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Emergent, Independent Filmmakers To Showcase Their Latest Filmic Works During Shorts At Caam A Two-Day Film Screening

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Los Angeles - The California African American Museum (CAAM) presents Shorts at CAAM, a free, two-day screening of independent short films the weekend of Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th. The screenings will begin at noon until 4 p.m. Shorts at CAAM is a non-competitive short-film screening featuring independent filmmakers followed by a “talk back” session with the independent filmmakers, producers and actors whose work will be shown.

“As the perfect opportunity for indie filmmakers to showcase their short films to the community, Shorts at CAAM will provide an entertaining weekend for Exposition Park. This year marks the second annual weekend of Shorts at CAAM with more than 15 films slated to be shown. Last year more than 10 independent films were showcased,” says Elise Woodson, CAAM’s Program Manager and Education Curator who curated the shorts to be screened this year.

Designed to promote the work and vision of emergent filmmakers in the Los Angeles community, Shorts at CAAM supports fresh, young talent whose work otherwise might not have the opportunity to be seen by a diverse audience. Films screened at CAAM are for a mature audience only (18+), and may contain mild profanity, violence and adult content. This event is free and open to the public. CAAM is located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, 90037. Parking in the adjacent lot is $10.00 all day at Figueroa and 39th Streets. For

more information on CAAM, visit www.caamuseum.org. RSVP for Shorts at CAAM by calling (213) 744-2024.

Sponsorships Available For 16th Inland Empire Annual Survey

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SAN BERNARDINO – The Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis at Cal State San Bernardino is offering sponsorship opportunities to businesses and public agencies the opportunity to gather specific data through its 16th Annual Inland Empire survey. The annual telephone survey, which will be held in January 2013, asks questions of 1,000 residents in San Bernardino County and 1,000 residents in Riverside County on a variety of topics that include lifestyle, transportation, business and conservation.

“The survey offers the unique ability to businesses and public agencies to gain insights into what residents in the two counties are thinking” said Shel Bockman, co-director of the institute. “It gives citizens a “voice” regarding issues such as county services, spending patterns, and the quality of their lives. Those insights can help businesses, public organizations and other groups make informed decisions on the products they offer, the services they render or what directions they should take.”

For example, for the past 15 years, the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) has used the survey to gather information about residents’ views on transportation issues and ballot measures, said former SANBAG executive director Deborah Barmack. “The Inland Empire Annual Survey serves as a valuable tool for private and public organizations to plan for the future. In particular, it helps SANBAG gain public input into transportation and community priorities,” Barmack said. “As a council of governments for the county, SANBAG can check the pulse on public perception regarding quality of life issues and identify some of the challenges our county residents face.”

Other sponsors from past surveys have included:

• Charter Cable, which has used the survey to determine residents’ awareness of Charter’s services and reasons for selecting cable TV over satellite.

• The Community Foundation, which has included questions regarding people’s motivations for donating to non-profit organizations.

• The city of Victorville, which wanted its citizens polled regarding their use of the Internet as a means of keeping abreast of city events.

• Mojave Water District, which used the survey to learn about citizens’ water use habits and willingness to conserve.

The institute will help craft survey questions to get the most accurate and specific information for the sponsors’ specific needs, said Barbara Sirotnik, c0-director of the institute-. Pricing for including questions on the survey is determined on the number of questions asked. For more information on the Institute of Applied Research at Cal State San Bernardino, contact co-director Barbara Sirotnik at (909) 537-5729 or by e-mail at bsirotni@csusb.edu, or Shel Bockman at (909) 537-5925 or by e-mail at sbockman@csusb.edu.

Riverside Public Utilities Reminds Customers to Take Steps

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – When triple digit temperatures to heat up the city, Riverside Public Utilities’ electric customers are reminded to conserve energy whenever and wherever possible, especially during the peak demand hours of noon to 6 p.m.

“If everyone makes an effort to conserve at home and at work, it will help maintain system reliability and operations,” said Riverside Public Utilities’ General Manager David H. Wright. Simple steps customers can take to stay cool and conserve power at home include:

• Setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher – For every two degrees increase on a thermostat, customers could reduce cooling costs by about 5 percent.

• Cool with fans - Using electric fans and ceiling fans use less energy than air conditioning units and offer good air circulation and cooling.

• Use appliances during off-peak hours - Using major appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, ranges and air conditioners during off-peak hours (8 p.m. to noon), can dramatically reduce the demands on the city’s electrical power reserves.

• Close doors to rooms that are not occupied.

• Plant shade trees and shrubs near the air conditioner unit, but not blocking the airflow – a shaded unit uses as much as 10 percent less electricity.

• Keep refrigerators and freezers at the proper temperature – extreme cold settings use more energy.

• Clean refrigerator coils at least once a year, and make sure there is a space between the wall and the unit.

• Install energy-efficient lighting or compact fluorescent lights.

• Close drapes to keep out the hot daytime sun. Sunny windows make air conditioners work two to three times harder.

• Change air conditioner filters regularly. Dirty filters cause air conditioning systems to work harder than necessary and use more energy For additional tips information about Riverside Public Utilities follow us on Facebook through #RiversidePublicUtilities and Twitter through #RPUNews Riverside residents can also seek relief from hot days at local senior centers, community centers and libraries that serve as official city Cooling Centers. For additional information on cooling center locations and hours visit RiversideCA.gov or contact Riverside’s Call Center by dialing 311 (or 826-5311) from a local telephone.

An Open Letter to the Christian Community

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Over the past few days, I have read about Chick-fil-A “Appreciation Day” when throngs of individuals descended upon stores across the nation to purchase food in support of the fast food chains’ anti-gay stance.

I do not criticize the necessity to deliver an important societal message about our values. It is good to stand for what we believe. I do wonder about what I have not seen. I have not seen an organized effort to focus our local and national leaders on the plight of women and children sleeping on our streets. I have not seen our ministers express concerns about the number of individuals at our local county hospitals without health insurance waiting 10 to 12 hours to see doctors; nor have I heard an outcry about the capability for any one troubled soul to purchase high capacity weapons and subsequently wreak havoc in our cities.

Do we really care about widows and orphans? What are we doing to help teenage girls who don’t abort their pregnancies? Has anyone challenged that nationally known radio personality about his/her racist statements, and/or do we secretly smile when we read a bumper sticker that reads “don’t re-nig in 2012?” Oftentimes I am reminded of a sentiment expressed by the enemy (the devil’s angel) in the “ScrewTape Letters,” that if followers of Christ are allowed to focus on events that are emotionally charged, they will forget their mission. Are we Christians allowing the enemy to divert us from our mission?

M. Jean Peacock, Ph.D

First Stop Big Apple, Next Stop Westwood

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By Earl Heath

New York, NY - There's plenty to smile about in Westwood as super southpaw Paige McDuffie will be attending UCLA this fall. This reporter recently caught up with her at the Triple Crown Sports National Tournament held at Randalls Island in New York City were I asked why she chose to play for the Bruins. "The coaches are cool and the school has a great history and tradition. The academics are also good,” said McDuffie.

The Woodlands (Houston, TX) ace had a super high school career haven been named the 2010-2011 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year after putting together a 37-1 record and a 0.97 ERA. She struck out 244 batters in 216 innings. She's also good with the bat hitting .415 with 42 RBI's. The Class 5A Player of the Year, she led the Lady Highlanders to a 44-1 record and a No. 1 national ranking to go along with a state title. McDuffie, also pitches for a travel ball called Impact Gold. "She can throw all the pitches - rise, drop, curve, and change-up," said Impact coach K.C. Jackson. She has hit 70-miles per hour regularly with her fastball.

"Paige is a powerful left-handed pitcher who had an outstanding junior year in Texas," UCLA coach Kelly Inouye-Perez told Softball Today. "She has command of all pitches and we look forward to her joining the Bruin family and the history of powerful pitchers in the circle for UCLA." The talent filled tournament also brought in more than 125 college coaches from around the country that included the University of Arizona and Olympic coach Mike Candrea. St. Johns University head coach Amy Kvilhaug was also looking at players. "We get a chance to see the players in action. We can see how they react after a bad play at bat and after a tough loss. Are they going to get up and come back strong?" said Kvilhaug. "A tournament like this can show what's in a player." St Johns is in the Big East a conference that sent five teams to the 2012 NCAA Tournament highlights: some games were televised on the CBS sports channel. However the ultimate at bat came from Lindsey Wilmon from Pleasant, California (Pleasant Grove High School), the So Cal 18U Choppers ripped a grand slam homerun. The unusual thing about the towering blast is the ball traveled over the outfield fence, over a moving car, over a parked eighteen wheeler, over another parked car, over a picnic table, took a bounce and landed on a smoking barbecue grill. In all, the ball travelled more than 375-feet.

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