Santa’s Village: First in the Country

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San Bernardino Mountains, CA, May 17, 2014 - When Santa's Village opened it's doors in 1955 in Skyforest, it was the first franchised theme park in the country, beating Disneyland's opening by more than a month. It was the first of three Santa's Villages built by developer Glenn Holland. In it's heyday, it was one of Southern California's biggest … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

Concert for Car Seats: Vocalists Will Celebrate Relationships With Song

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Big Bear Lake, CA, March 26, 2014 - Early next month, the Big Bear Lake Hospital Foundation will present a concert whose proceeds will help fund their purchase of child car seats for the Mom and Dad Project. "Divas Duets" will star Kim Boda, Elena Peavy, and Nancy Walker, along with guest singers Bill Ferguson, Michael McConnell and Brett Smith. … [Read more...]

Hollywood Loves Big Bear

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  Big Bear, CA, February 22, 2014 - In July of 1911, a movie company from back east arrived at the new Pine Knot Lodge in Big Bear and began filming. That began a love affair between Hollywood and Big Bear that still continues. At about the same time, tourism started taking off in the valley, but only in the summer. During the … [Read more...]

Best Essay Will Win Pirate’s Booty

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Big Bear Lake, CA, February 20, 2014 - It's never too early to start saving for college. Local kindergartners have a chance to win a $25 scholarship by drawing a picture of a pirate, and older students can compete for much bigger scholarships with their writing. It’s all part of the Pirate Essay Contest presented by the Bear Valley Renaissance … [Read more...]

Fireside Chat… with Strings Attached

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Big Bear, CA, February 18, 2014 - Four years ago, due to budget cuts, BVUSD had to cut funding for the Elementary Strings Program which provides free participation for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students interested in learning to play in an orchestra. Due to the state altering their education funding formula this year, there is a possibility that the … [Read more...]

Night on the Town Will Benefit Young Entrepreneurs

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 30, 2014 - The Big Bear Chamber of Commerce has scheduled their 5th Annual Gala, and announced its theme. “Denim & Diamonds” will be held at the Northwoods Resort on March 8th, from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., featuring country singer Brent Payne, old-time photography by Millener Productions and dinner. Because … [Read more...]

Pasadena Orchestra Joins Forces With Mountain Ensembles

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Big Bear Lake, CA, January 29, 2014 - On February 8, the Arts Council of Big Bear Valley will present a collaboration between the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) and the All Mountain String Ensemble, conducted by Sharon Rizzo. This free performance runs from 2:00-5:00 p.m at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center (39707 Big Bear … [Read more...]

All Aboard the Old Miners Association!

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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 … [Read more...]