The Claremont Senior Program honored 6 Claremont residents and one local organization on Monday night at a special volunteer appreciation ceremony.
About 240 volunteers were recognized at the evening celebration, held at the Hughes Center, for their combined 14,000 hours of service to the programs and activities of the Blaisdell and Joslyn Senior Centers.
A few were highlighted among the masses, including Carol Jensen, Blaisdell Volunteer Award; Elizabeth Nola, Joslyn Volunteer Award; Sue Likens, Muriel Farritor Award; Kristen Gonzales Over and Above Award; Anita Chalmers, Josephine Smith Award; and Dennis Smith with the Los Angeles County Older American Recognition Award.
World-famous percussionist Leon Mobley stopped by the Folk Music Center on Sunday, May 5 to lead an hour-and-a-half workshop in the djimbe, a West African drum.
Mr. Mobley taught his class of 10 students, including one remarkably attentive 2-year-old, how to coax bass tones, mid-tones and high tones from the djimbe. He then led them in a combination employing these tones with increasing speed and agility.
The lesson was a fine start, but it takes years of practice to really hone your technique, Mr. Mobley emphasized. See our complete coverage. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Part 2 of our Mother's Day series: High-end blooms, plenty of texture and a touch of the rustic: These are the ingredients in Jackie Girard’s floral designs.
Her creations, which grace events ranging from weddings to corporate and college functions, teem with striking and unexpected pairings, making them look more like the subjects of a Dutch master still life than your average bouquet.
For a recent wedding, Ms. Girard pulled out all the stops. Two of her arrangements used up-cycled containers, a carved piece of found wood and a well-aged wooden bucket, to house a riot of plants and posies.
After a turbulent 3 years marked by protests, walk outs and sit-ins, the Pomona College dining workers are finally unionizing.
Last week, employees of Pomona’s dining services voted 57 to 26 in favor of joining Unite Here Local 11, a labor union representing 20,000 workers across southern California.
“Having a union means having a voice at work,” explained Hal Weiss, spokesperson for Unite Here. “That’s what this group of workers wanted all along. There’s no greater perk than that.” But while the journey to achieving the goal of unionization has been realized, workers are not sitting idle in celebration. Now the real work begins, Mr. Weiss insists.
Got food truck fever? A half-dozen tasty establishments roll into the Pomona Fairplex every Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The trucks featured this week, Thursday, May 9, include: Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice; Me So Hungry (gourmet burgers); Fresh Fries; Gobbles and Oinks; Street Food Co (“Baja meets Far Asian eats”); and The Currywurst Truck (sausages, dogs and sandwiches).
Sustainable Claremont Garden Club will be holding its first annual silent art auction, titled “Garden Inspirations,” at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's Grow Native Nursery sales pavilion from Wednesday, May 15 to Saturday, June 1, the last day the nursery is open when plants will be discounted.
Local artists are donating garden-inspired works, including paintings and sculptures, garden ceramics, antique glass bird feeders, and an artistically painted garden chair. A notebook with photos and descriptions of the pieces and bid sheets on each will be located in the sales pavilion for 2 weeks prior to June 1. On June 1 from 3 to 5 p.m., there will be a social reception in the sales pavilion. The highest bidders will be announced at 4:30 p.m.
Congratulations to Raylon "RJ" Bivins for winning the city's annual All-American Claremont Idol. The Claremont High School junior stood out for his rendition of the National Anthem. Weren't there for the performance? As the contest's award winner, Raylon will perform his winning rendition at this year's Fourth of July fireworks show, to take place on Pomona College's Strehle Track. Fireworks tickets, which are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door, go on sale June 1. For more information, visit www.claremont4th.org.
Once Paul Darrow arrived at his gallery gala event, visitors in the gallery lit up since some old friends had not seen him in years. And there were artists everywhere...including over 180 people that attended. That included Norma Tanega, above, who gave Mr. Darrow a big hug at the gallery opening of INSIGHTS & OUTSIGHTS: The Collages and Cartoons of Paul Darrow at the Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Space in Memorial Park Friday, May 3. Check out our gallery Wednesday. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Mike and Sue Verbal, owners of Pizza ‘N Such restaurant in the Claremont Village since 1979, recently filed a complaint against the city of Claremont alleging city officials violated an agreement made in regard to more than $150,000 of in-lieu parking fees paid by the Verbals to the city.
The Verbals first filed a complaint last August, asserting that the city misused money paid for development of parking for use by customers dining at their restaurant.
“I want my money back,” Mr. Verbal said. “[The city] didn’t do what they said they would do. If they had just explained why they used, I might not have sued.”
Mr. Verbal says it is a final effort to get some answers and to solve a wrong.
“We’ll let the courts decide,” he said.
Friday Nights Live is back and just in time as the evenings in Claremont begin to warm back up again.
Beginning tonight, Friday, May 3, head over to the Village Plaza, in front of the Laemmle theater, or the Claremont Chamber to enjoy an evening of live entertainment under the stars. The beats begin at 6 and last until 9 p.m. The music continues every Friday through October 25 with new bands every week. Tonight, enjoy the jazzy tunes of singer Amanda Castro at the Village Plaza or stop by the Chamber patio for the Lee Powers Combo.
Making the switch from deep-fried to leafy greens wasn’t a difficult choice for Anna Huff, but it’s not to say she doesn’t know temptation. Fried foods slathered in mayo were not an uncommon or unwelcome sight at many a family gathering throughout her childhood.
“It’s all about moderation,” she insists.
With moderation in mind, Ms. Huff helms Claremont’s newest eatery, Salad Farm, which blends organic goodness with robust flavor in heaping but healthy portions.
It’s not about skimping on all the good stuff, she asserts.
First in a shopping for mom series. Julie Maxson, owner of Claremont Florist on Foothill Boulevard, lives by the words of pioneering Luther Burbank, attesting that flowers are “the medicine of the soul.” She finds working with blossoming buds and Mother Nature’s whims to be literally enlivening.
“Mother Nature is never the same, no 2 stems are alike,” she explained. “It’s always surprising you.”
Next weekend Ms. Maxson will get her fill of Mother Nature’s surprises as she turns hundreds of blossoms into blooming tributes for Mother’s Day. She estimates that around 150 assortments will be assembled at her store for the occasion.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont officials are preparing for the development of a new Walgreens pharmacy as the drug store ditches its current digs on the northwest corner of Towne and Foothill in Pomona. Its new resting place? The southeast corner of Towne and Foothill.
The company is making preliminary plans to build a new store a matter of yards from its current location in order to take advantage of vacant space nesteled between Marie Callenders and the 76 Gas Station.