This Week's Mammoth Times Events Section

Staff Writer

Friends of Himalayan Sherpa People Slideshow and Dinner, Lee Vining Community Center, Lee Vining, May 19
Friends of Himalayan Sherpa People, a local non-profit, will host a slideshow and benefit dinner at the Lee Vining Community Center, starting with a full Nepali dinner at 6 p,m, and a slideshow at 7 p.m, including scenic photos of Nepal, earthquake recovery one year after two devastating earthquakes, and updates on projects in the villages. The event is free. Donations will be accepted to further the Friends' project work. For more info call 760-387-2122.

Candidate Reception/Forum May 19
The Mammoth Lakes Women's Club will host a Town Council Candidate Reception and Forum at Edison Theatre. A meet and greet will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. with a forum from 7 to 8 p.m. RSVP via the Mammoth Lakes Women's Club Facebook page.

Wooly Mullein Removal, Conway and Mattly Ranches, May 19
Assist the Eastern Sierra Land Trust as they pull Woolly Mullein, an invasive weed that chokes out the native plant species that wildlife need to thrive. For more information go to http://www.eslt.org/.

Mono Lake Bird Walk, Mono Lake County Park, May 20, May 22
The Mono Lake Committee and the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve lead guided bird walks at Mono Lake County Park on Fridays and Sundays from late May through Labor Day weekend. Walks are led by Mono Lake Committee and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve staff from 8-10 a.m. Five 5 miles north of Lee Vining, turn on Cemetery Road and follow the signs to County Park.

McGee Creek Beaver Pond Tour, May 20
Join a local ESIA interpretive guide for a day hike up to the beaver ponds at McGee Creek. Upon arrival at the ponds, you will learn about the history and life of the beaver. Meet at the McGee Creek trailhead at 11 a.m. The tour will cover six miles roundtrip and will last approximately 2-3 hours. This trail is considered a moderate hike. For information please call 760-920-1163.

Health and Safety Fair, Shady Rest Park, May 21
Join First 5 of Mono County from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a morning of fun activities for children. Events featured will include a bike rodeo, ambulance tours, snacks, and lots of items and information about keeping your family healthy and safe. For more information, call Molly at 760-924-7626 or e-mail mdeshaillets@monocoe.org.

South Tufa Tours, South Tufa, May 21, May 22
Come discover the mystery of Mono Lake’s bizarre tufa towers, strange alkaline waters and unique ecological system as you walk the shores of this ancient lake. Meet at the South Tufa parking lot kiosk (travel five miles south of Lee Vining on U.S. Highway 395, five miles on S.R. 120 east, then follow signs for South Tufa). Tours last 1-1½ hrs.

Free Nature Videos and Children’s Time, May 21, May 22
Come watch a variety of interesting videos in the Forest Service auditorium at the Mammoth Visitor Center each Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturdays only, join ESIA for a variety of fun activities for children. There will be arts and crafts, and stories about the Eastern Sierra. For more information call 760-920-1163.

Horse Meadow Potential Wilderness Exploration, May 21
Join Friends of the Inyo and the Sierra Club Range of Light Chapter on an exploration of Horse Meadow Potential Wilderness Area in Mono County. This tour will be half driving and half hiking and will explore the recovery of the burned area near Bohler Canyon before visiting lower and upper Horse Meadow. Please RSVP. For info and RSVP email info@friendsoftheinyo.org or call (760) 873-6500.

U.S. Hwy. 395 Cleanup, May 21
Remove trash and debris from Eastern Sierra Land Trust's adopted section of Scenic Highway 395 along the Sherwin Grade. This will be an all-day event. Please stop by at your convenience to pick up as many trash bags as you need. The Welcome Center will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.eslt.org/.

5th Annual Open House, Heritage Park Gardens, May 21
Heritage Park Gardens, at 1461 Ezell Street in Gardnerville, Nev. will host an open house from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. For further information, contact Carol Sandmeier at cjsanmeier@aol.com or Main Street Gardnerville at 775-782-8027.

Convict Lake Full Moon Night Hike, May 21
Join the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association for a night of adventure as we reveal the hidden gems and true history of Convict Lake. Please meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Convict Lake Marina. The tour will last approximately two hours and will be a three mile hike. Please dress in layers and bring a headlamp! Please RSVP at 760-920-1163.

Endangered Species Day, May 22
Join us for a celebration of endangered species, habitats and watersheds at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center at 2510 Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You'll learn about local endangered species, why habitat preservation is important, and what you can do to help endangered species. Julie Rolfe will be stenciling her endangered species artwork on washed T-shirts for a donation. Please bring your own pre-washed shirt. For further information contact Ginnie Chadwick at ginniebeth@me.com or Erin Nordin at erin_nordin@fws.gov.

Hilton Lakes Trail (Crowley) to Davis Lake hike, May 22
This is a 10-12 mile strenuous hike. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Eastside Bakery off U.S. Hwy. 395. Contact Lisa at 720-238-2581 or lgbuckley@gmail.com.

Friends of the Himalaya Sherpa People dinner, fundraiser, Bishop, May 23
Another fundraiser for the Friends of Himalayan Sherpa People, a local non-profit, will host a slideshow and benefit dinner at the Mountain Rambler Brewery, starting with a Nepali dinner at 5 p,m, and a slideshow at 7:30 p.m., including scenic photos of Nepal, earthquake recovery one year after two devastating earthquakes, and updates on projects in the villages. The dinner is $10; all proceeds from this dinner and all other donations will go to further the Friends' project work. For more info call 760-387-2122 or go www.friendsofthehimalaysherpapeople.org/.

A Century of Science in Yosemite National Park, SNARL, May 24
The talk is at 7 p.m. at the Page Center at SNARL, 1016 Mount Morrison Rd., by Dr. Jan Van Wagtendonk a research scientist emeritus at Yosemite National Park. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Lectures last approximately one hour and not suited for young children. Please no dogs at SNARL. For more information, contact Annie Barrett, anne.barrett@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5655 or Kim Rose, krose@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5654.

The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, Mammoth Lakes, May 25-29
The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, held in the scenic and majestic setting of Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra of California, brings together world-class cinema, new filmmaking talent, industry veterans, and audiences from around the world to celebrate films amidst the inspiring natural beauty of Mammoth Lakes. Our intent is to unlock the creative mind of the public by providing unique movie-going experiences and also support emerging filmmakers with the opportunity to be inspired by our natural environment. The five-day festival will take place over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and includes a tribute to legendary director Joe Dante, four gala events, and narrative and documentary competition sections. For more information, visit www.mammothlakesfilmfestival.com.

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