Inland Empire Weekly

42nd annual Loma Linda Cultural Arts Association Fine Arts Festival continues

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T. Jarb Thaipejr, public works director for the City of Loma Linda, expresses himself through colorful cartoons when not on duty. This image, titled “City of Loma Linda,” takes a humorous look at some of the major cultural icons in the municipality. The piece won an honorable mention award at the 42nd annual Fine Arts Festival of the Loma Linda Cultural Arts Association.Works from local artists are being displayed now through June 1 as Loma Linda Cultural Arts Association celebrates its 42nd Fine Arts Festival. The annual event at the Loma Linda Civic Center and Loma Linda University Drayson Center brings together the works of Edward Saenz, Leroy Leggit, Doug Dybowski, among…

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“Little Free Library” starts at Boys and Girls Club Waterman Gardens site

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<p>Club member Larissa Lugo helped paint the wooden coins on the side of the new Little Free Library at the Club’s Waterman Gardens site in San Bernardino.A nation-wide movement encouraging people to borrow and share books using an outdoor-boxed “library” has hit a San Bernardino youth club. The Waterman Gardens site of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside is now home to its first blue, club member-painted wooden box, the “Little Free Library.” The…

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 Community groups among recipients of Boys and Girls Club’s first “Be Great Awards”

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<p>Top row from left: 2015 Youth of the Year Chyna Phillips, Ambassador Kamryn Coleson and Ambassador Makayla Pennix<br /><br />
Front row from left: Ambassador Kevin Ponce, Ambassador Shane Johnson.Two community groups and an area business were recently honored for their dedication in helping youth pursue great futures. Kiwanis International Division 36, T-Mobile and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians were among the recipients of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside’s first “Be Great Awards,” which recognize…CONTINUE READING

LLUH students get hands-on training for disaster response

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<p>Students train for a hazardous emergency.An intense bomb blast has left several people under rubble, especially a child, with major injuries; a spray of bullets from an active shooter has left a crowd of people wounded, some dead; an earthquake has not only left a community shaken, but has sent a woman to the emergency…CONTINUE READING

 

TMNT Day draws crowds to Superbad Action Figures in Redlands

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Thousands flocked to Superbad Action Figures in Redlands to celebrate TMNT Day.What do you get when you mix pizza, turtles in a half-shell and thousands of people? Turtle power, of course. Fans of the 80s and 90s mega popular fictional team of four teenage anthropomorphic turtles, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, came in droves to Superbad Action Figures in Redlands May…CONTINUE READING

LLUCH patient helps kick-off inaugural family fitness expo

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Hundreds of runners sprinted across the starting line, including Adrian Grajeda, a LLUCH patient and amputee, during the inaugural Family Fitness Fun 5K and Expo at the Burrage Mansion in Redlands.At just 11-years-old, Adrian Grajeda of Palm Desert has learned that you don’t get very far if you let things hinder you. In fact, he’s taking his circumstances and running with them. Adrian, a Loma Linda Children’s Hospital patient and amputee, helped kick-off the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma…CONTINUE READING

 

Hangar 24 Airfest in Redlands takes off May 16

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Hangar 24 Brewery will release its 7th Anniversary Ale on draught and in limited edition bottles during Airfest 2015.Sky-high sights and spectacular sounds will fill the runway at Redlands Municipal Airport Saturday during Hangar 24’s seventh anniversary celebration and Airfest. From jaw dropping aerial performances, rockin’ headlining tribute bands and some big additions for a more community-style event, this year’s celebration—May 16 from noon to 10 p.m.—is expecting…CONTINUE READING

TMNT Day takeover Saturday at Superbad Action Figures in Redlands

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Day at Superbad Action Figures in Redlands Saturday will feature a slew of special guests, activities and of course, the TMNT gang.If spending a day with a group of turtle warriors who love pizza and shenanigans is your idea of a good time, then head over to Superbad Action Figures in Redlands Saturday for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Day. The store will host a day full of entertainment and activities for…CONTINUE READING

Boys and Girls Clubs host annual Springfest

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Kids and Starbucks volunteers play “parachute” at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside’s annual Spring Fest at the Burrage Mansion in Redlands April 24.The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside held its annual Spring Fest and Egg Hunt at the Burrage Mansion in Redlands on April 24. Hundreds of club members hunted for plastic eggs filled with candy, searched endlessly for items while on scavenger hunts and played games on the grounds…CONTINUE READING

Planting of drought tolerant trees mark Arbor Day in Redlands

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Redlands Mayor Paul Foster helps plant a Thornless Palo Verde Tree at Heritage Park April 24. The tree is drought tolerant and part of the city’s commitment to conserving water.The planting of two drought tolerant trees at Heritage Park Friday signified the city’s commemoration of Arbor Day. A California sycamore and a palo verde were planted among dozens of natural plant life at the Redlands park, which delighted those in attendance and an open-to-the-public celebration, including city staff, council…CONTINUE READING

“Many Voices” in Redlands to celebrate regions of Mexico

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Musical performer Ana Gonzalez and Los Tremendos del Sur will bring crowds to their feet during  a community program, “Many Voices, Muchas Voces,” May 1 in Redlands.A city block will be closed-off Friday in Redlands to transport community members of all ages on a musical and cultural journey through Mexico during “Many Voices, Muchas Voces,” a music and arts program presented by the Redlands Community Music Association. The block party-style community event on May 1 begins…CONTINUE READING

Redlands community gathers for day of service

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Tommy Allred, 6, scrubs down a historic tombstone at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery as part Redlands Community Day of Service.The grounds of Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery received a bit of a facelift thanks to volunteers of all ages as part of Community Day of Service. Brooms to grave markers, paint brushes to a mausoleum on site were just some of the visuals that greeted visitors to the historic cemetery…CONTINUE READING

Local artisans craft up wares for Little Brown Bag Market in Redlands

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Adam Martin, of Martin and Company, displays his candles, metal and woodworks at the Little Brown Bag Market, a local artisan event, in Redlands April 19. His items can be found at local businesses throughout downtown Redlands.There was a little something for everyone at the Little Brown Bag Market in downtown Redlands Sunday. From craft work to art pieces, dozens of local and area artisans showcased their one-of-a-kind works at the Mitten Building for the event fair designed to gain the hometown crafter a steady customer…CONTINUE READING

Construction begins for 4th phase upgrades at Redlands YMCA

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YMCA board members, donors, and executives take a sledgehammer to a wall April 19 to start the construction of the 4th and final phase of facility upgrades to the 1927 building.While some businesses and organizations have ribbon cuttings or groundbreakings to celebrate growth, the YMCA of East Valley held a demo party—demolition, that is—where guests had a smashing good time. YMCA Board members, private donors and executives gathered April 19 at the Redlands-based facility with gold-plated sledgehammers in hand, welcoming…CONTINUE READING

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…CONTINUE READING

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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