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Canine Christmas at Jessie Turner Center

The Mayor and City Council invite the public to celebrate a Canine Christmas with their four-legged friends on Saturday, December 4, at the Jessie Turner Health & Fitness Center as they host a Canine Christmas from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. This is the perfect opportunity to bring your canine out to enjoy a morning full of pictures and treats.

Attendees will receive a special visit from Old Saint Nick.

Participants are also asked to bring their own camera to capture the special holiday moments.

Come and experience the Jessie Turner Health & Fitness Community Center at Fontana Park. This 43,000 square foot, community center serves as a regional facility designed to meet the needs of the community with unique programming and classes to benefit the active lifestyles of residents. The center features an indoor gymnasium, dedicated fitness gym, dance/aerobics room, multi-purpose room, technology center, a spacious 4,689 sq. ft. banquet room, and a small meeting room.

For more information about Canine Christmas or other upcoming events, please call (909) 854-5100 or visit jt.fontana.org

Cold Weather Kills – Cold Alert

County Fire Department, Volunteer Center of Riverside County and American Red Cross have partnered to open Warm Centers countywide to provide a safe, warm place for individuals to escape the cold temperatures during the winter months of December through March.

The following two levels of assistance and support for people during winter months will be provided:

Cold Advisory - issued by the Department of Public Health after contact with the National Weather Service when temperature forecasts are expected to reach 40° - for at least three (3) hours. Recommendations for avoiding heat related emergencies are the following: Drink warm fluids; Keep your home warmturn on your heater; Wear several thin layers of clothing; Move family pets indoors out of the elements; Know the location of the nearest Warm Center, should your home heating system fail.

Cold Warning - issued by the Department of Public Health after contact with the National Weather Service when the forecast anticipates temperatures of 40°- for three to five consecutive days. When Cold Warnings are issued, Warm Centers will be opened to the public, especially for those individuals more susceptible to the cold such as the elderly. Warm Centers can be activated beginning December 1, 2010.

Warm Centers are located throughout Riverside County. Warm Centers will provide some snacks and activities as well as resource and transportation information.

Seniors, low-income individuals and families are encouraged to go to a warm center.

The Cold Advisories and Cold Warnings will be disseminated through print and electronic media including television, radio and newspapers and through community and faith-based organizations.

A Hotline has been activated to obtain information on home measures to implement to stay warm and safe, Warm Center locations, hours and general information.

The Hotline is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Energy Crisis Hotline 1-888-636-8676 , TTY 951 955- 5126 or for General Information call 2-1-1 ( 24 hrs/day) or visit www.capriverside.org

Wiggins Debuts Christmas CD

Extraordinary singer Karen Wiggins will release her debut Christmas CD at Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 1583 West Union St. San Bernardino, CA 92411 on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 5:12 p.m. She invites the public to attend and join her and friends as they bring in the season that celebrates the birth of Christ.

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