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Inland Community to Host Benefit Golf Tournament

Inland Community Church (ICC) in Chino will hold its first annual golf tournament at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 5, at Los Serranos Country Club, 15665 Yorba Avenue in Chino Hills to help raise funds for the church’s building project.

Check-in time is 11 a.m., followed by a putting contest at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and an awards ceremony, as well as a raffle and auction, will conclude the day’s activities at 6:30 p.m.

The tournament format will consist of a 4-person scramble with awards going to the top three teams, with additional awards going to the top golfer in the following categories: longest drive, closest to the pin and putting contest.

All participants will receive 18 holes of golf with a cart, an embroidered golf shirt, dinner and a tee package.

For more information contact Rick Morris, Associate Pastor, (909) 628-1571.

Planning Underway for IE Chapter of Southern University Alumni Federation

Do you have that Southern spirit? If you are a graduate of Southern University or any historically Black college, please plan to attend a planning meeting to establish an Inland Empire Chapter of the Southern University Alumni Federation on April 19, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. at Quinn A.M.E. Church, 25400 Alessandro Boulevard in Moreno Valley. For more information contact Ruth Self-Williams at (909) 485-6993 or Gail Jackson at (909) 357-1445.

Christian Comedian Publishes Another Book

Richard O Jones will be speaking at the Grand Terrace Branch Library May 8, 2003 at 6:30pm.

Mr. Jones is a poet, a writer of fiction, a columnist, a comedian, and a father.
In 1988, Richard O Jones was sentenced to four years in prison (but served only two years) after pleading guilty on major welfare fraud charges. While incarcerated Jones took a long look at his life and didn’t like what he saw. It was then that he pledged to dedicate his life to steering youth clear from crime and make the average citizen more street smart.

While in prison he interviewed dozens of prison inmates asking them the single questions, “What would have made the difference in your life?” Before his prison release Jones had written his first book, “Tips Against Crime, Written From Prison.” Later this book inspired his cable TV show of the same name.

Jones avidly worked toward a more meaningful life. He was active in church, mentored to youth, and shared his experiences with others.

In 1993 he produced his own public access cable TV show entitled, “Tips Against Crime.” This was a forum to interview ex-criminals, crime victims, and law enforcement officers on crime prevention tips, techniques, and procedures. He has raised four daughters as a single parent after the death of their mother in a traffic accident in 1981.

In 1994 Mr. Jones appeared on the Leeza Gibbons Show, The Today Show, and numerous appearances as a crime tip advisor for UPN News 13. He is a freelance columnist and a public speaker who focuses his efforts in crime prevention, life improvement, and community service.

An author of several titles the Grand Terrace Branch Library is thrilled to welcome him May 8, 2003 at 6:30pm to speak about his life and his newest title: “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima,” a book of poetry dedicated to the African American spiritual woman.

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