It was a community affair when dozens of people gathered outside the Claremont High School Theatre Wednesday, June 6 to celebrate the groundbreaking of one of the school’s most ambitious undertakings in recent years.
The Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts will include an update of the wiring system in the decades-old facility, plus the addition of a 1600-square-foot lobby and 3500 square feet of classroom space. Don Fruechte served as CHS’s first theater director until his retirement 19 years ago, after which current theater director Krista Carson Elhai (who was one of his students) joined the program. “This is something unusual for me. I’m not used to thanking so many people for naming a building for me,” he said.
Bill Tuck twirls Alta Book as they dance to the band Swing 4 Sale during Blues and Brews on Saturday in the Claremont Village. The couple had just seen a movie at Laemmle 5 Theater in the Village Square when they happened to walk right into the event and decided to stay and enjoy the music. The 3rd annual event featured over 30 businesses offering food and beverage tasting throughout the evening with 14 bands providing live entertainment. More photos in Wednesday’s edition. COURIER Photo/Cameron Barr
The Claremont City Council will meet this Tuesday, June 12, at 5 p.m. to organize the 2012-2014 city budget. Among items to be budgeted is a potential $25,000 to $50,000 to hire a city art consultant responsible for implementing a Public Art Master Plan.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center took emergency education to the streets of Claremont on Thursday for Sidewalk CPR, teaching locals techniques associated with a modified hands-only CPR procedure.
The Village demonstration, which took place in front of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, was one of several across the region recognizing National CPR Day. Emergency Medical Services and the American Heart Association partnered with Pomona Valley Hospital to help bring awareness to a newly approved set of CPR guidelines.
One of Claremont’s own is on the ballot for November’s general election.
Republican Donna Lowe, who also serves as a Claremont community and human services commissioner, has been selected by California voters as one of 2 candidates for the newly redistricted 41st Assembly. Ms. Lowe received the nomination with 13,892 votes. She was only surpassed by Pasadena City Councilmember and Democrat Chris Holden, who received 17,129 votes.
The city of Claremont will no longer co-sponsor the 40th anniversary celebration of El Barrio Park to be held next Saturday, June 16.
The Claremont City Council entered into co-sponsorship with the Arbol Verde Preservation Committee in late May. However, the approval was preceded by an hour of heated debate regarding the city’s stance on donating money to an event with religious ties, a potential violation of the First Amendment’s establishment clause. Mayor Pro Temp Opanyi Nasiali first called into question the appropriateness of the city’s sponsorship because the event includes a Catholic mass.
Feeling more like a rate maze experiment than a primary election, redistricting and the passage of Prop 28 (the “top 2” method) have left may voters foggy about which districts Claremont now claims.
Redistricting in 2011 moved Claremont to State Senate District 25 for the November election, with the new lines also placing Claremont in the newly created 27th Congressional and 41st Assembly districts.
Claremont Police arrested George Warthan, 49, of Pomona Tuesday evening in suspicion of shooting a Claremont man in the 100 block of Brown Drive. Though Mr. Warthan is in custody, police believe he is not the only one involved in the shooting, which place around 12:30 a.m. The attack sent a Claremont man to a nearby hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the face, neck, chest and left shoulder. Despite the injuries, the man remains in stable condition. Information on Mr. Warthan’s connection with the victim could not be provided as police continue investigation, according to Det. DeMetz.
Bargain hunters with charitable inclinations will look forward to June 15 as a day when their interests will be united. The fifteenth will see the opening of a Charity Thrift store located just west of the intersection of Towne Avenue and Foothill Boulevard whose proceeds will go entirely to KidCare International, a local organization with a history of activism both locally and abroad.
Amid preparations for its summer gala, Claremont Heritage has opened up its vaults to restore a long-forgotten piece of the city’s history. A mural titled “A History of Pharmacy,” formerly housed in Hendrix Pharmacy, will be cleaned, restored and returned to the Claremont community after 20 years in storage. The 45-foot mural will be hung at the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences (KGI) by the end of summer or early fall.
As part of Claremont Village Blues and Brews on Saturday, June 9 from 4 to 8 p.m., Stamp Your Heart Out, a longtime Village shop located at 141 Harvard Ave., will participate as a non-alcoholic site, offering root beer floats donated by Bert and Rocky’s Cream Company, another Village vendor. Stamp Your Heart Out will also introduce visitors to Prayerfully Popped Popcorn from the Benedictine Monastery in Tucson, Arizona.
The kids of Mountain View Elementary School are learning the ABCs…of fun.
With summer looming, students are displaying a characteristic surge in unfocused energy. Meanwhile, with state testing over, teachers have a bit more time for non-essential but memorable activities.
With this in mind, the staff of Mountain View has created an alphabetical countdown to the last day of school, a tradition now in its fourth year. Each of the end-of-the-year “A-Z Days” is designated by a letter and features an associated activity. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Music and beer will be flowing this Saturday, June 9, for Claremont’s third annual Blues and Brews. Craft beer and food tastings will span the streets of the Claremont Village from 4 to 8 p.m.
The summer food and drink crawl is modeled after Claremont’s autumn wine walk. Also sponsored by the Claremont Chamber and Village Marketing Group, it provides the opportunity for local foodies and beer lovers to become acquainted with Old Towne Claremont, good food and company.