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The Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands, the only institution in the west focusing on Lincoln and the Civil War, will celebrate its 42nd annual Open House Sunday, Feb. 9, by unveiling the fourth part of a new exhibit focusing on the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.  The festivities and entertainment will run from 1-4 p.m. 

The new exhibit, “1864: This Mighty Scourge of War,” focuses on the dramatic events that took place during 1864. Original manuscripts from figures such as Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, and Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman will be combined with contemporary and current illustrations to convey the important developments of the fourth year of the war. These include the presidential election of 1864, Sherman’s March to the Sea, the Battle of the Crater, Mobile Bay, and the Wilderness.

Tom Wheeler, author of “Mr. Lincoln’s T-mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War” (Harper Collins, 2006), will return to the city of his birth to serve as the keynote speaker for the 82nd Annual Watchorn Lincoln Dinner at the University of Redlands on Wednesday, Feb. 12, sponsored by the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands.

Wheeler will discuss how Abraham Lincoln presided over the first “modern war,” describing a divided nation and its president in the midst of technological and social revolutions.

In addition to the keynote address, live music of the Civil War era will be performed by the Camp Carleton Cornet Band and updates on the Lincoln Shrine will be delivered.  The Watchorn Lincoln Dinner is the largest annual event of its kind celebrating Lincoln in the United States.

City staff have scheduled two community presentations on the Flood control, ADA ramps, Sidewalks, Trees and parks (FAST) infrastructure program. The presentations are designed to describe and explain the proposed program and financing and seek public input.

The first presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Redlands Community Center Banquet Room at 111 W. Lugonia Ave. A second presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at the Redlands City Council Chambers.  Both presentations are open to the public and will include time for questions and answers.

The Redlands City Council invites residents to apply for an opening on the Cultural Arts Commission.

The Cultural Arts Commission promotes public interest in arts, recommends new arts programs and sources of funding for those programs, assists the City Council by recommending policies to encourage, develop and support the arts in Redlands, and advises the City Council in the administration of the City's "Art in Public Places" program.

Redlands Police arrested one man and are attempting to locate a second suspect following an armed robbery at a gas station convenience store Monday. The two men are suspected in several other armed robberies in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

At about 4:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, police received the report of an armed robbery at the Unocal Station, 1075 Parkford Drive. Two men entered the store, displayed handguns and robbed the clerk of cash, alcohol and cigarettes .

The Redlands Police Department along with Second Baptist Church of Redlands and the AAA Redlands University will sponsor the Dream Makers Football Classic flag football game at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Texonia Park at the intersection of Texas Street and Lugonia Avenue.

The game is free and open to middle school students in 6th through 8th grades.

Two people were arrested for driving under the influence during a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint Friday, Jan. 10.

A total of 107 vehicles passed through the checkpoint in the northbound lanes of 6th Street at Stuart Avenue. In addition to the two DUI arrests, one driver was arrested on an outstanding warrant, another for driving on a suspended license and two for driving without a valid license.

On Monday, Jan. 13, RPD traffic officers on a grant-funded distracted driver detail near Citrus Plaza issued 18 citations to drivers using cell phones.

Staff from the City of Redlands is seeking opportunities to meet with service clubs, business organizations and other community groups during the month of January and early February to discuss the critical infrastructure needs of the City.

On Dec. 17, City staff presented a report to the City Council outlining areas of critical infrastructure need, including flood control, sidewalks, ADA ramps, urban forest and parks, and a potential program for funding construction, repair and maintenance of each. Following the report, the City Council authorized City staff to make presentations to the community to gauge public support for the infrastructure program and report back to the council in February.

The Redlands Police Department will conduct a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, in the northbound lanes of 6th Street at Stuart Avenue, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.

During two checkpoints during the last weeks of December one person was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and three others for driving with licenses that had been suspended or revoked.

The City of Redlands invites applications from property owners to participate in the Mills Act program, designed to encourage the preservation of historic properties in Redlands.

The Mills Act is an economic incentive program in California for the restoration and preservation of qualified historic buildings by private property owners. Enacted in 1972, the Mills Act legislation grants participating cities and counties the authority to enter into contracts with owners of qualified historic properties who actively participate in the rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, and maintenance of their historic properties. Since the costs of doing so can be prohibitive, property tax relief can offset these costs.

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