Bishop Chamber: Change of location for networking lunch


There has been a change of venue for the Bishop Chamber of Commerce July Board Meeting and Networking Luncheon.

Next networking luncheon for Bishop Chamber members and interested community members is Thursday, July 21 at Astorga's Mexican Restaurant -2206 N. Sierra Highway. 

Inyo County Planning department will give a presentation on the North Sierra Highway Corridor & Specific Plan.  The plan is to address future development of the North Sierra Highway area (Highway 395 from the Fairgrounds to the Casino), including such issues as amenities in the highway right-of way, transportation planning, use planning, infrastructure planning and economic development.

The Chamber Board will have its regular business meeting beginning at 11:00 am on the same day in the same location.

Mono Lake Visitor Center: 216 Summer Events

Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center
1 Visitor Center Way, Lee Vining CA 93541

Summer 2016 Event Series

Saturday, July 23—5:30 PM
California Gull Research on Mono Lake: 34 years of monitoring and adventure Kristie Nelson Point Blue Conservation Science initiated a research and monitoring program on Mono Lake’s gulls, one of the largest nesting colonies in the world. Hear the history of the project, current discoveries, perplexities, and issues that are unfolding today.

Thursday, July 28—5:30 PM
Geology of Mono Basin-An Aerial Perspective Allen Glazner As the creator of the acclaimed Geology Underfoot series of Yosemite, Death & Owens Valley and Southern California, Allen Glazner will be showing his collection of aerial photos and discussing the fascinating geologic story of the Mono Basin.

Saturday, July 30—5:30 PM
The World of Pikas: Ecology, Behavior and Conservation Andrew Smith Andrew Smith has studied pikas in North America since 1969, and pikas on the Tibetan plateau since 1984. He will contrast the interesting and provocative differences in the life history characteristics of these two species, followed by a discussion of key issues in the conservation and management of each.

Wednesday, August 3—5:30 PM
Traveling the 38th Parallel: A Water Line Around the World Dave & Janet Carle Through photography and story, Dave and Janet Carle will explore water issues from around the world in places that share our 38 degree latitude. Their book Traveling the 38th Parallel documents devastating environmental losses but also inspiring gains made through the efforts of dedicated individuals working against the odds to protect these fragile places.

Sunday, August 7—7:00 PM
Ooolation Singers Concert A summer vocal experience that carries folk-inspired choir music from the great outdoors to the stage. “The music lifts my soul, settles it down, colors my heart and breathes peace into my being. “ – Nora

ESCFM: Farmer's Markets

Eastern Sierra Certified Farmers’ Market

There are two Eastern Sierra Certified Farmers’ Market locations – Bishop Farmers’ Market is open Saturday’s June through October – 9:00 a.m. to noon and is located westerly of Hwy 395 on Church Street, directly behind City Hall. Mammoth Lakes Skip’s Outdoor Market is open Wednesday’s from July 1 through August/September - 4-7 p.m. and is located on Hwy 203 at the Mammoth Luxury Outlet Mall.

There are many return farmers and vendors to both Markets as well as some new additions. Seasonal items to be offered are apricots, peaches, nectarines, berries, carrots, kale, beets, chard, lettuce, radishes, kohlrabi, cabbage, garlic, onions, leeks, broccoli, Japanese summer turnips, lavender, chicken eggs, flowers, herbs, etc. As the season progresses, tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, corn, apples, melons, duck eggs, and more will be added to the markets offerings.

New elements for the Bishop Farmers’ Market include baked goods, health and wellness products, and a drawing for a basket of produce and other goodies donated by the farmers and others in appreciation of the communities support.

ESCFM is always looking for new farmers/gardeners.

  • Bishop location - Sue at (760) 937-6768 or bishopfarmersmarket@gmail.com  
  • Mammoth location - Claire at (949) 887-7123 or claireaolson@gmail.com

To become a vendor, artist, or entertainer adjacent to the market contact Karey Poole at Bishop City Hall, Lynn Cooper with Inyo Council for the Arts, or Sue at (760) 937-6768.

NIH: NEW Mom support group

NIHD launches New Mom Support Group

Northern Inyo Healthcare District invites all new mothers to join its New Mom Support Group.

This free support group meets every Tuesday, 10-11 a.m. at the district’s Birch Street Annex, located near the Jill Kinmont Boothe School, at 2957 Birch St. in Bishop.

Facilitated by Megan Scott, an NIHD Registered Nurse specializing in lactation, the group will cover topics including postpartum adjustments for Mom and family, feeding, burping, sleeping, gas and colic, newborn behavior, soothing fussy babies and breastfeeding.

All moms and babies, newborn to one year, are welcome. Support group sessions are free and do not require an RSVP. For additional information, please call Megan Scott at (760) 873-2191

About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One team, one goal, your health.

ESCS: Backpack Project - Donors Needed

Child Support Back to School Backpack Project 2016

Do you want to help a child in need? Join in Eastern Sierra Child Support’s back to school backpack project and make a real difference!

Eastern Sierra Department of Child Support Services serves over 1,200 minor children among its caseload in Inyo and Mono Counties. 2016 marks the fourth year the agency is heading up their Back to School Backpack Project and your donations are needed. Needed supplies include: monetary donations (cash/check) new backpacks, binders, paper, pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, rulers, and just about anything else educators request kids have handy for starting the new school year.

“We know that child support payments positively impact a child’s personal and educational success,” said Regional Director, Susanne Rizo. As a new school year approaches, families need money to purchase clothing, school supplies, and more. “That’s why we started the project. Buying back to school items can be a struggle for families on our caseload. With generous donations from community members and service groups in past years, we have been able to provide many of the school supplies needed for a child to have a successful start to the new school year.”

Last year, the child support agency collected enough funds to give away 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to school-aged children. “We would like to double that number this year,” Rizo states. ”We could not do this project without the generosity of our past donors: Wilson’s Eastside Sports, Vons, K-Mart, Rite Aid, William Carter, D.D.S., Value Sports, Altrusa, and the Eastern Sierra Tri County Fair.

“To see how grateful the children and families are for the backpacks and school supplies they receive, we know we are filling a need among many of the families we serve," Rizo said.  

For more information, or to make a donation to this year’s project please stop by
Child Support’s Bishop or Mammoth Lakes offices; call (760) 873-7988, or visit the
Inyo or Mono Child Support websites at www.inyocounty.us or www.monocounty.ca.gov.

UCANR: A Blue Ribbon Workshop

A Blue Ribbon Workshop—The Tri-County Fair is coming!! Are you ready?? Please join us for a free workshop on “How to Win a Blue Ribbon at the Tri-County Fair”. This workshop is hosted and taught by experienced UCCE Inyo and Mono Counties Master Food Preserver and Master Gardener volunteers. We will show you how to enter and be successful at the fair. Learn what judges look for and how to prepare your entries correctly to show in preserved foods and vegetable divisions. Lots of tips and tricks will also be shared. Tri-County Fair entry books will be on hand for pick-up, we will answer your questions on entering the fair and we will give one-on-one help on filling out your entry forms! So come on out Saturday morning, July 30th from 10am to 12 noon and meet us in the Tallman Pavillion at the fairgrounds. This event is free and open to the public!

When: Saturday, July 30 (10am to 12 noon)
Tallman Pavillion at the Tri-County Fairgrounds, Bishop
Cost: FREE
Questions: inyomonomg@ucdavis.edu or 760-872-2098