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World-famous Opera Singer to Perform in Riverside

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RIVERSIDE

 

World-famous mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán of the Los Angeles Opera performs a free public performance of her award-winning "Don't Be Afraid; It's Just Opera!" from 5:30 to 7 p.m., this Saturday, at the César Chávez Community Center.

Guzmán will sing musical selections from "Carmen," "The Barber of Seville" and "Madame Butterfly."

"This is a new exciting venue for the arts here in Riverside," said Ward 2 Councilman Andy Melendrez.  "Never has Riverside, the City of Arts and Culture, experienced an artistic sensation like Suzanna Guzman."

For more on the performance, contact Angie Valdericeda, (951) 826-2305, or at avaldericeda@riversideca.gov.

National Poverty Expert To Attend Riverside County

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James I. Masters, who was Principal Consultant on Content for the National Poverty Symposium that was held in the spring of 2007, will be attending the Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security sponsored by Community Action Partnership of Riverside County on May 22, 2008. The symposium will take place at the Morongo Band of Mission Indians Community Center.

On May 22, economist John Husing will be presenting the keynote address, with an emphasis on poverty trends in Riverside County. Dr. Husing's new data will be very timely for this symposium.

The Symposium will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Morongo Community Center is located at 13000 Fields Road in Banning.

Breakfast Marks Changes in Del Rosa

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SAN BERNARDINO

By Kimberly Ky

EECDC Strives for Purpose More Noble than Itself

The EECDC (Ecclesia Economic Community Development Collaboration) hosted an enlightening breakfast last Wednesday, May 14, 2008.  With influential business and community leaders in attendance, the organization was able to present a greater understanding of their goals and vision for the Date Street community of Del Rosa.

The breakfast lead by Frank  Quevedo, Vice-President of Southern California Edison and Pastor Joshua Beckley, Ecclesia Christian Fellowship highlighted the activities and vision of the EECDC.

This vision encompasses the creation of "jobs, housing, and businesses through the gifts and talents of God's people" in the Del Rosa area of San Bernardino.

The initiatives that were presented included the complete expansion of a youth community center in San Bernardino.  The EECDC has already mentored 54 young adults in a boxing program  "Faith in God Heals Troubled Souls."  Phase two will expand to  basketball courts and martial arts programs. 

Pastor Joshua Beckley stated: "the church is not in the neighborhood, but of the neighborhood, which is why a community center that serves the needs of the surrounding area is essential to the overall growth."

Statistics show that Ecclesia serves the 2nd highest crime area in the city of San Bernardino where 80-90% are below poverty level.  With this in mind, the EECDC developed a survey, searching for the economic answers to build a more safe environment for the surrounding community.

If you are interested in learning more or assisting the EECDC with its mission to develop the Date Street community of San Bernardino, please contact the church at (909) 881-5551 or visit www.ecclesiachurch.com/eecdc.

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Bartee Celebrates 90 Years

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RIVERSIDE

 

Former Riverside business owner for over 63 years and Riverside resident Willie F. Bartee recently celebrated his 90th birthday. The celebration was held at the home of his son, Mike Bartee.

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Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge, W.F. Bartee and Rev. W.L. Edward

Among those in attendance were Mayor Ronald Loveridge who presented Bartee with a certificate on behalf of the city of Riverside, Woodie Rucker-Hughes, president of the Riverside NAACP who recognized Bartee with a South African scarf, Susan Strickland, Dorella Anderson, and Jeanette Ward presented him with an honorary lifetime membership in the Riverside African American Historical Society.

Bartee, who celebrated his retirement after 61 years in business at Bartee's Beauty Salon in Riverside this past July, also received a certificate of recognition from State Assemblyman John Benoit for being the recent recipient of the NAACP Freedom Fund Entrepreneurial Award. Bartee says he is 90 years blessed.

Senator McLeod Hosts Event at Sierra Lakes

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FONTANA

 

Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter and Pomona Mayor Norma Torres chat during an event hosted by Negrete McLeod at the Sierra Lakes Country Club in Fontana May 8. About 100 guests were in attendance. 

Senator Negrete McLeod represents the 32nd district.

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