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Views of some of our local mountains:
I'm proud to come from a very diverse community. Go Huskies!
The beautiful Mission Inn in Riverside, bathed in warm light...
That (Spanish) Mission Inn goes way back into old Riverside history.
There are several ancient Spanish missions that go up the coast of California.
Then there is Mount Rubidoux where I could look down and see the city lights and think about where I was going in life a long time ago.
Solsbury Hill - by Peter Gabriel
Here is an old view of Mt. Rubidoux...
Our California poppies are blooming! Spectacular!
Hey, O.K. this was a little too close to INT Base for comfort, but these are good people doing good work preserving their culture and art forms...
"A Southern California basket weavers association — Nex’wetem — was formed in 2000 to support the activities of local weavers. Co-founder and President Donna Largo, now deceased, taught many, who in turn became new teachers.
“The purpose of Nex’wetem is to perpetuate the basket weaving heritage of Southern California indigenous peoples by engaging in activities and educational pursuits designed to achieve that end,” according to Lorene Sisquoc, co-founder and treasurer.
“It supports something that was almost lost in our tribal communities. It brings awareness to the community and pride and culture preservation to our people,” Sisquoc said.
Members of the group often attend public events at the Malki Museum in Banning on the Morongo Reservation, such as the Agave Harvest on April 21, to share their knowledge and experience."
"SAN JACINTO: Get pampered at Diva Day
Published: 09 May 2012 03:55 PM
A spa and wellness event for women is planned Saturday, May 19, near San Jacinto as a fundraiser for Community Connect, a Riverside County nonprofit social services provider.
Diva Day is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Golden Era Golf Course, 19871 Gilman Springs Road.
Guests will receive massages, beauty treatments, yoga, meditation, golf lessons, lifestyle workshops, boutique shopping, a tranquility garden, a butterfly release, music and more. All activities will take place in the natural, relaxing beauty of the golf course under tall cottonwood trees surrounded by magnificent mountain views.
Lunch, beer, wine and a tea party will be served. Champagne will be served throughout the day.
Tickets are $50 a person and may be purchased online at www.connectriverside.org or by calling 951-329-4734.
Over the past 45 years, Community Connect’s mission has been to “Connect People in Need with Those Who Can Help.” The organization helps serves more than 108,000 people each year through social services such as 211 Riverside, housing assistance, transportation assistance, advocacy and protection of the elderly through visits to skilled nursing facilities and a crisis/suicide prevention hotline
The organization also provides development and skill building to nonprofit organizations."
They have a for-profit day spa at the golf course at INT Base??? :confused2:
Juan Felipe Herrera
California's new poet laureate teaches in Riverside!
A totally Californian poet laureate
Juan Felipe Herrera, 63, is the son of migrant farmworkers and plugged in to modern culture. He'd like to make the entire state a democratic, virtual poetry workshop.
Professor Juan Felipe Herrera, recently appointed California's poet laureate by Gov. Jerry Brown, leads a poetry workshop at UC Riverside. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / April 18, 2012)
By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times ~ May 20, 2012,
Wearing jeans, green sneakers, a hipster straw bowler and a Buddhist symbol around his neck, the new poet laureate of California opened his weekly poetry workshop at UC Riverside with stretching and breathing exercises.
"Let's detox our cluttered academic brain. That's what the poet does," said Juan Felipe Herrera, 63. "People call it daydreaming, detoxing our minds and taking care of that clutter. It's being able to let in call letters from the poetry universe."
Herrera then launched into poems by Federico García Lorca and other 20th century masters and had students recite their own compositions for group critiques.
Preparing for the works of Raul R. Salinas, a pioneer in Chicano literature, he took the 16 young poets to a campus lawn, where they recreated the swaggering gait of a 1940s zoot suiter.
Herrera would like to make the entire state a democratic, virtual poetry workshop. He envisions a gigantic communal poem to be passed around the Internet over the next two years so writers at high schools, colleges and community centers can add their own lines.
It's tentatively titled "The Most Incredible and Biggest Poem in the World on Unity." Herrera describes it as a "nice, juicy, long poem, a multidimensional poem that talks about what we are all facing, from as many traditions and cultures and places."
Another of his brainstorms is something called Planet X, videotaped poetry by young people about the world they want to live in.
"It's like a golden key," said Herrera, the son of migrant farmworkers and the first Latino to serve as the state's poet laureate. "I'm carrying a California key in addition to my car keys. And I really want to use it ... to promote the poetry of California."
In his own free-form work, he mixes English and Spanish in writing about immigration, Chicano identity, love, wars and California geography.
In "Mexican Differences Mexican Similarities," Herrera writes:
You dance on the floors we mop the floors
You sleep in hotel beds we make the hotel beds
You've got the law on your side we got history on ours.
You wonder about the universe we wonder about the universe
You wheel grandmother to the home we wheel grandmother to the home
You ride the BART to nowhere we ride the BART to nowhere.
Other of his works are more elusive. "Inside the Jacket" portrays an old tailor embroidering a coat with "a venom lacing/a serpent feverishly winding out of the earth/wrapping around the furniture, into the ceiling."
In his "Love After the Riots" collection, a poem titled "3:45 am" describes "a blackened sky with a little boy & girl rustling/ their feet in the silk. A vigil. Floating pillows,/crushed bedposts, open night-cream jars."
For years, the post of laureate was an informal, often lifetime honor with few defined responsibilities. A 2001 law turned it into a rotating two-year appointment; governors choose from three finalists suggested by a board of experts.
The laureate is paid $5,000 a year "to bring the poetic arts to Californians and to California students who might otherwise have little opportunity to be exposed to poetry."
One of Herrera's predecessors, Al Young, drove the length of California giving readings in rural towns. Another, Carol Muske-Dukes, established a student-friendly print and online guide to writing and memorizing called the "Magical Poetry Blimp."
Herrera assumed the post in March. Just before administering the oath, Gov. Jerry Brown sought the poet's help in understanding T.S. Eliot's difficult 1922 masterwork, "The Waste Land."
"I said, 'If you understand all of it, you've gone too far,'" Herrera recalled. "'Perceive it, be moved by it, inquire about it. Just inquiring about it is understanding.'
"Poetry," he continued in an interview, "can tell us about what's going on in our lives, not only our personal but our social and political lives."
Herrera's writings are frequently autobiographical, telling of his childhood in the San Joaquin Valley and San Diego, his life as a Chicano rights activist in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and his world travels.
As a teenager, with his elderly father dying of diabetes and the family often subsisting on welfare, he dived into the poetry of Lorca, Artaud, Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti at San Diego's secondhand bookstores.
He earned a bachelor's degree from UCLA and a master's from Stanford University, both in anthropology, and worked as an arts center director and bilingual education consultant, all the while writing, performing and collecting grants.
He later received a master's in creative writing at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and taught in Fresno State's Chicano and Latin American studies department for 15 years. In 2005, he was appointed to UC Riverside's Tomas Rivera endowed chair in creative writing.
He is the author of more than 20 books, including narratives for children and young adults ("Calling the Doves" and "Upside Down Boy") and a career-spanning anthology, "Half of the World in Light," which won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry.
On a recent Saturday afternoon, Herrera was given a hero's welcome at Fresno State by more than 100 fans who turned up to hear him read. Accompanied by four percussionists and a soprano saxophonist, he delivered a performance that seemed more a joyous bilingual beatnik show than an academic poetry tutorial.
With conga drums popping, he danced around the lectern, flipped his hat into the air and acted out scenes from 1950s Mexican western movies, playing both male and female parts.
He read a new poem about the banning of ethnic studies in Arizona public schools, "Don't Ban our Books Cuz I'll Ban Your Tomates,:"
Cuz we'll ban your lechugas & your grapes
Like we did in '68 at Safeway.
We'll even ban your roses like we did in '64
In MacFarland & then what you gonna do for Valentines?
He went on:
Let us sit together in America
& have an ensalada & frijoles & salsa fresca
& red soul rice
You don't know how good it is
On a round table sun carved, face to face
Hand to hand eye to eye heart to heart.
That night, a reception in his honor was held at the Arte Americas cultural center in downtown Fresno. Fellow poets read works influenced by Herrera, and admirers toasted him.
Cynthia Guardado, a graduate student who is president of Fresno State's Chicano Writers and Artists Assn., said Herrera's appointment could attract a wider audience to poetry, especially among Latinos.
"He's exactly what we need, a voice we can look forward to," she said. "I think he represents a vast amount of California and the literary culture in the Latino community."
Herrera says his zest for performance stems from childhood experiences. His first-grade teacher punished him for speaking Spanish, at the time his only language. In third grade, a performance artist was born when a gentler teacher persuaded him to sing "Three Blind Mice" in front of class and praised his voice.
Since then, he said, he has refused to be "that guy who got whipped because he didn't speak English."
Herrera lives in Redlands with his wife, writer Margarita Luna Robles. With their children grown, his daily regimen includes writing, meditating, dog-walking, reading and teaching. "Maybe I'm just a calm dude who likes to be alone in a little room in the middle of nowhere with my dog, putting words on paper and talking to myself," he said.
An upcoming book is a poetic narrative about African orphans trying to escape genocide. Also in the works is a musical based on the lives of two elderly sisters who were Chicano singers in Texas border towns in the 1930s.
Herrera talks about the joy he wants Californians to feel when writing or reading poetry. "Amazing things can happen when you are just going for the poem, when it's just pure. You may be living just on saltines, but you are giving all your life to this, and great things can happen."
Temecula is about 30 miles south of Riverside. There is a Scientology Org there.
Sweetness LOVES this great place to eat. They have the best shrimp cocktails and cheladas, wonderful on a hot day!
Here's a blast from the past:
Testimony from two who got trapped at La Quinta ranch in the California desert in 1979:
Hey, we really DO have some picture postcard perfect days here!
Riverside is a nice town !
But I do miss the old Riverside Raceway !
Just for you, Toadie!
"Riverside International Raceway
The Golden Era of Sports Car Racing
Riverside International Raceway heralded in the new era of permanent road racing circuits in the 1950's. Reputed to be the third such track to be built in the U.S. (preceded only by Willows Springs and the defunct Paramount track); it was undoubtedly the greatest road racing circuit in the West.
European Sports Racers; Formula One Grand Prix; NASCAR; Can-Am; USAC; IMSA; IROC; CART all made pilgrimages to Riverside. Many of the world's greatest drivers answered the challenge of Riverside's famous corners: Phil Hill; Stirling Moss; Mario Andretti; Carrol Shelby; Parnelli Jones; Bob Bodurant; Bill Krause; Skip Hudson; and Chuck Daigh all helped to make riverside famous during the "Golden Era", but no driver succeeded in carving out Riverside victories like Dan Gurney.
Riverside is sometimes referred to as the track that Gurney built. He raced more variety of series and had more victories at RIR than any other racer. In fact, Dan grew up in Riverside, racing motorcycles around the hills of Riverside, even before there was a track. Dan began his illustrious career and cut his teeth at RIR.
The International Race of Champions (IROC) was born at Riverside. The brainchild RIR President Les Richter, the series pitted top echelon drivers from F1, USAC, SCCA and NASCAR in equally prepared cars on America's most challenging circuits, Riverside and Daytona. First in Porsche Carrera RSRs and later in race prepped Chevrolet Cameros.
Sadly, all this history was lost in the late 1980's when RIR was torn down and replaced by a shopping mall approved by the then newly formed City of Moreno Valley (RIR never was in the Riverside's city limits). RIR is still revered to this day in the hearts and minds of racing fans. Recent museum events and historic races pay homage to the greatest road racing circuit too ever grace the U.S.
RIAM's RIR Collection is one of the world's most complete collections of Riverside International Raceway artifacts. From original race programs and posters to recorded sounds, the collection serves as a repository of relevant objects covering some thirty years, from 1957 to 1988.
An ongoing project of the museum is the digitization of these artifacts to create a permanent archive available to journalists and scholars and preserve an online record for all to learn and benefit from."
Did I mention that Riverside is a College town?
Cal Baptist University: http://www.calbaptist.edu/
La Sierra University: http://www.lasierra.edu/index.php
Graduation is always a very big deal! Here are some stats from the last one at UCR. Almost time for the school year to start up again!
Riverside Pride by a twelve year old! Homegrown talent (we have a LOT of that around here!)
Bent Corydon's building, the Lovely Life Arts Center is in the news again!:
"The building that now houses the Life Arts Center faced a different kind of pressure: the wrath of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, himself. In 1974, after a brief period of abandonment, the 40,000 square foot building became home to the largest single Scientology Mission in the world. Bent Corydon, President of Life Arts Center Incorporated, was then the "Mission Holder" running the Scientology franchise; after L. Ron Hubbard moved to Riverside County in 1976, the FBI launched a series of raids on the Riverside mission, and Hubbard turned on Corydon, removing him from his official leadership. Corydon continued his own off-shoot Scientology group in the building for a while, despite threats from Hubbard and his lackeys; disillusioned, he went on to co-write the exposé L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? with L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. Corydon faced a ten year legal battle against the Church of Scientology for ownership of the building, eventually winning in 1992.
Perhaps this history of resistance energized both buildings, setting the stage for art to move in. But while great art is often born of defiance, the transformation of both buildings into arts centers was a communal effort--one formally organized, the other more spontaneous...."