Riverside Roundup — 06/02/2013

Riverside Roundup — 06/02/2013

Kudos to the Los Angeles Times for “rediscovering” downtown Riverside and its growing arts and culture scene. From a recent article: Many people heading to Riverside make a beeline for the Mission Inn and spend the weekend at its spa, restaurants and pool. They barely venture outside, and that’s a shame because, as my husband and I discovered, downtown Riverside…

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Local non-profit alliance wins Mount Rubidoux cross auction

Local non-profit alliance wins Mount Rubidoux cross auction

The historic Serra Cross atop Mount Rubidoux in Riverside is set to remain in perpetuity following the winning bid by a local non-profit alliance. Totally Mt. Rubidoux (TMR) — an alliance comprising Friends of Mt. Rubidoux, Mission Inn Foundation and Riverside Land Conservancy — won the April 11th public auction held in front of Riverside City Hall for .43 acres…

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Supporting ‘Totally Mt. Rubidoux’

Supporting ‘Totally Mt. Rubidoux’

As most residents of Riverside (and the region) are well aware, a controversy developed late last year over the Serra Cross atop Mount Rubidoux. Last August, Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a letter questioning the constitutionality of the cross on account it was a religious symbol on public land. (Mount Rubidoux was deeded to the city…

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Preview: Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties

Preview: Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties

In late June, we attended the “preview opening” for Riverside Community College District’s “Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties” museum, which is located inside the newly-restored Riverside Finance Company / Citrus Belt Savings & Loan building. Built in 1926, the building’s Spanish Baroque (Churrigueresque) facade has been painstakingly restored following an 18-month, $6 million project. Its finely detailed exterior…

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Out & About – 06/02/2012

Out & About – 06/02/2012

Downtown Riverside was bustling on Saturday with three separate events held within a few blocks of each other. First, the weekly Downtown Farmer’s Market drew the usual crowd with its offerings of fresh fruit, vegetables, breads and flowers. The certified event is held every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. Second,…

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Diverse plants, scenery at UC Riverside’s Botanic Gardens

Diverse plants, scenery at UC Riverside’s Botanic Gardens

Note: The following write-up by us on UCR’s Botanic Gardens first appeared on Things To Do InlandEmpire.com. Nestled within 40 hilly acres on the eastern edge of the University of California at Riverside campus, the UCR Botanic Gardens is one of the Inland region’s best-kept secrets. With four miles of self-guided walking paths and over 3,500 plant species from around…

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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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Relocated Marcy Branch Library opens

Relocated Marcy Branch Library opens

After about three years of planning, renovation and moving, Riverside’s Marcy Branch Library has reopened. The new location, near the intersection of Magnolia and Arlington avenues, is about 1 mile from its former spot on Central Avenue near the Riverside Plaza. The relocated Marcy Branch occupies the bottom floor of an 18,000 sq. ft., two-story building on Magnolia Avenue (with…

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