About John Plessel

John Plessel is Systems Editor for The Sun and has been blogging for the Los Angeles News Group since 2008.

Safe Halloween coupon books available now at Baker’s Drive-Thru

Baker's Drive-Thru Safe Halloween 2015Many people look forward to Halloween every year.

For a lot of people, it’s their favorite holiday.

They like the decorating, the dressing up and all the rest of the spooky fun.

We look forward to Halloween because it means the return of one of our favorite fundraisers: Baker’s Drive-Thru Safe Halloween coupon books.

Each coupon book only costs a dollar, but contains coupons worth hundreds of dollars.

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Chino Hills Wine Walk is tomorrow

Chino Hills Wine Walk 2015Are you ready to sip, snack and shop, all while supporting the Chino Hills community?

The fifth annual Chino Hills Wine Walk will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow evening (October 10) at The Shoppes at Chino Hills.

Proceeds from the event will help the Chino Hills Community Foundation’s cause to supplement funding for cultural, educational and recreational projects in the city where funding is insufficient or unavailable.

20 wines and appetizers will be featured at participating retailers at The Shoppes at Chino Hills.

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Tickets made available for today’s Inland Empire Cupcake Fair

Cupcake Fair 2015 ticketsFear not, cupcake fans!

Although tasting tickets have sold out for today’s (October 4) Inland Empire Cupcake Fair & Baking Expo, you can still go.

General admission tickets — which do not include tasting tickets — will be available for $10 at the door, beginning at noon.

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Rah Rah Redlands to feature food trucks

Food trucks will again be part of this year’s Rah Rah Redlands at the University of Redlands’ Ted Runner Stadium.

The homecoming tailgating event, which is open to the public, runs until 8:30 p.m., with the football game kicking off at 7 p.m., tonight (October 3).

Adult admission, which includes the football game, is $10. Kids 4 to 12 get in for $5. U of R students and kids 3 and younger get in free. A family pass — good for two adults and up to four kids — is $35.

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Just a few more days to vote for the best Inland Empire bartender

Battle for the Best BartenderThe last couple of weeks, Vom Fass Claremont has been hosting a battle for the Inland Empire’s best bartender, and round one voting wraps up in just a couple of days.

The top three finalists in round one will face off in the Industry Day Cocktail Mix Off at Vom Fass, where they will create cocktails using one of three Teeling Whiskeys available at Vom Fass.

Judges will include local business owners, other bartenders and Jack Teeling (of Teeling Whiskey).

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Stop by BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse tomorrow for a free Pizookie

Free Pizookie Day 2015Coffee’s not the only thing you can get for free tomorrow (September 29).

Stop by BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, spend $9.95 or more, and get a free regular-sized chocolate chunk Pizookie!

Inland Empire BJ’s locations include San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino Hills, Corona, Moreno Valley, Menifee and Temecula.

For more information, click here.

Where to celebrate National Coffee Day tomorrow

Tomorrow (September 29) is National Coffee Day and several chains are offering freebies and deals in honor of the occasion.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is giving guests a free Original Glazed doughnut and a free 12-ounce cup of coffee at participating locations. The Inland Empire’s sole Krispy Kreme is at 4485 Mills Circle in Ontario. For more information, click here.

Dunkin’ Donuts is giving guests a free medium hot or iced Dark Roast coffee tomorrow. Inland Empire locations include Upland (355 S. Mountain Ave.) and Barstow (1611 E. Main St.). Click here for more information.

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Rancho Cucamonga VFW Car and Motorcycle Show and Chili Cook-Off is today

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8680’s Car/Motorcycle Show and Chili Cook-off is going on until 4 p.m. today (September 27) at the post, 8751 Industrial Lane, Rancho Cucamonga.

Yours truly is one of the “local celebrities” that will be judging the chili cook-off. The judging is set to begin around 2 p.m.

Please feel free to come down and help support a worthy cause.

Where the new Inland Empire Aldi and Grocery Outlets will be

After losing most of our fresh & easy stores here in the Inland Empire, we’re glad to see another couple of discount grocery stores expanding into the area.

Both Aldi, which is related to Trader Joe’s, and Grocery Outlet have announced plans to expand into Southern California.

But will there be a store near you?

We’ve got a list of forthcoming locations here in the Inland Empire.

Take a peek over the jump to see if one will land in your neighborhood.

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Nine food trucks scheduled for lunch today in downtown San Bernardino

SB Third Thursdays September 2015Today (September 17) is the third Thursday of the month, and that means that food trucks will be converging on San Bernardino’s City Hall.

The trucks will park in the parking lot on the south side of Court Street between D and E streets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Scheduled trucks include the Bakery Truck, Belly Bombz, Big Wave Grill, Crepes Bonaparte, Greenz on Wheelz, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Jojo’s Grill-A-Dog, the Lobos Truck and Piaggio on Wheels.

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