Women…..Learn to Love and Appreciate YOU at Women’s Circle in Crestline!

falling leaves, autumnWomen……are you in love with yourself? If not, perhaps you need to be. Refresh, the new retreat center in Crestline, will be hosting a bi-weekly Women’s circle entitled “Imagine a Woman in Love with Herself.” The women’s circle will be based on a book by Patricia Lynn Reilly. This special women’s program will include an evening of fun and creativity at the beautiful new retreat.

The events will include helping women create and embrace who they are and celebrate, through music, drawing, crafts, movement and group discussion, themselves and womankind.

In her book Reilly invites women to look on themselves and their lives with loving kindness (something that most women need!). What a lovely thought for the females of this world.

The group will explore 20 self-affirming qualities that encourage women to be the authors of their own lives and grow in knowledge and to love themselves (something many women find hard to do). The evenings will be filled with fun and creativity (and probably laughter). The women who participate  can learn from one another how to love themselves through new friendships as well as music, drawing, movement and group discussions.

A “love” donation of $10 will cover the costs of arts and craft supplies as well as operating expenses. The group will learn about strategies of Patricia Lynn Reilly who encourages women to love themselves and their lives. This special program will explore 20 self-affirming qualities to encourage women to grow and appreciate themselves which, for many, many women is so hard to do.

For more information on this positive, fun and creative, introspective look at your life and how to improve it and grow your own life by learning to love “you” RSVP to debbie@refreshonthemountain.com.




How Aware Are You When You’re Behind the Wheel?

corvetteBet you didn’t know that April is California Distracted Driver Awareness Month?  This month the Arrowhead CHP Area office in Running Springs will be conducting a campaign with enforcement efforts on distracted driver violations during the month of April. Officers will pay special attention to the statewide focus days of April 1 and April 15.

In 2013, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported over 426,000 hand-held cell phone and texting convictions, with more than 57,000 tickets issued in April alone. (California DMV and the California Office of Traffic Safety.)

In 2014, 61 percent of California drivers surveyed said they had been hit or nearly hit by a cell phone and texting convictions, with more than 57,000 tickets issued in April alone.

In 2014, nearly 40 percent of California who were surveyed thought texting or talking on a cell phone while driving posed the biggest safety problem on California’s highways.

In 2014, more than 50 percent of Californians surveyed said texting while driving is the most serious distraction for drivers.

In 2014, nearly 53 percent of drivers admitted to making a driving mistake while talking on a cell phone.

All of these shocking and terrifying statistics came from the California Traffic Safety Survey. If, as a driver, you do any of the above-mentioned actions while driving hopefully these statistics will help change your mind. Remember, horrific accidents don’t just happen “to somebody else.”

Joan: Thank you to the Arrowhead Area CHP office for this important driving information!





Rim Track and Field Needs Your Help!

Great fun, exercise and accomplishment for kids who take part in the Track and Field program.


Want to help the Rim High School Track and Field program? Who doesn’t want to help! The athletes are having a big Rummage Sale on Sunday, March 29 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the high school parking lot on Hwy. 18.

Come out and support our athletes and if you have items to donate they can be dropped doff the morning of the big fundraiser. Get up early that morning and take them to the school between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.

With your support this event will help the coaching staff train our local athletes to be disciplined, dedicated and committed to achieving the goals of the team

During practices and competitions our local athletes are trained to become stronger, both physically and in character. This training will benefit each athlete for the rest of their lives.

Rim Track and Field has a simple philosophy of building up the next generation of young  men and women in becoming adults that positively impact the world around them.

For more information send an e-mail to: CoachMarcusFort@gmail.com or call (714) 414-2845.



Polliwogs store is coming back: Big Yard Sale Set for Saturday and Sunday! See What’s There!

rummage.sale.02Okay all you yard-salers……….don’t miss this Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29 or you’ll kick yourself afterwards. The fun event will be held at 31624 Hilltop Blvd. ( in the small shop located across from the local video store).  So now you have the date, the time and the location so have fun! The hours are 9 a.m. to at least 5 or 6 p.m. so come and see what’s going on.

The funds from this event will help Stacey Radig Rodriguez with the re-opening of Polliwogs, a children’s clothing and gift store.


Sen. Morrell’s Effort to Stop Cal Fire Tax Defeated

I was sorry to get a press release from Senator Mike Morrell telling the press that his attempt to repeal the costly and controversial  fire fee.

“The fire tax was enacted at a time when the budget situation was in worse shape than today in an attempt to shore up spending in other areas of government on the backs of rural Californians,” said Morrell. “Legislative leaders should recognize that we’re not past that situation and repeal it. I’m disappoint with today’s vote, but will continue fighting the fire tax and seek relief for property owners,” he said.

The fire prevention fee was enacted in 2011 by the governor and legislative Democrats who claimed that the state needed additional money for fire prevention in state Responsibility Areas. Morrell said the legislature enacted the fee through a majority vote, despite the fact that voter-approved taxpayer protections require a two-thirds vote for enactment. SB 198 would repeal what Morrell argued is an unfair and likely illegal tax.

Currently, affected property owners are being charged $152.33 annually for the fee. A fourth round of billing is now underway. Morrell noted that several local districts already charge residents fees for fire service beyond what is being provided by calFire. Property owners are effectively being taxed twice.

During his time in the State Assembly, Morrell introduced AB 124 in 2013 which would also have repealed the fire fee. it passed out of its first policy committee hearing, but was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

A class action lawsuit challenging the legality of the fire fee is also working its way through the courts. Morrell said the ultimate goal is to overturn it, with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association leading the effort.

To learn more about the status of the lawsuit visit http://www.FireTaxProtest.org.

* Senator Morrell represents the 23rd State Senate District, which covers portions of Riverside, San Bernrdino and Los Angeles counties. Included in his district are the mountain communities, from Crestline to Big Bear Lake.

The senator said that legislative Democrats on the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, by a vote of 2-7, killed the senate bill he had authored. This bill, if it passed, would have repealed the costly and controversial fire prevention fee, which is also known as the fire tax.


Lake Gregory Trout Derby: April 11-Family Fun!

Havin' a great time at Lake Gregory beach. Relax! Be part of the big fishing derby! You'll have a great day!

Havin’ a great time at Lake Gregory beach. Relax! Be part of the big fishing derby! You’ll have a great day!

Love to fish? If so, grab that fishing pole, make sure you’ve got bait and head to the summer kickoff of events at Lake Gregory with a Trout Derby. The fun will be held Saturday, April 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The really big news is that the grand prize for the winner will be $50,000 (yes, you read that correctly), $50,000.

Nine other tagged fish, with a minimum value of $250, will also be swimming in the lake, tempting participating anglers.

The entry fee is $25 and there is limited space available. Reserve your spot before it’s too late. Derby check in begins at 6:30 a.m. at the North Shore Boat House.

Huge raffle prizes will be given out at the 3:30 p.m. awards ceremony. It should really be exciting because everyone is entered to win. Prizes for these lucky winners (not so lucky for the fish) are being donated by Toyota of San Bernardino, Honda Yamaha of Redlands and Goodwin’s Market.

Derby participants must be 18-year-old in order to participate and they must hold a valid California fishing license.

For more information and to view the official rules and regulations visit” http://www.lakegregoryrecreation.com. For further information on this fun event call (909) 338-2233. Just think, you could be the big winner and waltz off with the $50,000 grand prize. If not, at least you caught some fish for dinner!





The Hot Rods are Coming! The Hot Rods are Coming!

Last year's car show was FABULOUS. Come and enjoy the third one on June 13 right in Running Springs.

Last year’s car show was FABULOUS. Come and enjoy the third one on June 13 right in Running Springs.

The fantastic, colorful Jensen’s Hot Rod Show will be making its way to Running Springs on Saturday, June 13. This really fun event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jensen’s market in  Running Springs. The store is located on Hilltop Blvd. (aka Hwy. 18). Even if a car show “isn’t your thing” you may change your mind if you come to “downtown” Running Springs on June 13. This fabulous car show begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Trust me, even if you don’t like car shows, you’re really apt to like this one.

Bring the kids, the s;pouse, your friends and enjoy the upcoming Hot Rod Show in Running Springs. Trust me, you will all love it.

Bring the kids, the s;pouse, your friends and enjoy the upcoming Hot Rod Show in Running Springs. Trust me, you will all love it.

Have a hot car you want to enter? Have an oldie car you want to enter? Have a hot rod or classic car (after all, all cars are classic but some are more “classic” than others)? Is that coupe in your garage that’s getting tired of being “couped-up?” Well, get out there and enter you car. The entry fee is only $20. All the proceeds from this fun important event will go to support the outstanding organization, The Wounded Warrior Project. This organization is instrumental in helping our wounded warriors get help and support they need to recover, as much as possible, from the effects of the injuries they receive while serving our country.

As part of the fun the day will include a BBQ that you won’t soon forget. Those of us that live in Running Springs and go to Jensen’s when the outdoor BBQ is grilling can smell the delicious food roasting from across the street (or beyond). Come on over to Hilltop Blvd. (Hwy. 18) anytime from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy the fun! Bring your camera…you might be able to take a selfie of you and one of the hot cars and send it to your friends and relatives. They’ll think you’ve just won the lottery and bought yourself a hot new (or classic) car! (You can explain later!)


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