There were smiles and tears last Wednesday as dozens of volunteers gathered at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church to prepare for the 19th annual Thanksgiving Day Meal.
The smiles shone on the faces of participants who knew their work would result in 3000 turkey lunches for people who couldn’t afford a hot meal, or who would otherwise be spending Thanksgiving alone. The tears stemmed from the 200 pounds of onions being steadily chopped by volunteer sous chefs, to be tossed into enough stuffing to fill 30 catering trays.
A piece of Pomona College history was once again on the move last week, but not in one of the college’s typical gallery exhibitions. The center of the latest traveling display is a historic, 30-square-foot building.
Known to many as the Replica House, the little, white one-story structure was removed from the Pomona College campus in the middle of the night last week as the campus prepares for the construction of its new studio arts facility. Purchased by Claremont resident Bruce Mills, the old-town structure has been transplanted to a hilltop at the end of Mills Avenue in a coincidental example of shared names.
Golden State Water Company has begun a $2 million infrastructure improvement project in Claremont. The company will drill and equip a new well at its Indian Hill plant. Construction should be complete and the well operational early next year.
“The new well is needed to replace an older well that has been de-activated,” said Golden State District Manager Ben Lewis.
Because the project involves 24-hour activity, sound walls have been installed around the perimeter of the construction to reduce noise.
The city of Claremont invites everyone to an evening filled with live music, festive storefronts, a tree-lighting ceremony and more.
The Claremont Village will transform into a holiday wonderland where the young and young at heart can enjoy the festivities. The Holiday Promenade will include live entertainment from the Claremont High School Chamber Singers, the Moultrie Academy and holiday carolers throughout the Village streets.
“In The Works...” the annual fall concert by students of the departments of dance at Scripps and Pomona Colleges, will take place Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7 at 8 p.m. with a matinee and evening performance on Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Pendleton Dance Studio, Pomona College.
The opening concert of the Claremont Chorale’s 2012-2013 season will feature Ariel Ramirez’s folk drama, Navidad Nuestra (“Our Nativity”), which retells the Christmas story and forms the framework for a variety of Christmas music from ancient times up to the present.
In the concert will be held Friday, December 1 at 3 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. The Chorale will also be joined by guitarists and percussionists, together providing a diverse and joyous holiday concert. The performance will be held at the Claremont Presbyterian Church.
Temple Beth Israel of Pomona will begin to celebrate the Chanukah starts the season with its annual Chanukah Festival on Sunday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Festival guests will be able to redeem their gold for premium cash value. Bring your gold jewelry, coins or estate pieces and redeem them for immediate cash. Vendors will also be on-site so guests can shop for their favorite holiday gifts while also partaking in gourmet food trucks. Temple Beth Israel is located at 3033 N. Towne Ave. in Pomona. Please call 626-1277 for further information.
The Pomona College “replica house” rests at its new home on North Mills Avenue adjacent to the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. Early last week the circa 1937 wood framed home was trucked through the streets of Claremont during an overnight move that took 9 to 10 hours. The house was purchased by Bruce Mills to be part of a North Claremont hilltop property which is undergoing a major reconfiguration. More in Wednesday’s edition. COURIER Photo/Steven Felschundneff
Longtime Claremont resident Hal Lynn carves a turkey on Wednesday during preparation for the 19th annual Thanksgiving dinner at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Claremont. A team of volunteers spent much of the day Wednesday getting ready for the meal, which is organized by Gayle Jensen and Kim McCurdy. On Thanksgiving Day many of the same volunteers fed hungry people at 5 Inland Valley locations. More in Wednesday's edition
Eleanor Clift, political reporter, television pundit and author, examines the outcome of the 2012 elections in “The Road Ahead: Is There a Mandate for Change?” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 29 in Scripps College’s Garrison Theater, 231 E. 10th St. This lecture is free and open to the public.
As a contributor to Newsweek magazine and the Daily Beast, Ms. Clift writes about politics and policy in Washington, DC. She has covered every presidential campaign since 1976
When zooming through Claremont, drivers seem to hardly notice the extra piece of hardware placed atop traffic lights throughout a series of city intersections, but the device doesn’t fail to notice them.
Thirty-six Automatic License Plate Readers, or ALPR cameras, are busy 24 hours a day collectively capturing an estimated 3600 images of license plates per minute, with the capability of photographing cars driving up to 160 miles per hour. Three additional cameras roam the city attached to police vehicles, and police hope to add more cameras to those ranks in the near future.
Businesses in the Claremont Village are sponsoring the 2nd annual “The More the Merrier” contest from Friday, November 23 through Monday, December 24. One lucky Village shopper will win a $100 Claremont Chamber of Commerce gift card.
Village shoppers are encouraged to collect all of their receipts from Village shops, salons and restaurants, dated beginning November 23, and take them to one of 8 village businesses where the receipts will be validated.
With the holidays upon us, the Friends of the Claremont Library will host its annual book sale, Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library.
An array of unique and distinctive books will be available, sure to delight each person on your gift list.
Sale organizers note there will be plenty for gifts, and plenty to keep for yourself.