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WINERY OF THE WEEK: Joseph Filippi Vintner’s Wine Club



RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA- With the holiday season in full effect, it’s that perfect time to acknowledge some of the local wineries that are in and around Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The first winery that I would like to highlight is Joseph Filippi Vintner’s Wine Club, 12467 Base Line Road, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. Since 1995, the winery has expanded to several new acres of vineyard plantings and revitalization projects in the Etiwanda area of Rancho Cucamonga. These vineyards include premium red grape vines such as Petite Sirah, Grenache Noir, Tannat, Mourvedre, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante, Tempranillo and Syrah.

Adult guests who visit the winery may partake in the winery’s tasting areas where they can sample reserve barrel-aged releases and award winners that are available for purchase exclusively at the winery.

On Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. winery staff will be hosting a wine pairing event with their very own award winning wine maker, Kristina Filippi. She will be sampling several special wines paired with light appetizers to compliment each wine. The event is limited to an eight person capacity. Those who are interested are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. The cost is $55 for wine club members and $70 for the general public.

The winery is closed on Mondays, open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, please visit www.josephfilippiwinery.com. (Written by Naomi Bonman, editor).

WWAM Inc., Adopts Jones Elementary School

WWAM Inc.,  Adopts  Jones Elementary School

(Back row, left to right: Superintendent Dale Marsden, Jones Elementary School students, WWAM Board member Juanita Webster, WWAM Board member Josh Scott and Dr. Margret Hill. Front row, left to right: Jones Elementary School student, WWAM supporter Lenda K. Winn, WWAM Sectary Aubrey Winn, WWAM President Dr. Deborah Winn, Jones Elementary Principal Ramone Valslo and CAPS Youth Leader Chevangh Green.

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Willing Winn Association and Mission, Inc., (WWAM) adopted Juanita Blackly Jones Elementary School on Tuesday, November 5. The adoption ceremony was part of the Adopt-A-School program, a joint effort by the San Bernardino City Unified School District and San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce to forge partnerships between schools and the community. WWAM members are committed to implementing the It Starts At Home (ISAH) program into the school. The CAAP program at the school has already been providing tutoring and meals to students after school. ISAH will assist in being a benefit to the school by bringing in more activities such as sports and music programs. ISAH will also have a parenting education center will they will assist parents in becoming more self-efficient and getting back on their feet through basic living and life skills programs. According to WWAM, Juanita Blackly Jones Elementary School is the first school to be adopted in San Bernardino. To learn more about Jones Elementary School, visit www.sbcusd.com/jones . For more information regarding the Adopt-A-School program, visit www.sbcusd.com/adoptaschool.

Inland Empire Has Their Very Own Professional Basketball Team

IE Invaders

IE Invaders

INLAND EMPIRE, CA- Many have thought the American Basketball Association (ABA) was long gone after the merger with the National Basketball Association (NBA) back in 1976 and that was true up until 1999 when they re-emerged and took the basketball world by storm once again. With nearly 90 teams to date the ABA has rebuilt a strong brand and they have continued to grow at a rapid pace. Outgoing President of The Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce and now owner, Ms. Christy Lancaster didn’t know much about the ABA but thought it would be a great business venture and create many opportunities for the Inland Empire so she said “Why Not?”

Ms. Lancaster was quoted saying “This has been the best experience for me. Being able to see the eyes of so many children light up when they see a Professional Ball Player show up at their school is priceless.” The team has been extremely active in the community with outreach to local schools and grand openings since the establishment of the team including National Walk to School day which they participated in with Castle View Elementary along with Mayor Rusty Bailey and a grand re-opening of Canyon Crest Athletic Club which happens to be a Championship sponsor to the team this 2013-2014 season. Their first game is scheduled for November 9 at 7 p.m. Games will be played at Riverside City College (Wheelock Gym). They have dedicated the first game to stopping violence in our community and the Invader Girlz have been working on a special dedication in memory of Treyvon Martin and many other lost to this senseless cause . If you have lost a loved one due to violence under 18 please email clancaster@abaieinvaders.com so they can add their name to their program so they can recognize them as well.  Names and Ages must be received by November 5 by 5 p.m. Please visit our www.abaieinvaders.com for more information.