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Calendar of Events:

  • November 1-30: 
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • November 12: 
  • Veterans Day – No school for Serrano Middle School and Belvedere Elementary
  • November 17:
    First day of school for Belvedere Elementary School and Serrano Middle School
  • November 19-23: 
  • Thanksgiving dinner at the Highland Senior Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ($5, open to everyone)
  • November 23:
  • National Native American Heritage Day
  • November 29:
  • Christmas tree making class at the Highland Senior Center; 10 a.m. ($15 for seniors, all materials included)


Local Law Enforcement Officers Remind Students to Practice Bike Safety


The San Manuel Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently joined the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino Unified School District Police and California Highway Patrol (CHP) visited Belvedere Elementary for school-wide assembly about pedestrian safety. These presentations come as part of a CHP initiative to teach children across the southland about safety procedures when biking or walking.

Ahead of Halloween, our local law enforcement officers attended Belvedere Elementary in uniform to remind students to be safe on the road when headed to school or going door-to-door to trick or treat. Often times child pedestrians are the most difficult to see. To ensure these students practice the rules of the road, police officers were on-site with bikes for demonstrations. Officers used an obstacle course to demonstrate a few tricks, do’s and don’ts and even participated in a bike race against a few lucky students.

Along with the fun and games, students were taught to always use the rules of the road, which includes stopping at stop and yield signs, looking both ways before entering a street, and using bike lanes wherever possible. Wearing the proper gear is an equally important safety rule. Each student was given reflective bracelets to wear when walking or biking at night and others received helmets as part of a giveaway.

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With the help of school administrators, San Manuel DPS and CHP officers identified six students who walk long distances to ad from school and surprised them with brand new bikes. It was a special moment for the officers to provide them with bikes making their commute to school much easier.

When the recess bell rang, law enforcement officers headed straight for the playground to challenge students in monkey bar races and friendly tetherball competitions – the inner kid came out in all of us! We are grateful for the opportunity to participate with local law enforcement agencies as part of this initiative and to have had a great visit at the elementary school in our own backyard.

Thank you for Attending the San Manuel Pow Wow!

For over two decades we have enjoyed hosting the San Manuel Pow Wow at Cal State San Bernardino. We take great pride in welcoming dancers and drummers from indigenous tribes across the nation and Canada to San Bernardino for a weekend full of cultural celebration and competition. These Native dancers and drummers participate in the pow wow circuit from spring through the end of fall, traveling from city to city demonstrating century’s old traditions through song and dance.

Droves of people joined us for opening night, many gathering in the field around the arbor (dancers entrance) captivated by the dancing while others headed straight for the food stations. Along with the famous fry bread, this year’s new addition Moody’s Wood Fired Pizza quickly became a crowd favorite. This local Highland family owned operation had a constant line of hungry attendees waiting for customized pizza made with the secret Moody family dough and sauce recipes.

Despite the unexpected rain that began late Friday night, attendance was constant throughout the weekend. Dancing and drumming was moved into the Coussoulis Arena on Saturday and Sunday. The well prepared artisan and food vendors remained in the nearby field with tarp enclosed tents. Vendor booths lined the field in rows selling everything from hand-carved wooden instruments, dreamcatchers, and turquoise, onyx and coral jewelry. To no one’s surprise, the beautifully patterned blankets seemed to be the biggest hit to keep pow wow goers warm and bundled through the chilly temperatures.

We enjoy bringing this rich cultural experience of pow wow to our local community every year. In fact we love it so much we even hosted a livestream directly on our Facebook page (@sanmanuelband) all weekend long to make sure you wouldn’t miss a thing! With the help of our media partners, we received a slew of great photos and video to capture the greatest moments, including the photos in this

article from California Through My Lens – a California based travel writer and blogger. Thank you to all who attended or tuned in for our livestream, we hope you enjoyed pow wow as much as we did!



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