Charity & Grassroots in Big Bear City


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  • Mountains Humane Society
    Mountain Lakes Wedding Association tour designs a show and tour blossoming with ideas and inspiration for marriage-minded guests. As the day begins, guests have the opportunity to enter prize giveaways and mingle with professional wedding vendors at the bridal show to discuss photography, floral arrangements, and tips on converting a wedding gown into a yurt. Afterward, a limo sweeps nearly newlyweds away to ponder seven potential mountain venues for vows or receptions: Marina Resort, Northwoods Resort, Alpenhorn Bed and Breakfast, Best Western Plus Big Bear Chateau, Inn Der Bach, Gold Mountain Manor, and Arrowhead Springs. While touring the resorts, soon-to-be brides and grooms sip refreshments and silence rumbling stomachs with the provided lunch, while newly gained knowledge helps nix pre-formed plans for breadstick wedding bouquets and uncle-led polka bands.
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    26938 Grass Valley Lane
    Lake Arrowhead, CA US
  • Inland Empire Waterkeeper
    Inland Empire Waterkeeper envisions the Upper Santa Ana River Watershed as a sustainable, pollution-free watershed backed by a community of motivated water stewards. To achieve this vision, the organization works to protect and enhance the watershed's quality through a variety of ways. Its programs include working with government agencies to ensure proactive policy; raising awareness through volunteer cleanup events; and educating students during hands-on field trips. Restoration and water-quality programs help achieve the more long-term goals of protecting inland waterways while tackling the complex process of restoring degraded waterways to healthy, functional ecosystems. See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand at the Groupon Grassroots blog.
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    6876 Indiana Avenue
    Riverside, CA US
  • American English Institute
    With its comfortable classrooms, computer lab, lounge, and private study areas, American English Institute gives newcomers to the country a preview of typical school settings. But, its curriculum is tailored entirely to nonnative English speakers. The Intensive English program, a nearly full-time eight-week course, represents the core of the curriculum. The course helps students climb through five levels of English aptitude, from beginner to advanced, and quickly shapes their reading and writing skills, grammar, and speaking and listening abilities. Students can also opt for goal-specific programs, such as GED or university prep.
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    5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Bldg. 400 Suite 450A
    Riverside, CA US
  • Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce
    A multifarious but rarely nefarious array of local wineries, restaurants, artisans, crafters, and entertainers fortifies the stomping grounds at the Grape Harvest Festival, the oldest fete of its kind in California. But the main attraction is, without a doubt, the myriad buckets of squishy, sweet violet spheres waiting for aspirant tap dancers and resentful vegetable farmers to engage in one of the few remaining traditional grape stomps open to the public. Once you've finished gleefully purpling your heels, you'll get to taste the fermented fruits of local labor and celebrate the Rancho Cucamonga community’s vineyard heritage by sampling sips and nibbles from fine neighboring eateries, with each bite soundtracked by live music and other performances populating the various festival stages. Meanwhile, palates preferring motor oil to wine can salivate over the careful craftsmanship and luscious vroom-vrooms of the fest’s Saturday motorcycle rally and Sunday car show, which showcase a wide sampling of motos, including wine-powered Harleys and the rare ’82 vintage Ford Zinfandel. And with more than 100 arts and crafts options, the artsy-flatulentsy of any age can both make and take home handcrafted treasures.
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    7945 Vineyard Ave
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA US
  • Maloof Foundation
    For more than half a century, internationally renowned woodworker Sam Maloof remained a leader in his field by crafting furniture that included rocking chairs for four US presidents. While some of his pieces now grace permanent collections at acclaimed sites such as New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, more than 100 pieces are exhibited at the Maloof Foundation museum. Housed in Sam's hand-built 16-room residence, the museum showcases rotating exhibits in gallery spaces such as the Pyramid Room and the Jacobs Gallery. Before becoming a museum, the residence was relocated from its original lemon grove to a 6-acre site, where it's now nestled amid lemon trees and a 4-acre Maloof Discovery Garden that features sculptures and native California plants. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the residence opens for docent-led tours twice a week and doubles as a gathering place for programs such as crafts workshops.
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    5131 Carnelian St.
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA US
  • National Hot Rod Association
    Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the NHRA’s top pedal grinders compete for the checkers as Lucas Oil Raceway hosts the high-octane conclusion to this year’s NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, one of drag racing’s most prestigious events. The ghosts of former Model-T drivers race alongside novice and veteran speed demons such as champion Larry Dixon as they try to secure enough points to propel their teams into the Countdown playoffs and Full Throttle championships. The legendary track lives up to its reputation for smoothness as cars glide towards the finish line like sticks of butter on a bunny slope.
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    2780 Fairplex Drive
    Pomona, CA US
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