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New Book Festival at Chino Hills Branch Library Oct. 3

Join us for a festival full of fun new books at the Chino Hills Branch Library and be the first to check out thousands of newly purchased children’s books.

The new book festival is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch Library, 14020 City Center Drive in Chino Hills.

The festival will feature:

  • Special Appearances by Cinderella, Prince Charming
  • As well as Emmet, Wyldstyle, Lego Batman and
  • Lord Business from The Lego Movie
  • See The Batmobile
  • Live DJ
  • Free Crafts, Face Painting, Balloon Artist and Magician
  • Come Dressed As Your Favorite Character

For Every 15 Items You Check Out, Receive a Ticket for:

  • Opportunity Drawings to Win Prizes
  • Jumbo Block Play Area
  • Live Animal Exhibit from Wild Wonders
  • Free Popcorn
  • First 500 People Will Receive A Free Bag


Talk, read and sing to your children

PrintTalk. Read. Sing. ® Fest! is coming to Hesperia Branch Library on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Highland Branch Library  on Saturday, Nov. 7!

Enjoy FREE fun for infants, toddlers and preschoolers ages 5 and under as we champion the three little action words that make a BIG impact on your child’s learning.

In partnership with San Bernardino County Library, we’ll have special performances by Twinkle Time & Friends, Rafael & Katia’s Magic Show and guitarist Dan Crow. Take photos with Potter the Otter and other story characters. Participate in kid-friendly activities and don’t forget our book giveaway for children ages 5 and under!

Parents, don’t miss the special talks on the importance of Talk. Read. Sing. ® with your children before the performances take place.

Make it a play date! Join us on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hesperia Branch Library, 9650 7th Ave in Hesperia or Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highland Branch Library, 7863 Central Ave in Highland for all the early learning fun! For more information, call First 5 San Bernardino at (909) 386-7706 or visit First 5 San Bernardino on Facebook. Talk. Read. Sing. ® is a registered trademark of First 5 California.

Countywide arts conference set for Sept. 26

aclogoArts professionals from throughout San Bernardino County and surrounding areas will convene on Saturday, Sept. 26 in Rancho Cucamonga for a full day of networking, presentations, and workshops about creative placemaking as well as cultural planning and public art.

Creative placemaking is a growing field of practice that leverages the arts to revitalize communities while also addressing broader social and economic issues. The focus will be on developing creative placemaking strategies which artists and organizations can implement in their own communities, sparking creative entrepreneurship, engaging new audiences and strengthening individual municipalities and the county as a whole. Opening remarks will be delivered by San Bernardino County Supervisors Josie Gonzales, who was instrumental in the founding of Arts Connection, and Chairman of the Board, Supervisor James Ramos.

Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson will be the keynote speaker. She is an Arts and Urban Policy Specialist with expertise in comprehensive community revitalization, systems change, dynamics of race and ethnicity and the roles of the arts and culture in communities. She is Senior Advisor to the Kresge Foundation and was appointed in 2013 by President Obama to the National Council on the Arts. She also serves on the advisory board of Lambent Foundation and on the boards of directors of Alliance for California Traditional Arts and LA Commons.

“The arts and culture play a critical role in the economic recovery of the Inland Empire. This conference is a great opportunity to bring ideas and partners together,” said Kathryn Ervin, Arts Connection’s Board Chair and Professor of Theatre Arts at Cal State San Bernardino. “Artists and organizations will be discussing their projects alongside civic leaders, urban planners and private industry. Creative placemaking calls upon these diverse sectors to come together and engage communities through the arts, sparking change and innovation in their wake while bringing programming to communities that are often underserved.”

The conference is free to all members of Arts Connection. One-year membership starts at $25 for individuals ($10 for students). Pre-registration for the conference is highly encouraged though you may register at the door. Registration is available on the Arts Connection website, at http://artsconnectionnetwork.org/events/conference-registration or by phone at 909-537-5809.  For more information visit artsconnectionnetwork.org

Family Reading Rally at Cal State San Bernardino on Sept. 19

Round-Up_FLYER_v8The Family Reading Rally, co-hosted by San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and Cal State University San Bernardino’s College of Education, will be held on Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year at the Family Reading Rally, the Countywide Vision will kick-off Vision2Read, a campaign to promote literacy programs and services. As part of the campaign, 5,000 free books will be distributed to the first 5,000 students who attend, through the generous support of The Molina Foundation.

Also, free books will be distributed to schools and districts across the county.

In addition to the free books, there will be interactive workshops for families, as well as fun and hands-on activities at the Family Reading Rally.

The free event is for families with students in preschool through high school. Minors at the event must be accompanied by an adult. There is limited free bus transportation, but a spaces need to be reserved by Sept. 10. Reservations can be made online at http://sbcss.k12oms.org/15-103036 .

For more information, call 909.386.2630.

Board endorses Vision2Read literacy campaign

Vision2Read_Logo_FINALVision2Read, a year-long campaign designed to help improve literacy throughout San Bernardino County by connecting people to literacy programs – whether they need help or are able to help – was endorsed by the Board of Supervisors today as part of its recognition of National Literacy Month.

About 60 percent of San Bernardino County third graders are not proficient in reading, scoring lower than their peers in neighboring Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties on the 2013 California Standards Test. Reading at grade level by the third grade is one of the greatest predictors of children’s success in school, their likelihood of going to college, and their future earning potential, according to a 2010 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

“Vision2Read is an opportunity for all sectors and members of the San Bernardino County community to engage and take action to support literacy and the success of every child from cradle to career,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Literacy has a profound impact on several elements of the Vision we have for our county, including jobs and the economy, public safety, education, and wellness.”

The Vision2Read campaign kicks off with a Saturday, Sept. 19 Family Reading Rally held by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools at Cal State University San Bernardino. More than 5,000 children and their families are expected to attend the Reading Rally from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to participate in interactive workshops, learn about the importance of reading and obtain free books.

Throughout the year, Vision2Read.com will serve as a reading and literacy portal to include literacy facts, resources and services, event information and volunteer opportunities in partnership with the United Ways of San Bernardino County and its 2-1-1 San Bernardino County and HandsOn Inland Empire programs. The web site will go live next week.

All of San Bernardino County is encouraged to get involved in Vision2Read to help raise the bar for literacy in our community and advance our efforts to achieve the Countywide Vision, adopted in June 2011 by the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Associated Governments Board of Directors, which includes the County Board members and a mayor or council member from each of the county’s 24 cities and towns.

Vision2Read helps achieve both regional goals of the Countywide Vision – supporting the success of every child from cradle to career and establishing the county as a model in the state where local government, regulatory agencies and communities are truly business-friendly.

Lefty’s Track Day at the Auto Club Speedway to benefit literacy

leftystrackdayThe Auto Club Speedway is supporting literacy with Lefty’s Track Day on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Experience the thrill of a ride in the official Auto Club Speedway pace car at speeds over 100 mph for $20. Children must be at least 8 years old and 4 feet 9 inches tall to ride in the pace car and accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Guests are also invited to drive their own vehicles during a guided lap around the Auto Club Speedway for $10.

All proceeds will benefit the Auto Club Speedway Foundation which supports Lefty’s Reading Challenge, a program that encourages reading excellence from Southern California elementary school children and provides grants to school libraries.

Lefty’s Reading Challenge helps achieve one of the regional goals of the Countywide Vision which is to support the success of every child from cradle to career.

For more information about Lefty’s Track Day, click here.


ARMC seeking healthcare professionals to mentor students

armc logoArrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) is partnering with Reach Out/Inland Coalition and Colton High School’s Health Education Academy of Learning (HEAL) to encourage students to pursue careers in healthcare. The academy is seeking healthcare professionals for the upcoming school year to mentor a group of students with an interest in the healthcare field. Mentors meet with students once a month for two hours and use materials provided through a curriculum.

Healthcare professionals who are interested in mentoring a student can attend a networking session at ARMC on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Oak Room. Refreshments and light appetizers will be provided. To learn more, log on to: www.BeAMentorEvent.eventbrite.com

ARMC’s ongoing partnership with Colton High School’s HEAL academy has provided students with the opportunity to get a first-hand look at healthcare. Over the years, students have visited with ARMC healthcare professionals from the emergency department, medical imaging, the clinical lab and other departments, which provided them with the chance to see physicians and medical staff in action.

ARMC, along with the County of San Bernardino, is committed to partnering with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career.

About HEAL

The HEAL program is a four-year college preparatory program that operates as a specialized learning community within the high school and combines academic coursework with clinical instruction. The curriculum includes service learning projects, job shadowing, and internships in the community. The mission of HEAL is to place students on a path that prepares them for college while developing the skills essential for employment in the healthcare industry.

About the Inland Coalition

The Inland Coalition serves both San Bernardino and Riverside counties and the Pomona Valley region in collaboration with area health entities to promote diversity and education in the health professions. Visit: www.inlandcoalition.org/

About Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

ARMC is a 456-bed university-affiliated teaching hospital located on a 70-acre campus in Colton, California, and is a designated Level II trauma center. ARMC operates a regional burn center, primary stroke center, a behavioral health center, four primary care centers including three family health centers, and provides more than 40 outpatient specialty care services. For more information, go to: www.arrowheadmedcenter.org. ARMC is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by addressing the community’s wellness and educational needs. For more information on the Countywide Vision, visit: www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

Registration open for Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference

IEFICInland Empire men will have the chance to be inspired, educated and better equipped to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and to be actively engaged in their children’s lives during the Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference.

The Aug. 15, 2015 conference, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Inland Regional Center at 1365 South Waterman Ave in San Bernardino, will feature several speakers and workshops that will provide fathers with information and resources. Keynote speakers for the event include Richard Jones, an actor, and Barry E. Knight, an author and leadership coach. Topics addressed during the workshops include: tips for new and young fathers, financial empowerment for dads, how to navigate the systems, fathering children with disabilities, and several others To register, visit http://fathers.eventbrite.com.

Participating San Bernardino County agencies include the Children’s Network, Children and Family Services and Preschool Services Department, Behavioral Health, Public Health, Child Support Services, Probation, Superintendent of Schools, and others.

View more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaPNoqAaBZM

Registration now open for Children’s Network Conference

Father Gregory Boyle

Father Gregory Boyle

A Jesuit priest who founded the world’s largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program will share his message of hope at the upcoming Children’s Network Conference. Father Gregory Boyle, an authority on gangs and intervention and the founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries, will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the September 23 and 24 conference at the Ontario Convention Center. Now in its 29th year, the event is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing.  Sessions include:

  • The Status of Homeless Youth in San Bernardino County
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Stress Reduction Practices for Children and Teens
  • Working with LGBTQ Youth
  • Supporting the Mental Health of Our Children
  • Early Childhood Development and the Screen-Time Dilemma
  • Helping Children and Teens Through Loss
  • Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
  • Strengthening and Supporting Father Involvement in Our Communities
  • Self-Empowerment
  • And many more…

For more information and to register, visit  http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN.

Water agencies invite customers to conservation fair on June 27

17862104102_69e37a083c_hUnder the current drought restrictions, Inland Empire water customers are being required to cut their water use by 24 to 36 percent or face fines of $500 a day or higher.  To help customers reach their reductions, water agencies are hosting the Inland Empire’s first Water Conservation Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27 at the Stauffer Complex at the University of Redlands.

A kidzone with bounce houses, drawing contests and food trucks will be set up so that children can play, allowing parents to attend workshops and meet with landscapers, representatives from turf replacement companies as well as sprinkler manufacturers, such as Toro and Rain Bird.

Representatives from 10 different water agencies will also be on hand to provide detailed information on rebate programs that will save water customers money on everything from water efficient toilets and appliances to low-flow sprinkler and shower heads and turf replacement programs.

Water agencies will provide free water bottles and other promotional items as well as drawings for major prizes, including weather sensitive irrigation timers.

Agencies participating in the event include the cities of Colton, Loma Linda, Redlands and San Bernardino as well as East Valley Water District, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, West Valley Water District and Yucaipa Valley Water District.

For more information on Water Saving Garden Friendly plants as well as water conservation tips, tools and rebates, please visit watersavinggardenfriendly.com and iEfficient.com.

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