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Citrus Heritage

It was in the spring of 1882 that a Mr. E.J. Waite, a native of Wisconsin, planted the first orange grove in Redlands proper on two and a half acres on Center Street.  The City of Redlands was, for almost three-quarters of a century, at the heart of the largest navel orange producing region in the world, attracting people from all over the world from the late 1800’s to the late 1950’s.  Socially, the navel orange became a symbol of what tourists and the rest of the country thought about Southern California.  In 1890, one thousand railroad cars of navels were marketed.  By 1904, over one million boxes were sent out in over 9,000 railroad cars from over 30 packing houses.

Today only one packing house remains to serve the needs of approximately the 2,500 acres of citrus that remains in production in the area.  Despite this, even today, the smell of the orange blossoms or the taste of the fruit serves to remind the Redlanders of the continuing presence of a past life-style and image.

The City of Redlands first became involved in the citrus business in 1968 when it acquired the Prospect Park Grove through money donated by its citizens and federal grants.  Additional groves were acquired in the 1970’s with park acquisition and development taxes.  In 1979, a City ordinance called for the“historical preservation of citrus” to be supported by crop receipts and park tax funds.  In 1986, the voters passed Measure “O” by an overwhelming majority to provide taxpayer funds for the strategic purchase of various lands to be maintained in perpetuity as open space – including citrus groves.

In 1996, the Citrus Preservation Commission was established to make recommendations and advise the City Council regarding the acquisition, improvement, preservation and retention of citrus properties within the City.  The Citrus Preservation Commission consists of seven volunteer members who generously offer their combined 250-plus years of citrus industry expertise to help ensure the continuing presence of our citrus history.  The Commission is charged with the responsibility of the daily farming operations as well as the harvesting and marketing activities for all of the City owned citrus groves. 

If you would like to know more about citrus heritage in Redlands the following are excellent sources of information:  A.K. Smiley Library,  Redlands Conservancy, Inland Orange Conservancy, Redlands Historical Museum, Redlands Foothill Groves, Esri.

City Owned Groves

Currently, the City of Redlands owns 16 citrus groves throughout the city totaling 209 acres.  They include Valencia Oranges, Naval Oranges, Ruby Star Grapefruit, and Rio Grapefruit.   

The City’s citrus operation operates as an enterprise funds and has been able to maintain these groves without general fund support to date. All of the revenue received from the harvesting of the crops is used to continue the on-going cultural care.  

Citrus Groves Map

Citrus Preservation Commission

The City of Redlands Citrus Preservation Commission meets the 2nd Tuesday of every odd numbered month and all meeting are open to the public.  For more information about the City’s citrus operation, contact the Quality of Life Department at 909-798-7655. 

Commission Agendas

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Upcoming

Today

  1. Summer Reading Program #6
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, July 29th
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • "The Bubble Chef" will be our guest today in the Contemporary Club as she 'cooks' up some scientific concoctions on stage. Come prepared to be wowed!

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  2. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, July 29th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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Tomorrow

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, July 30th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, July 30th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Thursday, July 31st

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, July 31st
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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  2. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, July 31st
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Friday, August 1st

  1. City Hall Closed
    • Extended service hours are offered in order for the public to conduct City business before and after traditional business hours. City staff is available 9 hours a day to serve you. City Hall offices are closed every other Friday.

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Saturday, August 2nd

  1. Celebration of Healthy Living - Saturday Morning Farmers' Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, August 2nd
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • 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.

      Presentations on the stage at Ed Hales Park will include:

      Zumba Fitness for Adults at 8:45 a.m.
      Zumba Fitness for Youth at 9:30 a.m.
      Tai Chi at 10:15 a.m.
      Tumbling for Fun at 11 a.m.

      Free shuttle service will be available every 30 minutes from the Redlands Community Center at 111 W. Lugonia Ave. to the Farmers Market.

      Additional participants and presenters include:

      The Cooking Block - Cooking Classes and C.E.N.T.E.R. Management Program
      UCCE Master Gardener Demonstrations - Container Herb Gardening and Vermi-composting (composting with worms!)
      San Bernardino Master Food Preservers
      Molina Health Care - Managing Your Health Care Needs
      YMCA of the East Valley - Youth Development and Healthy Living Programs
      Redlands Community Hospital - Health Education Programs
      Building A Generation - Family Resource Center
      Social Action Community Health Services - Low Cost Health Care Programs
      IEHP - Super Hero Nutricia Fighting Childhood Obesity!
      County of San Bernardino - Children & Family Services Programs
      City of Redlands - Water Efficient Gardening
      County of San Bernardino - Nutrition Programs
      County of San Bernardino - Transitional Assistance Department-SNAP/EBT
      City of Redlands - Saturday Morning Farmers’ Market
      County of San Bernardino - Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

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  2. Household Hazardous Waste Collection site
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, August 2nd
    • End time: 12:30pm
    • During operating hours, residents can dispose of household materials including, outdated prescription medication (with the exception of controlled substances), outdated pet prescription medication, paint products, chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, hobby/pool supplies, automotive oil, filters, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze, gasoline, and propane tanks.

      The site does not accept business waste, radioactive wastes, medical waste, explosives, reactives, or asbestos.

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  3. Spanish Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Saturday, August 2nd
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room and enjoy stories and songs in Spanish!

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Monday, August 4th

  1. Environmental Review Committee
  2. Tango classes
    • Start time: 06:45pm
    • End date: Monday, August 4th
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Tango Classes to begin at the Redlands Community Center

      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.

      All classes are held at the Redlands Community Center multipurpose room. The Redlands Community Center is located at 111 W. Lugonia Ave. For more information, please call the Redlands Community Center at (909) 798-7572.

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Tuesday, August 5th

  1. Summer Reading Program #7
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • Our final act of the summer will be One World, One Rhythm. Join us in the Contemporary Club for a musical adventure with these great musicians.

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  2. Summer Reading Program Finale
    • Start time: 02:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 03:00pm
    • The In-N-Out Food Truck will be here for our Grand Finale to serve lunch to all of our Summer Reading participants. This will be a first come, first serve event. There will be a grilled cheese sandwich option for those who are vegetarians.

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  3. City Council Closed Session Meeting
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 06:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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  4. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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  5. City Council Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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Wednesday, August 6th

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, August 6th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, August 6th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Thursday, August 7th

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, August 7th
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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