Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department Hosting Important Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Don't even think about missing the upcoming Neighborhood Watch meeting.

Don’t even think about missing the upcoming Neighborhood Watch meeting.

If you’re concerned about crime in the mountain communities you need to attend an upcoming  Neighborhood Watch meeting in the Twin Peaks Courtroom  (adjacent to the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station).  This informative event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27.

The sheriff’s department has been vigilant in their efforts to keep burglaries to a minimum so they’re asking you to attend this special meeting and learn how you can help. Whether your neighborhood has experienced crime in the past or if you have a crime-free neighborhood that you’d like to keep that way, this  meeting will be very helpful because the sheriff’s department has new program information you should know. Take the first step in getting involved in keeping not only your own residence and family safe but your neighborhood as well .

Remember, crime doesn’t always visit “someone else’s door” so help yourself and your neighborhood by attending this meeting and learning how you can be an effective and alert neighbor.

For information contact Karen Hunt, the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station  Crime Prevention Officer. She can be reached by calling  (909) 336-0687 or by  sending an email to:




Lake Arrowhead Presbyterian Church Hosting Annual County Fair

drawing ticketsEverybody loves a county fair so, if you do then you need to be at the  Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian Church on Friday, August 29 and/or Saturday, August 30 for their annual fair. The hours for this fun event will be 9 a.m. (for you early shoppers) to 3 p.m. The day will include a clothes closet, silent auctions, a book nook, antiques, vintage items, new handmade items a bake sale and for you careful shoppers, antiques, vintage items and so much more. Be sure to check out the dollar deals! There will also be a “back lot sale” of furniture, tools and much more! You won’t want to leave without looking at the items in the “Label Lounge Boutique” and be sure to check out the “Back Lot Sale” which will feature furniture, tools and other treasures.

The best BBQ on the mountain will be available for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both days. My mouth is watering already!

The church is located at 351 south State Highway 189 in Lake Arrowhead. For directions or for more information call (909) 338-1502.

By the way, for those of you who think you’ll get up really early and get to the church before everyone else and “steal” all the great deals, don’t bother because no sales will take place before 9 a.m.


Sierra Club Meetings in Skyforest

eagle_face_treesIf you’re interested in seeing what the mountains chapter of the Sierra Club is up to these days you should attend one of their meetings. The group meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church on Hwy. 18 in Skyforest except for the months of August and December. Skyforest is a small community located near Lake Arrowhead,California.

Visitors and prospective Sierra Club members are always welcome.



Bluegrass, BBQ and Bingo at St. Richard’s Church in Skyforest

Singers at Lake InnSt. Richard’s Episcopal Church in Skyforest is hosting “Bluegrass, BBQ and Bingo” on Saturday, September 27 from 4 to 7  p.m. at the church and you won’t want to miss this fun event.

Come and enjoy the hand-clapping, foot-stomping great music of “Grits and Grady,” the exciting and fun bluegrass group of talented musicians from Green Valley Lake. They are incredibly talented and you won’t be able to keep your hands from clapping.


In addition to the great music the event will include mouth-watering BBQ pulled pork and chicken sandwiches and for those who want a vegetarian sandwich they will also be available. The award-winning Woodworth Vineyards from Temecula will be on hand for a wine tasting event and you’ll even be able to purchase your wine of choice.

This fun summer event has something for everyone because children can enjoy free crafts and carnival games while the adults enjoy Bingo.

The first ever St. Richard’s Chili Cookoff will feature several chili entries. Participants can buy a taste and then vote for the “People’s Choice Award.” In addition, silent and live auctions will be held during the event including the opportunity to win a fabulous dinner prepared and served by “The Pilgrims” from the Holy Land.

All are welcome to attend this fun event and there will be fun for all ages.

The outreach Committee is collecting “gently used” shoes for developing nations in cooperation with Donate Your Old Shoes, a San Diego based charity whose members get the shoes to needy adults and children. If you have shoes that don’t fit any longer or you aren’t wearing be  sure to take your donated shoes to the BBQ so they can be donated to someone who may be in desperate need of what you have “outgrown.”

For information call the church office at (909) 337-3889 or Sandi Wilson at (909) 336-6500.

Come, enjoy, bring your friends and family and enjoy a fun afternoon that this community celebration. The church is located at 28708 Hwy. 18 in Skyforest.

Happy, Happy Birthday Babies!

birthday_cake_largeWow, I’m impressed. There are a ton of great people who celebrate their birthdays this month. For instance, my sister Nancy. She is quite an unbelievable woman and I love her dearly.

Then there’s Eagle Scout Cole Gunnoe who celebrates August 25. What a special young man he is!

Huge happy birthday greetings to Jennifer Kellem who owns Artisans in Running Springs.  A long time ago Jennifer was the “honorary mayor” of Running Springs when our chamber of commerce  had  the “honorary mayor” fundraiser to raise money to help provide events for the Running Springs, Arrowbear Lake and Green Valley Lake communities.  The person who collected the most money became honorary mayor. She was a great one! She has continued her commitment to the community and she has put on, the past two years, extraordinary Mountain Top Days parades. Thanks, Jennifer.

Another really wonderful person celebrates on the 28th. Loving happy birthday wishes to creative, dedicated, strong, funny, helpful Bob Kinzel who is one of the hardest working people I know. Bob is a huge part of the Rim of the World Recreation and Park District. He truly is a wonderful man.

* Crestline resident Kathy Creighton also celebrates on the 28th. What an asset she is to the communities she loves, so have a great birthday, Kathy.

* Another dedicated, determined, well-respected member of the mountain communities, Holland Lowe, celebrates on the 28th. What an asset she has been and I couldn’t begin to count the hours she pours into making the mountain communities, and the services up here, better. Great lady!

* My longtime friend, Sandy Chandler celebrates her birthday on the 29th. Sandy has been a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Running Springs for many, many years. She’s been involved in Soroptimist and other local organizations and she is a perfectly wonderful, generous, funny longtime friend.

* Best wishes to Diane Dragotto Williams who also celebrates her birthday on August 29. Diane has been the “moving force” at Wildhaven Ranch since it opened to the public all these years ago. Best wishes, Diane, enjoy your day! You’ve earned it!


Remembering Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Leggett

World War 1, familyMy thoughts and condolences are sent to the family of Sgt. 1st Class Matthew L. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida who died August 20 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He died of injuries he received when he was “engaged” by the enemy.

Sgt. Leggett was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

I know Americans honor his service and send their condolences to his family and friends whose lives are forever changed.



3rd Annual “Kitchen to Kitchen” Tour Oct. 18-Save the Date!

Think these local women were having fun at the first "Kitchen Tour?" Yep, they had a ball and you can tell that they did!

Think these local women were having fun at the first “Kitchen Tour?” Yep, they had a ball and you can tell that they did!

Everyone knows that the heart of a home is “the kitchen” and thanks to the members of the mountain chapter of “People to People” the third annual Lake Arrowhead “Heart of the Home” Kitchen Tour is right around the corner.

Take out your calendar and circle Saturday, October 18 because you won’t want to miss this year’s event. From 12 to 4 p.m. you can wander through the kitchens of three wonderful homes and an extra special tour of the UCLA Conference Center kitchen. (Don’t worry, if you’re a USC fan, you’ll be admitted anyway!)

Tickets will become available for this annual event by September 15 and they will be available at the Lake House in Cedar Glen, the Tea Exchange in Lake Arrowhead Village and at least two other locations that have yet to be determined.

Tickets are $30 each and it’s well worth the price  for this interesting, fun, relaxing afternoon of visiting the kitchens. This is a unique event because it’s not a home tour (although, obviously you get to visit the homes and the kitchens) but it is a delightful event where you’ll meet friends as you go from home to home and kitchen to kitchen. Each home will feature food from a different country and it features  fun kitchen hospitality and you’re not even the one doing the cooking. You will experience lots of laughter along the way as you “bump” into people going from one home to another and one kitchen to another. This fundraiser is a real treat and although it’s only the third year it is a huge success.

Each guest will receive information and directions to the homes and they can select the kitchens  they wish to visit and taste the food offered at that particular home. This is such a great idea and it is a fundraiser for the mountain chapter of People to People. This organization works to foster understanding between cultures and countries throughout the globe so it is truly an international affair.

Plan to bring your friends and enjoy this event at your leisure. You’ll find yourself “bumping” into friends at the different homes and kitchens which always adds a lot to the fun because friends tell friends about the kitchens they have visited and what they’ve seen and the different foods they’ve tasted.What’s not to like?!

The saying that the kitchen is the center of a home has great merit and if you don’t go away with a few ideas from the kitchens you visit, I’ll be surprised.

Remember, the Kitchen tour is Saturday, October 18, so mark your  calendar so you don’t forget.

People to People is an international organization that fosters understanding and peace between nations and people around the world. With understanding often comes acceptance of other cultures so this event is very special. It is definitely an opportunity to open your mind and your heart to help understand people around the world. You will have a wonderful day filled with fun, great friendships, delicious samples of foods native to the country the home features and  you’ll go home wanting more.

Fortunately, this has become a very successful annual event. See you there! You’ll be sorry if you miss it!



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