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8th Annual Black History Luncheon

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RIVERSIDE

A Salute To Local African American Artist 

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Charles Bibbs
The Janet Goeske Senior Center will hold it's annual Black History Luncheon on February 12, 2008 from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  The Center is located at 5257 Sierra St., Riverside, CA. This year's program will honor some of Riverside's most talented African American Artists. The honorees include Charles Bibbs, Sandra Rowe, Bernard Edmonds, Otis Washington, Alicia St. Regis and Adeola Aryeloja. The artists will display their work and share their sources of inspiration and motivation. On hand to present the artists will be Daniel Foster, Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum, Patrick Brien, Executive Director of Riverside Art Council, Ennette Morton, Director of the Riverside Metropolitian Museum, Ira Yawnick, President of the Corona Art Association and Joanna Mersereau, noted Watercolorist and author.

The cost of the event, including lunch is $5.00 for non-members and $4.00 for members.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Center.  

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Bernie Edmonds


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Alicia St. Regis
   
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Sandra Rowe



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Otis Washington

Senior Center Expansion, Step Closer to Completion

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The Black Voice News

RIVERSIDE - Many gathered to attend the long awaited groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday morning of The Bordwell Park Senior Center expansion. The program began with the pledge of allegiance by Dell Roberts, President of the Bordwell Park Advisory Team. Mayor Ronald Loveridge made the welcome and introduction. seniors in the Eastside have been waiting for over 20 years for this expansion of Stratton Center. Everyone was happy to be present at this joyous occasion when an outline of the expansion was decided. Remarks were made by Councilmember Andy Melendez, Councilmember Wandz and Mike Gardner, City Manager Brad Hudson, and Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis. Ralph Nunez, Park Director, spoke of what this expansion will mean to this community when the center is completed by August 2008. Ameal Moore worked for twelve years keeping the dream alive and spoke of the honor and pride he felt on this occasion. Jeanie Williams-Gaines joined the group to turn the first shovel of dirt.

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Black History Month At Feldheym Library Galleries

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SAN BERNARDINO

 

The works of two Black artists are currently on view at the Feldheym Library Galleries during Black History Month.  The exhibit showcases the work of Riverside native Linda Phelps-Young in the Upper and Lower Galleries.  The work of world-renowned Nigerian born artist Okaybabs is featured in the Upper Gallery.

Former Black Voice News Paste-Up Artist, Linda Phelps-Young   studied commercial art at Ventura College and fashion illustration design at Woodbury College.  She considers herself a colorist and was influenced by the works of the Impressionist painters.   Among the highlights of the exhibit are portraits of Josephine Baker, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.  Phelps-Young has created a line of greeting cards of Vintage Portraits, Floral and Ethnic Series that are available for purchase or viewing at the Riverside Metropolitan Art Museum Gift Shop.

Okaybabs is a world-renowned artist whose versatility is his trademark. A meticulous draftsman, his artwork shows originality and creativity characterized by loose, exuberant style and color.  Okaybabs holds membership affiliates with the Riverside Art Museum, Art Council of San Bernardino and Redlands Art Association where he teaches art to student of all ages. He operates his Art Studio and Gallery in city of San Bernardino.

The Norman F. Feldheym Central Library Galleries are located at 555 West Sixth Street in San Bernardino and are open Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m.   8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m.   6 p.m.   For more information, please call Linda Puetz, Exhibition Coordinator, at 909.381.8251 or visit www.sbpl.org.   

Black History Committee Kicks Off Black History Month Activities

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RIVERSIDE

 

Black History Month is next month but the Black History Committee of Riverside and the SAVE THE DATE Media Group started early with a kick-off celebration at Zacatecas's Café this past Friday. The evening began with a performance by the Bre Dance Studio. Clifford Breland, Owner, and his dancers performed two numbers that wowed the crowd of almost 100 attendees.

Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge of the City of Riverside, Councilman Chris MacArthur, Ward 5 and Captain Dave Hernandez, Riverside City Fire Department were among the many dignitaries on hand to kick-off the 2008 calendar of events.

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5th Ward Councilman Chris MacArthur and Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge presents a certificate to Black History Committee Chairperson Carmen Roberts

This year's Riverside Black History Month theme is "It Takes a Village" Leaders: Past, Present & Future. Events will continue throughout the year. On Saturday, February 9, 2008 will be the 29th Anniversary Parade and Expo. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. from Terracina and Magnolia (RCC) and will proceed down Market Street and end at 13th and Main in front of the Old Court House. The expo also starts at 10:00 a.m. on the Main Street Mall next to City Hall.

Chairperson Carmen Roberts honored the city of Riverside, Riverside Public Utilities, Altura Credit Union, Riverside City Fire Department, Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc., Black Voice News, Precinct Reporter Group and RBS for their continued sponsorship of The Black History Committee of Riverside.

Partnering in the kick-off celebration this year is SAVE THE DATE, a Los Angeles based calendar of events magazine, to also celebrate the launch of its new Inland Empire section and calendar in their current eighth anniversary special edition issue that is now on sale.

Annual Bloodbank Presents Award for Service

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Courtney Carter, and Henry Hurtado representing University of Redlands shown receiving award from Bloodbank of San Bernardino & Riverside counties. The award was presented by Dr. Frederick Alexander President/Medical director for Bloodbank. The event was held on Sunday Jaunuary 27 at the Riverside Convention Center.

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