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Explore your creativity with artMuse at the County Museum

artjamExplore your creativity at the San Bernardino County Museum this fall at three artMUSE activity sessions. Visitors will express themselves throughout creative writing, photography, and other artistic activities. Local artists and art students will share artistic techniques and help participants draw inspiration from the museum. Activities are included with paid museum admission and are offered in a ‘drop in’ format from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday October 26, Saturday November 8, and Saturday December 6.

“Everyone has a story that is part of what makes up our community,” said Jolene Redvale, the Museum’s curator of education and coordinator for the artMUSE program. “By offering views of their personal experiences, artMUSE participants contribute meaning to an experience we all share.”

Activities are geared to adults and youth ages 13 and up. Art materials will be provided, but visitors should bring a camera or smartphone for the photography sessions.

To accompany the activities, a digital exhibit will display artwork produced during artMUSE programs and events. “ArtMUSE wants visitors to view the museum as a platform for creative activity, and these programs will help visitors discover this side of the San Bernardino County Museum,” said Redvale

All artMUSE programs, activities, and events are sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation. For more information about the artMUSE fall program series and the San Bernardino County Museum, call 909-798-8610 or e-mail the artMUSE program at sbcmartmuse@gmail.com or jredvale@sbcm.sbcounty.gov.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Eighth Annual Homeless Summit on Nov. 5

Homeless Summit Electronic Invite PIO revised 10 7 14The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership in collaboration with the Office of Homeless Services will host their 8th Annual Homeless Summit at the Ontario Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 5.

The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership in collaboration with the Office of Homeless Services will inform attendees of the efforts that have been made over the past year, and future program planning for the next 12 months to address the issue of homelessness in the county.

Guest speakers will include: Tom Hernandez, Homeless Services Manager, Office of Homeless Services; Sharon Green, Executive Director, Victor Valley Family Resource Center; Dan Nackerman, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino; Gary Madden, Director, United Way 211; Brianna Karp, Executive Assistant and Author, Orange County Health Authority; Josie Gonzales, Fifth District County Supervisor, San Bernardino.

For additional information, please contact Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225.

Fatal plane crash in Fawnskin

countyfireFirefighters responded to a report of a small plane down near the Grout Bay picnic area in Fawnskin about 10:45 a.m. today.

San Bernardino County firefighters from Station 96 in Fawnskin arrived on scene minutes later, where they located a small, single-engine aircraft that had crashed in the dry lake bed (known as Grout Bay) near the picnic area.

Firefighters were able to reach the pilot quickly, however the adult male pilot and sole occupant had already succumbed to his injuries. The pilot had taken off from the Big Bear Airport. It is unknown where the pilot was headed.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, the National Transportation Bureau and the Federal Aviation Administration. The San Bernardino County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office will release the name of the deceased once proper notification has been made.

Ghost Dinosaurs at the County Museum on Saturday

dinorama dingieThe Halloween season makes you think about spooks and goblins and, at the San Bernardino County Museum, Ghost Dinosaurs! Families are invited to Ghost Dinosaur Day on Saturday, Oct. 25, for all sorts of fossil treats—and maybe a trick or two. All activities are included with paid museum admission.

Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott will give two spooky dinosaur talks about “Ghost Dinosaurs”, one for kids at 10:30 a.m. and the other, “Ghost Dinosaurs: Haunted by Lost Monsters,” for all ages at 2 p.m. The education division will offer eerie cart conversations in the Hall of Geological Wonders, where the special exhibit “Fossils Underfoot” is now showing. Don’t be scared: learn the difference between dinosaur “ghosts” and the real thing. Get ready for Halloween by making dinosaur masks to take home. Are you already all set for Halloween? Then wear your costume, join in a costume parade, and win a prize!

Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with costume parades at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. Visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum for more information. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Elections Office launches new app, reminds citizens to register by Monday

myelectionsgatewayMonday, Oct. 20 is the deadline for San Bernardino County residents to register to vote in the 2014 Statewide General Election. The Elections Office at 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino will be open until midnight on Oct. 20 to accommodate people who want to register in person.

Citizens can go to www.sbcountyelections.com to register online or they can use a new application on the website to verify their registration status. The new application, called My Elections (M.E.) Gateway, provides voters with personalized election information.

In the M.E. Gateway, registered voters can access election information such as their registration status, polling place location, voting districts and other personalized election information.

“We are very excited to offer this new application to San Bernardino County voters,” said Michael Scarpello, Registrar of Voters. “We designed the M.E. Gateway to be easy to use and to provide registered voters with all their election information in one convenient location so that they don’t have to hunt for their information on our regular website.”

Residents can also register to vote on paper registration forms that can be found at locations throughout San Bernardino County such as post offices, city clerks’ offices, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. A full list of locations is available at the Elections Office website.

For more information about My Elections Gateway, visit the Elections Office website at www.sbcountyelections.com or call (909) 387-8300.


Learn how to prevent lead poisoning

lead poisoningThe Department of Public Health announced plans to commemorate National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 19-25, with a week-long information campaign about childhood lead poisoning.  The campaign theme “Kids Learn Better Lead Free,” will educate families and community members about ways to prevent lead poisoning and the importance of testing children for lead, said Sara Hernandez-Singh of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

Lead poisoning can seriously affect a child’s brain and nervous system. It can cause learning and behavioral problems. A blood lead test is the only way to identify and confirm lead poisoning in children. “The purpose of this campaign is to remind parents that lead poisoning can be detrimental to young children’s health and development. It is important for parents to ask their child’s doctor about lead testing,” stated Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer of the Department of Public Health.

In California, children can be exposed to lead by ingesting lead-contaminated dust, paint chips from deteriorating lead-based paint, and lead-contaminated soil. Other sources of lead poisoning include lead dust brought home on parents’ work clothes, certain imported ceramic pottery, and traditional home remedies among others. Imported candies or foods, especially from Mexico, containing chili or tamarind may contain lead. Additionally, activities that involve lead products such as soldering, making stained glass, and handling bullets or fishing sinkers can put children at risk.

All parents and caregivers of young children are invited to contact Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 1-800-722-3777 to learn about the upcoming education campaign and ways to protect their children from this silent and serious environmental disease.

Public Health supports Latino AIDS awareness

AIDS LatinoHIV continues to threaten the health of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. The Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately 1 in 50 Hispanics/Latinos will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.  Over 8,000 individuals of all races and ethnicities are living with HIV/AIDS within the Counties of San Bernardino and Riverside.

October 15, 2014 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD).  The 2014 theme is “To End AIDS, Commit to Act”

The County of San Bernardino, Department of Public Health, Ryan White Program, supports NLAAD and according to the County Health Officer, Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, “everyone, especially those at high risk of infection, should be tested.”

HIV testing is more important than ever because 1 in 5 people with HIV are unaware of their HIV status, and almost half of Hispanics/Latinos have never been tested. The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested at least once in their lifetime. Individuals at higher risk should be tested even more frequently, at least annually.

Getting an HIV test has never been easier.  To find an HIV test site near you, please visit: National HIV and STD Testing Resources . Simply enter your zip code and a list of nearby testing suites will be presented.

The President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy is to reduce new HIV infection rates by 25% by the year 2015. This will take a combination of effort, predominantly increasing HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention efforts by increasing the number of people living with HIV who know their status.

For more information about the Ryan White Program or to find services near you, please call the Ryan White Program office at (909) 387-6492 or visit our website at         http://www.sbcounty.gov/dph/publichealth/programs_services/ryan_white/ryan_white_home.asp.

Workforce Investment Board offers job assistance to graduates of new avionics training

The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board is recruiting for a 40-day training course in Avionics and Industrial Technology at Chaffey College.

The no-cost training is open to 20 low-income, long-term unemployed, disabled or re-entry individuals (which include parolees, probationers and individuals with a felony on record). The WIB and Chaffey College are looking for recruits who enjoy working with their hands, are mechanically inclined and have a strong attention to detail. Graduates will earn a nationally recognized certification in Industrial Maintenance Electrical & Instrumentation from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

turbulence aheadAs a partner of Chaffey College in the initiative, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will provide recruitment and employment assistance to help graduates land jobs at local businesses with a demand for avionics and industrial maintenance expertise.

The program is a not-for-credit, short-term pilot program funded through a $150,000 Workforce Accelerator Fund grant awarded to Chaffey College by the California Workforce Investment Board. Classes begin October 20 and take place at Chaffey College’s Chino campus. To attend an orientation, prospective trainees should call (909) 652-7664.

“This program was designed in response to the need of employers in San Bernardino County,’’ said Workforce Investment Board Executive Director, Sandy Harmsen. “Fortunately, we are positioned to assist the program graduates in securing employment with one of the businesses we work with.”

There is an expected industry demand spike for people with expertise in aviation and industrial electrical technology and instrumentation.  In 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a requirement that all aircraft flying in controlled airspace must be equipped with new avionics by 2020. The new systems, known as ADS-B, use GPS technology and will replace radar. Industry estimates expect 20,000 ADS-B installations per year between now and 2020.

“In one year, the Workforce Investment Board has served nearly 3,000 businesses and identified more than 12,000 job openings. This partnership with Chaffey College is another example of how the Workforce Investment Board is helping residents enter well-paying career fields while also meeting the needs of growing industries in our County,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford said.

For more information on the Industrial Maintenance Electrical & Instrumentation & Avionics training, please call the Chaffey College Workforce Training Institute at (909) 652-7664.For more information on the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board, contact 1(800) 451-JOBs or visit www.csb-win.org.

Dinosaur Discovery Day on Saturday

dinosaurDiscover dinosaurs at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This activity-packed day is designed to immerse visitors of all ages in all things dinosaur. Activities are included with paid museum admission.

Children can paint fossil replicas, make dinosaur masks, learn to walk like a dinosaur, and even organize cockroach races. Rest up with dinosaur story time before heading off to more dinosaur fun, including face painting and balloon animals. The museum’s education division will offer hands-on learning and cart conversations in the Hall of Geological Wonders in conjunction with the new exhibit, “Fossils Underfoot.”

Three dinosaur experts will give talks during the day. At 11 a.m. Dr. Mathew J. Wedel, assistant professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, will discuss “How to Measure a Dinosaur.” Dr. Andrew A. Farke, Augustyn Family Curator of Paleontology for the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, will talk about “Growing Up Parasaurolophus” at 1 p.m. “Why Dinosaurs Matter” is the topic of Brian Switek at 3 p.m. Switek is a paleontology science writer and blogger from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dinosaurs Rock will do three special presentations in the museum’s amphitheater at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. These kid-friendly audience-participation shows include many dinosaur replica fossils and bones.

Lunches can be purchased to enjoy in the museum courtyard along with free snacks of popcorn and cotton candy. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.


San Bernardino Home Expo on Saturday

saveyourhomesbNeed help with your mortgage?  Interested in buying a home?  San Bernardino is hosting its first annual Home Expo at the National Orange Show Events Center on Saturday Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  There will be free demonstrations, raffle prizes, and more. For more information, visit  http://www.sbhomeexpo.org/ 

For more information about events and resources for homeowners and homebuyers, visit the County website at www.SaveYourHomeSBCounty.org or contact the Community Development and Housing Department at 909/387-4389.

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