Slate of eateries, bars and shops opening in downtown Riverside

Slate of eateries, bars and shops opening in downtown Riverside

Several new additions to the downtown Riverside entertainment and shopping mix have recently opened (or are readying to open), adding to the area’s already decent collection of eateries, bars and shops. Already open — 9th Street Italian Deli (Ninth & Market), Pixels Bar (near University & Lemon), and Beyond the Olive, which is inside the recently opened Aurea Vista: A…

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‘Festival of Lights’ marks 20th season

‘Festival of Lights’ marks 20th season

This year marks a milestone as the annual Festival of Lights marks its 20th season. What began in 1993 as a modest, hotel-only event has grown into one of the premier holiday lights displays in the country. Each year, thousands of visitors gather in and around the Mission Inn and along the pedestrian mall in downtown Riverside for the daily…

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Yes, things do look different around here …

Yes, things do look different around here …

What began in late 2000 as www.orange-empire.com — a site primarily intended as a photographic journey around Inland Southern California — eventually morphed into www.raincrosssquare.com, an informal website created in mid-2006 with an emphasis on downtown Riverside and local history for the city of Riverside. The original site (orange-empire.com) was the first attempt at showcasing various aspects of Inland Southern…

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19th Annual ‘Festival of Lights’

19th Annual ‘Festival of Lights’

The 19th Annual Festival of Lights is set to begin Friday afternoon (Nov. 25) in downtown Riverside, with the official “switch-on” ceremony & fireworks taking place just after 5:00 p.m. in front of the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. (Be sure to arrive early for the opening night ceremony!) Each year, thousands of visitors gather in and around the Mission…

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Bookshelf: ‘More Than A Place To Pitch A Tent’

Bookshelf: ‘More Than A Place To Pitch A Tent’

Hurkey Creek, Crestmore Manor, Lake Skinner, Idyllwild Park, Box Springs Mountain and Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve — six of the 20 varied parks, museums, recreational and nature centers of Riverside County covered in a new book by local historian Steve Lech. The 150-page, hardcover book — “More Than A Place To Pitch A Tent” — tells the stories behind…

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18th Annual ‘Festival of Lights’

18th Annual ‘Festival of Lights’

The 18th Annual Festival of Lights is set to begin Friday, Nov. 26 in downtown Riverside, with the official “switch-on” ceremony taking place just after 6:00 p.m. in front of the Mission Inn. This year’s Festival runs from November 26 through January 2, 2011 (excepting Christmas). Each year, thousands of visitors crowd the areas in and around the Mission Inn…

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Riverside’s Galleria at Tyler mall turns 40

Riverside’s Galleria at Tyler mall turns 40

In a fanfare of Spanish fashioned pageantry, Riverside’s new Tyler Mall will be trumpeted to a formal opening tomorrow morning, the 64-acre shopping center adding $40 million stature to the city’s retail sphere. It is the first mall-under-roof in the city. That’s how the local newspaper — The Press-Enterprise — described the city’s new retail mecca 40 years ago in…

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Bookshelf: A look at local history books

Bookshelf: A look at local history books

Recently, local historian Hal Durian’s weekly “Riverside Recollections” column spotlighted several local history books, including the very popular photo history books from Arcadia Publishing. The Arcadia series includes several topics, including Images of America, Postcard History Series, Then & Now, Black America Series, Images of Sports, and Campus History Series. Locally, several communities have been profiled in the Arcadia series,…

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17th annual ‘Festival of Lights’

This week marks the beginning of the yearly “Festival of Lights” in downtown Riverside. Every night for 5 weeks between Nov. 27 and Jan. 3 (excepting Christmas), several blocks of the newly refurbished Main Street pedestrian mall come alive for the holidays. The centerpiece of the Festival is the historic Mission Inn hotel, which will again be adorned with over…

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