The entire community is cordially invited to attend the Official Town of Mammoth Lakes Tree Lighting Ceremony and to donate generously at the community-wide food and clothing drive on Friday, December 5, 2014 in the Footloose Sports and old Bank of America parking lot, as well as the toy drive taking place at the Mammoth Fun Shop.
New this year, the Town in partnership with Footloose Sports, Mammoth Fun Shop, the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc. (IMACA), the Angel Giving Tree, the Salvation Army, and the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District are honored to introduce a community-wide food, toy and clothing drive.
Between noon and 6:00 p.m., drop-off your unexpired food items, or well-loved clothing at the old Bank of America building located on the corner of Main Street (SR 203) and Laurel Mountain Road. Toy donors are requested to drop off new unwrapped toys at Mammoth Fun Shop located opposite the old Bank of America building. Town staff along with representatives from our local non-profits will be on-hand to collect and store your items – you don’t even have to leave your car!
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., stay warm around the many fire pits and enjoy holiday music, hot beverages and warm snacks available for sale by local non-profit organizations. Mayor Jo Bacon will welcome in the festive season at approximately 6:00 p.m., and Santa will be arriving from the North Pole to light-up our Christmas tree and meet all our good boys and girls, compliments of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District. Woolly is also rumored to be making an appearance and the MHS Boosters Club will be selling Christmas trees, so donate to a worthy cause and go home ready to decorate your own special tree.
Fire crews plan to ignite the next several units (up to 86 acres) of the Aqueduct Prescribed Fire today (Wednesday November 19th), conditions permitting. Expect to see smoke east of Highway 395 between Crowley Lake and June Lake. By prescribing the fire under optimum weather conditions, managers simulate the natural role of fire. This reduces forest competition, opens gaps in the forest canopy for sunlight to shine through, and recycles nutrients to the soil for re-growth.
Crews did not begin ignitions of the 86 acre unit of Aqueduct Prescribed Fire today. The fuels moisture was a little low and the winds higher than forecast; putting the project out of prescription. Crews will continue to try to find the safe prescription window that meet fuel reduction and fire effect goals.
Auditions Set for Playhouse 395’s
Spring 2015 Show, “Guys and Dolls”
Calling all actors, dancers and singers, we need YOU!! It’s time to start tuning those vocal chords and limbering up those dancing legs as Playhouse 395 proudly announces the 2015 spring production of the musical show “Guys and Dolls.” If you have ever harbored a secret desire to appear on the stage, or are a long-time “performance junkie,” your time has arrived.
Set in the 1940’s, gamblers, missionaries and night club performers mix it up in this hilarious satire about life on Broadway in New York City. All the big gamblers are in town for the biggest craps game of the year, but organizer Nathan Detroit needs money to set it up. Seeing a sure thing, Nathan bets high-roller Sky Masterson that Sky can’t talk missionary Sarah Brown into going to Havana with him. To Nathan’s dismay she accepts, and then the fun and fireworks really begin!
Auditions for “Guys and Dolls” will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014, preceded by an audition workshop on Tuesday, December 9. Director Dave Hardin says that he will need men and women of all ages, including older teens but, sorry kids, there are no roles for youngsters this time. There are even a few non-singing roles so give it a shot. The vocal audition should be accompanied and run between 60 and 90 seconds. Some simple dance moves will be taught at both the workshop and the audition. Call Playhouse at (760) 920-9100 or email Director Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come make new friends and join the fun in “Guys and Dolls!”
Sign Up Now to Participate in Bishop’s Community Christmas Events
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
We’ve turned the calendar page to November and that means the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce is already busy planning several events to ring in the holiday season. They are seeking your participation.
On Friday night, December 5th, everyone is invited to the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Bishop City Park. Festivities will include hot chocolate & cookies, carolers and a visit from Santa! Following the tree lighting, shoppers can get a great start on Christmas Shopping by taking a stroll downtown through the Street of Lights. Many businesses will be open late, and shoppers will have a chance to win great raffle prizes by having the official Street of Lights map stamped by participating merchants.
On Saturday, December 6th the annual Christmas Parade will celebrate the theme “Connecting Christmas Past with Christmas Future.” Now is the time to register your float, car, waking or equestrian group.
It is free and easy to join in the Home & Business Decorating Contest. Once your decorations are up, simply give the Chamber a call to sign up or nominate a location. They’ll come out and take pictures and upload to the Chamber Facebook page then winners will be determined by “likes.”
The Bishop Area Chamber extends an invitation to everyone to join in these fun and important community events. Please mark your calendars now.
For more information or to sign-up, please drop by the chamber office at 690 North Main Street, or telephone April at (760) 873-8405.
Bishop / Christmas / Holiday Season / Eastern Sierra / Bishop Chamber of Commerce / Tree Lighting / Parade / 2014
Have you thought of using succulents in a bridal bouquet? How about using pumpkins and succulents for a Thanksgiving centerpiece? Is a Christmas cactus a staple in your house?
Cactus and succulents are perfect for the busy gardener as they require less maintenance and water in the garden and in the home. These plants are used in the home landscape, container gardening and indoor terrariums. They can be sculptural in the garden or used for the shape and color of their leaves.
Join the Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners, and learn about cacti and succulents. Sherry Cosgrove of Keeler Beach Farm and the Inyo Mono Master Gardener Program present a workshop on Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2PM-3PM at the US Forest Service Building, W. Line St. Bishop.
Learn about cacti and succulents from around the world. Propagation, soils and care and feeding of these unusual and exotic plants will be highlighted as we see many varieties on display. Attendees receive free cuttings and some plants will be for sale.
Questions to Susan Flaherty, Master Gardener Coordinator, 760 873-3179.
Bishop / Eastern Sierra / Inyo County / Mono County / Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners / Community / Workshop / Cacti & Succulents
IMAH’s Sierra Thrift Mall now has a fenced area on our parking lot. This area is for donations that are being made after hours. If you’re donating to IMAH’s Sierra Thrift Mall during regular business hours, please continue dropping your donations off at the back door. BUT – if you’re making donations when the store isn’t open, please put your donations in the fenced area located on our parking lot. This way, if you’re donations are stolen, we can prosecute those who have taken them. For more information cal IMAH’s Sierra Thrift mall at 760-873-8668.
The Inyo Mono Association for the Handicapped is honored that their work program has been presented with an award on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Paul Cook for promoting employment within local businesses. IMAH’S mission is to promote an independent lifestyle for their adult clients. If you are a business interested in having an IMAH adult work for you, please call 873-8668. Come down to the IMAH Sierra Thrift Mall to discover over 7,000 square feet of awesome bargains. The store is continually stocked by IMAH’s very own adult clients and pays their salaries. While you’re looking for new pieces to add to your home, remember that you can donate items, too! All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. Come see IMAH’S Sierra Thrift Mall located at 371 South Warren Street in Bishop and take a look!
TAGZ, IMAH’S NEW item store! Tagz stocks only new items with original price tags and is operated by several of IMAH’s awesome adults. Stop by today and see the fantastic array of NEW, never been worn items! Clothing for men, women and children of all ages! That’s TAGZ, Sierra Thrift Mall’s newest addition located at 371 South Warren Street in Bishop. Stop in TAGZ and see what’s NEW!
Out with the old. In with the new. Are you spending your tax refund buying new furniture? We’ll help you by picking up your used furniture and you’ll help IMAH’s Sierra Thrift Mall with your tax deductible donations. Your used furniture and other useable items always find a good home when you donate to IMAH. Arrange for a pick-up by calling 873-8691. Proceeds benefit IMAH’s adults with developmental disabilities. Shop IMAH and enjoy big savings every day.Thank you for supporting our adults and the community at large.
IMAH Loyally Exercises Beliefs of Happy Lives & Self-Support
Keeping loyal to the idea of universal growth and opportunity, IMAH in Bishop has worked to support an independent and fulfilling lifestyle for a community of adults with developmental disabilities.
In fact, they are continuing to work. And, the future appears to be no different.
Because, who should have to start from behind?
They stabilize the ground, so those who crawl can walk on it.
The Inyo-Mono Association for the Handicapped believes in a future of self-support. This idea is exercised consistently through classes, programs, and services for living and healing. And, this is offered to those special adults who live throughout the entire State of California.
People Smarts and Circles is a video curriculum that gives right and wrong scenarios in real life situations. Staff & Clients practice these situations. All clients participate in this class. In fact, the repetitive nature of this curriculum saved one client’s life when she learned to call 911 after smelling smoke in her home.
Cook Days give clients culinary group assignments pertaining to their abilities. With the help of staff, clients make a list of the items and ingredients needed for the meal chosen. The group goes to the grocery store to pick out the items on their list. The group then comes back to the workshop and begins to cook, set the tables and make the punch. Once the meal is over the cook group is responsible for cleaning up the kitchen.
The Self Advocacy aspect IMAH offers classes and training for clients designed to help them develop ever greater levels independence, confidence and safety. Examples of specific training include: Asserting Rights, People Smarts, Personal Protection and Safety, How to Prevent Victimization, How to Navigate Social System like Public Transportation, Social Security, etc.
PAWS 4 Healing, a volunteer animal-assisted therapy team, visits IMAH every month. The human-animal connection is a truly inspiring therapeutic experience with many proven health benefits that changes the lives of our clients.
Bishop, CA—Starting November 1, 2014 Bonefide Dog Training will be closing its doors at 162 West Line Street in Bishop, and instead will be offering classes in various outdoor locations throughout Bishop and Mammoth.
“This is a great opportunity to go back to our roots and take classes outdoors, which is where we started the business.” explains Nancy Hardy, Owner and Trainer at Bonefide Dog Training. “Outdoor classes allow us to focus more energy on training, which is the heart and soul of our business.”
New locations for classes will be posted on the Class Schedule Calendar on Bonefide Dog Training’s web site, www.bonefidedogtraining.com as well as on their Facebook page.
Starting November 8th , Nancy will be offering two classes; Bonefide Basic Class which is a beginning dog training class for dogs 6 months and older who have had no prior training. This basic training class will run from 11am -12pm every Saturday for 6 weeks. And the Puppy Kindergarten is a class for puppies 10 to 17 weeks. This class will run from 1:30pm-2:30pm every Saturday for 6 weeks.
Nancy Hardy has been successfully training dogs for seven years and as a graduate of Animal Behavior College (ABC) has earned her certification as an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. ABC is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education and is an internationally recognized school.
For the past seven years, over 300 local canines have become better family members through Bonefide Dog Training. Raven Angeles confirms, “These classes are helpful should either you or your dog need a refresher on any topic or just want to extend class socialization. It’s not always work, Nancy teaches educational, thinking and exercise games to keep your dog happy and healthy.”
For more information or to register your dog in a class, please call Nancy at 760-920-0006.
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Bishop / Mammoth Lakes / Bonefide Dog Training / Outdoors / Dogs / Pet Owners / ABC Certified Dog Trainer / Eastern Sierra
Members of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop Police Department, and Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and other criminal justice agencies are busy planning the fourth annual Shop-with-a-Cop, scheduled for Saturday, December 13. This is a special day where local law enforcement helps families in the Eastern Sierra have a nice Christmas. Children from disadvantaged families are identified by the various departments. On Saturday morning, the children are picked up at their homes by the police officer “partner” and taken to breakfast.
After breakfast, they respond code three (red lights and siren) from breakfast to K-Mart in Bishop where they are each provided with $200 to shop for Christmas for their families. After shopping, volunteers wrap the gifts and the officers and their new partner travel home where an early Christmas celebration begins.
K-Mart has been very generous in providing additional gift cards and all the wrapping materials.
The goal is to provide Christmas for 50 families in the Eastern Sierra. That means $10,000 must be raised. Various organizations and individuals have provided funds, more are needed. Anyone interested in making a donation may drop it off at either the Mammoth Lakes Police Department or Bishop Police Department. Checks should be made to MLPOA with “Shop-with-a-Cop” written in the “For” line.
And, if anyone is having a difficult time getting into the spirit of the holidays, drop by K-Mart around ten in the morning on December 13 and volunteer to wrap gifts. It’s guaranteed you’ll leave feeling much better about yourself!
Inyo County / Mono County / Eastern Sierra / Christmas / Volunteers / Donations / Bishop Police Department / Mammoth Lakes Police Department