Big Bear Valley, CA — February’s second week features a flurry of fundraisers here in the Big Bear Valley. On Monday evening, February 8, Sonora Cantina on Big Bear Boulevard hosts $1 taco night, from 5 to 9pm, to benefit Bears boys basketball at Big Bear High School. Also on Monday, the Valley’s newest (and only private) school, Singing Pines Outdoor Education Center, holds a “Dinner of the Heart” fundraiser and silent auction at Nottingham’s Restaurant in the Village; cost is $20 per person for the sit-down dinner which begins at 6pm, auction bidding closes at 8:30pm. Questions can be directed to Terrilynn Bondeson at Singing Pines at 866-2532.
On Tuesday, February 9, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation holds their first fundraiser in an effort to create a Valley-wide trails system for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and equestrian use. The 5pm fundraiser is billed as Pizza and Pizzazz and, for $15, there will be all-you-can-eat pizza, salad and soft drinks, as well as live entertainment at Maggio’s in the Interlaken Center.
Big Bear High School’s Performing Arts Department sponsors a Valentine Sweetheart Dinner Show on Wednesday, February 10, featuring a spaghetti dinner and performances from the high school’s Jazz Band and Concert Choir. Seating begins at 5:30pm, and suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for students, with proceeds to benefit performing arts programs.
On Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13, the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center will be the setting for Simply Voices, an octet of local musicians and singers, performing in a benefit for the Bear Valley Hospital Foundation. Tickets are $20 each for the 7:30pm performances, and are available online at citybigbearlake.com, or by calling the PAC box office at 866-4970.
And though not a specific event, the American Legion is accepting funds on behalf of longtime Big Bear resident Lois “Micki” Hunt, a widowed senior on a fixed income whose home was condemned after heavy snow caused a roof collapse. In addition to seeking a handicapped accessible home for Hunt, the American Legion is taking donations to help with her moving expenses and interim temporary storage. Checks made out to Lois Hunt can be sent to the American Legion Post 584, P.O. Box 555, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315. Questions or offers of assistance can be directed to Diane Ackerman at 585-1297.
Update: On Thursday, February 11, Miss Big Bear Caroline Forry hosts Big Bear for Haiti, a fundraiser being co-sponsored by KBHR Radio and Village Theaters. For every ticket purchased on Thursday, $2 will go to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.