Volunteer with Fairplex!

We love our Fairplex Ambassadors! Our volunteers play a big part in fostering a love of learning and curiosity in our students. Their enthusiasm and hard work mean a lot to us and we wouldn’t be the same without them!

Our ambassadors directly impact our TLC programs by volunteering at fundraisers, art shows, and even field trips to the LA County Fair. We have a couple volunteer opportunities coming up next month:

Art Reach Logo Volunteer with Fairplex!

ArtReach: The Art of Music 
ArtReach is a student art exhibition that highlights what students and their teachers have worked on in the classroom. Paintings, ceramics, photography, mixed media, film, pottery and other pieces are displayed in the Millard Sheets Art Center. We are looking for Fairplex ambassadors to assist in the following roles:

Art Installers 
February 11 – 18

At the direction of the curator you will install student artwork for ArtReach. You and fellow volunteers will be hanging, measuring and doing basic install of artwork at Millard Sheets Art Center. If you are good with a measuring tape, able to stand, kneel and have a good eye for straight lines this is the job for you!

Gallery Attendants
ArtReach Weekends and Weekdays (Mar. 1 – 27, 2015)

As a gallery attendant you will be responsible for discussing the exhibition with visitors and ensuring the safety of the artwork.  It will be your responsibility to encompass all aspects in the gallery, from engaging patrons to providing knowledge about the exhibit and TLC/MSAC programs.

Don’t know anything about ArtReach? It’s okay, there’s an orientation for that! We ask that you simply have an engaging and welcoming attitude and bring your best customer service skills to the table.

For more information on the Fairplex Ambassador program, visit our Volunteer Hub. Follow us on Facebook for future volunteer opportunities!

NEW Adult Classes at Millard Sheets Art Center

The Learning Centers at Fairplex is very excited to introduce new adult art classes, Monday and Thursday evenings! You’re never too old to learn new art skills or unearth the artist within you.

Each course runs for nine weeks, held once a week from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. right here at Millard Sheets Art Center. We are kicking off our first semester next week and it’s not too late to sign up!

Classes offered:


Beginning Wheel Throwing
Instructor: C. Jake Yeager
Course Description: In this introductory ceramics course, students will learn the basic procedures of working on the potter’s wheel. Various wheel throwing techniques will be used to create functional items. Students will also will be exposed to clay preparation, specific vocabulary to the art of ceramics, basic forming, decorating, glazing methods, and kiln firing procedures at Mid fire temperatures(Cone 5). Basic tools will be provided.

Course Title: Chiaroscuro
Instructor: Macarena Atha
Course Description: This introductory course is to help you improve you observational drawing skills. Learning to draw what you see, via still life, by sharpening your ability to observe and accurately record what is in front of you. Working with charcoal, to develop the ability to use chiaroscuro shading, (shade without outlining) so that your objects appear convincingly three-dimensional.
Course Materials: A list of materials will be provided to you before class begins.


Course Title: The Joy of Watercolor Painting
Instructor: Richard Martinez
Course Description: In this course, students will learn techniques for composing and painting watercolor paintings. Throughout the course we will cover basic elements of art, elements of composition and design, techniques such as wet on wet, dry brush, overlapping transparent colors, and others. We will conduct classes both indoors and outdoors in plein air. A list of materials will be provided to you before class begins.

To sign up for classes or get additional information, visit the Millard Sheets Art Center website. Why not try something new this year?

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Cars, paint and wine

66th Annual Grand National Roadster Show

It was cars, cars and more cars at Fairplex this weekend for the 66th annual Grand National Roadster Show.

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Our campus was a beautiful cacophony of roaring engines, doo-wop music and the sizzle of burgers and hot dogs. Inside, more than 100 cars were on display, from the home-built custom hot rods at the Suede Palace (Expo Hall 10), to the beauties on display in Expo Hall 4.

18 vehicles were in the running for the coveted “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” award, with the winner being Larry Olson’s 1933 Ford Roadster. Hot Rod Network did a great job of photographing all 18 entries, which you can view here.

Meanwhile over in Expo Hall 6, Victor Garcia won “America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” with his sleek 2014 Harley Davidson.

Thank you to everyone who joined us this weekend! We love having the Grand National Roadster Show here and look forward to next year’s event!

Palates & Palettes 

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Motor enthusiasts weren’t the only ones to visit Fairplex campus this weekend. The first Palates & Palettes art party debuted Saturday night at the Millard Sheets Art Center (MSAC) for a relaxing time of culture, food, wine and learning.

MSAC also held its first family art workshop of the year, and hosted the opening reception of the Paula Izydorek art show on Friday evening. Not a bad way to kick off the new year!

To see what else is happening at Fairplex, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Do you have any favorite memories at Fairplex this weekend? 

L.A. Weekender: Fairplex happenings

Hello and Happy Friday! This edition of the L.A. Weekender features cars, paint and family fun, all right here at the Fairplex campus. Keep reading to see what we have in store for you:

Check out the 2014 show in Tony DeFrank’s video! 

Grand National Roadster Show (Jan. 23-25): The 66th annual Grand National Roadster Show arrives at Fairplex this weekend for three days of cars, cars and more cars. Some of the most beautiful roadsters in the nation compete for awards including the prestigious America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy. For more information, visit the Fairplex event page.

Palates & Palettes: Food, Wine and Paint (Jan. 24): The first Palates & Palettes wine and paint series debuts at the Millard Sheets Art Center (MSAC) this Saturday night. Escape to Austria with us as you learn to paint with professional artist Dominic Black and sample food and wine from Vienna. RSVP today with The Learning Centers at Fairplex. There are still a few spots open!

Free Family Workshop (Jan. 24): MSAC is kicking off the Free Family Workshop series this Saturday morning. Join artist Jimena Roman as she takes you through a fun arts & crafts project, great for all ages. Reservations are required. For more information visit The Learning Centers at Fairplex website.

Public Auction (Jan. 23-24): Last but not least on our list of Fairplex happenings, the monthly Public Auction is happening Saturday at Gate 9 (White Ave.) Cars, trucks, vans and other vehicles will be auctioned off to buyers. Preview potential purchases on Friday, then prepare to bid Saturday. Admission is free. For more information visit the Fairplex events page.

Share your Fairplex experience with us on social media! Follow and tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’d love to hear from you.

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

Infographic: Wine and burger pairings

Wine and cheese. Wine and chocolate. Wine and pasta. All common food and wine pairings you wouldn’t blink twice at.

But what about wine and burgers? Beer isn’t the only drink to compliment a patty and two buns. The experts over at Social Vignerons put together a fabulous infographic with their suggestions for wine and burger pairings.

Check it out:

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–Infographic created by Social Vignerons 

We have plenty of wine and burger options at our events, especially the Los Angeles County Fair… which of these pairings looks the most delicious to you?

Thoughtful Thursday: Community at the Fair

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday blog post is from Hot Blog On A Stick (LACF blog) and features one of our many fantastic volunteers from our Ambassador program. 

This week’s volunteer spotlight is on Robert Scott, who spent his LACF volunteer hours between the DIY Design Studio, FairKids tram and the Flower & Garden Pavilion. Robert currently works at the Disneyland Resort as an annual pass department manager, but was able to move his schedule around to spend some time with us!

Falling into Fair 

Robert joined the ambassador program almost by accident. He received an email from the LACF volunteer team and mistook it for a Fair season pass offer. When he clicked the link and found himself on the LACF ambassador application page, he decided to sign up. The rest is history.

Moving outside the comfort zone 

Robert was assigned to be a part of the new DIY Design Studio (formerly known as Tapestry), doing photo editing sessions in front of a live audience. His vibrant photos of LACF attracted an admiring audience at his editing station, but for Robert, this task was miles outside of his comfort zone.

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Robert Scott’s photography (www.sylvr.com)

Photography has been Robert’s favorite hobby since his middle school years, but this was the first time he has displayed his work to the public.

“Showing my photos for the first time ever, and then editing them live and having people see the whole process on a 75″ flat screen was intimidating,” he said. “But I had to learn to own it.”

In addition to his photo editing demonstrations, Robert also worked as a tram tour guide, which quickly became his favorite LACF memory.

A bonded community 

“It was a blast working with tram conductors,” he said. “And it was cool to show kids parts of the Fair they have never seen before, like Luminasia. Their reactions were great, seeing them connect with the Fair.”

He worked with the rest of the ambassadors to create a safe, engaging experience for the 155,000 FairKids students and teachers.

“We [the ambassadors] really rallied as a team,” he said. “Fair staff and volunteers all bonded through this program.”

LACF Blog RS3 300x200 Thoughtful Thursday: Community at the Fair Robert has volunteered with other organizations in the past, including building homes, feeding the homeless and other community projects, but he feels the Fair ambassador program has been his most rewarding experience.

“This has been a great life experience,” he said. “I never thought volunteering could be so enriching, and give you such a clear purpose. This is something I’m definitely going to come back to.”

For more information about the LACF ambassador program, visit fairplex.com.

The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series

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The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series 

The silhouettes of the San Gabriel Mountains are set in stark contrast to the glow of a Southern California sunset. The enticing scents of smoked meats and fresh vegetables, and the chatter of dinner guests mix together pleasantly.

It’s a typical night during The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series.

Fairplex, in partnership with the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and McKinley’s Grille, presents a new year of farm-to-table dinners, served at The Farm. Each month our chefs create a unique menu paired with a selection of award-winning wine, spirits or craft beer, made especially for the dinner series.

Guests watch their food being prepared, with ingredients plucked straight from our fruit, vegetable and herb crops, then enjoy a leisurely al fresco dining experience together at The Farm.

Our first dinner takes places on Friday, February 20th, featuring a delectable four-course menu paired with perfectly aged bourbon.

To learn more and to reserve your place, visit mckinleysgirlle.com or call (909) 868-5916. Don’t forget to tag @fairplex on social media during any of your dining experiences with us!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Asian American Expo and MLK Day of Service

Another fun weekend at Fairplex has come and gone. The Asian American Expo brought hundreds of visitors to campus for Lunar New Year celebrations.

Rows and rows of food booths and shopping vendors, live martial arts, dance and music demonstrations and the Lunar Palooza nighttime event featured a diverse mix of cultures into the expo.

After the hoopla of the weekend, a much quieter Martin Luther King Day of Service project took place on The Farm at Fairplex.

MLK Day of Service 300x200 Fairplex Weekend Recap: Asian American Expo and MLK Day of Service University of La Verne students and Bright Horizons boys’ home residents joined forces to help out at The Farm. Don DeLano, our resident horticulturist, taught volunteers how to harvest crops, plant seeds and till the soil in vegetable beds.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and services to our Farm!

For more information on The Farm and upcoming events at Fairplex, visit fairplex.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!

L.A. Weekender: MLK Weekend

Happy Friday! It’s going to be a b-e-a-utiful weekend in Los Angeles and we are more than excited for our three-day weekend. Here is your MLK edition of our L.A. Weekender:

Lunar Palooza Cover Photo L.A. Weekender: MLK Weekend Asian American Expo & Lunar Palooza (Jan. 17-18): The Asian American Expo is back at Fairplex this weekend for two days of live entertainment, shopping, contests, delicious food and a colorful collaboration of Asian cultures. Also new this year is Lunar Palooza (Jan. 17), which will feature popular Asian-American singers and DJs, food trucks and shopping. For more information visit www.asianamericanexpo.com or lunarpalooza.com.

Kings vs. Ducks (Jan. 17): It’s LA vs OC when the Los Angeles Kings play against the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night. Head down to the Staples Center to watch the game.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Jan. 18): The first Swap Meet & Classic Car Show of the year is at Fairplex bright and early Sunday morning. Shop hundreds of car parts and accessories at low swap meet prices, and see thousands of original and restores classic vehicles. For more information visit pomonaswapmeet.com.

Los Angeles Kingdom Parade (Jan 19): Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision of equality, justice and peace. The 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Kingdom Day parade takesplace along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Los Angeles. Enjoy food and live music at the end of the parade route. For more information on the parade and other celebrations throughout the city their website.

LACMA Holiday Monday (Jan. 19): LACMA is giving free admission to the public in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The museum is giving bilingual tours, free programs and art workshops. For more information visit lacma.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

Food News: Beer and Wine Trends for 2015

VinePair gave their predictions for wine, beer and cocktail trends for 2015. While it’s impossible to say exactly what will fly and what will crash and burn in the food and beverage industry, it’s always fun to take a look at the possibilities and see how they come into play.

VinePair trend predictions include:

  • Rise in popularity of white wines from Greece
  • The addition of wine, beer and craft cocktails at fast-casual restaurants (Rubio’s, for example, serves Sangria and craft beers at their chains.)
  • High demand for aged and craft rums, taking whiskey down a peg
  • Craft beers > Budweiser (although we love both equally here at Fairplex)
  • Portable wine containers will continue to be a thing.

Will any of these trends make it to Fairplex? Only time will tell. Check out the rest of VinePair’s predictions at FoodBeast.