On the Record with Chairman Curt Hagman – May is Mental Health Month
May is Mental Health Month, a national movement to raise awareness about mental health, reduce stigma surrounding mental health, and provide support and education to the public.
Dr. Christopher Schreur, San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health Associate Medical Director, provides information in On the Record with Chairman Hagman about the significance of Mental Health Month and the stigma surrounding mental health.
Join Cosmic Nights at the County Museums
Cosmic Nights at Victor Valley Museum
The Victor Valley Museum announces that the popular Cosmic Nights astronomy-themed evening event will take place on Saturday, May 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Cosmic Nights at the Victor Valley Museum is in partnership with the High Desert Astronomical Society (HiDAS). Based at the Luz Observatory in Apple Valley, HiDAS was formed to provide trained, volunteer astronomers to operate and maintain the Center’s astronomical equipment. The evenings feature telescope viewing, an opportunity to discuss astronomy with the telescope operators, and visitors are also encouraged to bring binoculars or set up their own telescopes. Read more here.
Cosmic Nights: Lunar Eclipse Edition
The San Bernardino County Museum is “over the moon” to bring you Cosmic Nights: Lunar Eclipse Edition on Sunday, May 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. Join us along with our partner, San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers (SBVAA), as we get the opportunity to see the moment when the moon passes closest to center of Earth’s shadow cone. Read more here.
Calico’s Bluegrass Festival Entertains Eventgoers
Calico Ghost Town was full of life during this past Mother’s Day weekend as it hosted its annual 2022 Bluegrass Festival. The event included live performances from several bands, such as the Storytellers, Rose’s Pawn Shop, the all-women band, Lilies of the West, and other local bands.
All along town, eventgoers could hear a variety of blues, bluegrass, rock, and folk music. Calico was filled lots of action from our gunfighters shows to Cook’s Hog and Dog Racing pigs.
The All-Star Clogging group captured the audience with their skillful dancing while kids enjoyed arts & crafts, family games and all our park attractions.
Workforce Development Launched Career of Chino Corrections Officer
Johntayveon Green had been working a series of odd jobs before learning of the services the County’s Workforce Development Department (WDD) has to provide. Now, instead of a job, he has a career – as a Corrections Officer at the California Institution for Men in Chino.
“I had been doing a lot of stuff I didn’t want to do,” Green says. “I found out about (WDD) through a buddy, and good things started to happen.”
First, Green was introduced to a Certified Nurse Assistant program. He enjoyed it, but wanted to become a corrections officer, and on Feb. 7, he graduated from the Correction Officer Academy.
“To this day, I thank (his Workforce Development representative) for everything,” Green says. “Growing up, I saw so many people who didn’t get the chance. (My representative) just wanted me to win. She was always a phone call away.”
For more information on the services WDD has to offer, please visit our website.
Workforce Development Holds Free Webinars on Communications in the Workplace
The Workforce Development Department is providing free training webinars for effective communication skills in all facets of business.
- Understanding major barriers to effective communication
- Understanding the most effective communication style
- Identify methods for dealing with difficult people
- Communication Stoppers and Enhancers
- Conflict resolution communication techniques
- Awareness of the communication styles of 5 generations in the workplace
- Describe and analyze skills needed for “Managing Up, Leading Down” for political acumen, agenda/decision-making, and employee engagement
The registration link is: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/communication-skills-for-the-workplace-tickets-269081298407
Arson K-9 Joins Fire Investigation Team
There’s another dog in town. San Bernardino County Fire Protection District (SBCFPD) is proud to introduce its newest member of our elite investigative team, Canine (K-9) Ginnie, a 2½-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever. Ginnie and her handler, Assistant Fire Marshal Brian Headley, recently returned from a 4-week training on the East coast; going through 200 hours of intense training led by the highly accredited Paul Gallagher, Owner and Head Trainer of Maine Specialty Dogs. In April 2021, SBCFPD launched its first Arson Canine (K-9) program in over 20 years. Fire Investigator Shawn Reiss and his K-9 Dinty, a 5-year-old black Labrador Retriever, have responded to over 50 fire investigations since May 2021 and have assisted several outside agencies with their investigations. Ginnie & Dinty are currently the only arson canines in San Bernardino County and two of six teams state-wide.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Provided Medical Support During Baker-to-Vegas Challenge Cup Relay
On April 9, the Baker-to-Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, or B2V, took place with participants from a variety of local, regional, and federal law enforcement agencies. Participants ran a 120-mile road relay race through the desert, from Baker, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual race covers 20 stages across 120 miles of pavement through the Mojave Desert.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) was one of several medical providers and was on site to assist the teams throughout the event. ARMC’s participation included stationing staff members at nine first aid stations throughout the course. These ARMC volunteers provided medical support to runners, including but not limited to care for injuries, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration. ARMC also screened each runner at the finish line to ensure there were no complications. ARMC emergency room physician Troy Pennington additionally served as the 2022 race’s Medical Director. Baker-to-Vegas began in 1985 and has evolved to become the world’s most prestigious foot race.
Child Support Services Recognized by Statewide Association for Community Outreach Efforts
San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) received the Program Awareness Award from the Child Support Directors Association May 5 at the Child Support Directors Association Annual Conference. The award recognizes a local child support agency that has instituted an effective public awareness campaign in the community about the importance of child support services.
San Bernardino County DCSS received the award for their “From Where You Are, To Where You Want to Be, Let Us Help You Get There,” community awareness campaign. Research showed there was not a clear understanding of the services offered by the department and identified underserved areas with potential customers.
The department established a marketing workgroup led by Program Integrity Manager, Jo Cruz, and included Angel Arreola, Eric Castorena, Gail Moscal, Ryan Berger, Carmen Hernandez, Regina Cruise, and Brianne Peterson to develop a campaign that would reach new customers, promote services offered by the department, and create awareness of the Child Support Program. The campaign included recorded testimonials and informational webinars posted on the department’s social media platforms and websites and shared on community partners’ social media platforms, bulletin boards, and lobbies. The workgroup used caseload and census data to reach the underserved areas of Spanish-speaking communities, which included a new Spanish webpage and advertisements shared on social media and local Spanish radio stations. Initial results of the campaign show an increase in new case openings, new applications from first time customers, an increased social media following (including 700 new Spanish speaking followers on Facebook), and over 346,000 new website visitors.
For information about child support, call (866) 901-3212 or visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/dcss/
Job Openings and Hiring Events in San Bernardino County
San Bernardino County has jobs that will be opening on Saturday, May 14.
We encourage you to apply and share these job openings with those who may be interested in them. Recruitments listed are subject to final department approval. Check sbcounty.gov/jobs for the most up- to -date recruitments.
For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines, and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at http://sbcovid19.com/. Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.