Spelling bee production continues on March 14, 15 & 16

CLAREMONT – “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will continue on March 14, 15 and 16 at Sycamore Elementary.
The Claremont High School theater program is putting together the program with choreography from DJ Gray, a former Sycamore student who is now a Broadway performer that worked on the original production before it hit Broadway.
Tickets are $10 presale and $12 at the door.
Sycamore is at 225 W. 8th St.
For more information, contact CHS Theatre at 909-624-9053, ext. 30463 or contact Krista Carson Elhai, director of Claremont High School Theatre at the8turwoman@aol.com.
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NBC mentions Claremont in report on older adults

CLAREMONT – NBC Night News recently televised a story on older adults who are re-living their college years by settling into areas where they can take free lectures, attend university classes and more, according to Ramos’ weekly update.
Featured were participations of the Claremont Senior Program College Auditing Program and Pomona College.
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Resident, group help capture prowler

CLAREMONT – A resident and neighborhood community group were thanked during a Feb. 26 Claremont City Council meeting for their help in catching a prowler.

Betty Crocker and the group Keeping the Good in the Neighborhood were thanked at the meeting and city manager Tony Ramos gave more information in his Feb. 28 weekly update.

Police responded to a prowler call from a resident Feb. 26 and an on-duty Claremont officer was able to find a possible stolen vehicle believed to be associated with the call.

The Riverside Police Department was asked to contact the owner to see if the vehicle was stolen, according to City Manager Tony Ramos’ Feb. 28 weekly update.
During the wait for the response, a perimeter area was created with the La Verne Police Department and a yard-to-yard search was held north of the school district’s yard on Base Line Road.
While searching the yard, a resident told police about two suspicious persons which officers detained. Both were from Riverside.
Riverside police to Claremont the vehicle was stolen overnight.
A third suspect was found hiding in bushes, and all three admitted to stealing the vehicle, according to the update.
The area is the core of the Keeping the Good in the Neighborhood group.
Crocker worked closely with  police  using the group’s phone tree, e-mail and website to alert and keep residents updated.
The notifications and residents reporting the suspicious activity, according to the update, were key to arresting the suspects.
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Electronics recycling event March 16

A free electronics recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 at El Roble Intermediate School.
The school is at 665 N. Mountain Ave.
Computers, monitors, televisions, cell phones, MP3 players, ink and toner cartridges, printers, microwaves, cables and wires, laptops and more will be accepted.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the El Roble garden.
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Padua Hills Theatre accepting applications for non-profit community events

The Padua Hills Theatre Community Use Committee is accepting applications for events that take place between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014, according to a city of Claremont website news release.

The city of Claremont’s Padua Hills Theatre Community Use Program, according to the release, reserves dates each year for local non-profit organizations intersted in hosting community events at lower rates.

The community use committee reviews and approves the applications.

Those agencies awarded a community use date will receive a more than $5,550 event rental package.

Currently, there are nine community use days available throughout the year to accommodate weekday and weekend events.

The applications must be submitted to the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont by 5 p.m. March 18 for priority consideration.

An optional meeting will be held at the Padua Hills Theatre at 11 a.m. March 5 to tour the site and answer questions.

To RSVP for the event, contact management analyst Lauren Marshall at 909-399-5356 or lmarshall@ci.claremont.ca.us.

Photos of the facility are available for viewing at the Chantrelles Catering website at www.chantrellescatering.com.

For more information, or an application, head to www.ci.claremont.ca.us/update.cfm?resID=250450

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Library to hold variety of programs this month

The Claremont Public Library will host a range of programs in February, according to a news release.

The first program is Paint, Color, And Clay! From 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 20 at the library.

Parents and caregivers are asked to drop in at the library between 10 a.m. and noon to enjoy art activities with their toddler or pre-school aged children.

Another program for adults is a Social Security Workshop which will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

Representatives from the Pomona social security office will give a short summary with a slide show of their new product “my Social Security Your Online Account … Your Control.”

Afterward, a one-on-one consultation for any Social Security issues people have will be held.

Preschool Storytime takes place from 11:30 a.m. To 12:15 p.m. Friday with play, stories, rhymes and songs for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers.

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Claremont City Council candidates forum Feb. 23

CLAREMONT – Active Claremont and the League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area are hosting a Claremont City Council candidates forum on Feb. 23, according to a news release.

The forum will start at 11:30 a.m. and be held inside the Padua room at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.

For more information, contact 909-624-4796.

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Edison warns Claremont residents of scam

Southern California Edison is warning its Claremont customers of a telephone scam, according to the city’s website.

The scam demands immediate payment on bills past due or have their electric service disconnected and callers request payment be made through a PayPal, Green Dot or other prepaid cash card.

“We ask our customers to be alert to these calls that demand immediate payment and threaten service disconnection,” said Henry Martinez, SCE vice president of safety, security & compliance in a statement.
“Customers suspecting a fraudulent call should ask for the caller’s name, department and business phone number. If the caller refuses to provide this information, customers should terminate the call and report the incident immediately to local police or SCE at 800-655-4555.”
SCE is asking customers to ask for identification when a stranger claiming to be a utility worker comes to the door.
Workers will give their phone number, department and other verification information when asked.
Mostly, customers schedule home visits and SCE will confirm appointments in writing and if there are any concerns, law enforcement and SCE officials request having the utility worker wait outside until their identity is verified.
Finally:
- An SCE employee will never ask for money in person
- Never reveal a credit card, ATM or calling card numbers or PIN to anyone
- If someone calls and requests residents to leave their residence at a specific time for a utility-related cause, call police because it could be a burglary set up by the caller
- Be suspicious of anyone who arrives at your house without an appointment asking to check an appliance, wiring, or suggesting that there may be some other electrical problem inside a residence
For more ways customers can stay safe, head to www.sce.com/safety and read the safety tips section.

Claremont library programs include dinosaurs, Peace Corps volunteering, poetry, more

The Claremont Public Library is holding a variety of programs in January, according to a library news release.

The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave.

- Dinosaur program

Outreach Director of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology Kathy Sanders will present a free program from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday<NO1>Jan.19<NO> at the library.

The program is for school-aged youths and their families and end with a touch table of dinosaur fossils.

- Peace Corps volunteering

A Peace Corps informational session will take place for adults from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at the library.

Attendees will learn about the application process, what it’s like to volunteer, service benefits and how to make one a competitive candidate.

A Los Angeles office recruiter will be at the event to answer questions.

- Poetry at the Claremont Library

The Friends of the Claremont Library are presenting poets Linda Dove and Seth Michelson who will hold readings at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at the library.

Dove won a Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Award in 2009 for her work “In Defense of Objects” a Eudaimonia Poetry Review Chapbook Prize in 2011 for “O Dear Deer.”

The Pasadena resident recently taught at Yavapai College in Arizona where she directed the creative writing program.

Michelson’s work includes 2012’s “Eyes Like Broken Windows” in Press 53 and a translation of the book of poetry “El ghetto” by Argentine poet Tamara Kamenszain titled “El Ghetto/The Ghetto: A Bilingual Edition” in 2011.

He also wrote poetry chapbooks “House in a Hurricane” in 2010 and “Kaddish for My Unborn Son” in 2009.

His website is sethmichelson.com

- Preschool storytime

Preschool story time runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. every Friday through Feb. 15.

Children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers can enjoy stories, play, rhymes and songs.

- Toddler storytime

Toddler storytime runs from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. every Wednesday through Feb. 13.

Children ages 15 months to 3 years and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, play and rhymes.

For more information, contact the library at 909-621-4902 or www.colapublib.org.

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Architectural Commission excellence in design award nominations

The 32nd annual city of Claremont Architectural Commission Excellence in Design Awards is accepting nominations through Feb. 4.

The awards, according to a news release, celebrates recently completed Claremont building projects that best display the city’s design standards.

Categories include sustainable development, new construction, signs, restoration, landscaping and more.

The project must be in Claremont and is recommended to have been completed before Dec. 31, 2012 but projects completed before 2012 are also eligible according to the release.

Interior alterations only projects will not be considered for an award.

Anyone can nominate a project and forms are available at Claremont City Hall, 207 N. Harvard Ave. or at www.ci.claremont.ca.us.

Any questions, contact the city’s planning division at 909-399-5470.

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