KFCF Community Calendar

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 5/26/17 

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

 

DAILY CALENDAR

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

 

Friday, May 26th through Monday, May 29th

The 33rd Annual Coarsegold Peddlers Market takes place on Memorial Day Weekend.  The entire Coarsegold Village will be filled with vendors’ from throughout the Western US offering Antiques and Collectibles from many time periods of US history. There will also be food and craft booths. Admission is free. Many local Coarsegold and all Village businesses will be open to host the many local and out of town guests visiting the market.  Show Hours are Friday, Noon to Dusk (Locals Night), Saturday and Sunday,  Dawn to Dusk, and Monday, Dawn to 3 p.m.  For more information please call 559-683-3900 coarsegoldevents@yahoo.com. 

 

Sunday, May 28th

Glorious Junk Days will take over the streets of Old Town Clovis from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., inviting visitors to peruse the antiques, collectibles and vintage goods being sold by more than 150 vendors. Do-it-yourself crafters and aspiring interior decorators alike will love all of the eclectic home décor pieces and unique trinkets. There will be thousands of items for sale. Glorious Junk Days is the perfect place for lovers of all things vintage and vintageinspired.  Come find a treasure on the streets of Old Town Clovis, on Pollasky Avenue from Bullard Avenue to Third Street, and Fourth and Fifth Streets from Clovis to Woodworth Avenues.  Parking and admission to this event are free. Food vendors will be located on Fourth Street with a large selection of delicious fares to help shoppers keep their energy up. Kathy Osterberg Sobelman will be at the Old Town Clovis BOOT booth from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. to offer free appraisals for one item per person. Come find out how much your “junk” is worth, and find some new old pieces to take home!  For more information, please visit OldTownClovis.org or contact Kiley Norvell, Public Relations Manager, Archer & Hound Advertising, at the above number or by e-mail: Kiley@archerandhound.com. 

 

Sunday, May 28th

The annual Coming Home Project Youth Music Extravaganza on Memorial Day weekend has become a community tradition. Join them for the 2017 version! All three orchestras--the Youth Chamber Orchestra, Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra--perform at this event, joined by students from the Accent on Access Violin Program. Rejoining the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in performance will be international violin superstar Vadim Gluzman, playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Also on the program: Coming Home, a newly commissioned work by FOUR local composers, inspired by the work of William Saroyan and based on stories of home in the Central Valley. (Also in Spanish), as well as Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein, and Conga del Fuego Nuevo, by Arturo Marquez.  A $15-$20 donation at the door is requested from adult attendees at this free, non-ticketed event!

 

Sunday, May 28th

The Iranian Culture & Art Club of Fresno will screen a documentary film about two Iranian artists at 2:00 pm at the Woodward Park Public library, 944 E. Perrin Ave. in Fresno.  For more information, call (559)709-3851.

 

Wednesday, May 31st

There will be a “Reclaim our Schools Rally from 5-7 p.m. at Tulare & M St. downtown Fresno.  Join the professional educators of FTA who will stand for a contract that reflects the best learning environments for students and provides the best support for teachers.  There is free parking on N St parking garage south of Tulare. Tell them you are going to the School Board Meeting. Also dinner will be provided.  For more information, call Simone Cranston-Rhodes, Political Organizer for Fresno Teachers Association, at 559-978-4504.

 

Thursday, June 1st 

Gallery 25 presents the artwork of Jeanette Goulart with a Solo Exhibit called "Color Your World" for the month of June. Magnetic and attracting qualities come together in her art creating an "emotive access'' for the viewer. The artist uses the "constant" intoxicating use of color through mixed media and acrylic on canvas. This compelling body of work ranges from large to small pieces.  Join them for ArtHop 1st Thursday June 1st from 5-8pm.  The Gallery is located at the "M Street Arts Complex" at 1419 "M" Street, Fresno.  For more information, contact Gallery 25 at 559-264-4092 or go to gallery25.org. 

 

Friday, June 2nd

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

 

Saturday, June 3rd

You’re invited to the Americana Music Festival to benefit KFCF taking place on the lawn at Engelmann Cellars in Fresno.  It features music by Lance Canales and the Flood, the T Sisters and Golden Grass (from Golden Oak Elementary in Visalia).  There will be wine and other beverages for sale, several food trucks, and lots of wonderful music! Tickets are $20 general admission and $5 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2931732. 

 

Saturday, June 3rd

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization presents “The Power of Forgiveness:  Embracing the Present & Letting Go of the Past,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Paul Newman Center, Cardinal Newman Hall Rm 103/104, 1572 E. Barstow, Fresno.  You will learn to:

   1. Experience healing and nurture yourself with meditation

   2. Identify the barriers that hold you back from letting go

   3. Explore the source of well-being within you - the power of love, forgiveness and 

       happiness.

   4.  Empower yourself with wisdom, inner strength and virtues.

Please email BKWSOfresno@gmail.comto register. The deadline for registration is May 26th.  For more information call the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization in Fresno at 559-435-2212. 

 

Saturday, June 3rd

The seventh annual Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon takes place at Bass Lake, located in the Sierra National Forest about 20 minutes south of Yosemite National Park.  Triathletes are treated to a swim in clear mountain waters, followed by a challenging and beautiful ride around the lake and through the Sierra National Forrest to finish with a run along the glistening shores of Bass Lake.  Nearly 500 athletes took part in the revived competition in 2016 and race organizers are expecting another successful year.  Now in its 7th year, Bass Lake continues of the triathlon and all it entails including the pre-race pasta dinner buffet will be served by Ducey's on the Lake on their Gazebo Deck, a fantastic patio area overlooking Bass Lake.  Tickets are available at the door.  You may also pre-purchase a ticket online at http://www.basslake.com/. Buffet served from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.  Pre-Race Meeting at 7:00pm.  This year, The Pines Resort Bar will have special drinks all day on race day.  The race itself will include the following options:

     Olympic Triathlon – 1500m swim, 40k bike, 5k run

     Sprint Triathlon – 500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run

     5k Poker and Go Fish – Run/Walk for kids and adults

The Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon has been noted to be a great race for beginners as well as seasoned triathlete professionals.  Along with the Triathlon, there will be a 5K Poker & Go Fish Run/Walk for adults and kids fundraiser. One hundred percent of proceeds from this event will go to local charities.  Immediately following the race this year will be the Michelob Ultra Awards Party with bluegrass band and a BBQ lunch put on by the Bass Lake Lions Club.  For more information or to register, visit www.BassLakeTri.com. 

 

Saturday, June 3rd

Valley Center for the Blind is holding its annual Spring Picnic at Inspiration Park in Fresno. This event is meant to provide the blind and visually impaired community members, their families and friends with the opportunity to join together for fun games, great prizes and good food.  Specially adapted games will “level the playing field” having participants with vision play in blindfolds for highly competitive games with prizes like gift cards, health and wellness monitors and more. The top prize will be an apple watch. Participants will be able to learn more about vision loss and get a firsthand feeling for how their family and friends experience life.  The event takes place from 

10:30am-1:00pm at Inspiration Park, 5770 W. Gettysburg Avenue, Fresno.  For more information, call 559-222-4447 ext. 107.

 

Sunday, June 4th

Kanoon’s Persian Language class end of the year celebration takes place at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial in Fresno.  For more information, call (559) 709-3851.

 

Monday, June 5th

A Community Iftar will be held from 7-9 p.m. at The Big Red Church 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, hosted by Faith in Fresno.  Have you ever wondered what the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is all about? Are you curious about how the Muslim community celebrates a whole month of fasting?  Join fellow knowledge seekers and compassion builders in partaking in an Iftar, or the evening meal that breaks the days fast. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is welcome to this table. You do not have to be of any religious affiliation to experience and learn about it!  There will be activities and speakers for the first hour and a half, and then break the fast at sundown (approximately 8:30pm), according to Ramadan tradition. Participants will then partake in a potluck feast of foods that one traditionally sees at the table.  For more information, call 559-464-5806.

 

Thursday, June 8th and Friday, June 9th

Native American Fatherhood & Families Association (NAFFA) is inviting teens, young parents, teachers, counselors, social services, courts, probation and professionals working with teens and young parents of all cultures to a 2-day national conference on June 8 & 9, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona.  There will be workshops and group sessions on Teen Suicide and Depression, Substance Abuse, Self-Esteem, Self-Awareness, Healthy Relationships and Anti-Teen Dating Violence.  For more information contact NAFFA at 480-833-5007 or visit their website at www.nativeamericanfathers.org. 

 

Friday, June 9th 

As part of its summer movie series, the Reedley Peace Center presents “Immanuel's Gift.”  Oprah Winfrey narrates this inspirational look at living with a disability in Ghana -- where the physically handicapped are outcast -- as seen through the eyes of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who was born with a deformed right leg. While most of the nation's 2 million citizens deemed "disabled" suffer discrimination, abandonment and ridicule, Emmanuel has dedicated his life to traveling the country via bicycle to open people's minds and to transform lives. The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Saturday, June 10th

Gallery 25 presents the artwork of Jeanette Goulart with a Solo Exhibit called "Color Your World" for the month of June. Magnetic and attracting qualities come together in her art creating an "emotive access'' for the viewer. The artist uses the "constant" intoxicating use of color through mixed media and acrylic on canvas. This compelling body of work ranges from large to small pieces.   The 2nd Saturday Arthop is from noon to 4 p.m.  The Gallery is located at the "M Street Arts Complex" at 1419 "M" Street, Fresno.  For more information, contact Gallery 25 at 559-264-4092 or go to gallery25.org. 

 

Saturday, June 10th

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

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

 

Thursday, June 15th

The Sequoia Tourism Council, a collaborative of Tulare County chambers, cities, convention bureaus, national parks and the forest, is offering a seminar for local businesses involved in the hospitality and retail industries.  The seminar, coined Concierge College, happens on Thursday, June 15th at the International Agri-Center in the AgVentures Learning Center from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.   Attendees will participate in sessions focused on the value of visitor traffic to Tulare County, National Parks and National Forest, and Delivering Outstanding Customer Service.  Upon conclusion of the presentations, individuals will be able to visit community booths and gather information on the amenities available to visitors.  They will also have the opportunity to sample some of the products produced in the local area, and tour the AgVentures Learning Center.  The Concierge College is free to employees/supervisors working in hotels, restaurants, retailers, and other points of interest locations who receive visitor traffic.  All attendees must register online through the link at www.tularechamber.org.  For more information, please contact the Tulare Chamber of Commerce at 686-1547.

 

Friday, June 16th 

As part of its summer movie series, the Reedley Peace Center presents Michael Moore’s “Where To Invade Next.”  With an eye toward finding solutions to the social problems plaguing America, provocative documentarian Michael Moore embarks on a European expedition to interview ordinary citizens about their nations' effective policies and practices. The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Wednesday, June 21st

This month the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club is presenting a film on Rachel Carson, considered by some to be the mother of the modern environmental movement.  Her 1962 book, "Silent Spring," warned of the impact of pesticides on the environment and unleashed a national debate about science and safety.  The film, Rachel Carson, provides an inspiring portrait of a figure whose writings are still highly relevant today.  Join us for this free event, open to the general public.  The screening takes place at 7 p.m. at the UC Center, 550 E. Shaw Ave., across from Fashion Fair between First and Fresno.  

 

Friday, June 23rd  

As part of its summer movie series, the Reedley Peace Center presents “The Great Debaters.”  At all-black Wiley College in 1935, an activist professor pushes his debate team to a level of excellence that nets them a chance to take on Harvard University -- the reigning national champs -- in this inspiring drama based on a true story. Cast: Denzel Washington, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, more...The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Saturday, June 24th

Save the date for the 10th annual Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee at the beautiful Mokichi Okada Association's Oasis Garden at 5790 N, Indianola Ave, Clovis.  Come meet local organic stone fruit growers and taste their wonderful fruit.  There will be fresh organic stone fruit to purchase as well as wonderful artisan food products that incorporate some of the wonderful fruit.  There will also be presentations by Bill Fujimoto and Dr. Renee Kinman, live music by Good Medicine, a Children’s Craft Village and much more.  Adult Admission is $5; Children under 12 Free.  For more information go to www.fruitjubilee.org. 

 

Thursday, June 29th 

The Reedley Peace Center presents Speaker Cynthia Kauffman, DeAnza College.  Ont the topic: Getting Over Capitalism  (which is the title of Kauffman's book).  The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Friday, July 7th

As part of its summer movie series, the Reedley Peace Center presents “Landfill Harmonic.”  Fashioning musical instruments from the acres of trash around them, a group of Paraguayan youths living atop a landfill forms the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura and unexpectedly rises to world fame, as chronicled in this uplifting documentary.   The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Friday, July 14th

As part of its summer movie series, the Reedley Peace Center presents “Life, Animated.”  When once-chatty Owen Suskind stops speaking at age 3, the only stimuli he responds to are Disney films. Four years later, his dad breaks Owen's silence by talking to him as a character from one of those movies -- which suddenly opens up his world.   The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Friday, July 21st 

As part of its summer movie series, the Reedley Peace Center presents “Dancing in Jaffa.”  Confident that dance will dissolve political and cultural differences, celebrated ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returns to his hometown of Jaffa, Israel, after years abroad and teaches 11-year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis to dance together.  The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Friday, July 28th  

As part of its summer movie series, the Reedley Peace Center presents “Happy.”  Happy takes viewers on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real-life stories and scientific interviews, the film explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.  The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:

Flu Season 2016-2017

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Thursday, April 27th through Sunday, June 18th

Good Company Players presents “Stage Door by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman bringing a delightful slice of nostalgia to Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre.           Aspiring young actresses take on the Depression and Broadway in this wisecracking tribute to the theatre. Mrs. Orcutt’s Boarding House for young ladies is full to the brim with charming, starry-eyed ingénues hoping for their big break in show business. As the girls come and go through the parlor of the boarding house, their dreams, ambitions, talent -- and lack of it -- are revealed amidst much laughter and a few tears.  Disappointment, rejection, romance, the lure of Hollywood, and plain old hunger pangs distract some of them from their love of the stage. Which one of them has what it takes to stay the course?  The performance takes place at 2nd Space Theatre.  Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.  The cost is $20 general admission; $17 for students/seniors/military; $12 student rush.  For more information, call 559-266-0660/800-371-4747, or buy tickets online at 2ndspacetheatre.com. 2nd Space Theatre is located at 928 E. Olive in the Tower District. 

 

Wednesday, May 3rd through Wednesday, May 31st

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

 

Thursday, May 18th through Sunday, July 9th 

Good Company Players presents a rousing production of “Damn Yankees.”  Based on Douglass Wallop’s novel, “The Year The Yankees Lost The Pennant”, Damn Yankees became a Broadway mega-hit that won seven Tony Awards in 1955. This light, fast-paced and devilishly clever musical is a true American classic. Set in the 1950’s, when the New York Yankees dominated baseball, the show pivots around middle-aged insurance agent Joe Boyd’s long-suffering devotion to the pathetic Washington Senators. When he blurts out in frustration that he’d sell his soul if the Senators could only win the pennant, the Devil appears and offers him a deal -- in exchange for soul, Joe Boyd will be changed into the young baseball sensation, Joe Hardy. Joe accepts the deal but inserts an escape clause, and goes on to become a star, transforming the Senators into a winning team. When he realizes that what he really wants is his old life and his true love back, the Devil pulls out all the stops to keep Joe from triggering the escape clause. The script by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop is funny and fast-moving, the characters endearing, and the upbeat Adler & Ross score boasts iconic songs like “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Heart,” and “Shoeless Joe.”  It’s a grand slam and everybody goes home a winner!   The show takes place at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon, at Olive and Wishon in The Tower District.  Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.  On Thursdays, a buffet is served beginning at 5:30 p.m., with a Pre-Show featuring Good Company Players’ Junior Company at 7:00 and the performance at 7:30 p.m.  On Fridays & Saturdays, dinner is served beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m. and the performance at 8:00 p.m.  For the Sunday matinees, a brunch buffet is served beginning at 11 a.m., with the Pre-Show at 1 p.m. and the performance at 1:30 p.m.  And on Sunday evenings, a buffet is served beginning at 5:00 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:00 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m.  The cost for Thursdays & Sundays Buffet & Show is $55.00 per person; Show Only - $32.00.  The cost for Friday & Saturday Served Meal & Show is $59.00; Special drink & dessert packages available.  Groups of 16 or more are eligible for discounts. For tickets and more information, call 266-9494 or 800-371-4747; or go online to www.rogerrockas.com.  Reserve online at http://rogerrockas.com/dinner-shows/ or call 559-266-9494 or 800-371-4747.

 

Saturday and Sunday May 20th and 21st and May 27th and 28th

The Fresno State Winery will offer free tastings of four award-winning wines — Petrucci’s Crush, Pinot Noir, San Joaquin Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc — at the Gibson Farm Market (5368 N. Chestnut Ave.) each weekend in May from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  The 2014 Petrucci’s Crush, available for a limited time only, is a Bordeaux-style blend with fruit from Duarte Nursery and campus vineyards. The 2016 SJ Chardonnay, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2014 Tempranillo are sourced from Duarte Nursery, and the 2015 Pinot Noir is sourced from fruit from Saviez Vineyards in Fresno County.  Including the 2014 Tempranillo, five Fresno State wines combined to win 10 gold and silver medal honors this spring (see list below). The Tempranillo also won a silver medal last November in the Harvest Challenge wine competition.  All five wines can be purchased at the Gibson Farm Market and through the Fresno State Wine Club, which will reorganize its membership plans starting in June to offer wine club customers more options to better fit their preferences.  More information is available by contacting Fresno State Wine Club president Veronica Viramontes (559-278-6070, verovira@mail.fresnostate.edu) or the Gibson Farm Market (559-278-4511).

 

Summer, 2017

A variety of academic and athletic camps are scheduled at Fresno State this summer that include technology, engineering, design and sports:

  • Summer Academy in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

      (for elementary, middle and high schools students)

      Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Elementary campers will learn key mathematical concepts such as shapes, dimensions, angles and area, in addition to exploring concepts such as volume and surface area, through hands-on projects, activities, real life problems and the use of technology, science and engineering. Middle schools students will learn concepts such as proportions, prospective, area, volume and surface area congruence and similarity through hands-on projects and activities. High school students will learn presentation skills and the use of software for applying to universities. The camp costs $235. Register through the Department of Mathematics. (Camps for grades 4-6 and 6-9 are now full.)

  • Explore Engineering

       (for Grades 6-8)

       Wednesday, July 19th – Sunday, July 23rd 

Students will learn about the varied aspects of an engineering career. The program focuses on hands-on activities combined with academic lectures that cover various engineering topics such as construction management, electronics and robotics. The program costs $150. Scholarships are available for qualified students. Register online.

  • Computer Exploration

        (for grades 7-12)

        Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 28th 

Campers will learn intermediate level Web programming with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, Android Studio real world, Android App Development XML and Java; introduction to OpenGL Graphics and game development fundamentals. Students will choose from a set of projects and topics matching their interests and backgrounds. Tuition costs $250 and returning students receive a 10 percent discount. Register online.

  • The Art of Writing Comics: A Writing Camp

        (for grades 6-9)

        Monday, July 17th – Thursday, July 20th, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The workshop combines narrative writing and art in comics for writers and artists. Students will write a memoir in comic form. This genre allows students to develop writing proficiency by lessening stress levels and fostering engagement. The comic memoir also helps students develop visual literacy skills, pairing the consideration of writing choices with design and illustration. In addition to instruction on writing, a portion of the day will focus on learning to draw, which encourages students to think about their writing and story in an abstract way. Instructor Molly Yates, an English teacher at Bullard High School, is a San Joaquin Valley Writing Project teacher consultant who uses comics to inspire deep thinking. The cost is $175 per child (with a $25 fee reduction for siblings). A limited number of scholarships are available for kids who would not be able to participate otherwise. Email Dr. Kathleen Godfrey at kgodfrey@csufresno.edu about scholarships and myatesweber@gmail.com for camp information. Register at http://bit.ly/1Tt1Qab.

  • Youth Technology Institute

        (for grades 1-8)

        Session A: July 5-14, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

        Session B: July 17-21, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

        Combined session: July 5-21, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

NASA is developing capabilities to send humans to Mars by 2030, and through the Youth Technology Institute in July, students can explore the challenges of life on the red planet. Students will participate in two 90-minute classes each day and learn about the applied sciences of a journey through space while also having fun with hands-on activities. There is a limit of 20 students per class. Single sessions cost $25 while the combined session costs $40. The Youth Technology Institute is part of the Office of Community Based Learning and is sponsored by the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at Fresno State. For more information and registration, contact Pahoua Lee at cbl@csufresno.edu.

  • Men’s Basketball Camps

        Session 1: June 12-15 (boys and girls, ages 6-17)

        Session 2: June 26-29 (boys and girls, ages 6-17)

        Session 3: July 31-Aug. 3 (boys and girls from age 6 to children entering 6th grade)

The Fresno State men’s basketball program will host three youth summer camps sessions. Campers will receive T-shirts and will improve and refine the fundamental skills of shooting, ball handling, passing and defense in a fun and exciting environment. The cost is $170 per camper if paid in full one week prior to the session, or $190 per camper after that deadline. For more information contact Fresno State men’s basketball special assistant Brandon Wiesemann at bwiesemann@csufresno.edu  or 559-278-1789. Register at Camps and Clinics.

  • Women’s Basketball Camps

The Fresno State women’s basketball program summer camp series will consist of five camps and clinics: Skills Camp June 19-21; Little Dogs Camp June 19-21; Team Camp (varsity and JV) June 23-25; Elite Camp for high school athletes Aug. 12; and Coaches Clinic Aug. 12. Register at Camps and Clinics.

  • Volleyball Camps

The Fresno State women’s volleyball camps will be held for children ages 7-18; the Lil’ Dogs Beginners Camp (ages 7-12) will be on July 23; the Fundamental Skills Camp (ages 12-18) will be July 24-27; and the Advanced Position Camp will be from July 28-30. Register at Camps and Clinics.

  • Swimming and Diving Camps

The Fresno State swimming and diving program will host two Learn-to-Swim clinics designed to teach children 3 years and up the fundamentals of swimming and diving. The swimming and diving clinics consist of two sessions. Session 1: May 30-June 8; Session 2: June 12-22. The cost is $130 per diver/swimmier. To register for swim lessons contact Fresno State assistant swim coach Anthony Randall at arandall@csufresno.edu or 559.278.4333. To register for diving lessons contact Fresno State head diving coach Taryn Patrick at tpatrick@csufresno.edu or 559.278.5102. Information can be found online Camps and Clinics.

  • Softball (Advanced and Youth Camp)

These two camps are hosted by the Fresno State Softball Program at the Margie Wright Diamond on campus. The advanced camp is for athletes 13 years or older from 4-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 and costs $115 per athlete. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. The youth camp is for athletes ages 8-12 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15. The fee is $75 per camper and registration begins at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact assistant coach Jodie Cox at 559.321.3220 or jodiec@csufresno.edu or visit Camps and Clinics.

  • Women’s Lacrosse Camps

The Fresno State Women’s Lacrosse Program will host a three-day summer camp June 30-July 2 for girls in grades 7-12. Campers have the option to stay in Fresno State residence halls during the camp. The fee is $520 (including all meals) for overnight campers and $375 for day campers (cost includes lunch and dinner). For more information and registration contact Fresno State assistant coach Brice Queener at bqueener@csufresno.edu or visit Camps and Clinics.

 

Sunday, June 25th through Friday, June 30th

Fresno Pacific University Summer Music Camp takes place at the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno, for students entering grades 6-12, ages 11-19. Participants of varying skill levels study with university music faculty, students and Central Valley professionals for a week of intensive music making and learning. Goals go beyond rote learning to develop personal responsibility, including effective practice habits, mutual respect and conceptual education.  Programs include woodwinds, brass, strings, voice, piano, musical theater, contemporary worship, electives, jazz, chamber ensembles and composition. Professor of Music Walter Saul, D.M.A., is the camp director. To register or for more information, contact Saul at 559-453-2012, walter.saul@fresno.edu, or http://www.fresno.edu/event/13381/music-camp.

 

Monday, July 3rd through Wednesday, July 26th

Fresno Pacific University Summer Theater Camp takes place at the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.  Fresno Pacific University and the Woodward Shakespeare Festival (WSF) will co-host Youth Engage Shakespeare (YES)!, a workshop built around WSF's summer Shakespeare season. Activities will include games, practice Shakespeare-style, learning scenes and exploring creative voices by devising original scenes in response to the play. The workshop culminates with a public performance on the WSF stage in Woodward Park.  This is open to students entering, attending or just graduating from high school. No prior theater or Shakespeare experience necessary, but participants must commit to attend all sessions, rehearsals and performances. Julia Reimer, Ph.D., director of the FPU theater program, is the camp director and facilitator. For more information, contact Reimer at julia.reimer@fresno.edu.  Register at http://www.fresno.edu/event/13376/yes-project-youth-engage-shakespeare. 

 

July 2017

Fresno Pacific University Summer Athletic Camp takes place at the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno Athletic Camps include:

    Volleyball

        All Skills High School Camp July 2017

        All Skills Junior High Camp July 2017

        Varsity High School Team Camp July 2017

        Baby Birds Beginners Camp July 2017

        High School Prospects Camp July 2017

    Women's Soccer

        European Technical Development Camp

        Girls Half-Day & Full-Day Camp

        Girls Half-Day Camp

        Team Camp

    Men's Basketball

        High School Prospects Camp

Staff is made up of FPU coaches and athletes.  More on all camps at https://www.fresno.edu/visitors/summer-camps. 

 

ONGOING

Every Tuesday 

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

 

First and Third Thursday of each month:

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

 

Every Tuesday through Thursday

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

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

 

Every Wednesday and Friday

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

 

Every Friday

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

 

Every Saturday  

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

 

Every Saturday 

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

 

Most Saturdays 

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

 

1st Saturday of each month:

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

 

2nd Saturday of each month: 

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

 

Every Sunday 

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

 

First Wednesday of each month:

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

 

Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month:

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

officers-4405971@toastmastersclubs.org

 

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

 

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

 

Host an International High School Exchange Student 

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

 

Every Thursday: 

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

 

Ongoing:

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

 

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

 

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

 

Send calendar listings to: calendar@kfcf.org