CERT'S first Fling in the park we invited all CERT agencies from San Diego County And Riverside to attend. This trailer is our Communications /Education trailer and I included a picture from one of my CPR classes.

James Beebe

Engineer / EMT Rainbow Volunteer Fire Dept (760) 723-2026
North County Fire Protection District.
Fire Prevention Specialist / EMT 1 D.C. 
CERT Coordinator / Instructor.

760/723-2010 x2042 office.
760/723-2045 fax 
North County CERT (CERT business)  

CPR Classes (760) 723-1338 www.disastermitigationservices.com  

760/723-9572 home office 

President San Diego Fire Prevention Officers Assoc. www.sdfpo.org



This is a beautiful dessert to take to a party.  I've made this a few times and it's always a hit.

INGREDIENTS: (Giant Sugar Cookie)

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1.         Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

2.         In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll dough into large ball, then gently flatten with rolling pin to a size that leaves about 2" clearing on the pizza pan.

3.         Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let cool before topping with cream cheese spread.

INGREDIENTS: (Cream Cheese Topping)

8 oz. pkg. low-fat Philadelphia cream cheese

Spread topping all over giant sugar cookie.

INGREDIENTS:  (Fresh Fruit Topping)
*  These are just approximate amounts as you work through the fruit to see how you want to create your design.  You can also choose different fruits/colors that you prefer, i.e., canned mango, pineapple or peach slices, etc.

4-6 oz. fresh blueberries
2 kiwis (sliced 1/4" thick, then halfed width-wise)
2 bananas
l lb. strawberries (sliced thin length-wise)
1/4 cup apple jelly-microwaved to liquify (or any marmalade, orange is great-this is just used to glaze the fruit after topping the cookie and cream cheese).

Top cream cheese with above fruits and brush gently with jelly/marmalade.



This is the best potato salad ever! I tweaked another blogger's recipe because I didn't have red potatoes on hand...and I don't like celery in my potato salad as it draws water, but the results were awesome! I also doubled the original recipe. And...here's a great tip from "MaryAnn" of "Gilligan's Island" on peeling Idaho potatoes. View her YouTube demo:

5 lbs. red potatoes
6 T. white wine vinegar
1/2 c. thick cut bacon, chopped, cooked, drained, and chilled
1-1/2 c. mayonnaise (to desired creamyness)
3 T. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 T. chipotle purée (use canned chipotles with adobo sauce in blender or food processor; purée)
1/2 c. red onion
4 boiled eggs, roughly chopped
1/2 c. chopped dill pickles
2 stalks celery, finely chopped (optional)
2 t. Kosher salt (or more to taste)

Using "MaryAnn's" tip, slightly score all the way around the center of the potato. Gently boil whole, unpeeled potatoes in salted (1 tsp table salt) water 20-40 minutes, depending on size, until a knife or fork easily penetrates the center. Remove and place in bowl of ice water for 5 minutes. Holding each end of potato with cupped hands, simply slide the skin away from the potato. If a few pieces of skin are stubborn, remove with potato peeler; but this method works beautifully and saves alot of time. Slice into 1/4" or 1/2" slices or quarter if preferred. Place in a bowl and drizzle with the white wine vinegar. Chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours.

Stir remaining ingredients into potatoes including Kosher salt to taste. Taste for salt and spice. Adjust according to taste. Serve or chill and serve!



The Rainbow Oaks Restaurant re-opened last Thursday night with a full house and some awesome food! Under new ownership and management, The Oaks has been completely renovated to a beautiful lodge-like atmosphere with a warm and inviting bar and a great menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees.  



I thought a "recipe" link might be fun.  Send me your "tried and true" recipes and I will post them.  Send pix too.  This recipe is one I made from scratch for a birthday cake.

Cake Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pans  2 cups granulated sugar  1 tablespoon vanilla extract  3 eggs  2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour  1 cup unsweetened cocoa  1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder  1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda  1 teaspoon salt  1 3/4 cups milk 

Frosting Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa  5 1/2 cups powdered sugar  3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened  2/3 cup (plus 1 to 2 tablespoons more, if needed) milk  2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Ice Cream:  Approximately 2 quarts of your choice flavor

For the cake, preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and lightly flour three 8-inch round cake pans and set aside. With an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl down after each addition. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt, then add to butter mixture in batches, alternating with milk and ending with flour mixture. Do not overmix. Divide batter evenly between the three pans, smooth out and bake 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cakes cool slightly, then remove from pans and transfer to cooling racks to let cool completely.  Put in freezer.

For the frosting, combine cocoa and powdered sugar in a medium bowl. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to cream butter with 1 cup of the cocoa-sugar mixture, then add the remaining cocoa-sugar mixture, alternating it with the milk. Beat until frosting is easily spreadable, then blend in vanilla. 

For the ice cream,  I used "Cookies and Cream" since that's what my son likes, but you can use anything you like that marrys well with chocolate.  I made one last year that was filled with Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia....yummmmm!  Anyway...remove the ice cream and cakes from freezer.  Let ice cream sit out about 1/2 hour to soften (or microwave for about 30 seconds and scrape off top melted layer to get to the softened product).  Remove one layer from pan and set on cake pedestal.  Scoop out 1/3 of the ice cream and top the first layer by gently mashing/spreading around.  I used clean hands for that part.  Repeat process with second layer, then top with last cake layer.  Put back in freezer to set approximately 2 hours.  Remove again and ice cake around top and sides.  Decorate with chocolate shavings or any decorations you prefer.




Rainbow Valley Grange usually meets on the second Saturday of the month. Juniors meet at 3:30pm, YOuth Fair Team at 4:30pm, and Community Grange at 5:30pm.


Rainbow Planning Group meets the third Wednesday of the month at the Grange Hall at 7 pm to discuss land use issues. The public is welcome. 


Rainbow Property Owners Association (RPOA) meets the second Wednesday of every month, at 6:30 p.m., at the Fire Station.


Fire Department Board Meetings
2nd Monday, 7pm - Rainbow Fire Station


Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:

It's a security alarm system that you prob ably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar rapist won't stick around... After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there ..... This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry h i s car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.

Please pass this on even IF you've read it before. It's a reminder.


A very informative website, www.wildfirezone.org, which is evidently run by the County and the University of California. This is an excellent source of information about fire/ignition prevention and a bunch of other wildfire related stuff. You can plug in your zipcode, for example, and see the fire history of your neighborhood, as well as a hazard rating. 

Most interesting of all, these folks will send a project coordinator to your community to speak about wildfire prevention/protection generally, and about how to create a Community Wildfire Protection Pla


The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce and Legacy Endowment Foundation have established a fund for victims of the Fallbrook (Rice Canyon) Fire. 
People wishing to contribute to the fund can make checks payable to "Legacy Endowment" and specify their donation is for the Fallbrook Fire Storm 2007. Send checks to Legacy Endowment Foundation, PO Box 2710, Fallbrook, CA 92088, or deliver them to the Chamber of Commerce office, 233 East Mission Road. 
The donations will be used to assist victims of the Rice Canyon Fire in Fallbrook/Rainbow and De Luz. However, if donors wish to contribute to other areas where fire victims have need, they should specify that wish. One hundred percent of the contributions will be used to assist fire victims. 
"We'll make sure the funds reach those in need," said Foundation President Phil Delaney. 
The distribution of funds will be in accordance with the IRS Disaster Relief requirements. Donations received by Legacy Endowment will be tax-deductible. 
The Legacy Endowment Foundation was formed to enhance and preserve a higher quality of life for the community now and for generations to come. Its mission is to facilitate philanthropy for individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits and organizations. 
Legacy Endowment Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 public charity. It facilitates philanthropy for individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits and other organizations. 
Legacy's office is located adjacent to the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce and is normally open from Tuesday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the hours may be extended to meet the needs of victims of Fallbrook. 
For more information, contact executive director Tina Rainey at (760) 728-3304 or vice president Roy Ansell at (760) 728-5946.



The Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club (FARC) http://fallbrookarc.org/ is a good source of information in the event of an emergency, such as fire, earthquake, even road information.When you smell smoke, hear multiple sirens, or an unusual traffic jam, monitor 146.175 or 445.600 on any police scanner (available at Radio Shack or various electronics stores).FARC, members monitor local emergency frequencies on their scanners and report or comment over the air on the previously mentioned frequencies.There is a link within the FARC website to find other local emergency frequencies that you may find interesting to monitor on a scanner, should anybody purchase one.During an actual emergency, such as the Rice Fire, the FARC sets up and handles communications at the Roy Noon Hall, 231 E. Hawthorne St. in Fallbrook. This is the command center for the Fallbrook Fire Dept. FARC has radios set up in a small room within the building, connected to antennas outside on a small tower. During an actual emergency, such as the fires, Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico, electric power may become interrupted, cell phone reception or land line telephones may become intermittent at best. Amateur radio operators set up battery or generator powered stations, and pass information to emergency services as well as other operators across the nation or throughout the community.The Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club also provides their services during the Avocado Festival, Fallbrook Christmas Parade, and the Avenue of the Oaks bike ride. FARC also patrols the Rainbow area and De Luz Canyon area during Red Fag conditions for Cal Fire. You may see them during the 4th of July each year driving up and down Rainbow Heights Rd, Rainbow Crest, Rice Canyon as well as De Luz Canyon and Sandia Creek to the county line. If you purchase a police scanner and would like help programming one, I can assist or there are mentors at our club meeting (open to the public) at the Roy Noon Hall on the first Saturday of the month, that can assist. Hayden PerrineKG6YVD728-1511