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Statement from Speaker John A. Pérez on Announcement of VA Grants to Aid Homeless and At-Risk Veterans and Their Families

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SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the announcement by U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki of $100 million in federal grants to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families:

"Today's announcement by Secretary Shinseki of federal grants for services to at-risk veterans and their families is welcome news for veterans across California. Our state's share of these funds will be over 14 million dollars, which will help make a genuine difference in the lives of veterans who are at-risk, homeless or transitioning to permanent housing. Aiding our veterans is a job for everyone, and I am pleased at this latest addition to the efforts being made here in California and throughout the country to do just that."

According to the Veterans Administration, the grants will go to 151 community agencies in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico that provide services to very low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. California agencies will receive approximately $14.2 million.

Speaker Pérez is currently leading a bipartisan Assembly delegation to Washington, D.C., which included a meeting this afternoon with the VA on ways to increase support for veterans.

Over the past two years, Speaker Pérez and the Assembly have directed $2 million in savings from the Assembly operating budget to fund programs for veterans, ranging from job training to mental health counseling to employment assistance.

Visual Master Bernard Hoyes' Art Comes Alive

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"Seven Paintings, A Story in Performance" An Interdisciplinary Artistic Production at the Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday, August 5, 2012

Los Angeles - For over four decades the paintings of visual art master Bernard Stanley Hoyes have stimulated the masses. With compositions that boast majestic color, bold creativity and magnetic passion, his artwork is known for stirring the heart, mind and soul. As an iconic craftsman channeling images from a deeply spiritual space, it has been said that Hoyes' work 'speaks' in more ways than one, touching the core of African worship through Jamaican Revivalism. The fervor behind it all; the moans, hallelujahs and laments, the whispers and the shouts, as well as the wailing and chants that seep through his compositions, are now going to literally jump off the canvas and come to life in a interdisciplinary materialization entitled, "Seven Paintings, a Story in Performance." The event take place Sunday, August 5, at 8.:00pm at Los Angeles' Ford Amphitheatre as part of the venue's ever-popular "FORD 2012 DANCE" series . Presented by Bernard Hoyes' Caribbean Fine Arts Publishing and the Jamaica Cultural Alliance, "Seven Paintings" features the art imagery of Hoyes, the choreography of Pat Taylor with her Jazzantiqua Dance Ensemble and drumming in the Yoruba/ Nyabengi tradition from the Kabasa Drum Ensemble. Seven separate works from Hoyes' Revival Series will serialize a story of ambition and redemption. Each work will represent a scene as it is rear projected, stimulating the chapter's interpretation by the dancers as Hoyes' art is transformed into a magical staging of music, dance and pantomime. An engaging tambourine chorus chants the narrative of the next painting as they luminously transform from scene to scene.

The interdisciplinary odyssey relates the spiritual journey of a young Jamaican medium who flees her position as the village healer to pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer. She experiences the wider world through relationships with a Rastafarian, a sailor and a policeman. Each encounter becomes a duet in the backdrop of a carnival masquerade. The carnival is a metaphor for the world at large. Finally, as the medium is lost in despair, a vision reveals her true path. Prices start at $35 for adults; full-time students with ID pay $15 and children 12 and under $12.Tickets are available at www.FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1- FORD).

"This is truly another incredible peak in my career," expresses Hoyes, "as my work will actually come to life and be expressed through dance, performance and music. I paint visions that transmit pinnacles of movements and these are now being interpreted - I can't even begin to convey my excitement. I am overwhelmed to have my work included in the 'Ford 2012 Dance' series. This is going to be beyond spectacular! The audience is going to witness true magic as life will now imitate art!"

Youth Journalism Academy Accepting Registrations

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Local Teens Taught Media Literacy and Have Their Voices Heard

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – OneNation Media Services is pleased to announce its summer writing workshop offered to area teens. Journalism & Technology Academy will be held July 23 through July 27 on the Fontana Campus of Chaffey College. The program is made possible thanks to the financial support of Transcendence, a local nonprofit organization that provides financial support to other community based organizations with similar objectives. In addition, Chaffey College is making available a computer lab where students will conduct online research and complete their written projects while class is in session. Journalism & Technology Academy is open to middle and high school students in the Inland Empire. The curriculum is designed to promote media literacy and includes modules on newspaper writing, media ethics and Internet safety. Participating students are groomed to become staff writers for Face 2 Face, a bi-monthly magazine published by OneNation Media Services. “We look forward to working with students and exposing them to multiple media platforms,” said Sheri Stuart, executive director of OneNation Media Services. “At its broadest level, this program is designed to develop youth as critical thinkers and discerning users of mass media. Our goal is to broaden their perspectives about the communities in which they live and engage them in thoughtful dialogue on wide-ranging social issues such as poverty, education reform and human rights violations,” said Stuart.

The first session will be held Monday, July 23 at Chaffey College located at 16855 Merrill Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335. Participants may register online at www.onenationmedia.org or call 909.657.0578, ext. 1., to request an application or inquire about the registration fee. Scholarships are made possible by Transcendence, a long-time sponsor of the program.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Vacation Bible School

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Ontario – Mt. Zion Baptist Church will be having Vacation Bible School beginning Monday, July 23rd through Friday, July 27, 2012. The theme is “Fishin’ on a Mission”. Dinner will be served nightly in the Mt. Zion Galley from 5:00-6:16p.m. Bible Study is from 6:30-8:30p.m. The ministry program is free and classes are available for 18 month old through adults. “Fishermen” will laugh at silly skits, sing praises to God, create cool crafts, play great games, learn amazing stories, watch hip music videos and prepare to become great fishermen for Jesus. This is an opportunity to reach out to our community for Jesus. Questions about this year’s Vacation Bible School can be answered by calling the church office at (909) 983-2411.

Fontana Car Show Cruising in June 30th

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Fontana - The Mayor and City Council invite the public to the Fontana Car Show presented by America’s Tires on June 30th. The event is held in the Civic Center parking lot, 8353 Sierra Ave., from 3 – 5 p.m. Come out with your family and friends to re-live the history that some of these classic cars, hot rods, muscles cars, motorcycles and other unique cars have been through. Also featured at the Car Show will be the band Hwy 91, playing a variety of music. To enter a car in the show, you must arrive between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. before the event begins. Each car has a set of requirements in order to be involved in the show and cars are allowed to enter on a first come, first served basis. For full details on rules and requirements for entry, call (909) 349-6900 or visit carshow.fontana.org.

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