Charles Phoenix to host doughnut exchange and holiday party Sunday

Charles Phoenix Doughnut ExchangeOK, so this is the first time we’ve heard of a doughnut exchange happening here in the Inland Empire, or anywhere else, for that matter.

But that’s what’s scheduled to take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday (December 8) at the Wigwam Motel2728 W. Foothill Blvd., San Bernardino.

Such an event could only be the product of the fertile mind of our pal, Ontario native Charles Phoenix, who is hosting the event.

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Reservations being taken for BJ’s holiday beer pairing dinners

Reservations are now being taken for a special five-course holiday beer-pairing dinner at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse locations throughout the Inland Empire.

The dinners will take place beginning next Monday (November 25).

Price is $30 per person, and obviously, you’ve gotta be 21 or older to participate.

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Food trucks still rolling to Cal State University San Bernardino

Although San Bernardino County lifted the ban on hot food trucks (sorta) over two years ago, there are still just a couple of local trucks registered with the county.

And the trucks don’t really operate on a daily basis as they do in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

And the only semi-regular stops for the trucks are at county breweries, typically on Friday nights.

And then there’s Cal State University San Bernardino.

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Another wave of restaurant closures hits

In a sign that the economy still has some recovery to do, we’ve spotted four local restaurants that have closed in recent weeks.

Chino’s La Crêperie Café, an offshoot of the original in Long Beach’s Belmont Shores, has closed. The location, a former Black Angus, might’ve been just too large for La Crêperie. The original is a much more intimate location. Also, the owners have switched the small chain’s downtown Long Beach location from crepes to Mediterranean and dubbed it La Shish.

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Paws for a Cause fundraiser supports San Bernardino City Animal Shelter

San Bernardino’s The Mexico Cafe will once again be the site of the Paws for a Cause fundraiser for the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter.

Proceeds will benefit the Friends of H.E.A.L. (Helping Every Animal League), a group that provides support for the city’s shelter. Funds raised will go toward renovation of the shelter’s cat room and making much-needed repairs.

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We’re #1! We’re #1!! We’re #1!!! Wait…what?

Talk about kicking a city when it’s down.

This week, the Movoto real estate site posted on its blogAmerica’s Worst Cities for Food Lovers,” and guess what?

San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy over a year ago, landed at the top of the list.

The Movoto blog, billed as “the lighter side of real estate,” also includes such recent posts as “The 50 Most Steampunk Cities in America” and “SpongeBob SquarePants: How Much Does a Pineapple Under the Sea Cost?

Apparently, they’re used to poking a little fun.

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Auntie Anne’s helping raise funds to fight childhood cancer

AuntieAnnesALSFAuntie Anne’s is hoping to raise half a million dollars to help fight childhood cancer, and they need your help to do it.

Through October 15, the pretzel purveyor is selling lemon icons for $1, each of which contains a kid-friendly lemon joke and $1 off the purchaser’s next pretzel and drink.

Proceeds from the sales will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization which raises funds to help find a cure for childhood cancer.

But the fun doesn’t end there.

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