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March 2014 - Global Women Network

Things to do in Inland Empire – Visit Redlands

Redlands has grown so much since I was young. Once having the nickname of “Deadlands” by young locals, it is now full of great restaurant, live music performances and other entertainments.   One of the oldest cities in California, it offers a lot of options for those interested in learning about the past or just looking for a fun night.  My family loves Redlands and hope you enjoy your stay when you visit our wonderful city!
 
Thursday nights from 6-9 p.m. downtown Redlands hosts a market night down State Street. Local stores run specials while food vendors, local farms and businesses sell wares. There are musicians and performances throughout the market and a children’s fun zone which includes a bounce house and pony rides.
The downtown stores that line the market, which closes State Street between Orange Street and Ninth Street, extend their usual hours and offer Thursday night deals.
The summer Bowl program is the oldest continually-running free concert series on the United States. Performances from Celtic groups, jazz bands, ballet companies and other genres entertain crowds in an open-air amphitheater twice a week. A yearly musical is also performed with several shows in a week. Come early and pack a picnic- but leave the wine at home.
Local theater
The free Shakespeare Summer Festival, held in the Redlands Bowl and the Redlands Theater Festival, held in Prospect Park both offer a series of plays in the warm evening air. Year round, the Redlands Footlighters and nonprofit Lifehouse Theatre offer performances locally in intimate settings.
Trails and walks
The Redlands Conservancy cares for several trails in the area, including some that go through the nearby San Timoteo Canyon area. The historical trails offer views of the local nature and history, including the zanja (locals say san-kee) built by the local Native American tribes for the settling ranchers.
Similar to bocce, lawn bowling (or bowls) is a game where balls are rolled on a smooth grass surface to get as close as possible to a smaller ball. The Redlands Lawn Bowling Club offers free lessons regularly and game play at the Sylvan Park location, located close to the 10 freeway.
Historic homes and museums
Redlands is one of the oldest cities in California and has several museums and historical homes to explore. Kimberly Crest was owned by the family who helped found Kimberly-Clark and has a mirror image twin architecture to the The Magic Castle.  The Lincoln Shrine is the only one dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War west of the Mississippi. It houses a large collection of artifacts, including weapons, and has a section devoted to the appearance of Lincoln in Star Trek.
Downtown Redlands
The downtown area stretches down Orange Street and up to Ninth Street, and from Redlands Boulevard to Citrus Avenue. The area is full of restaurants, bars, specialty shops and businesses. Try local beer, handmade ice cream, boutiques, coffee and other goods from businesses housed in historic buildings. My family’s favorite is A La Minute, a handmade ice cream shop, and The Frugal Frigate, a children’s bookstore.
The county museum hosts a large collection of preserved land and sea birds and their eggs, most of which are local to the area. Revolving galleries host local history and outside a train and mining equipment lead the way to the Exploration Station. In the basement, a downhill walk past the mineral collection there are a display of animals and reptiles that include a standing polar bear.

You’re Invited To Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Inland Moms attended the kickoff of Inland Empire Restaurant Week hosted by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau and local restaurants.    The kickoff event featured delicious cuisine from more than 15 different community restaurants in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including the Mission Inn, Savor Cupcakes and Highland Springs Resorts.   Representatives from participating restaurants were there, along with samples of the various menu items being served between March 21-30 event.

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Photo Credit: Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Inland Empire Restaurant Week will showcase a variety of eateries throughout the Inland Empire as well as special menus prepared for the event.  Nearly 60 eateries from 20 communities in Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Inland Counties will participate in the dining event.

Photo Credit:  Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Photo Credit: Inland Empire Restaurant Week

We’re really excited about the upcoming event, especially the partnership between the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau and Inland Empire restaurants.  

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You’re invited to indulge in your inner Foodie and visit the Inland Empire Restaurant Week!  Check the website for details on participating restaurants, price range, directions and special menus.  This event is a great way to enjoy several local restaurants at affordable prices.  We’re looking forward to dining out a couple times this week and celebrating the event with our families.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Event Details

Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Hashtag

#IERW

Dates

March 21 – March 30

Giveaway

Enter to win gift cards at Inland Empire Week Giveaway

Restaurants Participating in Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Antonino’s Italian Restaurant
Baily’s
Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro
BIN189 at Lake Arrowhead Resort
Blu Bar & Grill
Brio Tuscan Grille
Cafe Sevilla
Cask ‘n Cleaver Steakhouse – Rancho Cucamonga
Citrus West
Cork | Fire Kitchen
Dave & Buster’s
Don Jose Mexican Restaurant
Duane’s Prime Steaks & Seafood Restaurant
Dynasty
Eden Garden Fusion Grill
El Torito – Ontario
Espiau’s Restaurant
Euro Cafe
Gram’s Mission Bar-B-Q
Grand Oak Steakhouse & Bar
Grazies Italian Restarant
Gyu-Kaku – Rancho Cucamonga
Haandi Indian Restaurant
Hickory Ranch Steakhouse
Hotel Casa 425 and Lounge
Jake’s Bistro & Brew
La Unica Cocina Mexicana y Cantina
Landings Restaurant & Bar
Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine & Cantina
Magic Lamp Inn
Market Broiler – Ontario Mills
Market Broiler – Riverside
Mi Ranchito Mexican Food & Cantina – Chino
Mi Ranchito Mexican Food & Cantina – LaVerne
Mi Ranchito Mexican Food & Cantina – Upland
Mission Inn Restaurant & Spanish Patio
Mustazzoli Ristorante Italiano
O’Donovan’s Restaurant & Pub
Organic Roots
Porter’s Prime Steak House
ProAbition
Provecho Grill
Queen Bean Caffe
Rainforest Cafe
RED Restaurant & Bar
Royal Cut Restaurant
Saladfarm
Sixty6 Sports Lounge
Slater’s 50/50
Sycamore Inn Prime Steakhouse
TGI Friday’s – Ontario
TGI Fridays – Corona
TGI Fridays – Puente Hills Mall
TGI Fridays – Rancho Cucamonga
TGI Fridays – Riverside
TGI Fridays – San Bernardino
TGI Fridays – West Covina
The Orchard
The Pines Steakhouse
zpizza – Claremont

Things to Do In Inland Empire – San Bernardino with Kids

San Bernardino is one of the oldest communities in California and holds a lot of history, including a spot along old Route 66. Surrounded by mountains, the city offers interests for families who want a day in the great outdoors, watching a national sport or indulging in friendly competition.

 

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Inland Empire 66ers baseball

The 66ers are San Bernardino’s minor league baseball team and current California League champions. The Angels affiliated team plays in San Manuel Stadium and is home to belly-bobbing mascot Bernie. The family-friendly venue offers not only weekly food and drink specials but theme nights, giveaways, contests and a chance to bring man’s best friend to the ball game. Season ticket packages are available.

National Orange Show

The National Orange Show festival takes place every year on Memorial Day weekend. The county-fair style event has everything from concerts to art shows, petting zoos, rides, and deep fried treats. The fair focuses on the local population and offers an educational focus on livestock and agriculture as well as affordable entertainment.

San Bernardino Raceway

Kids that are at least four feet tall and eight years old can take laps around an indoor race track on gas-powered go Karts that can go up to 40 mph. Kids under the limits can play air hockey and other arcade fun. The venue hosts birthday parties for kids and adults has cosmic racing on Saturday nights. Special offers and memberships are available.

Unofficial McDonald’s Museum

Fans of the ‘golden arches’ can take a trip to the museum in downtown San Bernardino, which is on the original location of the first McDonald’s restaurant. Happy meal boxes, playground equipment and other memorabilia fill the museum, which offers tours on the weekends. The location also houses a free Route 66 museum and is the cooperate offices of Juan Pollo Restaurants Inc.

Glen Helen Regional Park

San Manuel Amphitheater and Glen Helen Raceway share space with over 1,300 acres of recreational activities and areas to explore. Family picnics or reunions up to 300 people can be held at the park, which also has fishing, playgrounds, playing fields, campgrounds and a swimming area with water slides.  Entrance fees for the park, fishing permits and swimming area apply.

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Spring Crafts for Kids

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Since Spring begins this week I’d like to show you how to make some Window Clings and Ribbon Baskets with your kids to help you prepare for the season.

My oldest child made the Window Clings as part of her science experiment this year and we had so much fun the first time, we decided to make them again!  There were some things I wanted to do with her batch that I couldn’t because it was her project so this allowed me to get creative with this craft.

Decorating berry baskets was something we used to do in grade school, using strips of construction paper instead of ribbon or yarn.  I like this craft because its cheap, you use what you have, and your creativity is the limit!

Window Clings from KidScience App

Materials
1.5 oz (6 packets) plain, unflavored gelatin
water
food coloring
drinking straw
cookie cutters
glitter (optional)

Method

Boil 4 cups of water.  Open the unflavored gelatin packets into a small bowl.  Stirring as you go, slowly pour the gelatin into the boiling water.  Stir well until the gelatin has dissolved.  If there are any bubbles, remove them with a spoon.

InlandMoms WindowClingsAllow the gelatin to cool a bit, then pour the liquid gelatin into two large pans so that the liquid measures 1-1.5 cm deep.

If using glitter, now is the time to sprinkle glitter onto one of your pansof gelatin…or both, the diffusion with the food coloring will still occur with the glitter pans but the glitter clings can only be hung outside (or facing in) so that is why I only do one pan.

Let the gelatin harden in both pans.  This should take about an hour or so.  Using one end of a straw poke holes straight into the gelatin but not all the way to the bottom.  Spin the straw, then use a toothpick or skewer to pull out the gelatin plug you’ve made.  Sometimes I would just tilt the straw and use it to pull out the plugs as well.  Poke lots of holes into the gelatin a few centimeters apart.  The food coloring will diffuse in the glitter pan as well if you want to make a few holes in that one.

Add a drop of food coloring to each hole in the gelatin.  Keep the shapes of your cutters in mind if you want to make a shape a certain color.  Science experiment spoiler alert!: Greens and yellows diffuse the best and fastest, then blue, and red not so much.

Let the pans sit for 24 hours, then use cookie cutters to cut shapes from both pans of gelatin and carefully remove them with a spatula.  I remove them all at once onto a cookie sheet so that I can take them all to decorate my windows instead of one at a time.  The food coloring will continue to diffuse while the clings are on your windows.  When they dry, peel them off the windows.  The clings will last 3-4 days.

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What You’ll Need
plastic berry baskets
ribbon or yarn
glue
pipe cleaners (optional)
Method

Thread your ribbon or yarn through the hole of your basket, starting at the bottom.  Again, you can make these very simple by skipping a few and making large weaves or more intricate by weaving through each opening.

With my yarn basket, I wove through each opening, skipping one as I got three lines on each side so that I would have an alternating pattern (I used a total of nine lines).  I used a simpler pattern in the middle (two lines of four) because it was a little tricky weaving through the “product of USA” on the basket.  I used the same pattern on the top portion of my basket as the bottom.  I tied the yarn to the basket as I began to keep it in place.  I also pre wrapped the yarn around my basket to get an estimation of how much yarn to use so I could pre cut it to make it easier for weaving.

I used the pipe cleaners to make my handles.  Those were the one thing I had to buy which was surprising considering all the odds and ends I have.  They are very easy to work with and hook onto the baskets with ease.

With the pastel basket, I used 6 different 3/8” ribbon and threaded them alternately.  I tied yarn to the ends of the ribbon and then tied it to the basket to keep it in place.  When finished with a row, use a small dab of glue to fix the ribbon to itself to keep it in place.

With my hot pink basket, I used a 7/8” ribbon on the top (with which you can make the cutest ruching effect) and a 5/8” for the bottom which lays perfectly in that opening.  I decided not to use a handle on this basket.  It is being used to keep my little girl’s various notebooks organized.