Birthday Boating & More | GG’s TOT

Captain Frankie | Fawnskin Flyer

So, GG survived her birthday but was a tired puppy by the time she arrived home in the early evening on Tuesday.

Festivities began at 8:00am and didn’t conclude until 5:00pm. The highlights were many but I’d say that the Happy Birthday renditions by my nephews was the best–especially since the youngest kissed the phone at the end–making a nice beeping sound.

Of course, PM Mike & PMR Jimi were a close second–breaking into song with Jimi blowing my mind with his amazing voice in vintage 50s style crooning.

Honestly, you never know what you are going to discover around here.

After a great lunch and tea time with Char, another pal treated me to an obligatory birthday boat ride. I saw a few new ducks that I haven’t ever seen before and had a great time on Grout Bay.

The wind and the weather kept us close to home but that was fine–I especially like that Captain Frankie took the wheel before he was snuggled up for some puppy loving with his Auntie GG!

Okay, big news around these parts?

Post Office Primping
Other than gardening news (as in everyone has been out in their yards working), a big spring spruce up will be taking place over at the Fawnskin Post Office. The building is going to get new paint and oil treatment soon. I don’t remember it being done since I’ve been here so that is good news.

Birding Basics
GG has been learning a lot about birding and will be sharing that knowledge on the Fawnskin Flyer soon but the Discovery Center will be getting involved in NestWatch this year. NestWatch is a national effort to track trends in the nesting success of hundreds of species of birds.

There are two ways to get certified in NestWatch–at the Discovery Center or online.

On Friday, April 27, 2012 from 2:00pm-4:00pm, the Big Bear Discovery Center and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will be offering a training session for NestWatch volunteers. In this program, participants will learn more about NestWatch and how they can participate, including tips on how to safely locate and monitor nests. Please RSVP to Meredith Brandon at 909-382-2842 or [email protected] or join online participants at

Nesting records have been collected by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology dating back to the 1960’s and more than 400,000 nest records in all for more than 500 species. All of these data add up to a powerful monitoring mechanism for evaluating the health of North America’s nesting bird populations.

Friends of Fawnskin Meeting
The annual Friends of Fawnskin membership meeting is 10:00am this Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Discovery Center. Updates on events and proposed developments around the valley will be given along with a special presentation of “The Hidden Treasure of Big Bear Valley.”

Upcoming Friends of Fawnskin events will be:

  • 5th Annual Fawnskin Town Hall on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Fire Station 96. Panelists will be on hand to answer question starting at 9:00am.
  • Walkathon for Big Bear Valley on Saturday, June 23 2012 starting at 8:00am which will benefit many nonprofit organizations around the valley.
  • Concert on the Green with Nancy Walker is scheduled for Sunday evening, August 5, 2012 as a benefit the Friends of Fawnskin.

Alternative Energy
The Big Bear Alternative Energy Group will hear presentations by solar installers who want to work with Valley residents to make solar power accessible and affordable through leasing and/or purchase. The first one-hour presentation will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 6:30pm at the Masonic Lodge in Big Bear Lake. For more information or to RSVP, please contact [email protected]

Wine & Cheese Reception
Fawnskin Folks who are interested in support the re-election of Neil Derry for Supervisor might be interested to attend the wine and cheese reception this Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm.

Attendees with be able to chat with Neil Derry in a social setting hosted by Terry Bessey and Barbara Finlayson-Pitts in Fawnskin. For the address and details, RSVP to Terry Bessey at (909) 866-5443 or [email protected]

Thrive Big Bear

The Mountain Healing Arts Association is sponsoring a free daylong event, Big Bear Thrives! The documentary “Thrive: What on Earth Will it Take?” will be screened from 10:00am until 12:15 pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center on Sunday, April 29th.

An open forum addressing topics such as health, nutrition, agriculture/gardening, banking, education, recycling, and sustainable energy will run from 1:00pm until 4:00 pm. The gathering will be an opportunity for community members to brainstorm and network with others who have similar interests in creating a community that thrives.

The Big Bear Discover Center is located at 40971 North Shore Drive. Doors open at 9:30am but since seating is limited, please arrive early. For more information visit Thrive Movement or contact Gina Weiss at (909) 585-7228 with any questions.

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