Festival of Ideas

Where: Ed Hales Park in downtown Redlands at Sixth and State streets

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Free

Information: occupyredlands.org

REDLANDS - To celebrate a year of occupation, Occupy Redlands will hold an event for members of the public to engage with various organizations and candidates running for election this November.

The organization's "Festival of Ideas" will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ed Hales Park at the corner of State and Fifth streets.

The event is free and open to the public.

Common Cause, Redlands Good Neighbor Coalition, Redlands Sustainability Network, Micah House, Family Services Association and the Redlands Area Democratic Club are confirmed to attend.

Candidates running for various seats on state and local levels have been invited to participate, including those running for Redlands City Council.

The idea for the event had been discussed at one of the group's general assembly meetings held at the downtown Redlands Park.

The reason - to celebrate its "birthday" and to allow Redlanders and neighbors in surrounding cities to meet, share ideas and start a dialogue, said Keith Jackson, a spokesperson for the group.

"We thought, `Wouldn't it be nice to put on an event for the city of Redlands that will allow people from the city to talk to organizations and groups that affect their lives and the work they do?' And not only does this give us a presence, but it gives the city a presence as well," Jackson said.

Organizers are hoping for a solid turnout and are hoping to draw the crowd looking to shop or dine in the vicinity of Ed Hales.

"We're expecting people to float in and out. We're not expecting hundreds to show up at any one time, but a flow of people throughout the day," Jackson said. "This is really an opportunity for the community to engage and have conversations. It's really an exchange of ideas - shared or not."

Citizens Action for Peace has been active in the community for several years. The organization is planning to attend Sunday's event to maintain that presence, said Sunny Wallick, program coordinator for the group.

What the group plans to discuss at the event has not yet been finalized, she added.

"We might be announcing our next film that's coming up and talk about how important it is to keep thinking about peace issues," she said. "I personally see CAP presenting information to this community that is not always in the mainstream press."

For more information about the event or Occupy Redlands, visit occupyredlands.org.


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