KFCF Community Calendar

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 10/12/18

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


Friday, October 12th

Cineculture presents “Homeland (Né quelque part, 2014)” with discussants​​ Dr. Rose Marie Kuhn & Dr. Zoulikha Mouffak. ​​ Directed by Algerian-French director Mohamed Hamidi,​​ Homeland​​ narrates the adventures of Farid, a 26-year old French law student, who travels to his father’s native Algeria because of a family emergency. Discovering this country where he had never been before, he comes in contact with a colorful gallery of amazing characters whose warmth and simplicity deeply touch him. He is particularly struck by a cousin who dreams to leave Algeria and live in France. Farid’s trip becomes an incredible journey, full of humor and humanity, an experience that will totally upset the image he had of his family and lead him to take a new look at his own identity.​​ This film is co-sponsored by the French Program and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures and L’Alliance Française de Fresno. ​​ The film will be screened at 5:30 p.m. in 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. ​​ For the full fall line-up, go to​​ http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.​​ 


Friday, October 12th

Fresno Filmworks presents the experimental theatre drama “Madeline’s Madeline,” a portrait of a teenager’s desire for self expression contrasted with a mother’s inherent impulse to protect. Newcomer Helena Howard stars as Madeline, who has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips through the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives. A raw depiction of the fluidity of reality within the creative process -- which is reflective of writer/director Josephine Decker’s own relationship to the film -- the story’s authenticity is amplified through the relentlessly intimate cinematography of Ashley Connor. Screenings are at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. ​​ Advance tickets cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors, and they can be purchased by check or cash at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave. Visit FresnoFilmworks.org for tickets and details.


Friday, October 12th

The Reedley Peace Center presents​​ Ted Loewen and Jerry Linscheid on the topic of ​​ the November ballot initiatives. ​​ 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, October 12th

The Orphiq Percussion Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. in the Fresno State Concert Hall. ​​ The quartet is made up of Sean Clark, Michael Downing, Peyton Esraelian and Robert Strong, all of whom are working musicians in the Fresno area. Percussionist Cameron Leach will also perform as a featured soloist. Tickets are available at the door and cost $15 for general admission, $5 for non-Fresno State students, and free to Fresno State students with ID.


Friday, October 12th​​ and Saturday, October 13th​​ 

“The Committee of Union and Progress: Founders, Ideology, and Structure” conference will be ​​ held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, October​​ 12th, in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Room 191), and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October​​ 13th, in the Conley Art Building (Room 101). The conference focuses on the Committee of Union and Progress, who were the political leaders of Ottoman Turkey throughout most of the period 1908-1915. Conference participants​​ include​​ Dr. Raymond Kevorkian, of Paris; Dr. Ümit Kurt, Kazan Visiting Professor; Dr. Yektan Turkyilmaz, of Berlin; and Dr. Hans-Lukas Kieser, of Australia will analyze the CUP and its relationships with Armenians. Free parking is available on both conference days in Fresno State Lots P5 and P6, near the University Business Center.


Saturday, October 13th

Gallery 25 presents the work of Valerie Runningwolf for a Solo Exhibit called “Behind the Mask”. The artist has evolved her process of creating masks and explores through the medium of mixed media who we are on the outside is often not the person who is on

the inside. The artist feels that sometimes we hide behind a mask, not allowing our true selves or feelings to be seen or expressed. The mask is what people see. But, behind the mask we can find our true selves. ​​ The exhibit runs from October 4 - 28, with the Second Saturday Arthop on October 13 from Noon-3pm. ​​ Gallery 25 is located at the M Street Arts Complex at 1419 “M” Street in downtown Fresno. ​​ For more information, call 559-264-4092 or go to gallery25.org. ​​ 


Saturday, October 13th​​ 

The Fresno Center For Nonviolence will screen the film​​ “Who are These Russians and Why Do We Hate them?” at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6) at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave (SE corner McKinley and Olive). ​​ Is Russia the evil empire, the red menace, a threat to our Democracy, freedom and security? ​​ Is Putin a dictator, a thug or a patriotic nationalist? ​​ Could the fear and demonization of Russia and Putin come from Bush I, the CIA, Reagan and Joe McCarthy? ​​ Tensions between us have never been worse and all life on earth is hanging in the balance. ​​ The film is meant to provoke reflection and discussion among those who can see beyond the daily media manipulation of reality that is called news. ​​ A discussion will following the screening with the filmmaker, Regis Tremblay. This event is co-sponsored by Fresno Center for Nonviolence and Peace Fresno. ​​ It is free to the public but​​ donations​​ are​​ welcomed.​​ The venue is wheelchair accessible. ​​ For more information call the Center Monday-Friday between​​ 11-3​​ at​​ 559-237-3223,​​ or send an email to Angela Price at​​ angela.price41@comcast.net.​​  ​​​​ 


Saturday, October 13th

The Master Gardeners of Merced will host a public workshop on​​ Tree Planting. ​​ The workshop is from 9:00-11:00​​ a.m.​​ at the UCCE office, 2145 Wardrobe Ave, Merced.  ​​​​ 

For more information and to register please call 385-7403.


Saturday, October 13th

After months of planning, Downtown Fresno Latino cultural center Arte Américas​​ will​​ unveil an inaugural fund-raiser and fashion show presented in the theme of El Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead. ​​ The event will take place in the center's lush outdoor garden space, Plaza Paz. Eruvey Tapia, a designer-to-the-stars whose works were presented during September's Fashion Week in New York City, will be the special guest along with a display of over thirty creatively formal dresses that he designed -- some that are created with embellishments like corn husks, flowers, and newspapers. ​​ Sixteen local women were chosen from a casting-call that drew over fifty individuals from throughout the Valley. ​​ They will model his creations with their faces elaborately painted in styles inspired by El Día de Muertos. ​​ Make-up and hair will be performed by students at Paul Mitchell The School Fresno. ​​ The event will also serve as the platform to announce the 2018 Armando O. Rodriguez Legacy Award winner. ​​ This year's awardee will be Lilia Gonzales Chavez, Executive Director of the Fresno Arts Council. ​​ In addition to her many contributions to the art community in her current position, Chavez was also the former Executive Director of Arte Américas and was pivotal in the organization’s acquisition of its current property on Van Ness and Calaveras. ​​​​ The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. featuring appetizers from local restaurants, and the fashion show will begin at 7:00. ​​ Because it is the inaugural fashion show, the general admission tickets are now $25, students with an ID $15, and children under 12 $10.​​ 

Tickets are available online at​​ www.arteamericas.org​​ or in the gift shop at Arte Américas. ​​ Ticket sales will be applied to funds raised to meet a $25,000 "matching grant" from the Whitney Foundation. ​​ If Arte Americas can raise $25,000, the Foundation will match those funds dollar-for-dollar. ​​ The $50,000 total will then be deposited into the organization's endowment fund as part of a greater sustainability effort. ​​​​ Tickets​​ can be purchased at the door or at​​ www.arteamericas.org.​​ 


Saturday, October 13th

Residents of Fresno City Council District 3 are invited to participate in one of the last forums that will take place before the November 6th election. Community and Labor groups are joining together to make sure community residents’ concerns are heard, commitments are made and accountability begins. ​​​​ Issues Affecting Southwest Fresno​​ include​​ Employment, Education, Poverty, Crime, Housing and Immigration. Candidates Miguel Arias and Tate Hill​​ will participate in the forum which is being hosted by​​ Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP), Mi Familia Vota, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Central Valley Partnership (CVP), Voice Of Including Community Equitably (V.O.I.C.E.) and SEIU Locals 1000, 521, 2015. ​​ The Community Town Hall takes place from​​ 1-3pm​​ at the​​ Cecil C. Hinton Community Center,​​ 2385 S. Fairview Ave., Fresno. For more information, call Hrair Messerlian at​​ 559-244-1830.


Saturday, October 13th​​ and Sunday, October 15th

The 26th Annual Intermountain Harvest Arts Festival will be held October 13th​​ & 14th​​ at on the grounds of Sierra High School near the Eastern Sierra Historical Society Museum under large shade trees. ​​ The Festival goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. ​​ There’s lots of paved parking and attendance is free! ​​ The festival is being underwritten by Friends of the Auberry Library (FOAL) and held at a shady location on the High School grounds and at The Eastern Fresno County Historical Museum grounds. Intermountain Nursery is still handling the artist applications and more information will be coming out soon. There will be music, art, fine craft, food, farm booths, demonstrations, kid's activities & more. Mark your calendar and plan to attend to see the amazing artistic talent that you may have not known about that exists right here in our own community! ​​ For more information, contact Intermountain Nursery at 559-855-3113.


Sunday, October 14th

The 19th​​ Annual “Men Who Cook” event takes place at the Fresno Art Museum from 1-5 p.m. ​​ You can savor tastes of over 75 dishes, sip wines and craft beers, and visit with other guests and chefs. ​​ At the same time guests can explore the Museum’s current art exhibitions, interact with local visual artists and enjoy musical entertainment provided by TNT DJ Fresno. Advance tickets (through 9/30/18) are $30, and from 10/1/18 until they sell out, they’re $40. ​​ For tickets go to mwc10-14-2018.eventrbrite.com, or go to fresnoartmuseum.org/mwc.​​ 


Sunday, October 14th

In advance of the October 23rd​​ premiere​​ of its​​ new four-part series from Providence Pictures - Native America, Valley PBS is hosting a free local event called “The Gathering.” ​​ Weaving history and science with living indigenous traditions, the series brings to life a land of massive cities connected by social networks spanning two continents, with unique and sophisticated systems of science, art and writing. Made with the active participation of Native- American communities and filmed in some of the most spectacular locations in the hemisphere, Native America reveals an ancient and still thriving culture whose splendor and ingenuity is only now beginning to be fully understood and appreciated. ​​​​ ValleyPBS received a local engagement grant from PBS and The Anne Ray Foundation to further the impact of this film with the production of four local content pieces that will tell the story of Native Americans in the Central Valley. ​​ ​​ The Gathering” takes place​​ on Sunday, October 14th​​ at​​ Arte Americas,​​ 1630 Van Ness Ave, Fresno, from​​ 1pm to 5pm.​​ ​​ ValleyPBS has partnered with the following Central Valley organizations: North Fork Rancheria, Fresno American Indian Health Project, Fresno City College Rain Program, The Indigenous Warriors Flag Group, Fresno State’s Native American Initiative and the Wukchumni Youth to produce the local stories and organize the event. ​​​​ “The Gathering”​​ is family friendly and will feature demonstrations, crafts, food, a photo exhibition, performances, story-telling and screenings of the PBS film Native America followed by panel discussions. ​​ For a complete event agenda and additional information go to​​ valleypbs.org/thegathering.


Monday, October 15th

Radio Bilingüe is convening a town hall in Sanger with residents of CD 21, a district with Latino supermajority and a major battleground in the fight for the US Congress. ​​​​ The community forum will be​​ from​​ 6:00 - 7:30​​ p.m. at the​​ Sanger Woman's Clubhouse,​​ 1602 7th Street (at P Street)​​ in Sanger. ​​ The public dialogue will focus on issues of the highest interest to residents of CD 21, including access to health care, access to higher education, DACA and immigration, jobs, air quality and the water access crisis. ​​​​ Radio Bilingüe has extended an invitation to both candidates in CD 21's race: incumbent Rep. David Valadao and Democratic challenger TJ Cox. We have confirmed participation from Mr. Cox. Rep. Valadao has declined the invitation. ​​​​ Sponsored by Radio Bilingüe, the town hall will be produced and moderated in collaboration with KQED Central Valley Bureau, and will include questions from selected community panelists and members from the live audience. ​​​​ This special program is part of the series "Hacia el Voto 2018," an election and civic-participation news coverage that's a tradition on Radio Bilingüe. The program will be aired tape-delay the following day on Radio Bilingüe's three full-power stations in the San Joaquin Valley, as well as an additional 60 stations affiliated to the Latino public radio network around the country. The program will also be distributed via webcast, podcast, and audio on demand. ​​​​ For more information, contact​​ chuyag@radiobilingue.org,​​ or call​​ 559-455-5782.


Monday, October 15th

The R.I.D.E. Foundation is hosting a fundraising Golf Tournament on October 15th at Dragon Fly Golf Course in Madera. Your $125 registration fee includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, range balls and a delicious lunch provided by the Cosmopolitan Tavern. ​​​​ There will be a no-host bar along with raffle prizes from these supporting local businesses:

o Cedar View Winery: Wine Tasting for 10 (including appetizers)

o Alcatraz East: Crime Museum: General Admission for 4

o Fresno Grizzlies: General Admission for 4

o Pier 39: Fun Pack for 2

o Sonoma Raceway: Admission for 2 to Monster Energy Drink Cup Series

o San Francisco Zoo: Two Free Admission

o Fresno Chaffee Zoo: Family Four-Pack

Fresno Rifle & Pistol Club

Fresno Lexus is giving away a chance to win a brand new LEXUS! Hit a Hole In One at the Lexus sponsored hole and drive home your brand new Lexus! ​​​​ After our Golf Tournament we will have time to enjoy each others company at our Awards Banquet starting at 6:00 PM. ​​​​ The R.I.D.E. Foundation is a non-profit that provides equine education, training, rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of at risk horses and provides proven equine-based therapies for PTSD, social anxieties, ADHD, emotional and developmental disorders. ​​​​ Registration can also be done online at: dragonflygolfclub.com/online-store/.​​ 


Monday, October 15th

The Guitar Studio Concert will be held at 8 p.m. in the Wahlberg Recital Hall, Music Building, Room 183. The concert will feature performances by the classical guitar students of Fresno State. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for employees and seniors and $5 for students. Parking is $4 in Lot P1.


Monday, October 15th​​ through Thursday, October 18th

Musica Viva opens its 16th season with four free concerts, titled “American Visionaries”. The featured artists Susan Doering, Dieter Wulfhorst, and Faith DeBow will be performing interesting and evocative piano trios by Leonard Bernstein, Amy Beach, and Lera Auerbach. Readings and texts from each of the composers will also accompany the music. ​​ The four free performances are on:

October 15, 2018 (Monday): 7:00 p.m.

  Fresno: University Presbyterian Church

  1776 E. Roberts Avenue

  Fresno, CA 93710-6509

October 16, 2018 (Tuesday): 7:00 p.m.

  Reedley, First Mennonite Church

  1208 L Street

  Reedley, CA 93654-3338

October 17, 2018 (Wednesday): 7:00 p.m.

  Kingsburg: Concordia Lutheran Church

  1800 Sierra Street

  Kingsburg, CA 93631-1407

October 18, 2018 (Thursday): 7:00 p.m.

Visalia: First Presbyterian Church

215 N. Locust Street

Visalia, CA 93291-4945

For more information please contact them at (559) 392-1425 or dwcello@yahoo.com.


Tuesday, October 16th

Visiting professor in Armenian Studies Dr. Ümit Kurt will give his second public lecture on “Proactive Local Perpetrators: Mehmet Yasin (Sani Kutluğ) and Ali Cenani” at 7:30 p.m. in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191. In his presentation, Dr. Kurt will recover the stories Mehmet Yasin and Ali Cenani of Aintab, modern-day Gaziantep, and in the surrounding district. Biographies of a genocide’s local leaders can illustrate the social processes, institutional cultures, and power relations that undergirded the violence. This lecture hopes to do this by highlighting the human element: the actors, their motives, and their actions. Kurt was appointed the 15th Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies for the fall 2018 semester. A free parking code for lots P6 and P5 can be obtained by calling the Armenian Studies program at 559-278-2669.


Wednesday, October 17th

As part of the fall 2018 Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series, there will be a Panel Discussion on Restorative Justice and the School to Prison Pipeline, co-sponsored with Department of Criminology, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Mediator Mentors. ​​ It takes place starting at 6 p.m. in the Peters Education Center (in the Student Rec Center).

The panelists are TBA. ​​ This event is free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of the Leon S. Peters Foundation and Fresno State’s College of Arts and​​ Humanities. ​​ For more information visit​​ http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/ethicscenter ​​​​ or contact Ethics Center director Andrew Fiala at​​ afiala@csufresno.edu.​​ 


Wednesday, October 17th

The public is invited to a​​ Fresno town hall forum on pressing issues facing Congressional District 22, the hotly contested district that has become a major battleground in the national fight for control of the United States Congress in the November 6, 2018 mid-term elections. Republican incumbent Devin Nunes is being challenged by Democrat Andrew Janz in this California San Joaquin Valley district that covers areas of Fresno and Tulare Counties and is now majority people of color. Janz is confirmed while to date Nunes has not responded to repeated invitations to participate in the forum being hosted by the Fresno-based Radio Bilingüe Latino Public Radio Network and Faith in the Valley community organization in California's Central Valley.

The town hall is scheduled for​​ 7:00​​ p.m. at the​​ St. Paul Catholic Newman Center

1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno. ​​ Local residents are invited to gather at the forum and share their questions, testimonies and opinions on urgent issues for Congressional District 22, such as access to health care and higher education, immigration, poverty, jobs, air and water quality, and the escalating political divide across the Valley and nation.  ​​​​ The town hall will be co-moderated by representatives of Faith in the Valley and Radio Bilingüe, and feature questions from selected community panelists and​​ members from the live audience. ​​ The tape-delayed broadcast of the forum​​ will air​​ October​​ 18th​​ at 5 PM​​ on Radio Bilingüe's three full-power stations in the San Joaquin Valley – 91.5 KSJV Fresno, KMPO 88.7 Modesto-Stockton and KTQX 90.1 Bakersfield ​​ - as well as an additional 75 stations affiliated with the Latino public radio network around the country. The program will also be distributed via webcast, podcast, and audio on demand. ​​​​ For more information, contact Maria de​​ Jesus Gomez by e-mail to

chuyag@radiobilingue.org​​ or by phone to​​ 559-455-5782.


Wednesday, October 17th

The Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series continues with “Restorative Justice: A Solution to the School to Prison Pipeline?” panel from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Peters Education Center inside the Student Recreation Center. The interdisciplinary panel members include: Professor Tinneke Van Camp, Department of Criminology; Chief Joe Garza, Reedley Police Department; Lt. Marc Ediger, Reedley Police Department; Jake Harder, West Coast Mennonite Central Committee and Reedley Peace Building Initiative; Erica Hassenbeck, Restorative Practices Manager, Department of Prevention and Intervention at Fresno Unified; Professor Marcus Shaw, Department of Criminology; and Arnold Trevino, Fresno State masters in social work student and Project Rebound student assistant. The event is co-sponsored with the Department of Criminology, Peace and Conflict Studies and Mediator Mentors. Parking is $4 in lots P3, P2, or P5.


Wednesday, October 17th

Award-winning producer and director for Valley Public Television Oscar Speace will speak about “A Career in Public Television” as part of the Media, Communication and Journalism Lecture Series. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.​​ in the Peters Building​​ foyer, followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Peters Building Room 191. Parking is $4 in lot P6 or P5.


Thursday, October 18th

For one day one, the world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater will perform at the Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave., at 7 p.m. ​​ Direct from Las Vegas, and as seen on Jay Leno, David Letterman, Animal Planet and as a finalist on America’s Got Talent, this event is co-sponsored by the Fresno Humane Animal Services and Bandit’s Buddies Rescue. ​​ For tickets or information, go to​​ www.towertheatrefresno.com.​​ 


Thursday, October 18th

Fresno Pacific University presents the Fresno Pacific University High School Choral Festival featuring Fresno/Clovis choirs, guest clinician Ianthe Marini, D.M.A., Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University. ​​ The Festival takes place from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at North Fresno Church-Mennonite Brethren, 5724 N. Fresno St., Fresno. This is a free event. More information is available at 559-453-2267,​​ music@fresno.edu, or at​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 


Thursday, October 18th

As Fresno State continues to join a Central Valley-wide effort to address achievement gaps in the region, the University will host the annual Exemplary Practices in Educational Leadership Conference, featuring inspirational speaker and bestselling author Dr. Pedro Noguera. ​​​​ At 8:15 a.m. Noguera will give a keynote address at the conference that runs until 3 p.m. at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building (808 4th St.). The conference provides an opportunity for educational leaders to learn and share from one another. It allows school districts to showcase their work by highlighting how they're focusing their efforts towards one shared goal — improving learning outcomes for students. ​​​​ The conference will include breakfast (beginning at 7:30 a.m.) and lunch along with 16 breakout sessions highlighting innovative leadership practices throughout Central California. ​​​​ Registration is $225 and will be open online through October​​ 18. ​​​​ For more information or to register go to​​ www.fresnostate.edu/weltycenter.​​ 


Friday, October 19th

Cineculture presents “Homeland” (Discussant: TBA). ​​ Directed by Algerian-French director Mohamed Hamidi, Homeland narrates the adventures of Farid, a 26-year old French law student, who travels to his father’s native Algeria because of a family emergency. Discovering this country where he had never been before, he comes in contact with a colorful gallery of amazing characters whose warmth and simplicity deeply touch him. He is particularly struck by a cousin who dreams to leave Algeria and live in France. Farid’s trip becomes an incredible journey, full of humor and humanity, an experience that will totally upset the image he had of his family and lead him to take a new look at his own identity. This screening is co-sponsored by The French Program and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures. ​​ The film will be screened at 5:30 p.m. in 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. ​​ For the full fall line-up, go to​​ http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.​​ 


Friday, October 19th

A group of experts will come together from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kremen School education building (ED) 54 at Fresno State to educate the campus and beyond on “Humanizing Border Policy: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Family Separations on the Border.” The discussion will include political and legal context and the impact these practices have on families. This event is presented by the College of Social Sciences, Kremen School of Education and Human Development and the California Faculty Association. RSVP to Dr. Amber Crowell​​ atacrowell@csufresno.edu.​​ 


Friday, October 19th

What happens after hours at the Henry Madden Library? Find out at this upcoming event which explores the local arts scene in Fresno. ​​​​ The event features​​ DJ Mr. Leonard, a pop-up art show, hands on creativity with Juan Felipe Herrera, and a panel chat with local art influencers. Learn about Fresno’s vibrant arts scene and immerse yourself in the all the sights and sounds that make up the local community’s unique identity. ​​​​ Panel Speakers include​​ Dr. Cindy Ruth Urrutia, Director of the Center for Creativity and Arts at Fresno State (moderator),​​ Lilia Chavez, Executive Director at Fresno Arts Council,​​ Frank Delgado, Executive Director at Arte Americas Casa De La Cultura,​​ Aileen Imperatrice, local artist,​​ Leonard Longmire, local DJ,​​ Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate-emeritus, and​​ Dr. Thomas Whit Ellis, Director of University Theater. ​​ This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free for this event. Go to​​ https://library.fresnostate.edu/content/library-after-hours-october-19-2018​​ for more information. ​​ RSVP:​​ http://bit.ly/libraryafterhours.​​ 


Saturday, October 20th

A Women’s (and allies) Demonstration at Blackstone and Nees will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. ​​ In response to the continuing march of military aggression by the USA and to put an antiwar agenda back on the table of activists there is to be a Women’s (and allies) March on the Pentagon, Peace Fresno will demonstrate at Blackstone and Nees in Fresno from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Our demands are simple: The complete end to the wars abroad; closure of foreign bases; dramatically slash the Pentagon budget to fund healthy social programs here at home: the only good empire is a gone empire.  ​​ ​​​​ 


Saturday, October 20th

La Feria de Educación, one of three California State University education fairs held throughout the state and conducted mostly in Spanish, will be hosted by Fresno State for the fourth year on Saturday, October 20, at the Maple Mall on campus. Co-sponsored by the CSU Chancellors Office, Univision Fresno and the Mexican Consulate Office in Fresno, the past two Fresno State Feria annual events each drew more than 10,000 participants – Spanish-speaking families and their children – from Central Valley schools with the help of county migrant education offices. School district officials are encouraged to help promote the event in their respective areas. ​​ Mexican recording artist and actress Carmen Jara will be honored at a free, public college information fair​​ at Fresno State conducted in Spanish and designed primarily to help increase the number of Latino students who attend and graduate from college. ​​​​ Part of the California State University system’s Latino Initiative held at three campuses throughout the state, La Feria de Educación will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, on the Maple Mall (south of the Satellite Student Union) at Fresno State with 10,000-plus expected to attend. ​​​​ Jara will be recognized as “Embajadora de la Feria de Educación” (Ambassador of the Education Fair) after University President Joseph I. Castro delivers the welcome at 10 a.m. for the event presented by Fresno State, the California State University, Spanish-language television network Univision and the Mexican Consulate in Fresno. ​​​​ Feria features a college resource fair with representatives from colleges throughout the state, workshops including education path and financial aid tools, food vendors, guest speakers and special activities for children, such as a visualization booth where students can pose for photos depicting their future careers. A reading garden features local leaders like Castro reading to children. This year Feria will be expanding its kid’s zone, featuring science, technology, engineering and mathematics related activities and more. ​​​​ Live entertainment includes student performances by the Fresno State Mariachi and Los Danzantes de Aztlan Mexican folkloric dance troupe. Fresno State alumna Alejandra Tejeda returns for the third year to sing the national anthem.

The College of Science and Mathematics at Fresno State will present Day of Discovery in partnership with Feria de Education. Day of Discovery will offer interactive activities for ages 2 to 92 next to the Maple Mall and Satellite Student Union. ​​​​ Valley residents can sign up for transportation by​​ contacting Lilia Roybal at 559-497-3836 or lroybal@fcoe.org. School districts can register by contacting Angie Iribe at 559-278-2923 or​​ angiemiribe@csufresno.edu. ​​​​ For more information, contact Martina Granados at 559-278-5374 or​​ martinag@mail.fresnostate.edu. ​​​​ 


Saturday, October 20th

A special workshop will be held​​ by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization​​ from 1 to 5 p.m.​​ on​​ "Resilience & Stability With Inner Powers of the Soul.” ​​ ​​ What are 'inner powers?' i.e. strength and wisdom within us. ​​ Have you experienced being unable to make decisions, and by asking others it only increased confusion? ​​ OR, were there times when you were strong willed and got through difficult situations nobody thought you could? ​​ This workshop will help with the question “how can I make myself be more successful each time I face a situation?” ​​ The workshop takes place from​​ 1:00 - 5:00 pm​​ at the​​ Community United Church of Christ,​​ 5250 North Fresno St. in Fresno. ​​ There will be a talk, discussion, time for self-reflection and guided meditation. ​​​​ Please register by October 15th 2018, by email​​ to​​ BKWSOfresno@gmail.com. ​​ There is no charge for the class, but full attendance is required. ​​​​ Light refreshments will be provided. ​​ For more information, call​​ (559) 435-2212.​​ 


Saturday, October 20th

The Ninth Annual Taste The Arts Festival is coming to Downtown Visalia.​​ ​​ Learn all about our local talent throughout Garden Street between Main Street and the Old Lumberyard. ​​ Enjoy three city blocks of art sales; live performances; food; art workshops; and wellness activities during the biggest art party of the year! ​​ Taste The Arts will feature over 100 artists, two stages and a variety of free hands-on activities. No​​ tickets are needed to attend this FREE family-friendly event, which is fun for all ages and enjoyable for everyone.​​ ​​ Celebrate with the Arts Consortium as​​ they​​ share the art of over 100 artists. ​​ Kick off your holiday shopping and purchase that perfect, one-of-a-kind, handmade gift to brighten someone’s day. ​​​​ Taste The Arts will have everything from contemporary Basket Weaving by the Arts Consortium’s 2018 Artists of the Year Toni Best, to the breathtaking acrylic paintings of Mikayla Gutierrez,​​ the​​ 2018 Breakout Artist of the Year.​​  ​​​​ Taste The Arts will also have macrame, granite sculptures, wood sculptures and carving, and every kind of two-dimensional art imaginable from impressionism to digital art.​​  ​​​​ No previous art experience is required to enjoy the show! Participate in the Task Party, the Visalia Farmer's Market food sculpture challenge, and much more. Sit in on live art demonstrations, try your hand at various art contest, see beautiful art for sale and stop by the Center Street Stage for a full day of live performances. ​​​​ The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.​​ Throughout the day guest will be able to participate in the farmers market fun with food art challenge, printmaking with C.O.S printmaking club led by Francisco Alonzo, and hands-on ceramics with Antonio Cuellar (Mooney Grove Lily Pond project finalist) and join the fun with the My Voice Media Task Party - all for FREE! ​​ Indulge in a wide variety of foods as diverse as the crops grown in our Valley from local food trucks. For more information about Taste The Arts visit: artsconsortium.org/tastethearts or call (559) 802-3266.


Sunday, October 21st

Insight Garden Program's​​ SagesNotCages​​ Fundraiser​​ takes place from 5-8 p.m. at​​ Gazebo Gardens Nursery, 3204 N Van Ness Blvd, Fresno. ​​ ​​ Since 2002, Insight Garden Program has transformed the lives of thousands of people in prison; ended ongoing cycles of incarceration and created safer, more connected communities. ​​​​ Come to Gazebo Gardens to celebrate the transformative work our Central Valley Community has provided to people in prison through reconnection to nature. Come share food, drinks, and live music with a community that stands at the intersection of environmental, social, and criminal justice reform. ​​​​ Join us as a people, community, and society that grows our collective wisdom as sages - rather than building more cages! What we do now together will define the world we create for generations to come. Insight Garden Program intentionally and simultaneously addresses racial inequity, economic disparity, and environmental degradation.​​  ​​​​ Tickets​​ are $20 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children under 12, and​​ can be purchased at​​ www.eventbrite.com/e/sagesnotcages-insight-garden-program-fundraiser-tickets-48246357153. ​​ If you can’t​​ come to the​​ event, please consider sponsoring a ticket for a formerly-incarcerated attendee! ​​​​ ​​ 


Tuesday, October 23rd

There will be an Indian Classical Music Concert from 7-9 p.m. at the Wahlberg Recital Hall in Old Music Bldg, Fresno State. ​​ Tickets are $15 (free to Fresno State students with I.D.). Recommended parking in LOT P1 LOT C (fee $ 4). ​​ Dr. Lovely Sharma, guest artist, performs on Sitar (Indian String Instrument) with Pt. Debasis Chakroborty on improvised Indian Slide Guitar accompanied on Tabla (Indian percussion instrument) by Pt. Shashanka Bakshi. ​​ For more information, contact Joan K. Sharma, by e-mail to​​ jksharma@csufresno.edu. ​​ 


Tuesday, October 23rd

105.9 KMJ, and ValleyPBS are pleased to announce a debate between District 16 U.S. Representative Jim Costa and his challenger, Elizabeth Heng. The debate will be held at 6:00 p.m. on October 23. ​​ The venue for the debate will be announced soon. The debate will air, live, on Fox26’s sister station CW59, and on NewsTalk 580 and 105.9 KMJ, with a commercial-free encore broadcast on ValleyPBS. ​​ It will also stream, live, on KMPH.com and KMJNow.com desktop and mobile websites, and via Facebook live.


Thursday, October 25th

Fresno Pacific University Men's Chorus will perform with guest choir Central Valley Vocal Project, at 7:30 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts, Fresno. There is a $5 admission, payable at the door, or free for FPU community, including Alumni ID cardholders. More information available at 559-453-2267,​​ music@fresno.edu, or​​ www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 


Thursday, October 25th

Fresno Pacific University presents The Cherry Orchard, part of the Fresno Pacific University Staged Reading Series. Instructor Brooke Aiello directs a play by Anton Chekhov. ​​ It will be performed at 7 p.m. at North Hall 123 (Seminary Chapel) on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. ​​ This event is free.


Friday, October 25th

Artists Carissa Garcia and Carribean Fragoza will present “Chicanas in Local History: Recovering Lost Murals” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Henry Madden Library, second floor south wing at Fresno State. As cultural workers and artists, Carissa and Carribean will discuss their relationship to lost murals in their communities (Fresno and El Monte/South El Monte, respectively) and their efforts to document, recover and engage the past. They’ll examine the challenge of writing histories without archives and uncovering art that has been whitewashed. More information is available by contacting Fresno State history professor Dr. Romeo Guzman​​ atromeog@mail.fresnostate.edu.​​ 


Friday, October 26th

Join the Pan Valley Institute in celebrating its 20th​​ anniversary of accompanying immigrants and refugees through their journeys for justice. ​​ The event includes community dialogues (“placticas”), opportunities to meet old friends and make new ones, the Tamejavi Cultural Kitchen, an evening of celebration with music, poetry, storytelling and food, a multimedia exhibit telling the story of their work, and a silent auction to help raise funds for their programs. ​​ It takes place at the Falls Event Center, 4105 W. Figarden Drive in Fresno. ​​ This will be an all-day event starting at noon with a Cultural Kitchen happening from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. ​​ Community dialogues are from 3:00 to 5:00 and a blessing ceremony from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. with the Grand Finale from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. ​​ Tickets are $30 and all proceeds benefit American Friends Service Committee’s Pan Valley Institute. ​​ To buy a ticket or make a donation if you cannot attend, go to​​ https://www.afsc.org/event/twenty-years-accompanying-immigrants-and-refugees.​​ 


Friday, October 26th

Cineculture presents “RBG” with discussant Donna Schuele (Attorney, Author, Professor). ​​ At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG, directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, explores Ginsburg’s amazing life and long legal career. 98 minutes. ​​ This screening is co-sponsored by The Jewish Studies Program and the Jewish Studies Association.  ​​​​ To see the trailer, visit​​ https://rocofilms.com/rbg. This film will be screened at 5:30 p.m. in 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. ​​ For the full fall line-up, go to​​ http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.​​ 


Friday, October 26th

The Reedley Peace Center presents Andrew Janz, candidate for California Congressional District 22. ​​ (Note: Reedley Peace Center has attempted to have presentations by the four candidates running for Congressional Districts 21 and 22. They have received responses only from Andrew Janz and TJ Cox.) ​​ The event takes place from 7-8:30 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, October 26th

Fresno Pacific University invites you to a performance by Julie Carter, D.M.A., soprano with Matthew Dean, collaborative pianist, at 7:30 p.m. at Willow Avenue Mennonite Church, 2529 Willow Avenue, Clovis.


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

The Yosemite Peace Symposium, a “Gathering of Peacemakers,” takes place at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp.  ​​​​ This symposium is for Environmentalists,  ​​ ​​​​ Educators, Corporate Sustainability Staff, Community Organizers, Activists and  ​​ ​​​​ Peacemakers young and old! ​​ They are offering three tracks to choose from – Peace and the Environment, Peace and Our Youth and Peace and Human Dignity – with very focused breakout sessions in each track. Speakers will share ideas for you take away. The final track will be a facilitated goal-setting session, so that you will leave with specific tools to implement a plan for building peace in your community. ​​ The organizers hope that what is implemented will create a movement that will eventually be a “tipping point” where we will see the spread of peaceful practices on a larger scale. ​​ And it won’t end there.  ​​​​ They are building a community of peacemakers who will share ideas and support each other through regular, online communication. ​​ Net proceeds from the Yosemite Peace Symposium will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need help most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens, and Mountain Area Jubilee, a program that provides tools and training to local people in their efforts to rise out of poverty.  ​​​​ Registration includes breakfast, lunch and breaks both days. Travel and​​ lodging is not included. ​​ Special student pricing is available as well. ​​ Email info@yosemitepeace.com for more information. ​​ Registration between 8/1/18 and 9/25/18 is $260, and after that it’s $295. ​​ For more information and a full line-up of speakers, go to​​ http://www.yosemitepeace.com.​​ 


Friday, October 26th

Fresno Pacific University presents Julie Carter, soprano, with Matthew Dean, collaborative pianist, and Soli Deo Gloria, part of the Fresno Pacific University Pacific Artist Series.  ​​​​ The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Willow Avenue Mennonite Church, 2529 Willow Avenue, Clovis. $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, or $5 for the FPU community including Alumni ID cardholders, payable at the door. More information is available at 559-453-2267,​​ music@fresno.edu, or​​ www.fresno.edu/events/pacificartist.​​ 


Tuesday, October 30th

As part of the fall 2018 Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series, there will be a lecture by Jim Boren on Ethical Leadership. ​​ In this lecture, Jim Boren, former executive editor of The Fresno Bee, will offer words of wisdom about ethical leadership based on his experience in covering leaders though our community and the world. Boren was honored in May 2018 with an award for Ethical Leadership by the Fresno State Ethics Center and the Lyles Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is the executive director of Fresno State’s new Institute for Media and Public Trust. ​​ This event is free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of the Leon S. Peters Foundation and Fresno State’s College of Arts and Humanities. ​​ It takes place from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Peters Business 191 (University Business Center). ​​ For more information visit​​ http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/ethicscenter ​​​​ or contact Ethics Center director Andrew Fiala at​​ afiala@csufresno.edu.​​ 


Thursday, November 1st

The 68th​​ Annual Food Bazaar of the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church takes place on Thursday, November 1st, celebrating the harvest season and the bounty that the San Joaquin Valley provides. ​​ They will be preparing a number of tasty, popular Armenian foods such as cheese boreg, kufta, choreg, khadaif, paklava and much more, for immediate use or to freeze for the holiday season. ​​ The event takes place at the Holy Trinity Church Social Hall (at “M” and 2226 Ventura St.). ​​ Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring shish kebab for $17 or chicken kebob for $15 (with pilaf, yalanchi, cheese boreg, Armenian pastry and a drink. ​​ You can either drive through or dine in/take out. ​​ Pre-order at 559-486-1141 by Monday, October 29th​​ for pickup meals of 6 or more. ​​ Doors open at 10 a.m. for purchase of baked goods, frozen foods, country store items, etc. ​​ For more information, call 559-486-1141 or go to​​ www.holytrinityfresno.org.​​ 


Friday, November 2nd

Cineculture presents “Roots” with discussant Lilit Martirosyan (Producer). ​​ Roots, by Armenian director Vahé Yan, tells the story of a Boston-based journalist-blogger named Aram who decides to visit Armenia on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in 2015 and cover the commemorative events on his blog. In Armenia purely​​ by accident, he meets Anet, who lives in France and who, under the nickname Vané, is one of his regular blog readers. The beautiful love story that emerges makes these protagonists’ ties with their native homeland even more profound. A modern-day romance. This screening is co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program. ​​ The film will be screened at 5:30 p.m. in 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. ​​ For the full fall line-up, go to​​ http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.​​ 


Sunday, November 4th

The annual Unitarian Universalist​​ Arts & Crafts Fair​​ takes place from​​ 9am - 2pm​​ at the​​ Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno,​​ 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. ​​ This is an annual community event featuring over 50 local artisans, handcrafted items, fair trade goods, delicious edibles, food trucks, and the famous Soup Sale. All are welcome,​​ and there is​​ free admission. ​​​​ For more info, go to​​ www.facebook.com/events/656152158099384 or call​​ 559-322-6146.


Friday, November 9th​​ 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Lauren Friesen on the​​ topic​​ of​​ Diversity and Justice in the American Theatre: ​​ From Colonial to Contemporary Eras. ​​​​ ​​ 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.


Tuesday, November 13th

There will be a​​ send-off Concert for the Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band previewing its performance at the Western International Band Clinic, Seattle.​​ The concert takes place at​​ 7:30 p.m.​​ at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Avenue, Fresno. Admission​​ is​​ $5 at the door, free for FPU community, including Alumni ID cardholders.​​ ​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ http://www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 


Wednesday, November 14th

There will be a Central Valley Gathering on ADA Access in the Restaurant Industry to be held November 14, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Falls Event Center in Fresno.

Join the California Commission on Disability Access during their event for local restaurant owners on disability access compliance topics and receive information about the various programs and services available to help business owners. Hosted by the California Commission on Disability Access in partnership with the City of Fresno, the workshop features expert panelists, the first-of-its-kind California ADA Access Toolkit, networking lunch, and awarding of ADA Mentor program participants. ​​ Restaurant owners, businesses, disability community, governmental entities, and general public are welcome to attend. Come and share your thoughts as we discuss ways for restaurant owners to ensure their restaurants stay compliant and avoid lawsuits, in doing so. ​​ If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP by calling CCDA at (916) 319-9974 or by​​ following this Event Brite link by November 7, 2018. Seating is limited. They welcome requests for accommodations from individuals with disabilities. Please include your request in your RSVP in order for the Commission to accommodate your needs.


Thursday, November 15th

The 6th​​ annual​​ "Shark Tank Pitch Fest" social enterprise event​​ takes place at​​ 3:00 p.m. hosted by the Fresno Pacific University Center for Community Transformation​​ at the​​ Lanna Coffee Co., 617 Broadway, Fresno. Spark Tank stimulates social enterprises connected to faith institutions, businesses or community benefit organizations. Social enterprises demonstrate the triple bottom line of having financial sustainability, a positive impact on a social problem and not being toxic to the environment.​​ You can get a registration and a parking voucher at​​ http://www.2018-cct-spark-tank.eventbrite.com.​​ 


Friday, November 16th

Cineculture presents “Dede” with discussant Mariam Bakacho Khatchvani (Director) & Teimuraz Chkvimiani (Producer). ​​ Dede, by Georgian director Mariam Bakacho Khatchvani, is based on true events that took place during the Georgian Civil War (1988-1993). The film is set in the mountainous region of Svanetia in Northwest Georgia where the Svans, a people far removed from the modern world, still live in a society deeply steeped in tradition. This patriarchal society revolves around arranged marriages, pride and customs that dictate the code of daily life. Dede tells the story of Dina, a young woman promised by her draconian grandfather to David, one of the soldiers returning from the civil war. A marriage arranged by two families cannot be broken as it would bring dishonor and bloodshed. Dina does not love David and falls for his handsome friend. Will Dina be able to follow her heart? Will David accept Dina’s love for another man? In this hostile and conservative environment, Dina’s dream of true love is a menace to her community’s ancient ways. To see the trailer, visit​​ http://www.corinthfilms.com/films/dede. ​​ The film will be screened at 5:30 p.m. in 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. ​​ For the full fall line-up, go to​​ http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.​​ 


Friday, November 16th​​ 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ Kevin Hall on the topic of The Politics of Climate Change in the San Joaquin 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.


Thursday, November 29th

"Opera at Pacific, Selections from Street Scene, The​​ Magic Flute and Elixir of Love,"​​ will be performed at​​ 7:30 p.m.​​ at​​ McDonald Hall Atrium on​​ the​​ main Fresno Pacific University campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission​​ is​​ $5 at the door,​​ and​​ free for FPU community, including Alumni ID cardholders.​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or go to​​ http://www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 


Friday, November 30th​​ 

Cineculture presents “Silent Sacrifice” with discussants Saburo & Marion Masada (featured in the film). ​​ Silent Sacrifice, by director Jeff Aiello, reveals the true story of one of the darkest chapters in America’s past: the relocation and incarceration of Japanese-American in 1942. After Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Japanese Americans and immigrants who called the United States home were subjected to one of the largest violation of civil liberties in our nation’s history. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, and, by May of the same year, nearly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most legal American citizens, were forced to leave their homes, their schools, their businesses and their lives behind and relocate to military-controlled concentration camps. This documentary focuses on our local history of this tragic past and presents witnesses who might be your friends and/or neighbors. ​​ To see the trailer, visit​​ https://valleypbs.org/sacrifice. ​​ The film will be screened at 5:30 p.m. in 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. ​​ For the full fall line-up, go to​​ http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.​​ 


Saturday, December 1st

Save the date for the annual WILPF Peace Crafts Faire, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fresno City College Cafeteria Complex (near Weldon). ​​ There’s free admission, free parking and free entertainment. ​​ For booth applications, contact Beverly Fitzpatrick at​​ dfitzpatrick29@comcast.net.​​ 


Saturday, December 1st

The Discovery Center is holding its​​ Vision For Our Future Wine Tasting Fundraiser​​ from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm​​ at​​ The Discovery Center,​​ 1944 N Winery Avenue​​ in​​ Fresno. ​​ ​​ Come join​​ them​​ for a fundraising adventure in wine-tasting! You will explore the wonder of French organic wines and experience science in a whole new way. Enjoy some wine, hors d'oeuvres and even learn a little something in the process! ​​​​ Support the Discovery Center and come imagine with them. ​​​​ Tickets are​​ $25.00 online purchased in advance or​​ $30.00 at the door. ​​ For more information, call (559) 251-5533​​ or e-mail​​ museumdesk@fresnodiscoverycenter.org. ​​ This is a 21+ event. ​​​​ For tickets, go to the event website: ​​ https://www.fresnodiscoverycenter.org/imagine-explore-discover.​​ 


Sunday, December 2nd

"A Festival of Lessons & Carols"​​ will be performed at​​ 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.​​ at​​ Fresno Pacific University's annual Advent celebration. First Presbyterian Church, 1540 M St., Fresno. Admission​​ is​​ $10​​ general,​​ or​​ $5 for students K-12 and FPU community. Register at​​ https://lessons-carols-2018.eventbrite.com. ​​​​ ​​ More​​ information is available​​ at 559-453-2267,​​ music@fresno.edu, or​​ http://www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 


Tuesday, December 4th

Fresno Pacific University Percussion Ensemble​​ will perform at​​ 7:30 p.m.​​ at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. Admission​​ is​​ $5 at the door,​​ and​​ free for​​ the​​ FPU community, including Alumni ID cardholders.​​  ​​​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu,​​ or go to​​ https://www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 


Wednesday, December 5th

Fresno Pacific University Pacific Bronze handbell ensemble​​ performs at​​ 7:30 p.m.​​ at​​ McDonald Hall Ashley Auditorium on​​ the​​ main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission​​ is $5 at the door or​​ free for​​ the​​ FPU community, including Alumni ID cardholders.​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu,​​ or go to​​ https://www.fresno.edu/events/music.​​ 


Friday, December 7th

"BIG Music | Small Space-An Evening of Wind Chamber Music,"​​ takes place at​​ 7:30 p.m.​​ with​​ Fresno Pacific University Chamber Winds, Pacific Brass, Saxophone Quartet.​​ It will be performed at​​ McDonald Hall Atrium on​​ the​​ main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission​​ is $5 at the door or​​ free for FPU community, including Alumni ID cardholders.​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu,​​ or go to​​ https://www.fresno.edu/events/music.


Friday, December 7th

Frankie Quinones will perform at the Tower Theatre located at 815 East Olive Avenue, Fresno. This show is all ages and begins at 8:00 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. ​​ 

Tickets are $25.00 for reserved seats and all price levels will increase by $5.00 on the day of the show. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 7th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. and are available at Towertheatrefresno.com, by phone at 559-485-9050, or in person at the Tower Theatre Box Office. ​​ Frankie Quinones brings a performance compared to a one-man variety show. He has performed for our troops overseas in Japan, Europe, and the Middle East and has toured with some of the industry's most respected headliners including Craig Robinson, Paul Rodriguez, and Eddie Griffin to name a few. He can be seen on Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Funny Or Die, and SeeSo. Frankie’s repertoire of characters ranges from a hippie woman named Sun Diamond, to Juanita Carmelita, a spicy Latina diva on a budget, to Creeper, a Cholo who has changed his life in a positive direction. Catch these characters and more on Frankie’s new web series “The Funny Drop” on the Más Mejor YouTube channel produced by Broadway Video and NBC Universal. Frankie will also be featured as a starring character in an upcoming TBS series from The Dress Up Gang. ​​ For more information please visit: FrankieQuinones.com.


Friday,​​ December 7th​​ 

The Reedley Peace Center presents Fresno Poet Laureate Bryan Medina. ​​ 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, December 8th

As part of the fall 2018 Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series, there will be a Panel Discussion for Human Rights Day on The Rights of Children. ​​ In celebration of the United Nations annual “Human Rights Day” commemoration, panelists will focus on the rights of children. Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Coalition of Central California. ​​ The panelists are TBA.  ​​​​ This event is free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of the Leon S. Peters Foundation and Fresno State’s College of Arts and Humanities. ​​ It takes place from 9 a.m. to noon in North Gym 118. ​​ For more information visit​​ http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/ethicscenter ​​​​ or contact Ethics Center director Andrew Fiala at​​ afiala@csufresno.edu.​​ 


Saturday, December 8th

"Crosswind-An Evening of Praise & Worship"​​ will be performed by the​​ Fresno Pacific University vocal/instrumental ensemble​​ at​​ 7:30 p.m.​​ at​​ Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno St., Fresno.​​ ​​ This event is free.​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu,​​ or go to​​ https://www.fresno.edu/events/music.


Friday, December 14th

The Reedley Peace Center presents​​ speaker​​ Andrew Fiala,​​ Professor of Philosophy at CSUF, on the topic​​ of​​ Transformational Pacifism. ​​ 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, December 15th​​ 

Fresno Pacific University San Joaquin Chorale, featuring a Christmas cantata composed by Kevin Memley,​​ will be performed at​​ 7:00 p.m.​​ at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Avenue, Fresno. Admission​​ is​​ $15​​ general, $10​​ for​​ seniors &​​ the​​ FPU community at the door,​​ and​​ free to K-12 and FPU students.​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu,​​ or go to​​ https://www.fresno.edu/events/music


Sunday, January 27th​​ 

Fresno Pacific University presents Otto Lee, D.M.A., on saxophone, performing Jazz arrangements of familiar hymns performed by the Otto Lee Sextet. ​​ The event takes place at 4:00 p.m. at FPU’s McDonald Hall Atrium.


Sunday, March 3rd​​ 2019

The Roadshow Tour celebrates its 10th anniversary this year! Welcoming thousands of fans to arenas for a decade, “The Roadshow” will feature Matthew West, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, Worship with very special guest Michael W. Smith, and Leanna Crawford. No more long lines, all reserved seating now!​​ Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music begins at 7. ​​ For tickets or more information, you can go to​​ https://transparentproductions.com/events/the-roadshow-fresno.​​ 




Now through Monday, October 15th

The Department of Public Health is partnering with​​ Fresno State’s​​ Public Health Student Association and Omega Delta Sigma on “Operation Cell Phone Drop” – an effort to collect recycled cell phones and tablets in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. Now through October​​ 15th, individuals can drop off their used cell phones and tablets to three locations on campus: the Department of Public Health (McLane Hall, Room 184), Lab School (Room 9) and the Veterans Services Office (McLane Hall Annex, Room 20-24). All makes and models of cell phones are accepted. Each donated phone will be cleared of personal data by Second Wave Recycling prior to distribution.​​ For more information contact​​ Miguel Perez​​ at​​ 559-278-2897 or​​ mperez@csufresno.edu.​​ 


Flu Season 2017-2018

The Fresno County Department of Public Health has scheduled influenza vaccination clinics for the 2016-17 flu season at multiple locations throughout the county. The Fresno County Immunization Program will not be offering “nasal spray” flu vaccine during the 2016-17 flu season as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The cost of each vaccination will be $6.00. Medi-Cal for children and Medicare Part B will be accepted. The 2017-18 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.


Thursday, August 16th​​ through​​ Sunday, October 14th

Good Company Player’s impactful STEEL MAGNOLIAS is delighting audiences now at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre! ​​ Get a hilarious and heartwarming glimpse into the lives of six small-town friends. Set in Chinquapin, Louisiana, the story begins in April, 1985 and continues through November, 1987. ​​ In this quiet little southern community, everybody who is anybody has their hair done at Truvy’s Beauty Salon, but Saturdays are reserved for Truvy’s regulars - a tight circle of old friends who banter, tease, gossip, and share their troubles. ​​ The show opens on the morning of a wedding as the ladies gather at the salon to gussy up for the big event. That morning is complicated by a newly-hired assistant, non-stop gunfire in the neighborhood, an irate resident, and a case of insulin shock. In fact, there are no dull Saturdays at Truvy’s. As the years pass, the bosom buddies navigate life, love, and loss together, drawing comfort and steel-strong resilience from each other.​​ 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. 


Wednesdays, starting August 29th

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.​​ 


Saturday, September 1st​​ through Saturday, October 27th

Thanks to a new partnership with Chevron, ValleyPBS will host five FREE Engineer it, Girl! workshops in Fresno County this September and October. ​​ Engineer it, Girl! is a hands-on engineering workshop with activities and curriculum designed especially for Kindergarten to Third Grade children. The projects will encourage interest in the field of engineering with each workshop focusing on a different genre including: Civil, Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical. ​​ One workshop will be held in each of the following communities: Coalinga, Huron, Mendota, Firebaugh and Fresno. At each event, parents and children will hear from a real-life female engineer and will have the opportunity to ask questions about her job. They will create two engineering projects and will meet the life-size characters from the PBS Kids show, Peg + Cat, in a fun photo opportunity.  ​​​​ 

To find out more about workshop times and locations, visit the website at​​ www.valleypbs.org/engineer-it-girl​​ or the ValleyPBS Parents Facebook event, Engineer it, Girl!.


Saturday, September 1st​​ through Wednesday, October 31st

Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library, in partnership with the Armenian Studies Program and Mémorial de la Shoah, will host “Genocides of the 20th Century,” an exhibition about the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust and Rwandan Genocide. The exhibition will be open to the public in the Henry Madden Library during regular Library hours from Sept.1 through Oct. 31. A free reception will be held at the Library at 6:30 Thursday, September 6th. RSVP and learn more at library.fresnostate.edu.


Tuesday, September 4th​​ through Thursday, November 1st

The artwork of Chicano muralist Daniel “Chano” Gonzalez will be featured in an upcoming exhibition in the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State. The exhibition will run from Sept. 4 through Nov. 1, with a free reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 15th. The “Murales De Mi Tio” exhibition will be on display and open to the​​ public in the Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony Gallery during regular Library hours. RSVP and learn more at library.fresnostate.edu.


Starting Thursday, September 6th​​ 

The Fresno State Downtown Center will offer four new classes this fall starting with “So, You Think You Can’t Paint” beginning Thursday, Sept. 6. This course will allow students to develop or increase their understanding of methods, processes, and techniques of painting through lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on learning. A supply list will be provided upon registration. There is a $100 fee for this course. “Package Design and Implementation for Small Business” begins the following week on Monday, Sept. 10. This is a creative and strategic course that will teach packaging needs, resource and resolve production processes, budgets, design, and implementation for business packages. There is a $150 fee for this course. The third course, “Perspectives on the Architectural History of Fresno’s Public Buildings and Historic Homes” begins Thursday, Sept. 11. Explore the origins of a selection of Fresno’s award-winning government buildings and historic homes, along with discussions on the history and significance of Fresno’s architecture. There is a $100 fee for this course. The last course includes the next class in the “Brew U” series, “Craft Beer 301: Sensory and Styles” beginning Thursday, Sept. 13. This course is designed for beer enthusiasts and those with a desire to learn more about the brewing process, importance of sanitation and skills needed to identify flavors in beer through sensory training. Students must be 21 or older to enroll and will need to pay a $250 class fee. These four courses will be offered between 6 to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Center located in the Bitwise South Stadium. For more information on these events call Division of Continuing and Global Education at 559-278-0333 or go to​​ http://fresnostate.edu/cge/professional/downtown/index.html.​​ 


Thursday, September 12th​​ through Friday, October 20th

The Fresno State Department of Art and Design and Center for Creativity and the Arts will host a photography exhibition featuring the work of photographer Tomiko Jones. The exhibit “Tomiko Jones: Hatsubon” will be on display at the Phebe Conley Art Gallery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through October 12th. The exhibition examines the ceremony “Hatsubon,” which marks the first anniversary of a loved one’s death held during the yearly ritual of O-bon, a Japanese Buddhist custom that honors ancestors. Jones is an internationally recognized artist who received awards including the Center for Photography at Woodstock AIR Program, En Foco New Works Fellowship in New York, 4Culture and CityArtists in Seattle, and Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes in France.​​ 


Thursday, September 20th​​ through Sunday, November 11th

Good Company Players “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” brings the irresistible movie musical to life in all its foot-stomping glory! ​​ Filled to the brim with beautiful vocals, boisterous dance numbers, and old-fashioned charm, this production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is sure to delight audiences of all ages. ​​ The eldest of seven uncouth backwoods brothers goes to town to find a wife. He’s really looking for a full-time housekeeper and when he discovers a lovely, spunky young woman waitressing in the local café, he immediately proposes. Mistaking his impulsiveness for romance, she​​ accepts, unaware of his six siblings back home. When the newlyweds arrive at the remote ranch, the bride is aghast at the mess and the multitudes of men she is expected to cook and clean for. Undaunted, she quickly whips them into shape and teaches them how to court brides of their own. The newly civilized family attends a town social and the boys tumble head-over-heels in love with the equally smitten town girls. ​​ Unfortunately, the jealous town suitors instigate a fistfight and the brothers are banished from the town. Inspired by one of their sister-in-law’s books, the boys decide it will be heroic to rescue their sweethearts from the town beaux, and marry them on the ranch -- but they wind up snowed in with no preacher and seven seriously angry young ladies. Banished to the barn for the winter, the brothers realize they have a lot to learn about “goin’ courtin’”. ​​ 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.


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.


Now through Thursday, November 1st

The Henry Madden Library presents the artwork of Chicano muralist Daniel “Chano” Gonzalez in an exhibition that will run through November 1st. The “Murales De Mi Tio” exhibition is on display and open to the public in the Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony Gallery during regular library hours. Learn more at library.fresnostate.edu.


Thursday, November 8th​​ through Saturday, November 17th

Falling​​ by Deanna Jent,​​ is the​​ fall mainstage production at Fresno Pacific University, North Hall 123 (Seminary Chapel) on main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission​​ is​​ $12​​ general,​​ $10​​ for​​ seniors/non-FPU students, $8​​ for​​ faculty/staff/Alumni ID cardholders,​​ and​​ $5​​ for​​ FPU students.​​ ​​ Performances are on​​ Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (all​​ at​​ 8 p.m.) and on Sunday, November 11th​​ at 2:30 p.m.​​ Tickets and information​​ are​​ at​​ http://www.fall-mainstage.eventbrite.com.​​ 



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. 



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



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



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.




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