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Martin Luther King 3K Walk-A-Thon

The Riverside African American Historical Society and the Martin Luther King Visionaries announced the 19th annual Martin Luther King 3k Walk-A-Thon to be held on Monday, January 16, 2012.

The theme for this year’s walk is “Walking for the Next Generation of Leaders.” Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Stratton Center, 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd. A registration fee of $10.00 will be required of all participants, adults and children.

The walk will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. at the entrance of the Stratton Center.

All registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Healthy Heritage Honors “The Dream” Of Dr. Martin Luther King

The Healthy Heritage Movement, which strives to educate and empower the African American community to make healthy lifestyle changes, is proud to honor Dr. Martin Luther King and his dream on January 16th at the site of Dr. King’s monument located on the corners of Main Street and 9th Street beginning at 4:00 p.m.

This elaborate dedication will include inspirational music provided by Gospel Talent Search, a message by Supervisor Bob Buster, First District, Board of Supervisor Riverside County followed by a motivational message and prayer by Keynote Speaker Harold K. Webber, Senior Pastor of Living Way Christian Fellowship. The Healthy Heritage Movement invites elected officials, community leaders, and the residents to gather in unity to pray and honor Dr. Martin Luther King in downtown Riverside in an effort to galvanize the community.

This event is just one of many other events that will serve as a foundation for larger events hosted by Healthy Heritage in an effort to get the community of Riverside healthier.

“To honor Dr. King birthday, it is only bestowing that we remember his legacy of peace and unity. The evening is to honor his dream of bringing people together to live as a community. I think it is very important to begin a New Year by giving thanks for getting through last year and to ask for protection, good health, and economic prosperity for the New Year state Phyllis Clark, Chief Executive Officer of the Healthy Heritage Movement.

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Step by Step Childcare Center to open at the Innovative Learning Center

On Friday, January 13, the Step by Step Childcare Center at Riverside City College’s Innovative Learning Center – located next to Stokoe Elementary School – will hold a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Step by Step offers a spacious and park-like outdoor environment.

The Childcare Center was developed in partnership with Riverside Community College District and Alvord Unified School District, which operates the elementary school.

Step by Step is located at 4501 Ambs Drive, Riverside, CA 92505.

To RSVP contact Janelle Wortman at (951) 222-8730 or janelle.wortman@rcc.edu.

Kwanzaa Celebration

The Dubois Institute's will host a Kwanzaa Celebration on Thursday, December 29 2011, 6:00p - 8:00p, themed Relating to the past; Understanding the present; Preparing for the future.

The Kwanzaa celebration will be held at the Bobby Bonds Sports Complex/Chaves Center, 2060 University Avenue, Riverside, CA. RSVP (951) 686-9930 or email emabdulmumin@yahoo.com.

Cal State San Bernardino to be Closed for the Holiday

Cal State San Bernardino will be closed in observation of the holiday season from Dec. 23 and will reopen for regular business operations on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

Winter quarter classes will begin Monday, Jan. 9. Saturday classes begin Jan. 7.

University Police will remain on duty all days that the campus is closed.

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UCR and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute debut free lecture/debate series Thursday, Jan. 5

Health care issues have dominated national and local news since the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010, so little wonder it was chosen as the inaugural topic for UC Riverside’s new series of free public forums designed to build more interactions between the university and the community while examining the pressing issues of our day.

The forum, “What is the Best Medicine for America?” will kick off the Windows of the World: Lecture/Debate Series 2012 on Thursday, Jan. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave.

The panel for the Jan. 5 forum will include local physicians and patient representatives. The featured speaker will be Dr. Paul Lyons, a family physician and senior associate dean of the UCR School of Medicine.

Holiday Checkpoints

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint and driver’s license inspection on Friday, December 23, 2011 in Woodcrest.

The sobriety checkpoint with be staffed by California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers who are trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers. The officers will be equipped with state of the art, hand held breath testing devices which provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentrations of drivers suspected of being under the influence.

A sobriety checkpoint is an effective tool for achieving this goal and is designed to augment the existing patrol operations. By publicizing our efforts we believe that we can deter motorists from drinking and driving.

Step by Step Childcare Center to open at the Innovative Learning Center

On Friday, January 13, the Step by Step Childcare Center at Riverside City College’s Innovative Learning Center – located next to Stokoe Elementary School – will hold a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Step by Step offers a spacious and park-like outdoor environment.

The Childcare Center was developed in partnership with Riverside Community College District and Alvord Unified School District, which operates the elementary school.

Step by Step is located at 4501 Ambs Drive, Riverside, CA 92505.

To RSVP contact Janelle Wortman at (951) 222-8730 or janelle.wortman@rcc.edu.

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Art Auction in Riverside

Internationally acclaimed artist Charles Bibbs will host his First Annual Holiday Charity Art Auction at the Riverside Arts Museum in Downtown Riverside on Saturday, December 17th from 4:30-10pm.

The live auction will be conducted by acclaimed poet and author Conney Williams featuring the works of local and reowned artists Charles Bibbs, Poncho Brown, Synthia Saint James, and many more. A concert featuring platinum R&B recording artist Oscar Snow will occur at the conclusion of the auction.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Healthy Heritage Wellness Center, The Riverside Arts Museum, Art 2000 Visual Arts Association, and Riverside African American Historical Society. For more information, please call (951) 682-8185.

WWE Returns to the Inland Empire

The WWE Superstars return to the Inland Empire for the WWE RAW World Tour on February 24 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Don’t miss your favorite Raw Superstars including: The Miz, “The Second City Savior” CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, R-Truth, “The Long Island Iced-Z” Zack Ryder, Kofi Kingston, John Cena, the WWE Divas and many more!

WWE offers the best value in entertainment, with tickets starting at $15. Tickets to the WWE Raw World Tour at the Citizens Business Bank Arena go on sale Friday, January 6 at 10:00 AM and are available at ticketmaster.com, Citizens Business Bank Arena Box office, charge-by-phone 800-745- 3000 and at all Ticketmaster retail locations.

Boeing Aircraft Returns to San Bernardino International Airport

Boeing Aircraft has returned to San Bernardino International Airport to once again utilize the facilities of the airport in the development of their aircraft.

A spokesperson for Boeing said, "Boeing will be conducting flight tests on a 787-8 aircraft equipped with GE engines."

Mayor Pat Morris, the Mayor of San Bernardino and the President of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority, expressed his delight that Boeing had chosen to return to the airport for their flight tests.

He said, "The return of Boeing to the San Bernardino International Airport will result in expanded economic activity and result in the addition of Boeing workers and investment to our city. It further demonstrates the value of the airport to the San Bernardino economy."

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Art Auction in Riverside

Internationally acclaimed artist Charles Bibbs will host his First Annual Holiday Charity Art Auction at the Riverside Arts Museum in Downtown Riverside on Saturday, December 17th from 4:30-10pm.

The live auction will be conducted by acclaimed poet and author Conney Williams featuring the works of local and reowned artists Charles Bibbs, Poncho Brown, Synthia Saint James, and many more. A concert featuring platinum R&B recording artist Oscar Snow will occur at the conclusion of the auction.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Healthy Heritage Wellness Center, The Riverside Arts Museum, Art 2000 Visual Arts Association, and Riverside African American Historical Society. For more information, please call (951) 682-8185.

I.E. is Home to New Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. Chapter

November 11, 2011 marked a significant day for Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. They welcomed Iota Epsilon as a new chapter into their vastly growing sisterhood.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to share our programs and expand the sorority’s reach to the Southern California communities that we live in,” stated Iota Epsilon Basileus, Cynthia Smith.

“My goal for our sisterhood is that we strive to be true ‘Ambassadors for a Better Tomorrow’ by helping to make our communities the best that they can be.”

Iota Epsilon signifies a new partnership with the San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego counties that will allow for new programs, service initiatives, and community involvement to be implemented.

“Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. as a whole and particularly the Far Western Region look forward to the input of expertise from Iota Epsilon members to our Global Connections Project, our mentoring of youth, and services to seniors.

I personally expect these members to eventually become the leaders of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. to further promote our policies and projects,” expressed Far Western Regional Director Phyllis Junor.

The charter ceremony was conducted by Phyllis Junor, Far Western Regional Director and attended by members of the Delta Chi (Los Angeles) chapter of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. A private dinner reception was held for the members of the new chapter.

The charter members of Iota Epsilon Chapter include: Camille Chambers, Reneka Gibbs, Mia Moore, Deanna Powell, Tia Shelton, Doreen Simmons, Cynthia Smith, and Jasmine Walker.

Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. provides an opportunity for women to work and to serve on local, regional, and national levels of the organization. The sorority contributes annually to charitable organizations that are involved in serving humanity and whose objectives reflect its mission.

35th annual celebration of writers and writing returns to UCR Feb. 7-10, 2012

UC Riverside will celebrate a host of prize-winning poets and novelists – among them distinguished UCR creative writing faculty and alumni – when the 35th annual Writers Week Conference begins on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.

Participating writers will read selections from their works, answer audience questions and sign books after their presentations. Awardwinning poet Diane Wakoski will close the four-day event as the keynote reader on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

All events will be held on the UC Riverside campus in Interdisciplinary Building Room 1128 and will begin at 1 p.m. each day. All sessions are free and open to the public. Parking costs $6 per day.

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