It’s a good sign that Redlands annual events are coming back to life. We think.

For instance, the seventh annual Touch-A-Truck will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Redlands East Valley High School, hosted by the Redlands Rotary Club. It’s an oddly popular event with dozens of unique and interesting vehicles for kids and their parents to touch and to climb on.

The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival was back. It was great to be under the stars experiencing great music. But the shows were only an hour and 15 minutes with no intermission. Volunteers passed around the red baskets for donations before the shows, but that was much more effective when they were passed during intermission with a captive audience. But they were still great evenings.

The Dinner in the Grove, one of the biggest fundraisers for Redlands Family Service Association, will be held starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in an orange grove owned by Jack and Laura Dangermond off Citrus Avenue in East Redlands. It's a nice event, also mostly under the stars as the evening progresses.

Not all events are all in. For instance, the Believe Walk, which raises money to fight cancer, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 3, but it’s still considered “virtual.” That is, choose your own route and donate what you can.

We suspect the usual format, which has raised nearly $6 million since it was established in 2008, would raise more money. However, last year’s “virtual” walk raised $700,000, more than $200,000 above the goal.

There are other signs of caution, such as the city’s announcement that you can no longer walk into the Redlands Animal Shelter to check out the critters available for adoption because of concerns over the Delta variant of COVID-19. You can check out the dogs, cats and other animals at and make an appointment.

Coincidentally, today marks the launch of a Pet of the Week feature. Contributor Edie Rens had to update her first contribution, removing a line about going to see Romeo, a pit bull/terrier mix, in person.

However, plans are underway for a Veteran’s Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 11, a Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, the first Christmas Parade in three years. Last year, it was canceled by the pandemic, and the year before it was rained out.

That same weekend will be the Redlands YMCA’s annual Holiday Home tour, which raises money for its Legal Aid Clinic, along with the annual Holiday Boutique.

The virtual events during the past have been fun, to some extent, but it’s just not the same as touring a home in person to see how it’s furnished and landscaped.

Precautions should be taken, but it is reassuring that nearly three-quarters of Redlands residents have been vaccinated, which over the longer term should ease the affect of the Delta variant on us.