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Renewal, Resilience, Art, and Oranges

Heritage Valencia grove beside the County Museum

Museum Celebrates Festival of Life in the Cracks Day

With the approach of springtime, new life is sprouting all around us. This renewal will be celebrated at the San Bernardino County Museum at the Festival of Life in the Cracks Day on Saturday, March 10, from 12 to 4 p.m. A range of creative activities from poetry to planting will be offered to museum guests during the Festival, organized in partnership with Arts Connection—The Arts Council of San Bernardino County, Fallen Fruit, and Inlandia Institute. The event is held in conjunction with the Museum’s current contemporary art exhibit, “Life in the Cracks,” which runs through April 1.

Fallen Fruit is an art collaborative that began in Los Angeles in 2004 by making maps of “public fruit” –fruit that grows on or over public property. Originally conceived by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young, since 2013 David and Austin have continued the collaborative work. Their projects include diverse site-specific artworks that embrace public participation, temporary art installations, and social media focused public participatory actions. Fallen Fruit’s art works encourage the public to experience their city as a fruitful, generous place, inviting people to engage in sharing and collectively explore the meaning of community and collaboration. On Saturday, Fallen Fruit invites museum visitors to help create a living fruit orchard planted by the public for the public by offering free fruit tree adoption. Guests can adopt a tree if they agree to plant it near a sidewalk to share its fruit with the community. Planting and nurturing instructions will be provided.

Fallen Fruit also asks, “Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?” with an opportunity to draw a self-portrait on a hand-picked orange from the museum’s heritage grove. The oranges will together create a group portrait of everyone who joins in the fun. The Fallen Fruit program is underwritten by the California Arts Council.

Springtime renewal is a recurring topic for poets, and Inlandia Institute offers a chance for Festival participants to hone their creative writing skills through poetry slams during the afternoon, culminating in poetry readings from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Museum’s education division will lead family art activities using orange peels.

“Life blooms in the most unexpected places,” said Carolina Zataray, the museum’s curator of education. “The Festival of Life in the Cracks will offer students, families, and community members a variety of creative activities that recognize this. Join us as we discover the beauty found hidden in the cracks.”

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, 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 The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Come to the Block Party at the Highland Branch Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to the Highland Sam J. Racadio & Environmental Learning Center to let their constructive imaginations run wild at this Block Party event.  Build an amazing experience, meet and greet characters from the Lego Movie and build a LEGO car to race.  Don’t forget to take pictures.  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 Wednesday, January 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.  Visitors should bring their library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns visitors 10 minutes of playtime in our Jumbo Block Building Room and an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome incentives!  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Highland Sam J. Racadio & Environmental Learning Center is at 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 or call (909) 387-2220.

A Message from Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood

Fourteen beautiful souls were taken from us and countless others were forever scarred on December 2, 2015.

Although two years have gone by since the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, each day we think about those who are no longer with us, those who are still healing physically and emotionally, and the impact this horrific tragedy has had on our San Bernardino County community.

The grief, the anger and the fear remain. We are still unable to grasp what drives this brand of evil.

On that terrible day, the world reached out to San Bernardino County, offered support, thoughts and prayers. The county community wrapped its arms around our County Government family and comforted us through some very dark times.

On December 2 of this year, we will pay special remembrance to those who are no longer with us – husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, neighbors and co-workers – and honor those who suffer still.

On this second anniversary, the County Environmental Health Services family and the Board of Supervisors are asking the public to join us wherever you may be in a moment of remembrance at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday, December 2. At that time the county will pay tribute to those who were taken from us and the survivors on our Twitter and Facebook platforms, and respectively.

If you fly an American flag at home or business, we ask that you lower your flag to half-staff on Saturday in honor of the lives taken and the lives shattered on that day two years ago.

And we ask that you continue to pray for those who are still healing, and show love and appreciation to your families, friends, and neighbors.

Finally, I am pleased to report that a great deal of progress has been made in creating a permanent December 2 memorial. Under the guidance of a memorial committee headed by Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales and including members of the Environmental Health family, the county is close to selecting a consultant with experience in public arts and memorials to guide and facilitate our search for an artist to design the memorial.

After the tragedy of December 2, I and the other members of the Board of Supervisors vowed to stand together and help our county emerge stronger than ever before. We continue to hold each other up while offering assistance to the growing number of communities across our country who fall victim to this kind of violence and terror. We will never forget. We are SB Strong.

Many continue to struggle from the events of December 2, 2015. Avenues of assistance are available:


  • The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is available to help and support for any distress that you or someone you care about may be feeling related to any disaster, including violence. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Available 24/7. Spanish speakers text Hablanos to 66746.


  • The County Department of Behavioral Health Community Crisis Response Team is a community-based mobile crisis response team for those experiencing a psychiatric emergency. Available 24/7. East Valley: (909) 421-9233, High Desert: (760) 956-2345, West Valley: (909) 458-1517, and Morongo Basin: (760) 499-4429.


  • The County Department of Behavioral Health Access Unit provides connections to behavioral health crisis services to all of San Bernardino County as well as member services and access to behavioral health services for all beneficiaries of San Bernardino County Medi-Cal. Available 24/7. (888) 743-1478 or (909) 386-8256.

Food trucks hit downtown San Bernardino this Thursday

Vietnamese cuisine will join the usual Argentinian, bacon, burgers, BBQ, tacos, sandwiches and shaved ice offerings at this month’s  Third Thursdays Food Fest in downtown San Bernardino.

The City of San Bernardino in partnership with the county will host the monthly food truck event at the Court Street Square at E Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Sheriff’s Department holding hiring event on Sept. 30

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is having a hiring event at Riverside City College for deputy sheriff trainees on September 30.

The event will allow applicants to conduct the physical agility test and begin the background process. All applicants who pass the physical agility test will be interviewed by a background investigator immediately following the test. To be eligible for a background interview, you must bring your completed background packet which can be found by registering at Participating applicants will be considered for the upcoming January Sheriff’s Academy class. To participate in this event, applicants must complete the online test by Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 11 p.m. and register no later than Friday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Applicants must register for one of two sessions (limited space is available).

8 a.m. – Session 1 – physical agility test, check in from 7 to 8 a.m.

11 a.m. – Session 2 – physical agility test, check in from 10 to 11 a.m.

Check in outside the Digital Library and bring a valid ID with completed background packet to Riverside City College, Digital Library Building, 4800 Magnolia Avenue in Riverside.

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.

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

Sharon Nevins appointed Director of Aging and Adult Services

sharon-nevinsSharon Nevins, a licensed social worker with a wealth of knowledge and experience, has been appointed as Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services.
Nevins has been the interim director of the department, which includes the Office of the Public Guardian, since October 2016. As the sworn Public Guardian, Nevins manages the affairs of people deemed by a judge to be unable to properly care for themselves or their finances.
“I am honored to be able to serve our County’s seniors and adults in this new position and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our state, county, and community stakeholders to improve the quality of life of those we serve,” said Nevins.
Nevins began her career with San Bernardino County in 2012 as a deputy director for the Department of Behavioral Health following a 22-year career with the California Department of Mental Health. While with County Behavioral Health, she authored, implemented and managed more than $30-million in grant-funded programs with various agencies and stakeholders. Additionally, she led the design, development and implementation of several innovative National Association of Counties award-winning programs.
Nevins is a licensed clinical social worker and holds dual master’s degrees in social work and public administration from Ohio State University. During her tenure at the state, Nevins promoted from social worker to clinical administrator for Patton State Hospital and, more recently, served as the executive director of Metropolitan State Hospital.
“Sharon brings with her nearly three decades of experience in the field of social work and health care services administration,” said CaSonya Thomas, Assistant Executive Officer, Human Services. “For the past six months, she has led the staff of Aging and Adult Services and served as our County’s Public Guardian. We look forward to her continued service.”

Regional Parks now hiring workers for summer swim season

recruitment-ig-jan17From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the San Bernardino County Regional Parks opens its swim complexes for families to enjoy. We would like to invite any interested candidates to apply as a Lifeguard or Summer Swim Complex employee, at one of our Regional Parks for the 2017 Summer Season.

All applicants are required to have C.P.R. and First Aid certifications, prior to the first day of employment.  Lifeguards will be required to show proof of current Lifeguard Certifications, valid through September 2017. All requirements must be met before the first day of work. Bilingual abilities strongly desired.

The following positions are available for the 2017 Summer Swim Season:

Pool Manager – $ 15.00 hourly (1 at each site)

  • 21 years of age or older
  • 5 Years of Lifeguard Experience
  • 1-2 Years of Supervisory Experience
Returning Lifeguard – $ 11.50 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older
  • 1 or more years Lifeguard Experience with Regional Parks
Senior Lifeguard – $ 12.00 hourly (2 at each site)

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 3 Years of Lifeguard Experience
New Lifeguard – $ 11.00 hourly

  • 16 Years of age or older


Summer Park Worker – Cashier/Pool Attendant/General Grounds/Cashiers/Top of Slide -$ 10.50 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older

Summer Help Process Calendar

  • Applications will be accepted continuously through May 2017
  • Interviews will be scheduled February thru May of 2017
  • Hiring Process for selected applicants will begin in March 2017
  • Orientation and Training will be scheduled for April and May 2017

All selected applicants will be interviewed by Park and Administrative Staff, at Regional Parks Administration.  Preferred work location is not guaranteed and will be decided by Park staffing needs.

Please return completed applications to: Regional Parks Administration, 777 E. Rialto Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92415-0763

Blue Cut Fire: Resources, services and debris removal


Residents affected by the Blue Cut Fire who need help with services and housing are urged to call 2-1-1 or 877-410-8829.

Click here for a guide to services available to fire victims.

Questions about how to go about rebuilding your home? Click here

Click here for information on asbestos testing and removal.

Interested in resources for the homeless in the High Desert? Click here

Click here for the application to have damaged property reassessed.

Click here for the required sworn statement to have vital records replaced.

Click here for information on the safe use of private wells and septic systems after a wildfire or call the San Bernardino County Division of Environmental Health Services for assistance at (800) 442-2283. Click here for a list of qualified local well drillers.

Click here for information and applications regarding the process for reestablishing electrical power to water well pumps.

Click here for disaster-related public health information.

Click here for a weather forecast from the National Weather Service regarding the Blue Cut Fire burned area.

For power outage information, please contact Southern California Edison at 800-655-4555. Edison will waive connection fees for total loss properties.

If you are aware of scam artists and price gougers preying on fire victims, contact the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office at (909) 382-7748.

Due to the generous donations of so many, the American Red Cross reports that current needs for items such as food, clothing and household goods for those impacted by the Blue Cut Fire have been met.

The Inland Empire United Way Fire Relief Fund is continuing to work with community partners to assess and address the unmet needs of those affected by the fire and is accepting cash donations to assist with this effort. Cash donations can be made online at, by texting RELIEF to 40403, or by check, made payable to Inland Empire United Way and sent to: IEUW Fire Fund, 9644 Hermosa Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730

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