Tag: Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake

Fireworks in Big Bear: The Best in SoCal

Big Bear, CA, June 28, 2014 – On Friday July 4th, Big Bear residents and visitors to our valley will be treated to one of the largest and most unique fireworks displays in all of southern California. Shot from a barge in the lake, the fireworks are brilliant in our clear mountain air and we get the added bonus of their reflections on the water. The Big Bear Rotary Club and especially longtime valley resident Skip Suhay, who passed away in May, have been coordinating this display for over 20 years. They’ve seen it grow from a small display shot from the peninsula at the end of Pine Knot to the huge show it is today which will feature over 400 shells shot into the sky from a 100 foot long barge anchored in the middle of the lake. According to family members and fellow Rotarians, the annual fireworks show was Skip’s passion. Every year he looked forward to making the show more memorable and better than the year before. He worked closely with MWD, the various marinas, and the pyrotechnic specialists to make sure it was the best show possible. This year, Skip’s son Andy will be at the helm of the Rotary Club’s Fireworks Committee. The fireworks can be seen from many vantage points in the valley including from the lake itself. In fact, anywhere you can...

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Jim Miller crowned Man About Town

Big Bear Lake, CA – 5/19/2014 – The annual fund raiser Man About Town raised a over $61,000 for Soroptimists International and women’s health issues in the Big Bear Valley.   Sunday night three contestants–Michael Natzic, Ray Hino and Jim Miller–made the final push for this years  Man About Town title.   With supporters, friends and family in attendance, the hats were passed, skits performed and money tallied ending this year’s six week frenzy of fund raising events.  A total of $61,024 was raised, not besting past years, but still an impressive total as new rules limited candidates to two events each.  With the tally finished, Jim Miller, Rotary President and City Department head, received the traditional cane and top hat signifying his victory.   “It’s all in good fun, which exploits the male ego desire to win in an effort raise money for good causes”, said last year’s Man About Town winner, Fire Chief Jeff...

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Will You Be the Next Big Bear Idol?

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 28, 2014 – The annual Big Bear Idol Music Competition will be held at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday February 22nd, at 6:00pm. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to attend this free concert to support our talented local musicians. Refreshments at intermission will be provided by members of the Big Bear Lake Rotary Club who also sponsor the event. The musical competition is open to high school age singers and instrumentalists of all levels and provides them with an opportunity to perform before a live audience. For many, it enhances their career opportunities. Past winners have gone on to study music at the college level and perform professionally. The top three musicians in each category will receive cash prizes. First place winners will have the opportunity to compete at the Rotary district level. In the past, Big Bear students have done very well in the District wide competition. For further information on how to get involved in this year’s Big Bear Lake Rotary Club Annual Big Bear Idol Music Competition, contact John or Barbara King at (909)585-8339....

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Santa is Taking Appointments

Big Bear Lake, CA, December 3, 2013 – Every year, Santa Claus brings gifts to around 1,000 kids in the Big Bear Valley, and he’s now taking appointments for this year’s visits.  On the evenings of December 19, 20 and 21, the red-suited visitor will call out the child’s name with a merry “Ho-ho-ho!” as he approaches the house with age-appropriate presents. Santa will visit any youngster in the Big Bear Valley, whether local or visiting, but reservations must be made by calling either (909) 585-4991 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or (909) 866-2253 after 5:00. Reservations will be taken up to the week the visits take place. This is a free service provided by the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake, whose members travel with Santa as his helpers around the entire valley. Though not necessary, any donations are gladly accepted to help to fund the...

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Fireworks Committee Promises Largest Show Ever

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 28, 2013 – Thousands of people line the shores of Big Bear Lake each year to view one of the largest and most elaborate fireworks displays put on in Southern California. This year, the annual July 4th celebration will add 10% more fireworks, including some pyrotechnics never before seen locally.  KBHR 93.3 FM will continue its long tradition of broadcasting synchronized patriotic music. The show begins at dark, usually right around nine o’clock. Fireworks are shot off from the middle of the lake from a large barge, prepared and manned by Rotarians, volunteers from throughout the region, and a crew from the largest fireworks company on the West Coast, Pyro Spectaculars. The extravaganza is once again designed by Skip Suhay, underwritten by the City of Big Bear Lake and supported with donations from many local businesses and individuals. Additional fireworks are shot off from a smaller barge on the lakefront near Marina Resort as a special treat for those at the Rotary Fireworks and Barbecue. This year’s restaurants are Barnstorm Restaurant and Red Baron Pizzeria, who will serve dinner between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.  A $25 ticket buys a steak or chicken meal and entry to the Marina viewing area for the lakefront fireworks display.  The $20 ticket buys a hamburger or hot dog meal and entry to the viewing area.  All meal tickets include salad and...

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