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Fun Ways to Keep Kids’ Minds Active in Summer

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By Statepoint

A vacation from school is no excuse for a vacation from thinking. Not only can learning be made fun, but you can avoid a rusty return to school in the fall by keeping kids’ minds active all summer long.

Here are a few fun ways to make thinking and learning a priority, while not detracting from the fun of summer days:

• Make the Most of a Trip: From the lifecycle of local wildlife to the accomplishments of a great figure hailing from your destination, there is always an opportunity to learn about science, art, history and more on a trip out of town. Whether you are going on a beach getaway or visiting a major city, ask your kids to research the destination before departure. Not only will this help add meaning to the trip, it’s a fun way for kids to stay intellectually occupied. Then, once you are there, look for educational opportunities like museums, historic sites and guided nature walks.

• Learn an Instrument: The summer vacation is the perfect time to delve into the world of music. And new technologies can make the process of learning enjoyable and exciting, as well as help beginners learn to play at their own pace. For example, the CT-X700, a portable keyboard with features that are tailored to casual or beginning players, comes with hundreds of built-in rhythms that span both time and the globe. Young musicians can learn not only how to play an instrument, but also get acquainted with the history of music. The Step-Up Lesson system, which displays proper fingering and notation, is a great way to easily learn songs, while its six-track recorder can quickly capture sudden inspiration.

• Play: Whether kids are playing a formal team sport or just going outside and running around, staying active is good for the brain. Indeed, evidence supports that exercise can make people more creative, improve concentration and boost memory. Take advantage of the season and hit up the pool, baseball diamond, playground and more.

• Puzzle it Out: Use new tech like, to give kids the functionality necessary to tackle any math puzzle — from geometry to graphing to statistics and beyond. A free, all-in-one web-based mathematics creation and discovery resource, kids can use it to catch up this summer or work ahead.

With so many ways to make learning fun, you can avoid brain drain in your household this summer for a smoother transition back to school in the fall.

Classic Ways to Have Fun & Stay Cool this Summer

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Nothing says summer fun more than relaxing on a float at a pool, lake or beach.

By Statepoint

Downtime sounds fairly straightforward, right? Unfortunately, busy schedules often prevent many families from spending enough time together simply relaxing and having fun.

With an overwhelming 96 percent of people believing it’s important to have downtime together as a family, according to research from Mintel Trends, you may be looking for some ways to do just that this summer.

Check out these great ideas for the warm weather months ahead:

Picnic Time

Sunny day? A picnic can be extremely easy to prep on a moment’s notice. Pack some blankets on which to spread out, as well as lunch — which can be as simple as sandwiches, fruits, veggie sticks and dips. Bring along lawn games, such as a croquet, badminton or bocce set, or keep things simple with a couple of frisbees or a soccer ball. Then, find a shady spot in a nearby park to enjoy the afternoon. Don’t forget to take along some bags, in case there are no garbage cans around. You’ll want to leave the area as pristine as you found it.

Hit the Pool, Lake or Beach

Nothing says summer fun more than relaxing or splashing around at the pool, lake or beach on a hot day. And this is one activity that doesn’t require a lot of advance planning; just grab some SPF and a few pool floats and you’re ready to go. Easy to pack and inflate, the latest novelty pool floats from Intex are the perfect accessory to look cool while staying cool in the sun. Durable and trendy floats for all ages like the Angel Wings Mat, a Sit N Float lounger, Realistic Sea Turtle Ride On, even a juicy Strawberry Island or Watermelon Island, are available at select online, big box and specialty retailers. Just don’t forget to pack the camera because there will be plenty of picture-perfect selfies for any Instagram post!

Baseball, Up Close

Root, root, root for the home team at a minor league baseball game, where there are no bad seats and fans have more chances to interact with the players, pose with the mascot and even round the bases. A great activity for a weekend or even a family fun night mid-week, minor league baseball games are affordable, fun and local.

When the kids are out of school and the days are long, use all that downtime to your advantage, finding classic ways to unwind, reconnect and have fun.

Eye on the Sky: July 2019

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Image of Saturn nearing Equinox taken by Cassini in July 2008.

Staff Reports

The universe has some treats in store for stargazers this month! We’ve compiled our list of the best night sky events happening in July 2019.  

  • July 6: Mercury sinks past Mars: For about an hour after sunset on the evenings surrounding Saturday, July 6, Mercury’s orbital motion towards the sun will bring it less than 4 degrees to the lower left (south) of Mars. The two planets will be very low in the north-northwestern sky, embedded in twilight. Take care that the sun has completely disappeared below the horizon before attempting to search for them with binoculars or telescopes.
  • July 9: Saturn gets bright: Saturn will reach opposition on July 9, meaning it will be closest to Earth and appear brighter than usual in the night sky. Grab a telescope and get a glimpse of the planet’s dazzling rings.
  • July 16: Thunder Moon partial eclipse: The full moon for the month of July is known as the Thunder Moon, Buck Moon, the Ripe Corn Moon, the Hay Moon and the Old Moon. It falls on July 16 this year, the same time as a partial lunar eclipse (that will unfortunately not be visible from North America).
  • July 29 and 30: Double meteor showers! For two nights near the end of the month, skywatchers can look south to see the peak of both the Southern Delta Aquarids and the Alpha Capricornids. The two will combine for a total of about 25 meteors per hour.
  • July 31: Black Moon What is a black moon? It’s the opposite of a blue moon, AccuWeather explains. Instead of two full moons in a month, a black moon refers to two new moons in a month. This is good news for astronomy enthusiasts since it means plenty of good opportunities for star-gazing.

Don’t Let Your Furry Friend Become a Statistic this Independence Day!

Please be a responsible pet owner this 4th of July and keep your furry companions safe. The sights and sounds of fireworks cause intense anxiety in most pets. And since we cannot make them understand the concept of fireworks, we owe it to them to do everything that we can to keep them safe and provide them with some comfort. For more tips on keeping your pets safe and secure this 4th of July, check out this article on PetMD:

This Weekend: Picnic in the Park 2019

Photo Courtesy: JCSD

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

The 15th Annual Picnic In The Park at Eastvale Community Park is almost here! This three-day celebration welcomes a summer season of non-stop fun in Eastvale, brought to you by JCSD. There will be carnival rides, games, food and craft vendors, and spectator seating to watch the fireworks display. 

Eastvale Community Park located at 12750 Citrus Street, Eastvale, CA 92880

Days and Times: 

  • June 28 (Friday) 5 PM – 11 PM
  • June 29 (Saturday) 2 PM – 11 PM 
  • June 30 (Sunday) 3 PM – 10 PM

Parking will be available at Eastvale Community Park. Additional parking will be available at Eleanor Roosevelt High School (courtesy shuttle service will be available to visitors parking at ERHS.) 

Walking & Biking to the Event: 
Picnic In The Park is a friendly event and can also be accessed by pedestrians. Bike Valet service is provided free of charge. 

Road Closures: 
Due to the anticipated number of attendees that will be parking and walking throughout the Eastvale Community Park (ECP), the following street will be closed during event hours: 

  • Citrus Avenue at Scholar Way
  • Please note, Southbound Hamner Avenue traffic may turn right onto Citrus Avenue only until ECP parking lot is full. 
Road Closure Map (Courtesy City of Eastvale)

The Fireworks display will take place on Saturday, June 29, at 9 PM. The Park will open at 10 AM on Saturday, June 29.  
* No one will be allowed to set up prior to 10 AM to reserve spectator seating. JCSD is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.  

Pre-Sale Tickets: 
Pre-Sale Tickets are available now, $10 for 8 rides. To purchase tickets, visit either of the following locations: 

  • Eastvale Community Center (13820 Schleisman Avenue)
  • Neighborhood Center at Harada Heritage Park (13099 65th Street)

Day of Event Tickets: 

Carnival Rides
$1.50 each ticket
$25 per sheet of 20 tickets
$30 per sheet of 36 tickets 

Wristbands for JCSD Fun Zone
$5/day of $10 for the Weekend! 
*Includes access to all Bounce Houses and Virtual Reality Game Truck. 

Facebook Groups Galore

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Staff Reports

Eastvale – Did you know Eastvale has a variety of Facebook Groups that you can be a part of?  Check out the list below to see if any groups interest you or your family.  However, remember to read each group’s guidelines before joining the group!

Eastvale Babysitters Club: a closed group of 744 members who are offering babysitting services in Eastvale. 

Eastvale Book Exchange: a closed group of 215 members that allows Eastvale residents to buy, sell, bid, and trade off books with one another. 

Eastvale Cares: a public group of 368 members who post about families in the area that may need help after a crisis or life situation.

Eastvale Classics: a public group of 164 members who love classic cars (1980 or earlier). 

Eastvale Crime Watch & Report: a closed group of 8.6k Eastvale members looking to raise crime awareness among the city.  The group members will post videos, pictures, or concerns about crime that is going on in Eastvale.  The group is identified as a giant neighborhood watch group that comes alongside law enforcement to help solve or prevent crimes quicker in Eastvale. 

Eastvale Drivers: a closed group of 773 members who share driving experiences they have encountered around Eastvale. 

Eastvale garage sale/sale/buy/trade/giveaway: a closed group of 7.5k members who want to sell items or post garage sales.  This group does not allow you to post about animals or business advertisements.

Eastvale Garden Group: there are two garden groups.  The first is “Eastvale Garden Group”, a closed group of 1.8k members who support growing the community, one garden at a time.  The second group is “Eastvale Community Gardens”, a closed group of 919 members who share tips, participate in period plant/harvest exchanges, and share local community events and workshops.  Both groups do not allow you to advertise businesses, sell items, or trade plants.

Eastvale Lost and Found Pets: a community group that posts about lost and found animals in Eastvale. 

Eastvale Rocks: a public group of 650 members that send you on a scavenger hunt for rocks.  The Ronald Reagan’s Student Council are painting rocks to “hide” around Eastvale and all of Riverside County to “spread joy and brighten people’s day,” according to the group page.  The group also encourages the community to paint their own rocks and hide them around town. 

Eastvale Small Businesses: a closed group of 572 members supporting Eastvale small businesses. 

Eastvale Still Eats: a group of 917 members that love food and want to know where to go to eat in the surrounding areas. 

Eastvale Talk: there are four groups that allow the Eastvale community to speak their mind about what’s happening in Eastvale.  The first is “Eastvale Talk” with 4.9k members, which is a secret group that you must be invited to.  The second is “Let’s Talk Eastvale” with 6.9k members; the third is “What’s going on in Eastvale?” with 1.8k members; and the fourth is “Eastvale Uncensored” with1.2k members.  The rest of the groups are closed groups and you must live in Eastvale to be a part of them.

Eastvale Walking Group: a private group of a 100+ community members who want to walk together around Eastvale.  The group uses Whatsapp to get updates “for those serious about walking on a regular basis,” according to the Facebook page.  They encourage members to join if they want to get in shape, meet new people, are willing to encourage others, and are have workout clothes and shoes. 

Eastvale X-Change: a closed group of 49.4k members who buy and sell items to other members in Eastvale.  There are restrictions to what you can buy and sell on this page, such as you cannot sell animals and baby formula, among other items.  

Eastvale Youth Sports: a closed group of 1.3k members who share photos, news, events, and express concerns for all youth sports leagues playing in Eastvale.  

Everything but the kitchen sink – Eastvale: A closed group with 12.5k members that allow you to buy, sell, and promote products.  You will not be approved to be in this group if you are under 18-years-old or if you live in Orange County, Los Angeles County, or areas of Riverside County (for distance/miles). 

The City of Eastvale to Hold 8th Annual State of the City

Staff Reports

The City of Eastvale is excited to announce the 8th Annual Eastvale State of the City Address hosted by the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce! Join them as they share the current state of Eastvale, celebrate accomplishments, and share their goals for the future.

They will be kicking off a two-day celebration, including a Business Luncheon, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Eastvale Community Center at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Community Event on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School at 6 p.m. Following the State of the City Address on July 18, the community will be treated to the annual “Taste of Eastvale” that they look forward to each year.

The State of the City Business Luncheon is a paid, ticketed event however the Community Event is FREE to the community. To register for either or both events, visit the official Eastvale State of the City website at For information regarding sponsorship opportunities or general inquiries, please email the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce at

We hope to see you there!

Healthy Living

Veteran Raising Awareness about Unexpected Parkinson’s Symptoms

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Dan McFarland is raising awareness about Parkinson’s non-movement symptoms.

By StatePoint

Dan McFarland’s family was concerned when he started taking pictures of clouds and posting them on social media with urgent messages about how they were symbols about the need to repent and get ready for the end of the world. His frequent bouts of paranoia and experience with surprising visions seemed out of character, especially since McFarland was a successful businessman, running one of the largest retirement communities in Oregon, and a retired U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant.

It turned out that these delusions and hallucinations were non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which McFarland had been diagnosed with years before. For McFarland, these symptoms were harder to manage than the motor symptoms typically associated with Parkinson’s disease, such as tremors, rigidity or slowness of movement.

“My neurologist was able to recognize my non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s. Some of my hallucinations and delusions were frightening to me and upsetting to my loved ones, and adjusting my treatment helped lessen this burden,” he says. “To help others recognize these symptoms, I’ve gotten involved in my local Parkinson’s support group, and am sharing my story during April, which is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.”

Although there is no clear understanding of the exact cause of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s, around half of all people with Parkinson’s may experience these symptoms over the course of their disease.

For McFarland, when he first began to experience hallucinations and delusions, he recognized that what he was seeing and believing wasn’t quite real. But it was confusing to him and as his condition progressed, he began to lose insight. For example, his belief that the end of the world was coming was triggered by a brief news story about a sink hole in South America. He also began to distrust family and friends. After his wife left a camping trip early, he became suspicious that she might be trying to connect with an old boyfriend. In reality, she had simply needed a much-deserved break from work and caregiving responsibilities.

Left unaddressed, these non-movement symptoms can impact people with Parkinson’s and their care partners’ ability to make plans with family and friends and even sleep, according to a recent survey conducted by the Parkinson’s Movement Disorder Alliance. Experts say that if you believe you or a loved one is experiencing hallucinations or delusions as a result of Parkinson’s disease, the first step is talking to a movement disorder specialist. You can also go to to learn more about what to expect and how to start the conversation with a physician.

While doctors may be able to address non-motor symptoms like hallucinations and delusions, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone is different and for some, other non-motor symptoms may still persist. McFarland continues to struggle with depression and anxiety, which are other common non-movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. McFarland sees a therapist to help manage those symptoms. Having a greater understanding of the disease and its possible symptoms has helped the McFarlands deal with them as they arise.

“Opening up about my fears and beliefs led to an improvement in my treatment plan and I’m experiencing fewer non-movement symptoms,” says McFarland. “I hope that my story will encourage others to recognize these symptoms in themselves and others, because there are options to help.”

Love and Money: 8 Tips for Couples to Improve their Finances

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By Statepoint

When love and romance are in the air, talking about finances may be the last thing on one’s mind. However, experts say that regular conversations about money are essential for healthy finances and healthy relationships.

Unfortunately, 47 percent of Americans say their spending equals or exceeds their income, and 45 percent do not have enough savings to cover at least three months’ worth of living expenses, according to a 2018 study by the Center for Financial Services Innovation. To help you and your partner get the conversation started and get your finances on track, the professionals at Wells Fargo are offering eight tips:

  1. Pay yourself first: With each paycheck, set aside some income for savings — about 5 to 10 percent is a good target. Whether it’s for a rainy-day fund or the downpayment of a house, you and your partner can discuss how to prioritize savings for the greatest impact. This may also be a good time to discuss whether it makes more sense to have a joint account or retain individual savings accounts.
  2. Track your spending: Do you know where your money is going each month? Online tools and apps make tracking easier than ever before, helping you gain insights into your individual and combined spending habits so you can adjust where necessary.
  3. Create a safety net: Do you have emergency savings that would cover three to six months’ worth of expenses? This is a basic measure of financial security that you and your partner can work on building together.
  4. Pay down your high-interest debt: Honest conversations about debt can be especially hard for many couples. But transparency is not only ethical, it can serve as the first step to confronting the issue head-on. To tackle debt proactively and save money in the long run, it helps to be strategic, starting with the highest-interest debt that’s costing you the most first.
  5. Pay on time, every time. If you’re like many couples, you have dreams for your future. Paying bills on time will improve and maintain your credit score, which will open the door for greater financial opportunities down the line and help you make these dreams a reality.
  6. Know where your credit stands: Check your free credit report annually and spot trends.
  7. Review your insurance annually: Protect what counts, by checking your coverage annually and making updates to your policies as your circumstances change (i.e. you get married, buy a home, have children, etc.).
  8. Save for a better retirement: Save at least 10 percent of your income each year for a more comfortable retirement. More tips and financial resources can be found by visiting

Bottom line: while it’s not always easy to address financial matters, doing so can save your relationship headache and heartache down the line.

Autism Mom: Happy New Year

Melody Kramer aka “Autism Mom”

By Melody Kramer

 I can’t believe another year has come and gone. Though, I have to admit, I’m kind of glad to see 2018 behind me. This past year has been a little rough. It was filled with joy as well as sadness. 

At the beginning of last year I lost my father. It was hard to say goodbye and I am still in disbelief that he is no longer with us. It was even harder trying to explain to my two autistic boys that their papa was gone. We also had to say goodbye to three of our pets. We lost two dogs earlier in the year and then, two days before Christmas, our cat passed away.  

 But, although we had great sadness during the year, we also had some precious moments. I look back upon the year and see the growth of my children, and how far they have come.  I am thankful for all of the people in their life. These people (teachers, occupational therapist, speech therapist, psychologist, and more), who believe in them and work with them on a daily basis, have done a fantastic job. 

 I wish them all, and everyone, a prosperous 2019. I am anticipating a wonderful new year.  I know the year will be full of challenges, obstacles, and frustrations. But I also know that the year will also consist of smiles, laughter, growth, flapping, spinning, and great moments. Little ones grow fast!  I plan to take each day as it comes by embracing the moments, having patience, giving lots of hugs and staying positive. 2019 here we come!

Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid: Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Macaroni Kid: Riverside. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: 

Healthy Living Recipe: Keto Pizza

Photo Courtesy: DietDoctor


Pizza, meet keto… A simple take on how to get your pizza fix without the carbs. It’s everything you want — pepperoni, cheese and tomato-sauce deliciousness.

Total Time: 30 mins

Servings: 2

Nutrition: 8 grams of fat



Eggs- 4

Mozzarella or Parmesan Cheese, Shredded- 6 oz.


Tomato Paste- 3 tbsp

Dried Oregano- 1 tsp

Shredded Cheese- 5 oz

Pepperoni- 1.5 oz

Olives (optional)

For Serving

Leafy Greens- 2 oz

Olive Oil- 4 tbsp

Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper- to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

2. Start by making the crust. Crack eggs into a medium-sized bowl and add shredded cheese. Give it a good stir to combine.

3. Use a spatula to spread the cheese and egg batter on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You can form two round circles or just make one large rectangular pizza. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until the pizza crust turns golden. Remove and let cool for a minute or two.

4. Increase the oven temperature to 450°F (225°C).

5. Spread tomato paste on the crust and sprinkle oregano on top. Top with cheese and place the pepperoni and olives on top.

6. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the pizza has turned a golden brown color.

7. Serve with a fresh salad on the side.

Healthy Living: 5 Tips to Shed Those Pounds in the New Year

By Statepoint

Maybe you want more energy, or perhaps you want to lose weight and keep it off for good. Whatever your goals, a new year means a fresh start to become the best version of yourself.

Here are five tips from Nutrisystem experts to get your scale moving in the right direction and support your long-term health.

  1. Skip “diet” drinks: Of course, you know not to order the regular cola with your meal, but you figure the lower-calorie diet version is an okay choice. Not necessarily. One recent review of research found that artificial sweeteners often used in diet drinks may not be as beneficial for weight management as intended, and that drinking them regularly may be linked to an increased body mass index. If you want something fizzy, opt for seltzer with lemon or lime. But if you can’t stop dreaming of that diet soda, it doesn’t have to be completely off-limits. Just try to cut back. Moderation is key!
  2. Drink more water: Every part of your body needs water to work properly. When you don’t get enough, your body can’t perform normal functions, which can drain your energy. More fatigue means less physical activity. Plus, mild dehydration is often masked as hunger — prompting you to grab a snack when all you really need is water. Nutrisystem experts recommend drinking at least eight, 8-ounce glasses daily.
  3. Slow down: It takes 20 minutes for the “I’m full” signals from your stomach to reach your brain. When you inhale your food, it’s much easier to eat more than your body really needs. One review of 23 studies found that fast eaters were about twice as likely to be obese, compared to slow eaters. To help slow down, take smaller bites, chew 10 to 15 times and put your fork down between each bite.
  4. Don’t eyeball portions: “The super-sized meals at restaurants have given us a skewed view of proper portion size,” says registered dietitian for Nutrisystem, Courtney McCormick.

Even if you’re tracking your food intake with an app or food journal, overestimating portions can sabotage progress.

McCormick’s solution: Measure portions — not forever, but for a while at the start. Doing so will help you get a visual of what portions should actually look like. You may also consider eliminating some of the guesswork with a program, such as Nutrisystem, that offers pre-portioned, nutritionally-balanced meals.

  1. Reduce stress: Stress can cause your body to burn calories more slowly, which could lead to weight gain, according to a study. Plus, stress increases hormones that stimulate appetite, and the foods you’ll crave for comfort tend to be high in fat and sugar. Help manage stress with deep breathing, meditation, exercise, hanging out with friends or listening to music.

More tips on jump-starting your weight loss goals can be found at

With these tips for the new year, you’ll be on the road to realistic weight loss achievement and have more energy for your day-to-day life.

Autism Mom: Who Am I?

By Melody Kramer

The other day I went for a job interview and the first thing they asked me was: “Tell me about yourself.” The first thing that came out of my mouth was, “I’m a mom. An autism mom.” Not even realizing that that’s not what an employer wants to hear. Although that’s what defines me. Have I lost “me”? I know my skills. I know what I can do. I ran a front office when I owned a business; I’m on the computer daily. I run special projects, I run two websites, I know programs, excel, word, publisher, to name a few. I’ve done accounting and sales. I work with many PR companies and others.  Though when asked about me, all I could say was, “I’m a mom.” Has my world been so filled with the autism world that I have set aside all of who I am and what I can do?  My life is with two boys, IEP meetings, speech therapy, doctor’s appointments, occupational therapy and more.   Where is that line that separates the mom from the person?  Will I ever be separated from that line? The day  I walk into an interview, and they ask, tell me about yourself,  and I don’t respond by saying “I’m an autism mom”, I will know I’m ready to be me again and get out in the workforce. Though I wonder if that day will ever come. I’m an autism mom. That’s my title. That’s my life and that will never change. I do realize there is me behind all of that and I’m just not ready. Maybe I never will be ready to put me in the front of being autism mom. 

Melody Kramer (aka Autism Mom) is a mother to two Autistic children. She is also the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley- Eastvale and Macaroni Kid Riverside as well as a regular columnist for the City of Eastvale News. You can contact her  at:

Pastor Rob Norris

Pastor’s Corner: I’m Praying for You

By Pastor Rob Norris

First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each of them.                                                                                                                 1 Timothy 2:1

In November 1970, at the height of tensions in Vietnam, a pair of college students launched a campaign to bring awareness to the plight of American POWs and MIAs. Their plan was to create inexpensive metal bracelets, each bearing a soldier’s name and the date of his capture, and distribute them across the country as reminders for the average citizen.

Sharon Denney, now a 40-something college admissions counselor, remembers sending off her$2.50 for one of those bracelets in the early ’70s. Hers was etched with the name of First Lieutenant Ralph Galati, whose Air Force jet had been shot down in North Vietnam. Galati suffered through a year-long ordeal of torture and deprivation, including more than two months of solitary confinement.

But back in her hometown of Morrow, Georgia, young Sharon Denney was praying for Galati–for his safety and for his release or rescue.

Many years passed before Sharon came across her POW bracelet again while going through somethings in her parents’ home. A few Internet searches and phone calls later, shehad not only learned of Galati’s release in March 1973 but had also found his home phone number. And when she was finally able to make contact with him, the former POW told her that she was one of more than a hundred he had heard from over the years–men and women, boys and girls, who had worn his bracelet, had remembered his suffering and had prayed, prayed, prayed for their prisoner soldier.

Prayer knows no boundaries of time or space, no limits of age or distance. Prayer is simply our link to the heart of God and to people’s lives all over the world. Never underestimate what prayer can do in the short run or the long haul. Don’t give up. Keep praying.

Live it:
Why don’t we pray more as individuals and as a couple? Who haveyou been forgetting to pray for?

Take turns bringing some requests before God today for people who seem to be facing impossible situations.

The Crossings Church meets Sunday mornings at 10:00 am at River Heights Intermediate School, 7227 Scholar Way, Eastvale, CA. Trusting and believe with you!

Keeping Your Health on Track During the Indulgent Holiday Season

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By Statepoint

The holiday season can be an indulgent one, full of cookies, candies, heavy meals and eggnog. While no one wants to rein in the fun during the merriest time of year, there are simple ways to keep your health on track during this indulgent holiday season.

• Stick to Routines. To the best of your ability during this hectic time of year, attempt to stick to routines that promote wellness. Set a bedtime and honor it. Hit the gym. Meditate. Do whatever it is that keeps you grounded and feeling your best.

• Drink Up. Many people associate dehydration with the warmer months. But in winter weather it can be especially easy to forget to stay well-hydrated, especially when you’re indulging in alcoholic beverages at all those holiday parties.

Remember, water doesn’t need to be the only source of hydration you think about this season. Soups and purees made from hearty winter vegetables, as well as citrus fruits do the trick, too, and their nutritional properties can help keep you healthy in winter.

• Keep Things Organically Sweet. Staying on track doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sweetness of the season. Instantly boost the flavor of your favorite meals with organic honey. One great option is Organic Honey In The Raw. USDA Organic Certified and Non-GMO Project Verified, it’s made from pure nectar collected from exotic wildflowers found in the remote Caatinga region of northeast Brazil. The hand-harvested, sustainable honey is raw (never heated above 117 degrees) and unfiltered, so it retains the benefits of bee pollen.

And just one tablespoon of organic raw honey provides the right amount of sweetness and flavor for any dish or drink, including year-round staples like oatmeal, yogurt, tea, and more. You can also consider giving a honey makeover to all your favorite holiday recipes, including glazes and sauces for meat and poultry, cocktail recipes, and of course baked treats.

• Make Substitutions. Other healthful substitutions you can make this holiday season include topping pies with Greek yogurt instead of cream, using apple sauce in place of oil and nut flour instead of white flour in baking, and serving vegetable mash as an alternative to mashed potatoes.

• Be Mindful. The holiday party circuit can be dangerous when it comes to making nutritious choices. When you enter a party with a buffet set-up, it can be tempting to reach for the richest foods first. Before indulging in the canapes and Swedish meatballs, try filling up a plate with crudité first. While you’re doing so, get a good look at all the options available. This way, you’ll be more likely to savor choice items you’ll truly enjoy.

A joyful holiday season doesn’t mean you must pack on pounds or feel under the weather. By keeping your health on track throughout this indulgent time of year, you can start 2019 with your best food forward.

Autism Mom: Quitting is not an Option

By Melody Kramer

Do you ever feel like quitting?  Do you ever just feel like walking out? I do. There have been many days I just feel like I can’t do this anymore (motherhood). I can’t quit, and I can’t walk out, I am a mom!

 I’m an autism mom raising two autistic boys, and it’snot easy. Motherhood is not easy with autism children or not.  There are days when I cry, there are days when I don’t think I can do it and there are days when I wonder “will I survive”?  I question myself often, am I doing the right thing, am I raising them right? Motherhood is all about the good, the bad, the happy, and the sad. I chose motherhood, autism chose me. As long as at the end of the day I can say I did my best, and I gave it my all, then all is good. 

 I’m not walking out, and I’m not quitting.  I may not have sick days, I may not have vacation days, and no pay is involved but what I do get is unconditional love from my sweet kids.  I am their rock. I am there for them, and they trust me. I may have my”off” days and feel like giving up, but my kids know that I am here every day, seven days a week for them. When I became a mother, I made a commitment regardless of how tough my days can get I will never quit nor walkout. 

Melody Kramer (aka Autism Mom) is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid: Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Macaroni Kid: Riverside. You can email her at 

Century Communities hosted a grand-opening on November 3rd for The Bungalows and The Cottages at Stonebrook in Chino

New detached homes offer six different designs starting in the low $500s

Photo Courtesy: Century Communities

By Julie Satalowich

CHINO, CA, November 2018Century Communities, recently namedthe fastest-growing public builder by Buildermagazine, hosted a public grand-opening festivity onNov. 3 at Stonebrook featuring two new neighborhoods The Bungalows and The Cottagesstarting in the low $500s. The celebration was held at 13844 Farm House Ave. inChino and included a live broadcast from KFrog (95.1 FM), an In-N-Out Burgerfood truck and a raffle winning concert tickets.

Located near the Chino Spectrum Town Center, Century Communities’ The Bungalows and The Cottages at Stonebrook offers homebuyers a spectrum of lifestyle choices designed for entertaining. The Bungalows starts in the low $500s and includes three two-story plans ranging in size from 1,802 to 2,227 square feet, with choices of 3-5 bedrooms and up to three baths. The Cottages starts in the $600s and includes larger two-story floor plans with 3-5 bedrooms and up to 3baths. All homes at Stonebrook include two-car garages, comfortable dens, lofts, entertaining kitchens and optional covered outdoor living spaces.

Shane Bouchard, Southern California division president for Century Communities, said, “New home ownership—your way—is both affordable and flexible at Stonebrook. Growing families will appreciate living in this great community, which is close to freeways, Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.”

Stonebrook also offers homeowners access to a resort-style private community swim club with recreation center, access to a regional trail system, solar package options, no Mello-Roos fees and it’s convenient to the State Routes 60 and 71. Nearby schools include Edwin Rhodes Elementary, Magnolia Junior High and Chino High School.

Located 35 miles from Los Angeles, the city of Chino is bounded by Chino Hills to the west, Pomona to the northwest, San Bernardino County to the north, Ontario to the northeast, Eastvale to the southeast and Riverside County to the south. Because of the surrounding area’s pastoral and rural settings, Chino has been a popular site for numerous Hollywood films and TV shows. The Planes of Fame and Yanks Air Museums are popular tourist attractions at the Chino Airport.

Homebuyers interested in grand-opening sales opportunities can visit with community managers at the Stonebrook sales gallery. If you are traveling on the 60 Fwy exit Euclid Ave and head south or coming from the 71 Hwy exit S. Euclid and head north.  Entering from Euclid, turn onto Redbud Lane and follow the signs to the models and sales gallery.

  For more information, please visit  

About Century Communities:

Century Communities, Inc. (NYSE:CCS) is one of the nation’s largest U.S. homebuilders, engaged in all aspects of homebuilding, including the acquisition, entitlement and development of land and the construction, marketing and sale of quality homes designed to appeal to a wide range of homebuyers. The Colorado-based Company operates in 12 states across the West, Mountain, Texas and Southeast U.S. regions and offers title and lending services in select markets through its Parkway Title and Inspire Home Loan subsidiaries. To learn more about Century Communities please visit

Patience Takes Practice

By Melody Kraemer – Autism Mom

What is patience? According to Google it’s “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”

Growing up my patience was short, in fact, I was known as a kid without patience. As I got older that changed. When I had my two autism boys it really changed. Some people tell me I am the most patient person they know. I take this as a compliment.

Having children, especially children that are on the spectrum requires, I think, more patience than I actually have. But, I do try.

The main objective is to stay calm in the face of adversity, take deep breaths and remind yourself, you can get through this moment. My eleven year old can get so focused on something, have a breakdown, and create havoc. At that moment I must stay calm, have the patience within myself to calm him down and bring him out of the self-world he creates.

Many times he does not remember his behavior or words during this time. If I raise my voice, lose control it just escalates the situation. Many times I may silently cry but I do my best to exhibit patience.

My eight year old will have a meltdown and just cry and cry. He cannot communicate why he’s crying, or explain the meltdown, so again I have to remind myself to stay calm and hold on to my patience. It’s not easy and I will be honest, I do lose control at times and raise my voice, which I have learned makes things so much worse. The frustration for a mother not being able to help and just stand by while your child is hurting can be overwhelming.

Patience is not something that comes naturally to anyone. Patience is something one must learn and practice daily. Patience is a virtue.

We have it within ourselves to practice patience and calmness in a situation that may call for it. Patience is critical to diffusing a situation that could get worse without patience. Keep the soul calm, practice patience, be at peace, and love yourself. You don’t have control of people’s behavior, but you do have control over yours.  Practicing Patience is a must in parenting especially in the autism world.


Summer Concert Fun

By Anthony Saude

Eastvale – Summer Fun is right around the corner, and local communities have been working hard to bring you the very best in entertainment this year in hopes to make your summer just a little more enjoyable and convenient, all for FREE! Summer can be fun but thinking about what to do to keep the kids entertained should be easier. So pack up the kids, and bring along a blanket or some chairs, and a few snacks, and head on over to a plethora of entertainment opportunities. There’s nothing like a little summer fun under the stars.


When: Fridays, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Where: Harada Heritage Park, 13099 65th St
Bring chairs, blankets; food vendors on site
June 29: Neon Nation – Tribute to the 80’s
July 6: Smooth Sounds of Santana – Tribute to Santana
July 13: Mirage- Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
July 20: Fooz Fighters – Tribute to Foo Fighters
July 27: Space Oddity – Tribute to David Bowie
August 3: Queen Nation – Tribute to Queen
August 10: Turn The Page – Tribute to Bob Segar

August 17: Petty Breakers – Tribute to Tom Petty

August 24: Paperback Writer – Tribute to the Beatles

August 31: DSB – Tribute to Journey

More Info: Visit website or call (951) 685-7434


When: Saturdays July-August, 7-9 p.m.

Where: The Shops at Dos Lagos
Dos Lagos Amphitheater
2755 Lakeshore Drive
Corona, CA
July 14: Uptown Funl – Tribute to Bruno Mars

July 21: Britain’s Finest – Tribute to The Beatles

July 28: Blink180True – Tribute to Blink 182

August 4: Ghost in the Machine – Tribute to The Police

August 11: Queen Nation – Tribute to Queen

August 18: DSB – Journey tribute

Food for sale, vendors, Beer Garden, Kids Activities and Family Fun. No outside food or beverages.

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When: Fridays June – August, 6:30 – 8 p.m

Where: Pikes Peak Park 97 6th St. Norco, CA
6:30-8:30 p.m.

June 8: Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies Toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, side splittin’ country comedy show
June 22: Hard Days Knights – Tribute to the Beatles
July 6: 80z Allstars – 80’s Party Band
July 20: Eric Sage – Cover performances from some of the biggest stars in music history
August 3: Shotgun Wedding – Country Music
August: Yardsale – Dance tunes from the 70s through today

For more information visit:  or call (951) 270-5632
Norco’s Concerts in the Park is held every other Friday starting in mid- June. Sponsored by the City of Norco Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, the public is invited to bring low back lawn chairs, blankets to sit on are encouraged to purchase food and beverages from the Norco Lions Club, a community service organization. Alcoholic beverages aren’t allowed in the park.


5 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Create Great Dental Habits

By StatePoint

That first wiggly tooth indicates a new childhood milestone — loss of the first “baby” tooth. While this is often a time for cute photos and a visit from the tooth fairy, it should also be an opportunity to reinforce the importance of good oral care with children so that their new permanent teeth stay healthy and last a lifetime.

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases among children in the U.S., but it is also preventable. This finding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( highlights just how important it is to help kids take good care of their teeth.

“The sooner the better when it comes to helping children understand the importance of taking care of their permanent (‘adult’) teeth. As children grow, encourage them to take more responsibility for their oral hygiene, but continue to supervise them until you’re comfortable with their routines,” says Dr. Michael Hahn, national dental director for Cigna.

Dr. Hahn recommends the following tips for a healthy mouth.

• Attack plaque: Let your child know that “plaque” leads to tooth decay — it’s like your tooth “getting sick.” Plaque has bacteria and acids that can hurt a tooth’s outer enamel and cause tiny holes that lead to cavities.

Brush for two minutes, twice a day. Help your child understand what two minutes actually “feels” like by playing a favorite song for that length of time, or use a kitchen timer, smartphone alarm, hourglass of sand or stopwatch.

• Floss: Daily flossing is important too. Since flossing may be tricky for small hands, help them until about age 10.

• Snack smart: Healthy teeth rely on smarter snacks. Fruits and vegetables can help reduce plaque buildup. On the other hand, sugary and sticky foods can remain on teeth for hours, providing time for bacteria and acids to begin their damage. If your children drink soda, encourage the use of a straw so less of the liquid coats their teeth.

• Visit the dentist: Regular dental checkups are essential. These visits can detect problems when they are still small and are less complex to treat. Getting used to seeing the dentist in childhood will help keep this important practice going as an adult.

• Reward positive behavior: Praise your child for doing a good job. You know your child best — offer that “something special” as incentive, particularly when the dentist gives a great report.

“It’s easier to teach a younger child good habits, than to break an older child of poor ones. Encourage your kids to take good care of their teeth. You’ll put them on track for strong, healthy teeth that will last a lifetime,” says Dr. Hahn.

For additional dental tips, visit

For detailed questions or concerns about a child’s oral health, it is important to consult a dentist.