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Call of the Sea at the Victor Valley Museum

Sailboat Under Blue Skies off the Florida CoastFamilies will explore the vast ecosystems of the oceans at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. This program, supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, is presented by the education division of the San Bernardino County Museum and is included with paid museum admission.

“We’ll investigate who lives in the oceans from the deep blue to shallow tide pools,” said Jolene Redvale, the County Museum’s curator of education. “Call of the Sea will offer a variety of activities for all ages. Explore the mysteries of the depths and add a new dimension of learning and fun to your next trip to the beach.”

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.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.

Government Works: County Purchasing Department wins procurement award

2014 AEP Winner Graphic tallFinal Government Works StampThe San Bernardino County Purchasing Department has received the 2014 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award from the National Procurement Institute.  The Purchasing Department obtains materials, equipment, and services in excess of $800 million annually that are essential to providing services to the citizens of San Bernardino County.

The AEP program is recognized and endorsed by the National Institute for Government Purchasing and several other national and state organizations as the mark of excellence in public procurement.  San Bernardino County achieved a high score based on criteria identified by the Institute, representative of industry best practices including innovation, professionalism, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement organization.

“Receiving this award is an honor, and serves as a reminder to the staff that its hard work and adherence to high standards is recognized and appreciated,” said Director Laurie Rozko.  She adds, “Several staff members were also recently credentialed as by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC), which is also recognized throughout the public procurement profession.”  The coveted Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credentials demonstrate individual competence and comprehensive knowledge of public procurement.

On a daily basis, buyers and procurement staff conduct competitive bidding processes often involving complex subject matter and government regulations, and work in tandem with County Finance to plan and monitor processes that are critical to internal controls and budgetary goals.

This is an example of how Government Works.

Need help saving your home from foreclosure?

SaveYourHomeMaking Home Affordable and the HOPENOW Alliance are hosting a foreclosure prevention event at the Riverside Convention Center on July 22nd to assist struggling homeowners.  For more information, call  888-995-4673.

For information regarding other upcoming foreclosure prevention workshops or homebuyer events, go to www.SaveYourHomeSBCounty.org or call 909-387-4389.

Click here for details.

Need help learning to buy a home? Take this class.

SaveYourHomeCommunity Development and Housing, in partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire (NHSIE) is opening up enrollment to the Homebuyer Education Class to the public at the reduced rate of $25 per person.

It is an eight-hour HUD approved course and offers a lot of information for homebuyers. A class will be held Friday, July 18 and Monday, July 21.

It is required for anyone choosing to use any down payment assistance programs to purchase a home. If you have questions contact Community Development and Housing at (909) 387-4389 or NHSIE at (909) 884-6891.

For information about the class, click here.

All about bugs at the Victor Valley Museum

bugsFamilies can learn “All About Bugs” at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. This program, supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, is presented by the education division of the San Bernardino County Museum and is included with paid museum admission.

“Explore the tiny world of insects, arachnids, and other crawly creatures,” said Jolene Redvale, the County Museum’s curator of education. “Visitors will get close-up looks at critters with microscopes and hand lenses, and can play buggy games. A variety of activities will engage visitors of all ages as we discover what lives in their own backyards.”

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.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.

Public Works receives GIS award from ESRI

color seal smallThe County of San Bernardino Department of Public Works received a Special Achievement in GIS Award at the ESRI International Users Conference in San Diego, held July 14-18. This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of ESRI’s geographic information system technology.

In April 2013, Public Works developed new geographic mapping information on their website to assist the public in viewing county roads, flood control and solid waste facilities locations throughout the county.

Ninety percent of the work that Public Works performs is at distinct geographical locations within the County, and the department wanted to share that information with the public through a variety of interactive maps. The website address is http://sbcountydpw.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html.

The website includes locations of the Road Yards showing the service boundaries with information on how to contact road yard supervisors. A search by street address feature is also available of the County Maintained Road System, allowing users to easily locate which roads are maintained by Public Works. A Temporary Road Closures map helps users avoid areas where roads are closed for maintenance or problems.  Flood Control facilities and Flood Control right-of-ways are easily identifiable on their own unique interactive map. A Waste Disposal map shows locations, hours and days of operations to assist with accessing the landfills or transfer stations in your area. The Capital Improvement Project map provides a tour of the current projects that are under construction.  All of the maps are interactive, allowing users to click on a geographic feature to bring up additional detailed information.

“The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people that are using the power of geography to improve our world and drive change,” says ESRI president Jack Dangermond.

For more information about the 2014 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit www.esri.com/sag.

For further information visit Public Works at www.sbcounty.gov/dpw.

Sign up now for the Friends of Regional Parks Golf Tournament

friends of parksThe Friends of Regional Parks (F.O.R. Parks) in association with County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, will host the 7th annual F.O.R. Parks Golf Tournament at Sierra Lakes Golf Club in Fontana on Friday, October 17, 2014. Early bird sign-ups conclude on Sept. 19th. Space is limited so act now.  Click here for more information.

Who is FOR Parks?
Friends of Regional Parks offer a variety of activities at several locations throughout San Bernardino County.  F.O.R. Parks is qualified as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting outdoor activities for the residents of San Bernardino County through donations of time, money and other resources.  Encouraging and supporting healthy outdoor activities to our communities is imperative to all our neighbors and especially our youth. For more information on becoming part of this wonderful organization please contact Kstevens@parks.sbcounty.gov.

 

Team Save at 66ers game on Friday July 18

SaveYourHomeTeam Save will be at the Inland Empire 66ers game on Friday July 18th. Stop by the inlandempire66ersbooth to get valuable information on foreclosure prevention, credit counseling, down payment assistance and legal assistance. If you have any questions please contact Community Development and Housing at 909.387.4389.

For more information about the event, click here.

Government Works: Lowering recidivism with training, employment

Final Government Works StampDid you know the County’s Workforce Investment Board and the Fontana Police Department teamed up to help lower the recidivism rate for early release prisoners and probationers?

The Fontana Police Department’s Re-Entry Support (FRST) team was created to assist previously incarcerated individuals with re-assimilation into society. Nationally, the rate at which this population re-offends and goes back to prison is 75 percent.

The FRST team conducted an assessment and learned that the biggest issue above food, medical care, substance abuse treatment, and housing was lack of employment.

FRST reached out to the Workforce Investment Board to help provide employment services, job coaching, job search assistance and re-connection to the workforce that participants needed. Since September 2012, FRST and the Workforce Investment Board have provided 256 people with medical services, counseling, therapy, support groups, assistance with driver license and social security compliance, social services, shelter, education, occupational skills and employment.

The program has placed over 106 clients in employment.

Recently, the National Association of Counties recognized FRST and the Workforce Investment Board with an Achievement Award for their innovative program.

This is an example of how Government Works.

Make room in your heart and home for dogs saved from hoarding

A New Beginning Adoption EventUpdate: All of the dogs from the Phelan hoarding case were adopted over the weekend due to the generosity and kindness of our residents.

Animal Care and Control will have an adoption event this weekend in hopes of finding homes for 38 dogs rescued during a recent animal neglect investigation.

The dogs will be available for adoption at “A New Beginning Adoption Event” at the Devore Animal Shelter on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The event is made possible by the Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF), which contributes to the shelter’s offsite adoption events and the care of animals at the shelter.

A $25 adoption fee will include micro-chipping, initial vaccination and the spaying or neutering of each of the dogs surrendered by the dog hoarder. The license fee will vary depending on the adopter’s city of residence and there is a limit of two dogs per family.

The dogs were surrendered to Animal Care and Control during a July 2 animal neglect investigation near Phelan. Most of the dogs had severely matted hair. At first glance, it was difficult to distinguish the front of the dog from the rear of some of the dogs. Shelter staff and groomers from Cutie Pie’s Grooming in Redlands spent the Fourth of July giving makeovers to the dogs.

“We are grateful for all of the donations that have been made to the Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF) that makes it possible for us to have this special adoption event to help the dogs in this case,” said Brian Cronin, Chief for Animal Care and Control. “These dogs have been through so much already and our shelter staff has seen the transformation in these dogs since they have been in our care. They are lovable and ready to be adopted. We want to see them move onto their forever homes.”

The Devore Animal Shelter is at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino, CA. Donations can be made to the Animals are First Fund (ARFF) at: http://www.arffund.org/ Call (909) 386-9820 or visit Homeward Bound Project Adopt Facebook Page for more information.

YouTube video of the makeover of ‘Babe’

County of San Bernardino News Segment about the dogs

Photo album of one dog’s nearly two hour makeover

Photos of the dogs when they arrived

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