L.A. Weekender: Teeth, art and ice

Happy Friday! We hope you’re as excited for the upcoming holidays as much as we are. Family, food and relaxing fun sounds just about right to us. We have one more L.A. Weekender for you this month with suggestions for activities from the Inland Empire all the way down to the ocean. Keep reading to see what’s happening in L.A. County this weekend:

photo L.A. Weekender: Teeth, art and ice A panoramic view of Artists For Art’s Sake 

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.

CDA Cares Dental Clinic (Nov 21 – Nov 22): Also on Fairplex campus is the free CDA Cares Dental Clinic. Volunteer dental professionals are offering their services today (Nov. 21) through Saturday (Nov. 22) including cleanings, fillings and other standard dental procedures. Park at Gate 9 and come to Expo Hall 4. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. Visit the official website for details.

Human Trafficking Awareness Concert (Nov. 21): Tonight in Pomona artists, musicians, photographers and graphic designers have volunteered to come together in hopes of bringing the community together for a cause. Come share an evening of drinks, music and discussions. All proceeds made from drinks will be donated to the Coalition Organization Against Trafficking In Woman (CATW). Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

The Queen Mary CHILL (ongoing): This Friday kicks off Queen Mary’s annual CHILL party. Their giant dome is frozen over and transformed into a giant igloo and is home to The Ice Kingdom — an awe-inspiring exhibit featuring larger-than-life ice creations towering over 2.5 stories tall! CHILL also features ice tubing, ice skating, live music and holiday carolers. Visit queenmary.com for tickets to the fun.

UCLA vs. USC (Nov. 22): The UCLA Bruins take on the USC Trojans in the huge crosstown rivalry game, taking place at the Rose Bowl this weekend. A few tickets may be available on Ticketmaster. Visit either university’s website for game 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

AXC recognized at SEMA Banquet

The Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC) students have had quite an exciting November! We blogged about how some of our students attended the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and their contributions to the SEMA Cares auction.

They wrapped up their week in Vegas at the annual SEMA Show Industry Awards banquet where the founding partners of AXC received the Chairman’s Service Award for their work in education. Congratulations to the whole team for a successful week!

Blog SEMAAward AXC recognized at SEMA Banquet Auto 103 students pose with the SEMA Chairman’s Service Award 

For more information about AXC and other programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex, please visit tlcfairplex.org.

A farm-fresh Thanksgiving at McKinley’s Grille

McKinley’s Grille is whipping up a delicious feast for Thanksgiving dinner. We can’t wait for the smells of roasted turkey, candied yams and house baked pumpkin pie to come wafting through the air.

Thanksgiving A farm fresh Thanksgiving at McKinleys Grille www.mckinleysgrille.com

Many of our dishes will be made with ingredients selected fresh from our Farm! With the new expansion we are able to grow more vegetables, herbs and fruits than ever before and we are excited to include them in our menu.

Chef Teig has shared a few of his favorite Thanksgiving recipes with us over the years, and if you’re looking to create your own Thanksgiving dishes, try adding these to your holiday fare:

Chef Teig’s Turkey Gravy Recipe

scan0003 264x300 A farm fresh Thanksgiving at McKinleys Grille As shown in IE Weekly Magazine 

Ingredients

  • 6 turkey necks
  • 1.5 gal chicken stock
  • 2 ea. onion (medium)
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 ea. medium carrots
  • 1 T black pepper corns
  • 1 t coriander seed
  • 2 ea. bay leaf
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Directions

  1.  Roast turkey necks at 400F degrees until necks start to brown.
  2. Cut onions, celery, and carrots into large chunks.  Toss lightly in oil and roast at 400F until vegetables starts to brown
  3. Combine necks and vegetables in a large stock pot.  Add pepper, coriander, bay and chicken stock.
  4. Bring to simmer and reduce by ½.
  5. Melt butter in separate pot and whisk in flour to make roux thickener.  Keep moving roux slowly on a low heat until the mixture turns light brown.
  6. Strain the turkey stock and put back on a medium heat.  While stock is simmering, slowly whisk in roux until gravy reaches desired thickness.
  7. Season with salt to taste.

Grandma Carol’s Cornbread Pecan Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. cornbread
  • 12 oz. 1”diced fennel
  • 12 oz. 1” diced onion
  • 3 oz. chopped garlic
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups toasted pecans
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup ground fennel seed
  • ½ cup chopped fresh sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Dice cornbread into 1.5” cubes.
  2. Sweat fennel, onion and Garlic in olive oil until translucent.  Mix cornbread with fennel, onion, and garlic.
  3. Mix in remaining ingredients and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Stuff in turkey and roast or put in medium roasting pan and bake covered at 350 degrees for 90 minutes.

For more information about McKinley’s Grille and Thanksgiving at Fairplex, visit www.mckinleysgrille.com.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: NHRA Finals

Drag racing history was made this weekend at Fairplex as Erica Enders-Stevens became the first woman to win an NHRA Pro Stock world championship title in the final round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals.

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This weekend’s race marked Enders-Stevens’ sixth victory of the season. She joins her heroes and friends Top Fuel champion Shirley Muldowney and three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Angelle Sampey as the third woman to win a world championship in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Other winners include Matt Hagan, who took the Funny Car world championship title, Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship, Morgan Lucas for Top Fuel race champion and Hector Arana Jr. who claimed the Pro Stock Motorcycle win. Read the full weekend recap here.

Congratulations to all the winners this weekend and we look forward to kicking off the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season in February!

For more information about NHRA and the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series visit nhra.com. For more information about Fairplex and the Auto Club Raceway visit fairplex.com.

JFB supports #GivingTuesday

A few weeks ago we shared a little about the National Day of Giving, or #GivingTuesday as the movement is being called on social media.

After the consumerism mania of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday encourages you to give back to your favorite charities and causes, celebrating generosity around the world.

Our Junior Fair Board (JFB) members showed their support of #GivingTuesday by sharing what the JFB leadership program has done for them and why they are giving back this year by posting “unselfies”:

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Show your support of The Learning Centers at Fairplex and #GivingTuesday by posting your own unselfie and tagging Fairplex and The Learning Centers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

The Junior Fair Board Leadership Program (JFB), a program of The Learning Centers at Fairplex (TLC), is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Fair Association and private donors. The program seeks to honor the exemplary achievements of local high school sophomores and juniors. JFB members participate in special projects designed to enhance their leadership skills, business understanding, networking ability, and community involvement. To learn more about JFB and other TLC programs, visit tlcfairplex.org

The making of a mural

The first annual fundraising Artists for Art’s Sake exhibition is opening tomorrow night and if this mural is any indication, we are in for a visual treat.

Volunteers come together to build a mural that will welcome guests through the doors of Millard Sheets Art Center and into the exhibition.

Artists For Arts Sake The making of a mural Thousands of tiles, 30 pairs of artistic eyes and hours of work later, and a beautiful mural is created:

Art Mural Final The making of a mural A special thank you to the ACUI volunteers who came out and made such a beautiful contribution to The Learning Centers at Fairplex and our art programs! Students, parents, teachers and art patrons alike will be able to enjoy this mural for years to come!

For more information on Artists for Art’s Sake or the Millard Sheets Art Center, visit tlcfairplex.org.

L.A. Weekender: Keeping it local

We enjoyed the peace and quiet at Fairplex last weekend, but things are revving up again this weekend with the NHRA Finals and a brand new art show. We decided to keep this L.A. Weekender local, celebrating the events and happenings in our IE community. Keep reading to see what’s happening:

NHRA L.A. Weekender: Keeping it local Photo taken from the 2013 NHRA Finals 

Auto Club Raceway NHRA Finals (Nov. 14-16):  The 50th Annual Auto Club Raceway NHRA Finals are at Fairplex through Sunday. The historic Auto Club Raceway (part of Fairplex campus) will be showcasing the best of the best in drag racing this weekend in the always-exciting Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Tailgate, watch and cheer, and get in on all the action. Visit nhra.com for details.

Artists for Art’s Sake (Nov. 15 – Dec. 19): This Saturday is the opening reception Artists for Art’s Sake, a month-long art exhibition at the newly renovated Millard Sheets Art Center. Hundreds of works will be available for purchase to art patrons who are looking to expand their own collections or purchase gifts for the holiday season. Works including drawings, paintings, photography and mixed media, donated by talented artists. This fundraising exhibition benefits the art education programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex. For more information, visit tlcfairplex.org.

Holiday Crafts Session (Nov. 14):Mothership Scrapbook Gal is helping you get a head start on holiday shopping and decor with their Holiday Crafts Session. Enjoy wine, yummy appetizers and crafts. Make 10 gift tags for your holiday presents and create a beautiful table centerpiece. For more information, click here.

Santa’s Arrival (Nov. 14): If you’re the type of person who thinks Christmas music shouldn’t start playing until at least a week after Thanksgiving, steer clear of Victoria Gardens this weekend, because Santa Claus is coming to town! Take the kids to the traditional tree lighting, a magical snowfall, fireworks and of course, the opportunity to meet Santa at the all new Adventure to Santa attraction. Event begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Victoria Gardens website.

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

TLC visits Vegas

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Our CTEC Auto 103 class had the opportunity to attend the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas last week to present a one-of-a-kind Jeep Wrangler JK Sport they assembled as part of their CTEC classwork.

The 4×4 is perfect for off-road terrain and was assembled at the SEMA Garage in Diamond Bar, CA. The Auto 103 class is under the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC) at Fairplex.

The Jeep will be auctioned off in support of the SEMA Cares charity program with funds going back to AXC, Childhelp and Victory Junction.

We had a blast watching our students show off their hard work, experience the SEMA Show and delve further into the automotive industry with the best of the best.

The Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC) program is part of The Learning Centers at Fairplex and has been developed in collaboration with automotive business owners and classic car enthusiasts from the Inland Valley. For more information about our automotive program and other TLC classes, please visit tlcfairplex.org.

 

Drag racing at Fairplex + NHRA Finals Giveaway [Contest closed]

Southern California has long been regarded as the birthplace of drag racing, and the historic Auto Club Raceway at Fairplex plays an integral role in the story.

Cars with Grandstand Drag racing at Fairplex + NHRA Finals Giveaway [Contest closed] Auto Club Raceway at Fairplex 

The Auto Club Raceway at Pomona is the oldest venue on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series circuit, and has been the home of the Auto Club NHRA Finals for 30 years! The Raceway was originally built in the early 60s as a way to encourage safe street racing.

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What began as a simple dirt parking lot with an asphalt strip down the middle, and bleachers holding less than 300 spectators, has grown into a 1,320-ft racing strip where thousands of fans gather for the WinterNationals and Auto Club NHRA Finals every year. Fairplex is proud to be a unique part of the racing industry.

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Win two tickets to the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Fairplex!

We are giving away two Auto Club NHRA Finals tickets + two NHRA seat cushions for this weekend’s racing event. To enter, leave a comment telling us why you want to attend the drag races. Winner announced Thursday at 3 p.m. PST.

Good luck!

L.A. Weekender: SoCal Maker Con, Veterans Appreciation Festival and more

HARD Day of the Dead may have dominated our campus last weekend, but things of a quieter, but no less exciting, nature on Fairplex campus. In today’s blog post we have options spanning from our home in the foothills all the way down to the harbors of San Pedro. Keep reading to see this week’s edition of the L.A. Weekender:

Fairplex Newsletter L.A. Weekender: SoCal Maker Con, Veterans Appreciation Festival and more SoCal Maker Con at Fairplex

SoCal MakerCon (Nov. 8): SoCal Maker Con celebrates innovation, inventive minds and creativity in Southern California. Robot wars, drone demonstrations and all manner of inventions will be at Fairplex this Saturday, including sessions with some of the top entrepreneurial minds in the region. This one-day event celebrates creativity, forward thinking and some of the greatest entrepreneurial minds out there. For more information, visit socalmakercon.com.

Veterans Appreciation Festival (Nov. 8): Celebrate the veterans of our nation at the free Veterans Appreciation Festival aboard the USS Iowa. Take tours of the battleship, enjoy live music, children’s activities, food trucks and a parade. For more information visit www.pacificbattleship.com.

Claremont Tour de Foothills and Brews (Nov. 8): If you’re in our neck of the woods, consider one of Claremont’s “Tour De” weekend events. Get on your bike and join the Tour de Foothills of Claremont, beginning and ending in The Village. You can bike as little as 31 miles or as many as 100. Register here. If the great outdoors isn’t in your game plan for this weekend, consider the Tour de Brews instead. Sample local breweries and wineries, enjoy food trucks, live music and a fun crowd. Click here for more information.

The Festival 2014 (Nov. 8-9): CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles is hosting The Festival this weekend: a two-day affair featuring some of the world’s greatest and smallest artisanal beer, cider and mead makers to share their stories and knowledge with festival attendees. For more information click here.

 

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