Students of all ages will be able to explore Africa in a big way when the world's largest map of that continent comes to the A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands on Sunday, Feb. 22.
The map will be the centerpiece of the Library’s first Geography Day, which will occur from noon until 4 p.m. The map, part of the National Geographic Society's Giant Traveling Map program, measures 35 feet by 26 feet. The map's brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface accurately illustrates the continent's seas, rivers, mountains, countries, and capitals. Children will have the opportunity to walk on the map in their socks in order to participate in interactive activities designed to enhance understanding about the marvelous wildlife, rich history, and varied cultures of Africa.
Five people were arrested, including three for driving under the influence, during a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint Friday, Jan. 30. Two others were arrested during targeted “saturation” patrols on Super Bowl Sunday.
A total of 161 cars passed through the checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Citrus Avenue at Church Street between 10 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday.
In addition to three arrests for driving under the influence, two people were arrested on outstanding warrants. Two drivers were cited Friday for driving without licenses and two others for driving with suspended licenses, including one who attempted to back out of the tapering lane leading to the checkpoint.
The Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands will celebrate its 43rd annual Open House Sunday, Feb. 8, by unveiling the fifth and final part of an exhibit series focusing on the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. The festivities and entertainment will run from noon to 3 p.m. The new exhibit “1865: Triumph and Tragedy” focuses on the dramatic events that ended the war and restored the union of the United States. Original manuscripts will be combined with illustrations and artifacts to convey the important developments of the final year of the war. The exhibit will explore the end of slavery through the ratification of the 13th Amendment, Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration, Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, the collapse of the Confederacy, the assassination of President Lincoln, and much more.
In addition to the new exhibit, the Open House will feature Civil War re-enactors, including artillery demonstrations by the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, members of the 7th Michigan Volunteer cavalry on horseback, and Mr. Lincoln himself presenting the second inaugural address. “Over the years the open house has become a great celebration of all things related to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln,” said Director Don McCue. “The unveiling of our new exhibit, combined with live music and reenactors should make for a great day for guests of all ages.” Refreshments will be served by the museum’s docents and entertainment will be provided by fiddler Bill Bell and his Civil War quartet. Colorful balloons will be provided for the youngsters and the ever-popular Lincoln Log play area will be set up in front of the building. A new feature will be the addition of a large play area sponsored by the Inland Empire LEGO User Group complete with a LEGO Civil War battle scene and Abraham Lincoln LEGO figure. The Open House is a not-to-be-missed event!
The Redlands Animal Shelter and Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals (REDFOSA) invite animal lovers to join us on the first Saturday of every other month at Sylvan Park for Saturdays in the Park: Dog Walking and Cat Cuddling. The next event will be Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturdays in the Park gives the adoptable pets at the Redlands Animal Shelter a chance to stretch their legs, go for a walk and receive love and attention outside the shelter setting. And it gives members of the community a chance to interact with the animals and maybe meet that perfect pet. All animals will be available for adoption.
The Redlands Police Department will conduct a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the eastbound lanes of Citrus Avenue at Church Street, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.
RPD traffic officers will also conduct targeted DUI “saturation” patrols during the weekend, including Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.
The Redlands Community Center is currently seeking youth volunteers in grades 7-12 as part of its Youth Coalition Teen Committee community service organization (YCTC).
The Lincoln Memorial Shrine will host the 83rd Watchorn Lincoln Dinner at University of Redlands Orton Center on Thursday, Feb. 12. Daniel Weinberg, co-author with James L. Swanson of the book “Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution,” will deliver the keynote address titled “From Boyhood to Assassination: Lincoln Artifacts Whisper Their Stories.”
A police contact with a known gang member led officers to a motel room where police discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia along with stolen mail, jewelry, credit cards and electronics. Two people were arrested.
Police are seeking information on a man who grabbed a female jogger from behind near the University of Redlands campus Sunday.
The victim was walking on East Park Avenue near University Street just south of the University’s Frederick Loewe Theater at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, when she was grabbed from behind and carried to the theater parking lot. The man dropped her in the parking lot and ran, eventually heading north on University Street. The victim sustained minor scrapes.
Six people were arrested, charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, during a joint Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Operation with Redlands Police and state Alcoholic Beverage Control officers Saturday, Jan. 24, designed to help reduce youth access to alcohol. Another person was arrested for public intoxication, petty theft and warrants after he took a decoy’s money and bought alcohol for himself.