JOIN THE VICTORIA GARDENS KIDZ CLUB FOR A MERRY GOOD TIME WITH MRS. CLAUS!

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VG kidz club logoWith Christmas swiftly approaching, the Victoria Gardens Kidz Club is calling all Inland Empire kids to get into the Christmas spirit!

The Victoria Gardens Kidz Club will hold a special Christmas Kidz Club event with Mrs. Claus on Saturday, December 13, from 11:00am until 1:00pm, in Victoria Gardens’ Chaffey Towne Square!

Children 3 to 10 years of age are invited to join in on this free Christmas fun, which includes creating unique Christmas ornaments, as well as a special story time with Mrs. Claus.

All craft supplies will be provided to children in order to create their Christmas ornaments. These special ornaments will provide children and their families a wonderful keepsake to cherish for many Christmas seasons to come.

Shadow, the Victoria Gardens Kidz Club mascot will also make a special appearance at the event to enjoy story time with the children and to help inspire kids as they create their spectacular Christmas creations!

 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

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

 Victoria Gardens

12505 N. Main St.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

FURY TEAMS WITH CHP FOR HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

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The Ontario Fury, Driven by Mark Christopher Chevrolet, is teaming up with the California Highway Patrol to try and bring children smiles this holiday season.

From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, fans will be able to participate in a “CHiPs For Kids” Toy Drive outside Citizens Business Bank Arena leading up to the Fury’s game against the Seattle Impact. The special event does not require a ticket to the Fury’s game against the Seattle Impact, as people who donate a toy or sporting good item worth $10 or more during the event will receive a voucher good for a ticket to a future Fury game.

The Mattel Mobile Store will be on site offering people the chance to shop for toys to donate to the cause, and AM 590 “The Answer” will present carnival games for fans to enjoy. Santa Claus will be in attendance taking pictures with fans, and members of the Fury and Ladies of Ontario Fury will be greeting those in attendance. Fans will also have a chance to grab a bite to eat, getting a hot dog and soda for only $2 thanks to Levy Restaurants and Citizens Business Bank Arena.

The Fury, currently riding a three-game winning streak, will be taking on the Seattle Impact in another battle for second place in the Pacific Division starting at 3 p.m. The two teams are in a virtual tie for the second spot, with Seattle having a slight edge having played fewer games. It will be the first in a home-and-home series between the two teams, as Ontario will visit Seattle on Dec. 18.

For more information about the Fury, or to buy tickets for the remaining home games, go to the Fury’s website at OntarioFury.com.

‘JAPANESE AIRCRAFT OF WWII

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FEATURING THE JAPANESE IMPERIAL NAVY AICHI “VAL” & THE YOKOSUKA SUISEU “JUDY”, WITH RENOWNED AUTHOR DAN KING

pof1214The Living History Day will begin at 10am. The topic for the December 6th event is ‘Japanese Aircraft of WWII’, featuring the Japanese Imperial Navy Aichi D3A “Val” (Tora, Tora, Tora movie replica) and the Yokosuka Suiseu D4Y3 (Judy) Model 43. Our distinguished featured speaker is Dan King, author of the ‘Last Zero Fighter’ and ‘A Tomb Called Iwo Jima’. The Val will be on display and perform a flight demonstration (when possible). The Membership Sponsored Raffle Flight will be in a designated aircraft at 12:00 noon.

WHO:Dan King is our featured speaker and noted author who will be talking to us about firsthand accounts from Japanese WWII soldiers, sailors and pilots who fought in the battle for Iwo Jima and survived. Some were evacuated before the Marines landed and others were taken as Prisoners-of-War. The Japanese army and navy combatants are given a voice to share their experiences in the battle that coined the phrase, “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.”  There are dozens of new, fresh photos in the book. Dan will later be signing his books. This topic eminates from his book “A Tomb Called Iwo Jima” (see his book at Amazon.  Also Dan has a Facebook page about this book.

Dan is a WWII Pacific war historian who reads, write and speak Japanese. After earning his degree in Japanese language he spent 15 years working for Toyota, 10 years of which were in Japan which provided him a valuable and rare look into a world often closed to outsiders.

After returning to the US he worked on several dozen movies and historical documentaries as a technical advisor, historical & language consultant and re-enactment coordinator. His passion for the subject of the war in the Pacific has led him to seek out over 250 Japanese WWII veterans and personally interview 97 of them, in their own language. He has also been interviewed on several radio programs and has spoken to hundreds of people about Japanese aviation. His 2nd book “The Last Zero Fighter” is available on Amazon and Kindle.
His original research with WWII Japanese Army & Navy veterans has inspired him to travel to the far-flung battlefields of the Pacific to study firsthand the localities in which the battles occurred giving him a unique boots-on-the-ground perspective. Learn more about his travels to Iwo Jima, Guam, Okinawa, Guadalcanal, Wake Island, Midway and others on the WWII page.
He is experienced in Japanese culture, translation & interpretation and is available for projects, meetings, and travel. Dan’s expertise is provided through: Japanese-English Translation, Interpretation, Cultural Consulting, Historical Consulting, Japanese Military Technical Consulting, Voice over, ADR (SAG), and SAG since 2001. View his website atwww.historicalconsulting.com.

Kevin Thompson (POF Moderator and Aviation Historian) and Kevin Thompson and Charlie Issacs will present an overview of Japanese Aircraft.

WHEN: Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10am–12 noon: Speaker program & flight demonstration. Museum doors open at 9:00am.

WHERE: Planes of Fame Air Museum, 7000 Merrill Avenue #17, Chino, CA 91710

WHY: It is the Mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation,educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and airshows in fulfillment of this mission.

Planes of Fame Air Museum, ‘Where Warbirds Fly and Aviation History Lives’

A Miracle on Main Street

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A miracle is returning to Riverside’s Main Street on December 14, 2014! For the second year in a row, downtown Riverside businesses are spearheading the Miracle on Main Street: Toy Drive and Health Fair to spread holiday cheer and provide much needed resources to local families in need.

Last year’s event provided toys, health screenings, and a day of fun to nearly 250 families. This year, thanks to new partnerships with Gram’s Mission Bar. B.Q. and Riverside Downtown Partnership (RDP), the event is poised to reach nearly 1,500 local children. “We are excited to have Gram’s Mission Bar.B.Q. and RDP join our efforts this year,” said Michael Lopez Jr., Events Director for Mezcal and ProAbition and one of the co-chairs for this year’s event. “This project has always been about creating a great holiday memory for families in need. Our new partners are going to help us do that in a big way this year.”

On December 5th, 2014, the public is invited to join a Toy Drive Party at Gram’s Mission Bar. B.Q. from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Those who donate toys valued at $10 or more are entered in a raffle to win gift certificates for local restaurants and hotel stays. Mezcal and ProAbition will also be offering discounts throughout November for those who donate a toy at either location. In addition, starting on November 1 local businesses will serve as drop off zones for toys and donations. For a full listing of drop off sites visit, miracleonmain.org.

On December 14, families in need will be invited to pick these toys up at the Miracle on Main Street Event, which shuts down Main street between 5th and 6th street from 11 am to 2 pm. Children will not only receive toys and clothes, but get a picture with Santa Claus. The Inland Empire Chapter of the American Heart Association is providing a Healthy Kids Zone featuring games and prizes, while PrimeCare, Riverside Community Health Foundation, and Borrego Health will be providing free health screenings for adults and children in attendance. Grams will also be providing food and snacks.

“This is a great way to give back to our community,” said Robert Martinez, Community Relations Manager for NAMMCalifornia/PrimeCare and the other co-chair for this year’s event. “As much as this event is about giving kids a great holiday, it also helps connect local families to health resources and more. It’s a win/win.”

San Bernardino National Forest starts Winter Prescribed Fire Program

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The Forest Service has begun its winter prescribed burn program in the San Bernardino National Forest with the current favorable weather conditions.

Winter burning projects also will resume as part of a continuing effort to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health, the San Bernardino National Forest has started this season’s prescribed burning program.   The prescribed fire program will continue through the winter months as weather and conditions permit.

“Prescribed fires are ignited only when both weather and fuel conditions exist that will ensure low to moderate burning rates and firefighting resources are available to keep fires within fire lines,” said Forest Service Fire Chief Jaime Gamboa.

Prescribed fires and pile burning are intended to reduce the amount of vegetation, such as needles, small plants, brush, and small trees, which can carry fire from the forest floor into the treetops. Studies and experience have shown that prescribed fires will stimulate the growth of grasses, forbs and shrubs that provide food for deer, mountain quail and other wildlife. “We are sensitive to the fact that smoke has an impact on people, particularly those with respiratory conditions and allergies,” said Gamboa. “Every effort is made to ignite prescribed fires when weather patterns will carry smoke away from populated areas.”

The ignition of all prescribed burns is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, appropriate conditions, and in coordination with the National Weather Service and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) before and during prescribed burns in order to manage smoke production and minimize impacts as much as possible.

Fire managers follow a burn plan that outlines the “prescription” or environmental conditions such as temperature, wind, fuel moisture, ventilation, and relative humidity that need to be present before the project begins. When the criteria are met, crews implement, monitor, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined by managers.

Firefighters will be burning slash and debris piles adjacent to Forest Service Fire Stations.  Signs will be posted along the roadways to alert passerby’s to the burning activity.  The Forest Service will send out occasional reminders to the public, alerting to potential smoke in the air.

In addition to the station pile burning, the public may also see smoke from pile burning activities in the following forest locations over the winter months:

San Bernardino Mountains:

  • Prescribed fire north of State Highway 38 as part of the Angelus Oaks Community Defense Project.
  • Slash and debris pile burning in Oak Glen near Pisgah Peak, Cherry Canyon Truck Trail, Yucaipa Ridge, and Pilgrim Pines.
  • Slash and debris pile burning near State Highway 38 at Forest Road 2N93 south of Sugarloaf.
  • Slash and debris piles along Forest Road 2N10, and Bluff Lake area, both on the south side of Big Bear Lake.
  • Slash and debris piles along Forest Road 2N13 north of Fawnskin.
  • Slash and debris piles along Forest Road 2N19 south of Green Valley Lake.
  • Slash and debris piles along State Highway 173 at Grass Valley Road north of Lake Arrowhead.
  • Slash and pile burning near various fire stations.

San Gabriel Mountains:

  • Slash and debris piles burning  on the Boa Fuelbreak, east of Lytle Creek along the Lower Lytle Creek Ridge.
  • Slash and pile burning near various fire stations.

San Jacinto Mountains:

  • Prescribed fire near Lake Hemet, north of Highway 74 as part of the on-going Bonita Vista fuels reduction project.
  • Slash and pile burning near Saunders Meadow Road and 243, Lawler Lodge and 243, and near the community of Bonita Vista.
  • Slash and pile burning near various fire stations.

We appreciate the public’s tolerance of some smoke impacts in order to achieve the San Bernardino National Forest’s fire prevention and resource management goals, and the public can call our local offices to find out where we are burning at the following numbers:

  • Big Bear Ranger Station & Discovery Center 909-382-2790
  • Lytle Creek Ranger Station 909-382-2851
  • Idyllwild Ranger Station 909-382-2922
  • Mill Creek Work Center 909-382-2882
  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument 760-862-9984

Celebrate and Savor “Temecula Chilled” December 1 through December 31 in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

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tcvb“Making the absolute most of every day and every night in December, Visit Temecula Valley happily invites visitors from Southern California and beyond to enjoy the new Temecula Chilled holiday celebration that will showcase our ideal Southern California climate and the outrageous variety of wonderful sights, sounds, festivities, events, activities, and experiences to enjoy December 1 through December 31,” announced Kimberly Adams, Visit Temecula Valley president and CEO. “The joyful, classic, contemporary, whimsical, old school, new school, and eclectic fun will span from Old Town Temecula to Temecula Valley Wine Country and from Promenade Temecula to Pechanga Resort & Casino.” Welcoming more than 2 million visitors each year, the casual, picturesque Temecula Valley is located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; and 90 minutes from Los Angeles and Hollywood.

“It will be an especially magical December with Temecula Chilled,” Adams emphasized. “There will be the beauty of all the twinkling lights, the sparkle of iconic snowflakes, the grand and glorious illusions of snowfall and snow flurries, tons of real and authentic snow, the Temecula On Ice outdoor skating rink, special and unique Temecula Chilled beverages and desserts, and much more throughout the Temecula Valley. The celebration offers spectacular opportunities for loving families, great friends, and devoted couples to share festive experiences and create unique, new traditions together. The memories they’ll share will be cherished long after the days and nights of December have passed.”

Planned thus far as part of the Temecula Chilled celebration are the twinkling lights and décor that will glow along Old Town Front Street; in the vineyards and at the wineries in Temecula Valley Wine Country; from the luminous hotel tower to the festive porte-cochere at Pechanga Resort & Casino; and throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces at Promenade Temecula. Also included will be Snowbell Rockin’ Nights with musical bells, a light show, and snowfall at the Temecula Civic Center in Old Town; and The Magic Snow Flurry show at Promenade Temecula. Santa’s Electric Light Parade, the Temecula On Ice outdoor skating rink, the Holiday Taste of Old Town event, Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland with tons of real snow, and the New Year’s Eve Grape Drop in Old Town Temecula. Promenade Temecula and Old Town Temecula will offer visits with Santa Claus; Pechanga will offer fresh-baked gingerbread houses; and quality, award-winning wine tasting in Temecula Valley Wine Country will offer opportunities to purchase favorites for personal and corporate gifts, for sharing while entertaining at home, and for pairing with holiday foods. Stage productions like the musical extravaganza A Christmas Carol and the beautiful Nutcracker ballet at Old Town Temecula Community Theater; and holiday concerts at Pechanga like the 2014 Christmas Rocks Tour with the Brian Setzer Orchestra will be featured. Highlights will also include December signature wine and live music events at the wineries, and gala New Year’s Eve celebrations in Wine Country and at Pechanga.

“Temecula Chilled encourages, friends, couples, and their visiting guests, too – to take time and make time to get away, stay, and relax and be joyful together in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country,” Adams said. “There will be so many festive sights, sounds, events, and activities to experience together. It means many opportunities to create wonderful new traditions together and to share lasting memories. Less-busy midweek overnight stays can be especially memorable for potential conversations with talented and gracious Temecula Valley winemakers and winemaking family members, and creative and passionate chefs, artisans, and merchants. Meanwhile, resorts’, hotels’, and motels’ special, better-than-weekend, Sunday-through-Thursday, nightly room rates can mean savings that become additional resources for purchases of Temecula Valley goodness and greatness, and for enjoying more Temecula Chilled events, activities, and experiences.” Visit TemeculaChilled.com for more information on the holiday events happening throughout Temecula Valley.
*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change. Most events and many activities will require advance reservations.

MAKEOVER GIVES CONCERT VENUE NEW VIBE

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The Cave Adds Versatile Seating Plan to Accommodate Various Acts and Plans to Add Full-Service Bar and Kitchen for a Complete Entertainment Experience   

Big Bear’s premier entertainment venue The Cave, which is known for its intimate setting and state-of-the-art sound equipment, recently completed phase one of a three-phase major renovation. The first significant improvement was The Cave’s movie-theatre-style seats were removed to create room for a new seating plan that allows greater flexibility for a wide range of different acts. Approximately 200 yards of concrete were poured where the theater-style seats once occupied and has since formed three tiered platforms. The Cave can now handle a variety of entertainment that calls for different seating arrangements. Portable banquet chairs accommodate dinner seating for intimate performances or can be arranged in a theater-style layout for various productions. Of course, banquet chairs can be removed to create a spacious floor for general admission concerts.

“The venue’s lineup continues to reach out to bigger and better acts,” said David Stone, owner of The Cave. “It was inevitable we had to change our seating arrangements to cater to the national acts that we’re bringing in, but more importantly we want to ensure that our audience is content.”

Mr. Stone says construction for the second phase of the renovation project is already underway, which consists of removing two main-floor private VIP boxes and filling the area with an elaborate full-service bar. Stone says the bar inside the theater on the main floor will make it much more convenient for guests to enjoy a concert while getting a refreshing beverage without missing any of the show. The bar should be installed just in time for the legendary Dick Dale concert on Friday, November 28. In addition to the main bar there will be portable bars on each wing of the dance floor to help with the flow of service. 

The improvements at The Cave have also created opportunities that The Cave was not able to accommodate before, such as its new Club Night at the Cave. After each concert the Cave transforms into a night club atmosphere with laser lights, fog machines and DJs that play electronic dance music.

Once phase two is complete The Cave will undergo the final phase that will put the finishing touches on the venue. The plan is to knock out concession stands and put in a full kitchen that will allow The Cave to present a genuine dining experience for its patrons. Phase three is expected to be finished in the first part of January. 

“When we complete phase three the improvements will be very noticeable. We’re certainly adding a real touch of class to the theater,” added Stone. “The dining experience will be especially exceptional for mellow concerts, comedy nights or special occasions like Valentine’s Day.”      

The Cave is an intimate theatre-style venue that was once the site of the historic Village Movie Theater in Big Bear Village. The maximum capacity at The Cave is 399, making it the ideal setting for an up-close and personal concert experience. Key features include an orchestra pit that is often used as a dance floor in front of the stage. It also has VIP opera-style box seating at the wings of the stage, and it comes equipped with state-of-the-art sound system and lighting.

The Cave hosts live entertainment every weekend, all year round. Some well-known acts that are on the upcoming schedule include Ambrosia (Nov. 27); Dick Dale (Nov. 28); Young Dubliners (Dec. 13); The English Beat (Dec. 27); Missing Persons (Dec. 31); Marc Cohn (Jan. 11); Unwritten Law (Jan. 16); Eric Johnson (Jan. 23); BJ Thomas (Jan. 30); Gin Blossoms (Feb. 6); ALO (Feb. 15); Sammy Kershaw (Feb. 27); Don McLean (March 14) and Edgar Winter (March 28). The Cave is also home to the best of the best tribute bands and cover artists such as The Iron Maidens (Dec. 6); The Dan Band (Dec. 20); Cash’d Out (Johnny Cash); Cubensis (Grateful Dead); Kissed Alive (Kiss). The venue also features stand-up comedians, theatrical performances and social events.

The Cave is located at 40789 Village Drive in Big Bear Lake. General seating ticket pricing varies per show. To get a complete listing of all events happening at The Cave or to purchase tickets visit www.thecavebigbear.com or call 877-825-4388.

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. 

Please Join Us for Junior Aviators Day! Kids 11yrs and Under are FREE!

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POF Junior Event

 

Free Admission for children 11 years under with a paid adult. Up to three free children allowed with the purchase of one full paying adult. Offer not valid for groups taking advantage of group pricing or those using any other discount or offer. A parent or guardian must supervise children at all times.

Calling all Teachers working in schools, please bring a school or district ID, paystub, union card, or other proof of eligibility and receive free entrance to the Museum. If you are a home school educator, please contact our Education Coordinator at 909-306-5002. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

LA/ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OFFERS FOUR HOURS OF FREE WI-FI

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Travelers now have up to four hours of free Wi-Fi high speed internet access at LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT). The increase from two to four free hours of service is available to all travelers and visitors each day in Terminals 2 and 4.
“The enhanced tool allows our customers with a laptop, mobile phone, iPad, tablet, or other wireless device that has Wi-Fi capabilities to surf the web, check e-mails or browse through their social media while they wait for their flight or for a loved one to arrive,” said Jess Romo, Airport Manager. “The additional hours are especially valuable for our business travelers.”

There are three simple steps to access ONT Wi-Fi:
1) Connect to the ONT Passenger Wi-Fi system using the Network (SSID) ONT-WiFi.
2) Launch a web browser.
3) Accept the Terms and Conditions.

ONT is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a medium-hub, full-service airport with direct commercial jet service to 14 major U.S. cities and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There are approximately 60 daily flights offered by 8 air carriers. For more information about ONT, please visit www.flyOntario.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ONTAirport, and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/flyONTAirport.

SKI PACKAGE DEALS ARE ONE FOR THE AGES

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 Big Bear’s Lift & Lodging Packages Start at $89, Includes Lift Ticket Valued at $64    

SS-texture-cord-wierd-2Big Bear now bundles winter packages that includes room nights with Big Bear Mountain Resorts lift tickets at discounted prices for all ages. It’s the first time Big Bear has included young adults and children in its Lift and Lodging Packages, which now makes it more convenient for families and groups to get discounts seven days a week for the entire party. Big Bear’s Lift & Lodging Package deals, called Ski. Stay. & Save. Packages start as low as $89 midweek and $109 weekends, restrictions apply. The deeply discounted packages include discounted, all-day, interchangeable lift tickets good for both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, which are regularly priced at $64 midweek / $79 weekends for adults, $53 midweek / $68 weekends for young adults (13-21), and $26 midweek / $34 weekends for children (7-12). Lift tickets are bundled together with discounted accommodations at one of Big Bear’s participating lodges, making it the perfect bargain for those who wish to stay overnight and ski or ride during the day.

“We’ve made it much easier for families to book their winter vacations by providing for all ages to save big,” said Big Bear Visitors Bureau Director of Operations Rebecca Hrabia. “These are great deals considering adult lift tickets start at $64.”

Also new this year, are fewer blackout dates than the previous year including the week leading up to Christmas from December 20 to December 24, and January 19 (MLK Day) and February, 16 (Presidents Day). “Less blackout dates mean more skier days!” added Hrabia.

Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain provide excellent snow conditions throughout the winter season with more than 435 developed acres, 26 lifts, four high-speed chairs, 1,800 vertical feet, and more than 200 park features. Big Bear is an easy two-hour drive from most Southern California cities and only three hours from Las Vegas making it a convenient winter “stay-cation” within a reasonable driving distance, and it’s an affordable alternative to places like Tahoe, Utah or Colorado. 

Quality skiing and riding combined with a wide range of lodging choices such as private home rentals, charming bed & breakfasts, cozy condos and rustic cabins make Big Bear Lake Southern California’s premier ski and snowboard destination. Whether it’s at the base of the slopes, lakefront, in the village, or countryside, every lodge in Big Bear creates a warm and inviting atmosphere that fits every lifestyle and budget.

Lift and Lodging Packages are not valid on select holiday periods. The discounted packages are good for any time of the week with check-in dates starting December 1, 2014 to the end of the 2014/2015 ski season. Price is per person, per night based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Minimum of two nights of lodging and two days lift tickets for weekend packages are required. At least half of the guests in the party must purchase lift tickets for all packages. Check-in dates for the lodging packages begin December 1, 2014. Lift ticket vouchers and lodging discounts are not valid during the holiday periods; December 25, 2014 to January 4, 2015; January 17-18, 2015, and February 14-15, 2015. Dates are subject to change. Other restrictions may apply. For more details about these great discounted packages, log onto www.bigbear.com or call 800-424-4232.