KFCF Community Calendar

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 7/21/17

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, 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.

 

Saturday, July 22nd

The Fresno State Men’s Rugby team will be hosting its “Tollhouse Blues and Brews” fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. at 11161 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA. Live entertainment will be provided by Bev Moss & The Lowlanders. Event sponsors, Tioga - Sequoia Craft Brewery and Engelmann Cellars, will provide complimentary beer and wine with admission. Flat Bottom Grill, a five-star rated food truck, will be serving food. Admission for ages 21 and up is $25 and $10 for all other ages. For more information, go to www.fresnostatemensrugby.com. 

 

Tuesday, July 25th

The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) is sponsoring this event to celebrate Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.  In Congressional District #4 (Tom McClintock [R]), a bus will take participants from Oakhurst (8am boarding at the Oakhurst Library) and Mariposa (8:45am boarding at the Mariposa Coffee Co. on Hwy. 49) to Tom McClintock's Office in Roseville, CA, by 12 noon for a birthday celebration for Medicare/Medicaid & Social Security as they turn 52 and 82 years old.  Let Congressman McClintock know how important these programs are to seniors, people with disabilities and working families.  The bus and lunch are free and snacks and birthday cake will be provided.  To get on the bus, RSVP to Lynn at 559-658-5227.

 

Tuesday, July 25th and Thursday, July 27th

KMPH Fox 26 Anchor and Weather Anchor, Kopi Sotiropulos will be at the Fresno County Public Library (FCPL) to read stories to children during the Lunch at the Library program.  He is scheduled to appear at these locations and times:

       Sunnyside Regional Library, Tuesday, July 25 at 12:00 noon.

       Sanger Branch Library, Thursday, July 27 at 12:00 noon.

Lunch at the Library is a program that offers a free meal for all children from aged one to 18 years.  Stop in at any of the participating libraries from 12:00 – 1:00 pm to receive the free meal.  The story times with Kopi is open to everyone during the scheduled times.  For more information about Library programs, services, and specific branch hours, please go to www.fresnolibrary.org, or call the Library at (559) 600 – READ (7323).

 

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.

 

Friday, July 28th

The third annual “Better Together: California Teachers Summit” is set for 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fresno State with registration now open for 100 spots available. The event is one of several throughout the state where teachers will convene and share ways to support students, protect their values as educators and set an example for the nation in a TED-style EdTalk presented by local teachers.  Edcamp discussions will be led by teachers for teachers. Dr. Jill Biden, lifelong educator and former Second Lady, will be the keynote speaker with remarks simulcast to 34 other sites across the state during the summit.  The Summit takes place at Fresno State North Gym 118, 5305 N. Campus Drive, Fresno.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/better-together-california-teachers-summit-at-fresno-state-tickets-33572079995 for tickets or more information. 

 

Saturday, July 29th

As part of celebrating National Dance Day, Fresno City College will be hosting a variety of free master dance classes from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on that will feature a special masters class with Robert Hoffman from the movie Step Up 2.  The day will be full of FREE dance classes that range in genres and styles.  National Dance Day was created to encourage many in the country to embrace dance in a fun positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. In 2002, Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced a resolution declaring July 29 as National Dance Day. Classes to be held include hip hop, tap, ballet, African, contemporary, ballroom and jazz. Previous students who participated in Fresno City College’s dance program will be teaching a majority of the master dance classes.  Minors interested in participating must have a waiver signed by their parents.  For more information, contact cristal.tiscareno@fresnocitycollege.edu. 

 

Saturday, July 29th

Trans-E-Motion presents Trans Clothing Exchange from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Common Space, 2915 E Tulare Ave.  For more information e-mail transemotion@gmail.com or call 559-464-5806.

 

Sunday, July 30th 

Fresno Center for Nonviolence presents the play “Us and Them” by Deshad Cato about the ongoing problem of police use of inordinate force against people of color.  It will be performed from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fresno Soap Co., 1470 N. Van Ness Ave., Fresno.  The play mirrors the Black Lives Matter movement, but has no qualms about taking all the characters’ perspectives into consideration.  With all the news of repeated police killings, this play is revelatory and enlightening, as it examines the inner-workings of institutionalized racism and how it robs us of our essential humanity.   Ultimately, the audience is challenged to think, open up to experience, and change the status quo.   There will be a post-performance discussion with the playwright and director. This evening’s performance will be a fundraiser for the Fresno Center for Nonviolence.   Refreshments will be made available.    There will be a social hour with a live jazz band following the discussion, with refreshments and wine, sold by the glass. Tickets are $20.00 available at the door.  For more information call FCNV at 559-237-3223 Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Monday, July 31st

Nominations are open until July 31 for the She Makes a Difference Award. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Central California Women’s Conference (CCWC) will again honor one remarkable woman with the She Makes a Difference Award at the 30th annual event. CCWC is the largest women’s event in the Valley and will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center.  Nominations can be made on the CCWC website  https://www.ccwc-fresno.org/contest/ through noon July 31.  The criterion for nominations is that a woman has overcome obstacles to make her life, her family’s life, or the lives of those in the community a better place. The winner will be notified in August. 

 

Tuesday, August 1st

The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) is sponsoring this event to celebrate Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as they celebrate their 52nd and 82nd birthdays!   Join the California Alliance for Retired Americans to celebrate America's most popular health and income security programs.  Join them as they visit all 3 members of Congress that represent part of the greater Fresno area:  Congressmembers Costa, Nunes, and Valadao.  Let them know how important these programs are to seniors, people with disabilities and working families.  You can board the birthday bus and join them for all 3 events, or just meet us at the Congressional office in your district.   To get on the bus, meet at 10 a.m. at 544 W. Olive St., Fresno (Machinists Local 653).  Park there and ride the free bus to all 3 Congressinal offices.  Space is limited.  You MUST RSVP --  Call Gene at 559-905-3521.  You can leave your car at the Machinists.  Lunch and snacks will be provided and you will return by 5:30pm. 

                                                OR

Meet them at your Congressmember's office for a rally, songs and birthday cake:  

11AM       Congressman Costa/  855 M. Street, Fresno, 93721

1:30PM    Congressman Nunes/ 113 N. Church St., Visalia, 93291

3:30PM    Congressman Valadao/ 101 N. Irwin St., Hanford, 93230

 

Tuesday, August 1st

The seventh annual National Night Out neighborhood block party will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at El Dorado Park. In partnership with Associated Students Inc. at Fresno State, the event is a community-based campaign with a goal of promoting police-community partnerships and camaraderie between residents to make neighborhoods safer and more caring. Revitalization of El Dorado Park, located west of Bulldog Stadium, has been one of the top priorities of residents, students and community benefit organizations. Community members can help by volunteering for the event, hosting group activity booths or donating raffle prizes or funds for the cost of the event.  For more information, call 559-278-7703 or e-mail arocker@mail.fresnostate.edu. 

 

Thursday, August 3rd

Gallery 25 will introduce the work of three new Gallery 25 members; Steve Norton, Caroline Jackson and Bryson Bost who will exhibit for the month of August. Steve

Norton will be showing a few old favorites and a few new pieces from his Vintage Pop series. These large scale canvas works are digital constructions made from vintage

and antique ephemera. Caroline Jackson will exhibit photography with a theme of alienation and separation. Her exhibit consists of lonely landscapes, character portraits, forgotten objects, people, places and things that may give us pause for reflection.  Bryson Bost will exhibit a selection of pieces that attempt to evoke reflection on memorable stretches of time that have poured passion upon us through mixed media

using acrylics and inks. Included in this body of work will be a triptych and a diptych.

They will be exhibiting their work between August 2 - September 2, 2017.  The First Thursday Arthop takes place August 3rd from 5-8 p.m.  Gallery 25 is located at the

M Street Arts Complex at 1419 “M” Street, Fresno.  For more information call 559-264-4092 or go to gallery25.org. 

 

Friday, August 4th

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual organization presents “Bond of Love,” an ancient Indian tradition that ties us with the Divine, that promotes brotherhood and sisterhood among us.  The event takes place from 6-8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church

At 2672 E. Alluvial Ave, Fresno.  Guest Speaker will be Sister Sukanya Belsare, Meditation Teacher & Practitioner, Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center in San Francisco.  Sister Sukanya organizes and conducts workshops, retreats and events to

promote well-being in one's life through spiritual understanding and meditation. She is actively engaged in conducting meditation for staff and executives of various  organizations, government offices and universities. She has served as a board member of the San Francisco Interfaith Council, and participates in interfaith events. She has a degree in software engineering and brings her experience as a project lead in India, the UK and the USA through her sharing. Sister Sukanya will share her spiritual wisdom and engage us in an unique experience through meditation, and a 'ceremony of tying a bond of spiritual love.'  The event is free. All are welcome! Light Refreshments served.

For information call: (559) 435-2212.  This is co-sponsored by The Interfaith Alliance of Central California and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno.

 

Saturday, August 5th

The 12th Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk & Celebration takes place at Woodward Park starting at the Mountain View Shelter, 7775 Friant Road in Fresno.  Registration is at 8 a.m. and the event begins at 8:45 a.m., with the Worldwide “Big Latch On” starting at 10:30 a.m.   There will be music, refreshments, raffles and children’s activities.  Registration is free but parking is $5.  Register at www.babiesfirstfresno.com.  For more information, call Christine Vang at 600-3330.

 

Sunday, August 6th

The film “Hibakusha: Our Lives to Live” (Hibakusha is the Japanese word for surviving victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) will be screened at 7 p.m. at the United Japanese Christian Church, 136 N. Villa, Clovis.  It is about the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Through the eyes of two children, one Japanese and one American, it follows their separate paths from the propaganda and war games of WW II into the futuristic bombings of the two cities.  It is narrated by Phil Donahue.   Co-sponsors:  Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, United Japanese Christian Church of Clovis, Veterans for Peace, Fresno Center for Nonviolence, Peace Fresno, UU Church of Fresno, Reedley Peace Center.   It is free and open to the public. 

 

Saturday, August 12th

Gallery 25’s Second Saturday Arthop will feature three new Gallery 25 members; Steve Norton, Caroline Jackson and Bryson Bost who will exhibit for the month of August. Steve Norton will be showing a few old favorites and a few new pieces from his Vintage Pop series. These large scale canvas works are digital constructions made from vintage and antique ephemera. Caroline Jackson will exhibit photography with a theme of alienation and separation. Her exhibit consists of lonely landscapes, character portraits, forgotten objects, people, places and things that may give us pause for reflection.  Bryson Bost will exhibit a selection of pieces that attempt to evoke reflection on memorable stretches of time that have poured passion upon us through mixed media

using acrylics and inks. Included in this body of work will be a triptych and a diptych.

The Second Saturday Arthop takes place from noon-4 p.m.  Gallery 25 is located at the

M Street Arts Complex at 1419 “M” Street, Fresno.  For more information call 559-264-4092 or go to gallery25.org. 

 

Friday, August 18th

The Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba Report-Back takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N Fresno St, Fresno, between Barstow and Bullard.  Caravanistas say "The blockade of Cuba is an unjust, immoral, cruel law which we will not obey."   Local citizens and activists (Gerry Bill, Leni Reeves, Jean Hays and Michael Ballen) went to Cuba with the Pastors for Peace Caravan to carry a big load of solidarity and other blockade-breaking stuff.  They have seen some of the things in Cuba that the US government doesn't want us to see - universal healthcare systems, free education, urban agriculture, the women's movement, new cooperative economic models, LGBTQ+ community, African diaspora experiences at the roots of Cuban resistance.   They will be at this event to talk about it all with you.  There will be food - potluck - and live music by Generaciones, and maybe they'll dance a little.  This event is free, open to the public, wheelchair accessible, fun, and interesting.  For more information contact lenivreeves@gmail.com, or call the Center for Nonviolence Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 559-237-3223.   

 

Friday, August 18th

There will be a Fresno Gospel Festival from 7-9 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Robert Ave. in Fresno.  There will be special guest performances from Men of God, First Men of Promise, The Grigsby Brothers,, Richard Graham & Friends, Christopher St. James, Ahjah & Aytia, the University Presbyterian Choir, Doc Lewis, and Anointed Praise, Al Boyd.  Tickets are $20.  For tickets or more information, call Terry Duren at 288-0066, Diane Dockery at 250-7557, or Leroy Chandler at 240-8297.

 

Saturday, August 19th

The California Prison Moratorium Project is holding a 2 part event: “Clean Slate / Record expungement,” a chance to clean your record.  Have you ever been convicted of a felony? Have been detained in a juvenile hall, jail, prison, or INS detention? Have you been denied jobs, public housing or welfare due to a felony conviction? Are you having a hard time starting over since your release from jail? If you answered YES! to any of these questions You owe it to yourself to Join them for a Records Expungement Clinic. This is not limited to the county convictions. This is a statewide event being held right here in the Central Valley. THIS IS A 2 STEP EVENT HELD OVER 2 SEPERATE SATURDAYS.

Step 1: AUGUST 19, 2017 from 10 am – 4 pm at the New Light for a New Life Church   of God, 1106 W. Woodward, Fresno.  Get a FREE copy of your RAP sheet! -Bring photo ID -Drop-in any time before 3:30 (first come, first served)

 

Step 2:  October 22, 2017 from 10 am - 4 pm, location to be determined:  Meet with an attorney to learn your record clearance options, and to clear your record.  Free lunch provided, along with assistance in filling out record clearance documents and filing, referral to attorney representation for some counties.  Over lunch, learn about your rights related to record clearance and job application.

For more information contact 559-367-6020 or 415-255-7036 x309

 

Saturday, August 19th

Kings County Black History Committee invites you to an “All White Party” featuring a live band, DJ Eleven Forty, and Hor d'oeuvres.  The event is from 6-10 p.m. at the Kings Art Center, 605 N. Douty St. in Hanford.  Tickets are $50 (pre-sold only).  This is a fundraiser for the Black History Scholarship Fund.  Dress code: All White.  You must RSVP by August 5th, 2017.  For information, tickets and to RSVP, call 559-761-4690.

 

Sunday, August 20th

Fresno Art Museum welcomes you to Family Day at the Fresno Art Museum, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This free event features Storytime with Miss Valerie at 11:30 a.m., E&M Reptile Family Performance at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., Tail Waggin’ Tutors in Tell Me A Story Gallery at 1 p.m., plus face painting, art projects for the whole family, a treasure hunt in the galleries and food trucks for your eating pleasure.  The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 N. First Street at Clinton and First in Radio Park.  For more information, go to www.fresnoartmuseum.org. 

 

Friday, August 25th through Sunday, August 27th

Greek Fest takes place the weekend of August 25, 26, and 27 at St. George's Greek Orthodox Church, just behind the Fresno Art Museum.  Additional parking will be available at the VA Hospital at Clinton and Fresno Streets, 

 

Tuesday, September 19th

Tickets are now on sale for a day of inspiration, growth and knowledge planned for women across the Valley at the 30th Annual Central California Women’s Conference. CCWC is the largest women’s event in the region and will be from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center.  The theme of this year's event is EMBRACE YOUR JOURNEY. Attendees will celebrate and be inspired to embrace their lives in areas including careers, relationships, and, most importantly, their own personal growth.  Amy Purdy, world-class snowboarder, 2014 Paralympic Medalist, and founder of Adaptive Action Sports, is this year’s keynote speaker.  She is also an actress, model, dancer, clothing designer, New York Times bestselling author, and product spokesperson. Some might not recognize Amy Purdy’s name, but often remember her from the popular show, Dancing with the Stars. At the age of 19, Amy contracted Meningococcal Meningitis, a vaccine preventable bacterial infection, and was given a less than two percent chance of survival. As a result of the infection, doctors had to amputate her legs below the knee. Amy also needed and successfully received a kidney transplant from her father. Just three months after the transplant, she entered the USASA National Snowboarding Championship where she won medals in three events. Amy is the only double leg amputee competing at the world-class level, and in 2013 she was named as one of the top 15 most remarkable para-athletes in the world by the International Olympic Committee. Today, she is one of the top ranked adaptive snowboarders in the world and was the 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist.  The morning Warm-Up Session kicks off the conference by honoring 20 under-served young women who will receive the Wells Fargo/CCWC College and Career Preparation Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of need, promise and the students' commitment to create positive change. Also in attendance at the conference will be the five AT&T/CCWC/Central California Education Opportunity Center (CCEOC) Re-Entry Scholars. In addition, the 2nd Annual PG&E “She Makes A Difference” Award winner will be announced at the event.  Morning keynote speaker Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario (a.k.a. “Dr. Jacquie”) will then take the stage as the 30th annual event begins. She will share her formula for strong relationships of all kinds. Dr. Jacquie is the author of youth-centered curricula and workbooks and the producer of positive team media. Attendees choose three breakout sessions to attend throughout the day from 20 options. Topics include career development, health and fitness, money and finance, family and parenting, spirituality and courage, service and activism, and strength and change.  Attendees also have the opportunity to visit the conference Marketplace and Community Corner where more than 175 businesses and non-profits share information about their products and services. Visitors will be treated to samples, gourmet tastings, information and shopping. The day winds down with the Cool-Down Session where women enter to win prizes, kick off their shoes and relax. This year's Cool-Down speaker, Kerri Pomarolli, is a stand-up comedian, actress and author based in Los Angeles. She has toured with comedy greats such as Jim Carrey and Carol Channing, appeared in more than 75 stage productions, published four books, and been featured on a host of TV shows – including 29 appearances on the Tonight Show. Kerri is also a sought-after corporate motivational speaker, working with clients such as Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, and Cisco Systems.  Tickets are on sale now at $110 and will go up to $120 on August 20. Tickets include continental breakfast, all seminars, the celebrity keynote speaker luncheon and the afternoon reception. Tickets are limited to the first 3,500 attendees. Early registration is encouraged. Visit www.CCWC-Fresno.org for tickets and additional information. 

 

Saturday, October 21st

Save the Date for the Annual KFCF/Fresno Free College Foundation Banquet, featuring speaker David Cay Johnston, author of “The Making of Donald Trump.“  You’ve heard him on Letters and  Politics. Democracy Now, Ideas on the Edge and have seen him on The Rachel Maddow Show, All In with Chris Hayes, CNN and  other media.  More info coming soon.

 

Saturday, December 9th

Save the Date for Human Rights Day at Fresno State!  The theme of this year’s gathering is “Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Together we Rise!”  The event will take place in Fresno State’s North Gym, Room 118.  More information to follow.

 

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, June 22nd through Sunday, August 20th

Good Company Players presents Neil Simon’s FOOLS at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre – expect lots of laughter!!  Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He's landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds some people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and others milking cows upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon's job is to break the curse. There is a catch: if he stays over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he, too, becomes stupid. The trouble is, he wants to stay. He has fallen in love with a girl so stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit down, but as the old adage goes, “Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.” Filled to the brim with puns, one-liners, and prat-falls, this lighthearted comedy is a silly, frothy night of entertaining tom-foolery. “The brightest, freshest, funniest, wittiest, warmest and happiest to-dos on Broadway in many a day.”   Performances take 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. 

 

Monday, July 10th through Friday, August 4th

Fresno Art Museum is offering four weeks of Summer Visual Art Workshops for Children and Teens.  

Week 1 (from July 10th through 14th) is a Full Day Only Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mural Making, with Eric Gonzalez, muralist, graffiti artist, educator, and founder of the Urbanists Collective in Visalia. Students in this workshop will create a semi-permanent outdoor wall mural in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden inspired by images in FAM’s Pre-Columbian Collection. The mural students will explore original works, contribute to the design, and help paint the mural with Erik’s guidance. Note that students will use traditional brushwork and be trained on the proper use of spray paint in creating the mural. Be advised that most of the work takes place in a shady, gated area outside the classsroom. This workshop is for ages 10 to 17 only and there is limited enrollment.

 Week 2 (from July 17th through 21st) offers both full day (9-4:30) or half day (9-12:30 or 1-4:30) The morning session is “Assemblage” where students will be inspired by the multi-media works of Nancy Youdelman on display at FAM and will create unique works from a variety of materials not commonly thought of as art media.  The afternoon session is “Drawing and Painting” where students will explore our galleries and will create their own art by drawing with charcoal and oil pastels. They will have an opportunity to create their own unique acrylic painting.

Week 3 (from July 24th through 28th) offers both full day (9-4:30) or half day (9-12:30 or 1-4:30) The morning session is “Creatures Featured” where students will create artwork inspired by animals, including a modeling session with live animals. Students will utilize drawing, painting, and papier mache to create their own unique artworks of their favorite creatures.  The afternoon session is “Collage & Mosaic Construction” where students will explore patterns and the art of collage and learn how to do tile mosaics by creating a mosaic sphere. 

Week 4 (from July 31st through August 4th) offers both full day (9-4:30) or half day (9-12:30 or 1-4:30).  The morning session is “PopArt where students will employ commonplace objects as subject matter to create fun art in the pop art style. They will be employing repeating images, graphic designs, and patterns with both printmaking and painting in the style of Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg and others from this exciting era of art.  The afternoon session is “Art Outside the Box (a Performance Art Workshop) taught by Katie Jenkins-Moses, who has a Masters degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Performance Art.  Students will learn to change the way they think about making art. Join this performing arts class and experience one of the newer forms of fine art, and learn some traditional art techniques, too. Students will move, wiggle, and see what they can say with their bodies. This creative class is perfect for theatre students. They will  learn what “performing art” means, act out some fun and memorable pieces, and create their our own performances for an end-of-the-week celebratory show. “Be prepared to have fun, feel silly, be inspired, and think outside the box.”

Half Day sessions are $165 for Museum Members or $185 for non-Members. 

Full Day sessions are $310 for Museum Members or $350 for non-Members.

You can get more information and download a registration form online at 

fresnoartmuseum.org.  

 

Thursday, July 13th through Sunday, September 10th  

Good Company Players presents a jubilant production of “Sister Act.”  This feel-good musical is based on the 1992 hit film about an aspiring disco diva who takes refuge in the witness protection program. With a fresh new score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, and hilarious book by Bill & Cheri Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane, Sister Act is divinely funny!  It's Christmas Eve, 1977, and a small-time, hard-living nightclub singer is a horrified witness to a murder. She runs to the police and they put her in protective custody in the one place no one would ever think to look for her – a convent. Continually at odds with the cloistered lifestyle and the rigid and judgmental Mother Superior, Deloris finds a welcome distraction in the convent choir. They are dreadful, but she's determined to give them a makeover and soon the convent starts hopping. The saintly songbirds become all the rage, donations pour in, the media takes notice…and Deloris’ cover is blown. The gangsters close in, but they never bargained for the power of the Sisterhood! Filled with roof-raising gospel music, lively dancing, and a masterfully comedic cast, Sister Act is a reason to rejoice!   The performance 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 $57.00 per person; Show Only - $32.00.  The cost for Friday & Saturday Served Meal & Show is $60.00; Special drink & dessert packages available.  Groups of 16 or more are eligible for discounts. For tickets and more information, call 266-9494 or 800-371-4747; or go online to www.rogerrockas.com.  Reserve online at http://rogerrockas.com/dinner-shows/ or call 559-266-9494 or 800-371-4747.

 

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.

 

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