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Registration open for County Museum Summer Day Camp session

sbcmuseum entryRegistrations are being accepted for a week-long San Bernardino County Museum Summer Day Camp session that starts on Monday, July 7 and runs through Friday, July 11 at the museum in Redlands. Camp starts at 8:30 a.m. and lasts to 2:30 p.m. Campers must be at least 7 years old and have finished first grade. The fee is $155 per child ($135 per child for members of the Museum Association). Summer Day Camp registration forms are available at the museum’s front desk, on line at www.sbcounty.gov/museum, or can be requested by calling (909) 307-2669.

“The theme of this Summer Day Camp session is Investigating Animals,” said Jolene Redvale, the museum’s curator of education. “From the microscopic to the gigantic, furred, feathered and fabulous, kids love animals. We’ll collect, observe, and study animals and their behavior. Campers will pose scientific questions and conduct research to find answers. They will make and use science field notebooks to help focus observations and collect data, and take home to use as they continue animal studies on their own. And of course, they will pet, cuddle and romp with Exploration Station residents. All animals—all week long!”

During a family party from 1:30 to 2:30 on the last day of Day Camp, campers will become interpretive guides, sharing what they learned with family and friends in the Exploration Station Live Animal Gallery.

Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. All materials and activities are included in the fees; campers bring their own sack lunch and snack. Some camp activities are sponsored in part by Loma Linda University and the National Science Foundation. A limited number of scholarships are available by application; contact the museum’s education division for information.


County wins record-breaking 31 national awards

2014-AwardsLargeThe County of San Bernardino County this week surpassed its own record, winning 31 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties for its innovative programs and services, including top honors for the Countywide Vision as well as the State of the County event, which promotes the Vision.

Last year, the County won 18 NACo awards and has won an average of 14 NACo awards annually for the past 10 years. The most awards the County received from NACo were 27 in 2011. The NACo Achievement Awards Program recognizes innovative county government programs in the areas of children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, and health.

This year, San Bernardino County led the region with more awards than the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura. Only 29 of California’s 58 counties received top awards.

The Countywide Vision won a 2014 Achievement Award in the category of County Administration and Management. The Board of Supervisors formed a partnership with the San Bernardino Association of Governments and launched the Countywide Vision in 2010 after receiving public input and feedback from experts on improving the county and moving it forward. The Countywide Vision is an active, ongoing, collaborative process aimed at setting a course of the county as a whole, improving life within the county and making the county attractive to investors.

“San Bernardino County consistently earns these accolades because we encourage our employees to share their ideas on how to improve services and find efficiencies so we can better serve our residents and businesses,” Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford said.

The Board of Supervisors will recognize and honor the people and departments responsible for the 2014 winning programs and services at an upcoming public meeting.

The following are San Bernardino County’s 2014 winning programs:

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Free youth financial fitness class on Friday

loose changeIf you know a youth or young adult ages 15-25 let them know about the Youth Financial Fitness Class.

They will learn about savings, budgeting, credit and goal planning.

The course is free and those attending will have the chance to win money to start a savings account.

Hurry! The first class is Friday, June 13 at 6 p.m.

If you have any questions contact Community Development and Housing Department at 909.387.4389. For more information, click here.

Government Works: Online, convenient food worker training

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Did you know the Department of  Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services won an award from the National Association of Counties last year for their online program for food industry workers?

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The program allows food workers to have access to food worker training and testing. The online program is available in five languages and can be accessed at any time.

There was a 55 percent increase in food worker card compliance from 2010-11 to 2011-12 after the online feature debuted. To view information about the online program, click here.

This is another example of how Government Works.


Excavate something big at your local library


The San Bernardino County Library invites you to travel back to the dinosaur days and join our Summer Reading Program for fun filled and educational programs and performers.

Each of our 32 branches are offering a program for all ages so stomp in, sign up and begin earning awesome rewards for reading! The best part: this program is absolutely free!

Four larger than life dinosaurs have invaded the Lewis Library in Fontana, James S. Thalman Library in Chino Hills, Hesperia Branch Library and Newton T. Bass Library in Apple Valley. The dinosaurs will only be here for 2 weeks so come see them before they’re extinct.

Participating in the Summer Reading Program has dino-sized benefits. Studies show children who read at least 5 books over the summer will maintain their reading level for the next school year so let’s get out there are READ!

Calling all dino supporters – for the second year, the San Bernardino County Library has partnered with Barnes & Noble in Redlands to host a Summer Bookfair in connection with the Summer Reading Program. From now until Saturday, August 9, 2014, if you shop at the Redlands Barnes & Noble store and mention the County Library or show this voucher here, the County Library will receive a percentage of the sales. The money earned will be used to purchase new youth materials for all 32 library branches.

For more dino-mite information visit our website at www.sbclib.org.

Recommended budget available online

On Tuesday, June 17, the Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing and then consider adoption of a balanced budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.Budget Cover

The $4.8 billion recommended budget is $165.2 million smaller than the current budget and reflects the County’s effort to achieve the Countywide Vision. It also reflects the County’s ongoing struggle to recover from the Great Recession and cope with dramatic increases in pension liabilities. However, it does manage to fund the  first phase of High Desert Detention Center staffing, fully fund the County’s leave liability, invest more in road maintenance and improvements, and fund an upgrade to the County’s public safety radio system without incurring additional debt.

The Executive Summary for the 2014-15 Recommended Budget can be viewed here. The complete 2014-15 Recommended Budget can be viewed here.

Suicide and Bullying Multi-Cultural Awareness Forum on June 18

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Community and faith-based organizations and the public who are interested in gaining knowledge on suicide and bullying are invited to attend a forum on the issues on June 18.

The purpose of the Suicide and Bullying Multi-Cultural Awareness Forum is to promote further understanding of suicide and bullying on a universal and multicultural level and to encourage mental wellness when dealing with these sensitive topics.

The forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at the Double Tree Hilton Empire Ballroom, 222 N. Vineyard Avenue in Ontario.

The Cultural-Specific Committees of the Department of Behavioral Health in partnership with Riverside – San Bernardino County Indian Health Inc. will be hosting the forum.

Keynote presentations will be made by Dulce Peña, JD, MAOD, MA, PCC; Arnold Thomas, MSW; and Patti Cotton, MA, MAOD, PCC. Along with the keynote presentations, the Suicide and Bullying Multi-Cultural Awareness Forum will be comprised of 10 culturally-specific breakout sessions and a treatment-based suicide and bullying awareness panel.

For more information, contact Imo Momoh, Cultural Competency Officer, Department of Behavioral Health, 909-252-4069 or email  imomoh@dbh.sbcounty.gov.

Government Works: More foster children enrolled in preschool

Final Government Works StampDid you know the departments of Children and Family Services and Preschool Services were honored with an award for their Preschool Referral Project?

The Preschool Referral Project was developed to offer foster children age 3 to 5 enhanced preschool services resulting in increased placement stability, school readiness and school performance.


As a result of the referral project, participation in early childhood education programs for foster children increased by 200 percent resulting in 118 foster children participating the program. All children in the program showed improvement in language, self-regulation, mathematical and social development. The results are encouraging for children who have been abused, witnessed abuse and suffered the trauma of being removed from their parents.

The program was recognized in November 2013 by the California State Association of Counties with a Challenge Award, one of the most prestigious government awards in the state.

This is an example of how Government Works.

Fossils Under our Feet at the County Museum

ericscottfossilsOn Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, 2014, San Bernardino County Museum Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott will discuss Ice Age fossils from urban southern California. The 2 p.m. presentation at the County Museum in Redlands is included with paid museum admission.

“Saying ‘Ice Ages’ conjures images of glaciers, ice fields, and herds of woolly mammoths huddling against raging blizzards,” said Scott. “Those scenarios are engaging, but they don’t accurately portray what our region was like during glacial times.”

During the Pleistocene Epoch—the “Ice Ages”— Southern California summers were cooler and year-round temperatures were more moderate. Snow and ice were present for most of the year in local mountains. “We had streams and lake in the valleys, fed by mountain ice, which provided lots of sustenance for plants and animals in the valleys. The evidence of these ancient organisms lies right beneath your feet,” said Scott.

In his lecture, Scott will talk about Pleistocene fossils from throughout southern California, with special emphasis on the Rancho La Brea “tar pits” in Los Angeles. He will also examine more local sites such as Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, California, where County Museum paleontologists working from 1993 through early 2000 excavated one of the richest non-asphaltic Ice Age sites anywhere in the American southwest.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. 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. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669.

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