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Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Hans Conreid. Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Walter Brennan. Expatriate American Harry Morgan helps to transport a Free French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sexy lounge singer.

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Hometown Jamboree 6/2 Old-time music variety show, with a family-style dinner. Continues the first Saturday of every month through November. Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho, 39611 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen; $15 adults, $10 children; 909-797-1005.

6/10 Honoring Great Britain, home of the 2012 Summer Olympics, with works by Sir Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Robert Sage, conductor. Bridges Hall of Music, Fourth Street at College Avenue, Claremont; 3:30 p.m.; free.

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6/23 Talent competition. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario; 909-244-5600.

performance Pulse 5/30 Free-form celebration of dance. Haugh Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora; 626-963-9411.

Dance Dynamics 6/23-24 Dream Ballet (2 p.m. both days); hip hop and tap jam (6 p.m. June 23); lyrical, production and jazz expo (6 p.m. June 24). Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga; 909-477-2752. Also: The Talent Planet, dance recital, June 16.

stage ‘Aida’ through 6/3 Contemporary musical take on a classic tale of a bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier, written by Elton John and Tim Rice. Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont; 909-626-1254. Also: “The Music Man,” June 8-July 22; “Returning to Sin City,” July 27-Aug. 19; “Miss Saigon,” Aug. 24-Sept. 30.

‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ 5/25-27 Stage production of the family friendly magical tale by C.S. Lewis. California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino; $38.50-$77.50; 909-885-5152.

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5/26-7/1 Production of the classic musical. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 909-335-3037. Also: “The Sound of Music,” July 14-Aug. 19.


‘Sesame Street Live’ 6/1-3 Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together. Sesame Street Play Zone opens 60 minutes before each performance. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario; $15-$85; 909-244-5600.

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Twilight Cruise 6/6 Open to all 1970 and earlier rods, customs, classics and muscle cars. Participants receive free museum admission. Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona; 909-622-2133.

‘Kill Me, Deadly’ 6/1-9 Bill Robens’ smart and snappy parody of hard-boiled noir. Haugh Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora; 626-963-9411.

‘Peter Pan’ 6/29-7/1 Classic production featuring former Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby in the title role. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ 7/14-22 Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga; 909-477-2752. Also: “Willy Wonka,” July 28-Aug. 4.


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6/13 Rod Stewart tribute performer. Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont; 909-626-1254. Also: The Long Run (Eagles tribute band), June 20; Surfin Safari (Beach Boys tribute), June 27; Roy Orbison Experience, July 11; Rocky Mountain High (John Denver tribute), July 18; The Four Preps, Aug. 1; Bella Donna (Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac tribute), Aug. 8; ABBAFab (ABBA tribute), Aug. 18.

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6/1 In concert, with a party following the show. Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995. Also: Art Laboe Summer Love Jam, June 16; Ron White Moral Compass Tour, July 7; Rick Springfield, July 28.

6/15-17 Citrus College’s Women’s Ensemble presents its annual musical showcase, featuring solos, duets, trios, quartets and more. Haugh Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora; 626-963-9411. Also: Pop Rock Battle, June 5.

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6/2 In concert. Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, near Temecula; 877-711-2946. Also: Gary V, June 14-15; George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, June 22; Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, July 19; Kellie Pickler, July 20; Smokey Robinson, Aug. 3-4; Gipsy Kings, Aug. 17; Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, Aug. 24.

6/22 Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, 4955 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 9 p.m.; 888-667-6646.

Jazz Fest 6/30 Headliners, The Manhattan Transfer, plus performances by local jazz artists and ensembles. Cal State San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway; 909-537-7516.

through 6/30 Hot Water, May 26; The Rocket Summer, June 6; Revelation Records 25th anniversary, June 7-10; Yacht, June 15; 1349, June 18; Five Iron Frenzy, June 22; Matt Skiba and The Sekrets, June 24; My Superhero, June 30. The Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona.

Motown: Motor City Review through 6/10 Musical journey through Motown hits from the likes of the Jackson Five, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Stevie Wonder. Center Stage Theatre, 8463 Sierra Ave., Fontana; 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; 909-429-7469.

Reba McEntire 5/26 Primm Valley Casino Resorts, Interstate 15 at the California/Nevada state line; 8 p.m.; 800-745-3000. Also: The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, May 27.

Dwight yoakam 5/26 In concert. Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort, 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center; 9 p.m.; $25-$125; 760-751-3100. Also: Bronco & Julio Preciado, June 8; Melissa Etheridge, June 22; Squeeze, B52s, June 29; Meat Loaf, July 7; Joe Cocker, Huey Lewis and The News, July 13; The Jacksons, July 21; Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Cracker, July 29; B.B. King, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sept. 9.

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Mayhem Festival 6/30 Featuring Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax and others. San Manuel Amphitheater, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway, Devore; 909-880-6500. Also: Journey, July 21.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes through 6/24 The Quakes host Modesto, May 27-29; Lake Elsinore, May 30-June 1; High Desert, June 8-10; Lancaster, June 11-13; and Bakersfield, May 21-24. The Epicenter, 8408 Rochester Ave., Rancho Cucamonga; 909-481-5000.

No-Doz 20 Year Reunion 6/30 Featuring Ron D. Core, DJ Dan, R.A.W. Barry Weaver, Mellinfunk and others. The Fox Theater, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona; 909-865-3802.

Street League Skateboard Tour 6/15-16 Twenty-four professional skateboarders compete for more than $1.6 million in prize money and the title Street League Champion. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario; 909-244-5600. Also: Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, Sept. 9.

American Idol Live 7/25 Concert featuring contestants from the just-concluded season of the hit show. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario; 909-244-5600.

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6/23 Classic rock ’n’ roll featuring the group that first hit it big with “Little Darlin’.” Center Stage Theatre, 8463 Sierra Ave., Fontana; 909-429-7469.

‘Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition’ through 5/27 Sixth biennial collection of new works by local and regional artists. Museum of History and Art, 225 S. Euclid Ave., Ontario; noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays; free; 909-395-2510. Also: “Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography,” July 12-Sept. 23.

Celebrate America 6/30 Patriotic musical journey. California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino; 909-885-5152.

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through 6/30 Biennial exhibition featuring the works of ceramic art professors at all Southern California universities and community colleges. American Museum of Ceramic Art, 340 S. Garey Ave., Pomona; noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, until 9 p.m. on second Saturday; 909-865-3146. Also: Patti Warashina, July 14-Sept. 29; Mettlach & Royal Worcester, Oct. 14-Jan. 12.

6/1-7/1 Reception, June 17. CCAA Museum of Art at the J. Filippi Winery, 12467 Base Line Road, Rancho Cucamonga; noon to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Also: “From Within,” June 1-July 29; “Art Box Show,” Aug. 31-Sept. 30.

'Roots Against the Sky' through 7/14 Explorations of the natural world by David Whitmire Hearst Jr. In the photographs, Hearst utilizes the tools available in the digital process to produce highly expressive prints. UCR/California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787. Also: "Home” by Matt Lipps, through June 30; “Pasos,” a video installation by Marsia Alexander-Clarke, through June 30.

Gallery Talk 6/2 Birds of the San Bernardino Mountains, June 2. San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 N. Orange Tree Lane, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Redlands; 909-307-2669. Also: Reading Discoveries: “Hot, Flat and Crowded,” June 13.

'You Are Breathing In It!' 7/14-9/22 Alternative art practices. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111. Also: “Naida Osline: Photosynthetic Portraits,” through July 6.

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through 8/28 Sam Maloof seating designs that date back to the 1950s. Maloof Foundation Jacobs Education Center, 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma; 909-980-0412. Also: Sculpture in the Garden, through June 21.

through 7/1 Jeff Garcia, May 24-27; Lil Duval, June 1-3; Drew Carey, June 8-10; Charlie Murphy, June 15-17; Bill Burr, June 29-July 1. The Improv, 4555 Mills Circle, Ontario; 909-484-5411.

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Martin short 6/1 Stand-up comedian. Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga; 8 p.m.; $65; 909-477-2752.

Bill engvall 6/23 Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800.


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Ohhh, pairing gino l. Filippi and Allan Borgen run the table: one night, five locations


STORY BY AllAn Borgen And gino l. Filippi PHOTOS BY gABriel luis AcostA

Summer nights beg for savory and light treats, appetizers to please the palate and wines to accompany them. To kick off the season and to whet your appetites, we commissioned food writer Allan Borgen and wine aficionado Gino L. Filippi to do a one-night tour of pairings at wine bars and wine-oriented establishments to taste the most tantalizing treats and delicious pours. Five establishments agreed to take part in the venture, and, accompanied by photographer Gabriel Luis Acosta, the team made two stops in Claremont and one in Redlands before two stops in Riverside, concluding at the landmark Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Âť owner ed inglese has paired a warm, comfortable atmosphere with marvelous food at tutti Mangia italian grill in claremont.

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This lovely wine store/restaurant features a nice selection of imported and domestic wines, with many available by the glass to enjoy with small plates of delicious culinary delights. Gino

2010 Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Mosel Blue Slate Tasting notes: Authentic Riesling wine from Germany. Fresh, delicate and lively with crisp apple, rich citrus and rich favors. Cost: $7.50 per glass NV Louis de Sacy Brut Grand Cru Champagne Tasting notes: This blend of 60 percent Pinot Noir, 5 percent Pinot Meunier and 35 percent Chardonnay was a golden color with fine bubbles. Complex, subtle and well-balanced aromas of red fruits, citrus and spices. Cost: $13.50 per glass 2007 Stewart Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Tasting notes: Rich black cherry fruit with aromatic hints of clove and spice. Cranberry on the palate with a long finish. Cost: $14 per glass


The menu is seasonal and offers several creative dishes including the bacon-wrapped Medijool dates with wedges of bleu cheese that we paired with a fresh, mildly sweet 2010 Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett. Each of the five dates along with the cheese offered a delicious blend of sweetness, tart, smoky and crispiness, and paired well with the wine. The signature crispy fried Brussels sprouts tossed in a tangy red wine vinaigrette and topped with Parmigiano Reggiano was paired with a glass of a French Louis de Sacy Champagne that really brought out the flavors of this most unique and addicting dish. The organic beef slider featured crispy shallots, apple-wood smoked bacon, Dubliner Irish

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» Sal Medina and Ev Sauceda at Packing House Wine Merchants offer a wonderful selection of light fare to complement their wines. cheddar cheese with a juicy burger patty on a toasted potato bun with a great spicy tomato aioli and was served with a mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette. This marvelous burger was served with a 2007 Stewart Pinot Noir (Russian River) that stood up very well with beefy taste of the juicy burger. Appetizer prices: $6-$15

» Crispy Brussels sprouts are a seasonal favorite that pairs well with champagne.

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Tutti Mangia Italian Grill 102 Harvard ave., Claremont; 909-625-4669, www.tuttimangia.Com Hours: monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; monday-thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 4-9 p.m. for dinner

Located in Claremont Village, this popular multi award winning restaurant features an impressive array of traditional as well as original Italian dishes plus a large selection of appetizers that pair extremely well with award-winning wines that may be enjoyed by the glass or half and full bottles. Gino

2010 Laetitia Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir Tasting notes: this 100 percent Pinot noir is elegant and medium bodied with rich aromas of plum and spice. Hints of clove and cedar to accent the nose. the black cherry notes on the palate with velvety tannins give this wine nice depth. long, smooth finish. great match with the flavorful melted Fontina. Cost: $18 per glass 2008 Valpolicella D.O.C. Zenato Italy Tasting notes: excellent red with mocha-rich aromas with dark cherries and ripe plum. lovely, full-bodied and smooth. Paired well with the steamed manila clams and flavorful sauce. Cost: $10 per glass 2008 Dr. “L” Loosen Riesling Mosel Germany Tasting notes: this excellent value riesling offers typical purity with


the most popular and delicious dishes we discovered included the Fonduta, a small cast iron skillet filled with hot melted Fontina cheese that had a mild nutty earthy flavor with a hint of truffle oil essence and was served with toasted Ciabatta bread points; incredible fresh mussels and manila clams in a delicate yet assertive tasting white wine saffron herb broth; and the magnificent large lump crab cake with an exciting red curry cream sauce served with a bed of mixed greens with a sweet tangy honey balsamic vinaigrette. each of these small plates of joy were nicely plated, and when paired with the upscale yet casual setting makes tutti mangia a most enjoyable dining experience. Appetizer prices: $4-$15

wonderful slate/mineral characters, balanced acidity without a trace of hardness. this mediumdry style with hint of sweetness made it a perfect accompaniment with the overstuffed crab cake. Cost: $8 per glass

» Lump crab cake with red curry cream sauce » Gino L. Filippi

takes in the color of a pour before he tastes during a five-stop tour of local wine bars and restaurants.

mussels and Manila clams in a white wine saffron herb broth

» Simple, yet satisfying — hot melted Fontina cheese served with toasted Ciabatta

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Time in a Bottle 344 Orange St., redlandS; 909-307-9463, WWW.tImeInabOttleWIne.cOm Hours: tuesday–thursday, 3-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.; closed Sunday and monday

Located in a building that dates to 1898, Time in a Bottle is the brainchild of owners Angel and Paula Negron. Paula, who attended the Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Pasadena, oversees the kitchen while her husband Angel is responsible for all of the woodwork found in this stylish and trendy wine bar. They’ve also come up with some innovative food creations. Gino

2010 Parducci Pinot Noir Mendocino, Small Lot Blend Tasting notes: mediumbodied Pinot with aromas of juicy, ripe raspberries and strawberries. berry flavors are full and rich on the palate. Hint of cedar on the finish. tasty with the duck confit tacos. Cost: $9 per glass

» Parducci’s 2010 Pinot Noir Mendocino, Small

» Wonderfully satisfying duck confit tacos topped

Lot Blend, is medium-bodied with aromas of ripe raspberries and strawberries.

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2010 St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Tasting notes: this


In addition to a full bar and a large selection of wines, martinis, beers, infused vodkas and other popular alcohol beverages, customers enjoy one of the largest selections of delicious and creative appetizers and small plates, paninis, pizzas and desserts that may be found in the area. We sampled several items including four shredded duck confit tacos laid on corn tortillas topped with crisp

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delicious white exhibits brilliant hues of light yellow with aromas of exotic grapefruit and green lime. Hints of fennel and lemon zest. Flavors of grapefruit, citrus, kiwi and guava through a crisp finish. This Sauvignon Blanc and the shrimp crostini was my “best of the night” pairing. Cost: $10 per glass 2010 Blüefeld Riesling Germany Tasting notes: Mediumsweet, yellow in color Riesling from the Mosel Valley wine region in Germany offers inviting aromas of citrus, peach and floral notes. The delicious mineral and flinty fruit flavors and balanced crisp acidity make this a perfect match with the spicy Bottle Rockets. Wow! Cost: $7 per glass

cabbage and a delicious fresh cherrychuri; shrimp crostini, with three crisp baguette slices each topped with two succulent shrimp that were sautéed in a garlic and herb butter; and five Bottle Rockets, fresh baby bell peppers stuffed with a tasty spicy shrimp mixture with celery, dill and herbs. Appetizer prices: $5-$18

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Vino Veritas Wine Bar 285 E. AlEssAndro BlVd., no. 7F, riVErsidE; 951-789-2965, www.VinoVEritAswinEBAr.Com || Hours: sundaywednesday, 4-11 p.m.; thursday–saturday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Dan Bear, the managing partner of Vino Veritas, has found the right mix of comfort and modern technology in this wine bar that allows guests to self serve pours from high-tech wine dispensers while they enjoy relaxed seating and savory flavors in a calm, muted environment. Gino

2010 Houge Riesling Columbia Valley Tasting notes: this slightly sweet washington state grown riesling offers fragrant aromas of apricot, peach, melon, lemon-lime, and a bit of honey. delicate flavors of apricot and tangerine, with a pleasing mineral edge. Crisp, refreshing acidity. this most food-friendly white was an excellent choice with the fresh Ahi Poke. Cost: $7.50 per glass 2009 Bogle Petite Sirah California Tasting notes: Bogle’s “heritage” varietal, this red is big, deep and fullbodied with aromas of black currants and plums. Jammy and inky in appearance with concentrated fruit. tones of pipe tobacco, leather and cocoa on the palate. Finish is long and lingering. Excellent with the flavorful bruschetta. Cost: $7.50 per glass 2010 Brassfield Pinot Grigio High Valley Tasting notes: medium body white from lake


some of my favorite appetizers include the fresh Ahi Poke, diced Ahi tuna tossed with sesame oil with fresh chives, diced avocado, Asian sea salt and stacked on four layers of crisp wonton skins; a unique bruschetta with diced tomatoes, spanish olives, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese piled high on delicious rosemary focaccia squares and drizzled with balsamic vinegar; and the popular lettuce wrap, with 15 or so romaine lettuce leaves served around a large mound of a delightful tasty chicken mixture with sesame seeds, hoisin sauce, ginger, garlic and lemongrass. Appetizer prices: $3-$13

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County with flavors and aromas of passion fruit, coconut and hints of creamy lemon. Vivid minerals with a rich and elegant mouth feel made a most enjoyable pairing with the chicken lettuce wraps. Cost: $6.50 per glass

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seasoned with sesame oil is stacked in single servings on crisp wonton skins.

» Ginger, hoisin sauce and garlic flavors mingle with chicken in the lettuce wrap.

» The alluring scent of basil and garlic wafted from this bruschetta.

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The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has long been known as an historic resort property with award-winning restaurants. With the addition of this beautiful wine bar next to Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood restaurant, there is a perfect place to meet, socialize and relax while enjoying award-winning wines with quality small plates and appetizers.


2007 ChassagneMontrachet Louis Latour France Tasting notes: Lovely, pale golden color. Peach, apricot and mango on the nose combine with subtle roasted hazelnut notes. The mouth-feel is full. A beautiful white. Cost: $10 per 3.5-ounce pou 2007 Jordon Chardonnay Sonoma Tasting notes: Complex Chardonnay with mineral bouquet that reveals notes of crisp green apple, kiwi, honey and lightly toasted oak. Lively with flavors of pear, Fuji apple and limestone on the palate, balanced with toasty oak. Cost: $10 per 3.5-ounce pour 2005 Franciscan “Magnificant” Meritage Tasting notes: Full, round, richly flavored and balanced. Deep, ripe fruit characters with hints of vanilla and spice. Structured and harmonious for cellaring. Finishes with rich but soft tannins and sweet mouth feel from the oak. Excellent with the delicious filet mignon. This is one of my all-time favorite Bordeaux-like red blends. Cost: $12 per 3.5-ounce pour


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Feeding the soul From vegan to baker and from the Gaza Strip to Rancho Cucamonga, local businesses unite a passion for food with cultural roots and life choices

» Red Tomatoes Farmers Market on Foothill Boulevard in Rancho Cucamonga



t’s easy to fill up on food-related tV shows, blogs, apps and websites. Google “swap recipes,” for instance, and you’ll get more than 28 million results in a fraction of a second. for some, though, food is more than an interest but a way of life. they are purveyors of items that are fresh, locally grown and preservative-free. they are committed to providing an alternative to massproduced trans fats and flavorless sameness, and in the process are finding an audience for a movement. With names such as “farm-to-table” and “slow food,”

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this movement has garnered followers seeking a different culinary experience. they want to eat closer to the land, to buy fruits and vegetables from the people who grow them, and connect with that same earthy goodness as their ancestors did before them. Residents of foothills communities have many opportunities to sample a variety of those offerings, from produce at farmers markets to the specialties at independent grocery stores and elsewhere. Here are stories about three such places, where their role in the food chain has become a way of life. PHOTOS BY Micah escaMilla

» Middle Eastern cheese and yogurt

» Ahmed Baroud, owner of Red Tomatoes Farmers Market Ahmed Baroud

Red Tomatoes Farmers Market For Bassel Jelahej, Red Tomatoes Farmers Market is more than just a grocery store. For this loyal customer, it’s a way to open doors to understanding and accepting other people and other cultures. “Really, we’re all the same,” said Jelahej, who arrived in the United States at age 6 from Russia, by way of Israel. “When you come in this store, and meet the people who run it, they’re just part of the community, too.” Open for about a year and a half, Red Tomatoes is an international market managed by Ahmed Baroud, whose family has been in the grocery business for almost 10 years in Fontana and Monrovia. Before that, there were similar endeavors in their homeland, along the Gaza Strip.

The 13,000-square-foot space occupies one central corner of a thriving strip mall in Rancho Cucamonga. It specializes in Mediterranean and Eastern European food, with cases and bins overflowing with fresh meat and produce — “not canned, not frozen,” as Baroud pointed out. It offers Halal meat, lamb, and koubedeh among other specialties, with meat deliveries received three days a week. The produce section is filled with flavors from around the world, including dragon fruit, cherimoya, Indian bitter melon, Japanese eggplant and at least five kinds of chilis. Top sellers include Persian pickles, hummus, pita bread and falafel, according to Baroud, and a café inside the store does

a brisk business with menu items such as chicken shawarma, baba ghanouj, fatoush salad and grape leaves. The store also has a catering business, and takes special orders. Baroud says most customers appreciate the variety of the Red Tomatoes offerings, allowing them to purchase items not available elsewhere. It’s a little bit of home for a population that is increasingly varied. They also approve of the freshness, a statement that is further supported by Jelahej. “I grew up eating this type of food,” he said. “I was very glad when Red Tomatoes opened.” He’s so pleased with the store, in fact, and wants to see it succeed that through his business, Creative Home Improvements of Rancho Cucamonga, he is helping Baroud with ideas for possible expansion. “Business has been increasing,” Baroud said. “The food here is the best around.” 9950 W. Foothill Blvd., Unit V, Rancho Cucamonga 909-987-8700, Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

» Bitter melon, left, cherimoya and dragon fruit june 2012


» Owner Isaak Iftikhar and Larrabie Vance at Viva La Vegan Grocery

Viva La Vegan Grocery


Just off busy Base Line Road in Rancho Cucamonga, in a former orange packing house, is what Isaak Iftikhar hopes will be the wave of the future. His business, Viva La Vegan Grocery, is one of the few all-vegan grocery stores in the state. “Many stores have a large vegan selection,” Iftikhar said, “but we believe we’re the only one that’s completely, 100-percent vegan.” june 2012

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While that claim proved difficult to verify, one thing is certain: You won’t find a more passionate advocate for the vegan lifestyle anywhere. “I’m vegan for animal welfare reasons,” he said. “It’s not just to be healthy or because of food allergies — which is why many people become vegans. For me, and the store, we don’t want to support the leather industry or harm animals in any way.”

To that end, the 10,000-square-foot store not only carries vegan food, but shoes, clothing, handbags and other accessories that are vegan as well from makers such as Tom’s, Vans, Teva and Asics. Iktikhar views veganism not as something he does, but a part of who he is — and that includes holding the belief that eating animals is harmful on many levels. He talks about reducing carbon emissions, not using pesticides, protecting the soil and creating a healthy environment. His store, he said, “is not trying to capitalize on a market trend; we’re trying to save the lives of as many animals as possible.” With Viva La Vegan, the aim is to “make this lifestyle accessible and easy. It has so many positives, and it’s not as hard as you think, once you get used to it.” Iftikhar’s own foray into veganism began in college. A native of Rancho Cucamonga and graduate of Alta Loma High School, he was at Cal State San Bernardino when he chose the vegan way in 2007. The next year he received his degree in entrepreneurial management and opened his first business, a music rehearsal studio in the area that he still operates. But finding vegan food in this region was difficult. “I had a hard time out here certainly,” he recalled, another reason that spurred the opening of Viva La Vegan. For vegans, “eating just whole foods is pretty easy, but if you want the indulgences, that’s where we come into play. There was no retail alternative out here.” He and partner Arlo Toews opened Viva La Vegan in November 2010 in the

» In addition to vegan products and organic produce, Viva La Vegan has plans for a juice bar and expects to expand its offerings of pastries and baked goods. 1911 building that previously housed a general merchandise bargain store operated by Iftikhar’s parents. It is open seven days a week and run with a shoestring staff comprised mainly of Iftikhar and his girlfriend. Toews, a former Los Angeles resident, now lives in Northern California. Customers seem to approve. “They’re thrilled, supportive and very grateful,” Iftikhar said. “A lot of people are shocked and surprised there is even

something like this out here. They expect this in L.A., not here.” They might find one in Los Angeles in the not-too-distant future; Iftikhar says plans are in the works to eventually open a second store to the west. Meanwhile, the Rancho Cucamonga location will soon include a raw organic juice bar, coffee selections, and the pastry and baked goods offerings will be expanded. It’s all part of an effort to help others as they consider a lifestyle without any type

of meat or its byproducts — a change that just makes so much sense to Iftikhar. “Food that’s fed to livestock could go to people that need it in other parts of the world,” he said. “The deplorable lives that these animals have to live so we can satisfy our taste buds seems kind of absurd to me.” 9456 Roberds St., Rancho Cucamonga 909-941-4495, Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

The Rustic Loaf

» Mike and Manya Urane, owners of The Rustic Loaf in Upland flavors such as jalapeno jack, Asiago cheese, lemon rosemary, Kalamata olive and sun-dried tomato — through nine farmers markets, small independent grocery stores and, since March 1, at the shop in Upland where the bread now is

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created. The store also stocks fresh muffins, scones, a variety of organic conserves and marmalades, oils and Peet’s coffee and tea. For Urane and his wife, Manya, The Rustic Loaf is not just about business; june 2012

Many people experience an “Aha!” moment — that speck of time when their world shifts and a new pathway or truth is revealed to them. For Mike Urane, that revelation came after a trip to France, when he sought out good, hearty, European-style bread back home in the Inland Empire. Unable to find what he was looking for, the former home builder and trash company owner decided to create his own. Two years after beginning the endeavor in a Pasadena commercial kitchen, and then moving to a similar locale in Chino, his company, The Rustic Loaf, is now selling every week about a thousand loaves of artisan breads, all stemming from a starter that Urane created in his home kitchen years ago. He says his formula is simple: “Wheat, water, salt — and the intervention of man’s hands.” The Rustic Loaf sells 10 varieties of the sourdough bread — with scrumptious


» Francisco Pena weighs and cuts bread dough. » Urane checks bread in the oven near the end of its 40-minute bake time. it’s also about the joy of filling a void and creating something beautiful that evokes sentimental memories from loyal customers. They share stories of how customers praise their bread for its Old World taste and feel, including the slight crunch when the rounds are held and squeezed. It’s also about helping others: The Rustic Loaf never sells day-old bread. Instead, any excess is delivered throughout the week to area food banks in Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Riverside. Customers seem to like that as well. “They say they want to buy from us because we share their values of helping needy people,” Manya said. Others seem to connect with the fact that the bread is produced and sold locally, with no preservatives used. “They

value knowing where the bread is coming from,” she adds. The bread is baked daily, and Urane, an energetic man with a ready smile, enthusiastically explains the steps in the process. He tells how the dough begins 48 hours before it’s baked — using only spring water, never tap. How it sits overnight to produce more complex flavors. How it goes through triple fermentation, and is pulled and turned in large bins to maximize fullness. How it is rolled out onto a floured surface and then taken through four steps: cut, divide, bench rest, final form. And finally, how each boule flavor receives its own signature mark and is then cooked at about 480 degrees. Three employees help create the breads these days, a welcome change from the

days when Urane baked, transported and sold the bread himself, with Manya and the couple’s two children pitching in at farmer’s markets. The couple says the venture has succeeded thus far beyond their wildest dreams, with a steady stream of customers making their way to their off-the-beaten path locale. To further illustrate that point, Urane shares the biblical story of how Jesus was able to feed 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves of bread. “God has blessed us similarly with this business,” Urane says. “Our employees are fed, we’re fed, and there is food left over for others. It’s multiplied.” 659 E. 15th St., Upland 909-920-4267, Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday

Traditional farmers markets

Chino Hills: Certified Farmers Market; 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays; The Shoppes at Chino Hills Claremont: Claremont Farmers & Artisans Market; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays; Indian Hill Avenue and Second Street Fontana: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays; Center Stage Theatre Parking Lot, corner of Sierra Avenue and Arrow Boulevard La Verne: La Verne Certified Farmers’ Market; 5-9 p.m. Thursdays, May through August; D Street and Bonita Avenue Rancho Cucamonga: Victoria’s Farmers Market; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays; South Mainstreet in Victoria Gardens San Dimas: 4-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 26; Civic Center, First Street and City Hall parking lot Upland: Upland Certified Farmer’s Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays; Civic Center Courtyard, corner of Arrow Highway and Euclid Avenue


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Making it REAL

Claremont organization forms a one-stop network to support seniors’ goal to age in place story By by don sproul


laremont is a place well known for its village, a city center where shopping, food, access to transportation and a variety of services are clustered in a friendly, welcoming environment. the city is also home to a virtual village, now under construction with oversight from the Claremont-based nonprofit Community senior services, called real Connections. its aim is to provide adults with a one-stop network of volunteer support and engagement, along with referrals and discounts as well as health and social opportunities. real Connections, an acronym

formed from resources for ageless living, is launching with $380,000 in seed money from three organizations: Pomona Valley Hospital medical Center, inter Valley Health Plan and the archstone Foundation, says Brandi orton, member services coordinator for the project. the grants are pledged over a three-year period. and the program is collaborative with agencies already in place, orton explained, noting the goal of real Connections isn’t to create new agencies, but to help seniors, especially in those times when an emergency arises creating new needs and circumstances. it follows a blueprint inspired by Beacon Hill Village, a Boston-area project, which has spread to more than

100 cities and across international boundaries, orton said. real Connections was identified as a need for the inland Valley in the course of a strategic planning process led and championed by Floy Biggs, Ceo of Community senior services, orton said. For Biggs, the effort is a natural outgrowth of mission of Community senior services. “ninety-six percent of the population wants to age in place,” she said, adding for 37 years senior services has been helping them do that. “this is just an extension of that, it is part of our mission,” she said. Because real Connections is more than just a volunteer network, but one

» Floy Biggs, CEO of Claremont-based Community Senior Services, and Brandi Orton are working together to launch REAL Connections. photo By thomas r. Cordova

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that offers other services, there are fees for membership. Individual membership is $570 per year; the rate is $780 for a two-member household with an annual fee of $180 for additional household members. Those in the first group to sign up and help launch the project will receive additional tax benefits. Once REAL Connections is fully operational, regular membership fees may be paid monthly, $54.50 individual and $75 household, with a discount for paying annually. By early May, 24 members and 22 volunteers had signed up, and Orton was managing a trial run of programs with some of the new members to shake out operating procedures. The program is expected to be fully operational by mid-summer or when 50 members and 50 volunteers have signed up. The types of services to be offered include local transportation, household and home maintenance, service discounts, wellness programs as well as visitor and

By early May, 24 members and 22 volunteers had signed up, and Orton was managing a trial run of programs to shake out operating procedures. phone check in, electronics advice, gardening and social opportunities. The program also will counsel members on how get the most from their membership and will offer a web portal where they can connect for social activities, both those already in the community and ones that they initiate, Orton said. REAL Connections has established a careful process to line up volunteers and business partners using both interviews and background checks, she added. In addition to the founding partners whose funds are enabling the project launch, a variety of notable organizations are signed on as community partners and collaborators. The list includes centers and departments from Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, Azusa Pacific and Chaffey

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colleges as well as the University of La Verne and Western University of Health Sciences. Other agencies involved include Claremont Place Assisted Living, Casa Colina, San Antonio Community Hospital, West End Family Counseling Services and the Arthritis Foundation. Business service partners already in place include Owl Rexall Drug, the Visiting Nurses Association, Homewatch Caregivers, the Pilgrim Place maintenance crew, Alchemy Construction, Thistle Plumbing and Appliance Parts Service. REAL Connections will be offered initially in Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma, Upland and San Antonio Heights. Other communities may be added later. More information is available at or by calling 909-621-6300.

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Located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood, the observatory is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin. Its mission is to inspire everyone to observe, ponder and understand the sky. Free public telescopes are available each evening the observatory is open and skies are clear, and knowledgeable telescope demonstrators stand ready to guide visitors. Admission is free, but there is a nominal charge to see shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Where: 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles Hours: Wednesday-Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; SaturdaySunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Monday, Tuesday and all major holidays Information: 213-473-0800,

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This is the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants. Situated on 86 acres at an elevation of 1,350 feet on the outwash plain of the San Gabriel Mountains, the garden offers panoramic views and beautiful plant displays throughout the year. It has a large collection of Manzanitas that flower from late November to early March. During the peak blooming season of March and April, spring wildflowers, perennials and shrubs bloom in waves of color. Be sure to see the collection of California Wild Lilacs (Ceanothus) bloom in early spring. Summer and fall months provide a more subtle color and texture when native fruits and seeds ripen. Brochures for self-guided tours are available at the California Garden Shop, so visitors may enjoy the garden’s three distinct areas: Indian Hill Mesa, East Alluvial Gardens and

Plant Communities. Guided tours may be arranged in advance. Where: 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Cost: $8 adults, $6 students and seniors (65 and older), $4 children (age 3-12), memberships available Information: 909-625-8767,

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Founded in 1771, the San Gabriel Mission is the fourth mission established in the Franciscan chain of 21 California missions. See what life was like when people made their own soap and candles from tallow, leather goods from cattle hides and wine from their own grapes. The museum also contains a collection of early sacred art canvases. The mission is one of 12 interesting places on the San Gabriel historical walk. Other sites include the Grapevine Room, Mission Playhouse, Salcido Store, old City Hall and the first bank building.

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Wigwam Motel

This family-fun roadside attraction is one of the few remaining classic motels. Built in 1949, the motel has been renovated and now offers a complete guest room experience with all of the standard hotel amenities, including free Wi-Fi. The village-style arrangement of 19 30-foot-tall tepees draws admiration from all generations. The grounds include a grass area, outdoor barbecue grill and kidney-shaped swimming pool. Where: 2728 W. Foothill Blvd., Rialto Information: 909-875-3005,

The Nethercutt Museum & Collection

The Nethercutt Museum Where: 15151 Bledsoe St., Sylmar Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (12:30-3:45 for locomotive tour); closed all major holidays Cost: Free Information: 818-364-6464, The Nethercutt Collection 15200 Bledsoe St., Sylmar Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for guided tours only; reservations recommended; children younger than 10 are not allowed; closed all major holidays Cost: Free Information: 818-364-6464,

The museum showcases more than 130 of the world’s greatest antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles, including many winners of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It also houses the Nethercutt automotive and research library and archive. Outside the museum are a 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson restored steam locomotive and a 1912 Pullman private car. Treasures span four floors, and there’s an outstanding assortment of restored classic automobiles showcased in a re-creation of an opulent automotive grand salon of the 1920s and 1930s. Also displayed is an amazing collection of automobile mascots, antique furniture, clocks and watches and a music room containing one of the world’s finest collections of mechanical musical instruments.

The Broadway side of Chinatown is often packed with myriad tourists there to dine at one of the Chinese restaurants and go shopping. Home to a unique and eclectic community of shops, services and cultural centers, the stores sell a variety of products including soap, toys, clothes, music CDs, ginseng, teas, dried octopus and herbal medicines. Aquariums brim with live fish, and bakeries tempt with sugar rolls and cookies. The district also is known for delicious authentic Chinese food. The main streets running through Chinatown are Broadway, Spring and Hill, but it’s not the original Chinese settlement in Los Angeles. In the 1930s, city leaders chose the heart of the Chinese community for Union Station, so residents were forced to move up Alameda Street to the current location. Walking tours of this thriving district are available.



Where: Directly north of downtown Los Angeles, between Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Civic Center Information: 213-680-0243,

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Los Angeles Food Tours

ethnic eateries and sweetstuff havens. Food tastings include an authentic Mexican tortas cafe, an Asian Fusion restaurant and a chocolate shop. Also visit a handmade soap kitchen, experience tea tasting and sample California olive oils.

Sample the many foods that make Los Angeles a culinary mecca. Melting Pot Food Tours conducts three tours to experience the best restaurants and bakeries.

When: Saturday-Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $53, $28 ages 5-12 (advance purchase required)

Los Angeles Farmers Market/Third Street Tour On this walking tour from Farmers Market to the Beverly Center, visit restaurants, cafes, gourmet groceries and little-known haunts frequented by celebrities. Food tastings — both savory and sweet — include signature dishes from ethnic eateries (Japanese, French, Brazilian), a New York style deli/bakery, doughnut shop, handmade candy kitchen and a European-style bakery.

Los Angeles Latin Spice Tour Enjoy foods prepared from time-honored family recipes on this tour of Los Angeles’ culture-rich East side. Guests ride between tour stops via Metro Gold Line trains. Tastings include traditional Latin foods from salsas to tamales to pupusas.

When: Wednesday and Friday-Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Cost: $53, $28 ages 5-12 (advance purchase required)

When: Saturday at 9 a.m. Cost: $59, $30 ages 5-12 (advance purchase required)

Old Pasadena Walk Experience the history, architecture and folklore of Old Pasadena on this walking tour to spectacular

Brothers Rick and Jeff Odekirk, both former baseball players, had a dream to build and operate a family recreational facility that would give average youth and adult players the opportunity to feel like they are starring in the big leagues. The appropriately named Big League Dreams Sports Parks have scaled-down replicas of famous ballparks, including Boston’s Fenway Park, New York’s

Big League Dreams — Chino Hills

Information: 800-979-3370,

Yankee Stadium and Chicago’s Wrigley Field at its Chino Hills location. All are designed to accommodate youth baseball, youth fast-pitch softball and adult-slow pitch softball. Where: 16333 Fairfield Ranch Road, Chino Hills Information: 909-287-6900,

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9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


@TUZS_ Enjoy this fun and information-filled day focusing on “All Things Kids.”

a Scavenger Hunt a conteStS & PrizeS a entertainment a gameS & PrizeS a Face Painting and more…

Victoria Gardens cultural center 12505 cultural center drive, rancho cucamonga, ca 91739


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Widely known as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled, the museum contains an astonishing array of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. One thousand works from a permanent collection of 12,000 objects are on view in the museum’s galleries and sculpture garden throughout the year. There are three temporary exhibition spaces, and private tours are available by reservation. Where: 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. daily, except closed on Tuesdays and major holidays Cost: $10, $5 for seniors (62 and older), free for 18 and younger Information: 626-449-6840,

Pine Knot Village

Norton Simon Museum

Clean mountain air and amazing scenery are but two of the attractions at this historic mountain valley community. There are art galleries, quaint shops, movie theaters and restaurants to browse and visit. Take a walk to lakeside Veterans Park and Pine Knot Marina, and relax in the small-town atmosphere. Where: Highway 18/38 to Pine Knot Avenue or Village Drive, Big Bear Lake Information: 800-424-4232,

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xPLORE, EAT SOMEWHERE NEW! Our Inland Empire is home to many fine dining spots. Offered here are a few ideas for your next evening out. Not every restaurant is for every taste and experiences vary, so we suggest you also talk with friends before you go, check out menus online and ask servers about house specialities. We also invite your feedback to help us update our information and insert noteworthy new establishments. AbbreviAtions & pricing RS, reservations suggested. (While some restaurants suggest reservations on certain nights, others request them only for parties of five or more.) FB, full bar. $ mostly under $15, $$ mostly under $20, $$$ mostly under $50, $$$$ above $50

claremont The Back Abbey 128 N. Oberlin Ave.; 909-625-2642, • This small gastro-pub offers a cozy, friendly environment. $

Buca Di Beppo Adjacent to the DoubleTree Inn, 505 W. Foothill Blvd.; 909-399-3287, • Wholesome, family-style servings of Italian favorites from pasta to pizzas. Lunch and dinner. $$

Heroes & Legends 131 Yale Ave.; 909-621-6712 • A colorful Claremont spot with wonderful sandwiches, ribs, appetizers and 46 beers. Lunch and dinner daily. FB $

inka Trails 1077 W. Foothill Blvd.; 909-626-4426, • Peruvian-style cuisine. Lunch and dinner Tu-Su. $

Tuti Mangia italian Grill 102 Harvard Ave; 909-625-4669, • Cuisine focused on grilled meats, fresh seafood and enticing desserts. Lunch M-F, dinner daily. $$$

Walters 310 Yale Ave.; 909-624-4914, • Fusion/Afghan cuisine includes kabobs, curries, spicy pastas and pizzas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $$

glendora Dai shogun 750 W. Route 66; 626-914-5058, • Sushi, teriyaki (beef and chicken), donburi and udon are but four of the specialties served. Lunch and dinner M-Sa. $$

Frisella’s Roastery

The Golden spur 1223 E. Route 66; 626-963-9302,

salsitas Mexican Grill

Antonino’s 8045 Vineyard Ave.; 909-941-0047, • Northern and Southern Italian cuisine served in a dining room with Romanesque paintings and comfy seating. Lunch and dinner daily. RS, FB, $

Haandi indian cuisine 7890 Haven Ave.; 909-581-1951, • Northern Indian cuisine with some adjustments for American tastes. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $$

ontario Dave & Buster’s

Lucille’s Barbecue

new York Grill 950 Ontario Mills Drive; 909-987-1928, • Chicken, duck, salmon, Australian lobster tail, lamb, ribs and quality steaks. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa. RS, $$$

12624 N. Mainstreet, Victoria Gardens; 909-463-7427, • Lucille’s serves up slow-cooked ribs, pulled pork and ’cue. FB $$ 8189 Foothill Blvd.; 909-981-8659, • Route 66 landmark serves prime rib, rack of lamb, salmon fillet and chateaubriand. Lunch Tu-F, dinner Tu-Su. FB, $$$

8318 Foothill Blvd.; 909-982-1104, • Hospitality has long been the hallmark of the Sycamore Inn, which dates to the mid-1800s. Dinner nightly. RS, FB, $$$

cafe Allegro

Joe’s crab shack

Magic Lamp inn

sycamore inn


12327 Foothill Blvd.; 909-463-6599, • An assortment beach fun as well as seafood, steaks and sandwiches. FB, $$

4821 Mills Circle; 909-987-1557, • Burgers, sandwiches, chicken, pasta, seafood and steaks, plus electronic games and billiards. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $

10540 Baseline Road, Suite A, Alta Loma; 909-948-1158 • Freshly made tortillas and traditional Mexican fare. Lunch, dinner daily. $

186 N. Second Ave.; 909-949-0805 • Rustic Italian dining in downtown Upland, with wonderful breads and a range of classic dishes. Lunch and dinner M-Sa; Su 4-9 p.m. $$

JD Allison’s Bar & Grill 291 N. Second Ave.; 909-982-4469, • West Coast style bar food mingles local beer with Californian and Mexican fare. FB, $

spaggi’s 1651 W. Foothill Blvd., H-1; 909-579-0497, • Italian classics as well as distinctive dishes including a South African sea bass served with scalloped potatoes, snap peas and roasted corn. Lunch M-F; dinner daily. FB, $$-$$$

Rosa’s 425 N. Vineyard Ave.; 909-937-1220, • Italian cuisine served in intimate surroundings. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa. RS, FB, $$$

Tokyo Tokyo 990 Ontario Mills Drive, Suite H; 909-987-7999, • Japanese cuisine, seafood and a fullservice sushi bar. Lunch Tu-F, dinner Tu-Su. RS, $$

pomona Aladdin Jr. Restaurant & cafe ii 296 W. Second St.; 909-623-4333, • Bright colorful dining at Aladdin Jr. II includes babaghanouj (a dish of roasted eggplant with sesame seed oil), hummus, falafel and shish kabobs. Lunch and dinner, M-Sa, from 11 a.m. $

McKinley’s Grille Sheraton Suites Fairplex, 601 W. McKinley Ave.; 909-868-5915, • Traditional breakfast fare, plus pasta, steak, seafood and more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. FB, $$$

sakura ichi 101 W. Mission Blvd.; 909-865-2059, • Dinner combos come with salad, miso soup, steamed rice and dessert. Beer, wine and and cocktails are served. Lunch Tu-F, dinner T-Su. FB, $$$

Aging Made Easy

REAL Connections—a member-driven resource network of trusted information, valued services and enriching relationships—is launching in our community! Catch a ride to the doctor or airport. Offer a hand to a neighbor in need. Get a great handyman or plumber. Join a dining or fitness group. Aging made easy—just a phone call away. Peace of mind so you can live and age well in your home and community. REAL Choice. REAL Convenience. REAL Connections. Visit us online at: Join us for a local “Community Conversation!” For dates and more information, contact Brandi at: 909.621.6300 or by email: borton@


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179 N. Glendora Ave.; 626-852-1810, • Serving ribs, chicken, tri-tip beef and pork, all prepared in a 10-foot smoker using Santa Maria Red Oak and mesquite firewood. Second location in La Verne at 1351 E. Foothill Blvd. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

• A variety that includes prime rib, steak, chicken, salmon and lobster is served at this landmark restaurant with an iconic sign out front. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $$

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National Multiple Sclerosis Walk


Hundreds of supporters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society met recently at The Epicenter in Rancho Cucamonga to support efforts to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Participants walked in and around the stadium — home to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes — to raise money and pledges. 1) Manny and Adriana Tovar and their dog, Bella 2) Ladies from Walking Divas team 3) Pat Nihart, left, Nancy Caldwell and Beth Lewis 4) Moises Peratta, left, Alma Lara and Mica Perez 5) Bob Kida, left, Cristy Wang, Peter Wang and Emylee Wang 6) Aileen Young, left, P.J. Curatola, Cindy Fortugno and Ashley Batcheller 7) Hunderds of walkers supported their teams. 8) Janetta McDowell, with her daughters, Erinn, left, and Eriana



Photos by James Carbone


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Chocolate and Wine Festival


Delicious chocolate desserts and lovely wines were featured at the Chocolate and Wine Festival, presented recently by the Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. Judges and guests sampled a wonderful array of dishes and pours, then voted for their favorites. Proceeds will benefit performing and visual arts programs throughout Rancho Cucamonga. 1) Christine VanHyning, left, Darren Baumia and Johan Smith 2) Master of ceremonies of the Chocolate and Wine Festival Stephen Wagner 3) Judges Chanel Martinez, left, Adriaan van Heumen and Melissa Sanders 4) Geneviene Verjan, left, Sandra Forney and Rudy Marroquin 5) Ben and Jan Tafoya 6) Linda Rodriguez, left, and Donna Jackson 7) Dolores and Jack Morgan


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Southern California Tasting & Auction


Supporters of education and Cal Poly Pomona came out in force for the university’s fifth annual Southern California Tasting & Auction. Each year, Cal Poly hosts a sampling of great wines and delicious food — during an event staged in the beautiful Rose Garden and adjacent Aratani Japanese Garden on campus — to raise funds for student scholarships and programs.. 6

1) Ronda Kennedy and Steve Benninghoff 2) Katie Plank, left, Lisa Vu, Donna Holman and Rachael Lucero 3) Michelle Hamptons, left, and Michelin Smith 4) Maria Montero and Dean of Engineering Mahyar Amouzegar 5) Steve and Marian Dodge 6) Melissa Vasquez, left, Ramona Castaneda and Maudie Wilson 7) Ron Fremont, left, and Dr. J. Michael Ortiz, Cal Poly president


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Garden with a View Every day, the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden lives up to the name of its annual donor event: Garden with a View. More than 180 guests attended this year’s elegant garden party and auction that benefits research, horticulture and education programs at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.


1) Dr. Sean Gallagher, left, his wife, Laura Mulroy and Lucinda McDade 2) Susan Gregory, left, Cindy Walkenbach, Judy Maciariello and Claremont City Council member Corey Calaycay 3) Janell Lewis 4) Executive director Patrick Larkin, left, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antovich and Tim Brayton, RSABG chairman of the Board of Overseers 5) Anne Maguire Turner, left, and Carolyn Howard Photos by Steve Schenck/Schenck and Schenck Photography

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Showing pride in our past


Some yearS ago, after a trip back to his high school, my husband wrote a letter to the school. In it, he told of his disappointment in returning with his daughter to show her some old school trophies, only to learn that most were in storage. The few trophies and plaques on display were from a mere few years back. He also was saddened by the lack of any kind of school spirit at the homecoming football game, and by the general malaise that seemed to have taken hold since his days on campus more than 25 years earlier. “How do you expect the students of today to be proud of their school, of what it’s been and what it’s accomplished, if there is nothing visible from the past to connect them to their heritage?” he wrote. The same could be said of many of our cities. Sure, bright and shiny and new are all well and good, but having symbols that tether us to those who came before instill a sense of pride in who we are and a feeling of permanence. Just as we often seek our family roots and our place in the world through genealogy records — and puff up with the pride that some searches reveal — so should we support the efforts to bring to light the history of our communities, and in the process help to preserve and restore some of our buildings, structures and other symbols of our past. Several cities in our region have taken this to heart. Pomona has retained a large number of historic buildings at the city’s core, most especially the beautiful and enduring Fox Theater. What could have been a large scrap pile has been renovated in grand fashion, turned into a gleaming space for concerts, films and other special events. In the city’s north end, one of its most enduring buildings, the Palomares adobe, still welcomes visitors. In Claremont, the community’s ties to the citrus industry are displayed through the conversion of one of its former packing houses into a lively space for restaurants and shops. The Claremont Colleges, where Pomona College dates to 1887, are a grand institution that helps give weight to the city’s history. Similar symbols of the past are on display in San Dimas, whose agriculture and ranching history are paid homage through the plank june 2012

sidewalks downtown, and Upland, which has one of a dozen madonna of the Trails statues that were installed across the country in the 1920s to commemorate westward expansion. The city’s annual Lemon Festival is a nod to that aspect of the city’s past. In rancho Cucamonga, the historic Chaffeygarcia House has been preserved and offers public tours, while the home of the city’s most famous resident, the late Sam maloof, is similarly cherished. Throughout the city, the area’s winemaking heritage is celebrated by clusters of grapes on everything from street signs to the city seal. Both the city of La Verne, whose Heritage Foundation helps preserve the city’s treasured relics, and the community of San antonio Heights are marking their 125th anniversaries this year, the latter offering a recent historical talk about the community’s many contributions to the region — and the world. It was there, for example, that the idea for an electric iron was conceived by the man who eventually would invent the Hotpoint electric Iron. a former resident was the founding medical director at Kaiser hospital while another designed the famous euclid avenue gravity mule Car, believed to be the model for the world-renown trolley cars in San Francisco. Speaking of the mule car, in ontario — the southern terminus for the mule car all those years ago — the city maintains its connection to the past with a car on display along its grassy median downtown. at the city’s main library, the model Colony room is a repository for the collected history of the region, housing amazing photos and artifacts of days gone by. each of these is a reminder that it’s not all about the here and now. our cities have a rich history that unfolds and blooms through the dissemination of information. We should each do our part in passing those legacies down to the next generation. Hopefully, one day they, too, will do the same.

events May 21 – OPARC’s Spring Swing Charity Golf Tournament to raise funds for a new healthy living program that helps developmentally challenged adults. Los Serranos Golf and Country Club, 15656 Yorba Ave., Chino Hills; $125; June 2 – Helping Out Pets Everyday is having a Grape Expectations wine-tasting. Pine Haven Catering and Confections will provide delicious hors d’oeuvres, and the $45 tickets include a gold medal winning wine to take home. Graber Olive House, 315 E. Fourth St., Ontario; 6-8:30 p.m.; 800-811-4285; June 9 – Upland Community Foundation’s second poker tournament benefit for the city’s Adopt a Soldier Military Banner Program. Murder mystery dinner plus comedy. George M. Gibson Center, 250 N. Third Ave., Upland; 5 p.m.; $50; 909-985-5429. June 16 – Fiesta Casino Night to benefit the Foothill Family Shelter in Upland. Must be 21 years old or older to attend. Claremont University Consortium, 101 S. Mills Ave., Claremont; 6-10 p.m.; $35 (includes dinner and game chips); 909-920-0453. June 23 – “Light the Night” pup crawl fundraiser to benefit Helping Out Pets Everyday. Register by June 1. Grace Lutheran Church, 2108 N. Euclid Ave., Upland; 7:30 p.m.; $25 (includes a lighted leash) or $10. Sept. 8 – Soroptimist International Montclair/Inland Valley’s annual “fun-raiser” to benefit community projects. Montclair Senior Center, 5111 Benito St.; 6-10 p.m.; Oct. 27 – Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation’s annual Celebrating with Style fashion show and luncheon. With the spotlight on cancer survivors, the event benefits the endowment fund at the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center in Pomona. 909-865-9139;

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