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t a recent business meeting, several of us chuckled when a wonderful colleague of ours explained that we were looking to schedule an event when the weather was better. Outside, the sky was clear and an almost searing blue. The temperature was in the 70s. The comment led us astray momentarily from our tasks at hand. Not surprising, as life is a series of tangential moments: meetings, distractions, the kiss before we drive to work. As we go through the day, most of us have only moments with the ones we love, or minutes to focus on a project before another need comes along. Sometimes there are only seconds to lock in, affirm our belief and support each other. The news of the day, Twitter, Facebook, e-mail flashes, radio reports, the Internet and television only serve to remind us of the transitory nature of the day. Life flashes by in a swirl of inconsequential things. If we let them, each of those flashes of distraction can sweep us away on a different, meaningless tangent. Not affected? Let’s do a brief test: Santa Anas, weather, H1N1, flu shots, holidays, global warming, health care, health coverage, the World Series, the BCS, personal fitness, the gym, home projects (that lingering project), dinner, groceries, high school, homework, Facebook, the balloon boy, “Glee,” Thanksgiving. How many flights of fancy and trains of thoughts did that stimulate? If it was more than a few, you are not alone. In some ways, that’s good. We all live through this “code” we call language, which triggers memories, considerations, thoughts and plans. It serves as a reactive agent through which our minds create, engage and master the world. Without it, we are creatures of simple needs and emotions, reactive as opposed to reflective. The challenge of today is to avoid the tangents and create and hold onto something tangible: a job done, a person helped, a child loved or a plan realized. With those thoughts in mind, we offer some ideas for the holidays on decor, toy drives and nonprofit groups, a profile of one of the key forces behind The Frontier Project, ideas for entertaining and an update on an important issue that has affected or will affect many of us: Alzheimer’s. Waiting for better weather? Don’t. Act now, today is the only day we live in.

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‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ DEC. 4-6, 11-13  – Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge et al. in the holiday classic. Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga; $16.50; 909-477-2752, Also: “The Nutcracker” featuring Inland Empire Youth Ballet, Dec. 19; Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Creole Christmas, Dec. 20; “Peter & the Wolf ” with master puppeteer Jim Gamble, Jan. 13; “The Jungle Book,” Jan. 16; “Cinderella,” Jan. 30.

CLAREMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DEC. 20  – Annual community sing of Handel’s “The Messiah,” with Gina Shaw conducting. Bridges Hall of Music, Four th Street at College Avenue, Claremont; 3:30 p.m.; Also: Concer t featuring works by Dvorak and Haydn, conducted by James Fahringer, March 14.

WORLDS OF FANTASY DEC. 30-JAN. 3  – Disney on Ice production brings four magical Disney stories to the ice, with Tinker Bell plus characters from the movies “Cars,” “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.” Before the performance, check out the collection of enchanting ball gowns and mementos from the Disney princess stories. Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario; $16-$65 (most seats $12 opening night); 800-745-3000, “Worlds of Fantasy” also is at Staples Center, Los Angeles, Dec. 17-20; Honda Center, Anaheim, Dec. 22-27; and the Long Beach Arena, Jan. 6-10. JOaN SEBASTIAN DEC. 3  – The Mexican singer-songwriter, winner of three Grammys and five Latin Grammys, returns to the IE. San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland; doors open at 6:30 p.m.; $60-$80; 800-359-2464, Also: Willie Nelson & Family, Asleep at the Wheel, Dec. 10; Patti LaBelle, The O’Jays, Jan. 7. Joan Sebastian Getty Images


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MORRISSEY DEC. 7  – The British singer-songwriter, known for his sardonic, literate lyrics, performs. Doll & The Kicks also is on the bill. The Fox Theater, 301 S. Garey Ave. Pomona; 9 p.m.; $69 and $99; Also: NOFX, Dec. 4; Sonic Youth, Jan. 8. Morrissey Getty Images

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Harvest Festival, Dec. 4-6; Pomona Auto Swap Meet, Dec. 6 and Jan. 17; L.A. County Half Marathon & Expo, Dec. 11-13; Easyrider Bike Tour 2010, Jan. 9-10; Reptile Super Show, Jan. 9-10; Asian-American Expo, Jan. 16-17; Tattoo & Body Ar t Expo, Jan. 22-24; 61st Grand National Roadster Show, Jan. 29-31; Equine Affaire, Feb. 4-7; 50th annual Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 11-14. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona; THE GLASS HOUSE Concer ts include Alesana, Dec. 4; Less Than Jake and Fishbone, Dec. 5; Melt Banana, Dec. 15; Winds Of Plague, Dec. 19; Anthony Green and Good Old War, Dec. 28; Black Lips, Jan. 22. The Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona;

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‘UNTO US: THE NATIVITY STORY’ Original story inspired by the bir th of Jesus to Joseph and Mary. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2:15 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays; $7-$18; 909-335-3037, Also: “Cinderella,” Jan. 9-Feb. 14; “The Cross and the Switchblade,” Feb. 27-March 28.



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SARA EVANS DEC. 3  – Holiday concer t. Pechanga Resor t & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, near Temecula; 8 p.m.; $45-$75; 877-711-2946, Also: Vikki Carr, Dec. 11; Ron White, Dec. 19; David Cook, Dec. 30; Merle Haggard, Jan. 8; Aaron Lewis of Staind, Jan. 15; STYX, Jan. 23; Chocolate Decadence, Jan. 29; Pechanga Wine Festival, Jan. 30; Mark Knopfler, April 15.

‘SING ME YOUR STORY, DANCE ME HOME’ THROUGH JAN. 3  – Ar t and poetry recognizing the cultural heritage and individual accomplishments of California’s earliest inhabitants. Museum of History and Ar t, 225 S. Euclid Ave., Ontario; noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays; free; 909-395-2510. ‘A TIMELESS LEGACY’ THROUGH JAN. 9  – Featuring the works of Harrison McIntosh. The American Museum of Ceramic Ar t, 340 S. Garey Ave., Pomona; noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. the second Saturday of each month; 909-865-3146, AN ENDURING LEGACY THROUGH JAN. 10  – An exhibit of new acquisitions to the permanent collection. Claremont Museum of Ar t, 536 W. First. St.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.

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to 8:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month; $5; 909-621-3200, www.claremontmuseum. org. Also: “Ten Pound Ape: Your Mother Was Beautiful Once,” through Jan. 10. ‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’ DEC. 2-6  – The comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz comes to life on stage. San Bernardino Valley College, 701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino; 7 p.m. Dec. 2-4, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 5, and 2 p.m. Dec. 6; $12, $10 students, seniors and military; $8 ages 12 and younger; CHAMBER CONCERTS DEC. 3, 4, 7  – Cal State San Bernardino’s Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Winds and Chamber Music groups perform. Performing Ar ts Recital Hall, Cal State San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway; 7:30 p.m.; $5-$10; 909-537-7516,

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‘NUTCRACKER’ DEC. 4 – California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino; 8 p.m.; 909-885-5152, Also: Manheim Steamroller, Dec. 8; Sinfonia Mexicana’s “Merri-achi Christmas,” Dec. 12; Riverdance, Dec. 18-20; Ar t Garfunkel, Jan. 17; Pink Floyd Experience, Jan. 28; Latin legends featuring Tierra, Jan. 29; BJ Thomas, Feb. 7. ‘YOU PASSED ME BY’ – Production to recognize World AIDS Day 2009. Sturges Center for the Fine Ar ts, 780 N. E St., San Bernardino; 8 p.m.; $10, $5 for students and seniors; 909-519-9375,

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POMONA COLLEGE CHOIR – Concer t featuring music by Barber, Mendelssohn and Orbán. Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College, 150 E. Four th St., Claremont; 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 3 p.m. Dec. 6; 909-607-2671, Also: Pomona College Orchestra, Dec. 5 and 6 (Garrison Theatre); Giri Kusuma, Dec. 7; Student Recitals (Lyman Hall), Dec. 8-9; Scripps Chamber Choir, Dec. 12.

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‘HEAVENS TO TO BENJAMIN’ BENJAMIN’ ‘HEAVENS DEC. 4-19 4-19 – –A A holiday holiday musical musical about about aa boy boy DEC. who makes makes an an early early trip trip to to heaven, heaven, but but who doesn’t fit fit in in until until an an angel angel takes takes him him under under his his doesn’t wing and shows him the greatest gift of all. wing and shows him the greatest gift of all. Seventh Street Theatre, 13123 Seventh St., Seventh Street Theatre, 13123 Seventh St., Chino; $15, $12 seniors and students; Chino; $15, $12 seniors and students; 909-590-1149, 909-590-1149,

4000 Ontario Ontario Center Center Parkway, Parkway, Ontario; Ontario; 4000 7:30 p.m.; p.m.; $45-$95; $45-$95; 909-484-2020, 909-484-2020, 7:30 Also: Also: Toby Toby Mac’s Mac’s Winter Wonder Slam, featuring Relient K, Winter Wonder Slam, featuring Relient K, Stephanie Smith and B. Reith, Dec. 19; Disney Stephanie Smith and B. Reith, Dec. 19; Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show, Jan. 15-16; Harlem Live! Rockin’ Road Show, Jan. 15-16; Harlem Globetrotters, Feb. 15. Globetrotters, Feb. 15. SHERYL CROW SHERYL CROW JAN. 22-23 – The Grammy-winning ar tist JAN. 22-23 – artist christens theThe newGrammy-winning Fox Performing Ar ts Center christens Foxts.Performing Arts Center with a pairthe of new concer The theater, which with a pair concerts. The theater, which hosted the of first public screening of “Gone hosted theWind” first public screening of “Gone With the in 1939, has been With the Wind” 1939, hasenter beentainment transformed into ina modern transformed into a modern venue without losing any of entertainment its historic flavor. 3801 Mission Ave.,any 8 p.m., venue withoutInn losing of its $65-$275, historic flavor. 951-788-3944, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., 8 p.m., $65-$275, 951-788-3944,

‘THE NUTCRACKER’ ‘THE NUTCRACKER’ DEC. 5-20 – Inland Pacific Ballet’s holiday DEC. 5-20 Bridges – Inland Auditorium, Pacific Ballet’s tradition. 450holiday N. College tradition. Bridges $16-$50; Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont; 909-482-1590, Way, Claremont; $16-$50; 909-482-1590, BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY DEC. 17 – Concer t featuring the hip-hop group BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY from 17 Cleveland. Citizens Business Bank Arena, DEC. – Concert featuring the hip-hop group from Cleveland. Citizens Business Bank Arena,


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discussing some some parameters parameters and and problems problems discussing with identifying a contemporary notion of with identifying a contemporary notion of “haute” within the realm of ar t. Reception “haute” within the realm of art. Reception 6-8 p.m. Jan. 26. Wignall Museum, Chaffey 6-8 p.m. Jan. 26. Wignall Museum, Chaffey College, 5855 Haven Ave., Rancho College, 5855 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. MondayCucamonga; 10 a.m. 4 p.m. MondayThursday, noon to 4 to p.m. Saturday; free; Thursday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; free; REDLANDS SYMPHONY REDLANDS SYMPHONY JAN. 30 – Selections by Berlioz (“Roman JAN. 30 – Selections Berlioz (“Roman Carnival”), Schumannby(Symphony No. 1 in Carnival”), Schumann (Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Spring) and Dvorak (Cello Concer to). B-flat Spring) and Dvorak (Cello Concerto). Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 8 p.m.; 909-748-8018, Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 8 p.m.; 909-748-8018,


HANUKKAH EVENTS DECEMBER – Annual latke dinner, with HANUKKAH EVENTS families bringing their own main course, DECEMBER – Annual latke dinner, with followed by a service and the lighting of families bringing their own main course, family menorahs, 6 p.m. Dec. 18. Temple followed by 3033 a service and theAve., lighting of Beth Israel, N. Towne Pomona; family menorahs, 6 p.m. Dec. 18. Temple 909-626-1277, Beth Israel,Boutique, 3033 N. Towne Pomona; Hanukkah with giftAve., items and 909-626-1277, baked goods sale, 10 a.m. Dec. 6. Hanukkah Boutique, gift items Temple Sholom, 963 with W. Sixth St., and baked goods for sale, 10 a.m. Dec. 6. Ontario; 909-983-9661. Temple Sholom, 963 W. Sixth St., Ontario; 909-983-9661.STAR’ ‘THE CHRISTMAS DEC. 4, 11 & 18 – Annual holiday season event inCHRISTMAS the George F. Beattie ‘THE STAR’Planetarium. San Bernardino S. Mt. DEC. 4, 11 & 18 – Valley AnnualCollege, holiday 701 season Vernon 7 p.m.;; 909-384-8539, event in Ave.; the George Beattie Planetarium. San Bernardino Valley College, 701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave.; 7 p.m.; free; 909-384-8539,

AND THE SHOEMAKER’ ‘THE CHRISTMAS ELVES DEC. 4-19 – Seasonal show directed by Vil AND THE SHOEMAKER’ Towers. The Grove Theatre, 276 E. Ninth DEC. 4-19 – Seasonal show directed by Vil St., Upland; $15-$20; 909-920-4343, Towers. The Grove Theatre, E. Ninth Also:276 A John St., Upland; $15-$20; 909-920-4343, Denver Christmas starring Jim Curry, Also: Aconcer John t Dec. 6; 15th annual Christmas Denver starring featuringChristmas Dale Kristien and Jim Bill Curry, Hutton, Dec. Dec. 6; 21.15th annual Christmas concert featuring Dale Kristien and Bill Hutton, Dec. 21. HOUSE CHRISTMAS TOUR RAINES DEC. 5 – Holiday music, cookies, hot cider and self-guided tours of the landmark on RAINES HOUSE CHRISTMAS TOUR the National Register of cookies, Historic hot Places. DEC. 5 – Holiday music, cider Raines House, 8810 St., Rancho and self-guided toursHemlock of the landmark on Cucamonga; p.m.; of$2-$3; the National 3-8 Register Historic Places. 909-989-4970. Raines House, 8810 Hemlock St., Rancho Cucamonga; 3-8 p.m.; $2-$3; 909-989-4970.

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The Tonka truck was fun, but Cookie Monster — a plush version of the Sesame Street character — was the big hit. Matthew McCliman, all of 2½, latched onto the toy when he showed up to help dad, Rancho Cucamonga Fire Capt. Mike McCliman, and fire engineer Daniel Carson promote this year’s Spark of Love toy drive held by local fire departments with the support of KABC (Channel 7). McCliman and Carson agreed to do promotional photos for Inland Living and in the process took some ribbing as our makeup artist prepped them for the shoot. It’s tough work being a fireman some days, but they might argue that helping families in need is just as important as many of the other jobs they do. This year the Spark of Love toy drive is especially important, says Kelley Donaldson, public information officer with the Rancho department. Locally, corporate support has lagged, while the economic slowdown is expected to make the need greater, she explained. Fire department stations around the area serve as collection points for new, unwrapped gifts that are given to families in need. The families are identified several ways — through schools, organizations such as Head Start and sometimes when parents just call and ask for help, she said. Last year, Rancho Fire gathered toys that made the holidays brighter for 2,000 children. What’s needed: toys, sports equipment and especially items for 10- to 15-year-olds who might not come to mind during a trip to a toy store. Donaldson suggested iTunes cards and make-up kits as items to consider purchasing for older kids. The firefighters take cash donations and go shopping to help fill in any gaps before the gifts are distributed, she added. The story is much the same in Ontario, where Fire Capt. Marty Perez coordinates his department’s Spark of Love efforts. Ontario will launch its campaign with

Stop the presses, Neighbors ... a Stuff the Bus kickoff Dec. 4 at the Ontario Mills Mall, where they hope to fill as many buses as possible with new toys. Last year’s effort filled three buses to start and eventually reached about 2,500 families identified though schools other community organizations like churches and the Salvation Army, he said. The drive generally runs between Thanksgiving and Christmas and most local departments — Claremont, Fontana, Montclair and Upland, to name a few — if not all, participate. — Don Sproul


f our November neighbor’s story had some of you scratching your heads, you are not alone. A page update to improve photo quality resulted in the omission of one segment of the final story. Our apologies. That said, we would like to introduce the neighbors of Big Sur Street and correct the introduction of an Ontario neighborhood, which should have appeared in the first segment of our package:

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eighborhoods still exist, even in the electronic age of Facebook and Twitter where friends are a few clicks away. but the neighborhoods we’re talking about are places where people talk face-to-face instead of texting. They eat together. They laugh together. They cry together. The inland empire has a lot of these neighborhoods, and we visited a few of them.



Blood : Seasonal supply issue s For years it seemed editors could just pencil the story on their calendars: blood supply dangerously low during holidays, check with the local Red Cross blood bank. This year, the story may be different. The Red Cross hopes it will avoid any seasonal shortages because of more efficient planning and shifts in blood drive dates, says Nick Samaniego, public affairs officer for the regional blood services center. That’s not to say don’t donate –– the gift of blood saves lives every day and what better way to celebrate the holidays than by helping save a life? Among the regularly scheduled drives is one at San Antonio Community Hospital’s Aita Auditorium, on Dec 3. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. And, guess what? It’s a toy drive too. To learn more visit the Red Cross online at or call 1-800-843-2949, ext. 7066.

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Fontana: Meeting over a meal on big sur street in North Fontana, a neighborhood tradition started by accident. “We always ended up going to each other’s house around dinner time,” explains Tamantha harrison, who, with her husband, rob, has lived on the street for 10 years. Then, they just figured they’d make it official. Now, every other sunday the group of neighbors, including the harrisons, the Formichellas and the delgadillos, alternate dinners among them on the wide cul-de-sac. but it doesn’t end there. There is an annual New Year’s eve party that someone hosts, as well as get-togethers at Christmas and halloween. each Fourth of July they close off the street for one big barbecue bash, featuring a dJ, a bouncer-jumper for the kids and lots great conversation. Throughout the winter, there are bonfires and hors d’oeuvres, with everyone joining in. “it’s been a great neighborhood,” harrison says. “our kids love it.”


Ontario: In good times and sad in what one ontario resident calls the “quintessential middle-class neighborhood” is a remarkable collection of people who’ve taken to heart the word “neighborly.” The street is harvard Place, in the College Park historic district, and the sense of genuine camaraderie and affection is palpable.

top: Lisa and Christopher Delgadillo, left, Sandi and Nick Formichella with dog Otto, Tamantha and Rob Harrison Bottom: Savannah Harrison and dog Bella, left, Dylan Harrison and Kelly Kaliher in Fontana PHOTO By THOmaS R. CORDOva


Ontario: Good times and sad In what one Ontario resident calls the “quintessential middle-class neighborhood” is a remarkable collection of people who’ve taken to heart the word “neighborly.” The street is Harvard Place, in the College Park Historic District, and the sense of genuine camaraderie and affection is palpable. “We really like to be with each other whenever we can,” said Phillip Strong, who has lived on the street for five years with his wife, Debbie. That includes everything from joint N yard sales and front yard barbecues to helping a neighbor in need. One of those recent recipients of such kindness was Martha Jaime, whose son had died unexpectedly. “Everybody came out to offer support,” said Jaime, a Los Angeles Police Department patrol officer and nine-year Harvard Place resident. “It was so overwhelming. It really is neighbors helping neighbors.” One of the largest gatherings and most festive times of the year is Halloween, when hundreds of trick-or-treaters flock to the street. “It’s like a scene out of movie. There is a constant stream of kids,” says Kathy Bravo. She and her husband, Frank, help contribute to the fun with an annual Pumpkin Festival they host at their home a week or so before the big night. Bravo says the event includes great bins of pumpkins for carving, face painting, a balloon artist, a potluck and the return of friends who’ve moved from the neighborhood. This is the 11th year of the festival, which the Bravos started in their old neighborhood in Ontario. Strong describes the street, with its canopy of decades-old cedar trees, as “cozy.” He says it’s the ambience of the neighborhood “that draws us together. And we’ve grown to be friends.”

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Fontana: Meeting over a meal On Big Sur Street in North Fontana, a neighborhood tradition started by accident. “We always ended up going to each other’s house around dinner time,” explains Tamantha Harrison, who, with her husband, Rob, has lived on the street for 10 years. Then, they just figured they’d make it official. Now, every other Sunday the group of neighbors, including the Harrisons, the Formichellas and the Delgadillos, alternate dinners among them on the wide cul-de-sac. But it doesn’t end there. There is an annual New Year’s Eve party that someone hosts, as well as gettogethers at Christmas and Halloween. Each Fourth of July they close off the street for one big barbecue bash, featuring a DJ, a bouncer-jumper for the kids and lots great conversation. Throughout the winter, there are bonfires and hors d’oeuvres, with everyone joining in. “It’s been a great neighborhood,” Harrison says. “Our kids love it.”


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Holidays of you r dr e a ms Bright decorations transform Latta Interiors into a magical place for the holidays.



olleen Beltinck loves Christmas. Ever since she was a child and her mother took her to an amazingly decorated upscale florist in San Francisco, she has had visions of ... well, not exactly sugarplums dancing in her head, but something just as fabulous. Each holiday season for the past 11 years, Beltinck has overseen the transformation of upscale home design store Latta Interiors into something truly spectacular: The Latta Interiors Christmas Boutique. She is aided by Janet Langlois and Rick Jordan. “Christmas and the holidays should be about creating happy memories,” says Beltinck, who is manager of purchasing and operations for the Upland store, which was founded by her mother, interior designer Pam Latta, in 1984. “When people come in here, we want to lift their spirits.” It’s hard not to be happy in this winter wonderland of trees (there are 23 fully decorated), ornaments (thousands) and greenery, garlands and garnishes. The store closes


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for 2½ weeks every year in mid-September for the transformation, reopening the first Friday and Saturday of each October with a fun-filled open house. Customers often come to the store just to wander through and relax, for a quick, calming escape from the holiday hustle and bustle, Latta says. There is seemingly something for every kind of home, from humble to majestic, funky to fabulous. And that’s just the point that Beltinck seeks to get across: There is no “right” way to decorate for the holidays. It’s all about personal style and what suits you and your home. “There are no rules,” she continues. “And that old

‘less is more’ saying doesn’t apply to Christmas. More is better. Load it up.” Both Latta and Beltinck agree that decorating can be done in myriad ways and on just about any budget. Here are a few of their easy tips: Around the house

• Cover the tree with ornaments. Pack them on. • Even a “Charlie Brown tree” — more twig than tree — and something as simple as a manzanita branch looks beautiful adorned. • Fill apothecary jars with small ornaments or candy canes and set them around the home. • Create a holiday mood with candles of the season,

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ore than a century ago, Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist, diagnosed a patient with a debilitating brain disorder. Five years later, the woman died, having succumbed to the dementia that today continues to ravage the lives of millions of people worldwide. But while there remains no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, research and clinical trials offer glimmers of hope for a brighter future for those afflicted with the memory-robbing disorder. “We are still in the dark as to what the cause is,” reports Dr. Wolff Kirsch, director of The Neurosurgery Center for Research, Training and Education at Loma Linda University Medical Center. But studies, trials and analyses of data continue to chip away at the barriers to discovery. Among the current research at Loma Linda: the role played by microbleeds, or small hemorrhages, in the brain. The medical center is collaborating with several other universities in its research and also has consulted with the Mayo Clinic physician who treated former President Ronald Reagan during his battle with Alzheimer’s. It was Reagan’s condition, many believe, that brought Alzheimer’s to the forefront of research and helped spur an increase in funding. Other celebrities had previously been diagnosed with it — among them, screen stars Rita Hayworth and Dana Andrews, composer Aaron Copland, and artist Willem deKooning. But, when the former leader of the free world — and man whose strength, commanding presence and communication skills had been on worldwide display — was struck, one fact hit home: Alzheimer’s does not discriminate. “That triggered a lot of thinking,” says Dr. Kirsch. “It can happen to anyone.”


ount to 71. By the time you finish, someone in the United States will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In California alone, there are more than 500,000 cases, according to Jean Dickinson, vicepresident of communications for the Southland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, which includes San Bernardino County and parts of Riverside County. That number jumps to 5.3 million throughout the country. Those numbers are expected to rise in the coming years.

“In 2011, the first baby boomers will hit 65,” Dickinson says. “And, in people over age 65, 1 in 8 has a lifetime risk of getting Alzheimer’s.” That, she says, along with the fact that many of those people also are caring for parents with the disease, is resulting in more money for research and more support by everyday people. Such supporters raised about $100,000 at this year’s Memory Walk in the Inland Empire, the 17th annual event to raise funds for Alzheimer’s.

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Frequently there is confusion between the terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease.” According to Loma Linda University Medical Center, dementia is “a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases.” The two major causes of non-reversible (degenerative) dementia are Alzheimer’s and a series of small strokes (vascular dementia). The two conditions often occur together. Other causes include Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies, which is a leading cause of dementia in elderly adults. People with this condition have abnormal protein structures in parts of the brain. In some situations, dementia — memory loss — is the result of a problem that can be treated, such as hypothyroidism, a lack of vitamin B-12 or a fluid buildup on the brain. Once these are corrected, the dementia may be cured. In some people, depression can cause memory loss that may appear to be dementia, but which can be treated. In addition, some medicines may interact with each other resulting in memory loss.

Gauging the risks Doctors generally agree that age and family history play roles in the development of Alzheimer’s. Most individuals with the disease are 65 or older and the likelihood of its occurrence doubles about every five years after age 65.

involving human neural stem cells. Three months later, in July, lead author Blurton-Jones and LaFerla shared the findings of their breakthrough study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. According to the study, neural stem cells can rescue memory in mice with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. The team successfully used injections of neural stem cells to repair damaged brain cells. “Essentially, the cells were producing fertilizer for the brain,” LaFerla said at the time. The discovery could be a key to unlocking a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s. It may be years away, but the door is cracked open, and there is a glimmer of light. After the study was published, LaFerla was optimistic for the future. “This gives us a lot of hope that stem cells, or a product from them ... will be a useful treatment for Alzheimer’s,” he said.

After age 85, the risk reaches nearly 50 percent. Research also has shown that those who have a parent, brother, sister or child suffering from Alzheimer’s are more likely to develop the disease than those who do not. New research also offers insight into risk factors that can possibly be influenced, reports the Alzheimer’s Association. These include: sHead injury — There appears to be a strong link between serious head injury and future risk of Alzheimer’s. sHeart-head connection — Some of the strongest evidence links brain health to heart health. The brain is nourished by one of the body’s richest networks of blood vessels. Every heartbeat pumps about 20 to 25 percent of a person’s blood to the head, where brain cells use at least 20 percent of the food and oxygen the blood carries. The risk of developing Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia appears to be increased by many conditions that damage the heart or blood vessels. These include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol. People should work with their doctor to monitor heart health and treat any problems that arise. sGeneral healthy aging — Other evidence suggests that strategies for overall healthy aging may help keep the brain healthy and may even offer some protection against Alzheimer’s and related diseases.

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obert DeLoach is standing on the edge of what we know, and he’s confident of the future. “I’ve been called a dreamer, and I’m not shy about saying how much I love public service,” he said. “I view it as part of my job to help educate the next generation of individuals about sustainability. “It’s not the current generation we have to worry about. They get it. It started years ago with the recycling program. What we need to make sure of is that the knowledge continues to be passed on.” Water and its use may not be the final frontier, but it’s crucial to life as we know it, particularly here in the Southland where it can be considered California’s real gold. Water sustains life. It also plays a key role in the production of electricity. Regardless of how one looks at it, water is an important resource. Conserving natural resources and preserving a healthy environment are important to the quality of life locally and beyond. Standing as a testament to that and the idea that sustainability also makes good business sense is the new Frontier Project from the Cucamonga Valley Water District


and the Frontier Project Foundation. As the general manager and chief executive officer of the Cucamonga Valley Water District, DeLoach years ago became convinced that the district should take a lead role in environmental education. He and numerous architects, employees and designers have spent hours poring over the Frontier Project, detail by detail, to produce a building that is an open demonstration facility of how conservation, business and the public can work together for the betterment of all three. He is the chief cheerleader behind the district management concept of “One Team, with One Vision.” And that vision is on display at the Ashford Street Frontier Project in Rancho Cucamonga. “Years ago when the Foundation started this, we were hoping that we would one day have a building and concept that would stand the test of time and meet the needs of the next generation. Dreams do come true,” said DeLoach, a Rancho Cucamonga resident and Cal Poly Pomona graduate with a bachelor’s degree in administration. He worked construction and in the private sector as well as being the director of public works for Pomona before he was approached in 1997 with what he called an opportunity too good to pass up — helping to lead the

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Cucamonga Valley Water District. He believes strongly in the message that conservation and sustainability not only are possible, but the new Frontier Project will demonstrate how easy it can be. Back in 2004-2005, the district office was faced with growing pains, necessitating a need for physical expansion. A new building was needed to accommodate employees, but while plans were being drawn district officials got an idea — could the success of the environmental campaigns such as recycling be translated to the use of natural resources

and could this new building somehow play a role? “At a bare minimum we were looking at installing a drought-tolerant landscape around the new building to show the district believed in what it was promoting, conservation,” he said. But then visions of Sunset magazine’s annual Idea House, where industry experts and innovators try to build a house of the future, came up. “When I was back in the private sector years ago, I actually put a bid on one of those houses,” he said. “I didn’t get it, but it started us thinking, could we do

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the same thing with a public building that could demonstrate how people can make sound environmental choices every day?” Yes, was the collective answer. The Frontier Project Foundation was formed and the foundation of the building began to form. The result is the newly opened structure that is designed as a hands-on example of what can and is being done to live comfortably and environmentally. “The building is designed to have multiple components, set up side by side, so people can see how to compare them. It is meant to demonstrate that a sustainable lifestyle and business can coexist and be innovative and efficient,” he said. District employees will occupy the second floor. First floor space is available to organizations and companies that embrace the same ideals as the project. Green Afternoon seminars and workshops are scheduled and open to the public. Tours are available. Plans are to incorporate more local schools and to expand on present educational programs. The 14,000-square-foot facility showcases the latest technologies in water, energy and site conservation. It heralds the use of recycled materials, includes a live and growing “green” roof, a water cistern and cool tower and solar chimneys. And it aims to achieve the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certification, the Holy Grail of sorts for environmental efficiency, from the U.S. Green Building Council. “But the Frontier Project is more than a building,” DeLoach said. “The finished project has far exceeded our expectations. There isn’t a place in the building that doesn’t show you what can be done to conserve energy. This is the public’s building, and we hope the community comes to see what it offers. We want the public to come and go away saying, ‘We want that in our own homes,’ even if it’s a small piece.” Together, all those pieces will add up to a collective example of success.

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Stephen Rudicel, owner of The Press Restaurant


eclectic Wholesome and distinct fare are headliners at The Press By BETTS GRIFFONE


appled sunlight filters through the trees on Harvard Avenue in the Village in Claremont. It’s a quiet street lined with small shops and eateries housed in buildings that date from the beginning of last century — a time when that part of Claremont was devoted more to commercial rather than retail business.


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“This building started in 1910 as a printing house for The Courier,” says Stephen Rudicel, owner of The Press Restaurant. “Then in the ’50s it became College Press Printing — an offset printing company. They went out of business sometime in the early ’90s, and when we saw the space, we fell in love with it.” With that kind of history, it wasn’t much of a stretch to come up with the name. After a major renovation project, Rudicel opened The Press in 1996. His vision was for a place where everyone felt welcome — an old-fashioned “public house.” At that time, there were few local music venues, so Rudicel wanted to fill that niche. But he also felt it was important to provide food that was healthy, hearty and wholesome. Rudicel likes to quote Michael Pollan when he said, “Don’t eat anything granny wouldn’t recognize.” Food at The Press reflects that. In the beginning, The Press served mostly vegetarian fare with some fish and fowl. It wasn’t until later that red meat arrived on the menu. And at The Press, the menu is an ongoing creation that

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evolves as more things become available. Executive chef Oscar Alba developed the menu’s latest incarnation. Often, menu changes reflect particularly popular items. Rudicel says his restaurant isn’t trendy, but it is one that pays attention to customer tastes. He doesn’t consider the food to be nouvelle cuisine, nor does he want it to be. The aim is to provide hearty filling portions, with just a little left over to take home for lunch the next day. As Rudicel describes it, The Press is a new American bar and grill with influences from many of the diverse cultures in California. Because of that, Alba’s menu is eclectic. A recent sampling from the menu included a vegetarian Thanksgiving with lentil loaf, grilled veggies, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy and cranberry sauce, also a grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans — simple, recognizable food. Also on the menu, however, are several Mexican choices and Thai grilled chicken as well as a Chinese stir fry and several pastas, including a popular vegetarian lasagna. There’s a burger for every taste: chicken, eggplant, beef, veggie — even grilled tuna. All include a choice of grilled veggies, soup,

Press fries or a side salad. It’s quite a selection. The desserts are all made at the restaurant, and they all lean toward the homey variety. Aunt Louise’s Chocolate Cake, bread pudding, cheesecake, chocolate mocha torte, lemon hazelnut torte and Dr. Bob’s ice creams are served. There is even a vegan chocolate cake. Again, something for everyone. While the food is not made entirely with organic products, they are used as often as possible. Rudicel notes the availability of such items is much better than it once was. The restaurant provides multiple levels of dining service. While open for lunch and dinner, the full dinner menu ends around 9:30 p.m., 30 minutes later on weekends. After that, several nights a week, live entertainment starts to move in and a cantina-style menu is offered. It features wide variety of lighter fare. The Press is one of the few places that serves food until closing at 2 a.m. Rudicel likes the idea that families can come in early and, later, adults can come in for a drink, entertainment and a bite to eat. Entertaining at home

Rudicel enjoys entertaining at home, and when he does he prefers to keep it simple. One of his favorite things to cook is a roast chicken, which he recommends buying locally. A favorite supplier is Rainbow Ranch Farms in Pinon Hills, which raises early heritage breeds that are organic and free range. He also thinks it’s impressive to serve homemade bread. There are good books that can help with that. For an appetizer, he’ll fix seared scallops. Dust them with a little salt and pepper and any other spice that you like, then sear them in a little butter or olive oil. It’s great to add fresh sage leaves at the end. Just be sure not to overcook the scallops. He thinks it’s a great idea to keep a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator and popcorn in the cupboard. Both are always a hit with guests. The Press Restaurant 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont 909-625-4808, Hours: Lunch from 11 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday, dinner from 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; 21 and older after 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

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a choice has been made. Customers may find a variety of albums, books, DVDs, T-shirts and action figures, but they share similar reasons for going there. “I can always find what I’m looking for,” said Charles Felty, 47, who drove from Fontana to purchase CDs by artists King Crimson and Bob Seger. Upland resident Ryan McWhorter agreed. He’s been going to the store for 15 years for the store’s “selection and price. You can’t find it anywhere else.” Chino’s Michael Kirton has made the drive to Rhino for two years to purchase vinyl records.

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“You can’t find a lot of record stores around,” the 23-year-old said as he held a U2 music DVD. Rhino Records has been forced adapt to a lean economy and changing times by restyling itself essentially as a lifestyle store. Customers come looking for hard to find stuff no one else carries, says general manager Dennis Callaci, adding, “There’s not much selection at the chains.” Rhino Records’ T-shirts famously say the record store has been “independent since 1976,” but that’s not true. The store actually has been around since

1974, Callaci says, noting future shirts will probably reflect the correct year. It’s just another example of Rhino’s laid-back approach to the future. Besides its wide-ranging music offering, in the past year Rhino also has started carrying books that include classic literature pieces, not just the usual artist’s biography. The reason for the innovation is simple. The day when an artist sold a large number of units is gone. Previously, Callaci would have ordered 500 copies of a Metallica album and they would all have buyers.

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Today, a big seller might move 60 or 90 copies. “It seems like we’ve hit the bottom almost,” he said. “But how many people are still buying DVDs and CDs? You can put them on iPhones and not be concerned with the quality. We’ve been getting hit

hard the last two years compared with the beginning of the decade.” Rhino customers tend to be “incredibly loyal” and many purchase albums to support the store or the artist, Callaci says. Without that support, the independent record store may soon disappear. “We’ve seen what happens with WalMart and Target and the selection you have,” Callaci said. “For all this talk of Wal-Mart having a giant selection, they’ll shrink it. ... They don’t care about the culture. They care about what’s moving and what’s turning.” For his part, Callaci is on the computer a lot of the day, “and the last thing I want to do is be on a computer and watch a film or download music or read the paper.” As far as musicians helping the record stores, Callaci wishes that artists would consider what they pack into their deluxeedition re-issues. A lot of fans simply don’t have the money for every “deluxe bell and whistle,” he says. Artists also are noticing changes in the

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or graduate student Paul T. Nurre, the hillside vineyard at Cal Poly Pomona is an interesting research laboratory for winegrowing and the preservation of historic California zinfandel grapes. The Horsehill Vineyards project, a partnership between the College of Agriculture and The Collins College of Hospitality Management, has 2,700 vines on a south-facing slope, with additional zinfandel vines growing on a southeast facing hillside nearby on campus.

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‘The name Horsehill comes from the area of the campus where a portion of our grapes are grown, which was once a large horse pasture.’ It’s an important program because it preserves the rich viticulture heritage of the Cucamonga Valley, while also creating new student learning opportunities. I took a tour with Nurre and Lisa McPheron, a spokesman with The Collins College. “The vineyard and wine program provides Cal Poly Pomona students a hands-on opportunity to learn about viniculture and winemaking, which is a huge industry in California,” McPheron said. “The name Horsehill comes from the area of the campus where a portion of our grapes are grown, which was once a large horse pasture,” Nurre said. “Our vineyards, planted on slopes, are some of our more sandy soils but are still quite high in clay.” His hope is that the project expands so it can adopt new areas, which have a higher sand content for deeper root penetration and less vigorous annual growth to reduce the severity of disease. The vines were planted on a lyre wire trellis system in 2003 with cuttings from the historic

De Ambrogio Ranch in Rancho Cucamonga. They were selected and removed two years earlier by Cucamonga Valley vintner Don Galleano of Galleano Winery in Mira Loma before the ranch was bulldozed for development. “Mr. Galleano selected approximately 400 cuttings (first planted by pioneers at the turn of the 19th century) and donated them to the university,” McPheron said. “Master winemaker Jon McPherson of South Coast Winery (in Temecula) directs the vinification and bottling of the Horsehill wines.” The cuttings were cultivated in a Cal Poly Pomona greenhouse until about five years ago when they were grafted onto vines. In addition to Galleano’s donations, the project has benefited from two California Lottery grants totaling $50,000; alumnus Don Hendrickson of Hendrickson Brothers Irrigation, who designed the vineyard’s watering system; and a contribution of root stocks from the California Grapevine Nursery. The De Ambrogio Ranch was highly regarded

‘The vineyard and wine program provides Cal Poly Pomona students a hands-on opportunity to learn about viniculture and winemaking, which is a huge industry in California.’ Nurre and Lisa McPheron show off some of the Horsehill Vineyard’s wine with medals won at the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition.

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s 2009 draws to a close, it’s time to consider something not nearly as cheery as jolly Santa at the mall: paying taxes. But an early consultation with a tax preparer and a little planning can make the process easier. It’s never too early to collect the government forms, receipts, bank documents and other financial statements needed to maximize deductions. We’ve prepared a list and asked local tax experts for helpful suggestions. For starters, think about ways to make the tax laws work best for you, experts say. Year-end tax planning is important now because of significant tax-law changes enacted to stimulate the economy. Many tax breaks in recent stimulus bills will expire at the end of this year, and it is unknown whether Congress will extend them for 2010, says Corina Christiansen, a certified public accountant in Claremont.

If your income is down in 2009 but you paid the same amount of taxes, you paid too much and might want to change the withholding amount. For individuals, expiring provisions include the itemized state and local sales tax deduction; the $4,000 higher education tuition deduction; the additional standard deduction for real property taxes; and the $250 teachers’ classroom expense deduction. Review income, expenses and potential deductions before the end of the year, suggests Lynette Atchley, a CPA and professional financial specialist who works in Redlands. Are there capital gains and losses? Taxpayers may be able to offset them. “If you have some loser stocks you wouldn’t mind unloading, sell them prior to year end,” adds Claremont CPA Johanna

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Sweaney Salt. “If you have any realized capital gains, think about selling the losers to offset the capital gains.” Taxpayers can deduct up to $3,000 from income in capital losses. Salt agrees it’s wise to check now what state and federal taxes have been paid to date and compare those figures with the 2008 liability. If your income is down in 2009 but you paid the same amount of taxes, you paid too much and might want to change the withholding amount. “We suggest you have a certain amount of your paycheck deposited into a savings account,” Sweaney said. “You don’t see it or spend it, and it earns a little bit of interest, rather than getting a big refund in April.”

The Non-Business Energy Property Credit is a tax credit for 30 percent of the cost of certain 2009 improvements, such as installing energyefficient water heaters, doors, widows and tankless water heaters. The combined amount of the 2009 and 2010 credit is limited to $1,500. Also, in 2009, there is no limit on the credit amount that may be claimed for qualified solar improvements. If you had a home foreclosed on or had a short sale in 2009, there may be a tax liability, so bring in paperwork or debt forgiveness forms (1099C) to the tax preparer.

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or the diligent, conscientious bride-to-be, the quest to find the perfect wedding gown may take weeks, months or even years of research and legwork — unless, of course, that dress is already tucked neatly away in someone’s closet, waiting to be brought back to life. While most women choose to take their vows in modern bridal gowns, many are realizing the distinct advantage of strolling down the aisle in a vintage number — a cherished heirloom passed onto them by a loved one. “For sentimental reasons, brides will occasionally

come in with a beautiful piece which belonged to mom or grandma and has probably been in the family for generations,” said Vivian Tran, owner of Bridal Bliss Boutique in Claremont. “These are usually authentic, one-of-a-kind items that you just don’t see anywhere anymore.” Despite the potential complications arising from a tricky restoration and alteration process, Connie Townsley (a tailor at Elegant Touch in Ontario) agreed, pointing out: “If you really love the dress, it’s absolutely worth it because it’s something you are always going to treasure.” Practically speaking, the emotional decision to graciously follow in the footsteps of a former bride carries with it a number of unique responsibilities and logistical considerations. Here are some ideas on how to refresh and

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‘Beware of general tailors, seamstresses and dry cleaners who only handle basic alterations like hemming and don’t deal specifically with bridal wear.’ rejuvenate a decades-old wedding gown which you’ll soon love down to the very last stitch. r Stick with the pros — Explore your options but never ever leave a priceless garment in inexperienced hands. “Beware of general tailors, seamstresses and dry cleaners who only handle basic alterations like hemming and don’t deal specifically with bridal wear,” Tran warned. “They may skip certain steps or overlook small details, forcing you to spend twice as much money in the end.” r Assess the damage — Enlist the help of specialists in determining the condition and viability of the dress. Deborah Armbruster, owner of Deborah’s Bridal and Men’s Formalwear in Upland, believes in giving such delicate apparel the white glove treatment: “It needs to be thoroughly inspected for fragility, age, defects in lacework, missing buttons, yellowing and set-in stains,” she said. r Mind your budget — Ironically, tiny repairs often mean big bucks so it’s crucial to proceed with caution. “Shortening, lengthening, taking it in or letting it out, using appliqués to hide imperfections, matching rare fabrics or beadwork is expensive and adds up quickly,” Townsley said. “Also, keep in mind that tailors can’t provide accurate estimates over the phone without seeing exactly what they’re getting into.” r Update accordingly — It’s not uncommon for women to infuse their own personal sense of style, along with some modern flair, into a prized antique creation.


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“Older dresses tend to have very high collars and long sleeves, but it’s possible to modify necklines into a scoop or V-neck pattern and to shorten or even remove the sleeves while maintaining the same body shape and detail,” Tran said. r Complete the look — Armbruster says the careful coordination of all ceremonial attire is the key to pulling it off. “What the bride ultimately decides to wear sets the tone and the ambiance of the entire wedding. If a vintage piece is selected, the bridesmaids’ dresses, mothers’ gowns, and men’s formalwear should definitely follow suit.” r Protect your investment — Long after the big day has come and gone, these irreplaceable heirlooms still require ample amounts of TLC in the form of professional storage services ranging in price from $150 to $500. “Without proper cleaning and preservation, the dress will gradually discolor and fall apart,” Tran said. “It’ll cost you a little extra but why leave something you may have spent thousands of dollars restoring just sitting in your closet to deteriorate?” r Carry on the tradition — Postwedding etiquette dictates that once the bride has inherited a vintage gown from her mother or grandmother, it should remain in her possession until she has the opportunity to continue the legacy by handing it down to a younger sister, a future daughter or another close relative, Armbruster said.

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an Diego isn’t just about swimming, surfing and fun in the sun. The city also has a lot to offer during the winter for those seeking a change of scenery or a quick getaway. Despite the season, the Pacific Ocean remains the star of the show with the Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights on Dec. 12 and the 38th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights on Dec. 13 and 20. Both events include more than 100 brightly illuminated and decorated boats and end with a fireworks show. “There are plenty of other reasons to visit in the winter,” says Joe Timko, a spokesman with the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Room rates are generally a little lower, the weather is still very nice, the people are friendly and have especially friendly spirits during the holidays. It’s pretty festive.” For something different, experience ejection seats, simulated flights and life at sea on the USS Midway Museum, a retired

aircraft carrier docked at the Embarcadero in downtown San Diego. The self-guided audio tour is a must. There are 25 restored aircraft and helicopters on the flight deck and the opportunity to wander the bowels of the ship to learn how sailors ate, slept and worked. Tour the bridge, the engine room and the Admiral’s War Room, which is filled with radar scopes, red lights, and the banter between pilots coming in over the loudspeakers. Feel brave? Hop in a flight simulator and brace yourself as you feel what it’s like to be yanked to a stop from 150 mph in less than two seconds. Visitors may enjoy a special New Year’s Eve on the ship during the Midway gala (tickets are $159), which features an open bar, dinner and dancing to live music from the Big Daddy Orchestra. Bet you’ve never uncorked a bottle of champagne on an aircraft carrier before! While on the waterfront, stop by Seaport Village to shop and browse in quaint boutiques selling novelty items. More than 50 shops, restaurants and cafes sit among

lush landscaping with fountains and ponds at the village. Kids will love the historic 1895 carousel that still offers rides. Every day in December, Seaport Village hosts free live musical entertainment. Breakfast with Santa at the Harbor House Restaurant is Dec. 19 and 20. Another exciting activity takes place on the high seas — the migration of California gray whales from Alaska to Baja California, where they give birth and rear their young. Each winter, tens of thousands of whales come within a few miles of the San Diego coast, and excursions run from December through April. “I’ve been out numerous times during the season,” Timko says. “It’s a unique and fun experience. The whales get close to the boats.” If it’s lively nightlife you’re seeking, go to the historic Gaslamp Quarter, a short pedicab trip from the Embarcadero. The ride promises to be a lot more fun than looking for a parking space. The Gaslamp Quarter consists of 16 blocks of grand Victorian-era and historic buildings — most of which have been beautifully renovated and restored. There are more than 100 restaurants, 40 pubs and nightclubs, and 100 shops, plus theaters and art galleries. After dark, this energetic neighborhood draws thousands of visitors. The peoplewatching can’t be beat! To learn more about this former red-light district, the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation offers guided walking tours on Saturdays. No visit to San Diego is complete Hotel del Coronado Joanne DiBona photo / courtesy San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Online resources Balboa Park: Belmont Park: Gaslamp Quarter and Historical Foundation: Hotel Del Coronado: Old Globe Theater at Balboa Park: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau: Seaport Village: USS Midway Museum: The Wave House: Whale-watching excursions and exhibits:

without a stop at Balboa Park, which has 15 major museums, performing arts venues, gardens, international cottages and the San Diego Zoo. Throughout the year, Balboa Park hosts museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts and classes. Through Dec. 27, the park’s Old Globe Theater stages a holiday play, Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Stroll along the pedestrian walkway where most of the arts organizations are housed in highly ornamental SpanishRenaissance-style buildings, built for the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition.

Museums include the Air & Space Museum; the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, which offers more than 100 hands-on science exhibits for kids and adults; the Hall of Champions Sports Museum; and the Museum of Art for fine art lovers. Garden enthusiasts will love the Japanese Friendship Garden and the historic Botanical Building with its thousands of tropical plants. If the kids get stir-crazy, families can enjoy some good old-fashioned fun at the Belmont Park amusement area. The Wave House opened there in 2005 and targets the

younger crowd’s love of the beach lifestyle with its simulated surfing attractions, wave shows and competitions, music concerts and restaurants. Also, the Giant Dipper roller coaster is one of two original oceanfront coasters still operating on the West Coast (it opened in 1925), having been renovated and reopened in 1990. Finally, don’t miss the world-famous Hotel Del Coronado, an elegant Victorianstyle hotel inn that dates to 1888. An outdoor ice-skating rink is set up overlooking the ocean though Jan. 3. Where else can you ice skate at the beach?

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ABBREVIATIONS & PRICING RS, reservations suggested. (While some restaurants suggest reservations on cer tain nights, others request them only for par ties of five or more.) FB, full bar. $ mostly under $15, $$ mostly under $20, $$$ mostly under $50, $$$$ above $50

CHINO OWEN’S BISTRO 5210 D St., Chino; 909-628-0452, Chef James Kelly plates what he calls progressive cuisine with a sense of humor, wine dinners and concept meals. Menus include rack of lamb, and a seasonally changing offering that features items such as “The

Camping Trip,” steelhead trout served on a hot river stone. Dinner, W-Sa. R S , $ $ $

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the Packing House in Claremont Village West. Lunch and dinner daily. $ BUCA DI BEPPO Adjacent to the DoubleTree Inn, 505 W. Foothill Blvd.; 909-399-3287, Family-style servings of pastas, stuffed shells, and ravioli chicken cannelloni, along with pizzas, stuffed mushrooms, fettuccine and parmigianas. Lunch and dinner daily. F B $ $ HEROES & LEGENDS 131 Yale Ave.; 909-621-6712 Step inside this informal dining and drinking spot to find colorful decor, wonderful sandwiches, barbecue ribs and appetizers as well as 46 beers on tap. Eat a few peanuts, toss the shells on the floor and take in the array of photos and memorabilia covering every square inch of wall space. Lunch and dinner daily. F B $ $ INKA TRAILS 1077 W. Foothill Blvd.; 909-626-4426,

Peruvian style cuisine with menu items including ceviche, empanadas and Aji De Gallina (a shredded chicken in a walnut gravy sauce) and Tallarin Verde Con Bistek Apando. Lunch, dinner Tu-Su. $ HIP KITTY JAZZ & FONDUE LOUNGE 502 W. First St.; 909-447-6700, Located in the Packinghouse in Claremont Village West, the Hip Kitty fondue options include a Gruyere caramelized onion with beef broth and brandy, cheddar, filet mignon, shrimp, scallop as well as a variety of combinations. Open Tu-Su. R S , F B , $ $ - $ $ $ LA PICCOLETTA 114 N. Indian Hill, #P (between First and Second streets); 909-624-1373, With seating for just 36, reservations are necessary for this boutique dining spot that serves a limited mix-and-match menu of pasta and sauces that changes weekly. Dinner Tu-Sa. R S , $ $ - $ $ $



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WALTERS RESTAURANT 310 Yale Ave.; 909-624-4914, Fusion cuisine with Afghan over tones mark this longtime Claremont favorite as a wonderful spot to spend an evening. The menu includes kabobs, curries, spicy pastas and original pizzas featuring lamb, feta and eggplant toppings. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $ $

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EAST 180 23525 Palimino Drive.; 909-396-0180, Serving up contemporary Chinese dishes with exotic options. The mostly Cantonese menu puts an emphasis on organic, healthy food without MSG, tenderizers, hormones or antibiotics. Lunch and dinner daily. F B , $

MONTCLAIR CAFE MONTCLAIR 10220 Central Ave., Montclair; 909-445-1285 This family-owned restaurant is a hidden find in Montclair but well wor th the effor t. The dinner menu features house specials, thick pork chops with hear ty sauces, steaks, fresh fish and seafood with Italian- and Frenchinspired dishes as well as homemade sweets including warm apple dumplings; prime rib on Friday and Saturday. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, T-Su. $ $

ONTARIO BENIHANA 3760 E. Inland Empire Blvd.; 909-483-0937, Dinner and a show, with chefs grilling chicken, seafood, steak and vegetables at your table. Sushi bar, plus more than a dozen specialty drinks. Lunch and dinner daily. R S , F B , $ $ $

DAVE & BUSTER’S 4821 Mills Circle; 909-987-1557, Burgers, sandwiches, chicken, pasta, seafood and steaks, plus interactive electronic games, billiards. Eat & Play combo includes entree and $10 gamecard for $15.99. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $

MARKET BROILER 4333 E. Mills Circle; 909-581-0866, More than a dozen varieties of fresh fish, chicken, steak, pasta, wood-fired oven pizza and more. Lunch and dinner daily. F B , $ NEW YORK GRILL 950 Ontario Mills Drive; 909-987-1928, Chicken, duck, salmon, Australian lobster tail, rack of lamb, ribs and a variety of quality steaks. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa. R S , F B , $ $ $ PANDA INN 3223 Centre Lake Drive; 909-390-2888, Mandarin- and Szechwan-inspired entrees, plus soups, salads, and seven varieties of noodles and rice. Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch buffet. F B , $ ROSA’S 425 N. Vineyard Ave.; 909-937-1220, Fine Italian cuisine served in elegant, intimate surroundings. Menu includes several pasta dishes, seafood and steaks. Piano player Thursday through Saturday. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa. RS, FB, $$$

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POMONA 2nd STREET BISTRO 171 W. 2nd St.; 909-622-6619, With Italian and French fare, provincial bistro style flavors the menu at this reasonably priced dining spot in the hear t of the

Pomona Ar ts Colony. Menu choices include Bistro sliders, Melaneza al forno (layers of roasted Japanese eggplant, ricotta cheese and sweet basil topped with tomato sauce) a walnut brie salad with dried cranberries and candied toasted walnuts as well as paninis and pastas. Lunch, M-F, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner, Tu-Sa, 5 to 9 p.m. $ ALADDIN JR. RESTAURANT & CAFE II 296 W. Second St.; 909-623-4333, Bright colorful dining in the Pomona Ar ts Colony at Aladdin Jr. II includes babaghanouj (a dish of roasted eggplant with sesame seed oil), hummus, stuffed grape leaves, falafel and shish kabobs. The original Aladdin Jr. is located at 3161 N. Garey Ave. Lunch and dinner, M-Sa, from 11 a.m. $ LOCUST LOUNGE RESTAURANT 205 E. Second St.; 909-629-7777, Chicken, steak and three fish selections: ahi tuna, halibut, salmon. Nightclub features a dance floor, two patios and a mezzanine lounge. Dinner Tu-Sa. F B , $ McKINLEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GRILLE Sheraton Suites Fairplex, 601 W. McKinley Ave.; 909-868-5915, Traditional breakfast fare, plus pasta, steak, seafood and more for lunch and dinner. Land and sea dinner specials available nightly. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. F B , $ $ $ SAKURA ICHI 101 W. Mission Blvd.; 909-865-2059, Medium-sized restaurant in the City Hall redevelopment area. Dinner combos come with salad, miso soup, steamed rice and desser t. Domestic and Japanese beers, wine and cocktails are served. Lunch Tu-F, dinner T-Su. F B , $ $ $


BJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RESTAURANT & BREWHOUSE 11520 Fourth St.; 909-581-6750, Deep-dish pizzas, salads, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, baby back ribs and more. Lunch and dinner daily. R S , F B , $ THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY Victoria Gardens, 12379 N. Mainstreet; 909-463-3011, Steaks, chops, seafood, pizza, sandwiches and, of course, more than 30 varieties of cheesecake. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. F B , $ $ FLEMINGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR Victoria Gardens, 7905 Monet Ave.; 909-463-0416, Upscale steakhouse serving prime beef cuts including filet mignon, New York strip and prime rib. Salmon, scallops, crab legs and lobster also featured. Dinner nightly. R S , F B , $ $ $ $ GALLIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RESTAURANT & PIANO BAR 6620 Carnelian St.; 909-941-1100, Casual dining with pasta, sandwiches and specialty pizzas for two are among the most popular selections. Live enter tainment nightly. Lunch and dinner daily. R S , F B , $ GREEN MANGO THAI BISTRO 11226 Fourth St.; 909-987-8885, Authentic Thai selections without the Chinese influences found at many other Thai restaurants. Beer and wine are served. Lunch and dinner daily. $

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KABUKI Victoria Gardens, 2595 N. Mainstreet; 909-646-8555, Curry shrimp, seared tuna tataki, miso-marinated black cod, sushi, chicken, beef and salmon teriyaki and other Japanese selections. Lunch and dinner daily. F B , $

SYCAMORE INN 8318 Foothill Blvd.; 909-982-1104, Hospitality has long been the hallmark of the Sycamore Inn, which dates to the mid-1800s when William Rubottom opened an inn and tavern. Dinner nightly.

LUCILLE’S SMOKEHOUSE BARBECUE 12624 N. Mainstreet in Victoria Gardens; 909-463-7427, Lucille’s menu include slowcooked ribs, pulled pork and ’cue of all kinds as well as fried chicken, gumbo, jambalaya and blackened catfish, cobbler, pies, red velvet cake and a goodly selection of draft beers. Lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. F B $ $

THE YARD HOUSE 12473 N. Mainstreet; 909-646-7116, Upscale-casual eatery serves burgers, sandwiches, ribs, seafood, steaks and more. The extensive menu also has a wide selection of draft beer, from classic lagers to more obscure ales and stouts. Lunch and dinner daily. $

MAGIC LAMP INN 8189 Foothill Blvd.; 909-981-8659, This is a Route 66 landmark since the mid-1950s, when it was known as Lucy and John’s Cafe. Today, Magic Lamp specialties include prime rib, rack of lamb, salmon fillet and a chateaubriand dinner for two. Lunch Tu-F, dinner Tu-Su. F B , $ $ $ THE MELTING POT 12469 Foothill Blvd.; 909-899-1922, Can you fondue? Traditional cheese fondues along with signature four-course dinners featuring filet mignon, lobster and pork tenderloin mean a unique dining experience. Don’t forget the chocolate fondue desser t. Dinner nightly. $ $ - $ $ $ OMAHA JACK’S GRILLHOUSE & BREWERY 11837 Foothill Blvd.; 909-477-4377, Pasta, seafood, steaks, burgers, barbecue and other American fare pairs nicely with wellbalanced selection of awardwinning beers brewed on the spot. R S , F B , $ $ RICHIE’S REAL AMERICAN DINER Victoria Gardens, 8039 Monet Ave.; 909-899-8101, Homestyle cooking with egg dishes, pancakes and more for the star t of the day, plus burgers, grilled chicken, steaks and desser ts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. $


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UPLAND BISTRO ROTI RESTAURANT & BAR 1041-F E. 16th St.; 909-946-0927, A wood-burning rotisserie takes center stage in the dining room at Bistro Roti, where menu offerings range from casual to high-end French fare. M-Sa, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. $ $ - $ $ $ CAFE ALLEGRO 186 N. Second Ave.; 909-949-0805, Rustic Italian dining in downtown Upland, with wonderful breads and a range of classic dishes and a chicken marsala that tops the popularity list. Lunch and dinner M-Sa; Su 4-9 p.m. $ $ KISHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR 320 W. Foothill Blvd.; 909-981-1770, Sushi bar, teppan grill and dining room. Diners will find ahi steak, ginger pork and Sukiyaki beef on the teppan menu. Also tempura, specialty rolls, sashimi combinations and a wide range of sushi including sweet shrimp, sea eel, yellowtail and flounder. Lunch and dinner M-F, dinner Sa-Su. R R , $ $ SPAGGI’S 1651 W. Foothill Blvd., H-1; 909-579-0497, Chef Henry Gonzalez offers a menu of Italian classics as well as distinctive dishes including a South African sea bass served with scalloped potatoes, avocado and a garlic-tomato-basil sauce. Lunch M-F; dinner daily. $ $ - $ $ $


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Munchin’ at the Mansion REDLANDS



Supporters of the Court Appointed Special Advocates gathered on a perfect evening for socializing at the Edwards Mansion in Redlands for the annual Munchin’ at the Mansion fundraiser. The event featured food and drinks from 20 local establishments, including Italian cuisine from Isabella’s Ristorante Italiano, tostadas and margaritas from Las Fuentes Mexican Bar and Grill, platters of sushi from Mikan Restaurant and two sheet cakes from Michelle’s Bakery.




(1) Guests try margaritas and food from the booth of Las Fuentes Mexican Bar and Grill in Redlands (2) Donna Hadley, left, and Dr. Marti Baum (3) Robert Cramer, left, and Chuck Hoffman (4) Richard Jarvis, left, Charlotte and Marion Black (5) Kelly Hill, left, and Brent and Michelle Canon (6) William Aguilar, left, Hattie Byland and J. Milton Clark (7) Robb Foskett, left, Brent Canon, Patrick Gomez and Craig Lynde (8) The Edwards Mansion, which was built in 1890, hosts a range of special events throughout the year. Photos by james carbone



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Get help, give help By SUZANNE SPROUL

Finances aside, when it comes down to it, a community thrives when neighbors help neighbors. Individuals donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to sleep hungry. Children have clothes and shoes to wear to school. The homeless escape the streets. Battered women and children put their lives back together. That and more gets done here in the Inland Empire every day because people donate their time, talents and resources to a variety of nonprofits and service organizations that help those in need. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a list of many of those organizations and what each one does, so join in and help out if you can. Ability First, 480 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, 909-621-4727, Provides therapy and educational support for disabled young people and adults.

Boys and Girls Club of the Pomona Valley, 1420 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, 909-623-8538. Provides after-school and mentoring programs for children.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 1236 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, 909-981-7466, Thrift store where all profits benefit cancer research.

Claremont Community Foundation, 204 N. Yale Ave., Claremont, 909-398-1060. Supports Claremont nonprofits as well as the arts program at Claremont High School.

American Red Cross, Claremont chapter, 2065 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, 909-624-0074. Sponsors cardiopulmonary resuscitation, water and lifeguard safety programs and supports disaster and prevention training. Assistance League of the Foothill Communities, 8593 Archibald Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, 909-987-2813. Staffs a thrift store, provides clothing and school supplies to children, provides backpacks with clothes and hygiene items for foster children, provides stuffed animals to officers to give to children suffering trauma. Assistance League of the Pomona Valley, 655 N. Palomares St., Pomona, 909-629-6142. Provides clothing and school supplies to children in need, dental center and operates a community clothes closet.

counseling programs for those challenged by AIDS as well as food and emotional support. Foothill Family Shelter, 1501 W. Ninth St., Upland, 909-920-5568, Provides housing for homeless families as well as counseling and training.

Claremont Forum, 586 W. First St., Claremont, 909-626-3066, Volunteers for its Prison Library Project process letters and requests for books and magazines. Claremont Rotary, P.O. Box 357, Claremont, CA 91711; president Ian Stanley. Conducts spring egg hunts for local children and hosts the Taste of Claremont to raise money for various groups. Crossroads Inc., P.O. Box 12, Claremont, CA 91711, 909-626-7847. Provides counseling, training and support to women transitioning from incarceration back into society. David and Margaret Family Services, 1350 Third St., La Verne, 909-596-5921. Provides housing, counseling and training to young women in need, also promotes foster parenting and adoptions. Foothill AIDS Project, 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont, 909-448-0858. Provides testing and

HandsOn Inland Empire, 9624 Hermosa Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, 909-980-2857, ext. 228, This United Way program links volunteers with nonprofits, faith-based and public organizations. House of Ruth, Inc., P.O. Box 459, Claremont, CA 91711, 909-624-4364. Provides crisis intervention, counseling and shelter for battered women and children. Inland Hospice, 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont, 909-399-3289. Provides medical and emotional support to individuals and families facing end-of-life issues and also matches volunteers with seniors in need. Inland Valley Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services, 916 Mountain Ave., Suite A, Upland, 909-932-1069. Counseling and intervention to help individuals conquer drug and alcohol addictions.

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Inland Valley Hope Partners, 1753 N. Park Ave., Pomona, 909-622-3806. Provides food and shelter for the hungry and homeless. Kiwanis Club of Ontario, meets 12:10 p.m. Fridays at the Ontario/Montclair YMCA, 215 E. C St., Ontario. Supports youth sports, provides scholarships, distributes toys and food baskets during the holidays and co-sponsors the Christmas on Euclid Arts and Crafts Fair.



Law Enforcement of Ontario, LEO, in care of the Ontario Police Department, 2500 S. Archibald Ave., Ontario, 909-395-2493. Provides clothing and school supplies to students in the Ontario-Montclair School District, distributes holiday food baskets. Let It Be Foundation, P.O. Box 730, Chino Hills, CA 91709, 909-613-9161. Supports families with dying or severely ill children. Meals on Wheels, Upland, 869 N. Euclid Ave., Upland, 909-981-0377; president Myra Stelte. Provides hot meals and human contact to housebound seniors and individuals in need. New Hope Ministry, under the auspices of Mariposa Community Services, 203 E. G St., Ontario, 909-986-5178. Provides counseling and support to the hungry and homeless. Ontario Host Lions Club, 215 W. C St., Ontario; meets at the Ontario/Montclair YMCA. Helps the visually impaired; does community projects. Ontario Parkway Kiwanis, P.O. Box 1057, Ontario, CA 91762; meets 7 a.m. Tuesdays at Dennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 502 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, 909-373-4200. Sponsors Bring-Up-Grades awards, Reading is Fundamental and Inland Valley Special Olympics. OPARC, 9029 Vernon Ave., Montclair, 909-985-3116, Helps provide training, educational and job programs for disabled adults. Pomona Rotary, meets 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays at Sheraton Suites at the Fairplex, 601 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Provides community service and hosts an annual auction to benefit Pomona-based programs. Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity, 2111 Bonita Ave., La Verne, 909-596-7098, Volunteers build affordable housing for qualified families. Pomona Valley Workshop, 4650 Brooks St., Montclair, 909-624-3555,; executive director Karen Jones. Provides training, educational and job programs for disabled adults. Project Sister Family Services, P.O. Box 1369, Pomona, CA 91767, 909-623-1619. Counseling and support for individuals and families dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault.


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Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, 1844 W. 11th St., Unit C, Upland, 909-949-4316. Records books, textbooks and manuals for the visually impaired. Salvation Army, 1412 S. Euclid Ave., Ontario, 909-986-6748, and at 490 E. La Verne Ave., Pomona, 909-623-1579. Provides programs, activities and counseling. Santa Claus Inc., 1330 E. D St., Ontario, 909-984-6627. Collects and repairs toys and clothing and then distributes them the first week in December to more than 4,000 children. Shoes That Fit, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Claremont, 909-482-0050; executive director Roni Lomeli. Provides new shoes to children. Soroptimist International of the Foothills, 909-982-1979. Helps the community, primarily dealing with women and children. Soroptimist International Montclair/Inland Valley, P.O. Box 111, Montclair, CA 91763, 909-418-6477. Helps women and children and for 18 years has sponsored the Prism Awards recognizing outstanding women. Stevenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hope, 1014 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite B, Upland, 909-373-0678, Provides temporary housing, clothing, food and assistance to families with seriously ill children. The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fund, West End Auxiliary, 825 E. Hospitality Lane, Second Floor, San Bernardino, 909-387-4949. Local auxiliary hosts teas and sponsors a home tour to raise money to aid children in foster care. Uncommon Good, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont, 909-625-2249. Programs and services for the poor and at-risk young people. Upland Host Lions Club, meets 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at Cocoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 60 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, 909-985-9604. Pays for eye exams and glasses and supports local Boy and Girl Scouts. Upland Foothill Kiwanis, meets 7 a.m. Wednesdays at the Scheu Family YMCA in Upland, 909-985-2809, Supports Upland High School Key Club, good citizenship awards in the Upland Unified School District, provides scholarships to Upland High School seniors and supports the Inland Valley Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services. Upland Rotary, P.O. Box 701, Upland, CA 91786, meets 12:10 p.m. Wednesdays at the Scheu Family YMCA of Upland. Helps students, supports Interact Club activities and distributes mini community grants. Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Southern California, 150 W. 1st St., Suite 270, Claremont, 909-621-3961. Provides medical and emotional care to individuals and families facing end-of-life issues.

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Memories in the oven By CARLA SANDERS


f, as the old saying goes, you are what you eat, then this time of year — every year — I am a walnut pie. I love the sticky, gooey center, the flaky crust along the bottom and sides and the massive amounts of walnut bits that cover the top, floating at first, then wobbling as in a sea of jelly until they have finally reached their mouth-watering firmness. When I was growing up my mother always made walnut pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas. She would roll out the dough, whip up that sweet mixture and then the house would be full of her aromatic concoction. She always used walnuts — never pecans. That’s the way she’d learned it from her mother and that’s the way she did it, too. It was the job of my sister and me to get out the little metal nut cracker and pick, and then split open and shell the walnuts for her pies. As most of my family will tell you, I am

not a gourmet cook. Sure, I can get dinner on the table each night and have even created a few memorable dishes, but that’s about it. Still, the one thing I can do — and do fairly well — is make these pies. Every fall and winter, as I prepare for my own holiday gatherings, I pull out the little recipe card that I wrote more than 20 years ago. I was living across the country and wouldn’t be home for Christmas that year (and, as it turned out, many other holidays to come). I called Mom and she told me how to make the pies. I’ve made them ever since. My only variation is I don’t crack my own walnuts. I buy the whole nuts in bulk at the grocery store and crush them myself with a rolling pin, placing the nuts in a zippered plastic bag. (One year I made the pie for a competition at work and came in second among 30 entries.) When I am making the pies, I think of the holidays spent cooking with my mom. We were not only creating pies, but memories as well — memories that have lived on long after the last crumbs in the pie plate were gone. A few weeks back, my own daughter and I decided to make peanut butter

cookies one evening after dinner. We got out the little recipe card from my sister — they are the best cookies! — and we got started. I rounded up the ingredients and Cali measured and poured. We mixed and stirred, beat and blended. She spooned the dough onto the cookie sheets, and we waited for the chunky, chewy warmth to emerge from the oven. While we were cleaning up, Cali, who is 11, told me, “I like cooking with you, Mom. It’s really fun.” We, too, are making memories, ones that I hope will linger in the deepest recesses of her mind. Memories she will pull out one day and share with children of her own. As we come upon another holiday season, soon I will once again be making walnut pies for my family and friends, channeling my mom. She no longer creates them; Alzheimer’s has slowly stolen her memories. But, thankfully, I have her words, her recipes, and I will continue the tradition, passing the pie-making to yet another generation. So, Mom, as always, I give thanks for your love, your patience, your guidance — and, my ability to make at least one thing well. Amen.



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