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Museum Offers Glimpse At WWII Army Camp

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A free exhibit featuring photos, artifacts and information about Riverside's Camp Anza will be on display for four months at the City's Metropolitan Museum, 3580 Mission Inn Ave., starting tomorrow.

The exhibit commemorates an exciting era in Riverside history when the camp was a World War II staging area for soldiers before boarding transport ships to the Pacific Theater.  Holding 20,000 soldiers at a time, it was the final glimpse of America many soldiers saw before shipping out.  It was also a "welcome home" point for as many as 500,000 returning soldiers.

Remnants of the camp, which existed from 1942-1946, can still be seen in the Arlanza neighborhood of Riverside. 

The exhibit continues until Jan. 31, 2009.

Exhibition Focuses On Art Influences

A free exhibit about modern influences on local artists opens Thursday at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, 3580 Mission Inn Ave.

The show, "Artists Declare," offers samples of art's external influences - family, traditions, current events, political issues and technology - as well as comments from the artists themselves.   Works by Charles Bibbs, Justin Huffman, Beatriz Krumbein and Douglas Miles will be exhibited.

There is an opening reception at the museum from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, during Arts Walk, the monthly open house for Riverside galleries and museums.

The exhibit continues until March 15, 2009.

For more information, call (951) 826-5273 or go online at www.riversideca.gov/museum.

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