Helping hands needed for local parks
Volunteers are needed Saturday to help clean up two of Fresno County's two local getaways on Saturday -- the McKenzie Preserve at Table Mountain and the Jensen River Ranch at Woodward Park.
Trailwork crews for the McKenzie Preserve will start at 9 a.m., with details at www.sierrafoothill.org. Native tree and shrub planting at Jensen River Ranch will start at 8 a.m, with details at www.riverparkway.org.
Ski/snowboard waxing basics
When: 3-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Fresno REI
Register now for REI Fresno's lesson on how to take care of your skis/board to have a great time on the slopes. The free class will focus on structure, basic repairs and stone grinding to prep your equipment in time for snow season. No need to bring your personal skis or snowboards.
Race Against Hunger
When: 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day
Where: Downtown Visalia (corner of Main and Garden)
The ninth-annual Visalia Turkey Trot 5K will benefit the Visalia Emergency Aid Council, raising money to provide meal assistance and clothing to more than 2,500 families each month. Register online or before the race from 6:30-7:45 a.m. Or pre-register at any Sole 2 Soul Sports location (Visalia, Fresno, and Bakersfield).
Discovery Trail Hike at McKenzie Preserve
When: 9 a.m. Nov. 30
Where: McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve
The Sierra Foothill Conservancy will host a guided hike on the McKenzie Preserve led by Mike Mirigian and Robert Snow of the Audubon Society. The Discovery Trail is an easy, mostly level hike of about 3.7 miles and takes about three hours with various stops along the way.
The group will meet at the preserve entrance gate on Auberry Road at 9 a.m.
Hiking the SJRT
Clovis native Sara Fry and John McKinney of Colorado are hiking the San Joaquin RiverTrail, a 150-mile out-and-back hike (about 73 miles each way) from Friant Cove to Devil's Postpile National Monument near Mammoth Lakes, a gain of 10,000 feet. The pair set out Saturday morning from Friant Cove, camping along the way including an overnight stay Wednesday at Redinger Lake.
The trail is not yet completed, but Fry and McKinney are hiking both completed and uncompleted stretches of the trail -- meaning lots of bushwhacking and meandering. The two are gathering GPS data, trail conditions and water sources for the San Joaquin River Trail Council. It's the first recorded hike along the entire San Joaquin River Trail, according to Justine Williams of the trail council.
Follow the hikers on Twitter (@SJRiverTrail) and Instagram (@SanJoaquinRiverTrail).
For trail information, go to www.sjrtc.org.
Calling all facial hair aficionados who have taken up the No-Shave November challenge -- Fresno State Movember Movement is hosting its first Movember Stache Dash on Nov. 30, giving men (and women) the rest of the month to grow out their moustaches in support of men's health awareness.
The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6401 or email@example.com.