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The Redlands Elks Lodge and the Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals (REDFOSA) will host Microchip Madness and pet adoption fair Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 663 New York St.

Thanks to a grant from the Elks National Foundation, pet adoption fees at the event will be only $16.

In addition, the Elks Lodge has donated 100 pet microchips for Redlands residents who bring up to two pets. An Animal Control Officer will be on hand to safely implant the microchips in the pets. Must bring proof of residency to receive the free microchip.

More than 200 works of art in a variety of media from oils to garden art will be on display from local seniors at the inaugural Senior Art Show at the Joslyn Senior Center, 21 Grant St, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25.  Art work will be available for purchase from the artists.  The event will be held inside with ample parking.

Vendor opportunities are still available as well.  For more information and directions, please contact the Joslyn Senior at (909) 798-7550.

Following the death of President Abraham Lincoln on April 15, 1865, the nation mourned its loss. After a funeral at the White House and a burial service in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, the President’s remains departed Washington, D.C., by train, bound for Springfield, Ill. The train made stops in the major cities along the route, including New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Chicago.

The community is invited to attend and observe the National Arbor Day tree planting celebration conducted by the City of Redlands Street Tree Committee and City Council.

Community members are encouraged to come observe the planting dedication of two drought-tolerant trees, a California sycamore and a palo verde, generously donated by West Coast Arborist, at Redlands Heritage Park from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 24.

For more information, please contact Quality of Life staff at (909) 798-7655.

Deadlines begin this month for Alcohol retailers in the City of Redlands to ensure that their staff undergoes Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) training. One of the conditions that must be met under the city’s new Deemed Approved ordinance (DAO), RBS training helps alcohol retail businesses stay in compliance with other standards of operation, and helps curb underage sales, nuisance activities and crime related to alcohol retail practices.                                                                          

The RBS trainings are just one component of the City’s comprehensive efforts to tackle alcohol related issues in the community as part of the Responsible Redlands Initiative. On March 17 Redlands became the third city in San Bernardino County to adopt a Deemed Approved Ordinance. The new measure gives local law enforcement tools to ensure that alcohol retailers comply with standards beneficial to the surrounding community. Alcohol retailers who fail to follow standards risk penalties including potential loss of their alcohol license.

The City of Redlands Quality of Life Department and the Redlands Community Music Association are pleased to present a free family-oriented event with an opportunity to sing along to some of Latin America’s most beautiful folk songs.

Led by acclaimed performer Ana Gonzalez and ensemble Los Tremendous del Sur, “Many Voices, Muchas Voces” will be presented at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the corner of Brockton and Lombard streets. Support for “Many Voices, Muchas Voces” has been provided by the James Irvine Foundation.

Two new Redlands Firefighter/Paramedics received their badges and the department named its 2014 Firefighter of the Year during a ceremony in the Redlands City Council Chambers last week. After opening remarks by City Manager N. Enrique Martinez, the following personnel were recognized:

Capt. Michael McMath was named the Firefighter of the Year as Fire Department members, City staff, friends and family gathered in the Council Chambers Thursday evening, April 9.

McMath started his emergency services career as an emergency medical technician ambulance driver in 1990.  He attained additional experience as a reserve firefighter with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department and as a paid-call Running Springs firefighter before joining the Redlands Fire Department in January 2000. With more than 24 years of emergency services experience, Captain McMath brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to his work.

The City of Redlands Development Services and Quality of Life Departments are pleased to continue the popular Movies in the Park, this month featuring “Into the Woods” on Friday, April 17, at Ed Hales Park on the corner of 5th and State streets in Historic Downtown Redlands.

This free event begins at 6 p.m. and will include free activities for children and entertainment provided by the Sixth Street School of Music. The movie begins at dusk. Feel free to bring your own blanket and chair.

Mayor Paul Foster and Mayor Pro Tem Jon Harrison will meet with the public for the April Coffee with the Council beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Olive Avenue Market, 530 W. Olive Ave.  

The monthly Coffee with the Council was begun in February 2011 as part of the City’s continuing efforts to increase interaction with residents and promote transparency in City affairs.

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 Stell Coffee & Tea Company, 1580 Barton Road, Suite A. Council members rotate attendance, with no more than two members at each meeting.

Council members have held the meetings for the past four years as a way for residents to ask questions or share concerns outside the formal setting of a City Council meeting.

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

As part of the City of Redlands’ application for grant funding through the Active Transportation Program to implement new bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements, the City has scheduled a public meeting to describe proposed infrastructure projects and seek public input.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the City Council Chambers, located at 35 Cajon St.

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