OUR TOWN: News briefs from around Claremont

CHS alum completes military training

CHS alum and Air Force Airman Joseph P. Shea recently announced his graduation from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Mr. Shea is the son of Victoria and Michael Shea of Syracuse Drive, Claremont and a 2009 graduate of Claremont High School.

The local airman completed an intensive, 8-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. With completion of the program, Mr. Shea earns 4 credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.


An alternative approach to good health

Claremont-based Ayurvedic Healing, dedicated to the practice of the alternative medicine founded in India, will host a summer detox on Sunday, September 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The $15 session will focus on anti-aging, rejuvenation and suggestions or the fall season. Ayurvedic Healing will host the event at its Claremont location, 226 West Foothill Blvd., Suite I. Reserve a spot by calling 921-7115 or email yael.ayurveda@gmail.com.


Fair Trade Claremont seeks team for national conference

Fair Trade Claremont is looking to build a team to represent the organization at the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference from October 26-28 in Chicago. 

The conference will bring together leaders and organizers from Fair Trade Towns and Fair Trade Colleges and Universities as well as newcomers to the Fair Trade movement. The goal of the conference is to deepen the local grassroots commitment to Fair Trade around the United States and build partnerships locally that help facilitate life-changing benefits for farmers, workers and artisans around the world.

To register, book a hotel room or apply for travel stipends, visit www.fairtradeconference.eventbrite.com. Those who plan to attend are asked to contact Joe or Linda Michon at 625-3083.


Barry Cisneros celebrates Claremont and beyond with new exhibit

Claremont Artist Barry Cisneros presents “Near and Far, A Collection Of Recent Works,” at rhe Claremont Community Foundation from September 3 to 28. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, September 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery.

A native of Claremont, Mr. Cisneros showed an interest in art at an early age, and continue to draw and paint throughout high school. His parents met at Pomona College, and Mr. Cisneros grew up surrounded by many of the talented people residing in Claremont. As as student at Pitzer College, Mr. Cisneros studied studio arts under Carl Hertel, Aldo Casanova and Karl Benjamin.

This exhibit features works made up of watercolors, charcoal and pencil drawings. The “near” pictures, depict Mr. Cisneros’ interest in local history, architecture and social activity. The “far” pictures are renditions of his grandfather’s 90-year-old travel photos, along with photos taken by friends on their travels.

The Claremont Community Foundation is located at 205 N. Yale Ave., Claremont. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information on the CCF gallery, visit www.claremontfoundation.org or call 398-1060.


From the city manager’s office: Beer Belly Deli

A new deli is being planned at the southwest corner of the Packing House in the 3000 sq. ft. space formerly occupied by the Claremont Art Studio. The owner of the proposed deli currently operates T-Phillips in both Glendora and Monrovia. The menu is to include deli-style sandwiches, salads and appetizers. Hours of operation are proposed from 11 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week.

According to the city manager’s report, city staff is currently working with the architect and business owner regarding the floor plan.


Golden State Water Company construction update

The contractor for Golden State Water Company (Innocenti Construction, Inc.) began work on the installation of a 12-inch drain line for the Indian Hill North Plant facility, located at the northwest corner of Base Line Road and Indian Hill Boulevard. Trench work will take place along the west side of Indian Hill Boulevard, between Base Line Road and Furman Drive. 

Neighborhood notification was scheduled for last week, according to the city manager’s report. This is a 45-day contract that includes approximately 30 days of work within the public right-of-way. All work will take place on Indian Hill Boulevard, in the proximity of the southbound bike lane. The public may experience some minor delays during the construction period. No work is scheduled along the Base Line Road side of the Indian Hill North Plant facility. After the work is complete, the contractor will slurry seal the section of the roadway within the southbound bike lane and parking lane for the length of the project.  Work will start at the south end of the project, near Base Line Road, and will continue north. 

The contractor is required to leave the job site in a safe and clean condition at the end of each working day.


Final Monday Concert in the Park

Monday night concerts conclude at Memorial Park this Monday, September 3 with a performance by local rock-n-rollers,?The Answer. This series is sponsored by both the city of Claremont and the Claremont Kiwanis Club, and features some of the best entertainment in the area.

Although the concert officially runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m., concertgoers begin arriving as early as 6 p.m., to select a space and enjoy dinner in the park. The Kiwanis Club offers a variety of concession with proceeds used to fund the bands.


UPS Foundation gives monetary award to IVHP

Inland Valley Hope Partners announced the award of $5000 donation from the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will help IVHP to grow community gardening efforts through volunteer collaborations and green resources, together this partnership will enable IVHP to provide seasonally grown vegetables and additional produce to agency clients through its 4 food pantries.

Wytske Visser, president of Inland Valley Hope Partners, said “We have had a long and wonderful partnership with UPS and I am confident that with this grant we will be able to do great and innovative things in the area of green harvesting in our community”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, the UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing may impact social issues. In support of this strategic approach, the UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: nonprofit effectiveness, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.

In 2011, the UPS Foundation distributed more than $45.3 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the Inland Valley Hope Partners “Growing Hope” program and provide support for building stronger communities.

For information on the programs and services at Inland Valley Hope Partners, visit their website at www. inlandvalleyhopepartners.org or call 622-3806 ext. 231.


Fourth Annual Interfaith Walk to unite local faith communities

Faith leaders and community members from throughout the Pomona Valley and the surrounding area are again set to join in the annual “Interfaith Walk for Peace and Service on Sunday, September 9, beginning at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Claremont Interfaith Working Group for Mid-East Peace, and this year’s walk is the fourth fall gathering of this type the group has sponsored.

Originally conceived as a “Walk and Rally for Hope and Peace” in 2009, the event has matured from its origins as a commemoration of the events of 9-11-01 to now focus on wider issues of understanding and cooperation.

The walk will begin, as it did last year, at the City of Knowledge (a Muslim elementary and secondary school) on Garey Avenue in Pomona, just south of Foothill Boulevard. It will proceed from there to Temple Beth Israel on Towne Avenue and then continue along Foothill to the Claremont School of Theology/Claremont Lincoln University campus just east of Indian Hill Boulevard.

After a short program at Kresge Chapel, the walk will conclude at the adjacent Claremont United Methodist Church (CUMC). The expected arrival time there will be approximately 4 p.m.

At CUMC, participants will be able to enjoy a community fair featuring many of the area’s social and community service agencies. There will be special activities for kids as well as live music provided by Rev. Dan Lewis of CUMC and Cantor Paul Buch of Temple Beth Israel, among others.

As in years past, the event will conclude with a light communal meal ($5 donation requested). Parking will be available at the start and end stops of the walk, and limited transportation will be available at CUMC back to City of Knowledge. Further information is available at facebook.com/claremontinterfaithWG or at the hotline,  542-8150.


Mountainside Master Chorale holds auditions

Do you love to sing? Join the music making fun of the Mountainside Master Chorale. Auditions for singers for the coming season will take place on September 10 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Pilgrim Congregational Church, 600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona.

If you’re looking for a fantastic choral experience to add some fun and inspiration to your life and have some experience singing in a choir and want to return, please sign up for an audition to determine vocal and musical ability.

To make an appointment, send an email to mkausen@earthlink.net.


Claremonter named distinguished visiting professor

Robert J. Bunker of Claremont has been appointed as a distinguished visiting professor, Minerva Chair, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

Mr. Bunker is the author of over 200 publications including the co-written work Red Teams and Counterterrorism Training (with Steve Sloan) and the edited works Criminal Insurgencies in Mexico and the Americas, Narcos Over the Border, and Non-State Threats and Future Wars.

Mr. Bunker is also adjunct faculty with the School of Politics and Economics at the Claremont Graduate University.





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