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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.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln, a replica of Lincoln’s casket, created by the Batesville Casket Company, is on display in the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands through April 19.

Following Lincoln’s assassination on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, a casket was custom built to hold the president’s remains. After lying in state in the East Room of the White House and the U.S. Capitol, a special train carried Lincoln and the remains of his son, Willie, who died in 1862, back to Springfield, Ill.  Lincoln’s open casket was viewed by hundreds of thousands of mourners in 11 cities before it arrived at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.

Staff from the City of Redlands Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department will deliver an update to the City Council next week on the City’s efforts to reduce water usage and adjustments that may be required following new mandatory restrictions announced by the governor on Wednesday.

Mayor Paul Foster requested the update on the status of water conservation measures and a timeline for implementing changes that may be required under the new restrictions included in Gov. Jerry Brown’s Executive Order announced Wednesday, April 1. Staff will provide the update during the April 7 City Council meeting.

The City of Redlands invites nominations for the City’s inaugural Beautification and Redlands Heroes Awards. Winners will be honored at the State of the City event at noon on Thursday, June 25, at the University of Redlands Orton Center, 1200 E. Colton Ave.

Beautification Awards will be presented in four categories:

  • New Construction with Landscaping
  • Existing Development with Landscaping
  • Adaptive Reuse of Historic Property
  • Sustainable Design and Innovation

One winner will be named in each category, recognizing buildings and non-residential facilities within the City of Redlands that capture outstanding landscape, cleanliness and curb appeal.

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