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What's Up, Up Here, Nov. 4

November 8, 2011

ictor and Dennee Alcala welcomed a baby boy, Ezra Xavier on Sept. 30. “Ezra arrived late but was well worth the wait. He has been welcomed into the world by a large, loving circle of family and friends who have provided support in countless ways,” sez the new parents. …

The outdoor parking lot across the street from The Village will be temporarily closed for construction, according to the nice folks at The Village. They have re-opened the underground parking lot for the time being to accommodate visitors. Hours for the parking garage are from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m., seven days a week. The entrance is on Forest Trail under the ski-back trail bridge. …

Bishop saw 64 dancers participate in its “Thrill the World” at Bishop City Park on Oct. 29. The event was part of the Bishop’s Trunk or Treat celebration. Cities all over the world danced to the hit Michael Jackson song “Thriller” in order to set a world record. …

Town Councilmember Matthew Lehman spent some quality time recently driving around the community, looking for a permanent event venue. He was joined by John Urdi, Joyce and Sean Turner, among others. “We found interesting things at all the different sites,” Lehman said. Wouldn’t we like to know. …

Local Holly Alpert is directing a Sierra Classic Theatre and Bloody Mountain Chamber of Commerce murder mystery fundraiser dinner with the help of Friends of the Inyo’s Stacy Corless, and it’s shaping up to be fine time for all (except the victim of course…).“Out of Commission” will be preformed at Tom’s Place and Tamarack Resort in mid-November and the food promises to be as good as the play. …

Pot Party! The indomitable Phyllis Benham, potter extraordinaire, will be holding her annual, famous (or is that infamous?) ceramics party Nov. 13 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Maggie and Buck Wahl’s home here in Mammoth. …

Mono County’s extraordinary fall color season this year got some extraordinary national media attention, when the Los Angeles Times, the Weather Channel, National Geographic and NBC, to name a few, highlighted the spectacle. Sunset Magazine’s endorsement didn’t hurt either, putting Lundy Canyon as one of the top ten drives in the country. Judging from the traffic jams up there all fall, the word is definitely out. …

This off of the Visit Mammoth Facebook page: “Congrats to Jessica Hurst from Ridgecrest, Calif., who won the Mammoth Mountain opening weekend contest! Hurst will be spending the weekend enjoying some riding and the Big Winter Kickoff concert featuring the Black Lips with special guest Ra Ra Riot!” Congrats to you Hurst. …

Our very own Meb Keflezighi was featured in a recent article in The Wall Street Journal: “But Keflezighi, the charismatic 36-year-old who in 2009 became the first American to win New York in 27 years, is waiting as long as possible to arrive. He will not leave his training base in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., for New York until [Nov. 4], less than 72 hours before the start of the race. And he has a perfectly good reason for it.” We wish him all the best in his effort to win the NYC Marathon this Sunday! GO MEB!

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