Art Exhibit and Festival Celebrate Life in the Cracks

Barbara Gothard – Alone is Not Always Lonely

National Festival of Life in the Cracks Day celebrates spring’s renewal

The San Bernardino County Museum and Arts Connection, the Arts Council of San Bernardino County, announce a month of celebration of spring renewal, opening with the Life in the Cracks exhibit of contemporary art. The exhibit opens Saturday, March 3, and runs through April 1. On Saturday, March 10, the Museum joins the national Festival of Life in the Cracks Day with participatory art experiences led by the Fallen Fruit art collective from noon to 4 p.m.

Douglas Blanc – Ablation

The Life in the Cracks exhibit expresses the poignancy and meaning in the small slivers of life that flourish in unexpected places and features sculpture, painting, and photography by artists from throughout the Inland Empire and Mojave Desert:  Cathy Allen, Christy Roberts Berkowitz, Mary Bierle, Doug Blanc, Mariah Connor, Frederick Fulmer, Barbara Gothard, Sant Khalsa, Thomas McGovern, Paul Morehead, Andrew K. Thompson, and Danielle Giudici Wallis. An artist reception takes place on Saturday, March 3 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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. Since this time their projects have expanded to 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.

“In spring, weeds and sprigs of grass sprout through cracks in asphalt and other interstitial spaces where life may be typically unnoticed or disregarded,” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “The San Bernardino County Museum, in collaboration with regional artists, Arts Connection Network, and Fallen Fruit invite guests to experience the profound metaphor in these unexpected and tenacious signs of life. Art is an illuminating way to appreciate nature that is all around us.”

“Life in the Cracks” and the San Bernardino County Museum’s other exciting exhibits 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). The March 3 artist reception and March 10 Festival are included in general admission. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.


Published February 22, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (8)



Air Horn test at 2 p.m. Thursday in San Bernardino/Highland

At 2 p.m. Thursday, Patton State Hospital on East Highland Avenue between North Victoria and North Palm avenues will test four air horns used as an alert system for the large hospital campus. The horns will possibly be heard throughout the San Bernardino and Highland communities. It will only be a test, and there is no cause for alarm.

The test will consist of a 40-second horn blast at 2 p.m. and three 3-second horn blasts at 2:05 p.m.


Published February 22, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (9)



The San Bernardino County Library celebrates Seuss

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to join in the celebration of everyone’s favorite author, Dr. Seuss. A week-long celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss is in store, in support of the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read, and NEA’s Read Across America initiative. Starting Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, March 11, each of our 32 branch libraries will host a special-themed storytime or event featuring popular Dr. Seuss stories.

All SBCL branches will host fun programs for the whole family which include crafts and reading favorite Dr. Seuss stories. Select branches will offer opportunity drawings for prizes and more. Please check with your local County library for more details.

NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading initiative and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

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 www.sbclib.org or call (909) 387-2220.


Published February 21, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (9)



Arthropolooza–the Ultimate Bug Fest Buzzing at the Museum

Have you ever joined in to build a community caterpillar? Don’t miss your chance at Arthropolooza, at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18, 12 to 4 p.m. The community caterpillar, butterfly demonstrations, bug pendants, and butterflies and mosquitoes crafty comparisons are among the family activities you’ll enjoy at this popular annual event.

Discover the fascinating world of arthropods—insects, arachnids, myriapods, and more. At the same time, activities and presentations will look at love from a whole new perspective: symbiotic relationships. Parasites need love, too!

Special guests will be on hand to display and answer questions about beneficial insects—and pests! An entomologist at the University of California at Riverside will talk about the devastating Asian citrus psyllid pest, its associated bacterial disease, and how the public can help protect the citrus industry. The UCR Entomology Department will set up interactive activities. Master Gardeners will share information on pollinators and about gardening for butterflies, bees, and beneficial insects. On Saturday only, San Bernardino County Environmental Health Services will provide information about mosquito and vector control.

Step into the Museum Exploration Station for live insect encounters. Purchase a variety of insect-related merchandise at the Museum Store, from the ever-popular icky rubber bugs to insect books, toys, and posters.

Museum Director Melissa Russo said, “Whether you love insects or not, this is a fun chance to get up close and learn more about the benefits of the tiny critters that inhabit every corner of our world. As a critical part of our earth’s ecosystem we like introducing the positive contributions of bugs, especially during Valentine’s Day week, when love is in the air…so to speak.”

Arthropolooza 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. Parking is free. For more information, visit http://www.sbcounty.gov/museum/. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.


Published February 6, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (53)



Art exhibit marks Black History Month at County Museum

Bernard Hoyes – Candlelight Vigil

African Americans Press On Through Art and Media open Feb. 1 through Feb. 25

The San Bernardino County Museum, in partnership with the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce, presents an art exhibit featuring the works of prominent African American artists from throughout Southern California to recognize Black History Month. “African Americans Press On Through Art and Media” opens at the Museum on Feb. 1 and continues through Feb. 25.

Artists participating in the exhibit include Charles A. Bibbs (Riverside, CA), Synthia Saint James (Los Angeles), Aziz Diagne (Los Angeles), Bernard Hoyes (Desert Hot Springs), Aldonia R. Bailey (Altadena), Gary V. Lett (Pomona), Heather Hilliard Bonds (Pasadena), John Lloyd McClinton (Paramount), and Roscoe Lee Owens (Pasadena).

Heather Hilliard Bonds – Lady Sings the Blues

“The Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce is honored to work with the San Bernardino County Museum on this project to introduce everyone to Black art and culture,” said Willie Ellison, COO for the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to making this an annual event.”

The museum’s curator of visitor engagement & exhibits, David Myers said, “we’re excited to launch this partnership with the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce. This exhibit is an opportunity for the museum to continue to expand our cultural programming, and celebrate the contributions of people from all backgrounds and experiences.”

“This Black History art exhibition demonstrates a new energy, willingness, and determination to stay purely creative artists,” said Bibbs. “Our youth will continue to press forward to achieve and evolve artistically to meet the challenges of an ever-changing art world.”

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). EBT card holders and families are admitted for $1. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. This special exhibit is included with museum general admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.


Published January 29, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (37)



Survey for Fundamental Community Plans Now Available

The County wants to hear from residents, businesses and property owners in 22 Fundamental Plan Communities!

The County is seeking input from its smaller or more remote communities as part of the Countywide Plan and Community Plan Continuum efforts.  The public is invited to take a survey to tell the County about your community and how you want your community to improve.  We need your input!

The information will be used to create a Fundamental Plan that includes a Community Profile and a list of Action Items for the Community to make changes.  The following communities have been identified to receive a Fundamental Plan:

  • Amboy
  • Barstow Heights
  • Cadiz
  • Forest Falls
  • Goff
  • Hinkley
  • Hodge
  • Kramer Junction
  • Lenwood
  • Ludlow
  • Mountain Home Village
  • Mountain View Acres
  • Nipton
  • Red Mountain
  • Rice
  • Siberia
  • Spring Valley Lake
  • Trona
  • Vidal
  • Vidal Junction
  • Wonder Valley
  • Zzyzx

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

Please visit countywideplan.com/surveys to take an online survey by March 30, 2018 to ensure your voice is heard.

If you (or know others that do not) have good internet access, please contact Jess Bruckhart at (909) 387-4738 or Jessie.Bruckhart@lus.sbcounty.gov.   Please mail completed hard copies back to the County by March 30, 2018, addressed to:

  • Jess Bruckhart, Planner
  • County of San Bernardino
  • Land Use Services Department
  • 385 N. Arrowhead Ave, First Floor
  • San Bernardino, CA 92415-0187

ABOUT THE COUNTYWIDE PLAN AND COMMUNITY PLANS

From 2010 to 2011, the creation of a Countywide Vision included input from over 100 topical experts, 25 special districts and agencies, 18 community meetings, and over 3,600 resident surveys.  In 2015, the County launched the preparation of the first Countywide Plan, which is being developed over the course of three years to enhance coordination with the public, with outside agencies and organizations, and within the County organization itself.  It will serve as a resource for efficient and effective decision-making regarding countywide services and resources.

The Countywide Plan effort includes updating and creating new Community Plans Continuum to guide local expectations for County services and set clear direction for the future of specified unincorporated communities.  Within this continuum, Fundamental Plans are created for communities that are primarily characterized by open space or farmland with a scattering of residential homes and/or highway commercial uses, or an area where growth is constrained by adjacent land ownership, such as federal lands and state park lands.

The ongoing civic engagement process for the Countywide Plan has included over 75 public meetings in dozens of communities, attracting over 2,000 participants.

Visit countywideplan.com for additional information, and to sign up for text or email updates.


Published January 24, 2018 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (52)



The New Book Festival returns to the Hesperia Branch Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to the Hesperia Branch Library for the 3rd Annual New Book Festival. Once again, thousands of new books will be available for patrons for the very first time. Be among the first to crack open one of these wonderful new titles. Come and celebrate literacy and meet Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, and Spider Man. Don’t forget to take pictures. Check out the Batmobile, a fire engine, or a police car up close. Build memories in the Jumbo Block play area, make fun crafts, enjoy face painting and balloon artists, dance to a live DJ, and much more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The 3rd Annual Hesperia New Book Festival will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 from 3 to 7 p.m. Visitors should bring their library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns visitors an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes. All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Hesperia Library is at 9650 7th Avenue in Hesperia.

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 http://www.sbclib.org/or call (909) 387-2220.


Published January 23, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (30)



Come to the Block Party at the Highland Branch Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to the Highland Sam J. Racadio & Environmental Learning Center to let their constructive imaginations run wild at this Block Party event.  Build an amazing experience, meet and greet characters from the Lego Movie and build a LEGO car to race.  Don’t forget to take pictures.  Enjoy a variety of fun-filled crafts, a balloon artist, and more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Block Party event will take place on Wednesday, January 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.  Visitors should bring their library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns visitors 10 minutes of playtime in our Jumbo Block Building Room and an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome incentives!  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Highland Sam J. Racadio & Environmental Learning Center is at 7863 Central Avenue in Highland.

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 http://www.sbclib.org or call (909) 387-2220.


Published January 22, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (33)



Come out to the Superhero Event at the Chino Hills Branch Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to the Chino Hills James S. Thalman Library to embrace their inner heroes at this Superhero event.  Have an amazing experience and meet Captain America, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Don’t forget to take pictures.  Enjoy a variety of fun-filled crafts, face painting, and more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Superhero event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Visitors should bring their library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns visitors an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes.  All activities are free and open to all ages.

Join the San Bernardino County Library System as we attempt to meet our yearlong campaign goal of ONE MILLION circulations!

The Chino Hills James S. Thalman Library is at 14020 City Center Drive in Chino Hills.

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 http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.


Published January 19, 2018 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (33)



Applications now being accepted for the Civil Grand Jury

Applications for the 2018-2019 San Bernardino County Civil Grand Jury are now being accepted. Successful applicants will serve as Grand Jurors for the fiscal year period beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019.

The Civil Grand Jury is charged by the California Penal Code to investigate all aspects of county governance, including cities and special districts, and also potentially hear information on certain criminal investigations. All communications to the Grand Jury are confidential and every signed citizen complaint is responded to after investigated. Service as a Grand Juror involves an average of three to five full working days per week, which is compensated at $25 per day, plus meals and appropriate mileage. The regular Grand Jury meeting place is located in the City of San Bernardino.

To be eligible for selection, a person must be at least 18 years of age, a United States citizen, and a resident of California and the County of San Bernardino for at least one year prior to appointment. Other requirements include: sufficient knowledge of the English language, possession of natural faculties, of ordinary intelligence, sound judgment, and good character. By law, elected public officials are not eligible.

Interested citizens can download the application on-line here. Applications can also be obtained by calling (909) 387-9120 or in-person located at 172 West Third Street, Second Floor, San Bernardino, CA. The application deadline is April 6, 2018. Click here for details.


Published January 19, 2018 | By Administrator | 2 Comments | Number of Views (40)





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