Inland Empire Weekly

Downtown Redlands turns into “Frozen” wonderland of activities

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<p>The frenzy of Frozen fans in Downtown Redlands Jan. 24 included children of all ages.
By Yazmin Alvarez Downtown Redlands was fit for royalty Saturday, as Queen Elsa of the hit Disney film “Frozen”…

“The Voice” winner brings healing sounds to young fans at LLUCH

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<p>The Voice winner, Craig Wayne Boyd, holds young fan Sanai Garcia, a patient at LLUCH.
By Yazmin Alvarez The power of healing came in a different form at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Monday….

Thousands chug-in for Train Days at San Bernardino County Museum

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<p>Dozens of modular train sets filled the San Bernardino County Museum for its annual Train Days.
By Yazmin Alvarez Six-year-old Thomas Acosta wants to be an locomotive engineer when he grows up. In fact, he…

Gamers set new world record at first-ever Arcade Expo in Banning

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<p>A new world record was set Jan. 17 at the first-ever Arcade Expo in Banning for most people playing pinball.
By Yazmin Alvarez Gamers at the first-ever Arcade Expo in Banning have more than high scores to brag about….

Youngsters treated to new shoes through Payless program

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<p>Volunteer Ann McMahon helps Lizette, 9, pick out a pair of shoes Jan. 8 at the Redlands Payless shoe store. Lizette was among dozens of other members from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside that were treated to the shopping event.
By Yazmin Alvarez Two hundred local youth from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside are sporting new…

Great Y Circus to perform under the Circus Vargas Big Top

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<p>Great Y Circus students were given a sneak peak of Circus Vargas’ dress rehearsal for their new show, ArleQuin. Students will perform during a pre-show under the big top Jan. 16 and 17.
By Yazmin Alvarez Hundreds of members of Redlands’ Great Y Circus were treated to a day under the big…

Pirate and princess adventure embarks this weekend for Junior Live On Tour! in Ontario

By Yazmin Alvarez A cast of popular Disney Junior characters will step out of the television screen and come…

Redlands Symphony celebrates 65th season

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<p>The Redlands Symphony performs in the Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands. The 6th season runs through April 11.
By Yazmin Alvarez The Redlands Symphony is starting off the year with a set of must-hear performances celebrating its…

 District, group partnerships help bring Christmas joy to local families

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<p>Six Rialto families were gifted presents for Christmas through donations from employees at Staples Distribution Center. The event was part of Arrowhead United Way’s Adopt-A-Family campaign.
By Yazmin Alvarez Six Rialto families experienced a true Christmas miracle this year after walking into a room full…

Rialto police, fire to compete in Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

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<p>Rialto police and fire will once again compete in a Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Jan. 7 sponsored by the America Red Cross.
By Yazmin Alvarez Rialto’s police and fire departments will once again face off and strap down for the third…

Food, item sponsors sought for 21st annual Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser

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<p>Brewcakes was among the several businesses who participated in last year’s Chocolate Fantasy.
By Yazmin Alvarez If increasing charitable giving is among the items on your New Year’s resolution list, a Redland’s…

Students awarded iPads for reading achievment in Baker’s Book Club

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<p>Patty Turley (left) Regional Manager for San Bernardino County Library and Supervisor Josie Gonzales (back) celebrate Dilshad Singh and Citlaly Placencia for their reading achievements and participation in the Baker’s Book Club.
By Yazmin Alvarez Two area students learned earlier this month that flipping through the pages of a good book…

Redlands youth Shop with a Cop for Christmas

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<p>Redlands Police Department’s Sgt. John Moore helps a young girl with her Christmas shopping as part of Shop with a Cop Dec. 22 at Target in Redlands.
By Yazmin Alvarez Christmas came early for more than a 100 children Monday morning as they strolled through the…

Art Institute of California -Inland Empire inspires children through holiday party

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<p>The Art Institute campus at San Bernardino hosted a holiday party for children from the Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California. Many children who attended were inspired to become bakers and pastry chefs after decorating cookies and other holiday treats.
By Yazmin Alvarez The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire opened its doors to a select group of…

Redlands Police Department names Officer of the Year, honors members, volunteers

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<p>Redlands police Officer Elyzabeth Green was named Officer of the Year.
By Yazmin Alvarez The Redlands Police Department honored several of its members along with community members during a recent…

Christmas Block Party brings holiday cheer to children in Redlands

By Yazmin Alvarez Christmas came early for hundreds of children in Redlands last week thanks to the Redlands Police…

Redlands youth treated to holiday shopping spree

By Yazmin Alvarez At only eight-years-old, Sophia Gomez understands the true meaning of being in the holiday spirit. One…

Asistencia, Heritage Park hold first holiday celebration

By Yazmin Alvarez It was a step back in time last week as the holiday season was celebrated at…

Toy donations sought for Christmas Block Party in Redlands

By Yazmin Alvarez The Redlands Police Department and City of Redlands Quality of Life Recreation Division are turning to…

Redlands Holiday Home Tour to benefit YMCA

By Yazmin Alvarez Six beautiful homes decked in holiday splendor will open their doors to dozens of guests this…

Native American culture celebrated at Crafton Hills College

By Yazmin Alvarez The Serrano culture and language is strong and thriving in the Inland Empire. Area students celebrated…

Redlands youth, police revel in tailgate activities

By Yazmin Alvarez University of Redlands Bulldogs picked up a new fan base last week. Nearly two dozen youth…

St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico celebrates 40th anniversary with two performances

By Yazmin Alvarez St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico will celebrate 40 years in the Redlands community by hosting an anniversary…

Angels’ Closet Charities Fundraiser Tea supports area students

By Yazmin Alvarez Dozens sipped for style recently at the annual Angels’ Closet Fundraiser Tea at Martha Green’s The…

HSSBV Casino Night raises thousands in support of furry friends

By Yazmin Alvarez Gamblers didn’t have to drive to Las Vegas to get lucky last weekend. Instead they headed…

Live demos, music set for DTR Artwalk in Redlands

By Yazmin Alvarez The DTR Artwalk in Redlands is back and bigger than ever. Dozens of local artists will…

Star Wars Reads Day highlights the force in literacy

By Yazmin Alvarez Star Wars fans didn’t have to travel to a galaxy far away to learn that the…

Redlands Fire Department hosts annual Open House

By Yazmin Alvarez While an Open House and safety event helped the Redlands Fire Department wrap up Fire Prevention…

Cancer survivors, supporters lace up for annual Believe Walk in Redlands

By Yazmin Alvarez As a combat veteran Travera Joyce knows the difficulties that come in fighting a battle. “Support…

Animals receive special blessing at HSSBV

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<p>Pet owners celebrated their furry companions Oct. 4 during the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley’s annual Blessing of the Animals.
By Yazmin Alvarez The barks of dogs, meows of cats and even neighs from a pair of mini horses…

Day for Kids brings family fun to Redlands Boys and Girls Club

By Yazmin Alvarez Area youth were celebrated Saturday at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside’s annual Day…

Students gather to celebrate Peace Day

By Yazmin Alvarez Students from Montessori in Redlands and The Grove School learned a special lesson last week: “caring…

Smiley Elementary camp-out brings families together for a cool night out

By Yazmin Alvarez Friday may have been a hot day last week but it was a cool night for…

Rah Rah Redlands, community tailgate to kick off Bulldog football Saturday

By Yazmin Alvarez University of Redlands Bulldogs are looking to make some noise Saturday during a tailgate party and…

Redlands youth make the cut for Southern California PGA promotional video

By Yazmin Alvarez Area youngsters were given their 15 minutes of fame recently when the Southern California PGA Foundation…

Redlands police chief suits up for K-9 demonstration, fundraiser

By Yazmin Alvarez Redlands Police Chief Mark Garcia learned first-hand Saturday that man’s best friend has quite the bite….

Arroyo Verde Elementary accepted into No Excuses University

By Yazmin Alvarez Students at Arroyo Verde Elementary in Highland may only be in grades K-5, but the youngsters…

Luncheon at Olive Avenue Market honors Women’s Equality Day, voters

By Yazmin Alvarez With less than 70 days left to campaign , Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, who is running…

Fundraiser at Redlands eatery supports police K-9 unit, dog, Chewy

By Yazmin Alvarez Redlands police are asking the community to help them and their department members take a bite…

Free haircuts, styles give area youth boost for back-to-school

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<p>Emily Ward, a Boys of Girls Club Hansberger clubhouse member swoons over her new haircut provided free by Salon Motif.
By Yazmin Alvarez Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside received an extra boost of confidence…

Crowds fill Smiley Park for second annual Redlands Festival of Arts

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<p>Thousands came out to Smiley Park in search of art during the second annual Redlands Festival of Arts May 24 and 25.Smiley Park was transformed into an artist’s showcase last weekend as the second annual Redlands Festival of Arts brought crowds to the area over Memorial Day. Dozens of artists from throughout the Inland Empire and the west set up shop…

Firefighters Car Show marks 18 years in Redlands

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<p>A row of vintage engines line Orange Street in Redlands during the 18th annual Firefighters Car ShowFor 10 years now, Joseph Stepp, 34, of Yucaipa, has placed a small American flag along the front bumper of a vintage fire truck on display over Memorial Day weekend in downtown Redlands during the annual Firefighters Car Show and…

Special needs students shine at 28th Optimist Games in Redlands

Photo by Yazmin Alvarez The 28th Optimist Games was held at Redlands High School and brought out hundreds of special needs students to participate. It was a day of partnership at Redlands High School’s Dodge Stadium last week when hundreds of students marched to the beat of the same drum for the opening of the 28th Redlands Optimist Games, a Special Olympics-type event. “It’s…

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More than 200 dancers from regional tribes participated in the University of Redlands' first-ever pow wow.Inaugural pow wow draws thousands to University of Redlands

The sounds of Native drumming carried throughout the University of Redlands this weekend as an inaugural Pow Wow celebrating indigenous culture was held on campus. About 260 dancers from across the United States and Canada gathered for the two-day celebration,…

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Cockroach races were a big attraction March 22 during the San Bernardino County Museum's annual bug festival, "Insectival."

Bugs take over county museum at “Insectival”

It was off to the races at the San Bernardino County Museum Saturday, but the leads weren’t the majestic hoofed kind. Instead, they were the hissy, scuttling, spiny-legged type. Cockroach races brought out fans of all ages to attend the…

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Circus visits Boys and Girls Clubs of Redlands

Circus Vargas clown, Alex Acero, rides a tiny bike sending children in amazement March 21 at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Redlands Hansberger Clubhouse.

Youngsters at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Redlands’ Hansberger Clubhouse got a lesson in clowning around last week. Performers from Circus Vargas’ newest show–Magikaria–hit the blacktop for a 15-minute spectacular, amazing members of all ages with their skills and…

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Women veterans honored at Redlands luncheon

Courtesy Photo/ Stater Bros. Charities Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez, CEO of Dynamic Vision and a 23-year Air Force veteran salutes the flag.

More 100 women veterans celebrated in dancing style with their fellow servicewomen Saturday at a luncheon in Redlands. The event, organized by the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System and the Inland Empire Women Veterans Collaborative, was held at the University…

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Courtesy Photo/Todd Montemayor Hundreds gathered for the 8th Quadrennial Gala in support of the A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands.

A.K. Smiley Public Library looks to take advantage of a technology driven world

It was a social gathering of the season Saturday night, as dozens of Redlands notables filled the A.K. Smiley Public Library in celebration of its 8th Quadrennial Gala. The event served as a fundraising effort for the library to fund…

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Redlands educators honored as ‘Teachers of Excellence’

Courtesy Photo Five educators from the Redlands Unified School District were honored recently as  "Teachers of Excellence' for their commitment to education by The Church  of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Five educators from the Redlands Unified School District were honored recently as “Teachers of Excellence” for their commitment and contributions to education by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Redlands church annually recognizes a handful of teachers,…

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Fundraiser underway to get RHS Mock Trial Team to state

Dozens filled the historic Mission Gables home in Redlands last week all in the name of charity. Community members, teachers and businesses partnered up to help tackle Redlands High School’s Mock Trial Team’s biggest case yet–gathering enough funds to compete…Read more →

Families step back in time for History Days at county museum

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Children at the county museum Feb. 22 learned how to wash laundry by hand on a washboard. The activity was part of History Days -1880s.Dozens of families took a step back in time Saturday for History Days at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands. Taking on the culture of 19th century, the 1880s to be exact, museum goers took a hand in everything…Read more →



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