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Big Trucks & Engineering Focus of Museum Public Works Day

The San Bernardino County Museum hosts the popular annual Public Works Day on Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day features a wide variety of hands-on activities related to engineering and science, in partnership with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Works.

Started by the American Public Works Association in 1960, National Public Works Week is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.

“’The theme for the 2018 National Public Works Week, ‘The Power of Public Works,’ gives voice to the impact the many facets of public works have on modern civilization,” said Kevin Blakeslee, director of County Public Works. “From providing clean water to disposing of solid waste, to building roads and bridges and removing snow on roadways, to the construction of dams, channels and levees to control flooding, or devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or manmade disasters, public works services play a significant role in a society’s quality of life. The Department of Public Works expresses its sincere thanks to the County Museum for hosting this event that will provide some fun, hands-on education to our residents as to how the Department of Public Works serves them.”

“Our Public Works Day continues to be a popular event,” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “The big trucks and equipment are an obvious draw, and it’s a great opportunity for the public to learn what these regional projects involve, and how quality of life in our county is dependent on the thoughtfulness and quality of these infrastructure developments.”

Activities and demonstrations at the museum are especially designed to engage children and families with hands-on learning: create a glider, conduct experiments, explore with a storm drain robot, find yourself with the County Surveyor, learn to keep storm drains clean with Environmental Management, and recycle with Solid Waste Management, have your photo taken in a giant snow blower.

Hands-on learning activities related to science and technology 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). EBT cardholders are admitted for $1. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. All activities are included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

May the 4th Be With You returns to the County Museum

Event will Feature the IE Squad of the Southern California Garrison, 501st Legion

The San Bernardino County Museum will celebrate their third annual May the Fourth event, Friday, May 4, 6 to 8 p.m. in honor of what popular culture has dubbed “International Star Wars Day.” The science-based, hands-on party underscores the imagination and fun of the Star Wars science fiction phenomenon and will feature an exciting appearance by members of the Inland Empire Squad of the Southern California Garrison, 501st Legion in full trooper regalia. Guests are encouraged to arrive in their own creative costumes.

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.” The museum’s third annual event will also feature StarLab, a portable planetarium with views of the galaxy, DJ Eturnal spinning space and Star Wars themed dance music throughout the night, a photo booth, and themed scavenger hunts. Light refreshments for the whole family will be hosted by the San Bernardino County Museum Association.

The Inland Empire Squad of the Southern California Garrison, 501st Legion is part of an all-volunteer group of Star Wars fans formed for the purpose of bringing together talented costume enthusiasts to contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work. According to the group’s mission, “Nothing professes your passion quite like building your own detailed costume replica of a classic Star Wars villain, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling that comes from bringing the characters of Star Wars into the real world and sharing the magic with others.”

Museum Director Melissa Russo said, “Over the last two years we’ve had increased attendance at this event, not just because it relates to a beloved movie series, but because the innovation and storytelling in the series is profoundly engaging to a broad community of sci-fi enthusiasts. We’re honored, and a little terrified that the 501st Legion will be joining us this year, which includes the likes of Stormtroopers, Clone Troopers and possibly Darth Vadar himself.”

Admission is $10 per adult and $5 for children age 12 and under and Museum members.

May the Fourth 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. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Master Gardener Workshops at Victor Valley Museum

Join Master Gardeners from University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources at the Victor Valley Museum for two workshops on High Desert gardening on Saturday, March 17. Both classes are offered without charge in the museum’s community room. You can select one or both workshops, and reservations are not required.

In “Growing and Preserving Fruits and Vegetables,” from 9 a.m. to noon, find out what edibles you can grow in your High Desert backyard, and learn how to preserve your harvest. This class is taught by UCCE (UC Cooperative Extension) Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers.

From 1 to 4 p.m., learn from UCCE Master Gardeners about selecting and caring for beautiful, drought-resistant plants in “Drought-Resistant Sustainable Landscapes.” The neighbors will be green with envy.

The classes are offered at no cost, but museum admission is not included. Now showing at the Victor Valley Museum are exhibits that focus on High Desert cultural and natural history along with “Visions of Southern California: The Mid-Century Modern Designs of Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp,” and CuriousCity, an interactive experience especially for toddlers.

Events and exhibits at the Victor Valley Museum 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 Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student. Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Train Days! Rolls Back to County Museums

Families and kids from all over the Inland Empire region join model train enthusiasts and locomotive lovers gathering at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands and Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley for Train Days, April 7 through 15. This popular annual event features intricate, operating model trains and family programming. This year’s event is sponsored by the San Bernardino County Museum and Conductor/Supervisor Curt Hagman.

At the Redlands museum, model train layouts will be running throughout the museum and a trackless train will be available for ticketed rides on the weekends. Train clubs participating include the ZoCal Z-scale Group, N-Land Pacific Modular Club, Green River Junction Railroad, Pacific Coast Modular Club, and the Orange County N’Gineers who will be leading instructions on module building for visitors. Additional family programming is scheduled on weekends between 12 and 4 p.m. Food will be available for purchase on Saturdays and Sundays.

At Victor Valley Museum, the Antelope Valley N-scalers return and will be joined by a local group of train enthusiasts who will add a second layout in the galleries. In addition, a trackless train will be available for ticketed rides, and other family activities on the weekends. Train Days at this county museum branch in Apple Valley will be open the weekend of April 7 and 8, and reopen Wednesday, April 11–April 15. The Victor Valley Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

“All aboard again at the County Museum!” said Melissa Russo, the Museum’s director. “It’s a special time of year for us to host these amazing makers of train artistry, and we love seeing the faces of visitors exploring the tiny transportation cities that these clubs have built.”

Train 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. The Victor Valley Museum is in Apple Valley at 11873 Apple Valley Road. This branch museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays; admission is $5 (adult), $4 (military or senior), and $2.50 (student or child). Train Days is included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Nature Advocate Richard Louv to speak at Museum

Richard Louv

Author Louv coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder in his 2005 book

San Bernardino County Museum and Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio are joining forces to host a talk by internationally recognized author Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, a classic first published in April 2005. Louv will speak on March 8 as part of the Museum’s 2018 Dome Talks speaker series.

Richard Louv is credited with helping to inspire an international movement to reintroduce children to nature. He coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” to describe possible negative consequences to individual health and the social fabric as children move indoors and away from physical contact with the natural world – particularly unstructured, solitary experience. His groundbreaking research pointed to attention disorders, obesity, a dampening of creativity and depression as problems associated with a nature-deficient childhood.

At the time of publication The Washington Post wrote: “[The] national movement to ‘leave no child inside’ . . . has been the focus of Capitol Hill hearings, state legislative action, grass-roots projects, a U.S. Forest Service initiative to get more children into the woods and a national effort to promote a ‘green hour’ in each day. . . . The increased activism has been partly inspired by a best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods, and its author, Richard Louv.” The newspaper of the American Public Health Association, The Nation’s Health, proclaimed the book “is helping drive a movement quickly flourishing across the nation,” as it described “a generation so plugged into electronic diversions that it has lost its connection to the natural world.”

Cynthia H. Breunig, President & CEO of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, said, “The Museum, with its renowned natural history collections, and Girl Scouts, with more than 100 years of experience in outdoor education, recognize that nature is essential to the health and character development of all children and young adults. When a girl or boy experiences the joy of sleeping under the stars and of telling stories around camp fires late into the dark, quiet night, their lives are changed forever. They become connected to the natural flow and rhythm of nature; they become connected in a profound way to something larger than themselves. Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council is committed to continuing our legacy of camp and outdoor fun. This commitment recently led to the purchase of Skyland Ranch, in the San Jacinto Mountains, where we are creating a world-class camp and outdoor education program for Girl Scouts and for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.”

Museum Director, Melissa Russo said, “More than a decade after Louv’s brilliant social observations, our society continues to struggle with a severe lack of child engagement with the outdoors, but there’s hopeful signs that his book helped spawn behavioral shifts in how families spend their leisure time. We see this in the popularity of museum programs that highlight nature topics.”

Dome Talks are evening discussions that feature leading authors and thought leaders discussing topics relevant to the past, present, and future of our Inland Southern California. This year’s lineup emphasizes the seismic shifts, social changes and environmental forces that have affected the lives of Californians. Dome Talks start at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments provided by the San Bernardino County Museum Association. Talks begin promptly at 7 p.m. with book sales and signing following.

Individual tickets for Dome Talks are $25 per evening. No discounts apply for this presentation. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum’s welcome desk, by calling the Museum at (909) 798-8608, or on-line at www.sbcounty.gov/museum. Advance ticket purchases are recommended because seating is limited.

Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts sparked a worldwide movement inspiring girls to embrace, together, their individuality, strength, and intellect. The mission is to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” In 2015, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council purchased Skyland Ranch in the San Jacinto Mountains to provide an outdoor education experience for girls in the Inland Southern California and Greater Los Angeles regions.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s Dome Talks and 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. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Art Exhibit and Festival Celebrate Life in the Cracks

Barbara Gothard – Alone is Not Always Lonely

National Festival of Life in the Cracks Day celebrates spring’s renewal

The San Bernardino County Museum and Arts Connection, the Arts Council of San Bernardino County, announce a month of celebration of spring renewal, opening with the Life in the Cracks exhibit of contemporary art. The exhibit opens Saturday, March 3, and runs through April 1. On Saturday, March 10, the Museum joins the national Festival of Life in the Cracks Day with participatory art experiences led by the Fallen Fruit art collective from noon to 4 p.m.

Douglas Blanc – Ablation

The Life in the Cracks exhibit expresses the poignancy and meaning in the small slivers of life that flourish in unexpected places and features sculpture, painting, and photography by artists from throughout the Inland Empire and Mojave Desert:  Cathy Allen, Christy Roberts Berkowitz, Mary Bierle, Doug Blanc, Mariah Connor, Frederick Fulmer, Barbara Gothard, Sant Khalsa, Thomas McGovern, Paul Morehead, Andrew K. Thompson, and Danielle Giudici Wallis. An artist reception takes place on Saturday, March 3 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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. Since this time their projects have expanded to 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.

“In spring, weeds and sprigs of grass sprout through cracks in asphalt and other interstitial spaces where life may be typically unnoticed or disregarded,” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “The San Bernardino County Museum, in collaboration with regional artists, Arts Connection Network, and Fallen Fruit invite guests to experience the profound metaphor in these unexpected and tenacious signs of life. Art is an illuminating way to appreciate nature that is all around us.”

“Life in the Cracks” and the San Bernardino County Museum’s other exciting exhibits 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). The March 3 artist reception and March 10 Festival are included in general admission. 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.

Arthropolooza–the Ultimate Bug Fest Buzzing at the Museum

Have you ever joined in to build a community caterpillar? Don’t miss your chance at Arthropolooza, at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18, 12 to 4 p.m. The community caterpillar, butterfly demonstrations, bug pendants, and butterflies and mosquitoes crafty comparisons are among the family activities you’ll enjoy at this popular annual event.

Discover the fascinating world of arthropods—insects, arachnids, myriapods, and more. At the same time, activities and presentations will look at love from a whole new perspective: symbiotic relationships. Parasites need love, too!

Special guests will be on hand to display and answer questions about beneficial insects—and pests! An entomologist at the University of California at Riverside will talk about the devastating Asian citrus psyllid pest, its associated bacterial disease, and how the public can help protect the citrus industry. The UCR Entomology Department will set up interactive activities. Master Gardeners will share information on pollinators and about gardening for butterflies, bees, and beneficial insects. On Saturday only, San Bernardino County Environmental Health Services will provide information about mosquito and vector control.

Step into the Museum Exploration Station for live insect encounters. Purchase a variety of insect-related merchandise at the Museum Store, from the ever-popular icky rubber bugs to insect books, toys, and posters.

Museum Director Melissa Russo said, “Whether you love insects or not, this is a fun chance to get up close and learn more about the benefits of the tiny critters that inhabit every corner of our world. As a critical part of our earth’s ecosystem we like introducing the positive contributions of bugs, especially during Valentine’s Day week, when love is in the air…so to speak.”

Arthropolooza 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. Parking is free. For more information, visit http://www.sbcounty.gov/museum/. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Art exhibit marks Black History Month at County Museum

Bernard Hoyes – Candlelight Vigil

African Americans Press On Through Art and Media open Feb. 1 through Feb. 25

The San Bernardino County Museum, in partnership with the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce, presents an art exhibit featuring the works of prominent African American artists from throughout Southern California to recognize Black History Month. “African Americans Press On Through Art and Media” opens at the Museum on Feb. 1 and continues through Feb. 25.

Artists participating in the exhibit include Charles A. Bibbs (Riverside, CA), Synthia Saint James (Los Angeles), Aziz Diagne (Los Angeles), Bernard Hoyes (Desert Hot Springs), Aldonia R. Bailey (Altadena), Gary V. Lett (Pomona), Heather Hilliard Bonds (Pasadena), John Lloyd McClinton (Paramount), and Roscoe Lee Owens (Pasadena).

Heather Hilliard Bonds – Lady Sings the Blues

“The Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce is honored to work with the San Bernardino County Museum on this project to introduce everyone to Black art and culture,” said Willie Ellison, COO for the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to making this an annual event.”

The museum’s curator of visitor engagement & exhibits, David Myers said, “we’re excited to launch this partnership with the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce. This exhibit is an opportunity for the museum to continue to expand our cultural programming, and celebrate the contributions of people from all backgrounds and experiences.”

“This Black History art exhibition demonstrates a new energy, willingness, and determination to stay purely creative artists,” said Bibbs. “Our youth will continue to press forward to achieve and evolve artistically to meet the challenges of an ever-changing art world.”

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). EBT card holders and families are admitted for $1. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. This special exhibit is included with museum general admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Midcentury Modern featured at Victor Valley Museum

“Visions of Southern California” spotlights Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp

Paul Revere Williams

Two southern California midcentury modern designers, Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp, are the subject of an exhibit opening at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley. “Visions of Southern California: The Midcentury Modern Designs of Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp,” which closed at the San Bernardino County Museum will open at the Victor Valley Museum on Dec. 13, 2017 and continue through April 8, 2018.

Paul Revere Williams was a pioneer of modernist architecture, and the first African American architect to win the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, awarded to him in 2017, 37 years after his death. Maria Kipp was an innovator in interior and fabric design and ran a successful factory, supplying high profile projects in the region.

Maria Kipp

Paul Williams, born in 1894 and orphaned at age 4, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from USC’s School of Architecture and Engineering, and in 1921 became the first African American certified architect west of the Mississippi. His work ranged from iconic buildings such as the LAX Theme Building and the Arrowhead Springs Hotel to public housing projects and civic buildings such as the Ontario Post Office. He was a favorite of Hollywood celebrities, designing homes in Los Angeles and Palm Springs for Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Tyrone Power, and others.

Maria Kipp was born in Germany in 1900 and was the first woman to be accepted at the State Academy for the Textile Industry in Bavaria. She moved to Los Angeles in 1924 and established herself as a trend-setting designer. For 60 years she operated her textile business and designed interiors, sometimes working with Williams to create environments for celebrity homes and famous public spaces like the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge.

The exhibit was developed by the San Bernardino County Museum curatorial team of Jennifer Dickerson, Maggie Latimer, and David Myers. According to the team, both Kipp and Williams “broke stereotypes in design fields where their race and gender were not the norm. ‘Visions of Southern California’ celebrates their work and recognizes their contributions to the social advancement of their professions.”

Visions of Southern California 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 Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student. Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Santa’s Pajama Party at Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley

Event date: Dec. 9

Santa will visit families at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Santa’s Pajama Party. Bring the family to play holiday games, hear holiday stories, make winter crafts, and enjoy refreshments. Children will have a photo op with Santa and a chance to tell him what they want for the holidays. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring a favorite teddy bear to keep them company. Please arrive by 5:30 p.m. to enjoy the whole party.

Cost is $10 per person; children under age 3 are free with a paid adult. Each admission includes all holiday crafts and activities, a chat with Santa, and refreshments. Reservations encouraged because space is limited. Call the Victor Valley Museum at 760-240-2111 for reservations and information, or visit the museum’s front desk during regular hours, Wednesdays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa’s Pajama Party, and the County Museums’ 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 Victor Valley Museum, a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum, is located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. Parking is free. For more information, call (760) 240-2111 or visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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