What You Missed: Local News and Events in a Nutshell (2-23-22)

Owens Valley News and Events for February 23rd, 2022 (in a nutshell).

SEED Grant Application Deadline: March 1st

SEED Grant California The SEED Grant is open, but not for much longer! Funded by the State of California and focused on providing entrepreneurial training and access to capital for small business owners and entrepreneurs who are English Language Learners. SEED offers two types of grants; $5,000 grants for individuals starting/growing a business or non-profit, and $10,000 grants to individuals growing a business/non-profit with annual gross revenue more than $100,000 in the recently taxable yer. To sign up, visit https://seed-english.paperform.co.



Buttermilk Stewardship Day: February 26th

Buttermilk Bouldering
The Mountain Project

It’s time to clean up Buttermilk! As a popular climbing and camping area, the beautiful natural place is well-used but must also be well-cared for. If you recreate on these lands, it’s important to contribute to them as well. The Bishop Climbing Rangers are hosting a stewardship day on Saturday, February 26th from 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM to focus on trail work and litter pickup. Volunteers will work independently or in small groups and must sign a waiver prior to participating. Free hot coffee, trash bags, gloves, trash grabbers, and swag are provided, but please bring sun protection, warm clothes, water, snacks, a mask, and sturdy close-toed shoes. Volunteers will meet in the Buttermilk parking lot at 8:30 AM.


Laws Railroad Museum Celebrates Women’s History Month: March 5th

Laws Railroad Museum
Laws Railroad Museum

On March 5th, Laws is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of presentations by volunteers that focus on the contributions of women to railroad history. The Laws gift shop currently has free event programs (look for women’s history docents in the purple sashes). At the event, collect “autographs” from six of the eight docents and a commemorative Laws pencil.




Wild and Scenic Film Festival: March 10th

Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Mono Lake’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival is back for another virtual year of film celebration that you can watch anywhere (if that place has Internet, that is). Watch the festival live at 7 pm on March 10th, or later on-demand from March 11th – 18th. For more information, buying tickets, or raffle and auction prizes, click here.




Owens Lake Bird Festival: April 23rd and 24th

Owens Lake Birding Festival Friends of the Inyo
Friends of the Inyo

If you enjoy birding, this is the festival for you! Friends of the Inyo is leading birding tours through Southern Inyo County, including all-day trips to Cerro Gordo Mining Town and Conglomerate Mesa. It’s a celebration of migratory birds as they travel through the Eastern Sierra, and is a must for bird lovers. Buy tickets while they still last at http://friendsoftheinyo.org/birdfestival.



Eastern Sierra Transit Short Range Plan Survey

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Eastern Sierra Transit

Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) is conducting a short range transit plan to identify transit gaps and opportunities within Inyo and Mono County. They are looking for local perspectives and voices – please take a few moments to fill out the online community survey in English or Spanish. If you have any questions, contact (530) 583-4053 or [email protected].

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