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Following last week’s Courier story about a former student suing Claremont Unified School District over allegations of physical violence and intimidation at El Roble Intermediate School, another parent has come forward with stories of bullying at Claremont’s only middle school. The allegations made by this parent, including bullying, thefts, taunts, and physical assaults, echo some of the claims in the lawsuit, which was filed September 11 by the mother of a 13-year-old boy on his behalf.

Claremont Graduate University’s fall open house will begin at Jenkins Courtyard, 1055 N. Dartmouth Ave., on Saturday, October 14, with a 9 a.m. breakfast. Potential students and their families will then be invited on a tour of the CGU campus followed by faculty-led seminars. Admissions representatives will also be on hand to answer questions. Registration information is at 

Claremont Forum, in collaboration with Claremont Gallery, will host a tribute to author Stephen King during its latest books come alive event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 7 at Claremont Packing House, 532 W. First St. Event highlights include an art exhibit by illustrator Eric Watkins, live music and a book sale. For more information visit

The Chino Basin Water Conservation District hosts its annual Waterwise Garden and Pumpkin Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 7 at Waterwise Community Center, 4594 San Bernardino St., Montclair. This free and open to the public event includes children’s crafts and activities, a bounce house, pumpkin succulent centerpiece making, a plant sale, free compost, food vendors, and a pumpkin patch with a decorating station. Call (909) 626-2711 or visit to learn more.

The seventh annual San Dimas beer and wine walk takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 7 in downtown San Dimas, near 155 W. Bonita Ave. Advance tickets are $45, $35 for designated drivers at and Prices jump $10 at the door.

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Tuesday, September 12: Claremont Police Department officers were called to Larkin Park, 660 N. Mountain Ave., at 2:14 p.m. after being alerted that two people were fighting. Upon arrival they allegedly saw a 40-year-old woman from Upland hitting a man with her fists. After separating the pair, police ran a background check on the woman and learned she had a protective order to stay away from the man. Officers said the victim had visible injuries to his face, so police arrested her for felony domestic violence. She was taken to the Claremont jail, booked, and held for court.

The Friends of the Claremont Library host 10 local authors for a free and open to the public meet and greet event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 30 at the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. Featured authors include Arthur Benjamin, Allen Callaci, Cynthia Chertos, Clyde Derrick, Michelle Dowd, B.H. Fairchild, Kimberly Gee, Marisa Nicely, Eleanor Scott Meyers and Judith Wright Favor. Email or visit to learn more.

The Webb Schools announced Monday that 10 seniors were named semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. Six students from Vivian Webb School — Aiperi Bush, Eleanor Hong, Emily Li, Zongying Li, Mirabel Raphael and Jiaqi Wang — as well as four from Webb School of California — Connor Keeney, Xiaojun Pan, Hanming Zeng and Zhehao Zhang — were among those listed.

Los Angeles County residents needing to dispose of household hazardous and electronic waste are invited to a 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. collection event Saturday, September 23, at 2118 N. White Ave. Accepted items include paint, oils, batteries, sharps, computers, TVs, and microwaves. Visit for more information.

Claremont High School’s award-winning choir kicks off its 2023-2024 season at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 11 with “Choir’s Gone Country” at CHS, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd.; followed by the holiday program, “Sounds of the Season” which features El Roble Intermediate School’s Panther Chorus,  December 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave. For information, tickets, or to donate to the program, visit or call (909) 624-9053, extension 30462.

Earlier this month Gentry Brothers, Inc., began the first phase of construction for the City of Claremont’s Towne Avenue Complete Streets Improvement Project. The first phase of construction consists of concrete removal and replacement from the road as well as any adjacent drive approaches, sidewalks, and ADA ramps along the Towne Avenue corridor from Foothill Boulevard to the 210 Freeway. This phase of work is expected to conclude after five weeks, the city stated in a September 7 post. During this phase, passersby should note pedestrian detours, vehicular traffic control signage, and “no parking” warnings. More details are at

Registration is open for Claremont Youth Basketball’s 2023-2024 season at, click “registration” from the drop-down menu. The season begins Sunday, December 3, and will run through March 2024. Games are held on Sundays at El Roble Intermediate School, 665 N. Mountain Ave., and Claremont High School, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd. A player evaluation day is set for mid-October at El Roble and practice begins in November. Dates and times will be verified later.

City of Hope hosts a blood donation drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, October 1 at Cahuilla Park, 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Appointments are required. Visit, click the “locate a blood drive” option and enter sponsor code “NSPC” to schedule a donation. Donors can also call (626) 218-7171 for appointment information. Questions? Email Francis Fong at

Support El Roble Intermediate School’s music program at Raising Canes, 183 E. Foothill Blvd., Upland, anytime between noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 27. Mention El Roble when ordering and the restaurant will donate 15% of the sale to El Roble’s program. Call (909) 579-0384 for more details.

The City of Rancho Cucamonga’s annual hiring fair runs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 23 at Central Park’s David Dreier Hall, 11200 Base Line Rd. Job seekers are asked to dress appropriately and come prepared for an interview with a resume and pen. More info is at

Supporters of Sustainable Claremont are invited to the nonprofit’s 2023 gala, 6 to 8 p.m.  Thursday, October 19 at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The event will include dinner, a silent auction, a brief presentation from Sustainable Claremont volunteers and remarks from participants and friends. Tickets are $100 at The silent auction will go live at noon Monday, October 9, and close at 11:59 p.m. October 19. Bid on items online at