Annual Emergency Services Day Oct. 10 in Running Springs

Emergency Services Day has been held in Running Springs for many years and it is a great time for part-time and fulltime residents to get to know more about services that are available right here in Running Springs. The hours for this event are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day includes safety and fire prevention displays as well as “everyday” services  that are available in our local communities.

This annual event always brings out a lot of residents so come and find out about who is there to help in an emergency. This event is held at the Hwy. 18 (aka Hilltop Blvd.) departments of the Running Springs Water District, the Running Springs Fire Department and the Arrowhead Area California Highway Patrol. These three agencies are located side-by-side on Hwy. 18 so they’re easy to locate. Parking can be an issue so if you’ve got lots of people who are attending you might consider car pooling. There are always a lot of people who attend and children are always happy to see Sparky the Fire Prevention Dog. Hopefully he’ll be able to make the event this year because the children always look forward to seeing Sparky.

You never know when you’re going to need emergency help so come to this annual open house event and get to know those who give so much of themselves and their time to our local communities.

P.S. Firefighters and CHP officers love cookies so if you happen to take some I’m sure they wouldn’t turn you down!





Hwy. 18 at Arctic Circle Closing for Winter Weather Preparation

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8, will close State Route 18 (SR-18) in the “Arctic Circle” Monday through Friday nights from October 12 to October 29, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The closures will be  in effect between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and the Big Bear Dam.

Maintenance crews will be cleaning cuts and drains as part of Caltrans’ storm relief efforts. Additionally, crews will take advantage of the closure to conduct routine maintenance such as cutting vegetation away from signs and removing slide material and debris that has found its way down the slopes as a result of recent storms.

Motorists are advised to use SR 38 as an alternate route to Big Bear. “Plan ahead, know before you go!”


CHP Offering Free “Start Smart” Driving Program for Teens and their Parents in Running Springs

"The Line Up"-Five or six of the California Highway Patrol squad cars were lined up along the embankment on the side of the Hwy. 18 station so the parking lot was free to house a small car show and bounce house for the children.
“The Line Up”-Five or six of the California Highway Patrol squad cars were lined up along the embankment on the side of the Hwy. 18 station so the parking lot was free to house a small car show and bounce house for the children.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Office of Traffic Safety over 68,000 teens have died in car crashes in the last decade. To help teens get a good start behind the wheel the California Highway Patrol, teenagers and their parents or guardians can take part in the Start-Smart program.

The goal of the class is to help young drivers and their parents understand the responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle. The class will also show how poor choices behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved. The purpose of this program is to reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths due to collisions,

On Saturday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m. the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be presenting a Start Smart Class in Running Springs.  The location is Calvary Chapel Running Springs at 31575 Hwy. 18 in “downtown Running Springs.” There is no cost for attending the class. Parents and new drivers interested in attending the class need to RSVP with CHP Officer Quintero or Officer Rodman by September 18. To RSVP call (909) 867-2791.  Space is limited to the first 25 students and parents. Additional classes will be scheduled as needed.

This class has the opportunity to help teens get on the right track with driving and it could, ultimately, prove to be a life saver.






Important Communities Preparedness Open House Sept. 22 in Lake Arrowhead! GO!!!!!!

NewspaperMountain residents… you know which emergency preparedness and other important services are available in the San Bernardino Mountain communities? If not, you need to be at the annual Mountain Communities emergency Preparedness Open House and Town Hall Forum that is set for September 22. This important event can provide invaluable help to all mountain area residents. This important event will be held  from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa. Even if you attended this important community event last year you need to go again to get updates and new information that could help in an emergency situation.

Among the events there will be presentations by the National Weather Service, the U.S. Forest Service and San Bernardino County Public Works. This event is one of those that at least a representative from each family should attend. Learning about how to take care of a family or families during and following a disaster. No one wants to think about what could happen but the reality is that earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters can, and do occur all the time.

This annual event will include information that literally has the possibility of saving lives. The first 150 families who attend will receive a free emergency preparedness kit. Come and meet and talk with over 20 exhibitors and meet and talk with emergency responders and volunteers. This is a “learning event” and it is being offered (once again) in our local Rim of the World communities.

While it’s not easy to do the time to start preparing for a potential disaster is before it happens. Trying to plan for a disaster after it happens doesn’t do much good.

Come! Attend this event! You’ll come away with new ideas to help protect your family, your home and other information that truly can be lifesaving. Remember, what you learned last year may or may not be “up to date” and if you didn’t attend a previous open house you need to attend this upcoming one.

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if Mother Nature could send out an e-mail to everyone around the world that a disaster is one the way? We would know when it would happen, where it would happen and how it would happen. We would all know what is coming…but that’s not reality. Don’t be caught. Be as prepared for  potential disaster as much as you can be. You’ll sleep better at night knowing that you have, at least, done what you can do to protect yourself, your family and perhaps your property.

For more information contact the San Bernardino County Fire Office of Emergency Services at (909) 356-3998.


Arrowhead Arts Fundraiser Huge Success!

Enjoying a cool evening as well as supporting the Arrowhead Arts programs. What a lovely event, lakeside.
Enjoying a cool evening as well as supporting the Arrowhead Arts programs. What a lovely event, lakeside.

The magnificent home owned by Ken and Nancy Camarella served as the venue for the successful annual, delightful fundraiser for the Arrowhead Arts Association on Saturday, August 3.

Nestled on a cliff the spectacular view of boats skipping across Lake Arrowhead and the beauty of the sunset proved that this lovely home was the perfect venue for the association’s annual fundraiser.  A small classical concert was a lovely part of this special evening and it served as a “hint” of what the upcoming annual concert on August 20 will be when the symphony plays at their annual fall concert.

Maestro Flynn, conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra had a wonderful time at this AAA fundraiser. It was an honor to meet him and have the chance to talk with him.
Maestro Flynn, conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra had a wonderful time at this AAA fundraiser. It was an honor to meet him and have the chance to talk with him.


This exquisite, exciting event was a beautiful experience and it was the perfect venue for this exciting evening. Needless to say the food was delicious, Mother Nature graced everyone with a beautiful clear cool evening. The scene below the home, with boats skipping quickly by on the lake was a delightful addition to the ambiance of this special event. Adding to this delightful recipe for a perfect outdoor evening  by the lake, Mother Nature made sure there was a wind that kept everyone cool.

The feature of this fundraising evening was a private concert thanks to the conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony, Maestro Frank Fetta  and Russian cellist RusLan Biryukov who astounded everyone with his incredible talent while playing selections by both Bach and Handel. I was fascinated by watching the bow in his hand fly across the strings of the cello; sometimes with a delicate touch and others with great strength and speed.

Dancing with the beautiful lake below....heaven!
Dancing with the beautiful lake below….heaven!

I have been privileged to attend many AAA concerts throughout the years but this one, in the beautiful surrounding of this home, the garden and the lake below, was not only lovely it was extraordinary setting, especially as the sun went down. This talented Russian cellist almost seemed humbled to be there but in truth, I feel that many of us were humbled by the event that allowed all of us to be in the presence of the maestro and this young, quite unbelievably talented musician. The venue was magnificent at this home, with shady green grass and trees and a view of the blue, blue lake far below. You want a little bit of heaven? If you weren’t there for this big fundraiser you might want to be there next year. It truly is an exceptional event with a wonderful outcome….it’s the Rim of the World communities who benefit from this organization’s generosity. Every year the Arrowhead Arts has helped over 100 local music students, in some way by providing lessons or by providing financial help so an instrument can be rented.

A good musician seeks puts his heart and soul into the instrument he loves and it is always interesting to watch how they hold that instrument. Many people sat on the indoor stairway leading to the upper level of the beautiful home while others sat on couches and everyone was enthralled by the talent and performance that was blossoming in the lovely garden of this spacious, magnificent settling. I was enthralled watching this incredibly talented cellist as his bow just wept across the strings….sometimes with the most delicate touch and others when his fingers just flew across the strings. In some ways he had the light touch of a talented surgeon and, it seemed, at other times he had the strength of a lion. It was, to put it mildly, incredible to watch.

If you have never been to a concert that is sponsored by the Arrowhead Arts Association you do not know what you’re missing. The annual Fall Classical concert will be held Sunday, September 20 at 3 p.m. at the beautiful Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Crest Park (aka Lake Arrowhead). This annual concert is a-maz-ing not only for the exquisite setting but for the acoustics and talent of the members of the  San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra. The featured musician will be Russian cellist Rus Lam Biryukov. He is extraordinary, as we all found out at the delightful recent fundraiser.

AH Arts fundraiser (2)Many, many years ago I still remember attending the very first concert at this venue that was, of course, paid for and organized by a group of music lovers who ultimately became the Arrowhead Arts Association. To this day, I still remember the awe of having a symphony orchestra in “our” mountains and the exquisite church and church garden behind the altar never ceases to astound me with its beauty and calm presence. Come and attend this special annual performance in this magnificent, soaring church.  Whatever your religious belief is (or isn’t) this is a special concert enjoyed by everyone and the beautiful tranquil garden through the enormous windows only adds to the magnificence of this event.

See you on September 20 at the magnificent church, Our Lady of the Lake, in Crest Park. It is located at 27627 Rim of the World Drive (off Hwy. 18). For ticket information log or to purchase tickets call (909) 337-0284. Tickets for this exciting fall program are $25 for adults or $40 for preferred seating. Students Kindergarten through 12th grade are admitted free with an adult.




Have a State Issue? Senator Morrell’s Staff at Lake Arrowhead August 4 to Help!

Get off the floor, Charlie Brown. We need to go see Senator Morrell's staff. They can probably help us (and boy do we (you!) need help!
Get off the floor, Charlie Brown. We need to go see Senator Morrell’s staff. They can probably help us (and boy do we (you!) need help!

If you’re at your wits end trying to figure out some problem or issue with the State of California….don’t fear, Sen. Morrell is here!”

The state senator’s staff members will be holding office hours at the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce office which is located on the lower level of Lake Arrowhead Village near McDonald’s.

The staff will be available the first Tuesday of August (aka August 4) from 1 to 3:30 p.m.. Interested residents in the Rim of the World communities are encouraged to schedule an appointment to discuss their statewide issue or to share community concerns. Constituents can also seek help in dealing with state agencies or state issues.

Appointments can be requested in advance by calling Senator Morrell’s District Office at (909) 919-7731.