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Shots & memories A ‘Wild Blue’ collection of veterans’ tales

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Taking flight • CBU banks on aviation

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10 Showtime, air time Flips, flaps and stunts — it’s all up in the air at the annual Riverside Airshow on April 5 at the Riverside Airport. Skydivers, formation flights, warbirds, a police demonstration of a helicopter chase and a car vs. plane race will highlight this year’s event.



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12 Taking flight? At California Baptist University, Dr. Daniel Prather considers it part of the school’s mission to enable its students to live out their faith wherever they choose to go — whether it’s in the cockpit for an airline or on a humanitarian mission. CBU’s fledgling Aviation Science program with its first class of 27 students is looking forward to growth: more students, more planes and, of course, high hopes. 16 Footprints in the sand … While soldiers’ footprints have long since washed away from the beaches where they landed in Europe and the Pacific, their impact is still felt — especially here in the Inland Empire where so many military men spent their peace-time years and, today, find their final rest. 20 Like NASCAR, on two wheels Cyclists know the season, race season. The 2014 U.S. pro-competition calendar begins in nearby Redlands with its 30th annual Bicycle Classic. A look inside the event with local residents who open their homes to cycling squads. Up-close closed-circuit riding, Saturday, April 5. Full schedule, Page 23.


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From the editor 6 Calendar and Hot List 8 Seen 31 Save the date 33 Nonprofit profile 34 On the cover Maria LeBlanc and Dr. Daniel Prather stand on the wing of the Boeing 727 used by California Baptist University’s Aviation Science program. Photo by Eric Reed C onnect w i t h us !

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or this issue, we knew a profile of California Baptist University’s Aviation Sciences department would pair well with a preview of the Riverside Airshow. And, because the CBU program has a Boeing 727 — with its photogenic lines and shapes — the story would be a strong candidate for the cover. Photographer Eric Reed, a vet of past Riverside Magazine covers, was brought in. The Riverside Airport location was scouted. Possible camera angles to get the best shots were drawn up on a white board. Schedules were coordinated; the date picked. But wouldn’t you know it? Along with the sun that morning came the winds. With gusts of up to 30 mph, they were strong enough to ground the four Cessna 172s that the school uses for training. If the aircraft went up, “students

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minimizing the effects of the wind. It worked, at least for the most part. Photoshop, in the capable hands of editorial graphic designer Steve Ohnersorgen, took care of the rest — particularly the flyaway hair. Due to the conditions, Reed later PHOTO BY ERIC REED likened the challenge of getting the Jerry Rice is a human light stand for the cover shoot. perfect shot to only a handful of previous assignments. One he would be fighting with the controls the mentioned was 2003’s devastating Old whole time,” said Maria LeBlanc, the Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains. chief flight instructor. Fortunately, the degree of difficulty So, giving it the ol’ … ahem … college on planned magazine cover shoots try, the first angle was set up, with usually doesn’t rise to the level of breakLeBlanc and Dr. Daniel Prather, the ing news. But just in case, perhaps next program’s founding chairman, on the time we’ll schedule it back in the studio. ground with the 727 behind them. A small umbrella used to shield their faces from the sunlight went flying. Time to move to the next option: having the subjects stand on the wing 909-386-3015, @JerryRice_IE with the plane’s fuselage, hopefully,

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calendar ‘SPIDER’S WEB’ THROUGH APRIL 13  –  Agatha Christie murder mystery. Riverside Community Players Theater, 4026 14th St., Riverside; 951-686-4030; Also: “Around the World in 80 Days,” May 16-June 1; “She Loves Me,” July 11-27. ‘THE RIVERSIDE LEGACY’ THROUGH APRIL 17  –  California plein air paintings, past and present, from the RAM’s permanent collection. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111; LAKE ALICE TRADING CO. THROUGH APRIL 30  –  All In (classic rock through today’s hits), April 4; The Groove (classic rock), April 5; The Kym’s (original rock), April 9; DJ Fanatic, April 10 and 24; Lady and the Tramps (classic rock), April 11; Runnin’ on Funk (classic rock/old school funk), April 12; Little George Acoustic (classic rock), April 16 and 30; DJ L-Boogie, April 17; Factory Tuned Band (classic rock), April 18; Band of Brothers (classic rock), April 19; Mickie Arnette (classic rock), April 23; Opportunity Rocks (classic rock), April 25; Gravity Guild (alternative rock), April 26. 3616 University Ave., Riverside; 951-686-7343; ‘BARBARA MORGAN: BODY MONTAGE’ THROUGH MAY 17  –  Works by Barbara Morgan, who was best known for her 8 | | april-may 2014

WEST COAST THUNDER XV MAY 26  –  Memorial Day Bike Run through Riverside, stopping at Riverside National Cemetery, then traveling to Soboba Casino for a concert featuring Rodney Atkins. Soboba Casino, 23333 Soboba Road, San Jacinto; 951-785-0100;,

photographs of luminaries in American modern dance in the 1940s and ‘50s. UCR/California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; Also: “CMP Projects: Claudia Joskowicz,” through April 12 (Museum of Photography); “Trouble with the Index,” through June 21 (Museum of Photography); “Flaws in the Diamond,” through July 19 (Museum of Photography); “Monster: MFA Thesis Exhibition,” April 12-May 3 (Sweeney Art Gallery). LAW’S RESTAURANT THROUGH MAY 30  –  Slingshot, April 4 and May 30; Entourage, April 18; Intersexion, April 25; Hunter and the Dirty Jacks, May 2; Southbound, May 9; Staggs Bros., May 16; Band of Brothers, May 23. 9640 Indiana Ave., Riverside; 951-354-7021; ROMANO’S CONCERT LOUNGE THROUGH MAY 31  –  Holy Diver (Dio! tribute), April 5; Rod Piazza and The Mighty Fliers, April 11; Generation Idol (Billy Idol tribute), April 12; Berlin featuring Terri Nunn, May 31. 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside; 951-781-7662; ‘LES MISERABLES’ APRIL 4-13  –  Performance Riverside presentation of the classic musical based on the 19th-century French novel by Victor Hugo. Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-222-8100; SPRING PLANT SALE APRIL 5-6  –  Nearly 10,000 plants and more

than 600 varieties will be available for purchase. UC Riverside Botanic Gardens, 900 University Ave.; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6; 951-784-6962; Also: Spring Outing, April 19; Keep our Gardens Clean & Beautiful, April 26. HISTORY LECTURE APRIL 6  –  Historical overview of Olivewood Cemetery, presented by Glenn Edward Freeman. RSVP by March 30. Dining Commons, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside; 11:45 a.m.; $10; 951-353-0770; Also: Frank Miller — Building the Past with Words, June 1. ‘BLACKBALLIN’ ’ APRIL 10-19  –  Written by Rickerby Hinds, production uses historic moments in iconic American sports to explore past and present race relations. Studio Theatre, ARTS 113, UC Riverside, 900 University Ave.; 951-827-3245; Also: Marylu Clayton Rosenthal New Play Festival, May 22-31; Playworks, June 4-6. ‘WADJDA’ APRIL 11-12  –  Screening of the coming-of-age tale that centers on a young girl in Saudi Arabia. It won the International Feature prize at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA APRIL 12  –  Face painting, balloon artists, arts and crafts, Easter Bunny photo ops. Main Street, from Mission Inn Avenue to University


SALUTE TO VETERANS PARADE APRIL 19  –  Ninth annual event honoring veterans of all ages and eras, with marching bands, equestrian units, color guards, bagpipes, antique cars, military vehicles and floats. Pancake breakfast is served for $5 at the Riverside City College staging area. Henry Coil is the grand marshal. Downtown Riverside; 10 a.m. to noon; free; 951-687-1175;

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FLOWER SHOW AND GARDEN TOUR APRIL 12-13  –  67th annual Riverside Community Flower Show and Garden Tour, featuring a tour of private gardens. “The World is Your Garden” is the theme. Elks Lodge, 6166 Brockton Ave., Riverside; 951-777-0746; JULIETA VENEGAS APRIL 18  –  Concert by a singer-songwriter known for Spanish-language pop-rock performances. Riverside Auditorium & Events Center, 3485 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-779-9800; Also: Cypress Hill, April 19; No Duh, April 25; YG, May 22; Tribal Seeds, May 24; Tech N9ne, June 3. RAM PRESENTS RAM APRIL 26  –  The Riverside Art Museum presents the Riverside Art Market featuring more than 50 artists selling artwork, an Art Adventure Scavenger Hunt, children’s art/ crafts booths with hands-on projects, food and drinks. In front of the Main Downtown Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 909-938-1328; ARTS WALK MAY 1  –  Browse more than 20 art galleries, studios and museums with exhibits in various art mediums. Special performances, poetry,


Caroline O’Grady, left, Marina Shtelen, Kevin Sattler and Loren Bidner in “The Shape of Things.” ‘THE SHAPE OF THINGS’ APRIL 11-13  –  Neil LaBute’s take on male-female relationships featuring a nerdy museum security guard and a rebellious female art student, presented by The Gestalt Theatre Project. The Box, Fox Entertainment Plaza, 3635 Market St., Riverside; 951-756-4240; theater, hands-on art activities, refreshments and more. Continues the first Thursday of every month. Downtown Riverside; 6-9 p.m.; 951-682-6737; ‘La cage aux folles’ MAY 2-18  –  Riverside Repertory offers its sophomore production. The Box, Fox Entertainment Plaza, 3635 Market St., Riverside; 951-808-5566;,

‘GODSPELL’ MAY 10-18  –  Presentation of the Stephen Schwartz musical. Matheson Hall, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside; 951-785-2241; $10; Also: Showcase, June 7. RIVERSIDE MASTER CHORALE MAY 16-17  –  Spring concert. Landis Auditorium, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 5:30 p.m.; silent auction, 7 p.m. concert; $15; CHILI COOK-OFF, CAR/CYCLE SHOW MAY 24  –  12th annual community event featuring chili cooking competitions, classic cars and motorcycles, beer garden, live music, kid fun zone, arts and crafts. Arlington Village, Magnolia Avenue from Van Buren to Jackson, Riverside; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free; RAINCROSS CHORALE JUNE 8  –  Spring concert with orchestra. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 3 p.m.; $15;

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Aerial acrobats will be turning the skies over Riverside into their playground Written by Jerry Rice


ook for lots of loops, barrel rolls, dead-stick maneuvers and other aerial tricks as the Riverside Airshow returns on April 5 for its 22nd edition at the Riverside Municipal Airport. Eleven performers are expected to take flight during the event, which starts at 9 a.m. There’s plenty going on at ground level, too, with displays of military aircraft and vehicles, a car show featuring more than 200 classics and antiques, community group exhibits, an emergency preparedness fair and a fun zone for kids. Early birds can order a $6 pancake breakfast, served at D&D Airport Cafe starting at 7 a.m. A closer look at four acts: Smoke-n-Thunder Bill Braack is known for one thing: “going really fast,” he says. How fast? His 10,000-horsepower “jet car” has an acceleration speed that approaches 400 mph. That means Braack could drive the vehicle from its winter home in Corona to the Riverside Airpor t in no time flat, if it weren’t for traffic backups

on the 91 Freeway. Instead, he’ll be racing down the runway trying to beat John Collver flying his T-6 “Wardog.” It’s the 30th year Braack’s team has been performing at air shows. Website: SmokenThunder

Melissa and Rex Pemberton This husband-and-wife team will be making their Riverside debut, with Rex flying 150 mph in a wingsuit and Melissa in an Edge 540 airplane doing barrel rolls around him — a maneuver that star ts at 10,000 feet above the ground and continues all the way down to 2,000 feet. “We came up with the idea over dinner one day,” Melissa says. Website: www.spor

Doug Jardine Relatively new on the Nor th American air show scene is the Sbach 342 “ThunderBolt,” which will be flown by Doug Jardine, a Toronto-born pilot who grew up in Orange County and spent much of his youth surfing and racing motorcycles. The Sbach, with its carbon-fiber airframe, is highly maneuverable and has a roll rate of 450 degrees per second. Website:

John Collver Making his 17th appearance in Riverside, John Collver is planning to fly his T-6 “Wardog,” a single-engine aircraft known as “the pilot maker” because of its role as a combat trainer. He will be demonstrating some of the same maneuvers employed by American pilots in World War II before concluding the 12-minute performance by challenging Bill Braack and his “jet car.” It’s going to be “a race for pink slips,” Collver says. Braack’s response? “Bring it on!” Website:

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Maria LeBlanc, chief flight instructor, left, observes students Lacey Schimming and Ryan Rosales as they work through the pre-flight checklist on a Cessna 172 at Riverside Municipal Airport.


New program at California Baptist University helps students earn their wings and a place in a rebounding aviation industry

Dr. Daniel Prather and Maria LeBlanc in the cockpit of a Boeing 727, which is used by CBU’s Aviation Science program.

Written by Amy Bentley Photos by Eric Reed


acey Schimming has always loved airplanes and wanted to become a pilot, but she didn’t know how that dream would become reality until last fall when the Aviation Science program took off at California Baptist University. The 18-year-old had just graduated from high school, and within a couple months she was one of 27 CBU students on an education path that eventually will lead to a career as a commercial airline pilot or one of many other positions in aviation. One of four women enrolled, Schimming was the program’s first student to earn a pilot’s license. 12

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“It’s awesome that I’m doing what I love,” she said. “I didn’t know what to expect when I came here but I am getting so many opportunities to fly.” Taking to the skies and learning all aspects of the aviation business are what the program is about, says Dr. Daniel Prather, founding chairman of CBU’s Department of Aviation Science who came to Riverside from Middle Tennessee State University, where he taught aviation courses. Before that, he worked for several years as the assistant director of operations at Tampa

International Airport in Florida. “Airlines are hiring again,” he said. “The industry has turned the corner, so it’s a good time to get into aviation.” In fact, this is expected to be a particularly strong year for the industry thanks to an improving economy, rising travel demand and relatively stable fuel prices, according to the trade group Airlines for America. Another organization, the Geneva-based International Air Transport Assn., which represents some 240 carriers around the

globe, predicts that the world’s airlines will earn a combined record of $19.7 billion in profits this year — $500 million more than 2010’s previous high. One of the industry’s few major hiccups recently has been this winter’s brutal weather, particularly in the eastern half of the country, which forced the cancellation of tens of thousands of flights, according to But with the arrival of spring, there has been a major decline in weather-related cancellations.

California Baptist University began exploring a new aviation program in 2011 after conducting research and determining that the field has a positive hiring forecast — not just for pilots but also for those with aircraft maintenance and management skills. At CBU, students majoring in Aviation Management learn the business side of the industry, and after graduating they can find jobs running a flight school, working in airline or airport management, or as an airport planner or security april-may 2014 | | 13

official. Aviation Flight majors train as pilots and can fly for the military, an airline, air cargo delivery service, flight school, law enforcement agency, and they can be a missionary pilot flying to remote parts of the globe. By the time they graduate, flight students will have a solid grounding in all aspects of aviation in addition to their commercial pilot’s certificate and a certified flight instructor’s license, according to Maria LeBlanc, the program’s chief flight instructor. “Students take courses in human factors, crew resource management, turbine systems, avionics and navaids, meteorology, et cetera,” she said. “Additionally, students will learn to fly in a structured environment with flight labs scheduled three days a week, which is very important for career flight training.” The program got a big boost in January 2013 when FedEx donated a retired Boeing 727 that is being integrated into the curriculum as a ground-based trainer. The cargo jet, which FedEx acquired in 1993, had logged nearly 48,000 hours of flight time and is parked at Riverside Municipal Airport, near the CBU Flight Operations Center, which is about two miles from the university’s main campus. While the 727 won’t be flown, per an agreement with FedEx, all its systems are fully functional. “Everything is still there — the engines, the avionics and all that,” Prather said. “It’s a very good promotional and learning tool.” In addition to the 727, CBU maintains

Schimming, right, checks the controls with LeBlanc in the cockpit of a Cessna 172.

four Cessna 172 single-engine planes. Students use them to get hands-on experience behind the controls, practicing maneuvers in the skies over a wide area stretching from Rialto to Lake Mathews, down to Temecula and San Diego. This fall, three Cessna 152s will be added to the fleet for students to build flight time after receiving their pilot certificates. The two-seat, single-engine aircraft are less expensive to operate than the 172s. In addition, two twin-engine aircraft — such as Piper Seminole or Beechcraft Dutchess — will be brought in to give students opportunities for commercial and multi-engine training, LeBlanc says. The number of students also is expected to increase, with an additional 20 to 30 signing up this fall. By the 2016-

17 school year, the program should have 100 to 120 students, says Prather, who also plans to add in degrees in Aircraft Maintenance and Aviation Dispatch. “The program is growing with the students,” he said. “It’s important for them to have options.” Attending and eventually graduating requires a major investment in both time and finances. Besides the regular CBU tuition and fees, Aviation Science students also have lab costs for each Federal Aviation Administration certificate and rating. Students pay an hourly fee for the aircraft and instructor that equals $160 per hour. Flight lab fees average $14,000 annually over the fouryear program. Scholarships are available from several places, including the university, which offered three this year of $1,000 each.

A FedEx 727 passes under a ceremonial water arch upon arrival at Riverside Municipal Airport in January 2013. The jet has since been rebranded with markings from California Baptist University. PHOTO BY GR ACE FERRELL

Students who earn their Certified Flight Instructor credential can be hired by a flight school, which both builds their time in the cockpit and provides a source of income. Once landing in their careers, management graduates can expect to earn at least $40,000 annually from an entry-level airport operations position; working for the federal government at, for example, the FAA or the National Transportation Safety Board; or for an aviation industry association, according to LeBlanc. On the flight side, regional airlines start first officers at $20,000 to $24,000 per year with salary increases based on experience. Once they gather enough qualifying flight hours, first officer positions at major airlines begin at $30,000 to $60,000. Eventually, graduates in both disciplines can expect to pull in more than $200,000 annually as, say, an executive director of a large international airport or as an airline captain for a major air or cargo carrier. CBU’s Aviation Science program is

one of only three such programs with a hands-on flight component that is offered by a four-year university in California. Prather says it fits well with CBU’s mission and broader curriculum. “We consider ourselves a professional applied program at a Christian university and one of six programs nationwide at a faith-based or Christian institution,” he said. “We see our mission as developing students so they can live out their faith wherever they choose to go, whether that’s with an airline or the military or a humanitarian group.” As for Schimming, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Flight, she considers the program a stepping stone to her future. “I went to an airshow when I was little and was in awe,” she recalled, but it wasn’t until much later that she decided to pursue a career in aviation. As for what she will do after completing the program and graduating, Schimming is weighing her options, which include enlisting in the Navy as an officer or becoming a flight

Prather teaches a class at CBU’s Flight Operations Center.

instructor. Eventually, she aspires to own a private jet company. “I found what I love and that gets me excited to come back every day,” she said. “It’s exciting to be hands-on doing what I want to do.” To learn more What: Depar tment of Aviation Science Where: California Baptist University, 6865 Airpor t Drive, Riverside Information: 951-343-4924,

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War stories

Senior Chief Petty Officer Willie Crane, left, Master Chief Petty Officer Stephen Hughes and Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Villanueva at Riverside National Cemetery.

An author and a photographer explore the military heritage that helped build the region Written by Luanne J. Hunt

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Author Susan Straight with photographer Douglas McCulloh at the Riverside Art Museum


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uch of the Inland Empire’s rich history has been shaped by men and women in the military. That’s the point behind a collaborative effort between photographer Douglas McCulloh and writer Susan Straight, who have documented 10 compelling stories of enterprising and courageous individuals. Their insightful work will be showcased in “Wild Blue Yonder,” an exhibition coming to the Riverside Art Museum, April 25 through July 22. “Susan and I were happily surprised by all the crazy and wonderful stories that turned up in our research,” McCulloh said. “With all of them, the overriding theme was about individuals in the military and their families heading west to find a more golden future.”

Through writings and about 100 photographs, “Wild Blue Yonder” explores how military personnel who served at the former March and Norton Air Force bases and at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base played a large role in developing the region. With tales that span eight decades, themes include dealing with the stigma of having served in Vietnam, overcoming segregation and the promotion of migration to California. “The stories came from everywhere — from ex-military men we met at the March Field Museum to the pastor at my church,” Straight said. McCulloh adds that he and Straight hope that everyone who views the exhibit will be inspired by the reflections of those who triumphed over adversity and prejudice. “These people may have fought on a battlefield, but they also had to fight for a better life when they came home,” said Straight, a Riverside native who has written eight novels and two other books for children. “We hope that

‘These people may have fought on a battlefield, but they also had to fight for a better life when they came home.’ message comes through the exhibit. Ultimately, it reflects a big picture about war, home, love and peace.” “Wild Blue Yonder” is the second time the duo has teamed up for an exhibition at the RAM. Last year, “More Dreamers of the Golden Dream” focused on the people and landmarks of Riverside’s Eastside neighborhood. A longtime Riverside resident, McCulloh is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and has a master’s degree in photography from Claremont Graduate University. His work has been on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Laguna Art Museum and the UCR/California Museum of Photography. In addition to being a novelist,

Straight is a distinguished professor of creative writing at UC Riverside. Her latest book is “Between Heaven and Here.” McCulloh has known Straight for several years, with their paths crossing at one book event or another. Another meeting came in May 2010, when Huntington Magazine wanted photos of the author to accompany an article and offered the assignment to McCulloh. A little more than a year later, KCET reached out to the pair, asking them to document life in the Inland Empire. They recently produced their 50th story for the station’s website, “That project really got us excited about doing more together,” McCulloh said. “We kind of looked at each other and said, ‘This is fun!’” ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ Where: Riverside Ar t Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave. When: April 25 through July 22; opening reception May 1, 6-9 p.m. Information: 951-684-7111, www.riversidear

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“Wild Blue Yonder” tells the stories of veterans with ties to Riverside and elsewhere in the Inland Empire. Before the exhibit opens April 25 at the Riverside Art Museum, we asked Susan Straight and Douglas McCulloh to share excerpts of three stories they discovered.

The Winter Road to Seoul

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“Remember, it’s combat,” Bill McInroe said to me last week, sitting at a round table in a church hall in Riverside. “There are infantry up on the hills above the road, covering us. We were in the tank, moving down the road, and it was so slippery and icy. So cold. The civilians were so tired trying to walk (that they were) trying to climb onto the tank. It was so chaotic that we didn’t know who was who — five or six Chinese soldiers would mingle in on the road with the Korean civilians and then star t shooting.” Sitting beside him, eating pie and drinking

church-made coffee, his Korean Bible in a much-handled black leather case, was Young Bong Yoon. “We figure they must have passed each other on the road,” Yoon’s son John said. He is senior pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Riverside. “We like to think that Bill was there along the side of that road as they were leaving. That he helped make it possible.” “Four million human beings died there,” McInroe said. “Half of them civilians.” He had maps spread before them on the table, his Marine signet ring on his thickknuckled finger and his own piece of pie.

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The Treasure Chest: Making Home in the World Riverside National Cemetery For ty a day. Every day. Ordinary weekdays, cloudy Saturdays which remain unremarkable to anyone else. For ty buried a day at Riverside National Cemetery, the busiest national cemetery in the nation. Where tens of thousands of war veterans lay above or below their wives in concrete vaults, as if in floating beds stacked in ironic opposition to twin beds aside each other. Where thousands and still counting also lay, single sad vaults of young men and women dying right now in Afghanistan and Iraq, too young to have spouses who have died or to have had spouses at all. 18

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Donna Miller moved 17 times in 20 years. “We never did spring cleaning,” she said, standing near the cash register at The Treasure Chest. The room behind her was filled with furniture and décor and jewelry and teacups, a carefully and lovingly recreated actual living room assembled every week by these women who have retired from lives in the military. Georgia De Barr laughed. “The drapes! We’d takes these drapes down and pack them! We carried drapes for years, always thought, at the next house they’ll fit; 26 moves in 34 years and they never fit!” When someone dies at Air Force Village West, a military retirement community just outside March Air Reserve Base, the family often arrives to find a lifetime of possessions collected all over the world. Those treasures end up here, for sale, like ar t in a home museum, that’s seen tours everywhere from Okinawa to Oklahoma, from Turkey to Texas.

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or Tammy Rubio, when the Redlands Bicycle Classic rolls into town each year, it is a much-anticipated event. “It’s like a holiday,” she said. “We get the house ready, get the beds ready and clean out the refrigerator so they have room for their food.” “They” are the members of the bike teams she has hosted in her home for more than two decades, ever since she spotted an advertisement seeking host families. Rubio’s efforts represent one example of the way the residents of Redlands come together to put on the Classic, a stage race that started in 1985 and regularly attracts some of the world’s top cyclists. This year’s 30th edition runs April 2-6. 20

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“I thought it would be a great way to support the teams,” she said, noting that most were amateurs back in 1991 when the first riders — five men from Ventura — stayed there. She enjoyed the experience so much that she has hosted teams every year since, and from 1998 to this year her house has been home base for the 8-10 members of the Jelly Belly men’s team. It’s been an eclectic mix, with riders from Canada, Australia, Mexico, Europe and elsewhere, she said. They are usually at her home for about two weeks, as the San Dimas Stage Race precedes the Redlands classic. “I found that it made watching the race much more enjoyable,” she said of hosting. “We are rooting for the riders we know. We have developed so many friendships through the years and some of the riders change teams so now we know riders on several teams.” Such devotion is not uncommon with host families, who see the Classic not only as a world-class bicycle race, but also as something that shines a spotlight on a hometown for which there is tremendous pride. “Since 1985 the Redlands Bicycle Classic has attracted thousands of spectators and participants to the city of Redlands,” said Mayor Pete Aguilar. “These visitors and participants contribute to the rich culture and sense of community that make this such a unique event. We are thrilled to have a role in such a lasting legacy.” In 2013, 81 families hosted 268 riders, and this year’s numbers are similar, with a possibility of about 300 riders, according to Serena Chow, host housing coordinator for the past eight years. She For Cid Breyer hosting teams has generated 20 years of memories, as well as photos of riders, like members of the Web-Cor team at right, programs, patches and other collectibles. Breyer has filled two scrapbooks with the keepsakes.

Members of the Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda team (left) relax at Tammy Rubio’s house in Redlands as they prepare for an afternoon ride to Oak Glen in 2011. Along with the riders, the team manager and a mechanic bunked at the Rubio home.

and co-coordinators Leslie Pompa and Ann Brandt are in charge of finding homes for the riders, a task that begins in earnest each January. For Chow, it’s an extension of her role as a home host since 1997, with the exception of a two-year gap. She starting hosting while living in nearby Loma Linda and continued on when she moved to Redlands 11 years ago. “The first year I hosted the entire team — about nine people. After that, I was hooked,” said added. These days she holds an open house at her home the Sunday before the race starts, where host families can come and mingle. It’s that camaraderie that

has been an added benefit of housing the teams. “I see host families throughout the year at the store and around town. Friendships have developed. It’s been a great way to get to know other members of the community.” One of those members is Cid Breyer, who has hosted women’s teams for 20 years. “This is definitely a community event. When I go to the races there is such community support, and I am loving that the race has continued here each year,” she said. The pride in her hometown is evident as Breyer talks about the city where she was born and attended school. “I love the way they get the kids in the schools involved in good activities. I always spoke to my classes and sometimes the teams would come to the school to talk to the kids,” she said. She became involved in hosting in 1994, after watching the race for several years with her family. She has often housed 14 or so people for up to six days. “When I first started, two of my

In addition to team photos, host families sometimes find the young riders who spend time in their homes go on to compete in the Olympics and other world events.

four children were still at home,” she said. With their departure, she is able to accommodate a full team using her home and a small back house on her property. Most mornings the racers grab a quick breakfast and head out the

“One of the things that is such a benefit is that I’ve made such wonderful friends,” she said. “We kept in contact through cards and letters and phone calls and now through Facebook. “I still see these people as friends.” She’s also been thrilled to see riders she’s known compete on the world stage. Some years ago, six or seven cyclists who had stayed in her home participated in the cycling events at the Summer Olympics. “That was so exciting,” she said. Host families have been such an inspiration that others have joined their ranks. “I have had several friends who have started hosting because of our experience,” Rubio said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity. I foresee doing this far into the future.”

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Friends, foodies find much to love about a bar and grill that’s been a downtown fixture for 30 years Written by Betts Griffone Photos by Micah Escamilla


aula Jones is practically a Riverside native. Born in Connecticut, she moved here as a child with her family in 1959. Her dad, Arthur Conti, had been a cook, so it was inevitable that sooner or later he would find his way back into the food industry in his new hometown.

Steak and lobster with cheese bread, salad and baked potato

His first place, a bar called the Circus Room, was near a bus stop and across the street from what is now the Fox Performing Arts Center. “We would get some interesting characters coming in and pulling up a seat,” Paula recalled. Later, a liquor store next door was added with a pass-through. But Art had always dreamed about opening a friendly little neighborhood bar and grill — one where everybody knows your name and are always glad you came. You know, the type of

Paula Jones, owner of Art’s Bar & Grill

place with the same ambiance and friendliness of that famous bar on TV, “Cheers.” In 1984, an inviting red-brick building just off the northeast corner of University and Lime streets was available as a space for that dream to become reality. At one point it simultaneously housed two businesses — one a beer parlor called Party Time and the other an auto repair shop. In effect, people could down a few brews while they waited for their car to be fixed. Times certainly have changed. So, too, did the building that would become Art’s Bar & Grill. By the time Art and his daughter arrived, the building had been vacant and needed to be renovated. They went to work

on the upgrade, but left the building divided. Today, on one side there are comfortable booths and tables for dining; on the other is the bar, where locals are greeted by a friendly, familiar face. There also is an enclosed patio in back with lighting and heaters for dining on cool evenings. The menu mostly consists of “pub food,” comforting and familiar selections made using family recipes. The menu doesn’t change much because many regulars look forward to eating their favorites. Especially popular is the meatloaf, and there’s always a great turnout on Taco Tuesdays. Every other Wednesday, a group of Vietnam War veterans meets to share stories and lunch. Everyone seems to be on a first name basis, which is what Art

would have wanted. There are daily specials, and if they prove popular enough they may be added to the permanent menu. Angus beef is oven-roasted for the prime rib, roast beef sandwiches and French dips. There are build your own burger selections — “BYOB” — so burger lovers can have them just the way they want them. Potato chips, which are made on site, are deliciously popular. When Art’s opened, breakfast was only served on the weekends. Now it’s available every day starting at 8 a.m., and includes a modest selection of familiar favorites including omelets, chicken fried steak, prime rib, bone-in pork chops and eggs Benedict. The lunch and dinner menus are the same, featuring a selection of sandwiches, burgers, steaks and seafood (including lobster). Given the restaurant’s popularity, parking at times is a problem because the lot is so small. Fortunately, there is street parking nearby. Arthur Conti died in 1999, but his dream is still going strong. With Art’s Bar & Grill celebrating its 30th anniversary on April 22, it proves that if a restaurant serves good food at reasonable prices in a comfortable setting, customers will keep coming. Art’s Bar & Grill 3357 University Ave., Riverside 951-683-9520 Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. TuesdayThursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

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Delightful ‘T discovery The Dregs may be a challenge to find, but this speakeasy-like hideaway is worth searching out Written by David Cohen • Photos by Frank Perez

Balsamic lavender marinated half rack of lamb

he dregs” refers to the solids in the bottom of a wine barrel, but the selections found at an eclectic Redlands food and wine bar that goes by the same name are a far cry from such discards. Owner Ryan Dorough chooses wines that many wine afficionados, myself included, may have a hard time recognizing. Be that as it may, he has an uncanny knack of matching the wines with food, so if in doubt regarding what to order, you’re in good hands. The name also takes some of the hyper-seriousness out of wine drinking, making it what it should be — an enjoyable sensory experience rather than an exercise in pomposity. Finding The Dregs for the first time may be a challenge, as it’s in an industrial park alley off of Nevada Street south of Redlands Boulevard. The only indication that it’s there is a black silhouette of a wine bottle on the door and a bell which you ring that notifies staff to let you in — making it sort of a latter-day speakeasy without the sliding peephole and need for a password. There are counter-height highly varnished wood tables reclaimed from pallets and backless metal stools to sit on, seating around 30 patrons. At the far end of the room, black and white films — some silent and others with the volume turned down — are projected on the tin wall. Wines for sale are displayed on wooden pallets on one long wall and incandescent bulbs on wires hang from the ceiling to provide illumination. The bar can seat around 12 people and right next to it is a blackboard listing the weekly selection of beers on draught. From the list, we sampled a Schneider Dopplebock from Germany and Perfect Crimes Hollowpoint Belgian Ale. All beers with alcohol levels greater than 8 percent are served in 7-ounce pours to prevent patrons from falling off their bar stools after a few glasses! From the wine list, you can sample

three 2-ounce pours of any wine for $10. Wednesday is the premier wine tasting night with only bar snacks available rather than the full kitchen menu. Ten 1-ounce pours for $10 of anything on the shelves are available on Wednesday wine nights. The full menu is served Thursday through Saturday. It is not extensive, but quite bold with complex flavors abounding. We started with the empanadas de rajas (chile strips): two baked triangular pastries stuffed with corn kernels, queso fresco, white cheddar and what appeared to be poblano rather than Anaheim chili strips, given their variable heat levels. Some garnishes would have been nice to liven up the visuals. The chicken meatballs were very good, blended with a touch of curry and served in a white wine sauce. Likewise, the Korean short ribs were quite delicious: nine flavorful bone in miniribs marinated in citrus juices and scattered with scallions and sesame seeds. They were intermittently tender and chewy, as the cut tends to be. An 8-ounce elk steak was cooked perfectly medium rare and served with a tomatillo compound butter on a bed of asparagus. The meat was deliciously creamy and tender, yet probably could have benefitted from something like a blueberry balsamic port sauce. Order a glass of Bordeaux for $4 more. Moroccan spiced ’Roo (kangaroo) sliders are not

sauces and more colorful garnishing — which would add to the overall effect. Prices on a few of the items would be more palatable if additional meat was added to the plates. All in all, the food is exciting and the eclectic wine selections make for a stellar evening of pairings. The Dregs Where: 721 Nevada St., Redlands Getting there: South of Redlands Boulevard, take the third driveway on the right, just past the speed limit sign. Look for the silhouette of a black wine bottle on the door and ring the bell. Hours: 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to close Friday and Saturday. Cost: $11-$23 for entrees Information: 951-900-4125,

Rajas empanadas — grilled chilies and vegetables stuffed in pastry with cheese

something you see too frequently. The mini-burgers are infused with harissa (a blend of spicy chile powders, garlic, olive oil and cumin) and topped with a yogurt dressing containing an array of North African spices and served with aromatic pickled cucumbers on the side — a beautiful array of flavors, but for $11, a third slider on the plate would give the dish greater value. The duck kebab was comprised of small cubes of Muscovy duck breast brined with Mediterranean spices and grilled on a skewer and served atop a bed of pickled veggies and a delicious smoky grilled pita bread. Roll a piece of the pita around the duck and veggies for optimal flavor impact — a lovely array of splendid complimentary flavors. Again, at $13, I would have expected two skewers. All entrees come with a choice of side; the brussel sprouts bravas would be my first choice. The sprouts are pan-fried to a creamy consistency and blended with a slightly spicy chorizo,

making for a dish that could easily stand on its own. Chef Carlos de la Torres’ dishes burst with vibrant flavors in each and every bite. Yet, because you also eat with your eyes, more effort should be devoted to visual appeal — brighter



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e age. We lift kids into and out of car seats. We wrestle 50-pound bags of home-improvement materials and never give it a second thought. Then one day, we wake up in pain. Perhaps it’s just mild discomfort; perhaps it hurts so much we can barely move. Suddenly, “the back” and its care and maintenance move to the top of the list. To engage the topic of back troubles, we invited Dr. Kris Hirata at Kaiser Permanente Riverside to bring us up to speed. As always any individual medical questions should be addressed by an appropriately licensed medical caregiver.

Dr. Kris Hirata’s specialty is physical medicine and rehabilitation. He deals with musculoskeletal problems by using education, medications and therapeutic exercise to help patients manage their pain. Hirata believes that to be truly healthy, a person must have a passion in life; one of his passions is fishing. He has fished in California, the Pacific Nor thwest, New Zealand and Argentina. Dr. Hirata combines exercise, a balanced diet and his passion for fishing to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Question: Let’s start with the basics. Back pain seems to be a common complaint in middle age. Is it generally the result of being out of shape, getting older or just doing something wrong, such as improperly lifting something heavy? Answer: Back pain is very common. Up to 80 percent of people will experience one episode of back pain in their lifetime, usually between 45 and 60 years of age. Most low back pain episodes are nonspecific and usually as a result of all three of the mechanisms you mention. However the good news: most back pain episodes will usually resolve themselves in a few weeks, and you can do things to help with two of the three causes. People should focus on prevention: maintain good posture when sitting and standing, use proper ergonomics when lifting, and perform a core exercise program. 28

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Q: Is it possible to know whether back pain is the result of something really serious as opposed to muscle strain? We’ve heard of horror stories of deteriorating joints and blown discs; how common are they? A: There are six most common causes of back pain: herniated disc, muscle strain, spinal stenosis, discogenic pain, spondylolisthesis, and arthritis. Your physician can recognize these conditions through a usual pattern of symptoms and signs. A herniated disc will cause sciatic symptoms from a lifting injury with a twisting motion. Spinal stenosis usually occurs in the older population after arthritic changes have narrowed the spinal canal causing leg pain with standing and walking that improves with sitting. Discogenic pain is damage to the disc that is not from a herniation. Spondylolisthesis is the slippage of one vertebral body upon another. Arthritis can occur in the small joints of the spine called facet joints. If neurologic deficits are present or symptoms persist after treatment, further investigation or imaging may be needed. If neurologic deficits are severe, then surgery consultation may be needed. There are “red flags” that may indicate more serious conditions. These “red flags” are advanced age, a history of trauma, fever, incontinence, unexplained weight loss, a cancer history, long-term steroid use, parental drug abuse, intense localized pain, or an inability to get into a comfortable position. Q: On occasion, we’ve gone to sleep after a day of bending over and pulling weeds in the garden or other activities only to wake up the next morning barely able to move. Are there preventive strategies to ease the onset of these problems? A: In the acute phase, heat or ice to ease muscle spasms, nonsteroidal pain medications like Advil, Aleve or Tylenol, and gentle stretching are often useful. Prevent overdoing by pacing. Pacing is the concept of performing tasks in smaller blocks rather than all at once.

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Staying fit is the key. A regular exercise program to maintain core strength and flexibility is the best prevention. Proper posture sitting and standing can help. Paying attention to proper ergonomics with lifting and bending will aid in preventing injury. Even though exercise for the spine is important, I always remind patients that the most important muscle in the body is the heart. Maintaining cardiovascular fitness is just as important for overall fitness as exercising the core muscles. Q: When should I see a doctor or another health professional? If I choose to wait a few days to see how I feel, is the RICE strategy — Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation — a good approach? Do you have any additional or different recommendations? A: Most back pain episodes will resolve on their own. Certain conditions require more aggressive treatment with medications, physical therapy, injections, or even surgery. Seeing your physician if the

symptoms do not improve or if any of the “red flags” are present is the next step. Bedrest is no longer recommended to treat back pain. Rather, a gradual return to normal activity is recommended. Normal activity as allowed within the limits of the pain leads to a more rapid recovery. Heat or ice can be used for spasms and pain as needed. Braces may be used, but only intermittently. Exercise as allowed by the pain can prevent the debilitation caused by inactivity and can allow a return to a higher level of function as soon as possible. Q: Can back problems be “cured,” either through medication, surgery or by a chiropractor? Once I injure my back, will I always be prone to injury? A: Back pain is not necessarily cured but can be managed quite well with the tools available today. Up to 25 percent of patients may experience recurrent back pain within the first year. Core exercise was shown to decrease the incidence of back pain compared to

those who did not exercise; however, 2 to 10 percent of patients will develop chronic low back pain. Q: Is it possible to strengthen my back to avoid future injuries? What exercises do you suggest? A: Core exercise and trunk stabilization exercises are the most important, but, again cardiovascular fitness should not be ignored. As we age, we lose muscle mass, so resistance training becomes necessary to maintain muscle strength. Watching your posture and using proper ergonomics when lifting are important. Pacing to prevent overdoing it can be very helpful. I encourage patients to try yoga, Pilates, and dance. I believe that you have to call it fun, not exercise, or you will not continue with the activity. Living healthy, eating right, sleeping well, maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, exercising regularly and having a passion in life are the keys to maintaining fitness and preventing injury.

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Recognizing outstanding people and events, the Riverside Downtown Partnership recently hosted its 27th annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the Riverside Auditorium and Events Center. Among the honorees was Margo Chabot, recipient of the Roy Hord Volunteer of the Year Award. Information: 3









(1) Paul Hooper, left, Mark Hernandez and Sgt. Bryan Dailey (2) Brian Pearcy, left, Pam and Mark Rubin and Rabbi Shmuel Fuss (3) Shirley Schmeltz, left, and Amber Schmeltz (4) Mayor Rusty Bailey, left, Barry Hildebrandt and Councilman Mike Gardner (5) Margo Chabot, left, and Randy Hord (6) Jonathan and Ally Davidson, left, Kristine Barker and Miguel Serrano (7) Police Chief Sergio Diaz (8) Drew Oberjuerge (9) Mark Bertolacini Ph o t o s by D. S a n d ov a l / C i n e m a c h i n e s

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sav e th e date charitable events April 5 — Fashion show and luncheon, with a silent auction and $1,000 oppor tunity drawing, hosted by the Assistance League of Riverside. Proceeds suppor t the League’s philanthropic programs. Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth St.; doors open at 10:30 a.m., luncheon at noon; $65; 951-682-3445. April 12 — Seventh annual Care 4 Kids 3K/5K Run and Community Fair, presented by the Cour t Appointed Special Advocates. Live music, activities for kids, interactive community booths, Easter egg hunt. First 300 paid registrants receive an In-N-Out Burger lunch. Guasti Regional Park, 800 N. Archibald Ave., Ontario; 909-881-6760; April 22 — Salute to Service Award Ceremony, presented by Soroptimist International of Riverside. Canyon Crest Country Club, 975 Country Club Drive, Riverside; noon to 1:30 p.m.; May 3 — Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center’s 33rd annual banquet and auction gala. Silent auction will feature more than 300 items. Dr. G. Richard Olds, founding dean of the UC Riverside School of Medicine, will be the master of ceremonies. Paul Gill, assistant superintendent for the Jurupa Unified School District, and NBC4 News anchor Colleen Williams will be the auctioneers. Proceeds suppor t direct services and community education provided by the RARCC. 951-686-7273, May 17 — We Love the ‘80s Kosmic Bowling, a benefit to suppor t Olive Crest programs that help at-risk children. Arlington Lanes, 7100 Arlington Ave., Riverside; 6-10 p.m.; 951-300-9828; May 18 — Primavera in the Gardens, the 15th annual wine and food tasting, featuring appetizers from local restaurants and caterers, and wines from regional vineyards and wineries. Proceeds benefit many Gardens projects, including hosting thousands of local school children every year. UC Riverside Botanic Gardens; 2-5 p.m.; 951-784-6962, June 9 — 22nd annual A. Gary Anderson Memorial Golf Classic, which benefits effor ts by the Children’s Fund to help at-risk and abused children. Since its inception, the AGA golf classic has raised more than $5.5 million. Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Drive, Rancho Cucamonga; 909-379-0000;

Thursday, May 1, 2014 Fashion Show: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Main Street between University Ave. and Mission Inn Ave.

Don’t miss Riverside’s premier Spring fashion event. See new offerings from fashion retailers. After the show, visit participating downtown Riverside fashion retailers for specials and enjoy downtown hospitality and after parties. Take advantage of the red carpet photo opportunity at Mezcal Cantina Y Cocina, downtown’s newest restaurant.

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NONPROFIT Pink on Parade Walk What: Third annual breast cancer walk to raise awareness in Riverside and to raise funds for The Pink Ribbon Place. Where: Fairmount Park, 2601 Fairmount Blvd., Riverside When: May 17; registration opens at 8 a.m. The walk, about 1.5 miles, begins at 9 a.m.; family activities continue until noon. Cost: $25; $10 for ages 11-16; free for ages 10 and younger Information: Katherine Contreras, left, with The Pink Ribbon Place manager Nicole Stovicek

Photo by LaFonzo Carter

Fighting, inspiring Written by Amy Bentley


ine years ago, Katherine Contreras received the bad news: she had stage IV breast cancer. While the diagnosis and subsequent treatments led her to retire from her career as an elementary school teacher, the experience gave Contreras a new outlook on life — one that she happily shares with other patients through her volunteer work for The Pink Ribbon Place. The full-service breast cancer resource center offers free support groups, counseling, health and wellness programs, and diagnostic services. There’s also a wig bank, a breast prosthetics bank, hats, scarves, camisoles and bras. Contreras, 54, volunteers on Tuesdays at the its thrift store, The Shop to Stop Breast Cancer, and also has enjoyed yoga classes, a massage therapist and the Tea Time with Breast Friends social group. She shares with others how she has beat the odds, considering the breast cancer has spread to her lymph nodes and bones. Reducing stress also is important to her. “I’ve learned to let things go and not stress about it,” said Contreras, who is not in remission but doesn’t always show evidence of her disease. Volunteering, she adds, is a big part of her successful wellness plan. “It really makes me feel like I’m helping,” Contreras said. “A lot of time people with cancer come into the store and talk to me, and I tell them my story and people tell me it really lifts them up. “I’m changing people’s attitudes about cancer so they have 34

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more hope. I never thought I would have joy again, but you can have this wonderful life.” The Pink Ribbon Place began in 2006 as an initiative offering diagnostic services to uninsured and under insured women younger than 40 with breast health concerns. The center opened three years later, and helps nearly 1,000 families annually. In October 2013, The Pink Ribbon Place became a program of the Riverside Community Health Foundation. New services include a stage IV breast cancer support group and therapy for individuals and couples having intimacy issues due to cancer treatment. It’s now in a new location, at 3743 Arlington Ave., Riverside. There will be an open house on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 951-788-3471. The services that The Pink Ribbon Place offers are important to the good health of every woman who takes advantage of them, says Anna Holbrook, the nonprofit’s program development coordinator. “Among the 1,800 who were screened since the program began, 17 were actually diagnosed with breast cancer and the youngest was only 15 years old. We are big advocates of being able to recognize the possible symptoms and advocating for your own health,” she said, adding that survivors like Contreras serve as an inspiration. “She has an amazing spirit, and it’s for women like her that we are really excited to bring that message forward.” The Shop to Stop Breast Cancer 7207 Arlington Ave., Suite H, Riverside; 951-352-0205





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