Mountain Transit Offering Veterans Reduced Fares

How about the guy who drives the busses? In big or small towns it's a big job. Thanks!

Effective last August, veterans became eligible for a 50 percent reduced fare for all Mountain Transit Fixed Route, OTM (Off the Mountain) and DAR services.

To received the reduced fare, veterans must show either a Veteran ID or a Mountain Transit Veteran Discount Card.

Veterans who do not have a government issued ID card may obtain the Mountain Card by presenting their separation papers or other proof of service at either of the Mountain Transit offices between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Office locations are 41939 Fox Farm Road in Big Bear Lake or at 621 Forest Shade Road in Crestline.


“The Nutcracker” in Arrowhead: Nov. 28, 29 and 30

Major dancers are seen taking a curtain call after their performance two years ago.

Major dancers are seen taking a curtain call after their performance two years ago.

Do you have your tickets yet for the beautiful production of “The Nutcracker” that thrills audiences every year at the Rim High School Performing Arts Center?

If not, you need to purchase tickets as soon as possible because the upcoming performances are right around the corner. This wonderful holiday bon-bon with its incredibly beautiful costumes and sets always thrills the audiences during each of the performances. It truly is a wonderful production that will leave you in a wonderful holiday mood as you exit the Rim High Performing Arts Center to your car in the parking lot and all the way home.

Last year's colorful curtain call. Beautiful costumes and sets. You'll love it!

Last year’s colorful curtain call. Beautiful costumes and sets. You’ll love it!

The costumes and sets are wonderful, the local dancers are delightful and the professional dancers who are hired to dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fair and the Cavalier will leave you breathless. Tchaikovsky’s well-known, much-beloved music is also an enormous part of the production. Between the magnificent costumes, the music and the sets, each year hundreds of people leave the venue having enjoyed every single second.

Everyone’s favorite ballet will be performed Friday, November 28 at 2:30 p.m., Saturday November 29 at 2:30 and 8 p.m. and the last performance will be Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2:30 p.m. Just to let you adults know Santa himself will be making a visit to the venue on Saturday at the 2:30 p.m. performance.  Your son or daughter can have a photo taken with their favorite Nutcracker performer.

All seats are reserved at $20 each. Tickets are available online at: or they can be purchased at the Lake Arrowhead School of Dance that is located on the lower level of Lake Arrowhead Village. Providing tickets are available they can also be purchased at the door.

For information call (909) 336-9206 or (909) 336-1359.

Each year this delightful production always thrills audiences and it is impossible to put into words just how charming the local Nutcracker productions is so you’re just going to have to attend and see for yourself. I promise that you will want to return each year to get a “Nutcracker Fix” as it gets closer and closer to the Christmas season.

All the proceeds from the performances support the Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company, which is a non-profit organization.

If you’ve missed the performances in prior years perhaps this is something to put on your “bucket list” but you’d better hurry because the performances are right around the corner (literally).

Come! Enjoy! Let this delightful production help you welcome in the spirit of the holidays!





Got Shoes? Give Shoes!

While Mother Teresa died several years ago she would have loved this shoe collection as she recognized the fact that we need to help one another. She spent her life helping the poor in a million different ways. Bless her beautiful soul!

While Mother Teresa died several years ago she would have loved this shoe collection as she recognized the fact that we need to help one another. She spent her life helping the poor in a million different ways. Bless her beautiful soul!

If you want to help people in developing nations you still have time to take good used shoes to St. Richard of Chichester Episcopal Church in Skyforest to be part of the church outreach program to help people who value shoes, often far more than we, Americans, do. Generally speaking, most Americans have a lot of access to shoes but in many areas around the world people may not have the same luxury.

The shoe collection ends on December 1.  Gently-used shoes of all types are welcome and needed so if you can some you’re not wearing very often, help clean out that crowded closet and take them to St. Richard’s Episcopal Churh.

Drop off locations include: First Mountain Bank in Running Springs; California Bank and Trust in Lake Arrowhead, Lake Arrowhead Pilates studio in Lake Arrowhead; Arthurs Interiors in Blue Jay and California Bank and Trust in Crestline.

The church members are hoping to have 1,000 pairs of shoes that will be sent to people in “developing nations” around the globe.

I went to the local Running Springs Golden Oaks Thrift Store and to Another Man’s Treasure at the Heaps Peak Transfer Station and purchased shoes. They were so inexpensive (like $1 or $2 a pair) and they were all in good condition. I ended up donating seven pairs of shoes and you, too, can do the same thing. It cost me about $9 total for all the pairs of shoes, a figure that most people could easily afford.

We take so many things foregranted in the United States let us share the bounty with our “earth neighbors” who do not have the same luxuries. After all, remember, to some people shoes are a luxury but they are also a necessity.

For information contact the Rev. Shelley Denney at (909) 337-3889 or Joyce Garrison at (909) 867-2346,

Mountains Group of Sierra Club Hosting Holiday Party

Sierra_club_logoMembers and guests of the Mountain Group of the Sierra Club will attend the annual “Keller Hut” Holiday Party on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7. Interested members and guests can join the “crowd” after 1 p.m. on Saturday for a potluck dinner, a “white elephant” gift exchange and lots of fun. The turkey will be provided but all guests are asked to take their favorite dish that can feed six people.

Informal hikes are planned for both days and there is a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning for those who stay the night.

Space is limited so be sure to contact Dave Barrie to let him know you’d like to attend. He will also need to know what dish members are taking, if they want to participate in the gift exchange and if they will be spending the night. When you RSVP be sure to leave your phone number and/or e-mail address with Dave so if the event has to be cancelled for some reason you can receive the information.

Remember, this is late fall so the weather can change dramatically from warm to cold, from freezing winds to snow flurries (case in point…..our crazy, cold light snow a few days ago). While it didn’t snow much it certainly was cold and windy.

The Keller Peak Hut is located between Green Valley Lake and Big Bear.

Because this event is scheduled for December, with or without snow it will be cold so be sure to take warm clothing.


Don’t Discard Those Old Glasses, Donate them!

Originally posted on Joan Moseley's Mountain Top Echoes:

eyeglasses black frame - ...If you have old glasses that you’re not using because the prescription has changed or you have a new pair don’t throw away the old ones. Instead, take them to First Mountain Bank in Running Springs and deposit them in the container for the Arrowbear Lions Club. The local chapter of the international organization has a recycling box for glasses that people no longer use. The glasses will be donated to help people who need them. What a great way to help someone else….and what a great recycling project..

Lions International has many philanthropic programs, worldwide, to help make life easier for everyone and this program is just an example of the organization’s effort to help people in need.

Take your old unused glasses to the bank which is located across the street from the Running Springs Post Office (next to the playground). You can’t miss it and if you…

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One of Pete Shaw’s Most Beautiful Columns: “I Felt the Chill This Morning”

along Keller Peak RoadMy longtime, wonderful, talented, funny friend Pete Shaw wrote this beautiful poem many years ago, in the 1990s, for my (then) local mountain newspaper I am sharing it with all of you. Enjoy!



I saw the tips of the ferns.

curling into brown shades in a forest meadow.

I heard a wind high in the pines.

I heard voices carrying on the cooler air.

I caught the scent of pine smoke from a stove or chimney.

I felt the glow of the sun as our earth slanted away from its rays.

I sensed a season coming that brought sweet melancholy.

Quickly now will come thin white blankets of frost,

Yellow oak leaves framed against moist black limbs.

Indian summer will tease us for a few weeks.

then mists skimmed off cloud tops will wander through our days.

Wood and corduroy will hug our necks and wrists.

The aroma of meals simmering for hours will fill the corners of the rooms.

Spices will tingle our senses.

The snap of apples.

The musky smell of cut pumpkin.

The taste of cold cider.

Children’s rosy cheeks.

Short glowing days.

Long dark evenings.

Pungent sticky pine sap.

Cleanly split logs.

The violin sounds of summer move to the deeper melodies played upon the cello of fall.



Running Springs XMAS Tree Lighting, Caroling Dec. 5

Christmas_treeIt’s that time of year again……………’s time to light the community Christmas Tree in Running Springs. This year Santa has scheduled a stop in our local community just to help light up the tree and rumor has it that he’s going to stick around to listen to children’s Christmas wishes. (Isn’t Santa wonderful?) On Friday night, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. children and their parents should wear really warm clothes and go to Holiday Lane (above the Coffee Sh0p to Online Ski and Snowboard Rental Shop). There will be hot chocolate, caroling through town, hot cider, treats for the children, merchant discounts at local shops and lots of holiday spirit.All the children from Running Springs, Arrowbear Lake and Green Valley Lake are welcome to enjoy all the fun and participate

These events are sponsored by the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber happily works with the communities of Running Springs, Arrowbear Lake and Green Valley Lake so everyone from these communities should be sure to attend the tree lighting ceremony. The Community Christmas Tree began being decorated back in the 1960s so come enjoy the continuity of this special event and stick around to sing some Christmas carols.

Also, here’s something new for children to participate in the fun of the upcoming Christmas holidays. Parents, have your children hand draw a picture of Santa on an 8.5 by 11 inch piece of plain paper. Make sure the children sign their name on the back with their grade and phone number. Gift cards for winners of the preschool through Kindergarten  category as well as grades 1 and 2, 3 and 4, and grade five will receive gift cards to Toys R Us. All artwork must be turned tin to Kids Corner Preschool on Hunsaker Drive, the Cut Above on Hilltop Blvd. on Hilltop Blvd. or First Mountain Bank (by the U.S. Post Office and children’s playground). The deadline for all submissions is December 3. The gift cards and baskets are being donated by First Mountain Bank, Snow Valley Ski Resort, Kids Korner preschool, Running Springs Escrow and Misty’s Hilltop Shop on Hilltop Blvd.


For information call the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce at (909) 867-2411.

Parents…remember to take a camera so you can take photos. Everyone should bundle up as it is always cold (after all it is December in the mountains…with or without snow!)


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