Last Remaining Seats by the Los Angeles Conservancy

The Last Remaining Seats is an annual program put on by  our sister organization, the Los Angeles Conversancy.  I am sitting in the balcony of the Orpheum Theater (1926) located at 842 S. Broadway awaiting tonight’s show, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.  As my husband and I sit here waiting for the curtains to rise we are kept entertained by a live organist.

This is the 29th year the Los Angeles Conservancy has hosted the Last Remaining Seats as a way to bring awareness to the restoration of Los Angeles and to showcase the majesty and splendor of the old Broadway movie houses.  This year’s season comes to a close on Saturday night with showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Theater in the Ace Hotel, formerly the United Artists theater.

For more information on this series or other such programs please visit the Los Angeles Conservancy website at


General Meeting

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Upland Heritage held a General Meeting on Sunday, March 16, 2015.

Gina and Duke Romo hosted the event at their 1928 English Tudor home on Euclid.  Hot and cold appetizers and a variety of deserts were served along with tea, lemonade and fruit infused water.   The weather was beautiful so the social hour and business portion of the meeting took place outside under canopies.  Last year’s Old Magnolia Day event replayed on the outdoor screen while members and guests enjoyed the food and company.

President Carol Timm called the meeting to order and presented an overview of upcoming events.  She spoke of Magnolia Township Founder’s Day (formerly Old Magnolia Day) which will be taking place Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10:00 to 4:00.  She put forth an entreaty for all to volunteer, as an event of this magnitude really needs all hands on deck to be successful.  We need help with setup and tear down, runners, booth attendants, and characters aplenty.  What you ask is a character?  We will be having historical figures telling scripted stories of their lives.  Have you ever wanted to dress up in period costume, or maybe have a secret desire to be  an actor/actress for a day?  Being a character is an opportunity to explore your creative side, contract us at to inquire.  But back to our meeting…  President Timm also told of our forthcoming Restoration Workshop which will be held in October.  The Restoration Workshop helps educate members on how to properly restore historic homes, it also puts homeowners in contact with contractors and craftspeople who can help them do it and/or find the correct materials.

After Carol finished the business portion of the meeting everyone gathered inside around the projection screen to watch the Ontario Heritage video of the Cemetery Tour where characters dressed in period costume stood beside their namesake’s tomb and told of their lives and achievements.  Several of our own Upland Heritage members participated including Alice Palacios, Larry Timm, and President Carol Timm.  After the video, Virginia Shannon came forward and gave a presentation on a truly remarkable woman who took a small successful newspaper and turned it into a media powerhouse.

Thanks to all who participated and made it another successful General Meeting.

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Book Release Party – “Images of America” Early Ontario

“Images of America” Early Ontario Book Release Party was held Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Ovitt Family Community Library, Ontario

The author gave a presentation and told stories of early Ontario and reminisced of his early memories of the area.

The Library staff did a wonderful job of hosting with light refreshments and goodies.

Upland Heritage had a booth with members dressed in vintage clothing 



Sign of the Times


Sign of the Times…. Upland Heritage helps to presevere Sunkist sign. The Sunkist logo was found during the demolition of a century-old packing house on 19th Street.  Thanks to the valiant efforts of many, the 20-foot wide by 12-foot high sign, painted on a 14-ton concrete wall, was safely moved to Cable Airport for restoration.  Details and pictures forthcoming…

Vintage Home Tour

Enjoy the 2014 Vintage Home Tour of the Old Magnolia District. This is the 125th anniversary when North Ontario became the City Upland. See the wonderful homes that started the city of Gracious Living and is now the great community that we live in.