Tag: Old Miners Association

Get Ready to Give Big!

Big Bear Valley, CA, May 7, 2014 – Organizations that enrich our community hold various fundraisers throughout the year, and many residents do their best to attend and contribute. This year, we’re trying something different. Following the incredible success of Give BIG Riverside County, the Big Bear Valley is participating this week in Give BIG San Bernardino County, with the mission of strengthening the Inland Empire through philanthropy. There are 14 local nonprofits participating, and you can see the full list on our website. A 24-hour online giving campaign runs this week, from 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 8 to 7:00 a.m. on Friday, May 9. During this time, you can give to all your favorite causes in one fell swoop at www.GiveBigSBCounty.org. This is a County-sponsored Community Foundation project, whose goal is to raise at least $300,000 in just 24 hours. Local organizations participating in Give BIG American Association of University Women, Big Bear Valley branch http://www.bbvaauw.blogspot.com/ (Tech Trek camp for local 8th-grade girls encouraging interest in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Big Bear Alpine Zoo & Friends www.friendsofthebigbearalpinezoo.org OR www.bigbearalpinezoo.org (animal rehabilitation and sanctuary) Big Bear CanTree http://bigbearcantree.weebly.com (food pantry collections/Meals on Wheels funding) Big Bear Lake International Film Festival www.bigbearfilmfest.com (screening 100+ independent films from around the world and awarding cash prizes to top finishers) Big Bear Valley Education Trust www.BigBearEdTrust.org (Gifted &...

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From Gold to Green: Old Miners Association Celebrates the Past, Encourages a Sustainable Future

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 4, 2014 – Mining engineer and American President Herbert Hoover once said, “The supreme purpose of history is a better world,” and a local non-profit is taking this to heart. As it celebrates its 65th Anniversary this year, the Old Miners Association will still pay tribute to Southern California’s largest gold rush but also get on board with the Green Movement. The organization is challenging the community to express what they believe a sustainable future will look like. The theme for the Big Bear Heritage Parade this June is “From Wagon Wheels to Smart Automobiles – Paving the Way to a Sustainable Future.” An award will go to the parade entry that best embraces this theme, which respects the heritage of Old Miners Days, while encouraging greater responsibility to the planet going forward. The International Chili Society’s Big Bear Regional Chili Cookoff might be nicknamed the “Green” Chili Cookoff this July. The Old Miners will take a step toward eco-friendly tasting kits, with plenty of recycling bins for the plastic tasting cups and spoons. Future cookoffs will use biodegradable and compostable alternatives, with a composting station at the event. Bicycle “hitching posts” will accommodate alternative modes of transportation, and kids can learn how to make their own paper using recycled materials at the “eco-craft corral”. Preference will be given to food vendors offering environmentally...

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All Aboard the Old Miners Association!

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 26, 2014 – For 65 years, Old Miners Days have boosted Big Bear’s community pride and its economy. The Old Miners Association (OMA) is now gearing up for the 2014 calendar of events and is now recruiting new and returning members and sponsors. Membership levels range from $25 to $999 and offer a variety of benefits–from discounts on merchandise and event tickets, invitations to unique activities and the annual party, as well as chances to test out new educational programs before they are launched. Sponsorships are also available, starting at $1,000. This support not only helps produce entertaining events like the Heritage Parade, it financially benefits local businesses and individuals. As an example of how donations to OMA go back into the community, in 2013, the organization awarded two $1,000 college/training scholarships through the Miss Clementine & Lucky Baldwin Scholarship Contest, and produced the 42nd annual Chili Cookoff, an International Chili Society-sanctioned competition that draws thousands of tourists. The President of the Old Miners Association is a mining consultant who will be guiding efforts over the next few years to include multimedia exhibitions, interactive educational programs, and guided regional tours. Their future offerings also include educational programming for all ages to stimulate interest in mountain geology and the history of the Gold Rush in Holcomb...

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Award-Winning Country Singer is Back With New Show

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 22, 2014 – Valentine’s Day weekend is luring back an accomplished recording artist to the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. Oklahoma native Brent Payne takes the stage Saturday, February 15 to deliver southern rock, country classics, and classic rock. Payne’s career has been gaining steam in recent years. Music Connection magazine  named him one of “2013’s Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists,” while the Hollywood Music Awards named his single “Now & Forever” Best Country Song of the Year in 2012 and nominated.  his version of “Copperhead Road” for the same award last year. As a supporter of U.S. troops, Payne donates his time and talent to honor servicemen and women–whether it’s cheering up those recovering at Loma Linda Veterans Hospital or performing for thousands at the Bob Hope USO. His Big Bear concert, however, will benefit a local tradition bearer: the Old Miners Association, who will receive a portion of ticket sales and hold a silent auction. Local country rock artist Duke Michaels will open the show. Event info: Saturday, February 15, 2014 Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Duke Michaels performs at 7:15 Brent Payne performs at 8:15 Big Bear Convention Center 42900 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA Advance Tickets: $20 At the door: $20 Under 18:...

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Hot Dogs & Hay Rides for Old Miners Volunteers

Big Bear Lake, CA, November 16, 2013 – The Old Miners Association (OMA) is holding their Annual Membership Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Open House on November 18 at 40877 Stone in the Village (corner of Stone Road and Knickerbocker Road). If you’re a new or renewing member, a sponsor or a volunteer, you’re welcome to attend with a guest. The Annual Meeting & Election of Officers will run from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., then from 4:00 – 7:00, volunteers can enjoy gift bags, hot dogs and hayrides courtesy of Stagecoach Lines & Duke Michaels. This is also a chance to get a preview of OMA’s new Mission & 2020 Vision Statement, sign up for 2014 OMA Membership, and to sign up to volunteer for 2014 Old Miners Days. RSVP at bigbearoldminersdays@gmail.com, on the Old Miners Association Facebook page or by phone at...

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