Category Archives: Arts, Culture, Entertainment

Riverside’s Ancient Cahuilla Heritage

Cahuilla Dewlling


Is pleased to present Sean Milanovich, Curator of Anthropology Riverside Metropolitan Museum as our special guest speaker for a talk on

“Riverside’s Ancient Cahuilla Heritage: Beliefs, Customs & Relationship to the Land…”

with Question-Answer & Discussion Period

Thursday, Sept. 17, 7 o’clock p.m.

Frances MacArthur Multi-Purpose Room

Ruth Lewis Community Center at Reid Park

701 North Orange Street between Columbia & Garner in Riverside’s Northside Neighborhood


Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for more information: (951)787-0617

Mountain Biking Mania Flourishing In Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park

Mountain Biking in Sycamore Canyon Park has always been a special treat. With vast changes in elevation and long stretches of trails, the largest wilderness park within City Limits West of the Mississippi continues to attract biking enthusiasts. But be warned, according to riders interviewed in Suzanne Hurt’s Press Enterprise story must be “willing to suffer.”

Mountain Bike Riding the Rocks in Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park











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FREE Arts & Sports Day Camp July 20-23

Elementary Day Camp FlyerIf you know some families who would enjoy a free Arts & Sports Day Camp, it’s happening  July 20-23 at Crest Community Church.
It’s a way to bless parents (free childcare), and give our youngest neighbors some fun activities to participate in.  Parents can drop their children off at 9am, and pick them back up at 11:30am here at Crest Community Church.
Would you mind passing this along to any families you know who could be interested?
For Questions or More Information, contact David McClannahan (the program coordinator) at (720) 318-1964,
or John Dixon .(303) 881-8910.

You can download the flyer or forward the link along as well.

Blessings to you,

John Dixon

Crest Community Church

Community Calendar Events

Save Water!

Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater Class

Space Limited Click Here to Register
(click on below image to download flyer)

Nominations Due June 12  Riverside Land Conservancy Pride of Place Award(click on below image to download nomination form)Riverside Land Conservancy is pleased to announce we have extended the deadline for Pride of Place Award nominations to Friday, June 12 by 5:00pm.  Do you know of someone who deserves recognition for their efforts in protecting open space? If your answer is yes, please nominate them for an award! Visit our website for more information on past awardees and to download a nomination form.

Our 2nd Annual Pride of Place Gala will celebrate our open spaces and the people who inspire their protection on October 15, 2015 at Riverside’s  beautiful Crestmore Manor. We look forward to receiving your award nominations and hopefully celebrating with you all in October!

For any questions or concerns, please contact Rachael at 951-788-0670 or

Homegrown Riverside Recipe Contest

(click on below images to download flyer)

Bicycling Traffic Skills 101

This year Inland Empire Biking Alliance (IEBA) started the Easley Bike Education Fund as a memorial to William Easley, who lost his life when hit by a motorist. The generous donations from friends and family helped us to conclude that IEBA should offer classes that could help all of us be safer while riding in traffic.

SO we are offering Traffic Skills 101 classes in Redlands on May 30 and August 8th. The normal costs for these classes are $50 but we are dipping into the fund to offer a major discount. $35 for non members and $10 for members at the $25 level or higher.

Here are the links to register:

Our Vice President, Robert Neiuber will be conducting the class.

“Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles” – John Forester from the book Effective Cycling.

This is an in-depth, 8 hour course designed to enable people to ride safely and confidently just about anywhere.

The class includes learning how to perform a pre-ride safety check, fix a flat, and make minor mechanical adjustments. Enrollees will review bike related laws and practice bike skills and hazard avoidance maneuvers.

About 3 hours of classroom time and about 5 hours of drills and putting what you have learn into practice.

This class is recommended for adults and youth ages 16 and up. All partiicipants should bring a bikes in good ridable condition with brakes and a helmet.

Only 12 participants per class.

Call Robert at 909-749-4170 if you have any questions.

Give Back!(click on the below images and give to these local, deserving causes – both Daniel and Fox Farm have given tirelessly to make Riverside a more sustainable community)Fox Farm Chicken Coop Daniel’s Life Saving Dog

May is Bike Month – Help Celebrate!Inland Empire Biking Alliance T-Shirt Sale(click below image to order your T-shirt!)

Purchase Your Tickets Now!

Grow Riverside Conference

If you missed the first two “Dinners in the Grove”, don’t fret. The Citrus Circle Dinneron Thursday, June 11 in association with the upcoming GrowRIVERSIDE Conference promises a divine local farm-to-table dining experience. There are still a few tickets left, so grab yours now!

Register here:

The dinner will take place at the Sunkist Center at California Citrus State Historic Park and feature a farm-to-table dining experience from sponsor The Salted Pig featuring food and drinks concocted and cooked up using local Riverside ingredients, including citrus from nearby groves. The dinner will also feature beer from sponsor Wicks Brewing Company and wine from Galleano Winery. There will also be a live band.

The dinner will also feature a keynote address from Robert Egger, the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, which recovers fresh fruits and vegetables to fuel a culinary arts job training program for men and women coming out of foster care and older men and women returning from incarceration. L.A. Kitchen is currently holding a pilot program at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, and will move into its own kitchen facility in 2015.

Register here:

Robert pioneered this model during his 24 year tenure as the President of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen”, where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job training program. Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen (which is a $10 million a year, self-sustaining, social enterprise) has produced over 26 million meals and helped 1,000 men and women gain full time employment.

Seats are limited for the dinner, so register now to reserve your spot for a special night to support GrowRIVERSIDE and celebrate local food and citrus in Riverside.

Summary of Details:

What: Citrus Circle Dinner – A Farm-to-Table Dinner in Association with the GrowRIVERSIDE Conference
When: Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Sunkist Center – 9400 Dufferin Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504
Registration and Tickets:

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GrowRIVERSIDE Conference Tickets:

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Senior Awards Nomination Information

The Mayor’s Commission on Aging proudly announces that nominations for its Senior Citizens’ Awards will be open May 1 – May 31.  You may nominate a senior citizen for his/her significant contributions to our City by filling out a nomination form and attaching an essay detailing the person’s civic contributions, then mailing it to the address on the form.  Forms will be available in limited supply at the senior centers and libraries in May, or by accessing the city’s website @ and clicking on the link provided on the Mayor’s page after May 1.  Specific requirements are stated on the form.  The Awards Ceremony will be held on Senior Citizens’ Day, August 21, at City Hall.  More information about the day’s many events will be made available in the coming months.

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Riverside Retail Story App

Riverside Plaza Retail Story App


Riverside currently ranks as the 12th largest city in California, 6th in Southern California, and is the economic powerhouse of one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Riverside was named #1 U.S. City for Small Business by Inc. Magazine, #2 Hot Spot for Tech in the U.S. and #6 Happiest Place in the Nation for Young Professionals. More importantly, residents and business owners in Riverside are excited by what’s happening in the City and what our collective future holds.

With the interactive map feature, viewers can see which retail centers are closest to them.
Here is The Galleria at Tyler.

Riverside is exceptionally well-positioned and is an attractive place for businesses and families to relocate. Housing prices continue to build momentum with a 13% percent increase over last year.

Taxable sales in Riverside County have increased year over year by 11.7%, which is the highest increase of any county in California. Riverside also experiences the highest per capita sales over the county, Southern California and the state as a whole. It’s no surprise that Riverside continues to rank among the top American cities for the “Playful City USA” award.

Click HERE to access the Office of Economic Development’s new interactive retail story map.

Events and Happenings

New City Manager Completes Team

John Russo and Alex Nguyen

City Manager John Russo Completes Executive Team With Hiring of Alex Nguyen

Nguyen joins Al Zelinka and Deanna Lorson as Assistant City Managers in Riverside RIVERSIDE, Calif. –


Nguyen’s hiring completes the team of three Assistant City Managers who will work closely with Russo and supervise the operations of all City departments. Responsibilities have been divided up thusly:

Nguyen – Police, Fire, Library, Museum, and the Parks, Recreation and Community Services departments.

Lorson – Administration, Communications, Finance, General Services, Human Resources, Innovation and Technology

Zelinka – Community and Economic Development, Riverside Public Utilities, Internal Audits, Public Works

Read the full press release.

If you have questions, Contact: Phil Pitchford Intergovernmental and Communications Officer 951-826-5975

Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Wine and music the perfect combination to celebrate and support the work of two local treasures: The Riverside Neighborhood Partnership – Neighbors Working Together To Make Where They Live Awesome Places, and the Riverside Concert Band.

Tickets are limited
Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Community Meeting Redevelopment Corridor University Ave.

This meeting is back on schedule and ready for your careful input.

University Ave Design CharetteThursdays May 14th and June 4th at Stratton Community Center at Bordwell Park 6:30 p.m. For more Info contact: Kaitlyn Nguyen 951-826-2430  or



Randall Lewis Seminar Series:

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required:

Note that the place of the seminar has moved. We will be meeting at the University Extension Center-Room E 1200 University Avenue, Riverside.

Wednesday, May 13, 5:30 p.m.

Neighbor Fest

If you didn’t make Neighborfest 1 when at Bobby Bonds last October, here’s your next closest chance to experience what hundreds of neighbors have been a buzz about.

Check out Neighborfest.


Grow Riverside

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Grow RiversideSave the Date. Grow Riverside and our sustainable, local agricultural future is open for discussion. Join us for this community conversation about a possible future for Riverside.

Second GrowRIVERSIDE “Dinner in the Grove” set for Saturday, May 16; to Deliver Farm-to-School Twist

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Robert Reich Coming To UCR This Week For Film and Dialogue

Robert Reich

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, who is widely regarded as a leading expert on inequality, work and the economy, will speak at UC Riverside on Tuesday, Feb. 10, as part of the School of Public Policy Seminar Series.

“An Evening with Robert Reich” will begin at 4:30 p.m. with refreshments on the University Theatre patio. The documentary film “Inequality for All,” which examines widening income inequality in the United States, will screen in the theater from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Reich, who narrates the film, will answer questions about themes addressed in the documentary from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested as seating is limited. Free parking will be available in Lot 6. RSVP online or by contacting Mark Manalang at (951) 827-5656 or

Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as labor secretary in the Clinton administration, and was named one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretaries of the 20th century by Time Magazine.

He is the author of numerous books, including best sellers “Aftershock” and “The Work of Nations,” and “Beyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy and how to fix it.” He is a founding editor of American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, and a political commentator on programs such as “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” and “Marketplace.”

“Inequality for All” premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking. Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, the film examines widening income inequality and the effect of the growing gap on the U.S. economy and American democracy.


Tel: (951) 827-7847
Twitter: bettyemiller


Mark Manalang
Tel: (951) 827-5656