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Powerful Black Family Celebration Set for July 23

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The American Heart Association invites the community to pack a healthy picnic basket and join the first Powerful Black Family Celebration on July 23, 2011, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Van Ness Recreation Center in Los Angeles. The free event, sponsored by Hyundai, aims to bring the African American community together and empower people to live healthier lives.

The family celebration will offer a full day of fun for the whole family. Get your legs moving and your heart pumping with exciting physical activities, including Hip Hop dancing, yoga, martial arts demonstration and sports activities like basketball and kickball. There will be free health screenings and opportunities to learn about heart disease and stroke and what you can do to prevent them. A Family Tree Memorial will give participants the chance to honor loved ones lost to heart disease and stroke. A special guest DJ will provide nonstop entertainment throughout the day. Great giveaways, such as gift cards, heart healthy cookbooks and personal training sessions with well-known fitness trainers, will be available while supplies last.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in Los Angeles County and it claims the lives of more African Americans than all cancers combined. Stroke is the No. 2 killer and it affects African Americans twice more than any other race. The mission of the American Heart Association and its division, American Stroke Association, is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke and its goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

“Knowledge is power and this event is a wonderful opportunity to bring people together, raise awareness and move people toward action to help reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases,” said Shannon Lawrence, Board Member, American Heart Association – Greater Los Angeles Division.

For more information about the Powerful Black Family Celebration, visit Facebook.com/PowerToEndS trokeWSA. Pre-register for the event to be placed in an opportunity drawing at www.aarpheart.eventbrite.com or call (213) 291-7033.

Walmart Launches $2.6 Million Effort to Expand Summer Services for Children

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Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced $2.6 million in grants aimed at filling the gaps created in Los Angeles when schools close for the summer. The funding is part of a nationwide, $23.5 million initiative to expand nutrition, learning and employment services for elementary, middle and high school students throughout the summer months.

Grants will be provided to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s Los Angeles Youth at Work initiative, THINK Together, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, the Special Needs Network, Summer Night Lights and the Weingart- East LA YMCA.

"This summer, we're stepping up our efforts to invest in our youth and local communities,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “This partnership with Walmart will help thousands of young Angelenos overcome barriers to employment during the summer months by providing skills training, access to nutritious meals, and educational opportunities.”

According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), the primary reason for the achievement gap between higherand lower-income youth is unequal access to summer learning opportunities and critical needs like healthy meals. At a time when many summer programs are being cut due to shrinking budgets, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s summer giving grants will assist in three key areas:

• Providing healthy meals to approximately 1,000 schoolage children in our area, and a total of 8 million healthy meals to more than 85,000 youth.

• Helping 720 local kids enroll in summer learning programs, and helping 20,000 youth nationwide participate in programs that will better prepare them to return to school.

• Providing jobs and skills training to more than 235 local teens and more than 5,000 youth nationwide.

Additionally, Walmart is providing a $730,000 grant and supplies to support the annual Summer Night Lights program, an antigang initiative that keeps parks open after dark with free food and activities. With funding from Walmart, the program will expand to eight additional Los Angeles-area parks.

“The summer months are an important time, especially for families with young children who depend on school food programs as a source of nutritious meals or seek access to enrichment opportunities while school is out,” said Kimberly Sentovich, Senior Vice President for the Pacific Division for Walmart. “Through our commitment and partnership with organizations that provide vital services to youth and their families, we will continue to work together to help end hunger and foster healthy and safe communities in Los Angeles.”

To find additional information on the summer programs that Walmart is supporting and learn more about how Walmart is bringing its commitment to hunger relief to life this summer, visit http://www.walmart.com/fighting hunger/.

Community Briefs

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DA Ramos Elected to Represent the State of California

On June 24, 2011, the Board of Directors for the Nat ional District Attorney's Association unanimously voted in their newest member, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos.

Ramos, who will hold the position for one year, was asked by President-elect Jan Scully to serve as co-chair of the National District Attorney's Association committee for corrections and prison re-entry.

"Because of my work as president of the CDDA with Governor Brown on AB 109 this past year, I have been noticed as an expert in this area," said Ramos.

"Having this opportunity will give me the chance to highlight the successes and models of our office with my colleagues across the country. Ultimately, though, this will allow me to be a leader on all issues that affect public safety and victims of crime."

Fourth of July Celebration: Red, White, & Cruise

The Mayor and City Council invite the public to celebrate Independence Day at Red, White, and Cruise at the Auto Club Speedway on July 4.

Fontana residents can purchase presale tickets for a discounted price.

Tickets are now available until July 2, and are $7.00 per person for Fontana residents. Children age 6 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the Don Day Center, located at 14501 Live Oak Avenue, the Jessie Turner Center, located at 15556 Summit Avenue, the Community Services Office located at 16860 Valencia Avenue, and City Hall located at 8353 Sierra Avenue. Tickets are available during regular business hours.

On July 4 tickets will only be available at the Auto Club Speedway box office for $15 per adult and $10 for kids’ age 7 to 12.

The Auto Club Speedway is located at 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana Ca, 92335. Gates open at 2 pm, and the fireworks show begins at 9 pm. For more information please visit fourth.fontana.org or call (909) 349- 6900.

Summer Camp, A Hit With Kids and Parents

Summer Day Camps at the San Bernardino County Museum is a hit with kids and parents. Space is still available for "Playing with History" that runs from July 11 to 15, "Arts and Nature" from July 11 to 15, and "Growing Up Serrano," from July 25 to 29. Designed for children ages 7 to 12, Summer Day Camp sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and cost $155.00 per child ($135.00 for Museum Association members).

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services' telephone number is (909) 307-2669 ext. 229 or TDD (909) 792-1462.

16th Annual JazzFest West

Saturday, July 16, 2011 - Sunday, July 17, 2011, Doors open at 10:30a - 16th Annual JazzFest West.

Saturday: Featuring: Boney James, El DeBarge, Ledisi, Leela James, Mike Phillips, and Joey Sommerville; Sunday: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly; Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds; Jazz Attack! featuring Rick Braun, Gerald Albright & Peter White, N'Dambi - Jeff Golub's Blues, 480 East. Location: Bonelli Park, San Dimas, CA. Tickets can be purchased at www.omegaevents.com/jazzfestwest.com; Omega Events Box Office: (940) 360-7800; Inglewood Tickets: (310) 671-6400 or Wahoo's Taco Locations.

Any questions, please call (949) 360-7800 or email: jazz@omegaevents.com.

California Utility Customers Can Save Money

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Energy Upgrade Californiatm offers incentives to customers of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Southern California Edison (SCE) and many other California utilities to help defray the costs of home energy-efficiency improvements.

The Basic Upgrade Package, which includes sealing air leaks and installing insulation, can yield up to $1,000 in incentives.

The Advanced Upgrade Package, which includes the basic package measures where applicable, can net customers up to $4,000 in incentives. It may include installing energy-efficient windows, duct replacement, highefficiency furnace, better heating and cooling systems, and highefficiency water-heating systems.

The more energy a homeowner saves, the higher the incentive. Some cities and counties offer additional rebates for making the improvements.

“If there are any customers who are considering making energy-efficiency upgrades in their homes, now’s the time to do it.

They’ll be rewarded not only financially, but also with lower electricity bills,” said Gene Rodrigues, SCE’s director of Energy Efficiency and Customer Solar. “Most importantly, they’ll be contributing to California’s clean, green, energy future.”

“We are proud to offer this program to our customers because it rewards them for investing in their homes in order to realize long-term energy savings,” said Gillian Wright, director of customer programs and assistance for SoCalGas. “We’re always looking for ways to help our customers save money and help the region achieve both environmental and economic sustainability.”

To qualify for incentives, customers must schedule a home energy assessment with a participating Energy Upgrade California contractor. After receiving the results and determining the work necessary, the homeowner then plans the improvements with the contractor.

Next, the participating contractor applies for the incentive on the customer’s behalf after completion of the improvements.

Some customers can choose other options, such as energyefficient appl iances, that can earn them further rebates from their city, county or utility.

To learn more about the program and to find a participating Energy Upgrade California contractor, please visit www.EnergyUpgradeCA.org.

Intern Coordinator, Fellow Graduate of 2011

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By Margaret Phu –

Anna Wenger, Intern Coordinator at Black Voice News Riverside location, is a fellow graduate of the class of her UCR and CSUSB interns. Finally completing her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Communications at California Baptist University, Wenger was inspired to complete her formal education by her interns.

After being a fashion designer in Hollywood for over 20 years and owning her own mail order clothing company, Wenger relocated to Riverside and returned to her love of writing when she began working as a freelance news reporter for the Black Voice News in 2004. It was there that she established a very popular internship program which attracts approximately 50 students per month. It was then she realized that she wanted to make a difference in students’ lives.

She says she trains them in basic accounting, project management, marketing, writing, and event planning and they help her with various campaigns and projects.

Although it was hard at times to find a balance of school and work, Anna does not regret her decision to go back to school.

However, she does admit that time management has been a struggle throughout the entire journey but she stayed focused on her goal and pursued her dreams.

Her student interns also had a major impact on her decision to continue on to pursue her Master’s of Public Administration. Wenger says, “the response from the interns after they received their certificates of completion from the Black Voice News lets me know that they appreciate the mentoring and training provided to them.” Wenger will receive her MPA from CBU in the Fall of 2011. Anna also says that the Black Voice News and Black Voice Foundation encourages and supports higher education.

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