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  • Judy Casanova, left, and Judy Kohnen co-own Desert Succulent Creations which sells plants, wreaths and centerpieces made with a variety of succulents. The 2 women divide the business according to their areas of expertise.

    Judy Casanova, left, and Judy Kohnen co-own Desert Succulent Cre...

  • Judy Kohnen, left, and Judy Casanova inspect some of the plants they are growing at Ms. Casanova’s home on Friday in Claremont. The 2 business partners are getting plants ready for their booth at this year’s Village Venture.

    Judy Kohnen, left, and Judy Casanova inspect some of the plants ...

  • A few of the many varieties of succulents that Judy Casanova and Judy Kohnen use in their creations grow in the greenhouse at Ms. Kohnen’s Claremont home.

    A few of the many varieties of succulents that Judy Casanova and...

  • Judy Kohnen labels postcards promoting her business Desert Succulent Creations on Friday in Claremont. Ms Kohnen and her business partner Judy Casanova were getting ready for Village Venture.

    Judy Kohnen labels postcards promoting her business Desert Succu...

  • Judy Kohnen co-owner of Desert Succulent Creations displays some of the clippings that will be used to create the wreathes and centerpieces that the company is known for.

    Judy Kohnen co-owner of Desert Succulent Creations displays some...

  • The somewhat whimsical Skeleton on a Surfboard made of paper-mache, Styrofoam and wood was created in Mexico City circa 1992. The sculpture is one of several that are on display at the Petterson Museum at Pilgrim Place.

    The somewhat whimsical Skeleton on a Surfboard made of paper-mac...

  • Skeleton in Coffin Playing Guitar is one of several dozen Dia de los Muertos works on display at the Petterson Museum at Pilgrim Place in Claremont.

    Skeleton in Coffin Playing Guitar is one of several dozen Dia de...

  • This selection of sugar skulls is part of a special Dia de los Muertos exhibit currently on display at the Petterson Museum at Pilgrim Place. The museum is open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

    This selection of sugar skulls is part of a special Dia de los M...

  • The Pumpkin Festival at California State University Polytechnic University, Pomona was held last weekend and featured live entertainment, games, food, pumpkin patch, corn maze, pancake breakfast, petting zoo, horse rides, and insect fair.

    The Pumpkin Festival at California State University Polytechnic ...

  • Emily Rojas, 9 months, of Corona sits among the pumpkins at Cal Poly, Pomona's Pumpkin Festival on Saturday.

    Emily Rojas, 9 months, of Corona sits among the pumpkins at Cal ...

  • Visitors to the Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival look for the best gourds and pumpkins on Saturday. Many guests brought wagons or wheelbarrows to transport their selections.

    Visitors to the Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival look for the be...

  • Herb and Carlynn Christian look at some handmade mementos on Tuesday in their Mt. San Antonio Gardens home. The couple attributes their long and happy life together to sharing a passion for teaching and, above all else, laughing.

    Herb and Carlynn Christian look at some handmade mementos on Tue...

  • Carylnn Christian reads with a child during the Claremont After School Program on Tuesday at the Good Sheppard Lutheran Church in Claremont. Ms. Christian has participated weekly in CLASP for over four years.

    Carylnn Christian reads with a child during the Claremont After ...

  • Carlynn Christian smiles in front of a wall filled with family photos on Tuesday in her Mt. San Antonio Gardens home. Ms. Christian is a lifelong educator and resident of Claremont.

    Carlynn Christian smiles in front of a wall filled with family p...

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