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A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 5, to kick off work on the Orange Street Alley Pedestrian Enhancement Project, converting a downtown alley into a public park. The ceremony will be held at the end of the alley on Orange Street, between State Street and Citrus Avenue.

The Pedestrian Enhancement Project will repurpose the existing alleyway between Citrus Avenue and State Street, and Orange Street and Fifth Street, into a public park and construct new pedestrian elements. Improvements will include the installation of pavers, raised planters, decorative light standards, arched trellises, and gates. The project will construct new physical enhancements to the downtown core, create a destination for tourists and residents, and provide an opportunity for economic retention and growth for local businesses.

In a hopeful sign that drivers are taking the message not to drink and drive to heart, the Redlands Police Department had no DUI arrests during a weekend Sobriety/Drivers License checkpoint.

A total of 91 vehicles crossed through the checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Colton Avenue between New York and Texas streets between 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, and 3 a.m. Sunday.

Four drivers were cited for driving with a license that had been suspended or revoked. Another person was cited for driving without a license.

During the checkpoint, officers handed out fliers in both English and Spanish from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to educate motorists about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Colton Avenue between New York and Texas streets from 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. 

During the checkpoint, officers will be handing out fliers in both English and Spanish from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to educate motorists about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Police and alcohol retailers work together to curb underage drinking

Redlands Police and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will conduct a Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) training and highlight tools that employees of licensed alcohol establishments can use to more easily spot fake ID cards.

The Feb. 25 evening training is part of a new, ongoing cooperation between alcohol establishments and the Police Department to more proactively curb problems related to binge and underage drinking.

Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia will discuss issues of local law enforcement and current crime trends and answer questions from the public during a town hall meeting Thursday, March 5.

In addition to answering questions from the audience, Chief Garcia will also take questions live via the Redlands Police Department’s Facebook page at Questions will be answered live online as time permits.

A joint special meeting of the City Council ad hoc Citrus Committee and the Citrus Preservation Commission Subcommittee will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the A.K. Smiley Library Assembly Room, 125 W. Vine St., to discuss recommendations for replanting 10.7 acres of citrus groves at Prospect Park.

Paul Barich and John James, Redlands newest City Council members, will meet with the public for the February Coffee with the Council beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Cuca’s Mexican Food, 1752 E. Lugonia 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 this year’s Coffee with the Council meetings is included below.

The Redlands Community Senior Center is seeking merchandise and food vendors to participate in a St. Patrick’s Day Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

The public is invited to shop for unique, locally made items.  Entertainment and a free corned beef and cabbage lunch will be provided. 

Come hungry and join fellow seniors for a Healthy Veggie Burrito Potluck Friday, Feb. 13, from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. at the Joslyn Senior Center. Participants are asked to either provide a dish or pay $2. For more information, please contact the Joslyn Senior Center at (909) 798-7550.

The Joslyn Senior Center offers a Tai Chi class for beginners, covering basic principles of the discipline.

Tai Chi is a low-impact aerobic class that helps improve balance and calm the mind and it is a great way to stay active and healthy.

Classes will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Fridays beginning Feb. 6 through April 10 at the Joslyn Senior Center, 21 Grant St. There is no cost.

For more information please contact the Joslyn Senior Center at (909)-798-7550.   

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