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Contents H O L I D AY I S S U E 2 0 1 6 Features


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La Verne Mayor Don Kendrick

Historical Christmas Tradition La Verne City News La Verne Chamber News

Good Giving


Micky’s Jewelry Studio-12 Day of Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Good Eats


Sal’s Pizza & Bagelry Chef Chris Holton

Good Neighbors

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The Faura’s Charlotte’s Corner

Olivia’s Project Gidget

Gina T. Home for the Holidays

Good Health

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Senior Health 101Trouble Remembering Life Performance Enhancement Community Events & Entertainment Calendar Restaurant & Business Directory University of La Verne’s Holiday Smiley

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Santa driving a vintage fire engine on Christmas morning bringing gift bags to all the La Verne residents.

Where is The Holiday Elf? He is hidden somewhere on the Marshall Canyon Trail in La Verne. Win a $25 Gift Certificate to a La Verne restaurant by taking a picture of the elf and sending your name, address and picture to info@livinglavernemagazine.com. Living La Verne Magazine will put your name in for a drawing. Winner will be picked December 15th

Holiday Wishes The holidays have arrived in La Verne! We will be gathering at the dinner table giving thanks with family and friends, sharing meals and memories on Thanksgiving. Then the countdown begins - less than 30 shopping days left until Christmas! Our city starts off the holiday season of events with first, La Verne Holiday Car Show and Spark of Love Toy Drive, November 26th, then their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, December 5th. Don’t forget to pick out your perfect tree at Heritage Park starting November 28th and play in the snow and visit Santa, December 10th, during the Winter Wonderland there to. We look forward to Christmas morning. All who live in La Verne will experience a fantastic Christmas tradition. We will hear the siren coming down our lane. We will run out to see Santa in the red fire engine with La Verne firemen and volunteers handing out gifts to everyone. How blessed are we to live in such a good community. Here is to a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year from our La Verne family to yours. All the Best from Living La Verne Magazine! Living La Verne Magazine 1502 Foothill Blvd. Ste. 103-130 La Verne, Ca. 91750 909-741-5376. Email: info@livinglavernemagazine.com Facebook/Living La Verne Magazine www.livinglavernemagazine.com

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Mayor Don with wife Gaynel, cat Kiki & dog Nicky at home on backyard deck


a Verne Mayor Don Kendrick learned the value of hard work and civic responsibility at a young age. Kendrick was seven when he started working on his father’s three- acre, chicken ranch. He and his identical twin brother,

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Dick, would gather eggs every day after school and on Saturdays and Sundays. They also had the unpleasant chore of shoveling chicken manure and with 10,000 chickens it was no small task. Because he was needed on the ranch, Kendrick didn’t have time to play sports growing up. “I wasn’t necessarily happy about that but I’m thrilled to death that that’s the way it happened,” Kendrick said. “It taught me a really strong work ethic.” When he got older and the temperature dropped, Kendrick would help light smudge pots on the 13 acres of citrus groves his grandparents owned at the northeast corner of Foothill and Wheeler avenues, where the original Vons store was later built. After graduating from Bonita High School in 1966, Kendrick spent six years in the Navy from

Mayor Don Kendrick, center, with 2016 City Council members; mayor pro tem Charlie A. Rosales, Donna Redman, Robin Carder and Tim Hepburn

1968 to 1974 including four years on the USS James Monroe, a nuclear submarine patrolling the Pacific Ocean. Kendrick calls that experience “one of the proudest things I’ve ever done in my life.” His Navy experience taught him a valuable lesson in team work that has carried over into his political career. “It’s not about Don, it’s about the team that consists of the city council, all of the city employees and encompasses all of the volunteers throughout the city whether they work with the police or fire departments, the


“A family history dedicated to community service” Community Services, the Boy Scouts, youth sports, or churches,” Kendrick said. “Wherever it is we are volunteering, we’re making our community better.” Kendrick’s great grandparents were among La Verne’s pioneers and they both had a tremendous impact on education in the local community. His great grandparents and their three children took an extended vacation through Southern California in the early 1880s and camped in what is now North La Verne. In 1885, they relocated to the La Verne area, built a home and planted a citrus orchard, one of about 30 in La Verne at the time.

Mayor Don, his aunt, Margaret Johnston, and wife Gaynel with her mother, Laura Miller at La Verne’s Veterans Memorial Ceremony Margaret Bixby, Kendrick’s great-grandmother was so enamored with the citrus orchards that she named the area La Verne, a loose French term for “green.” Later, after the city incorporated, the name was changed from Lordsburg to La Verne. Naming the town wasn’t Margaret Bixby’s only legacy. She worked tirelessly to get approval for a high school in the city. Her efforts resulted in the creation of the Bonita Union High School District and the construction of Bonita High School, which started on the second floor of La Verne Heights Elementary School and later moved to what is now Damian High School. Kendrick’s great

grandfather, L.H. Bixby, was one of the original school board members. Kendrick’s father was a member of the La Verne Elementary School District board and then served on the Bonita Union High School board. He also served on the La Verne Planning Commission. Kendrick has carried on his family tradition of civic service. This is his 12th year on the La Verne City Council and his Mayor Don’s Navy boot camp picture in 1968 eighth year as mayor. Kendrick said serving the community must be in his blood. “It’s so ery year learning skills such as important to me to be able to automotive technology, urban help make this community as farming and culinary arts. good as it can be,” he said. When asked why vocationIn addition to his city seral education was important, vice, Kendrick helps perform Kendrick said, “We need to the Board of Reviews for Eagle help these kids be successful Scouts in troop 411. “We are in all areas whether they go so impressed with the young to college or not. These are people who are in that organismart kids, they just want to zation,” Kendrick said. work with their hands and we He also started a Hands-on need to provide an opportuniHistory, a program for third ty for these kids to learn.” and fourth graders in the BoKendrick has been a real nita Unified School District. Nearly estate broker for 32 years. 80,000 students have gone through He and his wife, Gaynel, a the program that focuses on various retired school teacher, have aspects of the area’s history begina daughter and three grandning with the Native Americans who daughters. As mayor of La settled here through the history Verne, Kendrick said he is of people, like his great grandparmost proud that the city has ents, who built the communities of retained the same small town La Verne and San Dimas. He also virtues and outstanding quality has chaired the La Verne Historical of life for its residents. “We’re Society. basically a full-service city and Another of Kendrick’s pet projour highest priorities are to ects is the Career and Technical provide our residents with a Center that he cofounded at the Posafe, secure and neighborly mona Fairplex. The year-round, voenvironment in which to raise cational education program attracts their families,” Kendrick said. 400 to 500 high school students ev-


La Verne

City News M AY O R ’ S

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Mayor Don Kendrick This season, let us all reach out a little further to those around us. Let us look for those who might need that extra helping hand. Let us thank the veterans and the volunteers for their service, the elderly for their traditions, the children for their hope and optimism, and friends for just being friends. On a personal note, I am thankful to our city staff and elected officials, all of whom are committed to working together with the community to make a positive and lasting contribution to the great city of La Verne. I am so fortunate to serve with such dedicated men and women. The year ahead promises to be a positive and exciting one for the City of La Verne, and I am confident that together we will achieve great things.

- Mayor Don Kendrick

The City Council is proud to announce that Nick Paz will be the city’s next police chief. Captain Paz has served the city of La Verne for over 30 years in several capacities with the last 5 as Police Captain. Captain Paz will be sworn in at an upcoming City Council meeting and begin his new service as Police Chief on January 1, 2017. Captain Paz has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne, and attended the FBI National Academy, in Justice Quantico, Virginia. Captain Paz has been instrumental in moving the department forward with projects such as: implementation of the Police Department’s new dispatch, records management, license plate reader, and 911 systems as well as the re-establishment of the Explorer Program. Additionally, he has enhanced community outreach efforts through Facebook and Nixle. Captain Paz has dedicated his personal time to bettering the community as a member of the La Verne Youth and Family Action Committee, the California Special Olympics, and the United States Air Force Mini Jet Program which serves children with cancer and developmental disabilities. Captain Paz is filling the vacancy created by the retirement of long time Chief Scott Pickwith and will be responsible for

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overseeing all police department operations and support divisions including patrol, traffic, and crime prevention. The City Manager and Department Heads look forward to working with the new Chief as a key member of the City’s executive team. Mayor Don Kendrick stated “the City Council’s unanimous selection of Nick Paz is a continuation of the great foundation and history of the La Verne Police Department. Nick will help continue the work that has been fostered by Chief Pickwith and will help guide the department to a positive future. The City Council and I were fortunate enough to have 3 highly qualified internal candidates to consider. We appreciate all of the candidates for going through the long selection process and want to thank the community and Police Department employees for providing valuable feedback during the process to help us with our decision.” Chief Designate Paz stated, “I want to thank the City Council; they had a tough decision on their hands. I also want to assure La Verne residents that the level of service they have become accustomed to will continue and, if possible improve. La Verne is a great community to live and raise a family and I intend to keep it that way. I know this because, not only did I raise my family here, but I’ve worked for this department for over thirty years and know the community. Law Enforcement is facing some tough challenges these days, but with the support of the community and building a stronger bond, together, we can deal with these issues. I have some pretty big shoes to fill when Chief Scott Pickwith leaves, but thanks to his mentorship, I intend to have a seamless transition. I look forward to serving the City of La Verne as the next Police Chief.”

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Good Giving Micky’s Jewelry Studio

12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt Written by Clarissa Toll


n La Verne, as Christmas approaches, it won’t be surprising to see people jumping up from the dinner table, bolting out the door and running about town searching high and low for packages strewn about the town. For the past four years, Micky’s Jewelry Studio has thrown the 12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt. For owner Micky Rehm, the scavenger hunt is a time of “giving back to the community who’s given us so much.” The scavenger hunt starts with a clue, a picture of the package, each day on the Studio’s Facebook page. Packages are hidden in a variety of locations in La Verne, Claremont and San Dimas throughout the 12 day event. Rehm and her team enjoy the challenge of finding a good hiding spot, even taking the time to pay homage to La Verne’s history. “One time, we put a clue at the church there on D Street and that church was used in the movie The Graduate,” said Rehm. “I posted a clue about Mrs. Robinson — and

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obviously people who had seen that movie said, ‘Oh! It’s that church! It’s that church!’” To insure everyone gets a chance, “We post it all times of the day, from six in the morning to 6 or 7 o’clock at night,” said Rehm. Most prizes don’t stay hidden long. Because of the Studio’s strong connection to their online community, the prizes are typically claimed in no more than a halfhour. For Rehm, the best part of the hunt is seeing the reactions of the community and the interaction with those that join in on the fun. “People come into the store, and say ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve been watching your scavenger hunt and the kids and I have so much fun…Even though we have never found the prize, we have so much fun because our family is together doing it.” “That’s been really special” said Rehm. To follow along in this year’s fun, be sure to follow Micky’s Jewelry Studio on Facebook and stay up to date on the Studio’s move into Old Town La Verne this coming January.

The Rehm Family

Micky Rehm, owner of Micky’s Jewelry Studio, started her career in jewelry when she was 17 years old working at the local jeweler in Chino after school. She then found her way to a La Verne Jeweler inld Town La Verne where she worked there for 20 years. In 2007 she and her family opened Micky’s Jewelry Studio on Foothill in La Verne. Nine years later they purchased the Generation’s Antiques Building, the same store she worked in as a teenager. Their family has been very involved in the La Verne community since they opened, donating to many nonprofits and hosting the ever so popular Holiday Scavenger Hunt. Micky’s Jewelry Studio was honored with the Reader’s Choice in 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015, La Verne Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Chamber Member of the Year, and California State Assembly Small Business of the Year Nominee. Their superior customer service, unique jewelry, quality repair services, customer trust and a 5 Star Yelp Review, are some of the reasons for their continued success.



Cost Plus Mattress is celebrating the Grand Opening of its Rancho Cucamonga store, at 9155 Archibald Avenue, Suite C (between 6th and 7th Streets). Look for the big yellow trucks! The La Verne location is at 1147 Foothill Boulevard, right off the 210 Freeway at the Foothill exit. Call Paul at (909) 727-3700 or (909) 392-5554. Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays for Family Day! Check out their website at: www. costplusmattress.com.


Confession: Do you know why The Grapevine Press has been arriving late for several months? The publishers of the newspaper can’t get out of bed! Paul Niederer of Cost Plus Mattress sold them a 100% Pure Latex Bliss mattress, and they refuse to get out of bed in the morning. The amazingly soft mattress just pulls them in and rewards them with such deep sleep that waking up is hard to do. The Grapevine Press family LOVES to sleep now. Paul opened his first Cost Plus Mattress store in La Verne. The flagship store is going gangbusters. Now, Paul’s second store has opened in Rancho Cucamonga, where he has lived for the past two decades. Paul is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He loves his country so much that his products are 100% made in the USA! A family friend named Elvis runs the Rancho Cucamonga store. Just like Paul, Elvis is decent, honest, and nice! He has

the knowledge, just like Paul plus kindness and respect which are qualities that you can’t teach people. Elvis has those traits naturally. Paul will send you out of his store if you question his prices. He wants you to go out to his competitors and compare. He has no fear that you won’t come back. He knows you will, because his outstanding quality and low prices can’t be beat. The Grapevine Press family is so impressed with Paul Niederer. He is honest, fun, caring, and almost too nice to his customers. He keeps giving them better deals. They are surprised he makes any money! Though he has several types of mattresses at all price ranges, we especially love his 100% Latex Bliss mattress. Latex is natural, from the rubber tree. It is breathable, naturally hypoallergenic, anti-fungal, dust mite resistant, and mold and mildew proof. It’s ventilated rubber, so it dissipates heat. You really sleep cooler!

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Chef Eric Flores, Holton has been making many innovations in his kitchen. But Holton hasn’t thrown the baby out with the bathwater. “Pizza? I’m never going to change. Bagels? I’m never going to change… but I’m bringing more of a gourmet menu with tons of new options,” he said. For example, his Italian Strata is a hot breakfast food that Holton bakes every morning. It’s a mix of spinach, tomato, caramelized onions, three types of cheeses, egg, cream, and diced bagel in a muffin form, great for a customer on the go. And they don’t call it a Bagelry for nothing, Sal’s offers over 25 varieties of east coast bagels. Holton boasts that you’ll find none better, promising the best products and ingredients. Original owner Sal’s tried and true pizza recipe has been around for over 40 years and Holton promises he hasn’t changed a thing. He still uses the same

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A Historical Christmas Tradition Written by Jessica Thorpe

department began to distribute food to families in need on Christmas. As the city has grown, the early mission to bring Santa to every child has developed into a largescale event, which will mark 91 years this Christmas. One resident recalls hearing the fire engine’s siren during his first Christmas in La Verne: “It was a wonderful surprise. As a child, it’s exciting to see the fire engine and Santa, and as an adult, it’s exciting to see the same joy on my daughter’s face when Santa stops by on Christmas morning. It’s amazing how much the fire department is involved in the community, especially giving up their Christmas morning to serve the people of La Verne.” This historical holiday tradition has put smiles on the faces of children and adults over the years. It is made possible by the efforts of the La Verne Fire Department, their families and the community who volunteer at the packing party and on Christmas morning to make it special for everyone living in La Verne.

1925 photo of the Christmas morning santas and crew


very year on Christmas morning, Santa visits La Verne. He rides aboard a fire engine with his La Verne Fire Department friends and volunteers. Together, they visit every neighborhood and street in the city, handing out goodie bags of fruit, nuts and candy to every child. This unique holiday tradition began in 1925, when members of the local fire

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The Faura’s F or 14 years, Luis and Maria Faura have called La Verne home and invested their daily lives within the community. “Being an alum of the institution and being as connected as I have been with the University of La Verne, and now sitting as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, my experience in La Verne was so moving I wanted to stay connected with the university and the community itself,” said Mr. Faura. As neighbors, the Faura’s take their involvement with the community and their commitment to it very seriously. “We’re very local. We eat locally. We shop locally,” Mrs. Faura says. In August of this past summer, the couple opened A Place in Time Children’s Boutique in the heart of Downtown La Verne. “And definitely when we decided to open our little store there, we wanted to make sure that little

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downtown thrives,” continued Mrs. Faura. The couple also enjoys the abilities and the recreational activities afforded by the location of the city — mountain biking in Marshall Canyon and cycling classes in the city are common place in the daily life of the couple. “When I think of La Verne, I think of this community as one where I have sports and activities —I can be very active in the community,” said Mr. Faura. For the Faura’s, being a neighbor to a community is crucial for the health and nature of its residents as a whole. “In every depth of the word neighbor: you collaborate with, you share with, you share in a common goal — a neighbor is someone you can count on,” said Mr. Faura. “It’s more than a transactional relationship, they almost become a part of your extended family.”

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The Faura Family Mariella, Daniella, Luis, Maria and Alexandria. “Whether it’s business or for the home, a neighbor is someone you want to work with to better your community and helping others,” added Mrs. Faura. As residents of La Verne, the Faura’s have found a place to call home and a commu-

nity to cherish. “La Verne provides such a great place to raise a family (with) it’s sense of belonging and inclusivity and diversity,” said Mr Faura. “We’ve been very happy as residents here.”

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Written by Jessica Thorpe


he holiday season is a special and magical time for many children, and Charlotte’s excitement begins when the Christmas decorations come out of the storage shed and into the house. For Charlotte, decorating the house with wreaths, ornaments, garland and a nativity scene signifies that Christmas is just around the corner. Many households have special holiday traditions. Some traditions vary by religious observances or cultural practices, and other traditions are unique to individual families. Last year, Charlotte began a new tradition when she was given her own small Christmas tree to decorate. She slowly built up her ornament collection over the year, and she is now excited to decorate her own tree. The best ornaments tell a story, and in choosing her ornaments, Charlotte is beginning to build her own special history. She has a squirrel to represent the nature walks she enjoyed on a trip to Yosemite.

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She has a horse and a picture ornament to remind her of the exciting time she had on her first trip to a barn with Grandma. There are dog and cat ornaments to represent her love of animals, and a cross and nativity ornament to represent her faith. Every ornament she selected is special to her, and every ornament tells a little about Charlotte. She even strings together a popcorn garland because it is her favorite snack. An older tradition that Charlotte shares with her family is baking sugar cookies. Every year, Charlotte, Mom, Grandma, and even Great-Grandma bake cookies together for Christmas. As Charlotte has grown, she has been given more responsibilities for baking. This year, Charlotte helps make the dough, roll it out, cut out the shapes, and ice the cookies. Charlotte always saves a few cookies for Santa Claus, and the rest are eaten by the whole family on Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Charlotte loves to read a special holiday book before bedtime. A perfect book to pair with a day of baking cookies is Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jane Dyer. This beautifully illustrated book allows children to relate to abstract holiday vocabulary (like “tradition”, “gracious”, “charitable” and “hope”) with a sweet story about children baking cookies for the holiday season. The book even includes a Christmas cookie recipe! Whether you are celebrating traditions that have lasted for generations, or you are starting new family traditions, Charlotte wishes a happy and fun-filled holiday season to you and your family!



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A Gift of Comfort for Animals in Need Few bonds are stronger than the bond between a girl and her dog. When Olivia Colasuonno tragically lost her beloved rescue dog Gidget to a coyote attack, she decided to honor the memory of her dear friend and pet. Young Olivia has done amazing volunteer work with her charity: Project Gidget. Project Gidget’s mission is to collect old blankets, towels, linens, t-shirts, dog beds and toys for animals in need. These items are delivered to animal shelters in order to provide comfort to animals who are waiting to be adopted into a loving home. May 2017 will mark the Picking up donations 3rd year that Olivia will be forming a team to Olivia has a special love for walk in the Paws4Pets Walk for Inland Valley rescue animals, and she pays a Humane Society. beautiful tribute to Gidget with her selfless act of charity. Any person who is interested in donating to Project Gidget may drop off pet items at Palace Pet Salon, Chozen Martial Arts and Duds & Doodads in La Verne. Email projectgidget@ verizon.net or message on Facebook for donation information. Help Olivia and Project Gidget give peace to animals awaiting 2016 Paws4Pets Walk for Inland Valley Humane their forever homes. Society

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Gina T. Home for the Holidays Written by Elaine Regus


oann Lammens is the artistic hand, eye and heart behind interior transformations from multi-million-dollar mansions to doublewide mobile homes in La Verne, neighboring communities and around the world. As owner of Gina T. Interior Accents and Gina T. Home store on Bonita Avenue in La Verne, Joann also brings her division of Gina T Interior Design. With her style and approach that has earned her the loyalty of clients and employees over the years. “I actually never thought that I would have this amazing relationship with the community and with my clients,” Joann said. “I’m truly blessed.” Sitting in Gina T. Home surrounded by scads of stylish, high-quality couches, tables, mirrors and candlesticks, it’s hard to imagine that Joann started out selling silk arrangements out of her garage as a mother with an infant daughter, Gina. When her

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home business grew with all the delivery trucks stopping by her house, La Verne city officials stepped in and found a spot for rent on Bonita Avenue where Gina T. Interior Accents remains today. She expanded with another building on the north side of Bonita Avenue last year for Gina T. Home. Over the years, she has given back to the community that has been so supportive of her. When Gina was at Bonita High School, Joann started the La Verne holiday home tours to raise money for students to go to grad night. They would raise $30,000 in a single night. She also orchestrated a spring garden tour one year to raise money to build a structure for the students to stand under in the parking lot. When the city needed help this year designing a new Christmas garland to string across the street, they came to Joann for help. She also participates in the annual La Verne wine walk. “It’s so fun and such a great event downtown,” Joann said. “I love promoting anything for downtown. Not enough people know downtown is here.” Looking back at her humble beginnings, Joann said her business is much larger, much grander than she ever expected. She’s gone from silk arrangements to full interior design, gifts, clothing, baby items and artwork. “I really focus on the quality while keeping a close eye on price points,” Joann said. “Caring about my clients and the wonderful relationships I have built for thirty years has been wonderful.”


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The Truth-What’s your Motivation!

What To Do When You Have Trouble Remembering We all have to ask ourselves this question when it comes to the most important things in life. Things like our existence, family, career, Major League Baseball, the PGA tour and of course fish tacos. Regarding these matters, we often think deeply, plan meticulously, trust unconditionally and work diligently. Regarding our physicality whether your goal is general fitness, sport performance, or you are in need of rehabilitation no two bodies are exactly alike, and every person’s motivation for achieving their goals is unique. What I’ve noticed is those people who are aware of the central motivating factor for achieving their goal, achieved them more often than those who were not. Although there are times after people come to realize their central motivating factor they’re displeased with their motive. This identification reveals something to them about themselves and the need for a new perspective emerges. This new perspective completely changes their motivation for the better and with it their goals. So how do I know my central motivating factor? Self-inventory. When clients begin a training program we take an inventory of their body through an assessment. Because much like any machine the body has a specific order it was designed to function in. LPE needs to know what parts are functioning optimally and what parts are not. This “assessment” can also be done of your life, heart, and mind and all that you choose to influence it. Do you know your central motivating factor? What are you striving for? The foundation you build your life upon is what will sustain and guide you to where you need to go. Written by Derek Wohlers; CPT, SCS. Derek is the owner of Life Performance Enhancement located in Upland California. He has served as a coach and consulted for university programs and national player development organizations around the country. LPE specializes in human movement involving rotation of the spine and the shoulder joint and is passionate about ensuring athletes, fitness, and rehabilitative clients experience their optimal physicality. Located in Upland 1318 Monte Vista Suite #8. (626) 224-1838. www.LPEcoaching.com

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FORGETFUL? Mild forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. It is true that some of us get more forgetful as we age. It may take longer to learn new things, remember certain words, or find our glasses. These changes are often signs of mild forgetfulness, not serious memory problems. What can I do about mild forgetfulness? You can do many things to help keep your memory sharp and stay alert. Look at the list below for some helpful ideas. Here are some ways to help your memory: • Learn a new skill. • Volunteer in your community, at a school, or at your place of worship.

• Spend time with friends and family. • Use memory tools such as big calendars, to-do lists, and notes to yourself. • Put your wallet or purse, keys, and glasses in the same place each day. • Get lots of rest. • Exercise and eat well. • Don’t drink a lot of alcohol. • Get help if you feel depressed for weeks at a time. See your doctor if you’re worried about your forgetfulness. Tell him or her about your concerns. Be sure to make a follow-up appointment to check your memory in the next 6 months to a year.

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Saturdays - La Verne Fresh Old Town La Verne Certified Farmers Market Visit the Farmers Market Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Old Town La Verne at 3rd and D Street. La Verne Fresh is the source of the highest quality, seasonal and locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, and delicious gourmet specialty foods, plants, and flowers. For more information on this event call City Hall at (909) 596-8706. Sundays - Claremont Farmers & Artisans Market Sundays (8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) on Second Street, between Indian Hills Blvd. and Yale Avenue, Claremont. Call (714) 345-3087 for Farmers Market information, or (909) 949-1842 for Artisans Market information. First Wednesday of The Month: La Verne Chamber Connection Luncheon and Raffle. Hillcrest Meeting Hall. 11:30 a.m. 2705 Mountain View Drive, La Verne. Chamber Members. Call Annette for more information 909-593-5265. November 26 - Downtown Pomona Collectors Street Faire Saturday (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.), located on the 100 & 200 block of E. 2nd Street in Antique Row, Downtown Pomona. For additional information about the Collectors Street Faire or to be a part of the faire, contact ckhemming@hotmail.com November 26 - Cruisin’ La Verne Holiday Car Show and Spark of Love Toy Drive Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) on the streets of historic Old Town La Verne, D and Third Streets, south of Bonita Avenue. The event includes community participation in the “Spark of Love Toy Drive”, benefitting local children for the holidays. Attendees are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys at the event (new donated toys are also accepted at the La Verne Fire Department). For additional information, call Larry Trujillo at (626) 274-0011. November 26 through December 24 Christmas Trees at Heritage Park Open 9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Heritage Park, 5001 Via De Mansion, La Verne. Experience Christmas on a farm at Heritage Park. Choose from the finest fresh cut Noble, Grand and Douglas Firs. Weekends offer sleigh rides through the orange orchard for $2. For additional information, visit http://www.laverneheritage.org or call (909) 293-9005.

December 2 through December 4 - Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show Friday (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), and Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), located at the Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, in Expo Hall 4. This holiday arts & crafts event has unique items, specialty foods and strolling entertainment. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and military, and $4 for kids ages 13-17. Kids under 12 are free. Parking is $10 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive. For more information, visit http://www.harvestfestival. com/pomona.html December 3 – 1st Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) at the Glendora Public Library, 140 S. Glendora Avenue, Glendora. Activities include making a gingerbread house, going on a gingerbread scavenger hunt, and taking a picture with the gingerbread man. For more information, call (626) 914-2357 or (626) 852-4891. December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 – (The Annual Holiday Spectacular) Christmas Is… Showtime for December 3, 4, 10, 11 and 18 is 2:00 p.m., located at the Haugh Performing Arts Center (HPAC), 1000 West Foothill Blvd, Glendora. The December 17 performance is at 7:00 p.m. at the HPAC. This all new holiday chorale concert is presented by the Citrus Visual and Performing Arts Department. Tickets may be purchased online at http:// tickets.haughpac.com or at the door. For additional information, call the HPAC Box Office at (626) 963-9411. December 4 - Sundays at the Morgan (Choral Holiday Spectacular) Concert starts at 6:00 p.m. at Ann & Steve Morgan Auditorium, University of La Verne. All concerts are a $20 suggested donation, unless otherwise indicated. Student admission is free. For additional ticket information, call Special Events at (909) 448-4589. December 5 – La Verne Tree Lighting Ceremony (Sponsored by TOGO’s La Verne) The annual tree lighting ceremony will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. in front of City Hall, located at 3660 “D” Street, La Verne. There will be entertainment and a special visit from Santa. December 7 - NHRA Motorsports Museum Twilight Cruise Night Every 1st Wednesday of the month (April through December), from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at the Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, in Building 3A. For more information, call (909) 622-2133 or visit www.nhramuseum.org

December 9, 10, 16 and 17 – Luminaria Nights at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Friday and Saturday evenings (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 North College Avenue, Claremont. The illuminated evening walk features live acoustic music, cookies, hot cider, and over 1000 candle-lit luminarias along a halfmile loop on Indian Hill Mesa. Tickets may be purchased online at www. rsabg.org Tickets may also be purchased at the door, but this event does sell out. December 10 – Winter Wonderland in La Verne (Ages 12 and Under) Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) at Heritage Park, 5001 Via De Mansion, La Verne. Children can play in real snow with two snow runs and two snow play lands (be sure to dress kids in mittens, jackets and boots for the event). Kids can enjoy arts and crafts, hot cocoa and doughnuts, and even visit Santa at the gazebo. Admission is $10 per child presale (includes snow play, snack, crafts, and visit with Santa), or $15 per child at the event. For information on purchasing a booth, contact the La Verne Community Center at (909) 596-8776. December 10 – Glendora Christmas Parade Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) the City of Glendora. Parade on Glendora Ave., North of Foothill Blvd. Free Admission. This year’s parade theme is “Santa’s Coming to Town.” For additional information, visit www.glendorachristmasparade.com December 10 through December 11 – Pomona Fairplex Holiday Half Marathon & 5K The Holiday 5K begins at 8:30a.m., on Saturday, December 11. The Holiday Half Marathon begins at 8:00a.m., on Sunday, December 11. Both races will be held at the Pomona Fairplex campus, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, with parking available at Gate 9 on White Avenue. For registration information, visit http://www.runholidayhalf.com December 18 - Aircraft Display/Car Show and Hot Dog BBQ at Brackett Airfield (KPOC) Every 3rd Sunday of the month (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) at Brackett Airport. Display your classic airplanes and automobiles, and enjoy a hot dog barbeque with friends.

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RESTAURANT DIRECTORY Chase’s La Verne • (909) 596-6810 2136 Third Street, La Verne, CA 91750 Open for Dinner • Oak Fire Grill • Full Bar • Indoor Seating • Outdoor Patio Seating www.chaseslaverne.com

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Mr. D’s Diner Pomona • (909) 398-4222 401 Foothill Blvd., Pomona CA 91767 Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner • Banquet Room www.mrdsresturants.com Sal’s Pizza & Bagelry • (909) 596-4002 2095 Foothill Blvd., La Verne, CA 91750 Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Delivery • Drive-Thru www.salspizzaandbagelry.com You can be part of the Living La Verne Magazine’s Business and Restaurant Directory for $50 per year (6) Issues. Send to: info@ livinglavernemagazine.com and Make check payable to: Living La Verne Magazine and mail to 1502 Foothill Blvd. Ste. 103-130, La Verne, Ca 91750

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Holiday Smiley Smilodon californicus, saber-toothed cat, is California’s State Fossil. “Smiley” is one of the first fully articulated saber-toothed cat specimens to be excavated from the La Brea tar pits in the early 1900s by James Z. Gilbert, who was responsible for the core fossil vertebrae collections at the then fledgling Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. In 1916, “Smiley” was donated to the Lordsburg College (now the University of La Verne). In addition, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Berlin, and Gilbert’s alma-mater, McPherson College in Kansas, also received specimens. Gilbert, a teacher at the Los Angeles High School, spent many years working in the tar pits. He employed his students to help him recover the fossils, paying up to $1 a day. Because of his connection to the University at the time of his death, the Cultural and Natural History Collections now houses the second largest collection of Pleistocene specimens outside of the Natural History and Page Museums in Los Angeles. Smiley was initially displayed inside the hotel-turned-college, however as the University grew, he was moved to Founders Hall and most recently inside the Mainiero building, though he was not accessible to the public for many decades. Until now. The Cultural and Natural History Collections at the University of La Verne has painstakingly preserved and conserved this beautiful original specimen for all to enjoy. There is no admission or costs involved to see this magnificent specimen and everyone is welcome to take pleasure in this wonderful and rare treasure housed right here in the City of La Verne. Please come by and visit, he loves the company! Smiley permanently resides on the second floor of the Sara and Michael Abraham Campus Center at the University of La Verne on the corner of C St. and Second St. For information call: 909-448-4700.

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