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This weekend Big Bear Lake hosts the annual MS Walk – a walk to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. There are several Walk/Runs for different charities throughout the year all over the world where people from different backgrounds come together for a common purpose.

Here are 10 reasons why participating in one of these events is good for them and you!!


Your running can save a charity money

Charities have the opportunity to buy places from race events to give to runners that raise a certain amount of money. However, if you are lucky enough to secure your own place through the race’s ballot or other entry systems, you can decide to raise funds for a charity of your choice, at no additional cost to the charity.

After small fees from having you as part of the race team are covered, the money that you raise will be mostly profit going directly to the charity providing a welcome boost to their donations.


Charity running provides you with a purpose

Beyond the sense of achievement that you will get from finishing a race, running on behalf of a charity will give you further purpose for completing the event. If you are able to achieve personal goals as well as raising valuable funds for a charity of your choice, this can add another level of effort to the challenge. You may even go on to beat your record!


Motivation to train

We all know how hard it can be to stay motivated to run when the rain is bouncing off the pavement and temperatures are dropping, it’s tempting to give training a miss or even consider pulling out of your race. However, if a charity is relying on you, you won’t want to let them down. This will give you extra motivation to brave the elements as well as achieving your goals on race day.


Personal reasons

You may have your own personal reasons for wanting to support a particular charity. If you, a family member or friend has been affected by a particular disease or illness then running to raise funds for a charity will help you feel like you are doing your bit for a cause that is close to your heart.

People are often motivated by the memory of a loved one, and you might even be able to encourage other friends or family members to get up and running for the same charity.


Support surrounding the event

The charity will make sure it provides plenty of support for their runners; before, during and after the event. They will offer training plans as well as tips for fundraising for the weeks coming up to the race, and will help with other arrangements to ensure you feel well prepared when you are standing on the start line.


You’re part of the family

In an event like the London Marathon which is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet, there will be thousands of people all in the same boat. Whether they are representing the same charity as you or another cause, there will always be someone to turn to should you be nervous, unsure or start to flag.

There is a massive sense of camaraderie among charity runners.

Most charities will provide their runners with a clearly branded running top so there will be no doubt who everyone is raising money for. There is a massive sense of camaraderie among charity runners on race day so definitely make the most of it and talk to other runners.


The day has arrived

Come race day the charity will take out most of the hassle out of your event and make sure you know everything you need to, the only thing left to you is running the race! If you start to struggle you can be sure that you’ll see gangs of supporters from your charity cheering you on from the side which is guaranteed to be a second wind in your sails.


Gift aid benefits

If you make the decision to help out a charity by raising funds, taxpayers in certain countries can also benefit the charities ever further by adding their full details to your sponsor form or online page. If this information is given then the charity may in some cases receive an extra set percentage in the form of tax relief (in the UK this is known as Gift Aid), which can make a real difference to their work.


Helping raise awareness

High profile events such as marathons will have thousands of spectators as well as the potential for television coverage. This makes these events fantastic opportunities for a charity to raise awareness of their cause. Runners and support teams sporting branded clothing can help bring the charity to public consciousness and you can feel incredibly proud to be contributing to that.


Running inevitably gets you fit

For those of you who are starting out in running, training for a race can be challenging but also very rewarding. Training for a race, especially longer events such as marathons, is very important to be properly prepared when the day arrives. Provided you train properly, you will be fitter than you’ve been in some time, potentially the whole of your life.

By deciding to run for a charity, you are not only contributing to their donations but you are also investing in your physical health and well-being. It’s a win-win situation and as good a reason as any to get off the couch once and for all…

List is courtesy of realbuzz.com

Check our list of upcoming events each month to see when the next event is happening in Big Bear and join together for a great cause!

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Since I’ve been focusing on Dads the past several days, here are five, fun, Father’s Day facts to finish off the week. Try saying that five times fast!!



1. Experts believe the word “dad” dates back to the 16 century.

2. Neckties are the most popular gift for Father’s Day.

3. Father’s Day is the fifth most popular card-sending holiday, with an estimated $100 million in card sales.

4. In Australia, the first Sunday of September is observed as Father’s Day, while Finnish people celebrate the holiday on the second Sunday of November. In Thailand, Father’s Day is observed on Dec. 5.

5. The Rose is the official flower for Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while wearing a white one represents one who has passed away.


Happy Father’s Day!!



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Today is the Summer Wine Walk in the Village of Big Bear Lake so I thought it might be fun to share this infographic that I found on wine pairings. From RS Vacations Big Bear to you: Cheers!



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Whether you catch one of the tagged $10k trout in Big Bear Lake this weekend or just catch a not-worth-any-money trout 😦, here is a recipe for pan-fried trout that is sure to please! Enjoy!!

Pan-Fried Trout – Courtesy of the Food Network – Anne Burrell


  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbsTroutRecipePhoto
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 lemons, juiced and 1 lemon, zested and reserved
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 4 (10 to 12-ounce) trout, boned, belly flap removed, rinsed and patted dry, heads and tails left on
  • Extra-virgin olive oil


In a wide flat dish, combine the bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes, zest of 1 lemon and salt, to taste.

In a small bowl, mix together the mustard and the juice of 1 lemon. Brush both sides of the trout with mustard mixture. Coat the fish on both sides with the seasoned bread crumbs and press firmly to adhere the crumbs to the fish.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Coat a large skillet with about 1/4 to 1/2-inch of olive oil and bring to a medium-high heat. Add the fish to the pan, skin side down, and cook the fish 2/3’s of the way, about 6 to 7 minutes. Carefully turn the fish over and cook the other side until the fish is brown and crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the fish from the pan and drain on paper towels. You will probably need to work in batches to do 4 fish. After the first batch is done and dried on paper towels reserve it on a rack in a warm oven.

When all the fish has been fried, remove the oil and any brown bits from the pan. Add the butter and remaining lemon juice and swirl to combine as the butter melts. Season with salt, to taste, and reduce by about half. Transfer the fish to a serving platter, drizzle with the butter lemon sauce and serve.

What a fishtale!

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Summer is Here!

Happy Summer 2014!

From RS Vacations Big Bear


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So you have caught a few trout in a Big Bear Lake fishing tournament. Now what? Well you cook it up and eat it, of course! Here is a well-reviewed recipe I found on AllRecipies.com:

Pecan-Crusted TroutPecan-Crusted Trout Recipe


Makes 4 servings
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • all-purpose flour, or as needed
  • 4 (4 ounce) fillets trout
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Mix pecans, rosemary, salt, and black pepper in a shallow bowl. Place flour in a separate shallow bowl. Dip trout fillets in flour and shake off excess; dip fish into beaten egg, then into seasoned pecans, lightly pressing pecan coating onto fish. Arrange fillets on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, 10 to 12 minutes.

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Visiting Big Bear on Super Bowl Weekend? Here are the Top Spots to Watch the Big Game:

SuperBowl2014This Sunday, February 2 is the big Super Bowl game. Whether you are cheering for the Seattle Seahawks or the Denver Broncos, you are sure to have a good time at one of the following restaurants offering big screen tvs, great food and even specials!
Courtesy of BigBear.com


  • Stillwells Lounge Super Bowl Party
    Address: 40650 Village Dr. (inside Northwoods Resort in the Village), 909-866-3121
    Time: 12 noon – 8 p.m.
    Super Bowl celebration with BBQ and beer served on Stillwells’ deck. Free appetizers at the bar.
  • Murray’s Saloon & Eatery
    Address: 672 Cottage Ln., 909-866-1444
    Time: 1 p.m.
    Join Murray’s for a Super Bowl pig roast and drink specials. Special Super Bowl t-shirts on sale.
  • Nottinghams Tavern
    Address: 40797 Big Bear Blvd., 909-866-4644
    Party at Nottinghams with drink specials, happy hour prices, football pools and prizes.
  • The Cowboy Steakhouse & Saloon
    Address: 40433 Lakeview Dr., 909-866-1486
    Come watch the big game and enjoy the “Best Darn Grub on ‘Da Hill”! Enjoy Super Bowl Specials including 2 for $5 pork sliders and $1 domestic beers (21 and over) within two minutes every time a team scores a touchdown!
  • Bear Mountain or Snow Summit Ski Resort
    Address: Bear Mountain, 43101 Goldmine Dr.; Snow Summit, 880 Summit Blvd.; 909-866-5766
    Go skiing or snowboarding and then watch the game at one of the resorts bar with plenty of tvs! If you finish skiing or riding early on Super Bowl Sunday take your ticket to the ticket window before 1 p.m. to receive $19 credit voucher on your next visit, lessons or rentals.

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