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2013 San Bernardino 44th Annual Black History Parade

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SAN BERNARDINO - The Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the San Bernardino 44th Annual Black History Parade with Grand Marshall, Jim Pickens Jr., of ABC's hit TV show Greys Anatomy.

This year's parade will be held on February 2, 2013 at the National Orange Show, 689 South E. Street, San Bernardino, CA 92408. The parade theme is the 50th year anniversary of the "I have a Dream Speech" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Chamber would like to honor Dr. King's dream by celebrating his legacy in one of the longest running parades in this country. However, due to economic constraints, they are faced with a financial dilemma. That said, the Black Chamber of Commerce is soliciting the assistance of the community and community leaders for financial assistance. Through your help, they can honor Dr. King's life, legacy, and dream of unity for all groups by contributing a tax-deductible donation to help cover the cost associated with hosting the parade in San Bernardino.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech can be considered one of the greatest speeches in American history. Over 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963 to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver this groundbreaking speech.

Those interested in being a vendor, participant or sponsor can log onto http://blackchamberofcommerce.org/44th-annual-parade/.

For more information, call 888-466-7408 ext. 2.

The Black Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a special thanks to the Black Cultural Foundation for organizing this Parade during the past 43 years!

Riverside Meals on Wheels to hold March for Meals Campaign

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Support will help to continue feeding homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities in Riverside

RIVERSIDE, CA – January 31, 2013 – Riverside Meals on Wheel, Inc., announced that it will participate in the national 2013 March for Meals campaign. Riverside Meals on Wheels’ March for Meals campaign will help to raise awareness of the problem of senior hunger in Riverside, recruit volunteers for meal delivery, and raise funds for our local meal program. March for Meals is initiated by Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) to encourage action on the part of the local community.

“During these rough economic times, the food and human contact we provide to seniors in our community is needed more than ever,” said Debbie Keller, Executive Director of Riverside Meals on Wheels. “We need the community to come out and support our March for Meals events. Our clients are counting on us. We can’t let them down.”

Riverside Meals on Wheels is seeking sponsors for the 2012 March for Meals campaign. Sponsorships are open to individuals, businesses, service organizations, and other community groups.

Riverside Meals on Wheels, Inc. is a local 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, in operation since 1972, providing noontime delivery of hot, nutritious meals Monday through Friday to homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities in the city of Riverside. Sponsorship funds may be sent to Riverside Meals on Wheels, 4845 Brockton Ave., Riverside, CA, 92506. For more information, contact (951) 683-7151.

VA Loma Linda Women's Program Hosts Heart Health Event

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LOMA LINDA – The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System Women Veterans Program is participating in a national campaign Feb. 1 to raise awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women and women Veterans.

VA and the American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” campaign is aimed at women Veterans and military audiences. The two organizations share a common mission to reach women with important information about heart disease.

At the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, the Women Veterans Health Program is sponsoring a free health fair on its 2nd Floor patio, adjacent to the Physical Medicine and Rehab section, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A free “Zumba” exercise class will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Women serve in every branch of the military, representing 15 percent of today’s active duty military and nearly 18 percent of National Guard and reserve forces. Women are now the fastest growing group within the Veteran community.

For more information about the event, call Lisa Roybal, Women Veterans Program manager, (909) 478-7055. For more information about the Women Veterans Health Program, visit www.lomalinda.va.gov/services/womenveterans.asp.

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.

The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System is one of the top 15 employers in the Inland Empire. With approximately 2,400 employees and 1,000 volunteers, it serves more than 68,000 Veterans with a wide variety of services through inpatient and outpatient care.

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.

Three New Free Programs for Children Five and Under in Apple Valley

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Apple Valley - With the generous support of First 5 of California the Town of Apple Valley Recreation Department is offering three new programs for children five years of age and under, all free of charge. Registration is now open on a first-come, first served basis at the Recreation Department: 14955 Dale Evans Parkway. Call (760) 240-7880 for more information.

Mommy and Me classes provide an outlet for parents and their 2-4 year old toddlers to spend time socializing while learning about the importance of health and nutrition. Each session will meet four times in one month with the first classes offered every Friday from March 1st through March 22nd between 12:05 and 1 p.m. at Town Hall. Information on a second session will be released soon.

The My First Sports program teaches skills in basketball, soccer, and T-ball to children ages 3 to 5. These classes meet for 4 weeks while improving socialization and muscle memory through age appropriate exercise. The first session will be offered each Tuesday from February 5th to the 26th from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the James Woody Recreation Center’s Mini-Gym. The second session will be offered at the same location on Thursdays from April 4th to the 25th from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Lastly the Town is offering a “Vantastic” good time to preschools and daycares serving children age 3 to 5.

First 5 funding allowed the Town to refurbish a passenger van for mobile recreating programming. The Town’s professional staff can now introduce children to the world of health and fitness in a fun, creative and non competitive way. “Vantastic Fun” classes give children a great workout consisting of warm ups and stretching, followed by a high-energy, low-impact exercise, dance, games and a variety of sports. Each class will conclude with a health, nutrition or safety lesson and a healthy snack. Each session will include two fifty five minute on-site visits. Schedule yours today! For more information call (760) 240-7880.

Eastside Residents Asked for Input on HEAL Zone

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By BVN Staff

Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF) and its partners invite residents of Riverside’s Eastside neighborhood to provide feedback about the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Zone Initiative at four upcoming resident meetings:

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. & 6 - 8 p.m., Stratton Center at Bordwell Park, 2008 Martin Luther King, Riverside 92507; Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. & 6 - 8 p.m., SDA Spanish Church of Riverside, 3625 Ottawa Avenue, Riverside 92507.

These meetings are for Eastside residents only and reservations are requested, but not required. Please call 951.788.3471 to make your reservation. Residents need only to attend one of the four sessions.

These meetings will provide vital information to be used in forming the Community Action Plan component of the HEAL Zone Initiative. The goal of the HEAL Zone is to decrease calorie consumption, increase consumption of healthy food and beverages such as fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking water and increase physical activity in Eastside’s parks, schools, farmers markets and corner stores.

Last January, Riverside County Health Coalition received $1 million from Kaiser Permanente to promote healthy eating and physical activity on the Eastside. Riverside Community Health Foundation is assisting the facilitation of community engagement of residents and partner agencies.

For more information about the Eastside HEAL Zone or Resident Meetings, please contact one of the following people: Ninfa Delgado, Vice President, 951-788-3471, ninfa@rchf.org; Gilbert Espinoza, Public Relations & Outreach Coordinator, 951-788-3471, gilbert@rchf.org or Maricela Cardenas, Program Assistant, 951-788-3471, maricela@rchf.org.

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