Pray 4 Snow Halloween Party
When: 7-11 p.m. today
Where: Sequoia Brewing, 1188 E. Champlain Drive, Fresno
China Peak is hosting its early-season plea for snow/party at Sequoia Brewing's north Fresno location. It includes live music, a costume contest, drink specials and prizes.
The party also marks the last day to buy season passes at a discount. The current deal allows renewing adult members to buy lift passes for $319, and new passholders can get one for $349. After today, the price goes up to $439.
Snowgoers' prayers were answered at least in part this month as 7 inches of snow fell Sunday at China Peak.
Sycamore Island Nature Walk
Where: Sycamore Island on the San Joaquin River
The latest of the semimonthly walks hosted by the Fresno Audubon Society is set for next week. The group will meet at the island between 8:20 and 8:30 a.m., and the event is expected to end after a picnic lunch that starts about 1 p.m.
For more information, contact George Folsom at (559) 351-7192.
News & notes
-- Lottery registration for the Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite National Park opened Tuesday and closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 20. The rustic stone cabin is used by skiers and snowshoers who make the 10-mile trek from Yosemite's Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake.
Nightly rates range from $35 Monday through Thursday to $55 on weekends. Results of the lottery will be emailed by Nov. 25. Lottery forms and more information can be found at yosemiteconservancy.org/ostrander.
-- A public meeting of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife next week will allow for discussion of the proposed fish hatchery to restore salmon in the San Joaquin River.
The proposed site for the Salmon Conservation and Research Facility is in Friant, about 1.1 miles downstream of the Friant Dam. The proposal calls for release of the salmon from the facility in 2015.
The public meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. Monday at the California Retired Teachers Association building at 3930 E. Saginaw Way in Fresno.
The draft report of the proposal can be seen at fblinks.com/sjriver.
-- Anglers get your lines ready for next Saturday's Fresno Fall SalmonFest at Lost Lake Park. The fish festival will include fly casting lessons, fishing clinics, free food and information booths. For more information, go to sanjoaquinlive.com.