Inland Empire Weekly

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.By Yazmin Alvarez 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…

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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.By Yazmin Alvarez 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…

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Dozens learn future is green at Sustainability Festival

sustain_main-copyBy Yazmin Alvarez Interactive 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.By Yazmin Alvarez 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.By Yazmin Alvarez 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.By Yazmin Alvarez 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.By Yazmin Alvarez 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.By Yazmin Alvarez 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.By Yazmin Alvarez 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.By Yazmin Alvarez 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-copyBy Yazmin Alvarez It 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.By Yazmin Alvarez 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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