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MACY’S “Shop for a Cause” Raises $60,000 to Benefit Moms and Babies

MACYS SHOP FOR A CAUSE SHOPPERLOS ANGELES, CA- Macy’s ninth annual “Shop For A Cause” one-day shopping event has raised $60,000 in support of the March of Dimes mission to help moms in our community have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, it was announced today. Programs for moms and babies in our area that will benefit from these vital funds raised include:

Supportive group prenatal education to teach pregnant women to have a healthy pregnancy and promote healthy behaviors and equip women to make better decisions about their health care.

Services to hospitals and health care providers to help them reduce the numbers of elective cesarean sections and inductions of labor between 37 and 39 weeks of pregnancy.  Reducing early elective deliveries is safer for mothers, reduces the risk of medical complications for babies, and results in lower health care costs.

The March of Dimes was the exclusive national beneficiary of in-store and online savings pass sales for Macy’s 2014 “Shop for A Cause.” For more information about “Shop For A Cause,” visit macys.com/magicofgiving.


Veterans Diploma Project Seeking Applications for Class of 2014

SAN BERNARDINO, CA-Applications are being accepted to award diplomas to men and women whose high school education was interrupted due to military service or internment in a Japanese American camp.

In partnership with the County Department of Veterans Affairs, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools is offering an opportunity to provide veterans and internees who qualify for a high school diploma.

The deadline to apply for the sixth annual County Operation Recognition Veterans Diploma Project is September 26.Diplomas will be awarded to qualified applicants at a presentation in November. Applicants will be notified of their status and qualified applicants will be provided with the date, time, and location of the presentation.

Operation Recognition Veterans Diploma Project provides veterans and internees, who were unable to complete high school due to military service or internment, the opportunity to receive a high school diploma, according to the state education code. Veterans who served in and receivedan honorable discharge from World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War; or individuals who were interned in a Japanese American relocation camp and are San Bernardino County residents are eligible to participate. There is no charge to participate.

Applications can be downloaded from the County Schools’ website at vdp.sbcss.k12.ca.us. For assistance with verification of military service and/or discharge papers, contact the County Department of Veterans Affairs at (866) 472-8387 or (909) 387-5516.For more information, contact Stacie Diaz at County Schools at (909) 386-2412.


California Arts Council’s Craig Watson to Keynote Countywide Arts Conference


SAN BERNARDINO, CAArts professionals from throughout San Bernardino County and surrounding areas will convene for a full day of speakers, workshops, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities.

The Arts Connection Conference will be highlighted with a Keynote Address by Craig Watson, Executive Director of the California Arts Council, who will speak on the state of the arts in California and bringing economic and creative vitality to our region though the arts. Additionally, San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor, Janice Rutherford will show her support with the Welcome Address.

The conference is being organized by the non-profit organization, Arts Connection – The Arts Council of San Bernardino County in partnership with the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center and will be held on Saturday, September 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, located at 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739.

The conference is free to all members of Arts Connection. One-year membership starts at $25 (and $10 for students). The conference fee is $50 for non-members. Pre-registration for the conference is highly encouraged. Registration is available online at artsconnectionnetwork.org/event-reservation or by phone at (909) 537-5809.

For more information contact Julia Tilley, Interim Executive Director, Arts Connection, 909-537-5809 and info@artsconnectionnetwork.org.