Saturday, March 27, 2010

Weekend in Downtown Pomona

The weather Saturday morning was perfect for the Antique Collectors street Fair on East Second St. Antique dealers from far and wide set up shop for the quarterly event. Later in the day the action moved to West Second St. where the Certified Farmers Market set up with live entertainment, a car show, cruise night, and Metro Night Out, with open tours of the 40 art galleries in Pomona's Downtown Art Colony.

Sunday's weather couldn't have been better. Locals gathered at The Drink at the Fox for Sunday Brunch. Then it was off to the movies for a rare showing of "The Wizard of Oz" on the big screen at the newly restored Fox Theatre. Over 700 people attended the movie only to discover that we aren't in Kansas anymore. All in all a great family friendly weekend, and except for the cost of brunch and the $2 movie was all free. That's what it's all about.

Friday, March 26, 2010

OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD, The wonderful wizard of Oz!!

This Sunday be one of the first to see a full length feature film at the beautifully restored downtown Pomona Fox theatre. Movies have not been shown at the Fox since the 1970's. The classic "Wizard of Oz" will be shown, along with some "surprise" clips and maybe even a cartoon. Popcorn, candy and drinks available, just like days of old. Come join in the fun.
Come early for a free guided tour of the theatre. Doors open at 12:30. Showtime 2:00
Bring Grandma, Aunt Suzzie, and Uncle Poopy! Bring the kids too...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Much to do this Saturday!

The Antique Row's Collector's Street Fair begins at 8AM and runs to 3PM, or later. Two blocks of E. Second St. from Garey Ave to S. Gibbs St are closed for this event which features 100's of antique vendors and dealers from far and wide. The weather promises to be cooperative, even pleasant, so mark your calendar for this one.

Later in the day, 4PM to 9PM, and beyond, cross over Garey Ave. to W. Second Street and enjoy what we call "Metro Night Out", a Farmers Market-Street Fair, Art Walk, and Car show all rolled into one event. You will find vendors, live entertainment, food, and fun at Thomas Plaza, then it's off to see the shows featured at many of downtown's 40 art galleries. Hope to see you there!

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Friday, March 19, 2010


Soon the DPOA will begin installing survellience cameras in strategic areas of downtown Pomona. In an effort to stay ahead of the curve and to keep downtown Pomona safe these cameras will be used for identification purposes as well as monitoring downtown activity.

Metro Pomona is a zero tolerance area for crime, and that includes tagging, vandalism, panhandling, and all other "quality of life" offenses. The cameras to be used will pick up a license plate number from 2 blocks away and will easily photograph any event taking place in the vicinity. The Pomona Police Department will have access to these cameras as well as Metro Security. All images are water marked and admissable in a court of law. The cameras are just another tool the DPOA is using to keep downtown Pomona safe and clean. Youth caught on camera violating the law will be identified through various means and will be prosecuted and made to make restitution for their acts.'re on candid camera.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Willow to the Rescue!!

POMONA -- A police dog is being hailed a hero for tracking down a mentally-handicapped boy several miles away from his home. On March 10th, a physically and mentally-handicapped 12-year-old boy disappeared from a house in Fontana. Police say the boy had the mental capacity of a 3-year-old. The family called police who immediately turned to their sleuth with a snout -- Willow. "The family had said that the little boy crawled out of his bedroom window and they didn't see which way he went, so to start the search we're like a needle in a haystack," said Officer Joe Hernandez of the Pomona Police Department. The 4 1/2-year-old female bloodhound followed the child's scent for about 5 miles. And about 70-minutes later, the child was found playing in a residential area, completely unharmed. "Willow did all the work, I just did the following," Hernandez said. "You've got to learn to trust your dog." This isn't even close to Willow's record track-down. The pooch once found a missing person 25 miles away.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Second Saturday's 40 gallery tour

The number of art galleries in the Pomona's Arts Colony has surpassed 40, and still growing. It is difficult to catch all there is to see in one night, but people do try. If you didn't see it all please return on the last Saturday of the month, March 27 to see what you missed. We call it Metro Night Out. In the meantime enjoy the slide show.

Friday, March 12, 2010


We've all seen Pomona Police Department black and white units with an officer in the car parked around town seemingly doing nothing...maybe checking emails on his lap top? or stock market quotes? or whatever. You'll be pleased to know that they are not gold bricking or wasting your tax dollars, but rather they have been instructed to park in conspicuous places, to be seen, while writing reports, and as everyone knows there's lots of reports to write, our police department is no exception.

Unlike some cities whose officers take time away from their beat, go to the station to complete their paperwork, our PD stays in the field, visible, and readily available. Now you know. It's comforting to know that their presence in the downtown is often a deterrent to crime. Thank you Pomona P.D. !!

If you have a question, comment, or concern about this, or any other topic affecting downtown Pomona, email us at, we'll do our best to get you the information you request.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

DPOA Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting

Tuesday evening the DPOA hosted an open house and ribbon cutting in tandem with the Pomona Chamber of Commerce. The turn out was wonderful. Mayor Elliott Rothman officiated over the ribbon cutting with assistance from Miss Pomona and her Court, Carolyn Hamming DPOA President, and Larry Egan, DPOA executive director. Councilmembers Rodriguez, Atchley, Lantz, and Saunders were also on hand. Community leaders, downtown merchants, residents and professionals came to welcome the DPOA to its new office. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, State Senator Gloria Negrette McCloud, Assemblywoman Norma Torres and Mayor Elliott Rothman, on behalf of the City of Pomona, presented certificates of appreciation to the DPOA. Chief of Police Dave Keetle stopped by as well. The center piece of the evening however was the Retrospective show of Fr. Bill Moore's paintings. Sixty Five pieces of his work were on display for all to view.

Saturday, March 6, 2010



Metro Art Gallery hosts a one-man show, a retrospective of artist Fr Bill Moore SS.CC

POMONA, Calif., (March 5, 2010) - The Metro Art Gallery, 119 W. Second St., Pomona, CA will host a retrospective exhibition of noted artist Fr. Bill Moore Saturday, March 13, 2010 through Saturday, March 27, 2010. This exhibition will be his first one-man show presenting many of his signature images such as The Death of St. Francis, 1998, Sacred Hearts, 1980 and Remnants, 2009 – as well as many other artworks drawn from the artist’s archive. The show will feature over 60 of Moore’s paintings, tracing his full achievements from his early works to his mature works that he recently completed.

In 1975, Fr. Bill Moore was ordained a Catholic priest. He taught art and religious studies at Damien and Bishop Alemany High School. From 1990 through 1997 he served as Associate Pastor and Pastor at Holy Name of Mary Church in San Dimas, CA. In 1998 Fr. Moore was assigned by the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts (SS.CC) to work full-time on Ministry of the Arts.
“Fr. Bill”, as he likes to be called, began working with little abstract paintings as a young boy. Today his works are often compared to those of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. Fr. Bill approaches each new project with no specific plan. Working with acrylic paints, he lets his ideas flow spontaneously onto canvas, and then adds bits of metal, glass or other discarded materials to each painting to create a simple piece of artwork with deep autumnal colors and a rich surface texture that is ridged and rippled.
“The tactile nature of the work invites all who see it to explore not only with their eyes, but with their fingers and hands as well,” Fr. Bill says.
Despite their contemporary feel, his canvases have a timeless and spiritual quality that is almost mystical. His art expresses love for the physical world, which he believes can link us to the spiritual realms. Fr. Bill’s art is a reflection of his life and daily experiences. Much of what you’ll see at the Metro Art Gallery will be palettes taken from nature, church vestments, found objects acquired in his travels, the surface structure of old buildings, etc., that have been his source of inspiration.

Opera Company to perform March 13 & 20

La Verne Visits Downtown Pomona

Last evening La Verne's Bonita High School Jazz Ensemble performed "A Salute To Big Bands" at the FOX Theatre in downtown Pomona. The kids were a hit! The dinner show took the audience back in time to the 30's and 40's when Benny Go0dman, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, and Glen Miller (to name a few) were some of the best best big band performers around. Directed by Jeff Bird, the kids performed at a level far beyond their years.

It was a grand opportunity for Pomona to show off the downtown and the FOX. Some 300 people attended, many visiting downtown Pomona and the FOX Theatre for the first time. The venue was a perfect fit for visitors and performers alike.

Friday, March 5, 2010

DPOA Ribbon Cutting/Open House

Come join us for our Open House/Ribbon Cutting ceremony Tuesday, March 9, 5 PM to 7PM.
at our new office, 119 W. Second Street, downtown Pomona (next door to Joeys BBQ)