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Great tastes combine on the menu at Dhat Island, a unique restaurant that recalls the flavors of a spectacular island getaway. Angela and Carlo Alce welcome diners to their popular venture, but don’t bother asking for the recipe to an amazing sweet and spicy CURTAIN RISES NATURAL ROUTE WELLNESS IS THE bourbon sauce. It’s a TH ON 87 SEASON TO HEALTHY SKIN FAMILY BUSINESS trade secret.

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Summer Music Festival returns to the Bowl

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Laura’s Spa treatment improves looks, outlook

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Clark’s Nutrition knows what’s good for you

DEPARTMENTS FROM THE EDITOR Cowboys, vampires & summer 6

weddings Planning for the big day 44

CAN’T MISS Redlands Theatre Festival, Fourth of July, American Idols Live! 8

NONPROFIT Meet Erin Phillips of Children’s Fund 14

SEEN Redlands Community Hospital Foundation 58 Bonnes Meres Birthday Luncheon 60 Puttin’ on the Ritz Fine Arts Fundraiser 62 Sunrise Rotary Crab ‘n Jazz Celebration 64

outdoors Go zipping along 32

RICK SFORZA Photos are all about The Moment. 66

ARTS & CULTURE Lots of summertime activities 10

ON THE COVER

Erin Phillips, president and CEO of Children’s Fund Photo by Priscilla Iezzi; Makeup by Yesenia Macias

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from the editor

Cowboys, vampires & summer

REDLANDS VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1

Fred H. Hamilton PUBLISHER & CEO

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very summer my wife and I try to do a few things that are special and different to mark the time we share as a family with our two daughters in this journey of our lives. Usually, of course, it’s play — a weekend out of town, a party at the beach, a concert, a road trip to the Grand Canyon or a bigger vacation. But, as often as not, these things are simple and closer to home, just something that breaks the normal routines and serves as a reminder (I hope) of the value of choosing something different, trying something new and escaping from choices and patterns which, if unchecked, can lead to unexamined, uninspired existence. So this year, I had to chuckle when I saw that the Shakespeare Festival had jumped into genre-shifting for its offerings at the Redlands Bowl. “Titus Andronicus” as a Gothic vampire tale, “As You Like It” as a Western and “The Merchant of Venice” as a commedia dell’Arte. Here was a perfect combination of bold venture, classic art and community spirit. As my girls and I bundled up for an evening with the Bard in the Old West in “As You Like It,” recollections of the Shakespearean players in “Huckleberry Finn” came to mind. The evening was lovely and fun, and, while Shakespeare requires more attention than the common Sunday at the cineplex, we had a wonderful time — and much to discuss after. Did the gun fighting really work? What was that rodeo clown character going for? ... Did he remind you of Falstaff? It invigorated our ideas on Shakespeare and broadened our appreciation for everyday people, neighbors and friends, who put themselves out there — on stage as it were — to try something new. Hurray for all of them. Whether it’s a play, a half marathon, work in a shelter or serving on a nonprofit board, trying something new and sharing in it makes us vital and young. We encounter new people, new perspectives and find ways to put more in our lives. In this issue we invite you to do the same. Find Caribbean Creole cuisine and Southern roots with Allan Borgen at Dhat Island; explore a holistic spa and yoga experience at Laura’s Spa with Catherine Garcia; jump into space with a new zipline ride opening in Wrightwood, and spend time with the new president and CEO of Children’s Fund, Erin Phillips. There’s more inside: our Bowl preview, recipes from Jessica Keating, event photos and don’t miss suggestions on family photos from Redlands resident and former Facts photographer Rick Sforza. Thanks for reading; cherish and support the people and businesses that make Redlands the special and distinctive place it is.

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can’t miss W H AT TO S E E & D O

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United States Coast Guard Band

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL JUNE 24-AUG. 19  –  88th season features the United States Coast Guard Band and other performers. For more information, read the story on Page 18. Redlands Bowl, Smiley Park, off Brookside Avenue between Eureka and Grant streets; 909-793-7316, www.redlandsbowl.org. FOURTH OF JULY JULY 4  –  The Redlands Four th-of-July Band, under the direction of Cur tiss B. Allen, will perform during the annual celebration at Sylvan Park. Then, the festivities shift to nearby Ted Runner Stadium for what’s billed as one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the state. It opens with a flag ceremony at 7 p.m., a USAF C-17 flyover, skydivers from Perris Valley Skydiving, the 1st Rodeo Band and a fireworks show presented by Pyro Spectaculars by Souza at about 9 p.m. Sylvan Park, East Park Avenue at Nor th University Street. Ted Runner Stadium, University of Redlands, East Brockton Avenue at Nor th Grove Street. 909-748-0637. REDLANDS THEATRE FESTIVAL JULY 10-AUG. 20  –  “Becky’s New Car,” “Greater Tuna” “The Miser,” “Nunsense” and “Radio Gals” are performed in reper tory under the stars. Prospect Park, Cajon Street at West Highland Avenue, Redlands; 8:30 p.m. showtime; $18 (box office opens June 20); 909-389-3292, 909-792-0562, www.r tfseason.org.

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AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE! JULY 16  –  Performances by this season’s top 11 singers. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario; 7 p.m.; $45-$65; 909-244-5600, www.cbbankarena.com. Also: Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown, June 24; Urban Legends, June 25; Lipizzaner Stallions, July 22-23; Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Aug. 10-14; Geico AMA Endurocross, Sept. 17.


arts&culture T H E C A L E N DA R

MARKET NIGHT THURSDAYS  –  Cer tified farmers market, with more than 150 food and merchandise booths, 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, www.downtownredlands.com. HISTORICAL GLASS MUSEUM ONGOING  –  More than 6,000 items made by American glass makers and ar tists are available for display, including an 1885 Mary Gregory cake plate, which was par t of a donation of 79 pieces. 1157 N. Orange St., Redlands; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, group tours weekdays by appointment; 909-793-3333, historicalglassmuseum.com. ‘THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO’ THROUGH JUNE 26  –  Edmond Dantes’ future appears promising, but he is victimized by former friends plotting against him in this adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 909-335-3037,

www.lifehousetheater.com. Also: “Jungle Book,” July 9-Aug. 14; “Les Miserables,” Aug. 27- Sept. 25. REDLANDS ART ASSOCIATION Show, June 18; Ar t Camp II, June 20-July 1; Ar t Camp III, July 5-15; Ar t Camp IV, July 18-29; Ar t Camp V, Aug. 1-12; Watercolor West, Aug. 13; Kids Reception, Aug. 27. RAA Gallery and Ar t Center, 215 E. State St., Redlands; 909-798-3415, www.redlandsar tassociation.org. THROUGH AUGUST  –  Hang

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1440-AM All Comedy Radio Live! June 21; Comedy Circus with Greg Tollman, June 22; John Pinette, June 23-26; Gabe Lopez, June 28 and Aug. 30; Spicy Latino Night, June 29 and July 27; Jeff Garcia, June 30; Darren Car ter, July 1-3; Contagious Comedy, July 5 and Aug. 2; Refried Wednesday, July 6 and Aug. 3; Sinbad, July 8-10; Ray Drawn, July 12; Trish Guinn’s “Because I Said So,” July 13; Corey Holcomb, July 14-17; Mike Cano’s Comedy Par ty, July 19; Craig Shoemaker, July 21-24; Rick Mar tinez,

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July 26-27; Alonzo Bodden, July 28-31; Rober t Zapata, Aug. 9; Vagina Dialogues, Aug. 10; Christopher Titus, Aug. 11-14; Adam Carolla, Aug. 16; The Dir ty Show, Aug. 17; Shang, Aug. 18; Bobby Lee, Aug. 19-21. The Improv, 4555 Mills Circle, Ontario; 909-484-5411, www.ontarioimprov.com. DRAMA CAMP JUNE 20-24  –  One-week

Stars of Tomorrow summer camp, with each par ticipant having a speaking role in a production of “Alice in Wonderland.” 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, with a performance at 1 p.m. June 24. First Lutheran Church, Redlands; 909-335-1082, 909-793-1585, www.starsoftomorrowchildrenstheater.com. Also: “The Little Mermaid” (at Hear tland Players Theatre in Yucaipa), June 27-July 1; “Cinderella” (at University of Redlands), July 11-15; “Princess Fiona” (at University of Redlands), July 18-22. MONSTER TRUCK TOUR JUNE 24  –  Primm Valley Casino Resor ts, Interstate 15 at the California/Nevada state line; 7:30 p.m.; 800-745-3000,


www.primmvalleyresor ts.com. Also: Lonestar, July 2. REX NAVARRETE JUNE 25  –  Show featuring the FilipinoAmerican comedian. Agua Caliente Casino Resor t Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995, www.hotwatercasino.com. Also: Tesla, July 8; Tinh He Ruc Nang, July 9; Deadliest Catch, July 16; George Thorogood & The Destroyers, July 30; Billy Ray Cyrus, Aug. 6. KING OF THE CAGE JUNE 30  –  Mixed mar tial ar ts event. San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland; doors open at 6:30 p.m.; $40, $75; 800-359-2464, www.sanmanuel.com. ANNIE JULY 16-24  –  Classic

Depression-era musical about never giving up hope. It boasts one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and the ever-optimistic “Tomorrow.” Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive,

Rancho Cucamonga; 909-477-2752, www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com. Also: “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” Aug. 12-21; Three Dog Night, Sept. 17. RELAY FOR LIFE AUG. 6-7  –  American

Cancer Society fundraiser, and an oppor tunity to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. Twenty-four-hour walk star ts at 7 p.m. Aug. 6. Loma Linda Academy, 10656 Anderson St., Loma Linda; main.acsevents.org. GOLF TOURNAMENT AUG. 8  –  The Unforgettables Foundation Golf Tournament, hosted by the PGA’s Tom Pernice Jr. Benefits for The Unforgettables Foundation and The Foundation for Community & Family Health. Bear Creek Country Club, 22640 Bear Creek Drive Nor th, Murrieta; 909-855-3130, 951-680-9996, www.theunforgettables.com. CALIFORNIA THEATRE SEPTEMBER  –  Michael Bolton, Sept. 1; Amy Grant, Sept. 9; Chuck Berry, Sept. 16; Chubby Checker, Sept. 17; Barenaked Ladies, Sept. 18;

BRIAN REGAN JUNE 26  –  Stand-up comedy by a comedian who blends sophisticated writing and physicality. Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., 951-779-9800, www.foxriversidelive.com. Also: “The Wizard of Oz” screening, July 23; Peter Frampton, Aug. 3.

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CAR SHOW OCT. 2 – 21st annual Veteran’s Memorial Car Show. Pancake breakfast, car contest and other activities. Registration continues until Sept. 1. Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center, 11201 Benton St., Loma Linda; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; www.veterancarshow.com.

California Theatre of the Performing Ar ts, 562 W. Four th St., San Bernardino; 909-885-5152, www.californiatheatre.net. WINE IN THE GARDEN SEPT. 10 – Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands; 909-792-2111, www.kimberlycrest.org. Also: Autumn Garden Walk, Sept. 23; Wedding Faire, Nov. 6.

HARVEST OF QUILTS OCT. 15-16 – Quilt show presented by the Citrus Belt Quilters. Yucaipa Community Center, 34900 Oak Glen Road; $8; www.citrusbeltquilters.org.

CRUISIN YUCAIPA – Charity car show (with pre-1973 vehicles), food, music, fun for kids, raffle, Mourning Star Childrens Center benefit auction and more. Yucaipa Regional Park, 33900 Oak Glen Road; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 951-334-9182, www.cruisinyucaipacarshow.com. SEPT. 24

REDLANDS SYMPHONY – Renowned pianist Rober ta Rust joins the orchestra for a performance of Bar tok’s stunning third piano concer to — Bar tok’s final work before his death in 1945. Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 8 p.m.; 909-748-8018, www.redlandssymphony.com. Also: The passion of Rachmaninoff is paired with Dvorak’s powerful 7th Symphony, featuring pianist Valeriya Polunina, Nov. 12; University of Redlands Student Concer to Competition winner performs with the orchestra, Jan. 21.

OCT. 22

BELIEVE WALK OCT. 2 – Four th annual walk through the historic streets of Redlands to benefit various organizations located in the Inland Empire communities that suppor t cancer patients and their families. Event presented by Stater Bros. Markets and Inland Women Fighting Cancer. Downtown Redlands; 7 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. walk starts; believeinlandempire.com.

ROUTE 66 RENDEZVOUS SEPT. 15-18 – The 22nd annual salute to the historic “Mother Road” features 1,700 pre1975 classics, muscle cars, hot rods, trucks and any year Corvette. Food, live music and enter tainment, activities for the kids in Meadowbrook Park, rides, BMX stunt shows and more. Contests include Neon Light, Poker Run, Open Header and Model Car. Downtown San Bernardino; 909-388-2934, www.route-66.org.

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nonprofit | profile

Kids first

Youngsters have many champions at Children’s Fund

By SUZANNE SPROUL

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or more than two decades, Children’s Fund of San Bernardino County has been a champion to some of the region’s most vulnerable residents. Its mission is all encompassing — to stop child abuse and to help youngsters who are neglected or abandoned. It started in 1986 as the collective brainchild of longtime child advocates: San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris, Stater Bros. CEO Jack Brown and the late A. Gary Anderson. They believed that local government agencies, the business community and nonprofits could be more effective by combining their efforts. The approach, once thought of as experimental, has worked for 25 years. But longevity isn’t the only testament to the success of Children’s Fund. Learn about some of its many success stories — children rescued, families reunited and young people using education on their roads to success — and you’ll have a more complete picture. Erin Phillips is the new president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit. She is a wife, mother of two and someone the children of San Bernardino County are lucky to have in their corner. “I was raised with a great respect for education and watched my own mother struggle and strive to finally acquire her bachelor’s degree during my adolescent years. I have a passion for education and what it can do in a life,” said Phillips, who was born in Montclair and is a graduate

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of Eisenhower High School in Rialto and UC Riverside with a degree in sociology. “I was also raised with a strong emphasis on caring for others,” she continued. “We took in friends and family when they needed a place to stay, and my grandfather lived with us until he passed away. When my father became very ill and had trouble maintaining our home, dear family friends brought perfect strangers over and painted and did yard work. I experienced, first-hand, the impact of caring for others and being cared for as well, which is why I believe strongly in community service.” Even though Phillips vividly remembers the kindness


Special room fills special need of others, she still chokes up today when she talks about the people, many volunteers, who are devoted to Children’s Fund. “I love children,” she said. “I have two of my own, and they are the light of my life. It hurts to see children without beds, children without food, children who are simply terrified. All they need is just a little hope, and that’s what Children’s Fund provides.” And then there are the little things, such as birthdays. Bonnes Meres, a Children’s Fund auxiliary since 1993, has an annual luncheon where members collect birthday presents for youths in foster care.

The play room in Juvenile Dependency Court is a safe place for children who may be waiting to talk with an attorney or judge. The San Bernardino court handles matters involving youths under the age of 18 who have been victims of abuse or neglect by their parents or guardians. In the past, children were forced to wait in courtroom hallways, often near their alleged offenders, or alongside family members trying for reunification — all in a very emotional setting. But the play room offers a brief escape. There are toys, and the environment is completely child-friendly. The room recently was enlarged and refurbished in order to meet the needs of older kids and teens. More than 400 youths use the secured area every month. “It’s a place where they can relax and play and have a little bit of joy,” Erin Phillips said. Erin Phillips in the play room at the Juvenile Dependency Court Photos by Priscilla Iezzi


‘I love connecting people. I love it when people are passionate and want to find outlets to help others. To those who maybe don’t know about Children’s Fund, that’s what I want to do — I want to make connections.’

Children’s Fund President and CEO Erin Phillips with Debbie Brown, board of directors chairwoman, and Laurie Connell, incoming chairwoman.

“We have 4,065 children, and we received 4,850 gifts,” Phillips said. “Many of these youngsters won’t and never have had their birthdays recognized, and to know that perfect strangers cared enough to come together to help is simply amazing to me. These children will feel the love.” One of Phillips’ strong points is bringing people together. “I love connecting people,” she said. “I love it when people are passionate and want to find outlets to help others. To those who maybe don’t know about Children’s Fund, that’s what I want to do — I want to make connections. “Children’s Fund has a terrific

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opportunity, because of the way it is positioned as a public-private partnership, to serve as a catalyst to raise the quality of life in San Bernardino County.” Phillips’ job is to build strategic partnerships and increase fundraising, both of which will then impact the communities the organization serves. Since Children’s Fund began, the group has been able to help more than 1.2 million children through programs designed to meet the specific needs of at-risk children. But the need continues to increase each year. The word “unique” may be overused, but it seems to aptly describe the public-private partnership that is Children’s Fund.

San Bernardino County takes care of the organization’s administrative and operational costs, allowing the private part of the equation to work its magic. “This county has made trying to help children as much as it can a priority for the past 25 years,” Phillips said. “Together, we have a 25-year history of strength to keep building upon. We have a strong foundation. All that has happened has played a part in where we will go in the future.” Children’s Fund has two dedicated auxiliaries: Bonnes Meres in Redlands and the Claremont/West End Auxiliary in the Inland Valley, which work


independently to raise money. The auxiliaries have some of Children’s Fund’s hardest-working supporters. One is Debbie Brown, who started as a volunteer with the Celebration of Giving campaign, which collects toys and distributes them to children in need throughout the county. “That was my introduction, and I was hooked,” said Brown, who since then has taken on a number of other projects including becoming chairwoman of the board of directors. “I felt that my time was being well-spent and valued.” Mallory Mudge is the president of Bonnes Meres auxiliary. Its signature events include the holiday auction and luncheon and the birthday luncheon. Linda Rice and JoAnn Mineer are co-presidents of the Claremont/West End auxiliary, where two major fundraisers are the winter English tea and a spring home tour. “The support of the auxiliaries is absolutely central to the Children’s Fund success,” Phillips said. “They raise significant funds on behalf of our county’s children. Auxiliaries help to raise awareness in the community about local needs and the good work Children’s Fund does through their events and fundraisers. They grow the Children’s Fund family through all their activities.” Looking ahead, the Children’s Fund office is moving to a new location on San Bernardino’s Hospitality Lane. The space will allow the nonprofit to host partner organizations for meetings and activities and broaden its ability to work with other groups. “As a collaborative partner across this county, we have the opportunity to increase fundraising for a number of efforts serving children,” Phillips said. “It is imperative that we bring in more private and foundation dollars to this county, as it will impact educational attainment, economic development, artistic and cultural expression, health and wellness and overall will increase the quality of life for our county’s children.” Children’s Fund 909-387-4949, www.childrensfundsbcounty.org

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arts | preview

Well seasoned Su m m e r m usic f e st i va l wa r m s u p for 87 t h y e a r Maestro Frank Paul Fetta Photo by Gabriel Luis Acosta


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T’S THAT TIME AGAIN, when thousands descend upon the Redlands Bowl for an evening of performing arts under the stars. “It’s always very exciting when we come to this point, with just a few weeks left after all this work,” said Frank Paul Fetta, conductor and artistic advisor of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. “This year, we have a splendid group of artists appearing.” Fetta, who also is the music director and conductor of the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, has been involved with the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival since 1978. Now in its 87th season, the festival is the oldest free continuous music festival in the country. “It’s been going on for an awfully long time, but it’s not formulaic,” Fetta said. “Every season brings something new and fresh.” The variety is what brings close to 100,000 attendees each year. “That’s quite extraordinary when you hear the scope of it,” Fetta said. “With the prices of gas being what they are and the economy being what it is, I have a feeling we’ll probably have larger and more satisfied audiences than ever. I have found from my experience people are coming in from San Diego, Los Angeles, Lake Arrowhead and Palm Springs.” The season starts June 24 with the

Summer Music Festival June 24: San Bernardino Symphony, “Pop Dreams 2011,” conducted by Frank Paul Fetta June 28: Winners of the 60th annual Young Artists Auditions July 5: Highland Way July 8: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus July 12: United States Coast Guard Band July 15: Pacifico Dance Company July 19: Barrage: “Sound Track of the World” July 22: Redlands Symphony Orchestra, “Beethoven Reveries,” conducted by Fetta July 26: Dress rehearsal — Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”

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San Bernardino Symphony presenting “Pop Dreams 2011,” featuring singer James Darren. “Jimmy is so excited,” Fetta said. “He’ll be performing wonderful standards. When he performs, a lot of the Hollywood crowd will come. When he appeared last year at Marina del Rey, all kinds of people from the film industry were there. They knew him from television and the movies.” Fetta also will conduct the Redlands Symphony Orchestra on July 22, A Dreamy Night of Opera on Aug. 5, and the season finale on Aug. 19, again featuring the Redlands ensemble. The July 22 concert

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will showcase the works of Beethoven, featuring soloist Esther Keel. “She appeared at the Bowl for the first time with her brother when she was 14 or so,” Fetta said. “I always wanted to bring her back. She graduated from Juilliard, and is now getting her artist’s diploma from Colburn.” The finale will feature virtuoso violinist Roberto Cani performing Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy,” and conclude with fireworks. “These are big, dramatic works for the finale,” Fetta said. It takes months and months to get everything together, from the selection of artists to figuring out the schedule. According to Fetta, what makes it work is the team behind the scenes. “The Bowl office team, (Executive Director) Beverly Noerr, (Program Director) Marsha Gebara and I know each other so well,” he said. “The Bowl has a very interesting way of kind of inspiring everybody to do well so that the public is always satisfied in a major way.” Their goal is to “present the highest quality classical and classical adjacent artistic endeavors,” which is exactly what brings audiences coming back for more. “We can do popular music, but it is done in a very classic way; we’re not throwing ourselves in the audience like a rave is going on,” Fetta said. “It’s elegant, very refined, very disciplined and very classical in that respect.”


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landmarks | mission gables

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Redlands Community Music Association restoring historic house By JOY JUEDES

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ore than 100 years after it was built, an historic home will host local children and musicians. Mission Gables, an 1898 house being renovated by the Redlands Community Music Association, will serve as the association’s headquarters, and an epicenter for performing arts in the area. “We’re finding a need and filling it,” said Marsha Gebara, Redlands Community Music Association program director, adding that everyone has a story of being told they performed well as a child. “This is the kind of thing we’re going to be (doing), working with children,” she said. “If nothing else, develop a hobby and how performing arts can be a great dimension in their lives.” The association’s youth programs, many of which will be held at Mission Gables, will focus on children from lower-income backgrounds. Beverly Noerr, Redlands Community Music Association executive director, says that Mission Gables presents an opportunity for year-round programming, and furthers the association’s mission. Redlands Conservancy and the association joined forces in 1995

The restoration of Mission Gables continues, as workers complete their efforts on the exterior of the historic building. Photos by Chantal M. Lovell


to renovate Mission Gables. The conservancy and association also worked together to restore the historic cut-stone curbs in front of the house. “It’ll be a great cultural resource for the community,” Noerr said. The great hall upstairs will host programs, like those for children, and performances, and downstairs will be offices, meeting rooms and kitchen, says Jeff Waldron, project manager. The last phase should be finished in a year, and the final architectural drawings should be submitted to city “any day now,” he said. Bids for contractors to finish the interior will be accepted in June or July. The exterior is done except a few things in the rear courtyard. “The facility is 5,000 square feet. People tend to not know how large that is,” Gebara said. “It’s just been a walk in faith for so long. It’s just been so amazing to see.” The renovation has been funded mainly through private donations and grants. The first phase cost about $1.8 million and

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the two-part second phase, $365,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a very long but very deliberate process. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very patient, very positive,â&#x20AC;? Gebara said. In 2005, the historic house was moved onto its original footprint, given a new foundation and raised 20 inches. It received new siding, a new roof, and was made structurally sound. After that, the courtyard, funded by the Talbert family, was built, the front yard graded and the home made ADA accessible. The south front porch also was restored. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outside, it really looks today what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look like when its done,â&#x20AC;? Waldron said. The courtyard, dedicated in 2009 to community surgeon and Bowl supporter Mike Talbert, is finished except for final landscaping and two donor walls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to return the RCMA to an era where we had the ability to perform music outside the summer

music festival. Right now, the community only sees us in conjunction with the summer music festival,â&#x20AC;? Waldron said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once we have the facility, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll able to build over the years a more robust, what we consider off-season, venue for the performing arts.â&#x20AC;? Noerr added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be an aesthetically beautiful part of historic downtown.â&#x20AC;? There were five separate additions to Mission Gables after it was built. It was converted to apartment use in 1915. The renovated interior will allow for â&#x20AC;&#x153;smaller boutique performances.â&#x20AC;? At the same time, the association expanded its childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs before Mission Gables will be finished, she adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already down that path and once we get that facility up and running, how great is that going to be? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes a while, but the profound love people have for the Bowl is manifesting over and over.â&#x20AC;?

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the arts | shakespeare festival 2011

A scene from “Titus Andronicus,” played as a Gothic vampire tale, at the Redlands Bowl

Twisting the Bard By CATHERINE GARCIA

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or the Redlands Shakespeare Festival’s Season of Controversy, there were a few twists. “Titus Andronicus” was transformed into a Gothic vampire tale, while “As You Like It” became a Western melodrama featuring dancing saloon girls, guns and a rodeo clown. “The Merchant of Venice” took a more comedic route, performed as an Italian comedia dell’arte, complete with elaborate costumes and masks. It wasn’t Shakespeare as usual. “The concepts were not chosen arbitrarily,” said Steven Sabel of Redlands, artistic director. “We all read the plays with concepts in mind, then came back and discussed. It was very methodical, and the goal was to try to make the

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material more accessible to a modern audience.” “I know a lot of people would have come anyway, but so many have become excited and said, ‘Vampires are so cool,’ ” said cast member Monty Joham of Yucaipa. The seventh annual festival, which wrapped Memorial Day weekend, saw its largest company ever, with 65 cast and crew members. While many were festival veterans, high school English teacher Joham was among the first-timers. “Some have been doing this for 30 years, and others just closed their first show,” Sabel said. Joham plans to return next year. “I don’t have the urge to go beyond Shakespeare now, but the entire experience has been very positive, and I will do it again,” he said.

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There isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much of a break for the actors and crew between seasons; offerings are always announced well in advance so the actors have months to work on their auditions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get myself as familiar as I can with the show, the character,â&#x20AC;? said cast member Rob Foley of Redlands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to do something wild and outlandish, because directors can only cast what they see.â&#x20AC;? Close ties are forged during this early part of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the most part, a great number meet for the first time at auditions,â&#x20AC;? Sabel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through the rehearsal process, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten to know each other as human beings and students of the craft. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve developed life-long friendships, and in some cases relationships.â&#x20AC;? That was what happened to Foley, who recently became engaged to a woman he met while performing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a bit of a shock,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really amazing, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so glad Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met someone who shares a love of theater. I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lasted very long with others who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share the same language.â&#x20AC;? After auditions come rehearsals, which are intense and extensive. Cast member Annie Freeman lives in Santa Monica, and had to balance rehearsals with her two jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told myself, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If I at least leave at 4, I should make it to Redlands by 7,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an aspect Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to miss.â&#x20AC;? She was uncertain at first if she was willing to make the long trek, but was convinced once she came to the Redlands Bowl, where the free performances take place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bowl makes it worth it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not very often you can perform in this type of venue. You step onto the stage as an actor, and immediately think, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What can I perform?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; It begs classical theater.â&#x20AC;? After months of preparation, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finally May, and time for the festival to begin. Before the performances, each actor has a different method of getting ready to hit the stage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some rehearse their fight scenes,â&#x20AC;? Sabel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We use real metal swords, guns loaded with blanks and canes.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do warm-ups and look over the script,â&#x20AC;? Foley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the makeup process I get into character. I drink lots of water; getting dehydrated on stage is terrible.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting on layers of makeup, going through lines, and working on the physicalities are all things that help us focus on what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to accomplish,â&#x20AC;? said William Gillean of San Bernardino, who had three roles this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I play with the mirror,â&#x20AC;? said Michael Eastman of Colton, a cast member and associate director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love playing with my face in the mirror. With a mask, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play with my face, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a quick transformation.â&#x20AC;? Once the shows start, they seem to go off without a hitch â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least as far as the audience is concerned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no such thing as a perfect performance,â&#x20AC;? Sabel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something always goes wrong. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to the actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to keep that from the audience.â&#x20AC;? Sometimes, the swords or fake blood packets can be a cause of distress.

audience thinking. According to Eastman, one attendee sent an e-mail a week after coming to the festival, noting that the play had been on his mind the whole time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Merchant,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; it took 15 minutes for the audience to figure out what was going on,â&#x20AC;? Foley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It exposed a lot of people to comedia dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;arte.â&#x20AC;? The non-traditional take on the material was a hit with most, but some were a bit put off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I brought my students to a show, and they loved it,â&#x20AC;? Joham said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But another friend came and hated it. It all depends on the person.â&#x20AC;? What makes the performances fun for the cast is that the magic is happening in real time, unlike in film when sometimes the movie is made a year or more before it is released. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mutual experience between the artists and audience at the exact same time,â&#x20AC;? Sabel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each night, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re creating our art at the exact moment theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re experiencing it, and that is irreplaceable.â&#x20AC;?

Monty Joham, left, as Saturninus, Julia Hoover as Tamora

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cultures | university of redlands

Dr. Lawry Finsen, back row center, in Cambodia with local high school students at Grace House Community Center. For three years, Finsen has taken University of Redlands students on service trips to the Southeast Asia country. Students have helped locals build raised footpaths for the rainy season and a garden for play. They also contributed older laptops so Cambodian students could have a computer class.

May Term goes beyond the classroom By MOLLY DAVIS

During a May Term sociology course on world hunger, sophomore Rosa Perlman, right, stayed in Nicaragua with Concita, who loves to cook. She taught Perlman how to make tortillas.

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t began in 1968 as “Interim,” a four-week period of study in January that allowed students to concentrate on a specific course. Now dubbed “May Term,” the University of Redlands continues to offer this unique program that provides an opportunity for students and faculty to study abroad, or dive into a particular subject that may otherwise prove too time consuming for a traditional class. “The pedagogical intention was to give faculty and staff intensive study time for subject matter,” said Kathy Ogren, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “(May Term) is great for field trips, and community service courses.”


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Students can study a wide variety of subject matter in a number of different countries. May Term has been held in Australia, Cambodia, Japan, Italy, Nicaragua, Peru, Rwanda and numerous other places, including U.S. locations. But no matter where students end up, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the subject matter that really catches oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention. Highlights have included Phil MacDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ulyssesâ&#x20AC;? course, which deciphered James Joyceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous tome; and the history of winemaking, which was very popular. A 2008 creative writing course, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Travel Writing: Poetry, Prose and Politics in Ireland,â&#x20AC;? took students on a two-week tour of Ireland to learn about history and culture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll settle in for a five-day intensive creative writing workshop in travel writing with local guest authors,â&#x20AC;? read the course description. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our week in Dublin will include visits to the theatre, musical events, museums and lectures on Irish culture, history and politics. Our second week weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hit the road and visit Cork and Galway, among other literary hotspots.â&#x20AC;? May Term is great for faculty who have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;particular class (in mind) but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the best way to teach itâ&#x20AC;? in a traditional semester, Ogren said. In his book chronicling the history of the U of R, â&#x20AC;&#x153;With Unbounded Confidence,â&#x20AC;? Larry Burgess wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;An important curricular and calendar change took place in 1968, when the month of January was designated as an interim term.â&#x20AC;? What made Interim so unique, â&#x20AC;&#x153;experimental and unusual topics were also included: mathematical theories of gambling, the ethos of fly fishing, the complexity of wine tasting ... some courses, such as theater in London, could be conducted entirely at locations throughout the world.â&#x20AC;? Over time, though, Interim needed a makeover, and in 2003, the month of study was changed from January to May to combat the party reputation the period had. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was part of the motivation for change,â&#x20AC;? Char Burgess, dean of Student Life, said in 2002. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hope was to refocus on our core, which is academics.â&#x20AC;? But the switch had other benefits, including better weather

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family | outdoor adventures

Evan Krogh zips along a line at Navitat Canopy Adventures in Wrightwood. Photo by Lea Reed


High-flying fun! By Jerry Rice

magine zipping from tree to tree on a mountain, high off the ground and speeding along at 50 mph. Woosh! Woosh! Woosh! It’s only one aspect of the thrill ride that is Navitat Canopy Adventures, opening July 1 in Wrightwood next to the Mountain High ski resort. Another part of the exhilarating zipline tour is an educational excursion that offers a bird’s eye view of the world. “If we can get people into a spectacular environmental setting, we’ve got an opportunity to maybe change their perspective of the natural environment around them,” said Ken Stamps, Navitat’s managing partner. “We want to tell them about the importance of the trees and the significance of the San Gabriel Mountains.” Before starting the tour, each guest will don a hard hat, harness and other necessary gear, then learn the basics of gliding on a wire — how to steer and brake — so they can come to a gentle stop at each platform. The course starts relatively slow and only about 15 feet in the air. It ramps up from there, with one of the lines extending 1,500 feet and more than 250 feet off the ground. In addition to the thrills and 360-degree views, guides will pause the tour to talk about the natural habitat — the towering white fir, Ponderosa, Jeffrey and sugar pine, and the wildlife that includes black bear, mule deer, bobcat, mountain lion and a variety of birds. The experience lasts about three and a half hours. Navitat also operates a zipline experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, N.C. Last year, USA Today called it one of the top 10 ziplines in the country. “Everything we’re doing in Asheville that caused such a high level of interest is going to be done to an even higher degree in Wrightwood,” Stamps promised. Navitat Canopy Adventures 6047 Park Drive, Wrightwood; 855-628-4828, www.navitat.com/wrightwood


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hrill-seekers of all ages are in for unlimited fun this summer now that Pharaoh’s Adventure Park in Redlands has fully re-opened for business. The water and amusement park that opened in 1996 closed in 2006 for a re-organization and only briefly re-opened in 2010 for a limited season.

The park’s president, Dave Simon, says the entire entertainment park is better than ever and IS BACK to its original focus of bringing wholesome, family entertainment to the Inland Empire. It offers everything from The IE’s Only waterpark, Splash Kingdom, to a Fun park that includes go-karts, mini-golf, water bumper boats and the all new inflatable fun town for kids of all ages! “We just couldn’t be happier to provide this type of entertainment to families again,” said Simon. “And there’s literally something here for everyone. It’s really a great value all the way around.” While there’s much to enjoy at Pharaoh’s Adventure Park, the water attractions in Splash Kingdom are by far the most popular attraction during the warmer weather.

Those who truly love adventure won’t want to miss Pharaoh’s Revenge, a two-person, inline tube ride that reaches speeds of 40 mph and concludes with a 20-foot splash down run out. If that’s not enough to send one’s heart racing, there’s always Pharaoh’s Falls Free Fall, a single-person body slide that takes the rider through a tunnel leading to a 70-foot free fall. Other water slide attractions include: The Nile River, The Riptide Surf Pool, The Flusher, Fantasy Island, The Tower of Kings, The aNILEator, The Wrath of Ra, Ramses Rocket-Speed Slide, The Lost Galaxy, The Sphinx Express, and The Forgotten Lagoon. “Moms really love the splash pool areas like Fantasy Island because they can sit in the lounge chairs and keep an eye on their kids,” said Simon. “The Nile River is popular, too. It’s a great attraction that the whole family can float on at the same time.” In between water slide rides, sports fans can take a break in the Upperdeck Lounge. According to Simon, it is one of the biggest and best sports lounges in the Inland Empire. Fans can watch everything from pro football games to Major League Baseball to Nascar and the NBA. The action is seen on five,

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15-foot HD projection screens, and one 35-foot screen. “The great thing about the sports lounge is that it has leather couch premium seating along with table and stool seating throughout,” said Simon. “That makes it possible to see all the screens from just about anywhere you sit. It’s a phenomenal viewing experience and everyone who comes in for the first time says it’s like something out of Vegas.” Beyond the sports lounge the waterpark and the family fun park, Pharaoh’s Adventure Park boasts a large video arcade with air hockey, games of chance and redemption and other competitive games. There’s also token gaming that allows customers to win great prizes.

The buffet and park facilities also host a great many Birthday parties. “We believe we have the best birthday entertainment facility anywhere with the multiple attractions, Arcade and the all new grand pizza buffet. We have special birthday party rooms, additional large HD screens for all the family and kids to view in the main dining room. Birthday packages start at an affordable $14.99 per person,” says Simon. Inside and upstairs of the of the main building Pharaoh’s has available large banquet rooms that can seat up to 400 people for groups, corporations, chamber mixers, proms, reunions, meetings and other events. Season passes to Pharaoh’s Adventure Park are available and include unlimited access to the water park, mini-golf and bumper boat rides. Simon says rates may vary and can be found at the park’s website, www.pharaohsadventurepark.com Splash down to unlimited family fun…at the ultimate water playground and the IE’s greatest summer destination!

While Simon says patrons will never run out of fun at the park, they will most likely need to rest and refuel on some fine food at the Grand Pizza Buffet. The buffet is stocked daily with a number of fresh salads, soups, potato bar, pasta, nachos, and 10 varieties of pizza. For dessert, there are cakes, cookies, soft serve ice cream and other sweet treats. The cost is $9.99 for General Admission and $6.99 for junior admission, 48 inches tall and under. p r o m o t i o n

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healthier skin, a natural route By CATHERINE GARCIA

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aura Bischoff strives to take great care of each client’s skin as organically as possible. That’s why at Laura’s Wellness Spa in Redlands she only uses and sells the safest, most wholesome products available, including Epicuren, Image, Astara, Pacifica and Youngblood. “Your experience becomes belief,” she said. “I am passionate about using natural ingredients.” This stems from Bischoff’s past, as her brother was born without legs due to the drug Bendectin. Since then, she has always looked for the purest products, from sunscreen to cleanser. “Everything is a chemical, but there’s man made and God made,” she said. “I am way more comfortable with nature.” Bischoff has been an aesthetician since 1987, and before opening her own spa in 2002, she received a graduate degree from the Lancome Institute de Beaute in Paris, and managed the Lancome Institute and Harris’ Day Spa in Redlands for more than 17 years. Bischoff believes in holistic aesthetics — treating whole body health to achieve the healthiest skin possible — and at Laura’s Wellness

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Laura’s Wellness Spa in Redlands provides a whole health approach to facials and body care.

Spa, not only is facial and body care offered, but also yoga classes in the Nepenthe yoga room. “Holistic aesthetics considers the whole health of a client through nutrition, lifestyle and emotional factors,” she said. “Typically, deficiency or toxicity is the reason for imbalance in our skin.” Bischoff also asks her clients detailed questions, in order to get to the root of any skin issues they may be having. “You have to be strategic,” she said. “It can be difficult to figure out what you are allergic to if you don’t ask questions.” The interior of Laura’s Wellness Spa is soothing, filled with light colors, candles and crystals. There


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Laura’s skin tips

are two treatment rooms; one where the facials take place, and the other where clients go for Sudatonic infrared treatments, which aids in detoxification and weight loss. The Nepenthe yoga room has a blonde hardwood floor and aqua walls dotted with small stars topped with Swarovski crystals. “What I do could be considered very clinical, and I want people to feel like they’ve been whisked away,” Bischoff said. “Environment has a lot to do with how we feel, and I surround myself with healing colors. I come from a family of artists, and this is one way of expression.” Each client is given a skin analysis prior to treatment, and Bischoff then customizes their facial. The most popular facials include the Epicuren Enzyme, Micro Beta Lift and Diamond Peel. For summer, the Glowing Goddess — where Bischoff cleanses, polishes and moisturizes the skin using Epicuren’s Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub — is a treat. “Everyone loves it, because it smells like a cinnamon roll,” she said. The Nepenthe yoga room opened in late 2007, a year after Bischoff moved to her current location. Nepenthe means “the one that chases pain and sorrow away,” and that is what the two instructors, Nina Kulkarni and Julia Mata, aim to do through private and semi-private classes. “We offer restorative yoga for newbies, as well beginning and advanced,” Bischoff

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Laura Bischoff, owner of Laura’s Wellness Spa in Redlands, right, with Monica Ferreri in the Nepenthe room where yoga classes are held.

said. “The instructor can cue other students while working with one, so different levels can practice in the same class.” “I like teaching the small class size,” Kulkarni said. “It really makes a difference. You can take the time to teach breathing and how to safely do the poses.” Not only does yoga strengthen the body, but it also helps clear skin. “You get that yoga glow,” Bischoff said. “Exercise in general is good for oxygenating the skin.”

For those who have dry to very dry skin, chances are they need to exfoliate. “A lot of people with dry skin don’t do it enough, since it stimulates oil production,” Laura Bischoff said. If you’re breaking out, exfoliate with something that is not abrasive, like a mask or peel. “You don’t want to spread the infection of the breakout,” she said. When exfoliating, don’t forget the body as well. “The skin is a living, breathing organ,” Bischoff said. “When you’re not exfoliating, you’re asphyxiating the skin.” Skin too oily? You’re probably dehydrated. “You’re seeing evidence of what your body is not getting enough of,” Bischoff said. Increase your water intake, and your skin will then give you the glow that everyone covets. Bischoff recommends exfoliating during the afternoon or evening, so you can “wash off the day,” she says. Also, be sure to use a night cream. “A lot of women think they don’t need to use one, but be strategic,” she said. “In the evening, your skin is in repair mode. While you sleep, you experience cellular renewal and your skin reabsorbs collagen.” Exfoliating helps with the penetration of products for better absorption. Sunscreen is an important component of skin care, and should be slathered on up to an hour before going out into the sun. Those with acne must be especially careful while catching rays, as picking and too much sun are what cause scarring. Bischoff recommends and sells Epicuren’s Zinc Oxide 20 sun protection. Retinol is a multi-faceted treatment, a combination of polypeptides and AHA. “It has so many benefits,” Bischoff said. “It works deep within the skin’s tissue.” Use Retinol only in the evening, and be sure to consult with an aesthetician, as different skin tones require different protocols on usage.


Duncan Miles, M.D. The spa’s website, lauraswellnessspa.com, is maintained by Bischoff’s husband, Brad, and is regularly updated with new specials. Bischoff also launched a blog, lauraswellnessspa.wordpress.com, where she shares wellness articles, newsletters and original posts discussing common skin concerns. “I’m trying to make myself available for clients’ questions,” she said. “There are no dumb skin questions.” That’s why Bischoff also is working on a small handbook that will be available to clients, sharing what they may expect after treatments and skin-care tips. “I’m not with you as much as you are, and you’re not going to keep up the results of facials if you’re not consistently working on it at home,” she said. “That’s what the handbook is for.” Bischoff has won accolades throughout her career, and received the 2008 MyFoxLA Hotlist award for best facial in the Riverside area. She is nominated again this year, and appreciates the loyal clients who voted for her. “They’re all so busy, yet they’ve taken the time to do such an unselfish thing,” she said. “I am very grateful to my clients, and base a lot of my success on referrals. Eighty percent of my business is from the Internet and referrals.” Bischoff is a big believer in the pay it forward concept, and works in partnership with other like-minded wellness professionals throughout the Inland Empire. “I think the economy would have turned around quicker if more people supported each other,” she said. “Networking is why I’m still here.” Laura’s Wellness Spa 535 W. State St., Suite J, Redlands; 909-798-3992, www.lauraswellnessspa.com. Treatments by appointment only.

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hen an engagement’s sealed and wedding preparations begin, it’s an exciting time indeed. But the stress that comes with planning “the big day” may discourage even the most joyful hearts.


There are so many choices to make, including where to hold the ceremony and reception. Two popular places in Redlands for both are the Edwards Mansion and Kimberly Crest House & Gardens. The historic Edwards Mansion not only has a chapel and gazebo available for ceremonies, but also a Victorian tea garden and the Orange Grove Pavilion for receptions. The 35-year-old establishment has everything from in-house catering and event planning to a florist and a minister. “People love the fact that we’re a onestop shop,” said Don Wilcott, who owns the property. “There’s nothing we don’t do, even horse and buggy rides.” Prices for wedding packages at the mansion start at $40 per guest, which includes, food, cake, flowers, pastor and venue rental. Also included is a wedding coordinator, who oversees the event from start to finish. Kimberly Crest is another historic venue that offers couples the opportunity to get

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married in beautiful and lush surroundings. All ceremonies and receptions take place in the gardens, complete with a petite French chateau in the background. Elizabeth Ebie, head of weddings and events, says the venue is perfect for everyone from brides on a budget to those looking to go all-out. “Unlike a lot of the other places in the area to have your wedding, we don’t have in-house vendors that you are obligated to use,” Ebie said. “But we do provide our clients with a list of many vendors that cater to everyone’s personal budget. “When you have the flexibility to find your own vendor, it is so much easier

to plan according to how much you have to spend. And these days, with the economy the way that it is, we get a lot of budget brides.” One of the latest economical trends in wedding receptions is streamlining them to cake and punch or cake and champagne, says Ebie, who estimates the price for something of that nature for 100 people would be $1,000 to $4,000. Another trend is weekday weddings. Kimberly Crest, along with many other venues, offer substantial discounts Monday through Friday. “We’re seeing a lot of people get married on Fridays,” Ebie said. The cost to rent Kimberly Crest for both

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a wedding ceremony and reception ranges from $1,500 for a morning (four hours) to $4,000 for a late afternoon celebration (five hours). A 12-hour reservation may be booked for $10,000. All three options include the property rental, parking attendant, on-site hostess and use of Kimberly Crest’s new bridal suite. Beyond selecting the venue, there are many options to consider for a lovely and memorable event while still saving money, says Barra Franklin, a Redlandsbased wedding planner. It’s wise to start with a budget, she adds, and be sure to allocate funds for every aspect of the wedding. In most cases, 50 to 60 percent will go to the food, cake and flowers at the reception. The rest will be spent on the wedding official, photography, entertainment, favors and decorations. It’s possible for the bride and groom to save on costs without giving up on their dreams for the big day. Franklin

says a wedding planner can demonstrate how to make it happen. “Someone might see a bouquet of flowers in a magazine they really want, but the flowers are very expensive,” she said. “If I go with the client to the florist, I can show them how to get the same look using much less expensive flowers. The same is true for wedding dresses, decorations and so many other items.” Franklin’s rate is 10 percent of the wedding budget or $1,500, whichever is greater. She also is available for rehearsal and wedding day coordination plus rehearsal dinner assistance. For more information, visit www.adayremembered.com. Edwards Mansion 2064 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands 909-793-2031, http://edwardsmansion.com Kimberly Crest 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands 909-792-2111, www.kimberlycrest.org

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WO AND A HALF YEARS AGO, husband and wife Angela and Carlo Alce decided to open a small restaurant featuring only take-out and catering items. The restaurant was on a sleepy street and opened with little fanfare. At first, the menu was limited, but this much was true: after tasting the food, you knew that one day they were going to make it big. Sure enough, Dhat Island today ranks as one of the most exciting and creative restaurants in the Inland Empire. Angela got her first taste of Caribbean food while working for Club Med in the Bahamas. In fact, her first love, before she met her husband, was biting into a marvelous coconut tart that was made by a woman in the Bahamas. Angela was immediately hooked. She also had the opportunity to work with some outstanding French pastry chefs and sauciers, which helped perfect her culinary skills. When she married Carlo, who is half Haitian and half Cuban, she gained insights about Haitian cuisine and learned from his mother some delicious family recipes that help form the basis of Dhat Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu. The menu combines traditional Haitian cuisine, which sprouted from the culinary influences of French, African and Spanish inhabitants, with foods and cooking styles from Angelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southern roots. Ingredients commonly found in Haitian dishes include onions, bell peppers (green, red and yellow), Italian parsley, green onions, beans (black, red and white), rice, plantains, and a variety of chili peppers like the habanera chili and the small but mighty bird pepper chili.

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Djon-Djon Rice served with shrimp and crab

Another important part of Haitian cooking is the marinades, which not only impart delicious flavors into the meats but also help preserve and tenderize them. Angela proudly talks about her passion for her food and her focus on creating dishes that not only include those found in Haiti, but also reflect her love of regional Southern cooking with a Creole flair. It’s that passion and the twinkle in her eyes that makes Dhat Island so special. Now that you know a little about Angela and Carlo, who is a gracious friendly man himself, let’s eat!

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Dhat Island in Redlands serves the scenes and flavors of the Caribbean.

A popular signature dish is the Dhat Bourbon Chicken ($10.95), a masterful selection consisting of a grilled chicken breast topped with a stunning sweet and spicy bourbon sauce along with tasty red beans and rice, fried sweet plantains and savory Creole sauce. Despite Angela’s willingness to tell me about the dishes, I could not get her to divulge her recipe for this incredible sauce.


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Traditional Dhat Beignets Ingredients

1½ cups lukewarm water ½ cup granulated sugar 1 envelope active dry yeast 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1¼ teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup evaporated milk 7 cups bread flour ¼ cup shortening Nonstick spray Oil, for deep-frying 3 cups confectioners sugar

Directions

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with powdered sugar and served with two sweet dipping sauces — a tangy raspberry puree and a heavenly Haitian rum and coconut cream sauce. At $3.95, you can’t end a memorable meal better than this dessert! Other treats are the smoothies, shakes and blenders, including a rich and creamy Tropical Smash Shake with guava, mango, pineapple, papaya, fresh cream and vanilla bean, and the refreshing mango smoothie. Be part of the Inland Empire’s largest free dining club, the Grub Club. Visit www.letsdineoutshow.com to sign up. See videos of some of Allan’s favorite restaurants on www.feedme411.com. Allan, a member of the Southern California Restaurant Writers, may be heard 3-5 p.m. Saturdays on the “Let’s Dine Out” radio show on KTIE (590 am). Call 909-910-3463, or emailallan@feedme411.com.

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Mix water, sugar and yeast in a large bowl and let sit for 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, salt and evaporated milk together. Mix egg mixture to the yeast mixture. In a separate bowl, measure out the bread flour. Add 3 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture and stir to combine. (Use a gentle hand stirring as to not over-beat the mixture.)

Dhat Chili Lime Chicken Ingredients

¼ cup lime juice 2 teaspoons grated lime peel ¼ cup olive oil or vegetable oil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 2 teaspoons sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 small jalapeño chili, seeded, finely chopped ½ teaspoon chili flakes 1 clove garlic, finely chopped (2 if you are a garlic lover) 14 to 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1¼ pounds) 1½ white onion, caramelized (optional)

Directions

To make marinade, in a resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix all ingredients except chicken. Between pieces of plastic

Add the shortening and continue to stir while adding the remaining flour. Remove dough from the bowl, place onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray (or rub with 1 teaspoon of soft butter). Put dough into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel. Let rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours. Preheat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place confectioners’ sugar in a shaker or sifter and set aside. Roll the dough out to about ¼-inch thickness and cut into 1-inch squares. Deep-fry; as dough rises, gently spoon hot oil over top of beignet, then turn. Cook until golden brown. After beignets are fried, drain them for a few seconds on paper towels, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top while they are still hot, then cover these warm pillows of joy with sifter sugar. Enjoy while hot.

wrap or waxed paper, place each chicken breast smooth side down. Gently pound with the flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about ¼-inch thick. Add chicken to marinade. Turn to coat. Seal bag. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, but no longer than 24 hours. Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Cover and grill chicken over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170 degrees Fahrenheit). In a hot skillet, add 2 tablespoons of butter. Quickly add sliced onions and ½ teaspoon of sugar. Cook until onions soften. Add a pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon chili flakes and a squeeze a lime. Serve over grilled chicken.


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TRIP TO MY LOCAL FARMER’S MARKET never fails to inspire me — the season’s best offerings beckon and my mind reels with possibilities. This summer I’m looking forward to market stands filled with eggplants, peppers, squash and tomatoes — the foundation for ratatouille, a French vegetable stew that is traditionally baked in the oven and served as a side dish. To give ratatouille a summertime treatment, I’ll lightly marinade and grill the components of the dish before tossing them with pappardelle and fresh cheese. The presentation is perhaps more Italian than French, but it’s just as delicious.

Grilled Ratatouille with Pappardelle Ingredients Ratatouille

1 large eggplant, cut into ½-inch-thick slices on the bias 2 small zucchini, cut into ½-inch-thick slices on the bias 2 small yellow squash, cut into ½-inch-thick slices on the bias 2 small red onions, sliced in ½-inch rounds

2 red or yellow bell peppers, sliced into 1-inch strips 3 tomatoes, still firm to the touch, each cut in half ½ cup olive oil 10 large garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half salt to taste freshly ground pepper to taste

Pappardelle 12 ounces dried pappardelle 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced ½ cup basil leaves, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons prepared garlic oil salt freshly ground pepper

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Prepare grill. In a small skillet, combine oil and garlic. Cook over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes, until garlic begins to turn golden brown. Pour oil into a bowl to cool; discard garlic. Divide prepared vegetables, minus the tomatoes, between two rimmed baking sheets. Coat with ¼ cup prepared garlic oil. Turn vegetables to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Place vegetables directly on grill and cook, turning once, 6 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are fork-tender. Meanwhile, place tomatoes cut side down on grill; cook 3 minutes and turn over. Coat cut sides with 2 tablespoons of garlic oil and cook another minute or so. Remove all vegetables from grill; let cool a few minutes and then roughly chop. Meanwhile, in a large pot, bring water to boil. Add pasta and cook as package directs. Drain pasta, reserving about ¼ cup of the cooking liquid. Place pasta in large bowl, toss with chopped vegetables, remaining garlic oil and salt and pepper to taste. Divide pasta mixture among 6 plates. Sprinkle top of pasta with mozzarella and basil. Serves 6


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of industry did we get into?’” Turns out, a lucrative one. Clark’s has become the go-to place for Inland Empire residents seeking whole and organic foods, organic produce, dairy and deli items, plus vitamins, supplements, sports nutrition and a range of other health-promoting products. There are three locations, including a store in Loma Linda. The company always has been a family business. In the early days, when the restaurant was one of the most popular places to dine in Riverside, Ray recalls his mother-in-law often arriving at 3 a.m. to grind wheat for freshly baked bread that would be served later in the day. Ray’s father ran the retail side of the business. While the restaurant thrived, it wasn’t bringing

Ray Clark, CEO of Clark’s Nutrition, which sells natural foods and nutritional supplements Photos by Lea Reed


in enough revenue to cover costs. Ray wanted to close the restaurant and use that space to carry more health products. “People thought we were crazy because we would have people lined up out the door at lunchtime,” Ray said. “But you only turn the tables two, maybe three times at the most, and I felt the potential for health foods was much, much greater.” In 1978, Clark’s opened its second store on E Street in San Bernardino, and it grew so much that in the mid-1980s the business was moved two doors down to a considerably larger space. Back in Riverside, the historic De Anza movie theater at 12th and Market streets became available. Ray was interested in the building because it meant more room to grow, but mostly because it would provide Clark’s with lots of on-site parking. But turning an old movie theater into a 12,000-squarefoot store was not easy. They knew all along the sloped auditorium would have to be filled in to create a new floor, but the building also needed to be brought up to earthquake standards, the wiring and air conditioning replaced, and much more needed to be done. “It was a nightmare,” Ray said. “I would not recommend remodeling a one-dimensional building like a movie theater.” After a two-year renovation costing more than $1 million — several times original estimates — the new store opened in 1990 on Memorial Day weekend. Nine years later, Clark’s had the opportunity to expand again, opening its 25,000-square-foot Loma Linda store in a building previously occupied by Stater Bros. That location features a comprehensive produce department with an emphasis on organic and natural foods. It also has a gourmet kitchen where organic and vegan meals are prepared for take-out. The Loma Linda store attracted a lot of customers who previously had been shopping at Clark’s in San Bernardino, so in 2001 the decision was made to close the older location. The company in 2005 expanded to the Coachella Valley, opening a store in Rancho Mirage. It’s the largest natural foods market in that area, and it also carries a broad selection of organic wines and has a certified organic cafe. The health foods industry has changed considerably since Jim Clark opened that first store in Riverside. For example, more than half of the products sold today weren’t even on the market 15 years ago. The clientele also has changed. Far from hippies and flower children, a lot of today’s best customers are doctors and other medical professionals. Reflecting on nearly four decades of history that is Clark’s Nutrition & Natural Foods Market, Ray is amazed. “I never dreamed it would grow to the extent that it has grown to,” he said. “For years, we ran the two stores with something like eight to 14 employees. Now there are 165.

David Lane, the produce department head, at work in the Riverside store.

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t has been said that “The best camera is the one that’s with you.” And I believe it could also be said that the best family photo is the one that’s in front you ... right now. We can all recount horror stories of gathering family members together for one of those painfully posed group photos. Resplendent with fussy babies, unruly pets, uncooperative children and the ultimate camera malfunction, these “carefully” orchestrated photos end up never making it to scrap books and photo albums. Perhaps it is my photojournalism background, though I suspect it is something more a part of my DNA, but my favorite family photos from my childhood are those that were made at the spur of the moment. There is something pure, innocent

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and compelling about the scene captured by my parents. These moments captured all those years ago often spark conversations about “Oh, I remember when... We were living in... Hey, that’s the Christmas you...” The professional side of me could go on and on about lenses, lighting, camera settings and more. But the best moments (and photos) are those that touch something in your heart and soul. It’s a certain look on the face of your child or spouse or the fleeting moment of tenderness between siblings. It’s really less about drawing everyone together and plopping them down on the couch to stare into the camera as it is about the moment. You’ll recognize it when you see it, because after all, the best family photo is the one that’s in front of you ... right now. Of course, you’ll need a camera and that’s the one that’s with you.

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