August 12, 2014

Jests, Jousts During 3 Ren Faire Weekends

See days of old and knights so bold during the 13th annual Big Bear Renaissance Faire, held three weekends on August 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17.

Live contact action jousting at Big Bear Renaissance FaireThe Faire is under the pines at historic Pedersen Sawmill site on the north shore in Fawnskin. Watch knights engage in live contact jousting on horseback, plus there’s nonstop medieval entertainment, royal court and fabulous food at the enchanted shire from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Strolling entertainers and jugglers, midsummer fairy forest children’s area, new pirate fortress and living history encampments and demonstrations bring William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I to life. Queen Elizabeth should be on hand with her royal court The Guild of Saint Olaf; Her Majesty has beefed up security with the French battle guild so beware...

Over 20 entertainment groups performing on six stages means there’s never a dull moment at Renaissance Faire. One of the most popular attractions is the full contact live jousting provided by the world champion Knights of Mayhem, who have performed at Renaissance and Scottish Faires throughout the Southland. The Knights were featured on the television reality series of the same name, including world champion Charlie Andrews.

This ain’t no dinner show; the action is real with real competitors wearing 130 pounds of steel armor, charging on 2,000 lb. horses at each other bearing solid hemlock lances...all while peering through quarter-inch eye slots in their helmets!

Knights promote honor and chivalry with feats of riding, jousting and swordplay, fun entertainment for all ages. It’s bone-crunching, no-holds-barred competition that is 100% real, not pre-scripted with a predetermined winner. Shows feature vivid color, falls, fights, galloping horses and spectacular stunts.

Then there’s Ciran the gypsy magician, fun for all ages, while the Belles of Bedlam make merry in a show that’s a romp through the daily lives of sister who own an inn. Musicians and magicians, singers, jugglers, belly dancers...they’re all here, eight new groups for 2014..

The Universe According to Galileo is always a fun time with the master. Of course there’s plenty of good grub and grog...but beware of ripples in time. The Queen’s Tea and Warriors Table sold out last year so get tickets through Eventbrite now. And look for Suspended Reality in the fairy garden, flying the trees above.

Learn the history of ship repair and other historical tidbits from Argus Armstrong, and for the kids Captain Jack’s Pirate Stories entertain with tall tales of masts and the high seas plus there’s El Moro the pirate magician. Storytelling with Victoria Goring is a highlight as are upclose wildlife presentations by Moonridge Animal Park. Amy Farrell is full of facts and figures and Gallows Humor offers macabre funnies. There’s also "Shakespeare Unplugged" by Passado Action Theatre, accurate if somewhat irreverent presentations of classics like Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and others. The vignettes are filled with bawdy humor, physical comedy and outrageous swordplay...but some serious moments too.

The marketplace is packed with vendors, where wares can be purchased, from pewter steins to potions, mystical healers, and brews by Dragonmarsh. There’s Renaissance clothing, jester costumes, braided belts and pouches, even battle-ready, tournament-quality swords and armor, masks, metals, and mystics.

When hunger strikes there’s food and drink a’ plenty, like chicken, roast beef or pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. Smoked turkey legs are faire favorites and there’s bacon wrapped pork chops on a stick. Plus funnel cake, caramel apple wedges, kettle korn and more.

Admission is $15 for adults, $26 buys a weekend pass and season passes are $73 (senior/student/military $12, $20 and $55 respectively), five and under free.

For tickets call the Visitors Bureau at (800) 424-4232 or www.bbvrsinc.org.

August 4, 2014

Medley Having `Righteous" Time of His Life

Bill Medley, best known as one-half of the famous Righteous Brothers, but also noted solo performer, producer, actor, even...matchmaker?

At his shows Medley sometimes asks audiences how many couples met at The Hop, nightclubs in Fountain Valley and Lakewood he used to own with late singing partner Bobby Hatfield, the other half of the Righteous Brothers. A few hands invariably go up. "It’s always, `I met my second wife at The Hop,’ never the first," Medley laughed in a phone interview.

For the record, my wife Sandy and I did not meet at The Hop. But we dated there, and we weren’t the only ones. In the 1980’s it was the place to hang out with a 1950’s/60’s vibe. At a recent show in Lake Tahoe Medley popped the question and several couples answered yes.

Medley likes to engage audiences as well as entertain them. Which folks will discover during his August 9 show at The Cave Big Bear, billed as an "Intimate Evening with Bill Medley." Yes he sings Righteous Brothers hits "You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling," "Unchained Melody" and "(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration" along with solo hits like "Time of My Life," but he also talks about the story behind the song as well.

"You don’t know how your music has influenced people when you do it," Medley said. "Now there’s more interest in the why, what, when of the music, what it was like to work with Phil Spector. This is kind of an unplugged show with stories of the Righteous Brothers."

There’s plenty to tell. The duo met in Orange County in 1962 where Medley had a group called the Paramours and was working a nightclub in Santa Ana. "We were only together six or seven months before we had our first hit record," Medley said of "Little Latin Lupe Lu," a song he wrote about a girl he knew in school.

"What happened to me and the Righteous Brothers was almost like a bad Hollywood movie script," Medley said. "To have had hits in four decades, the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s was remarkable. We didn’t go after it—they came after us.

"Bobby and I were both interested and obsessed with black (rhythm and blues) from 1955 and up," he added. "It was more honest for us to sing R&B than white pop." Which is how the pair got their name; after a performance a black Marine from El Toro yelled "That was righteous, brothers!"

No one seemed to notice the guys were white. "Atlantic was an all-black label and when we showed up to do an interview they were shocked," Medley said. "They quit playing our records. It wasn’t a racial thing, they just played nothing but black artists and we were white."

Medley and Hatfield split in 1968, each pursuing lukewarm solo careers. "The 70’s were the low point of my life," Medley said. "In 1974 I lost my voice and was told by two throat doctors in Hollywood that I would never sing again—my throat looked like hamburger meat.

"Then my ex-wife was murdered and raped in 1976," he said. "She was still one of my best friends and suddenly I was a single parent. I relied on friends and family. You have to think positive, that you will not stay at the bottom."

When the Righteous Brothers teamed again in 1974 the hit "Rock and Roll Heaven" ensued. The pair then was hitless till 1990, but Medley’s career skyrocketed with 1987’s "The Time of My Life," a duet with Jennifer Warnes from the soundtrack for the film "Dirty Dancing." In 1990 the film "Ghost" featured "Unchained Melody" and radio stations were suddenly besieged for requests to play a Righteous Brothers hit from 25 years earlier.

"We weren’t 25 year-old kids anymore," Medley said. "We were 50-year-old men who could appreciate it."

The pair toured together for 13 more great years, till Hatfield’s untimely death in 2003. Six months earlier they had been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his partner’s passing hit Medley hard.

"It was tougher than I thought it would be," he said. "There were contracts to fill so I went out but it was not much fun. Audiences were there to pay tribute to Bobby."

Now he has a new singing partner: daughter McKenna, named Female Vocalist of the Year in Branson, Mo. "It makes it so fun to be on the road with my daughter," he said. "But I can’t throw any televisions out the window."

Earlier this year Medley released the book "Time of My Life," baring his R&B soul, warts and all, kind of like he does during his intimate show. "I’ve had five or six times of my life," he said. "When the Righteous Brothers first made it, then when we hit again in 1990. Now I go out to do this kind of show and tell what was going on. It is the time of my life."

Just one worry. His show is during Fun Run . "I know I’m gonna see a car I must buy. It’s a bucket list thing," he said.

August 2, 2014

Tubes, Medley, Laine Headling Cave Big Bear

Big names like The Tubes, Bill Medley and Denny Laine headline at The Cave Big Bear in August, where there’s top entertainment each weekend.

All of which makes for a rocking month at The Cave Big Bear, the hot intimate entertainment venue where every seat is front and center and tickets are inexpensive, often $20 or less for headline entertainment. The Cave has the feel of an intimate nightclub with full cocktail service to each seat including local wine from Stone Summit Winery and beers from Big Bear Lake Brewing Co., yet offers concert-quality state-of-the-art sound, lighting and special effects like laser lights and fog machines.

Headliners at The Cave include The Tubes on Aug. 2. The San Francisco-based band formed in 1975 and much of its original lineup is intact: Fee Waybill, Roger Steen, Prairie Prince and Rick Anderson, joined by David Medd.

The Tubes are best known for hits like 1983’s "She’s a Beauty," which charted in the Top 10 and was one of the most played early songs on MTV. Others include the hard-driving "Talk to Ya Later" and the iconic favorite "White Punks on Dope" as well as "Dancin’ " from the 1980 film Xanadu. Direct Divide and Duke Michaels open with all seats just $25, VIP $40.

An intimate evening with Bill Medley at The Cave Big BearSpend an intimate evening with Bill Medley on Saturday, Aug. 9. Best known as one-half of the legendary Righteous Brothers (story page 2), Medley has also had a successful solo career best marked by the hit "Time of My Life" with Jennifer Warnes. For this show he’s joined by daughter McKenna Medley and in addition to playing hits like "You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,’" "Unchained Melody" and "(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration," Medley tells the stories behind the music too.

Tickets start at just twenty bucks! Get closer for $30 or up front for $35 but chances are all seats are better than anything you’ve sat in for a show of this magnitude before. VIP seats are $40.

Denny Laine is perhaps best known from his work in Paul McCartney’s band Wings and he’s just one part of "British Rock Meets American Pop" at The Cave on Aug. 23. An original member of the Moody Blues, Laine wrote the band’s first hit "Go Now" and along with McCartney helped create classic tunes like "Band on the Run," "Time to Hide" and "Live and Let Die."

He’s joined in the show by other rock icons too. Like Cannibal and the Headhunters ("Stop Foolin’ Around," "Land of 1,000 Dances," "Linda Lu") along with Dennis Tufano of the Buckinghams ("Kind of a Drag," "Don’t You Care," "Mercy Mercy Mercy"). All seats are $25, VIP $40.

On Aug. 16 The Cave hosts alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket with hits like "All I Want" and "All She Said." The band’s name came courtesy of Monty Python’s Eric Idle for a fictional band for the program "Rutland Weekend Television" in 1975, but a decade later Toad the Wet Sprocket became reality when four California teens adopted the moniker.

The band’s four original members have toured ever since, making five studio albums over a ten-year period through 1998 that sold over four million copies with five major radio hits. Even after breaking up in 1998, Toad members continued to play occasional shows and after successful tours from 2006-2010, decided to create new music and update the old hits. The result was a Greatest Hits album "All You Want" in 2011 and Toad is in the midst of a major tour with a new release. Tickets are $37, VIP $50.

Also at The Cave is the blue-eyed blues based roots rock of Eric Lindell on Aug. 29. He’s toured across the country and around the world, developing a huge following with his "shuffling interplay of electric guitars, percolating organ and Creole horns," according to Los Angeles Daily News. The band features a tight rhythm section featuring Myles Weeks on upright bass and Will McMains on drums. All seats are just $15, VIP $25.

A night later it’s Southland surf favorites The Wheeland Brothers on Aug. 30. Brothers Nate "Frogg" and Travis Wheeland along with Marcus Agundes released their first album in 2012 and the inaugural single "Sand in My Sheets" was nominated for best music video at the Orange County Music Awards (up against No Doubt and the Dirty Heads). Last year’s second release "Muchos Mahalos" was noted for the single "Lovin’ On Time." Seats are just $10, VIP $20.

The Cave; 40789 Village Dr. (877) 825-4388 or www.thecavebigbear.com.

July 21, 2014

Brews, Doo Wah Riders Toast Cowboys

Toast the hardworking American cowboy and raise money for Saint Joseph’s Food Pantry at Spirits of the West Brewsfest Saturday, July 26.

Doo Wah Riders in concert at the Convention Center at Big Bear LakeThe third annual event at the Convention Center at Big Bear Lake offers free fun for the whole family with Western action shooters, arts and crafts, live music all day and evening concert featuring the world renowned Doo Wah Riders (separate admission). Those 21 and over can sample more than 40 different beers and another 20-plus spirits, including tequilas and bourbons.

Brews to taste include offerings from Spaten and Warsteiner plus Ayinger, Lindermans Beers, Samuel Smith, Oak Hills Brewery and Hangar 24. Spirits from Duke Bourbon, Russell’s RSV, Wild Turkey, Knot Rye and Maple, Pendleton 1910, Devils Cut, Beam Signature and 1972 bourbon are also featured. Kids get to sample too—real sarsaparilla plus sodas including Pepsi products and Jarritos, a new beverage from Mexico available in mango, kiwi, strawberry and other flavors.

Gates open at 2 p.m. with free admission and a full slate of activities to mark Big Bear’s western heritage that dates back to the late 1800’s, which included cattle drives up to the mountains from the deserts of Palm Springs, Morongo and Yucca basins. Temecula Action Shooters will perform throughout the day and there’s quick draw game, bounce house, cheery seed spitting contest and carnival-style games. Arts and crafts and collective vendors will be selling their wares and Wyatt’s Cafe & Saloon is open with the mountain’s best ranch-style grub.

At 6 p.m. doors open for the concert, with admission $15 or $10 with the donation of two nonperishable food items. For over 35 years the Doo Wah Riders have played "high energy country with a Cajun twist) around the country, appearing in concert with Garth Brooks, George Strait, Alabama, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Brooks and Dunn, Willie Nelson among others. The list also includes Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Lone Star, Randy Travis and the Oak Ridge Boys and ranges from John Denver to Joan Jett.

The Doo Wah Riders recorded with Bryon Berline on his Grammy-nominated CD "Fiddle and a Song" and the band appeared in the movie "Basic Instinct," playing their original song "Glowing in the Ashes" and appeared on TNN’s "Prime Time Country" as well as the prime time Dick Clark television production "Will You Marry Me?" Concert tickets can be purchased at the Community Market, No Name Pizza or online at www.bigbearevents.com.

Sampling tickets are a dollar each for beer and $3 for spirits and continue till 8 p.m. For $25 there’s the all-inclusive Yippee-Kai-Yay package which includes commemorative pint glass, 15 sample tickets and admission to the evening’s concert.

The National Day of the Cowboy organization, founded in June 2005 with official resolution passed the U.S. Senate a month later, seeks to preserve America’s cowboy heritage for future generations. Saint Joseph’s Food Panty, one of three in the Valley, feeds 100-plus families a week and is staffed entirely by volunteers.

The Convention Center is on Big Bear Blvd. at Division. Call (909) 585-3000 or visit www.bigbearevents.com.

July 17, 2014

`Summer of Stars' at Cave Big Bear with Tubes, Medley

Headliners like Berlin, The Tubes, Bill Medley and Colt Ford along with great tribute concerts and comedy nights make for a “Summer of Stars” at The Cave Big Bear, the mountain’s hot entertainment venue.

Every seat is front and center at The Cave, which has the feel of an intimate nightclub with full cocktail service to each seat including local wine from Stone Summit Winery and beers from Big Bear Lake Brewing Co., yet offers concert-quality state-of-the-art sound, lighting, lasers and special effects.

BERLIN featuring TERRI NUNN, who came in at #11 on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Women in Rock,” headlines at The Cave on July 18. The hit single “Take My Breath Away” from the movie “Top Gun” rocketed the group to stardom in the 1980’s along with other hits like “No More Words,” the controversial “Sex (I’m A),” “Tell Me Why” and “The Metro.” Premium and upfront seats are just $25, VIP $40. One night later on July 19 is a tribute to female rockers of the 1980’s—The Go-Go’s, Cyndi Lauper, Bangles, Pat Benatar, Blondie, Eurythmics, Pretenders, Tina Turner, many more—by high energy band LADY LUCK Tickets are $15 or $25 VIP.

Reggae heavyweights BIG MOUNTAIN headline at The Cave Saturday, July 26. Lead singer Quino is one of the most recognized voices in reggae music and Big Mountain has toured in over 30 countries and sold more than two million albums and six million singles. Big Mountain’s reggae version of Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way” in 1994 became a classic that for two decades has been the most played, noncurrent hit song on radio worldwide. Opening is One Drop Redemption, a Bob Marley and The Wailers tribute lead by Jamaican born singer Ras Jahmark Tafari. Tickets are $15, $30 for VIP.

Future headliners at The Cave include THE TUBES on August 2, playing hits like “She’s A Beauty,” “Talk To Ya Later” and the iconic “White Punks on Dope,” with tickets starting at $25. A week later it’s an intimate evening with BILL MEDLEY on Aug. 9. Perhaps best known as one-half of the legendary Righteous Brothers with hits like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,’” “Unchained Melody” and “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” Medley has also compiled a successful solo career. Songs like “The Time of My Life” and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” from the Rambo III soundtrack have introduced his music to new legions of fans. Tickets start at $20.

Other shows at The Cave Big Bear include alternative rock band TOAD THE WET SPROCKET on Aug. 16 with hits “All I Want” and “All She Said.” “BRITISH ROCK MEETS AMERICAN POP” on Aug. 23 stars Denny Laine from Paul McCartney’s band Wings, Dennis Tufano of the Buckinghams, and Cannibal and the Headhunters. ERIC LINDELL plays Aug. 29 and Southland surf sound favorites THE WHEELAND BROTHERS on Aug. 30. The Cave Big Bear hosts comedy night on Aug. 1.

For information call (877) 825-4388 or www.thecavebigbear.com.

July 13, 2014

Two New Snow Leopards at Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Two spirited Himalayan snow leopard sisters now have a new home at Big Bear Alpine Zoo, which in turn is finally going to be moving as well.

Snow leopard kittens together at Big Bear Alpine ZooJust another chapter in the sage of Big Bear Alpine Zoo, which has become home for countless injured or rehabilitating animals since it was founded after a forest fire in 1959. In this case it’s snow leopards Asha and Shanti, both born with a relatively rare congenital eye anomaly called multiple ocular coloboma, settled into new specially-designed enclosures at the zoo after arriving via FedEx last month.

Asha and Shanti each have had their right eyes removed to prevent infection and other complications. That doesn’t keep them from pouncing on perceived prey but it does eliminate them from breeding the Species Survival Program into which they were born, which aims to propagate endangered species. As a result they arrive as animal ambassadors for snow leopards at Big Bear Alpine Zoo, well-known for its rehabilitation program.

The two cats come from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Wash. where they became quite the celebrities. Both are a welcome addition after snow leopard Milo passed away of an aggressive form of mouth cancer that afflicts cats in captivity a year ago, only after another magnificent cat, Ivan, also passed from the disease.

"They are going to love their new home," said curator Debbie Richardson of the new arrivals. "They will live inside an enclosed exhibit space that has a Plexiglass window viewing deck that features a giant white rock mountain, big tree and two rock dens."

In fact it was designed to be easy to move and set up at the zoo’s future site, at Moonridge Rd. and Clubview on the opposite end of the golf course from its current location. Groundbreaking is set for spring 2015 with a fall 2016 anticipated opening. Some $7.1 million has been pledged by the Board of Supervisors from the general fund with remaining monies coming from grants, corporate fundraisers and private donations.

A scaled down version of the new zoo was approved by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in spring and all environmental hurdles appear to have been cleared, so Big Bear Alpine Zoo’s move is finally a go after numerous starts and stops. The nation’s only alpine zoo moves from its current 2.5 acre location across the street from Bear Mountain a mile or so north to a larger 5.5 acre location.

Not as big as first envisioned—original plans called for a 20 acre park on the north shore by Discovery Center before a 10 acre facility was called for at the new location—the new zoo still has all the nuts and bolts drawn by renowned planners PGAV Designers. And the new snow leopard habitat housing Asha and Shanti at the current location will be the first example of what exhibits will look like when the zoo finally does relocate.

Bringing in animals that are injured is what Big Bear Alpine Zoo does. Many are rehabilitated and released back into the wild—bears, bald eagles and more have all gotten a second shot at life thanks to Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Those who have injuries that prevent them from being released— or have been impacted by humans—end up calling the zoo "Home for Life."

The park sports one of the largest timber wolf populations in captivity with a dozen animals in three distinct packs, and is one of only two facilities in the state where California’s official symbol, the grizzly bear, can be seen. In this case a marauding mother grizzly with two cubs had raided one too many camp sites in Yellowstone and faced a death sentence. In a great grassroots fundraising drive bricks were sold and bucks were raised to build the necessary enclosure for the mother and her cubs.

Three mountain lion kittens were bottlefed by staff and have grown to be majestic hundred pound-plus cats. Black bears—including another marauding bruin which had a particular fondness for honey and was willing to go to great lengths to get it—are also on exhibit at Big Bear Alpine Zoo, along with bobcats, coyotes, mule deer, bald eagles and other animals found in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Daily noon animal presentations allow guests to meet critters up close. Weekend 3 p.m. feeding frenzy tours are also popular. The zoo is open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., till 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $12, $6 ages 3-10/60 and over, under three free.

Old Time Bear Country Fair is at the zoo July 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There’s pie eating contest, games, raffles, cake walk, crafts, face painting, vendors, food and more, all at regular zoo admission.

The zoo is at 43285 Goldmine Dr. across from Bear Mountain. Call (909) 584-1299.

July 8, 2014

Beatles, Stones tribute bands clash at Cave

Who’s best, the Beatles or Rolling Stones? Fans decide when what the Los Angeles Times called "The Most Unique Tribute Show in Decades" comes to The Cave Big Bear 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12.

Abbey Road tribute band as the BeatlesIt’s an on-stage musical shootout at 8 p.m. courtesy of internationally renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash. Both bands go to great lengths to make the competition as real as possible; Abbey Road members play modern reissues of the exact same instruments and amps the Beatles used, while Jumping Jack Flash’s "Keith Richards" (Young Hutchison) duplicates the disjointed walk, blacked-out tooth and electrical tape around snakeskin boots made famous by the guitarist.

The bands alternate mini sets and trade improvised barbs and banter between songs to act out the famous "rivalry." From costume changes that take the Beatles from their black suits for "A Hard Day’s Night" and mustaches and wigs a la the Sgt. Pepper era to the wild gyrations of the Stones’ Mick Jagger (courtesy Sir Joseph Infante), both bands present accurate sound and look too.

Since 2011 the shootout has played to sold out audiences across the west, from the Coach House and Canyon Club to Harrah’s Tahoe, Harrah’s Rincon and Pala Casino. The bands recently concluded a three-month run at Harrah’s Reno showroom and begin another long run at Harrah’s Laughlin in December.

Jumping Jack Flash as Rolling Stones TriubteShow producers Tom Maher and Andy Nagle auditioned over 200 Beatles performers at a casting call in 2008, many of whom already played in tribute bands. In this competition concert, the bands strive to be so accurate, even the mistakes are duplicated. "In `All My Lovin’ Ringo forgets the form of the song and goes into the chorus beat by mistake," said Axel Clarke, who fills the drummer’s shoes for Abbey Road. "He plays that beat for one bar, realizes his error, and switches back to the verse beat. Most people might not notice things like that, but it adds a level of authenticity."

The bands play five alternating power sets then come together for an amazing encore. So who wins this competition? The audience naturally, enjoying top shelf tributes to two legendary bands in the same evening. Like Orange County Register said: "If you see only one tribute show, see this one...smart and loads of fun."

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are just $15, $30 VIP. Call (877) 825-4388.

July 7, 2014

Races, demos, party at Big Bear Paddlefest

Races with cash prizes, demos, vendor expo and beach party make for a great day on the water Saturday, July 12 during Big Bear Paddlefest at Meadow Park.

Canoes, kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards are welcome with events starting at 7 a.m. Vendors include Stand Up Paddleboards from Hobie, Surftech, Coreban and Focus, plus Coast Guard Auxiliary paddlecraft. Others are The North Face, Cobra Kayaks, Keen Footwear, USARC at Bear Mountain, Smith Optics, Big Bear Fishing Adventures, Sweetwater Wear, Clif Bar and FRS.

Races include sprints and relay races plus 5K, 10K and 20K (around the lake) and downwind SUP race from the dam to Meadow Park. Fastest man and woman on SUP or kayak in the 20K split $500 in prize money and there’s great prizes for other categories. Top paddler Chuck Glynn will be defending his record in the 20K.

The free kids fun race for ages 12 and under is at 11 a.m.. Watch races and then take a kayak or stand up paddleboard for a demo during the seventh annual event..

Race fees range from $40-$60 depending on distance and include lake permit, mandatory quagga inspection, limited edition tech tee and swag-stuffed goodie bag. Spectating is free ($5 parking after noon) and the beach party after the 1 p.m. awards ceremony at Swim Beach has food, beer and music. Sponsor New Belgium Beer is holding fun games like volleyball.

Prepare for Paddlefest, presented by North Shore Trading Company, with free SUP training on July 3 at 6 p.m. at The Pines restaurant’s beach. There’s a one hour clinic focusing on rounding buoys and paddle techniques for all ages followed by sprints and award prizes. Bring your own board or a limited number are available for rental with a reservation. Call (909) 866-3414.