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Fireworks launching on Mount Rubidoux (Courtesy of Dr. Bob Sirotnik)

Sunday Gazette: July 2, 2023

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In today's edition, we have another creative nudge from Larry Burns and your guide to what's happening in town this week. Tuesday morning will have a special history or Riverside's evolving Fourth of July traditions – from riverfront celebrations to today's mountaintop spectacles.

As always, if you know of something we should be covering, please reply to this email and let me know.

–Justin Pardee

Wave a Flag

A prompt to encourage your practice of creativity this week from Riversider and local author Larry Burns.

Conductor Tomasz Golka leads the Riverside Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2022 Concert for Heroes at Riverside National Cemetary. (Michael Elderman)

As we approach the joyous celebration of July 4th, flags unfurl across our city, adorning homes, public spaces, cars, and clothing with vibrant symbols of unity and pride. Like the Little Free Libraries we explored last week, flags are powerful expressions of identity, representing diverse communities, values, and histories. This week's creative nudge invites us to delve into the world of flags, exploring their meaning and significance, and empowering us to create and connect with others using our own unique expressions.

Flags are more than just pieces of cloth; they carry the stories and aspirations of a nation, a community, or an individual. The recent addition of commemorative flags flying above Riverside City Hall celebrates the diverse tapestry of our community, embracing the values and beliefs that make us who we are. As we observe and engage with flags, we have the opportunity to reflect on them through creative exercises.

To make the most of your celebrations this week, consider following activities that embrace the spirit of flags and creative expression...

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Front Row Fireworks offers the best view of the Mt. Rubidoux fireworks show at Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery, located at the base of the mountain; attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets or can purchase food from vendors such as Big Mama's Hot Dogs, S&B Catering, Pig Island BBQ, Enzo's Kettle Corn, and Kona Ice.

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This Week in Riverside

Get ready for an explosive week in Riverside, featuring the Concert For Heroes at Riverside National Cemetery and multiple Fourth of July celebrations - like the Fireworks Spectacular at Mount Rubidoux - where you can indulge in patriotic melodies and awe-inspiring fireworks to make this weekend an unforgettable Independence Day celebration!

Monday, July 3

Tuesday, July 4

Wednesday, July 5

Thursday, July 6

Friday, July 7

Saturday, July 8

Sunday, July 9

Save The Date

July 22 | March Field Wing Ding
July 29 | IE International Food Festival

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