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Join us for a Library Luau at the Fontana Branch Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites you to join us at the Fontana Lewis Library & Technology Center as we celebrate our first Library Luau! Build an amazing experience as you get the chance to meet and greet Moana! Don’t forget your camera! Enjoy a variety of fun-filled crafts, a balloon artist, face painter, and more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Library Luau will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. Be certain to bring your library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns you an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes. All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Fontana Lewis Library & Technology Center is at 8437 Sierra Avenue in Fontana.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

Join us for a Block Party at the Chino Hills Branch Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites you to join us at the Chino Hills James S. Thalman Branch Library as we let our constructive imaginations run wild at this Block Party event!  Build an amazing experience as you get the chance to meet and greet characters from the Lego Movie and build a LEGO car to race!  Don’t forget your camera.  Enjoy a variety of fun-filled crafts, a balloon artist, and more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Block Party event will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Be certain to bring your library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns you 10 minutes of playtime in our Jumbo Block Building Room and an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes.  All activities are free and open to all ages.

Join the San Bernardino County Library System as we attempt to meet our yearlong campaign goal of 1 MILLION circulations at this branch.

The Chino Hills James S. Thalman Branch Library is at 14020 City Center Drive in Chino Hills.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

Registration now open for Children’s Network Conference

Ron Powell

The 31st Annual Children’s Network Conference will be Sept. 20 to 21 at the Ontario Convention Center. This conference is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing and is open to the public. Contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677 for more information or visit http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN. The conference will feature a number of sessions for professionals who work with children.

“The 48 workshops at this year’s Children’s Network Conference will highlight topics including early childhood development, child and family welfare, issues affecting teens, education/self help, father involvement, domestic minor human trafficking, youth suicide prevention, and Trauma Informed Early Intervention,” said Kathy Turnbull, Network Officer.

Tim Burns

The Sept. 20 keynote speaker, Ron Powell, Ph.D. has over 40 years of experience in public education as a special education teacher, consultant, administrator, and adjunct faculty at the University of California, Riverside. As an author, speaker, and expert in the administration of school-based mental health services, Powell has been instrumental in the development of exemplary programs for at-risk youth. The Sept. 21 keynote speaker, Tim Burns, is an educator and author whose background includes 40 years as a high school teacher, counselor, First Offender Program facilitator, adolescent and family drug-treatment program director, and university instructor.

Watch the Video: https://youtu.be/CDY3ir-JKi8

The Cars and Stars Show

After much anticipation, plans for the second Cars and Stars Car Show have been unveiled.

The event, on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Quakes Stadium in Rancho Cucamonga, will have fun for the entire family. Tons of beautiful cars and motorcycles, food, live entertainment, kids activities, specialty vendors, an opportunity drawing, and much more. If you’re coming just to view the cars and partake in the festivities … guess what, it’s free!

Pre-Registrants will receive discounted pricing at $25 (includes a T-shirt and goodie bag). So get them while they’re hot! Must be purchased prior to Oct. 16. If you’re interested in being a vendor please contact us at carsandstarscarshow@gmail.com.

Cars & Stars was established in 2015 by members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) event. The primary function is to provide support and assistance to local charities within the Inland Empire.

The organizers are excited to announce that this year they have partnered with Stater Bros Charities. Proceeds from this event will go to breast cancer organizations throughout the Inland Empire. These organizations provide support and assistance while focusing on detection, education and guidance. To learn more about these outstanding organizations please click the links below.

https://michellesplace.org/

http://www.thepinkribbonplace.org/

For registration and additional info please visit our website at: www.carsnstarscarshow.com

Click here for more information and here for details on a commemorative coin offer.

Museum opens long anticipated Sculpted by Time exhibit

Explore the Mountains, Faults, Lakes, Caves, and Fossils of our Region

“Sculpted by Time: Our Mountains, Faults, Lakes and Caves” opens Aug. 26 in the San Bernardino County Museum’s Hall of Earth Sciences. The new series of exhibits highlights the dynamic geological and paleontological history in San Bernardino County and inland Southern California. Rock and fossil specimens on display help tell the story of the evolution of our region’s landscape, animals, and changing climates.

“The displays in ‘Sculpted by Time’ encourage visitors to explore our region’s geologic past,” said Ian Gilbert, the museum’s curator of earth sciences. “This is truly an interactive learning experience. All senses will be engaged: there are things to see, things to hear, things to touch, even things to smell!

The displays are full of exciting discoveries – finds that excited us when they were first unearthed will continue to excite visitors as they rediscover them in the museum.”

County Board of Supervisors Chair Robert Lovingood said, “This new exhibit, in development for several years, is an example of the exciting work being done at the museum to educate our citizens about the county’s extraordinary history.”

Visitors learn that the Mojave wasn’t a desert until the San Andreas Fault recently uplifted the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains. Our now arid region was once a lush landscape filled with rivers, streams, and lakes that nourished a rich diversity of plants and animals, many of which are now extinct. Fossils unearthed in the Cajon Pass of an ancient dolphin and a huge marine reptile, called an elasmosaur, demonstrate that our now mountainous region was covered by ocean waters for millions of years. A giant Ice Age ground sloth, whose fossils were found in a cave in the Mojave Desert, stands guard over the exhibit floor.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history, and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs, reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors. “Sculpted by Time” was funded by the County of San Bernardino with support from the estate of Billie Vaughn.

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. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Do you know someone who helps our county’s young people

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Commission of San Bernardino County will hold its Annual Recognition of Service to Youth Awards Ceremony on Oct. 11 to honor individuals, service organizations, nonprofit agencies, public agencies and companies throughout the county who have made exceptional and outstanding contributions in strengthening and advocating youth programs and services.teens-youthunitedway-1

The focus of these awards is to recognize individuals and groups who go above and beyond the call of duty. The commission needs your help in identifying those who should be honored at this special tribute event. The five categories for awards are individual, nonprofit agency, public agency, service organization, and company or corporation.

The nomination form can be found here. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Aug. 18.

Make a difference in San Bernardino County by recognizing those who assist young people in our communities.

Food trucks hit downtown San Bernardino this Thursday

Are you better than a baloney sandwich? This Thursday is the third Thursday of the month, which means you don’t have to settle for a sack lunch if you’re anywhere near downtown San Bernardino.

The city in partnership with the county will host it’s Third Thursdays Food Fest at the Court Street Square at E Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This week’s menu features Everything Bacon, BBQ, burgers, tacos, sandwiches, American/Hispanic/Asian fusion, savory and sweet crepes, Italian ice, and cupcakes.

And that’s no baloney.

County Museum opens new Hall of Biodiversity

New Exhibit Highlights Environmental Impacts

San Bernardino County is home to deserts, mountain ranges, lakes, and creeks that are ecological hotspots for life. A new series of exhibits is being installed in the upper level of the San Bernardino County Museum. The Hall of Biodiversity will open on Aug. 26.

“The Hall of Biodiversity gives visitors the opportunity to explore the region’s rich biodiversity through interactive exhibits, displays, and specimens from our extraordinary mammal collection,” said David Myers, the museum’s curator of visitor experience. “Along the way, visitors will make their own discoveries by viewing plants and insects up close under digital microscopes, find out what they can do to keep animal populations healthy by becoming citizen scientists, and learn the fascinating stories of why bison roam Catalina Island and how the California condor was brought back from the brink of extinction.”

Exhibits include large mammals selected from the collections that relate directly to inland southern California. Some are locally extinct; some are endangered, some are flourishing, and still others have been introduced in historic times. Reflecting the biodiversity for which the hall is named, exhibits of small mammals, arthropods, and birds have also been created.

“Human behavior has the power to impact the environment, so we want visitors to come away from the Hall of Biodiversity understanding why biodiversity is important in our region, what we have done in the past to shape our environment, and feel empowered to make a positive impact in their own communities,” said Myers.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s Hall of Biodiversity and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

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. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Brilliant Behavioral Health programs earn top honors

Veronica Kelley, Department of Behavioral Health Director and NACo President Brian Desloge

A Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) program that encourages and empowers clients to conduct trainings and provide support to their peers was one of a hundred nationwide county programs selected by the National Association of Counties (NACo) as a 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work. This distinction was awarded to select programs who received a 2017 NACo Achievement Award and illustrated the top innovations in county government, including increased quality of life for its residents.

In total, DBH received two of the 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work distinctions; one for its Group Facilitator Training and another for Connections. DBH’s Group Facilitator Training provides engaging workshops to empower clients with leadership skills, enhanced self-esteem and the opportunity to become class facilitators themselves. Connections serves as a centralized resource hub for behavioral health clients, connecting them with additional supportive services within DBH and the community, supporting holistic health care.

The San Bernardino County Public Defender and San Bernardino County Probation Department also each received a 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work distinction for their programs developed in collaboration with DBH.  Public Defender’s Everyone SWIMS (Self Sufficient, Well-Being, In House, Mental Health, Services) program addresses the unnecessary hospitalization and incarceration of individuals with psychological distress and mental disorders, while Probation’s Custody to Community program provides supportive services to mentally ill and medically fragile offenders through coordination of services during the re-entry process from State and local custody to the community, effectively reducing homelessness and recidivism rates.

Each of the 100 Brilliant Ideas entries were selected from the top 2017 NACo Achievement Awards and according to NACo President Bryan Desloge, “can serve as examples for counties across the country.” Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs. This year, DBH was awarded a total of six Achievement Awards ranging in category from children and youth, public safety, human services and volunteerism.

“DBH strives to be innovators in the field of behavioral health by designing services that reflect local needs and nationwide trends,” said DBH Director Veronica Kelley. “This award encourages our resolve to provide progressive and effective behavioral health care to the San Bernardino County community.”

DBH, through these recognitions, is supporting the Countywide Vision by providing behavioral health services that promote wellness, recovery and resilience in the community. Information on the Countywide Vision and on DBH can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

Toddlers can play, learn at new Victor Valley Museum exhibit

CuriousCity opens Wednesday, Aug. 23

The High Desert’s youngest residents will soon have a museum space designed just for them. “CuriousCity,” a new immersive environment built especially around the needs of children 5 and under, will open Wednesday, Aug. 23 at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley.

CuriousCity is a hands-on environment that encourages pretend play in a kid-sized small town. Motor skills, learning, and social interactions are encouraged in an atmosphere of fun, imagination, and make-believe. Building structures, games, puzzles, art and reading activities contribute to the development of age-level skills. As a space separate from the museum’s other exhibits, younger children can safely play without the tumult that can occur when the room is shared with older children.

“This focus on the 0-5 age group is a new and important addition, and a needed resource to nurture a healthy community in this region. Our hope is that families visit often, and that it becomes a spot where parents can meet and share parenting experiences while interacting with their children.” said Melissa Russo, museum director.

The Opening Day of CuriousCity on Aug. 23 runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include activities and resource tables for families with young children. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. a dedication and official opening are scheduled.

“CuriousCity provides an opportunity for fun and learning – and for families to create great memories,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Robert A. Lovingood said. “The Victor Valley Museum highlights local history, mining, Native American artifacts, natural history and now we have a special place just for children 5 and under. So there’s something for everyone.”

CuriousCity and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.”

The new exhibit is included with regular museum admission. Families with Museum memberships enjoy free admission for a full year, along with a host of other benefits. Membership at the Premium level includes free admission to other children’s museums across the United States. CuriousCity is supported by Southern California Edison, Bank of America, Johnnie Ann Ralph, the San Bernardino County Museum Association, Friends of the Victor Valley Museum, and San Bernardino County Library.

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student. Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum, including CuriousCity, is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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