Oh, Christmas Tree!
Haven’t got your perfect tree yet? Christmas tree cutting permits are still available from the Forest Service through Dec. 22 for just $5 per tree, with a limit of one tree per household at the following offices:
Bridgeport Ranger Station and from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (call 760.932.7070), the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (call 760.924.5500), and the White Mountain Ranger Station in Bishop from 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1–5 p.m., Monday-Friday (call 760.873.2500).
Permits are non-refundable. Directions to cutting areas and applicable maps may be obtained at the issuing office or by calling the above-listed offices. Tags are valid for the entire Bridgeport District, except for campgrounds, designated wilderness areas, and within 100 feet of any stream bank or other water sources, and administrative sites.
Winter forest visitors are always advised to dress appropriately, bring along emergency items such as chains, snow tires, a shovel, a first-aid kit, blankets, extra food/water, and tell trusted parties their expected cutting location and departure/return times.
Host Families & a PIANO
The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre is scheduled to return to Bishop in mid-January, and will arrive with a set, lights, costumes, props and makeup, everything it takes to put on a play … except the cast and a piano player. During the week of Jan. 17, 40-50 local students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will perform in a production of “King Arthur’s Quest,” which will be rehearsed during the week. On Saturday, Jan. 22, two public performances will be presented.
If you are a pianist who can read music and volunteer as an accompanist, the show could really use your help! A host family or two to house the traveling tour directors is also needed. All the directors require are clean, separate rooms; hosts will not be imposed upon for meals. The cultural exchange provides fond memories and launches new friendships. To pitch in, contact Cindy Cox at 760.872.1381, ext. 261, or Jean Sprague at 760.873.9293.
Run to book signing
Locals and visitors alike will want to run, not walk, to the Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes on Monday for a special book signing by Olympic Marathon medalist and running superstar Meb Keflezighi.
Keflezighi’s will sign and personalize copies of his book, “Run to Overcome,” detailing his life’s inspirational journey, on Monday, Dec. 20, from 4-6 p.m. Booky Joint owner Dave Leonard said signed copies are available now, and can be personalized by Meb, who will also sign copies on Monday. Your choice!
“Run to Overcome” was released Nov. 1, the one-year anniversary of his 2009 NYC Marathon win. Meb also finished well this year, taking sixth place, first among the U.S. runners. He and his team also recently launched the MEB Foundation, or Maintaining Excellent Balance, to promote an active and balanced lifestyle through health, education and fitness, which is partnered with film star Edward Norton’s CrowdRise.com outreach program.