“I’m going to share with you the Legend of the Dragon,” began Ontario resident John St. Clair in front of a small, semi-circled audience in the Claremont Forum Tuesday night. The words opened a story swap Mr. St. Clair and others have held religiously at the Forum every month for nearly a decade. The meetings bring to life the words scrawled across the pages of the books brimming the shelves of the little Packing House bookshop and arts center.
Keeping those words alive continues to be their driving purpose.
COURIER photo/Cameron Barr
In addition to the construction, the city prepares for a busy agenda in September. A possible rate increase for the Claremont Dial-A-Ride program is one of the upcoming topics up for council discussion.
The Community and Human Services Commission recommended the fare increase last month after several public hearings on the non-profit organization. With the way the program is growing, the city’s designated funds will only be able to maintain the program for the next 2.5 years.
Though the Claremont City Council Chamber remains dark this month as the city continues its summer recess, work continues for city staffers preparing for the fast approach of fall.
Construction and other maintenance projects have carried on despite the August heat wave. A particular focus of these projects is the city’s parks and recreational facilities, especially those used for fall sports.
The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles has announced a 3-year, $1.95 million grant to Claremont Graduate University (CGU) for continued support of the Getty Leadership Institute (GLI), which offers professional development for current and future museum leaders, according to a press releases submitted by Rod Leveque of CGU.
The grant will support the continued operation of the institute at CGU through 2015.
The hot weather is not going to stop this construction crew from finishing the new Chase Bank building on Foothill Boulevard and Mountain Avenue in Claremont on time. Juan Luis Ramirez of H.J. Radtke Construction cuts joints for the new driveway on Thursday morning. The building of the bank has continued through the summer and is proposed to be finished by mid-September.
Though known for its trees and PhDs, could Claremont be turning into the City of Eats? The recent addition of various cuisines to the city’s restaurant repertoire may suggest that Claremont has a growing appeal for eateries, but also they indicate that perhaps the small-town economy is beginning to rebuild.
“The weekends are reflective of what’s going on. It’s really crowded here,” Claremont’s Director of Community Development Brian Desatnik said in an interview earlier this year.
The Claremont Community Foundation (CCF) granted a total of $17,400 to social sector organizations in its 2012 grant cycle. Grant awards were made possible with donor contributions and a variety of successful fundraising activities throughout the year.
Serving as a member of the CCF Grants Committee, Marsha Fox, president and CEO of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California, identified a funding request from Pilgrim Place for its Harps for the Spirit Outreach program.
Construction has begun at one of Claremont’s most popular hiking destinations.
Crews from Panorama Engineering, Inc. have set to work expanding the north parking lot of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park to accommodate the park’s growing popularity. Visitors will be restricted from using the parking lot at the north end of Mills Avenue over the duration of the project. Though it currently remains open, construction is scheduled to continue to October.
Claremont’s Visiting Nurses Association Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California (VNA) has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in home care. The award recognizes the VNA’s dedication to continuous compliance with state-of-the-art standards.
Palmer Canyon has been especially quiet since the aptly named “Grand Prix” (or “Great Price”) fire burned through in 2003, destroying all but 4 of the 47 houses that once lined the canyon. None of the burned houses have been rebuilt; leaving only charred concrete foundations and bits of debris to remind us of the vibrant community that once filled the canyon.
Claremont’s founder Henry Palmer named Palmer Canyon, or officially Elizabeth Day Palmer Canyon, after his daughter in 1887.
To Roslyn Farkas, a resident of Claremont Manor, happiness is about learning to become immersed in the little surprises life hands to you: a painting in a museum, a blooming flower, construction along a roadway.
Ms. Farkas rang in her 90th birthday with friends and family Tuesday amid the product of this mantra—a gallery of Ms. Farkas’ professional photos and poetry over the last 41 years on exhibit at the Manor.
As the 100 degree squelcher continues this week, the city of Claremont is welcoming residents to take advantage of designated “cool zones” in order to beat the heat.
In addition, The Alexander Hughes Community Center will extend its hours this weekend to give residents more time to enjoy a cold sanctuary away from the August sun. The Hughes Center “cool zone” will be open Saturday, August 11, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, August 12, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.