Inland Empire Auto Show gets new identity, new time frame

ICYMI:  The former Inland Empire International Auto Show has taken on a completely new identity.

The newly dubbed Auto Show Inland Empire will debut May 16-18 at the Ontario Convention Center.

Full story here.

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Stella Rosa to debut first wine float at Rose Parade


Stella Rosa wines as the first time a wine-themed float entry in the 125 year history of the Rose Parade.

The 55-foot long float, “Stellabrate Good Times,” will feature a double-decker bus adorned in more than 5,000 bright pink roses. Behind the bus is a festive scene including balloons, pin wheels and of several bottles of the bubbly immersed in ornate ice buckets.

San Antonio Winery, which has locations in Ontario and Los Angeles, launched a marketing campaign this year to promote its most popular line of wines – Stella Rosa.

Watch for the full story soon.

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New parking option at ONT airport

Travelers at LA/Ontario International Airport now have another option for affordable parking spaces. A fairly new service, Greenbee Parking, connects customers with vacancies nearby the airport.

“The parking spaces are very affordable because the company has negotiated discounted rates with major hotel chains for the parking spaces that are not currently occupied,” according to A little more on how it works.


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Honda owners eligible for free gas today

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Own a Honda? The guys in blue will be Ontario providing free gas.

The Helpful Honda Guys have been traveling across the Southland with two huge Helpful Holiday Tanker Trucks since Thanksgiving. They will be surprising Honda drivers with free gas in Ontario today starting at 11 a.m. – somewhere along E. 4th St. off the 10.

Sorry, that’s all I know. Good luck!

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TSA expands Precheck at ONT

The Transportation Security Administration has expanded its TSA Pre✓ operations at LA/Ontario International Airport for the following airlines: Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest, United Airlines and US Airways.

TSA Pre✓allows travelers, who are pre-approved, to leave on their shoes, belt, as well as keep their laptop in its case. They also don’t have to hassle with taking out the liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.

In September, TSA announced ONT was one of 60 airports selected for the process. Here’s more details about the program.

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Hawthorne Elementary raises funds for Philippines

Following the news of the devastation and loss of life caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines, Hawthorne students and their families went into action.

The school collected $371.55. A check was made out to the American Red Cross earmarked for the Philippine Disaster Fund.

The tragedy became an opportunity for students to learn how to respond in a positive way by helping others in a time of need, school officials said.

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Nativity Scenes music festival in Ontario

The public is invited to the 3rd Annual Nativity Scene Community Music Festival on Dec. 21 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Bandstand on Euclid Ave and C Street in Ontario.

Organizers are looking for choirs, bands and music groups interested in performing at the event. Those are interested are asked to contact Debra Dorst-Porada via email

Attendees will sing along to Christmas carols. They are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Coffee and hot chocolate will be provided.

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CHiPs for Kids coming to Citizens Business Bank Arena

ChiPs for Kids will be held Wednesday (Dec. 18) from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Those who bring a new, unwrapped toy will receive a free ticket voucher for a future game for the Ontario Fury and Reign.

California Highway Patrol vehicles will be on display. Festivities include a visit from Santa Claus, several guest appearances –including the Reign mascot and players – and free carnival games throughout the day.

Those who do not have toys can purchase one for $10 from the Matel store that will be specially set up for the drive.

The arena’s box office will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. so the public can redeem their tickets. In addition, from 11: 30 a.m – 1:30 p.m. there will be a lunch special – hot dog, soda and chips for only $1.

Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway in Ontario.

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