Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mozart’s great comic masterpiece, Cosi fan tutte is here in Pomona this weekend.  Go to to hear audio clips.

An ingenious mix of hilarious farce and poignant drama, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, set to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, follows two young soldiers who disguise their identities to test their lovers’ fidelity.  Regarded as one of Mozart and Da Ponte’s greatest achievements, the opera features arias and ensembles unmatched in their musical and dramatic perfection.

It is both a wonderul introduction to opera and also much loved by opera fans.

Cosi fan Tutte
Saturday, April 5 at 2 pm
Sundays, April 6 at 2 pm

Performances are at
First Christian Church of Pomona
1751 N. Park Ave.
Pomona, CA  91768

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students and children.
(909) 230-4949

Friday, March 14, 2014

Time to Get Your IRISH On!

SOPPL (Save Our Pomona Public Library--also known as the "green people" because of their colorful T-shirts) will be holding a fundraiser the Saturday after St. Patrick's Day, March 22, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, to raise funds for an anticipated campaign for library funding in the November election. The theme is St. Patrick's day and the event looks to be lively fun. Green Beer, a Baked Potato Bar (and yes, one of the toppings WILL be Corned Beef and Cabbage, along with the more traditional cheese, broccoli, bacon, sour cream, etc.), and entertainment provided by Jeff Schenkel and his band as well as singers from Pomona's own Repertory Opera Company. Fun, games, and a chance to dance, what more could one ask for.
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Please come out and support our library. Tickets can be ordered online at, or at the door.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

For the Valentine's Season

Over thirty talented singers of Pomona's Repertory Opera Company will bring the Valentine’s spirit to life with their concert “Serenades of Love”.   This concert includes love duets, opera arias and musical theater songs to celebrate romance.  There will be the sublimely passionate duets from Madama Butterfly, Pearl Fishers and La Bohème and blood stirring arias such as Ah, mes amis with its 9 high C's, Dove sono and Chi bel sogno.  We will rumble your heartstrings with Some Enchanted Evening and tickle your funny bone with Blah, blah, blah by Gershwin.  The ROC Children's chorus will sing the beautiful prayer from Hansel and Gretel and Who will Buy from Oliver.  The lovefest culminates with the extraordinary Sextet from the Tales of Hoffman.  

A reception with light refreshments follows the concert.

The performance is Sunday, February 9 at 4 pm at First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave., Pomona, CA  91768.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. 

This event is part of Repertory Opera Company’s fifth season in Pomona.  The season continues with Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte in March and Puccini's  Tosca in June; and ends with the Fourth Annual “Manly Men of Opera” dinner concert – featuring a bevy of  basses and bass-baritones.  

To buy tickets go to or call (909) 230-4949.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Parable of Deadcatpooville


There was once a large barnyard. It was ruled by cats, who thought the best thing for the barnyard was dead mice. If you walked by the ruling cats, you would hear a chorus, “dead mice, dead mice, we need dead mice; that’s how we’ll fix this barnyard.” 

There were lots of problems in the barnyard. In one corner young cats were killing each other because they were bored, maybe they were not being taught how to be clever, how to use their cat skills to make the barnyard a better place. “Dead mice,” said one of the fat cats. “Police and prisons,” said another, "that’s what we need." A few  suggested teaching the young cats how to kill just enough mice and no more. But the loudest cats said, “dead mice, dead mice, that’s what we need, more dead mice.” 

In spite of this doubtful tactic, there was also a lot of potential in the barnyard. In one corner creative young cats were getting together and asking how they could make the barnyard a better place. Sometimes they would make suggestions, but when they did the ruling cats just said, “bring us dead mice, and then we’ll talk.”

One day a cat came from the next barnyard over to make a name for himself. He was a beautiful cat, very big and sleek with a shiny grey coat. The ruling cats liked him, but he had mean eyes.

Mr. Sleek approached a few of the fattest ruling cats and said, “I will bring you 18000 dead mice AND I will do you a favor. I will build a cat poo train through your barnyard. We will scrape up catpoo from all over and bring it through your barnyard. Then no one will be able to smell all these dead mice I will bring you, all they will smell is cat poo. The fat cats thought this was a great idea. 

The creative young cats, said, “Oh no, fatcats, this is a terrible idea, it will be stinky and unhealthy. Let us help you come up with a better plan.” They held meetings, and learned that none of the ordinary cats liked this plan. They agreed that maybe it was a better idea to build cat gardens and teach kittens good cat skills like how to cover their messes or use it as fertilizer. But the fatcats could only think of dead mice.

Mr. Sleek got wind of this and started piling up the dead mice in earnest. Then he threatened to take away the dead mice.  There was a bad smell in the barnyard. More cats started killing each other. They said, noone cares about us, they only care about dead mice and cat poo. They don’t care about the barnyard, or building gardens, or teaching kittens. Why should we care?  

If only the ruling cats had listened, today that barnyard wouldn’t be called Deadcatpooville.

Let those who have ears hear....

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December Happenings

December is a big month for things going on in Pomona. Here are a few of them you might want to check out.


10:00 am Pomona Christmas Parade celebrates Pomona's 125th Birthday. The parade starts at 2nd and Gibbs, goes west on Second to Park then north to 8th. It's supposed to be cold so bundle up and enjoy the over 120 entrants and over 3,000 individuals who will be participating in this year's edition.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Holiday at the Plaza continues the tradition of a citywide holiday celebration with live entertainment, booths, games, and SNOW. This is another fun free event for the whole family. You can always make sure you're near the snow and the sounds of kids laughter while the politicians are speaking.

5:00 pm Pomona Heritage Annual Holiday Progressive Dinner. Members and friends of Pomona Heritage (and you're a friend, aren't you?) are invited to enjoy a three course dinner at various locations around the city. Appetizers in a mid-century modern home out of the Jetsons, lunch at a historic women's club building, now a museum, and desserts at a regal Spanish nestled in the hills. And the cost is that you bring a side-dish. For more information contact


11:30 am Pomona Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Luncheon will be held at Avalon at Fairplex. This holiday tradition is always a fun event with a nice meal, live entertainment, the opportunity to win a specially decorated Christmas tree with prizes on the limbs, and mingling with some of the nicest people that our city has to offer. Price is $45 per person.


5:30-9:30 pm DPOA Holiday Mixer sees the downtown Pomona community coming together for good cheer. A great chance to mingle with the artists, business people, and friends of the downtown arts, antique, and entertainment communities. They will also be collecting unwrapped toys for Pomona's children. RSVP

6:30 pm Opera Opening Night will feature a lavish holiday dinner by chef Don Sanders and a concert featuring singers from Pomona's own Repertory Opera Company. Not an evening to miss! Price is $20 with advance reservations, $25 at the door.  Reservations close Friday please.  Call with any questions - (909) 230-4949



3:00 pm A Dickens Holiday Seance. Dickens was an important member of the famous Ghost Club founded in 1862. The medium, Professor Gallivan, is a member of that same society, which has been dedicated to the study of ghosts, séances, psychical phenomena and things that go bump in the night. He is a member of the exclusive worldwide Psychic Entertainers Association, a performing member of the Magic Castle, and has performed many Victorian séances.  He also presents historically accurate phrenology readings and lectures at the Riverside Dickens Festival and other organizations. The event will be held in the scary basement of the Pomona Library. Professor Gallivan warns that There will be no admittance after doors are closed at 3:33 pm.  Please arrive at 3:00 for refreshments. This event will not be appropriate for young children. Price is $15 with funds going to support the library. You can purchase tickets online at: Seating is limited.

I'm sure that I've missed some very good and popular events. Please feel free to add your events in the comments area below. Hope to see you all at one or more of these.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Opera Night - Tuesday, November 12

Our chef Don Sanders finalized the delicious menu for our festivities:

  • Baked Ham with Cranberry Sauce
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Cranberry Pecan Green Salad
  • Sunshine Gelatin Salad
  • Carrot Cake
  • Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee and Tea

So far singers set to sing a wonderful array of songs - Raul Matas, Coril Prochnow, Steve Moritsugu, Debbie Dey, LizBeth Lucca, Armando Castillo, Neal Dougherty, Aumna Iqbal and Shawn Taylor.  We will have selections from everything from Aida to Cabaret to Trovatore to The Mikado.  Robert Sage at the piano.

Not an evening to miss! $20 with advance reservations, $25 at the door.  Reservations close Friday please.  Call with any questions - (909) 230-4949

Friday, October 18, 2013

LA Opera Announces......
come to Pomona!

The Festival celebrating composer Benjamin Britten's 100th year includes Repertory Opera Company - Pomona's Opera Company - and this week's production of Albert Herring.

Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Octobert 26 at 2 pm.

First Christian Church of Pomona
1751 N. Park Ave.
Pomona, CA  91768

You can purchase tickets online or at the door.
(909) 230-4949

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Voices from the Camps--HSPV, Saturday, October 19

As part of the Together We Read programs from the Library, Historical Society of the Pomona Valley will be presenting a program titled, Voices From The Camps, at a dinner on Saturday, October 19 at 6:00 pm.

After a wine/beer reception, and a Sushi dinner, guests will be entertained by the Repertory Opera Company (Pomona's own Opera company), who will perform two scenes from Madame Butterfly. Then they will be presented with a special "reader's theater" performance of first person accounts from those who were interred in "America's Concentration Camps," during World War II.

The dinner and program is a fundraiser for the Historical Society and the price for dinner and performances is $30 per person.

We hope to see everyone there.


The next Saturday, October 26, there will be a performance by The Kishin Daiko drummers. This performance will be held on the lawn outside Pilgrim Church (Garey Ave, just north of Holt).

For a complete schedule of the Together We Read programs, visit:!/month/2013/10.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pomona deadlocks on trash station, blows away $1 million

Much like David Allen I've been away from the Pomona City Council for a while, hopeful that a new group of people might be able to get along better. Unfortunately, that has not been the case, with the recent deadlock of the trash station franchise agreement.

What bothers me is the "sore loserness" of the opponents to the transfer station - equivalent to what is going on in Washington. By withholding the franchise agreement, all James Sambrano and his plaintiffs are doing is increasing Pomona's legal bill. Sambrano, incidentally, actually settled with the transfer station operators to drop his environmental lawsuit with prejudice, or else the court would have imposed penalties for his frivolous lawsuit. David Perez, who owns the transfer station's operator, did promise the city a $1 million minimum franchise fee, money that is needed to help the city rebuild its reserves, which are currently $8.1 million.

As for those who claim that the members who voted for the transfer station have been bought off, that is not supported by the facts. I have posted the campaign statements for Pomona city councilmembers here for some time. The only person Valley Vista gave to in large quantities was Elliott Rothman, and he recuses himself on the trash station as required. 

Overall, trash station theater is starting to get old. It's time to move on.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Community Hero!!

Pomona Police & the Pomona Community Mourns the Loss of Bloodhound “Willow”

The Pomona Police Department regrets to inform you that their senior police bloodhound, Willow, died early this morning, Sept. 12, 2013 while being treated for gastric torsion.

Just after midnight this morning, Officer Joe Hernandez rushed Willow to the Animal Hospital where she was diagnosed with severe gastric torsion, and found to be in need of immediate surgery. Once the surgery began, the gravity of Willow’s condition was revealed and Willow passed soon thereafter.

The Pomona Police Department and all of its members are saddened by Willow’s passing. Willow was an outstanding member of the department and has been referred to as a Hero on several occasions for her countless finds.  There is not a police or sheriff’s department around Pomona that has not called upon Willow to help with finding either a dangerous suspect or a missing person. She is not just a Hero of Pomona, but a Hero of the entire Inland Empire. Most recently, Willow even took on the role of a “training officer” as she was assisting Officer Hernandez in training our junior police bloodhound “Jax.” Soon the Pomona Police Department will prepare a news story that highlights Willow’s career and many accomplishments.

Michael Olivieri, Captain
Operations Division, Canine Unit Commander

This notice was copied from the DPOA's web site. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Join us Sept. 5 at the Library!

Come join supporters of the Library as we commemorate the increased hours of our library from the current 20 hrs/4 days/week to the expanded 29 hrs/5 days/week.

While this is still far short of what our community needs, it's a step in the right direction and we want to acknowledge the small increase in service over the past year. However, we will still be running the library with an all-part-time staff and no leadership specific to the library.

Currently, Deputy City Manager Mark Gluba is in charge of the library so his time is split between the library, his role as community information officer, and multiple other duties as a deputy city manager. Muriel Spill is doing yeoman's work as  a part-time library manager, but scheduling employees, dealing with city issues and the other myriad duties she has to do overwhelm the 20 hrs/wk that she works. Thus the library is operating, but still lacks real leadership and vision.

Please come out and visit the library on Sept. 5, listen to what the different library support organizations are doing to work together to bring the library to what the city of Pomona needs and deserves.

There will be cake and lemonade for attendings. Bring the kids and enjoy the return of at least 1 more day of service to our struggling library.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pomona’s ROC troupe brings back its popular ‘Manly Men of Opera’

The Manly Men of Opera

Who: Pomona-based Repertory Opera Co.
Where: First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave., Pomona
When: 5 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $30 each, $240 for table of 8
Information: 909-230-4949,
Once in awhile something new and exciting happens in a classic art form making people look at the familiar with fresh eyes or, in this case, fresh ears.
Two years ago Pomona-based Repertory Opera Company, ROC, did just that when it unveiled “The Manly Men of Opera,” featuring more than 14 baritones and basses in a celebration of the low, rich, resonant male voice.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Election Tuesday, July 23

Tomorrow, July 23, is the date set for the special election to fill the seat vacated when Norma Torres was elected to the state Senate.

The election has been somewhat heated, especially AGAINST former Republican (who reregistered as Independent for this election) mayor of Ontario, Paul Leon. Pomona is well represented in the race with councilman Freddie Rodriguez, school board member Jason Rothman, former councilperson Danielle Soto, and former aid to Nell Soto and Joe Baca Manuel Saucedo. In addition, perenniel candidate from Ontario, Paul Vincent Avila is on the ballot along with Democrats Doris Louise Wallace, and Tom Haughey, along with Republican Dorothy Pineda.

If no candidate receives over 50% of the vote (which in this 9-person election is highly likely), a runoff will be held with the top two vote getters (regardless of party) facing off.

The polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. If you need to find your polling place, visit

Monday, July 8, 2013

Fundraiser for Fifth Season of Opera in Pomona

Anybody within the sound of my voice (which is quite a range) or my computer (possibly bigger) knows that Repertory Opera Company has received a LA County Arts Commission grant for $5,800 for each of the next two seasons (the dA Center for the Arts has also received a grant award, way to go Pomona).  But we must raise a matching $5,800 to get that money.  So to raise money for the fifth season in Pomona (wow!), the company's Musical Director, instead of accompanying the singers and being the orchestra, is going to play solo.  Since he is an international competition-winning concert pianist, it will be guaranteed stunning. And I will be singing as well. Lady MacBeth anyone?  So come out to support this local asset, to mock me, or (yeah, you guessed it) just send a check, so we can kick off the season and grab LA County's money.  The only opera companies this year to get the grant were LA Opera, Long Beach Opera and Pomona's Own, Repertory Opera Company.

Nothin' but love for Pomona,


Repertory Opera Company
Business Address
168 West Willow Ave., #112
Pomona, CA  91768

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Thinking about Trash in Pomona

Thinking about having  much of the county's trash coming through my city has made me rethink my own disposal habits. How can I reduce and reuse? No more sparkling water in small bottles for me. What about green waste? I was shocked to learn recently that the green bin waste went into the landfill, as reported in the Daily Bulletin? Time to think about a bigger compost pile, or maybe a small scale community compost. And yes, let's reglue the cat scratching post rather than chuck it and buy another.

There is a Zero Waste movement in California, see here, here, and here. Wouldn't it be great if Pomona joined that trend? Becoming known as environmentally friendly (for real) would certainly complement the city's potential reputation as a place of music, learning, and art.

As Valley Vista Services gears up to build their 1500 ton-per-day trash station, I continue to be amazed that city council saw fit to approve it.  I also have to ask why is it so big? The current station only handles 150 tons per day. Certainly it is problematic because it is open air and it is so close to one school. But the proposed station is ten times bigger.

Most cities report their disposal statistics see here, but Pomona does not appear to do so. Still Glendale, which is a bigger city than Pomona only produces 135 255 tons per year; so why is the Pomona trash transfer station permitted to handle around 500 000 tons per year? Valley Vista says it will take Pomona only trash, but clearly that cannot be the case.

Maybe city council will rethink the idea of making Pomona a city of trash and instead pass a resolution to become Zero Waste by 2025.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

TODAY--Sunday June 23!!

This annual event is always a great time for all. To get to the Phillips Mansion see map below (click to enlarge):

Thursday, June 13, 2013

What is Cinco de Mayo?
@ Palomares Adobe Sunday!!

 Cinco de Mayo:  Made in California Play performance

The Historical Society of Pomona Valley and the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA present a special encore performance of our highly popular play, with special guests Global Motion World Dance Company, Flor de Mayo Folklorico, a mini Cinco de Mayo exhibition, a theatrical production, a presentation by author and professor Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, and MC Comedian Ernie G.

Pomona, CA – June 16, 2013 
El Cinco de Mayo:  Made in California performance

Adobe de Palomares

491 E. Arrow Highway, Pomona CA, 91767
Sunday, June 16, 2013 5:00PM - 8:00PM
5:00PM-6:00PM Cinco de Mayo
Teatro Presentation
6:00PM-8:00PM Children’s workshops on Californio history
Special Californio history exhibit
Free and open to the public.

The Cinco de Mayo, as it is known in California, is not a Mexican holiday.  In fact, in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is scarcely noticed.  El Cinco de Mayo is an American Civil War commemoration, created by Latinos living in California as a public statement about where Latinos stood on the key issues of the Civil War:

  • Latinos supported freedom, and opposed slavery.
  • Latinos supported racial equality, and opposed white supremacy.
  • Latinos supported democracy, and opposed elitist forms of government. 

Why do we in the United States celebrate the victory of an obscure battle that took place in Mexico 150 years ago? Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated as a national holiday in Mexico because it was created and first celebrated by Latinos living in California. Learning that the Mexican army in Puebla had defeated invading French troops on May 5, 1862, Latinos in California were overjoyed that freedom and democracy had won a victory over forces of slavery and oligarchy. Latinos all over the state rejoiced and celebrated with fireworks, patriotic songs, and impromptu speeches.

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista’s book El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition details the real history behind this American Civil War holiday and how it originated. Dr. Hayes-Bautista has stated, “Cinco de Mayo is important to California because it was invented here.” He goes on to say, “It provides a collective identity for all Latinos, whether they were born here in California or immigrated from Mexico, Central America, or South America. It binds them together in an identity.”

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the School of Medicine at UCLA. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley and completed his MA and PhD in Medical Sociology at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. Dr. Hayes-Bautista’s research focuses on the dynamics and processes of the health of the Latino population using both quantitative data sets and qualitative observations. The Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture combines these research interests with teaching of medical students, residents, and practicing providers to manage the care of a Latino patient base effectively, efficiently, and economically. His publications have appeared in Family Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Family Practice, Medical Care, and Salud Pública de México

Ernie G is one of the hottest, multi-talented, young Latino entertainers in the country today. His comedy has been seen by millions of TV viewers on shows, such as Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh,” B.E.T.’s “Comic View,” Ed McMahon’s “Next Big Star,” & Sí TV’s “Funny is Funny!” He is one of the original stars of Galavisión’s hit comedy show “Qué Locos!” hosted by George Lopez, - appearing six times, along with two appearances on “The Best of Qué Locos!” He has appeared on HBO Latino’s “Habla Again,” MUN2’s “Loco Comedy Jam,” as well as Sí TV’s “Latino Laugh Festival!” and their hip new show, “Inside Joke!” Currently, you can catch him on MTV Tr3s’ “Los Super Icons” and you might also remember him as the “Angry Angelino” from the Channel 13 News in Los Angeles!

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University with his B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Chicano Studies, Ernie has developed his own unique form of Comedy he calls “Latino Edutainment Educating and Entertaining with a Latino Flavor!” and has performed for many of the country’s top organizations and corporations, including Disney, Pepsi-Co, General Mills, U.S. Armed Forces, National Council de la Raza, Latin American Educational Foundation and the Hispanic College Fund. He was honored by the City of Los Angeles with the 1st-ever Mario Moreno “Cantínflas” Award for “...representing the Latino community with the same humor and distinction as the legendary Mario Moreno Cantínflasand who, like Cantínflas, utilizes his power to help those most in need.

Ernie performs his rip-roaring, high-energy comedy as Host and Producer of “Ernie G’s Comedy Fiesta!”- a National Comedy Tour featuring the country’s top Latino comedians performing in venues, colleges and universities throughout the nation. He was the Key Note Speaker at UCLA’s 32nd Annual RAZA Graduation, and continues to spread his message of Empowerment & Transformation through Laughter as the National Spokesperson for the Hispanic College Fund and Inspirational Comedian nationwide! For more information, or to order his first Comedy CD entitled, “Mama’s Boy!” please visit:      

Adobe de Palomares, Historical Society of Pomona Valley

What is the Palomares Adobe's historical significance?

Adobe de Palomares was the 13 room home of Don Ygnacio Palomares and his wife, Dona Concepcion Lopez de Palomares. The Palomares and Vejar families owned the Rancho San Jose, which covered eastern Los Angeles county, some 150 years ago. The land now covers many cities of the Pomona Valley of Southern California, including Pomona, LaVerne, San Dimas, Diamond Bar, Azusa, Covina, Walnut, Glendora, and Claremont

A Gold Rush Home: The home was started as the new home of a successful Mexican rancher. Its construction phase was from 1850 to 1854. This was the period of the great California gold rush, that was accompanied by California statehood . The house represents the meeting of two cultures: Mexican-era adobe construction combined with American influenced technology, seen in the use of milled roofing and flooring.