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Changes boost profile of Ontario Museum of History and Art

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

A striking new sign and re-imagined grounds welcome visitors to the Ontario Museum of History and Art, a facility open since 1979 but which in 2017 many locals still haven’t discovered.

“We hear it all the time: ‘I’ve lived here for 30 years, and I didn’t know Ontario had a museum.’ I’m amazed by that,” Debi Dorst-Porada, a councilwoman, said.

Do these people know Ontario has a newspaper, in which word of the museum frequently appears?

Four Major Destinations – 20 years later


It was November of 1996 when Ontario Mills opened their doors to a massive crowd that had been watching the construction for months of a new shopping experience promised to provide us with “shoppertainment”.Only 4 months later in March of 1997 the California Speedway, now named the Auto Club Speedway, opened and NASCAR arrived. The ribbon cutting scissors didn’t have much rest as the Ontario Convention Center unveiled a beautiful new venue in November of 1997. To top off a time of growth and economic impact the new terminals at Ontario International Airport opened in September of 1998.

Sheets, Sheets, and Caughman: Art for Living and Living for Art Exhibit Run: February 2 – March 26, 2017


In February 2017, the Ontario Museum of History and Art and the Chaffey Community Museum of Art are jointly hosting a major exhibition featuring the works of artists Millard Sheets, his son Tony Sheets, and local artist Rick Caughman. Millard Sheets (1907-1989) grew up in the Pomona Valley and was recognized for his artistic abilities while still a teenager. While still in his 20s, he was gaining national recognition as a prominent American artist and was exhibiting works at cities throughout the United States.

All My Love = Cha Ch’ing!


The “Hallmark” holiday is here! Valentine’s Day can be a cash cow for retailers but did you know that the lion’s share of dollars made is at hotels? Thirty – nine percent of people give the gift of an experience, perhaps a concert ticket or a comedy show. The best experience gift is travel that includes an overnight destination. Rethink your marketing – this is a great time to place advertising with a call to action for guests to express “All My Love” to their Valentine.

Greetings from Michael Krouse


We went a little retro recently at Ontario Convention Center – retro gaming that is. Who knew that there is a huge market of millennials that would rather revisit their childhood than watch the Super Bowl game?  The Southern California Retro Gaming Expo is the largest and only expo in Southern California to provide video game lovers with the nostalgic and old-school experience one can have within the trademarked event. The third annual event was a haven for original gaming products such as: Original Nintendo, PlayStation, Genesis, Gameboy and even as far back as Intellivision and Atari.

Lessons learned to guide your 2017 plans


The political arena of 2016 was a learning curve for public relations and media. A year of high-profile corporate missteps, accusations, and the bombardment of social media blunders created a lot of work for the “fact-checkers”.  Now, more than ever, journalists will be more diligent to gather the facts from reliable sources. Your reports and press releases will need to include facts with back up from third party research and reports. However, not just any third party will do, you’ll need a reputable source.

Anime Los Angeles returns to Ontario Convention Center


We are happy to welcome the attendees for the annual Anime Los Angeles event at Ontario Convention Center January 27 – 29. The event calendar is full of activities and we’re sure it will be another huge success! This year the special guest is Hiroaki Inoue. Born in Tokyo 1958, Hiroaki Inoue is one of the founders of the Japanese animation company, Gainax. Hiroaki Inoue’s films include Perfect Blue and Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise as well as many other anime films and television.

Rancho Cucamonga has become a Craft Brewery top location!


In all, the City of Rancho Cucamonga has approved the permits for seven breweries, making Rancho Cucamonga one of San Bernardino County’s cities with the most breweries.  And there’s even more to come!  Plans are underway to build a unique packing house experience in Rancho Cucamonga. The corner of Haven and Arrow will serve as home to this new concept and within a few years we can all enjoy a bite to eat and explore the new breweries.

illy Coffee arrives to Ontario!


illycaffè (branded as illy) is an Italian coffee roasting company that specializes in the production of espresso. The company was founded by Francesco Illy in 1933 and was later led and expanded by his son Ernesto Illy. Today, Andrea Illy is the Chairman, representing the third generation of family leadership, and Massimiliano Pogliani is the CEO.


CIty of Ontario Economic Development Agency

The 2017 State of the City: Business Leadership Symposium will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Ontario Convention Center. This year’s theme, “MOMENTUM: Building A Better Tomorrow,” details accomplishments and partnerships where the City of Ontario works with stakeholders to build a better future for the residents and businesses of Ontario.


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