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A conversation with Maestro Jon Robertson

Sushi at Ocean Blue Fitness alternatives Rap at U of R Dinner in the Grove


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• 5 Star Rated for Overall Orthopedics • Ranked in theTop10 in CA forOverall Orthopedics • Top 10% in the Nation for Spine Surgery Since 1904, we have been providing quality healthcare to our community. That is not just our opinion.This year, Redlands Community Hospital received top designations in Overall Orthopedics and Spine Surgery by HealthGrades®, the leading independent healthcare rating organization. For a referral to one of our physicians, please call the Center for Surgical & Specialty Care at (909) 793-4336. So if you are having joint or back pain, you have come to the right place.

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t e rk a M ight N Thursdays 6 to 9pm*

Bring the whole family and enter into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. You’ll be surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, offering the best from our local growers; not to mention the downtown shopkeepers who stay open every Thursday night. Discover the fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables from local growers, lovely cut flowers, a huge variety of roasted nuts, jerky, and fresh breads in our certified farmers

market. The streets are filled with delicious aromas from the eateries lining our streets; whether you prefer your corn roasted on the cob or popped in a kettle, fresh seafood, a medley of ethnic cuisine, or the traditional favorites, you’ll not be disappointed. Our weekly entertainers include clowns, magicians, horse drawn carriage rides, face painters, many bands and musicians, including jazz, country, contemporary, blues, rock, Christian and classical music.

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As the Redlands Symphony prepares to begin its 60th season, its conductor, at the helm for nearly 30 years, is celebrating a full life, rich in music and opportunities for outreach, both in teaching and charitable support for those in Haiti. Profiled in this issue is Maestro Jon Robertson, who says Still Hip Hey Dog, it’s Taste the blue, classical music is for everyone — even to jazz a tour de rap Ocean Blue those with Gaga on their iPods.

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A popular Redlands nine-piece ensemble is driven by love of America’s own music.

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That’s Bulldog, btw. What began as a tool to remember U of R facts has moved to YouTube.

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Allan Borgen has advice for sushi novices: Dive in, take the whole bite and savor it.

Redlands Symphony season preview, page 18

DEPARTMENTS FROM THE EDITOR Moments from small-town America 6

WEDDINGS Kimberly Crest’s bridal fair and tips to help plan the big day. 36

ARTS & CULTURE Best bets and upcoming social and entertainment events, here and around the Inland Empire 8

IN SEASON Party planning for fun this Halloween. 39

COMMUNITY Redlands’ own fall classic, Dinner in the Grove, has a tradition rooted in service. 24 HEALTH Looking for some better ideas to get fit? Jump into dance or yoga this fall. 32

SEEN Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival 44, Barristers Banquet 44, Viva Las Vegas Gala 47, Redlands Theatre Festival Awards 48 NONPROFITS Datebook 49 ESSAY Writer James Rufus Koren finds barbecue and satisfaction at Redlands Shooting Park. 50

COVER Photo: Michael S. Kelly, courtesy the Redlands Symphony

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from the editor

Simple pleasures, hometown treasures

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lmost 30 years ago, I was sitting at an editor’s desk in a small 7,000 circulation sixday-a-week newspaper in Gulf Coast Florida clearing out files when I pulled a yellowed manila folder out of the back of a gray, beat-up cabinet. It was about 3½ to 4 inches thick, brimming with photos of all shapes and sizes, old black-and-white images on print stock that had been cut by hand as was common practice at the time. The images had grease pencil marks on them, tags indicating crops, page numbers and slugs to help composers strip in negatives, and each told a story. There were photos of middle-aged men in short-sleeve shirts, sometimes plaid sometimes white, posing next to gators, long snakes, dead buzzards, fish and any number of odd-looking critters. There were photos of teenagers, girls and boys, with 4-H jackets and calves, sheep, rabbits, dogs and again, fish, dead snakes — you name it. Some of the prints were 12 to 14 inches wide showing folks holding up snakes, their arms completely stretched out, to demonstrate the monstrous size of their natural finds. I also found photos of massive watermelons, gourds, squash, various citrus and tomatoes held by proud gardeners and even fruit and vegetables that resembled something else: a woman’s face, a foot ... I don’t exactly remember what. It struck me that I was looking at moments of life in small-town America, captured in time on fading prints.

Like our parents or grandparents, posing with the family car in the ’30s or ’40s, here were average people sharing a moment or a chuckle, nothing massively important, just savoring life in all its wonder and simplicity. It’s a good image, if you will, especially in times overrun by attention given to material possessions and acquisitions. In this issue of Redlands Magazine, we invite you to savor the tradition of hometown music be it classical or jazz with the Redlands Symphony and Hip Pocket, to taste the bounty of the sea at Ocean Blue, to support work in the community to help others through organizations like Redlands Family Service Association, to cherish the next generation as it learns and grows at the University of Redlands and to try something new, perhaps dance or even yoga. That manila folder I found? It went back in the drawer, too precious to discard. My parents always said life is all about choices. Me, I think, wherever you go, there you are.

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FOX Performing Arts Center

Riverside, California

Fall/Winter 2010 Season

An Evening of Comedy! Dennis Miller

B-52s

October 1

October 15

Sarah Chang Recital September 17

October 14

Craig Ferguson

Blondie November 17

RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles Philharmonic/Felix Fan The Color Purple Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

October 21

Graciela Beltran

Sinbad

November 6

Bret Michaels

Sept. 24-26 Oct. 16 Oct. 29–31 Nov. 21

with Special Guests Reyna de Los Angeles

November 18

November 19-20

Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John Corona Symphony Pops Masters of Harmony The Nutcracker A Charlie Brown Christmas

3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside Tickets available at ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and the Box Office. For Box Office Information call (951) 779 9800. Visit us on the web at foxriversidelive.com

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can’t miss W H AT TO S E E & D O

APPLE SEASON orchards, taste fresh apples and cider, enjoy hot apple pie at one of the several family restaurants, feed the animals in the animal parks, or browse through some of the many specialty shops. At Riley’s Apple Farm, for instance, several varieties are available in September and October for picking and enjoying including Jonathan, McIntosh, Red Delicious and Spar tan. Oak Glen, east of Yucaipa and nor th of Beaumont, off Interstate 10; 909-797-6833, www.oakglen.net. FALL  –  Visit

HISTORICAL GLASS MUSEUM SEPT. 25  –  Attic sale and 25th anniversary celebration. Furniture, Depression glass, china, plates, paintings, antiques, collectibles and more. 1157 N. Orange St., Redlands; noon to 4 p.m.; 909-793-3333, http://historicalglassmuseum.com. Also: Magic Night at the Glass Museum, Oct. 2. BULLDOG BASH OCT. 22-24  –  Homecoming festivities (including parade and football game), parents weekend and reunions. Or ton Center, University of Redlands; 11 a.m.; $50; 909-748-8011, www.redlands.edu/alumni.asp.

HAUNTED GROVE EXPERIENCE OCT. 23-24  –  Wine,

food, classic haunts, live music, and vignettes featuring the Bard’s most notorious villains, monsters and tortured characters set in and about a fouracre private orange grove on Redlands’ posh south side. Adults only. Tour times from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $45; 909-335-8210 www.redlandsshakespearefestival.com.

THANKSGIVING SNOWTACULAR NOV. 27  –  Snow play area, visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, inflatables, music performances and Thanksgiving weekend sales at Tri-City’s 60 stores and restaurants. Tri-City Shopping Center, Redlands; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 877-727-2828, www.tricitycenter.com.

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MARKET NIGHT THURSDAYS  –  Farmers’ market, food, vendors, enter tainment and fun for the whole family, presented by the Downtown Redlands Business Association. Downtown Redlands; 6-9 p.m.; free admission; 909-798-7548. ‘PURSUED A JONAH STORY’ THROUGH SEPT. 19  –  Experience the book of Jonah through the eyes of Jonas, a damaged man from a different time and place on Ear th whose dramatic odyssey and struggle with God parallels that of the ancient prophet Jonah. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 909-335-3037, www.lifehousetheater.com. Also: “Little Women,” Oct. 2-24; “Revelation,” Nov. 6-21; “Scrooge!” (at Redlands Clock Auditorium), Dec. 11-17. ‘AND THEN THERE WERE NONE’ THROUGH SEPT. 26  –  Little soldier boy figures fall off the mantel and onto the floor and

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break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. Directed by Mark Allen-Everett. Redlands Footlighters, 1810 Bar ton Road, Redlands; 8 p.m. Sept. 17-18 and 24-25; 2 p.m. Sept. 19 and 26; $15, $10 students; 909-793-2909, www.redlandsfootlighters.org. Also: “Born Yesterday,” Nov. 4-21; “Alone Together Again,” Jan. 13-30. L.A. COUNTY FAIR THROUGH OCT. 3  –  Highlights

of the largest county fair in Nor th America include a fun zone, nightly concer ts, the Flower and Garden Pavilion, California’s Heritage Square, Esmeralda’s Traveling Circus and Jurassic Planet. “Our Body: The Universe Within” makes its first appearance outside of a museum setting. Separate admission is charged. Fair discounts available at McDonald’s and Ralphs. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona; $12-$17, $7-$12 for ages 6-12; 909-865-4590, www.lacountyfair.com.

LITTLE JOE Y LA FAMILIA Joe, leader of one of the most popular Tex-Mex bands around, returns in concer t. San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland; doors open at 6:30 p.m.; $20-$25; 800-359-2464, www.sanmanuel.com. Also: Scott Stapp (of Creed), Sept. 30; King of the Cage, Oct. 7; Gloria Estefan, Oct. 14. SEPT. 16  –  Little

GEORGE LOPEZ SEPT. 16-17  –  Pechanga Resor t & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, near Temecula; 8 p.m.; $85-$120; 877-711-2946, www.pechanga.com. Also: Foreigner, Sept. 24; Kathy Griffin, Sept. 25; Train, Oct. 2-3; Benise, Oct. 9; Vince Gill, Oct. 21; Battle of the Badges, Oct. 23; Gabriel Iglesias, Oct. 23; Kenny Loggins, Oct. 29. ROUTE 66 RENDEZVOUS SEPT. 16-19  –  21st annual showcase of classic cars, cruises, burn-out competitions, neon


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‘RAIN’

lights contests, concer ts and more. Downtown San Bernardino; 6-10 p.m. Sept. 16-17, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19; 909-388-2934, www.route-66.org.

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Beatles tribute, covering the Fab Four from the earliest days through the psychedelic late ’60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., 951-788-3944, www.broadwayinriverside.com. Also: “The Color Purple,” Oct. 29-31.

DENNIS MILLER SEPT. 17  –  The comedian takes center-stage. Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 7:30 p.m.; 951-788-3944, www.foxriversidelive.com. Also: UB40, Oct. 1; Sarah Chang, Oct. 14; B-52s, Oct. 15; Riverside County Philharmonic, Oct. 16; Bret Michaels, Oct. 21; Craig Ferguson, Nov. 6; Sinbad, Nov. 17; Blondie, Nov. 18; Graciela Beltran, Nov. 19-20; Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Nov. 21; Corona Symphony Pops’ tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, Nov. 26; Masters of Harmony, Dec. 4; “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 9-12; “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Dec. 19. FILM FESTIVAL SEPT. 17-19  –  11th annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, with screenings, awards presentations, panel discussions and other activities. Performing Ar ts Center, 39707 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake; Village Theatre Nor th, 602 Pine Knot Ave., Big Bear Lake; Nor thwoods Resor t, 40650 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake; 909-866-3433, www.bigbearlakefilmfestival.com. SHERYL CROW SEPT. 18  –  The Grammy-winning ar tist is in concer t. Agua Caliente Casino Resor t Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995, www.hotwatercasino.com. Also: Daryl Hall & John Oates, Oct. 2; Here Come the Mummies, Oct. 30; Straight No Chaser, Nov. 6; Bill Engvall, Nov. 12; The Judds, Dec. 17; Andy Williams Christmas Show, Dec. 21-22; Brian Setzer Orchestra, Dec. 31. AUTUMN GARDEN WALK SEPT. 23  –  Garden walk at a 113-year-old French chateau style home. Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands; 909-792-2111, www.kimberlycrest.org. BOB SAGET SEPT. 24  –  Stand-up comedy performance by the actor-comedian best known for “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” California Theatre of the Performing Ar ts, 562 W. Four th St., San Bernardino; 909-885-5152, www.californiatheatre.net. Also: Frankie Avalon, Sept. 18; Mercy Me, Sept. 26; Three Dog Night, Oct. 2; “The

JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY SEPT. 25  –  Country music ar tist in concer t. Primm Valley Casino Resor ts, Interstate 15 at the California/Nevada state line; 8 p.m.; $43.95-$60.45; 800-745-3000, www.primmvalleyresor ts.com. Also: Howie Mandel, Oct 9; Ramon Ayala, Oct. 16; Paul Anka, Oct. 23; The Beach Boys, Nov. 20; Boyz II Men, Nov. 27. THE PINK RUNWAY SEPT. 25  –  The second annual breast cancer awareness fashion show, presented by the Depar tment of Plastic Surgery at Loma Linda University and featuring breast cancer reconstruction patients as the models. The Fox Event Center, 123 Cajon St., Redlands; 7-10 p.m.; 909-558-2344, www.thepinkrunway.com. GOLF TOURNAMENTs OCT. 4  –  Calver t & Johnston Memorial Golf Tournament, a benefit for the San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team. Green and car t fees, buffet dinner and bottled ice water on the course are included. Hole in one provided by Redlands Ford, with longest drive and closest to pin contests. Shandin Hills Golf Club, 3380 Little Mountain Drive, San Bernardino; $90 per player or $360.00 per foursome; 12:30 p.m. shotgun star t; www.sgsar.org. OCT. 11  –  5th

annual Building A Generation charity golf tournament, raffle and silent auction. Redlands Country Club, 1749 Garden St.; 10:30 a.m. registration, noon shotgun star t; $175 per golfer, $600 a foursome; 909-793-8822, www.buildingageneration.org.

Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Oct. 3; Blood, Sweat & Tears, Oct. 10; Penn & Teller, Oct. 15; “Amadeus,” Oct. 22-24; Mannheim Steamroller, Oct. 28-29; Company B (music of the 1940s), Oct. 30; The Rippingtons, Nov. 6; Rita Coolidge Christmas, Dec. 18.

DISNEY ON ICE OCT. 1-3  –  Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario; $12-$65; 909-484-2020, www.cbbankarena.com. Also: Make a Difference tour featuring TobyMac, Michael W. Smith and Third Day, Oct. 16; Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors, Oct. 22; Ontario Reign vs. Stockton Thunder, Oct. 23; Justin Bieber, Oct. 24; Costume Bash, Oct. 30; So You Think You Can Dance Tour, Nov. 14; Andre Rieu, Dec. 2. APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL AND CRAFT FAIR OCT. 2  –  More than 30 vendor booths will be filled with handcrafted items during this 42nd annual event. First Lutheran Church, corner of San Mateo and Cypress, Redlands; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; www.firstlutheranredlands.org. CAR SHOW OCT. 3  –  20th annual Veteran’s Memorial Car Show. Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center, 11201 Benton St., Loma Linda; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; www.veterancarshow.com. ARTIST TRADING CARDS OCT. 4-9  –  ATCs, as they’re known, are small pieces of ar t traded from one ar tist to

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another. The Gallery will display cards for public view for a week, then the ar tists will return to swap the cards among themselves. RAA Gallery and Ar t Center, 215 E. State St., Redlands; 909-798-3415, www.redlandsar tassociation.org. COMMUNITY GOSPEL NIGHT OCT. 8  –  Old-fashioned gospel hymn sing, with special music by local groups. The community is invited. Other Community Gospel Nights, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3. Pathway Church, 611 E. Cypress Ave., Redlands; 6-8:30 p.m.; 909-793-2448, www.pathwayonline.com. NASCAR SPRINT CUP OCT. 8-10  –  A big weekend of racing action is on tap, star ting with NASCAR qualifying, Oct. 8; the Campingworld.com 300, Oct. 9; and the Pepsi Max 400, Oct. 10. Auto Club Speedway, 9300 Cherry Ave., Fontana; $35-$105 for the Pepsi Max 400; 909-429-5060, www.autoclubspeedway.com.

pbs & npr faves Highlights of upcoming events featuring personalities from PBS and NPR or sponsored in conjunction with local public broadcasting affiliates: Sept. 25  –  KVCR’s

afternoon at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen, with apple picking, barbecue, cider pressing, hay rides and, of course, apple pie; tickets $40. Oct. 2  –  Belly

Dance Superstars performing at San Bernardino Valley College Auditorium, tickets $35. Oct. 10  –  KPPC

presents Ira Glass, the man known for his gentle harassment of non-pledging NPR listeners and the voice of the quirky “This American Life,” comes to the Grove of Anaheim, tickets $40-$60.

MONTE CARLO NIGHT OCT. 9  –  Second annual event to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Redlands. Burrage

Oct. 17  –  KVCR’s

“Europe Through the Back Door,” with Rick Steves, public broadcasting’s low-key happy wanderer comes to the Fox Event Center in Redlands. Steves will give tips about how to travel Rick Steves like a pro and get the most of your experiences; tickets $35 and $65. Dec. 2  –  Andre

Rieu, Dutch violinist, conductor and composer, famous for driving an international revival of waltz music, Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario; tickets $100 and up. Information about tickets and Inland Empire and Southern California public broadcasting at www.kvcr.org and www.scpr.org.

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April 9, 2011 7:30 p.m. “Gypsies and other virtuosos” Guest Artist: Jourdan Urbach, Violin Sarasate, Saint-Saëns, Ligeti, Tchaikovsky

May 14, 2011 7:30 p.m. “Short, sweet, and to the point” Stars of the Philharmonic Bach, Stravinsky, CPE Bach, Karim Al-Zand

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Mansion, 1205 W. Crescent Ave., Redlands; 909-798-4599, www.bgcr.org. REDLANDS SYMPHONY OCT. 9  –  Cellist Jonah Kim performs Elgar’s Cello Concer to with the Symphony. Jon Rober tson conducts. Season preview, page 18. ART FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE OCT. 15-17  –  31st annual ar t show and sale, featuring works from more than 60 ar tists from Southern California and beyond. Redlands United Church of Christ, 168 Bellevue Ave.; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17; free admission; 909-793-3520, www.ar tforheavenssake.org.

TENNIS-FOR-FUN JUNIOR TOURNAMENT OCT. 16-17  –  Boys and girls singles players in three age groups. No entry fee, just bring a new can of tennis balls. Winner and runner-up in each division will receive a medal. Register by Oct. 9. Ford Park, Redlands Boulevard near East Highlands Avenue, Redlands; 909-499-4957. MOONLIGHT POND TOUR OCT. 22-23  –  Ninth annual self-guided tour of ponds, pondless waterfalls and koi ponds; 800-522-5043, www.exoticwaterscapes.com. PLANT SALE OCT. 23  –  Redlands Hor ticultural & Improvement Society’s Fall Uncommon Plant and White Elephant Sale. RHIS plant yard, next to the Carriage House, Prospect Park, 1352 Prospect Drive, Redlands; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; www.rhis.org.

‘PETER AND THE WOLF’ OCT. 16-17  –  Actor, writer and comedian Harry Shearer narrates two performances of the Sergei Prokofiev classic with the CRUISIN YUCAIPA Idyllwild Ar ts Academy Orchestra. Idyllwild CHARITY CAR SHOW Ar ts Foundation Theater, 52500 Temecula OCT. 23  –  Car show, food, music, fun for kids, Road in scenic Idyllwild; 4 p.m. Oct. 16 raffle, Mourning Star Children’s Centers and 2 p.m. Oct. 17; free; benefit www.idyllwildar ts.org. CASA RedMag-810Q_Layout 1 9/1/10 9:36 AM Page 1 auction and more. Yucaipa Regional

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Park, 33900 Oak Glen Road; 8 a.m.; 951-334-9182, www.cruisinyucaipacarshow.com. BULLDOG TRIATHLON 5k run, walk and roll events to raise funds for the Redlands Recreation Depar tment and the University of Redlands cross country/track programs. Map is available on the website Ted Runner Stadium area, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 8 a.m. race star t; www.goredlands.com. OCT. 24  –  Triathlon,

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY NOV. 14  –  The Hausmann String Quar tet in concer t performing works by Haydn, Zemlinsky and Schuber t. Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, University of Redlands, 200 E. Colton; 4 p.m.; $20, free for students; 909-327-6611, 909-798-9253. FEAST OF LIGHTS DEC. 3-6  –  Service of worship celebrates the bir th of the Messiah in spoken word, tableaux, song and instrumental offering. Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands; 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 4 and 6, 4 p.m. Dec. 5; $18-$23; 909-748-8957, www.redlands.edu/events.

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music | redlands symphony

Multi-tasking

maestro Jon Robertson is a man on many missions, from bringing classical music to the masses to helping in Haiti

By LUANNE J. HUNT

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s conductor and music director of the Redlands Symphony for the past 26 years, Maestro Jon Robertson is extremely grateful to be an ambassador of sorts for an art form that is often overlooked. There’s much work to be done in regards to educating the public about the virtues of an orchestra performance, he admits, especially in a marketplace that clearly prefers Lady Gaga over Ludwig Von Beethoven. “Just because artists like Lady Gaga are popular doesn’t mean classical music also can’t be embraced by the masses,” said Robertson, who commutes to Redlands from his home in Boca Raton, Fla.


Photos by Michael S. Kelly, courtesy the Redlands Symphony


‘Just because artists like Lady Gaga are popular doesn’t mean classical music also can’t be embraced by the masses.’ — Jon Robertson “I don’t believe it has to be one or the other. It’s just that pop music can be accessed anywhere at any time, whereas orchestral music typically functions only in a concert hall. So it’s not that people are rejecting (classical music), it’s just that they don’t hear it.” A large part of Robertson’s mission with the Redlands Symphony is to make sure that people in the community have the chance to experience it on a level from which they can relate. For instance, Robertson strives to develop programs that are creative, entertaining and enjoyable for the average person who may be attending a symphony concert for the first time. Of course, there are many orchestral pieces that are strictly for hardcore classical musical enthusiasts. “Sometimes it’s a real challenge to find programs that appease everyone,” Robertson said. As challenging as his work may be at times, Robertson enjoys pushing the envelope of his creativity. It has been

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that way since he began his career as a concert pianist at the age of 9 in Town Hall, New York. After high school, he attended the Julliard School of Music and earned two bachelor’s degrees and a doctor of musical arts degree, all in piano performance. Robertson also studied choral conducting with Abraham Kaplan at Julliard and orchestra conducting with Richard Pittman of the New England Conservatory. He later continued his studies in Sweden and East Germany with Maestro Herbert Blomstedt, former conductor and music director of the San Francisco Symphony. Along with conducting the Thayer Conservatory of Music Orchestra, Robertson also served as conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway from 1979-1987. Additionally, he has earned critical acclaim for his guest conductor appearances with the San Francisco Symphony at Stern Grove, as well as


the Beijing Central Philharmonic in China. Prior to accepting his permanent position with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Robertson appeared as a guest conductor for the organization in the spring of 1982. According to Paul Ideker, CEO for the symphony, the response was overwhelming and paved the way for Robertson’s subsequent success. Throughout his tenure, ticket sales have increased to capacity and Robertson has been instrumental in the Redlands Symphony receiving an exemplary status from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. “Not only does Jon have a great passion for the musicians, but he also has a unique sensitivity to our audiences,” Ideker said. “In every one of our planning sessions, Jon makes a point to discuss who our audiences are, where they’ve been in the past and where we’re going to take them in the future. We are so lucky to have a music director who is so invested in all of us.” Robertson also devotes time to charitable work, including the Music Outreach Program, which gives private music instruction to inner city African-American and Latino students at designated high schools and junior high schools. A majority of the students who have participated in the program have gone on to attend UCLA and other colleges across the United States. “I believe that teaching is a sacred commitment to facilitate the technical, musical and artistic development of each student,” Robertson said. “Mentorship of the fundamentals of musical style, historical perspective and creative interpretation should be such that a student’s personal artistry is ever growing.” Robertson also is dedicated to his own charity, Foundation Hope for Haiti, which he founded in 1986. Its mission is to provide financial and technical support to Haitian-based nonprofit organizations working in community development, education and health. Robertson has made numerous trips to the country, offering psychological and spiritual counseling to youth

Under Robertson’s direction, the Redlands Symphony has earned state and national recognition.

who were displaced in January’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake. “These kids have had to deal with a great deal of trauma,” Robertson said. “It’s a very sad situation over there, primarily because most of the relief money that was promised

hasn’t come in. And now they’re in the rainy season and it’s turned into a colossal problem. It’s going to be years before things get back to normal, and I am very disheartened. But we are not going to give up hope.”

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Inside the

music

Footnotes on the 2010-2011 season from Jon Robertson, music director and conductor of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra By Michel Nolan

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on Robertson is a passionate man. A lover of music whose distinguished career as a concert pianist, conductor and academic has inspired others, Maestro Robertson has commanded the Redlands Symphony’s podium for nearly 30 years. “This is not something I do, this is what I live and breathe — this is my joy, what I am,” he said. Looking ahead to the 2010-2011 season — the orchestra’s 60th — Robertson promises performances that “border on the spectacular.” “I’m always overjoyed to talk about my love, the Redlands Symphony,” said Robertson, who also serves as the ensemble’s music director. “The symphony orchestra is a unique animal — and an animal it is. When you pull together extremely talented musicians who have refined their skills in a special way and you require of them to give up personal identity to become Pavel Farkas

a member of an orchestra, it is an amazing feat — a real team sport. “Over the years, it’s been a great honor to work with really fine players who are willing to accept my view Roberta Rust on how a piece ought to go — and share in that — and give the energy and support that makes an orchestra a wonderful organization.” The ability to put together a program is really an art form, he says. “You want to challenge the orchestra, you’ve got to play things the audience wants to hear, you need a serious balance between traditional music and new music. So this year we are striving to find a balance for our audience, to have something for everyone.” The 2010 season will feature a number of really large works. “We are opening the season with Jonah Kim, one of the greatest young cellists in the world today,” Robertson said. “He will do the Elgar Concerto for the opening concert in October.” In November, the symphony’s second concert features Berlioz’s “Symphonie


Redla nd s Symphony O rches t ra 2010-2011 season schedule

Jon Robertson

All shows are on Saturdays at 8 p.m. at the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel.

Oct. 9

March 12, 2011 Jon Robertson, conductor University of Redlands School of Music Concerto Competition Winner Program: Rossini, “William Tell Overture,” competition winner concerto to be announced, R. Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (2001 A Space Odyssey), John Williams’ “Close Encounters” and “Star Wars Suite” April 16, 2011

Jon Robertson, conductor Jonah Kim, cello

Co Nguyen, conductor

Program: Wagner’s “Die Miestersinger,” Elgar’s “Cello Concerto” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5”

Program: Suter, “Grafted Hymnologies,” Stravinsky, “Pulcinella Suite,” Dvorak, “Symphony No. 9, From the New World”

Nov. 6

May 21, 2011

Jon Robertson, conductor Roberta Rust, piano

Jon Robertson, conductor Pavel Farkas, violin

Jon Robertson, conductor Angel Blue, soprano soloist; Rebecca Robinson, mezzo soprano soloist; The Community Chorus of Redlands Ensemble XXI, Jeffrey H. Rickard founder-director; Redlands University Madrigals, Dr. Nicholle Andrews conductor; and Redlands University Chapel Singers, Dr. Jean-Sebastien Zallee conductor

Program: Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7” and “Violin Concerto”

Program: Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2”

Program: Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” Bartok’s “Piano Concerto No. 3,” Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” Jan. 29, 2011

Fantastique” and Bartok’s “Piano Concerto No. 3,” performed by pianist Roberta Rust. “She is a spectacular pianist,” Robertson said. The third performance, in January 2011, showcases concertmaster Pavel Farkas in an all-Beethoven concert. In March, the symphony pays tribute to the phenomenal music from Hollywood’s most successful space movies, along with a performance by the University of Redlands Concerto Competition Angel Blue winner. Associate conductor Co Nguyen leads the orchestra in April through a concert of new music, including the premiere of “Grafted Hymnologies,” which is by university faculty composer Anthony Suter. The 2011 finale, in May, brings together Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2” with four choruses and two soprano soloists. Says Robertson: “It will be a cast of thousands.” Rebecca Robinson

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music | jazz

From the

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Redlands ensemble looks for new musical home By LUANNE J. HUNT Photo by ERIC TOM


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he price of fame may be high, but staying true to one’s artistic identity often comes at a much higher cost, according to Sandy Megas, founder of the Redlandsbased jazz band Hip Pocket. Megas, who formed the band in 1991, says it’s a never-ending struggle to find commercial success playing jazz, despite it being one of the oldest and purest forms of American music. Still, Megas and his nine-piece ensemble have achieved local recognition and continue to draw fans of all ages to their high-energy live performances. Perhaps someday that will lead to fame, but for now, the members of Hip Pocket are happy for the chance to play for the sheer joy of it. “We have always been and always will be a band of passion,” said Megas, who teaches jazz appreciation at Riverside City College. “Our whole purpose as musicians is to be true to ourselves and first and foremost, do what pleases us. Hopefully, that will strike a chord with everyone who hears our music.”

Hip Pocket has performed its straight-ahead, post-bop jazz at dozens of major venues in the Inland Empire, including the Redlands Bowl. The band also has backed jazz legends, such as saxophonists Bill Perkins and Steve Wilkerson, pianist Frank Strazzeri, guitarist Al Viola and vocalist Andrea Baker. Additionally, Hip Pocket has toured with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Poncho Sanchez and the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Hip Pocket’s current lineup is Megas (piano, organ), Loren Weisbrod (tenor sax), Jim Quam (alto and soprano sax), Matt Zebley (alto sax, flute), Keith Bishop (baritone sax), Don Clarke (trumpet), Alex Henderson (trombone), Bill Casale (bass) and Jeff Olsen (drums). In 2008, Hip Pocket recorded its debut CD, “Blue Circle,” which showcases the band’s original compositions (written by Megas), as well as solo performances by various members of the group. Many of the songs were one-take recordings that Megas said succeeded at capturing Hip Pocket’s electrifying live sound.

Tenor sax player Loren Weisbrod and Sandy Megas, band founder, arranger and keyboardist (facing page from left), are two of the nine musicians who comprise Hip Pocket. The band, below, poses for a photo before a gig at The Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach.


‘All the songs we do, including the covers, are arranged by Sandy. He puts a creative and innovative stamp on our music with the way he arranges it, so we truly do have a sound like no other.’ In addition to Megas’ original compositions, “Blue Circle” features a few jazz standards. Besides the title track, other tunes on the CD are: “Ma Bell,” “I Got It Thad And That Ain’t Good,” “Jack Be Quick,” “Legalize Van Nuys,” “Point of View,” “A Total Waste of Time and Effort,” “Hoppity Hooper,” “You Ain’t The First,” “Cleopas, Why You Raise That Cain?” and “Chicken Fat.” “All the songs we do, including the covers, are arranged by Sandy,” said Weisbrod, who works as an ESRI accountant by day. “He puts a creative and innovative stamp on our music with the way he arranges it, so we truly do have a sound like no other.” Beyond playing in Hip Pocket, Megas has carved out an impressive niche for himself selling jazz, wind ensemble and show charts

to the U.S. Air Force, the University of Texas at Austin, Cal State Fullerton, the U.S. Navy School of Music, the University of Redlands, and many other scholastic institutions. He also has written musical arrangements for everyone from Tony Bennett and Bill Cosby to Ben Vereen and John Lithgow. “Music is really a miracle in every sense of the word,” Megas said. “The fact that there are only 12 notes on the scale yet we haven’t even begun to run out of combinations in which to play them leaves me in awe. It’s truly a system of endless possibilities.” As far as what might be in store for Hip Pocket, Megas and Weisbrod are hoping to secure at least one steady gig at a local venue. The group does occasionally perform at The Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach, but

recently lost a monthly gig at the now closed Raxx Barbecue & Brewing Co. in downtown Riverside. According to Weisbrod, ever since the establishment shut its doors, he and the band have been exploring other clubs and theaters to play at, as well as festivals. The current state of the economy has made it increasingly difficult to find gigs, Weisbrod says. But in the fight to remain relevant in the community and beyond, Hip Pocket never ceases to come out swinging. “We would love to play the Redlands Bowl again,” he said. “And we’d like to put at least a regional tour together and play at some festivals and bigger jazz venues. “I’ve always felt Hip Pocket is worthy of being heard on a bigger scale, and we really do want to reach as many people as possible,” he added.

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and a silent auction for great gifts such as park-hopper tickets to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. ne of Redlands’ most prolific and oldest The dinner supports the mission and programs of the charities is gearing up once again for an Family Service Association and is the group’s main outdoor party: the sixth annual Family annual fundraiser. Event co-chairs are Char Burgess Service Association Dinner in the Grove. and Shelli Stockton. The event begins at 5 p.m. Oct. 2 in the orange grove The event started as a birthday party for Burgess’ of Halcott and Cornelia Grant, at 400 N. Walnut St., husband, Larry, when he turned 60. Redlands. Cornelia Grant is on the charity’s board. “It was really fun and it occurred to me that we could This unique fundraising event includes wine, music turn this into a fundraiser, so we just developed this idea of what would be the perfect grove,” said Burgess, who also is vice president and dean of Student Life at the University of Redlands, as well as a Family Service Association supporter. She noted that the property has a large lawn nearby that provides a nice space for gathering and the event’s silent auction. Guests will enjoy a great meal al fresco at tables lined up at the end of the orchard. Lanterns light the tables, creating a beautiful atmosphere, and celebrating in the grove honors Redlands and its agricultural history, says Julie Nichols, the Family Service Association’s director of fund development. “It’s like a magical evening,” Photo by Micah Escamilla Nichols said. Julie Nichols, left, and Char Burgess Last year, 150 people attended the event, which raised about $45,000. This year, organizers hope to attract O r g a n i z at i o n h a s 200 guests. The cost is $110 per a history of helping person, $150 with assigned seating and a commemorative gift. Tickets By AMY BENTLEY should be reserved by Sept. 25. Among the various “early California” he Family Service Association of Redlands is nearly as menu items are beef tamales, a salsa old as the city itself, having formed in 1898, a decade bar and orange cake for dessert. after Redlands incorporated. Citrus-infused iced tea, Starbucks More than a century later, the nonprofit’s mission to coffee and wine round out the meal. help the poor, encourage self-sufficiency and promote the dignity Call 909-793-2673 for more of all people hasn’t changed; it’s just gotten a bigger audience information.

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‘They don’t give people a hand out, they give them a hand up. People turn their lives around and become productive citizens in the community.’ during these tough economic times. The Association originally was called the Associated Charities of Redlands and was founded by Alfred Smiley on Feb. 1, 1898. It does many of the same things that other community charities do: provide food, help people pay housing and utility bills, give clothing to the needy, host holiday programs with toy bag giveaways for children, and offer job training. “There is tremendous support for this organization in Redlands,” said Julie Nichols, the group’s director of fund development. Family Service Association has its own approach when it comes to offering that help. “What makes our program unique is we have case management. Someone comes in and needs help. They’ve lost their job or don’t have enough money to pay their rent. They get an appointment with a case manager who goes through all of their information,” including employment, housing and income status, said board president Ann McMahon, who has worked with the organization for more than 15 years. Family Service workers set up a help plan for the client

or family and determine their needs. It could be food for a week, enrollment in an employment class or parenting classes. The nonprofit contracts with local professionals for those services. The Association has a long history of helping. In 1909, the organization opened a wood yard to provide jobs for unemployed men who received 15 cents an hour, paid out in tickets redeemable for food and lodging. The wood was sold to the public. In 1910, the first visiting nurse was hired. “They don’t give people a hand out, they give them a hand up,” McMahon said. “People turn their lives around and become productive citizens in the community.” After operating out of a stately Victorian on Vine Street, the organization moved to its current site in 2004 and added a new facility to handle donations and a distribution center, as well as new office space. About 500 volunteers help a staff of 17, running programs that served 2,090 families and 6,955 individuals last year. Family Service Association of Redlands 612 Lawton St., Redlands 909-793-2673, redlandsfamilyservice.org

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Current and former U of R students join class of 2009 student Emily Sernaker in a breezy “My Tour” rap video highlighting the school’s attractions.

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s a University of Redlands admissions host, Emily Sernaker is well-versed on everything the college has to offer. Though she generally sticks to the university’s script while giving tours to prospective students and their families, Sernaker put the words to rhyme and has recorded a rap version of what was included on the tours she gave during her sophomore year. “I didn’t use the rap on the tour but recorded it and gave it to the other tour guides so they could learn the route,” she said. “(The rap) is exactly as the tour would go.” Sernaker incorporated parts of the rap or jokes from it into her tour to engage those listening. “I was a pretty traditional tour guide, but I did find if you could make people laugh early on, they’d be interested in learning what you have to say next,” Sernaker said.

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‘I was a pretty traditional tour guide, but I did find if you could make people laugh early on, they’d be interested in learning what you have to say next.’


That ability to teach and entertain simultaneously helped people remember Sernaker even after she graduated from Redlands in 2009. This spring, former classmates who had heard her rap encouraged her to send it to the university’s Marketing Department, which was looking to create a virtual tour video of the campus for its website. “They were interested in finding a creative way to get the message of the university out in a short period of time,” Sernaker said. “I sent it to them, and they wrote back right away. They thought it was funny and all got a big kick out of it.” In May, Sernaker joined fellow alumni, university employees and current students to film “My Tour,” a four minute U of R video tour set to Sernaker’s original rap. “It’s a limited tour; it’s like a snapshot of the university but it gives you a brief synopsis of what Redlands has to offer,” Sernaker said. “You walk away laughing, but you also learn something.” Brian Rountree, who graduated from Redlands in May and is now a graduate student there, was a background dancer in the film and said making the video was a lot of work, but worth it in the end. “It was a long day, but it was a lot of fun,”

Rountree said. “It provides a fun glance at what the university has to offer. It’s a good glimpse of how we operate here as a university.” In the video, Sernaker acts as a tour guide teaching viewers about the city of Redlands, university statistics, campus architecture, class offerings, student life and more. “I was really happy with the amount of the campus they showed (on the video),” Sernaker said. “I think it shows off our facilities well,” said Rick Daily, class of 2011, who is one of the background dancers in the video. “It’s entertaining, and it’s catchy.” While filming the video, which came out this summer, University President James Appleton happened to be on campus and students asked him to join them so he did, Sernaker said. Appleton dances on the steps of the Administration Building. Employees from the university’s Public Safety Department also made an impromptu appearance in the video. “It was a really great experience to get back together with alumni and friends,” Daily said. “Redlands is that type of place where you can have that connection with people simply because you

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better living | health

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fitness It’s no stretch to step into dance and yoga By AMY BENTLEY

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ou’ve decided to get into shape but the idea of working out at a gym bores you to tears. You hate jogging, have no one to walk with and can’t get motivated to work out at home alone. There are options, including a dance or yoga class. These two fun forms of exercise enjoy widespread appeal — even among middle-aged men who think they have two left feet. “All girls like guys who dance, and it’s healthy to do,” said Buddy Schwimmer, owner of the 5678 Dance Studio in Redlands. “It’s more fun to dance with a lady in your arms than it is to run in place on a machine by yourself and look at women across the room and wish you could talk to them.” Schwimmer, the “King of Swing” who travels the world to teach dancing, also owns and runs the World Swing Dance Championships. Besides dance, yoga’s popularity is rising as Boomers look for different ways to get a workout. “It’s very physical so guys are super-challenged by that, especially when they’re not expecting it,” said Philip Fulton of Redlands, co-owner of the

Benji Schwimmer at his father’s studio in Redlands Photo by Frank Perez

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‘You can drink or sit in a chair all by yourself and drink, or have a good time dancing. It’s a social, mental and physical thing all rolled into one, and you have a good time.’


‘Yoga works your entire body. This allows you to tap into stress areas where you are holding stress and let those go.’

Inner Evolution Yoga studio in Redlands and a longtime yoga instructor. Both dancing and yoga are forms of exercise that anyone can learn. Fulton’s students have ranged from 8 to 76. “Yoga is just blowing up right now. It’s huge,” he said. “With more athletes and movie stars doing yoga, it’s being more accepted now by men than ever before.” Likewise, hit TV shows “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” have added to the popularity of dancing. In fact, Schwimmer and his son Benji are awardwinning swing dancers, and Benji was the winner on the second season of “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2006. “It’s something you can have fun with for the rest of your life, no matter how old you are,” said Schwimmer, who has operated the studio in Redlands since 1999. Schwimmer and his instructors teach a variety of dance styles including swing, ballroom, Latin, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap and contemporary. “Swing is very popular here. Overall, hip-hop is popular to the average young kid,” he said. Holiday parties and get-togethers are great opportunities to meet people and enjoy dancing, and Schwimmer says now is the time to start learning some dance steps. “You can drink or sit in a chair all by yourself and drink, or have a good time dancing,” he said. “It’s a social, mental and physical thing all rolled into one, and you have a good time.” Yoga also has social, mental and physical aspects to it. Originating in India more than 5,000 years ago, it is a system of exercises designed to promote control of the mind and body and bring overall good health. Practicing yoga helps keep joints and ligaments limber, strengthens muscles, can lower

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The holidays can be stressful, and yoga is the perfect partner for the holiday season.

blood pressure, alleviate depression and help improve circulation, Fulton says. At Inner Evolution, the instructors offer a range of classes that focus on muscles, fitness, bones, connective tissue and flexibility, among other things. They also have classes for beginners. “Most people say they just feel better about themselves, that they feel like more of a whole person,� Fulton said. “Yoga works your entire body,� he added. “This allows you to tap into stress areas where you are holding stress and let those go. That makes your whole mind and body come together, when you start getting rid of the stress. The holidays can be stressful, and yoga is a perfect partner for the holiday season.� People who are considering taking up yoga should keep an open mind as they discover what it’s all about, Fulton suggests. “The second thing is ... to give it some time,� he said. “Don’t come to one class and

make a decision from there. The first three or four classes are going to be hard. But if you stick with it, it becomes a life-changing practice. I’ve got professional athletes, cyclists, runners who all use yoga as part of their training (regimen).� Schwimmer suggested that those new to dance could start with a weekly class in a number of styles to become well-rounded in dance and get started learning the moves. You don’t need to bring a partner as your classmates will dance with you. All you need to do is get started. “There’s a sign over my front door that says, ‘A step in the right direction.’ Take that step and the rest comes afterward.� Inner Evolution Yoga 555 W. Redlands Blvd., Redlands; 909-798-2244, www.innerevolutionyoga.com 5678 Dance Studio 624 W. State St., Redlands; 909-335-0721, www.buddyschwimmer.net

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HIS OCTOBER, invite some ghosts, ghouls, goblins and guests over for a Halloween bash that will be frighteningly fun. “It’s the only time of year you can dress up in a silly costume, act crazy and not have to worry about what others are thinking,” said Jenner Goolsby, store manager at Party Plus in Redlands. “Halloween gives everyone the chance to just be a kid again.” But the trick to pulling it all off is to make like a grown-up and plan ahead. Goolsby offers some suggestions: Shop early — “Costumes hit store shelves in August and this season’s hottest picks — which include characters from “Alice in Wonderland,” “Avatar” and “Jersey Shore” — will disappear fast.” Get the word out — “Send custom printed invitations listing the event date, time, location and theme as well as scheduled activities three to four weeks in advance.” Prep, prep, prep — “Spend the day before laying out party essentials: plates, cups, napkins, trash cans and even a tent (for outdoor gatherings) in case the weather takes a nasty turn.”

Set the mood — “Create a spooktacular scene with glittered skulls, snakes and spiders, feathered door wreaths, jack-o-lanterns, orange and black martini glasses, coffin-shaped dishes and beverages labeled as ‘POISON.’” Call for backup — “Ask a close friend to share hosting responsibilities and run lastminute errands such as going to the store for ice when you’ve got your hands full.” Skip the silverware — “Serve party-friendly finger foods such as pinwheel sandwiches, sliders, french fries, Halloween cookies and cupcakes, caramel apples, gummy worms, licorice and candy corn.” Break the ice — “A costume contest is sure to get people mingling; choose your top three faves, let guests cast their votes, then award the winner with a ribbon, trophy or gift certificate.” Enjoy yourself — “The bottom line here is to always remember why you threw the party in the first place. Think ahead, don’t stress and have a safe, happy Halloween!”

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ushi is one of those foods you either love or despise. And many people have never even tried sushi, so they really don’t know how good it is. It is believed that sushi dates back to the fourth century B.C. in Southeast Asia. As a preserved food, the salted fish, fermented with rice, was an important source of protein. More recently, in the wake of the increased health consciousness of Americans, sushi became popular in the States in the 1980s, with restaurants opening throughout the country. When entering a sushi restaurant, it is not uncommon to hear the staff greet customers with “Irasshaimase!” — meaning, “please come in.” Talk about making you feel wanted! While the Inland Empire has many great sushi restaurants to choose from, one of the best is Ocean Blue Japanese Bistro in Redlands. Located in the historic Redlands Train Depot, this quaint restaurant features an outstanding array of sushi as well as sashimi (raw seafood on seasoned rice) and some traditional Japanese dishes that are delicious.

Crunch Dragon Roll at Ocean Blue Japanese Bistro in Redlands Photos by Lea Reed


Besides getting all the wonderful flavors and textures that sushi has to offer, you don’t want the sushi falling apart by eating it one bite at a time. Just stick it into your mouth, chew and savor the moment. Don’t believe it? Just ask loyal customers who swarm the dining room during the dinner hour. When eating sushi, there are many traditional “rules” that one may follow. The one that makes eating sushi fun is putting the entire small slice of sushi into your mouth, so it’s possible to enjoy the whole sushi experience in one delightful bite. Besides getting all the wonderful flavors and textures that sushi has to offer, you don’t want the sushi falling apart by eating it one bite at a time. Just stick it into your mouth, chew and savor the moment. The key ingredient in great sushi is fresh fish. However, it should be noted that not all sushi is made with fresh raw fish. Such items as cooked fish, vegetables, cream cheese and even beef are used. If you do not like seaweed, which is usually wrapped around the seasoned rice, there is cucumber, lettuce and even soy paper. At Ocean Blue, a delicious starter is the Salmon Tempura ($6.95), which is six salmon “tenders” breaded and deep-fried in a crispy and tasty tempura batter. The tangy zesty dark sweet eel sauce that was served with the fried salmon we recently enjoyed was the perfect dipping sauce for the delightful morsels. For those who like salads, order the Poke Tuna Salad ($12.96). This Hawaiian favorite made famous by chef Sam Choy consists of cubes of fresh tuna marinated in an outstanding soy, rice vinegar, sesame oil and chili flake marinade and tossed with fresh lettuce, shredded seaweed, onions and topped with tiny fish eggs and

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shredded radish. What a great salad. Since sushi is the main attraction at Ocean Blue, I ordered a variety of sushi rolls including the Crunch Dragon Roll ($10.95), the Lady Roll ($9.95) and the Tiger Snapper Roll ($12.95). The Crunch Dragon featured spicy tuna, with shrimp tempura, crab meat, avocado and cucumber rolled with rice, wrapped in seaweed and topped with the delicious eel sauce we had with the Salmon Tempura and a spicy mayo sauce. The spicy tuna along with the crunchiness of the tempura shrimp and the other goodies really worked well together.

The Lady Roll consisted of eight thick slices of red snapper, salmon, tuna, avocado and rice wrapped in pink soy paper. The sushi was simple yet the unique flavors and texture of each fish stood out making it a real culinary treat. The last roll was the Tiger Snapper Roll, which started with deep-fried red snapper with imitation crab, shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber and cream cheese wrapped with rice and seaweed. All I can say is, “wow!” Two of my favorite items of the evening were the Popcorn Roll ($12.95), a sliced California roll piled high with lots of crispy

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fried lobster tails (I think they were crawfish tails) with a special sauce; and the Beef Roll ($7.95), with slices of teriyaki beef rolled with cucumber, avocado, rice and seaweed and lots of beef crowning the rolls. If sushi is not your thing, try the Spicy Pork and Korean Style Rib Hibachi Special ($13.95), which is a large portion of sliced mildly sweet and spicy pork with thinly cut up Korean ribs. Both of the meats were tender and very flavorful and came with a bowl of miso soup, a small salad, steamed white rice, crispy Asian coleslaw, and tempura vegetables and shrimp. The menu also features teriyaki chicken, shrimp and tofu combination dinners as well. I was extremely impressed with the quality of the food, and while Ocean Blue is small, it’s one mighty restaurant.

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(1) Dennis Bird, Katherine Thomerson, Redlands Mayor Pat Gilbreath and Al Hernandez (2) Sara Stowitts, left, Daniel Kiuttu and Rachael Johnson (3) Ellen and Stan Weisser (4) Diana Kiuttu, left, and Joanne Stowitts (5) Deb and Les Jolly (6) Karen and Cliff Cabanilla 7) Susan Adams, left, and Kristin Staton Photos by JAMES CARBONE

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Sept. 24-26  –  11th annual San Bernardino County Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo, with family entertainment, food, vendors and dances following the Friday and Saturday rodeos. Glen Helen Regional Park, Devore; $15, free for ages 6 and younger; 909-795-0268, www.sheriffsrodeo.org. Sept. 29  –  Munchin’ at the Mansion to benefit San Bernardino CASA — Special Court Appointed Child Advocate program. Edwards Mansion, 2064 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands; 5:30-8:30 p.m.; $50 individual, $90 couple, or $500 for table of eight with preferred seating; 909-881-6760, http://casaofsb.org.

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Oct. 3  –  Believe and Walk for the Cure, a 5K and 10K walk through the streets of Redlands to raise money for the Loma Linda University Cancer Center. Event sponsored by Stater Bros. Markets and Inland Women Fighting Cancer. Downtown Redlands, corner of Fifth and State streets; 7 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. walk starts; $30; http://believeinlandempire.com. Oct. 16  –  Redlands Rotary Ride, which supports local charitable causes, was previously coupled with the Redlands Bike Classic. For both families and serious riders, courses are 6-15 miles, 30 miles and 60 miles, with lunch and T-shirts. Registration at www.active.com or www.redlandsrotary.org/ ride; e-mail rotaryride@gmail.com Oct. 16  –  Parties for the Necklace supports the Redlands Conservancy’s Emerald Necklace program to conserve and promote the city’s open spaces. Oct. 16 event sold out; “Two Wheeled Progressive Dinner, Take 2,” Nov. 7; “Fine Art and High Tea With the Edwardses,” Jan. 16; “Art by Anneli and You, 2,” March 12 and 19; “Beginning Birding in Caroline Park,” April 9. 909-389-7810, or e-mail sleonard@keyway.net. Nov. 6  –  The Breakfast Club of Redlands’ annual Four Seasons of Giving luncheon and fashion show benefit, is at 10 a.m. at the University of Redlands Orton Center. Tickets are $30, and proceeds go to the Family Service Association’s Christmas Shop. Information: Joyce Lovejoy, 909-795-2896 Nov. 14  –  Assistance League of Redlands’ It’s All About Tea fundraiser features an informal fashion show and gift baskets. Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 1551 Reservoir Road, Redlands; 11 a.m.; $40; 909-792-2675. Nov. 14  –  William Zeitler will play his glass armonica on “Music for an Autumn Afternoon” at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Redlands, 51 W. Olive Ave. The concert is a benefit for Step by Step, a community coalition working with the Redlands Police Department to help parolees re-enter the community.

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essay | american scene

In Redlands, a night out

shooting photo by GABRIEL LUIS ACOSTA

Jim McKinney shoots a 28-gauge shotgun as the sun sets at Redlands Shooting Park.

By JAMES RUFUS KOREN

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he Redlands Shooting Park is equipped with several barbecue grills. I mention this before anything else — the friendly, easy-going staff, the bargain-rate gun-rental fee, the actual shooting of guns — because, more than those other things, the grills are evidence of an easily overlooked fact: Watching your friends shoot stuff is fun. If you’ve ever gone trap shooting, you probably already think shooting stuff — clay pigeons, in this instance — is fun. If not fun, it’s at least exciting on a basic, elemental level: the anticipation before the clay comes into view, the tense moment you catch sight of it, the hurried attempt to align gun sight and clay, the hope as you squeeze the trigger, the rush as the clay shatters into a hundred neongreen shards or the completely illogical

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sting of failure as the clay dips and gently lands, unscathed. That excitement, believe it or not, comes through second-hand, too. Unlike sports that are a blast when you’re playing but mind-numbing when you’re watching — say, golf — trap shooting with the right group of friends is a solid spectator sport. Which is why the park has grills, because it’s worthwhile to grill a brat, hang out and watch your friends shoot. A few weeks ago, a dozen or so colleagues and I went to the Redlands Shooting Park after work. The park is open until 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays — perfect for blowing off steam in the middle of the week. We brought burgers, hot links, carne asada and a bag of charcoal for the park’s massive main grill. For about $16 per person, we rented five shotguns and each got a round of 25 shotgun shells and 25 clays.

We grilled, we shot, we socialized, we ate meat, we cheered and jeered and watched clays explode with the lights of Highland for a backdrop. When a first-timer shot her first two clays, we hooted and hollered. When a big-talker missed all but two, we made sure he knew the score. When one of my colleagues missed a clay after hitting eight in a row, I felt — we all felt, I think — the same way you feel when your favorite pitcher gives up a base hit after going eight innings into a perfect game. My round long over (16 for 25 — not bad), I was still invested in his. And in everyone else’s. And then I went to the grill for another cheeseburger. Redlands Shooting Park 2125 N. Orange St., Redlands 909-335-8844 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday


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Redlands Magazine Fall 2010