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MVBCC Hosts 4th Annual Banquet

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The Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce recognized community members at their 4th annual installation banquet held at the Moreno Valley Conference Center.  Music was provided by harpist Antoinette and later during dinner, jazz saxophonist J Boykin.  The program was led by Mistress of Ceremonies, Cheryl Brown, Co-publisher, The Black Voice News and District Representative of Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod.  Dinner was catered by Salena Taste of Mississippi in Moreno Valley. Mayor Pro Tem, William H. Batey, II of Moreno Valley installed officers and presented a city proclamation to Linda D. Wright, President and CEO. The chambers board of directors were pleased to see over 100 people present. Honorees included: Irene Haynes, Charitable and Humanitarian Award; Charlene Johnson, Small Business of the Year; Quinn Community Outreach Corporation, Non-Profit Business Award; Lea Petersen, The Gas Company, Corporate Business Award; Rosalyn Carter, Volunteer of the Year; Tracy A. Smith, Community Service Award; and Jacqui Proctor Miller, President's Service Award. MVBCC President Linda Wright stated: "I am elated to thank the past and present officers including the volunteers that has played key roles in enabling the MVBCC accomplish what it has in the past four years."

William H. Batey, II, Valerie Maxwell, Jacob Galba Bright, Delphine Bright and Cheryl Brown

Children read books and earn free tickets to SEUSSICALtm

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Performance Riverside and Riverside Public Library are teaming up to double the fun of any child who loves reading.   With Performance Riverside's production of Seussicaltm, the musical based on the well loved books of Dr. Seuss, running at Riverside City College Campus' Landis Performing Arts Center November 9th through 18th, two of the cultural mainstays of the burgeoning Riverside Arts Scene have worked together to create an innovative approach to promote literacy and the performing arts.

Brandon Hardy of Riverside reads up at Riverside Public Library to get ready for Performance Riverside's productions of SEUSSICAL.
Children may pick up a "Dr. Seuss Reading Card" at any Riverside Public Library branch.  Children who check out and read any eight books by Dr. Seuss may validate these cards with the library staff.  Children who bring the signed and stamped cards to the Landis Performing Arts Center Box Office on the Riverside City College Campus are eligible to receive one free child's ticket for a 2 pm performance of Seussicaltm on either November 10th or 17th.  Up to four qualifying children may attend per paid adult admission.

Based on the books of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, Seussicaltm is a montage of Seuss' most whimsical and wonderful characters, brought to the stage by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the award-winning creators of Broadway hits Ragtime, Once on this Island, and My Favorite Year. The Cat in the Hat, an outside observer, acts as the narrator who leaps into the action to create fun, as heroic Horton the Elephant endeavors to protect the people of Who-ville, who live on a tiny speck of dust. Characters and settings from seventeen Seuss masterpieces are woven into the action, including Green Eggs and Ham, Yertle the Turtle; The Lorax, Horton Hatches the Egg, The Sneetches, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

As Rey O'Day, Performance Riverside's Producing Artistic Director, observes, "Young people's lives are enriched by reading and attending live theatre.  Dr. Seuss has authored many favorite stories with characters such as Horton, Cat in the Hat, Gertrude Mc Fuzz, the Grinch, and countless others that lend themselves perfectly to a musical production."

Performance Riverside is a professional theatrical production company operating in the Landis Performing Arts Center under the authority of the Riverside Community College District, providing top-quality performing arts for the people of Riverside, California, and its environs. While concentrating on the American musical, Performance Riverside seeks to engage, inspire, educate, entertain, bring together, and enlighten this diverse community with the magic of live performance.

Riverside Public Library serves a fast growing community of approximately 300,000 covering 85 square miles. With a collection of approximately 600,000 books and other library materials, as well as 125 public access computers and an annual circulation of 1.2 million, RPL is a major provider of information services and cultural programs in California's Inland Empire.

"What could be more fun than Dr. Seuss characters coming to life?" says Sue Struthers, Youth Services Librarian for Riverside Public Library. "RPL is thrilled to help families share the magic of Dr. Seuss on paper and on stage."

For more information contact the Riverside Public Library at (951) 826-5369, or the Landis Performing Arts Center Box Office at (951) 222-8100.

Edison Recognizes the Work of Black Voice Foundation

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Frank Quevedo, Vice President for Southern California Edison, hosted a breakfast to share the work of The Black Voice Foundation for Media, History and the Arts earlier this week at the San Bernardino Hilton.

The program highlighted the current activities of the foundation including its internship program and weekend institute, Footsteps to Freedom Study Tours, Gospel Music History Project, Booker T. Washington Commemorative Project, Califest Studio/Buckworld Production and the Isaac Family Collection.

Attendees included elected officials from both San Bernardino and Riverside County, community leaders, corporate representatives, and major Black entrepreneurs including Lenny Woods of Chino Hills Ford, Developer Bill Shack, Copper Hill Homes and Shack Findlay Honda, and number one ranked Black investment banker, Napoleon Brandford, III.

John Kennedy, on behalf of, Frank Quevedo announced a major multi-year commitment to the foundation and encouraged others in attendance to do the same.

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Senator McLeod: SB 343 Signed into Law

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Legislation authored by Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) and signed into law Oct. 5 will provide more transparency in the deliberations and decisions of local legislative bodies.

"Senate Bill 343, which was signed last week by Governor Schwarzenegger, furthers the fundamental purpose of the Ralph M. Brown Act," Negrete McLeod said.

The bill requires that any document designated as a public record, pertaining to an agenda item up for discussion or consideration at an open meeting of the body that is distributed to a majority of the members of a local agency within 72 hours of the meeting be made available for public inspection without delay.

"The last-minute release of agenda packet materials impedes informed debate," said Negrete McLeod. "SB 343 requires these last-minute documents be provided for public inspection as soon as they are distributed to the members of the body.

The Brown Act was enacted in 1953 by the California State Legislature in an effort to safeguard the public's right to access and participate in government meetings within the State. The Brown Act requires, among other things, that local agencies post agendas for their regular open sessions in a public place 72 hours in advance to give the public a chance to participate in the decision-making process.

Writings that are designated public records that are distributed during a public meeting shall be made available for public inspection at that meeting, if prepared by the local agency or a member of its legislative body, or after the meeting if prepared by some other person.

The legislation takes effect July 1, 2008.

Retired Chancellor Ivan Hinderaker Dies

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Ivan Hinderaker
Ivan Hinderaker, UC Riverside's longest-serving chancellor, died last Sunday evening in Irvine. He was 91.

Hinderaker, widely revered as a champion of students, the community and the arts, was named UCR's third leader on July 1, 1964 and served until his retirement in 1979.

"Ivan Hinderaker had a profound impact on UC Riverside during the formative years of the university," said Acting Chancellor Robert D. Grey. "His emphasis on academic excellence and advocacy of the arts helped establish the university as a center of intellectual life, important research and artistic expression in the community."

Francis Carney, a founding faculty member who taught at UCR for 50 years, met Hinderaker as a graduate student at UCLA.

Hinderaker endeared himself to students during the anti-war protests in the 1960s by inviting protestors into his office for coffee and doughnuts, Carney said.

"Once he did let police break up a demonstration outside a lab," he recalled. "He wasn't a pushover. He preferred negotiations. That was Ivan's way."

Hinderaker and former UC Regent Phil Boyd pushed for construction of the carillon tower, a landmark on the UCR campus, and continued to financially support the instrument long after he'd retired, said Jim Erickson, former UCR vice chancellor for university advancement who met the former chancellor a few years after he retired. He also was instrumental in forming the UC Riverside Foundation Board of Trustees, which continues to support the campus.

"Ivan was terrific," Erickson. "He was a great chancellor. He always reached out to the campus and was an enlightened voice in the community."

Hinderaker loved athletics and the arts, those who knew him recalled, and fought for the UCR/California Museum of Photography.

"We fought many battles together to advance, not only the museum, but also the fine arts on campus and in the community," said Ed Beardsley, founder of the UCR/California Museum of Photography. "He cared deeply about higher education, UCR in particular. He was more than a colleague. We were good and close friends."

Hinderaker was born in Hendricks, Minn., on Apri 29, 1916. He received his bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College, and his master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the Minnesota State Legislature in 1941-1942 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 to 1946.

After teaching one year at the University of Minnesota, Hinderaker joined the UCLA faculty in political science in 1949, eventually serving as department chair. In 1963 he was named vice chancellor/academic affairs at UC Irvine, where he served for one year until his appointment as chancellor at UC Riverside.

Ivan Hinderaker is survived by his brother, Theodore Hinderaker and his wife, Laura, of Tucson; grandson Blake Hinderaker and his wife, Daniella, of Fremantle, Australia, and daughter-in-law Janice Hinderaker of Albury, Australia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Birk, and his son, Mark.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that gifts be made in honor of Ivan Hinderaker to the UCR Carillon Tower Fund.

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