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World-famous Opera Singer to Perform in Riverside

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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., Saturday, at the César Chávez Community Center.

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

A question-and-answer session and a reception will be held after the performance.

"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.  Her illustrious career is a delight and to have her grace our city with her presence is an evening you don't want to miss."

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

Upcoming San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) Events

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Friday, May 16, 2008

6:00 p.m. - SBVC Auditorium

12th Annual Black Recognition Ceremony

Join members of the Black Faculty & Staff Association as they salute SBVC graduates of 2008 and the triumph and success of their human spirit. Contact Dr. Zelma Russ for more information at 909.384.8670.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Campus Center

Diploma-Bound: Recapturing, Reconnecting and Re-Engaging Disconnected Youth

Join SBVC, the City of San Bernardino and a host of school districts for this day-long summit dealing with high school drop outs and help bring attention to this high needs population. The Summit will create a place for topical discussions which will lead to the development of a region-wide action plan, and help to build upon existing local education reform efforts. For more information please call 909.384.5133.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - SBVC Auditorium

9th Annual Nuestra Graduación

Join members of the Association of Latino/a Faculty, Staff and Administrators as they celebrate the graduating class of 2008 from San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College that numbers well over 400. After the hour-long ceremony, a reception will follow with a local mariachi band and DJ providing entertainment. Contact Patty Jones for more information at 909.384.8975.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

6:00 p.m. - SBVC Auditorium

Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony

Symbolizing nursing knowledge, skills and caring learned in their program, 42 graduates in full nursing uniforms from the class of 2008 will receive an SBVC nursing program pin during a candlelight ceremony as family and friends watch.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

6:00 p.m. - Arrowhead Credit Union Park

San Bernardino Valley College Commencement

More than 600 students will walk in this memorable ceremony as friends and family fill the bleachers to celebrate the bestowing of certificates and degrees on the class of 2008.

UC Regents will meet to appoint new chancellor for UCR

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The University of California Board of Regents will consider the appointment of and compensation for a new chancellor for the UC Riverside campus as part of its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, May 15, at UCLA's Covel Commons.

The Regents' compensation and educational policy committees will first meet jointly in closed session at 8:30 a.m., followed by a closed session of the full board. At approximately 9 a.m., following public comment, the compensation committee and then the full board will meet in open session to approve the new chancellor's compensation.

A Tale of Two Dates

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Provisional Educational Services, Inc., and the PAL Center and Charter Academy  PROUDLY announces two very important dates!

Thursday, May 29, 2008.  The Annual PALS of PAL Golf Tournament will be held at the El Rancho Verde Golf Club, 355 E. Country Club Drive, Rialto, CA.

This fund raiser will begin at 6:30am with Registration & Continential Breakfast, 7:00am Putting Contest, and 8:00am Tee Time with Shotgun Start. Proceeds go totally to support the various services of the non-profit agency, from Pre-School to High School to College;  from unemployment to training to unsubsidized employment; from low self-esteem to "I Believe I Can Fly!" Please help with this fund raising event.  Fill the golf course!  Additional information can be found at the Pal Center  web page,  www.palcenter.org

Thursday, June 12, 2008.   Commencement Exercises for the PAL Charter Academy will be held at 6:00pm at the PAL Education and Employment Center's Quad Area, 2450 Blake Street in San Bernardino/Muscoy.

Commencement speaker will be Dr. George McKenna, on whose life the movie, "The Hard Lessons: The George McKenna Story",  was made.  Denzel Washington portrayed Dr. McKenna in the 1986 movie.  Dr. McKenna's success in transforming Washington High School in Los Angeles is international history. Please celebrate the achievements of approximately 60 graduates of the PAL Center and High School Charter Academy!

For information contact (909) 887-7002.

Board Supports San Antonio Hospital Foundation

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The Board of Supervisors recently approved a $2,000 allocation to support the San Antonio Hospital Foundation.

The foundation supports the efforts of San Antonio Community Hospital. Foundation funding is used to enhance hospital care and to provide health services and education to the public. For example, the Foundation provides scholarships to nurses so they can enhance their skills by furthering their education. Foundation funding also enables the hospital to participate in community health fairs and other public events.

"The Foundation allows the hospital to do many great things for the community, and it will play an integral role as the hospital continues to grow and expand the quality medical services it offers," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Paul Biane, who requested the allocation.

The hospital plans to build a new tower that will add 104 beds to the main facility in Upland. The hospital also plans to expand its emergency room.

San Antonio Community Hospital is a 279-bed acute care medical facility with satellite offices in Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana. The hospital is a nonprofit organization governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees.

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