Category: Arts & Entertainment


Big Bear Lake, CA. September 26, 2015 – The year was 1810, the place was southern Germany, Bavaria, and life was hard. It was the month of October and all of the countryside had been working day and night to finish their fall harvest and prepare for the onset of winter. While the plow horses were working and the farmers’ days were filled from sun up to sun down, there were some other preparations being made as well. Prince Ludwig I and his entire court were preparing for his upcoming marriage to Princess Therese. The grand wedding was to take place on the 12th, right in the middle of the harvest. As the big day approached, the countryside and town, in fact all of Bavaria was a buzz with talk of the big day. Everyone was planning on attending as they were all exhausted from the harvest and it was really the last chance before the long, cold days of winter to get out and blow off some steam. The ceremony went off without a hitch. The weather was perfect, the bride looked beautiful and about 40,000 guests were in attendance. The reception, as you can imagine, was one of the biggest parties history had ever seen with copious amounts of beer and massive quantities of food being devoured. It was a reception fit for a prince. Ludwig I was so...

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The New Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Big Bear Lake, CA August 26, 2015 – Big Bear is one step closer to getting a new zoo.   Supervisor James Ramos announced at Monday’s Big Bear Lake City Council meeting that a ground breaking ceremony will take place as early as December of this year.   The building plans and specifications are nearly complete which include a peer review.   Next the construction bidding window opens from October 6 to November 13, 2015.    Soon after the winning contractor will be announced and a contract signed.   Winter weather may be at play this year, for the launch of the grading and construction at the new location on the corner of Moonridge Road and Club View in Big Bear Lake.  Supervisor Ramos expressed his enthusiasm for this project saying “Big Bear is one of the jewels of our County and the Alpine Zoo along with the Moonridge corridor revitalization plans will create a special place for residents and visitors of Big Bear along with escalating the zoo’s educational and rehabilitation mission.”  The Zoo property acquisition and construction carries projected cost in the neighborhood of eight million dollars which is being financed by the county along with local zoo support groups.  The Big Bear Lake City Council along with city planning commissioners expressed their appreciation and gratitude for this important community...

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BVUSD Girl’s Choir Sweeps Show Choir Competition

Big Bear, CA, March 12, 2015 – Altitude Adrenaline, formerly the Aquila Ensemble, is an after school competition show choir sponsored by Bear Valley Unified School District. It is open to girls grades four through eight from the three elementary schools and Big Bear Middle School. On Friday, March 6, Altitude Adrenaline swept the Cypress Star Reflections show choir competition. They placed first in the Novice Middle School division and won both the Outstanding Musicianship and Outstanding Showmanship awards, receiving the highest scores among three other middle school and thirteen high school show choirs. Middle school student Addyson Contreras received an award as Outstanding Performer. Their competition program for this year is entitled “Girl Power”, and along with songs like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “We Are Family”, features an original number written by choir director Robin O’Hare as well as a dance duet choreographed by Cathy Winch to “Let It Go”. This is the group’s fourth first place win in their past five...

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Big Bear’s Annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade is Unique in SoCal

Big Bear, CA, December 30, 2014 – Burning torches will illuminate the slopes at Snow Summit on New Year’s Eve. Beginning at about 7:00 p.m., the annual Torchlight Parade is a spectacular sight to see. More than 250 skiers and snowboarders, some dressed in eccentric holiday costumes, will descend the snowy slopes with lit torches to create an incredible display of illumination down Miracle Mile, and weave a beautiful path of light to ring in the New Year. This free event can be seen from a range of vantage points throughout Big Bear and will be followed up by Snow Summit’s New Year’s Eve Party starting at 8:00...

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Big Bear High School Vocalist to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Big Bear, CA, December 5, 2014 – The American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall has selected Big Bear High School Junior, Kortney Carmody, to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in February 2015. The nominated candidates were asked to submit a 5 minute recording featuring their best classical repertoire. On October 31, Kortney was informed that she was selected as one of the nation’s top 200 high school performers chosen to sing at Carnegie Hall. Miss Carmody will attend a five day program in New York City, rehearsing with other finalists from across the United States and Canada, and culminating with the concert at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Kortney is a student from the voice studio of Diane Sloan Kubeja, where she has been studying for 10 years. Diane has had 8 of her students selected to sing at Carnegie Hall over the past 2 years, with Kortney being the ninth, which is quite an accomplishment. If you’d like to hear Kortney Carmody sing, as well as the other talented vocalists from the Voice Studio of Diane Sloan Kubeja, the 2014 Winter Voice Recital will be taking place on Sunday December 7th at 2:00 pm at the Performing Arts Center in Big Bear...

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