Arts & Culture

St. John Bosco Mission to hold 78th Annual Mi Ranchito Fiesta

By Angela L. Espinoza de Vargas Tamales!  Burritos!!  Raspados!!!  You can almost hear the church vendors proudly identify their booth for the upcoming 78th annual Mi Ranchito Fiesta on Saturday, August 24th at the Historic St. John Bosco Mission. “As a church community, we’ve been preparing for several months by gathering the children and youth to fold, cut, and open colorful paper flowers.  Ladies of the Prayer Group have been extremely busy helping with the flowers, preparing tamales, and sewing neck-cooler wraps,” said Henrietta Chavez, Fiesta Chair. The fiesta grounds will feature many booths of foods, beverages, games and a country store.  Decorations include sombreros, zarapes, pinatas, and colorful flowers to mimic fiestas of days gone by.  Pit bar-b-que will also be available along with hot dogs, tacos, fruit bowls, cool fruit drinks, and a beer garden.  For the children’s enjoyment, there will be several game booths and prizes. Entertainment has been carefully planned and includes all-day music by DJ Greg P, and a performance by Folklorico Cultural from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. under the direction of Gloria Chavez will once again take place.  The…

The Inland Empire gets snubbed when it comes to arts and culture

An Op-Ed by San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington, and Jim Rawitsch, executive director of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Craft It’s not that our region doesn’t have an assortment of museums and cultural offerings. From two Smithsonian-affiliates (the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts in Rancho Cucamonga and the Museum of Riverside) to the interactive San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands and the historic Fox Theater in downtown Riverside, we have a plethora of high-quality arts.  We are also home to many historical sites (the Mission Inn in Riverside, the Agua Mansa Cemetery in Colton, the John Rains house in Rancho Cucamonga, the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater in Hemet and long stretches of Route 66) as well as a trove of Native American history and culture. No, the Inland Empire—for that matter most of inland California—gets snubbed on public funding to support these vital institutions and landmarks. This should be the year to change that. The state budget gave arts funding a significant boost in the 2019-20 budget— from $18 million last year…

Comic Ventriloquist Joe Gandelman at the Feldheym Central Library

The Feldheym Central Library will present Comic Ventriloquist Joe Gandelman & Friends as the final program for the annual summer reading program. This free show will be in the Bing Wong Auditorium at the Feldheym Central Library, 555 W. 6th Street on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 3 PM. Ventriloquist Joe Gandelman does showsthat are famous for being fast-moving, with a BIG cast of high-visual wooden and puppet characters plus his famous lip sync number where Joe “throws” his voice into volunteers.  All of his shows are packed with laughs, quick segments, and character interaction.The audience will learn trade secrets of ventriloquism and puppetry. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the San Bernardino Public Library. For more information call 909.381.8235 or 909-887.4494 or visit www.sbpl.org or www.facebook.com/SBPLfriends/ The post Comic Ventriloquist Joe Gandelman at the Feldheym Central Library appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Michelle Gonzalez and Brutus Chieftan featured readers of Literature on the Lawn

Treat the child of your heart to some soft-serve tender-loving poetry and waves of laugh-provoking wit at Riverside’s Literature on the Lawn! The lyrically uplifting Michelle Gonzalez and say-it-like-it-is Brutus Chieftan are sure to leave you satisfied, August 1, 7 pm at the Riverside Public Library, located at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside. Michelle Gonzalez is an educator and writer who has lived in Riverside most of her life. She currently teaches at the Riverside Adult School. As an author of four chapbooks of poetry, she mostly writes about the challenges of life and love. Her poetry is also filled with other themes, such as home and family. Michelle received her MFA in Creative Writing from National University in 2010. Prior to that, she received a BA degree in English from UCR. She has long been a part of the Inlandia Institute’s writing workshops. Michelle has also enjoyed facilitating local workshops in her community. Her books of poetry include Morning in the House by the Field, Afternoon in the Park by the Lake, Evening in the Patio by the Hill, and Wild Chrysanthemum. “Coming often without / paper or…

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