Members of Redlands Sister Cities recently presented the Cultural Arts Award to the Redlands City Council. The award, bestowed on the Redlands Sister Cities Chapter by Sister Cities International acknowledges beautification projects recently completed in Redlands. The award was presented by Roy Cencirulo, president of the local Sister Cities Chapter. Included with the award were items donated by the Hino, Japan program, including a magazine commemorating the Hino delegation’s visit to Redlands in 2018 and a book to be delivered to the Smiley Library.
The beautification efforts include the commissioning of the mural of Redlands’ three sister cities, painted on the recently completed Orange Blossom hike and biking trail, and the commissioning of the clock tower in the Ed Hales Park. The clock tower represents the three different time zones of the three sister cities. These projects have positive messages and continue to foster goodwill and cooperation between Redlands and its sister cities: Hino, Japan; Linli, China; and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.