Warm up those fingers…

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It’s a great chance to sell, trade and buy some six-strings. You can even get your instrument appraised if you like. Anything guitar-related will be there: amps, repair companies, memorabilia, banjos – whatever strums your strings.

And before the weekend, you can even learn how to riff just like Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Rock on, folks!

Help out our “kids”

The Learning Centers at Fairplex cordially invite you…to dinner!

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With an accompanying auction on September 29 at our very own Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, the Child Development Center at Fairplex 20th Annual Dinner & Auction hopes to raise money to continue its mission of educating and preparing today’s children, their families and tomorrow’s teachers to succeed in a diverse and changing world.

Some quick facts about the CDC:

  • The state-of-the-art early childhood development center offers more than 300 infants, toddlers and preschoolers a high quality, safe and nurturing educational experience each year.
  • A long-time partner with the University of La Verne (ULV) and its child development department, CDC serves as an experiential teaching lab for ULV students studying child development.
  • Parent education classes and interactive parent child learning activities are offered, helping to reinforce learning at home.
  • CDC serves the entire community – 50 percent of our families receive tuition subsidies from the California State Department of Education.

To attend, support and donate to a great cause, click here.

Chugga-chugga…

Choo! Choo!
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It’s not a car, it’s not a plane, it’s… The Great Train Expo. Happening this weekend in Building 9, this traveling collection will wow you with operating model railroads, train dealers, collectors, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, trains big enough to play on, door prizes and the Fairplex’s own Garden Railroad will be up and running.

And to get you prepared, we’re going to teach you some train lingo, thanks to Building Your Own Railroad.

Articulated: A type of steam locomotive where the engine moves separately from the frame. This way, a large engine could be used on railroads with tight or standard curves.

Staging yard: several lengths of track on a layout used for storing or putting trains together before an operating session. Often hidden but they don’t have to be.

Wye: a special type of turnout that forms a “Y” or “fork in the road” so that a train may be directed to the right or left. Also refers to a type of track arrangement forming a triangle that will allow a train to turn around.

What’s a Roller Derby?

Did you know that the Fairplex is the home base of the Los Angeles FireBirds?

These tough athletes will face the Brooklyn Red Devils this Saturday at 8 p.m.

These professional skaters skate on a traditional banked course, which means that the track is slanted, not flat. And, in typical roller derby fashion, things can get a little intense…

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Now, what are the rules of roller derby? You can learn in this excerpt from the documentary “Jam.”

Hungry for more derby? We have an easy solution for you – stop by this Saturday night and root for the FireBirds!

A New Tattoo and the Human Pin Cushion

Yes, you can experience both at the Tattoo & Macabre Expo this weekend at Fairplex. Our pal Nate tells us all about it:

Alright, here we go again! Tattoo Expo is back! As at past shows, there will be more than 300 tattoo and piercing artists from all over the world, more than 20 bands performing live, a beauty pageant (Body Art Expo style) and a contest (also Body Art Expo style). Same old thing different day, right? WRONG!

They’ve added a new element to the show this year and I can’t wait to check it out. I don’t exactly know how to pronounce it, but I think it rhymes with chupacabra, and just like the legendary cryptid it is gruesome, horrifying, ghastly and maybe even deadly! MACABRE! (Pronounced [muh-kah-bruh] – it’s French).

This year, for the first time at Fairplex, the Tattoo & Macabre Expo will be showing off awesome freak show performers like The Enigma, who has been featured on Ripley’s Believe it or Not! along side Serana Rose, and freak magician Dan Sperry who has been featured on America’s got Talent. And that’s just to name a few.

Every year I visit the Tattoo Expo and experience something different every time. But the one thing that never fails to impress me is the traditional Polynesian tattoo art and technique. They actually tattoo ink into someone’s body using a foot-long stick with a VERY sharp end, then that stick will get hit by another stick to make the punctures while assistants around the artist help by stretching the skin and cleaning the blood off the victim, oops I mean the client. Take a look:

I encourage anyone with enough courage to check out the show this weekend. There’s always amazing art and merchandise for sale; the show never fails to impress. drop me a comment on this blog, let me know what you think about the Tattoo & Macabre Expo.

Combat “Carmageddon” and see some cool cats

What’s Up, Pussycat?

This July 16, the Fairplex will host over 225 cats for the CFA Breed & Household Cat Show. Benefiting the Southern California Abyssinian Rescue, which rescues Abyssinian cats, the show will feature only the best pedigreed cats and kittens as well as top house cats.

Now, you say – what’s an Abyssinian cat? It’s a short-haired cat with origins in Africa. They’re known for being playful and fun cats.

You can see that in this adorable video we found of Abyssinian kittens below:

Shh….print out a coupon for $5 off of admission here.

Great Day for Vans Warped Tour

Our Junior Fair Board intern Stephanie took to the grounds at Vans Warped Tour:

On a warm July Friday, hundreds of teenagers and adults alike flocked to various platforms to see their favorite bands render their favorite songs at Vans Warped Tour. Undeterred by the weather, concert goers found creative ways to beat the heat. A horde of shorts, tutus, and bikini and tank tops entered the grassy area where all the bands were stationed. Others were willing to defy the heat and stick to more artistic apparel. I had the pleasure of speaking to Jorge, aptly dressed as Mario from the Super Mario Bros., who told me that he has dressed up as this very recognizable character every single time that he has attended the annual concert.


The crowd was also illuminated by a man donning a neon green jumpsuit who undoubtedbly must have been a little hot at the very least.

The crowd consisted of many different types of personalities. Some girls were dressed in all black with painted stitches on their mouths, while others were wearing short-shorts and dresses reminiscent of beachwear. Some guys were wearing shredded shirts and pants held together by safety pins, while others were simply wearing t-shirts and shorts. The simple fact that the crowd was a mélange of different characters attests to the fact that Warped Tour is indeed a concert for everyone. 

The air, stirred by the occasional transient breeze, was neither still nor silent. The characteristic low hum of a bass guitar or the loud beat created by a skillful drummer’s precision filled the air. Fans were enthralled as they watched their beloved bands perform just a few feet in front of their very eyes. If attendees weren’t watching a performance, they were flocking to a contest or giveaway at one booth or another. One such contest allotted fans one minute to assemble under a tent. Within seconds, a throng of people had huddled under the tent and were awaiting their prize.

Overall, Warped Tour 2011 was a lot of fun in spite of the heat. Fervent band supporters had their dreams fulfilled as they witnessed their bands performing live. If you missed it this year, there is always next year!

Thanks Stephanie! How’d she do? Share your experiences on Vans Warped Tour and see if they compare to Stephanie’s.