Friday, February 24, 2017

Church Event for Special Needs Families

Clairemont Evangelical Lutheran Church (Clairemont Church) is hosting its second in a series of worship gatherings catered to those with special needs on Saturday, February 25th from 4 to 6 pm.
The gatherings, called “Rejoicing Spirits,” are held in the church fellowship hall, located at 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in San Diego. The gatherings feature a 45-minute, “no shush” worship where parents don’t have to worry about their children talking, making noises, or wandering around. Children are free to be themselves during this informal church setting.

“This is our second time offering this service, and it includes dinner and arts and crafts afterward,” said the Rev. Nathan Allen, Associate Pastor.

Clairemont Church is one of two churches in San Diego County to recognize the need for offering an alternative form of worship for those with special needs, and is currently the only church in the city of San Diego offering this type of worship gathering.

“It started because our children’s choir director started a special needs choir and it was a big success,” Allen added. “We wanted to try and continue that outreach and connect with more people.”

Families with children of all abilities are welcome, regardless of church background, if any.


Since 1954, Clairemont Church has been a community of faith characterized by Grace, Mercy, and Love. All who have heard the teaching, preaching, and singing that happens here have heard words of forgiveness and peace. All who have visited the church campus in need have been fed, clothed, and cared for. All who have walked through these doors have encountered a relationship with a loving God and a loving group of people. Grace… Mercy… Love… this is Clairemont Church; a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Clairemont Community Plan Update: Take the Survey

The City is updating the Clairemont Community Plan in order to help shape the future of Clairemont for the next 20 years.

Your Voice Matters!

We invite you to help craft the guiding principles for the Community Plan Update.

Visit to register and participate in our survey that asks "What matters most to you?" and "What do you think the identity of Clairemont is?"

The survey is live and the deadline for responses is March 1st, 2017.
For further information please visit the website at:

Friday, February 17, 2017

Clairemont Writer Visits Schools

Cindy Jenson-Elliott, Clairemont resident and author of 2016 book "Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature", "Dig In!", "Weeds Find a Way" and 14 other books for children, , will visit Field Elementary on February 22 from 9 – 10 a.m. for a presentation, and on March 1, 5 – 6  p.m. for Family Literacy Night as one of five free school visits she has offered to Title I schools for the 2016 -17 school year.

About Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature, Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt Publishers, NY, 2016:

As a child, Ansel Adams was antsy. He couldn’t sit still in school, his mind raced, and he was often ill. Doctors in early 20th century San Francisco recommended he be kept indoors in a darkened room to calm him down. But Charles Adams, Ansel’s father, had a revolutionary idea. He chose to remove his son from school, teach him at home, and give him free access to nature.

Antsy Ansel, Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt Publishers), a picture book biography by local author Cindy Jenson-Elliott is the story of how Ansel Adams’s connection with nature shaped his life and career.

Cindy Jenson-Elliott, a graduate of La Jolla High School, Bowdoin College and SDSU,  is an environmental educator, teacher and garden educator who has spent her career leading children into nature in schools, museums, outdoor schools and gardens. Antsy Ansel is her 17th book for children. Her most recent picture books, Weeds Find a Way (Beach Lane Books/Simon and Schuster, 2014) and Dig In! ((Beach Lane Books/Simon and Schuster, 2016) are odes to the wonders of the ordinary, every-day aspects of nature– weeds and dirt.

When she is not writing, Jenson-Elliott teaches writing to children and adults at UCSD Extension, and in schools and recreational programs through her business Words To Go, ( and explores the wonders of nature in her own backyard.