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

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Holiday season kicks off at Fairplex

This weekend was the perfect beginning to the holidays at Fairplex. In Expo Hall 4 we had the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show, where guests shopped thousands of unique handcrafted gifts, and got swept into the holiday spirit by live performances, twinkling lights and a delicious array of tasty cookies, cakes, nuts and other winter goodies.

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Meanwhile over in Expo Hall 6, the furriest and friendliest of our visitors took up residence Saturday afternoon at the Holiday Pet Expo. Pets and their owners took photos with Santa, sampled treats and watched agility and obedience demonstrations. Tis’ the season to determine who’s naughty or nice, after all!

Finally, Sunday Funday began bright and early at the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show on the other side of Fairplex. Flocks of car enthusiasts spent the morning and afternoon perusing auto parts, checking out classic cars and enjoying a shared appreciation of the beauty of the automobile.

The fun is just beginning, with the Holiday Half Marathon coming up next weekend and a number of festive parties taking place at Fairplex in December. For a full list of upcoming events visit fairplex.com.

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L.A. Weekender: Beer, music and ramen at Fairplex

TGIF! We couldn’t be more excited for the weekend, considering all the fun that’s happening on our campus over the next three days. Keep reading for a special Fairplex edition of the L.A. Weekender!

Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Oct 17-19): Oktoberfest weekend two starts tonight at 6 p.m. Join us for beer, brats and live music. The Rheinlanders Oom-Pah-Pah band will be leading guests in games and dancing inside the Festhalle while tribute bands Black Eyed Tease (Friday), Led Zepagain (Saturday) and Rumors (Sunday) entertain the masses in the courtyard. Get the party started at www.oktoberfestatfairplex.com!

Moon Block Party (Oct 18): For the first time ever, the Moon Block Party music festival will be blasting off at Fairplex. Come hear bands like Spoon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Band of Skulls, eat, drink and enjoy this one-day art experience! For more information, visit www.moonblockparty.org.

Ramen Yokocho Festival (Oct 18-19): The last Ramen festival of the year is this weekend at Fairplex. Expert chefs from Japan, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles will be cooking up delicious noodle dishes for you to feast on. Slurp up your Ramen of choice and enjoy art exhibits, a car show and film screenings at your leisure! For more information, visit www.ramenyokochous.com.

Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Oct 19): The Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show will be at Fairplex this Sunday. Shop thousands of auto parts at swap meet prices and take in the sight of thousands of original and restored classic cars. For more information visit www.pomonaswapmeet.com.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly 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

3 Summer Evening Family Fun Ideas

One of our favorite parts of summer are relaxing evenings. Clear night skies and soft, warm winds are ideal for outdoor activities. Whether it’s BBQs, pool parties, star gazing or bonfires, there is plenty to do all summer long. Keep reading for fun Fairplex summer evening activities that are perfect for the whole family:

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3 Summer Evening Family Fun Ideas

1. Fairplex Summer Drive-In: We’re going old-school this summer at our brand-new drive-in event kicking off Friday, August 15th. Bring the kids, bring a date, bring your friends and pile everyone into the car for a classic drive-in movie experience at Fairplex. We will have food trucks, beverage stands and fun giveaways too. This summer’s feature: Despicable Me 2. Click here for more information.

2. Neon Run 5k: If a night at the movies is a little too tame for your taste, the Neon Run 5k might be perfect for you. This fun 5k is a non-competitive race that ends at the brilliantly lit Neon Festival. Dress in your brightest costumes, put a team together or run solo through a fun-filled neon race course at Fairplex. Click here for more information.

3. Prolong Twilight Cruise: The monthly Prolong Twilight Cruise is especially enjoyable during the warn summer months. Enjoy hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and vintage race cars on display. In addition to music and food, Twilight Cruise nights include free admission to the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum after 3 p.m. Click here for more information:

What is your favorite way to spend summer evenings? Sound off in the comments below. 

Dr. Detail’s Journey to Pomona

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show is this Sunday. We have a guest blog about Dr. Detail written by Tony Barthel from the Curbside Auto Column and Car Show Calendar, who writes for Pomona Swap Meet’s Blog.

Dr  Detail 300x264 150x141 Dr. Details Journey to Pomona This issue of the Swap Meet newsletter has a thread that weaves through the stories, where people get their start because life has thrown them a curve ball and they step up to the plate and knock that curve ball right out of the park. Such is also the case with Dr. Detail, who started his business for his mom 40 years ago, after she got put out to pasture at just 70 years young.

In those days he was already coming to Pomona with the 240Z club and, as a research chemist, he set mom Margaret (Peggy) Loomis up with the detail business. Oh, that’s right, you all know her as Swap Meet Mom. “She was a bookkeeper, but she could sell as well as I can,” said son Wayne Loomis of the lady who inspired Dr. Detail. So what we’re saying here, is that a research chemist sets up a detailing supply company for his mom, who finds customers at the Pomona Swap Meet. Yeah, that’s about right. But what makes Dr. Detail different is that Wayne knows about the ingredients in the products he sells, so he can spot the winners. Wait, maybe it’s the winners that don’t spot, after all, it is the detail biz. Anyhow, Dr. Detail researches his products and also loves the Pomona Swap Meet because he can listen to what customers are asking for. From there, he visits with the manufacturers and develops a line of products that help detailers all over the world to do a fantastic job. “I not only set them up, but spend time with them on choosing products and how to use them – how to start, how to price. I’ll help them to whatever degree it takes to get into the business,” states Wayne. These products include cleaning products, pinstriping supplies, pressure washers and much, much more.

One of the more interesting things is that Wayne, er, Dr. Detail, is seeing more and more people stop by his booth at Pomona and ask about getting into the detailing business. Unlike so many opportunities nowadays, you can step into the detailing business with almost no money and get started. “All you need is a bucket and a hose,” joked Wayne. Well, actually, that’s not far from the truth. But you can step up and get a very professional rig that can be towed behind most vehicles for well under $5000 and that will mean you’ve got a very high-quality detailing machine. So here’s a business with small starting capital, where you can really clean up. Insert rim shot here.

In all seriousness, it is a good business and having someone who has your back is certainly a very good thing. In fact, Dr. Detail is holding a class sponsored by the County of Orange next month to help detailers deal with runoff. Presently, a lot of governmental bodies are clamping down on what runs into our storm drains and these workshops help detailers mitigate runoff, which helps both in compliance with local regulations, but also means they’re greener. Hey, that’s a good thing!

While Swap Meet Mom has since passed away, Dr. Detail continues with his stakehold at the Pomona Swap Meet. “It’s the best – I’d never miss a Pomona Swap Meet. People come from all over the world,” Wayne says fondly. That’s not a stretch, either. Dr. Detail has met people from countries like Australia, New Zealand and Japan and, in some cases, sold them entire container loads of detailing supplies. “It ends up being cheaper to buy and ship from here, than to buy on their home turf. Plus they get a trip to America as well.”

Dr. Detail is also available at his store in Fullerton, CA.,which is located at 1115 W. Orangethorpe. You can also reach him by phone at (714) 870-8555 or on the Internet at http://drdetailforless.com/. Of course you can find him at the Pomona Swap Meet, on Road 23, Spaces 12, 14, 16 and 18 at each and every event, where he listens to his many repeat and new customers and helps them with their own success.
If you don’t find Dr. Detail behind his booth, you’ll likely have the pleasure of meeting one of the kids he meets at church, who generally have their first jobs working Dr. Detail’s booth. “I like to give back to the community and help people get their start,” asserts Dr. Detail.

It’s nice to meet someone who likes to give back – that puts a positive spin on the story for sure.

Selling (or Buying) a Car Has Never Been So Easy

pricingheader2 Selling (or Buying) a Car Has Never Been So EasySo you have an extra car sitting around or you want to sell your existing car to ramp up your down payment for a new one. But the thought of having buyers come to your house doesn’t sound so appealing. SoCal Auto Showcase has the perfect solution. SCAS is at Fairplex on weekends with what they call a community display lot for used “for-sale-by-owner” cars. Sellers can bring their car here in a safe, mutual location.

Wallace Hagstrom, owner of SCAS, said selling personally owned cars at community lots is a new trend, one that he sees as a benefit to the seller and the buyer. Buyers can come and peruse a variety of cars in one location. Buyers inspect the vehicles and if interested they call the owner directly, arrange for a “test drive” (owner must be present) and make the deal!  Sellers bring cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, motor homes, boats, trailers and more (no cars older than 1975 accepted).

There are no commission fees, no middleman. Sellers deal directly with buyers. Sellers pay a fee for having their vehicle on the lot. Check out the website for pricing. The lot is located at Fairplex Gate 23 on Arrow Highway.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, sounds like a good deal – convenient and safe. Looks like I’ll be heading here in a few years for a certain teenager.

Carpet, Computers, Cars and Culture at Fairplex this weekend

I mentioned a few days ago that the Asian American Expo will be at Fairplex this weekend. We have a slew of other events this weekend, too, so if you are doing some home improvement, need a new hard drive, are looking for the perfect car part as well as wanting to indulge in some great Asian food, get over to Fairplex.

2668 Th 1homeimprovement 150x132 Carpet, Computers, Cars and Culture at Fairplex this weekendThe Pomona Home & Garden Show begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday. The show features educational and informative demonstrations, displays and seminars on the newest ideas in home improvement and remodeling. Lots of experts will be on hand plus info on do-it-yourself projects. Having just experienced a flood in my kitchen, I’ll be there looking for new flooring ideas. Check our website for hours.

Need a new computer for the new year? Stop by the L.A. Computer F2678 Th 1lacomputerfair1 150x112 Carpet, Computers, Cars and Culture at Fairplex this weekendair for some great deals and a huge inventory on computers and electronic devices. The computer fair is open Saturday and Sunday.

If it’s your car that needs a face lift or some spare parts, get up bright and early on Sunday and head on over to the Pomona Auto Swap Meet. Hundreds of vendors will be selling hard to find auto parts and accessories.

This is going to be the ultimate one-stop-shopping and entertainment weekend!

Handcrafted Cars Coming to Fairplex

lambo 2 Handcrafted Cars Coming to FairplexA new car show comes to Fairplex this Saturday and it’s sure to be a hit. The Association of Handcrafted Automobiles’ 31st annual Fun Under the Sun Car Show will be held in the parking lot of the NHRA Museum. AHA is a group of car enthusiasts who enjoy creating, driving and displaying their own automobiles.

The show spent the last 30 years at Knott’s Berry Farm. AHA is hoping to take advantage of the car-centric culture of Fairplex along with the world famous Pomona Auto Swap Meet on Sunday.

AHA members are dedicated to promoting technical assistance and family recreational activities for owners, prospective owners and builders of any sort of handcrafted automobile such as: Replica, Kit Car, Pro Retro Kit Car, Street Rod Reproduction, Cobra Reproduction, Neoclassic, and One-of-a-kind. Come out and see what they have.

The show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free!

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