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Summer Day Camps at the County Museum

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Searching for a great experience for your kids this summer?

How about a week or two of summer day camp at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands?

Animal enthusiasts ages 7 to 12 who attend “Animals Around Us” will learn more about the animals who live in our area, both in the wild and in our backyards. From red tailed hawks to worms to coyotes

and beyond, campers will discover some of the fascinating creatures who share our space. Kids will meet

some of the Museum’s live animals and get up-close with its animal specimens each day of camp.

What about exploring how people lived in the past? “Playing with History” camp does just that through hands on experiences like throwing an atlatl, making authentic adobe bricks, learning to dance the Charleston, and much more. Each day of the week will focus on a different era, from ancient times up to the 1950s and 60s. “Playing with History” is also designed for 7 to 12 year olds.

For little campers ages 4 to 7, “Grandma’s Attic” offers a special experience playing with old-time toys and activities.

Each day will include activities like playing dress up, singing songs with animal puppets, making butter with an old butter churn, making a whirly gig, and building a box fort. This half-day camp is designed for kids to bring a special adult with them to share the fun. An adult may bring up to three children to “Grandma’s Attic”.

“Animals around Us” is offered the weeks of July 6 to July 10 and July 20 to July 24.

“Playing with History” will run from July 13 to July 17 and again the week of July 27 to July 31. Camp is Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.

The cost for each week-long camp is $135.00 for Museum Association members and $155.00 for non-members .

 Camp is staffed by experienced museum educators.

“Grandma’s Attic” is June 28 to July 1, from 8:30 to noon each day. The cost for children of Museum

Association members is $65.00 and non-member children are $75.00 each. The special accompanying adult is free and may bring up to three children.

Registration forms are available at the Museum and on-line at www.sbcountymuseum.org.

Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are essential.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 (adult), $5 (student or senior), and $4 (child aged 5 to 12).

Effective July 1, admission fees will increase to $8 (adult) and $6 (senior); other fees will remain the same. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.

Schiavone Upset, Newcomer Takes Riverside Council Race

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By BVN Staff -- 

Riverside voters Tuesday handed veteran Ward 4 councilman Frank Schiavone a stunning defeat giving newcomer businessman Paul Davis, a solid victory.

All precincts reporting showed Davis with 52.5% of the vote to Schiavone’s 47.5% of the votes cast in the mail-only election.

Incumbent council members Nancy Hart (Ward 6) and Andy Melendrez (Ward 2) easily won re-election.

“I worked hard for this victory. I deserve it,” said a jubilant Davis.

He said he talked to nearly 7,000 people, knocked on hundreds of doors, losing 14 pounds in the process.

Schiavone pinned his loss on voter complacency.

“It’s a sad day when you see people just don’t care enough to vote.”

Hart and Melendrez said they were happy with the results but disappointed that a mere 23.64 percent of voters  cast ballots.

Schwarzenegger: ‘Our Wallet is Empty’

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By BVN Staff –

Declaring that California’s day of reckoning is here,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday pressed lawmakers for a swift resolution to a deepening financial crisis that threatens the country’s most populous state with insolvency.  “We are running out of time and excuses,” said Schwarzenegger hours before lawmakers heard public testimony about the potential fallout.

The Governor is pushing to close a $24 billion budget gap with a proposal that seeks to draw more blood from local governments.

Schwarzenegger is proposing to tap $2 billion in property-tax revenues and borrow $744 million in

gasoline-tax revenues from California cities. San Bernardino City Manager Charles McNeely said his city stands to lose $3 million in property taxes.

If passed, the proposal would add to the city’s budget cuts which include layoffs, furloughs, and deep cuts in services such as public safety, social services and parks and recreation.

The governor is facing withering criticism over his proposal to cut billions from K-12 schools, state colleges and universities and shutter low-income health and welfare programs Healthy Families,

CalWorks and Cal-Grants.

“People come up to me all the time, pleading ‘governor, please don’t cut my program, ‘” Schwarzenegger said.

“They tell me how the cuts will affect them and their loved ones. I see the pain in their eyes and hear the fear in their voice. It’s an awful feeling. But we have no choice,” he said “Our wallet is empty. Our bank is closed. Our credit is dried up.”

Going Green: Southern California Edison’s New Service Center

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Demonstrating its commitment to protect the environment while maintaining the reliability of the electricity system, Southern California Edison (SCE) has opened a new energy efficient service center here that will allow the utility to respond more quickly to power outages in the southern part of Riverside County.

The 19-acre complex, now home to nearly 300 employees, is 39 percent more energy efficient than similar buildings. The “green” building, powered by solar panels, was built to stringent standards developed by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, commonly known as LEED, a national organization that certifies green buildings.

State-of-the-art energy efficiency lighting allows for 90 percent of the interior spaces to have a line of sight to the outdoors. In addition, controls automatically raise and lower lighting levels based on natural light levels during the day. Among the water conservation features are low water demand landscaping and an underground water purification system that releases cleaner water into the environment.

“The new service center in Wildomar is a model of energy efficiency, environmentally friendly and vital to providing optimum service to our customers in southern Riverside County,” said Cecil House, SCE senior vice president, safety, operations support and chief procurement officer. “It is really important to us to be in this growing community so we can better serve our customers’ needs.”

Having nearly 300 people working in Wildomar, which has been impacted by tough economic times, will help put money into the local economy, from patronizing restaurants to gas stations. The location of the new service center also will allow SCE crews to more quickly respond to areas such as Temecula, Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake. The crews previously were based in San Jacinto.

“Southern California Edison’s opening of its green service center is an illustrative example of shared goals by the City Council and our community partner — combining sustainably developed materials and facilities that coexist with their surroundings,” Wildomar Mayor Scott Farnam said. “Having the

new service center in our city also benefits our local economy, which is especially important during this economic downturn.”

The new service center also will allow SCE to be a part of the community in a different way — it has a community room that holds nearly 270 people where some public meetings will be held.

PALS of PAL Golf Tournament A Huge Success

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The PAL Center held its 8th Annual Golf Tournament Thursday May 21st at the El Rancho Verde Golf Club in Rialto. The tournament was dedicated to George Lee, Jr., who passed away in February 2009.
Mr. Lee was the founder of the PALS of PAL Golf Tournament which began in 2001.
The tournament drew community leaders from all around the Inland Empire, such as Rod Hoops, Sheriff of San Bernardino
County. Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter, California 62nd Assembly District sent congratulations by Sheila Futch,
Field Representative. Fifth District Supervisor, Josie Gonzales, conveyed her on-going support of the golf tournament and PAL Center services through Field Representative Frances Vasquez.
This year's event was Chaired by Dwaine Radden, Sr., Athletic Director of the PAL Charter Academy. Radden said, "It is
always good when the community and its leaders show their support.
That is what it's all about." Dr. Mildred Henry, CEO and Founder of the PAL Center was pleased with the attendance and support of the community and friends of the PAL Center. Dr. Henry said, "Mr. Lee is definitely smiling in Heaven watching this event unfold."

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