This one could be debated for a long time. Claremont has been a Tree City USA for over 30 years and has over 23,000 trees. Two species, the American Elm and the Eucalyptus are historic specimens.
But because both of those species were transplanted into southern California, I think that one of our native trees should be our city tree, and I submit my vote for the Live Oak Tree. These huge trees are all over the city and in the hills. Here is one in the RSABG and a little grove on the Claremont Wilderness Trail.
The leaves are small, curved and very spiky. It’s not so much fun to walk barefoot under one of these trees.
In our city of Trees and PhDs we have a vibrant art community. Last month art and trees intersected in several events.
The newest exhibit at RSABG features art inspired by Johnson’s Pasture, painted by Kendall Johnson, great-grandson of the people who originally purchased the land in the foothills above Claremont. Ken spoke at the opening reception on July 21.
Earlier in the month on July 17, Sustainable Claremont along with Claremont Heritage hosted a panel of artists at the Claremont Museum of Art to discuss the intersection of art and trees. The Tree Speak exhibit is now over and the current exhibit is Dee Marcellus Cole and Carnival Seekers – open until November 26, 2017.
Once the land grant office, currently a gourmet street taco place, Petiscos is a great little spot to have some fish tacos and other deliciousness.
Order at the window of the little teal building
then head back into the quiet yard and choose a picnic table.
Pick up your food and enjoy! The tacos are tasty, but our very favorite was the street corn cup (in the middle). Tacos used to run between $4-7, but now all are $3 each.
Five years ago Life In Claremont, published its take on the NY Times Travel Section’s 36 Hours column. A few things have changed since then, so Claremontography presents this updated version.
July started for us in Iowa. Besides seeing the covered bridges in Madison County, we took in our favorite West End Architectural Salvage in Des Moines.
Winterset, Iowa has a Little Free Library with a sign next to it showing you where to go.
Claremont’s Fourth of July carried on with familiar traditions.
Claremont and Iowa had lots of puffy clouds with some humidity thrown in.
The Claremont Library has expanded hours – hooray!
We introduced friends to the Kogi BBQ truck in Diamond Bar.
And in the end…
A new Mexican restaurant in Claremont is always worth a try. The original Elvira’s (pronounced El-vee-ra, according to the Courier article) in Upland sits outside our regular field of vision, but we had been once and really enjoyed it. Now the new location has opened in the Old School House, Claremont’s first high school, on the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill Blvds.
The official front door is on the west side facing Trader Joe’s, but one can also enter the back door near Indian Hill and walk through the restaurant to request a seat.
The interior is in the former high school library, and there are lovely high ceilings in this room. The room next door near the bar is darker and louder. So next time I will try to sit in this room with the original restored art.
I hope that someday Elvira’s will have outdoor seating, even though there are many tables inside.
I can vouch for the spinach enchiladas – they had lots of flavor!
If antiquing is your thing, then you will find plenty to enjoy in the Antique District in downtown Pomona. Each store is really a collection of many small stores on various floors with a wide variety of wares.
And if all that shopping works up a thirst, you can wander over to Mi Cafecito for something delicious.