Expect the unexpected in this farewell video from the outgoing University of La Verne president, Steve Morgan. I don’t want to spoil it, so let me just say your 4 minutes will be well spent.
Francisco Ramirez and Roberta Virgin at the counter of Roberta’s Village Inn, 2326 D St., La Verne. Ramirez, the chef, bought the downtown coffee shop from Virgin at the beginning of 2010. A year later, business continues to do well and customers say the transition has been seamless. Read about the popular restaurant in my Wednesday column — and feel free to add your comments below.
If you click on the “Continue reading” link below, you can find an informal history of the building, with some color about the Village Inn, sent to me by two members of the La Verne Historical Society.
Friday’s column pays tribute to a La Verne institution, Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop, which has been at 1030 Bonita Ave. (at Damien Avenue) since 1991, and in existence since 1985 (the first location was in Covina).
Pictured are the now-retired Judy Nelson, left, and manager Andrea Vuleta.
I was allowed to see the employee restroom, whose inner door has been decorated with doodles by visiting authors and illustrators. A portion of the door is pictured below. Click on the image for a larger view.
Do you have comments about or memories of the store? If so, post away.
Address: 2315 Foothill Blvd. (at Fruit Street), across from the giant McDonald’s. Regular hours: Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Menu: Soups, salads, sandwiches, coffee, artisanal bread and free WiFi.
Other area locations are Rancho Cucamonga, Chino Hills and West Covina.
As mentioned in print the other day, I’ll be among the scoopers at an ice cream sundae fundraiser in La Verne today to benefit Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society. Come buy a sundae for a good cause. We’ll be at Roberta’s Village Inn,
2326 D St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Here are the shifts:
5:30 pm — Dan & Annette Harden, Brian McNerney, Fire Chief John Breaux, me
6:30 pm — Mayor Don Kendrick, Mayor ProTem Donna Redman Nasmyth, Police Chief Scott Pickwith, Captain Darryl Seube
7:30 pm — Former Mayor Jon Blickenstaff, Council Member Robin Carder, Planning Commision Chair Cid Pinedo
Tonight is a Farmers Market night downtown so parking will be more of a chore. Organizers recommend parking behind the Fire Station or at Church of the Brethren.
La Verne Online is the name, and it’s run by 25-year resident Peter Bennett, a former LA Times staffer and PR guy. I’ve read a few articles there and it’s pretty well done, with coverage of Monday’s council meeting and long features on such folks as private eye Becky Altringer, Gumby licensee Nick Croce and Taste of Asia chef Virada Khowang. (One flaw: No dates on any of the stories.) Best of luck to them.
Photo shot April 18 at Foothill and Fruit in La Verne. A Panera Bread is coming to the site. Here’s a farewell to the Michael J’s chain with plenty of comments.
The Grinch read to children and adults last week at the University of La Verne Literacy Center as part of a three-day book fair. Or, as a university press release describes the day in verse:
On a wintry day in the late afternoon
A host of young tykes gathered up in a room.
Their parents were there, joining in on the fun
All watching and waiting for the one yet to come.
They sat and they hoped barely moving an inch
Looking up and around for to glimpse Mister Grinch.
And when he arrived, they clapped and they smiled
As he read and he spoke to each eager young child.
At the end, all were happy, both the young and the old
Having sipped the hot cocoa, meant to battle the cold
The book fair raised funds to help tutor and mentor
Local kids who rely on the Literacy Center.