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A Single Dad’s Devotion Inspired Father’s Day

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SAN BERNARDINO

 

It's tough being a single parent today, but one's dad's success in this role helped in creating this special day for all fathers.

Several websites credit Sonora Smart Dodd, a young mother in Spokane, Washington with organizing the first Father's Day celebration. Her father, William Jackson Smart, had raised Mrs. Dodd and her five siblings after her mother died giving birth to the couple's sixth child.

As Mrs. Dodd sat listening to a Mothers' Day sermon in 1909, she thought of how her father had been both mother and father to her family. She set about to establish a new holiday recognizing the important roles fathers play in their children's lives.

The next year, her church held the first Father's Day celebration. By 1926, the word had spread and people were celebrating Father's Day across the country.

ImageFor dads in 2008, a great way to say "thanks for all you do" is to order him a customized gift container from The Bountiful Basket in Highland. This company can take orders from anywhere in the world through its website, www.thebountifulbasket.com

"Whatever a dad is interested in, we can make a basket or other gift to help him enjoy his hobby more thoroughly," owner Marilyn Taylor said. "And we have other baskets that just say thanks for being a good dad."

Taylor and her team have come up with some new ideas just in time for this year's holiday, which falls on June 15.  One sure to be a hit with most dads is her "Father's Day Toolbox."

"It's a good-sized orange and black toolbox filled with tools and snacks," Taylor said.

For a new dad, who probably won't have quite so much time to play with tools, there is the Daddy's Diaper Dootie Tool Belt. Instead of tools, this gift package is filled with diapers and other baby products, and for dad, rubber gloves, safety goggles and a clothes pin for the nose.

If tools aren't your dad's favorite things to play with, and his little ones are past the diaper stage, The Bountiful Basket can design a gift with his interests in mind.

The company has several examples displayed on its website for sports fans, especially for those dads who like golf. New baskets are in the works for baseball fans, NASCAR and Harley-Davidson enthusiasts. There are also gift baskets for movie and music lovers.

And what dad wouldn't love a little pampering? The Bountiful Basket has a line of bath products, Bountiful Spa Therapy, that have been a hit with both men and women, due to its universally appealing unisex scent. The company will gladly make a gift basket featuring the products men love.

The Bountiful Basket has more than 250 different baskets to choose from, ranging from $10 to $500. These are grouped by themes, such as holidays, corporate, children's and teenagers' baskets, college students' designs, and gifts with different varieties of products within.

But, if none of those designs are exactly what you're looking for, The Bountiful Basket can custom-make the perfect gift that you will be proud to give and will fit within your budget.

For more information, go to their website, www.thebountifulbasket.com  or call Taylor at (909) 425-2203 for help with your selection.

Susan Straight Wins Edgar Award

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RIVERSIDE

 

Susan Straight, professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, has won a 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award for her short story, "The Golden Gopher."

The award was presented by the Mystery Writers of America at a banquet May 1 in New York City. "The Golden Gopher," which was published in the anthology "Los Angeles Noir," was one of five works nominated in the category of Best Short Story. More than 2,000 entries were received in 12 categories.

"Susan's winning this award - for the first mystery story she ever published - is just another indicator of her strength as a fiction writer," said Charles Whitney, chair of the UCR Department of Creative Writing. "The creative writing department has been on something of a roll recently. Students and faculty are winning awards and publishing excellent work."

Straight said she was so surprised to win that she wasn't prepared when her name was called.

"Other writers said they were shocked to win, but at the podium they pulled out speeches, and I had a few initials written on three of my fingers," she said. "For a literary writer to win this award is amazing, and since I love the mystery genre and read about 20 or 30 mystery novels a year, I am very thankful. I wrote this short story not about a blood-and-guts kind of murder, but about someone who kills another man because he can't bear to lose the woman he loves, so it's really not so much about death but about sadness."

HOT! HOT! HOT! Cool Kids Get a Jump on Summer

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RIVERSIDE

 

Kaiser Permanente's Operation Splash will provide a $50,000 grant to the City of Riverside Recreation and Parks to fund free swim lessons and pool activities for up to 400 children in Riverside this summer Thursday, June 12, 3:00 p.m. at Shamel Park Pool, 3650 Arlington Ave., Riverside.

Operation Splash, a three-year program begun in Los Angeles in 2006, has now expanded to include Riverside, Fontana and Chula Vista. The additional funding of $50,000 for each new city will bring Kaiser Permanente's commitment to $1.5 million to help improve swim safety and access to pool activities in low-income areas. The goal of the program is to help reduce obesity by increasing opportunities for safe, physical activity. 

The mission of Operation Splash is to support aquatic facilities and swim programs that help increase physical activity in low-income areas, diminish the risk of chronic disease, and build strong bodies. The program encourages all participants to become water-safe in a fun and healthy environment. Children and their parents will be able to register for the free swim lessons at the pool. 


A Special Moment

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Local citizen Alycia Enciso steals a few minutes with Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently at the Telacu Education Foundation's Scholarship Dinner held in Century City where Waters was a special guest. Waters was there to support the diverse group of over 100 students who were receiving part of the $2.4 million in scholarships that were awarded to high school grads, returning undergraduates and graduate students. Telacu holds the distinction of having a 100 % graduation rate of their recipients. "They do more than give them money, they support them through the time they are in collage," said Enciso.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc./California Alliance of African American Educators

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ImageOn Sunday, June 22, 2008, the Eta Nu Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) and the Inland Empire Chapter of the California Alliance of African American Educators (CAAAE) will honor and award outstanding high school students from the Inland Empire. This year, the Eta Nu Omega Chapter of Riverside/San Bernardino will award over $14,000.00 to six outstanding young women from the Inland Empire. The Inland Empire Chapter of CAAAE will award and recognize 20 high school students from the Inland Empire.

The Graduate/Scholarshp Reception will take place at the T. Hughes Memorial Building, located at 1777 Baseline Road in San Bernardino.

Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded on the campus of Howard University on January 15, 1908. The AKA's celebrated 100 years of community service and will hold their centennial celebration on the campus of Howard university in July. They are the first Black Greek letter organization founded by African American Women.

ImageCAAAE is a national organization for teachers, administrators, professional developers, support providers, and college students who work with African American students.

For more information, please contact Jenise Earl-Bush at (909) 289-4019.

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