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Macy's Shopping Specials to Benefit Jenesse Center

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ImageWith Domestic Violence Awareness month fast approaching in October and September 20, 2008 named the official "Day of Service" in south Los Angeles by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Jenesse Center will recognize both with a special Swag Fashionista Estate Sale on Saturday, September 20, 2008 from 8:00am to 2:00pm in the parking lot of the Jenesse Center offices, located at 3761 Stocker Avenue Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA or call (323) 299-9496.  Shoppers can purchase designer clothing, shoes, household items, tools, and toys.  The event will also feature a local disc jockey to spin all the hits to keep the day festive and fun.

The Swag Fashionista Estate Sale is sponsored by Simply Swag, The Los Angeles Police Department and Nestle USA. 

Michele Turner, President of Simply Swag a local pro-family/anti-violence volunteer group said, "Simply Swag is proud to lead by example in our community.  Our focus is upon empowering the victims of domestic violence, therefore your support of our event will be of great benefit to the women and children assisted by Jenesse."

Lieutenant Daryl Russell of the Los Angeles Police Department said, "We consider ourselves to be partners and neighbors with all of the organizations in this area.  In addition, we support organizations that provide services to the community, especially those involving children."

Ken Bentley, Vice President of Community Affairs/Nestlé USA said, "At Nestlé we believe to continue to be the number one food company in the world we have to not only make the very best food and beverage products but we have to help make the communities we do business in better.  That's why we are proud to support the Jenesse Center and the great work they are doing."

Jenesse is proud to announce another great opportunity; as part of its national day of support, Macy's will help the families of the Jenesse Center by hosting Macy's Shop for a Cause, a special one-day only invitation to experience amazing savings at Macy's stores.  For a small $5 donation, which will benefit the Jenesse Center, shoppers will receive a special card that will offer a 20% discount on any purchase at Macy's department store. 

Nicki Micheaux
The beautiful and talented actress Nicki Micheaux of the ABC Family drama "Lincoln Heights" will chair the Macy's initiative.  Micheaux, a strong supporter of Jenesse Center said, "I'm thrilled to continue my support of the Jenesse Center in its mission to help women and families not only in LA, but across the country. They are always there to help women in need. Now we can all give back and get something we need, the latest fashions!"

Passes may be picked up for a small donation of $5.00 at the Jenesse Administrative offices at 3761 Stocker Avenue, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA or call (323) 299-9496.  Passes will also be available at the Swag Fashionista Estate Sale event.

Proceeds from the Jenesse Swag Fashionista Estate Sale and from the Macy's Shop for a Cause opportunity will benefit the Jenesse Center and its year round mission to stop domestic violence.  For more information, please contact Michelle Hudson at 323-294-0022.

Intern Receives Glimpse Into County Government

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San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales gave Gene Williams a look into county government as he "shadowed" the supervisor recently at the San Bernardino county offices.

Josie Gonzales' district covers Rialto, eastern Fontana, Colton and parts of San Bernardino.

The shadow day was to educate college students who are interested in starting a career within county government, providing a clear perspective in their ultimate career goals.

Gene Williams, 24 (Center) a recent graduate from California Polytechnic University of Pomona and a Dameron Communications intern, spent the day with County Supervisor Josie Gonzales (right) and Deputy Chief of Staff Lisha Smith (left) for a recent “shadow day”. The shadow day gives college students, who are interested in starting a career in government, a behind-the-scenes look in county government.

"I could not pass up this opportunity to meet with the supervisor and spend the day with local decision makers; receiving this one-of-a-kind experience was a privilege," said Williams.

The day started with introductions from the Fifth District staff and a discussion with County Public Information Officer David Wert.

 "Everything we discussed regarding public information and its role within the county was truly beneficial regarding my professional goals," added Williams.

After the discussion with Wert, Williams sat in meetings with Gonzales and Deputy Chief of Staff Lisha Smith. This provided an intimate look at how both worked with other county officials and organizations.

"He sat in on priority issue appointments with First 5 San Bernardino, the Foothill AIDS Project and the Inland Valley Development Agency, as well as meetings with Mayor Patrick Morris, Fontana Herald reporter Maria Elena Kennedy and members of the county's top nursing staff," said Gonzales. "I was very pleased with his reaction at the end of the day."

The day also entailed a trip to the San Bernardino County Human Resources department where Williams met Department Director Andrew Lamberto and Senior Human Resources Analyst Summer Adams. There Williams received a few tips to successfully search for any open county positions. 

The entire experience gave Williams a chance to see what it would be like to work in a government office.

"I hope that taking advantage of an opportunity to shadow me was rewarding for Gene," said Gonzales. "While he had no idea what to expect before the day began, he seemed surprised by the diversity and amount of work that gets done on a daily basis."

Gene Williams is a recent graduate of California Polytechnic University Pomona and an intern with advertising and public relations agency Dameron Communications in San Bernardino. His goal is to start a career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department through its public affairs division.

For more information on Dameron Communications call (909) 888-0321.

Give hope – give life – give blood Bloodmobile at Riverside Medical Clinic

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The Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties invites all healthy residents to give the gift of life Thursday, October 9, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverside Medical Clinic, Administration Building, 3660 Arlington Avenue in Riverside. For every lifesaving donation, participants receive points as part of the "Gift of Life" Donor Loyalty Program that may be redeemed for items through the Blood Bank's online store. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.bbsbrc.org or call the Blood Bank at 1.800.879.4484.

"The demand for blood never stops. In fact, right here in Southern California, we need to collect at least 500 donations daily to ensure that patients in hospitals get the lifesaving treatments they need," said Joseph W. Dunn, Ph.D., the Blood Bank's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

 Healthy individuals at least 16 years of age may donate blood. (Those 16 years of age must provide the Blood Bank with written parental consent. Parent consent forms are available at any donor center or community blood drive. Donors who have celebrated their 76th birthday must provide the Blood Bank with annual, written physician consent.) All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime.

The Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties was founded in 1951 as a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization by the medical societies of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The Blood Bank serves 42 medical facilities in Southern California and receives more than 500 donations daily in order to support 175,000 transfusions annually. For additional information, please contact the Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties at 1.800.879.4484 or visit www.bbsbrc.org.

Pechanga Elections Held, Chairman Macarro Re-Elected

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Mark Macarro
The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians today announced the results of Tribal Council elections held Saturday, July 19, 2008. 

Incumbent Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro, 44, was re-elected to another two-year term. Also re-elected to Tribal Council were Marc Luker, Ken Perez, Russell "Butch" Murphy, Mark Calac, and Donna Barron. Newly elected to the council was Gabriel Pico.  

"I am deeply grateful for the support and confidence of the Pechanga people," said Chairman Macarro.  "Our Tribe has overcome numerous challenges and seized several opportunities for the betterment of our people.  We will continue to strengthen the institutions of tribal government and continue to create opportunities for future generations."  

The Pechanga Band holds elections for the seven-member Tribal Council every two years. Tribal citizens over the age of 18 have the right to vote in Pechanga elections. 

About the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians is a federally recognized tribal government located next to Temecula, California. The Tribe owns and operates the award-winning Pechanga Resort & Casino. Pechanga directly employs more than 5,000 individuals through its economic activities.   

More Monterey Historical Records Released

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A pioneering percussionist, sultry songstress, Afro-Cuban innovator, blues legend, mainstream master and Latin impresario are featured in the second round of historic recordings released by Monterey Jazz Festival Records in collaboration with the Concord Music Group.

On Aug. 5, executives of the world's longest continuously running festival announced the issue of six never-before-released, archival live recordings: "Art Blakey and the Giants of Jazz/1972,"  Shirley Horn/1994,"   "Tito Puente and his Orchestra/1977,"   "Jimmy Witherspoon featuring Robben Ford/1972."  "Dave Brubeck: 50 Years of Brubeck: Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival, 1958-2007" and "Cal Tjader: The Best of Cal Tjader, Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1958-1980."

The latter two releases are compilations. All six showcase legendary artists at the peak of their powers, according to festival marketing associate Tim Orr.

The festival record label released recordings of Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie and a compilation including selections by Joe Henderson, Brubeck and Pat Metheny when it premiered in 2007.

"The recordings represent the wide variety of classic performers in the mainstream jazz, Latin and blues genres that are featured at Monterey, ranging from piano trios and small combos to big bands," Orr noted.

 "Adding to the legacy of the featured artists, the recordings also feature a cornucopia of legendary leaders as sidemen, including saxophonists Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan and Sonny Stitt, trumpeters Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry, pianists John Lewis and Thelonious Monk and percussionists Poncho Sanchez and Mongo Santamaria," he added.

Other sizzling sidemen on the recordings include bassists Al McKibbon and Eugene Wright, drummers Willie Bobo, Mel Lewis and Joe Morello, clarinetists Woody Herman and  Buddy DeFranco, pianists Vince Guaraldi, Earl "Fatha" Hines and Michael Wolff and tenor saxophonists Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins.

Jason Olaine, the label's general manager, said the label inaugurated its new festival recordings with "Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 2007" with MJF 50th Anniversary All-Stars James Moody, Terence Blanchard, Benny Green and Nnenna Freelon.

"We're not going to be stuck in a jazz time warp," Olaine explained. "We're excited to deliver important historical music as well as assemble special projects and all-star ensembles to debut at the festival each year."

The 51st annual Monterey Jazz Festival presented by Verizon new recordings will include Cuban flutist and singer Orlando "Maraca" Valle with special guests David Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, Ed Simon, Murray Low, John Benitez, Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. Future releases also include music by the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra.

Information on the label and its recordings may be obtained at www.montereyjazzfestivalrecords.com  and by contacting Matt Merewitz at DL Media, (610) 667-0501.

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