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Youth Arts Council Hosts Annual Art Hop May 5th

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The Banning Cultural Alliance Youth Arts Council has big plans for fun and entertainment at the Cinco de Mayo, Art Hop and Recycling Fair in downtown Banning from 10 am to 3 pm, including free performances by entertainer Jerome Robinson, Illusionist d.o.C and their own ‘Top Ten’ members. The Art Hop, considered the Alliance’s signature event, offers great vendor shopping, artwork, demonstrations, exhibits, contests and more.

Over the past four years the Alliance Youth Arts Council (YAC) has hosted a youth area complete with arts and crafts projects.

This year they will offer several fun projects for the young and young at heart to participate in including: whirly gigs, button jewelry, bead crafts, craft tile art, and projects for the Cinco De Mayo aspect of the celebration including sun masks, God’s eyes, a sombrero craft and tissue paper flowers.

Another type of flower fun will be provided this year as Krista’s Cake Art returns for youth to learn to make cake art flowers.

Along with the numerous crafts the Youth Arts Council will host their own stage where Alliance youth from Top Ten Junior and Top Ten-The Next Level will perform.  The YAC stage will also headline singer Jerome Robinson, of Second Generation Platters fame and Illusionist Christopher Abeyta Robinson has a repertoire that includes songs, from Sentimental Journey" to Credence Clearwater's "Proud Mary."

He is also beloved for his ability to lend his voice to impersonations of such greats as Billy Holiday, Lou Rawls, Nat King Cole, Louie Armstrong, Neil Diamond, Dean Martin and more.  Jerome has amazed local audiences in the Pass area for years now and was dubbed "The Voice of Banning" in 2008, by Mayor, Brenda Salas and the Banning, City Council.  He also performs to sold out crowds at Russo’s Italian Kitchen on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.

“I am glad to call him friend, and honored to have him perform on the youth stage,” said Cindy Watson youth program director for the Alliance.

”My favorite song that he performs is "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,"“ she added  Jerome’s favorite soundman Ralph McGuire of Sweetheart Karaoke/DJ will also provide the sound system for the YAC stage. Also, on the YAC stage, Christopher Abeyta, AKA: d.o.C the Illusionist, joined by wife LMA and son Punkie Pie.

Abeyta entertains audiences with pocket illusions and trickery.  While d.o.C the Illusionist performs around the entire event, his wife also entertains, creating animals and other items from balloons.

“Our main goal is to make them smile,” said Abeyta. The illusionist’s on stage performance during the Art Hop, is a 30 minute performance with audience participation and bigger stage illusions.

Although the stage details are still being worked, according to Watson, additional performances include Top Ten band “Let Um Shout,” “Carnival of the Massacred,” and  Other entertainment will come from alumni YAC member DJ “Projeckt Lost Noize,” who will perform at the beginning and end of the event, as well as during stage set ups. “I am so proud of Mickki and how much he has improved both as DJ and a person,” said Watson. “I am so glad that he can join us for our last event,” she added. “I hope that all of our youth that have been a part of the Alliance Youth Programs over the past four years, will come out to say goodbye,” said Watson, who added that due to lack of funding, the youth programs will end at the end of June.

“I have met and worked with thousands of youth over the past four years and sincerely hope that they can all come join us for this fun day of celebration,” said Watson. The YAC area is just a small part of all the vendor shopping, entertainment and exhibits that will be at the Art Hop on Saturday May 5th located at the intersection of San Gorgonio Avenue and Hays Street in the heart of downtown Banning.

For more information or to volunteer at the Art Hop contact

tel:951-922-4911"951-922-4911. Vendor Applications are available online by visiting BanningCulturalAlliance.org.

RAAHS Dedicates Memorial at Evergreen

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On a warm Sunday afternoon, in the beauty and serenity of the renovated Evergreen Cemetery, the Riverside African American Historical Society unveiled a dedicated monument with a partial list honoring Riverside's African American loved ones buried at the cemetery and provided a booklet which included family photos and historical background of these early settlers and builders of the Riverside community.

In the past, Evergreen Cemetery lost funding for maintenance and the cemetery fell into disrepair and suffered from vandalism. The Riverside African American Historical Society, whose current membership includes persons related to early Black families buried at Evergreen, joined the community response to restore and revitalize the cemetery and to celebrate the memory of the African Americans who could be located and identified.

Near downtown Riverside, Evergreen Cemetery lies at the foot of Mt. Rubidoux. Founded in 1872, it is the final resting place for more than 27,000 people, including an unknown number of African Americans, buried at the graveyard, instead of segregated in a separate area, as was the universal practice across America in that era.

State Controller John Chiang To Speak At EITC Awareness Day

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California State Controller John Chiang will be the featured speaker at EITC Awareness Day sponsored by Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside) on Friday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m. at California Baptist University. National EITC Awareness Day is organized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and its stakeholders to educate the public about the Earned Income Tax Credit and requirements to claim the credit. The reception will take place in the Copenbarger Room at the Yeager Center, California Baptist University, 8432 Magnolia Avenue in Riverside. Controller John Chiang, Supervisor Marion Ashley, Mayor Ron Loveridge, representatives of the IRS, CBU and CAP Riverside will have remarks for the press and community.

At the conclusion of the remarks, the new CAP Mobile will be available for inspection. Volunteers will be preparing taxes on site in the mobile unit, which will be used to bring tax preparation services during special events throughout Riverside County.

Tax preparation will take place until 1:00 p.m. EITC is a refundable federal tax credit for working families who earn less than $50,000 a year. This credit helps reduce the tax burden on low and moderate-income families. Based on earnings and family situation, taxpayers can receive up to $5,657 in Earned Income Tax Credit refunds. Families may also qualify for other tax credits, including the Child Tax Credit, which can reduce a family’s tax liability by up to $1,000 per child. Also, refunds may be split and direct deposited into up to three different bank accounts.

Community Action Partnership of Riverside County is operating eight Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites throughout Riverside County, providing weekend and evening hours and bilingual volunteers to assist taxpayers.

Please contact Community Action Partnership of Riverside County at (951) 955-4900 or (800) 511-1110 or visit www.capriverside.org for addresses and times of operation.

UC Riverside Listed in “Guide to 322 Green Colleges”

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U.S. Green Building Council is a partner in selection of Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges

By Kris Lovekin

RIVERSIDE — As the nation gears up to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, The Princeton Review and the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the third annual guidebook saluting the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” “We’re happy to see UC Riverside on the list, with a score of 95 out of 99 possible points,” said John Cook, UCR’s sustainability coordinator. “From research into battery technology to solar-power farms, to a student organization called Sustainable UCR. To LEED-certified buildings, we will be celebrating quite a bit this Earth Week.”

“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition” profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The list is part of the Center for Green Schools intended to improve how campuses are designed, constructed and operated.

The guide includes: School profiles with application, admission, financial aid and student enrollment information; “Green Highlights” write-ups detailing each school’s most impressive environmental and sustainability initiatives; “Green Facts” sidebars reporting statistics and facts on everything from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies programs, and green jobs career guidance; A glossary of 40+ green terms and acronyms from AASHE to “zero waste”; and Lists identifying schools in the book with various green distinctions – among them: those with LEED-certified buildings and those that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2011 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada to tally its annual “Green Rating” scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The Company tallied Green Ratings for 768 institutions in summer 2011. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide hierarchically (1 to 322) according to their Green Rating scores, nor does it include those scores in this book’s school profiles.)

First Black Sergeant of Ontario PD Remembered

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Longtime San Bernardino resident and community organization enthusiast Julius Grey Hemingway, Jr.’s life was celebrated this week in a home going celebration fit for a king. His home church, Ecclesia Christian Fellowship celebrated a job done well by Hemingway.

Born September 30, 1941 in San Bernardino, CA to Lillie Elizabeth Fountain and Julius Grey Hemingway, Sr. He spent his early childhood attending schools in San Bernardino. He received Christ at an early age while a member of St. Mark Baptist Church. He graduated from Pacific High School, received an AA degree from San Bernardino Valley College, and also earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, San Bernardino. While attending school, he worked at Patton State Hospital as a Psychiatric Technician and also served 9-1/2 years in the Air Force Reserves. He then started his 20-year career in law enforcement which included being the first African American sergeant with the Ontario Police Department.

Hemingway has always been involved in community organizations, some of which included the following: Ecclesia Economic Community Development Collaboration through Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, where he has been a member for over 12-years; Rialto Kiwanis; board member the Citizen’s Advisory Committee at California Rehabilitation Center – Norco; NAACP board member; member of Prince Hall Masonic Lodge #17; Riverside Consistory #273; Sheik Temple #98 of Prince Hall Shriners. Hemingway was a founding member of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement); a member of California Cruisers RV Club, and NAARVA (National African American RVer’s Association). One of his favorite pastimes was going to car shows and RV shows. His dream car was a Ferrari. Hemingway met Liz in 1967 and they were married on August 21, 1970, a union that lasted for 41 years. They enjoyed camping, waterskiing, spending time with friends and family, and going on cruises.

“Julis was an active member of the San Bernardino Branch and a life member of the NAACP,” said close friend Walter Jarman. He continues: “As a member of the Legal Redress Committee, he could look at an issue fairly on both sides for the best outcome of a complaint. I was Best Man at his wedding and a fellow law enforcement officer. We were founding members of the NOBLE organization. He had a love and respect for fairness.” Hemingway leaves to cherish his memory his wife Liz, brother Keith, and sister Elizabeth; three sons, Erick, George and Will; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

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