Inland Empire Weekly

U.S. Rep. veterans’ roundtable with veterans addresses employment and homelessness

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<p>Vietnam War veteran Jim Corrales (center) speaking to congressman Pete Aguilar (D-Rancho Cucamonga) and other leaders about his concerns during a veterans' roundtable at the VFW Post 8737 in San Bernardino on April 10.A discussion with Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-Rancho Cucamonga) on Friday April 10 shed light on several issues that pertain to veterans—the biggest being the availability of employment opportunities and homelessness. Approximately forty veterans, representatives of veterans organizations, and healthcare professionals participated in a roundtable held at the Veterans of Foreign…

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Clement Middle School students race cardboard boats in the name of science

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Clement Middle School eighth graders participate in the school’s annual cardboard boat races.Eighth graders from Clement Middle School learned a valuable lesson last week that really sunk in — science and a little luck is everything. At least that’s what a group of boys—The Beasts: Angel Sierra, 13, Johnny Mora, 14, Bryan Aguilar, 14 Larry Stiff, 13 and Jesus Vasquez, 14—took in…CONTINUE READING

 Youngsters pedal to the finish line at Redlands Bicycle Classic public races

bikes_m1Riding all the way from the Redlands YMCA down to Citrus Avenue didn’t stop three-year-old Addison Barrett from pedaling her way across the finish line. “Okay, now I’m tired,” she said. Addison was among the first competitors in Saturday’s public races at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. About 700 children participated…CONTINUE READING 

I.E.-area Boys and Girls Clubs members marvel over superheroes

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside were treated to a special event before watching Marvel Universe Live!If 8-year-old Kaylee Schan could have one superpower, it would be the power to “Hulk-Out.” “I would so go Hulk,” she said anxiously. “Hulk at home, at school…EVERYWHERE.” And Kaylee’s excitement wasn’t just a solo act. The Mentone Boys and Girls clubhouse member was joined by more than 2 dozen…CONTINUE READING

Clement Vikings past and present mark middle school’s 50th

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Former and present Clement Middle School teachers and students celebrated the school’s 50th anniversary April 11. Festivities included live entertainment and the opportunity to scan through the school’s history through digitized yearbooks.Generations of former Clement Middle School Vikings took a step back in time Saturday for a celebration a half-century in the making. Conversations filled the campus as old classmates caught up with some current students, sharing memories and reminiscing about their time at Clement as dozens gathered for the school’s…CONTINUE READING

Inland-area pet agencies pack up for America’s Family Pet Expo

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Repticon, a slitherly and scaley reptile show featuring snakes, lizards, iguanas and more returns to this year’s America’s Family Pet Expo April 10- 12. Iguanas, and canines, and kittens!Oh My! America’s Family Pet Expo returns this weekend to the OC Fair & Event Center with hundreds of animals ready to find a forever home. And this year’s event brings dozens of Inland Empire-based exhibitors including the San Bernardino-Riverside German Shepherd Dog…CONTINUE READING

Cakewalk bake off brings sweet victory to area bakers

cakeoff_cups-copy Bakers from across the Inland Empire and surrounding cities helped make Cakewalk’s Take the Cake 2 fundraiser a “sweet success.” Goodies by Sandy took Best of Show this year and Sofia’s Sweet Escape earned bragging rights as Fan Favorite. The sold out event helped raised funds to…CONTINUE READING

 

Optimist Games brighten day for Redlands special education student athletes

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Cheers and a few tears of happiness filled Dodge Stadium at Redlands High School recently as the Optimist Games kicked off for a few hundred special students.Cheers and a few tears of happiness filled Dodge Stadium at Redlands High School recently as the Optimist Games kicked off for a few hundred special students. The games—which were held March 27 and featured dozens of stations where students showed off their athletic skills in everything…CONTINUE READING

 

Loma Linda celebrates VA Ambulatory Care Center with topping out ceremony

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<p>A rendering of the VA Ambulatory Care Center in Loma Linda. Completion of the building is expected in 2016.The ongoing construction of a VA Ambulatory Care Center in Loma Linda was celebrated with a “topping out” ceremony March 20. The event, which was planned and organized by the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, is known as a “builder’s rite traditionally held when the last beam…CONTINUE READING

Redlands Boys and Girls Club name Youth of the Year ambassadors

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<p>Youth of the Year Ambassadors from left, Chyna Phillips, Kevin Ponce, Shane Johnson, Makayla Pennix and Kamryn Coleson.The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside named its five Junior Youth of the Year ambassadors at a reception held March 6 at the Burrage Mansion. Christian Zarate, 10, Larissa Lugo, 11, Joshua Ramirez, 10, Jeffery Schroepfer, 12, and Serena Granillo, 12, exemplify the best of…CONTINUE READING

Dozens learn future is green at Sustainability Festival

sustain_main-copyInteractive robots shaking hands and answering questions, hot dogs cooking by solar power and pedaling a bike to whip up a fruit smoothie were just a few ways to introduce green living during the annual Sustainability Festival at the University of Redlands March 14. As hundreds soaked…CONTINUE READING

LLUCH Foundation Gala raises $1 million

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<p>More than $1 million was raised at the 22nd annual Foundation Gala, benefiting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and Vision 2020 toward the construction of a new hospital tower.Dozens of glitzed and glamoured up guests Charleston shuffled their way toward a donation board last week during Loma Linda Children’s Hospital 22nd annual Foundation Gala. Themed “Rhapsody in Gold,” the March 12 at the Riverside Convention Center raised an unprecedented $1.1 million, a first-ever in the…CONTINUE READING

 Sustainability Festival set for Saturday at University of Redlands

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<p>Dozens of exhibitors will be on hand to offer tips on gardening during the Redlands Sustainability Festival March 14.Green thumbs or brown thumbs, all are encouraged to head out to the third annual Redlands Sustainability Festival Saturday. Planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 at the University of Redlands, the green festival aims to help build a healthy Redlands by informing and encouraging…CONTINUE READING

Officials turn dirt for Orange Street Alley Park project

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<p>Residents take a look at the alley way that will be converted into a park in downtown Redlands.Dirt was turned in Redlands’ Orange Street alleyway March 5 marking the official start of construction to repurpose the downtown alley into a public park. The Orange Street Alley Pedestrian Enhancement Project— between Citrus Avenue and State Street, and Orange Street and Fifth Street— will include the…CONTINUE READING

Authors, characters celebrate Dr. Seuss, Read Across America

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<p>Nicholas Arreola, 4, of San Bernardino enjoys a hug from the Cat in the Hat during a Read Across America Celebration at Barnes & Noble in Redlands Feb. 28.A cast of characters, authors and even a dog in a sombrero and a cat in a hat helped celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 111th birthday along with Read Across America at Barnes & Noble in Redlands Feb. 28. The bookstore held a celebration Seuss-style, complete with the Cat…CONTINUE READING

 Redlands educators honored as “Teachers of Excellence”

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<p>Students honor teachers with a performance.Five teachers from the Redlands Unified School District were honored for their dedication, hard work and outstanding contribution to education during the seventh annual Teachers of Excellence Program Feb. 26. The program is presented by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to spotlight educators…CONTINUE READING

Young travelers tour Africa for Geography Day

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<p>A visit to African was just a few footsteps away as a giant map of the continent was brought over to the Contemporary Club for Geography Day.A little bit of rain didn’t stop travelers from making a worldly trek Sunday from Redlands to Africa. The journey to the second-largest continent came in just a few footsteps as a giant 35-foot-by-26-foot map of Africa was brought to the Contemporary Club of Redlands for Geography…CONTINUE READING

LLU opens Dental Research Center

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<p>Alaina Piper, lab assistant 1 and Yiming Li, director of the Center for Dental Research during the center’s grand opening Feb. 24.Loma Linda University Health continues to expand. Researchers, alumni and leaders in dentistry gathered Tuesday afternoon for a celebration marking the grand opening of an additional 5,000-plus square feet to the Loma Linda School of Dentistry—the Center for Dental Research. The 5,631-foot expansion doubles the footprint of…CONTINUE READING

Queens, kings command the stage at CSUSB annual drag show

drag_main-copyIt was a night of makeup and mayhem at Cal State San Bernardino Feb. 11 as the biggest queens and kings of the Inland Empire took to the stage for The Pride Center’s annual drag show—“Yaaass! A Night of Drag.” The event, which celebrates and promotes gender,…CONTINUE READING

Unforgettables award “Biggest Hearts” of Inland Empire

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<p>Unforgettables founder Tim Evans at the 4th annual Biggest Hearts awards luncheon.Loving hearts filled the Fox Events Center in Redlands but it wasn’t for Valentine’s Day. And these “big hearts” showed it’s better to give than receive. The Unforgettables Foundation held its fourth annual awards luncheon Feb. 13 at the center, recognizing and honoring some of the “Biggest…CONTINUE READING

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