It’s Time For The Nutcracker: November 27 and 28 in the Mountains!

Colorful costumes and delightful dancing makes the Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company's production of "The Nutcracker" something very special each year. Congratulations to all the dancers and especially the teachers and Dance Director Sharon McCormick. Another great year!It’s that time of year again…..time when the Sugar Plum Fairy dusts off her wand and dances into theaters throughout the world. It’s that time when children look excitingly through windows for Santa. It’s that time of year when friends get together and enjoy the camraderie…yes, it’s getting to be that time again when little girls dream of being the Sugar Plum Fairy, dancing through Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music.


Each year this ballet is danced by thousands of excited dancers who range from young children to seasoned performers and this delightful Christmas “bon-bon” has become an enormous part of the Christmas holiday season.

This year’s local Lake Arrowhead performances will be held Friday, November 27 at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2:30 and 8 p.m. with the final performance at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday November 29. The charge remains at $20 per seat.

For more information log onto the company’s website at: or call the dance studio at (909) 336-1359.

Tickets are still available but they won’t be for long so purchase your tickets as quickly as possible or you are apt to be out of luck.

R.S. Chamber Hosting Annual Installation and Awards Dinner

The Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors at last year's great event!
Several of the above-photographed board members will be returning to serve another year on the board of directors. Longtime president Kevin Somes will also serve another term as president of the local organization.

Members of the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce still have time to submit nominations for the upcoming awards which will be bestowed on individuals and businesses during the organization’s annual dinner and awards ceremony on Saturday, November 7. The evening will include a delicious dinner as well as honoring individuals, businesses and organizations for their contributions throughout the  year in ways that help enhance, primarily, the Running Springs, Arrowbear Lake and Green Valley Lake areas. The award categories include: an individual, club or organization and/or local, county, state or federal agencies. The nomination deadline for these awards is Thursday, October 29 at 2 p.m.

For decades, the chamber has acknowledged residents who give to their communities, organizations that make life easier and better for local residents and visitors and to those people who have gone beyond the call of duty to help make the local Running Springs, Arrowbear Lake and Green Valley Lake communities a better place to live and work.

The installation dinner is always an exciting event so to reserve a place contact the chamber of commerce office at (909) . The prime rib dinner will be catered by Bacchus (aka Blondie’s) and it is always delicious. In addition there will be a table filled with great donations from chamber members or their chamber contacts  as well as a silent auction. This event is a great way to get a head start on holiday shopping and it helps the chamber at the same time.

Come and enjoy this special event and honor residents who continually help make our communities a better place to live and work. The charge for dinner is $25 per person.

For information on the installation call (909) 867-2411. Feel free to leave a message if you would like someone to return your call.

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.




Oktoberfest Fun Continues at Lake Arrowhead

Delicious German Beer? Yum!
Delicious German Beer? Yum!

Save some money this year. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to go to Munich for Oktoberfest just drive to Lake Arrowhead for authentic German food as well as delicious German beer to celebrate this annual German celebration. Come enjoy the fun of delicious German food and music. It’s just like going to Europe………..only a lot closer.
The Hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through October.
For more information log onto:</strong. Come and enjoy the fun….it will be over soon for another year so enjoy it while it’s here.

Second Mountain Cinema Club Movie Set for October 7

movie camera artworkIf you enjoy foreign films you need to be a member of the Mountain Cinema Club. This is a reminder that the club will present the second film of its 2015 Fall series on Wednesday, October 7. Show times are 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. at the Blue Jay Cinema in (not surprisingly) Blue Jay.

The upcoming film will feature  “The Liberator” which deals with Simon Bolivar’s campaigns to liberate twice the territory of Alexander the Great’s conquests. Born to privilege, Bolivar was raised by a family slave and he was taught by a socialist professor. He then took up the cause of the down-trodden and common people and that made him a fighter, a lover and a scholar

All Mountain Cinema Club membership passes were mailed out but if members did not receive they should contact Mary Lindsey, the treasurer of this organization. Cinema passes may be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to showtime at the Blue Jay Cinema. Individual film tickets are $10 each or a membership for the remaining season is $35.

If you want to take used ink or toner cartridges that help the Rim Education Foundation help students and teachers in the Rim of the World Unified School District they will be happy to accept the donation, You can  take them to this event. Also, the Rim Education Foundation accepts old cell phones so if you have any sitting around and you don’t know what to do with them take them to the theater and the members of the Rim Education Foundation will be grateful for your support.

For more information on the Mountain Cinema Club log onto:

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.