Running Springs Community Fun at Annual Halloween Romp

The beautiful Queen of Hearts.

The beautiful Queen of Hearts.

The always-fun and terrifically successful Halloween carnival in the  parking lot between the Robert Hootman Senior Community Center and Charles Hoffman Elementary School was filled with excited children and adults with the  elementary school’s PTA sponsored Fall Festival took place on Saturday, October 25.

I’m guessing that there were at least 150 children and their parents having wayyyyyyyy too much fun. The children and a  lot of PTA parents as well as local firefighters and representatives of local organizations and businesses seemed to be having the time of their lives. Each year  this event is always so much fun and it’s a toss up about who has more fun: the children or their parents.

Colorful Containers of candy sit in Hootman Center before the annual event began. I wonder how much was left...I'm betting not much!

Colorful Containers of candy sit in Hootman Center before the annual event began. I wonder how much was left…I’m betting not much!

In one form or another this celebration has been held at the school (or close to the school) literally for decades and one of the wonderful aspects of it is the continuation of the long-time tradition.

The hilarious "toilet paper" toss was so much fun. The target? Well, a toilet bowl, of course. Great fun!

The hilarious “toilet paper” toss was so much fun. The target? Well, a toilet bowl, of course. Great fun!

Are these three girls cute? Yep!

Are these three girls cute? Yep!

It's always fun to see the costumes the children wear and you can tell that this colorful costume and wig were just what this cute girl loves!

It’s always fun to see the costumes the children wear and you can tell that this colorful costume and wig were just what this cute girl loves!

A big “thank you” to all the people involved and to the school’s PTA and all the vendors or those who manned the colorful booths and helped make this festive occasion more memorable. A big “Thank You” to the Golden Oaks who welcome the children and adults if they stop in at the center.

Having a good time? You don't even need to ask!

Having a good time? You don’t even need to ask!

Members of the Running Springs Fire Department are always on hand with information and candy, of course.

Members of the Running Springs Fire Department are always on hand with information and candy, of course.

This wonderful community event  is always such fun…,for all the youngsters and all of us that aren’t “youngsters” anymore but remain young at heart.

These two women were having waaaayyyyy too much fun at the carnival. Don't they look great!

These two women were having waaaayyyyy too much fun at the carnival. Don’t they look great!

Happy Birthday Wishes To……

You've all left a big footprint on a lot of people's lives. Happy Birthday!

You’ve all left a big footprint on a lot of people’s lives, including mine. Happy Birthday!

“Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” (remember that great old 1950s or 1960s old song of the same name?) whses to: Pam Strebel, Richard Baldw2in, Mike Caplinger, Bill Barcus, Tawyna Aberg Miller, Ray Rieger, Jan Terry, Justin Ingram, Heather Tenaya Warden, Diane Gladwell and Steve Keefe.

Boy, what a greaBirthdat group of people! Celebrate being you………..you deserve it!

P.S. The lady with the big foot is the Statue of Liberty! I’m sure she sends her best wishes to all of you, too!

How to Party Like it’s 1517!

scarecrowThe annual “Halloween alternative” at Rim of the World Community Church is scheduled for October 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome and while costumes aren’t mandatory (even those worn at the time of the Reformation) they always add great fun to the event.

There will be games, prizes and food so if you or your children want to attend a fun event get over to Rim Community Church for a great (non Halloween) party. Everyone is welcome so feel free to attend. The church is located right on Hwy. 18 with a cross street of Allview.

You’ll have a ball and so will the children! Have fun…..you will!

Oktoberfest Fun Continues in Lake Arrowhead Village

Delicious German Beer? Yum!

Delicious German Beer? Yum!

If you attend Oktoberfest in Lake Arrowhead Village you won’t have to “Roll Out the Barrel” yourself because getting a delicious German or craft beer is so easy. Just get in your car and drive to Lake Arrowhead Village where they celebrate this traditional fall German event on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October (that’s the treat not the trick!). Saturday’s hours are noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday’s hours are noon to 5 p.m.

This celebration is always such fun with great German music and delicious food, beer games, a German car show on select weekends and you can dance, dance, dance and enjoy the Oktoberfest fun!

Come! Enjoy! Pretend you’re in Munich. If you’re not a beer drinker, don’t worry they also have non-alcoholic beverages throughout the village.

For more information log onto: LakeArrowheadOktoberfest.com.

 

 

 

Marine from Riverside Dies in Iraq

marine Corps logoI am so sorry to hear of the recent death of Lance Corporal Sean P.Neal, 19, of Riverside. This young Marine lost his life on Oct. 23, in Bagdad, Iraq from a non-combated related incident that is under investigation. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, Crisis Response from Central Command. The headquarters deploy from Camp Pendleton, California. He was serving as support for Operation Inherent Resolve.

I know Americans share the grief his family and friends are enduring on his loss and in some way that this knowledge will console this young Marine’s family and friends.

 

 

My record-setting 2,100 posts (Well, it’s my record, anyway!)

typewriterYEA! I have just posted my 2,100 online “post” so this will make 2,101. I love doing it and thank all of you for your support. It’s fun and a huge job all at the same time and I love writing and typing every word. I started this blog about two years ago so to put it mildly, I’ve been a very busy girl.

Thank you all so much for your support and comments. I appreciate them so much!

 

Happy Birthday to………………..

balloonsHappy, happy birthday to Tawyna Aberg Miller who celebrates a birthday on October 25. Being sort of a “distant relative” by marriage I hope she has a great day. She deserves it. Also, best wishes to a wonderful man I’ve known for  long time: Todd Wymer who celebrates on the 24. He and my son John were great friends so many years ago as teenagers.

Wonderful friend Ray Rieger celebrates on the 26th. Ray and his wife Bonnie are always remembered by longtime local residents as the founders and owners of Grumpy’s deli and bakery. What a special time that was years ago and it’s one of those businesses that it highly missed in the Running Springs community. Everybody loved Grumpy’s. Happy birthday, Ray.

Lifelong Running Springs resident Jesse Chandler celebrates on October 23. Jesse’s parents have been longtime (and I mean longtime) local residents and Jesse is the proud owner (as he should be) of Jessie’s Helping Hands in Running Springs. He certainly does have the magic touch (as in massage)  and he was one of several local business owners who took part in Mountain Top Days and the Farmer’s Market this year.

Beautiful inside and out, lifelong Lake Arrowhead area resident Cheryl Johnstone Moxley celebrated her birthday on the 21st. Cheryl is really the one responsible for getting local residents interested in forming a chapter of People to People which promotes understanding of different cultures around the world. Cheryl is quite a fabulous lady and I have a lot of respect for her and all the members of this great international organization. She and the other members are probably still recovering from last weekend’s great Kitchen Tour which was sponsored by the local People to People chapter. Much like a home tour this fun annual event allows ticket holders to taste food from the individual countries that are featured on the tour. Cheryl, you are a very special woman!

Last but certainly not least, belated wishes to beautiful Janice Lynn Olsen who celebrated on October 18. What a very special woman she is and I know her family and friends know it too. She has a beautiful heart that matches her beautiful face.

Happy birthday to all these great people!

 

 

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