Museum Association asks public to Give Big

Posted by Inland Empire Tourism Council

The San Bernardino County Museum Association is joining other non-profits in San Bernardino County in the Give Big campaign, scheduled for May 8, 2014. The Museum Association is also participating in the Give Big launch event at the San Manuel Stadium on May 4, when the Inland Empire 66ers will meet the Lake Elsinore Storm.

“The Museum Association founded the San Bernardino County Museum and it continues as its membership and financial support organization to this day,” said Deborah Okogba, the association’s Executive Director. “Give Big is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together on one special day on-line and show their support for non-profit organizations that give back to the community, like the Museum Association.”

Okogba also announced that the Museum Association has tickets available for the ballgame event launch on May 4. $11 and $13 Club and Executive level Inland Empire 66ers vs Lake Elsinore game tickets are available by calling the Museum Association at (909) 798-8625 or

798-8624. “ The Museum Association will have a table at the event launch,” said Okogba, “I hope everyone stops by to chat about the exciting programs and exhibits at the San Bernardino County Museum for which we provide financial support.” Museum memberships can also be purchased at the Association table on that day.

Give Big San Bernardino County is supported by the San Bernardino County Supervisors and organized through The Community Foundation.

Newberry Springs and Baghdad Cafe

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Discover the IE by RV

Posted by Gregory Pratt

San Diego to Lake Havasu

 

Leaving San Diego, California, one finds Lake Skinner Regional Park, which is located ten miles east of Temecula, 50 miles north of San Diego, and 50 miles south of Riverside.

 

Lake Skinner makes for a great outing with family and friends. The lakeside park is a well‑manicured green space where several events such as the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival and live concerts take place. There are many leisure activities to enjoy such as fishing and camping. Take a break from the hectic pace of the city, and slow down as you explore pretty Lake Skinner.

 

Park amenities include: 209 full hook-up sites; 18 electric and water sites; 30 water only sites; and 3 full hook-up handicap accessible sites. The sites can accommodate RVs up to 40’. There are restrooms, coin operated showers, picnic day use areas, boat rentals, dry storage, mini-store, lake, fishing, group camping, and much more.

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ONT Annual Earth Day

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BIG BEAR BRANCHES OUT WITH TREE CLIMBING

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Action Tree Rope Climbing Tours Offers New Outlook for Outdoor Adventure

Action Tours is thrilled to announce its latest venture Action Tree Rope Climbing Tours, an unique outdoor adventure that gives people the opportunity to scale trees like a monkey. Action Tree Rope Climbing Tours (ATRCT) is the only operation in Southern California that offers authorized tree rope-climbing tours. The fun out-of-the-box tours are designed for anyone 12 years and older who want to experience Big Bear’s pine forest from a different perspective.

ATRCT provides certified tour guides who lead each tour with a safety tutorial, climbing instruction and proper climbing gear that includes tree-climbing saddles (harnesses), slings, ropes and helmets. ATRCT instructors use a double rope-climbing technique and they tie all of the appropriate knots so guests can scale pine trees.

“Our instructors go through an extensive two-week course in order to earn their tour guide instructor certification. They must climb 75 times before getting certified,” said Action Tours Owner Belinda Bain. “Our instructors are well-versed in proper rope climbing techniques and apply all safety procedures that go along with tree rope climbing. Our motto is safety first and fun second.

Tree rope-climbing tours are approximately three hours in length, and each guest should expect to get at least four climbs per tour. The first one or two climbs start with a “slow & low” approach with branches about eight feet off the ground. Once the climber becomes more comfortable he or she can advance to branches up to 45 feet off the ground. Climbers will use repelling techniques to get back to the ground.

“Repelling is even more fun than the actual climb,” added Bain. “You climb and then repel, climb, repel, climb, repel. Your adrenaline will kick in for sure!”

ATRCT contracted with International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Paul Chaney of First Certified Arbor Care. Chaney inspected a variety of trees at the tree-climbing site before determining which trees to certify for the tours. Chaney has certified five trees for the tour that can handle the climber’s maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs. and other determining factors. The types of trees designated for climbing are ponderosa and Jeffery pine trees.

In addition to a great day of climbing trees, guests will learn facts about tree conservation. ATRCT instructors are diligent to point out what measures they adhere to for daily inspections that safeguard and care for the trees.
All tours begin and end at the ATRCT headquarters located at 41647 Big Bear Blvd. Participants sign-in and then board a tour van for a 15-minute ride to the location. At the entrance of the site participants transport to a Pinzgauer off-road, safari-style vehicle for an adventurous ride up to the site of the tree rope climbing trees. At the site, instructors give a 15-minute safety orientation to explain what participants should expect and how to get the most from the experience. The tours are approximately three hours long.

ATRCT offers tours Wednesday to Sunday starting May 15, 2014. Climbers must be at least 12 years of age. The maximum weight limit is 250 lbs. Climbers must be able to fit into a harness that is 52 inches circumference around the waist and the upper thigh circumference is 26 inches. The amount of guests per tour is limited to 8 people. The cost for the all-inclusive tree rope-climbing tour is $99 per person. Tours are available all year round, seven days a week. Reservations are recommended, but not required. To book tour reservations call 909-866-0390 or online at www.actiontreeropeclimbing.com.

For all there is to see and do in Big Bear, make lodging reservations or request a free Visitors Guide log on to www.bigbear.com or call 800-424-4232.

UFC 172 Watch Party

Posted by Inland Empire Tourism Council

at Dave & Buster’s Ontario Mills!

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Saturday, April 26th 2014

Downtown Riverside Fashion District Presents Destination STYLE Spring Show

Posted by Inland Empire Tourism Council

Fall Fashion Show 2013 Ashley Watkins Old Glory 3The Destination STYLE Spring Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, May 1st at 6 pm on Main Street between University and Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside. The Spring Fashion Show will showcase unique fashions and accessories available from retailers in downtown Riverside. The show is presented by the Riverside Downtown Partnership and coordinated by The Vanity Haus located on Main Street. Riverside City College’s Cosmetology Department and downtown salons are providing hair and make-up services. A special performance by Ballet Folklorico de Herencia Mexicana will kick-off the show.

The Show will have a special segment from a new downtown retailer, Sultry Vamps, who has introduced Lolita Fashion to the Inland Empire. Lolita is a fashion style from Japan that features feminine and elaborate attire. The Show will also have a segment from Riverside Repertory Theater featuring their upcoming show, La Cage Aux Folles. Before and after the show, shoppers can visit downtown retailers along Main Street and the downtown core to purchase the latest spring and summer styles and accessories. Signage and a Fashion Show Line Up will be provided so that attendees can easily identify outfits and retailers.

After the show fashionistas can take advantage of a photo op on the red carpet at Mezcal Cantina Y Cocina, downtown’s newest restaurant. They can also enjoy special Destination STYLE cocktails at participating hospitality establishments. Downtown Riverside offers a unique experience with its historic architecture, arts and cultural offerings, and wide range of one-of-a-kind restaurants and retailers. Its unique shops and salons offer an incredible range of fashions and accessories and downtown Riverside has become a destination fashion district for the Inland Empire.

The Downtown Riverside Fashion District has two distinct shopping areas; the shops of Old Main Street located in the area of the Historic Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, and the downtown core shops located south of Mission Inn Avenue.Fall Fashion Show 2013 Kellys

Visit www.RiversideDowntown.org for more information on downtown Riverside and a full listing of retailers.

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RARE METEOR STORM ALIGNS WITH STARLIGHT FESTIVAL

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Big Bear’s Clear, Dark Skies Provide Ideal Conditions to Watch Meteors 

 

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A new atmospheric model suggests Earth is on a collision course with several debris trails from Comet 209P/LINEAR on May 24, the eve of the inaugural StarLight Festival in Big Bear. Astronomers from NASA and Russia have forecasted the comet’
s debris could produce 100 to 400 meteors per hour. It could potentially reach 1,000 meteors per hour creating a rare meteor storm that could produce one of the greatest celestial fireworks displays in more than a decade.  The StarLight Festival in Big Bear, coincidentally is happening the same weekend of the potentially rare meteor storm.

“It’s a special bonus for our attendees; I guess stars do align,” said StarLight Festival Event Producer Amy Vasquez “This unusual meteor storm should be a great kick start to a great astronomy festival.”

Big Bear is one of the top spots to watch meteors in Southern California because there is minimal to no light pollution, which is why the mountain resort is host to the inaugural StarLight Festival Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25. It is predicted the best time to watch Comet 209P/LINEAR meteor storm is Saturday, May 24 from 12 midnight till dawn. Festival goers are encouraged to get a head start on the StarLight Festival by driving up to Big Bear on Friday, May 23 to see this dramatic display of shooting stars.

The two-day festival that combines science and astronomy with art and music takes place in Big Bear Village with activities happening at Northwoods Resort. Some of the highlights include guest speakers and panelists from NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) such as Dr. Story Musgrave, United States Hall of Fame Astronaut and Dr. Linda Spilker, JPL Scientist who is best known for her work with the Cassini Mission of Saturn.

Other activities happening at the festival include life-size interactive robots on display, lectures about current space programs, opportunities to tour the Big Bear Solar Observatory, “sidewalk” astronomers, STEM educational activities, intergalactic-style art exhibits, live music, and thousands of dollars in door prizes. Major manufacturers will display the latest and greatest scientific equipment. Also, there is a special performance by Jefferson Starship happening at The Cave Saturday evening for a separate admission fee.

The StarLight Festival is Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Big Bear Village. Lectures and panel discussions are held at Northwoods Resort. Admission to the StarLight Festival is Free. For details about the StarLight Festival including a schedule of events visit www.starlightfestival.com.

For all there is to see and do in Big Bear, to make lodging reservations or request a free Visitors Guide log on to www.bigbear.com or call 800-424-4232.

SNOW SUMMIT BIKE PARK OPENS EARLY

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Snow Summit is the First Mountain Resort Bike Park in the Nation

to Open for the 2014 Season plus Two New Trails Added

IMG_2041 (DM)Snow Summit Mountain Resort opens its mountain bike park for the season April 18, 2014.  The early season opening makes it the first mountain resort bike park to open in America. Also, two new low-level/beginner trails are being added to the bike park for the 2014 season.

At the time of this press release Snow Summit still had some small patches of snow showing at the resort. However, Snow Summit officials have inspected the grounds and have deemed its trails system ready for operation.

“We’ve done a full assessment of the mountain to ensure our trails are ready to ride,” said Chris Riddle, Vice President of Marketing at Big Bear Mountain Resorts. “We’re thrilled to give mountain bikers the opportunity to enjoy our bike trails in April, which is the earliest we’ve ever offered this.”

On April 19 Snow Summit hosts its official kickoff celebration with festivities that includes a disc jockey, national manufacturer vendor booths, drink specials, and tons of prize giveaways. Early season dates are April 18 to June 15 with mountain biking every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This year Fridays are have been added to the early season weekend schedule. On June 16, the park begins its regular summer hours seven days a week. Also, this year the park will extend its daily operations two weeks past Labor Day through September 14.  After September 14 the bike park returns to operating weekends only, and is expected to remain open into late October or early November depending on weather conditions.

Snow Summit is the only lift-served mountain bike park in Southern California. It offers easy access to a network of trails via its Scenic Sky Chair that transports mountain bikers to the top of Snow Summit with bikes in tow. Once at the top, riders have the option to ride Big Bear’s south shore trails system for cross country riding that includes the region’s best single-track trails such as the Skyline Trail and Pine Knot Trail or the other option is to ride downhill trails located on the face of Snow Summit.

Last summer was the first time to since 2004 Snow Summit allowed riders on downhill-specific bikes to ride down the face of Snow Summit. In fact, the resort cut a top-to-bottom trail called Miracle Mile Trail, which is an advanced run for experienced mountain bikers. The trail includes upper level features such as step ups, banked turns and bridges. The Westridge Trail offers intermediate terrain and features, and it has a connector trail called Party Wave for more advanced riders. This year Snow Summit has approval to build a beginner trail on the west end of the mountain. The new top-to-bottom trail called Going Green is designed for low-level riders. It is much wider and gentler than the other trails. Also new this year is a beginners trail at the base of the resort called Bear Bottom Beginner Loop. Scenic Sky Chair all-day passes with bike are $35, and season passes are available for $279 adult or $149 child.

“The early season opening gives our pass holders an even greater value,” stated Chris Riddle “Pass holders only need to ride the park eight days, and every time after those eight days it becomes a free ride.”

In addition to biking, the mile-long Scenic Sky Chair transports sightseers and hikers to the top of Snow Summit at an elevation of 8,200’, offering access the top of the mountain to witness panoramic views and enjoy nature up close. In fact one of the options for the Scenic Sky Chair is to hike back down. There are a wide range of hikes to choose from including a new hike that takes hikers down Skyline Drive (2N10) and traverses across the ridgeline offering spectacular views of Mount San Gorgonio Wilderness.

Snow Summit’s Scenic Sky Chair hours of operation are early season April 18 to June 15 (Friday – Sunday only), regular summer season is June 16 to September 14, and late season is September 19 to the beginning of the 2014-2015 winter season (Friday – Sunday only weather permitting). Sunday to Friday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rates for the Scenic Sky Chair are round trip without bike $16 adult (ages 13 and over), $8 child (ages 7-12); one-way ride without bike $10 adult, $6 child; One-way ride with bike $16 adult, $8 child; All-day pass with bike $35 adult, $22 child. A season pass for mountain biking is available for $279 adult (ages 13 and over) and $149 for child (ages 7-12). Bike rentals (includes helmets) are available for adults and juniors, which can either be rented for three hours or all day. The types of bikes range from cross-country full suspension bikes, free-ride bikes or high end downhill bikes.

For more information about Snow Summit’s summer activities visit www.bigbearmountainresorts.com or call 909-866-5766. For everything there is to see and do in Big Bear Lake, to book lodging accommodations, or to request a Visitors Guide, log onto www.bigbear.com or call 1-800-424-4232.

PROMENADE TEMECULA AND SOUTHWEST HEALTHCARE SYSTEM BRING SAFETY EDUCATION TO THE COMMUNITY AT TEEN EXPO

Posted by Inland Empire Tourism Council

 Metal Mulisha 2Statistics show that one in five 16-year-old drivers in their first year of driving has an accident.  As distractions such as talking on the phone and texting while driving continue to increase, these statistics continue to rise.  In an effort to continue to promote safety in the community and help local teens avoid preventable harm, Promenade Temecula has partnered with the Inland Valley Trauma Department of Southwest Healthcare System to hold the second annual Teen Expo on Saturday, April 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 “We care immensely about our community, and about helping to ensure the safety of our youth. Through this annual Teen Expo, we are able to create a fun and interactive experience for teens and families, while sharing our important message: ‘Don’t Drink and Drive, Don’t Text and Drive, and Wear Proper Safety Equipment When Riding’,” explains Kym Espinosa, Director of Marketing for Promenade Temecula.

This year’s event will feature freestyle motocross demos by Metal Mulisha riders Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Wes Agee and Brian McCarty. The Teen Expo motocross performances will take place at 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm in the outdoor plaza, followed by a free autograph signing session with Metal Mulisha.

This free event will also offer a number of activities, demonstrations, and information stations, which the whole family can enjoy, including:

  • Fox Temecula equipment show
  • Manyk energy drink information station
  • Great Oak High School CPR demonstration
  • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) information station
  • Impact Teen Drivers information station
  • XRyderz demonstration
  • California Highway Patrol information station
  • Cal Fire information station
  • MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) vehicle demonstration

“We are excited to have partnered with so many wonderful organizations to help provide the community with essential tools to better understand how to stay safe while enjoying the activities they love,” noted Espinosa.

In addition to these activities, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a number of giveaway opportunities, including a “text to win” contest for an Apple iPad.

The Teen Expo event will take place at Promenade Temecula, in the outdoor plaza across from Edwards Regal Cinemas.