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Redlands Firefighters were honored again this year to take the lead on the local Spark of Love Toy Drive, and are happy to announce that more than 1,000 local youth benefitted from the hard work and generosity of the community and the drive partners.

For much of November and December, Redlands Firefighters donated their time and talent toward collecting toys and other items for local youth who may have otherwise felt forgotten at Christmas.

Those who watch the City of Redlands Public Access Channel or have liked the Redlands Fire Department Facebook page may have seen the public service announcement of the drive, which was scripted and produced by Capt. Rob Sandberg, Al Stevens and Redlands TV video technician Cheryl Williams. The PSA featured Santa Claus himself sliding down the infamous fire pole, collecting the donated toys from the firefighters and readying to deliver them.

Firefighters also partnered with the “Frogmen in the Morning” from KFRG 95.1 FM at Citrus Plaza for on-site collection events held each Friday of December. The KFRG presence was a huge draw and vital to driving the promotion and ultimate success of this year’s drive.

Beginning the first Friday in December, Redlands Family Service Association opened their facility on 612 Lawton St. to allow parents to “shop” from the donated toys and gifts for their children. Each of those Fridays in December offered the opportunity to more than 75 families.  

On Dec. 14, the Boys & Girls Club of Redlands invited local youth to their annual holiday event at the Burrage Mansion. The children met Santa Claus and were assisted by Redlands Firefighters while choosing a toy and participating in holiday activities.

Fire Engineer Don Trujillo led the local effort, and said the department is humbled to serve Redlands children and families. “We love serving our community and are so grateful for the opportunity as well as the generosity of all those who partnered with us and especially of those who donated. It is a great joy for us to play a small part in this true community effort,” Trujillo said.

The Spark of Love Toy Drive is held throughout Southern California, and 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of this endeavor, which has provided more than 7 million toys to underserved children.

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  2. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, September 23rd
    • End time: 06:15pm
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Wednesday, September 24th

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, September 24th
    • End time: 10:45am
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    • End date: Wednesday, September 24th
    • End time: 08:30pm
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  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
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    • End time: 10:55am
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  2. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, September 25th
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Friday, September 26th

  1. City Hall Closed
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  1. Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, September 27th
    • End time: 11:00am
    • The City’s successful Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market brings fresh local produce to historic downtown Redlands every Saturday.

      The Saturday Morning Certified Farmers’ Market began June 6, 2009, bringing local growers to the City parking lot south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets near Ed Hales Park. The market operates from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday, excluding holiday weekends.

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  2. Household Hazardous Waste Collection site
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, September 27th
    • End time: 12:30pm
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      The site does not accept business waste, radioactive wastes, medical waste, explosives, reactives, or asbestos.

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Sunday, September 28th

  1. Playwright/performer Larry Vanderveen assumes the role of legendary novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald in a one-man interactive show.
    • Start time: 02:30pm
    • End date: Sunday, September 28th
    • End time: 04:30pm
    • Join us in the A.K. Smiley Library Assembly Room as actor and writer Larry Vanderveen assumes the role of legendary novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald in a powerhouse one-man show exploring the life and times of the man who penned such classic American novels as The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise. From his troubled relationship with devoted wife Zelda to his later romance with Hollywood gossip writer Sheilah Graham and his complex friendship with acclaimed author Ernest Hemingway, this rich and textured exploration of Fitzgerald’s eventful life allows literature fans the unique opportunity to look into the mind of the man responsible for some of the greatest literature of the 20th Century.

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  1. Environmental Review Committee

Tuesday, September 30th

  1. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, September 30th
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Wednesday, October 1st

  1. Preschool Story Time
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    • End date: Wednesday, October 1st
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