Gloria’s Corner



Gloria Macias Harrison

Gloria’s Corner

Hispanic Awards: Hispanic Lifestyle announced it will reintroduce the Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards on December 3rd at the Riverside Convention Center. Latinos will be recognized for contributions in the areas of community service and education. The event starts with a networking reception at 5:30 followed by an awards program. Dessert, coffee and networking will follow the recognition of the 2014 honorees. The three 2014 honorees being recognized for their efforts to promote positives images of Latino community on the Southern California Inland Region are:

• Community Advocate – Senior Deputy District Attorney Gerry Lopez has been a Riverside County prosecutor for 24 years and is the primary architect and lead attorney for the Juvenile Division’s Community Prosecution Unit. Considered an expert specializing in juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention, Mr. Lopez was appointed to the California Juvenile Justice Committee and he currently serves as an international trainer for a White House program designed to reduce youth gang participation in the United States and Central America.

• Community Service - Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Committee was formed in 2010 by the Riverside Latino Network to spearhead the effort to turn the dream of a Cesar Chavez Memorial Statue into reality. Since then it has now dedicated the Monument memorializing Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers movement to the citizens of Riverside as part of the city’s Peacewalk in the Mainstreet pedestrian mall.

• Educational Advocates – The LEAD Organization housed at California State University, San Bernardino serves as a primary site for a set of innovative and productive programs, publications, and events for Latinos and Education. The purpose of LEAD (Latino Education & Advocacy Days) is to promote a broad-based awareness of the crisis in Latino Education and to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and personal development of our community’s educators, administrators, leaders, parents, and students. Enrique G. Murillo Jr. Ph.D. Is the executive Director of LEAD.

We congratulate the honorees and Richard Sandoval, president and founder of Hispanic Lifestyle for reinitiating the Image Awards that he first debuted in 1998. Throughout the years over 100 Latinos have been recognized for their achievements in the Inland Empire. Over 2.2 million Latinos reside in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Save the Date:

Sunday, November 23 – the Chicano Latino Caucus of the Inland Empire presents and welcomes speaker Bobby Verdugo. Mr. Verdugo will share the story of the struggles to the Walkout/Blowout of 1968 in East Los Angeles and how this started the movement for equality in education for Latinos in California. The HBO movie, Walkout, based on the events of the walkout and its leadership will be shown. The presentation starts at 1:00 p.m. at 195 Carousal Mall. For information and to RSVP call: 951.906.3130

Sunday, November 23 – Martindale Productions present Taking Time to Give Thanks, a benefit concert to support the homeless women and children of Time for Change Foundation. Meet and Greet/ Gift Drop Off is slated from 2 to 3 p.m. – items such as coats, socks, bus passes and gift cards are encouraged. A community prayer and benefit concert with light buffet starts at 3 p.m. at Community Hospital of San Bernardino, 1805 Medical Center Drive. For information call: 909.649.6900 or 909.886.2994

Friday, November 31 – the San Bernardino Valley College Theatre Arts department presents Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare and directed by Melinda Oliver at 7:00 p.m. at the Auditorium, 701 South Mt. Vernon. Tickets available at the door with special prices for students, seniors, military, and children. For ticket info visit: https:/

Wednesday, December 3 – Symphonie Jeunesse presents the premiere concert of a composition by William Zeitler written and dedicated in their honor at 6:30 p.m. at the Castaway Restaurant in San Bernardino.

Friday, December 5 – Friends of Santa Claus, Inc. present The Glory of Christmas Traditions evening Gala at the National Orange Show starting at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and tree preview followed by a dinner extravaganza. This evening of celebration includes: Holiday Specialty Boutiques, Silent Auction Gift Baskets, Live Auction, and Dancing to a live band. For ticket information call: 909.862.0732 or email: Saturday,

December 6 – Friends of Santa Claus, Inc. present The Glory of Christmas Traditions luncheon and fashion show starting at 10a.m. with tree preview and shopping with luncheon at 11:30 a.m. This day of celebration includes: Holiday Specialty Boutiques, Silent Auction Gift Baskets, Live Auction, Macy’s Holiday Fashion Show, and Designer Tree Raffle. For ticket information call: 909.862.07 or email:

Friday, December 12 – the Colton Wilson Alumni present the 10th & Final Wilson Scholarship Holiday Dance from 5 p.m. To 10 p.m. At the American Legion Post 155 Hall, 1401 N. Veterans Way, Colton. Food by Rosie catering and music by Grupo Neblina are features of this scholarship fund raising event for Colton High. For information on reservations call: 909.794.0601

Saturday, December 20 – the San Bernardino Symphony presents Home for the Holidays concert at the California Theatre 562 W. 4th Street. The program will include many holiday favorites with selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah and Anderson’s A Festival of Carols. For ticket information, visit or call 909.381.5388

Gloria Harrison is publisher of the Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at

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