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….

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.