Run the Bear Marathon and Sister City Program on the Agenda for This Evening’s City Council Meeting

Thirteen Big Bear families hosted 13 students from Abtenau, Austria in July 2007, and here the 26 "exchange buddies" reunite for a lakeside BBQ. This summer, 15 Big Bear students, ages 11 to 14, spent three weeks in Austria through the Sister City program.

Big Bear Lake’s City Council meets for their second regular meeting of the month this evening at 6pm in Hofert Hall in the Civic Center. The Lighthouse Project is scheduled to make a presentation on last September’s Run the Bear Marathon and, in Action Items, Council’s one agendized discussion is with regard to the Sister City program. Since … [Read more...]

LiveGreen: Big Bear Lake Continues Green Initiative Movement

The City of Big Bear Lake is furthering efforts to be a leader in green initiatives and environmental responsibility and, in moving beyond an ad-hoc committee (made up of City Council’s Rick Herrick and Bill Jahn), the City’s Director of Community Relations Cheri Haggerty says, “We’ve coined this the LiveGreen program.” As outlined before … [Read more...]

SBNFA’s Concert Series Results in $10K Donation to Peace Gardens; Tim Wood Honored for Music in the Mountains Sponsorship

The San Bernardino National Forest Association, which is headquartered at the Big Bear Discovery Center, celebrated a successful Music in the Mountains summer concert series, as well as community partners including the Coldwell Banker Tim Wood Group, in a luncheon held at the Knickerbocker Mansion Country Inn on November 4. The SBNFA’s Event … [Read more...]

Is Your Home Ready for the Winter Season? Local Contractors Offer Seasonal Suggestions


Given the change in seasons, and with recent cold temps indicating that winter weather is soon upon us, homeowners may want to follow some home maintenance suggestions, provided by the Big Bear Valley Contractors Association. In the fall, the following are recommended: check and seal windows, upgrade to a programmable thermostat, close critter … [Read more...]

Common Ground Offers Presentation on “Understanding the Teenage Brain”; Parents Welcomed Next Monday

Mark Hobbins

The parent support group Common Ground, which is affiliated with the Lighthouse Project and geared toward parents of teens and pre-teens, will offer another free workshop to parents as part of the “Strengthening Mutual Respect” series. The subject of next Monday’s 6:30pm workshop is titled “Understanding the Teenage Brain” and will be … [Read more...]

City of Big Bear Lake Plans to Grow a Community Garden; Policy and Parcel Being Readied for Spring 2010

The City of Big Bear Lake hopes to have a community garden in place by next spring—prompted by an idea that was sprouted by the City Council’s Green Sustainability Committee, and spurred on by the enthusiasm of local gardening expert Robbie Bos. As presented before City Council last night (October 12), city staffer Cheri Haggerty outlined a … [Read more...]

Over 1,200 Participate in Saturday’s Run the Bear Events; First-Place Finishes for Tony Torres, and Locals Nick Comiskey and Jonathan Stiles

Runners sprint out the gate at the 5K; BBMS Coach Jonathan Stiles, far left, ultimately wins the race.

This Saturday’s Run the Bear event, coordinated by the Lighthouse Project and staffed by countless local volunteers, drew roughly 1,250 participants in the full marathon, half-marathon, 5K, Kids’ Kritter Run, and the bike tour, which cycled out of Pine Knot Landing before the sun came up on what turned out to be a beautiful day. Forty-year-old … [Read more...]

Traffic Alert for Saturday: Vehicle Traffic Directed Counter-Clockwise Around Lake to Accommodate Run the Bear Event


In terms of roads for this Saturday’s marathon event, those traveling in the vicinity of the lake on the 12th should be aware that vehicle traffic will flow only ‘counter-clockwise,’ because the inside lane around Big Bear Lake will be closed for the race. All businesses will remain accessible, however motorists are asked to use extreme … [Read more...]

SBNFA’s Music in the Mountains Series Wraps With Sold-Out John Denver Tribute–and Some Special Announcements

The SBNFA's new Deputy Director Alison Bates (second from left) is joined by Ann and Jim Curry and Marco Guzman (second from right) in recognizing local youth volunteers B.J. Negrete, Noah Cooke, William Elbert and Pearl Craig during the Labor Day weekend finale of the Music in the Mountains concert series.

The San Bernardino National Forest Association is celebrating a successful Music in the Mountains concert series, the proceeds from which will benefit the Forest Aid tree restoration program and the Lighthouse Project’s Peace Garden project at local elementary schools. Kathy Clapsaddle, event manager for the SBNFA and the outdoor concerts at the … [Read more...]

Music in the Mountains: Concerts Come to Big Bear for the Labor Day Weekend

Jim Curry returns to Big Bear with the music of John Denver

The hills will be alive with music, if you will, as there will be a number of bands and local musicians performing in the Big Bear Valley over the Labor Day weekend. Starting Friday evening, the Village Business Association hosts their second-to-last Friday Night in the Village event, which runs from 5 to 8pm and includes three different acts along … [Read more...]