Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Fest returns to Fairplex

Summer is finally here and so are the outdoor Festivals!

If you need a break from college, work or life, in general, then you need to come to Fairplex this Friday, June 27 for Cheers — L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival.

Tomorrow evening people from across Southern California will come to our Fairplex Farm for a celebration of the Los Angeles International Wine, Spirits and Beer Competitions. Guests will not only be able to enjoy unlimited tastings of award-winning wine, spirits and beer, but they will also be able to indulge in some of SoCal’s most popular food truck specialties.

Tickets are available online for $60 through June 26; $75 at the door. All guests must be 21 and over.

Admission ticket includes:
- Event admission & tastings of award-winning wine, spirits, beer and extra virgin olive oil
- Commemorative glass
- $10 in food truck bucks – Food trucks to be announced soon (bucks not valid at farm-fresh flatbread pizza oven)
- $35 is tax deductible and goes to support the educational programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex
- Dance the night away with a DJ and stop by the silent auction
- Wine garden, beer tavern, spirits lounge and organic garden

Cheers is a fundraising event to benefit the educational programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Through the distinctive resources of Fairplex, TLC provides a wide spectrum of innovative and enriching educational experiences that bring learning to life, benefit diverse communities and prepare participants for success.

For more information about Cheers or TLC, visit www.tlcfairplex.org.

Fairplex Snapshot: Child Development Center’s New Sign

The Fairplex Child Development Center became the proud owner of a brand new sign yesterday morning!

After a lot of planning and hard work, our center can now be easily identified as people drive up and down McKinley Ave.

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In case you are not familiar with our Fairplex CDC, we serve children from twelve weeks to kindergarten age, and our curriculum focuses on a child’s four primary developmental domains: cognitive, language, social-emotional and physical. Our staff emphasizes first-hand experiences in play, oral language, listening, books and phonemic awareness. Since the center is adjacent to the grounds of the nation’s largest county fair, children have the opportunity to have amazing hands-on educational experiences that cannot be taught in a classroom.

For more information about the Fairplex CDC, please visit http://www.tlcfairplex.org/cdc/home.

DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

In case you are debating on whether or not to come to Fairplex for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals happening today and tomorrow, allow us to show you in videos what you’ll be missing out on…and let us be the first ones to say that it is not wise to miss this unique and fun event!

At this event you’ll be able to interact with robots, learn more about technology and about disaster response and perhaps event meet Google’s CEO – Larry Page! Also, did we mention that this event is FREE? Hope you enjoy the videos and to see you here tomorrow for the grand finale!

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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?