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Exhibit Celebrates The Mission Inn’s 30th Anniversary

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The Mission Inn Museum and Riverside Metropolitan Museum are partnering in a special two-part exhibition to celebrate the Mission Inn's 30th Anniversary as a National Historic Landmark.

The first exhibit titled, Creating a Legacy (1875 - 1955) will be on display from July 19 - October 14, 2007 at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and will commemorate the legacy of Frank Miller and his contributions to the development of Riverside. The exhibit features personal objects of the Miller Family, including: a ram's horn inkwell, needlepoint pole screen, as well as significant artifacts that define the Inn during this period such as the original sketching of the Raincross symbol. The exhibit will open on July 19th with a special presentation by Author and Historian, Maurice Hodgen, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Mission Inn St. Francis Chapel followed by a reception at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Events and admission are free and open to the public.

The second exhibit titled, Saving the Community's Heritage (1955 - Present) will be on display from September 13 - January 5, 2008 at the Mission Inn Museum and will document the Miller Family sale of the hotel, its gradual decline, and renovation. The exhibit features objects saved by the public and returned to the Inn, paintings, bells, and original architectural renderings.  The exhibit will open on September 13th with a special presentation by Preservation Architect, Bruce Judd, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Mission Inn Galleria followed by a reception at the Mission Inn Museum from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Events and admission are free and open to the public.

The story of the National Historic Landmark Mission Inn stretches over more than a century and began with the Miller Family.  The Mission Inn originally began as the Glenwood Hotel bought and operated by Frank Augustus Miller in 1880. Frank Miller was more than just the owner of the famous Mission Inn, but he was an intregal part in the development of Riverside as well as international relations.  After Miller's death in 1935, the Inn continued under the Miller's daughter and son-in-law who died in 1952 and 1953.  The Inn was sold in 1955 and went through a series of ownerships and period of gradual decline.  Support for the preservation of the Inn grew and to save the hotel, community members rallied and the Friends of the Mission Inn formed in 1969. The Mission Inn Foundation was also established to preserve the site's history and collections and to manage the hotel.  The Inn received recognition as being one of America's nationally-significant sites and was designated as a National Historic Landmark on October 30, 1977. (The Inn was the first landmark to receive this recognition in Riverside County and is one of only two NHL sites in the county.)  In 1992, Riverside native Duane Roberts acquired the Mission Inn and has ensured the Inn's legacy. 

The Riverside Metropolitan Museum is located at 3580 Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside.  The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 am - 5 pm; Thursday 9 am - 9 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm; closed on Monday.  Admission is free. For more information, call: (951) 826-5273.

The Mission Inn Museum is located at 3696 Main Street, next to the Mission Inn Hotel.  The museum is open daily from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.  For more information, call: (951) 788-9556.

Million Father March Reaches IE

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4Positive Knowledge founder, Terry Boykins, has teamed with Chicago-based youth and community advocate, Phillip Jackson of the Black Star Project, to promote the united impact fathers have on their children's education.  It is called the Million Father March.

Now in its fourth year, the Million Father March promotes the involvement of fathers leading their children to the first day of school.  Additionally, the campaign promotes schools building relationships with fathers as a viable tool to help students excel both academically and behaviorally.

In addition to advocating paternal involvement in schools, another key aspect of the Million Father March involves creating partnerships between employers and fathers.  Such partnerships are being promoted to allow fathers a couple hours off (preferably paid) to be there for their child's first day of school.  The campaign is also working various marketing opportunities to grow exposure and increase the participation of father/child participation nationwide.

For more information on how communities and schools can participate in the Fall 2007 Million Father March, visit www.streetpositive.com , or, contact (909) 370-2805.

Contours Re-Introduces Real Weights And Real Results To Redlands

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Contours Express at the Tri City Shopping Center in Redlands, California, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate new ownership offering better fitness to women with a customized strength-training circuit workout where members are promised to see continued results.  Whether they are looking to tone, lose inches or simply live stronger daily lives, Contours Express' 29-minute workouts will help the women of Redlands better themselves inside and out!

"Women are attracted to Contours Express because we offer positive and negative resistance strength-training machines to help build bone density and prevent osteoporosis, as opposed to the hydraulic equipment provided at most other centers," said Marlette Harris, owner of the new Contours Express in Redlands.  "Today, the focus for most women has shifted from simply wanting to lose weight to an increased concern for overall health, such as building lean muscle mass and bone density.  Our workouts and customized equipment are specifically designed to fit those needs."

In addition to working out on weight-bearing equipment with positive and negative resistance, Contours Express' equipment is also designed to fit the contour of a women's physique. No more reaching or stretching uncomfortably on equipment designed for men.  Women nationwide are flocking to Contours Express, thanks to these two valued and important key offerings.

Marlette Harris (owner) posing with Contours Corporate Trainer T. Rose.
"Contours Express' new club members who formerly exercised on hydraulic equipment at competing circuit training gyms are amazed by the results they are seeing so quickly.  And, since the equipment fits their bodies better, they are always in correct form and position" said Bill Helton, President of Contours Express.  "As more and more women begin to understand the benefits of weight-training on customized equipment - a benefit health and fitness experts have been touting for years - we will continue to see memberships increase nationwide."

Many club members report that Contours Express' resistance equipment allows them more opportunity to continually increase the challenge and progress of their workouts, versus reaching a stopping point early on with hydraulic equipment.  In addition, the 29-minute circuit training workout is ideal for the busy lifestyles of today's women. 

"Women today are multi-taskers," Harris said.  "They are the caregivers, household managers and, in many cases, the financial providers for their families.  We offer these deserving women a place to go for just 29 minutes a day, three or more times a week, where they can focus on their bodies and minds, and connect with other women."

For more information, including directions or hours of operation, please call your local Contours Express at (909) 307-8964, or visit www.ContoursExpress.com/RedlandsCA/

Red Hat Society Inducts New Members

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A new sisterhood of women in Moreno Valley under the auspices of the Red Had Society sang songs of inspiration and friendship as they officially became members of the new Ebony Rose Hatters chapter.

Eighteen members, 50 and older, were inducted into the chapter by founder Queen Mum, Brenda Brazier. The members share a sisterhood with one another by attending social events, meeting for luncheons and really enjoy going to teas.

The tea was held at March Air Reserve Base where guests were treated to a delicious lunch featured speaker Marward Taylor with the theme "Walking, Talking, Joyfully as Red Hatters."

One guest, 85-year-old Alberta Mable Kearney, founder of the Perris Museum, shared her experience of living through many challenges and how thankful she is to live long enough to see the advancement and progress made by women of the twenty first century.

During the program, each new member dressed in eloquent purple attire and beautiful red hats of all types.

l-r back: Bobby Wright, Brenda Dixon, Dorothy Massey, Delanna Townsend, Wilda Whitfield, Betty Alexander, Carol McKinnon - Vice Queen: Front: Doris Edwards, Joanne Bowyer, Brenda Brazier - Queen Mom, Saluzella Saucer, and Tina Thomas.

Wingstop Opens First Moreno Valley Restaurant

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Wingstop, a fast-growing, chicken wing franchise known for cooked-to-order wings, continued its California expansion with the recent opening of its first Moreno Valley, Calif. restaurant.

Ronald McFadden and Clarence Fluellen of Simple Ideas, LLC, opened the new Wingstop in the Sunnymead Town Center at 24825 Alessandro Blvd. (Alessandro near Perris). The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily.  To contact the new Wingstop or to place take out orders, call (951) 924-9200.

Wingstop's signature bone-in chicken wings and boneless wing strips are prepared fresh and are available in nine proprietary flavors.  Both types of wings are made-to-order and there are no heat lamps, microwaves or holding bins in the store.  Side dishes are made from scratch and prepared daily in each location.  Party platters are available for catered events such as office parties, family gatherings and sporting events.

"We've been incredibly busy since we've opened and would just like to thank everyone for coming out to try us and supporting us," said McFadden.  "Faces are starting to become familiar as we already have a lot of regular wing eaters."

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