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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.   

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man who held up a Subway sandwich restaurant Saturday, Jan. 31.

The suspect entered the store located at 1619 W. Lugonia Ave. shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday and ordered a sandwich. As the clerk rang up his order the suspect produced a note demanding money. No weapon was seen.

The clerk handed over cash from the register and the suspect took the money, the note and the sandwich and left the store in an unknown direction.

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!

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