Tips for a safe Thanksgiving meal

It is the time of the year when friends and family are together to give thanks for good fortunes and to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal. If preparing the feast or just helping out in the kitchen, be sure to follow these helpful tips to prepare a safe Thanksgiving dinner. Guests will be thankful they did not get a foodborne illness.

Handling and Thawing – Always wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 15 seconds before and after handling the turkey. Fresh turkeys need no thawing and are ready to cook. Frozen turkeys can be purchased weeks in advance, but can require several days to thaw before cooking. If planning on purchasing a frozen turkey, first make sure there is sufficient space in the freezer for storage.

Never defrost the turkey on the counter. The safest way to thaw a turkey is in the refrigerator. When ready to thaw the turkey, make enough room for it in the refrigerator. Leave the turkey in the original packaging and place in a shallow pan and allow refrigerator thawing time at a rate of 4 to 5 pounds per 24 hours.

Time to Cook – Cook the turkey immediately after it is thawed. Do not refreeze. If purchasing a fresh turkey, cook it within a day or two. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, not touching any bone, and cook to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing, and the thickest part of the breast as well. Cook stuffing separately in a casserole pan to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F or higher. If cooking stuffing in the turkey, ensure the turkey and stuffing both reach 165°F or higher.

Storing Leftovers Safely – Within two hours of taking the turkey out of the oven, store leftover turkey in shallow containers and put them in the refrigerator or freezer. Use cooked leftover turkey, stuffing and gravy within 3 to 4 days. When using leftovers, reheat the foods thoroughly to 165°F and bring gravy to a boil before serving.

For more information, contact San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services at (800) 442-2283 or visit our website at

Published November 21, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (5)

San Bernardino County Museum earns national accreditation

Awarded 10 year Re-Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums

The San Bernardino County Museum has again achieved 10-year accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums.

Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and remain financially and ethically accountable in order to provide the best possible service to the public.

The process is a peer-based review centered on what the museum industry considers the “Characteristics of Excellence,” which are the national standards and best practices in museums. These standards include high quality in the museum’s mission, institutional code of ethics, strategic planning, public engagement, and collections management. The San Bernardino County Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) since 1974. This will be the fifth time the museum has been awarded this high mark of distinction.

“This re-accreditation gives us continued confidence in the museum as an essential component of our Countywide Vision, and recognition that the Museum’s public and educational programs and care of our county’s precious heritage remain relevant and valuable to our residents,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood.

“The County Museum’s successful re-accreditation speaks volumes about the quality of the leadership selected to champion the Museum and help it to grow to its fullest potential in service to our community,” said Kurt Hagman, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “It is with great delight that I commend the staff for their hard work in making sure to carry out the board’s vision and direction. The Museum has gone through challenges in the past, but our team has persevered through hard work in providing the best experience to the public that comes through its doors. I wish them continued success in meeting and exceeding the expectations of all who enter through the doors. “

Developed and sustained by museum professionals for more than 45 years, the alliance’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.

“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Alliance president and CEO Laura L. Lott. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”

“Our County Museum is committed to empowering residents to think creatively and to celebrate our communities’ past, present, and future. Accreditation reaffirms that our museum is among the finest in the country,” said San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales.

Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, just 1,070 are currently accredited. The San Bernardino County Museum is one of only 69 museums accredited in California.

“We would expect nothing less of this county resource than to be amongst the best museums in the state and nationally,” said Interim County Chief Executive Officer Dena Smith. “The Board of Supervisors has been committed to supporting this important achievement and we are pleased at this news.”

“This reaccreditation acknowledges the County Museum’s strong commitment to preserving and sharing our local history, and I invite all of our residents to come explore the many engaging collections and displays the museum has for visitors of all ages,” Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford said.

“With each re-accreditation milestone, our Museum strengthens itself as the effective steward of its mission to develop visitors’ knowledge of our diverse region and its history,” said Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “I am delighted by this meaningful achievement and what it signifies to the Museum – a clearer sense of identity and purpose in the community through its strengths, goals and priorities.  It is rewarding to witness how accomplishments such as this become reality through the dedication of staff to implement new approaches and to work towards common goals.”

According to the museum’s accreditation report, the visiting team wrote that “with recent changes in governance, new leadership, new staff, and investment by the County and Museum in the in-depth planning and implementation of strategic goals, the [Museum] has the leadership, organizational culture, structure, and capacity to be a viable, sustainable, and cherished community asset for the foreseeable future.” The report specifically cited the active support of the County Board of Supervisors and County Administrative Office for a “demonstrated deep understanding of the County’s cultural and historic assets and educational and social needs.”

“I’m particularly proud of the enthusiastic and exemplary teamwork performed to achieve accreditation,” said Leonard Hernandez, deputy executive officer for the Community Services Group, who served as the museum’s interim director during some of the preparation work.

Museum Director Melissa Russo concurred. “The museum staff was highly engaged in this process to ensure that every aspect of the museum strengthens our capacity to deliver excellent service to our county residents. We are immensely proud to have achieved our 10-year accreditation status,” Russo said.

About the American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit

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.

Published November 7, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (27)

Meet the 2017 Duck Stamp winner at the San Bernardino County Wild Life Art Festival

The San Bernardino County Fish and Game Commission in conjunction with Bass Pro Shops is having a Wild Life Art Festival on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19 and visitors have a chance to meet Robert Hautman, the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp winner.

California’s finest wildlife artists Lindsey Foggett, Carol Heiman-Greene, Gary Johnson, Cliff Barnes, Lee Kromschroeder and Rob Sutton, will be present to speak to visitors and display their art for view and purchase at the show.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane in Rancho Cucamonga. For more information, please contact San Bernardino County Fish and Game Commissioner Robert Olin at (909) 641-3476.

Published November 6, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (22)

Pet adoption event for military and veterans returns

U.S. veterans and members of the military will be eligible for no cost pet adoptions during San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control’s (ACC) Pets 2 Vets adoption event.

During the Veterans Day promotion, from November 5-12, active duty service members, veterans, and their immediate family members can adopt dogs and cats from one of the County’s animal shelter facilities located in Devore or Big Bear. This event is part of the County’s ongoing effort to place homeless pets with loving families. ACC will adopt dogs or cats to qualified U.S. armed forces members (Active Duty, Reserves, and National Guard) and veterans. Immediate family of service members and veterans are also eligible. There is a limit of two adoptions per qualified individual.

The “Animals aRe First Fund” (ARFF), a local non-profit charitable organization that assists homeless animals in San Bernardino County, is sponsoring the event.  “Thanks to ARFF, service members, veterans, and their families can bring home a loving furever friend at no cost” said Brian Cronin, Chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.

To participate, adopters need to provide one form of valid military identification. Valid identification includes a Veterans Identification Card, VA Health Card, Department of Defense/Uniformed Services ID Card, Disabled American Veterans Life Member ID Card, American Legion ID Card, DD-214 form, a Disabled Veteran California State Park and Recreation Pass, or a letter from the San Bernardino County Office of Veterans Affairs.

Animals can be adopted from the following San Bernardino County shelters:

Devore Animal Shelter

19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino

(909) 386-9820

Big Bear Animal Shelter

42080 Northshore Drive, Big Bear City

(909) 866-4943

For more information call San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control shelters or visit

Published November 6, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (23)

“Made in Redlands” features local artists at County Museum

Pop up exhibit previews Redlands Artist Open Studios

Robles Hanging Planters

San Bernardino County Museum and Redlands artists are collaborating on a series of events to highlight the creative work of the local arts community. From Nov. 18 through Dec. 2, the Museum stages a popup exhibit, “Made in Redlands,” to preview the annual Open Studios Tour, scheduled around Redlands on Dec. 2. The exhibit features works by artists Anna Robles, Kim Munkres, Jay Merryweather, Amber Marie Smith, and Tim Rogers. An artist reception opening the popup exhibit is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Museum.

On Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a hands-on workshop is led by artist Amber Marie Smith. Many of the artists participating in “Made in Redlands” have studios in their own homes, and Smith will lead a creative making activity at the Museum that centers around the concept of art created at home, asking the question, “What places make your town feel like home?” Participants will use templates created by the artist to create their own home or a place that makes them feel like home.

Made in Redlands Open Studios is an annual celebration of working artists that gives visitors of all ages a behind-the-scenes look at how artisans develop and make their work. It exposes people to the artistic experience/process, connects patrons with artists, and engages the community in the soulfulness of creation. Select artists work in a variety of disciplines and studio conditions which can inspire people to connect to their own creative aspirations. The Open Studios Tours benefit the residents of Redlands and beyond through demos and community-building. In addition to the San Bernardino County Museum, The Historical Glass Museum, and the Redlands Art Association Gallery are also project participants. Tour information can be found online at or from any tour participant.

“The County Museum has a long-standing tradition of featuring the works of regional artists and makers,” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “By partnering with ‘Made in Redlands’ we want to promote community involvement in the arts and introduce our visitors to the practice of creating and making.”

Artists participating in the Made in Redlands Popup exhibit at the Museum include:

Kim Munkres, a California potter who leans towards clean straightforward design. For her, clay roots her sense of the divine as a shaper of matter, the feminine as a sacred vessel. Kim uses ancient obvara firing techniques to create decorative vessels. She is active in creative community building for the cultural arts. She lives and works in Redlands.

Anna Robles, a ceramic artist who lives and works in Redlands. Anna’s functional and decorative ceramic pieces are strongly influenced by her interest in Mexican folk art and the many plant forms in the garden outside her home studio. Anna uses terracotta clay to hand-build elements and slip-cast organic forms to create uniquely decorated utilitarian pieces. Using low-fire, food safe slips and glazes, Anna intricately decorates each platter, bowl or vase with patterns of brightly colored forms inspired by the folk art she loves and the world around her.

Tim Rogers was the former head of Glass Studies at the Harley School in Rochester, NY, where he taught flameworking to middle and upper school students. He has degrees in fine art and teaching, and has been working with glass for since 2003. He now works and resides in California.

Amber Marie Smith was born in Redlands and graduated in 2011 from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics. In 2015, she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Craft and Material Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Recently, she attended Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for a six-month artist residency. Using primarily clay and balsa wood, Amber recreates furniture and duplicates home environments.

Jay Merryweather is a hybrid designer, artist, and educator with an MFA from Claremont Graduate University with an emphases in Fine Art and design. He runs Merryweather Studios, a Design and Fine Art studio where he has gained national and international recognition for his work. He has designed and consulted for National Geographic; Sam Pitroda, Technology Advisor to the Prime Minister of India; Jim Fallows, from “The Atlantic” magazine; Starbucks; Katherine Sullivan, Director of NOAA; Erwin Rademaker, CCO of The Port of Rotterdam; and Jack Dangermond, Esri.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s regional exhibits, 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. The workshop and the exhibit are included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Published November 2, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (36)

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