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Enjoy a summer movie at the County Museum

summer movies at the museumBring the family, bring a picnic, bring some lawn chairs—it’s Summer Movies at the San Bernardino County Museum. Family favorite films will be screened at 7 p.m. on selected Fridays in the museum’s courtyard. Sponsored by the Museum Association, Movies at the Museum are free for Museum members and $5 per person for non-members. Popcorn is free!

The series kicks off on July 1 with the PG-rated film, “A Night at the Museum”. The series continues on July 15 with G-rated “Rio,” August 5 with “Princess Bride,” and August 19 with “Robots,” both rated PG.

For those over 18 looking for a fun evening night out, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” will be shown on July 29. The event will highlight the museums renowned Wilson C. Hanna bird egg collection, the 5th largest in the world. In addition, guests will enjoy bird-themed activities and aptly-named cocktails to honor one of the most famous horror films in American film genre history.

Summer Movies at the Museum 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 www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Under the stars, on the field with Vision2Read and the 66ers

Vision2Read_Logo_FINALBring your tents and sleeping bags for a fun night at the Vision2Read Family Sleepover following the Inland Empire 66ers baseball game on Saturday, July 16.

The game begins at 7:05 p.m. at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. Following the game, families are invited to camp overnight in the outfield and watch a movie made from an all-time favorite book, “The Princess Bride.”

Tickets to the game and Family Sleepover may be purchased for $15 at Vision2Read.com.

“This is a great way to spend a fun evening with your family and raise awareness about the importance of reading,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.inlandempire66ers

A hot dog and soda will be provided during the game. Ice cream will be served during the movie. Coffee and light refreshments will be available in the morning. The stadium is at 280 South E Street in San Bernardino. Security will be provided throughout the event.

For more information about the Vision2Read Family Sleepover, watch this video.

Vision2Read, a year-long literacy initiative of the Countywide Vision project, aims to raise the bar on literacy in our county by focusing on the importance of reading, connecting people who need help or who can help to literacy resources. Sixty-nine percent of San Bernardino County third graders do not meet new California English language arts and literacy standards and 32 million adults nationwide can’t read.

Literacy has an impact on a number of elements in our community such as jobs and the economy, education, public safety and wellness. When literacy skills are nurtured and encouraged, children and adults can reach their potential, the local economy can continue to prosper and the county will have a more educated workforce to attract employers to the region.

Visit Vision2Read.com for additional information about the campaign and literacy resources.

Mysteries at the Victor Valley Museum

mysteries at the museumA new special exhibit, “Mysteries at the Museum,” will open at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley this Saturday, June 18. The exhibit features unfamiliar objects from the Museum’s collections and challenges visitors to figure out their functions using the scientific method. Some of the objects were totally familiar items a century ago; others may seem to be familiar but their function is less than obvious. Museum visitors are invited to observe, question, hypothesize, test, decide, and share their results by posting notes in the exhibit itself and by using social media.

“This exhibit is fundamentally about observing and thinking about objects that aren’t immediately recognizable.” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “We installed a similar special exhibit at the main museum in Redlands, and it’s proven to be very popular with visitors. It’s especially engaging for families and groups because it sparks ideas, guesses, and figuring things out together.”

The exhibit will continue through December 2016.

Mysteries at the Museum 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 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. “Mysteries at the Museum” is included in general admission. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Public Works to conduct road surface project in Lake Arrowhead

public works bannerThe County of San Bernardino Department of Public Works will be starting a surface seal project on various roads in the Lake Arrowhead area from June 20 through August 20. This work will be similar to the work done two years ago on Lake Gregory Drive.

Motorists can expect delays of five to 15 minutes because the project will be a moving operation with a pilot car, which will guide traffic through the work zone to allow access to businesses and homes. Flagmen will be stationed to allow one-way traffic..

The project will be a two-step process. The first step is application of a chip seal to provide a better wear surface. This approach is used on roadways two to three years after they have been resurfaced to protect the new resurface. The concept is similar to applying a wood sealer to a wooden deck to extend the life. The chip seal involves spreading oil onto the roadway to seal it and applying gravel chips that provide the wearing surface.

The second step consists of applying a “fog” seal over the newly chipped surface. This seal improves the bonding of the material to the roadway and improves appearance.

Chip seals are used because they are the most cost-effective treatment to preserve the roadway surface and to protect it from harmful oxidation from the sun and weather. The County typically applies a chip seal to roadways to protect the new surface by sealing it, providing a protective layer while rejuvenating dry and weathered asphalt pavement. Recently revised procedures in the chip seal process that include additional quality control measures, smaller chip size and the application of a fog seal coat have resulted in an improved product.

Public Works plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, by maintaining the infrastructure of our roads.

Additional roads will be receiving a surface seal project. For more information see our website under Public Notices at http://cms.sbcounty.gov/dpw/Home.aspx. For further questions please contact the Department of Public Works Operations Division at (909) 387-8063.

County honored as “Employer of the Year”

The County of San Bernardino was honored on June 8 as “Employer of the Year for a Small Company” by the Inland Empire Chapter of the International Right of Way Association. Although San Bernardino County is the Inland Empire’s largest employer, fewer than 30 of the county’s 22,000 employees work on right-of-way matters, thus the “small company” designation. Caltrans received the large company honors this year.res photo

In addition, San Bernardino County Real Property Agent Kelley Kelley was installed as the chapter president. “I have a past real estate client who would say, ‘I am just glad to be here and be a part of it all.’ This is exactly how I feel, today, and always,” Kelley said. “I feel so proud to be a part of San Bernardino County Real Estate Services and the IRWA.  I am committed to doing whatever it takes to learn and grow with the county and to successfully lead Chapter 57 for the upcoming 2016/2017 year.”

Also, County Real Estate Services Manager Marilee Rendulich earned the annual President’s Award, and Real Property Agent Nancy Summers earned the Senior Right of Way Professional Designation. This designation is the highest achievement that can be earned and requires approximately 200 hours of coursework related to the right of way industry. It typically takes about five years to achieve this designation.

Final Government Works StampPictured is the County’s Real Estate Services Acquisitions/Right of Way Team, left to right, Real Property Agent Michele Cohn, Real Estate Services Director Terry Thompson, Real Estate Services Assistant Director Janet Lowe, Kelley, Rendulich and Summers. Other team members present were Real Property Agents Brandon Ocasio and Jennifer Goodell.

The International Right of Way Association is a professional organization comprised of global infrastructure real estate practitioners. IRWA serves professionals who acquire, manage and transfer the land rights needed for building and maintaining energy and transportation infrastructure.

Father’s Day at the County Museum offers fun for all

mastodonBring Dad to the San Bernardino County Museum on Father’s Day, June 19, and create a special gift for him during a Family FunSunday. Craft activities, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., are included with general museum admission.

Marvel at the museum’s most recent exhibit, “Mastodons! Prehistoric Elephants in the Southwest,” opening June 11 in the gallery of geology and paleontology. Special exhibits open during the day also include “Mysteries at the Museum,” “California Bling,” and “Turn Left at the Rockies.” Families will enjoy sharing memories on the Remembering Ramps and disappearing into the walls as they learn about how animals disguise themselves in nature. Fossils, birds, mammals, and prehistoric and historic artifacts are also on exhibit. The Exploration Station live animal gallery will also be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Family FunSundays 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. Needlework demonstrations are is included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Today is Election Day!

The 2016 Presidential Primary Election is being held today, June 7. There are more than 780,000 voters in San Bernardino County eligible to vote in this election. San Bernardino County results can be viewed here.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters can find their assigned polling place on the back cover of their Voter Information Guide, online at SBCountyElections.com, or by calling the Elections Office at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300

Go-Vote-500x500Voters must have chosen a party preference by May 23 to vote in that party’s presidential primary.  For this election only, the American Independent Party, Democratic Party, and­ Libertarian Party allow voters who have not chosen a party preference to vote their party’s ballot.

Mail ballot voters received their ballots on May 18 and nearly 100,000 voted ballots have already been returned. Those voters who have not yet returned their voted mail ballots can still return them via the U.S. Postal Service, but ballots must be postmarked on or before today, June 7, 2016, and received no later than three business days after the election to be counted.

Alternatively, voters can deliver their ballots to any one of 57 mail ballot drop-off locations, to one of three Early Voting sites, or to any of the 407 polling places on Election Day. The three Early Voting sites will also have mail ballot drive-thru drop-offs on Election Day so voters can deliver their ballots without having to get out of their cars.  All mail ballot drop-off locations, early voting sites, and polling places can be found on interactive maps on the Elections Office website at SBCountyElections.com.

At every polling place and early voting site, voters will be able to take a ballot selfie with their un-marked ballots and their ‘I Voted’ stickers in front of a new Ballot Selfie poster, and are then encouraged to share their experience with their friends and family through social media.

For more information about this election, visit the Elections Office website, SBCountyElections.com, or call (909) 387-8300.

Inaugural Countywide Plan newsletter hits the streets

The very first issue of the Countywide Connection has been released! Newsletters will be prepared periodically over the next few years so that the County can provide you updates with project progress and highlights at key milestones in the process.countywide plan photo

The focus of this newsletter is community outreach. As you know, over the past year the County has been out in the community gathering ideas, input, and recommendations to be considered as we prepare the Countywide Plan. The newsletter explains the process, provides excerpts of input we’ve received so far, identifies upcoming outreach efforts, and provides an overview of the schedule of next steps in the Countywide Plan process.

Future newsletters may include topics such as: how we grow, how we get around, how to improve County services, and how to create a more effective County government.

We encourage you to take a look at what we’ve done so far, and to share this newsletter with friends, family and colleagues so that they can keep up with the process, too! Click here to read the full newsletter.

Have suggestions for articles or topics for future newsletters? Let us know! CountywidePlan@lus.sbcounty.gov

Early voting expands for the 2016 Presidential Primary Election

Beginning today, voters in San Bernardino County will have two additional locations where they can cast their ballot prior to the June 7 Presidential Primary Election. Early Voting sites will open at the Ontario Conference Center and Victorville City Hall.  Earlier this month, early voting began at the San Bernardino County Elections Office.

your-vote-countsVoters can also drop-off their voted mail ballots at the early voting sites, and on Election Day those sites will have drive-thru drop-offs so voters can deliver their ballots without having to get out of their cars.  Elections Office staff will be stationed in the parking lots to accept voted mail ballots and distribute ‘I Voted’ stickers.

Voted mail ballots may also be returned prior to Election Day in person at one of 57 mail ballot drop-off locations found at all City Clerk’s offices and County libraries, or to any polling place on Election Day.  To find a mail ballot drop-off location, voters can use the Mail Ballot Drop-Off Map located on the Elections Office website at www.SBCountyElections.com.

Additionally, voted mail ballots may be returned via the U.S. Postal Service, but must be postmarked on or before Election Day, June 7, 2016, and received no later than three business days after the election.

At each Early Voting site and every polling place, voters can also take a ballot selfie with their un-voted ballots and their ‘I Voted’ stickers in front of a new Ballot Selfie poster.  “We’re hoping to generate excitement about voting in San Bernardino County by allowing voters to take a Ballot Selfie and sharing it on social media sites” said Registrar of Voters Michael J. Scarpello.

Early voting takes place Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and on Election Day, Tuesday, June 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Ontario Conference Center is located at 1947 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario, the Victorville City Hall is located at 14343 Civic Drive in Victorville, and the Elections Office is located at 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino.

For more information about this election, visit the Elections Office website, www.SBCountyElections.com, or call (909) 387-8300.

It’s time for Children’s Fund’s Annual Backpack & School Supply Drive!

Green FlyerFrom June 1 through June 24, Children’s Fund is collecting backpacks and school supplies for foster youth and other vulnerable children and teens in our communities.  Let’s equip our children with the tools they need to be successful in school!

Visit Children’s Fund’s website to download a flyer, or view a list of needed school supplies by grade. Questions? Call Children’s Fund at (909) 379-0000.

Thank you for your generosity!

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