Riverside

Metrolink offers $7 special train service to Riverside’s Festival of Lights at the Historic Mission Inn starting Nov. 29

Metrolink helps make attending one of the Southland’s most festive traditions at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside easy and stress-free by taking special trains on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 29 through Dec. 21 from Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. Starting this weekend, you can take Metrolink to the Festival of Lights, a perfect family trip, for only $7 for a roundtrip with children 18 and under riding free. The roundtrip Metrolink fare allows a maximum of three children to ride for free per paying adult. A complimentary shuttle provided by the Riverside Transit Agency takes Metrolink passengers from the Riverside-Downtown Station to the Mission Inn where entry to the Festival of Lights is free. You can see train schedules and more information here. The 27th Annual Festival of Lights brightens the sky around the historic Mission Inn and features approximately 4.5 million lights and a dazzling fireworks display. There will be more than 400 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, food vendors and a visit by Santa Claus. Live music and dance will be…

Doctor presents at local schools to warn students on dangers of vaping

Loma Linda University Health physician Laren Tan, MD, this week begins a regional tour to speak with junior high and high school students about the dangers of vaping. The issue has stepped into the national spotlight as nine deaths have been confirmed in connection with the use of electronic cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, more than 500 cases of a new vaping-related disease have been reported since April. Tan is one of many doctors concerned with the health risks of vaping. The founder and director of the Loma Linda University Health Comprehensive Program for Obstructive Airway Diseases treats the most severe pulmonary cases — everything from non-reversible asthma to dangerous high-blood pressure of the lungs to emphysema. Vaping, he says, has served as a gateway for teens to smoke rather than a tool for adults to quit. Starting with a school in Riverside, Tan spoke to students about the dangers of both the substance being vaped and the lesser-known hazards of the activity. Research has shown that the heated coils are releasing metal particles — such as lead…

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