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Celebrating Dell Roberts 75th Birthday

Saturday, August 20, 2011, 6:30p - Join the community for Dell Roberts 75th Birthday Celebration & Honoring. At the Riverside Marriott Hotel, 3400 Market Street, Riverside. Individual tickets are $75.00 and must be purchased in advance.

Go online to dellroberts75.eventbrite.com to pay online or to download the RSVP form for payment by check. For more information, email dellroberts75@aol.com or call (323) 988.7290 for more information.

A Photographic Journey

The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire presents A Photographic Journey by Louis Weiner. This collection of recent work from his travels to Belize has exhibited in several galleries around the Southern California region.

An opening reception will take place on August 18, beginning from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Visual Arts Gallery at The Art Institute of California, 674 East Brier Drive, San Bernardino. For more information call 800- 353-0812 or visit www.aicievisualartsgallery.com

Vision Screening Resource

A free vision screening, sponsored by the Lions Club, will be conducted Saturday, August 13th, from 8:00am to 3:00pm, at The Diamond Stadium, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530. Recycled eyeglasses also will be provided at the event on a first come, first served basis, from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

For more information, call John at: (951) 677-8548.

Does The State of California Have Money For You?

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Check the California State Controller’s Website for Unclaimed Property

By Laura L. Klure, Special to the Black Voice News–

Are there any dollars sitting unclaimed in Sacramento for you? Or for your church, or any organization you care about? Searching the California State Controller’s website could be a good idea. Go to www.sco.ca.gov and check it out.

Within a very short time, searching for your friends and family members can often uncover many small amounts of money.

Occasionally one finds claims that could amount to multiple thousands of dollars.

Why would somebody’s money have gone to the state? According to the Controller’s website, California’s Unclaimed Property Law requires corporations, businesses, associations, financial institutions, and insurance companies to annually report and deliver property to the State Controller’s Office if there has been no activity on the account or contact with the owner for a period of time specified in the law—generally three years.

In recent years, State Controller John Chiang has been making a greater effort than was done in the past to try to return funds to their rightful owners. In particular, local governments have become more aware of the process, and they are being more regular in checking the website and retrieving their funds. Chiang has initiated reforms that increase the odds that account owners will be adequately informed.

However, there are ways to search that uncover more Unclaimed Property listings than you might expect. Sometimes the funds became “unclaimed” because there was an incomplete name, misspelled information, a wrong address, etc. , that made some payment undeliverable. Hint: try searching for just your last name and the city, then add more names if that brings up too much information.

Or, search by your whole name without adding the city, especially if you’ve moved in recent years.

Entering less information can bring up more possible claims – for example, a recent search entering just the letters NAACP, without designating a city, brought up a list of 55 claims, funds that could be reclaimed by NAACP groups throughout the state. Click on the case number to see details. Many are small amounts, but some NAACP groups could recover more than $1,000 each. The San Francisco NAACP has $5,000 in unclaimed property.

Try searching for the clubs or sports groups that are the favorites of your family members. There’s unclaimed money for “Little League,” for “AYSO” (soccer), and other groups. If you enter fewer words in your search, such as just typing “Black Women,” you will see listings for various organizations where the name starts with those words. A search for “Second Baptist” yields money for churches in various communities. Funds can be located for groups in California cities, or sometimes even organizations with offices in other states.

Arranging the names or words in a different order can produce different results: a search for “City of San Bernardino” listed 17 claims, whereas searching for “San Bernardino City” brought up 26 different unclaimed properties.

Claims can often be for so few dollars that it’s not worth doing the paperwork to try to reclaim the money. However, note that shares of stock may be listed for a “0” dollar amount, when the total value could be well worth chasing. It does take some effort to reclaim property, and documentation is needed. Some claims must be notarized.

It can be especially difficult if names have changed, information was listed in error, or you’ve moved multiple times, or someone connected with the account has died.

The website lists lots of helpful information, such as: How do you find out if you have unclaimed property? How does the state get unclaimed property? How can you keep property from going to the state? What about unclaimed property in other states? What happens to safety deposit box contents if you fail to pay the box fee? (Yes, the Controller has items from deposit boxes as well as money.)

Additional topics are discussed on the website, along with instructions for filing claims.

Be aware that there is no fee if you file your claim directly with the Controller’s office. There are investigators who try to help people regain funds, but this is not essential and their fees are limited to 10 percent. It’s also important to understand that it may take quite a while for a claim to be processed (sometimes 180 days), because the Controller’s office is busy with many duties.

If you’re not online at home, consider using the public library’s computers to visit the Controller’s website. You can print out claim forms to file by regular mail.

Caution: the search may yield claims for other people with the same name as yours, so don’t get too excited if that happens. For example, there are many other folks out there with the last name “Brown” who might benefit by checking the website.

In an economy where every little bit can help, we wish you “happy hunting” for your unclaimed property!

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CAAM Presents Cool Your Heels In The Shade

The California African American Museum (CAAM) will hold its annual summer party on Target Sunday, August 7, 2011, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Co-hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Jackée Harry and actor Jeffrey Anderson Gunter, Cool Your Heels In The Shade will feature a variety of live music performances, including old school R&B, gospel and jazz.

This family fun-filled event for all ages provides the perfect opportunity to keep active and beat the heat. Educator Teresa Tolliver will be providing another unique hands-on workshop for all ages beginning at 12pm in the cool indoor Courtyard.

Exhibitions will open at 11 a.m. Visitors may view the spotlight exhibition of the month, Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment, through September 14, 2011.

The performance program, workshop and galleries are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.caamuseum.org or call (213) 744-7432.

Mayor’s Jazz Jam Benefitting the Fontana Boys and Girls Club

The Mayor and City Council invite citizens, business owners and community partners to the First Annual Mayor’s Jazz Jam. Mayor Warren is hosting the Mayor’s Jazz Jam and all proceeds will directly benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Fontana. The Jazz Jam will be held at the Fontana Community Senior Center on October 8, 2011 from 6pm to 11pm.

It will be a night of great food, dancing and community. The tickets are $50.00 per person.

For more information about being a sponsor or for tickets, please contact the Boys and Girls Club of Fontana (909)822-4988 or BGCFontana.org.

Beat the Heat - Staying Cool in the Summer

The San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services recently distributed a California Department of Public Health news release regarding the prevention of heat illness. In advance of impending hot weather, we are providing additional information on how to "beat the heat", and suggestions for "cool places to go" should an excessive heat event become a life safety issue.

For a list of official County Cooling Centers see the United Way 2-1-1 Cooling Center List for the most complete and current resource of "cool places to be". The Cooling Centers List is available to the public online at www.coolingsb.org or cooling center locations will be provided to residents by dialing 2-1-1. A list of cooling centers can be downloaded at: http://www.211sb.org/WebInform/Re sourceDatabase/SearchEngine/Focus/ FocusTopicResults.asp?FocusTopicI D=19

Inland Empire Auto Show Invites Fans And Followers To Check Out Daily Event And Industry Announcements On Facebook And Twitter

The Inland Empire Auto Show (IEAS), presented by the Ontario Auto Center, one of Southern California’s premier auto shows, is excited to announce the launch of the updated IEAS Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Through daily posts and tweets, the IEAS is “joining the online conversation” in sharing daily automotive industry announcements, new show features and events, press releases and more! Through the use of social networks, the IEAS is hoping to better reach and connect with local Southern California residents while gearing up for the show later this month, August 19-21, 2011, at the Ontario Convention Center.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the official IEAS website at www.IEAutoShow.com, join IEAS on Facebook or follow IEAS on Twitter.

SCE Offers Tips on How to Stay Cool and Keep Summer Bills Low

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To help residential and business customers stay cool and lower their summer electricity bills, Southern California Edison (SCE) offers a variety of ways to conserve energy, money and the environment.

“There are so many free and lowcost ways to stay cool and comfortable this summer – while keeping electricity costs in check,” said Gene Rodrigues, SCE’s director of Customer Energy Efficiency and Solar. “Now, more than ever, people are interested in saving money and the environment. We’re focused on being able to help our customers do that.”

SCE, recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others for its groundbreaking work in energy efficiency, suggests three initial steps:

1. Take an energy efficiency survey for home or business. The customized results outline energysaving opportunities even the most energy-conscious customer will value. Visit www.sce.com/survey for homes and

www.sce.com/bizsurvey for businesses. 2. Look for SCE rebates and incentives. Go to www.sce.com/rebate for residences and www.sce.com/business for businesses. Examples of savings in the home include:

• ENERGY STAR-qualified portable room air conditioner ($20). • Energy-efficient evaporative cooling systems ($300).

• Refrigerator and freezer recycling program ($50).

• Select an ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerator ($50).

• Variable-speed pool pump and motor ($200).

• Air-conditioning maintenance and installation services (up to $2,000).

Rebates for businesses include: • Reflective window film ($1.35/per square foot).

• Energy-efficient evaporative coolers ($123 per ton).

• Package terminal air conditioners through-the-wall, self-contained and two tons or less ($100 per unit).

3. Install CFLs now.

According to a recent survey, many customers have bought CFLs, or compact fluorescent lights, but are waiting until their current inefficient incandescent bulbs burn out before installing these energy-and-moneysaving bulbs. This delays the tremendous savings CFLs provide.

Not only are CFLs up to 75 percent more efficient, but they emit far less heat, reducing the need for air conditioning.

SCE works with manufacturers and retailers to lower the cost of ENERGY STAR-qualified CFLs in SCE territory, so the price is not a hindrance to its customers.

For more energy-saving solutions, check out www.sce.com/tips or call SCE at 1-800-736-4777.

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Sixth Annual Conference For African American Financial Professionals

Tuesday, August 16 –Wednesday, August 17, 2011 – Sixth Annual Conference For African American Financial Professionals, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, 165 Courtland Street, NE, Atlanta, GA.

Join The American College, MetLife and Northwestern Mutual at the Sixth Annual Conference for African American Financial Professionals, to help promote the education and advancement of African American financial professionals.

This two-day event will provide participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to be successful as financial representatives and advisors. Keynote speakers will include Cory A. Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey and Byron Pitts, CBS Chief National Correspondent and “60 Minutes” contributor.

For more information on this event please visit http://www.theamericancollege.edu/ca

Regional Mexican Band, Los Tucanes De Tijuana, At San Manuel Casino

Thursday, August 18, 2011, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes Northern Group Los Tucanes de Tijuana to the stage. Tickets on sale today, and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $25 and $45.

Every Thursday night with headl iner entertainment , San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m. , $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.

Palm Desert CA Dentist is offering Patients 90 Percent Discount on Services

Dr. Marc LeBlanc is organizing a Food Drive this summer to put smiles on the faces of some needy families in his community.

Dr. LeBlanc, in an effort to give back to the community, is promoting a “Let’s Help Card” Special. This event is designed to help people who, because of the economy, may have lost their insurance or not have the funds to pay for a dental visit, which is very important to their health.

The “Let’s Help Card” gives patients a complete dental exam, cleaning and a full set of X-rays for $39.00 and all the proceeds will be donated to the DESERT SANDS UNIFIED HEADSTART PROGRAM.

“We will be conducting similar specials periodically throughout the year to help the less fortunate in our community,” explains Dr. LeBlanc.

This special incentive which benefits the less fortunate of Palm Desert CA and surrounding communities will expire on Aug 31, 2011.


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