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 Barkley@hotmail.com.

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

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.

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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.

 

 

 

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!

Underage Drinking and Driving: A Recipe for Disaster!

With graduations right around the corner the Rim Communities for Youth has suggestions to make sure that graduates and their friends arrive safely at their graduation ceremony and the rest of their life.

Not only are underage drinking parties a concern for those with minor children, they impact neighborhoods through noise and vandalism, they become a drain on tax dollars and they result in longer wait times for police and emergency services on other important calls.

Real harm can come from binge and underage drinking. For students, the result of binge drinking can include scholastic difficulties, personal injury, sexual assault, unintended sex and unwanted pregnancies. Community problems include car crashes, vandalism, crime, fights, a drain on public services and lost public tax revenue.

The Rim Communities for Youth Coalition is undertaking this effort as part of Communities United, a countywide network of community coalitions and its coordinated campaign to curb youth access to alcohol.  Communities United chose the slogan, “Report Underage Drinking: Savings Lives has never Been Easier.” The focus of this campaign is to prevent problems related to underage drinking.

Sixty-seven percent of 11th graders say it is either “very easy” or “fairly easy” for them to obtain alcohol. Seventy-three percent of underage offenders report that they got alcohol from a residence and over half said it was from a house party. (These statistics came from verified series of youth throughout the state.)

In 2012, 67 people lost their lives in alcohol-related traffic crashes in San Bernardino County alone according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year approximately 5,000 youth  under the age of 21 die nationally as a result of underage drinking. In 2010, there were approximately 189,000 emergency room visits by people under the age of 21 whose injuries were related to alcohol.

“They are just beginning their lives. Don’t let them ruin it by drinking alcohol underage. The consequences can impact their lives and future greatly and have dire effects,” warns local Sheriff Public Information Officer Gilbert Flores.

According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Study, high school students reported that in the last 30 days, 35 percent drank some amount of alcohol and 21 percent “binge drank.” Another part of the survey showed that 10 percent of those who had driven drove after drinking alcohol and 22 percent rode with a driver who had been drinking. California Highway Patrol Arrowhead Area Information Officer Juan Quintero said, “During this prom and graduation season, the Highway Patrol encourages drivers to not drink and drive”.

In an effort to eliminate alcohol and substance abuse by youth, the mission of the Rim Communities for Youth Coalition is to promote positive life choices within the Rim Communities. If you would like to join this effort or need more information about the coalition and its activities call Rim Family Services at (909) 336-1800. You can also “Like” the Rim Communities for Youth on their Facebook page.

 

 

Jensen’s Finest Foods Awarded “Small Business of the Year” by Sen. Morrell

Congratulations to Jensen’s Finest Foods on their  selection as Senator Mike Morrell’s 23rd Senate District Small Business of the Year. The award was made during the annual California Small Business Day at the state capitol.

“Jensen’s Foods has long been an invaluable part of our community,” said Morrell. “Their commitment to quality service, along with strong support for local events and charitable causes, makes them a model business in our region. I am [proud to recognize Jensen’s for their contributions to our economy. It is my privilege to honor them as small Business of the Year for the 23rd Senate District,” he said.

The Jensen’s Foods original market was opened in Blue in 1940 by Einer and Marie Jensen. In 1981, Gene Fulton purchased the store, after having worked his way up from the position of clean-up boy. Under his leadership, the company has expanded to include eight store locations in Blue Jay, Cedar Glen, Running Springs, Wrightwood, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. The family-owned and operated business is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Jensen’s is an active presence in the communities it services, supporting many local charities, non-profits and causes including music and art programs, youth sports and military families. it also regularly donates food to Operation provider, which makes aid and resources available to the homeless. Additionally, when there are wildfires, Jensen’s has opened its doors to the firefighters battling the flames.

“It was an honor to be selected as Small Business of the Year by Senator Morrell,” said Matt Zack, vice-president of Jensen’s Foods. “On behalf  of the Jensen’s family,we would like to thank the community and our loyal customers for shopping with us for the last 75 years.

California Small Business Day acknowledges small businesses for their contributions to the state’s economy.

Senator Mike Morrell represents the 23rd Senate District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

Free Telephone Townhall Meeting on CalFire Fee Refund Procedures

Can you hear me now?!
Can you hear me now?!

The hated and very controversial Calfire fee that many people consider  is double taxation will be the focus of an upcoming telephone town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 13 from noon to 1 p.m.

This unique opportunity for mountain residents to be part of the process is being presented by Diane L. Harkey, California State Board of Equalization district four director. Other elected and non-elected officials that will be participating in this unique event will include George Runner, vice-chairman of the State Board of Equalization; Senator Mike Morrell of the 23rd Senate District and Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

To participate in this unique phone event register at: http://www.boe.ca.gov/townhalls or call 1-844-829-8353 by May 12.

The topics covered in this telephone townhall “meeting” will include: the California Fire Prevention Fee and it’s lawsuit update; fire fee refund procedures and legislation; property owners fire fees appeal rights; and getting the information they need. Do not reply to Fire Tax Protest .org as it is not monitored. For more information contact the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association. The mailing address is: 921 11st Street, Sacramento, Ca. 95814.

Thousands of California property owners who are living  in some remote areas are being  forced to pay the State of California an additional fee for fire protection. While most residents pay for fire service from their local fire department most people feel this fee is illegal and amounts to double taxation. Senator Morrell is actively involved in the process to try to have the fee abolished and he is not alone in that endeavor.

 

 

 

Love Boats? Looking for One? Get to the Lake Arrowhead Boat Show!

boatingDo you love boats but hate the one you have? Have you always dreamt about having a boat and lazily sailing or motoring around beautiful Lake Arrowhead or out on the open sea? If so, you need to be at the Lake Arrowhead Boat and Auto Show on May 30 and 31 in, not surprisingly, Lake Arrowhead.

This free event at Lake Arrowhead Village will be the chance to browse and compare the  boats and if you can’t purchase one now, you might find one that you would like to purchase in the future. Admission is free and this (the only free boat show in southern California) is always beautiful, if for nothing else than the picturesque venue.

Guests will be able to demo all the new boats that will be for sale at the show. One of the unique things about this event is that the public has the chance to compare boats “on the water” and to judge which model suits their lifestyle and boating needs. There’s no need for potential boat purchasers to drive all over the place, this Lake Arrowhead event is a “one stop shop” opportunity.

For more information send an e-mail to : events@lakearrowheadchamber.com or log onto: lakearrowheadchamber.com.