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Spirit of the season ❋ Santa: Caring & sharing ❋ How trees can save lives ❋ More holiday happenings

ival of Lights INSIDE : A guide to the Fest


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Holiday Shopping Hours Black Friday: 6 am - 10 pm December 10 - 23: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 10 pm Sunday: 9 am - 8 pm Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve: Mall Closes at 6 pm Department Store, Harkins Theatre, Round 1 and Dining Hours May Vary.

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Jerry Rice EDItor

Jim Maurer V.P. SALES & MArKEtINg C O N T R I B U T I N G W R I T E R S & E D I TO R S

Amy bentley, David Cohen Elaine Lehman, george A. Paul E D I TO R I a l G R a p H I C D E S I G N

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SAVOR THE FLAVOR Whether it’s a filet mignon, por terhouse, rib-eye or another cut, the riverside area can stake its claim to having great steakhouses. Food writer David Cohen reveals his five favorites.

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YULE CHEER With nearly 4.5 million holiday lights illuminating the Mission Inn hotel & Spa, the historic landmark will glow in the dark for the Festival of Lights. It’s the centerpiece of the 24th annual celebration that has been singled out by uSA today as the best holiday festival in the nation.

Volunteer Santa is an inspiration 18 Catching up with Erin Phillips 24

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TREES OF HOPE Science says that trees save lives by reducing air pollution. but, the delightfully decorated forest that takes over the Convention Center during thanksgiving week for the Festival of trees saves lives in other ways — by raising funds for the riverside County regional Medical Center Foundation.

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Also inside Calendar: Ar ts and enter tainment 8 Theater: Sibling rivalry is at the hear t of “true West” 32 Music: Meet riverside musician Amy Lee 38 Seen/nonprofits • Community Foundation anniversary gala 34 • Inland Empire Hear t & Stroke Walk 36 • Nonprofit calendar 36 • RAM’s Julia Morgan Society reception 37 On the cover Santa (Dave Curran) holds a little patient at riverside County regional Medical Center. Photo by Eric reed

Al Aiono, Natasha bailey, Janice barnes Carla Ford-brunner, April Fusilier Cindy Martin, Melissa Morse Carl Sampson, Noni tate trinidad Verduzco, Adil Zaher, Cindy Zauss S a l E S a S S I S Ta N T S

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NOVEMBER 22, 25, 26 AND 27

Riverside Convention Center • 3637 Fifth Street, Riverside

More than 50 Beautifully Decorated Holiday Trees

Crafts, Games and Entertainment

Activities for Children

Proceeds benefit the children’s units at RUHS – Medical Center

SCHEDULE of EVENTS

22nd

25th

Mistletoe Magic Gala 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

$150/person

(reservations required)

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All the events below are Open to the Public and Free of Charge!

Tree Extravaganza

Tree Extravaganza

Tree Extravaganza

Holiday Boutique

Holiday Boutique

Holiday Boutique

Storytime with Santa

Jingle Bell Jam

Santa’s Little Helpers

Senior Stroll Through the Trees

10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

RUHealth.org/Foundation | 951-486-4213

RUHS

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holiday happenings MERRY-ACHI CHRISTMAS DEC. 1 – Featuring Mariachi Sol de Mexico. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951-779-9800, riversidelive.com. Also: “Miracle on 34th Street,” 3 p.m. Dec. 17; Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, 7 p.m. Dec. 30.

‘THE NUTCRACKER’ DEC. 10-11 – With a cast of 80 dancers, Inland Pacific Ballet brings the classic holiday story to life, featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; Dec. 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.; $39-$56; www.ipballet.org.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 951-686-1222; www.shopcanyoncrest.com. HOLIDAY AFFAIRE DEC. 3 – Riverside Community Arts Association member exhibit and ornament auction. 3860 Lemon St., Riverside; 951-682-6737; www.rcaaarts.org

CANDLELIGHT CONCERT DEC. 2-3 – 69th annual holiday event, with La Sierra University’s chamber singers and chorale, orchestra and other performers. La Sierra University Church, 11585 Pierce St., La Sierra, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 4 p.m. Dec. 3; free; 951-785-2036; music-events.lasierra.edu.

MORE HOLIDAY MAGIC DEC. 3 – Riverside County Philharmonic’s annual holiday concert. Featured soloist is vocalist Lindsey Scott. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 4 p.m.; 951-787-0251; www.thephilharmonic.org.

CHRISTMAS AT CANYON CREST DEC. 3 – Holiday music, crafts for kids, photos with Santa and more. Canyon Crest Towne Centre, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside;

RIVERSIDE MASTER CHORALE DEC. 3 – Handel’s Messiah and other music of the season. (Bring the Messiah score if you have it.) Calvary (Continues on Page 8)

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Riverside Art Museum 951.684.7111 www.riversideartmuseum.org Mission Inn Foundation 951.788.9556 www.missioninnmuseum.org Riverside Metropolitan Museum 951.826.5273 www.riversideca.gov/museum/giftshop.asp

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Riverside Art Museum Tues - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sun 12 noon - 4 p.m. Mission Inn Foundation Mon - Wed 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Thurs - Sun 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Riverside Metropolitan Museum Tues - Sat 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sun 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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holiday happenings (From Page 6) Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 4 p.m.; free; www. riversidemasterchorale.com.

DAVID ALLAN’S ‘THE NUTCRACKER’ DEC. 17-18 – BRAVA’s presentation of the holiday classic. Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 1 and 7 p.m. both days; $18-$40; 800-870-6069; www.brava-arts.org.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR DEC. 4 – Annual interfaith event featuring fair trade and creative gifts. First United Methodist Church, 4845 Brockton Ave., Riverside; free admission; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 951-683-7831; www.facebook.com/alternativegiftfair.

SHABBAT & HANUKKAH DEC. 30 – Rockin’ bring your own menorah Shabbat & Hanukkah service. Temple Beth El, 2675 Central Ave., Riverside; 7:30 p.m.; 951-684-4511; www.tberiv.org.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION DEC. 9 – Music by the Sara Niemietz Band, tree-lighting in the Regal theater courtyard with Mayor Rusty Bailey. 3639 Riverside Plaza Drive; free; 6-8 p.m.; www.shopriversideplaza.com. ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ DEC. 9-18 – Presentation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. Riverside Community Players Theater, 4026 14th St.; $10; 951-686-4030; www.riversidecommunityplayers.com. CARILLON RECITAL DEC. 10 – UC Riverside’s 48-bell carillon rings in the holidays with traditional and popular music. 900 University Ave.; 3-4 p.m.; free admission, $5 parking permits at the information kiosk; events.ucr.edu.

NEW YEAR’S EVE DEC. 31 – Second annual pARTy the night away, New Year’s Eve bash and fundraiser featuring music by DJ Mental Physix, casino play night, art-making and catered food; 21 and older event. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; $85 per person or $150 per couple; 951-684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org/NYE2016. TWELFTH NIGHT JAN. 7 – Old Riverside Foundation’s Victorian celebration features an elegant progressive dinner that includes fine wines and tempting desserts served at three locations. Event benefits the foundation’s historic preservation projects. Seatings at 4:45 and 6:45 p.m. $80-$105; 951-683-2725; www.oldriverside.org.

calendar FILM SCREENINGS THROUGH DEC. 16 – “On the Line,” Dec. 6; “45 Years,” Dec. 9-10; “Los Sures,” Dec. 16-17. Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; culvercenter.ucr.edu. ROMANO’S CONCERT LOUNGE THROUGH DEC. 17 – Hepcat, Dec. 3; DSB (Journey tribute), Dec. 10; Knock Out, Dec. 16; Dead Man’s Party (Oingo Boingo tribute), Dec. 17. 3557 University Ave., Riverside; 951-781-7662; www.theconcertlounge.com. LAKE ALICE TRADING CO. THROUGH DEC. 31 – David Paul Band, Nov. 25; Band of Brothers, Nov. 26; Kings of Rhythm, Nov. 27; Synrgy (reggae), Nov. 30; David Paul Band, Dec. 1; All In, Dec. 2; Fun House, Dec. 3; Driven, Dec. 9; Gravity Guild, Dec. 10; Runnin’ on Funk, Dec. 16; Pacmen, Dec. 17; Johnny on the Spot, Dec. 23; Johnny & The Ravens, Dec. 24; 80’s Brigade, Dec. 30; All In, Dec. 31. 3616 University Ave., Riverside, 951-686-7343, www.lakealicetradingco.com. MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM THROUGH JAN. 20 – YG, Dec. 1-2; Riverside (Continues on Page 10)

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Wine & Beer Festival, Dec. 3; Brothers Osborne, Dec. 14; Kane Brown, Jan. 5; Chevelle, Jan. 20. 3485 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800; concerts.livenation. com, www.riversiderma.com.

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‘ROMOLAND’ THROUGH JAN. 22 – Artist Judith Palmer and novelist Ben Stolzfus collaborate on 25 art works as surfaces for a series of dialogues between a man and a woman. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org. Also: “Self Help Graphics: Aztlan,” through Jan. 15; “Land/Sky,” paintings by Karen Kitchel and Eric Nash, through Jan. 29. ‘UNRULY BODIES’ THROUGH JAN. 28 – Works from 22 Chicago-based photographers, donated to the UCR/California Museum of Photography in 1981, are on display for new exhibit. 3824 Main St.,

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Riverside; 951-827-4787; artsblock.ucr.edu. Also: “Rotation 2015,” through June 24; “Laurie Brown: Earth Edges,” through July 1.

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TURKEY TROT NOV. 24 – Second annual run/ walk featuring 15k, 5k and mini-trot for kids through the streets of downtown Riverside and in Fairmount Park. 2601 Fairmount Blvd., Riverside; $15-$55; riversideturkeytrot.com

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ARTS WALK DEC. 1 – Browse more than 22 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.riversideartswalk.com. ‘KINETIC CONVERSATIONS’ DEC. 2-3 – Riverside City College’s annual faculty dance concert. Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-222-8100;

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www.performanceriverside.org. Also: “Hairspray,” Feb. 10-19; “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” March 31-April 9. CLASSIC CAR SHOW DEC. 11 – Monthly event, continues the second Sunday of each month. Canyon Crest Towne Centre, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside; 1-4 p.m.; 951-686-1222; www.shopcanyoncrest.com. CITRUS HERITAGE RUN JAN. 7 – Inaugural marathon plus a half marathon, 5K and 1 mile kids race through the orange groves and along streets nearby. California Citrus Historic State Park, 9401 Cleveland Ave., Riverside; citrusheritagerun.com THE ILLUSIONISTS JAN. 26-27 – Acts of grand illusion by seven illusionists including acclaimed escape artist Andrew Basso, who will hold his breath for more than four minutes while freeing himself from a water-filled cell. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951-779-9800,

www.riversidelive.com. Also: Josh Turner, Dec. 4; Red Bull Flying Bach, Dec. 6; Miranda Sings Live, Feb. 1; Dancing with the Stars Live!, Feb. 13; Cirque Eloize: Saloon, Feb. 18.

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illions of colorful lED bulbs and hundreds of whimsical characters — many of them animated — will adorn the Mission inn Hotel & spa for the 24th annual Festival of lights, a highlight of the holiday season in downtown Riverside. The event, which every year draws national recognition, kicks off nov. 25 with a switch-on ceremony and countdown to the moment when the historic landmark is instantly illuminated, followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Festivities will fill the streets nearby with live music, artisan showcases, horse-drawn carriage rides and tasty treats such as mini-doughnuts, cookies and cupcakes. new this year will be an animal-themed carousel, a 24-seat trackless train and a Ferris wheel that will stand taller than City Hall. While many of the activities will end before or on new Year’s Day, the lights at the Mission inn will stay on through Jan. 7. Information: www.missioninn.com, riversideca.gov/fol – Jerry Rice winter 2016 ||  riversidemagazine.com riversidemagazine.com |  | 13 winter 2016  13


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trees of life Annual festival mixes holiday fun with a vital fundraiser for the Riverside County Regional Medical Center Foundation Written by George A. Paul

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arvel at dazzling Christmas displays — all assembled for a life-saving cause — as the Festival of Trees arrives at the riverside Convention Center for its 27th edition on Nov. 25. The event will feature more than 50 large trees, miniature trees and wreaths decorated in every way possible. “It’s a great event to kick off the holiday season,” said Michael vanderpool, chairman of the riverside University Health Systems board of directors. “You have the Festival of lights [at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa] and we bookend the Thanksgiving holiday with these two events. It helps create a holiday spirit and camaraderie within the community.” erin Phillips, rUHS Foundation’s executive director, says the Festival of Trees’ main purpose is to raise awareness and funds to support pediatric work at the regional medical center. The financial support comes from tree sponsorships and purchases by local corporations, businesses and donors. Past festivals have helped with the acquisition of critical equipment such as ultrasound machines, an emergency transport unit and a retinal camera. The next priority is obtaining trauma beds/ cribs and Panda Warmers for newborns. “When you look at the different things we’ve been able to do through the generosity of people who come and their commitment to the hospital, it ultimately saves babies’ lives,” vanderpool noted. “What the foundation does through this vehicle allows people to support the work of the foundation and make a real difference for families in our community. I think that’s really important. “This is something that’s supported countywide,”

he continued. “Not only in the riverside marketplace, but also Temecula, Corona and all the other great cities within our county. People band together to support the organization.” One of the volunteers, Tammi Meeks, has been adorning trees since the event’s inception. She finds “interacting with people who come through, telling

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FESTIVAL OF TREES When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 27; pre-event gala 5-10 p.m. Nov. 22 ($150 prepaid reservation required) Where: Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth St., Riverside Admission: Free, donations accepted Information: 951-486-4213, www.ruhealth.org/ foundation FAST FACTS Funds raised to date: $9 million Funds raised in 2015: $500,000 Number of volunteers to date: 500+ Trees sold in past 5 years: 350 Garland/ribbon purchased in 2015: 325 yards

‘It’s whatever the imagination allows. There’s no limit to what the trees will look like.’ — Leslie Gilford

Marc Colunga, left, and Norma Monge install “A Mowtown Christmas” tree at the convention center last year. PHoToS BY KURT MILLER

them about the hospital and all that we do” the most fulfilling. “I’ve worn various hats,” she added. “I used to work with children [who attended] and that was always fun. Now, I’m doing the holiday boutique.” Leslie Gilford, a retired neonatal ICU nurse and volunteer for the past five years, says that everyone is creative with their tree themes. “Last year, there was a steampunk tree, where everything was so perfect, you just wanted to take it home. People do a lot of characters. My ex-boss did Peter Pan.” “I know one lady is doing rubber duckies, and I’m going to have sock monkeys this year,” Meeks said. “We’ve had Grinch trees and one that was shaped like a motorcycle. It’s whatever the imagination allows. There’s no limit to what the trees will look like.” Superman, Cinderella, Mickey Mouse and snowmen have made appearences in other motifs. Both women prepare a year or more in advance, storing items for future use and

Minions on a tree called “Growing Through the Years” at the convention center last year

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working on décor. “I start [on the next one] right after the festival is over,” admitted Gilford. “You have to plan a design and find things you like. It’s good to buy things on sale. I make a lot of the things that go on the trees. I had a garland made of burlap that I stiffened and cut up.” The RUHS Foundation’s annual Mistletoe Magic Gala happens prior to the festival and includes Fund-A-Need — a live and silent auction. Pam Touschner, chairwoman of the gala, festival committee and an RUHS Foundation board member, thinks the Festival of Trees’ overall mission makes it special. “We are actively doing something that’s good for the community and the children in it,” she said. Kids will surely enjoy Storytime with Santa and Santa’s Little Helpers (holiday crafts, creating cards for hospitalized children) on Nov. 25. Jingle Bell Jam (local youth musical performances with a Santa visit) takes place on Nov. 26. Also that afternoon, the Senior Stroll Through the Trees is a hosted tour with background on the designs, refreshments and games. The ongoing holiday boutique showcases more than 25 vendors. Touschner says everyone should know that the Festival of Trees is “a way to be inspired about our generous community support toward the health of our children. “It really is a way for us to give back to the community. Families can come, be inspired and do something together. All of us have cherished holiday memories. This is a way to start that off with the family.”


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FIND YOURSELF cover story

IN SPAIN! Is there a

Santa Claus? Yes, Virginia, he’s an inspiring volunteer who does it for the smiles

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very holiday season for the past 15 years, dave Curran has bleached and dyed his dark brown beard white, donned a heavy red costume and visited hospitals, schools and other places portraying santa Claus. he does it for fun, charity — and because it makes people happy. “i am lucky i get to do this,” Curran said. a full-time computer network 3252 Mission Inn Ave • Downtown Riverside • 951.778.0611 engineer, Curran, 59, takes his vacation Open for Lunch, Brunch & Dinner the holidays to play santa. Mon-Wed 11:30am-10pm • Thurs-Sat 11:30am-1:30amtime • Sunduring 10am-1:30am in addition, he and wife Karilyn spend about $4,000 of their own money every year to buy toys for children. “This is what we love, it’s immensely rewarding for us,” said Curran, who also suits up as santa the week of Thanksgiving for the Festival of Trees, a fundraiser at the Convention Center for the riverside University health Foundation. he has never had an interest in being paid to be santa, and that includes working at a mall during the Christmas season. “it’s fun to see the kids’ faces but there it’s more about the cash — pump the kids through, get their pictures

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we first met Phillips in January 2010, when we were developing a story about the Pick group, a local organization of young professionals devoted to volunteerism. she was its founding president. we recently asked Phillips a few questions to learn about her latest endeavors and also to get to know her a little better. some of her answers were edited for clarity and space. question: You’ve been executive director of the riverside University health system Foundation for a little more than a year. as you look back, what have been some of the top accomplishments for both you in that role and for the nonprofit overall? answer: this foundation has accomplished great things during its almost 30-year history. Of particular note are the various pieces of equipment that the foundation has raised funds to purchase, like the transport unit used to pick up sick infants from area hospitals, the mobile health unit that provides care in the farthest reaches of the county, culpascopes and other equipment used in identifying the signs of abuse on children, or the Mri machine and Ct scanner that we helped replace in the last year with the help of the san Manuel Band of Mission indians and KB home. also, the foundation has helped secure funds to support important programs, like the Breast health navigation Program, which allows rUhs to help breast cancer victims navigate complex systems and receive more timely care when they need it. the foundation has incredible heart! recently, the board of directors adopted new initiatives that include

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supportive services to families of patients, and especially children, for more than 15 years — because it is the right thing to do. that our staff has an amazing commitment to compassionate patient care. that our trauma staff is there for patients, when they need it. these are just a few examples. Opportunities to learn more about this work, like through the Festival of trees and spring garden tour, have an important role in meeting this goal. long term, i think the foundation can make a real difference for residents served throughout the county by rUhs agencies, including work around behavioral health, public health, and the 10 clinics located around the county. these are residents from all walks of life, because health is the great equalizer. to do that, we need to grow the foundation’s capacity to engage supporters and serve this system.

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irST, some background on steaks. The main quality levels are prime, choice and select. Prime steaks are generally only found in restaurants or hotels, choice makes up the majority of supermarket selections with select usually consisting of private labels.

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rib-eye, New York strip, porterhouse (comprised of a New York strip plus a large filet mignon) and T-bone (a New York strip and a small filet mignon). The sirloin, tri-tip and top sirloin cuts, though flavorful, have less marbling than the previously noted cuts. Flat iron and hanger steaks have become popular, since these cuts are less expensive and provide a rich beefy flavor, though are more chewy than the

aforementioned cuts. Filets are exceedingly tender, but have little in the way of marbling and so have less flavor than their rib-eye or New York strip counterparts. That’s it for the quick steak tutorial. Now it’s time to get to the meat of the matter — where you should go when you want someone else to prepare your favorite cut. Following are my five nearby favorite places to get a steak.

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Prime time Five places that you can bank on for quality steaks Duane’s at the Mission Inn 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside 888-326-4448; www.missioninn.com This upscale restaurant features an array of steaks from which to choose, all of them prime meats cooked at high temperatures. Cuts include the rib chop (formerly known as the Innkeeper’s cut), New York strip, por terhouse, Australian Kobe, New York and a tableside chateaubriand (a roast cut of filet mignon) for two. Four steak sauces are available, along with à la car te accompaniments. Black Horse Tavern & Grill 1825 Hamner Ave., Norco 951-278-2771; blackhorsetavernnorco.com Selections include the top sirloin, rib-eye, three sizes of Angus prime rib roast and the signature hanger steak. All entrees come with two sides,

a cup of soup or house salad and garlic Parmesan toast or cornbread. Prime rib is available Friday through Sunday after 4 p.m. Original Roadhouse Grill 3838 Tyler St., Riverside 951-509-9340; www.originalroadhousegrill.com All Midwestern beef is hand-cut daily in-house. The Jim Beam rib-eye is marinated in the popular bourbon, with brown sugar and pineapple juice. Also available: sirloin steak with a mound of hay bale onions, a naturually lean bison rib-eye, a bacon-wrapped filet, the Roadhouse sirloin and New York steak with a cabernet black peppercorn sauce. Texas Roadhouse 370 N. McKinley St., Corona 951-735-7427; www.texasroadhouse.com All hand-cut steaks are served with two sides. Options include USDA choice sirloin, New York

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After previously starring in “the Pillow Man” and “the Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” “true West” will be Pyle’s sixth show with Gestalt. he says that the play is physically demanding for the actors and emotionally demanding for the audience, which he predicts will be highly engaged. “this play demands more from everybody,” he said. Mihelich finds it interesting that he often is cast in roles to play the potentially violent guy — “which is funny because I’m not that way in real life,” he says. “the challenge for me,” he added, “is to be on the edge of violence but not to explode. I’m the kind of actor that if you want me to explode, I can do that. the temptation is keeping a lid on it.” Mihelich says that he has known people in real life similar to Lee, and it’s those experiences he’s calling on when it comes to his guidance for “true West.” the relationship between the brothers is unique, brien says. “they are in fact two sides of the same person. that is one of the driving forces behind the play.” ‘true West’ Where: the box, 3635 Market St., riverside When: 8 p.m. Jan. 13-14, 20-21; 2 p.m. Jan. 15 and 22 Information: theboxriverside.com

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Inland Empire Heart & Stroke Walk

An estimated 6,000 participants recently laced up their sneakers for the Inland Empire Heart & Stroke Walk, an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association’s Inland Empire Division. Proceeds from the event, held this year at Rancho Jurupa Park, will be used in the fight against heart disease and stroke, the leading killers in the United States. Information: www.ieheartwalk.org

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Nov. 25 – Black Friday pet adoption event, with 50 percent off adoption fees. Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, 6165 Industrial Ave.; 951-688-4340; www.petsadoption.com. Dec. 1-15 – Celebration of Giving, 28th annual toy donation drive presented by Children’s Fund. Drop-off locations include San Bernardino County HSS Warehouse, 1140 E. Cooley Ave., San Bernardino. 909-379-0000; www.childrensfundonline.org. Dec. 14 – Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Luncheon, a time to thank volunteers for their service throughout the year. Janet Goeske Center, 5257 Sierra St., Riverside; 10:30 a.m.; 951-351-8800; jgc4seniors.com.

Feb. 18 – Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Expo, hosted by Riverside Community Hospital’s HeartCare Institute. Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth St.; 951-788-3463; www.rchreddressfashionshow.com. March, date TBA – 10th annual Live Your Dream Conference, presented by Soroptimist International of Riverside. soroptimistriverside.org. April 25 – Salute to Service Awards Luncheon, presented by Soroptimist International of Riverside. Tamale Factory, 3663 Main St., Riverside; noon to 1:30 p.m.; soroptimistriverside.org.

Jan. 19 – 40th annual State of the City address and VIP reception. Convention Center, 3637 Fifth St., Riverside; 5:30 p.m. program, followed by mayor’s address; 951-683-7100; www.riverside-chamber.com

Dec. 31 – Annual Lights for Little Lives Memorial Walk, an event to remember children who have died, presented by The Unforgettables Foundation. Walk starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, 11365 Anderson St., Loma Linda; 909-335-1600; www.unforgettables.org.

Feb. 9 – Annual Valentine Dessert Auction. Proceeds benefit service projects selected by Soroptimist International of Riverside. Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth St.; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; soroptimistriverside.org.

Feb. 5 – Super Bowl Golf Tournament, a benefit for The Unforgettables Foundation. General Old Golf Course, 16700 Village West Drive, March Air Reserve Base; $95; 909-335-1600; www.unforgettables.org.

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Feb. 26 – Red Carpet Evening at the Fox, with a red carpet entrance, themed gourmet buffet and cocktails, predict the Oscar winners in several categories then watch the awards ceremony. Fundraiser for the Fox Riverside Theater Foundation. Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside; 4 p.m., with the awards show at 5:30 p.m.; $125; 951-826-5769; www.riversidefoxfoundation.org. May 21 – Primavera in the Gardens, the 18th annual wine and food tasting event, will feature appetizers from local restaurants and caterers and wines from regional vineyards and wineries. Proceeds benefit projects at the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens, including visits by thousands of local school children every year. 2-5 p.m.; 951-784-6962, gardens.ucr.edu. June 12 – 25th annual A. Gary Anderson Memorial Golf Classic, to benefit efforts by Children’s Fund to help at-risk and abused children. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $6.5 million. Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Drive, Rancho Cucamonga; 909-379-0000; www.childrensfundonline.org.


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