KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 12/7/18
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(Multiple Day and Ongoing Events are at end of posting)
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, December 8th
Visit Ideaworks Santa's Workshop from 12 noon to 5 pm at the Historic T.W. Patterson Building, corner of Tulare and Fresno. Visit Santa's Workshop after the Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade where the elves from Ideaworks Makerspaces will help you make your own toys or a gift for your best friend! There will be photos with Santa, gift wrapping, hands-on activities, holiday refreshments and more! For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1954176298036088/.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to https://www.fresno.edu/events/music.
Saturday, December 8th
The Iranian Culture & Art Club of Fresno will hold a Celebration of Lights at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. in Fresno. Tickets are $20 general admission or $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at https://bpt.me/3888040. For more information, call 709-3851 or go to www.iraniancultureandartclub.com.
Saturday, December 8th
The Fresno State Alumni Association is bringing holiday cheer to the community with its 10th annual “Photos with Santa” event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Smittcamp Alumni House (2625 E. Matoian Way, 93740). General admission is $5 per family for a photo opportunity with Santa Claus. Fresno State live mascot, Victor E. Bulldog III, will also be available to add some Bulldog spirit to holiday photos for an additional $10, which supports the Victor E. Bulldog Fund. Guests will be able to capture their holiday photos with the help of Red Brick Photo Booth, who will provide printed and digital copies to families. In addition to photos, guests will be able to purchase refreshments from The Rolling Donut and US Bean, take part in arts and crafts activities and enjoy holiday music from Fresno State’s KFSR. Community members may register for this event at http://bit.ly/PhotosWithSanta2018. Parking is free on weekends.
Saturday, December 8th
The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, will present its second concert of the season “From Russia with Love” at 8 p.m. in the Fresno State Concert Hall. The concert will present three works written by Russian composers. The show will open with Alexander Glazunov’s “Carnival Overture” conducted by the graduate conducting student Joseph Cargill. Loewenheim will conduct Igor Stravinsky’s first symphony and Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for employees and seniors, and $5 for students.
Saturday, December 8th
It is not too late to get your flu vaccine. The Fresno County Department of Public Health will a free flu vaccination clinic from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the American Legion Hall located at 3509 N. First St. Fresno. The clinic (and the one below on December 11th are no cost for the flu vaccine. Everyone over the age of 6 months, regardless of age, is encouraged to get vaccinated. Protection from the vaccination takes about two full weeks and lasts several months to a year. If children nine years or younger are receiving their first flu vaccine, they should receive two shots this season separated by a period of four weeks. The 2018-19 flu vaccine is designed to protect against viruses that are most likely to cause illness this season. While it cannot prevent all cases of flu, the vaccine is the best defense against the disease and its potential serious complications, which include pneumonia and death. 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 more information regarding seasonal influenza, please contact the Immunization Program at
Saturday, December 8th
For the 31st year, Los Danzantes de Aztlán, Fresno State’s folkloric Mexican dance troupe, will present “Christmas in Mexico” from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Satellite Student Union. The show began with the idea of combining two popular Mexican cultural elements – Las Posadas, a traditional Latin American depiction of Joseph and Mary seeking shelter for the birth of baby Jesus – along with traditional music and dance. The late professor Ernesto Martinez combined the two elements to produce the positive, family-oriented, cultural show at Fresno State. The show is performed in the Satellite Student Union, which seats 880 people, but the past few years, there’s been a full house in attendance and people have been asked to stand. Torres’ most memorable show is that of last year when, for security reasons and in an attempt to get everyone into a seat, the music was stopped in the middle of a performance. At the end of the show, Torres hopes the audience walks away with a greater appreciation for folkloric dance as an art form, Mexican cultural traditions, and a greater appreciation and respect for Los Danzantes de Aztlán as artists and professionals. He wants the community to feel and know that they are welcomed on campus and that there is a program that promotes a positive self-identity for Latino students. Tickets are $10 presale, $12 at the door and $5 for students. Parking on campus is free on weekends.
The show is sponsored by the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies and the College of Social Sciences with support from the Instructionally Related Activities Grant by the Associated Students Inc. For more information, contact Dr. Victor Torres, Chicano and Latin American Studies professor and Los Danzantes director, at 559-278-4115 or email@example.com.
Saturday, December 8th
Fresno State Lyles College of Engineering will host Dia de Ciencias (Science Day) from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Engineering East Building. The Mathematics Engineering Science and Achievement has partnered with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers student and professional chapters to introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to nearly 700 K-12 students and their parents. Throughout the day, students can participate in hands-on activities while parents attend bilingual workshops on financial aid and other useful college information. Professional and Fresno State student panels will also be presenting throughout the day. For more information, contact Hernan Maldonado, director of Pathways: Student Services at 559-284-0837.
Sunday, December 9th
It’s another free “Family Day” at the Fresno Art Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be art projects, a treasure hunt, face painting and Taco Bout It with food for purchase at the Museum plaza. The day begins with Story Time with Ms. Sam in the Sculpture Garden, followed at 11:45 and again at 1 p.m. by a performance of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” in the Bonner Auditorium. Take pictures with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. in the lobby, and from 2-2:45 p.m. enjoy a performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by California Opera in the Bonner Auditorium. At 3 p.m. visit the Third Grade Art Exhibit, Reception and Awards Ceremony in the Bonner Auditorium. The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 N. First Street. For more information, go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org.
Sunday, December 9th
The public is invited to the Fresno State Holiday Choral Concert at 2:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Music includes traditional holiday music and carols. The show will feature performances by the Fresno State Chamber Singers and Concert Choir in collaboration with the Fresno City College “City Singers.” Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.
Tuesday, December 11th
It is not too late to get your flu vaccine. The Fresno County Department of Public Health will a free flu vaccination clinic from 1-3 pm at the Cherry Auction located at 4640 S. Cherry Ave. Fresno. The clinic is no cost for the flu vaccine. Everyone over the age of 6 months, regardless of age, is encouraged to get vaccinated. Protection from the vaccination takes about two full weeks and lasts several months to a year. If children nine years or younger are receiving their first flu vaccine, they should receive two shots this season separated by a period of four weeks. The 2018-19 flu vaccine is designed to protect against viruses that are most likely to cause illness this season. While it cannot prevent all cases of flu, the vaccine is the best defense against the disease and its potential serious complications, which include pneumonia and death. 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 more information regarding seasonal influenza, please contact the Immunization Program at
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, December 14th
Fresno Filmworks presents the Central California premiere of the Japanese family drama “Shoplifters,” winner of the Palme d’Or award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and Japan’s 2019 Oscar selection for Best Foreign Language Film. Master filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda sweetly reimagines what defines a family by examining the effects of poverty. After a shoplifting session, Osamu and his son find a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to care for her after learning of her hardships. Although the family is poor, barely making ends meet through petty crime, they live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets and tests the bonds that unite them. Kore-eda attempts to redefine the concepts of “right” and “wrong” through this touching tale of a family that goes to great lengths to provide for and protect the ones they love. The film screens at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the Tower Theatre (815 E Olive Ave. in the Tower District). Tickets are $10 general admission or $8 for seniors and students. They can be purchased on-line at fresnofilmworks.org.
Saturday, December 15th
There will be a “Fresno Fasts for Yemen” Demonstration from 12 Noon – 1:30 pm, at River Park, Blackstone and Nees. Join Peace Fresno in calling attention to the man-made, U.S. complicit famine and war in Yemen. Half of the people in the country are on the brink of starvation. We are asking people to join us in a Yemen Can’t Wait fast for one or more days in December. Go to www.peacefresno.org for details, and see below in the multiple day section to sign up to join in the fast.
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 email@example.com, or go to https://www.fresno.edu/events/music
Sunday, December 16th
The Iranian Culture & Art Club of Fresno will screen “The Gate: Dawn of the Baha'i Faith,” a groundbreaking documentary that tells the amazing, true story of the Prophet Herald known as The Báb, His message and the origins of a new era in world religion.
The screening is free and open to the public. Please register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fresno-ca-screening-of-the-gate-dawn-of-the-bahai-faith-tickets-52159904679?aff=eivtefrnd, as seating is limited. To watch the film trailer and find more information on The Gate, please visit https://thegatefilm.com. The screening is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, 2672 E Alluvial Ave.
Wednesday, December 19th
The General Meeting of the Sierra Club, Tehipite Chapter, takes place at 7:00 p.m. at the UC Merced Center, 550 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno (across from Fashion Fair, between Fresno and First). The topic will be “Travels through Southern Utah and Bears Ears National Monument.” For those who love Utah and the American Southwest, in December 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to redraw Bears Ears National Monuments, reducing it to 15% of its original size. Alarmed and curious, Brenda and Chuck Markham decided to go exploring in Utah and check out this site of controversy. They will be presenting their findings at the December meeting of the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club. Their presentation will be an introduction to the history of Bears Ears NM as well as a slide show of their trip through Southern Utah. Join us for the evening. Get informed! Get inspired! This event is free and open to the general public.
Friday, January 11th 2019
Fresno Filmworks presents South Korea’s 2019 Oscar selection for Best Foreign Language Film, “Burning,” based on the highly regarded Haruki Murakami short story, “Barn Burning.” Master filmmaker Lee Chang-dong beautifully balances suspense and serenity through cinematic metaphor in this dramatic mystery/thriller. “Burning” is the searing examination of an alienated young man, Jongsu, an introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of Haemi, a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and Ben, a wealthy and sophisticated young man Haemi returns from a trip with. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions deepen, culminating in a stunning finale. The film tackles the effects of consumerism on the working class and the deep-seated compulsion to control. In Korean and English, with English subtitles. The screenings are at 5:30 and 8:45 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.
Wednesday, January 16th 2019
The General Meeting of the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club will focus on backpacking with kids to Mt. Whitney, and Public Lands. Retired Clovis teacher, Mike Murphy, (National Outings leader 1991-2015) has a yearly trans-Sierra backpack trek to Mt. Whitney. He takes a few, just-out-of-5th graders on the 65-mile trek to the top of Mt. Whitney. He also was the National Geographic teacher representative on the American Frontiers: A Public Lands Journey (www.americansfrontiers.net) where they traveled on public lands only and trekked from Canada to Mexico. Join us for the evening and learn about both of these exciting programs. Get inspired! The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at the UC Merced Center, 550 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, across from Fashion Fair between First and Fresno. The meeting is free and open to the general public!
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.
Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 3rd
The Sun Maid Kennel Club of Fresno is holding two American Kennel Club approved all-breed dog shows. Show hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be 700-800 dogs each day. Admission is free; there is a $10 parking donation. Come see breeds of dogs you have never seen before. There is a Pee Wee handling class for children 5-9 (accompanied by a parent or guardian) on Saturday Bring a leash for your dog). Register at the show on Saturday before noon. There will Eye, Heart and Microchip Clinics both Saturday and Sunday. Vendors selling items for dogs and their owners will be on site. Bring the entire family but please leave your pets at home (unless they are there for a health clinic or Pee Wee Handling. For more information contact Barbara at (559) 840-2299 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, March 3rd
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.
Tuesday, March 12th
Save the date for the 2019 Central Valley SHRM Workplace Conference. It takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Clovis Veteran's Memorial District, 804 4th Street, Clovis. This is an opportunity for people-focused business leaders or HR professionals who want to connect and engage with other leaders and peers who are interested in learning more about leading and managing the culture and wellness in the workplace. The cost is between $125 and $250. Sign up as a CCSHRM Member and get a discount on your ticket. More information is at http://centralcalshrm.org/events/event-list/#!event-list, and tickets can be purchased at http://centralcalshrm.org/events/event-list/#!event/2019/3/12/2018-workplace-conference. For more information, contact Diana Dhuyvetter at Central California SHRM by calling 559-500-1279 or e-mail to
Sunday, April 28th
Comedian Jeff Dunham will be stopping in Fresno on the spring leg of his “PASSIVELY AGGRESSIVE” Tour, with his delightfully twisted cohorts; Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J, and of course, Achmed the Dead Terrorist. The 56-city tour, which includes stops in the US, Canada and Saudi Arabia, will unveil a brand-new character… Or two! Tickets are on sale now at jeffdunham.com.
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
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 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.
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 email@example.com.
Register through Fresno Adult School at www.fas.edu.
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.
Thursday, November 1st through Sunday, December 23rd
Good Company Players charming treat, “Good Company for Christmas,” is delighting audiences at 2nd Space Theatre for the holiday season! A delightful smorgasbord of holiday cheer, old and new. A GCP original! This heartwarming compilation of Christmas stories, songs, and silliness is great fun for all ages. It is a love letter to the Season and the magic it weaves between human hearts. Bring family and friends to 2nd Space Theatre for Good Company Players' gift to you -- a night of laughter, memories, merriment, and maybe a tear or two. 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.
Wednesday, November 14th through Monday, December 10th
Fresno County is undertaking a review and revision of its General Plan documents and preparing a comprehensive update of its Zoning Ordinance. The purpose of the review and revision process is to examine goals, policies and implementation programs of all elements of the General Plan to reflect changed conditions and priorities, and to make appropriate revisions. The Zoning Ordinance, which implements the General Plan, is being comprehensively updated concurrently with the General Plan review process to address specific regulations for implementing new Plan programs aimed at addressing State laws affecting the Plan. In addition, the County will be preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to assess potential environmental impacts associated with the General Plan Review and Revision and Zoning Ordinance Update. Community meetings to receive public input on this process have been scheduled for each County Supervisorial District from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM on the following dates at the following locations:
Wednesday, November 14 (District 1)-Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School
1100 E. Church Ave., Fresno, CA 93706.
Friday, November 16 (District 5)-Clovis Police Department HQ, Community
Center, 1233 5th Street, Clovis, CA 93612
Tuesday, November 27 (District 4)-Riverdale Memorial District, 3085 W. Mount
Whitney Ave.,Riverdale, CA 93656
Monday, December 3 (District 2)-Woodward Park Regional Library, 944 E. Perrin
Ave., Fresno, CA 93720
Monday, December 10 (District 3)-Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, 3040 N.
Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA 93703
Public review draft documents are posted on the County’s website at www.co.fresno.ca.us/gpr
Saturday, December 1st through Monday, December 31st
Peace Fresno invites you to join them in calling attention to the man-made, U.S. complicit famine and war in Yemen by fasting one or more days in December. Fasts are a powerful way to raise awareness. A New York Times article from Nov 21, 2018 reports, “Experts say Yemen has become the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and 14 million people could soon be on the brink of starvation, according to the United Nations … and ‘It’s entirely preventable’”. RSVP to let them know when you will fast, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 559-276-2592.
Friday, December 7th through Saturday, December 15th
University Theatre presents the holiday production of “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” at 7:30 p.m. December 7th through 15th, excluding the December 9th performance beginning at 2 p.m., in the John Wright Theatre in the Speech Arts building. “Miss Bennet,” a sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” continues the story of the Bennet sisters, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s estate, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match and possibly even love. Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for students. Parking is free after 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and $4 Tuesdays through Thursdays.
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).
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the official FNB website, foodnotbombs.net.
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: email@example.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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.