Mountains Community Hospital Still Going Strong in Running Springs

Several years ago Mountains Community Hospital opened a rural clinic on Hilltop Blvd. in Running Springs and it’s still going strong.
The office is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and general health care is available for adults and “seniors.”
Medi-Cal, Medicare and IEHP are all accepted at the clinic that can treat acute and chronic illnesses.
For information on the clinic call Debbie Johnson at the Lake Arrowhead clinic at (909) 336-9715.

Signups for Rim Youth Football and Cheer Underway

football playerSignups for the Rim Scots Youth Football Cheer and Football season will be held April 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Neo’s Pizza on Hilltop Blvd. in Running Springs. If you miss the April 24 signups don’t worry, they will be repeated from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 15.
For information call (909) 907-4606 or send an e-mail to: rimscotsyouthfootball@yahoo,com. You can also find them on Facebook at ro, or facebook.comRim Scots Youth Football. Information on the cost of the program and student and parent requirements are readily available on their website.
Go, Scots!

Been to the San Bernardino County Museum Lately? It’s Fascinating!

Even "Uncle Sam" wants you to visit the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands.

Even “Uncle Sam” wants you to visit the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands.

When was the last time you visited the San Bernardino County Museum? Did you even know there was one? If you haven’t been there lately or you’ve never been there there is an exciting lecture planned for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15 that he might find quite interesting.

at 2 p.m. Eric Scott, the museum’s curator of palentology will discuss Ice Age fossils from urban southern California “Saying ‘Ice Ages’ conjures images of glaciers, ice fields and herds of woolly mammoths huddling against raging blizzards,” said Scott. “Those scenarios are engaging, but they don’t accurately portray what our region was like during the glacial times.”
During the Pleistocene Epoch, known as the Ice Ages, southern California summers were coolers and year-round temperatures were more moderate. snow and ice were present for most of the year in local mountains. “We had streams and lakes in the valleys, fed by mountain ice, which provided lots of sustenance for plants and animals in the valleys. The evidence of those ancient organisms lies right beneath your feet,” said Scott.
In his lecture, Scott will talk about Pleistocene fossils from throughout southern California, with special emphasis on the Rancho La Brea (tar pits) in Los Angeles. He will also examine more local sites such as Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet where County Museum paleontologists working from 1993 through early 2000 excavated one of the richest non-asphaltic Ice Age sites anywhere in the American southwest.

The San Bernardino County Museum is located at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and parking is free.
For further information log onto: or for visitor services call (909) 307-2669.
People with disabilities can use assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids in order to participate in the museum experience.
Requests should be made through the museum’s visitor service at least three business days prior to their visit. The telephone number for Visitor Services is 9909) 307-2669.
Enjoy. The museum is quite fascinating and their displays of rocks and minerals is beautiful.

Local Foreign Film Series Continues in Blue Jay

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Love foreign films? If so, you’re in luck because the members of the Mountain Cinema Club would love to see you at their Springs Series which begins on April 16. The films are shown at the Blue Jay Cinema so it’s convenient for all local mountain residents to see some of these great films. show-times are 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.

* Hurry to the Blue Jay Theater on April 16 for “Girl by the Lake,” from Italy. this thriller promises to keep you on the edge of your seat. It won 10 Italian Oscars……….not bad, I’d say!

* Wadjda from Saudi Arabia is the first Saudi film directed by a woman. The story tells the tale of a 12-year-old girl who pushes the boundaries of Saudi society because she wanted a bicycle. This film is presented on May 7.

* The films continue on May 21 when “Two Lives,” a drama-thriller from Norway takes center “screen.” Enjoy!

* The last film of the series is simply called “Renoir” and it will be shown June 4. From France, this movie is a biography of the famous French painter, Renoir. The film features the famous painter later in life. Magnificent French countryside is featured throughout this beautiful film.

The first of the club’s films has already been shown but these four remaining films should be quite wonderful.
Tickets are $10 per film and students under 18-years-old are $5.

For information log onto:

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Rim Communities for Youth Sponsoring Important “Community Nights”

Protecting our youth and making sure our local communities are safe for children is the focus of the Rim Communities for Youth.
A large part of the organization is making sure “the word” gets out to families, especially parents, about keeping our communities safe and being aware of what’s going on with children in the local areas.
“If our communities aren’t safe for children, they aren’t safe for any of us,” is one of the basic beliefs of members of the sponsoring agencies involved with the upcoming Community Nights. These meetings will be held in the Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School cafeteria and all parents and caregivers are urged to attend. Keeping our children safe from harm is the focus of these meetings. The school is located at 730 Rhine Road in Lake Arrowhead.
The May 6 meeting will focus on “Current Youth Drug Trends.” The June 3 “Town Hall” meeting will feature a discussion on Safeguarding Kids During the Summer. Both meetings will be begin at 6:30 p.m. and will last for approximately 90 minutes.
For more information call Rim Family Services at (909) 336-1800 or send an e-mail to:
These events include many different agencies including Rim Family Services, the San Bernardidno County Sheriff’s Department,

Remember, if our communities aren’t safe for children they aren’t safe for any of us. Come hear about the problems and the solutions because together we can make a difference.

Annual Easter Sunrise Service April 20 in Lake Arrowhead

cross with flowers, beautifulChurch of the Woods, Lakeside Church, Calvary Chapel Lake Arrowhead, Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian Church, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Rim of the World Community Church, St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, St. Anne Catholic Church and Twin Peaks Community Church will co-host the annual Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 20 at 6:15 a.m.
This annual event will be held on the shore of the Lake Arrowhead Resort.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the hotel. Be sure to dress warmly and take a beach chair and blankets.

This event, that is sponsored by so many of the local mountain churches, is always inspiring and a spiritual way to begin Easter Sunday.

Looking Back to March 17, 1994-Fun and Fascinating Info

typewriterOh my gosh, what fun I have had looking back at my old newspaper from March 17, 1994. I ran several photos that, at that time, were either from the present or from previous editions to celebrate another “Alpenhorn” year. (I started and published the (then) Running Springs based newspaper from 1985 until 1997! I was its “birth mother” but have nothing to do with it today)
It’s quite fascinating to look back to days gone by. For example, (1) the previous year it snowed in June, enough that people clomped around in snowboots and the roads had to be cleared.
* While March 1993 was termed the “March Miracle” the over seven feet of rain (yes, you read correctly) in 1994 resulted in landslides, road closures and a whole lot of flooding. I had a photo of a huge boulder that crashed down onto Hwy. 330. Two local residents stood beside it and it came up to at least their waists.
* A small pickup truck landed on a giant boulder on Hwy. 330 about 30 feet above the roadway where it sat for several days before it was removed by a crane. Needless to say, it created quite a stir.
* Members of the Pine Tree Quilters made several beautiful quits for babies suffering from AIDS.
* Former Charles Hoffman Elementary School Principals Jim Sims, Chuck Hoffman and Pete Shaw let me take their photo at Founder’s Day in 1994. Also in the photo was PTA President Sue Brown.
* I had a photo of a resident standing with a “Slow” sign in one hand while the other side of him he was holding onto a crutch because his leg was broken and it was in a cast but he was out helping his community when traffic control was needed.
* I took a photo of the staff of Realty World-Moquin and from the Stop and Shop when they helped clean up during the Community Cleanup the previous May.

It’s always fun to look back to our community years ago. It’s amazing……the people in the photos may change but many of the events, such as clean-up days, continue with new residents and business owners willing to help.

Longtime Arrowhead Resident, Carol Banner, Honored by Association of Realtors

clapping handsCongratulations to longtime Lake Arrowhead resident and activist (in her own way) Carol Banner who was recently honored by the members of the Rim O’the World Association of Realtors. She was designated as a member of the organization for life.

Carol has been a longtime resident of Lake Arrowhead (try about 50 years) and for many of those years she has given countless hours to the mountain communities she loves. People give their time and efforts to organizations they believe in, unless they’re doing it to make the “big bucks.” Carol would laugh at this quote because she has given and given and given hours of her time……………and I sincerely doubt she has ever seen “big bucks” personally from her efforts, nor would she expect them.

Throughout the decades Carol has taken on some serious positions, not the least of which was serving on the Rim of the World School Board for eight years. I remember Carol when she served and frankly, I think anyone who volunteers to serve on a school board really should have a psychological evaluation. It is, generally speaking, a thankless job. You know that no matter how difficult the issue you’re going to make at least half the population mad by the vote you make. Having been to many board meetings when Carol was a board member I can attest to the fact that she took her job very seriously at a time when there were enormous changes going on in the school district. Much like today she and the other board members had to make difficult decisions over and over again but she, and they, just like every school board, made those decisions.

Carol and her husband Dwayne were also instrumental in the formation of the Rim of the World Park and Recreation District in the 1980s. At the time the fledgling district had no funding but they, as well as several other community-minded residents, got the program going and the public interested in having recreation facilities, particularly for the families that were moving into the mountains. Dwayne became one of the first elected members of the recreation board. Today, the district is called the Rim of the World Recreation and Park District and the board members, employees and residents have Carol and Dwayne to thank in great measure, for the formation and the continuation of the district.

The Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce has also seen years and years of Carol Banner. She is particularly interested in government affairs and how they affect the mountain communities. She has chaired that committee for many years. Carol keeps abreast on decisions either being considered or approved by the county, state and federal governments and the potential those decisions might have particularly on the Lake Arrowhead communities.

Both Carol and Duane have been acknowledged by the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce for their years of dedicated service and a few years ago they were honored as the Citizens of the Year for Lake Arrowhead. It was a glorious evening at the Lake Arrowhead Resort.

While some people step easily into awards and they do things to get accolades the Banner’s (collectively) have earned every single one they have received throughout the years. She can now add her newest award, from the Association of Realtors, to her long list of accomplishments.

Running Springs Easter Egg Hunt April 19

Last year's Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success and this year's hunt promises to be even better!

Last year’s Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success and this year’s hunt promises to be even better!

Because the Easter Bunny is so busy this time of year he (or was it a she?) has asked the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce if they can help out again this year and host the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. The chamber, of course, said yes so it is planned for 11 a.m. on April 19 at the vacant lot next to First Mountain Bank, across from the Running Springs POst Office (next to First Mountain Bank).

The Easter Bunny himself has agreed to be there in person so this should be really fun. Last year’s event brought out a lot of excited children so this year’s event should be just as much fun. Because the Easter Bunny has soooooooo many places to be on Easter he told Chamber President Kevin Somes that he’d “leave the eggs” around the area but he simply couldn’t stay too long because he had so many other places to go before the big day was over. Because the “bunny” has to get around the world he’s very busy on Easter morning so the chamber of commerce as well as all the children are so grateful he can “hop” on over to our event.

This is a great celebration our local children (and their parents who love watching the fun) so don’t miss it. Even if you don’t have children of your own just watching this special Easter Egg Hunt will bring back great memories. The hunt is divided into age levels so the littlest of the children aren’t running around at the same time the older children are participating. Isn’t the Easter bunny smart?

Sierra Club Meeting Features Magnificient Yosemite Film

camera_film-1979pxMembers and guests of the Rim of the World chapter of the Sierra Club will meet on Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church for their monthly meeting.
This month’s event will feature a beautiful and fascinating documentary that honored the 150th anniversary of the federal act signed by President Lincoln that would preserve Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia’s.

This film is the brainchild of Ken Burns who directed and narrated this fascinating and beautiful production. Anyone who wants to discover more about the magnificent beauty of the Yosemite area should plan to attend. The film promises to be spectacular as not only is it directed by Ken Burns but several of the people involved in this film worked on other Ken Burns films such as “Lewis and Clark.”
In addition to the film members will discuss updates on local environmental issues.
St. Richard’s Episcopal Church is located at 28708 Hwy. 18 in Skyforest.
Just think of this event as a mini-vacation. If you can’t BE in Yosemite you can at least pretend while you’re watching this beautiful film.