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Second annual Hills celebration coming soon

April 6, 2013

Participants chat at the First Annual Alabama Hills Day celebration in 2012. This year, more than 30 exhibitors and sponsors will promote their activities and use of the Alabama Hills. Photo courtesy AHSG

Upcoming festivities will celebrate a Southern Inyo treasure with tours, films, workshops and a membership drive this month.

The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group will hold its Second Annual Alabama Hills Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 in Lone Pine at the convention center, in the film museum and out among hills.

AHSG invites the public to participate in this special, free event. Family and friends are welcome to show their support for the Alabama Hills, enjoy a unique learning experience and make this another successful event.

According to an AHSG press release, “the purpose of the event is to celebrate the area’s incredibly scenic landscape and educate the public about the wide variety of groups and activities that access and interface with the Alabamas.”

More than 30 different sponsors and exhibitors will be at the event with displays that promote their activities and use of the Alabama Hills. “The Lone Pine Museum of Film History will host a variety of exhibits, films and lectures for the general public to peruse” with the hope that the offerings will generate excitement about this tremendous natural landscape. Corresponding field trips and self-guided tours will also be taking place in the Alabama Hills themselves.

Event registration, exhibits, demonstrations, merchandise, entertainment, food will fill the new Lone Pine Convention Center, 325 S. Main St.

Lone Pine Film Museum events will be:

• 9 a.m.: Movie history and commercial filming slide show

• 10 a.m.: Alabama Hills Stewardship Group presentation

• 11 a.m.: Paiute Shoshone tribal history and culture discussion

• noon: Classic western feature film and discussion

• 1 p.m.: Outdoor photography workshop, to be determined

• 2 p.m.: BLM Stewardship Presentation

Alabama Hills events will be:

• 9 a.m.: Stewardship Restoration Project, led by the Bureau of Management and Friends of the Inyo

• 10 a.m.: Native plant and wildflower tour, to be determined

• 11a.m.: Movie tour with Chris Langley

• 1 p.m.: Audubon natural history tour

• 2 p.m.: Family nature and science tour, to be determined

Additional attractions include a live, remote KIBS Radio broadcast from 10 a.m.-noon. Event participants will have a chance to be interviewed about their passion for the Alabama Hills.

Updates on local efforts to designate the Alabama Hills a National Scenic Area will be given.

There will also be a membership drive for AHSG, a 501c3 non-profit, tax-exempt public benefit corporation.

“The AHSG is committed to the stewardship of the Alabama Hills and partnering with the BLM to protect the jaw-dropping beauty of this semi-primitive landscape with continued access for such diverse groups as hikers, motorists, photographers, rock climbers, campers and fishermen,” the press release states. The Hills are also the site of important, ongoing economic activities like commercial filming, cattle grazing and hunting. “Balancing all these needs is what makes the Alabama Hills so special to so many people and necessitates its protection.”

The public is encouraged to join all the AHSG stakeholders in supporting the future of this fantastic landscape by participating in the Alabama Hills Day celebrations, an opportunity to enjoy a unique learning experience and make this another fantastic event, organizers said.

For more information please call AHSG President Chris Langley at (760) 937-1189 or AHSG Vice-President Kevin Mazzu at (760) 784-5494.

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