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  • Catherine Rowlee, of the Interfaith Sustainability Committee entertains a group of children with her Earth ball last Saturday during the Earth Day celebration in the Claremont Village. Hundreds of people came out for the yearly event.

    Catherine Rowlee, of the Interfaith Sustainability Committee ent...

  • Lily Miller, left and Riley McNamara work the I Can Do It booth last Saturday during Claremont’s Earth Day Celebration. The girls were asking people to pledge to do one small thing for the environment.

    Lily Miller, left and Riley McNamara work the I Can Do It booth ...

  • Volunteer Ariana Chavez holds a great horned owl named Andrew while working at the Wild Wings booth last Saturday in Claremont. Wild Wings is a non-profit rehabilitation center for native birds that have become injured.

    Volunteer Ariana Chavez holds a great horned owl named Andrew wh...

  • A selection for fruits and vegetables on display at the Farm Fresh to You booth last Saturday during Earth Day in Claremont.

    A selection for fruits and vegetables on display at the Farm Fre...

  • Carol Cox and her husband Tim Cox watch the wild birds at an adjacent booth while representing the Friends of the Bernard Filed Station last Saturday during Earth Day in Claremont.

    Carol Cox and her husband Tim Cox watch the wild birds at an adj...

  • Many Claremont environmental organizations and businesses lined 2nd Street for the Earth Day event under clear skies and warm temperatures.

    Many Claremont environmental organizations and businesses lined ...

  • Green cleaning products can be as simple and using household products such as lemon salt or vinegar or specialty products like the line of Caldrea cleaners available at Barbara Cheatley in the Village.

    Green cleaning products can be as simple and using household pro...

  • Green cleaning products can be as simple and using household products such as lemon salt or vinegar or specialty products like the line of Caldrea cleaners available at Barbara Cheatley in the Village.

    Green cleaning products can be as simple and using household pro...

  • The lush flower garden in the backyard of Grace and Steven Felschundneff’s north Claremont Home is a contrast to the low water cactus garden in the front. At right is the redwood tree that Mr. Felschundneff’s family planted on Earth Day 1978.

    The lush flower garden in the backyard of Grace and Steven Felsc...

  • When they moved in 13 years ago COURIER photographer Steven Felschundneff and his wife Grace removed the jungle like plantings from Mr. Felschundneff’s childhood home and replaced them with a garden of cactus and agave.

    When they moved in 13 years ago COURIER photographer Steven Fels...

  • The redwood tree planted by COURIER photographer Steven Felschundneff’s family on Earth Day 1978 towers over the verdant garden of the home that Mr. Felschundneff now shares with his wife Grace.

    The redwood tree planted by COURIER photographer Steven Felschun...

  • The early morning fog silhouettes a massive cereus cactus in Grace and Steven Felschundneff’s north Claremont home. The home’s front and back gardens were part of the Spring Garden Gala sponsored by the Claremont United Church of Christ.

    The early morning fog silhouettes a massive cereus cactus in Gra...

  • The decomposed granite path in the foreground mimics the former lawn in the backyard of the home COURIER photographer Steven Felschundneff shares with his wife Grace. The overall design of the yard was laid out by Mr. Felschundneff’s mother.

    The decomposed granite path in the foreground mimics the former ...

  • Linda Heilpern inspects a strawberry at Vargas Farms strawberry stand on Wednesday in Claremont. Ms. Heilpern tries cooking with strawberries in unusual ways including salsa, pasta sauce and on fish.

    Linda Heilpern inspects a strawberry at Vargas Farms strawberry ...

  • Strawberries grow in the neat rows recently at Vargas Farms in Claremont. The farm has been selling the fruit at the corner of Base Line Road and Towne Avenue for 32 years.

    Strawberries grow in the neat rows recently at Vargas Farms in C...

  • Vargas Farms has been selling strawberries at the corner of Base Line Road and Towne Avenue in Claremont for 32 years.

    Vargas Farms has been selling strawberries at the corner of Base...

  • Chef Linda Heilpern leaves the Vargas Farms strawberry stand on Wednesday with a nice selection of the berries for some of Her inspired recopies.

    Chef Linda Heilpern leaves the Vargas Farms strawberry stand on ...

  • Master trainer Asghar Ghorbani helps client Rachel McDonnell walk across his studio on Monday at the Fitness Loft in The Packing House. Ms McDonnell was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 12 years ago and had lost the ability to walk.

    Master trainer Asghar Ghorbani helps client Rachel McDonnell wal...

  • Rachel McDonnell puts in a big effort while lifting weights recently at the Fitness Loft in Claremont. With the encouragement of her trainer, Fitness Loft owner Asghar Ghorbani, Ms. McDonnell has reversed many of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

    Rachel McDonnell puts in a big effort while lifting weights rece...

  • Master trainer Asghar Ghorbani shares a laugh with his client Rachel McDonnell recently at his Claremont business, Fitness Loft. The two have been working together for only 2 months but Ms McDonnell is already seen results in fighting her multiple scleros

    Master trainer Asghar Ghorbani shares a laugh with his client Ra...

  • Fitness Loft owner Ashgar Ghorbani, 51, was born in Caspian, Iran then moved to Sweden when he raised a family and then came to the United States 14 years ago. He is very passionate about his job as a physical trainer.

    Fitness Loft owner Ashgar Ghorbani, 51, was born in Caspian, Ira...

  • Rachel McDonnell, 42, has had multiple sclerosis since she was 29 which has slowly robbed her of physical abilities most of us take for granted. Now that she  works with a personal trainer she reversed some of the symptoms of her disease.

    Rachel McDonnell, 42, has had multiple sclerosis since she was 2...

  • A few inspiring messages on the wall of the Fitness Loft in The trainer Asghar Ghorbani.

    A few inspiring messages on the wall of the Fitness Loft in The ...

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