The Magazine of Artful Living

Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Local Restaurants

In partnership with the cities of Murrieta and Wildomar, the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating Restaurant Week, January 17-24, 2021. Restaurant Week is a campaign to show support and patronage to restaurants at a time when they are often hard-hit, after the holidays. In addition to that, pandemic restrictions have disproportionately affected restaurants in the region, making Restaurant Week 2021 more important than ever before. “We have an abundance of great eateries around that are just waiting to be discovered,” says Chamber of Commerce president/CEO Patrick Ellis. www.bit.ly/MWCRestWeek

Big Bear Alpine Zoo Reopens at New Location

After two decades of planning, fundraising and construction, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo has opened its doors to the public at its brand new state-of–the-art facility. Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a sanctuary and rehabilitation facility offering injured, orphaned and imprinted wild animals a safe haven. The Alpine Zoo temporarily houses animals while they heal or permanently if they are unable to survive on their own in the wild. The zoo is at 747 Clubview Drive in Big Bear Lake. Masks and social distancing are required during a zoo visit. The zoo is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Christmas Day or due to snow conditions.

Ontario to Honolulu in 2021

Hawaiian Airlines flying from Ontario International Airport (ONT) to Honolulu beginning in the spring is the latest sign that ONT continues to recover from the severe pandemic-driven downturn in global air travel. Hawaiian Airlines will offer nonstop flights between ONT and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) five times a week beginning in March 2021. “We’re excited to be able to offer our community new nonstop service to Hawaii. It’s one of the biggest requests we get from travelers, and I know it will be an extremely popular route,” said Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority Board of Commissioners.

CHARITY PROFILE: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County & the Inland Empire

For years, Jennifer O’Farrell worked with children who were victims of violence, poverty and trafficking. “I always asked, ‘How can we prevent this? What if someone early on in the child’s development could pivot their trajectory?’ I believe Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire is the vehicle to do just that.” CLICK IMAGE

Calling All Heroes!

Do you know an “ordinary” person with extraordinary courage? Someone who has saved a life, helped a neighbor in need, or made a difference in Riverside or San Bernardino Counties? If you know a local hero, the American Red Cross asks you to nominate them for the 6th Annual Inland Empire Heroes Awards, to be held in Spring 2021. READ MORE

Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation

Involved in the arts, particularly the performing arts, her entire life, Susan Sluka Kelly jumped at the chance to become the first executive director of the Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation (RCCAAF) in 2018. The mission of the RCCAAF is to raise funds to support, expand and advance art and cultural opportunities for school children and the community. CLICK IMAGE

Why immunizations are more important now than ever

Getting vaccinated is more important now than ever. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, kids are going back to school in-person and virtually, and flu season is right around the corner. Jennifer Veltman, MD, chief of infectious diseases at Loma Linda University Health, says research continues to show that vaccines are safe. “It’s important to get vaccinated if you can. Widespread vaccination helps protect communities from outbreaks.” Veltman urges adults and kids to get their scheduled vaccines, and here’s why: For more of the story, click image

Inspire Life Skills

Growing up in foster care isn’t easy. Often, it doesn’t get much better when foster kids turn 18 and age out of the system. Corona’s Kristi Perez wanted to do something to give those young people the chance to succeed. CLICK IMAGE

Temecula’s Garage Brewing Co. Takes Home Three Medals

Temecula’s Garage Brewing Co. recently took home three medals from the 2020 San Diego International Beer Competition, a prestigious event with breweries represented from around the world. READ MORE

Foster Army Animal Rescue

“Everyone likes to see an underdog win,” says Michelle Risser, board president of Riverside’s Foster Army Animal Rescue (FAAR), which rescues, treats and rehabilitates vulnerable and special needs companion animals. As such, “we rescue a lot of underdogs,” she says. 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

Jacob’s House

In October 2006, Shawn and Stephanie Nelson of Temecula got the phone call no parent ever wants to receive. Their 24-year-old son, Jacob, had been in a car accident in San Diego County and was in critical condition at a hospital there. They raced to his side taking nothing with them. They had no idea how long they might be away from home. Sadly, Jacob passed away, but the experience led the Nelsons to take action. CLICK IMAGE

Landscape architect-artist Walter Hood to design December 2 Memorial

World-renowned landscape architect and artist Walter Hood will design and construct the December 2 Memorial to honor the 14 lives taken during the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, the survivors of the attack and the heroic actions of the first responders. The Memorial will be located at the County Government Center campus, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the site on the 5-year anniversary of the attack, Dec. 2, 2020. FOR MORE OF THE STORY, CLICK IMAGE

Luxury hideaway reopens in Palm Springs

Thinking about a Palm Springs getaway? The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, a luxury, guest-only compound comprised of two historic estates and 17 guest rooms, will welcome guests for the 2020-21 season starting this Friday, Sept. 25. Rates start at $475 per night and include a chef-driven breakfast, evening wine and hors d’oeuvres, poolside snacks, and complimentary parking with a commitment to health and safety. No more than 34 registered guests are onsite at any given time. The Willows was built in 1925 by Los Angeles Architect William J. Dodd, who created iconic dwellings for Charlie Chaplin and Cecil B. De Mille. It is located two blocks from downtown Palm Springs. www.TheWillowsPalmSprings.com

Grizzly Radio Theater borrows a page from the past

Teaching something as interactive as the performing arts in an age of distance learning presents a multitude of challenges. For longtime Los Osos High School theater teacher Randy Shorts, inspiration came from an old poster. READ MORE

Author Susan Straight's fence library is serving her community

UCR Professor Susan Straight is a Riverside native and an icon in her community, one that has been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic both in terms of high case rates and the subsequent shutdowns that have left many without adequate access to technology and means to keep up with virtual education. She created a fence library in response to her neighborhood kids’ lack of access to both books and devices, and it has since greatly expanded, now sustained through an outpouring of support and donations by the community it continues to serve. For more of the story, click image 

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

LifeStream Blood Bank’s “Dream Raffle” underway

The LifeStream Dream Raffle, offering more than $25,000 in prizes, is underway. Proceeds will support the purchase of new blood collection and testing equipment. Top prizes include $5,000 cash and a vacation package to Orlando, Florida. Tickets cost $10 apiece; $50 for six; and $100 for 13. The drawing will be held Dec. 8. Tickets may be purchased by calling (909) 386-6840 Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.LStream.org/raffle

Local Mom Promotes Childhood Trauma Recovery

Elizabeth Peace of Murrieta was named United State of America’s (USOA) Mrs. Riverside County 2020 and will go on to compete for the state title in Brea, Calif., Dec. 4-6. A Marine Corps spouse, Navy employee and child advocate, Peace is using her title as Mrs. Riverside County to promote her platform, “Peace Talks: The Power of Your Voice,” to encourage survivors of childhood trauma to speak out and tell their story as a form of healing. For More of the Story, Click Image

Cahuilla Teen Isabella Madrigal Receives 2020 Heart of Inlandia Award

Inlandia Institute has named Isabella Madrigal recipient of the 2020 Marion Mitchell-Wilson Heart of Inlandia Award for her outstanding literary and cultural contribution to the Inland Empire. She will be formally recognized during a virtual reception on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 1 pm. RSVP required: https://tinyurl.com/InlandiaPandemicPicnic. For more of the story, click image

Glen Ivy Hot Springs Introduces Mindful Dining Experience

Corona’s Glen Ivy Hot Springs, a leading wellness destination for 160 years, has unveiled a new culinary program rooted in mindful eating and nutritious ingredients. A three-course prix fixe lunch of seasonal dishes made from organic produce and fresh proteins is included in the Passport to Wellness and Massage and Lunch packages. Package reservations are required. Passport to Wellness pricing varies based on private lounge location. Standard pricing is $295; deluxe pricing is $325; premium pricing is $395. Massage and Lunch packages are available for $190. www.GlenIvy.com

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.

Ontario Adds Museum Website to its Virtual Offerings

From free movies at the airport to a virtual battle of the bands, online exercise classes to a customized new art museum website, the City of Ontario is providing socially-distant entertainment and recreational options for residents. A Virtual Community Life & Culture Resource Center was created online (www.ontarioca.gov/VirtualCenter) providing video tutorials, virtual workouts, library and educational links, and other resources to help residents maintain healthy lives and stay connected while at home. The Ontario Museum of History & Art has now gone virtual, too, with a new website offering a virtual tour, and facts and photos of exhibits past and future. www.ontariomuseum.org

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

Frontier Airlines adds to ONT schedule in 2021

Ontario International Airport (ONT) officials cheered news from Frontier Airlines that the low-cost carrier will add service to seven popular U.S. destinations in early 2021. Frontier will begin new service to Phoenix, Sacramento, San Francisco and Chicago between February and May. The frequency of flights to Phoenix is scheduled to increase to four per week in March, with flights to Sacramento and San Francisco increasing to four per week beginning in May. The Denver-based carrier will also restart flights suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic to Las Vegas, Orlando and Miami between February and April.

The Gambling Cowboy

Hungry for a hearty steak or seafood dinner in Old Town Temecula? Come to The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse & Saloon. The casual-fine restaurant is a staple for Prime and Choice certified Angus beef, fresh seafood and chophouse classics. Guest favorites include The Gambler signature ribeye steak. Visit the website for current hours. Guests may enjoy outdoor dining or place orders to-go. 42072 5th St., Old Town Temecula; (951) 699-2895, www.ilovethecowboy.com

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

Two Guys Pasta and Pizza

Family owned for more than 30 years, Two Guys Pasta and Pizza in Highland serves traditional Italian like baked lasagna, shrimp scampi, and 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. www.twoguyspizza.net

Cheech Has You Covered

When it comes to masks, you need to wear one, so why not make a statement of support while you’re at it? Consider this cheeky “Cheech” mask modeled by comedian and art collector Richard “Cheech” Marin. A fundraiser for the planned Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum, the masks are $20 each. Made at a Southern California business that specializes in athletic and dance wear, the masks are described as sewn from a lightweight, stretchy, athletic-garment fabric that fits well. www.riversideartmuseum.org/blue-door-museum-store/cheech-center-online-store/

Mission Inn Offers Outdoor Dining

Riverside’s historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is offering outdoor dining at two of its restaurants, located on patios of the picturesque downtown hotel. The Spanish Patio section of the Mission Inn Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and plated Sunday brunch. Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine is open for dinner daily from 4 to 9 p.m. missioninn.com

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

UC Riverside Botanic Gardens Is Open

Stroll through the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens for a breath of fresh air and a dose of nature. New safety restrictions are in place for the 40-acre living plant museum, 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. Collections include more than 3,500 plant species and thousands of specimens from around the world. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. gardens.ucr.edu

Maloof Discovery Garden Open for Self-Guided Tours

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation in Alta Loma pays tribute to artisans and craftspeople, including noted woodworker Sam Maloof and his wife, artist Alfreda Maloof. Currently, self-guided tours of the art-filled Discovery Garden plus exterior areas of the Maloof Historic Home and Workshop are available on Saturdays. At this time, tours of the Historic Home interior or access to the Jacobs Education Center Gallery are not available. Timed-entry tickets must be purchased in advance. malooffoundation.org

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.

The Pink Ribbon Place resumes counseling services with expanded access

The Pink Ribbon Place, a cancer resource center and program of Riverside Community Health Foundation, has expanded its counseling services through a partnership with Central Counseling Services and support of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Riverside and ongoing commitment from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The organization provides free programs and services that support, educate and inspire hope. Click image

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.

Anchos Southwest Grill & Bar

Famous for its tortillas, fajitas and enchiladas, Anchos Southwest Grill & Bar in Riverside also serves outstanding beef and seafood, such as grilled salmon, pictured here. 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,” says co-owner Dean Bergstrom. Patio dining and take-out available. 10773 Hole Ave, Riverside, (951) 352-0240, www.anchos.net

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

Tutti Mangia Italian Grill

Described as an Italian chophouse, Tutti Mangia Italian Grill in Claremont prides itself on serving fine steaks, like the USDA Prime New York Striploin, shown, as well as classic dishes with a modern twist. In addition to chop house options, the menu includes antipasti, pasta, pizza and vegetarian entrees. Enjoy outdoor dining, take-out, a “ready to cook” meal kit, or opt for a “heat and serve” dish, such as Eggplant Parmesan. 102 Harvard Ave., Claremont; (909) 625-4669, www.tuttimangia.com.

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.

Norco College NASA SUITS TEAM

Congratulations to the Norco College NASA SUITS Team - the only group of community college students to present in the NASA Spacesuit Technology Challenge in a recent virtual pitch. Students went up against teams from universities like Johns Hopkins and the University of Michigan. Click image.

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.

Tastes of the Day

Seafood isn’t the only thing Chris and Kelly Cusack serve at their Temecula restaurant, Luke’s On Front, but they certainly do it well. The Seafood Pasta, above, is just one example.

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