When goofy teen movie “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” hit theaters in 1989, the comedy of errors carried San Dimas with it into American popular culture, but now that the duo has reappeared in last summer’s “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” their connection to the city is getting a closer look.
In San Dimas, we’re fortunate to have dedicated local workers and volunteers to help provide resources during difficult times. In this first edition, I’d like to spotlight services from the San Dimas Cares Project, San Dimas Senior Citizen/Community Center lunch services, and Holy Name of Mary food pantry.
When our team talked about starting a community newspaper, we debated over what to include. Sports? Local events? Featured restaurants? Political commentary? All was up for discussion. But a few suggestions garnered broad support, one of which was including an intimate, neighborly advice column. The past year has been rough on everyone. San Dimas residents are locked down, stressed out, and navigating sometimes tricky relationships with loved ones.
San Dimas’ downtown stretch is short–just one-quarter mile–with three restaurants, seven antique shops, and seven beauty salons. Residents are not apt to complain about what’s already there, but rather what’s missing.
Almost every Californian has a fire story: a hasty evacuation, the tragedy of a lost home, a nasty bout of bronchitis, or the memory of smoke looming over a community nearby. Mountains that glow orange and skies where smoke replaces clouds have become part of the annual landscape and something Californians have come to expect like New Orleanians and flooded streets or Alaskans and months of darkness during the winter. And as with any recurring natural phenomenon, preparation is key.
San Dimas residents are used to seeing all matter of wildlife in the foothills and even in their backyard. Yet for many people living within the San Gabriel Valley, the coyotes are just a little too close for comfort.
It’s hard to remember when Butter Cafe wasn’t part of the fabric of San Dimas even though it only opened five years ago, but the way pastry chef and co-owner Heather Sulaeman tells it, Butter Cafe almost never came to be.