The Felici Trio (Photo:Yves Rubin)
Felici and Friends at Thumanns
The Felici Trio’s Rebecca Hang and Brian Schuldt welcome guest artists violinist Aimee Kreston (Concertmaster of the Pasadena Symphony) and violist Andrew Picken (Associate Principal of the L.A. Opera), for a special musical event: the “Felici & Friends Fundraiser,” on Saturday, April 16, from 5-9 p.m. at the home of Betsy and Henry Thumann in Mammoth Lakes.
Join them for a sneak preview of Chamber Music Unbound’s Summer Music Festival programs, and learn about the concurrent Sierra Academy of Music (SAM) and its growing education programs that attract students from across California, the U.S., and even from abroad. Ms. Kreston and Mr. Picken, who both teach at the renowned Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, will give some specific background on the caliber of students, as well as on the Academy’s curriculum.
Rebecca, Aimee, Brian and Andrew will perform at 6 and 8 p.m., while guests enjoy appetizers and drinks donated by our finest local restaurants.
And don’t miss the chance to bid in a silent auction on magnificent vacation opportunities in Paris, Hawaii, Germany and the Channel Island Beach, a 5-day night sailing trip in Chesapeake Bay, passes to Snowcreek Athletic Club, and Golf Course and box seats to the Hollywood Bowl, with superstar Gustavo Dudamel conducting! These and other wonderful items have been donated by CMU’s generous supporters.
Reserve tix ($30 per person befitting Chamber Music Unbound) and preview some auction items at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org or call 760.934.7015.
Chess and running clubs
Snowcreek Athletic Club hosts the return Running and Chess clubs. Running includes yoga, cross-training and elite guest speakers. Chess includes fundamentals, game rules and how to apply chess to everyday life.
Clubs run for six weeks, starting April 12, and meet Tuesdays (Elementary) and Thursdays (Middle and High schools). Chess meets at 5:30 p.m. and Running meets at 7 p.m. Contact Christian Fuller at SAC, 760.934.8511 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for prices and info.
Slide on up to Mammoth Mountain this Saturday, April 9, for Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra’s “Slide-A-Thon” fundraiser. Cheer on teams and individual skiers as they “slide” and “glide” to make sure that any person with a disability can experience the freedom and exhilaration of outdoor challenges. Donations support scholarships, volunteer training and programs. Participant, volunteer or sponsor, all skiers and snowboarder who want to help are invited to be at the Ski Area’s Main Lodge. Registration in the West Room. Prizes for individuals and teams! More info: log on to www.disabledsportseasternsierra.org or call 760.934.0791.
Don’t miss the Mammoth Invitational, a fund-raising event, April 8-10 at Mammoth Mountain, to benefit the Mammoth Center for Excellence, which supports the training needs of Eastern Sierra snow sports junior athletes. The Mammoth Invitational has something for everyone. Racers, test your skills against some serious competition; more laid back competitors can shoot-it-out for some fun prizes as well.
Each Mammoth Invitational team will be comprised of 4 athletes and a celebrity captain, competing for great prizes and bragging rights! Non-racers interested in participating get to have fun, too. Other event functions include the awards dinner and live/silent auctions. Info: 800.626.6684 or visit www.mammothmountain.com.
SPRINGO … B-I-N-G-O!
Last fall’s event was so successful, the Mammoth Lakes Women’s Club will stage another Bingo Night next Sunday, April 17, @ Lakanuki in the Village. Up for grabs: great prizes, including two Grand Prizes: a round of golf for two at Sierra Star, courtesy of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
Play all rounds for just $15, which includes 3 game boards per round. For $5 more, get 3 additional game boards per round. Drink special all night. Registration @ 6 p.m.; games begin at 7 p.m.
The Mammoth Lakes Women’s Club fundraiser is a non-profit organization, which raises money for scholarship programs and various organizations in the community. Info: call 760.914.2575.
Each year the Mammoth Lakes Hospital Auxiliary provides scholarships to college students working toward a medical degree. The application period for this year’s awards is open now through April 30. Applicants must reside in Mono County from June Lake to the southern border, the hospital’s district boundaries, and have completed two years of medically-related college courses to be eligible. Awards begin at $1,000 and go up to $4,000.
Applications are available at the Hospital Admissions office, the Cast-Off and the Mammoth Library. Info/questions: call Suzanne Stokes at 760.934.5645.
Cell phone fundraiser
The Healthcare Trust of Mammoth Lakes cell phone fundraising program is underway. Proceeds will benefit a myriad of projects and programs at Mammoth Hospital.
The Trust has teamed with GRC Wireless Recycling (www.grcrecycling.com), a Miramar, Fla.-based company specializing in cell phone recycling & fundraising programs. GRC has established a socially responsible, zero landfill environmental policy. Their environmental policies are consistent with the policies set forth by the EPA’s Guidelines for Materials Management, EPA WasteWise Program, and the Basel Action Network.
Approximately 60% of the recycled cell phones have resale value as refurbished phones. Through their Reuse Program, GRC distributes cell phones to wireless markets worldwide in need of affordable communication. The other 40% of recycled cell phones do not have a resale value, and are processed through their environmentally responsible Refining Program. Through this program, phones are shredded and smelted at their copper refinery, and various metals are reclaimed back to their natural state.
We are reaching out to local businesses to collect used cell phones from employees, associates, friends, and neighbors. We would appreciate the Chamber’s assistance in publicizing this important fundraising program to its members. With the Alltel/AT&T transition people seem to be left with phones that are no longer of use now more than ever. This is the perfect opportunity to turn that old phone into cash for Mammoth Hospital.
Phones can be dropped off at the hospital any time … let’s see how many our community can bring in! More info: contact Greg Bissonette, Fund Development Coordinator at Mammoth Hospital, at 760.924.4128 or email@example.com.
MLPD hosts first Police Academy
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department will host its first Community Police Academy starting on May 12, 2011. The Community Police Academy is open to community members who are interested in learning about how the Mammoth Lakes Police Department works.
The goal of the Community Police Academy is to form and maintain partnerships between the community and the police by educating residents about the role of law enforcement. Participants will have the opportunity to see the criminal justice system as only an insider could; learn and experience the day-to-day operations of the department, tour the Mono County Jail, participate in basic defensive tactics and solve mock crimes. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and live in the Mammoth Lakes area. Class will be limited to a maximum of 15 students.
Classes will be held every Thursday from 6-9:15 p.m., beginning May 12 and ending June 30. More info: contact Officer David Scobie at 760.934.2011 extension 55.
Boosters help Big Pine fire victims
Mammoth High School’s Boosters are collecting household items and personal items along with clothing for the victims of the recent Big Pine fire. Boxes for donations will be in the library and in Vivian Hansen’s room-Trailer K. Delivery to Big Pine will be Saturday, April 9.
If you are interested in helping with transportation of these items to Big Pine, contact Stephanie Stanton @ 760.937.2110.
Suddenlink NPG Cable deal done
ST. LOUIS (April 1, 2011) – Cequel Communications, LLC, which does business as Suddenlink Communications, today closed its acquisition of NPG Cable, Inc., and its subsidiaries from News Press & Gazette Co., for approximately $350 million, subject to customary working-capital closing adjustments.
NPG cable systems serve an estimated 83,000 customers, with operations in St. Joseph, Mo.; Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; and several, clustered Arizona communities, including Flagstaff and Sedona, Lake Havasu and Kingman.
“We look forward to serving these communities and are delighted to be able to officially welcome NPG’s customers and employees to the Suddenlink family,” said Jerry Kent,
Suddenlink’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to providing superior customer care.”
Spellbinder Youth Poetry Contest
Spellbinder Books is staging its first annual Youth Poetry Contest for Inyo and Mono county poets, ages 5 –18, through April 30. Submit works in five different formats: couplet, haiku, rondeau, lyrics and free verse. Each contestant can submit one poem per form, up to five poems.
Poems must be turned in during store hours at 124 S. Main St. in Bishop, and include the participant’s name, grade, telephone number and school written clearly at the top of the page.
Spellbinder Books will donate $1 per participant to their school library in book credit! Contestants will be divided into three different age categories, High School, Middle School, and Elementary School. Winners will be announced during a May 21 Saturday Poetry Jam Party for all contestants!
For more information, contact Lynne Almeida & Genevieve Woods at Spellbinder, 760.873.4511. More event information will be posted at www.spellbinderbookstore.com. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the store for the Poetry Contest rules.
Middle School mentors
Interested in lending a hand to our community?! With Mammoth’s Middle School’s new program, you can enrich the life of one of our local middle school students by becoming a Mentor!
Parents can get busy with trying to maintain a life here in town and time for their children slips away. A Mentor can step in to help shape a child’s future and provide that extra attention and care that every child needs! The more volunteers, the more children we can reach. Call 760.934-0031 or pick up an application at the M.C.O.E. office!