Battling Cancer With Horse Power

rideforlife Battling Cancer With Horse PowerThe San Dimas Ride for Life has organized a unique way to raise money for the American Cancer Society – horseback riding. Instead of walking in a Relay for Life, equestrians will ride their horses for a 10-hour ride-a-thon at Fairplex this Saturday for cancer support.

The public is welcome to come out to Fairplex’s horse arenas to cheer on the riders. There will be free demonstrations and games involving the horses for spectators to enjoy. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. with closing ceremonies at 7 p.m. So far, 57 riders and their horses are signed up.

Riders and the public can participate in the Remember ceremony. Lavendar ribbons to remember a cancer survivor or someone lost to cancer will be available for $10. The ribbons can be decorated. Riders will take the ribbons into the arena, ride for one lap, then place the ribbon in one of several vases in the center of the ring. After all ribbons are placed in the arena all riders simultaneously stop for 60 seconds, then reverse direction, in silence, to symbolize we are all changing direction, turning to Fight Back.

Ride for Life will also have an open mic available for survivors and caregivers to tell their story.

What a great event and a wonderful way to encourage cancer survivors and remembers those who’ve died. Organizer Bob Hardcastle said he hopes to grow the event in the coming years, with more riders and more activities.

In the meantime, come out to Fairplex on Saturday, fight against cancer and pet a horse. Bring chairs and goodies to munch on. If it rains, the riders will move to the covered horse arena.

Buy a car, truck, van or specialty vehicle at auction prices!

suv 300x225 Buy a car, truck, van or specialty vehicle at auction prices!Are you in the market for a car, truck or specialty vehicle? Don’t miss the US Auction at Fairplex this Saturday, March 27 in the White Ave. lot.

Admission is FREE.
Parking at Gate 9 on White Ave.
Preview: Fri. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Auction: Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Information: (909) 982-6688
usauctions.net

Collie Club of America National Specialty Show

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Collies have a reputation as one of the most beautiful dog breeds in the world. These four legged friends have made many families happy.  Like Lassie, possibly one of the world’s most famous dog of all time,  a collie who made our hearts melt.

This week, the Collie Club of America brings their National Specialty show to Fairplex. The show includes  a dog agility competition, a breeders education seminar, AKC Canine Good Citizen testing, and the Collie Health Foundation dinner among other great events.

So if you LOVE collies or are just plainly a declared dog lover, this show is for YOU!

March 23-27

collieclubofamerica.org

This is for all you beer lovers out there…

Sudz logo Final 000 150x150 This is for all you beer lovers out there...April 16th will be a good day for beer lovers in Southern California where they can taste over 150 imported and micro brews plus a delectable selection of finger foods for only $35.  All proceeds benefit the Fairplex Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) .  There’s no better way to have fun and help your community, so drink-up!

Sudzapalooza Beer Festival will take place at Finish Line Sports Grill on April 16 from 6-9 p.m.

Guests must be 21 years of age. Sudzapalooza is presented by Liquorama.

For more information please call or email Wendy Wright at wwright@fairplex.com, 909-865-4207.

See Pacquiao Fight at Finish Line

banner See Pacquiao Fight at Finish LineWant a great seat for the fights this Saturday? Watch World Boxing Organization’s welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao defend his title against Joshua Clottey at Finish Line Sports Grill. There is no better place to take in great sports coverage than at Finish Line. With more than 70 mega-TVs, you won’t miss a thing. On Saturday, the fun begins at 6 p.m. Call (909) 865-4154 to make reservations. Cover charge is $10.

Stay after the fight and listen to live music with Thee Montclairs.

Don’t forget all of Finish Line’s weekly specials: Happy Hour, Taco Tuesdays, Karaoke Wednesdays. Check out the Web site: finishlinesportsgrill.com.

Program Teaches Teens to Drive Safely

brakes Program Teaches Teens to Drive SafelyIn 2008, NHRA driver Doug Herbert’s two teen sons were killed in an automobile accident. Working through his grief, Herbert began a non-profit organization that focuses on safe driving. B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) offers a safe driving program for teens and their parents. B.R.A.K.E.S. comes to Fairplex this weekend, March 13 and 14.

 B.R.A.K.E.S. is not an ordinary driving school. It supplements driver education programs by teaching young drivers how to handle emergency driving situations in a controlled environment. Working with professional drivers, teens are taken through different scenarios including skid pads, panic stops with anti-lock brakes, distractions and a slalom course. Drivers also have teens attempt to drive and pay attention while texting or talking on a cell phone – showing them that it cannot be safely done. Parents are taught the exact same driving methods so that they can continue to practice with their teens and reinforce what their teens have learned.

 Herbert and his non-profit organization are based in North Carolina but hold driving programs three times a year at Fairplex and he is in attendance to speak directly with the teens. The California driving schools are sponsored by NHRA, which is dedicated to getting the message out about driver safety on the road.

 Each year more than 6,000 teens are killed in automobile accidents and more than 400,000 are injured. B.R.A.K.E.S. is hoping to drastically reduce those numbers. For more information about B.R.A.K.E.S. or to register for the program, visit the Web site, putonthebrakes.com.

Check out what’s coming up at Fairplex:
RCX Radio Control Expo – March 20 and 21
Computer Fair – March 20 and 21
POAC Southwest Regional Horse Show – March 20 and 21

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling…

leprechaun1 When Irish Eyes Are Smiling...There will be plenty of Irish eyes walking around Fairplex this weekend, or Irish Village, as we will be known Saturday and Sunday. The 8th annual Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival arrives with lots of food, music, art and cultural activities to celebrate the Emerald Isle.  Whether you are 100 percent Irish or claim to be just for the weekend, the Irish Fair offers fun for everyone.

I’ve been several times and I can tell you you won’t find greater traditional music outside of Ireland itself. From Celtic music to popular Irish pub bands strumming the sound-alike chords of native sons U2, there are eight stages throughout the Iridublin4 When Irish Eyes Are Smiling...sh Village to keep you entertained. Don’t miss Dublin 4 and Wrath of McGrath. The Emerald Society Pipes and Drum Band is made up of Los Angeles police employees.

In true Irish tradition, storytellers will weave tales of yore for young and old. Stop by to listen to True Thomas, Merlin the Magician and Bill Howard – all tale tellers extraordinaire. Don’t miss Leprechaun Village with games and a petting zoo. Also, there will be sheep herding demonstrations in the barn.

Get ready to stomp your feet and clap your hands to keep beat with the Cripple Creek Cloggers. They, along with a few other dance troupes, will display traditional Irish dancing.

With St. Patrick’s Day in a few weeks, now is the time to order a pint of Guinness and drink to one of the world’s all-time favorite saints. Add some authentic Irish food to that, too. Try out the bangers and mash (sausage and mash potatoes), Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips. Yum!

Check out the Web site, www.la-irishfair.com for more info. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $16 for seniors and students with valid ID, and children 11 and younger are free. A two-day ticket is $28. And, on Saturday, if your last name is Murphy, you get in free (ID required).

The Irish Fair goes on rain or shine. I’ve been to the Fair in the rain and it just makes the day more authentic! So don’t let the rain stop you!!