Special Games include all athletes in Temecula

Inclusivity was the name of these games. Athletes of all ages who have developmental disabilities gathered Saturday, March 16, for Temecula’s 16th annual Special Games. Staged at Great Oak High School’s football field, the free event included opening ceremonies, non-competitive games and sports activities. Nicholas Casario, watches as Kalle Chilcote tires to score a basket during the City of Temecula’s 16th annual Special Games at Great Oak High School Saturday, March 16, 2024. (Photo by Andrew Foulk Contributing Photographer) Archimedes Shelledy looks up as he places a disc into a giant Connect Four game during the City of Temecula’s 16th annual Special Games at Great Oak High School Saturday, March 16, 2024. (Photo by Andrew Foulk Contributing Photographer) Myron Johnson smiles as he plays a game where you throw balls on a string around a set of bars during the City of Temecula’s 16th annual Special Games at Great Oak High School Saturday, March 16, 2024. (Photo by Andrew Foulk Contributing Photographer) Aidan Lee reacts as the ball misses after he tried to score a basket during the City of Temecula’s 16th annual Special Games at

Girls pick free prom dresses at Montclair event

Money should be no obstacle to dancing the night away at the school prom. That’s why the former Nordstrom in Montclair became the site for a unique shopping experience Saturday, March 16. One of the more than 200 girls rings the bell after finding the right dress during Cinderella Dreams which offers girls dresses, shoes and accessories for their proms for free at Montclair Place in Montclair on Saturday, March 16, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Volunteer Catherine Smith helps Amanda Ceja, 17, of Etiwanda High try on a dress during Cinderella Dreams at Montclair Place in Montclair on Saturday, March 16, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) More than 200 girls enjoy a day of Cinderella Dreams, offering girls dresses, shoes and accessories for their proms for free at Montclair Place in Montclair on Saturday, March 16, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Annika Shaffer, 17, of Ontario High, smiles at the delight of volunteers’ faces as she tries on shoes to match her dress during Cinderella Dreams. Cinderella Dreams offers girls dresses, shoes and accessories for their proms for

Researchers to do biodiversity survey in Azusa foothills

Researchers are set to do a biological survey of the Rosedale Open Space in Azusa that will begin Monday ahead of brush clearing to reduce the risk of wildfires, Azusa officials announced Friday. The Watershed Conservation Authority has hired HANA Resources to conduct the survey that officials said “will inform WCA’s work to balance fire resilience and biodiversity.” The HANA team will also develop a plan for sustainable land management, including procedures for reducing invasive species in the Rosedale Open Space. This week Azusa residents or visitors may see the survey team accessing land through the Beatty Canyon service road at the end of East Viewcrest Drive beginning Monday at 8 a.m., according to the WCA. WCA contractors are slated to remove invasive species in the Azusa area this summer. The WCA is a coalition of municipal governments that manages open-space areas that include the Southern California mountains, valleys, rivers, coastal plain wetlands and coastline, plus the Puente Hills, Montebello Hills, San Gabriel Foothills, Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. According to the agency, it “has acquired six properties along three

Pasadena announces Joaquin Siques as new transportation director

Pasadena officials earlier this week announced the appointment of Joaquin Siques as the new director of the city’s Department of Transportation. Siques began his career with Pasadena DOT nearly two decades ago and advanced through several engineering positions. In 2020 he became the deputy director of transportation. In that role he implemented dozens of projects and programs, according to a city statement. Siques secured Caltrans’ relinquishment of the 710 freeway stub, implemented on-street dining and “Slow Streets” programs during the pandemic and obtained millions in transportation grant funding. “He brings a balanced approach to improving the safety and efficiency of the movement of people within the City, creating a sustainable and equitable transportation system, with a focus on the system’s most vulnerable road users,” officials said. Siques also is the executive director of the Arroyo Verdugo Joint Powers Authority. Member cities include South Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and Los Angeles County. Before joining Pasadena’s Transportation Department, Siques was a traffic engineer at LA-based Korve Engineering from 1998-2004, according to his LinkedIn account. “Joaquin combines an engineering background with a passion for safety and a

Social Lites will award scholarships to Black high school seniors at Beautillion Knights event

The Social Lites Inc. will award scholarships to Black high school seniors at its 57th annual Beautillion Knights event March 30 at Cal State San Bernardino. The Inland Empire nonprofit has provided scholarships for more than 50 years to young men going on to college or technical school. The 2024 Beautillion Knights are Ali Dphrepaulezz of Etiwanda High School, Rancho Cucamonga; Daniel Rivera of Cajon High School, San Bernardino; Destyn Maurice of Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy, Jurupa Valley; Frank Cox III of Summit High School, Fontana; Solomon Moore of Citrus Valley High School, Redlands; Syncere Brackett of Centennial High School, Eastvale; and Darvion McGee of PAL Charter Academy, San Bernardino. “College-bound 11th- and 12th-grade students who are enrolled in the Beautillion Knights program participate in a five-month extracurricular program,” Marlene Davis of the Social Lites said in a news release. “During that time, they gain practical knowledge and experience that grounds them with lifelong foundations that benefit their academic and career success.” Subjects include leadership development, life skills and health education. Mentor-tutors work with the young men to develop their talents and skills, exposing them

Scripps College event will feature artist whose work combines sculpture and dance

Sculptor and dancer Judith Davies will speak about her multifaceted career at a lecture and tea Wednesday, March 20, at Scripps College in Claremont, hosted by the Fine Arts Foundation. The event, at 2 p.m. in the college’s Hampton Room, is free and open to the public, Davies, a 1969 graduate of Scripps College, works primarily in sculpture but also combines video,dance and sculptural elements in the theater, and installations. Her works center around culturaltraditions that cherish nature, and some recent installations focus on the consequences of people’s actions contributing to climate change, according to a news release. Davies studied sculpture at Scripps College with Aldo Casanova and dance choreography at UCLA. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture at Temple University, a Fulbright award to study sculpture in Italy and an Andrew Mellon research grant for travel to Egypt. Her training in several dance forms led to her interest in collaborating on interdisciplinary projects involving costume, set and prop design, as well as video projections for multimedia performances. She has taught sculpture and 3-D design for more than 30 years, as

Mayor, three newcomers have leads in Riverside elections, latest results show

The early frontrunners in Riverside’s elections have kept their leads, a Friday afternoon, March 15, update from the Riverside County Registrar of Voters shows. Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson and her former adviser Philip Falcone are far ahead in their races: hers for reelection and his for the Ward 1 city council seat. Lock Dawson declared victory this week. See the latest election results. Meanwhile, in Ward 3, Steven Robillard now leads Warren Avery by 512 votes. In Ward 5, Sean Mill is ahead of Councilmember Gaby Plascencia by 175 votes. If the final results reflect the trends seen in the latest update, Falcone and Robillard would take the open seats in Wards 1 and 3, while Mill would replace Plascencia in Ward 5. RELATED: Riverside mayor, her former adviser lead, as councilmember trails, election results show Ward 2 City Councilmember Clarissa Cervantes would vacate her seat if she wins the 58th Assembly District race, and an election would be held to replace her, under Riverside’s city charter. The most recent results, from Friday afternoon, show Cervantes in second place, pulling ahead of candidate and fellow Councilmember

Two giant bounce house experiences come to Inland Empire

There’s definitely some “boing” in Ontario and San Bernardino, thanks to the arrival of two bounce house events — each touting themselves as the “world’s largest and world’s biggest.” FUNBOX, which calls itself the “world’s biggest bounce park,” returned to Ontario Mills shopping and outlet mall Friday, March 8, and will be up through Mother’s Day. The Big Bounce America, home to “the world’s largest bounce house,” will roll into San Bernardino from Friday, March 22, through Sunday, March 24, at the San Bernardino Soccer Complex. Three-year-old Andrew Murillo goes through the mazes inside FUNBOX!, a touring giant bouncing house currently stationed in Ontario, on Friday, March 15, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, The Sun/SCNG) Three-year-old Andrew Murillo climbs up an inflatable slide inside FUNBOX!, a touring giant bouncing house currently stationed in Ontario, on Friday, March 15, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, The Sun/SCNG) Gloria Hejazi, 7 runs around inside FUNBOX!, a touring giant bouncing house currently stationed in Ontario, on Friday, March 15, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, The Sun/SCNG) FUNBOX!, a touring giant bouncing house currently stationed in Ontario, is seen slowly

School layoffs OK’d again across the Inland Empire

For public school employees, it’s a spring ritual. Each year, school district administrators gauge what services they should provide — and can afford — for the next school year. If they decide to eliminate jobs, tentative layoffs must be approved by the state-imposed Friday, March 15, deadline. Layoff lists must be finalized by May 15, and sometimes districts rescind some layoff notices. The potential cuts affect certificated jobs — such as teachers, librarians, psychologists — and classified positions, which are non-teachers such as aides, food-service workers and custodians. Some districts are also eliminating temporary and probational employees. Though the process is routine, California Teachers Association President David Goldberg said tentative layoffs have dramatically increased this year. A year ago, California schools proposed layoffs for about 316 certificated employees, he said in a Friday text message. “This year, we are already aware of almost 1,400 positions on the chopping block — about five times more than last year, with more to come.” Districts are pointing to budget issues as one reason for the possible cuts, he said. Rialto school board President Joseph Martinez voiced a similar concern

Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center plans ‘Hope Lights the Night’ luminary event

Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center and the Canyon Lake Mermaid Club will host their first “Hope Lights the Night” luminary event 5-8 p.m. April 2 at Holiday Harbor in Canyon Lake. The event is planned as an opportunity for people to honor friends and family who illuminate their lives with love and laughter and to remember those who have died. Activities will include decoration and display of luminary lights and bags, a moment of silence to remember loved ones who have died, a champagne or sparkling cider toast, live music and a “Wall of Hope” displaying the names of friends and family being honored and remembered, according to a news release. Food will be available for purchase from on-site food trucks. The lighting of the luminaries will take place at sunset. The family-friendly event is free, but an RSVP is required to attend. To RSVP or for information, go to michellesplace.org/events. Each person attending must have an RSVP for entry. To honor loved ones on the “Wall of Hope,” include their names during registration. Holiday Harbor is at 22180 Village Way Drive in Canyon Lake. Michelle’s

How should transportation dollars be spent in Riverside County?

Riverside County residents interested in knowing how transportation funding may be allocated over the next few years — and how they can submit their own ideas — can take part in a webcast next week on the proposed 2024 Traffic Relief Plan. The Riverside County Transportation Commission sent notices in February about the proposal, seeking residents’ input. On Wednesday, March 20, commission officials will host a webinar from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., during which an overview of the countywide strategic blueprint will be provided. Participants will be directed on how to submit their opinions before the end of the comment period on Sunday, March 31. The webinar will be transmitted via Zoom at www.rctc.org/TRPwebinar. The agency’s draft 2024 Traffic Relief Plan contains a list of proposed investments in the region, including the Riverside metropolitan area, Coachella Valley, Temecula Valley and San Gorgonio Pass. The plan aims “to reduce traffic congestion by constructing highway improvements, repairing potholes on local roads and streets, increasing the frequency of public transportation and fortifying our county’s transportation infrastructure against natural disasters,” according to an commission statement. The last relief

Fontana Unified School District celebrates students’ achievements in Black History Month events

The Fontana Unified School District celebrated Black History Month in February with a series of classroom and community activities. The month’s activities began Feb. 3 with the district’s second annual Black History Month celebration, “Harmony in Heritage and Knowledge,” and ended with a Black History Month elementary excellence awards ceremony Feb. 28. The school district collaborated with the District African American Parent Advisory Council in planning and implementing the events. “These events brought together a wide range of folks who make up our community; we were so excited to bring our students into these spaces,” April Clay, president of the District African American Parent Advisory Council, said in a news release. “This was a great opportunity for our scholars to be recognized for their academic achievement and for some scholars to receive special recognition for community services and all the ways they contribute to society and their campuses.” Both events showcased the talents of Fontana district students through live performances and displays of their artistic and academic creations. The school district also honored its Black scholars during each event, bringing them on stage to receive

Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band will perform music from the 1980s

The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band will present “Music of the ’80s and ARISE” 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium on the campus of Chaffey High School, 1245 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario. The free concert will feature hits from the 1980s and a performance by the ARISE ensemble directed by E. Martene Craig. Members of ARISE, an ensemble of singers and bell ringers, come from several churches in the Inland Empire. The group’s repertoire includes spirituals, hymns, gospel songs, folk and show tunes, plus country, patriotic and seasonal music, and ARISE performs in venues including churches, retirement homes, concert halls and prisons, according to a news release. In the March 18 concert, ARISE will perform “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Rolling in the Deep” and will join the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band in “You’ll Never Walk Alone/Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “Love in Any Language.” The ensemble will also give a pre-concert performance on stage from 7 to 7:20 p.m. The concert will also feature the return of guest vocalist Jana “Gigi” Garner, who has performed with choirs and rock

Wells Fargo Study Uncovers Critical Money Stressors, 50% of Teens Lying About Financial Affluence as Two-Thirds of Adults Reduce Spending

A comprehensive study by Wells Fargo has laid bare the financial anxieties faced by Americans across different age groups, providing a deep dive into the nation’s monetary concerns and offering practical advice for navigating these challenges. Teenage Financial Fears: The Pressure to Appear Affluent The study’s findings reveal a startling trend among teenagers, with 50% admitting to lying about their spending habits, and a third distorting the truth about their family’s wealth. “The influence of social media has intensified the pressure on teens to present a facade of affluence, leading to a disconnect between their perceived and actual financial status,” explained Emily G. Irwin, Managing Director & Head of Advice Relations at Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Management.  To address this, Irwin advocates for open and age-appropriate discussions about money within families, aiming to demystify financial matters and foster a healthier attitude towards money among the younger generation. Middle-Aged Americans: Balancing Act Between Savings and Debt For those in their middle years, the struggle is centered around inadequate savings and escalating debts. The research indicates that individuals in this demographic are caught in a financial

Fontana Unified High School Cheer Team Continues Dominance, Wins Third-Straight CIF Championship

Summit High School’s cheer team has continued its historic run of success with standout postseason performances, which included the SkyHawks winning both a regional and national championship this season. Most recently, Summit High won the program’s fifth-straight and 10th United Spirit Association (USA) Spirit Nationals title in Anaheim during the Feb. 16-18 competition. The SkyHawks also took home their third-straight and fourth overall California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section (CIF-SS) division championship this postseason. “These athletes made no excuses and went out there to put on a show time and time again and I could not be prouder of them,” Summit High cheer coach Jesse Cerda said. “Winning the CIF-Southern Section championship along with the USA Nationals title is a testament to the hard work and preparation these student-athletes put in throughout the season.” Summit High School cheer celebrates winning the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section (CIF-SS) Division 2 Coed championship. It marked the SkyHawks’ third consecutive CIF-SS division title and fourth in program history. Summit High won the CIF-SS Division 2 Coed championship to start the postseason on Jan. 20 and then ended it by

Student Talent Takes Center Stage at San Bernardino County Honor Concerts

More than 650 student musicians from throughout San Bernardino County were selected to showcase their musical talents during three separate honor concerts. In partnership with the San Bernardino County Music Educators Association (SBCMEA), San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) was proud to provide students the opportunity to perform in front of packed audiences that included elected officials, community members, educators, and families. “Our honor concerts show just how important arts education is to our students and community,” said County Superintendent Ted Alejandre. “SBCSS is proud to continue providing our students with opportunities to showcase their incredible talents and fuel their passions.” To qualify for a spot on stage, each student auditioned in front of professional musicians. After just three rehearsals together, these outstanding students at the elementary, middle and high school levels delivered a masterful performance. Whether playing wind instruments like the clarinet, flute and oboe or stringed instruments like the violin, cello, and string bass, each of this year’s selected student musicians practiced for countless hours, ensuring an exceptional performance in front of a live audience. “Overall, this gives students a place to

$783K Awarded to Support Urban Agriculture and Farmers via Inland Empire Resource Conservation District

This week, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Office of Farm to Fork announced $11.67 million in funding awards through their Urban Agriculture Program focused on urban and disadvantaged communities throughout the state. More than $68 million was requested in funding through this highly competitive program. Among the successful applicants was the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD), a special district serving parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties and ultimately awarded $783,935 for their proposal to support urban agriculture projects within their service area. Through this regional block grant, the IERCD will provide technical assistance to partners and administer sub awards between $5,000 – $60,000 for urban agriculture projects in the Inland Empire. These sub awards can be used to fund project infrastructure, equipment purchase, technical assistance, workforce development, and community engagement. The IERCD is a public agency headquartered in the City of Redlands but serving nearly 1,300 square miles of southwest San Bernardino and northwest Riverside counties. This State investment is projected to benefit the IERCD’s service area through helping to address some of the barriers faced by agricultural practitioners and stakeholders

San Bernardino County restaurants shut down by health inspectors, March 7-14

Restaurants and other food establishments ordered to close and allowed to reopen by San Bernardino County health inspectors from March 7 to March 14. Del Taco, 834 W. Valley Blvd., Colton Closed: March 11 Reason: Improper wastewater disposal Reopened: March 11 Salud y Riqueza, 1057 N. Mt Vernon Ave., Colton Closed: March 8 Reason: Expired health permit Updates since last week’s list: Chela’s at 507 S. Mt Vernon Ave., Suite C, San Bernardino, which was ordered closed March 6 because of insufficient hot water, was allowed to reopen March 8. This list is published weekly with closures since the previous week’s list. Status updates are published the following week. Source: San Bernardino County Department of Public Health — Ian Wheeler Related Articles Local News | San Bernardino County restaurants shut down by health inspectors, Feb. 28-March 7 Local News | San Bernardino County restaurants shut down by health inspectors, Feb. 22-29 Local News | Outback Steakhouse parent company closes 41 ‘underperforming’ restaurants Local News | San Bernardino County restaurants shut down by health inspectors, Feb. 15-22 Local News | San Bernardino County restaurants reopened by

Riverside County restaurants shut down by health inspectors, March 7-14

Restaurants and other food vendors ordered to close and allowed to reopen by Riverside County health inspectors from March 7 to March 14. Kitchen at Quality Inn, 1690 W. Ramsey St., Banning Closed: March 11 Reason: Cockroach infestation Best Sushi & Grill, 13525 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs Closed: March 12 Reason: Cockroach infestation Reopened: March 13 The French Skillet Cafe, 39252 Winchester Road, Suite 113, Murrieta Closed: March 12 Reason: Insufficient hot water Reopened: March 13 Kitchen and bar at Hotel Zoso, 150 S. Indian Canyon Road, Palm Springs Closed: March 8 Reason: Vermin infestation This list is published weekly with closures since the previous week’s list. Status updates are published the following week. Source: Riverside County Department of Environmental Health — Ian Wheeler Related Articles Local News | Riverside County restaurants shut down by health inspectors, Feb. 28-March 7 Local News | Riverside County restaurants shut down by health inspectors, Feb. 22-29 Local News | Outback Steakhouse parent company closes 41 ‘underperforming’ restaurants Local News | Riverside County restaurants shut down by health inspectors, Feb. 15-22 Local News | Riverside County restaurants shut

Training more pilots of color is goal of new California Baptist University program

By David Downey | Contributing Writer Alaska Airlines is partnering with a private Inland Empire university on an initiative that aims to put more pilots of color in the cockpit. The Seattle-based airline launched the True North initiative in 2021, sponsoring aspiring pilots at two historically Black institutions of higher learning: Delaware State University and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. Alaska officials added California Baptist University to the program in November. “We are a West Coast airline and we are looking to move the program west,” Capt. Ron Limes, pilot outreach director and one of the pilots who came up with the idea, said. California Baptist University student Trevor Ng, 19, does a preflight check on a Piper Archer P28A on the tarmac at Riverside Municipal Airport on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) California Baptist University students are seen in a Piper Archer P28A on the tarmac at Riverside Municipal Airport on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) John Marselus, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and chair of aviation sciences at California Baptist University in

CSUSB Celebrating Womxn’s History Month: Aerospace Professor Discusses Overcoming Obstacles in Male-Dominated Fields

Each week during Womxn’s History Month, we’re profiling womxn faculty members who have pursued academic careers in male-dominated professions and have made significant contributions to their fields. Aerospace and defense is one such industry, with womxn comprising only 19.7 percent of the workforce. Similarly, only 20 percent of Air Force officers are womxn. Whitlock was a forensic investigator in the Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia area before she followed her family’s legacy and embarked on her military career. She completed Air Force Officer Training School in 2013 and commissioned as a second lieutenant. As a logistics readiness officer, she has deployed to the Middle East and Africa and has been stationed at various locations across the U.S. When did you become a university faculty member for the first time, and how would you describe your experience? I arrived at Cal State San Bernardino in September 2022 after the Air Force selected me to teach Air Force ROTC at the university. Being assigned to this teaching opportunity was competitive — the Air Force wants high-caliber individuals to teach the next generation of military officers. I’m still an active-duty