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Hope Valley benefit features Mariposa

Staff reports

On Sunday, Aug. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m., the folk duet “Mariposa” brings together Michele Whizin on vocals and standup bass and Matthew Werner on vocals, guitar and mandolin to celebrate the beauty of Hope Valley and the work of Friends of Hope Valley over the years to protect and preserve this jewel of the Sierra.

The engagement will take place in downtown Markleeville at M’s Coffee House. The event costs $5 per person, with proceeds benefiting “Friends.” M’s Coffee House will be offering a salmon barbecue for sale as well as food, wine and beer, coffee drinks and other beverages.

M’s coffeehouse normally serves its salmon barbecue every Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.

Mariposa just released its second album, “California in My Heart.” The moving album tells the history of California through original and long-forgotten traditional acoustic folk songs. It was released to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Gold Rush and California statehood.

“California in My Heart” was inspired by numerous performances at Yosemite National Park and travels throughout California. The duet combines original acoustic sounds with the vibrant history of the land and the people that have made California beautiful. This is their second benefit performance for Friends of Hope Valley.

Friends of Hope Valley is a non-profit environmental group based in Alpine County, which has worked for over 15 years to help secure over 25,000 acres of open space in Hope Valley and other critical areas for recreation, historic resources and wildlife habitat. Hope Valley is located on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, 20 miles south of Lake Tahoe and above Minden/Gardnerville.

This concert is co-sponsored by California Proposition 99/Alpine County Tobacco Education Program. For more information, call (800) 423-9949.