Robots take over Fairplex

Could you imagine our grounds full of robots? If you can’t, that’s okay because in 3 days you won’t have to imagine anything – robots will be here and they will be taking over Fairplex for DARPA’s Robotics Challenge Finals.

In case you are wondering, the primary technical goal of the DRC is to develop human-supervised ground robots capable of executing complex tasks in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments. Those competing in the DRC have developed robots that can utilize standard tools and equipment commonly available in human environments, ranging from hand tools to vehicles. In other words, let’s just say that we could be meeting some of our future first responders.

In the next couple of days, 25 teams from around the world will set up shop on our grounds and conduct some last minute testing to make sure everything runs smoothly. Getting here was not an easy task and here is the breakdown of where our finalists are coming from: half of the teams are from the United States, five are from Japan, three from Korea, two from Germany, one China, one from Italy and one from Hong Kong.

Here are some of the robots that will be competing for the coveted $2 million grand prize.

We should also mention that DARPA plans to award $1 million to the runner-up and $500,000 to the third-place team.

This event is free and perfect for all ages, so prepare to have a blast with your family and friends! To follow the event online or for more info visit www.theroboticschallenge.org.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals are coming up in just three days. What are you most looking forward to at this competition?

Dogs arrive at Fairplex for Mission Circuit Dog Show

Without a doubt, dogs have, are and will always be man’s best friend!

The Mission Circuit Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan, has finally returned to Fairplex for its annual Memorial Day weekend event. This four-day event runs until Monday and is expected to bring in about 8,000 dogs from over 150 different breeds.

Throughout the day, there will be food vendors and pet supply vendors. There will also be an opportunity for spectators to interact with competitors and learn about the select breeds. Judging begins each day at 9 a.m and runs until about 6:00 p.m, so come on down and join us for this exciting and free event!

For more information visit www.missioncircuit.com

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Agriculture & Nutrition Fair Comes to Fairplex

Today is the last day of the annual 48th District Schools’ Agriculture & Nutrition Fair at Fairplex, and we could not be happier to have seen hundreds of students have a great time with their families and friends while on our grounds.

This very special agricultural educational fair features thousands of individual and classroom entries from hundreds of schools in the greater Los Angeles area.

The fair brings students, families, educators and community members together to celebrate the achievements of local students (pre-K through high school) and teachers and educates the attendees about the importance of agriculture and nutrition in California.

Exhibits include art, photography, beneficial insects and worms, birdhouses, crafts, horticulture, hydroponics, mission models, paintings, posters, quilts, quilt blocks, sawhorses, scarecrows, gardens, terrariums and trout-in-the-classroom projects.

In addition to seeing all of the other exhibits, students were able to enjoy a petting zoo, our lovely garden and a Spelling Bee contest!

For more information visit www.fairplex.com or www.agfair.org.

2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

The Los Angeles International Wine Competition officially began this morning at our Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center.

Since its inception, the competition has maintained the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, earning USA Today’s recognition as one of the Top 5 wine competitions in the United States. Due to the competition’s popularity, this year over 3,000 wines from around the globe will be sniffed, swirled and tasted by a panel of approximately 85 international judges.

Prize-winning entries will not only be on display and available for tasting at Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival, but also at the LA County Fair. Fair warning: be prepared to have a first-class experience while at our grounds!

For more information on the Los Angeles International Wine Competition visit www.lawinecomp.com. Winners will be announced later this month.

Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, Michael Jordan, shared with us a bit about his background and role in this competition:

 

Upland Lemon Festival Recap

Upland Lemon Festival 2015: The 19th annual Upland Lemon Festival was held in the city’s downtown this past weekend.

Residents of the area and lemon lovers from surrounding cities came out to enjoy all of the ‘lemony’ foods, carnival rides, games and diverse contests ranging from pie eating to dancing!

Despite the power outages, rains and incredible crowds, families and friends really enjoyed themselves and the opportunity to shop around and support local businesses. In fact, this year, the festival drew in more than 60,000 people during its three-day run, which is something to be very proud of! icon wink Upland Lemon Festival Recap

Here are some really cool pictures from this weekend’s event.

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Do you have any photos of your time at the Upland Lemon Festival? Share with us in the comments below! We would love to see them.

L.A. Weekender: Fairplex Happenings

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you all had a very productive week and that y’all are ready to get the weekend started. If you are like me and don’t have anything planned for this weekend, then please continue reading this blog because this weekend is packed with events perfect for all age groups.

PublicAuction 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPublic Auction (April 17-18): Countless cars, pickup trucks, vans, SUV’s and other vehicles will be auctioned off at Fairplex this Saturday. If interested, preview day is Friday and actual bidding and sale is Saturday. Event will take place on White Avenue Lot, through Gate 9. Free parking at Gate 23 on Fairplex & Puddingstone Drives. For more information about this free admission event visit the Fairplex events page.

Palates 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPalates & Palettes: Food, Wine and Paint (April 18): This month’s Palates and Palettes event revolves around French artist Henri Matisse. Enjoy complimentary food pairings presented by Vince Cavalli of McKinley’s Grille and wine selections from Nice, France, selected by Silverlake Wine. In this unique and relaxing ambiance, you will create an original painting guided by an experienced art teacher as you listen to relaxing and regional music in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. All materials are provided, and you will take home your finished work at the end of the evening. All levels are encouraged, no experience required. There are still a few spots open! Register here!

FamilyArt 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsMillard Sheets Art Center Free Family Workshops: The Millard Sheets Art Center is bringing back its free family art workshops focusing on art skills and fun craft projects for the whole family. Projects will be taught in Spanish & English with one group for parents and elementary students and another for middle school students, so make sure to join the fun! For more information about this event visit the Fairplex events page.

Cosmo 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsCosmo Run 7K (April 18): LADIES, Cosmo Run 7K is this Saturday! Ditch your place and come have fun at this all ladies evening event! Participating in a 7K does not have to be boring, so gather your sisters, friends and female colleagues and register for the event. Your race swag will include a Cosmo 7k martini glass, goody bag and more. The finish line will have 3 different Three Olive Vodka Cosmo stations – each featuring a different Cosmo flavor! To learn more about this event visit the the Fairplex events page.

PomonaSwapMeet 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (April 19): According to weather reports, Sunday’s weather will be perfect for our Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show. Hundreds of original and restored classic vehicles will be on display and for sale in six specialized Car Corral sections: Pre 1985 Classics, any year Corvettes, any year Porsches, Pre 1959 Street Rods, Pre 1985 Volkswagens and Pre 1985 Imports. General admission is $10 and children 12 and under are free. For more information visit www.fairplex.com.

To see what else is going on at Fairplex, please check out our Events Page.

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 madrigal@fairplex.com

2015 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

Judges from around the world have come together at the Sheraton Fairplex for the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) competition. Due to the high number of entries and the time needed for judging, the competition is divided into two: the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.

Official judges and guest judges go through dozens of olive oils in a day. Contrary to popular belief, judging olive oils is not just about the taste; judges have to go through a process that consists of swirling, warming the oil for a minute or two, taking a good whiff of the aroma, tasting and spitting before finally putting pen to paper and doing the actual scoring.

Judge and sensory scientist, Sue Langstaff, shared with us the purpose of this competition:

Nancy Bates has helped at this event for the last 8 years, so check out what she had to say about the EVOO competition:

The Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere judging ensures that all oils are judged at their freshest and best.  The award‐winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils will be displayed at the 93rd anniversary of the LA County Fair, Sept. 4 ‐ 27, 2015, so stay tuned!

Are you a fan of extra virgin olive oil? Let us know in the comments section! 

L.A. Weekender: Beer, Easter Sunday & Dodgers

It’s been a little over a month since our last L.A. Weekender blog post, so I am very excited about the events happening this weekend. Regardless of what you end up doing, I just know you will have fun with family and friends!

file0001051627832 200x300 L.A. Weekender: Beer, Easter Sunday & DodgersLA Fall Beer Festival: Beer lovers have to come out to LA Center Studios on Saturday, April 4 from 12-3 p.m. or from 5-8 p.m. for the seventh annual LA Beer Festival that will feature over 200 beers, 15 food trucks, DJs, two bands and more surprises. Admission is $40, and it includes beer sampling. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so purchase your tickets here.

Easter Sunday: On Sunday, April 5, PFB/Purpose Church will be holding their outdoor Easter services at Fairplex in the Grandstand at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each service features worship bands and 150-vocal choir and orchestra. Free parking and admission is available at Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive.

1280px Dodger Stadium 300x224 L.A. Weekender: Beer, Easter Sunday & DodgersDodgers Opening Day: Baseball season is upon us! The Dodgers will begin the season against the San Diego Padres on Monday, April 6 at 1:10 p.m. We understand this event doesn’t fall on the weekend, but we are just too excited about the return of baseball that we couldn’t NOT include it here! Hopefully you purchased your tickets. If you didn’t, then hit the search engines and find your local sports bar and have a few drinks in honor of all of those people who will be stuck on traffic.

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 madrigal@fairplex.com. 

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!

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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