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San Bernardino Pastors United prepare for upcoming block party

The San Bernardino Pastors United (SBPU) in association with community leaders and the faith-based community, will have another Community Block party on Saturday October 26, 2019 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Dr. Mildred Henry Elementary, located at 1250 W 14th Street, San Bernardino. The residents of San Bernardino are still being plagued with violence, crime and shootings in the city. The San Bernardino Pastors and community leaders take a stand together in solidarity and let the residents know with boldness, theme “Our God Will Provide” Gen 22: 11-14. The SBPU pastors demonstrate by showing love, helping thy neighbor, covering one another.  On this day, pastors, law enforcement, dignitaries, school officials all join together on one accord.   We are expecting thousands to be in attendance, Come early. At the event, there will be free food, free groceries, free gifts and prizes for the kids, free clothes and free health checks, job resources. The host church will be Victory Outreach Church, located at 990 W Mill Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410. Pastor Rick Alanis Senior will deliver a life changing message. Please register by…

Community Hospital of San Bernardino hosts historic event honoring decades of service with dedication of ‘The Physicians’ Corridor’

Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) announced the unveiling of the Physicians’ Corridor, a beautifully designed space dedicated to all 50 former Medical Staff Presidents, a dozen of whom attended a celebratory event in their honor. According to current Chief of Staff, Dr. Johnny Negusse, “This dedication is to show the hospital’s appreciation for the high quality medical care our physicians have provided and continue to provide the San Bernardino community since 1956. It is an honor to be surrounded by such compassionate and caring providers and to welcome back former medical staff presidents.” Attendance included the second president of the medical staff from 1957, along with others who served in the 1970s and 1980s. Dr. Negusse shared, “By remembering, honoring and inducting these presidents into our new “Physicians’ Corridor” we are also honoring all of the physicians who served alongside them.” CHSB Hospital President, June Collison stated, “Our physicians are important members of our care team. They each embrace the mission of Dignity Health every day as they serve and advocate for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised. It is…

The San Bernardino Pastors United (SBPU) in association with community leaders and the faith-based community, will have another Community Block party on Saturday October 26, 2019 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Dr. Mildred Henry Elementary, located at 1250 W 14th Street, San Bernardino. The residents of San Bernardino are still being plagued with violence, crime and shootings in the city. The San Bernardino Pastors and community leaders take a stand together in solidarity and let the residents know with boldness, theme “Our God Will Provide” Gen 22: 11-14. The SBPU pastors demonstrate by showing love, helping thy neighbor, covering one another.  On this day, pastors, law enforcement, dignitaries, school officials all join together on one accord.   We are expecting thousands to be in attendance, Come early. At the event, there will be free food, free groceries, free gifts and prizes for the kids, free clothes and free health checks, job resources. The host church will be Victory Outreach Church, located at 990 W Mill Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410. Pastor Rick Alanis Senior will deliver a life changing message. Please register by…

Scouts participate in major food donation program this Saturday in multiple cities

On Saturday October 19th the Boy Scouts of America invite you and your neighbors to support your local food pantries while you shop at your local grocery stores in the Inland Empire communities from Colton and Grand Terrace to Banning along the I-10 corridor and across the San Bernardino Valley up to Lake Arrowhead, Blue Jay and Crestline in the San Bernardino Mountains. The Gray Arrow District Boy Scouts will be “Scouting for Food” October 19th collecting non-perishable food items from shoppers in these communities at participating grocery store entrances. Stater Bros., Albertsons, Food for Less, Walmart and Vons are the larger participating grocery stores in the greater San Bernardino Valley up into Banning Pass areas, while Jensen’s and Goodwin’s join Stater Bros. in the mountain communities. Gerrards, Trader Joes and Smart & Final stores in Redlands will join this support effort, as well as Dollar General and Walmart in the Calimesa to Banning area. Please encourage your families, friends and neighbors to help the Scouts do a meaningful “Good Turn” for your communities by donating food items intended for needy families that reside in…

Supervisor Josie Gonzales appointed to CA State Association of Counties Homeless Action Team

Seeking to implement effective regional as well as local approaches to combat California’s growing homeless crisis, San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales has joined eight other County Supervisors on the California State Association of Counties’ (CSAC) Homeless Action Team. CSAC formed the working group in August, which also includes its First Vice President Lisa Bartlett and Immediate Past President Leticia Perez, to complement Governor Gavin Newsom’s Statewide Homeless and Supportive Housing Advisory Task Force. Viewing homelessness from the county perspective, the Homeless Action Team will help to fill the gaps, ensuring the design and execution of a greater comprehensive strategy to address the economic, social, and health challenges California communities face. Photo 5th District Supervisor Office: Supervisor Josie Gonzales, in partnership with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s H.O.P.E. Team, helped this homeless family find safe housing. The H.O.P.E. Team is proactive four-man outreach team that links the county’s population living on the streets with resources and services to enable their transitions from homelessness. To learn more about or to contact the H.O.P.E. Team email hope@sbcsd.org or call (909) 387-0623. “My colleagues on…

County Schools’ Dowdy to receive National Lifetime Achievement Award

Brenda Dowdy, homeless education project manager for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, will receive the 2019 Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award at a national conference in Washington, D.C., in November. Dowdy will be honored at the 31st annual National Association for the Education of Homeless Children Conference on Nov. 3. For the past 13 years, Dowdy has worked in County Schools’ Children Deserve Success program, working with liaisons of the county’s 33 school districts in homeless education to provide services for students and families. San Bernardino County is home to more than 33,000 students identified as homeless as defined by the federal McKinney-Vento Act. Dowdy has led efforts through County Schools to provide backpacks with school supplies, clothing and personal hygiene items for students. She also has helped raise and coordinate distribution of college scholarships for high school graduates annually. The post County Schools’ Dowdy to receive National Lifetime Achievement Award appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Pat Collier, featured speaker at Museum, to discuss history of the Colton Woman’s club

On Saturday, Oct 12, at 2:30 p.m., the Colton Area Museum’s (CAM) guest speaker program will feature Pat Collier, a fourth generation “Coltonite” and long time member of the Colton Woman’s Club. With many stories to share, and background information to fill our curiosity, Pat Collier will present a historical timeline of the organization’s development and highlight some of the important milestones dating back to the beginning of the 20th Century. While recently organizing old storage files from the Woman’s Club, Pat Collier became passionate about the club’s history, and felt that the information should be available to the public. Pat enthusiastically states “I’m very happy to share this information, because few people actually know about the history of the Colton Woman’s Club.” She also adds, “this presentation will be a good opportunity for our organization.” Pat attended Colton Schools, graduating from Colton High School in 1964. She retired from the Colton School District teaching first – third grades at Zimmerman Elementary for 13 years. Since 2013, Pat has been an active member of the Colton Woman’s Club is proud to note that “through thick…

The Community Foundation hosts Women’s Giving Fund Fall Soiree

On Sept 26, The Community Foundation hosted over 50 women during its Fall Soiree at the Mission Gables House in Redlands where they learned about the Women’s Giving Fund and what their giving can do together to support women and children in need in the Inland Empire. Guests heard from Stephanie Buckley, from Wells Fargo Bank, who provided a presentation on her journey to philanthropy and the personal values that are connected to her giving. They also learned about the families who benefited from the $15,000 grant Purple Hearts received last year. It was amazing to hear of the five families that have been given a fresh start and are rebuilding their lives because of the Fund. Because of Purple Hearts’ approach, in 20 years no battered woman has returned to her batterer, including these women and their children. That’s the power of collaborative giving! If you are interested in giving to the Women’s Giving Fund or would like more information, contact Darcy McNaboe, Regional Charitable Giving Officer at dmcnaboe@thecommunityfoundation.net or call 951.241.7777. The post The Community Foundation hosts Women’s Giving Fund Fall Soiree appeared first on…

Colton Woman’s Club hosts Mayor’s Breakfast

On Friday, October 4, 2019, the Colton Woman’s Club hosted the Inland Empire Faith Collective’s (IEFC) annual Colton Mayor’s Breakfast.  Pete Tasaka, President of the IEFC and Pastor of the Vineyard Church in Colton explained that the IEFC is the faith-based community of the city working together to speak blessings into and to promote unity in Colton.  They also provide scholarships for the local high schools Baccalaureate event each year.  Photo Marina Rojas: Colton Councilman Ernie Cisneros and Colton Mayor Frank Navarro. Tim Isom, Pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Colton and IEFC Board Member said that the Mayor’s Breakfast is held each year to gather the city’s administrative leaders in each key department and to offer up prayers for the good of the city as a whole. Representatives of the Colton Fire Department, Colton Police Department and the Colton Joint Unified School District were prayed over as encouragement and good words were spoken into the lives of all who worked for those entities.  When the Mayor and City Officials were prayed for, there were blessings and favor pronounced over the businesses and…

Rialto Unified School District students earn over $2 million in scholarships

At the end of September, Rialto Unified School District students made history by earning over $2 million in scholarships to four-year universities. “We are here with over 30 colleges and universities that will be conducting on the spot admissions and granting scholarships. Today we hope to see around 1,000 students from the Rialto Unified School District and surrounding districts come out to experience this opportunity. This year we are anticipating getting 200 to 300 students accepted into a university. We are confident we will have 2 million dollars in scholarship offers,” said Dr. Alan Rowe, United Action College Network (U-CAN). On September 17, A.B. Miller High School hosted a U-CAN college fair to provide leadership services, college preparation assistance and award scholarships to qualifying students throughout the district. “Our students have worked hard in preparing their resumes and preparing their communication skills for interviews. What is unique about this college fair is that students receive on the spot scholarships, full ride admissions, and it really helps them get excited about the college admissions process,” said Dr. Edward D’ Souza, math and science lead academic agent.…

Sinfonia Mexicana to present Dia de los Muertos – Celebration of Life concert

Sinfonia Mexicana will present its annual “Dia de los Muertos – Celebration of Life” concert, an event that honors the legacy of those who have gone before us on Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:30 p.m., at Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, 780 N. E St., San Bernardino, CA, 92410.  The doors will open at 2:00 p.m. There will be entertainment by the renowned Mariachi Internacional de Mexico de Francisco J. Jara, of Pancho Villa Restaurant in Fontana fame, who is recognized for its interpretations of traditional mariachi.  Ballet Folklorico Cultural de San Bernardino, under the direction of Gloria Chavez, will perform traditional folklorico dances in their regional costumes that are sure to please. The Mariachi Youth Academy students will showcase their musicianship with their interpretations of mariachi songs that celebrate the tradition of Dia de Los Muertos.  Academy founder Tony Bocanegra stated, “The music will touch the hearts and minds of the audience.” You don’t want to miss this celebration that is sure to delight with artistic displays – it promises to be a culturally rich and interactive experience for the entire family.  Buy…

SB Community College District makes new investment in the community and The Free College Promise

The San Bernardino Community College District is expanding its reach and its investment in the community with a move to a new building on Hospitality Lane.  Move-in day is Friday, Oct. 18 to a three-story building located at 550 E. Hospitality Lane, Suite 200, San Bernardino, CA 92408.  The community college district will move several offices into the second floor, including business services, human resources, facilities planning, public affairs, technology, research planning, and the chancellor’s office. This building will also house the meeting room for the public meetings of the Board of Trustees. The public will have an opportunity to see the new space at a study session with the board at noon on Thursday, Oct. 24. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be 4 p.m. Nov. 14. When guests enter the building, they will find a commemorative plaque on the first floor that reads, “On the eve of the San Bernardino Community College District’s first 100 years of public service, this building is dedicated to our community as a bridge to a better tomorrow.” Already, the first floor is leased by Molina Healthcare, and the third…

Assemblymember Reyes and School District Police bring Community Healing Forum to San Bernardino

Bullying and violence in our communities were top concerns on Monday night. Over 200 community members joined with Assemblymember Reyes and Chief Joseph Paulino of the San Bernardino City Unified School District Police at Arroyo Valley High School to share their frustrations and concerns on important community issues in San Bernardino.  The goal of the Community Healing Forum was to provide a safe space for the community to express their concerns to community leaders. The main topics discussed were bullying and student safety. “It was clear to me that bullying is a main concern to parents and our community. When parents drop off their children at school they expect them to be safe from bullying and other trauma that impacts their children,” said Assemblymember Reyes. “These conversations are difficult, but they are the first step to healing and finding solutions to the community’s concerns.”   The Community Healing: Protecting the Next Generation event was the first in a series of community healing events that Assemblymember Reyes is planning throughout the 47th Assembly District. These events will tackle issues of poverty, gun violence, student safety, homelessness, government…

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians awards $1.3 million grant to UCLA School of Law to advance justice on tribal lands

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has awarded a grant of more than $1.3 million to UCLA School of Law to help strengthen legal institutions in California and across Indian country through the law school’s Tribal Legal Development Clinic. The five-year grant calls for the clinic to work on up to four legal projects each year to improve tribal courts and law enforcement practices, develop youth courts and peacemaker alternatives to litigation, and handle matters involving the Indian Child Welfare Act. An overarching goal is to develop model legal systems and practices that can be adopted by native nations. “The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is committed to improving justice systems on native lands in California and beyond,” said San Manuel Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. “Partnering with UCLA School of Law, we can help native nations build legal institutions that are durable, just and responsive to the social and cultural needs of our communities.” The grant funds a new position at UCLA Law, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Legal Clinic Director, as well as staff for the Tribal Legal Development Clinic. UCLA…

St. Bernardine receives $100,000 donation to further women’s oncology services

The Dignity Health Foundation – Inland Empire announced the receipt of a $100,000 charitable gift from the Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer. These crucial funds will be used toward the purchase of a second surgical robot at St. Bernardine Medical Center (SBMC) as part of its robotic surgery expansion program. “Our gratitude is immeasurable.  Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer have once again shown their generosity to St. Bernardine with support for Women’s Health & Wellness services,” said Doug Kleam, SBMC Hospital President.  “They share in our passion to provide high-quality treatment for our patients in a comforting environment and this gift will help us further our mission and achieve these common goals,” Kleam added. The hospital will be adding the DaVinci Xi Robot, which is known for its advanced capabilities in expanding the scope of non-invasive surgical services for oncology. Expanding the robotic surgery program at SBMC provides San Bernardino patients with the option to stay local while receiving the same technologies offered at notable competitor sites in the L.A. market. The generous $100,000 donation was made possible by…

Volunteer dental event provides nearly $1.5 million in oral health care

The California Dental Association Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.46 million in charitable dental services to 1,626 people at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino Sept. 27-28. Photo CDA Foundation: Dr. Marc Bernardo providing care to a patient in need. Dr. Bernardo practices in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals performed 10,412 procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings, limited dentures and limited root canals. Additionally, the clinic provided patients with oral health education and resources for future dental care.   “CDA Cares is a rewarding experience for everyone involved, from patients who receive much-needed dental care to volunteers who consider it a privilege to serve,” said CDA President Del Brunner, DDS. “It’s not only the charitable dental services that are provided, but how each patient is treated with dignity and respect that makes each clinic special.” More than 1,400 volunteers donated their time and services at the event, including health professionals — dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental students, nurses and lab technicians — and hundreds of community volunteers who assisted with registration, translation, data…

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