KFCF Community Calendar

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KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 1/21/22

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calendar@kfcf.org, at least 2 weeks before the event.

 

DAILY CALENDAR

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

 

Starting Now:

The Madera County Dept. of Public Health is introducing a new incentive program funded by CalViva Health that rewards Madera County residents for getting vaccinated against COVID-19. By referring a friend to get vaccinated, both the referrer and the newly vaccinated friend will be given a $25 gift card while supplies last. ​​ To participate, one must first sign up for the program by visiting MCDPH’s vaccine page,​​ www.MaderaCounty.com/COVID19Vaccine, where they will be given a unique 4-digit code. This code can be shared with family and friends who aren’t yet vaccinated. Those who do not have an email or internet access that wish to participate, may call 311 to receive a referral code. ​​ The person who was referred must provide the 4-digit code at the time of their first dose appointment. Following the visit, both parties will receive their gift card within one week. There is no limit on the number of individuals a person may refer.

 

Friday, January 14th

The MLK Day Opening Garlanding Ceremony takes place from 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. at Courthouse Park, 1100 Van Ness Ave. Also via Zoom. There will be a welcome by Fresno City Council President Nelson Esparza and City Council Member Miguel Ariasl and remarks by Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Jim Yovino. Special guest speaker: Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer. For more information, call 559-435-2212 or 559-681-3140. ​​ Then the MLK Awards Ceremony & Community Reception takes place from 6 p.m.–7 p.m. at the City Council Chamber, Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St. via Zoom. Award recipients this year are Ellie Bluestein (posthumous)—Les Kimber Community Organization Award; Mona Tatum—MLK Community Service Award; Fresno Unified School Board Trustee Valerie Davis—MLK Education Award; and Mayor Jerry Dyer—MLK Public Service Award. For more info, call 559-301-5466 or 559-246-4432.

 

Saturday, January 15th​​ 

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Program takes place at 9 a.m. Via Zoom. Keynote Speaker will be Terri Kimber-Edwards, a lifelong educator. For more info, contact 559-342-2476 or​​ erinf@cityofclovis.com. ​​ Then the MLK Candlelight Peace Vigil takes place at 6 p.m. at the Fresno City Hall Breezeway, 2600 Fresno St. Also via Zoom. Candles will be provided. For more info, call 559-974-2503 or 559-435-2212.

Saturday, January 15th

The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust invite you to join them for the Annual River Center Rose Pruning Party.  ​​​​ Michael Harman, Fresno Master Gardener will lead this annual class and volunteer event. Michael will offer instruction and demonstrate the proper technique for pruning roses. Then you'll have the chance to practice these new skills as you help prune the River Center's roses. Your volunteer​​ support will prepare the rose garden for a beautiful spring bloom. ​​ Please bring your gloves and pruning shears if you have them. ​​ The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies, 11605 Old Friant Road in

Fresno. ​​ For more information contact Sarah Parkes at 559-248-8480 or by e-mail to​​ sparkes@riverparkway.org.​​ 

 

Saturday, January 15th

The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust invite you to its January 8th​​ Bald Eagle Canoe Tour at Millerton Lake! Perfect for first-time paddlers and novice birders, you’ll learn basic paddling skills and practice your observation skills on this four-hour tour. ​​ They will start with an introduction to Bald Eagle behaviors, migration, and habitat at Millerton. From there you will unload the kayaks, go through a short lesson on safe and effective canoeing, and head out onto the water. You will be on the water for approximately three hours. Binoculars are recommended. ​​ The cost is $40/person. This is a canoe tour, maximum of 14 participants, two people per boat. Individual participants welcome to register. Children 12+ welcome. ​​ Please note: while Bald Eagle sightings are likely, they cannot be guaranteed. ​​ All Saturday Morning Bald Eagle Canoe tours start at 8:30 am and end at approximately 12:30 pm. Registration for all trips closes at 12:00 pm on the Thursday prior to the tour. Participants will meet inside Millerton Lake State Recreation Area. Please note: registration does not include the park entry fee, and participants will be required to pay $10 fee per vehicle to enter the park. ​​ To register, go to​​ https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=sanjoaquin&id=110.​​ 

 

Saturday, January 15th

The Visalia Gleaning Seniors Yard Sale (Everything Must Go…Cleaning up). ​​ Join them from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 28600 Rd 156, Visalia Between Caldwell & Walnut.

 

Saturday, January 15th

The Westside Theatre in Newman California invites you to a tribute to the music of Bob Seger and Creedence Clearwater Revival. ​​ The event takes place at 8 p.m. and the Theatre is located at 1331 Main St, Newman, CA. ​​ Tickets can be purchased at​​ https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5308940​​  ​​​​ or by calling 209-862-4490. ​​ This 6-piece band gives a high-energy live performance of two amazing tribute bands in one. ​​ They take audiences on a ride through the rock and roll classics of Seger and CCR that drives crowds of all ages to the dance floor.

 

Saturday, January 15th​​ and Sunday, January 16th

Lorenzo Bassman invites you to the second ever Lorenzo & Company musical fundraiser to benefit the UUCF General Fund!  ​​​​ After the success of the first LoCo concert, folks have been asking about doing a second one, and this is it. ​​ This exciting event will feature many remarkable vocalists and instrumentalists from Sunday mornings in the UU Sanctuary, and on their virtual Sunday services. The program will consist of some of the incredible music videos that were created over the period of the year when we were creating prerecorded virtual services, and will be available for viewing on YouTube by invitation only to those who have bought tickets to attend. ​​ Tickets are $25.00 for an individual and $50 for a family, but please consider making an “angel” donation for any amount above those prices. If your financial situation prohibits you from donating this much then please give what you can! They don’t want anyone turned away. You can buy tickets by visiting​​ https://uufresno.square.site/, or contact​​ cc@uufresno.org​​ for more information. Or you can mail in your check to the church office at UUCF, 2672 E. Alluvial Avenue, Fresno, CA 93720. Just prior to the broadcast, you’ll be receiving a link that will quickly take you to the YouTube event. The final date to buy tickets online is Thursday, January 13, while the deadline to put checks in the mail is Wednesday, January 12, and if you’re sending a check, make sure to write Lorenzo & Co. in the memo line. ​​ The event will be re-aired on Sunday, January 16, at 3:00 p.m. via the same link that you will receive.

 

Monday, January 17th

The annual MLK Community March takes place from 9:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Starting at St. John Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa Ave. (also via Zoom). Marchers assemble at 9:30 a.m. The March begins at 10 a.m., stops at City Hall and then proceeds to Veterans Memorial Auditorium (2425Fresno St.) where the program will conclude. For more info, call 559-284-6420 or 559-681-3140. ​​ The March will be followed by the MLK Commemoration Program from 11 a.m.–noon at Fresno Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 2425 Fresno St. (and via Zoom). Celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to community diversity and our enriched culture. Keynote speaker will be Tyrone Williams, CEO of Fresno Housing Authority. Community Awards Ceremony awardees. For more information, call 559-908-0639 or email eric.paynecmc@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday, January 19th

The Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club General Meeting invites you to their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. via Zoom. ​​ The topic will be the New Indigenous and Environmental Resource Center on the San Joaquin River! ​​ The Project is in planning stages and will be a hands-on green building demonstration site. Brought to you by the U.S. Green Building Council of Central California. If you care about solutions to climate change you won't want to miss this presentation! ​​ Visit​​ http://www.sierraclub.org/tehipite​​ in order to register in advance. ​​ Advance registration is required.

 

Wednesday, January 19th

The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help them run their River Field Trip Education Programs. ​​ If you’re interested in bringing youth together with nature by becoming an Education Docent, join us at this training to learn more about our upcoming field trip programs! ​​ This training introduces Education Docents to the various educational programs offered by the River Parkway Trust and prepares them to lead field trips at the River Center and Lost Lake Park. ​​ Field trips are typically 1st-5th grades, and take place between 9 am- 1 pm on weekdays. ​​ Topics will include:

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Brief program overview and orientation

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Leading a field trip and group management

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Demonstrations of field trip activities

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ How to set up a field trip

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Leading a nature walk

Be prepared to spend the morning outdoors. ​​ Light snacks will be provided. ​​ The training is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the River Center, 11605 Old Friant Rd. in Fresno. ​​ For more information, contact Molly Schnur-Salimbene at 559-248-8480 or by e-mail to​​ 

mschnur-salimbene@riverparkway.org. ​​ To register, go to​​ https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eiz2jihh645ebd42&oseq=&c=&ch=. ​​ 

 

Friday, January 21st

The Reedley Peace Center invites you to hear speaker Peter Ashcroft on “Individual Actions for a Global Challenge: What One Person Can Do to Address Climate Change,” at 6 p.m. on Zoom. ​​ This is a follow-up session to Peter's presentation to the RPC in November 2021 on the challenges of a clean, reliable, affordable electrical system in the 21st century. He is a Reedley High School graduate and is currently resource and policy analyst at the Governor's Office of Energy Development in the state of Utah. ​​ Go to​​ https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcuGpqTIvHtOsn5EpJMpiRh3HEGsOXU3n​​ to register. ​​ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Saturday, January 22nd​​ 

Join Peace Fresno for a street demonstration on Saturday, Jan 22nd, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m, at Blackstone and Nees. “Celebrate the Banning of Nukes!” “U.S. - Join the Nukes Ban!” Bring a sign or hold one of ours. We will celebrate and publicize the one year anniversary of a significant international event. One year ago on January 22, the international Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty went into effect. As of December 2021, 59 countries have ratified or acceded to the treaty. However, the United States has not signed/ratified the treaty. ​​ For questions, contact Peace Fresno President Bev Fitzpatrick at​​ dfitzpatrick29@comcast.net​​ or (559) 355-9717.

 

Saturday, January 22nd

The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust invite you to its January 8th​​ Bald Eagle Canoe Tour at Millerton Lake! Perfect for first-time paddlers and novice birders, you’ll learn basic paddling skills and practice your observation skills on this four-hour tour. ​​ They will start with an introduction to Bald Eagle behaviors, migration, and habitat at Millerton. From there you will unload the kayaks, go through a short lesson on safe and effective canoeing, and head out onto the water. You will be on the water for approximately three hours. Binoculars are recommended. ​​ The cost is $40/person. This is a canoe tour, maximum of 14 participants, two people per boat. Individual participants welcome to register. Children 12+ welcome. ​​ Please note: while Bald Eagle sightings are likely, they cannot be guaranteed. ​​ All Saturday Morning Bald Eagle Canoe tours start at 8:30 am and end at approximately 12:30 pm. Registration for all trips closes at 12:00 pm on the Thursday prior to the tour. Participants will meet inside Millerton Lake State Recreation Area. Please note: registration does not include the park entry fee, and participants will be required to pay $10 fee per vehicle to enter the park. ​​ To​​ register, go to​​ https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=sanjoaquin&id=110.​​ 

 

Saturday, January 22nd​​ and Sunday, January 23rd

Fresno Pacific University invites you to a weekend of early music, with a masterclass, concert, lecture-demonstration and hymn sing. The featured performers are Andrus Madsen, harpsichord; Pehl Evans, Ph.D., traverso; and FPU choirs. ​​ The master class will be at 1:00 p.m. and the concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and the lecture-demonstration and hymn sing will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for general audiences, $10 for seniors and $5 for the FPU community, payable at the door. All events will be in Butler Church, 4884, E. Butler Ave., Fresno. More information at​​ music@fresno.edu​​ or 559-453-2267.

 

Monday, January 24th​​ through Friday, January 28th

Cineculture invites you to view the film “Hive.” ​​ Filmed by Kosovar filmmaker Blerta Basholli in her directorial debut and Sundance triple award winner, Hive is a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije, who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the 1998-99 war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she teams up with the other widows in her community to launch a business selling a local food product. Together, they find healing and solace in considering a future without their husbands—but their will to begin living independently is met with hostility. The men in the village condemn Fahrije’s efforts to empower herself and the women around her, starting a feud that threatens their newfound sovereignty—and the financial future of Fahrije’s family. Against the backdrop of Eastern Europe’s civil unrest and lingering misogyny, Fahrije and the women of her village join in a struggle to find hope in the face of an uncertain future. Winner of the Audience Award, Directing Award, and World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Hive is a compelling but devastating portrait of loss and arduous journeys to freedom. In Albanian with English subtitles. ​​ To view the trailer:​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39cIMHLPFMU.  ​​​​ To view the film, go to​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu​​ anytime between January 24th​​ and 28th.​​ 

 

Friday, January 28th

The Reedley Peace Center invites you to hear speakers Ken Wall and Connie Young from Citizens' Climate Lobby on “Carbon Fee and Dividend Legislation,” at 6 p.m. ​​ Citizens Climate Lobby supports this type of legislation to ease fossil fuels out of the economy using market signals to influence energy choices. ​​ Ken is a member of the Reedley Peace Center and Connie is a long-time Fresno activist for environmental issues. Both of them are part of the Citizens' Climate Lobby. ​​ To register, go to​​ https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcuiorDouGdU9TsQjHH2VVFqJDMAAcu_6. ​​ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Saturday, January 29th

The Westside Theatre in Newman California invites you “Elvis Through the Years,” with Rob Ely, one of Northern, CA ‘s most sought after Elvis Tribute Artists, and a Singer of​​ 50’s and 60’s Rock n Roll who portrays Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison as well in costume. ​​ The event takes place at 8 p.m. and the Theatre is located at 1331 Main St, Newman, CA. ​​ Tickets can be purchased by calling 209-862-4490 or on line at​​ https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5275104. ​​ 

 

Sunday, January 30th​​ 

Artikal Sound System is performing at Fulton 55 on January 30th. Their new single "Stayed" is out now and can be streamed at​​ https://cssl.fanlink.to/stayed. ​​ Fulton 55 is at 875 Divisadero, Fresno, and admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. ​​ This 21+ event starts at 7 p.m. ​​ Advanced tickets are at​​ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bumpin-uglies-with-artikal-sound-system-plus-joey-harkum-tickets-200960557437?aff=ebdsoporgprofile.​​ 

 

Sunday, January 30th

The Central Valley Justice Coalition invites you to participate in the Virtual Freedom Fund 5K Run/Walk. ​​ Participation is $30 for adults and $10 for those under 18. ​​ Every January, people across the country commemorate National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. ​​​​ This fun(d) fun is virtual, which means you can safely run wherever you are! Don't run? No problem! You can walk, too!​​ ​​ Each registration will receive a printable bib to pin on so you can tag us in your social media posts on race day. You will also receive a Justice Coalition sticker mailed to you, along with the opportunity to be part of a community working together to bring awareness about human trafficking and freedom to those who are trapped in exploitation.​​ ​​ The proceeds of all registrations received by November 20th will be doubled by​​ their​​ Freedom Fund challenge grant.​​  ​​​​ If you're joining with a team, please include your team name in the notes with your order.​​ For more information or to register, go to​​ https://centralvalleyjustice.org/products/freedom-fund-run?_kx=fIzM9uhpDrmq7z9LOkq9Lvgzc86lzvcKYjHseXxciC4%3D.NRjTmT.​​ 

 

Monday, January 31st​​ through Friday, February 4th

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of the film “Made in Bangladesh.” ​​ Made in Bangladesh by Bangladeshi director Rubaiyat Hossain tells the story of Shimu, a 23-year-old textile worker, who toils in a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She resolves to fight for employee rights after one of her co-workers is killed in a fire at her factory. Faced with difficult conditions at work, she decides to start a union with her co-workers. Despite threats from management and the disapproval of her husband, Shimu is determined to go on. Together the women must fight and find a way. It won the Public Award for the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color – ADIFF 2019, London BFI. In English and Bengali with English subtitles. To view the trailer, go to  ​​​​ https://vimeo.com/366947967. ​​ The link to the film will be available on the Cineculture website,​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu, the week of the screening.

 

Thursday, February 3, 2022

She Rocks, a musical multimedia tribute to the great female rock icons of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, is set to premier in the lounge at Dicicco’s Old Town Clovis on February 03, 2022. ​​ The show features the music of 8 great female classic rock icons such as Janis​​ Joplin and Tina Turner and includes a multimedia and light show to honor these gigantic women of rock. ​​ The show will perform on the first, second and fourth Thursdays starting February 3, 2022 in the lounge at Dicicco’s Old Town Clovis. ​​ Show time will be 8:00 p.m. ​​ Tickets are $25.00 and are available at Eventbrite.com and at the door if space permits. ​​ Dicicco’s Italian Restaurant will be serving their special recipes of Italian fare before the show. ​​ Reservations are recommended. ​​ More information about the show, the cast and the musical icons of She Rocks including videos and peaks behind the scenes, is available at their website​​ www.SheRocksTribute.com.​​ 

 

Friday, February 4th

The Reedley Peace Center invites you to hear speaker Mark Alvis, on “The Psychology of Climate Change, How it Affects Us, and What We Can Do About it,” at 6 p.m. ​​ Mark Alvis, a long-time RPC associate, has recently produced a 10-part television series, The Most Important Thing. These 10 segments are available on YouTube and the links are provided below or on the RPC website at​​ www.reedleypeacecenter.org. ​​ For this meeting, Mark will lead a discussion on the third episode (Heather: The Connecto-Sphere). Links are provided for all the episodes and he will be open to answering questions about any of the episodes. ​​ To register, go to​​ https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkd-iuqTkjE9TdyR5roepAGlpvMIg9JQ_N.  ​​​​ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. ​​ To view the 10 episodes on YouTube, here are the links:

  • Episode 2: Moses: ​​ “Unintended Consequences.” ​​ Moses Stites, head of the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency, gives a front line look at the transition that is already underway from gas powered vehicles to electrics. ​​ Go to:​​ 

  • Episode 4: Phil: ​​ “The New Normal-What is the real science of Climate Change?” Dr. Phil Martien explains and tells us why we should have hope. ​​ Go to:

  • Episode 7: Bob: ​​ “We Know What We Need To Do.” ​​ For forty years, Bob Riding's job at PG&E was teaching people how to save energy. Bob is our energy guru and explains the nexus between energy, water, and family.

 

Saturday, February 5th

The West Side Theatre in Newman is pleased​​ to invite you to a show at their​​ restored 1940’s movie house, now a non-profit arts center.​​ The February 5th​​ show starts at 8 p.m. and features​​ Invincible - The Pat Benatar Tribute. ​​ Invincible, a Pat Benatar Tribute Band playing all the hits and more from the Queen of Rock. You know them - Heartbreaker, Fire & Ice, Love is a Battlefield, Hit Me with Your Best Shot, and more. Experience the sights and sounds of Pat Benatar live with Invincible. A group of talented musicians passionate about Pat Benatar's music and dedicated to recreating the unforgettable experience you get at Pat Benatar's live shows. ​​​​ For tickets, go to

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5275115​​ or call 209-862-4490.  ​​​​ More information is at​​ https://www.westsidetheatre.org.​​ 

 

Monday, February 7th​​ through Friday, February 11th

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of short films by Dr. Adán Avalos. ​​ The link to the film will be available on the Cineculture website,​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu, the week of the screening.

 

Saturday, February 12th

The Fresno Historical Society invites you to one of it’s eight “Fields of Fresno” Ag Tours of the 2022 season. ​​ Fields of Fresno Ag Tours provide engaging, educational and fun excursions to farms and agribusiness locations in and around Fresno County. The goal of the project is to help residents and visitors alike come to understand what farming entails in this region and, in some cases, simply how certain crops grow. ​​ The upcoming tour on February 12th​​ will include a unique tour starting at the Kearney Mansion Museum & Gallery at 7:15 a.m. with a brief history of M. Theo Kearney and his legendary Kearney Ranch and Fruit Vale Estate. ​​ Next, their comfortable and spacious coach bus will depart for a demonstration site operated by the African American Farmers of California on a parcel that was part of the original Fruit Vale Estate. ​​ The third stop will take you to Belmont Nursery which grows the largest selection of garden plants in the Central Valley. You will visit up to ten on-site greenhouses where garden décor, seasonal, tropical, house and edible plants are grown and enjoy a chance to hear from the expert staff at the Nursery. ​​ The final stop of this trip will be at the Fresno State Winery for a guided tour and wine tasting before returning to Kearney Mansion by​​ 1:15 p.m. ​​ Fields of Fresno Ag Tours are scheduled by the Fresno County Historical Society to be held eight times in 2022. Each adventure will feature a different route that focuses on what is in season at that time. Visit valleyhistory.org/ag-tour for updates and schedules. All proceeds will benefit educational programs at FCHS. ​​ In light of current COVID conditions, they have reduced the capacity of this tour for the safety of their guests and staff. Space is limited so secure your tickets today! ​​ For tickets or information, go to​​ https://www.valleyhistory.org/ag-tour.​​ 

 

Saturday, February 12th

The West Side Theatre in Newman is pleased​​ to invite you to a show at their​​ restored 1940’s movie house, now a non-profit arts center.​​ The February 12th​​ show starts at 8 p.m. and features​​ Chicago...The Tribute. ​​ Veteran Bay Area musicians performing all the hits of the great band Chicago. A group of eight accomplished musicians, based out of the Sacramento area, who recreate that great sound with powerful horns, rich vocals and a rockin’ rhythm section. A tribute band to the legendary rock and roll band with the horns – Chicago.​​  ​​​​ For tickets, go to​​ https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5275153 or call 209-862-4490. ​​ More information is at​​ https://www.westsidetheatre.org.​​ 

 

Monday, February 14th​​ through Friday, February 18th

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of “Why is We Americans?”  ​​ ​​​​ By turns kinetic and intimate, Why is We Americans? by director Udi Aloni is an in-depth, cinematic exploration of Newark’s legendary Baraka family. Spanning decades of social activism, poetry, music, art, and politics, this kaleidoscopic family saga is illustrated by on-camera interviews with singer and rapper Lauryn Hill as well as rare archival footage and revealing personal testimonials. As we connect with the iconoclastic poet Amiri Baraka, his wife, Amina, and their son, the current mayor of Newark, Ras, a portrait of a city emerges with an inspiring call to arms in the fight for class and racial justice. 102 minutes. View the film trailer at​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=109TZtGf-ug. ​​ The link to the film will be available on the Cineculture website,​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu, the week of the screening.

 

Wednesday, February 16th

The Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club invites you to a virtual presentation on “Glaciers and Climate Change,” at 7 p.m. ​​ In his presentation glaciologist and Professor Emeritus from ​​ Aberystwyth University in Wales, Michael John Hambrey, will explore how the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are responding to climate change and the impact this is having on sea-level rise and global oceanic circulation. He will also examine how mountain glaciers, in regions such as the Alps, the Western Cordillera and Himalaya are shrinking and having an impact on water resources in the surrounding regions. He will address why these changes are taking place, the role humans have played in generating greenhouse gases, and what we need to do to prevent catastrophic climate change. ​​ The event is free and open to the general public. Visit​​ https://sierraclub.org/tehipite​​ in order to register for the event in advance. The Zoom link is sent on the day of the presentation to all who have previously registered.

 

Friday, February 18th​​ through Sunday, February 20th

The Sun Maid Kennel Club of Fresno will be holding three days of all-breed dog shows on Friday February 18 thru Sunday February 20, 2022 at the Fresno County Fairgrounds. ​​ The hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day.  ​​​​ There will be about 1000 dogs there each day. ​​ See breeds you have never seen before. ​​ There will be obedience, rally and conformation. ​​ On Saturday there is a Pee Wee handling class for kids ages 5-9. ​​ Register for Pee Wee handling at the show on Saturday before noon. ​​ Bring the whole family. But leave unentered dogs at home. ​​ Admission is free; there is a $10 parking donation at the Chance Ave. parking lot. ​​ For more information contact Barbara at (559) 840-2299.

 

Monday, February 21st​​ through Friday, February 25th

 

Tuesday, February 22nd

The Central Valley Justice Coalition invites you to “Becoming a Trauma Informed Faith Community,” from​​ 6:00-8:00 pm​​ at​​ St. Paul's Episcopal Parish Hall,​​ 1415 W. Center St.​​ in​​ Visalia. ​​ Come learn about the effects of trauma and how this information can change how you live and work with other people. Why is it important to be trauma informed as a volunteer? Learn the basics about trauma and how an informed response can make all the difference. ​​​​ This event is co-sponsored by the Justice Coalition and the Tulare Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

 

Friday, February 25th

Leading Central Valley agriculturist Dr. John C. Harris will be the 2022 honoree at the Ag One Community Salute at the Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall. ​​​​ Proceeds from the event will help support deserving students and programs in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State. Tickets are $125 per person, and sponsorship opportunities are available. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and includes a social that starts at 6 p.m. and a dessert social after the event. ​​​​ Harris and his family are longtime leaders in California agriculture. Their well-known Harris Ranch began on 320 acres of desert land on the western edge of the Central Valley in 1937.​​ ​​ For more information about the event, contact 559-278-4266 or email​​ agone@csufresno.edu.​​ Go to​​ http://www.fresnostate.edu/jcast/agonefoundation/harrissalute.html​​ for tickets or sponsorship opportunities.​​ 

 

Monday, February 28th​​ through Friday, March 4th

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of “Salt of the Earth (1954).” ​​ Salt of the Earth is set in a small mining community in New Mexico. Written by Michael Wilson and directed by Herbert Biberman, both blacklisted Hollywood filmmakers during the Red Scare for their alleged involvement in communist politics, the film chronicles the true events of a 1951 miners’ strike in the area using local people and non-actors to re-enact their experiences. Banned in the USA for 11 years, the film centers on Esperanza Quintero (Rosaura Revueltas), the wife of a protesting miner, who must combat sexism and racism on both sides of the conflict to build a better future for her family. Completed against all odds, (including the deportation of Revueltas), Salt of the Earth highlights the complexity of gender, labor, and family relationships during a hostile political climate. 94 minutes. To view the trailer go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6Ro8dvYpsM.  ​​​​ The link to the film will be available on the Cineculture website,​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu, the week of the screening.

 

Friday, March 4th, 2022

Fresno State’s Keyboard Concerts is hosting a performance by the trio, Michael Krikorian, piano; Aroussiak Baltaian, violin and Garik Terzian, cello. ​​ The event is at 7:30 p.m. at Fresno State’s concert hall. ​​ For tickets and more information, go to​​ http://www.keyboardconcerts.com/events/season-50/komitas-trio/.​​ 

 

Saturday, March 5th

The Fresno Art Museum invites you to “15 Minutes of Fame,” a cocktail party inspired by Andy Warhol: Portfolio, A Life in Pop. ​​ The event is from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Museum (2233 N. First St. in Fresno). ​​ Tickets are $120 per person and proof of being fully vaccinated with a booster is required. ​​ Heavy Passed Hors D’oeuvres will be provided along with a no-host bar, and there will be live music by The Cleanup Crew. ​​ For tickets and information go to​​ https://fammuseumstore.shopsettings.com/15-Minutes-of-FAMe-Ticket-p430314629.​​ 

 

Monday, March 7th​​ through Friday, March 11th

 

Monday, March 14th​​ through Friday, March 18th​​ 

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of “Where There Once Was Water,” a story about water. A song for the sacred in all of us. A documentary centered on solutions.​​ Directed by director Brittany App based in San Luis Obispo, California, Where There Once Was Water takes a look at the driest of places – California and the Southwest of the United States – and the deepest of spaces – our inner worlds. It presents an invitation to change our perspective and heal our relationship with water … one watershed, one meal, one raindrop, at a time.  ​​​​ To view the trailer, go to ​​ https://vimeo.com/ondemand/wherethereoncewaswater/496133512.  ​​​​ The link to the film will be available on the Cineculture website,​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu, the week of the screening.

 

Friday, March 18th​​ and Saturday, March 19th

Registration is open for Fresno NewsTrain on March 18-19. ​​ Register before February 18th​​ to get the early-bird rate of $75 for two full days of up-to-the-minute training in digital skills and news leadership at Fresno State.  ​​ ​​​​ Because NewsTrain teaches immediately usable skills, attendees regularly rate its workshops as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective. ​​ The #FresnoNewsTrain agenda includes descriptions of these interactive sessions, which were requested by a host committee of San Joaquin Valley journalists and will be taught by marquee journalists:

  • Developing a data mindset to improve stories every day, with Aaron Mendelson of KPCC

  • Storytelling on small screens: making smart choices for mobile audiences, with Fernando Hurtado of NBCUniversal

  • Shooting smarter video with your smartphone, with Hurtado

  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools, with Sona Patel of The New York Times

  • Becoming a verification ninja, with Patel

  • So, you think you have an idea for a podcast? with Joanne Griffith of APM Studios

  • How to reach those who don’t trust you, with Ashley Alvarado of Southern California Public Radio

  • Using audience analytics to inform and improve your journalism, with Danny Gawlowski of The Seattle Times

  • Focus your journalism to drive digital subscriptions, with Gawlowski

  • How to do more enterprise reporting while still feeding the daily beast

Along with the early-bird rate of $75 ‒ a $20 savings ‒ the News Leaders Association (NLA) will offer these incentives to NewsTrain registrants:

  • For a group of 10 or more from one organization, $70 registration for each person through the early-bird deadline of Feb. 18. Email for details.

  • For students, free membership in NLA, and for professional journalists, half-price membership in NLA, for one year.

Competitive scholarships will be offered to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Apply by Jan. 30. ​​ To safeguard NewsTrain participants, everyone will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask indoors.  ​​​​ The workshops take place from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, March 18, and 8:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2022. ​​ On the morning of Friday, March 18, two sessions on news leadership will be offered from 8:15 a.m. to​​ 12:30 p.m. ​​ They will be held at the Peters Business Building (PB on campus map), 5245 N. Backer Ave., California State University, Fresno. ​​ To register, and for more information, go to​​ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fresno-newstrain-registration-204381489537.​​ 

 

Monday, March 21st​​ through Friday, March 25th

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of “The Carer.”  ​​​​ The Carer by Hungarian director János Edelényi tells the story of a British theatre legend, Sir Michael Gifford, who is terminally ill. He is also foul-mouthed, irascible, and generally impossible. Into his fraught household comes Dorottya, a Hungarian immigrant, to act as yet another in a long line of badly treated caregivers. She secretly hopes to become Michael’s acting pupil but Michael bullies and exploits her until an impromptu exchange from Hamlet reveals a mutual love of Shakespeare and their relationship gradually changes. As Michael mellows, she transcends her own selfish ambitions, and they learn some valuable lessons from each other. When Michael is offered a Lifetime Achievement Award Dorottya persuades him to accept it in person. Together they make it to the Awards Ceremony, which initially seems like a mistake. Michael looks completely out of his depth and the audience fears for his health. But then he rises to the occasion with a show-stealing speech and ends, prompted by Dorottya, with the illustrious question To be or not to be? And he responds in his famous thundering voice: “And the answer is TO BE!” ​​ To view the trailer, go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hu0duNTy4A.  ​​ ​​​​ The link to the film will be available on the Cineculture website,​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu, the week of the screening.

 

Friday, March 25th

The Fresno Historical Society invites you to a Night at the Cocoanut Grove. ​​ Celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood; a decade that gave voice to films, filled the radio with fireside chats and saw America tested and our country rise to accomplish more, be more and do more than any decade before. Party like a movie star, rub shoulders with gamblers, dance to big band jazz and swing all night long at the Fresno County Historical Society’s Night at the Cocoanut Grove on March 25, 2022 at The Grand 1401. ​​ This special evening features dinner, dancing, live entertainment, gaming tables, custom cocktails and a chance to step back in time to experience an old Hollywood party full of glamour and excitement. Don't wait - secure your tickets today! All proceeds benefit your Fresno County Historical Society. ​​ Tickets are $175 for a single ticket, $300 for two, and $1500 for a table of 8. ​​ For tickets and more information, go to​​ https://www.valleyhistory.org/fchs-gala.​​ 



Friday, March 25th​​ and Saturday, March 26th

Fresno Pacific University’s Pacific Artist Series welcomes the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) Conference Friday-Saturday March 25-26, 2022. FPU choirs will be featured in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, led by Jeffrey Wilson, D.M.A., music program director and director of choir activities at FPU. A chamber music concert featuring selections by CFAMC composers will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

Both events are in Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. Friday's choir concert features a reduced admission price of $7 for general audiences, $5 for seniors and $3​​ for the FPU community. Tickets for Saturday's performance will be $15 for general audiences, $10 for seniors and $5 for the FPU community. Payable at the door. More information at​​ music@fresno.edu​​ or 559-453-2267.

 

Monday, March 28th​​ through Friday, April 1st ​​​​ 

 

Monday, April 4th​​ through Friday, April 8th​​ 

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of “Xueta Island.” ​​ Xueta Island by director Dani Rotstein explores the fascinating legacy of the Xuetas (pronounced Chuetas), a unique group of families on the Balearic island of Majorca, Spain, who are believed to be descendants of the island’s Inquisition-era Jewish population. Though they were practicing Catholics, the Chuetas were discriminated against until the middle of the 20th century, always forced to marry within their subgroup population. This film follows Rotstein, a Jewish-American expat, who moved to the island recently and quickly became fascinated with the story. Rotstein currently works as a social activist and filmmaker on the island, where he uses discoveries from his ongoing investigation to help build a new community. In Catalan, English and Spanish with English subtitles. To view the trailer, go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P9B3A_TDSs. ​​ The link to the film will be available on the Cineculture website,​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu, the week of the screening.

 

Tuesday, April 12th​​ through Thursday, April 14th

The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust will hold Spring Break River Camp for three days in April, and registration opens on January 15, 2022! ​​ Is your 6th-8th grader ready for an amazing week down by the river? ​​ Each day campers will learn leadership skills, participate in games that promote team building and communication with their peers, and complete hands-on science and engineering challenges. Camp classics like canoeing and arts and crafts will round out each day. ​​ Children must be in 6th-8th grades in spring 2022. ​​ Drop off is between 8:45 am and 9:15 am, pick up between 3:45 pm and 4:15 pm. ​​ Campers will be dropped off and picked up from Owl Hollow. ​​ Owl Hollow is located next to the River Center but uses a different access point. ​​ A map will be sent upon registration, and signs directing parents to the Owl Hollow entrance will be posted along Old Friant Road. ​​ The cost is $160. ​​ A River Camp 2022 T-shirt is included in the cost of registration. ​​ To register or for more information, go to​​ https://www.ultracamp.com/info/sessionDetail.aspx?idCamp=414&idSession=343931&campCode=rpc.​​ 

 

Monday, April 18th​​ through Friday, April 22th

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of “The Desire to Live.” ​​ Directed by Mariam Avetisyan, a filmmaker from Artsakh, formerly Nagorno-Karabakh, The Desire to Live, tells the stories of the indigenous people of Artsakh, after the recent 44-day war with Azerbaijan and suffering a devastating loss of lives and land. The desire to live is really a right to live on their lands and be protected by the threat of war, genocide and crimes against their humanity. In Armenian with English subtitles.​​ The film​​ website is at​​ https://thedesiretolivedoc.com. ​​ To view the trailer:​​ https://vimeo.com/650680281. ​​ The link to the film will be available on the Cineculture website,​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu, the week of the screening.

 

Monday, April 25th​​ through Friday, April 29th

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of “The Velvet Queen (La panthère des neiges).” ​​ Directed by Marie Amiguet, The Velvet Queen follows world-renown French wildlife photographer Vincent Munier and French geographer, writer and traveler Sylvain Tesson on an urgent quest in a remote and mountainous region of Tibet. They hope to photograph the elusive snow leopard with no guarantee of success. Due to poaching and an increasing loss of habitat, the global population of this magnificent feline is estimated to be fewer than 10,000 and expected to further decline. The snow leopard is listed as “vulnerable”, i.e. threatened with extinction, by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and is featured on the Tibetan flag, still used by the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, based in Dharamshala, India. A beautiful documentary, The Velvet Queen offers stunning landscape and wildlife photography, wonderful music and a fascinating narrative by writer Tesson, that is alternately, poetic, meditative or philosophical. In French with English subtitles. To view the trailer, go to ​​​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXP-Nd58d4o. ​​​​ The link to the film will be available on the Cineculture website,​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu, the week of the screening.

 

Monday, May 2nd​​ through Friday, May 6th

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of “Children of the Exodus ( Los Niños del éxodo).” ​​ Directed by Mexican Director Wilma Gómez Luengo, Children of the Exodus documents the displacement of hundreds of communities in the Tierra Caliente de Guerrero, a region in Southern Mexico. ​​ Many have been forced off their land by organized crime that wants to control drug traffic and exploit the natural resources in that area. ​​ Refugees in a strange city, the children reveal the humanitarian crisis of forced displacement as well as the consequences of relocation and violence in their lives. ​​ In Spanish with English subtitles.​​ To view the trailer go to​​ ​​ https://vimeo.com/635935271. ​​ ​​​​ The link to the film will be available on the Cineculture website,​​ https://cineculture.csufresno.edu, the week of the screening.

 

MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:

 

Flu Season 2021-2022

No-cost flu vaccination clinics will be held throughout the season at multiple locations across Fresno county. Social distancing will be maintained at all flu vaccination clinic sites and masks will be required per state guidance, except for those exempt due to a medical condition or age. The 2021-2022 flu vaccine is designed to protect against the viruses that are most likely to cause disease this season. While it cannot prevent all cases of the flu, the vaccine is the best defense against the disease and the potential serious complications from it that can include pneumonia and/or death. ​​ After receiving the vaccine, it takes about two weeks for protection to develop, and protection lasts several months to a year. If a child nine years or younger is receiving their first flu vaccine, they should receive two vaccines this season separated by a timeframe 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 community flu vaccination events. ​​ For dates, times and locations of the FCDPH flu vaccination clinics for Fresno County residents, please visit​​ www.fcdph.org/noflu. ​​ For additional information regarding the influenza (flu) season, please contact the FCDPH Immunization Program at (559) 600-3550. ​​ 

 

Tuesday, July 27th​​ through Saturday, March 12th

Central California World Language Project is offering a series of free on-line workshops, part of a statewide initiative to improve access to high-quality world language instruction for K-12 educators. Both student teachers and experienced teachers are able to use resources and take them into their classrooms. Housed in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at Fresno State, the project is positioned to provide targeted support for the needs of the Valley’s future teachers, including for those who speak Spanish or Hmong languages. ​​ The project is featuring workshops on new classroom teaching strategies, such as “Lesson Design in the 21st Century Classroom” (July 27) and “Focusing on Student Growth: A Lesson for our PLCs” (Oct. 5), as well as workshops on digital programs and apps such as “Adobe Sparks/Blooket” (July 29) and “Jamboard/Canva” (Nov. 2). ​​ Registration is required for each individual workshop. Teachers who participate in 40 hours of training can receive 2.5 continuing education credits from Stanford University.  ​​​​ Please register for each free workshop separately.

For a list of available workshops go to their website, CCWLP.com, or click on​​ https://drive.google.com/file/d/14DoqAyoWRiuAmx_N8f1uuUf9GGcUcfAX/view.​​ 

 

Friday, October 1st​​ through Saturday, May 14th​​ 2022

Fresno State University Theatre is pleased to announce the return of in-person performances for their 2021-2022 Mainstage Season. The season features their annual Contemporary Dance Ensemble Concert, four Fresno premieres, and a 25th anniversary production of a Broadway classic. The season offers a diverse range of work from seasoned playwrights as well as young, up and coming playwrights.  ​​​​ The season begins with the darkly humorous feminist thriller “Man of God” written by Anna Ouyang Moench. Next up they present “This is Our Youth” by Kenneth Lonergan, recently ranked one of the 25 best plays of the last 25 years by The New York Times. They round out the fall semester with the pulsating documentary theatre piece,​​ “Wilderness” by Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger. Their spring semester kicks off with the return of the always riveting Contemporary Dance Ensemble’s spring concert. Following the spring dance concert is Luis Alfaro’s “Electricidad”, a latinx adaptation of Sophocles’ “Electra”. They finish the season with Jonathan Larson’s seminal work, “Rent,” celebrating its 25th anniversary. ​​ University Theatre Mainstage tickets are not yet available for purchase. ​​ Please note, University Theatre will be following all Fresno State COVID protocols, which currently includes a mask requirement for all audience members regardless of vaccination status. Full University Theatre audience COVID protocols will be released at a later date. ​​ Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military and $10 for all students. Children under 5 are not permitted. ​​ The productions scheduled for this season are:

  • “Man of God” at the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre from October 1st-9th​​ 

During a mission trip to Thailand, four girls discover that their pastor has hidden a camera in their hotel bathroom. Samantha is personally wounded that the pastor would do this to her. Jen is worried about how this might affect her college applications. Kyung-Hwa thinks everyone needs to have lower expectations for men. And Mimi’s out for blood, as usual. Their collective rage and disillusionment fuel increasingly violent revenge fantasies amidst the sex-tourism scene of Bangkok. “Man of God” is a feminist thriller about that moment when girls realize the male gaze has been watching all along — and they decide they’re going to do something about it. (A Fresno premiere.) ​​ Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 5-9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre on campus.

  • “This is Our Youth” at the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre from October 29th​​ – November 6th. ​​ In meticulous, hilarious and agonizing detail, “This is Our Youth” follows 48 hours of three very lost young souls in the big city at the dawn of the Reagan era. They are Warren Straub, a dejected 19-year old who steals $15,000 from his abusive lingerie-tycoon father; Dennis Ziegler, the charismatic, domineering, drug-dealing friend who helps him put the money to good use; and Jessica Goldman, the anxiously insightful young woman Warren yearns for. Funny, painful and compassionate, “This is Our Youth” is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood. (A Fresno premiere.) ​​ Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 2-6, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre on campus. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military and $10 for all students. The production is intended only for mature audiences. Children under 12 are not permitted. ​​ For tickets, go to​​ https://www.ticketsource.us/fresno-state-university-theatre.  ​​​​ Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday nights. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday nights, parking permits are required and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus. ​​ For more information, contact the box office at​​ universitytheatre@csufresno.edu​​ or by calling 559-278-2216.

  • “Wilderness” at the John Wright Theatre from December 3rd​​ – 11th

“Wilderness” is a pulsating documentary theatre piece that speaks to the collective search for connection and hope as families survive the extraordinary pressures and complexities that accompany coming of age in 21st-century​​ America. Anchored by six real families’ stories, the narratives explore mental health, addiction and gender and sexual identity issues. In “Wilderness,” adolescents stand at the brink of emotional chaos, lost in social stigma, insecurity, aggression and anger. Parents risk losing their children forever. Thoughts race. Emotions fire. Isolation intensifies. One question emerges: How do we persevere when we feel most alone in the world? (A Fresno premiere.)

  • Contemporary Dance Ensemble at the John Wright Theatre from February 19th​​ - 26th. ​​ This annual contemporary dance concert highlights contemporary classics, creative innovation and collaborations between students and faculty. This year, the concert celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble at Fresno State.

  • “Electricidad” at the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre from March 25th​​ – April 2nd

In the years following the murder of her father by her mother, Electricidad is committed to vengeance. To get it, she’ll need her brother, Orestes, to return from Las Vegas and help her finish the job. Transporting Sophocles’ “Electra” to the Los Angeles barrios, Luis Alfaro investigates violence, loss and redemption through the lens of this age-old tragedy. (A Fresno premiere.)

  • “Rent” at the John Wright Theatre from May 6th​​ – 14th​​ 

Based loosely on Puccini's “La Boheme,” Jonathan Larson's “Rent” follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art. Her partner Joanne wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical. (25th anniversary production.)

For more information go to​​ http://fresnostate.edu/artshum/theatrearts/performances/current-season/index.html.​​ 

 

Friday, October 15th​​ through Sunday, April 24th

The Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series at the Fresno State Concert Hall is offering Season tickets for $160 general admission, $120 for seniors and $30 for students and include admission to Garrick Ohlsson and the following performances at the Concert Hall:

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Alexander Malofeev, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Yefim Bronfman, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Jeremy Denk, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Natasha Paremski, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Rafał Blechacz, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Jack Mitchener, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24.

For tickets to these concerts, go to​​ http://www.keyboardconcerts.com/tickets.​​ 

 

Thursday, November 11th​​ through Sunday, January 9th​​ 

Good Company Players' Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater presents “Elf, The Musical.” ​​ Based on the beloved holiday film, this hysterical family treat follows Buddy the Elf as he leaves the North Pole in search of his true identity in Manhattan. Wacky and warm-hearted fun for the whole family! Please be advised that due to the changes in tiers and capacity allowed, our floor plan is currently in flux, we will do our best to let you know what seats are available at your requested performance. ​​ As of now all visitors must have proof they are fully vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus. Dinner shows are as follows:

  • 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.

  • Friday & Saturday - 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.​​ 

  • Sunday matinee - 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.

  • Sunday evening - 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 show takes place at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon, at Olive and Wishon in The Tower District.  ​​​​ The cost for the buffet and show on Thursdays & Sundays is $59.00 per person; Show Only - $33.00. ​​ The cost for the served meal and show on Fridays and Saturdays is $62.00; Show Only - $33.00; Special drink & dessert packages are available. ​​ For tickets or information, go to​​ www.rocgerrockas.com, or call 559-266-9494 or 800-371-4747.

 

Friday, January 7th​​ through Sunday, February 7th

The Good Company Players presents “Months on End.” ​​ In a series of comic scenes—one for each month of the year—they follow the intertwined worlds of a circle of friends and family whose lives are poised between happiness and heartbreak. The diverse scenes and characters in this winning play come together to create a delightful theatrical experience encompassing a range of emotions from happiness to sorrow and everything in between. “Months On End” is a triumph.”

*All visitors must have proof they are fully vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus with them when attending the performance. ​​ And due to rising COVID numbers and in order to help protect the most vulnerable among us, they ask that you wear your masks when not eating or drinking, when leaving your table, and at all times while the performance is in progress unless you have a medical condition that precludes the use of masks. Show times are Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. ​​ Prices are $25 general admission; $20 students/seniors/military. ​​ Groups of 16 or more are eligible for discounts. For information and group reservations, call Dave at (559) 266-9493. ​​ For general tickets, call 559-266-0660 to reserve or online at​​ https://tickets.gcplayers.com/purchase/events/categories/2nd-space-theatre/months-on-end-2022/. ​​ Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre is located at 928 E. Olive in the Tower District.

 

Thursday, January 13th​​ through Sunday, March 13th

Good Company Players invites you to a performance of “Guys and Dolls,” the tale of a New York gambler who falls in love with a beautiful missionary as she tries to reform him (along with a gaggle of lovable gangsters) in classic musical comedy fashion! With a brassy and immortal score, Guys & Dolls hits the spot. ​​ On Thursdays, a sumptuous dinner service begins at 5:30 p.m., with a Pre-Show featuring Good Company Players’ Junior Company at 7:30 and the performance at 8:00 p.m. ​​ On Friday & Saturday, a mouth-watering served meal begins service at 5:30 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m. and the performance at 8:00 p.m. ​​ And on Sunday matinees, a hearty full service brunch begins service at 11 a.m., with the Pre-Show at 1 p.m. and the performance at 1:30 p.m. ​​ Tickets for dinner and show performances are $65 (or $60 for seniors, students and members of the military with valid ID; $50 for young adults 16-21). ​​ Show only tickets are $35. ​​ All visitors must have proof they are fully vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus with them when attending the performance. ​​ Due to rising COVID numbers and in order to help protect the most vulnerable among us, they ask that you wear your masks when not eating or drinking, when leaving your table, and at all times while the performance is in progress unless you have a medical condition that precludes the use of masks. ​​ For tickets, go to​​ https://rogerrockas.com/shows/categories/roger-rockas/.​​ 

 

Friday, January 14th​​ through Friday, April 15th

The San Joaquin River Parkway Trust is thrilled to invite you to the upcoming U-pick season at Sumner Peck Ranch (14439 N. Friant Road, Friant, CA 93626)! Lace-up your boots and grab your baskets, it’s time to go fruit picking! During the scheduled seasons U-pick hours are Friday - Monday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. ​​ Things to know before picking:  ​​​​ No advance registration is required for U-pick days. ​​ You can park at the end of the entrance drive near the river. Click here for a map of the property. ​​ You can purchase your citrus or blueberries in the white office building near the river. Cash and credit cards are accepted.  ​​​​ Please wear long pants and comfortable closed-toed shoes. Be prepared for a small hike to the groves (.25 mi). If you are unable to complete this hike please check in at the white office building for further instruction. ​​ They encourage everyone to bring a bag, basket, or bucket for picking fruit. ​​ Maps of the property will be available in the white office building upon arrival. ​​ The 2022 citrus season is from January 14 – April 15, 2022. Come take a stroll up and down the orchard, Friday - Monday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, no advance registration required. Enjoy picking navel oranges, blood oranges, pomelos, Minneola tangelos, mandarins, and lemons all at $1 per pound. ​​ For more information, go to​​ https://riverparkway.org/things-to-do/u-pick-fruit.​​ 

 

Tuesday, January 25th​​ through Thursday, May 5th

The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust is offering the Young Explorers Enrichment Program, an extension of their pre-K and K summer camp program, designed to supplement your child’s regular pre-school or classroom learning through nature-based experiences. ​​ Their focus is on learning ​​ through ​​ play, exploration, and hands-on experiences using nature as the classroom; children are outside for the duration of each program day, and the environment is our teacher. ​​ The journey of each individual is unique, and activities and curriculum are based on the interests and curiosities of participants. ​​ The Young Explorers Enrichment Program is open to youth​​ ages 3.5 through those currently enrolled in Kindergarten as of the session start date. All participants must be toilet trained. ​​ Each session lasts six weeks, and participants meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during that session (a total of 12 dates). ​​ Most program dates will take place at the River Center (11605 Old Friant Rd, Fresno). The River Center features a restored ranch house with educational exhibits, a ¾ mile habitat themed nature trail, event barn, small vineyard and orchard, and plenty of open/green space to explore and play in. ​​ Some field trip days to other Parkway properties nearby may be included in the session; participants will receive full information on the session schedule prior to the start date.  ​​​​ Parents/guardians or a family representative are asked to volunteer at/attend one of the 12 session dates with their child, and are welcome (but not required) to stay with their Young Explorer during all other program dates.  ​​​​ The program takes place from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks. ​​ The cost is $450/six-week session ($50 non-refundable deposit, $400 session fees); partial scholarships are available and scholarship applications can be accessed through the online registration system during the normal registration process. ​​ Session 1 meets on 1/25, 1/27, 2/1, 2/3, 2/8, 2/10, 2/15, 2/17, 2/22, 2/24, 3/1, 3/3. ​​ Session 2 meets on 3/22, 3/24, 3/29, 3/31, 4/5, 4/7, 4/19, 4/21, 4/26, 4/28, 5/3, 5/5. ​​ Sessions do not meet the week of Spring Break (4/11-4/15).  ​​​​ To register for session one, go to​​ https://www.ultracamp.com/info/sessiondetail.aspx?idCamp=414&campCode=rpc&idSession=330080. ​​ To register for session two, go to​​ https://www.ultracamp.com/info/sessiondetail.aspx?idCamp=414&campCode=rpc&idSession=330086.  ​​​​ Children are outdoors for the duration of each session (unless there is severe or dangerous inclement weather); once enrolled, we will provide a list of recommended clothing items to best prepare your child for all seasons and conditions; we will provide a waterproof rain trail suit for each participant to wear on rainy days, but participants are required to provide their own rain boots. ​​ The sessions are in small groups (2 co-instructors and 12 children, 1:6 ratio).  ​​​​ Curriculum and activities are STEM, emergent play and inquiry based to promote inner-directed learning and foster a healthy sense of self. ​​ Young Explorers staff collects a portfolio of each participant’s project-based exploration work (writings, drawings, photographs) etc. to document each child’s journey and provide parents/guardians information on progress and achievements. ​​ 

 

Thursday, January 27th​​ through Thursday, March 24th

Fresno Pacific University invites you to participate in “Launch Central Valley,” a 10-week small business start-up boot camp providing direction, instruction and coaching from business experts in marketing, sales, finance and dealing with attorneys, accountants and government officials. Sponsored by the Fresno Pacific University Center for Community Transformation. Participants will meet online via Zoom from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Thursdays from January 27 through March 24, 2022, and will have the option of getting individual coaching in person, virtually or over the phone throughout the course. Register at cct-lvc-cohort-5.eventbrite.com.​​ 

 

Saturday, February 5th​​ through Sunday, June 26, 2022

The Fresno Art Museum is bringing an exhibit of Andy Warhol’s iconic works to Fresno. ​​ The exhibit is titled “Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop, Works from the Bank of​​ America Collection,” and features an extensive collection loaned free to the museum from Bank Of America’s corporate art collection. ​​ The exhibit is comprised of 94 artworks representing 12 portfolios and individual prints by Warhol. Among them: the iconic soup cans, as well as magazine covers from Warhol’s Interview magazine. ​​ The Fresno Art Museum is at 2233 North First St. (next to Radio Park, between Clinton and Yale avenues). ​​ Current hours are Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ​​ All visitors are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

 

Saturday, February 12th​​ through Saturday, October 15th​​ 

The Fresno Historical Society invites you to one of its eight “Fields of Fresno” Ag Tours of the 2022 season. ​​ Fields of Fresno Ag Tours provide engaging, educational and fun excursions to farms and agribusiness locations in and around Fresno County. The goal of the project is to help residents and visitors alike come to understand what farming entails in this region and, in some cases, simply how certain crops grow. ​​ The February 12th​​ tour will include a unique tour starting at the Kearney Mansion Museum & Gallery at 7:15 a.m. with a brief history of M. Theo Kearney and his legendary Kearney Ranch and Fruit Vale Estate. ​​ Next, their comfortable and spacious coach bus will depart for a demonstration site operated by the African American Farmers of California on a parcel that was part of the original Fruit Vale Estate. ​​ The third stop will take you to Belmont Nursery which grows the largest selection of garden plants in the Central Valley. You will visit up to ten on-site greenhouses where garden décor, seasonal, tropical, house and edible plants are grown and enjoy a chance to hear from the expert staff at the Nursery. ​​ The final stop of this trip will be at the Fresno State Winery for a guided tour and wine tasting before returning to Kearney Mansion by 1:15 p.m. ​​ Fields of Fresno Ag Tours are scheduled by the Fresno County Historical Society to be held eight times in 2022. Each adventure will feature a different route that focuses on what is in season at that time. Visit valleyhistory.org/ag-tour for updates and schedules. All proceeds will benefit educational programs at FCHS. ​​ In light of current COVID conditions, they have reduced the capacity of this tour for the safety of their guests and staff. Space is limited so secure your tickets today! ​​ Tours are scheduled for the following dates (subject to change): ​​ 

Saturday, February 12, 2022
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Friday, April 1, 2022

Friday, May 20, 2022 

Friday, July 29, 2022 

Saturday, August 27, 2022 

Saturday, September 10, 2022 

Saturday, October 15, 2022  

For tickets or information, go to​​ https://www.valleyhistory.org/ag-tour.​​ 

 

Every other Thursday starting February 17th

Starting February 17th, Fresno Pacific University will open an alumni, student and community wind band ensemble under the direction of George Dougherty, D.M.A., associate professor of music and director of bands. Pieces will be “interesting and not​​ too difficult” Dougherty says, and rehearsals will be every other Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. ​​​​ Concerts are planned for March 2 and April 20 with the possibility of involvement May 7 at FPU’s Spring 2022 Commencement. There will be a $50 registration fee. For more information, contact the Music Office at​​ music@fresno.edu​​ or 559-453-2267.

 

Ongoing

 

Redistricting Access Center now open:

The Statewide Database is excited to announce the opening of six Redistricting Access Centers across California. The centers are located in the state’s largest population hubs: Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, Sacramento, San Bernardino, and San Diego. ​​ Each Redistricting Access Center will be equipped with publicly accessible computers and redistricting software developed by the Statewide Database. Through the redistricting software, members of the public can develop community of interest or district-based input to submit to the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Staff will be available at each location to help members of the public use the redistricting software. Click Here to schedule a virtual appointment or call 559-721-6902. ​​ For more information about the Fresno Redistricting Access Center, go to​​ https://statewidedatabase.org/redistricting_access_centers/#fresno.​​ 

 

Ongoing:

Anyone impacted by wildfires in Fresno or Madera County can receive free referral support, group support, and one-on-one crisis intervention by reaching out to 559-573-9247 or 559-573-9255. Those needing help can also contact Nation’s Finest through email at:​​ fresnowildfire@nationsfinest.org​​ or​​ Maderawildfire@nationsfinest.org.​​ 

 

Starting May 12th

The County of Fresno is encouraging families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit. ​​ Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment begins May 12, 2021. For qualifying households, the benefit provides:

·  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Up to $50/month discount for broadband service;

·  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and

·  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider. ​​ Families can apply online at www.GetEmergencyBroadband.org. To learn more, families can visit​​ https://fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit​​ or call (833) 511-0311. ​​ 

 

Starting April 5, 2021:

The County of Fresno has been awarded approximately $30 million from the United States Department of Treasury and the California Department of Housing and Community Development for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program for individuals affected by COVID-19. ​​ This program will assist renters who have been unable to pay their rent due to the financial impacts of COVID-19. The County is partnering with RH​​ Community Builders to administer the program. ​​ Applications will begin to be accepted on Monday, April 5, 2021. ​​ Eligible households must reside within the County’s jurisdiction, including county islands within the cities of Fresno and Clovis. Please note the City of Fresno received separate allocations for this purpose, so City residents should contact the City for information about their program. ​​ For more information on the Fresno County Emergency Rental Assistance Program, please visit​​ www.fresnorentalhelp.com, email​​ erap@rhcbfresno.com, or call 559-515-4700.

 

Second & Fourth Wednesdays starting June 23rd

The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health in collaboration with The Source LGBT+ Center and the Fresno EOC LGBTQ Center will provide no-cost Pop-Up groups in Fresno County starting June 23, 2021. ​​ The Pop-Up groups are a way to provide affirming, supportive and safe space for local LGBTQ+ persons. ​​ Pop-Up groups seek to focus on protective factors so to reduce risk factors for suicide, substance use and

mental illness. ​​ The project plans to conduct population specific engagement, support, affirmation, and education for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults as well as for family members and care takers. These efforts have been utilized in ways to reduce the risk factors for suicide in the LGBTQ community. While funded through the County’s Mental Health Services Act-Suicide Prevention efforts, the program is not focused on suicide

prevention specifically, but on protective factors so to lessen the risks for suicidal ideation and suicides. ​​ Belonging is a protective factor, and in instances where youth may not feel that they belong, in their home, in their classrooms, etc., having support groups can fill that void and provide some belonging and start to reduce some of the risk factors. The Pop Ups will provide some critical protective factors by providing:

Connections to other adults who are not parents. Safe space, closeness to caring friends, awareness, and access to local health services, as well as support to parents so to strengthen connectedness with their child and learn how to better support their youth.  ​​​​ To learn about the Pop-Up groups and/or participate interested persons can contact The Source LGBT+ Center’s Spencer Salazar at spencer@thesourcelgbt.org . The initial groups will be on-line from 4pm-6pm starting on June 23, 2021. Groups will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. The groups will be virtual initially with plans for in-person locations being developed.

 

Fourth Wednesday of each month:

Sisters for Pelvic Health meet the 4th​​ Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm-7:00pm at Creative Therapeutics - Socially Distant, 2763 E Shaw Ave #102, Fresno. ​​ You can also join virtually via Zoom. ​​ To join remotely, RSVP to​​ sisters4pelvichealth@gmail.com​​ and they can send you the Zoom link. They plan a fun evening getting to know you and supporting each other on our journeys' through pelvic pain. Remember that all women are welcome, so please spread the word and invite others to join us. They are on social media on facebook and instagram. So please share those posts as well: instagram.com/sistersforpelvichealth, facebook.com/sistersforpelvichealth, and​​ www.facebook.com/sistersforpelvichealth.​​ 

 

Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization invites you to join them for guided meditation, wisdom insights and discussion on Peace of Mind and Harmony in Relationships. ​​ Know yourself on your journey of personal development and help yourself to grow and discover your values. Password and ID for all the meditation classes is now: ​​ ID 277 751 8092, Passcode ​​ 807401. ​​ For more information call (559) 435-2212 or e-mail​​ rajayoga108@gmail.com.​​ 

 

The​​ Ecological Farming Association​​ stands in solidarity with Asian Americans as they are senselessly being targeted with violence in our country. In modest recognition of the invaluable role they have played in agriculture on the West Coast, we bring to you the 2021 EcoFarm Conference recording of the workshop: “Untold Story: Asian Farmers in California.” ​​ It is important to understand history if we are to understand the present and consider the future of who owns land and who is farming the food that we eat. Asians and Asian-American farmers have played and continue to play a significant role in the agriculture sector in California, and yet their contributions are under-recognized, and their voices non-existent or muted with regards to food and farming. This interactive workshop features a panel of California farmers who represent a diversity of Asian ethnicities, ages and gender. The farmers share their stories about how they got into farming and how farming connects with their cultural heritage. Also featured is a mini-exhibition — a collection of historical and modern photos that show the contributions of Asians to farming in California. ​​ To view the presentation, go to​​ https://vimeo.com/515867013.​​ 

 

EndGame 2050

Humanity has backed itself into an ecological endgame as we approach the year 2050.​​ 

Featuring musician Moby along with leading scientists, and created by physician turned environmentalist Sofia Pineda Ochoa, ENDGAME 2050 lays out the existential crises bearing down on the planet and underscores the harsh reality that, unless we take responsibility and act urgently now, we are hastening our own destruction and that of virtually all other life on the planet. ​​ You can view the film on YouTube by going to​​ https://www.endgame2050.com. ​

 

The​​ Central Sierra Resiliency Fund​​ is supporting long-term Creek Fire recovery efforts in communities within the vicinity of Fresno County’s Central Sierra region including, but not limited to, Huntington Lake, Lakeshore, Big Creek, Shaver Lake, Pine Ridge, Meadow Lakes, Alder Springs, and Auberry. ​​ A component of recovery is acknowledging the grief brought on by a disaster, and remembering that which came before. The Resiliency Fund is committed to honoring the historical legacy of the Central Sierra region by collecting community stories of the Creek Fire--and the unique histories that precede the Creek Fire--and preserving those stories through the Central Sierra Historical Society. ​​ The Resiliency Fund has begun collecting community stories with an online story and photo submission process. These stories will be used as a way to document and preserve the many experiences and impacts of the Creek Fire. This repository could later be used to construct a comprehensive Creek Fire exhibit at the museum, community kiosks and/or a book. ​​ Please help us spread the word about this project to anyone with a Creek Fire story to share. We will collect the stories, preserve​​ them, and weave them into the history displayed at the Central Sierra Historical Society Museum and beyond. We will also be sharing stories on our website and social media.

These can be stories of places, artifacts, or of your experience during the Fire itself. ​​ For more information, go to​​ https://sierrahistorical.org/resiliencyfund/storytelling-program/.​​ 

 

Fresno Historical Society’s Virtual Time Traveler’s Event

During the Covid-19 pandemic, your FCHS has been working to ensure our students are still connecting to history and social studies lessons! Although their FCHS annual Living History event was not able to be held in 2020, the Society, along with their generous sponsors, is able to provide the School Days experience through an exciting array of online digital curriculum. Twelve immersive and unique lessons will take students on a journey to the America of the 1800s and will share the story of Fresno County in the 19th century though activities, video presentations and connecting with historical figures of the time. To link to this event, go to​​ https://www.valleyhistory.org/time-travelers. ​

 

Every weekday from noon to 1 p.m.:

KFCF will be airing Governor Gavin Newsome’s Press briefings.

 

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m.:

KFCF will be airing the County of Fresno’s Corona Virus updates.

 

Every Day

Fresno County’s Public Library and Department of Public Works have teamed to offer a first-of-its-kind recycling program. ​​ Starting September 5, 2017, county residents can drop off used compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), fluorescent tubes, alkaline and rechargeable batteries at eleven different Library branches.  ​​​​ These items contain hazardous substances and must be deposited at approved facilities, sometimes for a fee. This new service is being provided free of charge to County residents to encourage and ensure proper disposal of universal waste. ​​ Public Works will provide approved hazardous material collection containers at eleven Library branches: ​​ the Central Library, Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, Clovis Regional Library, Fig Garden Regional​​ Library, Sunnyside Regional Library, Woodward Park Regional Library, Mendota Branch Library, Orange Cove Branch Library, Reedley Branch Library, Sanger Branch Library and Selma Branch Library. ​​ This program might be expanded to other branches in the future. ​​ For more information about Library programs, services, and specific branch hours, please go to www.fresnolibrary.org, or call the Library at (559) 600 – READ (7323). ​​ 

 

Every 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 Thursday and Sunday

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization is offering Weekly meditations- Thursdays 7 to 8 p.m. and Sundays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  ​​​​ Zoom  ​​​​ ID 277 751 8092,  ​​​​ Passcode: 807401. ​​ For more information, contact them at (559) 435-2212 or  ​​​​ rajayoga108@gmail.com.​​ 

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

 

ON LINE EVENTS AND RESOURCES

In these difficult times, there may be services available that can help families get through. Many families are experiencing challenges that they never thought they would face. The Fresno County Department of Social Services (DSS) may be able to help. There are a variety of ways for Fresno County residents to apply for and access assistance and services. ​​ DSS administers a wide variety of programs that can help residents in need. These include help with food, health insurance, job training, homeless assistance, and emergency cash assistance. There are several ways the community can access DSS services:

For more information, please visit www.fresnocountyca.gov/DSSassist

 

Below are links for a series of webinars offered by the Reedley Peace Center on the issue of Immigration:

  •   - Immigration in times of Covid 19

  •   - Border Realities

  •   - Asylum

  •  - Church efforts to address immigration

  •  - MCC’s work in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala/El Salvador

  •  - Church-based immigration legal services

  •  - Immigration advocacy

 

The Fresno Commission for Police Reform, which was formed following a demonstration of local outrage response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police, is presenting the public with a rare opportunity observe and​​ interact with its important work. ​​​​ The commission's website,​​ https://www.fresno-cpr.com,​​​is an excellent resources for all who want to learn more, respond to a survey created by Fresno State's Sociology Department and participate in some of the Commission's discussions. ​​​​ It is also an opportunity to observe local leaders grappling with the important and challenging task of police reform.

 

The​​ Film “Economics of Happiness”​​ can be viewed on line for free at​​ https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the-economics-of-happiness/?link_id=8&can_id=32c6c32bbda29a00eef53b1184d86952&source=email-where-do-we-go-from-here-22&email_referrer=email_888883&email_subject=where-do-we-go-from-here.​​ 

 

In commemoration of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima,​​ watch the animated movie​​ “Barefoot Gen”​​ about a Japanese family in Hiroshima in the days before and after the bombing. Warning: THIS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN. It is very graphic but dispells any illusions about the effects of nuclear war. If you don't subscribe or can't find the movie with dubbed English voices on Netflix or other movie sites, you can buy it on Amazon for $20 or watch it for free with English subtitles on YouTube.​​ Click on:​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqDQd1wkDj0&utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=200724_Some_good_news&utm_medium=email.​​ 

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Fresno Historical Society’s Time Travelers​​ 

Join the Fresno Historical Society anytime online for a trip to Fresno County from 1856 to 1910 at their Virtual Time Travelers event. The experience offers 12 immersive and unique lessons will take students on a journey to the America of the late 1800s and will share the story of Fresno County in the 19th century through activities, video presentations and historic images. You will meet Fresno County's first doctor, first teacher and early pioneers. Tour a general store, learn about turn-of-the-century medicine, visit Fresno's colorful Chinatown and see what daily life was like during this historic time. Each lesson includes a discussion guide along with a video or photo gallery and narratives. ​​ To participate, go to​​ https://www.valleyhistory.org/time-travelers.​​ 

 

Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF)

The Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF) have moved their curriculum online, with some unexpected benefits, central of them the ability to engage teaching artists from around the world to work with local youth and expand their musical horizons. They were asked to create a video performance for the Fresno Arts Council’s live-streamed Horizon event. The result was an eight-minute survey of the Youth Orchestras’ history, plus some featured soloists who submitted video recordings specifically for this purpose. ​​ 

The video is now available on YouTube. To watch this special video on You-Tube, go to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=dTVGZJjh4WA&feature=youtu.be.​​ 

 

Central California Legal Services is offering a virtual workshop on services available during the pandemic. ​​ This workshop is in Spanish, and can be accessed by going to​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADb6D7IIUDo. ​​ Clínica Virtual: ​​​​ Programas de asistencia y​​ política de servicios públicos​​ durante la pandemia​​ (Utility & Telecom in​​ Spanish). ​​ ¿Preguntas? ​​​​ Comuníquese con Jennifer Ramirez,​​ Secretaria Legal,​​ Programa Pro Bono al​​ (559) 570-1245 o​​ jramirez@centralcallegal.org.​​ 

 

Medically Trained Personnel Needed During COVID-19 Pandemic in Fresno​​ 

To help support ongoing COVID-19 response efforts, Fresno County is seeking registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), certified nurse assistants, and other medically trained personnel to help meet potential staffing needs at local hospitals, skilled nursing care facilities, and/or alternate care sites. ​​ As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Fresno County and across the country, the demands for resources and support continue to increase in healthcare settings and local health departments. In order to be as prepared as possible, the County is building a pool of medically trained personnel to be activated when needed at hospitals, skilled nursing care facilities, or at an alternate care site. ​​​​ In addition to individuals with healthcare experience, there may be additional opportunities for those with experience in the following areas:

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ nutrition,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ administration,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ customer service § social work, ​​ ​​​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ case management,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ office assistance,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ information technology, and many more.

Fresno County understands the value of persons coming together in public service in order to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community. ​​​​ To help in this pandemic, sign up for volunteer and paid positions by visiting​​ www.fcdph.org/covid19​​ and fill out the information under the Volunteer tab.

  

COVID 19 Testing Available in Madera:

Madera County has launched a new testing site in the City of Madera at the Madera Fairgrounds as of Wednesday, May 27, 2020. ​​ This new site is one of the many testing sites across the state offered through a partnership with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company. ​​ Appointments are now available for symptomatic and asymptomatic adults over the age of 18 and can be made by visiting​​ https://lhi.care/covidtesting. ​​ The Fairgrounds site is open Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday from 7am – 7pm. To watch a video about the free COVID-19 testing now available at Madera Fairgrounds to those with or without symptoms, you can go to​​ https://www.facebook.com/MaderaCountyPublicHealth/videos/2386035735022659/.  ​​​​ For more information on testing options in Madera County visit the Madera County Dept. of Public Health testing webpage at​​ https://maderacounty.com/covid19testing.​​ 

 

Fresno Philharmonic and Fresno Art Museum Collaborate​​ to Present World Premiere Performance that was cancelled due to COVID 19. YouTube Live Broadcast of Robert Morris' Landscape Greeting​​ (Video Features Images from FAM Exhibition): ​​ The Fresno Philharmonic, in collaboration with the Fresno Art Museum, presents a YouTube Live performance of the world premiere of Robert Morris' Landscape Greeting. Fresno Philharmonic musicians Pamela Ellzey (flute), Laura Porter (harp), Caitlin McSherry (violin), Heather Gardner (viola), Alicja Blanquart (cello), Elisha Wells and​​ Richard Hembree (horns) will perform this atmospheric work, which was scheduled to be performed live at the Fresno Art Museum on March 12 as part of the Philharmonic's Proxima: Music for the Next Century concert. The free concert had been fully rehearsed, but was cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic. For the YouTube Live broadcast, the musicians have each recorded their individual part on​​ video while under shelter in place orders. Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotoda, instead of conducting Landscape Greeting as she had planned to do in the live concert, worked with her husband, conductor Brian Dollinger, to edit the musicians' videos into a performance of the entire piece. The video also includes images from the Fresno Art Museum exhibit GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956, which was on display in March and served as inspiration for the composer. The performance is made possible in part by a gift from Orpheus Fresno.

This special performance is available for viewing on the Fresno Philharmonic's YouTube channel by clicking​​ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7YZOJciK3XSdaYzD88bXg. ​​

 

The Community Alliance newspaper is online now.​​ ​​ 

You can see all of their articles here: ​​ https://fresnoalliance.com.

 

Arte Americas:​​ ​​ The show at Arte Americas “!Adelante, Artistas y Danzantes!” continues even with the COVID-19 temporary closure and is viewable through their 3D Virtual Tour of the galleries link here:​​ https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=7YbMYJCe9in. ​​ Enjoy the tour!

 

Fresno Art Museum: ​​ FAM would like to share more from the exhibition GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919 to 1956. ​​ To see the exhibit on-line, go to​​ www.fresnoartmuseum.org/exhibitions/current-exhibition/museumsfromhome/.  ​​​​ For a video tour of their exhibits, go to:​​ https://munroreview.com/2020/03/21/take-a-tour-of-fresno-art-museums-gifted-in-extended-interview-with-curator-sarah-vargas/.​​ 

 

CreateCA​​ has created this great website to help you and your children get through these challenging times. ​​ Go to​​ https://createca.org/createathome/.  ​​​​ You can also find some additional lesson plans that can be done at home on the Fresno Art Museum website, along with tips on how to teach a visual art lesson. ​​ Just go to ​​ https://www.fresnoartmuseum.org/agc.​​ 

 

The Central Valley Justice Coalition​​ is offering new online class, “Understanding Human Trafficking.” ​​ This new online class is a self-paced class. Unlike a webinar, there is no live instruction, which means you can watch this at your own pace and your own timing. ​​ To participate, go to​​ https://ce.fresno.edu/educator-workshops/ceu-certificates/central-valley-justice-coalition/hbm-050?utm_source=Central+Valley+Justice+Coalition+News&utm_campaign=c8b95fbf0a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_02_07_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4276ed74b3-c8b95fbf0a-129645965&mc_cid=c8b95fbf0a&mc_eid=190c576061.​​ 

 

Free On Line Courses for First Responders and Essential Workers

In support of those who continue to work and provide service to the public during the COVID-19 situation, Fresno State’s Division of Continuing and Global Education will offer three online, professional development courses free of charge for local first responders and essential workers. ​​ The online courses are available for essential workers such as teachers, grocery store employees, food service providers or janitorial staff, certified or licensed health care professionals or first responders such as EMTs, paramedics, police, fire, correctional or probation officers. Other essential workers may be considered as well. ​​ The three online courses available are:

 ​​ ​​​​ · Teaching Online: From Surviving to Thriving

 ​​ ​​​​ · ​​ Functional Spanish for Emergency Medical Responders

 ​​ ​​​​ · ​​ Project Management for the Workplace

For information or to register for the free courses, visit https://fresnostate.edu/essentialworkers.​​​​ 

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On-Line Learning for Children: ​​ David Hunter, a transitional kindergarten (TK) teacher at Ericson Elementary School near Chestnut and Clinton avenues, wanted to increase the connectivity between teachers and students. He knew some parents were overwhelmed with the stay-at-home order and school closures, and he wanted to create a resource his 5-year-old students could navigate themselves. ​​ With the help of his fellow TK teachers, he collected a variety of educational videos created by the teachers that aligned with the learning curricula for his students. Students can see their own teachers guiding them in a learning activity. ​​ Hunter wanted to create a website where his students could access these videos and navigate their way through the site. As a father himself, he recruited his 13-year-old daughter, Amelie, to build the site. Together, they created the Fresno TK website:

https://sites.google.com/view/fresnotk/home. ​​ 

 

Housing for At-Risk Individuals in Madera County:

In response to Governor Newsom’s Project Roomkey, Madera County has formed a partnership to identify at-risk members of our community who need shelter during the pandemic. That partnership consists of Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Community Action Partnership of Madera County (CAPMC), Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), Madera County Department of Social Services (MCDSS), Madera County Department of Corrections, Madera County Road Department, and Love Madera, a non-profit volunteer group. ​​ At-Risk clients access this program through referrals from local shelters, healthcare providers, and law enforcement. The information is forwarded to uniformed MCSO, who respond with MCDPH and CAPMC personnel to the potential client’s currently known location. ​​ Once in contact with the client, this team determines if the client is exhibiting symptoms, has had contact with a known COVID-19 patient, has proper medical care access and appropriate shelter for possible quarantine and/or isolation. The team also assesses what support services this client may need such as food, housing, childcare, medication, or animal care. Depending upon the client’s ability to meet their own needs and health risk factors, they are placed in local hotels for shelter and other needs are addressed. ​​ Once placed within a hotel, Love Madera Volunteers deliver food, provided for by Madera County Department of Corrections. Madera County Social Services​​ facilitates childcare, and medication. Animal care needs are met by Central California Animal Disaster Team. Madera County Department of Public Health facilitates any testing needed. The Madera County Road Department is providing Madera County Connections busses for transport. ​​ Hotels participating in this project are doing so under a county contract for services. As contact information for these hotels becomes available, we will provide that. The funds for this program are provided through FEMA Disaster Assistance Funding with the county and state general funds providing the remaining 25%. ​​ For more information, call (559) 675-7700.

 

Starting Now:

Effective today, all County of Fresno parks and campgrounds are open to the public. To protect the health and safety of the entire community and promote social distancing, parks and campgrounds will operate at approximately 50% capacity. ​​ The public is asked to limit group gatherings to 10 people or less and wear face masks whenever social distancing cannot be maintained. Play structures and group picnic shelters within the parks and campgrounds will remain closed until further notice. ​​ Social distancing guidance signage will be placed throughout the facilities. Parks hours are 7am-10pm.

For additional information please email parks@fresnocountyca.gov or call (559) 600-3004.

 

 

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