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Veterans’ Appreciation Video Screening Hosted by Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes a Success

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes celebrated Veterans Day early with a public screening of the veterans’ appreciation video, which highlights veterans of the 47th Assembly District and their stories of service. The 12-minute video was screened at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8737 in San Bernardino on Monday, November 6.

Two of the veterans filmed for the video served during WWII – Graciano Gomez and Russel Diehl. Addressing the veterans, Assemblymember Reyes said, “We would not be able to call America the land of the free, if it were not for you, your service and your sacrifice. We want our veterans to experience the appreciation from their community with this video and to know that their sacrifice has not gone unnoticed; we see you, and we thank you!”

The veterans’ appreciation video was developed by Assemblymember Reyes and her team from an idea given to her by Glen Loveless III who served as E-4 Infantry in the U.S Army. Glen was honored as a 47th Assembly District Veteran of the Year honoree earlier this year.


Second Baptist Church of Redlands Celebrates 125th Anniversary

2017 pastor and bishop green secondbaptist redlandREDLANDS, CA- “It takes a Village to last for 125 Years!”

“It has been a VILLAGE EFFORT to preserve 125 years of history and hard work to preserve a future for the next generations,” explains Bishop Jackie Green. “Our village has been our neighbors, the community, philanthropists, the rich and poor, the preacher and  teacher, businesses, government officials, lawyers, counselors, schools, hospitals, law enforcement, other churches, pastors, the elderly, recreation, the young and even the unborn. Our village welcomes all colors, races and genders.”

The Second Baptist Church history dates back as far as 1889, but is recorded as incorporated in 1892.  The first pastor, Sebron Lee was a stately gentleman, and served as the pastor over the “first colored church” that was later named the Second Baptist Church of Redlands. The first church was located on Orange Street in May 30, 1891.  Then the church relocated to State Street in July 4, 1891 and finally to its present location on 420 East Stuart Avenue in 1924.

The Congregation has been celebrating its birthday the whole year by having monthly focuses on their history and wearing their “125…ALL THE WAY LIVE” t-shirts, which is the theme for the celebration. The month of November will kick off with a Wednesday night Joint Communion Service with the First Baptist Church of Redlands (51 West Olive) at 6 p.m., whom they have fellowshipped 125 years.  Pastor Shawn Zambros of the First Baptist Church (First woman pastor) says, “Our two churches have a special and unique bond that has risen out of our common beginnings and has continued over the generations. The pastors of Second Baptist were among the first to welcome me to the City of Redlands and connect me with other clergy into the community.”

Sunday, November 19, will be the culminating service at 10 a.m.  The speaker will be Dr. Stephen Wilson, M.D. of In Your Best Interest Medical practice in Redlands.  He was a former member years ago and is returning to help celebrate this even.  There will also be several honors and awards presented. There will be a fellowship dinner following service.

The Highlight of this year’s birthday celebration is the publication of the 125th Souvenir Historical Journal to be unveiled on Sunday, November 19, covering the 125 years of history.  These can be purchased through the Church. The public is cordially invited.  The church is located at 420 East Stuart Avenue, Redlands, CA  92374.

For more information, please call (909) 793-l074 or visit secondbaptistredlands.com.


Eta Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Collaborates with Ivy Foundation for Annual Fashion Show Next Weekend

ONTARIO, CA- To raise money for their scholarship and community service programs, Eta Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in partnership with The Inland Ivy Foundation, has secured Mario Benton of Mario B Productions, a fashion show producer and celebrity fashion stylist who is well-known in the Bay Area for his fashion icon styles.   This year’s production, which will be held at the Ontario DoubleTree Hotel-Ontario on November 19 at 3 p.m., will showcase the latest in West Coast fashions.

This year’s presentation, “Pearls, Pumps & Fashion” under the direction of Mario Benton will feature Dignitaries of Design (local models), and the fashions will cater to all ages.

Those who love style will not want to miss this evening of elegance with the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha. In addition to fashion, there will be entertainment, vendors, a silent auction and door prizes.  Local fashion connoisseurs will have the opportunity to gaze upon the latest in couture as they support various community service endeavors sponsored by Eta Nu Omega Chapter and The Inland Ivy Foundation.

With the proceeds generated from the previous years’ fashion shows, over the years, Eta Nu Omega Chapter has awarded thousands in scholarships to local college-bound young ladies for college tuition.  Individual scholarship awards have ranged from $100 to $2000.

Those who are interested in purchasing tickets for $50 may contact the fashion show chairman by emailing your request to hnotiffashionshow@gmail.com or visit www.etanuomega_aka.eventbrite.com. Checks are payable to the Inland Ivy Foundation, a 501C (3) organization.