Claremont OUR TOWN: Ten more news briefs from around town

Beer-lovers take flights at Cable Airport Business Park

Dale Bros. Brewery in Upland, a local favorite since delivering its first keg in 2003, is growing bigger and better with the opening of its new, 8000-square-foot facility in Cable Business Park.

Owners Curt and Andy Dale will host a grand opening Oktober-Fiesta party from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 in Dale Bros.’ new tap room and outdoor beer garden at 2120 Porterfield Way, off of Foothill Boulevard between Central and Monte Vista Avenues in Upland.

General manager Karen McMillen said the new location, which is nearly triple the size of the original brewery, will allow the company to expand its capacity and provide patrons with quality, comfortable surroundings.

“The tasting room is a beautiful space and a nice place to hang out and taste really great beer and watch the planes taking off from Cable Airport,” Ms. McMillen said. 

Dale Bros. Brewery is open 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Ms. McMillen said the company plans to have food vendors available most weekends.

Dale Bros. brews 3 beers year-round, including Pomona Queen, an amber lager that is its flagship brew; Runway IPA, a pale ale, and California Black Beer, a black lager. They also offer 5 seasonal beers. The expansion will allow the brewery to offer a series of unique beers that are only available on tap.

“We focus on session beers that pair well with food and are designed to be consumed over the course of an evening,” Ms. McMillen said.

Currently, Dale Bros. brews are served at more than 70 restaurants, bars and retailers in the region including The Press and Eureka Burger in Claremont, Liquorama in Upland and dba256 in Pomona. Ms. McMillen said the plan is to concentrate on growing outlets in local communities and then radiate out to Chino, Glendora, Redlands and beyond.


African American art exhibit at Scripps

Join the Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation for a lecture and afternoon tea on Wednesday, October 10, at Scripps College Vita Nova Hall, 1030 Columbia Ave.

Mary MacNaughton, director of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, will speak about the exhibition “African-American Visions: Selections from the Samella Lewis Collection.” A Scripps professor of art history from 1969-84, Ms. Lewis assembled a unique collection of African American art and developed her own forms of artistic expression.

The program begins at 2 p.m. followed by tea in the Vita Nova courtyard. Guests are encouraged to visit the exhibition now on view at Williamson Gallery through October 14.


Raising cancer awareness at Bark for Life

Chino Basin Water Conservation District (CBWCD) is partnering with the American Cancer Society’s Montclair Relay for Life team to host a “Bark for Life” event at CBWCD’s facility on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help raise awareness about cancer while getting healthy walking your dog in CBWCD’s dog-friendly park.

The fundraiser, co-sponsored by Petco, will offer a variety of exhibitions and activities including a raffle with thousands of dollars worth of gifts and humorous contests including Sloppiest Water Drinker, Best Pooch Smooch, Best Costume, Biggest Dog, Smallest Dog and So Ugly I’m Cute.  Awards and prizes will be given to all winners.

Registration is $20 for the first dog and $10 for each additional dog (per owner), with all funds generated supporting cancer research.  Owners will be given a Bark for Life doggie scarf and raffle ticket for each dog registered.

CBWCD is located at 4594 San Bernardino St., just west of Monte Vista Avenue, in Montclair. For more information on the “Bark for Life” event, contact Debby Figoni at 267-3230 (work), 477-9002 (cell) or by email at or visit www.


Crime-free training for rental housing managers

The first of a 2-part Claremont Crime Free training program for housing managers will be offered  Wednesday, October 10 at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.

The training series will feature speakers who are experts in many fields, helping managers and owners keep drugs and other illegal activity out of rental properties.

The training session will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the second session offered 2 weeks later, on Wednesday, October 24 also from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and is aimed at helping anyone who rents property to understand their legal rights and obligations, as well as help them recognize and combat crime issues.

This free training is offered by the Claremont Crime Free Multi-Housing Program, which is sponsored by the Claremont Police Department and is guided by an international association with programs in over 2000 US cities. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Bob Kern, Crime Free Multi-Housing coordinator, at 399-5498 or

The Claremont Crime Free Multi-Housing Program was created 3 years ago. The coordinator of the program works particularly with apartment communities with 10 or more units. Claremont Police Chief Paul Cooper signed notification letters that were sent to managers and owners of approximately 29 apartment communities earlier this week.


Village Marketing Group named Colleges Community Partner of the Year

The Claremont Village Marketing Group (CVMG) was awarded the Claremont Colleges 2012 Community Partner of the Year Award at the annual Town-and-Gown reception held on Wednesday, October 3 at the home of Dr. Deborah Freund, president of Claremont Graduate University.

The Village Marketing Group was nominated as a result of its outstanding partnership with the Colleges in enhancing Claremont’s town-gown relationships. Each year, the Village Marketing Group joins with the Colleges to help welcome new students and their parents to the lively community of Claremont.

Each year, CVMG arranges for ambassadors from various Village merchants to participate in resource fairs organized for student, parent and international orientation programs, as well as Alumni Weekend activities. They have been instrumental in organizing the participation of city council members in the orientation programs, as well as promoting an Open House night in the Village each fall to welcome students, faculty and staff to the Village. They are also an important participant in the Colleges’ annual Five-College Turf Dinner and Club Fair.

The Community Partner of the Year Award is given annually at the fall Town-and-Gown reception to recognize one member, community agency, business and/or community person who has contributed significantly during the past academic year to enhance relations between municipalities and academia, with a special focus on students. This recognition underscores the Colleges’ growing efforts to strengthen community ties, especially in the city of Claremont.


Retired lesbian judge to give guest sermon at CUCC

Martha E. Bellinger, a former minister in the United Methodist Church and later the first open lesbian appointed to the bench in California, is the guest preacher on Sunday, October 14 at the Claremont United Church of Christ. The event is being held in conjunction with National Coming Out Day, recognized on October 11.

Ms. Bellinger’s sermon is entitled, “So What’s Your Closet?” The service will also mark the addition of the rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBT community, to the other flags on display in the main sanctuary of the church.

Afterwards, Ms. Bellinger will sign copies of her book, From Robe to Robe: A Lesbian’s Spiritual Journey. She is donating all sales of the book to Claremont United Church of Christ, in recognition of the church’s ministry to the LBGT community for the last 21 years.

Ms. Bellinger was ordained into the United Methodist Church in the late 1970s, after attending Princeton University. She served as pastor to a congregation in New York. Although she kept her sexual identity concealed, Ms. Bellinger was disenchanted with the gender discrimination she experienced within the clergy. She left the ministry and moved to California, attending law school at Whittier College.

Ms. Bellinger then worked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, first as a prosecuting attorney and then later in the appellate division, where she represented the State of California before the US Supreme Court. 

After serving as a Los Angeles County Superior Court commissioner for 14 years, Ms. Bellinger was appointed a Superior Court judge by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She served as supervising judge in the juvenile court in Pomona, and later sat on the bench in criminal court.

Ms. Bellinger retired from the bench in July 2011, but remains active as a mediator for Inland Valley Arbitration and Mediation Services. She is also an advocate for helping the LGBT community maintain its spirituality.

“I want gay and lesbian people to know the God that I know,” Ms. Bellinger said. “The God that created them to be the way they are. Using the Bible to condemn gay and lesbian people is the height of hypocrisy, and a poor way to treat people in the 21st century.”


Educating religious leaders for a multi-religious world

All are invited to a public panel of national experts on educating religious leaders for a multi-religious world on Monday, October 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mudd Theater.

Claremont Lincoln University Provost Philip Clayton moderates the panel, which includes: Dr. Paul F. Knitter, Paul Tillich professor of theology, world religions and culture, Union Theological Seminary; Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, PhD, director, department of multifaith studies and initiatives, associate professor of religious studies, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College;  Dr. Azizah El-Hibri, professor of law, T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, founder and president of KARAMAH: muslim women lawyers for human rights; Dr. Henrietta Mann, founder and president of Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College, Southwestern Oklahoma State University; and Dr. Anantanand Rambachan, department chair and professor of religion, philosophy and asian studies, Saint Olaf College.

The leaders are in town for a parliament conference that brings together 17 religious educators from a variety of faith traditions to discuss how interreligious training can be enhanced for preparing leaders in their own religious tradition and stimulated in religious communities around the world.

The project builds on a program at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia in 2009. Initial sessions of this phase of the study are funded with a grant from the Arthur Vinning Davis Foundations.

The panel is hosted by the Claremont Lincoln Univeristy and is free and open to the public.


Pomona College to celebrate 125th anniversary with community open house

Pomona College, the founding member of The Claremont Colleges in 1887, will mark its 125th annviersary on Sunday, October 14 with a festive celebration and open house from 1 to 5 p.m., centered on the Marston Quadrangle. The guiding theme of the occasion is “community,” and Pomona College invites the public to join in its Founders Day festivities.

Among the planned events and attractions are open-air student dance and music performances; a hands-on display of rock, fossil and mineral specimens from California and beyond by the department of geology; access to the college’s Native American study collection and conversation with the curator and students; chemistry department demonstrations and lab tours; open telescopes and discussion of the upcoming “solar max” at the Brackett Observatory; and the opportunity to see just what Pomona’s new state-of-the-art scanning electron microscope can do.

The afternoon will also include special events at the Pomona College Museum of Art related to the John Cage exhibition, a performance by the Pomona College Jazz Ensemble, live Balinese music and a Pomona College Orchestra concert at 3 p.m. in the Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music.

There will also be ongoing activities and entertainment for young and not-so-young guests, including a carousel, inflatables, games, airbrush tattoos and photo booths. Refreshments will also be available throughout the afternoon.

Pomona College launched the celebration of its quasquicentennial on the first day of classes, September 4, with its annual opening convocation ceremony followed by the performance of Chart of Landing, a dance/music event and, in the evening, a Native American ceremony that offered an opportunity for the college community to honor and connect with individuals whose ancestors inhabited the site long before Pomona’s founding.

Anniversary observances will continue with special events throughout the year. Pomona College will launch an interactive timeline on the college’s website on October 14. The website will provide in-depth information about Pomona’s history, personalities and life on campus through the years. Once the site is live, alumni, students, faculty and staff will be invited to add their photos and memories to create a vibrant record of life at Pomona, in the past and today. 

To learn about the day-to-day life of current Pomona College students, visit the 125 Days Blog at, “a social media time capsule” of student lives during the 125 days of the fall 2012 semester.

Pomona College offered its first classes in September 1888, less than a year of its founding in 1887, in a smallhouse located at the corner of Fifth Street (now Mission Boulevard) and White Avenue in Pomona. Today, the college has approximately 1560 students and offers more than 600 classes in a range of disciplines, offering 47 major fields.

The campus encompasses 140 acres and 63 buildings, including 14 residence halls. As a member of the Claremont Colleges Consortium, Pomona College offers its students the personal experience of a small liberal arts college and the range of resources normally associated with major universities.


Straps and Stripes at Bunny Gunner Art Gallery

A 2-person exhibition of artworks by Leigh Salgado and Michael Maas opens at Bunny Gunner Art Gallery in Pomona next Saturday, October 13 and runs through November 3.

The exhibition will feature the sculpted drawings of Ms. Salgado, each paired with a painting by Mr. Maas specially created as a “companion piece” inspired by Ms. Salgado’s work.

A reception for the artists is scheduled for the evening of October 13 from 6 to 10 p.m, in conjunction with the monthly Pomona Art Walk.

Bunny Gunner Gallery is located at 266 W. 2nd St, For information, visit Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and  Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.








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