Village holiday fun
Spending your holidays in Mammoth? Between sessions on the Mountain, make sure to budget lots of down time wandering the Village and doing some last-minute, or just extra shopping.
Fun for all ages includes roaming performers weekdays 2-5 p.m., lots of live musical performers (just see the lineup in our Page 14 Music section), and there are kids lounge activities from 4-5 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 26, there’s snowman making and celebrate New Year’s Eve with Woolly and fireworks.
Mono Council for the Arts’ new gallery, Mammoth’s non-profit, local/regional art venue, presents “Winter Wonderland,” displaying a variety of mixed media artwork in the winter season theme, now through Jan. 15, 2011.
An artist reception and raffle drawing will be held during the gallery’s big First Anniversary celebration on Jan. 8, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. The public is invited to stop by and enter to win raffle art pieces, including a GRAND PRIZE photograph by Alan Barlow, “Moon Over Mono.”
The gallery is located next to Graphic Conclusions in the Mammoth Luxury Outlet Mall on Main Street. For gallery hours or more info: call 760.937.1810.
Mono Council for the Arts represents local artists and provides art education in Mono County.
Audubon bird counts
The Eastern Sierra Audubon Society held its 2010 Bishop Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 18, with 44 hearty birders dividing into 13 teams,battling persistent drizzle and temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s F. The tentative total species count: 102, including some rarities.
Rarities included three Swans (presumed Tundra) flying over north Bishop, a female Eurasian Wigeon at Bishop City Park, a breeding-plumaged Common Loon at Bishop Ponds and at least one and perhaps two rough-legged HAWKS north of Bishop, as well as a couple of Sandpipers, and a mix of hummingbirds, flycatchers, bluebirds and sparrows in various locations.
Notable misses on count day were Snow, Ross’s, and Cackling Geese, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Common Merganser, Chukar, Virginia Rail, Greater Roadrunner, Western Scrub-Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Canyon Wren, Townsend’s Solitaire, Vesper Sparrow, Western Meadowlark and Great-tailed Grackle.
E-mail Chris Howard, Bird Compiler, if you see these or any other species, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Basin images
Crowley Friends of the Library present “Images of the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin,” a collection of 17 photographs by John Dittli, can be viewed at the Crowley Lake Library through Dec. 30.
Dittli’s scenes, especially those of the Eastern Sierra, have appeared in hundreds of publications. His most recent published collection, “Walk The Sky: Following The John Muir Trail,” captures the beauty hikers witness while traveling one of the most popular Sierra paths.
A portion of proceeds from sales of the photos will benefit the Crowley Friends of The Library. Info: Tim Willoughby, 760.935.4892.