baby season

Five young finches orphaned after they were inadvertently transported in a motorhome from Victorville to Bishop have another chance at life after a Good Samaritan (the driver of the motorhome) took the hungry babies to the Keoughs Hotsprings-based Wildcare Eastern Sierra Center and turned them over the the trained wildlife rehabilitation staff. The Center always needs volunteers during this busy 'baby season' so check out the item on the Calendar or go to our p. 3 story in this week's issue of the Mammoth Times, out on newsstands this morning, May 5 for how you can help. 

Ongoing: Wildlife Baby Season is Here! Free Education Programs for Schools, Groups available: Wildcare Eastern Sierra is now available for education programs at schools, clubs, organizations. Wildcare also offers small-group outdoor education programs at our Care Center. For more information or to book a program, call Wildcare at 760-872-1487.

Ongoing: Free Covid testing in Mammoth, Mono County: Free Covid-19 testing for Mono County residents is available by the state of California at Canyon Lodge. For more information, go to https://lhi.care/covidtesting. For free Mono County Public Health testing, go to https://coronavirus.monocounty.ca.gov/pages/health for a full list of all county public health testing clinics available or call 760-924-1830 for more information.

Ongoing: Eastern Sierra Land Trust ‘Earth Day Youth Art Contest’ Deadline is May 14: The contest is open to children in Inyo and Mono Counties grades 1-12, and art of all mediums is accepted. Whether you are an experienced artist, or trying something new, we are calling on you to help ESLT celebrate Earth Day with art that celebrates this place we call home. The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 14! Learn how to submit your art at www.eslt.org/events. Please email claire@eslt.org if you are a teacher, student, library branch, or organization in need of art supplies for this contest.

Ongoing: Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, 2022 Summer Adventures: Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is now accepting summer lesson reservations for Mountain Biking, Road Cycling, Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Hiking, and Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center. Whether you are interested in one-on-one lessons or in participating in Sport Development Camps, we hope to get out there with you! Advanced reservations are required for all in-person lessons and will be booked on a space-available basis. Get started booking your summer reservations by visiting https://disabledsportseasternsierra.org. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. every day and we can be reached at 760-934-0791.

Bridgeport Hosts 'Clubhouse Live,' May 5, 6, 12, 13: Join Mono County Behavioral Health Wellness at the Memorial Hall at 73 North School St, Bridgeport, Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for a free conscious, safe, and brave space only for students between the ages of 11 and 18. Preregistration required. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis, limited space available, please email Tajia at trodriguez@mono.ca.gov to register. 

Mammoth Lakes Hosts Clubhouse Live, May 6, 10, 13: Join Mono County Behavioral Health Wellness at the Sierra Wellness Center at 181 Sierra Manor Road, Mondays and Fridays from 3:30-5 p.m. for a free afterschool program for middle and high school students. Snacks, activities and help with homework provided. The Wellness Center will be closed on school and government holidays.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, May 7: Mammoth is coming together on May 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fire Station #1, 3150 Main Street to focus on what you can do to help protect your personal property from wildfire. See the ad on p. 10 in this issue or go to NFPA.org/wildfireprepday.

Eastern Sierra Land Trust Hosts its GardenFest, May 7: Help ESLT celebrate summer with its GardenFest Celebration from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This family-friendly community event will feature a plant sale, seed library, wood-fired pizza, and games for kids – all in our backyard and demonstration Pollinator Garden at 250 North Fowler Street in Bishop. Check out www.eslt.org/events for updates and email claire@eslt.org with any questions. 

Local Wellness Centers Host Open Houses in Various Communities, May 7; Free Food and Giveaways!: Meet your Mono County wellness associates in three different communities from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., check out their facilities, and learn about their free wellness programs offered throughout the year to Mono County residents. Free food, giveaways, and more! Go to the Walker Wellness Center: 107655 Highway 395; the Bridgeport Wellness Center at Memorial Hall, 73 North School Street or the Mammoth Wellness Center, called the Sierra Wellness Center, at 181 Sierra Manor Road #4, Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Seniors Doughnut Drop-In, May 8: Join Mono County Behavioral Health Wellness for coffee, a light breakfast, community, and conversation on Sunday morning at Stellar Brew from 8-9:30 a.m. For more information visit https://monocounty.ca.gov/behavioral-health/page/wellness-centers.

Mammoth Game Nights, May 8, 11: Join Mono County Behavioral Health Wellness for game night at the Sierra Wellness Center, 181 Sierra Manor Road #4, each Sunday 5-7 p.m. & Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. A variety of board games are available. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Stability Ball Fitness Class, May 9: Join Suzanne Nottingham at the Crowley Lake Community Center, 482 S Landing Rd #474, Mammoth Lakes, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for a strength, balance, and coordination full body workout. For more information call Isabel at 760-935-4089 or email isbxoxo@gmail.com. Participants must bring their own mat.

‘How to Strengthen Your Community for Suicide Prevention,’ June Lake, May 9: Join Mono County’s Behavioral Health Director Robin Roberts and Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun at the June Lake Community Center, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a community discussion on suicide focusing on loss, awareness, prevention, and resilience. 

Stott Pilates Matwork, May 10, 17: Join instructor Tessa Coker at the Crowley Lake Community Center, 482 S Landing Rd #474, Mammoth Lakes, from 8-9 a.m. for classic Pilates matwork with a contemporary twist. For more information call Isabel at 760-935-4089 or email isbxoxo@gmail.com. Participants must bring their own mat.

Mammoth Lakes Tourism Open House, May 10: Mammoth Lakes Tourism wants to see you in person and buy you a drink (or two!). Join them for their 2022 Spring Community Open House upstairs at Burgers from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

‘How to Strengthen Your Community for Suicide Prevention,’ Mammoth, May 11: Join Mono County Behavioral Health Director Robin Roberts and Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun at the Forest Service Auditorium, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a community discussion on loss, awareness, prevention, and resilience. 

Crowley Lake Knitting Group, May 12: 'Drop in' knitting/crochet group is led by Diane Weissenberger from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Crowley Lake Community Center, 482 S Landing Rd #474, Mammoth Lakes, all skill levels are welcome. Learn to knit or crochet or join us with your on-going project. For more information call Isabel at 760-935-4089 or email isbxoxo@gmail.com.

June Lake Social/Community Potluck, May 12: Please join Mono County Behavioral Health for a community potluck on March 10 at the June Lake Community Center, 90 W Granite Avenue, from 5:30-7 p.m. We will provide the main, if you are able and willing, please bring an appetizer, side, or dessert to share (not required). 

Rambling Peaks Festival, May 13, 14: Mountain Rambler Brewery Announces its first annual Rambling Peaks Festival, May 13-14. The festival will feature local arts and crafts, live music, and food and drinks, in the Mountain Rambler Brewery parking lot at 186 South Main Street, Bishop, California. Full festival details and tickets can be found at www.ramblingpeaksfestival.com, and follow @ramblingpeaksfestival on Instagram and Facebook for all updates.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol Alumni Association Reunion/Eastside K9 Fundraiser, May 13-15: Mammoth Ski Patrol Alumni Association will be hosting its second annual Ski Patrol Alumni Reunion on the slopes of Mammoth Mountain. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a weekend of celebration, fun and good spring time vibes. The Friday evening May 13 event is open to the community and will be a fundraiser for the Patrol Alumni Association and Eastside K9; doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature a Silent Auction and presentations by Robin Morning. Join them for an evening of sharing and celebration at the Main Lodge Slope Side Conference Center.  

Eastern Sierra Pride/Community Meet Up in Bishop, May 16: Local community meetups will be held every first and third Monday at Mountain Rambler Brewery, 186 S Main St, Bishop from 6-9 p.m., all ages welcome. For more information on Eastern Sierra Pride, and its events, programs, and resources, visit https://www.easternsierrapride.org and follow @easternsierrapride on social media.

Citizen’s Wildfire Education Academy/Session 2, May 16: Join local wildlife experts at 6 p.m. for the second session of the Academy. It will focus on Fire Ecology, and feature guest speakers from The Fire Restoration Group and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station (see story in this issue on p. 3). Details on the Academy and instructions on how to register for the upcoming session can be accessed at https://www.eswildfirealliance.org/academy. All sessions are recorded, and available on-demand following the live event via the Academy’s website.

Power Lunch: Mono County Candidates Forum, May 17: Join Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce May 17 from 12-1 p.m. at the EATery, 18 Lake Mary Road, for the Chamber’s May Power Lunch featuring a Candidate Forum for some of the candidates running for Mono County public offices. Confirmed attendees include: Ingrid Braun, candidate for Mono County Sheriff/Coroner; Lynda Salcido, candidate for Mono County Supervisor, District Five and Stacey Adler, candidate for Mono County Superintendent of Schools. Questions from the audience will be submitted in writing at the lunch. If you have a dietary restriction, please let us know in advance of the lunch at info@mammothlakeschamber.org.

‘Ask a Physical Therapist’ Free Consultations, May 18: Join Melissa Alonzo, PT, DPT, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Mammoth Strength Gym where she will be offering a few free consultations. Sign up for a 15-minute slot at mammothphysio.com or call 760-965-9465 for more information. 

How to Strengthen Your Community for Suicide Prevention,’ Bridgeport, May 19: Join Mono County Behavioral Health Director Robin Roberts and Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun at the Memorial Hall, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a community discussion on loss, awareness, prevention, and resilience. 

2022 Suicide Awareness 5Kish Walk, May 22: Register now for the first-ever Suicide Awareness 5kish Walk. Raise awareness, learn about resources, build community resiliency, and honor loved ones lost. This free event will start and finish at Mammoth Brewing Company, 18 Lake Mary Drive, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and includes aid stations provided by Mammoth Mountain, The Warming Hut, and Stellar Brew. Live music will be provided after the walk by Pidder Padder and a raffle will be held to raise funds for Wild Iris and Shine, two local non-profits providing resources to individuals at risk for suicide. Bring a photo, note, or memento if you would like to contribute to the community memorial wall. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-suicide-awareness-5kish-walk-registration-298850980327 

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, May 25-29: The Film Festival is a five-day festival that screens independent features and shorts over Memorial Day weekend. For tickets and full details, visit https://www.mammothlakesfilmfestival.com/.

Benton Social Plus Games, May 26: Please join Mono County Behavioral Health for a community potluck on March 31 at the Tribal Community Center, 567 Yellow Jacket Road, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. We will provide the main, if you are able and willing, please bring an appetizer, side, or dessert to share (not required).

Walker Community Social, May 27: Please join Mono County Behavioral Health for a community potluck on March 25 at the Walker Wellness Center, 107655 Highway 395, from 5-7 p.m. We will provide the main, if you are able and willing, please bring an appetizer, side, or dessert to share (not required).

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