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Santa Brings Cheer To Pediatric Patients In S.B.

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This year, young medically fragile patients who have long-term, clinically complex conditions at Community Hospital of San Bernardino were granted a special wish never imagined: a visit from Santa Claus! Christmas came early at Community Hospital of San Bernardino as Santa came straight from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, bringing gifts and holiday cheer.

After his appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa hit the road for a national holiday 25-city bus tour as part of the Macy’s Believe campaign. Through this campaign, people of all ages can visit a local Macy’s, fill out a postcard addressed to Santa, and drop it in the special “Believe” mailbox.

For each postcard received, Macy’s will make a $1 donation to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, helping make dreams come true for young children with life threatening illnesses. Seventy five percent of the funds raised through this campaign stay local. Children can drop their letters in any of Macy’s stores in the Inland Empire.

Riverside’s Fox Theater: An Intimate Portrait

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Photographer Michael J. Elderman, who has been called “the eyes of Riverside,” has been photographing Riverside’s Historic Fox Theater since March 2005. Now, more than 10,000 photos later, Elderman displays his work in the exhibition Riverside’s Fox Theater: An Intimate Portrait at Riverside Art Museum, with a reception and book signing December 17, from 6 to 8PM.

Elderman’s recent body of work is comprised of documentary photography showing the theater’s restoration as part of the City of Riverside’s Renaissance program. However, rather than concentrating on wide views showing large sections of the building, Elderman has focused on revealing intimate sub-sections of the Fox. Recently, Elderman exhibited photos from his Fox studies at La Sierra University’s Brandstater Gallery.

Where the work at the Brandstater emphasized the transformation and recreation of the grand but deteriorated theater, the exhibition at RAM focuses on artistic composition for its own sake. Textured abstraction, geometric grids, and cast shadows revel in texture, light, line and pattern. Some of the photos depict recognizable objects, but many others are abstracted segments – a gold-leaf footprint, a segment of a fallen exterior wall, or a geometric light shape on an unfinished interior wall.

“The power of Elderman’s work lies in his compositions filled with often-overlooked details that invite you to look closer,” says RAM Curator Lee Tusman. “The subjects of Elderman’s portraiture are the forgotten places of quiet beauty: the pitch black rooms, the patchwork of thick paint on a decrepit wall, and the seemingly-improvisatory nature of cracks and oxidation in the ceiling.”

In fact, this attention to detail accounts for the power of the work to represent the literal and figurative parts of the process of restoring any building, not just the Fox Theater.

Elderman’s accompanying book, Riverside’s Fox Theater:

An Intimate Portrait is a coffee-table-style book that has already garnered impressive reviews.

Included in Elderman’s book are essays on Preservation by Knox Mellon, California State Preservation Officer, Emeritus; a brief history of the uses of the theater by historian Joan Hall; and a critique of Elderman’s photography by UCR ARTSblock Director Jonathan Green. The exhibition remains on view until March 6, 2010. A reception and book signing will be held at RAM on Thursday, December 17, 2009, from 6 – 8PM.

RAM relies on the generosity of members and donors to support its exhibitions, education programs and special events. As a 50-year-old, private, non-profit cultural arts institution, housed in a National Historic 1929 building designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, the museum welcomes over 50,000 visitors a year. The museum is open M-S, 10:00 – 4:00 P.M. For more information on exhibitions and events, please visit www.riversideartmuseum.org.

African Children’s Choir In Concert Sunday, December 13th

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Chief Pastor Lacy K. Sykes, Jr. and Cross Word Christian Church is pleased to host a CONCERT with THE AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR this coming Sunday, December 13th at 4:00 p.m.

This event is open to the public – everyone is welcome.

ABOUT THE CHOIR. The African Children’s Choir has been working with the most vulnerable children in  Africa for 25 years, raising awareness of the plight of Africa’s orphaned and abandoned, but also showing the beauty, dignity and potential of each African child. They are a voice for the millions of children suffering in Africa.

What Is Their Concert Like? The children melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The concert will feature well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes. Nearly every performance is concluded with a thunderous standing ovation.

In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and wonderfully entertaining.

You will see the hope, dignity and beauty of Africa!

What Is The Purpose Of The Tour? The primary goal of the Choir is to raise awareness of the need of destitute and orphaned children in Africa and to raise funds for continued development and support of the African Children’s Choir Programs.

The Choir’s international educational endeavor provides unique training for the children. Once Choir members have completed a concert tour, they will return to their homelands with the tools  necessary for bettering their future. For more information on the choir, visit www.africanchildrenschoir.com

A free-will offering will be taken to help provide education, care and emergency relief for over 7,000 children in Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Southern Sudan, Kenya and South Africa.

Cross Word Christian Church is located at 14950 Riverside Drive, Riverside, California 92518 (just east of March Air Reserve Base at Riverside & Meyer Drive).

SCE Offers Holiday Lighting Safety and Energy Efficiency Tips

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The holidays are here and with them come celebrations and festivities.

Southern California Edison (SCE) is reminding its customers to safely decorate their homes, work places and Christmas trees with energy-efficient lighting.

SCE also wants the public to keep the holidays merry by remembering the importance of electrical safety when stringing indoor and outdoor lighting, and using electrical fixtures and electrically powered animated or inflatable decorations.

“The holiday season is an exciting time of year. But we want all of our customers to keep safety foremost in their minds as they enjoy their decorating experience. Some people may be inadvertently exposed to a greater safety risk and could become victims of fire or electrical accidents, such as shock or electrocution,” said Rick Greenwood, SCE’s director, Corporate Environment, Health and Safety.

Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

· Keep electrical connections off the ground and away from moisture. Water and electricity are a deadly combination.

· When hanging lights, make sure staples, tacks and nails do not pierce or pinch wires. Use plastic zip cords instead.

· Never get closer than 10 feet to power lines. Remember, trees may have power lines running above, near or through them. Do not throw light strands or electrical cords into trees.

· Do not use lighted candles on trees or decorations. During power outages use flashlights instead of candles.

· Beware of counterfeit or poor quality electrical products. Use only lighting and cords approved by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent, nonprofit organization that tests electrical components and equipment for potential hazards.

· Check all indoor and outdoor decorative lighting for frayed cords, broken wires and loose connections. If you find a problem, throw the strand away.

· Change bulbs only when the lights are unplugged.

· Use lights and extension cords designed for outdoor use if placing them outside.

· Unplug lights when you leave home or go to bed. Save energy by using a timer so the lights are on only during the hours you select.

· Use only three strands of light per electrical cord or outlet. An overload could cause a short circuit and a fire.

· Keep indoor trees well watered so that they will not dry out and become fire hazards.

· Keep lights away from carpeting, furniture, drapes and other combustible materials.


Holiday Lighting and SCE Street Lighting

SCE reminds customers that holiday lighting, decorations and displays are not allowed to be attached or hung from SCE streetlights or facilities. The holiday lights can create a safety or fire risk for residents and SCE employees. The utility’s policy requires that permission must be given to hang any objects or materials from company facilities.

SCE also encourages its customers to use light emitting diode (LED) lights to decorate their homes and trees. LEDS offer many benefits:

· Energy Efficiency: LEDs use up to 90 percent less of the electricity that is needed to power conventional incandescent, painted or ceramic-coated bulbs.

· Environmentally friendly: the lower electricity usage of LEDs means less carbon emissions.

· Safety: LEDs generate much less heat when they operate so they are cool to the touch and are less likely to overload a circuit.

· Longevity: LEDS can last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent strands.

Highland Conference Trains The Next Generation Of Environmental Leaders

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About 65 area students participated in the California Regional Environmental Education Community Environmental Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday, Dec. 4. The all-day event at the Highland Sam Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center featured keynote speaker Ed Begley, Jr. (front right), an actor, environmental activist and star of a reality TV show about green living.

Also speaking was District 62 Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter (front left), a member of the state Assembly Select Committee on Renewable Energy, which is charged with developing legislation to meet the goal of 33 percent renewal energy by 2020.

The conference offered students learning opportunities to develop skills as leaders who will influence environmental policies in schools and communities. Middle row, from left, is Chloe Salladay, Ed Zebrenske, Jonathan Reya, Jasmine Astor, and Bridget Kyeremateng, Backrow, from left, Daniel Hoon, Devin Wright, Kevin Dumler and environmental educators Debbie Christopher and Melissa McCoy.

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