Posts Tagged ‘Claremont’

Best Mother’s Day Present Ever

Sunday, May 6th, 2012


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Mom. She does so much for everyone else. Isn’t it time she took care of herself for a change?

 

Fourteen years ago I became a mother in April, and for my first Mother’s Day in May I asked for a membership in an all-women’s gym. I worked full-time. My baby kept me up all night. I was a walking zombie most of the time. I was not sure I would have the time or energy to actually go to a gym. But I needed Me Time. We got a three-month membership to The Spa, Fitness for Women in Upland just to try it out.

What a Godsend the Spa became! When I stepped through the doors I left the hectic world behind. When those doors shut last year due to financial problems, I was devastated, as were hundreds of other ladies who had been going there for years. Some of us started a Facebook Page to connect. We were thrilled when we learned that a former owner was taking back the facility and was going to renew the place and open it up as Shirlee’s Fitness Club for Women.

Workers have been busy for four months improving the place inside and out, and Shirlee’s will be opening soon. The wait has been excruciating for many of us, as we want our exercise oasis back! (You can see pictures of the new Shirlee’s on Shirlee’s FB page.)

My baby girl turned 14 in April, and is now old enough to join the gym herself. When Shirlee’s opens, (hopefully soon), she, too, will be a member. High school brings overwhelming stress for girls her age: grades, extracurricular activities, and social life in the age of FB, for example. I am hoping that Shirlee’s become an oasis for her as well—a place where she can relax, recharge, and be inspired by women of all ages, shapes, and sizes supporting each other.

If you know of a mom who needs some Me Time, let her know about Shirlee’s. Maybe she can ask for a Shirlee’s membership for Mother’s Day.

 

 

Spa for Women Shuts Doors . . . Now What?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011


Totally Bummed

When the Spa for Women in Upland, CA, shut its doors unexpectedly last week, many of us members were shocked and devastated. Where do we go now? Although the gym on Foothill near Mountain was not the classiest place, it offered the basics at a reasonable price and fellow members and staff felt like family. Many women have been going to the gym for decades.

Talking to fellow members I hear words of grief. “Devastated.” So Upset.” “Don’t know what I am going to do.” So bummed” “Mad.” “Lost” “That place was perfect for me . . . now what am I gonna do?”

The best thing about the Spa was the people. The instructors: all competent, friendly, and caring. The members: all down-to-earth women. You could go to the gym in your sweats without putting your make-up on and it was all good. I was there 13 years.

So now I am looking for a gym with yoga, step, Zumba, weights, and a pool that is close, affordable and has a clientele that makes me comfortable. I need a gym in Claremont or Upland or someplace close . . . too far and I will end up not going.

Looking on Yelp at reviews and it is not encouraging.

Many of us are wondering why the owner did not at the least try to arrange a discount at another gym for us. After all, most of us paid for multiple-year gym memberships, and now it looks like we are just out the money. I had 6 years left on mine.

With no FB page or email list, we are all just left to find a new gym home on our own. If you were a Spa member, please let me know what your plans are. Leave a comment below. I also started a Facebook group Bummed About the Spa for Women in Upland Closing in the hopes of reaching out to others in my situation. Maybe if we trade notes we can help each other find new gyms that work for each of us. Join it by going to Bummed about Spa for Women in Upland Closing Group.

Please pass the word along. Thank you.

If you want to contact me directly: email kim at creativezazz.com

 

By the way:  there is a great new daily deal site just for the Inland Empire.  Local company that just started up and they need members. Check it out.

Chaparral Roadrunner T-Shirts

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009


Roadrunners Rock

Need to add some spice to school spirit day on Friday? Check out creativezazz Chaparral Roadrunner t-shirts. Fun, colorful, retro style t-shirts featuring a roadrunner. A percentage of profits will be donated back to Chaparral Elementary in Claremont, CA. I’m putting the designs on bags, mugs and other items as well.

Let me know if you have other ideas you want me to work on to help support our school.

I have designs up at my Zazzle shop. Zazzle sometimes has coupon codes, so do a Google search or Twitter search using “Zazzle” and “Coupon Code” before ordering. I put up codes on the creativezazz twitter account when I hear of them.

Chaparral Roadrunner shirt
Chaparral Roadrunner by creativezazz
Need to find more roadrunner theme gifts?
Check out the rotating Amazon link at top of post or links below:
Decorated Mouse Pad with greater, roadrunner, bird
Animals Ch-2590 : Roadrunner Charm
Vintage Looney Tunes Wile E. Coyote Authentic WB Roadrunner Acme Cartoon Ringer T-Shirt
Greater Roadrunner – Audubon Plush Bird (Authentic Bird Sound)

USYVL Volleyball in Claremont CA

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009


USYVL Volleyball Claremont Spring 2010

US Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) is now accepting registration for spring season.  Claremont plays Tues 6-7 pm and Sat 9-10 am starting April 13.  Blaisdell Park. Registration is now until March 15.  Register at USYVL.org.

Girls & Boys 8-week Volleyball League

When: Tues 6-7, Sat 9-10

Where: Claremont at Blaisdell Park

Starting: April 13, 2010

Cost: $140
Ages: 7-15 with three age divisions (7-9, 10-12, 12-15)

For more information please visit USYVL.org.

Ice Skating as a Summer Sport in Claremont

Friday, June 5th, 2009


Cool off on the Ice this Summer

In some parts of the country, ice skating is a seasonal sport. Skaters wipe off their blades and put away their gear when spring melts the snow.  But here is So Cal, figure skating and hockey are both year-round.

In my hometown of Claremont, CA, we have two nearby ice rinks. Both are in Ontario. But don’t get them confused. Each has its own feel.  One is more than four decades old, while the other is only a few years old.

When the weather gets hot, call some friends and check out one of these rinks.

Both rinks offer:

public skating

hockey lessons

figure skating lessons

broomball

birthday parties

skate rentals

The older and smaller rink is:

Ontario Ice Skating Center
1225 West Holt Boulevard
Ontario,  CA  91762-3639
(909) 986-0703

The newer and larger rink is:

Center Ice Arena
201 S. Plum Ave.
Ontario
(909) 986-4231

My daughter skates at Center Ice Arena. She likes it because it is bigger than the rink on Holt. But our neighbor’s daughter started at the Ontario Ice before Center Ice opened, and she loves it.  Try them both.

If you want to see a local figure skating competition for free, check out the ISI Open at Center Ice July 18 and 19, 2009.  My daughter competed in this the last 3 years (see pic of her at event above).  We are coming as spectators this year. For two days local figure skaters from all levels compete. A great way to see the thrill of figure skating up close. More details are at the Center Ice site.

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Volleyball Summer Camps in and around Claremont


Volleyball Summer Camps in Inland Valley, CA

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


Volleyball Camps this Summer in the Inland Valley.

Many USYVL parents have been talking about volleyball this summer. USYVL does not have a summer league in our area. I am trying to  put up links to Inland Valley volleyball camps that I know about. Most of the info below I cut and paste from various websites and then put the link for more info. If you know more about these or other volleyball programs, please let me know and I will post the information.

Club West Volleyball has summer volleyball camps. My daughter did a volleyball camp there the last 2 summers. I know several kids in our league did this camp. It is mornings and you get good instruction. Indoors. $150 a week. You will need knee pads. Please note that Club West is moving from La Verne to Rancho Cucamonga. The Web Site has the La Verne address on it but the flyer you download has the new address.

Junior high camps are for 8th grade or younger. They also have camps for older kids.

JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #1 7/5/10 – 7/9/10 9:00am – 12:00pm $150.00/Week

JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #2 7/12/10 – 7/16/10 9:00am – 12:00pm
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #3 7/19/10 – 7/23/10 9:00am – 12:00pm
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #4 7/26/10 – 7/30/10 9:00am – 12:00pm
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #5 8/2/10 – 8/6/10 9:00am – 12:00pm
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #6 8/9/10 – 8/13/10 9:00am – 12:00pm
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #7 8/16/10 – 8/20/10 9:00am – 12:00pm
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #8 8/23/10 – 8/27/10 9:00am – 12:00pm

Claremont McKenna hosts a Nike Camp that is both for overnight campers and day campers. It is more intensive I think, and more expensive.

Cal Poly Pomona lists volleyball  summer camp on its website (see below for dates). Do not know much about it.

Volleyball (Three separate camps for boys and girls)
Dates: July 6-9 (Youth camp); July 26-29 (High School camp); August 2-5 (High School camp)
Ages: 8-11 (July 6-9); 12-18 (July 26-29 and Aug. 2-5 — no 2010 HS graduates)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Youth); 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (HS camps)
Cost: $125 (Youth); $225 (HS camps)

Location: May Gym (Youth); Kellogg Gym and May Gym (HS camps)

For more information on Cal Poly Pomona camps and clinics, please call the athletic department office at (909) 869-2810.

Cal State San Bernardino’s summer volleyball program is as follows:

TIMES: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., July 26-28, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m., July 29, 2010
LOCATION: Cal State San Bernardino
Coyote Den & Coussoulis Arena
CAMPER ELIGIBILITY: Camp is open to all girls entering grades
7-12 and to graduating seniors.
COSTS: $225 per camper due by July 16, 2010.
After July 16, 2010 cost is $250.

SportsWorldVolleyball in Ontario lists summer camp on its website.

June 21-25, 2010 peeWee Day Camps SportsWorld Coaches & Athletes Boys & Girls 2nd through 5th grade interested in learning the basics of volleyball in a fun-filled atmosphere. Campers can register for a single day or the full-week.
coming soon Beach Camps SportsWorld Coaches & AVP Players Prepare at SportsWorld, perform at the beach. We offer the only indoor beach volleyball camps in the US – and guarantee no sun burns ! You’ll learn the special rules and skills needed to play beach volleyball along with music, video and surprises !
July 12-16, 2010 NIKE Volleyball Camp SportsWorld Coaches & AVP Players Week long camp for girls interested in indoor or beach volleyball. Developing fundamental skills for the beginner and strategy, positioning and team-play for the more advanced camper. NIKE games, gear and prizes!
July 27-July 28, 2010 VB Clinics Gold Medal Olympian, Pat Powers Two day clinic for intermediate-to-advanced skill levels interested in learning higher-level aspects of volleyball. Ending with “Survivor” an exciting game scenario created by Pat Powers that pulls it all together – parents welcome each day.
August 2-5, 2010 The Next Level Gold Medal Olympian, Ryan Millar Week long camp led by current Gold Medal Olympian as he prepares for the Olympics in London 2012.


Glendora Youth Volleyball has a program in the fall, but I do not think they have one for the summer. Several of our players have played in Glendora as well. I do not think they have a website, but they have an email gyvforfun@aol.com.

Arsenal Volleyball has a volleyball league but I am not sure if they have a volleyball summer camp. Web site not that clear.  Let me know if you know any more about them. They play in Upland.

If you know of any other Inland Valley summer volleyball camps, please let me know.

If you go to the beach this summer, consider Laguna Beach (Main Beach) as it has sand volleyball courts. Fun to play or just to watch. Or just call some friends and play on the Claremont city court. If you have other suggestions, please share below in comments.

Don’t forget that USYVL is now taking registration for fall. You get a discount for registering online early and for volunteering as a head coach.

Creativezazz Volleyball T-shirts

Finding cute volleyball related t-shirts can be hard, so I came up with a few of my own volleyball t-shirt designs and made them available at Printfection.  I can also supply the designs to other vendors if requested. I can do custom designs if you have an idea.

The Claremont Club has had sand volleyball classes in the past. We have not done these so let us know if you have any more info.

Volleyball T-shirts and More

Volleyball Team Names


Claremont Links

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


Links pertaining to Claremont, CA

City of Claremont

The Village Claremont

Claremont Chamber

Claremont Calendar

Claremont School District

Claremont Wednesdays

Claremont Forum

Claremont Courier

printable coupons for the Inland Empire

If you play volleyball and want cool t-shirts, check out my new volleyball t-shirt designs.

Creative Snowmen

Saturday, January 17th, 2009


You don’t need snow to make a snowman. When asked to make a snowman out of something unusual, Mrs. Merrill’s third-grade class had some creative solutions. View the album of creative snowmen 2009-10 here.

See the 2008-09 album here.

Enjoy the slide show. To view a larger image, click on the smaller icon. Parents, you should be able to just click and drag off a copy of the photo. Fun project.

2009-2010 snowmen

Click to view 2009-2010 snowmen

My reviews of great book series for kids

My review of the Ranger’s Apprentice series
My review of the Percy Jackson series
My review of the Artemis Fowl series
Battle of the Boys Books: Percy Jackson vs. Ranger’s Apprentice

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