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Give BIG returns to assist charities in San Bernardino County

givebiglogoThe Community Foundation is pleased to announce the return of Give BIG San Bernardino County, an exciting 24-hour event to increase philanthropy in San Bernardino County through online giving.

Give BIG San Bernardino County will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 from midnight through Dec. 1.

The 24-hour online event is designed to generate funding for nonprofits in the county while building a culture of philanthropy and giving throughout the community.

“We look forward to bringing our great community together once again on November 29,” said Dr. Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba, President and CEO of The Community Foundation. “Our goal is to build on the success of last year’s campaign while continuing to raise awareness of the important work of nonprofits serving our local communities.”

Creating a culture of philanthropy is a major priority in San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire, where poverty rates rank among the highest in the nation. According to the Southern California Association of Governments, 19 percent of Inland Empire residents – and 26 percent of children – live below the poverty line. Compounding this challenge is a rapidly growing population. Currently home to more than 2 million people, San Bernardino County is projected to be among the fastest growing regions in the United States.

Thanks to funding and support from the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors and the contributions of generous sponsors, Give Big San Bernardino County is providing valuable training to nonprofits in the use of social media, cultivating relationships with donors, developing a communications plan, and raising muchneeded funds from online donors. These online donations provide critical funding to help nonprofits in San Bernardino County not only address poverty but also other challenges the county residents face in the areas of education, health, the environment, public safety, family and youth services. Give BIG San Bernardino County also provides donors with an online giving platform to improve the quality of life for all through recreation, the arts, and more.

Nonprofits are encouraged to sign up for the 2016 Give BIG San Bernardino County campaign, and anyone can support the 2016 Give BIG San Bernardino County by making online donations to their favorite charity. For more information and updates, please visit The Community Foundation.

Inland Empire Awakens on May the Fourth

MaythefourthbewithyouThe San Bernardino County Museum and the Riverside Art Museum are jointly hosting an early morning event, “May the 4th: the Inland Empire Awakens,” to celebrate International Star Wars Day. This dance sunriser takes place at both locations on Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Free to the public, the event will feature breakfast treats, non-alcoholic beverages, and dance music by local disc jockeys DJEturnal at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, and DJ Hyphen-Select of Mental Physix at the Riverside Art Museum. Refreshments at the County Museum are courtesy of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf of Redlands.

“These early morning dance events are a trend in some major cities to encourage community and health through dance, which results in an alert, happy and productive day.” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “By joining with Riverside Art Museum we offer our region a social and exhilarating opportunity to express oneself in music and movement, and what better date than Star Wars Day to introduce this activity to our region.”

May the 4th is informally recognized as Star Wars Day, as the date provides an easy pun, first coined in 1979, on the Star Wars phrase “May the Force be with you.” Dancers are encouraged to come to either museum before school or class dressed in work or school clothes, in workout clothes, or even in full Star Wars regalia.

May the 4th: the Inland Empire Awakens, 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 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. Needlework demonstrations are is included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the County Museum

sbcmuseum entryBring Mom to the San Bernardino County Museum on Mother’s Day, May 8, and create a special gift for her during a Family Fun Sunday. Craft activities, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., are included with general museum admission.

Special exhibits open during the day include “Mysteries at the Museum,” “California Bling,” and “Turn Left at the Rockies.” Families will also enjoy sharing memories on the Remembering Ramps and disappearing into the walls as they learn about how animals disguise themselves in nature. Fossils, birds, mammals, and prehistoric and historic artifacts are also on exhibit. The Exploration Station live animal gallery will also be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Family Fun Days 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 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. Needlework demonstrations are is included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Need help buying a home? Free expert assistance is available

San Bernardino County has made it a priority to promote and protect homeownership. As part of that effort, the County Department of Community Development and Housing encourages interested county residents to attend a free home_ownership-1050x699housing expo and town hall meeting on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fair Housing Council of Riverside, 3933 Mission Inn Ave. in Riverside.

HUD-approved housing counselors, lenders and real estate agents will be on-hand to assist those looking to buy their first home or make a new start after a foreclosure, short sale, or bankruptcy. The event will include valuable information about down payment assistance, real estate fraud, foreclosure prevention, mortgage modification, fair housing, and more.

For more information, call 951-682-6581 or 1-800-655-1812 or register to attend at the event website. Click here for more details.

 

Family fun marks opening of Apple Valley library space April 30

APV_TempLocation_Opening_event_flyer_lowFace painting, a balloon artist, crafts and a children’s performer will greet guests at the opening of temporary library space at the Newton T. Bass Branch Library in Apple Valley on Saturday, April 30.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a special kickoff and dedication with guest speakers, a bag giveaway and light refreshments. Every guest who checks out 15 items from the library during the event becomes eligible for a prize drawing at 1 p.m.

Regular library services are returning to the Apple Valley civic center in 5,000 square feet of modular units in the parking lot of the existing library building at 14901 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley. The library closed last year due to extensive structural issues and the temporary library will operate until the building is repaired.

“I encourage families to come out and enjoy the library again,” said First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood. “I’m pleased we are able to open this library while we work to repair the roof on the existing building.”

The library building is undergoing extensive repairs to replace the roof and the support structure, which turned out to be insufficient to support the original roof. Identifying the problem and determining how to address it has required extensive study and deliberation by engineers and insurers, as well as design work. The project has encountered a series of unforeseen challenges, but the County is committed to providing Apple Valley library patrons with a quality facility as soon as possible. The County will keep the community updated on the project.

In the temporary space, full library services will be available including 25 public access computers, printing availability and free Wi-Fi.

In addition, the Summer Reading Program kicks off on Monday June 6 and continues through Saturday July 30. This year’s theme is super heroes and rewards for both kids and adults are available depending on the number of books, pages and minutes of reading completed this summer. The Summer Reading Program also celebrates and supports the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read, which seeks to focus attention on the importance of reading, highlight literacy-related programs and services and connect people to literacy resources and volunteer opportunities.

A countywide challenge is also available to children and teenagers to reach certain reading goals and they will be entered into a drawing to win prizes.

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.

Needlework demonstration at the County Museum

sbcmuseum entryMembers of the Inland Empire Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will demonstrate and display embroidery and needlepoint techniques on Sunday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Bernardino County Museum. The local Embroiderers Guild chapter has met at the museum monthly since the 1990s to inspire interest in the craft and to introduce it to the next generation.

“The Museum has historic textiles in both its history and its anthropology collections,” said Jennifer Dickerson, the museum’s curator of history. “Needlework, whether for decorative or practical purposes, was an essential skill in the past for creating and maintaining clothing and household goods. By demonstrating the actual making of these pieces, the Embroiders Guild helps connect our collection to the techniques that went into their production.”

Demonstrations, hands-on learning, 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 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. Needlework demonstrations are is included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Sheriff’s 10K Trail Run on Sunday

sheriff's trail runFor fun, For Adventure or For Challenge…You Decide!

No Wine. No Cocoa. No Gimmicks.

THIS IS GONNA HURT!

Want to challenge yourself, have a good time and stay in shape? Sign up for the Sheriff’s 10K Trail Run,  a grueling off-pavement trail run along foot paths and fire roads surrounding the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Training Center. The 6.2 mile course includes challenging hills with moderate to steep inclines. Categories are divided by age and gender (12 years and older).  First 200 finishers will receive a Finisher’s Medal!
The event is Sunday, April 3 at 8 a.m.
Proceeds benefit volunteers of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and Star in Motion, a nonprofit organization. Star in Motion fosters positive relationships between the public safety community and the public and supports the health and well-being of the public safety community.
For registration and fee information, visit http://www.starinmotion.org/sheriffs10ktrailrun.php

Tacos and Taxes! Free tax preparation on April 2

OUtreach Flyer combined_Page_1Don’t wait until the last minute to get your taxes prepared and e-filed.

If you made less than $54,000 in 2015, come to the Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino, 1180 W. 9th Street in San Bernardino from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 and get your taxes done for free!

There is free parking available and the location is along OmniTrans Route 4 at the 9th and Mt. Vernon stop.

The event will feature:

  • Free tax preparation & e-filing
  • Free bag of groceries
  • Free tacos
  • Free medical screenings
  • A resource fair
  • Family activities

Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are preferred. Call (909) 347-1255 to make an appointment.

Please bring:

  • Proof of income including W-2s and 1099s
  • Documentation of deductible expenses
  • Form of Government Identification
  • Social Security Card for each family member
  • Account and routing numbers for checking or savings accounts for direct deposit and a faster refund
  • Health Insurance Marketplace Statement  (1095-A, B, and/or C)
  • Copy of 2014 tax return, if available

Click here for more information in English and Spanish.

Government Works: Graphic Design Unit wins nine awards

Final Government Works StampThe County’s Graphic Design Unit won nine bronze “ADDY” awards from the Inland Empire American Advertising Awards held on March 18 at the Mission Inn in Riverside.

The American Advertising Awards is one of the largest advertising competitions in the nation. Thousands of advertising and design firms – both private and public sector – enter this prestigious industry competition.

This was the first time the County has entered the competition.

Click here to view the Graphic Design Unit’s winning artwork, which includes the County logo and the SB Strong logo.

This is an example of how Government Works.

County Library to remodel Big Bear Lake Branch

bigbearlakelibraryThe County Library’s Big Bear Branch will undergo a remodel with fresh paint, new carpet, flooring, furniture and some reconfiguration of the existing layout. While the remodel is taking place, the library will temporarily close from April 11 to May 20. Customers are encouraged to visit the Running Springs, Lake Arrowhead or Crestline branch libraries during the remodel.

“I’m excited about the upcoming changes to the library,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “Once complete, I’m sure residents will be pleased with the fresh, updated look and we’re looking forward to celebrating the reopening.”

The library is set to reopen at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 and the public is invited to celebrate with a ribbon cutting, children’s performer, crafts and more. The Friends of the Big Bear Lake Branch library will also be holding their annual book sale.

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.

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