Making change contest

The 23rd annual “Making Change” contest to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other social justice and human rights champions is open to all Claremont students through Feb. 6.

The contest lets Claremont students “honor and remember all that these advocates of social change have done to transform our world for the better,” according to city manager Tony Ramos’ weekly update.

Kindergarten through 12th grade students who live in or attend a Claremont school can participate through sending in a artistic work completed as a group, individual letter or essay.

For more information, contact the city’s Community and Human Services Department at 909-399-5490. 909-483-8549

Volunteers needed for homeless count

The city of Claremont will participate in the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count that will start at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Joslyn Senior Center, according to city manager Tony Ramos’ weekly update.

City officials are recruiting volunteers to help with the effort to receiving materials, training and maps as well as their assignments.

There will be teams of two to four volunteers deployed in the city to count blocks, according to the release.

A private vehicle will count all Claremont routes so no walking is required.

Each team will spend between two hours to three hours in the field, according to the update.

Data from the count will be used to determine how services and resources are provided throughout the Los Angeles area, according to the update.

The Joslyn Senior Center is at 660 N. Mountain Ave.

The count is being held in partnership with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

For more information or to volunteer, head to and choose the team name Claremont Homeless Count. Or contact Lauren Marshall, Claremont management analyst at 909-399-5356 or 909-483-8549

City council members looking to hear from residents at events in January and February

The Claremont City Council is looking to hear from residents about concerns and issues at an upcoming workshop, farmers market and forum, according to city manager Tony Ramos’ Dec. 20 weekly update.

They are:

– City Council Workshop at 8 a.m. Jan. 12 where the council sets priorities and discuss upcoming projects and residents can comment

– City Council Farmers’ Market Booth from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 13

– Neighborhood Forum on Feb. 19 at the Alexander Hughes Community Center with time to be determined

The workshop will take place at City Hall Chambers, located at 225 W. Second St. while the farmers market takes place between Indian Hill Boulevard and Yale Avenue.

The forum will take place at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.

For more information, head to 909-483-8549

City offices closed Dec. 25, 31 and Jan. 1

The city of Claremont’s offices will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

There will be no sanitation collection on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 and the collection will be delayed one day from Tuesday through Friday, according to a news release on the city’s website.

City officials will collect holiday trees for recycling on Dec. 31 through Jan. 10.

The bare tree must be placed at the curb at 6 a.m. on your collection tree and everything must be removed from the tree including the stand.

Trees should not be bagged and any tree over 6-foot-tall must be cut in half. 909-483-8549

Claremont presented with silver level award as bicycle friendly community

The league of American Bicyclists presented the silver level award to the city of Claremont as a bicycle friendly community.

The award was presented at the Nov. 27 city of Claremont regular City Council meeting.

Cycle Claremont’s Larry Scheetz presented the award.

In news release, Scheetz said the bicycle friendly community award is a “significant honor” and held by only 242 communities in the U.S. or less than 1 percent.

A silver level community, Scheetz said, is in the top 30 percent of the 242 communities.

The League of American Bicyclists was founded in 1880 to promote cycling and its benefits for the nation, individuals and communities, Scheetz said.

In 2003, Claremont was recognized as one of the first bicycle friendly communities, the first in Los Angeles County and 47th in the nation, Scheetz said.

Our bicycle friendliness is the result of a lot of community effort encouraged by the city council, coordinated by city staff and involving many organizations and individuals,” Scheetz said.

Some of the projects involving grants lately have included a bicycle priority zone, a bike station, bicycle racks in the downtown area, a safe routes to school program and more, Scheetz said.

Lego building program Saturday

Youths all ages can participate in a Lego building program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Claremont Public Library.

The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave.

The program will use Lego and Duplo pieces on large play-mats to construct projects the youth want to build, according to the release.

For more information, contact 909-621-4902 or 909-483-8549

DUI and license license checkpoint Friday

The Claremont Police Department will hold a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city from 7 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Drivers, according to the news release, will be stopped to make sure they are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Also, drivers will be checked to see if they are wearing seatbelts and hold a valid driver license, according to the release.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, funds the program. 909-483-8549

Holiday shopping scavenger hunt ends Saturday

A holiday shopping scavenger hunt is taking place through Saturday in the downtown Claremont Village, according to the city of Claremont web site.

Those interested can head to the website and print out the attachment to take to 10 participating businesses.

When the card is filled, take it to the Alexander Hughes Community Center, City Hall or Bert & Rocky’s by Dec. 12 and be entered to win a prize.

The community center is at 1700 Danbury Road, city hall is at 207 N. Harvard Ave. and Bert & Rocky’s is at 242 Yale Ave.

On Dec. 13, the prize drawing will take place and the winner will be notified by phone.

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