23 October 2021

Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council Trunk or Treat Tomorrow!

Tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Western Hills Country Club at Carbon Canyon Road and Fairway Drive, the Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council is holding its Trunk or Treat event.  This not only allows us to finally have an in-person event after the long restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, but is an opportunity for the Council to spread the word about the increasing urgency of mitigating wildfire risk in the Canyon, especially as the fire season is now continuous.

There will be games, prizes for best costume and decorated car, food and, of course, treats for those who come out to pay a visit and those attending are also encouraged to not just come in costume, but to decorate your car.  An extra special element is a rare appearance of The Headless Horseman, as well.  So, be sure to join us tomorrow to help celebrate Halloween and to bring further awareness to what the Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council does to help combat wildfires.

04 October 2021

Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council Fall Brush Drop Off Recap

A few volunteers from the Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council were on hand this past weekend on a warm Saturday morning and very early afternoon next to Chino Valley Fire District's Station 4 from about 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. assisting Canyon residents with the dropping off of brush and other yard debris.  

This effort is part of the organization's continuing efforts to reduce the risk of wildfire damage and destruction, especially as this time of year brings the nasty Santa Ana wind condition and hot, dry weather that can really spur on fires especially if fuel content is high.

Usually, the fall dropoff involves fewer residents with less material than in the spring, but we still managed to fill more than half of a 40-foot long roll-off bin, so a few thousand pounds of brush and other items means that much less flammable content out there should a conflagration break out (and we all know we have and have had way too much of this lately!)

So, many thanks to Council members for coming out and lending a helping hand and to those residents who dropped off their brush and other material, along with the City of Chino Hills for continuing to provide funding for the bins provided by Republic Services.  

Meanwhile, those who couldn't make it this last weekend are encouraged to continue removing dry and dead brush and other plant material and use their specified bins for Republic to haul away as part of its regular trash service.

24 September 2021

Lena Sekine Artwork at Carbon Canyon Coffee Company in Olinda Village!

For those thinking of going to tomorrow's official grand opening, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., of the Carbon Canyon Coffee Company in the Olinda Village shopping center or will drop in on another day after that, please take a moment to enjoy and appreciate the artistry of my neighbor Lena Sekine.

Lena, who does design work for Japanese restaurants as her main job, has graced our Sleepy Hollow neighborhood in several locations with amazing murals and other works, including her own house and that of some of our residents.

She has been spending a good deal of time creating beautiful works at the CCCC, but has included her customized cushions for seating, in addition to murals and other decorative touches.  Obviously, these have to be seen in person and up close to truly be appreciated, but the photos here given at least some idea and, hopefully, spur some interest in checking them out personally.

As to the CCCC, let's hope there's a good turnout for tomorrow's grand opening and that it will gain more regular patrons and customers.  The friendly staff, excellent coffee and other offerings, Lena's artistic touches and a relaxing location in the Canyon bode well!

20 September 2021

Carbon Canyon Coffee Company Official Grand Opening on the 25th

Though I'm not a coffee drinker, my wife, who is, and I paid our first visit to the recently opened Carbon Canyon Coffee Company in Olinda Village on Saturday and she enjoyed an iced coffee while I had a strawberry smoothee.  

After talking for a few minutes with the owner, who is really excited about the area and the potential for his busines, and taking in the cool motocycle theme of the interior (the space housed Mexican and Italian restaurants, along with a briefly operating roadhouse, for many years), we sat out in front, enjoying the cool evening, and talking to Lena Sekine, a neighbor and an amazing artist who is finishing decorative work the shop (more on that in an upcoming post.)

While there, we learned that next Saturday, the 25th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the official grand opening for the business and there'll be local vendors, live music and other elements, with part of the parking lot set aside for the event.  

Attached to this post is the promotional card for the opening, so, if you like coffee and want to check out this new local business, that might be a good time to go.  Otherwise, Carbon Canyon Coffee Company is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

16 September 2021

Carbon Canyon Historical Artifact #62: A Real Photo Postcard of Tidwell Oaks, Sleepy Hollow, ca. 1940

It's humbling when information put out on this blog is wrong, but at least catching the mistake and correcting it can always be done in this format, which is the case with today's featured artifact from Carbon Canyon history.  Unfortunately, articles in the Chino Valley Champion from March and October 2019 relied on the false info from this source.  Hopefully, anyone reading those will come across this post and see this plea for historical redemption!

In this case, there were a number of posts that stated that Tidwell Oaks, the store, tavern and service station operated in the early years of Sleepy Hollow by David and Velma Tidwell, was situated at the east end of the community, south of Carbon Canyon Road, where some apartments, shuttered now for a couple of years, are located now.

Actually, the couple purchased their two large lots at the center of the neighborhood where Carbon Canyon Road and Rosemary Lane meet not long after the community was developed in the 1920s and built their compound.  This was recently verified by finding reference to their ownership of lots 2 and 3 in Block 5 of the tract and then noting that on copies of the original subdivision map obtained years ago from the county archives.

The last entry in this "Carbon Canyon Historical Artifact" series, from June 2020, featured a real photo postcard of folks sitting in a large patio, bordered with brick and rock walls, with large oak trees for shade—this presumably in the back or side of the structures, as well as some of the history of the Tidwell family.  Today's post takes us out to Carbon Canyon Road and a view of the main building, a log cabin-like structure, with a gas pump out front and other buildings off to the west, or right.

Rosemary Lane is at the lower left between the caption of "Tidwell Oaks / Carbon Canyon" and the light-colored car parked next to the "cabin."  A couple of other vehicles are off to the far right and some of the houses on the hillside in view—the one at the top center with the three windows at the lower portion and the span of windows going from one side to the other is still standing.

As for dating this unused card, the cars definitely look to be from the late 30s or early 40s, but the AGFA/ANSCO stamp box also was used in the Thirties and Forties, so we're just going to go with circa 1940 on this one.  Today, there are a few little remnants, including remains of concrete steps, from Tidwell Oaks and there is a parking area for the Sleepy Hollow Community Center and the bus stop that mark the location, as well. 

19 July 2021

Carbon Canyon Creek Cleanup Coming

There is some good news, thanks to the City of Chino Hills, regarding the cleanup of trees in Carbon Canyon Creek that could contribute significantly to the spread of wildfires in the Canyon.

The City's Public Works Department has budgeted just north of $45,000 during the 2021-2022 fiscal year to hire the Santa Ana Watershed Authority, or SAWA, to kill palm trees that, when set afire, literally explode spreading sparks and embers to surrounding areas and spreading flames that make these wildfires considerably worse.  This is along the creek from Chino Hills Parkway west along Carbon Canyon Road to the Summit Ranch community.

What SAWA will do is drill holes in the trunks, inject an herbicide that spreads systemically in the tree and leads to wilting and death.  After that, the city's commercial tree maintenance contractor, West Coast Arborists, will go in and remove the trees.  This latter part of the plan has to take place after mid-September when bird nesting season ends.

A separate project is the hiring of SAWA and a team from the California Conservation Corps to go in on 20 September and remove the remains of a massive eucalyptus tree that, earlier this year, fell from its location next to the creek in Sleepy Hollow.  Obviously, this will be welcome as these trees are very intensive due to shedding of bark, piles of leaves, and the oils from the gum found inside. 

The work from the City on this is much appreciated as efforts continue to be taken to mitigate wildfire risk, especially during this extended drought and the dangerous conditions that have resulted as climate change continues to make its devastating effects known.


13 July 2021

 The Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council was honored at this evening's Chino Hills City Council meeting with presentations by Mayor Brian Johsz and council members of certificates from Supervisor Curt Hagman and the City for the CCFSC's being awarded a 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assembly member Phillip Chen.

The Mayor said very kind words about our 20-year track record of service in working to mitigate wildfire risk in the Canyon and Council member Ray Marquez, a long-time liaison between the CCFSC and the City with important involvement in our work, lauded some of the organization's key initiatives.

The recognition is greatly appreciated, though we have much work to do, especially as the City of Chino Hills is now readying to deal with the removal of palm and eucalyptus trees in the creeks in the Canyon and our persistent drought and bone-dry conditions mean greater vigilance is required during the increasing threat of wildfires.