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The Redlands Police Department and Micah House, with help from local businesses, churches, community groups and City and County agencies, will give away bicycles and backpacks during a Back2School Jam and Community Resource Fair at Sylvan Park from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2. There will be free snacks and music provided for the community. 

The giveaway is held in conjunction with the Community Clean Up day from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 1, at a number of neighborhood locations, including Post Street and Brockton Avenue, Cook Street and Cero Court, the Micah House (Oxford Avenue and Brockton), and Second Baptist Church, 420 E. Stuart St. Each participating child or teen giving one hour or more of community service will receive a free backpack and school supplies.

The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in the southbound lanes of Alabama Street at Park Avenue from 10 p.m. Thursday, July 31, until 3 a.m. Friday morning. 

The Redlands Police Department offers the following advice for anyone hosting or planning to attend a weekend get-together or any kind of event where alcohol is served.

Come and enjoy tango lessons in a comfortable and fun setting.  Tango lessons will be taught on Mondays beginning Aug. 4 through Aug. 25.  Class runs from 6:45 to 8 p.m.  Registration fee is $8 per person; partners are not required.

Space is limited, so sign up today at the Redlands Community Center or online at www.cityofredlands.org/recreation/classes.  For more information, please call Joe Sidor at (909) 792-6076.

The A. K. Smiley Public Library, in cooperation with the California Center for Culture and Arts, will host a three-day exhibition of paintings by renowned artist Guan Fei from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 8-10.

Born in Qingdao, China, Guan Fei began his artistic studies at the School of Arts and Crafts in Qingdao. In 2011, Guan graduated from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China.

Although he has had several exhibitions in China, this will be his first in the United States. In 2013, Guan spent several months in Redlands, developing a deep admiration for the community. During his visit he was inspired to paint a beautiful new series of landscapes and building portraits entitled Redlands: Southern California's Village of Orange Groves. Twenty of these works will be featured at the Smiley Library’s exhibit.

Dust off those poodle skirts and leather jackets for lots of fun and dancing during the Joslyn Senior Center Sock Hop, Aug. 23, in the Joslyn “Gym.”

DJ Double “A” will be playing your favorite jukebox tunes and Thomas Catering will provide dinner.

The menu includes hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, chips and ice cream sodas. Entertainment is sponsored by AGA Inc.

To kick off the City's new SNAP/EBT electronic benefits capability at the Saturday Morning Farmers' Market and as part of the City’s Healthy Redlands initiative, the City of Redlands is sponsoring a Celebration of Healthy Living at the Saturday Morning Farmers' Market in Ed Hales Park from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2.

This free event will include composting with worms, gardening and water conservation demonstrations; cooking demonstrations; information on healthy nutrition, physical activity, and health care programs; as well as free face-painting for kids, games and prizes. The Saturday Farmers' Market is located in the City parking lot adjacent to Ed Hales Park south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets.

The public is invited to attend a workshop on energy efficiency designed to educate local residents and business owners on the programs, benefits and incentives available through Southern California Edison’s Partnership for energy efficiency. The workshop will also include an overview of the recommended energy efficiency measures for the Redlands Energy Action Plan.

Topics will include a review of energy-efficiency programs and incentives by representatives from Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Company; components of the Redlands Energy Action Plan; examples of energy efficiency measures that could be included in the plan as well as the cost and benefits of implementation.

The meeting will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, in the Redlands Community Senior Center Banquet Room, 111 W. Lugonia Ave.

Getting fresh food is a SNAP at the City of Redlands Saturday Morning Farmers’ Market. 

SNAP/EBT cards are now welcome at the weekly Saturday Morning Farmers' Market, making it simple to bring home high quality, fresh, wholesome nutrient-rich food from local farms. In addition to healthy eating, shopping at the City of Redlands Saturday Morning Farmers' Market also boosts the local economy. 

The City of Redlands recently received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Food and Nutrition Service to begin accepting SNAP/EBT benefits at the City's Saturday Morning Farmers' Market.  Working in partnership with the California Department of Social Services, the City has acquired the electronic EBT card processing equipment allowing customers to securely swipe their EBT card, enter a PIN number, and receive special farmers' market scrip to make eligible food purchases directly from the market vendors. With this new functionality, more Redlands residents can purchase fresh food products that provide good nutrition for their families while at the same time supporting their local farmers and producers.

A major economic development goal of the City Council has been achieved with the announcement today that the sale of the Redlands Mall to a San Diego-based international real estate and investment firm has been completed.

Brixton Capital, an arm of Brutten Global, closed escrow Wednesday, July 23, on the mall property, located on approximately 11 acres on Orange Street, between Redlands Boulevard and Brookside Avenue. The purchase price and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are extremely pleased with this positive step forward for the Redlands Mall and the entire downtown,” said Mayor Pete Aguilar. “We are looking forward to working with the new owners to achieve the long-term vision of revitalizing this key piece in the economic resurgence of our historic downtown.”

Redlands Police arrested two men in connection with a purse snatching Monday and charged one of the suspects with a strong arm robbery that occurred a day earlier. Police believe there may be additional victims as well.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 21, the victim, a 75-year-old woman, was having lunch at a Jack-in-the-Box at 605 E. Redlands Blvd. when a man grabbed her purse and fled to a waiting vehicle, a black Dodge Challenger.

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