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Out-of-towners might think that when it comes to Redlands cycling, it’s all about the Bicycle Classic. Sure, the event, now in its 32nd year, is a highlight of the pro race calendar, especially for young athletes looking to cut their teeth on a world-class stage race. But the broader community, from efforts by the city to engagement by local bike clubs, is invested in twowheeling — for fun, fitness and lifestyle. Not everyone is into pedal power, but the group is growing, and the city, for its part, is doing what it can to make roads safer and the way easier.

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What’s a team director do? Q&A with six-time national champion, Olympian and Jelly Belly team director Danny Van Haute.

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Fuel for the road Team TWENTY16 rider, chef and caterer Jessica Cerra has ideas for an easy, nutrient-powered breakfast. (Oh, you can eat it for lunch or dinner too!)

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16 Tracy Holmes’ 2016 poster offers up a tribute 16 PossAbilities para-cycling event part of classic 17 Meet Marc Shaw, Redlands Bicycle Classic president 19 2016 RBC schedule 20 Maps of stages, 1-5

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6 Calendar 26 Homes — Marni Jameson’s tips on what to consider when seeking a new home 30 Save the date — Redlands Horticultural Improvement Society Garden Tour 32 Dining — David Cohen visits Panka and Sam’s Bann Thai 36 Summer — Plan ahead for camp; ideas from the YMCA 38 Music — Looking ahead to the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival

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ON THE COVER Redlands Councilman John James, in yellow Bicycle Classic jersey, rolls out of Heritage Park with fellow cyclists on a Tour of the Emerald Necklace ride organized by the Inland Empire Biking Alliance in support of the Redlands Conservancy. Photo by Eric Reed

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MOVIES IN THE PARK MARCH 29, APRIL 29  –  “Minions” will be shown March 29, “Goosebumps” on April 29. Ed Hales Park, 101 E. State St., Redlands; 5-9 p.m.; free; 909-798-7572, www.cityofredlands.org.

stand-up comedians and others who will compete for the Golden Galaxy Star Trophy and a first prize of $1,000. Fox Event Center, Redlands; 6:30 p.m.; www.redlandsstarsearch.com.

CLASSIC CAR CRUISE NIGHT APRIL 1  –  Pre-1980s cars, hot rods and trucks take center stage during a family oriented event that continues the first Friday of every month. Yucaipa Valley Center, 33600 Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa; 6-9 p.m.; free; www.pastpleasurescarclub.com.

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THE B-52s APRIL 1  –  In concer t. Morongo Casino Resor t and Spa, 4955 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 9 p.m.; 888-667-6646; www.morongocasinoresor t.com. Also: Village People, April 8; Shinedown, April 15; Michael Stanley & the Resonator, April 16; Honky-tonk Boombox, April 29; Sara Evans, April 30; La Original Banda el Limon, May 5; La Sonora Dinamita, May 6. PRINCESS AT THE CASTLE day of activities for girls, ages 3-10. Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands, first sesssion 10 a.m., second session 2 p.m. $65 for one child and one adult, $15 for additional adults, 909-792-2111, www.kimberlycrest.org.

APRIL 2  –  Fun

SOUL TRAIN LINE DANCE attempt to break the Guinness world record for Soul Train line dancing. The first 500 par ticipants who sign up will get a free T-shir t. San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 N. Orange Tree Lane, Redlands; 11 a.m.; 909-307-2669; www.sbcounty.gov/museum. Also: “Turn Left at the Rockies,” celebrating fur traders of the Rocky Mountains who came to Southern California in the 1800s, ongoing.

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CAR SHOW & CHILI COOK-OFF MAY 28  –  Car show and chili cookoff presented by Redlands Optimist Club, with live music and enter tainment, beer garden, food. Sylvan Park, Redlands; 951-840-5575; www.redlandsoptimistclub.org. Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951-779-9800, www.riversidelive.com, concer ts. livenation.com. Also: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” April 10; “The Little Mermaid” by Inland Pacific Ballet, April 16; Alton Brown, May 16; Jewel, May 19; The Rides, June 5. KIP MOORE APRIL 6  –  K-Frog

Cares concer t with Clare Dunn. Pechanga Resor t & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, near Temecula; 877-711-2946; www.pechanga.com. Also: Park Hyun Bin, April 9; Steve Miller Band, April 15; Pepe Aguilar, April 23; Truc Tiep Thu Ninh, May 7; Microbrew, Craft Beer and Chili Cook-off, June 11; Styx, July 17. ‘MARY POPPINS’

APRIL 2-24  –  Romantic

production of the Broadway musical. California Theatre of the Performing Ar ts, 562 W. Four th St., San Bernardino; 2 and 8 p.m.; 909-386-7361; www.californiatheatre.net. Also: “West Side Story,” April 23; “The Snow Queen,” May 20-22.

‘MOSES’

REDLANDS SYMPHONY Afternoon with Angel Blue. Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 8 p.m.; 909-748-8018; www.redlandssymphony.com. Also: Farewell to Maestro Rober tson, April 16.

‘BUS STOP’ comedy/drama based on the Broadway play. Redlands Footlighters Theater, 1810 Bar ton Road, Redlands; $10-$15; 909-793-2909; www.redlandsfootlighters.org. Also: “A Little Murder Never Hur t Anybody,” June 4-26.

APRIL 2-MAY 1  –  Musical

adventure set in ancient Egypt. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 909-335-3037; www.lifehousetheater.com. Also: “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” May 14-June 20; “Rapunzel Untangled,” an original family musical, June 25-July 24; “Elijah,” Aug. 6-Sept. 4.

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GEORGE LOPEZ APRIL 14  –  On stage. San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland; doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 800-359-2464; www.sanmanuel.com. Also: Aaron Lewis, May 12. REDLANDS STAR SEARCH APRIL 22  –  Contest featuring singers, dancers, musicians, jugglers, magicians, improv groups,

‘DON GIOVANNI’ 1940s radio program depicts the story of the fictional Don Juan in an exciting and seductive version of Mozar t’s classic presented by Redlands Opera Theatre. Performance is in Italian with English super titles. First Congregational Church, 2 W. Olive, Redlands; 7:30 p.m.; $20-$25; 909-653-5677; www.redlandsoperatheatre.com.

ART ON STATE STREET outdoor venues will present the works of 125-plus ar tists from Redlands and the Inland Empire. Downtown Redlands, 1 E. State St.; noon-6 p.m.; free; 909-792-8435; www.redlands-ar t.org.

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YOUNG ARTISTS AUDITIONS annual auditions. Winners receive a scholarship and then perform during the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival on June 28. Watchorn Hall, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 909-793-7316, www.redlandsbowl.org.

APRIL 24  –  65th

PARTIES FOR THE NECKLACE for the series presented by Redlands Conservancy, and the first oppor tunity to make reservations for any of the par ties. In past years, popular par ties have sold out on this night. Mitten Building, 345 N. Fifth St., Redlands; 909-389-7810; www.redlandsconservancy.org.

APRIL 27  –  Kickoff

JEFF DUNHAM stage for a 9 p.m. show. Agua Caliente Casino Resor t Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com. Also: Jackson Browne, May 7; Ar t Laboe Summer Love Jam V, June 4; Brian Regan, July 16; UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey, Aug. 6.

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THE GREAT ALL-AMERICAN YOUTH CIRCUS MAY 6-22  –  The 76th season will feature performers who tumble, juggle, unicycle, build pyramids, fly through the air and do other circus-type acts. Redlands YMCA, 500 E. Citrus Ave.; 909-798-9622, ext. 360; www.ycircus.org. HANGAR 24 AIRFEST performances, live music, kid zone, food trucks and beer selections from Hangar 24, which is celebrating its eighth anniversary. Hangar 24 charities. Redlands Municipal Airpor t, 1755 Sessums Drive; noon to 10 p.m.; www.hangar24airfest.com. MAY 14  –  Aerial


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the RTF will be presenting “The Belle of Amherst,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Honky Tonk Angels,” “Leaving Iowa,” “Life of Riley” and “Peter and the Star Catcher” in reper tory under the stars. Prospect Park, Cajon Street at West Highland Avenue, Redlands; 909-792-0562; www.r tfseason.com.

FESTIVAL OF ARTS – Four th annual presentation of visual and performing ar ts plus a juried ar t show. Ar t in the Park at the Redlands Police Annex Gardens. Smiley Park, between Cajon and Park, Redlands; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day; free admission; www.redlandsfestivalar ts.com.

CAR SHOW OCT. 9 – 26th annual Veteran’s Memorial Car Show featuring 1,100 vehicles, a pancake breakfast and other food throughout the day, contests, scavenger hunt, bingo and other activities. Sylvan Park, 601 N. University St., Redlands; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; www.veterancarshow.com.

YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 24 – Films and other media created by K-12 students in Redlands. Location to be announced; www.slate-inc.org.

ART FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE OCT. 14-16 – Annual ar t show and sale features works from more than 60 ar tists in a variety of media, including acrylics, oils, watercolor, jewelry, photography, pottery, metal sculpture and stained glass. Redlands United Church of Christ, 168 Bellevue

MAY 28-29

REDLANDS THEATRE FESTIVAL JULY-AUGUST – For its 44th season,

Ave.; free admission; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16; 909-793-3520; www.ar tforheavenssake.org.

weekday group tours by appointment; 909-798-0868; www.historicalglassmuseum.com. MARKET NIGHT – One of the most successful cer tified farmers markets in Southern California features more than 150 food and merchandise booths. East State Street (between Orange and Ninth streets), downtown Redlands; 6-9 p.m. Thursdays; 909-798-7629.

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HISTORICAL GLASS MUSEUM ONGOING – More than 7,000 items — dating from the 1800s to today — made by American glass-makers and ar tists are available for display. 1157 N. Orange St., Redlands; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,

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April 2 – Red Wine & Blues, 31st annual wine tasting and food extravaganza features select wines direct from vintners, international foods, desserts and live music. Bid on live and silent auction items; opportunity drawings. Proceeds benefit Redlands youth via scholarships. Redlands Country Club, 1749 Garden St.; 4 p.m.; 909-793-4806; www.redlandsrotary.org. April 23 – Care 4 Kids Run and community Resource Fair. T-shirts and In-N-Out burgers for the first 300 registrants. Family fun activities, live music, vendor booths. Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates. Glen Helen Regional Park, 2555 Glen Helen Regional Parkway, San Bernardino; 909-881-6760; $10; casaofsb.org/events. April 30 – Relay for Life Redlands, a 24-hour fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Redlands East Valley High School, 31000 E. Colton Ave., Redlands; 9 a.m.; bit.ly/Relay2016.

June 4 – Redlands Hunger Walk, a benefit for the summer nutrition program operated by Family Service Association of Redlands. Last year, the program helped hundreds of school-aged children. University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 8 a.m.; www.redlandsfamilyservice.org/ redlands-hunger-walk. June 13 – 24th annual A. Gary Anderson Memorial Golf Classic, to benefit efforts by Children’s Fund to help at-risk and abused children. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $6 million. Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Drive, Rancho Cucamonga; 909-379-0000; www.childrensfundonline.org. Nov. 14 – Building A Generation’s 11th annual golf tournament to benefit programs that will help youth have a stable and healthy childhood. Redlands Country Club, 1749 Garden St.; 909-793-8822, www.buildingageneration.org.

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They’re off! Riders launch themselves at the start of the Beaver Medical Sunset Road Race of the Redlands Bicycle Classic. The five-stage event, which has attracted worldclass racers including Tour de France winner Cadel Evans and American stars Tejay Van Garteren and Chris Horner, runs April 5-10 this year.. PHoTo By KHAI LE

of the courses this year. This year’s five-stage battle features grueling road courses that have made the Classic a popular stopping point for some of the world’s top riders, including those who have competed in the world-renowned Tour de France. Of course, the Classic also will challenge these hard-core riders with some huff-andpuff hill climbs. The final stage is a 94.1-mile journey that ends with criterium racing.

A criterium, or a loop-style race, gives spectators the opportunity to enjoy great racing up close and personal as the riders challenge their technical skills in tight turns in Redlands’ downtown district. And the Classic isn’t just for the professionals. A free “school duel” on Saturday, April 9, is part of the mix for the young riders; it’s an event that fosters the community spirit the Classic organizers aim for each year. Other rides are designed to attract the recreational cyclists from Redlands and surrounding communities. Also on the Saturday date is the popular para-cycling event, which starts at 1:30 p.m. (Full schedule and all the course descriptions are on Pages 19-21.) On a recent February morning, with unseasonably high temperatures in the low 80s, a group of Redands’ serious riders, many from Team Redlands, gathered outside Stell Coffee & Tea, then hit the road for a well-known Saturday morning ride into the heart of Riverside and back. It’s a speedy, three-hour jaunt that tests even those pedalers who are in great shape. “Hard,” is how Joey Marchiano described the ride when he returned to Stell. “It was hard and hot.”

Marchiano sported a jersey advertising Don’s Bicycles, an Inland Empire business that’s been around since 1959. (The original Rialto shop was opened by the late Don McAfee; his son, Scott, has kept the business running in Rialto and later opened a large shop in Redlands in 2012.) Marchiano and others from Team Redlands sport bright-colored jerseys with sponsors’s names and ride hard and fast on pricey bikes. Their morning rides pass through multiple cities and they ride in large packs, a blur of colors as they zip along Barton Road and eventually the scenic, treelined Victoria Avenue in Riverside. As Marchiano parked his ride, his fellow cyclists started showing up in small packs. The group included the father-son duo, Cory and Travis Longfellow, ages 45 and 13. Cory Longfellow competes in the occasional triathlon. His son was readying himself for his third straight Redlands Bicycle Classic. He captured first place in his age group last year and hopes to repeat his feat. His father loves the event for its vibe and the attention it brings to his city. “It’s fun,” Cory Longfellow said. “Everyone leaves their attitudes at home. They come out to support the event and play nice.” The Longfellows were cooling down after their serious ride, but Stell Coffee & Tea is spring 2016 | redlandsmagazine.com | 11 spring 2016 | redlandsmagazine.com | 11


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an outreach program operated by loma linda University Health. Riders have various disabilities, and nathan dean is a fan. “It’s super inspiring to see them,” he said. as the deans enjoyed their couple time together, scott Welsh showed up on his Trek mid-range road bike with a handful of other Team Redlands riders. Team Redlands is a nonprofit organization formed by Redlandsbased athletes to promote cycling, running and swimming. The group’s goal is to grow the three sports by encouraging participation at the community level, from beginners to the seasoned professionals. In addition to his regular participation with Team Redlands, Welsh (no relation to this writer) is also on the executive board for the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Whereas many other long-standing races have folded across the country, somehow the Redlands event remains strong, something Welsh says is special. But he knows one huge reason for the success. “The Redlands Bicycle Classic stands on the shoulders of its 500-plus volunteers,” Welsh said. Those hundreds of volunteers work weeks and months prior to the event, and many return to help run the stages. Then there are the residents who open up their homes to the visiting cyclists — for free. Classic organizers also are quick to thank and acknowledge city support. Redlands Bicycle Classic president Marc shaw said organizers are very appreciative | redlandsmagazine.com | spring 2016 14 14 | redlandsmagazine.com | spring 2016

that host cities Yucaipa, Highland and especially Redlands grant fee waivers and don’t charge thousands of dollars for services ranging from law enforcement to fire protection, and the signs, cones and barricades needed for each stage. For Redlands Mayor Paul Foster, the event yields dividends across a variety of avenues. “It places an emphasis on a pastime everyone can enjoy. each year more than 600 children come out and ride the same course as the pros,” he said. “Cycling not only promotes good health and encourages residents to consider alternate modes of transportation, but it allows residents and visitors alike to enjoy both the historic charm and the natural beauty that is Redlands.” The Classic also has made Redlands a destination city for cycling enthusiasts and nurtures a growing, year-round cycling community, he added. With the help and advice of local cyclists, Foster said the city has worked to make it safer for riders to share the road with motorists. The city also has developed a comprehensive bicycle master plan that takes into account the most heavily traveled routes and provides dedicated bicycle lanes. “Bicycle lanes provide greater visibility for cyclists and act as a traffic calming measure for motorists as well,” he said. as Welsh puts it, “We have a wonderful, sustainable, meaningful community event that just happens to be a world-class

racing event.” Professional rider Joy McCulloch would agree. The 36-year-old Yucaipa racer for team KHs-Maxxis-JlVelo is gearing up for her sixth Redlands Bicycle Classic. “It’s very challenging,” she said in an interview by phone. “and some of the winds can be pretty rough.” McCulloch, who has not yet won a stage race herself, said she enjoys setting up teammates for success. similar to many of the 120 or so women who will ride in the stages, McCulloch has a day job. (she and her husband, Brian McCulloch, run a physical and nutritional mentoring business called Big Wheel Coaching.) “What’s interesting about the women’s races is we can be in the same group with 17-year-olds or 45-year-old moms who run their own law firm,” McCulloch said. “They’re lawyers, school teachers, working full-time jobs or, at the least, a part-time job.” McCulloch, Welsh and other Team Redlands riders touched on one of the other elements about the Classic: inspiring younger residents to consider cycling. That’s why professional riders, the nBacaliber stars of the sport, as McCulloch put it, visit classrooms. Welsh said he recognizes that an event that has been around since 1985 cannot keep going without planting the seeds of growth. That’s one reason the Classic entry fee is discounted for professional teams that send riders to schools to talk about the sport and other topics, such as health and fitness. The national discussion about school-age children showing signs of pre-obesity and pre-diabetic conditions is something Welsh and his fellow riders want to help battle. In 2015, organizers coordinated 31 school assemblies and reached 12,000 youngsters with their upbeat messages, Welsh said. “The Redlands Bicycle Classic is so much more than a professional cycling event,” Welsh said. “It has a ripple effect. We’re sharing a terrific message. The professional riders are not just showing off their cool bikes. They’re talking with the school kids about positive nutrition, about making changes in their lives so they can live longer, healthier lives.”

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edlands resident and cycling advocate Mark Friis wants politicians and people to think more about bikes. Whether it’s getting cities to make streets safer for cyclists, lobbying for major projects in the Inland empire or simply teaching someone how to fix their own ride, Friis is all over the cycling map. Friis wants people to get out of their cars, but that’s a tough battle and he knows it. “I feel I can save the world,” Friis said, “one pedal at a time.” The good news is that Redlands is gearing up its outreach to the cycling community. since 2011, the city has spent more than $255,000 on bike route projects. It pushed out its 100-plus-page master bike plan in January 2015, it has already created 14 miles of Class 2 bike routes (which includes those highly visible, green-painted lanes) and soon a $5-million Class 1 route will link Redlands with Highland. all told, the city already has roughly 36 total miles of various routes. as the 32nd Redlands Bicycle Classic nears, cycling might creep into the minds of the casual fan or weekend rider, but it’s always on Friis’ brain. From his younger days of delivering pizza on a bike in new York in the late 1970s to his more recent Redlands community rides, or grabbing groceries in his cargo contraption, Friis certainly has the mileage (100,000 miles and counting) to back up his advocacy as executive director of the nonprofit Inland empire Biking alliance. The group is not just about working on solving issues related to bike safety and lobbying for more visible routes. as Friis put it, the group has loftier goals too. Incorporating a healthier community is a mission. and that’s not just physical health, but a community that cares about each other, Friis said. “The bigger picture is creating a sense of community again,” he said. But with cycling, how can someone not be

more connected with their community if they’re out riding on a bike, with other community members? The Inland empire Biking alliance organizes major community rides, such as the Redlands strada Rossa ride in March, a Christmas ride in Riverside and has a bike-education course embedded into the curriculum at The Grove school. Ross Wittman, a senior project manager for Redlands, oversees much of the city’s bike-enhancement plans. Those bright, hardto-miss, green-painted lanes on Brookside avenue are designed to increase safety for riders. The green bike lanes run along Brookside from san Mateo to eureka streets. Citrus avenue also has green lanes. These are designated as Class II in cycling-route terms. Wittman said the lanes have a “calming effect” on traffic on the wider streets. They’re designed to remind drivers to slow down, be cognizant that the road you’re using is shared by others. Wittman said the city continues to seek public input regarding routes and ideas, and residents are encouraged to dive into the city’s bicycle master plan, a 100-plus page document that touches on everything from lane designs, traffic signals, bike racks, land use, safety and, of course, funding. Friis said he has hopes the Redlands Bicycle Classic will encourage an increase in what he calls utilitarian cycling. That is, he wants more people to bike to work, school or the grocery store. The city shares in that vision. The bike master plan indicates the city wants to boost workforce bike commuters to 2 percent by 2020, and to 5 percent by 2025. To reach those goals, the city plans to provide connectivity at 12 bike “network gaps” by 2025. In layman’s terms, the city is trying to link up various routes to make commuting by bike easier and safer. Redlands Councilman Jon Harrison tries to get on his bike for about 50 miles a week with his wife, so cycling is not something he just promotes. He does it.

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“One of the things I enjoy is that, while out riding, a cyclist going the opposite direction will often wave to me,” said Harrison. “When you go past someone in a car you don’t get that.” another positive for cyclists: barriers are broken. strangers from all different professions are suddenly interconnecting, Harrison said, “people you would not have otherwise known” and “topics not normally on one’s radar are discussed.” Harrison said he is looking forward to the completion of the Orange Blossom Trail and the santa ana River Trail. and the Class I route connecting Redlands with Highland will be a high-tech ride. That $5 million project is funded with state and federal grant money. The northsouth route is only for pedestrians and cyclists and will include special, infrared triggers that will, well in advance, make green lights turn red for motorists on the route’s intersections with streets, keeping cyclists’ momentum going and making the rides more enjoyable and, most importantly, safer. “Cycling has always been an important part of Redlands’ character,” Harrison said. “and it’s part of our sustainability plan. Providing Class I and Class II routes are all part of a safe environment and giving people the choice for alternative forms of transportation.” More about the Redlands master bicycle plan, at www.cityofredlands.org/node/932. spring 2016 | redlandsmagazine.com | 15


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For the past 10 years, artist Tracy holmes has been capturing scenes from the redlands Bicycle classic showing riders sweeping past local landmarks as part of the lore and tradition of the annual stage race, now in its 32nd iteration. her work usually serves as the official poster for the event and frequently is a mixture of reality and artistic expression. This year, holmes’ image takes a similar but more serious approach. In addition to the expected group of brightly-clad riders, the painting features american flags, one for each of the 14 victims and the families of those who were killed in the attack at Inland regional center in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015. “I feel it was something that needed to be expressed,” holmes said, noting that she wanted to reflect unity in support of and healing for the entire community. The setting reflects a bit of artistic license. It’s not a specific street, but behind the para-cyclist in the background is Loma Linda University Medical center and, stretching into the distance, the San Bernardino Valley and mountains beyond. a study of the roadside fans reveals first responders including police, sheriff’s deputies and medical workers.

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among the athletes taking part is will Lachenauer, a member of the 2016 U.S. Paralympics cycling National Team who in September plans to compete at the Paralympic Games in rio de Janeiro. also an elite rider with Team herbalife presented by Marc Pro – Nature’s Bakery, Lachenauer is a multi U.S. national champion in the time trial and earned a bronze medal at the 2014 world TT championships. In 2008, Lachenauer suffered a spinal cord

injury during a motocross race that resulted in complete paralysis below his chest. “Life is an amazing and unexpected journey and it’s up to us to take it all in before the ride is over,” he says in a profile on the herbalife24 team website. “he is known worldwide as an inspirational figure, a great guy and a fierce competitor,” herbalife24 team director Phil Mooney said of Lachenauer. “he can really showcase the incredible athletic talent of

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arc Shaw grew up in redlands and remembers the excitement of riding his bike in the redlands Bicycle classic when he was a kid. Now at 42, he’s sharing that small-town fun with his teenage son and 9-year-

old daughter. Today, Shaw is an avid recreational rider and member of the redlands water Bottle Transit company, and his childhood enthusiasm for the redlands Bike classic continues. a few years ago, he had briefly dropped out of cycling, but his position in law enforcement allowed him to play a key role supporting the 2008 Tour of california. he came back to the classic five years ago, helping with traffic management planning and logistics. he also serves as an on-course driver during the event. In 2014, Shaw became the link between the city of highland and the classic, as the race returned to the city after an 11-year absence. This year, Shaw stepped it up and is the event’s president. “we have such an amazing team. The classic runs on over 600 volunteers. we don’t have a single paid person working on our committee. I do this for the community and for the race,” said Shaw, who lives in highland. Shaw said he loves how the event gives professional riders a chance to share their passion for cycling, allows children to participate and how his entire hometown becomes involved. “The part that makes me smile the most is watching the kids on Saturday morning. I look at these little kids, mine included, and think, ‘who will these people become in the future?’ here they are smiling and having a great time, and they are involved. could this be a future cyclist? a future doctor? a future teacher? I cherish that time

top-level hand-cyclists.” This year’s para-cycling competition at the classic involves four stages of racing — a road race in Yucaipa on april 7, a time trial in highland on april 8 and two criteriums in downtown redlands (april 9-10). a learn-to-ride para-cycle clinic, which provides everyone with an opportunity to try out the low-to-the-ground hand-powered cycles similar to the ones used in the races, is set for april 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic will be held in the parking structure across the street from 107 E. citrus ave.

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out there with the kids. “The redlands Bike classic has been part of the fabric of the community for 32 years. That’s special,” he added. “The community comes out and supports the classic. Volunteering is my way of giving back to my hometown.” Shaw is a dedicated recreational cyclist. In May he will participate for his fifth time in a nearly 300-mile, three-day ride from New Jersey to washington D.c. to support fallen law enforcement officers. Last year, nearly 2,000 cyclists raised about $2 million for the National Law Enforcement Memorial. Locally, Shaw enjoys riding in the hills of Yucaipa and Oak Glen, and around redlands, where he marvels at the beautiful scenery. “You ride by the old houses and through the orange groves and really get a chance to enjoy your surroundings.” Shaw thanked the cities of Yucaipa and highland — and especially redlands — for granting the classic fee waivers and not charging thousands of dollars for city resources like law enforcement, fire protection, signs, cones, barricades and the stage. “It adds up very fast, labor and personnel time are very expensive,” he said. The classic president also thanked presenting sponsor, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, for their ongoing financial support.

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R E DL A N D S BIC YC L E C L A S S IC : S C H E DU L E Wednesday, April 6 Start – San Manuel Village Finish – Base Line and Church streets, Highland 8:45 a.m. Stage 1 – Highland Circuit Race for Women (14 laps, 41.3 miles) 11 a.m. Stage 1 – Highland Circuit Race for Men (20 laps, 58.1 miles)

Thursday, April 7 Start – Sunnyside Drive north of Oak Glen Road Finish – Oak Glen Village 9 a.m. Stage 1 – PossAbilities Para-cycle Circuit Road Race (12 laps, 21 miles) 9:40 a.m. Stage 2 – City of Yucaipa Road Race for Men (6 laps, 90 miles) 10:50 a.m. Stage 2 – City of Yucaipa Road Race for Women (4 laps, 61.8 miles)

Friday, April 8 Start – Greenspot Road, east of San Benito Street 10 a.m. Stage 2 – PossAbilities Para-cycle Time Trial (5.3 miles) 11 a.m. Stage 3 – Greenspot Time Trial for Women (7.1 miles) 12:30 p.m. Stage 3 – Greenspot Time Trial for Men (7.1 miles)

7:55 a.m. Phil Richards Memorial Criterium for Men Masters 55+/60+ (.65-mile course, 40 minutes) Presented by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Saturday, April 9 Start/Finish – Citrus Avenue, downtown Redlands 7 a.m. Registration opens for Public Races with School Duel 8:30 a.m. Shimano Public Races with School Duel 11 a.m. IEHP Wheels of Perfection BMX Show 1:15 p.m. Flag Ceremony and National Anthem 1:30 p.m. Stage 3 – PossAbilities Para-cycle Criterium (1-mile course, 30 minutes) 2:30 p.m. Stage 4 – City of Redlands Criterium for Women (1-mile course, 60 minutes) 4:30 p.m. Stage 4 – City of Redlands Criterium for Men (1-mile course, 90 minutes) 6:05 p.m. Free concert

Sunday, April 10 Start/Finish – Citrus Avenue, downtown Redlands 7:10 a.m. Criterium for Men 5 (.65-mile course, 40 minutes)

8:40 a.m. Criterium for Women Cat 1-3 (.65-mile course, 50 minutes) 9 a.m. PossAbilities Para-cycle Clinic (until 1 p.m.), lower-level parking structure 10 a.m. Stage 5 – Beaver Medical Group Sunset Road Race for Women (9 laps, 68.1 miles) 10:05 a.m. Sunset Road Race for Juniors (2 laps, 20 miles) 10:10 a.m. Criterium for Men Masters 45+ (Cat 1-4) (.65-mile course, 45 minutes) 11 a.m. Criterium for Men 4 (.65-mile course, 40 minutes) 11:45 a.m. Criterium for Men 3 (.65-mile course, 55 minutes) 2 p.m. Stage 5 – Beaver Medical Group Sunset Road Race for Men (12 laps, 94.1 miles) 2:10 p.m. Criterium for Men Masters 35+ (Cat 1-4) (.65-mile course, 50 minutes) 3:05 p.m. Stage 4 – PossAbilities Para-cycle Criterium (.65-mile course, 30 minutes) 3:45 p.m. Criterium for Men Pro, 1, 2 (non-stage) (.65-mile course, 75 minutes) Cyclists compete in the Redlands Criterium race during the 2014 Redlands Bicycle Classic. Photo by Rachel Luna

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The Sunset Road race will begin at the Start/Finish line on Citrus Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets. From there it will proceed east to Olive Avenue, southwest to San Mateo Street, turning southeast to Highland Avenue. The route then follows Highland northeast to Cajon Street, and Cajon southeast to Garden Street, which will take riders to the loop shown at left. After completing the designated loops, riders will backtrack along the same route to downtown Redlands. In addition to three extra laps of the Sunset loop, the men’s race begins with a two-lap loop downtown (Citrus-Olive-Sixth-VineCajon) and concludes with five laps of the criterium course. spring2016 2016| redlandsmagazine.com | redlandsmagazine.com| | 21 spring 21


danny van haute | jelly belly cycling team

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anny Van Haute jokes about being secretary to the Jelly Belly Cycling Team, but in reality he wears many hats. In his 17th year as the team’s director, Van Haute is not just responsible for a group of 10 professional athletes, he’s also in charge of finding new sponsors, making sure current sponsors are happy, ensuring that riders get to the best races and make their goals, coordinating interviews, and even getting the cyclists into a better hotel because a good night’s rest is important. The Jelly Belly Cycling Team, presented by Maxxis, and Van Haute plan to participate in the San Dimas Stage Race April 1-3 and the Redlands Bicycle Classic April 6-10. Van Haute’s background screams cycling. He is a six-time U.S. national cycling champion and an Olympian — a member of the 1980 and 1984 teams and coach of the 1996 Olympic team. At an early age, his parents encouraged him to get on a bike, and he’s been riding ever since, despite a scar or three. “I think any kid who plays sports falls a couple times. When I first learned how to ride a bike at 5, I fell over a couple times, too,” said the 57-year-old San Marcos resident. “But I will say when I first hopped on a bike, it was great. Then when I got a lighter bike with lighter wheels, it makes you want to ride all day long.” We recently caught up with Van Haute to ask a few questions:

Question: What was your first bike? Answer: 10-speed Stingray Schwinn, and my race bike is also a Schwinn. Q: Was there ever a point in your professional cycling career that you wanted to give up? A: No, I always wanted to win. Q: What attracted you to the sport, and where does your passion come from? A: My dad and mom are from Belgium and cycling is very big in Europe. I was born in Canada, and my family went from Europe to Canada then to Chicago, and cycling was huge in the Midwest.

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My dad asked if I wanted to ride a bike and go to weekend races, and just like any other kid who’s into baseball, football or Little League, I started riding my bike. Before I knew it, in 1974 I was on the Major Junior World Cycling Team. I was probably a junior in high school. Q: What’s the key to success when developing and helping young athletes? A: Having fun and being truthful to them. In any sport, if you’re not having fun you’re not going to stay in it. And letting them know it’s not always about winning. It’s about having fun. If you do that, you’re going to be successful and you’re going to stay with the sport for a long time. Q: What’s the best advice you have ever received? And the best advice you have given? A: Live your dream and keep doing what you love from my dad, and I would say the same to an athlete of Jelly Belly Maxxis team. Q: What is the biggest misconception with cycling? A: That it’s not a professional sport. Q: What has been the biggest positive change you’ve seen in the sport?


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Across the way, the top deck of the parking structure is the site of a vendors’ fair where food, beer, bicycle gear, commemorative T-shirts and a variety of wares can be found. The area also is the site of the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday starting at 7 a.m.; the iehP Wheels of Perfection BMX show at 11 a.m. Saturday; and a free, family friendly concert featuring No Duh, a No Doubt tribute band, sponsored by KOlA Radio at 6:05 p.m. also Saturday. One treat visitors won’t want to miss is the school duel rides, by pre-schoolers (ages 3-5) and elementary school students, who will compete for a trophy given to the school with the greatest number of participants. More information about the school duel and registration (free with completion of a nutrition quiz) will be posted at Kids enjoy a chance to race in the school duel. redlandsclassic.com.

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home | transitions

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just might possibly, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, one day, at least for the sake of this discussion, live in, the situation just might cement my shoes to the sidewalk. DC, a widower of two years, was selling his house and moving on. When his house sold, he would need a place to live, and he wanted that place to be one I would like, too. Just in case. Which is how we found ourselves sitting together on the sofa surfing realtor.com before tackling the bigger question of, and I can barely even write this, our future together. I hope you don’t think that makes me a shallow person. “You sure you want to do this?” I say. The invitation to go house hunting stands. All the implications that go with that I try not to think about, because then I need defibrillation paddles. DC, whom I fondly refer to as Mr. Two Steps Ahead, seems to know this, so starts many conversations with one handy word that makes it all less scary: Hypothetically. “Hypothetically speaking, what part of

When buying a house, start by asking yourself some soul-searching questions. town would you like to live in?” Or, “Hypothetically, what size house would be ideal?” Or “How do you feel about having a home theater, hypothetically, of course?” Hypothetically becomes our code for if stars and hearts align, and the heavens smile, and the kids get along, and nobody’s background check reveals they’re an ax murderer, then, maybe, a house, maybe, together. Hypothetically, what’s to worry about? We tour dozens of homes online, selecting those in a 20-mile circle around our respective workplaces. Many conversations go like this: DC: “What do you think of this one?” Me: Nose wrinkles.

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taste | dining out

Panka quinoa salad with chicken

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n my constant search to wake up my jaded taste buds, Red Panka delivered in spades. The ingredients and sauces used at the recently opened fusion restaurant are primarily Peruvian, while the vehicles in which they are delivered are from Mexico (freshly made tortillas) and used as the base for tacos, burritos, enchiladas and wraps. The food is sparklingly fresh, with vegetables already prepped. The meats (with the exception of the chicken and beef, which are flamed-grilled for the salads) are charred

Peruvian, Mexican influences combine deliciously at Red Panka By David Cohen Photos by ERIC REED

by allowing oil in the wok to coat the upper edges and introducing the stove’s flames directly onto the ingredients, beautifully rendering the meat to a perfect medium doneness. The sauces are all made from scratch and range from the yellow-tinged aji amarillo to the much spicier rocoto, which provides a moderately spicy glow mid-tongue that persists for at least a minute. Aji panca, a dried red Peruvian chile, is used in the tomato-based salsa and in a sauce that also contains smoked paprika, resulting


in a smoky/sweet heat on the palate. Brothers Andre and Giovanni Miranda own Red Panka, and the flavors which they elicit from the dishes light up the culinary heavens in what may be the most impressive debut I’ve encountered in many a year. Take two Peruvian classics: lomo saltado and chicharrones. The former is a mix of charbroiled beef atop fries, onions and tomatoes served with a mound of rice. Sounds pretty pedestrian, right? Here, the purple onions are caramelized to a lovely sweetness and the tomato slices taste vineripened. The aji amarillo is blended with a green Peruvian herb called huacatay, and voilá, an aji verde-chartreuse-hued sauce whose herbal piquancy perfectly complements the meat’s assertive flavor. Aji amarillo strips are also scattered on the plate. The chicharrones are not your Hispanic grandmother’s version, but rather woksauteed pork belly meat with just a modicum of fat. The chicharrones tacos were scattered with lime-soaked raw red onions to temper the pungency as well as a somewhat too salty rocoto-infused tomato sauce called salsa criolla. The meat sits atop lightly fried sweet potato discs. The sweet heat and onions cut through the pork belly’s profound richness to make for an otherworldly taco experience. Another must-have dish is the causa rellena, which has pre-Colombian origins. Its name comes from an ancient dialect meaning “necessary support and food.” Many food groups are represented in this visually stunning item. It’s comprised of cold mashed gold potatoes shaped into

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with quinoa, Peruvian roasted corn, black beans, corn salsa, avocado and a cilantro lime dressing. The salads and bowls are both very healthy creations and can easily become a vegetarian item by including sautéed vegetables or just leaving out the meat. Don’t miss the distinctive drinks. You can opt for passion fruit or chicha morada, a blue corn infusion in which the corn is boiled with pineapple and apples for five hours with fresh lime juice and sugar to produce a deep purple-colored drink that is incredibly thirst quenching. Causa rellena with potato, avocado and shrimp The Miranda brothers refer to their dishes a cylindrical form with a layer of sliced as “gourmet fast food.” It’s healthy and avocados in the middle. On top are barely delicious with magnificent eye appeal and cooked through, sauteed shrimp that provide little touches that raise the dining experience a soft, pleasant snap when you bite into them. to a higher level. These touches include A Russian-like dressing (mayo, vinegar and cordial and informative service, willingness ketchup) is drizzled over the shrimp and to substitute ingredients, authenticity in flows down the potato cylinder onto the plate every aspect and a desire to provide the best like a lava flow. overall dining experience around. The next item during a recent visit was the Peruvian ceviche and sushi Peruvian style chimi-churri steak bowl. Chimi-churri sauce will soon be making an appearance as well as originated in Rio de la Plata in Argentina and regional items from different parts of Peru. is comprised of dry pepper flakes, olive oil, Don’t miss the opportunity to sample vinegar, parsley and cilantro. The bowl’s Peruvian fusion fare at its finest with a total ingredients include exceedingly tender steak lack of “con-fusion” that plagues many other strips drizzled with chimi-churri sauce, restaurants in this genre. Peruvian pinto beans, shredded lettuce, and Red Panka a pineapple pico de gallo salsa made with aji Where: 1971 W. Redlands Blvd., Suite B, Redlands panca chiles. Information: 909-792-9300, www.redpanka.com Don’t blend all the ingredients together as Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily you’ll miss out on all of the distinct flavors. Prices: $5-$10 The final dish was a Panka quinoa salad Notes: All major credit cards accepted. Catering that incorporates your choice of meat (in our available. Call-in orders accepted, particularly case, very succulent chopped grilled chicken) at lunch. Currently, no alcoholic beverages.

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Taste of

Thai Restaurant dishes up the authentic flavors of Bangkok and beyond

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incarnation on Mission Inn Avenue across from the Old Spaghetti Factory. We opted for the newer place for a recent visit. With its high ceiling and gray painted ducting, red walls, green booths and polished dark wood chairs, the ambiance is both modern and industrial. Folding three-section

screens adorn the space as do scenes of Thailand on the walls. The cuisine is typical of what you’d find in central Thailand, more specifically in and around Bangkok. Everything is made in-house, and authenticity is the watchword here. You’ll also find a smattering of dishes inspired by those from Isan Province in the northeastern part of Thailand, including shredded green papaya salad and larb. It’s a cold ground chicken salad mixed with roasted rice powder.

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Granted, it’s tough to put a dent in the 100-plus items served, but we tried to cover a number of dishes from various sections of the menu to provide an overview. From the appetizers, we sampled spicy tangy fried calamari with a bit too much breading, but assertively flavored with a sauce that was chile- and vinegar-based. As with many of the selections, the vegetables that accompany them are plentiful and invariably include sliced cucumber, romaine lettuce, tomatoes and carved strings of carrots. From the hot pot soups came a scintillating tom kha with a base of coconut cream and broth and a choice of very plump shrimp, chicken or vegetables. Meaty straw mushrooms, green onions, cilantro and fresh chile are incorporated as well as highly aromatic kaffir lime leaves, slices of galangal (a relative of ginger), and pieces of lemongrass resulting in a cacophony of flavors that explode on the palate leaving a pleasant glow at the back of the tongue. The sliced beef salad contained perfectly medium grilled beef, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, carrots and red onions tossed with a dressing of fish sauce and lime providing a pungent acidity throughout. The red onions were rather strong and could have used 15 minutes soaking in a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar to take away some of the harshness. Moving to the entree section, we opted for

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grilled salmon in a ginger sauce. The sauce was described as a blend of ginger, garlic, green onions and some other unspecified ingredients. While the fish was impeccably fresh and exceedingly tender, I found the sauce too subtle for my palate, expecting more heat from the ginger component. The pork with green beans in a pepper and garlic sauce was superb — the meat melting in the mouth and the green beans providing a contrasting crunch when bitten into. The garlic and pepper provided a warming spicy pungency to the overall dish. Last but certainly not least was the chu chee curry with tender pieces of chicken cooked in chi chili paste, which is similar to red chili paste but not as fiery. It’s blended

with coconut milk, which provides a cooling component along with highly aromatic kaffir lime leaves and both red and green bell peppers. I could drink this broth by itself as a nightcap! There are eight curries from which to choose including massaman curry from southern Thailand. Given the breadth and depth of the menu, it will take several visits to work your way through the prodigious number of offerings. One last note: Sam and his wife are planning to open an orphanage for 30 to 50 kids in central Thailand, using the proceeds from their restaurants — truly a noble endeavor! Sam’s Bann Thai Restaurant

Where: 3203 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside Information: 951-742-7694; www.bannthairiverside.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday Prices: Lunch specials $6.95-$7.95 (comes with two appetizer pieces, salad and jasmine rice); appetizers $6.95-$9.95; salads $6.95-$13.95; entrees $8.45-$13.95. Notes: All major credit cards accepted. Beer and wine. Catering: party trays. Delivery within a 5-mile radius. spring 2016 | redlandsmagazine.com | 

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ow many children get the chance to learn archery, paddle a canoe on a scenic lake in the mountains, or perform circus arts like juggling and the trapeze? Maria Galvez’ three daughters have done all of that and much more while attending summer camps offered by YMCA of the East Valley, which hosts day and sleep-away camps. Galvez said her daughters — now 17, 18 and 19 — have fond memories of making friends with campers and counselors from


Above, Outdoor activities have been part of the Camp Edwards experience for decades. Left, Camp Edwards is in the San Bernardino National Forest near Angelus Oaks. Photo by Eric Reed

other countries and cultures. “They got to experience the wilderness with a bunch of different kids, and they loved it,” Galvez said. “They had a blast.” With facilities in Redlands, Highland and San Bernardino, YMCA of the East Valley offers day camps from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Campers ages 5-14 enjoy sports, arts and crafts, board games, swimming and weekly field trips to the beach, local museums and parks. For families who want their kids to experience camp in the mountains, the Y hosts sleep-away camp sessions at Camp

Edwards, a private mountain retreat in the San Bernardino Mountains, for kids 7-14. A new camp for the younger set, Camp Eddie, is available for children 6½ to 10 at the same retreat. Camp Edwards is about 45 minutes from Redlands. Children learn to be more independent and self-confident, and also have the opportunity to experience nature first-hand. “It’s a new and exciting adventure for kids,” said Craig Hester, senior camp and program director. “We get kids from all over the Inland Empire who have never been to the mountains before,” he added. “They get the experience of being away from home and doing new things. They get a chance to shoot

a bow and arrow and go on a lake and canoe, which a majority of kids never do. They see animals and birds and squirrels, and they can swim. It’s a different environment to go swimming in the mountains versus swimming in a pool.” Attending a session at Camp Edwards also helps kids grow personally, says Perry Mecate, vice president of operations for YMCA of the East Valley. “They learn who they are away from parents. It gives them a chance to see who they are in a safe environment with counselors who inspire them. It’s an open and caring environment where kids can express themselves and form relationships that last a lifetime. It is a great escape for many of our youth, away from the peer pressure and judgment that can happen in school. At all of our camps we really try to instill our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.” Camp Edwards summer sessions for older kids last six days and five nights, while Camp Eddie sessions are five days and four nights. Campers sleep in cabins and enjoy swimming, a climbing wall, archery, sports, hiking, canoeing and mountain biking. Evening activities include a nightly campfire. One of the summer sessions at Camp Edwards is a special Circus Camp, where juggling, unicycling and trapeze work are on the agenda. Parents considering sending their child to a YMCA camp are welcome to visit the Y with their kids to meet camp directors and learn more about what’s offered. “When choosing a camp be sure to include your child in the decision-making process by going over one of our brochures and showing them all of the fun and exciting activities that we do,” Mecate said. “A great way to prepare your kid for camp is by participating in outdoor activities as a family, whether that be a camping trip or a weekly hike.” YMCA of the East Valley Where: 500 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands Information: www.ymcaeastvalley.org, 909-798-9622 spring 2016 | redlandsmagazine.com | 

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hen the Redlands Bowl presents “Oklahoma!” and transforms into early 20th-century rural America, it will feature visually striking scenery from across the pond. The stage set is the same one that was used by the 1998 London revival cast starring Hugh Jackman. Nathan Prince, co-producer/director of the Summer Music Festival’s annual Broadway show, says his team called in a few favors in order to utilize those backdrops and other pieces. “Set designer Tim Mahoney is really going to make it very beautiful to work on our stage,” he said. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s awardwinning musical, scheduled July 28-31 (with a public dress rehearsal on July 26), is back at the bowl after a 40-year absence. Last year marked the 60th anniversary of the popular film version, which was celebrated by a brief return to theaters — all of which should

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help rekindle interest for local theatergoers. “That’s one of the reasons why we went with this production” and discussed “what would really have an impact on the community,” Prince said. “It’s a huge draw because it takes you back to the roots of musical theater, and there’s an appreciation from the younger generation — the millennials.” For Prince, a creative force behind previous LifeHouse Theater, Redlands Community Music Association and bowl productions, the destination itself plays an important role. “There’s nothing better than watching a show under the stars, and ‘Oklahoma!’ is perfect for that. The sets are open and masterfully done,” he said. “Instead of trying to recreate the wheel, we’ll get to focus on other aspects of the production, which I can’t give away. We have a lot of fun stuff in store.” Another lure is the portrayal of a simpler era in America, Prince says. “Not that it wasn’t hard to live in those times, but it was

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all about valuable time you got to spend together as a family” outdoors. Anyone attending their initial bowl show this summer should be impressed by the atmosphere. “That’s the goal: They’ll go, ‘The Redlands Bowl is amazing and on top of that, this production’s amazing.’ Then they’ll walk away going, ‘Back in the day, America was rough, but it really was about family values.’ ” A revised start time and added Sunday show for “Oklahoma!” will be better for families, so they can get out a little earlier,” Prince said. “I think it’s a great change that the Redlands Bowl is trying.” Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival

When: June 24-Aug. 19 Where: Redlands Bowl, 25 Grant St. Other highlights: San Bernardino Symphony’s Gershwin Spectacular (June 24), An Evening of Bernstein & Sondheim with Frank Fetta (July 8), Tribute to Benny Goodman Live at Carnegie Hall (July 12), Rhythmic Circus (July 15-16), Bria Skonberg (Aug. 9) and the Redlands Symphony: Symphonic Fireworks (Aug. 19). Information: www.redlandsbowl.org


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loy Keeling loved traveling–her back didn’t. Only a spinal fusion could give her a passport out of debilitating pain. “I was impressed with how advanced the Spine & Joint Institute is. Their staff is Deterioration of vertebrae may require completely focused on getting you back on your feet as fast as possible. I was walking the spinal fusion to alleviate pain and add stability. same day I had surgery!” Redlands Community Hospital’s Spine & Joint Institute is ranked in the top 5% in Orthopedic Services for spine procedures and hip and knee replacements.* A choreographed, patient-focused program yields the best possible experience and results. You’ll find a proven record of high quality outcomes and outstanding patient satisfaction. “I was an Operating Room nurse, and I can’t stress enough how great their care is,” says Lloy. “It was a very positive experience–and I’m positive no place else compares.” For more information about spine, hip or knee procedures, call SJI at (909) 335-5642 or visit SJIRCH.com.

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