Highland chamber to launch ‘Dine Out Highland’ campaign

   The Highland Chamber of Commerce will launch a new program Feb. 13 in an effort to promote local eateries and raise funds for chamber activities.  The first “Dine Out Highland” event will be at JP’s Mexican Villa, 7750 Palm Ave.  For the day, 10 percent of each customer bill will go to support the chamber.  Information: (909) 864-4073, or e-mail hcoc@highlandchamber.org

Rancho Cucamonga organization waiving fees for conference

   In response to budget constraints restricting conference attendance for credit union staff, Rancho Cucamonga-based CO-OP Financial Services announced this week that it is waiving registration fees for its annual THINK 2009 event.  This will save credit unions more than $450 each.  The complimentary registration for the event, scheduled for April 5 – 8 near Austin, Texas, applies to staff members of credit unions only, and does not include guest, golf and equipment rental fees.  Information: (800) 782-9042, ext. 7001, or online at http://www.co-opfs.org/THINK

Claremont chamber to hold new member orientation

   The Claremont Chamber of Commerce will hold a new member orientation at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the chamber’s office, 205 Yale Ave.  The event is an opportunity for new members to learn about member benefits.  Attendees will also be able to meet chamber staff, board members and chamber ambassadors.  Reservations are required by Feb. 2. Information: (909) 624-1681.

Fontana classes aim to help people cope with economic crisis

   Fontana is hosting free Community Assistance Program classes for adults at the Cypress Neighborhood Center, 8380 Cypress Ave. Class topics are “Master the Job Interview” offered from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 3; “Couples and Money” from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 12; and “Understanding Your Credit Report” offered from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 26. Information: (909) 428-8374, or visit http://www.fontanacap.org

Forum to focus on business opportunities in Murrieta

   The city of Murrieta, the Economic Development Corp. and Commerce Bank of Temecula Valley will present the free “Secret of Success Forum” 2-5 p.m. Feb. 24.  The event will be at City Hall, 24601 Jefferson Ave.  It will focus on manufacturing opportunities and industrial properties available in Murrieta, among other topics. Reservations are required. Information: (951) 461-6009, or e-mail ghunter@murrieta.org

Redlands’ Zonta Club welcomes 10 new members

   The Zonta Club of Redlands has welcomed 10 new members: Ellen Cope, Caroldyne Swedlove, Monique Vinson-Wilks, Dawn Saunders, Michelle Boland, Danielle Garcia, Sherry Shipley, Laura Koger, Marilyn Johnson and Francis Razor.

   Zonta is an international service organization of business professionals working to improve the legal, political, economic, educational and professional status of women. Information: Online at http://www.zonta.org, or call Ellie O’Brien at (909) 793-6032.

Upland nonprofit offers homebuying seminar

   Lenders Who Care, a nonprofit organization of mortgage professionals, is holding a homebuying seminar Feb. 4 at the Upland Public Library. The free event, “Understanding the New Federal $7,500 Tax Benefit and Overview for First-Time Home Buyer Programs,” will start at 6:30 p.m.  Resources offered include national directories of affordable lending programs, housing agencies and certified Lenders Who Care lenders.

   The nonprofit was conceived of and created in 2004 by Julie Miller and a group of concerned mortgage professionals, including Tim Harrison, based in Upland. Information: (800) 499-3075, or via e-mail at classes@consumermortgageadvocate.org, or online at http://www.lenderswhocare.org

SB councilman to represent city at two agencies

   San Bernardino councilman Rikke Van Johnson has been appointed to represent the city in 2009 at the Inland Valley Development Agency and the San Bernardino International Airport Authority.  “We will be doing everything we can to bring economic redevelopment to the area in and around the San Bernardino International Airport,” Johnson said in a news release.