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California African American Museum Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. King

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Live multicultural performances and events exemplify Dr. King’s Dream during three-day celebration

Los Angeles - In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, the California African American Museum (CAAM) will host a three-day weekend celebration in Exposition Park, January 19-21, 2013.

This year, CAAM has several special tributes planned as 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Event activities include live performances representative of the diverse cultures of Los Angeles, art workshops, film screenings, an art awards ceremony and much more. All events are free and open to the public. Some of the key highlights of the three-day celebration include:

“Kingdom Day Parade” – Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:30a.m. – 2 p.m.
CAAM will participate in the 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. “Kingdom Day Parade.” CAAM car participants include Charmaine Jefferson, Executive Director, Woodburn Schofield, Deputy Director of Operations and Special Programs and each of the presidents of CAAM’s volunteer councils including Ron Lewis, History Council; Don Rodell, Service Council; Jeri Boyles, Docent Council and the Friends Foundation Chair Susan Cole Hill, as CAAM celebrates its volunteers. CAAM encourages the parade goers to give a loud CAAMinLA shout out or tweet #CAAMinLA #KingdomDayParade when you spot the car!

Target Sundays at CAAM- One Dream, A National Influence, A World of People – Sunday, January 20, 2013, 1p.m. – 5p.m. live program (Doors open at 11 a.m.)
Co-hosted by actor Jeffery Anderson-Gunter and actor, singer, writer and director Hattie Winston, this MLK celebration will feature live multicultural performances by 10-year-old inspirational speaker, Anthony Gill; the Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy, one of the largest Korean dance studios in Southern California; belly dancers Veena & Neena; singer Jamar Rogers, who was a finalist on “The Voice;” and Wangari, an Afro-Jazz fusion band led by singer, Wangari.

Cake for King – Monday, January 21, 2013, 11a.m. – 2p.m.
CAAM will screen the documentary “King: Man of Peace in a Time of War,” while Babe and Art Evans hold storytelling in the gallery, reading “My Brother Martin” written by Christine King Farris, as well as leading a writing and journal-decorating workshop. Speed painter, Zachary Brown, will be on site impressing the attendees with his incredibly fast paintings of portraits of Dr. King and actor Gerald Rivers will deliver re-enactments of Dr. King’s speeches from the main stage. In honor of Dr. King’s birthday, CAAM will offer free slices of birthday cake starting at 2p.m. until the tasty treat baked by Nooks and Grannies is all gone.

The Dream@50 Awards Ceremony – Monday, January 21, 2013, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
K-12 students created artwork inspired by a word or phrase from Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream Speech,” with the artwork titled accordingly for the competition. The national competition will hold its regional awards ceremony for Los Angeles at CAAM. Judges include Abstract Artist Mark Bradford; CAAM Curator Vida Brown; Los Angeles Times Chief Art Critic Christopher Knight; California Institute of the Arts President Steven D. Lavine; Artist and Arts Advocate Gayle Garner Roski; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art Curator Franklin Sirmans. The ceremony will include live performances and four winners will be announced. There will also be special guest appearances and presentations. The winner and semi-finalists work will be on display at CAAM through March 3, 2013.

The three-day weekend celebrations at CAAM are free and open to the public. Doors open Saturday at 10a.m.; Sunday and Monday at 11a.m. A children’s workshop will be held each day beginning at 11a.m. Artist and educator Teresa Tolliver will host the art workshop during the Target Sunday program and it is open to all ages. Supplies are provided by CAAM. In addition, guests are encouraged to take advantage of the rich culture, history and ongoing exhibitions in the CAAM galleries. For more information and a full schedule of the King celebration activities, visit www.caamuseum.org or call (213) 744-2024.

Exhibition to Honor Newtown Children

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POMONA – Mosaic Gallery is pleased to present They Fill My Eyes, a tribute to honor the children who died on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. The show held a private opening for special guests on Saturday, January 5, 2013; the artist’s reception will take place during Pomona’s monthly Art Walk on Saturday, January 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. The exhibition continues through January 31 so that area art lovers will have ample opportunity to enjoy these beautiful pieces. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 1 until 4 p.m.

Artist Leslie Love Stone has created twenty paintings using colors derived from the Myosotis arvensis (Forget-Me-Not) and a geometric numbering system. Each piece is painted with Flashe on a 10" x 10" wood panel and conveys data initially released about the children to the news outlets. Each painting is dedicated to a specific child. The color on each indicates whether the child is a boy or girl. The number of colored segments reflects the child's age. The overall number of segments are placed in eight triangular sections from left to right, top to bottom, and show the child's birthdate. The exhibition’s title is a line taken from the old Marmalade song, Reflections of My Life.

"When the news first broke about the shootings, I really tried to avoid listening to media coverage. It often seems we focus on perpetrators over victims," Stone said. "But when they released the names two days later I thought, 'I can give attention to this; I can bear witness to this.' I opened the article and saw that it was not a celebration of the lives of 20 children. It was a database listing name, birthdate, gender, and age. In that moment, I knew I had to process the information with art."

Stone is a conceptual painter whose work often focuses on the models we build to make sense of the world and ourselves. She uses geometry to abstract and reanimate statistical data. A former banking executive, Stone is currently working on her MFA at Claremont Graduate University.

More information about the artist can be found at www.leslielovestone.com.

The Mosaic Gallery is a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing professional art to the community. The gallery features a regular changing selection of outstanding visual arts and design exhibitions and is located 281 S. Thomas Street in Pomona, California.

ARMC Employees Volunteer for Work on Nursing Float

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‘A Healing Place’ float celebrates and honors nurses and their caring qualities

Colton – ARMC Ambulatory Clinic Services Manager, Zarina Baqai, RN, and Natalie Rhodes, ambulatory services secretary, spent more than seven hours on Dec. 27, volunteering at the Rose Palace in Pasadena to help put the final decorative touches on the 124th Rose Parade float, “A Healing Place,” honoring all nurses. The float was a trophy winner, receiving the “Craftsman” award for exceptional achievement in showmanship and dramatic impact.

Baqai, who has been at ARMC for about five years, found out about the float through an e-mail from her local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (an honor society for nursing). Baqai was eager to help out the “Flowers 4 the Float” project that was started by a group of five nurses in 2007 to honor the nation’s nurses and the first nurse serving as president of the 2013 Tournament of Roses, Sally Bixby, RN.

“I thought volunteering to work on this float was a great opportunity to be part of something that is letting the world know what nurses do,” said Baqai, who was inspired to become a nurse when she heard about their compassionate work during her childhood in Trinidad. “The work on the nurses’ float was very meticulous and included cutting the flower petals and gluing the pieces onto the float.”

Rhodes cut up flower petals to be used on the float, and Baqai attached the ground flower petals onto a paper lantern that represented the lamp used by Florence Nightingale on her nightly rounds. Baqai’s daughter, Razia, and niece, Shanika Singh, helped decorate animal sculptures on the nurses’ float depicting the qualities of caring, commitment, compassion, confidence, conscientiousness, and intelligence. Baqai and Rhodes were not able to attend the parade, but watched it on TV and said they were proud of the work they did.

“I think that nursing is a noble profession and that it is important to recognize nurses for the work that they do,” said Johnson Gill, Assistant Hospital Administrator, Ambulatory Services. “ARMC staff who volunteer at events like this inspire others to go out and help in the community.”

ARMC is a state-of-the-art acute care facility offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, three family health centers for primary care, a Level II trauma center that is verified by the American College of Surgeons, 24-7 emergency department, mobile medical clinic, and a regional burn center.

For more information, visit Web site at www.arrowheadmedcenter.org.

Necessary Nutrition Academy to Hold Free Healthy Food Tasting Party

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Riverside – On Saturday, January 12 at 12:00 pm, The Necessary Nutrition Academy will host a free Healthy Food Tasting Party, downtown Riverside at 3985 University, Ave. Although this is a free event, space is limited and reservations are required. Additional information can be obtained by calling 951-259-5198 or visiting www.Necessary-Nutrition.com

The Necessary Nutrition Academy Healthy Food Tasting Party is designed to showcase great healthy foods and snacks while showing attendees how to use food and nutrition to fight obesity, illness and diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and more. A certified nutrition specialist will be on hand to discuss which “healthy foods” sabotage success, how to eat more and lose weight, how to combine meals properly for optimum nutritional value and the best foods to reduce illness and disease.

This event mixes great food, education and fun.

The Necessary Nutrition Academy is the educational component of Necessary Nutrition, Inc. Necessary Nutrition has collaborated with skilled professionals in the fields of health and wellness in order to offer comprehensive programming; including classes, workshops and nutritional counseling. For a complete list of upcoming classes and events visit www.Necessary-Nutrition.com.

Toastmasters District 12 Hosts Toastmasters Leadership Institute

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Riverside - Excitement is in the air as Toastmasters International District 12 rings in the New Year with their 2013 Winter Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI). It will be held at California Baptist University in Riverside, California on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

The public is invited to join District 12 Toastmasters reach a new level of achievement at their full-day training event, where leaders are trained and legacies are created. TLI is an educational and networking event featuring award winning speakers.

TLI’s keynote speaker, Lance Miller, emerged from a field of 28,000 contestants from 90 countries to win Toastmasters International’s title of the World Champion of Public Speaking in 2005. Lance is a Distinguished Toastmaster as well as an award winning speaker and trainer. He brings to the podium a mix of talent and life experiences that have shaped his philosophy and viewpoint of the world. Ursula Mentjes, the leadership guest speaker, is the founder of Sales Coach Now. Mentjes is also an inspirational speaker, Certified Sales Coach & author of two best sellers, “Selling with Intention” and “One Great Goal.” She is passionate about helping individuals and businesses reach their sales goals.

District Governor Roz Carter states that, “There is no other organization in the world more passionate about self-confidence, and personal growth in communication and leadership. We are Toastmasters and we expect nothing less.” She also states that, in regards to TLI, “The sessions are incredible and the rewards are priceless.”

TLI is a networking opportunity that allows attendees many opportunities to connect with District 12 Toastmasters leaders and professional speakers. It includes great speeches that will engage and energize Toastmasters members to move to a new level of speaking with a passion in 2013!

For additional information, TLI rates, and to register, visit the TLI homepage at http://conta.cc/VkUUcG or the District 12 webpage at http://www.d12toastmasters.org. Please contact Reatha Corbett, TLI Chair at reathacorbett@msn.com or 951-518-9244 if you have any questions.

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