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Save the date! Colton college & career fair on Oct. 4

Vendor applications now are being accepted for the First Annual Colton Joint Unified School District College and Career Fair, to be held from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Gonzales Community Center, 670 Colton Avenue in Colton.

This event is a collaborative effort of the Colton Joint Unified School District and City of Colton with sponsorship from Kaiser Permanente, the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, OmniTrans, and the Alliance for Education.career fair

“We are extremely excited about our First Annual CJUSD College and Career Fair,” noted CJUSD Superintendent Jerry Almendarez. “It’s amazing to see the collaboration between our district and community with the focused objective of helping our students to find their own best path to success. This truly is a wonderful example of collective impact.”

The fair will provide students and families a “one-stop shop” where they can meet representatives from four-year colleges and universities, community colleges and technical/trade schools as well as business professionals who will be on hand to discuss a wide variety of career pathways. Workshops also will be presented to help students with planning for the future.

Although the event is primarily geared toward high school students, programming also will be offered for elementary and middle school students to help them start early on their journey toward success.

A limited number of booths are still available at no charge. Please note that all presenters must showcase materials that are appropriate for school-aged children and intended to help them learn more about possible career and college choices. The district reserves the right to decline vendors or materials if they are deemed inappropriate or in violation of board policies. Businesses, agencies or higher education institutions interested in participating in the event can contact CJUSD Communications Specialist Jacquie Paul at 909-580-6502 or Jacquie_Paul@cjusd.net for more information.

Registration now open for 30th Annual Children’s Network Conference

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Registration is open for the 30th Annual Children’s Network Conference. The Sept. 14  and 15 conference at the Ontario Convention Center is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training eventsfor professionals who work with children.  One of the original Ghostbusters, Ernie Hudson, will be the keynote speaker on Sept. 14. Derek Clark, the“Rapping Dad” and a motivational speaker, will be the Sept. 15 keynote speaker.

The 35 workshops cover a variety of relevant topics including:

Derek Clark, the "Rapping Dad"

Derek Clark, the “Rapping Dad”

  • Mindfulness to human trafficking,
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders to self-compassion
  • Mentoring to Autism Movement Therapy

With more than 80 vendors in the exhibit hall – you will be able to find new resources, connect with old ones, or purchase quality items from others.

The registration book with the descriptions of all of the workshops offered and the registration form can be found here: http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN

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.

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.inlandempire66ers

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.

Library card signups increase countywide

Vision2Read_Logo_FINALLibraries countywide successfully participated in Vision2Read’s Summer Reading Challenge to increase library card signups and encourage more children and adults to read this summer.

During the month of May, libraries throughout San Bernardino County increased library card signups by 14.5 percent with 9,036 cards issued in May compared to 7,892 issued in May 2015.

“Reading is the coolest thing you can do this summer so we are thrilled so many more of our residents throughout the county are taking advantage of our libraries and what they have to offer,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Throughout the summer, libraries are offering amazing programs and activities and giving away rewards for meeting reading challenges. Summer reading programs help to avoid a loss of reading skills that can occur during breaks in the academic school year.

For a listing of all libraries countywide, visit Vision2Read.com.

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.

County Library meets the High Desert Mavericks

Mavericks_main_logoThe High Desert Mavericks are partnering up with the San Bernardino County Library system to help promote our Summer Reading Program.

For the duration of the Summer Reading Program, all library customers who sign up for the Summer Reading Program at participating branches will receive one complementary ticket voucher for an upper bowl or lower bowl seat during any Mavericks home game between August 15-18. The participating library branches are Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia, Lucerne Valley, Phelan, and Wrightwood. So head on over to one of these participating branch libraries and sign up today!

In addition to the tickets, there will be a few guest appearances by Mavericks players at the following locations:

• Hesperia Branch Library- on June 14 a Mavericks player will help introduce the first two performances of the day at 10:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m.
• Phelan Memorial Library- on June 14 and on June 28 for storytime at noon.
• Adelanto Branch Library- On June 30 for storytime at noon.

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.

County Library offers Wowbrary e-newsletter

wowlogobWowbrary newsletters are now a part of the San Bernardino County Library’s collection of free resources. Wowbrary provides weekly emails showcasing the Library’s most recent acquisitions, including print, audio/visual, and digital titles. Customers can see a list of the most popular new additions or choose to browse provided lists of new materials by genre. All items listed link directly to the Library’s catalog (http://sbclib.polarislibrary.com/polaris/) where customers can request items and manage their accounts.

Library customers who receive email notifications will automatically begin receiving Wowbrary updates. Learn more about Wowbrary and sign up today to begin receiving the San Bernardino County Library’s newest resource by visiting http://www.wowbrary.org/signup.aspx.

For information on this resource and other community resources, please visit your local San Bernardino County Library, call (909) 387-2220 or visit our website at www.sbclib.org.

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 the 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.

Planning and developing healthy communities topic of June 21-22 conference

PIC-FINAL-BASICa_small1-e1436216479627RO_logo_1xaPartners for Innovative Communities, in collaboration with Reach Out, present  the 7th Annual National Innovative Communities Conference. This one-of-a-kind, two day conference is the only conference in Southern California leading the way in promoting new cutting-edge strategies and skills to create safe and healthy communities. This conference has been created to connect all sectors with each other and with experts in healthy communities, substance abuse prevention, and innovative programs for safer and healthier neighborhoods and cities.

The 2016 National Innovative Communities Conference focuses on community and individual health as a whole. Participants will enjoy and learn from over twenty-five interactive breakout sessions covering topics from  a health pipeline to violence to substance abuse prevention.

Every year this conference focuses on a particular aspect of health, this year’s conference focus is healthy communities planning and development. With keynotes from the California Department of Transportation and the Southern California Association of Governments highlighting the planning efforts and innovations surrounding healthy cities and communities. This year’s theme is “We’re All Connected,” bringing community leaders, members, educators, providers, and health care professionals together  and connecting efforts in creating healthy and thriving communities.

Registration is free thanks to sponsors at SANBAG and The GoHuman Campaign. The conference will take place over two days at the Ontario Convention Center on Tuesday and Wednesday June 21 -22 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please visit www.pic-nicc.org for more information and registration or contact us at 909-982-8641. With over 1,500 attendees in 2015 we hope to grow and make the 2016 NIC Conference even bigger and better.

Heroes Assemble at the San Bernardino County Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites you to strengthen your superpowers and participate in our Summer Reading Program: Heroes Assemble!

Throughout the summer, we will be hosting amazing programs and activities as well as giving away fantastic rewards at all 32 of our branch libraries. Participating is easy: fly in to your local San Bernardino County Library to sign-up and become part of this read for rewards program to earn exciting weekly incentives. Reading for rewards is just the beginning. The Library will be hosting various super hero-themed programs including storytime, crafts, Doc2discovery time as well as awesome performers who provide exciting, entertaining and educational shows the whole family can enjoy. The Summer Reading Program is open to all ages so come on in and sign up the entire family. The best part – this program is absolutely free!

The fun doesn’t stop there. The County Library will offer special drawings for children and teens who meet the County Library Reading Challenge. The children’s challenge is to read at least 45 books or the equivalent in pages and minutes to receive a ticket. For teens, the challenge is to read at least eight books or the equivalent to get a ticket. New this year: each kid and teen who reached the challenge will receive a ticket for a chance to win a Kindle Fire 7” tablet at their branch library. Also, for every 25 items checked out this summer, receive a ticket for our countywide drawing to win one of the grand prizes which include Samsung Galaxy Tablets, a WiiU gaming system, a super hero-themed bike, and a kids Spider-Man Dune Buggy.

Check out the San Bernardino County Library website for details on the kick-off events and program information. Come sign up for the program and be a part of our Summer of Reading Challenge to increase summer reading participation among youth by 15 percent throughout the county.

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.

Veterans Initiative in the Arts: Plant to Paper Project on display

plant to paperA special exhibit “Joining Forces Plant to Paper Project” will be on display at the 29 Palms Art Gallery from May 26 to June 25.

The exhibit is a culmination of a project that began in early 2015 when the California Arts Council announced a competitive $10,000 grant for projects to enrich the lives of California’s veterans, active-duty military and their families through the arts.

The Arts Connection reached out to Mil-tree, an arts-based veterans and community organization in Joshua Tree and other nonprofits and began the first phase of their project – removing invasive plants with the support of Joshua Tree National Park’s vegetation management team. Participants then transformed the plants into pulp and paper and developed the materials into two- and three-dimensional works.

The works will be on display at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms.

For more information, click here or email miltreecommunity@gmail.com.

Wonderland arrives at the Hesperia Branch Library

Alice HES smallerBring the whole family to the Hesperia Branch Library on May 17 to meet Alice, The Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter during the San Bernardino County Library’s Wonderland event.

Library Wonderland gives families and kids the chance to play games, make crafts, create hats, get their faces painted and take photos with the Wonderland characters.

Customers are encouraged to enter into a drawing during the event to win great prizes by completing a Wonderland map and checking out a minimum of 15 items. Additional tickets for the drawing can be earned for every 15 items checked out.

The Wonderland event is from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hesperia Branch library, 9650 7th Avenue in Hesperia and all activities are free and open to all ages.

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 the people who call San Bernardino County home.

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