KFCF Community Calendar

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 3/24/17 

To post an event on our calendar e-mail the information to calendar@kfcf.org, at least 2 weeks before the event. 

 

DAILY CALENDAR

  (Multiple Day and Ongoing Events are at end of posting)

 

Thursday, March 23rd and Friday, March 24th

Dr. Joseph B. Cuseo, a researcher, author and professor emeritus of psychology at Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes, will be the keynote speaker at the second California Latino Leadership Education Summit March 23 and 24 at Fresno State.  The summit is an interactive forum addressing barriers and proposing solutions to ensuring educational success and equity for all students in the Central San Joaquin Valley.  The daylong summit focused on advancing educational success for all students in the Central San Joaquin Valley will feature proven high-impact practices, with the aim of identifying actionable community strategies to ensure student success from pre-K to college.  Presenters and panelists include Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro, heads of six other California colleges and universities, and 15 other local and state educational leaders.  U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Cuseo are featured speakers at the opening evening’s reception.  The event begins at Fresno State on March 23 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. in the Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room of the Henry Madden Library and it continues from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 24 in the Satellite Student Union.  Reservations are $150 for individuals and $1,500 for tables of 10. The RSVP deadline is March 8.  Event information and online registration are available at www.FresnoState.edu/latinosummit

 

Thursday, March 23rd and Friday, March 24th

On the heels of the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording, Fresno City College will host the 27th annual Fresno City College City Jazz Festival from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on March 23 and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on March 24 in the FCC Theatre.  Over 600 school jazz ensembles from the greater Central Valley have participated and over 10,000 students have participated in performances, master classes and workshops that are held at FCC. The workshops will focus on jazz improvisation, but will also include discussion of preparing for university auditions and careers in music, to name a few.  The festival features top-notch guest artists performing and presenting master classes, and excellent panels critique and work with every student that performs. Thousands of dollars of scholarships have been awarded to stunt performers.  The festival culminates with an evening awards concert. This year, New York saxophonist/recording artist Antonio Hart will perform with the FCC Jazz Ensemble and Festival All-Stars at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 in the theatre. Tickets for the concert are $15 general, $12 senior/Jazz Fresno/staff and $10 student.  Proceeds benefit the FCC Jazz Studies program and scholarships.  For festival information and to purchase online tickets, please visit www.cityjazzfestival.com or call the FCC Box Office at 559-442-8221.

 

Friday, March 24th

Cineculture presents “The Heart of Madame Sabali” with discussant Ryan McKenna (Director).  The Heart of Madame Sabali is a dramatic film with touches of absurdist comedy, and features surrealist dream sequences and a colorful art design. The story is centered on Jeannette, who has a severe heart condition that keeps her trapped in a suburb of Montreal. After receiving her new heart, Jeannette begins to have strange visions of her donor's former life. Soon after, she is befriended by her donor's son, a Malian teenager, who believes she is his mother reincarnated. The story itself is based on the scientific concept of cellular memory, the idea that cells contain memories, and that organ recipients sometimes take on the personality traits of their donors. In French with English subtitles, view the trailer at https://madamesabali.com.  Co-sponsors are the French Program and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures.  The screening is at 5:30 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  For more information and to see the rest of the spring line-up, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.           

 

Friday, March 24th

Fresno Pacific University presents San Joaquin Chorale, Fresno Pacific University Concert Choir and San Jose State University Choir in concert at 7:30 p.m. at Shaghoian Concert Hall, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno.  Tickets are $15 general; $10 for seniors, students & FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu

 

Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th

The Reedley Peace Center’s 14th Annual retreat takes place at St. Nicholas Retreat Grounds, 38526 Dunlap Road, Dunlap.  The Featured presenter will be Poet Grace Marie Grafton.  Packages and rates are $145/person for Friday dinner through Saturday dinner, $135/person for Friday dinner through Saturday lunch, $50/ person for Saturday (three meals), $65/per room for Saturday night (no meals), and $70/person for Friday night dorm room, all meals.  For more information or to register, e-mail Carol Krehbiel at carolkrehbiel@gmail.com or call 637-9098 to sign up to indicate which package.  Checks are due by Friday, March 10 made out to St Nicholas Retreat Center.    . 

 

Friday, March 24th through Sunday, March 26th

The 38th annual Lawrence R. Sutherland Wind Festival will bring more than 1,500 music students to the Fresno State campus March 24 through 26. Musicians will come from three middle schools, 16 high schools, three junior colleges and five four-year universities, including Fresno State. The Evening Gala Concert, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 25, will feature the Fresno State Wind Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Gary P. Gilroy, performing Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait." Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, Fresno State’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, will do the narration.  The Sonoma State University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Andy Collinsworth, will also perform.  The three-day festival is named in honor of Sutherland, who established the event. Sutherland was Fresno State's director of bands from 1969 to 2006.  Concerts begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 24, and continue throughout the day in half-hour increments in the Concert Hall, ending at 9:30 p.m. Saturday's concert schedule goes from 1 to 5 p.m. On Sunday, concerts go from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Doors open 15 minutes before the concerts begin.  The festival will conclude on Sunday with a 3 p.m. concert featuring the Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland High School Honor Band and Wind Festival Orchestra. Students had to apply to be part of the honor band, with about 100 students selected.  Tickets for the Gala Concert are $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Admission to all other concerts during the festival, via a hand stamp, can be gained with an $8 general admission ticket or $5 for students and seniors.  For more information, contact Gilroy at 559-278-2489 or garygi@csufresno.edu.

 

Saturday, March 25th

The Sierra Club Tehipite Chapter hosts its annual banquet and potluck featuring Yosemite National Park geologist, Greg Stock. Greg's presentation will be on the rise and fall of the Sierra Nevada Glaciers. Bring a dish to share and join them for an interesting and fun evening. A $2 donation is requested.  The event takes place from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church (Big Red Church) 2131 N. Van Ness, Fresno (on the corner of Van Ness and Yale, south of Clinton).  

 

Saturday, March 25th

The Discovery Center children's museum and MOMS Club of Fresno North invite you to a "Night at the Museum" fundraiser from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm. This over-21 evening will include cocktails and appetizers, a silent auction and a sneak peek of the progress made on the museum revamp.  The Discovery Center is located at 1944 N. Winery, Fresno.  To purchase tickets or make a donation, please use the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-at-the-museum-tickets-31482276336

 

Saturday, March 25th

The Fresno State Gibson Farm Market (5368 N. Chestnut Ave.) will offer special National Pistachio Day promotions from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Customers can enjoy free samples of pistachios, pistachio ice cream and recipes and enter a raffle for a gift basket. Pistachio nuts and dark chocolate pistachio bark candy will be discounted 15 percent. The nut is one of the state’s most popular commodities since it was first planted in 1976, and California is now the leading producer internationally. Pistachios are also grown on the campus farm in a 25-acre orchard block that is used as a teaching resource for plant science and irrigation classes. For more information contact Gibson Farm Market at 559-278-4511 or on Facebook: http://bit.ly/FS-JC-gfm. 

 

Sunday, March 26th

Local brides-to-be can get a free crash course in wedding planning from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bitwise South Stadium. The event, “Put a #Hashtag On It” is being hosted by HashtagiDo, the Central Valley’s wedding day social media service.  It will feature best practices for wedding day social media services and all of the ins-and-outs of working with a professional photographer for the big day. HashtagiDo invites brides to a casual,

interactive experience to discover some of Fresno’ s finest vendors with wine sampling,

giveaways and raffle prizes.  The “Put A #Hashtag On It” workshop will be held at Bitwise Industries South Stadium in Downtown Fresno on 700 Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA 93721. Registration is now open online and space is limited for this intimate mini-bridal show and workshop.  To get your free ticket, RSVP online at bit.ly/hashtagonit. 

For more information, visit hashtagido.com and follow HashtagiDo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

Sunday, March 26th

Old Town Clovis will once again host the biannual Antiques and Collectibles Fair. With nearly 100 dealers converging in one area, everyone is invited to come treasure hunting in one of the Valley’s premier Antiques and Collectibles events. Parking and admission are free; arrive early for the best deals. Special guest Kathy Osterberg Sobelman will be offering free appraisals of one item per person from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. She is available for interviews up to and on the day of the event. 100+ antique and collectable vendors and multiple food vendors will assemble to sell their goods.  Vendors will be selling antiques and collectibles of all kinds, including mid-century, retro, upcycled and shabby pieces. Plenty of treasure-hunting favorites, such as vintage and collectible toys, military memorabilia and furniture will also be available.  The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, on the streets of Old Town Clovis, Pollasky Avenue from Third Street to Bullard Avenue.  For more information, please visit OldTownClovis.org.

 

Sunday, March 26th and Tuesday, March 28th

The Fresno State Community Health Mobile Unit will make two more stops to provide free health services to the community at Tranquility High School (6052 Juanche Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 26, and at the Reedley Community Center (100 Northeast Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. Residents can receive diabetes and blood pressure screenings as well as health assessments, education and referrals. Free flu shots, for ages 4 and up, are available and limited to the first 50 individuals. The unit, coordinated by Fresno State nursing faculty and students, travels to various rural communities in Fresno County, offering free health services to those who do not have readily available access to health care.  For more information, call the School of Nursing at 559-278-2041.  

 

Monday, March 27th

Fresno State will release a study of the economic and fiscal impact of the University on the San Joaquin Valley’s economy. Conducted by the Craig School of Business, the study measured the economic ripple effect of the University and its auxiliaries on job creation, sales for local firms, generated sales tax and employee and student spending. Among the findings, the research found the combined impact of Fresno State’s expenses supported 9,904 jobs and created $282.5 million in labor income for Valley residents. The report will also show the return on investment taxpayers receive for state funding to the University.  The report takes place at 3:30 p.m. at the Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room, third floor of the Henry Madden Library on the Fresno State campus.  For more information, contact Kathleen Schock at 559-360-3777 or by e-mail to kschock@csufresno.edu. 

 

Tuesday, March 28th

As part of the Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series, Tony Carr, president of Halloran Philanthropies and former CEO of Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital, will review evidence and provide insight into the global pursuit of wellbeing in his lecture, “Human Well-being: The Untold Story,” from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Alice Peters Auditorium. For more information, contact Fiala at afiala@csufresno.edu or 559-278-2124.

 

Tuesday, March 28th

The Downtown Fresno Partnership presents “The State of Downtown,” at the Warnors’ Center for Performing Arts, 1400 Fulton St. in downtown Fresno.   The event takes place from 4:30 – 7 p.m. and includes a happy hour from 4:30-6 p.m. and the program from 6-7 p.m.  They’ll tell you about some of the highlights, take a look at what’s to come in the future, and honor the champions who’ve made a difference, including a presentation of the Al Allen Award for downtown leadership by Mayor Lee Brand.  Tickets are $30 for individuals; $300 for a reserved row of 10 (through 3/27), and $40 the day of.  Note: ticket price includes food + drink.  For more information or to purchase tickets, go to downtownfresno.org. 

 

Wednesday, March 29th

The 37th annual Young Writers’ Conference will take place March 29, featuring a keynote address from author and alumna Kristin FitzPatrick at 9:15 a.m. at the Satellite Student Union.  FitzPatrick is the author of the story collection “My Pulse Is an Earthquake,” published in 2015 by West Virginia University Press and a semifinalist for the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. While earning her Master of Fine Arts degree at Fresno State, FitzPatrick was named the Dean’s Medalist for the College of Arts and Humanities in 2009, and she taught youth workshops at the Young Writers’ Conference.

Admission to the keynote address is free and open to the public. Admission for conference participants is $15. Visit www.fresnostate.edu/youngwriters to register. Parking costs $3 in suggested lots P6 and P15. For more information, call 559-278-1569.  

 

Thursday, March 30th

As part of Fresno City College’s Speaker Series, Peter Cook, Deaf Performance Artist, will perform at 7:00 p.m. at the Fresno City College Theatre.  Peter S. Cook is an internationally reputed Deaf performance artist whose works incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting and movement.  Peter has traveled extensively around the country and abroad with Flying Words Project to promote ASL Literature with Kenny Lerner since 1986. Peter teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.  For more information, call (559) 489-2218 or go to www.fresnocitycollege.edu

 

Thursday, March 30th

Fresno Pacific University presents the Fresno Pacific University Concert Choir and Bach Youth Chorale in concert at 7 p.m. at the North Fresno Mennonite Brethren Church, 5724 N. Fresno St., Fresno. This concert is free.   For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu

 

Friday, March 31st 

Rep. Devin Nunes will be the keynote speaker at 1:00pm at the Ag Lenders Society 2017 Annual Meeting at Tornino's in Fresno, but he still won't meet with his constituents.  There will be a gathering in peaceful protest to remind him that we are his voters, and there are many issues we want to discuss with him.  Bring signs that reflect your concerns and issues.  This event takes place from 12noon-2:00pm at Tornino's Banquet Facility, 5080 N. Blackstone Ave. just north of Shaw.

 

Friday, March 31st

Trans-E-Motion will hold a rally for transgender visibility and awareness on the peace corner of Shaw and Blackstone (Southeast corner) in Fresno, at 6pm. Now is the time to advocate for the transgender community.  With more spotlight recently given to celebrities who have publicly come out as transgender, now is the best time to add to the growing support toward this cause. Join them and help improve life for this resilient community. Your attendance is your support.  For more information, call Jordan Fitzpatrick at (559) 708-2031.

 

Friday, March 31st

The National Geographic California State Geographic Bee will be held at Fresno State 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The annual event will feature 100 4-8th graders from throughout the state competing to qualify for the National Geographic Bee. Competitions are being held in all 50 states that day, leading up to the national finals May 14-17 in Washington, D.C. where 51 state champions will compete for the top spot. The finals will be nationally-televised May 19 on the National Geographic Channel. The California competition schedule begins with registration at 8 a.m. and the opening session from 8:30-9 a.m. in North Gym 118 followed by the preliminary rounds in nearby classrooms. Follow with #NatGeoBee. For more information, contact Sean Boyd, a lecturer in the Department of Geography and City and Regional Planning, at 559-278-2797 or seboyd@csufresno.edu. 

 

Friday, March 31st 

The Reedley Peace Center presents video-taped speaker Erica Chenoweth on the topic “Why Civil Resistance Works: Past and Future,” a recent lecture given by Chenoweth updating her now-famous research.  The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Saturday, April 1st

Come out to the Cambridge Avenue Block Sale 704 E. Cambridge from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., where the Center for Nonviolence has been invited by Joan Hughes to use her front yard to sell books and other items during the Annual Cambridge Block Sale. The address is: 704 E. Cambridge. Please come and shop and help raise money for the Fresno Center for Nonviolence.  If you have any items that they can sell, please email angela.price41@comcast.net or just bring them to the Center Monday-Friday between 11am and 3pm.  For more information call (559) 237-3223.

 

Saturday, April 1st

California Environmental Justice Coalition will hold its Central Valley Regional Conference at the Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno St. in Fresno.  Discussions throughout the day will cover subjects from air quality to fracking and fossil fuels. This is a FREE event with childcare and food provided. Please register at cejcoalition.org or contact Kyla at (559)346-8253 with any questions. The Schedule/Agenda is as follows:

   9-9:30am: Check-in/Breakfast

   9:30-9:45am: Welcome/Intro to CEJC/Objectives & Goals

   9:45-11:00am: Ice-Breaker/Introductions

   11:00am-12:30pm: Issue Discussion Groups:

           1: Air Quality. 2: Water Contamination. 3: Pesticides. 4: Fracking/Fossil Fuels. 

           5: Carbon Sequestration

  12:30-1:30pm: Lunch/Networking: Guest Speak on Local Food Issues

  1:30-2:30pm: Report-Back of Issues

  2:30-2:40pm: Break

  2:40-4:00pm: Workshops:

  1: Citizen-Led Monitoring/IVAN. 2: Media: Traditional to Social

  4:00-5:00pm: Next Steps/Closing

Get more info and register at cejcoalition.org. 

 

Saturday, April 1st

Disoriented Comedy, the nation’s first all-Asian American, all-female touring

standup comedy show is returning to Fresno at 7:00 p.m. at the Tower

Theatre for a comedy and music benefit organized by a local nonprofit, Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW). The show features jaw-dropping new material from its three female comics and is adding two musical acts that will showcase a range of talent. This show will again raise funds to support CCAPW’s longstanding college scholarship program benefiting low-income Asian American women in the Central Valley.  Disoriented Comedy features the fresh voices of diverse comics not often seen in mainstream comedy venues. General admission ticket prices are $25.00 presale or $35 at the door. VIP tickets (which include a pre-show Meet the Performers reception) are $50 or $60 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at http://ccapwevents.eventbrite.com or through the Tower Theatre (service

fees may apply): www.towertheatrefresno.com or at the Tower Theatre box office.  For more information, please contact Gena Lew Gong at (559) 647-6260, or email

ccapwinfo@gmail.com

 

Saturday, April 1st

Fresno State’s Fashion Inc. student club will host its seventh annual Spring Fashion Show, “Lights, Camera, Fashion!” to provide students with experience and insight in the fashion industry.  The show will be organized, hosted and produced by students in Fashion Inc. at Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show will start at 6:15 p.m.  The event gives students, including stylists and designers, the opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity to a larger audience.  The fashion show will feature Fresno State live mascot Victor E. Bulldog III strutting down the runway in a custom tuxedo. He will also greet attendees before the show.  The show is open to all students and community members and is free for Fresno State students, faculty and staff with ID. Tickets are $5 for non-students. Tickets must be purchased at the door.   For more information, contact fashionincfresno@gmail.com, or contact Taylor Castro, public relations coordinator at castrotaylor13@mail.fresnostate.edu or 559-970-5241.

 

Saturday, April 1st

Critter Creek Wildlife Station’s Spring Open House takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Enjoy the wildflower display on your way to Critter Creek.  The Open House will be unguided, so the pace is leisurely offering more opportunities to take pictures.  Our volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Visit our gift shop. A picnic area is available so bring a lunch. Tonka, our young mountain lion, can now be viewed romping around in his outdoor enclosure.  Call (559) 338-2415 for information or look online at www.crittercreek.org. 

 

Saturday, April 1st

The Camp Kesem Fresno State chapter will host its second annual “Make the Magic” fundraiser at 6 p.m. at the Fort Washington Golf and Country Club in Fresno. Camp Kesem is a nationwide community of over 3,000 college students dedicated to supporting children whose parents suffer from cancer. Camp Kesem is a peer-based support system, anchored in a network of free summer camps for the children to help them through and beyond their parents’ cancer treatment. The week-long camps, which allow children to connect with others who are going through similar experiences, are led by passionate college student volunteers across the country and the Fresno State chapter is now raising funds to help send 45 Central Valley youngsters to camp from Aug. 5 to 10 as well as provide year-long support. The fundraiser will include a cocktail hour and dinner with a former counselor and a camper family as special guests. Ticket prices are $50 each and $450 for a table of 10. Guests must be 16 years or older. For more information contact Hannah Poore, Camp Kesem Fresno State chapter, at hannahpoore7@mail.fresnostate.edu. 

 

Saturday, April 1st

Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services will open the doors of El Capitan High School to 350 6th-12th grade students of Merced County. The event will provide a safe place to create new friendships, knowledge of local resources for youth, and hours of activities to include games and entertainment.  The  conference  is put  on  by  high  school  students  who  are  trained  the  day  prior.  Training  includes  knowledge and skill development around small group facilitation, leadership and team building activities.  High school students that are approved through their schools to participate will receive community service hours for their commitment as leaders of this conference.  The day will start with opening ceremonies followed by small group sessions to facilitate icebreakers and “getting to know you” activities.  Students will then attend workshops on topics of their choosing to learn and explore their interests. All workshops are provided by local youth oriented programs and organizations.  There will be 14 workshops that youth can choose from. Half of them will focus on creative life such as art, movement and dance. The other half will focus on youth-specific issues such as education planning, restorative justice, community activism, self-concept, and the prevention of unhealthy behaviors.  The Youth to Youth conference is a free event which will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 9 p.m. Conference attendees will be provided with a conference t-shirt, lunch, and dinner.  Registration forms can be found at each school within Merced County. Pre-registration will close on March 17, but students and parents may come the day of the conference as a walk-in until the event is full. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the Merced County website under Substance  Use  Disorder  Prevention  Programs.  For more information, please contact Youth   to   Youth   Coordinator,   Christopher   Jensen,   at   (209)   381-6880   or through   email   at Christopher.jensen@co.merced.ca.us

 

Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd

The Frescon gathering for comic book and video game fans and cosplay enthusiasts will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Gym (Room 118). Fans are encouraged to cosplay as their favorite characters. The event will feature a cosplay contest, video game tournaments and panel discussions and workshops hosted by Fresno State professors. Frescon launched in 2015 to invite community members to learn about “geek culture.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail fresnostatecon@gmail.com

 

Sunday, April 2nd

Madera Coalition for Community Justice celebrates its 28th annual Cesar Chavez Celebration, starting with a march with United Farm Workers that begins at 11 a.m. at Cenntenial Park, 701 E. 5th Street in Madera.  Following the march (which focuses on resisting the Trump administration’s war on immigrants), gather at the Park from 2-4 p.m. and enjoy food, folkloric dance, live music, keynote speakers, information booths, an immigration workshop and much more.  For more information, contact MCCJ at (559) 661-1879 or visit their website, www.maderaccj.org. 

 

Sunday, April 2nd

The Fresno Community Chorus-sponsored Coro Solare will perform “Mass No. 2 in G Major” at 2:30 p.m. at the College Community Church Mennonite Brethren. The concert is free and open to the public. The original composition was created in 1815 by Austrian composer Franz Shubert but the score was not printed until 1845, 17 years after Shubert’s death. The choir will also perform “Jubilate Deo” by 17th century composer Johan Helmich Roman, and “Piano Sonata #2” by Coro Solare member Ken Elias. Coro Solare is an afternoon choir formed for, but not limited to, adult singers. The newest ensemble formed under the growing Fresno Community Chorus, the choir gives less experienced singers the opportunity to meet other enthusiasts and share their excitement for classical choral works. INFO: Dr. Anna Hamre, Fresno State music professor and chorus director, at ahamre@csufresno.edu or 559-278-2539, or see the Fresno Community Chorus website.

 

Monday, April 3rd

Fresno City College presents “The Slants, The Band that Went to the US Supreme Court,” a presentation and concert to celebrate Asian American History Month, at 12 noon in the OAB Auditorium.  Portland’s The Slants is the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. For the past six years they have been embroiled in a court case to trademark their name, a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Band leader Simon Tam will tell us how they fought to trademark the band’s name when at first they were told it was racist and derogatory.  They will then pick up their instruments and give FCC a special live performance.  For more information, call (559) 489-2218 or go to www.fresnocitycollege.edu

 

Monday, April 3rd through Thursday, April 5th

Native American Fatherhood & Families Association (NAFFA) is inviting individuals to a 3-day intensive training to be certified as a facilitator in the Fatherhood Is Sacred®, Motherhood Is Sacred® curriculum.  The training covers true and proven principles that allow fathers, in partnership with mothers, to take the lead in making the necessary adjustments to strengthen their families.  As a participant individuals will receive all facilitator training materials for their use in conducting a 12-week program.  This training is scheduled from April 3-5, 2017 at the Totem Square Hotel & Marina in Sitka, Alaska. For more information contact NAFFA at 480-833-5007 or visit their website at www.nativeamericanfathers.org

 

Tuesday, April 4th

On April 4, 2017, over 160 art houses and movie theatres across the country in 148 cities and in 42 states, plus five locations in Canada, and one in England will be participating collectively in a NATIONAL EVENT DAY screening of the 80's movie 1984 starring John Hurt.  This date was chosen because it's the day George Orwell's protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. It is extremely important to support the National Endowment for the Arts and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment. This event provides a chance for us to join with communities around the country to show our unity and have our voices heard.  Orwell's novel begins with the sentence, "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."   Fresno will join venues across the US in screening 1984 at CMAC at 5:30 p.m., April 4.  CMAC is located at 1555 Van Ness, at the corner of Van Ness & Calaveras, across from Artè Americas.  THIS IS A FREE EVENT.  Sponsors include:  Artè Americas, CSUF CineCulture, CMAC, Fresno Filmworks, Sarah Minasyan, MD & Jason Marengo, MD, WILPF and Fresno Center for Nonviolence.  

Post-screening discussants will be: Catherine Campbell, Civil Rights Attorney & Fresno Filmworks Advisory Board Member, Peter MacDonald, Dean of Madden Library at CSUF, and Douglas Fraleigh, CSUF Communication Department Chair and Freedom of Speech Scholar. No tickets are required. The screening is offered as a service to the community in support of the national event day.  For more information, go to www.unitedstateofcinema.com. Seating is limited.  Arrive early.

 

Wednesday, April 5th

As part of the Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series, Christopher Meyers, director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics at California State University, Bakersfield, will share his insights into biomedical ethics. He will be joined by Fresno State philosophy professor James Rocha and Frank Beazley, vice president of mission integration at Saint Agnes Medical Center.  The talk is from 5 to 7 p.m. in Engineering East (Room 191).  For more information, contact Fiala at afiala@csufresno.edu or 559-278-2124.

 

Thursday, April 6th

Gallery 25’s 1st Thursday Arthop takes place from 5-8 p.m.  For the month of April, Gallery 25 presents Lylia Forero Carr in a Solo Exhibit called “Los Números de los Muyscas”.  The inspiration for this body of work is about the numbers of the Lunar Calendar of the Muysca or Muisca people. The Muysca civilization lived in the area of the Colombian Andes where the cities of Bogotá and Tunja are located today. They used these hieroglyphic systems to keep time. Even though they are known by the numbers they were given, they are not numbers as such but representations of constellations in the sky that they followed for their rituals and the planting of their crops. This exhibit will include large mixed media works on canvas and small encaustic works on wood panels. The exhibit runs from April 5th – 29th and Gallery 25 is located at the

M Street Arts Complex, 1419 “M” Street in downtown Fresno.  For more information call 559-264-4092 or go to gallery25.org.  

 

Thursday, April 6th

There will be a lecture on "Latin American Art in the U.S.A.: East Coast West Coast Visual Artists of the 20th Century," by Lillian Mendez-Marzinek, Niagra University, starting at 12:40 p.m. in Fresno Pacific University’s Steinert Campus Center, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. For more information, contact Ponce de Leon at 559-453-7183 or alas.coordinator@fresno.edu.

 

Thursday, April 6th

Come support Sisterhood of Survivors by attending the Annual Ladies’ Night at Sportsman’s Warehouse, 8468 N. Friant Road in Fresno (corner of Friant Rd. and Fresno St.)  There will be games, prizes, discounts and drawings, and the first hundred in line will be entered into a special drawing.  For more information, go to www.sisterhoodofsurvivors.org

 

Friday, April 7th

Cineculture presents “Lost Birds” with discussants Ela Alyamac & Aren Perdeci (Co-Directors).  Lost Birds presents a historical tragedy that takes place in 1915, from the point of view of two children.  The story is about Bedo, played by (Heros Agopyan) and Maryam, played by (Dila Uluca), whose beautiful, warm, and happy lives in Anatolia comes to an end when their grandfather played by ( Sarkis Acemoglu) is taken away by soldiers. Out of extreme fear, their mother, played by (Takuhi Bahar), forbid the children to go outside, but being children, they sneak out to their favorite spot to play, only to come back to an empty home and an empty village. Their fear takes over, and with their bird that they had saved, they embark on a journey toward Aleppo to find their mother, and their fellow villagers. This beautiful film made by an Armenian and a Turkish filmmaker with passion is a cinematographic beauty to watch.  Lost Birds is the first film made in Turkey about the 1915 Armenian genocide. It is in Turkish and Armenian with English subtitles.  Co-sponsor is the Armenian Studies Program.  The screening is at 5:30 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  For more information and to see the rest of the spring line-up, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.           

 

Friday, April 7th

Reedley Peace Center will be selling school kits at the West Coast Mennonite Central Committee Sale for Relief at Fresno Pacific University.  For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com

 

Saturday, April 8th

There will be a Town Hall and Call to Action event sponsored by the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) from 2-4 p.m. at Fresno State University, Fresno, in East Engineering Room 191 (E. Barstow to N. Jackson).  Parking will be relaxed on campus--go to www.fresnostate.edu/map/ for location of EE 191.  There will be light refreshments, a door drawing, and the venue is wheelchair accessible.  We must ACT NOW to stop the huge cuts and changes to Medicare, Medi-Cal, and Social Security that are being proposed in Congress.  Find out what is proposed, what is at stake and what you can do.  RSVP to Gene Roza at 559-905-3521.  

 

Saturday, April 8th

Gallery 25’s Second Saturday Arthop takes place from noon to 4 p.m.  For the month of April, Gallery 25 presents Lylia Forero Carr in a Solo Exhibit called “Los Números de los Muyscas”.  The inspiration for this body of work is about the numbers of the Lunar Calendar of the Muysca or Muisca people. The Muysca civilization lived in the area of the Colombian Andes where the cities of Bogotá and Tunja are located today. They used these hieroglyphic systems to keep time. Even though they are known by the numbers they were given, they are not numbers as such but representations of constellations in the sky that they followed for their rituals and the planting of their crops. This exhibit will include large mixed media works on canvas and small encaustic works on wood panels. The exhibit runs from April 5th – 29th and Gallery 25 is located at the M Street Arts Complex, 1419 “M” Street in downtown Fresno.  For more information call 559-264-4092 or go to gallery25.org.  

 

Monday, April 10th

Monday April 10th is the deadline for submitting mural designs for a wall Mural that will be a focal point at the corner of Van Ness/Stanislaus for our newest mixed use, multi-family project, known as The Lede of downtown Fresno.  The winning design will be painted by a professional muralist and all art designs will be owned by Granville, the winning artist will be awarded $1000.  For all contest rules and restrictions at http://www.gvurban.com/the-lede-mural-contest.   All submissions or inquiries are to be directed to email address Rentals@GVhomes.com

 

Thursday, April 13th

The Fresno Center for Nonviolence will be showing the film “30 Seconds to Midnight”  at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial, Fresno.  This is co-sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Peace Fresno and WILPF.  The filmmaker, Regis Tremblay, will be present to talk about the film and answer questions.  This is a shocking documentary that traces the origins of  U.S. genocides, military interventions and wars from the 15th century when the white, colonial explorers first came to the Americas to the very present.  American Exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, and the right to claim the earth and its resources as their own are the beliefs that are the foundation of American foreign policy in the 21st Century that has humanity on the brink of extinction. The film features Dr. Helen Caldicot, Ray McGovern, Chris Hedges, Ann Wright, Peter Kuznick, Bill McKibben, David Vine, Bruce Gagnon, and other activists, scholars, and authors who explain and clarify the crisis and threats to life on the planet.  The screening is open and free to the public.  For more information call or email Angela Price at angela.price41@comcast.net or 559-304-9183.

 

Friday, April 14th

The Fresno Center for Nonviolence will be showing the film “30 Seconds to Midnight” at 2 p.m. at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N.  Van Ness Ave.  This is co-sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Peace Fresno and WILPF.  The filmmaker, Regis Tremblay, will be present to talk about the film and answer questions.  This is a shocking documentary that traces the origins of  U.S. genocides, military interventions and wars from the 15th century when the white, colonial explorers first came to the Americas to the very present.  American Exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, and the right to claim the earth and its resources as their own are the beliefs that are the foundation of American foreign policy in the 21st Century that has humanity on the brink of extinction. The film features Dr. Helen Caldicot, Ray McGovern, Chris Hedges, Ann Wright, Peter Kuznick, Bill McKibben, David Vine, Bruce Gagnon, and other activists, scholars, and authors who explain and clarify the crisis and threats to life on the planet.  The screening is open and free to the public.  For more information call or email Angela Price at angela.price41@comcast.net or 559-304-9183.

 

Friday, April 14th

Fresno Filmworks presents Iranian master director Asghar Farhadi’s Academy Award winning thriller “The Salesman.” Winner of Best Foreign Language Film honors at the 2017 Academy Awards, the film presents a dramatic story about Emad and Rana, a couple who must move into a new home where they are forced to live with the past left behind by the previous tenants. While also acting in a theatrical production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” tensions run high between Emad and Rana, as they struggle to face the reality of events that will drastically change their lives forever. Starring Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini and Babak Karimi. Scr5eenings are at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.  Advance tickets cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors, and they can be purchased by check or cash at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave. Visit FresnoFilmworks.org for tickets and details.

 

Friday, April 14th

There will be a Taize Service from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, April 15th

Trans-E-Motion's Annual Transgender Day of Visibility takes place from 12 noon-4 p.m. at Alliant International University at 5130 E. Clinton Way 93727 Fresno.  The annual Transgender Day of Visibility is a day to show support for the transgender community. The purpose is to bring attention to the accomplishments of transgender people around the world while fighting transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community. This is a day for transgender empowerment, recognition, and celebrating transgender experiences and culture. This event is being hosted by Alliant International University in coordination with Trans-E-Motion.  The event will feature entertainment including singing, poetry, spoken word, and dancing.  Inspirational speakers will address the topic of transgender/gender diversity, inclusion, and current efforts in the movement for transgender equality.  Art will be on display. The event will include a resource fair showcasing transgender friendly organizations, food vendors, and businesses. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in raffles for prizes.  For more information, contact Jordan Fitzpatrick at (559) 708-2031.

 

Tuesday, April 18th

Fresno Pacific University Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.  Tickets are $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.   For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu/. 

 

Wednesday, April 19th

Bestselling author of “The World is Flat” and New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas L. Friedman will speak at Fresno State at 6:30 p.m. at the Save Mart Center.  

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is free. Doors opens at 5:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the lecture.  Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. According to Foreign Policy magazine, "Friedman doesn't just report on events; he helps shape them."   Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. Vanity Fair called him “the country’s best newspaper columnist.”  In his new bestseller, “Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations,” Friedman offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization and climate change.

 

Wednesday, April 19th

Fresno Pacific University Pacific Bronze handbell choirs perform at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Ashley Auditorium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Tickets are $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door. For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Friday, April 21st 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Don Gaede of the Sierra Club speaking about Climate Change.  The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Friday, April 21st

Cineculture presents “Together With You” with discussant Dr. Ed EmanuEl.  Chen Kaige composes a richly imagined film about love, ambition, and destiny in China’s high-pressure world of classical music. When violin prodigy Xiaochun and his father head to Beijing seeking fame and fortune, they soon discover a fierce world of cutthroat ambition. But when Xiaochun is “adopted” by a famous music tutor, success finally seems within reach- until a shocking discovery begins to unravel his entire world, and the boy must make the most difficult choice of his life. It screens in Mandarin with English subtitles. The screening is at 5:00 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  For more information and to see the rest of the spring line-up, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.           

 

Friday, April 21st

Fresno Pacific University Chamber Ensembles-Pacific Brass, No Strings Attached Wind Quintet, and Perfect Fourths Saxophone Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd

Fresno State’s 43rd annual Vintage Days will kick off Friday, April 21, with events scheduled through Sunday, April 23. The three-day festival includes a crafts fair, beer and wine garden, entertainment, game booths and the Kid’s Zone. Admission and parking is free. Pets are not allowed, with the exception of service animals. For more information on Vintage Days full schedule of events see their Facebook page or go to http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/studentinvolvement/traditions/vintagedays/event-schedule.html. 

 

Saturday, April 22nd

Earth Day will be celebrated at the Fresno Art Museum’s Radio Park (at First and Clinton), featuring live entertainment, educational exhibits, local food vendors and “green” vendors, a commuter bike show, kid’s activities, tree planting and much more.  Admission is free and there’s free valet bike parking.  There will also be earth-themed art projects and lots more in the Museum.  And there will be a March for Science from 3-5 p.m. beginning at Radio Park.  For more information, go to www.earthdayfresno.org

 

Saturday, April 22nd

There will be a concert at 7 p.m. to celebrate Evo Bluestein’s new book published by The Press at California State University, Fresno, “Road to Sweet’s Mill-Folk Music in the West during the 1960s and ’70s.”  Concert performers including Evo Bluestein, Terry Barrett, Barry Shultz, Alma, Two for the Road and The Gilly Girls.  The book is a study of the regional folk subculture of the era with archival recordings, photos, interviews and more.  The concert takes place at Wahlberg Recital Hall, Cal. State University Fresno, old music building, at 7 p.m.  It’s free to CSUF students, $10 general admission, $7 for students of other schools (with ID).  For more information, call Evo Bluestein at (559) 297-8966.  

 

Sunday, April 23rd

Fresno Pacific University Concert Choir will perform a Home Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.  Tickets are $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Monday, April 24th

The Fresno Center for Nonviolence will be showing the film “Slowing Down Fast Fashion” at 6:30 p.m. at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness (SE corner Van Ness and McKinley).  Alex James presents this critical look at the fashion industry and its enormous human and environmental cost.  Far from predicting the apocalypse, it seeks to provide solutions.  By talking to designers, activists and high street brands the film shows that there is a wide-ranging and ever growing thirst for change as consumers start to look at clothes the way they look at food.  This event is free and open to the public and the venue is wheelchair accessible.  For more information contact the Center at 559-237-3223 Monday-Friday from 11-3.  

 

Monday, April 24th

Fresno Pacific University String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.   Tickets are $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Tuesday, April 25th

There will be a Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba potluck at 6:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Ave.  Cuba is an evolving society and things are changing rather rapidly.  But you are in luck – Pastors for Peace is on top of it and will be here in Fresno to share up-to-date information on what is happening there.  The featured speaker will be Manolo De Los Santos, who works with Pastors for Peace to coordinate solidarity work in Cuba, Haiti and Central America.  For more information contact Leni Reeves at lenivreeves@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, April 25th

The Spring 2017 Fresno Poets’ Association Reading Series will include four prize-winning poets, a graphic memoirist and a newly published faculty member from the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State.  The April 25th reading will be by Kristen Radtke, the managing editor for Sarabande Books and the film and video editor of TriQuarterly literary magazine, Radtke’s graphic memoir is “Imagine Wanting Only This” from Pantheon Graphic Novels, an imprint of Penguin Random House.   All readings in the series will be held in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Business building, Room 191) at 7 p.m. inside the University Business Center. Admission is free. Parking is recommended in Lots P5 and P6 and is free for the Friday readings only; on the other nights, a free parking code is available by calling 559-278-1569.

 

Tuesday, April 25th

Fresno Pacific University Percussion Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.   Tickets are $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Wednesday, April 26th 

Fresno Pacific University Musica Pacifica Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.  Tickets are $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Thursday, April 27th

The Fresno Center for Nonviolence will be showing the film “Slowing Down Fast Fashion” at 2 p.m. at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness (SE corner Van Ness and McKinley).  Alex James presents this critical look at the fashion industry and its enormous human and environmental cost.  Far from predicting the apocalypse, it seeks to provide solutions.  By talking to designers, activists and high street brands the film shows that there is a wide-ranging and ever growing thirst for change as consumers start to look at clothes the way they look at food.  This event is free and open to the public and the venue is wheelchair accessible.  For more information contact the Center at 559-237-3223 Monday-Friday from 11-3.  

 

Thursday, April 27th

The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State will host a free luncheon as part of its Pay it Forward Luncheon Series, beginning at noon to 1:30 p.m. 

featuring Dina Juve and Melissa Oberti of FitnessSocial.  This event is free and open to students and the public and will be held in the Smittcamp Alumni House from noon to 1:30 p.m.  For more information, contact the Lyles Center at 559-278-3735 or visit bitly.com/lylescenterPIF. 

 

Thursday, April 27th 

Fresno Pacific University Women's Chorale & Men's Chorus performs at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.   Tickets are $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.   For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Friday, April 28th 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Peter Lumsdaine speaking about robotic warfare.  The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Friday, April 28th

There will be a Concert featuring the works of composer David Maslanka performed by Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band, No Strings Attached Wind Quintet, Perfect Fourths Saxophone Quartet & FPU Concert Choir, at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.   Tickets are $10 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Saturday, April 29th

Cohousing communities across the country, including Fresno, are welcoming the public for tours and visits.  Individuals, families and groups are encouraged to attend this free event to learn more about cohousing.  Cohousing is an intentional community of private homes clustered around a common space where neighbors share conversations, meals and milestones; a fun, safe, and healthy environment where you live more lightly on the planet; a home where you enjoy privacy, within a life enhancing neighborhood.  Join them as they celebrate the joy of living in “the old-fashioned neighborhood of the future.”

The event takes place in Fresno from 10 a.m. to noon at La Querencia, 2658 E. Alluvial Avenue, Fresno, CA (between Willow and Chestnut, next door to the Unitarian Universalist Church).

 

Saturday, April 29th

The Fresno Art Museum presents its annual “Men Who Cook And Some Who Don’t” event, featuring great food, beer, wine, and fantastic musical entertainment by Cloudship (just back from their U.S. tour).  The 18th Annual Men Who Cook and some who don't, will be held at the Fresno Art Museum from 6pm-9pm.  Over 75 Chefs will be preparing sample size servings of their signature dish. Enjoy amazing art in the Fresno Art Museum and step outside to enjoy fabulous food, drinks and entertainment provided by Cloudship (www.cloudshipmusic.com).  Each year, Men Who Cook features numerous chefs with a variety of dishes for guests to sample and cast their vote for their favorite chef! Men from across the Valley are invited to whip up their delectable dishes and compete; whether you are an executive chef or the king of your home grill.  This event has been a fan favorite for years with plates licked clean by the end of the evening and important funds raised in support of Fresno Art Museum exhibitions and education programs.  Early Bird Tickets are $30 until April 1, 2017.  Tickets are $35 after April 1, 2017.  Are you a man who loves to cook, and or would like to learn how you or your business can sponsor this great event.  If your answer is yes, you can get more details and sign-up to be a chef by visiting www.fresnoartmuseum.org.  The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 N. First Street, Fresno, CA 93703, at the corner of First and Yale.

 

Saturday, April 29th 

There will be an Evening of Praise & Worship with Fresno Pacific University Crosswind ensemble, taking place at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. This event is free.  For more information, e-mail  music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Thursday, May 4th

Sisterhood of Survivors’ “Girls Night Out” takes place from 4-8 p.m. at Clovis Veteran’s Memorial Liberty Ballroom at 808 4th St. in downtown Clovis.  This is a fun and unique opportunity for women to pamper themselves with great shopping, raffle prizes, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, delicious snacks and more from local businesses.  This event is free!  For more information go to sisterhoodofsurvivors.org. 

 

Friday, May 5th

The Spring 2017 Fresno Poets’ Association Reading Series will include four prize-winning poets, a graphic memoirist and a newly published faculty member from the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State.  The May 5th reading will be by Mai Der Vang, winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Vang’s debut poetry collection is “Afterland” from Graywolf Press. A co-founder of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle, she teaches English at Clovis Community College.  All readings in the series will be held in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Business building, Room 191) at 7 p.m. inside the University Business Center. Admission is free. Parking is recommended in Lots P5 and P6 and is free for the Friday readings only; on the other nights, a free parking code is available by calling 559-278-1569.

 

Friday, May 5th

Cineculture presents “A Stray” with discussant Musa Syeed (Director).  In Minneapolis’ large Somali refugee community, Adan has nowhere to go. His mom kicked him out, and his friends are tired of his headstrong ways. As a last resort, he moves into the mosque, praying for a little help. Surprisingly, God seems to answer. Adan quickly lands a good job, devout friends, and a newfound faith. When Adan nearly hits a stray dog on the job, he’s forced to take it in for a night. But one of his new mosque friends considers the dog impure, and he throws Adan out. With Adan back on the streets, surrounded by his old crew, ex-­girlfriends, prying FBI agents, and his estranged family, the dog may be his only friend as he tries to keep his faith and get through the night. View the trailer at http://musasyeed.com.  Co-sponsor of this screening is the Africana Studies Program.  The screening is at 5:00 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  For more information and to see the rest of the spring line-up, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.           

 

Friday, May 5th 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Peter Lumsdaine speaking about the 25th anniversary of a Plowshares Action.  The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th 

Anglers have a chance at snagging a portion of $55,000 at the annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce to kick off the summer season at the popular lake.  More than 1000 tagged rainbow trout will be released in to the lake prior to the tournament, each worth varying amounts. There will be 847 fish worth $20, 150 worth $100, 1 fish will net a lucky angler $5000, and two “grand prize” fish will be worth $10,000 each.  Registration costs $25 per individual or $60 for a family consisting of spouses and up to three children under the age of 16. To learn more or to register, visit www.BassLakeChamber.com or please contact Michelle Miller at (559) 642-3633 or by email millers@millerslanding.com. 

 

Saturday, May 6th 

The Fresno Center for Nonviolence will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a Banquet and Speaker, Kathy Kelly.  It takes place at 6 p.m. at 1st Congregational Church (Big Red Church), 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, and will be catered by Tree of Life Café and Bakery.  Kathy Kelly is an activist working with Voices for Creative Nonviolence.  Kelly will speak about “Confronting State Violence at Home and Abroad.  She will talk about people forced by wars to flee their homes in Afghanistan and about people trapped in the U.S. prison industrial complex, inclusive of Guantanamo, immigration detention centers and the vast network of U.S. prisons and jails – people separated mercilessly from their families and homes.  Kelly is among Voices activists who have recently traveled to Russia, wanting to learn more about how ordinary Russians regard U.S./NATO provocations on their border.  Tickets are available at the Center, from any Board member or by emailing or calling Ron Vineyard at ronvineyard@sbcglobal.net; 559-289-6277.  There will also be Speaker Only tickets.  For more information call the Center at 559-237-3223 Mon-Fri 11-3. 

 

Friday, May 12th

Valley Teen Ranch will host a benefit dinner celebrating 30 years of serving vulnerable children and youth from Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley.  The celebration will be held at Wolf Lakes Park, 11646 E. Ashlan in Sanger, from 6-8:30 p.m.   For more information, go to www.valleyteenranch.org

 

Saturday, May 13th

Fresno Pacific University San Joaquin Chorale Pops Concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Shaghoian Concert Hall, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno.  Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 seniors, students & FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Friday, May 19th 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Paul Gilmore, history teacher at Fresno City College, on the topic of “Historical Winners and Losers?  Lessons from Fresno’s Forgotten Free Speech Fight” (a story about the IWW in the early 20th century).  The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Friday, May 19th

An event marking the Greek Day of Remembrance will commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Greek Genocide of 1916 that took the lives of more than 735,370 Anatolian Greeks over a 9-year period. This campaign of aggression perpetrated by the Turks against the Greek population was known as the Pontic or Anatolian Greek genocide, and it included massacres, forced deportation that mounted death marches, summary expulsions, executions and the destruction of Christian Orthodox, historical and religious monuments.  The public is invited to the event to be held at Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Local newscaster Kopi Sotiropoulos is the Master of Ceremonies at this event that will include a flag-raising ceremony and feature the Kamari dancers of the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Fresno. Our own Father Jim Pappas, of Saint George Greek Orthodox Church  together with Father John Bakas of Saint Sophia Church in Los Angeles, will offer prayers of remembrance for the victims of the genocide. A number of local, state and national dignitaries will be attending.  For more information contact Paul Dictos at 559-250-0999.

 

Friday, May 26th 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Dr. Sara Caldwell, president of Reedley College.  The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Sunday, June 10th

The Central California Asthma Collaborative is hosting its annual 5K Bubble Fun Run for Asthma Awareness from 7am - 12pm, at Woodward Park Mt. View Shelter.  Check-in is at 7 a.m. and the Run begins at 8:00 am.  There will be food, music, entertainment, Bubble Magic, and lots of family fun, all for Asthma Awareness.   Register online at:

https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Fresno/Asthma5KBubbleWalk.  For more information, contact Maria Vazquez at (559) 272-4874 or maria.vazquez@centralcalasthma.org

 

MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:

Flu Season 2016-2017

The Fresno County Department of Public Health has scheduled influenza vaccination clinics for the 2016-17 flu season at multiple locations throughout the county. The Fresno County Immunization Program will not be offering “nasal spray” flu vaccine during the 2016-17 flu season as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The cost of each vaccination will be $6.00. Medi-Cal for children and Medicare Part B will be accepted. The 2016-17 flu vaccine is designed to protect against the viruses that are most likely to cause disease this season, and while it cannot prevent all cases of flu, it is the best defense against the disease and its potential serious complications that can include pneumonia and death. It takes about two weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination, and protection lasts several months to a year. If children eight years or younger are receiving their first flu shot,

they should receive two shots this season separated by a time frame of four weeks.

Health officials are encouraging everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated regardless of age or health status. Fresno County residents with insurance coverage should contact their health care provider regarding flu vaccination availability. Vaccines may also be available at physician offices, clinics, pharmacies, and at special flu vaccination events promoted in retail stores. Information regarding flu vaccination opportunities can be found at www.flu.gov. For dates, times, and locations of the Department of Public Health flu vaccination clinics for Fresno County residents, please visit www.fcdph.org/flu or call the Immunization Information Line at 1-888-993-3003.

 

Friday, September 9th through Sunday, May 7th

The Philip Memorial Keyboard Concert Series at Fresno State opens on Friday, September 9th with a concert by Allesio Bax. For 45 years, the series has brought some of the world’s most acclaimed pianists and organists to Fresno. For its first 15 years it was under the sponsorship of the Fresno Free College Foundation, and the concerts were held at off-campus venues, were recorded and broadcast on KFCF-FM, with Philip Lorenz as its Music Director.  After that, the series came under the sponsorship of CSUFresno, with Andreas Werz as its Music Director. The series opens at 8 pm, Friday, September 9th in the concert hall at Fresno State.  Also on the 2016-2017 Keyboard Concerts calendar:

    8 p.m. Oct. 14 — Sofya Melikyan, co-sponsored by the Fresno State Armenian 

Studies Program

    8 p.m. Nov. 4 —  Giuseppe Andaloro

    3 p.m. Jan. 8 —   Ken Cowan (organ), co-sponsored by the San Joaquin Valley 

Chapter, American Guild of Organists

    3 p.m. Feb. 12 — Lise de la Salle

    8 p.m. March 1 — Seong-Jin Cho, co-sponsored by the Central California Korean 

 Historical Society.

    8 p.m. April 7 — Rafał Blechacz

    3 p.m. May 7 — Kirill Gerstein

Keyboard Concerts also co-sponsors special events during the year:

    8 p.m. Nov. 18 — Vinia Tsopelas, piano

    3 p.m. Jan. 29 — Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello; and Noreen Polera, piano, co-

sponsored by the Fresno State Armenian Studies Program.

    8 p.m. April 1 —   Miles Ishigaki, clarinet; Thomas Loewenheim, cello; Andreas 

          Werz, piano. This concert marks the debut performance of a newly formed chamber music ensemble comprised of music professors at Fresno State. Educated at the University of Oklahoma, Indiana University and the Freiburg Conservatory in Germany, respectively, the colleagues have been active as performers, pedagogues, competition jurors and recording artists in North and South America, Europe and Asia.  

Tickets for concerts in the Keyboard Concert Series are $25 general, $18 for seniors and $5 for students. Season tickets are available for the eight main concerts: $160 general, $120 seniors and $30 students. Parking is available in Lot P1 (corner of Shaw and Maple avenues). For ticket reservations, please call 559-278-2337.

 

Friday, September 30th 2016 through Saturday, May 13, 2017

The University Theatre at Fresno State will present six modern works from a diverse selection of contemporary female playwrights in the 2016-17 season.  The lineup includes an examination of police brutality within the African-American community, a loss of innocence amid a serial killer at-large, the staging of the passion across time, a contemporary dance ensemble, the revelation of a childhood trauma and a darkly hilarious Broadway musical.  The fall 2016 semester begins with “Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments,” directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis, Sept. 30 through Oct. 8. Through a series of seven emerging African-American playwrights, the play examines police violence.  Near Halloween, from Oct. 28 through Nov. 5, director J. Daniel Herring will present “Tar Beach,” written by Tammy Ryan. The story takes place in 1970s New York City as teenagers navigate adolescence, a failing marriage and a power outage while the Son of Sam roams free.  Director Ruth Griffin will present “Passion Play: Part 1 and Part 2,” written by Sara Ruhl, Dec. 2 through 10. This humorous but unsettling journey is filled with lust and whimsy as the death and resurrection of Christ is staged in Queen Elizabeth’s England and Hitler’s Germany.

The spring 2017 semester begins with the energy, passion and movement of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble Feb. 17 through 25. Artistic Director Kenneth Balint brings guest artists and choreographers together to present rhythm, physicality and collaboration in contemporary dance.  “The Great God Pan,” directed by Kathleen McKinley and written by Amy Herzog, will be staged March 21 through April 1. The production explores the impact of a childhood trauma and what is lost and won when the truth is exposed.  The season closes with “Heathers the Musical” May 5 through 132017. Directed by Brad Myers, the production centers on a high school student hustling her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique. The hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal musical is an unflinching look at the highs and lows of high school.

Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for students for all shows, excluding musicals. Individual tickets for musicals are $20, $18 and $12.  Season subscriptions will be available to purchase online on Aug. 15 at www.fresnostate.edu/theatrearts. The theatre arts box office in the Speech Arts building will open for the season on Aug. 29. Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance. Parking passes must be purchased at a kiosk for all Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances. For more information, contact Anthony Cody at dacody@csufresno.edu or 559-278-7512 or visit www.fresnostate.edu/theatrearts

 

Saturday, January 14th through Friday, April 28th

The Fresno Art Museum has an exciting new exhibition opening on January 14, 2017: The MAW Collection of Contemporary Mexican Art. Comprised of 21 paintings and prints, the MAW Collection showcases the work of seven artists all with ties to the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Well known for its vibrant folk art, Oaxaca has emerged in the recent decades as a center of fine arts through the international popularity of painters and printmakers such as Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo. Using indigenous culture and folklore, the artists exhibited here blend the regional traditions of Oaxaca with the European influences that came with the Spanish conquest. The artwork depicts everyday life in mystical settings where people fly, animals play musical instruments, and figures shape-shift. This "magical realism" has become an essential element of what some have deemed the "Oaxacan School" of Mexican art.

The artists exhibited in the MAW Collection of Contemporary Mexican Art are Charles Barth, Humberto Batista, Bonifacio Garcia, Maximino Javier, Fulgencio Lazo, Leovigildo Martinez, and Felipe Morales. These artists are among the rising stars of Mexican contemporary art. The exhibition will run until April 28, 2017.  The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 N. First Street, Fresno, CA 93703, at the corner of First and Yale. Museum hours are Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parking is free of charge. For further information please contact the Museum at (559) 441-4221 or visit their website at www.fresnoartmuseum.org

 

Saturday, February 19th through Sunday, November 12th 2017

StageWorks Fresno announces its 2017 season which includes a mix of musicals and non-musicals, three of which are Fresno premieres:  “The Christians,” “The Full Monty,” “Mothers and Sons,” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”   The season kicks off with Lucas Hnath’s topically relevant play “The Christians” which runs from March 31 – April 9 at the Fresno Art Museum’s Bonner Auditorium. (A Fresno Premiere!)  Next up is the wildly popular Tony nominated musical “The Full Monty” based on the film of the same title performing in the intimate Dan Pessano Theatre, July 21 – August 6th. (A Fresno Premiere!)  Arriving in September at the Fresno Art Museum’s Bonner Auditorium, Terrence McNally’s poignant “Mothers and Sons,” September 8 – 17th. (A Fresno Premiere!)   The final show of the season, also performed at the FAM, the cult Broadway classic, “Little Shop of Horror,” performing October 6 – 22nd!  Add to that their popular “Page-To-Stage” play reading series (February 19th, April 23rd  & November 12th) and annual fundraising event “Theatre Under the Stars” on May 20th and it is clear that StageWorks Fresno has a wide variety of theatrical experiences for Valley audiences!  To purchase tickets, a season subscription or for more information about StageWorks Fresno and the 2017 season, go to www.stageworksfresno.com

 

Thursday, March 2nd through Sunday, April 23rd 

Good Company Players presents “H.M.S. Pinafore,” Gilbert & Sullivan’s wildly successful ship-board operetta about star-crossed lovers. Ralph, a lowly sailor, pines for Josephine, the high-born daughter of Captain Corcoran. But Captain Corcoran, has promised Josephine’s hand in marriage to the even higher-ranking Sir Joseph, First Lord of the Admiralty. Josephine is well-trained and resists Ralph at first, believing that it is wrong to marry below one’s social class. When she meets Sir Joseph, however, she is repelled by him and agrees to elope with Ralph. Meanwhile, the Captain finds himself in the same position as his daughter – his former nanny, Buttercup, is in love with him and he is drawn to her but she is socially inferior, so he rejects her. When Sir Joseph tells the Captain that the marriage is off because Josephine doesn’t seem to like him, the Captain convinces Sir Joseph that Josephine thinks she’s not worthy of him because of her lower rank. Sir Joseph reassures Josephine that rank doesn’t matter where love is concerned and that’s all Josephine needs to convince her that she’s right to marry Ralph. Sir Joseph is just about to throw Ralph in the brig for disrespecting his betters, when Buttercup reveals she exchanged Captain Corcoran and Ralph at birth. Ralph is actually high born and the Captain is a commoner. Buttercup and the Captain can marry without a qualm, Ralph and Josephine can do the same, and when Sir Joseph laments his loneliness, his Cousin Hebe promises to comfort his declining days. Happy endings all around – if you don’t think too deeply about the Captain marrying his nanny and Sir Joseph marrying his first cousin... Hey, it’s England! A rollicking farce with endearing characters, memorable tunes and a hilariously merry ending, H.M.S. Pinafore is an adventure you won’t want to miss.  The performance takes place at 2nd Space Theatre.  Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.  The cost is $20 general admission; $17 for students/seniors/military; $12 student rush.  For more information, call 559-266-0660/800-371-4747, or buy tickets online at 2ndspacetheatre.com. 2nd Space Theatre is located at 928 E. Olive in the Tower District. 

 

Sunday, March 12th through Sunday, April 2nd 

The Ray Dirks Congo photography exhibit will be on display at College Community Church Mennonite Brethren (CCMB), 2529 Willow Ave., Clovis. Admission is free.

Ray Dirks has worked as an artist and curator in 30 countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and South Africa and hosted solo exhibits in Canada, the U.S., Cuba, Ethiopia, India and Trinidad and Tobago. The photography exhibit focuses on the everyday life of the Congolese people. Dirks took the photos around the time of the 2006 presidential election there and during a 2005 trip with Pakisa Tshimika and Dalton Reimer, Ph.D., an FPU emeritus professor. Tshimika and Reimer represented the Fresno nonprofit Mama Makeka House of Hope, which Tshimika, an FPU graduate, founded.  The CCMB exhibit opens Sunday, March 12, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. The exhibit will also be open from 9:30 a.m.-noon on the following Sundays through April 2.  Dirks will deliver the morning sermon at CCMB on Sunday, March 26. The service starts at 9:30 a.m. He will also speak in the adult Sunday school in the Fellowship Hall at 11:10 a.m.

 

Monday, March 13th through Thursday, March 30th

Women’s History Month will be observed at Fresno State with several events including the annual Women’s Studies Lunchtime Talks.  All Lunchtime Talks take place from 12:30- 2 p.m. in Henry Madden Library 2206) include:

    Monday, March 13 - “Police Use of Deadly Force: The Female Experience.”

    Wednesday, March 15 - “Hope and Justice: Reflections on 20 years Teaching in 

          Women’s Studies.”

    Thursday, March 23 - “Surplus Populations and Humanitarian Governance: To serve 

          the Nation.”

    Wednesday, March 29 – Dr. Cristina Herrera, Chicano and Latin American Studies, 

and Dr. Larissa Mercado- Lopez, Women’s Studies, will celebrate the launch of    their new edited volume, “(Re)mapping the Latina/o Literary Landscape.”

    Thursday, March 30 – “Raging Against Patriarchy: The Weatherwomen at the Days 

           of Rage.”

For more information about the Women’s Studies Talks, contact Dr. Janet Slagter at janetsl@csufresno.edu or 559-278-7140 or Lucero Benitez at lbenitez@csufresno.edu.

 

Tuesday, March 14th through Saturday, May 6th

"Along the Road to Freedom: Mennonite Women of Courage & Faith," is an art exhibit honoring women who led their families from suffering to peace.  It tells the stories of mothers, daughters, grandmothers and sisters who led their families out of persecution in Russia to lives of freedom in North America. Viewers are asked to remember and honor these women-whether strong or frail, certain or unsure-who struggled to survive and provide for their families. The exhibit takes place March 14 through-May 6, 2017, in the Seminary Chapel, North Hall 123, on the main Fresno Pacific University campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is free.  There will be an artist's reception and talk at 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 27 in the North Hall Chapel.

 

Thursday, March 16th through Sunday, May 14th

Good Company Players presents “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a delightful tale of the Neverland you never knew.  The New York Times called Peter and the Starcatcher “The most exhilarating Broadway storytelling in decades!” This wildly theatrical adventure offers a hilarious prequel to the legend of Peter Pan for audiences of all ages. With a full cargo of marauding pirates, tribal warriors, inept villains and an unlikely hero, Peter and the Starcatcher happily explores the bonds of friendship, duty, and love. A young orphan boy and his friends are shipped from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by an evil king, and are discovered by a girl named Molly. She is a Starcatcher-in-training whose mission is to keep the Queen’s trunk of starstuff from falling into the wrong hands. When her father’s ship is taken over by the fearsome pirate, Black Stache, the outlandish adventure veers crazily through a rising tide of hilarity. A handful of actors play hundreds of roles on this magical voyage to Neverland. You’ll be ‘hooked’!  The show takes place at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon, at Olive and Wishon in The Tower District.  Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.  On Thursdays, a buffet is served beginning at 5:30 p.m., with a Pre-Show featuring Good Company Players’ Junior Company at 7:00 and the performance at 7:30 p.m.  On Fridays & Saturdays, dinner is served beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m. and the performance at 8:00 p.m.  For the Sunday matinees, a brunch buffet is served beginning at 11 a.m., with the Pre-Show at 1 p.m. and the performance at 1:30 p.m.  And on Sunday evenings, a buffet is served beginning at 5:00 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:00 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m.  The cost for Thursdays & Sundays Buffet & Show is $55.00 per person; Show Only - $32.00.  The cost for Friday & Saturday Served Meal & Show is $59.00; Special drink & dessert packages available.  Groups of 16 or more are eligible for discounts. For tickets and more information, call 266-9494 or 800-371-4747; or go online to www.rogerrockas.com.  Reserve online at http://rogerrockas.com/dinner-shows/ or call 559-266-9494 or 800-371-4747.

 

Thursday, March 23rd through Saturday, April 1st

Fresno Pacific University presents “Defying Gravity,” a spring mainstage theater production at Fresno Pacific University. Strasbourg Theater, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.  Performances are at 8:00 p.m. March 23-25, 30-April 1; 2:30 p.m. March 26.  Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for Seniors/students (not FPU), $5 for FPU Alumni Card Holders. Tickets available at www.defying-gravity.eventbrite.com or by calling 559-453-5586, or e-mailing music@fresno.edu

 

Friday, March 24th through Saturday, April 1st

Fresno State’s University Theatre will present “The Great God Pan” March 24 through April 1 (excluding March 27) with daily show times at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee in the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre in the Speech Arts building.  The play, written by Amy Herzog, is a haunting exploration into the depths of memory. Jamie (portrayed by Fresno State theatre arts major Steven Weatherbee) believes he has an ideal life — a long-term relationship with Paige (portrayed by Fresno State theatre arts major Emily Kearns), parents who live just far enough away (portrayed by Fresno State theatre arts major Alyssa Benitez and community member Joel Young) and an emerging journalism career. However, his life is thrown into chaos when a childhood friend (portrayed by Fresno State theatre arts major Benjamin Garcia) reveals a trauma from long ago.    Directed by theatre arts professor Kathleen McKinley, the production explores the complexities of memory, loss and truth, as well as the perceptions of reality viewed by both children and adults. Set in 2012 within the New York tri-state area, the play features a cast of six Fresno State students and Young.  Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for students. Group rates and season subscriptions are available. Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance.  Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday night. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday night, parking permits are required and may be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.  For more information, contact the box office at 559-278-2216 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.

 

Monday, March 27th through Friday, April 7th

Cannupa Hanska Luger, a renowned Native American artist who made mirrored shields for water protectors at the protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, will be at Fresno State from March 27 to April 7.  The College of Arts and Humanities’ Center for Creativity and the Arts, in collaboration with the Department of Art and Design, will host Luger, who was born on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.  Luger is a contemporary multimedia sculptor who deconstructs world perceptions about Native identity in his works. He was born in North Dakota and his heritage comes from the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara and Lakota tribes, as well as Austrian and Norwegian descent. He has a studio practice in New Mexico and exhibits at galleries, cultural institutions and museums worldwide.  The Center for Creativity and the Arts commissioned Luger to create a sculpture that reflects his values as a Native American artist. His sculpture will be titled “Pillar” and will consist of life-sized slip casts of buffalo head forms, which will be glazed or rendered in various colors representing minerals and other resource materials extracted from sacred lands throughout the U.S. The heads will be used as beads, stacked on top of each other, strung onto curved steel beams, allowing audiences to walk through the work in complete immersion, said Cindy Urrutia, director of the Center for Creativity and the Arts at Fresno State.  A dedication ceremony for “Pillar” will take place at 1:30 p.m. on April 7, on the west lawn of the Conley Arts Building. At the dedication ceremony, Luger will donate an art piece to Fresno State’s Native American Alumni Club. Proceeds from the sale of the art piece will to be used for scholarships awarded by that club.  Luger will give a talk from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, in the Conley Arts building (Room 101). An exhibit and reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the M Street Graduate Studios.  For more information, contact Urrutia at CCAFresnoState@csufresno.edu or 559-278-8341.

 

Wednesday, May 3rd through Wednesday, May 31st

There will be a series of five Wednesday Yoga Classes for cancer survivors at Fig Garden Yoga Studio, 6045 N. Palm Ave., from 7-8:15 p.m. This class is for cancer survivors who are in treatment or post-treatment.  No prior yoga experience is necessary.  You will learn gentle yoga movements and postures to increase flexibility, balance and strength, and simple guided imagery and meditations to calm and focus the mind.  Recent studies have shown that a regular yoga practice may assist cancer survivors to improve sleep, quality of life and general well-being and may reduce fatigue, stress and anxiety.  The classes will be taught by Lynn Quinn, Rn, and former oncology nurse.  The cost is $25 for the five week session (cash and checks accepted).  You must register and pay in advance by e-mailing Lynn Quinn at lynn@newpathtowellness.com. 

 

Sunday, June 25th through Friday, June 30th

Fresno Pacific University Summer Music Camp takes place at the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Contact Walter Saul at 559-453-2012, or by e-mail to walter.saul@fresno.edu, for more information.  You can also to go www.fresno.edu/musiccamp. 

 

ONGOING

Every Tuesday 

There is a Vigil, at Devin Nunes' Clovis Office, 3rd and Clovis Ave. from 11:45am to 12:45pm.  Dave and Bev Derby hold a weekly, hour-long quiet vigil of peaceful prayer and reflection in the pursuit of "justice, tolerance, fairness, inclusion, actions and laws that protect all people."  Although signs are welcome, they are not coming here to yell at motorists, scream, and demonstrate wildly on the sidewalks and streets.  For more information, e-mail dderby@cvlaweb.com. 

 

First and Third Thursday of each month:

ArtHop occurs the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. It’s one of the most active and successful programs organized by the Fresno Arts Council. Art lovers and enthusiasts from all walks of life flock downtown Fresno and the Tower District on the first Thursday of each month, and the rest of ArtHop venues in the Fresno metro areas on third Thursdays, to meet and greet with the artists and enjoy the reception and music. Museums, studios, galleries and other venues open their exhibitions to the public at 5:00 p.m. and run the free event until 8:00 p.m.  ArtHop has received a remarkable response from the Fresno community. Over 50 participating artist studios, galleries, museums, and other venues exhibit art and artists reception during ArtHop, and it has become both a cultural and special event for the community with a great deal of media coverage. For the complete list of venues go to fresnoartscouncil.org. 

 

Every Tuesday through Thursday

The Fresno County Department of Public Health offers free confidential rapid HIV testing at the Fresno County Department of Public Health building at 1221 Fulton Mall, Specialty Clinic Area, First Floor, from 8:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

For more information, contact Jena Adams, Supervising Communicable Disease Specialist, at (559) 600-3434.  

 

Every Wednesday and Friday

Patricia Wells Solorzano and Agustin Lira, founders of El Teatro Campesino), have formed a theatrical group with Fresno youth that will raise awareness of the problems negatively affecting the health of boys and young men of color, such as drugs, gangs, obesity, teen pregnancy, high numbers of youth incarcerated or expelled from schools, unemployment and poverty.  The Theater for Boys and young Men of Color will be composed of youth ages 16-28 who will be trained in acting to the extent that they will be capable of performing before general audiences. The participants will be engaged in the creation of skits, one-act plays and in the development of a one and a half hour theatrical production with music to be performed toward the end of this year long project. Along with theater, musical presentations will also take place performed by the participants who will also receive musical training.  This project will be taking place at The Cecil C. Hinton Community Center, 2385 South Fairview Ave., 93706, on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30-8:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Gwen Morris at (559) 412-7118.

 

Every Friday

California Employment Development Dept. invites you to attend the Resume Preparation Assistance program with one on one assistance provided to all job seekers with CalJOBs registration, creating a strong and effective resume, obtaining job leads and referrals, information on training and education opportunities and other helpful resources.  The workshops are every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fresno EDD office at 2555 S. Elm.  No appointments are necessary.  Bring a valid ID and social security card.  For more information, call (559) 445-6747.

 

Every Saturday  

There is a medical clinic for the homeless, actively injecting drug users and prostitutes every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. or until the last patient is served. You can find them near Hughes and Olive Ave. The clinic is staffed by Dr. Marc Lasher and volunteers. Financial donations are accepted. For more information, call 266-0444. 

 

Every Saturday 

Food Not Bombs feeds the hungry from 1 - 2 p.m. near the Olive Ave entrance to Roeding Park. If you would like to help them prepare the meal, they meet every Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church (1343 E. Barstow) at 10am. For more information email fresnofnb@hotmail.com or visit the official FNB website, foodnotbombs.net. 

 

Most Saturdays 

Most Saturdays there is a Fresno Free Bicycle Repair Clinic from 1- 3 p.m. near the Olive Ave entrance to Roeding Park, beside Food Not Bombs. Donations of bicycle parts, inner tubes, and blinky lights are welcome. Volunteers are needed to help with minor repairs. For more info and to arrange donations, e-mail: garza.reyes@live.com. 

 

1st Saturday of each month:

The South Valley Peace Center holds a demonstration for peace at Mooney and Walnut in Visalia, from 1-2 p.m. For more information visit southvalleypeacecenter.org. 

 

2nd Saturday of each month: 

Divorce Options Workshops are offered on the second Saturday of every month by Central Valley Collaborative Law Affiliates. This program provides information about the divorce process and the options available to anyone considering divorce. Each workshop is presented by an interdisciplinary team of legal, financial and mental health professionals on the second Saturday of each month at the Fresno Ramada Inn, 324 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno, California from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is offered at NO CHARGE to attendees as a public service of Central Valley Collaborative Law Affiliates. Pre-registration is recommended due to limited seating. Further information and pre-registration may be obtained at divorcefresno.eventbrite.com, or contact John McDaniel at (559) 226-4420. 

 

Every Sunday 

Food Not Bombs serves free food at Courthouse Park to anyone who is hungry. They start cooking at 1 PM and serve the food at 3 PM (meet at the Tulare side of the park). For more information go to http://cafefresno.org.  

 

First Wednesday of each month:

A Women in Black Silent Vigil takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fresno County Courthouse, 1100 Van Ness Ave. Show your support for peace and negotiated settlements of current U.S. military actions. Stand silently and advocate for peace. For more information, call 559-278-7140 or 559-225-2850.  This vigil takes place the 1st Wednesday of each month.

 

Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month:

A new Toastmasters club in Exeter meets twice a month. More info can be found on our site as well: http://exeter.toastmastersclubs.org, or send an e-mail to

officers-4405971@toastmastersclubs.org

 

The “Goodie Bag Project” is collecting small toiletry items brought home from hotels and vacations to provide gifts for women incarcerated in Central Valley Women’s Prisons. This is a collaborative effort of the CCWF Inmate Family Council, the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno Social Justice Committee, and the United Methodist Church of Merced. They are seeking sample/travel size bath gels, body soap, lotions, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small combs and pocket sized packages of tissues (no food, candy, edibles, drinkables, mouthwash or anything containing alcohol). They are also collecting all kinds of greeting cards, wooden pencils and clear, colorless pens, as well as paper scratch pads and picture postcards. Items may be dropped off at the Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave., south of McKinley, during open hours, M - F, 11 AM - 3 PM. Checks can be made out to "FCNV Prison Ministry - Goodie Bags," and mailed to the Center at the above address, or dropped off in person. Receipts will be given. All donations are tax-deductible. For additional information or to see if an item is allowable under prison rules, call Maria Telesco at 559-255-9492. Please remember all items must be SMALL. 

 

Volunteers Needed: Collective for Arts, Freedom, and Ecology (CAFE) Fresno, whose mission is to provide a safe space for all people and provide programs and events that provide enrichment and information to Fresno and the Central Valley, is looking for volunteers, especially for Food Not Bombs, an organization that provides a nutritious meal to anybody that would like and need one. Food Not Bombs is in dire need of physical and financial help, and will accept anything that might go to waste that is still useful. This includes but is not limited to: clothing, toys, tools, and furniture. All of these items will be redistributed to others that need them. Food Not Bombs meets on Sundays at CAFE Infoshop (935 F. Street in Fresno) at noon sharp, to chop and cook until 3. At 3 p.m., they serve at the courthouse park. For more information call Vanessa at (559) 485-3937 or e-mail vanpadilla@gmail.com. 

 

Host an International High School Exchange Student 

High school students from around the world come to the US to spend a year or a semester in American schools. Your family can learn about Germany, China, Finland, Italy, or another country by hosting a student. International Experience is a non-profit that helps you connect with an exchange student hoping to study abroad and invites you to share your home with a student who will become a part of your family. Students in the International Experience program must meet strict guidelines and complete multiple screenings in their home countries. During their stay they are covered by their own health insurance and provide their own spending money. These students want to come to the US to practice English and learn about our culture. As a host family, you simply provide a bed, family meals and invite your student to participate in your family’s traditions and introduce them to our American culture. To learn more about the opening your heart and home to an exchange student contact International Experience at 888-266-29 21. or visit ie-usa.com. 

 

Every Thursday: 

On Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. guitarist and singer/songwriter Steve Ono is hosting the Smugglers Open Mic Night. The Smuggler's lounge is like a large living room with a small PA set up in the corner. Listening will be encouraged. Musicians, singers and spoken word are all welcome. The content must be family friendly. Each guest artist will be playing 2 to 3 songs depending on the number of participants. Minors are allowed when accompanied by a responsible adult.  Steve will play back up guitar or read sheet music (lead sheets preferred) for the artists on request. Steve Ono has been playing and teaching guitar in the Fresno/Clovis area for more than 35 years with hundreds of former students.  The Smuggler's at the Park Inn is a full service restaurant with a full bar. There is a two drink minimum. Dinner is available. The restaurant is located at 3787 North Blackstone Avenue in Fresno. For information, call (559) 230-8450

 

Ongoing:

The AMVETS Call of Duty Endowment Career Centers provide FREE career training and employment assistance to veterans, active duty service members, National Guard, and Reserve members and spouses.   For additional information please call 877-726-8387, once again that is 877-726-8387.

 

Fresno County Public Library is recruiting skilled volunteers to assist teens and parents fill out applications for college and financial aid. When schools are closed, rural students throughout the county often find it difficult to access materials and computers that can help with this milestone in a student’s life. The Fresno County Public Library not only provides a safe and welcoming environment for these students and families, but also has the needed technology and print materials to help them navigate the college and career path. Those with Spanish language skills are encouraged to apply.  By becoming a College Prep Coach, volunteers will dedicate a few hours each week to help families unfamiliar with the task of completing important applications. "All students must have direct access to materials and technology to succeed in life,” says County Librarian Laurel Prysiazny. “By staffing several rural branches with trained volunteers, the Library’s College Prep Program will assist students and families with laying the groundwork for making college a reality.”  If you would like to help a teen go to college visit http://www.fresnolibrary.org and click on the volunteer banner, or call Elizabeth Finkle at (559) 600-9230.

 

The Artists' Loft group at The Studio Community Center in North Fork presents an ongoing Arts & Crafts program of classes for young and old. The classes are affordable and help support The Studio. To view the calendar go to nfstudio.org.  You can click on Artists' Loft @ The Studio from the Home page to learn more about the group.