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Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Kicks Off Saturday in Palm Desert

Coachella Valley residents can reduce air pollution and save money by exchanging a working gasoline-powered lawn mower for a new battery-electric model.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) will kick off its popular “Mow Down Air Pollution” program with a lawn mower exchange at 8 a.m. Saturday at California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert campus.

Residents must pre-register to participate by visiting www.aqmd.gov or by calling 1-888-425-6247.

The program is available on a firstcome, first-serve basis to residents, 18 years and older, showing proof of residency within AQMD’s four-county jurisdiction (OrangeCounty and major portions of Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties). Gas-powered mowers must be in working order and only one mower per household can be exchanged. Cash, check or major credit cards are accepted for payment.

This year, consumers may choose among five electric mower models, available for $100 to $230: Neuton CE 5.4 (24V, 14-inch cutting width) $100 (retail price: $399); Neuton CE 6.4 (36V, 19-inch cutting width) $160 (retail price: $499); Black & Decker CMM1200 (24V, 19-inch cutting width) $100 (retail price: $349); Black & Decker CM 1936 (36V, 19-inch cutting width) $160 (retail price: $449); and Black & Decker SPCM 1936 (36V, 19-inch cutting width, self propelled) $230 (retail price: $699).

State of the City Address

Mayor Patrick Morris will be giving his annual State of the City Address on Tuesday May 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the California Theater located at 562 W. 4th St. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The Mayor will speak about the many accomplishments and goals that have been reached by the city over the past year, while sharing his vision for the future of San Bernardino. “The State of the City gives me a unique opportunity to share my perspective of where the city has been, and where I perceive it is headed,” said Mayor Patrick Morris. “My goal is to speak directly to our constituents about a variety of issues.”

The public will have an opportunity to meet and speak with the mayor and city council members at the reception on the theater lawn immediately following the address.

For more information, contact the Mayor’s office at 909-384-5133.

30th annual Medicine Ways Conference May 14

Two significant events that celebrate Native American culture will be held at the University of California, Riverside in May.

The 30th annual Medicine Ways Conference is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, and the 30th annual UCR Pow-Wow will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 27 and 28. Both events are free and open to the public.

Parking costs $5 per day.

The Medicine Ways Conference brings together contemporary traditional leaders from across the United States to discuss how Native American medicine and ways of life can help everyone.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Highlander Union Building room 302. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

The annual UCR Pow-Wow – with the theme “Honoring Our Warriors” – opens on Friday, May 27, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and begins on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m., continuing until 10 p.m. at the UCR Sports Complex, 1000 Blaine St.

The event is an inter-tribal social gathering celebrating Native American culture and traditions through singing, drumming, and dancing. Traditional Native American dancers, drum groups, bird singers, and other artists will be present, and vendors will sell food, handmade Native American jewelry, arts and crafts, and other merchandise.

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