REDS MEADOW ROAD
Inyo National Forest officials announced late last week that the agency plans to open the paved road into the Reds Meadow Valley to the public on Friday, June 18, with shuttle operations beginning on Saturday June 19.
According to an INF press release, in a normal snow year, the Reds Meadow road would be open by the second weekend in June, but late season snow has delayed the opening by one week.
The Mammoth Lakes Basin has been plowed, but 10 feet of snow remain along the road, blocking all turnouts and parking areas. “We are tentatively planning to have the road open by Memorial Day Weekend,” said Mike Schlafmann, Deputy District Ranger, “but with more snow storms on the way, there’s no guarantee.”
For more information, contact the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center at 760.924.5500 and press 0.
It may not be Ripley’s Believe It or Not, but when you see it, you may not believe it! Find out what we mean as the ongoing “Women of the Eastern Sierra” celebration turns its attention to Nellie Bly O’Bryan and her Upside-Down House. Organized by the Eastern Sierra Cultural Heritage Alliance, an exhibit about O’Bryan and her most unusual house will be on display at the Old School House Museum in Lee Vining now through the summer season, until approximately Sept. 30.
O’Bryan was a visionary, entrepreneur and long time resident of the Mono Basin. Originally located along U.S. 395 just north of the Tioga Lodge, the “house” was inspired by two childrens’ stories: “Upside Down Land” and “The Upsidedownians.” Upon her death in 1984, the Upside-Down House fell into disrepair until it was rescued and moved to its current site in October 2000. The house became Mono County’s first man-made tourist attraction in 1956. And it’s free!
More info: contact the Mono Basin Historical Society at 760.647.6461 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop by the Village at Mammoth for a ton of great Memorial Day Weekend fun! Tent sales, springfest dining deals, ping pong, horseshoes and FREE concerts. On Saturday, May 29, in the Village Events Plaza, meet the Flex Your Power Green Team sponsored by High Sierra Energy Foundation, for their Award Celebration at 4 p.m., followed by Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band Nuthin’ Fancy. On Sunday, May 30, Lava Moon takes the stage at 2 p.m., followed by an encore performance of Nuthin’ Fancy at 4 p.m. Call 760.924.1575 or visit www.villageatmammoth.com.
Searching for the Next Bobby Fischer
United States Chess Federation Certified Chess Coach Christian Fuller who has been teaching and coaching since 1990, will conduct a special Chess Exhibition, Thursday, June 10, at Snowcreek Athletic Club, in which he’ll take on 12 players at the same time! Questions at 6:30 p.m., competition at 7 p.m.
Youth and adults can learn the game’s fundamentals and life application that can be taken from chess. Fuller will teach chess classes at SAC on June 23-24.
More info: contact Sarah Anisman, 760.934.8511, ext. 107 or www.snowcreekathleticclub.com.
FOOD PANTRY OPEN
The Salvation Army and Church on the Mountain have opened a food pantry in Mammoth to serve those in need of food assistance. The food pantry has a well-stocked facility at 220 Sierra Manor Rd., adjacent to Higerd Plumbing, to provide assistance and accept food and cash donations. Hours of operation: Monday/Wednesday 2-5 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m.