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Cal State opens January 4

In observance of the holiday season and due to State Budget Closure Days, California State University, San Bernardino has been closed since Friday, Dec. 18. The university will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Winter quarter classes will begin Monday, Jan. 11.

The campus will observe State Budget Campus Closure Days on Monday, Dec. 21 through Thursday, Dec. 24. CSUSB employees are required to use these days as furlough days as part of the university’s response to a staggering $26 million state budget reduction – a 25 percent decrease from last year’s state budget allocation to the campus.

Year-round, full-time employees are being furloughed a total of 24 days over 11 months from Aug. 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010. Faculty who are contracted on a nine-month basis are being furloughed 18 days from Sept. 1-June 30.

Additional State Budget Campus Closure Days are scheduled for 2010 on Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 2, April 2 and 27, May 28 and June 25 and 28. Faculty, management and staff will add additional furlough days on an individual basis to meet the furlough requirements, but the campus will remain open on those days.

The CSU negotiated furloughs with most of its various labor unions in response to the massive budget cuts to the university system. The combination of employee furloughs and layoffs is expected to generate approximately $275 million in salary and benefits savings throughout the CSU and more than $10 million at Cal State San Bernardino.

Approximately 85 percent of the university’s total annual expenses consist of salary and benefits payments.

For more information regarding the CSU budget, visit the California State University Budget Central Web site at http://blogs.calstate.edu/budgetcentral or contact the Cal State San Bernardino Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit http://news.csusb.edu.

City of Riverside Christmas Tree Collection

The holidays are a time of giving, so give something back to the environment by recycling your old Christmas tree.

For City of Riverside residents, Christmas tree collection will begin the day after Christmas and continue for 3 weeks.

· Collection will take place on the same day as your normal trash pick up.

· Remove the tree stand and all decorations.

· Cut your Christmas tree into 4 foot sections.

· Regular Christmas trees will be collected with your greenwaste. Please place it next to the greenwaste container.

· Flocked Christmas trees cannot be recycled. These trees will be collected with your regular trash. Place sections of a flocked Christmas tree inside your brown container.

For more information, please call (951) 826-5311.

LifeStream’s Flight for Life Promotion National Blood Donor Month

During the winter months – due to the holiday season, blood is traditionally in short supply – travel schedules, inclement weather and illness have a direct impact on blood donations. January, in particular, is a difficult month to collect blood donations.

January is also National Blood Donor Month and LifeStream wants to recognize all the contributions of its donors. Participants who donate between January 2 and February 15, 2010 will be automatically entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets on Southwest Airlines to a destination of their choice. (within the Southwest Airlines service area). Donors will also receive points as part of the “Gift of Life” Donor Loyalty Program that can be redeemed for items on the LifeStream’s online donor store.

For additional information, please contact LifeStream at 1.800.879.4484 or visit www.LStream.org.

 

Free Class Teaches Financial Basics, Helps People Get Out Of Debt

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Help is on the way for those in need of financial help during these tough economic times.

Time for Change Foundation’s founder and Executive Director, Kim Carter, will offer a free ten-week course designed to help families get out of debt, repair their credit score, develop a budget, and build a sound financial foundation for the future.

With the help of UnionBank and a generous contribution of federal stimulus dollars from Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino, Time for Change Foundation will provide community members with two ten-week classes focused on financial education and empowerment.

“It’s great to see some of the federal stimulus money being used to help empower people in our community and give them the tools to help break the financial chains that prevent folks from getting ahead,” Carter said.

The free classes will begin, February 3rd, 2010 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at 1407 N. Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, CA, 92405.

Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. For more information contact Michelle Freeman at (909) 886-2994.

The mission of the Time for Change Foundation is to provide essential resources, through its programs and services, to homeless women and their children who desire to change the course of their lives by making the transition from homelessness to recidivism to self-sufficiency.

For more information visit us at www.timeforchange.us

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4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Vigil & Tribute

The Distinguished Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Pi Epsilon chapter, will be holding an event to honor the life and contributions of the Civil Rights leader and beloved member Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 6:30PM at the University of California, Riverside Watkins 1000 in Riverside, California. Of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. stands as the first established intercollegiate fraternity.

Founded in 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. promotes the principles of good character, uplifting humanity and scholarship. This event, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is aimed at bringing the community together in celebration of his accomplishments and efforts in making racial equality a reality during the Civil Rights Era. With poetry, songs from the university choir, and local elementary students answering “What Dr. King Means to Me?,” this event will highlight the extraordinary individual Dr. King was to so many. A candlelight vigil and silent march will also be held, leading to the Carillon Belltower, located in the center of UC Riverside. The candlelight vigil will allow any attendees to reflect on Dr. King and his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, struggle for racial equality or improvement of society. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., was established to serve as a cornerstone to the community and continues to do so with its four community service programs: A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, Go to High School/Go to College, Project Alpha and our Annual MLK Silent March. The Fraternity has also played the leading role in establishing the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D.C., a 100-million dollar project, making Dr. King the only non-president to be honored by a memorial in the Washington Mall.

The Pi Epsilon chapter, established in 2003, has grown steadily over a few short years to become an influential entity of our campus and community through our contributions including our annual Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant, annual Thanksgiving/Christmas toy-drive donations, various youth initiatives, as well as other educational programs. For more information regarding our upcoming events or community service, please contact our chapter at piepsilon@ooglegroups.com.

 

Riverside International Film Festival sets 2010 Dates, Location

Experience the World in 10 Days! The Riverside International Film Festival (RIFF) has announced that it is bringing 10 days of films to the University Village in 2010.

This 8th annual event, which features more than 100 films from countries around the world, launches April 16 and continues through April 25, 2010. RIFF will not only show films, including submissions from Riverside’s own Sister Cities, but will also feature special educational panels on the film industry and film making.

The best of international and independent features, documentaries, and shorts will be shown at UltraStar Cinemas in the University Village at 1201 University Avenue, Riverside, CA, 92507. The entire University Village plaza is excited to participate in RIFF and plans are underway to highlight the “Experience the World in 10 Days” theme throughout the plaza.

The City of Riverside is eagerly anticipating the 2010 festival: “We couldn’t be happier that RIFF will be partnering with UltraStar Cinemas to showcase RIFF at University Village,” said Mayor Ron Loveridge. “The connection between UC Riverside, University Village and RIFF will be a great way to further involve Riverside’s nearly 50,000 students in this fine film event.” The City of Riverside is a Director’s Club sponsor of RIFF.

Further information, including an invitation to a special press reception in March, will be forthcoming.

Details are posted as they become available at www.riversidefilmfest.org.

 

UCR Presents "TAIKOPROJECT: (re)generation"

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On Friday, January 15, 2010, UC Riverside will present Taikoproject: (re)generation at the University Theatre beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $36 general, $18 for students and $5 for parking in Lot 6.

For more information contact (951) 827-4331 or visit ucriversidepresents.ucr.edu. TAIKOPROJECT is composed of North America’s premier taiko drummers who have created a state-of-the-art theatrical production called (re)generation – an energetic drumming extravaganza designed to take taiko into the 21st century. The program experiments with various media and settings in a youthful blend of tradition and emerging artistry to increase taiko’s relevance with today’s generation of taiko performers.

TAIKOPROJECT was conceived by Bryan Yamami to preserve the traditions and rich history of American taiko while incorporating contemporary performance elements such as video, storytelling, hip-hop inspired beats, scatting, and beat boxing.

Although TAIKOPROJECT celebrates a modern style of taiko – which includes jazz and rock sounds – the ensemble also respects tradition by their customary use of synchronization, dynamic movements, and elaborate footwork in performance.

Tuhe best part is the players – all fifteen drumming professionals –who perform with consummate skill, telling a story of taiko that is deeply personal and recognizably universal.

The TAIKOPROJECT was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles, California. The group was conceived by Bryan Yamami with the idea of bringing together the best young taiko players in North America to create an innovative theatrical production celebrating American taiko. That show, TAIKOPROJECT: (re)generation, seamlessly blends taiko with storytelling, music, hip hop choreography, multimedia, and dance.

Since its initial formation, TAIKOPROJECT has made history for American taiko not only with their show, but their work in the commercial and international arenas. In the spring of 2005, the TAIKOPROJECT performed in Mitsubishi Motors of North America’s innovative National Commercial for the Eclipse sports car, featuring women from the group in a breathtaking 60- second commercial spot that was one of the highest-rated commercials of 2005 when it aired.

In fall, 2005, the TAIKOPROJECT traveled to Japan for the first time to represent American taiko at the 4th Annual Tokyo International Taiko Contest. As one of 12 finalists out of over 60 groups, the TAIKOPROJECT was the first American taiko group to participate in the internationally-recognized event. The TAIKOPROJECT made history and took home the top prize, First Place, in the Adult Group category, becoming then, the first American taiko group to win the entire contest as well.

 

Brightest Star Plans 2010 Calendar

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The Brightest Star, Inc. a local volunteer non-profit organization serving the needs of children in Foster Care recently held a Flowers, Rainbow and Butterflies children’s art contest at Georgia F. Morris Elementary in Rialto. Teachers submitted over 250 pieces of students art, with the 14 winners selected featured in a 2010 fundraising calendar for the award winning organization.

There were 36 honorable mentions. If you are interested in supporting a worthy cause by purchasing a 2010 calendar please contact: Lea Michelle Cash at The Brightest Star, Inc. at (909) 875-2968.

 

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