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Redlands Police Department Teams with Micah House and others for Back2School Jam

REDLANDS, CA- The Redlands Police Department and Micah House, with help from local businesses, churches, community groups and City and County agencies, will give away bicycles and backpacks during a Back2School Jam and Community Resource Fair at Sylvan Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. There will be free snacks and music provided for the community.

The giveaway is held in conjunction with the Community Clean Up day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, August 1, at a number of neighborhood locations, including Post Street and Brockton Avenue, Cook Street and Cero Court, the Micah House (Oxford Avenue and Brockton), and Second Baptist Church, 420 E. Stuart St. Each participating child or teen giving one hour or more of community service will receive a free backpack and school supplies.

Organizers hope to match last year’s donation of more than 1,200 backpacks and school supplies to children and youth. Donations were funded by various groups including the Redlands Police Officers Association, Trinity Church, Walgreens Stores, Tom McGrath School Supplies, Fox Banquets and Events Inc., Kiwanis Club of Redlands Morning and grants from the Redlands Police Department.  Toyota of Redlands assisted in raising supplies by offering 10 percent discounts on services in exchange for donated school supplies. Sponsors from Music Changing Lives also donated backpacks and school supplies.

African-Soul Singer Launches New Album and Track Featuring Rapper Common


Few contemporary albums bare as particular a narrative as The Lagos Music Salon. The new album by the superb chanteuse Somi, finds her breaking new ground with a hybrid style of music that organically integrates the essence of jazz and soul with the musical depth of her African heritage.

The Lagos Music Salon (available Tuesday, August 5th) marks Somi’s major label debut for Sony’s OKeh Records and features a range of originals that are sublimely melodic, percussively textured.  A socially informed and adventurous vocalist, Somi sings with a soulful beauty about her experiences in Lagos. While there, she kept a journal of her observations and collaborated with a community of musicians, writers and artists who helped her to envision what would become The Lagos Music Salon.

The album covers a broad swath of styles and features a number of carefully matched guest performances. These include a fast-paced groove with Afro-pop sensibilities on the Fela Kuti-inspired “Lady Revisited” with Angelique Kidjo, and a rap-inflected cinematic reflection on Africa’s pollution, “When Rivers Cry,” that features Common.

For more information on Miss Somi, please visit www.somimusic.com.

Legends of Motown Komedy Slamm and Singles Dance

Monty B. Sharpton a.k.a. Lamont Bonman

Monty B. Sharpton a.k.a. Lamont Bonman

TORRENCE, CA- Legends of Motown presents, “Komedy Slamm and Singles Dance”, August 9at 7:30 p.m. This event will be hosted by Monty B. Sharpton from TBN’s Comedy Specials. Featuring comedians from HBO’s Def Comedy Jam; tributes to musical greats like Diana Ross, Al Green, and Lionel Richie; and smooth jazz recording artists from 94.7, this will be a night to remember. Come out to the Alpine Village Center in Torrance, CA as the event will also include free parking! Seating is on first-come, first-serve basis so be early! Dinner is also available and the dance begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available now for $25 or $35 at the door. The Singles after party dance (couples welcome) are $5 if you purchase now or $10 at door. Bring your dancing shoes and have a night filled with music and laughter! For more information visit www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events.(By Noelle Lilley)