This Week's Mammoth Times Events Calendar

Staff Writer

Calling all artists; paintings needed for art exhibit
The Mammoth Lakes Library is putting together a painting exhibit at the library, scheduled for August and September. There is room for up to 30 paintings. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to contact Pat at or call 760-934-6248.

Walker/Coleville free birding tours, first Fridays of each month
Offered the first Friday of the month, join this free outing at the Sweetwater Coffee Shoppe in the Sierra Inn at 9 a.m. for a guided bird-watching excursion with a local expert in the Walker-Coleville area. For more information, go to

Coffee with Supervisor Bob Gardner, June 8
Meet with Mono County District 3 Supervisor Bob Gardner in another “Coffee with the Supervisor” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Burgers in Mammoth. This is an opportunity for residents to speak with their county supervisor in an informal setting.

‘Breakfast with a Botanist,’ June 10
Join Friends of the Inyo for our annual ‘Breakfast with a Botanist.’ Want to learn more about wildflowers? Join us at the Eastside Bakeshop near McGee Creek where longtime professor of botany Steve McLaughlin will share the basics of wildflower anatomy and identification, and then join him on the trail in McGee Creek and explore the many wildflowers that pop out in early summer. Space is limited, so please RSVP at

Kayak or Canoe Benton Crossing to Crowley Lake, June 11
Float, paddle and bird watch down the Owens River about four miles to Crowley Lake. See a wide variety of waterfowl and spectacular views of the Eastern Sierra. Bring boat, paddle, lunch, water, hat, sunscreen. Life vests are mandatory and a waterproof bag for camera, binoculars is advised. Meet at 9 a.m., at the Union Bank, Mammoth, or at 9:30 a.m., at the Benton Crossing Road Bridge. No dogs. Call Mauriça to reserve space at 760-932-7175 or or Melissa Swan at 760-937-0499 or

Friends of the Inyo Open House, June 14
Friends of the Inyo invites all to help kick off the summer season, welcome new staff, and rally for our public lands. Meet the new Executive Director, hear about exciting summer projects and about how you can get involved. Get updated on critical issues affecting our public lands and how you can take action. Beer, wine, and appetizers provided. Inyo Council for the Arts, 137 S. Main St., 6- 8:30 pm. For more info, email

Birding Between Breweries, June 15
Part of the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua event, this outing includes guided visits to some of the best birding spots intermixed with visits to the region’s finest breweries. Cost is $60 and includes one beer at each scheduled brewery stop. For more information, go to For additional dates, please visit

Climate Change seminar, June 15
Meet near Lee Vining from 1-5 p.m. to listen to some of the best in the business talk about how “The High Sierra Responds to a Changing Climate.” Sponsored by the 350 MONO Climate Action group, the seminar is a day of education on high elevation climate issues in the Eastern Sierra. Talks include the fate of the Dana Glacier, why Mono Lake is a climate refuge, why the future holds more intense droughts and floods, the fate of alpine lakes, how to be a climate activist, how Mono Lake is responding to climate change and more. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Mammoth Lakes Tourism Open House,
June 15
Learn more about Mammoth Lakes’ marketing investment plan and results, and the free programs available to local businesses This is not your average open house. Plan to have meaningful one-on-one conversations with the MLT staff about how the town’s marketing investment is working for you from 4-7 p.m. at the Brewer’s Hall (upstairs at Mammoth Brewing Company). Light refreshments will be served.

Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, June 16-18
Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua returns to Mono County June 16-18 with an array of activities focusing on natural history, folklore and ornithology. Dozens of outings, workshops and presentations are offered; many are suitable for families. The Chautauqua is in its sixteenth year and takes place around the Mono Basin in Lee Vining, Mono County. Visit, for more information.

Twin Lakes Trail Days, June 17
Join Friends of the Inyo and Mono County for Twin Lakes Trail Day. We're excited for a volunteer event in a new place, so come on out and care for popular trails in another beautiful place in the Eastern Sierra. Bring water, close-toed shoes, and work appropriate clothing. Tools and gloves provided. Breakfast and lunch provided. Exact meeting location and time TBD. For more information, go to

Fred Hall Father's Day Fishing Derby, June 17, 18
Be part of the Fred Hall tradition by participating in the Father's Day Derby. Fish in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, then weigh your catch at Rick's Sports Center in Mammoth Lakes for a chance at winning an awesome prize package. For more information, call 760-934-3416.

Mammoth Half Marathon and 5K, June 18
You’ll start this stunningly picturesque race the Eastern Sierra’s Mammoth area and follow a route that runs along a combination of trails and mountain roads at the Mammoth Half Marathon, set for its fourth annual running this year. The top five male and female overall winners will receive cash prizes. Top three masters and top three in each age group will receive awards. Runners will have a total of 4 hours to complete the course. Starting Time is 7:30 a.m. To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of the Mammoth Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at here. For more information go to

Learn about the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership, June 20
Come learn about the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership at 7 p.m. at the Crowley Lake Community Center. Meet April Sall, the conservation leader and new Director of the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership. For more information, email Lynn at

Learn to protect National Monuments, June 22
Meet at the Sierra Center Mall, Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth, 6:30 p.m. to learn how to help protect the National Monuments threated by President Donald Trump’s agenda. This event is being organized by the Sierra Club and local allies. For more information, contact Sierra Club organizer Fran Hunt at or 703 424 3143.

Summer Solstice party, Bishop, June 23
Join the Bishop Chamber of Commerce for a Summer Solstice Downtown Party in Bishop, with all shops open on Main Street until 9 p.m. Product demonstrations, discounts, food samples and live entertainment will be on site and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a raffle to win a $250 shopping spree at the Chambermember business of the winner’s choice. For more information, contact April at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce at 760-873-8405.

June Lake Trails Day, June 24
Spend the day with the June Lake Trails Committee and Friends of the Inyo maintaining popular trails in the June Lake Loop. This event includes a free lunch from the Sierra Inn. Every participant over 21 receives a $5 voucher for June Lake Brewing. Bring water, sturdy, close-toed shoes, and work appropriate clothing. Tools and gloves provided. The group will meet at 8 a.m. for registration, coffee and baked goods at the June Lake Community Center. For more information, call 760-873-6500.