Practice makes perfect, but it helps when there’s a sweet incentive involved. Last Friday, the 35 eager students of AbilityFirst’s after school program learned this first-hand as volunteers doled out pumpkin pie as part of the nonprofit’s annual “Formal Feast,” a prelude to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Though the pie and the mashed potatoes are always a highlight, the sumptuous celebration is about more than just the stuffing.
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The city of Claremont kicks off the holiday season on Friday, December 6 with the yearly Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony, taking place in the Claremont Village.
The seasonal festivities commence at 5 p.m. with opportunities to take pictures with Old St. Nick and his missus at city hall. One of Santa’s reindeer helpers will also be on scene for a photo op or two. The Claremont High School Chamber singers, Moultrie Academy, The Wonderelles and 210 Sax Quartet will help set the tone with live music, along with the accompaniment of holiday carolers.
For a crisp mountain retreat this holiday season, locals can look to their own backyard. The sunny weather may cling to Claremont but in Mt. Baldy, a convenient 10 minutes from city limits, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Several thousand feet above the City of Trees, the quaint mountain community calls, providing a welcome seasonal escape without the hassle of holiday travel. Trails, lodging, great food and community are just a stone’s throw away.
Such a short jaunt may not seem like much of a vacation with the range such a short distance away, but there is something profound in a brief hiatus to the bluffs of Baldy.
Being Thankful: by Isabel Warth, a sixth grader at Sumner Elementary School.
Around the time of Thanksgiving, I think about all of the things I am thankful for. I consider myself lucky to have all these wonderful things in life including parents who love me, a house in which to live in, and a school in which to learn everything I need to know about the world.
School is important to me because it teaches me about math, science, reading, history and many things that will be helpful in the future.
One thing is clear, the cooler days and nights help make for some spendid views of the Southland from many far away places. Here downtown Los Angeles can be seen from Base Line Road at Padua Avenue. Some of us may think it's cold outside at times, but Claremont weather doesn't measure up to the winter storms that have crossed the country this week. Those on the East Coast are the latest recipients of much rain, sleet and snow from Georgia to Maine. This Thanksgiving week could have more rain in the forecast for us as the chance increases to 40 percent by Friday. But with Claremont's high temperatures still in the 60s and 70s, there won't be too much to complain about. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
At the end of February, Reed and Nancy Johnson, longtime owners of Boon Companion, will bid goodbye to the toy business.
Fans of the beloved “shop around the corner” will be delighted to hear that while the original proprietors will be moving on, the Claremont business will remain a toyshop, even retaining its unique name.
Claremont residents who have extra copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the novel selected in the Friends of the Claremont Library’s community read last year, are welcome to donate the books to students at Chaffey High School. About 100 students enrolled in the Honors biology and English classes will be asked to read the novel over winter break. Copies may be dropped at the Claremont COURIER office, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205 B. Retirement communities are welcome to collect copies then email or call Editor Kathryn Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 621-4761 to arrange pick up.
A Claremont police officer and an unidentified woman talk to a man who had barricaded himself on the top of the California Bank and Trust building in Claremont. The man held police at bay for several hours. The standoff ended shortly after 1 p.m. according to police. COURIER photo/Steven Felschndneff
Claremont Unified School District Board of Education President Mary Caenepeel becomes emotional as she reads a statement during a ceremony recognizing her service and that of fellow board member Jeff Stark on Thursday evening in Claremont. Ms. Caenepeel and Mr. Stark, who are retiring from the board, were lauded by colleagues and the public during the ceremony. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
An excavator lays on its side after apparently breaking through the foundation of Millikan Laboratory during demolition on Thursday at Pomona College. A witness said that the massive machine tipped over while tearing down a section of the lab and appears to have fallen into the basement. Demolition began earlier this week on the planned renovation of the facility located at the northeast corner of College Avenue and Sixth Street in Claremont. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Water economist Rodney Smith, right, and Golden State Water Company CEO Robert Sprowls listen to the comments of Sustainable Claremont’s Freeman Allen on Tuesday during a special meeting about the city’s water system. The meeting became an ad hoc rebuttal by Golden State to a similar meeting held by Claremont city officials earlier this month. Check out our complete coverage inside. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
When a gym teacher tells middle schoolers to hit the track for 16 minutes, you’re more likely to encounter sighs than smiles.
This was not the case on Wednesday during the annual El Roble Turkey Trot, when a good cause and festive atmosphere put some spring in students’ steps. All money raised is used to help maintain the physical education department’s fitness center.
Michael Ryan and Friends will perform an evening of music, song and dance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 23. The benefit performance for the Claremont Community Foundation will be held at Garrison Theater on the Scripps College campus.
Mr. Ryan, accompanied by an array of guitars, flute, bass, percussion, singers and Brazilian dancers, will perform songs and dances of Rio de Janeiro, including the bossa nova and samba