Category Archives: Eastvale Community News

Closure Lifted At Santa Ana River

Staff Reports

Jurupa Valley – On August 8, the City of Jurupa Valley announced that Downey Park and all access to the Santa Ana River were closed under the direction of the County Environmental Health and Disease Control Department. The closure took place due to a possible outbreak of the Shigella Bacteria in the riverbed.

“This bacteria has caused an estimated 600,000 deaths worldwide annually,” according to the City of Jurupa Valley. “This disease is more common in young children and complications from Shigella could include blood poisoning infections in the human body.” As of August 8, six patients in Riverside County tested positive for this bacteria.

The County staff conducted testing of the Santa Ana River in order to confirm if there was an existence of this bacteria.

After consulting with the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Public Health Department, the Department of Environmental Health recommended that to the City of Jurupa Valley lift the temporary closure of access to the Santa Ana River, effective Thursday, August 15.  

However, the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health issued the following statement:

“The public should be wary that natural waterways do not have the same level of cleanliness as a public swimming pool which has filtration and disinfection safeguards.  Rivers are not regularly tested for the presence of bacteria, as they are naturally flowing bodies of water and testing only provides a snapshot in time. The public should be careful not to ingest the water, thoroughly wash hands after contact, and not leave behind trash or use the river area as a restroom.”

For more information, contact the City of Jurupa Valley Code Enforcement Department at (951) 332‐6464 or email: isalas@jurupavalley.org (Irwin Salas, Senior Code Enforcement Officer)

If assistance with small or large animal rescues is needed, contact the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter 951-358-7387 during regular business hours. In an after‐hours emergency, call 951-358-7387. In the event of a life‐threatening emergency, always call 9‐1‐1.

Eastvale Events

Eastvale –Check out the list below for a variety of events for you and your family to enjoy in the City of Eastvale.

The City of Eastvale U.S. Passport Day

When: August 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: City Hall, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 910, Eastvale

Details: Please be sure to bring a completed, but unsigned application form, which can be found at travel.state.gov. You should also come prepared with proof of identity, proof of U.S citizenship, and the appropriate forms of payment, which can be found here

Passport day is open to the public, and all passport applicants and their families are welcome to come! Please note that walk-ins will be accepted this day, and no scheduled appointment is needed.

More info: visit eastvaleca.gov or contact the City Clerk at 951.703.4420

Clara Barton’s 4th Annual Color Fun Run

When: September 7 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: Clara Barton Elementary, 7437 Corona Valley Avenue, Eastvale

Details:The GATE Program at Clara Barton Elementary School invites you to join them for their 4th Annual Color Run! Be sure to register before September 1st to receive your Color Run t-shirt! All proceeds will benefit the school’s GATE Program.

More info:http://bit.ly/2Tra7PH

9/11 Memorial Ceremony

When: September 11 from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Where: Eastvale Fire Station 27, 7067 Hamner Ave., Eastvale

Details: As the nation and the world look towards the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the City of Eastvale will join organizations and individuals across the country and across the globe to remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children killed in the horrific attack September 11, 2001. 

RSVP: bit.ly/2Z0kMCj

City Council Meeting

When: September 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

More info: City Clerk’s Department at (951) 703-4420

Planning Commission Meeting

When: September 18 at 6 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

More info: City Clerk’s Department at (951) 703-4420

SCORE Workshop: How your Brick and Mortar Business can Compete with Online Business

When: September 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Where: Eastvale City Hall, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

Details: Are you worried your local retail business can’t compete with online e-commerce businesses? While e-commerce isn’t going anywhere, brick-and-mortar retail is far from dead. Retail storeowners can learn from companies like Amazon who only sold books initially. Learn how businesses grow online and develop digital marketing strategies to grow your business today.

More info: constantcontact.com

Public Safety Commission Meeting

When: September 24 at 6 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

More info: City Clerk’s Department at (951) 703-4420

City Council Meeting

When: September 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

More info: City Clerk’s Department at (951) 703-4420

Make the ‘WRIGHT’ Choice for Your Insurance

(Above: Joel Wright, Owner, Wright Insurance) Get the “Wright” insurance coverage at an affordable rate. Call JB Wright Insurance Services at (909) 628-0444 TODAY & request a quote. Or visit them online at http://www.wright-ins.com.

Staff Reports

Chino – When looking for an insurance company, Wright Insurance Services is the right choice.  For the last 30 years, they have been providing the best in auto, home, business, and life insurance…and they are still going strong!

JB Wright Insurance Services is an Independent Insurance Agency, which means they represent many different companies so they can find the one that is right for you.  Their staff has the knowledge and experience of their insurance products to provide maximum benefit and protection to their clients.

“Our goal is to provide our clients with the insurance they want at the lowest possible price, while providing them with the highest level of customer service,” said owner and agent, Joel Wright. “We can furnish our clients with an assessment of their insurance needs and choice of which package fits them best,” he added.

Being an independent agency allows customers to have stronger coverage, better protection, and the lowest possible rates.  Wright Insurance Services has access to more options than any one single insurance carrier can offer.  “This ability to compare pricing helps us secure you a lower premium,” said Wright.

Wright Insurance was founded by Joel Wright and his parents Bob and Myrna,  and their company is now an agency that the community knows and trusts.  

“It’s quite fulfilling to have been a key source of insurance for thousands of people in the Southern California area, who have come to rely on us,” said Joel Wright.   

Now, customers continue to spread the good word about Wright Insurance Services because they are treated like friends and family, rather than just clients.  “Professional people who treat you like family is always The Wright Choice!”

Wright Insurance Services is located in both Chino, 909-628-0444 and in Santa Clarita, 661-244-5244.  Visit one of their licensed professional insurance agents at 3340 Riverside Dr. Ste. L in Chino. However, if you want a quick quote, call 909-628-0444. 

“It’s always FREE and always FAST! Better protection…lower premiums…the WRIGHT choice for 30 years!”

The City of Eastvale News Complete Edition: July 2019

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format: https://anaprdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/2019-07-eastvalenews12pages.pdf

Eastvale State Of The City Was A Success

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
The Eastvale City Council Members enjoying the State of the City Business Luncheon on July 17.

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Many attended the 8th Annual State of the City hosted by the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce. The theme of this year’s State of the City was Thriving Together.

“There is a saying that you can go faster by yourself, but you can go further together,” stated a City post. “That’s really where thriving together comes into place. Your voice matters and you’re essential to ensuring that Eastvale continues thriving together for generations to come!”

The two-day celebration began on July 17 with a Business Luncheon held at 11:30 a.m. at the Eastvale Community Center.  On Thursday, July 18, residents gathered at 6 p.m. at Eleanor Roosevelt High School for the community event. Mayor Todd Rigby shared the State of the City Address, which included the state of Eastvale, city accomplishments, and goals for the future. The free event also included the city’s popular “Taste of Eastvale”.

“As a long time Eastvale resident, I am proud to serve as Eastvale’s Mayor,” said Mayor Rigby. “I have had the opportunity to watch Eastvale continue to progress and thrive throughout this year and the exciting part is, this is just the beginning and we’re just getting started!” said Rigby.

“In Eastvale, we have an opportunity to create great places for people to connect, prosper, and truly thrive,” said Bryan Jones, City Manager.  “We want to work with the residents of Eastvale to really truly understand what is our potential and what really matters to them when it comes to creating a sense of community and an experience and a feeling that they can truly feel proud to call home,” added Jones. 

Last year, the City of Eastvale assembled the Strategic Planning and Goal setting workshop, which included city management, city staff, and public input.  After the workshop, the following six targets were identified as the key pillars for the future: 1) Communication/Community Engagement 2) Public safety 3) Economic Development 4) Organizational Development 5) Finance/Budget and 6) Infrastructure.

Over the last year, the following great things happened in the City:

  • For the 8th year in a row, the City has presented a balanced operating and capital budget
  • The City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was awarded the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for financial reporting
  • City Staff has made such an impact in the community that many departments have grown
  • A new user friendly City website was launched
  • Public outreach and public workshops have taken place in an effort to include residents in city decisions
  • City Hall has expanded its services, such as now providing Notary and Passport Services
  • A Community Satisfactions Study was launched for the first time this year

The City is also building healthy reserves by setting aside at least six months or 50% of annual regular general fund operating expenditures.  These strong reserves are combined with two land investment acquisitions assets including 7 acres at Hamner Place and 22 acres at Scholar Way and Citrus Street. “We’re investing in our city so it can thrive for decades to come,” as stated in the State of the City video.

In addition, the City also announced the establishments that have recently opened, which include:

  • The Station in Eastvale
  • Café Rio
  • MOD Pizza
  • Starbucks
  • In-N-Out
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • W Cafe
  • Miguel’s Jr.
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Les Schwab Tires
  • Pita Street
  • Creamistry

At the State of the City, several projects and updates were also announced:

  • Two trails will be built through the community in an effort to connect the city schools and parks. This will be funded by the $8 million grant the City was awarded from the State. The City plans to work closely with residents over the next year to design these trails. 
  • Limonite Avenue and I-15 Interchange, which is expected to open this November
  • Hamner Avenue Bridge Widening Project, expected to begin construction after the Limonite Interchange is complete.  This will be a six-lane bridge and a multi-purpose trail to replace of the two-lane bridge currently over the Santa Ana River.
  • Limonite Avenue extension, located west of Archibald, across the Cucamonga Creek.  This extension will connect Eastvale to the City of Chino. A design was recently started for this extension.
  • The Merge, expected to include business park buildings and a retail center
  • Hamner Place, expected to have retail and Eastvale’s first hotel
  • More retails stores will open at The Station

The following restaurants and establishments are expected to open as well:

  • Chik-Fil-A
  • Tony’s Chop House
  • Heroes Restaurant and Brewery
  • Sprouts Farmer’s Market
  • Which Wich
  • Quick Quack Car Wash
  • Big Wok Mongolian Grill
  • Eastvale Medical Plaza 
  • Staybridge Suites by IHG, including a rooftop bar and vegetarian options

 “Community is very important in our city,” said Council Member Jocelyn Yow. “It’s really important that we build that community in City of Eastvale,” added Yow.

In an effort to connect the community, the following events and programs will take place in the City:

  • The Tailgate Fest, a country music festival, expected to take place in August
  • An Arts and Public Places Program will be initiated, including a very special mural that will involve our community

Public safety is also a top priority in Eastvale.  The Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department are doing a great job keeping the community safe, which is why the City was ranked the 12th safest city in the state.  Below are the additions and accomplishments made to the City’s Public Safety:

  • A motorcycle deputy was added
  • An automated license plate reader program was implemented
  • ALPR cameras were installed on patrol vehicles and various entry/exit points throughout the city
  • The Neighborhood Watch Program covers every area in the City; we are one of the first cities in the country that has accomplished this.

However, the City is still looking into how to enhance the City’s safety through collaborative endeavors and advanced technology.  Here is what is expected to be added to increase community safety in the next year:

  • A medic squad, which is a smaller truck that can help respond to critical incidents
  • 10 patrol hours were approved to be added, which equates to two more deputies to be on patrol 

Other items that are expected to be launched or pursued in the future are:

  • Business Registration process will be made available online within the next year
  • A local library will be pursued
  • Additional entertainment options will be pursued

In addition, over the next year, the City will launch the Eastvale 2040 plan to help identify where the City should be in 30 years, how to get there, and what the City needs to put in place today so that the city can truly thrive.  This plan will involve a lot of community engagement. “We look forward to your feedback, ideas, and vision as we identify what this plan will foster for years to come!”

Mayor Rigby added a final note about how important the community’s feedback is.  “No matter how young or hold old you are, we believe you have a voice in our community and we want to make sure our community knows that you have a voice,” said Rigby. 

WE are Eastvale, thriving together!

Here We Grow Again

Grand openings and projects started in Eastvale

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
DICKS Sporting Goods held its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on July 8.

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Eastvale is continuing to grow with new stores opening and projects starting. 

DICK’s Sporting Goods held its Ribbon Cutting on July 8 and its Grand Opening event from July 12 to 14.  The new Eastvale Gateway store is located at 12399 Limonite Avenue.  The Grand Opening included great prizes, fun activities, and a chance to meet professional baseball player Zack Cozart!

DICK’S Sporting Goods, is the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer.  The new DICK’S location in Eastvale opened up approximately 75 jobs to the community.

Another exciting announcement is that the Eastvale L.E.D. Retrofitting Project is now in process.  In March 2019, the City of Eastvale purchased 4,100 streetlights from Southern California Edison (SCE) to place within the city limits. “We have now began the process of upgrading to new retrofitted LED lights, making the city streets much brighter at night,” according to City officials. 

These new LED streetlight fixtures have been placed strategically in a distribution pattern that will not cast light backwards onto residents’ yards.  They only cast light out far enough to cover the road surface and they will use 75% less energy than traditional streetlights.  In addition, the lights “align with the City’s strategic goal to enhance public safety by creating more visibility,” according to the City.

A total of 1,118 lights have been converted citywide, which completes all the main streets (arterials).  The entire project is expected to be completed by December 2019. 

In addition, Eastvale’s newest Shop-Dine-Stay destination, Hamner Place, broke ground on July 12.  Hamner Place will be located off Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road.  See the Hamner Place article for more information.

Crime Recap June

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner,
Pictured is Kyle Kammers

A recap of crime that took place in Norco during the month of June.

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, crime was limited in Eastvale and Corona, but there were a few cases in Norco.  Below is a list of the crime that took place in Norco during the month of June.

INCIDENT: Grand Theft / Residential Burglary

WHEN: June 3, 2019

WHERE: 2000 Block Mountain Avenue Norco

On June 3, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to a call of grand theft at the 2100 block of Hamner Ave in Norco.  The suspect fled the scene to a residence in the 2000 block of Mountain Ave., in Norco. 

“Entry was made to the residence and the subject was apprehended inside the residence,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner’s office.  The suspect was later identified as Rafael Murrillo Quezada, 21 of San Bernardino.  Quezada was arrested and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center.  The property and currency that was stolen from the residence was recovered. 

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Monzon at (951) 270-5673

INCIDENT: Sexual Assault Investigation

WHEN: June 20, 2019

WHERE: John F. Kennedy Middle College High School, Norco

A May 2019 investigation led to the recent arrest of Kyle Kammers, 33 of Riverside, who was a school employee at John F. Kennedy High School.  The investigation began in May 2019 when school administrators from the Corona-Norco Unified School District informed law enforcement of a possible inappropriate relationship between Kammers and a seventeen-year-old female student. 

Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Investigators determined that Kammers and the student first interacted with each other at the school and communicated through text messaging, along with other social media platforms. “During some of their interactions, it was alleged Kammers started a sexual relationship with the student and received multiple inappropriate photographs of the minor,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner’s office.

On June 20, a search warrant was served at Kammers residence, located in the 3300 block of July Drive, and Kammers was taken into custody.  Kammers was booked and transported into the Riverside County Jail for sexual assault against a minor, in addition to various crimes.

However, this is still an active investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Patrick at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-9234. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

Eastvale Hamner Place Breaks Ground

Eastvale Hamner Place Breaks Ground on July 12

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
The above layout is the expectation of Eastvale’s newest Shop-Dine-Stay destination, Hamner Place.

Staff Reports

Eastvale– On Friday, July 12, the City celebrated the Groundbreaking of Hamner Place, Eastvale’s newest Shop-Dine-Stay destination.  Hamner Place will be located off Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road.

“The City of Eastvale is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Eastvale residents by creating places for people to connect and have community.  Hamner Place will do just that, while elevating Eastvale and putting our city on the map!” stated City officials.

Over the years, Eastvale residents have suggested multiple dining choices and options they would like to see in the City of Eastvale. Therefore, this past year, the City surveyed all their restaurants to identify what type of dining options were missing. 

“We also conducted a Restaurant Feedback Questionnaire to better understand the community’s ideas on future development of restaurants in our community,” stated Olivia Applegate, Public Information Officer, in a news release. 

“It was important to the City of Eastvale that residents help lead us in the right direction as we focus on recruitment and attraction as part of Economic Development,” she added.

Since then, city officials have been diligently trying to identify how to elevate dining experiences in Eastvale.  City officials have met with restaurateurs and have created a Restaurant Ad-Hoc committee in an effort to reach this goal.

In result, the following establishments have been determined as the best additions to Hamner Place: Heroes Restaurant & Brewery, Tony’s Chop House, Starbucks, and Staybridge Suites by IHG.

Heroes Restaurant and Brewery is a family restaurant that serves great American food and quality hand craft beers.  They are expected to open in summer of 2020. 

In addition, Tony’s Chop House is a brand new concept created by The Meat Cellar, and will be completely unique to Eastvale.  Tony’s Chop House will feature all of the amazing steaks and chops that The Meat Cellar offers but will have an elevated ambiance and a variety of added menu items.

Lastly, Eastvale’s very first hotel, Staybridge Suites by IHG, will open in Hamner Place in 2021. Staybridge Suites is a 4.5 star, 120-room hotel that features a rooftop bar, conference and event center, pool with cabanas, and is the only hotel with vegan food options in the Inland Empire.

Hamner Place is expected to bring in more jobs, sales tax revenue, and transient occupancy tax (TOT) to the city.  Since TOT is the tax that hotel guests pay during their hotel night stays, the city of Eastvale will see these TOT funds for the first time after Staybridge Suites opens. 

In addition, to help lower the traffic into the City, the Hamner Avenue Bridge Widening project will begin after the completion of the Limonite Avenue I-15 Interchange Project, which is expected to be completed by November 2019.  The Hamner Avenue Bridge will consist of three lanes, north and south directions, which will be plenty of room for travelers to reach Hamner Place.

 “We want to thank Lewis Companies and Retail Centers for their vision for Hamner Place.  They are the definition of turning challenges into opportunities and a part of making the impossible, possible,” stated a City news release.  

“Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding dining and entertainment experiences coming to Eastvale!”

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale,
On July 12, Eastvale City officials gathered to break ground for Hamner Place.

No Shots Fired At Picnic in the Park

Staff Reports

City clarifies that no shots were fired at annual Picnic in the Park.

Eastvale – The 15th Annual Picnic in the Park was an eventful day that took place from June 28 to June 30 at the Eastvale Community Park.

The three-day celebration welcomed a summer season of non-stop fun in Eastvale, which was held by JCSD.  The event included carnival rides, games, food and craft vendors, and a marvelous fireworks display.  In addition, there was a Salsa Making Contest judged by Mayor Rigby and Councilwoman Yow.

However, there were many rumors about an incident that happened during the event.  On June 29, social media groups filled with residents speculating about an incident that took place at the Picnic in the Park.  The City of Eastvale issued a statement on their Facebook page stating the following: “a fight took place and one of the individuals had a pellet gun. NO shots were fired and there were minor injuries only. Two suspects were subsequently arrested.”

The City of Eastvale wanted to clarify the correct information to the community and they also ensured that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would remain onsite through the duration of Picnic in the Park, ensuring the “event is safe and enjoyable for all.”

The clarification provided a peace of mind for Eastvale residents and they expressed their appreciation.  The rest of the event was enjoyable and safe for the community.  Until next year, Eastvale!

Eastvale Summer Events

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Summer is here and there are a variety of events for you and your family to enjoy.  Check out the list below for events in the City of Eastvale.

The City of Eastvale 8th Annual State of the City

When: July 18 at 6 p.m.

Details: A Community Event on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School at 6 p.m. The Community Event is free to the community

More info: info@EastvaleCOC.org

Planning Commission Meeting

When: July 17 at 6 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

More info: City Clerk’s Department at (951) 703-4420

65th Street LIVE! Concerts in the Park

When: July 19 from 7: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Harada Heritage Park, 13099 65th Street, Eastvale

Details: Neon Nation- 80s Band.  All concerts are FREE. You are welcome to bring your own food, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs. There will also be vendors selling a variety of food and drinks. 

More info: JCSD.us

Public Safety Commission Meeting

When: July 23 at 6 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

More info: City Clerk’s Department at (951) 703-4420

City Council Meeting

When: July 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

More info: City Clerk’s Department at (951) 703-4420

SCORE Workshop: How to Digitally Spy on the Competition

When: July 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Where: Eastvale City Hall, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

Details: During this workshop, you will learn how to set up a competition report, monitor your own website as well as those of your competitors, track your industries’ trends and more! This is a FREE workshop.

More info: To register and for more information, please visit: https://conta.cc/2KVkE48

65th Street LIVE! Concerts in the Park

When: July 26 from 7: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Harada Heritage Park, 13099 65th Street, Eastvale

Details: Mick Adam and the Stones- Rolling Stones Tribute.  All concerts are FREE. You are welcome to bring your own food, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs. There will also be vendors selling a variety of food and drinks. 

More info: JCSD.us

Public Safety Community Workshop

When: July 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Where: Eastvale City Hall, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

Details: Our goal of this workshop is to bring Eastvale residents and businesses together to come up with the best direction as well as strategy for public safety. Our hope is that this allows us to best meet the needs and desires of our community while remaining fiscally responsible.

65th Street LIVE! Concerts in the Park

When: August 2 from 7: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Harada Heritage Park, 13099 65th Street, Eastvale

Details: Hollywood U2- Tribute.  All concerts are FREE. You are welcome to bring your own food, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs. There will also be vendors selling a variety of food and drinks. 

More info: JCSD.us

65th Street LIVE! Concerts in the Park

When: August 9 from 7: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Harada Heritage Park, 13099 65th Street, Eastvale

Details: Cold Duck- Top 40 and Variety Band.  All concerts are FREE. You are welcome to bring your own food, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs. There will also be vendors selling a variety of food and drinks. 

More info: JCSD.us

Moonlight Cinema

When: August 10 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Orchard Park, 5900 Festival Way, Eastvale

Details: Movie will be Wonder Park.  All concerts are FREE. Join JCSD in a night of family fun watching some of your favorite movies under the stars. All movies are FREE. Showtime begins at dusk.

More info: JCSD.us

65th Street LIVE! Concerts in the Park

When: August 16 from 7: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Harada Heritage Park, 13099 65th Street, Eastvale

Details: The Answer- Classic Rock.  All concerts are FREE. You are welcome to bring your own food, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs. There will also be vendors selling a variety of food and drinks. 

More info: JCSD.us

 

 

Fun Ways to Keep Kids’ Minds Active in Summer

Photo Courtesy: (c) Olesya Shelomova / stock.Adobe.com

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 ClassPad.net, 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.

4 Ways to Get Fit as a Family

Photo Courtesy: Statepoint

By Statepoint

One of the keys to encouraging children to develop health habits early is to make fitness a priority in the home.

The great news is there are a variety of ways to lead an active lifestyle that are suitable for the whole family, including kids of all ages.

Let these four creative ideas help you turn each day into an opportunity to get fit and have fun as a family. As with any workout, it’s important to have the proper gear, and that starts with footwear. Each exercise is paired with a suggestion of what to consider when it’s time to choose the right shoe.

  1. Visit a playground: Choose your own adventure, taking note of your favorite parks and playgrounds and their features, such as skate parks, swings, slides and climbing walls.

Shoes to try: Vans all have a variety of “updated classic” styles available in men, women and children’s sizing in on-trend colors, such as blush, yellow and white. This ensures that everyone can find a pair that reflects their personalities, while also providing necessary support.

2. Learn a new sport: From tennis to golf to touch football, there are a variety of ways to experience healthy activities as a group.

Shoe to try: The Adidas Lite Racer features a Cloudfoam EVA midsole to guide your foot when enjoying high-impact sports, such as running or tennis.

3. Participate in a charity run: Whether you’re a seasoned runner or have just signed up for your first 5K, many fundraising races are designed to accommodate the whole family. For younger children, search for events that allow baby strollers or that host a separate Fun Run for the kids.

Shoe to try: Nike offers the Flex Experience, which features lightweight synthetic overlays for a great fit and feel in both adult and children’s sizing.

4. Get outdoors: Explore a new hiking trail to make memories and enjoy stunning scenery. Cater to all family members by choosing the length and level of difficulty of the hike.

Shoes to try: Built to go off-roading, ASICS hiking shoes features reversed lugs on the outsole to ensure a dependable grip both uphill and downhill.

New footwear can help each member of the family get motivated to meet fitness goals and try new activities. For a one-stop-shopping experience and shoe trends for families, visit the Athletic Shop at Rack Room Shoes in stores or online at http://www.rackroomshoes.com/athleticshop.

Exercise shouldn’t be a chore. With new gear, a great attitude and a sense of adventure, getting fit as a family will be fun.

Norco Dentist Cares About His Patients

Call 951-372-9094 TODAY to make an appointment with a great team! Norco Family Dental Group is located at 2031 River Rd., Norco, CA 92860. Stop by their location in the old Stater Bros. shopping center. The cross streets are 2nd & River Rd. For more information and current promotions, visit them online at www.drghorbanian.com

Staff Reports

Norco– Dr. H. Ghorbanian of Norco Family Dental Group genuinely cares for everyone who walks into his office.  As a private dentist, he strives to provide quality care and great customer service to all of his patients. 

The Norco Family Dental Group business philosophy is to listen to their patients, treat them with warm gentle care, and be understandable to their financial concern.  When asked why Dr. Ghorbanian is in the dentistry field, he said, “I just love dentistry.”  He stated that he is most satisfied when he sees the joy of his patients after giving them the smile they have always wanted.

Norco Family Dental Group offers a wide variety of dental services including cleanings & exams, periodontal treatments, dentures & partials, cosmetic dentistry, teeth-in-a-day, tooth-colored fillings, crowns (caps), porcelain veneers, smile makeovers, and implant restoration.  However, Norco Family Dental Group specializes in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  “We provide ‘all-on-four’ implant restoration,” says Ghorbanian.  Patients having problems with dentures can benefit from implant-overdenture.  In addition, Dr. Ghorbanian encourages patients ages 50 and over to come in if they are having a frustrating dental problem. 

Dr. Ghorbanian has been practicing dentistry since 1991.  In addition to years of practice, he is a member of the following organizations: American Dental Association (ASA), California Dental Association (CDA), American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and Orange County Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (OCACD). 

Norco Family Dental Group also cares about their patients’ financial situation.  They accept most PPO Dental Insurance, as well as Medical and Medicare.  However, for patients who do not have dental insurance, they offer an in-house dental plan.  This dental plan will reduce out of pocket expense by about 40% and there is no waiting period.  They also offer financial services that have no interest for 24 months.

Therefore, with Norco Family Dental Group, you no longer have to be anxious about your next dentist visit.  Call 951-372-9094 today to make an appointment with a great team.  Norco Family Dental Group is located at 2031 River Rd., Norco CA 92860.  Stop by their location in the old Stater Bros. shopping center, with cross streets on 2nd and River Rd.  For more information, visit www.drghorbanian.com

3 Ways to Make the Most of Summer Produce

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Always clean fruits and vegetables to remove pesticides, wax and soil.

By Statepoint

Summer can be all too fleeting, but one of the best ways to ensure you make the most of the season is by enjoying the generous harvest of fruits and vegetables it brings.

Here are three simple ways to make the most of summer produce:

Get Produce at Its Peak

Produce tastes best when enjoyed during its peak season. Before shopping, check produce guides to see what’s at its peak near you. A few easy ways to be sure you’re getting the cream of the crop are to join a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) group, visit a farmer’s market and to simply look for the local label at your supermarket. In a culinary rut? Because CSA members don’t always have the option of selecting the exact items they receive, a subscription is a particularly good idea for those with adventurous spirits looking to expand their horizons.

Be Safe

In your efforts to feed your family nutritious produce this summer, be mindful that many fruits and vegetables contain contaminants like pesticides, wax and soil on their outer layer. While independent studies show that washing produce with water or bleach solution still leaves behind large traces of pesticides, there is now a better way to protect your family.

With just a spray and rinse, Arm & Hammer’s Fruit & Vegetable Wash safely eliminates more than 90 percent of residue from the commonly used pesticide thiabendazole, when used as directed — four times better than water alone. Made with pure and simple ingredients like Arm & Hammer baking soda, water, salt and lemon oil; and free of harsh chemicals, it’s easy to stock your kitchen with it and make it a part of meal prep. For more information, as well as cleaning tips, visit armandhammercleans.com.

Use it Up

Don’t let any produce go to waste. Here are five fun uses for fruit and vegetables:

• Fruit popsicles: Chop fruit into small chunks and mix with juice and even a bit of honey. Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold and freeze. You’ll have a delicious, healthful snack for later.

• Fruit or veggie kebabs: The grill is not just for burgers and dogs. Make veggie skewers using mushrooms, zucchini, green peppers and onions. For a light dessert, grill pears and peaches to be eaten on their own or topped with a bit of ice cream.

• Pesto: Go beyond the classic basil recipe to get creative with your pesto sauces. From cilantro to spinach to mint, many of summer’s richest green herbs and vegetables make great stand-ins.

• Cold soups: The weather may be hot, but that doesn’t mean you need to put soup on the back burner — or any burner at all. From gazpacho to borscht served chilled, you can cool down with soup this summer.

• Preserves: Certain fruits — such as strawberries — can technically be found any time of year, but are absolutely unparalleled in summer. Capture that magic for the months ahead by turning your favorite fruits into jams.

5 Delicious Low-Carb Recipes Perfect for a Cookout

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By Statepoint

Food on the grill, carb-loaded side dishes and high-sugar desserts are at the center of most seasonal cookouts. But this doesn’t mean you need to avoid those countless neighborhood barbecues to ensure you stay on track with your healthy lifestyle.

Courtney McCormick, manager of Clinical Research & Nutrition for South Beach Diet, recommends these five lower-carb recipes that are great to bring along to any cookout.

• Shredded Chicken Chili: Just toss some chicken, beans, tomatoes and a combination of chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano in your slow cooker and let that magic machine do all the work. Six hours later, you’ll have perfectly cooked chicken and plenty of flavorful fixings for fewer calories than a chicken prepared in a sugary or cheesy sauce.

• Avocado Tuna Sandwiches: Mix lemon juice, avocado, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl and add canned tuna fish. Scoop onto a slice of whole grain bread with arugula, sliced cucumbers and red onions and you’ve got yourself a delicious sandwich to eat in place of that hamburger.

• Skinny Shrimp Fajitas: You won’t miss the tortilla with this recipe! Combine shrimp, onion, bell pepper, olive oil and dry fajita spices such as chili powder, garlic, onion, cumin and paprika in a large bowl. Pour into a veggie basket or place on skewers and let the grill do the work for you.

• Pesto Cilantro Dip: Bake walnuts at 275 degrees until golden brown, then chop cilantro, garlic, and walnuts in a food processor for about 25 seconds. With the machine running, pour olive oil in a steady stream. Add sour cream, lemon juice and salt. Pulse a few times to combine and you’re done! Serve with fresh veggies.

“This recipe is quick and simple,” says McCormick. “It contains minimal ingredients and it is packed with healthy fats. Plus, it keeps five days in the refrigerator and freezes for up to a month.”

• South Beach Coleslaw: Coleslaw is a BBQ staple and this recipe for a lighter version of it is easy as 1-2-3! Whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, celery seed and a sugar substitute. Add cabbage and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For more details on these recipes and other great tips and tricks to lose weight and live healthier, visit South Beach Diet’s website The Palm at palm.southbeachdiet.com/cookout-low-carb-recipes.

Remember, cookouts don’t need to wreak havoc on your healthy diet. By making some simple swaps and choosing healthier options, you’ll stay on track while still enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.

5 Warm Weather Weight Loss Blunders to Avoid

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Make favorite drinks healthier with simple ingredient swaps, says Julie Chrisley.

By Statepoint

Along with warm weather comes picnics, cookouts and other parties that can take a toll on your healthy lifestyle.

To help you stay on track while you’re enjoying the sunshine and good times, Courtney McCormick, manager, Clinical Research and Nutrition at Nutrisystem, is sharing the top five weight loss blunders people tend to make this time of year and simple tips for avoiding them.

• Blunder 1: Crash dieting: The thought of putting on a swimsuit may entice you to crash diet. Crash diets are not only unhealthy, they tend to slow metabolism, making it difficult for you to drop more than just a few pounds. Also, any weight you lose short-term will be regained as soon as you resume eating normally. It’s best to stick with your healthy lifestyle year-round. Have a bad day? That’s okay. Vow to get back on track the next day.

• Blunder 2: Ordering smoothies and frapps: When the weather turns hot, a blended drink can seem like an ideal morning or afternoon pick-me-up. However, those from coffee shops and convenience stores tend to be loaded with sugar and fat. A 16-ounce serving may have more than 200 calories and 50 grams of sugar. Quench cravings by ordering unsweetened or lightly sweetened iced coffee or tea or opt for a protein shake.

“Being from the south, I love my sweet tea. To be sure I don’t overdo it on the sugar, I will use a little bit of honey as a sweetener instead,” said Julie Chrisley, Nutrisystem ambassador.

• Blunder 3: Not watching alcohol intake: Alcoholic beverages can be very refreshing in warm weather, but even a light beer or white wine is more than 100 calories, and today’s popular sweet drinks like hard cider and wine coolers have as many 180 calories each. To avoid over-indulging, alternate one or two drinks with fizzy seltzer over ice and a lime wedge.

• Blunder 4: Perspiring to lose: When you exercise in the heat, you may think you can feel the pounds melting off with each bead of sweat. And if you weigh yourself right before and after a workout, you may see a difference. The problem is as soon as you replace the fluids you’ve sweated out, you’ll see on the scale that you’ve lost little, if any, weight. Your best bet is to maintain a steady activity level every day so that you get at least 150 minutes of movement a week. Regular activity keeps your metabolism burning continually, even if you’re just walking inside an air-conditioned mall.

• Blunder 5: Loading plates with BBQ favorites: Backyard barbecues bring out many favorite classics, like potato salad and coleslaw. While those dishes start with healthful vegetables, they get weighed down with excessive saturated fats from mayonnaise and sour cream. What’s more, the loads of sugar in popular barbecue sauces can heap calories on a lean chicken breast. To manage intake, avoid creamy salads and dip chicken in BBQ sauce instead of slathering it on before grilling.

For more tips and tricks for staying on track with weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals, visit leaf.nutrisystem.com.

To overcome the most common warm weather weight loss blunders, it’s best to know what they are, as well has have go-to strategies to avoid them.

Riverside Police & Fire to Assist in Upcoming Summer S.T.E.M. Academy for Local High School Students

Riverside Stem Police

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Courtesy InlandEmpire.US

Last week, the Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP) announced an interactive program that will immerse 140 Riverside high school students in the application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in Law Enforcement and Public Safety (LEAPS). This program will provide intensive, hands-on STEM training through experiential learning. It will also focus on Police and Fire Department careers during the week of July 15 -19, 2019. Two groups of 70 pre-selected students will spend the week with the Riverside Police Department and the Riverside Fire Department. Members of Police and Fire will provide instruction and hands-on training to students in various areas where STEM concepts are applied within public safety. At the completion of the week, students will develop and present their innovative STEM LEAPS projects during the design challenge competition.

The program curriculum will include:

  • Simulated detection and neutralization of bombs and hazardous materials
  • Application of scientific methods to manage, collect and analyze crime scene data including fingerprints and blood samples
  • Arson/Fire Investigation
  • Vehicle Extrication & Jaws of Life demonstration
  • Hazardous Materials Response and Mitigation
  • Construction and coding of robots
  • Developing mobile apps to assist in emergency situations
  • Crime scene forensic analysis
  • Paramedic & Critical Care Transport – American Medical Response (AMR)
  • Hands Only CPR

“A major goal for the STEM LEAPS Learning Labs is that many more of our local students will graduate from college with STEM degrees and then be employed by the Riverside Police Department, Riverside Fire Department, and other local law enforcement and public safety organizations,” said Gordon Bourns, Chairman and CEO of Bourns, Inc.

Construction Update: I-15 Limonite Avenue Interchange Project

Here is the latest construction update for the upcoming week (7/15/19-7/20/19) from the City of Eastvale:

Autism Mom: You are Never Alone

Columnist Melody Kramer, BKA: Autism Mom

By Melody Kramer

Being a mom, autism mom or not, is tough. Our lives get so consumed with our children’s activities. Some have sports, others like me may have therapy (speech, OT and so on).  It can get overwhelming and consume so much time.

We as moms look around, and there are moms everywhere. So why at times do we feel alone?  We are so busy with kids here and there we miss the mark and don’t connect.  That feeling of loneliness can fester inside to where we feel defeated, sad and all alone at times.  We have to remember God is just a prayer away. We are never alone as long as we have God by our side. I have heard if God feels far away, it’s not Him that moved.   God is always watching us, is there for us and here to comfort us.  We need to keep moving forward and trusting the Lord above that he’s with us.  He sends us angels that we do call friends, though there are times when one feels alone running around, doing errands rushing off kids and picking up kids.   All we have to do is look to the heavens and know that no matter where we are or what we do we are never alone.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

 Joshua 1:9 ESV

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: autismmomofboys@gmail.com 

5 Reasons Kids Should Play Outside More

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By Statepoint

Whether it’s dance lessons, computer projects, art class or yoga, kids these days are busy bees. And while such activities are enriching and fun, experts say that many kids aren’t spending enough time doing something much simpler and every bit as important as structured programming: playing outdoors.

“Finding time for the kids to play outside can be such a challenge for parents,” says Keri Wilmot, a pediatric occupational therapist and an expert contributor to TheGeniusofPlay.org. “As a parent I worry about ‘stranger danger’ or whether my kids will be able to navigate social issues on their own. Without spontaneity, playtime has lost some of it’s fun.”

Outdoor play is necessary for healthy child development, according to The Genius of Play. The initiative, whose mission is to raise awareness about the importance of play and help parents make play a critical part of raising their kids, is sharing five benefits of unstructured outdoor playtime:

• Physical Development: Research has shown that physically active kids tend to be leaner and healthier, while an inactive childhood can lead to a sedentary (and likely unhealthy) lifestyle in adulthood. Furthermore, physical play builds gross and fine motor skills necessary for success in school and beyond. Hanging from the monkey bars, for instance, helps kids develop the hand muscles needed to grip a pencil.

• Risk-Taking: Through outdoor play, children are given the opportunity to step outside their comfort zones and try new things. While taking risks won’t always lead to success on the first try, moments like a first bike ride without training wheels, or the first trip down the big slide in the playground, are critical for building the confidence and resilience needed to pursue a future career, start a business, or handle life’s many challenges.

• Social Skills: Childhood games played outdoors can help build social skills and teach kids to follow directions. From games as simple as tag, to those with more complicated rules, like “Kick the Can,” “Capture the Flag,” and sports like soccer and basketball, communication, teamwork and other important social skills are developed during outdoor play.

• Problem Solving: Children’s imaginations are often stimulated by the world around them. Being outside widens their horizons and can encourage kids to tap into their creativity in order to come up with solutions to challenges, such as learning how to build a sandcastle or figuring out how to climb up a jungle gym.

• Reducing Stress: So much outdoor play involves physical activity, thrilling moments and a sense of freedom, all of which can boost endorphins, helping to lower stress levels and reduce anxiety and depression. Interestingly, simply touching dirt when creating mud pies or digging for worms can be beneficial. According to a Bristol University study, certain types of “friendly” bacteria in soil have been found to activate the group of neurons that produce serotonin, which contributes to a feeling of well-being and happiness. So, don’t be afraid to let your kids get a bit dirty out there!

For play ideas, expert advice and other play resources, visit TheGeniusOfPlay.org.

Playtime is essential for children. To promote health, happiness and confidence, be sure some of it is spent outdoors.