Saturday, March 28, 2009

Antique Row's Collectors Street Faire

It was a lovely day for shopping and tons came out for the Collectors Street Fair on Antique Row. Here are some pics incase you missed it.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Raising the roof

The Seventh Day Adventist church at 3rd St. and Gordon in downtown Pomona is getting a well deserved roof and general sprucing up. It's a beautiful sight.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Holiday Lane Parade

Pomona groups working to bring back Christmas parade
Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/24/2009 04:36:06 PM PDT

POMONA - Efforts are under way to ensure the annual Christmas parade not only takes place this year but comes back with a fresh look after last year's absence.
Various groups are working together to put on a parade that could include a new name, a new route through downtown and possibly a connection to the annual Holiday Lane celebration, said Carolyn Hemming, president of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association.

The Jaycees, who for decades have been involved with the parade, will continue to spearhead the parade organizing effort, said Hemming, who is part of a parade steering committee that includes participation of various business groups and business people.

"They have a lot of great input and they are chairing the committee," Hemming said. "Their wisdom is absolutely needed."

Representatives of the Pomona Jaycees could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Jaycees members canceled the 2008 edition of the parade after learning city funds that helped cover some of the costs of the event were no longer available.

Since then, various organizations, including the Downtown Pomona Owners Association, have been working to ensure the parade returns this year.

Among the changes being considered is moving the parade route so it travels along Second or Third streets. The original path of the parade in the 1940s included going through downtown.

Other possible changes include moving the city's annual Holiday Lane celebration from Huntington Street to the Civic Center Plaza where the parade would end, Hemming said.
Another idea is to have the parade move to the second Saturday of December instead of the first Saturday.

"In the morning you would have the parade, Holiday Lane in the afternoon and Second Saturday at night," Hemming said.

Various details must still be worked out including whether a date change would present scheduling problems for participation by marching bands, she said.

The final event plan will probably require City Council approval, Hemming said.

At this point the city is in discussions with the owners' association and the Jaycees, said Mark Gluba, assistant to the city manager.

If city financial backing is needed then the matter could go to the council as part of the 2009-2010 budget process, he said.

Fairplex, which has experience putting on parades as part of the Los Angeles County Fair festivities, is among the organizations that have shown interest in helping grow the parade.

"We really want to see the event stay alive and maybe even make it stronger," said Scott Kelly, director of community and government relations for Fairplex.

With Fairplex's own knowledge of parades and some volunteers the organization will be able to contribute to the event, he said.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Glass House Glass

The Glass House has a new entrance, all glass (what else?).General Manager James Barnum promised recently that the Glass House would get a facelift. He wasn't wrong. First the upper facade, now the entrance, and next the windows. It's looking good!

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Good Samaritan

Tuesday evening of this week the hard working maintenance employee of the DPOA, Augusto, lost his wallet. Inside the wallet were photographs, credit cards, drivers license, social security card and over $200 in cash.

Wednesday morning he stood in line at the DMV,got a temporary drivers license, came to work, and as he walked through Thomas Plaza in Downtown Pomona an employee of the La Bomba Clothing store caught his attention and handed him his lost wallet. Inside everything that was supposed to be there was, including the cash.

A female employee of La Bomba found the wallet and turned it in to her supervisor. That's a good Samaritan! If anyone knows the identity of that employee, please let us know.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Metro Pomona Vibrant Last Night

There's no other way to describe last night's Arts Walk....Vibrant! Downtown Pomona was bustling with activity. The sidewalks, galleries, restaurants, and clubs were overflowing with visitors. People of all ages came, saw, enjoyed, and were impressed. The art galleries continued to out-do themselves as they always do with exciting images and talent. Last night was the "soft" opening for Aladdin Jr., featuring a Mediterranean menu, belly dancers and hookahs, the place was packed and overflowing to the sidewalks.

The farmers market hosted over 1700 visitors and featured a "pirate band" in full regalia, aaarrr! Ferguson's Gallery celebrated ST. Patrick's Day early , even though Ferguson himself is a Scot. The School of Arts and Enterprise celebrated the opening of its new gallery inside the Downtown Cal Poly Center with students displaying some awesome work.

Several City Commissioners, Council members, and senior city staff toured the downtown, some for the first time, and were amazed and impressed with the Arts Walk venue which has taken on a life of its own, always better than the last one, always outperforming itself.

It is estimated that over 4,000 people came to downtown Pomona last night, one heck of a block party. If you missed it, don't fret, the next Arts Walk will be Saturday, March 28, coupled with the Collector's Street Fair and Metro Night Out. Come to downtown Pomona and we'll show you around.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Aladdin Jr is OPEN!!

Hurray! Aladdin Jr opened today for lunch.  They had a steady crowd all day with their all you can eat buffet, which was delicious!!! They will be open for lunch from now on and said they will be open for dinner tomorrow.  So head on over and check it out!! 
Welcome to the downtown Aladdin Jr!  We are so happy you are here!

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed for American Cancer Society Relay For Life Pomona, April 18th-19th, 2009 - Walkers, cancer survivors, community leaders, team captains and hard workers are all needed to make the American Cancer Society Relay For Life a reality in Pomona. Relay For Life is a unique fundraising event that allows participants from all walks of life – including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers – celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.

Relay For Life is a team event where participants walk around a track relay-style overnight. Teams of cancer fighting enthusiasts will gather at Pomona City Quad, April 18th at 9:00am to show their support and dedication. Volunteers from the local community are needed to begin planning now for this event.

"Relay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fund raiser," said Joan Orozco, Event Chair. "Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer or participant, have made a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know that you can beat cancer.”

Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams; seek community support; and underwrite, coordinate logistics, find refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment, and lend their support in any way. If you would like to join the Relay For Life in Pomona as a volunteer or team participant, call the American Cancer Society at (626)966-9994, or visit .

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Metro Night Out Feb 28th