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“Ride the Wave of Music” to Fontana’s Summer Poolside Concert!

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Fontana - The Mayor and City Council invite the public to attend Fontana’s Poolside Concert at Fontana Park Aquatic Center (15610 Summit Avenue) on Saturday, June 30th from 7-9 p.m. It’s hard not to have a tubular time at this event with FREE activities such as swimming, arts and crafts and games! Food will also be available to purchase at the event. And don’t miss your chance to watch an amazing chalk artist at work drawing pictures on the pool deck! While swimming, enjoy some gnarly music from the Nocturnes! The Nocturnes are known for their California inspired surf music and will perform some popular blues and oldies music too. “At the Poolside Concert, we’re promoting aquatic programs and arts programs, but most importantly, this event gives residents the opportunity to play and be active with their family, friends and neighbors,” said Nathan Hunt, Community Service Coordinator. The concert, pools, waterslide and water play area are all FREE during the concert and swimmers must wear appropriate swimwear. For more information regarding the Poolside Concert please call (909) 349-6979 or visit summer.fontana.org.

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“Ride the Wave of Music” to Fontana’s Summer Poolside Concert!

Fontana - The Mayor and City Council invite the public to attend Fontana’s Poolside Concert at Fontana Park Aquatic Center (15610 Summit Avenue) on Saturday, June 30th from 7-9 p.m. The concert, pools, waterslide and water play area are all FREE during the concert and swimmers must wear appropriate swimwear. For more information regarding the Poolside Concert please call (909) 349-6979 or visit summer.fontana.org.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire Beamed its Futuristic Fashion Collection at “UTOPIA” Red Carpet Event

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By Natasha Simone Ferguson

The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire (AI) recently blasted off to another dimension with its futuristic fashion show put on by its fashion design students. Utopia – the look of tomorrow – made you feel like you were on another galaxy or on the set of a popular sci-fi movie. AI’s Creative Director and Executive Producer of Utopia 2012 fashion show Sherry West explained where the concept came from. Her son Rex Armstrong who is a huge sci-fi movie buff was the inspiration behind the theme for the show. “After going to see Disney’s animated sci-fi movie TRON with my son Rex, it sparked the idea for Utopia,” said West. She then went to AI’s graphic design department who immediately went to work on the futuristic-themed concept.

The creative graphic design team; known as the fantastic four led by Kim Schaffer, Stephen Cordoza, Karla Soza and Jennifer Pena helped to create the theme of the show. In addition, the AI Fashion Department faculty including Dawn Knapp as lead facilitator, Morrison Jackson, Ninz Sangha, JC Canedo, Ceclia Ng, and Phyllis Clark were instrumental in working behind the scenes to help Utopia come to life.

AI’s President Emam El Hout and his wife were among the special guests present at Utopia fashion event. The futuristic theme of the show was carried out throughout the program from the set design with its black backdrop and twinkle lights, along with elaborate special effect lighting, galactic sound effects and music.

The Master of Ceremony was KGGI radio personality KC Morris. The models took flight down the runway like galloping thoroughbred horses, strutting their stuff to the electrifying sounds of DJ Snipez and his sound crew. Models in Utopia’s opening segment, titled “Drama Queenz” were decked in metallic and aluminum-like fabrics and textures. The styles presented were flashy, innovative, chic and eccentric all rolled into one. Fashion show segments included evening wear (Galaxy Glam), swimwear (Techno Beach), Lunar Lingerie and more. The fashion show was interspersed with intermissions of entertainment from singing Pop duo ‘Perfect Harmony’, as well as ‘BJ Brasier and Serious Effect Dance Crew’.

Fashion Design Stylist of the stars John Arguelles, president of Lloyd Klein Couture was a special guest who helped present awards which were handed out at the end of the show in various categories. Arguelles told the audience he attends lots of professional and student shows worldwide and themed-shows are always a challenge. However, he noted that Utopia was an excellent show and very well put together.

“All of the student designers have a great future ahead of them,” said Arguelles as he introduced the fashion categories and winners. The first recipient was the Fantastic Four design team who won a $1,000 scholarship to the leader Schaffer, and $500 each to her crew. Other awards given out along with scholarships included: Roxanne Sias who won for ‘Most Futuristic Design’; Daniel Bolt for ‘Most Creative’; Nikki Patterson for ‘A Rising Star’; and Saleemah Lewis in two categories ‘Senior Collection’ for her lingerie, and ‘Director’s Critic Choice’.

This red carpet event was well attended and delicious hors d’ oeuvres flowed throughout the evening courtesy of AI’s International Culinary Department. The evening concluded with a reception and after party on the patio immediately following the show. Proceeds from the event will go towards The Education Foundation scholarships, for the Fashion Design and the Fashion & Retail Management programs at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. For more information about AI call 909-915-2100 or 1-800-353-0812 or visit www.artinstitutes.edu/inland-empire.

Black Music Month Celebrated CAAM Style

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LOS ANGELES —The California African American Museum will celebrate Black Music month during the Target Sundays at CAAM program, From Field Hollers to Musical Scholars on Sunday, June 3, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Co-hosted by singer Peggi Blu and Jeffrey Anderson Gunter, a host of musical performers will pay tribute to significant contributions made to the music industry, past and present. Co-host Peggy Blu got her career started at the tender age of three singing in her mother’s church choir. Since then she has sung for kings, queens, princes, ambassadors, prime ministers, and presidents from around the world.

Black music month marks significant for CAAM, every Thursday, for the entire month, CAAM will screen a film that pays homage to musical artists, known around the globe. As many races emulate Black music, cultures and countries, CAAM hopes to inform the community on the significant contributions made through the sounds of individuals dating back to the days of slavery leading up to the present day of a hip-hop inspired world. Artist and educator, Teresa Tollilver, will guide an art workshop, stating at noon. All CAAM exhibitions and educational programs are free and open to the public. CAAM is located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, 90037. For more information about CAAM, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.caamuseum.org"www.caamuseum.org.

8th Annual Taste of Rialto

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The Rialto Chamber of Commerce, along with the City of Rialto and State Farm Insurance, will host its 8th Annual Taste of Rialto in Downtown Rialto. Throughout the evening, guests will sample food and wine from local restaurants and wineries while listening to the rock and roll music of the fifties.

Participating restaurants and wineries will include: Brother’s Pizza, Coco’s Restaurant & Bakery, Complete Health Store, Corky’s Cuca’s Mexican Restaurant, El Kiosco Mexican Restaurant, Patio West Deli, Stene’s Southern Kitchen and Inland Empire Brewery. Please join the Chamber on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the 8th Annual Taste of Rialto. The event will take place in Downtown Rialto (Northeast corner of Riverside and Rialto Ave.). Tickets are $25.00 per person. For more information on the event or for tickets, please contact the Rialto Chamber of Commerce at (909) 875-5364. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rialto Chamber Local High School Scholarship Fund.

Murrieta’s Solar Program Launches To Help Region Declare Energy Independnce Program Participants Can Get Paid to Go Solar for $0 Upfront

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MURRIETA – In just one hour, the sun casts enough energy on the Earth’s surface to provide the entire world with electricity for one year. In Murrieta, the unique microclimate results in an abundance of solar radiation throughout the year with an average high temperature over 88 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months. The ample amount of sunlight makes Murrieta an ideal location for solar power. Sullivan Solar Power announced recently its latest initiative to take advantage of Murrieta’s sunshine and encourage more solar deployment in the city. The newly launched Murrieta’s Solar Program offers property owners the opportunity to get paid to go solar through August 20, 2012. Participants can go solar for $0 upfront, eliminate their electric bills and receive the Murrieta Solar Program cash-back incentive valued up to twice the amount of the State rebate.

Regionally headquartered solar provider Sullivan Solar Power ran a similar community incentive program in Temecula earlier this year, which resulted in over 375,000 Watts of clean, renewable energy committed to being installed in Temecula. The program provided the city its largest collective deployment of residential solar in the history of Temecula. “We just wrapped up a similar citywide incentive program in Temecula, which has resulted in our company giving over $200,000 in cash-back incentives, and providing the same opportunity to Murrieta residents just seemed like the most logical progression to creating a stronger solar region,” said Daniel Sullivan, president of Sullivan Solar Power.

Sullivan explained that his company’s vision is transition the region from foreign fossil fuels and dirty energy to clean, renewable, proven solar technology. The program is modeled similarly to that of Temecula’s in that it encourages the creation of a critical mass. The more residents that sign up, the greater the cash rewards are for all program participants. “Going solar is a no brainer; the homeowner saves money, it supports our regional and national economies, it preserves our environment,” said Sullivan, “and then here is the kicker – we are actually going to pay you to do it.”

To learn how to participate in the Murrieta Solar Program, residents are encouraged to attend a free luncheon on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 12 p.m. at the Murrieta Public Library (24700 Adams Avenue). The seminar and will cover solar technology, rebates and incentives, case studies and the Murrieta Solar Program. Seminar will last approximately one hour and lunch is provided. RSVP by calling 1-800-SULLIVAN. For additional information, visit www.MurrietaSolarProgram.org.

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