a family-friendly faith gathering
that includes live music, exploration of the Bible, and a
chance to invest in the community of Claremont. Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers. Age appropriate
break out sessions are available for children. 5th through
8th grades have their own club, Ignite. Join us!

“A progressive and inclusive Christian community.”
242 E. Alvarado St., Pomona 91767
622-2015 •
The Rev. Mark Hallahan, Rector
Sunday: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Mass; 12 p.m. Spanish
Mass. Tuesday: 12 p.m. Mass. Wednesday: 6 p.m. Recovery Eucharist.

830 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont
(southwest corner of Bonita and Mountain Avenues)
626-7170 •
Sunday Services: 8 a.m. Rite I; 10 a.m. Rite II with choir,
Sunday School and Childcare. Youth Group: Sunday, 3
p.m. Christian education for all ages.

A simple, missional, Jesus-loving church
1025 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont
Headquarters: 206 W. Bonita Ave., N2, Claremont 91711 • 624-5800
Solid Rock is a community of believers who have been
saved by Jesus. As a community, we’re driven by our vision
of seeking the renewal of our cities through the Gospel of
Jesus Christ. We believe this happens best by making disciples who follow Jesus and long to see that for our lives
and in the lives of our cities.
Sundays: 10 a.m. at Foothill Country Day School (Kids
and youth gatherings available)

I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with
everything there is to know of God. Then you will have
minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great
mystery. (Colossians 2:2)
Tapestry is a family of Jesus-followers who love God, one
another, and Claremont. We believe that Jesus makes all
things new, and we want to live all of life under the light of
this good news. We are a non-denomination church driven
by these core values: Gospel, Community, and Mission.
Find your place in God’s story!
Facebook: TapestryCityChurch
Pastor: Curt Phillips
Sunday: 10 a.m. at The Claremont Forum, 586 W. First
St., Claremont (inside the Packing House).
Throughout the week: At a home near you!

“The Progressive Jewish Community of the Pomona and
San Gabriel Valleys”
3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona
626-1277 •
Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz
Cantor Paul Buch
Shabbat Services: Fridays 7:30 p.m.; Special Family
Service second Friday, 6:30 p.m; Saturday mornings (call
for schedule); All holiday celebrations.
Religious School (K-12): Sundays, PreK to 7th, 9 a.m. to
noon; Wednesdays, fourth through 7th grade, 4 to 6 p.m.;
Call for teen program times.
Preschool/Daycare: 626-6937
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (open to all)
Judaica Gift Shop: Call for hours
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Scripps College
1090 Columbia Ave., Claremont
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.
800 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont
Collections in the social sciences
and humanities and Asian studies and
an extensive United States government depository. Archives of the
Claremont Colleges and local and regional history collections.
Thoreau Bookstore
586 W. First St., Claremont
626-3066 •
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to

5 p.m. Call for Saturday hours;
Closed Sunday.
The Claremont Forum is a nonprofit community center that enriches
lives through the 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 the proceeds help support
the Claremont Forum projects and
events. Volunteers always needed.
208 N Harvard Ave., Claremont
Monday, Tuesday, 1 to 8 p.m.;
Wednesday, Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8
pm.; Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5
p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed
Monday and major holidays.
The Claremont Library is part of the
County of Los Angeles Library System. Resources include books, magazines, DVDs, microfilm readers,
computers, free wi-fi, photocopier,
Spanish and Chinese language
books, large-print materials and

downloadable eBooks and music.
Children’s programs are ongoing.
Driver’s license and proof of current
address are necessary for a library
card. Children may obtain a library
card with parental permission.
208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont
621-4902 •
To promote awareness of the
Claremont Public Library within the
community. Activities supporting the
library including volunteering, sponsoring programs, providing refreshments at library events, holding special book sales and ongoing book
sales during regular library hours.

3640 D St., La Verne • 596-1934
Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.
to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 8
a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday and
The La Verne Library was first established as the “traveling library” in


1914, when the Lordsburg Library
Board of Trustees joined the Los Angeles County Library system. It’s
been at its current location since
1985, and includes meeting and
study room, a children’s area and
teen space. Collections include Spanish books for adults and children, as
well as a large-print collection.
625 S. Garey Ave., Pomona 91766
620-2043 •
Monday through Thursday 1 to 7
p.m., Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Closed Friday and Sunday.
Resources include adult 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 Dial-AStory at 620-2046.
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PO Box 2271, Pomona 91769
455-3520 •
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.
450 N. Euclid Ave., Upland
931-4200 •
Monday through 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, 1 to 5 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.
c/o Public Library, 460 N. Euclid Ave., Upland
91786 • 931-4200 •
The Friends 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 are needed.

COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Lanore Pearlman prepares for the annual book
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schools, tutoring
170 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont • 398-0609
Currently, CUSD has over 6860 students in its
K-12 program and runs an extensive adult school
program. There are seven unique elementary
schools, a school for the orthopedically handicapped, an intermediate school, a high school, a
community day school and a continuation school.
Members of the community may attend school
board meetings, which are held on the first and
third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the
Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center Board
Room. Agendas are posted online, or call (909)
398-0609 ext. 70102 for specific dates and times.
Claremont’s public schools are listed below:
451 Chaparral Dr. • 398-0305

Every Friday in print.
Every day online. • 621 4761

1750 N. Mountain Ave. • 398-0320
1745 Lynoak Dr. • 398-0335
851 Santa Clara Ave. • 398-0308
Oakmont Outdoor School
120 W. Green St. • 398-0313
1770 Sumner Ave. • 398-0320
225 W. Eighth St. • 398-0324
550 Vista Dr. • 398-0331
665 N. Mountain Ave. • 398-0343
1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd. • 624-9053
125 W. San Jose Ave. • 398-0316



Phoenix Academy
125 W. San Jose Ave. • 398-0609 ext. 21002
398-0373 •
Infant/toddler child care program; state/universal
pre-school; school-age child care program, grades
K-6. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A balanced selection of activities that integrate
the cognitive, linguistic, social/emotional, physical
and developmental areas. These include supervised
outdoor play and games, art, music, cooking, science, dramatic arts, computer time, field trips,
quiet time and nutritional snacks. Full-day programs are offered during winter recess, spring
break and summer. Limited funding is available to
income-eligible families who meet the state funding requirements.
170 W. San Jose Ave., Ste. 100
398-0327 •
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 include parenting, English as a second language,
high school diploma/GED, computer skills, fine
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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. ESL and literacy classes are free.

399-5490 •
Programs are held at various locations. Registration is required for all sites:
TRACKS Activity Center (TAC)
El Roble Intermediate School
665 N. Mountain Ave. • 399-5373
7th and 8th grade, free after-school program
The TRACKS Activity Center strives to provide
programing students will enjoy while promoting
positive growth mentally, physically and emotionally through the programs and workshops offered.
Programs include sports, arts and crafts, leadership, teambuilding, cooking, ping pong, pool,
foosball, special events, trips and much more!
1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd. 399-5360
9th-12th grade, free after-school program
The Youth Activity Center strives to provide an
all-inclusive, diverse program where youth explore
their interests through workshops, activities, volunteering, peer support groups, informational services and spending time with peers and staff. Each
month, the YAC provides free tutoring, a free dinner for participants, sports tournaments, arts and
craft activities, cooking workshops and hosts Teen
Committee meetings, which are open to the public.
1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont
(909) 450-1079 •
CLASP is a nonprofit that offers after-school
homework help, mentoring and enrichment/recreation activities to children in grades K-6 in Claremont Unified School District. To volunteer as a tutor or substitute tutor, contact CLASP’s tutor
coordinator at 450-1079 or
CLASP has five neighborhood centers:
Blaisdell Park Community Center, 440 S. College Ave., grades 4-6; Claremont Presbyterian
Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave., grades 4-6; Claremont Village Apartments Community Room, 965
W. Arrow Highway, grades K-6; Good Shepherd
Evangelical Lutheran Church, grades K-3;
Wheeler Park Recreation Building, 626 Vista Dr.,
grades K-3.
472 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont • 624-8873
Ages 2.5-4 years. Daycare: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. School: 9 a.m to noon.
Program runs September through June. The
nursey school’s goal is to meet the individual
child’s needs at their present age of development.
They aim to help children develop mental, physical, emotional and social potential for success in
later school years. As a “happy, loving Christian
environment in which children may grow,” Claremont Baptist offers reading readiness activities,
small group instruction and creative play.

1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont
626-6261 •
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Claremont Presbyterian Children’s Center is
a fully accredited daycare center serving children
ages 6 weeks through 5 years.
233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont
624-2916 •
Ages 3 months to 5 years. Monday through 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
215 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont
624-8223 •
Ages 2 to 6 years. Part day, 9 a.m. to noon; extended day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; full day, 7:30 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. Classrooms that encourage exploration,
choice, discovery and learning through play. NAEYC accredited. Parent participation.


1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona
623-3899 •
The Child Development Center at Fairplex is
supported by the University of La Verne and the
LA 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.
663 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont • 621-5112
Ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
An open atmosphere and academic curriculum
provided by a nurturing, qualified teaching staff
and a variety of activities and educational advantages in a safe, fully-equipped facility.
211 E. Arrow Hwy., Claremont • 399-9222
Ages 2 to 6 years. Hours for full-time school and
day care: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
School hours 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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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

1035 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont
445-1235 •
Ages 2 to 5 years. Monday through 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. 


1150 E. Foothill Blvd., Upland • 946-6120
Pre-school ages 2-5 years. The Scheu Family
YMCA strives to build strong kids, families and
communities. The YMCA offers ECDC preschool,
childcare, teen programs and sports programs.
3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona
626-6937 •
Ages 2 to 5 years. Morning preschool and daycare, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Morning preschool program, 9 a.m. to 1 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.
1460 E. Holt Blvd., Suite 196, Pomona
Infants: 6 weeks to two years. Toddlers: 2-5
years. After-school program: 6-13 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.

1530 N. San Antonio Ave., Upland
982-9919 •
Ages 5 to 14 years, K-8. Hours: school year, 8
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a.m. to 3 p.m.; summer school/camp, 6:30 a.m. to
6 p.m.; before and after care, 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CAVS is an independent, nonprofit, non-sectarian
school. Accredited by the California Association of
Independent Schools, the school has served children
in kindergarten through eighth grade since 1981.
654 E. Sixth St., Claremont • 621-8086
Ages 2 to 8 years. Hours: Monday through 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 the community at
large. The school offers language, art, science,
math, cooking, dramatic play, music and movement.
1035 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont
Grades K-8. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4
p.m. Foothill Country Day School is an independent
school that has been providing kindergarten through
8th grade education since 1954. FCDS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and
Colleges and the California Association of Independent Schools. Since 1999, The Seedling School
has provided an educational program for children
ages 3 to 5. Summer program available.

611 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont
626-7135 • Fax 398-1395
Office hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. School hours: Kindergarten,
Monday through Thursday, 7:50 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Friday 7:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; grades 1-8, Monday
through Thursday, 7:50 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday 7:50
a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
1175 W. Base Line Rd., Claremont
626-3587 •
Consisting of Webb School 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 Alf Museum of Paleontology, the
only accredited paleontology museum located on a
secondary school campus in North America.
3105 Padua Ave., 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. 

480 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont • 621-4727


Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Afterschool program, Monday through 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
CASA COLINA Children’s Service Center
Adaptive Learning Program
255 E. Bonita Ave., Pomona
596-7733 •
The After School Activity Program. Ages 6 to 12.
Eight-week duration held Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.
Offers children with autism and other related disabilities the opportunity to feel included in structured activities by introducing them to the importance of participating in recreation and exercise. The
program engages children’s attention with crafts,
games and sports, and encourages motor, cognitive
and body awareness skills. Doctor referral.
(Ontario-Pomona Association for Retarded Citizens) 9029 Vernon Ave., Montclair
985-3116 •
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to
4:45 p.m. OPARC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities achieve
their full potential. Accredited by CARF.
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112 Harvard Ave., #191, Claremont • 399-1709
The Claremont Educational Foundation is a nonprofit 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 the foundation’s
mission “To protect and enrich quality public education in Claremont.” CEF is a member of the California Consortium of Education Foundations.
Since 1994, the Curtain Raisers and Pomona
College have hosted the Claremont School of Theater Arts, a five-week program for children ages 6
to 9 that concludes with a public performance. The
goal of the CSTA is to expose young minds to the
world of theater, teaching problem-solving skills,
sparking imaginations and nurturing creativity.
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Classes held at The Old School House in Claremont (909) 717-7848 • (951) 277-4442
Two-week sessions in June and July. 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 enhance the program. Classroom aides and specialists provide a
small ratio of students to instructor, enabling small
group and individual instruction.
1175 W. Base Line Rd., Claremont
626-3587 •
The Summer Studies session runs in June and
July. Course catalogue is available online. Housing
is not available for summer students.

The Claremont Colleges is a consortium of five
undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions, as well as the School of Theology and the
Claremont Lincoln University. Through the Claremont University Consortium, the colleges provide
a library system, athletic facilities, and extra-curricular activities. Academic programs and crossregistration are offered to all students, faculty and
staff at the Colleges.
101 S. Mills, Claremont • 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.
250 W. First St., Ste. 330, Claremont • 962-6800
The mission of the Claremont Lincoln University is to “Put Wisdom to Work in the World.” It is
a nonprofit, non-sectarian, values-based graduate
school, founded on the commitment that the practical wisdom of the world’s great traditions—philosophical, religious, ethical and humanistic—offers
perspectives and skills for effectively addressing
contemporary social problems. Established in
2011, Lincoln University offers classes on the
Claremont School of Theology campus, in Los
Angeles and online.
1325 N. College Ave., Claremont • 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, DC.
150 E. Tenth St., Claremont • 621-8396
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is an independent institution devoted

entirely to graduate study. On its 19 acres, eight
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.
888 Columbia Ave., Claremont • 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
301 Platt Blvd., Claremont • 621-8000
Founded in 1955, Harvey Mudd is a private, coeducational, 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.
of Applied Life Sciences
535 Watson Dr., Claremont • 607-7855    
Founded in 1997, Keck Graduate Institute is the
seventh member of The Claremont Colleges Consortium and is the only American graduate institu-


tion devoted solely to bioscience education and
discovery. Designed to educate leaders for the
biotechnology, pharmaceutical, healthcare product
and bioagricultural (biosciences) industries, Keck’s
interdisciplinary curriculum integrates biological
systems, computational biology and bioengineering with management, finance and bioethics.
1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont • 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 advisors.
333 N. College Way, Claremont • 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.
1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont • 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.
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901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa
P.O. Box 7000, Azusa, CA 91702
626-969-3434 • 626-815-6000 •
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 semester.

3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona • 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 WK Kellogg. Cal Poly integrates technology into a traditional liberal arts education as well
as into the applied sciences.
UNIVERSITY Cal Poly Pomona
3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona • 869-4488
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 non-credit courses include
career-related certificate programs, test preparation
seminars, travel-study opportunities, language training and an off-campus MBA program.
5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga • 652-6000
Founded in 1883, Chaffey College is a two-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.
1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora • (626) 963-0323
Citrus offers AA degrees and general education
courses for transfers to four-year universities. Student services include tutoring, computer skills labs,
transfer guidance, career counseling and assessment
and college success workshops and classes.
1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut • 274-7500
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.
1950 Third St., La Verne • 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.
309 E. Second St., Pomona • 623-6116
Located on 22 acres in downtown Pomona, the
Western University of Health Sciences is a nonprofit, graduate university for the health professions. The university is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and
Universities of the Western Association of Schools
and Colleges.

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5000 San Bernardino St., Montclair
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.
1798 N. Garey Ave., Pomona • 865-9500 • Volunteer: 865-9669
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is a
453-bed acute care, nonprofit 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.

1601 Monte Vista Ave., Claremont
865-9500 •
Urgent Care Center 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.
999 San Bernardino Rd., Upland
985-2811 • Volunteer: 920-6266 •
Founded in 1907, San Antonio Hospital is a 283bed, full-service, acute care facility providing 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.

The Claremont Club, 1775 Monte Vista Ave.
www.claremontclub/projectwalk • (888) 436-2788
Project Walk provides an improved quality of
life for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI)
through intense activity-based recovery programs,


education, training, research and development.
The Project Walk brand is exclusively managed
and operated by SCI Business Solutions, Inc. and
consists of a global network of franchised and licensed locations, including the Claremont Club.
255 E. Bonita Ave., Pomona
596-7733 •
Toll-free (866) 724-4127 • fax 593-0153
TDD-TTY-Q (909) 596-3646
Casa Colina is a nonprofit, 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.

East San Gabriel Valley Unit
339 E. Rowland St., Covina
(626) 966-9994 •
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
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connecting traumatic brain injury
2058 N. Mills Ave. #641
Claremont, CA 91711 • 260-0980
A nonprofit organization that
strives to provide a sense of community, resources, education, and student support for brain injury survivors and their loved ones. We hope
to decrease the sense of isolation that
often occurs after a brain injury, and
to empower these individuals to
move forward in their lives and
achieve their goals. We accomplish
this by providing support groups, student scholarships, website resources
and referrals to services.
250 W. First St., Ste. 254, Claremont • 626-7847
Executive Director Sister Terry
Dodge, SSL
Provides housing, education, support and counseling in a home-like
environment for women who have
been incarcerated. Helps 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,
nonprofit corporation. Funded in part
by local churches, businesses and

Citrus Valley Medical Center, Queen
of the Valley Campus, 1115 S. Sunset Ave., West Covina
(626) 857-3477

sues. FAP’s service area is the entire
county of San Bernardino, and San
Gabriel and Pomona Valleys in eastern Los Angeles County. Volunteers
welcomed for any type of support
and assistance.

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 nonprofit organization that
teaches diabetes education and helps
those with diabetes manage their
health. Certified diabetes educators
have 72 years of combined experience
in diabetes education. 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, MediCal, most PPOs and some HMOs.
Cash-paying clients accepted.

PO Box 459, Claremont
623-4364 •
24-hour hotline: 988-5559
House of Ruth’s mission is to assist
women and children victimized by
domestic violence by providing shelter, programs and education, and to
contribute to social change through
intervention, prevention programs
and community awareness. All services are confidential and free.

233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont
482-2066 • (800) 448-0858
Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FAP is a nonprofit 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 is-

233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont
399-3289 • Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, open all day. 24-


hour answering service.
Inland Hospice Association provides comprehensive care and volunteer support to terminally ill patients
and their families. Serving local
communities, including Claremont.
Services are provided free of charge.
National Alliance on Mental Health
Helpline: 399-0305
(800) 950-NAMI (6264)
Founded in 1979, NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illness and to improving the quality of
life for all whose lives are affected by
these diseases. Call the helpline for
information about crisis intervention,
treatment and recovery programs and
family-support services. NAMI relies
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1550 N. Garey Ave., Pomona
(800) 576-5544. Open Monday-Friday, closed
Sunday. Call for hours.
918 W. Foothill Blvd. Suite A, Upland
890-5511. Call for hours.
Planned Parenthood believes that everyone has
the right to choose when or whether to have a
child and that 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
1798 N. Garey Ave., Pomona
865-9669 •
The specific and primary purpose of the auxiliary
is to further the best interests of Pomona Valley
Hospital Medical Center and to assist in the promotion of its activities through volunteering and
fundraising activities. 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.
PO Box 1369, Pomona, 91769
Hotlines: 626-4357 (bilingual)
(800) 656-HOPE (4673) • (626) 966-4155
Business office: 623-1619 or (626) 915-2535
Project SISTER is a nonprofit agency providing
services to survivors of sexual abuse and their
families in the East San Gabriel and Inland Val-

leys. Resources include 24-hour hotline, hospital,
court and police accompaniments; counseling;
community education; rape prevention programs
for seniors; child abuse education; 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 needed.
LIFE (formerly Independent Living Center)
109 S. Spring St., Claremont
621-6722 •
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-ofhearing, peer counseling advocacy, speakers’ bureau, quarterly independent living skills workshops
and disability awareness training.
2008 N. Garey Ave., Pomona
623-6131 • Fax: 865-9281
Crisis and Emergency Services
623-9500 • (866) 623-9500 •
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
150 W. First St., Suite 270, Claremont
624-3574 • 800-969-4862 •
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 bereavement services for family

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.
The Urgent Care Center is an outpatient walk-in
clinic affiliated with the Pomona Valley Hospital
Medical Center. The center is immediately adjacent to the hospital’s physical therapy and open
MRI scanner services. After-hours care is referred
to Pomona Valley Hospital’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.
1601 Monte Vista Ave., Claremont
865-9500 •
Urgent care, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8
p.m.; Weekends and most holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Family Medicine: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
7777 Milliken, Rancho Cucamonga • 948-8000
Hours: Monday through 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.
Rancho San Antonio Medical Center is an outpatient center supported by San Antonio Community Hospital. RSAMC provides a wide selection
of healthcare services; urgent care, diagnostic and
therapeutic services, educational programs, as
well as physician offices. (Urgent Care physicians
are not agents or employees of SACH.)

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(800) 811-4285 •
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 nonprofit, HOPE raises
funds to help shelter animals with medical treatment and supplies not funded by the shelter.
500 Humane Way, Pomona • 623-9777
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30
p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on most
major holidays. Kennel opens at 10 a.m.
Since 1949, IVHS has promoted 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.

11780 Arrow Rte., Rancho Cucamonga
466-PETS (7387) • Volunteer 466-7387 ext. 2075
Monday through 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.
The center also accepts pets surrendered by their
owners and houses “found” pets. Low-cost vaccination clinics are offered once a month. Bring all dogs
on leashes and cats in carriers. Volunteers needed.
1275 San Bernardino Rd., Upland • 931-4185 (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.


1010 E. Mission Blvd., Ontario 91761 • 947-3517
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Wednesdays.
This is a nonprofit, 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.

410 Sycamore Ave., Claremont • 399-5487
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to
noon; Visiting hours: Monday through Friday, 8
a.m. to 3 p.m.
Located on 10 acres of shaded tree groves and
manicured grounds in southeast Claremont, Oak
Park Cemetery has been providing a resting place
for residents of the Pomona Valley for more than
100 years. Oak Park is a publicly-owned cemetery,
honoring interments to members of all faiths, and
offers special benefits for American Veterans.
Fresh-cut flowers, potted plants and permanent
plantings are allowed on cemetery grounds. The
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410 Sycamore Ave., Claremont • 399-5487
As an independent nonprofit organization, the
Friends of Oak Park Cemetery raises funds through
membership donations and 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.
502 E. Franklin Ave., Pomona
622-2029 •
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 through Friday.
Private, nonprofit association serving all faiths
since 1876. Ground burial or interment, crypt entombment, columbariums for urn placement and
pre-need arrangements.

655 N. Palomares St., Pomona •
Dental Center, 629-6142
Operation School Bell, 629-7007
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
Claremont/West End Auxiliary
P.O. Box 134, Claremont, 91711
Contact: Charlene Betts 624-5781
Co-presidents: Wanda Pyle
The goal of the Children’s Fund is to ensure that


children at risk in our community because of abuse
or poverty receive adequate food, shelter, clothing
and medical care, and are provided equal opportunities for social development. Children’s Fund is a
nonprofit public/private partnership in San
Bernardino County. The county pays all administrative overhead, leaving 100 percent of all donations
to children at risk. Children’s Fund has fundraising
activities throughout the year.

325 W. First St., Claremont • 626-7334
Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed mid-June until the
first Wednesday after Labor Day.
This all-volunteer nonprofit thrift store raises
funds through the sale of donated clothing, small
household items, books and toys. Profits are granted
to local charities. Contact: Rich Laughton

205 Yale Ave., Claremont • 398-1060
A private nonprofit 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 with a
meaningful contribution of time, energy, and talent.
Since 1989, the Foundation has awarded grants to
more than 100 programs and projects.

Pomona Valley Affiliate
2111 Bonita Ave., La Verne
596-7098 •
Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, 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.

PO Box 1391, Claremont, CA 91711 • 450-5535 • fax 450-5536
Crime Tip Hotline: (909) 399-4528
A coalition of citizens, businesses and community
organizations working together to promote crime
prevention, education, outreach and advocacy.
112 Harvard Ave. Suite 191, Claremont • 399-1709
CEF is an independent, community-based nonprofit organization, founded in 1991 (formerly Ed
Net), to benefit the Claremont Unified School District. Its mission is to promote quality public education in Claremont through community involvement.
CEF sponsors fundraising events, solicits corporate
donations and receives donations from parents,
businesses and community members. Volunteers

60 E. Ninth St., Ste. 100, Upland
984-2254 • 800-321-0911 •
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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.
660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont
in the Joslyn Center annex • 621-2400
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.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.
KGNH (Keeping the Good in Our
2058 N. Mills Ave. Suite 530, Claremont, CA 91711 • 962-8488 •
KGNH is a neighborhood watch group founded in
2008 that is “committed to vigilant kindness.” Their
mission is to strengthen the community through a
patnership with the Claremont Police Department,
LA County Sheriff and city leaders. Organizers are
available to help launch neighborhood watch

groups. Annual events include a leadership summit
and a crime watch street fair in September.
4650 Brooks St., Montclair
624-3555 •
Monday through 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.
1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 107B, Claremont
482-0050 • 888-715-4333 • email:
Claremont-based Shoes That Fit provides new
shoes and clothing to schoolchildren in an effort to
build their self-esteem, so they can attend school in
comfort and dignity. Schools are matched with local
sponsoring groups. School staff identifies and measures the children most in need. Whatever is bought
for the child goes directly to the child. All donations
are tax deductible. Volunteers needed.
211 W. Foothill Bl., Claremont • 625-2248
Uncommon Good is a nonprofit organization that
offers programs in education for disadvantaged chil-


dren, health, urban farming and the environment.
Community volunteers mentor and tutor low-income children through the organization. Uncommon Good offers its locally grown, completely
chemical-free and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables for sale to the community Mondays through
Saturdays. It is located in  its first-of-its-kind-in-theworld green building, the Whole Earth Building, located at the back of the Claremont United Methodist
Church property.

Garner House, Memorial Park
840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont • 621-0848
Mailing: PO Box 742, Claremont, CA 91711
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Claremont Heritage is a nonprofit 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, a film series, lectures, workshops, home
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585 E. Holt Ave., Pomona • 623-2198
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
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.) Both are open
Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. The Pomona Ebell Museum of History itself (585 E. Holt Ave.) is available
to rent through the Historical Society.

PO Box 841, Claremont, 91711 • 624-0954
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-a-Roadway and Inland Valley Hope Partners Beta Center.
644 Rockford Dr., Claremont
Andy Zanella, 624-0592 •
Meetings: Second Thursday of each month (third
Thursday in November), 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.
P.O. Box 1201, Claremont 91711
632-1516 •
General meetings: Last Monday of every month at 7
p.m. at Porter Hall, Pilgrim Place. Luncheons: Second Friday of every month at noon at Darvish
Restaurant, 946 W. Foothill Blvd.
The club’s aim is 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.
PO Box 1532, Claremont 91711 • 624-9457
Monthly newsletter. Serving the people of Alta
Loma, Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Diamond
Bar, Glendora, La Verne, Montclair, Ontario,
Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas and Upland. The LWV is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public
policy through education and advocacy.


PO Box 531, La Verne 91750
The mission and purpose of the Mountain View
Republican Club is to promote and support the Republican Party and its ideals and principles as well
as Republican candidates in the San Gabriel Valley
and neighboring communities. Activities include
registering Republican voters, providing assistance,
education and information to Republican voters and
coordinating and executing local Republican campaigns and fundraising.
(951) 233-9785
The local affiliate of, a grassroots organization with over 8 million members across
America. works to realize the progressives promises of the country on a wide range of issues. Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of every
month at 7:30 p.m. in Claremont, location to be announced. To be notified of progressive events in
our area, join by visiting and
click the link for your local council.
Church of the Brethren, 2425 E St., La Verne
PWJC is a nonprofit organization. All members
are volunteers who share both their time and talents
for the betterment of our earthly community.

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Mel Boynton, president,
Meetings: Third Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7
p.m. Usually at Porter Hall, Pilgrim Place, 601
Mayflower Road, at the end of West Sixth Street
in Claremont. (Check website for changes.)
UNA PV is a chapter of UNA of the United
States, a program of the United Nations Foundation. Its purpose is to inform, inspire and mobilize
Americans to support the principles and vital work
of the United Nations and to strengthen the United
Nations system.

205 Yale Ave., Claremont • 624-1681
The Claremont Chamber of Commerce provides
strong 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 the Claremont area. 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.
141-B Harvard Ave., Claremont • 624-6113
The Claremont Faculty Associaton (CFA), a
chapter of the California Teachers Association, represents over 300 teachers, counselors, school
nurses, psychologists and speech and language
pathologists who work in the Claremont Unified
School District. Through education, outreach and
advocacy, CFA works to protect and promote quality public education for all students in Claremont.
Bookshop and Gallery
586 W. First St., Claremont • 626-3066
Sunday through Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday
and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Closed Sunday.
The Claremont Forum is a nonprofit community
center that enriches lives through 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 the proceeds help support the Claremont
Forum projects and events. Volunteers needed.


c/o International Place of the Claremont Colleges
390 E. Ninth St., Claremont • 621-8344
To increase international and multicultural understanding 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.
(909) 621-6381 •
Meetings are the second Wednesday of most
months, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Napier Center at
Pilgrim Place (talks begin at 7 p.m).
The Garden Club is free and open to all. It was
established to bring together people interested in
all types of gardening from edible to ornamental.
Talks have included landcape design, composting,
native plants for wildlife, plumerias and orchids,
drip irrigation, tomatoes and many more. Occasional field trips, a monthly newsletter and socializing. We’d love to have you join us.

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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.


The FBBFS is a nonprofit dedicated to helping
preserve the 85 acre Robert J. Bernard Biological
Field Station, the college-owned natural area north
of Foothill between College and Mills Avenues.
FBBFS works to educate the Claremont community about the great value of the Field Station to
education and research, as well as to the character
and heritage of the city. Newsletters are sent out
two or three times a year.

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 •
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 retardation.

915-C W. Foothill Blvd. #399, Claremont

621-8283 •
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.
PO Box 357, Claremont, CA 91711 • 624-3377
Meetings: Fridays, 12:00 pm at the Double Tree
Hotel, 555 W. Foothill, Claremont.
PO Box 373, Claremont, CA 91711
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m.
St. Ambrose Church, 830 Bonita Ave., Claremont
Organizes the annual Turkey Trot, which benefits
CSR sports scholarships and other charities.
PO Box 1502, Claremont • 399-5486
Sustainable Claremont is a nonprofit organization
that engages people in education and action to create a more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable community. Members work
closely with each other and the city on projects such
as energy and water conservation, school programs,
draught-tolerant landscaping, a garden club and
habitat protection. New members are welcome. Follow them on Facebook at and Twitter @GreenClaremont.
P.O. Box 700, Claremont • 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.
141 Harvard Ave. #C, Claremont • 621-4363
The VMG is a group of Claremont Village merchants whose purpose is to market and promote
awareness of the Village. 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 two Shoes That
Fit events. The group also participates in Shop and
Dine events.

La Parolaccia
Osteria Italiana
201 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

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Claremont • 624-1516

1030 W. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont • 621-3985

La Parolaccia Osteria Italiana is an
authentic Italian restaurant offering a wide
variety of homemade delicious pastas and
pizzas prepared in our exposition wood
burning oven at 800 degrees. In addition,
we offer a selection of salads and appetizers, as well as fish and meats. We have
an extensive wine list with wines from Italy
and California.
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

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.

The Press
129 Harvard Avenue
Claremont • 625.4808
New American cuisine from the freshest
ingredients, including vegan and vegetarian dishes. Weekly lunch and dinner specials. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m.,
excepting Thursday, 3 to closing.
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

Black Watch
Pub &
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.

Podges Juice
124 N. Yale Avenue
Claremont • 626-2216
All American, healthy alternative
natural food. Specializing in fresh juices
and sandwiches. Vegetarian, too!

Open daily at 11 am.
Sunday Brunch at 10 a.m.

42nd Street
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.

La Olla
Mexican Grill
363 Bonita Avenue
Claremont 621-3434
Welcome to La Olla Mexican Grill
where there is always something delicious stewing in the pot. We are known
for our famous “frijoles de la Olla,” which
is our slow cooked pinto beans or our
tender chile verde. We offer many vegetarian and gluten-free items including our
fire roasted chile relleno. Come join us
for a satisfying Mexican meal at affordable prices.

Dragon 99
9335 Monte Vista Avenue
Montclair 621-1699
Chinese cuisine and Sushi in the
Montclair Plaza shopping center.
Great variety of both Chinese
and Sushi made fresh to order, wine,
beer and assorted flavored teas. Lunch,
dinner, dine-in, take out, catering.
Banquet and party space.

Open Monday through Saturday,
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.



La Paloma

109 Yale Avenue, Claremont
(Yale at First, in the Village)
Enjoy our famous Mexican salad.
Mexican and American food. Full bar, 2
patios, NBA, NFL and MLB packages on
26 flat-screen TVs throughout the facility.
Weekly specials: Happy hour MondayFriday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays $1.50 street
tacos, happy hour drinks all night; Wine
Wednesdays $3 off glasses and half-off
bottles; Fridays and Saturdays, live
music. Sundays, Bloody Mary bar, 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Open Monday-Saturday,
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (bar open later);
Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Open Mon-Thu, Sun, 1 a.m. to 9:30
p.m.; Fri and Sat, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Since 1966
Mexican Restaurant
2975 Foothill Blvd.
La Verne • 593-7209
Bring the family for authentic Mexican
food in bright, cheerful surroundings.
Full service bar. Reasonably priced.
Child’s plate. Reservations not necessary. Major credit cards.
Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.
to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to
10 p.m. Lunch specials Monday through
Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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REAL ESTATE Claremont, Modernist Mecca
by David Shearer, executive director of Claremont Heritage


laremont, a Modernist
Mecca?” I was recently
asked by someone who
read a press release I’d written. “I’ve
lived here for over 30 years and
haven’t noticed anything modern.”
Known more as the “City of Trees
and PhDs,” Claremont also embodies
an almost utopian environment that is a
wonderful mix of small-town atmosphere combined with academic and cultural attributes. It could be the
perfectly-designed Americana set for
Father Knows Best or Leave it to
Beaver. But in fact, Claremont could
very well be one of the best-kept secrets
in the history of modernism, the period
recognized as the mid-century, post-war
explosion of all things cool and modern.
Southern California, and more
specifically Claremont, offered a fertile testing ground for many of the architects, artists and craftspeople that
have now defined it as a movement.
The city has been a lively arts community since the early 1930s, mainly
due to the influence that a young visionary, Millard Sheets, brought to
the fledgling art department at
Scripps College. Inextricably linked
were the artists, craftspeople and ar-

Image courtesy of Claremont Heritage Archives
This residence by Paul R. Williams (1947) is part of the period in history recognized as the mid-century, post war explosion of
modern design. Southern California offered a fertile testing ground for many of the architects that have defined this movement.

chitects that Sheets retained to teach,
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hotbed of modernism and, as Karl
Benjamin would later say, “. . . the
epicenter of the art world in southern
California in the 1950s and 1960s.”
Modern architecture was not far behind. Herman and Bess Garner, of
Padua Theatre fame, created an artists
colony in the Padua Hills, giving
property and construction labor to
local artists to build their homes. The
Garners created an “Art Jury” that reviewed all the plans for the development. Homes were required to be of
the Modern idiom, and Millard Sheets

and architect Foster Rhodes Jackson,
along with Douglas Black, were the
official “jury.”
Albert and Marion “Hoppy” Stewart built their Theodore Criley Jr.-designed home and studio on the west
side of Via Padova with dramatic
views of the valley and surrounding
foothills. Ceramist Harrison McIntosh—who had years earlier talked
his folks into commissioning Richard
Neutra to design their home in Los
Angeles—built a home and studio
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designed by Fred McDowell in
Padua next door to the Ninneman
house, designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra. Artist and landscape architect Domingo Paglia
currently owns the Ninneman house.
He emigrated from Argentina to
work for Neutra in the 1950s, and
has restored the home to its original
Millard Sheets also built a home in
Padua, a forward-thinking rammedearth structure that the local building
inspector insisted be coated in gunite
for additional support, having never
encountered this type of construction
before. Sadly, the Sheets home per-

ished in a fire, but it has happily been
rebuilt to similar specifications.
Claremont Heritage will feature this
outstanding home at a reception on
Friday, October 9 as the kick-off to
our 33rd annual Home Tour.
Other artists who called the Padua
Hills home were artists Arthur and
Jean Ames and sculptor Betty Davenport Ford, who still resides here with
her husband Harold in a modern post
and beam home he designed.
Artists weren’t the only ones who
settled there. The Padua Hills also afforded Claremont Colleges professors and other professionals an
innovative living environment for
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Artist Karl Benjamin commissioned his first home from a young Claremont architect
named Fred McDowell in 1955. Elements of the design would become his signature.

who became known as the “father of
computer-assisted molecule design”
and also worked on the Manhattan
Project, had Richard Neutra design a
home for him at the very top of Olive
Hill. Sylvan Gollin, an engineer who
worked for industrial designer Walter
Dorwin Teague and General Dynamics, had a beautiful home designed by
Criley/McDowell that juts out over
the valley below.
Robert and Katharine Garrison
were the original owners of a house
designed by Theodore Pletsch, a prolific mid-century architect in the
Pasadena area. Bob Garrison was a

Harvard graduate and petroleum specialist who helped discover the Seal
Beach oil fields in the 1920s and
1930s. He and his first wife made the
naming donation for the Garrison
Theater at the Colleges and were very
generous to Scripps College, where
he was a trustee for 30 years. One can
just imagine the dinner and cocktail
parties that transpired and the view of
the setting sun over the valley.
Just down the hill, artist Norma
Tenega’s house was built by ceramist
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Karl Benjamin in his home studio in 1977. The studio, which was not in the initial design, was added on in
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Rhodes Jackson, who trained with Frank Lloyd
Wright at Taliesin West. William Manker designed
and built his home in 1951 on Base Line—then a
simple two-lane road through the citrus orchards—
that later became the home of ceramist Rupert
Deese. Mr. Deese also shared a studio with Harrison
McIntosh in an old stone house on Route 66 near Indian Hill, before moving to Padua Hills with him.
In the Village, the “Father” of Hard Edged Abstract

Expressionism, painter Karl Benjamin, commissioned Fred McDowell to design his home and
studio on Eighth Street. Buff and Hensman of
Pasadena fame built here, as did Cliff May, known
for both his Rancho Hacienda-style homes and the
early pre-fabs he and Chris Choate designed. Both
styles appear in Claremont.
The list goes on and on and reads like an American Institute of Architects’ Who’s Who:
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Tozier, Buff and Hensman, Paul R.
Williams, Ray Kappe, Leland Evison,
Carl Troedsson and many more.
Not to be overshadowed by residential commissions, the institutional
and commercial output during this
period included work by A. Quincy
Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, who
designed the Huntley Bookstore of
the Claremont Colleges. John Lautner
designed an office building intended
for the Claremont Village and a shopping center on Foothill Boulevard, although neither was built. Lautner did
design Henry’s Diner, built near the
Claremont city limit on Foothill at
Garey Avenue, which was the epitome of modern drive-in architecture;
it was a huge, whale-like structure
that offered respite on the drive between the desert and Los Angeles.
Richard Neutra and his son Dion designed the Claremont United Methodist
Church, with Criley/McDowell designing many of the school buildings. Legendary east coast architect Edward
Durell Stone master-planned both the
Harvey Mudd Campus and the Claremont School of Theology (CST).
Stone’s monumental Kresge Chapel at
CST is a wonderful expression of
modernism that is still in use today.
Next to the CST campus is a former
Pomona First Federal Bank that was
designed by Millard Sheets and augmented with artworks from his studio,
located a half-mile east on Foothill
Boulevard. Sheets, with all his talents,

Image courtesy of Claremont Heritage Archives
McLeod residence designed by Ken McLeod/Fred McDowell in 1954.

was not a registered architect, but he
had architects such as Rufus Turner
and David Underwood work with him
on the designs. Turner and Underwood
also produced numerous works themselves, from homes to office buildings
to banks. The latter did a number of office buildings in the Claremont Village
that reflect Underwood’s unique approach to modernism.

The “Father of the Shopping Mall,”
Victor Gruen, designed the former
Claremont Savings & Loan, now the
Chase Bank in the Village. There are
many more that could be listed who
contributed to modernism in Claremont, a particular brand of modernism that was unique in that it
employed the intersection of art and
architecture in a beautiful way that
enhanced the visitor/user experience.
However, it could be the indomitable
Millard Sheets who really helped
change the modern face of Claremont,
with an influential, albeit subtle, expression of artistic achievement as seen in
the buildings, murals and even street
markers that we pass every day. The
group of artists, architects and craftspeople Sheets inspired and brought together, bound by the built environment
that he and others produced, have indeed created a Modernist Mecca.
Claremont Heritage recently submitted a group of mid-century modern
structures for inclusion on the Register
of Structures of Historic and Architectural Merit of the City of Claremont. If

approved, the 40 homes and eight commercial buildings will be added to a list
of historic buildings recognized for
their architectural merit and heritage.
Homeowners can also nominate their
own homes to be on the register. A
home must be 50 years old or older and
meet certain criteria in terms of historic
value. Being included in the local register enables homeowners to apply for
the Mills Act, a California program that
offers property tax rebates based on established criteria and on the amount of
funds spent to restore the home. Claremont Heritage is happy to meet with
homeowners to review the process and
help research their homes.
Claremont Heritage is interested in
adding to our growing collection of
archives and welcomes donations of
vintage photographs, artwork, building plans, home movies and
ephemera that document our local
history. We also record oral histories
of residents and are working on both
a documentary film and book on
Claremont’s Modern movement. To
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services, programs
The Claremont City Council is comprised of five
members elected at large for four years. The
mayor and mayor pro tem are selected directly by
the city council from among its members. The
mayor is the presiding officer at council meetings,
with the mayor pro tem filling that role in the
mayor’s absence. Both the mayor and mayor pro
tem have the same voting power as any other
councilmember. The terms of office are staggered,
with three members elected at one general municipal election and two at the next. Elections are held
the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March
of odd-numbered years.
The city council meets the second and fourth
Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Claremont’s Council Chamber, 225 W. Second St. Residents are asked to check the posted agenda or call
the city clerk for the most current information. All
meetings are open to the public, except special
closed sessions that deal with personnel and some
legal matters.

Business calls: 626-7351
Emergency request for fire services call 9-1-1

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: 2040 N. Sumner Ave., Claremont
Station 62: 3710 N. Mills Ave., Claremont
570 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont
Non-Emergency phone number: 399-5411
All emergencies dial 9-1-1 •
Lobby hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The city of Claremont's Residential Recycling
Center is located at the city yard, 1616 Monte
Vista Ave. Residents can drop-off paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, metal and aluminum. Open
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 24 hours a day.
Do not discard household hazardous waste such
as used motor oil or large household items such as
furniture at the center. To schedule curbside collection for used motor oil/filters or to schedule a bulk
item pickup, contact the Community Services Department at (909) 399-5431.
For information about disposing household hazardous waste, call (888) CLEAN-LA or visit


Alexander Hughes Community Center
1700 Danbury Road., Claremont
399-5490 •
Claremont Human Services aims to make life
better through high quality programs and services
to Claremont residents of all ages. Programs and
services include recreation classes, afterschool
centers for 7-12 graders, senior programming and
lunch service, special events, park and facility
rentals and more. Visit to
register for classes and excursions.

Call 399-5490 for details.
(Saturday before Easter)
Memorial Park, 840 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, crafts, contests,
clowns, games, a petting zoo, as well as a candy
egg hunt. 
Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
The traditional Claremont celebration features a
parade, 5K run, oratory, food booths, game booths,
information tables, entertainment, family games
and activities. Fireworks and a concert are held in
the evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Monday Night Concert Series draws 3000
to 5000 people each night. This 10-week series is
sponsored by both the City of Claremont and the
Claremont Kiwanis Club and features a diverse se-

lection of music while including a few traditional
groups. Concerts are held beginning the first Monday following the Fourth of July and ending on
Labor Day.
Summertime, schedule varies
The Claremont Police Department sponsors the
family-friendly movie extravaganza. Each movie
will be held in a different location, so call the CPD
399-5411 for details.

October 31, the Village, 1 to 4 p.m.
The city and local Village businesses sponsor
this annual event in the Village, which provides
game booths, costume parade and entertainment in
a fun environment that is a safe alternative to traditional door-to-door “Trick or Treating.”

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22 total on more than 1740 acres.
399-5490 •
Some park facilities are available for rent.

1693 acres located at the north end of Mills Avenue 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 or red flag warnings, the city
will close the park to public access.

7.4 acres at Grand Avenue and New Orleans
Court. This neighborhood park features turf areas,
natural plantings and a walking path.

8.2 acres at 100 S. College Ave. Located just
south of the Metrolink tracks, it is home to the
Claremont Little League and the Pooch Park. 

18.2 acres at Indian Hill Boulevard and Scripps
Drive. Home to the Youth Activity Center (YAC)
and Taylor Hall, eight tennis courts, lighted baseball and softball fields, a basketball court, playground, picnic area and restrooms.

3.7 acres in the 400 block of Claremont Boulevard. El Barrio Park features a basketball court,
playground area, restroom building and a large
open area.

Three acres at 1800 Mills Avenue. Located adjacent to Chaparral School, this park contains a
playground and soccer field.

9.7 acres on Woodbend Drive. Located adjacent
to Sumner School, Griffith Park features two soccer fields, baseball fields, a basketball court, playground, two picnic areas and restrooms.

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5.4 acres at Mt. Carmel Drive. 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 Sycamore Canyon.
4.5 acres at Monticello Road and Sweetbriar
Drive. 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.
5.8 acres at Grand Avenue and Bluefield Drive.
Located in the northeastern section of the city,
this park contains a softball field, an equestrian
ring, a playground, soccer field and restrooms.
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10 acres at 2430 N. Indian Hill
Blvd. La Puerta Sports Park is used
year-round by organized soccer
groups in the city. Includes soccer
fields, softball fields, restroom facilities (handicapped accessible).
9.0 acres at 660 N. Mountain Ave.
Located near Pilgrim Place and
Claremont Manor, Larkin Park is
home to the Joslyn Senior Center and
Annex, and Larkin Community
Building. Includes a softball field,
half-court basketball court, playground areas, croquette and horseshoe court and restroom facilities.
Three acres at 881 Syracuse Dr.
Located just south of the Hughes
Community Center, Lewis Park has
playgrounds, a family picnic area
(handicapped accessible), basketball
courts and restrooms.

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 and a recreation
program building.
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 summer concerts in the park. The park also includes the Memorial Park Building,
the bandshell, a softball field, playground area (handicapped accessible), wading pool, basketball court,
sand volleyball court, tennis court,
group picnic area and handicapped
accessible restrooms.

The 24-acre community park,
which opened in Spring 2010, is located on Padua Avenue in northeast
Claremont. Amenities include open
space, restrooms, two soccer fields
and a walking/jogging trail.
1.3 acres in the 600 block of West
San Jose Avenue. Includes a basketball court, playground, covered picnic area (handicapped accessible),
walking path and off-leash dog area.
Corner of Harvard Avenue and
Bonita Avenue. This park is located
in the Village shopping district and
includes the Claremont Lincoln University Community Performance
Stage and a public art piece by former Claremont resident John Fisher.
144 acres. Sycamore Canyon is a
natural area located north of the
Thompson Creek Trail and features a
tiered uphill climb to the Claremont
Hills Wilderness park five-mile loop.
24.9 acres. This linear park is lo-


cated 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,
North Indian Hill Boulevard, several
cul-de-sacs and Pomello Drive. The
parking lot is located on North Indian
Hill Boulevard, across from La
Puerta Sports 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.
Seven acres at 626 Vista Dr. Located west of Valle del Vista School,
Wheeler Park features a lighted roller
hockey court, the Wheeler Park
Building, baseball field, playground
area, basketball court and handicapped accessible restrooms.

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theater, music, galleries
AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art
399 N. Garey Avenue, Pomona • 865-3146
Open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Second Saturday Pomona Art Walk, noon to 9 p.m.
116 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont • 625-2533
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 offering museum-quality framing services.
134 Yale Ave., Claremont • 626-3322
Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Gallery
space and shopping as well as creative and meditative classes.
254 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont • 624-7238
Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


205 Yale Ave., Claremont • 398-1060
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Each month the foundation features works of local artists. Exhibits change on the first of each
month and continue until the end of each month.
The gallery shares an office with the Claremont
Chamber of Commerce.
586 W. First St. in the Packing House • 626-3066
Hours: Daily noon to 5 p.m.
251 E. Tenth St., Claremont.
621-8071 • 607-2479
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. 
P.O. Box 1136, Claremont • 621-3200
The CMA is an active arts organization, dedicated
to promoting the arts in Claremont though education, preservation and public art events. Although
the Museum has no physical location, it hosts
public and member events and pop-up exhibits at
various locations, including the annual Padua
Hills Art Festival held the third Sunday in November. CMA also provides art education to
Claremont youth with Project ArtStART, ARToon
and Family Art Activities.
Scripps College, 981 Amherst Ave. • 607-3397
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed
for lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.)
532 W. First St. #204 in the Packing House •
Open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 7
p.m. First Saturday Art Walk open 6 to 9 p.m.
Email for information about renting monthly wall
space for art display or event rental and to inquire
about one-on-one art instruction, screen printing
or graphic design services.
252-D S. Main St., Pomona • 397-9716
Wednesday through 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 the enrichment and building
of the community. The dA offers artists the opportunity to sell their work in the dA store.
226 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite J, Claremont • 621-1630
Hours by appointment only. Teaching MondayFriday by appointment in the morning and classes
every afternoon. Art lessons for children and
adults. Beginners and advanced. Specializing in
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home schooling and children with special needs.
Also creative journal expressive arts. Private oneon-one sessions, semi-private, and large group
workshops, helping with such problems as: stress
reduction, survivor needs, cancer, job burn out,
wellness coaching.
250 W. First St. #120, Claremont
626-5455 •
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. The Tierra del Sol Foundation was built on the proposition that human potential for creativity 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.
1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont • 624-6115
P.O. Box 1236, Claremont, 91711
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.

445 W. Foothill Blvd. Suite 101, Claremont
268-4526 •
Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona
865-4560 •
Open during the L.A. County Fair. 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.
730 Plymouth Rd., Claremont
399-5544 •
Group tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2
to 4 p.m. Free. To schedule a tour, call (909) 3995544. Special tours can be arranged on other
weekdays and times by calling to make special
1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont
607-8797 •
Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday
by appointment. Free and open to the public.
330 N. College Ave., Claremont
621-8283 •


Closed summers. Permanent fine art exhibits include the Kress Collection of 15th- and 16th-century Italian panel paintings, more than 5000 examples of Pre-Columbian to 20th-century
American Indian art and artifacts, and a large 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.
1175 W. Base Line Road
The Webb Schools, Claremont • 624-2798
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed
noon to 1 p.m.) and Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m. Admission: $6 general, 4 and under free. The paleontology museum features fossils of dinosaurs and
Eleventh Street and Columbia Avenue on the
Scripps College campus, Claremont • 607-4690
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery has a
permanent collection of art objects spanning 3000
years of art from nearly all cultures. Objects from
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wide. The gallery hosts the Scripps
Ceramics Annual.
110 Harvard Ave., Claremont
621-9091 •
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
The Square i Gallery serves as annex of the Artist Trait Gallery, featuring fine art exhibits that change
approximately every six weeks. Online viewers have the opportunity to
purchase works from the gallery.

450 W. Second St., Claremont
Information line: 621-5500
Ticket prices: adults, $11; students
w/ID, seniors and children, $8; bargain matinee, $8. Senior Wednesday,
62+, $4.50. Student Sundays with
student ID $7.
1950 Foothill Blvd., La Verne
1-800-326-3264 x146 for listings.
Ticket prices: adults $12, senior $6,
children $9.50, adult matinee $10.

Mountain Village 14 • 460-5312
1575 N. Mountain Ave., Ontario
Ticket prices: adult $12; matinee
$10; senior $6; children, $9.50.

PO Box 489, Claremont, CA 91711
621-9782 •
The Claremont Chorale is a community chorus. Singers are selected
by audition and are committed to excellence in the performance of all
types of music for chorus. It is an independent, entirely self-supporting
nonprofit organization.
951 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont
624-3012 •
Founded in 1970, the Claremont
Community School of Music is a
nonprofit, 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 include
student recitals and festivals. Member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. Need-based
scholarships available.

PO Box 698, Claremont, CA 91711
The orchestra plays five 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.
PO Box 698, Claremont, CA 91711
593-5620 •
Email: claremont.symphony.orchestra
The nonprofit community orchestra plays five free concerts annually,
plus a Concert for Youth, a summer
concert and two performances of a
Messiah Sing-Along on the last Sunday before Christmas. All concerts
are free and held at Bridges Hall of
Music. Sponsored by the Claremont
Symphony Orchestra Association.
PO Box 722, Claremont, CA 91711
624-3614 •
Ages 12-20. The Claremont Young
Musicians Orchestra, founded in


1989, is a 90-member, advancedlevel, full symphony orchestra comprised of musicians who attend public
and private schools in southern California. Members are selected through
an audition in September for two full
symphony orchestras, the CYMO and
the Intermezzo Orchestra.
5050 Arrow Hwy., Montclair
482-1590 •
IPB is a nonprofit organization
founded in 1994 whose mission is to
introduce new audiences to ballet,
bringing world-class ballet performances at affordable prices and presenting the classics along with the
best in contemporary choreography.
P.O. Box 805, Claremont, CA 91711 •
Ages 4 to 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.
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405 W. Foothill, Ste. 201, Claremont
241-7480 •
Celebrating 35 years of providing Claremont
and the surrounding communities with performing
arts training taught by master teachers. Classes in
voice, acting, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, piano, guitar, drums, violin and keyboard are available to
students from age three through adult, and beginners to professionals. Moultrie Academy proudly
sponsors the Village Venture Day Children’s Halloween Parade, and their vocal performing groups
are staples at all major Claremont holiday festivities. The Academy is located in the historic Old
School House.
P.O Box 1016, Upland, CA 91785
510-6699 •
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

220 Yale Ave., Claremont
624-2928 •
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun-

days, 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. The store
offers instruments, CDs, books, toys and apparel.
Appraisals of antique or vintage instruments available as well as repair and restoration of vintage instruments. Ongoing concerts, workshops and
classes are offered and they produce the annual
Claremont Folk Festival, which benefits the Museum.
730 Plymouth Rd., Pilgrim Place, Claremont
399-5544 •
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.
1175 W. Base Line Rd. at The Webb Schools
624-2798 •
Admission: $3 per person, children 4 and under are
free. Wednesday, free. Open Monday through 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, track-ways 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.
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Building 3A Pomona
622-2133 •
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except major holidays). Housed at the LA County
Fairplex, the NHRA Motorsports Museum offers a
mix of artifacts, paintings, vintage automobiles and
memorabilia of American motorsports.

1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont • 621-8155
The public is invited to all events. Free, no tickets
required, unless noted.
150 E. Fourth St., Claremont • 621-8155
The public is invited to all events, which are free,
unless noted.
455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont • 626-1254
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Musicals to suit everyone, “babies to baby
boomers, yuppies to young at heart.” Many selections allow you to pick and choose your perfect
Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts
601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont
(909) 624-9053 ext. 30463
Claremont High School Theatre is a nationallyacclaimed theatre department with more than 500
students involved, many of whom are also members of Thespian Troupe 2129, and compete at state
and national levels. CHS students work in both the
art of performing and technical theatre. CHS puts
on six to eight shows a year, including plays, musicals, showcases and one-acts.
301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona
(877) 283-6976 •
Located in the Pomona Arts Colony, the Fox
Theater is an Art Deco landmark and state-of-theart entertainment venue, featuring national and local acts.
Northeast corner Tenth Street and Dartmouth Avenue, 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 performance space for the Claremont Concert Orchestra and Concert Choir.


276 E. Ninth St., Upland • 920-4343
Located in Old Town Upland, the 831-seat decostyle Grove Theatre presents family-oriented plays
and offers instruction in tap, ballet, jazz, musical
theater, voice lessons, group and private classes,
and children’s acting workshop.
12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga
Box office: 877-858-8422 •
Box office hours: Monday-Thursday, 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.

1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona
623-3111 •
August through September. The LA County Fair at
Fairplex includes live music with their End of
Summer Concert Series, Battle of the Bands, and
Plaza of the Americas. Fairplex hosts over 300
events throughout the year, including trade and
consumer shows, sporting events, expos, intertrack wagering and agricultural events. Fairplex
covers 553 acres and includes 8 exhibit halls,
Fairplex Park, Sheraton Suites Fairplex Hotel, an
RV park, child development center, picnic areas,
historic train exhibit, 12 acres of carnival grounds
and parking for 30,000 vehicles.

COURIER photo/Steven Felschudneff
During this scene of the Miracle Worker at
Claremont High School, Helen Keller plays
with a doll as her parents Captain Keller and
Kate Keller leave her in the care of her
teacher Anne Sullivan. Actors are Sophie
Willard-Van Sistine, seated, and from left to
right, Madison Dahm, Matt Tornero and
Larissa Pullen. The Claremont High School
Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing
Arts hosts performances throughout the year.
Visit for a