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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Apple Valley Branch Library Grand Reopening on April 28

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to the widely anticipated Grand Reopening of the Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Branch Library on Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m.

Join the community and local dignitaries for the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting as the doors to this greatly valued High Desert resource are reopened.

“This will be an outstanding day for Apple Valley,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood, a resident of Apple Valley. “This is a great town with great people and we are thanking them for their patience and support with a greatly improved library.”

Following the ceremony, enjoy a morning of fun and activities for the whole family including a live DJ, face painting, crafts, giveaways and appearances by Captain America and Princess Belle. Then take time to tour the newly renovated library that houses all new public use computers, an automatic book return sorter, new high-efficiently LED lighting, a completely upgraded HVAC system, and more than 25,000 new books and materials.

This reopening comes after the completion of an extensive retrofit of the previously compromised roof truss system, which forced the library to close in mid-2015 and relocate to a temporary location while work was conducted. Over the course of the closed period the County worked diligently on a solution that ultimately required the complete removal, redesign and replacement of the roof truss system. The County is excited to see this project come to completion and looks forward to continuing to serve the community.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. Visitors should bring their library card as every 15 items checked out during the event earns visitors an awesome inflatable hammer and an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win fantastic incentives!  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Branch Library is at 14901 Dale Evans Parkway.

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 the library website or call (909) 387-2220.

Free home fruit production and preservation and sustainable landscape workshops

The University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preserver program, supported in part by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, will conduct free workshops on home fruit production and preservation and sustainable landscaping on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sam J. Racadio Branch Library, 7863 Central Avenue in Highland.

From 9 a.m. to noon, UCCE master gardeners and master food preservers will teach a course on fruit tree selection, planting and care, and preserving mountain-grown produce.

From 1 to 4 p.m., UCCE master gardeners will teach a course on landscape tree and shrub selection, planting, and care.

The event will also feature free giveaways.


Property Tax Deadline is April 10

April 10 marks the last day San Bernardino County property owners can pay the second installment of property taxes without penalty. Property taxes are the largest discretionary source of funding for the County, and a significant source of funding for school districts, community college districts, and special districts.

Spread the word about the upcoming deadline and the many quick and easy ways to pay. Visit or click here for more information.

Lazer Broadcasting issue closed to further public testimony

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 20, will continue its consideration of an appeal to a County Planning Commission decision that would allow Lazer Broadcasting Corp. to establish a radio broadcast facility in Oak Glen near Yucaipa. However, the public hearing was closed on Feb. 13 following extensive public testimony. No further public testimony will be allowed on March 20.

Although there will not be an opportunity to comment on March 20, the public is welcome to attend the meeting to observe the board’s deliberations, or watch the meeting live here. Any additional comments can be submitted to the Board in writing though the Clerk of the Board at

New grand jury website makes it easy to apply for a seat or submit a complaint

The Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino is pleased to announce the launch of its new San Bernardino County Grand Jury website.

In addition to the specific information about the Grand Jury, the website was redesigned as a tool for the public to have a greater understanding of and access to the application process, filing complaints and viewing reports. New features include a Grand Jury calendar, updated news bulletins and electronic mailing list.

The website will be updated regularly with news regarding recruitment, the final report, events, Grand Jury presentations, and other information regarding important dates. The Grand Jury’s mission is to ensure the public is informed of concerning investigations about county and city government functions. Visitors are encouraged to explore the new website and subscribe to the Grand Jury’s mailing list.

Grand Jury recruitment is still open and accepting applications from qualified residents. Interested individuals can now apply online here. The deadline to submit an application is April 6.

If you have any questions, please contact the Grand Jury Assistant at (909) 387-9120.

Regional Parks now hiring lifeguards for summer swim season

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the San Bernardino County Regional Parks opens its swim complexes for families to enjoy. We would like to invite any interested candidates to apply as a Lifeguard at one of our Regional Parks for the 2018 Summer Season.

All applicants are required to have C.P.R. and First Aid certifications, prior to the first day of employment.  Lifeguards will be required to show proof of current Lifeguard Certifications, valid through September 2018. All requirements must be met before the first day of work. Bilingual abilities strongly desired.

The following positions are available for the 2018 Summer Swim Season:

Pool Manager – $ 15.25 hourly (1 at each site)

·         21 years of age or older

·         5 Years of Lifeguard Experience

·         1-2 Years of Supervisory Experience

Senior Lifeguard – $ 12.50 hourly (2 at each site)

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 3 Years of Lifeguard Experience
Returning Lifeguard – $ 12.00 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older
  • 1 or more years Lifeguard Experience with Regional Parks
New Lifeguard – $ 11.50 hourly

·         16 Years of age or older


Summer Help Process Calendar

  • Applications will be accepted continuously through April 2018
  • Interviews will be scheduled January thru May of 2018
  • Hiring Process for selected applicants will begin in February 2018
  • Orientation and Training will be scheduled for April and May 2018

All selected applicants will be interviewed by Park and Administrative Staff, at Regional Parks Administration.  Preferred work location is not guaranteed and will be decided by Park staffing needs.

Please visit or and apply today!

Celebrate Lt. Jim Considine – a hero of our own

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Considine, who was shot and wounded after a traffic stop in the county area of Victorville nearly 21 years ago, will be honored as Hero of the Night at an upcoming Ontario Reign hockey game.

On Sept. 27, 1997, Lt. Considine was a deputy sheriff assigned to patrol and was assisting his partner on a traffic stop when the assailant did not stop immediately and lured them to an isolated area.

Once there, the suspect opened fire on Lt. Considine and other deputies using an AK-47 assault rifle at close range. Lt. Considine was wounded four times, but returned fire and killed the attacker.

Lt. Considine recovered from his injuries, but one of his legs was so badly injured it prevented him from serving as a deputy any longer.

Eventually, Lt. Considine’s leg was amputated, he was fitted with a prosthetic leg and he decided to return to the Sheriff’s Department. Lt. Considine not only qualified as a deputy sheriff, he went on to pass through the most rigorous S.W.A.T. program imaginable and graduated at the top of his class.

At the time of the shooting, Lt. Considine was holding a MAGLITE flashlight which now sits in the MAGLITE Museum with the AK-47 round lodged inside. He believes it saved his life.

The public is invited to attend the Ontario Reign hockey game at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 where Lt. Considine will be honored during a special ceremony and given the opportunity to drop the puck. The game will be held at Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center in Ontario.

Click here for tickets.

Master Gardener Workshops at Victor Valley Museum

Join Master Gardeners from University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources at the Victor Valley Museum for two workshops on High Desert gardening on Saturday, March 17. Both classes are offered without charge in the museum’s community room. You can select one or both workshops, and reservations are not required.

In “Growing and Preserving Fruits and Vegetables,” from 9 a.m. to noon, find out what edibles you can grow in your High Desert backyard, and learn how to preserve your harvest. This class is taught by UCCE (UC Cooperative Extension) Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers.

From 1 to 4 p.m., learn from UCCE Master Gardeners about selecting and caring for beautiful, drought-resistant plants in “Drought-Resistant Sustainable Landscapes.” The neighbors will be green with envy.

The classes are offered at no cost, but museum admission is not included. Now showing at the Victor Valley Museum are exhibits that focus on High Desert cultural and natural history along with “Visions of Southern California: The Mid-Century Modern Designs of Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp,” and CuriousCity, an interactive experience especially for toddlers.

Events and exhibits at the Victor Valley Museum 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 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 The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Train Days! Rolls Back to County Museums

Families and kids from all over the Inland Empire region join model train enthusiasts and locomotive lovers gathering at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands and Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley for Train Days, April 7 through 15. This popular annual event features intricate, operating model trains and family programming. This year’s event is sponsored by the San Bernardino County Museum and Conductor/Supervisor Curt Hagman.

At the Redlands museum, model train layouts will be running throughout the museum and a trackless train will be available for ticketed rides on the weekends. Train clubs participating include the ZoCal Z-scale Group, N-Land Pacific Modular Club, Green River Junction Railroad, Pacific Coast Modular Club, and the Orange County N’Gineers who will be leading instructions on module building for visitors. Additional family programming is scheduled on weekends between 12 and 4 p.m. Food will be available for purchase on Saturdays and Sundays.

At Victor Valley Museum, the Antelope Valley N-scalers return and will be joined by a local group of train enthusiasts who will add a second layout in the galleries. In addition, a trackless train will be available for ticketed rides, and other family activities on the weekends. Train Days at this county museum branch in Apple Valley will be open the weekend of April 7 and 8, and reopen Wednesday, April 11–April 15. The Victor Valley Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

“All aboard again at the County Museum!” said Melissa Russo, the Museum’s director. “It’s a special time of year for us to host these amazing makers of train artistry, and we love seeing the faces of visitors exploring the tiny transportation cities that these clubs have built.”

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 five and Museum Association members are admitted free. The Victor Valley Museum is in Apple Valley at 11873 Apple Valley Road. This branch museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays; 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 The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Renewal, Resilience, Art, and Oranges

Heritage Valencia grove beside the County Museum

Museum Celebrates Festival of Life in the Cracks Day

With the approach of springtime, new life is sprouting all around us. This renewal will be celebrated at the San Bernardino County Museum at the Festival of Life in the Cracks Day on Saturday, March 10, from 12 to 4 p.m. A range of creative activities from poetry to planting will be offered to museum guests during the Festival, organized in partnership with Arts Connection—The Arts Council of San Bernardino County, Fallen Fruit, and Inlandia Institute. The event is held in conjunction with the Museum’s current contemporary art exhibit, “Life in the Cracks,” which runs through April 1.

Fallen Fruit is an art collaborative that began in Los Angeles in 2004 by making maps of “public fruit” –fruit that grows on or over public property. Originally conceived by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young, since 2013 David and Austin have continued the collaborative work. Their projects include diverse site-specific artworks that embrace public participation, temporary art installations, and social media focused public participatory actions. Fallen Fruit’s art works encourage the public to experience their city as a fruitful, generous place, inviting people to engage in sharing and collectively explore the meaning of community and collaboration. On Saturday, Fallen Fruit invites museum visitors to help create a living fruit orchard planted by the public for the public by offering free fruit tree adoption. Guests can adopt a tree if they agree to plant it near a sidewalk to share its fruit with the community. Planting and nurturing instructions will be provided.

Fallen Fruit also asks, “Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?” with an opportunity to draw a self-portrait on a hand-picked orange from the museum’s heritage grove. The oranges will together create a group portrait of everyone who joins in the fun. The Fallen Fruit program is underwritten by the California Arts Council.

Springtime renewal is a recurring topic for poets, and Inlandia Institute offers a chance for Festival participants to hone their creative writing skills through poetry slams during the afternoon, culminating in poetry readings from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Museum’s education division will lead family art activities using orange peels.

“Life blooms in the most unexpected places,” said Carolina Zataray, the museum’s curator of education. “The Festival of Life in the Cracks will offer students, families, and community members a variety of creative activities that recognize this. Join us as we discover the beauty found hidden in the cracks.”

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs 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. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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