KFCF Community Calendar

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 4/12/19

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)

 

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.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday. April 12th

"Big Music Small Space," Fresno Pacific University Chamber Winds, Pacific Brass and Perfect Fourths Saxophone Quartet,​​ performs at 7:30 p.m. at​​ Lanna Coffee Co., 617 Broadway St., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission payable at the door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or to go​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Friday, April 12th

“The Experience”​​ with Eva Scow​​ will be playing hits from Motown, R&B, Jazz, Funk and Soul! ​​​​ Combining a love of jazz, soul, and Brazilian music, the Experience was formed in the summer of '10 with one goal: to play and create exceptional music. The​​ Experience deliver a live performance that captivates. They lay down the foundation and weave an intimate synergy creating a sound experience that breaks new ground but stays irrepressibly melodic and accessible. ​​​​ They will be performing at the Toca Madera Winery at 36140 Ave. 9 in Madera from 7-10 p.m. ​​ The event features live music and dancing, with Jamaican food available from the​​ Kerribb Flava​​ food truck on site. ​​ Doors open at 7, and general​​ admission​​ is​​ $10​​ (no outside food or drink allowed). ​​ Cash and debit/credit cards will be accepted.

 

Friday, April 12th

Fresno State’s Wahlberg Recital Hall will host a special Orpheus Concert featuring​​ the artistry of a young man from Puerto Rico, cellist Kelvin Diaz Inoa and a composer raised in the San Joaquin Valley, Matthew Wheeler. ​​ Both of these young men will join forces on the second half of the concert to present diverse compositions that explore the world of sound that can be discovered by solo cello, cello and piano, and cello, piano, and electronic enhancement. The works are Matthew Wheeler’s Apparitions for cello, piano, and live electronics, Max Reger’s Sonata for Solo Cello, and Sergei Prokofiev’s Sinfonie Concertante for cello and piano. ​​​​ The first half of the program, performed by the Orpheus Ensemble, serves to set the stage for these two talents; with its own diversity of styles to enchant you in this special evening. The compositions date from the late Medieval period to the early 20th century with many gorgeous moments of exciting music by Jacques Ibert, Don Carlo Gesualdo, Francesco Landini, and Leos Janacek. ​​​​ The concert begins at 8 p.m. ​​ Tickets are​​ $15 general,​​ $5​​ for students​​ (or​​ free with​​ Fresno State​​ ID). ​​ For more information, please call 278-2337 or 289-6753

 

Friday, April 12th

Walt Disney’s classic animation film “Alice in Wonderland” will screen at the historic Crest Theatre. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m., the film begins at 8 p.m. ​​ Tickets are only $6 and are available in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com. ​​ Seating is general admission (first come, first served), and no outside food or drink is allowed (attendee’s bags are subject to search). ​​ There will be fresh popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, candy, snacks, soda, hot cocoa, coffee and more available at the (cash only) concession stand, and you can try their specialty drink of the month: ​​ a hand mixed Irish Cream soda topped with whipped cream. ​​ What better way to enjoy a modern classic film than in a classic theatre! ​​ The Crest Theatre is located at​​ 1170 Broadway St.​​ in Downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, call 559-268-0044 or e-mail​​ info@theCrestTheatre.com.​​ 

 

Friday, April 12th

Spectrum Art Gallery’s April Exhibition will be celebrated with an artist’s reception, slideshow and talk at 7 p.m. ​​ The April Exhibition features a​​ Fine Art Photography Exhibition​​ by Helen Gigliotti,​​ "Iran: As I Saw It,"​​ and​​ Art Serabian’s​​ "Insight." ​​​​ Spectrum Art Gallery​​ is located at​​ 608 E. Olive Ave. in​​ Fresno’s Tower District. ​​ For more information, go to​​ http://www.spectrumphotogallery.org/.​​ 

 

Saturday, April 13th

For the month of April 2019, there will be a Gallery 25​​ members’ exhibit called “Assemblage and Collage”. ​​​​ In addition, the public is invited to participate in an

interactive artwork display. Gallery 25 members consist​​ of a contemporary group of artists working in various​​ mediums including paintings, drawings, photography,

digital imagery and mixed media. Some of the​​ Gallery 25 membership have exhibited their artwork​​ internationally, nationally and regionally in various​​ museums and galleries. ​​​​ Their Second Saturday Arthop Reception takes place from noon to 3 p.m. ​​ Gallery 25 is located​​ at the​​ M Street Arts Complex​​ 1419 “M” Street​​ in Fresno. ​​ For more information, call 559-264-4092​​ or go to​​ gallery25.org.

 

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.​​ 

 

Saturday, April 13th

Fresno Pacific University Alumni Choir Concert​​ takes place at​​ 4:00 p.m.​​ at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.​​ ​​ This concert is free,​​ but​​ donations​​ will be​​ accepted.​​ ​​ For information, call 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Sunday, April 14th

Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) Fresno will hold their potluck dinner and national conference call​​ with guest speaker, Rev. Susan Hendershot. ​​​​ The event takes place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at​​ 2640 N Van Ness Blvd. (between Clinton & Shields). ​​ 

5:30 - 6:45pm​​ is the Potluck dinner​​ and national conference call, and from​​ 6:45 - 8:30pm​​ is the​​ chapter business and updates, and opportunities to get involved

A small donation would be appreciated if you’re unable to bring a dish to share.​​ ​​ If you're not able to join​​ them​​ at the chapter meeting, you can still watch or listen to a recording of the call at this link:​​ https://citizensclimatelobby.org/monthly-speakers/.​​ 

Sunday, April 14th

It’s​​ Sawdust Sunday at Ideaworks.  ​​​​ If you have an interest in woodworking, wood-turning on a lathe, carving, or any other means of sawdust production, join​​ them at 1:30 at​​ 1730 H Street, Fresno. 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. ​​​​ For more information, call​​ (559) 840-8749​​ or e-mail​​ info@ideaworksmakerspaces.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).

 

Wednesday, April 17th

Pacific Bronze Handbell Choir and the​​ Fresno Pacific University student ensemble​​ will perform at​​ 7:30 p.m.​​ at​​ Ashley Auditorium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission payable at the door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Wednesday, April 17th

Central Valley Movement Building will host its first All Partner Convening for the new year. Join​​ them​​ for community conversation to address broad systemic and transformative changes, by increasing awareness and engagement and school discipline reform in a healthy school environment. ​​​​ Central Valley Movement Building is a coalition of community based organizations in the Central Valley working to expose and dismantle the school to prison pipeline in Kern, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, South Sacramento, San Joaquin,​​ Stanislaus, and Tulare county. ​​​​ For more information, or to RSVP, go to​​ https://cvmb.org/rsvpmaker-type/partner-event/.​​ 

 

Wednesday, April 17th

The Central Valley Education Justice Forum takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Falls Event Center,​​ 4105 W Figarden Dr, Fresno. ​​ Did you know that the Central Valley has the highest rates of in-and-out of school suspensions of all the regions and counties in California that disproportionately impacts the poor, students with disabilities, LGBTQ youth and youth of color? How shall we critically examine the school to prison pipeline that cuts off students from the positive interactions of schools and funnels our students from school to the juvenile and adult criminal justice system and pushes them to prison?

The school to prison pipeline is related to “Zero-Tolerance” policies, their police-based enforcement, and to failing schools that are overcrowded, inadequately resourced, and highly segregated. Rather than creating an atmosphere of learning, engagement and opportunity, current educational practices and policies have increasingly blurred the distinction between school and jail and have increased the risk of students being suspended, expelled and/or arrested at school. ​​​​ The Central Valley Education Justice Forum offers a unique space for networking and collaboration to address broad systemic and transformative changes by increasing awareness and engagement in school discipline reform and redefining a healthy school environment. ​​​​ The Conference aims to draw together youth, parents, and community members from throughout the nine Central Valley counties of Kern, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, South Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare county to advance equity and justice as a form of movement building. ​​​​ Central Valley Movement Building (CVMB) is a coalition of community based organizations in the Central Valley working to expose and dismantle the school to prison pipeline in Kern, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, South Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare County. ​​​​ CVMB is also a member of Dignity in Schools Campaign California (DSC CA) whose goal is to end the School-to-Prison pipeline and to radically embrace and fight for truly safe, holistic, and healing schools for all. ​​​​ Youth, parents, community members from Kern, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, South Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare County are invited to attend and participate in the forum. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch.​​ ​​ The conference will be held at the Falls Event Center in Fresno, CA and participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. ​​​​ For more information about the Central Valley Movement Building please go to our website: www.cvmb.org or email us at: cvmbconnector@gmail.com. Also, for more information about the Dignity in School Campaign, California go to the website:​​ https://dignityinschools-ca.org/.​​ 

 

Friday, April 19th

The classic film “Friday” will screen at the historic Crest Theatre. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m., the film begins at 8 p.m. ​​ Tickets are only $6 and are available in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com. ​​ Seating is general admission (first come, first served), and no outside food or drink is allowed (attendee’s bags are subject to search). ​​ There will be fresh popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, candy, snacks, soda, hot cocoa, coffee and more available at the (cash only) concession stand, and you can try their specialty drink of the month: ​​ a hand mixed Irish Cream soda topped with whipped cream. ​​ What better way to enjoy a modern classic film than in a classic theatre! ​​ The Crest Theatre is located at​​ 1170 Broadway St.​​ in Downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, call 559-268-0044 or e-mail​​ info@theCrestTheatre.com.​​ 

 

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.​​ 

 

Saturday, April 20th

As part of Earth Day Fresno,​​ The Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) Lead Hazard Prevention Program will be collaborating with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to offer free soil screening for lead. ​​​​ Residents who are curious about the safety of their soil, can bring a dry soil sample in a Ziploc bag and we will screen it for lead. FCDPH is requesting that media partners inform the public about this FREE event. This service will be held during the event “Earth Day Fresno” that will take place at Radio Park located at 2233 N. First Street, Fresno,​​ on April 20, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.​​ - 3:00​​ p.m. ​​​​ Additional information will also be available at​​ the FCDPH​​ booth such as:

·  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Soil screening results

·  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Best practices to avoid lead exposure

·  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Tips to garden safely

·  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Resources for blood lead testing

For more information on this event visit​​ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-day-fresno-2019-tickets-59407476361.​​ 

 

Saturday, April 20th

The classic film “Dazed and Confused” will screen at the historic Crest Theatre. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m., the film begins at 8 p.m. ​​ Tickets are only $6 and are available in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com. ​​ Seating is general admission (first come, first served), and no outside food or drink is allowed (attendee’s bags are subject to search). ​​ There will be fresh popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, candy, snacks, soda, hot cocoa, coffee and more available at the (cash only) concession stand, and you can try their specialty drink of the month: ​​ a hand mixed Irish Cream soda topped with whipped cream. ​​ What better way to enjoy a modern classic film than in a classic theatre! ​​ The Crest Theatre is located at​​ 1170 Broadway St.​​ in Downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, call 559-268-0044 or e-mail​​ info@theCrestTheatre.com.​​ 

 

Saturday, April 20th

World Meditation Day in April will be observed on Saturday April 20th, 2019, as the third Sunday on April 21st is Easter.  ​​​​ Please note earlier time and program for April. ​​​​ Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization will hold this event from​​ 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.​​ 

The topic will be “Power to Change is Within You.” ​​ It is time to look inward and connect with that 'inner quiet' and experience the source of your power to change. ​​ Be inspired by personal sharing by experienced yogis, guided meditation, time for silent reflection, and learn spiritual tools for positive change in your life.

 

Monday, April 22nd

On the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, Climate Policy and Economics experts Dana Nuccitelli and Jerry Hinkle bring their "Climate Roadshow" to Fresno. ​​ They will present non partisan, peer reviewed science related to climate change, wildfires and economics. Also​​ learn about the groundbreaking​​ bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act currently in the House and what you can do to promote effective solutions to protect and improve our local air quality, agriculture and economy. ​​ The event takes place from​​ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm​​ at​​ Fresno City College​​ Old Auditorium Building Room 251,​​ 1101 E University Avenue, and​​ will be followed by an audience Q&A. ​​ The event is free and on campus parking is $1. ​​ This event is co-sponsored by​​ Citizens’ Climate Lobby Fresno, Fresno City College Students for Sustainable Action Club, Central California Asthma Collaborative, Central California Environmental Justice Network, Fresno Metro Ministry, the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club and the WILPF Fresno, Earth Democracy Issues Group. ​​​​ For more information, call​​ Andrea ​​ De Zubiria​​ at​​ 559-824-1083.

 

Tuesday, April 23rd

Join​​ Ellementa Fresno​​ for a session on​​ De-Stressing With Cannabis, at 3:30 p.m. at Fresno Food Commons,​​ 202 Van Ness Avenue​​ in Fresno. ​​ Is stress dragging you down? Well, April is Stress Awareness Month, and​​ they’re​​ ready to​​ help you​​ feel less stressed and be able to face our stressors head on.  ​​​​ If you've never been to an Ellementa Gathering before, you may not know how​​ their​​ Gatherings are very different from other cannabis events out there. This is not a lecture, this is not a business networking event. This is a vibrant, exciting, dynamic and personal sharing of wisdom and experiences. ​​​​ Join​​ them​​ at this Ellementa Women's Wellness Gathering for empowering knowledge & candid conversation! ​​​​ This month,​​ they’re talking about microdosing cannabis:

~~ What is microdosing and why do women do it?

~~ How can microdosing reduce stress and anxiety?

~~ What forms of cannabis work well for microdosing?

~~ What products on the market are best suited for microdosing?

If you are looking to understand how cannabis interacts with your body and brain and want to improve your health and wellness or simply feel better, this Gathering is for​​ you. ​​ Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on line at:​​ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ellementa-fresno-de-stressing-with-cannabis-tickets-59282105373.​​ 

 

Wednesday, April 24th

Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission payable at the door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Thursday, April 25th

"Crescendudes and​​ Women's Chorale 'Pops' Concert"​​ will be performed by the​​ Fresno Pacific University student vocal ensembles​​ at 7:30 p.m. at the​​ Ashley Auditorium, McDonald Hall, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission payable at the door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).​​ ​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

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.​​ R

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.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, April 26th

"Crosswind-An Evening of Praise & Worship"​​ will be performed by the​​ Fresno Pacific University student music ensemble​​ at 7:30 p.m. at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. ​​​​ This concert is free.​​ ​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Friday, April 26th​​ and Saturday, April 27th​​ 

The workshop “Innovation Workshop for Managers and Professionals"​​ will take place at the​​ Fresno Pacific University School of Business, FPU Visalia Campus, 245 N. Plaza Dr., Visalia. Len Ferman, Ferman Innovation, former senior vice president of innovation and ideation at the Bank of America, now a faculty member at the University of North Florida, will teach skills to develop innovative products, services and operations.​​ The cost is​​ $500. Register at​​ https://ce.fresno.edu/InnovationWorkshop.​​ 

 

Saturday, April 27th

The Fresno Art Museum staff and Board of Trustees partner with craft cocktail purveyor Lucy's Lounge to present The Grand Gatsby Speakeasy: Casino Night at the Museum, a fun and lively fundraiser to be hosted on the evening of Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 7 to 11 pm. The event will take place throughout the Museum and Sculpture Garden, incorporating gaming tables, specialty craft cocktails, a cigar bar, passed light hors d'oeuvres, silent films, and musical entertainment with a 1920s flair. ​​​​ The Fresno Art Museum will be transformed into 1920s period rooms, so come in costume to complete the experience! ​​​​ Guests purchase casino chips and play roulette, blackjack, and other traditional casino games. Winning chips can then be redeemed throughout the evening for raffle tickets or drinks. ​​​​ Lucy's Lounge, a leader in the Valley's craft cocktail movement, enlists some of Fresno's top mixologists to serve up traditional and custom-crafted specialty drinks. Beer, wine, and specialty non-alcoholic options will also be available. ​​​​ To add to the speakeasy vibe, Perfect Blend Fine Cigars will be situated outdoors in the Museum's gorgeous Sculpture Garden. Folks will be able to order an Old Fashioned, purchase a quality cigar, and support the museum all at the same time.

The ticket price is $40 per person and includes casino chips to get people started. Go to https://fresnoartmuseumgatsby.eventbrite.com. Until March 20, 2019, save $10 per ticket with the promo code FAMPROMO. ​​​​ Those guests dressed in full 1920s costumes will get fun perks at the door! ​​​​ See fresnoartmuseum.org/gatsby/​​ for any updates.

 

Saturday, April 27th

Join Red Cross in making homes safer from home fires in Fresno, April 27th! ​​​​ The American Red Cross is calling for people across the country to volunteer their time and talents to service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions during our second annual Sound the Alarm, Save a Life smoke alarm campaign. ​​​​ Join​​ them​​ on Saturday, April 27th for an impactful, fun, and simple way for volunteers from all walks of life to work together to provide a solution to a devastating national problem: home fires. Seven times a day in the United States, someone dies in a home fire and every 40 minutes a fire-related injury is reported. While home fires are the most common disaster facing Americans today, they are also the most preventable. Simply having a working smoke alarm in the home, reduces the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%! ​​​​ The Red Cross continues its mission to reduce fire related deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25% within 5 years. Through the campaign's Install Events, the Red Cross teams up with Fire Departments, local partners, businesses, community groups, and amazing volunteers like you to install free smoke alarms and provide preparedness education to fellow residents throughout our community. ​​​​ Volunteers will be organized into teams and will spend the day installing smoke alarms and educating residents on how to create an escape plan. ​​​​ Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing for walking outdoors.

Drinks, snacks, and lunch will be provided. ​​​​ Sign up to participate at soundthealarm.org or contact Taylor Poisall for more information at​​ taylor.poisall2@redcross.org.​​ 

The event takes place​​ from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fresno High School Cafeteria,​​ 1839 N Echo Ave Fresno. ​​ 

 

Friday, April 27th

The classic film “The Wizard of Oz,” celebrating its 80th​​ Anniversary, will screen at the historic Crest Theatre. ​​ Doors open at 7 p.m., the film begins at 8 p.m. ​​ Tickets are only $6 and are available in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com. ​​ Seating is general admission (first come, first served), and no outside food or drink is allowed (attendee’s bags are subject to search). ​​ There will be fresh popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, candy, snacks, soda, hot cocoa, coffee and more available at the (cash only) concession stand, and you can try their specialty drink of the month: ​​ a hand mixed Irish Cream soda topped with whipped cream. ​​ What better way to enjoy a modern classic film than in a classic theatre! ​​ The Crest Theatre is located at​​ 1170 Broadway St.​​ in Downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, call 559-268-0044 or e-mail​​ info@theCrestTheatre.com.​​ 

 

Sunday, April 28th

Fresno Master Chorale, “A Passion For Our Time,” will be performed at​​ 2:30 pm​​ at the​​ Paul Shaghoian Memorial Concert Hall,​​ 2770 E. International Avenue​​ in​​ Fresno. ​​ Sung in English, the 295-year-old oratorio, J. S Bach’s St. John Passion, posses profound questions for our own time. The Master Chorale brings to life this vivid work that has not​​ been performed in Fresno over 50 years. Some staged moments of the performance enhance the work’s timeliness. A pre-concert talk at 1:30 in the concert space will add insight into the work and this concert. ​​​​ Tickets are​​ $25.00​​ at the door. ​​ 

 

Sunday, April 28th

Comedian Jeff Dunham will be stopping​​ at​​ Fresno’s SaveMart Center​​ 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! ​​ Showtime​​ is 3:00 p.m. and tickets​​ are $45.50. ​​ The SaveMart Center is at 2650 E. Shaw Ave. ​​ For tickets or information call 800-745-3000 or visit​​ www.jeffdunham.com. ​​ ​​ 

 

Sunday, April 28th

"Fresno Pacific University Chamber Choir Home Concert"​​ takes place at 4 p.m. at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. ​​​​ Tickets are​​ $5 general admission payable at the door, free to FPU community (including alumni cardholders).​​ ​​ For information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 

 

Sunday, April 28th

"The Adam Bomb," one-man acoustic musical written and performed by Mark Tyler Miller, assistant professor and program director of theater at Fresno Pacific University, will be performed at 2 p.m. in​​ North Hall 123 (Seminary Chapel) on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Follow a modern-day Adam and Eve, and a guy named "Tim" through a post-Eden world.​​ ​​ Admission​​ is from​​ $5-8, and tickets​​ can be purchased at​​ www.eventbrite.com/e/the-adam-bomb-tickets-56443533127.​​ 

 

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.​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Friday, May 3rd

Assistance League of Visalia is proud to​​ invite the Tulare County community to​​ 

our annual fundraiser, "An Evening at the Derby." All proceeds from the event​​ 

benefit the League's five children's programs provided to all Tulare County​​ 

schools. The event begins with "horse​​ racing" at 6:30 p.m. Wooden horses race to

the finish line with prizes for the winning​​ bettors. Tickets are $60. ​​ The event takes place at​​ Koetsier Ranch​​ at 8230 Ave. 272 in​​ Visalia,​​ and gates open at 6 p.m. ​​ For more information, contact Assitance League​​ at​​ 559-737-1907.

 

Saturday, May 4th

Central California SPCA is​​ partnering with Fresno’s Airways Golf Course for their​​ first-ever golf tournament at Airways. More details to come, but for now, start spreading the word! This event will be open to ALL — including families and kids. We’ll even have adoptable animals available! ​​​​ Event sponsorships are being sought, so if you know anybody who might be interested, here’s the info you need: (559) 291-6254 or email​​ proshop@airways.golf.​​ ​​ All proceeds from Dog Days at the Airways will help provide food, shelter, and veterinary care to the more than 26,000 animals who come through our open doors every year, and will assist us in placing these animals in safe, loving, forever homes. ​​​​ Additional information can be found by going to​​ https://www.airways.golf/event/2019/05/ccspca-bring-your-dog-to-airways.

 

Saturday, May 4th

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization is hosting a presentation by​​ Sister Denise Lawrence​​ who has​​ a​​ deep understanding of spiritual knowledge and practice from her 40 years of experience. ​​ She coordinates the International Communication Center at the Brahma Kumaris Headquarters in Mt. Abu India, helping to create a series of television programs on spiritual virtues, science & spirituality and environmental issues. ​​ She travels widely to share her knowledge & experience, bringing the work of Brahma Kumaris to a world wide audience. ​​​​ The event is from​​ 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.​​ at​​ ​​ Community Church (UCC),​​ 5550 North Fresno Street, Fresno. ​​ For information​​ call (559) 435-2212 - Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Org.

 

Friday, May 10th

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ Ken Friesen, professor of political science​​ at Fresno Pacific University, on the topic​​ of “Energy, Economics, and Ethics: ​​ The Countdown to One Trillion Tons of Carbon. ​​​​ 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.

 

Saturday, May 11th

Exeter, famous for its murals and known as one of America’s Prettiest Painted Places,​​ is hosting the Fifteenth​​ Annual Full Bloom Garden Walk on Saturday, May 11thfrom 9 am to 2 pm. ​​​​ Visitors are invited to explore beautiful and unique private gardens in and around the Exeter area. ​​ Be sure and take time to enjoysome refreshments hosted by Exeter’s 2012Business of the Year,​​ By the Water Tower Antiques, relax in the​​ ambiance of their lovely Victorian garden, 141 South B Street. ​​​​ Returning this year:​​ Tulare/Kings Master Gardeners​​ presents “Home Gardening Festival” and will be on site at one of our lovely gardens.​​ ​​ Learn what to​​ plant and​​ how to grow, conserve and​​ use​​ water​​ wisely, landscape “Central Valley Style,”​​ pest​​ management in​​ your​​ home​​ garden. ​​ Tickets​​ are​​ $20.00 in advance, available in Exeter at the Exeter Chamber of Commerce and​​ By the Water Tower Antiques. ​​​​ Tickets will be $25the day of the event, available only​​ at​​ By the Water Tower​​ Antiques.

 

Saturday, May 18th​​ and Sunday, May 19th

One Tribe Global presents the 4th Goddess in the Garden Faire & Festival on May 18 and 19, 2019, open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. This free family friendly event, which will be held at Sierra Meadows in Ahwahnee CA, close to Yosemite National Park, allows attendees to celebrate Spring, experience conscious community, play with other like-minded people and, if they so choose, embody and express the Voice of the Goddess.

During this two-day event, attendees will wander meandering paths through unique bohemian villages; find unique items handcrafted by artisans passionate about their gifts; find flowers and fairy wings for photos and family memories; dance to music from across the global; experience a variety of services offered by knowledgeable visionaries and healing practitioners; enjoy organic, wholesome food prepared with awareness and love. This year’s theme, Voice of the Goddess, allows visitors to experience the sounds of a mother drum, crystal singing bowls, wind chimes, as well as music from around the world. Bring the kids as there is lots to do with the children! ​​​​ For questions about the event or about One Tribe Global, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, contact D’Elle Milton at 559-472-0587, or visit onetribeglobal.org,​​ or email​​ 1tribeglobal@gmail.com.​​ 

 

Sunday, May 19th

Join​​ Fresno Art Museum​​ as StageWorks Fresno brings to life a new series of play titles for the 2019 season! ​​ ​​ “Marjorie Prime” will be performed on May 19th​​ at 2 p.m. ​​ It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie—a jumble of disparate, fading memories—has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits—if any—of what technology can replace. ​​​​ Readings are presented in the Bonner Auditorium and are free with admission to the Museum.

 

Tuesday, May 21st

The Fresno Pachamama Alliance invites you to a free “Awakening the Dreamer” symposium from 5-8 p.m. at Bitwise, Classroom 1, 700 Van Ness Blvd. in downtown Fresno. ​​ A light dinner will be served at 5. ​​ For more information, contact Pat Reeves at (559) 267-3152. ​​ 

 

Friday, May 24th

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ Ron Claassen​​ on the topic of “A​​ Retrospective on the Journey: ​​ VORP, Restorative Justice, and Discipline That Restores. ​​​​ 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.

Saturday, May 29th

Save the Date for the Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee! ​​ For more information, go to​​ https://www.facebook.com/organicstonefruitjubilee.​​ 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Friday,​​ March 1st​​ through Saturday, April 20th

Good Company Players brings allure and mystery to the 2nd Space stage with A Shot in the Dark! ​​​​ ​​ Described by the New York Times as “a bubbling, saucy comedy,” this whodunit is full of surprises. A crime of passion naturally results in numerous suspects and delicious characters in A Shot in the Dark. ​​ The play is delightfully funny, with many plot twists and turns. Set in Paris, France in 1962 we stumble upon a new magistrate about to take on his first case: a murder has been committed and the entire matter appears to be cut-and-dried. A maid is found nude, unconscious, and clutching a gun, next to her murdered lover. Everyone concludes she did it, except for one very conscientious magistrate.  ​​ ​​​​ 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. 

 

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.​​ 

 

Monday, March 4th​​ through Monday, May 6th

Fresno State nutrition and dietetic students will host 30 “Bulldogs in the Grocery Store” nutritional information tours for Fresno State students and the community from March 4 through May 6, at the Save Mart Supermarket (5750 N. First St.). The one-hour sessions will teach the importance of fruits and vegetables in fresh, dried, canned, frozen and juice products. The eight-person tours will include free educational materials, coupons, budgeting tips and recipes. A student-designed cookbook will also be available at the end of the tour for $5. Dr. Lisa Herzig, Fresno State dietetics and food​​ administration program director, is coordinating the program, which was created by a $5,000 grant from the Produce for Better Health Foundation. To register online, visit​​ http://bit.ly/FS19-grocery-tours. ​​​​ For more information, contact​​ Kassandra Ramirez at​​ kassieelizabethh@mail.fresnostate.edu.​​ 

 

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.​​ 

 

Thursday,​​ March 21st​​ through Sunday,​​ May 19th​​ 

Good Company Players’ buoyant production of HAIRSPRAY is now open at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater! ​​​​ You can’t stop the beat in this big, bold musical about an irrepressible teenager’s big, bold heart!  ​​​​ 1962 in Baltimore, and a lovable plus-size teen has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” With the help of a friend she meets in detention, Tracy learns some amazing moves and lands a spot on The Corny Collins Show. Transformed from social outcast to sudden star, Tracy uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the show. ​​ Although she is bullied by the snobbish producer and her popular and extremely nasty daughter, Tracy perseveres and wins the affections of the show’s heartthrob, integrates a TV network, and coaxes her shy mother out of the house . . . all without denting her ‘do’! Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hairspray is a fun-for-all-ages musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. ​​ ​​ 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.

 

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.​​ 

 

Saturday, April 21st​​ through Tuesday, April 30th

Blossom Trail Players, the theater in bloom, will be holding auditions for their upcoming production of Disney’s “The Beauty and the Beast.” Auditions will be held at Sanger High School's Multi Purpose Room. Junior Company Auditions, for ages 8 and under, will open on Saturday, ​​ April 21, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.​​ ​​ Auditions to the public will be held Saturday, April 27, from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, April 30, ​​ from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show will be filled with elaborate costumes, musical performances and much more. Be transformed from present day Sanger to a realm of enchanted castles and forests. ​​​​ 

 

Thursday, April 25th​​ through Saturday, April 27th

"The Adam Bomb," one-man acoustic musical written and performed by Mark Tyler Miller, assistant professor and program director of theater at Fresno Pacific University, will be performed at​​ 7:00 p.m.​​ in​​ North Hall 123 (Seminary Chapel) on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ ​​ Follow a modern-day Adam and Eve, and a guy named "Tim" through a post-Eden world. Admission​​ is​​ $5-8​​ and tickets​​ can be purchased at​​ www.eventbrite.com/e/the-adam-bomb-tickets-56443533127.​​ 

 

Friday, May 3rd​​ through Saturday, May 11th

University Theatre will present its first-ever African-American musical “Carmen Jones” May 3 through 11 in the John Wright Theatre. This Fresno premiere is directed by Professor Thomas-Whit Ellis and will feature an all African-American cast. ​​​​ The play is based on Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy’s adaption of Prosper Merimee’s “Carmen,” written by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Georges Bizet – but with a twist. The Fresno State production will, for the first time, be presented with a new, original concept. Ellis has updated the setting of the story from a 1940s parachute factory to a 1970s fictionalized version of a historically black college.​​ ​​ During the 1970s, Joe, an ROTC student, is enrolled in college where Carmen Jones works at the campus cafeteria. Carmen manages to steal Joe away from his fiancée and the ROTC, and they run off to Chicago together. But the fickle Carmen loses interest in Joe when she meets and successfully woos Husky Miller, a prizefighter on his way to the top. ​​​​ Mad with jealousy, Joe waits for Carmen outside the stadium the night of Husky's big fight to make a last desperate plea for her love. When she denies him resolutely, he stabs her to death in a rage of passion to the eerie accompaniment of the crowd inside the stadium cheering on Husky's victory. ​​ Performances on May 3 and 4 and May 7 through 11 begin at 7:30 p.m. The May 5 performance begins at 2 p.m. Latecomers will be seated at the house manager’s discretion. ​​​​ Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $12 for all students. Children under 5 not admitted. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. 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 nights, parking permits are required and can be purchased for $4 at dispensers in​​ parking lots on campus. ​​​​ For more information, contact the box office at 559-278-2216 or​​ universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.​​ 

 

Wednesday, May 8th​​ through Saturday, May 11th

Join the Fresno Art Museum during Mother’s Day Weekend to view local florists’ one-of-a-kind arrangements inspired by FAM’s exhibition, “BIG,” a selection of over-sized pieces from their Permanent Collection. ​​ Flower arrangements will be on display alongside the art in the gallery spaces. ​​ There will be a Bloom Designer Receptions on Wednesday, May 8th​​ from 6-8 p.m. where you can mingle with local florists and their arrangements, vote for your favorite, and bid on it in the silent auction. ​​ That event is free to Museum members or $15 at the door for non-members. ​​ Then on Saturday, May 11th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Celebrate Mom with bottomless mimosas and brunch in the Museum’s sculpture garden. Enjoy the art-inspired flower arrangements along with a floral arrangement demonstration by one of the featured designers. ​​ Tickets for the brunch are $30 each. ​​ Please reserve your ticket by May 8th. ​​ The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 N. First St. in Fresno. ​​ For more information, call 441-4221 or go to fresnoartmuseum.org.

 

Monday, June 17th​​ through Friday, August 2nd

Fresno​​ Art​​ Museum’s​​ 2019 Summer Art​​ Academy​​ Workshops for Kids & Teens​​ will take place with four weeks of week-long workshops​​ from​​ June 17 to 28 and July 22 to August 2, 2019. ​​ Students will explore the Elements of Art and how they apply to the Principles of Design through a variety of media in ALL of our workshops. For ages 8 to 17 unless otherwise noted. ​​​​ ArtAcademy Workshops for 8 to 17-year-olds.

Half day​​ AM Sessions are from​​ 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, and PM Sessions are from​​ 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. ​​ Full Day​​ sessions are from​​ 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

WEEK 1 (June 17 to 21)

(AM​​ session)​​ Be Inspired! Each day come and explore a different master artist from​​ 

  Picasso to Kahlo and create works of art inspired by them.

(PM session) Mixing It Up!​​ In this workshop students will explore printmaking, batik,​​ 

origami, assemblage, and more using a variety of materials and fun techniques. You will only be limited by your imagination!

WEEK 2 (June 24 to 28)

(AM session) Stop-Motion Animation:​​ Work as part of a team or on your own to create a​​ 

story and an animated short film using drawing, painting, and 3-D objects and stop-motion animation techniques.

(PM session) Comic Book Design: ​​ Learn the secrets of comic book design and story​​ 

creation with comic book writer and artist, Nicolas Garza. In addition to working with Torrid and CK Comics, Nick works as a graphic designer. He has long been a lover of the c comic book genre and is excited to share that love and his knowledge with students.

WEEK 3 (July 22 to 26)

(AM session) Collage It!​​ Taking inspiration from the FAM exhibition featuring collage​​ 

artist Catie O’Leary, students will delve into creating 2-D art from discards, torn papers, and more.

(PM session) Paint It!​​ Be inspired by four of our newest exhibitions that each reflect a​​ 

  different genre and different sort of painting technique.

WEEK 4 (July 29 to August 2)

(AM session)​​ Art in 3-D: Exploring Clay, Plaster, Wire, and More: ​​ Students will explore​​ 

a variety of media in creating sculpture with clay, plaster, wire, and other materials.

(PM session)​​ Art in 3-D: Exploring Soft-Sculpture:​​ Students will create sculptural works​​ 

  with fiber, paper, paint, and other found and natural elements.

For details and pricing,​​ go to​​ https://fresnoartmuseum.org/files/8515/5200/4096/2019_summer_workshops.pdf.​​ 

To download Registration Form,​​ go to​​ https://fresnoartmuseum.org/files/2615/5181/9823/registration_form-summer_2019.pdf.​​ 

 

Sunday, June 23rd​​ through Friday, June 28th

Fresno Pacific University Summer Music Camp 2019​​ will open for​​ students grades 6-12 (ages 11-19 as of September 1, 2019).​​ ​​ The camp takes place at the​​ FPU main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. For more information, contact Walter Saul, D.M.A., professor of music, at​​ Walter.saul@fresno.edu​​ or​​ call​​ 559-453-2012. Register at​​ www.fresno.edu/event/26566/fpu-summer-music-camp-2019.​​ 

 

Monday, July 1st​​ through Saturday, July 27th

The CSU Summer Arts festival at Fresno State is now accepting applications for the 2019 season. CSU Summer Arts offers two sessions – each being two weeks long – from July 1 through July 27. Students will have the opportunity to study side-by-side with masters across all genres, earn three to six weeks of transferable credits, build their portfolios and create lasting professional relationships. Guest artists include the acclaimed Diavolo Dance Company, award -winning and local artist Daniel Keys, and the legendary animator Vinton Heuck. Scholarships are available and enrollment deadlines vary.​​ For more information, visit​​ www.csusummerarts.org​​ or call 559-278-5856.

 

Friday, September 6th​​ through Sunday, September 22nd

Join​​ Fresno Art Museum​​ as StageWorks Fresno brings to life a new series of play titles for the 2019 season! ​​ ​​ For the month of September, they will perform “The Book of Will,” with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, September 8th​​ and 15th​​ at 2 p.m., and Sunday, September 22nd​​ at 7:30 p.m. ​​ It’s 1619-1623 in​​ London and Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Will Shakespeare is dead, and his legacy depends on a circle of devoted writers, actors, and friends. When a fishy Hamlet plays fast and loose nearby, the cohorts scramble to keep the Bard’s true words from fading into obscurity. The solution? A definitive collection of his plays. But to print it, they must overcome a ruthless publisher, an inebriated poet, and their own ticking mortality. Playwright Lauren Gunderson unfurls her trademark humor and smarts in this love letter to theatre’s timeless superstar. ​​ ​​​​ Readings are presented in the Bonner Auditorium and are free with admission to the Museum.

 

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​​ or to​​ https://www.facebook.com/interpreting.yosemite/​​ 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.

 

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.