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Newsletter 2014  





"The Monsoon" Ping Pong Tournament Raises Funds for The Wylie Center 


The fundraiser was a smash!  Lorenz "The Monsoon" Larkin, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athlete and Universal Fight Championship (UFC) star,sponsored the first annual Ping Pong Tournament at his MMA gym in Rancho Cucamonga.  Thanks to this well-organized event complete with food and raffles $1000 was raised, toys were donated, and we increased awareness of The Wylie Center and its services.  Lorenz also facilitated the donation of a refrigerator by Mike Noreikas of Riverside Appliance.  The Monsoon joined forces with representatives of the US Army as well who made a generous donation of toys to the children of The Wylie Center.

Lorenz "The Monsoon" Larkin (middle) presents check to Melody Amaral, CEO of The Wylie Center (left) and Paula Akompong, Development Manager of The Wylie Center (right)
Giving Hearts Come to The Wylie Center

 The holiday spirit was alive and well at The Wylie Center as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 440 delivered more than 160 toys gathered by their members. Participating in the event were elected officials who toured the agency with holiday greetings for all. The toys have been distributed to families in need and served by the agency who have children with special needs or mental health issues.

Pictured are: Melody Amaral, CEO of The Wylie Center, Riverside City Councilman Mike Gardner (Ward 1), Robert Frost, IBEW, Assemblyman Jose Medina (District 61), Roger Roper, IBEW, Connie Beasley of The Wylie Center, Senator Richard Roth (District 31), Bernie Balland and Jim Rush, IBEW.
Fraternal Order of the Eagles Pays A Visit to The Wylie Center


Thank you to Diane Pope, a member of Arabellas Unit 2 of the Faternal Order of Eagles, for her generous monetary, toy and food donations. 

Fraternal Order of the Eagles
Pictured delivering the items are Frenchie DeVille, Melody Amaral of The Wylie Center, Ola Harris, President of Unit 2 Arabellas, and Rodgr Lawson.


The Arc of Riverside County's

My Play Club

(Article and photo reprinted with permission) 


The Arc of Riverside County hosts My Play ClubŪ, a monthly play date program for children with and without disabilities, designed to promote inclusion and break down barriers. On the third Saturday of each month, The Arc brings families together at Riverside's Fairmount Park Universally Accessible Playground to participate in a fun-filled event bringing friendship and awareness to hundreds of children in the community.


"This is the kind of event that is helping Riverside become a city of diversity and inclusion," said Mike Gardner, City Councilman for Ward 1.  "When children with and without disabilities play together they're learning that they have much more in common than they have differences. It is wonderful to see so many families benefit from this great facility."


My Play Club was originated by Shane's Inspiration, a non-profit organization devoted to creating inclusive playgrounds and programs that unite children with all abilities. My Play Club is co-sponsored by Riverside's Parks and Recreation Department and the Inland Empire Health Plan. It is also endorsed by the Commission on Disabilities for the city of Riverside.


The next play date will be held on February 15th at Fairmount Park from 10:30am-1pm. Hope to see you there!  For more information about My Play Club and to register for this free event, visit The Arc of Riverside County.


My Play Club


January is National Cervical Health 

Awareness Month


Cervical Cancer Awareness The Wylie Center wants you to know that there are several steps you can take to prevent cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV (human papillomavirus), the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer.


The good news?

  • HPV can be prevented by the HPV vaccine; and
  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.

In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, The Wylie Center encourages:

  • Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21;
  • Women to get the HPV vaccine before age 27;
  • Parents to make sure their pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12; and
  • Men to get the HPV vaccine if you are under age 22.

Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company.  Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy.


For more information, visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC).

Community Action Partnership Announces
2014 Free Tax Preparation Locations
CAP Free Tax Prep
CAP Free Tax Prep  

Reading and Writing Solutions through 

Assistive Technology


Monday, January 27, 2014
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
TASK Riverside (The Wylie Center) 
4164 Brockton Avenue 
Riverside, CA 92501 
Free for parents of children with special needs.  
$25.00 for professionals and others.


Join us for Reading and Writing tips and tricks including great, low tech tools, software and apps.  Some of the things you will learn about will include: reading support tools such as visual and auditory supports, adapted and alternative writing tools, incredible software and helpful apps.




You must be preregistered for this workshop.  NO WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Call (951) 328-1200 to register.  Please note: this workshop is intended for adults only.  NO CHILDREN PLEASE.  Please arrive on time.  Participants arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted.

2014 Stroll 'N' Roll 2014 Stroll 'N' Roll
The Carolyn E. Wylie Center
4164 Brockton Avenue
Riverside, California 92501




The Wylie Center believes every child, mother and family deserves a healthy and happy life free of stigma and pain.  We are making a difference in the Inland Empire by bridging the gap between services and people in need. These services include: autism intervention, medical therapy, mental health treatment, early intervention and community education. We serve over 950 children a month.

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 The Wylie Center will be closed on January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.


MLK Walk-A-Thon
Join local residents for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Walk-A-Thon this Monday, January 20th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The walk begins at Stratton Community Center and ends in downtown Riverside near City Hall.  For more information click here.

MLK Walk-A-Thon  

2014 Lunar Festival 
Don't miss Riverside's Lunar Fest on Saturday, January 25th starting at 10 a.m.  
Downtown Riverside will be transported to the beauty of the magnificent  
Ancient Orient, beginning with a Spectacular Parade of Nations at 10 a.m.  
Enjoy traditional Asian music, taiko drums, dance performances, art displays,  
anime cosplayers and more.  For more information, click here Lunar Rest
First Sundays
is a seasonal series of free family programs sponsored by the Riverside Arts Council and featuring different activities for children and teens at six locations in downtown Riverside. Visit one or visit them all! All locations offer free admission! February 2nd's event "Me and My Shadow" will feature palying with shadows, making animals shapes with your hands, and learning how a groundhog's shadow can predict the weather!  Click here for details.

First Sundays


The Riverside Legacy: CA Plein Air Paintings Past & Present 
is comprised of a select grouping of paintings and drawings from the Riverside Art Museum's permanent collection. Featuring works completed by artists as early as the 1930s, this exhibition looks back at the history of plein air in Riverside. A choice selection of artwork by contemporary plein air artists will also be included 
When: Now - March 30, 2014. 

Reception: February 6, 2014, 6 - 9 pm. 
Where: Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501
Click here for details. 

Riverside Metropolitan Museum Plein Air Painting