Trees and Art: It’s Gotta Be Claremont

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.


Sanctuary Coffee

IMG_6007There’s a new coffee shop in town, so that means it needed to be checked out, of course. The Courier had a nice write-up about Sanctuary Coffee on Foothill across from Stater Bros. This non-profit venture donates all of its earnings to charity, including Inland Valley Hope Partners.

I had never been in the building before, when it was a clothing consignment shop, so I have no before photos, but the space inside is so welcoming, that you will probably enjoy these after photos.

Nice places to sit – inside and out.

Art on the walls.

The coffee was pretty good, too!


New Little Free Library – Dickinson

In all this book lover’s reporting on Claremont’s Little Free IMG_5573Libraries, never has there been a Grand Opening of one of these treasures. Until now. The kind owners of this local book exchange live at 406 Springfield (just south of Arrow Hwy) and hosted a neighborhood party to showcase their official Little Free Library (registered at

Not only does the official box have a nice selection of reading material, it also has doggie treats and a little guest book to sign, as well as a bench.


The party included a bookmark-making station and a nice spread of goodies, as well as a table full of books for the taking.

You can follow this library on Instagram under Claremontlittlefreelibrary.

Of course, this was the first poem that popped into my mind about books.

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Spring Celebration and William Blake

With Easter so late this year, Claremont’s Annual Spring Celebration enjoyed beautiful weather with plenty of sun on Saturday. Memorial Park hosted

games and face painting

a petting zoo with the traditional spring alpaca

and children waiting in great expectation

for the 60-second Easter Egg Grab

William Blake perhaps didn’t foresee this type of spring celebration, but he knew about happy sounds, and the eternal joy and sweetness of little boys and little girls.

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City Council Election

The signs have been up for maybe a month now, so we know that an election is around the corner. On March 7, Claremonters will choose two members for the five-member City Council from a field of eight candidates. You can usually see all signs at the corner of Foothill and Indian Hill – in front of the Old School House as well as Sherwood Florist.

Several groups have hosted forums for candidates to answer questions and introduce themselves. Two of the eight candidates are incumbents. The next candidate forum is at Pitzer College tomorrow night. Here is a photo from a previous forum at the Hughes Center. The room was packed.


I often walk by this house, and this sign stumped me, as I didn’t recognize the name of the candidate, nor does Claremont vote for a mayor. I found out that it is a candidate for mayor in neighboring La Verne.



Donating Blood

img_5207When you want to feel as though you have made the world a better place, made a difference in someone’s life, you might consider giving blood. In Claremont the Red Cross holds a drive on Wednesdays at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. If you get the app on your phone, you can save about 15 minutes of time by answering the questions beforehand.

The people are friendly and explain everything you need to know and answer all questions.



Plus, there are always treats when you are finished….