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

Claremont and San Bernardino dentist will pay for Halloween sweets from children through Friday

Dentist Vijay Patel, from Nov. 1 through Friday, will give his patients $1 per pound of Halloween candy donated.

“Kids can still experience the fun of trick or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well,” Patel said in a news release.

Patel said in the news release candy hurts the teeth of children and can cause weight gain and hyperactivity.

Youths global sugar consumption increases by 2 percent annually and is at 50 million tons per year, according to the release.

Children can take advantage of the offer at the Claremont and San Bernardino locations below during office hours:

Claremont Dental Institute: 601 E Foothill Blvd., Claremont; 909-625-4101

Dental Care San Bernardino: 322 N H St, San Bernardino, 909-888-1301
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CicLAvia Pomona-Claremont exploratory ride event Oct. 28

CLAREMONT – The Pomona Valley Bike Coalition-hosted in partnership with CicLAvia Pomona & Claremont exploratory ride will take place Oct. 28.

Bicycle riders will meet in the Claremont Metrolink Station at 200 W. 1st St.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. for the Halloween themed ride and the ride starts at 10 a.m.

CicLAvia Pomona & Claremont will be a family oriented event tentatively scheduled for spring 2013.

Non-profit organization CicLAvia is producing the event with Pomona and Claremont officials that will open seven miles of streets to create a “linear social space connecting diverse neighborhoods,” according to a news release.

Participants in the spring event will be able to stroll, bike and jog in the neighborhoods to promote social interaction and physical activity.

For more information, visit 909-483-8549