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Imagine having pain in your foot. You receive care from your family physician, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, who then refers you to a podiatrist. You also receive help from a physical therapist and a pharmacist. Everyone on your health care team talks to each other about your unique health needs, providing comprehensive services. Western University of Health Sciences wants to make this a reality. And the Pomona, Calif. institution is undergoing the largest expansion project in its 32-year history to accomplish this goal, guided by its Ten-Year Strategic Plan. Western University of Health Sciences is a thriving center for medical, health care and veterinary education, as well as research and community outreach. Chartered 32 years ago on the foundation of educating health care ­professionals to be skillful and compassionate, the university has grown to ­successfully i­ ncorporate five colleges: the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP, 1977), the College of Allied Health Professions (1996), the College of Pharmacy (1996), the College of Graduate Nursing (1997) and the College of Veterinary Medicine (2003). With the success of these five professional colleges, the university is poised to move into the future in an unprecedented and visionary way, with four new colleges opening within the next year. The College of Dental Medicine, the College of Optometry and the College of Podiatric Medicine will welcome their first students in fall 2009. The Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences will begin admitting students in 2010, further positioning WesternU to comprehensively and successfully meet the diverse health-related needs of a growing p ­ opulation in the West. The next step is to weave all of these health professions together through the Interprofessional Education (IPE) curriculum. Students from all disciplines will work together in the classroom and the examination room, learning about each other’s strengths and areas of expertise. By understanding and appreciating other health professionals’ roles, WesternU students will be able to better serve their patients. “We anticipate that the curriculum we will produce will revolutionize medical education in this country and break down the silos that characterize so many health professions campuses today,” said WesternU President Philip Pumerantz, PhD. “In this curriculum, students from many disciplines will learn together in the classroom, in small group venues, and in clinical experiences with patients.” The Strategic Plan’s emphasis on campus expansion is well underway with the opening of the Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center in summer 2008. Construction is underway on the Health Education Center (HEC) and the Patient Care Center (PCC). The Health Education Center will be the new home of COMP, the College of Dental Medicine, the College of Optometry and the College of Podiatric Medicine. Also under construction is the Patient Care Center, which will combine educational programs and optimal patient care in an environment where students from all disciplines will gain an understanding and appreciation for other health professionals. The buildings are expected to be completed in 2010. WesternU also is serving the health care needs of the Inland Empire with the Western University Milliken Family Medical Office at 8112 Milliken Ave., Suite 101-2 in Rancho Cucamonga. Clinic staff believe high-quality care starts with skilled, caring professionals working together to meet patients’ health-care needs, and hope to forge lifetime partnerships between the patients and WesternU’s health-care p ­ rofessionals.   The university contributes to the community in many ways. Students and faculty regularly donate their time and expertise at health fairs throughout the area. The university has also partnered with Pomona Unified School District and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona to create the Pomona Health Career Ladder. The Career Ladder will identify math and science scholars in Pomona schools, then guide them through an undergraduate health/science degree at Cal Poly Pomona and into health professions programs at WesternU through a program-based network of outreach, guidance, mentoring and financial assistance. Six Saturday sessions were held in the 2008-09 academic year for sixth-graders interested in the health professions, and the response from students and parents was overwhelmingly positive. Regardless of how large WesternU becomes, the faculty, administration and students will not lose sight of the reasons they are here. Since its founding, WesternU has built a rich tradition of academic excellence, patient-centered education, lifelong learning and ­professional leadership. When a student examines a tissue sample under a microscope, that represents a human being, Pumerantz said. “That’s a person who has a family,” he said. “When you’re here in school, you will learn to care for human beings. You’re going to be a people person. That’s the philosophy of this university.”

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here’s something about spending a summer afternoon in a dark movie theater with a bucket of hot popcorn and a large soda. Love it. Always have. For two hours it’s possible to leave the real world behind, and at the same time travel to a countless number of places in it. Or simply get a new perspective on that real world. Certainly millions of others have made similar journeys over the years. Down-on-their-luck folks did with Fred and Ginger in the 1930s, GIs did with Betty Grable and Lana Turner in the 1940s, and teens did with invadersfrom-space B-movies in the 1950s. And that’s another great thing about movies — the shared experience. The latest action flick always plays better in a packed house than at home on DVD. As usual for the season, this summer brings an abundance of escapist fare playing at the multiplex — “Land of the Lost,” “Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince,” “The Time Traveler’s Wife” among them. And while I won’t be making every trip Hollywood has planned, I do hope to have the travel ticket punched several times. Until that next trip, it seems like an appropriate time to look at Riverside’s role in the movies. Locations in the city have been used dozens of times, dating back to the early 1900s when D.W. Griffith came to the Mission Inn to film “The Crooked Road.” Last year, the filming activity meant $45.2 million in economic impact for the two-county region. The money is imporant at anytime, but means even more in a challenging economy. In this issue, we also visit what’s becoming a Riverside dining institution — Sevilla, where it’s hard to beat the Spanish cuisine and flamenco dancing. It’s interesting to note that the restaurant grew out of the old Freeland Tractor showroom. There certainly must be other stories like that around the city, and if you have one to share we’d like to hear about it. Until next time, we’ll see you at the movies.

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Think about the challenge of running a marathon — then do it, essentially, with your eyes closed. If that’s not tough enough, run another 57 marathons — each one the same way. That’s what Richard Hargis has been up to since 1989. The Riverside resident, legally blind since birth, admits to spending a lot of his adult life not amounting to much — unemployed, living on disability, smoking four packs of cigarettes a day. At age 43, Hargis decided he needed a change and ran a 10K at Mount Rubidoux — his first such event since running track and cross country in high school. Less than a year later came the San Diego Marathon, which qualified him for the Boston Marathon. Still more marathons followed, including his 10th Boston event in April. He landed a temp job with the County of Riverside, and eventually worked his way into a position with the Assessor’s office. “For a long time I felt like a spectator at a sporting event watching life go by,” Hargis says. “But running gave me a sense of equality and being a part of the human race. It’s opened some doors and I’ve met some great people along the way.” MarathonFoto


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he Riverside County Philharmonic will be honoring military personnel with a rare tribute — the only symphonic concert staged at any national cemetery in the country. Concert for Heroes, held annually since 2001 in Riverside National Cemetery’s outdoor amphitheater, features 50 musicians, fireworks and a lot of patriotic emotions. “It’s a family friendly concert and a wonderful way to remember those who have sacrificed for all of us,” says Barbara Lohman, the Philharmonic’s executive director. “The purpose is to pay tribute to

veterans who have made the commitment to serve our country.” The popularity of the program, which returns at 7:30 p.m. July 2, has grown considerably over the years, according to concert organizer Mike Goldware, a local attorney and member of the Philharmonic Foundation. Fewer than 2,000 showed up for the first one — still a sizable number for the venue — and more than 6,000 were on hand last year. The orchestra will open with fun and patriotic music, including three tunes from the swing era — “American Patrol,” a military march that the Glenn Miller


Orchestra made into a World War II hit; “In the Mood� and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.� Other music will include marches: “Bugler’s Holiday� by Leroy Anderson, John Williams’ “Liberty Fanfare,� and the “Armed Forces Medley,� with music representing the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. The second half of the concert will include a quiet string piece, more lively patriotic music and a finale of “Stars and Stripes Forever� by John Philip Sousa. “A lot of people like going and spreading a blanket on the ground and just listening,� Lohman says. “You don’t have to be in the amphitheater to hear the music.� Conducting this year will be Kris Mettala, the Philharmonic’s music librarian and timpanist. Conductor Patrick Flynn, who was with the Philharmonic for 19 years, died in September and the orchestra has been using guest conductors while the search continues for a replacement. Mettala, who has played in the Concert for Heroes for several years, is preparing for the challenges of conducting in an outdoor venue — most notably, the wind. “You think you have turned the page, and then three or four pages have turned back the other way — but you have to keep conducting,� he says. “The musicians have to deal with the same thing.� Concert for Heroes Where: Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd. When: Thursday, July 2. Pre-concer t enter tainment with bluegrass music begins about 6:40 p.m., with the Riverside County Philharmonic performing at 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free Information:,

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‘AU NATUREL’ JUNE 11-JULY 18  – An exhibit by more than 40 members of Plein Air Ar tists of Riverside. Reception 6-9 p.m. July 2 during Riverside Ar ts Walk on First Thursdays. Riverside Community Ar ts Association, 3870 Lemon St., Riverside; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; free admission to the exhibit and reception; 951-682-6737.

DOWNTOWN STREET JAM JUNE 13  – Concer t series, featuring bands from throughout the area, continues the on the second Saturday of each month. “Blue Days, Jazzy Nights” is the theme for June, with performances by Blue Dice, Tye Fleming, Mark Allen Felton, Jazz Junkies and the Brett Miller Blues Band. Downtown Riverside, corner of Orange and Ninth street; 2-9 p.m.; free; 951-341-6550,

‘KISS ME KATE’ JULY 10-26  – Shakespeare combines with Cole Por ter’s music and lyrics in a fun, melodious and sophisticated musical, where the cast members’ on-stage lives are complicated by what is happening off-stage. Riverside Community Players, 4026 14th St.; $18; 951-686-4030,

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calendar CANYON CREST TOWN CENTRE JUNE – Special events all month long, celebrating the center’s 30th anniversary. Live music and free crafts for the kids, 6:30 p.m. June 2, 9, 16 and 30. Taste of Canyon Crest, sponsored by the Riverside Salvation Army, with dining, silent auction and live enter tainment, June 6. Also: Health Fair at the Canyon Crest Athletic Club, June 13; Flag Day and car show, June 14; Ar t Walk, June 20; Kids Fun Day, June 27. Canyon Crest Towne Centre, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside; 951-686-1222. RIVERSIDE PLAZA EVENTS JUNE-JULY – Average White-Haired Band (classic ’70s rock), June 5; Diego Galindo (flamenco), June 5; Riverside Concer t Band, July 6; Broke String Band (acoustic roots blues band), June 12; Leslie Ellis (1940s and standards), June 12; Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church Senior Adult Choir, June 13; Replay (classic par ty rock), June 13; Them Novus (world acoustic), June 13; Ar thur Murray Dance Par ty, June 19; UC Riverside Salsa Club, June 20; Vincent Nolan (classic rock), June 20; Cadillac Cats (1950s and rockabilly), June 26; Cascada (Spanish guitar duo), June 26; IE Gospel/Jazz Competition and Festival,

June 27; Mobetta Loretta (folk rock), June 27; A Touch of Gray (classic rock favorites), July 3; Kelly McGuire (funky soul), July 11; UC Riverside Salsa Club, July 17; All Female Acoustic Showcase, July 18; Vincent Nolan, July 18; Ar thur Murray Dance Par ty, July 24; IE Gospel/Jazz Competition and Festival, July 25; Fender Center student showcase, July 31. Riverside Plaza, Central Avenue at De Anza; most concer ts 7-9 p.m.; 951-683-1066, ext. 113, THE WINERY AT CANYON CREST JUNE-JULY – Continuing enter tainment, special events. DJ Dave spins ’70s hits, June 5; Richard Alonzo plays classic rock, 7-10 p.m. June 13; Salsa, Maringue and Cumbia night, 7-10 p.m. June 19; Comedy Night with the Laughing Lawyer, others, 8-10 p.m. June 20; Fruit Wine Friday (taste five fruit wines for free), June 26; Wine Tasting 101, learn to taste wines like a pro, 1-2 p.m. June 27; The Secrets, popular music with guitar and vocals, 7-9 p.m. June 27; DJ Dave spins ’70s hits, July 3; Richard Alonzo plays classic rock, 7-10 p.m. July 11; Salsa, Maringue and Cumbia night, 7-10 p.m. July 17; Comedy Night with the Laughing Lawyer, others, 8-10 p.m. July 18; Wine Tasting 101, learn to taste wines

like a pro, 1-2 p.m. July 26; The Secrets, 7-9 p.m. July 25; Fruit Wine Friday, July 31. 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 7A, Riverside; 951-369-9463, ‘THE KENNEDYS: PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY’ THROUGH JUNE 11 – An exhibit of 27 framed black-and-white photographs of the Kennedy family by elite fashion photographer Richard Avedon. The exhibit is on a six-city tour through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Riverside Metropolitan Museum, 3580 Mission Inn Ave.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; 951-826-5273, Also: “Reading the Walls,� an exhibit that tells the story of one immigrant Japanese family, the Haradas, and their quest for the American dream, through Jan. 3; Discovery Days, designed for kids 10 and younger, the third Wednesday of every month. The museum gift shop has a selection of items from local ar tisans, ideas for children’s gifts and natural history publications.






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‘GRACE AND GRAIN’ THROUGH JULY 2 – Sam Maloof retrospective, featuring signature furniture designs, drawings and works in progress by the country’s most celebrated woodworker. Riverside Ar t Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111, www.riversidear Also: “Dream Street by Douglas McCulloh,� an exhibit that puts a human face on the process that has shaped the American dream, through June 13. ‘WISH YOU WERE HERE’ – From luxury hotels to makeshift campsites, a look at vacation getaways from the permanent collection. Also: “Joshua Tree Photo Exhibition,� through July 25; “Agent Orange,� “Concrete Abstractions� and “Sight Unseen,� all through Aug. 29; “Top 40,� July 2-Aug. 22. THROUGH AUG. 29

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That misconception can become costly when you consider long-term care in a nursing home currently averages $56,000i a year, according to the US Government, and is expected to quadruple by 2030.ii People could easily find their assets depleted, their choices limited and their independence gone if they need long-term care but have made no plans to pay for it.

It’s dangerous to assume you’re covered for long-term care. When the need for a nursing home stay or other long-term care arises, you may discover you’re not covered and have waited too long to buy insurance. Long-term care insurance is an important part of a financial plan. I urge people to speak with a financial services professional about their need for long-term care insurance now, before it’s too late to get coverage.

“This survey confirms that Americans need to wake-up to the realities of longterm care,� said Jim Emerman, senior vice

ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES FAIRE JUNE 6 – Eighth annual event with quality antiques, live enter tainment, plant sale, fine ar t show and more. Corona Heritage Park, 510 W. Foothill Parkway; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; free; 951-898-0687,


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‘GUYS AND DOLLS’ – Before “The Sopranos,� “Goodfellas� and even “The Godfather,� the undisputed underworld boss of stage and screen were the guys in this show, which is being staged by Performance Riverside. Landis Performing Ar ts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 2 and 8 p.m.; $25-$43; 951-222-8100,,


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And chances are good they will need long-term care. Statistics released by the Health Insurance Association of America say that after age 65, Americans have more than a 70 percent chance of needing some form of long-term care, whether it’s an aide coming to their home, a stay in an assisted care facility or an extended stay in a nursing home.iii Younger people may also need long-term care if they’ve had a stroke, for example, or been in an accident.

RIVERSIDE SINGS JUNE 2-3 – Open auditions for the second annual vocal competition. The top 14 will perform and be judged at the Downtown Street Jam on June 13 and July 11. Cesar Chavez Community Center, 2060 University Ave., Riverside; 6 p.m.; $20; 951-826-2000,

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MUSIC SAUSAGE FESTIVALCARNIVAL JUNE 20 – The Woodie Johnson Band and Jody Maroni present a community fair with music, carnival rides, raffles, exhibits and food. Fender Center for the Performing Ar ts, 365 N. Main St., Corona; 4-10 p.m.; free for spectators; 951-735-2440,

CONCERTS IN THE PARK JUNE 26 – The first of five Friday night concer ts. Bring a chair or blanket and cooler (no alcohol) and enjoy the series, which continues through July 24. California Citrus State Historic Park, 9400 Dufferin Ave., Riverside; 6:30 p.m.; free; 951-780-6222. ICE CREAM SOCIAL – An afternoon of free ice cream, lemonade, Victorian games and enter tainment. Heritage House, 8193 MagnoliaAve., Riverside; noon to 4 p.m.; free; 951-826-5273.


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liver Stone, D.W. Griffith, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman and Elvis Presley are all a part of Riverside’s movie history. So is “Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death.” One common denominator is they all have brought notoriety and some wealth to the city and to the rest of the Inland Empire. “What’s nice about having a production crew come to town is they don’t impact our services — they don’t use our hospitals or schools, and rarely do they impact our roads,” said Sheri Davis, director of the Inland Empire Film Commission. “All they leave is money.” Last year, $45.2 million was added to the IE’s economy thanks to film, television, commercials and other productions. While that was down from previous years, it’s still a nice chunk of change that was spent at local restaurants, hotels and other businesses. Elvis Presley in “Speedway”


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Davis and the commission’s deputy director, Dan Taylor, have earned their paychecks time and again by bringing Hollywood film crews to Riverside and San Bernardino counties. One example of that was “Nixon,” the 1995 biopic directed by Stone and starring Anthony Hopkins as the 37th president and Joan Allen as the first lady. The real Richard Nixon and Patricia Ryan were married in 1940 at the Mission Inn, but filmmakers were planning to use a studio set when they re-created the event for a brief scene in the movie. Davis learned about that from the location scout, then convinced him that nothing would beat using the real thing. “We were able to bring them off of the stage and into the actual property, which made the scene so much better as far as the location was concerned,” Davis said. When a film crew goes on location, there’s no such thing as traveling light — even if it’s for a quick shot, such as the one in “Nixon” or another one in the high-flying “Space Cowboys.” More than 120 people were in the “Cowboys” cast and crew that descended upon the March Field Air Museum for a scene in the 2000 movie. Eastwood, portraying an aging flyboy called up for one more mission, was

filmed checking out a plane that he flew earlier in his career. It was a one-day shoot, but required about 20 behind-the-camera personnel to arrive a day early to prepare. They stayed the next day to get the museum back to the way they found it. Order in the court

Although “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” was mostly shot in

Boston, a number of scenes in the comedy starring Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito needed to be redone. It would have been costly to fly everyone for a return trip across the country, so enter location manager Scott Allen Logan. He recalled checking out the historic Riverside County Courthouse for possible use in another project, the pilot for the short-lived TV series “First Monday.”

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Built in the early 1900s with Ionic columns and classic sculpture, the courthouse proved to be a terrific stand-in for “What’s the Worst.” About 160 people were in Riverside for about a week shooting new scenes for the movie. The activity came during an already busy time in the city. “There was a lot of set-up and a lot of juggling because the Orange Blossom Festival was going on,” Logan said. “We shot during a weekend so we could take full advantage of the public spaces in the courthouse. It’s such a spectacular building.” The old Riverside International Raceway enjoyed an even better run at attracting both movies and stars. In the late 1960s, Newman brought “Winning” to the track, which at the time was a marquee stop on the auto racing circuit.

‘With 27,000 squa re miles in the two - cou nty region, there a re literally hu nd reds of places that ca n double for a nywhere in the world.’ — Sheri Davis, director of the Inla nd E mpire Film Com mis s ion The late actor and racing enthusiast, who won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, returned to RIR often to test cars and also watch competitions. “If he was at a race and you came up and asked him about one of his movies, he would pretty much blow you off,” said Bruce Ward, director of the Riverside International Automotive Museum. “But if you asked him about racing or one of his cars, he would talk to you no matter who you were.” Numerous movie and television

productions used the raceway, which after a successful 32-year run closed in 1989 to make way for the Moreno Valley Mall and other developments. James Garner was at the raceway for “Grand Prix” in 1966, and two years later Presley came to shoot “Speedway” and Dean Jones revved up “The Love Bug.” In the neighborhood

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was a feminist university professor hired by the feds to scour the Avocado Jungle for a group of women known to cook and devour men. She hired a male chauvinist (Bill Maher) to be her guide. One scene had Tweed driving a Jeep on the sidewalk by the front of UC Riverside’s Tomás Rivera Library and past the distinctive arches. The movie was campy, sure, but it certainly must have some significance. After all, like “Slumdog Millionaire,” last year’s Oscar-winning best picture, “Cannibal Women” has its own page on Wikipedia. UCR archivist Chuck Wilson had fun watching “Cannibal Women,” but figures campus officials weren’t all that impressed by it. “They’re not going to put the movie down as one of the high points of the university’s history, that’s for sure.”

Richard Nixon and Patricia Ryan exchanged their wedding vows at the Mission Inn, and director Oliver Stone restaged the event for the movie “Nixon” at the same place.

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Movies, TV shows that used Riverside locations Benedict Castle • “Two on a Guillotine” (1965) Connie Stevens, Dean Jones, Cesar Romero

Cafe Sevilla • “Cafe Tango” (2001)

Castle Park • “Neverland” (2003) Deborah Quayle

Galleria at Tyler • “Blink-182: The Urethra Chronicles” (1999) video documentary

March Air Reserve Base • “The Astronaut’s Wife” (1999) Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron • “Beyond the Line of Duty” (1942) Ronald Reagan (narrator) • “The Colgate Comedy Hour” (1952 and 1955) three episodes of the television series with hosts Eddie Cantor and Bob Hope

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• “Command Decision” (1948) Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson • “The Cross-Eyed Fiddlin’ Yak” (2004) Matt Rober ts • “Eagle Eye” (2008) Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis • “Hot Shots!” (1991) Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino • “I Wanted Wings” (1941) Ray Milland, William Holden, Veronica Lake • “Learning to Fly” (2005) Natalie Plant, Marion Kerr, Bernie Hourihan • “The Red Line” (2008) Alexandra Cheyney, Ben Cornish • “Space Cowboys” (2000) Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner • “Taken by Force” (2009) Jeff Osterhage, Frank Stallone, James Russo • “Today We Live” (1933) Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Rober t Young; location used for the aerial sequences

Mission Inn • “Black Samurai” (1977) Jim Kelly • “Blind Date” (2001) episode of the television series • “Boots” (1919) Dorothy Gish • “Buddy Buddy” (1981) Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Paula Prentiss • “The Challenge of Chance” (1919) Jess Willard, Arline Pretty, Al Har t • “The Crooked Road” (1911) directed by D.W. Griffith • “The First Legion” (1951) Charles Boyer, William Demarest, Barbara Rush, Leo G. Carroll • “Idiot’s Delight” (1938) Clark Gable, Charles Coburn, Norma Shearer • “Kingpin” (2003) NBC miniseries with Yancey Arias, Brian Benben • Lay’s potato chips commercial (1996) Miss Piggy • “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” (1993) episode of the television series

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Riverside County Courthouse • “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” (2001) Mar tin Lawrence, Danny DeVito, John Leguizamo (also at the Mission Inn)


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Riverside International Raceway • “The Betsy” (1978) Laurence Olivier, Rober t Duvall, Katharine Ross, Tommy Lee Jones • “CHiPs” (1979) “Drive, Lady, Drive” episode of the television series with Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox • “The F.B.I.” (1965) “Ring of Steel” episode of the TV series with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. • “Fireball 500” (1966) Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian • “Grand Prix” (1966) James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand • “Hardcastle and McCormick” (1983) episode of the television series with Brian Keith, Daniel Hugh Kelly • “The Killers” (1964) Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes, Claude Akins, Ronald Reagan • “Knight Rider” (1982) episode of the television series with David Hasselhoff • “The Love Bug” (1968) Dean Jones, Michele Lee, Buddy Hackett, Joe Flynn • “On the Beach” (1959) Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins (also at the Mission Inn) • “Roadracers” (1959) Joel Lawrence, Marian Collier • “The Rockford Files” (1974) episode of the TV series with James Garner • “Route 66” (1960) episode of the TV series with Mar tin Milner, George Maharis (also at the Mission Inn) • “Speedway” (1968) Elvis Presley,

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Nancy Sinatra, Bill Bixby, Gale Gordon • “Stacey” (1973) Anne Randall, Alan Landers, James Westmoreland • “Thunder Alley” (1967) Annette Funicello, Fabian • “Winning” (1969) Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Rober t Wagner, Richard Thomas • “Viva Las Vegas” (1964) Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, William Demarest

Sherman Indian Institute • “Redskin” (1929) Richard Dix

UC Riverside • “Boys & Girls” (2000) Freddie Prinze Jr., Claire Forlani, Jason Biggs, Amanda Detmer; in the university’s Science Library • “Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death” (1989) Shannon Tweed, Bill Maher, Adrienne Barbeau • “Genesis II” (1973) television show with Alex Cord, Mariette Har tley, Ted Cassidy • “Incrimination” (2008) Michele Boyd, David Scott • “Indecision” (2006) Isabel Galan, Alex Perez • “It’s a Mismatch” (2006) Anubhav Anand, Anupam Kher • “Slackers” (2002) Devon Sawa, Jason Schwar tzman, Jaime King Sources: Inland Empire Film Commission, Internet Movie Database, Mission Inn, Riverside International Automotive Museum

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80-year-old structure, with the installation of 1,640 seats, plush carpet and decorative light fixtures among the major items on the to-do list. Much of that work was expected to be finished by late July or early August. So far, the biggest challenge has been bringing the 1929 theater up to presentday accessibility and earthquake codes, according to Brian Holmes, project manager with Bayley Construction.

“It was real difficult,” he said. “There were certain things we needed to keep intact, and we wanted to have minimal visual impacts as well. That was a big part of the challenge.” Another hurdle was resurrecting the vibrant colors of the interior. “We had to go through the records and plans, then scraped back to see what colors were there so we could match them,” said Robert Wise, project


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businesses and governments to apply for federal grants to help fund energy-saving projects. Millions of dollars for funding those local projects might be netted by way of President Barack Obama’s stimulus package, especially since the country’s leader has some green visions of his own. “You have a different reception from federal and state agencies when you’re talking as 4 million people rather than one small city,” Sahabi said. But what Sahabi envisions is a far stretch for other local movers and shakers to see. “Whenever you have new ideas that involve change, people aren’t comfortable,” he said. “They like the status quo. That’s why some people can’t see what others can see.” Sahabi made waves throughout the early 2000s when some local officials and developers thought he was almost crazy for creating a plan to develop homes, retail shops, office space and parks on property adjacent to Corona that was contaminated and flooded from years of silica mining. “Some people said I was some rich brat from L.A., just throwing around money,” he said. “They didn’t realize I came (to Los Angeles) with nothing.” It took almost 10 years, but Dos Lagos eventually became a reality. You could credit the man himself, but Sahabi

With shops, restaurants, a park and other amenities situated close to home, the layout of Dos Lagos encourages residents to leave their cars at home.

says his family values guide his business decisions. Before immigrating to Detroit in 1978, and then to Los Angeles in 1984, Sahabi was born and raised in Iran. His mother died in a car accident when he was 11. Nonetheless, the values mom and dad impressed upon Sahabi stayed with him. “She made me understand that your life is not just about satisfying your needs, but impacting your community,” he said, reminiscing about his mother. That philosophy can reap profit, too, and Sahabi isn’t ashamed to admit it. “I came to realize it’s good business,” he said. He’s even established SE Corp., his Corona-based developing company, on pillars that reflect what he calls a respect for nature, respect for community and respect for public-private collaboration. “They don’t pay attention to the community as much as they should,” Sahabi said about some developers. “When you respect someone, they respect you.”

It’s an attitude bound to bode him well as the green sparkle in his eye grows bigger every year. “Ali’s vision is refreshing,” said Lori Vanarsdale, chairwoman of the Ontariobased California Inland Empire District Export Council and former Hemet councilwoman. “He’s got new insight as to our potential here in the Inland Empire.” With Sahabi’s green vision, he’s seeing things that others don’t, Vanarsdale said. “Enthusiasm allows you to do things better than you really know how,” she said. “Even if he didn’t have the slightest idea of how he’s going to do this, his enthusiasm is infectious. He’s putting his money where his mouth is.” A breakthrough for Green Valley Initiative could be on the horizon this year as it seeks outside dollars to kick-start Sahabi’s goal — a green Inland Empire. “We’re still trying to get everybody on board, and we will,” Sahabi said. “It’s just a matter of time.”

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Customers enjoy private dining at Sevilla.

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At Sevilla, tasty tapas are only part of the journey


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apas. By definition, it comes from a Spanish word meaning cover or top. Back in the days when gentlemen sat in taverns enjoying their sherry, they would use a piece of bread, cheese or ham to cover the glass to keep pesky flies out of the sweet drink. And while that may not be an issue today, the tradition of tapas lives on at Sevilla.

Housed in a two-story structure that’s filled with character, it would have taken a lot of imagination to envision such a beautiful restaurant a dozen years ago, says general manager Jack Glass. At that time, pillars, a roof and a cement slab were all that remained of the old Freeland Tractor showroom. It took an extensive effort lasting three and a half years at a cost of more than $10 million to create the restaurant we see today. Guests enter a lovely open room with a small fountain, vaulted ceilings and an iron staircase leading to the bar upstairs. The outside of the building reflects the historic look of downtown Riverside’s Mission Inn district. In addition to the dining room and bar, Sevilla also has a room where a flamenco dinner show is presented on Saturday evenings. The restaurant’s menu changes about four times a year to accommodate the seasons, recently adding a platter with four cheeses, two cold cuts, chutney, quince jam and breads. Diners also can choose from tapitas, signature tapas, platters, brochetas and paella, plus a variety of soups and salads. Tapitas include many choices — specialties of the house, plus vegetarian and fusion choices, which combine traditional Spanish ingredients with world cuisines. These small plates feature items like dates stuffed with cabrales blue cheese and wrapped in bacon, and pulpo a la gallega (a classic tapa of octopus and young potatoes seasoned with olive oil and pimenton).

Seafood crepe tapas

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Flamenco dancer Vanessa Albalos performs at Sevilla.

That’s entertainment Executive chef Cesar Castillo

There are many others including a seafood crepe and a beef empanada — one of the fusion choices. Executive chef Cesar Castillo’s signature tapas include imported Jamón Ibérico, which is made from black Iberian pigs and cured in the remote mountain villages of Spain. Steamed black mussels are presented with a choice of broth. There are platters, such as the cheese and cold cuts mentioned earlier, and others designed to suit individual tastes: meat lovers, olive lovers and samplers with four different tapas. Six paella choices include black

An evening at Sevilla can mean more than just good food, because there’s also enter tainment — and lots of it. Every evening, a guitarist and singer can be heard in the bar, while dance music rotates in the Sevilla nightclub — everything from hip hop to electro to retro. On Thursdays, it’s salsa with dance lessons at 8:30 p.m. The big enter tainment, however, happens on Saturday night. That’s when flamenco takes the stage. Guests enjoy a three-course dinner of Ensalada Sevillana followed by paella valenciana, Spain’s famous rice dish with mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, scallops, roasted chicken and sausage cooked with saffron. A rich chocolate espresso créme brulée finishes the traditional Spanish feast. While guests taste the Catalonian culinary delights, a flamenco dancer takes the stage, bringing an energy to the floor that resonates with excitement. The sound of the dancer’s heels thunders across the floor as the vibrant music plays. It’s definitely more than just dinner — it’s an experience. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. with the first show star ting around 7.




ocio Carrera is not your average, run-of-the-mill flamenco dancer — if there is such a thing. She took up flamenco dancing while she was working on her second doctorate. Carrera received her first in experimental psychology at UC San Diego and was working on her second in molecular biology at Scripps when she decided she needed something to relieve stress. Now, after years of studying the art form in the U.S. and in Spain, she’s passionately devoted to the dance. Carrera has been on the stage at Sevilla for five years, the longest of any of the restaurant’s dancers, performing twice a week with her fiancé, Oscar Aragon, who plays the guitar and sings with her. They have become so devoted to flamenco, they started a studio in San Deigo, where they teach guitar, percussion, singing and — most important — traditional flamenco dancing. The students range from toddlers to people in their 60s and, according to Carrera, the best dancers are the ones with more life experience. That doesn’t surprise her since the dance is based on life experiences. Flamenco has been part of the Spanish culture for more than 500 years, blending the passionate musical story telling of the gypsies with influences from India, the Moors who occupied Spain for more than 800 years, Sephardi Jews and Castillion folklore. It has a rich and diverse heritage. Carrera would like to explore that heritage by expanding her studio into a cultural center where students will be able to study the history and folklore of flamenco as they learn the art form. ­— Betts Griffone

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Shrimp Ajillo Serving portions 4 p&d, 13-15 count shrimp 2 ounces white wine 1 ounce olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh garlic slices ½ teaspoon pimenton dulce 1 chile de arbol 1 tablespoon chopped roma tomatoes Pinch sea salt Pinch ground black pepper Method for serving In a hot sauté pan, place olive oil, garlic slices and chiles, then cook until garlic is golden brown. Add shrimp and cook 1 minute each side. Add roma tomatoes, cook for 2 minutes. Add white wine and reduce in half. Add pimenton dulce. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Place in tapitas plate and serve. Garnish with lemon wedges.

Flan Yields 15 8-ounce cup molds 8 cups heavy cream 12 whole large eggs 8 egg yolks 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon salt 4 cinnamon sticks 1 lemon zest 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Grilled Spanish Sausages

Directions Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a sauce pan, warm up heavy cream, cinnamon stick and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, yolks, lemon zest, salt and sugar until it turns pale. In a separate sauce pan, melt sugar until it caramelizes. Pour caramel sugar in flan molds and place in a pan, then fill with water until 3/4 full. Bake for 30 minutes. After its already baked, quickly place in refrigerator to chill.

paella prepared with fresh squid ink and topped with seafood — an item rarely seen on menus. After all this, if diners are still feeling a little peckish, they may order one of the many entrées including chicken in a sweet sherry and Jerez vinegar sauce with figs and raisins, or pork tenderloin in a honey port sauce. Sevilla also serves grilled porterhouse steak with a choice of three sauces, several fish selections, lobster tail and Basque rabbit with rosemary and thyme in a Rioja red wine sauce.

Serving portions 2 red onions, ¼-inch slice, pre-cooked 2 halves of each, grilled: ¼ chorizo, ¼ morcilla and ¼ chistorra sausage pieces 1 ounce brandy Method for serving Grill sausages whole. Cut 4 slices per sausage. Pour olive oil into a hot sauté pan. Add sausages and onions, then sauté for 2 minutes. Add brandy and flambé together. Place onions and sausages in tapitas plate. Garnish with chopped chives and peppers.

There are more than 80 Spanish wines, as well as wines from Argentina, Chile and California. Once a month, the restaurant presents a wine dinner, pairing Spanish wines with special Spanish entrees. Delicious food, of course, is just one reason to visit Sevilla. With its warm Spanish ambience, it may feel like a short trip to the Iberian Peninsula. Sevilla 3252 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside 951-778-0611, Hours: 4:30-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday

Spanish cheese and meat platter

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Master sommelier Elizabeth Schweitzer pours wine during a class at Ciao Bella Ristorante in Riverside.

A fine time to wine Wr it te n by Bet t s G r if fone Photo by E r ic Reed


he French paradox – that’s what became the tipping point for wine in America,” says Elizabeth Schweitzer, a master sommelier since 2005 at Ciao Bella Ristorante in Riverside. When people heard they could protect their heart by enjoying a couple of glasses of wine each day, it changed wine from a snooty, upper-class drink into one that’s enjoyed by the masses. They were suddenly wandering down aisles, looking at labels and trying to decipher what the big deal was all about.


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That was about 15 years ago. Today, grocery markets as well as liquor stores have aisle after aisle of white and red and pink wines hailing from all over America and Europe, and also South Africa, South America and Australia. Wines made from grapes with names not familiar in America are reaching the shelves of the local mega mart and wine shop alike. Wine knowledge has increased, but even the novice can find a good selection by reading the label or, even better, by asking a retailer which wine would go best with the salmon, roast beef or Chinese food they plan to have that night. Riesling, by the way, goes well with Chinese. “The best part about all of this,” says Schweitzer, “is that the wines are getting better and better and there are very drinkable wines at reasonable prices.” Schweitzer’s mantra: “Food with wine and wine with food.” Put another way, wine is meant to complement food, so it’s important to know how to pair

them. And that’s what she teaches during her wine classes at Ciao Bella. There are even occasions when the Ciao Bella chefs do a cooking class in conjunction with the wine talk. It’s a great opportunity to learn about wine and food. For more information, call the restaurant at 951-781-8840 or visit Top picks Wine selections by master sommelier Elizabeth Schweitzer: Cremant de Bourgogne, $10.99, Trader Joe’s Castoro Viognier, $9.99, Trader Joe’s Cambria Chardonnay, $14.99, Pavilions Sea Ridge Syrah, $3.99, Pavilions Gruet Blanc de Noirs (sparkling), $14.99, BevMo Antinori Orvieto, $10.99, BevMo Los Primos Malbec, $13.99, Wine Styles Maxwell Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, $24.99, Wine Styles

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Great pours dba256 Gallery Wine Bar Wine bar, ar t gallery, daily tasting, lounge. 256 S. Main St., Pomona; 909-623-7600; J. Filippi Winery Wine store, daily tasting, tours, gift shop. 12467 Base Line Road, Rancho Cucamonga; 909-899-5755;

Don Galleano is owner of the award-winning Galleano Winery in Mira Loma.

Where to taste, what to taste


ERE’S the real juice on local wineries, specialty shops and stores with expanded and distinctive selections where tasteful pours can be found at affordable prices. Enjoy! We also visit Galleano Winery in Mira Loma, which is Riverside County’s oldest winery. It was designated in 1993 as a county Historical Landmark and a state of California Point of Historical Interest. In 2003, Galleano Winery was added to the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historic Places. And in that historic setting, visitors can sample many of the winery’s delicious selections. Recommendations by thirdgeneration wine maker Don Galleano include limitedproduction Cucamonga Valley Zinfandels, aged ports from syrah and zinfandel grapes, and lucious sweet-sipping sherry wines. Galleano still farms more than 400 acres of grapes unique to the Cucamonga Valley, and Galleano Enterprises is the largest shipper of grapes in the Southland. “When people think of Galleano, they think of grapes that are grown in the Cucamonga Valley,” Galleano says. Galleano Winery is at 4231 Wineville Road, Mira Loma; 951-685-5376; Gino L. Filippi can be reached at

LaBodega Wine & Spirits Wine store with hundreds of selections — both domestic and impor ts from around the globe. Also sells liquor and beer. 3512 Central Ave., Riverside; 951-683-3307;

Packing House Wine Merchants Wine store, daily tasting, appetizers. 540 W. First St., Claremont; 909-445-9463; San Antonio Winery Wine store, daily tasting, gift shop. 2802 S. Milliken Ave., Ontario; 909-947-3995

The Wine Tailor Wine store, daily tasting, tours, gift shop. 8916 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga; 909-481-5050; Thornton Winery Wine store, daily tasting, tours, restaurant. 32575 Rancho California Road in Temecula. 951-699-0099;

Liquorama Fine Wine & Spirits Wine store, tasting area, accessories. 901 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland; 909-985-3131; Pacific Wine Merchants Daily tasting, lounge and cigar patio. 210 E. A St., Upland; 909-946-6782;

South Coast Winery Wine store, daily tasting, tours, gift shop, spa, restaurant, villas. 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula; 866-994-6379 http://wineresor

Time In A Bottle Wine store, daily tasting, café. 344 Orange St., Redlands; 909-307-0353; Wilson Creek Winery Wine store, daily tasting, restaurant, gift shop. 35960 Rancho California Road, Temecula; 951-699-9463; The Winery at Canyon Crest Wine tasting in a friendly bistro atmosphere, wine gifts, accessories and custom-labeled offerings. Live music, DJs and comedians on a rotating schedule. Canyon Crest Towne Centre, Suite 7-A, Riverside; 951-369-9463;


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ERE ARE SOME noteworthy restaurants selected from our rotating list. We suggest before going that you confirm information, and we solicit your help in correcting errors. We also invite your feedback on dining experiences. ABBREVIATIONS & PRICING RS, reservations suggested. (While some restaurants suggest reservations on cer tain nights, others request them only for par ties of five or more.) FB, full bar. $ mostly under $15, $$ mostly under $20, $$$ mostly under $50, $$$$ above $50


CIAO BELLA RISTORANTE 1630 Spruce St.; 951-781-8840, Casual fine dining indoors or on the patio. Rober t Ciresi on guitar Wednesday nights. Wine classes are available. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa. RS, FB, $$ DUANE’S At the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-341-6767, Premier steakhouse and seafood restaurant, which has a top-shelf wine list and has received the AAA Four Diamond award every year since 1996. Dinner M-Sa., brunch Su. $$$ FARFALLA’S CUCINA ITALIANA 5250 Arlington Ave.; 951-354-5100, Pizza, pasta and calzones, with specialty items like eggplant, chicken and veal parmigiana. Lunch and dinner daily, except Saturday when only dinner is served. $ GRAM’S MISSION BAR-B-QUE PALACE 3527 Main St.; 951-782-8219 An assor tment of barbecue items, plus jambalaya, creole chicken, meat loaf, pork chops and more have been served at this Riverside institution for the past two decades. $

Camarones al mojo de ajo at Las Campanas Photo by Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino

LAS CAMPANAS At the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-341-6767, Authentic Mexican cuisine served in a beautifully landscaped outdoor garden. Lunch M-Sa., brunch Su., dinner nightly. $ MARIO’S PLACE 3646 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7755, Chef Leone Palagi’s take on nor thern Italian cuisine has been praised far and wide. Live contemporary jazz performers Friday and Saturday nights. Dinner M-Sa., lunch Fri. RS, FB, $$$

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MARKET BROILER 7119 Indiana Ave.; 951-276-9007, More than a dozen varieties of fresh fish, steak, pasta, wood-fired oven pizza and more. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $ MISSION INN RESTAURANT 3649 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-341-6767, Signature “comfor t foods” prepared in a new state-of-the-ar t display kitchen. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch M-Sa. $ THE OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY 3191 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-784-4417, Several varieties of pasta dishes (mostly spaghetti, of course), salads and desser ts that include decadent chocolate mousse cake and mud pie. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $

OLIO RISTORANTE At the Marriott, 3400 Market St.; 951-786-7147, Nor thern Italian steak and seafood with an eclectic California twist. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. FB, $$

La Bodega, established in 1964, is the Inland Empire’s premier wine and spirits retailer. #1 Premium Vodka in Russia. 4 times distilled, twice filtered through charcoal.

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dining featuring Spanish and coastal cuisine. Nightclub with live music and dancing every night, plus a flamenco dinner show weekly. Lunch and dinner Su.-F, dinner Sa. FB, RS, $$$

WEST THE AULD DUBLINER Galleria at Tyler, 3775 Tyler St.; 951-354-6325, Beef stew, shepherd’s pie and other traditional Irish dishes, plus burgers, sandwiches and wraps. RS, FB, $

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Tuna nicoise salad with lemon vinaigrette at Ciao Bella Ristorante Clements using locally grown seasonal produce, served in an intimate 40-seat dining room. Dinner M-Sa. RS, $$$ THE ROYAL FALCONER 4281 Main St.; 951-684-4281, Chicken, salmon, ribs, burgers and English specialties in a hometown FB, $ pub-type atmosphere.

CITRUS CITY GRILLE Riverside Plaza, 3555 Riverside Plaza Drive; 951-274-9099, Steaks, seafood, lamb, chicken, pasta and more. RS, FB, $$

SAFFRON 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-367-1396 Ar t lovers will find this boutique restaurant inside the Riverside Ar t Museum, serving a prix fixe menu. Lunch M-F, dinner F-Sa. $$ SEVILLA Mission Inn Ave.; 951-778-0611, Casually elegant dining experience

KILLARNEY’S RESTAURANT & IRISH PUB Riverside Plaza, 3639 Riverside Plaza Drive; 951-682-2933; Visit Dublin without leaving the States at Killarney’s, where you can enjoy a glass of Guinness in a pub that was built in Ireland and reconstructed at Riverside Plaza. Order traditional Irish fare, including bangers and mash and Harp beer-battered fish and chips, or choose American favorites like prime rib and burgers. FB, $

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LOUNGE 33 Riverside Plaza, 3639 Riverside Plaza Drive; 951-784-4433, More than 30 creative cocktails are on the drink menu, and friendly Lounge 33 bar tenders are always coming up with new concoctions. The latest ones include a selection of “spring-tinis,” with fresh orange, pomegranate and other fruity juices. Several large appetizer platters — perfect for sharing — are served. DJs spin tunes Wednesday through Sunday at the family owned and operated nightspot. OLIVIA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 9447 Magnolia Ave.; 951-689-2131 Traditional Mexican fare, including burritos, tacos and chile relleno. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $ PF CHANG'S CHINA BISTRO Galleria at Tyler, 3475 Tyler St.; 951-689-4020, Soups and salads, plus traditional Chinese favorites. Grill menu includes marinated New York strip steak, salmon and ahi tuna. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $ T.G.I. FRIDAY’S Galleria at Tyler, 3487 Tyler St.; 951-354-8400, Casual dining chain featuring burgers and

sandwiches, sliders, chicken, ribs and steaks. Five TVs in the bar. Lunch and dinner daily.

FB, $

THE YARD HOUSE Galleria at Tyler, 3775 Tyler St.; 951-688-9273, Upscale-casual eatery with a menu that includes pastas, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, ribs and chops. Keg room visible from the dining area and 130 taps are available at the bar. Lunch, dinner and late-night dining daily. RS, FB, $


CREOLA’S RESTAURANT 1015 E. Alessandro Blvd.; 951-653-8150, Chicken, filet mignon, lamb, meat loaf, pork and several varieties of fish. Dinner Wednesday through Sunday. $$ CREST CAFE 5225 Canyon Crest Drive; 951-784-2233 Burgers, pasta, salads and other American and Italian favorites. Traditional breakfast menu includes omelettes, pancakes and waffles. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $ GERARD’S EVE BISTRO 9814 Magnolia Ave.; 951-687-4882,

French cuisine in an intimate bistro atmosphere. Dinner entrees include beef bourguignon, duck confit, garlic shrimp and veal milanese. Dinner W-Su., Sunday brunch. $$$ GRA-POW RESTAURANT 497 Alessandro Blvd. No. D; 951-780-1132, Thai food with California and Pacific Rim accents. Dishes include cashew chicken, pad gra pow, roasted curry stir fried with a choice of meats, and chicken with Thai barbecue sauce. Beer and wine available. Lunch and dinner daily. $ SMOKEY CANYON BBQ & CATERING 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, No. 9; 951-782-8808, Burgers, sandwiches, catfish, chicken, ribs and more. Bar area has two TVs. Lunch M, lunch and dinner Tu.-Su. FB, $ UNIVERSITY CAFE INC. 1400 University Ave., No. A109; 951-686-6338 Chinese cuisine, including sweet and sour pork, Cantonese soy chicken and curry chicken. Combo meals for $6.45 include a drink. Lunch and dinner daily. $

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Lots to do right here in town Wr it te n by A my Be nt ley


lanning a getaway this summer? Why not stay close to home? There’s a wealth of fun activities and places to check out right here in Riverside. For live music or the arts, downtown is the place to go. Because if exploring the hidden hallways, courtyards and architecture of the Mission Inn doesn’t throw the imagination into overdrive, nothing will. “It is a discovery,” Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge says of the Mission Inn. “Every time you walk through it, you find something different.” The Mission Inn, which dates to the early 1900s, attracts thousands of tourists annually. Many come for the Festival of Lights during the holiday season, while the four award-winning restaurants and Kelly’s Spa are popular attractions throughout the year. “People come from Los Angeles and they have no idea this exists,” says Chris Johnson, the Mission Inn night manager and museum docent. “Once they are here, they fall in love with the downtown area.”

The courtyard of the Mission Inn

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Fun seekers enjoy a rollercoaster ride at Castle Park.

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And there’s plenty to fall in love with: • Exhibits at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside Art Museum, UCR/ California Museum of Photography and other locations. • Spectacular views from the top of Mount Rubidoux. • Unique dining options ranging from the tasting menu at Restaurant Omakase created by a chef who worked his culinary magic at New York’s prestigious James Beard House, to the highly regarded Northern Italian fare at Mario’s Place, to selections with a Spanish flair at Sevilla. • Historic buildings along Mission Inn Avenue: the First Congregational and Universalist Unitarian churches, Riverside Municipal Auditorium and the Fox Theatre, which will reopen in January after an extensive upgrade. (For an update on the Fox rehab, turn to Pages 28-29.) Speaking of history, it comes alive at the California Citrus State Historic Park, which resembles a 1900s city park and features a visitor’s center, picnic area, trails, displays of antique farming equipment and citrus groves on 377 acres. Free concerts are scheduled June 26 to July 24.

• Experience arts and culture — for free: Enjoy ar t galleries, museums, live music and multi-cultural programs downtown during First Sundays, the Riverside Ar ts Walk and the new Downtown Street Jam. On the first Sunday of the month from October through May, youths enjoy free activities from 1-4 p.m. Ar ts Walk is the first Thursday of the month from 6-9 p.m. Seventeen locations downtown offer tours, talks, ar t gallery openings and more. Street Jam takes place the second Saturday of the month when local bands sound off at the intersection of Orange and Ninth streets. Call 951-341-6550 for Street Jam information., www.riversideculturalconsor • See living history: Visit California Citrus State Historic Park, 9400 Dufferin Ave., to learn about the citrus industry. 951-780-6222, • Visit a museum or three: Learn about ar t, history, Native Americans, snazzy race cars and military aircraft. Options include March Field Air Museum,; Riverside Ar t Museum, www.riversidear; Riverside International Automotive Museum,; Sherman Indian Museum,; Riverside Metropolitan Museum and the 1891 Victorian Heritage House,; and the World Museum of Natural History at La Sierra University, • Go wild: Explore nature at its best at the 439-acre UC Riverside Botanic Gardens (, Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, and the Santa Ana River Wildlife Area and its Hidden Valley Wildlife Area ( “It’s a spectacular setting,” Mayor Ron Loveridge says of Hidden Valley, which features an equestrian area. • Take in a play: Performance Riverside and the Riverside Community Players offer theater shows for the entire family. 951-222-8100,, 951-369-1200, • Tour the Mission Inn and its museum: Explore this one-of-a-kind landmark hotel during a 75-minute tour led by Mission Inn Foundation docents., For reservations, call the foundation at 951-781-8241 or the museum at 951-788-9556. • Shop till you drop: Visit the Galleria at Tyler, Riverside Plaza or the Canyon Crest Towne Centre, a local neighborhood shopping center. Find retail outlets at • Enjoy the ballet: The California Riverside Ballet Theatre presents classical and contemporary ballet performances. 951-787-7850, • Find family fun: Cool off this summer at Ice Town (951-637-3070, or bowl at Arlington Lanes (951-688-2695, or AMF Riverside Lanes (951-353-2695, Other fun places include Castle Park (951-785-3000,, which offers rides and miniature golf; Adams Motorspor ts Park (951-686-3826, www.adamsmotorspor, where go-kar ts rule; and the nostalgic Van Buren Drive-In Theatre, “It’s kind of old-fashioned and they have a whole new state-of-the-ar t projection system,” the Mission Inn Museum’s Chris Johnson said of the Van Buren Drive-In.

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Restaurant Omakase in downtown Riverside Ph ot o by E r ic R e e d

Live music also fills the air during the recently launched Downtown Street Jam, which happens the second Saturday of every month except December. “It’s the hottest thing,” says Natasha Ferguson with Riverside Downtown Partnership, which sponsors the event. “Everybody is really excited. It’s been getting a lot of good feedback.” Blues and jazz bands are scheduled to play June 13, and rockabilly is on tap for July 12. Fairmount Park is the place to enjoy the Rhythm of Riverside Summer Nights in the Park concert series, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays June 24 through Aug. 12. The concerts are free. After parking the car, transportation really isn’t an issue in the downtown area. Several museums, art galleries, boutiques, antique shops and restaurants are within walking distance of each other. Taking advantage of that fact is the new historic downtown walking guide, which can be found online at Parking, by the way, is free after 5 p.m. weekdays and all weekend long. The Riverside Transit Agency’s bus service is a convenient and inexpensive option for getting around. Bus routes serve the downtown area, plus malls, golf courses and other hotspots

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here’s nothing fun to do in the Inland Empire. I have to go to The City to find anything worthwhile. I would guess you’ve heard that or even said it yourself once or twice. But I wonder how much of that is true and how much is part of the residual “the IE is in the middle of nowhere” myth. That myth, I would argue, was brought in from the coast during the Great Inland Migration of the 1990s, which made this one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Moving vans filled Riverside and San Bernardino counties with former Los Angelinos — of Babyface which I am one — accustomed to the large number of options available in the “entertainment capital of the world.” I developed similar thoughts about the Inland Empire, after coming here a couple times before quickly retreating to where there was something to do. In 1986, I migrated to Riverside permanently and during that first year I believed that free-time diversions were scarce in the IE and would head back to L.A. at every opportunity. I came to realize that there were, in fact, things to do — it was just a matter of wanting to find them.


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I disposed of my own pre-conceptions and discovered a lot of entertainment opportunities. More recently, I found even more “doable” things. I was at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino during a Babyface concert, in the middle of a vocally appreciative crowd enjoying one of the giants in the world of R&B. Fans sang along to “Two Ocassions,” and then yelled out that this was the Inland Empire when Babyface complimented their enthusiasm. The casinos have made world-class entertainment easily accessible to IE residents. Earth, Wind & Fire, Seal, Blue Man Group, Alan Thicke, Jennifer Hudson, Bill Cosby, Big & Rich, Jay Leno and more have come to San Manuel, Pechanga or one of the other casinos to perform. Depending on where you live, a 45-minute drive or less will deliver you to a venue where some of the greatest artists in the world perform. Too much of our lives are spent waiting to start living “just as soon as...,” only to realize late in the game that “just as soon as” never comes. Make this day one that you enjoy wherever you are — even if it’s in the IE. Rickerby Hinds is associate professor of playwriting and MFA graduate advisor at UC Riverside. E-mail him at

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hen it comes to spectacular views, it’s hard to beat Alessandro Heights. Just ask Susan and Albert Figueroa. From an expansive, hilltop grassy field behind their Tiger Tail Drive home, a large valley is spread out before them. The view, with wide open spaces and lush vegetation, were what sold the Figueroas on the neighborhood. The houses — some are 30 years old and modestly sized, while others are newer mansions behind decorative iron gates — populate an area that remained

largely undeveloped until the late 1950s. Most of the land is zoned RC (residential conservation), which seeks to preserve Riverside’s ridgelines. Home styles run the gamut from Tudor to Cape Cod to ranch to Spanish to country. Susan Figueroa appreciates the variety. While there is no homeowner’s association to set down rules, there are no hideous pink houses either. Most of the homes have gorgeous, beautifully landscaped front yards. Tall, mature trees provide a canopy of shade on

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many older streets. “Alessandro Heights is not like a planned community with four choices of homes. That’s why we like it,” said Figueroa, who moved to the area with her husband five years ago. The Figueroas own a DJ company, Happy Crew Productions, and Albert is the Alessandro Heights representative to the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership. Mother Nature is one of their neighbors. It’s not unusual for residents to see and hear coyotes and owls at night, or to see hawks circling above. One night when Albert was out walking his dog, he saw a mountain lion in the shadows. The cat stood still for a moment, then

continued walking. Retiree Pete Erickson, who has lived in Alessandro Heights since 1978 and is one of the original homeowners, loves the neighborhood’s peaceful atmosphere and low crime rate. “It’s been such a nice place to live and a great neighborhood to raise kids,” he said. The boundaries of Alessandro Heights are generally defined as Washington Street on the west and south to the city limits past Bradley Street, to Wood Road on the east. The northern boundary is a large arroyo. “It has a lot of open space and a very ‘country’ feeling,” said Eva Yakutis, Riverside’s housing and neighborhoods








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located on land with a slope of 15 percent or greater. The idea was to protect the land from too much grading and scarring and to preserve its natural beauty, said Riverside Planning Director Ken Gutierrez. Much of Alessandro Heights has developed over the years into an upscale community with custom-built mansions and gated homes. Riverside-based Pulte Homes is building a development called Stellan Ridge, with one- and two-story homes ranging in size from about 3,700 square feet to almost 7,000 square feet on one-acre lots. Prices start at $678,000 and go up to nearly $1 million. Other planned developments have had a tough go of it with the economic downturn and real estate nose-dive. Twenty custom homes were supposed to be built on a cul-de-sac with amazing 360-degree views in a development called Via Montecito, but the lots remain


bare. Only a new childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playground and a bocce ball court have been built on the street, while the home sites remain for sale. A main street that cuts through Alessandro Heights on the west side is Overlook Parkway, which dead ends at a large arroyo. Across the open divide, the road continues on the other side and homes dot the hillside. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Plan, which includes a provision to build a bridge and connect Overlook Parkway on both sides of the arroyo, has residents up in arms. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned about the potential for excessive traffic, which they fear will flood the area to Washington Street if the Overlook bridge is built. The Figueroas donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want their quiet neighborhood clogged with commuter traffic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People living on this side of the arroyo will do our best to stop it,â&#x20AC;? Susan Figueroa said.

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ennis anyone? Riverside’s newest public park is a great getaway for tennis enthusiasts — both novices and pros. The Andulka Park Tennis Center features 10 lighted courts — including a stadium court for tournaments and a clay court — along with a staffed pro shop. And if tennis isn’t your game, Andulka also has two ball fields, two basketball courts, two sand volleyball courts, a children’s playground and a splash pond. “It’s a universal playground,” says Councilman Rusty Bailey, who represents Ward 3, which includes the park. “It’s a multi-sport facility, but the tennis center is the showcase.” The complex is operated by a private contractor, iTennis of Pasadena, which charges fees for public use of the courts and sells memberships. Tennis classes and clinics, taught by professional coaches, are offered for both youth and adults, along with leagues, tournaments and other activities. The city is not paying iTennis for its management of the new tennis center, which Bailey says is a good deal considering that iTennis also is responsible for security and maintaining the courts. It would be costly for Riverside to provide the same level of services that iTennis provides, he adds. The tennis center brings “a highquality tennis experience to the average resident without them having to pay

a lot of expenses or country club fees,” says Scott Harris, assistant director of tennis for iTennis. The May 2 grand opening attracted about 800 people, and the Andulka Park Tennis Center — along with the rest of the park’s amenities — has proved to be a welcome neighborhood addition. “It’s been very well received,” Harris says. “There’s no place like this probably within 40 or 50 miles.” Land for the 30-acre park was donated more than 20 years ago by the Roos family. Charles Roos, a former UC Riverside professor, requested the park be named Andulka, or “little Anne” in Czech, in honor of his wife. Funding was not previously available to complete the

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consider sending your child to a college without an official campus tour. Almost every college offers frequent tours for prospective students and their parents, but there are some secrets to making the most of these preview trips:

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Depending on competition for the slots at the school and summer travel plans, it pays to find out when tours are available and how far in advance reservations need to be made. Find out if the tour includes a session with an admissions counselor and whether prospective students can sit in on a class or even spend a night in the dorms. Keep the time of year in mind when planning a visit. A summer trip to a school in Maine — or in Nevada, for that matter — may not give a student the true picture of the kind of weather they’ll be enjoying (or not enjoying) for a good portion of the school year. In fact, visiting any campus during the summer, school holidays or weekends won’t offer an accurate view of what the student population is like or how crowded the campus feels from September through May. To get a better picture, visit on a weekday while classes are in session.

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social? Or do they all have their heads in books? Finally, pick up a school newspaper and check out the bulletin boards. They offer a quick and easy way to see what’s happening on campus and even provide insight into whether the political and social scene are a good fit for your child. Too often, high school students select a college or university based on a perception they may have or because of a certain program that’s being offered without actually visiting the campus. Those students are taking a big risk, said Emily Engelschall, the director of undergraduate recruitment at UC Riverside. “For some students, the first time they step onto the campus is for orientation,” she said. “But if the campus has a feel that’s completely different from what they visualized, they won’t be happy. “It’s important to really get a feel for the campus environment — what the buildings look like, how students interact on campus (and other factors),” she added. Be a consumer

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Public colleges, universities Riverside Community College District 3845 Market St., Riverside, CA 92501 951-222-8000, Founded in 1916, the college offers more than 100 programs leading to an associate’s degree, career cer tificate, or transfer to a four-year college or university. As a testament to its reach, RCC has educated members from one out of every three area families and also brought more than $20 million in grants to the community. Besides the main campus, RCCD also has facilities in Moreno Valley and Norco. Cal Poly Pomona 3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768-2557 909-869-7659, As one of just a few polytechnic universities nationwide, Cal Poly Pomona integrates technology into a traditional liberal ar ts education as well as into the applied sciences. Its hallmark is its learn-by-doing philosophy. Par t of the California State University system, the university covers 1,438 acres and maintains a working Arabian horse ranch alongside avocado groves. With 21,000 students, Cal Poly Pomona emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but offers more than 65 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs and 13 teaching credentials/cer tificates in seven colleges and one professional school. Cal State Fullerton 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831; 714-278-2011, Par t of the 23-campus California State University system, CSUF is a comprehensive regional public university with a global outlook located in suburban Orange County. Established in 1957, the campus serves more than 37,000 students and encompasses 236 acres. The university offers 55 undergraduate and 50 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. Cal State San Bernardino 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407; 909-537-5000, Established in 1965, CSUSB is one of the fastest growing universities in California with more than 17,500 students and 2,100 faculty and staff members. Located on 430 acres at the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, the university offers more than


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70 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs and a variety of education credential and cer tificate programs. CSUSB is also one of the nation’s largest teachertraining institutions. UCLA 1147 Murphy Hall, Box 951436, Los Angeles, CA 90095; 310-825-3101, This is one of the most popular campuses in the nation and California’s largest university (55,676 students applied for UCLA’s 2009 freshman class). With an enrollment of 27,000 undergraduate and 11,500 graduate students, the university, based in Westwood, offers more than 323 degree programs and majors, and ranks among the nation’s top five institutions in research funding. UC Riverside 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521 951-827-1012, Par t of the world-class University of California system, UCR’s 1,200-acre campus in Riverside is a living laboratory for the exploration of critical issues, such as air, water, energy, transpor tation, agriculture, politics, the ar ts, history and culture. With 16,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students, UCR offers 80 bachelor degree programs, 46 master’s degree programs, 38 doctorate programs and 17 California teaching and administrative credential programs. UCR’s School of Medicine is expected to open in 2012.

Private universities California Baptist University 432 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92504 951-689-5771, Founded in 1950, California Baptist University is a liberal ar ts university with 4,000 students studying in 90 undergraduate majors and concentrations. The 110-acre Riverside campus is affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention — the only Southern Baptist college or university on the West Coast. California Institute of Technology 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125; 626-395-6811, Known as Caltech, this private research university is widely considered one of the top 10 universities worldwide in most college rankings. With a strong emphasis on the natural sciences and engineering, Caltech operates and manages NASA’s neighboring Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also in Pasadena. Although Caltech only enrolls about 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the school claims 31 Nobel laureates as alumni or faculty. La Sierra University 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92515; 800-874-5587, The Seventh-day Adventist denomination established La Sierra University in 1922 on land that was formerly par t of the Rancho

La Sierra Mexican land grant. Today, the institution in Riverside provides more than 120 bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs for its 2,000 students. Ranked one of the nation’s most diverse campuses, it has also been honored for the high level of community service performed by its students. Occidental College 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041 323-259-2500, With a 10-to-1 student-faculty ratio, Occidental, based in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Eagle Rock, is often ranked in college guides as one of the nation’s best small colleges. With its learn-by-doing approach, undergraduates conduct original research. Majors are offered in 29 areas, or students can design their own course of study. Pepperdine University 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263 310-506-4000, Located on 830 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, Pepperdine is a Christian university with about 8,300 students. Its five schools are Seaver College, School of Law, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Graziadio School of Business and Management, and School of Public Policy. University of La Verne 1950 Third St., La Verne, CA 91750 909-593-3511, Founded in 1891, the university offers 70 majors in liberal ar ts and professional programs and a full spectrum of degrees, including bachelors, masters, doctoral and law. With 1,685 students, class sizes are small, with a 12:1 student-faculty ratio. University of Redlands 1200 E. Colton Ave., Redlands, CA 92373 909-793-2121, The University of Redlands is a private, independent liberal ar ts and sciences university located on 160 acres near downtown Redlands. With an enrollment of 4,400 students, the school offers students a personalized education and emphasizes

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academic rigor, curricular diversity, and innovative teaching. USC University Park Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90089; 213-740-1111, A global center for the ar ts, technology and international trade, the University of Southern California boasts 17 professional schools and is one of the world’s leading private research universities. With 16,500 undergraduate and 17,000 graduate students, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive oppor tunities for internships and study abroad. Whittier College 13406 E. Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA 90608; 562-907-4200, Founded in 1887, Whittier College is a four-year residential liberal ar ts college. Situated on 74 hillside acres and enrolling about 1,500 students, the college offers 30 majors in 23 disciplines, or the option of a self-designed major through the Whittier Scholars Program.

The Claremont Colleges Claremont McKenna College 500 E. Ninth St., Claremont, CA 91711 909-621-8000, Specializing in economics, political science, international relations and public policy, the 1,200-student college is also home to the Rober t Day Scholars Program, which offers both an undergraduate program and a master’s program in finance.

Harvey Mudd College 301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711 909-621-8000, Harvey Mudd is considered both a liberal ar ts college and one of the premier math, science and engineering colleges in the nation. With about 750 students, Harvey Mudd offers nine math-, science- and engineering-based majors, all grounded in a solid core curriculum that includes humanities and social science courses. Pitzer College 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, CA 91711 909-621-8000, This liberal ar ts college offers more than 40 major fields to its 950 students, focusing on interdisciplinary, intercultural education with an emphasis on social responsibility and community service. Pomona College 333 N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711 909-621-8000, The founding member of The Claremont Colleges (established in 1887), the 1,400-student liberal ar ts college is consistently ranked among the top colleges in the nation. Scripps College 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont CA 91711 909-621-8000, The leading women’s college west of Massachusetts, this 770-student college emphasizes a core curriculum based on interdisciplinary studies in the humanities combined with rigorous training in the disciplines.

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Beverly Baird, left, John Vanlancker, Tiffany Keeler, Mark Borquez, Michelle Ebert Freire and Dave Foltz

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Donna Dahl, assistant director of Riverside County Department of Mental Health, left, Sue Moreland, Cindy Finley, manager of PATH in Palm Desert, and Beverly Baird, ArtsWorks Performance Troupe member

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riverside area rape crisis center The Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center’s 28th annual Dinner, Auction Gala attracted more than 200 people recently to the Victoria Club. KNBC news anchor Colleen Williams and Paul Gill, Alvord School District assistant superintendent, were the auctioneers. Proceeds will help pay for a 24-hour hotline, hospital advocacy, community education and other programs

Event chairman Jan Duke, left, Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff Jr. and Jennifer Sniff

Amy Harrison, left, Stan Morrison, RARCC Executive Director Larry McAdara and Jessica Morrison


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offered by the organization, which covers much of western Riverside County. The success of the fundraiser “demonstrates again a lot of the support that we receive from the community regardless of the economic climate,” said Larry McAdara, RARCC executive director. For more information, call 951-686-7273 or visit

Sandy Grewal and Councilman Frank Schiavone

Jon Dudley, left, KNBC news anchor Colleen Williams, Lee Fraley and KNBC Inland Empire bureau chief and reporter Mary Parks

Photos by Greg Vojtko

Nancy Harris, left, Sandy Schnack and Amy Murphy

Dudley and Sylvia Crawford, left, RARCC board member Elva Johnson and Les Johnson

Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenneth M. Young, left, and Tracey Vackar

David and Aubrey Riedeman, left, Anna Palmer and Cameron Farrand

c alifornia b aptist university Photos by Frank Perez

The Spirit of Excellence Gala, held recently at California Baptist University, raised more than $140,000 for scholarships to benefit students studying a range of disciplines. During the event, nearly 400 attendees met CBU students and learned about some of the important issues they have been working on and plan to pursue after graduation. Among them, nursing majors who help at community hospitals and senior centers, a criminal justice student who wants to work with victims of sex crimes, and others who have traveled to Rwanda to help survivors of the genocide. “The event has always been studentfocused, but this time we really wanted to highlight our students and their achievements,” said Christina Gordon, CBU’s institutional advancement development official. “They are passionate about academics and impacting the world.” Dozens of companies donated items for the silent auction, ranging from Ancho’s Southwest Grill to the Zoological Society of San Diego. Entertainment was provided by a Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four. For more information, call 951-343-4355 or visit

Fred and Carol Faulkner, left, with Don Oaks

Ralph Neal, chairman of the board of California Baptist Foundation, left, Shirley Neal, and Bob and Margaret Hollis

California Baptist University President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, left, and Rodney Couch

Susan Haley and Jane Ellis

Joyce and Dr. Dean Lowe, left, with Jean and Dr. Mark Wyatt

Brad and Charlene Ormonde, left, with Lorraine and Jeffrey Lasseigne

Ferne, left, Shelby and Lisa Collinsworth

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Anette and Steve Nunn, left, Amy Carpenter and Ruthan Smith

Marine Palamutyan, left, and Wissam Kabbara, director of “Letters From My New Home”

Len Nunney, left, Arlee Montalvo, Andy Melendrez and Nick Carbone

Wally Schlotter, executive producer of “Residue,” left, Nancy Douglas, Nicole Olmstead and Adam Welch


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A starry night opened the seventh annual Riverside International Film Festival recently at Regal’s Riverside Plaza Stadium 16. William Devane was the guest of honor, and a champagne reception included a tribute to up-and-coming filmmakers. More than 100 features, documentaries and short films were screened during the 10-day event, which didn’t shy away from tackling important topics. Films addressing human rights issues worldwide were screened on one of the days, with the selections sponsored by the Riverside Human Relations Commission. Information:

“April Moon” director David Asmussen, left, Stephanie Reibel and Bill Whinna

Aman Ullah, left, Sue and Mangala Shaker and Akshaya “Ash” Sheth

John Mukherjee, left, Dr. Harki Dhillon and William Devane

Photos by E r ic Reed

Donna Powers, left, Raj and Nita Gandhi



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California Baptist University 8432 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-343-4439, June 2: Lancer Golf Classic, East Valley Golf Club, Beaumont. Proceeds benefit CBU scholarship fund.

Salon, 3600 Lime St., Suite 115, Riverside; 951-276-1475.

Carolyn E. Wylie Center for Children, Youth & Families 4164 Brockton Ave., Riverside; 951-683-5193,

Riverside Community Health Foundation 4445-A Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-788-3471,

Center on Deafness Inland Empire 3576 Arlington Ave., Suite 211, Riverside; 951-275-5000,

Salvation Army 3695 First St., Riverside; 951-784-4490, June 6: Taste of Canyon Crest at Canyon Crest Towne Center. Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army

March of Dimes 3600 Lime St., Suite 521, Riverside; 951-341-0903,

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children 9991 County Farm Road, Riverside; 951-358-4305, Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery 4414 14th St., Riverside; 951-683-1840, June 6: Four th annual Founders Celebration, 6-8 p.m.; $50; 951-683-1818.

Soroptimist International of Riverside P.O. Box 1631, Riverside 92502; 951-784-5316,

Habitat for Humanity Riverside 2121 Atlanta Ave., Riverside; 951-787-6754,

Riverside Humane Society Pet Adoption Center 6165 Industrial Ave.; 951-688-4340, June 8: Golf “Fore” the Animals. Victoria Club, 2521 Arroyo, Riverside; $195 per golfer, $695 per foursome.

Jefferson Transitional Programs 3839 Brockton Ave., Riverside; 951-686-5484,

Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center 1845 Chicago Ave., Suite A, Riverside; 951-686-7273,

Locks of Love 561-833-7332, July 12: Cut-a-thon; everyone who donates 10 inches of their hair gets a free haircut. Also accepting monetary donations. Bello

Riverside City College Culinary Academy 4800 Magnolia Ave.; 951-328-3663, June 12: Springtime in Paris fundraiser.

Six-course dinner, enter tainment, auction, raffle. Riverside Marriott, 3400 Market St.; 6 p.m.; $75; 951-955-2271. Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation June 22: Golf tournament to benefit students in the Riverside Unified School District. Canyon Crest Country Club, 975 Country Club Drive, Riverside; noon shotgun star t, 5 p.m. dinner; $150; 951-7887135, Ext. 80412 Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation 7150 Brockton Ave., Suite 201; 951-6822753, Oct. 15: RMCF 25th anniversary event, Riverside Convention Center, 5:30-9 p.m. Second Harvest Food Bank 2950 Jefferson St., Suite B, Riverside; 951-359-4757 October/November: Chipping in to End Hunger Teen Challenge, Inland Empire 5445 Chicago Ave., Riverside; 951-683-4241, July 11: All you can eat pancake breakfast, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Includes puppet shows, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, tours of historic castle, clowns and jewelry making. Sept. 26: Steak barbecue/fundraiser banquet YWCA of Riverside County 8172 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-687-9922, June 18: Professional Women’s Council

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Men of distinction More than 3,400 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coast guardsmen have been recognized for acts of bravery and heroism with the Medal of Honor — the nation’s Ysmael R. Villegas • March 21, 1924 - March 20, 1945 • Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, World War II • Buried at Riverside National Cemetery Citation: In the Philippine Islands, on March 20, 1945, Villegas “was a squad leader when his unit, in a forward position, clashed with an enemy strongly entrenched in connected caves and foxholes on commanding ground. ... Numerous enemy riflemen, refusing to flee, continued firing from their foxholes. Villegas ... charged an enemy position, and (then) rushed a second, a third, a four th (and) a fifth foxhole, each time destroying the enemy within. ... He pressed onward to attack a sixth position. As he neared his goal, he was hit and killed by enemy fire. ... Villegas, at the cost of his life, inspired his men to a determined attack in which they swept the enemy from the field.” Noteworthy: Villegas was the first person buried in Riverside National Cemetery on Nov. 11, 1978, after his body was transferred from Olivewood Memorial Park.

highest military decoration. Four recipients are buried in Riverside. To read each citation in full, visit the U.S. Army Center of Military History at

Mitchell Paige • Aug. 31, 1918 - Nov. 15, 2003 • Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, World War II • Buried at Riverside National Cemetery Citation: On Oct. 26, 1942, in the Solomon Islands fighting Japanese forces, “when the enemy broke through the line directly in front of his position, Paige, commanding a machinegun section with fearless determination, continued to direct the fire of his gunners until all his men were either killed or wounded. Alone, against the deadly hail of Japanese shells, he fought with his gun and when it was destroyed, took over another, moving from gun to gun, never ceasing his withering fire against the advancing hordes until reinforcements finally arrived. Then, forming a new line, he dauntlessly and aggressively led a bayonet charge, driving the enemy back and preventing a breakthrough in our lines.

Cornelius C. Smith • 1869 - 1936 • Corporal, 6th Cavalry, U.S. Army, Indian Wars • Buried at Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery Citation: Near White River, South Dakota, on Jan. 1, 1891, “with four men of his troop, drove off a superior force of the enemy and held his position against their repeated effor ts to recapture it, and subsequently pursued them a great distance.” Noteworthy: Smith’s family has been a par t of numerous major events in U.S. history, dating back to the American Revolution, according to attorney Mike Goldware, chairman of the committee that established the Medal of Honor Memorial at Riverside National Cemetery. Among them, his grandfather fought at the Alamo and his uncle fought for the Union during the Civil War.

John Henry Balch • Jan. 2, 1896 Oct. 15, 1980 • Pharmacist’s Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, World War I • Buried at Riverside National Cemetery Citation: On July 19, 1918, in Vierzy, “Balch unhesitatingly and fearlessly exposed himself to terrific machine-gun and highexplosive fire to succor the wounded as they fell in the attack, leaving his dressing station voluntarily and keeping up the work all day and late into the night unceasingly for 16 hours.” And at Somme-Py on Oct. 5, 1918, “he exhibited exceptional bravery in establishing an advanced dressing station under heavy shell fire.”

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