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Need help buying a home? Free expert assistance is available

San Bernardino County has made it a priority to promote and protect homeownership. As part of that effort, the County Department of Community Development and Housing encourages interested county residents to attend a free home_ownership-1050x699housing expo and town hall meeting on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fair Housing Council of Riverside, 3933 Mission Inn Ave. in Riverside.

HUD-approved housing counselors, lenders and real estate agents will be on-hand to assist those looking to buy their first home or make a new start after a foreclosure, short sale, or bankruptcy. The event will include valuable information about down payment assistance, real estate fraud, foreclosure prevention, mortgage modification, fair housing, and more.

For more information, call 951-682-6581 or 1-800-655-1812 or register to attend at the event website. Click here for more details.

 

Family fun marks opening of Apple Valley library space April 30

APV_TempLocation_Opening_event_flyer_lowFace painting, a balloon artist, crafts and a children’s performer will greet guests at the opening of temporary library space at the Newton T. Bass Branch Library in Apple Valley on Saturday, April 30.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a special kickoff and dedication with guest speakers, a bag giveaway and light refreshments. Every guest who checks out 15 items from the library during the event becomes eligible for a prize drawing at 1 p.m.

Regular library services are returning to the Apple Valley civic center in 5,000 square feet of modular units in the parking lot of the existing library building at 14901 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley. The library closed last year due to extensive structural issues and the temporary library will operate until the building is repaired.

“I encourage families to come out and enjoy the library again,” said First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood. “I’m pleased we are able to open this library while we work to repair the roof on the existing building.”

The library building is undergoing extensive repairs to replace the roof and the support structure, which turned out to be insufficient to support the original roof. Identifying the problem and determining how to address it has required extensive study and deliberation by engineers and insurers, as well as design work. The project has encountered a series of unforeseen challenges, but the County is committed to providing Apple Valley library patrons with a quality facility as soon as possible. The County will keep the community updated on the project.

In the temporary space, full library services will be available including 25 public access computers, printing availability and free Wi-Fi.

In addition, the Summer Reading Program kicks off on Monday June 6 and continues through Saturday July 30. This year’s theme is super heroes and rewards for both kids and adults are available depending on the number of books, pages and minutes of reading completed this summer. The Summer Reading Program also celebrates and supports the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read, which seeks to focus attention on the importance of reading, highlight literacy-related programs and services and connect people to literacy resources and volunteer opportunities.

A countywide challenge is also available to children and teenagers to reach certain reading goals and they will be entered into a drawing to win prizes.

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.

Needlework demonstration at the County Museum

sbcmuseum entryMembers of the Inland Empire Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will demonstrate and display embroidery and needlepoint techniques on Sunday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Bernardino County Museum. The local Embroiderers Guild chapter has met at the museum monthly since the 1990s to inspire interest in the craft and to introduce it to the next generation.

“The Museum has historic textiles in both its history and its anthropology collections,” said Jennifer Dickerson, the museum’s curator of history. “Needlework, whether for decorative or practical purposes, was an essential skill in the past for creating and maintaining clothing and household goods. By demonstrating the actual making of these pieces, the Embroiders Guild helps connect our collection to the techniques that went into their production.”

Demonstrations, hands-on learning, 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.

Sheriff’s 10K Trail Run on Sunday

sheriff's trail runFor fun, For Adventure or For Challenge…You Decide!

No Wine. No Cocoa. No Gimmicks.

THIS IS GONNA HURT!

Want to challenge yourself, have a good time and stay in shape? Sign up for the Sheriff’s 10K Trail Run,  a grueling off-pavement trail run along foot paths and fire roads surrounding the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Training Center. The 6.2 mile course includes challenging hills with moderate to steep inclines. Categories are divided by age and gender (12 years and older).  First 200 finishers will receive a Finisher’s Medal!
The event is Sunday, April 3 at 8 a.m.
Proceeds benefit volunteers of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and Star in Motion, a nonprofit organization. Star in Motion fosters positive relationships between the public safety community and the public and supports the health and well-being of the public safety community.
For registration and fee information, visit http://www.starinmotion.org/sheriffs10ktrailrun.php

Tacos and Taxes! Free tax preparation on April 2

OUtreach Flyer combined_Page_1Don’t wait until the last minute to get your taxes prepared and e-filed.

If you made less than $54,000 in 2015, come to the Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino, 1180 W. 9th Street in San Bernardino from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 and get your taxes done for free!

There is free parking available and the location is along OmniTrans Route 4 at the 9th and Mt. Vernon stop.

The event will feature:

  • Free tax preparation & e-filing
  • Free bag of groceries
  • Free tacos
  • Free medical screenings
  • A resource fair
  • Family activities

Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are preferred. Call (909) 347-1255 to make an appointment.

Please bring:

  • Proof of income including W-2s and 1099s
  • Documentation of deductible expenses
  • Form of Government Identification
  • Social Security Card for each family member
  • Account and routing numbers for checking or savings accounts for direct deposit and a faster refund
  • Health Insurance Marketplace Statement  (1095-A, B, and/or C)
  • Copy of 2014 tax return, if available

Click here for more information in English and Spanish.

Government Works: Graphic Design Unit wins nine awards

Final Government Works StampThe County’s Graphic Design Unit won nine bronze “ADDY” awards from the Inland Empire American Advertising Awards held on March 18 at the Mission Inn in Riverside.

The American Advertising Awards is one of the largest advertising competitions in the nation. Thousands of advertising and design firms – both private and public sector – enter this prestigious industry competition.

This was the first time the County has entered the competition.

Click here to view the Graphic Design Unit’s winning artwork, which includes the County logo and the SB Strong logo.

This is an example of how Government Works.

County Library to remodel Big Bear Lake Branch

bigbearlakelibraryThe County Library’s Big Bear Branch will undergo a remodel with fresh paint, new carpet, flooring, furniture and some reconfiguration of the existing layout. While the remodel is taking place, the library will temporarily close from April 11 to May 20. Customers are encouraged to visit the Running Springs, Lake Arrowhead or Crestline branch libraries during the remodel.

“I’m excited about the upcoming changes to the library,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “Once complete, I’m sure residents will be pleased with the fresh, updated look and we’re looking forward to celebrating the reopening.”

The library is set to reopen at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 and the public is invited to celebrate with a ribbon cutting, children’s performer, crafts and more. The Friends of the Big Bear Lake Branch library will also be holding their annual book sale.

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.

Popular Train Days event returns to the Museum

traindaysThe San Bernardino County Museum will be filled to the brim with model trains during its annual Train Days event, April 2 through 10.

Train Days has become so popular that the museum has extended its run from one weekend in past years to a full eight days this year. A dozen different Southern California Train Clubs will bring their modular layouts and other family-friendly exhibits to the main museum in Redlands, as well as for the first time to the County’s branch museum in Apple Valley, the Victor Valley Museum.

“This is a deeply beloved annual community event and we eagerly anticipate the thrill for young and old alike. Imagine these small trains and layouts with villages, mountains, circuses, cityscapes, and railyards inside and outside the museum, and the opportunity to learn about the trains with model train experts and club members,” said Melissa Russo, the museum’s director.

Scheduled to participate are the Antelope Valley N’Scalers (at the Victor Valley Museum), the Backyard Railroad Company, Green River Junction Railroad, High Desert Modular Railroad Club, Orange County Module Railroaders, Orange County ‘N’Gineers, Mark Anthony Circus Trains, Mile Post 535 Club, N-Land Pacific Modular Club, Southern California Traction Club, and ZoCal Z Scale Group.

Train Days kicks off Saturday, April 2 with a Museum Association Member’s pancake breakfast, sponsored by Redlands Noon Kiwanis, and at 11 a.m. the museum will invite visitors to participate in a Guinness World challenge to achieve the largest Soul Train Dance on record. Participants can find more information and rsvp at www.sbcounty.gov/museum or call (909) 798-8608.

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 5 and Museum Association members are admitted free. The Victor Valley Museum is at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 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 www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Get ready for Pi Day at the County Museum

Prepi dayPi (Greek letter “π”) is a number that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximately 3.14159. Pi Day is recognized as March 14 (3.14) around the world—coincidentally, the same date as Albert Einstein’s birthday! You can get ready for Pi Day at the San Bernardino County Museum on Sunday, March 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. with special activities related to mathematics.

Pi is an irrational number. It continues infinitely without repeating itself or forming a pattern. It has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. At the museum, we’ve posted the first 40 digits on the wall of the Schuiling Gallery. Visitors are invited to bring along a sample of their favorite numeral to post on the wall near Pi.

Family activities on the museum’s Pre-Pi afternoon will center on crafts using numbers, circles, geometry, and math concepts. Have you ever seen an object with just one edge and just one surface? You will learn to make your own and amaze your friends! Test out Pi – does it always work for measuring a circle? Use the Pi wheel and see. In addition to a variety of crafts, the Museum will also serve free slices of pie at 3:14 p.m. as supplies last. Pie, unlike Pi, isn’t infinite!

Pre-Pi Day 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 5 and Museum Association members are admitted free. Pre-Pi Day activities are included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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