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Volunteers to Build Playground for Children

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Councilman Rikke Van Johnson
On Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at 8:00 a.m.m Albertsons Sav-on Pharmacy, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Bernardino, KaBOOM!, the City of San Bernardino and a host of volunteers will come together to build a children's playground at Delmann Heights Park located at 2969 N. Flores Street, San Bernardino 92407.

This is the second collaborative playground build with KaBOOM! the City has seen this year. The first KaBOOM! supported playground build occurred on March 29, 2008 at the Lytle Creek Park facility sponsored, in part, by the California Volunteers of the Governor's Office.

When asked about the sponsors of the playground build, Mayor Patrick J. Morris was glad to see that the city is expanding its list of new partners: "I'm very pleased that Albertsons Sav-on Pharmacy is one of our co-sponsors in this endeavor. They are a relatively new partner in creating more opportunities to improving the aesthetics and resources for our children on the Westside of the city and I hope that they will continue to support the city with future endeavors."

The playground build will take place at the Boys & Girls Club, Delmann Heights Community Center. Officials from the Boys & Girls Club, who have been diligently recruiting volunteers for the event, expect a volunteer turnout of 250-300 people.

The development of this new playground will be a continuation of a series of visions that 6th Ward Councilman Rikke Van Johnson is unfolding at Delmann Heights Park; "the KaBOOM Build provides a great opportunity for our community to come together and create a great play space at the Delmann Heights Community Center. This is only a partial fulfillment of the dreams that we have for this 20 acre park.:

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Roberto Martinez at (909) 384-5417 or rmartinez@bgcsb.org.

Going Loco at the County Museum

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The San Bernardino County Museum invites the public to visit the museum with no admission fee on Sunday, August 3. Visitors will enjoy programs and special exhibits as well as displays of specimens and artifacts that interpret local history, anthropology, geology, paleontology, and biological sciences in regional context. The free day is sponsored by the San Bernardino County Second District.

From 11 am to 4 pm, the museum education division will host a Family Fun Day "Going Loco!" Children will enjoy assembling their own "paper" steam locomotive as they learn railroad terms such as a steam dome and a sand dome. These free activities are designed for adults and children between the ages of 3 to 12.

Special exhibits at the museum include "All That Glitters: a century of razzle-dazzle," "A Feast for the Eyes: dining in style, 1860s to 1940s," "Sticks and Stones: vernacular architecture in San Bernardino County," and "A Piece of My Heart: samplers from the collections."

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm. Everyone is admitted free on Sunday, August 3. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.

The San Bernardino County Museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services' telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.

San Manuel Amphitheater Set To Debut

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Formerly Known as Glen Helen Pavilion, San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino and Live Nation Enter Into a Long-Term Name-In-Title Agreement

The High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority, comprised of San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino and Live Nation have announced a long-term agreement for exclusive naming rights to North America's largest amphitheater.  Effective immediately, the facility formerly known as Glen Helen Pavilion will be rebranded San Manuel Amphitheater.

San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is one of Southern California's premier entertainment destinations. They're known for providing incredible live performances by some of the biggest names in the industry. Today's announcement further demonstrates their commitment to providing great forums for live entertainment to the greater Los Angeles area. 

"We are very glad to have San Manuel as a partner and look forward to working with them," said Nick Masters, President of Live Nation/So-Cal.  "Given their strong live entertainment roots and close ties to the community, we think this is a great fit for the Amphitheater."  

Rated by fans and artists alike as one of the most spectacular outdoor venues in Southern California, San Manuel Amphitheater is located amongst the majestic foothills of San Bernardino.  It offers the largest capacity of any amphitheater in North America.  Depending upon the individual show and its production requirements, as many as 65,000 fans can enjoy top-notch entertainment under a picturesque sky.

"We are thrilled about this new opportunity to be associated with one of the premier outdoor entertainment venues in Southern California. San Manuel has always been focused on providing an unforgettable entertainment experience, and this latest partnership continues in that tradition," said Steve Lengel, executive director of operations for San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino.

World-renowned artists from a wide variety of genres, such as Linkin Park, Tom Petty, Kenny Chesney, RBD and more, have performed here.  Built following the success of the groundbreaking 1982 US Festival, San Manuel Amphitheater continues to serve as a prime setting for some of today's biggest music events, including Rock The Bells, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and many other large-scale shows.  In addition to its busy concert schedule, San Manuel Amphitheater also hosts many special community events.

Area music fans will notice the building's new logo and signage at this Saturday's Toby Keith concert.  The facility has other great shows in store this year, including hard rock legends Motley Crue and their inaugural Crue Fest on August 2nd, ZZ Top and Brooks & Dunn on August 3rd and much more.   

In Search of Unsung Heroes

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The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation is in the process of identifying the many unsung heroes who are diligently volunteering their time to improve the lives of the many residents of San Bernardino.  These individuals and/or organizations give unselfishly of their time to uplift others.

This event to honor the unsung heroes will be held Friday, September 26, 2008. For more information to identify an unsung hero, please leave a message at (909) 888-1696.

Outlets Provide Activities for Kids

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Lake Elsinore Outlets invites moms and their pre-schoolers to spend a fun morning together at the center's Kids' Outlet - a FREE weekly program featuring kid-fun activities, arts and crafts and treats. Activities take place each Friday at the Lake Elsinore Outlets, Suite 106 near Bath & Body Works Outlet, Lake Elsinore, California

For more information about how to become a member of the Kids' Outlet, please call Lake Elsinore Outlets at (951) 245-0087 or visit the website at www.lakeelsinoreoutlet.com.

Every Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

August 1: The Birch Aquarium - The Birch Aquarium shares beautiful gifts of the sea with the Tide Pool Treasures Show.

 August 8: My Soup...Now You're Cooking! - Children create a bowl of their favorite type of soup from dry macaroni noodles, stars, spaghetti noodles and other fun ingredients.

August 15: Mad Science! - Mad Science will visit and showcase unique, educational, entertaining and hands-on activities that spark the attitude and imagination for learning about science.

August 22: Presenting...Musical Kids' & Company! - A live interactive concert for children that will inspire creative confidence through dance and musical theater.

August 29: Sherry Bean Wellness Coordinator - Sherry Bean shares wonderful nutritional ideas for the entire family as well as hosts an educational craft for the kids.

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