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RIVERSIDE
11th Annual Juneteenth Event

The Riverside Juneteenth Committee will be celebrating the 11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration this Saturday, June 4, 2011 beginning at 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. This free community event will be held at the Stratton Community Center – Bordwell Park, 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd., Riverside.

There will be vendors, gospel, jazz, hip hop music, food, health info, Black history info, face painting, poets, local talent, workshops, awards, and dancing.

This year’s sponsors are: Friends Across the Line, Riverside Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, The Black Voice News, The Press Enterprise, The Westside Story, InStyle Magazine, T & S Development, Inc., and SEIU Local 721.

For more information call (888) 752-1619 or visit their website at www.riversidejuneteenth.org.

RIVERSIDE
Eleanor Jean Grier Leadership Academy

The Eleanor Jean Grier Leadership Academy is accepting applications for Class VIII starting August 25, 2011. The Academy which consists of a 12 - week curriculum, is funded by a grant from Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster and Riverside City Councilman Paul Davis.

The grant was awarded to the Riverside African American Historical Society, Inc. and The Group, which committed to train, mentor and increase the participation of low-income, and the underrepresented communities in civic involvement and influence on public policies. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Classes are held at 3933 Mission Inn Avenue, Suite B, Riverside.

For an application or additional information, contact Katie Greene at (951) 509-2990 or (951) 217-2107.

RIVERSIDE
Riverside to Host 10th Annual Neighborhood Conference

The City of Riverside and the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership will welcome Riversiders to the 10th Annual Neighborhood Conference on Sat, June 4 at Cal Baptist University. This year’s theme is “Give Riverside” – Give to Your Neighborhood, Your Community, and the Earth.

To register online, visit: www.riversideca.gov/neighborhoods/. Pre-register by May 26. Walk-ins are accepted; however, pre-registration is preferred for planning purposes.

FONTANA
2011 Senior Health and Resource Fair

The Mayor and City Council invite Fontana Seniors to The Annual Senior Health and Resource Fair on Wednesday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fontana Community Senior Center, located at 16710 Ceres Avenue.

This year’s theme is “BE STRONG: Mind, Body, and Soul” and features a variety of health and wellness related information, screenings, and access to essential community resources in one convenient location.

“This event is an excellent opportunity for seniors and their family members to get useful advice to help them start or continue to lead healthy lifestyles,” says Community Services Coordinator, Tiffany Starks. “We hope to bring knowledge and awareness that will encourage seniors to ask more questions and hopefully lead to earlier detections of health problems/issues.”

The 2011 Senior Health and Resource Fair is free to the public and provides health screenings such as bone density, blood pressure, glucose, and body fat. Information on legal services, health care plans, medical equipment, personal training and so much more is also available.

For more information, call (909) 854–5151 or visit the Senior Center’s website at seniors.fontana.org.

Speaker Pérez Announces Vote to Restore Child Care, Preschool Program Funding

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Funding Restores Services to 66,000 Children and Their Working Parents

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today announced that the Assembly Budget Subcommittee voted to restore the child care cuts made in the Governor’s May Revision, while increasing budget debt payments and maintaining a budget reserve consistent with the Governor’s proposal. This funding restoration will restore services to 66,000 children and their working parents.

“Restoring funding to these important programs for California families will protect children and help working parents during these tough economic times,” Pérez said. “It’s not only the right thing to do, it makes good economic sense by providing parents the critical child care resources they need to stay in the workforce.”

The March budget agreement resulted in significant programmatic cuts to the child care and preschool programs. These cuts, totaling over $440 million primarily came from Proposition 98 revenues, and therefore were on top of the roughly $13.4 billion in regular General Fund solutions approved in March.

The Assembly has been working for months with providers, funders and others, including the Governor’s Office and the Department of Finance, to find an ongoing solution to the child care issue, recognizing child care cuts will not only be devastating to the families that rely on these programs to remain employed and become self-sufficient, but will also undermine economic recovery by forcing parents out of the workforce, shutting down small business providers and putting their employees out of work. (The specific impacts of the cuts are listed below.)

Instead of letting these negative impacts of the child care cuts take effect, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee has reversed the cuts without harming the bottom line General Fund reserve and by building on Governor Brown’s “pay down debt” budget proposal.

Here is how it works:

· The Governor proposes to repay $744 million in internal special fund loans. While repaying debt is always a good idea, the first debts repaid should be repayments that will have an immediate economic benefit for our state.

· Therefore, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee’s action repays $1 billion in Proposition 98 “Settle-up” debts, rather than the proposed $744 million in internal borrowing. Settle-up occurs when the state funds Proposition 98 below the annual minimum. According to the Governor’s May Revision, “settle-up” debts make up about $3 billion of the roughly $35 billion in budgetary borrowing.

· With this action, the Assembly Budget Committee has approved the restoration of the Child Care cuts, and will be able to also allocate over $550 million to community colleges and K-12 schools through actions later in the week.

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RIVERSIDE
Mediation Class To Be Offered

Community Action Partnership of Riverside County’s Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) will be holding a class on Basic Mediation on June 17, 24 and 25, 2011.

Completion of the 25-hour class provides participants the necessary certification to mediate cases for the Dispute Resolution Center. New mediators are needed as the case-load in the courts continues to grow.

This introductory workshop is for people from all professional backgrounds. Anyone who needs to intervene in conflicts will benefit from this workshop. These include managers, supervisors, attorneys, social workers, administrators, clergy, health care workers, counselors, teachers and others. Also invited to register are individuals interested in learning the basic process and skills for becoming a mediator. Human resource professionals seeking more collaborative approaches to resolving internal organizational disputes will also benefit, as will professionals and community leaders needing to enhance their "informal" mediation skills for resolving conflicts among individuals, groups, or organizations.

The classes will be held at Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, 2038 Iowa Avenue, Suite B-102 in Riverside. The times are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for each class. Mediator training is offered for free to DRC volunteer community mediators, who make a 120-hour commitment of volunteer service within one year of completing the training.

Individuals not wishing to volunteer can pay a fee of $225.00 per person.

MCLE credit is available for attorneys and paralegals. To register or for more information, contact the Dispute Resolution Center at (951) 955-4900.

REDLANDS
Gospel Talent Search

Showcase your God given talent at the Gospel Talent Search (GTS).

Auditions will be held this weekend, Saturday, May 28, 2011 beginning from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Ayres Suites Hotel, 1015 W. Colton Avenue, Redlands. For more information, contact Charmaine Murphy at (951) 897-3092.

RIVERSIDE
Riverside to Host 10th Annual Neighborhood Conference

The City of Riverside and the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership will welcome Riversiders to the 10th Annual Neighborhood Conference on Sat, June 4 at Cal Baptist University.

This year’s theme is “Give Riverside” – Give to Your Neighborhood, Your Community, and the Earth.

To register online, visit: www.riversideca.gov/neighborhoods/. Pre-register by May 26. Walk-ins are accepted; however, pre-registration is preferred for planning purposes.

FONTANA
2011 Senior Health and Resource Fair

The mayor and City Council invite Fontana Seniors to The Annual Senior Health and Resource Fair on Wednesday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fontana Community Senior Center, located at 16710 Ceres Avenue.

This year’s theme is “BE STRONG: Mind, Body, and Soul” and features a variety of health and wellness related information, screenings, and access to essential community resources in one convenient location.

“This event is an excellent opportunity for seniors and their family members to get useful advice to help them start or continue to lead healthy lifestyles,” says Community Services Coordinator, Tiffany Starks. “We hope to bring knowledge and awareness that will encourage seniors to ask more questions and hopefully lead to earlier detections of health problems/issues.”

The 2011 Senior Health and Resource Fair is free to the public and provides health screenings such as bone density, blood pressure, glucose, and body fat. Information on legal services, health care plans, medical equipment, personal training and so much more is also available.

For more information, call (909) 854–5151 or visit the Senior Center’s website at seniors.fontana.org.

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RIVERSIDE
RPU Record Attendance for California Municipal Rates Group

More than 60 utilities finance professionals representing municipal water and energy providers from throughout California attended the California Municipal Rates Group (CMRG) Spring Conference hosted by Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) May 12 and 13.

The number of attendees served as a record attendance for the CMRG’s conference, which provides a forum for utilities finance and rates professionals to meet and discuss California legislation and how it affects their water and energy utilities.

Topics featured at this year’s conference included: information on Proposition 26 and the new limits on local government fees; an update on federal action on demand response; and information about time of use pricing, renewable resource and carbon reduction requirements, water budget rates, and smart metering.

Additional information on this year’s spring CMRG conference, including copies of presentations made during the two-day event, will be available at: riversidepublicutilities.com/cmrg

APPLE VALLEY
Golf Course to host flight in championship tournament

For the first time in history, a flight of the San Bernardino County Amateur Championship Golf Tournament will be played in the High Desert at the Apple Valley Country Club.

Located at 15200 Rancherias Road, the course will host the first flight of the tournament that is scheduled to take place on May 28. This is the 41st year of the tournament that features three flights played over three days. For additional tournament information, contact the San Bernardino Golf Club at (909) 885-2414. For additional information about the Apple Valley Country Club call (760) 242-3653 or visit their website at www.applevalleycountryclub.com.

RIVERSIDE
Riverside to Host 10th Annual Neighborhood Conference

The City of Riverside and the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership will welcome Riversiders to the 10th Annual Neighborhood Conference on Sat, June 4 at Cal Baptist University.

This year’s theme is “Give Riverside” – Give to Your Neighborhood, Your Community, and the Earth.

To register online, visit: www.riversideca.gov/neighborhoods/. Pre-register by May 26. Walk-ins are accepted; however, pre-registration is preferred for planning purposes.

FONTANA
2011 Senior Health and Resource Fair

The mayor and City Council invite Fontana Seniors to The Annual Senior Health and Resource Fair on Wednesday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fontana Community Senior Center, located at 16710 Ceres Avenue.

This year’s theme is “BE STRONG: Mind, Body, and Soul” and features a variety of health and wellness related information, screenings, and access to essential community resources in one convenient location.

“This event is an excellent opportunity for seniors and their family members to get useful advice to help them start or continue to lead healthy lifestyles,” says Community Services Coordinator, Tiffany Starks.

“We hope to bring knowledge and awareness that will encourage seniors to ask more questions and hopefully lead to earlier detections of health problems/issues.”

The 2011 Senior Health and Resource Fair is free to the public and provides health screenings such as bone density, blood pressure, glucose, and body fat. Information on legal services, health care plans, medical equipment, personal training and so much more is also available.

For more information, call (909) 854–5151 or visit the Senior Center’s website at seniors.fontana.org. Exhibitor space is still available.

To receive an application, please contact Tiffany Starks at (909) 854-5156.

The Fight Against Cervical Cancer During National Women’s Health Month

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End Stigma, End Fear, End Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer (CCA) is one of the most common cancers among women. Despite being easily prevented and highly treatable and curable, it persists as one of the oldest, most stigmatized and deadliest illness among women, worldwide.

Women in the Inland Empire have some of the highest cervical cancer rates in California. It is estimated that 1,495 women will be diagnosed with CCA and 430 women will die of CCA in California by 2011. Recent reports show an increase in CCA cases, illness and deaths among specific communities in California, including the Inland Empire. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 860 new cases of cervical cancer and an estimated 150 deaths in the Inland Empire in 2011.

Also African- and Latina- Americans have higher rates and poorer survival. CCA is one of the most preventable cancers since the Papanicolaou (PAP) test can effectively, safely and cost effectively detect cellular changes even before cancer develops.

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is one of the more common cancers of the female reproductive system. Most cervical cancers are linked to infection by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Cervical cancer may cause vaginal pain and bleeding, however, a woman can have cervical cancer and not know it since there may be no symptoms.

How to prevent cervical cancer:

A PAP test can find abnormal cervical cell changes before they can become cancerous. A PAP test can also show if cervical cancer is present. If cancer is found early, it's easy to treat and highly curable. A PAP test is a healthy habit for women and a healthy habit for you.

Preventing an HPV infection with a new vaccine called Gardasil is now possible. The vaccine provides protection against the four types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers and genital warts. The HPV vaccine is recommended for 11 and 12 year-old girls, and young women age 13 - 26 who are not yet sexually active. The HPV vaccine is available at your doctor’s office, clinic, and local health department or student health services.

This women’s health information is sponsored by a study at City of Hope National Medical Center. City of Hope is a biomedical research and treatment center dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

City of Hope is a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest distinction awarded by the National Cancer Institute, signifying the breadth, depth and quality of the institution’s research and clinical care.

City of Hope mailing address: 1500 E. Duarte Road Duarte CA, 91010; 626-256-4673 or visit www.coh.org -- Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education (CCARE), 866-704-0474 or 626-256-4673 Ext 63345 Phyllis Clark, CEO, Healthy Heritage Movement, Inc., 3637 9th Street, Riverside, CA 92501 or visit www.healthyheritagemovement.com, 951-288-4375.

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