November Photo Round-Up

November flew by with these sights:


I bought this Paul Kittlaus painting at Pilgrim Festival. I believe it’s title is #79. It reminds me of stone ruins that we love to visit.

Thanksgiving at church

Thanksgiving Day. Hemmed in the center of town by the Turkey Trot. After the race was almost over, we made it to the Claremont Wilderness Trail for the 5-mile loop along with many pre-eaters.

We’ve had a little bit of rain with some lovely clouds.


Someone had a birthday and got a drone with which to take pictures. Stay tuned…



Giving Tuesday: Claremont Style

Maybe you didn’t get all your shopping done on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday. Maybe you want to give back to your local community. Then Giving Tuesday is your day tomorrow.

The Claremont Village website highlights a unique way of supporting local charity. Local small businesses have partnered up with non-profits. For every dollar spent in a local store, 10% will go to a charity. For example, if you eat at Walters, they will donate to Claremont Heritage.

Here are just a few local non-profits that I particularly like.

Shoes That Fit


This works a little differently than donating to an organization because  you can actually buy shoes and socks for a specific child. Stop by Some Crust Bakery to chose a child. Buy the right-sized shoes (socks are also needed) and return them to Some Crust. Happy child!

Claremont Educational Foundation

I particularly like this organization which supports every CUSD school. The elementary schools are supported with money for music and art – near and dear to my heart.


Uncommon Good

I blogged about Uncommon Good, a organization that is concerned with education and the environment.


Of course, these charitable organizations can use your support any day of the year. If you miss Giving Tuesday, make a donation to your favorite causes whenever you can.

Small Business Saturday

My favorite Black Friday activity is to not shop. Anything but fighting crowds. Today will definitely involve a little sleeping in, a slow breakfast and coffee, and probably a long walk.

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, and here are just a few suggestions for your local retail pleasure. There’s always the favorite Folk Music Center.



For the child in us all, there’s Boon Companion with toys of yesteryear and today.

Heirloom sports local goods.

And for dessert – A Kline offers delicious chocolate


Claremont Museum of Art Opening

Claremont Past and Claremont Present have img_4487convened t0 point toward Claremont Future as the Claremont Museum of Art reopened yesterday after a seven-year hiatus as a “museum without walls”. The new walls, courtesy of the historic train depot, now contain two exhibition rooms with plans to open two more rooms in the future.

The current exhibit, (re)Generation: Six Decades of Claremont Artists, features pieces from the permanent collection, from a Sam Maloof rocking chair to a Harrison Macintosh vase to a Karl Benjamin painting.

The museum is free to all throughout December with weekend hours of noon-4 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

You can read more about the history of the museum in David Allen’s column here.

Protest March at the Colleges

Last Friday many people wearing black gathered at the Claremont Colleges and marched for a peaceful protest against hate. While the majority of the marchers were students, faculty and staff, community members and children joined in solidarity. The Claremont Courier has a video on its Facebook page to give a feel of the sounds. Here are some still shots.