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Exhibition to Honor Newtown Children

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POMONA – Mosaic Gallery is pleased to present They Fill My Eyes, a tribute to honor the children who died on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. The show held a private opening for special guests on Saturday, January 5, 2013; the artist’s reception will take place during Pomona’s monthly Art Walk on Saturday, January 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. The exhibition continues through January 31 so that area art lovers will have ample opportunity to enjoy these beautiful pieces. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 1 until 4 p.m.

Artist Leslie Love Stone has created twenty paintings using colors derived from the Myosotis arvensis (Forget-Me-Not) and a geometric numbering system. Each piece is painted with Flashe on a 10" x 10" wood panel and conveys data initially released about the children to the news outlets. Each painting is dedicated to a specific child. The color on each indicates whether the child is a boy or girl. The number of colored segments reflects the child's age. The overall number of segments are placed in eight triangular sections from left to right, top to bottom, and show the child's birthdate. The exhibition’s title is a line taken from the old Marmalade song, Reflections of My Life.

"When the news first broke about the shootings, I really tried to avoid listening to media coverage. It often seems we focus on perpetrators over victims," Stone said. "But when they released the names two days later I thought, 'I can give attention to this; I can bear witness to this.' I opened the article and saw that it was not a celebration of the lives of 20 children. It was a database listing name, birthdate, gender, and age. In that moment, I knew I had to process the information with art."

Stone is a conceptual painter whose work often focuses on the models we build to make sense of the world and ourselves. She uses geometry to abstract and reanimate statistical data. A former banking executive, Stone is currently working on her MFA at Claremont Graduate University.

More information about the artist can be found at www.leslielovestone.com.

The Mosaic Gallery is a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing professional art to the community. The gallery features a regular changing selection of outstanding visual arts and design exhibitions and is located 281 S. Thomas Street in Pomona, California.

California Wellness Foundation Recognizes California Peace Prize Honorees

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LOS ANGELES – The California Wellness Foundation proudly recognized its 2012 California Peace Prize honorees: Michael Cummings of Los Angeles, Kevin Grant of Oakland and the late Su Yon Park of Oakland. Each received a cash award of $25,000 as an acknowledgment of their commitment to prevent violence and promote peace in their communities.

The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992, with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

Since its founding, TCWF has awarded 6,544 grants totaling more than $815 million. It is one of the state’s largest private foundations.

Please visit TCWF’s website at CalWellness.org for more information, including a newsroom section devoted to the California Peace Prize and the three honorees. High-resolution photos are also available. Video interview clips for Cummings and Grant are posted at TCWF’s YouTube channel.

School Kids Learned About Electrical Safety in Interactive Play

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Edison International Sponsored National Theater for Children’s ‘A Bug’s Light!’

With the help of Sparky the Wonder Bug and Adam the Workaholic Ant, school kids learned about electrical safety in an interactive play.

The Nat ional Theater for Children, partnered with Edison International to present “A Bug’s Light!” play at Juanita Blakely Jones Elementary School.

“This hol iday season and throughout the rest of the year, Southern California Edison wants everyone to stay safe,” said Henry Martinez, SCE’s vice president of Safety, Security & Compliance.

“These school children learned about basic electrical safety, which they can take home and share with their families.”

Through this live performance by professional actors, school kids were educated on how to play it safe around electricity, specifically how electricity is made, the uses of electricity, identifying dangerous electrical si tuations and ways to stay safe around electricity, especially around downed power lines. The interactive play taught children about safety both inside and outside the home.

Following the play, the kids received a workbook reinforcing the key safety messages.

The “A Bug’s Light!” interactive play was partially funded by an Edison International grant of $5,000. Recognizing the importance of arts education, the company incorporated arts in its grant program focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.

SCE wants to remind children and their families to stay safe this holiday season with a few helpful safety tips:

• Water and electricity don’t mix. Keep electrical cords away from moisture, particularly tree stands filled with water.

• Change bulbs only when the lights are unplugged.

• Plug no more than three strands of lights into each electrical cord or outlet.

• Never use lighted candles on or near holiday trees or decorations.

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Federal Grant Supports CHP Efforts to Curb Impaired Driving

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SACRAMENTO – Nearly 1,000 lives are cut short in California every year at the hands of an impaired driver. In an effort to save lives and reduce the number of people who suffer injuries in alcohol-related collisions, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is engaged in a grant-funded effort called “Impaired Driving Enforcement and Apprehension (IDEA) II.”

“Our goal with this aggressive education and enforcement campaign is to deter drivers from making the poor decision to drink and drive,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “And those who fail to heed this warning will be removed from the roadway and arrested.”

California has seen a reduction in the number of alcohol-involved collisions year after year.

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, in 2009 there were 1,146 people killed in alcohol-involved collisions. The following year, in 2010, there were 972 people killed, which represents a 15 percent decrease. Preliminary data for 2011 shows that encouraging downward trend is continuing.

“The majority of motorists make the responsible decision and refrain from driving under the influence,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Please choose to put the lives of your family and other motorists first this holiday season.”

The IDEA II grant enables the CHP to conduct sobriety and driver license checkpoints, driving under the influence (DUI) task force operations, and deployment of proactive DUI enforcement patrol operations statewide. In addition, the CHP will educate drivers by holding local traffic safety presentations throughout California and implementing a statewide paid media campaign.

Anti-DUI efforts stemming from the yearlong grant continue through September 30, 2013.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards Bethlehem Community Development Center $496,578

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Pasadena based, Bethlehem Community Development Center (BCDC), has recently been awarded $496,578 by the Administration on Children Youth and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for BCDC’s Hope for Street Youth (HSY) Program. This program will provide street outreach services to homeless youth, runaways and parents via school and community agencies. The ultimate goal is to reunite families and provide these youth with the services they need to survive and thrive in our community. BCDC is an access point in the community for youth development, transitional assistance (for ex-offenders, homeless youth and adults, and the unemployed), and other compassionate services.

State Assemblymember Anthony Portantino attended the check presentation event. He said, “I think that this program is tremendously important . . . to have a program like this in Pasadena that is going to identify, find and reunite children with their families and with their siblings to help them transition into adulthood is a good thing.” Tina Williams representing the office of Pasadena City Councilmember Jacque Robinson also spoke of this important program. She commented, “when an agency receives an award, we celebrate because now there’s another resource for youth in our community.”

The award was presented to BCDC’s Executive Director, Pastor Christopher Bourne, by Luvina Beckley Knight, the CEO of M.H.M. and Associates. Pastor Bourne acknowledged MHM’s help in securing these funds for BCDC, “they’ve been able to direct us in fulfilling our vision and dreams, so I’m very thankful for all of the hard work that they do.” Toni Tryon-Dickson from Bourne Inc is another partner with BCDC and provides emergency shelter services for youth. Regarding their role in this program she said, “We are looking forward to something great and marvelous with this partnership.”

BCDC is headquartered at the Bethlehem Church of Christ ‘Holiness’ located at: 1550 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103. For more information regarding this program, please contact Pastor Bourne at (626) 794-5211.

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