June 2017 Photo Round-Up

For some reason, I don’t feel as though summer Claremont City Hallis really here until July. June must fill itself up with things I put off from the school year. Then there are June events to fill up the calendar.

Some of the events included the Annual Vista Track Meet, a talk by Luis Fuerte (the cameraman of the PBS show California’s Gold), a Levitt on the Lawn concert at Scripps College (the Dustbowl Revival), and my sister’s graduation from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.

 

A volunteer squash plant sprouted in my yard, and we had a bumper year for apricots which we had to rescue from the squirrels. Plums were good this year, too. A dead city tree was removed, and early June was a great time to hike the Wilderness Park Trail before it got too hot.

The wading pool at Memorial Park was open once again after years of drought. The bottom of the pool has new sea creatures painted on it.

A day trip to Pasadena led to the discovery of a few Little Free Libraries.

The Vintage Flip people are working on two buildings along 4th St. between Harvard and Yale.

Pomona College was busy with weddings and National Cello Institute.

 

 

May 2017 Photo Round-Up

During Finals we had the German and Chinese Language Residents and some German-speaking students over for a little cultural exchange. We made s’mores (definitely an American treat) and the German Language Resident made Spaghetti Ice which looks like spaghetti, but is really whipped cream with ice cream through a press that makes it look like pasta, topped with pureed strawberries and coconut flakes. Yummy.

We replaced our dying tangerine tree with a dwarf avocado. We choose a large size as we don’t want to wait 20 years to make homemade guacamole.

The store at the botanical gardens is closing for the season, so we had to go one last time before fall. And then we had to go check out the current exhibit in the one-room gallery.

The duck on the pillar at Harvey Mudd College is gone. I hope it’s because the pole has just been painted, and the duck might reappear.

Memorial Day was a perfect day to try out our new car bike-rack and take a ride around the Back Bay in Newport Beach.

Bring on June Gloom!

 

Gardens at the Maloof Foundation

IMG_5813Even yesterday’s cool weather couldn’t keep us from enjoying a picnic lunch celebrating a friend’s birthday. She chose the Sam Maloof Foundation as the site for our potluck. Maloof, a local woodworker and furniture designer has pieces in New York’s Met, LACMA and the Smithsonian. His foundation offers tours of his Alta Loma home, showroom and workshop a few days a week, but we just enjoyed wandering the gardens and enjoying all of the sculptures and various art.

Now I will make an effort to return for a tour.

 

 

 

Mall Murals

Even if you are not a mall person (I certainly am not), you might want to pop over to Montclair Place (what we used to call Montclair Plaza). The first mural of a yearlong art installation has brightened up a long wall in the parking lot. It has been there since the end of April. It depicts Montclair’s view of the  San Gabriel Mountains.

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Last weekend, another mural went up inside the mall. It’s near the top of the escalators on the east end of Montclair Place.

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More art will continue to appear throughout the year. Stay tuned!

Santa Barbara Nature

The other wonderful part about being in Santa Barbara is the beautiful outdoors – even with cloudy skies and cool temps.

I had never been to the Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens – a great place to watch ducks, walk dogs and enjoy the flowers and the pond.

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I never tire of taking pictures of the slough at Goleta Beach. This trip was no exception.

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Hello Pacific Ocean

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Santa Barbara Architecture

We enjoyed an overnight in Santa Barbara this past weekend, giving us a chance to revisit some of the beautiful landmarks. Many people first think of the Santa Barbara Mission – the Grand Dame of the California Missions. It is particularly lovely as the sun is setting.

I particularly enjoy the County Courthouse, also in the Spanish style.

With its beautiful interiors

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And views of Santa Barbara from the tower.

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