The Lighthouse Project Community Forum Inspires Change


Last Wednesday, the Lighthouse Project hosted a Community Forum to marshal community support for schools and children of the Bear Valley Unified School District.  Community members who attended were given the opportunity to discuss in small groups their opinions about how to help solve the budget crisis our school district, and many others, are … [Read more...]

Lighthouse Project Hosts May 5 Community Forum to Address Public Education Funding Crisis

Big Bear Lake, CA -- In furthering their efforts to foster a child-honoring community, the Lighthouse Project is hosting a community forum to address opportunities to alleviate crisis for our public schools. On Wednesday, May 5, from 6 to 8pm, all interested community members are invited to participate in the forum at Community Church by the Lake … [Read more...]

It’s a Tie: David Leach and Gabriel Rojas Share Soroptimists’ Man About Town Title, Raise Over $60K to End Teen Violence

This year's Men About Town: David Leach and Gabriel Rojas

Big Bear Lake, CA -- After 17 years of the Soroptimists’ fun Man About Town campaign, 10 weeks of fundraising and events in this round, and two candidates, David Leach and Gabriel Rojas, $60,508 was raised in the effort to stop teen violence in our community. Traditionally, since Dr. Bob Leiske was crowned Big Bear’s first Man About Town in … [Read more...]

The Big Bear Community Rocks Out for Big Bear High School

BBHS Principal Mike Ghelber and students at Saturday's work party

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 … [Read more...]

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

Dogs, too, walked the Alpine Pedal Path in support of the National MS Society on the 5th annual walk last April. "Top Dog" Lilly Knapik raised $200 in pledges to contribute to the over $380,000 the Big Bear community has raised in the first five years of MS walks.

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 … [Read more...]

SBNFA’s Forest Aid Sprouts “March Madness” Activities in Support of Forest Restoration


Big Bear Valley, CA -- The burn areas near Butler Peak, site of the September 2007 Butler and Butler #2 Fires to the west of Fawnskin, will be the focus of the Forest Aid 2010 replanting effort overseen by the San Bernardino National Forest Association. This spring, the SBNFA’s Forest Aid will partner with TreePeople to plant 25,000 seedlings, … [Read more...]

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

Girl twirl: As with Vision Summit #2, this year's offering included many young dancers, brightening the stage at the PAC. The group performed to "Each of Us Is a Flower," during a video highlighting the Peace Garden at Big Bear Elementary.

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 … [Read more...]

Good Men Being Sought–for New Mentoring Program to Benefit Local Boys

Big Bear's new Boys 2 Men program is less demanding than Big Brothers, says Martinez.

Lutheran Social Services is looking for a few good men—or, more than a few—to participate in a new, local program designed to benefit fatherless boys in the Big Bear Valley. The United Way-funded program, billed as Boys 2 Men, serves to benefit young men by offering them mentors by pairing fatherless boys ages nine to 12 with men who can serve … [Read more...]

City of Big Bear Lake Reconsiders Friendship and Sister Cities Alliances; Families in Favor of Continuing 25-Year Relationship With Abtenau, Austria

Big Bear Lake's former Mayor John Eminger, who signed the resolutions to establish Friendship and Sister Cities in 1984, supports the continuation of the programs. He told Council that he once incorporated all three communities, by taking the Abentau guests to Rosarito Beach.

The City of Big Bear Lake forged international friendships back in 1984, under then-Mayor John Eminger, aligning with Rosarito Beach, Mexico as our official Friendship City and Abtenau, Austria as our Sister City. Though interactions with Rosarito Beach have been limited in recent years, our Sister City in Abtenau has participated in a summer … [Read more...]

City Council Moves Foward With The Crossings, Establishes Day for Native Americans; Lighthouse Project Steps Down from Marathon Event

James Ramos at a City Council Meeting in 2009

The Big Bear Lake City Council meeting began with two presentations, the first of which was a proclamation, designating this Friday, November 27 as National Native American Heritage Day. The City of Big Bear Lake has adopted this special day, as signed into law by President Obama on June 26, in honor of the Yuhaviatam people (now known as the San … [Read more...]