Night of Lights
Mammoth Mountain’s Canyon Lodge is once again the venue for the Ski Area’s annual Night of Lights celebration, this Saturday, Dec. 17 @ 6:30 p.m. Guests of all ages are invited to ride the complimentary Village Gondola to Canyon Lodge where they can enjoy a fun-filled night complete with a firework show, torchlight parade, live music and more.
View the show from the snow, or grab tickets to one of the VIP viewing areas for a premium perspective on the festivities. Stick around after the sights for the sounds of New Zealand indie rockers The Naked and Famous, whose blend of indie-pop is like a mix of MGMT and Passion Pit, will play outside at Canyon starting around 8 p.m. The show is all ages, and free.
Night of Lights is presented by the Southern California Ford Dealers – the Official Vehicle of Mammoth Mountain. Tickets and more information: 800.MAMMOTH or www.mammothmountain.com.
Extended hours at Post Office
Hours for holiday package pickup (yellow cards) have been extended at the Mammoth Lakes Post Office.
Package pick up will be available Monday- Friday, Dec. 19-23 from 4-6 p.m. at the Blue dutch doors.
Package pick up will also be available on Saturday, Dec. 17 and again on Dec. 24 from 8 a.m. until noon.
The Post Office will observe the Christmas Holiday on Monday, Dec. 26, and will be closed.
Mammoth Lakes postal employees wish everyone a very Happy Holidays!
CMU’s “Festive Holiday Pops”
Chamber Music Unbound gets into the musical spirit of the season with “Festive Holiday Pops” on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Mammoth Lakes. The program features more than 100 local musicians and a very special guest, soprano Maria Jette, the “resident diva” of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” on PBS.
The concert begins with the “Honors Strings” students from CMU’s Music School performing a selection of carols with Ms. Jette and upbeat holiday favorites. The young musicians then join the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra in Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” a lively yet wistful trip over the snow-covered hills, accompanied by an array of orchestra sounds imitating sleigh bells, whip cracks and even a horse’s whinny!
Ms. Jette then takes center-stage in Mozart’s “Alleluia”, “O Holy Night” and Handel’s “Rejoice.” The Eastern Sierra Community Choir joins the mix in selections from Handel’s “Messiah”, Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” and a few surprises for the finale.
The show will have an encore performance at the Bishop Neighborhood Church on Sunday, Dec. 18, also at 7:30 p.m. Tix: Access Business in Mammoth, Inyo Council for the Arts in Bishop and at the door night of show.
White Mountain lecture
The University of California White Mountain Research Station invites the public to a special lecture on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. featuring Joseph Kurtak, author of the book “Mine in the Sky.” Kurtak will talk about the history of the Pine Creek tungsten mine, which is located 14 miles northwest of Bishop in Pine Creek Canyon. The mine supplied much of the defense needs of the United States for the mineral tungsten during World War II and was a major contributor to the Bishop economy for nearly 54 years before closing in 1990.
Lectures are FREE to the public. White Mountain Research Station is located at 3000 E. Line St. in Bishop. More info: call 760.873.4344.