Crestline Craft Fair and Tree Lighting This Thanksgiving Weekend! Come and Enjoy!

611The holiday spirit is alive and well this Thanksgiving weekend and so, that being said, don’t miss the annual Artisan’s Craft Faire at the historic San Moritz Lodge on the shore of Lake Gregory. The fun will be held Friday through Sunday and this is a great opportunity to smell and taste the delicious holiday food prepared by the San Moritz Lodge executive chef. To add to the festivities beer and wine will be sold at the craft faire. Friday and Saturday hours for this fun event are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday hours are 10 a .m. to 3 p.m.

On Saturday at 5 p.m. be sure to get to the North Shore of Lake Gregory and go to the patio at the beach club at 6 p.m. to enjoy the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. There will be chili and hot cocoa and Christmas carols will be sung which will add to the festive event.

This event is always special in the Crestline community so welcome the holiday season by attending the craft faire and the tree lighting.



35th Annual Blue Jay Parade Fun December 6

Everyone's favorite Grinch was there last year and the children loved it!

Everyone’s favorite Grinch was there last year and the children (and lots of adults) loved it!

If you’ve never been to the annual Blue Jay Parade you need to put this wonderful, homespun, exciting parade on your “bucket list” because it really is special. This fun event, on December 6, is a microcosm of life in the local mountain communities and there are hundreds of adults and children involved, floats, motorized vehicles and wayyyy too much fun.  I challenge you not to love every single second. This is an easy bet…..I’ll win!

This terrific parade is filled with music, creative floats and so much fun you’ll enjoy every second. It’s an exciting way to kick off the holiday season so be sure to be on the parade route early (like a couple of hours early) on December 6 or you’ll kick yourself for not being there. The parade begins at 2 p.m. Go early, take a folding chair and enjoy the ambiance and be there early so you get a good seat “for YOUR seat.” Depending on the weather you might want to bundle up and take a light blanket and be sure to take a folding chair or you’ll be standing the whole time.

The award-winning Rim High Band is always an exciting part of any and all parades in the local mountains. They truly are exceptional and always make their school and community proud!

The award-winning Rim High Band is always an exciting part of any and all parades in the local mountains. They truly are exceptional and always make their school and community proud!

The parade route is in Blue Jay on Hwy. 189 so the CHP closes off motorized traffic access to Hwy. 189 from 1 to 3 p.m. so vehicles can’t come through (with the exception of those in the parade, of course.)

Have fun. Start off the holiday season with this delightful parade and be thrilled by the music of the Rim High School Scots band.

This great float by the local Christmas in April program was really outstanding. I hope they're at this year's parade.

This great float by the local Christmas in April program was really outstanding. I hope they’re at this year’s parade.




Happy Birthday, My Daughter, Amanda Aberg

balloonsHappy birthday to my wonderful daughter, Amanda Aberg, who celebrates her birthday today, November 27. Depending on the calendar her birthday can actually be on a different day but her birthday is always on the 27th. This year her “big day” falls on Thanksgiving itself.

I am thankful for her in my life and she has been such a wonderful daughter. I know she will have a great Thanksgiving and birthday as she will be with family and friends and I will get to share this day with her and her family and extended family.

She has been a joy in my life and continues to be. Aren’t I lucky! I guess I liked having my babies on or near holidays. Her brother John was born on April 1, April Fool’s Day, which is a perfect date for him.

I hope Amanda has a wonderful birthday today and has special ones the rest of her life.

Green Valley Lake’s Exciting Artisan’s Tour this Thanksgiving Weekend! Come and Enjoy!

Beautiful GVLSpeaking of Green Valley Lake, the Thanksgiving weekend is always fun as it’s the last of the year’s Artisan’s Tours. This fun event features home studios of various artists and artisans in this wonderful, creative community that draws creative people to its beauty and tranquility.

The tour will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Nov. 28, 29 and 30. For directions to the studios you can pick up a map at the red, white and blue painted post office on Green Valley Lake Road.

This tour is always such fun as this small community is filled with talented creative artists and artisans who love to share the love of their work with visitors. It’s such a great opportunity to pick up unique and hand-made gifts for the holidays and don’t forget you, too.

This small community is located off Hwy. 18 (between Snow Valley and Arrowbear Lake). Take the Green Valley Lake turnoff off the highway and be prepared for a delightfully windy, lovely drive up to the community that so many people (including me) love so much. Once you’ve been to this mountain treasure you’ll want to come back, especially if you yearn for a quiet, but fun, experience.


Important News from Congressman Paul Cook

Christmas Wreaths at ANCA last reminder from Congressman Paul Cook that if you are a current high school senior and are interested in attending one of the nation’s prestigious military academy you should fill out an application through his office. The application for a service academy nomination can be found by logging onto: and following the instructions to reach the site.

Every year before Christmas thousands of holiday wreaths are placed on service members’ graves in every National cemetery across the country. You can add to the number of wreaths by purchasing one by December 2. Wreaths are $15 each and they will be delivered and placed at any National Cemetery. The public is welcome to attend. This is a formal event and appropriate dress is required.

This year the ceremony will be on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. at the Riverside National Cemetery. Current and retired military are encouraged to wear their service uniforms.  This program is entitled “Wreaths Across America” and it is such an appropriate name to honor those who gave their lives or served our country and are buried in military graveyards.

Nationwide the goal is to place 500,000 wreaths on the headstones of our departed military.

For more information on the process to apply log onto or call Riverside National Cemetery at (951) 840-6823. The Riverside program coordinator is Ken Benner who can be reached at (951) 634-5023. The cemetery is located at 22495 Van Buren Boulevard in Riverside.



Green Valley Lake Getting Set for Holidays with Tree Lighting and More Fun!

Christmas_treeThe always-exciting Christmas tree lighting in Green Valley Lake is set for 5:30 p.m. on November 29 at the tree next to the Green Valley Lake Clubhouse on Green Valley Lake Road. This tree has been the site (and the sight) for the annual celebration for decades and it is always such a fun event as the ceremony always draws a lot of families. The children are so excited they can hardly stand still and it’s such a beautiful celebration of the holiday season.

In addition to the tree lighting residents and visitors pour into the clubhouse to enjoy the fun inside which always includes Santa, the chance to purchase some great gifts, singing some carols, enjoying music from Grits and Friends and enjoying food and drink. If you have children, don’t forget to take the camera.Don’t forget to bundle up because it’s chilly in Green Valley Lake this time of year, especially at night.

Santa has so many places he has to visit in the next few weeks  that it is a privilege to have him in Green Valley Lake each year. He must have a great time because he keeps coming back!



CHP Offers Thanksgiving Holiday Driving Tips: Pay Attention!

California_Highway_Patrol_patchThe extended Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year and this raises the risk for potentially serious or even deadly traffic collisions.

As families and friends gather for the holiday, the California Highway patrol (CHP) along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to encourage travelers to always buckle up, avoid driving when distracted, obey the posted speed limits and never drink and drive. “Something as simple as buckling up before your trip can save your life and avoid turning a non-injury collision into a tragedy,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.

Thanksgiving is a Maximum enforcement Period” for the CHP. The holiday reporting period begins on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 po.m. The Thanksgiving MEP also coincides with the NHTSA’s annual “Click it or Ticket” campaign to remind drivers to buckle their seat belts.

While collisions decreased during last year’s Thanksgiving holiday travel period, tragically 33 people lost their lives on California’s roadways due to a collision. This figure was down from 44 killed during the Thanksgiving weekend in 2012. Sadly, 88 percent of those killed in 2013 were not wearing a seat belt.

“Protect yourself and those you love through the simple action of buckling a seat belt,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Seat belts are the single most effective piece of equipment in a vehicle that will prevent the loss of life or injury.

The CHP would also like to remind motorists to avoid distracted driving, to travel at a speed that is safe for conditions and also to designate a non-drinking driver for the safety of everyone on the road. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday, the CHP arrested more than 1,200 people for driving under the influence. The public is encouraged to report unsafe or impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1.


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