Save the Date: 2014 Chocolate Art Walk sticky icon

S A V E   T H E   D A T E

Come enjoy a fun and delectable evening of art, music and chocolate in downtown Bishop on Friday evening, October 24th, from 5:00 - 8:00 PM! Seventeen locations, dozens of artists & musicians, special art openings, musical performances, video & film installations, and free unique chocolate treats at every location. Please join us for an entertaining and stimulating evening!

~ Inyo Council For The Arts (137 S. Main St.) will be hosting a celebration for their Featured Artists Show, with digital paintings from Gail Camic-Smith, watercolor paintings by David Kirk, and sculptural wooden furniture and accessories by Nigel Smith. Also on display will be jewelry by Lynna Walker, Beverly Schroeder and Clara Place, and new paintings by Maryann Thomas.

~ Independent Project Press (186-A Willow St.) will present a new exhibit titled “Flow” in The Project Room gallery space, featuring digital photography by Joe Profita & Karen Nielsen Licher, paintings by Karen Nielsen Licher, and a one-night only multi-media sculptural installation by Bruce Licher, Karen Nielsen Licher and Roger Derryberry. In addition to the Project Room exhibit, view a working letterpress print shop, with a display of earth paintings by Karen Nielsen Licher, black & white desert photography by Bruce Licher, and examples of the letterpress-printed projects that students have created in our "Introduction To Letterpress Printing" class. Musical performance of dreamy folk songs by Julie Cornett at 7 PM in the print shop.

~ Local wood artists John & Gina Webber of Free Form Woodworking will be displaying hardwood inlay sculptures, pyrographics on pine, pen and ink prints and note cards in our rolling gallery teardrop trailer, right outside Independent Project Press (186-A Willow St.).

~ Black Sheep Coffee Roasters (232 N. Main St.) will be featuring a new photography exhibit by Derrick E. Vocelka titled “Twenty Images.” They will also be offering live music, craft & seasonal beers including a mocha stout and a seasonal Belgian style ale, and free fudge. BSCR will also be putting on display their newly-designed coffee bags (letterpress printed here in downtown Bishop at Independent Project Press) with information about the coffees and the design process.

~ Steven White Woodworking (336 Hammond St.) will be hosting an open studio -- see the woodshop, works in progress, and a gallery of furniture and fine wooden gift items. And don't miss "the stool that went into space," an actual piece of Steve's furniture, safely home from it's voyage to the stratosphere and beyond! A short video documenting the flight will be shown.

~ Todd Bradlee Furniture (also at 336 Hammond St.) will display new work and several beautiful new prototype furniture pieces. Watch out, Todd may also demonstrate his breakdance moves!

~ Bishop Art Supply (125 N. Main St.) will be featuring all the artists that are currently on display in the store: Ron Luce, Annie Cashner, Christine Eyer, Don Roberts, Laura Talbot, Dawn Kirby, Mary Matlick, Liz Wistrom, Carol Taylor, Pat Crowther, Penny Carter, Joy Niewald, Mickey Short, Marilyn Hayden, Evanne Jardine, Helen Warren, Lynn Peterson, Pat Metivier and Kay Wilson. They are each bringing something chocolate.

~ Range & River Books (206 N. Main St.) will be featuring a special showing of paintings and prints from Lynn Marit Peterson, several new prints from Robert Miller, jewelry by Beverly Schroeder & Julia Prange, and a lovely selection of art books and books as art. Live acoustic music by Matt and Mike Muldoon between 6-8 PM. They will be offering Death By Chocolate Cascade Glacier Ice Cream samples, Nutella brownies, and various other treats along with their regular line of ice cream flavors.

~ Looney Bean of Bishop (399A N. Main St.) will be featuring artwork by Kathleen Long and Peter Stow. Small gourmet sipping chocolate will also be served along with their usual array of fine coffee drinks.

~ Bink Schat’s Trading Post (747 N. Main St.) will be featuring a series of artists from Jewelry to photography. The Trading Post will also be offering Korean Shishkabobs along with other foods and Gelato, with samples of different chocolate treats as well. Lounges and a fireplace will be set up outside and western movies projected onto the building.

~ Bishop Visitor Center (690 N. Main St.) will be featuring artwork by Gayla Wolf, from The Honey Bee Photography. They will be serving hot chocolate and other treats.

~ Country Glass (107 S. Main St.) will be featuring a display of watercolor landscapes, small gift cards and postcards both serious and silly, little clay animal ornaments, and a few tibetan style thangkas by artist Susan Greenleaf.

~ Mountain Rambler Brewery (174 S. Main St.) will be featuring prints, paintings and drawings by Dana Ellis, Lori Michelon and Laurel Stanford.

~ Brock’s Flyfishing (100 N. Main St.) will be featuring outdoor themed artwork, including oxidized metal sierra range cameos by Rick Poedtke, along with “Brown Trout” and “Trout Almondine” chocolate confections created by Snap ‘n Crackle of Big Pine.

~ Gypsy King Tattoo (324 N. Main St.) will be featuring a group show of framed tattoo artwork by multiple tattoo artists, including Harmey Bancroft and Weston Maddox, along with watercolor demonstrations by Harmey and Weston, and oil painting demonstrations by Vasia Summers. Musical performances by Harmey and Weston, along with Chase Leanord and Anthony Blume will continue throughout the evening.

~ Spellbinder Books (124 S. Main St.) will be having work by local artists on display and available for purchase. Chocolate treats for our visitors and organic, fair trade, and delicious Theo Chocolates and Lake Champlain Chocolate Bars will be offered for sale.

~ The Secret Sandwich Society (124 S. Main St. behind Spellbinder Books) will be featuring local artwork, with music by Halfway To Benton throughout the evening.


For further information please contact any of the participating artists or businesses. If you need this press release or Art Walk logo in a different format, please contact Bruce Licher at 760.873.3600, or bruce@independentprojectpress.com. Further information, flyers, and Chocolate Art Walk maps will be made available next week, along with additional updates, as several events and locations are still awaiting confirmation. Thank you for your interest!

FOI: Community Meetings

Important Community Meetings Next Week: Lone Pine, Ridgecrest, Big Pine, and June Lake 

Next week promises to be a busy week for public lands in the Eastern Sierra. Federal and state agencies and community groups will be hosting two sets of important meetings to address conservation, renewable energy, and recreation in Inyo and Mono Counties. We hope you can participate and share your voice for the future of our public lands. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email jora@friendsoftheinyo.org or call 760-873-6500. We hope to see you there!

Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Meetings Bob Wick, BLM
Established, to designate energy zones and conservation areas in the California desert, state and federal agencies are seeking your input on the recently released Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Two public meetings for the plan will be held in Inyo County.

Both meetings are scheduled from 4:00 to 6:30pm and are designed to help the public understand the document and to facilitate public commenting:

Monday, October 27th - Statham Hall 138 Jackson St, Lone Pine
Tuesday, October 28th - Kerr McGee Community Center 100 California Ave, Ridgecrest

The meetings will include a presentation, information stations, and an opportunity to submit formal written and/or verbal comments. You can learn more at www.drecp.org.

We have a keen interest in the creation of new National Conservation Lands designations for the Panamint Valley and the Trona Pinnacles, which will protect natural resources and prohibit energy development in these areas. Come help advocate for the protection of California's desert ecosystems and help inform the future of renewable energy development. For more information, please contact jora@friendsoftheinyo.org.

Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative Community Meetings
The Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative (ESRC) continues with upcoming public meetings focused on the Gateway Communities of the Eastern Sierra and their roles in the public lands experience. Sticking with the regional aspirations of the ESRC, there will be two meetings this week - one for the Southern Gateway Communities and one for the Northern Gateway Communities - so that everybody can more easily have an opportunity to participate. The format of both meetings will be the same, so rally your folks and get to whichever meeting is closest to your interests or closest to where you live.

The details:
Tuesday, Oct. 28 - Big Pine Town Hall, 150 Dewey St. Big Pine
Thursday, Oct. 30 - June Lake Community Center, 90 W. Granite Ave June Lake

Both meetings will be held from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and are open public forums intended to provide recreationists and stakeholders an opportunity to collaboratively develop a regional voice representing the area's recreation economy and quality of life.

For more information on the upcoming meetings and to review the latest ESRC project documents, please visit the ESRC Project Webpage. On the ESRC Project Webpage, you'll also find important USFS documents ready for download, links to the USFS websites for the Inyo National Forest Management Plan Revision, photo galleries, and much more. For more information about these upcoming meetings and information about the DRECP and the Inyo National Forest Management Plan Revision, visit friendsoftheinyo.org/foiD7/preservation.

Thanks for being part of the future for Eastern Sierra public lands!

ESCFM: Basket Winner - Betty Frampton

A delighted Betty Frampton of Bishop the winner of the October 18 basket of goodies.

Now Showing: Starting Friday, Oct. 24

Click here for showtimes and trailers.

ESCRBC: "iTea Time"


Classes are free, no registration is necessary, we provide iPads, and
we welcome everybody.

County of Inyo - Environmental Filings: Bishop Airport, Bishop Service Center

The following documents posted and filed on October 14, 2014, in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type: Notice of Exemption
Project Title: Bishop Airport – Airfield Lighting, Signing, and Visual Aids Rehabilitation

Project Lead Agency: Inyo County Planning Department

The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/14-044.pdf

The following documents posted and filed on October 9, 2014, in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type: Notice of Determination
Project Title: Conditional Use Permit 2013-03/SCE-Bishop Service Center

Lead Agency: Inyo County Planning Department

The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/14-043.pdf

A complete list of documents filed/posted in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to CEQA since January 1, 2010 can be viewed on the following website: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/EnvDocs.php

Caltrans: Teen Drivers Safe Driving Skills

Campaign Supports National Teen Driver Safety Week Awareness

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to fight distracted driving and raise public awareness during National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 19-25, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is joining with the Office of Traffic Safety and California Highway Patrol to launch an interactive, mobile and online game called “Distraction Zone” that helps educate teen drivers about safe driving. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for 14- to 18-year-olds in the United States.

“Playing the Distraction Zone game will provide teens with lifelong skills that will not only help keep these young drivers safe, but protect highway workers,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

According to 2012 data from The National Highway Traffic Safety Association, among drivers 15- to 19-years-old who were distracted in fatal crashes, nearly 1 in 5 were distracted by their phones. Speeding is also a common contributing factor in fatal crashes. In 2012, speeding was a factor in almost half (48 percent) of the crashes that killed 15- to 20-year-old drivers.

The Distraction Zone game is specifically designed to reinforce key safe driving behaviors like avoiding distractions, being alert, and slowing down when approaching highway work zones. The mobile and online format helps get teen drivers engaged while actively learning safe driving skills. Mobile versions of the game are available for download on the App Store and Google Play and the online version is played at www.DistractionZone.com. As always, teens should not play the game or text while driving.

An added incentive to entice teen game play is a contest being run by the campaign’s media partner, iHeart Media. The Distraction Zone contest invites teen players to submit their highest game score for a chance to win cash prizes. The top prize, donated by iHeart Media, is $500. Players can play multiple times to achieve their best score and enter the contest between now and June 15, 2015.

The Distraction Zone campaign also includes a safe driving education program for high schools called the Distraction Zone School Challenge. This program calls on student leaders to create an on-campus traffic safety event as part of a competition to win a cash grant up to $2,000 for their school, which is also donated by iHeart Media. Applications to enter the competition are due by December 1, 2014.

For more information on Caltrans’ teen safe driving campaign and the Distraction Zone programs, visit www.BeWorkZoneAlert.com # # #