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Community volunteers needed!

The California Dental Association (CDA) Foundation will be providing dental services at no cost at the National Orange Show Event Center in the city of San Bernardino from Sept. 27-28.

During this event, CDA will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance finding a source for ongoing dental care.

To help provide oral health care services to the large number of expected people, CDA is in need of community volunteers to assist with patient registration, clinic setup, data entry, guiding patients and translating.

Please visit the CDA event page today to sign up and help us spread the word to other individuals and organizations that may be interested in supporting this incredible event.

www.cdafoundation.org/cda-cares/san-bernardino

 

20th Anniversary of the San Bernardino County PRCA Sheriff’s Rodeo

It’s time to dust off your boots and hats for the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the San Bernardino County PRCA Sheriff’s Rodeo scheduled for September 27th – 29th at Glen Helen Park in Devore.

Are you rodeo ready?

Go to a local Boot Barn, purchase two Wrangler products and receive your “FREE” voucher to Friday or Sunday’s performance and redeem your ticket at the ticket booth.

For more information www.sheriffsrodeo.com – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @SheriffsRodeo    #SheriffsRodeo

Santa Ana River Trail Bike Day and Open House

San Bernardino County Regional Parks invites families and riders of all abilities to come and ride at your own pace along the Santa Ana River Trail, Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

There will be three access points on the trail with community information, resources, water and bike-related goods and services.

Registration is open and this event is free to the public.

For more information or to register, visit www.santanariverbikeday.com.

 

County wins top statewide award for reports on 2015 terror tragedy

San Bernardino County’s Terrorist Attack Legacy Report & Organizational Review created following the December 2, 2015 tragedy won a prestigious California Counties Innovation Award on Monday from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and was considered one of the top two projects in the state by CSAC’s judges out of 284 entries.

One report is an organizational review documenting County government’s response to and recovery from the attack. The other is a first-of-its-kind legacy report designed as a resource for other agencies coping with or preparing for a similar incident.

“Our County suffered a terrible tragedy when our employees were attacked on December 2, 2015. There was no guidebook for us to follow to help us deal with an endless array of unprecedented immediate and long-term challenges,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.  “We hope that something like this never happens again, but we knew that we had a duty to commission these reports to help other public agencies navigate the circumstances no one ever hopes to face. We are deeply honored by this recognition.”

The legacy document can be viewed here and the organizational review is available here. Both reports can be found at sbcounty.gov in the “Where to Find” section under “December 2 Legacy Report and Organizational Review.” The County also provided the reports to leaders at CSAC, the National Association of Counties, the League of California Cities, the National League of Cities, and the International City/County Management Association as a resource to them and their members.

The reports were created by CPARS Consulting which assembled a team of experts in emergency management and response, communications and public information, and human resources and employee services to interview hundreds of County employees and review documents.

CSAC also recognized the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services with two awards – a Challenge Award for their Mobile Health Outreach – Anatomical Models program which helps educate older and disabled adults on self-examinations and identifying potentially life-threatening health issues; and a Merit Award for their Coordinated Care Collaborative program, which ensures low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, who qualify for both Medicare and Medi-Cal, receive optimal case management services.

The San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services also received a CSAC Merit Award for their Service of Process program, which expedites service of summons and complaints for child support and reduces costs by utilizing certified mail for child support customers residing outside of California.

Each year, CSAC honors best practices in county governments in California. This year, CSAC received 284​ entries from counties throughout California. The County of San Bernardino won five CSAC Awards in 2018, four in 2017, four in 2016, three in 2015 and 2014, five in 2013, three in 2012, two in 2011 and one in 2010.

The County has won more than 300 state and national awards for innovative and cost-saving programs since 2010, including 52 awards from the National Association of Counties in May.

“Our County is proud CSAC and other organizations consistently recognize the commitment to public service and work ethic our employees exhibit on a daily basis – whether it be another community impacted by violence, or seniors and children who need and deserve services in our county,” Hagman said.

CSAC will present the awards to the County at an upcoming San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Registration open for 2019 Fatherhood Conference

Video Invite:  https://youtu.be/UHC6TcsSQbY

Inland Empire men will have the chance to be inspired, educated and better equipped to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and to be actively engaged in their children’s lives during the 2019 Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference.

The Aug. 17 conference, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Bernardino Valley College at 701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino, will feature several speakers and workshops that will provide fathers with information and resources. Attendees can register at https://iefatherhoodconference.eventbrite.com

“The theme of this year’s conference is Connecting Generations and with this conference, we hope to share information and resources that will equip and empower fathers and father figures to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and become more actively engaged in their children’s lives,” said Father Engagement Coordinator Juan Solis. “A father has the power to change the world, one child at a time.”

The conference is a result of collaboration by the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC), a group of community-based organizations, County agencies, faith-based organizations, and individuals from various professions working together to reduce father absenteeism and the negative images of fatherlessness. The mission of the IEFIC is to encourage healthy child development by promoting the involvement, necessity, and value of the role of fathers in the family and community. The coalition is an initiative of San Bernardino County’s Children’s Network.

The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.

Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

Community invited to celebrate new San Bernardino Head Start

The grand opening of a new Head Start preschool will mark a new beginning for a San Bernardino community.

San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department will celebrate the Arrowhead Grove Head Start Grand Opening at 1151 N. Crestview in San Bernardino from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15.

The new site, made possible through a partnership with the San Bernardino County Housing Authority, replaces the former Waterman Gardens Head Start. The community has had a major revitalization, complete with new housing. The ribbon cutting will serve as an opportunity to reintroduce Head Start to the community. The event will include a tour of the new preschool and a chance to meet staff. There will also be free refreshments, activities and a resource fair for members of the community.

“We are excited to be a part of this new chapter for families in the community. This preschool will not only benefit some of our county’s youngest residents, but also their parents who will be eligible to participate in our Policy Council and programs such as our online high school diploma program and apprenticeship program,” said Director of Preschool Services, Phalos Haire. “This grand opening is not only a new beginning for Preschool Services, but our entire community.”

The Head Start preschool classes are free to qualifying families. Along with school readiness, Head Start includes nutrition, health, mental health and disability programs. Head Start also offers a number of programs for parents such as a job training apprenticeship program that can lead to employment opportunities and a free online high school diploma program for those who did not complete high school.

In addition to the new San Bernardino site, Preschool Services has Head Start locations throughout San Bernardino County and are enrolling for the 2019-20 school year. Contact Preschool Services at (888) KIDS-025 for more information and access applications online at http://hs.sbcounty.gov/psd/.

The Preschool Services Department administers the Federal Head Start and Early Head Start programs, California Department of Education State Preschool program, as well as the Child and Adult Care Food Program in over 60 locations throughout the County of San Bernardino. It is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

Back to School Health and Resource Fair on Aug. 1

August is Child Support Awareness Month and San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) is reminding parents that they are here to offer a range of services to assist parents in supporting their children. DCSS invites parents to attend events aimed at celebrating the department’s purpose of making a positive difference in the lives of children, as well as supplying resources to provide help building stronger, healthier families.

Thursday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., DCSS will hold its first-ever Back to School Health and Resource Fair. The department will hand out free backpacks (on a first-come, first-serve basis), offer free dental screenings, free vaccinations, free haircuts, CPR demonstrations, story time, cooking and much more through partnerships with local community agencies.

During Mondays with DCSS, the department will host representatives from social service agencies at its three offices in Loma Linda, Victorville and Ontario. While child support customers wait to meet with their case workers, they will have the chance to meet with staff from other County departments and agencies that can provide services to their families. This year, Building a Generation, 24/7 Fathers, WIC, Family Law Facilitators, Black Infant Health, Preschool Services, Nurturing Parents and First 5 will be available to provide information to child support customers during Mondays with DCSS.

“We are here to help parents who may no longer be together and may be unaware of the programs available for their benefit through Child Support Services. Many know us as the collectors of child support, we are much more,” Child Support Services Director Marie Girulat said. “Child support payments provide a measure of financial stability for families and create better outcomes for children. It is our job to help parents meet their medical and financial support and connect them to employment, housing, and other vital services to ensure they can provide for their children. During Child Support Awareness month, the spotlight is on our department and the wonderful things we do to help families, but our staff is here every month of the year for children and parents.”

By raising awareness about the services it provides, DCSS directly supports the Countywide Vision to promote family self-sufficiency and reduce childhood poverty throughout the county.

DCSS assists families by establishing orders for child and medical support, establishing parentage, locating parents, enforcing support orders, and collecting and distributing child support payments. DCSS is focused on helping the whole family with all aspects of services to gain self-sufficiency. DCSS is responsible for a caseload of approximately 106,000 cases with collections of over $189 million last fiscal year.

New Outdoor Gardens open at San Bernardino County Museum

Spend some quality time in the San Bernardino County Museum’s restored native gardens featuring interpretation and stories about these stunning and sometimes surprising plants. The gardens open to the public on Saturday, July 13. The exhibit is fully bilingual with interpretation in English and Spanish. Chia Café Collective will be at the opening presenting native food tasting.

The Desert Garden, a beloved outdoor exhibit at the museum’s entry, features plants that play an essential role in the survival and success of all other local organisms. California is home to thousands of native plant species that are found nowhere else in the world; however, changes in our climate are threatening the survival of many of these species. How do these plants adapt in order to survive?

The Ethnobotany Garden, off the museum’s interior courtyard, highlights local plants historically stewarded by the local tribal community. Many plants are an important source of food, and many of the plants in our region have been traditionally used for their medicinal properties. With the advancement of science and technology, plants still play an active role in how humans heal. Our garden highlights some of these important plants.

Curator of Integrated Science, Jessika Vazquez, spent months researching and developing stories about the Desert Garden, and how these plants impact the regional eco-system. She said, ““Every part of a plant has a role in its own survival and success as well as in our survival and success. We are very happy to be able to showcase the connection between us and our natural resources, in this case plants. It’s especially exciting to be able to share these stories with our Spanish speaking community!”

Tamara Serrao-Leiva, curator of Anthropology, who consulted closely with Morongo’s Malki Museum, said, “The ethnobotany garden is a shared space. Animals, plants, and humans come together here and live in harmony. It is important to remember that our relationship to the land is symbiotic, and our health is integrally tied to the health of the land, whether it’s physically, emotionally, or spiritually.”

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.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, 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.

Attend a Community Vital Signs Stakeholder Community Meeting

The San Bernardino County Community Vital Signs Initiative would like to invite you to attend the 2019 Status of Our Vital Signs – Stakeholders Engagement meetings. As part of a community-wide health improvement effort, we would like to share data on a broad range of topics with intent to prioritize the most urgent issues that impact the health and wellness of county residents.

As a community stakeholder, your participation is of tremendous value as you hold great insight and perspective on the issues and challenges your communities and residents experience.

The Status of Our Vital Signs meetings will be held through a series of stakeholder engagement meetings which will be hosted in each of the five Supervisorial Districts.

We thank you to your continued support and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.  Please RSVP and register at the following link: The Status of Our Vital Signs. If you would like more information, please contact Dori Baeza at (909) 387-9105.

San Bernardino County Child Support outreach efforts honored

San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) was recognized with two awards from the Child Support Directors Association for raising awareness and educating community partners about the importance of helping families provide for their children. 

Child Support’s Military Liaison team was recognized for establishing partnerships with Fort Irwin Army National Training Center and 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.  Members of the team have traveled to military bases to educate military partners about child support and how it assists both mothers and fathers. They have presented to the Judge Advocate General Office for attorneys, paralegals and over 100 of Fort Irwin’s command staff.

Child Support’s Outreach team was honored in the category of Child Support Program Awarenessforraising awareness and educating community partners, County departments and customers about services. The effort is part of the department’s Holistic Case Management approach to raise awareness for customers about services and ensure the department works with them to remove barriers so they can become self-sufficient. The expansive campaign included a partnership with the San Bernardino County Library, which provides after-hours child support services at three local libraries; Mondays with DCSS to bring services to the customers;  and collaborations with San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department.

“I am proud of the efforts of the department in reaching our customers, County and community partners and local military in creating an awareness that DCSS is here to help both mothers and fathers to provide for their children and achieve self-sufficiency, “ said DCSS Director Marie Girulat. “Through one coordinated effort, we have been able to positively impact lives, one family at a time.” DCSS partners with many County agencies and community-based organizations to meet the needs of both parents and help to remove barriers like unemployment, underemployment, license suspension, domestic violence and homelessness. The department helps families by determining the legal father of the child, establish orders for child and medical support, locate parents, enforce support orders, review child support orders when circumstances have changed, and collect and distribute child support payments. DCSS focuses on helping the family as a whole with all aspects of services to gain self-sufficiency.  Additional information regarding services and resources is available at http://hss.sbcounty.gov/DCSS, or by calling 1-866-901-3212.

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