Free Thanksgiving meal planned by church
Echos of Faith Christian Center will host its 28th annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner next Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
A full traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served. This event is free and everyone who does not have a place to have Thanksgiving dinner is invited to attend.
Echos of Faith is at 11255 Central Ave. For more information, call at 909-627-0927.
Councilman addresses Riverside group on ONT
Councilman Alan Wapner this week spoke to a group of community and business leaders in Riverside in what was one of his most candid discussions regarding the airport.
Wapner was discussing the future of LA/Ontario International Airport with Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge. For more than an hour, Wapner talked and even joked about what it's been like the past four years attempting to regain control of the struggling facility from Los Angeles World Airports.
He even joked about the newly formed Ontario International Airport Authority,which would manage the airport if Los Angeles turns over control.
"It's kind of fun having an airport authority without having an airport. We have meetings, we talk about this airport we don't have," he said. His comments were met with a laughter from those in attendance.
He even revealed a conversation he had with Los Angeles Councilman Dennis Zine when he got him to visit the airport last year.
Wapner told the group he told Zine, "By the way, can I say this? While you're out there, I'll throw you a party because you are running for city controller. You do what you need to do. So I did that and it was a good fundraiser."
When it comes to the city's social media campaign, SetOntario Free, Wapner was not shy to poke fun at himself.
The longtime councilmember admitted he isn't too social media savvy.
"I think it has a million hits on Youtube," Wapner told the group, referring to the Youtube video Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda made for their campaign.
"We got the `likes' on Facebook. I don't know, we have the tweets, the twoots. The story is it became, what do they call it?" he said. "It became viral."
Here are the actual numbers (as of October) he was talking about:
SetONTarioFree.com unique user visits - 127,905
SetONTarioFree.com pageviews - 221,179
YouTube channel viewings - 81,855
Twitter/FreeONTario followers - 617
Google video impressions - 919,929
Google video views - 75,428
City hosting 5K run at arena on Dec. 8
The city Recreation and Community Services Department's will be hosting its eighth annual Ontario 5K Reindeer Run, featuring Rudolph's Dash, a 1-mile Family Fun run/walk.
The Reindeer Run will be held Dec. 8 at Citizens Business Bank Arena. All proceeds will benefit Ontario-Montclair School District's Promise Scholar Program.
Participants can register as an individual for $25 or as a team of five or more for $20 per person through Nov. 21.
Rudolph's Dash is $8 per person or $24 for a family of four.
All teams must hand-deliver registration to the Armstrong Center, 1265 S. Palmetto Ave., Ontario.
Ontario Rotary Club to celebrate anniversary
In 1922, the Ontario Rotary Club became an official part of the Rotary world. This evening the Ontario Rotary Club will celebrate 90 years of Service Above Self with a dinner event at the Ontario DoubleTree Hotel.
The Ontario Rotary Club continues to be a vibrant service organization serving the Ontario community and the world. The continued success of the Ontario Rotary Club rest with it membership.
The current members are a robust mix of ages, business occupations and cultural backgrounds that along with a rich tradition of service history provide a limitless source of energy. And although 90 years is a cause for celebration, reflections of accomplishments, and a source for well deserved pride, the future awaits continued service above self for the community and the world.
For information about the Ontario Rotary Club, call Don Driftmier at 951-206-5731.
Ontario to host Breakfast with Santa Dec. 15
The Ontario Recreation and Community Services Department will hold its annual - "Breakfast with Santa" program for all ages on Dec. 15.
Participants will get to make a special holiday craft, enjoy breakfast and have their picture taken with Santa.
The event will take place on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Westwind Community Center; 2455 E. Riverside Drive.
Due to limited space, pre-registration is required for all attendees. Cost is $4 for children under 2 years and $8 per person for all others.
For more information contact the Ontario Recreation and Community Services Department - Armstrong Center at 909-395-2020.
Donations being accepted for needy children
Ontario volunteers with Operation Christmas Child are filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas.
The year-round project is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groups prepare to collect more than 1,600 gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week, now through Monday.
Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at the Ontario-area collection site. The shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to children in 100 countries around the world.
For more information, call 800-353-5949.
Donations can be dropped off this week between 6 and 9 p.m. On Saturday, donations can be made between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.; Sunday, between noon and 9 p.m.; and on Monday, between 9 a.m. and noon.
To make a donation, visit Calvary Chapel of Ontario, 1957 S Vineyard Ave.