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Big Bear Today March 2018


Page 10—March 2018 Choir holds zoo benefit concert Join Big Bear High’s Performing Arts Department for an amazing night of music and fun during its annual charity concert fundraiser benefitting Alpine Zoo on Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. The evening includes selections by the Concert Choir and featured performers. There’s silent auction of wildlife related gift items donated by LeMuse gift store, including an arrowhead and antler letter opener and carved eagle bangle bracelet. Big Bear Alpine Zoo staff will be on hand with information about progress on the new zoo construction plus animals from the zoo. There’s a lot to talk about, as anyone who has driven by the new facility being built at a rapid pace in lower Moonridge has seen. Big Bear Alpine Zoo Willy Wonka Jr. at PAC Big Bear Middle School presents the beloved story Willy Wonka Jr. to life during four shows at the Performing Arts Center on March 15-18. The 7 p.m. performances (1 p.m. Sunday matinee) follow the famous candy man and Charlie who ventures into his chocolate kingdom. The musical has been adapted to be performed by students as part of the “Jr.” series of classic productions and includes favorite musical numbers from the movie starring Gene Wilder along with new material. There’s oompa-loompas and great songs like “Pure Imagination” and “The Candy Man.” Tickets are $15, student/senior $10. Call the PAC at (909) 866-4970. NEW WEBSITE Live weather! Photo Gallery! PDF Reader! is expected to move into its new home later this year. Students of the Performing Arts Club decide each year which organization the charity event will support. The fundaiser will be held at the high school (351 Maple Lane Room B5/6) with tickets $5, available at the door. Call (909) 585-6892. Visitors finally are getting to see how animals cope with real winter after the recent storms. One of only two high altitude parks in the country, Big Bear Alpine Zoo offers a climate that’s suitable for Arctic fox, Himalayan snow leopards and other alpine species. See how animals cope with the season in an environment more natural than swaying palm trees and balmy temperatures found at city zoos. Endangered Himalayan snow leopards Asha and Shanti love winter. The pair came to Big Bear from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle a few years ago and relish the zoo’s 7,000 ft. elevation. The zoo doesn’t have any polar bears but it does have brown bruins and even grizzlies—one of only two parks in California where the state’s symbol can actually be seen. Both appreciate winter in Big Bear, though they don’t actually hibernate in winter. Bobcats are another species that loves snow which tends to lure out the otherwise reclusive cats. The zoo is open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $12, $6 ages 3-10/60 and over, under three free. Big Bear Alpine Zoo is at 43285 Goldmine Dr. across from Bear Mountain. Call (909) 584-1299. If you can’t pick us up ... then click us up! Monthly! Your Best Source for activities and happenings in the Big Bear Lake Area Summer! Fall! Winter! Big Bear Today Who says cats don’t like snow? Don’t tell that to Alpine Zoo’s snow leopards Bowl under black lights at the Barn After dark the lights come on at the Bowling Barn—the black lights, that is. Plus laser lights and music videos, too. Glow Bowling is held every night beginning at 8 p.m.with an experience that’s downright surreal as neon balls glow brightly illuminated by the black lights, and players step out of the shadows to roll down 16 lanes of excitement. Most of the house bowling balls glow under the lights, in dazzling orange, blue, green and red. By day these balls look completely normal, but once the black lights kick on they glow to life. Filling the racks in all the incandescent colors of the rainbow, they add a psychedlic touch to bowling to be sure. The Bowling Barn has highpowered speakers and amps to kick up the sound system a few decibels and really get the party going. There’s also aser lights, dancing and spinning on the lanes and above the pins, while a center screen plays music videos. The house lights are down and black lights up for just open play so the emphasis is on fun, not competition, but state-of-theart scoreboards keep track not only of pin tallies but also running player handicaps and even the speed of their rolls. Free bowling with the coupon on page 11—three games for the price of two! After bowling walk to the nearby Fun Plex for Lazer Tag, video games and indoor “ice skating” on a rink that’s never frozen but delivers an experience remarkably similar to the real thing complete with skates, stops and slides. Fun Plex is at 40679 Big Bear Blvd. Bowling Barn is at 40625 Big Bear Blvd. (enter on Bonanza). Call 878-BOWL. Lake Activities Boating • Fishing • Hiking Biking & Special Events Follow Us On Facebook! All Things Oktoberfest! Join the Two Month long Celebration with all the insider information. Essential Information about the #1 Ski Resorts in Southern California for All Skiers, Snowboarders & Snowplayers Big Bear's Best Calendar of Events • Lodging • Attractions • Much More! All Available On-line: 18

Big Bear Today March 2018—Page 11 1895 log cabin is 21st century hit The late Richard Kiel, all 7 ft. 1 inches of him, appreciated the towering ceilings, especially in the shower. Favorite cabin at Black Forest Lodge for the actor best known for playing Jaws in the James Bond movies wasn’t the newest, nor the largest. In fact ”Log Cabin” tucked away in the back was built in 1895 and is perhaps the oldest rental cabin in Big Bear. Yet while it looks old, it defi- Dr. Seuss at Library Big Bear Lake Library hosts its “Read Across America” event on Saturday, March 3 honoring the late, great Dr. Seuss from 1-3 p.m. Play games, make crafts, and read timeless books by one of the most beloved, zany authors in all of children’s literature. Check out 15 items during the event (or through March 10) and receive a stovepipe hat while supplies last. Be sure to enter the opportunity drawing for the chance to win amazing Dr. Seuss prizes. The library is at 41930 Garstin Dr. Call (909) 866-5571. Rustic Log Cabin cottage at Black Forest romantic and historic nitely doesn’t live like it. Soak in the river stone-lined two-person jetted spa as the wood-burning fireplace crackles mere feet away. Also nearby is the log style bed and sitting area next to the window With real log cabin walls that are original and rustic decor throughout the small-but-cozy cottage exudes romance. With flat screen TV, small refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker guests never have to leave their warm surroundings if they don’t want to, save for maybe sitting outside under the pine trees on a nice day. Certainly actor Gary Sinise and his wife thought 1895 was romantic. The award-winning star of CSI:NY and many other memorable roles was compelled to point out Log Cabin years later to his son when they drove to Big Bear in a red convertible Mustang, noting it’s a special place in his life. From the outside the cabin looks historical as it should. River rock that inside matches the spa and fireplace lines the outside too and complements the log look. “There is a cement floor under the carpet, not wood,” said Black Forest Lodge owner Rita Wilson. “We also had the kitchen torn out to create more living space. These are original logs. To really bring out the log look we shine them up. Aren’t they something?” Not much is known about the cabin’s first years but at one time it was guest quarters for the Lankershims, whose residence was what is now part of Black Forest Lodge’s lobby. The spectacular fireplace was preserved in an early 1990’s remodel that created one of Big Bear’s nicest, coziest lobbies. For over 120 years Log Cabin has endured a lot. Heavy snow loads, flooding, even the 1992 Big Bear earthquake that knocked down newer construction that wasn’t built nearly as well. Even the chimney stayed put when hundreds of others toppled! Log Cabin isn’t the only historic building at Black Forest Lodge. “Stratton” is a two bedroom cabin built in 1910. At the other end of the spectrum, Black Forest offers modern spa suites and cabins as well with wood or gas burning fireplaces, family chalets, motel rooms and more in all price ranges. Plus Black Forest Lodge has terrific amenities including seasonal pool and spa, free Wifi in all rooms, and on-site recreation areas and day spa. Call Black Forest Lodge at (909) 866- 2166 or Built in 1895 it’s one of the oldest rental cabins in Big Bear...and most popular! FREE Bowling & Laser Tag! With this ad buy 2 games per person at regular price and your 3rd game is FREE! (Not valid when on wait list) Visit Our New SPORTS BAR & ARCADE! GLOW BOWLING NIGHTLY! The BOWLING BARN 40625 BIG BEAR BLVD. (ENTER ON BONANZA) •878-BOWL (2695) THERE’S ALWAYS A PARTY AT THE BOWLING BARN! BBT—35 Year-Round Christmas Room! Our rooms are filled with gifts and treasures from nearly 20 artists! Come Up the Historic Staircase of the 1920's Navajo Hotel • Bear-ly Used Books • Jerky • Pottery • Aprons • Sports Memorabilia • Everything Bears & More Open 7 Days a week Big Bear's from 9:30 a.m. Shopping Experience There is not “Anything” we do not have! Village Faire 40794 Village Dr. (909) 866-8220 Above the Leather Depot in Big Bear Village

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