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Eastvale: Summer Celebrations


E4th of Julyastvale – A wonderful summer of fun is in the works for the City of Eastvale and its neighbors. If you are looking for something to entertain your family and friends in the upcoming months, check out these special events taking place.


Picnic in the Park: A regular staple in Eastvale, JCSD’s (Jurupa Community Services District) three-day celebration boasts fun for everyone. From the water slides and the carnival rides, to the food and merchandise vendors, there is plenty of entertainment. And if that weren’t enough, the opening night concert (Friday at 7 p.m.) and the breathtaking fireworks show (Saturday at 9 p.m.) is sure to dazzle. This year’s event has a new venue. The new Eastvale Community Park at 12750 Citrus Street will host on Fri., June 27, 5 to 10 p.m.; Sat., June 28, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sun., June 29, 2 to 10 p.m.


Concerts in the Park: Eastvale’s parks are amazing, and the fun continues at Harada Heritage Park for JCSD’s 6th Annual Concerts in the Park. On Friday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m., “Dancin’ thru the Decades” will rock you and your family and friends in style – and all concerts are FREE! Bring some lawn chairs and a picnic, or purchase food from one of the vendors.

  • July 11: Paperback Writers (Beatles Tribute)
  • July 18: Red Not Chili Peppers (RHCP Tribute)
  • July 25: Neon Nation (80s Experience)
  • August 1: Stepping Feet (Dave Mathews Band Tribute)
  • August 8: Queen National (Queen Tribute)
  • August 15: Led Zepplica (got this one?)
  • August 22: DSB (Journey Tribute)
  • August 29: Joshua Tree (U2 Tribute)


Our neighbors in Corona are celebrating Independence Day beginning with the Main Street Parade on Fri., July 4, at 10 a.m. Watch and cheer local groups as they make their way down Main Street from Ontario to Olive Avenue during this hometown event. Later in the day you can head over to Santana Park (598 Santana Way) to enjoy the much-anticipated Festival and Fireworks Show at 4 p.m. Activities include food vendors, children’s Fun Zone, and live entertainment. The formal program starts at 8:30 p.m., with the fireworks show at 9 p.m. Admission is FREE.


Right over the Norco River on Hamner Avenue, you can enjoy a 4th of July Horsetown Extravaganza in Norco. A Rotary Club All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast starts the day at Nellie Weaver Hall, 7:30 to 10 a.m. Just $5 per person and the proceeds benefit the George A. Ingalls Veteran’s Memorial. Ride off some of those calories at the Mayor’s Patriotic Scenic Ride at 10 a.m. Dress in Red, White and Blue as you leave Ingalls Park Parking Lot 2, since prizes will be awarded to the most patriotic horse and rider at this free event. The fun continues at the Picnic in the Park at Pike Peak Park (say that fast three times), with BBQ, refreshments, family games, music, waterslide and crafts. Still have some energy left? Go back over to the Moreno Arena at the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center for the Concert, Laser Show and Movie Night! The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and for just $5 per person (12 and under free), you can enjoy a country concert featuring Sterling Sylver at 6:30 p.m.; followed by a little boot-scootin’ at Norco’s Longest Line Dance at 7:30 p.m. The amazing Laser Show will begin around 8:45 p.m., and the movie screening of Independence Day (how appropriate) at about 9:30 p.m. Now THAT is a 4th of July celebration!


Norco will continue to entertain you all summer with their “Norco Rocks! Summer Concerts in the Park and Movie Series,” on Fridays, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Pikes Peak Park. Admission is free and food and refreshments are available for purchase. Bring your family and friends, chairs and blankets and enjoy!

  • June 20: Give Up The Junk (60s to Now Dance Music)
  • July 4: Sterling Sylver (Country)
  • July 18: Suspect (Classic Rock)
  • August 1: Yesterday and Today (Beatles Tribute)
  • August 15: RockStars of Tomorrow (Variety); with ‘Friday Night Lights’ movie to follow


Please remember that Fireworks are prohibited in Riverside County, per Ordinance 858. Enjoy one of these local celebrations – they do all the work for you – and have a safe and fun summer!

Eastvale: Picnic In The Park




Carnival at Eastvale Picnic in the Park 2013 (Photo Courtesy: K.P. Sander)

Eastvale – If you have been in the City of Eastvale for a while, you know that one of the events citizens look forward to each year is the Picnic in the P

ark. It is the kind-of-official kick off of summer, and the enjoyment is apparent by the number of people that visit.


This year, the tradition will move south a bit as the scenery changes to the brand new Eastvale Community Park, located at 12750 Citrus Street, at the corner of Hamner Avenue. It will be interesting to see how everything is set up as the event celebrates its tenth year at a new venue.


This year’s three day celebration will begin on Fri., June 27, from 5 to 10 p.m., with the opening night concert scheduled for 7 p.m. – also the kick off of Eastvale’s Summer Concert Series. As usual there will be fun for everyone with water slides and inflatables, food merchants and vendors, contests and picnic games, and the very popular carnival attractions.


The fun continues on Sat., June 28, from noon to 11 p.m., and you most definitely will not want to miss the breathtaking fireworks spectacular at 9 p.m. (early arrival is advised).


Picnic in the Park concludes on Sunday, with operating hours from 2 to 10 p.m. Throughout the weekend there is great music to entertain, interesting food to try (hello, Kettle Corn!), and plenty of activities for everyone in the family. There is no charge for admission; however tickets and wristbands are available for purchase for the carnival rides and inflatables.


For additional information on this event, including vendor inquiries, contact Jurupa Community Services District at (951) 727-3524, or visit www.parks.jcsd.us.


Hurry, hurry, step right up and get ready to enjoy a great weekend at Eastvale’s 10th Annual Picnic in the Park. See you there!


EASTVALE: Here We Grow Again


eastvale park mayor addresses crowd

By K.P. Sander and Jennifer Madrigal

Eastvale – The brand new Eastvale Community Park opened on Saturday, March 8, to a crowd of excited Eastvale residents. Representatives from the Eastvale Mustangs JAAF and Cheer, AYSO Soccer, Empire Soccer, Chivas Soccer, CrossFit Eastvale, and many others came out to promote their businesses. JCSD had demonstrations from various programs going on which kept both children and adults actively engaged throughout the day. Even with the dreadful Santa Ana winds, the event was a success.

The 160-acre parcel on the northwest corner of Limonite and Hamner Avenues is the ‘Cat’s Pajamas’ right now as far as real estate goes in the City of Eastvale. The massive property, owned by Dairyman, Brad Leal, has been the focus of discussion by the City Council, and even Eastvale citizens. Further exploration of the vision for the Leal Property was to be addressed at the City Council meeting on March 26, but discussion on the Specific Plan was approved to be continued to a later date. Stay tuned.

Ponino’s Pizzarena (located in the Ralph’s shopping center next door to the newly opened Soccer Wearhouse) opened without fanfare on Thursday, March 13 so employees could get into top form prior to the grand opening – coming soon; however, feel free to stop in for some hot, cheesy pizza right now.

You may have noticed that the Auto Zone at Archibald and Schleisman is now open. Still to come in that shopping center is Starbucks (gotta have one on every corner, right?), Fantastic Sam’s, Mes Amies Hair and Nails, Dentistry with Nihar Tanna DDS, Juice It Up, and the Great Harvest Bread Company (if you are not familiar with this business, you are in for a real treat).


The City of Eastvale has so much to be proud of, and so much to look forward to. The City is working on entryway monuments and directional signs that will be a beautiful welcome for citizens and visitors in the future. Yorba Elementary is planning its grand opening for July 6, 2015. And our second fire station will benefit our City next year as well.


Eastvale: An Interview With Mayor Ike Bootsman

By Jennifer Madrigal

Eastvale Mayor Ike Bootsma

Eastvale Mayor Ike Bootsma (image courtesy of Google Images)

Q:  What do you feel is the City’s Biggest Challenge for 2014?

A:  “Our biggest challenge is economic development and bringing new businesses into our city.  We need customers, but we also need businesses and it’s kind of a Catch 22. We have to convince businesses to come into our city because we already do have the customer base needed to support them. Things like “Shop Eastvale” have helped since so much of our city income comes from the sales tax. I also hope that we can get some more industrial business parks and office spaces here in Eastvale so more residents can live, work and shop in Eastvale.”

Q:  What is your number one goal for the City this year?

A:  “Definitely increasing the money we get from sales tax via promoting Shop Eastvale, bringing businesses here, getting more residents in our city and others outside of our city to shop here.”

Q:  What feels great about Eastvale to you?

A:  “The parks.  We have so many great parks and facilities around us and I love how many people are involved in the parks and sports. Kids are participating in sports and using the trails and the equipment and it’s nice that so many local sport programs have the facilities right here available to them. I am so excited for the new Eastvale Community Park to open up and for the community to enjoy those soccer fields and the jogging trails, etc.  Hopefully we will be able to get more regional tournaments here which will help us economically as well.”

Q:  How long have you been here in Eastvale? What’s your history with the City?

A.      “I was born and raised five miles from here in Chino, on a dairy that was one of the first dairies in the Chino Valley area founded in 1938. I moved to the Eastvale area in 1974 and started the Bootsma Calf Ranch with my brother. At one point we had about 8,500 head of cattle. My wife, Squeaker, and I have called Eastvale home ever since.  We have enjoyed watching the city grow and expand.

Eastvale: Here We Grow Again – January 2014

By K.P. Sander

Eastvale – Like the beautiful bow on a Christmas package, all of the ongoing construction projects are getting their finishing touches to help make 2014 in Eastvale merry and bright. There are also a lot of new gifts in development to make the future dazzling as well.

From the proposed Arco Gas Station and retail development in the northeast corner of the city at Riverside Drive and Hamner Avenue to the nearly completed Homecoming at the Preserve at the southwest corner on the Chino border, Eastvale continues to thrive.

Traffic delays are still a reality as construction of the 224 “Copper Sky” condominium units continues near the schools at Schleisman Road and Scholar Way. Roadway improvements around the project will ultimately provide improved traffic flow throughout the schools and into the new housing, as well as enhanced pedestrian safety, all said and done.

The development of more housing is also underway on Citrus Avenue, just south of the High School at Scholar Way, where the Granja Vista Del Rio ranch used to be. Still central in this development is the historic Desi Arnaz house, which will be preserved by Jurupa Community Services District. The beautiful architecture of Arnaz’ Spanish ranch-style home provides inspiration for the development. “The Palms” will consist of 197 detached single family homes, as well as an additional 39 acres of open space south of the project that will include trails (part of the current east to west system) and a pond.

The forthcoming “Trails at Eastvale” housing project is in the plan check phase for construction at the corner of Archibald Avenue and 65th Street. Recently the home for some of Eastvale’s last bovine residents, the project will include 224 single family homes with eight floor plans (on the smaller ALUC-zone lots) and will surround a new neighborhood park and adjoining trail system with exercise stations.

Yet another housing project that has broken ground is “Cleveland Square” on the north side of Limonite Avenue at Scholar Way. 350 two-story condominium units with active-park, pool and outdoor spaces will urbanize the vacant fields as development starts moving toward the Gateway shopping center. It certainly sounds like a population boom is on the horizon.

With more people comes the need for more parks, and Phase I of the new Eastvale Community Park located at the southeast corner of Citrus and Hamner avenues is ready to open, hopefully this month. The initial 45 acres includes Lighted Sports Fields, Picnic Areas, Concession Stands, Restroom Facilities and Parking. The park will also extend the Eastvale Trail, which will connect from the park to the Santa Ana River Trail (which all told, will be over 110 miles from the San Bernardino Mountains to the Pacific Ocean upon completion).

Live Eastvale, Shop Eastvale! As we continue to flourish the opportunities to shop and dine increase and encourage us to keep our dollars in the city we call home. Starting in the Cloverdale Marketplace, located at the southwest corner of Limonite and Hamner and anchored by Ralph’s grocery store, several new businesses come to life. New dining options include the delicious Waba Grill and soon to open Ponino’s Pizzarena. The Learning Experience (Academy of Early Education) opened in the fall of 2013, and the Soccer Wearhouse is putting the finishing touches on with a grand opening scheduled for January 11, 2014. With all the new sports fields imminent, this should be a popular store.

One of the largest shopping centers, Eastvale Gateway, located at the northeast corner at Hamner and Limonite, has a wide variety of options to encourage residents to stay local. With multiple anchors, such as Home Depot, Target, Von’s and the Regal Cinemas, Gateway truly has something for everyone. The popular Ulta Beauty and Massage Envy businesses opened a few months ago along with a plethora of dining options make variety the spice of Eastvale. From On the Border to Buffalo Wild Wings; and from your old favorites, Farmer Boys and Pick Up Stix (and new favorite, Jersey Mikes), to the recently opened Habit Burger Grill and Dickie’s BBQ Pit, the only difficulty is narrowing your choices down to just one. The center has the perfect Date Night options close to home.

In Eastvale Gateway South, located at the southeast corner of Hamner and Limonite, alongside the 24-Hour Fitness mega-gym that opened earlier in 2013, the much anticipated San Antonio Medical Plaza will bring medical services directly to Eastvale in the fall of 2014. The center also includes Corky’s Kitchen, Wing Stop, Walgreens, Chevron and other quick-service options.

With Jack in the Box finally joining the lonely CVS several months ago, the lot on the southwest corner of Archibald and Schleisman is finally coming to life. With the framework bones of Auto Zone and its companions, Mes Amies Hair and Nails, and dentistry with Nihar Tanna, DDS, now quite obvious, Starbucks is also visible with Fantastic Sam’s and other tenants in the works. The early 2014 completion of that corner of Eastvale will be a welcome neighbor to all the housing completed earlier in 2013.

A major construction project in the area is the Homecoming at the Preserve, in Chino, and our neighbor at the border of Eastvale on Schleisman-Pine. Now open for leasing, the apartment homes, built by award-winning Lewis Apartment Communities, have provided resort-style amenities to bring you the very best in contemporary living – a good thing for those seeking apartment living near Eastvale, as there are no options currently within the city limits. With a 16,000 square foot clubhouse at its core, the offerings include a fitness center, theater, gaming rooms, nail salon, coffee bar, massage center, valet dry cleaning, and business center. The luxury continues with a rooftop lounge overlooking the terrace with two pools and spas, outdoor lounges with a fireplace, and beautiful gardens and greenbelts. The apartments themselves offer innovative floor plans from one to four bedrooms, most with attached garages. For more information on this Master Planned Community, call (866) 407-2448.