Local company partners to Reforest California

   Stater Bros. Supermarkets, Coca-Cola, and California State Parks are launching Reforest California, a campaign to raise funds for reforestation and fire prevention in California State Parks hit hard by wildfires over the past six years. Cuyamaca Rancho State Park near San Diego and Chino Hills State Park in San Bernardino County will be the primary recipients of the campaign’s goal to add 1 million native trees.

   To supplement the campaign’s reforestation efforts, a fire-prevention education program will be implemented in five state parks: Cuyamaca Rancho, Chino Hills, Silverwood Lake, Mount San Jacinto and Palomar Mountain State Parks.  Shoppers at Stater Bros. supermarkets will have the opportunity to make a $1 tax-deductible donation to reforestation efforts at checkout or online at www.reforestcalifornia.com

   The campaign will run from April 8 through May 19.

SCAG plans annual meeting in Coachella Valley

   The Southern California Association of Governments will hold its 44th annual General Assembly on May 7 – 8 at the La Quinta Resort in Coachella Valley.  The annual meeting of elected officials, government agencies and their representatives from throughout Southern California, is billed as an “opportunity for attendees to meet and conduct business on important regional issues, while networking with leaders in the region and celebrating SCAG’s accomplishments of the past year,” according to a news release.

   The schedule includes a legislative reception, and policy discussions, including the unveiling of the SB 375 Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCS) Concept Plan, presentations of SCAG-generated profiles to each member city, and keynote speakers.

   Information: Online at www.scag.ca.gov/ga09/;<QA0>

   Hotel reservations available at www.laquintaresort.com

Local AAF chapter meeting topic will be survival as a freelancer

   The local chapter of the American Advertising Federation will hold a luncheon workshop on the topic of “How to Survive As A Freelancer” on Thursday at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Riverside.  According to a news release, the workshop is for freelancers who work in marketing, advertising, photography, Web design, graphic design and public relations.

   Three panelists will lead the discussion: Hank Blank, principal of Hank Blank Inc., will lead the discussion on business development; Peter Quill, chief strategy officer of Motor Creative Marketing will discuss how freelancers should work and coordinate with agencies; and Theresa Mesa, president of Mesa Design House, will discuss taxes and record keeping for freelancers.

   Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and will end at 1:30 p.m.  Cost: If pre-registered, $5 for AAF and student members and $10 for nonmembers; registration at the door is an additional $5.  Information: (909) 921-1062, or online at www.aaf-inlandempire.com

Cal State San Bernardino to hold career expo today

   The Career Development Center at Cal State San Bernardino held the 2009 Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the school’s Coussoulis Arena.  The free event is open to the public.  Attendees are encouraged to dress for interviews and bring multiple copies of their resumes.  Information: (909) 537-5250, or online at career.csusb.edu

Claremont school seeks applicants for Nonprofit Innovation awards

   The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University has announced a call for applications for the 2009 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.  The first-place prize is $100,000, thanks to a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation.  The second-place award is $7,500, and the third-place prize is $5,000.  The award application is now available on the school’s Web site, www.druckerinstitute.com 

   The submission deadline is July 1. Information: Via e-mail at award@druckerinstitute.com

Green Energy Symposium slated at Riverside City Hall

   Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, in partnership with Riverside Public Utilities, presents a Green Energy Symposium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main St., Riverside.  Featured speakers include Assemblyman Manuel Perez and keynote speaker Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs.  There is no charge to attend, and lunch is being provided by the utilities agency.  Other topics on the symposium agenda include the Palm Desert Initiative, Renewable Energy and the city of Riverside’s Green Action Plan. Ali Sahabi will be honored at the luncheon for his efforts on behalf of the Green Valley Initiative.  Information: (951) 955-4900, or via e-mail to Linda Romano, liromano@capriverside.org

Executive director of Inland Valley nonprofit honored for achievement

   Pomona Valley Workshop, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving adults with disabilities with locations in Montclair and Pomona, has announced that EXCEED, a division of Valley Resource Center, awarded the Gladys Davies Lifetime Achievement Award to PVW’s executive director, Karen Jones.  The award was presented to Jones by Rich Williams from the state Department of Developmental Services at EXCEED’s 30th annual awards celebration on March 21.  Jones has spent more than 20 years working with PVW, which began providing services for adults with developmental disabilities in 1966.  The organization focuses on vocational training, employment preparation, job placement and support, senior citizen specialties, community access and integration opportunities.

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Inland Empire art school celebrates first graduating class

   The Art Institute of California — Inland Empire held its first graduation ceremony March 27. Twenty-six students received their degrees at the ceremony.  “This is a big night for our graduates and their families and friends,” the school’s founding president, Byron Chung, said in a news release.  “But it is something I have dreamed about for four years.”

   The school opened in January of 2006, although some of the bachelor’s degree recipients got head starts by attending other schools in the state within The Art Institutes system.
Chung is now president of The Art Institute of California — San Francisco.  “They have worked hard at The Art Institute of California — Inland Empire for three years,” Emam El-Hout, the current president, said in the release. “Today is very special for them, and for us.”

   Information: Richard Green, (909) 915-2100; or online at www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire

Redlands welcomes new restaurant to downtown area

   Thanks to an agreement with the city to help reuse and restore another historic building in downtown Redlands, Romano’s Restaurant, 330 Orange St., will open to the public April 13.  The Redlands Redevelopment Agency entered into an agreement with Gary Romano and Les Richter in August through the agency’s Commercial Rehabilitation Program, according to a news release.  The agency agreed to purchase the building’s facade with the provision that the monies would be used for the renovation of the historic structure.  The improvements had to meet the city’s historic-building design quality standards.  Information: (909) 335-4755.

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