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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Learn how to prevent lead poisoning

lead poisoningThe Department of Public Health announced plans to commemorate National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 19-25, with a week-long information campaign about childhood lead poisoning.  The campaign theme “Kids Learn Better Lead Free,” will educate families and community members about ways to prevent lead poisoning and the importance of testing children for lead, said Sara Hernandez-Singh of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

Lead poisoning can seriously affect a child’s brain and nervous system. It can cause learning and behavioral problems. A blood lead test is the only way to identify and confirm lead poisoning in children. “The purpose of this campaign is to remind parents that lead poisoning can be detrimental to young children’s health and development. It is important for parents to ask their child’s doctor about lead testing,” stated Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer of the Department of Public Health.

In California, children can be exposed to lead by ingesting lead-contaminated dust, paint chips from deteriorating lead-based paint, and lead-contaminated soil. Other sources of lead poisoning include lead dust brought home on parents’ work clothes, certain imported ceramic pottery, and traditional home remedies among others. Imported candies or foods, especially from Mexico, containing chili or tamarind may contain lead. Additionally, activities that involve lead products such as soldering, making stained glass, and handling bullets or fishing sinkers can put children at risk.

All parents and caregivers of young children are invited to contact Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 1-800-722-3777 to learn about the upcoming education campaign and ways to protect their children from this silent and serious environmental disease.

Public Health supports Latino AIDS awareness

AIDS LatinoHIV continues to threaten the health of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. The Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately 1 in 50 Hispanics/Latinos will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.  Over 8,000 individuals of all races and ethnicities are living with HIV/AIDS within the Counties of San Bernardino and Riverside.

October 15, 2014 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD).  The 2014 theme is “To End AIDS, Commit to Act”

The County of San Bernardino, Department of Public Health, Ryan White Program, supports NLAAD and according to the County Health Officer, Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, “everyone, especially those at high risk of infection, should be tested.”

HIV testing is more important than ever because 1 in 5 people with HIV are unaware of their HIV status, and almost half of Hispanics/Latinos have never been tested. The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested at least once in their lifetime. Individuals at higher risk should be tested even more frequently, at least annually.

Getting an HIV test has never been easier.  To find an HIV test site near you, please visit: National HIV and STD Testing Resources . Simply enter your zip code and a list of nearby testing suites will be presented.

The President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy is to reduce new HIV infection rates by 25% by the year 2015. This will take a combination of effort, predominantly increasing HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention efforts by increasing the number of people living with HIV who know their status.

For more information about the Ryan White Program or to find services near you, please call the Ryan White Program office at (909) 387-6492 or visit our website at

Workforce Investment Board offers job assistance to graduates of new avionics training

The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board is recruiting for a 40-day training course in Avionics and Industrial Technology at Chaffey College.

The no-cost training is open to 20 low-income, long-term unemployed, disabled or re-entry individuals (which include parolees, probationers and individuals with a felony on record). The WIB and Chaffey College are looking for recruits who enjoy working with their hands, are mechanically inclined and have a strong attention to detail. Graduates will earn a nationally recognized certification in Industrial Maintenance Electrical & Instrumentation from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

turbulence aheadAs a partner of Chaffey College in the initiative, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will provide recruitment and employment assistance to help graduates land jobs at local businesses with a demand for avionics and industrial maintenance expertise.

The program is a not-for-credit, short-term pilot program funded through a $150,000 Workforce Accelerator Fund grant awarded to Chaffey College by the California Workforce Investment Board. Classes begin October 20 and take place at Chaffey College’s Chino campus. To attend an orientation, prospective trainees should call (909) 652-7664.

“This program was designed in response to the need of employers in San Bernardino County,’’ said Workforce Investment Board Executive Director, Sandy Harmsen. “Fortunately, we are positioned to assist the program graduates in securing employment with one of the businesses we work with.”

There is an expected industry demand spike for people with expertise in aviation and industrial electrical technology and instrumentation.  In 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a requirement that all aircraft flying in controlled airspace must be equipped with new avionics by 2020. The new systems, known as ADS-B, use GPS technology and will replace radar. Industry estimates expect 20,000 ADS-B installations per year between now and 2020.

“In one year, the Workforce Investment Board has served nearly 3,000 businesses and identified more than 12,000 job openings. This partnership with Chaffey College is another example of how the Workforce Investment Board is helping residents enter well-paying career fields while also meeting the needs of growing industries in our County,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford said.

For more information on the Industrial Maintenance Electrical & Instrumentation & Avionics training, please call the Chaffey College Workforce Training Institute at (909) 652-7664.For more information on the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board, contact 1(800) 451-JOBs or visit

Dinosaur Discovery Day on Saturday

dinosaurDiscover dinosaurs at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This activity-packed day is designed to immerse visitors of all ages in all things dinosaur. Activities are included with paid museum admission.

Children can paint fossil replicas, make dinosaur masks, learn to walk like a dinosaur, and even organize cockroach races. Rest up with dinosaur story time before heading off to more dinosaur fun, including face painting and balloon animals. The museum’s education division will offer hands-on learning and cart conversations in the Hall of Geological Wonders in conjunction with the new exhibit, “Fossils Underfoot.”

Three dinosaur experts will give talks during the day. At 11 a.m. Dr. Mathew J. Wedel, assistant professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, will discuss “How to Measure a Dinosaur.” Dr. Andrew A. Farke, Augustyn Family Curator of Paleontology for the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, will talk about “Growing Up Parasaurolophus” at 1 p.m. “Why Dinosaurs Matter” is the topic of Brian Switek at 3 p.m. Switek is a paleontology science writer and blogger from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dinosaurs Rock will do three special presentations in the museum’s amphitheater at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. These kid-friendly audience-participation shows include many dinosaur replica fossils and bones.

Lunches can be purchased to enjoy in the museum courtyard along with free snacks of popcorn and cotton candy. For more information, visit


San Bernardino Home Expo on Saturday

saveyourhomesbNeed help with your mortgage?  Interested in buying a home?  San Bernardino is hosting its first annual Home Expo at the National Orange Show Events Center on Saturday Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  There will be free demonstrations, raffle prizes, and more. For more information, visit 

For more information about events and resources for homeowners and homebuyers, visit the County website at or contact the Community Development and Housing Department at 909/387-4389.

Get ready to ShakeOut for earthquake safety on Thursday

Drop Cover and Hold OnOn Thursday, Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m., over half a million people in San Bernardino County will be participating in the DROP, COVER and HOLD ON Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill. Take this opportunity to evaluate your own personal level of preparedness and determine the steps necessary to better prepare yourself and your family to survive and recover.
Let your family know that they can listen to the ShakeOut earthquake announcement tomorrow, 10/16 at 10:16 a.m., on:

KFRG 95.1 FM (Inland Empire and SB Mountains)
KRXV 98.1 (Mojave Desert)
KZXY 102.3 (Victor Valley)
KDES 98.5 (Morongo Basin)

Make a commitment to care… don’t let preparedness be a once a year event. Steps you take today and in the following days will affect your family’s ability to get back to normal sooner after the next major earthquake.

Make this the year you did something to encourage the survival of your family, friends and coworkers in a major earthquake. Watch this video to learn more about earthquake safety.

For more information, visit

Celebrate National Fossil Day on Oct. 15

fossilThe County Museum will participate in National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 15 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Activities scheduled inside the Hall of Geological Wonders are included with paid museum admission.

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.

At the County Museum, visitors can tour the latest special exhibit, “Fossils Underfoot,” and discover prehistoric animals that once lived in southern California. Museum educators will present interactive cart talks related to fossils during the day.

“People driving down to San Diego through the Temecula area, or people driving over Cajon Pass and through Barstow on their way east may not realize that they are passing millions of years of life preserved as fossils,” said Eric Scott, the museum’s curator of paleontology. “National Fossil Day is celebrated across the United States, but here in the Inland Empire we should celebrate fossils every day—we’d certainly never run out of discoveries to talk about.”

Museum guests can also bring in a rock, a mineral, or another geological wonder for identification by museum specialists. For more information, visit

Museum exhibit recalls 50 years at the “Calico Dig”

calico digThe San Bernardino County Museum will recognize the 50th anniversary of the Calico Mountains Archaeological Excavation with a special exhibit, “50 Years Ago: The Calico Dig.” The exhibit will open on October 11 and will continue through November 9, 2014. A companion exhibit at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley will open October 18.

The Calico Mountains Archaeological Site (once called the Calico Early Man Site) is a quarry and tool production site near Yermo, California. For thousands of years, prehistoric people gathered stones (chalcedony and chert) from which to fashion tools for hunting, preparing food, and making other tools.

Dr. Louis Leakey, Ruth DeEtte (Dee) Simpson, and Dr. Gerald A. Smith, then director of the San Bernardino County Museum, established the Calico Mountains Archaeological Site in 1964. The National Geographic Society funded the first four years of excavation. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It is the only site in the Americas where Dr. Leakey—famous for his groundbreaking work in the Olduvai Gorge of Africa—directed a project. Continuously excavated for 50 years, the site is still active with the help of trained volunteers, college classes, and scout groups.

The Friends of the Calico Early Man Site, incorporated in 1981, cares for this important public resource and provided the funding for this exhibit.

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. Parking is free. For more information, visit 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.


Open House at Fire Station 71 in Fontana for Fire Prevention Week

countyfireOn Saturday, Oct. 11, the San Bernardino County Fire Department will host an open house event at Fire Station 71, located at 16380 Arrow Blvd. in Fontana, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Games, prizes, and snacks will be available for all as well as many other fun activities.

The event is held every year in connection with Fire Prevention Week, which has as its theme this year “Smoke Alarms Save Lives – Test Yours Every Month!” Fire Prevention Week has been observed by fire departments around the nation for decades.

Residents and families in the community will be able to get information on how to protect themselves in the event of a fire in their home, how to test their smoke alarms, demonstrations with our Fire Safety trailer on practicing exit drills in the home, and an up close tour of fire engines and our newest fire station. A limited amount of smoke alarms will be distributed at no cost to those who may have a need for them.

For information on Fire Prevention Week and home fire safety tips, please visit


County Museum open on Columbus Day

shakeoutmuseumThe San Bernardino County Museum, usually closed on Mondays, will be open on the Columbus Day holiday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission fees apply.

Visitors can enjoy exhibits that explore the cultural and natural history of San Bernardino County and inland southern California, including minerals and fossils, Native American artifacts, birds and mammals, and historical objects. A special exhibit, “Fossils Underfoot,” is now open in the Hall of Geological Wonders and “Portraits and Views: The Redlands Photographic Studio 1897 to 1924 is showing in the Crossroads in History gallery.

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 a.m. to 5p.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. Parking is free. For more information, visit 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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