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Halloween Is In the Air At Castle Park

RIVERSIDE, CA- With the Halloween season fast approaching, Castle Park is getting ready to offer Halloween fun during two different events. Castle Park transforms into its heart-racing, exhilarating Castle Dark in the evening. When darkness falls, the nightmare calls and guests can experience the sheer terror of Castle Dark’s haunted attractions. During the daytime hours, kids of all ages are welcome to join in the Halloween festivities with family friendly fun at Happy Hauntings.

From October 7 to the 30, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the gate will creek open at 7 p.m. for Castle Dark. Venture inside four haunted house maze attractions set throughout the park. Experience the impending doom of a demonic spirit that consumed the mine and its workers, at the all NEW Demented Doom Mine maze. Experience the NEW Shiverton Manor maze, a mansion full of distorted realities and horrible nightmares. Don’t miss the Ghost Blasters ride, a creature, zombie, and ghost inhabited ride in 3-D.

For guests looking for more cheer than fear, Castle Park’s Happy Hauntings is the perfect place for little ghouls 12 and under. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, October 8-30, kids can enjoy pumpkin carving contests, costume contests, and a Trick-or-Treat Street at Happy Hauntings.

Tickets start at $9.99 online for Happy Hauntings daytime fun. Castle Park’s Happy Hauntings activities are included in all park tickets every Saturday and Sunday, October 8-30. Tickets including Castle Dark start at $19.99. Castle Dark opens at 7 pm, Friday through Sunday, from October 7-30. Hours of operation vary. Visit castlepark.com for more details.

Indie Author at Feldheym Central Library

SAN BERNARDINO, CA-The San Bernardino Public Library is joining hundreds of libraries across North America to host an Indie Author Day event on October 8th, 2016. This event is designed to bring the local writing communities together to participate in book readings, signings, and workshops.

Authors from throughout the Inland Empire have been invited to discuss their works and sell and sign books at the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library, 555 w. 6TH St. in San Bernardino on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

This is a good opportunity to meet local authors who represent many genres, including fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, fantasy, poetry, children’s books, young adult books, local history, and mystery. Over 30 authors, poets and cartoonists have confirmed their participation including Al Ward, Beth Winokur, Dr. Dawn Menge, Dr. Frank Stern, Gary & Isabel Walbourne, George L. Gurney, Gina Rider, Greg McWhorter, Herb Williams, James Rhozon, John Weeks, June Durr, Krista Wagner, Lara Rios, Larry Burns, Madeline Gornell, Mary Ruth Hughes, Michael Palmer, Michael Raff, Mike Kennedy, Mike Walters, Nick Cataldo, Paulina Jaramillo, Phil Yeh, Richard Levesque, Roberta Smith, Suzanne Saunders, T’ana Thompson, Terri Elders, Victoria Taylor, and authors from PoetrIE.

Two workshops will be held during the event: Theresa Elders will present a workshop called ‘How to Write True Stories for Anthologies such as Chicken Soup for the Soul’ at 2:00 PM in the Bing Wong Auditorium. She will talk about the elements of writing a true narrative essay and how to mine your life for story ideas.  Elders’ stories have been featured in over 100 books, including such series as Chicken Soup for the Soul, A Cup of Comfort, Thin Threads, and HCI Ultimate.

Larry Burns will present a workshop called ‘How to Transition From a “Regular” Career to an “Art-Based” Career’ at 3:00 PM in the Bing Wong Auditorium. The topics he will cover are:  Creating your artist’s life support system, what you need and what you can cannibalize from your previous career; making financial sense of your new normal; learning to accept payment for your art…you are worth it; finding your way in social media promotion; how to get more comfortable sharing your success; and setting goals and tracking your progress. In 2015, Larry Burns ended a decade -long administration career to focus on teaching and writing full time, and a year later had his first book contract. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches in the College of Humanities and Sciences at University of Phoenix. He is a founding member of Inlandia Institute, a non-profit literary advocacy group.

Authors from PoetrIE will be doing readings beginning at 4:00 in the Bing Wong Auditorium. PoetrIE started with a handful of writers who were interested in creating a space for other aspiring writers in this area to practice their craft. It has since grown to numerous workshops across the region, monthly reading series, and is now a nonprofit organization.

This event is free and open to the  public, and is sponsored by the Friends of the San Bernardino Library. For more information, call 909. 381.8238 or visit www.sbpl.org or www.facebook.com/SBPLfriends

ROUTE 66 CRUISIN’ REUNION® 3-day event results are in Economic impact results were over $17 Million!

ONTARIO, CA-Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion®, powered by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, has announced the impact to our local economy during the three day event! Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion®, a 501-(c3) organization, created by the Greater Ontario Visitors & Convention Bureau, is a Southern California ultimate weekend celebration of America’s love affair with the automobile and its world-famous highway, Route 66. Three days of cruising, contests, live entertainment, fabulous food and comradery make it one of the best events of its kind. Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion is where classic cruisers, convertibles, hot rods, and wicked Woodies fuel a jam-packed jamboree.

Starting on Friday, September 16 at 5:00pm and continuing thru the weekend until Sunday, September 18 at 4:00pm the following numbers have been reported:

  • Attendance totaled more than 150,000 people participating in this three (3) day weekend family event.
  • Over 1,000 cars registered to participate in Route 66 Cruisin Reunion
  • Total economic impact to the area was more than $17,000,000.00
  • Total vendors, included : 29 retail vendors and 23 food vendors
  • Eight (8) live concerts were performed on the Ontario Town Square Stage
  • The Mother Road Revisited exhibit at the Ontario Museum of History and Art was brought in specifically to be apart of this event. A good example of synergy between destinations working together to encourage visitors to explore and discover the Greater Ontario region
  • The People’s Choice awards gave the attendees the opportunity to vote. Six categories included: Best of Show, Best Convertible, Cool Paint Job, Best Pick Up, Best Staging, and Best Muscle Car
  • Additional contests included the Neon light contest and the Model Car Contest
  • Southern California media brought attention to the event with over 572,000 people learning more about the event thru television and print articles

We are proud to announce the success of Route 66 Cruisin Reunion” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our mission is to bring visitors to our cities, increase overnight stays in our hotels, and boost the local economy” said Krouse. “Our team takes pride in creating family friendly events that lure visitors to our area and has the added benefit of providing a wonderful way for our local community to spend the

weekend – to appreciate our beautiful historic tree lined Euclid Avenue in Ontario, check out the cars, listen to some great music and enjoy all the free family fun!”

If you missed this annual event be sure to mark your 2017 calendars now for the third weekend in September! The timer has already been set to count down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds to the next Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion. Visit www.Route66CruisinReunion.com.