L.A. Weekender: Memorial Day Weekend

The long weekend is here and many of you already have BBQs, picnics and vacations planned, but for those of us who are staying local, here are a few things happening around LA:

wood animal dog pet 1024x612 L.A. Weekender: Memorial Day Weekend Mission Circuit Dog Show (All Weekend): The Mission Circuit Dog Show will be at Fairplex all weekend long! Competitions will finish on Monday with top dog honors celebrated. More than 8,000 dogs are currently taking residence here so we’re in for quite the furry weekend! For more info, please visit missioncircuit.com.

Giant RV Spring Show (May 27-June 5): Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and that means road trips galore. Visit the Giant RV Spring Show at Gate 9. The latest recreational vehicles, show specials, supplies and accessories are yours for the shopping. Visit our website for more info. Admission is free!

Petal Drop LA (May 29): Petal Drop returns to DTLA this weekend, although exact time and place remain unknown. The anonymous art collective will invite the public to an industrial site within the city where thousands of fallen jacaranda blossoms will create a “surreal factory” to last through the morning. If anything, it should make for a great IG post.

Crawfest 2016 (May 29): 700 lbs of crawfish with all the fixings, all-you-can-drink beers and a souvenir cup are what awaits you at Crawfest 2016. Head over to The Brig in Venice Beach for this fantastic Sunday Funday celebration.

Free Admission to LACMA (May 30): LACMA is offering free admission on Memorial Day to the general public. Unwind from the long weekend and enjoy a day of art (and maybe grab a bite to eat at the adjacent Lemonade while you’re there!) 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

Thoughtful Thursday: iCan Shine Bike Camp

Exciting news! The iCan Shine Bike Camp is coming to Fairplex this summer! iCan Shine works with children and adults whose special needs make it challenging for them to master recreational activities like biking.

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Each day campers will receive 75 minutes of instruction over the course of five days — more than 80% of riders learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently by the end of camp!

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Special thanks to the Jovel-Acock family, both for organizing the event and for selecting us as the host campus. The camp runs from June 27 – July 1. Register online here.

To learn more about this awesome program, visit icanshine.org. We look forward to welcoming everyone here!

Fairplex Snapshot: Scooper Bowl Fundraiser

The Learning Centers at Fairplex hosted their annual Scooper Bowl fundraiser tonight at the Millard Sheets Art Center.

Our guests chose from a selection of student-made ceramic bowls and filled them up with a delicious mixture of ice cream and decadent toppings.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us tonight! Our students and teachers really do appreciate it icon smile Fairplex Snapshot: Scooper Bowl Fundraiser

To learn more about the programs at The Learning Centers at Fairplex, visit tlcfairplex.org.

Welcome to the CDC Garden

Our five-acre urban farm provides food for the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and serves as a classroom for our agriculture classes, but it’s not the only place where crops are grown on campus.

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Our Child Development Center (CDC) has its own special garden, tucked into a corner of the playground. It is here that students learn how to plant and sow a variety of fresh vegetables year-round.

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In addition to teaching students how to care for a garden, we’re also able to expand these little ones’ palates to numerous raw vegetables. We also teach students how to make things like kale chips, using ingredients from the crops they grow in the garden.

To learn more about the Child Development Center and our other student programs, visit tlcfairplex.org.

2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition Recap

The 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition has come to a close — all that’s left is seeing who won what.

We want to give a special thank-you to all our judges who wined (and dined!) with us last week. We had a wonderful time hosting and seeing everyone have fun.

The competition started with our traditional Judges Welcome Ceremony, then it was straight into judging.

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We celebrated the end of the first day with a special farm-to-table dinner, made especially for our judges.


Day 2 carried out in similar fashion, with judges swirling, sniffing and spitting their way through dozens of wine entries.

All in all, this year’s competition was a definite success. We can’t wait to sample the winning entries at Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival, and again at the LA County Fair!

L.A. Weekender: All over town

Fairplex will be fairly quiet this weekend but there’s plenty going on in our surrounding communities!

Fairplex Events AgFair gourdsfirstplace 1024x768 L.A. Weekender: All over town 48th District Schools Agriculture & Nutrition Fair (May 21): The Ag Fair is wrapping things up on Saturday but there’s still time to visit! Say hello to the animals, check out educational exhibits from nearby schools and try the hands-on learning activities. More info at agfair.org

Street Food Cinema (May 21): Street Food Cinema is back for the warm summer months and they have a diverse selection of films and locations to choose from this Saturday. Pack a picnic dinner and dust off those lawn chairs for this outdoor movie screening experience. Choose between Back to the Future, Mean Girls and Toy Story (Westchester Park, Syd Kronenthal Park and Griffith Park respectively.

Paint & Wine At The Promenade (May 21): For the 21+ crowd, the Promenade gallery in downtown Pomona is hosting a wine and paint night this Saturday. $30 includes materials, wine, cheese, crackers and the art lesson. More info at downtownpomona.org.

Claremont Folk Festival (May 22): The annual Claremont Folk Festival is this Sunday! Head over to the Sontag Theather on Pomona College Campus and enjoy an afternoon and evening of music, food and drinks. More info at folkmusiccenter.com.

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

 

Urban Farming: Fairplex Hydroponics

TheFarm hydroponics 225x300 Urban Farming: Fairplex Hydroponics Growing an urban farm like ours takes a little creativity and a lot of agricultural know how. Thankfully we have plenty of both!

While the majority of our crops are grown traditionally, we practice many farming techniques. We covered vertical farming in a couple months back and now we’re taking a look at our hydroponics crops!

Hydoponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water without soil.

It’s a great way to care for long-term growth. We’re currently using our system to grow blue tomatoes (the healthiest tomatoes you can grow… more on that in another post). 

Our hydroponics chambers were created thanks to an Eagle Scout project one of our local Boy Scouts of America troops did a few years ago.

Our plants currently reside in moist perlite and are planted deeper than most tomatoes. We let the water pumps run continuously during the first three days so the plant scould establish themselves in their new home. Now the system is timed to run three times per day.

If you have a lack of soil / garden space, using hydroponics is a great alternative!

To learn more about The Farm at Fairplex, visit fairplex.com/farm.

A Walk Through The Ag Fair

Fairplex Events AgFair agsign 220x300 A Walk Through The Ag Fair The 48th District Schools’ Agriculture & Nutrition Fair is setting up shop at Fairplex this week!

This year’s theme is Let It Grow, and student submissions have lived up to the theme handsomely.

Each exhibit teaches you how the elements of agriculture (water, plants, bees, dairy etc) plays a significant role in our everyday lives.

Official Ag Day LA dates are May 18 – 19 but this event runs all week long.


We took a walk through the fair today. Here’s what we saw: 

Fairplex Events AgFair tlcbunnies 1024x767 A Walk Through The Ag Fair Our Fairplex Ambassadors brought out our two-week old bunnies (and their watchful mama) to say hello to students today. Agricultural education is a core focus at The Farm, so it made sense for them to make an appearance.

Fairplex Events AgFair kidsgroup 1024x768 A Walk Through The Ag Fair There are plenty of hands-on exhibits here, several of which go beyond agricultural science and into the realms of physics, biology and astronomy.

Fairplex Events AgFair walldisplay 1024x768 A Walk Through The Ag Fair Hundreds of schools have contributed to the fair, including exhibits in art, photography, crafts, horticulture, hydroponics, mission models, paintings, quilts, sawhorses, scarecrows, terrariums and other various science projects.

We’ll be visiting throughout the week so we can fully take in all the hard work these students have done. To learn more about the agriculture fair, please visit agday.org.

Thank you to all the students, teachers and partners who have made this event possible! We are so glad it’s happening right here at Fairplex.