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    The California theater is just one of the many beautiful building recently restored in San Bernardino.   Residents are invited to participate in a citywide beautification contest during the month of April as part of the Bicentennial Celebration.
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (March 17, 2010) –  The City of San Bernardino invites residents to participate in a citywide beautification contest during the month of April as part of the Bicentennial Celebration.
    Projects for the contest include property repairs, painting, landscaping or cleaning up a piece of property. The Bicentennial Celebration Committee will award plaques to the winners in various categories.
    All who submit a project will be entered into an opportunity drawing with a chance to win one of many prizes.
    “We’re very excited about giving our residents a chance to make a difference in the city and take part in the Bicentennial celebration in this way,” said Jean Bulinski, co-chair of the Bicentennial Beautification Committee.
    “The city is holding a year-long party and inviting thousands of guests,” Bulinski continued, “and this is a way for residents to help our guests feel more welcome.”
    Individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the city can submit “before” and “after” photos of a project. Entries must include two dated street-view photos of the property before the project and two dated photos of the completed project from the same location.
    Entries must be received at the Mayor’s Office or emailed to beautification@erinbrinker.com by 4:00 pm, April 26, 2010. Winners will be announced at the end of April.
    For more information and complete rules, visit www.sanbernardino200.org and click on Neighborhood Beautification.
    Other upcoming Bicentennial Celebration Events:
    April 12 will take a look at “Indigenous Pre-Hispanic People of San Bernardino” at the University’s Pfau Library.
    On May 1, the San Bernardino Symphony will perform a “Celebrate America” concert at the California Theatre of Performing Arts in honor of the city’s birthday as well as for the centennial of the Community Hospital of San Bernardino.
    More music will highlight May 7 and 8 with an adaptation of Mozart’s opera “Cossi Fan Tutte” at the University’s P.A. Recital Hall.
    May 8 and 9, the celebration debuts Railroad Days at the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum at the historic Depot.  The historic Santa Fe  3750 steam locomotive will be brought to San Bernardino for this event,
    May 15th will launch a “countdown” celebration with an elaborate gala at the National Orange Show Events Center, with the 16th capped by a Bicentennial Mayor’s Run and Youth Safety Expo at Arrowhead Credit Union Park and a Festival of Faiths at the Western Region Little League Stadium.
    There will be a Centennial Monument rededication as well as a Bicentennial Monument dedication on May 20 at Inland Center Drive and “I” Street with a reception to follow at the California Welcome Center – San Bernardino.
    June 19 will see another unique event when the city introduces the “San Bernardino’s Got Talent” competition at the Sturges Theatre.  Auditions will take place at the San Bernardino Feldheym Library on April 24 and April 26 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    The Bicentennial festivities continue on July 4th at the 66ers Stadium in the Arrowhead Credit Union Park, the 4th of July Extravaganza with a fireworks display unlike any the city has previously seen.
    The Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous, the Western Regional Little League Tournament and other events taking place in the latter part of 2010 will also feature a tie-in to San Bernardino’s Bicentennial, keeping the celebration alive throughout the year.
    Rabbi Hillel Cohn is the chairman of the Bicentennial Celebration Committee, and Erin Brinker is the chair of its Public Relations & Marketing and Independence Day Extravaganza committees. Other Bicentennial Celebration Committee members are Jim Smith (chair of the Community Engagement committee), Cheryl Brown (chair of the Youth Council, Intergovernmental and Arts committees), Beverly Bird (chair of the Legend of the Arrowhead committee), Steven Shaw (chair of the History committee), David Smith (chair of the Finance committee), Jane Sneddon (chair of the Parade committee) and Martha Pinkney (chair of the Gala committee.) The mayor and members of the San Bernardino Common Council appointed these members.
    Additional community volunteers who have taken on leadership of other committees are: Trudy Freidel (Festival of Faiths), Edward Martinez (Leadership Cabinet), Peggi Hazlett (Mayor’s Run), Dr. Charles “Skip” Herbert (Coloring Books for Schools), Karen Blanco (Media) and The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire (Design).
    For additional details, contact Erin Brinker at (951) 323-9337 or go to http://sanbernardino200.org


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