Some Thoughts on the Special Olympics and Meeting Several Athletes Last Week!

Los Angeles 2015 Special Olympics World Games Home Page

I hope all of you have been glued to your televisions watching the opening ceremonies for the Los Angeles-based Special Olympics. From the beginning I was on my feet cheering and remembering just a few days ago when I was dancing with some of them and having an absolutely fabulous time at the Arrowhead Arts Association Tavern Bay dinner at Tavern Bay. The athletes from Switzerland were there and as my family hosted an American Field Service exchange student from Switzerland I was in my element. That event, with the Swiss contingent with their white shirts with the bright red cross on it (the Swiss flag), was a group who seemed to enjoy every second at Lake Arrowhead. They also took center stage at a parade that I hope they will remember for a very long time.Switzerland Olympics 2015 039

Wasn’t I lucky?  When I was in high school my family had a foreign exchange student from Switzerland stay with us for almost half a year. Darling, wonderful, perfectly delightful Annemarie Hirtzel loved us and we loved her so the Swiss contingent of Special Education athletes absolutely made my day (and evening) along the shore of beautiful Lake Arrowhead. I know they had a fabulous time as well so it was very special to watch the Olympians from Switzerland walk in the opening ceremony today. (Thank you ESPN!) I was standing in my living room screaming “Hello” at them through my television. I know they couldn’t hear me but it didn’t matter!

I really had no idea how elaborate the games would be and I have to say that Olympians are Olympians around the globe. Olympians, as we learn, are not only able-bodied humans but they can also be athletes who have extra challenges and in many ways, they deserve even more praise than those who we all traditionally watch and cheer for during the “regular” Olympics.

This celebration is a learning event for all people who want to open their lives and their minds and to celebrate the challenges that people face and those who strive to overcome them. It should also serve as a reminder that we all have our struggles, whether they are mental or physical, but with faith in the future and support along the way we can persevere!

These athletes should inspire us. I know, in meeting some of them last Thursday night, they certainly inspired me…and I know I’m not alone!

Love to Fish? Love to Camp? Love to Get Away? Love to Do Aquathons? Read This!

Beautiful Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. Come enjoy the tranquility and the great fishing!
Beautiful Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. Come enjoy the tranquility and the great fishing!

It’s no secret that one of the most delightful communities in all the San Bernardino mountains is Green Valley Lake. For decades it has been one of my most favorite places to visit, to sit by the lake, to enjoy the drive up, up, up to this incredible small community that has been around since the time of the gold panning days!

Located off Hwy. 18 (near the community of Arrowbear Lake) as you will climb the winding road up to this small community where you should find your worries and concerns melting away. As you drive through the small business area and you keep driving you’ll come to the Green Valley Lake campground. It’s a beautiful site (and sight) that is tucked away at the end of the road and it accommodates tent camping and RV’s. It truly is a magnificent area, filled with towering old growth pine trees that offer shade and coolness during the hot summer days and nights. Restrooms are available so it is an ideal site to pitch your tent or drive your motor home to the beautiful, shady spot  and just relax. This campground is maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, so pack your bags and head on up for some great camping experiences!

The campground is a short walk away from the “center” of this small community and I’m sure a lot of people walk to get “to town” or they drive. A small store is right “in town” and they have all the supplies a small store needs to maintain for visitors and most locals. There’s a great restaurant for that evening meal at the Lake Inn, depending on the time of year there are concerts at the charming (and very colorful) Green Valley Lake garden that is located right on Green Valley Lake Road.

Then, of course, there’s the lake. If you’re thinking Lake Havasu or something like it you’d better think again. Green Valley Lake is tranquil and beautiful and an enormous part of this mountain community. Depending on the time of year there are boats for rent, a beach and a playground for children to play on that is directly next to the lake. This small community truly is special if you want a destination where you don’t have to worry about your clothes, making sure your makeup is on right, whether or not you have to choose what event you’re going to attend or just about anything else. If you’re yearning for a quiet time and location where you can just sit in a chair (or on a towel) by the lake and watch the world go by Green Valley Lake then is where you belong.

One of the most exciting mountain events will be held August 15 in this incredibly wonderful small community. Come up for the Green Valley lake Aquathon on Saturday, August 15. The fun begins at 9 a.m. and people of all ages are welcome to participate or just watch the “goings-on.”  For more information on the participation charge and the information log onto: There are going to be a lot of people attending this exciting event and I have absolutely no doubt that it will be anything but an enormous success. Many years ago the small community held a triathlon and, way back then, it was a fabulous event. The upcoming aquathon will bring a lot of people to this special mountain community so come on up and enjoy the fun. Children 12-years-old to 17-years who want to participate in the Aquathon need to have a parent sign a document that they are giving their child or children permission to participate.  This Aquathon promises to be a huge event so make your plans early. After all, it’s only a few weeks away and it promises to be a great, exciting event for participants and spectators alike. If you’re a history buff be sure to go by and check out the Green Valley Lake museum which is located near the campground. It’s quite fascinating and is filled with history about the area. The museum is small but quite fascinating so don’t miss it!

Trust me, even if you only spend a day or two in this delightful community you will go back home feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.



Mountains Community Hospital Auxiliary Hosting Fun “Real Housewives” Fashion Show Fundraiser

fashion_showLadies…..don’t even bother reading this blog post all the way to the end so get on the phone and call (909) 744-9411 and tell whoever answers that you want to attend the upcoming Mountains Community Hospital “Real Housewives of Lake Arrowhead” Fashion Show fundraiser.

This fun event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15 at the beautiful Tudor House in Skyforest-Lake Arrowhead. The fundraiser will include fashions by Alexandra of Alexandra’s Emporium and it’s sponsored by the Mountains Community Hospital Auxiliary.

The charge for this great event (that includes a delicious lunch) is $25 and the proceeds, as I mentioned above, will go to benefit the hospital.

This is a fashion show that will focus on the hottest fashions for women at work, at home, at the office, at the club, at the resort, just enjoying a day lounging around, a day out for shopping or a delightful evening out with someone special. Whatever the need for clothing you’re apt to find it at this fun event.

To RSVP call Ronda at (909) 744-9411. Tickets are $25 for the fashion show and the luncheon.

Remember, this local hospital has been part of the Rim of the World communities for decades and while it is small throughout the years the available services have increased quite unbelievably to serve our rural communities and visitors.

Come support this great group of women who donate so much of their time helping the hospital. You’ll have a great time so come and enjoy and bring a friend. She’ll love it too!



CHP and Sheriff’s Department Hosting “Social Media” Seminar: All Parents Should Go!

Arrowhead Area CHP Commander Tyler encourages parents to attend this very important meeting that affects youth and families.
Arrowhead Area CHP Commander Tyler encourages parents to attend this very important meeting that affects youth and families.

Parents! Save April 29 at 6 p.m. and be at the Rim High School Performing Arts Center for  what is sure to be an eye-opening look at cyber bulling and sexting seminar that is being coordinated by the CHP Arrowhead Area and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Twin Peaks station.

This seminar will be highly informative and it will be filled with information that parents MUST know regarding the use of social media, cyber bullying and sexting.

If you have children that have access to social media and/or wireless devices, you are highly encouraged to attend. The seminar is free and space is limited.

Parents should RSVP to Rim of the World High School at (909) 336-2038, extension 243 or 215.

Topics such as parent’s  responsibilities regarding their children’s use of social media, cyber bullying, improper use of wireless devices (sexting) and the consequences associated with these illegal activities will be the focus of this community event.

Through the past decade many of these “social media” issues have exploded into problems for large and small communities. Parents need to be aware that their children are in danger of being indoctrinated by people who are using them.

See you at this important meeting but do be prepared to be shocked! I was and so were a lot of other people, when the first of these events was held last year. I encourage you to give yourself enough time to get to the high school so you’ve got a seat. Last year’s event was a big success so if you’re late you may not get a seat.

The 6th Annual Fashion with Jazz is Almost Here! Don’t Miss this Fundraiser!

fashion showWell, the 6th Annual Fashion with Jazz is right around the corner. This fabulous event, scheduled for April 19, is a big fundraiser for the wonderful local group of dedicated teachers and others who make up the Rim Education Foundation.

Fashions for women, men and boys will be modeled at this, the sixth annual “Fashion with Jazz” fundraiser that is held each year at the beautiful Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa. This fun event is elegant, enjoyable and entertaining all at the same time. This incredible fashion show and luncheon supports the local organization, that in turn, helps and supports our local Rim schools and their staff members. Remarkably, since 1985 the Rim Ed Foundation has donated more than $400,000 (yes, you read that correctly) in grants to benefit the teachers in the Rim of the World Unified School District. Some of the programs this active organization has helped support include the AVID programs at Rim High and Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School and throughout the years the foundation has donated more than $50,000 to this great program.

The ddoors will oopen at 1 p.m. for check-in and a preview of fashions and it will allow time to shop at the selected vendors. There will also be time to peruse the silent auction and raffle items and guests will have time to visit w2ith friends sand acquaintances while enjoy a glass of wine or champagne and delicious appetizers.

The fashion show will begin at 2 p.m. with a dinner buffet that is available after 3 p.m.

This year’s fashions will be supplied by: All That Glitters Boutique, How She Wore it Boutique, Vanity Haus, Bass, Wilson’s Leather, Tattle Tales by Sondra and the Mountain Thrift Shop. One of the really great parts of this fashion show is that the models are local community members as well as teachers, staff and students from the Rim of the World Unified School District (of course!).

Vendors who will be on hand will tempt you to purchase floral arrangements, handmade cards, cosmetics, unique jewelry designs and the featured boutiques. All the vendors have personal connections with the mountain communities.

Tickets for “Fashion with Jazz” may be purchased at the lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce office in Lake Arrowhead Village, the Lake House in Cedar Glen and Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty in Blue Jay. Tickets may also be purchased online through PayPa on the Rim Education Foundation’s website at:

The cost to attend this fun fundraiser is $48 for adults and $16 for children from four-years-old to 12-years-old.

For more information about the Rim Education Foundation log onto their website or contact Mary Jo Alari at (909) 337-3575.

See you at the fashion show. It is always a big event with lots of fun, great food, great people and best of all, a lot of donations to help this organization help our schools and our faculty.






Save the Date: June 13 for Jensen’s Fabulous Car Show in Running Springs

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.


Yes, it’s back. “It’s” is Jensen’s 3rd Annual Hot Rod Show in Running Springs. Even if you don’t like great car shows you’ll love this one. If this was an old movie line the marquee would read, ‘THE HOTTEST HOT ROD SHOW KNOWN TO MAN!”

You’ve just got to be in downtown Running Springs on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for this fabulous car show. When I say “fabulous car show” I MEAN IT! Come join the fun from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy yourself. Bring the family and “oooh” and “ahhhh” at all the fabulous vehicles that will line the parking areas right in town on Hilltop Blvd.

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.

If you’d like to participate and want to be part of the hot rod show fun the entry fee is $20 and all the proceeds from this great event will support the Wounded Warrior Project.

Be sure to take your camera so you can get some photos of this fun event and stop by and thank the people in Jensen’s, especially Skip Borg, for all the fun!

The “If’s,” “And’s” and “But’s” of Any Potential Mountain Consolidation

Every few years the idea of incorporating the local Rim of the World communities into a city is discussed and having moved to the mountains in 1974 I can attest to the fact that probably it has been discussed off and on at least four times during those years. Well, the “thought” has popped up again so if you want to know more about this potential consolidation you should attend an upcoming forum on March 26 in Crestline

Sponsored by the Lake Arrowhead Communities Republican Women’s Club this is a non-partisan event that is open to the public.

The speakers will include former county board of  supervisors candidate Randolph Beasley and former 33rd Assembly District candidate Michelle Ambrozic. If and when the communities consolidate there will be many issues to deal with include: tax revenue, what happens with the school and hospital districts and many other complex issues and undoubtedly some of these topics will be discussed at this event.

A social hour will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the general meeting of the Women’s Club will begin at 10 a.m. The luncheon will be at 11:15 a.m. and the speakers will begin at 12 noon.

The luncheon price is $20. The luncheon and the program will be held at the Thousand Pines Christian Conference Center which is located at 359 Thousand Pines Drive in Crestline.

This is a very important event as any consolidation would have huge impacts for our local communities. Come and find out more about the current thoughts, for or against, any potential consolidation. While it has come up several times before this will give attendees an idea on “where” the issue lies at this time and whether they think it is worth pursuing or not.