Tag: Fawnskin

Old Miners Days has Rich History

Big Bear, CA, June 14, 2014 – In the summer of 1927, Big Bear had a parade celebrating its history that went right down Pine Knot Blvd. Local Big Bear historians think this may have been the true beginning of Old Miners Days. This year marks 65 years of Old Miners Days, Big Bear’s longest running community event. Back in the early days through the late 1980s, Old Miners Days was a two week celebration featuring events like the Loggers Jubilee lumberjack competition, the Whisker-ino contest to find the most impressive facial hair, performances of  ‘The Blossoms of Big Bear’ and ‘Deadwood Dick’, and the Fawnskin Street Dance which celebrated the mid-point of Old Miners Days and the beginning of the last leg for the burro racers.  The Heritage Parade, which marks the beginning of festivities these days, was always the final event capping off the two weeks of Old Miners celebrations. 1953 marks the first year for the burro races which was the main event of Old Miners Days. Man and burro teams would race 40 miles from Apple Valley through Lucerne up to Holcomb Valley and down into Fawnskin, where they would take the time to celebrate at the Fawnskin Street Dance before the final run to the Elk’s Lodge. Due to traffic issues, the beginning of the race was switched to Pioneertown after about 4 years. In...

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North Shore Residents Should Plan Ahead for Commutes

Fawnskin, CA, March 19, 2014 – The Redlands Bicycle Classic is a world-class five-day road cycling race that men and women from all over the country compete in. Next month, there will be a significant local impact for some local residents, when road closures will add time to commutes. The time trial for the bike race is scheduled for Thursday, April 3rd along the north shore of Big Bear Lake. Hard road closures will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between the west end of North Shore Lane and Stanfield Cutoff. In addition, the total closure will extend to downtown Fawnskin from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During these closures, residents who live north of North Shore Drive and west of Canyon Road can access their homes via Navajo Street near the Fawnskin Fire Station. There will be westbound access available by police escort only for two 15-minute periods: 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. Those needing an escort off the race course should call (909) 499-6350; the escort leaves from Bruin or Canyon Road and Highway 38...

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“Celebrate Your Love” of Nature at the Discovery Center

Fawnskin, CA, February 4, 2014 – The Southern California Mountains Foundation is presenting a “Celebrate Your Love” Benefit for the Discovery Center this Saturday, February 8th, at the Discovery Center, as a culmination of their holiday fund raising campaign to raise the $25,000 needed to continue the high level of service, programming and education provided by the Center. The Discovery Center welcomes 190,000 visitors annually and benefits youth education through a variety of programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels here in the Big Bear Valley. Tickets for the fund raising event to “Benefit the Discovery Center” are $50 per person and available online at www.MountainsFoundation.org. The evening includes a no-host cocktail reception; a silent auction with fantastic items including 4 Dodgers season passes with parking, 2 season passes to the Music in the Mountains summer concert series, and great local business gift certificates; dinner, generously donated by Northwoods Resort; and a short program. There will also be live music provided by local artist, Randy Boswell. The Discovery Center is a program of the Southern California Mountains Foundation and is co-managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Donations can be made online if you cannot attend the event but still wish to...

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Renaissance Society Wants to Fund Your Academic Pursuits

Fawnskin, CA, January 24, 2014 – The Big Bear Renaissance Faire has announced their 2014 dates, and if it sounds early to be thinking about tickets, remember that some events–like the Queens’ Tea, Warriors Table and the Royal Gallery–sold out last year. The annual event’s living history reenactments and merry entertainers draw families and avid fair-goers from around the region. It’s likely to be the same story this year, with the Faire scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to – 6:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from August 2 to August 17, at 39115 Rim of the World Drive in Fawnskin. The Big Bear Valley Renaissance Society, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit for education corporation that gathers enough money each year to advance academic pursuits by students and educators. Most recently, it awarded a perpetual grant to Support Performing Arts In Schools (SPAIS), a foundation that buys musical instruments for children; a grant to Jessica George for teaching and studies in Thailand; a grant to Megan Doyle to finish her studies and RPT certification; and a grant to Rebecca Saffron for an after-school program. The Society’s CFO, Lynda McGinnis, says scholarship funds are still available, and that students and teachers of all ages are welcome to email a letter of need and intent to Lynda@bbvrsinc.org. The Board will consider any educational endeavor, including field trips or the purchase of classroom supplies....

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Strapped for Cash? Strap on the Snowshoes!

Fawnskin, CA, January 6, 2014 – For the third year, the Southern California Mountains Foundation will team up with REI, Rancho Cucamonga to host Winter Trails Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Winter Trails Day is a national event that offers those new to snow sports an opportunity to try snowshoeing and other winter activities for free. On Saturday, January 11 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., a variety of nature activities will be offered. Between 8 and 8:30 a.m., volunteers with binoculars are welcome to show up to help count the bald eagles wintering on the San Bernardino National Forest. The actual count takes place from 9-10am after a brief orientation. This will be the second of four censuses the U.S. Forest Service will conduct this winter. Starting at 10:30, a 30-minute introduction to snowshoeing–one of the fastest-growing winter sports–will be hosted every hour. Once participants register and get their maps at the Discovery Center, they’ll need to get themselves to the demonstration location; snowshoes will be provided. Stacy Gorin, Mountains Foundation Director of Operations, points out the sport is “an excellent form of low-risk, low impact aerobic exercise.” Every 30 minutes between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., you can learn how to track animals and make your very own track. This workshop has a fee of $3. At 11:00, you and the family can...

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