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t is almost time for our favorite of rite spring: the Redlands Bicycle Classic. once again, ultra-fit spandex-clad teams of men and women will fly across the streets of Redlands, Highland and Yuciapa, up to oak Glen, around the sunset loop and through the hair-raisingly abrupt turns of a 1-mile criterium course in the downtown. if you haven’t already, mark your calendars for the 33rd edition of the multi-day race presented by the san manuel Band of mission indians. the dates are may 3-7. of course, it’s more than a race. it’s a festival of good health and competition, capped off by a two-day event downtown that includes an expo with food, vendors and entertainment,

demo rides on paracycles, and the opportunity to check out fancy bikes and talk to young racers all while soaking up the California sunshine. each year in our spring issue, we seek to explore a different aspect of how the event and cycling impact Redlands. this year, we venture into the youth riding scene, from the outreach by pro teams and the Classic’s school Duel to RiCo, the Redlands interscholastic Cycling organization, where young riders learn skills and build new friendships. it all revolves around the original freedom machine, the bicycle. enjoy. Also in this issue: Home, real estate, beer and a look ahead to the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival.

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ON THE COVER Students from Sacred Heart Academy in Redlands share an afternoon ride with support from parents Scott Welch, Joe De La Torre and P.E. teacher John Fouch. Redlands Bicycle Classic organizers have an extensive school outreach program which complements efforts by local schools and cycling groups to improve student bicycle skills, general health and safety. Photo by Eric Reed


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hot list INLAND MASTER CHORALE MAY 20-21 – Retiring chorale founder and director Roger Duffer is celebrated for his 37 years of musical leadership and inspiration. First United Methodist Church, 1 E. Olive (at Cajon), Redlands; $10-$18; 909-798-4462; ‘BEAuTy AND THE BEAST’ – California wildflowers and climate change. Photographs from all of the state’s geographic regions, including high alpine rock gardens and Death Valley National Park plus information and programs about the



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REDLANDS THEATRE FESTIVAL – For its 45th season, the RTF will be presenting “Bullshot Crummond,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “The Three Cuckolds,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Quilters” in reper tory under the stars. Prospect Park, Cajon Street at West Highland Avenue, Redlands; 909-792-0562; www.r JULY 7-AUG. 20


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HANGAR 24 AIRFEST MAY 20 – Aerial performances, kid zone, food trucks and beer selections from Hangar 24, which is celebrating its ninth anniversary. Performers include the U.S. Navy West Coast Super Hornet Demonstration Team, Patriot Jet Team and Bill Braack’s Smoke-n-Thunder JetCar. Also, music from 1980s tribute band The Spazmatics, others. Redlands Municipal Airpor t, 1755 Sessums Drive; noon to 10 p.m.; $20 in advance, $25 at the door;

INDEPENDENCE DAy JULY 4 – Annual celebration at Sylvan Park with food, games and music. Parade around the park at 10:30 a.m. Park activities wrap up by mid-afternoon. At 6 p.m., gates open at the University of Redlands’ Ted Runner Stadium for the annual 4th of July celebration. Show begins at 7 p.m. with a flag ceremony, flyover by a C-17, and skydivers landing at the center of the stadium. Music by the Soul Shake star ts at 8 p.m. Pyro Spectaculars by Souza fireworks show at 9 p.m. Sylvan Park, 601 N. University St., Redlands. Ted Runner Stadium, University of Redlands, East Brockton Avenue at Nor th Grove Street.

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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; THE GREAT ALL-AMERICAN yOuTH CIRCuS MAY 6-22 – What’s believed to be the oldest community circus in the world returns with performers who tumble, juggle, unicycle, build pyramids, fly through the air and do other circus-type acts. Redlands YMCA, 500 E. Citrus Ave.; $15 adults, $10 ages 3-12; 909-793-9622; ‘CARMEN’ – Bizet classic presented by Redlands Opera Theatre. First Congregational Church, 2 W. Olive, Redlands; 7 p.m. May 12-13 and 20, 3 p.m. May 21; $28, $25 for seniors, students,

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suppor ts local residents throughout the year. Downtown Redlands; 951-206-2660; ‘THE AMOROUS AMBASSADOR’ JUNe 3-25 – Farce about an American ambassador to Great Britain, his wife and their daughter, who each announce separate weekend plans, but end up returning home, which each thought would be empty, for separate romantic encounters. Pat Adeff Fifield directs. Redlands Footlighters Theater, 1810 Bar ton Road, Redlands; $15; 909-793-2909; CAR SHOW OCt. 1 – 27th annual Veteran’s Memorial Car Show featuring classic vehicles, pancake breakfast and other food throughout the day, contests, scavenger hunt, bingo and other activities. Sylvan Park, 900 E. High St., Redlands; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 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, weekday group tours by appointment; 909-798-0868;

nonprofits s av e t h e dat e May 6 – Spring Tea Garden Party, a benefit for the Redlands Bowl presented by the Associates of the Redlands Bowl. Burrage Mansion, 1205 Crescent Ave., Redlands; 909-793-4393; June 3 – Redlands Hunger Walk, a benefit for the summer nutrition program and food pantry operated by Family Service Association of Redlands. University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 8 a.m.; redlands-hunger-walk. June 3 – 32nd annual Redlands Symphony Gala, black-tie optional event. Orton Center, 1200 E. Colton Ave., Redlands; 5:30 p.m.; $125; 909-587-5565; June 12 – 25th annual A. Gary Anderson Memorial Golf Classic, to benefit efforts by Children’s Fund to help at-risk and abused children. Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Drive, Rancho Cucamonga; 909-379-6025; July 8 – Havana Nights, the 54th annual benefit presented by the Associates of the Redlands Bowl. Esri Cafe, 250 New York St., Redlands; 909-793-4393;


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Bicycle safety begins at a young age. Blake Harrell of Beaumont wears a helmet in the race for 3-year-olds during the Redlands Bicycle Classic last year. PHoTos By TeRRy PIeRson

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HRee YeARS Ago, Scott Welsh’s son Finn, then 11, was hit by a car while riding his bike with his dad to a soccer practice. The car that hit Finn was stopped at a freeway off-ramp in Redlands. The driver saw Finn and his dad on their bikes and acknowledged them with eye contact. But as Welsh and Finn rode in front of the car, having the right of way, the driver hit the gas and knocked Finn off his bike. “She said she saw us, but it didn’t click,” Scott Welsh said.

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Finn suffered some abrasions to his knees and elbows, but no broken bones, his dad said. “It could have been tragic. You can’t expect traffic to see you. It just goes to show you have to do everything you can to be visible. We did everything right.” Finn, now 14, is back on his bike and takes a cycling class at his school, Sacred Heart Academy in Redlands. His dad, a cycling enthusiast and former amateur racer, volunteers with the group, leading a dozen or students on a bike ride once a month. It’s important to cycling enthusiasts like Welsh that young people today have the opportunity to cycle and do it safely. Bike riding is a fun and healthy pastime enjoyed by millions of kids, but one that’s being done less frequently as kids spend more time with electronics than physical activities, and as heavier traffic makes it more dangerous. To that end, the Redlands Bicycle Classic and others in the community are working to involve youths in cycling again and make it safer. “Cycling is coming up a little bit more. It has to take a lot of awareness because

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youngsters get up-close encounters with pro cyclists through the Redlands Bicycle Classic’s school visits program. Cyclists talk about fitness, nutrition and health as well as the specifics of the sport. Above, members of the CashCall mortgage team visit Kimberly elementary in Redlands in 2012.

people are scared. When someone gets hit, it gets highlighted,” said Joy McCulloch, a cycling enthusiast from Yucaipa who rides on a professional team with her husband, Brian. The couple work as professional cycling coaches and have ridden in the Redlands

Bicycle Classic numerous times. Children don’t ride their bikes as much as they used to, research shows. Consider these statistics from the National Center for Safe Routes to School, a program that creates safe and fun opportunities for kids to bicycle and walk Redlands, Highland and yucaipa are among the communities that support cycling, says Dan Rendler, a local cycling enthusiast. PHoTo By eRIC ReeD

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to and from school, and from a 2011 marketing/trend study by the Gluskin Townley Group called The U.S. Bicycle Market: • Within the span of one generation, the percentage of children in kindergarten through eighth grades who walked or bicycled to school has dropped from 48 percent in 1969 to just 13 percent

Bicycle Classic, this year being held May 3-7 in Redlands and surrounding cities. The Classic hosts events for kids and participants say it also inspires children when visiting professional racers stay in their families’ homes during the event. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is the Classic’s presenting sponsor. The Classic encourages youth

in 2009, the last year for which these numbers are available.” • The number of children who ride bicycles declined more than 20 percent in the United Sates between 2000 and 2010, while the number of adults who ride increased slightly. Assisting the effort to promote youth cycling is the 33rd annual Redlands

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participation and raises awareness about the health benefits of cycling in two main ways: through its School Visits program and the School Duel, a friendly competition in which elementary and middle schools with the most student participants who ride a portion of the Redlands Bicycle Classic course win a trophy. For the last two years, Judson & Brown Elementary School in Redlands has won for the elementary school. Last year, almost 50 children in grades K-5 from the school participated, said Principal Jennifer Hosch. She credits teachers Brian Zander and Camille Dahnke as well as parent Chris Meade, who works for the Redlands Police Department and promotes bicycle safety, with leading its success in the School Duel. The school celebrated past wins during a school flag ceremony and participating students got to have the School Duel trophy on their desks for a day.

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Many kids participate in the School Duel during the bicycle Classic, including KyriaJayne Goebel of Redlands.

“There’s a lot of school pride; it’s a lot of fun,” Hosch said. The kids cheer on friends and learn that it’s fun to join a community event, she said. The Redlands Bicycle Classic developed its School Visit program at the request of the San Manuel tribe. “They wanted to genuinely create change in the community,” said Welsh, who is serving as the Classic’s media director this year. He noted that over 10 percent of children in San Bernardino

County are diabetic or pre-diabetic. “Kids can’t just get out and ride their bikes the way they used to. In many communities there is simply more traffic. The streets are busier and cars maybe drive a little faster. “I also really believe it’s less safe because (drivers) have phones in their hands. Our attention spans are divided,” Welsh said. Last year, School Visit program assemblies reached 12,000 students at 32 elementary and middle schools in San Bernardino County. The goal is to meet or exceed that number this year, said Dan Rendler, who is coordinating the school visits this year with his wife, Michele. Rendler has attended many school visits. “The younger kids are kind of fascinated by the pro cyclists and their equipment. The older kids are interested in health, their training and how they got to where they are in their profession,” he said.

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Tips for a safer experience on a bicycle: 1. Learn and use hand signals to communicate with vehicle traffic. 2. Follow the rules of the road, the same as cars — that includes stopping at all stop signs. 3. Make yourself more visible. Consider riding with a flashing strobe light on the bicycle and/ or a rear taillight. 4. Wear bright or fluorescent clothing or clothing made with reflective material. 5. Wear a helmet. 6. Don’t ride against traffic. 7. Don’t ride on the sidewalk. 8. Leave the iPod and mobile phone at home so you can hear what’s around you while riding and not be distracted by calls, texts or music. 9. Avoid busy streets. 10. Hone your riding skills so you can handle your bike well, ride safely under duress, and won’t crash when going over obstacles, a pothole, for example. Sources:, local cycling experts Joy McCulloch and Scott Welsh

Joy and Brian McCulloch help too. They go on school visits and work with Team Redlands, a local nonprofit racing club for adults and teens. The McCullochs have done at least five school visits each in the last eight years and have spoken to many children about the various aspects of cycling. “The school visits are awesome and plant the seed,” Joy McCulloch said. “For us it’s really cool because you can bring the top of the sport right to the kids. We talk about safety. “They ask funny questions about the bike because they don’t understand the skinny tires. They ask about the clothing, they ask how much you eat, they want to know how long you have to ride the bike. ... “We talk about all the things you would do to be safe: going with a friend, telling their parents and wearing a helmet. We inspire them to think they can do whatever they want,” she said. Other talking points include reducing screen time and making healthy food choices. Sometimes speakers include Olympic riders or cyclists who have participated in the Tour de France. This year’s school visits will take place in the days before the event begins on May 3. Yet another way the Redlands Bicycle Classic helps encourage youth cycling is by allowing children to ride a part of the pro course for a nominal fee or for free if they sign up online and take a short nutrition quiz. More than 600 kids signed up this year and will get to cross the same finish line as

the pros, Welsh said. Other efforts by local adults include supporting schools in Redlands and local communities that have cycling teams or clubs, and mentoring young riders. “We’re trying to bring the next generation up to cycle,” Rendler said. The nonprofit Inland Empire Biking Alliance, which has about 225 members, encourages cities to be more bicycle-friendly and safer for riders of all ages. The group asks cities to include bicyclists in community transportation planning with safe bike lanes, bike trails and safe routes for children to ride to school, said Marven E. Norman, policy director for the Inland Empire Biking Alliance. It’s just not reasonable to expect children to ride on the road next to cars going 65 mph, Norman says. “It comes down to community choices and community values,” he added. Alliance members also encourage younger cyclists to visit the Redlands Bike BBQ co-op, a gathering spot for cyclists to repair bicycles, and it hosts an annual Christmas ride in Riverside and a community ride at the Redlands Bicycle Classic where children are welcome to join in, Norman said. “It takes a village,” said Rendler, who said he’s proud of communities that support cycling such as Redlands, Highland and Yucaipa. Redlands probably has more kids riding bikes than most other cities, he noted. “It is definitely unique here, and we appreciate it.”


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Wednesday, May 3 Start/Finish – Greenspot Road at Santa Paula Street 10:30 a.m. Stage 1 – PossAbilities Para-cycle Time Trial (5.3 miles) 11:30 a.m. Stage 1 – Greenspot Time Trial for Women (7.1 miles) 1 p.m. Stage 1 – Greenspot Time Trial for Men (7.1 miles)

Thursday, May 4 Start – Sunnyside Drive north of Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa Finish – Los Rios Rancho, Oak Glen 9 a.m. Stage 2 – 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, 94.3 miles)

Friday, May 5 Start – San Manuel Village Finish – Base Street and Church Street, Highland 8:45 a.m. Stage 3 – Highland Circuit Race for Women (14 laps, 41.3 miles) 11 a.m. Stage 3 – Highland Circuit Race for men (20 laps, 58.1 miles)

Saturday, May 6 Start/Finish – Citrus Avenue, downtown Redlands 7 a.m. Registration opens for Public Races with School Duel 8:30 a.m. IEHP/Alta Vista Credit Union Public Races with School Duel 10 a.m. BMX Show Noon. Second show 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)

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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 below left. After completing the designated number of laps, 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 (CitrusOlive-Sixth-VineCajon) and concludes with five laps of the criterium course.


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Continued from Page 13 2:30 p.m. Stage 4 – City of Redlands Criterium for Women (1-mile course, 60 minutes) 3:50 p.m. Kids Adaptive Bike Race 4:30 p.m. Stage 4 – City of Redlands Criterium for Men (1-mile course, 90 minutes)

Sunday, May 7 Start/Finish – Citrus Avenue, downtown Redlands 6 a.m. Registration opens for Redlands Downtown Criteriums

7:10 a.m. Criterium for Men, Cat. 5 (.65-mile course, 40 minutes) 7:55 a.m. Criterium for Men, Cat. 4 (.65-mile course, 40 minutes) 8:40 a.m. Criterium for Men Masters 50+, Cats. 1-4 (.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. Criterium for Women, Cats. 1-3 (.65-mile course, 50 minutes)

11 a.m. Criterium for Juniors 15-18, Cats. 1-4 (.65-mile course, 40 minutes) 11:45 a.m. Criterium for Men, Cat. 3 (.65-mile course, 50 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+, Cats. 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, Cats. 1, 2, non-stage (.65-mile course, 75 minutes)

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chool sports: football, baseball, basketball, soccer ... mountain biking? Yes. At least that’s one goal of the redlands Interscholastic cycling organization, which along with other groups in a southern california, is working to make cross-country mountain biking look and act like a school sport. traditionally, students have had opportunities to play ball sports, but mountain-bike riding was considered an individual activity. Enter rIco, a composite team

riCo is an umbrella organization which, as it has grown, has spun off new teams including the redlands Homeschool team. At right, Daniel Krall of redlands Homeschool sprints to the finish of a boys JV event. PHoToS CourTeSy of JorDyn WATKinS

comprising students from all of redlands’ secondary schools, to change the face of school athletics. Getting there begins with coaching. rIco coaches are volunteers who fill the role student athletes count on: an adult who offers guidance in addition to training. the rIco founders defined their team as a place where students could belong, wear the same uniform and get coached — without the schools shouldering any expense or having to facilitate. “We make sure their grades are good; their character is good, (and) they’re able to follow rules,” said Matt Gunnell, 49, president and executive director of the

socal high school cycling league, the umbrella group of which rIco is a part. Jason “Woody” Woodruff, 40, is one of the original four who founded rIco in 2011, and he’s still coaching. his son is just beginning to race, as one of the youngest in the middle-school group. “For our teams, No. 1 it’s about community. It’s a race team, but it’s not about racing. It’s all about growing the kids,” he said. “there are all these really great high school kids who are developing a work ethic. My son sees it, and it rubs off on him. these people are mentors for him.” Because of its large footprint, rIco also integrates students from various

Freshman Jonah Martinez rides home to retain control of the leader’s jersey for Freshman Boys Conference B.

socio-economic backgrounds and areas of town, both boys and girls. “What I love about it, it’s kind of a slice of the community,” Woodruff said. “We have all of our kids from different schools. They get to interact with each other and become friends.” According to Redlands Adventist Academy student Jordyn Watkins, 18, it’s stronger than that. “It’s basically like a family,” she said. “This is probably the best decision I ever made, to join the team.” Another part of having a school presence is access. “One of the biggest things that our program does is you can put a table up at freshman orientation that says mountain

biking right next to the table that says soccer, right next to the table that says football, right next to the table that says chess club,” said Gunnell. “For kids who have no history riding bikes, they can come home with a flier and say, ‘Hey, I want to ride bikes.’ ” This opens racing to students whose parents don’t ride bikes and otherwise wouldn’t know how to offer support. And of course there’s the thrill of competition. Woodruff says RICO’s current goal is to sweep this season — and it got off to a fast start, winning the first three races in its team division. “I’d argue that Redlands has had one of the most successful Southern California league programs, and that’s just based

on results,” said Woodruff. “Just look at this year — you’re looking at 40 to 50 different schools, and we’ve won three races in a row. For six years now we’ve always had teams that finished in the top 10. We’ve always finished on the podium.” Woodruff pointed out that the difference in scoring — between a team sport like football versus mountain-bike racing — is that a football team can have a star quarterback who is responsible for most of the scoring, but race points rely evenly on all members of the team. “The whole team scores well, and then we win,” he said. “But having fun, taking care of teammates, developing ethics, building community,

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being supportive, spending time with people who aren’t like you — that all comes first. “We do like to win, though. But that’s just a coaches’ secret.” Perhaps the biggest distinction between this sport and other high school programs is that RICO is free to participants. “We are a totally a volunteer organization and for any kid who wants to ride, it’s absolutely free,” said Woodruff. “Community donations support it. We (coaches) don’t get a dollar. We don’t do any fundraisers. Kids don’t do any fundraisers. If they’re willing to ride, they get to ride.” If a student doesn’t have a bicycle, RICO will lend them one that Redlands shop Cyclery USA has donated.

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For cyclists, it isn’t just competition. The RICO experience also is about community and supporting other riders. Above, freshmen riders await varsity teammates at the finish line.

“The list of sponsors is so long I would be afraid to leave someone out,” said Woodruff about the sources of support. “It’s all local businesses, even some of the schools.” More information about the

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team can be found on its Facebook page; search for Redlands Interscholastic Cycling Organization (RICO). Information about regional teams and events are online at the SoCal High School Cycling League site,

If you’re not in the mountain-biking world, you might have the wrong image of the sport, says Matt Gunnell, president and executive director of the So Cal High School Cycling League. “You (might) think of huge jumps and extreme downhills, going over crazy rocks,” he said. “Some people flash in their mind Red Bull rampage, riding over cliffs.” In reality it’s exactly like cross-country running, only on a mountain bike. You’re on trails. You’re going up some hills and down some hills, and, Gunnell says, it’s relatively benign.

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he rush inside the peloton? railing through tight courses littered with ecstatic fans and narrow turns — there isn’t anything like it. And the fear, awe, excitement and gratitude I felt when I rode in my first redlands Bicycle Classic in 2004 still resides deep within, and it keeps me motivated to pin on a number year after year. The Classic has a special place in my heart. While in 2004 I competed in the public races, this year will be the seventh time I ride the five-day event at the pro level. unique among cycling events, the Classic has something for everyone — from the school Duel to the professional stage race — so all ages can get a taste of the excitement. And you don’t have to enjoy the event by bike. My husband, Brian, began his stint with the race as a volunteer waving a flag on a corner, which progressed to joining committees to help organize the event. In 2010, he began racing it as a professional. This year will be his eighth turn racing the Classic, spanning close to a decade that we each have been involved. It’s hard to explain the sensory overload a racer |  || Spring spring 2017 20 | 2017 20

experiences at the event. You could compare it to a roller coaster, but those reach their pinnacle much too quickly and are done before you know it. For a racer, the stage can last more than four hours, a time filled with constant mental battles, thoughts of strategy, the need to replenish calories and electrolytes and the elusive holy Grail of the win. A great place to watch this transpire in real life is redlands’ saturday criterium, a short-circuit, closedcourse race. The course boasts a whopping nine turns through the heart of downtown. The peloton will snake through the tight roads and whip past the barriers with a ferocity that may make you jump back. The whir of color can be mesmerizing as you try to pick out a favorite racer flying by at 30-plus mph. As a competitor, the criterium is one of the most energizing events I’ve experienced. It’s a synchronized dance where each athlete trusts riders on the left and right while maintaining their position within the pack. With the Classic’s festival in the middle of the course, I have to fight sensory overload as the smells of kettle corn and barbecue waft over our tucked heads within the bunch. The music, the cheers and the fans create a pulse that sends a shot of adrenaline straight to my heart. Who wouldn’t race as hard as they can in that environment?

Joy McCulloch, above, has been racing mountain bikes since 2004 and has been a staple in the Southern California and national road racing scene since 2010. Joy and her husband Brian reside in Yucaipa, where they run Big Wheel Coaching. She currently races for the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling team, where Brian also races. Follow Joy McCulloch on Twitter @bigwheelcoach, Instagram @bigwheelcoaching, or for more information visit





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rts are the theme for the 6th annual Library Days celebration at Smiley Library. The Redlands area is known for numerous artistic endeavors, and Library Days will celebrate the importance of the visual arts to the community. Local artist Tom Medlicott will deliver a presentation in the Heritage Room about creating stained glass windows - a dozen of his works are found installed in windows at the Library. Oak Glen artist Fariad will offer a special outdoor painting class for anyone interested in learning about plein air art. Thanks to Jack Farley’s Art Supplies and support from Library Days sponsors, all of the materials participants need, including canvas, brushes, and paints, are included far below cost. The class is limited to 25 participants, so be sure to bring your $25 to the Director’s Office to register very soon! Arts and crafts, face painting, and fun for kids in Smiley Park begin at 11am, followed by lunch from the In-N-Out Burger truck and music by Inland Empire band The Road Dogs at noon.


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Redlands in World War I


n commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, Smiley Library published the book Redlands in World War I and is hosting eighteen months of films, lectures, and events about the “War to End All Wars.” Redlands in World War I , written by Ann Deegan, Maria Carrillo Colato, Nathan Gonzales, and Don McCue, was released by The History Press in February and is available for purchase at the Circulation Desk and numerous purveyors of books. Each of the authors will deliver a lecture at the Library based on their research over the course of the commemoration. Please watch the Library’s website for more details. A special World War I film series, including some of the best depictions of the war both foreign and domestic, begins in April, 2017 and continues through November, 2018.


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november 17, 2018 all films begin at 1pm in the contemporary club 173 S. eureka Street

All of the films are free and open to the public, and will begin at 1pm in the Contemporary Club, 173 S. Eureka St. Visit the events page at and register to attend!


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Upcoming Programs comPUter literacy claSS may 18 and 25, JUne 1 and 8, 10am-12Pm

AK Smiley Library will be offering a computer literacy class this May. This course is free and open to the public, although, because of a limited number of computers, patrons will need to RSVP to enroll in the class. Participants will learn about computer hardware and software and develop a working knowledge of basic computer terminology. Students will learn how to use the computer mouse and become familiar with the keyboard. This class will also cover how to create a Microsoft Word document, save it, and send it via email. This four-week course will meet weekly on Thursday mornings, May 18 and 25, and June 1 and 8, from 10amNoon. Anyone interested in attending this class must RSVP to (909) 798-7565.

emPloyment WorkSHoP may 19, 9am-1Pm

Once again the Library will host an Employment Boot Camp on May 19th from 9am-1pm. The program will be presented by career counselor and life coach Jamie Beck, MS. Her program has a holistic approach that covers not only the basics of resume writing, job hunting, and interview techniques, but also focuses on what employers are really looking for. This 4-hour work shop is free and open to the public. Join us in the Assembly Room. No registration required.

aUtHor PreSentation: SteVe Snyder may 16, 6Pm

Author Steve Snyder will present his book Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth, in the Assembly Room on May 16 at 6pm. Shot Down is about author Steve Snyder’s father, Howard Snyder, the ten-man crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth, and the unique experiences of each man after their plane was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the France/Belgium border on February 8, 1944.

aUtHor PreSentation: dr. FranciSco Jimenez SePtember 7, 6Pm

As a child, Francisco Jiménez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. Despite the struggles of his formative years, he became an educator and award-winning author of The Circuit: Stories from the Life of A Migrant Child and its three sequels Breaking Through, Reaching Out, and Holding On. Dr. Jiménez will share his personal story with a backdrop of images from his youth. He will discuss his reasons for writing, the importance that education played in his life, and the value of the immigrant experience in our diverse society.

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Redlands Adult Literacy Program Literacy is the Gateway to Success


he Redlands Adult Literacy Program provides free professional and confidential tutoring in reading and writing to help learners in our community stay better informed, gain employment, support their children, and participate fully in the community. Learners who have improved their literacy skills by working oneon-one with volunteer literacy tutors have changed their lives and the lives of their family members. We celebrate how improved literacy has become a gateway to success for many learners. Monica and Armando Sanchez, adult learners in the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, demonstrate the value of literacy to their children every day. Both parents read to their children and help them with homework. Armando says “sometimes it’s funny when my children correct me.” Monica says that she can now read recipes, books, and songs. Their improved literacy skills have helped the Sanchezes become valuable advocates for their special needs son. The literacy program helped them develop the necessary skills to read medicine labels, communicate with doctors, and write letters to the school district to specify concerns about Allen’s school program. Monica and Armando work with their tutors on a wide range of skills including studying civics for the Citizenship exam. They also read the newspaper to stay better informed about world and local events. When asked how the literacy program helped them, both are quick to respond that they are very proud that they earned their U.S. citizenship this year. Armando was an Ashley Furniture supervisor who lost his job when they closed shop last year. He is now taking career classes in building and construction with a goal of starting his own business. Reading and writing skills are indispensable in school. Armando says, “I need to be able to read well to improve my skills.” Monica is also advancing her skills as she takes GED classes.


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Monica and Armando tell their friends about the literacy program because they see how improving their reading and writing skills opens many doors including interacting with the community, making new friends, staying informed, helping their children succeed in school, and improving their job skills. Other achievements include: • 97 adults met with tutors to improve their reading, writing, and computer literacy. • 94 volunteers contributed 5,614 service hours in support of adult literacy. • We welcomed 44 new volunteer tutors to the literacy program. • One learner passed the ServSafe exam furthering his culinary education. • One learner passed CBEST exam and has since accepted a job as a K-12 math specialist. • Four learners have gained U.S. citizenship and six are preparing for the exam. • Eight learners participated in the Writer-toWriter Challenge. Adult learner Rosio Perez won first place in the Challenge for her letter to author Yona Zeldis McDonough. • Ana Alcantar returned to the Adult Learner Leadership Institute (ALLI) as a facilitator and shared how improving her literacy opened doors to her success as a family business owner. Martha Romo and Tanya Kaufman were this year’s attendees. Martha said she learned “to make a path to reach her goals, to be an example to others by sharing her experiences, and to guide others as they work to achieve their goals.” Literacy is life-changing for adult learners, their families, literacy volunteers, and the Redlands community. If you would like to volunteer with the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, please call 909.798.7565, x4138 or email Tutor orientations are scheduled April 10th and August 14th at 6:00 pm in the Assembly Room.

What’s happening in the young Readers’ Room


he Young Readers’ Room will be offering Yoga for children ages 3+. Join Miss Felicia in the Contemporary Club each Tuesday afternoon from 3:45 – 4:15. She will teach children some new Yoga stretches and show them all about Yoga. Please bring your own mat, and parents are required to stay with their child. On April 29, the Library will be hosting Sylvan Learning Center as they teach an SAT Boot Camp. Space is limited, so please sign up ahead of the program. You may sign up by calling the YRR at (909) 798-7674. Miss Didi and her helpers assist youngsters to create very cool crafts pertaining to a theme on special Saturday mornings. The April craft day was themed “Bugz Life”. The May 20th craft day is themed “Beauty and the Beast”. All craft days begin at 10:30 and go just one hour. Sometimes the characters from the books are present to take pictures with the kids! Space is limited to 40 children, so please reserve your spot today by calling the YRR at (909) 798-7674. If your child likes dogs, likes to read, or could be struggling with reading aloud, bring them to the YRR to read to our Therapy Dog friends Sassy and Daisy. Please be sure to check our Facebook page YoungReadersRoomatAKSmileyPublicLibrary and our web page for more information. All programs are listed on the calendar. Printed calendars are available in the YRR at the desk, or log onto the web-based calendars for more information. Miss Pamela, Miss Amy, and Miss Corinne look forward to helping kids find great books and provide fun, educational programs for kids and teens in the community.


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Wednesday mornings, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. the contemporary club


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Library Board Welcomes Trustee kate Pretorius


he Smiley Library Board of Trustees has a new member. In September 2016, Kate Pretorius was appointed by the Redlands City Council to fulfill the remainder of the term of Trustee Jim Dunn, who retired from the board the previous month. In January of this year, Ms. Pretorius was reappointed by the City Council to a full three-year term of her own. “It is a great honor to be selected to help guide the direction of a vital community institution”, Ms. Pretorius observed. “Soon after moving to Redlands I experienced firsthand with my own family how valuable an asset Smiley Library can be in helping educate children.” Kate and her husband Jerry, a physician, lived all around the country before moving to Redlands in 1996. “We wanted to live in a community with an historic feel and once we saw the incredible historic homes and buildings of Redlands we knew this would be where we would make our home.” A graduate of the University of Vermont, Ms. Pretorius has also earned graduate degrees in public health from UCLA and law from the University of San Diego. She is active with the American Association of University Women, among other community organizations. Kate first volunteered with the Technical Services Department of the Library in 2005, helping process books. She then joined the Friends of the Library organization at a crucial time. The combination of a major hole in the city’s general fund budget, quickly followed by the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, resulted in severe reductions to the Library’s budget. Staff and hours were cut and

there was no money from the city for any books, periodicals, DVDs and programming. Fortunately, funding from the Library’s Endowment and the Friends of the Library helped fill the gap. Ms. Pretorius rose quickly in the organization, serving at some point as the chair of each of the Friends’ important committees, before being selected as president in 2011. Thanks to her leadership, Friends membership rose from 750 to over 1000, and several hundred thousand dollars was raised for library materials and programming. The Library’s staff and volunteers look forward to working with Ms. Pretorius to continue the progress the Library has made in recent years in improving service to the community.

fUNDING fOR ThIS NEWSLETTER While none of the funding for this project came from the taxpayer, the contents will never-the-less be of much interest to the citizens of redlands who have claimed a.k. Smiley Public library as their own for more than 120 years! We especially thank the Friends of the library for assisting us with the use of their bulk mailing permit. 6

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Computer Resources for kids


he Young Readers’ Room would like you to know about some of the great, free programs the Library offers for our community. Several kid-based databases are available to web users. One great resource for finding more books is called “NoveList K-8”. This database is chock full of useful information. Users will visit this website many, many times! Another kid-based database the Library offers is called “BookFlix”. This database is provided by the California State Library and offers children a chance to watch a book by Weston Woods (the foremost leader of interpreting books into video).

A database which is geared toward teenagers is called “Rosen Teen Health & Wellness”. This resource is great for teens as they embark upon the teen years. A few of the topics included in this database include diseases, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, and green living. The Library also offers a link to the Accelerated Reader program website. Many local schools use the Accelerated Reader program to test kids’ knowledge of the books they are reading for school. Library cardholders may access any of these databases through the library’s website


How to become one of the ‘Friends of a.k. Smiley Public library’ your continued support of the FriendS of a.k. Smiley PUblic library enable gifts to and enrichment of the library’s programs. gold Patron $1,000.00 Silver Patron $500.00 Patron $100.00 Family $25.00 individual $10.00 renewal _______ or new _____ name______________________________________________________

TO JOIN, please make check payable to: FriendS of a.k. Smiley PUblic library and mail to: SmILEy LIBRARy 125 W. Vine St. • redlands, ca 92373 memberships are deductible for income tax purposes. the Friends is a 501(c)3 corporation.

WE WANT TO hEAR fROm yOU the board of trustees of a.k. Smiley Public library welcomes your comments about articles and information contained in this newsletter and suggestions for articles in future newsletters. the trustees and staff invite you to use this space to jot down your thoughts. commentS ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ FUtUre article ideaS __________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

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BORROWER’S CARDS • library cards are free if you live or own property in the city of redlands. • $30 non-resident fee per year. • identification with current home address must be shown upon applying. • children may apply for a library card when accompanied by a parent or guardian with proper identification.

LImITS & OvERDUE fINES • borrowers may check out 20 items per card. • the library is not responsible for damages to audiovisual equipment. • twenty cents (20¢) per-day fine for adult & juvenile materials. Holidays excluded. • if materials are overdue more than 30 days, all borrowing privileges are denied until items are returned and fines paid.

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n case you haven’t heard, one of the hottest design and outdoor entertaining options is a comforting solitude-inducing structure usually decorated with pillows, plants, lounge chairs and mood lighting. these spaces resemble playhouses, but that’s where the similarity ends. these sheds serve the very grown-up purpose of offering an oasis for relaxation without leaving the comfort of home. “she shed. hen hut. Lady Lair. call it what you want, the newest iteration of a woman’s private space is looking more and more like a small but splendid room built in the backyard,’’ said author erika Kotite of the just released, “she sheds: a room of your own’’ (cool springs Press). the one-time editor of romantic homes and now huntington Beach resident said she wanted to spotlight the sheds and the possibilities they present, but also wanted to talk a little about the owners by sharing their stories. “the she shed is a small structure big enough to fit a woman and her creative pursuits,’’ she said. “Many are transformed utility sheds that have been modified to become places where women can create and be beautiful in.”


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nd the hand wringing begins. My house in Colorado, the one I haven’t lived in for six years, and, yes, the one that’s been on the market since before Adam met Eve, is at last under contract, or “in escrow” as they say in some states. That’s a fancy way of saying, I accepted a buyer’s offer.

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But I’m not doing a happy dance in the end zone just yet. “Once you’re under contract, the sale is as good as done!” said no one who has sold a house, ever. Statistics show that, for reasons that make me want to stick my head in a bucket of sand, anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of pending home sales don’t close. That’s right, just when you think the deal is heading for the corner pocket, it bounces off the rail and smacks you in the eye. Ever since I accepted the offer on the Colorado house, and indulged in a shortlived flutter of euphoria, I have felt house pregnant, as if I’m expecting a large house. I can’t sleep. I fret (what if there’s miscarriage, or the house is breech?), and constantly feel like I’m about to throw up. As with any pregnancy, the first third is most worrisome. This is why during house pregnancy, you should curb your enthusiasm and not decorate the nursery until you’ve cleared

Accepting an offer is to selling a house what getting pregnant is to having a baby. A lot can go wrong between conception and delivery. a few hurdles: the first prenatal visits (lender approval and appraisal), lab tests and ultrasounds (home inspection, radon, roof, mold and sewer checks), and preauthorization from your insurance company (title searches). Thankfully, I survived those rocky first weeks. The nausea has slightly subsided. But as the due date approaches, I am practicing my breathing exercises, anticipating some pain, and hoping that soon, I will smoothly deliver a house and be dancing in the end zone. Meanwhile, here’s what Ed Hardey, broker and owner at Integrity Real Estate Group in Denver, says that I and other sellers can do to help make sure their house sale goes from pending to sold.

“If the deal is shaky from the start, kill it early before too many emotions get involved,” said Hardey. “I would rather a contract never come together than have it come together and fall apart in three weeks.” Unfortunately, if a buyer gets cold feet and wants out, there’s little a seller can do. But sellers with astute agents can avoid buyers who come with red flags. We dodged two like that, including one whose offer was contingent on his house selling, though it wasn’t even on the market yet.

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Share the rule book If the home is in a neighborhood that has a homeowners’ association, sellers should get a copy the covenants early on and make them available to interested buyers, who should review them

before making an offer. “This eliminates the last-minute frantic search for HOA documents, and prevents a deal from breaking down when the buyer finds out he can’t park his boat out front,” said Hardey.

Clear the title Before listing the property, the seller’s agent should pull the property’s title report to see if it’s clean, said Hardey. Sometimes old loans are lingering that need to be released, or a lien shows up. “Being sure the title report has no clouds eliminates another stress point.” Consider all this part of your prenatal care. Syndicated columnist Marni Jameson is the author of two home and lifestyle books, and the newly released “Downsizing the Family Home – What to Save, What to Let Go” (Sterling Publishing, 2016). You may reach her at

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hen the home is finally sold, take some time to acknowledge the accomplishment, your time there and your feelings. Some suggestions for anyone leaving a long-loved abode: • Acknowledge the meaning of home. You don’t have to believe in auras and ghosts to understand that homes are more than sticks and bricks. Feelings of grief as you let go of a home are natural, because we leave a piece of ourselves in every home we’ve lived in. To fail to acknowledge that is to fail to understand the meaning of home. • Bless your house. House blessings are ancient traditions found in virtually every faith. Regardless of yours, when you move into a house take a moment to bless it.

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Ask it to protect you and keep you. • When moving out or selling, thank the house for all it provided you. This is not because the house has feelings; it’s so you can express gratitude. • Take a piece with you. When leaving a house, take something inconspicuous — a piece of stone, an old knob, a piece of trim — as a keepsake. Keep it in a folder with pictures of the house. Don’t do this for the house. Do this for your soul. — Marni Jameson

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that include a yoga studio and a home-grown distillery specializing in whiskey and bourbon. Certainly that brewery with an airport theme has helped other breweries in the inland empire have successful takeoffs. hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s pioneering spirit has created a sudsy, ripple effect in Redlands and beyond. in fact, breweries have popped up in nearby Colton (3 iron Brewing Company), san Bernardino (Brew Rebellion) and Yucaipa (Brewcaipa). On a breezy Friday night in late March, all three Redlands



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breweries were thriving with locals drinking local. hangar 24 and Ritual have plenty of large, communal seating areas. escape is more intimate — but lays claim to some of the most unique table tops in inland southern California watering holes. More on that in a moment.

Ritual Brewing Company 1315 Research Drive, Redlands; 909-478-7800,

Five years ago, steve dunkerken and Owen Williams established Ritual. it was april Fools’ day in 2012 when they moved into the 23,000-square-foot, warehouse-sized location at lugonia and Research. Beer making began in late July and the first two kegs were headed to eureka Burger by the end of september. That was client no. 1. When Ritual first opened to the public on nov. 1, 2012, it had just four beers on tap. Two have become brewery mainstays: the extra Red, which is made

on the floor of the brew house, steve Dunkerken talks about beer at ritual, which he co-founded five years ago with owen williams.

with eight different malts; and Wit’s end, a Belgian-style witbier that among its ingredients includes coriander and orange peels from nearby citrus farms, a nod to dunkerken’s days growing up on a family farm in Redlands. Today, Ritual offers 24 taps and produces 7,000 to 8,000 barrels annually. While Williams’ name may not strike

a chord with the average tap hunter, he is well known in the craft-beer world. anyone familiar with the old Riverside Brewing Company would remember Williams. BJ’s Brewhouse and Restaurants snatched up the talented Williams and made him its director of brewing operations. in addition to co-founding Ritual,

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he has had a longtime relationship with Cal Poly Pomona’s beer and brewing courses. And with Dunkerken also being a C.P.A., Ritual is on solid ground on two fronts. Some of the drafts at Ritual come straight out of the days when Dunkerken brewed 20-gallon batches of beer in his garage. So, really, eight varieties of malt used for the Extra Red? “The malts we use are twoand-a-half times more expensive than the alternatives that are commonly used,” Dunkerken explained, sitting on a picnic table as he sipped a beer. Behind him, on racks, were beers aging in oak barrels Ritual had obtained from the High West distillery in Utah, a wellestablished maker of top-shelf bourbon and rye whisky.

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Another nice touch at Ritual: the counter where customers order their beers is constructed from bowling alley lanes that were formerly located in Tulsa, Okla. And the oversized Jenga blocks? Materials used during the brewery’s construction process, of course.

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Rebecca Bierty, 28, and Micaela Villanueva, 29, popped into Escape on a Friday night to finally quench their curiosity. Both women frequent The Yoga Room for enlightening exercise, just steps from Escape’s front door. “I was always interested in this place,” Villanueva said, adding that she’s a fan of IPAs and Escape offered a much more mellow vibe compared to the bar scene. Bierty agreed. “This is much more lax,” she said. “I can bring my dog here.” They enjoyed a tray of tasters. Bierty preferred the Lazy Day IPA and Villanueva was leaning

toward Redlands Nights, an American blonde ale, as her favorite. “The aftertaste was very soothing,” she said. Escape Craft Brewery is the leap-of-faith, change-ofcareers venture for a longtime Redlands couple, Josh and Melissa Fisher. Josh makes the beers. Melissa handles the creative side of the house, works the tap room, handles outreach, merchandise sales and most of the paperwork. Josh previously worked as a full-time firefighter, engineer and paramedic for the city of San Bernardino. Melissa has worked 16 years as an esthetician and still maintains a once-a-week shift in the world of facials and waxing. She said working in The Wild Hair Salon in Redlands has helped her tremendously when she transitioned into her role as co-owner of a craft brewery. “At The Wild Hair, customers came to relax, to enjoy themselves — and a brewery is much like that,” she said in a telephone interview. Hence the name Escape. “We want people



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New name, same great festival Redlands Bowl Performing Arts preps for another summer of diverse entertainment By GEORGE A. PAUL


or more than 90 years, the organization that puts on the annual summer music Festival was known as the redlands Community music association. Last fall, it was changed to redlands Bowl Performing arts, a name that provides better clarity, “aligns with our venue and the expansive vision we have for our programming,” said Beverly noerr, rBPa executive director. the switch also was related to the organization’s extension of eight Keys for youth, a music-in-the-schools initiative for san Bernardino County districts which encompasses children’s festival workshops during the summer. While there have been proposals to dramatically cut funding for the national endowment for the arts, noerr says potential reductions wouldn’t have a major effect on what rBPa does. “occasionally, we receive an nea grant, but it’s not consistent funding for us. We have applied for one and we’re hopeful that we will still receive it. But it’s not a budget line item for us year after year.” as the oldest continually running || Spring spring 2017 46 2017 46 |  |

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music festival in america with free admission, the summer music Festival has a broad-based appeal. “We’re really such a shining example of a multi-disciplinary festival,” noted noerr. “We’re anchored in the classics, so we have our stunning symphonies and our opera. Beyond that, we try to present a wide variety of culturally diverse music and dance programs. It’s always our intention to be very varied in what we do.” highlights of the upcoming season include the Grand Finals of the young artists Concerto Competition with orchestra and internationally renowned opera singer angel Blue, July 11; the modern Gentlemen, tour backing singers for Frankie Valli, July 14; sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, a tribute timed for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ landmark album, July 21; “tarzan,” the stage musical based on the Disney film, directed and produced by Paul Jacques (who also helmed “hairspray” at the Bowl in 2014), July 25, 27-30. noerr singled out “mystic India: a Bollywood spectacular” on aug. 4, as one she’s particularly excited about. “We’ve never had Bollywood here. this program is epic and beautiful and the

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