Thursday, December 31, 2015
The water content was 136 percent of normal, according to the survey conducted by the California Department of Water Resources.
The latest snow level is a good sign, "but that's it - it's a start," said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program.
Gehrke plunged a measuring pole into a thick field of snow in the Central Sierra, which includes Lake Tahoe.
His survey followed an electronic measurement last week that put the water content of the snowpack at approximately 11 percent above average. Even more snow has fallen since then.
The snowpack provides about 30 percent of California's water supply when it melts and rushes through rivers and streams to fill reservoirs that remain critically low.
So, despite the higher than average snowpack measurement, officials say surveys during the remainder of the winter will indicate whether the snowpack's runoff will be sufficient to replenish California's reservoirs by this summer.
Gehrke said snow must continue falling through April for him to feel confident the drought is easing.
Last Jan. 1, the snowpack was a meager 45 percent of the historical average. On April 1, it had dropped to a record low of 5 percent.
A brewing El Nino system - a warming in the Pacific Ocean that alters weather worldwide - is expected to impact California and the rest of the nation in the coming months, according to a NASA report released Tuesday.
Its effects on California's drought are hard to predict, but experts say it should bring some relief.
Forecasters expect a light to moderate storm system in Northern California early next week.
You can see the electronic snowpack readings by visiting http://cdec.water.ca.gov.
December 31, 2015 – NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE DAY – MAKE UP YOUR MIND DAY – NEW YEAR’S EVE – NO INTERRUPTIONS DAY – LEAP SECOND TIME ADJUSTMENT DAY – UNIVERSAL HOUR OF PEACE
NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE DAYNational Champagne Day is observed annually on December 31st. While true champagne only comes from France’s Champagne region, there is plenty of bubbly available from Italy, California and even the South of France. Ringing in the New Year is the perfect opportunity each year to celebrate National Champagne Day.
Pop open a bottle of your favorite champagne. (Remember to always drink responsibly and to never drink and drive) Use #NationalChampagneDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Champagne Day.
MAKE UP YOUR MIND DAYMake Up Your Mind Day is observed annually on December 31st. This day is set aside to encourage us to quit wavering, to take a side, to follow through with a decision and stick to it. As New Year’s resolutions go, this may be the day to decide which ones to declare.
Been hesitating on making some decisions? This is the day to finally make your mind up. Use #MakeUpYourMindDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of Make Up Your Mind Day
NEW YEAR’S EVEAlso known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day, New Year’s Eve is celebrated annually on December 31st.
As we count down the last hours and seconds of the old year it is a good time to look back at the year and reminisce with friends and family.
In Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries it is tradition to eat 12 grapes during the count down to midnight symbolizing hopes for the new year. Around the world, eating anything in the form of a circle or ring symbolizes coming full circle and is considered good luck.
As a Christian observance, it is traditional to hold an evening Mass the night before a Holy Day. New Year’s Day in the Roman Catholic Church honors the Virgin Mary. In some countries St. Sylvester, pope of the Catholic Church from 314 to 335, is celebrated on New Year’s Eve.
Use #NewYear’sEve to post on social media.
NO INTERRUPTIONS DAYNo Interruptions Day is observed annually on the last work day of the year. This is a day set aside for getting organized for the new year by cleaning up your work space without interruptions.
Turn off the phone, ignore your e-mails, close your door and enjoy the peace of no interruptions for a full day. Use #NoInteruptionsDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of this No Interruptions Day.
Also on National Day Calendar
December 31 also observes Leap Second Time Adjustment Day and Universal Hour of Peace. For more information please visit the National Day Calendar pages for Leap Second Time Adjustment Day and Universal Hour of Peace
Students and/or riders 18 and younger can receive a 25% discount on Monthly Pass, 7-Day Pass, One-Way and Round-Trip tickets.Please present valid ID to the fare inspector upon request.
When you ride Metrolink, you’ll enjoy having time to connect with friends via social media, easy parking, even some extra quiet time to study, all while saving some serious cash.
Quiet CarsAll Metrolink trains have a car designated as the "Quiet Car" Monday through Friday. The cars are intended to be a peaceful, quiet atmosphere for those who want to rest or work without distractions.
For more information about Metrolink's Quiet Cars, click here.
Bike CarsEasily get around by bringing your bike onboard Metrolink. As part of its green initiatives program, Metrolink has Bike Cars to accommodate more bikes on select trains. The lower levels of the new Bike Cars are equipped with multiple stalls that are designed to hold three bikes each. Bike Cars are identified by a yellow “Bike Car” decal on the side of the train or bike train wrap.
All Metrolink passenger cars can accommodate 3 bikes each.
For more information about Metrolink's Bike Cars, click here.
Spirits of Guasti is on exhibit at the Ontario Museum of History & Art through this Sunday, January 3, 2016.
By 1917, Secondo Guasti reigned over the world's largest winery: the Italian Vineyard Company, which produced five million gallons a year of sacramental wines, communion wine, and a world-famous dark red port. Spirits of Guasti highlights the documentary work of writer Susan Straight and photographer Douglas McCulloh as they capture the Italian Vineyard Company today.
Galleries are open weekly from 12 PM to 4 PM, Thursday through Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, please call (909) 395-2510.
Image courtesy of Douglas McCulloh
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
840 N Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, California 91711
Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center
Garner House in Memorial Park
840 N Indian Hill Blvd. Claremont, CA 91711
John Fassbinder (1931 – 2014)
John Fassbinder's pottery is notable for its sensitive color and exquisite design. His interest in painting has made his ceramic work elegantly distinctive in that it is at once totally utilitarian and esthetically commanding. Curated by Claremont Heritage Director, David Shearer, the exhibition Earth + Sky will feature ceramics and paintings from over four decades of work. A number of pieces will also be available for sale.
John Fassbinder was born on August 6, 1931 in Washington State to Mark and Martha Fassbinder. He earned his bachelor’s degree in art at the University of Washington in Seattle where he studied with Robert Sperry and Paul Bonifas, pioneers in the American Studio Craft movement.
During the Korean War, he served as an electrical technician, stationed in Germany. In 1958, he married Gretchen Day, who he met while attending UW. The couple would welcome two children, Sam and Molly, in the coming years.
Mr. Fassbinder earned his MFA in ceramics at Claremont Graduate School in 1960. He taught at Central Washington College and then, in 1963, was hired as an art instructor at Chouinard Art School. There, he taught ceramics, drawing and painting and served as assistant chairman of the ceramics department.
Next, Mr. Fassbinder was hired at Pomona College where he taught for 11 years. His courses included ceramics and drawing and, later, the college’s first computer graphics classes. He also taught at Scripps College and was a part-time faculty member at Citrus Community College for several years.
Mr. Fassbinder was also a working artist. Known for his beautiful and original ceramics, he rented a studio on Baseline Road in Claremont. Working with traditional materials and techniques, he fashioned works of art that were elegantly distinctive and utilitarian. He found inspiration in nature.
He turned out a never-ending array of housewares like vases, jugs, goblets, plates and pitchers, all imprinted with his signature. He favored vivid glazes and decorations both abstract and figurative. A prime example of his work—a stoneware platter emblazoned with a fiery iron-oxide sun rising over a cobalt-glazed ocean—is represented in the permanent collection of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona.
America is not the greatest country in the World anymore
The most honest three minutes in television history.#honesty (It's actually Jeff Daniels from the movie Dumb n Dumber....from the TV show is The Newsroom)"...It's NOT the greatest country in the world, Professor. That's my answer.Posted by Club Parada on Tuesday, September 15, 2015
When David Letterman read a list of this Marine's injuries, his response left the whole room silent...
WATCH LIVE: Prosecutor announces charges against Bill Cosby in 2004 case
The case sets the stage for perhaps the biggest Hollywood celebrity trial of the mobile-all-the-time era and could send the 78-year-old Cosby to prison in the twilight of his life and barrier-breaking career.
In bringing the case, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman overruled her predecessor, who declined to charge Cosby in 2005 when Temple University employee Andrea Constand first told police that the comic drugged her and violated her by putting his hands down her pants at his mansion in suburban Philadelphia.
Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault and was to be arraigned in the afternoon.
The TV star acknowledged under oath a decade ago that he had sexual contact with Constand but said it was consensual.
The charges were announced just days before the 12-year statute of limitations for bringing charges was set to run out.
Prosecutors reopened the case over the summer as damaging testimony was unsealed in Constand's related civil lawsuit against Cosby and as dozens of other women came forward with similar accusations that made a mockery of his image as the wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable from TV's "The Cosby Show."
Many of those alleged assaults date back decades, and the statute of limitations for bringing charges has expired in nearly every case.
Constand, who is now 42 and works as a massage therapist in her native Canada, is ready to face Cosby in court, her attorney, Dolores Troiani, said this fall.
"She's a very strong lady," Troiani said. "She'll do whatever they request of her."
The charges add to the towering list of legal problems facing the actor, including defamation and sex-abuse lawsuits filed in Boston, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania.
Cosby in 1965 became the first black actor to land a leading role in a network drama, "I Spy," and he went on to earn three straight Emmys. Over the next three decades, the Philadelphia-born comic created TV's animated "Fat Albert" and the top-rated "Cosby Show," the 1980s sitcom celebrated as groundbreaking television for its depiction of a warm and loving family headed by two black professionals - one a lawyer, the other a doctor.
He was a fatherly figure off camera as well, serving as a public moralist and public scold, urging young people to pull up their saggy pants and start acting responsibly.
Constand, who worked for the women's basketball team at Temple, where Cosby was a trustee and proud alumnus, said she was assaulted after going to his home in January 2004 for some career advice.
Then-District Attorney Bruce Castor declined to charge Cosby, saying at the time that both the TV star and his accuser could be portrayed in "a less than flattering light." This year, Castor said the allegations in Constand's lawsuit were more serious than the account she gave police, and if that information had been known at the time, "we might have been able to make a case."
Castor tried to make a comeback as district attorney in the November election but lost to Ferman's top deputy.
After the criminal case went nowhere, Constand settled her lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 on confidential terms.
Her allegations and similar ones from other women in the years that followed did not receive wide attention but exploded into view in late 2014, first online, then in the wider media, after comedian Hannibal Buress mocked Cosby as a hypocrite and called him a rapist during a standup routine. That opened the floodgates on even more allegations.
Women mostly from the world of modeling, acting or other entertainment fields came forward and described being offered a drink by Cosby and waking up to find they had apparently been sexually assaulted. Cosby, through his representatives, accused some of the women of trying to extract money from him or get ahead in show business.
Earlier this year, The Associated Press persuaded a judge to unseal documents from the Constand lawsuit, and they showed the long-married Cosby acknowledging a string of affairs and sexual encounters.
Cosby testified that he obtained quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women he wanted to have sex with. He denied giving women drugs without their knowledge and said he had used the now-banned sedative "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink.'"
In the deposition, Cosby said he put his hands down Constand's pants that night and fondled her, taking her silence as a green light. Constand maintains she was semi-conscious after he gave her pills he said would relax her.
"I don't hear her say anything. And I don't feel her say anything. And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped," Cosby testified.
He said Constand was not upset when she left that night. She went to police a year later.
Her lawyer has said Constand is gay and was dating a woman around the time she met Cosby in the early 2000s.
The AP generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they agree to have their names published, as Constand has done.
Laurie Levenson, a criminal law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said Cosby no longer enjoys the celebrity appeal that might sway a jury.
"His reputation has already been tarnished, so I doubt that jurors would be inclined to believe him just because of his prior image," she said in September. She said the judge in the case will have to decide whether to allow other accusers to testify or whether that would be too prejudicial.
Jan 17, 201605:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car ShowLocation: Fairplex main lot
George Cross & Sons, Inc. presents the West Coast’s Largest Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show seven times per year.
At each event, you will find hundreds of vendors in over 2,000 vendor spaces selling tons of hard to find car parts and accessories at low swap meet prices.
Thousands of original and restored classic vehicles will be on display and for sale in six specialized Car Corral sections: Pre 1985 Classics, any year Corvettes, any year Porsches, Pre 1959 Street Rods, Pre 1985 Volkswagens and Pre 1985 Imports.
Since 1975, millions of automotive enthusiasts have come to Pomona from across the nation and around the world to find car parts, accessories, automobilia, customs and classics.
Make plans to participate in our next event!
Come to buy, come to sell, come to look!
General admission is $10, children 12 and under are admitted FREE
Parking is $10 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Dr.
For more information please call (714) 538-7091 or visit our website
For Vendor information click here
For Car Corral information click here
Beginning Monday, hoverboards and other self-balancing electronic devices will not be permitted aboard Metrolink trains, officials with the Southern California commuter railroad said Tuesday.
“This is a proactive step we’ve taken to ensure the safety of our passengers,” Metrolink spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt told City News Service. “There have been concerns voiced about these devices catching fire and blowing up, and until there are more studies done, we’re not going to allow them on the trains.”
Coffelt said that Metrolink executives made the decision to bar hoverboards last week following informal discussions. The matter has not been addressed by the agency’s Board of Directors, she said.
According to Coffelt, there have been no reported injury accidents involving hoverboards and other self-levitating products on Metrolink trains or at its 55 stations.
“We just felt it was prudent to take this action now to prevent anything from happening,” she told CNS.
Hoverboards function like skateboards but operate using electromagnets, rotors and other advanced technology.
Coffelt said that if passengers board trains with their boards, Metrolink personnel will ask them to step off. The devices will not be seized, however.
“They may not be able to ride,” the Metrolink spokeswoman said. “We’ll try to work with them and give them the option of returning to take another train.”
BACON DAYBacon Day is observed annually on December 30th.
Everything is better with bacon. Someone said that once. Within our research, we have found very little to dispute this assertion.
In the United States and Canada, bacon is made from the pork belly. Elsewhere in the world, the side and back cuts of pork are used. The meat is cured in either a salt brine or in a salt pack. It is then either dried, boiled or smoked.
Bacon is a very popular food in the USA. You can find many items also flavored or scented with bacon including popcorn, soap, candles, air fresheners and many more.
Cook up some bacon and use #BaconDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of Bacon Day.
FALLING NEEDLES FAMILY FEST DAYFalling Needles Family Fest Day is observed annually 30th.
This day is a reminder for those of us who enjoyed a live Christmas tree over the holidays to clean it up and recycle it.
Here is an excellent article if you are looking for ways to recycle your tree: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/ways-to-recycle-christmas-trees.html
Get the family together and clean up after the Christmas Tree. Use #FallingNeedlesFamilyFestDay to post on social media.
Falling Needles Family Fest Day was created Thomas and Ruth Roy at Wellcat.com.
NATIONAL BICARBONATE OF SODA DAY
- Add baking soda to your bath water to relieve sunburned or itchy skin.
- Make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply to a burn or an insect bite for relief.
- Clean your refrigerator with a solution of one-teaspoon baking soda to one quart of warm water.
- Pour a cup of baking soda into the opening of your clogged drain and then add a cup of hot vinegar. After a few minutes, flush the drain with a quart of boiling water.
- To remove perspiration stains, make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub paste into the stain, let it sit for an hour, and then launder as usual.
- If you crave sweets, rinse your mouth with one-teaspoon baking soda dissolved in a glass of warm water. Don’t swallow the mixture; spit it out. Your craving should disappear instantly.
- Add a pinch of baking soda to boiled syrup to prevent it from crystallizing.
- To remove pesticides, dirt, and wax from fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them in a large bowl of cool water to which you’ve added two to three tablespoons of baking soda.
- Soak toothbrushes in baking soda and warm water overnight to clean bristles.
- Gasoline and oil odors can be removed by putting clothes in a trash bag with baking soda for a few days before washing them.
- Lay down barrier of baking soda under sink-pipe openings and along basement windows to keep carpenter ants, silverfish, and roaches from invading. Roaches eat the baking soda, dehydrate, and die.
- A light baking soda paste on a damp cloth will remove bugs and tar from cars without damaging the paint. Let paste sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing clean.
- To remove stains from your coffee and tea cups, wipe them with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda paste.
- Keep your rubber gloves dry and smelling good by sprinkling baking soda inside them. They’ll slip on more easily too!
- Sprinkling baking soda on your front steps will provide traction and melt the ice. Unlike rock salt, kitty litter, or sand, it won’t damage outdoor or indoor surfaces or shoes.
- Boil two inches of water in a pan with a burned bottom, turn off the heat, then add half a cup of baking soda. Let it sit overnight. In the morning it will be easy to clean.
- Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda on the bottom of your toaster oven to eliminate the burned smell from drippings and crumbs.
- A paste of baking soda removes red sauce stains from plastic.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
CNN- This flooded Missouri highway was the scene of a horrific shark attack. Just another reason to not drive through roads that are under water. The names of these folks have not been released, however, they were the recent recipients of 4.5 million dollars from Mark Zuckerberg.
Seal Jumps On Guy's Boat And Makes A Friend
A seal jumps abroad a man's ship and decided that he found his new best friend. The man is surprised, but very accepting that he found a companion. You can clearly see the love in this seal's face as he cuddles up next to his very confortable new pal.Posted by America's Funniest Home Videos on Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Metrolink is lowering short distance fares system-wide to as low as $3 for adults/youth/students and only $1.50 for senior/disabled/Medicare riders for One-Way tickets. The short distance fare is offered to encourage local travel on Metrolink and is good for one station to the next station on any line Metrolink serves. For example, riding from Cal State L.A. to Los Angeles Union Station is only $3 for One-Way and $6 Round-Trip for adults/youth/students. El Monte Station to Los Angeles Union Station is $6 for an adult One-Way ticket and $12 for a Round-Trip ticket. Beyond two stations, the price is more affordable with the existing fares, for example a trip from Baldwin Park to Los Angeles Union Station is $7.25 for One-Way adult fare. For travel more than two stations, distance based pricing is more affordable. This promotion starts on January 1, 2016.