Saturday, October 31, 2009

Christmas Parade Update

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 12, 2009, 10AM to 12PM. That's the day the Pomona Christmas Parade returns to downtown. Its been over 40 years since the parade marched down Second Street, but now it's back. This year's parade promises to be full of fun and excitement with bands, floats, horses, drill teams, classic cars, low riders, service groups, businesses, and more. The theme this year is "The Colors of Christmas". Dignitaries from far and wide will be there (can't tell you who just yet). The Grand Marshal(s) are the kids from Village Academy High School who gained national attention when President Obama recognized them in a major speech and later visited with them during his tour of the Edison International Vehicle Electric Plant right here in Pomona.

You'll see floats from the Fairplex, Historical Society, Pomona's Art Colony, Pomona's Opera Company, a Gospel Choir, Cal Poly, the Vietnamese Community, local churches, Pomona's Cultural Arts Commission, just to name a few. Of course Santa Claus will be there, this year he's bringing Mrs Claus with him. There's still time to enter the parade with your group or business. Just log onto , download an application and send it in. The parade is truly a community event with room for anyone wishing to join in. The parade will travel west on Second Street from Wetern University, across Garey Ave. to Park Ave., then south across Mission Blvd. to Seventh Street, east on Seventh and ends at City Hall where the festivities will continue with Holiday at the Plaza from 12PM to 4PM.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Miss Pomona 2010

Miss Pomona Pageant Committee Announces Judges and Initial Sponsors

POMONA, Calif., (October 23, 2009) - The Downtown Pomona Owners Association will host and serve as the primary sponsor for the Miss Pomona Scholarship Pageant this year. Returning from a two and half year hiatus, the Miss Pomona Scholarship Pageant ceremony is scheduled for January 23, 2010, at the Pomona Masonic Lodge in Downtown Pomona (395 S. Thomas St., Pomona, CA 91766).

“The Miss Pomona Pageant is a very special event to many residents. We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring this experience back,” said Lorena Matarrita, Co-Chair of the Miss Pomona Committee and Miss Pomona 2004. “The pageant, which has gone missing since 2007, will return and a very deserving young lady will be crowned Miss Pomona.”

Applications have gone out to all the high schools in Pomona and various community centers. To participate in the pageant, ideal candidates must be an unmarried Pomona resident, under the age of 21, and be a current student of junior or senior status attending high school in Pomona with a GPA of 3.0 or better. There is no talent requirement; however she must be ready to highlight her involvement in her community, and be prepared to properly represent Pomona at various events. There is no financial cost or obligation to the applicant or the applicant’s family. The Miss Pomona Pageant Committee will provide finalists with appropriate attire, hair-do and make-up on the coronation date.

“The committee is expecting more applications this year than in previous years,” said Mickey Gallivan, Co-Chair of the Miss Pomona Pageant Committee. “The Miss Pomona Pageant is such a fun and exciting event - I don’t see why any young woman wouldn’t want to be a part of it.”

Plans are to notify all eligible candidates, then move the interview process along to a coronation. Points will be awarded by the judge’s panel consisting of distinguished Pomona community residents and members such as Cal Poly Pomona’s Director of Community Outreach Jonnie Darshan-Owens, President of Western University Dr. Philip Pumerantz, President of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association Carolyn Hemming, Pomona Unified School District John Avila and the Daily Bulletin’s David Allen. Judge’s decisions will be final. The crown and title of Miss Pomona 2010 and her court will be held by the winners until the next Miss Pomona Scholarship Pageant court is announced.

“We are excited to be giving away a minimum of $2,000 in scholarship money to the newly crowned Miss Pomona and her court,” said Gallivan. “The success of this pageant will be contributed to our generous sponsors who have supported us with no hesitation.”

“It’s great to have the privilege of supporting such a worthy opportunity,” said Rick Hoffman, President/CEO of the Inland Empire Credit Union. “The promise shown by all of the contestants and the winner should not go unnoticed. Inland Empire Credit Union hopes our donation rewarded for the poise and intelligence displayed by these young ladies will allow them to further their education.”

“I am always happy to contribute to Pomona, especially when it is for a great cause like awarding scholarship money towards hardworking and ambitious young people, to pursue an education in their chosen interest,” said Mangit Singh, owner of several 7-Eleven stores in the region. “I know this tradition will encourage Pomona’s upcoming youth to set goals and accomplish their dreams, too.

Other sponsors include Valley Vista Services, UPS Store 5894, Pomona Historical Society, Women of the Moose Pomona Chapter, and Savoie Hair Salon. Ms. Sheila Pilon, from the Savoie’s, will be doing hair and make up for all finalists. Additional sponsors of the 2010 Miss Pomona Scholarship Pageant will be announced in the event program.

Come be a part of the excitement of the Miss Pomona Scholarship Pageant 2010.
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Family Fun Days /The Big Read

Downtown Cal Poly Center hosted Family Fun Days - Big Read "Call of The Wild" today in downtown Pomona. Arts and Crafts, "wild" things, demonstrations, and even snow (snow cones at least), were all part of the theme. The DPOA's own Augusto served up the snow cones.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 31. There will be a car show and fund raiser for Pomona Pop Warner in Thomas Plaza and the parking lot behind the plaza (Second Street and Thomas, downtown Pomona) from 10AM to 4PM. Music, vendors, cars, and bikes, and FUN. Come on out for this FREE TO THE PUBLIC event and help support the Pomona Pop Warner kids.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Sunday Happenings

A lot was going on Sunday in downtown Pomona and the Historic Lincoln Park District. The day began with the 25th annual Pomona Heritage Home Tour which included a visit to the Ebell Museum of History for registration and a look at the many craft vendors on display. Then on to a tour of five beautifully restored and maintained homes in the Lincoln Park District. Then wrapping up the tour a visit and tour of the Fox Theatre.

After the home tour several people made their way to the American Legion Post #30 at Holt and
Gibbs for an afternoon of fun, food, and entertainment, hosted by Rollo Costello and Miramar Board company. Skateboard demonstrations, great bands and DJ's, and some wonderful vendor booths all contributed to make it a fun experience.

For those hearty souls with energy left over the next stop was the Glass House on W. 2nd St., downtown Pomona where, instead of a concert, guests were sporting roller skates and whirlling around the floor. No reports of broken bones, but several reports of bruised anatomy parts and of course bruised egos.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

3rd Annual Chalk Art Festival Nov 14

The City of Pomona Cultural Arts Commission invites everyone to attend this FREE event.
Saturday November 14th, 2009 from 8am - 2pm in Thomas Plaza on the corner of W 2nd st and Thomas St.
Cash Prizes awarded for 1st place in each entrant grouping. Winners announced at 3pm.
Major FUnding through the National Endowment of the arts THE BIG READ For further information and applications, please contact Pomona Public Library 909-620-2473
RAIN DATE: November 21, 2009

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happy October

Saturday, October 10, 2009 opened with a full blown skateboarding exhibition in the parking lot at 3rd & Thomas Streets. Second Saturday Art Walk took up the rest of day and night, as did the Farmers Market at Thomas Plaza. The kids from the School of Arts and Enterprise showed off their musical talents throughout the evening, and a street-jam along Second Street in front of Ink'd Chronicles kept the crowds entertained until midnight or later. Attendance was high, probably in excess of 5,000. The Farmers Market counted over 3,000 in attendance. AMOCA experienced large crowds as well. And from all accounts all the galleries had good turnouts. Another happening night in downtown Pomona!

Friday, October 9, 2009

This Weekend, October 10...

The Platform skateboard shop, 330 South Thomas St., is hosting a skateboard show tomorrow from 3-5PM. DVS, a shoe company that Platform carries, and their professional riders are putting on a skate demonstration for the kids and families. Ramps will be set up at the southwest corner parking lot across their store, at Thomas & 3rd St., right here in beautiful Downtown Pomona.

Also, don't forget 2nd Saturday ArtWalk begins shortly after at 6PM. Come enjoy good art, food, drinks, and live entertainment all throughout the area. Metro Pomona has something for everyone! See you around!

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