The Pink Ribbon Place Releases Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events and Educational Opportunities

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The Pink Ribbon Place Releases Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events and Educational Opportunitiestprplogo2The Pink Ribbon Place, Riverside’s first and only breast cancer resource center, is working with its partners to hold a variety of classes, events, and celebrations to raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. Major events as follows:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kick-Off & Candle Light Vigil

Thursday, October 2| 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Riverside Library at 3581 Mission Inn Ave |

Join us as we kick-off breast cancer month at Arts Walk and remember those you love through our annual vigil. Presentation by local NY Times Bestselling Author and Breast Cancer Survivor Teresa Rhyne and com­munity art project.

Breast Cancer Professional Panel

Monday, October 6| 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Parkview Community Hospital at 3865 Jackson Street |Walk through the breast cancer journey with our panel of doctors. Register at 951.788.3471.

Don’t Miss A Moment: Breast Health Seminar

Seminar: Monday, October 13 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Workshop: Monday, October 20, 5:30 p – 7:30 p |Parkview Community Hospital at 3865 Jackson Street |Learn about breast health: risk factors, the breast cancer gene, and imagining & mammography. Registra­tion required. Register at 951.788.3471.

Mezcal Goes Pink! Dinner & After Party

Thursday, October 30|Dinner 5pm – 9pm | After Party 10pm – 2am|Mezcal at 3737 Main St #100|Join us as we close out October with a bang! Costume contest and more!

Donate. Shop. Save (Lives)

All month (and year)| Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm | Pink Ribbon Thrift at 6681 Magnolia Ave. |Help support the programs of The Pink Ribbon Place by shopping or donating to Pink Ribbon Thrift. More classes, events, and information can be found at

http://www.thepinkribbonplace.org/2014/09/rethink-pink.html or by calling 951.823.0261.

Mission and Services

The Pink Ribbon Place provides support to all women, men and their loved ones who have been impacted by breast cancer by offering support groups, individual counseling, meditation groups, health and wellness programs, wigs, bras, and breast prosthesis at no cost.

The Pink Ribbon Place also offers free diagnostic services for uninsured and underinsured men and women under the age of 40 with breast health concerns residing in the cities of Riverside and Jurupa Valley.

The diagnostic program and center are supported year-round by Pink Ribbon Thrift, a vintage and thrift store that RCHF recently relocated to 6681 Magnolia Ave. in Riverside, near the Dairy Queen.

Riverside and Jurupa Valley residents in need of services are encouraged to call 951.823.0261 or e-mail info@thepinkribbonplace.org to find out how to qualify for diagnostic services.

For more information about The Pink Ribbon Place visit www.thepinkribbonplace. org. For more information about Riverside Community Health Foundation visit www.rchf.org.

LA/ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT YEAR-TO-DATE PASSENGER VOLUME UP

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laontario airportPassenger numbers at LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) rose 3.19 percent from January 2014 through August 2014, compared to the same period last year. ONT airlines served 2,726,679 travelers compared to 2,642,334 travelers during the same period in 2013.

International traffic continues its upward climb compared to last year. This year’s activity from January through July reflects a 74.01 percent increase over the same period in 2013. ONT is currently served by two Mexico-based carriers, Volaris, and AeroMexico. Both provide nonstop service between ONT and Guadalajara, Mexico. Volaris added a third flight on September 1st.

“This is the fifth month in a row that we have seen an increase in total passenger traffic at ONT. While the percentage growth for international traffic is up substantially this year, its base is much smaller than domestic traffic. We are encouraged that, so far in 2014, domestic traffic has measurably improved. We continue to observe an improving local economy, contributing to more travelers using ONT,” said ONT’s airport manager, Jess Romo. “We will keep working with our airline partners to maintain a competitive cost structure at the airport so that as the economy improves, we will be well positioned for growth in air service, which we continue to say is airline-driven and tied to the carriers’ need for strong bottom line performance.”

ONT is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a medium-hub, full-service airport with direct commercial jet service to 14 major U.S. cities and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There are approximately 60 daily flights offered by 8 air carriers. For more information about ONT, please visit www.flyOntario.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ONTAirport, and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/flyONTAirport.

2014 Guide to the Southern California Fair

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This year marks the 101st Southern California Fair, and its family-friendly traditions continue with nine days of fun, music, motorsports, educational exhibits, livestock auction, shopping, fair food, and more. There’s so much to see and so much that’s free with fair admission. The Southern California Fair is held October 4th-12th, 2014 at Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Use this guide for finding the best of this year’s events and attractions.

Monster TruckMotorsport Action

Monster trucks kick off the Fair’s first weekend with two shows on Saturday, October 4th and on Sunday, October 5th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Their oversized high-flying action is one of the Fair’s biggest crowd-pleasers and takes place in the Heineken Arena.

On the second weekend of the fair, Saturday, October 11th, the high impact Demo Cross show begins at 2:30pm followed by the non-stop action of stock car races at 7:30pm. Then Sunday, October 12th, the fair favorite Demolition Derby brings excitement at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. All motorsport events are free with fair admission.

Concert Series

The highly anticipated Fair concert series is back this year with a line-up of today’s hottest new music and classics that will rock the nights. Monday, October 6th stars Rockfest with Warrant and Jack Russell’s Great White. Tuesday, October 7th is country music’s favorite Scotty McCreery. Wednesday, October 8th Becky G performs her fan favorites. Thursday, October 9th, Awesome 80s with English Beat and Missing Persons blast to the past. And Friday, October 10th, Christian music favorites Rend Collective performs with Moriah Peters and Urban Rescue. All concerts begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted, and are free with fair admission.

Special Days at the Fair

CARNIVAL RIDES 22Coming to the fair offers fun for everyone, and promotion days offer fun savings. On Saturday, October 4th, Boy and Girl Scouts get in free in uniform or with proper identification. On Monday, October 6th, City of Perris residents get in free with proper identification. It’s super Friday, October 10th, with specials for all members of the family. Come dressed in a super hero costume and get in free until 4pm, all military in uniform or with identification get free admission all day, and seniors (age 60 and over) get $3 admission until 4pm on Friday, October 10th.

So Much to See and so Much That’s Free

With more to do and see than is possible in one day, the Southern California Fair is full of fun and surprises. Here’s a glimpse of exciting new attractions, fun contests, and entertainment that’s not to miss: Hypnotist, magic show, family fun eating contest, Wild West Turkey Stampede, Pirate’s of the Sky show, petting zoo and pony rides, arts and crafts demonstrations, livestock show and auction, trackless train, live art and music performances, and more. The Southern California Fair is a bargain full of fun.

Where to Get Tickets

Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at www.socalfair.com. Adult tickets are $5 ($8 at the gate), children tickets (ages 5-11) are $3 ($4 at the gate). Carnival wristbands are $20 ($28 at the gate). Tickets can also be purchased at participating Walgreen stores.

The Southern California Fair runs October 4-12, 2014  at Lake Perris Fairgrounds off the 215 freeway in Perris, Calif. For more information visit www.socalfair.com or call (951) 657-4221.

U.S. Forest Service Launches New Tool for Fire Preparedness

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SDG&E, UCLA helped to develop Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index

The USDA Forest Service, in collaboration with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and UCLA, today unveiled a new web-based tool to classify the fire threat potential of a weather phenomenon unique to Southern California – the powerful, hot, dry Santa Ana winds that can turn a spark into an inferno.

The Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, which includes four classification levels from “Marginal” to “Extreme,” will be used to help fire agencies, other first-responders and the public determine the appropriate actions to take based on the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire fueled by high winds.

“Given the current state of fuel conditions, we have the potential to see devastating fires this fall should significant Santa Ana winds occur,” said Forest Service Meteorologist Tom Rolinski. “This tool will directly benefit fire agencies by allowing us to better anticipate what kinds of resources may be needed, as well as where and when we could face the greatest challenges.”

Since the 2007 wildfires in San Diego County, SDG&E has been a partner in enhancing local fire preparedness and has taken major steps to strengthen its overhead electrical system – changing out wooden power poles for steel – to make the grid more wind- and fire-resistant. The utility also hired in-house meteorologists and installed 150 weather stations across its service area to gather real-time information about the impact of weather on utility equipment – all to improve situational awareness during emergencies.

SDG&E’s Dave Geier, vice president of electric transmission and system engineering, considered other ways to leverage this significant amount of weather data and to share it broadly.

“I asked my team to come up with something similar to the categories to rate hurricanes that could be used to classify Santa Ana wind events based on their potential to spread a major fire, which would help us in making operational decisions to protect our system and our customers,” said Geier. “The goal was to develop a uniform and recognizable system that also could be used to alert fire agencies and communities in time to prepare and take appropriate action.”

As luck would have it, Rolinski already had been working on a similar concept and was eager to share ideas and information. Initially, SDG&E’s meteorologists compiled hourly weather data for the last 30 years in Southern California – information that was used as a basis for the models that eventually led to the four-level wildfire threat index. The utility reached out to regional fire agencies, including the Forest Service and CAL FIRE, along with universities in Southern California, to partner in the development of the index. SDG&E also provided funding for state-of-the-art computing hardware and software to help turn the raw data into a manageable tool.

The actual “number crunching” was done by a team from UCLA, led by Dr. Robert Fovell, Ph.D., chair of the university’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, who applauded SDG&E’s weather network for “its unprecedented station density and uniformity.”

“We not only have a new, deeper understanding of how the San Diego-area terrain influences weather, especially wind, which is crucial to SDG&E’s operations, but we also have been able to make improvements in weather modeling that will benefit forecasters worldwide,” said Dr. Fovell.

The threat index includes four levels of increasingly severe fire potential:

  • “Marginal” (yellow) – Upon ignition, fires may grow rapidly.
  • “Moderate” (orange) – Upon ignition, fires will grow rapidly and will be difficult to control.
  • “High” (red) – Upon ignition, fires will grow very rapidly, will burn intensely, and will be very difficult to control.
  • “Extreme” (purple) – Upon ignition, fires will have explosive growth, will burn very intensely, and will be uncontrollable.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is the agency that issues a Red Flag Warning when weather conditions indicate the development of a strong Santa Ana. Forecasters look at fuel moisture, humidity levels, temperature and topography, as well as wind speed, to determine whether to declare a Red Flag Warning, which typically means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.

“This index will help forecasters to quantify a Red Flag Warning and the public to better understand the risk,” said Roger Pierce, director of the NWS in San Diego. “We believe this new tool will support and complement our forecasts and provide even more information to help the public to be better prepared.”

The Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index is intended to be used by fire agencies, emergency responders, the media and the public. The Forest Service “owns” the tool and is the agency responsible for determining and issuing the alerts, which can be found on the agency’s website at: www.santaanawildfirethreat.com

“Each of the levels includes recommended ‘calls to action’ that escalate as the chance of a catastrophic fire becomes more likely,” said Rolinski.

Recommended actions for the public include closely monitoring fire conditions, making sure cell phones are charged and vehicle gas tanks are full, as well as reviewing emergency evacuation plans at work and at home and registering phones to receive reverse-911 warnings for the latest information about an emergency.

FOUR FURY VETERANS RE-SIGN FOR 2014-15 CAMPAIGN

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Ontario Fury LogoThe Ontario Fury, Driven by Mark Christopher Chevrolet, are proud to announce that four key members of the Fury’s inaugural team will return for the 2014-15 Major Arena Soccer League season.

Indoor soccer veterans Majell Aterado, Tino Nunez, Sanaldo and Tiguinho will suit up for Ontario as it launches its second season in an exhibition game Oct. 19 against the Mexican National Indoor Soccer team.

“These four players are our core,” said Bernie Lilavois, the team’s president and head coach. “Each one brings such great experience on the field and leadership in the locker room that I am confident that we will challenge for a playoff spot.”

Nunez, who resides in Long Beach, was the Fury’s leading goal scorer in the 2013-14 season, netting 22 goals in 11 games. He posted the team’s first three-, four- and five-goal game last season, and has the fastest goal from the start of a period, scoring 10 seconds into a period against Sacramento last Nov. 17. When not playing for the Fury, he is the girls soccer coach at his alma mater, Long Beach Millikan High School.

Tiguinho, originally from Brazil, was the team leader in assists and points last season for Ontario. He came to Ontario after a successful stint with the MISL’s Wichita Wings, and held down important minutes in the Fury midfield. In 11 games, he posted four assists in a game twice, and scored the most points in a single game by a Fury player, recording two goals and four assists in the team’s season finale in February. Over the summer, Tiguinho led the Fury’s successful summer youth camps and coached Ontario’s developmental teams in the Premier Arena Soccer League.

Aterado was the first player signed by the Fury for the inaugural season. The veteran was named the team’s first captain, and posted six goals and seven assists in 12 games for Ontario. The midfielder also worked this summer in the Fury’s summer camp at the Scheu Family YMCA of Upland.

Goaltender Sanaldo is a long-time veteran of indoor soccer in the United States. He posted a 5-8 record with a 8.11 goals against average for the Fury, making 162 saves. Among those 162 stops, he was credited with a 25-save game in the season finale at Las Vegas and an 18-save game the week before at home against Las Vegas.  He also posted five assists from his position in the back.

The Fury will open training camp at the Scheu Family YMCA on Oct. 1 in preparation for the Oct. 19 matchup. The camp will include signed players and invited players from Fury Premier and a recent tryout at the Toros Mexico facility in Tijuana, Mexico.

Tickets for the Oct. 19 game – a doubleheader that will also feature the U.S. National Indoor Team vs. the Las Vegas Legends — and the entire season are on sale now through the Fury’s website (OntarioFury.com) and the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. Individual game tickets start at $10, while season tickets start at $90 for 11 home games.

For information about individual or group tickets for the 2014-15 season, contact the Fury at 909-457-0252, or go to OntarioFury.com.

 

National Public Lands Day Restoration Event

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Cactus Flat Off-Highway Vehicle Staging Area

USDACome join us on National Public Lands Day this Saturday near Big Bear.  Volunteers are needed to help with the restoration of disturbed lands at the Cactus Flat Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) staging area.

The Cactus Flat location is a change from what had been planned due to Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon, and the associated road closures. Traffic in and around the Big Bear Discovery Center should be avoided and alternative routes to the Cactus Flat OHV Staging Area should be taken as delays are expected from 6 AM to 3 PM for the day.  If you do plan on coming up through this area, please plan extra time into your commute with the additional traffic delays.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands for over twenty years. The events are held across all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.  Public Lands Day educates Americans about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands.  “National Public Lands Day provides a great opportunity for people from all walks of life to get out and enjoy your public lands,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron.

WHEN:  This Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00a.m. To 3:00p.m.

WHERE:  Meet at the Cactus Flat OHV Staging Area instead of the Big Bear Discovery Center.  The Cactus Flat OHV Staging Area is located off of Highway 18, north of Big Bear and south of Lucerne Valley.  From Highway 18 turn east onto Forest Road 3N03, and continue southeast approximately 1 mile, following the signs to the staging area. Forest Road 3N03 is a dirt road, high clearance vehicles are recommended. 

Please visit the website below to see the map of the Cactus Flat OHV Staging Area and a view of alternative routes available.  http://go.usa.gov/dxdH

HOW:  Volunteers will plant native plants and seed to restore the vegetation and reduce erosion.  Tools and gloves will be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for working in the outdoors. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

LUNCH, DRINKS, and 1 FREE Daily Adventure Pass provided for all volunteers.

To register for the event contact Dani Ortiz at 760-702-2074 or email at dortiz@fs.fed.us   

About the U.S. Forest Service:

The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.  Learn more at http://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf

READY, SET, PULL! FRIENDS OF ONTARIO AIRPORT AND ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HOST 6TH ANNUAL PLANE PULL FOR USO

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laontario airportBack by popular demand, the Friends of Ontario Airport and Ontario International Airport (ONT) will host the 6th Annual “Pull for Our Heroes” plane pull competition on October 4 benefiting the USO Ontario. The fundraiser will also benefit other non-profit organizations including Travelers Aid of the Inland Empire, Baldy View ROP Foundation and ONT’s educational outreach programs.

The plane pull is a fun and competitive team-building and tug-of-war exercise pitting teams of men and women against a 120,000 lb. 727 aircraft.  Each team of 20 will have two attempts to pull the 727 a distance of 25 feet. The winners will have a year’s bragging rights to Fastest Pull, Most Creative Team Name, Top Fundraising Team, and Slowest Pull.

This is the airport’s biggest annual fundraising event and it’s exciting to see it become more popular each year,” said Airport Manager Jess Romo.  “We’ve had a long-standing partnership with the Friends of Ontario Airport and thank them for all their support over the past 20 years.”

Past teams include United Parcel Service, USO Ontario, Frito Lay/ PepsiCo,

Ontario International Airport, Niagara Bottling LLC, City of Ontario, Ontario Police Officers Association, Kaiser Permanente and Sothern California City Clerks Association.

For inquiries on becoming a sponsor, team entry, exhibitor or volunteer, please contact ONTAirportRep@LAWA.org or call (909) 544-5360.  The event is free and open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Free parking is available at Lot F, on the corner of Airport Dr. and Vineyard Ave (Due to construction on Vineyard Ave. please use Archibald Ave., head west on Airport Drive).

ONT is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a medium-hub, full-service airport with direct commercial jet service to 14 major U.S. cities and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There are approximately 60 daily departures offered by 8 air carriers. For more information about ONT, please visit www.flyOntario.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ONTAirport, and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/flyONTAirport.

Downtown Riverside Holds Fall/Winter Show on Thursday, October 2nd

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Downtown Riverside’s Fashion District is Destination STYLE. The Fashion District Downtown Riverside Fall/Winter Show is a FREE event that will be held on Thursday, October 2nd on Main Street between University and Mission Inn Ave in downtown Riverside at 6 pm. Over 100 models will take the stage to showcase unique fashions and accessories that are available from retailers in downtown Riverside. The Show is being coordinated by Brian Hopper of The Vanity Haus- A Fashion Collective, Josh Roa St. Pierre, and presented by the Riverside Downtown Partnership.

May Fashion (6 of 102)Before and after the show, shoppers can visit downtown retailers along Main Street and the downtown core to purchase the latest fall and winter styles and accessories. Signage and a Fashion Show Line Up will be provided so that attendees can easily identify outfits and retailers. Event attendees can also take advantage of the red carpet photo opportunity at Mezcal Cantina Y Cocina located on the corner of Main Street and University Ave.

Be sure to come back to Downtown Riverside’s Fashion District on Saturday, October 4th to experience styling expertise, shopping specials, and stylist demos. Don’t forget to enter to win one of three unique gift baskets (value $100) prepared by Wendie Monrroy on Main, Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, and Shop on Lemon. Entry forms are available at Toni Moore Clothing/How She Wore It at 3689 6th Street, MP Couture at 3738 Main Street, and Shop on Lemon at 3850 Lemon Street.

Hair and makeup services are provided by participating downtown salons and Riverside Community College Cosmetology Department. “The RCC Cosmetology partnership with Fashion District Downtown Riverside Shows is a tremendous benefit. The Fashion Shows have brought a new level of excitement to RCC students as they have engaged students in the real life aspects of working with show producers, fashion designers and the public,” says Peter Westbrook, RCC Cosmetology Program Director.

Past participating downtown retailers have included All That Glitters, American Werewolf Productions, Artisan Antique Alley, Crooks Skate Shop, Cruz Custom Tailors, DragonMarsh, Formal Image, House of Flames, House of Imports, How She Wore It, IAMME, Iliana Boutique, Kelly’s Boutique at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, MP Couture, Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, Old Glory General Store, Recycle Fashion USA, Red Dolly Swimwear, Sultry Vamps Lolita Fashion, Toni Moore Clothing, The Parrott, The Vanity Haus, Trizzio, Wendie Monrroy on Main, and West of Tucson.

With its core of fashion retailers, our stores that sell fashion accessories, and our salons and spas, downtown Riverside has become the destination fashion district of the Inland Empire.  So when you’re looking for that unique must-have outfit or accessory, downtown Riverside and its fashion district has to be your destination of choice.

Visit www.RiversideDowntown.org for more information on downtown Riverside and a full listing of retailers.

For updates on Fashion District Downtown Riverside, visit www.Facebook.com/FashionDistrictDowntownRiverside  and Twitter/Instagram @RiversideFashion. Tag us on social media at #RiversideFashion.

Model and press inquiries should be directed to Robbie Silver, Event/Stage Manager, at rdprobbie@sbcglobal.net or 951-341-6550.

 

About Riverside Downtown Partnership (RDP)

RDP is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in 1981 to advocate for a better downtown. RDP manages Downtown Riverside’s Business Improvement District.

RDP’s vision of Downtown Riverside is the regional destination for businesses and service industries. With employment opportunities and attractive locations for growth, downtown Riverside is recognized for the quality of its cultural life, concentration of arts, educational programs, and urban living opportunities.

RDP’s mission is to promote, represent, and manage an environment to support downtown Riverside as a regional destination for economic, arts, cultural and residential uses.

PINK BEAR PAWS FOR A BIG CAUSE

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Pink Bear Paw Decals Raise Funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation

Decal_PinkPawsBig Bear Visitors Bureau will sell pink bear paw decals to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. The popular iconic bear paws, which are typically white, will be replaced with a pink-colored bear paw accompanied with a pink ribbon graphic on the palm of the paw to represent breast cancer awareness. The limited edition pink bear paw decals, which are great to display on automobiles are on sale now, and will be available for purchase until supplies run out. The decals are $7 each with 50 percent of the proceeds going toward National Breast Cancer Foundations, Inc. programs.

“We are quite aware that breast cancer will affect 1 in every 8 women. It could be somebody’s mother, sister or a friend,” said Big Bear Visitors Bureau Director of Operations Rebecca Hrabia. “We want to do are part to help raise funds for breast cancer programs such as prevention, early detection, free mammograms and research.”

To order the limited edition pink bear paw decals visit www.bigbear.com or call 800-424-4232. Decals are also available at the Big Bear Visitor Center located at 630 Bartlett Road in Big Bear Village.

RivCoParks Launches Crowdfunding Project to Raise $10,000 for Good Hope Community Park

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Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District (RivCoParks) is committed to enhancing Good Hope Community Park by adding new handicapped parking stalls, and access ramps to the park and restrooms.RivCoParks is actively pursuing a funding goal of $10,000 through the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Fund Your Park campaign, facilitating creation of the project and benefiting the communities of Good Hope and Meadowbrook.

The money raised for this project will be used to enhance the existing playground, and add needed improvements to turf. Due to the lack of other public playgrounds and parks in the area, Good Hope Community Park is an ideal candidate for this campaign. The project will impact the surrounding community by providing access to outdoor play for children, including those with disabilities.

A third of Good Hope’s population is under the age of 18; this translates to 22,998 children in the immediate vicinity, 713 of whom are living with some kind of disability. RivCoParks’ intent is to address these statistics by facilitating social equity along with health and wellness through the development of a park of which the deserving community can be proud. The project will address the needs of children of all abilities and deliver substantial health benefits for all children. Regular physical activity as achieved in a park can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, maintain healthy body weight, and improve social and mental health.

Good Hope Community Park was chosen to be featured on the Fund Your Park site through a competitive application process with NRPA. Fund Your Park is a crowdfunding platform designed by NRPA exclusively for park and recreation agencies. Additional funding sources will be sought with the support and partnering of community volunteers.  Official ribbon cutting and opening of the park improvements to the public is expected by December 31, 2014.

The mission of the Park District is to acquire, protect, develop, manage, and interpret for the inspiration, use, and enjoyment of all people, a well-balanced system of areas of outstanding scenic, recreational, and historic importance. This project will not simply provide improved access to the park, it will provide a place where all visitors can continue to enjoy special events. From newborns to golden years – active to passive – athletic to crafty – RivCoParks offers something for everyone. For individuals or organizations wishing to contribute, please visit http://www.goodhopefunding.com

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org