Free talks at the Green Church begin again soon

The popular talks at the Green Church sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) begin soon. They are free, they are always fascinating — extreme weather and drought, the Rim Fire, the Yosemite snowpack — and besides, a lot of your friends will come out of the end-of-winter-woodwork too.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings
Where: at the Green Church (Hwy. 395 and Benton Crossing Rd.).
What: Admission is free and the public is invited. Not suited for young children. Lectures last approximately one hour.

Here's the schedule:

May 6 Knowing the Yosemite Snowpack: the NASA/JPL Airborne Snow Observatory
Dr. Thomas H. Painter, Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

May 13 The Ecological Importance of California’s Rim Fire
Dr. Chad Hanson, Director, The John Muir Project, UC Davis

May 20 Extreme Weather and the Drought of 2013
Chris Smallcomb, National Weather Service, Reno, NV

May 27 Water Quality in Mammoth Creek: Manganese, Mercury, and Nutrients
Dr. Mark Drew, Regional Manager, California Trout

June 3 Cacti, Agaves and Yuccas of Eastern California
Stephen Ingram, Author & Professional Photographer

June 10 The Eastern Sierra Black Bear Project
Jonathan Fusaro, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife

For more information call Leslie Dawson at 935-4356 or email