A public sculpture in Ontario Town Square has been broken and repaired twice in less than a year. Now it’s got security cameras trained on it. The piece has an interesting story and has had at least one famous visitor. I tell the story in Wednesday’s column.
A SoCal Honda Dealers commercial shows a donation of shop equipment to an artist who makes simple wooden cars out of scrap for children. He’s unnamed, but he’s Richard E. Nunez of Pomona, who goes by the nickname Ren.
After scrap became scarce, Nunez tells me, he wrote Honda asking for wood when the dealers group solicited pitches on Twitter. The Helpful Honda Guys responded within two weeks and came out to his house.
The filming lasted all day but was enjoyable. (The cameraman, he said, worked on “The Da Vinci Code.”) The equipment he got was “like a mini-Home Depot … table saw, two hand sanders, skill saw, different kinds of paint, all sorts of different sizes of wood, paint brushes. The list goes on and on.” He was also paid for the commercials, done in English and Spanish.
Many of us have wondered what the interior of the old United Artists/California theater in downtown Pomona looks like these days, but as it’s a Spanish church, we’re unlikely to feel comfortable wandering in. But photographer Richard Nunez did go in and snapped a few photos, which he shared with me.
The auditorium has been significantly altered, and the seats appear to be chairs, not theater seats. And that’s all understandable. Ontario’s Granada is the same shape. But if you were ever in the theater (I wasn’t), you may decide its feel isn’t entirely different. The grillwork by the speaker looks nice.
In the lobby, below, there’s an area that may have been a candy counter.
Sunday’s column elaborates on a blog post here last month about the smudging days, rounding up comments about that post from this blog as well as various Facebook pages where it appeared. Also: the proverbial more items from around the valley.
In Chino, where elections are routinely canceled because no one runs against the incumbents, 26 people applied to fill a City Council vacancy. Interviews took place this week. I sat in on the first batch and write about the scene in Friday’s column. Above, Tyler Ferrari addresses the council Tuesday.
Tasty Noodle House, 2947 Chino Ave. (at Peyton), Chino Hills; open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Chino Hills, as has been noted here before, has the best Chinese food in the Inland Valley. I was planning to eat at Noodle House, but it looked full, and right across the shopping center driveway was a larger restaurant. So I went there instead.
Not that it occurred to me until later, but the second place had the same name plus an adjective, and given the choice between Noodle House and Tasty Noodle House, who wouldn’t upgrade to the tasty one? The sign says simply Tasty House, either due to space considerations or politeness to its neighbor, but the menu and receipt say Tasty Noodle House, which is a Southern California chain of at least seven restaurants, including Walnut, San Gabriel and Irvine.
Tasty’s interior is immediately appealing: blond wood, benches, slim hanging fixtures and large windows. Scandinavia meets Shanghai.
It was bustling, but there were empty seats, and I was given one, as well as the typically extensive menu and time to look it over. I ordered xiao long bao ($7.50) and sauteed spirals (mushrooms) with leeks ($12), plus a taro milk tea ($3).
The pan of eight XLBs, or soup dumplings, weren’t to the Din Tai Fung standard and were more dumpling than soup, but that didn’t bother me, and they were a good choice. The leeks (one must have one’s greens) were sauteed with mushrooms and carrots and were very good too; half were taken home, making the price, which seemed a bit high, more palatable. And I liked the taro tea.
By Chinese restaurant standards, the service was friendly, I liked all my items and would go back. It’s only a block from the multiplex, which was my next stop after lunch. Nothing wrong with regular old Noodle House, though. It’s tasty too.
Wednesday’s all-Claremont column leads off with news that the “Seinfeld” actor is coming to Bridges Auditorium Feb. 18 for a public talk about his career, then continues with 10 (!) more items from around town.
The La Verne Public Library doors were mentioned in Friday’s column about the new council chamber emblem. They were both done by woodworker Ruben Guajardo. I was told about the library work last November while doing interviews at City Hall and took the opportunity to walk across the parking lot to take a look.
Check out those doors! They were made, I’m told, out of a beloved oak tree that stood in front of La Verne Heights Elementary School and that had died. Even the door handles are unique.
The library was dedicated in 1985, according to a plaque. It’s a county library branch, but thanks to the doors, it’s got some personality. The rest of the interior is very 1980s. But the lobby offers a striking silhouette of the doors.
What, what, what were my favorite restaurants of the 47 I wrote about in 2016 on this blog? I make my choices in Sunday’s column, followed by cultural and other items from around the valley, one of which involves Knott’s Berry Farm and another of which involves “Star Wars.”
Following up on the exciting developments on the La Verne council chamber emblem front, I write about the new art piece in Friday’s column. It’s a cute story about the piece, which is an update of the confusing city seal, and about the publicity-shy artist behind it.