Kings River Warden Patrol BBQ
When: Noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Due to expected rain, the fundraiser has been moved to the Cedar View Winery at 1384 S. Frankwood Avenue in Sanger, the Kings River Conservancy announced Friday. Originally, it was going to be at Thorburn Access Park, Highway 180 at Rio Vista Road.
The Kings River Conservancy is hosting a fundraiser and barbecue for the Frank P. Jones Memorial Warden Patrol Fund. All money collected goes toward increased fish and wildlife warden patrols on the lower Kings River. More than $30,000 has been raised.
There also is a raffle, with the grand prize an all-expenses paid guided trip for six to the Shasta Springs Trout Camp outside Dunsmuir donated by Cal Trout. Tickets, at $25 apiece, limited to 100 sold.
GPS navigation basics
When: 3-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Fresno REI
The REI Outdoor School will teach people how to use pocket-sized navigators to pinpoint their location and use it to navigate in the outdoors. The class is intended for users of hand-held GPS units, and it's recommended to bring your own GPS unit if you own one. The class is open for members ($30) and non-members ($50).
Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots 5K
When: 9 a.m. Dec. 14
Where: Christmas Tree Lane (start at Van Ness Avenue near Palm and Shaw)
Thousands of Santas are expected to run Christmas Tree Lane next Saturday for the second annual Jingle Bell Run. The 5K run and 2-mile walk starts at 9 a.m., and there will be no registration on race day.
The run benefits Toys for Tots. Participants who bring an unwrapped toy on race day will receive a Santa hat (first 5,000 only), and Santa beards will be available for purchase.
Last year's inaugural run/walk sold out and raised an estimated $25,000 in toys and cash.
Registration is $50 for the run and $40 for the walk. Children 10-and-under are $25. Participants will receive a Santa-designed sweatshirt, jingle bells and finish-line goodies of hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.
The Visalia Jingle Bell Run will be held next weekend, at 9 a.m. Dec. 15 on Main Street.
Beer race among new runs coming to Fresno
In the midst of all the color and graffiti runs invading the Fresno area, some new and interesting races have emerged for next year.
The first is the Fresno Tap 'N' Run -- a 4K race combined with three beer stations along the race course (5 ounces of beer per stop), a full beer at the finish line, costumes and more.
The Tap 'N' Run is slated for Feb. 22 at Woodward Park. Details at www.tapnrun.com/fresno/
On March 30, the first Fresno Urban Run will take place in downtown Fresno.
The 5K course starts at Chukchansi Park, where participants will run the stadium stairs then up and down the six-story circular parking garage at Van Ness Avenue and Inyo Street before climbing 220 stairs to the finish line atop the 10-story Grand Tower building (no worries, an elevator will take you down after climbing 10 stories).
If it seems like too much, participants can opt for the Grand Tower Run, meaning everything but the stadium stairs at Chukchansi Park.
Winter road closures
Highway 180 in Sequoia/Kings Canyon between the Hume Lake cutoff and Cedar Grove is closed for the winter.
Tire chains are required near 5,000 feet in elevation on most roads and will be required at lower elevations during snow storms, except on 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires.
Chains are required on all vehicles starting a half-mile east of Badger Road at Highway 180 to the end of the Hume Lake cutoff.
In Yosemite, Tioga Pass and Glacier Point roads are closed.
For up-to-date road and weather conditions, go to www.dot.ca.gov.
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