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Annual College Night, U-CAN College Fair give students boost for college

Indian Springs High School, 650 N. Del Rosa Drive in San Bernardino, is hosting the 29th Annual College Night on Tuesday, September 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. College Night is open to all San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) students and their families. During the two-hour event, students and parents can learn about FAFSA and other financial aid options and AB 540, which makes it easier for qualified, undocumented students to attend college. Students and parents can also meet with dozens of college representatives to learn about admissions requirements and course offerings. Among the scheduled attendees are representatives of the California State University and University of California campuses, San Bernardino Valley College, trade schools, and military recruiters. High school seniors can also attend the U-CAN (United College Action Network) college fair at Cajon High School on September 19, 8:15 a.m. to 12 noon. U-CAN is focused on connecting high school seniors with Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). One of the benefits of U-CAN is that select high school seniors may receive on-the-spot scholarships or admission to HBCUs. Students must bring a copy…

Paula Flores presents Colton Fire Chief McHargue with Bravery Blanket

Colton community activist Paula Flores, presented Colton Fire Chief Tim McHargue with a Bravery Blanket on Monday, September 9 in front of the fire bell. Paula Flores who has served as a leader for Colton Relay for life, felt that a great way to show appreciation and recognition to our first responders and cancer survivors is by making Bravery Blankets to present to them. This time she made 2 Bravery Blankets one for police and one for fire. She then went on Facebook Live and asked the community to nominate one police officer and one fire fighter. Several were nominated but the community voted overwhelmingly for Colton Fire Chief Tim McHargue, and Officer J. Hanna was voted for police. So far Flores has made and donated about 50 blankets to the community. Each blanket cost about $50 to make and sends a gesture of love, strength and hope. Paula’s dream is to someday provide each officer and fire fighter with a blanket. Chief McHargue responded with a smile and indicated that would be about 42 for his department. If you would like to help Paula…

Hot Pink High Heel Steel Toe Boots Walk in Rialto cancelled

Fighting 4 the Tatas was scheduled to host its second annual Hot Pink High Heel Steel Toe Boots Walk on Saturday, October 5 at 8 a.m., at Rialto City Park. Following the three-mile walk, a free family friendly festival in the park featuring vendors, food, drinks and a kid’s zone was scheduled. “The Breast Cancer Awareness Festival in the Park was designed to educate and support those dealing with Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Triple Negative IBC, Invasive Ductal, Locally Advance and all other breast cancers,” said Fighting 4 the Tatas Ceo Joshlyn Earls. The walk was cancelled due to permit issues. After last years’ walk was met with tons of support in the city, over 400 community members attended, the 501c3 organization decided to expand and bring the walk back in 2019, before the cancellation. “Regardless, with the walk being cancelled, we are continuing to fight for more recognition so that our communities can be aware of all types of breast cancers, especially the more aggressive ones, like Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) and Triple Negative (IBC),” said Earls, who is currently fighting the disease. Not only…

Corky’s Cookies for Cancer benefits LLU Children’s Hospital

Corky’s Homestyle Kitchen & Bakery kicked off their annual Cookies for Cancer fundraiser this month in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Funds raised during the month-long promotion will benefit Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. At all 11 Southern California locations, Corky’s will donate $1 for every gold ribbon cookie sold and 25 cents for all other cookies sold in the month of September. In addition, Corky’s Homestyle Kitchen & Bakery also will be hosting Art for Cancer. Children are invited to any Corky’s location to color a picture that will be delivered to young patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, to help brighten their day. Everyone who submits a drawing is eligible to win a prize. No purchase necessary to enter. “We are proud to host our 6th annual Corky’s Cookies for Cancer fundraiser benefiting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital,” said Jennifer Towles of Corky’s Homestyle Kitchen & Bakery. “We invite everyone to join us at Corky’s and help raise funds that will directly benefit the children battling cancer and bring smiles to their faces through art.” Over the last five years, Corky’s…

Cal State San Bernardino student diagnosed with tuberculosis

A Cal State San Bernardino student has been diagnosed with active tuberculosis and in response, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health officials, in collaboration with the university, will be sending out notifications to students, faculty and staff who may have been exposed to the illness. The student, who lives off campus and attended classes at the San Bernardino campus, is receiving treatment and is expected to recover, but will not return to school until medical clearance is issued by the health department. The student is not being identified due to confidentiality requirements. San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Section (CDS) officials, working with the university, are in the process of notifying about 400 individuals who may have been exposed during the months of April through August. Individuals contacted by DPH need to be screened for TB infection. Those who do not receive notifications are not considered to be at risk of exposure. “If you are identified by our county, it’s very important to get tested. Testing helps catch TB infections early and treatments are available,” said Dr. Richelle Marracino, CSUSB Student…

Registration now open for Children’s Network Conference

The 33rd Annual Children’s Network Conference will be Sept. 18 and 19 at the Ontario Convention Center. The conference is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing and is open to the public. The conference will feature a number of sessions for professionals who work with children. Contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677 for more information or visit http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN to register. “The 33rd Annual Children’s Network Conference will feature two dynamic keynote speakers who experienced the cycle of childhood adversity, including abuse, system involvement, foster care and homelessness. However, both of our keynote speakers had positive reinforcements in their lives that helped them to develop resiliency,” said Janki Patel, Network Officer. “It is my hope that our conference attendees walk away from this experience understanding the importance of positivity in the lives of our children and how that can help to develop resiliency. We have over 50 workshops that will be able to provide our service providers with tools and knowledge to better serve our…

San Bernardino’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy to begin in October

The Neighborhood Association Council of San Bernardino is partnering with the City of San Bernardino to provide a Neighborhood Leadership Academy for city residents who want to make a difference in their communities.  The Leadership Academy is a free six weeks course focusing on grass-roots practical guides to community organizing and finding simple solutions to address neighborhood/community concerns.  Participants must be residents of San Bernardino, be 18 years of age or above, and have a desire to work as a team to complete a community project in one of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.  Instruction is provided by individuals with expertise in community engagement and organizing, healthy communities, media, and grant writing.  Attendees will also participate in a Neighborhood Discovery Tour to learn about the neighborhoods where they will work with residents to complete a community project.  “Many city residents want to give back to their community, but often don’t know how to get started”, stated Amelia Lopez, President of the Neighborhood Association Council. “The Leadership Academy gives them the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills and to work side by side with their neighbors…

Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation awards $250,000 in grants to nine Inland Charities helping families, women in need

The Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation recently announced that it has awarded $250,000 in grants to local community organizations that work to improve the health and wellbeing of underserved families in the Inland Empire. Grants were given out at the Foundation’s first awards luncheon, held Wednesday, Aug. 28 at The Mexico Café in San Bernardino. Founded and funded by longtime Inland Empire physician and philanthropist Dr. Guillermo Valenzuela, the Foundation has awarded nearly $700,000 in grants since its launch in 2015. The Foundation’s 2019 grants were provided to local non-profit organizations whose activities align with the Foundation’s mission of expanding access to healthcare and improving quality care by addressing the Inland Empire’s shortage of physicians and healthcare providers. “I am delighted that our 2019 Foundation grants are supporting such incredible organizations, each of which plays a crucial role in improving the health, wellbeing, and potential opportunities of families and women in need across the Inland Empire,” Valenzuela said.  “The care, services and most importantly, the compassion provided by these organizations across the Inland Region are absolutely vital to improving outcomes for the most vulnerable among us.”…

27 Rialto Unified School District schools earn state PBIS honors, including Gold Level

An unprecedented 27 schools in the Rialto Unified School District will be honored by the California State Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) coalition. Three RUSD schools (first for the District) earned Gold Level, sixteen RUSD schools earned Silver Level, and eight schools earned Bronze Level. Representatives from the District will officially be honored at the end of October in Sacramento. The PBIS frameworksupports schools to address the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students using multi-tiered supports before misbehaviors manifests. The framework is designed for adults to develop their skills to better addressthe sources of the issues affecting students in a positive and constructive way, rather than addressing the symptom (e.g. poor behavior) with punitive measures. “I know how hard Mrs. Melissa Rubio, PBIS Coordinator, and our school site PBIS Teams have worked, over the years, to continue to press forward with ongoing efforts to improve the implementation process,” said Angela Brantley, who oversees PBIS as part of her responsibility as the Lead Agent for Student Support Services. RUSD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila, credits the RUSD Board of Education for initiating the…

Colton City Council declares September 2019 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

On Tuesday, September 3rd, Colton City Council declared September 2019 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the city. “The City of Colton proclamation declares September 2019 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Colton. Whereas each year more than 300,000 children and youth under the age of 19 are diagnosed with cancer worldwide,” said Councilmember Jack Woods. At the council meeting it was stated that childhood cancer is the number one disease related cause of death for children in the United States and many other countries. “Also, two thirds of those who survive childhood cancer endure chronic health conditions from toxic effects of cancer treatments, including secondary cancer and other life threatening illnesses,” continued Woods. Woods explained how the causes of childhood cancer are largely unknown and more study is needed to understand which treatments work best for children. “Cancer treatment for children must differ from traditional adult treatment to take into account children’s development needs and other factors,” Woods said. All seven of the council members supported the cause and feel strongly about recognizing National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the city. “The City of Colton is…

Boys & Girls Club holding Day for Kids, open house Sept. 21

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside will hold its annual Day for Kids community block party and open house on Saturday, Sept. 21. The free, public event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hansberger Clubhouse, 1251 Clay St., Redlands. Day for Kids celebrates youth and the community they live in, and offers families a chance to spend time together. There will be food, games, music, crafts, informational booths, and free vision screenings. New this year, Club members will perform in a talent show. “Day for Kids is an opportunity for everyone in the community to celebrate our youth,” said Club senior vice president Mark Davis. “And this year, they can see some of our members showcase their talents.” The Club will host an open house and offer tours during Day for Kids. Members of the community can make reservations for vision screenings for youth ages 5 to 18. Interested parents can call (888) 822-6535, ext. 201, or email jmolina@bgcie.org for requirements to qualify. Event sponsors include Panda Express, the City of Redlands, Kiwanis Club of Redlands (noon) and Redlands Optometry Group. More…

Meet new student trustee of the CCCT Board: Elijah Gerard

Please join us in congratulating Elijah Gerard, Student Trustee from San Bernardino CCD, on his election to the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) Board. Gerard was elected by his peers at the 2019 Student Trustees Workshop on Saturday, August 17, and will serve a one-year term on the CCCT Board. Gerard is a student at Crafton Hills College currently pursuing a degree in cultural anthropology and in philosophy and hopes to transfer to a UC. His main advocacy points are increasing student input as well as the diversity of student input and changing Education Code 72023.5 to increase the value of Student Trustees. Gerard looks forward to his service on the CCCT Board and meeting experienced individuals who will fight for higher education for all. The post Meet new student trustee of the CCCT Board: Elijah Gerard appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

CASA to host annual Munchin’ fundraising event

C.A.S.A. of San Bernardino County will host their 12th annual Munchin’ event, this year at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on  September 25th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. All proceeds from this event will support the Court-Appointed Special Advocate (C.A.S.A.) program which recruits, screens, trains, and supervises community volunteers to mentor and advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children living in foster care.  Adult volunteer advocates provide a stable and consistent presence in the often turbulent lives of foster youth by assisting them in navigating through life’s challenges, providing encouragement, and advocating for each child’s individual needs. Cesar Navarrete, Executive Director for C.A.S.A. of San Bernardino County says, “The community’s support is of vital importance to the success of our program. This event is one where community members can join us to learn how our program supports children in foster care, and how they can positively impact a child by becoming involved in various ways, all while enjoying a great evening.” The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. when guests arrive and are greeted by C.A.S.A. Staff members.  The evening will…

CSUSB center recognized for accelerating Latino student success

The Undocumented Student Success Center (USSC) at Cal State San Bernardino has been named one of “20 Programs to Watch” by Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating Latino success in higher education. The USSC is one of 20 other higher education programs around the country recognized by Excelencia in Education for accelerating student success. The nonprofit has also named 16 initiatives at the college level as the 2019 Examples of Excelencia finalists. “This is wonderful news and an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of the Undocumented Student Success Center’s leadership, staff and students,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales. “It’s also a tribute to all our faculty and staff who support the center. The center is an exceptional example of our ongoing mission to help students excel.” “By promoting and celebrating what works in serving Latino students in higher education, Excelencia increases awareness about the positive impact of the growth of the Latino population and programs that serve them well,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. “Examples of Excelencia inspires leaders to implement innovations that can serve all…

Music Changing Lives to host 4th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game to benefit youth music, art programs

Music Changing Lives, (MCL) will host their 4th annual “Ball 4 A Cause,” a celebrity basketball game to support their music and arts program for local youth. The game will take place at the Redlands Community Center, located at 111 W. Lugonia Ave. Redlands, CA 92374 on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 12pm-4pm. This exciting event will include an incredible half-time show with live performances, special guests, studio tours, raffles and activities for the entire family. Red carpet festivities and media interviews take place from 12pm-1pm and guests are encouraged to arrive early.  Hitting the court and the stage is hot new artist El-Jay, who will be performing his hit single, “My Bae Remix” featuring Shorty Mack. El-Jay won the Hollywood Music Media Award for Best Rap/Hiphop for his “My Bae Remix” single with 41 million streams.  He performed at the 2019 Spotlight China Awards and his new hit single “Special” is hitting top 40 Radio. Other incredible talent hitting the court is actor, model, celebrity host  and former pro basketball player, Newton Mayenge; celebrity host/TV personality Latricia Renee; and LA radio personality ‘Jay Q’.…

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