Today: (High 65°F Low 40°F) A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 65. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tomorrow: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. High near 59. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Discovery Channel Airs Stunning Film on Yosemite Climbers
Houston Chronicle, April 23, 2015
On Jan. 14, the two men accomplished something no one else had ever done: They were the first to free climb the towering monolith in Yosemite Valley. More than likely, someone else will go them one further in the not too distant future, because that’s been the pattern of climbing in the 15-mile long valley for more than 50 years.
“Valley Uprising,” directed by Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen and Josh Lowell, traces the history of climbing in the valley from the 1950’s through the present day and finds an almost religious fanaticism among climbers about what they do.
Valley Uprising: Yosemite’s Rock Climbing Revolution: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25, on the Discovery Channel.
Spring Fling is Upon Us Saturday
This Saturday, April 25, 2015 is the event of the season sponsored by the Yosemite Employee Association with support from DNC and the Yosemite View Lodge. Come celebrate Spring at the Clark Community Hall in El Portal with fun activities, local craft and food vendors and an astounding line-up of music. Here's a brief synopsis of the special event:
8am: Spring Fling Run Off (race registration begins at 7am)
10am-5pm: Local Craft and Food Vendors
12pm: Music featuring Girls on Fire, Bagby Station, Adam Burns Solo, The Jespersons, The Daughters Rea, Cottonwood Creek, and the exciting headliner: Mad Noise. DJs Maximillan and DJ Douglas Fur will conclude the party.
The event is free until 5pm. Tickets are $20. DNC will be operating free shuttles from Yosemite Valley to El Portal. For more information about the shuttle schedule call 372-8803. For more information about Spring Fling visit YEA's website at www.elportalca.org or facebook page: www.facebook.com/yea.yosemite. (A. Davis)
Spring Run-off Pre-registration
Start your day with a 1 mile 5K or 10K run along the majestic Merced river. Get an awesome T shirt designed by 8th grader Sylvie Amstutz and yummy donuts from Donut's a Go Go when you cross the finish line. Pre-registration by contacting Claudine Ronay, firstname.lastname@example.org
or be at the historic train in El Portal starting at 7 am on Saturday April 25. Race starts at 8 am, see you there! (C. Ronay)
Mariposa Non-Profit Organizations Will Be At This Year's Spring Fling
Mountain Crisis Services, Ethos Youth Center and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mariposa County will be sharing a booth at this Saturday's Spring Fling. Stop by and learn more about these vital organizations.
CASA will have a selection of unique books for children for sale, Ethos will have custom made screen printed shirts and Mountain Crisis Center will have Denim Day Buttons and stickers. Stop by our children's table and make a beautiful pinwheel in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. (I. Stalder)
Strings in the Spring: Violinist Martin Chalifour at Yosemite Chapel Saturday
Enjoy an intimate recital in Yosemite Valley Chapel on Saturday, April 25 with world-renowned violinist Martin Chalifour, Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Apart from his LA Phil duties, Chalifour maintains an active solo career playing a diverse repertoire of more than 50 concertos. Help us welcome Mr. Chalifour to Yosemite. Yosemite Chapel doors will open at 3:30pm, concert starts at 4:00pm. For tickets visit: http://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/outdoor-adventures/martin-chalifour
or call (209) 379-2317 x 10
. (K. Manion)
"Dr. Phillip M. Smith Memorial Music Marathon" Saturday
The Pride of the Sierra and the Toast of Times Square! You may have heard of this, it is our Yosemite region's own Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band! Our award-winning, small but dedicated MCHS band is a fine example of how a diverse group of our own children can show the outside world the kind of talent that grows up around Yosemite. They compete in band competitions, parades, play in concerts, and perform at local civic events. However, the costs of operating a viable band program are significant, and our band is self-supporting, the band program depends almost entirely on fundraisers in order to exist. Additionally, the MCHS Band Boosters have taken on the task of helping to support the ENTIRE Mariposa School District's instrumental music program! The Boosters raise money to offer loans of musical instruments to the elementary schools students, in order to offer affordable instrumental music training to all.
In response to this, please help support our own Grizzly Band and elementary school music programs by attending the sixth annual "Dr. Phillip M. Smith Memorial Music Marathon", to be held this Sat. April 25th, 2015, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Mariposa Museum and History Center. Dr. Smith was the MCHS Band's beloved band director who passed away in Dec 2013. He loved music and music students, and devoted his life to helping kids with music, and more importantly, to become fine members of the community. The Marathon, which Dr. Smith loved, was named in his memory in 2014.
There is NO COST to attend the Marathon which will be held at the Museum's outside courtyard. It will have performances by the MCHS Band, elementary/middle school bands, and several other local groups. Come to enjoy music, food, drinks, baked goods, and an INCREDIBLE silent auction featuring DISNEYLAND TICKETS, and many other admission tickets for museums and activities in SF, Sacto, and this region, plus much, much more! The band is only asking for your support by participating in the activities, and making donations if so moved by the music! Thank you for supporting our band. (L. Niles-Sheetz)
Donation-based yoga workshop Monday April 27th 6:00-8:00pm at the El Portal Community Hall: Yoga as a Therapeutic Tool