Golden State Water donates turkeys

Golden State Water Company donated 100 turkeys to help needy families in the Claremont area on Nov. 14 as part of its Operation Gobble program.

Golden State, according to a news release in advance of the Nov. 14 event, will deliver more than 7,000 turkeys for needy families in its service territory that covers parts of 75 communities in 10 counties in California.

“Golden State Water Company cares about the communities it serves, and is proud to once again provide holiday joy for deserving families through our annual Thanksgiving turkey donation,” said District Manager Ben Lewis in a statement. “Through this program, we provide a happier holiday for those who need it most. Operation Gobble also raises awareness of the issue of hunger in California.”

According to the release, Operation Gobble is a non-partisan and non-denominational effort to distribute turkeys but Golden State directs the donations to churches, community food banks and other non-profits.

Since 1990, Golden State has been distributing turkeys to disadvantaged families throughout its service areas.

Residential development at Base Line Road and Mountain Avenue to be considered Jan. 15

The city’s Planning Commission will review a new proposed residential development at the southeast corner of the Base Line Road/Mountain Avenue intersection on Jan. 15.

City manager Tony Ramos’ weekly update, which detailed the plans on Nov. 15, states the site is north of and adjacent to the 210 Freeway.

The site is currently owned by the Claremont Unified School District and previously housed its main administrative offices until it was moved to San Jose Avenue.

The district’s maintenance/service yard is not part of the project 4.21 acre site, according to the release.

Private developer D.R. Horton–Los Angeles Holding Co., Inc. is proposing the residential project with 54 individually detached residential condominium homes.

The proposed homes, except eight units to be reserved as moderate-income housing pursuant to Claremont’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, will be sold at market rate.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at City Hall, 225 W. Second Street.

Planning commission members are an advisory body and will make a recommendation to the city council, who are anticipated to have its hearing in early 2013.

After the city council meeting, the Architectural Commission will review architectural designs.

Copies of the initial study, draft Mitigated Negative Declaration and applications are available in the planning division in City Hall and the Claremont Public Library, 208 Harvard Ave. or the city’s website at

For more information, contact senior planner Mark Carnahan at 909-399-5322 or send written comments to P.O. Box 880, Claremont, CA 91711.


Comic book and collectibles show Sunday Dec. 2

A comic book and collectibles show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 2 in the Packing House.

Admission and parking to the event is free.

There will be comic book art demonstrations, private collectors selling their rare and vintage collectibles, comic books, collectibles, action figures and more.

Additionally, there will be professional comic book and fantasy artists and writers as well as live music and free give-aways.

The packing house is at 532 W. 1st St.

More information can be found at or emailing Chris Peterson at

A Christmas To Remember and New Year’s Eve Showcase at Candlelight Pavilion

A Christmas to Remember will take place through Dec. 26 at the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater.

The show, which is new and described as featuring holiday songs with Christmas cheer, has a two and a half hour duration.

Ticket prices range from $48 to $68 depending on the night or seat.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings will have dinner seating at 6 p.m. and the curtain time is 8:15 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday matinees will have luncheon seating at 11 a.m. and curtain time is 12:45 p.m.

Sunday evenings will have dinner seating at 5 p.m. and curtain time is 7:15 p.m

– Big Band New Year’s Eve Showcase 2012

The Big Band New Year’s Eve Showcase will feature music from the American big band era in the late 1930’s.

The Dec. 31 performance will feature current and past members of the Blue Note Swing Orchestra, who are now known as No Vacancy.

Audience members are asked to the theater between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets remain available for the show, which is $99 for the main floor/section A and $125 for the Terrace.

The theater is at 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont.

For more information, contact 909-626-3296, ext. 1 or 909-626-1254 or

Free LED holiday light exchange Dec. 7 during holiday promenade

All San Gabriel Valley residents that are Southern California Edison customers can exchange an old, incandescent holiday light string for a new, efficient light strong from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7.

The light exchange takes place during the holiday promenade at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St., according to the city manager’s Nov. 21 report.

Those who want to participate must show their Edison bill for eligibility and each qualifying customer can exchange one string of lights per household while the supplies last, according to the report.

The San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership (SGVEWP) and a collaboration between Southern California Edison (SCE) and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments is funding the exchange.

The SGVEWP is using the opportunity to instruct residents about energy efficiency benefits while reducing energy usage in the holiday season.

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are energy efficient and could use up to 90 percent less energy than comparable incandescent bulbs, according to the report.

For more information, contact the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments at 626-457-1800 or

Holiday promenade event in Claremont Village Dec. 7

The city of Claremont will host its Holiday Promenade on Dec. 7 at the downtown Claremont Village with a variety of events and times.

An outdoor ice skating rink, sponsored by the Village Marketing Group, will be open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Indian Hill Boulevard and Second Avenue.

A tree lighting ceremony, sponsored by DoubleTree Hilton Claremont, starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St.

Parents can bring a camera to take photos of their children with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 5 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at City Hall, 207 N. Harvard Ave.

Holiday carolers, the Claremont High School Chamber Singers and the Moultrie Academy will provide live entertainment on the Village streets.

For more information, contact 909-399-5490 909-483-8549

New wall construction from Golden State Water Company

Golden State Water Company is building a new well at their 2273 N. Indian Hill Blvd. property and it will start after a temporary 24-foot high sound wall is installed, according to city manager Tony Ramos’ weekly update.

The 24-hour-drilling will start on Nov. 16 and is expected to last about one week.

Other activities that could involve a similar 24-hour schedule include gravel pouring, installation of well casing and group seal and could last an additional five weeks, according to the release. The water company has obtained approvals for the temporary noise variance and new well from the city’s planning commission on Nov. 16, 2010.

If there’s any questions or concerns, contact the water company’s 24-hour customer service hotline at 800-999-4033 or the city’s community development department at 909-399-5470.

Claremont Public Library offering free basket weaving and smart gardening porgrams on Saturday

Native American Basket Weaving and Smart Gardening Workshop will be offered at the Claremont Public Library on Saturday.

– The Native American Basket Weaving class is for children ages 6 and up from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Rose Figueroa, a veteran basket weaver, will present the workshop and each child with their caregiver’s help will weave a small basket, according to a news release.

Space is limited and those interested must sign-up at the children’s information desk.

The Smart Gardening Workshop for adults will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will present a workshop tackling how to go and grow green, according to a news release.

The beginning workshop will focus on grass recycling, fire-wise and water-wise gardening, basics of backyard composting and worm composting.

There will also be compost bins available for $40 each and worm compost bins at $65 each with includes a half pound of worms.

The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave.

For more information, contact 909-621-4902 or

Pilgrim Place Festival to be held Friday and Saturday in Claremont

The 64th annual Pilgrim Place Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Pilgrim Place.

Pilgrim Place, founded in 1915 and at 625 Mayflower Road, is a center for people who are called to careers in religious and charitable nonprofits.

The free event will feature a craft faire and bazaar with collectibles, stamps, pottery, jewelry, books, vintage clothing, woodworking crafts, dolls from around the world, plants and more.

Also featured will be Massosoit Superchief and Mayflower-on-Wheels rides, face painting and crafts for children.

There is also a sing-along festival show with real-life stories of residents’ work,

Pilgrim Place is at 625 Mayflower Rd.

For more information, contact 909-399-5500 or