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March 15, 2016 - Beginning March 30, the Redlands Community Senior Center’s Zumba Gold class designed for the older active adult will move from Tuesdays to Wednesday mornings from 9 to 9:45 a.m. This is a low-impact, easy to follow, Latin-inspired dance fitness group that keeps you in the groove of life. The class is $20 per month or $5 per class.

The Redlands Community Senior Center is located at 111 W. Lugonia Ave. For more information, call the center at (909) 798-7579.

Keep the streets safe this St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t drink and drive.

As one of the country’s most popular holidays, St. Patrick’s Day has long celebrated the roots of 34.2 million Americans with Irish ancestry, and many more who just want to partake in the festivities. This year, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

Tragically, March 17 has become one of the nation’s deadliest holidays. In fact, from 2010 to 2014, almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities during this holiday period involved drivers who had blood alcohol levels well above the .08 limit, with 266 drunk-driving fatalities total nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

To help lower deaths and injuries, the Redlands Police Department will be deploying extra officers on overtime targeting problem areas with high numbers of DUI collisions and DUI arrests. These DUI patrols along with routine nightly patrols will be looking for the tell-tale signs of impaired driving to include weaving, crossing the center line, etc.

And keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink: Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention could put you at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. So whether you’ve indulged a little or a lot, law enforcements wants to remind everyone that drinking and driving is a crime — you put yourself at risk, as well as others. The consequences are often fatal. Let’s make 2016 safer.

Use this party-planning checklist to stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day.

March 15, 2016 - Stemming from its tradition of heavy drinking, St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the deadliest days of the year. Between 2009 and 2013 there were 276 drunk-driving fatalities on this one day, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), and nearly three-fourths of the drivers had consumed twice the legal limit.

Much of the drinking takes place at local bars and restaurants, where Irish-themed promotions such as green beer is served up for large groups. However, a substantial number of DUI’s also originate from house party celebrations, especially when underage drinking is taking place.

That’s why Redlands Police will be out in force this week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, with special enforcement operations aimed at preventing these problems. Operations will include party patrols, focusing on responding to calls to house parties.

March 15, 2016 - The Redlands Recreation Division in partnership with the Friends of the A.K. Smiley Public Library and the Redlands Police Department is hosting a story time for children.  Story time sessions will be held at 10 a.m.  three Mondays each month at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave.

Story time session held on the first and fourth Mondays will feature English language stories. The story time session held on the second Monday of each month will be in Spanish.

March 14, 2016 - Redlands Police donated approximately 50 bicycles Wednesday, March 9, to an organization that pairs needy veterans with bicycles, providing them with transportation to medical appointments and employment as well as physical exercise.

The bicycles, unclaimed property which have been released for disposition, were donated to the Bikes 4 Vets Project, an organization founded by Redlands resident Joseph Mena to empower veterans living in the Inland Empire. Mena is a member of the San Bernardino County Veterans Advisory Committee 5th District, the VA Hospital Advisory Council, DAV Chapter 12 Past JR Vice Commander in San Bernardino and U.S. Vets Advisory Committee member.

March 9, 2016 - Join the Redlands Community Senior Center on Friday, March 25, from 8 to 9 a.m. for a yummy and fun pancake breakfast.

The breakfast will consist of warm and yummy pancakes. Breakfast is free for those who bring a dish sufficient to feed 10-12 people. Suggested items to bring are sausage, bacon, ham, potatoes, eggs, blueberries, whip cream, butter, strawberries, fruit, and juice. For all others the meal will cost $2. Come enjoy a relaxing morning with good food and even better company.

For more information, contact the Redlands Community Senior Center at (909) 798-7579. The center is located at 111 W.Lugonia Ave.

March 9, 2016 - The City of Redlands invites residents to apply for openings on the Citrus Preservation Commission and Airport Advisory Board. Deadline for filing applications is March 24. Members are appointed by the City Council.

March 9, 2016 - The following press release was issued by University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources.

A tell-tale sign of spring in California is a flush of new leaf growth on citrus trees. Because the feathery light green leaves are particularly attractive to Asian citrus psyllids (ACP), the leaves' emergence marks a critical time to determine whether the pest has infested trees.

"We encourage home citrus growers and farmers to go out with a magnifying glass or hand lens and look closely at the new growth," said Beth Grafton-CardwellUC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) citrus entomologist. "Look for the various stages of the psyllid – small yellow eggs, sesame-seed sized yellow ACP young with curly white tubules, or aphid-like adults that perch with their hind quarters angled up."

March 8, 2016 - The City of Redlands invites all local photographers to submit photos of our community for the City of Redlands 2016 Photo Contest.

The contest is open to any resident of Redlands, Mentone or Crafton and includes a youth category for those 17 years old and younger and an adult category, 18 years old and older.

Participants are invited to submit up to three photos in each of the following categories: Distinctive City, Livable Community, Vital Natural Environment, Connected City, Sustainable Community, Healthy Community and Prosperous Economy. A first, second and third place winner will be chosen for each age division in each category. The contest runs through June 1, 2016.

March 8, 2016 - The Redlands Elks Lodge and the Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals (REDFOSA) will host a pet adoption fair Sunday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 663 New York St.

The Redlands Elks will serve breakfast, cooked to order, from 9 to 11 a.m. Breakfast prices range from $5 to $8.

For more information, contact the Redlands Elks Lodge at (909) 453-ELKS or email redlandselkspr@gmail.com.

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