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Regional Parks volunteer group kicks off Calico wagon restoration project, seeks donations

County Regional Parks along with Friends of Regional Parks (F.O.R. Parks) will begin the first phase of the Calico Wagon Restoration project on Sunday, Oct. 13. As part of its goal, F.O.R. Parks is seeking donations to help ensure the project receives the added support it needs to preserve these vintage wagons and buggies of early settlers.

Due to the extreme 24/7 weather conditions at Calico Ghost Town, these once-prominent modes of transportation that still line the 1880s Old West mining town are in dire need of restoration. Over time, the harsh sun, rain and wind conditions dries, cracks and rots the wood-framed vehicles.

“We would like to extend an invitation to all to come out and witness the job it took to care for wagons when they were the main source of transportation,” said Director of San Bernardino County Regional Parks Beahta Davis.

There is a growing interest among local groups to preserve Calico history. Getting involved with the restoration project are San Bernardino County Regional Parks, Calico concessioners, and volunteers from Equestrian Trails Incorporated (ETI), Corral 14 (Palmdale), Corral 66 (Barstow), and F.O.R. Parks.

“Regional Parks is excited to work in partnership with F.O.R. Parks, ETI, Calico concessioners, Corral 14, and Corral 66 to complete the first step in preserving wagons at Calico,” Davis said.

On Sunday, a small group of volunteers will be at Calico oiling down the salvageable wood with ETI volunteers generously donating their knowledge, time, and all necessary supplies to make the project happen.

Lori Ciabattini of F.O.R. Parks says the importance of this project is historical. “We want visitors at Calico to experience firsthand what it was like to live and work in an Old West mining town and by preserving these wagons, we are preserving history.”

F.O.R. Parks is a 100-percent volunteer organization and all funds donated to this project will go directly to this vehicle restoration and preservation project. The group has been working with County Regional Parks, Calico concessioners, and the public to raise funds to restore these vintage vehicles.

For more information on donating or volunteering for this project, email friendsofregionalparks@for-parks.org.

Painting in the Park at Mojave Narrows Regional Park

The first of two series “Painting in the Park” will be hosted by Friends of Regional Parks at Mojave Narrows Regional Park at Shelter 6 on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Open to anyone who has a passion for painting or for those who just want to just want to spend an afternoon outdoors in a safe, relaxing environment. Light refreshments will be provided, but people may bring their own food and drinks .

Alcohol, such as wine, is allowed for those who are 21 and over. “We want this to be a fun day in the park for all involved,” says Lori Ciabattini of Friends of Regional Parks.

Net proceeds from this event will help the Friends of Regional Parks support additional outdoor activities at our County’s Regional Parks.

Tickets are $30 and include everything needed to paint a canvas designed by wildlife artist and muralist Molly Collins from Passion for Painting, www.naturesdesignsbymolly.com.

Event tickets (electronic or paper copy) will be checked at the park entry gate for admission to the park. Register at www.eventbrite.com by searching key phrase “Painting in the Park” or by the park name.

There will be another “Painting in the Park” event at Cucamonga-Guasti at Great Horned Owl Shelter on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mojave Narrows is located at 18000 Yates Road, Victorville. Cucamonga-Guasti is located at 800 N. Archibald Ave, Ontario.

Regional Parks now hiring lifeguards for summer swim season

From 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 at one of our Regional Parks for the 2018 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 2018. All requirements must be met before the first day of work. Bilingual abilities strongly desired.

The following positions are available for the 2018 Summer Swim Season:

Pool Manager – $ 15.25 hourly (1 at each site)

·         21 years of age or older

·         5 Years of Lifeguard Experience

·         1-2 Years of Supervisory Experience

Senior Lifeguard – $ 12.50 hourly (2 at each site)

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 3 Years of Lifeguard Experience
Returning Lifeguard – $ 12.00 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older
  • 1 or more years Lifeguard Experience with Regional Parks
New Lifeguard – $ 11.50 hourly

·         16 Years of age or older

 

Summer Help Process Calendar

  • Applications will be accepted continuously through April 2018
  • Interviews will be scheduled January thru May of 2018
  • Hiring Process for selected applicants will begin in February 2018
  • Orientation and Training will be scheduled for April and May 2018

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 visit www.sbcounty.gov/hr or www.sbcounty.gov/park and apply today!

Regional Parks now hiring lifeguards for summer swim season

From 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 at one of our Regional Parks for the 2018 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 2018. All requirements must be met before the first day of work. Bilingual abilities strongly desired.

The following positions are available for the 2018 Summer Swim Season:

Pool Manager – $ 15.25 hourly (1 at each site)

·         21 years of age or older

·         5 Years of Lifeguard Experience

·         1-2 Years of Supervisory Experience

Senior Lifeguard – $ 12.50 hourly (2 at each site)

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 3 Years of Lifeguard Experience
Returning Lifeguard – $ 12.00 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older
  • 1 or more years Lifeguard Experience with Regional Parks
New Lifeguard – $ 11.50 hourly

·         16 Years of age or older

 

Summer Help Process Calendar

  • Applications will be accepted continuously through April 2018
  • Interviews will be scheduled January thru May of 2018
  • Hiring Process for selected applicants will begin in February 2018
  • Orientation and Training will be scheduled for April and May 2018

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 visit www.sbcounty.gov/hr or www.sbcounty.gov/parks and apply today!

Meet the 2017 Duck Stamp winner at the San Bernardino County Wild Life Art Festival

The San Bernardino County Fish and Game Commission in conjunction with Bass Pro Shops is having a Wild Life Art Festival on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19 and visitors have a chance to meet Robert Hautman, the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp winner.

California’s finest wildlife artists Lindsey Foggett, Carol Heiman-Greene, Gary Johnson, Cliff Barnes, Lee Kromschroeder and Rob Sutton, will be present to speak to visitors and display their art for view and purchase at the show.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane in Rancho Cucamonga. For more information, please contact San Bernardino County Fish and Game Commissioner Robert Olin at (909) 641-3476.

Beahta Davis is new Director of Regional Parks

Beahta Davis, an experienced parks and recreation professional, is the new director of San Bernardino County Regional Parks.

Davis comes to the County of San Bernardino from Baltimore County, Maryland where she was Chief of Recreation Services for the Department of Recreation and Parks. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland where she taught graduate-level students seeking a master’s degree in parks and recreation management.

Davis has more than 18 years of experience in the field and started her career as a PAL Coordinator where she was responsible for managing a recreation center for youth, ages 8 to17 years old.

Davis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a Master of Science degree in park and recreation resource management at Frostburg State University.

She is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association and past-president of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association.

Davis will lead the management of maintenance of nine San Bernardino County Regional Parks which cover more than 9,000 acres throughout the valley, mountains and deserts.

For more information about San Bernardino County Regional Parks, visit http://www.sbcounty.gov/parks or call (909) 387-2757.

Calico ‘decking the halls’ for annual holiday fest

hOLIDAY fEST fLYER_reducedFamilies have the opportunity to take a break from shopping crowds and visit Calico Ghost Town during its annual Holiday Fest. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be plenty of family friendly activities including kid’s crafts, games, and more.  This year, Regional Parks is excited to add the first ever Calico Ugly Sweater contest on Main Street Stage at 5:15 p.m.

Live entertainment will include music by the High D Boys, Holiday Carolers, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Native American dancers in full ceremonial dress will perform on Nov. 27 and 28. In addition, Calico’s very own gunfighters will be deputizing all children as “holiday helpers” to assist Santa and his elves with the evening tree lighting ceremony.

The Calico Holiday Bear promotion kicks off this weekend, and guests who spend a total of $75 at Calico shops, attractions, or restaurants, can present their receipts at participating shops to pick out and take home their favorite decorated bear.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for youth 6 to 15 years old, and children 5 and younger are free. The Calico Town shops and restaurants will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Calico Ghost Town is located at 36600 Ghost Town Road in Yermo.

For more information and a schedule of events please visit http://www.calicotown.com or call 1-800-86-CALICO.

Doggie Pool-ooza end of summer fun for dogs

doggiepoolooza1As the dog days of summer come to an end and the regular summer swim season closes, San Bernardino County Regional Parks hosts its Doggie Pool-ooza event at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13. During this annual event owners can bring their four legged pals, who have had to endure the summer in a fur coat, for one last dip in the cool pool.
The event is sponsored by the Ontario Spay and Neuter, who will be providing discounted nail trimming for $10, micro-chipping for $15 and various vaccinations ranging from $10-$15. The event will also include vendor booths, Li’l Dog Races and other contests, such as the K-9 Swimsuit Competition, and Talent Show.
If you don’t already have a pet, there will be on-site adoption opportunities from Animals R First Fund and Hope to Home for Cats. There will be a food vendors for all human attendees, including the Baby’s Bad-Ass Burgers and the Rolling Sushi Truck. To cool the humans off, Snowie’s California will have their shaved ice on sale including a syrup station to put your own flavors on the icy treat.
Friends of Regional Parks will there be collecting slightly used/clean blankets, bags of dry dog food, and other dog supplies to be donated to local pet shelters.
Canine participants must be at least six-months-old, have a current license and proof of up-to-date vaccinations. We also ask that all dogs be on a minimum six-foot leash.
Entry fee is $5 per person and $1 per canine participant, parking is free with admission. The event is Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park. The park is located at 800 North Archibald Avenue, Ontario, Ca 91764. For more information call the San Bernardino Regional Parks Department at (909) 387-2461.

County portion of Santa Ana River Trail receives $3.4 million in funding

SANTA ANA RIVER TRAILThe California Coastal Conservancy Board on Thursday approved $3.4 million for construction of a portion of the Santa Ana River Trail in San Bernardino County.

Once completed, the Santa Ana River Trail will be about 100 miles long and will connect the Inland Empire from the crest of the San Bernardino Mountains to the Pacific Ocean near Huntington Beach. Once complete, it will be one of the longest urban recreation river parkways in the United States.

The $3.4 million will be used for the construction of Phase 3 of the trail from Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino to California Street in Redlands. This trail segment consists of a paved bikeway – a shared use path that is physically separated from any street or highway and may be used by pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users, and other non-motorized users.

The funding is part of the Proposition 84 bond that allotted $45 million to the Santa Ana River Trail, giving each county $10 million towards their segment of the trail. The California Coastal Conservancy Board is the administrator of these grant funds.

Once accepted by the Board of Supervisors, the County can begin working on construction documents, permits and then construction of the next 3.8 miles of the trail. After completion of Phase 3, there will still be 11 miles of the trail to compete which could take approximately four more years.

To view a map of the Phase 3 segment, click here.

Bugles, cannons and musket fire at Calico Civil War Days

CalicoLogoCalico Ghost Town will come alive with the sounds of bugles, and the thunder of cannon and musket fire. Come experience the history of the Civil War at Calico Ghost Town from February 14-16, 2015.

Calico Ghost Town, in partnership with the American Civil War Society, invites you to come and witness the Civil War come alive with historic presentations, troop inspections, artillery demonstrations, military battles, and much more! Battles will take place daily at 11:45 am and 2:30 pm. There will also be live music from Occasional Strings and other performers. Civil War themed crafts are also available for kids to enjoy. On Saturday only, there will be a Ladies Tea during the afternoon and Blue & Gray Cotillion in the evening, all are welcome to join.

Calico Ghost Town shops and attractions will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Admission to the event is $10 for adults, $6 for youth (6-15), and free for children 5 and under. For more information on the event or for camping reservations, please call 800-TO-CALICO or visit www.sbcountyparks.com.

For more information on the American Civil War Society visit www.acws.net.

For more detailed information, click here for Saturday and Sunday’s events and click here for Monday’s events and more information about the Saturday dinner menu and all the weekend’s activities.

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