Inland Empire Weekly

Children receive backpacks, school supplies at Back2School Jam

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Nearly 1,200 backpacks were gifted to children during the annual Back2School Jam in Redlands Aug. 1.Eleven-year-old Patrick Aldrich can cross one big item off of his back-to-school list this year, a new bike. The Redlands student was among the lucky few who received a new bike raffled off during the annual Back2School Jam and Community Resource Fair August 1 at Sylvan Park. The event, hosted…


Dozens ‘Brave the Shave’ at Loma Linda University

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Four-year-old leukemia survivor Luke Crecelius smiles with glee as Garay Jones (right) helps him shave the head of his father, Kyle Crecelius of the Loma Linda Fire Department. The event raised awareness of childhood cancer and funds to support St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s.What’s the cost of shaving your head for a cause? “Priceless.” At least that’s what dozens of “brave the shave” supporters at Loma Linda University thought July 29 when their locks were buzzed off to raise funds to combat childhood cancer. “It’s only hair,” said Jon Payne, a medical student…


Redlands ‘miracle baby’ celebrates first birthday

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Dr. Joseph Awadalla of Redlands Community Hospital helps celebrate Logan Thiem-Nelson’s first birthday. Logan was born premature at just 22 weeks.A Redlands family celebrated a milestone last week they thought would never happen — the first birthday of their son, Logan Thiem-Nelson, their “miracle” baby. Kristy Theim, 33, went into premature labor at just 22 weeks on July 19, 2014 at Redlands Community Hospital. Told that her child would have…CONTINUE READING

‘Guardians of the Flame’ carry torch through Redlands

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Law enforcement officers from Redlands and throughout the world, joined Special Olympic athletes in running the Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Final Leg through Redlands.The humidity and at times suffocating weather Saturday morning didn’t stop a group of runners from stomping out the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run as the Flame of Hope passed through Redlands. “Guardians of the Flame” comprised of a group of law enforcement officers and Special Olympics…CONTINUE READING

Athletes for Life gala celebrates 10 years

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AFL Founder Greg Bell (left) and former NFL player Mark Seay of (San Bernardino High School) spend time with other former players at the 10th Anniversary Gala at the University of Redlands on July 11.Former NFL All-Pro running back and Athletes for Life (AFL) founder Greg Bell celebrated the 10th anniversary of the organizations youth football camp with a fundraising gala at the University of Redlands’ Orton Center on Saturday, July 11. The AFL provides the nation’s largest free youth football camp, hosting 250…CONTINUE READING

Get Pop-Cultured with events, giveaways at Barnes & Noble Redlands

“Potterheads,” “Whovians,” Vinyl lovers and Seussians — Barnes & Noble Redlands is calling all fangirls, music lovers and green eggs and ham eaters to the store today through July 31 to get Pop-Cultured. The popular nationwide campaign launched last year by the retail bookseller is wrapping up this year’s series…


‘Flame of Hope’ ignites hearts of Redlands torch runners

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez The Redlands High School Torch Runners participated in Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America Torch Run July 9, running with the Flame of Hope.Kimberly Groher was born to run. “This is what I was made for,” said the 24-year-old Redlands resident, as she stretched her legs and prepared for what she called the biggest moment in her life — being a part of the Special Olympics World Games’ Torch Run. “Today is everything…CONTINUE READING

Johnny Boyd inspires young musicians in Redlands

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br />  Johnny Boyd offered children a chance to play with his during a children’s workshop at the Redlands Community Center. The workshop is part of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Series.Johnny Boyd and his boys may have been whaling Saturday morning at the Redlands Community Center, but 8-year-old Nickolas Franz Ramirez showed that it was in his house they were jamming. Taking a pair of bongos, the boy from Highland stepped up and tapped alongside the Swing band as if…CONTINUE READING

Downtown Park To Debut in Redlands

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /> The Orange Street Alley in downtown Redlands has been converted into a public park. City officials will host a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling the complete project July 24 at 5 p.m.A new Redlands park will debut in the city’s downtown area July 24. The gates to Orange Street Alley— between Orange Street and Fifth Street—will open following a ribbon cutting ceremony and opening remarks from Mayor Paul Foster and City Council members. The event begins at 5 p.m. and will…CONTINUE READING

iEfficient fair aims to help Inland Empire end water waste

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez</p><br /> <p>Drought-tolerant plants are one of the ways to reduce water-use.Recent mandatory water restrictions that have taken effect over the last month have Inland Empire residents raising the same question — “How do I meet the requirements?” June 1 marked the official start of water cutbacks ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown and Inland Empire water customers are being asked to…CONTINUE READING

STEM camp introduces students to basic scienctific, engineering concepts

Photo Courtesy/CSUSB<br /><br /> Cal State San Bernardino is offering a week-long STEM camp for students in 3rd – 5th grade.  They will be introduced to basic scientific exploration and the engineering design process through hands on activities such as building a solar oven and windmill.Two dozen 3rd – 5th grade students from throughout the county will have a unique opportunity to spend one week in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Camp at Cal State, San Bernardino next week. The camp, in its first year, is offered through the College of Extended Learning. Professors…CONTINUE READING

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey bring Circus XTREME to Inland Empire

courtesy photo/feld entertainment</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>The circus isn’t complete without some clowning around. The crew of Clown Alley will be up to crazy antics during the show.If Taylor Albin knows one thing, it’s clowning around. And as Boss Clown of The Greatest Show on Earth, he can ensure that the 145th edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey — Circus XTREME, will be filled with spectacles unlike any other. From traditional circus acts, flying people,…CONTINUE READING

Redlands Theatre Festival returns for 43rd season

courtesy photos/kristin station - redlands theatre festival<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> "The Buddy Holly Story" (above_ -Pictured here, left to right, are Adam Webster, Chris Dover, Dennis Galuszka and Steve Johnson.A case of ‘whodunit’ will spark mystery throughout as a the comedy musical “Lucky Stiff” opens the 43rd anniversary season of the Redlands Theatre Festival in Prospect Park July 10. The murder-mystery farce centers on an English shoe salesman who receives news that his American uncle, whom he never met,…CONTINUE READING

Mayor maps vision for future of Redlands in State of the City

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Redlands Mayor Paul Foster delivers the State of the City Address June 25.In delivering Redlands’ annual State of the City address, Mayor Paul Foster requested that Redlanders continue to do two very important things to keep moving the city forward — “to remain faithful stewards in the (city’s) past and wise investors in the future.” Guests at the June 25 event held…CONTINUE READING

Fishing Derby revives Ford Park in Redlands

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Salvador Romero shows off his 2 1/2 lb. catch during the fishing derby.It’s not very often that Redlander Fred Ford gets tearyeyed. But on Saturday, the longtime resident and grandson of Isaac Ford, the city’s first engineer, emotions ran high. The sight of Ford Park— named after the Ford’s—filled with families brought Fred an overwhelming sense of emotion. “It’s great to see…CONTINUE READING

Nostalgia sets in as Redlands celebrates Library Days

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Classic cars thrilled guests at A.K. Smiley Public Library’s annual Library Days Celebration.Vintage rides and classic games helped draw hundreds to A.K. Smiley Public Library Saturday for its annual Library Days celebration. From local bands playing summertime hits like “American Pie” to dozens of families sitting at Smiley Park enjoying a bean bag toss and other games, the annual event was a…CONTINUE READING

Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival kicks off

courtesy photo/redlands bowl<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> The San Bernardino Symphony and  “Mosaico Music Festival” and the Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles kick off the Redlands Bowl summer series June 26.The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival opens its 92nd season Friday, June 26. The Redlands Bowl is located in Smiley Park, off Brookside Avenue between Eureka and Grant streets. All concerts begin at 8:15 p.m. each Tuesday and Friday evening. On Tuesday evenings there is a Community Sing at 7:15…CONTINUE READING

Youngsters turn nature detectives at HSSBV Critter Camp

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Cheryl Rendes of Wonders of Wildlife Inc., holds up Spaulding, a ball python during Critter Camp.It may have been Bird Day at Critter Camp Tuesday but finicky fox, a 14-pound bunny and a bearded dragon stole the show during the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley’s annual summer learning program. Nearly a dozen animals —scaley, fury and everything in-between—were brought in by Cheryl Rendes of…CONTINUE READING

LLUCH celebrates Luke the Lion’s birthday

courtesy photos/lluch<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Valerie Tizcareno, 4, a patient at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital celebrates Luke the Lion’s birthday June 15.The Fonz may have been Happy Days’ definition of a cool, but on Monday, that title belonged to Luke the Lion. A 50’s-style birthday celebration was held for Luke, the mascot for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, and patients of all ages had a roaring good time reveling in festivities. From…CONTINUE READING

Little Caesars feeds Redlands, Inland-area hungry

pizza_1-copyLittle Caesars Love Kitchen rolled through Redlands recently, serving up fresh, hot slices of pizza to all passing through the Alta Street Salvation Army. The event brought out several families and individuals, with some making a second round for an additional slice. “If we have extra, we won’t turn them…CONTINUE READING

Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council invite families to get out for National Outdoors Day

courtesy photo/girl scouts san gorgonio council<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> The Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council are hosting a free open house and activity event June 13 in Idyllwild as part of National Outdoors Day.The Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council are inviting families to experience nature at its fullest during an open house event at Camp Azalea Trails in Idyllwild on Saturday. The open house, held in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day— GO Day, will offer families an opportunity to experience outdoor…CONTINUE READING

Redlands fifth graders put athletic skills to the test at field day

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Students and teachers from Cram Elementary celebrate after winning the “Y Cup” during the first-ever district-wide Field Day.Lugonia Elementary fifth-grader Vanessa Lopez had only two worries Monday morning — not to drop the baton or trip over her own two feet — otherwise she was as confident as ever that she’d be just as fast as the other runners. “It happens,” she said, pacing back and forth.…CONTINUE READING

45th birthday bash for Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley goes to the dogs

dog2Slow and steady didn’t win the race for Junior Johnson Saturday. Being hungry did. The reddish-brown haired dachshund boxer mix who loves bacon showed he loves cupcakes just as much during a Cupcake – Pupcake eating competition during the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley’s fundraising birthday bash May 30.…CONTINUE READING

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

courtesy photo/james ponder<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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…CONTINUE READING

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

courtesy photo/boys and girls clubs of redlands-riverside</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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…CONTINUE READING

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

courtesy photo/boys and girls clubs  </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Top row from left: 2015 Youth of the Year Chyna Phillips, Ambassador Kamryn Coleson and Ambassador Makayla Pennix<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><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

courtesy photo/lluh</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

courtesy photo/lluch<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

courtesy photo/hangar 24<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

courtesy photo/superbad action figures<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

courtesy photo/boys and girls club<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

courtesy photo/redlands community music association<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

courtesy photo/redlands ymca<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

Courtesy Photo</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

courtesy photo/america’s family pet expo<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 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

courtesy photo</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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

courtesy photo/boys and girls club</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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

courtesy photo/lluch</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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

courtesy photo</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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”

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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

courtesy photo/llu james ponder</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <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