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September 2020
PlanRC Virtual Workshop- Available online September 10th - 20th 
The PlanRC Virtual Workshop represents a new phase of PlanRC, the City’s General Plan Update. If you are new to the process or need a reminder, the General Plan is a blueprint for the City’s future and includes a vision, community values, goals and policies to guide decision-making. 
Since February of this year, PlanRC has received feedback from hundreds of community members through stakeholder interviews, two online surveys, and two multi-day virtual forums. From these thoughtful discussions, common themes have emerged and are summarized HERE
Throughout our outreach process we’ve been using words to describe and discuss issues, opportunities, and ideas. With this Virtual Workshop, we want to shift and add a different way to communicate ideas about the future of Rancho Cucamonga through visual components. 
During this Virtual Workshop, you will be asked to think about the themes and how they affect different parts of the city or may be applied differently in various parts of the city. You will be asked to rate and respond to a variety of different images that depict how these various themes may be translated into physical places.  
This Virtual Workshop includes a summary of what we've heard from the community to date, introduces the concept of Place Types and Community Planning Areas. You are welcome to answer questions for each of the Community Planning Areas or just focus on specific zones that interest you by clicking on the tab name. If you participate in all of the activities, the entire workshop will take approximately one hour to complete. You can pause at any time and continue at a later date during the 10 days the workshop is open.  
We appreciate you taking the time to share your preferences and ideas about Rancho Cucamonga and we look forward to seeing the responses. The PlanRC team will compile all the valuable feedback and provide a summary of this Virtual Workshop in November. 
Please stay engaged with PlanRC!  
September is National Senior Center Month and we want to celebrate YOU!  

We miss seeing our participants in our building and this year we are celebrating a little bit differently. The James L. Brulte Senior Center will be hosting virtual and drive-thru events this month praising our senior residents. 

Senior Center Month Events Include:
September 1st: Pen Pal Program & Telehealth Program began 
September 7th: Senior Walk-A-Thon and Book Reading Contest began 
September 17th: Ice Cream Drive-Thru Event from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Senior Center Parking Lot (11200 Base Line Rd.). Free. First Come, First Serve.  
September 24th: Shredding Drive-Thru Event from 8:00 am-10:00 am in the Senior Center Parking Lot (11200 Base Line Rd.). Suggested donation of $10 or toiletries accepted to help support the Jane Penny Link Program.  
September 28th – Winners of the Walk-a-Thon & Book Reading Contest announced.
STARTING SOON! The City of Rancho Cucamonga continues to find ways to meet the needs of the community and will begin offering a variety of virtual recreation classes. In an effort to reconnect our community with some of the recreation activities they have long enjoyed, the Community Services Department will be offering a few fan favorites taught by our popular instructors.

From fitness to STEAM, dance to martial arts, there is something for the whole family to enjoy from the comfort and safety of their homes.
These times have been trying, and we hope that signing up for a virtual recreation class will be just what the family needs for some fun and enrichment.  

Online registration for virtual classes is currently open and classes will start the week of September 14th. Needing to be flexible in these ever-changing times, 4-6 week classes will be offered through October, with more classes being added either virtually or in-person over time as guidelines allow. The City looks forward to the day when all of the contract classes are able to return.  
It's ok not to be ok. 
Stressed about COVID? Your community is here for you! We are all experiencing overwhelming emotions during these uncertain times. Join us for a free virtual conversation and feel connected to your community. Learn how to connect with mental health resources and develop skills to strengthen resiliency for you and your loved ones
Explore and Learn: 

  • Hear presentations on how to build your immunity and strengthen your physical health by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health
  • Share your experiences in a safe space and connect with your neighbors
  • Have fun during a virtual Zumba workshop
  • Connect with mental health services and resources
  • Attend interactive break-out sessions led by community leaders with topics that include:
  • Self-care During a Pandemic 
  • Optimizing Health and Nutrition 
  • Coping with Anxiety 
  • – Take the first step for Disaster Preparedness 
  • Teen Community Check-in 
  • Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning 
  • Support for People Living with a Disability 

Spanish translation available. Call (909) 774-3500, Passcode: 10700400# 
Please call (909) 774-2044 for more information or for other language requests. 
*This is an informative event that does not constitute a therapist-client relationship. This is not a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment from a mental health professional. If you are having a psychiatric crisis, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room. 
Rancho Cucamonga is home to a variety of wildlife species, including bats. Bats play an important role in our ecosystem by eating insects and pollinating plants. While they are more common near the foothills, they migrate and can be found throughout the community.

In Southern California, bats are the most common carrier of the rabies virus. Animal Services Officers from the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Center have responded to several calls for bats in the last few months. Four of the bats collected, located in the northeastern part of the city, tested positive for rabies. Rabies is a rare, fatal infection that affects the central nervous system. The rabies virus is usually passed to mammals including dogs, cats, horses, and humans via the bite of a rabid animal. Occasionally, rabies can be transmitted if the saliva of an infected animal gets into a fresh scratch, break in the skin, or contact with mucous membranes (eyes, mouth, nose). 

Be Bat Smart! 
  • Never approach or touch a bat
  • Bat-proof your home by ensuring windows and crawl spaces are screened and small openings are sealed to prevent bats from entering
  • Immediately report an encounter with a bat to Animal Services, even if there was no physical contact with a person or pet
  • Teach children to avoid approaching unfamiliar animals and to notify an adult if they had contact with or were bitten or scratched by any animal
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you are exposed to or bitten by an animal
  • Ensure pets are current on their rabies vaccines

For more information, contact the Rancho Cucamonga Field Services Division at
(909) 466-7387, option 1 or by email at Field.Services@cityofrc.us, and be sure to visit www.RCPets.info.

Vet Care offers dog and cat vaccination clinics at the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Center of Saturday and Sundays. click HERE for prices and hours.

To read the Daily Bulletin's article on Bats from August 29th, click HERE.
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and to celebrate the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library is hosting a FREE virtual Back-to-School Reading Challenge for all ages Tuesday, September 1st - Wednesday, September 30th.

How can you participate? 
  • Earn virtual badges by logging your reading and completing fun activities, for a total goal of 10 hours. 
  • Super readers may continue to log up to 25 hours and may earn additional badges. 
  • Each badge earns one or more virtual raffle tickets, which can be placed into drawings for eGift cards at vendors like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, and more. 
  • The more reading logged, the more tickets you can earn to enter the ticket drawings! 
We have all heard the discussions and seen the memes of how historic 2020 has been for everyone. From a global pandemic to an earthquake swarm near the Salton Sea to wildfires throughout the State of California, this year has really tested our ability to be ready for any disaster that may come our way. 
September is National Preparedness Month and if this past year has taught us anything, it’s that we can always be more prepared, not just in response to a major disaster but as a part of our day-to-day lives. Emergencies and disasters will continue to happen throughout our community, however there are steps that can be taken to ensure our families are always prepared.   
This month, Rancho Cucamonga Fire District is encouraging all residents to actively participate with us in becoming more prepared! By following these four simple steps, you will be able to increase your own and your community’s overall disaster preparedness and resiliency: 
Make a Plan – Talk with your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Establish how you will be reconnected if separated and consider all the specific needs of your household.  
Build an Emergency Kit – Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to include the unique needs for each person or pet in case you need to evacuate quickly. 
Prepare for Disasters – Know the risk of disasters in your area and consider insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms, earthquakes and wildfires and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert. 
Empower Others – Share your preparedness efforts with family, neighbors and co-workers. Join one of our volunteer programs to strengthen your neighborhood’s readiness for any disaster. 
To view more information on each step, download our ReadyRC guide at www.ReadyRC.org. You can also participate throughout the month of September by checking out the Fire District’s social media channels. We will be unveiling preparedness videos with tips and resources for everyone like this one. Share those videos with others and practice those key preparedness tips. Together as a community, we can continue to increase our ability to be ReadyRC! 
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