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A spill at the Redlands Water Treatment plant on Nevada Street, caused by a power outage combined with a heavy deluge of storm water, released up to 600,000 gallons of partially treated raw sewage into the rain-swollen Santa Ana River Sunday evening.

A combination of a Southern California Edison power outage in the area and heavy rainfall and storm water flowing from above the treatment plant adding water into treatment reservoirs caused the reservoirs to overflow for a little more than two hours Sunday, Aug. 3, between 9 and 11:30 p.m.

Officers, firefighters and personnel from the Redlands Police, Fire and Quality of Life departments and Emergency Operations Manager responded to a number of minor issues during a brief downpour Sunday, Aug. 3.

Heavy rain fell for about 45 minutes beginning at about 6:15 p.m. Sunday.  The City’s Emergency Operations Center was activated at a Level 1 (the lowest level) for two hours, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Reported issues included:

As the persistent statewide drought reaches record-setting levels through much of California, the State Water Resources Control Board enacted restrictions on water use effective July 28.

To comply with these restrictions, which are in effect for 270 days, the City of Redlands has implemented its Stage 2 water conservation measures.  Stage 2 measures require City water customers to limit water usage and limits the days and times customers may irrigate their landscaping. The restrictions limit potable water customers with even numbered addresses to irrigating only on even numbered calendar days and potable water customers with odd numbered addresses to irrigating only on odd numbered calendar days.  If these restrictions do not meet the needs of reducing the City’s production below 2013 production levels, as required by the new state regulations, the City will adopt more stringent conservation methods until the necessary conservation is obtained.

The Redlands Police Department Special Operations Bureau recently expanded its use of social media to help identify wanted suspects and persons of interest, using the department’s Facebook page and Twitter account to post fliers of wanted suspects and persons of interest.

Only days into the new initiative, the department has already had its first successful identification of a suspect wanted for stealing a bicycle in the 600 block of Jeremy Court. On Wednesday, police contacted a 25-year-old Redlands man and forwarded misdemeanor theft charges to the District Attorney for review after a Facebook user identified the man in the photo to police. The bike has not been recovered.

The Redlands Community Center is pleased to offer a free Tumbling Gymnastics class demonstration on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Have fun while learning discipline. This introductory class is open to boys and girls ages 6-10. In this class, students will learn basic tumbling gymnastic skills such as forward rolls, backward rolls, and cartwheels. Students will increase flexibility, body awareness, and coordination.

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.

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