Tag: Gardening

Big Bear’s A Garden Club Springs Into Action, Starting With Monday’s Kick-Off Luncheon

Big Bear Valley, CA — As it hasn’t snowed in, now, over a week, the Big Bear Valley’s “A” Garden Club is ready to spring into action, starting with a kick-off luncheon to be held on Monday, May 10. A Garden Club President Vicky Roney says that whether you have a postage-stamp sized garden or acres to plant, the garden club offers a wealth of information, including tips on composting, birding, xeriscape, soil preparation and plant selection, and many other topics that are covered during second Monday meetings, June through October. But, first, the kick-off luncheon, which takes place at the Sizzler Restaurant (on Big Bear Boulevard, just east of the Moonridge Y in Big Bear Lake) on Monday. Attendees are encouraged to come early to purchase lunch, as the meeting will get underway at 11:30am and continue until 1pm. Garden Club members are asked for a $15 registration fee, which covers the group’s insurance and workshops offered through the summer season. The first regular meeting in June will be held at Copper Q in the Village, from 10am to noon on the 14th; subsequent second Monday meetings will be held at the Big Bear Discovery Center, and also from 10am to noon. For more information on the A Garden Club, contact Vicky Roney at...

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The Big Bear Community Rocks Out for Big Bear High School

A Thank You from the Lighthouse Project Big Bear High School Principal Mike Ghelber simply wished that Big Bear High could “look like a school in the mountains.”  The barren land at the front of the campus was incongruous with the energy of the staff and students within, not to mention the forested surrounding areas.  With no funding coming in the foreseeable future, it seemed as though this might not change.  But the power of community came through on Saturday, April 17, as over 70 community volunteers descended upon those barren slopes to create a rock riverbed feature for a xericape that will soon grace the campus. In Big Bear, it appears that our motto is: “Just say yes.”  I am always overwhelmed with the generosity and cooperation of our community.  For starters, Reverend Jean Sweet, the expertise and driving force behind the success of school vegetable gardens, created a design for the area.  The San Bernardino Forest Association (SBNFA) signed up immediately to help with labor, organization and coordination with the US Forest Service.  They recruited the help of J & J Restorations, experts in the field of native landscapes.  The Lighthouse Project recruited volunteers who worked diligently, harvesting rock from other parts of the campus to complete the rock riverbed.  The work crew started at 8:00 a.m. and, to the surprise of all involved, the feature was...

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Get Outdoors and Make A Difference: BBHS Work Party and 6th Annual Walk MS This Saturday

Big Bear Valley, CA — This Saturday offers two opportunities to get outside, join your fellow community members, and be of service. The Big Bear Lighthouse Project welcomes everyone to “love your community, love your school,” as, in anticipation of Earth Day, there will be a work party at Big Bear High School. Volunteers are needed to help with several projects, including constructing the Peace Vegetable Garden at the school at 351 Maple Lane in Sugarloaf. Event organizer Beth Gardner says, “We have an unprecedented opportunity to beautify the front of the campus with a demonstration Xeriscape. A collaborative between many organizations has made it possible for us to create a rock riverbed feature, sculpt land contours, place boulders and plant native trees and plants, all donated to our school! Our first work day, which is rock and land moving day, is Saturday, April 17.” All ages, skills and abilities are invited; participants in the work party, which runs from 9am to 5pm, should wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty, and are also reminded to bring gloves, sunscreen, lunch and water, and tools such as wheelbarrows, shovels and steel rakes. For more information on the Peace Garden work party at BBHS, call the Lighthouse Project at 888/906-9998. Also on Saturday, all are welcome to participate in the 6th annual Walk MS along the Alpine Pedal Path. Last...

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Lighthouse Project’s Vision Includes Make a Million Smiles Campaign; Author Owen Encourages “Cowboy Ethics”

Big Bear Lake, CA — Community leaders and those in child-involved groups were welcomed to participate in the third annual Vision 2010 Community Summit, hosted by the Lighthouse Project at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center last night. Big Bear Lake Mayor Liz Harris opened the evening of inspiration and motivation to continue with child-honoring efforts in our community. “You all give me great pride,” Mayor Harris remarked, “Big Bear is a very special place.” Harris introduced some special members of the audience, including County Supervisor Neil Derry, BVUSD’s Superintendent Dr. Nancy Wright and members of the school board, as well as local elected officials, before saying of the Lighthouse Project, “It is a gift to the young and old alike.” Program coordinator Beth Gardner addressed the packed PAC by noting, “We can always be improving and creating more unity in our community. Big Bear is uniquely poised to create special things.” Among those have been the Lighthouse’s Move a Million Miles for Ryan Hall campaign, the implementation of PeaceBuilders programs at local schools, the Run the Bear Marathon, and Peace Gardens at school sites, including two planned to sprout in spring at Big Bear High School and North Shore Elementary. The next big effort of the Lighthouse Project is the Make a Million Smiles campaign which, like the community movement in support of Olympian Ryan Hall in...

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Xeriscape Garden Tour

The Sierra Club Big Bear Group presents their 8th annual Xeriscape Garden Tour, featuring homes and gardens with drought-tolerant and native plants. As in years past, attendees can pick up a free tour booklet at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery (at 41223 Big Bear Boulevard, just west of Big Bear Middle School) between 9am and noon, then enjoy a self-guided tour and consult with xeriscape experts and homeowners through 4pm. In addition to six gardens, this year’s tour will also feature a Firewise home and the opportunity to enter to win a special drawing worth $1,000 in gift certificates (thanks to USAA and the Big Bear City Fire Department). For photos from past Xeriscape Garden Tours, visit the website of the Sierra Club Big Bear Group, then scroll down to view digital photo...

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