January 2017 Photo Round-Up

January rainfall, so welcomed in our drought-ridden state, dumped over 10 inches on our fair city.

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Our NYC trip also included a short visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Mid-Century Modern exhibit at the Botanical Gardens includes a Millard Sheets Mosaic.

The annual Women’s Retreat included card-making, jigsaw puzzling, and coloring.

The Cottages on College Ave. are now completely gone.

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Ten

In response to the Daily Post’s Prompt Ten, I thought it would be easy to find things in groups of 10 to photograph. Wrong. Visually it seems that we like things in 3s, 4s, 8s or even 9s. But I did find a few things in Claremont with 10.

Ten stairs lead from the Claremont High School parking lot to Cahuilla Park.

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This house on Indian Hill has 9 small flags and 1 big one.

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via Daily Prompt: Ten

Toni Carrion

img_5020I do not know how many children have spent time at Village Dance Arts, the small dance studio in the Claremont Village with the big heart. It’s quite a few. It was my daughter’s second home from age 5 until she graduated high school, and then when she returned to Claremont after getting her degree in dance, it became home to her once again as one of the teachers.

The heart and soul of Village Dance Arts is the founder and director, Toni Carrion. If you ask anyone who knows her, they will tell you that she has a heart as big as the universe. She has created a community that has spread throughout the world. Now is the time for that community to gather around her.

Toni has been battling leukemia which has now turned into Richter’s syndrome. Her insurance has not covered treatment in Houston, so her family is raising money to defray medical costs. The latest update on this page says that she is now receiving similar treatment at home, but that money raised will continue to defray medical costs incurred.

Sylvester Day

New Year’s Day in German-speaking lands (and others) is the day to celebrate Saint Sylvester.

Now that the Claremont Colleges have started spring semester, the language residents are back and Martin, the German language resident hosted a Sylvester Party in Oldenburg, the language dorm at Pomona College.

First we made pretzels

and then we told fortunes. First one takes this small piece of lead, shaped as something or other, melts it over a flame (we discovered it worked much better over a stove burner), and then pour the melted mess into a bowl of cold water. After determining what shape it made, one looks up the meaning of the shape, thus telling your fortune for the year.

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The back of the package gives some suggestions, but, apparently, one can find an entire list of shapes online, complete with fortunes. Our hardest part was figuring out what each one looked like.

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Unseen Suburbia: Squirrels

I’ve been reading Unseen City: The Majesty of file-jan-18-4-30-25-pmPigeons, The Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness by Nathanael Johnson. Pigeons will probably never seem majestic nor snails charming to me, but Johnson does present interesting facts about nature under our city (and suburban) noses.

About a century ago, eastern squirrel species were introduced to the west coast, and they have slowly driven out native squirrels. You might look at these photos and say “awwwww, how cute!” but these little Claremont buggers eat my fruit, leaving tangerine peels everywhere, sit in trees and make evil noises at me.

Note the little guy on the bottom right. He’s helped himself to a Marlboro….

Cottages Demolition

img_4933One of the current controversies in Claremont concerns Pomona College’s Master Plan which involves tearing down some small white cottages across College Ave. from the campus and moving an historic Victorian House to make room for a new home for the Pomona College Museum of Art.

Although a lawsuit has been filed by a group, Citizens to Save College Ave., the demolition of the cottages has begun.

Work was hampered last week by four days of rain, but progress is evident.

Here are the cottages before demolition:

These photos show the current state of affairs: