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Get ready for the Great California Shakeout on October 18

Join more than 600,000 people who live and work in San Bernardino County by practicing how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, October 18 during the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

What can you do to get ready for the ShakeOut?
Click here for a flyer to know what to do when the shaking starts.
If you, or a member of your household, are a person with a disability or have access or functional needs, click here for other tips and things to consider during an earthquake.

Your family and friends can also participate from work or home:
Register your family here as ShakeOut participants.

Watch this video to learn how to respond appropriately during an earthquake.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Tracy Klinkhart has more earthquake safety tips for you in this video.

What’s new this year?
The Great California ShakeOut supports the Countywide Vision’s public safety campaign Vision4Safety by helping people make their homes, workplaces and communities safer. Visit Vision4Safety.com for more earthquake safety tips and information.

Share your ShakeOut day photos and videos using the hashtags #SBCShakeOut and #Vision4Safety and we’ll share them on the County’s social media accounts.

Early voting opens for the Statewide General Election

Voting in the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election began Tuesday at the County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters office.

Early voting hours at the Registrar of Voters office, 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino, are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters may also cast their ballots at the Registrar of Voters office on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Five additional early voting sites will open in Apple Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Montclair, Victorville, and Yucca Valley beginning Tuesday, Oct. 30.

To assist San Bernardino County voters, County Voter Information Guides were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service beginning on Oct. 3 and continue through this week.

Inside the Voter Information Guide, voters will find a sample ballot, as well as information about candidates, local measures, and how elections are conducted in California. On the back cover of the guide, voters will find the address of their assigned polling place. Voters are encouraged to hold on to their guide until Election Day so that they can easily find their polling place.

Voters may also access personalized election information, including their Voter Information Guide and their assigned polling place, using the My Elections Gateway application by visiting the Elections Office website, www.SBCountyElections.com.

Mail ballots for voters on the permanent mail ballot list were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday. Deliveries will continue as additional mail ballot requests are received.

For more information about this election, including the locations and hours of the additional early voting sites that open on Oct. 30, visit the Elections Office website, www.SBCountyElections.com, or call (909) 387-8300.

Prevent the Flu, Get a Flu Shot

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health will be providing free flu shots on Oct. 10, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The flu shot clinic will be held in the Public Health parking lot at 351 N. Mountain View Avenue in San Bernardino — look for the colorful Public Health van. On Oct. 17 the flu clinic will be in the parking lot of the Child Support Services building on 10417 Mountain View Avenue in Loma Linda from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Flu shots are the first step in protecting against influenza virus and its potentially serious complications,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer, “I encourage residents to get their flu shot every year.”

Flu shots will be provided to all adults, men, women, senior citizens, pregnant women and children who are six months old and older. A parent or guardian must accompany children under 18 years old. Children under 9 years old may require two doses of flu vaccine, four weeks apart, based on prior vaccination history.

A yearly flu shot can reduce the risk of severe flu illness and its potentially serious complications. Getting the flu shot can also reduce doctor’s visits and missed work and school day due to flu illness. Last flu season (October 2017 to September 2018) there were 11 flu-related deaths in San Bernardino County. Nationally, CDC early estimates indicate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu last season (CDC https://www.cdc.gov/flu/spotlights/press-conference-2018-19.htm#ref1). These new estimates are record-breaking, and emphasize the seriousness and severity of flu illness and serve as a strong reminder of the importance of flu vaccination.

In addition to getting vaccinated, it’s crucial to practice good health habits always. If you become ill, you should take actions to stop the spread of germs, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands with soap/water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

For more information on the seasonal flu visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page or for information on where to get a flu shot, visit the San Bernardino County, Department of Public Health events calendar or call at 1-800-722-4794.

San Bernardino County Libraries host Baker’s Book Club

Join the San Bernardino County Library System, San Bernardino City Libraries, Colton City Library, Upland City Library, and the Redlands A.K. Smiley Library as we partner with Baker’s Drive-Thru to promote reading among children and teens throughout San Bernardino County. The Baker’s Book Club program is underway through Saturday, Nov. 17. This program encourages students to read in all communities across the county.

To participate in this program, visit any of the 32 San Bernardino County Branch Libraries, San Bernardino City Branch Libraries, Colton City Library, Upland City Library, or Redlands A.K. Smiley Library to sign up. Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 17, and a parent or guardian will need to sign to acknowledge reading accomplishments. A voucher for a free Baker’s food item will be issued as reading goals are met. Each child and teen may earn a total of three awards and vouchers for the duration of the program.

In support of the Countywide Vision’s Vision2Read literacy campaign, this program will help to improve literacy among children ages 4 to 17, with the help of incentives, by inspiring an excitement to read, providing achievement goals,  and encouraging a reading routine.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serve 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.

Live sheep shearing and yarn spinning on display

Live sheep shearing and yarn spinning – how wool clothing gets made – has changed little over the centuries and will be on full display at Sheep to Shawl at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Sept. 29, from noon to 4 p.m.

To make a piece of natural fiber clothing artisans start with the plant or animal to furnish the material from which it is made: a sheep, goat, rabbit, llama, or plant fibers. Natural textiles are based on these fibers, whether fleece, fur, hair, or plant. During Sheep to Shawl, Museum visitors will be able to meet fur and fleece-bearing animals thanks to the University of California Cooperative Extension 4-H club members and Southern California Sheep/Wool.  Members of the local 4-H program will demonstrate how a live sheep is sheared (1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and how the wool is cleaned by removing twigs and less savory bits of debris. Volunteers from local textile groups, and skilled artisans will demonstrate carding wool so the fibers lay straight, spinning them into thread, and weaving the threads into cloth.

Hands-on opportunities to touch fleeces, spin, design, and weave bracelets and potholders will be offered along with demonstrations of spinning and weaving by the Southern California Handweavers Guild and the Crosstwisters lacemaking group.  At 1:30 p.m. youth from the 4-H program will hold a wool fashion show.

Visitors can also walk through the museum’s ethnobotany and native plant gardens to see sources of plant fibers used by Native Americans. Activities are suitable for all ages.

Curator of Education Carolina Zataray said, “this process of construction exists in nearly every article of winter-based clothing we wear, yet most of our visitors know very little of how their sweater or coat was made. We’re excited to work with these partners to show off the skills necessary to go from sheep to shawl.”

Sheep to Shawl and the Museum’s other exciting programs 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. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

County wins 5 awards from California State Association of Counties

Innovative programs that improve food safety, develop job prospects for high school students and streamline the way the County’s roads are maintained are among five programs recognized with prestigious Merit Awards by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC).

“These well-deserved awards illustrate the great work being done by County employees putting the public’s hard-earned tax dollars to work improving life in San Bernardino County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood. “These five programs are examples of how the County is working hard and working smart to create a community where residents and investors can prosper and achieve well-being.”

Each year, CSAC honors best practices in county governments in California. This year, CSAC received 275 entries from counties throughout California. The County of San Bernardino won four CSAC awards 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 42 awards from the National Association of Counties in May.

In CSAC’s Government Finance, Administration and Technology category, County departments won three Merit Awards.

  • The Environmental Health Services Division won for the Elevated Risk Plan program which improved food handling practices at food facilities that had a higher risk of causing food-borne illnesses and helped operators learn to achieve long-term compliance.
  • The County’s Workforce Development Department won for the Generation Go! Work-Based Learning Program which helped 14 high school students complete their medical assistant certification work experience hours at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in May 2018. The program also prepared 452 students to complete a job readiness class in summer 2018 in order to go on to enroll in a credit-earning work experience course at a community college.
  • The Fleet Management Department won for the In-House Vehicle Title, Registration and Plates program which eliminated delays in obtaining registration, title and license plates from the Department of Motor Vehicles. The County is responsible for more than 6,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment ranging from golf carts to earth movers. Fleet Management staff learned they could become internal DMV registrars with training through the DMV Business Partner Automation Program. San Bernardino County is the first governmental DMV Business Partner in California.

In the Health And Human Services category, the Department of Behavioral Health won a Merit Award for its Video Interpretation program. Behavioral Health partnered with the Health Care Interpreter Network to pilot the use of a real-time video interpretation system which provides an immediate translator of a broad spectrum of languages including American Sign Language in order to improve access to care and services.

In the Housing, Land Use and Infrastructure category, San Bernardino County Department of Public Works won a Merit Award for its Performance Based Pavement Preservation program which improved the way the County maintains more than 2,175 miles of paved roads. The Department of Public Works categorizes its roads, confines projects to remain within a geographical zone and conducts preventative maintenance prior to critical points before road repair costs escalate.

‘Help Us Soar’ at County Libraries

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to ‘Help Us Soar’ as librarians strive to meet the goal of checking out six million items during this fiscal year.

The San Bernardino County Library system has increased circulation to over five and a half million items in the previous years, and now wants to meet a new milestone of circulating six million items by June 30. The Library’s 650,000 card holders are encouraged to ‘Help Us Soar’ in the following ways:

  • Sign up for a library card during Library Card Sign Up Month. In September, new library card owners will get a limited edition Disney Incredibles sticker while supplies last. Sign up for a traditional library card online or in person at a local County library, or sign up for an eContent card online.

 

  • Obtain a traditional library card. A library card issued in person from a branch gives the owner access to physical materials, such as books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines at all 32 branch libraries, as well as access to branch public computers and printers. Traditional library card holders will also have access to all electronic resources available to eContent card holders.
  • Get an eContent card on the County Library website www.sbclib.org. The eContent card acquired from the County Library website gives the owner access to electronic materials such as eBooks, audiobooks, music, and digital magazines. This is a great option for residents of California who are unable to visit a physical library location.
  • Download digital resources such as OverDrive and Cloud Library for eBooks and audiobooks, Freegal music, and digital magazines.

The ‘Help Us Soar’ campaign is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read.  Reading at grade level by the third grade is one of the greatest predictors of children’s success in school, their likelihood of going to college, and their future earning potential. The San Bernardino County Library system facilitates programs and events at all branch libraries to encourage children to check out books to read.

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.

The New Book Festival Returns to the Chino Hills Branch Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to the Chino Hills James S. Thalman Library for the Annual New Book Festival.  Once again, thousands of new books will be available to customers for the very first time.  Be among the first to crack open one of these wonderful new titles.  Come and celebrate literacy and meet Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, and Spider Man. Don’t forget to take pictures.  Visit for a chance to see the Batmobile, a fire engine, or a police car up close. Build memories in our Jumbo Block play area, make fun crafts, enjoy face painting and balloon artists, dance to a live DJ, and much more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Annual Chino Hills New Book Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m.  Visitors should bring their library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns visitors an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes.  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Chino Hills 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, www.sbcounty.gov/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.

Party Retro Style at County Libraries

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to boogie on over to the library during the month of September for the first ever Retro Month celebration. Retro Month will be celebrated throughout the month of September and occur in all San Bernardino County Library branches.  Every 30 items checked out earns a choice of a plush Kermit The Frog keychain, Tamagotchi, or Mario themed lanyard (while supplies last), as well as an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win the grand prize: a Classic Nintendo Gaming system.

Throughout the month, there are also special events and storytimes at various library locations.

These events are another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read.

The San Bernardino County Library Retro Parties will take place in the following locations:

  • Sep. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., Hesperia Branch Library, 9650 7th Avenue in Hesperia.
  • Sep. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m., Lewis Library & Technology Center, 8437 Sierra Avenue in Fontana.
  • Sep. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m., Newton T. Bass Library, 14901 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley.
  • Sep. 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Running Springs Branch Library, 2677 Whispering Pines in Running Springs.
  • Sep. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m., Adelanto Branch Library, 11497 Bartlett Avenue in Adelanto
  • Sep. 29 from 12 to 2 p.m., Chino Branch Library, 13180 Central Avenue in Chino.

The San Bernardino Library Retro Storytimes will take place in the following locations:

  • Sep. 6 from 12 to 1 p.m., Rialto Branch Library, 251 West 1st Street in Rialto.
  • Sep. 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sam J. Racadio Library & Environmental Learning Center, 7863 Central Avenue in Highland.

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.

 

Community Vital Signs launches redesigned wellness website

The San Bernardino County Community Vital Signs Initiative is excited to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website. Community Vital Signs works in partnership with sectors across the county to support the wellness element of the Countywide Vision.

The redesign, which further reflects the vibrancy of San Bernardino County and its residents, is now easier to navigate, with improved functionality across all platforms and browsers. Visitors will experience a better user interface with intuitive streamlined menu operations that will direct visitors to community efforts, data, and information to keep them informed of the progress and the efforts of the initiative.

New features include:

  • Defined Priority Areas, Goals, and Strategies – to support the Community Transformation Plan
  • Access to Data Portal – to measure and track performance and to provide perspective
  • Interactive Community Events Calendar – to engage and mobilize community support and action
  • Better defined Quick Links – to enhance learning and to support knowledge acquirement

There are several entry points allowing residents to participate in helping make San Bernardino County a better place to live, work, and play. Users can begin by visiting the website at www.CommunityVitalSigns.org and take advantage of the site’s new features and benefits.

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