Rotary Polar Bear Plunge Planned for Feb. 6, 2016

Rotary logoThe members of the rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead are already working on the 8th annual PolarRotary Bear Plunge which will be held on February 6, 2016 at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa beach This incredibly fun fundraiser will be held at 10 a.m. so if you can’t participate make a note on your 2016 calendar to be sure to attend and enjoy all the fun!

Styled after fundraising “Walk-a-Thons” hearty volunteers dip into the freezing cold water of Lake Arrowhead to raise money for the Lake Arrowhead Rotary foundation and for their favorite charitable organization as well. Last year, a record $27,625 was raised by 65 intrepid plungers and hopefully the upcoming 2016 event will raise even more.

Event founder and chairman Dr. Patrick Rains hopes to smash all records this year and he encourages all who are involved with nonprofit organizations to consider the PolaRotary Bear Plunge as a fundraising opportunity.

Those who jump can split the pledges they collect from their individual sponsors between the Rotary Foundation and another charity of their choice. Recipients in the past have included Soroptimist, the Rim Education Foundation, Operation Provider, the Arrowhead Arts Association, CSUSB Mountain Scholarship Fund, Special Olympics, the Susan G. Koman Foundation as well as several mountain churches.

New this year will be the participation of several Rotary District governors from neighboring southern California areas. Under the PolaRotary Plunge rules, the first $1,00 that they can raise will be split evenly with the Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead but every dollar thereafter will go entirely to their respective Rotary Districts. Last February 65 braves souls took the plunge, benefitting 27 different charities Jumpers have included state assemblymen, county supervisors, several mountain Citizens of the Year, college professors, clergymen, school board members and a wide range of businesses and community leaders. Dr. Hugh Bialecki and Dr. Patrick Rains share the distinction of jumping every year since the annual event began. Professor Barbara Miller, 83 years young, has been the oldest participant and she is planning to take the refreshing dip for the fifth time.

There are only three rules with which jumpers must comply: No wet suits,  are allowed, no nudity and all “jumpers” must complete a total submersion in the lake. The event will be filmed again by the Rim High Film Club with DVD’s given to all participants. Copies of this fabulous event can be purchased as a way to remember this great, clever and ever-so-cold (but exciting) event.

Rotary Plungers are encouraged to wear a costume as it adds a lot to this unique fundraiser. Trophies, donated by the Coffee and Tea Exchange, Sondra’s of Lake Arrowhead the local branch of Union Bank, will be awarded to individual jumpers and teams with the best costumes.  Throughout the years divine divas, kings and queens, Darth Vader and Marilyn Monroe have been spotted braving the cold waters. A hit last year was the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Synchronous Jumping Team). “Jumpers” can be part of a team or they can “take the plunge” individually.

The lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa is not only providing the venue again this year, but they graciously are allowing jumpers to use their hot tubs, changing rooms and showers immediately after their refreshing dip in the lake. It’s always fun to see the “jumpers” slowly get out of the lake and onto the very wet sand (often at a crawl) and then immediately hit the Jacuzzi where they happily warm up in the hot bubbling water.

For more information about becoming a jumper, a sponsor or a donor  call (909) 744-8782.

This event is fabulous, fun and it is a wonderful way for the local Rotary to make some money. Even if you can’t participate or donate to those who do you might want to dress warmly and go watch the fun at the beach at the resort. You’ll enjoy every second…and who knows, you might decide to “take the jump” next year.




Lake Arrowhead and Crest Forest Municipal Councils to Host Combined Meeting

At the request of Supervisor Janice Rutherford the Crest Forest and Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Councils will hold a joint meeting at 6:30 p.m. on October 14. This event will be held in the performing arts center at Rim of the World High School on Hwy. 18 in Lake Arrowhead. The purpose of this meeting will be to present the Preliminary Feasibility Study that was recently done by the San Bernardino County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). Representatives of the consulting firm, RSG Incorporated, will also attend and a representative from the county’s finance department will also be on hand.

The presentation of the study will be the only item on the agency’s agenda.


Fabulous Golden Oaks Thrift Store Fashion Show Oct. 17-BE THERE! You’ll love it!

From last year's Golden Oaks fashion show....what fun!
From last year’s Golden Oaks fashion show….what fun!

Hot on the wheels of last year’s hugely successful Golden Oaks thrift Store Fashion Show and Tea, the date has been set for the new upcoming event. Save the date of October 17 at 2 p.m. to be at the Robert Hootman Senior/Community Center on Running Springs School Road in Running Springs.

This fun event features clothes from the thrift store and last year’s event was an enormous success. This (hopefully) annual fashion show gives people a great idea that the local thrift store, right on Hilltop Blvd. in Running Springs, is filled with great women’s, men’s and children’s clothes. The fashion show is a delightful, fun way to show off the garments that are available at the store and also to have a great time all at the same time.

Love this colorful umbrella and the clothes. Talk about "Singin' in the Rain....Gene Kelley would have loved it!
Love this colorful umbrella and the clothes. Talk about “Singin’ in the Rain….Gene Kelley would have loved it!

This local event is a delight and it is such a great way to showcase the really great clothes at the thrift store. With Halloween right around the corner don’t go out and spend a lot of money on costumes….go see what’s happening at the thrift store. The store is located right on Hilltop Boulevard (almost next to Jensen’s Market). You can’t miss it and if you do perhaps you need to have your eyes checked. .

A beautiful bride....a wedding dress any bride would adore. It was at the thrift store. How beautiful and sentimental!
A beautiful bride….a wedding dress any bride would adore. It was at the thrift store. How beautiful and sentimental!

Come and spend an hour or so at the local fashion show and who knows, you might just want one of the outfits that’s being modeled. Don’t worry ladies, you can bring hubby along (you might have to drag him there but men are certainly welcome…..).

By the way, if you have children who are hunting for Halloween costumes you need to check out the thrift store before you spend a lot of money on costumes that your little one will outgrow by next year’s Halloween. If you haven’t visited this local business before you’ll be amazed at the clothes, household items and just about anything else you could need. It’s a great place for “second homeowners” who need glassware, sheets and many other items to stock their “second home” in the local mountain areas without spending a lot of money on necessities. You’ll never know what you find there…..jackets, children’s clothing as well as adults. It’s a great place..and it’s located right on Hilltop Blvd

The money raised by the Golden Oaks Thrift Store goes directly back to the community in many ways through the organization’s philanthropic efforts. They help out many local residents in need so help keep this great organization and thrift store going…..its been a blessing for our communities in many ways.

With Christmas right around the corner it’s a great place to check out holiday decorations as well. Do you children need Halloween costumes for upcoming trick or treating? Go by the thrift store and look around. The children will love it and you will too because you’re not spending a lot of money on expensive costumes that the children are likely to wear only once before they outgrow them.


Scouting Recruiting Fair October 17

boy in tentAre you the parent of a potential Boy Scout? If so, plan to attend the upcoming October 17 “Scout Fair” at the Lake Arrowhead Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 351 South Hwy. 173 in Lake Arrowhead and it’s hard to miss.

This event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and youth (between six and 17) are welcome to attend and check out what Scouting is all about.

As a long time Scouter, Jim believes in the program, its ideals and it’s program that teaches leadership, character, physical fitness and community service. Throughout the decades local “scouts” have helped the Rim of the World communities in many different ways. “Scouting” has been a longtime program in the local communities  and that commitment continues each and every day so interested scouts and their parent(s) should plan to attend this recruitment day event.Girl Scout logo

In addition to scouting representatives Snow Valley, Wildhaven Ranch and Santa’s Village will support the program by hosting a booth at the Scout Recruiting Fair.

Can you imagine our life without scouting? I certainly can’t!. Whether Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts these young men and women are learning a lot about life, helping others, sacrificing your own desires and needs to help others and many different skills (and, or, life skills!). Throughout the world Boy and Girl Scouts are well-known for commitment and many other attributes that are part of having a good life.

If you know a young girl (or girls) who might want to be part of Girl Scouts they can call Stacey Rodriguez at (909) 939-0103. Scouting is going great in the Rim of the World communities so if you have a child who wants to join…..check it out….you’ll be amazed by the program!

As a Girl Scout many, many decades ago I still remember my Girl Scout days. Funny, those memories are indelibly imprinted in one’s mind…and that’s a great thing!.



“Show Tunes and TaTas” Fundraiser for Soroptimist Mammogram Program!

Soroptimist International logoLocal musicians Chyrl Russell, Maxx Hill and YOU will have a great time when Soroptimist International of the Rim of the World holds their annual fundraiser on Sunday, October 11 at 3 p.m. at the beautiful, historic UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.

This event will celebrate the organization’s 11th year of the Mammo-Versary program that provides mammograms for mountain women residents who otherwise would not be able to afford one of this potentially life-saving scans. Soroptimist members are so grateful to Mountains Community Hospital for their interest and dedication in helping mountain women in need to receive this potentially life-saving scan.

Come and enjoy music From Broadway, movies and sing along and throughly enjoy this annual fundraiser.

This donation at this event is $40 per person. As part of the fun there will be delicious goodies, entertainment and a no-host bar.This is the eleventh year of this fabulous program that is a great coordinated effort between the Soroptimists and the hospital.

For information call Yolanda Douglas at (909) 337-0041. This fundraiser promises to be great fun as well as a fabulous fall event.

Always Incredible Arrowhead Home Tour Sept. 18 and 19

Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour tonight, Saturday, Nov. 3 or you'll be really "out of whack" all day tomorrow.

The clock is ticketing on time to purchase tickets for the upcoming Lake Arrowhead home Tour on This event has been held for many, many years and it has become one of the late-summer “have to be there” events and each year a few hundred people wander through the beautiful homes. Because this event enables guests to go from home to home (on their own) it’s great fun because you end up seeing people over and over again. Along the way guests who have been in one home tell upcoming guests about it so it’s not just a home tour but a great way to meet new friends.

This year’s tour will be held on September 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets are available.

All guests tour the homes at their own pace and choosing throughout the day so everyone can go to the homes they’re most interested in seeing or they can get a peek at all the homes. Looking for some new decorating ideas? Take a small notebook and pen and be ready to take some notes on ideas for your own home.

For more information on this incredible, fun annual event contact the lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce at (909) 337-3715. The chamber of commerce office is located in Lake Arrowhead Village on the “lower level” near McDonald’s and the office looks directly out on the lake..

The Home Tour has been a Lake Arrowhead area occasion for many years and it has become one that attracts hundreds of locals as well as off-the-mountain visitors. If you’re thinking of redecorating or you need some new ideas for your home you won’t want to miss this home tour. Given a little “tweek or two” you can replicate many of the ideas that you are bound to glean while touring these great homes.

For further information contact the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce. Their office is located on the lower level of Lake Arrowhead Village in Suite D-100.

Have fun! You’ll love every minute but be aware….you’re apt to go home and want to redecorate you house!




Mtn. Sunrise Rotary Hosting Craft Beer and BBQ Fundraiser Sept. 26

Delicious German Beer? Yum!

That fabulous Mountain Sunrise Rotary is at it again…..they’ve got a great fundraiser coming up that you won’t want to miss! On Saturday, September 26 from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. they’ll be hosting “Craft Brew and BBQ” at the Masonic Lodge in Twin Peaks. (Located next to the county office sheriff’s office) in Twin Peaks.

The $15 admission for adults includes a brew and hot dog. Children ages five to 21 will be charged  $7.50 and that includes lemonade and a hot dog. Children under five are free.

Come enjoy the music, face painting, the belt sander races, chili cookoff and a lot of games including the bean bag toss and, of course, a bounce house. Face painting will be available for only $2 and the entry free for the chili cookoff is only $5. The charge to participate in (what sounds like great fun or really “interesting” belt sander races) is $10 per entry. (Leave it to great Rotary minds to suggest a belt sander race.) They’re always coming up with great new, fun ideas and these competitions should prove to be no exception.

For information on this fun early fall event and fundraiser contact Lyle

See you there! Have Fun and enjoy this great fundraiser for a wonderful, wonderful organization!