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VA Medical Center Hosts "Welcome Home" Event

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LOMA LINDA – The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System will host a “Welcome Home” event at its flagship facility, the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the event, VA will be offering same-day registration and physical examinations to Veterans not yet enrolled in VA health care.

Other representatives from a variety of VA programs will be on-hand to take questions about Veterans benefits, including claims processing, women’s health, readjustment, and many others.

Reservations are not necessary, but interested veterans may call (909) 583-6305 to learn more about the program. Anyone who receives an in-take physical examination will be entered in a drawing to win a 60-inch SMART TV. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. and the individual must be present to win.

With approximately 2,300 employees and more than 1,000 volunteers, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System serves more than 65,000 veterans who entrust their health care needs to VA for a wide variety of services through inpatient and outpatient care.

The Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center is the centerpiece of the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System. Opened in 1977, it is located ½ mile from its major affiliate, Loma Linda University. In partnership with Loma Linda University Medical Center and Loma Linda University Healthcare, VA provides primary care and mental health at outpatient clinics located in Blythe, Corona, Palm Desert, Murrieta, Rancho Cucamonga and Victorville.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Riverside Alumni Chapter Participates in 34th Annual RBHP

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The members of the Riverside Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in attending the Riverside Black History Parade joined City officials following a tragic week, in celebrating law enforcement officers, firefighters, and members of the armed forces. The event contributed greatly to the numerous events being planned for Black History Month throughout the area.

This was the 34th annual Black History Parade & Expo and it provided a time for the Chapter to join in the procession through the downtown streets of Riverside with the Dubois Institute youth who are mentored by the Chapter’s Guide Right program. The Expo featured healthcare, job fair representatives, community professionals, a stage for live entertainment, and an array of merchandise and food vendors.

The Riverside Alumni Chapter joined other community groups in the celebration: High School marching bands, drill teams, church groups, classic car clubs, equestrian teams, and others. Additionally, this year’s event was brought through a collaboration of the Black History Month Committee of Riverside, the NAACP, the Riverside African American Historical Society, the City of Riverside, and the Riverside Public Utilities.

Janet Goeske Foundation hosts Black History Program "Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr."

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Riverside – The Janet Goeske Foundation and Senior Center will present their 13th Annual Black History Program and Luncheon on Friday, February 22nd at 11:00 AM. This year’s program is titled “Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.” The program will feature special guests, as well as performances by the Martin Luther King High School Treble Choir.

JGF hosts the Black History program and luncheon every February as an opportunity for the senior community to join together, learn about, and celebrate diversity. A traditional meal of Southern cooking that includes fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread will be served! Feel free to wear your favorite African-American attire!

Melva Cooke, Chairperson of the event states, “You will not want to miss this awesome choir and their presentation!”

Tickets must be purchased by February 18th at the Janet Goeske Center (5257 Sierra Street, 92504). Tickets are $5.00 for Goeske members and $6.00 for non-members. Please call 951-351-8800 for more information.

UCR Hosts 36th Annual Writers Week

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Writers Week — Southern California’s longest-running, free event devoted to writing and writers — continues at the University of California, Riverside Feb. 7-8 with award-winning novelists, poets and journalists.

Award-winning authors Jamaica Kincaid, Jayne Anne Phillips and David Shields headline a cast of noted writers who will participate in panel discussions and readings throughout the 36th annual Writers Week. The event regularly attracts seasoned authors and those just beginning their careers.

“We have an amazing line-up this year,” said Tom Lutz, professor of creative writing at UCR and director of Writers Week. Lutz also is editor-inchief of the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), which this year will interview writers during the weeklong event and produce short films about them for the LARB website. LARB is an online, nonprofit, multimedia literary and cultural arts magazine.

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown on Celebrating Black History Month

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Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown released the following statement in honor of Black History Month: “This month, I join my fellow Americans in celebrating Black History Month. When I think of Black History Month, I am reminded of the countless African American heroes that have made a powerful difference in our world including Martin Luther King, Jr., Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Bridget “Biddy” Mason, Ida B. Wells Barnett, and Rosa Parks, to name a few. I also celebrate our everyday heroes in the 47th District who have made a positive impact in our communities, those who have passed on and those who are still with us. I am honored to celebrate African American history and I respectfully salute those who came before us and those who are working in the trenches today.”

Please help me celebrate some local historic heroes of today:

Lois Carson, San Bernardino Community College Board’s first African American trustee
Dorothy Grant, community activist
Acquanetta Warren, Fontana’s first African American mayor and city councilmember
Deborah Robertson, Rialto’s first African American mayor
Wilmer Amina Carter, the Inland Empire’s first African American Assemblymember
John Woods, San Bernardino’s first African American school board member
Carl Clemons, first African American to be appointed to the San Bernardino Planning Commission
Faye Coates, former official songstress for the City of Rialto
Hattie Inge, founder of the Rialto Black History Month Committee
Draymond Crawford, banker
Jack Hill, businessman
Dr. Willie Roberts, educator
Calvin Pierce, first African American Marshal

Saluting the memory of those who have passed on:

Dr. Dorothy Ingraham, educator
Dr. Howard Ingraham, first African American physician
Jessie Turner, community activist
Charles Redd, educator
Ted Davis, Fontana NAACP president
Sam Martin, first African American elected to the Democratic Central Committee and pioneer publisher
Harry Rheubottom, first African American to have a radio program
Norris Gregory, San Bernardino's first African American city councilmember
Art Townsend, publisher and community activist
Frank Tillie, mortician
Charlie Seymour, youth and senior citizen advocate
Rufford Johnson, first African American attorney
J.D. Greenwood, CEO of Greenwood Bail Bonds
Valarie Pope Ludlam, champion of the poor
Rev. F.R. Williams, St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church
Bill Porter, Buffalo Soldier
Mary McKinney, champion of the poor
Joe Sampson, Rialto’s first African American city councilmember
P.K. Blakely, Golden State Insurance manager
Rev. David Campbell, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Norman Wilson, contractor
Anne Shirrells, youth advocate

This is by no means a definitive list of heroes in our district. I invite you to send in your heroes so we may remember them as well.”

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

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