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Newsletter 2014  





A Heartfelt Note from our Celebration of Giving Coordinator, Jacqueline Blanco


Happy New Year 2014 to all! I wish to express my utmost gratitude to all the sponsors who participated in last December's Holiday of Giving Campaign as well as all donors for their generous contributions. Thank you all for making the campaign such a GREAT success! Together, we were able to provide for more than 50 Wylie Center families.  It was wonderful working with our board members, staff and local community members. We provided food, clothing, gifts, and gas cards to many families. Our families are truly grateful and  thankful to all of YOU who made it possible for their families to receive the precious gifts that made their holidays so memorable.  Thank you for taking part in this truly wonderful and meaningful program. Thank you so much again. I am proud to be a part of such a highly respected team who truly knows how to make wishes and dreams come true!  It was a pleasure working with each and everyone of YOU: 


Ace Security Systems

Albert Cutter Memorial

Anderson's Pool and Spa 


Assistance League of


Athena Waite

AT & T Employees

Barbara Moore

Bob Bauer

Burchell Nursery, Inc.

Caroline Gunner

Christopher MacArthur

Collette Stouvenel-Del


Costco Mira Loma D961

Craig Beasley

Dart Foundation

Deane Wylie

Dennis Mattson

Diane Pope

Donald Bell

Donna Dahl

Dwight Tate

Elisse Martinez

Edison International

Gary and Janet Tranbarger

IBEW 440

J.W. North High School


J.W. North Booster

     Football Club

Jacob Dunkin

Jane De Witt

Jennifer Marana

Jon's Flag's & Poles of


Judith Auth

Lorenz Larkin

Luxfer Gas Cylinders

Margaret Neal

Margaret Rischard

McLane Food Service 

     Dc. 103

Melody Amaral

Monti and Sharon Letrich

Nora Teasley

Patricia Steen

Ramona High School 

     Key Club

RCC Pathways to Teaching 


Richard Anderson

Riverside Road Runners

Robert Bowers

Saralyn Tossetti

Students and Staff of La 

     Sierra University Social

     Work Department

Susan Heath

The Assistance League of


The Blanco Family

The Community Foundation

The Cruce Family

The Curtis McGraw


The Gulley Family

The Sinkhorn Family

The Sires Unit

Thompson Engineering


UCR Graduate Division

UCR Office of Research

     and Integrity

United Way of the Inland


Waddell & Reed

William and Ann Kasper



February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable.


Every journey begins with one step, whether it's climbing a mountain or preventing heart disease. This American Heart Month, CDC is offering weekly tips for better heart health. Take your first step on the road to a healthy heart with us.

Heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year-that's 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.


The term "heart disease" refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.


Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, costs the United States $312.6 billion each year.1 This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. These conditions also are leading causes of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities.

The situation is alarming, but there is good news-heart disease is preventable and controllable. We can start by taking small steps every day to bring our loved ones and ourselves closer to heart health. CDC is providing a tip a day throughout February, but you can take these small steps all year long.  To read more about these steps, visit the CDC page.  

AMC Theatres Present Sensory-Friendly Films

Article published in The Press Enterprise by Staff Writer Timothy Guy


The LEGO Movie
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
For families with autistic children, a trip to the movies can be a stressful experience. Seeing a movie at a theater can turn into sensory overload: the sound is way too high and the social norm to be quiet can turn into an impossible task.  AMC Theatres has the answer to that problem: sensory friendly films. Once a month, at select theaters, families can watch a new film with slight changes such as reduced noise, no previews and the ability to make noise and not offend anyone.  The screenings take place once a month at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.  This month the film is "The LEGO Movie" on February 15. Read more about this article on The Press Enterprise website.
Recipe for Love
By Citlalli Vasquez,  MSW Intern at The Wylie Center
Heart and Dopamine Surely you've heard it at some point or another, "love changes people." Some of us may have snickered and rolled our eyes; others of us may have agreed with a big smile, but is there any scientific truth to this frequently used phrase? Turns out, there is!


Researchers have discovered that when people find themselves attracted to another person, their body really does undergo many changes. Our bodies get a shot of epinephrine, what many of us know as adrenaline, and our palms are suddenly sweaty, our breathing becomes shallow, our hearts beat faster, our skin feels hot, and our pupils dilate.  Meanwhile, our brain gets busy producing dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter.


"But, I'm not in love" you say? Good news! Research shows that these feel-good physical reactions are not limited to romantic love. The body reacts to the love felt between family and friends, too. Oxytocin, known as the "cuddle chemical" is released in the body through physical touch including hugging, cuddling, kissing and even shaking someone's hand. Studies have shown that a rise in the body's oxytocin levels can help in relieving pain - everything from headaches, cramps and overall body pains! Other benefits of oxytocin include stress relief, metabolic benefits (helping us maintain a healthy weight), and helping to reduce symptoms of depression. Amazing, right?


What image comes to mind when we think of love? Hearts, of course! Studies have shown that experiencing feelings of love, gratitude, and appreciation help to slow the heart rate, normalize heart rhythms, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation.


So, "how can I benefit from all this love stuff?" you ask? Here are some easy tips to get the love flowin'! 


Make love a priority - Take time to appreciate the people you care about, and express your love often. Both you and the ones you love will benefit. 


Reach out - Hug your friends and family, cuddle with your beloved, and pet your dog or cat. Giving or receiving a massage is another wonderful way to experience the physical touch we need to keep our hearts and souls healthy. 


Treat yourself with loving kindness - We often neglect our own needs in the service of doing our job or caring for others. You can care for yourself with love by giving your body the healthy food, exercise, sunshine, and sleep it needs.


Talk the Love Talk - Don't be shy to tell your loved ones how you feel. No special occasion is needed! Phrases such as "I love the way you laugh!" or "You're such a great friend" promote positive feelings of love not only for you, but for those around you!  


Inland Empire Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative 


presents its 5th Annual Maternal Mental Health Conference:

Journey of the Family: Treatment of Fathers with Paternal Mental Health Disorders 

 Anna Brandon, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina): Use of Interpersonal Therapy with Couples Experiencing Mental Health Issues Post-Partum;

Jane Hanley, Ph.D (University of Swansea, Wales, UK): Assessment and Treatment of Paternal Mental Health Disorders and its Impact on Children and the Family;

Daniel Singley, Ph.D.: A Whole Family Approach to Involving Men in Peripartum Mental Health; 

Greg Burchett, M.S. (author of Missing the Links).


April 9, 2014
8 am - 5 pm
Inland Regional Center
1425 Waterman Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Sponsored by:

   New United Way Logo First 5 Logo  

For more information about this upcoming conference, visit IEPMHC.

Funds raised at this annual event support all of the program of The Wylie Center.  Tickets for activities and food will be for sale at a reasonable cost.  Donations of any amount will be accepted for the walk and are tax deductible.  Our tax id# is 93-0670286.  This fundraiser is supported by community business sponsors.  If you know of a group or business who would be interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Jacqueline Blanco at (951) 826-1728 or jblanco@wyliecenter.org.
Your child's safety is our concern.  Parents will be responsible for supervising their children at all times during the walk and activities.  Assistance dogs are welcome, but no other pets, please.
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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Happy Presidents Day

 The Wylie Center will be closed on February 17th in observance of Presidents Day.

  Dining In The Dark

 Imagine, just for an hour or two that you cannot see. You are surrounded by total darkness. "Dining In The Dark" allows you to willingly plunge into blackness, taking you through a journey of taste, sound and touch, all in the dark. 

When: March 20, 2014

Time: (Social) 6pm

(Dinner) 7pm

Where: The New Riverside Convention Center

Tickets required.

For more info. click here or contact Josefina Gadzinski (951-833-6338).

Blindness Support Services    The Riverside Dickens Festival 

Now in its 21st year, the literary festival emphasizes the 19th century works of authors of England and America, with Charles Dickens being the central figure. Through drama, art, music, dance and cultural events, the festival portrays the life and times of another era. The featured book of the year is Charles Dickens's
Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Admission is free  
When: February 22 - 23, 2014 
Where:  The Main Street Pedestrian Mall near City Hall in Historic Downtown Riverside
Click here for details.
The Riverside Dickens Festival
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! The next event is on March 2nd.  Click here for details.

 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 PaintingWomen Who Ride: Photography by Lanakila MacNaughton

 Is a touring exhibition documenting the new wave of female motorcyclists in the U.S. "There are new kinds of women who are getting off the back of their boyfriend's bike and buying [their own] bike, and connecting with other women in their community and going on adventures together." 
When: Now - March 16, 2014
Reception: February 6, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 pm
The RIDE: February 9, 2014
Where: Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501
Click  here for details. 
Women Who Ride