Claremont house decorating contest date set

CLAREMONT – A house decorating contest, open to all Claremont residents, will take place on June 23.

The 2013 Independence Day Committee, according to a news release, will judge the competition based on creativity, spirit and appearance.

According to the release, decorations are also required to be outdoors and visible from the street.

A grand prize winner will receive recognition at the city of Claremont’s 4th of July Celebration as well as an American flag that flew over the Capital, a designated place in the parade and fireworks tickets.

To enter the contest, a form can be obtained at

Candlelight Pavilion 2013 Summer Concert Series starts this week

CLAREMONT – The Candlelight Pavilion will start its summer concert series Tuesday and Wednesday with The Long Run: Experience the Eagles, a tribute band created to honor the Los Angeles rock act.

Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain time. For noted matinee performances, 1:45 p.m. is opening and 2:30 p.m. is the curtain. Desserts and beverages will be available for purchase.

Jumping Jack Flash: Celebrating The Rolling Stones will take place May 22 while Ticket to Ride: Tribute to the Beatles will headline May 28 and 29.

James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash takes place June 4 and 5 and Rocky Mountain High: Tribute to John Denver with Jim Curry is scheduled for June 11 and 12.

The evening performance for AZ Diamond: Neil Diamond Tribute on June 26 is sold out but a matinee performance is available.

There is also a waiting list for the matinee performance that people can call to be added on. A Company B: The Andrews Sisters musical tribute act will take place with matinee and evening performances on July 9.

Revisiting the Orbison Years with Mark Barnett scheduled for July 17 is sold out but call to be added to the waiting list.

Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience will perform on July 24. Cetera is the younger brother of Chicago’s Peter Cetera.

Surfin Safari, The Ultimate Tribute To The Beach Boys, will hit the stage on July 30 and 31 and following them will be The Piano Man: The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John on Aug. 13 and 14.

DSB: America’s Favorite Tribute to Journey is slated for Aug. 21.

Not a tribute band, Michael Ryan and Friends will perform a show titled “Gypsy Passion” on Aug. 27 and the next night, Aug. 28, the group will tackle “A Night in Rio.”

The final show is The Four Preps: Present Their Christmas Show for both matinee and evening performances on Dec. 4.

Candlelight Pavilion is at 455 W Foothill Blvd., Claremont.

For more information, contact 909-626-1254, Ext. 1.

Claremont police seek tips about Chevron burglary today

By Wes Woods II, Staff Writer

CLAREMONT — Claremont police are looking for information about an early Monday morning commercial burglary at a Chevron on Indian Hill Boulevard.

According to a Claremont Chamber of Commerce crime alert, officers went to an alarm call and found cash taken from a register and cigarettes stolen from a behind-the-counter display.

The front doors of the station, at 267 S. Indian Hill, were pried open and from video police are looking for a man with a dark jacket/sweater, dark beanie, blue jeans and black boots.

If anyone has information about the incident, they are asked to contact the Claremont Police Department at 909-399-5411.

Reach Wes at via email, call him at 909-483-8549, or find him on Twitter @ClaremontNow.

30th Claremont Folk Festival on June 15

The 30th Claremont Folk Festival lineup and location was recently announced with Washington, D.C. spoken word and hardcore punk artist Henry Rollins and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley as headliners.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 15 at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Besides Lindley and Rollins, other featured acts will be Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys, Leon Mobley and Da Lion, Moira Smiley and Voco and many more.
There is also workshops including African drumming with Mobley, Cajon drumming with Homero Chavez, European and American folk songs with Voco, drum circle with The Wahlbangers, puppeteering and more.
Tickets are $25 and children ages 12 and under free for the event which also features art and food vendors.

Claremont Spring Celebration set at Memorial Park on March 30

CLAREMONT – The city and the Claremont Rotary Club present the Spring Celebration from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 30.

The event will be held at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

There will be free children’s entertainment and activities including a candy hunt that starts at 10:30 a.m. For ages 12 and under.

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

Scripps College receives $5 million gift for women’s leadership center

Scripps College received a $5 million gift to establish a LASPA Center for Leadership on Monday.

Lori Bettison-Varga, Scripps College president, announced the gift Monday in a news release after Eileen Schock Laspa and Jude Laspa made the keystone gift.

“The Laspas have lived a life marked by leadership and service in the public and private sectors,” Bettison-Varga said in a statement. “Their remarkable legacy of service will carry forward with the work of the Center. Their transformative gift will impact the College and its students for generations to come. We are thankful for this wonderful gift.”

The center, which will have a nationwide search for a direction soon, will incorporate programming that focuses on 21st century leadership that includes public service, action, analysis, scholarship and leadership.

According to the release, the center will “provide students with new opportunities to work closely with extraordinary leaders, especially women, in areas such as, art, science, business, education, media, government and social entrepreneurship through strategic national and international partnerships and a visiting practitioners and scholars program.”

From 1996 to 1999 Eileen Laspa served as a Scripps Colelge trustee and graduated from the university in 1967. Jude Laspa graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1965.

“We are very pleased to help make the Leadership Center a reality as a resource to help enrich the educational experience at Scripps College and to better prepare our students for productive and impactful lives in whatever career field they follow,” said Eileen Laspa in a statement.

Officials said additional fund raising for the center will continue including seed funds for programming, support for the center’s physical location on campus that is to be determined and endowment funds to secure the center’s future.

Video: NASCAR replica car performing spin with Claremont principal inside

Replica NASCAR from Auto Club Speedway in Fontana performs spins with Oakmont principal Stacey Stewart as passenger on March 11 at Oakmont school.

The spins, or donut, is typically performed after a NASCAR driver wins a race. Stewart said she received permission for the car to perform the spin.

Here’s the video …

Tickets available for CEF Toyota Prius raffle

Claremont Toyota has donated, for the third year in a row, a Toyota Prius to be raffled off by the Claremont Education Foundation.
CEF is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 to promote quality public education in the Claremont Unified School District, according to its website at
Tickets, at $20, may be purchased in various locations including school offices and City Hall, at 207 N. Harvard Ave.
The raffle, which started on Nov. 16, ends on April 21.
For more information, head to

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 or on Twitter @ClaremontNow

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. or 909-483-8549 or on Twitter @ClaremontNow