Good News for Instagram, Facebook and Uber Users!

Facebook, Instagram and Uber users get ready for some pretty cool changes in these three mega companies!

Instagram: If you love Instagram as much as we do at Fairplex, then you will be happy to know that Instagram will now allow you to merge multiple images into a single image! Hurray for Layout, the free app that will make this possible.

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According to Instagram, when you open Layout, you will automatically see previews of custom layouts as you choose photos from your camera roll.

After this, you can drag and drop photos to rearrange them in any way your heart desires. You can pinch to zoom or pull the sides of each photo to adjust its size and get your layout just right. Then flip and rotate your photos to create cool arrangements and mirror effects. Pretty cool, huh? With Layout, you won’t have to download any third-party collage apps anymore! Read more about Layout, here.

Facebook: Facebook has launched a new tool, and I am pretty sure people will love it! On This Day will allow you to look back at things you have shared and posts you’ve been tagged in on previous years.

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In other words, On This Day shows content from this date in the past. For example, you might see past status updates, photos, posts from friends and other things from one year ago, two years ago, and so on. Only you will see this content unless you decide to share it with your friends. Talk about re-living our past experiences! Read more about On This Day, here.

Uber: Let’s be honest, despite all of the negative comments about Uber, we still use the on-demand car service to get us from point A to point B. It’s just that convenient and we absolutely love it!

Uber Good News for Instagram, Facebook and Uber Users!
Image: Eric Risberg/ Associated Press

As if things were not convenient enough already, Uber has introduced a feature that will allow developers to embed Uber within other apps. What does this mean? It means that you won’t have to leave the app you are on in order to request an Uber; you’ll be able to do that on the spot. This is what I call user-friendly, so sign me up! Read the full Mashable article here.

First Food Truck Thursday of 2015 on the Horizon

We heard your stomach growling, so we immediately knew what to do! Food Truck Thursdays are returning to Fairplex starting on April 2.

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Think about what this means…each Thursday we will have some of Los Angeles’ most popular food trucks set up shop at Fairplex for your enjoyment. We understand that after a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is cook. So, with that said, ditch your kitchen and swing by and enjoy food, drinks and the occasional live entertainment acts. Oh, and please don’t forget about dessert. A meal is never complete without some sweets!

For more information on Food Truck Thursdays, visit us at www.fairplex.com

St. Patrick’s Day is Here!

“May the luck of the Irish be with you.”

St. Patrick’s Day is finally here! Hurray for wearing green, shamrocks, happy hours throughout the city and for the awesome food prepared on this global holiday.

shutterstock 125477225 St. Patricks Day is Here!In case ye have no plans for tonight, please allow me to suggest things you could do to have a good time:

1. If you don’t feel like driving somewhere, you could prepare the following drink and meal for your family, friends and co-workers.

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Ingredients:
45 ml Irish whisky
20 ml Drambuie
20 ml fresh lemon juice
Ginger ale

Directions:
1. Shake whisky, liqueur and juice with ice.

2. Strain into highball with ice cubes and fill with ginger ale.

3. Add a twist of lemon.

Recipe and Photo taken from scienceofdrink.com

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Ingredients:
2 pounds fresh veal or chicken sausages (8 large sausages)
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
Kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, diced
4 ounces creme fraiche
1/2 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons whole-grain or coarse mustard
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Place a baking rack on a sheet pan and arrange the sausages in one layer on the baking rack. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the sausages are just cooked through.

3. Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a large saucepan with 1 tablespoon of salt and enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the potatoes are very tender. Drain the potatoes in a colander and return them to the saucepan. Add the butter, creme fraiche, milk, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, dry mustard, 1 tablespoon salt, and the pepper and beat the potatoes in the pan with a handheld mixer on low speed until very smooth and creamy.

4. To serve, mound a generous portion of potatoes on a dinner plate and top with sausages that have been cut in half diagonally. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and serve.

Courtesy of Ina Garten. Recipe and photo taken from foodnetwork.com

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Ingredients:
1 package (2-layer size) German chocolate cake mix with pudding
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 bottle McCormick® Green Food Color
3 eggs
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, sour cream, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.

2. Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.

Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Decorate with chocolate, sprinkles or fruit!

Recipe taken from McCormick.com

2. If are looking for some fun outside of your town (which is what I recommend if you want to minimize the chances of running into someone you know), you could never go wrong with bar hopping in Los Angeles. The constant moving will make it more difficult to run into people you know. Well, at least in theory…you decide!4857377582 17d76dd7fc z 300x200 St. Patricks Day is Here!

Suggestion:
Tom Bergin is hosting its 79th St. Patrick’s Day Celebration where they will be throwing an indoor and outdoor bash all day long! If you’re interested in listening to a live band, a DJ spinning popular tunes from a stage, eating Irish grub or finding nice dinner specials on corned beef, grilled cheese and friend chicken with cabbage slaw, then there are no excuses why you shouldn’t come to L.A. and celebrate.

Keep in mind that this is just one place and that there are lots of Irish pubs in the greater LA area. Here is a list of the most popular Irish pubs.

3. If you don’t feel like cooking and want to go out, then you’re in luck because Finish Line Sports Grill is hosting its own St. Patrick’s Day feast. Guests who visit will enjoy plenty of drink and food specials all day long.

Regardless of what you decide to do today, just remember to have fun and to set your alarm for tomorrow morning! You don’t want to be late for work! Cheers and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Tell us in the comments below! 

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Cars, Paint, Wine and Trains

WOW, what a great weekend! The rubber smell is still in the air, and we absolutely love it!

On Saturday and Sunday, we celebrated horsepower and torque at the 2nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals.

Our grounds were filled with high-performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country. Guests did not only take pictures of the cars, shared car tips and enjoyed the burnout contests, but they also enjoyed live music by Queen Nation and Joshua Tree.

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RedCar Fairplex Weekend Recap: Cars, Paint, Wine and TrainsOn Sunday, March 15, we had The Graffiti Run 5K. This fun and colorful event was perfect for athletes and couch potatoes alike. The goals of the event were to drench you in color and for you to have fun with family and friends, not to see who would run the fastest! Being there sure made me feel like jumping up and down, but too bad I was not dressed appropriately. I won’t miss the next one.

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On Sunday, Family Winemakers hosted its 16th wine trade and consumer tasting on our grounds. The tasting featured approximately 150 of the state’s unique, small family-owned wineries pouring more than 500 wines. Many of those wines aren’t generally available in the Southern California market, so people definitely took advantage of the opportunity to explore great California wines.

In addition to the cars, wine and amazing colors from the 5K run, the RailGiants Train Museum was open this weekend!

As I walked around, I was taken back to the glory days of the American Railroad. The throwback was really nice since we sometimes forget about the methods of transportation that do not include our vehicles.

The museum is open free of charge to the general public the second Saturday and Sunday of each month. So, there is no reason why you can’t stop by and appreciate the Union Pacific Centennial DD40X diesel-powered locomotive, which measures nearly 100 feet in length, and weighs over a half million pounds.

To see what’s happening next at Fairplex visit our online Events Calendar and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

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

March Events at Fairplex

It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the New Year, and now we are in the second week of March? I guess it’s true what people say about time going by fast when you are having fun!

Speaking of fun, there are still lots of fun events you could join us for at Fairplex this month. Here are some of those events:

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Be sure to stop by and support the talented work of hundreds of high schools from this region as they unveil their artwork inspired by this year’s theme: The Art of Music. Students were asked to consider the role music plays in our lives, how it relates to their own life experiences, and how it influences their thinking or feelings about the world around them. Art pieces include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and film. For more information visit the ArtReach website.

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This national celebration of horsepower & torque will fill the Fairplex campus with more than 1,000 high-performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country. Adult tickets are $20, ages 6-12 $5 and ages 5 and under are free. For more information visit our events page.

1 March Events at FairplexThe Graffiti Run 5K: It’s finally back! The Graffiti Run is returning to Fairplex on Sunday, March 15. We assure you running this 5K will be the most colorful day of your life. And by this, we mean literally!

Our 5K course is much more than a good workout; it is a place where you can have a blast and create long-lasting memories with your family and friends. So feel free to run, walk, dance, crawl, roll, piggy-back ride, or summersault your way through the color madness! To register for this colorful event or for more information visit the events page.

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Other Events: The RailGiants Train Museum, Family Winemakers Tasting, Millard Sheets Art Center Free Family Workshops, Palates and Palettes and FMCA 2015 Convention are also at Faiplex at various times throughout March. Check Fairplex Events Page for more information on these and other upcoming events.

What events do you plan to attend at Fairplex? Let us know in the comments below and please be sure to tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

L.A. Weekender: Drags, gold and trains at Fairplex

We’re sticking close to home for this edition of the L.A. Weekender. Whether you want to spend a couple days at the drags or keeping quieter company at an art walk or farmer’s market, we have you covered. Whatever your preference, Happy Friday!

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NHRA Winternationals (Feb. 5-8): The 2015 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series kicks off at Fairplex this weekend with the NHRA Winternationals. Come to the historic Auto Club Raceway for a roaring weekend of races, food, drinks and fun. For more information visit nhra.com.

Gold & Treasure Show (Feb. 7-8): Visit the Gold & Treasure Show with the whole family to learn, shop and explore the gold prospecting industry. Seminars are conducted by the best in the business on prospecting techniques, fine gold recovery, gold expeditions and more. You can even learn how to pan for gold. For more information, visit https://www.goldprospectors.org.

Fairplex Garden Railroad Open House (Feb. 8): Visit one of the world’s largest and oldest miniature railroads right here at Fairplex. On the second Sunday of each month, the railroad is open to the public from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., free of charge. For more information, visit fgrr.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. 

Wine and dine al fresco at Fairplex

Al fresco dining is always a plus in Southern California and we try to host them as much as possible with our Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series.

Next month (March) we are inviting master sommelier Michael Jordan to bring his favorite California wines to The Farm for our second dinner of the year. Enjoy award-winning wines paired with ingredients taken straight from our Farm. View the menu below:

March Farm Dinner Menu Wine and dine al fresco at Fairplex

Our first Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series event is Feb. 21, featuring a scrumptious meal paired with perfectly aged bourbon. To make a reservation for either event, please call (909) 868-5916. There are still a few spots left!

Fairplex Snapshot: Fairplex Garden Railroad

When it comes to LACF, things change every year, but one exhibit has stayed strong since almost the beginning of Fair history: the Fairplex Garden Railroad.

What is now one of the oldest and possibly largest miniature railroads in the nation began as a special static exhibit at the third LA County Fair in 1924. Through the years it has grown into what it is now: a beautiful landscape of miniatures, open year-round, right here at Fairplex.

A couple years ago we strapped a GoPro onto one of the miniature trains and went on a ride through the miniature world. Take a look to see what life would be like on the railroad:

A ride through the Fairplex Garden Railroad 

The dedicated members of the local garden railroad club maintain its appearance year-round and keep the doors open to the public on the second Sunday of each month, and open each day of the Fair! For more information on the Fairplex Garden Railroad, visit fgrr.org.

4 Things To Do at Fairplex This Month

Where did January go? 

It seems like only a week ago that we came back to the Fairplex offices and started work again… but time flies when you’re having fun, and the fun never stops here! This month we are offering some great art programs at the Millard Sheets Art Center, plus some other exciting events headed your way. Check it out:

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1. Millard Sheets Adult Art Classes (ongoing): Adult art classes kick off this week but you can join any time! Visit The Learning Centers at Fairplex (TLC) website and sign up for a course in pottery or watercolor painting. Why not try something new this year?  For more information, visit tlcfairplex.org.

2. NHRA Winternationals (Feb. 5-8): It’s pure adrenaline at the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the season is kicking off here with the Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway! The Winternationals are always an exciting time (not to mention loud) and it’s a must-do for drag racing enthusiasts. Visit the NHRA website to purchase tickets and subscribe to our Fairplex Happenings newsletter for a special promo code!

3. Valentine’s Day at McKinley’s Grille (Feb. 13-15): Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but McKinley’s Grille has you covered. We’re offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner all weekend long that incorporates our freshest fruits and vegetables from The Farm. Visit mckinleysgrille.com for the full menu.

4. Palates & Palettes – Food, wine and paint (Feb. 21): Our second Palates & Palettes party is on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Millard Sheets Art Center. Escape to Piemonte, Italy for a night and learn how to paint while enjoying wine and food pairings in theme with Italian culture. For more information and to RSVP your spot, visit tlcfairplex.org.

Other events: Aside from our own events we have a lot of fun things coming through Fairplex all month long. The Insane Inflatable 5K, SoCal Pet Spectacular, free family art workshops and Quinceanera Expo are just a few more events we’re having at Fairplex in February. Can’t wait!

To see a full list of events, visit us at fairplex.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Fun Runs at Fairplex!

In 2015 we are hosting 10 fun runs at Fairplex and that includes everything from the Graffiti Run 5K to a giant inflatable obstacle course to bubbles. Check em’ all out below:

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Which run looks the most fun to you? Tell us in the comments section below!