Category: Arts & Entertainment

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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Big Bear Expecting Tons of Snow September 27

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 26, 2014 – Right on the heels of the news of the acquisition by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Bear Mountain is having its winter kickoff party this weekend. The 11th annual Hot Dawgz & Handrails is set for Saturday, September 27 from 9 am to dark, and 40 pro snowboarders will compete for cash on 130 tons of man-made snow starting at 2 pm. The resort will take advantage of the huge anticipated crowds to unveil new urban style park features. The event is free to the public, and attendees will be entertained with DJs and music, prizes, games and giveaways, and have the chance to buy discounted season passes. The Screamin’ Deal 2014-15 pass is only available at he Bear Mountain season pass office on that day between 9 am and 6 pm. The activities: Snowboard competition featuring forty of the top jibbers in snowboarding Judges include Bear Team riders; Joe Sexton, JP Walker, Chris Bradshaw and Scott Stevens. Announcers include; Preston Strout, Adam Kisiel and John Castro The new features will be available for you to ride in the Red Bull Plaza this winter. Live Web Cast presented by Snowboarder magazine Discounts on SEASON PASSES– Season Pass office open 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Vendor Booth City open by 11 a.m.- offering games and tons of giveaways. BBQ on the 13,000 square foot...

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High School Senior Crowned Miss Big Bear 2015

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 14, 2014 – [Reported by Cathy Herrick] The annual Miss Big Bear Pageant took place at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center Saturday night, giving 23 young women a chance to practice their poise and public speaking. The evening’s entertainment included a dance number with all of this year’s contestants and songs from 2014 Miss Big Bear Jessica Brasher and 2013 Miss Big Bear Tori Waner. The scholarship competition required each contestant to introduce herself and her sponsor, and to dress first in a style that reflected her interests, then to wear an evening gown. For the first time in the history of the pageant, a Miss Teen Big Bear category was added for high school juniors. The six hopefuls were asked questions such as, “Would you rather be liked or respected?” The judges narrowed the field down to two, naming Dalaney Doyle as 1st runner-up and Brandy Murphy as the first-ever Miss Teen Big Bear. The judges selected five Miss Big Bear finalists from a field of 17 and posed questions to them, ultimately crowning Marcella Pfiefer. The full 2015 court consists of 1st runner-up Hannah Renick, 2nd runner-up Taylor Waner, 3rd runner-up Madison Waner and 4th runner-up Hannah Burak (sponsored by Rick and Cathy Herrick of KBHR). Alexi Egerer won the Miss Photogenic award and Emily Ploense won the Miss Congeniality and Spirit of Miss...

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