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Inland Empire Weekly Features, Lifestyle & News You Can Use!

Vol 12, NO. 13


Gloria’s Corner and Words To Think About A3 & A5

2016 Inland Empire Thanksgiving meal and resource guide A6

Disability doesn’t stop Eric Aguilar from chasing athletic dream


By Yazmin Alvarez

Aguilar, cont. on next pg.

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eric Aguilar, 28, of Grand terrace, is planning out next year’s 5K’s and other running events.

Presentation at Mitla’s to discuss perspectives of women in California A8


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new traveling exhibit commemorating Military Family month is on display at the San Bernardino County Museum.

Photos and Nov. 19

ou and your pets are invited to our Annual Santa Paws Pet Photos & Holiday Boutique on Saturday, November 19 at the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley, 374 W. Orange Show Road in San Bernardino. The holiday boutique will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The boutique will feature a wide range of gifts for people and pets, bake sale, pet craft area, and the chance to win fabulous raffle prizes! Photo registration will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. 5x7 photos will be available for purchase to take home the day of the event. Attendees will also be able to order wallet size photos as well as personalized holiday greeting cards featuring their pet’s photo. Adults and children are welcome in photos. The first 100 pet parents who purchase a photo will receive a dog treat and food sample bag provided by Coventry Pet Resort. Participants are encouraged to bring donations of food for people and pets, as well as toys for children to help the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley with their food and toy drive to benefit Mary’s Table. The HSSBV will also be open for their regular Saturday Vaccination Clinic from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All proceeds from Santa Paws Pet Photos & Holiday Boutique will go directly to help fund our cruelty investigation and humane education programs. Santa Paws Pet Photos & Holiday Boutique is sponsored by Earhart Photography and PK Design.

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over here, over there: in times of War and tuskegee Airmen and the Great Western migration, 1940-1970 will be on display through Jan. 15.

By Yazmin Alvarez

Santa Paws Pet


Traveling exhibit at county museum highlights Tuskegee Airmen and Great Western Migration

Gloria’s Corner A3 Words To think About A5 Legal Notices A12 Opinion A4

November 17, 2016

Holiday Boutique

ric Aguilar is no quitter.

With his hands full daily volunteering with the Redlands Police Department, involved with their CERT program and now an athlete and soon-to-be mentor with PossAbilities at Loma Linda, the 28-year-old Grand Terrace resident refuses to let cerebral palsy run his life. Instead, he just runs. Over the last year, Aguilar has dedicated himself to running and completing several Inland-area 5K’s and other run/walk events despite the disease he’s battled since a child. It affects the right side of body, which also brings on arthritis. “I have challenges, but I don’t let them stop me. Instead, they’re moving and keep me focused.” Past runs for Aguilar include the Tinman Triathlon at Cal State San Bernardino, Law Enforcement



Over Here, Over There: In Times November. of War and Tuskegee Airmen and Over Here, Over There: In Times the Great Western Migration, of War explores the shared experi1940-1970, runs through January ences of war, both on the front 15, with special free admission for all active members of the military Exhibit, cont. on next pg. and their families through

Got News? Send information to Inland Empire Weekly Community News Editor Yazmin Alvarez at or call 909-381-9898 ext. 207.

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Torch Run, Grand Terrace 5K, Rock Christian Center Community 5K run/walk, Colton 5K, and the Loma Linda Health Fair and 5K, just to name a few. Most recently, he completed the Mission Inn Run Nov. 13, which he ran with his mother. Other family members have joined Aguilar in his runs, and he says the events have brought the family closer. His hope is to have all his family complete an event with him. “Maybe a Spartan Race in the future,” he said. “Something that requires true teamwork.” For now, he’s planning his next steps toward the finish line for the Loopers Holiday Classic Dec. 4 and the Santa Fun Run in Loma Linda Dec. 11. What fuels Aguilar? Perseverance and a fighting spirit, he said. “No matter what disability you have, you never give up.” And his motto, “cowards never start, the weak never finish and winners never quit,” is what continues to drive him to push forward toward his ultimate goal — competing in the Special Olympics. “I just want to inspire others,” he said. “Earning medals is great but the real reward in all of this is the experience.”

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eric aguilar, 28, of Grand terrace, leads the law enforcement torch run through redlands.

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eric aguilar, 28, of Grand terrace, plans to complete several more 5K’s in 2017.

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over here, over there: in times of War and tuskegee airmen and the Great Western migration, 1940-1970 will be on display through Jan. 15.

Exhibit, cont. from front lines and on the U. S. home front. Military uniforms and equipment

from the American Civil War to the start of the Cold War along with civilian personal effects and letters from the same periods of time help

illustrate how times of war affect players, both at home and on the front lines. Museum visitors are invited to share their own and fam-

ily stories about these times of conflict and community. Tuskegee Airmen and the Great Western Migration, 1940-1970 is a

traveling exhibit curated by Bergis Jules at the UCR Library Archives.

Gloria’s Corner

Now - December 10 - the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art presents "Volcanos, Wrecks, Riots, Nudes and Mythology: The Art of Edward Hagedorn" at the Cal State San Bernardino campus, 5500 University Parkway. The exhibit presents the major themes important to the artist, many of which still resonate today, including his reflections on landscape and the horrors of war. For information call: 909.537.7373 or visit:

Gloria Macias Harrison Mitla Cafe - Her Story: Part of Mitla's 80th Anniversary celebration is the sharing of stories of women overcoming poverty, racism and sexism on Route 66, as did Mitla's founder, Lucia Rodriguez, in the 1930's. Documentarian Katrina Parks will present a short film on Mrs. Rodriguez who set up the family business with the help of her teenage daughters while her husband worked for the railroad. The program on Friday, November 18 at 6pm is free to the public and will showcase several additional filmed interviews and a presentation by historian Mark Ocegueda. This program is made possible with the support from California Humanities. I plan on attending and learning more about the history of the Westside where I was born and grew up and where Mitla always existed for our family.

Art Exhibits, Theatre & Seminars: Exhibits & Theatre:

Now - January 15 - San Bernardino County Museum presents Over Here, Over There: In Times of War. This exhibit not only honors those who made sacrifices made by the soldiers in the conflict but also those making sacrifices on the home front.

Now - July 31, 2017 - the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art presents Journey To The Beyond: Ancient Egyptians In The Pursuit Of Eternity at the Cal State San Bernardino Campus, 5500 University Parkway in San Bernardino. Museum hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm., Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., closed on Sunday and Friday. The focus of this exhibit is the ancient Egyptians' attitude toward life and death. For information call: 909.537.7373 or visit:

November 5 - 27 - the Redlands Footlighters presents Wait Until Dark at its theater 1810 Barton Road, Redlands. Written by Frederick Knott and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, this new take on the classic thriller is directed by Patricia McQuillan. Performances at 8:00 p.m. on November 11, 12, 18, 25, & 26 and at 2:00 p.m. on November 6, 13, 20, & 27 for tickets call the box office 909.793.2909 or visit November 14, 21 & 28 - Free Community Workshops on Political Cartooning Session 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Garcia Center for the Arts, 536 W. 11th Street, San Bernardino. For information contact Michael Segura at

November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, & 20 - the Homespun Players perform Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca's the House of Bernardi Alba at the Garcia Center, 536 W. 11th Street, San Bernardino. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on November 11, 12, 18 & 19 and at 6 p.m. on Sundays November 13 and 20. For reservation call 909.888.6400 or pay

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at the door. Checks and cash will ent the 4th Annual Bachelor Auction at the Redlands be accepted. Speakeasy on State. 27 men ages 23 to 73 were selected to participate in this for fun fundraiser for Save the Date: the two organizations. For ticket Friday, November 18 - Habitat and information contact Tim for Humanity, San Bernardino Evans at 909.335.1600 or email Area, Inc. will present its 4th Annual Golf Tournament at Sierra Lakes Golf Club, Fontana. Saturday, November 19 Registration starts at 7 a.m. To Hauli Wailele Film/Art Foundaregister on line visit www.HABI- tion, The Living Museum of ifornia Indian Culture & Global Center and Art Space on E presFriday, November 18 - coun- ent Celebrate San Bernardino! cilman Andy and Ann-Marie Me- Art & Music Festival from 12 lendez present Jarrito Fiesta p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Sturges honoring Aztlan Artwork at the Center for the Arts, 780 N. E Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Street. Mission Inn Ave, Riverside from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. For information Saturday, November 19 - there and to RSVP call: 951.203.6678 will be a Thanksgiving Turkey or visit Giveaway and Resource Fair at INNOREHAB@AOL.COM Rialto Middle School, 1262 W. Rialto Ave starting at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 19 - the This event is based on a first Inland Empire Chapter of Child- come, first served. For informaHelp presents the Sixteenth An- tion call: Lizette Lopez nual "Forest of Hope" - "Jazz 909.723.1695 in the Park" Luncheon & Tree Presentation at the National Or- Saturday, November 19 - the ange Show Events Center Valen- Humane Society of San cia Room, 689 S. E Street, San Bernardino Valley presents its Bernardino. Finds from this Annual Santa Paws Pet Photos event go to the treatment and pre- and Holiday Boutique from 9:00 vention of child abuse. Social a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at its facility, hour and tree viewing starts at 374 W. Orange Show Road, San 11:00 a.m. with program follow- Bernardino. For information ing. Music and performances by visit: or call: Teen Music Workshop and "The 909.386.1400 ext. 224 Children" from the Merv Griffin Village are featured as well as Sunday, November 20 - the opportunity drawings for trees, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation silent and live auctions and door presents Free Family Health prizes. To RSVP and information Clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 call Helga Krause 909.200.9463 p.m. at Indian Springs High School, 650 N. Del Rosa Drive, or Peggy Brier 909.936.2130 San Bernardino. On a first come, Saturday, November 19 - the first serve basis, attendees will Redlands Community Center receive medical and dental servpresents the Third Annual ices, acupuncture and pharmainformation. For Turkey Shoot Out, a free throw ceutical and three-point competition and information call 909.447.7799 compete for a free Thanksgiving turkey. This event is for 4 to 14 year olds starts at noon at the NOVEMBER 24 Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave. For THANKSGIVING information call: 909.798.7572 or email recreationstaff@cityThursday, November 24 - the City of San Bernardino presents the 2nd Annual Turkey Trot 5K Saturday, November 19 - the Walk-A-Thon and Kiddy Walk Unforgettables Foundation and from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. This SAN the Businesswomen's Association Bernardino Police Foundation of San Bernardino County pres- Fundraiser will start at 105 N.

Leland Norton Way, San Bernardino. For tickets visit

Saturday, November 26 - the National Orange Show Foundation presents Movie Night: Star Wars: the Force Awakens at the NOS Sports Center, 930 S. Arrowhead Ave San Bernardino from 4:00 to 10:30 p.m. This event is open to all ages and food and refreshments will be available.

Coming in December: Friday, December 2 - the City of San Bernardino presents Honor, Reflect, Rebuild at California State University, San Bernardino Coussoulis Arena at 6:30 p.m. This event is in remembrance of the victims of the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center 2015. For information call the Mayor's Office 909.384.5133

Friday & Saturday December 2 & 3 - the Friends of Santa Claus, Inc. present the 2016 Christmas Tree Lane event Winter Wonderland at the Orange Pavilion - National Orange Show Event Center, 690 South Arrowhead Ave. the dinner Gala is on Friday December 2 with a luncheon on the 3rd. For ticket information on either of the events email

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"We don't develop courage by being happy everyday. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity." -Barbara De Angelis

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OPINION&LETTERS Page A4 • November 17, 2016 • Inland Empire Community Newspapers

By Anthony Victoria

Have concern, but take pause


onald Trump’s election victory on November 8 caused hysteria among millions of Americans. Protests are taking place nationwide. People are expressing their discontent and anxiety of what they see as impending and monumental change. Among these with worry are the many immigrants who are undocumented. "As an immigrant mother of two beautiful U.S. citizen daughters, I woke up to my worst nightmare on Wednesday morning," New Jersey immigrant Teresa Díaz told Rolling Stone last week. "But I'm marching today to show that I'm not afraid.” I have family members, friends, and other acquaintances who express real and valid fears; they might be pulled out of home, picked up at work, or their children could be yanked out of school. One can only imagine of such unfortunate acts coming to fruition. Deportees could lose everything they’ve worked hard for. Many fear forfeiting their livelihoods--being deported back to their homelands, where uncertainty, and even death might await. Yet, despite Trump’s strong anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric, the likelihood is that it would be, at the very least, difficult for his administration to conduct mass and sudden deportations. The concerns these people have are not unfounded, but there are other considerations. Note the following: Sanctuary Cities: Despite Trump’s campaign promise of punishing “immigrant-friendly” cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and others by withholding federal funding, city leaders have announced that they do not intend to succumb to the President-elect’s aspirations. In such safe havens, law enforcement agencies would be unable to obtain information on immigrants recently released from custody or inquire about a person’s legal status. In a CBS 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl last Sunday, Trump vowed to focus his de-

portation efforts on immigrants with criminal convictions, which could mean that those with no criminal records may be spared deportation. Officials, such as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed as much last week saying that hard working people are less likely to be affected by deportation policies. A Softening Tone and partisanship: Following the sit-down Stahl said that she noticed, “quite a change” in Trump during the interview. Others too have noticed that Trump has seemingly transformed from a fiery campaigner to a subdued President-elect who realizes the enormity of the position. Perhaps the magnitude of the Office has humbled him. Trump realizes that he cannot waltz into the White House and enact sudden, substantial change. In fact all previous Presidents-elect-and Trump is no different--have needed to work alongside others opposite the political aisle to transform campaign promises into reality. And history shows that this fact is quite difficult. Simply put, his promises to build a wall and repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S., as children will have a tough mountain to climb, considering the expected backlash Trump will face from Democrats. This reality underlines the recurring theme of American politics--partisanship. Nonetheless, the ability to assemble and protest in the United States is a freedom that citizens enjoy and immigrants--regardless of their status--have privilege in. Despite this, one must question whether the protests occurring nationwide have any end goal or plan of action. Demonstrations across the country are having tragic results. The windows of store fronts are being smashed in, American flags are being burned, and both sides are throwing punches. Such panic and distress, in reality, does nothing to ease concerns. At the very least, protests that respect others’ rights and property--and that do not interfere in civil services or the U.S. infrastructure should be the norm. It might be better if people would look past the inflammatory rhetoric, take pause, and view the situation with a more level-headed perspective.

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November is National Native American Heritage Month ing. Cultural knowledge was passed down to future generations.

By James Ramos, Former Tribal Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and Current Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors

As we recognize National Native American Heritage Month, I would like to pay honor to the Ancestors and Elders of the Native American People. More specifically, to my Ancestors and Elders here in California. You see, I grew up and still reside on the San Manuel Indian Reservation. Growing up on the Indian Reservation in the early 1970s, I lived in a mobile home with my parents and 4 siblings. At that time our reservation was one of great poverty that lacked basic infrastructure. The history of our people, the Serrano and Cahuilla, is one of great pride and strength in cultural values, regardless of the situation that surrounded us. The reservation was a place not chosen but rather a forced placed to live and adapt to. Our people’s way of life was one of free roaming from the valley floor in spring, up to the mountaintop following the plant life. This was a time of great cultural activities, including songs and basket weav-

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It was around 1866 when that way of life changed. In the San Bernardino Mountains, battles started to take place between the Indians around the area known today as Los Flores Ranch. The battles became known as a 32-day battle to rid the mountains of the Indian people, as written in the San Bernardino Museum Association Quarterly dated spring of 1958, titled “The San Bernardino Indian Massacre 1866-1867”. It was during this battle that my great great-grandfather Santos Manuel led the remaining Clan of The Yuhaviatam People, a Serrano clan known as The People of The Pines, down to the San Bernardino Valley floor. They never returned to the traditional way of life. It was during these battles that many of our people were killed. Great atrocities were inflicted upon a people merely based on who they were. In 1891, the San Manuel Indian Reservation was created in honor of Santos Manuel, our leader of The Yuhavitam People. The will of survival in the face of great danger showed the resilience not only of the Yuhaviatam People but also the resilience of all Native People. As this was happening in our area, the same types of killings were taking place throughout the State of California.

If it was not for the strength of my ancestors who went through this period of time and held onto our great history and culture, I would not have been able to learn and teach our cultural ways. It is fitting that the Nation has set aside November as Native American Heritage Month. Our Elders show us that we must continue to preserve and protect our cultural resources including burial sites

that are inadvertently unearthed during construction and to continue to strive for a better place for all people to live. It is this will of survival that has allowed me to attain my educational goals of earning an Associate of Science Degree, Bachelors of Science Degree from California State University San Bernardino, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. It was their great strength and belief that things would get better for us in the future that was instilled in me. This belief has allowed me to serve the San Manuel Tribal Government, San Bernardino County, and the State of California in both elected and appointed positions. I served as the Tribal Chairman of the San Manuel Tribal Government. I branched out to become the first Native American elected to the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees from 2005-2012. In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown appointed me to the prestigious State Board of Education, becoming the first California Indian ever appointed in the history of California. In 2012, I was elected as the first Native American to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors where I currently serve as Chairman. I also serve as the Chairman of the California Native American Heritage Commission, appointed in 2007 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and re-appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. These accomplishments have been possible because of the strong belief and will of all Native American People that paved the way for many of us today. I proudly serve as one of a few Native American elected officials in the State of California. Happy National Native American Heritage Month!

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Words to Think About: History of Thanksgiving


By G. W. Abersold Ph.D.

hanksgiving Day is a national holiday. In 1789 George Washington proclaimed it as such on November 26. Abraham Lincoln did the same in November, 1863. In 1939 President F.D. Roosevelt proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November as the holiday, and every President since then has followed this tradition. How did it all begin? Bradford’s

history states that 102 voyagers set sail on September 6th, 1620 from Plymouth, England; they landed in America on November 11, 1620. It was scheduled for May and the ship was named for the month and the word flower was added as a symbol of hope. But, was November of 1621 the date for the first Thanksgiving? Probably not. San Elizario, Texas says that in 1598, 23 years before the Pilgrims, they celebrated thanksgiving with the Spanish explorer Joan de Onate, on the banks of the Rio Grande River. Then there is Virginia. The citizens of the Berkeley Plantation on the James River claim Thanksgiving Day started with their ancestors on December 4, 1619. On 1963 President John Kennedy officially recognized the plantation’s claim. Provincetown’s Thanksgiving was not family oriented. It was a multinational community event. It included Native Americans. Neither was it a religious event. It was really a “harvest festival.” THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND CITIZENRY OF ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA DECLARE THAT THANKSGIVING DAY WAS FIRST CELEBRATED IN THEIR CITY ON SEPTEMBER 8, 1565. It is safe to say that our modern celebrations are primarily for food and football. Throw in a parade or

two. Family is just the beginning that usually includes friends and neighbors. Football is essential along with booze and snoozing. Turkey Day is another myth. None of the afore mentioned celebrations had turkeys, corn on the cob, potatoes, apple or pumpkin pies and even cranberries. The only meat they ate was deer. Of course, ice cream was a much later addition. By the way, I’ve seen the replica of Plymouth and the rock. Citizens dress up in Pilgrim garb and carry muskets. First, they landed at Provincetown and the rock is fictitious. There is a rock but it has been split and splintered. So many tourists wanted a piece of it. No Pilgrim ever lived in a log cabin. They first appeared a hundred years later, brought to America by the Germans and Swedish. It is believed by historians that the Pilgrims lived in wood clapboard houses made from sawed lumber. The word “log cabin” cannot be found in print until the 1800’s. Almost all depictions of the early Pilgrims showed them dressed in black. They did not dress in black and never did they wear those funny buckles, weird shoes or black steeple hats. The reason for misleading such wear was quaint and the reputation was for quaintness. It was reputation only.

Another myth concerns the Pilgrims being the same as Puritans. Wrong. They were two different groups. The Pilgrims came over in 1620, the Puritans arrived in 1630 and settled in Boston. Some Pilgrims came for wealth, others for religious reasons. The Puritans came for religious freedom. They did not welcome dissent. Their attitude was, “It’s our way or the highway.” To the Puritans, the Pilgrims were incurable utopians. The Pilgrims were high on tolerance and education. By 1630, the Pilgrims had settled Boston; by 1635 they had started the famous Boston Public Latin Schools; in 1640 the first American book was published; by 1641 there was a law passed requiring an elementary school in every town with at least fifty families. Did I mention that Harvard College was started in 1641? A great misinterpretation of both the Pilgrims and Puritans is about sex. Tradition says that both abhorred it. Not true. In fact, when one member of the First Church of Boston refused to have conjugal relations with his wife two years in a row, he was expelled. Rev. Cotton Mathers, the wellknown Puritan minister, “condemned a married couple who had abstained from sex in order to achieve a higher spirituality.” He

later wrote, that the victims were, “victims of a blind zeal.” Perhaps the most insidious view of these early settlers had to do with the claim they were morbid. H. L. Mencken and Mark Twain, both write that they had, “a haunting fear that someone, somewhere might be happy.” That was not true. The Puritans welcomed laughter and dressed in bright colors. The historian, Carl Degler observed and wrote, “The Sabbarians, antiliquor, and antisex attributed to the Puritans and Pilgrims are a nineteenth century addition to the much more modest and wholesome view of life’s evils held by the early settlers of New England. Without a doubt, Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016 is a National Holiday. We worship it with adoration and reverence. It is the essence of our religion. Our icons are the turkey and football, both college and the NFL. We eat the turkey and all of its trimmings. Then we collapse in our pews (the couch or easy chair) and argue the subtle points of football. It’s certainly a paganistic religion. However you spend Thanksgiving Day this year, I urge you to include a time to express gratitude to God for His providence to our nation. Amen Selah. So be it.

scored and has stolen 14-of-14 bases. In a statement from Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso, she pointed out that Flores is just one of four new recruits to her national championship team. "This class, as a whole, has a lot of power. They can hit the ball hard and they're very strong," said Gasso. "Each one of these athletes have been playing for championships so they have the pedigree to win championships." She feels with such experience, her recruits have the ability to step right in and perform at the national level. In her bio, it states Flores has lived her entire life in Grand Terrace. She was a Sunkist League MVP and has been chosen all-area

and all-county each of the last three seasons. Flores was All-CIF First Team last season and along with her Division title last year, was on the Grand Terrace runnerup team in 2015. Flores told Oklahoma administrators that their college has a family-like vibe. "As soon as I stepped on that campus, it just felt like home. I look forward to accomplishing goals that will forever be remembered. In this case, it's winning some championships with my sisters." Gasso thinks Flores will become an instant fan favorite because of her passionate style of play. "I like her versatility and her athleticism. She plays on one the best travel ball teams in the coun-

try and won the Premier Girls Fastpitch Championship with Tony Rico's Firecrackers. She's surrounded with other outstanding athletes, so I think it's really elevated her game and she's been doing that since she has been young." Gasso noted that Flores has usually been the youngest kid on the team, "so she's grown up in that environment and it shows." Flores has played for Huntington Beach-based Tony Rico's travel team for three seasons. Its championship winning 18U game against the California Elite was televised by ESPN sports network. Grand Terrace coach Bobby Flores could not be reached for comment about his other scholarship players.

Eliyah Flores leads a talented Grand Terrace HS softball scholarship class


Grand Terrace All-CIF infielder Eliyah Flores will play on scholarship at University of Oklahoma next season.


By Harvey M. Kahn

lugging infielder Eliyah Flores of Grand Terrace High School will join former teammate Melanie Olmos next season at the University of Oklahoma, where she will play softball on scholarship for the 2015-2016 College World Series Champion Sooner's. Flores contractually signed on Nov. 9, which was National Letter of Intent Day. Others from last year's Grand Terrace CIF-Division 3 championship team to sign for college scholarships are Lily Bishop, who will play at North Carolina State,

Alyssa Martinez who will travel to the University of Mississippi, Yesenia Morrison to Grand Canyon University, and Morgan Parson (Hawaii). Before they graduate this year, the five will attempt to win their fourth Sunkist League championship, having compiled at 43-1 league record over the last three seasons. Despite being pitched around last season, Flores slugged eight home runs and drove in 27 with a .451 batting average. Flores brought attention to herself as a sophomore by hitting 13 home runs with 31 RBI and a ,495 batting average. In the last two seasons she has led the team in runs

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2016 Inland Empire Thanksgiving meal and resource guide

by Dan Damon. The lunch is free and open to all adults 55 years and older. Pre-registration is required. Information and registration: 909-798-7550. Rialto:

Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway and Resource Fair Nov. 19 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Rialto Middle School 1262 W. Rialto Ave.

First 500 families will receive a holiday food bag with a turkey Information: 909-723-1695 San Bernardino:

Thanksgiving Event — Nov. 24 9 a.m. Calvary Chapel Antorcha De Fe 761 w. 2nd St.

Food baskets for the first 200 families will be available Festivities include food, music, games, kid’s zone, free haircuts, bicycle repair, medical and dental screenings and community vendors and resource booths. Information: 909-522-0362



Several community organizations will be offering free Thanksgiving meals and holiday baskets to families in need Nov. 19-24.

By Yazmin Alvarez

he holiday season can be a difficult time for families to serve up a warm meal, but several Inland-area organizations are making efforts to provide for those in need this Thanksgiving. Nonprofits and faith-based groups throughout San Bernardino County are offering free Thanksgiving baskets or a hot Thanksgiving meal — Nov. 19-24 — to those who may have fallen on hard times. The following is a guide to locations throughout Inland-area communities including Rialto, Redlands, Colton, San Bernardino and Highland, welcoming residents to a community holiday dinner: Bloomington:

Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 20 - 10 a.m. to noon

Vida Life Ministries 11608 Cedar Ave. Information: 323-823-4762 or 323-351-3724 Colton:

Community Thanksgiving Dinners - Nov. 24 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hutton Community Center 660 Colton Ave. Luque Community Center 292 E. O Street Family-style sit-down dinner

with all the fixings, open to the public, including non residents. To-Go-Dinners for those that are homebound can be picked up between 12-1p.m. while supplies last. Information: 909-370-5568 Fontana:

Thanksgiving Dinner and Resource Fair — Nov. 23 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Project Boon – Eat and Be Well Cypress Center Community Assistance Program 8380 Cypress Ave. Information: 909-349-6988 Highland:

Thanksgiving Dinner - Nov. 23 6 to 8 p.m. Jerry Lewis Community Center 7793 Central Ave.

No residency is necessary, but registration is required

Information and registration: 909-425-9622

Redlands: 3rd annual Turkey Shoot-Out Nov. 19 — Noon Redlands Community Center 111 W. Lugonia Ave.

Basketball free throw and threepoint competition to compete for a free turkey. Children ages 4 to 14 years old can compete against others to win a free turkey, provided by Wal-Mart. Children ages 4 to 6, 7 to 9, and 10 to 12 will compete against others in their respective age divisions to win a free turkey. Teens from 13 to 14 years old will compete in a two-minute free throw contest. Free turkey sandwiches and chips will also be provided by Subway.

Registration: or at the Redlands Community Center. Information: 909-798-7572

Thanksgiving Dinner - Nov. 23 5 p.m.

The Blessing Center – Joseph’s Storehouse 760 E. Stuart Ave. All are welcome. Registration is not required Information: 909-793-5677 Thanksgiving luncheon Nov. 23 11:15 a.m. to 1 :15 p.m. Joslyn Senior Center 21 Grant St.

Turkey and all the fixings will be provided by Thomas Catering with live entertainment provided

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SB school district annual Community Gathering for Excellence highlights achievements, community engagement critical to student, citywide success


By MJ Duncan

ommunity engagement and collaboration that strategically links the San Bernardino City Unified School District with key partners in the region is pivotal for student success from cradle to career. This was the key message SBCUSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden delivered during the 5th annual Community Gathering for Excellence. The event, designed to provide an update on the district and highlight efforts taken to continue to make hope happen, took place Wednesday morning at the National Orange Show to an attendance of nearly 1,000 people. Keynote speaker Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup, Inc. provided insight to further promote hope, and underlined the importance of identifying builders among students. The school district is merely one segment of the community, but the success of its students is critical to the overall success of the city, and by extension, the region. “We have enrolled in the actual physical solution to what this city needs to be great again,” Dr. Marsden explained to the audience of school board members, city and county officials, educators, and community members. “This collective impact approach aligned with acts

of excellence will serve to accelerate change; it takes a host of people to make hope happen for residents.” Wong Elementary Bing School students reacted to recent news outlets that designated San Bernardino the “most dangerous city” via a YouTube video that demonstrated just how dangerous they are. Several students took turns to declare, “Watch out, world, I’m dangerous because I want to be an engineer.” Or a lawyer, or a teacher. “The event was so inspiring and helped to recommit us to excellence in education and how our students learn,” said Gloria Harrison, San Bernardino Community College District Trustee. District successes include Richardson PREP HI Middle School recognized as 1 of 329 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education, the soar of graduation rates in one year from 79.9% in 2014 to 85.5% in 2015 which surpasses county and state rates, Middle College High School’s 100% graduation rate, and Hillside, Kimbark, Norton, Roosevelt and Thompson Elementary Schools recognized by the California Department of Education as Gold Ribbon Schools. “The talent, creativity, intelligence, and leadership skills dis-

played by SBCUSD students gives me hope for our future,” said Palm Avenue Elementary School Principal Kathy Wade. SBCUSD collaborated with Gallup, a research-based global company that delivers analytics and advice to help leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems, to gather key data from San Bernardino residents to identify their priorities for the city.

“The city needs infrastructure, safe routes to school, and green spaces; residents want a city they can be proud of,” Dr. Marsden asserted. “As we work to lift this city, it will lift the entire region and state, therefore it’s critical that we stay our commitment to see this city through.” Polls indicate a shift in human development, keynote speaker Clifton informed the audience. What is it that makes life meaningful has morphed through the generations from coveting freedom 80 years ago, to peace and having a family in the 60’s. Today it is to occupy a meaningful job, especially among Millennials. “This insight will change how we educate, and the systems are not switching fast enough,” he said. “The more we lead in the wrong direction, the worse we are making it.” Why had the economy taken

such a downturn? “We stopped building,” Clifton declared. “Educators are good at spotting and developing good learners, coaches with great athletes, but a builder doesn’t have specific traits which makes it challenging because rare determination can’t be seen.” Clifton compared similar cities in Tennessee, Memphis and Nashville, to illustrate just how essential builders are to an economy. Nashville thrives because its leaders and educators discovered how to build, whereas Memphis stopped building and suffers economic depression. Clifton estimates around 1,000 students in the school system possess the ability to change this city, but will not be identified because there is no system in place to test for builders. “Our assessments are so broken down, we focus on what’s wrong and what’s lacking and humans just don’t develop like Clifton explained. that,” “When one is continuously assigned a task that they have no capacity to accomplish, it’s torture and breeds hopelessness.” Rather, Clifton suggested that strengths exhibited by students continue to be identified, praised and nurtured. That is what fosters hope. “Teachers have a better chance at fixing a city than the government, whose job isn’t to iden-

tify builders but to protect and serve,” he concluded. “If you and I don’t fix America, I’m pretty sure no one else will.” Dr. Marsden launched the Gathering for Excellence in 2012 as a way to engage parents, employees, and community members in meaningful dialogue about local educational reforms. Among the ways education and instruction has evolved in SBCUSD since then has been a focus on Linked Learning, which provides opportunities for students to explore careers from manufacturing to medical that are integrated with their academic lessons. “The SBCUSD Gathering of Excellence has focused in on the fact that education is the path to success for our youth,” said San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis. “The partnerships forged in developing this program have benefitted our students by creating a network of support for our students.” Key partners include the University of California, Riverside; California State University, San Bernardino;San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools; San Bernardino Valley College; San Bernardino County; and the City of San Bernardino.

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Presentation at Mitla’s to discuss perspectives of women in California


IECN Staff Report

presentation regarding the “Californian female perspective” is taking place at Mitla Cafe on November 18 at 6pm. The presentation is part of the Mitla's 80th anniversary celebrations. Documentarian Katrina Parks will be speaking of her research, which includes the experiences of women along Route 66. Themes that will be discussed include: childhood and adolescent upbringing, traveling, challenging gender stereotypes, confronting prejudice and pushing boundaries in a man’s world. “As you might expect, women often worked in family businesses along Route 66,” Parks said. “But they also struck out on their own as artists, anthropologists, architects, waitresses, entrepreneurs, executives and real estate magnets.”

Featured in the program is a short film about the Mitla’s unique history, which began when entrepreneur Lucia Rodriguez founded the business in San Bernardino in the 1930s. The program at the Mitla will showcase several additional filmed interviews, archival and a presentation by historian Mark Ocegueda. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Katrina Parks at (323) 203-5968 or through email at


(Right) Exterior of the Mitla Cafe along Route 66 in San Bernardino.

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16th Annual Veterans Day Salute in Photos

Members of the VFW Post 6476 (Colton) preparing for the 21 gun salute.


Veteran Tom Trimble giving a salute during the national anthem. PHOTO/ANTHONY VICTORIA

(Right) Navy veteran Mary Williams giving the peace sign to the crowd. In the background is her husband Chris, who also served in the military.


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Courtesy Photo

Nearly 1,000 people attended the school district’s annual Community Gathering for excellence where student and district achievements and successes were highlighted. Pictured from left are Kiwanis Club of san Bernardino Member Donna Ferracone, Cal state san Bernardino Dean of the school of education Dr. Jay Fiene, and san Bernardino Community College District trustee Gloria harrison.


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School district resource fair connects community with resources

Photo/MJ Duncan

Dozens of students participated in an energetic exercise session during the 10th annual community Wellness & Resource Fair, co-sponsored by the San Bernardino city unified School District, on Saturday, nov. 5 at the new hope Family Life center in San Bernardino.


By MJ Duncan

early 500 people attended the 10th Annual Community Wellness & Resource Fair, co-sponsored by the San Bernardino City Unified School District, on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the New Hope Family Life Center in San Bernardino. Other partnering agencies were the Inland Empire Concerned AfricanAmerican Churches (IECAAC) and the Salvation Army. The fair, which took place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., is designed to connect families in need with the local government and non-profit organizations that can help them get back on their feet. Dozens of booths provided information on a wide variety of free and low-cost

resources that included prevention education, homelessness, and county programs. Other organizations in attendance were Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy, Children and Family Services, Children’s Network, Home of Neighborly Services and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. “The purpose of the fair is to ensure that people can connect to the resources they need to lead productive and healthy lives,” said Vicki Lee, SBCUSD Homeless Liaison. “The event brings the community together to realize that there are resources available to them to improve their lives.” The fair provided free health screenings, a bounce house and train ride for children, a talent

show, group exercise and raffle giveaways of 60 backpacks (SBCSS), two bikes (Santa Clause, Inc.), 5 Thanksgiving baskets and various gift cards. “The community coming together in a collaborative and cohesive manner serves as a model to children about what it looks like to have a successful community,” Lee said. The Salvation Army set up its Emergency Disaster Food Truck and dished generous portions of ribs, fajitas, nachos or hot dogs, and provided information on its numerous programs.

Photo/MJ Duncan

nearly 500 people attended the resource fair on Saturday that provided information on free and low-cost services. Photo/MJ Duncan the Salvation army doled out generous portions of free ribs, fajitas, nachos and hot dogs, For the little ones’ entertainment there was a bounce house and while simultaneously highlight- train ride that meandered through the parking lot at new hope Family Life center in San Bernardino on Saturday. ing its programs.

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