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Artivism: Activism through the Arts for Safer Communities

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – On Friday, August 26th, 2016, United Nations of Consciousness hosted Artivism: Activism Through the Arts for Safer Communities at their new facility, Anne Shirrells Park Community Center. This event was part of the #SchoolsNotPrisons campaign to bring awareness to school discipline policies and to advocate for prioritizing prevention over punishment for safe and healthy communities for our youth. 

They were honored to have shared the night with over 250 guests including community members, families, youth, community leaders and partnering organizations such as COPE, BLU Education Foundation, Time for Change Foundation and YAP. The night began with a gallery viewing, followed by powerful performances from local youth artists of the Inland Empire, who set the stage ablaze with poetry, music and dance. The room was filled with much diversity, and various forms of artistic expressions.

UNC would like to thank each and every person for coming out to support their event and contributing to make it a success.

“You all left a positive impact on our community through your contributions of partnership, performance, art and/or volunteering,” LaNae Norwood, President and Founder of UNC, said. “Together, we have spread the message of the importance of funding education, youth, intervention and prevention programs to help create safe and healthy communities for all.”

The work does not stop here! Please join them by continuing to support #SchoolsNotPrisons ensuring that we end the “School to Prison Pipeline” and to give our youth opportunities for a brighter future. For more information, please visit www.unitednationsofconsciousness.com.

Save Time and Money by Taking Metrolink to the Los Angeles County Fair

In partnership with Metro, this year marks Metrolink’s 24th year of providing Southern California residents with a special stop at the Los Angeles County Fair. Starting Sept. 3, San Bernardino Line weekend trains will stop at the Pomona Fairplex platform except for trains 351, 352 and 353.  A free shuttle service is offered to the yellow gate entrance. The Fairplex Station is located just west of the Pomona Station on the San Bernardino Line.

Travel with ease with your family and friends by skipping traffic while avoiding the hassle and cost of parking. Riders can purchase Metrolink’s $10 Weekend Day Pass and take the train to the fair on Saturday or Sunday ONLY. The L.A. County Fair is offering Metrolink riders a special online price of only $12 for a single day admission ticket. Those interested in purchasing these tickets in advance should visit www.lacf.com.

Metrolink is also adding a train to provide later service from the fair back to Los Angeles. The train, 391, will depart the Fairplex stop at 8:30 p.m. and make all stops into Los Angeles Union Station.

As a result of the modified schedule to support the L.A. County Fair, Metrolink trains may operate late into other stops along the San Bernardino Line on weekends in September.

For real-time service updates or to get more information please visitwww.metrolinktrains.com or follow @Metrolink on Twitter.

Omnitrans to Serve ONT, Expand Freeway Express Schedule

 On September 6th, Omnitrans will begin offering direct bus service to Ontario International Airport (ONT), via Route 80 making stops at both passenger terminals. Due to customer demand, the transit agency also will increase hours of service on its Route 290 Freeway Express.

Route 80 will be realigned from its current path to continue south on Vineyard to Airport Drive then head east to the airport, instead of traveling on Holt to the Ontario Civic Center Transfer Center. Holt Blvd. between Vineyard and Euclid will continue to be served by Omnitrans Route 61.

“We are pleased to partner with the airport to provide a more convenient transit connection for air travelers,” said agency spokesperson Wendy Williams. “For the future, we are pursuing development of a high-frequency circulator route that would serve the airport, nearby hotels, shopping centers and the Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink station.”

Omnitrans is also planning an sbX bus rapid transit line for the cities of Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Montclair and Pomona that would include a stop at ONT passenger terminals.

Route 290, a freeway express route launched a year ago, will add early morning and mid-day trips in response to customer requests. The route will begin running at 4:30 am, an hour earlier, and operate throughout the midday, instead of just at morning and afternoon peak times. Route 290 travels on the I-10 and I-215 freeways with stops at Montclair Transit Center, Ontario Mills, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and the San Bernardino Transit Center.

Another transit agency will be arriving at the San Bernardino Transit Center next month. On September 14, the city of Beaumont’s Pass Transit bus route 120 will begin service to the regional hub, joining Omnitrans, Mountain Transit and Victor Valley Transit Authority. More information at: Pass Transit

Personalized routing assistance available at 800-9-OMNIBUS (800-966-6428) or online at www.omnitrans.org.