Steering Committee Newsletter
May 2020
Healthy RC Steering Committee Virtual Meeting
Healthy RC Living
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CASA CORNER

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad
Serves 8

Ingredients
1 lb Barilla Orzo pasta (or pasta of your choice)
2 oz extra virgin olive oil
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
½ cup chopped cucumber
½ cup chopped tomato
¼ cup chopped radish
¼ cup green onion chopped
½ cup chopped red bell pepper
½ cup chopped Kalamata olives
2 stick chopped celery
2 tspn chopped fresh oregano (or 1tsp dry)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
8 oz dressing (recipe follows)
Salt and pepper to taste
Feta Cheese for garnish

Procedure
  1. Cook pasta aldente according to instruction on box.
  2. Drain pasta with a colander.
  3. Place pasta into a mixing and add the olive oil to prevent it from sticking.
  4. Add frozen peas and carrots and mix to incorporate
  5. Let pasta cool and add the rest of the ingredients, except cheese.
  6. Mix well and refrigerate to serve cold. Garnish with feta cheese before serving.

Note:  This salad can also be served warm. Mix all ingredients together after the pasta is drained and serve immediately or hold for up to 2 hours at room temperature. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Creamy Red Wine Dressing

Ingredients
1 cup labne (or Greek yogurt)
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp dry oregano
½ tspn ground black pepper
1 tspn kosher or sea salt

Procedure
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. This dressing can be kept refrigerated for up to 10 days.
HELPFUL TIPS!

Dust off old energy habits as we change seasons! Spring cleaning is the perfect time to reevaluate energy use around the house and commit to saving more. This includes:

  • Turning off lights when leaving the room
  • Unplugging devices not currently in use
  • Turning off the AC/heater and enjoying the fresh outdoor air
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FITNESS FUN

In honor of National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, we challenge you to  #MoveInMay  and participate in the City's weekly challenges to get you up, out and active. Kicking off this week's fitness test is our 10K Steps Challenge!

Click the button below to access the City's video with instructions on how to participate. Be sure to post and share videos or photos and let us know how you are staying active.

#M oveInMay #10kStepsChallenge  #HealthyRC
MENTAL FLEX

In an effort to bring smiles to our  #RCcommUNITY , our friends in Community Services has launched a live Laugh Line for our community to enjoy.

Residents may call (909) 477-1267, Monday to Thursday, between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM to hear a cheesy, kid-friendly joke!
VIRTUAL RECREATION CENTER

Have you checked out the City's Virtual Recreation Center yet? 

While our facilities are closed and we aren't holding programs, you can visit our Virtual Recreation Center at  https://bit.ly/VirtualRecreation  for fun, creative, and educational content.

Bookmark this page and follow us on social media for updates on our operational status and ideas to keep you and your loved ones, healthy, informed, and engaged! 
CITY UPDATES
#TogetherRC
RC General Plan Update - Take the Survey!
As most of you are aware, the City is currently working on updating our General Plan, the document that will guide policy and development within our City over the next handful of decades. The City has had a General Plan since its incorporation and we are required by law to update the plan every ten years or so to ensure our city vision incorporates changing trends in the way we live our lives.
 
There are currently two ways you can use your voice in this General Plan update process. The first is a Visioning Survey that will help us understand what you envision RC looking like in the future. The second is a Mapping Survey that allows you to place icons on a digital map to indicate current strengths and issues within the physical environment of the city.
  
Both surveys will be available on the City’s General Plan Update webpage,  www.CityofRC.us/GeneralPlan  until May 21st. Please share with your family, friends, and neighbors. We appreciate your time and value your feedback greatly! 

For any inquiries regarding this survey or the City's General Plan Update, you may contact Justine Garcia, Management Analyst II at  Justine.Garcia@CityofRC.us
HEALTHY RC UPDATES
YOUTH LEADERS
You're Invited to the Healthy RC Youth Leaders
End-of-Year Presentations!
Join Healthy RC Youth Leaders for their Virtual End-of-Year Research Presentations on Wednesday, May 20th from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM. The Healthy RC Youth Leaders program was launched in 2011 to give teens an active, meaningful voice. This is a unique program that provides students with leadership experience and local government knowledge to work on issues that matter to them. 

This year, Youth Leaders have been developing research projects and have been preparing to present their findings. They have conducted surveys and collected data on several issues and have developed potential solutions to implement in the community. Research topic presentations include: Teen Homelessness, Environmental Issues, Vape Shop Buffer Zones, Language Equity in the City of Rancho Cucamonga, and Teen Mental Health.
 
Join us by sending an RSVP to  Joanna.Marrufo@CityofRC.us and a Zoom invitation will be sent to you! 
COMPASSIONATE RC
Compassionate RC's COVID-19 Toolkit
Kindness Lawn Signs
Get creative and spread some positive energy in your neighborhoods by crafting signs that encourage kindness, compassion, and solidarity using simple lawn signs. Post and tag us on social media using #BeKindRC . Free, blank lawn signs are available for pick-up at City Hall upon request (see details below).
Compassionate RC COVID-19 Helper Postcard
Feeling shy about asking a neighbor if they need help? Try utilizing this friendly Compassionate RC COVID-19 Helper Postcard to reach out to those in need! Simple acts of service such as picking up groceries, sending mail, or even just a friendly phone call can go a long way in making a difference in someone's life, especially during this time! Click on the postcard for a PDF printable version, or pick-up some printed copies at City Hall (see details below)!
Kindness Rocks!
Design and paint your own kindness rocks, then find the perfect spot in your neighborhood to showcase them and help spread compassion throughout our city! Follow the instructions below to order your free kits!
Thank you to all those who shared their wonderful creations with us!
To order and reserve your Compassionate RC COVID-19 Toolkit , which includes blank lawn signs, helper postcards, and kindness rocks kits, email Clarence de Guzman at Clarence.DeGuzman@CityofRC.us . Together, we can create a unifying and compassionate environment for everyone!

Don't forget to share your #BeKindRC story and/or tag us on social media. You can also participate by becoming a part of our planning committee or being actively involved in any of our activities. For any inquiries, contact us at HealthyRC@CityofRC.us or at (909) 774-2043 .
SUSTAINABLE RC
In 2020, we may be celebrating Earth Day differently, but with just as much passion and excitement for saving the Earth and fighting climate change. If everyone in California makes an effort to save energy, it will have a huge impact. 

One of the ways you can make an impact is to have solar installed on your home free of charge through the Grid Alternatives program. Income-qualified homeowners living south of Foothill Boulevard can qualify. Join your fellow Californians (even if it is only virtually) to make a positive difference by applying today! Call (951) 465-2864 or visit EnergyForAllProgram.org.

“I love these free solar panels on my home! My electricity bill is almost nonexistent, and it will make a huge difference in the summer when we need to keep the house cool with the air conditioner. I am encouraging my friends and family to apply!”   

-Claudia Paz, RC Resident
CAMPEONES PARA LA COMUNIDAD
(COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS)
Campeones para la Comunidad Sewing
Home-made Masks for Heroes
“How can we help?” was the first comment Luz Fuentes, a member of  Campeones para la Comunidad , made during our conference call when discussing COVID-19 community concerns. As seniors, all of our Campeones have taken quarantine precautions seriously and have been self-isolating.  

The Campeones decided to take action after hearing the news that there was a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks, for hospital workers and other healthcare providers. They collectively decided to use their sewing skills to make home-made masks for local hospitals and join the thousands of volunteers around the country who are donating their time and resources to the #100MillionMaskChallenge . They are making the masks according to the sewing guidelines specified at  www.100millionmasks.org . Thoughtful service projects such as these truly go a long way during this time of need!

For inquiries related to Healthy RC's Campeones para la Comunidad, contact Joanna Marrufo, Management Aide, at Joanna.Marrufo@CityofRC.us
MENTAL HEALTH
Additional Mental Health Resources
Be sure to check out the resources below shared by Dr. Emily Shum:


Loving-Kindness Meditation (Greater Good in Action)

This exercise draws on a guided meditation created by researcher Emma Seppala, Science Director of Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. We recommend listening to the audio of this guided meditation in...

Read more
ggia.berkeley.edu
OTHER NOTABLE UPDATES
Respond to the 2020 Census today—and help Rancho Cucamonga plan for the next 10 years of health care, infrastructure, education, and more. Shape your future and learn more at 2020CENSUS.GOV.
GET INVOLVED WITH HEALTHY RC!
Mental Health
Subcommittee Meeting

Every 2nd Tuesday
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
City Hall
Tri-Communities Room
10500 Civic Center Drive,
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Every 4th Tuesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Central Park
Creative Corner Room
11200 Baseline Road,
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
Community Champions
Meeting

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
RC Family Resource Center
9791 Arrow Route,
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Compassionate Community Subcommittee Meeting

Every 3rd Tuesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
City Hall
Chaffey Conference Room
10500 Civic Center Drive,
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Youth Leaders

To learn more about the application process, visit: Healthy RC website

 For any other inquiries, contact:
(909) 774-2044
Safe Routes to School

For inquiries, contact:
(909) 774-2045
Evaluation Subcommittee

Every 4th Thursday
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
City Hall
Chaffey Conference Room
10500 Civic Center Drive,
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
 For inquiries: e-mail HealthyRC@CityofRC.us or call (909) 774-2043
*Locations and times subject to change.
PARTNER UPDATES AND UPCOMING EVENTS:
Find Meals for Kids When Schools are Closed

To slow the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), many schools have closed unexpectedly. To ensure that children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school are able to get the nutrition they need, USDA is working with states to continue...

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www.fns.usda.gov

The  USDA National Hunger Hotline  remains a helpful resource for people seeking food assistance.

Monday-Friday between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

  • 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479)

  • 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (Español)
Victoria Gardens
Farmers' Market
Every Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Terra Vista
Farmers' Market
Every Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
GREAT NEWS!
Heritage Farmers' Market has set up an online ordering system for those who may not be able to make it to the market due to transportation and/or other quarantine-related issues.
City of Rancho Cucamonga
10500 Civic Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 477-2700