Institute for Philosophy & the Arts'
Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life

Carol Soucek King
[Photography by Nathaniel Taylor]


Our 25th Year Continues!

Please join Carol Soucek King virtually on
Sunday, April 11, 2021 Via Zoom or Call-In*

For a Special Presentation on Community Outreach:

Victoria and Dennis Jones


9:30 am – Zoom Room Arrivals and
Himalayan Singing Bowls by Healing Arts Practitioner
Janet Martorello


10 am until noon – Program



Nan Rae



"Happy Day Blues!"
Lyrics by Nancy Glowacki
Read by Graham Lance Richardson


Salute to April Birthdays
Graham Lance Richardson


"You've Got a Friend"
Dean LeGrand Carlston



Non-Profit Outreach in the Inland Empire

Commitment to Community
Presented By
Dennis and Victoria Jones


Followed by Discussion
Starting with comments by Louise Wannier,
Russell Brown, Grace Hendershott

All are invited to participate - just "raise your hand"
so that the moderator will call on you.


"You'll Never Walk Alone"
Susie Katharine Shaw



And then Susie will lead us in Richard King's favorite
Native American Prayer



About Our Speakers
Victoria and Dennis Jones

California’s Inland Empire Victoria and Dennis Jones have been committed to their non-profit work in California’s Inland Empire for seventeen years and their community outreach has been immense. They are totally devoted to preserving the heritage of Native Americans and blending their spiritual study – meditation, holistic health, ethics – into all they do. And they are great family people – they love their own family – and also their friends and community are their family.

Thus their community work grows from their understanding that the welfare of all people benefits from grassroots upward energy. They demonstrate that we all must make it our personal responsibility to care for ourselves and others during this earthly journey. They remind us that this is how our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents addressed all issues of living – from personal needs to community welfare. So it is not surprising that their projects in Rancho Cucamonga and for the Kizh tribe and for their Pacific Electric Trail have inspired similar projects across the nation – for they are such shining examples of how each of us can -- right now! -- take charge of uplifting our personal lives, our community and our country.

Yet what most amazes everyone in their sphere is how Vicky and Dennis Jones transform every part of every single day -- their relationship with each other, with their family, with all other people and with Mother Earth -- into a living prayer. That is the reason we have asked them to share:

Dennis and Victoria Jones -- Why They Do What They Do For Their Community.

Victoria Jones Victoria Jones is a ninth generation California Native of the Acagehemem Tribe from San Juan Capistrano and currently resides in the Inland Empire. She is an activist for social justice and is passionate when it comes to protecting the environment. She is an avid cyclist and participated in eight LA Marathon bike events before learning about the development of the now popular Regional Pacific Electric Trail in 2004. She worked with the Trail cities, especially Rancho Cucamonga on the development of the abandoned Pacific Electric Train corridor into a 21-mile regional bike and walking trail as part of a nationally recognized trail development program: RAILS TO TRAILS. As past President of this non-profit volunteer community organization, she has directed over a decade of community events such as bike rodeos, trail counts, and educational workshops with a variety of organizations that celebrate active living and healthy lifestyles in the Inland Empire. Under her direction the organization developed and promoted a “Trail Enhancement Program” whereby individuals or local businesses can donate items such as rest stops, trail heads, benches, trees etc., on the Pacific Electric Trail for the community to enjoy. Her commitment to preserving history was one of her top priorities as the Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail wanted to help the city of Rancho Cucamonga restore the Etiwanda Depot to its original glory and serve the community and trail users as a gathering place to get a refreshment, put air in their bike tires, rent a bike for recreation, and serve as a historic art venue.

She has received various awards from the city of Rancho Cucamonga for her leadership and community involvement, most recently awarded, Community Hero in 2015 at the Los Angeles County Fair and “Community Champion” from the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) District XI 2018. She served as Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of Rancho Cucamonga 2014 – 2017. And participated in the INSIDE OUT ART PROJECT at the Reserve, (a new housing community in Rancho Cucamonga. She is also the Legislative Liaison for the Gabrieleno-Kizh Nation of greater Los Angeles and Orange County helping to protect sacred sites of our Native ancestors in the Greater LA and Orange Counties. Victoria graduated UC Riverside in 2017 as a Master Gardener and commissioned several art installations from her creative space in her backyard retreat that is dominated by California native succulents. Her most recent appointment is from the San Bernardino Supervisors office is to the San Bernardino Regional Parks Advisory Commission and together with Dennis, she is anxious to explore her next adventure.

Dennis Jones Dennis Jones migrated here from Ohio where he spent his formative years and settled into southern California where he has called home for the past 40 years. Dennis pursued physical fitness his entire life and has participated in 16 Los Angeles Bicycle Marathons. His passion for bicycling has led him to organize bicycle ride events going back 23 plus years, that eventually evolved into the Cucamonga Challenge which ran for 14 consecutive years. In this current role at President of the Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail, after serving as the ride event director for 8 years. he has also been a member in the (BRDAA) Bike Ride Directors of America Association. The Pacific Electric Challenge (previously the Cucamonga Challenge) evolved into the premier running / bicycling family event in the Inland Empire. In addition to his pursuit of physical fitness, he has pursued spiritual fitness and healing by studying both Transcendental Meditation and Hatha Yoga, and for several years he enjoyed teaching yoga. He currently is a daily practitioner of meditation and prayer.

Professional Career
Dennis just retired from his 3rd decade in the building industry where he has built both commercial and residential communities, developed land, as well as run multiple construction projects for both senior and multi-family occupancy.

Dennis has worked in distribution logistics where he served as a Transportation Auditor, and he has also worked in the Insurance and financial industry working closely with individuals towards their financial futures and served as a buyer in the food industry. Both he and his wife share a passion for building, gardening, art and nutrition and together they have transformed their property to a lush, succulent Zen-like retreat.

His pursuit of a holistic healthy lifestyle is at the core of his day-to-day focus.

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“You've Got a Friend”
By Carole King

When you’re down and troubled,
and you need some love and care,
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me,
and soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night.
You Just call out my name,
and you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall,
all you have to do is call
And I’ll be there, You’ve got a friend
If the sky above you grows dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind begins to blow
Keep your head together and call my named out loud
And soon you’ll hear me knocking at your door
You just call out my name,
and you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call, and I’ll be there, yes I will
Now ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend
when people can be so cold
They’ll hurt you, and yes desert you,
and take your soul if you let them,
Oh, but don’t you let them
You just call out my name,
and you know wherever I am,
I’ll come running to see you again
Winter spring summer or fall,
all you have to do is call,
and I’ll be there, yes I will.
You’ve got a friend, you’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know, you’ve got a friend.


"Happy Day Blues!"
Music and Lyrics by Nancy Glowacki, 2005

When I wake up in the morning I say
Thank you! Thank you!
Thank you for a brand new day!
I’m still breathin’… guess I’m not leavin’
Now what is there for me to learn and do today?

Then I listen… to what my heart has to say
“Keep the Dance real simple... and learn how to play! Wherever you’re going… good seeds be sowin’
Don’t need to be right, just shine your light…
get out of your own way!!”

Somebody said “Be Like a Child”
You won’t be needing a mast
Be honest and know… what you don’t know
Then go inside… and just ask!”

When I see dawn, I whisper “thanks a lot”
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this life I’ve got!”
So good to live... so much to give…
Another/day for lovin’ that can’t be bought!

Somebody said “Be Like a Child”
You won’t be needing a mask
Be honest and know… what you don’t know
Then go inside… and just ask!”

So when we wake up in the morning we can say
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for a wonderful day
There’s no way of knowin’… when we’ll be goin’
So NOW IS the time for making a Hap – Hap - Happy Day!

There’s no way of knowin’… when we’ll be goin’
So NOW IS the time for making a Hap – Hap - Happy Day!


"You'll Never Walk Alone"
From Carousel
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, Music by Richard Rogers

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone.


All 2021 Salon dates and themes

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Please let us know which salons you can attend by calling (626) 449-1238.

With all loving thoughts and hoping to see you soon!

Carol Soucek King, M.F.A., Ph. D.

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