Using London’s Hyde Park Corner as inspiration, Reverend T. Willard Hunter began the Claremont Independence Day Speakers’ Corner in 1977 to showcase the constitutional right of free speech.
As a result, a variety of topics ranging from politics and religion to current events and history have graced the podium for nearly 40 years.
Here's everything you need to know about the Claremont Fourth of July Monday as we list information about all the key events during the day. Between the Freedom 5000 running race in the morning, and the fireworks show at night, there's enough to keep the entire family going all day and night. The weather for the weekend and Monday will be cooler than normal, with high temperatures in the mid-80s. With lower humidity, there is no rain in the forecast.
Beginning Monday, June 20 Golden State Water’s contractor, Precision Pipeline Inc., began installation of a new water main on the south side of Twelfth Street between Indian Hill Boulevard and Cambridge Avenue, according to the city of Claremont. The work will require Twelfth to be reduced to one lane of traffic however a flagman will be present to assist traffic. The work is expected to take six weeks. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city’s summer recreation program includes Camp Claremont, which is held annually for kids in grades 1 through 8 at Cahuilla Park. Camps are held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are available until August 5. There is a one-time registration fee of $10, with week-long camps costing $15 per week for each child. A snack bar is open daily from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (909) 399-5490 or visit claremontrec.com to register. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont city council unanimously approved a report of the city’s 2016-18 budget during the June 14 meeting.
Finance Director Adam Pirrie presented a report that included a detailed layout of the city’s operating budget, plus a glimpse into future capital improvement projects.
The city closed the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park last week due to extreme fire danger as two fires burned in the San Gabriel Mountains.
The fires, one off highway 39 in Azusa and the other in the foothills above Duarte, started around noon on Monday and quickly spread.
A mixed-use development on the site of the former Rich Products building could finally break ground sometime next month, according to city officials.
The location of the former food manufacturing facility will be transformed into The Village Lofts, a multi-story mixed-use development with residential and commercial components. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
A Claremont woman was arrested for DUI early Wednesday morning after causing a dramatic crash and trying to flee the scene.
Brianna Ryan, 30, was driving a silver Volkswagen at high speeds down Mountain Avenue around 1:30 a.m. The bottom of her car hit a concrete gutter in the intersection at Bonita, according to Lt. Mike Ciszek of the Claremont Police Department.
The Kiwanis Club of Claremont is sponsoring a newly established Key Club for students at San Antonio High School. A chartering ceremony and reception was held May 25.
Recently installed officers are President Dylan Bush; Vice President Andrew McDaniels; Secretary Julissa Ahumada; Treasurer Trevor Schwartz; and Publicity/Historian Alize Padilla.
Children’s Foundation of America has partnered with Claremont businesses for its annual back-to-school supply drive supporting foster children in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. The goal is to supply 150 children with complete back-to-school kits.
Don McDonald has been installed as the new president of the University Club of Claremont, the club that offers “the most intellectually stimulating luncheon in town.” Mr. McDonald is a retired pharmacist who currently works as a health care specialist. Donna Bernard is the new vice president, and Ray Bragg, Tom Helliwell and Art Sutton were elected to the Board of Directors.
Tickets are now on sale for Claremont’s annual Blues and Brews Craft Beer Walk. Tickets for the event, which is set for Saturday, June 25 from 4 to 8 p.m., are $45 plus a $3.47 fee. If you hope to attend but don’t plan to drink, you can also get a designated driver/food tasting ticket for $20 plus a fee of $2.09.
The city has closed the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park due to extreme fire danger as two fires burn in the San Gabriel Mountains on Monday. The fires, one off highway 39 in Azusa and the other in the foothills above Duarte, started around noon and quickly spread. By 2 p.m. Claremont had reached the high for Monday at 108 degrees. The fire so far as burned 3500 acres, while impacting the air quality throughout the Southland.
It was not only record heat on Monday reaching 108 degrees, but wildfires west of Claremont impacted air quality as huge clouds of smoke covered the Southland. Early in the evening a full "strawberry moon" popped up from the horizon, colored in deep red early on, then getting brighter as the moon rose in the sky. The color of the moon was also influenced from the smoke still lingering from wildfires. Our weather will remain warm in the 90s until the weekend, where high temperatures will cruise past the 100 degree mark starting Saturday. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger