Chili Cook-off headlines Five Family Fun Events

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Food, Willys Jeeps, Books, Art Walk, Snow & Boards Featured

Take part in five events on one day in downtown Wrightwood CA on Saturday, October 4, 2014. All ages will enjoy the Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chili Cook-Off and salsa making competition, Willys Jeep Day, a Celebration of Snow, Art Walk and the Library book sale.

The Chili Cook-off and Salsa competition runs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and features homemade chili and salsa tastings, a jalapeño eating contest, beer garden, 50/50 cash drawing, live music and free face painting for the kids which serves as a fundraiser for the Serrano High School Theater Arts department. Public tasting of a variety of salsas begins at 11 a.m. in the Community Center building. Salsa tasting kits are $3 and are available at the door.  Public tasting of chili begins at Noon. Chili tasting kits are $5 per person. Win $25 cash by entering the jalapeño eating contest at 2 p.m. This contest is limited contestants 18 and older. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

Presentation of awards and cash prizes is at 2:15 p.m. All this and more happens at the Wrightwood Community Center and Parking Lot, between Park and Pine streets.

Of interest to history buffs young and old is the 10th annual Willys Jeep Day sponsored by West Coast Willys where over 75 cars from WWII to present will line Park St. from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event concludes with dirt and paved road convoys. Bring a jacket, camera and snacks for the convoy. This is not a car show; the vintage or condition of the vehicle is not important and anyone can participate.

Mountain High Resort’s Celebration of Snow Day on Pine St. starts at 1 p.m. featuring a ski/snowboard swap; vendors, giveaways, and product tosses; dj music; a Snow Course and Competition for pass holders; and, the 2014-2015 movie premiere “Montage” at the close of the day. Season Passes will be available for purchase on site.

The Loft Gallery and town Art Walk features Tri-Community artists displaying their works in fine arts, jewelry, spinning and crochet, glass and wood works, neon designs, watercolor and oil paintings, textiles and more. Browse the town to find that one of a kind item for the holiday season.

The Friends of the Wrightwood Library book sale fundraiser runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Wrightwood Library, 6111 Pine St. at Apple.

Wrightwood’s downtown area includes plenty of shopping and dining choices including clothing boutiques; yarn, jewelry, novelty, ice cream and candy, baked goods, cigars, wine, antique and consignment stores; as well as a variety of restaurants. It’s an easy drive from anywhere to 92397, a community nestled in the pines of the San Gabriel Mountains off State Routes 2 and 138. For details call the Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce, (760) 249-4320 or visit

Sky’s The Limit Thrift Shop Launches Fall Season September 18

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Sky’s the Limit Thrift Shop at the Historic plaza will be open from 5 – 7 pm on Thursday, September 18 as one of the hosts of the September Chamber Mixer and Pioneer Days Kickoff. The Thrift Shop will then resume normal fall hours, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm.

The STL Thrift Shop, at 73656 Homestead Drive, features gently used, high quality items such as furniture, household goods, small appliances, children’s toys, clothing, shoes, and books.

Donations may be brought to the shop during regular business hours. Sales are cash and carry only; no credit cards can be accepted.

The Thrift Shop is staffed entirely by volunteers, with profits going to support campus development and educational programs of Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center. Volunteers are always welcome. Phone Thrift Shop Manager Candy Jones at 760-367-4505 for information or to leave messages.


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Becky GThe Southern California Fair announced Kemosabe/RCA Record’s artist Becky G will be appearing on Wednesday, October 8th at 7:30 p.m. as part of the week long concert series at the fair. Other artists slated to perform include Warrant and Jack Russell’s Great White, Scotty McCreery, Awesome 80’s with English Beat and Missing Persons, and Rend Collective. Concerts are free with paid fair admission.

Singer, songwriter, and rapper Becky G describes her sound as “urban pop with a bit of Latin spice”. She signed with Kemosabe, the Sony Music Entertainment record label founded by hit maker Dr. Luke, and RCA Records after being discovered in a YouTube video of her swaggering her way through an original rap set to “Otis” from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne.

Despite her quick rise to fame, and recent achievements that include being selected as one of Cover Girl’s newest (and youngest) faces, touring with Austin Mahone, appearing on the cover of the April/May issue of Girls’ Life Magazine, and being nominated for two Radio Disney Music Awards, Becky’s relatable personality has connected with a growing audience of fans who refer to themselves as “Beasters”. Featured on singles by Cody Simpson (“Wish You Were Here”) and Cher Lloyd (“Oath”), she has more than 3 million YouTube views for her cover of Kesha’s “Die Young”.

At the young age of nine, Becky recognized the financial struggles her family was facing and convinced her parents to let her audition for commercials as an additional source of income for the family. At age 11, she began writing and recording her own songs on GarageBand which provided an outlet for her emotions. Becky then taught herself to play guitar at age 13. Becky’s vivid rhymes and emotion in her singing caught the attention of Mike Mani and Jordan Omley, known as the production duo The Jam (and who have worked with Brandy, JoJo, The Saturdays and Leona Lewis among others). Liking her lyrics, they began working on three tracks, “Otis,” “Lighters,” and “Novacane.” “If people pay attention to the lyrics, they will know who I am, which I think is really important,” says Becky. “You want people to have a feel for what you’re about. Also, when I write, I like to tell a story, because what draws me in as a listener is wanting to know what’s going to happen or how the story ends.”

One of Becky’s most popular videos “Becky From The Block” was filmed in Inglewood, her Los Angeles hometown and has more than 10 million views on YouTube. Her fun, upbeat summer song “Play It Again” pays homage to her Mexican heritage and features Becky and her girlfriends cruising through Inglewood. The song has garnered more than eight million views on YouTube. Becky’s influence continues to spread, and this fall she will open for Katy Perry on select dates of Perry’s “Prismatic” tour.

The annual Southern California Fair begins Saturday, October 4th and runs through Sunday, October 12th. It brings nine days of fun, entertainment, food, livestock auctions, carnival, exhibits and action sports such as monster trucks, demolition derby, and more. Pre-sale tickets go on sale September 2nd.

TheSouthern California Fair is located at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds off the 215 freeway in Perris, Calif. For more information on the 2014 Southern California Fair concert series, visit or call (951) 657-4221.



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Big Bear Photo Contest Will Publish Best Fall Foliage Image in Visitors Guide

fall colors pictureToday, officials of Big Bear Visitors Bureau announced it will launch an Instagram photo contest for the photo that best depicts Big Bear’s amazing fall colors. The winning photographer will get published in Big Bear Lake’s Official 2015 Visitors Guide, which prints 400,000 copies per year and is distributed to more than 3,600 locations throughout Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. The guide book is also available in digital format on, which gives the photo-contest winner even more clout. The annual Big Bear Visitors Guide is the go-to booklet for guests searching for information about Big Bear lodging, recreation, attractions and events. Big Bear’s Instagram Fall Colors Photo Contest is a great opportunity for aspiring photographers to get published in the glossy magazine-style guide book that is seen by hundreds of thousands of readers. In addition to getting published in Big Bear’s Visitor Guide , the winner will receive a $50 gas card good at Shell gas stations.

The photo contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. Participants are encouraged to submit photos with a digital camera, smartphone, tablet or other mobile device that has the ability to take photos. However, all photos submitted should be as high of resolution possible, and file size must be a minimum of 3 megabytes (3MB) when supplied as a jpeg. All images must be submitted to hashtag #FallForBigBear through either Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Images submitted must include scenery with fall foliage shot in the Big Bear vicinity.  There is no limit to the amount of submissions. The photo contest begins September 19, 2014 and ends November 1, 2014.

Lisa Wilkerson-Willis was the winner of the inaugural Instagram photo contest last year for her inspiring image of the Aspen Grove. Wilkerson-Willis’ photo was published in Big Bear Lake’s Official 2014 Visitors Guide.

“I’m very appreciative that my photo was chosen, I’m glad the Big Bear Visitors Bureau liked it,” said Wilkerson-Willis. “The photo contest was really fun to do.”

Big Bear Lake is recognized as one of the few places in Southern California where one can see a spectacular display of fall foliage. Evening temperatures dip into the 30’s and 40’s, which provide perfect conditions for leaves to turn. From October to November, Mother Nature transforms Big Bear into a sea of gold, crimson, amber and yellow. Big Bear’s fall season is ideal for those who want to escape for a day or take a mini-vacation to experience the splendor of Big Bear’s autumn hues. These remarkable fall colors appear only once a year and are expected to peak the second or third week of October, making it the ideal month for both amateur and professional photographers alike.

Thousands of evergreen trees help bring out the brilliance of fall colors of other trees like aspens, cottonwoods, and oaks. Some of the best spots include the Big Bear Village, Mill Creek Road, The Pine Knot Trail, Grout Bay Trail and Castle Rock Trail. The most notable area in the Big Bear vicinity to witness a vibrant display of golden leaves is the Aspen Grove. The brilliant quaking aspens typically peak during the second week of October. Directions to these locations can be found at

“This contest gives anyone with a passion for photography an opportunity to show the world their masterpiece of Big Bear’s beautiful fall colors,” said Big Bear Visitors Bureau Director of Operations Rebecca Hrabia.

Big Bear’s Instagram Fall Colors Photo Contest is from September 19, 2014 and ends November 1, 2014. Submission must include fall foliage scenery within the Big Bear region. All photos submitted should be as high of resolution possible, and file size must be a minimum of 3 megabytes (3MB) when supplied as a jpeg. All images must be submitted to hashtag #FallForBigBear through either Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Contestants may enter as many photos as they like. Officials of Big Bear Visitors Bureau will determine the winning photo based on quality, originality, clarity, and overall beauty. The winner will be selected November 20, 2014. The winner will get his or her photo published in Big Bear Lake’s Official 2015 Visitor Guide and on with full photo credit for recognition plus a $50 gas card. Be sure to follow Instagram/VisitBigBear for updates on the contest. For full details of the Big Bear’s Instagram Fall Colors Photo Contest visit or call 800-424-4232.



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Promenade Temecula Grape Stomp CompetitionFor the first time, community members are invited to kick off their shoes and celebrate the first harvest of the season at Promenade Temecula.  The shopping center is opening its annual Grape Stomp event to the public, and tickets are now on sale for the event at, which will take place on Thursday, October 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“In collaboration with our local winery partners, restaurants and retailers, our Grape Stomp will give guests a chance to experience the community’s rich wine culture in a unique, interactive way that is sure to be unforgettable,” says Kym Espinosa, Director of Marketing for Promenade Temecula. “Guests at the event will have the chance to sign up in teams and take part in a friendly competition to master the ancient art of grape stomping. The team that produces the most juice will be named the winner and presented with some wonderful prizes provided by Promenade retailers.”

Promenade Temecula’s Grape Stomp event will also feature wine tastings from various local wineries, including South Coast Winery Resort and Spa, Wilson Creek Winery, Leoness Cellars, Robert Renzoni Estate Vineyards, Gershon Bachus Vineyards, Briar Rose Winery, Callaway Vineyards and Winery Danza del Sol Winery.

Food pairings and desserts will be provided by Promenade Temecula restaurants including:

  • Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar
  • Sushi Boat
  • P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
  • Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
  • California Pizza Kitchen


The event will be held at Promenade Temecula’s Wine Walk, located between Yard House and Pottery Barn in the outdoor shopping plaza.

“In addition to the truly unique “I love Lucy,” moment, we are elevating this experience for our guests by adding a charitable component to the event,” explains Espinosa. “This year’s Grape Stomp will directly benefit the programs attached to our community’s, Temecula Presents, bringing awareness to the incredible performing arts that this theater provides to our community.”

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support various Temecula Presents theater programs. Tickets are $25 per ticket prior to the event, and $35 per ticket at the door.

Tickets are limited and are available for purchase at, by phone at (951) 308-6377, or in-person at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, located at 42051 Main Street in Temecula, Calif.

Based on the wine tastings offered, the Promenade Temecula Grape Stomp event is for guests 21 years of age and over. Valid ID must be presented at the door, with your ticket.

About Promenade Temecula

Promenade Temecula is an indoor/outdoor regional lifestyle shopping center located in Temecula, California.  The center’s anchor stores include Macy’s, Macy’s Men’s, Children & Home, JCPenney, Sears and Edwards 15 Cinemas.

In addition to its indoor shopping experience, Promenade Temecula features a fresh, outdoor “Main Street” style plaza offering more than 170 premier shops including Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Apple, and Coach; as well as a large variety of sit-down restaurants including Yard House and Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar.  For more information about the center, visit

About Forest City

Forest City Enterprises, Inc. is a $10.5 billion NYSE-listed national real estate company. The Company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land throughout the United States.  For more information, visit


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WHAT:           The Shops at Dos Lagos bring the universe to customers with Astronomy Saturdays. Volunteers from the Riverside Astronomical Society will set up telescopes at the center one Saturday evening per month and invite the community to be awed by the craters on the Moon, the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter. Astronomy Saturdays have been carefully scheduled to always provide wonderful views of the Moon.

For more information on the Riverside Astronomical Society visit The Riverside Astronomical Society’s charter is to bring astronomy to the general public through outreach events. These events are open to the public, free of charge and teach about astronomy.


WHEN:           Astronomy Saturdays will take place: October 4th, November 1st and December 6th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.


WHERE:         The Shops at Dos Lagos, on the North Plaza, between the TAPS Fish Hours and the Citrus Grille



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Big Bear Village Scarecrow Festival Sets Tone for Festive Fall Atmosphere

BBL_logo_bear_redThis fall, Big Bear guests will be greeted by dozens of scarecrows on display throughout Big Bear Village during the Inaugural Big Bear Village Scarecrow Festival that takes place Friday, September 26 to Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Participating Big Bear Village merchants will display homemade scarecrow creations outside of their shops, boutiques and restaurants to give Big Bear’s shopping district a festive autumn atmosphere. Merchants will compete for best scarecrow in eight different categories, which includes best reflection of Big Bear, most traditional, spookiest, best action, best use of recycled material, most reflective of business or organization, most humorous and best use of natural materials.

“Most of our merchants are very creative, and some tend to have a competitive side to them. That alone ought to get the creative juices flowing,” said Wendy Badger, chairman of Big Bear Village Scarecrow Festival. “Expect to see some outlandish, eccentric scarecrows to beautiful works of art! It’s going to be fun for both merchants and shoppers.”

Various styles of scarecrows will be on display for seven and a half weeks starting September 26 and ending on November 19, 2014. Winners of each scarecrow category will be determined by votes from the general public. The final day for voting is Thursday, October 30, 2014. An awards ceremony takes place Friday, October 31, 2014 during the Annual Halloween in the Village. Ballots and maps are available throughout the village at participating merchants and at the Big Bear Visitors Center located at 630 Bartlett Road.  To learn more about the Big Bear Village Scarecrow Festival, make lodging reservations or request a free Visitors Guide log on to or call 800-424-4232.


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  • Summer is finally coming to an end and the Fall season is kicking off in the Inland Empire. To celebrate the arrival of the new season, the Victoria Gardens Kidz Club will hold a special crafting event on Saturday, September 20 from 11:00am until 1:00pm in Victoria Gardens’ Chaffey Town Square.
  • This free event, for children ages 3 to 12 years of age will provide kids the opportunity to create a one of a kind Thumbprint Fall Tree.
  • Upon arrival children will receive their very own craft kit. With assistance from the Kidz Club team, children will start by having their arm painted brown, which they will then “stamp” on their white paper to create their Fall tree’s base.
  • Once the base is complete, children will be invited to the thumbprint table, which will include dozens of ink pads where children can fill in their tree’s leaves with their thumbprints.
  • Shadow the Victoria Gardens Kidz Club mascot will also be on hand to join the stamping fun!
  • This event is limited to the first 175 children.
  • Parents who would like more information can call Victoria Gardens’ Guest Services office at (909) 463-2830.


VG kidz club logoDATE:                                    Saturday September 20, 2014


TIMES:                                  11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.


COST:                                    FREE


LOCATION:                         Victoria Gardens’ Chaffey Town Square

                                               12505 North Mainstreet

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739


INFORMATION:                (909) 463-2830




Ghost Walk Riverside 2014

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California Riverside Ballet is excited to present the 23rd annual Ghost Walk Riverside in Downtown Riverside this October.

A staple of Riverside, Ghost Walk is a grand attraction designed to induce the excitement of the young and old. This year’s line-up includes six “spooktacular” tour options that will route guests through an array of stops highlighting the city’s most renowned sites through its history-rich downtown. Ghost Walk’s inimitable theatrical style of storytelling features original narratives and performances of local talent from the area’s high schools and communities. This year’s event guarantees to delight and amuse the likes of all who attend.

Two family-friendly tours, and three tours for the more adventurous and daring participants depart from the Main Street Mall October 24-25, 2014. For those who want to delve deeper into Riverside’s supernatural past, a Haunted History Tour and Paranormal Exhibit has been added to this year’s bill.

As an encore, guests can enjoy live entertainment to include music, dance, tricks and treats. Come early and stay late to enjoy the carnival attractions, fun food and ambiance unique to Ghost Walk Riverside. The “Dark Dreams Doorway”, a one of a kind audio sensory experience, also returns by popular demand for the second year.

Tickets are now on sale at For more information, please visit Additional details will be added to the website as they become available.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Susan Anderson at 909-782-7812 or at

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*New Attraction*

Long regarded as one of Riverside’s most haunted areas, SRC paranormal experts will lead guests into the depths of downtown Riverside’s and alleged most haunted locations in Ghost Walk’s first ever- Haunted History Tour and Paranormal Exhibit. Visit paranormal hotspots and hear the accounts of events that led to the deaths of individuals whose spirits linger inside, outside and underneath the city center.  The tour will culminate in a presentation of video, audio and photo evidence of sightings from the supernatural world, promising to be an exciting evening of paranormal discovery.

“I am thrilled that Ghost Walk Riverside continues to evolve and offer more exciting entertainment options for our local community.” stated CRB President, Susan Anderson. “Ghost Walk is truly a community event with attractions that target all segments of our population from small children to mature adults.”


CRB is a non-profit (501(c)(3) corporation and is supported in part by the City & County of Riverside, Riverside Arts Council, as well as private individuals and corporations. We invite you to join us in supporting the Inland Empire’s finest ballet company so that CRB can continue presenting outstanding programs, and give our community’s young dancers the chance to prove their worth along side celebrated artists from the finest ballet companies in the world.




Annual Report Details Greater Ontario CVB Accomplishments of 2013-14

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An overall economic impact of $52 million reflects an ROI of 23:1 from funds collected through a hotel assessment approved to market the destination to travelers and meeting professionals.

The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau today released its annual report for the 2013-14 fiscal year, showcasing a year that exceeded goals for travel and tourism, meetings and conventions, and events by as much as 19 percent.

All total, the accomplishments of 2013-14 represent an economic impact of $52 million to the region – money spent by visitors to the area on local hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and other businesses. Roughly $2.16 million was collected in 2013-14 through the Tourism Marketing District, which generates funds to promote the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga through a 2 percent assessment on hotel stays.

The overall return on investment from those TMD funds is a 23:1, or $23 gained from every dollar spent.

The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2013-14 launched new regional events, won a bid for a California Welcome Center at Ontario Mills, repositioned sales teams for greater productivity and completed a rebranding and marketing strategy that resulted in new collateral, new websites and increased sales industry-wide.

“This is a lot to accomplish in the short time we’ve had to do it,” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, who came to the region just two years ago.

Greater Ontario exceeded its goals for tourism, meetings and conventions in 2013-14 by as much as 19 percent. It generated more leads, more room nights and a higher economic impact than initially projected.

Greater Ontario’s first Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion, launched shortly after the TMD was approved, brought 140,000 visitors last year and is expected to draw more than 200,000 this month. Huck Finn Jubilee broke attendance records in 2014 and put the region on the map of the nation’s great music festivals. Under Krouse’s leadership, the CVB also launched the very first Inland Empire Restaurant Week in March, with another planned for October, and it is pursuing plans to significantly expand the annual Christmas on Euclid Experience beginning this December.

Roughly $21.5 million in economic impact was generated from the region’s special events, and that number is expected to climb in 2014-15.

Greater Ontario also won a competitive bid from the State of California to design, own and operate a new California Welcome Center (CWC) located at Ontario Mills and the only one in the Inland Empire. The CWC, expected to open this fall, not only elevates the Greater Ontario’s stature as a major Southern California destination, but establishes the region as a resource and conduit to providing valuable tourism information for the entire state.

To view a copy of the report, Visit

About the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau provides groups and meeting professionals with an unbiased, comprehensive resource when booking a tour, convention, meeting or event within the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Ideal for both leisure and business travel, the region boasts scenic mountains, deserts, vineyards and metropolitan areas that are both historic and cosmopolitan in character. For meeting needs of all sizes – from a conference room to a citywide convention utilizing the Ontario Convention Center – or for a special exposition or sporting event, the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide the necessary destination support tools to execute a successful experience. Visit