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A Year of Kiika'

Calendar of Events:

June 26 - 30
Vacation Bible Camp, 5-8 p.m, Del Rosa United Methodist Church

June 30
Summer BBQ, 11:30 a.m., the Highland Senior Center

July 13
Koffee Klub with the East Valley Water District 9 a.m, Highland Senior Center

August 7
First Day of School - 2017-18
-Belvedere Elementary
-Serrano Middle School

August 10
Koffee Klub with the San Bernardino Count Sheriff's Department, 9 a.m., Highland Senior Center

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We value your comments and questions.  Call the neighborhood hotline number:

(909) 425-3480

Or email: Kiika@sanmanuel.com

Welcome to the one year anniversary edition of the Kiika’ Bulletin! We started this bulletin in 2016 as a way to share news and special tidbits with our neighbors that live near the San Manuel reservation. 

The word kiika’ is from the Serrano language that can be used to describe a resident or person who lives a given place. The root of the word also stands for “house” or “homeland.” 

As an indigenous community, our roots run deep here and we chose the word kiika’ to express not only our connection to our home here in San Bernardino, but also to you, “piip˘c kiikam”, our neighbors.

Serrano is the native tongue of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and it was once spoken across a territory that includes most of San Bernardino County. The title, Kiika’ Bulletin, is one way that we are  continuing the use of the Serrano language and honoring the cultural history of the area. 

In this edition, we take you on a tour of the Lynwood/Victoria OmniTrans bus line; share  a recap of the Multi-Casualty Incident  Preparedness Drill; and feature a spotlight  on the Del Rosa United Methodist Church. 

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Oh, The Places You'll Go!

No car? No problem! Catch a ride with OmniTrans at the Lynwood Drive and Victoria Avenue bus stop to get you to popular destinations throughout San Bernardino and beyond. The Route 1 path includes these destinations:

• Aquinas High School
• St. Bernadine Medical Center
• San Bernardino DMV
• Sierra High School
• San Bernardino County Court
• San Manuel Stadium
• San Bernardino Valley College
• Colton High School
• San Bernardino Transit Center
• Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Each day the Route 1 bus carries about 3,300 passengers with an estimated 150 passengers boarding at our neighborhood bus stop.

The Lynwood Drive and Victoria Avenue route is more convenient than the average carpool and ideal for elderly or disabled residents, students, and anyone needing alternate transportation. Fares are as low as $1.75, with options for a 1-day, 7-day or 31-day pass and discounted rates for youth, seniors, disabled, veterans and Medicare recipients. Through campus partnerships, GoSmart Programs provide students attending our local colleges with unlimited access to ride any of the OmniTrans bus lines, including OmniGo and sbX at no cost.


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Faith Matters in Our Neighborhood

This hometown place of worship loves to serve the community in any way possible. For this edition of Faith Matters, we give a shout out to Del Rosa United Methodist Church, where Rev. Neil Platon has been pastor since July 2016.

“The single, most special thing about our congregation is our involvement in community outreach,” said Platon.

The Clothes Closet and Blanket Brigade are two popular programs for any community member to join.

Once a month (with the exception of July and August), volunteers come together for the Blanket Brigade, making no-sew blankets to donate to hospitals and nursing homes. The church also has a Clothes Closet that provides gently used clothing to nearby residents in need. To learn more about being a Blanket Brigade or Clothes Closet volunteer, call the Del Rosa United Methodist Church office at (909) 862-4118.

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San Bernardino County Multi-Agency Drill

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Recently, San Manuel organized a Multi-Agency Drill for the region’s public safety agencies including the San Manuel Fire Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department, CAL Fire/ City of Highland Fire Department and various law enforcement agencies. Our local area has experienced everything from wildfires to floods and earthquakes. For this reason, we strive to ensure that our first responders receive the best possible training to quickly and efficiently assist victims under any circumstance. A staged, real-life incident demonstration was held at the San Bernardino International Airport to challenge the skills of our local first-responding crews. It is our hope that community members will rest assured that when disaster strikes, our emergency responders are prepared and ready to help.

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