Gloria’s Corner



Gloria Macias Harrison

Gloria’s Corner


The San Bernardino Symphony recently was awarded several grants. Edison International awarded the Symphony a grant for programs that support music enrichment with an emphasis on teen audiences. Another is a Challenge America Fast Grant for “Music for all Ages.” from the National Endowment for the Arts. This grant will augment the planned concert for April by adding a student art component. Also awarded was the Gimbel Grant through the Community Foundation for music education and enrichment. Additionally a grant was awarded from the Amazon Foundation for student concert tickets and from the Annenberg Foundation for a leadership seminar. Kudos to Anne Viricel, executive director of the Symphony and the Board of Directors led by former Mayor Judith Valles.

The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) annual selects individuals and organizations that demonstrate exemplary leadership in furthering the cause of economic development and a better quality of life in the Inland Empire. The winners for 2014 are:

Loma Linda University Medical Center – Business of the Year Award.

California Emerging Technology Fund – co-recipient of the Non-Profit of the Year Award

Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars – co-recipient of the Non-Profit of the Year Award

Dr. Tomas Morales, President of California State University, San Bernardino and Dr. Kim Wilcox, Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside – co-recipients of the Educators of them Year Award

Eugene Montanez, Mayor of Corona – Public Partner of the Year Award

Dr. Pamela Clute, Assistant Vice-Chancellor University of California, Riverside – President’s Award

Jennifer Johnson, formerly of Watson Land Company and now with Southern California Edison – Chairman’s Award

Leadership Changes:

Congratulations to Supervisor James Ramos as he assumes the chairmanship of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and to Ted Alejandre as he assumes the elected position of San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. Both are proven leaders in our communities. Also best wishes to the two new congressional representatives from our area – Congressman Pete Aguilar (California 31st District) and Congresswoman Norma Torres (California 35th District).

Save the Date:

Monday, January 19 – the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches (IECAAC) present the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the National Orange Show Valencia Room, 468 N. Arrowhead. Guest speaker for this event is Assemblyman Chris Holden speaking on the theme of “Remembering the Past to Strengthen the Future.” For ticket information call: 909.474.7036

Wednesday, January 28 – the San Bernardino County Arts Connection will hold its Annual meeting at the San Bernardino County Center, 385 N. Arrowhead from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is open to the public. Enjoy refreshments and share information on arts happenings in the county. For information call: 909.543.9868 or contact:

Thursday, January 29 – the Inland Empire Economic Partnership will hold its 2015 Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. At the Victoria Club, 2521 Arroyo Drive, Riverside. For sponsorship and ticket information contact Michelle Cazares at

Saturday, January 31 – the Boys and Girls Club presents (Redlands – Riverside) its 21st Annual Chocolate Fantasy at the Mitten Building, Redlands from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. This black-tie event is for guest’s 21 years of age and older features champagne, chocolate delights and dancing. For ticket information call: 888.822.6535 or contact

Thursday, February 5 – the Special Events Committee of the San Bernardino Symphony presents Jazz Nite featuring California State University Jazz Ensemble under the director of Dr. Bob Knop. This musicale recognizes and celebrates the contributions by the Honorable Cheryl Brown and Hardy Brown Jr. to arts and education. The event is slated for the California Supper Club at the California Theatre, 562 W. 4th Street at 6p.m. For ticket information call: 909.381.5388

Saturday, February 7 – the San Bernardino Symphony presents Musical Genius in America featuring the compositions of Gershwin, Still, Joplin, and Dike Ellington. This celebration of American musical ingenuity will feature Yana Reznik. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th Street, San Bernardino. For ticket information call: 909.381.5388 or visit

Saturday, February 7 – the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce (Inland Cities East) present the 46th Annual Black History Super Expo Celebration “It Starts With You”. The event is slated for the San Bernardino Court Street Square, E and Court Street from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. The program will in lures speakers, dancers, bands, drill teams, poetry, fashion, food, and vendors. For information call: 888.466.7408 ext. 2 or 12.

Friday, February 27 to Sunday February 1 – National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.

Friday, March 6 – the San Bernardino City Unified School District with the San Bernardino and Highland Chambers of Commerce invite interested community members and business leaders to participate in the Eighteenth Annual Principal for a Day Program. Interested individuals will be asked to fill out a business/community profile by February 6, 2015. For information and forms call Nettie Kaseno (school district) 909.381.1250

Thursday, March 26 – Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino presents its 4th Annual Gala ” Keys to the Future” which will honor community partners for their leadership. The event will be held at the National Orange Show, Valencia Room starting at 6 p.m. For sponsorship and ticket information call: 909.799.6738

Friday, April 17 – Time for Change Foundation presents Life’s Precious Jewels Awards Dinner at the National Orange Show Events Center at 6 p.m. For sponsorship and ticket information call: Nicole Wolfe at 909.886.2994 or email

Wednesday, April 22 to Saturday, April 25 – The San Bernardino Orange Show Fair.

Saturday, April 25 – the Assistance League of San Bernardino presents its 54th Annual Signature Headdress Ball ” Circus Dreams.” This annual event sponsors two major programs, Operation School Bell and the Dr. Earl R. Crane Children’s Dental Health Center. The matinee and an evening gala will be held at the National Orange Show. For sponsorship and ticket information call: 909.862.0732 Sunday,

April 26 – the League of Women Voters presents its Annual Citizens of Achievement Awards. Gloria Harrison is publisher of the Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at

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

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