Reblog: St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Recipes

We may not be having Celtic Faire this year, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited about St. Patrick’s Day! We decided to reblog a post we did last year rounding up our  favorites. Check it out!

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Recipe Round-Up

1. Irish Soda Bread by cincyshopper.com

StPatricksDay DinnerIrishSodaBread Reblog: St. Patricks Day Dinner Recipes Start your meal off with a traditional Irish soda bread. It wouldn’t be a true St. Patrick’s Day celebration without it!

2. Guinness Beef Stew by cincyshopper.com

StPatricksDay DinnerGuinnessBeefStew Reblog: St. Patricks Day Dinner Recipes Also from CincyShopper.com, this hearty Guinness beef stew is the perfect pairing to the Irish soda bread. Talk about a filling dinner.

3. Irish Potato Bites by homemadeinterest.com

StPatricksDay DinnerPotatoBites Reblog: St. Patricks Day Dinner Recipes When we came across this little appetizer recipe we knew we had to include it in our roundup. These savory little bites are the perfect complement to dinner.

4. Corned Beef Hash by cookingandbeer.com

StPatricksDay DinnerCornedBeefHash Reblog: St. Patricks Day Dinner Recipes This veggie-heavy dish is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! In fact, we recommend saving this one for the next time you’re craving an omelet.

5. Cheddar-topped Shepherd’s Pie by marthastewart.com

StPatricksDay DinnerShepherdsPie Reblog: St. Patricks Day Dinner Recipes This recipe from MarthaStewart.com looks equally delicious and can be made in less than an hour. Eat up!

Do you cook up a feast for St. Patrick’s Day or do you prefer to stick with the traditional corned beef & cabbage? Share your favorites with us in the comments below!

The Learning Centers at Fairplex Partners with Street Machine Nationals

Fairplex TLC smmnc The Learning Centers at Fairplex Partners with Street Machine Nationals One of our most successful event partnerships is with the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals (SMMCN), which will be celebrating its 4th annual event with us this year.

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Photo from Street Machine Nationals Facebook

While the event itself is always exciting and fun, their dedication and support of our automotive students is even more important to us.

Fairplex TLC axcgroup The Learning Centers at Fairplex Partners with Street Machine Nationals Every year a portion of the SMMCN net proceeds are donated to the Alex Xydias & Pete Chapouris Center for Automotive Arts (AXC). Their support helps our students through our rigorous two-year automotive industry certification program.

Thank you SMMCN!

For more information on the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals event, click here.
To learn more about our auto education program, click here.

Weekend Recap: Barking with the stars

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s what we had the pleasure of hosting:

Beverly Hills Dog Show
The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the city’s finest purebred dogs. You can watch the televised version of the event on Easter Sunday on USA Network!




ArtReach Opening Reception
Students, teachers and local art patrons gathered at the Millard Sheets Art Center for the opening reception of high school art exhibition ArtReach: The Art of Dreams.

Measure H Gala
Our President & CEO Miguel Santana hosted a Measure H fundraiser at the art gallery. Thank you to everyone who came to support our fight to end homelessness!

See what’s next at Fairplex on our Events Calendar at Fairplex.com!

Fairplex Weekender: Stars, cars, art and brides

Happy Friday! Here’s what’s happening at Fairplex this weekend:

Fairplex Events DogShow lab Fairplex Weekender: Stars, cars, art and brides Kennel Club of Beverly Hills Dog Show to film at Fairplex this weekend

KCBH Dog Show (March 4 & 5): We’re rolling out the red carpet this weekend at Fairplex for the inaugural televised Beverly Hills Dog Show! Hosted by breeder-owner-handler, judge and author David Frei and award-winning Broadway star and author John O’Hurley, the show features more than 1,000 purebred dogs.

The show will air on Easter Sunday on the USA Network. We’re excited to play host and wish them will in their debut! Spectators are welcome to watch the event on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, click here.

ArtReach: The Art of Dreams Opening Reception (March 4): The sixth annual regional high school art exhibition opens this weekend at the Millard Sheets Art Center at Fairplex. The opening reception and awards ceremony is this Saturday from 6 – 9 p.m. with the gallery opening to the public beginning March 5.

We’re excited to celebrate the talents of local high school students and look forward to seeing what they have created for the gallery. For more information click here.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (March 5): Classic cars return to Fairplex this Sunday at the Pomona Swap Meet! Auto enthusiasts can shop thousands of car parts and accessories, browse memorabilia and see/participate in the classic car show. More info at pomonaswapmeet.com.

BrideWorld Expo (March 5): Calling all brides-to-be! BrideWorld Expo is at Fairplex this Sunday. Hundreds of photographers, entertainers, invitation vendors, florists and other wedding musts will be on-hand. Guests who register beforehand will receive a free planning workbook and a shopping bag. Tickets and additional info are available here.

 

Sneak peek of ArtReach: The Art of Dreams

We’re putting the finishing touches on the ArtReach: The Art of Dreams high school art exhibition, opening this weekend at the Millard Sheets Art Center! Take a look:

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The gallery is almost ready for the Opening Reception!

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Special education students from local schools made dream catchers for their annual art piece.

Fairplex Events ArtReach gallery3 Sneak peek of ArtReach: The Art of Dreams The Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday evening, with the gallery opening to the public on Fridays – Sundays in March, noon – 5 p.m. beginning on March 5.

We’re always blown away by the talent and creativity our local high school students have. The thought and effort they put into their pieces — whether a painting, a sculpture, or a photo — is amazing.

It’s always beautiful to see the various interpretations students have of the theme (this year the theme is Dreams), and how they manifest that interpretation into something unique to themselves.

For more information on ArtReach and other happenings at the Millard Sheets Art Center, visit us at millardsheetsartcenter.org.

March at Fairplex

march March at Fairplex Wait, it’s already March?! Somehow the past two months have flown by and here we are, at the start of the third month in 2017. Keeping reading to see which events may interest you:

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The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills Dog Show is filming at Fairplex THIS weekend! The show itself will debut on USA Network on Easter Sunday (April 16).

You can watch it on TV… or you can be at the taping itself! Spectators are welcome to come to the show and see more than 1,000 purebred dogs compete for Best in Show and other categories. More info here.

 

Fairplex Events ArtReach logo 300x119 March at Fairplex ArtReach 2017: The Art of Dreams (March 4-26): The sixth annual regional high school art exhibition returns to the Millard Sheets Art Center this month! The theme: Dreams. We’re very excited to see what paintings, sculptures, photos and other pieces of art these talented students have created.The Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony is this Saturday, with the gallery open Fridays – Sundays March 5-26 in the afternoons. More info available at millardsheetsartcenter.org!

Fairplex Events SpringintheFarm 300x259 March at Fairplex Spring in The Farm (March 25): Warmer weather means more outdoor fun at The Farm! We’re celebrating American agriculture at our annual Spring in The Farm event.

Local communities are invited to enjoy activities and workshops centered in agriculture, from rope making to gardening.

Meet our Farm animals, learn more about agri-business and see agriculture in motion! More info here.

Fairplex Events Dinosaurs thumbnail March at Fairplex Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED (March 25 & 26): Dinosaurs are coming to Fairplex at the end of March! Families can experience up-close encounters with lifelike dinosaurs, take a spin in a Jurassic Jeep, dig for fossils, and other fun dino-themed activities fun for all ages. More info available here.

Other Events: We also have the BrideWorld Expo (March 5), Pomona Swap Meet (March 5), The Big Spring Home & Garden Show (March 10 -12), Insane Inflatable 5K (March 11), Palates & Palettes (March 11) and Everybody’s Bird Mart (March 19) returning to Fairplex this month.

For more info on any of these events, please visit us at Fairplex.com.

If you’re hanging out with us, share your experiences on social media! Tag @fairplex and use #fairplex in your captions. We’d love to hear from you.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Modern Pentathlon, vintage finds and party planning

We’ve had some time to catch our breath from the whirlwind of events at Fairplex last weekend. ICYMI, here’s what we had the pleasure of hosting:

Modern Pentathlon
We captured some of the mid-week excitement in our previous blog post — here’s the rest of the recap:

The Women’s Finals finished on a high note for Lena Schoeneborn (Germany), who took gold on Saturday. Kate French from Great Britain and Ekaterina Khuraskina from Russia took silver and bronze respectively.

We finished out this international sporting competition with the Mixed Relay (men & women combined) on Sunday afternoon. Congratulations to Korea (1), Japan (2) and Kazakhstan (3) for your wins!

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In addition to the traditional Modern Pentathlon World Cup events, our campus also had the opportunity to be the testing ground for a new obstacle laser-run which is planned to be incorporated into the Mixed Relay event in the future.

All in all, this was an incredible experience for us. To host an international event like this was truly an honor and everyone, from our events team to our security staff, played a role in making it happen. You can check out more from the event on social media by searching #UIPMWorldCup.

Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market
We absolutely loved having the Junk In The Trunk event at Fairplex! There were so many unique finds, from rugs to furniture to wall art and more… two days was hardly enough time to check it all out:



Quince Expo
While some were cheering on Pentathletes, and others shopping all things cute and vintage, still others were preparing for parties! The Quince Expo brought color and high energy to Fairplex with the number of vendors and eager shoppers:



In addition to all of this, we also wrapped up the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival on Friday and hosted a driving school and public auto auction. What. A. Weekend.

Up next: The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills Dog Show. Our next blog post will summarize some of our biggest March events. Stay tuned!

Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 (So Far)

Playing host to an international sporting event is something many of us have never experienced before. It’s been a whirlwind of swimming, fencing, horse riding, running and lasers (aka Modern Pentathlon) and it’s not over yet! 

Check out some highlights from the Men’s Finals below:

We’re in the middle of the Women’s Finals as we speak. The whole World Cup culminates tomorrow at the Mixed Relay Competition when both men and women will compete in the five Pentathlon sports.

In addition to hosting the fencing, horse riding, running and shooting portions of the Pentathlon, we’ve also created a unique learning experience for field trip groups and spectators!

Screen Shot 2017 02 25 at 5.00.16 PM Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 (So Far) Field trip students at Modern Pentathlon Experience 

The Modern Pentathlon Experience allows guests to try some of the sports for themselves, including shooting a laser pistol and learning about the history of Pentathlon. The exhibit opens up to the infield, where you can see the horse riding, running + shooting up close.

pentathlon awards Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 (So Far)

Each round of finals ends with the Awards Ceremony, celebrating the 1st – 6th place finalists of the day. 

We’re about to go into the final event (laser-run) of the day, and then we’ll end with the Women’s Awards Ceremony at around 7:30 p.m.

We can’t express enough how amazing an opportunity it has been to host this international event. Thank you to all our staff who helped to make this happen, and to the athletes, coaches and UIPM team who have called Fairplex their home for the past few days!

For more information on the UIPM World Cup, visit uipmworld.org.

This Week at Fairplex

Eight events, five days, all at Fairplex. We’re always talking about the diversity of our campus and this week we’re about to prove it! Here’s what’s going on:

Fairplex Events Pentathlon FBCoverPhoto 1024x341 This Week at Fairplex Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 is at Fairplex Feb. 22 – 26

Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 (Feb. 22-26): Currently more than 100 international athletes are at Fairplex, preparing to compete in the first Modern Pentathlon World Cup of 2017. It’s going to be five days of fencing, showjumping, running and shooting, with the swimming component taking place at The Claremont Club.

We’re excited to host Olympic athletes and other world-class competitors to our campus and hope you’ll join us for both the Opening Ceremonies (Feb. 23) and the event itself (Feb. 22-26). Tickets + event info can be found here: http://bit.ly/2kiuq06. You can learn even more about Modern Pentathlon here, here and here.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival (Feb. 23-25): The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival returns to Fairplex this week with all things sewing, quilting, crafting and needle art. Shop top-quality supply vendors, attend free seminars and workshops and participate in daily door prize drawings. Admission to all three days is free with a coupon, which can be downloaded here.

Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market (Feb. 25-26): Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market comes to Fairplex with more than 100 vendors from across the country. Guests are invited to shop tons of great finds, enjoy live music and refuel on food trucks. Ticket and event information are available here.

Quinceanera Expo (Feb . 26): The Quinceanera Magazine Expo returns to Fairplex to meet all party planning needs! Shop everything from gowns to choreographers, invitations to photo booths, caterers to limos, and everything else you need to make your quince, sweet sixteen or wedding a success. More info can be found here.

Other Events: In addition to the above shows, the B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School will be instructing teens on how to drive safely and responsibly, the US Public Auction will be selling cars, and we’ll be hosting our first ever soccer games on our infield on Sunday!

For more information on any of our events, please visit our Fairplex Events Calendar. See you soon!

60 Minutes with Miguel A. Santana

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When the company you work for hires a new President and CEO, you pick up your notebook as fast as you can, you walk over to his executive assistant and you schedule an interview. Sounds easy, right? Well, it would be if everyone wasn’t trying to do the exact same thing!

Fortunately for my colleague Heather and me, Miguel had an opening in his schedule so we met with him in his office where he walked us through his life, his goals and, most importantly, his passion for the work he does.

Did you always know you wanted to work in politics? If not, what inspired you?
The Rodney King riots in 1992 inspired me to work hard to make the Los Angeles general region a better and safer place for people. We have a responsibility to do everything in our power to strengthen and empower our community.

Can you tell us a bit about your experience at Harvard?
I knew what I needed to do, so I only applied to one school – which was Harvard. Packing my things and moving with my family to Cambridge, Massachusetts was truly a transformative experience. I was exposed to East Coast weather, urban living and a very diverse culture of students. That’s where I learned that school is a gift compared to working.

What motivates you to get up every morning?
My kids. I have 4 daughters, ages 19 to 28. Their creativity and their mindfulness of what they do, where they work and their beliefs. They’re courageous in that they pursue what they love and are passionate about it rather than just being practical. They write, sing, create art and have their hobbies. They are their own persons, representative of the future. They practice what they believe every day, and I think that is something Fairplex strives to be: a place where people can pursue their passions and interests. That is a core component of who we are.

Your CV is very impressive, what drew you to Fairplex? What is your vision for Fairplex?
I was drawn by the opportunity to build and expand on what we are currently doing here. From quilters to car aficionados, there are so many people who are drawn to what we have going on at Fairplex. There are so many interests and Fairplex is a place where people can develop their interests and share it with others, and hopefully even make a living off of it. Fairplex represents the best of who we are, and it revolves around the crossing of cultures and interests. The question we should be asking is how do we make this even more inclusive and how do we continue to foster and create new cultures? I look forward to transforming our work into a lifestyle, a community, and a place to live, play, learn and work. I think the Fair is the greatest expression of all of this.

What are some of your hobbies?
Exploring Los Angeles. I like to do something new every week, whether it’s trying new foods, visiting museums or historical parts of the city. In 2016, I spent a lot of time in the Westside areas from Venice to Westchester, so now I am really looking forward is to getting reacquainted with Pomona and the surrounding areas. As a food lover, my goal is to connect to places owned by real people, not chain restaurants.

During your 20+ years in government you’ve tackled some of the region’s most difficult challenges. How do you define success?
Success is what you take from something, what you discover and learn to appreciate from your experience. I’m always looking for ways to develop the potential in everyone, everything and everywhere. This can be applied to our mission at Fairplex, which is to give our guests something meaningful to take away. If we can accomplish this, we’ve succeeded.

Do you think it’s important to get to know the people working at Fairplex? Why?
Our employees are the heart and soul of what we do here. Our people are the ones who make Fairplex what it is and I aim to respect and appreciate the work of everyone here. Each person contributes something unique to the company.

In fact, I want Fairplex employees to know they can always stop by my office. I want to hear what they have to say and how they think we can best fulfill our mission and make company culture what they think it should be. Hope they stop by and say hello!   

It’s been more than 30 days since you assumed the position of President and CEO of Fairplex. What can you tell us about this milestone?
I’ve met with all of the elected representatives for Fairplex, and it’s been an interesting and educational experience.  I enjoyed discussing how we can support each other and how to make Fairplex a place to live, learn, work and play for all the residents of Los Angeles County. 

I’ve also had the opportunity to meet with the editors of the Southern California News Group, which not only includes our local paper the Daily Bulletin but the Los Angeles Daily News, the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Orange County Register. We had a productive conversation that included discussion of the Monday, Feb. 13, Pomona City Council meeting’s study session on F-Zone land uses.

Last month, LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis toured the campus, including The Farm and the Child Development Center. We discussed how the county and Fairplex can work together. Our conversation was positive and we look forward to building our relationship with the entire board of supervisors. 

So far, we’re off to a very good start.

If someone wants to get a hold of you, how can they do so?
They can email me at ceo@fairplex.com, send me a tweet at @FairplexCEO or stop by my office.