Fairplex Snapshot: Holiday Cookie Decorating Party

Every year in December Fairplex hosts a holiday party for the surrounding community. Kids can decorate cookies, do crafts, play games and win prizes. We love seeing our volunteers throw on their elf aprons and Santa hats and get into the holiday spirit. Thank to everyone who came!

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Happy Holidays from the Fairplex community team! 

Food News: The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series 2015

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The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series 

The first of next year’s Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series has been announced and it sounds amazing.

Imagine dining in the cozy atmosphere of The Farm, surrounded by fresh crops of vegetables and fruits and the tantalizing scents of a feast being cooked.

There’s no experience quite like a dinner on The Farm.

Chef Teig will be serving a delicious four-course dinner, paired with a perfectly agedFacebook Farm CoverPhoto 300x200 Food News: The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series 2015 bourbon for each course. Enjoy fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits grown right on The Farm, learn about bourbon and food pairings, and enjoy the company of your fellow foodies.

The Farm is the perfect venue to eat, drink and be merry in all seasons. We’re excited to begin the new year with new meals, new pairings and new events. Bon appetit!

For more information about The Farm at Fairplex, visit mckinleysgrille.com.

Holiday Half-Marathon 2014

We were a little worried about the weather for the Holiday Half this past weekend, but the pineapple express ended its reign Friday night, leaving puffy clouds and bright blue skies for Saturday and Sunday festivities.

Saturday was just one big party, with the 5K, adorable Penguin Waddle and Kool n’ Fit festival kicking things off. We loved seeing all the Santa hats, elf costumes, tutus and other holiday gear. Tis’ the season, after all!

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The actual Holiday Half took place on Sunday, beginning and ending at Fairplex.  First place went to Raul Arcos, with an amazingly fast finish time of 1:10:15. Congratulations to all the participants! Running 13.1 miles is no easy feat.

That wraps up the last of our runs for 2014! From obstacle courses in the mud to neon lights, and foam bubbles to paint wars, our campus transformed time and time again for each unique fun run. We can’t wait to see what happens in 2015.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Holiday Half-Marathon and 5K! We look forward to seeing you here next year.

For information on future 5Ks and other runs at Fairplex, visit our Upcoming Events page at fairplex.com.

L.A. Weekender: Holiday Half Marathon at Fairplex

The 2013 Holiday Half Marathon 

Holiday Half Marathon (Dec. 13-14): The annual Holiday Half-Marathon is this weekend at Fairplex! Don your most festive holiday wear and run through a flurry of “snow” as you begin the 13.1 mile trek. A free kids Penguin Waddle 1K is offered on Saturday, following the 5K Run/Walk. Registration for the half-marathon is still available on-site! Visit runholidayhalf.com for more information.

A Christmas Festival Pomona (Dec. 12): The Pomona Concert Band will be putting on its annual “A Christmas Festival” at the Palomares Park Community Center tonight. This free event includes live performances from the Pomona Concert Band, a toy drive, a visit from Santa Claus and refreshments. For more information visit pomonaconcertband.org.

Artists For Art’s Sake (ongoing – Dec. 19): The Artists For Art’s Sake exhibition at the Millard Sheets Art Center will run through next weekend at Fairplex. Browse a vast collection of paintings, photography, mixed media and other unique artwork created by local artists. All artwork is on sale if you see any compelling pieces that you would like to add to your collection with proceeds benefiting The Learning Centers at Fairplex. For more information visit tlcfairplex.org.

Pomona Art Walk (Dec. 13): The December Pomona Art Walk is this Saturday evening in downtown Pomona. Explore and shop the art galleries, stores and vendors who will have their work on display and take advantage of the restaurants and shops who will be open late for the walk. Visit downtownpomoma.org for more information.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at tanji@fairplex.com

Food News: Craft sodas

Craft beers have long been a favorite with the foodie crowd, with its fair share of festivals, bars, tasting events and competitions (including our own Los Angeles International Beer Competition.)

But what about craft sodas?

Caleb’s Kola 

Meet Pepsi’s newest product, Caleb’s Kola. The new beverage comes with its’ own website, clearly designed for the hipsters the brand hopes to attract. The new craft sodas are made from Fair Trade cane sugar, kola nuts (a unique, caffeinated nut originating from Africa’s tropical rainforests), and a blend of spices from around the world, with just a hint of citrus.

McKinley’s Grille has been serving craft farm sodas for awhile now, incorporating a number of our vegetables, fruits and herbs into our specialized drinks. Current flavors include:

  • Pomegranate and farm lemon grass
  • Oro blanco grapefruit and lavendar
  • Green tea and lemon
  • Prickly pear and chocolate mint
We think these sodas go great with our lunch and dinner meals and we’re excited to see how Caleb’s Kola takes off in the food industry too.

It’s a novel concept that could quickly turn into a must-have at restaurants and bars. Craft sodas… what do you think?

Fairplex Snapshot: Souper Bowl Fundraiser

Last night Fairplex employees and members of the community showed their support for the CTEC art students at the annual Souper Bowl fundraiser.

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One-of-a-kind ceramic bowls, made by students at the Millard Sheets Art Center, were sold for $15 each. Buyers then enjoyed a warm bowl of soup, served by the students. All proceeds went towards the CTEC learning programs.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our educational programs! Our students appreciate it.

For more information on The Learning Centers at Fairplex, visit tlcfairplex.org.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Holiday season kicks off at Fairplex

This weekend was the perfect beginning to the holidays at Fairplex. In Expo Hall 4 we had the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show, where guests shopped thousands of unique handcrafted gifts, and got swept into the holiday spirit by live performances, twinkling lights and a delicious array of tasty cookies, cakes, nuts and other winter goodies.

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Meanwhile over in Expo Hall 6, the furriest and friendliest of our visitors took up residence Saturday afternoon at the Holiday Pet Expo. Pets and their owners took photos with Santa, sampled treats and watched agility and obedience demonstrations. Tis’ the season to determine who’s naughty or nice, after all!

Finally, Sunday Funday began bright and early at the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show on the other side of Fairplex. Flocks of car enthusiasts spent the morning and afternoon perusing auto parts, checking out classic cars and enjoying a shared appreciation of the beauty of the automobile.

The fun is just beginning, with the Holiday Half Marathon coming up next weekend and a number of festive parties taking place at Fairplex in December. For a full list of upcoming events visit fairplex.com.

Did you attend any events at Fairplex? Make sure you tag us in all your Twitter, Instagram and Facebook posts! 

L.A. Weekender: Holidays at Fairplex

Happy Friday! We have some fun holiday activities this weekend at Fairplex. From shopping to Santa, there is something for everyone in the family, even your beloved pets! Keep reading to see what’s going on in this L.A. Weekender:

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Harvest Festival (Dec. 5-7): The Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show is the destination for those looking for unique gifts for their loved ones. Hundreds of artisans are selling beautiful handmade items all weekend long. Enjoy live entertainment, tasty holiday treats and activities for the kiddos at Fairplex, Dec. 5 – 7. For more information, visit harvestfestival.com.

Holiday Pet Expo (Dec. 6): If you’re more of an animal person than an arts & crafts fan, visit the Holiday Pet Expo. Bring your pet along and check out exhibitors, pet products, obedience and agility demonstrations and take a photo with Santa! For more information visit fairplex.com.

Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Dec. 7): The monthly Swap Meet & Classic Car Show is this Sunday, beginning bright and early at 5 a.m. Shop thousands of car parts and accessories and view a beautiful variety of classic cars. For more information visit pomonaswapmeet.com.

Artists For Art’s Sake (ongoing): The Artists For Art’s Sake exhibition opened last weekend at the Millard Sheets Art Center and will run through mid-December. Browse a vast collection of paintings, photography, mixed media and other unique artwork created by local artists. All artwork is on sale if you see any compelling pieces that you would like to add to your collection with proceeds benefiting The Learning Centers at Fairplex. For more information visit tlcfairplex.org.

BONUS: Not able to make it to Fairplex this weekend? Check out the free South Lake Holidayfest in Pasadena this Saturday. Several popular local bands will be giving live performances, along with a holiday scavenger hunt, crafts, photos with Santa and other festive activities! For more information visit southlakeavenue.org.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at tanji@fairplex.com

Fairplex Snapshot: Artists For Art’s Sake

More than 80 artists in Southern California have submitted unique art pieces to the Artists For Art’s Sake exhibition at the Millard Sheets Art Center.

Paintings, photography, mixed media and other works occupy the halls of the art gallery. All pieces are for sale, with partial proceeds going toward art programs at The Learning Centers at Fairplex:

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Artists For Art’s Sake is open Firdays – Sundays through Dec. 19 from noon – 5 p.m. For more information, visit tlcfairplex.org or check out their Instagram account for a look at what they have to offer!

Thank you #GivingTuesday!

Thank you to everyone who supported The Learning Centers at Fairplex in yesterday’s #GivingTuesday movement. Our students appreciate your support of furthering their education and we look forward to sharing our TLC stories with you in the future!

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