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De-Jon McNair aspires “to be someone” who could make a difference, having starting out with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass as a second-grader at Central Elementary School in Banning who, back then, had no idea what direction life would take him, or where he would end up.

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Last weekend the Cultural Alliance hosted their “Lift Every Voice!” Black History Month celebration at the Banning Woman’s Club. Interludes of music reflecting on contributions by Black people to blues, jazz and gospel were interspersed with snippets of slave history. Local performers includ…

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Faith in Action, an organization itself without a venue to offer services, decided to reach out to some of the people they serve by greeting them with hot chocolate and cookies on the streets of Banning.

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Starting this month, Beaumont Library is lending mobile hotspots and Chromebooks to the public. Cardholders will be able to check out these technology items for up to two weeks, or for a three-day rapid check out period intended for time-sensitive situations.

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Of 24 contractors that seriously considered taking on Beaumont’s revamping of its bus shelters in front of Walmart, only Rancho Santa Fe-based Zoran Construction Group, Inc. submitted a sealed bid.

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Faith in Action of the San Gorgonio Pass, in conjunction with Riverside County’s Operation RIVCO Shield, will hold a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The church is located at 157 W. Nicolet Street in Banning.

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The Mission of Soroptimist International is to improve the lives of women and girls through program leading to social and economic empowerment. The organization helps to provide resources and opportunities for women and girls to reach their full potential and to live their dreams.

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Last Saturday Banning Mayor Colleen Wallace held a Town Hall meeting at Roosevelt Williams Park, with a host of speakers that would provide updates on their respective fields.

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The Morongo Casino Resort & Spa and Casino Morongo are looking to hire dozens of new team members at two job fairs set for Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 18 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Morongo Grand Ballroom.

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Ahead of their Wednesday deadline for a short-range transit plan draft expected by the Riverside County Transportation Commission, Beaumont’s Community Services Director Elizabeth Gibbs gave a presentation on her department’s transit efforts to the city council at its April 20 meeting.

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The Cultural Alliance of the Pass has adopted the theme ‘Keep the Arts Alive’ as it takes steps to welcome the Pass area back to fine art at its Banning Art Gallery, the only privately owned nonprofit fine arts gallery in this area.

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Developer fees related to preserving endangered species and providing the conservation of nearly half of a million acres is going up among 18 members of the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA), a joint powers authority that oversees the Western Riverside County Mul…