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Holidays & Heroes • Landmark’s light touch • In the giving spirit • Seasonal happenings • New place, great eats


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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE FOX

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Time of My Life Soul & Inspiration Unchained Melody You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

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Holiday Magic

Riverside County Philharmonic November 30

Special Guest

Darlene Love He’s a Rebel Da Doo Ron Ron He’s a Fine Boy Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

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LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY MASTERS OF HARMONY Special Holiday Film Screening

Sounds of the Season

HOLIDAY SPECIAL

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Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside Tickets available at Fox Box Office (951) 779 9800 and Ticketmaster. For full show information, visit foxriversidelive.com.


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FEATURES 12 EVERYDAY HEROES True heroes come in all forms. Some defend our country on battlefields overseas, while closer to home others leap into burning buildings to save both people and property. Still others are in the community every day doing something good for their neighbors. Meet five of Riverside’s Heroes of Giving. 22 UPWARD MOBILITY Much like any other neighborhood, everything’s not perfect in Casa Blanca. But residents are pulling together to make their corner of Riverside a better place — and the results are showing.

27 A NEW WINNER Heroes Restaurant & Brewery may be new in town, but its owners aren’t new to the restaurant business. After opening successful locations in other cities, Nick Montano and Jack Franklyn liked what they saw in Riverside and picked a downtown location for their latest venture. 34 INN THE SPIRIT When it comes to holiday light displays, they don’t get much bigger than the one at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa — with a crew of 20 working 10 weeks to make it all happen. Duane Roberts, who owns the landmark, says it’s his gift to the community.

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DEPARTMENTS From the editor 6 Mission & Market 8 Holiday events 9 Calendar 9 Music 11 Seen 30 Save the date 32

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ravel the country and there are some spectacular light shows — Times Square and the skyscrapers of New York City, casinos along The Strip and the Freemont Street Experience in Las Vegas. Riverside also has beautiful displays. The Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa — with nearly 4 million lights — gets a lot of notice during the holiday season, and rightly so. But there’s another one that happens year-round and can best be appreciated from above — from the top of Mount Rubidoux. For more than a century, countless thousands have made their way up to the summit to attend Easter sunrise services on the grounds surrounding the cross. On some mornings there are so many walkers and joggers wanting to take advantage of the crisp air that the paved path leading to the top can

getting all of our photo equipment and props to the desired location, near the tower and the World Peace Bridge. The landmark was built in 1925 to recognize the efforts of Mission Inn owner Frank Miller and his family. From that vantage point, Riverside spreads out below, PHOTO BY ERIC REED and on a clear evening it’s a Downtown Riverside, as seen from Mount Rubidoux spectacular sight. resemble the 91 Freeway off in the After we positioned the light stands distance. and poinsettias, then fired off some test For the cover of this issue, photogshots, it became a matter of waiting for rapher Eric Reed and I opted to ascend the sun to set. Once it did, Riverside, Mount Rubidoux at the opposite end of the city, offered up its own majestic the day, a couple hours before sunset. light show. After meeting at Ryan Bonaminio Park, where there’s plenty of parking, we connected with Ralph Nunez, the Parks, Recreation and Community jerry.rice@langnews.com Services director, who gave us an assist 909-386-3015 @JerryRice_IE

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Happenings Festive & bright The Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights returns Nov. 29 and Fritz Coleman, NBC4’s popular weathercaster, will bring his Fritz’s Holiday Lights tour to the seasonal spectacular on Dec. 12. For all of the Festival highlights, don’t miss the four-page map and event guide that starts on Page 17.

Photo by James Orens / Courtesy RCC Marching Tigers

The Riverside City College Marching Tigers during their last visit to London on New Year’s Day 2010

London calling... … and so is Madrid for the Riverside City College Marching Tigers. The musicians will be performing in the 28th annual New Year’s Day Parade in London before jetting off to Spain for the Three Kings Parade (Cabalgata Los Reyes Magos) on Jan. 5. Both events are huge, with each attracting 500,000 spectators and worldwide TV audiences that number in the millions. As a bonus, the trip also includes performances in London’s Trafalger Square and in the ancient Spanish city of Segovia. The Marching Tigers are regulars on the world parade stage, appearing in the Tournament of Roses seven times and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade twice, along with a previous visit to London for the New Year’s Day parade in 2010. — Jerry Rice Photo by John Matter

The Rhythm Collision (Jan. 4) Classic cars and music by Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, The Paladins and other acts come together at Fairmount Park’s American Legion Post 79. Show starts at noon. Information: 909-437-2068, www.axleshows.com State of the City Address (Jan. 23) Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey outlines his agenda on economic development, education and other topics for the coming year during the 37th annual event at the Riverside Auditorium & Events Center.

$312,504 That’s the amount the 24-hour Give Big Riverside online donation event raised — topping last year’s tally by 70 percent. 113 nonprofit organizations will benefit from the generosity of the 3,321 donors who made contributions at www.givebigriverside.org on Nov. 12. “I’m proud to be a part of a community that 8

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came together … to support our nonprofits and address our region’s needs,” says Shari Hunke of The Community Foundation, organizer of the event. While the single-day push has passed, the website will be active throughout the year to accept new donations.


holiday events SHABBAT SERVICE NOV. 29  –  Bring your own menorah Shabbat service and potluck. Temple Beth El, 2675 Central Ave., Riverside; 6:30 p.m.; 951-684-4511; www.tberiv.org.

UC Riverside’s 48-bell carillon with a selection of festive holiday music from Germany, France, England, Spain and the United States. 900 University Ave.; 3-4 p.m.; free, $5 parking permits at the information kiosk; http://events.ucr.edu.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY PHILHARMONIC NOV. 30  –  “Holiday Magic,” with selections from Bizet (“Farandole”), Handel (“Messiah” with the La Sierra University Chamber Singers) and Tchaikovsky (“Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers”). Also, the world premiere of David Fick’s “Symphony of Carols.” Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside; 7:30 p.m., pre-concert talk at 6:40; 951-787-0251; www.thephilharmonic.org. ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR DEC. 1  –  Annual event features holiday shopping for a good cause. Booths include 10,000 Villages, Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity, Green Sanctuary. First United Methodist Church, 4845 Brockton Ave., Riverside; free admission; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 951-683-7831; www.facebook.com/alternativegiftfair. A CASTLE CHRISTMAS DEC. 1  –  Open house and live Nativity production, with carolers, music, tours, food and beverage and festive lighting of a historic landmark. Benedict Castle, 5445 Chicago Ave., Riverside; $5 per car; 6-8 p.m.; 951-683-4241. HANUKKAH FESTIVAL DEC. 2  –  Ninth annual event, presented by Chabad Jewish Community Center. Grand menorah lighting, entertainers, magic show, candle-making, holiday gift store, hot latkes and matzah ball soup. In front of the Riverside County Historic Courthouse, 4050 Main St., Riverside; 6-7:30 p.m.; free; 951-222-2005; www.jewishriverside.com.

SANTA VISIT DEC. 7  –  Canyon Crest Towne Centre, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside; 1-4 p.m.; 951-686-1222; www.cctownecentre.com. SOUNDS OF THE SEASON DEC. 7  –  Holiday concert featuring La Sierra University musicians and singers. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800; www.foxriversidelive.com. Also: Masters of Harmony, Dec. 8; “Miracle on 34th Street,” Dec. 20.

Isabel Jones in front of the piano at BRAVA/ Riverside Ballet Arts Studios

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE DEC. 8  –  Presented for the 35th year, this 1890s-style Christmas features caroling, autoharps, dulcimers, bagpipes, home-baked sweets, fresh-cut greens for handmade wreaths and mistletoe. Heritage House, 8193 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; noon to 4 p.m.; free admission and parking; 951-826-5273; www.riversideca.gov/museum.

DAVID ALLAN’S ‘THE NUTCRACKER’ DEC. 14-15  –  Isabel Jones, who has danced with Riverside Ballet Arts and Salt Lake City’s Ballet West Academy, will be reprising her role as the Sugar Plum Fairy in BRAVA’s presentation of the holiday classic. Matthew Cunningham, also from Ballet West, will be her Cavalier for the 1 p.m. performance on Dec. 14. Clara Blanco and Gennadi Nedvigin, guest artists from the San Francisco Ballet, will assume the roles for both evening performances and the Dec. 15 matinee. Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 1 and 7 p.m.; $15-$37; 800-870-6069; http://riversideballetarts.com, www.brava-arts.org

‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ DEC. 13-15  –  Charles Dickens holiday classic as adapted by Kathryn L. Gage. Riverside Community Players Theater, 4026 14th St.; 7 p.m. Dec. 13-14, 2 p.m. Dec. 14-15; 951-686-4030; www.riversidecommunityplayers.com.

‘HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS’ DEC. 4  –  On Pointe Dance Studio’s Winter Recital performance. Riverside Auditorium and Events Center, 3485 Mission Inn Ave.; $17 through Dec. 3, $20 at the door; 951-738-9085; www.onpointedance.org.

Disney Road Crew, Notre Dame High School and Reid Park cheer teams and the Riverside Concert Band. Riverside Plaza, 3639 Riverside Plaza Drive; 951-683-1066; www.shopriversideplaza.com.

TREE LIGHTING DEC. 6  –  Holiday tree lighting and Santa’s arrival, along with performances by the Radio

CARILLON RECITAL DEC. 7  –  David Christensen, university carillonneur, rings in the holidays via

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‘HAIRSPRAY’ THROUGH DEC. 1  –  Plus-sized teen goes from social outcast to sudden star in this family friendly musical. The Box, Fox Entertainment Plaza, 3635 Market St.,

‘52’ THROUGH DEC. 31  –  Sue Mitchell, co-founder of Riverside Personnel, displays the works she created during a 52-week art

‘A GRINCHMAS CAROL’ DEC. 21  –  Original musical written by Bear C.A. Sanchez and Adam Weight. The Box, Fox Entertainment Plaza, 3635 Market St., Riverside; 4 and 8 p.m.; 951-500-5569, 951-826-2427; www.riversideblackbox.com. RIVERSIDE LYRIC OPERA DEC. 29  –  “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” about a shepherd boy and his mother who witness a miracle when visited by the three wise men. The Box, Fox Entertainment Plaza, 3635 Market St., Riverside; 4 p.m.; 951-781-9561; www.riversidelyricopera.org.

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calendar ‘THE ATTACK’ NOV. 29-30  –  Screening of the winner of the Special Jury Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-3755; http://culvercenter.ucr.edu.

‘MORE AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHS’ THROUGH JAN. 11  –  Twelve contemporary photographers travel the United States to document the land and its people. Their photos, along with originals from photographers who worked for a Farm Security Administration program (1935-44), are the focus of this exhibit. California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; http://artsblock.ucr.edu. Also: “Ultraviolet,” through Jan. 4; “Robert Fumagalli: Blockaded,” through Feb. 2; “Flash: Joe Piston,” through Feb. 22; “Sentry,” Dec. 21-March 22.

STAR PARTY NOV. 29-DEC. 1  –  Riverside Astronomical Society event at GMARS in Landers. Open to non-members. 951-785-7452; www.rivastro.org. HISTORY LECTURE DEC. 1  –  “Frank A. Miller: Beliefs, Peace and Culture,” presented by Jerry Gordon. Dining Commons, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside; 11:45 a.m.; $10; 951-353-0770; www.riversidehistoricalsociety.org. Also: Casa de Anza Hotel, Jan. 26. ARTS WALK DEC. 5  –  Browse more than 20 art galleries, studios and museums with exhibits in various art mediums. Special performances, poetry, theater, hands-on art activities, refreshments and more. Continues the first Thursday of every month. Downtown Riverside; 6-9 p.m.; 951-682-6737; www.riversidedowntown.org. ‘KINETIC CONVERSATIONS’ DEC. 5-7  –  Riverside City College’s annual faculty dance concert is an eclectic mix of choreography featuring new dance works in collaboration with student performers and guest artists. Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-222-8100; www.performanceriverside.org. Also: “Spamalot,” Feb. 7-16. ‘TOTALLY CARRIED AWAY & OFF THE WALL’ DEC. 6-15  –  Sale featuring works by artists and craftspeople from throughout the Inland Empire. Pop-up boutique will feature artwork and fine handmade crafts, including one-of-akind pieces of jewelry, fused glass, textiles, mosaics, metal work, ceramics, pottery and more. Get a jump on the art sale during the Jolly Moose Jamboree on Dec. 5. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily; 951-784-7377; www.riversideartalliance.org. AN EVENING OF KLEZMER MUSIC DEC. 7  –  The band Hot Pstromi will perform Eastern European Jewish folk music for the entire family. Dessert reception follows. Riverside Temple Beth El, 2675 Central Ave., Riverside; 7 p.m.; $10-$36; 951-684-4511; www.tberiv.org. RIVERSIDE MASTER CHORALE DEC. 8  –  In concert. California Citrus State Historic Park, 9400 Dufferin Ave., Riverside; 6 p.m. wine and hors d’oeuvres, 7 p.m. concert; $25; www.riversidemasterchorale.com. 10

Dorothea Lange’s iconic “Destitute Pea Pickers in California” from 1936. COURTESY THE LIBR ARY OF CONGRESS

Also: Eighth annual Choral Festival, May 10; Spring Concert, May 16-17. GODIVA CHOCOLATE PAIRING PARTY DEC. 9, 17  –  Taste 10 gourmet chocolates paired with 10 wines. Winery at Canyon Crest, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 7A, Riverside; 7-9 p.m.; $25; 951-369-9463; www.canyoncrestwinery.com. ‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY’ DEC. 12  –  Musical comedy based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 7:30 p.m.; 951-779-9800; www.foxriversidelive.com. Also: “Man of La Mancha,” Jan. 13; “West Side Story,” March 9. NEW YEAR’S EVE DEC. 31  –  1960s and ‘70s rock ’n’ roll, heavy hors d’oeuvres, East Coast toast at 9 p.m. Fender Center for the Performing Arts, 365 N. Main St., Corona; 7 p.m.; $50 (21 and older); 951-735-2440; www.fendermuseum.com. CITRUS HERITAGE RUN JAN. 11  –  Fifth annual 5K fun run and inaugural half-marathon, presented by the The Riverside Roadrunners. Arlington Heights Sports Park, 9401 Cleveland Ave., Riverside; 8 a.m.; http://riversideroadrunners.com/citrus-heritage-run. ‘SADIE HAWKINS’ JAN. 16-18  –  Abby’s been dumped by her fiancé, Doug needs a date to his high school Sadie Hawkins dance and an unlikely friendship is born. Studio Theatre, ARTS 113, UC Riverside, 900 University Ave.; 951-827-3245; http://theatre.ucr.edu. Also: “In the Heights,” Feb. 20-March 1; “Blackballin’,” April 10-19; Marylu Clayton Rosenthal New Play Festival, May 22-31; Playworks, June 4-6. ‘A SHOT IN THE DARK’ JAN. 24-FEB. 9  –  A murder mystery

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whodunit adapted by Harry Kurniz from the play “L’Idiote.” Riverside Community Players Theater, 4026 14th St., Riverside; 951-686-4030; www.riversidecommunityplayers.com. Also: “Intimate Apparel,” through Dec. 1; “The Jungle Book,” Feb. 21-13; “Spider’s Web,” March 28-April 13. RIVERSIDE COUNTY PHILHARMONIC JAN. 25  –  Selections include Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” and Haydn’s Symphony No. 103, “Drumroll.” Guest artist, pianist Orion Weiss. Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside; 7:30 p.m.; 951-787-0251; www.thephilharmonic.org. Also: “In the Spotlight,” March 15; “From the Heart,” May 3. LUNARFEST JAN. 25  –  Fourth annual event celebrating the Inland Empire’s Asian/Pacific American cultural heritage and contributions. Arts and cultural displays, music, market, fashion, live performances, fireworks and food. Downtown Riverside; 951-453-3548; www.lunarfestriverside.org. RIVERSIDE RAINCROSS RUN/WALK FEB. 22  –  Eighth annual 5K and Kids’ Heroes Run. Fairmount Park, 2601 Fairmount Blvd., Riverside; $25 for the 5K, $15 for the Heroes Run; 951-826-2000; www.riversideca.gov/park_rec. RIVERSIDE DICKENS FESTIVAL FEB. 22-23  –  21st anniversary celebration of all things Dickens, with costumed characters portraying eminent Victorians and characters from his novels, musical acts and a themed marketplace. Admission is free. Mission Inn Avenue, between Orange and Lime streets, Riverside; 951-781-3168; www.dickensfest.com. FESTIVAL OF ONE ACTS MARCH 1-9  –  Eighth annual presentation. Matheson Hall, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside; free; 951-785-2241; www.lasierra.edu. Also: “Godspell,” May 10-18; Showcase, June 7.


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a dozen more top 40 singles, including “Unchained Melody” and “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration.” The blue-eyed soul singer just put out a new effort, “Your Heart is Mine: Dedicated to the Blues.” In advance of his Riverside show, here are five fun facts about Medley: • During the ’60s, the Righteous Brothers opened shows for The Beatles and Rolling Stones; Medley was a friend of Elvis Presley, and they often performed simultaneously in the same Las Vegas casinos. • “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” his No. 1 duet with Jennifer Warnes from 1987 film “Dirty Dancing,” was a Triple Crown winner (Grammy, Golden Globe, Oscar). • Medley delved into country music in the mid-1980s and had

six singles chart, the biggest being “I Still Do” (No. 17). He also sang on Kenny Rogers’ LP, “The Gambler.” • Besides singing the TV theme song to the 1988-90 ABC sitcom “Just the Ten of Us,” Medley appeared in the two-part “Finally” episode on “Cheers” in 1990. • The Righteous Brothers name was inspired by an African American serviceman who watched Medley and late musical partner Bobby Hatfield perform at the old El Toro Marine Base, then exclaimed, “that was righteous, brothers!” Bill Medley With: Darlene Love Where: Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside When: 8 p.m. Dec. 28 Information: foxriversidelive.com

Bill Medley and his daughter, McKenna Medley, who also will perform in Riverside. Photo by Bill Wood

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With so many of those stories it’s impossible to highlight them all in one place, so we surveyed 10 community leaders to help us narrow the field. Jack B. Clarke Jr., Stan Morrison, Debby Phillips, Jeff Pope and Michelle Reyes all donate their time and talents to important causes. Because of their dedication to philanthropy, Riverside Magazine is proud to recognize them as this year’s Heroes of Giving.


Jeff Pope Jeff Pope is the kind of person who likes to help the little guys. Whenever he would see a group of teens on a corner washing cars to raise money for some cause, he’d stop by and donate $20. When he was a morning personality for KGGI 99.1-FM, Pope made it a point to announce those fundraisers on the air. “We’d do a shout-out on the radio and show up. It’s part of being in a community,” said Pope, who worked at KGGI for 13 years before he was let go last summer following a corporate decision to, as he puts it, “go in a different direction.” Over the years, Pope has lent his engaging voice to boost many efforts. He’s a guest speaker at school career days, gives time to emcee and announce charity events and auctions, and reads Dr. Seuss books at schools on Read Across America day.

One day he was at work when a fax arrived about a seriously injured black lab mix puppy, wrapped in a wet blanket, that had been dumped by the Santa Ana River. He aired a story about the abandoned dog and ended up adopting it after a visit to the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley. “Jeff possesses such genuine enthusiasm for our mission that it is contagious,” said Teri Seymour, the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley’s general manager. “What is so unique about Jeff is his ability to make sure each and every event attendee feels included when he volunteers to emcee our fundraising events.” A Riverside resident since 2002, Pope is looking for another radio job while working as the voice of the Ontario Reign hockey team and the Ontario Fury indoor soccer team. He also volunteers as the auctioneer when the Reign auctions game-worn jerseys as fundraisers for charity.

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For Stan Morrison, giving back to the community is his way of repaying past kindnesses. “I’ve been around the block a couple of times and I’ve had some wonderful people help me along the way,” said Morrison, recalling some of his family’s struggles when he was growing up. At one point, they lost their home and car and moved nine times in three years. He’s been more fortunate as an adult, and wants to pay it forward by helping organizations that either helped him or his family, or that simply do great things. “It’s incredibly rewarding to be a part of the process of change that allows someone’s circumstances to (improve),” said Morrison, a nationally recognized basketball coach and athletics administrator. He’s currently senior vice president at Security Bank of California in Riverside. Morrison is chairman of the board of High Five America, a San Diego-based

Why he helps… Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley http://hssbv.org “They have a compassion for man’s best friend, and they offer low-cost vaccinations, low-cost sterilizations. They also help save dogs that are being treated badly.” Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Orange County /Inland Empire chapter www.lls.org/aboutlls/chapters/ocie “We’ve all had somebody in our lives who has been affected one way or another by leukemia or blood cancer. When you see the faces behind it, it really touches your heartstrings.” Grass-roots community fundraising efforts “Anytime I’m asked to emcee a fundraiser, I’m there.”

“If I can make a difference in the Inland Empire and it’s going to mean something to somebody and I can do it, I will,” Pope said.

organization that uses basketball to combat gang violence, along with drug and alcohol abuse; and he is the board president for Olive Crest group homes. He’s also on the boards of the Inland Empire Boy Scouts of America; the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center; ARC Riverside County; the Mission Inn Foundation; Totally Mt. Rubidoux; Riverside Downtown Partnership; and The Unforgettables Foundation, which provides dignified burials for children from disadvantaged homes. Morrison also serves on the American Diabetes Association’s Father of the Year Gala Committee for the Inland Empire and is a member of the San Diego American Diabetes Association Community Leadership Board. (Morrison’s 13-year-old grandson has diabetes.) Additionally, he’s involved with the city’s Seizing Our Destiny program, the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Gala Committee and La Sierra University Athletics Advisory Board.

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“I’ve had the privilege of working with Stan on a number of occasions, and I have to say that there are very few people I’ve met who are as dedicated,” said Patrick Brien, executive director of the Riverside Arts Council. “There is a positive spirit to this man that cannot help but be described as inspirational. “Among Stan’s many gifts, it is his ability to make others feel special that truly sets him apart. Like any great player or coach, Stan makes those around him better.”

Why he helps… American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org “For people who have diabetes, particularly type 1 diabetes, we have to find cures.” The Unforgettables Foundation http://unforgettables.org “The relief provided for families through this incredible organization during one of their most traumatic life

Michelle Reyes

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Why she helps… Riverside Community Health Foundation www.rchf.org “I really believe in their mission of providing health care to Riverside. The foundation provides a lot of medical and dental care for children.” American Heart Association www.hear t.org “I started working with the American Heart Association because my niece who is 11 years old had heart problems. I have seen what she goes through. They do a lot of good research. People need to know that heart disease isn’t just in older people.” Pink Ribbon Place www.thepinkribbonplace.org “It’s very important to have information out there about breast cancer. I am a huge advocate for women’s health.”

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Helping others in need has always been a big part of Michelle Reyes’ life. As a physical therapist at age 19, Reyes continued her studies and became a physician’s assistant. She now works with her husband, Dr. Joaquin Reyes, at the Reyes Medical Group in Riverside. She’s also founder of FUN by Michelle (Feel Unbelievably New), a med-spa that offers patients a wide range of non-surgical skin and body treatments. And that’s not all. Attending church when she was younger opened her eyes to the medical needs of those less fortunate, Reyes says. She sees these needs at work in her husband’s office, where no child who comes in is turned away for vaccinations regardless of their family’s ability — or inability — to pay. “When I was 8 years old, I knew that when I was older and got married, I needed to volunteer,” said Reyes, the mother of two children, ages 4 and 9. Reyes serves on the board of directors of the Riverside Community Health Foundation and was on the foundation’s 2013 gala committee. She also

experiences, the loss of a child, cannot be weighed in my personal experience.” ARC of Riverside County http://arcriverside.org “As someone who coached and worked with healthy, bright and dedicated young men and women athletes for over 50 years, I felt drawn to this organization after seeing the incredible service they were providing.”

is on the foundation’s committee that is helping with the ownership transition for Pink Ribbon Place, a local breast cancer resource center that the RCHF took over in October. In addition, Reyes has assisted or donated time or med-spa services to help CASA Riverside, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, and charities that donate to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. Reyes enjoys sharing her medical knowledge and services with others. Her husband is her biggest supporter, she added. “We love our work and along with that, for us, comes giving time and giving back to the community,” she said. “My husband is behind me in everything I do. He comes with me, he sets up, and he takes photos. He is right there helping me.” “It is an honor to have Michelle Reyes as a member of the RCHF board of directors,” said Dr. Dan Anderson, president and CEO of the Riverside Community Health Foundation. “I appreciate her dedication and passion to improve the lives of others, and she does it all without seeking any recognition for herself.”


Jack B. Clarke Jr. Attorney Jack B. Clarke Jr. is following a family legacy of service and “firsts.” He credits his parents, Jack and Elizabeth Clarke, for setting the example. Both were active in many community organizations and efforts, and his dad was Riverside’s first African-American councilman and a past president of the Riverside chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “They modeled being engaged in the community for me. I don’t look at being involved as giving back at all. It’s more akin to trying to maintain my household. It’s just what I do,” Clarke said. “I like being active in the community because I love the people I meet. I’m always amazed at how giving people are, at how willing they are to volunteer time and resources to try and make the community better. I learn a tremendous amount and I try to learn from every person I interact with.” Clarke specializes in education law and public agency litigation as a partner with Best Best & Krieger LLP. He sits on the boards of the Riverside County Office of Education Foundation, a new nonprofit that raises funds for public education; the Riverside Police Foundation, which supports programs for young people; and the Riverside County Bar Association. He’s also past chairman of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce (the first

Debby Phillips The list of nonprofits and community organizations to which Debby Phillips has contributed goes back to 1974, when she was a teacher at Pacific Avenue Elementary School in Jurupa Valley. In recent years, Phillips has been active in or on the board of many organizations, including the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, the Boy Scouts Inland Empire Council, Victoria Avenue Forever, Junior League of

Why he helps… Riverside County Office of Education Foundation www.rcoe.us “Its purpose is to seek funding for programs to help young people who traditionally have been underserved. From the modeling of my parents, education is important for all children.” Riverside Police Foundation www.riversidepolicefoundation.org “The idea is to raise funds for youth so hopefully young people don’t make the wrong decisions in life.” Riverside County Bar Association www.riversidecountybar.com “The current leadership, particularly our Bar president, Jacqueline Carey-Wilson, is committed not only to being of service to the Bar but also to the general community. It’s important that the general community understand the justice system.”

African-American in the role) and past president of the UC Riverside Alumni Association. Clarke also chaired the Mayor’s Use of Force Review Panel in 1999 following the controversial police shooting death of Tyisha Miller in Riverside. “Jack Clarke Jr. is an exemplary philanthropist who cares deeply about issues affecting the Riverside community,” said Celia Cudiamat, an executive vice president at The Community Foundation. “His work in ensuring that quality education

is accessible to all students is admirable and inspirational.” In 2009, Clarke received the Golden “Legal Eagle” Award from the Riverside Opportunity Center, a nonprofit that helps feed and shelter the poor. In 2010, he received the Riverside County Bar Association’s James Krieger Meritorious Service Award. And in 2011, he received the Omar Stratton Award from the Riverside branch of the NAACP, the branch’s highest award. Awards aside, Clarke said, “The thing I am most proud of is I have a loving family, my wife Sheila Clarke, daughter Chynna and son Jack Clarke III.”

Riverside and the Salvation Army of Riverside. Previously, Phillips was a founding board member of the Eliza Tibbets Statue Foundation and she served on the board of the Orange Blossom Festival. She was an officer and board member for the National Charity League, she served as a Girl Scouts of America co-leader, and she volunteered with the Riverside Community Hospital Auxiliary, among other groups. Today, Phillips continues a legacy of assisting or educating others through

two part-time jobs. She’s the general manager/consultant for the nonprofit Management Corporation at California Citrus State Historic Park, where she handles fundraising and other duties. She’s also the executive secretary for the Albert B. Cutter Memorial Trust Fund, where she handles grant requests for Riverside individuals and nonprofits that need assistance. Giving back is a family tradition, said Phillips, who was inspired by the volunteer efforts of her parents. “When my children were small, I did

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it to stay involved in their lives and to be aware of the community because I didn’t grow up here. I grew up in Dallas,” said the married mother of two grown children. “The reason I continued is I work at home, so for me to get out and do things in the community is one way to network, meet people and do things.” “Debby is one of the most detail-oriented people I know,” said Kathy Allavie, a Riverside Unified School District trustee who has served with Phillips on many organizations and committees. “Whatever job she takes on, she sees to every detail with such efficiency that everyone around her is always impressed. She is dedicated, down-to-earth and one of the best community volunteers I know.” Why she helps… Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts www.scouting.org www.girlscouts.org “They build character in people. You learn how to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful — all of those things that enable you to be a good person.” Salvation Army www.salvationarmyusa.org “The Salvation Army helps people who are sort of down on their luck. They try to help people who are breaking through the poverty, in a very down-to-earth way.” Eliza Tibbets Statue Foundation “We finally got a statue downtown two years ago. It took 14 years. It was rewarding because it had the citrus heritage that Riverside was known for.”


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C Bob Garcia stands next to his old classroom at what used to be Casa Blanca Elementary School. The building is now a part of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, below. Photos by LaFonzo Carter

asa Blanca has come a long way since Bob Garcia was a child. When Garcia grew up in the working-class neighborhood during the 1960s and ’70s, there were no sidewalks or curbs and probably too many bars. Even residents would admit that Casa Blanca wasn’t particularly attractive. Garcia, who was born in 1959, attended Casa Blanca Elementary School until it closed in 1964 with the goal of creating more racial balance in the local schools. Students were bused to several other Riverside schools; Garcia went to Victoria Elementary. Today, Casa Blanca is a more traditional neighborhood.

The bars are gone and new businesses, such as Home Depot, have come in. It looks much nicer too, with newly paved streets, curbs, water pipes, trees and other fresh landscaping. Casa Blanca Library was renovated in 2008, and residents worked with the city and police department to reduce crime. The old school is now part of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, a much-loved parish. When the city renovated its utility center in Casa Blanca, a blighted house next door was purchased and demolished. Homeowners also got into the beautification effort. The city offered interested homeowners $5,000 grants to renovate and maintain their yards, and many participated in the program, says Councilman Paul Davis. “There is a huge difference from just six years ago — not just a difference in appearance but also in attitude,” said Davis, who represents the city’s fourth ward, including Casa Blanca.


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Cinco de Mayo celebrants gather for a group photo in 1910.

‘The men of my father’s time didn’t want Casa Blanca to be called a barrio but la Comunidad de Casa Blanca.’ — Simona Valero

Madison St., is now El Amigo Market. Mendoza, who is retired from the U.S. Postal Service, says many area residents have grown deep roots in the neighborhood, which features single-family homes with early 20th century architectural styles, especially California Bungalow. “We have (a long) history here. Our Cinco de Mayo parade goes back 105 years,” he said. Simona Valero, 90, recalls some of those early Cinco de Mayo parades. In fact, she served as treasurer for the event for more than 25 years — one of several volunteer positions she’s held through the years. The parade is one example of the racial melting pot that was and is Casa Blanca. Many residents came from Mexico, including Valero’s parents, who moved to the area in 1910 along with seven of her older brothers and sisters. Valero was born in 1922 in a home on Diamond Street, a short distance from where she lives today, and when she was growing up she says her neighbors included Italian and Japanese families. “We were very poor, but not poor in other ways because we were family,” Valero said. “My three brothers worked in the Arlington packinghouse, and my father irrigated the groves. Other families picked oranges and lemons.

Garcia, who is active with the Casa Blanca Community Action Group, an advocacy organization, is one of many residents who are working to make the neighborhood a better place. There’s also a Park Advisory Group that meets regularly and works with Davis and his staff. “We’ve got a lot of history here,” Garcia said. “You’re related to many people in different ways — either as relatives, or through your long history as friends and neighbors. The elders are the ones who keep our history going. I really enjoy living here.” Another well-known community activist, Morris Mendoza, 65, also has lived in Casa Blanca his entire life, growing up in an area that was much more rural. His grandfather owned the old Mendoza’s Market for 40 years, and the entire family worked there at one time or another. The store, at 3199

We didn’t have too much, but there was always beans and rice and chili con carne. That’s how we grew up.” Major gathering places are the Ysmael Villegas Community Center and Villegas Park, named for Staff Sgt. Ysmael R. Villegas, a Casa Blanca resident killed in combat in the Philippines in 1945 and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman. Activities, from family get-togethers to organized sports, are regularly part of the landscape at both the center and the park. Dozens of students are enrolled in the Casa Blanca Tae Kwon Do Academy, run by Anthony Rivera, and the Villegas Park Boxing Club, which is led by Rivera’s son, Roy. Those who take part in the programs don’t just learn martial arts and boxing, says the elder Rivera. Lessons they can use to get ahead in life also are part of the curriculum. “I try to set them up for every test they will have in life, like an interview for a job. (In the future), they will have to sell themselves to an employer who is going to say, ‘You’re the man’ or ‘You’re the woman.’ I have my students at a very early age starting to learn those principles,” said Rivera, who took up martial arts when he was growing up in the late 1950s, a time when one of

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Residents dance to the tunes of the Midnite Cruzzers during a concert at Villegas Park.

his heroes was George Reeves, TV’s Superman. “I was the smallest kid in the whole classroom,” he recalled. “I think there was only one other kid smaller than me — and she was a girl in the second grade.”

Casa Blanca residents routinely help their neighbors in need. Each summer before the start of the new school year, students receive supplies during a giveaway at the community center. The event is organized by resident Jenny Rivera, who has been organizing it for

about a decade. Hundreds of students receive bags of supplies, and the Riverside Police Department is now a major donor, according to Garcia. In addition, the nonprofit Casa Blanca Home of Neighborly Service has helped residents in need for many years with food assistance, early education programs and other help.

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in Fullerton — choosing the name because he wanted to honor everyday heroes, like his parents. Since then, they have started four more restaurants and each is a hit. Now comes Riverside’s turn, with the recent launch of Heroes Restaurant & Brewery on Mission Inn Avenue. “The reason for the success may be because we serve good food at good prices,” Montano said. “We want to be the ‘Cheers’ of each neighborhood we serve. At any given time you’ll see businessmen and families, college students and ladies here for lunch. “We run our businesses like a family,

and maybe our customers feel that.” Heroes truly is a fun and friendly place to go for lunch and dinner. The red brick walls and eye-catching memorabilia create a welcoming atmosphere, and it’s possible you might even see someone who could be mistaken for Norm of “Cheers” fame. Franklyn and Montano say that each of their restaurants reflects the area where it is located. In Riverside, the décor includes a 19th century carriage that was acquired from the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. It hangs, festively lighted, over one of the bar areas.

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‘We want to be the “Cheers” of each neighborhood we serve. At any given time you’ll see businessmen and families, college students and ladies out for lunch.’ Near the ceiling at the other end of a large open dining area is an old red tractor that reflects the region’s farming industry. Old photos of family and friends adorn the walls along with period pieces of art work. The construction, brick laying and décor were all accomplished by Montano and Franklyn and their friends and family. Professionals were called in to handle the lighting and plumbing, and months of hard work has paid off with a lively and inviting space. While Montano was quick to say that the restaurant is not a sports bar, there

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Heroes Restaurant & Brewery is a popular place during lunch.

are 15 large flat-screen TVs streaming a variety of sporting events. Four more screens are hanging outside under the covered patio. The owners’ desire to reflect the community carries over to the names

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of some of the menu items. The RCC Club Sandwich and the Highlanders Chicken Sandwich are among the 21 Heroes’ Favorites listed on the large menu. There’s also the flame-broiled Red Tractor Burger, a popular choice. Several appetizers are available including the enticing Fried Junk — zucchini, shrimp and jalapeño poppers breaded and fried and served with curly fries, onion rings, ranch dressing and tarter sauce. It’s a real guilty pleasure. In addition, there’s an assortment of soups, salads and burgers along with a few hot dogs and sausages. After 5 p.m., diners may select from three types of steak, pastas, and specialties that include Southwest Meatloaf, an apple cider glazed Berkshire pork chop and Cajun salmon. On Saturdays and Sundays, the weekend brunch starts at 10 a.m. While it’s not a buffet, the menu does include everything from New York steak and eggs to a breakfast burrito, with several omelettes in between. With something for everyone, the large menu keeps executive chef Matias Fuentes very busy. Soon, Heroes will have craft beer brewed on site by brew master John Novotny. The plan is to start with a pale ale and IPA, then begin offering three to four staples with some seasonal


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National brews are on tap, and craft beers are on the way.

selections, Montano says. Beyond the craft beer, the wellstocked bar has more than 150 bourbons and whiskeys as well as many other spirits. Location always is important for a restaurant, and being up the street from the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is a good place to be – especially during the annual Festival of Lights. “Downtown is booming with

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Geoff Neely presents the Southwest Meatloaf, left, and Matias Fuentes has the Salmon Salad.

the Fox theater and the Convention Center. We fell in love with the downtown and the building,” Montano said. “Nobody else is doing what we’re doing, so we feel it’s a good fit.” Heroes Restaurant & Brewery 3397 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside 951-248-0722 http://heroesrestaurantandbrewery.com Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. until close Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. until close

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The Riverside Community Health Foundation’s annual Two Tickets to Paradise celebration brought more than 600 supporters to the rooftop of Walter’s Automotive Group’s Porsche/Audi building for an evening of Hawaii-themed fun. The goal was to improve health-care access in Riverside, and the event raised a record $190,000. Proceeds will help expand RCHF’s Eastside Health Center and support Teen Challenge of Southern California. Information: www.rchf.org

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Animal lovers feasted on spaghetti and Caesar salad, prepared by Giuliano’s Trattoria, during the annual Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center’s Spay-ghetti Dinner, held recently at the Elks Lodge. The event raised $3,500 to help the organization provide low-cost spay/neuter assistance. Information: www.petsadoption.com 3

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Riverside’s best examples of arts, education, research and technology were front and center during the Mayor’s Celebration for Arts & Innovation, held recently at the Fox Entertainment Plaza. The event was a fundraiser for the Riverside Arts Council and the Community Arts Partnership program, which serves more than 60,000 residents. Information: www.mayorscelebrationriverside.com 4

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