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Redlands YMCa HolidaY HoMe touR speCial issue Preview and tour map 10, 12 Holiday Boutique and vendors 14, 16 Sneak a peek at the tour: • The Haack Home 18 • The Kallander Home 20 • The Oden Home 22 • The Paulson Home 26 • The Stockton Home 30 • The Whitmore Home 34 Catching up with Darwin Barnett 44 Y Legal Aid & Paula Salcido 48 Don’t forget brunch 50 Also in tHis issue Calendar and holiday events 6 Home: Thin out your stuff 36
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FEAST OF LIGHTS & MOVEABLE FEAST DEC. 2-5 – A Redlands holiday tradition since 1948, the Feast of Lights is a worship service that commemorates Jesus’ bir th through tableaux, spoken word, song and instrumental offering. Afterward, the traditional Ceremony of Candles, adapted from an ancient rite, symbolizes spreading the light of Christ’s message by the 12 apostles throughout the world. Dr. Nicholle Andrews, director of Choral Activities at University of Redlands, oversees the choir. Non-perishable food donations are requested and will be distributed to low-income and homeless families around the community by the Family Service Association of Redlands. On opening night, the special Moveable Feast includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a sit-down dinner. Limited space is available; register by Nov. 22. Moveable Feast tickets: $40 Town & Gown members, $45 non-members; dinner with preferred seating at Feast of Lights, $65 members, $70 non-members. General admission: $25. $15 for seniors 65 and older, $10 students, $5 U of R students. Times: 8 p.m. Dec. 2-3; 4 p.m. Dec. 4, and 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave., 909-748-8116, www.redlands.edu/feast-of-lights. CHRISTMAS PARADE DEC. 3 – Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Redlands, the annual event’s theme this year will be “Redlands Lights the Way.” Arrive early to get a good viewing spot. Par ticipants line up starting at 4 p.m. Rain date Dec. 10. Downtown Redlands; 6 p.m.; free; 909-748-0637; www.redlands-events.com/XMAS.htm. YMCA HOME TOUR, BOUTIQUE & PANTRY DEC. 3-4 – Featured in this issue: home tour preview pages 10-11; boutique and vendors preview, pages 14-17. Event raises funds for
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the YMCA Legal Aid Clinic. CURRIER & IVES CHRISTMAS DEC. 3-4, 10-11 – Singing, dancing and a holiday feast, in a classic Currier and Ives tradition. Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho, 39611 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen; 6-9:30 p.m.; $40 adults, $28 children; 909-797-1005; www.losriosrancho.com.
‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’ DEC. 3-23 – The spirit of Christmas touches George Bailey and all who witness his amazing encounter with a wayward angel. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 909-335-3037; www.lifehousetheater.com. CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING – Kimberly Crest House & Gardens’ annual celebration featuring local choirs, refreshments (including cider and ginger cookies) and photo oppor tunities with Santa. The mansion will be decorated, and following the tree lighting it will be open for tours of the first floor for $5 each. 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands; 6 p.m.; 909-792-2111; www.kimberlycrest.org. Also: Holiday Open House, 4-6 p.m. Nov. 27.
‘THE NUTCRACKER’ – 80-member Inland Dance Theatre presents the classic Tchaikovsky ballet. California Theatre of the Performing Ar ts, 562 W. Four th St., San Bernardino; 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10; 909-885-5152; www.californiatheatre.net. DEC. 9-11
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HANDEL’S MESSIAH DEC. 17-18 – Inland Master Chorale concer t with orchestra. First United Methodist Church, 1 E. Olive (at Cajon), Redlands; 909-798-4462; www.inlandmasterchorale.org.
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TURKEY TROT NOV. 24 – Third annual Thanksgiving Day 5K (professionally timed) and 1K Kids Fun Run. Proceeds benefit Phoenix Hope International, Redlands Educational Par tnership Foundation and Youth Hope. Donated food given to local food banks. Sylvan Park, 601 N. University St., Redlands; 7:30 a.m. for 1K, 8 a.m. for 5K; $30 with canned food donation, $35 without for the 5K; $15 and $20 for the 1K; www.redlandsturkeytrot.com. ‘NOAH’ – Fun, reverent and inspirational original take on the familiar biblical story. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 909-335-3037; www.lifehousetheater.com. Also: “Peter Pan,” Feb. 18-March 26; “Ruth,” April 8-May 14.
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‘FAME’ – Stage musical inspired by the TV series. California Theatre of the Performing Ar ts, 562 W. Four th St., San Bernardino; 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10; 909-885-5152; www.californiatheatre.net. Also: “Hairspray,” Feb. 18; “The Secret Garden,”
on the program: Mozar t’s The Impressario Over ture, Serenata Notturna and Symphony No. 35 “Haffner.” Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 8 p.m.; 909-748-8018; www.redlandssymphony.com. Also: Beethoven’s Seventh, Feb. 11; Shuber t & Schumann Cabaret, April 8; Bizet, RimskyKorsakov and Ravel, May 13. photo by eRiC Reed
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MUSEUM THROUGH APRIL 30 – Events include “The Great American Eclipse,” presented by the Sierra Club, Dec. 6; #FOMO Friday Makers Night, Dec. 9; #FOMO Friday with the Museum Association, Feb. 24; Train Days, April 22-30. 2024 N. Orange Tree Lane, Redlands; 909-307-2669; www.sbcounty.gov/museum.
March 3-5; “Evita,” April 7-9. REDLANDS SYMPHONY – Mozar t’s Flute Concer to performed by Ransom Wilson, the symphony conductor. Also
ALTERNATIVE SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL – Shor t films featuring skateboarding, BMX, rock climbing and other spor ts. Location to be announced; slate-inc.org. JAN. 28
‘BUYING THE MOOSE’ FEB. 4-26 – Directed by Ralph Griffey, the lighthear ted comedy is about two couples, one in crisis and the other caught up in miscommunication with each other. Redlands Footlighters Theater, 1810 Bar ton Road, Redlands; $10-$15; 909-793-2909; www.redlandsfootlighters.org. Also: “Wait Until Dark,” through Nov. 27; Neil Simon’s “Proposals,” April 1-23. INLAND MASTER CHORALE MARCH 4-5 – Best of Broadway concer t. First
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United Methodist Church, 1 E. Olive (at Cajon), Redlands; 909-798-4462; www.inlandmasterchorale.org. also: Director’s Favorites, May 20-21. REDLANDS COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA – Concer t, featuring Weill’s Little Threepenny Music and Franck’s Symphony in D Minor. Redlands High School Clock Auditorium, 840 E. Citrus Ave.; 909-747-9726, www.redlandsco.org.
REDLANDS BICYCLE CLASSIC – Annual event features some of the world’s top professional and amateur cyclists. Downtown Redlands and surrounding areas; www.redlandsclassic.com. MaY 3-7
MARKET NIGHT ONGOING – 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.
FESTIVAL OF ARTS MaY 27-28 – Fifth annual presentation of visual and performing ar ts plus a juried ar t show, live enter tainment and kids’ fun zone. Smiley Park, between Cajon and Park, Redlands; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day; free admission; www.redlandsfestivalar ts.com. HISTORICAL GLASS MUSEUM ONGOING – More than 7,000 items — dating from
the 1800s to today — made by American glassmakers 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; historicalglassmuseum.com.
Dec. 1-15 – Celebration of Giving, annual toy donation drive presented by Children’s Fund. Drop-off location: San Bernardino County HSS Warehouse, 1140 E. Cooley Ave., San Bernardino. 909-379-0000; www.childrensfundonline.org. Dec. 31 – Annual Lights for Little Lives Memorial Walk, an event to remember children who have died, presented by The Unforgettables Foundation. Walk star ts at 3:30 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, 11365 Anderson St., Loma Linda; 909-335-1600; unforgettables.org. Feb. 11 – Chocolate Fantasy, annual fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Redlands. Black tie preferred; 21 and older. Historic Mitten Building, 345 N. Fifth St., Redlands; 888-822-6535; www.begreatie.org.
Inland Dance Theatre Presents Tchaikovsky’s
2016 Performances Friday and Saturday
December 9 and 10, 2016 8:00pm
December 11, 2016 2:15pm
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The Heart of the Holidays Redlands YMCA Home Tour, Holiday Boutique & Pantry By Suzanne Sproul
ike longtime family, Redlands homeowners are opening their hearts and their homes to help others in need. Welcome to the 49th annual Redlands family ymCa Home tour where six families invite you to stop by, enjoy some festivities and get yourself into the spirit of the season. you’ll also be helping others in the process since proceeds benefit legal aid. the program is managed by the ymCa and offers affordable legal services to individuals and families challenged by divorce, custody concerns and guardianship issues. Homes will be open Sunday, Dec. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and not to be missed is the accompanying 37th annual Holiday Boutique and Pantry, which is an impressive gathering of volunteers, sponsors, crafters and cooks all coming together to spread holiday cheer. the fun is centered at the ymCa building, 500 e. Citrus ave., Redlands, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 3-4. Visitors will find original art,
handmade items, gift packages and delicious homemade baked goods and jams/jellies — all great for gift-giving. Shelli Stockton is the committee chairwoman who also will be opening her home. She remembers going on the tour as a youngster. “i never thought i would be in charge of it or that my house would be on it,’’ she said. “But this is a great holiday community tradition. i just love being out on the day and seeing people and how this kicks off the start of their season. it does get you into the spirit.” Stockton is assisted by a volunteer committee of 10, which helps select the homes and finds affable docents to guide visitors through them. “it takes a lot of people to staff — 15 to 20 per shift per house — so this is a big effort. We also are assisted by staff at the ymCa,’’ Stockton said. “the tour and the boutique/pantry serve the great dual purpose of helping provide funds that help the only legal aid clinic in the east Valley. and at the same time, it’s fun. you can see your friends and neighbors and celebrate the beginning of the season. it’s doing good and having fun doing it,’’ she said.
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What: the 49th annual redlands Family yMcA home tour and 37th annual Gift boutique and Pantry When: home tour, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., dec. 4, throughout the city; boutique and pantry, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., dec. 3-4, 500 E. citrus Ave., redlands admission: home tour, $25 advance, $75 for ViP tour access and a champagne brunch at the redlands country club. boutique and pantry admission is free. Information: www.ymcaeastvalley.org/hometour | redlandsmagazine.com || winter winter 2016 2016 10 | redlandsmagazine.com 10
The Stockton Home
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The Kallander Home
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The Whitmore Home
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Thank you to our Opportunity Basket donors. Tickets are $1 each, 15 for $10 or 35 for $20, and will be available at the YMCA prior to the tour (500 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands). Baskets will be displayed at the Redlands Family YMCA a week before the tour. Drawings are held at the close of the home tour. Ticket holders need not be present to win. Winners will be contacted by phone and must make arrangements to pick up their prizes.
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What: In addition to the holiday boutique, the accompanying YMCA Holiday Pantry is a showcase for local bakers, roughly 150 of them, who chip in their time and family recipes to raise funds for the Y’s Legal Aid Clinic. Expect to find such sweet treats as peppermint bark, Divinity candy, fudge, brownies, cookies and cakes as well as specialty foods like jams and jellies. When: Dec. 5-6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Redlands Family YMCA, 500 E. Citrus Ave.
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Information: 909-798-9622 or ymcaeastvalley.org
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Tickets: Home Tour tickets are available online (ymcaeastvalley.org) and at the Redlands Family YMCA front desk. Advance purchase: $25 per person; at the door: $30 per person; patron tickets: $75 per person, includes a champagne brunch at Redlands Country Club and front-of-the-line access to the homes.
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Home Tour: Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Six unique Redlands homes, bedecked in holiday splendor, will be open for tours.
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The Redlands Family YMCA would like to thank: Martha Greene Riley’s Los Rios Rancho Redlands Country Club Rolling Hills and Annuals Powell Spafford CPA Home Tour Committee & Volunteers
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More fun, more vendors as well as old favorites By Amy Bentley
or the 37th annual redlands Holiday Boutique this year, visitors are in for a surprise. They’ll not only enjoy shopping from their favorite traditional vendors at the big craft bazaar held each December in the YMCA gym, they’ll also enjoy discovering a variety of new vendors. Boutique organizers decided to mix things up a bit this year to keep the annual event fresh. They’ve brought on dozens of new vendors to appeal to a broader customer base and, for the first time, also are reaching out to younger craft enthusiasts through social media. The boutique now has a presence on Facebook and Instagram — search under redlands YMCA Holiday Boutique & Pantry — where people can see photos from new and returning vendors, plus link to vendor websites. “The only way you can be successful is to be fresh and original,” said Ariana Whitehouse, director of Mission and Advancement at the Y. The changes mean shoppers will be able to choose from
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For redlands, the holiday season means tree lightings, the christmas parade and, of course, the ymcA Boutique and Pantry which this year will feature a wider array of vendors offering handcrafted wares.
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a bigger selection of handmade items. Last year’s YMCA Holiday Boutique featured 43 vendors; this year the roster is expected to top 60. one new vendor is WineCraftCreations, which sells unique home décor items made from “up-cycled” and decorated wine bottles. Priscilla Salas of riverside, the owner of WineCraftCreations, discovered the boutique on Instagram, and she’s excited to bring her wine bottle crafts — including lamps, custom-ordered pieces, birdhouses and holidaythemed items — to the Y event for the first time. Salas started her company last year and is expanding by attending craft fairs throughout the Inland Empire. Another new vendor is Circular Horizon, featuring the unique artwork of Jake Sauls, a 16-yearold from redlands who creates his pieces from landscape photos and wood. “For a 16-year-old to be able to do this, it’s very amazing. We are very excited. He makes some really pretty artwork,” Whitehead said. Among those returning is Daisy Hovey of redlands, owner of Daisy’s Corner. She sells aprons, pillows, banners,
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Whether it’s handmade soaps and lotions, décor and fashion items or jewelry, one of the attractions of the redlands ymcA boutique is that shoppers can talk with artists and learn the stories behind the craft, from how things were made to what inspired a particular piece.
seasonal home decorations, wallhanging quilts, tote bags and table runners. “I love vending at the redlands Y Boutique,” Hovey said. “I’ve met so many nice
people there, customers and Y staff. I’m happy to be able to help in any way toward their cause.” other vendors will sell handmade baby clothes; jewelry;
body products like soaps, face scrubs and masks; candles; holiday cards, ornaments and décor; handbags and totes; custom T-shirts and tank tops; hand-knit accessories; gourd art and ceramics. All boutique items are handmade, which is a feature shoppers appreciate because plenty of people remain
interested in original, handcrafted things, said Whitehouse. “People like to support small business, and handcrafted things are very ‘in’ right now,” she added. The YMCA Boutique is a longstanding redlands holiday tradition that benefits the YMCA Legal Aid Clinic. “It’s something that redlands expects from us each year. For a lot of people it’s like a ‘Girl’s Day,’ they’ll go to brunch and the Home Tour and then come to the Y and shop for Christmas or buy some baked goods from our Pantry,” Whitehouse said. While the Holiday Home Tour takes place Sunday, Dec. 4; the Boutique and Pantry, selling homemade sweet treats, will take place both Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
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Holiday Boutique vendors include: Carol Mahlum, CJ Creations: Handmade jewelry made with sterling silver, beads, stones and a variety of precious gems and metals. All of the silver smithing is done completely by hand. Judith Armbruster, Designs By Judy: Beautiful handmade crib quilts in a variety of colors and styles. Along with crib quilts, Designs by Judy offers homecanned jams, jellies and pickles. Leah Balestieri, Art By Leah: Paintings of California landscapes and local treasures. As a member of the Redlands Art Association, Balestieri is a prominent local artist. George Bressant Pottery: One-ofa-kind handmade pottery and ceramic goods ranging from mugs to vases. Connie Cagle. Heart’s Desire Dolls: Handmade, heirloom-quality cloth dolls with hand-painted faces and a sweet “heart message” on each one. Lara Chard, Lara Craft Candles: All-natural soy candles using fragrances made with essential oils. Fragrances include Blue Spruce,
Christmas Hearth, White Tea & Berries, Vanilla, Green Tea & Lemongrass, Lavender, Coriander & Tonka, Cinnamon, Chai and more; www.etsy.com/shop/laracraftshop Liz Coviello, Bizzi Lizzi Creations: A huge collection of unique, handcrafted gifts ranging from Christmas-themed wall hangings and upcycled handbags to handknitted scarves; www.etsy.com/ shop/BizziLizziCreations Elizabeth De La Ossa, Ooh LaLa Event Planning: Adorable novelty confections from cake pops to decadent chocolates; www.ooohlalaeventplanning.com Jozelyn Espinoza, Crochet Pray Love: Beautiful crocheted items from mermaid blankets to bows for adults and children. Phyllis Farwell, Adult Food Catchers and Utility Walker Bags: A popular gift choice made with novelty cotton fabric and decorative stitching. Erika Gutierrez, Simply Wicked: An extensive line of handmade beauty items including lotions, face
Pottery from George Bressant
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Simply Wicked beauty items masks, bath bombs and handpoured seasonal candles; www.shopsimplywicked.com Shamiya Hutson, SNH Creations: Handmade seasonal and everyday wreaths, wood lettering and Christmas baskets. Cindy Lantier, The Eclectic Soul: Handmade soaps, lip balms, lotions, scrubs and body butters made with fresh ingredients and in a variety of scents, www.theeclecticsoulshop.com Carol MacFarland, Carol’s Crochet: One-of-a-kind crocheted blankets, play mats, stuffed animals and Christmas decorations. Carissa Mammun, annie + marie: Hand-printed graphic T-shirts, vinyl decals and a variety of fun gifts, including mugs, tumblers and wooden signs; www.etsy.com/shop/ shopanniemarie Johanna Moore, Because I Said So Décor: Specializing in sass, a variety of handmade wood signs for all occasions; www.etsy.com/ shop/becauseisaidsodecor Cheryl O’Conner, The Petal Pusher: Hand-painted silk scarves and re-created jewelry. Bracelets and medallions have vintage elements, rhinestones and whatever sparkles. Paula Parton, Set in Stone: Handcrafted stone and dichroic glass pendants, one-of-kind jewelry designs along with Christmas wreaths and ornaments. Sandie Petrucelli, Petrucelli and Co.: Mixed metals meet antique
beads in these unique jewelry designs as well as a wide selection of Christmas ornaments. Laura Salama, Crochet in Cali: Cute crocheted items for kids; as well as items ranging from dresses to scarves in unique designs for adults and kids; www.etsy.com/shope/crochetincali Jake Sauls, Circular Horizon: Unbelievable photos of California landscapes crafted into home décor using a wood transfer technique. Litriana Shimano, Black Pearl Crafting: Handmade jewelry, home décor items, Christmas ornaments, award-winning barbecue sauce and rub, award-winning jelly and jams as well as other tasty treats. Teri Shira: Handcrafted jewelry items, including wire-wrapped natural stones, also handmade pine-needle baskets and fashionable scarves. Liz Stegall, Lizzie’s Jewels: Swarovski crystals, Swarovski pearls and semi-precious stones are featured in beautiful handmade bracelets, necklaces and earrings; www.etsy.com/shop/dqueenlizzie Jeann Svarvar, Victor Victorian Soap: Handmade soaps, lip balm, lotion bars, soap rose petals and fragrance oils in multiple different scents; http://victor-victorian.x10.mx/ Wendy Swift, Jewelry Mama: A line of unique jewelry designs using glass beads and metal accessories perfect for seasonal events and everyday wear. Susan Taylor: Handmade goodies from crayon bags to crocheted scarves perfect for unique holiday gifts. Jo Ann Woods, Little Wheeler Quilts: A fusion of beautiful colors and patterns in works ranging from quilted table runners to bohemian-inspired tablecloths; www.littlewheelerquilts.com Ruth Woods, Glass Jewelry Plus: Fused glass and wire sculpting techniques are fashioned into original jewelry statement pieces; also hand-dyed silk scarves and coats.
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Janel Christiansen, Christmas Card Café: Adorable handmade Christmas and holiday cards for friends and family. Daisy Hovey, Daisy’s Corner: A wide selection of hand-sewn products, including aprons, pillows, banners, seasonal home decorations, wall hanging quilts, purses, totes, small wallets and table runners. Brenda Mackenzie, Periwinkle Sky Enterprises: Handbags, totes and accessories in a variety of modern designs and fun patterns; www.periwinkleskye.com.
Hand-sewn décor items from Daisy Hovey Carmen Wright, ABC: Gourd art and basketry are both great home décor pieces and great art. Judith Brandi DeDoes, Brandiwine Designs: Jewelry creations using natural stones, leather-wrapping and wire-wrapping metals and crystal-faceted beads; also decorated horseshoe wall hangings. Andrea Beechko, 4 A Bee Designs: Handmade wire-wrapped jewelry with signature Tree of Life pendants.
Patty Mariano, Big Sister’s Jewelry: Handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, all using semiprecious stones, pearls and beads; also stained-glass jewelry boxes. Lynn Mudd, muddwoman Ceramics & Fiber Art: Gorgeous ceramic art pieces, fiber art and hand-woven wall hangings; www.muddwoman.com. Shelli Pickens, Redlands Candle Company: Hand-poured candles in a variety of traditional and seasonal scents, also delicious packaged food; www.thegourmentfriends.com. Linda Quiroz, Arrowbear Trading Company: A wide selection of ornaments and décor pieces as well as scarves, hair accessories and badge reels. Debra Shaw, Lazy Dayz Children’s Clothing: Adorable fashion items for children’s clothing, toys, bags and blankets.
Rockin’ Threads fashion WineCraftCreations feature up-cycled wine bottles crocheted goods for all ages; adorable items for Christmas gifts; www.etsy.com/shop/breezypeasy. Shirlee Fisher; Quiet Lines Design: Goods including small-batch ceramics, pots with plants, ring holders, and airplant holders, handmade greeting cards and painted wood décor pieces; www.quietlinesdesign.com. Ashley Kurcz, Rockin’ Threads: Hand-cut custom T-shirts, tanks, and accessories in a wide variety of styles; www.rockinthreadco.com. Brittani Varner, Paislee’s Corner:
Unique children’s clothes, custom T-shirts for special occasions and everyday wear as well as Disneyinspired shirts; www.etsy.com/shop/paisleescorner. Linda Wilson, Redlands Art and Beyond by the Willason’s: Handpainted art pieces, handmade prints and cards in a variety of styles and options. Cathy Jablonsky, Creative Crafts: An assortment of handmade gifts, ranging from paper goods to decorative pieces. Thomas McKenzie, Artful Bodger: Beautiful turned wood pieces, from ornaments to one-of-a-kind pen sets.
Sharon Staker, Creations by Shari: Hand-knit accessories including stylish infinity scarves, cowls, fingerless gloves, beanies and baby items. Dolores Warner, Decorative Welcome Interior Designs: Handcrafted greeting cards, festive paper banners and wood décor items made from upcycled pallets; www.decorativewelcome.com. Beth Musial Martey, Superbeth1313: Beautiful, personalized chalk signs great as gifts for décor. Priscilla Salas, WineCraftCreations: One-of-a-kind décor items, all upcycled from wine bottles, www.etsy.com/shop/ WineCraftCreations. Flannel scarves and crocheted goods from Rebecca Woodward
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Colonial quaint â€” Rachel and Tyler Haack decorated their 1905-era home with an eye toward a moderneclectic style that pays homage to the past, with fresh white cabinetry and trim juxtaposed against warm, accessible furnishings.
The Haack Home 456 S. Eureka Street
ith two tree swings out front, an inviting walkway, window boxes overflowing with seasonal foliage, as well as lanterns and rocking chairs on the front steps, just about everything at the rachel and tyler haack residence says family. that’s apropos since it’s located on the corner of eureka and home streets. it almost seems to say, “wow, i’m home.’’ that’s exactly how rachel felt when she first saw the house. “i fell in love when we walked up and saw the trees. we came inside and said, there’s such potential here,’’ she recalled. Family and history are important to the haacks. in fact, they did research before beginning renovations. the house was built in 1905 for Charles Barber, a one-time janitor at redlands high school. “we’re having a sign made that says, ‘the Barber house.’ i think houses should have names,’’ rachel said of the 1,900-square-foot home. “when we bought it we weren’t exactly sure what style it was. is it an Arts and Crafts like At left, the living room and nearby music room make the most of the available space while maintaining the look and feel of the original home; a chandelier and ornate mirror add pop to the dining area.
so many in the neighborhood or something else? i think it looks more Colonial, and that’s why we painted it black and white.’’ As with many houses of the period, its interior felt small and restrictive. the haacks removed a wall, reconfigured and expanded the old kitchen and added a few modern touches. the house sustained fire damage in 1947, and there were remnant signs of the incident. Little by little, repairs and changes have opened up an inviting living room, comfortable adjacent family room and a music room occupied by a story and Clark piano. in the next room is the master bedroom where large windows on two sides bathe the space in sunlight. Upstairs, more bedrooms get their fair share of light courtesy of three dormer windows.
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The Kallander Home 1748 Chapparal Road
At right, stainless steel appliances, rich red wood and wide-open work spaces make the Kallander kitchen a warm place for entertaining. Formal and comfortable â€” a cheery fireplace, traditional striped wing chairs and couch make the living room, below, the perfect spot to rest and visit. The adjacent French doors beckon to the outdoor space beyond.
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Blue-on-blue walls, white furnishings and quilted bedspread complement the airy feel created by this bedroom’s high ceiling and multiple windows.
hen Kay and Ron KallandeR decided to move back to Redlands to retire they had a bit of a dilemma. She wanted to be close to downtown; he wanted space, a lot of it. They compromised with their Chapparal Road home — only a four-minute drive away and adjacent to Caroline Park. “Returning to Redlands has been a wonderful homecoming. We wanted to create a brand new chapter in our lives and to have time with family. This house is perfect,’’ said Kay, who retired as executive director of Plymouth Village. “our children and family live in Santa Monica so this house has become a destination for everyone, and we love it.” now back to stay, their 27-year-old, 4,500-square-foot Victorian design is perfect. Ron, a retired minister, calls the place “whimsical” and “the glory house.’’ Kay thinks of it as a “house of hospitality’’ since friends and family always are welcome. Guests wind their way along a walkway through groves to the two-storied house. Inside, a lovely foyer leads through the downstairs. The kitchen opens to a living room with a large welcoming fireplace, while French doors along one wall make it feel as if the space continues outside. outdoors, two rocking chairs are ready to convince you to stop and relax. a swimming pool in the backyard is just as inviting. Upstairs are lovely bedrooms, a particularly bright and cheery one reserved for a granddaughter who is fascinated with the window prism sun reflections on the carpet; a spacious and efficient laundry room; a remodeled family room and Ron’s office. one peek inside and it’s easy to see why he likes space — it’s where the one-time South dakota mountain man displays mementos of his many outdoor adventures.
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Pull up a chair and chat at the kitchen island while dinner is in progress, the Oden home combines Mediterranean style with views of the vistas surrounding Redlands. Photos by Eric rEEd
The Oden Home 12245 Wabash Avenue
ike and eleanor oden wanted a quiet space to live and enjoy. They got just that with their Wabash avenue home, make that property. The beautiful Mediterranean-style home sits at the end of a long, winding private road on one of several hilltops in the family’s surrounding 42-acre parcel. it might take a bit to get there, but it’s well worth the drive. “My husband saw this house years ago and wanted to buy it. it took awhile, but when it came on the market we knew this was where we wanted to be,’’ said eleanor. The 4,900-square-foot main house has an adjoining onebedroom cabana above the garage for a total of 5,200 square feet of living space. outside of the front door is a large, always-flowing fountain because Mike wanted the house to feel like a resort. it does. Beautifully decorated and spacious, the true allure of the home, though, is it’s setting. The house has towering windows in the living room and equally large ones in the kitchen/great room. Together, they offer visitors close to a 360-degree view of the neighboring valley, the Seven oaks dam and even as far away as ontario on a clear day. “We really didn’t change much when we moved in. The bones of the house were beautiful, but we did install a gate; pave the road, driveway and parking lot; added grass around the house; and put in a pool and patio. We also painted inside and outside,’’ she said. “When it’s warm we eat most of the time outside and just sit back and enjoy the views.”
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History, with a fully modern kitchen. A beautiful island, modern appliances and traditional cabinetry, at right, make for a comfortable, easy-to-love cooking and entertainment zone. Far right, side-by-side windows and bookcases make for a great spot to relax or play music.
The Paulson Home 356 Franklin Avenue
he Franklin avenue home of Dr. Marcus and elizabeth Paulson is a 2016 redlands area historical Society award winner — and it shows. The expansive home, built in 1898 in what once briefly was called “redlands heights,’’ has been mostly in the hands of three owners: wealthy Boston business entrepreneur Maurice edwin Ginn, the George Turner family and now, the Paulsons. The latter not only enjoy the history but embrace it as well. The house has undergone three major renovations through the years. in 1909, three bedrooms were added; later it was expanded from 1,500 to 2,900 square feet; today the living space totals 4,200 square feet. Yet, the Paulsons have retained much of the Prairie bungalow-like inherent beauty and style including picture rails throughout, push-button wall light fixtures and vertical sliding sash windows. The home is modern but retains its historic roots. This one and a half story home sits on an uncut granite foundation and has horizontal wood siding. The roof is hipped, with composite shingles, and has three front-facing dormers. At the Paulson home, history and comfort commingle in design and décor. In the living space at left, warm wood floors and comfortable seating complement period furnishings and historic art.
“i think this might be the only one of its kind in the city, and i think this house may have been modeled after the old redlands Country Club,’’ Marcus said. a circular driveway guides visitors from the street through what once was edith Turner’s prized garden. although much of the garden has been replaced by trees and grass, some of the original plantings still pop up now and then. Today, guests are greeted with a large covered porch that conjures up images of late afternoons and sunsets. Once inside, you’ll find a lovely dining room, library and large family room, all displaying pieces of local and house history. Upstairs is more living space to accommodate the family and guests. There’s a lot to see inside and out. Don’t forget to look in the side yard where Marcus has meticulously hand-painted several real ads and some faux ones that showcase the city.
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Cute, functional, efficient — making a traditional bungalow fresh is no small task. Accents like a farmhouse sink, subway tile backsplash and a warm, wood countertop bring Shelli Stockton’s kitchen into the present.
The Stockton Home 510 S. Buena Vista Street
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Garden and patio living space make full use of California’s warm days and sunshine.
helli Stockton knew her South Buena Vista Street home had good bones — it was constructed by the prolific Redlands builder Garret huizing, after all — but it still needed updating. “i asked my mother what she thought, and she said the house was perfectly functional. that wasn’t the look i was going for,’’ she said with a laugh. the dining room/kitchen was too boxy and other rooms were small and oddly configured in the 1,400-square-foot 1924 bungalow-like home. her first project was a kitchen remodel. She wanted to retain as much of the house’s character as possible so she installed a warm wooden countertop, repainted cabinets, put in a crisp white subway tile backsplash and a great sink. A wall was removed. today, it is spacious and features a cozy breakfast nook.
More changes followed, transforming a two-bedroom, one-bath house into a two-bedroom, two-bath home. original windows were saved and relocated to the master bedroom. French doors were installed in the dining room, which opens into what is a very large backyard for the neighborhood. Wood plantation shutters help disperse the light in the living room during the day, while wall sconces and other fixtures take over in the evening. there’s plenty of seating in front of the fireplace framed by attractive and practical bookshelves. “i didn’t want the house to look like it had add-ons,’’ Stockton said. Details counted, even down to the vintage light switches — ones that either have a small knob or feature push buttons. Stockton found look-alike duplicates that meet today’s building codes.
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Bobby Whitmoreâ€™s restored Grant Street home brings out the best in Craftsman bungalow, combining updated living space (kitchen at right and living room below) with the firefighterâ€™s love of music and his interest in historic preservation.
The Whitmore Home 437 Grant Street
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obby Whitmore’s heart was set on moving to the Grant street neighborhood. he wanted to make the move so badly that he bid on a house sight-unseen and anxiously awaited the outcome of a bidding war with 20 others. he managed to come out on top. so the big bear Fire Department firefighter got to work transforming what he considered to be the worst house on the block. his first project was to dig up a front lawn so overgrown with ivy that it blocked any views of the 1,057-square-foot 1913 Craftsman bungalow. the work caught the eye of an hGtV producer looking for homes to feature in a new show called “restored” by brett Waterman. (the home will be in the soon-to-air first episode.) together they came up with a budget and restoration began. Whitmore and the crew used a 1960 photo of the house found in the a.K. smiley Library for reference. the entire front yard is beautifully landscaped. the inviting front porch already had an impressive polished concrete floor. Whitmore added two delightful rocking chairs and an impressive salvaged wood door, which seems to call out to visitors: welcome. inside, the once Victorian-style living room fireplace was reconfigured and painted with a new mantel installed. several doors leading to various rooms were removed and closed
off. the kitchen — a prize area since Whitmore loves to cook — features black matte granite counters and stainless steel appliances. each of the two bedrooms has its own bathroom, accented with stained glass windows. outside there’s a large garage and a small shop that he is converting into a music room. Whitmore wanted to be able to walk downtown or to Gerrard’s easily. he does. he’s now an avid historical preservationist, which fits since the house has its own “Chain of title,” which hangs proudly in his dining room detailing its line of succession from the time the land was purchased in 1871 to when C.C. and Grace holloway built it along with all of its subsequent owners through the decades.
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going to just give them away.” “Do you use them?” “Some of them,” he says. His wife shakes her head. “Not most,” he amends. “That they were expensive is not a reason to hold onto anything you don’t need, use or love. Plus, what you paid once isn’t a reflection of market worth now.” “My mom is a pack rat,” a 20-something woman confesses. “Every time I sit down with her to go through her things, we end up in an argument.” “I hate to sound like Dr. Phil, here, but you can’t help her if she doesn’t want to change. Be glad you’re not married to her.” And so go the conversations in cities across America, as I travel to talk about a subject everyone is dealing with, has dealt with, or will deal with: Sorting through and thinning out a lifetime of stuff, be it ours or our parents’. I’ll tell you what I’ve learned: We’re a mess.
Wherever I go, my brief remarks are quickly followed by group therapy sessions. Adult children and their parents are both groaning: What are we going to do with all this stuff!? “My kids tell me I have too much stuff, and that I need to deal with it,” a 70-something woman said. Later, she tells me privately, “I don’t even like to have people over, because the house looks so bad.” “You’re telling me, your need to hold onto the past is robbing you of life right now,” I tell her. “Live and let go!” I say sounding like a Paul McCartney & Wings song. Anyone who has too much stuff (my hand is raised, is yours?) knows that paring down isn’t as simple as loading up your car and driving by Goodwill on your way to the landfill (which is still an excellent idea, by the way, and could save us both a lot of trouble). No, letting go of stuff is a giant mind
game, with Team Stuff favored to beat Good Human Intentions by 10-to-1 odds. But you can reverse those odds and win by adopting the right mindset. Where to start? Here are 10 lessons distilled into small bites:
Understand attachment If you are ever going to win the war against stuff, you need to know what makes you cling like fuzz to wool in the first place. From infancy, humans get attached to objects — stuffed animals, blankets, pacifiers — because we endow them with meaning, in this case feelings of security and comfort. These surrogate objects fill in when a parent isn’t available to cling to. This need often persists into adulthood, only the objects change, one hopes. We continue to endow objects with feelings and meaning because things make us feel secure. When you understand that most things
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Pick a number
don’t make us more secure, that they are just props on flimsy scaffolding, you can start to let go.
Keep the goal in mind Picture a beautifully ordered closet, a garage with room for two cars, a home you’re proud to have friends to, a pile of cash in hand after a yard sale and let that vision carry you through the hard work. One of the best ways to get through the process of cutting clutter is to focus on your motivation whether it’s order, simplicity, space or money.
The right mindset Listen to your excuses for keeping stuff: It’s still in good condition. It’s still useful. It was expensive. So-and-so gave it to me. I might need it someday. I wore it to (fill in special occasion). It reminds me of (fill in name of loved one). The kids might want it. Now, nix all those reasons, and replace them with these three questions: Do I need it? Will I use it? Do I love it? If you can’t answer yes to at least one, say, bye-bye.
Empty your cupboards and shelves, then put like items together (vases, baskets, serving pieces, ceramic flower pots, gift bags). Note the surplus. Now pick a reasonable number, like five, and give away the rest.
Play it forward Here’s the tough-love truth. If you don’t deal with your stuff, someone else will have to, and they won’t like it. Now I know, you might be one of the select few who get to live forever, but just try to imagine for a moment that you could get struck down by lightening tomorrow. Now your loved ones have to deal with stuff that you should have gotten rid of if you only had the awareness of why you cling, a goal in mind (not to burden your loved ones) and the need-use-love mindset. But instead, you will leave a burden to those you least want to burden. Remember what your mother taught you: Don’t leave a mess.
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Choose to what to keep, not what to let go When going through a cupboard or closet, rather than pick over the contents pulling out what to get rid of, do the reverse. Take everything out, then thoughtfully choose what to keep and let go of the rest. Pretend you’re shopping, and pick only what you would buy again.
Get real about value Sit down with a glass of something stiff. Most belongings you think are valuable (your tools, sir) aren’t worth nearly as much as you think. For a reality check, go on Craigslist, and look at what similar items sold for (not their asking price). While we’re at it, let me remind you again: The kids don’t want it. Do not clog up their lives with your guilt trips.
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Visualize order: If you want to live more beautifully with less, start with the end in mind. Envision a well-ordered linen closet, or an organized garage where two cars can easily park, then don’t stop clearing out until you get there.
should conform. When putting your home in order, designate a defined, appropriate amount of space for like items — say, one shelf for Tupperware — then stay in the boundaries. I have a shelf in my closet for purses. It is full. I will not let my purses creep onto DC’s shirt shelf. If I fall for a new purse and buy it, the deal is this: I must part with an old purse. If I believe I need more purses than this shelf holds, I have a problem.
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Cherish the few and the small Sentimental value explains why we cling to 90 percent of those items we don’t need, use or love. I get that, and I agree: a cherished reminder of someone dear is a precious keepsake. But here’s the key: When picking those few keepsakes, think small, precious, portable. (Precious, by definition, means rare.) Keep too many mementos, and they lose their specialness. When clearing out my parents’ home, I was tempted
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The best way to lighten your inevitable load is to start living lighter now. Purge then maintain the new order. Don’t make downsizing a one-time event; make it a way of living. Lighten up, let go and live better now. 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.
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community | ceo profile
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arwin Barnett is the CeO of the YMCa of the east Valley which has branches in redlands, Highland and San Bernardino serving more than 35,000 members and member families in the region. Before coming to redlands, Barnett was senior development director and group executive director of the YMCa of Greater Houston. we recently asked Barnett a few questions to update the community about efforts at the YMCa and plans for the future. (Some of his comments have been edited | redlandsmagazine.com || winter winter 2016 44 2016 44 | redlandsmagazine.com
for clarity and brevity.) Q: Darwin, first some background, you joined the YMCa of the east Valley in 2012, a critical time for fundraising, building renovation and renewal. what have the past few years been like? A: these last four years have been exciting and fulfilling. i’ve had the honor of working with a fantastic volunteer leadership team that has found solutions for many challenges we’ve faced in the past few years. it’s also been a privilege to bond with those in our local community, especially since there is such a strong connection to the community’s rich history. it is has
been a phenomenal four years, full of growth and exciting changes. Q: what would you say has been the Y’s major achievement during that time? what’s the next “big thing” on the Y list? A: we had the tremendous accomplishment of renovating the redlands YMCa. the planning began many years ago. the fundraising took over seven years. the construction took almost five years. in that time, we were able to gain support from so many donors that enabled us to complete the renovations debt-free. it was the support we received from those who understand the importance of our
organization that we call our biggest achievement. Our next “big thing” is uncertain. we are continuously looking to serve our community in a deeper and more impactful way. Our strategic plan steers us to look at community health issues and youth and family wellness initiatives. we hope that these new community programs highlight that the Y is more than just a gym and swim. we are that, but we are so much more. Q: walking around the redlands facilities, it seems as though the “old Y” has a different, expanded mission today. How has the Y changed to meet new needs and reach a larger community? A: we just celebrated our 129th anniversary of the first official meeting of the YMCa of the east San Bernardino Valley and it’s safe to say that our organization has truly evolved since its beginnings. the facility on east State Street was built
As our community has grown and changed, so have we. I believe that is one of the most mportant aspects of the YMCAs: our ability to evolve and change as society does. and offered two tin bathtubs and space for a reading area and social gatherings. after four months of operation, they celebrated having more than 50 members. as our community has grown and changed, so have we. i believe that is one of the most important aspects of the YMCas: our ability to evolve and change as society does. For instance, childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes are on the rise in recent times. we’re working on finding impactful ways
to fight these trends. that wasn’t the Y’s focus in 1887. although our focus has changed as our community has, the original intent and mission of the YMCa still drives us forward. we still seek to help all people achieve a sound spirit, mind and body. with our community volunteers and leaders, we have worked on building a stronger community since our inception. Q: what programs and opportunities does the Y feature today that weren’t available just a few years ago? what’s new, and what’s coming? A: we have this tremendous opportunity to begin focusing on non-traditional YMCa programs and begin filling those gaps we see in our community. while we still believe in the importance of traditional YMCa programs, we have added several new classes and programs to serve our community in new ways. For example, we’ve begun offering Safety
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Around Water, a drowning prevention program that is free for members of the community to enjoy. We’ve expanded our academic enrichment courses for youth to include American Sign Language classes and computer building. We’ve offered suicide prevention training to the entire community at no cost. We’re filling those gaps and solving those challenges faced by those in our community by offering these unique programs. Q: What’s in the Y name — Young Men’s Christian Association/Young Women’s Christian Association — that’s still applicable today? Is it still oriented primarily toward the young? Are there still distinct men and women’s organizations or activities? Is it primarily a Christian organization, or has it evolved to something else? A: At its core, the Y is reflective of the community it serves. When the YMCA began in 1844, it served young men who had moved to London for work and were apart from their families for the first time. In 1844, it was a much-needed resource for the community.
Now, the Y takes many shapes and forms. For some, it provides shelter, food and water. For others, it is a place to learn vital water safety skills. We meet the need in our community through our programs. Whatever the challenges may be, the Y rises to face them. We welcome all into our organization, regardless of race, faith, gender, origin, or age. Although the Y may function differently and now serves an incredibly diverse population, we are still the YMCA and we still honor those who began this movement. The YMCA has evolved in expanding services, but the purpose of strengthening our community remains the same. Q: The Y community of Redlands has a number of long-standing traditions: summer activities at Camp Edwards, the YMCA Circus and of course, support for the Legal Aid Clinic. How do these traditions fit in with the Y’s future mission? A: From The Great Y Circus to our annual Holiday Home Tour, our association is rich with tradition and several foundational
programs that have served our community for decades. We will continue to support these programs that are so ingrained in our community and mission. Our rich history is one of the most treasured and revered aspects of our organization. We still strive to offer these traditional experiences, but we want to better tailor the program to reflect the needs of our community. For example, in addition to the traditional youth camping experiences, we’re offering opportunities that include the entire family to experience Camp Edwards. We’re creating opportunities for families to connect with one another instead of their phones. Our goal is not to remove traditions in place of the new programs we’re offering. Instead, our goal is to continue these longstanding programs but to make sure they are serving the needs of the community we have now through them. To learn more about the YMCA of the East Valley, visit www.ymcaeastvalley.org.
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Y LEGAL AID CLINIC
Mission, staff & perspectives the ProgrAM: LegAL AID
What it does: Helps people who don’t have lawyers with family law issues including child custody, guardianships, divorce and legal separation, as well as in civil matters like conservatorships and domestic violence restraining order requests; provides lowincome clients with waivers that can eliminate court fees.
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What it doesn’t do: The staff does not take criminal defense cases or represent anyone in court. (It helps people represent themselves.) Fees: $20; clients also have the option of having court documents prepared at low cost. Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Clients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Clients seeking help with document preparation may schedule a return
appointment. Location: Adjacent to Redlands YMCA, 500 E. Citrus Ave. History: Legal Aid began as a Salvation Army program more than 40 years ago. Staff: In addition to Salcido, the staff includes a full-time paralegal and a part-time receptionist who is bilingual in Spanish. New developments: An expanded scope now includes help with civil cases like probate and housing issues, areas of legal need rarely covered by court self-help programs. In October, November and December, volunteer attorneys Steven Becker and Elaine Rosen have three workshops each covering the topics of how to start a new family law case and how to prepare for a court hearing.
Meet PAuLA sALCIDo Position: Director, YMCA Legal Aid Clinic, two years distinction: First fully licensed attorney to lead the YMCA Legal Aid program Education: U.C. Davis Law School graduate Experience: 20 years as legal aid lawyer; served as staff attorney for Inland Counties Legal Services, the federally funded legal aid agency serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
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Average busy day: A dozen or more clients. “The clients arrive and are entered into the system; they pay their fee
and are called into the office in the order they arrive. They run the gamut from having been served with a domestic violence restraining order and they have to respond, or they are starting a divorce case and need information.” After clinic hours, Salcido makes notes on cases and prepares documents for clients. “It’s very high volume.” Most of the clients hear about the clinic by word of mouth or get referrals from the courts; they come from all over the region.
Q: How important is the yMcA Home tour & Holiday boutique?
YMCA of the East Valley’s Legal Aid Program • 2017 estimated budget: $166,000 • Funding sources: $7,500 from a Community Development Block Grant from the city of Redlands, per year; fees paid by clients; and the annual Home Tour, which last year brought in $52,000. • Key fact: 100 percent of the net proceeds from the Home Tour go directly to the program. • Last year the clinic served 910 new clients, a slight increase from the prior year. • 89 percent of new clients this fall had a low to moderate income; about a quarter were from the city of Redlands.
A: “that is our big fundraiser of the year and allows us to keep our prices very low.”
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PersPeCtIVes steven Becker, who founded the Legal Aid program in 1973 Paula salcido, program director
“The program is expanding, and we hope to reach more people.” Becker hopes to hold workshops regularly to help people learn about the legal system. “It’s overwhelming.
Knowledge is power.” On the program: “The numbers are good and the quality of the service is increasing. It’s a pretty good deal. It’s very rewarding work.”
A low-cost legal service in the region is still badly needed. Attorney fees in a family lay case may cost $5,000 to $6,000, which is out of many people’s reach. “We do have a great number of clients who come here because they started with an attorney and have run out of funds.”
“There’s just a lot of education that needs to be done for the public. It could take us 10 minutes to prepare an answer for somebody. They just don’t have access to the courts.” In family law matters, for instance, many people don’t understand that their divorce is not complete until they have a judgment.
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ho doesn’t love brunch? Make a day of the YMcA’s holiday home tour by starting with champagne brunch at the redlands country club. the home tour’s $75 patron ticket not only opens the doors to a lovely start of the day, but also includes vIP, no-waiting access to the homes. throw in some gift shopping and treats from the holiday boutique and Pantry to make the day complete. Details: Sunday, Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m. Tickets at ymcaeastvalley.org/events/hometour
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“As a longtime volunteer for the YMCA Legal Aid Clinic, it is so nice to see the community come out and support such a great cause, all while enjoying a delicious, relaxing brunch in the beautiful setting of the Redlands Country Club.” — Ann McMahon
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