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June 14, 2016 - The Redlands Police Department is seeking input from the Redlands community to name the department’s new K9 dog. The dog, a two-year old, 70-pound male German shepherd will be working with Officer Joseph Valdivia and joins Chewy as part of the RPD K9 force.

The RPD is asking the community to suggest a name for the newest K9. When thinking of names, it is important to keep in mind that these are working police dogs, not pets.

The winning contestant will get to meet the newest K9 officer, along with Chewy and their handlers, officers Joseph Valdivia and Jaimeson Liu. The contest rules are simple:

  • Contestants may suggest up to two names.
  • The name must be for a male dog.
  • The name must have no more than nine (9) letters. 
  • The name must be one or two syllables. 
  • Contestants must live in Redlands, work in Redlands or attend a school within the Redlands Unified School District.
  • Entries must be received by June 27, 2016.
  • The top 10 finalists will be announced June 29, 2016. The winning finalist name will be announced on June 30, 2016. 

June 14, 2016 - Dollars for Dogs, a fundraiser at The Mexico Café in San Bernardino, raised $20,000 Monday, June 13, in support of the Redlands Police Department’s K9 Unit. 

Since 2008, ongoing training, medical costs, equipment and lodging for the department’s canines have been supported entirely by private donations with no cost to the City’s General Fund. The department recently revealed plans to expand the K9 Unit with the addition of an another dog, using some of the funds raised Monday.

In December 2008, the Redlands Police Department began its drug-sniffing K-9 program with Radar, a black Labrador mix, and his handler, Redlands Police Officer Dan Figgins, using only private donations. In 2012, Radar retired as a working police canine and the department acquired a trained 3-year-old chocolate Labrador named Kass, who worked with his partner Officer Patrick Estrada.

June 13, 2016 - The City of Redlands Quality of Life Department Recreation Division and Development Services Department invites the community to a free screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for the next Movies in the Park Friday, June 24, at Ed Hales Park, at the intersection of East State and Fifth streets in Historic Downtown Redlands.

Moviegoers are encouraged to arrive early and bring your own lawn chair and/or blanket. The movie begins at dusk (approximately 7:45-8:15 p.m.), with activities beginning at 6 p.m. There will be free entertainment and activities for the children to enjoy, such as costumed Star Wars characters and music provided by Kids Party DJ.

June 13, 2016 - The City Council will continue their popular Coffee with the Council meetings this Saturday, June 18, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Olive Avenue Market. Mayor Paul Foster and Council Member John James will be in attendance.

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 five years as a way for residents to ask questions or share concerns outside the formal setting of a City Council meeting.

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

June 9, 2016 - The City of Redlands Development Services Department and the Inland Empire chapter of SCORE will host a workshop on the popular bookkeeping software, QuickBooks from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 14.

June 8, 2016 - Thanks to a generous grant from local computer mapping firm Esri,  the A.K. Smiley Public  Library in Redlands will host its 5th annual Library Days Celebration  Saturday, June 18.

The theme of this year’s event is the Smiley Summer Games, celebrating the role of  sports in our community.  A host of fun participatory activities will take place around Smiley Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., including Frisbee golf, rock climbing, bean bag tossing, free throw shooting and face painting. Back by popular demand to entertain guests is the West Palm Avenue Band. Their classic American rock tunes will be sure to have guests moving their feet. Last but not least, the Library’s Heritage Room will have an exhibit case full of Southern California sports related material from their collection.

June 7, 2016 - Redlands Police cited 12 drivers, a bicyclist and a pedestrian during a pedestrian crosswalk safety enforcement detail on Monday, June 6.

Police officers conducted the enforcement detail at various intersections in the downtown business district.

A dozen drivers were cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian within a crosswalk. A bicyclist was cited for riding on the wrong side of the road and one pedestrian was cited for jaywalking, or failure to use an available crosswalk while crossing the street.

June 2, 2016 - The popular Surfin’ State Street Car Cruise returns to Historic Downtown Redlands from 5 to 9 p. m. Friday, June 10, on downtown State Street from Orange to Redlands Boulevard.

The event features muscle cars, street rods, classics, antiques and special interest cars. 

Attendees will enjoy an evening of food and fun featuring live music from the Wave Invasion surf band and tasty offerings from JoJo’s Grill-A-Dog, Renaissance Banquet Hall, Shaved Ice and more.  The Rotary Club of Redlands will be pouring craft beers courtesy of Ritual Brewing Company, Whats Pop’n will be serving fresh popcorn and Double A the DJ will be playing a variety of surf music.

June 2, 2016 - The Redlands Community Center and the City’s Senior Centers are the coolest places in town! As temperatures heat up this weekend, the Joslyn Senior Center, Community Senior Center and the Community Center are cooling down.

June 1, 2016 - Join the City of Redlands Saturday Morning Farmers Market from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, for our final cooking demonstration with Jesse Silva from Street Tacos Catering. The Saturday Morning Farmers Market is held every Saturday along Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets.

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