Applicants sought for commissions, committees

The city of Claremont is looking for applications for four different committees and commissions, according to a city news release:

- The Claremont Hills Conservative Committee, which gives oversight over the Sustainable City Plan through recommending the timing and scope of future Plan updates and reviewing annual grade cards.

- Claremont Hills Conservation Corporation, which holds a power of termination for public hillside open space purposes of the 1,225 acres of undeveloped hillside land to Claremont for hillside parkland purposes and other issues.

- Tri-City Mental Health Center Governing Board, the principal metal health service source for Claremont, Pomona and La Verne, where applications will want to ensure the system of care, participate in ongoing training and education and provide oversight and leadership to the agency and mental health system in the three cities among other issues.

- Traffic and Transportation Commission that reviews and recommends issues to promote a safe environment while traveling in the city to enhance residents quality of life among other issues.

Those interested in being considered for appointment should file an application with the city clerk by Nov. 22.

Applications are available in the city clerk's office from 7 a.


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m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 207 Harvard Ave. They're also available on the city's website at www.ci.claremont.ca.us or at 909-399-5461 or 909-399-5643.

Turkey Trot 5k run,, walk set on Nov. 22

The Claremont Sunrise Rotary's annual Turkey Trot 5k run and walk will take place Nov. 22.

Registration is at 6 a.m. while the kids 1k fun run starts at 7:30 a.m. The 5k run and walk is at 8 a.m.

Those interested can register online at www.ClaremontSunriseRotary.org.

Pre-registration is $30 for adults while pre-registration for ages 12 and under is $15.

Adults race day registration is $35 and ages 12 and under is $20.

There is also a group rate, for 10 or more, with a savings of $5 per runner.

Medals will be awarded to the first three participants in each division and all children ages 12 and under who participate in the 1k run.

Complete divisions are: 10 and under; 11 to 14; 15 to 19; 20 to 24; 25 to 29; 30 to 34; 35 to 39; 40 to 44; 45 to 49; 50 to 54; 55 to 59; 60 to 64; 65 to 69; 70 to 74; 75 to 79; 80 and up.

The proceeds held fund Claremont youth sports and scholarships.

Bib pickup is available from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St.

For more information, contact the rotary race director Doug Thompson at 909-621-7718 or rotaryturkeytrot@yahoo.com

Metrolink Holiday Toy Express event Sunday

The 16th anniversary of Holiday Toy Express is scheduled to stop in Claremont Sunday night.

The ABC7 firefighters' Spark of Love Toy Drive will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St.

Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for ABC7 and Southland firefighters for the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

The Metrolink train starts its weekend journey at 5 p.m. Saturday in San Bernardino before headed to Rialto (at 6 p.m.), Fontana (at 7:15 p.m.) and Rancho Cucamonga (8 p.m.).

On Sunday, the train stops at 5 p.m. in Montclair, before headed to Upland (at 5:45 p.m.) then Claremont.

For more information, contact metrolinktrains.com or 800-371-5465.

Botanic Garden Acorn festival this weekend

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Acorn festival will celebrate California native plants with Native American tribal leaders, dancers, singers and artisans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

There is also a native arts marketplace, activities and crafts, according to a news release. 

The Santa Ana Botanic Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave.

The botanic garden, according to its website, is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California's native plants and was founded in 1927 by Susanna Bixby Bryant.

Admission is $8 adults; $6 seniors and students; $4 for youths age 3 to 12 and free for garden members.

A gift from the Witherbee Family Trust sponsors the festival in part.

For more information, contact 909-625-8767 or www.rsabg.org.

Open mic event features Harris, poets Nov. 25

Poet and licensed family and marriage therapist Cindy Bousquet Harris will read her poetry as part of an open mic event Nov. 25 at the Claremont Public Library.

The event takes place at 2 p.m., and any poets are invited to bring two poems or two pages of work to share with a signup at 1:50 p.m.

Harris' work has appeared online and in print journals including "The San Diego Poetry Annual," "In the Mist" and "Spectrum."

She also lives in Redlands and has been a presenter for the Chaparral Poets' annual convention.

The first poets to sign up will be the first heard.

All poets, abilities and ages are welcome.

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