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NCBW Hosts 1st West Coast Anniversary Awards and Installation Luncheon

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The Los Angeles Chapter of The National Congress of Black Women held their first West Coast Anniversary Awards and Installation Luncheon on August 15 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, CA.

The sold out event was an afternoon of special moments that included the exclusive unveiling of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama busts handcrafted by renowned artist, Ms. Artis Lane.

Since 1984, The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been dedicated to the educational, political, economic and cultural development of African American Women and their families. Programs include health and childhood obesity, domestic violence, and green team and more.

Community Briefs

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CHP News

On August 17th at approximately 8:04 PM CHP dispatch received a report of a vehicle into a power pole on Hunter Street north of Mission Blvd.

(Rubidoux). CHP Officers arrived on scene and observed that a 1998 Ford Expedition driven by Sherri L. Couch (female, 50, Riverside) was lodge on top of a power transformer box. Officers closed Hunter Street from Mission Blvd. to Roberts Way in both directions for approximately six hour until Southern California Edison could repair the damaged box and the vehicle could be removed. Riverside County Roads and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department volunteers assisted with traffic control at the location. Upon investigation it was determined that Ms. Couch was driving the Ford while intoxicated and with a suspended license; she was not injured in the collision. Ms. Couch was placed under arrest and booked at Robert Presley Detention Center for DUI with additional pending charges.

Local Youth Organization Gets Things Cooking

In a change of pace from their traditional fundraising format, Axis Foundation, Inc., will be teaming up with the Riverside East Chapter of TEAM Referral Network, Riverside Christian School, and Axis Foundations Culinary Director and Celebrated Chef Amarleono Burnett on August 26th, 2010, to raise scholarship funds for 40 children to obtain professional training from the AXIS Foundation, Inc. Intro to Culinary and Hospitality Management Training Program.

The Culinary and Hospitality Management Training Program is supported by the American Culinary Federation – Southern California Inland Empire Chef & Cooks Association, Riverside Community College and The Arts Institute of California – Inland Empire, as well as the many other Riverside area restaurants.

Axis Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to unlocking the potential of at-risk young people of Riverside County, California in order to build and sustain healthy communities.

The focus of the event is two-fold:

• A Business Mixer networking event that will allow local owners to participate and promote their business; and

• A Fundraiser - to raise the $50,000 required to put 40 students through the AXIS Foundation, Inc. Intro to Culinary and Hospitality Management Training Program in hopes that the skills acquired will help positively impact these young peoples’ futures.

The networking mixer and fundraiser will be held on August 26th, 2010 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Riverside Christian School (3532 Monroe, Riverside, CA 29504), whose students will be providing car washes to attendees for a small donation to Axis Foundation.

The Riverside East Chapter of the TEAM Referral Network is hosting the event and is coordinating sponsor booths and admission, both of whose fees will be donated in full to Axis Foundation.

Chef Amarleono Burnett, who has cooked for politicians and celebrities and currently owns and operates The Gourmet Guy, a well-established catering company, will be working with the potential scholarship recipients to create appetizers & hors d’oeuvres for the attendees, showcasing their culinary skills.

SCE Offers Tips for Keeping Summer Bills Low

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In the wake of the recent heat wave, Southern California Edison (SCE) encourages customers to be more energy efficient now, so they can lower their summer bills. The utility, recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies for its groundbreaking work in energy efficiency, offers multiple solutions for residential and business customers that can help save energy, money and the environment.

“There are so many free and low-cost 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.”

Here are three steps customers can take to get started: 1. Take an energy efficiency survey for home or business. The survey provides customized results that outline opportunities for energy savings that even the most energy-conscious customer will find valuable. Visit www.sce.com/survey for homes and www.sce.com/bizsurvey for businesses. 2. Look for SCE’s rebates and incentives for homes and businesses. Go to www.sce.com/save for residences and www.sce.com/business for businesses. Examples of savings in the home include:

• ENERGY STAR qualified room air conditioners ($50)

• Whole house fans ($50)

• Energy efficient evaporative cooling systems (from $300-$600)

• Refrigerator and freezer recycling program ($50)

• ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator purchase ($50)

Rebates for businesses include:

• Reflective window film ($1.35/per square foot)

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

• Package terminal air conditioners mounted on walls ($100)

3. Make the switch to CFLs. A recent survey revealed that many customers who have bought

CFLs, or compact fluorescent lights, are waiting until their current inefficient incandescent bulbs burn out before installing these energy and moneysaving bulbs. This delays the tremendous savings the CFLs provide. Not only are CFLs up to 75 percent more efficient, but they emit much 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 that price is not a hindrance to its customers.

Other ways to keep power usage down this summer include drawing drapes to keep sunlight out; keeping the air conditioning at 78 degrees or above; shutting off vents and doors to unoccupied areas to direct cool air only to the rooms you're using; using a microwave or barbecue for cooking instead of the stove; and running a fan, which makes a room feel 5 degrees cooler.

In addition, customers can find more energy-saving solutions at www.sce.com/tips or by calling SCE at 1(800) 655-4555.

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American Cancer Society Plans New Volunteer Orientation in Inland Empire

The American Cancer Society is holding a New Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, August 19 from 12 to 1 P.M. and from 6 to 7 P.M. at the Society’s offices located at 6355 Riverside Ave. in Riverside. No prior experience is necessary, but RSVP is requested.

There are many different volunteer opportunities to serve as an American Cancer Society volunteer.

All volunteers are matched with specific jobs, depending on their skills, interests, and time availability.

Volunteers organize special events, advocate for public health legislation, drive cancer patients to medical treatment, helps educate school children about the dangers of tobacco use, and assist on fundraising projects.

The Society offers training opportunities, challenging and new experiences, and recognition for volunteer efforts.

For more information, please contact Judith Martinez at the American Cancer Society at (951) 300-1215, or by email at Judith.Martinez@cancer.org.

To find out more about the cancer prevention, detection, treatment and recovery, call the American Cancer Society anytime at (800) ACS-2345, or visit www.cancer.org.

KOLA Cares for Kids Radiothon to tap listener support for kids at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Supporters of the upcoming KOLA Cares for Kids Radiothon hope to raise funds to buy critical lifesaving equipment for children at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

The KOLA Cares for Kids Radiothon, presented by Executive Fitness and Martial Arts, is set for 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, and Wednesday, Aug. 18. The twoday radiothon will broadcast live on KOLA 99.9 FM and will stream online at www.kolafm.com

“Every year, we look forward to The KOLA Cares for Kids Radiothon not only because it raises the funds that are critically needed for our children, but because we are encouraged by the tremendous outpouring of love and support from the KOLA listeners,” said Zareh Sarrafian, administrator of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

The KOLA Cares for Kids Radiothon raises funding for lifesaving equipment such as cardiac monitors and infant warmers for tiny babies on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and transport ventilators and monitors for children transported from other area hospitals.

During the radiothon, listeners may donate by calling 1-888- 792-KIDS (5437); or by going online to www.kolafm.com and clicking on the “donate now” button. For each $200 donation, a cuddly KOLA Bear will be given to a patient. Last year, over 1,000 children received KOLA Bears, thanks to KOLA listeners. Donations may also be made by texting KIDS to 27722 to donate $10 to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

The $10 will be charged directly to the donor’s phone bill.

Celebrate 38 Years with Black Voice News

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By Kiandrea Wilson –

The Black Voice News will be celebrating 38 years of publishing and community outreach in the Inland Empire by publishing a Special Edition of the Black Voice News on July 29, 2010.

In the spirit of the Black Press of America, the mission and value driven philosophy has given voice to the voiceless and disenfranchised. BVN has been consistent in their fight for social justice and equality.

BVN was first founded and published by Ardess E. Lilly, Jr. and a group of UCR students in 1972, which were dissatisfied with the lack of Black coverage in the local media.

The paper continued to be published until 1978 when he took a job with the California Conservation Corps, a 400 mile move from home.

Current Publishers Hardy and Cheryl Brown created the Brown Publishing Company in 1980 and bought the newspaper after volunteering for numerous Black newspapers in San Bernardino.

"The Black Voice and the other Black newspapers are important and relevant because they always have the option of telling our story and pleading our cause. That was and is my vision for the Black Voice and the other local Black newspapers, the protectors of liberty and justice for all,” said Hardy Brown, Publisher.

Please come join the Black Voice News as we celebrate 38 years of community news, community involvement, and affecting change. For information on the 38th Celebration of the Black Voice News, contact Anna Wenger at (951)-682- 6070.

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