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Library’s New MakerSpace Lets Patrons Create

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Sandra Stokley and published in the Press Enterprise on June 8, 2016.)

Photo Credit: Stan Lim, The Pree Enterprise
Photo Credit: Stan Lim, The Press Enterprise

The quiet main library in downtown Riverside has catapulted into the 21st Century with the official launch of its MakerSpace room.

The “do-it-yourself” area lets library patrons use computers, software, 3-D printers and other cutting-edge technology to create everything from jewelry to clothes to art.

“This is a whole new field for libraries,” Riverside City Councilman Andy Melendrez said Tuesday, June 7, minutes after emerging from the recording booth, where he laid down some rap tracks.

“It was cool,” he said.

Just a few feet away, people crowded around the 3-D printer – a Maker-Bot Replicator – oohing and aahing as it created a miniature replica of the Eiffel Tower. The printer creates actual objects using code.

In addition to the printer and recording booth, the Riverside Library MakerSpace features a collaborative media table, iMac and MacBook Pro computers, Lego Minecraft kits and littleBits, electronic building blocks that teach youngsters how to create circuit boards.

“The MakerSpace is the next evolution of libraries as a center for information and knowledge,” library Director Tonya Kennon said. “Participatory learning is king in the MakerSpace environment and our library has many of the top tools for learning, inventing and creating.”

Other Inland area libraries are in various stages of creating their own creation spaces.

In Rancho Cucamonga, an unused second-floor space at the Paul Biane Library is being readied as a STEM Lab that will open in fall, said Brian Sternberg, assistant library director for the Rancho Cucamonga Libraries. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Meanwhile, Rancho Cucamonga’s two libraries have been offering programs that utilize MakerSpace-style activities, Sternberg said. The library system has four 3-D printers, programmable Legos, deejay equipment and turntables.

The MakerSpace and STEM Labs are ushering in a new era in which libraries are seen as exciting centers of learning, Sternberg said. The MakerSpace is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s catalyst for innovation pillar. Creativity and innovation permeate all that we do, which makes our community a trendsetter for the region, California, and the world to follow.

“People want to come to the library to create things,” Sternberg said. “It’s a transition from libraries as a place where you get a book and read. Libraries are becoming the places where you do things, create things, make things.”

The San Bernardino County Library system has no MakerSpace but offers programs that focus on creating things, experimenting with aerodynamics, motion and engineering principles, county Librarian Leonard Hernandez said.

“There’s a lot of interest on the part of students and families,” Hernandez said. “Many of these programs have wait lists.”

Kennon said she was inspired to lobby for a MakerSpace in Riverside after reading about two UC Davis students who designed a tool called a hex flex to tighten gears on a bicycle. They used a 3-D printer at a local library to create a prototype and it’s now in full production.

The Riverside Library Foundation began fundraising for the project in 2014, Kennon said. It raised $80,000, which covered the cost of furnishing the space and paid for the recording studio, the iMac and MacBook pro computers and the interactive media table. Five Riverside-area Rotary Clubs raised $6,500 to buy the 3-D printer.

Kennon told the crowd at Tuesday’s dedication that the collaboration that led to the MakerSpace “shows that Riverside can do anything we set our minds to.”

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UCR Awarded $1.1 Million To Help Underserved Students

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Kris Lovekin and published in UCR Today on May 12, 2016.)

Photo Credit: UCR Today
Photo Credit: UCR Today

The University of California, Riverside will continue to help underserved students succeed in college with the assistance of a $1.1 million Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This is the second time UCR has been awarded this competitive grant, which will disbursed over the next five years.

The Student Support Services (SSS) grant, known as the TRIO Scholars Program at UCR, is a federally funded grant program which provides outreach and services to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, low income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with physical or learning disabilities. The program goals are to improve retention and graduation rates.

“For me,” said participant Arlene Padilla, “TRIO means having a support system that also serves as a second family on campus. They provide such great services that have made my college experience that much more enjoyable and hassle free.”

TRIO Programs include Upward Bound Programs, and an Educational Talent Search Program .

TRIO Programs include Upward Bound Programs, and an Educational Talent Search Program . Photo Credit: UCR Today

The TRIO Scholars program offers 140 participants a year academic, social, personal, and career advising and support, from program entry until graduation. Participants can access priority registration, a computer workstation, printing, workshops, academic advising, career counseling, information about financial aid and financial literacy, leadership development, and other resources.

Alicia Velazquez, executive director of the Educational and Community Outreach Programs at UC Riverside, was grateful for the renewed funding. “Having the Student Support Services (TRIO Scholars Program) grant on campus is a real honor. I look forward to continuing to provide supplemental services to 140 UCR students,” she said.

Brighitte Preciado, director of the SSS TRIO Scholars Program, sees it as an opportunity to impact many more lives in direct, meaningful ways. “Beyond the tangible benefits,” she said, “my hope for our TRIO Scholars is that they will develop a sense of community and find a strong support system. I am excited to be able to support UCR students through their collegiate journeys with the help of this grant.”

Student voices echo the importance of the academic and social support. “TRIO is an opportunity – a space for personal, academic, and social growth,” said participant Tevin Bui. “It offers resources to support their students and a sense of community that facilitates their growth. To its present and former scholars, TRIO is and will always be our home away from home.”

Programs like this are great examples of the Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar by demonstrating that we are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.

The TRIO Scholars Program is open to eligible undergraduate students in all levels. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students interested in applying may obtain and submit an application at the TRIO Scholars Office, HUB 261. For more information, interested students can call (951) 827-6195.

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Two UCR Students Awarded Anne Siebert Scholarship

(This article contains excerpts from

Photo Credit: Old Towne Preservation Association
Photo Credit: Old Towne Preservation Association

Two UCR students received some help towards their education this month. Carolyn Schutten and Nicolette Rohr both received a $1000 Anne Siebert Scholarship from Old Towne Preservation Assocation. Both students are pursuing a Ph.D. in Public History with Historic Preservation Specialty and are expected to graduate next year.

Our community uses land and repurposes historic structures to provide excellent jobs, support to businesses and steward our heritage and natural beauty. Riverside is working everyday to embrace intelligent growth within all facets of the community.


Photo Credit: Old Towne Preservation Association
Photo Credit: Old Towne Preservation Association

Established in 1986, The Old Towne Preservation Association is a public benefit nonprofit organization, committed to the preservation, protection and enhancement of Old Towne, Orange, California. The one square mile area of Old Towne Orange contains over 1,400 historically significant, pre-1940 structures. In 1997, Old Towne Orange became a National Historic District and was placed in the National Register of Historic Places.

OTPA established The Anne Siebert Academic Scholarship program to provide financial assistance opportunities to individuals pursuing degrees or certificates in the field of historic preservation at educational institutions in the greater Los Angeles area. The scholarship is administered and granted by the Old Towne Preservation Association, and is named in honor of the late Anne Siebert, a prominent local historic preservation volunteer and advocate. As a result, the community benefits from individuals whose commitment to our cultural resources will be strengthened, and who ultimately will contribute valuable leadership perspectives in the field of historic preservation.

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Car Donated To Family Of Girl With Rare Disease

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Penny E. Schwartz and published in the Press Enterprise on April 29, 2016.)

Photo Credit: Caliber Collision - Riverside Downtown
Photo Credit: Caliber Collision – Riverside Downtown’

Transportation to her many medical appointments became especially difficult for 10-year-old Sofia Rubio of Riverside recently when her family’s car broke down beyond repair.

Rubio suffers from severe scleroderma, a rare disease that necessitates frequent medical treatments, hospitalizations and ongoing therapy.

To the rescue came a totally reconditioned 2008 Ford Edge, donated by Caliber Collision-Riverside Downtown and GEICO Insurance through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program.

The program involves collision industry companies who repair and donate cars to families in need. The automobile was donated by GEICO to Caliber Collision, where technicians gave their personal time to refurbish the vehicle.

It represents the fourth time Caliber has partnered with a hospital foundation to provide a car to a family in need. Nationwide, Caliber has donated more than 80 Recycled Rides vehicles. The National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program is an example of the compassionate community in Riverside that joins together as a Unified City to support each other in times of need.

The car officially was donated at an unveiling ceremony April 20 at the Caliber Collision site in Riverside. The family was nominated by Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, where Sofia is an outpatient.

“The car has helped us tremendously, and it is amazing how God has worked everything out,” said Claudia Naranjo, Sofia’s mother.

Photo Credit: Caliber Collision - Riverside Downtown
Photo Credit: Caliber Collision – Riverside Downtown

She spoke by telephone through a translator, Toyia Greene, who is the family’s clinical social worker at the hospital’s rheumatology clinic.

The donated automobile, which serves as a second car for the family, has saved the family money on gas since it runs much more efficiently than the truck the family was driving before. Sofia’s two younger siblings are happy that they don’t have to wake up extra early to help take their father, Moises Rubio, to work, their mother said.

“They can also visit their godmother in Los Angeles now, too,” she added.

Greene’s job as a social worker involves helping the Rubio family with resources, referrals and networking.

“This is the first time we have been aware of the car donation program,” she said. “When our team was asked to nominate a family, the Rubios were the first ones we thought of.”

Dr. Wendy De La Peña, Sofia’s physician, submitted a letter detailing her condition and the family’s need for a car because of hardship and limited income and resources.

Sofia learned six years ago she had the rare and progressively debilitating disease.

Despite the severity of her illness and disability, Sofia has maintained a positive outlook and has fought to stay in school, winning annual awards for her academics, according to the doctor’s letter.

She is a fifth-grade student at Stone Avenue Elementary School in Jurupa Valley.

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Riverside Youth Judo Club “Nanka” Competition Was A Success

Photo Credit: Riverside Youth Judo Club
Photo Credit: Riverside Youth Judo Club

The Riverside Youth Judo Club, Police Activities League fought hard yesterday at the “Nanka” Tournament in Westminster. Nanka is the association of most Southwestern, long-standing Japanese Judo Clubs like Taishi, Tenri, Migoto, San Gabriel, and Gardena.  It should be noted that most of these are “professional” or commercial (for profit) clubs……RYJC and Industry Sherrif’s PAL Judo are  the few Charitable Non-Profit (100% volunteer) Judo Clubs……We had some very tough matches and some tougher calls, but our players remained composed and respectful while keeping with the humble Spirit of Judo.

Here are some tournament facts for our Riverside players yesterday. We had 30 total Riverside Competitors making us the largest group at the tournament.  13 were “1st time” competitors. 3 players were Special Developing that fought in Typical (not “special” or exhibition) groups.  8 RYJC players went up in age/rank categories – no RYJC players fought below their age or rank!

I would like to make a special comment on Diego Cabrera!  He was recently featured in a PE article after leaving some gang influence.  He is a member of the Riverside Youth Judo Club, RPD Police Explorers, and a recent graduate of the OWE Project.  One of his opponents was disqualified during their match.  Instead of taking the 1st Place win, we spoke to officials and Diego willingly agreed to fight the match over, taking 2nd Place (in two divisions).  I assure you, this is not something you will see too often – basically, he gave up a “certain” 1st place medal to give a Nationally Ranked fighter a rematch!    We are very proud of Diego and the positive changes he has made.

It’s great that youth involved in the Judo Club have an opportunity to compete and do well because of the generosity of a community that cares.  Sponsorships and hard work from the City and Police Activities League continually model Riverside as a unified city.

Here are the results:

Lilly H – 1st Place
Joseph G – 1st Place
Kris A – 1st Place
Isabella F – 2nd Place
Tyler H – 2nd Place
Kelsie L – 2nd Place
Adan G – 2nd Place
Diego C – 2nd Place x 2
Joseph M – 2nd Place
Ernesto M – 2nd Place
Roger S – 2nd Place
Carson S – 2nd Place
Luke E – 3rd Place
Liam W – 3rd Place
Jesse C – 3rd Place
Zoei M – 3rd Place
Ryoshi N – 3rd Place
Aleena J – runner up
Kieran M – ru
Kaiden M – ru
Gemma A – ru
Isabella M – ru
Landon W – ru
Elyssa J – ru
Alex S – ru
Alex F – ru
Ethan F – ru
Cyrus S – ru
Kyle G – ru
Nam T – ru

Det. Brian Money
Riverside Youth Judo Club
Police Activities League

Program Steers Teen Away From Gang Life

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in the Press Enterprise on March 24, 2016.)

Photo Credit: The Press Enterprise
Photo Credit: The Press Enterprise

As a freshman at John W. North High School in Riverside, Diego Cabrera was looking to be accepted, validated and forge friendships that would last forever.

But Cabrera’s friends that year were leading him down the wrong path.

“Smoking marijuana, skipping class, not doing my schoolwork – it was not a good crowd,” Cabrera said.

Cabrera, now 16, and his father, Andres Cabrera Garcia, eventually turned to the Opportunity With Education program, which includes 14 weeks of classes, community service and character building to help straighten out wayward youth. It is sponsored by the Riverside Police Foundation.

“It was like he lost interest and he was lost,” said Cabrera Garcia, who discovered that some of his son’s new friends were facing expulsion and that others were gang members.

He worried that Cabrera soon might join a gang.

One incident, in particular, prompted action.

During a football game one Friday night when Cabrera was a sophomore, campus security found drugs on some of the boys in the teen’s group.

North High Principal Lynne Sheffield called the family that night and said he would be expelled if he didn’t stay out of trouble.

“We immediately started searching for programs that would help Diego,” Cabrera Garcia said.

The family turned to Riverside police Detective Brian Money, who runs the Riverside Police Foundation’s judo club. Cabrera had been a member of the club in his youth. Money referred the family to Officer Ryan Railsback, coordinator of the Opportunity With Youth program.

The program runs twice a year, February to May and then September to December. The free program is open to ages 12-17.

Participants and their parents spend 14 weeks taking classes, including juvenile law, drugs, alcohol, gangs and social media, and touring hospitals, juvenile detention facilities and coroner’s facilities. Sessions also include community service, physical fitness, character building and counseling.

Each Saturday, parents or legal guardians and their children meet with Railsback and his team at Riverside City College.

“I really appreciated all the experts,” Cabrera Garcia said. “The counseling really helped us to talk to Diego. Now we’re much better.”

Railsback said parental participation is key to participants’ success.

“What that means is they have to be there,” Railsback said.

For adolescents to be accepted into the program, parents or guardians have to commit and participate every Saturday with their children. Parents receive counseling and parenting classes and attend the topic lecture for that class along with their children.

“If the parents aren’t going to commit, then the kids aren’t going to commit,” Railsback said.

The program, which started in 2011, enrolls youth who have never been arrested, who have pending criminal cases or who are on probation.

Started as part of Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz’s initiative to keep youth from becoming negatively impacted by the criminal justice system, the program has helped hundreds of at-risk youth like Cabrera get back on track.

“We started to notice the change little by little,” Cabrera Garcia said. “It’s like he’s the old Diego again. It’s a good program.”

He said his son is doing better in school, his grades are up, he helps more around the house, he helps with his nephews, is back at judo club guiding younger children and challenged athletes and has joined the Riverside Police Explorers since graduating from the Opportunity With Youth program in December.

“His dedication is remarkable,” said Railsback, who remembers the teenager who first showed up to the class in September and has seen the change in Cabrera since. “He wants to make a better life for himself. We just needed to help him make better choices.”

Diaz invited Cabrera on March 17 to speak at the fifth annual Riverside Police Foundation Chiefs breakfast. In front of a crowd of elected officials, the 16-year-old shared his story of overcoming gangs and drugs and choosing the right path.

Diego said that after the speech, members of the audience came up to tell him they were proud of him.

“It feels good,” Cabrera said. “I know I’m on the right track.”

Riversiders commitment to making one-other’s life a little better is a great example of Riverside acting as a unified city. The actions of all the participating organizations and people demonstrates that Riverside is a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.

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Riverside Expands Efforts To Tackle Obesity By Helping Residents Eat Healthier And Move More

(This article contains information from a press release distributed by Kaiser Permanente)

IMG_2932Eastside HEAL Zone Collaborative announced plans to expand and strengthen its existing HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) interventions to promote healthier communities and healthier people in the Eastside of Riverside.

The Riverside Community Health Foundation, who serves as the lead agency for the Eastside HEAL Zone Collaborative, is a recipient of a $1 million grant as part of a larger Kaiser Permanente HEAL Zone investment to promote healthy communities across Southern California, in collaboration with community partners. This marks the second phase of the HEAL Zone initiative.

HEAL Zones are designed to help make healthy choices accessible to more people in underserved communities — and in turn to prevent diseases such as diabetes and hypertension that often result from obesity. For more than four years, HEAL Zone sites in Southern California have implemented community-based strategies in neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces to improve healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices.

“We are excited to receive this funding from Kaiser Permanente and the opportunity to build upon the tremendous work of the Eastside HEAL Zone Collaborative. This grant will help us to continue transforming the Eastside neighborhood into an environment where healthy eating and active living is not only possible but also collectively internalized,” said Ninfa Delgado, Vice President/COO, Riverside Community Health Foundation.

IMG_2935In addition to focusing on healthy eating and active living strategies, the new HEAL Zone grant will empower the collaborative to improve prevention, treatment, and management of obesity and its related conditions by facilitating referrals between clinics and community resources.

“I appreciate all the work that the HEAL Zone Collaborative has done to improve my community,” said Griselda Martinez, Eastside resident. “Now the people are more active and eat better, but we need to continue working together, so more people in our community can live a healthier life.”

Eastside HEAL Zone will also focus on three specific goals over the next three years:
·        Increase consumption of healthy food and beverages, such as fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking water, and decrease calorie consumption, especially sugar-sweetened beverages
·        Increase physical activity
·        Improve prevention, treatment, and management of obesity and its related conditions

The vision of the HEAL Zones is that at the end of the three-year initiative, communities will be measurably transformed, so that opportunities for engaging in healthy behaviors – walking and biking on safe routes, buying affordable fresh fruits and vegetables close to home, exercising in parks and participating in active after-school programs — are part of daily life.

“Obesity is one of the most pressing health concerns in our community today,” said Dr. Frank Flowers, Jr., Area Medical Director at Kaiser Permanente Riverside. “Poor diet, inactivity, and obesity contribute to the risk of many health issues, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke. We’re especially concerned about the high rate of childhood obesity in Riverside, 25.80%, which is above the state average of 22.32%. That’s why it’s important that we all work together to make it easier to eat healthy and move more in Riverside.”

Interested community residents and leaders are welcome to join the Eastside HEAL Zone Collaborative. The Collaborative invites residents to become a part of the HEAL Zone Collaborative celebration on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Riverside City Hall  in the  Mayor’s Ceremonial Room/Grier Pavilion (7th Floor), 3900 Main Street in Riverside from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or in the city Council Chambers at 6:15 p.m.

To learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s HEAL Zones and HEAL Zone Initiative, visit and

Kaiser’s effort to improve the health of the communities they serve, is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar.

Volunteers Beautify Camp Anza Army Base-Turned-Veterans-Housing

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Laurie Williams and published in the Press Enterprise on April 2, 2016.)

Photo Credit: Laurie Williams, The Press Enterprise
Photo Credit: Laurie Williams, The Press Enterprise

A squad of volunteers reported for duty Wednesday at the site of a former Army training camp in Riverside.

The mission: Help beautify the property that recently had been turned into an apartment community for disabled veterans and their families.

Two years ago, Wakeland Housing and Development Corp. in San Diego was chosen to install affordable housing for disabled veterans at the former Camp Anza in Riverside’s Arlanza area, Wakeland spokeswoman Elaine Camuso said. “The camp was closed at the end of World War II,” Camuso said.

The property was sold, and the former Officers Club was used by a local service club lodge. Later vacant, it got run down.

“Kids used it as a hangout, and it was damaged and vandalized,” Camuso said.

The 30-unit apartment community – Home Front at Camp Anza – was built around the refurbished Officers Club, which now serves as a gathering place and offers services to residents.

Construction is almost finished, Camuso said, and most residents have moved in. Rents range from $381 to $896 per month, she said, depending on income level.

On Wednesday, volunteers from Home Depot in Temecula focused on creating a garden near the Officers Club for kitchen herbs, tomatoes and jalapeños.

Volunteer Thomas Sanders, a Home Depot employee, said it means a lot to him to reach out to veterans, because many of his friends and relatives have served in the military.

“We’re all neighbors,” he said. “All of us work and face challenges. The people here served their country, and I’m glad to serve them.”

Photo Credit: Laurie Williams, The Press Enterprise

Helping veterans is also a priority for Home Depot: 35,000 of its employees have served in the military, and the company added $500,000 to the $14 million in federal low-income housing tax credits that paid for construction.

Builders uncovered a wealth of history as they refurbished the Officers Club, which will be used as a community building, said 6th Ward City Councilman Jim Perry, who was among the volunteers Wednesday.

“You should have seen it before,” he said, gesturing toward the edifice. “It was all stuccoed over, the windows were boarded up and it had been painted white. Now it looks like it did in World War II.”

Builders found that they could repair and reuse most of the building’s wood siding and paneling, Perry said, and the wood floors inside, now shining, are all original. The interior features a kitchen and a computer lab for residents’ use.

“One of my favorite things about this development is how it’s been embraced by the neighbors,” Perry said. “A lot have offered help. There was no water to the site at first, and a family north of here let the contractor use their water. The contractor offered to pay their water bills, but they turned it down.”

Air Force veteran Benny de la Rosa, 59, said he lived on the street for years before his application to move into Home Front at Camp Anza was accepted.

“Those were hard times,” he said. “I was using a lot of drugs and got addicted.”

Clean and sober now after rehab though the Veterans Administration, he lives with his girlfriend, Ronnie Trevino, 68, in a two-bedroom apartment filled with art and plants.

“It’s a lot different for me now,” de la Rosa said. “I actually have money in the bank.”

Riversiders commitment to making one-other’s life a little better is a great example of Riverside acting as a unified city. The actions of all the participating organizations demonstrates that Riverside is a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.

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CBU Earns Consecutive Tree Campus USA Recognition

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on February 26, 2015.)

Volunteers for the Autumn Arbor Day/Service Project gather for a picture before heading across campus to plant and cultivate trees on Dec 5. Photo Credit: cbu News & Events
Volunteers for the Autumn Arbor Day/Service Project gather for a picture before heading across campus to plant and cultivate trees on Dec 5. Photo Credit: cbu News & Events

For the second consecutive year California Baptist University has earned a Tree Campus USA recognition.

To obtain this distinction, CBU met five core standards set by Tree Campus USA in order to maintain an effective campus forest management. The requirements consist of having a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project.

“Your entire campus community should be proud of your sustained commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Mary Sweeney, program manager at Arbor Day Foundation, in an email to CBU on the award.

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

“Tree Campus USA is a distinction that the Arbor Day Foundation has come up with that says ‘We are all about trees,’” said Ed Schmachtenberger, manager of grounds and landscaping at CBU.

In December, for Autumn Arbor Day, CBU students, faculty and staff planted trees in parking lots and cultivated areas around existing trees.

Schmachtenberger said CBU has plans to plant up to 50 additional trees around campus. With the growing concern of climate change and pollution from fossil fuels, CBU is taking steps to reduce their foot print on the environment and promote the quality of life for all through intelligent growth of their campus.

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Farmer Boys Donates Over $100,000 To Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in PR Newswire on February 16, 2016.)

Farmer Boys President/COO Karen Eadon and CEO Demetris Havadjias. Photo Credit: PR Newswire
Farmer Boys President/COO Karen Eadon and CEO Demetris Havadjias. Photo Credit: PR Newswire

Farmer Boys® Restaurants, the brand known for cooked-to-order breakfasts, burgers and more, today announced it presented a check to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in the amount of $100,001.  (Yes – that’s correct – $100,001!!)Funds were collected during the 15th Annual Farmer Boys Fundraiser,Oct. 12Nov. 8, 2015.

For a donation of $1 or more, guests were recognized as Champions for Childrenwith a Heart of Champion donation slip displayed at Farmer Boys restaurants during the fundraiser. Farmer Boys recognized the generosity of its guests with a variety of special fundraiser vouchers.

“Farmer Boys is committed to helping Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital,” said Karen Eadon, Farmer Boys president and COO. “For 15 years we’ve been privileged to contribute to this amazing medical facility. With the help of our generous patrons, franchisees and employees, we are able to make a huge impact on the lives of children and their families in this region.”

Since 2000, Farmer Boys has donated $540,657 to Loma Linda UniversityChildren’s Hospital. Donations collected over the past 15 years have been used to purchase heart monitors for the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, vein viewers for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and fund the hospital’s annual Children’s Day celebration.

Companies such as Farmer Boys are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. Riversiders are working together everyday to not only to address local issues, but to also have a positive impact on the region, nation, and world.

About Farmer Boys
Headquartered in Riverside, California, Farmer Boys is a fast casual restaurant chain founded in 1981 serving award-winning burgers, specialty sandwiches, crisp salads, signature sides, and all-day breakfast. Farmer Boys currently operates 86 restaurants in California and Nevada. For more information, visit

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