Fundraiser for SBPD Officer Gabe Garcia at Mexico Cafe today

Gabe Garcia Mexico Cafe FundraiserWhat’s for dinner?

How about a heaping helping of philanthropy?

The Mexico Cafe and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association is hosting a fundraiser at the restaurant today (December 8) for San Bernardino Police Officer Gabe Garcia, who is recovering after being shot back in August.

All tips and donations will be given to his family to help with his rehabilitation.

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International Tamale Festival returns to Indio this weekend

It’s the first weekend in December, and that means it’s time for the Indio International Tamale Festival!

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (December 6) and Sunday (December 7). It takes place in downtown Indio, between Highway 111 and Indio Boulevard, along Miles Avenue, Towne Street, Smurr Street and Requa Avenue.

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My Delight Cupcakery celebrating fifth anniversary on Sunday

My Delight Cupcakery Fifth AnniversaryOntario’s My Delight Cupcakery is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Sunday (December 7).

The event will run from noon to 5 p.m.

The award-winning bakery will give away gift bags to the first 50 customers and a cupcake to the first 100 customers There will also be giveaways all day long.

Be prepared to delight in a special cupcake menu featuring the bakery’s all-time best sellers.

And because man (and woman) cannot live by cupcakes alone, there will be a pair of food trucks — Cousins Maine Lobster and Me So Hungry — to provide a prelude (or perhaps the other way around) to dessert.

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Limited-time pumpkin shake available at Baker’s Drive-Thru

Baker's Drive-Thru's pumpkin shakeBaker’s Drive-Thru debuted its limited-time pumpkin shake last week.

The hand-scooped dessert will only be available as long as the ingredient supply holds out, which is expected to be just a few more days.

The shake is available in one size, at the bargain price of $2.

I had a sneak preview of the shake before its unveiling and thought it was delicious, tasting a little like pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Baker’s Drive-Thru locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

Riverside Plaza Dickey’s Barbecue Pit begins three-day grand opening celebration today

Dickey's Riverside Grand OpeningThe new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Riverside Plaza (3540 Riverside Plaza Drive, Suite 314) is celebrating a three-day grand opening beginning at 11 a.m. this morning (November 6).

Today, the first 50 guests receive gift cards worth up to $50 and the next 100 guests will receive free meal vouchers.

On Friday (November 7), the first 100 guests will receive a big yellow cup of tea, plus there will be giveaways of  Dickey’s swag all day long.

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Bright Prospect Fundraiser at The Brick Market and Deli tonight

Bright Prospect Brick Market DeliPomona’s The Brick Market and Deli is hosting a fundraiser for Bright Prospect from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (October 28).

Bright Prospect is an organization which has a goal is to increase college-going rates among underserved populations across the nation.

To participate, simply print this flier and present it when you order and the Brick will donate 20% of your bill to Bright Prospect.

The Brick Market and Deli is at 105 E. Arrow Highway.

Carolyn’s Cafe hosting first BBQ Night on Saturday

Carolyn's BBQ NightCarolyn’s Cafe in Redlands — usually only open until 2 p.m. — is hosting its first BBQ Night from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (October 18).

Tri-tip and pulled pork sandwiches and plates will be available, plus your choice of ranchero beans, cole slaw or fries for sides.

And it wouldn’t be Carolyn’s without their famous coffee cake — or chocolate chip crumb cake, if you prefer — for dessert.

Carolyn’s is at 1711 W. Lugonia Ave.