Riversider Tyler Clary Is Swimming Into World Rankings

(This article contains excerpts from an article by John Lohn, published in swimvortex.com on August 8, 2014)

Who is missing from the following list of names: Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, and Elizabeth Beisel?  The answer is Riversider Tyler Clary. While the first six names were probably the most discussed heading into the United States National Championships, Clary was largely overlooked.

Tyler Clary - a second national title and a world No 2 ranking in the bag.  Phot credit: Peter Bick

Tyler Clary – a second national title and a world No 2 ranking in the bag. Photo credit: Peter Bick

Tyler Clary is a shining example of Riverside being a location of choice.  There is a myriad of talent and potential blossoming in Riverside, and our community is proud of that fact. Through commitment and dedication, Riversiders such as Tyler are able to show the world what we are capable of.  Our community is a location of choice that attracts talented and diverse people, making it one of the most inspiring and adventurous places to live.

Photo credit: Peter Bick

Photo credit: Peter Bick

For the third consecutive day, Clary turned in an excellent performance, this time posting the second-fastest time in the world to take top honors in the 400 individual medley.  Clary is knocking down some big names on a regular basis. In the 200 back, he took down the likes of Ryan Lochteand Ryan Murphy.  “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been really competitive,” Clary said. “In the heat of the moment, I’m willing to throw up blood to get my hand on the wall first. It doesn’t always work out for me, but it sure is fun when it does.”

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Riverside Ranks #8 in Forbes’ Coolest Cities In America!

(This article contains excerpts from an article published on Forbes.com)

Forbes just released a list a of America’s “Coolest” Cities, and Riverside ranked #8.  How do you define “cool”?  According to Erin Carlyle, Forbes staff, “We sought to quantify it in terms of cities, partnering with Sperling’s BestPlaces to rank the 60 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Divisions (cities and their surrounding suburbs, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget) based on six data points we weighted evenly.”  The six data points used to rank the cities include: arts and culture, reacreation, diversity, local eats, population age, and net migration.

Arts & Culture Index: 88, Recreation Index: 93, Diversity Index: 77.27, Local Eats: 72.2%, Population age 20-34: 29.7%, 2010 - 2013 Net Migration: 1.8%.  Photo credit: Forbes.com

Arts & Culture Index: 88, Recreation Index: 93, Diversity Index: 77.27, Local Eats: 72.2%, Population age 20-34: 29.7%, 2010 – 2013 Net Migration: 1.8%. Photo credit: Forbes.com

Although many might dispute that Riverside should be #1 on the list, being ranked one of the “coolest” cities in the country is an outstanding representation of our beloved city being a true location of choice.  Riverside has proven to be an attractive place for all types of residents, workers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and visitors.  Riversiders take pride in our beloved city with countless opportunities to be entertained, amazed, and inspired.     That is why the City of Riverside will continue to become a location of choice for people and organizations from allover the world.

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August Fun At The Riverside Art Museum

(This article contains excerpts from RiversideArtMuseum.org)

Riverside is one of the most inspiring, livable, healthy and adventurous cities to live in or visit.  This summer there are a lot of opportunities to be inspired and entertained in the City, including arts and cultural offerings.  The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is booked with all sorts of events and exhibitions for Riversiders to come and engage in local arts and culture.  Riverside has increasingly become the location of choice for people and organizations from all over the world.

Some of this summer’s events and exhibits include:

Photo credit: Riverside Art Museum

Photo credit: Riverside Art Museum

This annual exhibit, Still Life: Remixed, puts RAM’s abundant and talented artist-member demographic front and center with the opportunity to display and sell an original piece of their choice in accordance with the presiding theme. The exhibition is open to all media and attracts a wide range of artists, from emerging to the well established. Artists

2014 Members’ Exhibition: Still Life: Remixed August 6 – 28, 2014
Artwork Drop-Off: Friday, August 1, and Saturday, August 2,
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(All participants must be current RAM members or
must renew membership at the time of drop-off.)
Award Reception during Summer Exhibit Celebration:
August 7 Arts Walk, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Awards from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
For more information, visit www.riversideartmuseum.org

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Photo credit: Riverside Art Museum

Photo credit: Riverside Art Museum

RAM is proud to continue a new ongoing series of mini-exhibition features highlighting artist-members who have received awards in previous Members’ Exhibitions. Terri Stiles Alkayali was one of three Honorable Mention award winners and works primarily in metal sculpture and photomontage. Alkayali will present sculptural work within RAM’s alcove hallway.

Terri Stiles Alkayali Featured at the Riverside Art Museum
2013 Members’ Exhibit Award Winner Shows Off Sculptures
2013 Members’ Exhibit Award Winner: Terri Stiles Alkayali
August 3 – September 20, 2014
For more information, visit www.riversideartmuseum.org

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Photo credit: Riverside Art Museum

Photo credit: Riverside Art Museum

Riverside-based artist Gary Rainsbarger posits whether we must choose between surrendering to mass murderers or surrendering our rights through his site-specific atrium installation, Assault on Liberty.

Assault on Liberty at the Riverside Art Museum
A Site-Specific Installation by Artist Gary Rainsbarger
Gary Rainsbarger: Assault on Liberty
August 7 – 21, 2014
Free Reception: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.riversideartmuseum.org

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Arts Outreach Program Funded for 2014-2015

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Bettye Miller and published in UCR Today on July 14, 2014.)

The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, UC Riverside’s premier arts outreach program, has been awarded $555,000 by the Max H. Gluck Foundation to fund a 19th year of arts programs in Inland Empire schools, senior centers and other community venues.

Kate Alexander, center, leads a taiko drumming performance at the final show of the Gluck Summer Camp in June. Photos by Christine Leapman

Kate Alexander, center, leads a taiko drumming performance at the final show of the Gluck Summer Camp in June. Photos by Christine Leapman

“We are grateful to the Gluck Foundation for their continued support of this program,” said Christine Leapman, program coordinator at UCR. The Gluck Foundation is very interested in creating opportunities for women and disadvantaged minorities in the areas of health, education, creativity and culture. We’re very proud that we reflect those values in our workshops, and with our fellows and the constituencies they serve.”

The renewal of this grant will fund program costs for the 2014–15 year, including fellowships for more than 115 graduate and undergraduate students who conduct workshops in art, creative writing, dance, history of art, music, and theater.  This is exactly the kind of program that makes Riverside a Location of Choice.

In 2013–14, Gluck fellows conducted 711 workshops that were attended by more than 36,500 people in venues ranging from public schools and senior centers to the Riverside Art Museum and UCR, which hosts school visits and a popular summer arts camp. The Gluck Fellows Program began in 1996.

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Fellows who travel to schools are writing workshop curricula that fulfill Common Core requirements, Leapman said, which educators find helpful as they look to the arts to engage students while also satisfying state curriculum mandates.

New in 2014–15 will be the launch of GluckTV, a series of 12 short films from Gluck events at UCR that will be available on YouTube. Proposed by Gluck director and media and cultural studies professor Erika Suderburg, the student-produced films will provide information about workshops that are available to schools and other groups.

The Los Angeles-based Max H. Gluck Foundation was developed to support education and the arts. It funds programs that address the educational, health, cultural, and creative needs of the underserved.

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La Sierra Celebrates Student Research

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Darla Martin Tucker, published in La Sierra News on June 10, 2014.)

Research Emphasis Week at La Sierra University has been a model of seizing our destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. Riverside is working everyday to embrace intelligent growth within all facets of the community.  May 27th-30th was a time of discovery and a celebration of accomplishment at La Sierra University as undergraduate and graduate students gave dissertation and research talks, by presenting posters on their various projects.

Students Andrew Akamine and Andrew Moreno discuss their research poster with Divinity School professor Doug Clark. (Photos by Natan Vigna)

Students Andrew Akamine and Andrew Moreno discuss their research poster with Divinity School professor Doug Clark. (Photos by Natan Vigna)

Research Emphasis Week involved presentations from students in La Sierra’s various disciplines, musical recitals, doctoral dissertation presentations as well as the annual student research poster session and awards ceremony.

Students lined the hallways of both floors of the Thaine B. Price Science Complex, standing in front of their posters which outlined hypotheses and outcomes of their various experiments and surveys in psychology, archaeology, biology, neuroscience, health and exercise science, education, chemistry and biochemistry.

Psychobiology major Natalie Espinoza researched eyewitness memory and how emotion affects susceptibility. She hypothesized that negative emotions can cause greater susceptibility to misinformation and less accuracy; however research outcomes showed little difference between the impact on accuracy of positive, neutral and negative emotions. Outcomes also showed that individuals were more susceptible to misinformation that is spoken rather than written. 

Psychology major Vanessa Haro discusses her research poster with La Sierra University President Randal Wisbey.

Psychology major Vanessa Haro discusses her research poster with La Sierra University President Randal Wisbey.

Winners of the Library Undergraduate Research Prize were also presented with their awards during Research Emphasis Week. The competition is open to all graduate students who work with librarians through the research process to submit award-winning papers.

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Don’t Miss Restaurant Week In Riverside

(This article contains excerpts from riversideca.gov/dineriverside/)

Be sure to participate in Riverside Restaurant Week, and take advantage of all the great deals and discounts available.  Help support local restaurants and dine within the city.

Riverside Restaurant Week exemplifies seizing our destiny’s intelligent growth pillar.  Participating restaurants throughout the city are being highlighted to promote the great dining experiences  available to Riversiders.   Our city promotes an outstanding quality of life for all through intelligent growth.

Click here to see what restaurants are participating!

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When is Riverside Restaurant Week?

Friday, June 20, 2014 through Sunday, June 29th.

Do I need to register?

No, registration is not necessary. As you dine at each participating restaurant, just let them know you’re there for the Riverside Restaurant Week special! Reservations are encouraged for those restaurants that accept them.

Who is supporting the event?

The City of Riverside alongside Riverside Downtown Partnership and Arlington Business Partnership.

For more information on Riverside Restaurant Week, click here.

 

Wood Streets Green Team Encourages Riversiders To Use Local Transportation

(This article contains excerpts from woodstreetsgreenteam.wordpress.com.)

The Wood Streets Green Team encouraged people to get out of their cars and use public transportation for a Progressive Bus tour last Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Meeting at a local bus stop, participants rode a new, air conditioned RTA bus (with USB ports) to the Downtown Station on University.  One participant, Susan Fahrney, was overheard to say, “Riding the bus opens up a whole new perspective of our city! I love it!”   After a short walk to the Farmers Market on Main Street, people shopped and visited with the various vendors.

Memebers of the Wood Streets Green Team encouraging Riversiders to take advantage of local transportation.

Memebers of the Wood Streets Green Team encouraging Riversiders to take advantage of local transportation. Photo credit: Susan Fahnery

Next stop took them to Tio’s Tacos on Mission Inn across from the Downtown Bus Station.  As the group enjoyed tacos and wonderful agua fresca drinks, they listened to Stephanie Sanchez give a brief overview of how her parents started in the food industry and how the restaurant came into being.  Touring the acre of garden art made from recycled materials created by her father, Martin Sanchez, wrapped up the event.   After relaxing in the garden, the group crossed the street and grabbed the next bus back to the Wood Streets.

There will likely be other bus ride events scheduled in the future.  Especially for downtown events when parking and traffic is a challenge, the bus is a great alternative.  The Wood Streets Green Team would like to partner with other groups/events to plan more bus rides to encourage the use of public transportation.

The members of the Wood Streets Green Team exemplify seizing our destiny’s location of choice pillar by collaborating to build our community.  Finding new outlets for the community to engage in local activities and events is a valuable asset to any community.  The group is focused on encouraging all Riversiders to take advantage of the new public transportation.  Riverside is a location of choice and attracts creative, entrepreneurial, dynamic and diverse people as residents, workers, business owners and visitors.  Riverside has increasingly become the ‘location of choice’ for people and organizations from all over the world.

To read more about the Wood Streets Green Team, click here. 

UCR Student Films Premiere May 15th

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Bettye Miller, published in UCR Today on May 2, 2014)

Actor Danny Glover will discuss social justice issues and film May 18 as part of Media and Cultural Studies Student Film Festival

Films produced by students in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies will screen May 15.

Films produced by students in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies will screen May 15.

Student films that probe life, love and thorny social issues will premiere in UC Riverside’s 2nd Annual Media and Cultural Studies Student Film Festival that begins May 15 and concludes with an appearance by award-winning actor and humanitarian Danny Glover on May 18.

The event features the screening of 18 student films on Thursday, May 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the University Village 10 Theaters. Glover will discuss social justice issues and film on Sunday, May 18, at 12:30 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center, Ballroom A and B. Doors open for the film screenings at 6:30 p.m. The first 25 people to walk through the doors at the UV 10 Theaters will receive a free 46-ounce popcorn.

Glover will be in Riverside thanks to the efforts of Arizona State University professors C.A. Griffith and H.L.T. Quan. The Arizona scholars will interview him from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Griffith and Quan are co-directors of the award-winning film “Mountains that Take Wing.”

Both events are free and open to the public. An awards banquet for student filmmakers, faculty and staff will be held Friday, May 16.

The film students involved in the Media and Cultural Studies Student Film Festival exemplify the seizing our destiny pillar, location of choice.  Riverside is a location of choice and attracts creative, entrepreneurial, dynamic and diverse people as residents, workers, business owners and visitors.  Our community provides an abundance of opportunities to be amazed, inspired and entertained, including: arts and cultural offerings.  Riverside has increasingly become the ‘location of choice’ for people and organizations from all over the world.

 

La Sierra High Has 9 Winners In Press-Enterprise Art Show

(This article contains excerpts from an article published in the Press-Enterprise, by Stephen Wall on April 18, 2014.)

Some of the most talented young artists in the Inland area received awards at the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise Riverside County High School Art Show on Thursday, April 17, at the Riverside Art Museum.

Family and friends snap pictures of a winner during the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise High School Art Show awards reception Thursday, April 17, at the Riverside Art Museum. Photo Credit: Terry Pierson.

Family and friends snap pictures of a winner during the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise High School Art Show awards reception Thursday, April 17, at the Riverside Art Museum. Photo Credit: Terry Pierson.

Winners were announced in the categories of photography, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, acrylic/oil painting, watercolor, drawing in black and white, drawing in color, and graphic art. “Best of Show,” sponsorship awards and honorable mentions were also revealed.

The pieces were judged by a panel of four individuals involved in the local art community. Students from 31 schools in the county submitted 342 entries. La Sierra High School in Riverside had nine winners – the most of any school – while Murrieta Valley High School had the most entries at 34.

Gaston Andrade, a 17-year-old senior at Patriot High School in Jurupa Valley, took home the top overall “Best of Show” award, and a $200 check, for his acrylic/oil painting “PHS,” which stands for Patriot High School.

La Sierra High School teacher Mike Sheline snaps a picture of student Ricardo Pelayo with his sculpture "Ricardo's Garage" at the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise High School Art Show. Phot Credit: Terry Pierson

La Sierra High School teacher Mike Sheline snaps a picture of student Ricardo Pelayo with his sculpture “Ricardo’s Garage” at the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise High School Art Show. Phot Credit: Terry Pierson

Patrick Jang, 18, took home first prize in the mixed media category for “6/25 War. Korea.”  “It shows the Korean people’s resiliency after the war,” said the 18-year-old student at La Sierra Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist institution in Riverside.  The award-winning entries are displayed on the second floor of the museum. All other submissions are displayed in the Riverside Public Library’s Auditorium – Main Branch, on the second floor. Artwork is displayed at both locations through April 23. An online gallery is at: www.pe.com/student-art-show

Art Institute's Lulu Miao presents La Sierra Academy's Emilia Ramirez with The Art Institute of California's Sponsorship Award for her painting "Run Away" at the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise High School Art Show awards reception Thursday, April 17. Photo Credit: Terry Pierson

Art Institute’s Lulu Miao presents La Sierra Academy’s Emilia Ramirez with The Art Institute of California’s Sponsorship Award for her painting “Run Away” at the 52nd Annual Press-Enterprise High School Art Show awards reception Thursday, April 17. Photo Credit: Terry Pierson

The art show put on by The Press-Enterprise is a great representation of what makes Riverside a location of choice. Riverside is one of the most inspiring, livable, healthy and adventurous cities to live in or visit. Our community provides an abundance of opportunities to be amazed, inspired and entertained, including arts and cultural offerings.

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