NOTE: Many events may have been cancelled and the City of Fresno has issued a shelter in place. Contact event first.
The City of Fresno Wednesday issued a “shelter in place” order for residents to limit the spread of corona virus.
The order allows residents to leave their homes for essential services, such as grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, picking up medications or going to work. When people do leave their homes, the order instructs them to practice social distancing, keeping at least 6 feet away from others and wear a mask. The order urges the elderly and people with illnesses to stay home as much as possible.
KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 11/20/20
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(Multiple Day and Ongoing Events are at end of posting)
Please Note: In light of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of so many public events, we recommend contacting the venue to confirm that any listed event is still scheduled. We will note below any cancellations we are aware of.
For those with children who are out of school during the Covid-19 pandemic, you can go to this site to find out where your children can get free school lunches:
Friday, November 20th
Bookshop Santa Cruz, The Humanities Institute at UCSC, and Marcus Books welcome Ta-Nehisi Coates for a conversation with Adam Serwer. Join them at 6 p.m. by Zoom on November 20th as they welcome bestselling, award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) to discuss his acclaimed novel The Water Dancer with Adam Serwer, staff writer at The Atlantic. Their conversation will also explore the state of our country post-election, truth-telling, and the idea that stories and mythology can persuade and change attitudes when facts alone cannot. Tickets include entry to the virtual event plus a paperback copy of THE WATER DANCER. There are multiple ticket options—please select carefully. You can choose IN-STORE PICKUP (either at Bookshop Santa Cruz or Marcus Books in Oakland). Or have the book SHIPPED to you (these orders will be fulfilled by both stores). Your Zoom webinar link will be emailed to you prior to the event on November 20th. Please note that your book will become available after publication date on November 17th. Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Tickets for this event are $22 if you choose in-store pickup and $27 if you want the book shipped. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ta-nehisi-coates-in-conversation-with-adam-serwer-tickets-128441727665?aff=UCSC to register.
Sunday, November 22nd
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization will observe World Meditation Day virtually from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Log in details are ID: 964 8668 0865, and Passcode: 330168. Sister Hema, Co-cordinator of Anubhuti Meditation & Retreat Center, will guide you into meditation and an interactive experience of igniting our inner light, of peace and love. Learn how to sustain your own inner light, and how together we can send our vibrations of peace to the world. They look forward to having you join them in this beautiful, enlightening experience. For more information, contact the Brahma Kumaris W.S.O. Fresno at (559) 435-2212.
Monday, November 23rd
Fresno State’s Africana Studies Program presents the 14th African American Intellectual-Thought Symposium from 2 to 4 p.m., virtually. “The Coronavirus and the Virus of Racism: Race, Class, and Gender” will feature Africana Studies program coordinator Professor Thomas-Whit Ellis, Dr. John H. McClendon III from the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University and Dr. Clarence Spigner from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, doctor of epidemiology. The virtual event is funded by Instructional Related Activities, the Ethics Center and the College of Social Sciences. For information, e-mail email@example.com. To register, go to https://fresnostate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ElTiJvnNSuiENoBfecG77w.
Friday, November 27th and Saturday, November 28th
The Annual Sweet Home Ranch Annual Art Show and Holiday Gift Sale featuring Paul Buxman original oil paintings, lithographs and art cards; farm crafted food and gifts from Sweet Home Ranch and neighboring farms, takes place from 9-5 on Friday and from 9-4 on Saturday. Enjoy the beauty of the farm, the tastes of home, and visits with neighbors and friends. Sweet Home Ranch is located at 4399 Ave. 400 in Dinuba. In view of Covid-19 the sale will be held outside, masks and social distancing will be required, and a phone order option has been added, where you can order anytime beginning the Monday before the sale (11/23) and pick up on the sale days (11/27 or 28). Call or text your order to 559-260-1958.
Sunday, December 13th
Santa Cruz’s Resource Center for Nonviolence is holding an on-line Annual Community Celebration, “Multiracial Movement for Democracy,” featuring Dr. Paul Ortiz, author of
"An African American and Latinx History of the United States." Dr. Ortiz served on the RCNV Steering Committee in the 2000's while a professor at UCSC. He directs the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. This event airs on Zoom at 4 p.m. Bring your own refreshments! Reservations are free by clicking on https://rcnv.networkforgood.com/events/25031-annual-rcnv-community-celebration?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_844297.
Friday, January 15th
The Reedley Peace Center presents speakers Dr. Robin Linscheid and Dr. Gail Newel in an on-line presentation that begins at 6 p.m. In January it will be almost a year since we began to hear about COVID-19. Since then, this world-wide virus has turned 2020 into a year with lots of quarantine, struggles, and pain for many people. The United States has long surpassed 200,000 deaths and is nearing 10 million cases. We will hear the reflections of two medical professionals who have worked on COVID-19 issues in two California counties: Fresno County and Santa Cruz County. They will provide personal and professional perspectives on life in quarantine and looking ahead to what we might be able to expect in 2021. Register in advance for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpcOGsqDMsG9SGXaGq-2R0w3tXeodBmRuI. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Wednesday, January 20th 2021 through Saturday, January 23rd 2021
Registration is now open for the virtual Eco-Farm Conference 2021: Reimagining Our Future! Mark your calendars for January 20-23, 2021. Get ready for an EcoFarm Conference unlike any before as they will convene online for their 41st event! They're sad that they won't be able to get together in person, due to the pandemic. But they're also excited about the possibilities that this year's event will bring. There will still be inspiring keynotes, educational workshops, skill-building pre-conferences, epic networking, and even a virtual trade show where you can connect with exhibitors. There will be meaningful opportunities for all – whether you join in as an attendee, sponsor, exhibitor, speaker, or volunteer. And it will be more affordable than ever! Save the date, be sure you're subscribed to their e-newsletter, and stay tuned for more exciting details to come! Register by December 15 and save $30 with code: reimagine. For more information and to view the list of keynote speakers, go to www.eco-farm.org. To register, go to https://eco-farm.org/conference/2021/register.
MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:
Beginning in Mid-December:
If structures on your property were destroyed in the Creek Fire and you want government assistance in removing the debris, it is essential that you submit a
“Right of Entry" (ROE) form to the County of Fresno. The ROE grants permission for the State and its’ contractor to enter your property and completely remove all debris, ash, and contaminated soils. There is no direct cost to the property owner, however, in exchange for the government performing this service, the property owner must submit a ROE in which the property owner agrees to remit any property insurance proceeds, allocated by the policy for debris removal, over to the government. If you, as the property owner, intend to hire your own contractor, please contact Fresno County Environmental Health Division at (559) 600-3271 for guidelines. ROE forms can be found on-line at www.fresnocountyca.gov/fire-recovery or to request one to be mailed to you please contact Fresno County Environmental Health Division at (559) 600-3271.
Now through Thursday, December 31st
Join “Break the Silence” in running (virtually) for the children any time through December 31st! The purpose of the Virtual Run for the Children 5k is to raise community awareness about Child Abuse and to raise funds to further the work of Breaking the Silence™, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Register today at http://runsignup.com/runforthechildren. For more information contact Dakota Draconi at
Fresno.firstname.lastname@example.org or at 559-715-2877.
Thursday, November 27th through Sunday, December 27th
Fresno Pacific University’s “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” comes directly to people’s homes. An old favorite goes virtual as Fresno Pacific University presents “God So Loved the World—A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” the annual program of Scripture passages and seasonal carols woven together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Due to COVID-19, people will be able to enjoy this year’s event free in the comfort of their own homes. “Lessons & Carols” tells the story of the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus in nine lessons beginning with Genesis and including the prophetic books of the Bible and the Gospels. The program is based on a Church of England service first performed in 1918 at King’s College, Cambridge University.
The presentation will be available for viewing November 27-December 27, 2002, and feature eight FPU music ensembles performing a wide range of historic and contemporary music, from traditional Christmas carols to a newly commissioned choral work by Walter Saul, emeritus music professor at FPU. Register for free tickets at https://lessonsandcarols2020.eventbrite.com/.
The ensembles will be:
* Chamber Winds
* Concert Choir
* Men’s Chorus
* Women’s Chorale
* Pacific Bronze Handbells
* Pacific Brass
* Symphonic Band
Monday, December 7th through Friday, December 11th
The Fresno Art Museum is offering its first Zoom art class series! The class covers “Beginning Drawing, Exploring the Formal Elements.” This class is for ages 13 through adult, and each one hour session begins at 3 p.m. Each class includes a presentation
plus hands-on instruction by FAM Art Instructor, Sanking Saephan. The classes are free for Museum members or $25 for the week for non-members. Non-museum members pay online after registering. To register, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvceuupj0sHd3p4iBM_UqwpBV8KgkfYHvL%20. After your payment is received, a unique link to join the class will be sent by e-mail. There is limited enrollment.
ON LINE EVENTS AND RESOURCES
Below are links for a series of webinars offered by the Reedley Peace Center on the issue of Immigration:
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.
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 email@example.com.
San Francisco Black Film Festival
This year’s festival is on line! You can participate virtually, by going to www.sfbff.org and follow the prompts for information and tickets.
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:
customer service § social work,
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.
Education Justice Webinar:
On behalf of Central Valley Movement Building, thanks to those who joined their first
Education Justice webinar of 2020. You can view the webinar video here: https://cvmb.org/covid19webinar/ They had an inspiring and necessary discussion about the movement of Black and Brown parents throughout the Central Valley and the state of California toward Education Justice—including the removal of police from schools. Now more than ever, solidarity matters. The movement matters. Black lives matter. Follow them on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter: @centralvalleymb and subscribe to our newsletter at cvmb.org for timely updates and invites. They also encourage you to review the DSC California Parent Demands for Racial Justice which can be found at cutt.ly/stoppushout. Questions can be directed to Regional Connector Carrie Lorraine Ayala at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
17th Annual Fresno County Fruit Trail
Fruit Trail Stands and Farmers Markets remain open as essential businesses
The 2020 Fresno County Fruit Trail is now underway. While COVID-19 has required some adjustments, Fresno County Agriculture is essential and Fruit Trail Stands and Stores are open and employing healthy market practices allowing customers to buy fresh picked produce direct from the farm. Currently visitors can enjoy strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and much more. While the Fruit Trail members and communities are unable to join together in person to celebrate the start of this Fruit Trail season, they have created a short video to provide a virtual sample of the Trail offerings, which is available to enjoy online at www.gofruittrail.com. Appropriate COVID-19 health and safety measures are in place, so visitors are invited to come out and safely experience the trail in person. The Fresno County Fruit Trail map identifies locations in eastern Fresno County where visitors can purchase the very best local produce fresh from the farm. Updates for Fruit Trail restaurants, wineries and other ag-related businesses impacted by COVID 19 are available on the Fruit Trail website. Visitors can also get updates by following the Fruit Trail on twitter (@gofruittrail). Fruit Trail maps are available online, by request, at member locations and at chambers of commerce in eastern Fresno County.
The May Community Alliance newspaper is online now.
You can see all of their articles here: https://fresnoalliance.com.
“Planet of the Humans,” a new documentary from Michael Moore, is now available on U-Tube for free viewing during this time of “sheltering at home.” Happy Earth Day! Here’s the link: https://planetofthehumans.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 fresnostate.edu/essentialworkers.
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:
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.
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 email@example.com or call (559) 600-3004.
Starting Monday, May 18th
The Fresno County Public Library (FCPL) will reopen and provide limited services at most of its branches beginning Monday, May 18, 2020. Services will include the ability to place holds by phone, checkout material and obtain printouts via mobile printing options. The exact details for the delivery of these services will vary from branch to branch depending on factors such as the design of the building and the availability of staff. FCPL will be serving the public, but in a limited capacity out of an abundance of caution for all members of the community. At this time, only library staff may enter the buildings. Patrons may still reserve books and other library materials and staff will have it ready to pick up at a designated time and place outside of the branches. If printed copies are needed, the same arrangement can be made via mobile printing options.
A schedule of all open branches and the new hours of operation will be posted on FCPL’s website, fresnolibrary.org. Please check the library’s website for exact hours of operation and please call your local branches during these hours for assistance and details regarding materials checkout and printing capabilities. As always, the 24/7 online services of FCPL remain unchanged and available during this time of crisis.
Would you like to be a part of this year's Teatro Inmigrante production? Agustin Lira and Patricia Wells will produce short skits about the disparities that exist in our own community and across the country preventing poor people from climbing out of poverty and achieving a more just, healthy and secure way of life. Expect the skits to include a healthy dose of humor. Agustin and Patricia invite those who are interested in participating (all ages) or learning more about this new project to contact them by phone at 559-485-8558 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. They are gathering virtually once a week on Fridays at 5:00-6:30 p.m. Everyone can support this engaging, enriching, local effort by donating at https://teatrotierraonline.org/donate.
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.
Fresno County’s Public Library and Department of Public Works have teamed to offer a first-of-its-kind recycling program. Starting September 5, 2017, county residents can drop off used compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), fluorescent tubes, alkaline and rechargeable batteries at eleven different Library branches. These items contain hazardous substances and must be deposited at approved facilities, sometimes for a fee. This new service is being provided free of charge to County residents to encourage and ensure proper disposal of universal waste. Public Works will provide approved hazardous material collection containers at eleven Library branches: the Central Library, Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, Clovis Regional Library, Fig Garden Regional Library, Sunnyside Regional Library, Woodward Park Regional Library, Mendota Branch Library, Orange Cove Branch Library, Reedley Branch Library, Sanger Branch Library and Selma Branch Library. This program might be expanded to other branches in the future. For more information about Library programs, services, and specific branch hours, please go to www.fresnolibrary.org, or call the Library at (559) 600 – READ (7323).
The Poor People's Campaign/Moral Mondays launched nationally on May 14 with many people visiting their state capitols to do protest/vigil work. WILPF US is a partner in this campaign and the Fresno WILPF branch is inviting all peace and justice groups to join them in Fresno Mondays from 3-4 P.M. in front of the Coyle Federal Court House, 2500 Tulare (at P St.). This Campaign is more than a 40 day or one-year effort. Rather, it is a multi-year undertaking to unite tens of thousands to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality. It is a commitment to build a broadly diverse movement based on acknowledging the validity of the many issues and “silos” we are each committed to personally and organizationally, yet acting together to create a people-centered and mutually supportive fusion movement. Please join them as they begin our Moral Mondays. All are welcome. You may want to bring a sign that reflects the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. Raging Grannies will sing! You can join in! For more information, call Teresa at 559-360-8054.
There is a Vigil, at Devin Nunes' Clovis Office, 3rd and Clovis Ave. from 11:45am to 12:45pm. Dave and Bev Derby hold a weekly, hour-long quiet vigil of peaceful prayer and reflection in the pursuit of "justice, tolerance, fairness, inclusion, actions and laws that protect all people." Although signs are welcome, they are not coming here to yell at motorists, scream, and demonstrate wildly on the sidewalks and streets. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
First and Third Thursday of each month:
ArtHop occurs the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. It’s one of the most active and successful programs organized by the Fresno Arts Council. Art lovers and enthusiasts from all walks of life flock downtown Fresno and the Tower District on the first Thursday of each month, and the rest of ArtHop venues in the Fresno metro areas on third Thursdays, to meet and greet with the artists and enjoy the reception and music. Museums, studios, galleries and other venues open their exhibitions to the public at 5:00 p.m. and run the free event until 8:00 p.m. ArtHop has received a remarkable response from the Fresno community. Over 50 participating artist studios, galleries, museums, and other venues exhibit art and artists reception during ArtHop, and it has become both a cultural and special event for the community with a great deal of media coverage. For the complete list of venues go to fresnoartscouncil.org.
Every Tuesday through Thursday
The Fresno County Department of Public Health offers free confidential rapid HIV testing at the Fresno County Department of Public Health building at 1221 Fulton Mall, Specialty Clinic Area, First Floor, from 8:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
For more information, contact Jena Adams, Supervising Communicable Disease Specialist, at (559) 600-3434.
Every Wednesday and Friday
Patricia Wells Solorzano and Agustin Lira, founders of El Teatro Campesino), have formed a theatrical group with Fresno youth that will raise awareness of the problems negatively affecting the health of boys and young men of color, such as drugs, gangs, obesity, teen pregnancy, high numbers of youth incarcerated or expelled from schools, unemployment and poverty. The Theater for Boys and young Men of Color will be composed of youth ages 16-28 who will be trained in acting to the extent that they will be capable of performing before general audiences. The participants will be engaged in the creation of skits, one-act plays and in the development of a one and a half hour theatrical production with music to be performed toward the end of this year long project. Along with theater, musical presentations will also take place performed by the participants who will also receive musical training. This project will be taking place at The Cecil C. Hinton Community Center, 2385 South Fairview Ave., 93706, on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Gwen Morris at (559) 412-7118.
Join Fresno Ideaworks, Fresno's community workshop for prototyping, building, designing, and building our community of makers, for 'Fabrication Fantasy Friday'. This is about letting your inner maker-nerd out. From sub culture to pop culture cosplay has boomed in the past decade and is continuing to grow. Fresno Ideaworks is proud to recognize prop makers and cosplayers as part of the maker movement. We have experts to help you put your kit together for whatever your passion is. The event is free for members, a suggested $5 donation for non-members. Fresno Ideaworks is located at 1742 H St (temp during remodel), Fresno. For more information, call (559) 840-8749.
California Employment Development Dept. invites you to attend the Resume Preparation Assistance program with one on one assistance provided to all job seekers with CalJOBs registration, creating a strong and effective resume, obtaining job leads and referrals, information on training and education opportunities and other helpful resources. The workshops are every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fresno EDD office at 2555 S. Elm. No appointments are necessary. Bring a valid ID and social security card. For more information, call (559) 445-6747.
There is a medical clinic for the homeless, actively injecting drug users and prostitutes every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. or until the last patient is served. You can find them near Hughes and Olive Ave. The clinic is staffed by Dr. Marc Lasher and volunteers. Financial donations are accepted. For more information, call 266-0444.
Food Not Bombs feeds the hungry from 1 - 2 p.m. near the Olive Ave entrance to Roeding Park. If you would like to help them prepare the meal, they meet every Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church (1343 E. Barstow) at 10am. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the official FNB website, foodnotbombs.net.
Most Saturdays there is a Fresno Free Bicycle Repair Clinic from 1- 3 p.m. near the Olive Ave entrance to Roeding Park, beside Food Not Bombs. Donations of bicycle parts, inner tubes, and blinky lights are welcome. Volunteers are needed to help with minor repairs. For more info and to arrange donations, e-mail: email@example.com.
Harmony & Balance School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan is offering $5 weekly classes in the Yang style 37 posture short form. Join Francisco Alvarez, certified instructor, every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Central Valley Center for Spiritual Living, 723 W. Clinton Ave. Fresno. For more information, call 559-549-3989.
1st Saturday of each month:
The South Valley Peace Center holds a demonstration for peace at Mooney and Walnut in Visalia, from 1-2 p.m. For more information visit southvalleypeacecenter.org.
2nd Saturday of each month:
Divorce Options Workshops are offered on the second Saturday of every month by Central Valley Collaborative Law Affiliates. This program provides information about the divorce process and the options available to anyone considering divorce. Each workshop is presented by an interdisciplinary team of legal, financial and mental health professionals on the second Saturday of each month at the Fresno Ramada Inn, 324 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno, California from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is offered at NO CHARGE to attendees as a public service of Central Valley Collaborative Law Affiliates. Pre-registration is recommended due to limited seating. Further information and pre-registration may be obtained at divorcefresno.eventbrite.com, or contact John McDaniel at (559) 226-4420.
Food Not Bombs serves free food at Courthouse Park to anyone who is hungry. They start cooking at 1 PM and serve the food at 3 PM (meet at the Tulare side of the park). For more information go to http://cafefresno.org.
It’s Sawdust Sunday at Fresno Ideaworks. If you have an interest in woodworking, woodturning on a lathe, carving, or any other means of sawdust production, join us. This is a good way to get some pointers on an existing project or gather information on how to get started in the exploration of the infinite possibilities of carpentry. This event is open to the public and requires no fees. Some experience is necessary for equipment use. No experience is necessary to explore the possibilities. Fresno Ideaworks is located at 1742 H St, Fresno. For more information on this event and what Fresno Ideaworks has to offer, go to http://www.fresnoideaworks.com.
First Wednesday of each month:
A Women in Black Silent Vigil takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fresno County Courthouse, 1100 Van Ness Ave. Show your support for peace and negotiated settlements of current U.S. military actions. Stand silently and advocate for peace. For more information, call 559-278-7140 or 559-225-2850. This vigil takes place the 1st Wednesday of each month.
The “Goodie Bag Project” is collecting small toiletry items brought home from hotels and vacations to provide gifts for women incarcerated in Central Valley Women’s Prisons. This is a collaborative effort of the CCWF Inmate Family Council, the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno Social Justice Committee, and the United Methodist Church of Merced. They are seeking sample/travel size bath gels, body soap, lotions, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small combs and pocket sized packages of tissues (no food, candy, edibles, drinkables, mouthwash or anything containing alcohol). They are also collecting all kinds of greeting cards, wooden pencils and clear, colorless pens, as well as paper scratch pads and picture postcards. Items may be dropped off at the Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave., south of McKinley, during open hours, M - F, 11 AM - 3 PM. Checks can be made out to "FCNV Prison Ministry - Goodie Bags," and mailed to the Center at the above address, or dropped off in person. Receipts will be given. All donations are tax-deductible. For additional information or to see if an item is allowable under prison rules, call Maria Telesco at 559-255-9492. Please remember all items must be SMALL.
Volunteers Needed: Collective for Arts, Freedom, and Ecology (CAFE) Fresno, whose mission is to provide a safe space for all people and provide programs and events that provide enrichment and information to Fresno and the Central Valley, is looking for volunteers, especially for Food Not Bombs, an organization that provides a nutritious meal to anybody that would like and need one. Food Not Bombs is in dire need of physical and financial help, and will accept anything that might go to waste that is still useful. This includes but is not limited to: clothing, toys, tools, and furniture. All of these items will be redistributed to others that need them. Food Not Bombs meets on Sundays at CAFE Infoshop (935 F. Street in Fresno) at noon sharp, to chop and cook until 3. At 3 p.m., they serve at the courthouse park. For more information call Vanessa at (559) 485-3937 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host an International High School Exchange Student
High school students from around the world come to the US to spend a year or a semester in American schools. Your family can learn about Germany, China, Finland, Italy, or another country by hosting a student. International Experience is a non-profit that helps you connect with an exchange student hoping to study abroad and invites you to share your home with a student who will become a part of your family. Students in the International Experience program must meet strict guidelines and complete multiple screenings in their home countries. During their stay they are covered by their own health insurance and provide their own spending money. These students want to come to the US to practice English and learn about our culture. As a host family, you simply provide a bed, family meals and invite your student to participate in your family’s traditions and introduce them to our American culture. To learn more about the opening your heart and home to an exchange student contact International Experience at 888-266-29 21. or visit ie-usa.com.
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.