A+ R A-

Community Briefs

E-mail Print PDF

Share this article with a friend

Shade Tree Planting Program Surpasses 100,000 Tree Mark

After ten years of providing free shade trees to Riverside residents, which help reduce energy usage, beaut ify the city, and lower green house gases, Riverside Public Utilities’ (RPU) “Tree Power” program has surpassed the milestone of providing more than 100,000 trees to its customers.

In fact, with the closing of its annual free shade tree coupon promotion last month, the program has now provided a total of 102,768 shade trees that are estimated to save more than 16.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity and offset more than 20.2 million pounds of green house gas emissions annually.

“This is a terrific milestone to reach,” said Riverside’s Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge. “Riverside has long been known for its beautiful canopy of trees, and this program has helped get the word out to our residents and businesses on the many benefits that shade trees provide them, their community, and their environment.”

RPU’s Tree Power public benefits program encourages Riverside electric customers to plant shade trees around their properties that help to curb their energy use. Well placed trees around a structure can reduce air conditioning and cooling costs by as much as 20 percent.

Through their highly anticipated annual “free shade tree coupon” program, RPU gives out more than 12,000 trees annually. This year, 12,638 free trees were planted. For more information on RPU’s Tree Power shade tree program, visit GreenRiverside.com.

Summer camp goes operatic

For the fourth year, the City of Riverside, in partnership with the Riverside Lyric Opera, is holding an opera summer program for youth and adults.

The weeklong rehearsals in voice, staging and classical music culminates in a free public concert at the Cesar Chavez Community Center Auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

The summer workshop started this past Monday with daytime rehearsals for youth and evening sessions for adults. There are over 30 youth in the program, ages 6 to 17. Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman, artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles Opera, has also lent her talents as an adult instructor this week, as she has since the program’s inception in 2008. There are 25 people in the adult program.

“Our workshop program gets better every year,” Melendrez said. “There’s a lot of classical vocal talent in Riverside and surrounding communities, and this event provides a fun and supportive way to showcase some really strong and beautiful voices.”

16th Annual JazzFest West

Saturday, July 16, 2011 - Sunday, July 17, 2011, Doors open at 10:30a - 16th Annual JazzFest West. Saturday: Featuring: Boney James, El DeBarge, Ledisi, Leela James, Mike Phillips, and Joey Sommerville; Sunday: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly; Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds; Jazz Attack! featuring Rick Braun, Gerald Albright & Peter White, N'Dambi - Jeff Golub's Blues, 480 East. Location: Bonelli Park, San Dimas, CA. Tickets can be purchased at

www.omegaevents.com/jazzfestwest.com; Omega Events Box Office: (940) 360-7800; Inglewood Tickets: (310) 671-6400 or Wahoo's Taco Locations. Any questions, please call (949) 360-7800 or email: jazz@omegaevents.com.

Add comment

By using our comment system, you agree to not post profane, vulgar, offensive, or slanderous comments. Spam and soliciting are strictly prohibited. Violation of these rules will result in your comments being deleted and your IP Address banned from accessing our website in the future. Your e-mail address will NOT be published, sold or used for marketing purposes.

Security code

BVN National News Wire