Posts Tagged ‘Veteran’s Day’

mark-your-calendarBig Bear Lake has so many events happening all the time, it can be hard to keep up! On the first Tuesday of every month, we will dedicate Tuesday’s Topic to upcoming events so that you can plan ahead to join us for the fun!

We are gearing up for Winter Fun here in Big Bear, but there is still time to explore Big Bear before the snow flies. Wander the quaint streets of the Village and enjoy hundreds of unique shops, find the perfect restaurant or enjoy some live music. Sip a coffee or hot chocolate while relaxing by one of the outdoor fire-pits and take in the beauty of the mountains in the fall.

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Here are just some of the upcoming events:




Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Big Bear Convention Center

Nov 11, 2016 | 10:30AM – 12:00PM

The American Legion Big Bear Post will be hosting a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Big Bear Convention Center. Doors open at 10:30 am and ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

The American Legion’s Color Guard will post the colors of each of America’s services, and veterans will be invited to stand with the flags of their branch of service.  All Big Bear Valley residents are invited to join with the American Legion and city officials in this annual recognition of America’s veterans.

For more information, contact the American Legion at 909-866-4845.

Location: Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd.

Contact: Tel: (909) 866-4845

Nature Walks at the Big Bear Discovery Center

Nov 12, 2016 | 01:00PM – 02:30PM

Join us for a 30-minute nature walk on Saturdays and Sundays to learn about the local plant life, wildlife and some very interesting historical facts. Great activity for families and individuals who want to gain a greater appreciation for our National Forest. Nature walks are not strenuous and designed for all levels of physical conditioning.

Free!Saturdays (year round) at 1pm & 2pm  Sundays (year round)  at 11am & 12pm

Please call or visit website for more details.

Location: Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 North Shore Drive/ Hwy 38, Fawnskin CA 92333

Contact: Tel: (909) 382-2790 Website: www.mountainsfoundation.org

CATS Presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the PAC

Nov 18, 2016 | 07:30PM – 10:00PM

Playing at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center for 11 performances from November 18 thru December 4, CATS will present the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber/ Tim Rice musical, “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT” Lyrics by Tim Rice and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Directed and staged by Michael Reno.

November 18, 19, 22, 25, 26 & 30 and December 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm. Matinees November 20, 27 and December 4 at 1:30 pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells The Biblical saga of Joseph, the boy blessed with prophetic dreams, and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable.

Please call or visit website for more information.

Location: Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center at 39707 Big Bear Blvd

Contact: Tel: (909) 866-4970 Website: www.bigbeartheater.org

The 4th Annual Big Bear Turkey Trot

Nov 24, 2016 | 09:00AM – 01:00PM

The 4th Annual Big Bear Turkey Trot consists of 3 mile, 6 mile, and 9 mile Road Runs on Thanksgiving Day with Start/Finish line located at Meadow Park.  This is a FUN event for the whole family. The run course is a relatively flat 3 mile loop through the neighborhood of Eagle Point, with 6 mile runners completing 2 laps and 9 mile runners completing 3, making it easy for all abilities to participate.

Turkey Trots are run on Thanksgiving Day in anticipation of the large meal to be had later on. Other traditions include a “turkey” prize for the overall winner and runner costume contest. In addition, a portion of race entry fees will be donated to the Big Bear Senior Center holiday food drive.

The 9 mile race starts at 9:00 am, 6 mile starts at 9:15 am, and 3 mile starts at 9:30am.

Please call or visit website for more details.

Location: Meadow Park at 41220 Park Avenue, Big Bear Lake CA 92315

Contact: Tel: (909) 744-7876 Website: www.bigbearturkeytrot.com or www.openairbigbear.com

Thanksgiving Day Cruise on Miss Liberty

Nov 24, 2016 | 10:00AM – 11:30AM

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with your friends and family on-board the Miss Liberty. Enjoy the spectacular Big Bear Lake fall views in our 1 1/2 hour Thanksgiving Day cruise. Don’t worry about the cold, the Lower Deck is fully heated!

Cost of Admission – $20 for Adults, $13 for children 12-5, Under 5 are free.

Location: Miss Liberty is moored at Pine Knot Marina at 439 Pine Knot

Contact: Tel: (909) 866-8129 Website: www.pineknotmarina.com

32nd Annual Mountain Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Convention Center

Nov 25, 2016 | 10:00AM – 05:00PM

Let the shopping season begin!  The 32nd annual Mountain Christmas Boutique kicks-off the holiday shopping season at Big Bear Lake.  This year’s arts and crafts show once again takes place over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, November 25-27 at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center and features 40+ vendors, FREE arts & crafts for children, and holiday libations and food.

Taking place for three decades, the Mountain Christmas Boutique is the largest holiday arts and crafts show in the mountains.  With several returning favorites, the show also features new crafters each year.  This year children will have the opportunity to make their own holiday horseshoe art using actual horseshoes.  Also, holiday libations and a variety of show foods will be offered on site.    The show offers a quaint shopping experience featuring handmade and one-of-a-kind items and a variety of collectible and unique gifts.  Crafters and artists from throughout the Western United States converge in Big Bear Lake for the holiday weekend.  From wire-wrap gem jewelry, to handmade hats and scarves, to homemade jams and oils, to personalized ornaments, to vintage clothing, there are gifts available for every taste and every budget.  Holiday items include Christmas wreaths, handmade Santas, and holidays treats.

The Mountain Christmas Boutique is located at the Convention Center at Big Bear Lake on the corner of Division Drive and Big Bear Blvd.  Doors open at 10:00 a.m. daily with the shopping  continuing through 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.  Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and FREE for children 12 and under.

Sunday is Local’s Day with FREE admission for all Bear Valley residents (I.D. required). For additional information, call (909) 585-3000 or visit http://www.bigbearevents.com.

Location: Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd.

Contact: Tel: 909-585-3000 Website: www.bigbearevents.com

Santa’s Grand Entrance and Tree Lighting

Nov 25, 2016 | 05:00PM – 10:00PM

Come and Enjoy the Festivities at Santa’s Grand Entrance in the Village. Entertainment starts at @ 5:00 PM and Santa and Mrs Claus will arrive in his sleigh at @ 6:00 PM. Santa will also be at the Xmas Tree Lot every Weekend from 10-4 pm until December 24th.

Please call or visit website for more details

Location: Pine Knot Blvd and Village Drive

Contact: Tel: (909) 878-4747 Website: www.bigbearlakevillage.com

“The English Beat” at the Cave

Nov 25, 2016 | 06:30PM – 11:30PM

The English Beat is a band with an energetic mix of musical styles and a sound like no other. The band’s unique sound has allowed it to endure for nearly three decades and appeal to fans, young and old, all over the world.

When The English Beat (known simply as The Beat in their native England) rushed on to the music scene in 1979, it was a time of massive social and political unrest and economic and musical upheaval. This set the stage for a period of unbridled musical creativity, and thanks in large part to the Punk movement and it’s DIY approach to making music, artists like The Beat were able to speak out and speak their mind on the news of the day, as in “Stand Down Margaret”, things that mattered to them and the youth culture, as in “Get A Job”, and universal matters of the heart and soul, as in their classic hits “I Confess” and “Save It For Later”.

The Cave is a new, intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you up close and personal with its performers. Doors open at 6:30 pm Concert starts at 7:30 pm. Call or visit website for ticket information.

Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Contact: Tel: (909) 878-0204 Website: www.thecavebigbear.com

Christmas in the Village with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Nov 26, 2016 | 10:00AM – 04:00PM

The Village of Big Bear Lake presents Christmas in the Village every Saturday and Sunday up to December 24th. Visit Santa and Mrs Claus at the Christmas Tree Lot from 10-4pm at the Corner of Pine Knot Blvd and Village Drive as well as all the shops and restaurants throughout the Village that will be open all day into the evening.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm from November 26th until December 24th.

For more details please call (909) 878-4747 or visit website.

Location: The Christmas Tree Lot in the Village at Pine Knot and Village

Contact: Tel: (909) 878-4747 Website: www.bigbearlakevillage.com

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Big Bear City Fire Department

Nov 26, 2016 | 05:00PM – 06:00PM

The Big Bear City Fire Department will be hosting the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 25, 2016. Everyone is invited to join the festivities starting at 5:00 p.m. The switch will be flipped to the tree lights promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Following the official tree lighting, Santa Claus will be making a special visit to the Fire Station. Children are encouraged to bring their wish list to give to Santa! Families are asked to bring a plate of cookies to share; hot coffee and cider will be provided.

For additional information, please contact the Big Bear City Fire Department at 866-7566.

Location: Big Bear City Fire Department at 301 W. Big Bear Blvd Big Bear City , CA 92314

Contact: Tel: (909) 866-7566



USASA Rail Jam #1 at Bear Mountain

Dec 11, 2016 | 08:00AM – 04:30PM

A USASA Snowboarding event. USASA is a solid grassroots organization that allows men and women, boys and girls of all ages. Please visit http://www.usasa.org/ for more information.

Location: Bear Mountain Resort at at 43101 Goldmine Drive

Contact: Tel: (909) 585 -2519 Website: www.bigbearmountainresorts.com

The 2nd Annual Messiah Sing-Along at the PAC

Dec 17, 2016 | 02:00PM – 07:00PM

The 2nd Annual Messiah Sing-Along at the PAC

Saturday December 17th at 2pm and 5pm. FREE to attend

Guest Director Dr Todd Fitzpatrick of UNLV plus UNLV Guest Vocalists and the Mountain Top Strings

The choir is open and non-auditioned.  All positive, enthusiastic people are welcome to join regardless of ability.

Only SIX weekly rehearsals on Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 PM Beginning on October 25. Big Bear Presbyterian Church at 579 Knickerbocker Road.              F


Location: Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center at 39707 Big Bear Blvd

Contact: Tel: (909) 866-4970 Website: www.citybigbearlake.com

“Los Lobos” at the Cave

Dec 30, 2016 | 06:30PM – 11:30PM

More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, Just Another Band from East L.A. Since then they’ve repeatedly disproven that title—Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots.

Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut How Will The Wolf Survive? in 1984.Although the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band—David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin—saw parallels with their struggle to gain mainstream rock success while maintaining their Mexican roots.

Perez, the band’s drummer, once called their powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music “the soundtrack of the barrio.” Three decades, two more Grammys, a worldwide smash single (“La Bamba”) and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is surviving quite well — and still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in that garage in 1973.

The Cave is a new, intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you up close and personal with its performers. Doors open at 6:30 pm Concert starts at 8:30 pm. Call or visit website for ticket information.

Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Contact: Tel: (909) 878-0204 Website: www.thecavebigbear.com

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Another beautiful autumn weekend is almost upon us here in beautiful Big Bear Lake. We have daytime temps around 60 and clear skies – absolutely perfect fall weather in the mountains.

11-7-13Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

It is a relatively quiet weekend as far as events go this coming Veterans Day weekend, but there are a few things you may want to check out:


Big Bear Snow Play is open daily for the 2013/2014 tubing season, offering the only snow play now available in Southern California. Big Bear Snow Play is home to the longest tubing runs in Southern California! Enjoy thrilling downhill twists and turns for a fun packed day of tubing. Kids of all ages can hop aboard the magic carpet for an easy lift-assisted ride to the top.  

Open Daily, Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission: $25 All-Day Pass Includes Inner Tube

42825 Big Bear Blvd. 909-585-0075



Kenny Marquez hosts live concerts at The Cave.

·         Friday, November 8, see Country Superstars perform a tribute to Brooks & Dunn.

·         Saturday, November 9 Country Superstars perform a tribute to Garth Brooks.

Beer, wine and food specials. Concert Time: 8 p.m., Doors Open at 6 p.m. General Admission: $20; VIP $40

40789 Village Dr. 909-878-0500


Description: cid:B5CB3210-A1B5-4C64-9831-79349C26A432November 9 and 10 mark the final days for sightseeing and mountain biking at Snow Summit. On Sunday, guests can head to Snow Summit for an end of season celebration from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. Visitors can enjoy a DJ and live music, $2 draft beers, and a raffle with dozens of prizes. Guests can also stock up on winter gear and enjoy big savings at the Sport Shop.

Snow Summit will also be offering a Veteran’s Day special on Sunday. In honor of our veterans, Snow Summit will be offering a FREE ticket good for a Scenic Sky Chair ride or an all-day Bike Park pass for all active duty military and veterans, with valid military identification. As always, active and retired military personnel will receive a 15% discount on all regularly priced items in the Sport Shop.

880 Summit Blvd. 909-866-5766

If you are looking to spend a quiet weekend away from the city, now is the perfect time to come to Big Bear. Great weather, no crowds and awesome deals on cabins. What more could you want?? Visit our website today and book a quick Big Bear getaway!

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For the final day of our Veterans tribute, I found these moving compilation videos. Every soldier leaves behind someone that loves them and so many people never get to see their loved ones again. What a joy when we can say “Welcome Home”.



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File:Veterans Day 2012 Poster.jpgU.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

In 1945, WWII veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day.”

U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.

Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans”, and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

Info courtesy of Wikipedia.

Once again, RS Vacations would like to honor all past and present Veterans for their service to our country and to their fellow man.

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1.  a state of tranquility or quiet, as:

          a. freedom from civil disturbance

          b. a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom

2.  freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

3.  harmony in personal relations

4. a state or period of mutual concord between governments

5.  a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

So often I hear people say that they “hope for world peace”. I hope this as well. Do I think this world will ever achieve it? No, because we are humans driven by emotions and the need for power. While I think most of us long for it, there will always be those who strive against it.

“I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?'” -Eve Merriam

While I am saddened by the whole concept of war, it is often necessary to achieve and/or maintain freedom. I am awed by those willing to dedicate and all too often sacrifice their lives in the defense of the liberties we all enjoy in this country. No matter how we feel about the act, we should ALWAYS honor the brave men and women who have and are still out there, securing our freedom. They leave their homes, parents, spouses and children behind, not knowing if they will ever see them again. If they come home, they often return wounded – inside or out – and are too often forgotten. Every day should be Veteran’s Day.

“Freedom is never free.” -Author Unknown

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” -G.K. Chesterton

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis

We here at RS Vacations would like to thank and honor all past and present members of the military. Without you, we would not have “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.

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