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Academic Academies, in partnership with the city of Redlands, will be offering summer academic classes for grades 2-12. Enrich your child’s writing and math skills over the summer. All courses are taught by qualified instructors in small group settings at the Redlands Community Center.

The academy begins Tuesday, July 15, and continues through Aug. 16. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Registration fees are $79 for each 5-week class. 

In a hopeful sign that motorists are getting the message not to drink and drive, there were no arrests for driving under the influence during a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint Saturday, June 28. 

“We like to think our educational and enforcement efforts are having a positive effect and at least some drivers understand the incredible risk to themselves and others when they get behind the wheel after drinking,” said Sgt. Ken Wright, who supervises the Redlands Police Department’s Traffic Unit. “We still have to be diligent. Unfortunately, there are plenty of drivers out there who will take the chance on destroying countless lives by drinking and driving.”

A total of 175 vehicles passed through the checkpoint in the northbound lanes of Alabama Street at Orange Avenue between 10 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday. Officers cited one driver for driving with an expired license and another for driving with a suspended license.

Redlands City Manager N. Enrique Martinez was recently selected by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) for a one-year term on the organization’s Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee.

According to ICMA President-elect James A. Bennett, more than 300 members of the organization applied for a limited number of spots on ICMA committees for the coming year, in some cases requests outnumbered available positions eightfold.

The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in the northbound lanes of Alabama Street at Orange Avenue from 10 p.m. Saturday, June 28, until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. 

Beginning July 17, the Redlands Police Department Citizen Volunteer Patrol will begin providing free child fingerprinting once a month during Market Night.

One evening a month, volunteers will staff a booth at the Thursday night market on State Street fingerprinting children to give families a record that can be used in case of emergencies. The service is free and available to anyone with children.

Once the child is fingerprinted, the card will be given to the child’s parents or guardian. Redlands Police will not keep any records on file. Parents are encouraged to attach a current photo of their child and a lock of hair and to keep the card handy in the event of an emergency.

Child fingerprints aid police in reuniting children with their families in the event they become separated by a natural disaster, accident or crime.

On Friday, June 27, Movies in the Park is back with “The Lego Movie” at Ed Hales Park.

The activities begin at dusk and last until 9 p.m. Before the movie there will be children’s crafts and games, musical entertainment, Lego building and tons of wholesome family fun! Free Lego goodie bags will be given away while they last, compliments of the City of Redlands Development Services and Quality of Life departments: Creating Smiles!

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.

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