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Museum opens long anticipated Sculpted by Time exhibit

Explore the Mountains, Faults, Lakes, Caves, and Fossils of our Region

“Sculpted by Time: Our Mountains, Faults, Lakes and Caves” opens Aug. 26 in the San Bernardino County Museum’s Hall of Earth Sciences. The new series of exhibits highlights the dynamic geological and paleontological history in San Bernardino County and inland Southern California. Rock and fossil specimens on display help tell the story of the evolution of our region’s landscape, animals, and changing climates.

“The displays in ‘Sculpted by Time’ encourage visitors to explore our region’s geologic past,” said Ian Gilbert, the museum’s curator of earth sciences. “This is truly an interactive learning experience. All senses will be engaged: there are things to see, things to hear, things to touch, even things to smell!

The displays are full of exciting discoveries – finds that excited us when they were first unearthed will continue to excite visitors as they rediscover them in the museum.”

County Board of Supervisors Chair Robert Lovingood said, “This new exhibit, in development for several years, is an example of the exciting work being done at the museum to educate our citizens about the county’s extraordinary history.”

Visitors learn that the Mojave wasn’t a desert until the San Andreas Fault recently uplifted the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains. Our now arid region was once a lush landscape filled with rivers, streams, and lakes that nourished a rich diversity of plants and animals, many of which are now extinct. Fossils unearthed in the Cajon Pass of an ancient dolphin and a huge marine reptile, called an elasmosaur, demonstrate that our now mountainous region was covered by ocean waters for millions of years. A giant Ice Age ground sloth, whose fossils were found in a cave in the Mojave Desert, stands guard over the exhibit floor.

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. “Sculpted by Time” was funded by the County of San Bernardino with support from the estate of Billie Vaughn.

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.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Do you know someone who helps our county’s young people

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Commission of San Bernardino County will hold its Annual Recognition of Service to Youth Awards Ceremony on Oct. 11 to honor individuals, service organizations, nonprofit agencies, public agencies and companies throughout the county who have made exceptional and outstanding contributions in strengthening and advocating youth programs and services.teens-youthunitedway-1

The focus of these awards is to recognize individuals and groups who go above and beyond the call of duty. The commission needs your help in identifying those who should be honored at this special tribute event. The five categories for awards are individual, nonprofit agency, public agency, service organization, and company or corporation.

The nomination form can be found here. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Aug. 18.

Make a difference in San Bernardino County by recognizing those who assist young people in our communities.

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.

County Museum opens new Hall of Biodiversity

New Exhibit Highlights Environmental Impacts

San Bernardino County is home to deserts, mountain ranges, lakes, and creeks that are ecological hotspots for life. A new series of exhibits is being installed in the upper level of the San Bernardino County Museum. The Hall of Biodiversity will open on Aug. 26.

“The Hall of Biodiversity gives visitors the opportunity to explore the region’s rich biodiversity through interactive exhibits, displays, and specimens from our extraordinary mammal collection,” said David Myers, the museum’s curator of visitor experience. “Along the way, visitors will make their own discoveries by viewing plants and insects up close under digital microscopes, find out what they can do to keep animal populations healthy by becoming citizen scientists, and learn the fascinating stories of why bison roam Catalina Island and how the California condor was brought back from the brink of extinction.”

Exhibits include large mammals selected from the collections that relate directly to inland southern California. Some are locally extinct; some are endangered, some are flourishing, and still others have been introduced in historic times. Reflecting the biodiversity for which the hall is named, exhibits of small mammals, arthropods, and birds have also been created.

“Human behavior has the power to impact the environment, so we want visitors to come away from the Hall of Biodiversity understanding why biodiversity is important in our region, what we have done in the past to shape our environment, and feel empowered to make a positive impact in their own communities,” said Myers.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s Hall of Biodiversity 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 www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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 www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

Toddlers can play, learn at new Victor Valley Museum exhibit

CuriousCity opens Wednesday, Aug. 23

The High Desert’s youngest residents will soon have a museum space designed just for them. “CuriousCity,” a new immersive environment built especially around the needs of children 5 and under, will open Wednesday, Aug. 23 at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley.

CuriousCity is a hands-on environment that encourages pretend play in a kid-sized small town. Motor skills, learning, and social interactions are encouraged in an atmosphere of fun, imagination, and make-believe. Building structures, games, puzzles, art and reading activities contribute to the development of age-level skills. As a space separate from the museum’s other exhibits, younger children can safely play without the tumult that can occur when the room is shared with older children.

“This focus on the 0-5 age group is a new and important addition, and a needed resource to nurture a healthy community in this region. Our hope is that families visit often, and that it becomes a spot where parents can meet and share parenting experiences while interacting with their children.” said Melissa Russo, museum director.

The Opening Day of CuriousCity on Aug. 23 runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include activities and resource tables for families with young children. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. a dedication and official opening are scheduled.

“CuriousCity provides an opportunity for fun and learning – and for families to create great memories,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Robert A. Lovingood said. “The Victor Valley Museum highlights local history, mining, Native American artifacts, natural history and now we have a special place just for children 5 and under. So there’s something for everyone.”

CuriousCity 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 new exhibit is included with regular museum admission. Families with Museum memberships enjoy free admission for a full year, along with a host of other benefits. Membership at the Premium level includes free admission to other children’s museums across the United States. CuriousCity is supported by Southern California Edison, Bank of America, Johnnie Ann Ralph, the San Bernardino County Museum Association, Friends of the Victor Valley Museum, and San Bernardino County Library.

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, including CuriousCity, is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Join us for a Neverland Event at the Highland Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites you to join us at the Highland Sam J. Racadio Library & Environmental Learning Center as we never grow up, and let our imaginations run wild at this Neverland Event.  Enjoy an amazing experience as you get the chance to meet and greet our Neverland friends Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and Pirate Jake.  Don’t forget your camera.  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 Neverland Event will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.  Be certain to bring your library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns you a ticket for a drawing with a chance to win awesome incentives.  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Highland Sam J. Racadio Library & Environmental Learning Center is at 7863 Central Ave. 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 http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

Get Bugged at Victor Valley Museum’s Insectival

Hands-on adventures in the world of bugs return to the Victor Valley Museum during Insectival on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore the fascinating world of arthropods—insects, spiders, centipedes, butterflies, and more. Family fun activities include insect games, take-home creepy-crawly craft creations, Believe It Or Not bug trivia, live insects, and insect stories and activities. Cockroach races, All About Bugs, and Read-a-Bug adventures are included as special presentations.

“The Victor Valley Museum’s Insectival is a special educational experience that will spark curiosity and excitement about the world of bugs,” said Melissa Russo, director of the San Bernardino County Museum system, which includes the Victor Valley Museum. “This family-friendly event is packed with interactive and hands-on activities that promote an awareness of the importance and value of insects as part of our ecosystem.”

“Insectival! 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). Insectival activities are included with museum admission. 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.

Candidate filing underway for 2017 Consolidated Election

Candidate filing is underway for the November 7, 2017 Consolidated Election and will continue through 5 p.m. Friday, August 11.

Citizens interested in running for any of the offices up for election may obtain and file the candidate filing documents at the San Bernardino County Elections Office, 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The following districts have offices up for election:

  • Cucamonga Valley Water District

– 3 Members of the Board of Directors for 4 year terms

  • Fontana Unified School District

– 1 Member of the Governing Board for a 1 year term

  • San Bernardino City Unified School District

– 3 Members of the Governing Board for 4 year terms

  • West Valley Water District

– 2 Members of the Board of Directors for 4 year terms

– 1 Member of the Board of Directors for a 2 year term

In addition, citizens may obtain candidate filing documents at the following special district offices, during regular business hours:

  • Cucamonga Valley Water District
  • West Valley Water District

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

Code Enforcement rescued injured dirt bike rider in Lytle Creek wash

San Bernardino County Code Enforcement officers helped rescue a 17-year-old dirt bike rider who had seriously injured himself after crashing in a flood control wash in Lytle Creek on Saturday.

Off-Highway Vehicle Officer Mike Lopez was on patrol in the Lytle Creek wash between Highland Avenue and Baseline when he saw the teenager who had crashed.

Lopez immediately contacted Senior Code Enforcement Officer Hugh Oram and Off-Highway Vehicle Officer Michelle Peterson by radio with the location and Oram called San Bernardino police and San Bernardino County Fire to respond.

Due to the extreme nature of the terrain in the wash, paramedics did not have immediate access to get medical care to the injured rider so Peterson took the paramedics, a fire captain and their rescue gear into a County-issued Toyota Tacoma TX Pro so they could quickly get through the terrain to the rider and help him.

Once they reached the rider, the fire captain noticed the rider had multiple femur fractures and other injuries and called for a helicopter to take him Loma Linda University Medical Center.

The teenager’s family members were briefed at a command post on Highland Avenue to get updates about his condition and where he would be taken for treatment. No updates on the rider’s condition are available due to privacy issues.

“Officers Lopez and Peterson did an outstanding job of assisting the injured juvenile rider and facilitating rescue efforts,” Oram said. Because the rider’s injuries were very serious, if Officer Lopez had not discovered the juvenile rider in a timely manner after his injury, I’m sure the outcome of his accident could have been much worse. Because of Officer Lopez’s experience in the Marine Corps and his first aid training, he was able to calmly direct resources and assets and assist the injured juvenile in a very effective manner.”

This is an example of how Government Works.

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