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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.

Armed Services Spotlight: Petty Officer Robert Coleman

Officer Coleman

Officer Coleman

NEWPORT NEWS, VA.- Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Coleman, a hospital corpsman from Rialto, California and 2002 graduate of Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Gerald R. Ford is the first ship in its class and the successor to the Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carriers that have been in operation for the last half century. Gerald R. Ford’s 1000-sailor crew is slowly bringing the ship to life, a crew that will eventually grow to more than 4,500 when the ship is at sea.

When complete, the aircraft carrier, powered by two nuclear reactors, will measure more than three football fields long at 1,092 feet in length and will weigh more than 100,000 tons.  It will be capable of sailing at nearly 35 mph and will carry more than 75 Navy aircraft.

Like the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers that came before it, USS Gerald R. Ford’s mission is to protect and defend America on the world’s oceans.  When the ship deploys it will bring four-and-a-half acres of survivable, sovereign U.S. territory increasing the Navy’s strike capability and defending the country’s interests in any region of the world.  The ship is scheduled to commission in spring 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joshua Treadwell)

Doug Christie, Joe Moses and others ‘Ball 4 a Cause’

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Photo and Article by Naomi K. Bonman. 

REDLANDS, CA- To end the summer off right, Music Changing Lives partnered with Hip Hop Artists Against Drugs (HHAAD) and the Redlands Police Department to bring a fun filled event for the family. The event, “Ball 4 a Cause,” took place on Saturday, August 30 at the Redlands Community Center.

Retired NBA star Doug Christie, hip-hop artist Joe Moses, model/celebrity host Latricia Renee PriceKartoon from the Ruff Ryders, and others battled the Music Changing Lives (MCL)team in the fundraising event to a final score of 59 to 58.

“Music Changing Lives staff and CEO were humbled and honored to see the turnout for our first celebrity basketball fundraiser ‘Ball 4 A Cause’,” Josiah Bruny, CEO of Music Changing Lives, stated. “Not only does it show our local community believes in our efforts but we now have the ear of Hollywood’s elite and one of the greatest NBA stars on our team to stand up for social equality and to help keep music and art alive in our region and beyond.”

He continues, “I want to thank our sponsors Jackie Christie Shiekh Shoes Vizard PR The Hotel San Bernardino, Q1047 Alynette & Chris Loos. I want to thank all the playersDoug Christie and Doug Christie Jr. KC, Joe Moses, Young Blacc, Dee Mac, Gregg, Kartoon, Glenn Summerall, Demtitrius, Latricia Price, Niko, and Josiah Bruny.”

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