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As part of the A.K. Smiley Public Library's third annual Library Days Celebration, at noon Saturday, June 21, educator Darcel Cannady-Jamerson will deliver a 20-minute living history portrayal of famed abolitionist/Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman.

The free presentation will take place in the Lincoln Shrine, 125 W. Vine St., in Redlands. Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom in the North and over the next 11 years she returned repeatedly below the Mason-Dixon line to help others escape slavery via the so-called Underground Railroad. She also advocated for abolitionism and assisted John Brown prior to his raid on Harpers Ferry. With the outbreak of the American Civil War, Tubman ventured to South Carolina to assist the Union military as both a guide and spy.

Redlands City Council members will continue their Coffee with the Council community meetings on Saturday, June 21, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at

Augie’s Coffee House, 113 N. Fifth St. Mayor Pete Aguilar and Council Member Pat Gilbreath will attend.

As part of the City’s continuing efforts to increase interaction with residents and promote transparency in City affairs, the City Council began a monthly “Coffee With the Council” in February 2011.

The informal meetings are held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month, rotating among three local restaurants – Olive Avenue Market, 530 W. Olive Ave; Cuca’s Mexican Food, 1752 E. Lugonia Ave.; and Augie’s Coffee House, 113 N. Fifth St. Council members rotate attendance, with no more than two members at each meeting.

Mayor Aguilar suggested the meetings as a way for residents to ask questions or share concerns with Council members outside the formal setting of a City Council meeting.

The remaining schedule for this year’s Coffee with the Council meetings is included below.

A gas leak closed a central avenue through the City and prompted the voluntary evacuation of several residences, businesses and an elementary school Wednesday.

The leak was reported shortly after 9:30 a.m. when a Verizon crew working in an underground vault on Cajon Street between Fern and Cypress avenues detected flammable gas in the vault and called the Redlands Fire Department. Fire personnel detected high levels of flammable gas in the underground vaults along Cajon from Fern to Highland. Redlands Police closed Cajon to traffic from Olive Avenue to Highland Avenue.

Redlands Police arrested two people for attempted fraudulent use of account information, possession of stolen property, and possession of a skimming device. The arrests followed an investigation after devices known as “card skimmers” were found attached to gas pumps at two local businesses.

Redlands Police arrested six people Thursday in connection with the January 2013 shooting death of an aspiring musician outside the now-closed Cancun restaurant and night club.

The Redlands Police Multiple Enforcement Team, with the assistance of Inland Valley SWAT – including Fontana, Colton and Rialto police - and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department SWAT, served search warrants at locations in Rialto and Riverside Thursday morning, June 5.

Police arrested 27-year-old Anthony Artell Tolbert, of Rubidoux; 33-year-old Terryl Diamond Morris, of Riverside; 22-year-old Damar William Sowell, of Rubidoux; 21-year-old Jamaal Aaron Duncan, of Rubidoux; 26-year-old Vanessa Everlin Felix, of Rialto; and 20-year-old Taylor Morgan Jones, of Riverside.

June is jumpin’ again this year as the City of Redlands continues the popular series of events kicking off the summer, including Surfin’ State Street and Movies in the Park, and a new event this year, the Downtown Art Walk & Crab Boil.

The June is Jumpin’ series will begin Friday, June 13, with the Surfin’ State Street Car Cruise on downtown State Street from Orange to Ninth Street, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will feature the popular local surf band, The Tornadoes, a classic car cruise, delicious food vendors, beers from Hangar 24 and wines from State Street Winery.

On Sunday, June 15, it’s the Downtown Art Walk & Crab Boil. Local artists will be exhibiting their works in the alleys and sidewalks of downtown Redlands accompanied by performances from local bands and solo artists. Swing by Ed Hales Park to feast on the crab and crawfish boil! Grab a beer or a glass of wine by Ritual Brewery, Hangar 24 or State Street Winery in the beer and wine garden adjacent to the park.

The City of Redlands, along with Sportball, will offer a free Multi-Sport Summer program to teach children the concepts and skills associated with various sports. A variety of creative, high-energy games will be offered to develop agility, balance, coordination and stamina as well as important social and cooperation skills. A free nutritional lunch will also be provided as part of the program!

Participants can register for the following sessions:

Work to improve traffic on the City’s busiest intersection will begin this month as contractors begin construction on the intersection of Redlands Boulevard and Alabama Street and reconfiguration of Colton Avenue at Redlands Boulevard.

The approximately $4 million construction project will realign the intersection of Redlands Boulevard and Alabama Street, the City’s busiest intersection with more than 24,000 vehicles passing through the crossing daily. The realignment will eliminate a 22-foot offset as Alabama Street crosses Redlands Boulevard and widen both streets adding a third northbound lane and additional left turn lanes in each direction on Alabama Street.

The project will also realign an unorthodox and difficult merger of Colton Avenue and Redlands Boulevard, creating a signalized T intersection just east of the Redlands Boulevard/Alabama Street intersection. In addition, the project will improve drainage in the area and replace all street lighting with energy-efficient LED equipment.

Enjoy Salsa dance in a comfortable and fun setting.  Salsa classes will be taught every Monday beginning June 9 through June 30.

Classes begin at 6:45 p.m., ending at 8 pm. Registration fee is $8 per person. Partners are not required.

Space is limited, so sign-up today at the Redlands Community Center or online at www.cityofredlands.org/recreation/classes. For more information, call instructor Joe Sidor at (909) 792-6076.

Noting a new increase in reported thefts from gravesites at Hillside Memorial Park, RPD Community Policing officers conducted a specialized investigation at the cemetery and arrested a woman following a theft Saturday.

At about 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, officers arrested a 38-year-old Mentone woman who was stopped following a theft at the cemetery. Police located a stolen solar light in her vehicle. Police then accompanied the woman to her home where they located another solar light taken from the cemetery.

Kristen Janelle Unkelbach was arrested for petty theft.

Police are working with cemetery staff in an effort to locate the owner of the second solar light.

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