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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.

Community Briefs

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Judi Penman Joins Salvation Army Advisory Board

Long-time civic leader Judi Penman has joined the advisory board of The Salvation Army.

“I am a strong believer in The Salvation Army” said Penman, who is also the president and chief execut ive officer of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce and an elected member of the San Bernardino City Unified School District governing board.

“I believe it is one of the best programs around. It gets to the people who really need help, and actually works with them,” Penman said.

“And, it is a Christian organization, which is important to me.”

Penman previously served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board from approximately 2005 through 2007.

The life-long San Bernardino resident is married to San Bernardino City Attorney James Penman.

“We are glad to have Judi back on the Salvation Army advisory board,” said Board President Tom Brickley. “The depth of knowledge she has about San Bernardino and her ability to make connections with others in the community will be a tremendous asset to us.”

The San Bernardino Corps of the Salvation Army serves the cities of San Bernardino, Rialto, Highland, Grand Terrace and Colton, and the unincorporated community of Bloomington.

A Special Destiny: Stories of the Black Pioneers

Experience the testimonies, trials and triumphs of the Church’s earliest Black pioneers. You’ll hear the stories of free men, women, children and slaves who helped to build the kingdom despite enormous difficulties. You will be inspired by the tremendous faith that was displayed in a time when Africans and African Americans were not only persecuted for being Black but being associated with Mormon Church. These stories of endurance over adversity are sure to inspire and encourage all who attend. Sponsored by The Rialto Stake and the African American Affairs Committee in association with the Southern California Public Affairs Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Refreshments will be served and all are welcomed!

Sunday, July 18, 2010
6:00 p.m.
Rialto Stake Center
1375 N. Willow Ave.
Rialto, CA 92376

Be A "Safe Sitter" This Summer!

Offered by Community Hospital of San Bernardino’s Health Information and Education Center

This two-day course prepares adolescents for the responsibilities of nurturing and protecting children in their care.

Who should attend: Youth 11-13 years old

When: June 28-29, July 26-27or August 30-31

Sessions are 9 am to 3:30 pm each day Students should bring their own lunch!

Where: Health Information & Education Center 1725 Western Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92411.

Program fee is $30 per student. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

For more information or to register, call 909-887-6333 ext. 4734

I.E. Health Champion And Community Advocate Leads Cancer Event

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Executive Director of Riverside County Medical Association Fights Cancer with a Party

Community leader and health advocate Dolores Green, Executive Director of Riverside County Medical Association, is rolling up her sleeves as chair of the second annual summer gala for the American Cancer Society’s Inland Empire Area Office.

Fighting Together For More Birthdays is the gala theme, and the event will be held on August 21, 2010 at the Victoria Club in Riverside.

“I am pleased to serve as Chair of this year’s Gala,” says Green, a well-known activist and health leader in the Inland Empire. “Cancer has touched many of us, either personally or through a colleague or friend, and it is my honor to give back to the American Cancer Society, who supports our community and our families and friends through a very difficult time in their life.”

The funds raised during the gala support the American Cancer Society’s many programs which help cancer patients and their families with information and services that provide day-to-day help and emotional support.

Silver Sponsor for the event is Loma Linda University Cancer Center. Bronze Sponsors include Riverside Medical Clinic and Riverside County Medical Association.

“Some of the programs that warm my heart include the I Can Cope cancer education classes; the Road to Recovery patient transportation program; the Reach to Recovery program mentoring women with breast cancer; and Camp Reach for the Sky children’s camp for kids with cancer,” said Green.

Green’s dedication to the Society’s gala will, she hopes, enable many more Californians to live a full, long and healthy life with many more birthdays to come.

“Far too many of my friends have had cancer,” Green states. “But our event is here to raise funds so our neighbors in the Inland Empire can stay well or get well, and so that the American Cancer Society can find cures and we can fight back against cancer!”

Tables of ten are being sponsored for $1,500; and individual tickets for the event are $100 each. For more information, call Alyson Merrill, Executive Director at the American Cancer Society at (951) 300- 1217, or Cindy Hall at (951) 300 - 1206.

To make a donation, visit the event website at gala.acsevents.org/birthdays.

For cancer information anytime, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345, or visit cancer.org.

Community Briefs

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Corey Jackson for San Bernardino County Board of Education

The community is invited to an important event that is hosted by Councilman Rikke Van Johnson in support of Corey Jackson for San Bernardino County Board of Education- Area D.

“Corey Jackson is the person you need to meet so that our community will have the schools and education that we need. Please join me and meet Corey on Wednesday, July 7th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ,” Councilman Johnson said.

PAL Center has Jobs and School Available

The PAL Center, 2450 Blake Street in Muscoy, is currently accepting applications for 100 job training and placement opportunities for 18 to 21- year-old out-of-school youth. Funded by the San Bernardino County Department of Workforce Development with Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds, applicants must be low-income; reside in San Bernardino County, but outside of the San Bernardino City limits; not enrolled in school; and must document proof of eligibility.

Successful applicants must attend job readiness classes, including job search, in order to be better prepared to find and retain employment.

Businesses, agencies, and youth advocates are asked to please help provide on-the-job training for these youth who seek to positively earn their money.

The PAL Charter Academy is also currently accepting applications for the Fall Semester, scheduled to begin August 3, 2010. The PAL Charter Academy is a 9-12 grade high school that is chartered by the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBUCSD). The comprehensive curriculum prepares students to enter postsecondary education, or the competitive world of work.

The PAL Academy recently held graduation exercises on June 10th for 70 graduates who were addressed and challenged by Dr. Albert Karnig, President of California State University at San Bernardino. The charter was also recently renewed June 15th by the SBCUSD for another five years.

Information on both programs may be obtained by calling the PAL Center and Charter Academy, 909-887-7002 between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday.

Summer camp, “Grandma’s Attic” still has room

Space is still available for stepping back into a simpler time, when kids made their own fun and imaginations ruled.

Children ages 4 to 7 are invited to a three-day mini camp called “Grandma’s Attic” from July 7 to 9 at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands.

Grandma’s Attic camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon on July 7, 8, and 9. Cost is $75 for each child, or $65 for Museum Association members. The cost includes all supplies and activities.

The adult who will stay with the child or children is free.

Parents interested in enrolling their children must reserve a place and send payment by July 2, 2010. Contact the museum’s education division at (909) 307-2669 ext. 256, or visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.

Free sprinkler nozzles available July 1

Free water-saving sprinkler nozzles will be available to Riverside water customers starting today.

The Toro Precision Series Spray Nozzle can cut water usage for landscapes by up to 20 percent using new technology that allows the water to be more efficiently distributed.

Developed by Toro at their headquarters in Riverside, this device is free only to Riverside Public Utilities water customers or Western Municipal Water District customers who live in Riverside.

Until Sept. 30, residents can get 25 free nozzles. Businesses can receive up to 100 free nozzles. Toro designed to adapt to all major popup sprinkler brands.

To get the free nozzles, customers can visit

www.FreeSprinklerNozzles.com and enter their RPU or Western Municipal Water District customer account number to apply.

A voucher is sent via e-mail and can be redeemed at three irrigation vendors in the city: John Deere Landscapes, Ewing Irrigation and Bonnett Irrigation.

This offer is good while supplies last, so customers are urged to apply as quickly as possible.

SCAN Health Plan Donates $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank

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SCAN Health Plan has furthered its longstanding commitment to healthy, independent aging with a $10,000 contribution to Second Harvest Food Bank of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The donation is part of SCAN’s ongoing commitment to supporting seniors in the communities it serves.

“Significant decreases in state and federal funding have created financial shortfalls for many community-based organizations,” said David Schmidt, chief executive officer of SCAN, a senior-focused not-for-profit health plan. “At SCAN we feel strongly about ensuring that critically important resources remain open and available to seniors who rely on them, especially for something as basic as a warm meal.”

SCAN’s community giving program is focused on helping to meet immediate needs – and close gaps – in community services.

Funding is provided to community-based, nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to seniors, particularly those providing basic human needs such as food.

To date SCAN has donated $85,000 to organizations supporting senior nutrition across California. In 2009 SCAN launched this outreach effort by donating approximately $385,000 to 44 not-for-profit, community-based organizations statewide. The majority of these contributions focused on senior nutrition, with dollars also going toward long-term care and caregiver programs.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Riverside and San Bernardino counties has worked for the last 30 years collecting donated food from the food industry and coordinating the distribution of that product to over 440 charities located throughout the two counties.

Each month over 1.6 million pounds of food are distributed to agencies such as homeless shelters, community kitchens, daycare centers, halfway house, residential treatment centers, shelters for the abused, and group homes. The Food Bank also provides food to over 4,000 low-income senior citizens each month through senior centers.

“Second Harvest Food Bank truly appreciates the support of SCAN Health Plan in helping us to continue assisting needy seniors during this economic crisis and in the future,” said Daryl Brock, executive director of Second Harvest. As a result of their support, we will be able to continue providing support to a growing population that is often forgotten.”

SCAN’s community giving program is part of the health plan’s larger community outreach efforts, which also include the SCAN Van mobile resource center for seniors and caregivers launched earlier this year, SCAN’s “Trading Ages” senior sensitivity program, the SCAN Resource Centers in California and Arizona, and many other initiatives.

“The growth of the older adult population is impacting communities and families all across America,” said Schmidt. “There has never been a greater need to support community organizations through meaningful and purposeful giving.”

For more than 30 years, SCAN Health Plan has been focusing on the unique needs of seniors and is now the country’s fourth largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plan. The company currently has nearly 130,000 members in California and Arizona. Further information may be obtained at scanhealthplan.com.

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