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A potentially tragic situation ended peacefully after Redlands Police officers persuaded an armed and barricaded man to surrender Tuesday night.

Police responded to a call of a man and woman struggling for control of a gun at a home in the 1200 block of Herald Street shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. While police were still en route to the home, the caller reported the man was chasing the woman with a knife.

The Redlands Police Department and City of Redlands Quality of Life Recreation Division will hold the 17th Annual Christmas Block Party Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, 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. 

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. Other toys will be distributed through the Family Service Association of Redlands. 

The Redlands Police Department recently received a $18,600 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to conduct undercover and decoy operations targeting businesses and individuals who provide or serve alcohol to minors, businesses that overserve alcohol or provide narcotics and use of false identifications and to fund inspections and community education efforts for ABC-licensed businesses.

Most Redlands City Hall administrative offices will be closed for the week of Christmas through the New Year. Essential City services, including public safety and utilities and the A.K. Smiley Public Library will be in full operation.

City offices, including City Hall, will close on Friday, Dec. 19, and reopen Monday, Jan. 5. The Redlands Community Center, Redlands Community Senior Center and Joslyn Senior Center will close Monday, Dec. 22, and reopen Monday, Jan. 5.

In addition to public safety, utility customer service and billing, solid waste and recycling pickup, the Redlands Animal Shelter, Hillside Memorial cemetery, and City parks will remain open and in operation.

All City facilities and operations other than Police, Fire and emergency utility services will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1.

Join the Redlands Animal Shelter and Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals (REDFOSA) for the inaugural Black Saturday Cat Adoption special.

On Nov. 29, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Redlands Animal Shelter and REDFOSA will hold a cat adoption special to find loving homes for shelter animals. Cat adoptions will be $22 – a discount of $28 – which includes spay/neuter and FVRCP shots. Micro-chipping and rabies vaccinations may be included with some cats.

The Redlands Animal Shelter is located at 504 N. Kansas St. in Redlands.

Bring your toxic waste to the Redlands Household Hazardous Waste or another authorized San Bernardino County collection center and you can win a cool free T-shirt for doing the right thing!

Do you have hazardous or toxic waste at home? If you do, make sure to bring it to an official collection center for proper disposal. Products such as leftover paint, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, motor oil, anti-freeze, batteries and household cleaners often contain toxic chemicals that can be dangerous if not disposed of properly so don’t keep them in the house.

The City of Redlands, along with the City of Rialto, have partnered with the San Bernardino County Stormwater Program to encourage residents to properly dispose of household hazardous wastes at the Redlands collection center at the Redlands Corporate Yard, 500 Kansas St. in Redlands every Saturday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Join the City of Redlands in kicking off the holiday season in Historic Downtown Redlands from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Ed Hales Park, at 5th and State streets.

Saturday’s kickoff will feature musical entertainment, complimentary carriage rides, a complimentary bounce house for children, candy canes, food and merchandise booths and a visit and photos with Santa beginning at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 6, the annual Redlands Christmas Parade, sponsored by City and the Kiwanis Club of Redlands will make its way through Historic Downtown Redlands streets beginning at 6 p.m. Well over 100 entries, including floats, bands, classic cars and others participate annually in the Redlands Christmas Parade.

Every Saturday throughout December there will be musical entertainment in Ed Hales Park from noon until 3 p.m.

The City of Redlands, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and Plymouth Village will provide a free flu shot clinic at the City of Redlands Point of Dispensing (POD) site at Plymouth Village, 900 Salem Drive, from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1.

The County of San Bernardino, Department of Public Health, Preparedness and Response Program encourages residents to get their flu shot and discover the local Point of Dispensing (POD) site. A POD site is a location where the community would go to receive medication and or vaccinations during a public health emergency, such as pandemic influenza or bioterrorism.

This holiday Redlands Senior Services invites everyone to be Santa to a senior citizen. This program collects Christmas gifts for senior citizens living in Redlands or surrounding communities. These seniors are individuals 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.

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