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Meet San Bernardino City Unified’s New Four-Legged Hope Maker

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The District’s newest and cutest hope maker enjoys long walks, chew toys, and tasty treats.

Hope, a six-month-old chocolate lab, is the District’s first mascot and comfort dog. Hope made her public debut on September 19, when her caretakers introduced her to the San Bernardino City Unified School District’s (SBCUSD) Board of Education. Hope, the beloved pet of Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden and his family, was officially sworn in as a comfort dog during the Board meeting.

She is continuing her training as a comfort dog that will bring smiles to the SBCUSD community during and following stressful events.

“Her name is very fitting because Hope will bring joy and optimism to the children of this community,” Marsden said. “Our students are under various pressures, and now we can count on Hope to comfort them.”

18th Annual Dishes for Wishes Culinary Fundraiser At National Orange Show Events Center

LOMA LINDA, CA- The Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild proudly announces the 18th annual Dishes for Wishes event, a culinary benefit for the patients of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH). It will be held Wednesday, October 11, at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino.

This year’s themed event, “Oldies but Goodies,” will feature boutique shopping, a colorful cooking demonstration emceed by Inland Empire celebrity chef Martha Green and a commemorative recipe book to take home.

The cooking demonstration will feature demonstrations from Najwa’s Mediterranean Cuisine, Tess’ Place and Clarkie’s Diner.

This event has strong community involvement, and food will be served by local law enforcement officials, firefighters and young men from Teen Challenge, all of whom will gladly accept tips to donate back to the hospital.

Funds raised this year will purchase two neonatal heart monitors and other equipment for the center.

Courtney B. Martin, DO, medical director of the Total Care Birth Center at LLUCH, and an attending physician in the department of obstetrics/gynecology, will be the guest speaker.

Event tickets are $65. To purchase tickets or for additional information, visit https://advancement.lluhealth.org/dishesforwishes.

Doors open for shopping and socializing at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m.


Alexander Bedria’s ‘The Zim’ Wins Prestigious, Best of Fest Award at the LA Shorts International Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, CA- Actor Alexander Bedria’s directorial debut ‘The Zim’, which he also wrote, took home the top prize when it recently premiered at LA Shorts International Film Festival. Almost 300 shorts were in contention for the award. 

‘The Zim’ is the story of one man’s struggle to protect his farm and loved ones from a violent land invasion. Inspired by true events that occurred during the controversial Zimbabwean land seizures in the early 2000’s, The Zim follows the story of farmer Daniel Silva (Alexander Bedria) who must decide between fleeing the country or standing his ground. William Zimunya (native Zimbabwean Tongayi Chirisa), his farmhand, is torn between loyalty to his lifelong friend and fear of the powerful men who lead the charge to invade the farm.

“I was inspired by the men and women who endured extraordinary hardship, yet never lost their humanity. I hope the film honors them,” said writer/director Alexander Bedria who nearly five years researching, developing and crowdfunding the film.

As an actor, Bedria has displayed considerable range, recently guest starring on the Showtime series Ray Donovan and HBO’s The Newsroom. His acting credits also include: Scandal, Criminal Minds, 90210, CSI: Miami and The Amazing Spider-man.

This drama stars Alexander Bedria (The Newsroom, Ray Donovan), Tongayi Chrisa (iZombie, Gaffigan), Amanda Wing (Sunshine State), Constance Ejuma (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, 24), Shaun Baker (V.I.P) and Caroline Largerfelt (Gossip Girl).