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April 6-9: This Week’s Community Calendar Includes Book Sale, Tree People and a Wolf Party

Big Bear Valley, CA — In addition to the regular, first-week-of-the-month meetings*, the Soroptimists’ Man About Town festivities, and “The Odd Couple” at the PAC, there are a number of goings-on in the Big Bear Valley this week. On Tuesday, there are two public meetings, both of which begin at 6:30pm. “Tree People” will be featured at tomorrow’s meeting of the Big Bear Valley Historical Society, given a presentation on the non-profit’s tree planting project on the San Bernardino National Forest; the Historical Society meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Big Bear Discovery Center. (More info: Doug Walton at 633-8314) Also at 6:30pm on April 6, Bear Valley Unified’s Superintendent Dr. Nancy Wright will be the featured speaker of the Democratic Club of Big Bear Valley meeting. Dr. Wright will address recent school district budget cuts and a possible parcel tax to fund local education, and attendees will be able to participate in a Q&A following the presentation. The Democratic Club meets at the offices of the Municipal Water District, located at 40524 Lakeview Drive. (More info: Golen Olson at 648-5745) On Thursday, the Big Bear Diabetes Support Network hosts a free, 5:30pm lecture at the Big Bear Chamber offices on Bartlett Road in the Village. Certified Diabetes Educator Therese Sweet will focus on basics, including diet challenges, in a presentation that will...

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Former Big Bear Lake Mayor Bill Speyers Passes Away Today at Age 86

Big Bear Lake, CA — The Big Bear Valley lost one of its more distinguished contributors with this morning’s passing of former Big Bear Lake Mayor Bill Speyers, who died in the 4am hour with Paddy, his wife of 65 years, at his side and one of his beloved boxer dogs nearby. Speyers had, citing health reasons, resigned from his post as Treasurer for the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District on December 31, ending a long career of community service since moving to the Big Bear Valley in 1985. Since relocating here upon his retirement from a career in engineering and aerospace, the World War II veteran served on the Big Bear Lake City Council for four years and was Mayor Speyers in 1988 to 1990; he also served as a Department of Water and Power Commissioner from 1991 to 1999, and again from 2001 to 2007, before joining the Healthcare District Board for a period of over 10 years. Speyers and wife Paddy, the parents of three daughters, were also active with Friends of the Moonridge Zoo; he is also a past president (or chairman) of SANBAG, the Valley Water Study Association, AARP, the Bear Valley Human Services Foundation, the Big Bear Amateur Radio Club, the Mining Monitoring Committee, the Association of California Healthcare Districts, and Friends of the Performing Arts, among other activities and groups, including the...

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Blues for the Zoo Concert

Friends of the Moonridge Zoo host the 50-year Moonridge Animal Park anniversary concert; proceeds from Blues for the Zoo benefit wildlife rehabilitation programs. Concert takes place lakeside at Swim Beach, at 41220 Park Avenue in Big Bear Lake, and will feature headliners Delta Guitar Slingers, as well as Guy Davis and Cafe R&B. Pre-sale tickets, available May 1, are $35; tickets are $40 at the gate. Children 10 and under are free with a paying adult. Parking is $3. Gates open at 2pm, music runs from 3pm to 7:30pm. Beach chairs and blankets welcome, no coolers as food and beverages will be available. To purchase tickets, visit Big Bear Chamber of Commerce on Bartlett Road, the Moonridge Animal Park gift shop, or go online to...

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Swap, Sale and Deed: Community Services District Excited About Property Exchanges With County and Park District

Big Bear City, CA — During agenda items for the Board of Directors for the Big Bear City Community Services District, President Marge McDonald announced, “I could not be happier with these things listed under Old Business.” The business item at hand, at the March 1st CSD meeting, addressed the reassignment of East Valley properties–via sale, swap and redeeding—between CSD, the County of San Bernardino, and the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, as initially outlined in the Paradise Park Memorandum of Understanding drafted in 2007 (and, at that time, referred to as a “win-win situation” by Rec and Park’s Reese Troublefield). The properties at issue include the Erwin Lake Park (owned by CSD), the property beneath the Sugarloaf Fire Station (owned by Rec and Park), the former Bear City Park property on which the Lions Club building is situated, and CSD’s well #9 parcels, currently owned by the County. Though no action was taken last night (and the Rec and Park Advisory Commission will address the property swaps in a 4pm Thursday meeting), President McDonald thanked County Supervisor Neil Derry for his support before adding, “I see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Lions Club, and that makes me very happy.” As explained by CSD’s General Manager Mike Mayer, the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District is offering a 1.6 acre parcel...

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