This shouldn’t come as a surprise to all of you in the Foodie and Drinkie Empire: several Inland craft breweries have scored home runs in the Great American Beer Festival.
The awards came Monday, Sept. 26 at the ceremony in Denver, Colo. Among the 275 all-stars, 67 of the breweries hail from The Golden State and six are from the Inland area.
Our very own Heroes Restaurant & Brewery took home a silver medal for its Boxcar Blonde Ale which is brewed right here in downtown Riverside. Out of 6,647 breweries who entered, they were one of 275 who received medals. All in all, it was another step forward for the region and city as a whole.
By offering superior beverages and food, Heroes helps make Riverside a location of choice for people seeking a city with great amenities.
Fall 2015 enrollment at California Baptist University set another record with 8,541 students—a 7.3 percent increase above the fall 2014 enrollment figure, President Ronald L. Ellis announced today.
Additionally, this year’s record enrollment marks a significant milestone, surpassing the university’s “8080 by 2020” enrollment goal—five years earlier than scheduled. The goal was set in 2005 to reach 10 times the number of students enrolled (808) when Dr. Ellis began his tenure as president in 1994. The new figure represents a 1057 percent increase over 1994 enrollment.
“By shattering the 8,080 by 2020 goal, fall 2015 is an historic enrollment increase on top of a sustained two decades of significant increases,” Ellis said.
This year’s triple digit increase follows three years of 600-plus increases of 610, 698, and 618; a one-year, four digit increase of 1,113; and last year’s three digit increase of 813. With the latest year-to-year increase of 584, CBU enrollment over the past six years has grown 4,436 students on a base of 4,105 in fall 2009—a 108% increase in six years.
California Baptist University is always expanding and improving in a remarkable fashion. Representing Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar, CBU attracts students and professionals from across the country due to the great reputation and overall integrity that the campus stands by.
Dakota bucked a bit, but Milagro was smooth in the saddle.
Changing horses was no big deal to Special Olympian Robert Seignious, who was fine-tuning his equestrian skills Wednesday, July 22, in Norco.
“It’s fun and I like to win medals,” he said with a smile.
The South Carolina resident was among the 10-member Special Olympics USA Equestrian team practicing for the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which begin Saturday, July 25, in Los Angeles.
Nearly 350 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the country are training for 16 sports at Inland venues through Friday and are staying at the UC Riverside dorms for four days before leaving for Los Angeles..
After the morning workouts, competitors headed to downtown Riverside for an afternoon “Parade of Champions.”
Enthusiastic crowds lined Main Street to cheer on athletes who wore red shirts, waved American flags and chanted “U.S.A,” “U.S.A.” as they walked toward City Hall. About 100 athletes, coaches and trainers from Team Sweden preceded the Americans. The parade included the Martin Luther King High School band and cheerleaders from Poly High School in Riverside.
Riverside residents Holly Fajardo and her daughter Emily, 17, slapped high-fives with athletes as they walked in front of the Mission Inn.
“It’s important that they see the community supports them just like professional athletes,” Holly Fajardo said. “They don’t get the same recognition and they should.“
The care and compassion that Riverside showed towards our guests, truly demonstrated what makes us such a ‘unified city‘. We are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
Emily Fajardo, who graduated from King High in June, was part of a campus club that works to integrate special needs kids with the rest of the student population.
“You get to know how wonderful and unique they are,” she said. “You are drawn to them.”
Grand Marshal Lauren Potter, an actress featured in the TV show “Glee,” was part of the procession. Potter is a Poly High graduate and has Down syndrome.
“I’m so excited to be with all these amazing athletes,” Potter, 25, said before the parade started.
Earlier in the day, Seignious, 21, talked about riding horses at the No Drama Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Norco, which is hosting one of the practices.
The horse named Dakota was challenging to ride because it was the first time the animal had a male rider, said Marissa Brzescinski, the equestrian team’s head coach.
“He was getting a little out of control, so I got a replacement,” explained Seignious.
He returned to the arena and hopped on Milagro, practicing proper form and posture with coach Tom Walmsley.
“I feel like I’m on a jet,” is how he later described the experience.
Horses at the ranch are trained for competitive events and are “as safe as can be,” said Walmsley, who lives in Illinois.
The athletes who were honing their equestrian skills hail from nine states — Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri and Arizona.
Team captain Jeremiah Schedlock looked forward to showcasing his talents in front of big crowds in Los Angeles. He also wants to meet and socialize with people from other countries.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Schedlock, 24, who lives in Prescott, Arizona.
‘SUCH AN HONOR’
After Wednesday afternoon’s parade, athletes mingled in front of City Hall, dancing as they listened to recorded music blaring over loudspeakers.
Basketball players from Minnesota expressed gratitude for the support.
“It feels good to be recognized,” said Joseph Ajayi, 24. “It feels good to be part of something this big and this successful.”
Hearing the cheers was heartwarming, added Abel Mehari, 22.
“It’s a really rewarding experience that I’m going to cherish for the rest of my life,” he said.
As a gesture of friendship, Amy Norton, a triathlete from New Jersey, gave her American flag to a Swedish athlete and got a flag from that country in return.
Describing what it’s like to be in the world games, Norton, 27, said, “It’s just incredible.“
Her sentiment was shared by teammate Courtney Dreyfus.
“You‘re surrounded by so many new people,” said Dreyfus, 18, also of New Jersey. “You get to be in one of the biggest competitions in the world. It’s such an honor.”
Health is the #1 topic on everyone’s mind as they make New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, quitting smoking and exercising regularly are the top three New Year’s resolutions, together accounting for 3/4 of all the goals Americans set on January 1.
At BetterDoctor, they encourage you to use this year to take control of your health. But this may be easier in some locations than in others. Doctor access, doctor quality, recreational opportunities and health insurance options all vary widely from city to city. BetterDoctor crunched the numbers to determine which of the biggest fifty cities are the healthiest—and which have the worse habits and access to care. Riverside’s unmatched landscape, year-around outdoor activities, and attention to healthy living helped make #39 on the list, making it a location of choice for people seeking a healthy life style.
They used a data-driven approach to determine the healthiest cities in the United States, creating a 100-point composite index that uses the following three questions to assess health of a city:
1. Are residents fit and healthy? They used the American Fitness Index to assess fitness and general health of the residents. This composite index is comprised of many variables, including exercise rates, eating habits, chronic health problems and disease rates, access to parks and recreational activities and more.
2. Is medical care accessible and high-quality? They included the percentage of doctors in the city that are highly rated according to BetterDoctor’s comprehensive, seven-variable algorithm as well as the number of primary physicians per 100,000 residents.
3. Do residents have health insurance? They included the percentage of residents with health coverage to assess how feasible it is for residents to get medical care.
Percentage of the population with health insurance
Doctors per 1,000 residents
Percentage of doctors who are highly rated on BetterDoctor
Dining services for CBU is managed by Provider Food Services, which offers a variety of choices through the Alumni Dining Commons, Brisco’s. Chick-fil-A, El Monte Grille and Wanda’s.
Best Campus Food ranks 1,175 colleges across the United States based on meal plan cost and more than 470,000 opinions from 64,000 students. A high ranking indicates the college offers a variety of healthy, quality food options that accommodate various dietary preferences and that the students are happy with the quality of campus food. Offering superior food is just another way that CBU helps make Riverside a location of choice for college students from around the globe.
U.S. News & World Report has included California Baptist University on it’s list of the nation’s “Best Colleges” for the ninth straight year. CBU is ranked No. 38 in the West in the publication’s “Best Regional Universities” category for 2015 , up from No. 42 in the previous years rankings and No. 58 in 2013.
“This year’s ranking once again reflects the improvement in quality that California Baptist University continually strives to provide in order to enhance students’ overall experience,” said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU President.
California Baptist University’s progression on the list of “Best Regional Universities” is an outstanding representation of Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar. Only through commitment and dedication can a great University continue to make academic strides and accelerate quality of education for all of the students. Riverside has increasingly become the location of choice for college bound individuals from all over the world.
“Best Colleges” rankings are featured in U.S. News& World Report each year to aid prospective students and their parents looking for the best academic values for their money. Now in its 30th year, the annual comparative listing uses a quantitative system of 16 weighted indicators of academic excellence to rank universities. Those indicators include: student selectivity; retention and graduation rate; assessment by peer institutions; faculty resources; financial resources and alumni giving.
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.
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.
After the success of Give BIG Riverside in 2012 – and with such positive feedback from the community, partners and sponsors – there was no question that the Task Force would be back for another ground-breaking attempt in 2013. Once the date was decided (11-12-13), the theme for the event was decided – “Start Counting…11-12-13”
After two years of success, Give BIG Riverside 2014 will expand to the County of Riverside! All are encouraged to help by joining Give BIG Riverside on Thursday, November 13, 2014 as a participating nonprofit, sponsor or donor.
Give BIG Riverside leverages the growing trend of 24-hour online giving days, existing social media, and superior web-based fundraising technology to attract much needed attention to the important work of our local nonprofits. It introduces philanthropy to the community in a fresh way, gains attention of people who have never given before, and builds the capacity of nonprofits to attract new and younger donors.
Each year, the objective has been to raise funds and awareness for area nonprofits. In addition, another goal, just as important as the others, is to increase the capacity of those nonprofits to engage new and younger donors. Also, to tell their stories on social media channels, and learn how to effectively fundraise online.
Give BIG Riverside in 2013 raised $312,500 to support 113 local nonprofit organizations that meet the needs and support the dreams of people living in Western Riverside County. The amount given was increased by $100,000 over 2012! The 24 hour campaign attracted 3,321 donors who provided over 4,000 donations in one day – a 70% increase in donors and donations from 2012. A full evaluation of the day is complete, available online at GiveBIGRiversideCounty.org/outgoing-report/. Give BIG Riverside shows no signs of slowing and hopes to continue on the same path of growth through 2014.
Through commitment and dedication, Give BIG Riverside has made a huge impact and only shows signs of growing. The efforts of all that facilitated and participated in Give BIG Riverside over the past years have certainly made Riverside a location of choice. Our community provides an abundance of opportunities to be amazed and inspired, and has increasingly become the location of choice for people and organizations from all over the world.
To learn more about Give BIG Riverside 2014, click here.
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!
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.
A new study from Biz2Credit.com examines how a number of U.S. cities measure up and Riverside tops the chart as best city for small business when ranked by annual revenue. See the infographic chart below.
The study, which defines a small business as a company with fewer than 250 employees or less than $10 million in annual revenue, analyzed more than 12,000 businesses that have been in operation for at least a year. The findings place San Jose in the top spot, on the basis of a weighted score that includes annual revenue, credit scores, and the average age of the city’s small businesses. Detroit, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco round out the top five.
This is an outstanding representation of Riverside as a location of choice. For small businesses across the country, choosing what location to set up shop can be difficult and exhausting. This type of chart is a useful tool for entrepreneurs to compare big cities side by side. Riverside attracts creative, entrepreneurial, dynamic and diverse people as residents, workers, business owners and visitors.