The Big Bear Valley Historical Society holds its monthly general meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Author and historian Mark Durban is the guest speaker.

Durban’s topic is Believe it or Not, an examination of some of Big Bear’s most cited tales, secrets and anecdotes. It includes the IS Ranch, where the Big Bear name came from, lost mines and more.

Refreshments are served following the program. There is also an opportunity drawing. All proceeds go to the Big Bear Museum.

The Big Bear Discovery Center is at 40971 North Shore Drive, Fawnskin.

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