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UNCF Walks the Walk

LOS ANGELES, CA-The Los Angeles office of UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) will step out for students at the 32nd annual UNCF Walk for Education on Saturday, August 2 at Exposition Park (South Menlo and Coliseum) in Los Angeles. The event, which takes the theme “Building Better Futures: The Value of a UNCF Investment,” is a celebration of education that will bring together an estimated 900 community supporters to raise vitally needed funds to help students get to and through college.

Families, teachers and the community at large are invited to participate in the UNCF Walk for Education.  Participants can walk or run a 5k course. Members of the community are invited to support UNCF and its students by forming a Walk for Education team or registering as individuals. UNCF is encouraging everyone to register early.  

A $60 donation will qualify participants for a 2014 UNCF Walk for Education T-shirt and a $25 donation will qualify all students with I.D. for a 2014 UNCF Walk for Education T-shirt.Honorary Co-chair for the Los Angeles UNCF Walk for Education is Tarrance Frierson, Supplier Diversity and Development Program Manager, Southern California Edison.Event sponsors include Title Sponsors Southern California Edison, Superior Grocers, and Tesoro.  Start/Finish Sponsors include Union Bank of California, UPS, and Xerox.

UNCF Walk for Education participants will also enjoy food, music, a Kids Play Zone and more.For more information on the Los Angeles UNCF Walk for Education or for sponsorship packages, please contact UNCF at 213.639.3800, or visit UNCF.org/LAWalk.

Youth Edutainment League to host 9th Annual Community Health & Wellness Fair

Antonique Smith singer

Antonique Smith singer

LOS ANGELES, CA – The YEL Program in association with “Play Well, Live Better!” will be hosting their 9th annual community Health & Wellness Fair Saturday, August 2 in Los Angeles. The block party will be held at 3747 West Boulevard beginning at 10 a.m.

The event will provide access to health workshops, such as disease preventative services including immunizations, as well as medical and dental check-ups and access to free and reduced cost health insurance for community members that have been unable to access and/or qualify. The fair also aims to inform youth and their families about the importance of health and wellness at all ages through games, interactive activities, panels, and seminars. The fair will provide free school supplies, nutritional and home-cooked meals to all attendees as well, provided on behalf of the Youth Edutainment League (YEL Program).

Founded by Darius Farrelly, The Youth Edutainment League or YEL Program was created after Mr. Farrelly observed youth in the area that were disenfranchised, disconnected and struggling to find a place in their individual communities. Deciding to take the initiative to bridge the gap, Mr. Farrelly created the YEL Program, an interactive after-school workshop that interfaces with young adults to help expedite possible career opportunities in areas that they are interested in; such as sports and entertainment.

Additionally, each year, live performances by some local and celebrity talent grace the stage of the Block Party to provide an exclusive soundtrack to the event. This year performances will include music by the Wylde Bunch, Antonique Smith, Justin Hunt, La Fonz and Tia P, as well as stand-up comedy from G-Thang, and Kevin Tate will serve as the live entertainment for the duration of the fair.

To help donate, sponsor or participate as a partner, in addition to more information and/or media inquiries, please call DF Enterprizes at (213) 380-0457 or send an email to darius@dfenterprizes.com.

Rail to Redlands Working Group holds its fifth meeting

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Yesterday, the Rail to Redlands Working Group held its fifth meeting in a continued effort to bring awareness and build public support for the Redlands Passenger Rail Line project.

Committee members heard a special presentation from the Deputy Executive Director John Standiford of the Riverside County Transit Commission and the lessons they have learned during the expansion of their Perris Valley line. “I wish we had formed a working group like this one before we started our expansion,” stated Standiford. “Finding champions such as you have found in ESRI founder, Jack Dangermond is crucial in being successful with such a major infrastructure expansion.”

Supervisor Ramos was pleased to have RCTC present at the meeting. “I think it is important to collaborate with Riverside County in finding common ground on ways to address some of our transportation challenges.  We need to look at our infrastructure needs from a regional viewpoint and work together to find solutions.”

The working group also viewed a short video clip from Mr. Dangermond where he expressed his strong support of the Redlands Passenger Rail Line. This video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PPrhTxpH1s.  Also in progress is the development of a website for the working group as well as social media outlets.

Mitch Alderman, Director of Transit/Rail Programs at SANBAG, provided an update on the status of the rail project.  In the upcoming months, public hearings will be conducted on the Environmental Impact Statement and the Environmental Impact Report where public comment will be requested. More information can be found at http://www.sanbag.ca.gov/projects/redlands-transit.html.

As always, members of the public were able to provide comments and ask questions at the end of the meeting. Ryan Berk, founder of A La Minute in Redlands, was present at the meeting where he offered support for this project. “As local business owners, I feel it is our job to beautify the City of Redlands and bring a sense of uniqueness to attract visitors to our downtown area. I am very much in support of this project and what it will do for our local economy.”

The next Rail to Redlands Working Group meeting will be held on November 13, 2014, location TBD.  To contact the Rail to Redlands Working Group, please send an email to rail2redlandsworkinggroup@gmail.com.