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.




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.


If You Miss the May 16 “Four Preps” Concert You’ll Regret it!

If you’re not in the beautiful banquet room at the Lake Arrowhead Resort on May 16 at 5 p.m. you’ll miss a fabulous concert by the 1950s and 1960s famous group, The Four Preps.

There are still a few tickets left for this exciting performance that will absolutely have the audience strolling down memory lane (figuratively speaking, of course). Hits such as “Down by the Station,” “Gidget,” “26 Miles (Santa Catalina“), “Big Man,” “A lazy Summer Night” and “Summertime Lies” are all hits by this incredible group.

Having seen them perform in Upland I can tell all you “baby-boomers” especially that you do not want to miss this fun event. Their music will take you right back to your junior and senior high days and I challenge you not to sing along (even if it just in your mind!).

Tickets are still available at $75 per person. To purchase tickets call (909) 337-4291. Tickets  include a delicious dinner and the show that you won’t soon forget.

For ticket information and to reserve seats call  Pat at (909) 337-4296.

Come and enjoy. YOU WILL LOVE THIS SHOW……and the delicious meal that precedes it….so see you there or you’ll be square!




The “Four Preps” at the Lake Arrowhead Resort on May 16-Be There or Be Square”

Okay all you “baby boomers” here’s a fabulous event you won’t want to miss…and if you do you’ll kick yourself for the rest of you life.

The Four Preps (yep, that Four Preps) will take center stage at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa and you can be there to heard them as they sing songs you loved when you were in high school or college and words you can actually understand.

This fun event, sponsored by the Arrowhead Arts Association, will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.

The $75 charge includes a delicious elegant dinner and this wonderful concert that I promise you will take you right back to those great high school or college days of the 1950s and early 1960s. Think “Heart and Soul,” “A Lazy Summer Night, ” “Moon River,” “I couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night,” ” Summertime Lies,” “26 Miles Across the Sea,” “Big Man,” “Down by the Station” and many more.  I saw this talented group last year in Upland and they had the  audience eating out of their hands. It was a huge success and so much fun so be sure to call (909) 337-4296 for reservations and additional information.

As this concert is held in one of the smaller rooms at the resort music patrons  can get “up close and personal” so to speak. You’ll love it and you won’t be able to stop yourself from reminiscing back to those great old days, the senior prom, your graduation, friends you’d meet in the quad and so many more great memories from those days gone by. I bought a CD at their Upland concert and I listen to it all the time as I’m driving from place to place. Their music brings back such great memories of John Marshall High School in Los Angeles and dances in the gym.

The dress is “cocktail attire.” If you love the “real” oldies from so long ago, don’t miss this great event. Thank you to the Arrowhead Arts Association for bringing this fabulous, fun group to “our” mountains.



“The Second Annual Lee Cozad Mountain Movie Show” Coming to Lake Arrowhead

movie camera artworkWho isn’t entranced by the early films of Shirley Temple, that adorable child actress who has such a fascinating life. Well, if you attend the 2nd Annual Lee Cozad Mountain Movie Show you can see one of her earliest films, the 1937 classic “Heidi.” Some of the scenes from this beautiful story were filmed right here in our local San Bernardino Mountains…most particularly what is now known as Switzer Park and other areas off Hwy. 18.

Presented by the Rim of the World Historical Society and the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa this free movie, from so long ago, is truly a gem. The story line revolves around an orphan named Heidi who is taken from her grandfather to live as a companion to a spoiled, crippled girl. It truly is a classic and if you haven’t seen it yet (or you want to see it again for the 100th time) you can. Just to make the evening more entertaining everybody gets free popcorn!

This fun event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lake Arrowhead Resort.


Annual Easter Sunrise Service Set For Lake Arrowhead

easter_morningFor the past many years several of the mountain churches and their parishioners have come together to celebrate at an early morning Easter Sunrise Service. This year’s spiritual event will be held Sunday, April 5 at 6:15 a.m. at the beach at the Lake Arrowhead Resort.

This annual event is sponsored by Church of the Woods, Lakeside Church, Calvary Chapel of Lake Arrowhead, Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Mt.. Calvary Lutheran Church, Rim of the World Community Church, St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, Saint Anne’s Catholic Church and Twin Peaks Community Church.

Easter Sunrise  services are attended by millions of Christians around the world and this event is always a treasure. All attendees are encouraged to dress warmly and be sure to take beach chairs and blankets. Remember, it is chilly in the early morning so dress appropriately. If it rains the service will be held inside the hotel.

Christians around the globe celebrate this day in many different ways so join together with other mountain residents and celebrate this holy day.



Baby Boomers, Take Note: The Four Preps Are Coming to Lake Arrowhead May 16

clapping handsOkay all you Four Preps fans, get ready for a fabulously fun concert at the Lake Arrowhead resort on May 16 when The Four Preps take to the stage. Having seen this group just last year I can attest to the fact that they are truly fabulous and their music is as great as ever. If you’re a baby boomer who loved their music don’t miss this great event. Plan to let yourself go and enjoy every single second of this fun, sentimental performance. You will be able to sing (in your head) the words you are apt to know so well from decades ago.

Sponsored by the incredible Arrowhead Arts Association, the concert will be held in the ballroom of the Lake Arrowhead Resort.

The current four-some includes the original member, Bruce Bellard as well as Don Duncan (formerly with the diamonds and the Crew Cuts), Joe Dickey (of The Crew Cuts) and Skip Taylor. Having seen them I can attest to the fact that the group sounds just like we heard in the 1950s and although all the members are not “originals” you’d never know it. Just think…..”26 Miles Across the Sea, Santa Catalina is a’waitin’ for me,” “I was a Big Man yesterday but boy you otta’ see me now,” “Down by the Station Early in the Morning,” and on and on and on. You won’t be able to help remembering days (and decades) gone by and this group will take you right back to your high school or college days.

You are going to love this great event so if you want to remember “the old days” don’t miss this concert at the Lake Arrowhead Resort. The  beautiful ballroom can only seat 200 people so if you’re thinking of attending you need to make your reservations before all the tickets are gone. Tickets are $75 and they’re worth every cent!!!!! Last year when the Arrowhead Arts Association featured “Reunion (The Lettermen) it was a sold-out event and they couldn’t have squeezed one more person into the ballroom.

For ticket information and to order tickets call the Arrowhead Arts Association telephone number (909) 337-04296 after April 1 (and that’s no April Fools!)