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Inland Empire'€™s Needy Families Come Together To Give Thanks

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This holiday season the San Bernardino and Riverside Salvation Army Corps both plan Thanksgiving dinners to help the needy families of the Inland Empire.

The San Bernardino Corps will serve dinner from 11 am to 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, at its Corps headquarters building, 746 W. Fifth St.

“We’re serving a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables and pie,” said Capt. Nancy Ball, co-director of the San Bernardino Corps.

San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales has donated 10 of the turkeys, although it could use more, as the crowd can typically go through 20 turkeys and 20 sliced hams. The Inland Empire Job Corps is donating 300 pies created by its culinary students – 100 pumpkin, 100 apple and 100 cherry.

The Riverside Thanksgiving dinner takes place Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Most of the food for this event will come through donations the Riverside Corps acquires via KOLA radio station’s “Fill the Van” event, which took place Friday, Nov. 20.

The annual Thanksgiving meals bring in hundreds of families and individuals who do not have the means to provide themselves a Thanksgiving dinner.

People come from all parts of the Inland Empire for the celebrations.

The San Bernardino event alone has served close to 900 people in one year.

At both Corps, the hungry families are joined by hundreds of volunteers for the day who help prepare the food and serve meals to the families. An estimated 125 volunteers helped the San Bernardino Corps in 2008.

“Thanksgiving should be a special day for everyone not just for those who can afford it,” says Capt. Ball.

To receive information about the dates and times for the dinners at other corps besides San Bernardino and Riverside, or to volunteer, give them a call at 1800-SAL-ARMY or 1-800-725-2769.

Sacred Sistahs To Hold Annual Walk-A-Thon Nov. 21

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Sacred Sistahs, Inc. will hold its 2nd Annual Walk-A-Thon on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Redhill Community Park in Rancho Cucamonga, CA located at 7484 Vineyard Avenue.

Participants will meet at the picnic area beginning at 8:00 a.m. and begin the 5-Kilometer walk at 8:30 a.m. The theme for this year’s walk is “Getting Fit for Fall”. This year’s walk precedes Thanksgiving in an effort to get a head start on walking off some calories. All proceeds from this event will benefit designated schools in Ghana, West Africa.

The $25 donation fee will include a t-shirt. For more information about the walk, please call us at (909) 910-7564, or go to the following website to register http://www.sacredsistahsinc.org/newsevents.html. Sacred Sistahs also held another cycle of its rites of passage program this summer at the Claremont College’s Office of Black Student Affairs. Each participant received certificates of participation for attending the weekend retreat sessions held on Saturday, August 8, 2009 to Sunday, August 9, 2009. Lessons and activities focused on the contributions of African American and African women to the world, history, spiritual and moral development, self concept and relationships with others, leadership development, academic excellence, college preparation, career planning, financial literacy, and fitness, health and nutrition.

This year the girls received a special treat by having received a dance lesson from Kim Gadlin, Office of Black Student Affairs Coordinator of Student Leadership Programs, as well as lessons conducted by members Tonia Causey-Bush, Jenise Earl-Bush and Akua Maat, and volunteers from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Eta Nu Omega Chapter.

Sacred Sistahs, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to empower, serve, and improve the overall health, well-being, spirit, and vitality of African and African American women and children. Our motto is sisters in solidarity teaching and healing our spirit through prayer, empowerment, affirmation, and knowledge.

Sacred Sistahs seeks to improve the overall self concept of women and children so that they will become productive and fully functioning members of world living their best lives and prepared to give the world, and us, their best. For more information on how you can support Sacred Sistahs, Inc. and our programs, please visit our website at www. sacredsistahsinc.org, or contact Dr. Tonia Causey-Bush at (909) 910-7564.

Young Men & Women Enter their Rites of Passage

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Immanuel Praise Fellowship, in partnership with the Tehuti Educational Consortium and JAB Life Skills Foundation, held its first boys Rites-of-Passage and Selfhood Mastery Program that began August 3, 2009 culminating in a closing ceremony and ritual, examination of candidates, and reception on Sunday, November 8, 2009. Four young men received custom-size framed awards, $400 stipends, and an invaluable amount of practical, academic, and spiritual skills and knowledge necessary for selfhood mastery.

 

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Pictured from the left in front are Kilan Alexander Pace, Ulysses Idarp Johnson, Jared Kosey Jones, and Jaren Paul Cyrus,Back row from left Elder A. Majadi, Dr. Joseph Bailey, Rev. Dr. Edward Bush, Nana Dr. Lawson Bush, V, and Rev. Kelvin Simmons.

The program included weekly lessons on African history, critical thinking and problem solving, spirituality, dating, love, and sexuality, and financial literacy. The aforementioned lessons were buttressed on and infused with the larger aim of teaching African American boys about dedication, discipline and work, sacrifice, achievement, and excellence by expanding their knowledge and understanding of self, society, and the Divine. The program was formed and operated on the African concept of Maat which is defined as “love in action.”

 

Immanuel Praise Fellowship was incorporated in October, 2007 and is committed to empowering God’s people to walk in their Spiritual birthright by teaching and preaching the Word in a thorough and simple manner therefore un-complicating Christ so everyone can experience equal and unlimited access to God. The Tehuti Educational Consortium was created to restore and reaffirm the authority of our students, parents, and educators as full and sovereign participants in the human experience. The JAB Life Skills Foundation was formed to replace self-defeating enslaved mind habits in struggling Black youth with fundamental lifeskills principles in order for them to live honorably and to thrive in American society.

For more information regarding the boys Rites-of-Passage and Selfhood Mastery Program, please contact Pastor LaQuetta Bush-Simmons of Immanuel Praise Fellowship at (909) 428-1558, Nana Dr. Lawson Bush, V of the Tehuti Educational Consortium at (909) 899-4906 or see Dr. Joseph Bailey of JAB Life Skills Foundation at www.jablifeskills.com.

Riverside Chosen As A Leading City In Green Challenge

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The Environmental Media Association (EMA), in cooperation with Southern California Edison, Green Seal, and the Institute for Local Government issued a challenge to ten southern Californian cities to be recognized as a “California Green Community” by 2012.

Riverside has been selected to serve as one of the ten communities to lead California in preserving our natural environment.

Participating cities are asked to develop Green Community Actions plans in fields including: energy efficiency, water management, green building, climate friendly purchasing, land use and community design, waste management, urban forestry, community and individual action, air quality, and transportation.

Other cities participating in the challenge include Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Claremont, and Redlands.

Cities will be recognized at either a Silver Level (basic city commitments), Gold Level (advanced city commitments), or Platinum Level (city and communitywide commitments).

“We are proud to play a role in California’s effort to improve the quality of the environment and the lives of our residents,” said Riverside Mayor and President of the National League of Cities, Ron Loveridge.

“Cities throughout the state –indeed throughout the nation – look to us as role models for restoring a vibrant economy in our communities, while at the same time improving the quality of our environment for the generations to come.”

Riverside is established as a model environmentally friendly community, having received the honor of being recognized as California’s first “Emerald City” by the State’s Department of Conservation. In addition, Riverside has an established Clean and Green Riverside Sustainable Action Plan that serves as the city’s road map for committing to creating a green city. The Action Plan can be viewed by visiting: http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/pdf/gp/GreenPlan.pdf.

Fatherhood Celebration Set 11/21

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Father’s Time is announcing the Fatherhood Celebration as they recognize fathers whom have participated in the Fatherhood Academy, a 10-week interactive course. The event will be held at the Riverside Convention Center on November 21, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $60.00 each.

The course was designed to help fathers overcome the everyday challenges of balancing themselves, their family and the lives of their children.

The Fatherhood Academy is for new fathers, seasoned veterans or dads somewhere in between. All fathers are welcome to attend any of the numerous locations throughout the county.

The course provides dads with leadership and organizational skills and other life values, which will support them as they take the necessary steps to achieve fatherhood excellence.

Keynote speakers for the evening are Kenneth M. Young, RCOE Superintendent of Schools; Ron Loveridge, Mayor for the City of Riverside; Dr. Michael Conner, Dean of Mt. San Jacinto College and Harry Freedman, Executive Director of First 5 Riverside.

The honorary Father of the Year is Ron Woodbury, CIAO, Altura Credit Union.

Father’s Time collaborated with the Volunteer Center of Riverside, a 501©(3) organization for this event. The Volunteer Center operates the “211” system for the County of Riverside, including resource referrals for shelter, food, clothing, physical and mental health wellness and senior services. For more information, ticket purchases or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities and advertising, please contact Michele Diaz at 951-328-8284 or contact Father’s Time at 877-898-9989. You can also email your inquiry to: staff@fatherstime.com.

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