Brackett Field was transformed into “Santa Barbara Municipal Airport” this week for filming. Thanks to reader Joanne Boyajian for the photo.
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.
The Bulletin’s celebrity news section on Page A2 has twice featured the arrest of Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, this past week. Well, there’s a local angle: Last summer the Quaids hired Becky Altringer, the La Verne private eye featured in a recent column of mine due to her role in the documentary “This Film is Not Yet Rated.” The Quaids even stayed in a La Verne mobile home (!) for a short period. The mind reels.
Altringer later dropped them as clients and is seeking a restraining order against Evi Quaid. You can read a fairly extensive piece from the Daily Beast here that quotes Altringer, if you’re inclined.
Hanawalt House, pre-renovation
La Verne’s Hanawalt House has been restored and was unveiled to the public on Wednesday. I couldn’t make it out to the wilds of La Verne for the 3 p.m. ceremony, but here’s some history courtesy of the University of La Verne, which owns the building.
The house, at 2058 2nd St., was built in 1908 for W.C. Hanawalt, the fifth president of what was then Lordsburg College. The house features Queen Anne and Eastlake architectural attributes and its foundation was made of concrete blocks — a rarity for private residences in those days, apparently — by Hanawalt’s half-brothers.
(They later assisted in building La Verne’s iconic Church of the Brethren.)
In 1973, Hanawalt’s second wife, Pearl, sold the house, which is on the campus grounds, to the university, which used it as offices. A 2004 fire caused major damage — oh no! — but an extensive renovation put it back into service, retaining its historic character while allowing modern uses.
The downstairs now features two meeting facilities — the Palmera and Lordsburg rooms — and a smaller receiving salon, Pearl’s Parlor. The upstairs is home to the university’s Alumni Relations and Special Events offices. The surrounding grounds have also been replanted and upgraded.
Participants in Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting were to include University of La Verne President Steve Morgan, Mayor Don Kendrick, Historical Society President Galen Beery and Hanawalt family representative J. Clair Hanawalt.
Interested in Pakistan, hotspot in the global war on terrorism? The University of La Verne will host a lecture on that nation on Thursday in the inaugural presentation of the — wait for it — Benazir Bhutto & Ahmed Ispahani International Lectureship.
ULV Professor Ahmed Ispahani, a La Verne resident, was a cousin of Bhutto, the prime minister who was assassinated in 2007. He’ll be giving the lecture, entitled “Struggle for Democracy: Benazir Bhutto and Pakistan.”
The lectureship was established by a gift from ULV trustee Paul Moseley, a former student of Ispahani’s, as a way to thank his mentor and pay respects to Bhutto.
Here’s some background on Ispahani’s life from a campus press release:
“Born in Iran, Ispahani spent much of his formative years traveling to and from Pakistan because of his family’s business there. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Karachi, then later studied in England before coming to the United States to earn his master’s and Ph.D. He first joined the La Verne faculty in 1964, and has since taught generations of students and influenced countless careers.
“In 1968 Ispahani took a leave from his teaching duties to become economic adviser to the Iran Government, Central Bank of Iran. He was later asked to serve as economic advisor to the Shah of Iran, a position he held until returning to La Verne in 1976.
“A U.S. citizen, Ispahani enjoyed a close relationship with his cousin, the late Benazir Bhutto. He began advising Bhutto on economic matters in 1990, and was instrumental in arranging her visit and lecture at La Verne in 1997.”
Benazir Bhutto visited La Verne? I had no idea.
The lecture begins at 11 a.m. in La Fetra Auditorium. It’s free but seating is limited. Information: International Studies Institute, (909) 593-3511 ext. 4221.
This is the poem read at Monday’s La Verne City Council meeting by its author, La Verne’s official poet laureate (!), Cathy Henley-Erickson, in honor of retiring Mayor Jon Blickenstaff:
In his family tradition of public service
The shadow is long, cast by this man:
The green hills, protected now, welcome us all
The calm workplace supports and challenges
those who labor here.
Jon is more than numbers:
27 years as mayor
35 years in education
1934 and 1940 woodies
Jon is more than adjectives:
Jon is more than accomplishments:
Gold Line Construction Authority
Tri-City Mental Health
What Jon is now and will be next
depends upon where he turns, and what he chooses.
When the richness of life comes from giving,
from spending time
as if the bank account of moments
interest compounded on interest,
Then, in the long line of life,
though any one of us makes only a smallish dent
in the pile of work that needs doing,
a purpose for life continues,
and we are secure.
I get used to all the big names coming to the Claremont Colleges for lectures, all of them within walking distance from your humble blogger.
But the University of La Verne is getting into the act, next Tuesday bringing out Tavis Smiley. Smiley has a PBS talk show and an NPR radio show and has authored 11 books, including the soon to be released “Accountable: Making America As Good As its Promise.”
In your face, Claremont!
Smiley’s talk is free, but you need to reserve a seat, pronto. To do so, call Christina Massengale at (909) 593-3511, ext. 4682.
The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in Founders Hall Auditorium. Maps, directions and campus parking information are available at www.ulv.edu/maps.