KFCF Community Calendar

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KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 4/21/17 

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DAILY CALENDAR

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

 

Friday, April 21st 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Don Gaede of the Sierra Club speaking about Climate Change.  The event takes place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at 1208 L Street, Reedley, in the Fellowship Hall at Reedley’s First Mennonite Church. For more information, call Don Friesen at (559) 638-3091 or e-mail dfriesen0@gmail.com. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to the handicapped.

 

Friday, April 21st

Cineculture presents “Together With You” with discussant Dr. Ed EmanuEl.  Chen Kaige composes a richly imagined film about love, ambition, and destiny in China’s high-pressure world of classical music. When violin prodigy Xiaochun and his father head to Beijing seeking fame and fortune, they soon discover a fierce world of cutthroat ambition. But when Xiaochun is “adopted” by a famous music tutor, success finally seems within reach- until a shocking discovery begins to unravel his entire world, and the boy must make the most difficult choice of his life. It screens in Mandarin with English subtitles. The screening is at 5:00 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  For more information and to see the rest of the spring line-up, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.           

 

Friday, April 21st

Fresno Pacific University Chamber Ensembles-Pacific Brass, No Strings Attached Wind Quintet, and Perfect Fourths Saxophone Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd

Fresno State’s 43rd annual Vintage Days will kick off Friday, April 21, with events scheduled through Sunday, April 23. The three-day festival includes a crafts fair, beer and wine garden, entertainment, game booths and the Kid’s Zone. Admission and parking is free. Pets are not allowed, with the exception of service animals. For more information on Vintage Days full schedule of events see their Facebook page or go to http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/studentinvolvement/traditions/vintagedays/event-schedule.html. 

 

Friday, April 21st and Sunday, April 23rd

The Fresno State Opera Theatre will join the University's Symphony Orchestra to perform a full opera production of Johann Strauss II's comic operetta "Die Fledermaus" ("The Bat") at 8 p.m. April 21st and 2 p.m. April 23rd in the Concert Hall on campus.

More than 75 students are involved in the production of this classic Viennese opera, which will be presented in English with supertitles. "Die Fledermaus" takes the audience from parlor to masked ball to jail, all in three acts centering around the main characters masked at the Russian prince's ball.  Since "Die Fledermaus" is infused with the music of the Viennese Waltz, two professional dancers from Los Angeles — Erica Arnold and Artemi Okunev — will work with the students on their dancing. Arnold and Okunev will also dance during the two public performances.  This production will also include the work of four Fresno State music faculty members, as well as collaborations with theatre faculty and staff members, including Elizabeth Payne, who will give students a makeup tutorial; Jeff Hunter, who has helped gather furniture and set pieces; and staff members Stephanie Bradshaw and Mike Hansen.  Dr. Maria Briggs and the Marianna Ensemble (Briggs on vocals and piano, Anna Savery on violin and Richard Savery on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet) will provide pre-show entertainment in the foyer outside the Concert Hall on opening night.  The Fresno State Opera Theatre is the only organization in Fresno presenting opera on a large scale with full orchestration, singing and costumes. Tickets are $18 general, $12 for employees and seniors and $8 for students and can be ordered online at https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=96dc19e76736e454ee34b2f318b50368&vqitq=a66eb2a4-ea98-4df6-9f31-661dbb4b293a&vqitp=74492439-9197-4a0c-99b9-bc9d3194b3b0&vqitts=1490400205&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=113a17387909d1e509eca050e0bb5d8d

 

Saturday, April 22nd

Earth Day will be celebrated at the Fresno Art Museum’s Radio Park (at First and Clinton), featuring live entertainment, educational exhibits, local food vendors and “green” vendors, a commuter bike show, kid’s activities, tree planting and much more.  Admission is free and there’s free valet bike parking.  There will also be earth-themed art projects and lots more in the Museum.  And there will be a March for Science from 3-5 p.m. beginning at Radio Park.  For more information, go to www.earthdayfresno.org

 

Saturday, April 22nd

Join people around the world in a March for Science, from 3-5 pm beginning at Radio Park, First and Clinton in Fresno.

 

Saturday, April 22nd

There will be a concert at 7 p.m. to celebrate Evo Bluestein’s new book published by The Press at California State University, Fresno, “Road to Sweet’s Mill-Folk Music in the West during the 1960s and ’70s.”  Concert performers including Evo Bluestein, Terry Barrett, Barry Shultz, Alma, Two for the Road and The Gilly Girls.  The book is a study of the regional folk subculture of the era with archival recordings, photos, interviews and more.  The concert takes place at Wahlberg Recital Hall, Cal. State University Fresno, old music building, at 7 p.m.  It’s free to CSUF students, $10 general admission, $7 for students of other schools (with ID).  For more information, call Evo Bluestein at (559) 297-8966.  

 

Saturday, April 22nd

The Central San Joaquin Valley community will once again gather on the steps of Fresno City Hall to raise the flags of Armenia and the United States in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.  The event will take place from 10:00am to noon in front of City Hall.  Headlining this year’s program will be Ara Khachatourian, English Editor of the Asbarez Armenian newspaper.   Khachatourian’s weekly editorials are a staple of contemporary Armenian journalism, discussing all aspects of Armenian political and social life.  He also appears on the Horizon television news broadcasts, where he interviews US lawmakers, community members, and Armenians throughout the diaspora.  Also speaking will be Dr. Joaquin Arambula, California State Assembly member for the 31st District. Debbie Poochigian, former Fresno County Supervisor of District 5, will serve as the event’s emcee.  The invocation will be given by the local clergy, including: Fr. Dajad Ashekian of Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, Fr. Yessai Bedros of St. Paul Armenian Church, Fr. Yeghia Hairabedian of St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church, Rev. Greg Haroutunian of First Armenian Presbyterian Church, and Pastor Keven Kasper of Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church.  Students of the Armenian Saturday School of the St. Paul Church will perform musical selections, and the local Homenetmen Scouts and Design Science Early College High School JROTC will serve as the color guard.  

 

Saturday, April 22nd

The City of Fresno Water-wise Plant Give and Take event will be 8 a.m. to noon at the Fresno State Horticulture Nursery (3150 E. Barstow Ave.). The ninth annual free, public event features area experts and organizations providing info to educate the public on water-conserving landscapes, plants and practices. The program will include a master gardener clinic, information booths hosted by 28 event partners, kids’ crafts and student projects, garden art, workshops and a campus nursery plant sale. Gardeners who bring water-wise plants, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, shrubs and trees to exchange with other attendees will receive a special gift from the City of Fresno. Event partners will offer promotional items, and a limited amount of free water-wise plants will also be available. Free parking is available on the north side of the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market (5368 N. Chestnut Ave.). For more information contact Nora Laikam at 559-621-5480 or by e-mail to waterwise@fresno.gov. 

 

Saturday, April 22nd

The College of Science and Mathematics at Fresno State is partnering with Valley Children's Hospital to present the 2017 Run with the Heroes 5K and Family Walk, to benefit children with autism. The deadline to register is April 1. The fee to enter in the five-kilometer run is $40 per runner. The run starts at 8 a.m. and the family walk is at 9 a.m. and costs $30 per participant. Children 12 years old or younger are free. All participants will receive a Valley Children’s cape or finisher T-shirt, in addition to free hotcakes after the event. All proceeds go to the George’s Pass Program, which aims to assist children with autism spectrum disorder. For more information, contact Christine Thibodeaux, College of Science and Mathematics, at christinet@csufresno.edu. 

 

Saturday, April 22nd

The Fresno State Community Health Mobile Unit will be at the West Fresno Family Resource Center (1802 E. California Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide free health services to the community, including diabetes and blood pressure screenings, health assessments, education and referrals. This coincides with the Fresno State iFuture event, which educates youth on health and human service career options, and the center’s “Spring Into Health” event that will include food distribution to the community. The mobile unit, coordinated by Fresno State nursing faculty and students, will travel to various rural communities in Fresno County this year, offering free health services to those who do not have readily available access to health care. For more information contact the School of Nursing at 559-278-2041.

 

Saturday, April 22nd

The College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State and West Fresno Family Resource Center have partnered up to get youth ready for college at the "iFuture: You Belong at Fresno State" event, 10 a.m. to noon at the West Fresno Family Resource Center (1802 E. California Ave.).  The event, hosted in collaboration with Fresno State’s Advising and Career Development Center, University Outreach, Career Development Center and the Department of Criminology in the College of Social Sciences, targets middle school students from Fresno Unified School District, including Computech, Gaston and W.E.B. DuBois Academy.  The goal is to provide early outreach to students and their families to prepare them for academic success in college.  At the event, students can explore various career options in the health and human services field, including communicative sciences and deaf studies, kinesiology, nursing, physical therapy, public health, recreation administration, social work education and criminology.  

Current Fresno State students majoring in these fields will be at information booths and will lead interactive activities for participants. Career counselors from the University will provide parents with helpful strategies to navigate steps toward higher education for their children.  Fresno State’s mascot Timeout will make an appearance, and local radio station B95 will provide musical entertainment at the event, which is free and open to the public. Fresno State’s Community Health Mobile Unit will be available with nursing students administering free health screenings to families in attendance. The event coincides with West Fresno Family Resource Center’s “Spring Into Health” event, which will include a food distribution to the community.  For more information, contact Dr. Jenelle Gilbert at jgilbert@csufresno.edu or 559-278-8902.

 

Sunday, April 23rd

Fresno Pacific University Concert Choir will perform a Home Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.  Tickets are $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Monday, April 24th

The Fresno Center for Nonviolence will be showing the film “Slowing Down Fast Fashion” at 6:30 p.m. at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness (SE corner Van Ness and McKinley).  Alex James presents this critical look at the fashion industry and its enormous human and environmental cost.  Far from predicting the apocalypse, it seeks to provide solutions.  By talking to designers, activists and high street brands the film shows that there is a wide-ranging and ever growing thirst for change as consumers start to look at clothes the way they look at food.  This event is free and open to the public and the venue is wheelchair accessible.  For more information contact the Center at 559-237-3223 Monday-Friday from 11-3.  

 

Monday, April 24th

Fresno Pacific University String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.   Tickets are $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Tuesday, April 25th

There will be a Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba potluck at 6:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Ave. (between 1st and Cedar).  Cuba is an evolving society and things are changing rather rapidly.  But you are in luck – Pastors for Peace is on top of it and will be here in Fresno to share up-to-date information on what is happening there.  Come hear Manolo De Los Santos talk about what is really going on in US Cuba relations and what is happening in Cuba now, and why all this is  crucial. Manolo lives in Cuba where he is finishing his dissertation at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas.  Live music. Potluck supper.  This event is free and open to the public. For more info contact Leni V Reeves At lenivreeves@gmail.com, Gerry Bill at gerry.bill@gmail.com, or Ralphy Avilita at avitia_r@hotmail.com.

 

Tuesday, April 25th

The Spring 2017 Fresno Poets’ Association Reading Series will include four prize-winning poets, a graphic memoirist and a newly published faculty member from the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State.  The April 25th reading will be by Kristen Radtke, the managing editor for Sarabande Books and the film and video editor of TriQuarterly literary magazine, Radtke’s graphic memoir is “Imagine Wanting Only This” from Pantheon Graphic Novels, an imprint of Penguin Random House.   All readings in the series will be held in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Business building, Room 191) at 7 p.m. inside the University Business Center. Admission is free. Parking is recommended in Lots P5 and P6 and is free for the Friday readings only; on the other nights, a free parking code is available by calling 559-278-1569.

 

Tuesday, April 25th

Fresno Pacific University Percussion Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.   Tickets are $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Wednesday, April 26th 

Fresno Pacific University Musica Pacifica Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.  Tickets are $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Thursday, April 27th

The Fresno Center for Nonviolence will be showing the film “Slowing Down Fast Fashion” at 2 p.m. at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness (SE corner Van Ness and McKinley).  Alex James presents this critical look at the fashion industry and its enormous human and environmental cost.  Far from predicting the apocalypse, it seeks to provide solutions.  By talking to designers, activists and high street brands the film shows that there is a wide-ranging and ever growing thirst for change as consumers start to look at clothes the way they look at food.  This event is free and open to the public and the venue is wheelchair accessible.  For more information contact the Center at 559-237-3223 Monday-Friday from 11-3.  

 

Thursday, April 27th

The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State will host a free luncheon as part of its Pay it Forward Luncheon Series, beginning at noon to 1:30 p.m. 

featuring Dina Juve and Melissa Oberti of FitnessSocial.  This event is free and open to students and the public and will be held in the Smittcamp Alumni House from noon to 1:30 p.m.  For more information, contact the Lyles Center at 559-278-3735 or visit bitly.com/lylescenterPIF. 

 

Thursday, April 27th 

Fresno Pacific University Women's Chorale & Men's Chorus performs at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.   Tickets are $5 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.   For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Friday, April 28th 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Peter Lumsdaine speaking about robotic warfare.  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, April 28th

There will be a Concert featuring the works of composer David Maslanka performed by Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band, No Strings Attached Wind Quintet, Perfect Fourths Saxophone Quartet & FPU Concert Choir, at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.   Tickets are $10 general admission, free to FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Saturday, April 29th

The Fresno Community is joining the People’s Climate March from 2-4 p.m. at the corner of Blackstone and Nees in Fresno.  This is a sister march to the Washington Peoples Climate March.

 

Saturday, April 29th

Cohousing communities across the country, including Fresno, are welcoming the public for tours and visits.  Individuals, families and groups are encouraged to attend this free event to learn more about cohousing.  Cohousing is an intentional community of private homes clustered around a common space where neighbors share conversations, meals and milestones; a fun, safe, and healthy environment where you live more lightly on the planet; a home where you enjoy privacy, within a life enhancing neighborhood.  Join them as they celebrate the joy of living in “the old-fashioned neighborhood of the future.”

The event takes place in Fresno from 10 a.m. to noon at La Querencia, 2658 E. Alluvial Avenue, Fresno, CA (between Willow and Chestnut, next door to the Unitarian Universalist Church).

 

Saturday, April 29th

The Fresno Art Museum presents its annual “Men Who Cook And Some Who Don’t” event, featuring great food, beer, wine, and fantastic musical entertainment by Cloudship (just back from their U.S. tour).  The 18th Annual Men Who Cook and some who don't, will be held at the Fresno Art Museum from 6pm-9pm.  Over 75 Chefs will be preparing sample size servings of their signature dish. Enjoy amazing art in the Fresno Art Museum and step outside to enjoy fabulous food, drinks and entertainment provided by Cloudship (www.cloudshipmusic.com).  Each year, Men Who Cook features numerous chefs with a variety of dishes for guests to sample and cast their vote for their favorite chef! Men from across the Valley are invited to whip up their delectable dishes and compete; whether you are an executive chef or the king of your home grill.  This event has been a fan favorite for years with plates licked clean by the end of the evening and important funds raised in support of Fresno Art Museum exhibitions and education programs.  Early Bird Tickets are $30 until April 1, 2017.  Tickets are $35 after April 1, 2017.  Are you a man who loves to cook, and or would like to learn how you or your business can sponsor this great event.  If your answer is yes, you can get more details and sign-up to be a chef by visiting www.fresnoartmuseum.org.  The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 N. First Street, Fresno, CA 93703, at the corner of First and Yale.

 

Saturday, April 29th 

There will be an Evening of Praise & Worship with Fresno Pacific University Crosswind ensemble, taking place at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. This event is free.  For more information, e-mail  music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Saturday, April 29th

Visalia Harley-Davidson Open House & Muscular Dystrophy Association Fundraiser takes place at 30681 CA-99, Visalia, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event raises funds to send local children affected by muscle disease to MDA’s 100% wheelchair accessible summer camp for a week.  Come see what they have in stock, buy a raffle ticket and win great prizes. There will be food, a 50/50 raffle, $1 demo rides and much more.

 

Sunday, April 30th

The Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale and Coro Piccolo, directed by Fresno State professor emeritus Dr. Anna Hamre, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” at its spring concert at 2:30 p.m., in the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall at Clovis North High School. The performance will feature soloists Catherine McCord Larsen, soprano; Sarah Larsen, mezzo-soprano; Brian Thorsett, tenor; and Patrick McNally playing baritone. Hamre will participate in a preconcert discussion panel with Lutheran chaplain Brian Hamer and Episcopal priest Keith Brown, who are both choir members. Tickets cost $25 and can purchased at the Fresno Community Chorus website, by email at fresnocommunitychorus@gmail.com or over the phone at 559-709-6245. For more information, e-mail Hamre at ahamre@csufresno.edu or call 559-278-2539.

 

Thursday, May 4th

Gallery 25 presents the artwork of Shannon Bickford, Tiffany Hurtado and Michele Sani for an exhibit called "Hominum" for the month of May, kicked off by the first Thursday Arthop on May 4th. Shannon Bickford combines portraiture with images of plants and animals to explore our relationship with the natural world through mixed media with watercolor. Tiffany Hurtado depicts the human form as "surreal portraiture" using a slight skew on reality as she often uses the human figure to personify different emotions, ideas and even plant life through mixed media. Michele Sani explores color portraits as more than faces as they are the sum of the subjects' experiences. The artist uses imagery in a compelling way with multiple planes, values, hues and textures through mixed media. Join them for ArtHop 1st Thursday May 4 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. 

 

Thursday, May 4th

Sisterhood of Survivors’ “Girls Night Out” takes place from 4-8 p.m. at Clovis Veteran’s Memorial Liberty Ballroom at 808 4th St. in downtown Clovis.  This is a fun and unique opportunity for women to pamper themselves with great shopping, raffle prizes, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, delicious snacks and more from local businesses.  This event is free!  For more information go to sisterhoodofsurvivors.org. 

 

Thursday, May 4th

The paintings of Michael McDowell will be featured this month at Fig Tree Gallery in the exhibit entitled, “These Elegies.” The show will open at Art Hop from 5:00 to 8:00PM on Thursday, May 4th. Additionally, there will a musical performance by the Youth Orchestras of Fresno at the Art Hop event. The gallery is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm.  “These Elegies” runs from May 4 through May 28.

 

Friday, May 5th

The Spring 2017 Fresno Poets’ Association Reading Series will include four prize-winning poets, a graphic memoirist and a newly published faculty member from the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State.  The May 5th reading will be by Mai Der Vang, winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Vang’s debut poetry collection is “Afterland” from Graywolf Press. A co-founder of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle, she teaches English at Clovis Community College.  All readings in the series will be held in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Business building, Room 191) at 7 p.m. inside the University Business Center. Admission is free. Parking is recommended in Lots P5 and P6 and is free for the Friday readings only; on the other nights, a free parking code is available by calling 559-278-1569.

 

Friday, May 5th

Cineculture presents “A Stray” with discussant Musa Syeed (Director).  In Minneapolis’ large Somali refugee community, Adan has nowhere to go. His mom kicked him out, and his friends are tired of his headstrong ways. As a last resort, he moves into the mosque, praying for a little help. Surprisingly, God seems to answer. Adan quickly lands a good job, devout friends, and a newfound faith. When Adan nearly hits a stray dog on the job, he’s forced to take it in for a night. But one of his new mosque friends considers the dog impure, and he throws Adan out. With Adan back on the streets, surrounded by his old crew, ex-­girlfriends, prying FBI agents, and his estranged family, the dog may be his only friend as he tries to keep his faith and get through the night. View the trailer at http://musasyeed.com.  Co-sponsor of this screening is the Africana Studies Program.  The screening is at 5:00 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).  For more information and to see the rest of the spring line-up, go to http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.           

 

Friday, May 5th 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Peter Lumsdaine speaking about the 25th anniversary of a Plowshares Action.  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, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th 

Anglers have a chance at snagging a portion of $55,000 at the annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce to kick off the summer season at the popular lake.  More than 1000 tagged rainbow trout will be released in to the lake prior to the tournament, each worth varying amounts. There will be 847 fish worth $20, 150 worth $100, 1 fish will net a lucky angler $5000, and two “grand prize” fish will be worth $10,000 each.  Registration costs $25 per individual or $60 for a family consisting of spouses and up to three children under the age of 16. To learn more or to register, visit www.BassLakeChamber.com or please contact Michelle Miller at (559) 642-3633 or by email millers@millerslanding.com. 

 

Saturday, May 6th 

The Fresno Center for Nonviolence will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a Banquet and Speaker, Kathy Kelly.  It takes place at 6 p.m. at 1st Congregational Church (Big Red Church), 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, and will be catered by Tree of Life Café and Bakery.  Kathy Kelly is an activist working with Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Kelly will speak about “Confronting State Violence at Home and Abroad.  She will talk about people forced by wars to flee their homes in Afghanistan and about people trapped in the U.S. prison industrial complex, inclusive of Guantanamo, immigration detention centers and the vast network of U.S. prisons and jails – people separated mercilessly from their families and homes.  Kelly is among Voices activists who have recently traveled to Russia, wanting to learn more about how ordinary Russians regard U.S./NATO provocations on their border.   Their annual Way of Peace Awards will be given at this event:  Adults – Dixie Salazar and Sukaina Hussain; Organization – Cineculture; Youth – Kiera Kaiser (12 years old.)  Kiera organized a “Kids Rally for Equality” at Fresno City Hall.  Tickets are available at the Center, from any Board member or by emailing or calling Ron Vineyard at 559-289-6277 or ronvineyard@sbcglobal.net.   There will also be Speaker Only tickets.  For more information call the Center at 559-237-3223 Monday-Friday from 11 am-3 pm

 

Saturday, May 6th

The Greater North Fork Art Gallery will host a world-renowned Fine Art Sculptor - Marvin Armstrong- from 11am to 3pm at the Gallery located in the Old Millsite in North Fork (Rd. 225).  Please join us to see wood sculpts by Marvin, all hand-hewn form local Manzanita. The sculptures on display (and for sale) range in size from a few inches to a few feet in height.  His works will be on display along with the Fine Art Photography and Water Color of three notable local artists. Refreshments will be provided by the North Fork Women’s Club. 

 

Friday, May 12th

Fresno Filmworks presents “Chasing Trane,” a documentary feature exploring the life, work, and influence of jazz icon John Coltrane, with interviews with legendary musicians such as Carlos Santana, Wynton Marsalis, and Common—and also featuring Coltrane’s own rare interviews, as narrated by Denzel Washington.  The film chronicles the saxophonist and composer’s personal life and his contribution to music throughout his short yet powerful career. Using never-before-seen photos, home movies, and interviews, this film fully illustrates the life of the beloved Trane, one of jazz music’s biggest stars. From documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld, who directed “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” and documentaries on diverse subjects such as Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson and the Marx Brothers. Screenings are at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.  Advance tickets cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors, and they can be purchased by check or cash at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave. Visit FresnoFilmworks.org for tickets and details.

 

Friday, May 12th

Valley Teen Ranch will host a benefit dinner celebrating 30 years of serving vulnerable children and youth from Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley.  The celebration will be held at Wolf Lakes Park, 11646 E. Ashlan in Sanger, from 6-8:30 p.m.   For more information, go to www.valleyteenranch.org

 

Saturday, May 13th

San Joaquin Clay and Glass Artists invite you to their 37th Annual Spring Mother’s Day Sale, from 10 AM to 4 PM on the grounds of Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1084 W. Bullard at Palm, Fresno 93711.The community is invited to come see the work and techniques of Central Valley clay and glass artists featuring a large selection of styles and techniques.  Buy directly from the artists - handmade platters, bowls, blown glass, beads, fused glass jewelry, wall hangings, home decor, garden art and more. Sign up for free raffle drawing for Gift Certificate for clay or glass artwork.  For more information, go to www.sjcga.blogspot.com. 

 

Saturday, May 13th

Gallery 25 presents the artwork of Shannon Bickford, Tiffany Hurtado and Michele Sani for an exhibit called "Hominum" at its Second Saturday Arthop from noon to 4 p.m. Shannon Bickford combines portraiture with images of plants and animals to explore our relationship with the natural world through mixed media with watercolor. Tiffany Hurtado depicts the human form as "surreal portraiture" using a slight skew on reality as she often uses the human figure to personify different emotions, ideas and even plant life through mixed media. Michele Sani explores color portraits as more than faces as they are the sum of the subjects' experiences. The artist uses imagery in a compelling way with multiple planes, values, hues and textures through mixed media. 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, May 13th

Exeter, famous for its murals and known as one of America’s Prettiest Painted Places is hosting the Fourteenth Annual Full Bloom Garden Walk from 9 am to 2 pm.  Visitors are invited to explore beautiful and unique private gardens in and around the Exeter area. Be sure and take time to enjoy some refreshments hosted by Exeter’s 2012 Business of the Year, By the Water Tower Antiques, relax in the ambiance of their lovely Victorian garden, 141 South B Street.  Returning this year are the Tulare/Kings Master Gardeners presenting “Home Gardening Festival” on site at one of their lovely garden sites.   Admission is included with Garden Walk ticket.  Learn What to Plant and How to Grow, Conserve and Use Water Wisely, Landscape “Central Valley Style, and Pest Management in Your Home Garden.  Tickets are $20.00 in advance, $25 event day are available in Exeter at the Exeter Chamber of Commerce and By the Water Tower Antiques.  Tickets will be available the day of the event, only at By the Water Tower Antiques.  For details regarding the homes or homeowners, you may contact the Exeter Chamber office at 559-592-2919 or by e-mail to chamber@exeterchamber.com.  You can also go to www.exeterchamber.com. 

 

Saturday, May 13th

Fresno Pacific University San Joaquin Chorale Pops Concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Shaghoian Concert Hall, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno.  Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 seniors, students & FPU community, payable at the door.  For more information, e-mail music@fresno.edu or go to http://events.fresno.edu. 

 

Saturday, May 13th

Couples are welcome to join an artisan chocolate and coffee tasting challenge on

from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lanna Coffee Co. The event, “Roasted with Love,” is being hosted by Crated with Love, a local date night subscription box, in partnership with

Lanna Coffee Co. and Raphio Chocolate.  “Roasted with Love,” will be the first event hosted by Crated with Love, launching their newest program, Date Night Fresno. The event is centered around working together as a team, while enjoying local, artisan goods and competing for prizes. It will be held at Lanna Coffee Co. in Downtown Fresno on 617 Broadway, Fresno, CA 93721. Registration is now open online and space is limited.  Tyler and Michelle Turk founded Crated with Love in 2014 while they were both students at Fresno State. After seeing how important adding a monthly date was to their marriage, they knew it could be beneficial to other couples as well. To get your tickets, RSVP online at http://bit.ly/2ocR0so. For more information, visit datenightfresno.com and follow Date Night Fresno on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Wednesday, May 17th

The Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club will hold its General Meeting on the History of Temperance Flat, a discussion of the history of Temperance Flat spanning from the local Indian bands that made the area their summer home, to the arrival of gold miners in the 1800’s, to the building of Friant dam, to congress asking the Bureau of Reclamation to find an answer to California’s water problems, to the present San Joaquin Water Infrastructure Authority’s pursuit to build Temperance Flat Dam.  The discussion will be presented by Mrs. Anita Lodge, a fourth generation resident of Temperance Flat descended from the gold miners.  Anita is passionate about protecting the area and has a wealth of knowledge gained from her family’s legacy and her own lifetime spent exploring the area. Join us for this free community event.  The event takes place at UC Center, 550 E. Shaw, Fresno, from 7-9 p.m.  For more information, go to http://www.sierraclub.org/tehipite. 

 

Friday, May 19th 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Paul Gilmore, history teacher at Fresno City College, on the topic of “Historical Winners and Losers?  Lessons from Fresno’s Forgotten Free Speech Fight” (a story about the IWW in the early 20th century).  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, May 19th

An event marking the Greek Day of Remembrance will commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Greek Genocide of 1916 that took the lives of more than 735,370 Anatolian Greeks over a 9-year period. This campaign of aggression perpetrated by the Turks against the Greek population was known as the Pontic or Anatolian Greek genocide, and it included massacres, forced deportation that mounted death marches, summary expulsions, executions and the destruction of Christian Orthodox, historical and religious monuments.  The public is invited to the event to be held at Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Local newscaster Kopi Sotiropoulos is the Master of Ceremonies at this event that will include a flag-raising ceremony and feature the Kamari dancers of the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Fresno. Our own Father Jim Pappas, of Saint George Greek Orthodox Church  together with Father John Bakas of Saint Sophia Church in Los Angeles, will offer prayers of remembrance for the victims of the genocide. A number of local, state and national dignitaries will be attending.  For more information contact Paul Dictos at 559-250-0999.

 

Friday, May 19th

Valley Caregiver Resource Center is having the Fourth Annual Golf Tournament at Dragonfly Golf Course in Madera (43369 Avenue 12, Madera, CA 93636). Registration and contest start at 11:30 a.m. Shotgun starts at 1 p.m. with great prizes & giveaways! Boxed Lunch & a Tri-Tip dinner will be served after the tournament. Proceeds from this tournament will allow VCRC to help our local seniors and to continue providing services to help families master the challenges of caring for a loved one. If you are interested in organizing a team for the tournament or becoming a sponsor, please call Michelle DiBuduo at (559) 224-9154 or visit our website www.valleycrc.org to register. 

 

Friday, May 26th 

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Dr. Sara Caldwell, president of Reedley College.  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, 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.

 

Sunday, 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

 

Saturday, June 3rd

Save the date for an 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).   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 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. 

 

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.

 

Friday, September 9th through Sunday, May 7th

The Philip Memorial Keyboard Concert Series at Fresno State opens on Friday, September 9th with a concert by Allesio Bax. For 45 years, the series has brought some of the world’s most acclaimed pianists and organists to Fresno. For its first 15 years it was under the sponsorship of the Fresno Free College Foundation, and the concerts were held at off-campus venues, were recorded and broadcast on KFCF-FM, with Philip Lorenz as its Music Director.  After that, the series came under the sponsorship of CSUFresno, with Andreas Werz as its Music Director. The series opens at 8 pm, Friday, September 9th in the concert hall at Fresno State.  Also on the 2016-2017 Keyboard Concerts calendar:

    8 p.m. Oct. 14 — Sofya Melikyan, co-sponsored by the Fresno State Armenian 

Studies Program

    8 p.m. Nov. 4 —  Giuseppe Andaloro

    3 p.m. Jan. 8 —   Ken Cowan (organ), co-sponsored by the San Joaquin Valley 

Chapter, American Guild of Organists

    3 p.m. Feb. 12 — Lise de la Salle

    8 p.m. March 1 — Seong-Jin Cho, co-sponsored by the Central California Korean 

 Historical Society.

    8 p.m. April 7 — Rafał Blechacz

    3 p.m. May 7 — Kirill Gerstein

Keyboard Concerts also co-sponsors special events during the year:

    8 p.m. Nov. 18 — Vinia Tsopelas, piano

    3 p.m. Jan. 29 — Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello; and Noreen Polera, piano, co-

sponsored by the Fresno State Armenian Studies Program.

    8 p.m. April 1 —   Miles Ishigaki, clarinet; Thomas Loewenheim, cello; Andreas 

          Werz, piano. This concert marks the debut performance of a newly formed chamber music ensemble comprised of music professors at Fresno State. Educated at the University of Oklahoma, Indiana University and the Freiburg Conservatory in Germany, respectively, the colleagues have been active as performers, pedagogues, competition jurors and recording artists in North and South America, Europe and Asia.  

Tickets for concerts in the Keyboard Concert Series are $25 general, $18 for seniors and $5 for students. Season tickets are available for the eight main concerts: $160 general, $120 seniors and $30 students. Parking is available in Lot P1 (corner of Shaw and Maple avenues). For ticket reservations, please call 559-278-2337.

 

Friday, September 30th 2016 through Saturday, May 13, 2017

The University Theatre at Fresno State will present six modern works from a diverse selection of contemporary female playwrights in the 2016-17 season.  The lineup includes an examination of police brutality within the African-American community, a loss of innocence amid a serial killer at-large, the staging of the passion across time, a contemporary dance ensemble, the revelation of a childhood trauma and a darkly hilarious Broadway musical.  The fall 2016 semester begins with “Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments,” directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis, Sept. 30 through Oct. 8. Through a series of seven emerging African-American playwrights, the play examines police violence.  Near Halloween, from Oct. 28 through Nov. 5, director J. Daniel Herring will present “Tar Beach,” written by Tammy Ryan. The story takes place in 1970s New York City as teenagers navigate adolescence, a failing marriage and a power outage while the Son of Sam roams free.  Director Ruth Griffin will present “Passion Play: Part 1 and Part 2,” written by Sara Ruhl, Dec. 2 through 10. This humorous but unsettling journey is filled with lust and whimsy as the death and resurrection of Christ is staged in Queen Elizabeth’s England and Hitler’s Germany.

The spring 2017 semester begins with the energy, passion and movement of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble Feb. 17 through 25. Artistic Director Kenneth Balint brings guest artists and choreographers together to present rhythm, physicality and collaboration in contemporary dance.  “The Great God Pan,” directed by Kathleen McKinley and written by Amy Herzog, will be staged March 21 through April 1. The production explores the impact of a childhood trauma and what is lost and won when the truth is exposed.  The season closes with “Heathers the Musical” May 5 through 132017. Directed by Brad Myers, the production centers on a high school student hustling her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique. The hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal musical is an unflinching look at the highs and lows of high school.

Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for students for all shows, excluding musicals. Individual tickets for musicals are $20, $18 and $12.  Season subscriptions will be available to purchase online on Aug. 15 at www.fresnostate.edu/theatrearts. The theatre arts box office in the Speech Arts building will open for the season on Aug. 29. Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance. Parking passes must be purchased at a kiosk for all Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances. For more information, contact Anthony Cody at dacody@csufresno.edu or 559-278-7512 or visit www.fresnostate.edu/theatrearts

 

Saturday, January 14th through Friday, April 28th

The Fresno Art Museum has an exciting new exhibition opening on January 14, 2017: The MAW Collection of Contemporary Mexican Art. Comprised of 21 paintings and prints, the MAW Collection showcases the work of seven artists all with ties to the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Well known for its vibrant folk art, Oaxaca has emerged in the recent decades as a center of fine arts through the international popularity of painters and printmakers such as Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo. Using indigenous culture and folklore, the artists exhibited here blend the regional traditions of Oaxaca with the European influences that came with the Spanish conquest. The artwork depicts everyday life in mystical settings where people fly, animals play musical instruments, and figures shape-shift. This "magical realism" has become an essential element of what some have deemed the "Oaxacan School" of Mexican art.

The artists exhibited in the MAW Collection of Contemporary Mexican Art are Charles Barth, Humberto Batista, Bonifacio Garcia, Maximino Javier, Fulgencio Lazo, Leovigildo Martinez, and Felipe Morales. These artists are among the rising stars of Mexican contemporary art. The exhibition will run until April 28, 2017.  The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 N. First Street, Fresno, CA 93703, at the corner of First and Yale. Museum hours are Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parking is free of charge. For further information please contact the Museum at (559) 441-4221 or visit their website at www.fresnoartmuseum.org

 

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, March 2nd through Sunday, April 23rd 

Good Company Players presents “H.M.S. Pinafore,” Gilbert & Sullivan’s wildly successful ship-board operetta about star-crossed lovers. Ralph, a lowly sailor, pines for Josephine, the high-born daughter of Captain Corcoran. But Captain Corcoran, has promised Josephine’s hand in marriage to the even higher-ranking Sir Joseph, First Lord of the Admiralty. Josephine is well-trained and resists Ralph at first, believing that it is wrong to marry below one’s social class. When she meets Sir Joseph, however, she is repelled by him and agrees to elope with Ralph. Meanwhile, the Captain finds himself in the same position as his daughter – his former nanny, Buttercup, is in love with him and he is drawn to her but she is socially inferior, so he rejects her. When Sir Joseph tells the Captain that the marriage is off because Josephine doesn’t seem to like him, the Captain convinces Sir Joseph that Josephine thinks she’s not worthy of him because of her lower rank. Sir Joseph reassures Josephine that rank doesn’t matter where love is concerned and that’s all Josephine needs to convince her that she’s right to marry Ralph. Sir Joseph is just about to throw Ralph in the brig for disrespecting his betters, when Buttercup reveals she exchanged Captain Corcoran and Ralph at birth. Ralph is actually high born and the Captain is a commoner. Buttercup and the Captain can marry without a qualm, Ralph and Josephine can do the same, and when Sir Joseph laments his loneliness, his Cousin Hebe promises to comfort his declining days. Happy endings all around – if you don’t think too deeply about the Captain marrying his nanny and Sir Joseph marrying his first cousin... Hey, it’s England! A rollicking farce with endearing characters, memorable tunes and a hilariously merry ending, H.M.S. Pinafore is an adventure you won’t want to miss.  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. 

 

Tuesday, March 14th through Saturday, May 6th

"Along the Road to Freedom: Mennonite Women of Courage & Faith," is an art exhibit honoring women who led their families from suffering to peace.  It tells the stories of mothers, daughters, grandmothers and sisters who led their families out of persecution in Russia to lives of freedom in North America. Viewers are asked to remember and honor these women-whether strong or frail, certain or unsure-who struggled to survive and provide for their families. The exhibit takes place March 14 through-May 6, 2017, in the Seminary Chapel, North Hall 123, on the main Fresno Pacific University campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is free.  There will be an artist's reception and talk at 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 27 in the North Hall Chapel.

 

Thursday, March 16th through Sunday, May 14th

Good Company Players presents “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a delightful tale of the Neverland you never knew.  The New York Times called Peter and the Starcatcher “The most exhilarating Broadway storytelling in decades!” This wildly theatrical adventure offers a hilarious prequel to the legend of Peter Pan for audiences of all ages. With a full cargo of marauding pirates, tribal warriors, inept villains and an unlikely hero, Peter and the Starcatcher happily explores the bonds of friendship, duty, and love. A young orphan boy and his friends are shipped from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by an evil king, and are discovered by a girl named Molly. She is a Starcatcher-in-training whose mission is to keep the Queen’s trunk of starstuff from falling into the wrong hands. When her father’s ship is taken over by the fearsome pirate, Black Stache, the outlandish adventure veers crazily through a rising tide of hilarity. A handful of actors play hundreds of roles on this magical voyage to Neverland. You’ll be ‘hooked’!  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, April 1st through Sunday, April 30th 

The Fresno County Public Library (FCPL) kicked off its 18th Annual Poetry Contest kicked on April 1 to run through the 30th, in celebration of National Poetry Month.  In addition to the contest, many poetry-related events are planned at library branches throughout the month of April.  All are invited to submit their poems and find a schedule of events at www.fresnolibrarypoetry.org.  Prizes, donated by the Friends of the Library, will be awarded for first, second and third place in four separate categories. The four categories are 3rd – 6th grade, 7th – 8th grade, 9th – 12th grade and adults 18 years or older.  Winners will be named at an awards ceremony hosted by current California Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia, at Bitwise South Stadium, 700 Van Ness Ave, Fresno on May 20th starting at 1:00 pm.  This year is the first year that entries in the Adults category can be submitted in English and/or Spanish.  The Library has secured the services of bilingual judges for this specific purpose.   For further information, please call (559) 600-READ (7323) or visit the Library’s website at www.fresnolibrary.org. 

 

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. 

 

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. Contact Walter Saul at 559-453-2012, or by e-mail to walter.saul@fresno.edu, for more information.  You can also to go www.fresno.edu/musiccamp. 

 

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.