Thursday, October 31, 2013

Teachers File Lawsuit Against Local Fashion Institute

Teachers file suit against area fashion school. Where you a student? What was your experience?

A school that calls itself the first fashion college of its kind on the West Coast is being sued by current and former teachers who allege they are owed money for overtime and business expenses.

In the proposed class action lawsuit filed Tuesday against Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles Superior Court , lead plaintiff Amanda Ferguson seeks compensation on her own behalf and that of other teachers employed by FIDM within four years of the filing.
An FIDM representative did not immediately respond to email seeking comment.

According to the suit, a "subclass" of teachers at FIDM worked more than eight hours daily and 40 hours a week and also were not reimbursed for business costs, including travel expenses.
Ferguson was fired without being paid all wages owed her at the time she left, the complaint states.
"FIDM had knowledge of this practice and affirmatively permitted and encouraged it to occur," the suit states.

FIDM was founded in Los Angeles in 1969 and was the first fashion college of its kind on the West Coast, according to the school's website.
The school has business relationships with such companies as Smashbox, Guess? Inc. and NBC Universal, while its advisory board includes Tim Gunn, Diane von Furstenberg, Emanuel Ungaro and Fred Segal, according to the FIDM website.

Along with its downtown Los Angeles campus, FIDM has schools in Irvine, San Diego and San Francisco.
-- City News Service

Ren's Wayback 1959 - 1960

Just to give you an ideal in what Town Ave. use to look like before building the underpass, this is looking north.

And in this picture your looking south, where this grain factory on the right is where Western U is today and where they built that huge parking structure on the northwest corner of Second St. and Town Ave.

Looking north again, you see that white building to your right. Well that's the newly restored Pomona Packing Plant on Commercial St., back then you were able to make a right on Commercial St. and then make your way over to Pomona High school. Back then Monterey St. ( Ave. ) never went all the way through it stopped at Palm Place. It wasn't till the mid 1960's that they made it go all the way through.

And this is what I remember my brother and I on his bike, me on the handle bars and heading down the underpass. We rattled our teeth all the way down. To the left is the Pomona Packing Plant and to your right is the grain factory, and today if you were to stand in the same place you would see that huge parking structure there in it's place that Western U built.

Ren's Wayback 1906

Co. D. leaving for San Francisco Apr. 1906 after the earthquake. Taken from second & Parcells St.

                                                   Ren's Note: Looking west toward Park Ave. to give you an ideal
                                                                       where your at. To the left the building with the white
                                                                       folded canopy, that is now M&M Electric.

In this day in History








One of the fun memories of many people’s childhood is eating caramel apples in the fall of the year.  It may have been at a fair, at a carnival, at a Halloween party or just at home with family and friends, but the memory is a good one and part of the fun was making them.
Each year on October 31, we celebrate caramel apples on National Caramel Apple Day.
  • Caramel apples (sometimes called taffy apples) are made by dipping apples, on a stick, in hot caramel.  
  • Caramel apples are sometimes sprinkled with nuts, chocolate or other confections. 
  • For caramel apples in high production, a sheet of caramel can be wrapped around the apple and then heated to melt the caramel evenly onto it.
  • The most commonly preferred apples used in making caramel apples are tart, crisp apples such as Granny Smith or Fuji apples.
  • Caramel apples are enjoyed by millions of people, young and old, across the nation.  
  • This holiday has been perfectly coordinated to coincide with Halloween as that is the post popular time that caramel apples are made and shared.  
National Caramel Apple Day, an “unofficial” national holiday is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.




Knock Knock
Who’s There?
National Who?
National Knock Knock Joke Day!
Annually celebrated on October 31, it is National Knock Knock Joke Day.  This holiday is for jokesters of all ages to share their knock knock jokes throughout the day. 
A little history of the Knock Knock Joke:
1929:  The game of Buff – A child with a stick thumps it on the ground using the following dialogue:
Knock Knock
Who’s There:
What says Buff:
Buff say Buff to all his men And I say Buff to you again.
1934:  The standard knock knock joke format was used in a newspaper humor column:
Knock Knock
Who’s There?
Rufus Who?
Rufus the most important part of your house.
1936:  Likely the beginning of popularity for knock knock jokes.
Knock knock jokes became a regular part of the Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in Show in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s. 
Children learn to tell knock knock jokes, as one of their first types of jokes, at a very young age. 
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Knock Knock Joke Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


As part of National Magic Week, National Magic Day is celebrated by magic lovers across America each year on October 31.
Magic is described as: “Performing art that entertains audiences  by staging tricks of creating illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats using natural means.”
The person performing such illusions is called a magician or an illusionist. 
Magical performances have more than likely been performed throughout history.  One of the most well known magicians was Harry Houdini.  Known for his *escapology, Houdini had developed a range of stage magic tricks and made full use of the range of conjuring techniques, including fake equipment and collusion with individuals in the audience.  His show business savvy was as great as his performance skills.  Scranton, Pennsylvania is home to the Houdini Museum.
* Escapology is the practice of escaping from restraints or other traps. 

There are many different types of magic performances which may fall into one of the falling categories:

Stage illusions – Parlor magic – Platform magic – Micromagic – Escapology – Pickpocket magic – Mentalism – Theatrical seances – Children’s magic –  Online magic tricks – Mathemagic - Corporate magic or trade show magicGospel magicStreet magic – Bizarre magic – Shock magic – Comedy magic


Our research found that National Magic Day, an “unofficial” national holiday is sponsored by the Society of American Magicians. In 1938, a Chicago member of the Society of American Magicians, sought official sanction for a “Houdini” day.  This day was sanctioned by Mrs. Houdini and October 31 was proclaimed National Magic Day in Harry Houdini’s memory.  
 Harry Houdini (March 24, 1974 – October 31, 1926)


Girl Scout Founders Day is celebrated each year on October 31.
Juliette Gordon Low, also known as “Daisy” who was born on October 31, 1860, was the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, along with the help of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting Movement.   In 1912, Low formed a Girl Guide troop in Savannah Georgia and in 1915, the Girl Guides became the Girl Scouts with Low becoming the first president.  She remained active with the Girl Scouts until the time of her death in 1927.   Low’s birthday, October 31, is celebrated by the Girl Scouts as “Founder’s Day”.

Attention Artists of all ages!

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Man Arrested for Allegedly Shooting at Sheriff's Deputies on 60 Freeway

The shooting investigation shut down all westbound lanes of the Pomona Freeway between Nogales Street and Azusa Avenue until about 3:45 a.m., according to the CHP.

A man who allegedly fired shots at sheriffs deputies on the Pomona (60) Freeway in Industry was in custody today, facing possible charges of attempted murder of a peace officer.
The 20-year-old man was alleged to have fired at deputies in a Los Angeles County sheriff's vehicle as the deputies were about to pull him over on the westbound Pomona Freeway around 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, before speeding away, sheriff's officials said.
Sgt. N. Gutierrez of the sheriff's Industry station said the suspect's vehicle, a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, was believed to have been in front of the sheriff's vehicle when the shots were fired.
The suspect's vehicle was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers in a transition lane from the southbound San Gabriel (605) Freeway to the Artesia (91) Freeway shortly after the shooting, she said.
The man, whose name was not released, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer, said Lt. R. Enriquez of the Industry Station.
The shooting investigation shut down all westbound lanes of the Pomona Freeway between Nogales Street and Azusa Avenue until about 3:45 a.m., according to the CHP.
By City News Service


Tonight's Full Closure of Santa Anita Ave between Colorado Blvd and Santa Clara St - Arcadia

Begin: Wednesday, October 30th - 10 p.m.
End: Thursday, October 31st - 6 a.m.

Starting tonight at 10 p.m., through early morning tomorrow, Santa Anita Ave between Colorado Blvd and Santa Clara St will be fully closed to thru-traffic to allow crews to remove the concrete barriers near the new bridge abutments and to temporarily repave the street.
During the street closure, detour routes will be in place and signage will be posted to guide motorists and pedestrians around the construction activity.
Please note that bus stops in this vicinity may be temporarily relocated. For questions about MTA bus stops, please call (323) GO-METRO (323-466-3876) or go to For questions about Foothill Transit bus stops, please call (800) RIDE-INFO (800-743-3463) or go to
Please note: The intersection of First Ave and Santa Clara St, Arcadia has re-opened temporarily to relieve anticipated traffic congestion during the Santa Anita Race Track's Breeders Cup event. The intersection will once again close on November 11, 2013 and remain closed through February 2014.

This Saturday - Full Nighttime Closure of Foothill Blvd between Vernon Ave and Orange Ave - Azusa
Begin: Saturday, November 2nd - 7 p.m.
End: Sunday, November 3rd - 7 a.m.
This Saturday, crews will continue work on the new bridges over Foothill Blvd. This will require a full nighttime closure of Foothill Blvd, at the railroad bridge, between Vernon Ave and Orange Ave.
During the closure, crews will shift the traffic lanes on Foothill Blvd to allow for continued bridge construction, which is expected to be completed in March 2014.
The sidewalk will remain accessible to pedestrians, and detour routes and signage will be in place to guide motorists around the street closure. 

For more information or to view other current construction notices, click here.

Filming of Politics of Love in Downtown Pomona


Pomona T.V. This was filmed in Pomona, so get the popcorn and enjoy

Ren's Wayback - Taking the FOX sign down to have it restored

Rancho Cucamonga thrift shop plans special holiday sale

The Thrift Shop of Assistance League of the Foothill Communities is “Puttin’ On the Glitz” in November, featuring holiday decor, festive clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories for adults and children.
For shoppers’ convenience there will be extended hours for this special event: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Nov. 7, 8 and 9.
The shop is at 8555 Archibald Ave., Rancho Cucamonga. Information: 909-484-7853.
Proceeds will support Assistance League philanthropic programs for families in need in Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland.

Castle Rock Elementary take part in annual Business Day

More than 100 Castle Rock Elementary second-grade students in Diamond Bar presented their unique homemade items for sale at the annual Business Day last week as part of learning the close relationship between consumers and producers.

They even created their own advertisements as they sold their products during the 50-minute sale.
This activity was the culmination of a unit on “All Consumers and Producers Across the World Depend on Each Other for the Exchange of Goods and Services.”
Each student was given green “Castle Rock Cash” to shop and buy products from one another.

For sale were homemade caramel apples, notepads, friendship bracelets, piggy banks, decorated pencils, paper airplanes and many others. Superintendent Robert Taylor and district staff also joined the supersale.

Arizona dust storm causes deadly chain-reaction crash

Diamond Bar to Host Annual Eco Expo Saturday

In celebration of America Recycles Day, the City of Diamond Bar is holding its annual Eco Expo on Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) parking lot.

The event is open to the public, and gives individuals the opportunity to obtain information about the City’s recycling programs; get rid of unwanted electronic waste, unwearable clothing and footwear and old textile products; have their confidential documents (two-box limit) shredded; and take home a batch of up to 80 pounds of mulch for their flowerbeds and gardens. 
As a reminder, only household electronic items (such as computers and monitors, TVs, VCRs, stereos, cameras, and video game equipment) will be accepted, and microwave ovens are subject to a $5 disposal fee. Bedding, curtains, and all shoes and clothing will be accepted no matter the condition.
Also, the mulch giveaway is self-serve so attendees should bring a shovel, gloves, and a container, and be prepared to load onto their vehicle. 
Please note that the event is open to the public; however participation in paper shredding and mulch collection requires proof of Diamond Bar residency (photo identification).
AQMD is located at 21865 Copley Drive in Diamond Bar. For more information, visit or call 909.839.7013.
The following news release is courtesy of the city of Diamond Bar.

Rowland Heights Man Among Four Arrested for Allegedly Helping a Suspected Rapist Avoid Capture

A Rowland Heights man was among two men and two women arrested by the El Monte police on suspicion of helping an 18-year-old gang member avoid capture and prosecution for allegedly raping a clerk at an convenience store, authorities said Wednesday.
The four alleged accomplices were identified as Charlene Godinez, 39, and John Godinez, 41, both of La Puente, Lisa Beserra, 45, of El Monte, and Mario Chavez, 43, of Rowland Heights, according to Sgt. R. Cobian of the El Monte Police Department.

Additional suspects are being sought, Cobian said.
Joseph Leo Amaya was due in court today but his arraignment was postponed until Nov. 13.
Amaya was charged with two counts of forcible rape and three counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object. The charges include an allegation that he kidnapped the victim, a 19-year-old college student, to commit those crimes.
Amaya allegedly approached the victim while she worked the night shift at the Peck Mini Mart at 4164 N. Peck Road. He left the store, but allegedly returned when the clerk was getting ready to close up.
Prosecutors allege that Amaya forced his way back in as the clerk tried to lock the doors. He allegedly barricaded the store's entrance doors and dragged the young woman to the back of the store, where he repeatedly sexually assaulted her, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Public tips and investigation by the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force and county Sheriff's and Probation departments led to Amaya's arrest Saturday in West Covina.
Police said he is a gang member with the initials of his gang tattooed on his right arm.
Amaya was jailed in lieu of $5 million bail. If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum sentence of 125 years to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.
By City News Service

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I was told that they will be closing their doors Dec 1

Ontario Art Walk for Nov. 16th



                               211-223 W. Emporia st., 119 W. Transit St., Ontario, California

Living History event: "Viet Nam"

WHAT: Open to the public, Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Event. The topic for the November 2 event is ‘Vietnam War', featuring the OE-1/L-19 Bird Dog and the OV-1 Mohawk. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans is featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. Both aircraft will be on display and the L-19 will perform a flight demonstration. At 12:00 noon, the Membership Sponsored raffle f...light will occur.

WHO: Distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans constitute the presentation panel. Stay tuned for announcement of special speakers. Kevin Thompson (POF Moderator and Aviation Historian) and Edward Maloney (Museum Founder & Curator, and Aviation Historian) moderate and join in the presentation.

WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10am–12 noon: Speaker program & flight demonstration. Museum doors open at 9:00am.

WHERE: Planes of Fame Air Museum, 7000 Merrill Avenue #17, Chino, CA 91710

WHY: It is the Mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and airshows in fulfillment of this mission.


Kool A.D. (of Das Racist), Magnus

Wed, October 30, 2013

7:00 pm

The Glass House

Pomona, CA


This event is all ages



Nov 07, 2013 - 10, 2013

49th Auto Club NHRA Finals

Location: Fairplex

The season concludes where it began with an event traditionally laced with drama. The historic racetrack typically enjoys seasonably cool ­temperatures that translate into perfect racing conditions and a spectacular, no-holds-barred battle for the prestigious NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. It’s a good bet that the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle world titles will still be in doubt at the beginning of the season’s final day.

2012 Recap: Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Jack Beckman (Funny Car) raced to their first NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world ­championships. Brown suffered a heartbreaking loss in the opening round and had to wait until Brandon Bernstein upset Tony Schumacher in a thrilling final round to be crowned the champion. Beckman learned his fate one round earlier when Ron Capps lost in front of him in the semifinal round. Cruz Pedregon won the Funny Car title and, like Bernstein, became the 10th different winner in his category in 2012. Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) clinched the title by qualifying and earned his seventh win of the year. Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also clinched during ­qualifying and later lost in the final round to teammate Andrew Hines.

For ticket information please call 800-884-NHRA or visit NHRAtix

Nov 06, 2013

04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Prolong Twilight Cruise

Location: Fairplex
All '72 and earlier rods, customs, classics, and muscle cars are invited to join us in the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum parking lot at Fairplex from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Featuring celebrity selectors and great raffle prizes the Prolong Twilight Cruise is an event car-lovers won't want to miss. Vehicles selected by our celebrities win the opportunity to parade down the Pomona Drag Strip on Sunday morning during the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in November.
Twilight Cruise admission is FREE and free admission to the Museum after 3 p.m. Food and beverages are available. It's a fun evening and a great chance to see some of the coolest cars in Southern California, so please join us.
All proceeds generated by the raffle go to support the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. Prolong Twilight Cruise is run by the Cal-Rods Car Club. PROLONG Super Lubricants is the proud Sponsor of the NHRA Twilight Cruise.
Parking is at Gate

Oct10, 2013 - Nov 02, 2013

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare

Location: Fairplex

Groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie will unleash his Great American Nightmare on Los Angeles this Halloween season. This bone-chilling experience will combine the most advanced haunted house attractions with a not-to-be-missed music festival from top artists in hard rock, alternative, EDM, and more, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 through November 2, 2013.
The fully immersive haunted house experience will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: Lords Of Salem Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. The shocking and sometimes frightening fright attractions will offer a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor that will make one scream with fright and laughter.   
It will also feature 15 nights of music from top national and regional artists in the indie/punk, EDM, metal, rock and Latin genres including Andrew WK, BL3ND, Blood On The Dance Floor, Dirtyloud, Dirtyphonics, Doctor P, Emilie Autumn, Evol Intent, Fei-Fei, Goldfinger, Heavygrinder, Kottonmouth Kings, Metalachi, One More Time, Ozomatli, Reel Big Fish, Terravita, The Used, Twiztid, William Control, Zomboy, and many more.

In addition to music, one special night will also feature the outrageous pro wrestling sensations Lucha Libre USA.

Tickets are available starting at only $30 beginning Saturday, June 29 online Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and midway activities. VIP packages will also be available for purchase.
6:30 - 11 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays
6:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays

District 2 Council Member Sought

The Pomona City Council has approved a process of appointing a new member to represent City Council District 2 as a result of the election of Freddie Rodriguez to State Assembly.
The City Council will accept applications until Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.  Selected candidates will be interviewed by the City Council (on a date to be determined) and an appointment will be made at the regular City Council meeting Monday, November 4, 2013.  Interested residents of City Council District 2 who are registered voters of the City are invited to apply.
For full information, please call the City Clerk's Office at (909) 620-2341 or come into City Hall, 505 S. Garey Avenue, Pomona.
Application Form

Two artists’ works on display at 2nd Story Art Gallery in San Dimas

The works of photographer Ray Green and artist Fred Chuang will be featured Nov. 8-9 and 15-16 in the 2nd Story Art Gallery in the Walker House, 121 N. San Dimas Ave.
The free showings are sponsored by the San Dimas Festival of the Arts each night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available on Friday nights.
Information: 909-599-5374 or



                         NATIONAL CANDY CORN DAY

***Candy, Candy, Candy!***
Today is the perfect day to pre-game for Halloween, because it’s National Candy Corn Day!  National Candy Corn Day is celebrated annually on October 30th.
Candy Corn was created by George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company in the late 1800′s. He created this sweet treat to represent the pretty colors of kernels of corn.   Originally, Candy Corn was yellow, orange, and white, but has become popular in other colors as well, when produced for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.
This confection was originally  made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, Fondant, and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree), but it is now produced using machines.  The originally ingredients are still used in the recipe.
Whether you are adventurous and want to go whip up a batch, or simple and want to go purchase a bag, go get yourself some Candy Corn and EAT, EAT, EAT!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Puente Hills Landfill Set to Close Thursday

The 700-acre landfill, opened in 1957 as the San Gabriel Dump, is the largest landfill in the nation.

The largest landfill in the country -- a 700-acre, 450-foot high mountain of trash visible from the Pomona (60) Freeway -- is set to close Thursday.
"We don't need to make mountains out of waste anymore," Patricia Castellanos, director of Don't Waste LA, a coalition advocating for zero waste.
Solid Waste technology come a long way in the decades since the Puente Hills landfill opened in 1957 as the San Gabriel Valley Dump. It was bought by the county in 1970.

"The closure ends an era of cost-effective and environmentally sound landfilling operations at the facility, which has been a model for landfills across the country," said Grace Robinson Chan, chief engineer and general manager for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino -- he sits on the board of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County that runs the landfill -- said practices had been developed to cut down on solid waste.
"Now it's time to move towards a better system that maximizes recycling and diverts waste away from landfills altogether," he said.

Residents in single-family homes already recycle 70 percent of waste, he said.
"We have the technology and ability to redesign our waste system into a recycling economy, move toward zero waste, and create jobs as we do so," Castellanos said.
The site will now be covered with earth and turned into a regional park. A recycling operation will remain, but solid waste that comes to the Puente Hills transfer station will be diverted to Orange County, according to a department spokeswoman.

Trash haulers are encouraged to use one of the county's five other facilities.
Environmentalists called the closure an important milestone.
"The methane released to the atmosphere and the toxic water leached into groundwater and streams from organic waste will impact our environment for decades, even for the best-run landfill," said George Watland of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter.

"The closure of Puente Hills is good for our health, our economy and our pocketbooks," said Linda Escalante, a policy advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
By City News Service



                NATIONAL OATMEAL DAY

One of America’s favorite breakfast foods is celebrated each year on October 29 as it is National Oatmeal Day.  
There are many health benefits to eating oatmeal.
  • A bowl of oatmeal daily can lower cholesterol
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease
  • May reduce your risk for cancer (according to the American Cancer Society, eating a diet high in fiber may help reduce your risk for caner)
  • Low in fat
  • Low in calories
  • Good source iron and fiber
Some of the favorite oatmeal toppings include: brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, nuts, granola and etc.
Oatmeal has a long tradition in the state of Vermont which originated with the Scottish settlement in the state.  Although there were many variations, most of the oatmeal recipes began with steel cut oats.  The oats were soaked overnight in cold water, salt and maple syrup.  Early the next morning, the cook added ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon and if desired, ground ginger.  The pot was then placed over heat and cooked for approximately 90 minutes and then they were served with cream, milk or butter.
Vermont leads the United States in per capita consumption of cooked oatmeal cereal. 
The Quaker Man is one of the oldest advertising mascots in America.  He was registered by the Quaker Oats company as the first trademark for a breakfast cereal in 1877.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Oatmeal Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

                     NATIONAL CAT DAY

National Cat Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, is celebrated each year on October 29.  This day is a holiday that is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation and was created by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige in 2005.   Since its inception, it has helped save the lives of more than one million cats.
National Cat Day was founded to help the public recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued and to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat/cats in their lives for the unconditional love and companionship that they bestow upon them.
Happy National Cat Day.
For more information, see


                  NATIONAL HERMIT DAY 
Annually celebrated on October 29, it is National Hermit Day.
Today is a day to take some time to spend alone.  It is time to step away from the hustle and bustle of your every day life and retreat to someplace quiet.
The word hermit comes from the Latin ĕrēmīta, meaning ”of the desert”.

hermit is a person who lives, to some degree, in seclusion from society.

To celebrate National Hermit Day, find a secluded place to go today and:
  • Turn off your phone
  • Turn off your computer
  • Let your worries be free
  • Rest and relax
  • Enjoy your quiet time
  • Read, write or draw
  • Short Nap

Halloween event in Chino Spectrum

The city and the Chino Spectrum Marketplace and Towne Center will host a special Halloween event from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.
The event will include game, trick or treating, giveaways, live music, a costume contest, art projects and more. The first 1,000 kids will receive a free Halloween bag at the carnival entrance, 4036 Grand Ave., Chino.

St. Anthony site of Sunday blood drive

St. Anthony Catholic Church, 2110 N. San Antonio Ave., will be the site of a LifeStream community blood drive on Sunday.
The drive will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis.
Information: 800-TRY GIVING.

La Verne Alternative Gift Faire planned Sunday

La Verne Church of the Brethren offers other options for holiday gift-giving at its annual Alternative Gift Faire on Sunday.
The 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. faire at the church on the corner of Bonita Avenue and E Street, does not feature the latest video games and toys. The gifts there revolve around humanitarian projects which improve families’ economics, provide sustenance and shelter to the needy and assure artisans fair prices for their products and creative works, according to the Rev. Susan Boyer, pastor.

Gifts include buying a flock of chickens, a goat or a cow from Heifer International to help nourish Third World children, send them to school and keep them healthy; supporting the world’s working poor by buying their Fair Trade items and handicrafts and purchasing supplies to build an affordable Habitat for Humanity home for low-income families.
The church youth group will sponsor the faire’s luncheon to raise money for its holiday programs for low-income families and the homeless. Information: 909-593-1364.

St. Lucy’s plans holiday boutique

“Home for the Holidays” Christmas boutique will be held Sunday at St. Lucy’s Priory High School, 655 W. Sierra Madre Ave., Glendora.
The boutique will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be food and holiday goodies for sale as well as plants, specialty dolls,decor accessories and gifts. Santa will be on hand for photos.