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75 & sTrong At three-quar ters of a century, the Community Foundation continues to grow and do good work. A clearinghouse for nonprofit fundraising in the Inland Empire, the organization also has social media campaigns, provides scholarships for students and suppor ts substance abuse programs.


hail To The chief! Feeling political? raise a glass with past u.S. presidents — if only ensconced in por traits — and enjoy riverside’s rich history of visits by our own heads of state. CONNECT!


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CASTLE DARK THROUGH OCT. 30 – Four haunted attractions, including the new Demented Doom Mine, which is an 1850s-era mineshaft experience, and The Vortex, starting at 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Kid-friendly hauntings for ages 12 and younger feature pumpkin carving and costume contests on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Castle Park, 3500 Polk St., Riverside; 951-785-3000;

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‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ OCT. 21-30 – Magical tale that’s as old as time, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-222-8100; Also: “Hairspray,” Feb. 10-19; “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” March 31-April 9. TROLLEY DANCES RIVERSIDE OCT. 22-23 – Site-specific choreography presented at various sites along Riverside Transit Authority bus routes. Downtown Riverside; noon to 4 p.m.;

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s a child, laurie Brown loved taking photos. Equipped with a 35mm point-and-shoot, Brown admits the black-and-white images she took weren’t good, but the camera did spark an enduring interest in photography. “i have silly photos that stop at people’s legs, but it didn’t matter,” the 78-year-old Newport Beach resident recalled. “Taking photos was exciting and fun, and i still have a scrapbook.” Years later, she’s led the way in capturing how land is moved to create faux hills for residential developments in southern california.

sCapEs scapEs The author of two books of photography, including 2013’s “Las Vegas Periphery: Views From the Edge,” Brown also has an extensive portfolio that has been shown throughout the state as well as the Sezon Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Currently, her work including eight Cibachrome prints is featured “Earth Edges,” an exhibit at the California Museum of Photography at UC Riverside’s ARTSblock downtown. The panoramic photos explore the undeveloped landscapes of Orange County construction sites from 1982-84. The images caught the eye of Joanna Szupinska-Myers, curator of exhibitions at UCR, and what impressed her about

“Entrance Road to Lake Las Vegas” appears in Laurie Brown’s 2013 book, “Las Vegas Periphery: Views from the Edge.” “I was drawn to the way the road leads us in, while at the same time it divides the landscape into a stark before-and-after scene, such as open desert on the left, versus occupied territory on the right,” she said.

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Brown’s work is that it documents the forming of idyllic landscapes. When these photographs were taken in the early 1980s, the American suburb was still the primary destination for an image of a prosperous American life, said Szupinska-Myers. The photographs show stretches of today’s Orange County in humanimposed transition from natural desert beach landscapes of sand, earth and sky as they were being sculpted into rolling hills that are now dotted with houses, trees and lawns. “Such housing is only possible with massive public projects that allow for the constant movement of people, electricity and water. Today, nearly four decades later, our understanding of the American suburb has shifted in terms of both our economy and environment,” she said. Brown has always been interested in the world. “As a kid we had National Geographic in our home, and I loved looking at


“Sculptured Time,” Newport Beach, 1982

pictures of Mayan ruins and far off places. I was sort of a romantic in that sense,” she said, adding that her grandfather sparked her love for the outdoors by taking her hiking and encouraging her to observe and explore the changing landscape. “It was always important to me to try to connect with the land and understand what was going on out there. That’s what really drew me outdoors,” she said. Brown learned about the topographics style of photography in 1971 while taking Lewis Baltz’s photography class at Orange Coast College. In those days, besides the work of the popular Ansel Adams, photography was not being widely collected by museums and there were only a handful of

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r. Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba loves his job, and you can hear it in his voice. “I am blessed to do what I want to do in an organization, for a region, I want to serve — and that’s from the deepest marrow of my bone. that’s how I feel about this place,” said Yorba, who has been with the Community Foundation in riverside since 2008 and became its president and CEo on Jan. 1, 2013. More than 4 million people have befitted in one way or another from grants that have been awarded by the organization since it was founded 75 years ago. the Community Foundation accepts donations then invests those funds and |  || fall fall 2016 14 | 2016 14

offers grants — $76 million so far — to other nonprofits throughout riverside and San Bernardino counties. In addition, other than the area’s colleges and Charles Brouse universities, tCF is one of the largest providers of student scholarships within the 27,000 square miles it serves. “not only is there a lot of blood, sweat, tears and passion, but there also is a lot of due diligence and accountability in this organization,” Yorba said. “Like any nonprofit, we have a volunteer board of directors in conjunction with the staff setting policy and, as the president and

CEo, we are charged with carrying out that policy.” to celebrate its philanthropic success, recognize those who have contributed and also its milestone anniversary, the foundation will host an oct. 15 gala at the riverside Convention Center. It will be a time, Yorba says, to recognize the organization’s accomplishments, current activities and efforts to address the future of giving through, for example, its Youth Grantmakers Program. Who is helped In 1941, philanthropists Charles and Clara Brouse started the Community Foundation as a scholarship distribution committee in riverside. Since then, it has become the largest and oldest community

foundation serving the Inland Empire, with more than $90 million in assets. It also is one of 31 in California — which is home to nearly 100 such institutions — that is nationally accredited. That said, Yorba believes nonprofits in the Inland Empire face unique challenges that counterparts elsewhere do not — challenges that aren’t always fundingrelated. Besides encompassing such a large geographic area, the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012 identified the Inland Empire as having the highest poverty rate among the nation’s 25 largest metropolitan areas. In addition, the region lags far behind others in the state when it comes to four-year public college graduation rates, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, and college graduation rates overall. Having an entity like The Community Foundation working with nonprofits throughout the two-county region gives those organizations a better chance at success. That’s because, Yorba says, “We are more than just an organization that gives out grants and scholarships. “We are able to bring community leaders, thinkers, influencers and donors together when it comes to issues that are pressing for this area and we are able to play a facilitating role,” he added. “Then we learn even more about the needs of the community and where we can help.” TCF works with dozens of nonprofits, including Operation SafeHouse, which offers intervention and outreach services to youths between the ages of 11 and 18. “We are the only emergency shelter in Riverside where teens can go on their own,” said Kathy McAdara, executive director of Operation SafeHouse, which opened in 1990 and helps more than 600 youths annually in addition to connecting with thousands more via outreach programs. Through Field of Interest Funds, TCF assisted SafeHouse when it came to funding for its substance abuse program

Operation SafeHouse Shelter Director Jackie Moot, left, with Executive Director Kathy McAdara

Assistance League President Bobbi d’Arc helps a student pick out new clothes and school supplies from Operation School Bell at the Assistance League Chapter House in Riverside.

through the Stebler Foundation. That aid also meant SafeHouse could hire a substance abuse counselor and assist hundreds more youth along their paths to recovery, McAdara says. Through the foundation’s Youth Grantmakers Program — which gets teens and young adults involved in the decision-making process behind awarding

grants to nonprofit programs that serve their peers — SafeHouse received funding to benefit a substance abuse/family counseling program, the recently launched What’s Up SafeHouse texting app and supported the hiring of a full-time licensed marriage and family counselor. TCF also assisted in securing general operating funding from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation fall2016  2016 || fall|  | 15 15

that provided leverage when it came to receiving matching funds from other grantors. In total, SafeHouse has received more than $186,000 in assistance from The Community Foundation since 2005. “It’s not just the monetary support, which is tremendous and most needed. It also is developing programs like the Funders Alliance, which brings a collaboration of large funding organizations to our area,” McAdara said. “That particular program is designed to leverage funds and increase the capacity of all nonprofits in our service area. “By investing in the sector as a whole, the foundation personifies the belief that ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’ and we are grateful for that support and guidance.” At the all-volunteer Assistance League of Riverside, which serves about 8,000 kids annually and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Community Foundation support has benefitted multiple programs. Among them:

What is a community foundation? A community foundation is a grantmaking public charity created by and for a community of people. It is suppor ted by local donors and governed by a board of private citizens who work for the greater good of the community. Funds come from many sources, including bequests and living trusts and are invested in perpetuity. The investment earnings are then distributed to wor thy causes. There are more than 750 community foundations across the United States and more than 1,800 worldwide. Source: Community Foundations National Standards Board

Operation School Bell, which started in 1967 and provides new clothes, backpacks and hygiene kits to students in seven school districts, including Alvord, Riverside and Val Verde; and Snack Attack, which provides healthy snacks every Friday afternoon to hundreds

of elementary students in the Riverside and Moreno Valley school districts. Since Snack Attack launched in 2007, more than 161,000 snack bags have been packed and delivered to kids. Last year alone, the Assistance League was awarded $10,000 in grants from several TCF funds. “That funding makes a huge difference for us and the youth we serve,” said Bobbi d’Arc, Assistance League president. Looking ahead The Community Foundation has engaged nonprofits and residents throughout the area in other ways, including through single-day Give Big online fundraising campaigns for both Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Those efforts are part of a growing trend of donation campaigns that become much bigger events through social media and other avenues, attracting the attention of people who have never given before and at the same time

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Top right, Maria Betancourth, Operation SafeHouse staff therapist, leads a group discussion on the aspects of human trafficking. Below, Operation SafeHouse volunteer coordinator Dana Darby plays a round of horse at the shelter in Riverside.

cleaning in this community — and we are also your neighbors.” To that end, Yorba says that it’s important for The Community Foundation to continue following its strategic plan, which currently runs through 2018. It includes four goals: examining the business model, reviewing programs to make sure they are as strategic as possible when it comes to grant-making, looking at the governance of the institution to make sure it provides a level of stability and, finally, marketing and communications. The long-term goal is to build the endowment. While The Community Foundation manages $91 million in assets, the more that is raised, the more good it can do in the area it serves, Yorba says. “Our challenge is to continue making the case that our community will be stronger with the help of the work that we do in philanthropy, but we can only do that through the generosity of donors,” he added. “Moving forward, that will help us be successful because then it will provide us with an opportunity to get involved in things that will let us demonstrate our community leadership.” Community Foundation Anniversary Gala What: The Community Foundation celebrates its 75th anniversary, with NBC4 anchor Rober t Kovacik as the master of ceremonies and enter tainment by the Empire Swing Orchestra. When: Oct. 15, 6 p.m. Where: Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth St. Tickets: $125 Information: 951-241-7777,  || fall fall 2016 18 |  | 2016

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The past pairs nicely with the present in the Mission Inn’s Presidential Lounge Written by John Welsh


ark Grant strolled outside the Presidential Lounge at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in a lobby area where tables and chairs are positioned directly under paintings of U.S. presidents who have visited or stayed at the iconic destination in downtown riverside. Grant, 64, was in town for a high school reunion. He would soon reconnect with classmates from the 1970 graduating class of rubidoux High. But,

at least for a few moments on a recent Friday night in September, Grant enjoyed a quiet moment. He took a break from a Blue Moon beer and laughter inside the lounge and soaked in the paintings of taft, reagan, kennedy, nixon and others. He returned to the hotel lounge and ordered another Blue Moon. His wife, Mary, was about to dive into a dirty martini. “When we come to a place like this, we immerse ourselves,” said Grant, who was visiting from redding. the Presidential Lounge was just beginning to churn into a bustling, Friday

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Hail to the chiefs here in Riverside Written by Jerry Rice


t coULd Be SaId that the road to or from the White House goes through riverside. that’s because at least 11 presidents — star ting with William Mckinley in 1881 — visited the city sometime during their lives. Why riverside? Star t with oranges and its location, says karen raines, curator of history at the Mission Inn Museum. “In 1895, riverside was the wealthiest city per-capita in the entire nation because of the citrus industry,” she said. “It also was the perfect stopping point on the railroad if you were going to Los angeles or points south. then, of course, the Mission Inn is a beautiful building. even back then, it drew people to see it.” Will riverside be on the itinerary of the new chief executive after election day? While that’s still to be determined, here are some highlights from past presidential visits: Benjamin Harrison: In the middle of his only term as president, Harrison was in riverside for one day in april 1891. there was a shor t parade, he delivered brief remarks and he swung by the Glenwood Hotel, which now is the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, and accepted a bouquet of flowers from allis Miller, daughter of hotel owner, Frank Miller. “We call Harrison the ‘driveby president’ because he didn’t get out of his carriage and actually step fallfall 2016  2016| |  || 21 21

on the ground. But we still count it as a presidential visit,” Raines said. William McKinley: In 1881, as a congressman from Ohio, McKinley spent par t of a day in Riverside and made a brief stop at the Glenwood Hotel, which was built in 1876. McKinley served as the 25th president of the United States from March 4, 1897, until his assassination on Sept. 14, 1901. Theodore Roosevelt: Roosevelt arrived in Riverside on May 7, 1903, and spent the night in a four-room suite at the Mission Inn. Before bedtime, the electricity in the city failed and the lights went out. The president’s security detail feared a possible assassination attempt, and got Roosevelt down on the floor of his room in an effor t to protect him. Miller, also concerned for the president’s safety, rushed in. “It was lucky he didn’t get shot because as he burst through the doorway security was on top of the president and they had their guns drawn,” Raines said. The next morning, Roosevelt par ticipated in a ceremony that included transplanting one of Riverside’s two parent navel orange trees in front of the Mission Inn. William Howard Taft: During his first year in office, the por tly president was honored with a banquet at the Mission Inn in October 1909. Wanting to make his guest feel comfor table, Miller had a wide armchair specially made to accommodate Taft’s 300-plus-pound frame. The president didn’t appreciate the gesture and at first refused to sit in the chair. Today, the chair is in the hotel’s lobby. Herbert Hoover: As secretary of Commerce, Hoover made an unplanned visit to Riverside on March 19, 1922, during a trip to determine a site for Boulder Dam. Hoover and his entourage were delayed at the train station in San Bernardino, and when Miller found out he invited everyone to the Mission Inn for breakfast. Hoover returned to the hotel in March 1939 to help Republican Par ty officials plan for the 1940 presidential election. John F. Kennedy: JFK was at the Mission Inn in December 1940 for the Institute of World Affairs, a program co-founded by Miller. 2016 22 |  || fall fall 2016 22 |

night gear. Tables started filling up. Beer flowed from taps into tall glasses. Blenders churned ice. Guests stirred straws inside their old fashioned cocktails. The historic watering hole is the perfect spot for locals to bring out-of-town visitors for a special drink. For those who haven’t been to the lounge in a while, some major changes are bound to get noticed. There’s some fresh pop to the lounge’s look and hotel lobby, and the drink menu gives special nods to the hotel’s famous faces. More than a dozen specialty cocktails are titled for some of the big names, actors and presidents who have bent elbows in its cozy room. Take a plunge with a Ginger Rogers, for example, named for the actress, singer and dancer who stayed at the hotel in 1977. Ginger’s martini cocktail includes gin, vermouth, apricot brandy and lemon juice. “It’s a tribute to the famous people who have visited the Mission Inn,” said Alex Abundas, an assistant director at the hotel overseeing food and beverage. “And we didn’t just attach drinks to any name. We did our research.” Loren Lawe, executive chef and director

A photo of Richard and Pat Nixon taken on their wedding day in 1940 hangs over the fireplace.

of food and beverage, says the Presidential Lounge is an “upscale, elegant bar” and a “genuine, old-school bar.” Framed photographs of presidents’ visits and memories now adorn the lounge’s walls. Some of those pictures were found


President Theodore Roosevelt holds a shovel during a May 8, 1903, ceremony replanting one of the parent navel orange trees at the Mission Inn.

The Mission Inn is rich in presidential memorabilia, including President Taft’s oversized chair and portraits by artist Bonnie Brown of every chief executive who visited the landmark.

inside boxes, collecting dust, says Lawe. Makes sense those shots were rediscovered. After all, it is called the Presidential Lounge. Both Lawe and Abundas described the bar as a place to impress relatives visiting the Inland Empire — without being stuffy. “It’s the social center of Riverside,” Abundas said. “It has a touch of class, with a warm feel to it.” Visually speaking, lounge visitors walk across beige, terra cotta tiles imported from Italy. When the sun shines through the lounge’s windows, the rays create a vibrant feel without impeding a feeling of intimacy. Outside, in the lobby area, visitors can stand atop a presidential seal, another new feature. Feel free to sit in the infamous, oversized chair built for Taft when the rotund president visited in 1909. Paint has been removed from brass railings, allowing the works to shine with their former glory. Also, frequent hotel visitors will notice something else missing: the carpeting that ran lengthwise from the Orange Street entrance, past the front desk, and toward Duane’s Prime Steaks & Seafood. That carpet, which featured California’s missions, has been replaced with a stylish black-

and-white tiling, adding to the elegance. Bill and Sue Cloonan sat a table near that tiling. He enjoyed a Hendrick’s gin and tonic and she enjoyed a Manhattan. Bill Cloonan said he loved upscale atmosphere of the lounge, but minus any pretensions. Sue Cloonan described it as classy but casual and comfortable. “You feel special when you walk in,” she said.


President George W. Bush, right, and Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Mission Inn in 2003

Lyndon B. Johnson: After a rally in Los Angeles, LBJ flew to March Air Force Base then went to the Riverside County Cour thouse downtown where he gave a shor t speech on Oct. 28, 1964. He then went to San Bernardino and the Platt Building, where he had worked as an elevator operator in 1925 when he was a teenager. Richard Nixon: Richard and Pat Nixon were married on June 21, 1940, in the Mission Inn’s Presidential Suite, the same room that Theodore Roosevelt had stayed in. “The Nixons didn’t have a lot of money back then, and it was cheaper to get married there than in our chapel,” Raines said. “Interestingly, they were here in 1940, the same year as John F. Kennedy, and Nixon and Kennedy would end up going against each other for the presidency 20 years later. It’s one of those quirks of history.” Gerald R. Ford: In March 1998, 11 years after leaving the White House, Ford, then a resident of Rancho Mirage, came to the Mission Inn for a fundraiser for Congresswoman Mary Bono. Ronald Reagan: The future 40th president of the United States married Nancy Davis in a small San Fernando Valley church on March 4, 1952, then they drove to the Mission Inn where they spent the first night of their honeymoon. In her 1980 autobiography, “Nancy,” she recalled their visit: “The manager had placed a beautiful bouquet of roses in the bridal suite. The next morning before we left, we delivered them to an elderly woman across the hall (whom) had learned was quite ill. It somehow seemed fitting to share our happiness.” George W. Bush: Early in his first presidential campaign, Bush was the guest of honor at a fundraising reception at the Mission Inn on Sept. 29, 1999. As president in 2003, Bush returned to the Mission Inn where he met with Arnold Schwarzenegger and owner Duane Rober ts, and then spent the night. “The president was wandering up on the four th floor of the hotel, which is open to the air and is very beautiful,” Raines said. “The Secret Service wanted him inside, but he was having such a good time he refused to go inside until he was done looking around.” fall|  | 23 23 fall2016  2016 ||



strategies to fight pain Written by Amy Bentley


early 50 million american adults suffer from chronic or severe pain, whether it’s from an illness, injury, surgery or migraine headaches, studies have found. The effects of chronic pain carry a huge cost in terms of health-care costs, lost work time, insurance costs, stress, decreased ability to function and the financial burden on patients and their families, according to the american academy of Pain Dr. Nikan Management. Khatibi The causes vary but include a combination of factors such as injuries, illnesses, obesity, poor lifestyle choices and work-related pain from years

of doing physically taxing jobs or even extremely long commutes. “americans are living longer, and we are thriving more,” said Dr. Nikan Khatibi, an interventional pain and addiction medicine specialist at the riverside Medical Clinic’s Center for Pain Management and addiction. and while that’s good news, it also means an increase of folks with more aches and pains, he adds.

Treatment options vary, but Dr. Khatibi says one thing is for sure: “What doesn’t work is a sedentary lifestyle, watching TV every day, not being active, smoking, bad work habits including bending and twisting at the same time and bad posture. These all contribute to pain.” Dr. Khatibi advocates leading a lifestyle that includes regular activity such as swimming, cycling or yoga — all of which don’t put a lot of pressure on the back but help build core strength. “Having an active lifestyle, taking control of your personal health and your food is important,” he said. “eat less red meat and more fruits and vegetables, less fatty foods.” When it comes to considering a pain management doctor and treatment options, Dr. Khatibi encourages patients to seek a physician who isn’t just “pushing

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ecently opened at the former site of the landmark Zacatecas cafe near downtown Riverside, Habanero Mexican Grill is a breath of fresh air when it comes to cuisine that attempts to be more than just another Sonoran/chihuahuan restaurant. chef tomas carbajal is from tepatitlán, 30 minutes south of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco, which is famous for carnitas, room-temperature shrimp cocktails and birria (goat) in various guises. the chicharrónes from this part of Mexico are not solely fried fat. there is a goodly amount of meat attached as well, and the dish is usually served in a verde sauce. ernesto carbajal is the co-owner and nephew of the chef and helps to coordinate the wealth of culinary ideas sprouting from the chef ’s fertile mind, adding them to the menu as time allows. the plan is to incorporate a new dish from Jalisco each week in the near future. It is the depth of flavor that sets this restaurant apart from its competitors plus the drive to showcase dishes from various regions of Mexico. For example, huarache is available. It’s a dish often found in Mexico city where a grilled marinated steak is served atop an oblong sope-like corn cake. Here, a cheese enchilada is served over the marinated flap meat along with relleno sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole and a sprinkling of cotija cheese. Such items are found in the “specialties of the house” section from where we chose many of the dishes we sampled during a recent visit. the camarones a la diabla incorporates a goodly number of jumbo shrimp which were both plump and succulent, served in a first-rate cream sauce of roasted chile

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Ernesto and Lupe Carbajal at the Habanero Mexican Grill

de arbol and habanero chiles. the sauce had a deep rich flavor which, while spicy, was surprisingly not tongue searing. Use the accompanying corn tortillas to scoop up every last drop of the smoky beautifully rendered sauce. the salmon tacos contained a large piece of impeccably fresh salmon filet

atop two corn tortillas along with a lemon infused tartar sauce, pico de gallo and cilantro. Also quite delicious were three tacos a la plancha containing beef done barbacoa style (barbecued then shredded and mixed with sauteed onions, cilantro and japones chiles) that imparted a nice glow

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on the palate. They are accompanied by rice, beans and guacamole. The menu also ventures to Oaxaca to offer chicken enchiladas in a rich dark brown mole sauce made with dry roasted guajillo and ancho chiles and a goodly amount of Mexican dark chocolate along with seeds and nuts. The sweet heat

flavors of the mole are truly addictive. The most striking looking of the items we tried was the pollo fresco. A grilled chicken breast which had been marinated in an adobo sauce — dried chiles, fresh ginger, cumin and chicken broth — is used in most versions. The chicken is placed atop a bed of cooked and sliced zucchini, yellow squash, spinach, tomatoes and fried red and green colored tortilla strips with de la olla beans and melted Cotija cheese. It’s a riot of color and bold flavors, and was probably the best dish we ordered. Finally, we generally will order a chile relleno to get a sense of how proficient the kitchen staff is from a technical standpoint. They passed with flying colors

and flavors. The item is prepared with a roasted Anaheim chile encased in a superb egg batter atop a smooth orange-hued ranchero sauce comprised of tomatoes, onions and fresh jalapeños. It was one of the finest versions I’ve encountered. In summary, Habanero Mexican Grill is a fitting follow-up to Zacatecas Cafe and demonstrates how ingenuity and culinary prowess can elevate mundane food to standout fare. Habanero Mexican Grill Where: 2472 University Ave., Riverside Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Prices: breakfast, $8.95-$11.95; lunch specials $8.95 (add $2 for soup or salad); appetizers, $6.95-$10.95; and chef specialties, $8.95$15.95. Notes: Menudo available on weekends. Beer and wine, corkage, $10. All major credit cards accepted. Large banquet hall available for catering, weddings, quinceaneras, holiday par ties and business meetings. Information: 951-224-9145,


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Six secrets to great lighting Written by Marni Jameson


ou can’t touch it, or smell it, or taste it, or hear it, and you can see right through it. Yet this one design component is the most important element in any room. it’s the magic and the mystery, the secret in the sauce. it can make you feel awake or relaxed, industrious or romantic, older or younger. and yet it is the most underappreciated and underused tool in the design box. aww, light. You need to work it. “Lighting is the last thing many home decorators consider, and it makes the biggest difference,” said Michael Murphy, interior designer and lighting expert for Lamps Plus, a Los angeles-based lighting retail chain. over a few weeks, i gave my happy yellow house a lighting makeover and rediscovered the power of light. Murphy helped light my way, helping me choose new light fixtures, accenting artwork with spotlights and come out of the dark ages of incandescent bulbs into the enlightened era of LEDs. My lighting makeover included a couple other key moves. For instance, i removed two ghastly long fluorescent light fixtures, one from my walk-in closet, the other from my laundry room, and donated them to the nearest police station to use in their interrogation center. i replaced the closet monstrosity with an elegant chandelier that sports an orange silk drum shade. the laundry room now has two |  | fall fall 2016 32 2016 32 |

recessed LED canned lights. Murphy approved. “People skimp in areas like the closet and laundry room, where good lighting is critical.” You know what he means if you have ever left the house wearing one navy sock and one black one. i also gained control of my moods. and no, i’m not talking about taking hormone replacement therapy. i put almost every switch in the house on a dimmer. i’m not sure why this isn’t the standard. not having a dimmer switch on your lights is like not having volume control on your radio. here are six residential lighting secrets i learned along the way:

Light in layers in addition to natural light, every room should have three kinds of light, said Murphy — ambient, task and accent. Many homeowners throw a couple lights on the ceiling and call it enough. it’s not. ambient light is your all-around light, and often comes from recessed cans or ceiling fixtures. task lighting is dedicated to a space where you work or read; think of desk lamps, or lamps by reading areas, or under cabinet lighting over kitchen counters. accent lighting highlights artwork, accessories, or architectural features like the fireplace. the magic happens in the layering. “When these three layers work

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Most light bulbs now post their color temperature on the packaging. If your temperatures don’t match, Go big or don’t go say you have a warm Choosing fixtures that incandescent light on your are too small is the most ceiling, and a cool CFL bulb in common mistake homeownyour lamp, something will feel ers make, said Murphy. “Most off in the space, you just customers need to scale up.” might not know what. For instance, when picking Most people, including me, fixtures to go beside the front like warmer light in their door, or to flank the garage, homes. Some like pure white, fixtures should be one third others like a cool spectrum. the height of the door. Whatever your fancy, pick When choosing a chana temperature, and stick with delier, use this formula: add it. Incandescent lights typically the length and width of the have a color temperature room in feet, then convert of around 2700k (or Kelvins). to inches. That’s how big you All the lights in my house are want your fixture. now 2700k LED. So a 12-by-14-foot dining room should have a 26-inch- Practice shade wide chandelier. consistency Similarly, your lampshades Get the height right should match. Most shades Another common mistake are white or cream because is hanging a fixture too high, those colors let the most light which can look like floodthrough. In the same room, water pants. the lampshades should be Over dining tables or all white or all cream, but kitchen islands, chandeliers not both. or pendant lights can hang The exception is if you have lower than fixtures over a dramatic colored shade, say traffic areas, like entryways black or leopard print, that or living rooms. acts like an accessory. Over a dining room table, the bottom of a chandelier should hang 30 to 34 inches from the table. In a living room or entry, chandeliers should have at least 7.5 feet of clearance. When in doubt, drop the fixture an inch.

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Works created by 19 artists were celebrated during a Riverside Art Museum reception for the “Visual Voice” exhibition, which was co-curated by artists Bernard Stanley Hoyes and Charles Bibbs, with an assist by Lisa Henry. On Oct. 14-20, the RAM will be hosting Riverside’s largest art sale/fundraiser, Serenade Art at Off the Wall, with pieces available for purchase filling two galleries. Information: 3





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Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation recently celebrated its yearly fundraiser, Gatsby Gala, at Riverside’s iconic Victoria Club. The inaugural HERO Awards honored Riverside Medical Clinic as Business of the Year and Judy Carpenter as Community Leader of the Year. Funds raised will benefit support groups, a lecture series and the Anti-Bullying Institute. 3







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Oct. 10 – SmartRiverside’s 10th annual charity golf tournament to support and expand the programs and services offered by the nonprofit. Victoria Club, 2521 Arroyo Drive, Riverside; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; 951-826-5441; Oct. 15 – Inland Empire Heart & Stroke Walk to benefit the American Heart Association, with a 3.1-mile walk/run and 1-mile optional survivor route. Rancho Jurupa Park, 4800 Crestmore Road, Jurupa Valley; registration 7 a.m., opening ceremonies 8:30 a.m., walk starts at 9 a.m.; 310-424-4174; Oct. 20 – Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce’s 17th annual Raincross Trophy Dinner. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, commander of the Air Mobility Command, is the featured speaker. Convention Center, 3637 Fifth St.,

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ompeting at the Special olympics in South Korea was one challenge for Jeffrey Baldwin, and now he’s preparing for another: the 5K at the 2016 mission inn Run. Baldwin’s dad, Dan Baldwin, will be running with his son, a Riverside native with Down syndrome. to prepare, they have been taking fast walks, swimming and running about two miles around their neighborhood each week, this along with strength training workouts at LA Fitness. “it’s going to be hard and it’s going to be fun, and i’d like to finish it,” Jeffrey said of what will be his first 5K. the duo will join as many as 4,500 other entrants in the mission inn Foundation’s 39th annual event, which takes place nov. 12-13 in downtown Riverside. Besides the 5K run or walk, there’s also a 10K run and half-marathon, and for kids a pair of shorter events. other activities include a health and fitness expo, live demonstrations, vendor booths and a bench press and Crossfit competition. the weekend wraps on Sunday, nov. 13, with a festival and |  | fall fall 2016 2016 38 |

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awards ceremony. (information: At the Special olympics, Jeffrey participated in floor hockey, swimming and basketball. He also enjoys both snow and water skiing. on the job, he works for local businesses assembling sprinklers and doing other tasks through an assist from the Arc of Riverside County,

a nonprofit that serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dan says his son inspires others to push themselves and try new things. “His ability to do what he’s done has proven to me that he can do anything he puts his mind to. it’s encouraging,” said Dan, who coached Special olympics for 13 years. “After the mission inn Run there’s no end in sight.”

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