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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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HolyLand COGIC Welcomes Presiding Bishop Avel B. Forto, Sr.

Presiding Bishop of the Phillipines, Bishop Avel B. Forto, Sr., Ph.D. will be the guest Speaker on Sunday Morning, December 4th, 2011@ 10:30 am at HolyLand COGIC located at 1024 North G Street in San Bernardino, CA. Pastor, Bishop Lenton H. Lenoir.

Fundraising Fellowship Banquet

In honor of World AIDS Day, Kansas Avenue Resource Center, Inc. will host a Fundraising Fellowship Banquet at the Moreno Valley Coneference Center, 14075 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 beginning at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The theme is “30 years later...Where are we now?” to benefit the Kansas Avenue Resource Center, HIV/AIDS Education Prevention Program. For more information, contact 951.823.1209.

Driver Strikes Disabled Vehicle; One Dies

On November 26, 2011 at approximately 1:05 a.m., Dionisio Glodovza Abando, 63, of Phoenix, AZ was driving his gray Mitsubishi Lancer on I-15 northbound just north of SR-91 at an approximate speed of 75 MPH.

Due to an earlier collision, a black Mitsubishi Lancer was disabled and blocking lanes ahead of Abando’s vehicle. Abando failed to notice the unoccupied vehicle and struck its rear end. Abando’s right front passenger, a female age 67, also from Phoenix, AZ was transported to Riverside Community Hospital where she succumbed to injuries.

Abando sustained minor injuries as a result of this collision. Both parties were wearing their seatbelts prior to the collision.

This collision is still under investigation.

No arrests or citations were issued in this incident.

Sacred Sistahs Fit-For-Fall 5-Kilometer Walk-A-Thon

Sacred Sistahs will host their Fourth Annual Sacred Sistahs, Inc. Fit-For-Fall 5-Kilometer Walk-AThon fundraiser taking place on Saturday, November 26, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Red Hill Community Park, 7484 Vineyard Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

All proceeds will benefit their outreach program for abused women and children.

Sacred Sistahs, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All proceeds are tax deductable. $25 registration includes t-shirt.

For registration information, please go to http://www.sacredsistahsinc.org/news_and_events

35th annual celebration of wri ters 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. Award-winning 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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Annual Black and White Ball

Arrowhead Temple #665 will host their annual Black and White Ball on November 26, 2011, 7:00 p.m. – midnight at 1073 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92411. For more information contact 909-647-5162/909-419-3040.

Donation: $12.00 each/$20.00 couple. Black and White Formal Attire.

Riverside Sheriff Sniff’s Holiday Fundraiser

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff will host a holiday fundraiser on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at the Riverside Marriott, 3400 Market St., Riverside beginning at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

General admission is $100 per person and sponsorship packages are also available.

Bring an unwrapped toy or gift to donate to needy children during the holiday season that will be delivered by the Sheriff’s deputies through RSA.

For more information or to RSVP contact (951) 686-1998 or email mike@michaelwilliamscompany.org.

Fundraising Fellowship Banquet

In honor of World AIDS Day, Kansas Avenue Resource Center, Inc. will host a Fundraising Fellowship Banquet at the Moreno Valley Coneference Center, 14075 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 beginning at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The theme is “30 years later...Where are we now?” to benefit the Kansas Avenue Resource Center, HIV/AIDS Education Prevention Program.

For more information, contact 951.823.1209.

Sacred Sistahs Fit-For-Fall 5-Kilometer Walk-A-Thon

Sacred Sistahs will host their Fourth Annual Sacred Sistahs, Inc. Fit-For-Fall 5-Kilometer Walk-AThon fundraiser taking place on Saturday, November 26, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Red Hill Community Park, 7484 Vineyard Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

All proceeds will benefit their outreach program for abused women and children.

Sacred Sistahs, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All proceeds are tax deductable. $25 registration includes t-shirt.

For registration information, please go to http://www.sacredsistahsinc.org/ne ws_and_events

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. Award-winning 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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