The Magazine of Artful Living

Ontario International Airport: Summer travel to approach pre-pandemic level

Passenger volume at Ontario International Airport (ONT) will approach pre-pandemic levels during the summer travel months, airport officials forecast, as more than 1.4 million air travelers are expected to arrive and depart at the Southern California aviation gateway. READ MORE

Where to Find Banh Mi Sandwiches

Meaning “bread” in Vietnamese, banh mi also refers to a sandwich that combines the perfect blend of ingredients. It starts with a baguette that’s crispy on the outside, but airy inside. Fillings vary, but typically include seasoned vegetables and savory meat. For an easy recipe to make the sandwich at home, see the April 2021 issue of Inland Empire Magazine. Or check out these local eateries and stores. >>>

Visit: Temecula

Throughout wine country, miles of trails beckon hikers, cyclists and horseback riders to explore the rolling hills and vineyards the city is famous for. Food and wine lovers will find many culinary and wine tasting gems. Pack a picnic, order take-out, or dine alfresco at one of the restaurants. The area is well known as one of California’s top hot air ballooning sites, offering sunrise and sunset flights over the vineyards. VisitTemeculaValley.com

Reign Reserve Ticket Program

The Ontario Reign, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, have released the Reign Reserve monthly pass program, providing fans with a new, flexible subscription option, beginning with the 2021-22 season. The program will give Reign fans quick, easy access to tickets. Included is the ability to reserve a seat to all 34 regular-season home games. Reign Reserve subscriptions come in three seating options, and start at $20 per month. www.ontarioreign.com/reignreserve

Visit: Idyllwild

If you like the fresh mountain air but want to avoid the crowds at other popular spots, Idyllwild is your new mountain playground. Located in the San Jacinto Mountains, you can hike to Suicide Rock or Tahquitz Peak for great views. For an easier hike, walk along Lake Fulmor or fish for rainbow trout. Idyllwild Regional Park offers five trails, a rock climbing course, and picnic spots. Accommodations include Grand Idyllwild Lodge. VisitTemeculaValley.com

Pop Quiz: Santa’s Playground

The whimsical playhouses and gigantic mushrooms that were part of Santa’s Village in Lake Arrowhead years ago have found a new home in: (A) Seaport Village in San Diego. (B) OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa. (C) The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. (D) Fairplex in Pomona. FOR ANSWER CLICK IMAGE

Pop Quiz: Riverside National Cemetery

Riverside National Cemetery (RNC) is the third-largest cemetery managed by the National Cemetery Administration, and since 2000 has been the most active in the system based on the number of interments. RNC was dedicated on Nov. 11 of what year: (A) 1968. (B) 1978. (C) 1988. FOR ANSWER CLICK IMAGE

Dining: Anchos Southwest Grill & Bar

Tortillas roll off the tortilla machine at this super popular, family-friendly restaurant. Those to-die-for tortillas are served alongside mesquite-grilled meats and seafood and regional classics, like fajitas and enchiladas. Open since 1989, the secret to the restaurant’s longevity is listening to the customers. “Guests always tell me not to change anything, and that’s what we do,” co-owner Dean Bergstrom says. 10773 Hole Ave., Riverside; (951) 352-0240, www.anchos.net

Dining: Devilicious

What started as a popular food truck has become a popular brick and mortar gastropub in Old Town Temecula. Owner Kenneth Danko describes the menu as “twisted comfort food,” meaning the flavor combinations work on many levels. The upscale comfort food menu includes the Devilicious Burger (pictured) and other items, like Truffle Parmesan Fries, Short Rib Melt and Baja Lobster Tacos. 28693 Old Town Front St., Temecula; (951) 506-4024, deviliciouseatery.com

Life-Saving Blood Donations Needed

The American Red Cross along with actor James Van Der Beek and his wife, Kimberly, are urging all who are healthy to make this a summer full of life for patients by scheduling an appointment to give blood or platelets. The Van Der Beek family knows firsthand how important blood donations are. In the past year, Kimberly experienced back-to-back pregnancy losses. Each time she needed emergency blood transfusions to save her life. www.RedCrossBlood.org

Dining: Pepitos Mexican Restaurant

After pleasing Mexican food aficionados for more than three decades in Riverside’s Magnolia Center, Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant is now located in the Canyon Crest Towne Centre. The festive dining room features bright colors and original paintings, and the menu reflects the various regions of Mexico. Enjoy classic favorites, like sizzling fajitas (pictured), combination plates, seafood and house specialties. Don’t forget flan for dessert. 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside; (951) 783-9444, www.pepitosfood.com

Do & View: The Living Desert

From June 1–Sept. 30, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The popular giraffe feedings will be available 8 a.m. to noon. Animal chats include pronghorn, cheetah, hornbill, coati, camels, African wild dog, eagles and desert tortoise; guests are encouraged to check the daily schedule for times. Advance admission tickets required. www.livingdesert.org

Music: Summer Concerts at Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series is returning to the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys starting in July 2021. Miranda Lambert, Roger Daltrey and Alabama are among the performers. Offering guests a premier outdoor concert experience, the series makes its highly anticipated return after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2020 series to be canceled. CLICK IMAGE

Garner Holt Education through Imagination

Garner Holt Productions, Inc. is the world’s largest producer of theme park animatronics. The industry giant, based in Redlands, has launched a unique education company focused on STEM. CLICK IMAGE

Go Tropical with Tommy Bahama & Disney

Enjoy two of your favorite brands at the same time: Tommy Bahama and Disney. The two companies collaborated on a spring collection that features tropical prints, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and the cool comfort Tommy Bahama is known for. Tees and sweaters, aloha shirts, beach towels and more make up this collection, available at Tommy Bahama stores, fine department stores and select specialty retailers, and online. www.tommybahama.com

Do & View: UC Riverside Botanic Gardens

Stroll through the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens for a breath of fresh air and a dose of nature. The 40-acre living plant museum is located on the UCR campus at 1 Botanic Gardens Drive, Riverside. As a part of the campus, the Botanic Gardens is used for teaching, research and demonstration purposes, as well as for enjoyment and appreciation of nature. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. gardens.ucr.edu

Wingz takes off at Ontario International Airport

Passengers now have another convenient option to reach Ontario International Airport (ONT) with the addition of ride-app Wingz to the airport’s ground transportation program. Ontario airport officials permitted the new service, authorizing Wingz drivers to provide curbside service for departing and arriving passengers at both ONT terminals. FOR MORE OF THE STORY, CLICK IMAGE

Provecho Grill

Provecho Grill in Menifee is known for its vibrant decor and menu. Guests can enjoy their meal on the outdoor patio. The menu includes authentic Mexican dishes, including sizzling fajitas. Provecho Grill is owned by award-winning chef Rosie O’Connor, who has appeared on the Cooking Channel and competed on the Fox television show “Hell’s Kitchen.” Check the website for hours and dining options. 26862 Cherry Hill Blvd., Menifee, (951) 246-3200, www.provechogrill.com

CSUSB launches School of Entrepreneurship first in California

With the start of the 2020 fall semester, California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) will launch the School of Entrepreneurship, the first of its kind in California. The unique program, one of less than 15 existing worldwide, will boost the university’s already highly successful entrepreneurship program. For more of the story, click image

COVID-19: The Orange Tier

Southern California counties have transitioned to the less restrictive Orange Tier. Retail businesses may increase capacity to 100% indoors. Restaurants, movie theaters, museums and places of worship may increase indoor capacity to 50%. Gyms, wineries, breweries and distilleries may increase indoor capacity to 25%. And outdoor stadiums can open at 33% capacity. (All with modifications.) READ MORE > > >

Agua Caliente Celebrates Milestone

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage reached a milestone on April 6, 2021 when it turned 20 years old. The Forbes Four-Star award-winning resort opened its doors on April 6, 2001, and has been a major part of the community, economy and entertainment scene of the Coachella Valley ever since. The resort’s 16-story hotel tower, the third tallest in the Inland Empire, came seven years later in 2008. READ MORE > > >

Teresa Rhyne Writes the Book on Finding a Lost Dog

When she’s not helping clients, Riverside attorney Teresa Rhyne is rescuing dogs. Beagles are her weakness. Which is why she couldn’t say no when adorable beagle Poppy needed a temporary home. Then Poppy escaped into Riverside’s Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park. Not one to give up, Rhyne hiked in 1,500 rugged acres, spent nights outside, and enlisted an intrepid team of dog rescue experts whose motto is “do not chase!” Find out how Poppy found her way home in Rhyne’s book, Poppy in the Wild, out Oct. 6. pegasusbooks.com

Rustico Ristorante and Pizzeria

Rustico Ristorante and Pizzeria in Murrieta is celebrating its 16th anniversary. Owned by chef Francesco Cusimano and his wife, Filippa, the popular restaurant serves authentic Italian dishes—from comforting pasta to delectable entrees like linguine frutti di mare, along with gourmet pizza, sandwiches, and dessert. Cusimano also offers an assortment of healthy dishes, like grilled vegetable penne and salmon and veggies. Enjoy your meal with a selection from the ample wine list. Open for outdoor dining and take-out. Check the website for hours. 29940 Hunter Road, Murrieta. (951) 698-5151, www.iloverustico.com

Red Cross Needs Inland Empire Volunteers

The American Red Cross needs volunteers to help in Riverside and San Bernardino counties during an expected busy wildfire season. “The coronavirus pandemic will make it challenging to deploy trained disaster volunteers from other parts of the country should an emergency occur. The Red Cross is asking you to be ready to help your community,” says Sean Mahoney, regional CEO of the American Red Cross Southern California Region. Help is needed at evacuation shelters and to assist with blood drives. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/volunteertoday.

Dining: Rok n Fondue

At Rok n Fondue in downtown Redlands, romantics and fun-seekers alike can dip into cheese and chocolate fondues and cook beef, poultry, seafood and vegetarian entrees over a volcanic rock at their table. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the bar is open 5 p.m. to close. Reservations are recommended for both indoor and outdoor dining. 25 E. State St., Redlands; (909) 793-1919, www.roknfondue.com

Temecula Resident Part of ‘The Gathering Table’

Annie Boyd grew up in a family of five Iowa farm women. She recently transplanted to Temecula but still runs the business she and her relatives founded called The Gingham Apron. In October, they release their first book about gatherings throughout the seasons of life—from tailgate parties to ladies’ brunches. Filled with beautiful photography and inspirational writing, ‘The Gathering Table’ follows this Iowa farm family through a year of family gatherings, complete with menus, recipes, devotional readings and plenty of ideas for entertaining and enjoying life—together! www.bakerpublishinggroup.com

King Kabob

For more than a decade, Haroon Ali and his family have owned Lake Elsinore’s King Kabob, serving an assortment of Middle Eastern dishes. The menu features favorites like the beef shish kabob plate, pictured, as well as lamb chops, burgers, wraps, appetizers and vegetarian items. Many dishes are accompanied by white and saffron-flavored rice. 31712 Casino Dr., Lake Elsinore, (951) 245-5999. For dining options, see www.kingkabobhealthygrill.com

Hawaiian Airlines Launches ONT Service

Hawaiian Airlines has inaugurated five-times-weekly nonstop service to Honolulu from Ontario International Airport, giving IE travelers a local convenience on their way to a Hawaii vacation. The service will be offered daily starting May 24. “Hawaii has always been one of the most requested destinations we hear from our passengers, so we are confident that this will be an extremely popular route,” said Mark Thorpe, CEO of Ontario International Airport Authority.

Stater Bros. Supports Fallen Patriots

Stater Bros. Charities is partnering with PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) to contribute $50,000 to the Fallen Patriots Foundation to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to children who have lost a military parent in the line of duty. The funds will help the families of service members who have died as a result of combat casualties, military training accidents, service related illnesses, and suicide, as well as other duty-related deaths as ruled by the Department of Veterans affairs.

Inland Empire United Way and United Way of the Inland Valleys Merge

Inland Empire United Way and United Way of the Inland Valleys have served neighboring communities for many years, as seen in this 2019 fundraiser photo, but leaders agreed a single organization could have a greater regional impact. The groups joined forces to become Inland Southern California United Way. Partnership between the two United Ways established the Inland SoCal COVID-19 Fund helping those affected by the pandemic through direct assistance payments. The Fund’s successes include a $4 million anonymous donation, and support from local companies. www.inlandsocaluw.org/faq

Dining: Two Guys Pasta and Pizza

Family run for 30-plus years, this comfortable eatery serves all the dishes we associate with a neighborhood Italian-American restaurant. Dishes to try include lasagna, shrimp scampi and cheese ravioli. Pizzas come in two sizes and can be custom tailored or selected from the menu. The Crew’s Favorite, shown, is topped with chicken, spinach, feta cheese, tomatoes and basil. You’ll also find sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts. 2566 E. Highland Ave.; (909) 862-7700, www.twoguyspizza.net

Take A Peek at Sammy’s Mountain Chateau

Sammy “The Red Rocker” Hagar’s Lake Arrowhead home is on the market. The French chateau-style 6,557-sqaure-foot home was built in 2009 from granite-and-limestone boulders cut and carved onsite. Along with stunning views of the water, the eight-bedroom home includes 10 baths and parking for six cars. To see more images of the home by Peter Tran Photography, courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, click image.

Smokey Canyon BBQ

Since opening Smokey Canyon BBQ in Riverside’s Canyon Crest Towne Centre in 2007, Dan and Pam Nusser have served the best of America’s “Barbecue Belt” through an array of menu options. St. Louis style ribs, tri-tip, pulled pork sandwiches, barbecue chicken pizza and homemade desserts are just a few of the items that will satisfy your craving for delicious barbecue. Check out the menu, hours, and dining options at www.smokeycanyon.com

SCAG’s new president addresses challenges

Broadening collaboration on key issues like the region’s economic recovery and building greater regional connectivity top Clint Lorimore’s priorities as the newly installed president of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Lorimore, an Eastvale City Councilmember, was sworn in to lead the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization. READ MORE >>>

RMCCF College Scholarship Recipients

Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation (RMCCF) has awarded ten $500 scholarships to Riverside County high school juniors and seniors who plan to pursue a degree in the health care field. The RMCCF College Scholarship provides recognition and financial support to students entering any health care field within Inland Southern California. Click image

Mill Creek Cattle Co

Mill Creek Cattle Co. in Mentone has been serving barbecued ribs, chicken and steak for more than 30 years. Owners Jim and Maribeth Lotito offer daily specials such as double roast beef, pulled pork, and tri-tip sandwiches, corned beef & cabbage, and prime rib, along with favorites like grilled liver & onions, jumbo gulf shrimp and more. Dine on the patio or take your meal home to enjoy. Call for takeout hours and reservations. 1874 Mentone Blvd., Mentone, (909) 389-0706; www.millcreekcattlecompany.com

Ontario International Airport adds PPE kiosks in passenger terminals

In its ongoing effort to protect customers, visitors and employees from potential coronavirus infection, while adding a new level of convenience during what can be a particularly stressful time for passengers, Ontario International Airport (ONT) is making personal protective equipment available to those who travel through and visit the Southern California airport. Click image

Home Cooking​

If you’re running out of healthy things to cook at home, the nonprofit Seeds of Life can help. Founded by Temecula’s Vlada Vladic, the organization produces “Cooking and Kids,” a program that teaches kids to help create healthy family meals. “Cooking and Kids” airs in 39 states and can be seen locally on public television stations KOCT, KCAT and KVCR, and on YouTube. For recipes and more information, see www.vladaseedsoflife.com.

Dining: The Gambling Cowboy

The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse and Saloon is a rustic yet modern restaurant in Old Town Temecula. Expansive views from the third floor deck and the elegant turn-of-the-century decor offer an inviting atmosphere to enjoy appetizers (like Old Town Scampi, shown), Prime and Choice certified Angus beef, fresh seafood and chophouse classics. 42072 5th St., Old Town Temecula; (951) 699-2895, www.ilovethecowboy.com

Help for Stress and Anxiety

A new app developed by Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health provides text support along with referrals to community resources. Riverside County residents experiencing the stress and challenges surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have free access to live support via text chat from peer support specialists and counselors through a new computer and smartphone app called TakeMyHand.co. (Note that the URL is a .co and not a .com site.) See rivcoph.org/coronavirus for more information.

New Bolero Winery offers Spanish wine experience in Temecula

Bolero Winery in Temecula is now open, part of the Europa Village complex at 33475 La Serena Way. “The next chapter in the Europa Village story has arrived, and it’s a fully immersive experience into Spanish wine,” says Europa Village Owner Dan Stephenson. “Bolero’s stunning private casitas, restaurant, boutique and tasting room will provide our guests and visitors a chance to step into Spain, right here in Temecula Valley, and we look forward to welcoming them to create unique Wine Country moments.” www.europavillage.com

Inland Empire eateries offering take-out, pick-up or delivery

Enjoy some of your favorite restaurants in the comfort of home. Many Inland Empire eateries are offering take-out, pick-up or delivery. Check their websites and menus for details. Click here for list.

LifeStream Blood Bank goes on appeal for blood donations

LifeStream Blood Bank is going on appeal for blood donations in the wake of a local blood shortage largely resulting from significant increases of scheduled surgeries and other treatments that require blood transfusions. To locate the nearest collection site, including mobile blood drives, go to LStream.org or call 800-879-4484. Click image

California Botanic Garden Is Open

Claremont’s California Botanic Garden is open to the public with measures in place to protect the health of visitors and staff. Visitors are asked to wear masks, and other protective measures include timed-ticket entry, limited visitation, touchless ticket sales, increased sanitization and social distancing. The 86-acre Garden is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 8 p.m. Hours may vary when the temperature is above 97°F. www.calbg.org

Spaggi’s

Spaggi’s fine dining Italian restaurant in Upland is offering outdoor dining as well as pre-order curbside pick up. Owned by Chef Henry Gonzalez and his wife, Ana, the restaurant serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy refined cuisine as well as heart-healthy options, like broiled salmon on fresh uncooked spinach with bruschetta and goat cheese, served with toasted bread points. 1651 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, (909) 579-0497, spaggis.com

Mask Matters

Keep your germs to yourself while supporting a local business and essential workers. When you buy a mask from Riverside’s I Love IE, owner Justin Hudson of Riverside will donate a mask to an essential worker. Hudson launched I Love IE several years ago as an online store that focused on clothing and accessories which promote the Inland Empire. Now in the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside, his shop, like many others, has been closed for walk-in business, but is alive and well online. See 1lovie.com. Click on photo for more.

Challenge Coins with a Cause

Pin-Ups for Vets, the national nonprofit founded by the Inland Empire's Gina Elise has challenge coins available for pre-order. The coins, $18 each, come in two styles. Pin-Ups For Vets raises funds to improve veterans' healthcare, donates funds to VA hospitals for medical equipment and program expansion, promotes volunteerism at veterans hospitals, and boosts morale for deployed troops through delivery of care packages, according to the group's website. www.pinupsforvets.com

Oscar’s Mexican Restaurant

For more than 40 years, Oscar’s Mexican Restaurant in Redlands has been serving home-style Mexican food. The menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring dishes that range from Huevos Rancheros with Chile Verde to fish platters, like the salmon shown here. While the menu may vary, Oscar’s accommodates a wide range of tastes, including vegan offerings. Now offering outdoor dining and take-out. 19 N. 5th St., Redlands, (909) 792-8211, www.oscarsmex.com

Mario’s Place

Riverside’s Mario’s Place features fine cuisine from Northern Italy. Helmed by chef Leone Palagi, son of one of the original owners, and his brothers, Andrea and Arrigo, the restaurant has also earned Wine Spectator Magazine’s “Best of Award of Excellence” every year since 2004 for its wine list. Patio dining and takeout available Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Call for reservations. 3646 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7755, www.mariosplace.com

Morongo Resort and Casino

Our luxury Resort & Casino invites guests to experience the thrill of gaming alongside revitalizing pursuits in Spa, Fine Dining, & Legendary Entertainment.

Tribute to Courage

Natalie Wilson, Stephanie Bradhurst and Krista Spangler were among the guests at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare’s annual fundraiser, the Tribute to Courage Gala. Held at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center in Pomona, proceeds from the gala benefit under-resourced patients at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare. See more gala photos in the September issue of Inland Empire Magazine.

From the Archives, June 1985:

Inside the Miller Athletic Factory. A special interview with the parents of Reggie, Cheryl and Darrell Miller of Riverside. Click image for full story.

Chris Stewart, an 11-year veteran of Major League Baseball, played at Moreno Valley Canyon Springs High and Riverside City College.

Home Run

How the IE became the Major League’s Talent Pipeline Since the 1900s, around 150 players have come from the Inland Empire.

The Preacher and The Icon

Why a Riverside megachurch pastor went on a biographical journey to discover the untold story of American icon Steve McQueen. Interview: MAKENNA SONES

The New Etiquette

The way we interact with people continues to change in the COVID-19 world. Everything from personal space and petting someone’s dog to tipping and greeting friends and family is all different now and will continue to be different. What are the new social norms we need to abide by? International etiquette and culture expert Sharon Schweitzer, founder of the firm Access to Culture (www.protocolww.com) shares some ideas. Click photo for more.

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A Spy Story

In January 1977, a UC Riverside student was arrested in the Inland Empire for acts of espionage he committed with his childhood friend during the cold war. The subject of books and a hit movie, the pair became known as The Falcon & The Snowman. This is their story. Text: JIM SHORT

Master of the Kitchen

For more than 20 years, Spaggi’s has transported patrons from its strip mall location in Upland to a charming café setting like you would find in Italy. Beautiful paintings and cozy tables draped with white linen create an elegant atmosphere for enjoying fine Italian cuisine.

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