Save the date: Ontario to host National Night Out

Ontario National Night Out

Ontario National Night Out

Every year the City Council and Police Department come together to hold National Night Out- an event aimed at drug and crime prevention awareness. This year’s event will be held on Aug. 6.

According to the city,  last year more than 16,000 Ontario residents from more than 200 neighborhoods participated in the event. That helped the city earn 4th place in the nation for cities its size.

If you are interested in attending a party, contact your existing neighborhood watch block captains.

Residents may also contact the Ontario Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 395-2093 or

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Ontario National Night Out kick-off meeting

The public is invited to attend the kick-off meeting for this year’s National Night Out on Wednesday night in the Community Room of the Ontario Ontario Police Department Headquarters located at 2500 S. Archibald Avenue

Attendees will receive event planning and participation information regarding this year’s National Night Out. The event is scheduled for August 6 as well as information on the City of Ontario’s Neighborhood Watch program.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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Ontario council recognizes outgoing commissioners

Outgoing commissioners Ruby Levitt, Ron Newton and Barbara Hartley were recognized at the council meeting for their many years of service to their community.
The council members heaped accolades to trio who were in attendance.
Councilman Jim Bowman told the trio they are part of fixtures here that helped Ontario grow to where it is today.
“On behalf of the City Council I would like to express our deepest appreciation for your long tenured service to our community and its citizens,” he said.
Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada said that she knows the outgoing commissioners will stay involved in the community.
“We have three fabulous people here who have given so much of their time, and taking away from their family, we truly, truly appreciate what you’ve done,” she said.
Levitt had served on the library board, Hartley was a planning commissioner and Newton a parks commissioner.
Councilman Alan Wapner told the trio that their service as commissioners was just the tip of the iceberg of your public service to the community of Ontario. Wapner said all of them have spent most of their lives serving the community.
Hartley was a 40-year city employee and has remained active by serving eight years on the commission. Levitt has been involved in the city for at least 20 years while Newton has also spent two decades as a member of the Mountain View School Board along with volunteer duties with the city, Wapner said.
“I hate to say it, but I wish you folks that were interested in running for City Council because we need folks running for city council that have a proven record of committing their service to this city,” Wapner said.
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Registration for Tot Olympics in Ontario

Registration is being taken now for the annual Tot Olympics in Ontario. This Olympic-style event will be held on March 2 at the De Anza Community & Teen Center Soccer fields, 1405 S. Fern St.
The event starts at 10 a.m., check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.
Events include running, jumping, kicking and throwing for children, ages 3-6 years old. Ribbons will be given to all children, for each event. The $15 fee ($19 non-resident) includes a t-shirt, ribbons and refreshments.
Registration is limited. Sign up early at the Armstrong Center, 1265 S. Palmetto Ave., or De Anza Community & Teen Center.
Online registration is available at:
For more information, call 909-395-2020.
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Ontario to hold Snow Day for kids

The city’s annual Snow Day event will be held Jan. 26.

Eight tons of snow will be provided for children ages 9 and under to sled and play. In addition, crafts, games, a photo booth and food booths will be available.

Event times are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Westwind Park, 2455 Riverside Drive, Ontario.
The cost for the event is $8 per person for residents and $10 per person for non-residents.

For more information, call 909-395-2020. Don’t forget to dress for the snow.

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Ontario to host Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 15

The Ontario Recreation and Community Services Department will hold its annual “Breakfast with Santa” program on Dec. 15.

Participants will get to make a special holiday craft, enjoy breakfast and have their picture taken with Santa Claus.

The event will take at 10 a.m. at the Westwind Community Center, 2455 E. Riverside Drive.

Pre-registration is required for all attendees.
Cost is $4 for children under 2 years and $8 per person for all others.
For more information, call the Armstrong Center at 909-395-2020.

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City hosting 5K run at arena on Dec. 8

The City Council had a rare guest on Tuesday night — a reindeer.

There was a special guest at the Ontario City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

Well, it was someone dressed in a reindeer costume there to promote the city Recreation and Community Services Department’s eighth annual Ontario 5K Reindeer Run, featuring Rudolph’s Dash, a 1-mile Family Fun run/walk.

The Reindeer Run will be held Dec. 8 at Citizens Business Bank Arena. All proceeds will benefit Ontario-Montclair School District’s Promise Scholar Program.Participants can register as an individual for $25 or as a team of five or more for $20 per person through Nov. 21.

Rudolph’s Dash is $8 per person or $24 for a family of four.

Online registration is available for individuals at For more information, go to or call 909-395-2020.

All teams must hand-deliver registration to the Armstrong Center, 1265 S. Palmetto Ave., Ontario.

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