CicLAvia Claremont

Yesterday a route was cleared of car traffic to allow bikes, walkers, skateboarders, rollerbladers and such people-powered modes of transport to visit various Earth Day festivals between Claremont, Pomona, La Verne and San Dimas. The CicLAvia attracted many people and even more wheels for the 6.5 mile route.




Antiquing in Pomona

If antiquing is your thing, then you will find plenty to enjoy in the Antique District in downtown Pomona. Each store is really a collection of many small stores on various floors with a wide variety of wares.


And if all that shopping works up a thirst, you can wander over to Mi Cafecito for something delicious.

Coates Cycles Closing

After 80-some years, Coates Bicycles, just over the Claremont border in Pomona, is closing its doors. The Courier reports that a different bike shop may take over the space, built in 1963, but who knows what that will look like. No official closing date is set, but the shop is already more than half empty.


The LA County Fair

Every September we ask ourselves if we are IMG_2264going to the LA County Fair, just over in neighboring Pomona. Most every single year we say, maybe next year. This year finally became next year. Our daughters were quite young the last time we went, so we were probably due.

This fourth largest fair in the US has what you expect including carnival rides, deep-fried foods, farm animals, demonstrations, shows, exhibits and infomercials you can see in person. We saved ourselves the $15 parking fee by riding the bus (read about this at Glamping in Switzerland).

One of our favorite things was watching the blacksmith demonstration. We watched him make a leaf that could be hung from a chain as a necklace and he answered questions and told us about his craft. His two accomplices made a hammer head at the same time.

I thought about Charlotte’s Web as I wandered the various barns. I also thought about all the animals in Switzerland that we would see from the train windows.

I wonder why it is necessary to give first, second and third place to children’s art.