North Star grand openings
Dr. Stacey Adler, Mono Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Terence McAteer, Inyo County Superintendent of Schools, invite the public to celebrate the Grand Opening of the North Star Counseling Center’s Mammoth and Bishop offices.
North Star is a low-cost, family counseling center that serves Eastern Sierra families. The centers are funded via a multi-year grant to provide families, and especially children, access to affordable counseling services.
The Bishop ceremony is Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 3-6 p.m. at the Bishop Elementary School campus.
The Mammoth ceremony will be the following day, Thursday, Aug. 16, from 3-6 p.m. at the Mammoth High School Campus.
Panorama Dome closure
The mountain biking loop trails, the primary hiking trail, and the parking areas used to access the “Panorama Dome” will be closed to the public now through Oct. 24. The temporary closure will be in place during the continued implementation of a Forest Service fuels reduction project. The use of heavy equipment, danger of falling trees, and the slash and debris require that the area be closed to ensure public safety. Entering the closed area may result in a citation.
Visitors can continue to access the top of Panorama Dome via the gravel road that begins at the intersection of Lake Mary and Old Mammoth roads. If using the gravel road, please do not block the gate with your vehicle and make sure that vehicles parking roadside are clear of the roadway.
For more information call the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center at 760.924.5500.
Olympians get running
The Mammoth Track Club is well represented at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, and the runners are about to take off.
Amy Hastings starts first with the women’s 10,000m being run on Aug. 3. Next up will be Morgan Uceny’s turn in the women’s 1500m. The first heat starts on Aug. 6 and the final will be held on Aug. 10.
The final events of the Games will be the men’s marathon, held on Aug. 12, where Meb Keflezighi will attempt to match or beat his 2004 Olympic success.
For Olympic television viewing times, visit www.nbcolympics.com.
Mono Basin Visitors Center
The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) and the Inyo National Forest celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center. During the month of August you can enjoy a variety of performing arts events each weekend at the visitor center. This weekend: Sunday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. Malcolm Dalglesh and the Oolation Singers will perform songs of Bird and Flight.
Friends of Bodie Day
Bodie State Historic Park celebrates its 50th Anniversary next Saturday, Aug. 11. Come out on the day and be there when California’s most authentic ghost town comes alive! Events include living history presentations, special tours, and the famous Bodie parade! More info: contact the Bodie Foundation at 760.647.6564.
Sierra Summer Festival
Sierra Summer Festival says Farewell to Maestro Bogidar Avramov who conducts the Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra in a concert dedicated to “The Big Bs,” Bach, Brahms and Beethoven, a celebration of Avramov’s 35 years with the SSF. Performances are Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Mammoth. Tickets $25 online at www.sierrasummerfestival.org, $30 door, $15 Student.
Saturday’s annual gala dinner at 5 p.m. at Nevado’s toasts and roasts Maestro Avramov and his extraordinary contribution Eastern Sierra art and music! Tix ($85 online, $90 at Mammoth Gallery until Aug. 6) include dinner, dessert and reserved front row seating at the concert. Bid in the silent auction, enter the raffle to win Maestro Avramov’s baton to conduct the SSFO’s encore!