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Beautiful night-sky blues and citrus orange were in ar tist Anna Vanover’s palette recently when she began a special project. She likes to paint daily, but it’s not every day that she paints a massive bell like the one now on display at the Riverside Ar t Museum.




Some folks give when they’re asked. Others join in when called. But a few wake up and ask, “What can I do? Where can I help?” Heroes? They may shrug at the term, but Riverside is a better place because of what they do.




Doctors and other key members of the health team at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Riverside understand what it means to need care and not be able to get it. They pitched in for a community surgery day to help those who have fallen on hard times.


The Festival of Lights, the Dickens Festival, shopping in and around the city and other holiday events — a preview to the winter delights of Riverside.


Meet Andrew Corr, a Stanfordtrained engineer who decided on another path. He is now a thirdgeneration physician practicing at the Riverside Medical Clinic.


You may have heard of Redlands’ Mar tha Green. She’s had cookbooks, radio segments on KVCR, her own restaurant-bakery, and, well — cookies to die for. She shares her holiday baking secrets.



Jayray Freeman Fiene puts it bluntly: students have a right to go to college. He’s the dean of Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Education, and he’s on a mission.

From the editor 6 Calendar 18 Health 34 Taste 60 Dining guide 70 Seen 76-81


On the cover Anna Vanover at the Riverside Ar t Museum Photo by Gabriel Luis Acosta

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Concert to benefit the Cesar Chavez Memorial Fund

Saturday, December 3 HOLIDAY MATINÉE

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from the editor

From concept to cover


was a simple idea: Take part of Riverside’s iconic symbol, the bell from the raincross, decorate it for the holidays and feature it on the cover of Riverside Magazine. But which one? And how? The raincross has long been associated with the city. Designed more than a century ago by Mission Inn owner Frank Miller and architect Arthur Benton, it became the city’s official symbol in 1968 and today may be found all over the community — on buildings, street signs, light posts, above the Riverside Art Museum entrance . . . We approached MJ Abraham, the RAM’s executive director, and asked her what she thought about using some garland and twinkling lights to decorate the museum’s bell and its 9-foot-tall raincross frame for our holiday cover. Abraham liked the idea and went one better: Have artist Anna Vanover, Photo by Gabriel Luis Acosta already a popular contributor to the museum’s Art & Sole fundraiser, create something truly special. But first, the bell had to be moved downstairs to the atrium — no easy task given the entire unit is awkward to carry and weighs about 300 pounds. Once situated, Vanover started working her magic. And as the curious watched, she spent about eight hours spread over four sessions painting holiday scenes around the bell’s entire circumference. Her finished work, featured here and on the cover, may be viewed in person at the RAM until at least Jan. 8, the final night of the Festival of Lights. Abraham and Vanover took an idea, improved it and turned it into a wonderful gift to the community. Their engagement and buy-in is just the sort of thing you find all over Riverside. It makes the city an exciting place, and one that cares for its own. There are many other people just like them; writer Carla Sanders profiles a few for us in our Heroes of Giving feature in this issue. The doctors, nurses and other folks who participated in a community surgery day at Kaiser Permanente — offering free medical care to patients who could use some assistance — also fit that category. They are inspiring stories for this, or any, season. Happy holidays.

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Night lights, festive sights Riverside’s historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa — always a beautiful place to visit — becomes a spectacular holiday showplace during the Festival of Lights. Adorned with more than 3.6 million brilliant lights and more than 400 animated figures, the Mission Inn is the centerpiece of a celebration unlike any other. Entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, freshly fallen snow, ice skating and appearances by Santa Claus and his reindeer are among the highlights. The 19th annual festival opens Nov. 25 with a celebratory lighting ceremony and fireworks display, and continues through Jan. 8. Festival of Lights The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 800-843-7755, Photo by Gabriel Luis Acosta

holiday events CHORAL CONCERT DEC. 1 – Holiday concer t featuring the UCR Chamber Singers and Choral Society. UC Riverside’s Ar ts Building Performance Lab, 900 University Ave.; 8 p.m.; 951-827-4331, MASTERS OF HARMONY DEC. 4 – Christmas carols and other seasonal songs performed by the celebrated masters of à cappella choral music. Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 3 p.m.; $25-$35; 951-779-9800,

7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 2 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11. Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church, 8351 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-689-5700, SMOOTH JAZZ CHRISTMAS DEC. 9 – Holiday show with saxophonist Dave Koz. Pechanga Resor t & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, near Temecula; 8 p.m.; 877-711-2946,

RIVERSIDE MASTER CHORALE DEC. 4 – “Carmina Burana,� plus holiday favorites and an audience sing-along. Ramona High School Auditorium, 7675 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 4 p.m.; $15, $12 for seniors;

‘THE NUTCRACKER’ DEC. 9-11 – California Riverside Ballet production of the classic, featuring New York City Ballet principals Janie Taylor and Sebastien Marcovici as Sugar Plum and Cavalier. Scott Dunn, the acclaimed pianist and conductor, will lead a live orchestra. Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; $19-$49; 951-779-9800,

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CARILLON RECITAL DEC. 10 – Popular and traditional holiday music played on UC Riverside’s 48-bell carillon. 900 University Ave.; 3 p.m.; free, $5 parking permits at the information kiosk;

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‘A Christmas Carol’ — trendy then and now VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE DEC. 11 – An 1890s-style Christmas with caroling, autoharps, dulcimers, bagpipes, homebaked sweets, fresh-cut greens for handmade wreaths and mistletoe. Heritage House, 8193 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free admission and parking; 951-826-5273, HANUKKAH FESTIVAL DEC. 20.– Seventh annual Hanukkah festival, presented by Chabad Jewish Community Center, takes place in front of the Historic Cour thouse with a menorah lighting and other holiday festivities. 4050 Main St., Riverside; 5:30 p.m.; 951-222-2005, TWELFTH NIGHT JAN. 7 – Old Riverside Foundation’s Victorian celebration returns, featuring a four-course progressive dinner. Three dinner sittings scheduled beginning at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit historic preservation in Riverside and the Inland Empire. Heritage Square Historic District, Riverside; $85; 951-683-2725,

“A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic tale of redemption, lives on with the help of the English author’s ancestors. Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-greatgrandson of Charles Dickens, will brings his one-man theatrical show to Riverside on Dec. 19 when he performs “A Christmas Carol” during an afternoon tea at the Riverside Marriott hotel. That evening, he will do a desser t performance of “Mr. Dickens is Coming” at the Riverside Community Players Theater, 4026 14th St. The story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge remains popular for basic reasons, says the 48-year-old Dickens. “It’s a darned good story and it’s got darned good characters in it. People love reading great stories with great characters,” he said. “The things he was writing about are just as relevant today as they were in the Victorian era — the issues of the distribution of wealth and the gap between the rich and poor. He was very good at getting these messages out in a not-so-lecturely way and in an

enter taining way. “Wherever I perform, people tell me of their memories of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ ” he added. “People still want to talk about it, and that fills me with a huge sense of pride. It’s the best script you could ever ask for.”

— Amy Bentley

Riverside Dickens Festival Riverside Convention Center and Plaza, 3443 Orange St. Jan. 7-8 951-781-3168,

The Riverside County Philharmonic and Music Director Tomasz Golka Present



Musical Explorations 2011-2012 Season ~ Fox Performing Arts Center

January 7, 2012 ~ 7:30pm “All aboard the Orient Express”

March 10, 2012 ~ 7:30pm “Music among friends”

May 19, 2012 ~ 7:30pm “Heroes of the People”

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Guest Artist Gary Hoffman, cello

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Thanks to the handiwork of artist Anna Vanover, at left, the Riverside Art Museum’s iconic bell features brightly colored holiday scenes from the city. The bell will be on display in the museum atrium through Jan. 8.

The world as a canvas Anna Vanover adds her artistic talents to a range of objects — including the Riverside Art Museum’s raincross bell Written by Amy Bentley Photos by Gabriel Luis Acosta

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RT HAS ALWAYS been a part of Anna Vanover’s life. As a little girl, she loved to paint. Today, the self-taught artist enjoys tackling diverse artistic challenges that go well beyond putting a brush to canvas. “Anything is a potential starting point for art,” said Vanover, who has painted on everything from furniture to plates to living room walls. She recently worked her creative magic on several pairs of shoes for Riverside Art Museum’s Art & Sole fundraiser, including a pair of baby shoes she covered with animals for every letter of the alphabet.

Behind the art Anna Vanover has created thousands of works of ar t. Here’s the story behind three of them:

• Two clay sculptures depicting German shepherd police dogs, were commissioned by a police officer. One of the dogs, killed in the line of duty, was the officer’s beloved partner. “I love the stories behind these commissions. Everyone wants to tell you their story, and I find that endearing in our world today.”

A Riverside resident since 2003, Vanover recently completed a unique holiday assignment for Riverside Magazine and the Riverside Art Museum — painting scenes of Riverside and its iconic symbols on the raincross bell that normally rests above the museum’s front door. Earlier in her career, Vanover, 45, mostly painted portraits of animals and children in storybook attire to give them a timeless quality. Now she makes much of her living selling miniature, intricately

crafted animal sculptures online. “I sort of just set my brush out and start,” Vanover said of her technique. “I don’t sketch anything out beforehand. I skip that whole sketching part. When I was in school that was sort of frowned on. I like seeing something evolve. With pencil lines, I have to stay within those boundaries.” One career highlight came in 1998, when Vanover designed the War Dog Memorial at March Air Field. A pet food company making a documentary about dogs in war commissioned her to sketch some soldiers and their dogs for the large sculpture. She was touched by the way soldiers depended on their dogs to help them survive, particularly in Vietnam, where Vanover’s brother and father had served. “All those soldiers had wanted those dogs to be memorialized somehow,” she said. “Those dogs were the last little shred of humanity that they had.” Vanover’s goal is to paint every day. It might be a small piece, or something much larger, but rarely does a day go by without her picking up a brush. “If I’m not actually painting, I’m thinking about what I’m going to do next,” she said. “It is an extension of who I am.”

• “The Old Barn,” a painting of a rustic structure that also shows the daughter and grandchildren of the woman who commissioned the work. She wanted the painting to include two horses and the family dog as well. “It was actually a very challenging piece. I worked from probably 50 different photographs.”

•“Rhythm for the Brain” (2010). For a psychiatrist who specializes in helping patients recover from brain injuries, she designed the cover of a CD featuring songs that Vanover and her husband wrote to help stroke victims. “What made it close to my hear t is that after that project my cousin was in an accident and lost a lot of brain capacity. I sent her the CD, and it really helped her. Then my mother had a stroke and it really helped in her recovery.” Check out more of her creations at and on Facebook.

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This set of four ceramic tiles is emblazoned with the raincross symbol patented in 1908 by Frank A. Miller, founder of the Mission Inn, and his architect, Ar thur B. Benton. $24.95. Mission Inn Museum, 3696 Main St.; 951-781-8241,

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Love to shop? Retailers along Riverside’s pedestrian mall are stocked with a wealth of items that will appeal to the treasure hunter in everyone. Here are a few items that caught our attention during a recent visit.

These tin litho friction vehicles date to the 1950s, and are par t of a large selection of vintage collectible toys. Train enthusiasts also have a lot to choo-choo-choose from. Prices vary. Our Treasure Chest, 3563 Main St.; 951-686-5200

Guys, show your civic pride with a 100 percent silk tie featuring the raincross, Riverside’s symbol. Also available in red. $42.95. Mission Inn Museum, 3696 Main St.; 951-781-8241,

At Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, it’s easy to lose track of time browsing the thousands of knick-knacks you never knew you needed but now you can’t live without. This assor tment includes a candle, soap and lotion, and everything can be gift-wrapped. Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, 3675 Main St.; 951-683-0221

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Mission Inn’s suite experience The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is taking the wraps off a magical experience that will have guests right in the middle of the Festival of Lights. After an evening of enjoying the 3.6 million brilliant lights and 400-plus animated figures on the outside of the historic landmark, spend the night in the two-bedroom Santa Suite — a beautifully decorated, nearly 1,100-square-foot showplace of its own. There’s a tree with designer coordinated ornaments, stockings, garland, ribbons and more. Santa will even stop by for a visit. Dinner for four at Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood Restaurant and breakfast the next morning also are included in the package, which is $2,995. A smaller, but still quite roomy junior suite is $1,449. Says Kelly Roberts, co-owner of the Mission Inn with her husband, Duane, “Staying overnight in the Santa Suite is the ultimate experience for indulging in the beauty, sounds and scents of the holiday season.” Photo by Gabriel Luis Acosta

Musical journey is a dream ride Eileen Holt star ted playing the flute in the eighth grade, and by the time she was 18 she wanted a career playing the instrument in an orchestra. Since then, she has been on a whirlwind journey. Holt has performed in feature films and television, with the Los Angeles Mozar t Orchestra, the Long Beach Opera and even at Carnegie Hall. And for the past 18 years, Holt has been a principle flute player for the Riverside County Philharmonic. “I absolutely love orchestral playing,” Holt said. “It allows me the chance to interact with other musicians in a way that helps me to grow on all levels. And working with Riverside Philharmonic has expanded my whole world.” In 2009, she was the featured soloist in a concer t with Grammy-nominated flutist and conductor Ransom Wilson at the baton. And in April she performed three of Bach’s Brandenburg concer tos, conducted by The Phil’s own Tomasz Golka. “It’s been a real honor to work with such renowned conductors,” said Holt, who also is a trained opera singer and has shared the stage with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. “I’m very lucky to be able to make a living doing what I absolutely love,” said Holt, who also plays the piccolo and alto saxophone. “My ultimate goal is to incorporate as much of what I’ve learned along the way and continue to explore new avenues. It’s a never-ending learning process.”

— Luanne J. Hunt

Riverside County Philharmonic Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.; $20-$82 951-787-0251,

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calendar ‘JOURNEYS TO RECOVER YOUR FUTURE’ THROUGH DEC. 10 – An 8-foot by 28-foot site-specific, four panel phosphorescent and fluorescent painting by Riverside ar tist David Leapman. Culver Center of the Ar ts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4290, OFF THE WALL THROUGH DEC. 30 – Eighth annual ar t sale and fundraising event featuring more than 1,000 works by some of the region’s best ar tists, framed and ready to take “off the wall.” Riverside Ar t Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111, www.riversidear ‘SEISMIC SHIFT’ THROUGH DEC. 31 – Exhibit illuminates the far-reaching consequences of a revolution in landscape photography by tracing its regional history. UCR/California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787, ‘FORCE OF ARMS’ ONGOING – Exhibition showcasing the par ticipation of Riverside residents in the Civil War, and World Wars I and II through letters, photos, uniforms and personal effects. 3580 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-826-5273, Also: “Rin Tin Tin,” a temporary exhibit showcasing photos and other memorabilia about the dog and his descendants. ANONYMOUS 4 DEC. 2 – Featuring the world premiere of “The Wood and the Vine,” from Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang. Culver Center of the Ar ts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 8 p.m.; $36, $27 youth; 951-827-4331, Also: Kar tik Seshadri, Jan. 13; Zoë Keating, April 27. POETRY AND ART AFTER DARK DEC. 2 – The launch of a new poetry book, “Invisible Hands,” by Harki Dhillon, and a poetry workshop by poet and RAM instructor Maureen Alsop. Riverside Ar t Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111, www.riversidear KINETIC CONVERSATIONS DEC 2-3 – A mix of dance and movement inspired by the work of professor Jo Dierdorff. Landis Performing Ar ts Center, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave.; 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 3; $15, $10 for students; 951-222-8100,

PAUL RODRIGUEZ DEC. 3 – Comedian shares the bill with Los Lobos, the multiple Grammy Award winning band from Los Angeles. Show is a fundraiser for the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial planned for the Riverside pedestrian mall. Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800, Also: “The Matchmaker,” Jan 28; “Cash: Ring of Fire,” Feb. 17-18. SNOW PLAY DAY DEC. 3 – A festive pancake breakfast, visit with Santa, create holiday crafts and play in fresh snow. Bordwell Park, 2008 Mar tin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Riverside; 9 a.m.; 951-826-5355. FIRST SUNDAYS DEC. 4 – Free family programs featuring activities for children and teens at six locations: Fox Riverside Theater Foundation, Mission Inn Museum, Riverside Ar t Museum, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside Public Library and UCRAr ts Block. Additional dates Feb. 5, March 4, April 1 and May 6. Downtown Riverside; 1-4 p.m.; HISTORY LECTURE DEC. 4 – “Riverside’s Chinatown,” presented by filmmaker Rosalind Sagara who is researching the story behind the now-gone landmark in the city’s cultural history. RSVP by Dec. 1. Dining Commons, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside; 12:30 p.m.; 951-780-2313, ‘DOUBT’ JAN. 20-FEB. 5 – Gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior is less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral cer tainty. Riverside Community Players Theater, 4026 14th St., Riverside; $15 regular shows, $18 musicals, $8 family series; 951-686-4030, ‘MY FAIR LADY’ JAN. 27-FEB. 5 – Production of the classic musical with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. Landis Performing Ar ts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-222-8100, LUNAR FEST JAN. 28-29 – Event celebrating the Inland Empire’s Asian/Pacific American cultural heritage and contributions. Near the Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-453-3548,

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or its residents, the city of Riverside is a special place, endowed with a longheld sense of community and a generous giving spirit. Nowhere is that more evident than through the philanthropic works of these residents whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given of themselves in some way â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through time, money or both â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to help ensure a future filled not only with promise, but with actions as well. These individuals perform good works not for glory or recognition but because of who they are; each has a strong sense of community and wants to give back.

Brian Pearcy and Tera Harden

Tera Harden and Brian Pearcy


era Harden and Brian Pearcy are always on the move. Whether it’s being involved in and supporting numerous programs throughout the Riverside community or journeying across the USA — and parts of Europe — on a motorcycle, the married attorneys seem perpetually in motion. And Riverside is better for it. An Idaho native, Harden came to Riverside in 2000 and almost immediately began her philanthropic endeavors. She sits on the board of the Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California, which she’s supported for nearly a dozen years. She’s been involved with Community Connect since 2006, including helping with its Mardi Gras gala, and has served as a board member; she’s been the organization’s treasurer for the past two years. Last year she participated in the local edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” which benefited the Janet Goeske Foundation. And, the criminal defense attorney is actively involved with Riverside Youth Court, a highly successful diversion program. Pearcy arrived in Riverside in 1979 to attend UC Riverside. He was a full-time police officer for many years before

becoming an attorney, now specializing in business litigation and real estate. He also serves as outside counsel for small and medium-sized businesses. Pearcy has sat on and chaired the Riverside Police Commission, among several other city commissions and committees. In 2002, in conjunction with the Riverside County Bar Association of which he was president, he started the Elves Program, which provides gifts and other items to needy families at Christmas, last year aiding more than 200 people. He’s also involved with the Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee, the Downtown Business Improvement District and the Downtown Chamber of Commerce. If that didn’t keep him busy enough, on the weekends he donates his time as a reserve police officer in Los Angeles, riding the beat atop a motorcycle. Together, the two are avid supporters of Riverside County Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Festival of Trees. They estimate they spend between five and 10 hours each week on their charitable efforts. “We wanted to start at an early age giving back,” says Pearcy. “We both come from service-oriented families

and we want to help the community that’s helped us.” Bobbie Neff, CEO of Community Connect, has known Harden and Pearcy for more than three years and is effusive in her praise. “They are both so special because they just give continuously to many, many community causes. They basically never say no,” she says. “They don’t just give lip service. They roll up their sleeves and work really hard. They are both very involved.” And they plan to stay that way. “As long as we’re here in Riverside we’ll be actively involved,” Pearcy says. Adds Harden: “Riverside has a smalltown feeling. I see us involved for a long time.” Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California 909-558-3419, Community Connect 951-686-4402, Festival of Trees Riverside County Regional Medical Center Foundation 951-486-4213, RCBA Elves Program Riverside County Bar Association 951-682-1015

Gerald ‘Bummy’ Burstein


erald “Bummy” Burstein says his “bucket is empty.” While most people merely compile that list of what they’d like to accomplish in a lifetime, Burstein has gone about doing it for more than 80 years — and in the process has become a valued and treasured inspiration to deaf communities around the world. “I’ve reached my goals,” explains Burstein through an interpreter.

Born deaf in Brooklyn, N.Y., the 84-year-old Burstein has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. Among them: honor student, Eagle Scout, professional basketball referee, solo pilot, and college graduate (with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees). “I wanted to show the world that we deaf can do it, I proved it. Most hearing people are not really familiar with deaf people, they’ve never really socialized or

been around deaf people. ... We still have a long ways to go, but little by little, it’s getting better.” In 2002, Burstein retired from California School for the Deaf, Riverside, after 37 years during which he taught and oversaw the library, interpreting services, photography, media and the TV studio. In 2010, the school’s Media Technology Service Center was renamed the Gerald “Bummy” Burstein Student Center and the renovated room now is used for student government and leadership programs. Prior to his arrival in Riverside, Burstein spent 15 years at the Minnesota School for the Deaf. It’s also his philanthropic work and efforts on behalf of the deaf community that have garnered him unyielding praise. Burstein bequeathed $1 million to his alma mater, Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and in 2008, The

Gerald “Bummy” Burstein, ’50, Endowed Chair in Leadership became Gallaudet’s first chair fully endowed by a deaf person. The next year, the Gallaudet Board of Trustees renamed its leadership facility The Gerald “Bummy” Burstein Leadership Institute. Along the way, Burstein also has become an expert on parliamentary rules and proceedings, publishing a book and video about the topic to aid deaf students. He has conducted more than 200 Parliamentary Procedure Workshops throughout the United States and Canada. Many honors and awards have been bestowed upon Burstein from numerous hearing and deaf organizations across the country, including several from the city of Riverside. Burstein also sits on a number of civic and educational committees. Laurie Waggoner, public

information coordinator at California School for the Deaf, Riverside, says there are not many people like Burstein. “He grew up in an oral family, went to an oral school, and he had to roll up his sleeves and do everything for himself,” she says. “He grew up fighting for everything he had, and he did it with dignity and pride for who he was. And because he’s never allowed anything to get in his way, he’s been very successful.” Burstein says he will continue to give back as long he is able. “I just feel that I owe the community for who I am and what I have become.” California School for the Deaf, Riverside 951-248-7700, G. “Bummy” Burstein Leadership Institute Gallaudet University 202-651-5000, december 2011 - january 2012 | | 23

David St. Pierre

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ears ago, David St. Pierre wanted to get more involved with the community so he applied to be on one of the city of Riverside’s many commissions. That initial interest has led the local businessman to a life of civic engagement in a place he’s called home for the past 20 years. “I love being involved,” he says. “I love the city and downtown Riverside. I love the history of the town and the look of it.” St. Pierre, who owns The Menagerie nightclub and co-owns the gift and custom card shop Delights & Invites, both in the downtown area, was born in Southern California and lived in the region as a child when his father was stationed at the former March Air Force Base. Since his return, he’s plunged wholeheartedly into a host of endeavors. 24

He chairs the board of directors of the Riverside Arts Council, is treasurer of the Downtown Partnership board, is vice president of the board of directors of the Mission Inn Foundation, and has served for the past seven years as a docent at the Mission Inn Museum. He also is a member of the city’s Charter Review Committee and has served on numerous other boards, commissions and committees. In addition, St. Pierre has been actively involved in several community events, including the long-running Mayor’s Ball for the Arts, and was instrumental in creating the haunted house downtown at Halloween. “David is somebody who gives of himself in so many different ways,” says Patrick Brien, executive director of the Riverside Arts Council, who has worked

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with St. Pierre on both the Mayor’s Ball and haunted house. “In a community like Riverside, where so many people are so involved ... he goes the extra mile.” St. Pierre is “constantly active, with an eye toward betterment of the community,” Brien adds. “He’s up on top of 16-foot ladders getting ready for events, he’s willing to actually get his hands dirty and work in the trenches. He’s not just involved in the planning. “He’s given out of pocket, body and spirit in a way that few others have done,” Brien concludes. “I find that inspirational, as do many others.” Mayor’s Ball for the Arts 951-680-1345, www.thebestpar Mission Inn Foundation & Museum 951-781-8241, Riverside Arts Council 951-680-1345, www.riversidear


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Habitat for Humanity Riverside 951-787-6754, Wish list: Volunteers, donations of goods, services and money Janet Goeske Foundation & Center 951-351-8800, Wish list: In-kind donations, paging system, bathroom vanity upgrade, storage shed, large-screen TV Jefferson Transitional Programs 951-686-5484, Wish list: Donations Junior League of Riverside 951-683-0622, Wish list: Donations to suppor t community programs

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Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center 951-688-4340, Wish list: In-kind donations, pet care items such as clay-formula litter, brushes for cats and dogs, dog shampoo, Kuranda beds, and general items such as bleach, laundry detergent and merchant gift cards

Community Connect 951-686-4402, Wish list: In-kind donations of services, items or money

Meals on Wheels Inc. 951-683-7151, Wish list: Volunteers to help deliver meals, donations

The Community Foundation 951-684-4194, Wish list: Donations, planned giving

Mission Inn Foundation and Museum 951-781-8241, Wish list: Volunteers to serve as docents, donations

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Old Riverside Foundation 951-683-2725, Wish list: Volunteers to help with salvaging and the Victorian Twelfth Night and Vintage Home Tour events, donations

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Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center 951-686-7273, Wish list: Volunteers for the hotline and speakers bureau, advocacy, donations to help fund the center Riverside Community College District Foundation 951-222-8282 ters/index.cfm Wish list: Donations to suppor t various programs Riverside Community Health Foundation 951-788-3471, Wish list: Volunteers, donations Riverside County Regional Medical Center Foundation 951-486-4213, Wish list: Volunteers, donations, patrons for programs and events Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation 951-788-7135, ext. 80450; Wish list: Donations, spreading the word, patronizing businesses that suppor t Riverside schools, business par tnerships Riverside Land Conservancy 951-788-0670, Wish list: New members, land and money donations, volunteers Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation 951-682-2753, Wish list: Volunteers, donations Riverside National Cemetery 951-653-8417, Wish list: Donations, military personnel to help with Memorial Honor details Riverside Public Library Foundation 951-826-5201, Wish list: Donations, planned giving, endowments The Salvation Army Riverside 951-784-4490, Wish list: Donations of food, goods and money, volunteers UC Riverside Foundation 951-827-5611, Wish list: Donations, planned giving United Way of the Inland Valleys 951-697-4700, Wish list: Office furniture, appliances, bedding, household supplies, maintenance and gardening items, money donations and gifts cards, volunteers

Dwight Tate and Kathy Wright on the boards for Parkview Community Hospital Foundation, Riverside Community College District Foundation, and Riverside Arts Council, and is chair of the Wylie Center board. In 2000, through The Community Foundation, he established the Maxine Tate Library Fund in memory of his mother, an avid reader and library patron who died in 1998. The goal was to enhance services and programs for girls and young women, in particular, at the Casa Blanca Branch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mother was involved in a lot of things, so I learned that from her,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m interested in making Riverside the best possible place to be for families and kids and those who want to join a fabulous community.â&#x20AC;? Wright and Tate say they like to encourage younger people to get involved and enjoy working with the next generation of community leaders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had good days and bad days with work,â&#x20AC;? Tate says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But not with volunteering. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all good.â&#x20AC;? Riverside Community College District Foundation 951-222-8000, ters Riverside Dickens Festival 951-781-3168,


s children growing up in Riverside, Dwight Tate and Kathy Wright learned about community service from their parents. Now, the couple, both of whom also attended UC Riverside, is working to pass along that civic mindedness to another generation through myriad community and philanthropic endeavors. A teacher and administrator in the Alvord School District for 34 years, Wright retired 3½ years ago. She moved to Riverside as a 10-year-old, when her father was stationed at the old March Air Force Base and has worked most of her adult years to help better the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mom and dad instilled in us that it was important to be involved in the community,â&#x20AC;? she explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I learned early on that you do things for your community that will help others and help improve the quality of life. Helping other people in small and large ways is just something I enjoy doing.â&#x20AC;? She is currently president of the Mission Inn Foundation and the Riverside Dickens Festival, past president of the Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars Programs, a member of the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advisory Board for the UCR Graduate School of Education, and has been involved in some aspect with at least half a dozen other committees and organizations. Tate, a Riverside native, has been a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed for the past 19 years. Still, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s managed to find time to also be heavily involved within the community. Among his many volunteer duties, he serves

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he hills certainly define Riversideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s La Sierra Hills, a pretty neighborhood flanked by the Santa Ana River to the north, foothills both east and west, and La Sierra University to the south. Residents love their quiet, peaceful hilltop, where great views may be enjoyed all around on a clear day. 28

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Historic area The La Sierra neighborhoods are located at the southwestern end of Riverside, which at one time was part of a 17,774-acre Mexican land grant called Rancho La Sierra de Sepulveda. Most of La Sierra Hills, La Sierra, La Sierra South and La Sierra Acres were annexed into Riverside in the 1960s. La Sierra Hills is just north of La Sierra and is defined by its rolling hills and more rugged terrain. The streets follow the contours of the hillsides, and the neighborhood shows off wellkept single-family homes on large lots. La Sierra Hills also is home to a unique city landmark, the Hole Mansion. The two-story stone house sits on a breezy hilltop flanked by large cypress trees that once lined a grand front entrance. For more than 40 years, the mansion has housed the Divine Word Roman Catholic Seminary and Retreat Center, a welcome and quiet neighbor. Wealthy businessman Willits J. Hole built the mansion beginning in 1913 on his 17,000-acre ranch, which encompassed much of western

Riverside and parts of Corona and Norco. He later subdivided the land, and among those who purchased property from Hole was the Pacific Union Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which built what is now La Sierra University, just south of La Sierra Hills. New park La Sierra Hills residents will soon have a 23-acre community park, which is scheduled to open in 2012. Doty-Trust Park is under construction at the corner of Golden and Campbell avenues and is named in honor of Riverside police officers Dennis C. Doty and Philip N. Trust, who were killed in the line of duty in 1982. Doty-Trust Park will have a playground with a splash fountain water feature, basketball court and picnic shelters. The park also will have trail connections

The Doty-Trust Park is under construction.

to existing trails in the natural open space portion of the park, lighted walking and jogging pathways and parking lots. The neighborhood park will maintain 6.5 acres of steep and rugged terrain

as natural open space. Residents also frequent La Sierra Park, just south of the hills. It underwent a $28 million renovation and now has a new senior center.

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Quiet and peaceful Many La Sierra Hills residents enjoy living in the neighborhood because of its quiet, peaceful atmosphere, open spaces, friendly neighbors and easy access to shopping. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would never move. I love my neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said Taffi Brandriff, an 18-year resident who also is a community activist along with her husband, John. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is definitely the hidden jewel of Riverside.â&#x20AC;? There is an active Neighborhood Watch program, with residents looking out for each other, but they also get together in other ways â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sharing iced tea and conversation on a warm afternoon and dressing up to celebrate Halloween. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind of a tight-knit neighborhood up here,â&#x20AC;? John Brandriff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have events about three times a year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; potlucks and things like that.â&#x20AC;?

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Councilman Steve Adams, a newer La Sierra Hills resident, said, “You sit up there in the evening and it’s so quiet, and there is an amazing breeze up in the hills.” Open space and nature La Sierra Hills residents are a stone’s throw from a pair of Riverside gems: the Santa Ana River bike and walking trail and the Hidden Valley Wildlife Area. Just north of the neighborhood’s housing tracts, along Arlington Avenue, is a gateway to the river and its bike path. Residents frequently use the trails. “For the people who live over here, the open spaces are very important,” Taffi Brandriff said. La Sierra Hills also includes 255 acres of green space occupied by Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Memorial Park and Mortuary, with spectacular views on clear days of the river area and other parts of Riverside.

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captain at the helm. “I am proudly relinquishing control of the day-to-day operations to my son,” Collette says. “Although I plan to continue offering as much support and guidance as I can, I’d now like to focus on doing what I do best: selling properties and assisting buyers in the transition to a new home.” Despite the impending changes, however, Brent is confident in the firm’s ability to remain true to its founding philosophy. “My mom spent 20 years turning us into a local institution with a great reputation,” he says. “I’m so grateful she’s allowing me to really come into my own, but the one thing I want our clients to remember is that we’re still here, conducting business as usual and putting their best interests first.”


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eorge Flower is a busy man: • For the past 20 years he’s been involved with the Friends of Mount Rubidoux — an organization dedicated to preserving Mount Rubidoux Park — and currently serves as president of the 400-member group. • He’s chairman of Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery, the nonprofit organization that supports the historic portion of the cemetery and is seeking to raise more than $3 million for a perpetual maintenance endowment at the place where some of Riverside’s most storied citizens are laid to rest. • He’s a commercial real estate broker, handling small shopping centers. • He runs about three days each week. Oh, and did we mention that he’s 86 years old? Flower lauds the benefits of running and staying active. “I just feel good, I feel better,” he said. He’s been pounding the pavement for about 40 years, ever since he began while trying to get in shape to go snow skiing. He has participated in many 5Ks and 10Ks, and even ran a half-marathon on the Great Wall of China at age 75. He received a wristwatch for being the oldest finisher. And closer to home, Flower has participated in all but two of the Mission Inn Runs through downtown Riverside. For the 34th annual event in November, he signed up for the 5K. Flower continued to run about 100 miles a month until 15 years ago, when he cut his distance. Now he covers a mile three times a week. He ‘I’m already has a wry sense of humor about his running — a winner when and his long life. I cross the start “I’m already a winner line. I don’t have to when I cross the start outrun anyone. I’ve line,” he says of his races. just outlived them.’ “I don’t have to outrun

anyone. I’ve just outlived them.” He encourages others to run as well. “A few people claimed I got them involved, and one man said I saved his life,” he said. That may very well be true, as the health benefits of an active lifestyle are well-known — and recent high-profile athletes have taken on challenges in their older years that wouldn’t Dr. Paul Hartfield have been considered a generation ago. ‘Staying active Twice this year, Hall of Fame is the key to swimmer Diana Nyad, 61, attempted to swim from Cuba longevity. You to Florida. Another swimmer, are never too 40-year-old Janet Evans, an old to start.’ Olympic medalist, is in training for the 2012 Olympic Trials. And five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres earned three silver medals during the Beijing Games in 2008 at age 41. She’d given birth to a daughter two years earlier. “Staying active is the key to longevity,” said Dr. Paul Hartfield, chairman of the Kaiser Thrive committee at the Riverside hospital, which encourages healthy living for all patients and employees. “You are never too old to start. Studies have shown that people in their 90s in nursing homes still develop muscle mass when they do some resistance training. It’s never too late.” The key with any program, he says, is to start slowly and gradually increase the time and amount of repetitions in the workout. “With seniors, resistance training, weight training, Pilates, yoga, calisthenics, biking, running — all are great ways to stay fit. Doing them even a few times a week is beneficial,” Hartfield said. In addition, daily balance exercises are recommended for people over 40, according to the doctor. Other than that, the rest, he says, is easy. Seniors should get eight to nine hours of sleep each night, contrary to a belief that sleep time generally reduces as we age. “You actually need more sleep as you get older. The sleep cycle becomes lighter with age, so you need a tad december 2011 - january 2012 | | 35

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more sleep as you get older.” Hartfield also notes that those who can’t sleep through the night can make up their sleep through daytime napping. Healthy meals and snacks are another important aspect of a longer life, and should include 10 servings of fruit and veggies (a half-cup each) throughout the day, Hartfield says. Most seniors don’t need a great deal of protein, but they do, however, need calcium, which can be obtained through dairy and soy products, orange juice, kale, spinach and other vegetables, or from a vitamin supplement. Socializing also is a key part of a longer life. It can help keep the brain active and engaged, can help ward off depression, and it helps to build a friendship network with other people. “For reasons we don’t totally understand, people who are socially isolated and depressed tend to get more disease,” Hartfield said, adding that wellness and taking care of oneself should be life-long and looked on as a journey. For his part, Flower encourages others to get on that path. “Unplug the TV,” he said. “Just be active.”

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ebecca Scouler was counting down the days until a scheduled surgical procedure, then after learning her medical insurance had expired she canceled the appointment. But all was not lost, as Scouler and 12 other uninsured residents from around the Inland Empire received much-needed medical care, including free surgery, at the second annual Community 38

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Chief Operating Officer Lesley Wille, RN, addresses a group of doctors and surgeons.

‘I felt like I had a million dollars for them to treat me that way. They were all volunteers, and the care was amazing.’ Surgery Day on Sept. 24 at Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center. Patients underwent various procedures and received pre- and post-operative care and were given needed medications. To Scouler, a Sun City resident who underwent a gynecological procedure, it was like winning the lottery. “I appreciated so much what everybody did,” she said. “For people to do that, it was just awesome.” Angelica Flores of Hemet underwent hernia surgery. She had been in pain but was holding off until she could apply for MediCal or another state insurance program. “I felt like I had a million dollars for them to treat me that way. They were all volunteers, and the care was amazing,” Flores said. Tom Calhoun, 61, a self-employed artist and handyman from Indio, had a cataract removed.

Dr. Timothy Lowe speaks with Angelica Flores prior to her surgery.

“It was absolutely an amazing event. To be treated by Dr. (Siobhan) Gogan, I felt like I was in the hands of God. I can’t tell you how blessed I am,” said Calhoun, who had not been able to get a driver’s license for three years because of poor vision — until the cataract was removed. “What a major success it turned out to be.” The 11 physicians and dozens of other volunteers who made the second annual Community Surgery Day possible would agree. Another is being planned for next year.

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‘This year the patients were different — they were people like you or me who just fell on hard times.’ “It’s very rewarding to our nurses and doctors, and it makes a difference in people’s lives,” said Karen Roberts, a Kaiser spokeswoman. Gogan, an ophthalmologist at Kaiser, performed cataract surgeries on five patients. “This year the patients were different — they were people like you or me who just fell on hard times,” she said, adding that most were relatively young and the cataracts were impeding their ability to work. “These are harder cases because these patients let their eyes go longer so they’re more severe,” she said. Kaiser’s staff worked with counterparts at Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley and SAC Health Systems in San Bernardino to identify uninsured patients who needed procedures. Community Surgery Day is a Kaiser community benefit program that began in partnership with Access OC (Orange County) in 2007, to strengthen

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‘Recovery and hope’ at Jefferson Transitional Programs


everly Baird has Jefferson Transitional Programs to thank for having her life back. Today, the Riverside resident is enjoying it more than ever. Baird, 62, is a peer employment training facilitator for JTP, co-leading an 80-hour course that trains peers to provide support for others recovering from mental illness. In mental health recovery, language is used to empower individuals — using “challenge,” for example, in the place of “illness” — says Sue Moreland, JTP’s CEO. Baird, who carries a mental health diagnosis, empowers others to work as peer support specialists for Riverside County Department of Mental Health (RCDMH) as well as for community-based mental health agencies. She also directs and acts in JTP’s Acting Out Loud theater troupe, which presents two educational plays nationwide about the realities of mental health. Baird has starred in, costumed and directed several theatrical productions in the Inland Empire and won 14 awards from the Inland Theater League. “I’m a theater buff and have been all my life, and now through the performances I get to speak the message of recovery and hope,” said Baird, who also writes and produces a yearly performance that is one of the highlights of JTP’s fundraising gala, “Magic of Believing.” (The next one is May 12, 2012.) JTP is an award-winning, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that


offers vocational support, living assistance and educational programs annually for more than 10,000 people. In collaboration with RCDMH, JTP runs three Peer Support and Resource Service Centers, the Art Works Gallery in Riverside, two transitional living homes in Riverside, drop-in centers for the “most visibly” challenged individuals on the street with adjoining supported permanent housing in Riverside and Palm Springs. Additionally, in partnership with local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) affiliates and RCDMH’s Prevention and Early Intervention, peers and family members are trained to use NAMI Signature Programs to educate the community, thereby reducing stigma. JTP also partners with Loma Linda University and University of Southern California’s Occupational Therapy Departments to assist peer participants in achieving quality of life goals (developing valued roles, skills and activities). The Art Works Gallery offers classes in visual arts, theater, dance, music and creative writing. Participants share their talents with the community while educating others about mental health and recovery. “People like Beverly Baird, who lead healthy, productive lives, are especially effective as peer support specialists,” Moreland said. “Beverly can demonstrate the need for a full box of recovery tools (selfawareness, education, treatment and peer support).”

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JTP’s Riverside office and Peer Center is at 3839 Brockton Ave. The Art Works Gallery is at 3741 Sixth St. in downtown Riverside and is open during the Riverside Festival of Lights, offering an array of unique works of art for sale. Visit the website or call 951-683-1279 to reach Art Works. Baird wants peers to know she is there to walk alongside them. “Having lived these experiences, if I talk to someone who is in a crisis I can literally say, ‘I know how you feel because I’ve been there,’ ” she said. Added Moreland: “Peers see Beverly as healthy and living a full life and that encourages them to do the same.”


@ Jefferson Transitional Programs Recovery through creativity The mission of Art Works at Jefferson Transitional Programs is to educate and to empower individuals with chronic mental illness to use creative arts for wellness and recovery.

Greg Adamson (JTP Board of Directors Vice-President and Interim Director for Riverside Art Museum) teaching a Painting Workshop at Art Works Gallery,

Funding is provided by the Riverside County Department of Mental Health through the Mental Health Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Act, the City of Riverside and the Riverside Arts Council, United Way of Inland Valleys, and supporters such as you. Classes - both recovery oriented and skill building - are offered at the Art Works Gallery, located in downtown Riverside, or at various mental Health Facilities through out Riverside County. The Art Works Advisory Committee provides oversight. Members of this committee include Greg Adamson, Patrick Brien of the Riverside Arts Council, Ryan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Toole, Laura Ryan, and Steve Steinberg. Stephania Hayes is the Art Works Director and Tiffany Keeler the Art Works Senior Coordinator. Stop by and say hello! 3741 6th Street Riverside, CA 92501 t.951.683.1279 During Festival of Lights, Gallery is Open: Monday - Friday 10am - 9pm Saturday 11am - 9pm Sunday 12pm - 9pm

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ayray Freeman Fiene has dealt with his share of challenges since becoming dean of Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Education in July. While budget cuts certainly have been an issue, they are not first and foremost on his mind. At the moment, Fiene is much more concerned with finding ways to promote the importance of higher learning and the fact that despite what many may think, it is available to everyone. “It’s so difficult to get people, especially minorities, to realize that they have the right to go to college,” said Fiene, 50, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. “Every high school student in this country should graduate knowing they have that option. Getting this message out is definitely at the top of my list of priorities.” While Fiene understands that attending a university may be too expensive for many students without the help of a loan, he says that there are other options including Pell and Cal grants, scholarships and work-study programs.

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“The system is designed to help everyone, but only people in the know are using it wisely,” he said. “My best advice to parents is to be an advocate for your child, and ask anyone and everyone you can to fill you in on the multitude of options out there. That would include teachers, guidance counselors and people who have sent their child to college or who have gone themselves.” Fiene became the interim dean in July 2010, and his goals mirror the College of Education’s mission — to prepare education and human service professionals for lives of leadership, service and continual growth. The college’s primary focus centers on building self-esteem and producing well-rounded individuals. Its programs attract students from all over the Inland Empire, many of them living south of the county line. “Thirty-three percent of CSUSB’s students are from Riverside County and 11 percent are from the city of Riverside,” said Fiene, a Riverside resident. The College of Education is a leading institution for the development of professionals in education and human services, Fiene says. Its programs are fully accredited by various organizations, including the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students have the option to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees or credentials in psychology and counseling, bilingual education, applied kinesiology, holistic and integrative medicine, and teaching. “We’re continuously refining and re-defining our programs, and it is our goal for the future to keep on that track,” said Fiene, a former high school music and math teacher. “We’re careful with our resources and are always thinking about how we can improve on what we’re doing.” Fiene has high hopes for the college’s Watson & Associates Literacy Center, which offers interactive tutoring to help children meet their literacy needs through specifically designed programs. The principal aim of the center is to improve and enhance reading, writing and speaking skills. Tutoring is overseen by fully credentialed licensed specialists, including teachers and students. In addition to its in-house programs and learning centers, the college also holds an annual career and college fair called LEAD (Latino Education and Advocacy Day). The free event promotes awareness for Latino education. When Fiene isn’t busy with college activities, he enjoys reading, traveling and singing in his church choir. He lives with his wife, Jan, and two cats, Cleo and Karma. “Living in Riverside is ridiculously perfect,” said the Chicago native. “How can you not be excited to be here?” College of Education Cal State San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway 909-537-5000,

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Samantha Stoliker, left, and fiance Evan Price learn the Viennese waltz from Arthur Murray dance instructor Mike Blackwell.

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From waltz to bustin’ a move Written by Caroline Woon Photos by Micah Escamilla


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here’s no Creole food at Creola’s Continental Restaurant. Instead, diners enjoy an array of delicious dishes with a French twist. That twist comes from owner Creola Riley, who has 25 years of experience working with restaurateur Gerard Thiry at his landmark fine dining locations

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in Riverside, Diamond Bar and San Bernardino. Riley learned everything from making delectable rich French sauces to managing a restaurant. Eighteen years after opening her own restaurant, Riley now oversees the dining room at Creola’s while her son, Kurt Riley, and Daniel Bornkamp are in charge of the kitchen.

Located in a small shopping center off Alessandro Boulevard in Riverside, it’s a lovely restaurant with two dining rooms all set in a “homey” country French setting that is both relaxing and comforting. The menu features a wellrounded selection of fresh fish, seafood, chicken, pasta, beef, pork, veal and lamb — all expertly prepared with lots

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with a large portion of fresh spinach expertly flambéed on a portable cart in the dining room by Riley. Over the fresh spinach came red wine vinegar, sugar, brandy, sherry, Worcestershire sauce and crisp bacon that was flambéed, sending out beautiful aromas throughout the dining room. This salad is made to share and is one item you won’t find at many other restaurants. Next were three amazing entrees: fresh salmon with a luscious cream dill sauce ($19.50), apricot chicken ($19) and the unique potato crusted barramundi ($22). The last two are not on the menu, but you can ask for

them if you call in advance. The salmon filet had a crisp exterior, while the interior of the fish was moist and flaky. A rich cream sauce with fresh dill was served with the salmon, and it was delicious. All of the entrees (except for the pasta dishes) come with a medley of fresh vegetables and mashed potatoes. The apricot chicken featured a pounded out chicken breast stuffed with Swiss cheese, pine nuts, dried apricots and basil butter that was then rolled and dipped in flour, and panko bread crumbs. It was pan sautéed and baked. The chicken roll was then sliced and served on a bed of a zesty sweet apricot preserve horseradish and sweet chili sauce. The chicken was very tasty and again, the sauce was a perfect match for the dish. The last entrée on this flight of dishes was the potato crusted barramundi, also known as Asian sea bass. It consisted of a fairly large Potato crusted barramundi

filet of fish covered with shredded potatoes, and it was pan fried until the potatoes were crisp like hash browns. Like most other entrees, this fine dish was served with tangy lemon butter white wine sauce, and it was another great choice. Still yearning for more dishes to try, I chose the impressive lamb shank ($22.50) and the linguini with clams ($15.75). Lamb is one of my favorite meats, and it was a treat to savor a large 14-ounce lamb shank that was slowly baked for three hours with onions, dill and a beef base stock, and served with egg noodles and a spectacular sour cream dill sauce with the reduced shank juices. The last entrée of the evening was linguini with clams. We are talking about an ocean full of chopped tender clams served on a large portion of linguini pasta with a delicate garlic lemon sauce. All I can say about this dish is “wow!”

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As terrific as the main entrees were, the made-on-the-premises desserts were just as glorious. The delicious lemon tart with raspberry sauce ($5), the decadent Creolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheesecake with a pecan crust ($6) and the first-class crème brulee ($6) are among the options. For those who enjoyed the time when fine dining restaurants used to prepare CrĂŞpes Suzette and Banana Fosters at your table, you are in luck because Creolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also flambĂŠs these memorable desserts plus a few others. Creolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also has some terrific early-bird

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ome to DragonMarsh Specialty Gift Shop for all your holiday shopping needs. We are dedicated to stocking unique and specialty items and you’ll be sure to find gifts for everyone on your list. We carry many kinds of Oils including over 120 Perfume oils, over 140 100% Pure Essential oils, infused Herbal Oils, Massage, and Spiritual

oils. We have an excellent array of Herbs and Spices including hard-tofind Historical Spices. We make over 50 Spice Blends, most salt and sugar free. We also make 50 types of Tea blends and carry Tea accessories. Come see our selection of Candles, Books, Aromatherapy Products, Bath and Body products, and Jewelry. We create custom Gift Baskets and

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Raw flavor, elegant setting Chef Onural brings creativity, sophistication to the sushi palate Written by Debbie Council


he next time you visit the Palm Springs area and have a yen for something cool and refreshing from the sea, mosey on over to El Paseo in Palm Desert to indulge in some sushi — those little handmade jewels of culinary art that are sometimes hard to pronounce but delightful to eat. A hip new new place to enjoy that quintessential Japanese snack is The Venue Sushi Bar and Sake Lounge, and Engin Onural, owner and executive sushi chef, will make you feel right at home. Dining on sushi is as much a visual journey as it is a culinary experience at The Venue. And who knows better how to bring on the starring rolls but the head chef himself and his female sushi chef, Liesel. Sitting at the bar is where the show begins, and the sushi chefs are in the leads. Onural learned his craft the traditional way from hard-core Japanese teachers in 2006 at the Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles after moving to California from Ankara, Turkey. But the Turkish 27-year-old, a certified sake sommelier, does sushi his way. “This is a live show because it happens on the spot,” Onural said. “The interaction is there in front of you. It’s all about interacting.” The extensive menu (which includes 15 choices of nigiri sushi, 14 maki rolls, six hand rolls, six carpaccio, four tataki and other favorites) presents a challenge on where to begin. Onural’s creativity comes out in 13 specialty rolls, which are unique. Try the mouth-watering Mediterranean roll filled with spicy albacore, tempura asparagus and avocado, finished off with 64

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colorful dribbles of Mediterranean salsa and feta cheese for $16. Or the experiment roll, which features eight delicious mouthfuls of snow crab, mango, avocado and cucumber topped with tuna, thin slices of jalapeno, cilantro and yuzu aioli ($18). “All of my plates literally look like paintings,” Onural said. If there’s no room at the long, white marble sushi bar that seats 12, don’t despair because Lucky Perez, The Venue’s manager and mixologist, knows the nuances of each sushi creation and brings each bite to life as he sets the dish before you. What’s sushi without a little sake? Served cold, Hakutsuru draft sake, one of 17 sakes priced from $9 to $28, complements the sushi well, Perez says. Smooth with floral notes, it remains neutral on the palate as diners enjoy a variety of sushi selections. For the first course, try a crisp and clean cucumber salad, with micro greens, pickled carrot, and citrus ponzi sauce that prepares the palate to distinguish a variety of flavors in The Venue roll, a colorful creation of spicy tuna topped with seared salmon, spicy aioli, teriyaki sauce, micro greens and black tobiko caviar ($18). The Venue is cozy enough for 30 intimate seatings with a décor that lends itself to the mood and ambience that Onural describes as a sushi bar you would find in New York or Los Angeles: sleek, modern and clean with high-end furnishings of black, white, chrome and marble with splashes of red and silver. There also is seating on the patio that fronts El Paseo,

one of the trendiest streets in Southern California. The Venue opened in January, and Onural has attracted sushi fans from when he was head sushi chef at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert and later at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells. He knows his regular customers by name and what they like. It’s becoming a hangout for friends. “My followers are the reason I opened up here,” he said. “I see in their eyes that this is like the place to be and to be seen with their friends. We try to take care of everybody.” If eating raw fish isn’t on your culinary wish list, don’t worry because The Venue also offers cooked fare. “There’s always someone who doesn’t like sushi. I personally make sure that person leaves happy,” he said. “If I can crack that mindset the rest is history.” Onural’s personal touches at The Venue can be traced back to when he was a 10-year-old growing up in Ankara because that’s when he told his parents he wanted to be in hospitality, resorts or the restaurant industry. “One day the bulb got lit,” said Onural who has been in and out of kitchens and restaurants all his life. “I wanted to be a chef and owner as well.” He’s currently in negotiations to open a second sushi bar and hopes some day to go national. “I want to be the next landmark for El Paseo,” Onural said. “I really want to grow fast. I know what I want. This is my true passion. It really makes me happy.” The Venue Sushi Bar and Sake Lounge 73-111 El Paseo, Suite 103, Palm Desert 760-346-1500,

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Share, give and cellar Cork-pullers delights — splendid wines and where to find them Written by Gino L. Filippi


his holiday season, there’s no shortage of wine retailers offering extensive selections of affordable to moderately priced bottles. Here’s a cluster of delicious pours ready to “share” with family, friends and neighbors for the holidays. Don’t forget unique stocking stuffers and “gifts” for the wine enthusiasts in your lives, or treat yourself to a few extra special “keepers” to cellar away! (Prices may vary by store and location.)


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Share Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler, Germany Riesling QbA Amazingly flavorful and most food friendly. Golden in color, floral with strong mineral notes. Hints of stone fruit with a lingering honey finish. $9 Joel Gott, Cabernet Sauvignon This popular selling Cabernet Sauvignon is a nicely colored, medium body red with cherry and cedar notes. Pairs well with a wide range of foods. $16 Kaiken, Argentina Malbec 2009 A vivid ruby red color, this Malbec’s fresh black fruit and blueberry aromas are evident on nose, accompanied by chocolate and vanilla. Elegant floral scents enhance the complexity. Velvety and harmonious tannins and good structure. $11

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Gentleman Jack Jack Daniel knew what charcoal mellowing meant for his whiskey, so it’s only natural he’d wonder what a second trip through the charcoal might yield. Throughout his life, he experimented with charcoal mellowing his whiskey twice, once before it went into the barrel and again after it came out. While Mr. Jack never did produce much whiskey this way, we’re thankful that he saved the recipe. And in 1988 we started making Gentleman Jack, the first new whiskey from the Jack Daniels Distillery in more than 100 years. Regular price $26.99 - with coupon $21.99

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Woodford Reserve isn’t manufactured, it’s handcrafted in small batches. This artisanal allows us to craft it at all five sources of bourbon flavor giving it its distinct taste and crisp, clean finish. Regular price $27.99 - with coupon $22.99

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La Marca, Prosecco This unique Italian sparkler has a bouquet with flavors of flowers and apple. It’s elegant, dry, clean, and well-balanced. Serve as an aperitif or pair it with fish dishes, tropical fruit and light desser ts. $16

heralded. Aromas of pear, peach and white flowers burst from the glass in pale yellow hues with just a touch of green. Long finish. $47


Rancho de Philo, Cucamonga Valley Triple Cream Sherry A multi Best of Class and Gold medal winner. Hints of golden raisins, butterscotch and nuttiness that attest to the sweetness and complexity that can only be achieved through the traditional Spanish-style utilizing a solera barrel-aging technique. Limited production 2011 blend is $27 at Rancho de Philo Winery in Alta Loma. Call 909-987-4208 for availability and points of sale.

Lafond, Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2008 The complexity of flavor found in Pinot Noir from Lafond Vineyard is a wonderful match with savory foods and a classic with grilled salmon or mushrooms. $23

Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley Brut Crisp and elegant sparkler with complex pear, spice and hazelnut flavors. Fresh and lightly fruity. Great finesse and depth of flavor. Perfect with holiday appetizers! $24

Paul Hobbs, Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2007 Rich, creamy, tropical character punctuated by the crisp minerality for which the appellation is

South Coast Winery, Sans Chêne, Temecula Chardonnay 2009 Sans Chêne (without oak) is very showy with tropical fruit aromas, luscious flavors and a crisp finish.

Leese-Fitch, Cabernet Sauvignon With deep garnet color and a lovely scent of cherries, blackberries and coffee, this red includes 5 percent each of Syrah and Tempranillo, and hint of Alicante Bouchet and Petite Sirah. Smooth and round in the mouth, soft tannins and balanced acidity. $10

Even though it is fresh and fruity, this popular white will continue to evolve in complexity as it ages. $15 at South Coast Winery, Temecula.

Keepers Blain-Gagnard, Bâtard-Montrachet Burgundy 2008 This white French Burgundy is riesling like, Alsatian, a touch of Gewurz bite, a good deal of tropical fruit and lush floral notes. Very good and interesting. $50 Brandt Family Winery, Ink, Santa Barbara, Petite Sirah 2009 Opaque ruby purple, deep, fullbodied effor t by Upland winemaker Brian Brandt. Displays complex floral notes and supple mouthfeel. Enjoyable now, will age well through 2020. $30 Château De Pez, Bordeaux 2006 Dense in color, retaining a purplishblue hint typical of wines that are slow to develop. The slightly toasty nose has plenty of red- and blackberry fruit and a hint of jamminess mingled with aromas of spice and tobacco. Its well-rounded substance lingers elegantly on the



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Where to shop Visit these shops for unique accessories including openers, glassware and good advice. Gerrards Market 705 W. Cypress Ave., Redlands 909-793-2808, www.gerrardsmarket.coma La Bodega Wine 3512 Central Ave., Riverside 951-683-3307,

Pacific Wine Merchants 210 E. A St., Upland 909-946-6782,

Total Wine & More 8201 Day Creek Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga 909-463-5670,

Packing House Wine Merchants 540 W. First St., Claremont 909-445-9463,

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula 951-587-9463, www.wineresor

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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

DOWNTOWN & MID-CITY APPLEBEE’S 3820 Mulberry St.; 951-369-7447, UÊSteaks, ribs, chicken, fajitas and burgers, with combo specials for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $ BELLA TRATTORIA At the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-784-0300, www. UÊSidewalk dining featuring Southern Italian cuisine. Lunch and dinner Tu.-Sa. $$ CRESCENT JEWELL 3597 Main St.; 951-684-1000, UÊNew Orleans style restaurant and lounge serving a full menu of Cajun and Creole fusion dishes. Entertainment nightly. FB, $$ DAPHNE’S GREEK CAFE & CATERING

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UÊFlame-broiled gyros, kabobs, chicken, pita sandwiches and vegetarian plates. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $ DUANE’S At the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-341-6767, UÊPremier 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. $$$ FARFALLA’S CUCINA ITALIANA 5250 Arlington Ave.; 951-354-5100, UÊPizza, pasta and calzones, with specialty items like eggplant, chicken and veal parmigiana. Lunch and dinner daily, except Saturday when only dinner is served. $ THE GOURMET DETECTIVE Avila Terrace Theatre, 3663 Main St. (above the Tamale Factory); 866-992-5424, UÊ“Darling You Slay Me,” a murder mystery dinner theater with limited menu that features tri-tip, chicken breast and grilled salmon. Show and dinner included in the price. RS, $$$$ GRAM’S MISSION BAR-B-QUE PALACE

3527 Main St.; 951-782-8219, UÊAn assortment 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. $ ISLANDS 3645 Central Ave.; 951-782-7471, UÊBurgers, sandwiches, tacos, salads and more. FB, $

JOE'S SUSHI 9555 Magnolia Ave.; 951-353-1929, UÊThis pioneer of the all-you-can eat sushi concept in Riverside also specializes in teriyaki, teppan and tempura dishes. RS $$ KILLARNEY’S RESTAURANT & IRISH PUB

Riverside Plaza, 3639 Riverside Plaza Drive, Suite 532; 951-682-2933, UÊVisit 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. FB, $ LAS CAMPANAS At the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave.;951-341-6767, UÊAuthentic Mexican cuisine served in a beautifully landscaped outdoor garden. Lunch M-Sa., brunch Su., dinner nightly. $ LOUNGE 33 Riverside Plaza, 3639 Riverside Plaza Drive; 951-784-4433, UÊMore than 30 creative cocktails are on the drink menu, and friendly bartenders are always coming up with new concoctions. Several large appetizer platters — perfect for sharing — are served. FB, $ MARIO’S PLACE 3646 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7755, UÊChef Leone Palagi’s take on northern Italian cuisine has been praised far and wide, and his creativity and attention to detail shows in every dish. Live contemporary jazz performers Friday and Saturday nights. No cover charge. Dinner M-Sa., lunch Fri. RS, FB, $$$


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MARKET BROILER 3525 Merrill Ave.; 951-276-9007, UÊMore than a dozen varieties of fresh fish, steak, pasta, woodfired oven pizza and more. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $ MASA'S PLACE 5228 Arlington Ave.; 951-689-8054, U Traditional Japanese sushi prepared by a head chef who started his career more than 30 years ago in Japan. RS $$ MISSION INN 3649 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-341-6767, UÊSignature “comfort foods” prepared in a new state-of-the-art display kitchen. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch M-Sa. $ THE OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY 3191 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-784-4417, UÊSeveral varieties of pasta dishes (mostly spaghetti, of course), salads and desserts that include decadent chocolate mousse cake and mud pie. The restaurant is in a building that served as a citrus packinghouse in the early 1900s. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $ PANERA BREAD Riverside Plaza, 3560 Riverside Plaza Drive; 951-369-8855, UÊFreshly baked breads, bagels, pastries and sweets, plus sandwiches, soups and hand-tossed salads. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $ PEPITOS 6539 Magnolia Ave.; 951-788-2652 UÊTraditional Mexican fare including carnitas, chile verde, fajitas and steak picado. Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast items also served. FB, $ PHOOD ON MAIN 3737 Main St., Suite, 100;

951-276-7111, UÊBilled as a hip, creative eaterie, Phood offers diners choices of mix-and-match menu items akin to tapas and dim sum including the whimsically named I Don’t Eat Meat sandwich as well as full-sized-plate fare such as Topless Duck, Drunken Chicken, Portabella ravioli and steaks. FB $ RELISH 3535 University Ave., Riverside; 951-682-7011, UÊA wide variety of sandwiches, from traditional favorites such as roast beef, salami and smoked turkey, to Relish signature selections. Breakfast and lunch M-Sa. $ SEVILLA 3252 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-778-0611, UÊCasually elegant dining experience featuring Spanish and coastal cuisine. Nightclub with live music and dancing every night, plus a flamenco dinner show weekly. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, RS, $$$ TABLE FOR TWO 3600 Central Ave., Riverside; 951-683-3648, UÊThe flavors of Thailand, with everything from Thai style barbecue beef, chicken and pork, to shrimp and other seafood dishes. Nearly 30 entree selections available. Lunch and dinner daily. $

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both meat and vegetarian dishes. The buffet is available for both lunch and dinner. $ T.G.I. FRIDAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Galleria at Tyler, 3487 Tyler St.; 951-354-8400, UĂ&#x160;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., Space 1A; 951-688-9273, UĂ&#x160;Upscale-casual eatery with a menu that includes pastas, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, ribs and chops. Keg room visible from the dining area and 130 beers on tap are available at the bar. Lunch, dinner and late-night dining daily. RS, FB, $

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $ GERARDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EVE BISTRO 9814 Magnolia Ave.; 951-687-4882, UĂ&#x160;French cuisine in an intimate bistro atmosphere. Dinner entrees include boeuf bourguignon, duck confit and veal milanese. Dinner W-Su., Sunday brunch. $$$ GRA-POW 497 Alessandro Blvd. Suite. D; 951-780-1132, UĂ&#x160;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. $ MONARK ASIAN BISTRO 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 64; 951-683-1073, XXXNPOBSLBTJBOCJTUSPDPNr4FSWJOHBSBOHF of classic Chinese and Thai dishes, as well as contemporary Asian-inspired fusion dishes, some of them created by the owner, Karen Chen, a native of Taiwan. Lunch and dinner daily. $ SMOKEY CANYON BBQ 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 9; 951-782-8808, UĂ&#x160;Burgers, sandwiches, catfish, chicken, ribs and more. Bar area has two TVs. Lunch M, lunch and dinner Tu.-Su. FB, $ TACO STATION 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 57; 951-787-8226, U Fill up on a nice selection of Mexican favorites (burritos, gorditas, tacos, tortas and more) at a new location. Same menu as the landmark Station on Mission Inn Avenue. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $

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(1) Jim Robinson, left, Barbara Purvis and Dan Bernstein (2) Clarissa Glasco, left, and Mary Parks (3) Barbara Robinson, left, Ralph Nunez, Linda Soubirous and Cindy Roth (4) Police Capt. Meredyth Meredith (5) Carleen Wymer, left, and Rober t and Nancy Treen (6) Officer Mike Dillon with his daughter, McKaela Sanders (7) Keith Bottjen, left, Robin Bottjen and Osei Stewar t (8) George and Clarice Flower (9) Laurie Shumate, left, and Cara Murray (10) Members of the Kiwanis Club of Riverside and Riverside Uptown Kiwanis


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The Concert in White Park 2




Performances by Grammy winner Larry Dunn of Earth, Wind & Fire, Makeda and the TMK All Starz were among the highlights at the inaugural Vino Veritas and TMK Production concert staged recently at White Park. More than 350 music lovers enjoyed the show, and plans are in the works for a return engagement.







(1) Larry and Luisa Dunn (2) Don Bear, left, and Councilman Mike Gardner (3) Makeda Francisco (4) Lakeith and Adair Kimbrough, left, Cello Ware and Kerry Booker (5) Ron Wilson, left, Gail Watson and Earl and Nancy Tillman (6) Michelle Carpenter and Eric Palmer (7) Jeannette and Dwayne Lewis (8) Vernon and Zenobia Woods (9) Stephanie Archibald, left, and Kia Young (10) Dean and Linda Norling and Andy and Deborah Schupp (11) Annette Gomez, left, Shannon Taylor, Denise Paciorek and Pam Stamper-Taylor (12) Eugene Crutcher and Cherie Russell (13) Simon and Jennifer Wright, and Ber t Thompson


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‘Rin Tin Tin’ Book Signing






(1) Kevin Hallaran, left, Susan Orlean, Teresa Woodard and Danielle Leland (2) Officer Mike Carroll with Marco (3) Gloria and Bill Bell (4) Janet Quinn, left, and Dorothy Olender (5) Mayor Ron Loveridge with his wife, Marsha

Author Susan Orlean stopped by the Riverside Metropolitan Museum recently for a talk and to sign copies of her new book, “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.” The original dog was found as a pup by Lee Duncan, an American soldier in France during World War I, who brought him home to Los Angeles. The dog was trained and starred in more than 20 movies. It died in 1932, and five years later Duncan moved to Riverside onto a ranch near Fairmont Park Golf Course, which he called “El Rancho Rin Tin Tin.” The museum has one of the most comprehensive Rin Tin Tin collections available, and Orlean used it for research.

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Fight for Air Walk






Supporters of the American Lung Association laced up their shoes recently at Fairmount Park to participate in the Fight for Air Walk. The 5K event attracted individual supporters and teams from throughout the Inland Empire, and raised more than $55,000. Funds will support a number of American Lung Association initiatives, including helping children who are suffering from asthma and funding research that one day may lead to a cure for lung cancer. 5




(1) John Harrison and Teresa Carpenter of Riverside team Spazzmatics (2) Tracy Somsen, left, Emalee Hildebrandt and Charlene Hildebrandt (3) Charles Field with Gracey and Victoria Field with Chloe (4) Virginia Field and Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge (5) Jana Josey, left, Susan Dawood, Dr. Kam Lau, Ruthan Smith, Rober t and Janet Cuff, all from Riverside Medical Clinic (6) Michelle Schmid, left, Sam Schmid and Allyson Collier (7) Diane Jacobo, top left, Lupe Banuelos, Sandra Cardoza, Jonathan Banuelos, lower left, Elizette Lavoie and Christopher Naney all from the Yucaipa Head Star t (8) Erick Villalon, left, Charolette Stevenson, Michael Wright and Teresa Ramirez, all from Healthy Fontana (9) Team UPS of Ontario Ph o t o s by J a m e s C a r b o n e


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UC Riverside Winston Chung Hall Ceremony





(1) Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering, left, Tony Dong, Zhifan Zhong (Winston Chung’s son), Steve Chen and Pablo Carmona check out the Metalcrafter Winston Electric Taxi. (2) Lithium-ion batteries that will provide electricity for the first floor of Chung Hall (3) Former Gov. Gray Davis, left, Zhifan Zhong and UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White (4) Zhifan Zhong with plaque that will be in the lobby of Winston Chung Hall

The Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside recently named a building after Winston Chung, the founder, chairman and CEO of Winston Global Energy in China. Chung has provided more than $13 million in support to UCR for clean energy research, including a 1.1-megawatt bank of rare earth lithium-ion batteries that were developed by his company and will power part of the building that bears his name.

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here’s never a dull moment for Justin Gheorghe. The senior quar terback at John W. Nor th High School was one of the top signal callers in all of the Inland Empire this season, with nearly 2,300 yards passing and 27 touchdowns. Off the field, he excels in Advanced Placement courses, is a member of student government and the school’s Christian club. His day on campus star ts at 7 a.m. and wraps up after dark. And that’s unlikely to change once the football season is over because he’s also on the basketball and baseball teams. “Being busy actually helps me stay focused and out of trouble,” Gheorghe says. “I give up my social life, but it’s for things that I love.” His talents have already caught the attention of a variety of colleges — Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt and California Baptist University among them. His preference is to stay on the West Coast, near his mom and extended family. “I’ve always had dreams of living the Division I dream and playing under the Saturday night lights,” he says. After college, Gheorghe wants to go into spor ts medicine, inspired by the positive experiences he had working with trainers while he was recovering from a hyperextended knee in middle school. But for now, Gheorghe is focused on a strong finish to his high school career — not unlike the regular season finale when he had a hand in all of the Huskies’ touchdowns, as he tossed TD passes to four different receivers and rushed for two more scores. “Every second counts for what I want to do,” Gheorghe says. “These four years are gearing me toward the future.”

— Jerry Rice





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