Bowling for Chino Hills

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Has the Chino Valley ever had a bowling alley? There’s certainly not one now in Chino or Chino Hills. Bowlers have to journey to Diamond Bar or Montclair for a game. But Chino Hills is getting a bowling alley. It’s under construction inside a vacant Vons at Chino Hills Parkway at Pipeline Avenue.

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Mes Amis, London


Photo by Peter Rogers

This shot was taken May 27 in London, England of James Elias in the kitchen of his restaurant, Mes Amis, by Peter Rogers, a Chino Hills councilman and professional photographer who was on vacation. (Thanks, Peter.)

The connection is that Mes Amis is also the name of a restaurant in Chino Hills owned and run by Sammy Elias, James’ brother. Rogers is among the few who have dined at both. More about that in my Friday column.

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Such a deal (?)


A friend wonders: “Is $10 too much to indulge in three hours of chicken nugget bacchanalia?” Your call.

(This offer is exclusive to the Chino Hills Chick-fil-A, 3640 Grand Ave., which frequently advertises deals on its Facebook page.)

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Reality coming to Chino Hills


Reality TV — the show “New York Goes to Work” — is due at the Archibald’s burger restaurant in Chino Hills on Wednesday. Here’s the Wikipedia page for the series.

My former colleague Joe Florkowski said he went to Archibald’s on Sunday with his grandfather (what a good grandson Joe is) and saw the accompanying sign on the door. I was confused by the sign until Joe explained that “New York” is the star’s nickname.

It’s unclear if Tiffany “New York” Pollard will be there or has already been there; the Wikipedia page indicates she’s already passed her fast food test. Well, drop in Wednesday and try to act natural.

Joe adds: “What do you think if I changed my name to ‘Chino Hills’ and visited New York? I think that would blow everyone’s minds!”

I told him he should change his name to Chino Hills even if he doesn’t visit NYC.

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Everything must go at Chino Hills Library!

Chino Hills’ new library opens Feb. 28 and with 60,000 books it sounds well-stocked. But this weekend, the old library is holding a moving sale, selling purged or donated material at fire sale prices. Everyone else is liquidating, so why not a library?

“We are selling the books, with a few exceptions, for $5 per bag,” says Geri Moore of Friends of the Library. She adds: “The bag is the size of a paper grocery bag and we supply the bags.”

Free bags too? This deal just got even better.

“We have a wide variety of books,” Moore says. “We have a large selection of children’s books. In addition, we have adult fiction and non-fiction (cookbooks, biographies, travel, crafts, and large coffee table books) in both hardcover and paperback.”

Various “antique” books, VHS tapes, DVDs and CDs will be priced individually. Maybe you still get a free bag. Shelving, display racks, carts and other odds and ends will also be sold.

C’mon, you know you’ve always wanted your very own library cart.

The sale will be held in the old library building at 2003 Grand Ave., in the old Civic Center complex, on Friday from noon to 8 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The Friends of the Library is hosting the sale, with proceeds to help fill gaps in funding at the new library. Friends, for instance, pays for some reading programs and bought children’s furniture for the new library.

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Competitive eating in Chino Hills

If you like wolfing your food, or like the idea of watching other people wolf their food, this could be for you. Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom is opening a location at The Shoppes at Chino Hills — and marking the occasion with a sausage-eating contest.

It takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday on a stage in the Promenade area of the open-air mall. Anyone interested should show up at 1:30 to fill out forms and such. Unlike the famous Nathan’s hot dog contest at Coney Island, contestants only have to eat two “fully loaded” sausage sandwiches. Whoever finishes first, wins coupons for five free combos. Thankfully, they don’t have to be redeemed immediately.

And no, you won’t find me within miles of the place. I prefer to eat less, and more slowly.

Maroni’s will also give out free samples from noon to 4 p.m. and donate 15 percent of any proceeds to a Chino Hills charity, the Let It Be Foundation, which offers support for the families of Chino Valley children with life-threatening medical conditions. They’re calling the event Haut Dogs for Hope.

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Sunday column preview

While word was beginning to spread Tuesday afternoon about the Pomona police chief’s ouster, I was obliviously driving to Chino Hills for a tour of the city’s new City Hall.

Well, it needed to be seen at some point. Especially for me, as a critic of sorts of Council Chambers, having visited so many of them. The room is quite impressive, with plenty of seating and a dais that must be seen to be believed.

The press, by the way, is given a nook with a table and leather chairs. As a self-hating newspaperman, I couldn’t bring myself to sit there. It was too nice. I sat in the audience with the hoi polloi; maybe I can work myself up to the luxury seating next visit.

Behind the Council Chambers is a sophisticated audio-visual control room, with a sound mixing board, a recording booth and joystick controls of the chambers’ cameras. (Perplexingly, despite all the gear, meetings are still not broadcast live.)

Rather than the cameras on tripods, each trailing cords, that they had in the old Council Chambers, the new room has four hidden cameras. “They’re HD,” Cattern whispered.

I hope council members are ready for their closeup.

Look for more about my tour, and the novelty of a City Hall next to an outdoor mall, on Sunday.

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