Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Local Opera Singers Sing their Hearts Out for Pomona

The talented singers of Repertory Opera Company will bring Valentine’s Day to life for Pomona and environs by singing their hearts out.  This “Serenades of Love” concert includes love duets, arias and songs to celebrate the romance of life.  The afternoon will include the sublime passionate duets from Madama Butterfly and Roméo et Juliette; blood stirring arias such as Nessun dorma, the Habanera from Carmen and Caro nome; and some teasingly amorous scenes from Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte and the Barber of Seville.  Our basses will rumble your heartstrings with Some Enchanted Evening and My Funny Valentine.  The lovefest ends with the over the top revelry of the party scene from Act II of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.   A reception with light refreshments follows the concert.

The performance is Sunday, February 10 at 4 pm at First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave., Pomona, CA  91768.  Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children. 

This is the first event of Repertory Opera Company’s fourth season in Pomona.  The season continues with Magic Flute April 20 at 2 pm;  La Traviata on June 22, 26 and 29; and ends with the “Manly Men of Opera” concert – featuring only bass and bass-baritones.  To buy tickets go to or call (909) 230-4949.

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year--New/Old Issues

Monday is the first council meeting of the new year. The new council members have been seated and this will be their first chance to do some actual work. We will be looking to see how things progress. The agenda is posted online at:

Among the items on the agenda is:
  • Appointment of new VPD (downtown Vehicle Parking District) commissioners
  • Funding of a little over $40,000 for the Chamber of Commerce
  • Funding of $50,000 for the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (Day Labor Center)
  • The widening proposals for the 71 Freeway from the 10 to the 60
  • The normal requests for funding for community items (this time holiday event at Ralph Welch Park and Martin Luther King breakfast).
  • Along with several other contracts and misc items.
If you have an opinion on any of these issues, I look forward to seeing you at the council chambers on Monday at 6:45 pm.

Library Task Force Meeting

The Library Task Force that was put together by Councilmember Paula Lantz after the library's decimation last year will be meeting again on Monday at 9:00 am in the Library's conference room. The TF has not met since before the election and it's now time to strategize about moving forward. The meeting is open to all and we'd love to see as many people as can make it on a Monday morning as possible. The fight is not yet over to SAVE OUR LIBRARY!