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ou can never go home again. That’s the expression, a wistful provocation of faded memories, the loss of innocence and the passage of time, all rolled into a tidy package. But, honestly, it’s bunk. Total and absolute bunk. One only needs to walk along Orange Street and Redlands Boulevard, or wander through the A.K. Smiley Library, the grounds at Kimberly Crest or listen to music at the Redlands Bowl or Sylvan Park on the Fourth of July to know the real truth of it. You can go home. In fact, you can even choose never to leave, because home is a place we cherish and preserve in the stillness of our hearts. Sure there’s a physicality to it, something found around town — perhaps at Memorial Hall, Stell Coffee & Tea Co., the Lincoln Shrine or in your own back yard. But there’s also something more: this community of life we share with our neighbors, families and friends. And it’s something to revisit often if not dwell within. So with this summer season, we celebrate the home of our hearts with the traditions of community: musical performances, patriotic high notes, the chords of young performers and the return of a favorite son, Landon Donovan. Nights of John Philip Sousa, evenings at the Bowl, walks in the park — that’s what summer and home are all about. Thank goodness, you can go home — don’t let anyone say it’s not so.

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book of Esther explodes with rollicking hilarity as the evil Haman schemes to outwit bumbling King Xerxes for control of the Persian empire. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 909-335-3037, Also: “The Little Mermaid,” July 10-Aug. 8; “Pursued A Jonah Story,” Aug. 21-Sept. 19; “Little Women,” Oct. 2-24. CONCERT IN THE PARK JUNE 18  –  Music, auction, food, raffle, games and prizes, presented by the Redlands AYSO 2010 Cultural Exchange Team. Redlands Spor ts Complex, Dearborn Street and San Bernardino Avenue; 5-10 p.m.; RELAY FOR LIFE JUNE 19  –  Colleges for Cancer event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s effor t to find a cure for cancer. Cajon High School


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JULIO IGLESIAS JUNE 26  –  Legendary musicians in concer t. Agua Caliente Casino Resor t Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 8 p.m.; 888-999-1995, Also: Arnel Pineda, July 10; Jackson Browne, July 18; Mar tina McBride, July 24; REO Speedwagon, July 30; Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, Aug. 5; Ted Nugent, Aug. 13; Billy Idol, Aug. 20; Huey Lewis & The News, Aug. 27; Celtic Woman, Sept. 3-4; The Beach Boys, Sept. 11; Sheryl Crow, Sept. 18; LeAnn Rimes, Oct. 9.

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STEVE MILLER BAND JULY 9 – Hit-making American rock band in concer t. Pechanga Resor t & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, near Temecula; 8 p.m.; $85-$120; 877-711-2946, Also: Gipsy Kings, July 15; Jim Gaffigan, July 17; Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, July 30; Rob Thomas, Aug. 6; Billy Idol, Steve Stevens, Aug. 11 and 13; Chris Isaak, Aug. 20; The Beach Boys, Aug. 22; Brian Regan, Aug. 27; Engelber t Humperdinck, Aug. 28; Doobie Brothers, Sept. 10; Foreigner, Sept. 24.

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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, ARTIST TRADING CARDS OCT. 4-9 – ATCs, as they’re known, are small pieces of ar t traded from one ar tist to another. The Gallery will display cards for public viewing 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

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or one day in April, ESPN took over the Redlands East Valley High School campus. Filming a segment for the show “Homecoming,” a series that focuses on star athletes and where they grew up, the lights and cameras of the worldwide leader in sports descended upon REV to tell the story of perhaps the most famous Wildcat of all — Landon Donovan. A former student and soccer star, Donovan has blossomed into what many experts believe to be the best soccer player in the United States. After a lunch-time segment that had Donovan and “Homecoming” host Rick Reilly goofing around in front of some REV students, the show moved into the Wildcat Gym for a one-on-one interview in front of a packed house of family, friends and fans. Donovan was asked about everything from how he started playing soccer to the moment when he knew he had a chance to be something special. The show is scheduled to air on June 10, a day before Donovan and his USA teammates begin competition in the World Cup. Redlands Daily Facts reporter Jesse B. Gill caught up with Donovan during his homecoming and asked him a few questions. Question: From the way ESPN explained it, they asked you what places you’d like to go to in Redlands and you picked REV. Why? Answer: It might not have been the obvious choice because I only spent a year and a half here, but I feel that a big part of my growth — as a soccer player and as a person — happened here. I really came into my own here. Physically,

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it was when I really started growing. Mentally, this is where a lot of things started happening in my career. Q: Can you attribute that growth to any particular coach or administrator or teacher? A: I had a lot of really good teachers. I was very fortunate (for them) to kind of help me along the way. More than any other was Coach (Pat) Hafley, who I originally met at Moore Middle School. He later worked at Redlands High School, but I’ve kept in touch with him forever. I had a few teachers here at REV who were really instrumental in different ways. Q: When was the last time you were on the REV campus? A: I came back in December, and I ran around the track. But actually being inside the gates, that hasn’t happened for a really long time. It’s probably been at least 10 or 11 years since I’ve been inside the campus. Q: You attended REV right at the beginning of its existence. Ten years later,

Going with the FLO It’s no wonder that Landon Donovan, who went pro at age 16 and has played in Germany, England and currently with the U.S. World Cup team, has sponsors. There are the expected, Nike and Gatorade, and a newcomer, FLO TV*, which isn’t as well known. FLO TV is a subscription service that provides live portable TV programming, via either a personal FLO TV or a handheld device including some mobile phones. This year FLO TV is offering live ESPN coverage of all 64 matches in the FIFA World Cup. And as part of its advertising campaign, FLO TV has produced a 30-second spot featuring Donovan watching a game as he dribbles a soccer ball on a darkened field. The spot can be viewed on Donovan’s Facebook page as well as at *FLO TV is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated.

does it seem like a lot has changed? A: There are some pieces of it that are a little different, like the baseball field and stuff like that. But for the most part, it looks pretty similar. It’s always smaller than you remember, because you were smaller then and everything seemed so big. It’s a little different in that sense.

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Q: What are some of your fondest memories about your time at REV? A: This hill (leading down to the JV baseball field), believe it or not, is where we spent a lot of our time doing fitness in preseason. We’d start down at the bottom and run up and down the whole time. So maybe that wasn’t a fond memory, but it was a decent memory. And then the main field down there is where we played a lot of our games. That was important because it taught me that you have to do these things if this is where you want to go, and if you don’t do these things, you’re not going to make it as a professional athlete. Q: Every Wildcat hears about how you went to REV and the great things you’ve gone on to accomplish, especially the soccer players. What piece of advice would you offer the current Wildcat soccer stars? A: I’m aware that there are realities to all of this. Not every person who comes through here is going to wind up being a professional athlete. For me, the biggest thing — and my mom always told me this — is that you have to have fun. And if you’re enjoying it, you can do anything. Did I necessarily want to be running up and down the hill and doing fitness all the time? No, but I knew that it was going to make the game easier and more enjoyable for me. And that’s what I love to do. I played as much as I could. Whether your sport is volleyball, tennis, baseball,

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window over the mountains here. Coming over Big Bear, Arrowhead. Over the Crafton Hills. I just love how much nature there is here and how open everything is. The world I live in is fast and exciting, but to come here and almost take a 180 from all of that and just relax is always so refreshing. I really miss that about this place. Q: Do you get to come home very often with your busy schedule? Do you wish you could come back to Redlands more often? A: I do. I come back quite often. My family still lives here. My mom still lives here, so for me it’s the perfect getaway to kind of get grounded and get back to my roots. Q: With Redlands High School opening its own stadium last year and the new high school, Citrus Valley, set to open its own stadium this fall, REV will be the only high school in town without its own stadium. Has the school approached you about being a possible donor to help build a stadium on or near campus to provide a facility for the football, soccer and track and field teams? A: That’s the first time I’ve heard of it. I would absolutely be interested in that discussion. Like I said, I love this town and I loved this school when I was here, so I’m glad you brought that to my attention.

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he Redlands Bowl will be a magical place this summer, and for four evenings in July it will become River City, Iowa, for “The Music Man.” Meredith Willson’s play, the venue’s most requested musical, will be staged for the fourth time, this year directed by Paul Jacques. “This is a community show, one of the best shows ever written,” said Jacques, who lives in Riverside. “There’s not a bad song in the show,” he added. Winner of the Tony Award for best musical in 1957, “The Music Man” was directed by Paul Little at the Bowl in 1978, 1988 and 1998. This will be Jacques’ first time directing the musical and directing at the Bowl.

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“I’m approaching it from a fresh standpoint, which is kind of nice,” he said. “You always predicate on what you did the last time around. The thing about doing the musical at the Bowl is it’s unlike any other venue.” Program director Marsha Gebara said Jacques is a talented and capable producer-director. “He really understands the Bowl and will be a great addition to the team this summer.” Jacques understands Redlands’ protection of its artistic heritage. Community pride is the city’s parallel to River City, he says. “My mom is not Iowa stubborn, but she is Nebraska stubborn. I know what it’s like to be around small towns in the Midwest. Redlands is more open to trying new things.” Jacques, who performed in “Aida,” “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Guys and Dolls” at the Bowl, has directed outdoors before, and he says the Bowl is one of the best venues in Southern California. “All the creative opportunities with this show on a big stage are amazing. It’s built to be a big-cast show. You look at the logistics and everything you can accomplish with a show like this.” Without giving too much away, Jacques says local schools will be involved in “The Music Man.” “It’ll be interesting to see how the mail gets delivered — we’ll say that.”

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‘All the creative opportunities with this show on a big stage are amazing. It’s built to be a big-cast show. You look at the logistics and everything you can accomplish with a show like this.’

Three questions for Paul Jacques Question: What are the challenges of staging “The Music Man” at the Redlands Bowl? Answer: Probably the biggest challenge, even though I’ve directed in large spaces before, is space usage. It’s tempting to spread things out a lot. One of the things we’re going through in production meetings is knowing when to go really big and when to pull things into focus. Q: What are you looking forward to about directing the show? A: Just the energy of the show — it’s just a fun show. It’s hard to hear some of the things Harold (Hill) sings and not have your toe tapping or sing along. My high school band director was from Minnesota and actually played under (Meredith Willson’s) baton one time, so we heard legends of Meredith

Willson. This is a really neat opportunity. I have two little girls who are almost 5 and 6. My wife and I talk about which shows to take them to. If you’re not into heavier musical theater, (“Music Man”) is still good a show — the characters are likable, the music is catchy, the costumes are fun. You do not have to be too prepared to see the show. For an evening of entertainment, you get a lot of value out if it. Q: Which shows would you like to direct that you have never directed in the past? A: I would love to direct “Phantom (of the Opera).” Being a child of the ’80s, shows like “Cats” and “Les “Miserables” would be fun to direct. I was in “Sweeney Todd” few years ago but need a break from Mr. Todd for a little while.

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‘We know it’ll be a great season. We have a lot of great programs everyone will enjoy.’ And the Bowl stage will look like a small town in Iowa. “I’ve never been a fan of big scene changes,” he said. “We’re going for a different aesthetic look.” There will be a 45-person cast and a 12- to 14-piece live orchestra. Rehearsals started May 24. The ages of cast members vary, as will the audience, Gebara says. “We want families to come and just love this musical.” Jacques has an impressive resume. Twenty of his original works have been staged. He is on the theater faculty at San Bernardino Valley College, Mt. San Jacinto Community College and California Baptist University, and he also is the operations director of the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre in Hemet. In addition, he portrays Charles Dickens for the Riverside Dickens Festival and is the artistic director for the Inland Empire Shakespeare Festival. His first show after graduating from high

school was “Jitters” at Redlands Footlighters in 1990. For Jacques, it is an honor to direct at the Bowl. Other venues do not have the energy that “runs through the Bowl,” he says. “I tell my acting students, and they don’t believe me, that you have 6,000 people a night. It’s hard to believe when you have sea of humanity staring back at you.” Magic act

The theme for the Bowl’s 87th season is “Feel the Magic,” and program director Gebara is filled with anticipation. “We know it’ll be a great season,” she said. “We have a lot of great programs everyone will enjoy.” The 2010 season will have three Saturday shows and will feature some of the most popular groups and performances in recent memory: fiddle group Barrage, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Marine

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ith the Fourth of July almost here, musicians are gearing up to add a patriotic note to the festivities. The Redlands Fourth-ofJuly Band will celebrate its 30th season this year and will perform both new music and favorites. “People really enjoy playing traditional, patriotic music, especially on the Fourth of July,” said Nick Miller, band librarian and tuba section leader. “People love to come to (Sylvan) park for the games and the booths and to hear the music from the Redlands Fourth-of-July Band.” Band founder and director Curtiss B. Allen enjoys performing selections geared toward children in the audience. “Last year was the first year we had kids in the park march around to the ‘Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,’” Allen said. “That was so much fun to see the children do, and I definitely want to do that again. We have a piece they’re going to do that on, called ‘Disney’s Magic Kingdom.’”

While last year’s music selections were tailored toward youngsters, this year patriotic favorites will command center stage. Bringing America’s favorites to Sylvan Park and the Ted Runner Stadium every Independence Day is important to the musicians. “(The band exists) to bring John Philip Sousa-type music to the community,” said Glenn Smith, band manager. “It’s a little bit of culture that a lot of places don’t have. We get asked to do a lot of different events because there are not a lot of bands out there like this.” The band grew out of the Bethany Reformed Church orchestra in the late 1970s. Allen, along with many local residents, would spend the Fourth at Sylvan Park. One year, he and a friend were discussing the fact there was no Sousa music to accompany the park happenings. “At the time, one of the service clubs R E F L E C T

did a big old-fashioned barbecue,” Allen said. “In order to have something going on, they started having a talent competition. Over time, booths made their way in, but there still wasn’t any Sousa (music).” Allen, who was part of the Bethany Church orchestra, asked some of the wind players to stay after practice one night to see if they could compete in the talent competition. “We ran through something, and it sounded perfectly acceptable,” he said. Word spread that a community band was in the works, and musicians started coming forward. “By the time we were ready to go over to the park, we had 44 in the band,” Allen said. And though comprised entirely of volunteers, the band was too professional to compete in the talent show. “We were so good, and we were so different that we couldn’t be compared to the other contestants; it wasn’t fair,” Allen R E F R E S H

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said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was done as a whole separate thing. It just burgeoned. It just blossomed.â&#x20AC;? Calling themselves the Bethany Band,

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and some of the church elders didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the band playing that year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In this city, the Fourth of July is always celebrated on the fourth, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Sunday,â&#x20AC;? Allen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe in celebrating it on the event.â&#x20AC;? So, those who wanted to continue playing did so, but not as the Bethany Band. Instead, they played under a new name: the Redlands Fourth-of-July Band. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole purpose of the band was the Fourth of July,â&#x20AC;? Allen said. This year, the band that doubled in size in three years, will perform with about 75 members and with as much fun and professionalism as ever, Allen says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playing in the park is what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all about,â&#x20AC;? said Michael Shea, head of percussion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become a part of the Fourth of July in Redlands, and we will continue as long as we can.â&#x20AC;? The 2010 season is dedicated to former Concertmaster Stan Korfmacher, who died on March 1.

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ll big stars start somewhere, and many of Redlands’ talented young performers are making their start at Redlands Vocal and Performing Arts Academy. Annette Bartolina has been teaching students of all ages at the studio for about a decade. She has years of experience and is a certified Speech Level Singing (SLS) instructor. “It’s the most effective technique out there as far as I’m concerned,” she said. “It enriches the vocals so beautifully and is so quick. A student comes into my studio for the first time, and we’re making strides the very first lesson. They can start to feel and hear a difference.” At the academy, younger students are grouped into three divisions, and Bartolina focuses on different performing aspects depending on the class. “It’s pretty common to look for the raw talent first of all, then the dedication,” she said. “A lot of people with a lot of talent don’t have the dedication it takes to do the practice, put in the time, and do what it takes to take care of their instrument, their voice.”

‘When they start to become proficient and comfortable with what they’re doing, that’s when we start looking for representation for them or send them out on auditions.’ Some of Bartolina’s students were asked to audition for the Redlands Bowl production of “The Music Man,” and others have appeared in productions at Yucaipa Little Theater and LifeHouse Theater. Bartolina prepares her students for acting and singing gigs by holding concerts and musicals, as well as smaller engagements at nursing homes and hospitals. “It’s exciting for them to be on a real stage and do performances for a large audience,” she said. “There are so many things to cover, but it’s worth it because the kids just get so much out of it. There’s more to it than just being in a play. You’re part of a team and responsible for your part.” The academy is filled with outstanding students, including 11-year-old Amber Chrest of Redlands, who recently was selected from several other children for a television project. “When she first came to the studio about a year ago,

she struggled with pitch and being able to sing a melody with other people,” Bartolina said. “She worked so hard on her voice and was really dedicated. When it was time for her to audition for our performance of ‘Annie,’ I listened to her and she blew me and the other judges away.” She also impressed casting agents, as she was booked for “Animal Ambassador TV,” a show that was filmed at Lake Gregory. “I was so proud of myself,” Chrest said. “I didn’t think I was going to get it. I really enjoyed every experience. I got to cook with an eagle, talk about nature with a turtle and learned about constellations with a wolf.” Bartolina knows exactly why Chrest won the part. “Amber has the dedication, the drive and the sparkling personality,” she said. Bartolina can tell when students are ready

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RIDES are no longer simply asking for roses or color schemes to fit the season, according to local florists. Instead, they are watching their budgets while choosing colors and flowers, and more want the big day to be “green” in some way. “There are a lot of themes; everyone wants something new and different,” said Ann Marie Smith, owner of Hockridge Florist on Redlands Boulevard. Solid and bright colors are popular; Tiffany blue, chocolate brown and citrus and melon tones are the colors of the moment. And brides no longer let the season dictate their color schemes. “If she likes pink, it’s still going to be a pink wedding,” Smith said. “It’s more what the bride likes.” Brides are asking for peonies, according to florist Christina Caldwell. But it is best to stick with what is in season. “They’ll get the best deal on their flowers,” said Caldwell, owner of


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Mosey on over At Mill Creek Cattle Company, barbecue rules but there’s so much more By LUANNE J. HUNT


on’t let the Wild West motif fool ya! Mill Creek Cattle Company restaurant offers much more than down-home grub like burgers, beans and barbecue. Since 2000, the 6,800-square-foot eatery has been dishing up everything from prime rib to seafood to international fare at affordable prices. Beyond the fresh and tasty food, variety is the restaurant’s strongest selling point, says owner Jim Lotito.

“We started out doing a lot of catering, so that’s why we know how to cook so many different things. Along with our barbecue, we serve Mexican, Irish, Asian and Italian food. “I happen to like spaghetti as a side dish with just about everything, and find that our customers like it, too. We must go through 60 to 70 pounds of pasta a week.” Much of that pasta is sold on Wednesday evenings, which Lotito dubs “Flavors of Rome” night. For $5.99, a plate of spaghetti, linguini, penne or rigatoni is served with a meat, marinara, Alfredo, pesto or

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and friendly conversation are served at the Mill Creek Cattle Company in Mentone.

attraction. And while Lolito won’t divulge its ingredients, primavera sauce. Lasagna is $1 extra, and soup or salad he will provide a hint about its preparation. can be added for $1.50. “All of the meats are dry-rubbed with a mixture “Wednesdays are one of our busiest days,” Lotito said. of spices,” said Lotito, who grew up in West Covina and When Mill Creek Cattle Company opened its doors in started his restaurant career in the 1950s flipping burgers. 2000, Lotito hoped to create a niche restaurant with barbecue dishes such as baby back ribs, pulled-pork sandwiches and hickory smoked ham steaks. As the business grew, so did the menu. Over the years, several entrees have been added, including fish and chips, trout, salmon, jumbo shrimp, grilled chicken breast, and corned beef and cabbage. The Mentone establishment, which has a large banquet room, also offers a variety of salads, appetizers, soups and desserts. Side dishes at Mill Creek include three-cheese baked potatoes, french fries, sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, creamed spinach and fresh vegetables. With all there is to choose from, Photos by Lea Reed Above: One pound Brewster Burger; Left: One pound Roast Beef Dip barbecue continues to be a major

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Mill Creek comes with a rustic ambience.

He also is the former owner of The Sting in West Covina and The Hacienda Club in La Puente. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We serve all of our different sauces on the side to accommodate peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s various tastes,â&#x20AC;? he added. Complementing Mill Creekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse menu is its inviting dĂŠcor that took more than two years to complete. The walls are adorned with Western artifacts that were found at yard sales and in junk yards around the Inland Empire. Many items also came from the



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The Harbert Orchestra, from left to right: seated at center, Mabel Harbert; front row, director R.H. Harbert, Rosa D. Harbert, Lola Harbert; back row, R.H. Harbert Jr., James Nicholson, Eddie Carter, Charles Arthur Beal, Harry Beal and W.J. Thomas.

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Harry Beal in his other job in 1914.

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