Monday, April 21, 2014

This and That Along the Avenue

            Help Glendora Schools

            The Glendora Education Foundation's annual Food for Thought fundraiser gala is next Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. at 950 N. Silent Ranch Drive in Glendora. There is still time for you to purchase tickets to what is sure to be a great night benefiting our Glendora students.
           
            The event includes dinner and drinks with live and silent auctions and entertainment provided by GUSD students Tickets are only $75 and patron opportunities are available. Visit the website today to buy your tickets and view our Patron Opportunities: http://glendoraedfoundation.org/food-for-thought/


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            We know who was as busy as the Easter Bunny this weekend. That’s Dalel Snider, owner of Glendora Florist.

            She and her designers and drivers were busy delivery beautiful floral arrangements to decorate many homes yesterday, including these beauties:

 


Go Pink!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Keener Music Studio Students Present Recital

            Everyone is invited to enjoy a recital by students of the Keener Music Studio on Monday, April 28, and Tuesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at Glenkirk Church, 1700 Palopinto, Glendora, CA 91741.

            The Voice, Guitar, Ukulele & Piano Recital features performances by students of all ages.
Students from the Keener Music Studio will perform a recital on
April 28 and 29 at Glenkirk Church in Glendora.

            Tickets are $7 at the door. Contact Kristina Keener Ivy for more information by calling (626) 675-4439 or by writing to Kristina_keener@hotmail.com.

Nikki Vitale named 'Woman of Distinction' 

            Nikki Vitale, owner of Fiorina in Glendora Village, was among 16 women honored by Congresswoman Judy Chu on Saturday as “Women of Distinction.”

            Vitale and the others were honored for “exemplary contributions to the community” at an event at the Sierra Madre Community Center.






Friday, April 11, 2014

Enjoy Art Along the Avenue at 2014 Chalk Festival Tomorrow

            Eighty artists will take over The Avenue tomorrow (rain date next Saturday, April 19) during the 2014 Chalk Festival.

            The sidewalks between along Glendora Avenue from Foothill Boulevard to Bennett Avenue will become canvasses for the artworks created by artists of all ages.

            Artists compete in three age divisions: Juniors (10-13 years), Students (14-17 years), and Adults (18+ years). More than $500 in cash prizes will be awarded:  Best of Show $100, Crowd Favorite $100, best 3D Design $100. There will be two winners in each division:  $75 adult winners, $50 student winners, $25 junior winners.

            You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy the festival. You can even vote for the “Crowd Favorite” winner.

2013 Chalk Festival Best in Show


            The popular Children’s Chalk Garden in the parking lot adjacent to Southland Properties gives little ones a chance participate as artists to try their hand drawing with chalk on 2-foot by 2-foot squares for 50 cents for a small bag of chalk.


            For the first time, there will be a Community Canvas with the theme “Everything Glendorable” will be featured for $1 a square. The Featured Artists Arena in the Village Plaza will include free face painting and a balloon artist, a caricature artist for $5 per portrait, painter Lucienda Chalmers, handmade cigar box musical instruments creator Richard Briggs and handmade ceramic bowls by Celia Hurera.

            There will be stand-up wooden cutout props for photo opps all along Glendora Avenue and musical entertainment will be performed by students of SING INC and the Keener Music Studio.


            The 2014 Chalk Festival is sponsored by the Glendora Village Business Improvement District. For more information, visit www.villageglendora.com.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Need Easter Treats? Head to Martha’s Candy!

        You can bet the Easter Bunny would like to visit Martha’s Candy for treats to fill baskets.

           

        There’s so much to choose from:

·        Speckled malted Easter Eggs
·         Shimmer Pastel Jordan Almonds
·        Easter Jordan Almonds
·        Spring Mix Jelly Belly
·        Hard to find solid chocolate Easter Bunnies in both milk and dark chocolate
·        Bunny and Egg Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats
·        Bunny Korn
·        Candy Kabobs
·        Already filled Easter Buckets and Baskets
·        Chocolate-covered  Marshmallow Eggs
·        Sugar-free choices too!
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            Martha’s Candy also has a great deal on Tuesdays – Two Scoop Tuesday – when you can enjoy two scoops of everyone’s favorite Thrifty’s ice cream for the price of one scoop. So when temperatures rise tomorrow, drop by Martha’s to cool off!

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            The Village Eatery hosts another of its popular Murder Mystery Dinners next Saturday and Sunday.

            The Renaissance Murder Mystery Players present “Karaoke Kills Me!” by Rose Ellen Jacobson, where it’s a contest just to stay alive.


            The dinner theater presentations will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person, and place your reservation by calling the restaurant at (626) 852-1777.

Friday, April 4, 2014

This and That Along The Avenue of Glendora Village

            

            It’s not too late to RSVP for INSPIRE 2014 tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at Azusa Pacific University’s Wilden Auditorium. INSPIRE is sponsored by APU and The ARDENT Group.

            Admission is free.

            Health talks will be given by Dr. Karen Westermoe, Spin 360 and Visiting Angels. A fashion show will be provided by Fiorina, Luxe Salon, Da Avere and Village Goldsmith. Floral arrangements are provided by Glendora Florist and entertainment by Sing Inc.

            Raffle Tickets will be available for purchase to support WINGS, an organization that provides a continuum of integrated services in an effort to end domestic violence and homelessness one family at a time.


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            As you shop in the Village tomorrow, be sure to check out Knot Too Shabby’s Bazaar at the corner of Bennett Avenue and Glendora Avenue. Owner Michele Rivard has had plenty of vendors apply to sell their wares Saturday, she said.

            “It is truly amazing how much talent and creativity is within arm’s reach of our own little store. Not to mention, that the notion of ‘shabby chic’ and ‘vintage’ is such a broad category that encompasses anything from re-purposed home furnishings to jewelry ... and, we're going to have a little bit of everything represented!” she explained.

            Other Bazaars will be held the first Saturday in May and June – May 3 and June 7. Those who enjoy painting furniture or creating shabby chic style crafts can showcase their works, earn a little money and give some purpose to their hobbies.

            For more information, call Michele at (626) 914-1600.
        
         



Monday, March 31, 2014

More Fun Added to Glendora Village’s Chalk Festival, April 12

           So far, about 75 artists of all ages will be showing their talents on the sidewalks of Glendora Village during its annual Chalk Festival on Saturday, April 12 (rain date April 19).

            The eighth annual Chalk Festival is sponsored by the Glendora Village Business Improvement District.

            Artists will compete in three age divisions: Juniors (10-13 years), $10 entry fee; Students (14-17 years), $10 fee; Adults (18+ years), $20 fee. Team participation is limited to two individuals per exhibit.

Best Color -- Adult Division, 2013

            Registration forms are available at Village Goldsmith, 158 N. Glendora Ave., Glendora, CA 91741, along with registration fees.

           More than $500 in cash prizes will be awarded:  Best of Show $100, Crowd Favorite $100, best 3D Design $100. There will be two winners in each division:  $75 adult winners, $50 student winners, $25 junior winners.

            Square sponsors at $30 per square are being sought; call Quenya Pollokoff at (626) 201-3032 for information.

            The popular Children’s Chalk Garden returns to the parking lot adjacent to Southland Properties. This is an opportunity for little ones who are too young to participate as an actual artist to try their hand drawing with chalk on 2-foot by 2-foot squares for 50 cents for a small bag of chalk.


            For the first time, there will be a Community Canvas with the theme “Everything Glendorable” will be featured for $1 a square. Featured Artists Arena in the Village Plaza will include free face painting and a balloon artist, a caricature artist for $5 per portrait, painter Lucienda Chalmers, handmade cigar box musical instruments creator Richard Briggs and handmade ceramic bowls by Celia Hurera.

            Families can take photos at wooden stand-up scenes along the Avenue. Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the day by performers from the Keener Music Studio and Sing Inc.

            For more information, contact Elaina Phillips at Village Goldsmith, (626) 335-2723, or Annette Nemeth at Glendora Interiors, (626) 335-7229.

         For more information, visit www.villageglendora.com.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Comes to The Avenue of Glendora Village

            Spring became official and merchants along the Avenue are already getting ready.

             Andrews Inc. clothing store wants you to refresh your wardrobe with a couple events.
            First, through Sunday, make a $100 purchase of Brighton items and receive the “Brighton Raindrops and Darling Dots” umbrella for free.

            Also Andrews is offering two opportunities to customize your wardrobe:




            Last but not least, you can always tell what holiday is coming up by how Glendora Florist owner Dalel Snider has the store windows decorated, whether its hearts for Valentine’s Day or big wreaths for Christmas. Here’s the Easter 2014 edition:




Monday, March 24, 2014

St. Baldrick’s Day – When Going Bald is a Good Thing

            Bobbi Pins Salon hosted its St. Baldrick’s Day cutathon last Monday to raise funds to fight childhood cancers.

            Manager Kasey Lane opened the salon on a Monday, when it’s usually closed, to host the event.

            Seven people, ages 25-60, had their heads shaved for this good cause. Between their donations and others, the BobbiPins crew (pictured below) raised $1,050.

 


            St. Baldrick’s Day started in 2000 at Jim Brady’s Pub in New York City on St. Patrick’s Day. The goal to raise $17,000 by shaving 17 heads turned out to raise $109,000 (with 19 people having their heads shaved).


            In 2012, the milestone $100 million in childhood cancers research grants was reached.

             You don't have to wait until next St. Baldrick's Day to donate to the cause. For more information about the St. Baldrick's Day Foundation at www.stbaldricks.org.



Friday, March 21, 2014

Empty Bowls Benefit Continued Fight Against Hunger

             “Glendora merchants have a big heart,” said Lynn Hendricks, who has organized the Empty Bowls fundraiser to fight hunger for 11 years.

            This year, $4,200 was raised at the Soup Supper Benefit last Friday at First Christian Church. 

              The giving didn’t stop that night. Bowls continue to be purchased by contacting the church at FirstChristianGlendora@verizon.net or calling (626) 335-2240.  The Art Center is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays so people can purchase bowls through the end of this month.

            Donations are also accepted throughout the year for the project at First Christian Church, 300 N. Glendora Ave., P.O. Box 698, Glendora, CA 91740.

            The purchase of one bowl provides 25 meals for a family of four. Funds raised help buy groceries from Shepherd’s Pantry or families, meals at the Cold Weather Shelter or emergency food vouchers for families in need.

            More than 100 potters contributed bowls. “Our champion bowl providers are the students and alumni of Professor Michael Hillman at Citrus College, students and instructors at the Tri Community Adult Education program a.k.a. Pioneer Potters, and retired Glendora police officer Alan Wadham,” Lynn said.

            “Our Souper Donors! These are the restaurants who provided soup: Frisella’s, T. Phillips, Kara’s Corner, Ed’s Place, Village Kitchen Shoppe, Village Vault, Sushi & I, The Eatery, Domenico’s Jr., Lucca Bella, The Continental, Chili’s, Sergio’s,” she added.

            Other businesses that contributed to making the event a success were the Azusa Pacific Bakery located on Foothill Boulevard that donated bread, Southland Properties providing bottled water, Cake Mamas providing cup cakes for the volunteers and Classic Coffee providing coupons for a free coffee for the participants that evening.
 
            Make plans to support the project by purchasing a handmade ceramic cup at Classic Coffee, Nov. 14, from 5 - 7 p.m.




Monday, March 17, 2014

Go Bald and Help Fight Childhood Cancers Today, St. Baldrick’s Day

        Even though today is technically St. Patrick's Day, BobbiPins Salon in Glendora Village is celebrating another saint by hosting its annual St. Baldrick's event today, March 17, to raise funds for research to end children’s cancer. 

        Anyone can come in and get involved by having their head shaved to raise funds or drop by to donate to the cause.

         The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.  
         
         BobbiPins is located at 201 N. Glendora Ave. # 300, in Glendora Village.  For more information, call (626) 914-4709.

Get INSPIRE-d on April 5

        INSPIRE 2014, A Journey to Health and Happiness for women, is sponsored by Azusa Pacific University and the ARDENT Group. The free event takes place Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m-noon at APU’s Wilden Atrium.

        Enjoy healthy living discussions by ARDENT members Tina Schneider of Spin 360, Dr. Karen Westermoe, and Lindsey Rehfeld of Visiting Angels.

        There will be a discussion on the benefits of happy living and how giving back contributes to health and happiness. WINGS, Women In Need Growing Strong, who provide services for battered woman will be the main focus of giving back to the community.

        A fashion show will be held featuring ARDENT businesses Fiorina, Da Avere, Luxe Salon and Glendora Village Goldsmith.

        Proceeds from drawings and donations from INSPIRE will benefit the WINGS organization.

        For more information and to RSVP for INSPIRE join the Facebook event page or email thardentgroupinspire@gmail.com or visit www.ardentgroupinfo.com. 





Friday, March 14, 2014

Chalk Festival Organizers Invite Artists to Participate April 12

            Artists of all ages are invited to show their talents on the sidewalks of Glendora Village during its annual Chalk Festival on Saturday, April 12 (rain date April 19).

            The eighth annual Chalk Festival is sponsored by the Glendora Village Business Improvement District.

Best 3-D winner at 2013 Chalk Festival

            Artists compete in three age divisions: Juniors (10-13 years), $10 entry fee; Students (14-17 years), $10 fee; Adults (18+ years), $20 fee. Team participation is limited to two individuals per exhibit.

            Registration forms will be available at Village Goldsmith, 158 N Glendora Ave, Glendora, CA 91741, along with registration fees.

            Space is limited, so artists should sign up as soon as possible for this in-demand showcase.

            More than $500 in cash prizes will be awarded :  Best of Show $100, Crowd Favorite $100, best 3D Design $100. There will be two winners in each division:  $75 adult winners, $50 student winners, $25 junior winners.

            Square sponsors at $30 per square are being sought; call Quenya Pollokoff at (626) 201-3032 for information.

            The popular Children’s Chalk Garden returns to the parking lot adjacent to Southland Properties. This is an opportunity for little ones who are too young to participate as an actual artist to try their hand drawing with chalk on 2-foot by 2-foot squares for 50 cents for a small bag of chalk.

            For the first time, there will be a Community Canvas on The Avenue and a Featured Artists Arena in the Village Plaza.

            For more information contact Elaina Phillips at Village Goldsmith, (626) 335-2723, or Annette Nemeth at Glendora Interiors, (626) 335-7229.


         For more information, visit www.villageglendora.com.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Glendora Chamber of Commerce Offers Scholarships

           The Glendora Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2014 Scholarship program.

            Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded (or divided) at the committee’s discretion.
 
            Applications are due May 2, 2014, and it’s is suggested that students start early to complete the process.
            Scholarship criteria:
·        The candidates will have expressed intent to follow a business curriculum at an accredited two or four-year college/university.

·        Candidates will have minimum 3.5 non-weighted GPA.

·        Candidates will have demonstrated a leadership role in student government, team or individual sports, band, pep squad, community, church or other extra-curricular activity.

·        Candidates must reside in Glendora. 

            These scholarships will be awarded on a merit basis. All funds will be directed to the institution’s financial aid office or office of the registrar in the candidate’s name. 

            Finalists must be available for interviews in early May. Family members of the scholarship committee shall be ineligible to apply for this award.
            All applications must be submitted by May 2 to Glendora Chamber of Commerce, 224 N. Glendora Ave., Glendora, CA 91741. For more information, visit www.glendora-chamber.org or call (626) 963-4128.
            Applications are available online here.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Keener Music Studio Sets 'Disney's Beauty & the Beast Jr.' Auditions for March 30

            Keener Music Studio and Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy are holding auditions for their fifth main stage production, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.” on Sunday, March 30 from 1-4 p.m. with callbacks for leads and principals at 6 p.m. at Jazzercize, 167 N. Glendora Ave., Glendora, CA 91740.

            Performers 4 through 18 years old are invited to audition (performers older than 18 are by Director’s invitation only).

            Those doing auditions should wear dance attire and bring 16 bars of Broadway sheet music to sing (including songs from the show). An accompanist will be provided.
            Performers who do not want a vocal solo or lead role need only sign-up at 1 p.m. and do not have to audition.
            Rehearsals start April 5 and will generally be Fridays 6-9 p.m., Saturday 2-6 p.m., and Sundays 1-5 p.m. in Covina. Not every cast member will be called for every rehearsal.
             “Every performer that auditions is guaranteed a role; we are a ‘no cuts’ performing arts group, and we try to feature each performer as a soloist if possible,”  said Kristina Keener Ivy, who will be directing and producing the show Choreographer will be Jamie McMahon.  
            “Additionally, there is no cost to participate as long as the students perform in our Disney-themed fundraiser on May 10 and 11 at Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center, sell five $15 tickets to the Disney Fundraiser, ten $20 tickets to ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and sell $100 worth of program advertisements,” Keener added. “We do offer family discounts and scholarships.” For more details, see the website.
            There will be four performances of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at the Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center July 18-20, 2014.
            For more information, call Kristina Keener (626) 675-4439 or visit www.topbillingent.org or send an email to topbillingentertainment@yahoo.com.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Executive Women International Announce Scholarships

            Glendora Florist owner Dalel Snider is president of Executive Women International (EWI®) Pomona Valley Chapter, and she's sharing some news about scholarships the group is offering.

            The professional business organization brings together individuals from diverse businesses to promote member firms, enhance personal and professional developments and encourage community involvement.  EWI has chapters in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
            One way EWI encourages community involvement, Dalel explained, is offering assistance to adults in the Inland Empire community who are in transitional situations and need financial aid to further their education in their career pursuit. 
            EWI Pomona Valley is offering scholarships through its Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Program.  Applications are now being accepted through March 15.
            Candidates must meet this criteria:
           
              show financial need
            •              be socially, physically and economically disadvantaged adults
            •              be heads of households with small children
            •              be displaced homemakers
            Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
                     utilize personal assessment and/or re-entry programs available through colleges, community agencies, service groups, or career professionals
            •         clearly define career goals and objectives
            •         specify the educational requirements to attain above goals and objectives
Contact Jaenene Maldonado (jrconsult@verizon.net) for application information.
 The recipients may select the career path of choice, and any assistance received is an award, not requiring repayment.  Awards will be distributed to educational providers by the EWI Pomona Valley Chapter.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Storm Clouds? Enjoy the Retail Sunshine of Sunny Days in Glendora Village

        With storm clouds overhead this weekend, how about a dose of Sunny Days in Glendora Village?


          The clothing and accessories boutique guarantees retail sunshine when you need it.

          Owner Deanna Frieze opened Sunny Days in the Village about two years, adding to six other stores she has in Claremont, Orange, San Clemente, Balboa Island and Laguna Beach.

          Frieze says she loves “charming older downtowns” just like Glendora Village. 

           “Glendora is a small tucked away town while my other locations are in tourist towns. The customer in Glendora lives down the street while our other locations your customer is ever changing. We loved the small town connection we felt in Glendora,” she said.

          Decorated with vintage furnishings to make the store “just like home,” Frieze offers a wide selection of clothing and accessory lines, including TOMS, Frye Boots, and Fitflop shoe brands, and clothing from Allen Allen, Fresh Produce, CP Shades, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, among several others.

          She just added Alex and Ani jewelry. “The bangles are a ‘must’ item for all age groups,” she said. “When choosing lines we try to find clothing that fits our laid-back California lifestyle. Our gal wants to be comfy yet still stylish and cute.”

          Sunny Days’ Glendora team includes Patti, Kathy, Macy and Diane. Success “is all about the people you surround yourself with. I am fortunate enough to have a great team that allows me to run seven stores,” Deanna said.

          “Our goal is for customers to walk away feeling confident and happy. Our job is to build a lasting relationship with our customers and to make them feel at home while finding their wardrobe ‘must haves,’” she added.



          Sunny Days is located at 133 N. Glendora Ave. For more information, call (626) 852-6800.