Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The strange but true story of Fearplex at Pomona

Today a Haunted tour takes place at the FearPlex, and if you want to learn about some of the real horrid and horrific crimes of the past in the Inland Empire this is the place to do it. What you are about to read is real, it is true, and to most of the public it is unknown. Get ready for an assault on the senses.
In 1915 the California Legislature called for a comprehensive study of the problem of feeble mindedness or the crazies that lived amongst the general population. As a result of this study, the Legislature recognized the need for an institution in Southern California and approved $250,000 on July 17, 1917, for the Pacific Colony. The original site was in Walnut. The area now known as Spadra located in the hills just to the east of the old General Dynamics plant on Mission.
On March 20, 1921, the first patients were admitted to Pacific Colony with an expected capacity of 50 patients. However, it soon became evident that the site was inappropriate (lack of water, limited access) and the facility closed its doors on January 23, 1923. It took another four years until the new Pacific Colony opened at its location in Pomona (Spadra and welcomed its first 27 residents, or inmates, as they were most often referred to.
In 1920 director Patrick Haggard, deemed a second, more remote location for inmates considered "potentially violent towards themselves or others" was needed. He opened Pomona's California Colony on the current site of the Fairplex in the Winter of 1920. This facility handled the criminally insane and was originally designed as a measure of restraint and isolation from the rest of society.
However the CRIPA, Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, investigated the asylum in early 1921 and reports were filed with the State of California about inappropriate care, accidents, unexplained deaths of inmates and staff members, and inefficient medication use.
The most horrifying incident in recent years occurred on May 4, 1920, when an inmate died from multiple blunt force trauma after being stomped repeatedly in his bedroom at California Colony. There were two suspects in the investigation-- the victim's roommate and a facility Psychiatric Technician. Although there was evidence pointing to both suspects, the investigator concluded that the roommate had committed the crime, but was too mentally impaired to face any charges.
An internal investigation confirmed abuse after concluding that a staff person had punitively tied the hands of an inmate behind his back on two separate occasions and bound her mouth. One of these times, the staff person had placed a chair on top of her and sat on the chair while she lay on the floor with her hands bound.
It is difficult to determine the exact number of choking incidents leading to inmate and staff member death due to the facilities inconsistent methodology for reporting and categorizing these often serious events. Sometimes choking incidents are categorized as injuries, and at other times they are categorized as endangering health and safety. This ambiguity creates a risk that significant instances of choking will not be recognized as such and investigated properly. Staff often do not report accidental deaths and other significant events in a timely manner.
The final straw came when a mass murderer committed another Massacre in December 1921 at the facility. Mark A. Mangler was an inmate diagnosed as Criminally Insane after the murder of 17 co-workers at a Riverside shoe manufacturing plant. He was sent to the California Colony for restraint and seclusion to protect society. Just a month after his residency at the California Colony, on May 16th he and other inmates went on a killing spree. Using a show of strength the inmates attacked the staff with everything from surgical knives and medical instruments to wrapped up bed sheets used as methods of strangulation. In all 23 staff members and 4 inmates were killed that evening and there were 45 inmates reported as missing and were assumed to have escaped that very evening. Mr. Mangler was never found.
This Mass murderer makes today's Splashers movies tame in comparison. It was reported by local authorities that many of the bodies were in such terrible conditions that the exact nature of their deaths could never be released.
After the incident the complex was almost immediately shut down permanently and boarded up. For a few months the site sat in abandonment.
In 1922, the L. A. County Fairgrounds was Born on the Site. The City of Pomona agreed to purchase the 43-acre complex field from the Ricardo Vejer estate for use as a fairground. Research revealed that the name "Los Angeles County Fair" was not registered. Ground was broken and access roads were built. A half-mile race track and a grandstand seating 4,000 were constructed.
During some underground earthquake checks in 2006, construction workers discovered, after 80 years a major discovery was made by construction workers in 2006 of boarded up tunnels that led to a still intact portion of the old California Colony. What they found is now a part of today's Halloween Fearplex festivities.
Flash forward to today's Halloween Fearplex
Today you can take a tour starting at the vault and leading to the asylum and explore the depths of hell in which patients were brutally tortured and visit the actual padded cells, operating rooms, hospital inmate rooms and bathing areas where high pressure hoses were used to spray inmates as a form of punishment. Discover for yourself the fear that remains trapped inside these areas or drive yourself INSANE trying to figure out the mystery of Mangler's Haunted Asylum.
You will visit the haunted manor residence and roam the 25 rooms that house the insanity. Discover the secret chambers and passages, a morgue, and the evil undead that are everywhere. Warning: Very frightening and intense.
You will soon feel the presence of the now deceased Mr Lanterman who dies in 1981. Since running the Pacific Colony and making the Developmental Center his extensive residence, it is said his ghost still lives seeking more souls to punish. It is also said that many who took the 2006 Halloween tour that they could feel the souls of Mr Lanterman and hundreds of wrongly killed and tortured Inmates of the old Spadra.

Save the Date! | 2018 Home Tour Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Pomona in Progress! This year’s Pomona Heritage Home Tour features beautiful homes from Victorian to Craftsman to a Cliff May Modern, and features the Methodist Episcopal Church, a stellar example of Victorian church architecture. All tickets are 20$ and the money raised goes to support the Pomona Heritage Grant Program.

NOV 7 Pomona PD Santa Cop Pancake Breakfast

Please join the Pomona Police Department along with the Kiwanis Club of Pomona for its annual Santa Cop Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Wednesday, November 7th from 7:30-10:30am in the west parking lot of the Police Station- 490 W. Mission Blvd.

The Proceeds raised from this event will be used to buy toys that will be delivered to families in-need during Christmas. There is a $5 donation for breakfast or you can donate a new, unwrapped toy. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, bacon and your choice of coffee or orange juice.

**Local delivery available for orders 10+. Please email CSO Macy norma_macy@ci.pomona.ca.us **

Pre-sale tickets are available in the Crime Prevention Office. Please call 909-620-2318 for more information.

NOV 4 Pomona Celebration de los Muertos y los Vivos

Pomona Celebration de los Muertos y los Vivos
Con mucho entusiasmo y emoción, Latino y Latina Roundtable y la galería del dA , invitan a todos ha unirse con nosotros en una tarde de celebración de nuestros seres queridos, modelos que ya no están aquí, y la celebración de nuestras propias vidas. La celebración comunitaria de los Muertos y los Vivos incluirá un altar interactivo para toda la familia , música , tiempo para compartir historias y alimentos. Esperamos enseñar a los demás a través del intercambio de celebrar la vida , la muerte, y la familia . Favor de traer una foto o recuerdo ( un elemento que simboliza) de un ser querido para añadir al altar . ( Todas las fotos y los artículos serán devueltos ) .

With much enthusiasm and excitement, the Latino and Latina Roundtable and dA, invite all to join us in an afternoon of celebration of our loved ones and role models who have passed and celebration of our lives. The Community Celebration de los Muertos y los Vivos will include an interactive altar, crafts for the whole family, music, story sharing and food. We hope to teach each other through sharing about celebrating life, death, and family. Please bring a picture or recuerdo (an item) that you can place on the altar during the ceremony to honor your family or friend. 

Spooky Night at VITA Italian Bar & Grill

Music at Noon – Repertory Opera Company October 31, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pumpkin Nights Oct 12, 2018 - Nov 4, 2018 05:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us for the most delightful Halloween tradition, Pumpkin Nights! This outdoor, family-friendly, pumpkin festival immerses you in a half-mile walking path of over 3,000 hand-carved synthetic and real pumpkins, larger-than-life displays, and multi-sensory experiences - fire dancers, pumpkin artists, photo ops, movie screenings, The Great Pumpkin Dig, and more!
Website: https://pumpkinnights.com/
LA information page: https://pumpkinnights.com/los-angeles/
Hours: everyday from 5:00pm-10:00pm, except Halloween
General Admission (13-59) - $20
Little (4-12) - $16
Senior - $16
3 & Under - FREE
Family Pack (2 Adult & 2 Little) - $60
Night Owl Specials: (from 8pm to close, every night. Discount taken at checkout)
General Admission - $14
Little/Senior - $12
Group Rates:
Groups of 10+ people, non-profits, and youth group rates are available. Contact info@pumpkinnights.com for more details and to make a reservation.
For more information, please visit Pumpkin Nights
Parking is $12 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Dr. 

AKC dog agility events and trial secretary services by Lynda Tjarks.
Fairplex ( Directions )
1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768

Status Entry Open
Opening Date Sep 3, 2018 | 10:00 AM ( Enter Event )
Closing Date Oct 17, 2018 | 11:59 PM

Fee Schedule (per dog-trial day)
1st Trial Fee: $22.00
2nd Trial Fee: $16.00
3rd Trial Fee: $16.00
4th Trial Fee: $16.00
5th Trial Fee: $16.00
6th Trial Fee: $16.00
*** Earn/redeem vouchers ***

Judge Abbie Hanson
Judge Terry Culley

Fri: 350 Ex/M only - STD, JWW, PrmS, PrmJ, T2B, FAST(all levels)
Sat: 700 All levels - STD, JWW, PrmS, PrmJ, T2B, FAST
Sun: 700 All levels - STD, JWW, PrmS, PrmJ, T2B

Parking is $12 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Dr. 

This three-day expo, presented by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, provides a world-class display of the latest and greatest products for the modeling enthusiast and fun activities the whole family can enjoy, including indoor and outdoor flying demonstrations, model rocket and plane build-and-fly stations – as well as interactive displays, static model competitions, guest speakers, outdoor boat pond demos and more! With more than 100 unique exhibitors and expert modelers on hand, the expo will be entertaining for the novice and experienced modeler alike. At this new location and new date, expected attendance is expected to be at least 5,000 people. The AMA Expo is promoted throughout the radio-controlled modeling industry and through local newspapers and other media outlets in the Southern California area.

Expo Hours
Friday, November 2, 2018                             11 AM – 5 PM
Saturday, November 3, 2018                         10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, November 4, 2018                           10 AM – 4 PM

Non-Member Advance Ticket Pricing (NOW until October 30th, 5pm Pacific Time)
1-day $13
2-day $21
3-day $29

Parking is $12 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Dr. 
For more information, please visit AMA Expo West

Join us the first Wednesday of the month for an evening of hot rodding fun for the entire family.  Festivities include music, food vendors, and more.  Make sure to visit the museum and the gift shop, pick up something for that special hot rodder.

Cruise Night hours are 3 – 7 p.m., the event is FREE for spectators.  Museum admission is FREE after 3 p.m., and Museum Members are always FREE!

 Cruise-Ins pay $5 entry per car and will receive a ticket for the drawing held during the evening for a chance to win a CASH prize!  Museum Members drive in for free, as well as receiving their chance drawing ticket.

·Open to vehicles 1976 and earlier.

·Cruise –In Car parking opens at 2p.m.

·Only cruise participants will receive a ticket

·No additional tickets sold

·Winners must be present to win

NOTE:  The Twilight Cruise starts at 3 p.m., participants will be allowed to park starting at 2 p.m..

Visit the NHRA Museum for more information

54th Auto Club NHRA Finals Nov 8, 2018 - Nov 11, 2018 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

The season concludes where it began with an event traditionally laced with drama. The historic racetrack typically enjoys seasonably cool ­temperatures that translate into perfect racing conditions and a spectacular, no-holds-barred battle for the prestigious NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. It’s a good bet that the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle world titles will still be in doubt at the beginning of the season’s final day.
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers, as Every Ticket's a Pit Pass® at the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet! Get direct access to the teams, see firsthand as the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from your favorite NHRA drivers.

Parking tickets available HERE.
Tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE or by calling 800-884-NHRA (6472). Purchase early and save.

The Interrupters at The Glass House

Dec 08 2018 Pomona Christmas Parade - VOLUNTEERS (909) 784-0122 direct line


VOLUNTEERS are needed! Your help makes this parade happen! You will support along the parade route, in the staging areas, judging and awarding sections. All volunteers will receive food vouchers and staff shirt. We will also sign if you are in need of any community/volunteer hours. Your Volunteer Shift is from 2:00pm-9:00pm. This is a great opportunity for community groups/clubs/organizations to support as a team.
The Christmas Parade Committee and the Downtown Pomona Owners Association invite you to be a part of this special event. We're breaking out the twinkle lights and hot cocoa again this year for our night time Parade! This year's theme is “Sounds of Christmas”.
The parade will once again take place in historic Downtown Pomona.
The parade will be held RAIN or SHINE on Saturday, December 8, 2018, 6pm-8pm.
Sign up you, your family, your colleagues & your friends! (909) 784-0122 direct line

Monday, October 29, 2018

Ghosts of Gettysburg (Documentary)

The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre | Robert Elmer Kleasen

Amityville Horror The True Story

Legends Of The Werewolves

Halloween 1978 (The Inside Story)

Sunkist Theatre, Pomona

 Grand opening 11-4-31 The Great May Robinson in "Mothers Millions" with James Hall Gala Opening Today First Show Opens 12:30 P.M.

California Theate

12/13/1948 If you look real close in the background, you can see that California Theater. Has Moved, from the corner of Thomas and Third St. now is on Third St. later on the United Artiest will take over.

1926, California Theatre

OCT 31 A Night in Old Spadra

You won't see it on many maps today, but the town of Spadra (founded in 1866) competed with Pomona for prominence in the valley, and very nearly won.
Few remnants of Spadra remain today; one of the few sites we still have is the Spadra Cemetery. The Historical Society needs your help protecting and preserving the Cemetery, and so we're opening it up this Halloween for tours. Tours will last 45 minutes, so we recommend comfortable shoes. We'll tell you all about the stories of the people buried there.
For tickets and more information visit www.pomonahistorical.org/events
(Remember, if you can't visit on Halloween, you can always give us a call at 909-623-2198 or email pomonahistorical@verizon.net to set up a small group tour.)

City of Ontario

Calling all future firefighters! The City of Ontario Fire Department is currently accepting applications for Fire Explorers. To learn more visit, wwww.ontarioca.gov/fireexplorers #OntarioFD #CityofOntario #PublicSafety