Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dragonfly Gala: Native Foods

What's for dinner? At the August 9 Dragonfly Gala, you can expect the amazingly delicious (and healthy) food of Chia Café. They combine Native foods in traditional and modern dishes. And if you've never had Daniel McCarthy's barbecued turkey and beef ... well, you'd better find out what you've been missing. RSVP 951.849.7736 to buy your tickets or reserve your spot at the dinner tables.
Here is the menu:
Rabbit Stew
Pinto Beans
Salad greens
yucca blossoms and nopales
Mesquite Cookies
Sourdough Peach Cobbler
Drink: Prickly Pear Chia Punch 


Monday, June 9, 2014

Lecture on Leadership

James Ramos, who blazed a path of leadership and became the first Native American serving the public in varied state, regional, and county governmental posts, will lecture on leadership at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, 127 N. San Gorgonio Ave. in Banning. Your $5 helps us save and share Native American cultures.

Ramos, of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, is the first Native American:
• Elected as a San Bernardino County Supervisor (serving the Third District since 2102);
• Elected to the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees, where he served as president (2005-2012);
• Serving on the California State Board of Education (since he was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011).
Ramos also is chairman of the California Native Heritage Commission, and has served on that commission protecting California Indian cultural resources since appointed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008. He also is the immediate past Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
His civic leadership includes service on numerous boards and organizations promoting business, economic, and social opportunities in Inland Southern California. His numerous awards for service and leadership include an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Northern Arizona University (2009), recognition from the California League of High Schools for his support of the education community of Region 10 (2010), and the Congressional Community Leadership Award (2003).

Ramos was born and raised on San Manuel Indian Reservation, where he and his siblings lived in one of three mobile homes along Victoria Avenue. He began working at an early age, and today he’s a successful entrepreneur, operating two restaurants in the San Bernardino area. He and his wife of 24 years, Terri, are the proud parents of four children. Ramos earned his associate’s degree at Victor Valley Community College, his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University, San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.

Ramos has a deep commitment to the preservation of California Indian culture. He is co-founder of the San Manuel Band’s Cultural Awareness Program, and serves as director of the California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference held annually at California State University, San Bernardino. He is one of the founding board members of the nonprofit Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, which saves and shares Southern California’s Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Walk the Walk! on May 3

Dorothy Ramon Learning Center will showcase free family fun that includes Native American songs, stories and flute music on Saturday, May 3, 2014, and also will host a benefit art show featuring “Visions of Prehistoric Rock Art.”

Free fun
The free music, storytelling, crafts for kids, and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Center’s San Manuel Gathering Hall, 127 N. San Gorgonio Ave., are part of Saturday’s Art Walk and Art in thePark events along San Gorgonio Avenue, Banning. Explore Banning's Art District at the Center and at the Banning Art Gallery, Bells Studio, and shops along San Gorgonio Avenue.

Join our Dragonfly Wind Flute Ensemble and Center Leader Ernest Siva for Native American songs and stories. Free!

Our nonprofit Center, which saves and shares Southern California’s Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts, also will offer a benefit art show,  “Visions of Prehistoric Rock Art,” featuring artist Charles La Monk.

Discover Prehistoric Art
La Monk explored out-of-the-way and obscure locations to discover prehistoric rock art. He shared his discoveries through his own art. He used eroded sand and rock and applied it over a white lead base to simulate rock. He then used a frayed deer-hide brush to reproduce the strokes and dots of ancient rock artists in his renderings of the prehistoric rock art. The nonprofit Center and California State University, San Bernardino, are selling La Monk’s works to benefit our Center’s work to save and share Southern California Native American cultures and to support the university’s internship programs, which also serve the Learning Center.

For more information: (951) 849-7736.