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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards Bethlehem Community Development Center $496,578

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Pasadena based, Bethlehem Community Development Center (BCDC), has recently been awarded $496,578 by the Administration on Children Youth and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for BCDC’s Hope for Street Youth (HSY) Program. This program will provide street outreach services to homeless youth, runaways and parents via school and community agencies. The ultimate goal is to reunite families and provide these youth with the services they need to survive and thrive in our community. BCDC is an access point in the community for youth development, transitional assistance (for ex-offenders, homeless youth and adults, and the unemployed), and other compassionate services.

State Assemblymember Anthony Portantino attended the check presentation event. He said, “I think that this program is tremendously important . . . to have a program like this in Pasadena that is going to identify, find and reunite children with their families and with their siblings to help them transition into adulthood is a good thing.” Tina Williams representing the office of Pasadena City Councilmember Jacque Robinson also spoke of this important program. She commented, “when an agency receives an award, we celebrate because now there’s another resource for youth in our community.”

The award was presented to BCDC’s Executive Director, Pastor Christopher Bourne, by Luvina Beckley Knight, the CEO of M.H.M. and Associates. Pastor Bourne acknowledged MHM’s help in securing these funds for BCDC, “they’ve been able to direct us in fulfilling our vision and dreams, so I’m very thankful for all of the hard work that they do.” Toni Tryon-Dickson from Bourne Inc is another partner with BCDC and provides emergency shelter services for youth. Regarding their role in this program she said, “We are looking forward to something great and marvelous with this partnership.”

BCDC is headquartered at the Bethlehem Church of Christ ‘Holiness’ located at: 1550 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103. For more information regarding this program, please contact Pastor Bourne at (626) 794-5211.

Grams Mission BBQ Toy Giveaway

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As so many families are in need of clothing and shoes, Grams Mission BBQ is in the process of planning their 4th Annual Toy Drive for the holiday season.

Many who donated last year helped make the toy drive a total success. Grams is hoping the community continue to support families in the community this year by donating.

On Friday, December 7, 2012 beginning at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Grams will kick-off for their guest to join them in the collecting of unwrapped toys. On Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., will be a Christmas party for children and at that time, they will be giving away toys, gifts and a light snack to all the children.

For more information or to bring a donation, contact Chairperson Lenora Taylor at Grams Mission BBQ, 3527 Main Street, Riverside, (909) 264-4134.

5th Annual Leadership Success Summit Brings Top Leaders

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By Natasha Ferguson

ONTARIO - Lisa Marie Platske, C.E.O. of Upside Thinking Inc., is an award-winning entrepreneur and master motivator who travels around the globe sharing valuable insight to help people achieve success. Platske will bring together successful business savvy leaders for a powerful two-day conference during the 5th Annual Leadership Success Summit on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, 2013 at the Embassy Suites in Ontario, Calif.

The 5th Annual Leadership Success Summit Conference attendees will learn: 7 Step Leadership Success System (the exact blueprint to turbo-charge your success); Secrets from 7-figure entrepreneurs on their formulas for success; Network with upside thinking leaders ready to partner with you to jumpstart your dreams; Make profitable connections with other successful professionals; and Create a 12-month frustration-busting action plan.

Speakers include: Lynda-Ross Vega, Business Executive/Management Consultant (www.yourtalentadvantage.com) • Nancy Marmolejo, Online Visibility Expert, Speaker, Mentor and Author (www.VivaVisibilityBlog.com) • Dr. Tammy Wong, CEO of Fostering Executive Leadership and Author (www.drtammywong.com) • John Arena, Business Outreach Manager for Metropolitan Water District (www.mwdh2o.com) • Princess Jenkins, Award-winning Retailer and Founder/President of Women In The Black (www.thebrownstonewoman.com) and • René Reyes, Bi-continental Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Award-winning Poet/Songwriter (www.renereyesinternational.com).

It has been said, “if people aren’t laughing at your dreams, then your dreams aren’t big enough,” Coach Grayson Marshall. Not only will this leadership summit inspire you to reach for your dreams, it will equip you with the necessary tools to achieve them.

For tickets and more information, visit www.leadershipsuccesssummit.com.

Fontana Awarded the Building Industry Association (BIA) Good Government Award

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Fontana - Mayor Acquanetta Warren and the City Council are pleased to announce the City of Fontana was awarded the BIA Baldy View Chapter-Good Government Award.

The BIA Baldy View Chapter presents the Good Government Awards each year to recognize exemplary building industry public policy efforts. The City of Fontana will be recognized at the December 6th Holiday Charity Gala for the adoption of the innovative “Green Fontana” fee rebate program.

The “Green Fontana” volunteer pilot program incentivizes builders to construct even more environmentally-efficient ENERGY STAR homes in Fontana which creates jobs and generates economic growth. Likewise, compared with standard homes, ENERGY STAR qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating-delivering resulting in annual cost savings for homeowners. “We believe this is a model volunteer incentive program to emulate that serves as a win-win-win solution for the residents of Fontana, the local economy, and the environment,” stated Carlos Rodriguez, CEO BIA Baldy View Chapter.

“I am thrilled for the City of Fontana to be recognized with this award. My colleagues and I have been working with staff to provide a policy that will not only create jobs and generate economic growth, but create incentive for the builders with reduced fees to develop energy efficient homes that will serve our environmentally conscience community for years to come,” Mayor Warren said.

Fontana's Farmers' Market is Growing

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Fontana - The Mayor and the City Council encourage the public to visit Fontana’s Farmers’ Market Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is located in the Center Stage Parking Lot on the corner of Sierra Avenue and Arrow Boulevard.

Fontana’s Farmers’ Market is open year round for the public to enjoy the freshest produce available.

The market is also featuring three new unique vendors: Salem Ranch (offers numerous organic fruits), New Eden Farm (features citrus, fruits and tea leaves all of which is Fontana grown!) and Conscious Foods (specializes in Almond Spread that has no preservatives and gluten free) There are many more vendors offering tasty, unique and fresh goods.

The market accepts Debit and EBT cards to support all valued members of the community.

Don’t miss the Farmer’s Market at the Festival of Winter celebration with extended hours on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the adjacent Miller Park 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival of Winter will be ‘”Rock n’ Roll” Christmas celebration with games, entertainment, craft fair, roller skating and a snow play area.

For more information call (909) 349-6914 or visit farmersmarket.fontana.org. For more information on becoming a vendor for the Farmers’ Market, call Southland Farmers’ Market Association at (310) 455-0181.

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