Council Votes To Add Sister City In Vietnam

(This article contains excerpts from article by Alicia Robinson, published in the Press-Enterprise on March 18, 2014.)

INTERNATIONAL SISTERS

Riverside will add Can Tho, Vietnam, to its already large collection of sister cities.  Riverside has sister city relationships with Sendai, Japan; Ensenada and Cuautla, Mexico; Obuasi, Ghana; Hyderabad, India; Gangnam, South Korea; Jiangmen, China; and Erlangen, Germany.

The ideas of “people to people” relationships and healing after war won out Tuesday, March 18, when the Riverside City Council narrowly voted to add Can Tho, Vietnam, as its ninth sister city.  The decision came after lengthy and impassioned public comments on the goals of the sister city program and whether having such a relationship in Vietnam would disrespect American veterans.

“The purpose is to promote peace and common understanding,” said Bill Gavitt, a Vietnam veteran. “It’s time to start helping others if we want to change their behavior.”

Vien Doan, a Vietnamese American physician who lives in Riverside, has spearheaded efforts to add Can Tho, Vietnam, to Riverside's sister city program.  Photo Credit:  Alicia Robinson

Vien Doan, a Vietnamese American physician who lives in Riverside, has spearheaded efforts to add Can Tho, Vietnam, to Riverside’s sister city program. Photo Credit: Alicia Robinson

The vote was 4-3. Councilmen Chris Mac Arthur, Steve Adams and Mike Soubirous dissented.

Riverside was among the earliest participants in the sister city program, which was created in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to foster cultural, educational and economic exchange between countries. Riverside formed ties with Sendai, Japan, in 1957 and has since added sister cities in South Korea, China, India, Ghana and Germany, and two in Mexico.

Vien Doan, a Vietnamese American physician who lives in Riverside, helped revive the idea of a sister city in his native country in 2012. He personally met with veterans’ groups in the past year and a half to build support for the plan.  “We have every reason to hate communism,” he said, describing how his family was rescued by American soldiers during the war. “I will never forget the past, but the past will not determine my future.”

Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey has said his office spends about $10,000 on the sister city program annually, but most other costs are borne by the International Relations Council, a private nonprofit group that oversees the friendships and raises money for related events and travel.

Like Riverside, Can Tho is home to a university and a medical college, and it’s an agricultural center producing fruit and rice.

Adding Can Tho to Riverside’s collection of international sister cities is a model of the seizing our destiny pillar, 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.

Riversiders respect and value the cultural heritage, distinct needs and varied input of each of our neighbors, while proactively engaging them across historical dividing lines.  Riversiders are working together everyday to not only address local issues, but to also have a positive impact on the region, nation and world…

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Vision And The Brain: Can We Be Trained To See Better?

(This article contains excerpts from an article written by Kathleen Lees, published in Science World Report on February 17, 2014)

According to a recent study, researchers from the University of California, Riverside discovered that good vision may have a lot to do with an individual’s ability to spot out details.  For their experiment, they examined the role of vision for UCR’s baseball players, discovering just how a visual training program that teaches the brain how to see better could positively affect the sport’s players ability to succeed in the game.

For their experiment, researchers examined the role of vision for Riverside, Ca. baseball players. (Photo : Flickr/A Nowak)

For their experiment, researchers examined the role of vision for Riverside, Ca. baseball players. (Photo : Flickr/A Nowak)

“The goal of the program is to train the brain to better respond to the inputs that it gets from the eye,” Seitz said, via a press release. “As with most other aspects of our function, our potential is greater than our normative level of performance. When we go to the gym and exercise, we are able to increase our physical fitness; it’s the same thing with the brain. By exercising our mental processes we can promote our mental fitness.”

With the latest and greatest technology, researchers and psychologists have been able to apply their creativity and drive to help close the gap between potential and ability. This is just another example of how catalyst for innovation is demonstrated at Riverside’s universities.

“The demonstration that seven players reached 20/7.5 acuity-the ability to read text at three times the distance of a normal observer-is dramatic and required players to stand forty feet back from the eye chart in order to get a measurement of their vision,” Seitz concluded, via the release.

After the 2 month training period, players reported “seeing the ball much better,” “greater peripheral vision,” “easy to see further,” “able to distinguish lower-contrasting things,” “eyes feel stronger, they don’t get tired as much,” and so on.

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Remodeled Convention Center Brings High Hopes

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Alicia Robinson, published in The Press-Enterprise on February 14th, 2014)

Riverside’s renovated convention center hasn’t yet opened but is already eliciting the “wows” city leaders hoped for in 2012 when they ponied up an extra $4.6 million dollars for a more attractive design.  A large scale renovation of the Riverside convention center has been long overdue, and on March 1st, 2014 the new convention center is scheduled to open it’s doors.  Loaded with state of the art technology and high end capabilities, the convention center will become a choice for new markets such as biomedical and pharmaceutical conventions, financial services events and corporate meetings. We will have the opportunity to showcase the City as a location of choice to many new visitors.

Now it sports a custom chandelier hanging in the 66-foot-high glass entry tower, a 40 percent larger exhibit hall, building-wide Wi-Fi and hundreds of smart phone charging stations, giving city and tourism officials hope that the center has everything a 21st century convention needs.

Photo credit: Kurt Miller/ staff photographer

Photo credit: Kurt Miller/ Staff Photographer

Riverside officials had been planning for nearly a decade to update the convention center, which opened in 1976 and had its last major touch-up in the late 1990s.  “It was a little worn before,” said Councilman Mike Gardner, who represents downtown.

Officials have said they got complaints about inadequate restrooms and a lack of “breakout rooms” for smaller sessions, and the center didn’t meet current earthquake standards. It also had a boxy, nearly windowless, dated design that didn’t command attention.

The redesigned center has a larger exhibit hall, two ballrooms, more small meeting rooms, a modern kitchen, a glass-walled entry tower, and the first escalator in a Riverside city building. Officials with the city and Raincross Hospitality Corp. said the furnishings – cherry wood paneling and a variety of carpet patterns in brown, beige and colonial blue – are meant to evoke a boutique hotel.

Photo Credit: Kurt Miller/ Staff Photograpgher

Photo Credit: Kurt Miller/ Staff Photographer

Riverside officials are banking on the kind of results Palm Springs has seen, after a $34 million upgrade completed in 2005.  Business has come back stronger than ever after dipping in 2008 and 2009 due to the recession, said James Canfield, executive director of the Palm Springs Convention Center and the city’s bureau of tourism.

Riverside Convention Center officials expect the upgrade puts them in a better position to compete with convention centers in Ontario and Pasadena and the Pechanga Resort & Casino near Temecula. They also say it enables them to go after a higher caliber of events.

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Mayor Pledges Progress On Economic Front

(Excerpts from this post came from an article by Alicia Robinson, Staff Writer, and published in the Press Enterprise on January 23, 2014.) 

Riverside is a globally competitive, big city that is poised for economic success with assets like the UC Riverside medical school, the soon-to-open renovated convention center, and a public utility that helps fund city services, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey told a crowd of more than 800 people at his “State of the City” address Thursday, Jan. 23.

Riverside Mayor William "Rusty" Bailey gives his second State of the City speech on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. (Photo Credit: STAN LIM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey gives his second State of the City speech on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. (Photo Credit: STAN LIM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Bailey’s second such speech since winning office in November 2012, the annual talk covered highlights of his first year as chief representative of California’s 12th largest city and set some goals for 2014.

When he’s asked about Riverside’s advantage over other communities, Bailey said, “My answer is consistent: our educational institutions, our public utility, our historic downtown and our community spirit.”

In the past year, Riverside saw loss, with the on-duty death of one police officer and the wounding of another, Bailey said.

But the city also fulfilled the goal of fully funding and opening the new medical school at UC Riverside, and the community came together to preserve the iconic Mount Rubidoux cross, Bailey said, with both mentions winning applause.

In early 2014, Bailey pledged, city leaders will meet to discuss their policy goals and set Riverside’s future direction. March will bring the reopening of the renovated convention center downtown and a conference on revitalizing agriculture in the city’s greenbelt.

Guest listen as Riverside Mayor William "Rusty" Bailey gives his second State of the City speech on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. (Photo credit:  STAN LIM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Guest listen as Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey gives his second State of the City speech on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. (Photo credit: STAN LIM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

The year will bring “major progress” on the railroad “quiet zone,” which improves rail crossings so trains don’t have to blow their horns, Bailey said. The city also will begin using “smart codes” to streamline the urban planning process, he said.

As a closing challenge, Bailey urged support for the historic Harada House fundraising efforts and creation of an “innovation corridor” for arts and technology along University Avenue.

“I am so proud to lead a city that is not afraid to take some risk, and to celebrate the rewards with everyone,” he said.

“Riverside continues to prove that even as it grows and competes with cities across the globe, we remain a city that honors and builds on its past, while pursuing a future that raises the quality of life for everyone.”  This is a reference to the Vision of Seizing Our Destiny. The Mayor connected all four pillars – Intelligent Growth, Catalyst for Innovation, Location of Choice and Unified City - to his presentation in order to show how important this movement has become.

Two residents said after the speech that they liked what they heard.

“I really enjoyed hearing him talk about the increase in jobs that they’ve brought to Riverside – very impressive,” said attorney Amy Osborne, referring to Bailey’s comment that city economic development efforts have helped create 4,500 jobs in the past two years.

Osborne, who recently moved to the city to work at downtown law firm Gresham Savage, said she also appreciates the city’s environmental efforts and Bailey’s focus on education.

Janaar Barnes, co-owner of Gram’s Mission BBQ restaurant, said hearing about new buildings, businesses and entertainment gives him a response to critics who say there’s nothing going on here.

“A lot of people talk down on Riverside,” he said. Now “I have more things that I can kind of tell people.”

Barnes said he was glad to hear about UCR’s new medical school, which will be “very, very big” for the city.

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Prayer Breakfast, Speeches and Walk Honor King’s Legacy

(Excerpts from this post were taken from an article by Alicia Robinson, Gail Wesson and Erin Waldner, Staff Writers for the Press Enterprise, on January 20, 2014.)

Riverside shined as a Unified City on January 20, 2014  when the community came out for a variety of events honoring the late Martin Luther King, Jr.  It was a great demonstration of Seizing Our Destiny with a community that comes together around common interests.

Students from a dozen clubs at Riverside’s Martin Luther King High School were among the hundreds that took part Monday, Jan. 20, in a 5K walk commemorating the work of the slain civil rights leader.

“It’s part of our legacy and our tradition (at King High) to represent what he stands for,” Associated Student Body President David Reynolds, 18, said.

Odessa Bragg, center, and daughter Geneva Williams sing the Black National Anthem during The Inland Empire Concerned African-American Churches' 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 20, at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. (Photo Credit: KURT MILLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Odessa Bragg, center, and daughter Geneva Williams sing the Black National Anthem during The Inland Empire Concerned African-American Churches’ 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 20, at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. (Photo Credit: KURT MILLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Beginning at Bordwell Park, an estimated 800 walkers proceeded down Martin Luther King Boulevard, wound their way through downtown, and past the King statue on the Main Street mall before finishing at Riverside City College’s digital library.Elsewhere in the Inland area, the life and work of King were honored in other ways. Some attended a prayer breakfast held by the Inland Empire Concerned African-American Churches in San Bernardino. Others stopped by Mt. San Jacinto College, where speakers recalled the 1963 March on Washington and women in the civil rights movement.

WALKING IN RIVERSIDE

At the Riverside event, several students said King’s message that all people should be treated equally still resonates.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Walk-A-Thon begins at the Stratton Community Center in Riverside on Monday, Jan. 20. (Photo Credit: KURT MILLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

The Martin Luther King Jr. Walk-A-Thon begins at the Stratton Community Center in Riverside on Monday, Jan. 20. (Photo Credit: KURT MILLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Amanda Gomez, 17, whose parents were born in Mexico, said people who hold outdated stereotypes of Hispanics sometimes question what she’s doing in honors classes.

“I feel like the world is changing,” she said. “It shouldn’t be, ‘Oh, you’re Hispanic – you probably won’t even graduate high school.’”

Neil Shah, 17, said that after coming to the U.S. from Cambodia as a child, he was teased and bullied because of his skin color and for not speaking English.

Because of that experience, he said, “I know better than to be making fun of other people.”

One lesson from King’s work that stuck with Nigel Item, 17, was the need for grassroots activism and the realization that it can change society.

“People need to understand that they have power,” Item said. “By joining together, by protesting, it actually works.”

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Community Meetings Planned for RUSD

(This post includes information taken directly from the Riverside Unified School District website on January 20, 2014.)

What would most help all students in the Riverside Unified School District to be successful in elementary, middle, and high school and beyond? What can YOU do to improve the quality of life in Riverside? RUSD wants to hear from you! RUSD is now developing a Local Control and Accountability Plan and they want our community to be part of this historic process, which will bring more local control of educational programs to our community. rusd

Your ideas matter! Please let them know what you think would most help them to help their students to be successful. Contributing what you believe is important for our community is important for the success of Seizing Our Destiny’s desires for educational opportunities.  Share your ideas below by clicking on the link or attend one of the Community Meetings.

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Community Meetings:

Weds., Jan. 29 – 9:30-11AM, RUSD Nutrition Services, 6050 Industrial Ave.

Sat., Feb. 1 – 9 AM-10:30 AM, Madison Elementary School, 3635 Madison Street

Tues., Feb. 4 – 6:30-8 PM, Arlington High School, 2951 Jackson Street

Weds., Feb. 5 – 6:30-8 PM, Martin Luther King High School, 9301 Wood Road

Thurs., Feb. 6 – 3:30-5 PM, Longfellow Elementary School, 3610 Eucalyptus Ave.

Mon., Feb. 10 – 6:30-8PM, John W. North High School, 1550 Third Street

Thurs., Feb. 13 – 4-5:30 PM, Ramona High School, 7675 Magnolia Ave.

*Precedes RUSD Science and Engineering Fair

Weds., Feb. 19 – 6PM-6:30 PM, prior to Mayor’s Night Out, Reid Park 701 Orange Street

*We will also have a table during the Mayor’s Night Out event

Mon., Feb. 24 – 6:30-8 PM, Poly High School, 5450 Victoria Avenue

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New Theater Company Bringing Musicals to The Box

(Excerpts from this post were taken from an article published on PE.com on January 1o, 2014.)

A new professional company, Riverside Repertory Theater, will produce musicals starting this March at The Box in Downtown Riverside.

The Rep is a group of theater professionals, business people, and directors, designers and technicians committed to creating professional musical theater in the Inland Empire.

“Riverside Rep celebrates traditional musicals by challenging the traditional ways of producing them,” said Artistic Director Matt Neves, formerly of Performance Riverside. “We’re thrilled to debut our new approach of breaking tradition with a musical steeped in it.”

The Box Theater in Riverside.

The Box Theater in Riverside.

Starting March 14 and running weekends through March 30, the groupwill produce “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Fiddler and the group’s second show (premiering in May) will be performed in the city’s newest theater, The Box at the Fox, in Riverside. Tickets can be purchased by calling 951-808-5566 or by visiting the website at www.riversiderep.org.

“We saw a demand for locally produced, quality professional theater,” says Riverside business owner and Rep Managing Director, David St. Pierre. “We’ll be producing well-known blockbusters as well as exciting new work and we think The Box is an incredible space to launch our vision.”

Adding artistic and cultural performance groups like this falls in line with Seizing Our Destiny’s Location of Choice and continues to solidify Riverside as a City of Art and Innovation.

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How Completion Counts Changed Education in Riverside

(This article was written by Steven Frasher, Communications Consultant for the Completion Counts partnership on January 9, 2014.)

Completion Counts enters 2014 entirely on its own, now supported by the local commitment of its partners. Far from fading or faltering, Completion Counts is on firm footing and making a real difference in the lives of thousands of Riverside students.

“We want our students to complete two-year degrees, four-year degrees, certificate programs,” said Mayor Rusty Bailey, speaking for the Completion Counts partnership in a recent video update just posted to the City’s GTV and YouTube. “We’ve made a real concerted effort setting them up for success.”

City of Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey speaking on Completion Counts.

City of Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey speaking at a student-centered Press Conference on Completion Counts help in December, 2013 in City Hall.

The Completion Counts initiative was launched with a great deal of fanfare in 2010 when the national League of Cities announced that Riverside was one of four cities nationwide to receive a three-year $3 million Communities Learning in Partnership (CLIP) grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Together with New York City, San Francisco and Mesa, Arizona, Riverside was challenged to treat postsecondary education as a workforce development imperative. Cities and their public education institutions worked to raise their college completion rates.

Then-mayor Ron Loveridge gladly accepted the charge and brought executive focus to the challenges at hand. The initiative, several partners have claimed, forged “the new way we do business” in Riverside.

The partners are the City of Riverside, Alvord Unified School District, Riverside Unified School District, Riverside City College, Riverside County of Office of Education, University of California, Riverside and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.

“The name, ‘Completion Counts,’ is intentional,” said Dr. Wendel Tucker, a former superintendent at Alvord Unified School District, who did consulting for the partnership. “Our expectation is that you will complete college. We will help you to succeed – to have a vibrant economy, here, in Riverside.”

Three years later, not only the mayor but the school superintendents, chancellors and community college president, are all new faces but the commitment remains.

“We’ve been at the table since Day One,” said Cindy Roth, President of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, to a group of student reporters, in December. “It’s for your benefit and our benefit. We can’t attract jobs without the workforce. Employers look at education.”

Roth pulled no punches reminding listeners why Riverside benefitted. Any entity assessing strengths and challenges of the Inland region found local advantages offset by a low rate of college completion and university degrees among regional residents. Up to 93% of current jobs require some sort of postsecondary education, she said.

Postsecondary education can include college and university, as well as career certificate programs.

Industries attracted to Riverside – including technology, medical, advanced manufacturing and logistics – all require mastery of core classes, called the A-G sequence, demanded of the University of California and California State University systems, for entrance.

“You need a college degree to get in to today’s job market. Things have changed. Times have changed,” Roth said. “The jobs will go elsewhere if we’ don’t have the labor market.”

Dr. Imran Farooq, a member of the California Workforce Development Board, told students that the Riverside – Inland region is poised for tremendous period of growth.

“There are a growing number of consumers demanding products and services,” Farooq said. The region needs a qualified workforce and innovative entrepreneurs, and students need to know they have the support and commitment of their community.

“We’re here to help you,” Mayor Bailey told the students.

Educational attainment is so important that Completion Counts is embedded in Seizing Our Destiny, the City’s strategic action plan.

“It takes a team. We’ve set students up for success, but we need students to take advantage of the opportunities in front of you,” said Bailey, who was himself a high school teacher prior to becoming mayor in 2012.

Many of Riverside’s families have never sent anyone to college. The partnership especially targeted low income and first generation college-goers. Completion Counts created the College311.org website as a comprehensive source of free and authoritative information about financial aid, college and university applications, and other helpful information.

Counselors received additional training and met with their college counterparts. Math and English teachers and instructors met to compare curricula and now those same lessons and partnerships are being applied to teaching Career Technical Education (CTE) courses in city high schools and at RCC.

“Completion Counts has been an investment in alignment,” said Dr. Rick Miller, the former superintendent of Riverside USD.

Grant funds paid to bring together high school teachers from both school districts with college professors. Both sides realized they didn’t really know what to expect from the other. High school math and English courses were adjusted to align with college-level expectations.

Foundation-granted funds also paid for assessments of each school district, their course offerings and college-going rates, in processes guided by consultants from Oakland-based The Education Trust-West.

School districts have placed greater emphasis on the core A-G curriculum demanded by universities, which is more rigorous than classes required simply for high school graduation or for entrance to a community college. Still, even the college finds that too many students step into postsecondary classes unprepared for what’s expected of them.

School districts have changed how they schedule and deliver classes to better serve students.

“It’s been a change in culture,” said interim RUSD Superintendent Mike Fine. The goal isn’t just getting to high school graduation. “The focus goes beyond that – to the next two years, the next four years.”

The success of alignment means fewer students have to spend valuable time and money taking remedial courses at RCC; it also increases the chances of student success in college, said Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac, the interim President of Riverside City College.

As Mayor Bailey put it, “You have to make your senior year valuable” in terms of continuing to take care classes and keeping math and English skills fresh, going into college. “It’s money in your pockets.”

Community colleges are shifting emphasis from just ‘access’ to ‘success,” Isaac said.

In a Riverside-San Bernardino region with one of the lowest college-going rates in the state, post-secondary education is no longer optional, added Dr. Edward Bush, Vice President of Student Affairs at Riverside City College. Area students can’t think that college is not for them, he said. Some sort of postsecondary training is necessary for everyone.

“When students are told they’re not college material, they stop aspiring toward college,” Bush said. The result, then, is students unprepared for college when they realize they really have to go. Students are then stuck repeating courses they could have completed in high school.

One of the paths Completion Counts put into motion is the RCC 2-Year Completion Contract, announced in May 2012. The offer is made available to any Alvord or Riverside unified school district graduating senior who is prepared for full-time college-level work.

“If you meet the [math and English] requirements, we will guarantee that you will have access to classes with the support you need to be able to graduate in two years,” Bush said. At present, fewer than 4% of California community college students are able to earn enough credits to graduate in just two years.

There are currently more than 500 students enrolled in Riverside’s 2-Year Completion Contract, with more than 200 of the first cohort poised to graduate this spring.

Higher education is necessary, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all proposition. There are multiple pathways to postsecondary success. Students and their families must actively seek out their options, the Mayor said, but the opportunities are there.

Educational and professional pathways are so important that educators look hard to find the best fit for students, said Dr. LaRae Lundgren, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment at the University of California, Riverside. “We’ve tried to make those pathways shine a little brighter.”

Completing the official FAFSA federal financial aid application is an important first step for preparation, regardless of a student’s plans for their family’s financial means. There are often more financial resources available to students than they expect, Lundgren said.

Cash for College workshops, which are open to any student of any high school, are being presented at several Riverside schools between January and March. Complete schedules will be posted to the College311.org website.

The Welcome Center, on the RCC campus, is another option available for all students to learn about their college and university, regardless of where the student wants to attend.

Completion Counts “is a game changer,” said Alvord Unified Superintendent Dr. Sid Salazar. Meaningful education means positions, jobs for our students, once they graduate from high school and college.”

Riverside City College’s Band to Perform in London on New Year’s Day

(Excerpts from this article were taken from the Riverside Community College District website – www.rccd.edu – on December 20, 2013)

Riverside City College’s band, the Marching Tigers, will celebrate the New Year by performing in London as part of the city’s 30th annual New Year’s Day Parade. The performance will be the band’s fourth time in London. The two-mile parade, a major European event, is televised and will include 8,500 performers this year. Upwards of a half million spectators, including the Lord Mayor of Westminster and dignitaries from around the world, are expected to view the Parade, which began in 1987.
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London’s New Year’s Day Parade will be aired online at www.myworldevents.com/parade/london-new-year.html, beginning at 4 am. The Marching Tigers will be featured twice during the parade and during the grand finale. The band will celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond, the fictional British agent, and the 75th creation anniversary of Superman, by playing music from their hit movies.  In addition to participating in the Parade, the RCC band will be featured on BBC’s Breakfast, one of the most popular morning shows in the UK.
“We are the ‘visible classroom’ for Riverside City College and give our young performers a unique opportunity to present our SoCal style of entertainment while absorbing the culture of the United Kingdom – a tremendous educational experience,” said marching band Director Gary Locke. “The cost of this trip is easy to figure out, but the value is incalculable.” This trip is a great opportunity to showcase the City of Riverside’s commitment as a city of “Arts & Innovation”.
The Marching Tigers are referred to as “Hollywood’s Band” following countless appearances in movies, TV shows, and celebrity parties. For more information about the RCC Marching Tigers, visit their website at http://www.rccband.org/.