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Fruitcake Festival: Fruit A Con


Superheroes and comic strip characters along with a variety of fruitcakes and eggnogs will be making an appearance on December 12th in Independence, California. This year, in the tradition of Comic Con, the Fruitcake Festival will be honoring the fact that fruitcake is, indeed, the food of Superheroes. There will be live music, fabulous prizes and interesting fruitcakes and eggnogs!

The possibilities are endless for creating a winning fruitcake. Categories include oldest, travelled the farthest, best of theme, most solids, and judges’ award. Our fruitcake judges employ mechanical, empirical and philosophical techniques to select winning fruitcakes in those categories.

There will be an opportunity for you to take the mic and brag about your fruitcake or eggnog. However, please leave your kryptonite at home. You must play nice with Superman.

Most people participate by wearing theme-oriented costumes. This is not required, but in the past we have found that a good many people like to dress up more than their fruitcakes. The Costume Contest is just the place to show off your creativity and the “Best Costume” prize is awarded to the person with the loudest applause.

No need to eat dinner before you come. The Owens Valley Growers Co-op will be serving up mac & cheese and a salad for $5. To boost your energy for the evening, coffee is available at the bar.

This is the only “internationally” acclaimed Fruitcake Festival. Such venerable periodicals as the Washington Times, Country Living Magazine, and, of course, NPR have written us up.

This is a FREE event with the caveat that you must bring a fruitcake or eggnog to gain entrance to the Festival. Homemade fruitcake or eggnog is preferred. The eggnog can be transported to the festival in a milk jug. Please label it as “leaded” or “unleaded.” We have refrigeration on site. The eggnog is always served in elegant punch cups at the bar. It is worth the trip to Independence just for that fact alone.

When: Dec. 12, 2015 (6PM)
Legion Hall, Independence, CA 
Questions: 760-878-2046 or email indycivicclub@gmail.com

OV Cultural Center: Holiday Market

Click here for the official Owens Valley Cultural Center website.

Caltrans: Winter Closure Ebbetts Pass


Alpine County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed State Route 4 (SR-4) for the winter as of Sunday, November 22, 2015.

The recent storms, and accumulation of snow, make the seasonal closure necessary for the safety of motorists and Caltrans crews. The weather conditions on the pass and subsequent road conditions are among the determining factors in the decision to make the seasonal closure. Once the pass is closed for winter, it will not be reopened until conditions warrant. Each year, Caltrans crews work diligently to clear debris, remove snow and make repairs so the highway can reopen by Memorial Day Weekend.

For the latest road condition information, the radio may be tuned to the Caltrans Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) at 530 AM, 1610 AM or 1670 AM or call the Caltrans Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623). Real time conditions are also available online and for mobile phones at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov. Changeable Message Signs with flashing beacons will have information regarding the pass closures.

Winter weather and road conditions can change rapidly. Motorists should expect the worst conditions and be prepared when traveling in areas subject to hazardous conditions. All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive or snow tires should, additionally, carry chains when traveling during snowy weather.

Drivers without chains in their possession may not be allowed to proceed. When highway signs indicate that chains are required, drivers must stop and install chains or risk being cited and fined.


No Restrictions - Watch for snow on pavement.
R-1: Chains are required on all commercial vehicles (trucks or buses). All other vehicles (cars, pick-ups, vans, etc.) must have either snow tread tires or chains on the drive axle.
R-2: Chains are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives with snow tread tires. Four-wheel drive vehicles must carry chains in the vehicle.
R-3: Chains required - ALL VEHICLES - no exceptions.

# For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Slow for the Cone Zone.

## www.dot.ca.gov

OVGC: Thanksgiving Hours

Farmers Market in Independence Now Every Friday through Winter!

Fall/Winter Hours 4-6 pm The next Owens Valley Certified Farmers Market will take place on Friday Nov. 20th@ the Food Co-op in Independence between 4 and 6 pm, at the corner of Edwards St. (Route 395) and Kearsarge. The Fall/Winter market will now take place weekly in Independence. Now that the Food Co-op is open, additional items can be purchased inside the store. This week’s market will feature seasonal fruit and vegetables, eggs, herbs, local arts and crafts, and baked goods.

For more information, call 760-915-0185. Thanksgiving Hours for OVGC Co-op:

There will be no Farmers Market this Friday. However, Saturday and Sunday the OVGC store will be open!

Gypsy King Tattoo: Fundraising Apparel Sale

Hey guys just wanted to give you a heads up that December 6th is the last day to order your Gypsy King Merchandise featuring our logo pictured below!! as we need to get everything made for the holidays!

So LOCALS get into the shop and order your Merch!!! For those of you who are ordering from out of town We have a PayPal account set up in which we can send invoices to the customer. Please private message us for PayPal information.

We are offering shipping for an extra cost and EVERYONE will have their items before Christmas!! Thank you for your support!!!


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