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Dec. 2, 2015 - For more than two decades, firefighters across Southern California have collected new toys and sports equipment for children in need. Last year, more than 450,000 toys were collected and distributed during the holiday season.

Redlands firefighters are again honored to contribute to this effort. All toys and equipment collected in Redlands will be distributed locally. Some toys will be brought by firefighters to the Boys & Girls Club of Redlands Christmas event held at the Burrage Mansion.  

Dec. 1, 2015 - This holiday, the Redlands Senior Services Division invites everyone to be Santa’s Elf to a senior citizen. This program collects Christmas gifts for senior citizens, living in Redlands, without anyone to look after or visit them. We want to make their Christmas bright with a gift of a set of pajamas, robe, lap blanket, non-skid socks, and /or slippers.

Donations will be collected from individuals and businesses. Individuals wishing to participate in this program can visit either the Redlands Senior Center or the Joslyn Senior Center, through Dec. 11, 2015.

Dec. 1, 2015 - The Redlands Police Department will provide motor escort for more than 100 elementary school children, along with members of a local church during the annual “Souled Out for Kids” Christmas shopping spree Thursday, Dec. 3.

Redlands Police Department Officers will be on hand at 9 a.m. as members of Pathway Church take a group of underprivileged children from Lugonia and Mentone elementary schools on the $100 Christmas shopping spree at the Redlands Wal-Mart, 2050 W. Redlands Blvd.

The annual event was started by the Youth Ministries at Pathway Church in Redlands. Staff and members of the church will escort the elementary school children on the shopping spree. Money for the shopping spree was donated by members of the congregation.

Nov. 30, 2015 - The Redlands Police Department and City of Redlands Quality of Life Recreation Division will hold the 18th Annual Christmas Block Party Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Redlands Community Center.

The annual Christmas Party was created to assist families who are unable to enjoy the luxuries of a traditional Christmas celebration, particularly providing toys and presents for their children. Considering the number of low-income families, those in need and those who are unemployed in Redlands, the Redlands Police Department, Quality of Life Department, local businesses and numerous volunteers have come together each year to assist local families. 

The City of Redlands is working with various organizations to provide toys, food, bicycles, games and crafts to children during the annual block party, scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave. Between 3,000 and 5,000 families attend this event each year. For many of the children, this will be the only “Christmas” they receive.

Nov. 18, 2015 - The City will begin trimming approximately 250 palm trees along Orange and Cajon streets in preparation for storms associated with El Niño.

Nov. 18, 2015 - Join the City of Redlands in kicking off the holiday season with some old-fashioned hospitality in Historic Downtown Redlands from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in Ed Hales Park at the corner of State and Fifth streets.

Saturday’s kickoff will feature musical entertainment and children’s games and activities sponsored by the Sixth Street School of Music, complimentary carriage rides, a complimentary bounce house for children, food and merchandise booths and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Nov. 12, 2015 - The November Coffee with the Council, scheduled for Nov. 21 has been cancelled in order to allow council members to participate in the Community Day of Service scheduled that day.

The City of Redlands and the Redlands Service Club Council are hosting the Community Day of Service to beautify the new Orange Blossom Trail between Wabash Avenue and Grove Street. Open check-in for the Day of Service begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at two locations along the trail at Dearborn Street and Judson Street, between East Citrus and East Colton Avenues.

Nov. 10, 2015 - In October, the Redlands Fire Department took delivery of a new Type-III wildland fire engine transferred from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services at no cost to the City.

Redlands was one of five Southern California agencies to receive engines transferred to fire departments to support local incident response as well as mutual aid resource requests for fires and other emergencies throughout California. In addition to Redlands, cities receiving the OES engines were Rancho Cucamonga, Corona, San Marcos and Carlsbad.

Cal OES State Fire and Rescue Chief Kim Zagaris presented the Type-III wildland fire engines to the fire chiefs and crews from each of the assigned fire departments.

Nov. 5, 2015 - The City of Redlands invites residents to apply for an opening on the Street Tree Committee. Deadline for filing applications has been extended to Nov. 19. Members are appointed by the City Council.

Residents interested in applying for the non-salaried position may request application forms from the City Manager's Office, City Hall, 35 Cajon St., Suite 200, by phone at 798-7510, or download an application on-line at

Nov. 5, 2015 - Construction and installation of shade sails at Community Park is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Nov. 10, barring any unforeseen conditions. During construction, the playground equipment will be closed to the public, however, the remainder of the park, including the sports fields, parking lot, and picnic areas will remain open.

The playground equipment is expected to be closed Nov. 10-13 for the pouring of concrete footings and installation of poles and Nov. 19 for the installation of the shade sails. There will be no access to the playground equipment on those dates. The attached map denotes the boundaries of the closure.

On July 21, the City Council awarded a $238,410 contract for the 2015 Shade Sail Installation Project to Southern Hemisphere Shades of Sacramento. Construction is scheduled to begin in November 2015 and anticipated to be completed in December 2015. The project is funded by proceeds from the Palmetto Grove sale, which included allocations for parks and recreation improvements throughout the city.

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