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Community invited to event celebrating recovery

Vickie Baumbach, DBH Alcohol and Drug Services Program Manager II, and Veronica Kelley, DBH Assistant Director, at 2014 Recovery Happens Event.

Vickie Baumbach, DBH Alcohol and Drug Services Program Manager II, and Veronica Kelley, DBH
Assistant Director, at 2014 Recovery Happens Event.

The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) and its community partners invite the public to help celebrate National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month by attending the 12th Annual Recovery Happens event on Saturday, Sept.19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, 800 N. Archibald Avenue in Ontario.  This no-cost event is made possible through the support of local community partners, agencies and businesses.

Recovery Happens will feature children’s activities, family games, entertainment, free refreshments (while supplies last) and agency booths providing educational resources. A special tribute will take place for individuals in recovery, their families and friends, and those working in the field of prevention, substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services.

This collaborative event between DBH’s Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) and community partners is designed to increase awareness and understanding of substance use issues while celebrating recovery. Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and was adopted by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in 2011. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!” emphasizes the value of peer support in educating, mentoring, and helping others.

“Recovery happens every day. In September, we celebrate the journey taken by community members, family and friends, towards wellness, prevention, treatment and recovery,” said DBH Assistant Director, Veronica Kelley. “DBH is honored to host this annual event to support those we serve.”

DBH’s ADS provides a full range of substance use disorder prevention, treatment and education for communities and residents of San Bernardino County through a network of community based organizations and County-operated clinics with the goal of promoting prevention, intervention, recovery and resiliency for individuals and families. Through ADS, DBH is supporting the Countywide Vision by working to create a county in which those who reside and invest can prosper and achieve well-being.

For additional information regarding this event or DBH ADS services, contact Lois Mergener at (909) 386-8262 (711 for TTY users) or or visit

Doggie Pool-ooza end of summer fun for dogs

doggiepoolooza1As the dog days of summer come to an end and the regular summer swim season closes, San Bernardino County Regional Parks hosts its Doggie Pool-ooza event at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13. During this annual event owners can bring their four legged pals, who have had to endure the summer in a fur coat, for one last dip in the cool pool.
The event is sponsored by the Ontario Spay and Neuter, who will be providing discounted nail trimming for $10, micro-chipping for $15 and various vaccinations ranging from $10-$15. The event will also include vendor booths, Li’l Dog Races and other contests, such as the K-9 Swimsuit Competition, and Talent Show.
If you don’t already have a pet, there will be on-site adoption opportunities from Animals R First Fund and Hope to Home for Cats. There will be a food vendors for all human attendees, including the Baby’s Bad-Ass Burgers and the Rolling Sushi Truck. To cool the humans off, Snowie’s California will have their shaved ice on sale including a syrup station to put your own flavors on the icy treat.
Friends of Regional Parks will there be collecting slightly used/clean blankets, bags of dry dog food, and other dog supplies to be donated to local pet shelters.
Canine participants must be at least six-months-old, have a current license and proof of up-to-date vaccinations. We also ask that all dogs be on a minimum six-foot leash.
Entry fee is $5 per person and $1 per canine participant, parking is free with admission. The event is Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park. The park is located at 800 North Archibald Avenue, Ontario, Ca 91764. For more information call the San Bernardino Regional Parks Department at (909) 387-2461.

Learn to eat and prepare healthy foods at ARMC

Woman Eating Fruit OutdoorsLearn how to add a touch of health to your favorite foods.

Attend Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s next Serving Up Healthy class, featuring a registered dietitian who will show you how to prepare a healthy fall meal.

The class is Thursday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Oak Room at ARMC.

Food samples and a recipe booklet will be offered. Registration is required by calling 909-580-3143, or log on to:

Click here for more details.

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, 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.

Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit 2015 begins Sept. 1

hispanic_heritage_exhibitA special art exhibition to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month will open at the San Bernardino County Museum on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. “Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit 2015” is organized and curated by the Inland Empire Latino Art Association. It features works by more than three dozen artists from the Inland Empire and elsewhere in North America, South America, and Europe. A reception at the museum on Friday, Sept. 4 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. is open to the public. Hispanic Heritage Art 2015 will continue through Sept. 27 and is included with paid museum admission.

“In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will embrace the vast cultural differences that diversify the Hispanic culture, and celebrate our accomplishments and contributions to American culture through the form of visual arts,” said Brad Borrero of the IELAA. “This year’s exhibition theme is ‘a non-traditional experience.’ The art will reflect diverse imagery, representing each artist’s own experiences and expressions on what it means to be associated with the Hispanic community.”

Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit 2015 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 am to 5pm. 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.

ARMC Foundation Gala to benefit cancer program

ARMC_full coloraiDon’t miss the event of the season! The Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Foundation will host its 2015 Autumn Extravaganza Gala and Awards Dinner on Oct. 8.

Proceeds from the event, which will be held at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, will benefit Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s cancer program.

The event includes live music, no-host cocktails, dinner and auction. Black-tie optional. For tickets or more information, call 909-580-3167. Click here for details and tickets.

Government Works: Elections Office wins national award

Final Government Works StampThe San Bernardino County Elections Office won the 2015 Eagles Award for outstanding use of technology from the Election Center, National Association of Election Officials, for its development and implementation of the My Elections (M.E.) Gateway application, which delivers personalized election information to registered voters.

Every year the Election Center recognizes state and local elections offices across the nation for their professional practices programs. Winners were announced in seven categories, such as innovation, voting accessibility, and technology.

“We are proud to have the Elections Office recognized for its innovative use of technology,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “M.E. Gateway is a valuable tool for improving services to the voters of San Bernardino County.”

The M.E. Gateway application provides voters with their registration status, polling place location, voting districts, and other personalized election information that can easily be accessed from both mobile devices and desktop computers.

“We designed the M.E. Gateway to be easy to use and to provide registered voters with all their election information in one convenient location so that they don’t have to hunt for their information on our regular website,” said Michael Scarpello, Registrar of Voters.

The Elections Office’s internal IT staff documented the business requirements, designed the application, and completed the programming of the application in partnership with the County’s Information Services Department. To learn more about My Elections Gateway, visit the Elections Office website,, or call (909) 387-8300.

This is an example of how Government Works.

First death from West Nile Virus confirmed

DPH_Version2_FullColorSan Bernardino County Department of Public Health has confirmed the first death from West Nile Virus (WNV) in 2015.  A total of five WNV cases have been confirmed within the County this year; the first death occurred in a previously reported case. San Bernardino County reported eight confirmed WNV cases at this time in 2014 with no deaths.  Throughout the state, there are 36 confirmed WNV cases so far this year. This amount exceeds the California five-year annual average of 23 cases.

“We are greatly saddened by this death that has occurred in San Bernardino County. We extend our deepest condolences to the family. We continue to see an increase of West Nile Virus activity throughout the county and therefore, we strongly encourage that the public takes appropriate precautionary measures to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer. “People over 50 years old should be especially cautious, as they are more likely to develop serious illness if they contract the virus.”

WNV is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of WNV may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms. However, some people may develop severe symptoms which can lead to brain inflammation or paralysis. The most effective way to avoid WNV infection is to prevent mosquito bites.

Residents can protect themselves from mosquito bites by taking the following precautions:

  • DAWN and DUSK – Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active.
  • DRESS – Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored.
  • DRAIN – Remove or drain all standing water around your property where mosquitoes lay eggs (birdbaths, ponds, old tires, buckets, clogged gutters or puddles from leaky sprinklers).
  • DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET.   When using DEET, be sure to read and follow the label instructions.
  • DOORS – Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.  Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.
  • REPORT – Report green or neglected pools by calling 1 (800) 442-2283. Press 3 when prompted.

The public can participate in the WNV surveillance program by reporting dead birds to the state’s WNV toll-free hotline at (877) WNV-BIRD (968-2473) or at

For more information on WNV, visit the San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control Program or call the Communicable Disease Section (CDS) at 1 (800) 722-4794.

WIB social media workshop brings $7 million boost

WIB logo goldPacific Mountain Logistics attributes $7 million in sales to a workshop on social media organized by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.

The CEO of the Ontario-based company, BJ Patterson, says his marketing strategy changed after attending the free seminar.

“Before attending the workshop, the only social networking tool I used was LinkedIn. I didn’t have a clue about how to use social media for promoting business,” Patterson said.

“Now, I can honestly say that at least $7 million of our sales have directly come from social media in the last three years. All it takes is an investment of my time,” he added.

BJ Patterson launched Pacific Mountain Logistics in 2009 and said building a brand from scratch seemed like a daunting task.

“We have taken our brand from nothing to being in the top three third party logistics companies in the Inland Empire,” he said. “This achievement comes as a result of our visibility in the market. Our company profile visibility has increased due to the publicity from social media. I’ve had so many new orders from people saying they’d reached out after reading one of our online posts.”

Pacific Mountain Logistics’ annual sales now reach $10 million and they employ 120 people.

The Social Media Marketing Workshop for Business that Patterson attended is just one of many monthly seminars organized by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The free workshops aim to help local companies grow, or address employment issues such as changes in the law or policies for staff development.

“We receive tremendous feedback from business owners on the support provided by the free seminars, which help meet our Countywide Vision of fostering entrepreneurship and encouraging business development,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

At the WIB social media workshop Patterson was shown how to set up his profile, and learned how all his social media accounts could be tied together, providing a wider reach. Most importantly, he says, he learned how to use Google alerts to create valuable and interesting industry content in his blogs.

Other recent workshops held by the Workforce Investment Board include the 2015 Labor Law Update, Top Ten Ways to Stay out of Court, Employee Handbooks, How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation, Don’t Fire Them, Inspire Them, and Managing Stress and Burnout in the Workplace.

“The workshops provide an ideal opportunity for local business owners to learn strategies for success and stay up-to-date on new laws coming into effect,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.

To learn more about free workshops or other business services please call (800) 451- JOBS; for a list of events, visit

Pet owners advised to take precautions during heatwave

yanni 1San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control would like to remind pet owners to be extra watchful of pets when temperatures rise this summer. Pets are vulnerable to high temperatures, especially during a heat wave, and are unable to cool down their bodies as humans can. Animals left outside in high heat temperatures can suffer from heat-related stress, burned paws, sunburn, and even death. Pet owners are advised to follow these simple hot weather tips to keep their pets healthy, safe and alive:

• Make sure pets have plenty of fresh, clean water every day and that the water container is stable to avoid tipping over and located in a shaded area.
• If traveling or leaving the home with a pet, always carry sufficient drinking water for it.
• Bring pets inside during the hot time of the day and let them rest in a cool part of the house.
• Make certain pets have plenty of shade if they are to be kept outside. Remember, the shade your pets have in the morning will either change or diminish as the sun moves throughout the day and may not protect them.
• Never leave pets in a parked vehicle– even in the shade with windows cracked, temperatures can reach a dangerous 120 degrees inside. The vehicle is quickly turned into a furnace and can kill any animal!
• Don’t force animals to exercise when it is hot and humid. Exercise pets early in the morning or late in the evening.
• In extremely hot weather, do not let pets stand on sidewalks or hot asphalt to avoid burning their paws.
• Pets can get sunburned too! Keep pets out of the sun during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Put sunscreen on pet’s unprotected areas such as tips of noses and ear tips, especially on short haired fair-colored pets.
• Remember pets can suffer heat-related stress and danger just as humans can, so take extra precautions during this summer’s rising temperatures and protect them.

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