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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Interested in becoming a first-time home buyer? Take this workshop.

The Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board is holding a workshop for first-time home buyers on the complete process of purchasing a home. The class covers areas such as how to buy a home, budgeting, credit, mortgage loans, and how to avoid default and foreclosure.

All participants who complete the 8-hour course will receive a certificate of completion from the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board, a HUD approved counseling agency. Currently, tuition for the class is being waived.

The workshops will be held from 8 am. to 5 p.m. on March 9, 17, 23 and 31 at Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board, 1500 S. Haven Avenue, Suite 100, Ontario.

Please register at www.ifhmb.eventbrite.com or call (800) 321-0911 ext. 190 for more information.

 

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.

County Library hosts Cover to Cover Club

The San Bernardino County Library is partnering with In-N-Out Burger again this year to promote reading among children this spring. The Cover to Cover program kicks off on Saturday, March 3 and will run through Saturday, April 14. This program will encourage students to read in all communities across the county.

To participate in this program, visit any of the 32 San Bernardino County Branch Libraries to sign up. Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 12, and a parent or guardian will need to sign to acknowledge reading accomplishments. For every five books read, an achievement award and voucher for a free hamburger or cheeseburger will be issued. Each child 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 12, 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 sbclib.org or call (909) 387-2220.

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.

Air Horn test at 2 p.m. Thursday in San Bernardino/Highland

At 2 p.m. Thursday, Patton State Hospital on East Highland Avenue between North Victoria and North Palm avenues will test four air horns used as an alert system for the large hospital campus. The horns will possibly be heard throughout the San Bernardino and Highland communities. It will only be a test, and there is no cause for alarm.

The test will consist of a 40-second horn blast at 2 p.m. and three 3-second horn blasts at 2:05 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Library celebrates Seuss

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to join in the celebration of everyone’s favorite author, Dr. Seuss. A week-long celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss is in store, in support of the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read, and NEA’s Read Across America initiative. Starting Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, March 11, each of our 32 branch libraries will host a special-themed storytime or event featuring popular Dr. Seuss stories.

All SBCL branches will host fun programs for the whole family which include crafts and reading favorite Dr. Seuss stories. Select branches will offer opportunity drawings for prizes and more. Please check with your local County library for more details.

NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading initiative and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

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 www.sbclib.org or call (909) 387-2220.

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.

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