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Redlands City Council members will continue their Coffee with the Council community meetings on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at

Augie’s Coffee House, 113 N. Fifth St. Council Members Jon Harrison and Pat Gilbreath will attend.

As part of the City’s continuing efforts to increase interaction with residents and promote transparency in City affairs, the City Council began a monthly “Coffee With the Council” in February 2011.

The City of Redlands will honor veterans with its second annual Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11 followed by a picnic and ceremony at Jennie Davis Park.

The parade will start at Redlands High School at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11. From there it will make its way west on Citrus Avenue to Eureka Street, north to State Street, west to Texas Street, north to Redlands Boulevard and west to Jennie Davis Park at the corner of Redlands Boulevard and New York Street.

At the conclusion of the parade, a Veterans Day ceremony will be held at Jennie Davis Park with the singing of the National Anthem and posting of the colors, remarks from dignitaries, a POW/MIA observance, musical salute to the Armed Services by the Redlands Fourth of July Band, laying of the wreath, 21 Gun Salute and Taps.

The guest speaker for the ceremony is Lt. Michael Montanez, who was raised in Redlands, served two tours in Iraq both in the Air Force and Army and now serves in the Army National Guard in San Bernardino.

The picnic at Jennie Davis Park begins at 9 a.m. with a pause for the ceremony. Highlights include military vehicles and classic cars on display, food trucks, vendor booths, craft breweries, music by local rock and roll band 8-Track and a kids’ zone.

Groups wishing to participate in the parade may contact Redlands City Clerk Sam Irwin at (909) 798-7531 or by email at An entry fee of $20 will be charged to individuals and non-profit organizations.  Commercial entries are $30.  Make checks payable to the City of Redlands (Veterans’ Parade in the memo line), and return with your completed entry form to:  City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 3005, Redlands, CA 92373.  The deadline for entry is Oct. 31. There will be a $10 late fee after the deadline date.

The City of Redlands is set to begin construction on a downtown freeway Underpass Beautification Project designed to enhance the appeal of Redlands downtown gateways, promoting tourism, improving connectivity between north and south Redlands and aiding economic development and business retention.

On Sept. 16, the City Council awarded the contract for construction of the Underpasss Beautification Project. Construction is scheduled to begin next week and is anticipated to be completed by late November.

The contractor for the project is Three Peaks Corporation of Calimesa. The contract awarded to Three Peaks was in the amount of $215,370 and all project costs will be funded by last year’s sale of the Palmetto Grove in the northwest corner of the City. No General Fund dollars will be used to construct this project.

The project will beautify the underpasses at Eureka Street, Orange Street and Sixth Street, considered the gateways to the downtown area from Interstate 10. Improvements to be constructed as part of the project include installation of frames with 22 murals depicting historic citrus labels and historic Redlands buildings, painting of the underpass walls and replacement of existing lighting with energy efficient LED lighting. Each of the murals will include an anti-graffiti film.

The new Jasper’s Corner Homework Club site located at the Redlands Community Center opened Sept. 22 to provide homework help to local students. The Jasper’s Corner program began in 2003 at the University of Redlands with the goal of providing free homework assistance from college tutors to children and teens from Kindergarten through 12th grade. It is the University of Redlands’ largest community service organization, serving more than 80 students at four locations.

Representatives of the Emma Zen Foundation and Furry Face, A Very Cool Dog & Cat Store donated 12 Pet Oxygen Mask Kits valued at $1,000 apiece to the Redlands Fire Department during the Redlands City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7. The kits can be used to resuscitate pets of various sizes that have been rescued from fires. Oftentimes, pets are home even when families are not and are found overcome by smoke. The Pet Oxygen Mask Kits will give firefighters a fighting chance to save the life of a much-loved family pet. 

This lifesaving equipment for pets is designed to simulate proper pet CPR and gives an adequate constant flow of clean oxygen to a pet in need, making resuscitation both more practical and efficient. The mask works for dogs, cats, birds, and other household-size pets with an effectiveness not previously available. The foundation also publishes training materials to guide emergency personnel in their pet rescue efforts

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar and Fire Chief Jeff Frazier accepted the gracious gift on behalf of the Redlands Fire Department.  Frazier thanked Lorin Grow, owner of Furry Face, A Very Cool Dog & Cat Store, for bringing attention to the need and launching the fundraising campaign that caught the attention of the Emma Zen Foundation.

The City of Redlands invites residents to apply for an opening on the Municipal Utilities/Public Works Commission. Deadline for filing applications is Oct. 23. Members are appointed by the City Council.

Residents interested in applying for the non-salaried position may request application forms from the City Manager's Office, City Hall, 35 Cajon St., Suite 200, by phone at 798-7510, or download an application on-line at

The City of Redlands has scheduled another three-day Community Emergency Response Team training beginning this month. The free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

HUD-required studies to guide future community and housing investments

The City of Redlands is working with the County of San Bernardino, which is beginning development of a five-year plan that identifies community development and affordable housing needs and sets priorities for investment of federal grant funds to address them. An analysis of barriers to fair housing is also being conducted. To facilitate local input into these county studies, the city of Redlands will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave.

Join the Redlands senior centers for a day trip to the El Pueblo Historical Monument and the L.A. Farmers Market on Wednesday, Oct. 22. This trip departs from the Redlands Community Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. and we will end the day back at the Center at 6 p.m. The cost is $20 per person with a patron card or $25 without. Snacks and bottled water are provided.

For more information or to register, please contact the Joslyn Senior Center at (909) 798-7550 or the Redlands Community Senior Center at (909) 798-7579.

Merchandise and food vendors are wanted for the Redlands Community Senior Center holiday craft fair, Thursday, Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon. Vendor deadline to sign up is Nov. 14.

Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy the delights our local artisans have to offer, and purchase some unique gifts. Entertainment and a free turkey lunch will be provided. 

Vendor space is already filling up so reserve your table today. Table rental is only $20 for the day or $10 for the space if you provide your own table. For more information, call the senior center at (909) 798-7579.

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