Mammoth Library this January
It’s 2012, and a New Year means new special programs at the Mammoth Lakes Library. This month, the lineup includes:
Jan. 13: Author Maralys Wills (“Higher Than Eagles,” “Scatterpath”) discusses her family’s involvement in the early days of hang gliding, both the the giddy successes as well as the personal, human tragedies, at 5 p.m.
Jan. 17: The library gets in touch with its inner coffee shop during Acoustic Open Mic Night at 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 25: The Felici Trio performs Haydn at Story Time on Jan. 25 (all ages welcome) at 10:30 a.m., followed later in the evening by “Opera Night, Part II: The Art of Bel Canto,” featuruing composers such as Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini as performed by Pavarotti, Callas and other stars, at 5 p.m.
Jan. 24: A four-part Tuesday night film series exploring Classical Liberalism in America” kicks off with Guns and Weed – the Road to Freedom, followed the next week by “Secrets of Oz: The Truth About the Modern Financial System” on Jan. 31. Series starts at 7 p.m. nightly.
All programs are free, and open to the public. Info: 760.934.4777.
Forest Service fee free days
Nationwide the Forest Service will be waiving fees at all day-use sites over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend, Jan. 14-16. On the Inyo National Forest day-use fees will be waived for all visitors to South Tufa in the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area and at Schulman Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.
The extremely mild winter and lack of snowfall has opened up several outdoor opportunities typically reserved for the summer and fall seasons.
“If this spring-like weather continues to hold, I hope that people will take the opportunity of a three-day weekend to visit these areas or others and take a hike, ride a horse or a motorcylce, look for wildlife, and explore the national forest,” Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta noted.
Fees will remain in effect for overnight camping in any open fee campgrounds and for wilderness permit reservations.
Bishop Comedy Traffic School
Traffic violations aren’t all that funny, especially when you get them, but what if you could literally laugh them off your record? Good news … you can!
The I’ll Never Speed Again Comedy Traffic School conducts the Eastern Sierra’s only DMV-approved class for traffic violators, who received tickets anywhere in California. Attending traffic school will dismiss a moving violation ticket, and keep a motorist’s Good Driver insurance discount.
Former Dean of Cerro Coso Community College Joe DeFlyer will lead the next session on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Church of Religious Science, 129 E. Line St. in Bishop. Preregistration is required by calling 800.941.2687.
Village Championships racing
The Village Championships race series kicked off at Mammoth Mountain last week on Jan. 10. The race runs are in great shape and awaiting YOU. Sign up mid-morning Tuesdays at the Mammoth Race Department by Chair 1, and be ready to race at noon! In addition to the good times on the snow, stick around afterward for Happy Hour at some of our best local watering holes!
The race dates and Happy Hour locations are listed below: Jan. 24 (Gomez’s), Jan. 31 (Lakanuki), Feb. 7 (Outlaw), Feb. 14 (Clocktower), Feb. 28 (Rafters), March 20 (Smokeyard), April 3 (Giovanni’s) and April 10 (Roberto’s).