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Leonard Bailey, MD Infant Heart Transplant Pioneer H    ,     . Thousands of children are alive today thanks to the work of Dr. Leonard Bailey. This world-renowned surgeon pioneered infant heart transplant surgery more than 20 years ago, right here at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital — and now, more than 6,000 of these procedures have been conducted in hospitals across the world. Dr. Bailey became internationally known for his 1984 surgery on Baby Fae, which involved the transplant of a baboon heart. In the years that followed, he perfected techniques for human-to-human heart transplants in infants. Over the course of his amazing career, he has performed more than 250 infant heart transplants. Now, the first babies he gave new hearts are reaching adulthood. Paul Holc, the youngest recipient of any solid organ to have survived, is now about 20 years old. Transplant patients Nicholas Anguiano and Leilah Dowsari — known years ago as Baby Moses and Baby Eve — are 21. “I enjoy it all,” says Dr. Bailey. “I enjoy helping the patients and their families through a crisis. I enjoy seeing patients as they grow up. I enjoy teaching the young doctors, and I particularly enjoyed the time I’ve spent in laboratory research.” For making infant heart transplant possible — and young lives successful — Dr. Leonard Bailey is a Champion for Children.


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hristmas mornings were magical in my childhood home. My mom, who always had a bit of magic about her, planned all year about how she would make Christmas special for me and my three sisters. Breakfast was hot chocolate, which was made from milk warmed in a pot on the stove, and scones made from dough she rolled and cut herself. Our living room was filled with presents around a sparkling lit Christmas tree. Out in front, there was always an unwrapped gift from Santa Claus. How did he always know exactly what we wanted? I have tried to bring my mom’s Christmas magic into our home for my children, and now for granddaughter Lily Grace. Though we switch things up a little each year, the one thing that stays true is that we are together as a family. I hope you enjoy reading the stories here from Redlanders about their holiday traditions, as well as ideas on holiday shopping and decor to help you get ready for the season. Also be sure to check out the calendar for events not to miss, including the Christmas Block Party and the Celtic Christmas performance. Happiest of holidays.

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hat does it take to get a few of Redlands’ finest to submit to the attentions of a makeup artist and pose with teddy bears and kids’ toys? No, not a calendar — a great cause. Redlands Police Detectives Kelvin Bryant, Cindy Gourlay and Cpl. Frank Rocha agreed to a cover shoot for this issue of Redlands Magazine to promote an endeavor that Redlands Police Chief Jim Bueermann calls one of the most deeply meaningful projects the department does every year: the Christmas block party. For more than 11 years, the department has been hosting this community event that features live entertainment, free food, toy giveaways, games and crafts as part of its engagement and support of the Redlands community. Other community organizations also take part, including the Northside Impact Committee, which last year gave away 600 Christmas baskets at the block party. The Dec. 19 event will be held at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bueermann says the block party has grown tremendously from the several hundred youngsters and families who attended the first year. It began and has its roots in the department’s overall crime prevention strategy to reach out and help families by giving youngsters something to do. But it has grown into something much bigger, both in the real sense — thousands now attend — and in terms of importance for officers who want to give something back to the community, Buerrmann says. “It’s also a nice thing to do,” he adds. To donate toys, help support the event or learn more, call the Redlands Police Department Recreation Bureau at 909-798-7572. — Don Sproul


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The flower beds at the A.K. Smiley Public Library are filled with colorful pansies each year by March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, to honor both the birthday of the Smiley brothers, Redlands’ “patron saints,” and their favorite flower, the pansy. Identical twins Alfred H. and Albert K. Smiley were born in Vassalboro, Maine, in 1828. But they made their impact here, giving Redlands the A.K. Smiley Public Library and beautification projects at Redlands High School and the Congregational Church. The brothers donated the downtown Smiley Park and helped found the Family Service Association and the Fortnightly Club. The Smiley brothers set the bar high for philanthropic ventures, and each year their contribution is remembered on their birthday when the Friends of the Library offer refreshments to library patrons and hand out a sheet detailing their importance to the community. “The day is also an occasion to reflect upon the importance of individual dedication and service necessary for maintaining the cultural and aesthetic qualities known as ‘the Redlands spirit,’ ” said Dr. Larry Burgess, library director and historian.

A Celtic Christmas The Redlands Community Music Association will present A Celtic Christmas, featuring Highland Way and the Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band on Dec. 12-13. This third Celtic Christmas event will focus on the music of Scotland and also will pay tribute to the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s beloved poet, Robert Burns. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Both shows are at Clock Auditorium on the Redlands High School campus. Brian Caldwell of Glasgow leads Highland Way on a musical journey through traditional and modern Celtic melodies. Joining Caldwell will be Heloise Love (vocals, guitar and percussion), Paul Graham Castellanos (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and varied strings) and Richard Gordon Heinz (vocals, bass and keyboard). Rounding out the evening will be the Redlands-based Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band with the sounds of the Scottish bagpipes. Proceeds will benefit the Mission Gables Bowl House, the future home of year-round programming for the Redlands Community Music Association. Preferred seating is $40, general seating $20. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free with adults in general seating. To purchase tickets, visit the Redlands Community Music Association at or call 909-793-7316.

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‘UNTO US: THE NATIVITY STORY’ THROUGH DEC. 30  – Original story inspired by the bir th of Jesus to Joseph and Mary. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2:15 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays; $7-$18; 909-335-3037, Also: “Cinderella,” Jan. 9-Feb. 14; “The Cross and the Switchblade,” Feb. 27-March 28. ‘SMOKE AND MIRRORS’ Is the suicide scene a murder or a plot gone awry? We’re not going to tell. Redlands Footlighters Theatre, 1810 Bar ton Road; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; 909-793-2909, Also: “Dearly Beloved,” March 11-28. THROUGH JAN. 24  –

LIGHTS FOR LITTLE LIVES WALK DEC. 31  – Eighth annual walk hosted by The Unforgettables Foundation to celebrate the lives of all children. Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House, 11365 Anderson St., Loma Linda; 4:30 p.m.; 909-725-9197, REDLANDS SYMPHONY JAN. 30  – Jon Rober tson conducts the symphony in passages of Berlioz, romanticism by Schumann and Dvorak’s Cello Concer to. Accompanied by cellist Jonah Kim. Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 8 p.m.; 909-748-8018, Also: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, March 13. WILLIE NELSON AND FAMILY DEC. 10  – Accompanied by Asleep at the Wheel, this promises to be a country music fest that should not be missed. San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, 777 W. San Manuel Blvd., near Highland; doors open at 6:30 p.m.; $45-$65; 800-3559-2464, Also: Patti LaBelle and The O’Jays, Jan. 7; Ronnie Milsap, Jan. 14; Jay Mohr and Joe Piscopo, Jan. 28.

MARKET NIGHT THURSDAYS  – Farmers market, food, vendors and fun for the whole family. East State Street between Orange Street and Redlands Boulevard, downtown Redlands; 6-9 p.m.; free admission; 909-798-7548. SANTA’S PAJAMA PARTY Wear pajamas and bring the family to join Santa for games, stories, winter crafts, refreshments and visit with live animals. San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands; $10; 909-307-2669, ext. 256,

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‘MERRI-ACHI CHRISTMAS’ Annual holiday concer t featuring Sinfonia Mexicana. California Theatre of the Performing Ar ts, 562 W. Four th St., San Bernardino; 8 p.m.; 909-885-5152, Also: Riverdance, Dec. 18-20; Ar t Garfunkel, Jan. 17; Pink Floyd Experience, Jan. 28; Latin legends featuring Tierra, Jan. 29; BJ Thomas, Feb. 7; Russian Festival Ballet’s “Giselle,” Feb. 11; “In the Mood,” Feb. 13; Paul Revere & The Raiders, Feb. 19; Christopher Cross, Feb. 20; Malo, Feb. 26; Average White Band, Feb. 27.

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CHRISTMAS BLOCK PARTY Live enter tainment, free food, games, crafts and more at the annual event hosted by the Redlands Police Depar tment. (More information on page 6.) Redlands Community Center parking lot, 111 W. Lugonia Ave.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 909-798-7572.

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WORLDS OF FANTASY Disney on Ice production brings four magical Disney stories to the ice, with Tinker Bell plus characters from the movies “Cars,” “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.” Before the performance, check out the collection of enchanting ball gowns and mementos from the Disney princess stories. Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario; $16-$65 (most seats $12 opening night); 800-745-3000, Also: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Dec. 17; Toby Mac’s Winter Wonder Slam, featuring Relient K, Stephanie Smith and B. Reith, Dec. 19; Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show, Jan. 15-16; Harlem Globetrotters, Feb. 15.

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CHOCOLATE FANTASY FEB. 6 – An evening of appetizers, chocolate, champagne, dancing, a silent raffle and live auction. Proceeds go to programs for the Boys & Girls Club of Redlands. (More information on page 26.) The Mitten Building, 345 N. Fifth St., Redlands; 7-11 p.m.; $75 in advance, $90 at the door; 909-798-4599. WATCHHORN LINCOLN BIRTHDAY – Celebrate President Lincoln’s bir thday with a reception and a dinner. Or ton Center, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave., Redlands; 5:45 p.m.; $35; 909-798-7632, FEB. 12

SPRING FASHION SHOW FEB. 13 – Fashion show and luncheon, with a silent auction, oppor tunity drawings and door prizes, hosted by Soroptimists International. Redlands Country Club, 1749 Garden St., Redlands; $30; 909-793-1430. DIVA NIGHT – Bring your girlfriends for a night on the town. Elegant desser ts, carriage rides,

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treasures for the ladies and live music in downtown Redlands. 909-798-7629. RED WINE & BLUES – A wine-tasting and musical extravaganza hosted by the Redlands Rotary Club and Gerrard’s Market. Features premier wineries, vintage wines and door prizes. (More information on page 32.) Or ton Center, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 5-8 p.m.; $50; 909-386-0166,

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INLAND MASTER CHORALE – In Celebration of Spirit, a memorable, inspiring concer t that continues the chorale’s 30th anniversary season. First Methodist Church, 1 E. Olive Ave., Redlands; 8 p.m. March 13, 3 p.m. March 14; 909-798-4462, MARCH 13-14

WOMEN OF DISTINCTION LUNCHEON MARCH 20 – University of Redlands Town and Gown honors Inland Empire women for their achievements in many areas. Or ton Center,

University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 11 a.m.; $50; 909-748-8011; CRAB ’N JAZZ – Mardi Gras-themed dinner and jazz presented by Redlands Sunrise Rotary Club. All-you-can eat Alaskan king crab, beer tasting, Stewbone jazz band, blues singing by Yve Evans, jambalaya and more. Proceeds benefit youth activities and leadership. Edwards Mansion, 2064 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands; $75; 909-793-1991;


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edlands is full of Christmas tradition. The holiday parade, the Kimberly Crest tree lighting, the University of Redlands Feast of Lights are just a few events that bring the holiday season to life in our town. The people of Redlands are no different, and we invited you to share your holiday memories with us. Here are a few of your stories:


hen Kathie Thurston, executive director of the Redlands Chamber of Commerce, moved from the frozen north of Canada and away from family, she took on the task of shopping for “Grammy and Pop.” “It was difficult for my parents to shop for my children, as they were far away from them and didn’t really know what they liked or were ‘into’ in any given year. “When they were very young it was easy — Star Wars figures, Barbie dolls, two-wheelers, skateboards. As they got older, it became more challenging for me. “I decided to give them the money and let them buy for themselves. But giving money at Christmas seemed so cold. So I decided when they became teenagers I would indeed give them money, but they would have to work for the cash. “I bought beautiful Christmas boxes and each year the money was delivered in a different fashion, but always in the same box. “One year I had a local printer glue 100 brand new one-dollar bills on a cardboard backing. When the kids went to buy something at a store, they had to peel off the money like a note from a notepad, convincing shop-keepers the money was real. “Another year I punched holes in the bills, attached them to the spokes of an umbrella, and tucked them inside. When the umbrella was opened, it rained down money. “Another year I hid the money somewhere in the house, wrote clues on the back of 500-piece puzzles and put the pieces in their Christmas boxes. They had to put their puzzles together to find and collect their bounty. “The children would call their grandparents and delight them with the stories of their Christmas money and how it was delivered, both generations sharing a memory though they were miles apart. “It is a tradition that lives on. “To this day, while both ‘children’ are in their mid-30s, it’s the first gift they want to open Christmas day. Now husbands and girlfriends are a part of the fun.”


or Jennifer Reynolds, communications specialist at San Bernardino County Museum, breaking tradition is itself the tradition. “After years of bathrobes, books and notepaper, our extended family tradition for the past decade or so has been to give each other goats, heifers or houses. We all use our gift budgets to donate to favorite

charities. I tend toward Heifer International and Habitat for Humanity. “Of course, we wrap up trinkets for the little ones to unwrap, but we find as the various cousins, nieces and nephews get older, they look forward to being able to chose their own causes. “When we get together in person for the holidays, I sew or knit something silly for everybody who’s going to be there to get dressed up in — hats, mufflers, whatever. They are guaranteed to be silly because I don’t take my homemaking skills very seriously. “Last year, I knit mufflers while watching DVDs of old movies — a good, absorbing movie made for a very long muffler.”


eon Fikse, pastor at Bethany Reformed Church, focuses on family during the holidays. “Each of my three sons live out of the area, but Christmas is the one time of year that we always get together. In our 14 years of living in Redlands, 13 of them have had each of our sons, and often girlfriends, coming to visit for the week between Christmas and New Year. “I take vacation as soon as the Christmas Eve service is over, so we can devote all of our time to family with everyone together. “We begin our tradition attending Christmas Eve service late afternoon at Bethany Reformed Church here in Redlands. We hear the Christmas story and sing Christmas carols together as family with all of the other worshippers. Then, we head home and relax for the evening. “Our tradition begins with our Christmas Eve meal — the same every year — consisting of crab legs and artichokes. We spread newspaper all over the table and serve the food family style on big

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“Last year, their gift was an afghan knitted by their grandmother for each of them before she died. Additionally, there was a monetary gift from grandma’s estate. Three big men, all over 6 feet tall and plus or minus 200 pounds, shed tears opening that gift. “Then we kick back and talk some more, catching up on all the past year’s joys and sorrows. Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and given that our sons come home, it is theirs, too.”

platters. “Everyone digs in, with crab leg shells and artichoke leaves just dumped on the middle of the table. We eat and drink to our hearts content and at the end of the meal, everything is wrapped into the newspaper and thrown in the garbage. Clean-up is a cinch! “Then we retire to the living room or family room, depending on where the tree is set up that year, and open Christmas presents. Everyone gets a present for everyone else, so there are always five or six presents for each of us, at least. “As father, I choose the order in which presents are opened, and we take turns. One year it might be oldest to youngest or youngest to oldest or tallest to shortest or vice versa. It’s just some gimmick to get the ball rolling. “One special gift for each of our sons is saved until last. If those gifts are identical, then they all open them at the same time.


COTT WELSH, director of sales at Clear Channel Radio, spends the holidays with his immediate family as his extended family lives away in the Midwest. “We go to Gerrard’s to buy all of our favorite ingredients for homemade pizza — sausage, Canadian bacon, pineapple, sun-dried tomatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms and Boboli sauce. “The kids — Paige, 12, Hope, 10, and Finn, 7 — get to make their own personal pizzas, as we make the dough from scratch. “The kids get to pick out one gift from under the tree to open after Mass. We put the dough in the fridge and head to Christmas Eve Mass at the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel. When we get home, the kids get to open the gift, and we start making pizzas.

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“We find that making the pizzas gives the kids and us so mething fun and family to do in anticipation. We usually have eggnog, cookies and holiday libations — a favorite bottle of red wine is always on hand. “We fill the kids’ tummies and get them to bed by 11, so we can get some rest while Santa comes. “In the morning, after the present-opening mayhem, I make a traditional breakfast of eggs Benedict, hash browns and orange juice. We call our families back in the Midwest and take early afternoon naps. If there is daylight after that, we will go for a family hike in Caroline Park. We round off the evening with some kind of beef for dinner. Prime rib roast with all the trimmings is our favorite.�


IM APPLETON, University of Redlands president emeritus, combined his family traditions with those of his wife, Carol. “In Carol’s family, the tree was decorated well before Christmas; in mine, on Christmas Eve. You guessed it, we decorate our tree and the house inside and outside, including a huge Dickens village display, well before Christmas. “When our children were young,

we always attended Christmas Eve services, but with our extended family often just arriving that day, with grandchildren in tow, we settle for a wonderful dinner of German potato salad, corned beef and terrific breads. “On Christmas morning, of course, no one can open the stuffed stockings that sit near the empty glass and the remains of cookies and carrots left for Santa and reindeer until the adults have cameras at the ready. “And yes, we overdo it with mounds of presents that sometimes has included a card to each child about a gift that has also been given to a needy family or something to the Heifer Project in their name — maybe to assuage our guilt about our indulgence. “Turkey and all the traditional trimmings — bread stuffing with raisins and apples, and pumpkin, apple and minced meat pies — is on the table once the clutter of paper and boxes is cleared.

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OR Paul Foster, chairman of the Redlands Planning Commission, the holidays are full of traditions that grew and became varied as his children grew. “The tradition I most enjoy now is one we started about 10 years ago. Several years earlier, my mother came to live with us. She is 80 now and doing things for the holidays has become more difficult as she has become more infirm. However, every summer for the past 10 years, she, my wife Juli and I set about making several hundred jars of jam from the fruit of our own trees. “As Christmas approaches, we put the jars in decorative Christmas bags and give them to our family, co-workers and friends. My mother always gets excited about preparing the jams as it takes her back to her own youth when she did such things with her family. “The final part of the tradition is accomplished during the week of Christmas. I bundle Mom up and put her in the car — aka sleigh — put a

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Multi-functional decor items make it easier to stay up with the season, says Becky Winter, the owner at Off Park Avenue. An angel candle holder


ome, for the holidays. It evokes something different for everyone: the scent of a fresh wreath, memories of a mother’s handmade ornament dangling from a tree, sparkling lights or wrapped gifts or any of a hundred personal time capsules. For several Redlands decor specialists, making a home for the holidays means bringing the season into the decor, having fun with it as well as choosing a style that reflects both personal taste and family tradition.

“We love Christmas,” said Dorothea Dinmore, owner of Mozart’s. “We’ve been doing it for 30 years.” Mozart’s is known for its lavish Christmas trees dripping with ornaments and elaborate holiday displays. It takes the staff several months to get everything together, from moving items out of storage to stringing Christmas lights. Because of the store’s dedication to decorating, Mozart’s has a reputation as the place to go for certain styles. “Our focus is on having an international, traditional Christmas,” Dinmore said. “Our

glass comes from Poland, our angels from Germany.” One tip Dinmore has for customers is to not go overboard when making purchases. “Don’t buy a cartload of ornaments,” she said. “Buy something that lasts. Quality over quantity.” Dinmore also suggests smaller variations of traditional decor. “Little trees look great in various rooms,” she said. “It’s not so overwhelming to decorate several. You can do different themes, such as one color or Old World.” At Off Park Avenue, owner Becky Winter and her sales associate, Penny Alvarez, have put together an Old World approach to decorating for the season this year, with an eye to enjoying natural elements as well as functionality. Winter has put an emphasis on beautiful but transitional items, which can be used from the fall right into Valentine’s Day. Gold and jewel and rust-toned color themes don’t have to serve Christmas alone, and the right multi-functional items won’t have to be packed away with holiday ornaments, she says. “We like things that do double duty,” she said. Examples? Artwork, sconces, ornamental crosses or a glass piece that can be used as

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a vase or inverted and used as a votive holder. The key is to bring out the warmth of the season, Winter says. Alvarez tells her clients that decorating should be a relaxing undertaking. “It’s all about having fun and incorporating unexpected things,” she said. “A lot of people are pulling out their old, precious ornaments and displaying them in crystal bowls around the home. When making a centerpiece or decorating a sideboard, use something like a cute little pillow or stuffed animal, something that’s been a keepsake in your family.” One look she recommends is all natural. “Fresh greens are being used a lot in decor,” she said. “Contact your local florist and order a big bundle of greens, pine cones and different twigs. You can tuck those into a beautiful dining room centerpiece, or drape some greens and wire holiday ribbon from a chandelier. They’re very reasonably priced and last a while, plus they’re so fragrant.” Alvarez also helps people decorate their homes for the holidays and says she’s seen one other trend: “People want to put decorations in little areas throughout house — in the bathroom, in the kitchen. These are surprises in little niche areas.” At Haven Home Essentials, owner Cyndi DeAguilera has everything necessary for the holidays, and often has customers who stop in with a special request. “We’ve been having a lot more people come in who want their trees decorated,” she said. “We always do copper and gold trees, and it’s very popular.” DeAguilera gives a discount on


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Holiday decorations dress up decor items that are on display throughout the year.

new ornaments or uses the client’s own materials. “Christmas trees are my favorite,” she said. “I enjoy decorating them, and they’re really my main focus.” She recommends picking up a few new items to update decoration collections. “It gives you a fresh look every year,” she said. This year, several new color combinations are popular. DeAguilera has seen black and white popping up, while Dinmore has noticed more spring green being mixed with darker green, red and white. Alvarez observed traditional red and white with a pop of color, such as hot pink or lime green.

One thing Dinmore sees everywhere is bling. “Glitter is huge,” she said. “It’s kind of going back to the 1800s. It’s all over everything — all we do is vacuum up glitter!” Decorating doesn’t have to cost much, or take ages to finish. It can be done on a smaller scale, as well as on a budget. “Nowadays, everyone is being conscientious,” said Alvarez. “One of the most inexpensive ways is to go to Michael’s or Target and buy holiday gift bags in different shapes and sizes, stuff some color-coordinated tissue paper in them, and place the gift bags as if they are little statues around home.”

Another idea is to use bright lights. “Putting a string of twinkle lights in glass jars gives you splashes of color,” Alvarez said. “You can get a string of lights for just $3. Put them in a tall glass vase, and you have instant holiday.” Dinmore suggests something similar. “With a lighted garland, you get sparkle,” she said. “Put it up and instantly you have twinkle lights. You can add some ribbon and glittery flowers, and it looks amazing. I do that at home.” Nothing has to be permanent, and decorations can be changed or spruced up every season. “The best investment is to start at the front door with a beautiful wreath, and have the intention that every year or every other year you’ll replace the ribbon or get new bulbs,” Alvarez said. “It’s the same thing with the fireplace mantle and dining room centerpiece. “Those are the most traditional areas for holiday decor. People really want to keep it simple. Time is limited, but they want to carry on a tradition for their family.”

Holidays at home Ideas from local decor specialists on how to achieve distinct looks for home holiday decor: Old World Focus on more antique and natural items. “You have to bring some outdoor charm to the house,” said Penny Alvarez. “Traditional pine cones, carved pieces. Have a little fun and bring in some sort of animal print.” Dorothea Dinmore suggests using traditional Christmas symbols. “Antique-looking Santas are a good idea, as well as beautiful angels,” she said. “I’m very picky about the faces. It has to be special, with a face that moves you and puts you in the spirit.” For color, nothing too splashy. “Stick to copper and gold,” recommends Cyndi DeAguilera. Traditional Use colors in bright red, white and green. “Bring in different types and styles of ornaments and figurines,” Alvarez said. “Pull out that adorable keepsake teddy bear you’ve had for your child for years,

wrap some holiday ribbon around its neck, and place it on the couch.” Dinmore suggests adding elegant touches. “For a tree, glass ornaments are always nice,” she said. “Take a lot of poinsettias and poke them in for some instant color.” Modern Big and bold decorations. “Try using really large, brightly colored ornaments,” Dinmore suggested. “There’s a lot of turquoise and gold mixed together with a light cream color,” Alvarez said. “Anything that has a lot of bling, some jewelry, or beads.” Using different colors is an important aspect of modern decor. “Really take advantage of doing a beautiful place setting for a dining room table,” she said. “Use different colored plates to play off each other.” Instead of traditional greenery, make your own natural decoration. “Take different types of twigs and spray paint them white,” Alvarez said. “Put them in a tall vase and string little beads from a craft store off of them. It’s really simple and clean.”


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or those who need help choosing the ideal gift — or just don’t have time to hit the mall themselves — personal shoppers and gift basket designers can make the holidays a lot easier. There’s no shortage of these timesavers in the Inland Empire, their expertise ranging from antiques to flowers. Whether you’re shopping for mom, dad or a best friend, they’ll do their best to make sure the gift is a perfect match.


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For Christina Caldwell, it’s all about wowing without spending too much money. “My goal is to get you the most bang for your buck,” she said. “I like picking something that’s not a whole lot but looks like a million bucks.” Caldwell’s Bloom Room is located inside The Eating Room in downtown Redlands. In her space, she works on both floral arrangements and customized baskets for all types of clients.

“Basically people give me a dollar amount, and tell me who I’m shopping for,” she said. “I like to get an idea of who the person is and what they like. I really like it when they bring in one item, and I expand on that.” Once she knows who she’s shopping for, Caldwell goes out and selects gifts for the arranged price. The baskets often have themes. “I’ve made lots of tea baskets, with tea pots and tea cups,” she said. “I’ve made them with a coffee theme — whole coffee beans, a grinder, everything. Many baskets involve certificates for services. Once I made a basket that included a certificate for the person to have their Christmas tree decorated. Another one had a certificate for a house-cleaning service, another for dinner — it was for a whole day of pampering.” It’s important to Caldwell that she supports local businesses, and she often heads to State Street to purchase items. “I really try to keep my shopping downtown,” she said. “Depending on the person I’m shopping for, I’ll go to Kissui or J.D. Myers, Nectar, DenM, Haven. I know that we’re all suffering, and we’ll do

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anything we can to support each other.” For Caldwell, presentation is just as important as what’s inside, and she tries to decorate each basket carefully. Caldwell likes to use interesting textures in the baskets and items such as silk flowers, even recycled objects. “Even if it’s only a gift certificate being given, I like to embellish that,” she says.

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Because she is also a florist, Caldwell enjoys adding greenery and flowers to her baskets. “Many people like to give flowers or a plant and a gift basket,” she said. “It’s always nice. I encourage giving plants because I know that it’s going to last.” While every basket is unique, there is one item that Caldwell recommends for

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For the antiques fan, there’s no better place to search for treasures than the Redlands Galleria. “We have people come in and ask for everything from A to Z,” said manager Nancy Sierra. “If we know where it’s located we generally have someone who will assist them or we just explain to them where it is. It’s kind of like an Easter egg hunt.” The large store is filled with everything vintage — from Victorian-era postcards to early-1920s artwork to books from the 1950s. Because of the vastness of the store, having a personal shopper is a necessity. “We have four levels of shopping,” Sierra said. “We try real hard to help people navigate.” According to Sierra, many people are looking for small items. “We get a lot of requests for antique doilies, antique lace, and for awhile, we had people constantly asking for skeleton keys,” she said. “We have people ask for armoires all of the time, and cups and saucers. That’s primarily from people who are hosting tea parties, and that’s not just seasonal anymore. We get weekly requests for that.” And this holiday season, Redlands Galleria is offering something new — well, new to the store. “Now we have vintage clothes,” Sierra said. “We’re seeing more and more young people coming in dressed in vintage items shopping for hats, clothing, anything having to do with that era.” As always, jewelry is a hot gift. “It’s always at the top of everyone’s list, and we have lots of vintage pieces this year,” she said. “We get a lot of requests for Native American jewelry, turquoise and coral, for both sexes.” Whether you’re planning to give someone a Victorian doily or an Art Deco bracelet, Sierra believes that having someone take the time to select a personalized gift is the way to go. “It makes it more special,” she says, especially when the find is from a store that literally has thousands upon thousands of items. Products from the Inland Empire fill a gift idea from The Bountiful Basket.

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he holidays are a time for family, friendship, fellowship and food — lots and lots of food. Whether it’s an intimate party for friends or an office shindig, most holiday festivities revolve around either giving or receiving treats. In Redlands, there’s no shortage of places to pick up goodies, or experts ready with ideas on what to serve or give as holiday gifts. At Michelle’s Bakery, owner William Christian offers a wide selection of chocolate confections. “A lot of our customers like to come in and get petit fours and truffles and things of that nature,” he said. “We put them in a decorative Christmas box with a bow, so they can give them away.” The small treats are covered in white or dark chocolate, and decorated with various holiday patterns. Michelle’s even puts a little wreath or Christmas tree on them, Christian says, adding “They’re pretty festive.” A European-style bakery, Michelle’s creates all sorts of European specialty cookies as well. Christmas is the bakery’s biggest holiday, and Michelle’s makes sure to have enough stock on hand. “We always have an assortment of items, and you can walk in and pick up what you like,” Christian said. “If you’re looking for a small


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assortment, we’ll have them, but if it’s anything big it’s usually better to order it, especially during the holidays.” Preparing for the holiday rush makes it easier for Michelle’s Bakery to gear up for the 16th annual Chocolate Fantasy event on Feb. 6. Proceeds from the event go to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Redlands. “It’s a unique event,” said P.T. McEwen, chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club. “It’s not a sit-down dinner, and it allows guests to walk around and mingle and talk with friends. They can enjoy dancing and helping kids. It’s the place to be.” The Chocolate Fantasy is a must-attend event for anyone with a sweet tooth. Delicious chocolates, cakes, cookies and more are served by local vendors, with patrons voting for their favorites of the night. Recognition is given to the Chocolatier of the Year — an award Michelle’s has won several years in a row. “It’s a great event,” said Christian, whose wife works at the Boys & Girls Club of Redlands. “It’s fun to give back and help the kids. Plus, it’s very gratifying to win.” Chef Shawn Wood of Partner’s Pantry has been cooking up chocolate-inspired dishes at the Chocolate Fantasy for nine years. “We don’t repeat dishes over the years,” he said. “It’s one event I can be really creative with — I’ve done some really off-the-wall things.”

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Orange poppy seed and vanilla cake petit fours dressed for the holidays surround dacquoise rolled in toasted almonds. Michelle’s dacquoise are almond meringues filled with chocolate butter cream then topped with whipped cream.

The Raspberry Victorian decorated for the holidays from Michelle’s is a white vanilla cake with French vanilla butter cream filling and fresh raspberries.

Some of those creations include ganachefilled ravioli with blood orange sauce and cocoa orange chicken. “The ravioli was phenomenal,� Wood said, “and people still request the chocolate chicken.� But seasonal and holiday food is not all about chocolate. Martha Green, owner of The Eating Room and Dough’Lectibles Bakery, has several standby savory recipes that she says

always work at a holiday party. “I love to use cups to serve soup in,� she said. “There are so many great soup recipes, it’s incredible. I serve it when people come in, with a bacon wrapped breadstick, and it’s less trouble than preparing cheese and crackers and chips and dips. “I buy breadsticks from Gerrards, wrap them in bacon, and cook them in the oven until the bacon is crisp. Then I roll them in


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Parmesan cheese. Everyone always wants to eat all of them and (then they) don’t want too much dinner!� For a main dish, Green suggests a hearty entree. “I like to put out a dish of Burgundy beef,� she said. “You let it cook for a long time, and then get rolls from a bakery and pile the Burgundy beef on top. “I also like making a bombe chicken leg, with a sauce made with turmeric in it that’s really good for you. It’s just absolutely the best chicken leg in the world. It’s kind of heavy, so people can really eat and have a really good meal. At the end, they’re full.� For dessert, the possibilities are endless. “I did get a chocolate fountain one year, and went crazy with that — pretzels, marshmallows, Rice Krispie treats — a really wonderful selection,� she said. “You can also always share with your guests the things that people bring you, like cookies and candies,� she adds. Green also has a surefire hit for gifts to friends. “One of the best things to give is a steamed pudding,� she said. “I have a recipe for a great carrot and potato steamed pudding. I love to make it because it’s cooler, and it’s easy to wrap and make look elegant.� Wood suggests making quick breads and giving them as gifts. “You can make chocolate chip, eggnog, apple praline,� he said. “Just buy the miniature aluminum loaf pans and make a ton of them.� For some, they also trigger fond memories. “People like breads like that because it makes you think of

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your childhood,” he said. “They like being nostalgic.” You may also get your friends in on the action by arranging a cookie exchange. “Invite your friends over, and have them bring dozens of their favorite Christmas cookies,” Wood said. “Everyone builds their own gift boxes with them. It’s kind of fun to get together with friends and accomplish getting gifts together.” For all holiday hosts and hostesses, Wood has just one suggestion: “Keep it simple. Especially during the holidays, people will be impressed with the food and decor, but they’re really just looking to get together. Don’t stress.” Resources r For more information about the upcoming Chocolate Fantasy, visit r The Eating Room and Dough’Lectibles, 105 and 107 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands; 909-798-7321, r Michelle’s European Bakery, 615 Tennessee St., Redlands; 909-792-5436, r Partner’s Pantry, 38490 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen; 909-797-2629,

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t’s still a few months away, but wine enthusiasts are counting the days until the Rotary Club of Redlands’ 25th annual Red Wine & Blues event. Celebrating its silver anniversary, Red Wine & Blues is the club’s biggest fund-raiser of the year. Guests can expect an evening of fine wine, entertainment and camaraderie, with proceeds going to the Rotary Club of Redlands Foundation. “We’re focused on helping education in our own community,” said Jan Hudson, who co-chairs the event. “We offer scholarships to students in the different schools in town. We’ve donated money to the Benchwarmers. We also have students of the month, with students recommended by their peers, teachers and counselors. Each one gets a $50 (savings) bond.”


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The event will be held at the University of Redlands’ Orton Center on Saturday, Feb. 27. Tickets are available for $50 at several Redlands businesses, or $60 at the door. Keeping it bluesy

After a recommendation from a Rotarian and a brief audition, Red Wine & Blues organizers selected Redlands’ own Renee Rojanaroj to add her sultry voice to the evening’s entertainment. She is already looking forward to the event. “It sounds right up my alley,” she said. “Blues is my favorite music in the world, and when I get to do this kind of music with a crowd that’s appreciative of it, there’s nothing like it.” A University of Redlands graduate and elementary band teacher with the Corona-Norco Unified School District, Rojanaroj has countless performances under her belt including some at the Redlands Country Club. Rojanaroj is looking at putting together a three-piece combo for the evening and is already considering the set list. “We want to keep things a little subdued,” she said. “We’re definitely going to do some stuff like ‘Love Me Like a Man’ by Bonnie Raitt, and ‘Sugar in My Bowl,’ ” she said. “I want to perform a few jazz songs, some Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. I want to keep it bluesy and jazzy.” As an educator, Rojanaroj appreciates what the Rotary Club of Redlands Foundation does for schools and children. “It’s incredible, especially when we’re taking so many hits in education,” she said. All about the wine

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year, one of those assisting will be Phil Paxton, owner of Paxton’s Cellar, who will help choose the wineries featured during the evening. He’s a former Rotarian and eager to take part. “Once a Rotarian, always a Rotarian,” he said. “One of the first events I went to after moving here a few years ago was Red Wine & Blues. I was very impressed by all of the enthusiasm and the fun people were having. When I was asked for my assistance, I knew it would be a great way to get my name out there and to assist Rotary the best way I know how.” Paxton plans to focus on California wines and is inviting several regional wineries from Malibu, Julian, Lancaster and Temecula to participate. “It’s our responsibility in the Inland Empire to promote and support wine close to us,” he said. “It’s all about connections. I’m contacting distributors,

and the response has been very positive so far. I’m also speaking directly with the wineries.” The wine list has yet to be set, and Paxton is letting the wineries make the ultimate decisions. “I’ll give them an idea of what we’re looking for, but we will appreciate whatever they’re willing to donate,” he said. “The only thing I ask is that the pourers have to be familiar with and know the wine, so they can explain things to guests.” At the same time he is working on the event, Paxton is reopening Paxton’s Cellar in its new location, 104 E. State St., Suite L/M. “I’ve always wanted to be in downtown Redlands,” he said. “All of my customers have said they really enjoy the new layout and location.” Paxton hopes that through his store and Red Wine & Blues, wineries will take the area more seriously. “My mission is to put Redlands and the Inland Empire on the map for wineries,” he said. “I want the wineries to stop and serve wine dinners here, and to know about Red Wine & Blues and how great an affair it is.”

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Working together

For the second straight year, Jan and Marvin Hudson are serving as co-chairs of Red, Wine & Blues. “Community work is really important,� Jan said. “We both really feel passionate about giving back.� Working with them is the dedicated event committee, which consists of about 20 or so fellow Rotarians. “We usually plan for about nine months,� Jan said. “We have to do a lot of the work months in advance.� “This is a labor of love, and every year they put in a lot of time and energy into making this event happen,� Marvin said. Although the committee does the planning, most Rotary Club of Redlands members help in any way they can. “We get club involvement, whether it’s someone volunteering that night, donating a basket for the silent auction, or giving money,� Jan said. Many of the people who come to the fund-raiser are repeat guests. Marvin feels that the event is well-received not only because of its longevity, but also because it is more informal.

“It has an atmosphere that appeals to a wide range of people,� he said. “You get to contribute in a more casual way. That’s why the event is so popular.� Not every detail of the fund-raiser is solidified yet; sponsors and donations to the live and silent auctions are still being sought, and more entertainment may be added. And because it will be a special celebration, there will be added treats. “We’re really going to focus on the fact that it’s our 25th anniversary,� Jan said. “When guests come in, there will be tables with wine tastings and vendors from different restaurants and catering companies with tapas style hors d’oeuvres. We would like to have people with serving platters walk around the room, and we’re thinking about possibly having wine pairings in a separate room. We’re hoping to make it even more nice and fun.� Red Wine & Blues Orton Center, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave. Saturday, Feb. 27 $50 in advance, or $60 at the door To become a sponsor or to donate an item for the silent or live auctions, call Jan Hudson at 909-307-3400. Information:

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ith 75 kinds of pizza on the menu and more than 100 build-your-own options, The Gourmet Pizza Shoppe in Redlands really knows how to satisfy that inner hankering for good pizza. The dough is topped with homemade pizza sauce.

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The Brando Pizza has cream cheese, pesto sauce, pepperoni, sausage, cashews, angel hair pasta, green onions and mozzarella cheese.


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Bill Craw, a Redlands native, opened the doors in January 1998. Along with his partners, son Don Craw and Scott Brandt, he has worked in the restaurant from the start; about two years ago the team opened a second location in Yucaipa/Calimesa. The restaurant is not a typical pizzeria with video arcades and blaring TVs. In fact, the business is everything the name proclaims: a gourmet pizza shop. Having been in the food industry since high school, Craw knows his way around a kitchen. He spent three years in management with the Howard Johnson hotel chain, and did a short stint in San Francisco at a French restaurant. Craw and his wife also ran the Redlands YMCA Camp for 20 years, and one third of the job was food service — serving about 400 meals a day. “That’s where I really learned the aspects of purchasing and management,” he said. About that time, he started thinking about buying a franchise. There was a small pizza restaurant in Yucaipa called Popa Rosa’s, a great place that served delicious pizzas from their own recipes. Craw bought the franchise and opened his place in Redlands. A couple of years later, the original Popa Rosa’s went out of business, so the Craws and Brandt changed the name to The Gourmet Pizza Shoppe. More than 11 years later, it is one of the busiest pizza places in town. While many of the Popa Rosa’s recipes are still in use, Craw and Co. have added their own original ideas. A glance at the menu reveals this isn’t your average pizzeria. It’s a challenge to choose a favorite from the extensive list of tempting pizza choices, but maybe that’s the plan. That way, people will keep coming back until they’ve tried them all. The menu is sliced into interesting categories, including: Pizza Salads (with favorite toppings served over a bed of romaine lettuce) and ... on a Pizza? (which includes an unusual selection called

A nearly finished Brando just needs the cheese. “We top all of our pizzas with cheese as the final topping to encompass all of the flavors together and hold them together,” says co-owner Don Craw.

A pizza fresh from the oven, with “continental” Canadian bacon, pepperoni, bell peppers and red onion.

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Granny’s House, topped with country gravy, new potatoes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs and cheeses). Angel hair pasta, peanut butter and mashed potatoes are found on various other pizzas in the ... on a Pizza? category. Also on the menu are Local Favorites, which includes a pizza called the Gay 90s Special, an homage to a once popular Redlands pizzeria. In addition, there’s The Supremes, Chicken Pizzas, Just the Basics, Vegetarian Specialties, Hot and Spicy and Seafood Pizzas. Each category has several choices; vegetarian alone has 10. In the unlikely case that none of the listed pizzas stirs interest, patrons can create their own combinations. With more than 100 toppings from which to choose, a mountain of a pizza may be built. For those not in the mood for pizza, a reasonable selection of sandwiches, grinders and pasta also is available. However, for anyone still in the mood for pizza after dinner, there is dessert pizza. Apple Annie has diced apples topped with caramel sauce, brown sugar and jack cheese. There is also Einstein’s Glue, which has all the makings of s’mores with some peanut butter thrown in. There are a couple of fruit choices with raspberries and blueberries, and another treat called Sarah’s Surprise, with vanilla cream c heese frosting, crushed graham crackers, chocolate chips, brown sugar and jack cheese. This restaurant has really broken out of the pizza box, and gets an “A” for originality. The Gourmet Pizza Shoppe 120 E. State St., Redlands 909-792-3313 13661 Calimesa Blvd., Yucaipa 909-795-8000 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday


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Dessert ... on a pizza? The Red, White and Blueberry has vanilla cream cheese frosting, raspberries, blueberries, brown sugar and jack cheese.

Don Craw at the YucaipaCalimesa location


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better living | health & fitness

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ow many people have the same New Year’s resolution as last year — or even the past several years — that involves getting in shape, exercising more or losing weight? Well, this may be the year you actually achieve those personal exercise and/or weight-loss goals with the help of a couple of tips. Ready? First: Set one or two realistic short-term and long-term goals. The time span for a short-term goal should be eight to 10 weeks. Long-term goals are extensions of the short-term ones and should become “life-term” goals.


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Don’t expect to correct years of fitness neglect in a few weeks. Instead, admit the need for a lifestyle change, set a few realistic goals, and then work daily toward those goals. For instance, if a short-term goal is to lose four pounds of fat, then a long-term goal would be to keep the four pounds off. By setting a time frame, you give yourself permission to have patience and time to adapt to your fitness program. When it comes to weight loss or seeing results from starting an exercise program, most people unrealistically expect to see significant results in as little as a week. When the desired results don’t materialize, it leads to thoughts that the program is not working, and often that means quitting the program or reaching for something unhealthy to eat for comfort. Next, guilt sets in, which may be followed by another diet or exercise program. Unless there are changes in the time period expectation, a dieting or exercising

roller coaster is likely to follow. So, give yourself time. To achieve any fitness gains or weight loss (which really means fat loss), it takes both patience and time. Ask yourself this question: “How long have I been out of shape or at an unhealthy weight?” Don’t expect to correct years of fitness neglect in a few weeks. Instead, admit the need for a lifestyle change, set a few realistic goals, and then work daily toward those goals. Second: Adjust your state of mind. The mind is the most powerful tool in achieving results of any kind. You must see the results, believe in the results and then work to achieve the results. While training, champion athletes envision themselves finishing in first place

long before they achieve it. The same holds true for successful people in all walks of life, whether it’s getting a college or medical degree or even creating an invention. They have a vision of what they want to achieve, they believe they can achieve it, and then they set out to achieve it. In setting your fitness/weight goals, always set yourself up to succeed. Make sure your goals are ones that you want, not what someone else wants for you. For example, when it comes to weight, think more about health and feeling better than outward appearance. Your health will guarantee you a better quality of life, not your appearance. The best way to achieve fat loss and to feel good about yourself is a combination of moderating what you eat, primarily


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The lives of many local at-risk children will be improved thanks to the efforts of those who supported the Bonnes Meres Auxiliary’s 51st holiday auction and luncheon. Guests had the opportunity to bid on a variety of donated items, ranging from a Stater Bros. shopping spree to Dodgers and Lakers tickets to a Wii game system. Martha Green served as the auctioneer. Bonnes Meres is a Redlandsbased auxiliary of the Children’s Fund of San Bernardino County.





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seen An evening of fun for a good cause was a sure bet at the Boys & Girls Club of Redlands’ first Monte Carlo Night. The fundraiser featured hors d’oeuvres by Farm Artisan Foods and live entertainment from the University of Redlands Jazz Ensemble. Among the items donated for a raffle were trips to Las Vegas and Mammoth Mountain, plus a small laptop computer. The event helped pay for local Boys & Girls Club programs and transportation costs.

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(1) Sandra and Leonard Smith, left, Carole and Tim Rochford (2) Tim and Meike Murone (3) John Farley, left, Diana Farley and Patrick Farley (4) Dr. Les and Holly Yonemoto (5) Mark Davis, left, Afarah and Cleophus Board (6) Christy and Mark Gorden, left, and Scott McIntyre (7) Andy Hartzell, left, Pat Caudle and P.T. McEwen (8) Marge Emrick, left, Susan and Richard Box Photos by khai le



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Supporters of the Court Appointed Special Advocates gathered on a perfect evening for socializing at the Edwards Mansion in Redlands for the annual Munchin’ at the Mansion fundraiser. The event featured food and drinks from 20 local establishments, including Italian cuisine from Isabella’s Ristorante Italiano, tostadas and margaritas from Las Fuentes Mexican Bar and Grill, platters of sushi from Mikan Restaurant and two sheet cakes from Michelle’s Bakery.




(1) Guests try margaritas and food from the booth of Las Fuentes Mexican Bar and Grill in Redlands (2) Donna Hadley, left, and Dr. Marti Baum (3) Robert Cramer, left, and Chuck Hoffman (4) Richard Jarvis, left, Charlotte and Marion Black (5) Kelly Hill, left, and Brent and Michelle Canon (6) William Aguilar, left, Hattie Byland and J. Milton Clark (7) Robb Foskett, left, Brent Canon, Patrick Gomez and Craig Lynde (8) The Edwards Mansion, which was built in 1890, hosts a range of special events throughout the year. Photos by james carbone



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our town | pop quiz

The Lincoln Memorial Shrine in 1937

Historic photos courtesy archives of the A.K. Smiley Public Library

the lincoln shrine Redlands history: Test yourself

For this issue, we invited Don McCue, archivist and head of special collections at the A.K. Smiley Public Library, to prepare a quiz about the Lincoln Memorial Shrine. A major component of McCue’s responsibilities includes serving as curator of the shrine, which functions as a museum, library and research facility dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. McCue is a member of several regional and national archival and Lincoln organizations, and, in conjunction with the shrine’s 75th anniversary in 2007, he edited, “Treasures of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine: Artifacts, Letters & Artwork from the Collection of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine.” Born in New York City, McCue grew up in

To visit or learn more The Lincoln Memorial Shrine is behind the A.K. Smiley Public Library at 125 W. Vine St., Redlands; 909-798-7636, Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday Free admission



1. Why is there a Lincoln shrine in Redlands?

1. The shrine is the result of philanthropist and oilman Robert Watchorn’s generosity. A part-time resident of Redlands, Watchorn collected a wealth of material about Lincoln. After he lost his only child, Emory Ewart, whose health was damaged as a result of his service in World War I, Watchorn decided to honor his son’s memory by building the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in 1932.

2. Did Lincoln ever visit Redlands? 3. Why are there misspelled words in the Lincoln quotes engraved on the walls of the shrine? 4. Can I research my Civil War ancestors at the Lincoln Shrine? 5. Is the Lincoln Shrine haunted?


Connecticut and Las Vegas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Claremont Men’s College in 1979 and then went to Washington, D.C. to obtain his master’s in American foreign policy and history at Johns Hopkins University. He has worked on Capital Hill for a Nevada congressman and also at the National Archives, where he conducted research on captured World War II documents. In their spare time, McCue and his wife, Susan, enjoy sports and visiting historic sites.

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2. Lincoln never set foot in Redlands, which did not exist until 1881, nor the state of California. He expressed a desire to visit the West sometime during his second term. 3. The words were not misspelled, but rather were carved in a style to emulate the Roman alphabet, which did not have a “U.” During Lincoln’s time, the Romans were considered to be the height of civilization. Anytime

Emory Ewart Watchorn

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the shrine’s engraver needed a “U” he instead used a “V,” thus “union” is spelled “vnion.” 4. Yes. The shrine has both online sources and thousands of first-person narratives and regimental histories, which can help reconstruct an ancestor’s military experience. You would be surprised at some famous Redlanders who have Civil War ancestors. 5. No. If it were, it would certainly help generate visitors.

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Redlands Magazine Winter 2009  
Redlands Magazine Winter 2009  

Redlands Magazine features the beautiful city of Reldnads California and the surrounding cities of East Highland, Yucaipa and Loma Linda