Sista’s Making a Difference will have donated 23,000 toys after this holiday season

Sista’s Making a Difference’s Winter Wonderland 5th Annual SB Community Christmas is set for December 17th, 11 AM to 4 PM, across the San Bernardino Valley College campus.  Come Saturday, the 501c3 is set to donate 10,000 new toys to children and families across the inland empire. “My Sister and Co-Founder Kiesha Miller and I have been coordinating this toy drive since 2018, and it has continued to grow. In 2018 we gave away 1,000 toys; in 2019, we gave away 2,000 toys. In 2020 we gave away 3,000 toys, and last year we gave away 7,000 toys. Our team is proud to see this event grow yearly,” said Ronnie Miller, Sista’s Making a Difference CEO/founder.  After this holiday season, the organization will have historically donated over 23,000 toys to Inland children.  This year’s toy drive theme is “winter wonderland,” and it’s said to be a complete experience for children, families, and sponsors.  “Each of our sponsors is creating their own village, which will be placed throughout the SBVC campus. Some villages include the North Pole (where the toys are located), Candy Cane Lane, and

World renowned glassblowers and collaborating brothers, Einar and Jamex De La Torre perform exhibition at SBVC

San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) students were in for a treat on Wednesday, November 30th, as Einar and Jamex De La Torre performed a live exhibition at SBVC in front of a few dozen students.  The SBVC Art Department coordinated exhibition was held at the college’s glassblowing studio, where the Guadalajara natives created a three foot heart glass sculpture.  “Today we live and work on both sides of the border – The Guadalupe Valley in Baja California, México, and in San Diego. The complexities of our immigrant experience and contradicting bicultural identities, as well as our current life and practice on both sides of the border, inform our art’s narrative and aesthetics,” said the brothers.  The World Renowned Glassblowers, the De La Torre Brothers, have won The USA Artists Fellowship award, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and The San Diego Art Prize. After the two and a half hour exhibition, the brothers had the students step out of the studio, which was loud due to the machinery and hot because of the burners, to host a live Q&A.  One student

Community Action Partnership of SB County receives donation of 1,152 baby formula canisters

As the shortage in baby formula persists, Kaiser Permanente partnered up with to facilitate the donation of 1,152 baby formula canisters valued at over $22,000 to Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC). A recognition event was held at CAPSBC’s Food Bank to announce the generous donation. Kaiser Permanente provided a $700,000 grant to to help increase access to infant formula in California communities hit hardest by supply shortages. This grant, combined with a $416,000 grant from the California Department of Community Services and Development, has enabled to purchase 41,112 canisters of formula that’s being distributed by local Children and Families Commissions (First 5s) and Community Services Block Grant Agencies, like CAPSBC, in underserved communities across the state.The recognition event for the donation was attended by Ken Rivers, Chief Operating Officer at Kaiser Permanente, Benito Delgado-Olson, Executive Director at, and Patricia Nickols-Butler, Chief Executive Officer at CAPSBC. Local families and partners stopped by the CAPSBC Food Bank to receive baby formula canisters and diapers during the event.Families are still struggling in some areas to find infant formula due to supply

Local artist Phil Yeh’s art on exhibit at the Garcia Center for the Arts

The Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino will be hosting an exhibit of local artist Phil Yeh’s work this month. The show will include watercolors, giclee prints, and oil paintings, many of which are from pages featured in his graphic novels and books. Several pieces are from his newest book, Places, a book of 126 watercolors of places he has been during his 37-year world tour. One of the images in the book is “San Bernardino”, depicting the mural that Yeh has been working on since 2012, on the museum at the site of the original McDonald’s on 14th & E Streets. The mural on the south side of the building features some of the people who have made San Bernardino unique. Phil Yeh has written and illustrated more than 90 books, comics, and graphic novels. He published one of the first American graphic novels in 1977 and is known as the ‘Godfather of the Modern American Graphic Novel’. This image depicts the mural that Yeh has been working on since 2012, on the museum at the site of the original McDonald’s on 14th &

Free Inland Empire family-friendly holiday events and activities

With Christmas just a little over three weeks away and new years exactly a month away, now is the time to start planning holiday outings with family, friends, and loved ones.  If your goal is to entertain your children, or connect with the Inland community this holiday season, it can be accomplished with our hand-picked and vetted events that will entertain the entire family.  We understand that money is tight for people all over the world and across the Inland region this holiday season, and that’s why we chose to share with you five FREE holiday events in San Bernardino, Rialto, Colton, and cities in-between.  We ask that the community share this event info with families, neighbors, and loved ones alike. Every week in December IECN will keep you updated and in the know about forthcoming free holiday events and activities.  Here are our top six picks this holiday season:  Miracle on Court Street – San Bernardino  The Court Street Square in Downtown San Bernardino will be transformed into a Santa’s Village bustling with holiday activities for the entire family during the month of December

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education lists CSUSB as Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics

Another win for San Bernardino and the region as a whole, California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) has just been included in Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s list of Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics. The university was ranked 35th out of 100 colleges and universities from across the country. The ranking is based on hispanic enrollment (on and off campus), resources, modes of educational delivery, and innovation for the college’s first-generation students, who typically face the most adversity throughout their educational journey.  “I am incredibly proud of this recognition by Hispanic Outlook,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales. “We work incredibly hard to support our students, the majority of whom are first-generation, that is, their parents do not have a college degree.” He further noted that, as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, understanding the needs of this specific student population is critical to building their academic success. “They are not a monolithic group,” he said. “Understanding this fact assists in our efforts to address their needs.” According to the University, in 2019 it awarded a total of 4,252 bachelor’s degrees with Hispanics receiving 2,530 or

SB Symphony to present “Cirque de la Noel” December 17

The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will return to the California Theatre on December 17, 2022, for “Cirque de la Noel,” a holiday concert featuring the internationally-acclaimed Cirque de la Symphonie performing group. Shared Music Director and Conductor Anthony Parnther, “We decided to bring Cirque de la Symphonie back this season due to extraordinary popular demand,” adding “We cannot be more grateful to our exceedingly generous presenting sponsors, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.” The Symphony’s artistic leader has recently been the recipient of significant notoriety for his role as conductor of the scores of several 2022 box office smashes, including the top-grossing movie in the world, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the new Disney+ fantasy-adventure series Willow, and the Holiday Action-comedy Violent Night, and epic war drama Devotion, all of which opened this past weekend. Cirque de la Symphonie will add an additional level of festive artistry through awe inspiring performances by their renowned aerialists, jugglers, hula hoop and cyr wheel experts and quick change artists all choreographed to a variety of music mindfully spanning the holiday orchestral repertoire. Established by ballet and circus veteran