The Blessing Box

Claremont UCC BoxFrom the CUCC Facebook Page:

Did you know that we have a Blessing Box on the North side of our Sanctuary? It’s stocked weekly with food, water, clothes, and toiletry items for those in need!

This Box was built as a community project between the Dreaming Lodge, Claremont UCC, and The Press Restaurant.

The Blessing Box is open and accessible 24/7! Just go to the North side of our Sanctuary (near the corner of 6th St. and Harvard Ave.).

Interested in helping to stock the Box? Go to just stop by and drop your donations inside!

Claremont UCC



Save Our Station

Claremont Metroklink Meeting

The room after 1 ½ hours when some people had left

When word got out that a study was being done about closing the Claremont Metrolink station, Claremonters showed up in force at the informational meeting on Monday night at the Hughes Community Center. 300 people filled the room to overflowing, and citizens, young and old, spilled out the doors into chairs that were set up outside with speakers set up to hear the discussion.

People were visibly and audibly concerned about the many issues of reducing public transportation options, and with many questions raised, there were a number of answers claiming, “we don’t know.”

Claremont in action. We expect nothing less. Read more at David Allen’s column in the Daily Bulletin.


Kindred Natures: Casanova and Fuller

The Claremont Museum of Art is celebrating one Claremont Depotyear in it’s new home at the Claremont Depot. At last Friday’s Art Walk the museum opened a new show – Kindred Natures: Aldo Casanova and James Fuller. The show runs through March 25.

Both Casanova and Fuller taught art at Scripps College, and the show features sculptures and watercolors of nature. Claremontography has enjoyed all the exhibits this past year, but this one stands out as a favorite.




Claremont Art Museum



Blessing of the Animals

On Sunday, the Claremont UCC was filled with parishioners, visitors along with some barking and a little mewing. It was the second time animals have been invited into the sanctuary, with individual blessing bestowed after the service.

Not only did people bring their pets, but there were also rescue animals available for immediate adoption (including two cats, not pictured).


Dia de Los Muertos

IMG_7387The official Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) started yesterday and ends tomorrow. Claremont celebrated with the first (I assume annual) festival centered in Shelton Park, across the street from Rio de Ojas, the headquarters of this event.

Various alters remembering loved ones dotted the park, with a community alter in the middle for everyone’s contributions.


Paintings of faces and of art along with music on the stage created a festive atmosphere.



Wheeler Park Mural

I wish I could have been at the dedication of the new mural at Wheeler Park. At least I could see these photos of the ceremony, and I can go over and look at it when I want to.

Timothy Robert Smith

Painted by Timothy Robert Smith with help from Vista del Valle and ArtStart Students, the mural portrays kids at play in a cardboard boat and being attacked by a Kraken.

Mural Wheeler Park Claremont

Mural in progress


Mural Wheeler Park

Finished mural

Wheeler Park

ReForm Arts Festival

IMG_7222 copyThe new Arts Guild at Claremont UCC hosted their first event on Saturday. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Arts Festival theme of ReForm showcased local visual art as well as performing arts.





Martin Luther himself (and looking pretty good for being over 500 years old) showed up and marveled at all the changes in the church since his time.

Visual art ran the gamut from paintings, to sculpture and pottery, a mobile, and fabric arts.

Performances ranged from organ music to dance to a short story reading, piano improvisation and poetry reading (accompanied by recorder).