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ABC TV to Host Town Hall at Boys & Girls Club of SB

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ABC 7 is bringing its popular community outreach project ‘ABC 7 Listens’ to the Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino, Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Bernardino, located at 1180 West 9th Street. San Bernardino, California 92411.

ABC-TV, ABC 7 will host the community forum to provide local residents and non-profit organizations the opportunity to speak with top station executives about community ideas and concerns.

Boy & Girls Club president, Rikke Van Johnson says while the hosts encourage people to give story ideas, the forums also give participants the chance to meet and greet other members in their community.

We encourage people to come out, sit down together in diverse groups and talk with each other. This could lead to the formation of sustainable community collaborations among various stakeholders in the region.

ABC7’s President and General Manager Arnold J. Kleiner will be on hand to listen and answer questions along with several news reporters and managers. A news camera will be present to record part of the meeting.

Space is limited, RSVP via e-mail to abc7communitymeeting@abc.com or call (818) 863-7238.

The event is free to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Christ Our Redeemer Hosts 11th Annual MLK Gospel Concert

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The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gospel Concert will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm, on the campus of the University of California, Irvine inside the Barclay Theatre. The event is co-hosted by Christ Our Redeemer AME Church (COR), the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, 100 Black Men of Orange County, and the Orange County Ministerial Alliance.

Every year, the event is designed to raise funds for deserving college students and to honor two individuals who embody the character and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“This event is intended to provide worthy students an opportunity to achieve a higher level of education, and to pay homage to a true American icon,” said Reverend Mark Whitlock II. COR’s objective is to award deserving students with financial support toward achieving their academic and professional dreams. One scholarship recipient will receive $5,000, while the other winners receive scholarships between $1,000 and $3,000.

The honorees that will receive the Woman and Man of the Year Awards are Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Edison International Barbara Parsky, and President of California State University at Fullerton Milton Gordon. “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision was undeniable, as well as everlasting. I am grateful for the recognition during such a symbolic event,” said Parsky. The CORale Choir, who was most recently featured in “How Sweet the Sound” is scheduled to perform, as well as a surprise gospel-recording artist. Dr. King’s fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, has also planned an electrifying step show performance. “I am honored to be recognized at such a prestigious event, and greatly anticipate being in attendance,” said Gordon. Under the leadership of Reverend Whitlock, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church has hosted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Scholarship Gospel Concert for the past 10 years. All funds raised are for minority students attending a college or university in Orange County.

More than $125,000 in scholarships have been awarded to minority students attending Orange County colleges and universities.

Students interested in applying for scholarships must submit a detailed application including a personal statement and an essay, which is reviewed and evaluated by a scholarship committee.

The cost to attend the 11th annual fundraising event is $25. For more information, visit www.corchurch.org or call 877-426-7263.

Residents Offered A Sneak Peek Of The New Fox Center

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The City of Riverside is opening the doors to the Fox Performing Arts Center to the community for a sneak peek on January 16 and 17.

Community members will be able to tour the newly renovated lobby and auditorium at no cost.

In addition to the tours, the free two-day event will offer live radio remotes, children’s activities, Model A car display, community entertainment and refreshments.

In May 2007, more than 1,300 visitors took one final tour through the auditorium of the Fox before it closed its doors for construction. Now those visitors can come back and be awed by the remarkable renovation efforts that took place to restore this facility to its original grandeur.

The Fox Performing Arts Center is a 1642-seat state-of-the-art performance arts theater.

Thanks to the funding of the Riverside Renaissance Program, the Fox is ready to mesmerize its visitors. The inaugural concert season begins on January 22 & 23 with the Grammy Award-winning Sheryl Crow as the grand reopening performance.

Following Crow is Latin artist Benise, Natalie Cole, Warren Hill, Gladys Knight and much more. For a complete listing of concerts, visit www.foxriversidelive.com.

The Fox will also host a Broadway Series presented by Broadway in Riverside bringing Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hairspray to their 2010 spring line-up.

“I take pride in what Riverside has accomplished with the renovation of the Fox Performing Arts Center,” stated Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge. “This will be the premier performance art theater for the Inland Empire and will showcase the best of professional and community talent.”

Black Heritage Day Celebration

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

It is a Pass area event that is open free to the public. They are looking for talented individuals and groups: singers, dancers, artists that would like to display their talents and perform.

They are also interested in people and families with local Black history, photos and information to be on display at the event along with guest speakers.

Monetary contributions and supporters for the event are gratefully accepted. For more information please contact us at (909) 645-6545 or leave your info and mention Black Heritage Day at (951) 922-0500. This program is brought to you by the Banning Cultural Alliance.

Pastor Bennett Impacting Youth and Community

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By James Shanklin –

The Faithful Covenant Baptist Church is located in the city of Colton with a ministry that just started in March. As the church begins to grow, and the number of members becomes larger, Pastor Cleo Bennett watches as the church he started begins to expand with love and trust in the Lord.

Originally from Arkansas, yet raised in California, Pastor Bennett, now at the age of 46, began his career in preaching on Thanksgiving of 1999. He was inspired by other members of his family who preached, and realized that Christ had been calling him to conduct sermons of his own and speak the word that people needed to hear in order to move their lives forward.

After spending years at a church in San Bernardino, Pastor Bennett decided to move on to a church where he could have more of an impact on his community.

“This is a church where we want to go out into the community and we want to try and fulfill the needs of the community from a spiritual standpoint,” said Bennett.

The Faithful Covenant is doing all it can as it is still in its beginning stages, but it is already on track to creating a daycare and after school programs for the youth. The church is also interested in making sure the young people come to hear the word as around 65% of the church is from ages 10 to 30.

“There are a lot of young kids dying in the streets because nobody has made an effort to impact their lives.

And that’s the thing we are trying to do, we want to reach people,” Bennett said.

The church gives kids a chance to worship God in their own way, with instruments, singing and rapping, just as long as they understand the difference between performing and praising.

As society today has been uplifted and brought together by the idea that it is time for change, Pastor Bennett has been touching on the topic for years in his sermons, where his major theme is the Power of Change, and that Christ can change your circumstances and he can change you as long as your heart is open.

“I preach to empower people, because many of us struggle through life because we do not realize that God has empowered us to be able to live beyond our circumstances,” said Bennett.

Pastor Cleo Bennett saw the power of change firsthand, after going through the loss of his father, Bennett himself became a cancer victim and went through chemo therapy, he has gone through surgeries and has had half his liver removed, all this just in the last year.

But now after the struggles, Pastor Bennett is still preaching, working out and can still get in a game of full court basketball from time to time.

He knows the power of God and takes with pride the job he has been called to do.

The Faithful Covenant Baptist Church is open to all races, and nationalities, and to people from all backgrounds.

Pastor Bennett, with the love of his wife and 3 sons, continues and will continue to speak the word and keep the doors of his church open for those who are willing to listen.

“It’s a ministry of freedom, and love, and it’s non-traditional, we don’t have all the Baptist rules,” Bennett said, “We want people to come as they are.”

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