Diva Duets to premiere at PAC

Divas Duets is filled with love songs, jazz standards and Broadway favorites performed by Kim Boda, Elena Peavy and Nancy Walker, who will be joined by special guests Bill Ferguson, Michael McConnell and Brett Smith. The vocalists will be accompanied by a live band with Michael Reno on piano, Mark Cade on stand-up bass and Steve Boggio on drums. Divas Duets will be at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center April 5 and 6. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. April 5 and 1:30 p.m. April 6. Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit the Mom and Dad Project’s child car seat program. The basic theme of the show is relationships, both friendships and romantic ones, and how important they are to everyone. Some of the numbers include “The Best Is Yet to Come,” “It Had to Be You,” “S’Wonderful” and “Sisters.” Continue reading

Shake up call in Big Bear

The recent 4.4 earthquake in the LA Basin reminds residents of Big Bear Valley to check their disaster preparedness plans and supplies. If you lived in Big Bear in June 1992, you can remember exactly what a large earthquake felt like. Let’s learn from the recent earthquake activity and brush up on our preparedness skills. Below are a few tips. Continue reading

Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo host classes for new docents/volunteers

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation center that has been saving wildlife since 1959. The Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo was formed in 1989 as a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to support the zoo through: 1) Educating the public regarding the treatment, protection, and conservation of wildlife; 2) Recruiting and coordinating zoo volunteers; and 3) Fundraising. Continue reading

Do some towing…

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting open enrollment for tow service operators interested in contracting for services with the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station during the period of March 1 through March 31, 2014. Applications are available on-line at www.sbcounty.gov/sheriff by following the Links Tab to Tow Service Agreement. The standardized SBCSD Tow Service Agreement includes the application, as well as information regarding application procedures and the inspection process. Former or existing tow service operators are required to re-apply on an annual basis. Continue reading

Storm fires mortal broadside to Time Bandit

The intense winter storm that descended upon the Big Bear Valley included many inches

"Time Bandit," a mock pirate ship used as a tourist boat moored at Holloway's Marina, sank during the recent wnter storm.

“Time Bandit,” a mock pirate ship used as a tourist boat moored at Holloway’s Marina, sank during the recent wnter storm. Photo by Richard Millener.

of snowfall, high winds and rock slides that closed the main entrance to the Valley.

A causality of the powerful tempest was “Time Bandit,” a mock pirate ship that is used as a tour boat out of Holloway’s Marina. It sank at its mooring.

Time Bandit, the Big Bear Lake Pirate Ship, is a 1/3rd scale replica of a Spanish Galleon and was built by a Father and his Son from the late 60’s through the 70’s in their back yard. It was then used in the 1981 release “Time Bandit.” Later it was used as a tour boat in LA Harbor, and Newport Beach at the Fun Zone.

The last part of the Ship’s life at the ocean was as a private residence. Then it was purchased by Ed & Kelly Kinsley, refurbished, modified a bit to include more passengers, and moved to Big Bear Lake to operate as a tour boat. It took 28 different permits and 2.5 days to transport the Ship from Dana Point Boatyard to Holloway’s Marina where it is presently berthed.


New FM radio station headed for Big Bear Valley

There’s a new FM radio station coming to Big Bear. On Friday, February 7, 2014, Big Bear

KVBB 94.5 FM - The Voice of Big Bear

KVBB 94.5 FM -
The Voice of Big Bear

Theater Inc, a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization with the mission to teach and perform the arts in the Big Bear Valley area of Southern California, was granted a construction permit to broadcast on 94.5 FM, KVBB, “The Voice of Big Bear.”

This will be a low power FM station with a signal covering the Big Bear Valley. Additionally, KVBB will be simulcast on Web so it can be hear anywhere. The staff of KVBB hopes to be on the air by the first of March 2014. To get an idea of its format, the Web broadcast is already on the air and can be found at www.BigBear.pro and www.KVBB945.com.

Big Bear Theater Inc. produces the annual Big Bear Summer Theater Festival, which will open its fourth season in summer 2014. Big Bear Theater Inc intends to broaden the scope of its theatre productions, producing more live theater shows throughout the year, and thereby developing and training a resident company to create a brand, or identity for the Big Bear Valley as a theatre community on a national level. The radio station will be instrumental in this process, helping to spread the message and cement the brand.

John Phane, artistic director of Big Bear Theater Inc and publisher of the Big Bear Village Voice newspaper, will be station manager. Continue reading

Hazardous condition mock drill conducted

The Big Bear Fire Department hosted a multi-casualty incident training during the week of1 January 27-30. Students included Big Bear Fire Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department/Hazardous Materials Division.

The instruction and curriculum was conducted by the 9th Civil Support Team from the Army National Guard. Classroom training was held at Pine Summit Conference Grounds that included a Hazardous Materials Refresher, Drug Lab Recognition, and Health Effects to Responders. Continue reading

Southern California Mountains Foundation hosts Discovery Center Benefit

The Southern California Mountains Foundation is staging a “Celebrate Your Love” Benefit for the Discovery Center on Sat., Feb. 8, at the Discovery Center. The event is being billed as the culmination of the “Give the Gift of Love” holiday fund raising campaign for the Center to raise $25,000 needed to continue the level of service and programming provided by the Valley’s largest visitor center and outdoor playground and classroom. Continue reading

Living a troubadour’s life

Wearing a black cowboy hat covering a head crowned with thick dark hair, a long black

Duke Michaels

Duke Michaels

coat and cowboy boots that look more like they’ve been used out in the pasture than to wear to night clubs, singer/songwriter Duke Michaels is tearing up the music scene across the Big Bear Valley. Michaels is a regular at The Wine Room at Wolf Creek Resort, on stage at Club Bombay on Pine Knot Boulevard and will soon be bringing his own brand of country and rock to the Big Bear Convention Center, splitting the stage with country performer Brent Payne, in a show that shares some of its proceeds with the Big Bear Old Miners Association. Continue reading

Rotary, hospital foundation, team to host Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Ball

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening enjoying great food, wine, live musical entertainment, romantic dancing and silent and live auctions, all to benefit the Bear Valley Community Hospital’s much needed renovation of patient rooms. On Friday, February 14, the Big Bear Lake Rotary Club Foundation and the Bear Valley Hospital Foundation will team to host the first gala Sweetheart Ball to celebrate this special occasion and to support a very worthy cause. Continue reading