Senior nutrition program receives Los Angeles County award

The Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging named the Joslyn Senior Center as a 2012 Distinguished Site Award winner, according to Claremont city manager Tony Ramos’ weekly update.

Awards are given for senior meal programs that deliver social services, activities and outstanding service outside of nutritious meals, according to the update.

Only seven facilities out of 100 sites received the award, according to the update.

The nutrition staff of both Joslyn and Blaisdell received a Silver Thermometer Award for serving safe food meeting high standards and a Golden Apple Award for exceptional service and quality, according to the update. 909-483-8549

Indian Hill Boulevard resurfacing project from Foothill to Base Line continues

The Indian Hill Boulevard will be finished during this upcoming two-week period to coincide with the period when school is not in session, according to City Manger Tony Ramos’ weekly update.

The project contractor will start work Wednesday Dec.26 with the work continuing weather permitting through Saturday Dec.29.

Grinding of the pavement will be a two-day project that starts construction on Indian Hill from Foothill Boulevard to Base Line Road. Street paving is then scheduled for Friday Dec.28 and Saturday Dec.29 unless there is weather constraints.

There is no work scheduled for Dec. 24, Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

Claremont High School has been given notification as well as businesses and residents fronting Indian Hill, according to the update. 909-483-8549

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 collecting holiday trees for recycling starting Dec. 31

The city of Claremont will collect holiday trees for recycling from Dec. 31 through Jan. 11.

Residents are asked to remove everything from the tree including the stand, according to a city news release, and do not bag the tree.

Trees that are more than 6-feet-tall must be cut in half.

For more information, contact the city’s Community Services department at 909-399-5431. 909-483-8549

Claremont Symphony Orchestra will present Handel’s ‘Messiah’ Sunday

The non-profit Claremont Symphony Orchestra will perform two multi-community performances of composer George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.”

Audience members are invited to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bridges Hall of Music on the Pomona College campus, 150 E. 4th St.

Professional musicians will sing the solos and the audience will sing the chorus, which is divided into bass, soprano, alto and tenor sections downstairs, according to a news release.

Audiences can bring their own score or purchase one at $10 or rent one at $5 but if attendees don’t wish to sing they can listen in the balcony, according to the release.

CSO Music Director Robert Sage is the conductor. The CSO will use Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s version of the work which includes additional wind parts, according to the release.

Drop-offs for the performance are allowed on 4th Street in front of the hall and a handicapped ramp is on the west side.

Attendees should park on the streets to the west or in the First Street and Columbia Avenue parking structure.

Doors open at 1 p.m. for the 1:30 p.m. performance and 3:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. performance.

A tax-free donation of $5 more more covers the additional cost of the second performance, according to the release.

For more information, contact 909-596-5979 or 909-483-8549

Public art banner competition ongoing

The City of Claremont is hosting its annual Public Art Competition, which is a project of the Art in Public Places program, according to city manager Tony Ramos’ Dec. 13 weekly update.

The competition is open all Claremont residents of all ages and includes Claremont school and Claremont College students.

“Enjoy Claremont” is the banner theme and those selected will be given canvas banner material to paint their original work, according to the update.

The artists who are selected will receive $250 and have their banner be displayed in the downtown Claremont Village in April.

The designs and forms must be submitted by Jan. 8 to the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.

For more information, contact Francine Baker at 909-399-5391. 909-483-8549