KFCF Community Calendar

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 2/22/19

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DAILY CALENDAR

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

 

Thursday, February 21st​​ through Saturday, February 23rd

The Department of English and the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State present “Surveying Utopias: A Critical Exploration,” a special collections exhibition inside the Henry Madden Library. The exhibition will take a critical look at utopias in literature and history.​​ ​​ The opening events will be held in the Henry Madden Library. All are free and open to the public. ​​​​ 

February​​ 21: Workshop “Inspiring Figures and Your Vision of a Better World”

 ​​ ​​​​  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Run by the Theatre for Transformation

 ​​ ​​​​  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 4 p.m. in Room 2206. Parking is $4 in lots P27, P20 or P1.

 ​​ ​​​​  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Feature poetry, music, movement and audience participation.

February​​ 22: Opening reception “Surveying Utopias: A Critical Exploration”

 ​​ ​​​​  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 6 p.m. in the Woodward Family Special Collections Reading Room. Parking is​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ free in lots P30 or P31.

February​​ 22: Live performance “What is America to Me?: the U.S. at the 400th Anniversary of Slavery,” a performance project featuring poetry, music, movement and audience participation

 ​​ ​​​​  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 7:30 p.m. in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery. Parking is free in lots P30 or P31.

 ​​ ​​​​  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Featuring the Theatre for Transformation with composer/saxophonist Francis​​ 

Wong, classical violinist Dr. Michael Jamanis and poet-performer Dr. Amanda​​ ​​ Kemp.

February​​ 23: Screening “Black Panther”

 ​​ ​​​​  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 1 p.m. in Room 2206. Parking is free in lots P30 or P31.

 ​​ ​​​​  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Screening of Black Panther with community conversation led by graduate​​ 

students on how to create a more supportive society.

The exhibition is the result of an extensive collaboration between the special collections team and graduate students in the “Utopias: Literature, Technology, Archives” course in the Department of English. It is designed to introduce the question of ethical citizenship to Fresno. ​​​​ The exhibition primarily features the Topolobampo collection, from the library’s Special Collections Research Center, which documents the failed 1890s utopian colony founded in Sinaloa, Mexico. ​​​​ Larger themes raised by utopian societies both past and present are explored, including how race, gender, socioeconomics, politics, religion and culture affect notions of an ideal society. Attendees will be encouraged to consider their own engagement in their local communities and to consider alternative ways of being in the world.  ​​​​ ASL interpreters will be at the​​ February​​ 21 and 22 events. The “Black Panther” screening will include English subtitles. Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Library Administration Office at 559.278.2403 or email​​ libraryevents@mail.fresnostate.edu. ​​​​ The exhibit is in the​​ Henry​​ Madden Library, 5200 N. Barton Ave. Admission is free and open to the public. Parking costs $4 on February​​ 21st​​ and is free on February​​ 22-23 in lots P30 and P31.​​ For more information, call​​ 559-278-1569.

 

Friday, February 22nd

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ Tom Frantz on the topic of Biomass and 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.

 

Friday, February 22nd

Cineculture will screen the film “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” with discussant​​ Dr. Margaret Wilkerson (author of the forthcoming book, Lorraine Hansberry: Am I a Revolutionary?). ​​ Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary author of the groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun. An overnight sensation, this play transformed the American theater and has long been considered a classic, yet the remarkable story of the playwright faded from view. With this documentary, filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten—a passionate artist, committed activist and sought-after public intellectual who waged an outspoken and defiant battle against injustice in 20th-century America. The film reveals Hansberry’s prescient works tackling race, human rights, women’s equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon. Lorraine Hansberry lived much of her 34 years guided by a deep sense of responsibility to others, proclaiming: “One cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world."​​ To see the trailer, go to​​ https://vimeo.com/288238328.  ​​​​ The screening is at 5:30 p.m. at the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. ​​ Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, February 22nd

Dr. Christopher Sheklian, director of the Zohrab Information Center, Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church, will present an illustrated lecture on "Liturgy and Property in Istanbul: The Armenian Minority in Turkey Today," at 7:30 p.m. in the​​ Fresno State​​ University Business Center (Room 191 Auditorium). Sheklian will explore the Armenian community in Turkey today, based on his research in Istanbul. Parking is free in lot P6. The presentation is part of the Armenian Studies Program Spring 2019 Lecture Series and is supported by the Leon S. Peters Foundation.​​ 

 

Saturday, February 23rd​​ 

WordFest 2019 will feature craft talks and a performance from authors Steven Sanchez, Yazmin Monet Watkins and Li-young Lee​​ at Fresno State. Steven Sanchez, the author three books including “Phantom Tongue,” will hold a craft talk at 9:30 a.m. in Henry Madden Library 3212. Yazmin Monet Watkins, spoken word poet, actress and content creator will speak at 11:15 a.m. in HML 3212 followed by a 1 p.m. performance in the USU Pit, outside of the food court. Li-young Lee, the author of five critically acclaimed​​ books including “The Undressing,” will hold a craft talk at 3 p.m. in HML 3212. An evening reading with Steven Sanchez and Li-Young will be held at 7 p.m. in the Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191). WordFest is presented by the San Joaquin Literary Association and the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State. ​​​​ 

 

Saturday, February 23rd​​ and Sunday, February 24th

“Janka,” a one-character play based on the true story of Janka Festinger, a Romanian Jew who survived the holocaust, will be performed by Janice Noga at the Fresno Art Museum for two days only, Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 p.m.  ​​​​ The script, written by her son, was based on a 60 page letter describing her harrowing experience after she was liberated from a Nazi concentration camp. ​​ The play, which has been performed around the world, is a testament to the human spirit and the will to survive. ​​ Critics have called Janice Noga’s performance “brilliant.” ​​ All tickets are $30​​ and can be purchased at the museum,​​ 2233 North First Street​​ (at​​ Clinton & First, next to Radio Park) or by calling 559-441-4221. ​​ All proceeds benefit the Fresno Art Museum.

 

Sunday, February 24th

Fresno Pacific University presents Fresno Pacific University Chamber Choir Concert performing with Reedley High School Choir. ​​ The event begins at 4 p.m. and takes place at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. For more information call 559-453-2267, e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ http://www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Sunday, February 24th

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization invites you to celebrate World Meditation Day from​​ 5:30 - 7:30 pm​​ on the topic of “Getting In Touch with Our Inner Self.” ​​ The event takes place at​​ 7319 N. 4th Street, Fresno. ​​ Meditation is a wonderful way to discover your inner qualities that have been ignored or stuffed down deep. Plan on doing some exploratory meditation to help you feel good about yourself, and maybe you'll continue that glow all week! ​​​​ It's also Valentines month, so there might be a little touch of that, too.

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Tuesday, February 26th

The Roger Tatarian Symposium, “Putting Fake News in the Rear View Mirror: How the Media Can Win Back the Trust of all Americans,” will be held at 5 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union at Fresno State. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. ​​​​ The symposium will feature Stephen Engelberg, editor-in-chief of ProPublica, as the keynote speaker along with an expert panel of journalists that will examine possible ways the media can regain the trust of some segments of society. ​​​​ Engelberg has served as editor-in-chief of ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism, since 2013. He previously held positions at The Oregonian in Portland and The New York Times. Engelberg is a member of the Pulitzer Prize board and the American Society of News Editors board. ​​​​ The media panel will include Sewell Chan, deputy managing editor of the Los Angeles Times; Juliet Williams, Northern California news editor for The Associated Press and Scott Wilson, senior national correspondent for The Washington Post. ​​​​ The conference will be co-hosted by Fresno State’s Department of Media, Communications and Journalism, the College of Arts and​​ Humanities and the Institute for Media and Public Trust. It is supported by The Collegian student newspaper, Fresno State Focus, Radio Television Digital News Association and the Arizona State University News Co/Lab.

 

Tuesday, February 26th

Former Fresno State English professor, Toni Wein, will speak about the aspects of her new book, “Monstrous Fellowship: ‘Pagan, Turk and Jew’ in English Popular Culture, 1780-1845” at 6 p.m. in the Henry Madden Library (Room 2206). The book assesses 19th century novels and plays, riots on the streets, stages of London, popular games, artwork, criminal profiles and the spectacle created around “Pagan, Turk, and Jew,” a phrase dating from 1548. Her book launch and lecture, “In the Theatre of Identity: Catholic Jews and the Old Price Riots of 1809,” are part of the Jewish Studies events for spring 2019. It is free and open to the public.​​ For more information contact​​ Jill Fields at​​ jfields@csufresno.edu.​​ 

 

Wednesday, February 27th

LGBT Fresno and Pink Panthers Movement invites you to a FREE movie night. ​​​​ Doors open at 5:30 pm,​​ and the movie​​ begins at 6:00​​ p.m., with discussion/information on resources from 7:30-8:00 pm. ​​ The movie,​​ “A Kid like Jake,” stars Jim Parsons (Sheldon of Big Bang Theory), Claire Danes (Julia Vaugh of The Hours), Octavio Spencer (Minnie Jackson of The Help), and Leo James Davis (as Jake). ​​​​ LGBT Fresno and The Pink Panthers Movement Fresno want to bring awareness towards the importance of accepting and supporting children who are exploring gender expression. Resources will be available at an informational table. Snacks & drinks will be provided (please, no outside food). ​​ The screening takes place at the​​ Figarden Library,​​ 3071 W Bullard Ave, Fresno. ​​ Please RSVP on facebook​​ (www.facebook.com/events/1972007176433851), so​​ they​​ have enough food/drinks.

 

Wednesday, February 27th

There will be a​​ Community Discussion on Housing Needs for Fresno's Transgender Community​​ from​​ 5:30-7:00pm​​ at​​ Common Space,​​ 1252 Fulton St, Fresno. ​​ Trans-E-Motion and Fresno State's Women Studies Feminist Activism Class (WS175) ​​ is working on a community action report focusing on housing issues and barriers for the Transgender community living in Fresno. ​​​​ Access to housing and shelter remains one of the major obstacles that many in the Trans community faces in Fresno. One in Five Transgender people experiences homelessness at some point in their lives. ​​​​ They​​ seek to address this situation in Fresno through a community action report that will be widely distributed and used for further advocacy for the Trans community in Fresno. ​​ ​​​​ They​​ are seeking Trans-identified individuals to share their experiences and knowledge around housing and shelters in Fresno. ​​​​ Trans-E-Motion is hosting a community discussion on this issue and is inviting everyone in the community to come and share their experiences with the students. Your voice and experience will help the students identify the major barriers that impact the Trans community. ​​​​ All names and identifying information will be removed from the final report. ​​​​ Food and​​ drinks will​​ be​​ provided. ​​​​ For more information, please email Dr. Kat Fobear:​​ katherinefobear@mail.fresnostate.edu.​​ 

 

Thursday, February 28th

Parts 3 and 4 of the documentary​​ “The Lobby” will be shown​​ will be screened​​ at 1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave., Fresno, (SE corner Van Ness and McKinley).  ​​​​ (Parts 1 and 2 will be screened on Thursday, February 21st). ​​ Made available through the Electronic Intifada,​​ the Fresno Center for Nonviolence will be showing all four parts of this film. ​​ Made by Al Jazeera during 2016 and completed in October 2017​​ the film was​​ censored after Qatar, the gas-rich Gulf emirate that funds Al Jazeera, came under intense Israel lobby pressure not to air the film. ​​ To get an unprecedented access to the Israel lobby’s inner workings, undercover reported “Tony” posed as a pro-Israel volunteer in Washington. ​​ This film exposes the efforts of Israel and its lobbyists to spy on smear and intimidate U.S. citizens who support Palestinian human rights, especially BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. ​​ It shows that Israel’s semi-covert black-ops government agency, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, is operating this effort in collusion with an extensive network of U.S.-based organizations. ​​ These include the Israel on Campus Coalition, the Israel Project and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Run time 1 hr and 30 minutes. ​​ This event is open to the public and free admission. ​​ The venue is wheelchair accessible. ​​ 

 

Friday, March 1st

Cineculture will screen the film “Time for Ilhan” with discussant: Norah Shapiro (Director). ​​ On November 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother-of-three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to a state office in America. ​​ She was hailed by the New York Times as, “one of the bright lights in the post-election darkness,” and the documentary film Time for Ilhan intimately chronicles her hard-fought campaign for State Representative in Minnesota’s Senate District 60B, home to our nation’s largest Somali community. Then, on November 6, 2018, Omar became the first Somali-American to be elected to the United States Congress. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, Time for Ilhan offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star as she begins a bold and powerful political career.​​ To see the trailer, go to​​ https://vimeo.com/295674977. ​​ Sponsors​​ of this screening are the​​ Center for Creativity and the Arts & Kamal and Aimee Abu-Shamsieh & Muslim Spiritual Care Services. ​​ The screening is at 5:30 p.m. at the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. ​​ Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, March 1st

Join​​ Arte Americas (1630 Van Ness Ave, Fresno)​​ from​​ 5:00 - 8:00​​ p.m.​​ for the opening reception for their new exhibit,​​ "Caminos: Latino History of the Central Valley." Former Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante will lead​​ them​​ in toast to recognize the opening of​​ the​​ exhibition and to celebrate the Latinos who are serving our community, including California Senator Melissa Hurtado, Fresno City Council President Esmeralda Soria, Fresno City Councilmember Miguel Arias, Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle, Tulare County Supervisor Eddie Valero, and many more (we are receiving confirmations daily)! The exhibit presents the history of the Central Valley's Latino community, told as​​ a journey. The story is pieced together against a historical framework developed by a team of researchers, community scholars and student interns, led by Arte Americas co-founder Nancy Marquez and historian Dr. Alex Saragoza, professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, and a native of Madera, California. ​​​​ Tickets to the reception are​​ $75.00​​ and can be purchased at​​ www.facebook.com/events/395318771230140.​​ 

 

Friday, March 1st​​ through Sunday, March 3rd

The​​ Interfaith Scholars Weekend​​ takes place in several locations, with​​ featured scholar being Rev. Dr. Thandeka, a Unitarian Universalist Scholar. Her topic will be: ““Liberal Faith’s Death and Resurrection in 21st Century America”. ​​​​ The following is the weekend schedule:

  • March 1, 2019, Friday evening,​​ CSUF North Gym, 7:00 pm
    The Race Factor: “Got Race: America’s Most Successful Ad Campaign”
    (All Saturday Sessions will be at Temple Beth Israel)

  • March 2, 2019, Saturday Morning, 9:15 – 10:30 am
    The Emotion Factor: “Not Waving, But Drowning”

  • March 2, 2019, Saturday Morning, 10:45-12:00pm​​ 
    The Religion Factor: “Who Speaks for God in America Today?”

  • March 2, 2019, Saturday Afternoon, 1:00-2:15 pm
    The Anti-Religion Factor: “The Nones: Spirituality for Religion’s Cultured Despisers”

  • March 3, 2019, Unitarian Universalist Church​​ 10:00 AM
    The Hope Factor: “Love Beyond Belief Today”

For more information, go to​​ http://interfaithscholar.org/isw-2019/.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 2nd

Join Ideaworks Fresno from​​ 2 to 5 pm​​ for​​ Raspberry Pi Jam #1. ​​ It's a party! And it's Free!! Celebrate the Raspberry Pi’s seventh birthday with us! Fresno Ideaworks is hosting a Raspberry Jam during the Raspberry Jam Big Birthday Weekend on March 2, 2019​​ and their new​​ location​​ on 1730 H St in downtown Fresno.​​ They​​ will be continuing the celebration on Pi Day, March 14, 2019. Come jam with​​ them! Whether you just learned that a Raspberry Pi is a small $35 computer or you have been with the community from the start, this is the place for you.​​ They​​ will have projects on display that community members have created, you will be able to attend beginner workshops on topics such as setting up a Raspberry Pi.​​ They​​ will have music to dance to and project kits for sale. This is a family friendly event for all ages. ​​​​ For more information, go to​​ https://www.facebook.com/events/424239404784009/.​​ 

 

Sunday, March 3rd

There will be an opening reception for Joel Pickford’s exhibit, “Soul Calling, A Photographic Journey Through the Hmong Diaspora,” at the Fresno Art Museum from noon to 3 p.m. ​​ Eight years in the making, this photographic journey through the Hmong Diaspora was conceived by photographer, author, and documentarian Joel Pickford. It highlights the stories of the Hmong community in Laos, their journeys to the United States and the San Joaquin Valley, and their integration into American culture and society. ​​​​ The Reception will feature​​ Appetizers and Beverages. ​​ It takes place at the​​ River Center Art Gallery at the Riverview Ranch House. ​​ For information call FAM at 559-441-4221​​ or go to fresnoartmuseum.org.​​ 

 

Wednesday, March 6th

Equity on the Mall is a day to empower the Valley, educate law makers, and rise together to make positive change in the San Joaquin Valley. Join over 1500 of​​ your​​ fellow community members on March 6th in Sacramento. ​​ Together we will build people power to ensure California elected officials are working toward a #GoldenStateForAll. To keep the #ValleyRising, we must demand quality water, air, and housing for all. Become an advocate for your community, family and our future. Learn more about joining the effort:​​ https://www.shfcenter.org/equity-on-the-mall. ​​ Free transportation is available.

 

Friday, March 8th

Cineculture will screen the film “Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema” with a discussant​​ to be announced. ​​ A celebration of the all-singing, all-dancing history of the world’s largest film industry, Shalom Bollywood reveals the unlikely story of the 2000 year-old Indian Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world’s largest film industry. At the advent of the Indian cinema industry, it was taboo for Hindu and Muslim women to perform on screen. Indian-Jewish women took upon the female lead roles, and continued to do so for decades. Using stage names, the women were obviously not identified as Jewish, and were commonly thought to be Christian or Muslim. With access to rare archival footage, Jewish-Australian director Danny Ben-Moshe’s (My Mother’s Lost Children, 2017) new documentary tells this extraordinary tale through the lives of Indian cinema’s Jewish icons at the heart of Bollywood from the turn of the 20th century to the present day.​​ To see the trailer, you can go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSn7XIy0yHc. ​​ Sponsors​​ of this screening are​​ the Jewish Studies Program and the Jewish Studies Association & Center for Creativity and the Arts​​  ​​​​ The screening is at 5:30 p.m. at the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. ​​ Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, March 8th

Widely considered among the best operas in the world, “Madama Butterfly” can be experienced on campus with a performance that promises to astound by delivering the intensity of a full-scale production in a small concert hall. ​​​​ The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre will present Puccini’s famous opera with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Fresno State Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for faculty and seniors and $5 for students. ​​​​ The opera is produced by Fresno State professor Dr. Anthony P. Radford and features conductor and professor Dr. Thomas Loewenheim. The Fresno State production of “Madama Butterfly” is one of few operas in the Central Valley where a full orchestra accompanies singers. The collaboration between the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra and the Fresno State Opera offers the community the chance to experience “Madama Butterfly” the way it was intended. ​​​​ Set in 1904 in Nagasaki, Japan, U.S. Naval officer Lieutenant Pinkerton is entering into a Japanese marriage with Cio-Cio-San, a young geisha who’s called Madama Butterfly. The 15-year-old girl has been​​ forced to become a geisha to save her family from poverty after the ritual suicide of her father. In preparation for the marriage, Butterfly has converted to the Christian faith out of respect for her future husband and is fully committed to its success. Pinkerton, on the other hand, treats the arrangement as temporary and plans to marry his beloved Kate when he returns home to America. In Pinkerton’s absence, Butterfly’s council urges her to remarry for the welfare of herself and her child, and she finds herself torn between the pressure to conform to Japanese tradition and remaining devoted to her American husband.

 

Saturday, March 9th

Come celebrate International Women's Day with Women Techmakers Fresno at their 6th annual International Women's Day conference from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at Bitwise South Stadium at 700 Van Ness Ave. in Downtown Fresno.​​ The​​ theme for​​ this year’s​​ event​​ is “Mind The Gap​​ and​​ they​​ will have talks on Machine Learning, Web Development, Design, Workshops to make wearable electronics and more. All genders, ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend and contribute to the event. Advance tickets are $15.00 and tickets will be sold at the door. For tickets and information go to:​​ https://iwd.wtmfresno.com.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 9th

Arte Américas (1630 Van Ness Ave. Fresno)​​ will host an​​ evening of Jazz with saxophonist James Mahone featuring: Richard Giddens, Tim Shaghoian, Craig Vonberg, Jaz Sawyer. Mahone has performed throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe over 30 years. In early 90s, he was the composer for popular jazz band, Black Note. Mahone has performed alongside Wynton Marsalis, Eric Reed, Billy Higgins, Gil-Scott Heron, El De Barge, Josh Redman, and Roy Hargrove, Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Arnie Lawrence, and R&B band The Chesterfields. ​​​​ The event takes place from 7-9 p.m. ​​ Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and members, and $5 for kids K-8th​​ grade. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 

 

Sunday, March 10th

There will be a fundraiser for the Dakota Eco Garden from 6-9 p.m. at Fulton 55. ​​ Come enjoy music by​​ Cool Blues, Lance Canales & The Flood,​​ Good Medicine, Richie Blue Band, and special guests Debbi Rudd and​​ Beverly Green. ​​ A​​ $10​​ donation​​ is requested. ​​ There will be dancing— there will be cake—Celebrate Dixie & Marilyn’s birthdays. ​​ 

 

Sunday, March 10th

The Iranian Culture and Art Club of Fresno will host a Women’s Day event at the Woodward Park Regional Library from 2-5 p.m. ​​ For more information, call​​ (559)709-3851​​ or go to​​ www.iraniancultureandartclub.com.​​ 

 

Tuesday, March 12th

Save the date for the 2019 Central Valley SHRM Workplace Conference. ​​ It takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Clovis Veteran's Memorial District, 804 4th Street, Clovis. ​​ This is an opportunity for people-focused business leaders or HR professionals who want to connect and engage with other leaders and peers who are interested in learning​​ more about leading and managing the culture and wellness in the workplace. ​​ The cost is between $125 and $250. ​​ Sign up as a CCSHRM Member and get a discount on your ticket. ​​ More information is at​​ http://centralcalshrm.org/events/event-list/#!event-list, and tickets can be purchased at​​ http://centralcalshrm.org/events/event-list/#!event/2019/3/12/2018-workplace-conference.  ​​​​ For more information, contact Diana Dhuyvetter at Central California SHRM by calling 559-500-1279 or e-mail to​​ 

Diana@RBTCompany.com.​​ 

 

Tuesday, March 12th

Fresno Pacific University presents Duke University Chorale with Rodney Wynkoop, D.M.A. conducting, at 7:30 p.m. at​​ the​​ McDonald Hall Atrium on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $15 general admission, $10​​ for​​ seniors,​​ and​​ $5​​ for the​​ FPU community (including Alumni ID cardholders), payable at the door.​​ For more information call 559-453-2267, e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ 

http://www.fpu.edu/pacificartist.​​ 

 

Tuesday, March 12th

"The Emerald Duo: Musical Miniatures,"​​ with​​ Susan Doering, D.M.A., violin, and Dieter Wulfhorst, D.M.A., cello,​​ will perform as​​ part of the Fresno Pacific University Pacific Artist Series, at​​ 7:30 p.m.​​ at​​ McDonald Hall Atrium on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. ​​​​ Tickets are​​ $15 general admission, $10​​ for​​ seniors,​​ or​​ $5​​ for the​​ FPU community (including Alumni ID cardholders), payable at the door.​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music​​ or​​ www.fpu.edu/pacificartist.​​ 

 

Thursday, March 14th

Join Ideaworks Fresno from 5​​ to​​ 9​​ pm​​ for​​ Raspberry Pi Jam #2. ​​ This is​​ Part 2 of Raspberry Jam events on Pi Day (3.14).​​ ​​ There will be a​​ Community Show-and-Tell, speaker presentations, physics toys demonstrations by Dr. Ray Hall, and beginner workshops on topics such as setting up a Raspberry Pi computer.​​ They​​ will have music to dance to and project kits for sale and there will be pie to eat, too! This is a free, family-friendly event for all ages. ​​​​ Go to​​ www.facebook.com/events/566528467091012/​​ for more information.

 

Friday, March 15th

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ Helen James, lesbian veteran who was given and 'undesirable' discharge from the Air Force in 1955. In 2018 she finally was rewarded with an honorable discharge. ​​​​ 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.

 

Friday, March 15th

Cineculture will screen the film “Saint Judy​​ with discussant: Dimitry Portnoy (Screenwriter). ​​ Directed by Sean Hanish, Saint Judy tells the true story of Los Angeles immigration attorney Judy Wood, who single-handedly changed the United States law of asylum and saved countless lives in the process. In a 1994 landmark case, one of her​​ first as an immigration lawyer, Judy Wood represented an Afghani woman who fled her home country after being persecuted by the Taliban for opening a school for girls. After a tenacious battle both in and out of court, Judy's efforts culminated in arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit where she fought to include women as a protected class. By winning the case, Ms. Wood single-handedly changed the law of asylum nationwide – saving the lives of not only her client, but thousands of other female refugees who would have been sent back to their home countries where they faced certain death.​​ To see more visit the film website:​​ https://www.bluefoxentertainment.com/films/saint-judy. ​​ This screening is sponsored by the​​ Center for Creativity and the Arts. ​​ The screening is at 5:30 p.m. at the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. ​​ Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, March 15th

The​​ "FPU Spring Invitational Concert" by Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band with Jefferson Charter Academy Senior Band and Edison High School Wind Ensemble, takes place at 7:30 p.m.​​ ​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission, payable at the door,​​ or​​ free to FPU community (including Alumni ID cardholders). ​​​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 16th

The Annual Sierra Club Potluck Banquet​​ takes place at​​ 5:00​​ p.m. at the​​ Big Red Church,​​ 2131 N Van Ness Blvd. in Fresno. ​​ Keynote speaker Keith Berghold, retired city planner and current Executive Director of Fresno Metro Ministry, will present "Sustainability, Walkability, and Economic Growth in Fresno City Planning," He will discuss incorporating environmental values in urban development and share insights into what it's like to promote values such as sustainability, smart planning, and resilience to climate change from inside the government. Keith will also share his work with Fresno Metro Ministry and inform about the Better Blackstone project and it's potential for transformation. ​​​​ This is a potluck dinner, so bring a dish to share: main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert. ​​​​ A​​ $2 donation requested to help defray costs. Join them! Learn about the city and region we call home, and share some good eating.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 16th

The Central Valley Justice Coalition is hosting a High Tea Party from 10:30 a.m. to noon at​​ Peoples Church,​​ 7172 N Cedar Ave, Fresno. ​​ Enjoy fair trade teas and tasty treats and learn about human trafficking and conscious consumerism. ​​ There will also be a fancy hat competition and silent auction. ​​ Tickets are $35 for adults or $20 for children, and can be purchased at justiceco.org. ​​ 

 

Tuesday, March 19th

The Iranian Culture & Art Club of Fresno presents​​ Char-shanbeh souri (fire ceremony) at 7:00​​ p.m. at the​​ Unitarian Universalist Church,​​ 2672 E. Alluvial Ave Fresno. ​​ For more information, call​​ (559)​​ 709-3851​​ or go to​​ www.iraniancultureandartclub.com.​​ 

 

Tuesday, March 19th

Fresno Pacific University is offering​​ "Anti-Human Trafficking Training (HT 101)."​​ FPU’s​​ Center for Community Transformation at Fresno Pacific University hosts the Central Valley Justice Coalition to present part one of this two-part workshop in AIMS Center, WEC 114, on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. This is a perquisite for the second event March 26th.​​ The cost is​​ $20 general admission, $15​​ for​​ students. Register at justiceco.org/ht101​​ or to​​ Jeanette.jaurena@fresno.edu.​​ 

 

Thursday, March 21st​​ through Saturday, March 23rd

Emma,​​ a theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen's novel,​​ is​​ the spring mainstage production at Fresno Pacific University.​​ ​​ Performances all three nights take place at the​​ Encore Amphitheater, outdoors on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. ​​​​ Tickets are​​ $14 general admission, $10​​ for​​ seniors and students,​​ $8​​ for​​ FPU faculty/staff and alumni card holders,​​ or​​ $5​​ for​​ FPU students.​​ ​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-5866​​ or go to​​ http://www.fpu.edu/events/theater.​​ 

 

Friday, March 22nd

Cineculture will screen the film “World Water Day Film: Three Short Films: Silent River, Sea of Troubles & 3rd short film,” with discussant​​ Jason Jaacks (Director & Producer of Silent River and Sea of Troubles). ​​ The Santiago River, known locally as "the River of Death," flows along the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico. For forty years, waste from one of Mexico’s largest manufacturing corridors has been dumped into the Santiago. 80% of the companies in the corridor – such as IBM, HP, Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Honda and Nestlé – are American and Japanese. Therefore. this river has become a sewer with over 1000 known chemicals, including dangerously high levels of arsenic, chrome, and lead. Silent River by Jason Jaacks follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save the one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico. ​​​​ To ​​ view the trailer, go to​​ https://vimeo.com/92161097.​​ In Sea Of Troubles, over the last three years we witnessed some of the strangest conditions ever seen off the West Coast of the United States. What happens next? Was this just a weird few years, an anomaly in the normal flux of ocean conditions? Or was this a shift that we will look back on, decades from now, and point to as the beginning of a different era? Join an oceanographer and a paleo-climatologist from the Bodega Marine Laboratory on the northern California coast ponder what's next for the world's largest ocean. ​​​​ The​​ Sea of Troubles​​ trailer​​ is at​​ ​​ https://vimeo.com/165175649. ​​ Sponsors​​ of this screening are the​​ Center for Creativity and the Arts and The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. ​​ The screening is at 5:30 p.m. at the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. ​​ Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Saturday, March 23rd

Join members of the Reedley Peace Center for a gathering at Blossom Bluff Orchards hosted by Fran and Ted Loewen at their farm at 17564 E. Clayton in Parlier. ​​ For those wanting to arrive early and walk around, you can arrive at 9 a.m. ​​ Coffee and donuts will be served at 10 with presentations starting at 10:30 including Dorothy Boldt on “A Little Local History,” Fred Smeds on “Trees,” and Bryce Loewen on Blossom Bluff Orchards. ​​ At 1 p.m. there will be a Mediterranean lunch catered by Kabob City (with a vegetarian optin), followed by music by Fresno Folklorica from 2-3, and a farm walk from 3-4 p.m. ​​ The $30 cost includes lunch and the program. ​​ Please RVSP by 3/15/19 and plan on bringing a dessert or salty snack to share. ​​ For tickets or information, contact Carol Krehbiel at 637-9098 or 903-4439. To purchase tickets by mail, make out your check to The First Mennonite Church with the memo “Reedley Peace Center,” and send it to Carol Krehbiel, PO Box 905, Reedley, CA ​​ 93654.

 

Sunday, March 24th​​ 

"Steal Away Home," Fresno State's Coro Piccolo sings "The Journey of Harriet Tubman" with the Fresno Pacific University Women's Chorale and Quintus of Fresno Community Chorus. ​​ The event takes place at​​ 2:30 p.m.​​ at​​ Hope Lutheran Church, 364 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $15.​​ ​​ This event is sponsored by Fresno Community Chorus.​​ ​​ For more information​​ call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Tuesday, March 26th

Part two of Fresno Pacific University’s​​ "Anti-Human Trafficking Training (HT 201),"​​ wotj FPU’s​​ Center for Community Transformation at Fresno Pacific University hosting​​ the Central Valley Justice Coalition to present the conclusion of this two-part workshop in AIMS Center, WEC 114, on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. HT 101 on March 19 is the perquisite for this event.​​ ​​ The cost is​​ $20 general admission, $15​​ for​​ students. Register at justiceco.org/ht201​​ or email​​ Jeanette.jaurena@fresno.edu.​​ 

 

Thursday, March 28th

6:30 p.m.​​ Fresno Pacific University will host as part of its​​ "Edmund Janzen Lectureship"​​ program, speaker Kara Lyons-Pardue, Ph.D., associate professor at Point Loma Nazarene University,​​ who​​ will explore Jesus' interaction with women in the Book of Mark. ​​​​ The event takes place at the​​ BC Lounge on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ There will be a dessert reception​​ at​​ 6:30 p.m.,​​ with the​​ lecture​​ at​​ 7:00 p.m.​​ This event is free.​​ ​​ E-mail​​ Quentin.kinnision@fresno.edu​​ for more information.

 

Friday, March 29th

Fresno Pacific University presents the Emerald Duo performing Musical Miniatures, with Susan Doering, D.M.A. on violin and Dieter Wulfhorst, D.M.A. on violoncello. ​​ The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium. ​​ For more information call 559-453-2267, e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ http://www.fresno.edu/events/music.

 

Friday, March 29th​​ and Saturday, March 30th

Save the date for the Rural Justice Summit which takes place on March 29th​​ at UC Merced and March 30th​​ at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, sponsored by the California Institute for Rural Studies. ​​ For more information, go to​​ http://mail.cirsinc.org/34-home/home.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 30th

The Iranian Culture & Art Club of Fresno presents a​​ Nowruz program​​ with​​ Ballet Afsaneh and Nejat Music Ensemble at​​ 7:30 Pm Unitarian Universalist Church,​​ 2672 E. Alluvial Ave Fresno. ​​ For more information, call​​ (559)​​ 709-3851​​ or go to​​ www.iraniancultureandartclub.com.​​ 

 

Sunday, March 31st

Emma, a theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, is the spring mainstage production at Fresno Pacific University. ​​​​ It will be performed at​​ 2:00 p.m.​​ at the​​ Encore Amphitheater, outdoors on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $14 general admission, $10​​ for​​ seniors and students, $8​​ for​​ FPU faculty/staff and alumni card holders,​​ and​​ $5​​ for​​ FPU students.​​ ​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-5866​​ or go to​​ www.fpu.edu/events/theater.​​ 

 

Friday, April 5th

There will be a​​ Presentation/Book Signing​​ by Joel Pickford​​ for his​​ Fresno Art Museum​​ exhibit “Soul Calling, A Photographic Journey Through the Hmong Diaspora,” at the Fresno Art Museum from noon to 3 p.m. ​​ Eight years in the making, this photographic journey through the Hmong Diaspora was conceived by photographer, author, and documentarian Joel Pickford. It highlights the stories of the Hmong community in Laos, their journeys to the United States and the San Joaquin Valley, and their integration into American culture and society. ​​​​ The Presentation and book signing is from​​ 5:30 to 7:00 pm​​ at​​ The Barn at the River Center,​​ San Joaquin River​​ Parkway and Conservation Trust,​​ 11605 Old​​ Friant Road in Fresno.

 

Friday, April 5th

Cineculture will screen the film “Tia and Piujuq” with discussant Marie-Hélène Cousineau (Producer and script writer). ​​ Inuk (or Eskimo) throat singer Lucy Tulugarjuk makes her directorial film debut with this lovely tale from Northern Canada. Shot in Montreal, Canada, and the island of Igloolik, in Nunavut, Canada’s newest, largest and northernmost territory, where the director grew up, the film Tia and Piujuq tells the unlikely and burgeoning friendship between two ten-year old girls. Piujuq is a bored and lonely young Inuk, and Tia, a Syrian refugee whose sad life takes a dramatic turn when she finds a magical portal that transports her to Canada’s Arctic tundra where Piujuq lives. Together, the two girls discover a world of magic and Inuit stories that heal Tia’s spirit and her soul until their blossoming friendship is threatened by a mysterious character. “Through the eyes of these two girls, we perceive the similarities that unite them beyond their linguistic and cultural differences, their affection for each other and also their desire to be free and adventurous.” This charming film is for everyone: adults and children alike who believe in the power of imagination. ​​ In French, Inuktitut, Arabic and English, with English subtitles. ​​ The film website​​ is​​ www.imaginenative.org/2018-tia-and-piujuq/. ​​​​ To see the trailer, go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPy19sgVzQE. ​​ Sponsors​​ of this screening are the French Program and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures. ​​ The screening is at 5:30 p.m. at the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. ​​ Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, April 5th​​ 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ John Austin on the topic​​ of​​ How Our Climate Has Changed in the Central Valley. ​​​​ 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.

 

Friday, April 12th

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Program at Fresno State will host its 20th annual Harry Specht Memorial Child Welfare Symposium, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Golden Palace Banquet Hall (2625 W. Vassar Ave.). The symposium “Lessening Trauma’s Hold in Today’s World: Confronting Trauma in Professional Practice” will feature keynote speaker, Tonier Cain, internationally recognized trauma care expert and founder of Healing Neen. Other speakers and panelists include Dr. Iran Barrera, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work Education; Dr. Kizzy Lopez, assistant professor of social work at Fresno Pacific University; and Brian Semsen Sr., director of recreational resilience programs at Every Neighborhood Partnership. ​​ Registration is $90 per person. For more information or to register, contact the Title IV-E program at 559-278-3076.

 

Friday, April 12th

Cineculture will screen the film “Violeta Al Fin” with discussant​​ Hilda Hidalgo Xirinachs (Director). ​​ Directed by Costa Rican filmmaker Hilda Hidalgo Xirinachs, Violeta Al Fin tells the story of Violeta, a 72 year-old woman, who lives alone in her childhood home in the heart of San Jose, Costa Rica, after divorcing her husband of more than forty years. She tends to her lush tropical garden and makes plans to turn her property into a boarding house. When she discovers the bank is about to take away her house, she decides to fight and breaks all the rules to hold onto her home and her freedom. In Spanish with English subtitles.​​ To see the film trailer, you can go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGqnATWRu5c. ​​ This screening was sponsored by the Department of Chicano & Latin American Studies. ​​ The screening is at 5:30 p.m. at the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. ​​ Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Saturday, April 13th​​ 

The Carlos Vieira Foundation is proud to host the San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival presented by PFSA, the “Portuguese Fraternal Society of America.” The celebration is open to​​ all​​ people to come discover the culture and heritage of the Portuguese people and honor their contributions to the San Joaquin Valley and the state of California. The Festival will be held at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, from 9:00 am to midnight. ​​​​ This family-friendly event will showcase traditional Portuguese dancing, music, and cuisine. ​​ The Festival will be kicked off by a traditional Portuguese Parade followed by plenty of activities including folklore performances, bloodless bullfight demonstrations, philharmonic performances, Chamarita (Portuguese​​ traditional dance) lessons, a Portuguese bazaar, traditional Portuguese games, a cultural exhibit, carnival rides, and plenty of Portuguese food and craft vendors. Other activities will include a wine and cheese tasting area and a Portuguese Beans cooking contest! The festival will also include performances by the Portuguese Kids Comedy Show and Eratoxica (Portuguese rock band). ​​ The highlight of the festival will be the live performance of Portugal’s very own, Roberto Leal! ​​ They​​ are currently looking for parade entries, philharmonic bands, folklore groups, Portuguese food and craft vendors, cultural exhibit items, and contestants for the Portuguese Beans cooking contest. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in participating in this festival, please contact us as soon as possible to secure your spot! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit SJVportuguesefestival.com. For questions, contact (209) 394-1444 or info@carlosvieirafoundation.org.​​ 

 

Wednesday, April 17th

What do the rocks tell us about the geological origins of our Sierra Nevada? Come join local Sierra Club activist Bob Turner as he presents an illustrated lecture on the Geology of the Sierra Nevada at the April 17th​​ general meeting of the Sierra Club Tehipite Chapter. Bob is a retired high school physics and geology teacher who earned a degree in geology from the University of California Berkeley. He has also worked as a government geologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Whether you are an avid hiker or a casual tourist, if you are interested in how the Range of Light came to its current form, come see​​ this informative presentation, “Our Landscape in Deep Time - Geology of the Sierra Nevada.” ​​ Join​​ Sierra Club​​ at 7​​ p.m.​​ at the UC Merced Center, 550 E Shaw Ave, Fresno (between First and Fresno, across from Fashion Fair).

 

Saturday, April 20th

Earth Day Fresno​​ return to Radio Park on April 20th, 2019 for another Earth Day Celebration.​​ It will feature food,​​ Green Vendors, a​​ Bike Show, Live Entertainment,​​  ​​ ​​​​ Educational Exhibits​​ and​​ Children's Activities. ​​ For information, go to​​ http://www.earthdayfresno.org.​​ 

 

Friday, April 26th

Cineculture presents a screening of the film “The Zookeepers Wife” with discussant: Dr. Ed EmanuEl. ​​ This is the real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, a European Film Award nominee for the Academy Award-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Golden Globe Award nominee Daniel Brühl of Captain America: Civil War). To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.​​ Sponsors of this screening are the Jewish Studies Program and​​ the Jewish Studies Association. Trailer: go to​​ www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7AEQXKQi6A&app=desktop.​​ 

The screening is at​​ 5:00 p.m. at the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. ​​ Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Sunday, April 28th

Comedian Jeff Dunham will be stopping in Fresno on the spring leg of his “PASSIVELY AGGRESSIVE” Tour, with his delightfully twisted cohorts; Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J, and of course, Achmed the Dead Terrorist. ​​ The 56-city tour, which includes stops in the US, Canada and Saudi Arabia, will unveil a brand-new character… Or two! ​​ Tickets are on sale now at jeffdunham.com.​​ 

 

Friday, May 3rd

Cineculture will screen the film “En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day)” with discussant: Adela Santana. ​​ En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day), a fiction feature from director Jim McKay, follows a group of undocumented immigrants living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn over the course of seven days. Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. José, a bicycle delivery worker, is the team's captain - young, talented, hardworking and responsible. When José's team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. If he doesn't work, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn't stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed. Shot in the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Park Slope, and Gowanus, En el Séptimo Día is a humane, sensitive and humorous window into a world rarely seen. The film’s impact is made quietly, with restraint and respect for the individual experiences, everyday challenges and small triumphs of its characters. In Spanish and English with Bi-Lingual subtitles.​​ To view the trailer, go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYg3mAJTWSE. ​​ This screening is sponsored by the Department of Chicano & Latin American Studies. ​​ The screening is at​​ 5:30 p.m.​​ at the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. ​​ Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:

Now through 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau is now hiring workers for 90 temporary jobs in Fresno County Calif., in advance of the 2020 Census for the following positions:

Supervisors  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ $18.00 per hour

Non-supervisors  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ $16.50 per hour

Applicants can apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs. ​​ Applicants can also learn about available jobs at the Census Bureau’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. They may also contact the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/ASCII.

 

Flu Season 2018-2019

The Fresno County Department of Public Health has scheduled influenza vaccination clinics for the 2018 flu season at multiple locations throughout the county. The Fresno County Immunization Program will not be offering “nasal spray” flu vaccine during the 2018 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 2018/2019​​ 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.

 

Thursdays, starting September 27th

The National Lawyers Guild Central Valley chapter is starting a social justice/law film series called “Reel Justice” in September. Films will be screened the last Thursday of the month at 6pm starting September 27th, when they will be screening "13th." All their films are being screened at The Revue at 620 E Olive Ave, Fresno, and the details of the events can be found at​​ https://www.facebook.com/centralvalleyNLG/.  ​​​​ They will host a total of 8 films over the next 8 months.

 

Friday, January 4th​​ through​​ Sunday, February 24th​​ 

Good Company Players will perform “Driving Miss Daisy,” where the humorous yet caustic relationship between a crotchety old Southern lady and a dignified, soft-spoken chauffeur challenges boundaries of class and race in this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre. ​​ Set in mid-century Atlanta, Driving Miss Daisy spans 25 years, from 1948 to 1973. ​​ Over the decades, an elderly and fiercely independent Jewish matron reluctantly accepts that she must rely on the aging African American chauffeur her son hired for her. ​​ In this delicate depiction of human frailty, two outsiders come to a mutual respect based on their independence, strength, and stubborn integrity. ​​ On their small journeys, Miss Daisy begins to understand that she has much more in common with the wise chauffeur than she could have imagined.  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 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. 

 

Thursday, January 17th​​ through Sunday, March 17th​​ 

Good Company Players will perform “Mama Mia!” A mother. ​​ A daughter. ​​ Three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. ​​ Good Company Players’ effervescent production of Mamma Mia is back and better than ever at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre!  ​​​​ Set on a Greek island, this sunny jukebox-musical spins a modern fairytale about a young bride-to-be whose determination to find her real father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the romantic island they visited twenty years before. ABBA’s timeless music infuses this enchanting comedy with toetapping, finger-snapping, sassy nostalgia that brings audiences everywhere to their feet. This international mega-hit by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus is a fantastic night-out in any language. ​​ Performances take place at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon, at Olive and Wishon in The Tower District. Shows 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 $57.00 per person; Show Only - $32.00.  The cost for Friday & Saturday Served Meal & Show is $60.00; 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.

 

Wednesdays, starting January 23rd​​ 

New Horizons Music provides adults a great entry or reentry into music making! Whether you were in school band or orchestra, would like to learn a new instrument or have only dreamed of playing, New Horizons offers a welcoming environment that offers you the chance to participate and progress at your own rate. Some 70 people already participate-and we have a mariachi band! ​​ Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesdays beginning August 29 at 5:30 p.m. for string ensembles and 6:30 p.m. for band. Groups perform at least two concerts each school year. All meetings are at the Bullard High School Band Room, 5445 N. Palm, Fresno. For more information, contact Archie Rader at 559-273-8309 or​​ Archierader2@aol.com​​ or Craig Erker at​​ craig.erker@gmail.com.​​ 

Register through Fresno Adult School at​​ www.fas.edu.​​ 

 

Friday, February 1st​​ through Sunday, April 14th

Fresno State students and employees can receive tax help from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program through the Department of Accountancy in the Craig School of Business. Partnering with United Way, students who are IRS-certified volunteers help provide the free service for low-income taxpayers with an income below $55,000. Both walk-ins and appointments are accepted, however walk-ins will have to wait in line to receive tax assistance. The program will be open on weekends from Friday,​​ February​​ 1 to Sunday, April 14, and is located in the Leon S. Peters Building (Room 133). The​​ sessions are held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking in Lot P6 is free on weekends beginning at 4 p.m. on Fridays. To make an appointment, call United Way at 2-1-1 or toll-free at 866.559.4211.​​ For more information, call​​ Tim Baker, faculty Volunteer Income Tax​​ Assistance coordinator, at 559-278-3997.

 

Tuesday, February 19th​​ and​​ Tuesday, February 26th​​ 

Ever wonder how a ventriloquist works their magic? ​​ Susan has been practicing ventriloquism for over 40 years and will show you from the ground up how to bring your friend to life. ​​ Join Susan and friends for this two week workshop for some learning, laughs and fun. ​​ The workshops, on February 19th​​ and 26th, run from 6-8 p.m. at Clovis Adult Community College. ​​ The class fee is $29. ​​ Space is limited. ​​ Register by going to​​ www.ClovisCommunityEd.com​​ or by calling (559) 327-2876.

 

Friday, February​​ 15th​​ through Saturday, February 23rd

Fresno State’s​​ University Theatre presents “Moving through the Static” developed by The Contemporary Dance Ensemble. It will run from Friday, February​​ 15 through Saturday, February​​ 23, in the John Wright Theatre. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., excluding the Sunday, February​​ 17, performance which will begin at 2 p.m. Six different repertory dance works will be presented with themes of identity, relationships, absurdity, competition, humor and psychological insight. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for faculty, staff, alumni and military, and $10 for students. Children under 5 will not be admitted. Parking is free Fridays through Sundays in lots P31, P17 or P4. Tuesdays through Thursdays parking is $4 in lots P1, P5 or P15.​​ For more information,​​ contact the box office at 559-278-2216 or​​ universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.​​ 

 

Friday, February 15th​​ through Thursday, February 28th

Fresno State​​ events in recognition of Black History Month include:

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Ongoing:​​ Pop-Up Exhibition, first floor of the Henry Madden Library. The exhibition includes selected photographs and artifacts from local African American history. Images include a photo of the Mary Dickenson Memorial Library in historic Allensworth and a 1981 Fresno State course schedule from the then-new Black Studies program.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ February​​ 15:​​ “Power, Privilege and Oppression,” presented by the President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Vintage Room.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ February​​ 15:​​ CineCulture will present a screening of “The Long Shadow” (2018) with a discussion led by editor and co-creator Maureen Gosling and producer Jed Riffe at 5:30 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium. The documentary takes an uncompromising look at the history of American slavery. Admission is free and parking is free in lots P3 and P2.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ February​​ 16:​​ “The History of Black Media,” presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 7:06 p.m., Thomas Building (Room 110).

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ February​​ 17:​​ Valley PBS will re-air “Young, Gifted and Black: A Community Conversation” at ​​ 5 p.m. Sponsored by Fresno State, the one-hour program focuses on local educational programs that are working to improve the success of African-American​​ students and includes interviews with students and Dr. Carolyn Coon, associate vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ February​​ 20:​​ Poetry Jam, 7 p.m. Cross Cultural Programs and Services, Vintage Room.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ February​​ 21:​​ Racial justice and mindfulness mentor Dr. Amanda Kemp will lead the Theatre for Transformation workshop, “Inspiring Figures and Your Vision of a Better World,” at 4 p.m. in Room 2206 of the Madden Library. The workshop is part of the “Surveying Utopias: A Critical Exploration” exhibition opening and will feature poetry, music, movement and audience participation. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $4 in lots P27, P20 or P1.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ February​​ 21:​​ “Lenses of Leadership: Panels examining leadership from different perspectives,” celebrating black history, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Madden Library (Room 3212), open to all students, free lunch provided. This program is a collaborative effort by the Learning Center, the Cross Cultural and Gender Center and the Center for Leadership. Details: 559.278.0341.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ February​​ 22:​​ Live performance of “What is America to Me: The U.S. at the 400th Anniversary of Slavery; A Performance Project Featuring Poetry, Music, Movement and Audience Participation” to be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery. The performance is part of the “Surveying Utopias: A Critical Exploration” exhibition opening and will feature the Theatre for Transformation, with composer/saxophonist Francis Wong, classical violinist Dr. Michael Jamanis and poet-performer Dr. Amanda Kemp. The event is open to the public with free parking available in lots P30 or P31.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ February​​ 22: CineCulture will present a screening of “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” (2017) with a discussion led by Dr. Margaret Wilkerson, author of “Lorraine Hansberry: Am I a Revolutionary?” at 5 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium. Admission is free and parking is free in lots P3 and P2. Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” changed the face of American theatre. The screening is sponsored by The Africana Studies Program.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ February​​ 23:​​ A screening of “Black Panther” will be held at 1 p.m. in the Madden Library (Room 2206). A community conversation led by graduate students on how to create a more supportive society will follow the film. The screening is part of the “Surveying Utopias: A Critical Exploration” exhibition opening. The event is open to the public with free parking available in lots P30 or P31.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ February​​ 28:​​ “An Examination of African American and Native American Intersectionality through Multimedia,” 4 to 6 p.m. in Thomas Building (Room 110).

 

Sunday, September 15th​​ through Thursday, September 19th

Yosemite Western Artists and the Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO) are holding a joint event in September – a four-day, five-night artist retreat with Plein Air or Icon Painting tracks. Watercolor painters will be guided by Rita Adams, acrylic painters by Trowzers Akimbo, as students in both mediums paint the phenomenal vistas of Yosemite National Park. Icon painters will be led by iconographer, Joyce Tanner. Bus transportation to Yosemite is included in all packages, and a naturalist will be on the bus to explain some of the Park highlights. ​​ Enjoy the splendor of Yosemite National Park while you​​ learn the art of​​ "en plein air" from some of the Yosemite​​ Western Artists'​​ (YWA) best art instructors OR take the traditional​​ and very inspiring ICON Painting​​ classes from master​​ iconographer, Joyce Tanner. ​​​​ Guests will enjoy a four night, five day stay at ECCO (Episcopal​​ Conference Center of Oakhurst), three meals a day,​​ instruction in your choice of artistic endeavor and two days​​ bus transportation into Yosemite National Park. ​​​​ A naturalist will be on board the bus to explain some of the​​ highlights of the trip and there will be experienced photographers​​ along to assist you, if you want to bring your camera. A​​ Sunday wine and cheese social is also included. A reduced​​ package for day students includes lunch, classes and the bus​​ tours into the park.​​ Wednesday's dinner includes a YWA/retreat guest art exhibit​​ (day guests can participate for an additional fee). ​​​​ Learn more about the Interpreting Yosemite Artist Retreat &​​ Creative Event by​​ going​​ to​​ www.yosemitewesternartists.com​​ and clicking on the​​ "Interpreting Yosemite Sign-up" link. ​​​​ A $100 per person non-refundable deposit is required to​​ secure your reservation by April 1st, 2019.

 

Thursday, February 28th​​ through Saturday, March 9th​​ 

Graduate creative writing students from the Fresno State Master of Fine Arts program will co-headline the “Fresno Writers Live” performances at the​​ 18th annual Rogue Festival,​​ Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 9, at Spectrum Gallery (608 E. Olive Ave.). Fresno Writers Live will feature the latest poetry and prose from 12 Fresno writers in four storytelling and spoken-word shows. The shows will include four Master of Fine Arts graduate students, four alumni authors from the Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter and four faculty authors from the Department of English. Tickets cost $7 per show after a one-time purchase of a $3 Rogue Festival wristband. The shows are rated PG-13 and no late arrivals will be admitted.

 

Saturday, March 2nd​​ through Tuesday, June 4th

Getting into a prestigious college-level art school is highly competitive. Exceptional drawing skills must be demonstrated along with unique compositions that show creativity and skill. ​​​​ The​​ Fresno​​ Art​​ Museum​​ will be offering a series of workshops to help students improve their art-making skills through looking at art and thinking critically, exploring techniques, and hands-on art-making to help with portfolio development. Students will learn the traditional techniques that form the basis of any art portfolio, whether a student wants to be a painter, sculptor, conceptual artist, or explore the world of graphic design, animation, or illustration. It is critical that art school applicants show that they understand the basic elements of art and the principles of design and put their best examples of these in their portfolio. ​​​​ There will be two six-week workshop sessions. The first will explore black and white drawing, the second will explore color. It is highly recommended that students take both sessions. Students will work mainly with charcoal during the first session and acrylic paint during the second. The subjects of their work will include plein air, self-portrait, still life, and life and clothed models so that they can experience creating works from direct observation. Students will be encouraged to “see differently” to create unique imagery from both observation and their imagination. They will learn critical thinking and how to analyze and critique both their own and the work of others. They will also explore different styles of writing in order to write a clear and intelligent statement about their art for their own artist statement, an essential part of the portfolio process. ​​​​ The first of two sessions will begin on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 and will run six consecutive Tuesdays through April 9, 2019 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. A second​​ six-week more advanced session will begin on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 and continue on April 30, May 7, 14, 28, and June 4, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. The fee for the six-week workshop is $280. Sign up for both six-week sessions for $520. The fee includes model fees and some supplies. A list of art supplies to be purchased by the student for each six-week session will be provided and can be purchased at Allard’s with a student discount. Art supply costs will be under $60 for the first session and between $75 and $125 (depending upon supplies students may already have) for the second session. Workshop size will be limited to 10 students. ​​​​ If you or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring a student who is recommended by their art teacher but cannot afford the workshops, please call Susan at 559-441-4221 x101 to be matched to a deserving student. There are scholarships available to many art schools and colleges and a scholarship to these workshops could open doors for talented students. ​​​​ To register, go to​​ https://www.fresnoartmuseum.org/files/9915/4888/5203/registration_form-portfolio_class.pdf.​​ 

 

Tuesday, March 5th​​ through Tuesday, June 4th

The Fresno Art Museum is offering Portfolio Prep Workshops for high school and​​ college transfer students that want to apply to art schools/colleges. ​​​​ Do you want to go to a prestigious art college?​​ ​​ Competition is tough.​​ ​​ FAM is offering students an opportunity to help develop their portfolio and artist statement. The class will be taught by Ai Krasner who has an MFA in studio art from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia and Rome. She taught a similar class in Philadelphia and was also on the portfolio review committee for Tyler. ​​​​ Workshops begin Tuesday, March 5​​ 

and run through Tuesday, June 4, 2019​​ (12 sessions). ​​ For more information, go to​​ https://www.fresnoartmuseum.org/education/portfolio-prep-class.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 23rd​​ through Saturday, November 16th

The Intermountain Nursery, located at​​ 30443 N. Auberry Rd. Prather,​​ will hold a series of workshops and classes at the Nursery. ​​ To see the class/workshop schedule, go to​​ http://www.intermountainnursery.com/classes.htm.​​ 

 

ONGOING

Every Day

Fresno County’s Public Library and Department of Public Works have teamed to offer a first-of-its-kind recycling program. ​​ Starting September 5, 2017, county residents can drop off used compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), fluorescent tubes, alkaline and rechargeable batteries at eleven different Library branches.  ​​​​ These items contain hazardous substances and must be deposited at approved facilities, sometimes for a fee. This new service is being provided free of charge to County residents to encourage and ensure proper disposal of universal waste. ​​ Public Works will provide approved hazardous material collection containers at eleven Library branches: ​​ the Central Library, Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, Clovis Regional Library, Fig Garden Regional Library, Sunnyside Regional Library, Woodward Park Regional Library, Mendota Branch Library, Orange Cove Branch Library, Reedley Branch Library, Sanger Branch Library and Selma Branch Library. ​​ This program might be expanded to other branches in the​​ future. ​​ For more information about Library programs, services, and specific branch hours, please go to www.fresnolibrary.org, or call the Library at (559) 600 – READ (7323). ​​ 

 

Every Monday

The Poor People's Campaign/Moral Mondays launched nationally on May 14 with many people visiting their state capitols to do protest/vigil work. ​​ WILPF US is a partner in this campaign and the Fresno WILPF branch is inviting all peace and justice groups to join them in Fresno Mondays from 3-4 P.M. in front of the Coyle Federal Court House, 2500 Tulare (at P St.).  ​​​​ This Campaign is more than a 40 day or one-year effort. Rather, it is a multi-year undertaking to unite tens of thousands to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality. It is a commitment to build a broadly diverse movement based on acknowledging the validity of the many issues and “silos” we are each committed to personally and organizationally, yet acting together to create a people-centered and mutually supportive fusion movement. ​​ Please join them as they begin our Moral Mondays. ​​ All are welcome. You may want to bring a sign that reflects the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. ​​ Raging Grannies will sing! You can join in! ​​ For more information, call Teresa at 559-360-8054.

 

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

Join Fresno Ideaworks, Fresno's community workshop for prototyping, building, designing, and building our community of makers, for 'Fabrication Fantasy Friday'. This is about letting your inner maker-nerd out. From sub culture to pop culture cosplay has boomed in the past decade and is continuing to grow. Fresno Ideaworks is proud to recognize prop makers and cosplayers as part of the maker movement. We have experts to help you put your kit together for whatever your passion is. ​​ The event is free for members, a suggested $5 donation for non-members. ​​ Fresno Ideaworks is located at 1742 H St (temp during remodel), Fresno. ​​ For more information, call (559) 840-8749. ​​ 

 

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. 

 

Saturdays

Harmony & Balance School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan is offering $5 weekly classes in the Yang style 37 posture short form. Join Francisco Alvarez, certified instructor, every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Central Valley Center for Spiritual Living, 723 W. Clinton Ave. Fresno. ​​ For more information, call 559-549-3989.

 

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.  

 

Every Sunday

It’s Sawdust Sunday at Fresno Ideaworks. ​​ If you have an interest in woodworking, woodturning on a lathe, carving, or any other means of sawdust production, join us. This is a good way to get some pointers on an existing project or gather information on how to get started in the exploration of the infinite possibilities of carpentry. This event is open to the public and requires no fees. Some experience is necessary for equipment use. No experience is necessary to explore the possibilities. ​​ Fresno Ideaworks is​​ located at 1742 H St, Fresno. ​​ For more information on this event and what Fresno Ideaworks has to offer, go to​​ http://www.fresnoideaworks.com.​​ 

 

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.