Saturday, October 18 at Sky’s The Limit:

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Galaxies and Globulars

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center offers a cosmic tour of galaxies and globular clusters on Saturday, October 18. This free event, open to the public, begins around 6:45 pm and continues until approximately 2:00 am. The observatory campus is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, on the left just before entering Joshua Tree National Park.

Away from the center of the Milky Way is a region of the sky where galaxies and globular clusters are prevalent. On this night’s agenda will be a wide selection of large spiral galaxies and brilliant globular clusters, including The Andromeda Galaxy, Great Pegasus Cluster, The Triangulum Galaxy, and the eye-catching Silver Dollar Galaxy in Sculptor.

In addition to to deep sky objects, Uranus and Neptune are at their brightest and are well-placed for observation. Of special interest is one of the deepest red-colored stars in the sky, Herschel’s Garnet Star — an old, cool temperature carbon star that has burned up most of its hydrogen and is now fusing helium into heavy elements such as carbon.

Guests are invited to bring their own binoculars and telescopes. Pads are provided for telescope setup, and STL volunteers will make every effort to assist as needed in setting up and using equipment. All are encouraged to come around sunset to have time to set up and visit other campus educational attractions before the cosmic tour begins.

Everyone should dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets and no smoking allowed on the STL campus, and visitors must carry out all trash.

The observatory may not be open during a scheduled event due to cloudiness, rain, or excessive wind. Contact Steve at 650-678-0179 or Ray at 760-365-7897 for the latest information.

For more information and to see photos taken through STL’s 14” Celestron Schmidt–Cassegraintelescope, visit the STL web site at www.skysthelimit29.org. STL is an affiliate of the Basin Wide Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support Sky’s The Limit’s educational programs are gratefully accepted.

Haunted Horse Afterparty

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What are you doing this Halloween from 6-10PM? 

Haunted HorseJoin us at the Haunted Horse After Party at Galway Downs for a SPOOKTACULAR Time!  I can reserve an advanced block of tickets for only $25 each to this event which includes the BEST party in town, a haunted house with over 40 cast members, hayrides, food & beverage for purchase, etc.   Please LMK to reserve your tickets today, consider coming in costume…if you DARE!!!!! Be sure to share this invite with your SPOOKIEST friends!

Juanita Koth 951-515-9964

jkoth@dslextreme.com

AUTO CLUB 400 TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, OCT. 13; SAVE NOW WITH EARLY BIRD PRICING

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~ NASCAR Weekend March 20-22, 2015 at Auto Club Speedway ~

 

auto club speedway logoOn Monday, Oct. 13, race fans can take advantage of early bird pricing for NASCAR’s 2015 return to Southern California by purchasing tickets to the Auto Club 400 weekend, March 20-22, at Auto Club Speedway.

For as low as $35, you can lock in the best prices and chose the best seats available!   And if at some point, Auto Club Speedway offers a different ticket deal that you prefer, you can always switch!  Race fans will never be penalized for committing early.

To purchase tickets or for more information call 800-944-RACE, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.

In addition to race weekend tickets, Auto Club Speedway also offers several ticket packages to fit everyone’s price range including:

AAA Show Your Card & Save Offers

  • Purchase a reserved grandstand seat for $75 to the Auto Club 400 and get a FREE pit pass (a $55 value).
  • $10 off tickets for the NASCAR NXS Series 300 race on Saturday, March 21.
  • One reserved upper grandstand seat (odd sections 85-103) to the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 22.  Adults $50/Kids $25.
  • One reserved lower grandstand seat (odd sections 85-103) to the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 22.  Adults $30/Kids $15.

Lefty’s Kids Club

  • Children 12 years old and under are FREE with a Lefty’s Kids Club membership in the general admission sections for NASCAR Qualifying Day on Friday, March 20 and NASCAR NXS Series 300 race on Saturday, March 21 (must be accompanied by a ticketed adult). To sign up for a free membership, visit www.leftyskidsclub.com.

Budweiser Block Party

  • $129 for one reserved grandstand seat (rows 15-23) Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on Sunday, March 22, Pre-Race Pit Pass, access to Bud Block Party Hospitality Chalet, Q&A with a NASCAR driver, buffet, drink tickets, cash bar, closed circuit TVs and parking.
  • $99 for one general admission ticket to the NASCAR NXS Series 300 race on Saturday, March 21, Pre-Race Pit Pass, access to Bud Block Party Hospitality Chalet, buffet, drink tickets, cash bar, closed circuit TVs and parking.

Garage Tour Pack

  • For just $165, race fans will receive a guided garage tour during race weekend and 3 days of NASCAR racing.
  • In addition to the guided garage tour, this package includes one premium reserved grandstand seat (rows 24-48) to the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 22; one premium reserved grandstand seat (rows 24-48) to the NASCAR NXS Series 300 race on Saturday, March 21; and one general admission ticket to NASCAR Qualifying Day on Friday, March 20.

Infield Camping

  • An extremely limited number of infield camping packages are still available (starting at $400) and offsite camping spots are available for $100.  Fans interested in camping must call immediately, supplies are limited.  Call (800) 944-RACE (7223) to reserve a camp site today.

To purchase tickets or for more information on the Auto Club 400 NASCAR weekend at Auto Club Speedway call (800) 944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway ticket office.

Inland Empire All Chamber Business Expo/Mixer Set at Ontario Convention Center – October 22, 2014

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Event Aims to Stimulate Economic Growth in the Area – 8th Annual Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer Unites Local Businesses, City Chambers, Business Groups, October 22, 2014 at Ontario Convention Center

Business networking shifts into high gear with Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer® VIII, bringing together local businesses representing hundreds of industries and companies in the Inland Empire.

The goal of Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer, now in it’s 8th year, is to encourage membership in one or several chambers of commerce, allowing businesses to grow based on a wider network of support.  The mixer also provides a chance for businesses to network with one another for mutual support. Businesses and individuals do not have to be affiliated with a chamber to attend the Mixer.

Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764.

Admission is $20 per person for the opportunity to network with local “influentials” that comprise the uber savvy of the Inland Empire’s business elite. The Mixer will feature nearly 200 exhibitors and an impressive list of local sponsors who share a common goal of business outreach and networking.

Last year, 2000 business people attended the 7th annual Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer. Businesses interested in purchasing exhibitor space to display their company’s product or service should call (909) 560-2800.

The event is sponsored by: Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, Claremont Chamber of Commerce, Corona Chamber of Commerce, Covina Chamber of Commerce, Eastvale Chamber of Commerce, Fontana Chamber of Commerce, Glendora Chamber of Commerce, Hesperia Chamber of Commerce, Inland Empire Women’s Business Center, Irwindale Chamber of Commerce, La Verne Chamber of Commerce, Montclair Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners – Inland Empire, Norco Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau, Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Dimas Chamber of Commerce, Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce, and Yucaipa Chamber of Commerce.

Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer VIII  – part social mixer, part business expo – is the eighth installment in the “Largest Mixer” family of events that has already produced successful mixers for the past 16 years in Los Angeles, Orange County and Las Vegas.

For more information, including a complete list of exhibitors and sponsors, please visit http://www.largestmixer.com/iemixer.

PUMPKINS AND SCARECROWS DELIGHT AT VICTORIA GARDENS HALLOWEEN EVENT!

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  • With Halloween right around the corner the Victoria Gardens Kidz Club is getting into the pumpkin-spirit!
  • On Saturday, October 18 from 11:00am until 1:00pm Inland Empire children 3 to 10 years of age are invited to join the Kidz Club for a fun Halloween event including pumpkin decorating, special scarecrow-themed games and prizes!
  • This free, ticketed event is limited to the first 400 children.
  • Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis and must be requested, in person at Victoria Gardens Guest Services. Reservations cannot be made over the phone.
  • For this special event, children will be invited to select their very own pumpkin, which they will then be able to decorate with various crafting supplies.
  • In addition to pumpkin decorating, children will also be invited to participate in scarecrow-themed games, including:
  • Scare-Croquette: Children will be provided a scarecrow mallet and ball and will try to hit their ball through three rings.
  • Bowling Scarecrows: Children will roll special fall decorated balls and try to knockdown a scarecrow.
  • Corralling The Crows: Children will be provided rings and will attempt to toss the rings around a scarecrow sitting on a picket fence.
  • Digging For Corn:  Children will be blindfolded and will dip their hands in to a bin full of uncooked corn to find whole baby corns and pumpkins.
  • Various prizes will be awarded to children in attendance including books, Victoria Gardens gift cards and treats!
  • Parents who would like more information can call Victoria Gardens’ Guest Services office at (909) 463-2830.

 

DATE:                          Saturday, October 18, 2014

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TIMES:                         11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

 

COST:                          FREE

 

LOCATION:                 Victoria Gardens’ Chaffey Town Square
                                           12505 North Mainstreet
                                        Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

 

INFORMATION:          (909) 463-2830

 

WEBSITE:                    www.VictoriaGardensIE.com

 

Inland Empire Restaurant Week Returns with More Restaurants, More Communities and a Special Sneak-Peek Black-Tie Event

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Back by popular demand, Inland Empire Restaurant Week returns to Riverside and San Bernardino counties Oct. 17-26 with more dining establishments from more communities, reflecting a wide variety of delicious opportunities to explore new eateries and enjoy some old favorites.

A growing number of new communities will be represented at the second Inland Empire Restaurant Week, including Redlands, Corona, Yucaipa, Fontana, Wildomar, Montclair, Cherry Valley, San Bernardino, Mentone, Perris, Chino and La Verne. A number of cities, such as Claremont and Temecula, have more than doubled the number of restaurants participating.

More than 100 restaurants are taking part in the second Inland Empire Restaurant Week this fall, and the numbers keep growing.

There are no tickets, passes or coupons required. Simply dine out at a participating restaurant for high-end meals at set prices. Multi-course lunch menus will be offered at $10, $15, or $20. Dinners will be offered at $20, $30 or $40. For a listing of participating restaurants and menu offerings – searchable by price and community – visit www.InlandEmpireRestaurantWeek.com.

On opening night, Oct. 17, enjoy IERW at any of the participating restaurants throughout the Inland Empire, or attend a special black-tie red carpet kick-off event at the  at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario. The 18th annual Vintner’s Gala – a longstanding formal black-tie tradition of the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce – in partnership with Inland Empire Restaurant Week and the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau will feature local wineries and breweries along with specialty foods served by many of the great dining establishments participating in Inland Empire Restaurant Week. Visit www.ranchochamber.org/pages/AnnualVintnersGala for information.

Thousands of new customers visited participating restaurants in more than 20 communities during the inaugural event March 21-30. Restaurants reported increased sales of up to 30 percent and thousands of new customers visited their establishments to take advantage of the specialty menus offered at fixed prices.

“We saw a huge increase in reservations from the moment IE Restaurant Week was announced,” said Rosie O’Connor, chef/owner of Provecho Grill in the city of Menifee. “We doubled our covers during the dining period and had many new customers who were so excited that we were participating!”

Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, organizers of Inland Empire Restaurant Week, said everyone was thrilled with the response to what was the very first regional restaurant week for the region.

“Every corner of the Inland Empire was represented in our first event, which is why we are moving forward with a second Restaurant Week this fall,” Krouse said. “I.E. Restaurant Week provides restaurants with a unique opportunity to attract new customers, and gives diners the chance to enjoy restaurants they’ve never experienced before.”

About Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Inland Empire Restaurant Week (IERW) is a nonprofit dining program created and managed by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau and the local restaurant community. This dynamic event showcases the variety of culinary talent in the Inland Empire from traditional and ethnic, to modern and chef-inspired found in this diverse dining scene.  IERW hopes to encourage diners to try new restaurants, visit old favorites and help boost the economic impact of dining establishments throughout the region.  Visit www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com for updates on the program.

About the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau provides groups and meeting professionals with an unbiased, comprehensive resource when booking a tour, convention, meeting or event within the cities of Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and beyond. For meeting needs of all sizes – from a conference room to a citywide convention – or for a special exposition or sporting event, the Greater Ontario CVB will provide the necessary destination support tools to execute a successful experience.  Visit www.discoverontariocalifornia.org.

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION AND VICTORIA GARDENS ALIGN IN 2014 FOR A VERY UNIQUE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

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—Adventure to Santa – a DreamWorks DreamPlace Provides a Revolutionary Journey to Visit Santa for Today’s Technologically Savvy Kids—

victoria gardens 33Victoria Gardens today announced that beginning Sunday, November 9, it will host Adventure to Santa – a DreamWorks DreamPlace, a captivating and interactive holiday house experience for the entire family. DreamWorks Animation, the global family entertainment brand known for award-winning storytelling and industry leading innovation, has chosen Rancho Cucamonga’s Victoria Gardens as one of just eight locations around the country to host this experience during the 2014 holiday season.

“Visiting Santa at local shopping malls for holiday photos has been a long-standing tradition for many families, and not much has changed in over a century. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring our guests an exciting new experience never before seen at retail centers, until now,” said Melina Ferraez, Director of Marketing at Victoria Gardens. “After the adventure, children will have more than just the traditional picture with Santa; they’ll have a story to share for years to come.”

Adventure to Santa – a DreamWorks DreamPlace will tap into DreamWorks Animation’s stable of world-renowned artists, storytellers and innovators and enable children to experience the full narrative of an unforgettable visit to the North Pole, infusing the studio’s trademark storytelling and humor into one of the greatest legends of all time, including an immersive, eye-popping journey with Shrek himself. Appointments will be made by app, allowing families to enjoy Victoria Gardens before or after embarking on an unforgettable adventure.

“DreamWorks Animation turns the traditional mall holiday visit on its head with an immersive, interactive approach that draws on our signature brand of technology, storytelling and of course, humor,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Global Brand Officer Michael Francis. “We are continually looking for new ways to bring our characters to life and are thrilled to deliver an unparalleled experience which fans will absolutely love.”

Those interested in this magical experience for their children can visit Victoria Gardens’ website and sign up to join the Adventure to Santa interest list.  The people on the interest list will receive email updates regarding the Adventure to Santa app, and will be the first to know when they can begin to make reservations to ensure a spot for their family.

The Pink Ribbon Place Releases Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events and Educational Opportunities

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The Pink Ribbon Place Releases Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events and Educational Opportunitiestprplogo2The Pink Ribbon Place, Riverside’s first and only breast cancer resource center, is working with its partners to hold a variety of classes, events, and celebrations to raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. Major events as follows:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kick-Off & Candle Light Vigil

Thursday, October 2| 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Riverside Library at 3581 Mission Inn Ave |

Join us as we kick-off breast cancer month at Arts Walk and remember those you love through our annual vigil. Presentation by local NY Times Bestselling Author and Breast Cancer Survivor Teresa Rhyne and com­munity art project.

Breast Cancer Professional Panel

Monday, October 6| 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Parkview Community Hospital at 3865 Jackson Street |Walk through the breast cancer journey with our panel of doctors. Register at 951.788.3471.

Don’t Miss A Moment: Breast Health Seminar

Seminar: Monday, October 13 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Workshop: Monday, October 20, 5:30 p – 7:30 p |Parkview Community Hospital at 3865 Jackson Street |Learn about breast health: risk factors, the breast cancer gene, and imagining & mammography. Registra­tion required. Register at 951.788.3471.

Mezcal Goes Pink! Dinner & After Party

Thursday, October 30|Dinner 5pm – 9pm | After Party 10pm – 2am|Mezcal at 3737 Main St #100|Join us as we close out October with a bang! Costume contest and more!

Donate. Shop. Save (Lives)

All month (and year)| Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm | Pink Ribbon Thrift at 6681 Magnolia Ave. |Help support the programs of The Pink Ribbon Place by shopping or donating to Pink Ribbon Thrift. More classes, events, and information can be found at

http://www.thepinkribbonplace.org/2014/09/rethink-pink.html or by calling 951.823.0261.

Mission and Services

The Pink Ribbon Place provides support to all women, men and their loved ones who have been impacted by breast cancer by offering support groups, individual counseling, meditation groups, health and wellness programs, wigs, bras, and breast prosthesis at no cost.

The Pink Ribbon Place also offers free diagnostic services for uninsured and underinsured men and women under the age of 40 with breast health concerns residing in the cities of Riverside and Jurupa Valley.

The diagnostic program and center are supported year-round by Pink Ribbon Thrift, a vintage and thrift store that RCHF recently relocated to 6681 Magnolia Ave. in Riverside, near the Dairy Queen.

Riverside and Jurupa Valley residents in need of services are encouraged to call 951.823.0261 or e-mail info@thepinkribbonplace.org to find out how to qualify for diagnostic services.

For more information about The Pink Ribbon Place visit www.thepinkribbonplace. org. For more information about Riverside Community Health Foundation visit www.rchf.org.

LA/ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT YEAR-TO-DATE PASSENGER VOLUME UP

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laontario airportPassenger numbers at LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) rose 3.19 percent from January 2014 through August 2014, compared to the same period last year. ONT airlines served 2,726,679 travelers compared to 2,642,334 travelers during the same period in 2013.

International traffic continues its upward climb compared to last year. This year’s activity from January through July reflects a 74.01 percent increase over the same period in 2013. ONT is currently served by two Mexico-based carriers, Volaris, and AeroMexico. Both provide nonstop service between ONT and Guadalajara, Mexico. Volaris added a third flight on September 1st.

“This is the fifth month in a row that we have seen an increase in total passenger traffic at ONT. While the percentage growth for international traffic is up substantially this year, its base is much smaller than domestic traffic. We are encouraged that, so far in 2014, domestic traffic has measurably improved. We continue to observe an improving local economy, contributing to more travelers using ONT,” said ONT’s airport manager, Jess Romo. “We will keep working with our airline partners to maintain a competitive cost structure at the airport so that as the economy improves, we will be well positioned for growth in air service, which we continue to say is airline-driven and tied to the carriers’ need for strong bottom line performance.”

ONT is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a medium-hub, full-service airport with direct commercial jet service to 14 major U.S. cities and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There are approximately 60 daily flights offered by 8 air carriers. For more information about ONT, please visit www.flyOntario.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ONTAirport, and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/flyONTAirport.

2014 Guide to the Southern California Fair

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This year marks the 101st Southern California Fair, and its family-friendly traditions continue with nine days of fun, music, motorsports, educational exhibits, livestock auction, shopping, fair food, and more. There’s so much to see and so much that’s free with fair admission. The Southern California Fair is held October 4th-12th, 2014 at Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Use this guide for finding the best of this year’s events and attractions.

Monster TruckMotorsport Action

Monster trucks kick off the Fair’s first weekend with two shows on Saturday, October 4th and on Sunday, October 5th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Their oversized high-flying action is one of the Fair’s biggest crowd-pleasers and takes place in the Heineken Arena.

On the second weekend of the fair, Saturday, October 11th, the high impact Demo Cross show begins at 2:30pm followed by the non-stop action of stock car races at 7:30pm. Then Sunday, October 12th, the fair favorite Demolition Derby brings excitement at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. All motorsport events are free with fair admission.

Concert Series

The highly anticipated Fair concert series is back this year with a line-up of today’s hottest new music and classics that will rock the nights. Monday, October 6th stars Rockfest with Warrant and Jack Russell’s Great White. Tuesday, October 7th is country music’s favorite Scotty McCreery. Wednesday, October 8th Becky G performs her fan favorites. Thursday, October 9th, Awesome 80s with English Beat and Missing Persons blast to the past. And Friday, October 10th, Christian music favorites Rend Collective performs with Moriah Peters and Urban Rescue. All concerts begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted, and are free with fair admission.

Special Days at the Fair

CARNIVAL RIDES 22Coming to the fair offers fun for everyone, and promotion days offer fun savings. On Saturday, October 4th, Boy and Girl Scouts get in free in uniform or with proper identification. On Monday, October 6th, City of Perris residents get in free with proper identification. It’s super Friday, October 10th, with specials for all members of the family. Come dressed in a super hero costume and get in free until 4pm, all military in uniform or with identification get free admission all day, and seniors (age 60 and over) get $3 admission until 4pm on Friday, October 10th.

So Much to See and so Much That’s Free

With more to do and see than is possible in one day, the Southern California Fair is full of fun and surprises. Here’s a glimpse of exciting new attractions, fun contests, and entertainment that’s not to miss: Hypnotist, magic show, family fun eating contest, Wild West Turkey Stampede, Pirate’s of the Sky show, petting zoo and pony rides, arts and crafts demonstrations, livestock show and auction, trackless train, live art and music performances, and more. The Southern California Fair is a bargain full of fun.

Where to Get Tickets

Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at www.socalfair.com. Adult tickets are $5 ($8 at the gate), children tickets (ages 5-11) are $3 ($4 at the gate). Carnival wristbands are $20 ($28 at the gate). Tickets can also be purchased at participating Walgreen stores.

The Southern California Fair runs October 4-12, 2014  at Lake Perris Fairgrounds off the 215 freeway in Perris, Calif. For more information visit www.socalfair.com or call (951) 657-4221.