World Water Day events
World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. On Friday, March 22, California Trout, in partnership with the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps and Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Water Management Program (IRWMP), will host a water forum and catered dinner at the Tri-County Fairgrounds’ Tallman Pavillion in Bishop to celebrate five years of water collaboration and take part in a growing effort that perpetuates self sustaining water management in the Eastern Sierra.
The evening program includes a panel discussion moderated by Caltrout’s Mark Drew and a Q+A session with the audience about water resource planning. Info: http://inyo-monowater.org/. Banquet RSVP: Andrew Skaggs 978.621.9856 or email@example.com.
A day in the hills
The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Friends of the Inyo and the Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office will sponsor a volunteer work day in the Alabama Hills on Saturday, March 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meet at the corner of Whitney Portal and Movie roads at 9:30 a.m. Come prepared for outdoor work. BLM and Friends of the Inyo will provide tools, trash bags and drinks. Info: contact Andrew Schurr with Friends of the Inyo at 760.873.6500/andrew@friendsofthe inyo.org.
Recycled art soiree benefit
Inyo Council for the Arts is planning its first-ever “Recycled Art Soiree” fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, March 23, at the Tallman Pavilion, located at the fairgrounds.
Social hour from 6 to 7 p.m.; guests can bid on donated silent auction art items. A catered dinner by Uncle Bud follows at 7 p.m. Ticket includes one complimentary glass of beer or wine.
Some of the items up for auction include: two full weekend adult passes to the 2013 Strawberry Music Festival, held May 23 through 27; an Inyo Council for the Arts “Buy the Show” Membership that includes two backstage passes to the Millpond Music Festival; and a private “House Concert” by Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott and Neil Gelvin. The evening includes a concert from one of the Arts Council’s favorite Millpond artists: Incendio.
Donate any “gently used” framed or matted paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, hand-made jewelry and crafts. Donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off at Inyo Council for the Arts, 137 South Main Street in Bishop.
Only 100 tickets for this fundraising event will be sold. The ticket price is $55 and can be purchased at ICA.
To donate art or for Soiree tix, contact ICA at 760.873.8014.
Pest management workshop
Are unwanted critters invading your garden getting you down? Help is here! The Metabolic Studio and UCCE Inyo and Mono counties new Farm Advisor Dustin Blakey will present a workshop on Sustainable Solutions to Owens Valley Pests, Saturday, March 23, from 10-11 a.m. at the Metabolic Studio IOU Garden in Lone Pine, at the intersection of Willow and Main.
The workshop will focus on how to prevent and manage uninvited garden guests, such as pocket gophers, bunnies, and ground squirrels. There will also be information on local insects. Event is free!!
Info: Bonnie Kelley, Master Gardener Workshop Chairperson and UCCE Inyo & Mono Counties Master Gardener. Call 760.938.3037 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
DSES Spring Expo signups
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra once again presents “Spring Expo,” DSES’s annual outdoor fundraiser, on Saturday April 6. Raise a minimum of $200 and join in a fun-filled day of events including a Fun Race, Poker Run, Photo Scavenger Hunt and Demo Tent.
Sign-ups are happening now at www.springexpo.org. Info: contact Cara at email@example.com or call 760.934.0791.
Be a ham (radio tech)
Bishop Amateur Radio Club’s Ham (Amateur) Radio Class takes place from March 21 – May 25.
Get your Amateur Radio (Ham) Technician license! Classes are Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Bishop Fire Department training facility off East Line Street.
Course costs just $25 and the exam fee runs about $14. Contact: Phil Hartz at (760) 873-7150 or (760) 784-1565 or log on to: www.n6ov.com for more information.
ESLT field trip
The Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) is hosting its annual deer migration corridor field trip in Swall Meadows on Saturday, March 23. Special guest Timothy Taylor from the Department of Fish & Wildlife. RSVP, @ 760.873.4554.