Publication features Fontana manufacturer

   A&R Tarpaulins Inc. in Fontana was featured in the February issue of the Industrial Fabric Association International’s Specialty Fabrics Review for its achievements, management style and growth despite the recession, according to a news release.  The company is owned and operated by Carmen and Bud Weisebart.  Carmen Weisebart is president of the company and Bud Weisebart is vice president.  Information: www.artech2000.com

Claremont senior program gives financial education course

   Claremont’s senior program will continue its free Senior Topics Seminar series with a presentation titled “A Financial Education Seminar: Financial Blunders – Lessons We Never Learn,” 10 – 11 a.m. March 18 at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave.  The topic will be presented by Christopher Wiloughby, a financial adviser with the Society for Financial Awareness.  The program is free and open to people of all ages.  Information: (909) 399-5488

Annual meeting to feature talk by regional economist

   The Inland Empire Economic Partnership will hold its 23rd annual meeting luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 11 at the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside.  The keynote speaker, Redlands-based regional economist John Husing, will discuss “The Inland Empire’s Recession … Its Causes and Likely Solution.”

   Cost: $50 per person; $350 for a table of eight. Reservations are required by March 4.  Information: events@ieep.com and sponsorships are still available: (951) 779-6700, ext. 239, or via e-mail at cmendez@ieep.com

University, community college sign dual-admission agreement

   Officials from Mount San Jacinto Community College and Cal State San Bernardino have signed a dual-admission agreement that will allow students to take courses concurrently at the schools.  The program will be evaluated for effectiveness on an annual basis.

   After the three-year term of the agreement, the college and the university will have the option of renewing the agreement.  Information: Mount San Jacinto College at (951) 487-3280 or Cal State San Bernardino at (909) 537-8111 or (909) 537-5188.

Redlands real-estate company ranked No. 1 on West Coast

   Century 21 Lois Lauer Realty in Redlands was recently named the top-producing Century 21 office in the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii.  It was the firm’s third consecutive, No. 1 regional ranking and the 10th in the firm’s 11-year association with Century 21, according to a news release.  The office’s sales have also placed it in the top 10 nationwide for those 11 consecutive years.  Lois Lauer Realty was also No. 1 in the county among all real-estate offices, the agency said in the news release.  Information: www.loislauer.com

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New statewide hotline aims to help California’s renters

   Tenants Together, a statewide organization that aims to help renters, is launching a new hotline for tenants in foreclosure situations. According to a news release, Tenants Together announced the hotline to address a growing problem — “the harassment and displacement of tenants who are innocent victims of the mortgage crisis.”  California tenants can reach the Tenant Foreclosure Hotline at (415) 495-8012.

   Among other topics, hotline volunteers may assist in:  Finding out if a particular rental property is in foreclosure; identifying the new owner after a foreclosure sale; locating organizations that provide legal representation for tenants in foreclosures; keeping utilities on and getting repairs done in all stages of the foreclosure process; protecting and recovering security deposits.

Voit Development completes 2nd phase of SB business park

   Construction has been completed on Phase II at Voit Development Co.’s Waterman Business Park, a 500,000-square-foot mixed-use office and industrial business center on Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino.  This phase is comprised of seven industrial buildings, ranging in size from 20,000 to 40,000 square feet that are currently being marketed for sale or lease.

   James Camp and Chris Cussen of Voit Development are the project managers on the project.  Herrick Johnson and Alexey Zabolotskikh of Lee & Associates’ Riverside office are the exclusive marketing representatives for the industrial portions of Waterman Business Park.   Information: www.voitco.com

UC Riverside Extension plans class on prepping home for sale

   Riverside Extension will hold a class on “Staging Your Home to Sell” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7.  The course, to be instructed by real-estate professional Sabine Gross-Vasquez, will be held at the extended learning program’s building, 1200 University Ave. Cost: $65, which includes parking. 

   Information: (951) 827-5801 or via e-mail to arts@ucx.ucr.edu

   Registration:  (951) 827-4105, or visit www.extension.ucr.edu

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Chino Hills shopping center to hold Fashion Night 2009

   The Shoppes at Chino Hills, 13920 City Center Drive, will host a series of free activities from 5 to 8 p.m. March 14 during Fashion Night 2009 in celebration of the spring fashion season, according to a news release.

   “Project Runway” finalist Jerell Scott will speak.  The event will also feature an interactive art show and sale provided by members of the Associated Artists of the Inland Empire and the Pomona Valley Art Association.  Information: (866) 909-0305, or online at www.TheShoppesAtChinoHills.com