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ABC 7 Q&A at Boys and Girls Club of SB

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Representatives of ABC 7's News, Programming, & Public Affairs Depts sat as a 'panel' to listen and respond to statements from the people of San Bernardino "about local issues and stories that affect the community". The Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino hosted the event, and many of their members as well as a spectrum of community representatives participated.

Issues raised included: local air quality and it's affect on the health of area children and frail adults; vehicle and rail traffic congestion and their addition to pollution; bad 'rep' in the media who appear to focus on 'crime', ' violence', 'gangs',and ignore the rest of people and events of area life. Ministers spoke of programs they endorse; Mayor Pat Morris, recommended press attention to the up-coming "City of San Bernardino 1810-2010 Bicentennial celebration which in 'newsworthy for ALL of Californians' Another spoke of the Black History & Culture Month events beginning with the Black History Parade.

Responding, on behalf of Channel 7, were Cheryl Fair; Ernie Thornton; Diane Medina; Teresa Samaiego; Rob MacMillan; Bob Banfield; and General Manager, Arnie Kleiner. While generally responsive, they felt it necessary to point out that they depend on us to let them know what is going on in our area, but that they 'cover' all of Southern California, and how much they can do depends on what else is happening in the region.

'We're Sweet On Soldiers' Valentine's Day Project Touches Lives of Troops

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On behalf of the 'We're Sweet on Soldiers' project, the Inland Center in San Bernardino collected Valentine's Day cards and non-perishable supplies for U.S. troops deployed overseas.

Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto), joining with Inland Center Mall, invites the community to participate in the holiday project "to let the troops know that they are supported and appreciated for their dedication to this country."

The public should bring cards and supplies to the Inland Center Guest Services Center, 500 Inland Center Drive, during the mall's regular operating hours.

Requested supplies are: toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, black boot socks, snack bars, single-serve powdered drink mixes, foot powder, small packs of baby wipes, batteries, and microwavable soups, noodles and stews.

In 2009, Inland Center collected more than 5,500 greeting cards and 18,000 nonperishable food items, socks and toiletries.

Supplies will be delivered overseas by "Touch of Home" Support 4R Deployed Military, Inc.

Many Valentine's Day cards were created by local school children. "The troops overseas really appreciate the children's letters," said Assemblymember Carter, who, last year, picked up boxes of cards from Casa Ramona Academy in San Bernardino, Sycamore Elementary in Colton and Casey Elementary in Rialto.

For more information on the project, call Assemblymember Carter's District Office at (909) 820-5008 or Inland Center at (909) 884-7268.

Angel Blue, Returns to Area, Smashing Success with Philharmonic

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By Cheryl Brown –

The Riverside Philharmonic this season is celebrating 50 years of providing classical music to the public. Increasingly that public is more diverse. That was not more evident than the presentation recently of Angel Blue, a soprano voice, with beautiful clarity and great stamina. She was a smashing success.

Blue, who returned home to perform, has roots in the Inland Empire where she attended Redlands University and obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree. She went on to receive her Master of Music Degree in Opera Performance from UCLA and is an alumni of the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. There she studied both voice and classical piano.

Judging from her performance on stage at the Municipal Auditorium she was well prepared for the task of telling the story through operatic song in her perfect presentation.

Ms. Blue made her orchestral debut at the age of 21 with the Redlands Symphony and has been the featured soloist with the Redlands, West Los Angeles, Valdosta, (Georgia) and the Korean (Germany) Symphonies as well as the California and Riverside Philharmonic Orchestras.

In the 2008-2009 season at the San Francisco Opera Company she sang the role of Clara in Porgy and Bess. Ms Blue is a top winner in both Opera and Zarzuela in the Placido Domingo international competition, Operalia. She was an NAACP ACT-SO winner in Classical Voice Competition and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s Emerging Young Entertainers Award and the Redlands Bowl Competition and many others.

She currently resides in Valencia, Spain where she is a part of the Artistas de la Academia Placido Domingo del Palau de les Arts. She proved the LA Times right last month in Riverside, “She has killer high notes and killer theatrical instincts.”

The night’s guest conductor, originally from Japan, was Heiichiro Ohyama, who performed magnificently, professionally and with loads of personality.

They were backed by an outstanding Symphony Roster of 72 all-professional musicians from all over the U.S. Dubbed the best Philharmonic orchestra in Southern California, “The Philharmonic seeks to inspire every segment of the community with the love and excitement of great music,” said Music Director of 18 years, Patrick Flynn.

For more information visit www.thephilharmonic.org

Black History Month Events in the Southland

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PALM SPRINGS

Annual Basketball Tournament

Saturday, February 13 @ 10am
James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center

Tales Of And From Africa
Saturday, February 20 @ 2pm
Palm Springs Public Library

20th Annual King & Queens Pageant

Friday, February 26 @ 5pm
Palm Springs Pavilion

23rd Annual Parade & Town Fair
PARADE - Saturday, February 27 @ 11am

Downtown Palm Springs

TOWN FAIR - Saturday, February 27 @ 12pm
Palm Spring Stadium

For more information contact City of Palm Springs, James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center, P.O. Box 2743, Palm Springs, CA 92263- 2743 or call (760) 323-8271

BANNING

The Banning Cultural Alliance will host it's second Black Heritage Day Celebration, on February 27.

For more information please contact us at (909) 645-6545.

SAN BERNARDINO

The works of regional African American photographers will be featured at Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter's 2010 Black History Month program. The free event is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at the San Bernardino County Government Center, 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue.

Featured photographers, who will illuminate the region's black history through an artist's eye, include Van Howard, Cheryl Brown, Lafonzo Carter, John Coleman, Eliz Coleman Dowdy, Richard Gardenhire, Walter Hawkins, Sam James, Henry Hooks and Harry Carson and Richard Cole, both in memoriam. RSVP at (909) 820-5008 or Sheila.futch@asm.ca.gov by Feb. 15.

The San Bernardino County Association of African American Employees is hosting its 17th Annual Black History Celebration event on Thursday, Feb. 25th at the Department of Behavioral Health Center Auditorium, 850 East Foothill Blvd, Rialto. Program begins at 6PM.

Ticket cost is $12.00.

There also will be a Cultural Fair on Feb. 18th at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center at 400 North Pepper Avenue, Colton, from 8AM to 5PM.

RIVERSIDE

The Black History Parade Committee of Riverside presents the 31st Annual Expo & 1st Annual Car Show, February 13 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Riverside, City Hall Plaza.

The expo is hosting food, clothing vendors, and informational booths. The variety stage will be hosting local talent, dancers, miome’s, instrumental artist and the Competition stage hosts drill teams, drum lines, step teams, dance teams, cheer squads and marching units.

LOS ANGELES

CHARLES BIBBS KICKS OFF BLACK HISTORY MONTH @ PAFF

Charles Bibbs will be showing his popular and latest works at the Pan African Film Festivals. For more information, call (951) 682-8185.

Community Briefs

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RCOE offers on-the-job training program

The Riverside County Office of Education is offering an onthe- job training program for more than 100 young people with federal stimulus money available to reimburse employers who participate to cover training costs.

The Transition Partnership Program (TPP) offered by RCOE is a partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation and finds jobs for young people who recently completed high school and who have learning disabilities or physical disabilities.

Some of the young job hunters have no work experience.

Others have completed a vocational training program and an internship in a field such as warehousing, child care, or retail.

Employers who continue to employ one of the participants for several months may also qual ify for the state’s Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Information on the on-the-job trainings is available from Lynn Smith at the Riverside County Office of Education, (951) 826- 6763.

The Ultimate Jazz Festival Returns to Fairmount Park

Mark your calendars for the premiere jazz event of the summer... the 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival.

Last year’s Ultimate Jazz Festival was a real treat with two full days of an incredible lineup of award-winning Jazz, R&B and Latin artists. The 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival hosted by Jazz to be Green, returns this summer on August 7th through the 8th at the beautiful scenic Fairmount Park in Riverside, Calif.

Jazz to be Green is proud to partner with the Lupus Foundation this year by contributing a percentage of the proceeds from the 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival towards this worthy cause. Lupus is a chronic disease which attacks the autoimmune system. An estimated 5 million people suffer from this life-threatening illness, and an estimated 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported world-wide each year.

Festival Director and Jazz to be Green President Darryl Bundridge is passionate about the cause. Ultimate Jazz Festival ticketholders will not only have an opportunity to hear charttopping musicians, but the satisfaction of knowing that they will also be supporting a worthy organization for future research and development in hopes of finding a cure to help those inflicted with this devastating disease.

For more information, visit www. theultimatejazzfestival.com. Announcement of this year’s lineup is forthcoming.

Image Awards Trip

The San Bernardino Branch of the NAACP is hosting a fundraising bus trip to the 41st Annual Image Awards, to be held on February 26 at the historic Shrinner's Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The cost of the event is $60, which includes admission and bus transportation. Seats will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Join us to see the stars and enjoy a great evening What will win the Outstanding Motion Picture award, The Blind Side, Invictus, Michael Jackson This Is It, Precious or Princess and the Frog. Or who will win in the over 40 categories.

The bus will leave at 2:00 p.m. from the New Hope Family Life Center, 1505 W. Highland Ave. The show may be seen live on Fox at 8 p.m. For information or to reserve your seat call, Linda Hart (909) 246-2078.

Hurry to get your seat.

Fontana Community Foundation Launches Web Site

The Fontana Community Foundation (FCF) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Web site, and invites friends and residents of Fontana to visit www.fontanacommunityfoundati on.org to learn about how the organization is helping the Fontanacommunity.

The Fontana Community Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the City of Fontana, providing financial support for public services that enhance the quality of life and preserve and promote the health, welfare and education of those in Fontana and surrounding communities.

Scholarship for Moreno Valley Allied Health Programs in Tough Economic Times

Riverside County 5th District Supervisor Marion Ashley today announced a donation of $20,000 to a RCCD Moreno Valley Campus scholarship for allied health programs. The money comes from Community Improvement and Development Funds, which are designated by each supervisor for the development and improvement of the districts they represent.

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