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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.

SCE Launches 2011 Solicitation for Renewable Power

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The nation’s leading utility for renewables is once again soliciting proposals to enhance its renewable energy portfolio. Southern California Edison (SCE) welcomes all eligible technologies, and is especially interested in generating facilities that can connect to existing or planned transmission lines.

This solicitation will be SCE’s ninth open, competitive call for additional renewable power contracts since 2002. Previous solicitations have secured more than 100 renewable energy contracts for billions of kilowatt-hours for SCE customers.

SCE has seen a steady increase in the number of power producers participating in the solicitations and anticipates a robust competitive process.

“Today, we see a vigorous market for renewable energy in California. This is a great benefit to our environment and our customers,” said Marc Ulrich, SCE vice president, Renewable and Alternative Power. “We look forward to working with established and emerging power producers to help move forward California’s clean and green energy future.”

Proposals are due on June 27, 2011, and SCE expects to submit completed contracts to the California Public Utilities Commission for approval by mid-2012. On May 26, SCE will host a Proposal Conference for interested parties.

For more on the Proposal Conference, and details about the request for proposals, please visit www.sce.com/renewrfp.

SCE’s longstanding commitment to renewable energy SCE has been procuring renewable energy for more than 20 years. In 2010, SCE delivered 14.5 billion kilowatt- hours of renewable energy to its customers – 19.4 percent of its total power deliveries under California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard guidelines. The portfolio of delivered renewable energy includes:

• 7.8 billion kilowatthours from geothermal sources.

• 4.2 billion kilowatthours from wind sources.

• 0.9 billion kilowatthours from biomass sources.

• 0.9 billion kilowatthours from solar sources.

• 0.7 billion kilowatthours from small hydro sources.

Community Briefs

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Empowerment Temple International Church Celebrates its Church Anniversary

Celebrating its First Year Anniversary, Empowerment Temple International Church, a non-denomination ministry, has firmly established itself in the Riverside area as a church that serves its community and welcomes everyone. Pastor Victor Wayne Lewis and Empowerment Temple International Church are firmly committed to building a church that serves its diverse community through its goals and visions for today and the future.

The upcoming Church Anniversary will be held on Sunday May 15th and Sunday May 22nd with guest churches and Pastors throughout the Inland Empire attending. Special guests during the 9:30 a.m. worship experiences and a host of guest churches each Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Empowerment Temple International Church is located at 2025 Chicago Street, Suite A15, near the corner of Chicago and Spruce in Riverside.

For additional information on Empowerment Temple’s First Anniversary celebration and other activities call (951) 775-5006 or email at empowermenttempleic@gmail.com.

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.

Celebrate Wellness Meeting & Fellowship

Thursday, May 19 at 11:30am at the Healthy Heritage Cultural and Wellness Center, 3637 9th Street, Riverside. For more information call 951.288.4375.

Verizon’s Launch of “It’s a Family Affair” Family Reunion Contest

Verizon Wireless will host the launch of its all-expense-paid family reunion contest, “It’s a Family Affair,” at an in-store event. The first 100 people to attend the event and donate no-longer used cell phones and accessories to Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine® phone recycling program will have an exclusive meet and greet with talk show host, author and entrepreneur Tavis Smiley. There will also be opportunities to win Verizon Wireless products, tickets to upcoming concerts and sporting events. Noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 15, 2011, Verizon Wireless, 21841 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, California 90503. Admission is free. To learn more and to register for It’s A Family Affair all-expense paid family reunion contest, visit www.VerizonFamilyAffair.com.

Body & Cardio Sculpting

The Fontana Mayor and City Council invite the public to register for Body & Cardio Sculpting at the Heritage Neighborhood Center, located at 7350 W. Liberty Parkway.

Body & Cardio Sculpting, instructed by Lisa Davis, helps build muscle, strengthen bones, increase endurance and burn calories for safe, fast and joint friendly results. The class includes a cross training, body toning and fun workout geared to sculpt, tone and strengthen your body.

For more information and to register for classes, please visit www.fontanarecreation.org or call (909) 349-6968.

Community Briefs

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Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Kicks Off Saturday in Palm Desert

Coachella Valley residents can reduce air pollution and save money by exchanging a working gasoline-powered lawn mower for a new battery-electric model.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) will kick off its popular “Mow Down Air Pollution” program with a lawn mower exchange at 8 a.m. Saturday at California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert campus.

Residents must pre-register to participate by visiting www.aqmd.gov or by calling 1-888-425-6247.

The program is available on a firstcome, first-serve basis to residents, 18 years and older, showing proof of residency within AQMD’s four-county jurisdiction (OrangeCounty and major portions of Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties). Gas-powered mowers must be in working order and only one mower per household can be exchanged. Cash, check or major credit cards are accepted for payment.

This year, consumers may choose among five electric mower models, available for $100 to $230: Neuton CE 5.4 (24V, 14-inch cutting width) $100 (retail price: $399); Neuton CE 6.4 (36V, 19-inch cutting width) $160 (retail price: $499); Black & Decker CMM1200 (24V, 19-inch cutting width) $100 (retail price: $349); Black & Decker CM 1936 (36V, 19-inch cutting width) $160 (retail price: $449); and Black & Decker SPCM 1936 (36V, 19-inch cutting width, self propelled) $230 (retail price: $699).

State of the City Address

Mayor Patrick Morris will be giving his annual State of the City Address on Tuesday May 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the California Theater located at 562 W. 4th St. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The Mayor will speak about the many accomplishments and goals that have been reached by the city over the past year, while sharing his vision for the future of San Bernardino. “The State of the City gives me a unique opportunity to share my perspective of where the city has been, and where I perceive it is headed,” said Mayor Patrick Morris. “My goal is to speak directly to our constituents about a variety of issues.”

The public will have an opportunity to meet and speak with the mayor and city council members at the reception on the theater lawn immediately following the address.

For more information, contact the Mayor’s office at 909-384-5133.

30th annual Medicine Ways Conference May 14

Two significant events that celebrate Native American culture will be held at the University of California, Riverside in May.

The 30th annual Medicine Ways Conference is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, and the 30th annual UCR Pow-Wow will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 27 and 28. Both events are free and open to the public.

Parking costs $5 per day.

The Medicine Ways Conference brings together contemporary traditional leaders from across the United States to discuss how Native American medicine and ways of life can help everyone.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Highlander Union Building room 302. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

The annual UCR Pow-Wow – with the theme “Honoring Our Warriors” – opens on Friday, May 27, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and begins on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m., continuing until 10 p.m. at the UCR Sports Complex, 1000 Blaine St.

The event is an inter-tribal social gathering celebrating Native American culture and traditions through singing, drumming, and dancing. Traditional Native American dancers, drum groups, bird singers, and other artists will be present, and vendors will sell food, handmade Native American jewelry, arts and crafts, and other merchandise.

So. California Gas Has Programs For Customers

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Southern California Gas Company is working with the Department of Public Social Services to let you know about programs and services that may help you, or someone you know, save money and energy.

And, you may qualify if you participate in programs, like CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) or Medi-Cal.

No-Cost Energy-Saving Home Improvements The Energy Savings

Assistance Program provides qualified renters and homeowners with easy, no-cost solutions to help reduce energy use and save money on their monthly gas bill. Improvements may include attic insulation, high-efficiency clothes washers, door weather stripping, caulking, water heater blankets, low-flow showerheads and minor home repairs. In addition, eligible homeowners may receive nocost limited furnace and water heater repair or replacement services.

20% Discount on Your Gas Bill

Eligible customers of SoCalGas may receive a 20 percent discount on their monthly gas through our California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program. Customers who are enrolled in a public assistance program such as Medi-Cal, or Cal Fresh or meet income guidelines may qualify for this program. New customers may also receive a $15 discount on their Service Establishment Charge.

Save More Money if You Have Certain Medical Conditions

If you or a full-time member of your household has a medical condition requiring a continuous level of heating, you may qualify for more gas at the lower baseline rate. The Medical Baseline Allowance program is not based on income; however, doctor certification is required.

Any qualified SoCalGas customer who participates in CalFresh, Medi-Cal or any other qualifying program may be eligible for one or more SoCalGas Customer Assistance programs. Proof of eligibility may be required.

Reaching SoCalGas

You can obtain information or apply for programs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by visiting socalgas.com/assistance or call 1-800-427-2200.

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