Trail Mix: Trout Fest 2013 set for Saturday in Friant

The Fresno BeeMay 8, 2013 


Trout Fest 2013

When: Saturday

Where: San Joaquin Hatchery, Friant

It's a giant celebration of all things trout. Kids can play trout-themed games while learning everything from proper rigging and casting techniques to how to safely handle and clean fish. There's fish tasting, printing and dissection.

New this year is a giant tank with hatchery trout on one side and fish native to the San Joaquin River on the other. Kids can even fish straight from the raceways.

Admission is free, and hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those attending are asked to park in the dirt lot at the corner of Friant Road and Flemming Avenue and take the free shuttle to the hatchery. There's also overflow parking at Friant Cove.

Details: (559) 765-4824 or

Mother's Day Run

When: Saturday

Where: Madera County Sheriff's Complex (14143 Road 28, Madera)

The Valley Runner of the Year Series moves to wide-open ag roads east of town with this 30-point event.

The 5-mile main event begins at 7:40 a.m., preceded by a 2-mile run/walk and kids' races. Race-day registration starts at 6 a.m. Details:

News & notes

-- As a result of unsettled weather in the Sierra, the expected opening of Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park has been delayed until Saturday. Glacier Point Road opened last week with limited services.

In the Sierra National Forest, the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway is entirely open, while Kaiser Pass Road is expected to open May 17. Mineral King Road in Sequoia National Park is scheduled to open May 22.

-- The annual Black Mountain Preserve Open House is Saturday outside Tollhouse. Take the 1 1/2-mile hike up Black Mountain for wildflower blooms and outstanding views of the Sierra. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free. Details:

-- Orland Bartholomew's 300-mile ski adventure in 1928 along the Sierra crest, along with Art Baggett's re-creation of the route 80 years later, will be celebrated Saturday in a fundraiser for the Sierra Nevada Alliance at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno (2672 E. Alluvial Ave.) Tickets are $28. The reception starts at 7 p.m., with the presentation at 8 p.m.

-- Help California Land Management tidy up Bass Lake on Saturday. Meet at 9 a.m. at Recreation Point. Bags, gloves, lunch and water are provided, and there's even a raffle. Details: (559) 642-3212.

-- Did you know May is National Bike Month? Log your miles at, and you could win a cool prize.

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