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It’s Back! Route 66’ Crusin’ Announces 2017 Line Up

ONTARIO, CA-  Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion has announced the entertainment line-up for next month’s event. The public is invited to attend the 5th Annual Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion, a three day Cruisin’ Classic Car Show on September 15th to 17th. Come as a family, food or retail vendor, bring your classic car, or come to stroll along historic tree lined Euclid Avenue to admire the beauty of these fabulous vehicles from yesteryear.

“We are thrilled to announce the entertainment line-up for our fifth annual Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO. “This year we have added themes to our live concerts making it fun for the classic car owners, families, and attendees. We are happy to welcome some of the iconic DJ’s in the business to Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion as well.”

ENTERTAINMENT

Live on Stage at Ontario Town Square

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

5:00pm – 10:00pm Let’s Cruise – Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion begins with Aloha Friday 5:00pm – 9:00pm Visit Uncle Joe’s Garage at the R. Jack Mercer Bandstand

7:00pm Local dance studios present Hawaiian themed dancing

8:00pm Uncle Joe with The Sound and will award the “ugliest Hawaiian Shirt Contest winner” 8:15pm – 10:00pm Surf City All Stars – A Tribute to the Beach Boys

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

9:00am – 10:00pm Let’s Cruise

10:00am – 6:00pm Visit with the KLOS team including DJ Jim Daniels at the R. Jack Mercer Bandstand 7:30pm Award presentation for Classic Cars, winner of the 50/50 announced

8:00pm – 10:00pm Blood, Sweat, and Tears with Bo Bice – Classic Rock

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

9:00pm – 1:00pm Let’s Cruise

9:00am – 11:00am Breakfast with Britain’s Finest – a Beatles Tribute Band

“This annual event, held on the third weekend in September, is free to the public and encompasses approximately twenty” “two city blocks with cars and hot rods parking and cruisin’ for three days along the streets of downtown Ontario, California. This family friendly event is located on Euclid Avenue and the downtown streets near the Ontario Town Square, Ovitt Family Community Library, and Ontario City Hall located at 303 East “B” Street, Ontario, CA 91764. Last year The Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion proved to be a huge success with over 200,000 car enthusiasts and spectators. Get”
“ready to rumble Southern California – the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion will be coming town soon!”

Omnitrans Riders Can Now Pay by Phone

PurchaseScrnFinalSAN BERNARDINO, CA- Now Omnitrans riders can pay their bus fare with a smartphone as the San Bernardino Valley’s transit agency launches a new mobile fare payment partnership with Token Transit. 

To go cashless, riders first download the free Token Transit app, and then set up an account tied to a credit or debit card.  Purchasing and activating a pass takes seconds.  Upon boarding, riders just show the driver their phone displaying an active pass, and take a seat.

“We are excited to offer this convenient fare payment option to enhance the customer experience,” said Omnitrans CEO P Scott Graham.  “Paying by phone makes taking transit easier for both new and current customers.”

Over 20% of non-riders surveyed in spring 2017 indicated that the ability to pay by phone was an amenity that would entice them to use Omnitrans. The transit agency already offers real time arrival information and online trip planning via smartphone through the free Omnitrans mobile app and the agency’s mobile-friendly website, www.omnitrans.org.

The Token Transit app is available at Google Play or the App Store. Also, texting “TOKEN” to 41411 will generate a download link.  All fare categories are available for mobile purchase including single-ride, one-day, 7-day and 31-day passes for full fare and reduced fare customers.

“To encourage customers to give it a try, we are offering half off their first 7-day or 31-day pass purchase through December 31, 2017,” said Wendy Williams, Director of Marketing and Planning.  

Regular bus fares are $1.75 for a single ride, $5 for a 1-day pass, $18 for a 7-day pass and $55 for a 31-day pass. Discounted fares are offered for seniors age 62 and up, people with disabilities, military veterans and youth age 18 and under. Details at www.omnitrans.org.

Aside from the convenience for customers, on board mobile fare transactions are four to five times quicker than inserting bills and coins into the fare box.  This helps keep buses running on time.  About one-third of Omnitrans boardings involve a cash transaction currently.  As customers switch from traditional paper passes to mobile fares, the agency will be able to save on printing and outlet distribution costs. 

Embrace Racial Healing to Change Hearts and Minds

La June Montgomery Tabron

La June Montgomery Tabron

By La June Montgomery Taborn, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Prior to the displays of hatred and the tragic loss of Heather Heyer, a young woman who seemingly embraced the virtues of healing, a transformation was taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia. This college town, where roughly 80 percent of the residents are white, culminated a lawful process in February when its City Council voted to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from a city park. 

Passionate acts came from opposing sides, as opponents filed suit to stop the removal and the city changed the name of Lee Park to Emancipation Park. But there was honest dialogue and truth-telling, the ingredients for healing. Neighbors learned more about one another, their culture and motivations. But the progress was derailed.

The protesters who converged in Charlottesville were largely white men often perceived as privileged in our society, and among their slogans was “We will not be replaced” by immigrants, blacks, Jews, or homosexuals.  Instead of feeling empowered, they were threatened and seemed in pain. Their hearts and minds needed healing.

But racial healing doesn’t begin until you intentionally, respectfully and patiently uncover shared truths, as Charlottesville residents had begun to do before the violence and turmoil. Shared truths are not simply the removal of physical symbols, like monuments. While it may begin to change narratives, it doesn’t reach the level of healing that jettisons racism from the land or creates equitable communities. Racism has persevered because remedies ranging from public accommodation laws to Supreme Court rulings are limited in scope and reach: They fail to change hearts and minds.  

A new approach is needed that penetrates the full consciousness of our society, draws in all communities and focuses on racial healing and truth-telling.

Racial healing can facilitate trust and authentic relationships that bridge vast divides created by race, religion, ethnicity and economic status. Once the truths are shared, racism is acknowledged and hearts begin to mend, only then will communities begin to heal the wounds of the past and together move forward to address the bias in employment, education, housing and health that causes widespread disparities, and denies opportunities to our children.

To be sure, racial healing is predicated not just on an emotional encounter, such as saying, ‘you’re sorry,’ rather it’s predicated on a truth-telling. But who’s truth? We all have our own truth and we need collective conversations to help us in reaching a common truth and a vision for the future, based on what we decide together. 

And while sharing each of our individual truths requires sharing stories, reaching a common truth is more than a blending of stories. It’s about co-creating a common set of morals, principles, wisdom and guidance that is written on our hearts, captured in our faith and in how we treat each other as human beings. It is developed by all of us in the courtyard, in town halls, in living rooms with family and neighbors, all in the crucible of human goodness. That’s where we develop “the” truth. 

At the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), we promote racial healing because it moves people to act from their hearts. Real change happens when people work together and build relationships. Rarely does it occur when it is forced upon communities by laws and rulings. Last January, WKKF coordinated an annual National Day of Racial Healing, which inspired civic, religious, community and philanthropic organizations to collaborate on activities to facilitate racial healing. But we can’t wait until next January to embrace racial healing. 

Today, with the threat of unrest billowing through communities, our country needs to heal. All sides must air their pasts, fears, and anxieties, and articulate their visions for a future where all children can thrive.

After centuries of racial hierarchy, all sides have been wounded: Whenever a policy or decision gives privileges to some and not others or perpetuates injustices, the collective community suffers, and part of our common humanity is lost. It leaves some wounded and unable to work towards our collective interest.  

What is inspiring is the healing that is happening around the country. Earlier this year, 200 people gathered at the Chicago Theological Seminary for an extraordinary day of racial healing. People of all races, genders, religions and ethnicities, gathered in healing circles to share their “truths” on the racism they endured or consciously or unconsciously unleashed on others. The healing circles were sanctuaries for truth-telling, and helped people see one another, acknowledge differences and begin to build authentic relationships. 

WKKF, through our Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) framework, is supporting racial healing in the 14 places where the TRHT is being implemented.  Since 2010, when our America Healing initiative launched, WKKF has actively promoted racial healing and supported racial healing practitioners who are available to help communities, concluding that:  

  • Racial healing accelerates human capacity for resilience, truly embracing one another and reconnecting many people who previously had their identities denied back to their roots, culture, language and rituals.
  • The focus of racial healing is our “collective humanity,” and lifting up that which unites us rather than that which divides us, while discovering, respecting and indeed honoring our unique experiences.
  • Racial healing will facilitate narrative change, which will help everyone in communities articulate the truth about their collective histories and be exposed to full, complete and accurate representations of themselves and their communities.  

Communities must heal so they can grow. Let’s heal and build sustainable progress neighbor by neighbor, community by community to transform America so all children can have a brighter future.